A tech startup wants you to start bringing your headphones to the movies (and, no, it’s not so you can make phone calls during).
SoundFi, an Los Angeles and Arizona-based company, is rolling out new technology that would allow theatergoers to listen to a movie in immersive 3D audio sound (after silencing your phone, of course), according to Variety. The SoundFi app uses special inaudible markers to figure out what part of the movie is happening, then starts playing the higher-quality, more lifelike 3D audio through the app user’s headphones. Think: an action movie with airplanes zooming above your head, a creak of a staircase that sounds like the creature from A Quiet Place is right behind you… *shudders*
The technology, which is being rolled out to five theaters for The Equalizer 2 starring Denzel Washington (with more locations TBD, according to the website), is still brand-new. However, it could soon be used for movie theater viewing in other languages, director’s commentary during the film and more.
If only we had these for Jurassic World (but, like, thank God we didn’t or we would’ve probably peed our pants).