January 14, 2009
| by Rachel Cericola
It used to be that having a special chair was a La-Z-Boy or some other type of recliner. D-BOX’s GPH-120 isn’t just a special chair; it’s a lifemate.
That’s probably because it’s really hard to get up out of the hybrid unit. The new chair combines the company’s Motion system with a bunch of gaming goodies, to make this the single most important piece of furniture in your home. Featuring 2Gs of acceleration, the unit can accommodate hours of intense gaming. Once you need to rest your thumbs, the GPH-120 can make your movie-watching an interactive experience.
This unit differs from other D-BOX units because of the KAI-1P USB-connected D-BOX Motion Code interface. That triggers two actuators to deliver all of the action. Currently, the unit is only compatible with PC-based video games (and not all of them), as well as over 850 Blu-ray and DVD titles.
Also, this wild ride does not come cheap, at $2,999. It is a lot less expensive than other D-BOX units we’ve seen, and a home theater-styled footrest can also be added into the mix. Both should be available directly though D-Box in the first half of the year.
Over the past 15 years, Rachel Cericola has covered entertainment, web and technology trends. Check her out at www.rachelcericola.com.