Technology is crazy today! I love seeing a new gadget come out and what it can do. It doesn’t matter whether it’s simplistic or mind-boggling. As long as it draws my attention, I love it! Well, during a recent movie screening at the AMC Disney Springs 24 with Dine-In Theater, I had the opportunity to catch a glimpse of some new tech pertaining to the use of cell phones in movie theaters. Talk about fascinating. Check this out!
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Disney Springs Unveils New Tech
Okay – so little things amuse me. Humor me for a moment, would you? I know this isn’t my normal kind of post, but I found this fascinating and thought I’d share in case you begin to see these where you watch movies.
First, I have to say this. I am so grateful for my friends. I have a sweet one who invites me here and there and everywhere and we have such a great time, too, when we get together. She recently invited me to attend a Disney Parks Blog VERY early screening of Disney’s The Nutcracker and The Four Realms. I mean, like before the premiere! Even though I had an actual media screening two days later, I still jumped at the chance. I mean, it was an early sneak peek (and I got to spend time with her!). Besides, it was Disney Parks Blog ~ those events are always just a little more magical. Am I right?
My friend, Angie, and I met up at the bottom of the Orange Garage staircase, where we had to fill out some forms, etc. From there, we were directed to the back of the theater (outside) to pick up some goodies and basic instructions. That was then we were handed and introduced to a brand new device designed to create a phone-free space during events such as this.
Introducing the YONDR
We were handed a case that reminded me a lot of an oversized eye glass case, but ~ to be honest ~ it was too big and obviously designed for a larger cell phone. The case was soft and insulated and had an opening at the top with a sturdy-looking locking mechanism. The Cast Member who handed it to us then instructed us on how to use it once we were in the theater and in our seats. Like good little movie goers, we were told to place our phones on vibrate or silent (or off, which works, too) and then place them into the case. Once in, push the top portions together so that the mechanism locks in place.
The snap is identical to that of the security mechanisms we see on clothing at department stores. Right ~ the ones that snag our clothes more often than not, but this won’t snag our phones. It’s all good. The pin goes into the lock and not into the device.
The case is then locked and the only way to open it is by having a Cast Member or Security use their large magical disk to de-magnetize the lock.
So – to recap:
- Place the silenced phone in the case.
- Close the case to lock it.
- Unlock using the magical disk.
Check out this video to see how it works….
So – if you hear your phone buzzing in the middle of the movie, you actually have to remove yourself from the theater and have someone unlock the device so you can answer or return the call.
I love this! Why?
- I get to keep my phone (I hate having to give it up each screening, but completely understand and will continue to comply!!)
- No one can play with their phone or pirate the movie during a screening (hallelujah!)
- It looks sleek and adorable!! (don’t you think?)
- It just makes sense! (someone is a genius)
And they can guarantee return of the case because everybody is going to want access to their phones after the movie! Am I right?
After the screening, Angie and I had the chance to discuss the new contraption with a few Cast Members and take the pictures and video you see in this post. I was actually surprised to hear that these have already been in use at concerts and other venues. Just shows you how much I get out of the house.
So, keep an eye out for them, people! We may be seeing these more often at events and venues like this.
What do you think about products like the YONDR? Do you think they will prove beneficial? Do you think we will begin to see them show up at regular movie showings or other venues where cell phones can be a nuisance or violation of privacy?
Share your thoughts below!
PS – This was NOT a sponsored post – I just REALLY thought these were cool. Thanks for humoring me. I’ll get back to my regularly scheduled posts now…..
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