In search for a solution to neighbours imposing noise restrictions when you’re having a karaoke party, Bandai Namco Group’s subdivision Vibe Inc. developed a cardboard box that can fit one person and allow him to carry on with his (noisy) musical business without bothering anyone and without any cops being called over.
Called Danbocchi, taken from “danboru” (cardboard) + “hitoribocchi” (solitude), the 15-kg portable room can block up to 30 decibels of sounds three feet from the box. It also measures 110 cm wide, 80 deep, and 160 inches high to ensure that it can really fit in a person inside. It can also bring down the volume level of a singing voice to that of a normal conversation based on the environment. With its sound proof features, it won’t be a surprise to find a danbocchi someday among the household of gamers and vocal artists or talents or even just your simple, everyday karaoke fiends.
A single danbocchi costs 59,800 yen ($608) and is perfect for gaming nights and singing sessions. There is no need then to worry about missing a beautiful soundtrack from the game you’re playing nor holding back one’s voice just to ensure that no one gets bothered and have a neighbour come to your place knocking on the door. It can also be useful for those rooting for a football team while watching a game on TV so there would be no need to hold back when you celebrate a goal. While it may be a bit expensive for a piece of cardboard box, it’s still cheaper compared to renting a recording studio or paying bail money because your neighbour had you arrested for disturbing the peace.
[via Rocket News 24]
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