As always, Disney is looking for ways to be on the forefront of technology. They are always looking for new ways for guests to experience Disney Parks and their attractions. One form of technology that they have been trying to bring to the next level is Virtual Reality. However, one problem that have ran into with Virtual Reality is the ability for guests to move around the same location without running into other guests or even walls. This is where the new “Floor Systems Providing Omnidirectional Movement of Person Walking in a Virtual Reality Environment” patent comes in.
The patent filed by Disney Enterprises, LLC lays out a few different ways Disney hopes to make a flawless multi-person Virtual Reality system possible. They are as follows:
- The first system outlined uses small rotating disks. The disks would then be able to move individually or as one system to manipulate the direction they are heading.
- Another system mentioned in the patent is a platform with small plates that vibrate. The tiles would be able to be moved and in turn lead a guest to where they are supposed to go and avoid other guests and walls.
- The final system mentioned is one that uses something similar to a treadmill and magnets. A guest would apply magnets to their shoes and in turn, would provide friction to alter one’s direction.
It is important to note that Disney is always actively looking on ways to improve the theme park experience and patents are filed routinely. It’s hard to know if this idea will be applied to Disney’s Virtual Reality experiences in the future like the current Star Wars “The Void” attraction at Disney Springs.
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Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office
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