Disney is always thinking of the next big thing. Their next big idea could be including interactive gameplay within the parks, using merchandise. A recent patent application filed by Disney Enterprises Inc on January 11th provides some details on how they may make that possible.
A player, or players, possessing a specific item of Disney merchandise would use it to interact with targets at a Disney location.
The game, as described:
“is provided in a light-controlled setting where the game-players may wear or hold one or more of various toys (e.g., gloves). The system detects and recognizes the toy along with gestures and pointing efforts performed by the game-player and the system generates an effect based on the type of toy and the type of gesture. The system also generates one or more visual targets that are visible to the game-player such as projections, holograms, and displays of one or more of various fantasy virtual adversaries. The generated effects may include any combination of sensory effects including visual, audio, tactile, and smell/taste. The generated effect may be directed based on the pointing efforts of the game-player. The system may then register the effect on the target, if the pointing efforts intersect with the virtual location of the target.”
So, just imagine- you having Elsa’s snow powers, or Iron Man’s strength with his gloves, or using the Force with Star Wars characters. The possibilities are endless!
“The system could generate an image of a stream of ice particles along the pointing direction from the game-player. The system could further determine if the pointing direction (vector) intersects with (or comes within some predetermined distance of) one of the visual targets. If so, the displayed image of the target could be changed to show the result of the ‘freezing’ magic powers being directed at the target–example, the virtual adversary could be shown as encased in ice and immobilized.”
You could bring said powers to the Disney location where the game/attraction is and be ready to play. During the game, projections or displays of evil robots might pop up; as you point your gauntlets in their direction and fire, they appear to explode.
This sounds pretty cool!
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