At a D23: Destination D presentation yesterday, Walt Disney Parks & Resorts Chairman Bob Chapek…
The Walt Disney Company files many patents for new technologies all the time so take this with a grain of salt, but this newest patent is really cool and has my imagination really going. The new technology would custom tailor a guest’s experience on attractions, based on a system that reads your emotions or interests.
The new patent is called: “Sensing and Managing Vehicle Behavior Based on Occupant Awareness,” and could be used in attractions specifically with trackless vehicles controlled by WiFi or some other wireless device. What would happen is this new technology would be able to read the guest’s facial expressions and change the attraction’s environment accordingly. The intensity of the attraction, movement and scenery could all be changed on the fly depending on the feedback the system receives from the guest.
Taking it to another level still, technology used in the MagicBands could be used to store guest information and preferences. If you tend to get motion sickness the attraction would know and adjust accordingly. If you are in a hurry because you’re running late to Be Our Guest, the attraction could shorten the ride. The possibilities are limitless.
Of course again this is all speculative and may never come to be, but seeing the possibilities from a technology like this really leaves you wondering how Disney could continue to modify and improve the park-goer’s experience. I think this is an incredible idea and would love to see this implemented into the park at some point. It also shows us the real capabilities of something that’s already in use now in the MagicBands.
I want to know what you think about this new Disney patent using emotions. Do you think it’s a good idea to use technology like this? What possibilities for this technology can you think of? Let us know in the comments section below! 🙂
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