Revolutionary Technology - Disney's Touché
There is an unending battle online over which theme parks have the best tech. Universal's Harry Potter and Transformers expansions have set the bar high. Disney's Xpass, NextGen, Carsland and Fantasyland incorporate vast amounts of new tech too. But the problem is comparing apples and oranges. Both company's approaches to technology innovations are different with different goals.
However, Disney has just released info on its new technology Touché, which will not only change the face of the theme park industry, it may change the world, leaving many, many companies in the dust.
Here is the official discription.
"Touché proposes a novel Swept Frequency Capacitive Sensing technique that can not only detect a touch event, but also recognize complex configurations of the human hands and body. Such contextual information significantly enhances touch interaction in a broad range of applications, from conventional touchscreens to unique contexts and materials. For example, in our explorations we add touch and gesture sensitivity to the human body and liquids. We demonstrate the rich capabilities of Touché with five example setups from different application domains and conduct experimental studies that show gesture classification accuracies of 99% are achievable with our technology." VIDEO
Some of the applications they describe are mediocre at best to what applications really may be paramount. However, can you imagine what this could do to Disney parks?
Disney Research Pittsburgh is a project that combines the efforts of Walt Disney Company with Carnegie Mellon University (CMU).
If you recall, Randy Pausch, the inspirational Last Lecture Imagineer, was from CMU's Entertainment Technology Center. CMU is the alma mater of many Imagineers.
"leaving many, many companies in the dust."
This is VERY exciting stuff as it maintains the company's commitment to chart a direction based upon innovation. What's so refreshing about WDI is its commitment to pursue concepts and to design attractions based upon the re-invention of the park experience. WDI does not respond to the developments in other parks. WDI charts its own course.
Responding to TH comments of "WDI does not respond to the developments in other parks. WDI charts its own course." Isn't that the problem? Where is the response to Harry Potter, Spiderman, Transformers? Disney doesn't even come close. Huge Disney fan but have never understand how other parks such as Universal can outshine Disney for less money spent. Spending the money on pie in the sky projects means nothing without real world reality. Disney makes money because of there marketing of films, tv and merchandise but when it comes to technology it fails compared to Universal outsourced projects. The Touche' didn't seem like anything new. Didn't Apple patent hand gestures last year to control tv, phones, computers etc similiar what mentioned in the video? Microsoft gaming too had there hands in this. Seems like a college student project rather than something that could be revolutionary.
Wake me up when they invent something that can keep jerks from throwing crap off roller coasters so we can get the Dragons dueling again.
This is pretty incredible stuff. I think it is easy to miss the deep impact this could have as it is so simple in its interface, but this could truly revolutionize so many fields. I work in a situation where I have to dispense medications and I could see this type of technology being used to build in an easy source of redundancy in the checking process. Healthcare, hospitality, education, food service, the list is endless of ways this could be used. This really stands with some of the other amazing innovations we've seen from Disney. Linear Induction Travel, animatronics, Conservation Waste Treatment facilities. I really feel like this type of progress is one of the true dreams of Walt Disney himself: innovative ways to constantly improve the lives of all people, not just theater and park goers.
I think this is pretty cool.
How about a practical application that would help save lives like an alarm that goes off when you don't have two hands on the steering wheel?
I still have to see the Muppet Mobile lab and all these other awesome inventions from WDI that costed a sh!tload to make and didn´t become a themepark regular. I for one love the talking fountain at Island of Adventure and it works wondefull!
I'm just happy to see Disney pursuing some form of technology which isn't completely dedicated to digital rights management. Usually everything technological from Disney is about copy protection. Nice to see them out of their normal box.
It seems like a fun toy...but little else. There may be applications this can be used for in small scale but when dealing with vast amounts of people on any given attraction. It doesn't seem very practical other than being an interesting parlor trick for THE ART OF ANIMATION attraction, Innoventions or something similar.
Very very impressive stuff.
The Anonymous Poster Writes: Where is the response to Harry Potter, Spiderman, Transformers?
OT Writes: They can´t make the Yetti to move ...
“Disney said revenue for parks and resorts rose 10%"
Anon Mouse writes: "That's equivalent to its annual price increases. So Disney's performance is actually flat."
I did not say that I didn't like what you wrote. I assumed that when you made the assertion that Disney's income increases were "equivalent to its annual price increases" and thus "Disney's performance is actually flat" you had either done some sort of analysis or had a source that had drawn the conclusion.
"you had either done some sort of analysis or had a source that had drawn the conclusion."
Anon Mouse Writes: So you don't like what I wrote since you obviously didn't take my word for it and preferred a better authority.
I will give you a definition of flat since you're looking for it. Since you're still looking for an authority other than myself, I will have to disappoint you.
Anon Mouse writes: "I do give Disney credit for keeping up with the economy as opposed to a decline..."
By incompetent I ment making tech work (Yeti). I don´t care what anyone said but talking big about this amazingingly huge and sofisticated aa and not getting it to work is a bad job and very disapointing, what is next, a non moving Sigourney Weaver asking for a sigaret and swering in the Avatar ride?
OT writes: "By incompetent I ment (sic) making tech work (Yeti). I don´t care what anyone said but talking big about this amazingingly (sic) huge and sofisticated (sic) aa and not getting it to work is a bad job and very disapointing (sic) ..."
Just for the record, the "(sic)" addition to your posts just makes you sound like a bigger grammar Nazi. I am not sure anyone cares that you are quoting the thread exactly as is was posted. It also seems like you go out of your way to make yourself sound superior to everyone else who makes a mistake.
Is it me or does the dialogue between OT, Anon and TH read like a script for The Big Bang Theory ?
At least NB wasn't mentioned.....
This is a theme park website, so why not speculate which kind of rollercoasters or attractions Disney can create with this technology?
"It's the fact that removing and repairing the effect would require shutting the attraction down for many months."
I have to agree, somewhat grudgingly, that the anonymous poster is possibly right about the " Nanny State" providing the proverbial spanner in the works when it comes to actually applying this revolutionary technology to Theme Park Rides.
"However, Disney has just released info on its new technology Touché, which will not only change the face of the theme park industry, it may change the world, leaving many, many companies in the dust."
Note to NB: I was a bit surprised that you felt compelled to post an assessment of my method for communicating with another poster on a TPI thread. I apologize for upsetting you.
"Again, please keep in mind, as you were not involved in the back-and-forth between me and Anon Mouse I communicated in a certain manner."
Apologies to Anon Mouse ... Post has been corrected.
Oh, my Lord.... I wasn't upset. We happen to spend a lot of time in the same room (and together) since we both work from home quite a bit. She was reading a book at the time and seems to enjoy it when I ask questions related to her profession. I wasn't expecting such an astute response.
With regards to all the posts on here : I didn't read anything that could have been taken offence to.
This just in ...
TH is absolutely correct. Besides ,Disney has always been proactive rather than reactive and that's one of the reasons that they dominate the market share.
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