maandag 1 september 2014

Disney may use drones in theme park entertainment.

Drones may be going to Disneyland.
Though they may sound like they could exist only in Tomorrowland, Disney is working on ways to use drones in its entertainment productions.
Disney applied for three UAV-related patents, indicating that drones could hold marionette or projection screens for nighttime entertainment.
“The inventors recognized that presently there are no mechanisms for creating very large aerial displays such as a display that is reusable/repeatable, dynamic, and interactive,” the patent states.
To address that need, Disney’s R&D department is working to create a multi-drone aerial display system and a ground control station that could choreograph repeatable movements.
The three applications are:
With the drones, larger-than-life puppets could be mounted with rods to fly through the air.
“This is a significant improvement over prior flying characters, which typically were provided in the form of parade or other blimps/balloons filled with hot air or other gases and that had little and/or awkward articulation of any movable parts,” according to the patent.
The patent indicates that drones could even potentially replace fireworks, which can be dangerous and inconsistent. Instead, the patent calls for an aerial display system based on the floating pixel, or “flixel.” Each drone would carry a lighting assembly that could display images or colors, making use of the sky as a screen.
The patents were published Thursday and applied for by Clifford Wong, James Alexander Stark and Robert Scott Trowbridge, all a part of Walt Disney Imagineering, Disney’s design and development arm.
Drones have received a fair amount of both support and backlash in the past few years. Drones have been touted for their help in fields such as search and rescue, inspecting buildings and shooting Hollywood films. They’ve also brought up concerns over privacy and safety.
This isn’t the first time Disney has introduced a controversial technology. Last year, Disney introduced Magic Bands. The rubber wristbands act as a ticket, FastPass and hotel room key, drawing criticism as an NSA-style device.

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