You may be familiar with haptic technology, even if you’re not familliar with the name itself. Haptic technology is any technology that can recreate a sensation of touch, most often using different levels of vibration, but it’s also possible through other means.
Many cell phones, for example, use a form of haptic feedback. You may have noticed that your phone will vibrate more intensely while performing certain task and less intensley during others. Game consoles have also made use of haptic feedback in their controllers to give you different sensations depending on what is happening in-game.
Disney has their mind set on using haptic feedback in other settings, though. Click the “Read More” to find out how!
Orlando Business Journal recently reported on a new patent filed by Disney for a haptic floor. Yep, Disney wants to provide haptic technology for your feet. But why?
The patent itself probably gives us some clues. If you look in the bottom right of the image, you see one person punching the floor with what clearly appears to be a pair of Hulk gloves. So immediately you think this is for some type of Marvel themed experience, and it’s probably no coincidence that Disney’s busy getting Avengers Campus ready for a Summer 2020 release. And with the recent trend of assigning “roles” to Guests on attractions, it makes sense that perhaps an attraction would allow guests to become their favorite Avenger.
The cool thing about this, though, is that Disney spelled out some other possibilities in the patent where this technology could be useful. Specifically, they mentioned earthquakes, stampedes, and an onslaught of a zombie army. While Disney may or may not have projects in mind specifically to suit these possible use cases, the fact that this single technology can have so many different possibilities for immersive experiences. Imagine being aboard the Star Wars Galactic Starcruiser, for example, where certain parts of the floor move if you enter an asteroid field or run amock of some pirates. I can also think of a particular movie with lions that featured a prominent scene with a stampede, but I don’t think any of us want to re-live that scene in real life. Right?
What other possibilities can you think of for a haptic floor? Does this intrigue you, or leave you shaking your head? Let me know in the comments below!