How to make Mickey Mouse interactive

August 14, 2012

Easy – you use infrared controlled Mickey Mouse ears.

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The ears communicate with IR controllers and can react to certain parts of Disneyland. According to the video(s) below they have only scratched the surface and the ears will be able to interact with each other as well (they kind of do already as you can sync their lights with each other if you get them close enough).

The main attraction is the World of Colour experience where the ears are grouped into zones so the technicians can use all the “participants” to incorporate the ears into the show, think sweeping changes of colour running through the crowd.

Check out the 2 videos below

 

Now I just have to find the time and money to go to Disneyland myself

@maniac13


Everything will be touchable with Touché

May 7, 2012

Disney Research is always working on some cool stuff and now they are showing off a pretty cool and quite sophisticated touch-sensing technology called touché.

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Compared to capacitive touch screens that measure 1 frequency this new technology is measuring a range of them which means it not only can detect multi touch and gestures, but also distinguish between different objects or parts of the body.

It will also add touch to non-traditional surfaces, like liquid.

Check out the video below and see some of the examples on how Disney sees this technology being implemented in the future.

@maniac13


Disney’s Appmates – the future of iPad gaming

September 28, 2011

If you have kids and a tablet you know that your kids love them and you hardly get any time with it yourself.

Disney is going to release their Appmates toys next month and then you won’t get your tablet back at all from your kids.

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So what is Appmates? It seems to be a new iPad interface which lets the user (or small and big Kids) control a Cars-themed iPad games using the toys above.

The toy cars have special conductive pads that are recognized by the iPad and interpreted by the app.

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As you drive around the virtual environment of Radiator Springs, you’ll hear the character’s voice react to each bump or jostle. Mirrors inside the toy car will reflect light from the iPad through the toy’s headlights, and Mater’s siren as well.

Check out the video after the break

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Disney Star Wars Weekend Posters

May 12, 2010

Like every year Disney is promoting their Star Wars weekend with some awesome posters:

Here are some from this year:

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Disney Star Wars Weekend Posters

May 7, 2009

Every year at the Disney Hollywood Studios they have a special event – The Star Wars Weekend

And to promote it, they made some really cool posters:

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Awesome – and there are some more here.