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Disney may be creating what it describes as its own metaverse following hints from the CEO as to the state of the company in November 2021. The company was recently approved for a “virtual world simulator in a real place,” according to a patent filing.
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The subject virtual world simulator includes a computing platform with a hardware processor and memory storing software code, a tracking system coupled to the computing platform, and a portable device configured for use by a user in the real-world place that is in communication coupled to the computing platform, according to the filing.
The Los Angeles Times, however, reports that Disney officials say they have no immediate plans to use the technology. A Disney spokesperson told the Los Angeles Times that the company “files hundreds of patents each year as we explore developing technologies.”
“We are excited about the possibilities with this type of technology,” the Disney spokesperson said, adding that “there are currently no plans to introduce this technology in any future experience.”
Disney CEO Bob Chapek seeks to connect the physical and digital worlds
Disney CEO Bob Chapek said – on a fourth quarter earnings call in November 2021 – that “suffice it to say, our efforts to date are only a prologue to a time when we we will be able to connect the physical and digital worlds even more. up close, enabling storytelling without borders in our own Disney metaverse,” according to a transcript of the call.
“And we look forward to creating unprecedented opportunities for consumers to experience all that Disney has to offer through our products and our platforms, wherever the consumer is.”
Disney said in its patent filing that — in addition to their inability to provide a true 3D virtual experience — AR glasses, goggles, and headsets can be expensive, inconvenient to wear, and “would impose cumbersome sanitation procedures on environments. of use” in the age of COVID-19[FEMALETheLosAngelesTimesclarifiesthatthetechnologywouldprobablyuse3DprojectionsonobjectstoallowallvisitorstoseethescreenswithoutusingspecialglassesorARglasses[FEMININELeLosAngelesTimesprécisequelatechnologieutiliseraitprobablementdesprojections3DsurdesobjetspourpermettreàtouslesvisiteursdevoirlesécranssansutiliserdelunettesspécialesoudelunettesAR
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“Furthermore, requiring the use of a personal AR-enabled device to enjoy a virtual environment effectively prevents multiple users from sharing the same experience. Accordingly, there is a need in the art for a solution that allows a or multiple users to experience an immersive simulation of a 3D virtual world that is accurately rendered based on each user’s point of view,” the patent states.
Visitors would hypothetically trigger the experience via their own smartphone or device due to proximity or some other factor, being able to see any 3D projection with their own eyes.
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