When Disney applies for a new patent relating to 3D animation, you pay attention. Disney along with their division Pixar makes the very best 3D movies we all love. In Disney's latest patent they state that 3D technology presents opportunities for the operators of amusement parks and other destination facilities to enhance the entertainment that they provide their many visitors. However, 3D video games are becoming common in home game systems, and 3D television sets are also now available for purchase by the general public. As a result, visitors of amusement parks and other facilities demand a different and more unique 3D experience to draw and retain their attention. Hence, there remains a need for a new 3D entertainment systems and methods that provide more personalized and immersive experiences for their users.
Disney's invention that relates, in general, to interactive three dimensional (3D) systems and devices, and, more particularly, to a system and method for providing a 3D immersive and interactive drawing environment, could be found under patent application 20130002815.
It's quite an interesting read if you have the time and to further assist you, we've put together some of the key patent graphics to help you visualize what Disney is describing in their filing.
Disney's patent FIG. 1 noted above is a functional block drawing of a 3D drawing system illustrating logical components of the system and their functionality to provide an immersive 3D drawing environment.
Disney's patent FIG. 5 noted above illustrates the 3D drawing system (#200) after the controller (#210) has operated to remove the 3D user image (#350), and this removal may be provided as a special effect such as by gradually beaming the user out of the 3D world provided by background image (#222) with associated music/sounds played over speakers (#226).
Disney's patent application was originally filed in Q2 2011 and published last week by the US Patent Office.
One last note: Disney's patent point # 0027 notes that the depth camera that Disney is using is the "Kinect" camera from Sony. This is either a simple mistake on the part of the one writing the patent filing or is Disney revealing a deeply hidden industry secret that Kinect isn't really from Microsoft. More than likely, it's the former.
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