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High-Speed Projection - Can Disneyland Benefit From This New Technology?

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  • [Question] High-Speed Projection - Can Disneyland Benefit From This New Technology?

    This exciting technology developed at the University of Tokyo can produce two things: 1) high speed tracking of objects, and 2) projection of images (still and video) on objects moving at high speed. The video shows both applications:
    Dynamic target tracking camera system keeps its eye on the ball #DigInfo - YouTube
    The projection application has an exciting potential in the hands of the Imagineers. I can see a reworking of Madame Leota's head, the Grim Grinning Ghosts, and other currently projected effects that would be enhanced by this technology.

    What are your thoughts?
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    Re: High-Speed Projection - Can Disneyland Benefit From This New Technology?

    I'm sure they could especially since everything in current generation attractions are using some type of projection. Look at most of the newer disney attractions that popped up for the big refurbishment. Star Tours uses projection within the Queue, Little Mermaid throughout the ride, and Radiator Springs Racers uses them for the mouths of the characters and other portions of the ride. You also see them implementing it within all the newer shows. So they could use it to its furthest extent, I'm sure.

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      Re: High-Speed Projection - Can Disneyland Benefit From This New Technology?

      This doesn't need to be used unless there was some kind of randomly moving object. Anything related to an audio-animatronic (Leota, Grim Grinning Ghosts, Cars, etc.) don't need this tracking device because the main computer that those AAs are controlled by will always know what motions they'll do and when. Tracking is only important when we don't know what's going to happen.

      This sort of thing, then, might be useful for things like interactive queues or magic tricks or Midway Mania-esque rides, but the technology that is already mainstream does a fairly good job at all of these things already.

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