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Disney wants to make theme park rides controlled by your emotions

The company filed a patent for technology which could read riders' facial expressions and customise the ride according their mood

Clarisse Loughrey
Wednesday 01 February 2017 10:53 GMT
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Disney has filed a patent to create ride technology which reads a rider's facial expressions and customises their experience according to mood
Disney has filed a patent to create ride technology which reads a rider's facial expressions and customises their experience according to mood (Disney Enterprises)

Disney has filed a patent for theme park rides that can be controlled by your emotions.

Titled, 'Sensing and Managing Vehicle Behaviour Based on Occupant Awareness', the patent seeks to develop technology which can read the facial expressions of riders, determining their emotions and customising the experience around those emotions.

Bored? Your vehicle may suddenly speed up, or start spinning like crazy. A little too excited? Then your vehicle can ease up a little, because imagine the utopia of a theme park with zero vomit.

"The technology would allow rides to adjust show content appropriate for pre-teens, teenagers or adults; or for thrill-seeking and non thrill-seeking passengers," the patent reads (via Orlando Business Journal). "The control system may also operate the vehicle to address (e.g. even solve in some cases) motion sickness issues for passengers such as by adjusting speed or movement patterns of a vehicle."

The patent describes changes to the ride experience could also be made according to previously filled out questionnaires, in which the guest would lay out their expectations for their visit; with Disneyland already installing technology that can identify individual riders through the use of Disney's MagicBands, a kind of wearable ID device.

It may even be able to identify various passenger comfort levels, adjusting the temperature and air-conditioning on the ride to achieve the most pleasurable experience possible.

A boon to the theme park experience, or personal infringement gone too far? It's like any actually technology developed by Disney will be furiously debated by fans and guests alike.

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