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    Patent for Midway Mania's "Interactive projection system and method"

    Check it out guys, a patent Disney has filed for an "Interactive projection system and method" has been discovered by someone over on a Disney group on MySpace... I'm assuming this new technology will be used for the Midway Mania attractions at DCA and Disney-MGM Studios. It also is probably being used at the new Monsters Inc attraction being built over at Tokyo Disneyland.

    A method and system of selectively projecting images is disclosed. An illuminated area is created on a projection surface by directing a light source to the projection surface. The illuminated area is detected with a camera. Electrical signals are transmitted from the camera to the projector, the electrical signals being indicative of the position of the illuminated area in relation to the projection surface. Based on the received electrical signals, an image and a second image are projected on the projection surface. The image is projected on the illuminated area of the projection surface. The second image is projected on an area of the projection surface that is not illuminated by the light source. Applications of this method and system include the projection of background and foreground images creating the illusion of an x-ray beam, the projection of a normal image and an overblown image creating the illusion of a magnifying light beam.
    The wording annoying, and the length of the patent tedious, it's an interesting read (or skim-through) nonetheless... take a look here:

    http://appft1.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-...DN/20060072076

    It features some interesting images as well:



    "X-Ray" flashlights!


    "X-Ray" flashlights on three-demensional surfaces


    "X-Ray" spectacles!


    Multi-directional 'X-Ray" beams from your flashlight (??!)



    ...So what do you all think?
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    Re: Patent for Midway Mania's "Interactive projection system and method"

    awesome post man. i'm looking forward to midway mania!

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    Re: Patent for Midway Mania's "Interactive projection system and method"

    Is it like this?

    It was the first thing that came to my mind when I read the thread title.

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    Re: Patent for Midway Mania's "Interactive projection system and method"

    Yes, Al mentioned this patent in a recent update, but I hadn't seen the diagrams. I'm not sure I can completely get my mind around this, but it sounds great to me. Should be an interesting use of new technology.

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    Re: Patent for Midway Mania's "Interactive projection system and method"

    Can't wait to see this in action!

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    Re: Patent for Midway Mania's "Interactive projection system and method"

    Quote Originally Posted by Frogberto
    Yes, Al mentioned this patent in a recent update, but I hadn't seen the diagrams. I'm not sure I can completely get my mind around this, but it sounds great to me. Should be an interesting use of new technology.
    Its like one of those things you jsut look at and say " AAHhhhh ooookkkk" with the blank stare as if you knew in your mind what your seeing. I get the concept but based on the pictures i get more confused..hahaaha

    Good find tho and interesting. For some odd reason im not at all hyped about this ride. Ehhh
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    Re: Patent for Midway Mania's "Interactive projection system and method"

    Very cool technology. I really want to hear more about the "story" of the ride.

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    Re: Patent for Midway Mania's "Interactive projection system and method"

    Quote Originally Posted by Frogberto
    Yes, Al mentioned this patent in a recent update, but I hadn't seen the diagrams. I'm not sure I can completely get my mind around this, but it sounds great to me. Should be an interesting use of new technology.
    I am with Frogberto on this one in that I can't fully grasp the details but am excited to experience the end result. I love that Disney is still seeking out new ways to create "magic" through technology in the parks.

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    Re: Patent for Midway Mania's "Interactive projection system and method"

    Quote Originally Posted by MasterGracey
    It also is probably being used at the new Monsters Inc attraction being built over at Tokyo Disneyland.
    Ahh...hey. You know, great point. I never considered that. Probably the same technology.

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    Re: Patent for Midway Mania's "Interactive projection system and method"

    Quote Originally Posted by XCLIPSE129
    Its like one of those things you jsut look at and say " AAHhhhh ooookkkk" with the blank stare as if you knew in your mind what your seeing. I get the concept but based on the pictures i get more confused..hahaaha

    Good find tho and interesting. For some odd reason im not at all hyped about this ride. Ehhh
    I wasn't all hyped about this ride either until I read Al's decription in his updates. It sounds like its going to be VERY interesting. And now after skimming through some of the patent and seeing these images, I'm even more curious. I don't like the idea of the Toy Story characters on the Pier (themeatically mis-placed), but I'm excited for the ride's new technology and to see the type of experience it creates.

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    Re: Patent for Midway Mania's "Interactive projection system and method"

    Quote Originally Posted by openattheseams
    Is it like this?
    Whoa! VERY Cool
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    Re: Patent for Midway Mania's "Interactive projection system and method"

    Quote Originally Posted by openattheseams
    Is it like this?
    Whoa!!! Thats totally rad!!!! I would love to see this!!!


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    Re: Patent for Midway Mania's "Interactive projection system and method"

    Am I the only one who is completely underwhelmed by the idea of waving a glorified flashlight around inside a dark ride? This just doesn't sound interesting to me at all.

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    Re: Patent for Midway Mania's "Interactive projection system and method"

    Quote Originally Posted by Hyperbole
    Am I the only one who is completely underwhelmed by the idea of waving a glorified flashlight around inside a dark ride? This just doesn't sound interesting to me at all.
    Ha ha! Only if they put in a few live cockroaches to scurry when you shine a light on them! Well, I'm sure that Buzz Lightyear didn't sound that great on paper, but it's a fairly popular ride...

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    Re: Patent for Midway Mania's "Interactive projection system and method"

    Quote Originally Posted by Frogberto
    Well, I'm sure that Buzz Lightyear didn't sound that great on paper, but it's a fairly popular ride...
    Yeah, I agree --- I wasn't very excited about Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters when I first heard about it either, since I'm not much of a fan of video games nor of Buzz Lightyear, but I have a a blast (no pun intended) every time I ride.

    I think Midway Mania has potential to be something pretty impressive... Here's hoping!

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