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  • 08.10.11

Disney Reinvents The Vibrator … For Sensational Movies And Gaming

Disney researchers want to install tiny vibrators all over your body to give you delicate digital sensations–even on the sole of your foot.

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Disney Research has come up with a new technology so advanced your sensitive nerves will detect a “smooth tactile motion, akin to what we feel when someone drags a finger across our skin.” It’s all about taking the art of sensory feedback from games and movies to a whole new level of user experience.

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Unlike the current state of haptic technology, which you’ve possibly felt with a crude jolt of “buzz” from the vibration units on some Android smartphones, Disney’s Haptic Surround tech is much subtler, and thus potentially more powerful in terms of fooling your brain into feeling digitally generated sensations.

Generating such real-feeling sensations in a person could be used in all sorts of fields from medicine to gaming. But you can imagine that the tech will definitely find a home in the entertainment business: How intense would your 3-D movie-going experience be if you felt a falling sensation when a James Bond leaps from a plane, or a creepy hand on your neck at the right moment in a horror movie? And let’s not even think about its applications at the hands of a firm like Vivid Video….

Vibrating tech is all over the news at the moment, what with the vibro-glove that’s said to enhance sensation to such superhuman levels it could be useful to surgeons. And we’re left pondering exactly how many more “phantom vibrations” we’ll be feeling in the future if our gaming and movie experiences are vibro-powered.

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