Your Feet May Be The Key To A Tailored Disney Experience: Disney Awarded Footwear Tracking Patent
Yet another interesting method of using this data would be with a robot that moves around the park and interacts with guests.
“Still another embodiment includes a robot for interacting with guests at an amusement park. The robot includes a foot sensor for capturing a depth image of at least one foot of a guest and a camera for capturing a color image of the least one foot of the guest. The robot may also include a movement mechanism allowing the robot to roam the amusement park or a portion thereof and an input/output interface for receiving guest information from the guest.”
While there will be those who find these methods to be a little invasive, so to speak (Gizmodo goes far as to call it “creepy”). But Disney is already testing and implementing this type of customized technology with MagicBands that most park guests wear and this new method aims to be less intrusive than other methods of capturing, identifying and tracking guests’ movements.
“Current methods of acquiring guest information and subsequently matching a particular guest with the acquired guest information are limited to rather intrusive methods, such as retinal and fingerprint identification methods. These methods are obtrusive and some guests may not feel comfortable providing this type of biometric information to a third party.”
The patent also explains that attempting this type of tracking would be unreliable with clothing as the guests may put on or take off a hat, sunglasses or a sweater, for example.
Of course, some guests may feel uncomfortable regardless of not being aware that pictures are being taken of them but unless Disney plans on stockpiling pictures of people’s shoes for an unknown reason, having a device take a random picture of my Vans 'Star Wars' slip-ons while on their private property doesn’t exactly trouble me. I certainly wouldn’t advocate you go barefoot to the park instead, as Gizmodo bizarrely suggests (so that they can take a photo of my actual feet instead?). But what do you think about this type of technology being able to customize your Disney Parks experience?
Source: Inside The Magic
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