Disney’s Tactile Brush makes the user feel the film

by Mark R

I’m guessing that 3D is not good enough any more, as Disney is working on a process called Tactile Brush.

You might have seen this type of technology at Disney’s EPCOT center with their “Honey I Shrunk the Audience” presentation where little mice are supposedly going through the crowd, a trick done with airhoses under the seats.

The Tactile Brush uses 12 vibrating coils in the seats that create the sensation of things like speeding around a track or other sensations that you see in the image.

Disney demonstrated the Tactile Brush technology at the Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems in Vancouver, and hope to bring it to amusement park rides and movie theaters. It certainly would take a lot of reconstruction to get every cinema on this track. Disney is even planning to use Tactile Brush in home theaters. but there is no word as to when it will be out.

I suppose that we are looking at an age where we have “The Feelies”. This is the types of motion pictures that are in Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World. In that novel, the characters put their fingers on a ball, and they could sense the characters in the film they were watching. They might as well put the sensory things under the seat.


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