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Disney Developing a Virtual Reality ‘Force Jacket’

Disney Developing a Virtual Reality 'Force Jacket' jacket2

According to Variety, Disney is working with a research and development team from MIT and Carnegie Mellon University on a brand new virtual-reality experience. The new experience comes in the form of the “wearable Force Jacket, which is designed to let someone experience physical sensations.”

The jacket uses “26 pneumatically-actuated airbags force sensors” to allow wearers to feel physical experiences like being hugged. The prototype application for the jacket has been a virtual snowball fight experience, in which the jacket reacts when the wearer is virtually hit with a snowball.

While this jacket is still in an early development phase it is clear to see how this could be integrated into a virtual reality experience that Disney already has on their property. This is pure speculation, but ILMxLAB and The VOID’s Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire experience in both Downtown Disney in California and Disney Springs in Florida could potentially be where this jacket would be integrated.

Credit: Variety

Stephen "Steve" Porter started going to the parks with his family in 1996. Since then he hasn't looked back! Steve was a cast member participating in the Disney College Program in 2013. Most recently he graduated from Penn State University!


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