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Disney Imagineers to bring Avatar’s ‘Pandora’ planet to life

28 June 2016

YouTube channel PatentYogi reveals that Disney Imagineers have a patent to develop living Pandorran plants that users can interact with.

Na'vi River Journey concept art (Credit: The Walt Disney Company)

The plants can detect and respond to user interaction. A new patent granted to Disney, named User Interactive Living Organisms, details the technology behind the project. It describes capacitive sensing to detect human interaction with living plants. The sensing system connects to the plant via an electrode and utilises the natural conductive paths found in an organic plant to transmit an electrical signal. The system gets activated when someone directly touches the plant or comes near it.

Interaction effects include users touching the plants and they illuminate, if the stem is touched a stimulated earthquake-like experience is activated and if the leaves are touched, a cool breeze is generated. The system can also detect when a person is standing near or approaching a plant and in response a hidden shower is activated. 

Disney is developing “Pandora- The World of Avatar” at Disney’s Animal Kingdom in Florida. James Cameron, producer of the film will be working with Disney on this project.

The much anticipated attraction will open in 2017 bringing other delights such as a flight simulator based banshee attraction and boat ride through the landscape of Pandora.

For more information on the construction of the attraction, please click here.

Video courtesy of YouTube channel PatentYogi

PatentYogi is a patent services firm that helps inventors file patents for their inventions across the world. 


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