“Dark Ride Deception,” published in September, describes a technology that gives visitors a virtual reality experience—without goggles. The Walt Disney Company received a patent for such technology three months later.
According to The Los Angeles Daily News, the Walt Disney Company was granted a patent on Dec. 28 by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for a technology that enables users to experience a 3D world without glasses, goggles or digital devices.
“Dark Ride Deception,” describes an advanced technology that is stolen from Nostalgia City, an Arizona theme park. The stolen secrets allow park guests to experience virtual reality without goggles.
The Disney technology, according to the Daily News story, is called a Virtual World Simulator. The stolen Nostalgia City tech is called the Perception Deception Effect.
Since my first Nostalgia City novel I’ve been following the development of amusement park attractions. I never read anything about this new Disney technology, however; but it’s the next logical step in virtual reality. Inventing the Perception Deception Effect just made sense.
In the book, a brilliant theme park engineer disappears, along with details of his ground-breaking technology—before the plans can be patented. Nostalgia City employee and ex-cop, Lyle Deming, is tasked with finding the missing engineer and recovering the secrets.
Critical details of the Perception Deception Effect are known only to the missing engineer, Tom Wyrick. Deming speculates that Wyrick was either kidnapped or killed to obtain the secrets or that he plans to sell his inventions to the highest bidder.
“What’s he going to do,” Deming asks, “start his own theme park?”
When I wrote the book, I thought theme park rides needed to be bumped to a higher technological level. Apparently, so did Disney.
Looking for the second half of Hitchcock’s Sabotage?
The first half of my review of the Hitchcock film had a bunch of words unnecessarily underlined in the email version. Distracting. It doesn’t show up in the WordPress editor or in the web version of the story.
The second half of the review will be published soon. And it will be linked to the online version of the first half. Stay tuned.
Mark Bacon may be the next H.G. Wells!
Mark, your ongoing research and creativity have obviously contributed to you success. These attributes are certainly commendable. I suppose ‘Disney’ would never suggest that someone else may have considered this first…but I think that’s OK.