Patent Number: 6,307,952

Title: Apparatus for detecting guest interactions and method therefore

Abstract: An apparatus detects individual guest interactions in an installation (10) for entertaining one or more guests (12). The apparatus comprises one or more directional, velocity-dependent sensors (24), each motion sensor having a field of view covering a different one of the guests. The motion sensor generates a guest-interaction signal (26) when the guest in its field of view moves in an appropriate manner. The motion sensor can be arranged directly above or in front of the guest, depending on the type of motion that is desired to be detected. The sensor can employ an ultrasonic signal to detect motion, which is less susceptible to light and radio-frequency interference. A controller (22) responds to the guest-interaction signals and manipulates a plurality of guest interfaces (18,20,21).

Inventors: Dietz; Paul H. (Hopkinton, MA)

Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.

International Classification: G01S 15/58 (20060101); G01S 15/00 (20060101); G06F 3/00 (20060101); A63F 9/00 (20060101); G06K 009/00 ()

Expiration Date: 10/23/2018