Disney's Got A Patent For An AR Console

Last year, Kotaku reported on Disney's Toy Box, noting that it was pumping serious money into the concept. A new patent suggests it may be a new portable AR games system.

CNET reports on the patent (it's this one, if reading patents gets you all excited) which Disney applied for last year, covering a device that captures an image of a scene and then displays an augmented scene for the purposes of gameplay.

It's always feasible that this is just a defensive patent and no product will come from it; equally it could be that Disney's got some kind of AR games play ready to unleash in 2013. The problem there is that, to date, while we've seen AR games for the 3DS and Smartphones, very few of them have had much in the way of "games" behind them. Perhaps that won't matter for the kinds of very young audiences Disney tends to target — although it should. What do you think? [CNET]


    Could be something they're planning on doing in their parks. Perhaps something you could tag with a QR code and play on your phone while in a queue line or something. Sounds a bit more feasible I think.

    How is AR in this tech interpreted as VR! WTF KOTAKU!?

      That would be entirely my brain flub, which was caused by...


      (hey, it might work. Sorry about the headline flub)

        That's ok. We still love you. :)

        It is fair to say AR is something of a subset of VR though. So it is sure great to see more large companies working on advancing things here. I'm sure now we just wait for Japan or China to bring on the VR attempt at countering this.

    AR v VR argument aside. Seriously. Patents shouldn't be obtainable unless you have a working prototype...

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