Patent US11733515B2, recently released, provides an engaging solution to a pressing problem exacerbated by the global pandemic. The most impactful issue it tackles is the inability to enjoy immersive experiences like visiting haunted houses due to health concerns and safety regulations. Regular interaction in these environments could easily spread infection because these leisure activities usually involve large crowds and close interactions.
Even more, some individuals might have always had reservations about visiting these locales due to fear of losing control or appearing scared before peers. Besides, the virtual reality (VR) alternatives to these experiences have their problems; they can be disorienting to users and don't perfect the sense of immersion.
This innovative patent ingeniously confronts these obstacles by utilizing networked computer technology to create a safe, immersive environment that virtually groups isolated individuals with real-life actors. The patent proposes that these actors would animate avatars in a common environment, made accessible through Virtual Reality (VR) or Augmented Reality (AR) technology.
Brilliantly, the patent also allows these actors to play different roles, switching avatars, and locations within the virtual venue with ease. A greater user control is achievable by slowing down the in-game speed, making the VR a less overwhelming experience. Also, there is a provision for mechanisms to prevent users from colliding with walls or furniture in the physical space while wandering in the virtual.
What future does this patent envision? For a start, it provides an alternative way to enjoy themed attractions safely. From the perspective of an enthusiastic user, one could sit in their living room in New York and explore a virtual haunted castle in Scotland.
Similarly, kids can navigate virtually created mazes in a challenging yet controlled environment without leaving their homes in Montana. Even actors can perform multiple roles with varying personas from the confines of their studios in Los Angeles, delighting guests all over the world. Advanced systems may give the users the ability to tour their own homes turned into frighteningly exciting manors, all thanks to AR technology.
Finally, it should be noted that while patent US11733515B2 holds immense potential, it is a patent. There are no guarantees it will materialize into a marketable product in the nearest future.
P.S: All details referenced in this article originated from the outlined patent, and while the information is detailed, it is advisable to consult directly with the patent for further clarifications. It is essential to note that this is purely a patent and there is no solid assurance that the concept will be commercially available in the market soon.