BREAKING: Disney Imagineering Showcases Incredible ‘HoloTile Floor’ Which Could Change VR & Theme Park Experiences Forever

Brit Tuttle

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BREAKING: Disney Imagineering Showcases Incredible ‘HoloTile Floor’ Which Could Change VR & Theme Park Experiences Forever

Walt Disney Imagineering has revealed an exciting new piece of technology called the “HoloTile floor” in a video celebrating Disney Research Fellow and Imagineer Lanny Smoot’s induction into the National Inventors Hall of Fame.

Walt Disney Imagineering Reveals ‘HoloTile Floor’

Disney Research Fellow and Imagineer Lanny Smoot demonstrates the HoloTile Floor technology.
Image Source: Disney Parks on YouTube

In the video, Smoot gives a quick demonstration of the new tech. The floor is made up of small circular pieces that shift and rotate as the user walks upon it, allowing for omnidirectional movement.

Smoot’s induction into the National Inventors Hall of Fame marks the second person from The Walt Disney Company to receive the prestigious honor, with the first being Walt Disney himself.

Two users walk around on the HoloTile floor.
Image Source: Disney Parks on YouTube

According to Smoot, the HoloTile will automatically adjust in order to keep the user on the floor, and can even accommodate multiple people independently.

Two users demonstrate the HoloTile floor with a possible maze featuring BB-8.
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The floor can be used to traverse through virtual reality (VR) spaces, allow users (and potentially guests) to move around in the same space collaboratively, and Smoot also suggests its use in theatrical productions for dancers onstage. In one section of the video, Smoot and another user are walking on the HoloTile floor to get BB-8 from the “Star Wars” sequels through what appears to be a maze, with both on-screen visuals and projections on the tile.

A person potentially uses "The Force" to move a box on a section of HoloTile floor.
Image Source: Disney Parks on YouTube

Another short clip shows someone who, to us, appears to be using “The Force” to move a box around the section of HoloTile.

Ultimately, Smoot says that while there are “so many applications for this type of technology,” Walt Disney Imagineering doesn’t know yet where it will be used.

Smoot sits on a chair as he is moved with "The Force" on the HoloTile Floor.
Image Source: Disney Parks on YouTube

It gives me an amazing opportunity to use these inventions that I’ve made in service of people having fun.

Lanny Smoot, Disney Research Fellow and Walt Disney Imagineer

See this exciting new technology in action in the video below:

Where would you like to see the HoloTile Floor applied at the Disney Parks? Sound off in the comments.

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  • Brit Tuttle

    Brit didn't grow up going to the Disney Parks, but had basically the next best thing: the Phantom Manor ride operations simulator flash game and the Disney Sing-Along Songs Beach Party at Walt Disney World VHS. You can email them at brittani@wdwnt.com.

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