Universal patent image for interactive wearable navigation device

Universal Files Patent for ‘Interactive Way-Finder’ Wearable Navigation Device

Shannen Ace

Universal Destinations & Experiences filed a patent for a new wearable device that could help guests navigate theme parks, Orlando Inno shared.

Universal Patents Wearable Device

Universal patent image for interactive wearable navigation device

The patent is for an “Interactive Way-Finder” invented by Wei Yeh and Rachel Rodgers. The tech could be worn on the arm, as shown in the above image, and features a screen with hands pointing to the guest’s destination. Guests would choose where they want to go or the system could make suggestions.

The device wouldn’t just give directions, though. Other modes would give information about different attractions, guide guests to rides with the shortest waits, give safety instructions when boarding a roller-coaster, or alert guests to nearby dining options.

The “way-finder” could also have an “emergency mode” to direct users to exits or safety zones. It would also help locate children separated from their families or school groups.

The wearable device relies on light/sound emitters placed throughout the park.

Universal representatives did not reply to Orlando Inno’s request for comment.

Universal has filed several interesting patents in the past year as they prepare to open Epic Universe, their most technologically advanced theme park. Their other patents have been for various uses like guest tracking in restaurants, a new carousel, augmented reality on a ride, and a new restraint system.

Universal already uses one kind of wearable technology in the form of Super Nintendo World Power-Up Bands, available at Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Studios Japan, and coming soon to Epic Universe. Guests use these bands with their phones to interact with the land and play various games.

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