Disney has been experimenting with some new and exciting ways for kids to interact with books and movies through video games, including "Paper Generators" that can send signals to games on a computer.
These Paper Generators use a combination of Teflon and conductive sheets to generate electricity. When the sheets are rubbed, tapped or touched, energy is generated and can be used to light LEDs, create noises, or cause motors to move.
The generators can also be used to send a signal out to a computer, potentially allowing for interaction between a video game and any sort of material that a generator is wedged between, such as a kids' book.
The above video explains this technique more fully, while a blog post on the Disney Research website
goes into more depth.
Meanwhile, the company has also been experimenting with mobile games at the movies. Dubbed "Second Screen Live," children are encouraged to download a special Disney app for iPad, which can then listen to a movie that is currently playing, and bring up minigames that are related to the current scene.
As reported by Mashable, the company is currently experimenting
with the classic movie The Little Mermaid
, showing special viewings in locations around the U.S. that can interact with a The Little Mermaid
The company also plans to release a Second Screen Live version of The Nightmare Before Christmas
in theaters soon.