Disney’s new “DreamPlay” line of toys will allow Tinker Bell and a host of other well-loved company characters to “interact” virtually on tablet or smartphone screens via image-recognition software according to Reuters.
DreamPlay, developed by Soon-Shiong’s NantWorks company, and JAKKS works via an app that can be downloaded on Apple Inc devices like the iPad, or smartphones and tablets running Google Inc Android software. When a device’s camera is trained on any toy specifically designed to work with DreamPlay, it triggers one of thousands of preset animations that appear on the device’s screen and seem to be unfolding in the real world.
With viewers’ eyes locked on the tablet or smartphone screen, fairies appear to glide in and out of buildings, animated critters start playing musical instruments, mythical characters prance on a toy piano’s keyboard.
Pretty cool stuff.