Sense, nonsense and cents
The idea about the map capability cell phones is solid. Many manufacturers today are putting GPS Systems into theirs. It is a consumer option to order the service or not, so many people don’t realize it is there.
Back two or so years ago, Disney was in the cell phone business. One of its features was the child locator. I can’t tell you exactly how it worked but it did until Disney pulled the plug in the U. S. although I heard rumors that it was still marketed elsewhere in the world.
Now my point is this if technology can locate a child with a telephone signal then technology should be able to locate a place with a telephone signal.
Disney is testing consumer reaction to a plan to use Nintendo DS game systems in their parks. I don’t have a Nintendo DOS nor do I intend to get one. My computer and my PlayStation III are quite enough to amuse me. I also have a top of the line cell phone with a game feature that I have never tried.
Sounds to me as if Disney is in some sort of partnership with Nintendo. I know Disney contracts with all the companies that supply it. It’s likely that Nintendo Corporate, Japan offered it a deal it couldn’t refuse in exchange for advertising exposure. Good way to promote sales for the manufacturer. A couple of years back there were Wii’s in Epcot so the children could play on them. Funny thing, because Wii’s were in limited supply, the public clamored for them.
Pal Mickey was supposed to help visitors navigate lines. It was canned by Disney about the same time Nintendo discussion began. The technological issues executives cited could have been fixed. Did new Imagineering cut him in a money chase? Incidentally stuffed Mickeys looking like Pal Mickey were out for sale in most shops. Their price tag was high if one takes into account they had no computer technology. Disney manages to stay on top.
I think paper maps fold nicely, don’t use batteries, and come free with the schedule of daily events. Get every family member one and use it. Plan the days events together. Set up a safe spot to go to if people get separated. Don’t worry about things like loss, theft, or breakage. Furthermore, for what a day at the parks costs, enjoy the attractions instead of flicking fingers….
I don’t have a Nintendo DOS nor do I intend to get one. My computer and my PlayStation III are quite enough to amuse me. I also have a top of the line cell phone with a game feature that I have never tried. But who am I to tell anyone how to run his life, raise his kids, or travel from Point A to Point B?