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Tuesday, June 29, 2021

Universal theme parks patent tech that might reduce motion sickness in riders

Posted By on Tue, Jun 29, 2021 at 2:06 PM

click to enlarge A new patent that seeks to reduced motion sickness may be introduced to Universal Orlando Resorts. - VIA UNIVERSAL ORLANDO RESORT/ INSTAGRAM
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  • A new patent that seeks to reduced motion sickness may be introduced to Universal Orlando Resorts.

A new technology that reduces motion sickness in rollercoasters may soon come to Universal Orlando.

Comcast Corp., partial owner of Universal Parks and Resorts, filed a patent earlier this month that seems to address the issue of motion sickness in rides, according to a report from the Orlando Business Journal.



The patent named "Ride Vehicle Restraint System with Forced Air System" showcases a ride restraint that pushes air toward the face of the rider from various directions, an effect that could reduce motion sickness, the report included.

click to enlarge Based on a 2017 study from the NCBI, the airflow in the face of riders was the most successful at offsetting the symptoms of motion sickness. - VIA PATENT SCOPE/ WEBSITE
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  • Based on a 2017 study from the NCBI, the airflow in the face of riders was the most successful at offsetting the symptoms of motion sickness.

In a 2017 study from the National Center for Biotechnology for Information, 82 participants were divided into four groups to test different methods to reduce motion sickness. The study concluded the airflow method proved to "significantly reduce" the symptoms.

Universal Orlando declined to comment on the patent.


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