iCertainty and Zebra Technologies Corporation today announced plans to further license technology developed by Disney dubbed CHEFS (Computerized HACCP Enhanced Food Safety). At its core, the technology employs wireless temperature probes with Zebra’s MC40 mobile devices and iCertainty’s software to offer real-time monitoring of food temperatures, creating alerts when health concerns due to internal temperatures fall out of their respective safety zones. In addition to the immediate health benefits, the system also permits food preparers to rely on a manual process of documenting everything on paper for auditing purposes.
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Walt Disney Studios has had a tumultuous experience at best with companies it has had distribution agreements with. Until it acquired Pixar in 2006, Disney acted as Pixar Animation Studios’ film distribution, a relationship that all but crumbled between Steve Jobs and Michael Eisner and was only soothed over by Robert Iger who ended up acquiring the studio altogether.
Earlier this year, we broke news about a new campaign Disney has launched titled ‘Dream Big, Princess.’ The campaign has already begun to manifest itself with signage at Target stores nationwide, as well as internationally.
Today, Disney has released a 90 second spot titled ‘Dream Big, Princess: Be A Champion’ which is set to The Script’s ‘Hall of Fame’ and kicks off with the message ‘For every girl who dreams big, there’s a princess to show her it’s possible.’ The spot compares imagery from Disney’s films including Brave, Tangled, The Little MermaidThe Princess and the Frog and Cinderella to real life footage of young girls excelling in sports and sciences.
It’s become one of the world’s worst kept secrets that Disney Parks has devised of a way to use drones in its nighttime entertainment offerings and is currently lobbying the FAA to allow them to do so. Almost on a weekly basis now, we are learning more and more of just how Disney is attempting to accomplish such a feat, pioneering methods and technology to do so.
Exactly one week ago, we covered a patent application that demonstrates the ‘flixel’ system being composed of a pico-projector and a mesh screen and now Disney has potentially revealed plans on how the system will sustain itself.
We have been following Disney Theme Parks’ plans to incorporate unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) — or drones — into its nighttime entertainment experiences for years, beginning with the initial patent application through their recent filing to actually seek FAA permission to use drones at the Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts.
The filing revealed that Disney plans on using 3DR quadcopters with a ‘flixel’ payload of no more than five pounds in weight, but until now, it was more or less assumed that it would be a simple screen, consisting of simple elements that would combine with other drones’ payloads to develop a larger picture, such as what Intel had recently shown, which was effectively simulating fireworks.
Mattel today announced its relationship with Disney Consumer Products for the Cars franchise has been renewed up to and including Disney/Pixar’s Cars 3. The agreement gives Mattel continued worldwide rights to manufacture, market and distribute toys and products based on the award-winning Cars franchise across multiple categories, including vehicles and playsets.
According to Mattel chairman and CEO, Christopher Sinclair, ‘Disney and Mattel have enjoyed an outstanding partnership for nearly 60 years, and we are thrilled to see the relationship continue in such a meaningful way.’
Disney Research Zurich in partnership with ETH has debuted its newest robot, the VertiGo. With a control and drive mechanism comparable to the typical radio controlled car, one thing VertiGo can do is seamlessly transition from driving on the ground to driving on walls and back again. Although the robot makes use of a central carbon fibre baseplate in order to minimize its weight, a number of specialized parts are 3D printed.
In order to make the transition, the VertiGo features two propellers — the rear propeller applies thrust towards the wall, while the forward propeller thrusts upwards, causing the VertiGo to flip into position onto the wall. Although Disney Research has not yet demonstrated it, they claim that VertiGo can even theoretically traverse ceilings.
The Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS) Board of Directors today declared a cash dividend of $0.71 per share for the second half of fiscal 2015, payable January 11, 2016 to shareholders of record at the close of business on December 14, 2015.
Disney began paying dividends on a semi-annual basis this past July with a dividend of 66 cents a share, and combined with today’s declaration, the total fiscal 2015 dividend payment increased 19% on an annualized basis from fiscal 2014 to $1.37 per share. Going forward, we plan to review the dividend payment annually following the end of the fiscal year, and plan to continue paying dividends on a semi-annual basis.
Disney and ESPN Media Networks and Sony Network Entertainment International LLC (SNEI) today announced an agreement to bring the company’s media networks to PlayStation™Vue, the pioneering cloud-based live TV service. Disney will offer ESPN, ABC-owned local stations, Disney Channel, ABC Family, and more networks on PlayStation Vue with the service’s unique features, including the ability to play multiple streams from one account and a powerful, intuitive user interface. In addition, local ABC affiliate stations will also have the opportunity to opt-in to the PlayStation Vue service with their live linear programming.
The Toy Industry Association (TIA) announced today that it is will induct Robert A. Iger, Chairman and CEO of The Walt Disney Company into the Toy Industry Hall of Fame in 2016. Iger was selected by members of TIA in recognition of his significant contributions to the industry and the impact his work has had on the lives of children worldwide. According to the announcement, Iger is ‘the steward of the world’s largest media company and some of the most respected and adored brands around the globe. He has grown Disney’s portfolio of beloved brands with the acquisition of Pixar (2006), Marvel (2009), and Lucasfilm (2012), three of the entertainment industry’s greatest storytelling companies. Always one to embrace new technology, Mr. Iger has made Disney an industry leader through its creative content offerings across new and multiple platforms.’