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Disney's MagicBand with RFID and Bluetooth

Now that Disney is starting to roll out their MagicBand in the parks, is there any plan to tear one down to see what is actually inside? We know that it contains a battery, RFID chip and bluetooth chip. There are rumors that Disney designed the chipsets in house.

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I have someone willing to donate their MagicBand to the greater good.

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I might be able to get my hands on a MagicBand if iFixit would be interested in tearing one down.

Reports of use are starting to roll in. People are reporting that at a quick service restaurants, employees are able to locate guests by use of their band.

For example: You place your food order at a counter and touch your band to the register to pay (RFID I am guessing). You are then told to find a seat anywhere. The restaurant seats several under people in three different dining rooms. Five minutes later your food arrives at your table. There is no need to "check-in" at your table or anything like that. Disney just knows you are sitting at that table. I am assuming that there are able to triangulate your location using the rumored low energy bluetooth chip inside.

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The Magic 8 Ball has been wrong in the past, but I think it might ring true this time around.

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To be honest, I haven't heard of this doohickey before you mentioned it. Is anyone else interested in having us take it apart? If so, feel free to upvote OP's question, or leave a comment in this thread.

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I'll keep my "ears" open regarding the disney magic band. (Pun totally intended).

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Here is a link to the FCC filing.

When you read the various papers submitted for peer review by various Disney research organizations (including Imagineering), it becomes pretty clear that Disney's plan is to utilize the bands to track each and every guest in real time, and offer various incentives on the fly (bonus fastpasses, reservations for tables, etc.), to distribute crowds throughout the park more efficiently.

Think air traffic control for people.

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Sounds way cool. I think we should tear it down.

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Plus don't forget, tearing it down would mean somebody gets to take a trip to WDW in order to get one.

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I was curious if there has been any further discussion of tearing down the MagicBand.

Apparently Disney is in the middle of a test. The current round will have 80,000 guests using the technology during the month of August. That is a lot of people, but nothing like the 120,000 a day that will be using it when the system goes live.

That is a lot of tech walking around on peoples wrists.

I should add. When guests go home after their trip to "The World" they will be able to keep their MagicBand. It would be awesome if other uses for the device could be found outside of Orlando.

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So, supposing we were interested in doing this, how might you suggest we get our hands on one?

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Yes please!

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If you want to find people willing to donate a magicband, I know people in the fan community have have several, and may be willing to donate one for deconstruction as long as the results were shared there.

Go to wdwmagic.com, go to the forums, sign up, and talk to wdwmagic's administrator (Steve). His handle, appropriately, is wdwmagic. :P

I know one family in particular that has nearly 14 of them. Maybe they'd be willing to donate?

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