Leading edge-technology used on Mars is now reaching a brand new viewers, and in a totally sudden means.
On September 12, “Wheel of Fortune” will premiere its fortieth season and reveal a brand-new model of its iconic puzzleboard, which contestants assessment to guess phrases which might be revealed letter by letter.
The puzzleboard, which hasn’t been up to date in almost 20 years, now options the identical expertise that powers the NASA rovers that discover Mars.
Beforehand, “Wheel of Fortune” co-host Vanna White manually turned the letter items of the board or touched the sides of particular person screens. Now all she has to do is gesture on the display screen — and the letters will seem.
As a substitute of 52 particular person screens, the puzzleboard is now a single LED display screen with two sensors to detect motion.
“There’s a laser, and I can run my hand over it,” White demonstrated for ABC Information’ Veronica Miracle. “I don’t even have to the touch it!”
The present has been on air for greater than 4 many years, and co-hosts Pat Sajak and Vanna White took a second to mirror on the present’s spectacular tenure.
“Vanna and I used to sit down round after like 10 years and go ‘How lengthy do you suppose this factor can go on?’” he advised ABC Information.
“Effectively, we stopped asking about 20 years in the past. It simply appears to maintain motoring alongside.”
A part of the present’s enduring success is its dedication to entertaining audiences, and the brand new puzzleboard will probably be part of that.
The board’s new expertise won’t solely enhance performance, however allow producers to “add graphics in a brand new and enjoyable means,” the present wrote in a press launch.
The expertise, known as “lidar,” has been utilized in self-driving automobiles in addition to on distant planets. It stands for gentle detection and ranging, and it makes use of a community of lasers to measure motion and distance.
It has been utilized by NASA because the Seventies, however bringing it to the “Wheel of Fortune” viewers is totally new.
“I need our viewers to proceed to take pleasure in this basic sport whereas including just a few new and fascinating twists,” mentioned the present’s new Government Producer Bellamie Blackstone in a press release.
“We’re all trying ahead to this being our largest season ever!”