Disney Introducing Real Life Lightsabers for Star Wars Land
Disney has recently filed a patent that would use laser technology to introduce realistic lightsabers. Rumors suggest it will be for the 14 acre Star Wars Land that is coming to Disneyland and Disney's Hollywood Studios.
The patent is called "Audience Interaction Projection System", and it will allow lightsabers to defect light in real time. It is currently unknown if this feature will be used for shows or if guests will be able to test it.
The picture shows off a controller, projector, and a fairly large lightsaber. The document explains the image better.
"An entertainment environment has a user with a faux light saber that interacts with a drone flying through the air or operated with hidden rods to appear as if its flying through the air. The faux light saber has LEDs attached thereto to provide IR light to the drone. As an LED is turned on, an invisible light sensor built into the drone captures an image of the field of view with a bright spot at the position of the activated LED. A visible light source built into the drone then projects light through particulate matter toward the faux light saber. As a result, the uses is provided with the illusion that the faux light saber has deflected a laser beam. Multiple LEDs can be activated in sequence at various times to give user the impression that the movement by the users of the faux light saber is deflecting multiple laser beams."
It sounds pretty cool doesn't it? Maybe in a couple years we will see real lightsaber battles happen in the parks? Star Wars Land already is going to have immersive shops, restaurants, and of course attractions. A Lightsaber show may be in the mix.
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