A new Patent Might Make Lightsaber Fighting More of a Reality

Lightsaber Fighting

Many of us are eagerly awaiting the official grand opening of Star Wars Land in Disneyland and Walt Disney World. As the opening approaches we’re constantly finding out about more and more awesome things that Disney will have in store for us.  Now it looks like there may have been patents filed that will make Lightsaber battles more realistic for guests.

According i09 a site called PatentYogi alerted them to a patent application, filed by Disney Enterprises. The application is for something called an “Audience Interaction Projection System.” The system will use flying drone technology  with a system created to enable fans to deflect laser beams in real time, during interactions at the park.

Lightsaber fight

The image above seems promising. i09 provided a description from the document:

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 lightsaber. 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.

Pretty exciting sounding stuff, right? Although it’s a lot of techno talk, it’s pretty much saying that using this system, park guests can use lightsabers to deflect laserbeams. Drones will send light through a fog or dust so you can see it, and then the sabers will send it back. Right now however, it’s all just speculation. There is no official word that this will be for the Star Wars Land, but it seems to be the popular theory right now. This pairs with all the other exciting Star Wars Land news we’ve seen it looks like we’re in for a lot of surprises!

What do you think of this technology’s potential to enhance the Star Wars experience?

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