Yes, you read that headline correctly! Your dreams of becoming a Jedi or a Sith could finally be coming true. Disney has filed a patent for a working lightsaber (of sorts) for use at Star Wars Land, to be located at Disneyland and Disney World. The actual creation is part of a larger body called an “audience interaction projection system.”
Detailed information on how all this works can be found at PatentYogi.com, an excerpt of which can be found below:
HOW LIGHTSABER WORKS
To accomplish this, Disney has invented an audience interaction projection system that includes drones flying over the audience. The air above the audience is filled with some particulate matter such as water vapor, condensed water, liquid nitrogen, dust, and theatrical fog.
Some audience members are provided with faux Lightsabers. A faux Lightsaber includes LEDs to transmit IR light towards the drones. As an LED is turned on, IR rays are transmitted from the saber towards the drones, then an IR sensor built into the drones captures an image of the field of view with a bright spot at the position of the activated LED. The drone then projects visible light through particulate matter toward the faux light saber. Visible light passing through the particulate matter provides the illusion that the faux light saber has deflected a laser beam. Multiple LEDs are activated in sequence at various times to give the audience members the impression that the movements of the faux light sabers are deflecting multiple laser beams.
Further, faux Lightsabers provide a haptic feedback to the audience members each time LED is activated.
Moreover, an audience member can be provided with the impression that the faux Lightsabers missed some of the laser beams and that the laser beams hit the audience member’s body. To accomplish this, each audience member is provided with a haptic feedback vest (similar to the vest shown in image below) with multiple transducers that provide haptic feedback to the their body, when a “laser beam” hits the their body rather than the faux Lightsaber.
You can read more here.
A downloadable PDF of the patent — with even more details — can be found here: US 2016/0201888Powered by Sidelines