Did Disney Invent A Way To Deflect “Lasers” With A Lightsaber?

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Last year, Disney filed a patent. But it wasn’t just any patent. This patent involves involves lightsabers. As you can see in the diagram above, a guy from Virtua Fighter is clearly using a lightsaber to deflect a laser beam being fired by a cereal box trapped inside of a beach ball. The actual patent describes it thusly:

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.

An educated guess would be that this is for the Star Wars themed expansions currently under construction at Disneyland California and Walt Disney World Florida, though Disney aren’t giving anything away just yet. If it becomes something that we actually get to see and experience (as we’ve all learned by now, a company filing a patent doesn’t mean they’re necessarily going to do anything with it), details like this could make the difference between visiting something Star Warsy and feeling like you’re part of Star Wars.

(Patent Yogi via io9)

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