This is not a drill people, Disney has pushed forward with what seems to be the next advances in theme park entertainment and if successful looks to out Harry Potter’s wand waving to shame.
Disney has filed a patent that will allow them to use drones to send lasers through fog towards someone wielding a Lightsaber which could then be deflected back. You can check out the patent image of this below:
According to PatentYogi:
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.
What this essentially means is that a cast member or guest could wield a Lightsaber that for all intents and purposes, would work just like they do in the movies! I can imagine Disney utilising this technology for the upcoming Star Wars Land at both Disneyland and Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World.
As a huge Star Wars fan the prospect of actually holding a ‘working’ Lightsaber is incredibly exciting, here’s hoping this patent amounts to something!