Texas fans of the "Star Wars" franchise might be interested to know that Disney Enterprises is working to make lightsabers a reality. If successful, children and adults alike could engage in epic duels at the company's Star Wars themed parks that are currently under construction at Disneyland and Disney World -- without worrying about cutting off anyone's hand or head. This could make the lightsaber one of the most exciting patent law applications in some time.
Disney purchased the immensely popular movie franchise and is taking it in directions never before imagined. Fans throughout the globe will have the opportunity to experience the movies at the new theme parks once they are complete. The company realized that it needed to provide guests and fans with a one-of-a-kind adventure. Creating a lightsaber as realistic as possible would certainly help.
Disney recently filed a patent application for an "Audience Interaction Projection System" that will allow theme park guests to use devices that behave, look and feel like the lightsabers used in the movies. According to the summary in the application, guests would enter into a room filled with something such as water vapor, dust or theatrical fog, among other proposed materials. The device would be able to deflect laser beams from drones flying overhead. The company also hopes to create some sort of vibration caused when two lightsabers meet to provide a feel to the experience.
Futuristic or otherworldly movie props inspire many invention ideas. If Disney can actually create the device in its patent law application, it would surely add to people's experience at the theme parks. It may seem at times to Texas inventors that there are no new ideas left, but Disney is shattering that misperception as it embarks on this journey. No one should give up on an idea just because it might not seem possible.
Source: Fox News, "Disney files patent that could make 'Star Wars' lightsabers a reality", Aug. 18, 2016