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How Disney’s lightsaber patent works

UPDATE: Here’s the teaser video for what to expect when you get your hands on a lightsaber. Disney announced today that the prop will be part of its new Star Wars-themed hotel at Walt Disney World . The Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser hotel will open in 2022 and include previously announced “windows” that allow you to see the Galaxy outside you room. Reservations for the two-night all immersion event will become available later this year.

All this started coming to a head last month when Disney first announced the engineering behind the real lightsaber. Scroll down for more.

First, some teaser tweets, and then scroll down to watch Sean Hollister’s in-depth account.

How Disney’s ‘real’ lightsaber patent actually works (Sean Hollister, The Verge)
Think tape measures — or slap bracelets, in reverse

A real lightsaber. How is that possible?
It’s probably not, of course. But when Disney Parks chairman Josh D’Amaro ended his April 8th presentation by whipping out a never-before-seen retractable lightsaber — no video evidence, mind — Disney and Star Wars fans went wild online. Speculation ran rampant, much of it pointing to a 2018 patent for a “Sword device with retractable, internally illuminated blade.” I pored through that patent late that evening, and I’ve been trying to figure out a way to show Verge readers how it works ever since. Heck, I even ordered a pair of LED slap bracelets that have yet to arrive. MORE@THE VERGE


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