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How Disney’s ‘real’ lightsaber patent actually works

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A real lightsaber.

Speculation ran rampant, much of it pointing to a 2018 patent for a “Sword device with retractable, internally illuminated blade.

But it looks like I won’t need them, because VR developer Ben Ridout has already done better, brilliantly illuminating Disney’s patented concept with a set of simple animations:.

Did #Disney invent a real working #lightsaber? It won’t melt through metal blast doors, or cut off your hand, but it does feature an illuminated blade that will extend and retract at the push of a button.

Ben Ridout (@benridout) April 12, 2021 Next, widen the tapes and increase the curve, allowing them to partially wrap around each other and form a complete cylinder.

Drive this system with a motor so both reels can be extended and retracted in synch at the push of a button.

— Ben Ridout (@benridout) April 12, 2021 Yes, that’s correct — the magic here really does boil down to a pair of fancy motorized tape measures.

According to the patent, the lightsaber’s “blade” consists of two spools of translucent material that lie flat when fully wound, like a tape measure inside its reel.

When each ribbon is shot out the end, it curves into a semicircle that forms one half of the blade.

They’re permanently mounted to a rounded lightsaber “tip” that also pulls along a string of flexible LEDs that’s mounted on a third motorized spool inside the lightsaber’s frame.

We went on a hunt for the ultimate Star Wars lightsabers in 2016, and while modern lightsaber props have incredible light, sound and detailing, the basics haven’t changed in years: you generally choose between a glorified flashlight with a toy telescoping blade that can actually fit inside a handle, or more commonly now, a rigid LED-filled tube you’ll have to remove and store whenever you want to display your saber on a belt.

Now, Disney may have created the full-size, evenly lit, disappearing lightsaber blade of our dreams.


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