【星战迷梦想成真:迪斯尼让你用“真正的”光剑战斗】

【星战迷梦想成真:迪斯尼让你用“真正的”光剑战斗】据悉,迪斯尼在宣布开设星球大战主题乐园前一年提交了专利。该专利描述了一个“观众互动投影系统”,观众手中的光剑配有LED装置,能够向无人机发送红外线;无人机通过红外线对光剑进行定位,接着向光剑投射光束,这样一来,光束看起来就像是从剑柄中发出的。此外,迪斯尼还会为游客提供触觉背心来模拟被击中的感觉。

Every Star Wars fan's dream come true: Disney patent reveals visitors to theme parks may be able to battle with 'real' lightsabers

A working lightsaber became a dream for most Star Wars enthusiasts when they were first introduced to a galaxy far, far away.

And Disney could finally  turn this sci-fi device into reality at its 14-acre Star Wars Land, as a new patent describes plans for visitors to interact with what looks, feels and behaves like the real thing.

The patent describes an ‘audience interaction projection system’ that uses drones to send down beams of light towards the audience, who are given ‘faux lightsabers’ to deflect the laser bolts back at the machine.

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Filed in 2015, this patent was created a year before Disney announced it will be opening Star Wars Land at both Disney World and Disneyland.

One of the black and white drawings in the latest patent shows a drone shooting a beam of light towards a figure holding a long, thin device with a handle – similar to one a famous Jedi may have used.

‘A process and system capture infrared light that is reflected or emitted from a device to precisely locate the device,’ reads the patent published on July 14 and first spotted by Patent Yogi.

‘The process and system project visible light from a light source toward the device such the light precisely target at the device.’

The document continues to create a picture of the area park-goers might witness during their interaction with the technology.

Disney describes filling the air above the audience with a certain particulate matter such as water vapor, condensed water, liquid nitrogen, dust or theatrical fog.

Some lucky audience members would be provided with a ‘faux lightsaber’ equip with LEDs that sends infrared (IR) light towards the overhead drones.

Once the LED is activated, the IR rays are sent from the device to the drones, where an IR sensor will capture an image of the field of view with a bright spot at the position of the activated LED.

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This will prompt the drone to shine visible light through the particulate matter and direct it at the audience member holding the device – giving the effect of what could be a real lightsaber deflecting laser beams.

Although the patent uses an illustration of a drone to explain this system, it also note that the entertainment environment is not limited to just this technology.

‘Various other animatronic devices, mechanical devices, animated characters, virtual characters can be used,’ reads the patent.

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It also suggests the user could be given other props besides the faux lightsaber during their experience.

The audience interaction system could also be designed to put on a complete show, in that it would give the impression that the device missed some of the laser beams and struck other members in the audience.

This could be accomplished by giving each visitor a haptic feedback vest that is equip with multiple transducers.

While most patents never become real-life technologies, Disney’s latest innovation fits well with its Star Wars Land, which is set to be the company’s biggest single-themed land expansion in history.

Last month, Disneyland released new artwork giving galactic fans a glimpse of its anticipated Star Wars-themed land that is currently under construction at the resort in Anaheim.

The drawings were posted on the fence near the construction zone, which features the spaceport on this never-before-seen planet in the Star Wars galaxy.

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'Nestled between towering spires of rock, this thriving port contains a seemingly familiar architecture of markets, landing zones and buildings,' a post on the Disney blog about the rendering read.

'Look closely and you may find hints of some of the thrilling experiences that are coming – like the Millennium Falcon peeking out of one of the cargo bays, marking the location where guests will get the opportunity to pilot the fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy.'

Although there have been few exact details released by Disney so far, officials have said guests can look forward to two central attractions.

One includes boarding the Millennium Falcon to head up a 'secret mission' and the other will involve an 'epic' battle between the Resistance and the New Order - a war from the latest film, Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens.

'You will have chance to run into droids and fantastic roaming beasts that Star Wars is known for,' Disney chairman Bob Iger said last year.

'You'd expect to find a cantina, and there will be one,' he assured the 7,500-strong crowd, making a reference to the fictional bar in the pirate city of Mos Eisley on Tatooine.'

The cantina is first seen in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. It is where Luke Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi first meet Han Solo and Chewbacca.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3748010/Every-Star-Wars-fan-s-dream-come-true-Disney-patent-reveals-visitors-theme-parks-able-battle-real-lightsabers.html


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