Star Wars fans are literally shaking in their boots with excitement over some news Disney Parks Chairman Josh D’Amaro dropped this week…
During the “A Special Look Inside Disney Parks” presentation, Disney Parks Chairman Josh D’Amaro concluded the webinar by pulling out a lightsaber emitter and, just-like-the-movies, lightsaber blade rose up!
The lightsaber is similar to those you would purchase from Galaxy’s Edge but this one has a retractable blade!
Just as D’Amaro concluded the presentation he said “It’s real!”
Not too long ago, a patent was applied for and granted to Disney Enterprises titled “Sword device with the retractable, internally illuminated blade.” A search on Google Patents for the device reveals an extensive explanation for it which reads in part:
“A special effects device for providing an energy sword effect. The device includes two long plastic semi-cylinders, and these two blade body members are rolled perpendicular to their length, which creates compact cylinders of material of small volume that can be provided on a pair of spools in a hilt. To extend the blade, a motor provided in the hilt unrolls the blade body members from the spools. Each blade body member passes through a blade forming guideway that nests the semi-cylindrical blade body members together as they leave the hilt. To retract the blade, the process is reversed. The lighting of the blade is achieved with a flexible strip of light sources. The light source strip is attached to a blade end cap and positioned in the center of the two blade body members such that it is pulled up along with the blade body members during their extension.”
Yes, it is ok to be excited now!
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