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“Your father’s lightsaber. This is the weapon of a Jedi Knight. Not as clumsy or random as a blaster; an elegant weapon for a more civilized age. For over a thousand generations, the Jedi Knights were the guardians of peace and justice in the Old Republic. Before the dark times… before the Empire.”

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Many Star Wars fanatics were dubious of Lucas’s decision to sell the Star Wars Universe, lock-stock-and-barrel, to the Mouse. It was not a terribly popular move, and one that was seen to be a sure sign of the franchise’s eminent corporate defiling. And yet news has leaked that we get more technically advanced lightsabers, so all is forgiven.

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Actually most was forgiven after the release of The Force Awakens, but this is just over the top. Even the most diehard Disney haters and too-cool-for-school Star Wars hipsters are going to pay attention to this story.

So here it is. Disney has filed a patent which is named the “Audience Interaction Projection System.” Keep in mind it is still a toy, and not a lightsaber capable of carving through steel.

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This is from the application’s written description:

“An entertainment environment has a user with a faux light saber that interacts with a drone flying through the air or operated with hidden rods to appear as if its flying through the air. The faux light saber has LEDs attached thereto to provide IR light to the drone.”

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“As an LED is turned on, an invisible light sensor built into the drone captures an image of the field of view with a bright spot at the position of the activated LED. A visible light source built into the drone then projects light through particulate matter toward the faux light saber.”

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“As a result, the usesr is provided with the illusion that the faux light saber has deflected a laser beam. Multiple LEDs can be activated in sequence at various times to give user the impression that the movement by the users of the faux light saber is deflecting multiple laser beams.”

So drones fire lasers down at a lightsaber, which gives impression it deflects them back. Sounds like a theme-park project, perhaps. I’m not complaining, as it puts us one step closer to the real thing.