May the force be with you! Disney shows off a REAL lightsaber from Star Wars trends now
Disney is making every adult's childhood dream come true by unveiling a real lightsaber that looks and sounds like the iconic weapon in Star Wars films.
The innovation was demonstrated at SXSW by Disney Parks and Experiences Chairman Josh D’Amaro, who pushed a button on the handheld device and released a glowing blue blade.
The neon-colored shot out of the silver hilt, releasing the well-known sound associated with the Jedi weapon.
Disney has not yet revealed if the device will be available to the public, but many Star Wars fans believe it will be used in the park's attractions based on the popular films.
D’Amaro took the stage at SXSW, saying: 'I have the coolest job in the world. I’m holding a real lightsaber.'
Disney Parks and Experiences Chairman Josh D’Amaro brought childhood dreams to life when he demonstrated a real lightsaber earlier this month
He explained that it is one of the lightsabers used onboard Disney’s ultra-expensive Galactic Starcruiser experience, Deadline reports.
Disney has not revealed the technology behind the lightsaber, but the company was awarded a patent in 2018 detailing the potential structure of a similar device.
The patent, titled Sword Device with Retractable, Internally Illuminated Blade, describes a lightsaber hilt working like a motorized tape measure.
At the press of a button, the tapes would extend to a total length several times that of the hilt itself.
The tapes would also have some kind of LED lighting inside, such that the lightsaber can light up similar to how they appear in the films.
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