Disney Patents IR LED-based Interactive Light Saber System

Diehard fans of Star Wars that have dreamed of deflecting laser light beams with Jedi light sabers might get a chance in a future Disneyland.

According to a report from Gizmodo, Disney has patented an interactive light saber entertainment system to bring Jedi light saber fights into the real world.


A diagram of Disney's IR LED-based interactive light saber system. (Photo courtesy of Disney via Patent Filing)

The patent named “Audience Interaction Projection System,” is a system based on LED-based light sabers that interact with a drone flying through the air.

A ring of IR LEDs are attached to the light saber, which interacts with IR receptors on the flying drone. Once the LED is switched on, the invisible light sensor in the drone captures the image of the field of view with a bright spot at the position of the activated LED.

The light saber of the system activates multiple LEDs in sequence to create the illusion laser beams are being reflected off the light saber.

The patent was filed on Jan. 13, 2015 and published on July 14, 2016 in U.S. For further details about the patent please see here.

Disney is in the process of constructing a 14-acre Star Wars area in Disneylands in California and Florida, the Gizmodo report suggested the light saber fighting system might be included as a new attraction.

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