Disney has presented his “real” lightsaber, a device with the ability to extend and retract in the same way that those used by the Jedi in the Star Wars movies are turned on and off.
This Tuesday is May 4th, a day that has been established as ‘Star Wars’ due to the phonetic resemblance of this date in English (May 4) with the famous phrase, also in English, ‘May the force be with you’, and has been the presentation frame of the real Disney-designed lightsaber.
The design of the lightsaber was known in mid-April, thanks to the analysis of a patent shared at a press conference by the president of Disney Parks, Josh D’amaro. Then it was known that there was ability to extend and retract similar to those used by the Jedi in the Star Wars movies.
On Tuesday, the company unveiled the new lightsaber, the result of Walt Disney’s Imagineering Research and Development work. Fans of the series will be able to see it in the experience of two nights Star Wars: Galactic Star Cruiser, which Disney will launch in 2022.
As part of the experience, and as explained in a statement, participants will be able to see how the lightsaber is activated “before their eyes” and “train in the ancient ways of the lightsaber.”
Yes they did.
It won’t melt through metal blast doors, or cut off your hand, but it does feature an illuminated blade that will extend and retract at the push of a button.
This animation shows the concept behind the tech. pic.twitter.com/e7fwP06CxF
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The “real” lightsaber developed by Disney works with a system similar to that of a steel tape measure. Inside the grip there are two rolled “ribbons” that come out facing each other in the shape of a semicircle to join once unfolded and form a cylinder, which would be the laser. The system is motorized and is activated with the push of a button.