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2021-04-13 3:02:27 PM  
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2021-04-13 3:45:31 PM  
I've got a patent for a "Weird thing that could be semi acidic or semi basic and it can sustain carbon based life for a time." I just patented water. Patent legalese is stupidly ambiguous.
 
2021-04-13 3:51:21 PM  
Sounds fun until you hit it against something and then it doesn't work right anymore

/so you need to buy junior another one, brilliant
 
2021-04-13 3:59:01 PM  
"Did Disney make a real working lightsaber?

Yes they did"

(No they didn't)

Great article.
 
2021-04-13 4:02:54 PM  
Good luck getting a Star Wars fan to properly use ONE tape measure, let alone TWO.
 
2021-04-13 4:10:04 PM  

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I'd love to see a rework of the Vader/Kenobi meeting in the Death Star, except they're both acting like two old guys.
Kenobi: And my knees! You have any idea how much knees can hurt when you're an old man?
Vader: No, Kenobi, I don't. I wonder why, huh? Maybe because they burnt up on Mustafar? Ring a bell?
 
2021-04-13 4:12:52 PM  
World's First Protosaber! (REAL BURNING LIGHTSABER)
Youtube _efVoeiSKP0
 
2021-04-13 4:20:12 PM  
What's wrong, Ben?

I heard a noise, as though 500,000 people suddenly muttered "meh".
 
2021-04-13 5:08:59 PM  
Oh God. If I don't act out my star wars fantasies I'll just explode.
 
2021-04-13 5:12:48 PM  
This would have been amazing news when I was 10 years old
 
2021-04-13 5:18:17 PM  
Yes it's a toy, but it's a clever toy! Make all the fun you want, but Lord Mickey is going to make bank off that patent.
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2021-04-13 5:27:54 PM  

covfefe: Oh God. If I don't act out my star wars fantasies I'll just explode.


You came in that thing? You're braver than I thought
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2021-04-13 6:02:07 PM  
I imagine this will be a prop for the cast members at Disney's Star Wars experience.
 
2021-04-13 6:18:02 PM  

WilderKWight: I imagine this will be a prop for the cast members at Disney's Star Wars experience.


I think they already are...
Darth Vader Hits Kid
Youtube J1VGS9FyGw8
 
2021-04-13 8:35:15 PM  
Haven't they been selling build-your-own plastic light sabers that are both retractable and illuminated since they opened the Star Wars section of Hollywood Studios? My kids have several.
 
2021-04-13 9:26:44 PM  

madgonad: Haven't they been selling build-your-own plastic light sabers that are both retractable and illuminated since they opened the Star Wars section of Hollywood Studios? My kids have several.


Yep, but this takes a different approach to the design to make it behave/look a bit more like what you see in the films.  One, it's motorized.  And two, the "beam" looks more like a singular piece versus the nesting doll-like cone system.

The concept makes sense as the animation in the article shows, but there's a hell of a lot of difference between the small arc across the width of a tape measure compared to the 180 degree arcs used in the second animation.
 
2021-04-13 9:36:09 PM  

Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadu: madgonad: Haven't they been selling build-your-own plastic light sabers that are both retractable and illuminated since they opened the Star Wars section of Hollywood Studios? My kids have several.

Yep, but this takes a different approach to the design to make it behave/look a bit more like what you see in the films.  One, it's motorized.  And two, the "beam" looks more like a singular piece versus the nesting doll-like cone system.

The concept makes sense as the animation in the article shows, but there's a hell of a lot of difference between the small arc across the width of a tape measure compared to the 180 degree arcs used in the second animation.


Yeah, but will they survive years of eleven year olds beating each other with them? Motors and thinner and shinier plastic sounds like fragile. The current light-up and 'combat ready' sabers are solid pieces. I would be amazed if they could make anything even halfway as close to as sturdy.
 
2021-04-13 10:26:58 PM  

madgonad: Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadu: madgonad: Haven't they been selling build-your-own plastic light sabers that are both retractable and illuminated since they opened the Star Wars section of Hollywood Studios? My kids have several.

Yep, but this takes a different approach to the design to make it behave/look a bit more like what you see in the films.  One, it's motorized.  And two, the "beam" looks more like a singular piece versus the nesting doll-like cone system.

The concept makes sense as the animation in the article shows, but there's a hell of a lot of difference between the small arc across the width of a tape measure compared to the 180 degree arcs used in the second animation.

Yeah, but will they survive years of eleven year olds beating each other with them? Motors and thinner and shinier plastic sounds like fragile. The current light-up and 'combat ready' sabers are solid pieces. I would be amazed if they could make anything even halfway as close to as sturdy.



Again, it's unlikely this will be a toy. It's probably meant as a prop for their actors at their theme parks.
 
2021-04-14 1:45:35 AM  
Eh. Use a center rod like a collapsible car antenna, put a reflective mirror above the laser diodes & a 70% reflective mirror on the tip so the blade acts as a secondary uncontained laser & the top mirror emits light.
 
2021-04-14 10:33:14 AM  
Paging Dr. Venture...
 
2021-04-14 11:58:33 AM  

Robinfro: Eh. Use a center rod like a collapsible car antenna, put a reflective mirror above the laser diodes & a 70% reflective mirror on the tip so the blade acts as a secondary uncontained laser & the top mirror emits light.


I actually did that ages ago. When you strike anything the shaft flexes and disrupts the beam, reflecting light back at you - potentially into your eyes if you have the 'blade' pointed toward something. You also need to be in a dim and smoky/dusty room for the laser beams to be visible (or use lasers quite a bit over the 5mw 'toy' category.
 
2021-04-14 11:43:52 PM  

Private_Citizen: Yes it's a toy, but it's a clever toy! Make all the fun you want, but Lord Mickey is going to make bank off that patent.
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Sariah Gallego Joins the Dark Side (Star Wars)
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