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Lightsabers in Disney’s Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge?

Around the Galaxy - Star Wars News & Notes, May 20, 2018

“The weapon of a Jedi Knight…”

Good friend Len Testa (of the Unofficial Guides and “Disney Dish Podcast”) reports that the interactivity of “Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge” — Star Wars land in Disneyland and Walt Disney World — might get pretty “elegant.”

“It’s the latest in a long list of signs they’re trying to build the movies in real life,” said Len, before referring me to his latest tweets.

I looked through the patent filing, and they read like stereo instructions:

[0029] According to the exemplary implementation shown in FIG. 3, AR accessory 340 is depicted as a virtual sword, such as a virtual light sword, for example, having virtual sword blade 341 with length 346, and having activation zone 348. It is noted that, as used in the present application, the term “activation zone”, as applied to AR accessory 140a/140b/340, refers to a volumetric region of space in AR venue 126 in which AR accessory 140a/140b/340 can achieve scoring strikes or hits against a user or object within AR venue 126. For example, in the exemplary implementation shown in FIG. 3, activation zone 348 of AR accessory 140a/140b/340 may be a volumetric region surrounding a user of AR accessory 140a/140b/340 determined based on length 346 of virtual sword blade 341.

Um, long story short, seeing the words “virtual light sword” made my day. Hopefully, Len, Jim Hill or Jack over at DSNY Newscast find some more tidbits on this project real soon.

If anyone wants to read more on the lightsaber patent filing, you can find that info here.

101 Facts About Solo: A Star Wars Story

Meanwhile, in more pressing matters, 101 Facts on YouTube recruited another of our favorites — Alex Damon of Star Wars Explained — to set the table for Solo: A Star Wars Story:

Today we’re off to a galaxy far far away, to learn all about everyone’s favourite intergalactic raggamuffin. Come on board the Millennium Falcon, grab your hairiest pal, and get ready to learn 101 Facts about Solo: A Star Wars Story!

The great thing about Alex’s inclusion is that we can trust that this intro to the film is pretty accurate.

Are you an angel?

Finally, another friend of MSW, Eric Denton of LA Angels Insider, recently posted about Star Wars night at Angels Stadium. Angels “World Series” hero, David Eckstein, and his wife from a galaxy far, far away — Ashley “Ahsoka Tano” Eckstein — appeared.

https://twitter.com/HerUniverse/status/997471491166949376

The evening also featured “Han Solo Rally Monkies.”

Have a great Sunday everyone. MTFBWY! JB

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John Bishop

A graduate of Boston and Northeastern universities, John Bishop became the beat reporter for BostonBruins.com prior to the B’s 2006-07 hockey season. While with the Bruins, “Bish” traveled North America and Europe to cover the Black & Gold’s every move via laptop, blog, and smart phone. The co-author of two books, Bygone Boston and Full 60 to History: The Inside Story of the 2011 Stanley Cup Champion Boston Bruins, John covered the XXI Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver in 2010 and the B’s 2011 championship run and banner raising before taking a faculty/communications position at a prep school outside Boston in 2013. He lives with his wife Andrea and sons Jack, Scott, and Luke in central Massachusetts.