By Cory Doctorow at 5:53 pm Mon, Feb 4, 2013
Avi Solomon popped this patent-drawing for a hypothetical X-Wing fighter patent into the Boing Boing Flickr pool.
If Star Wars was a patent: X-Wing Fighter
Looks like it’s meant to be a rollar coaster car.
Seems the patent is not for an X-Wing, but an X-Wing themed roller coaster.
Nothing hypothetical about that – it’s a six seat amusement park ride. With special effects, no less.
Looks like you’d need a lot of side clearance for that. The wings and nose would also have to be fairly strong to cope with the g-forces (if the ride was going to be interesting at all), and it seems like a lot of wasted space. Pretty cool idea if it could work though.
It’s Star Wars; I suspect there aren’t any real g-forces involved, just CGI.
Sorry, the company I represent, MZQ Holdings, Inc, has purchased a controlling share in a portfolio of technology which includes a patent for “A method or device to convey animals or machinery through a rarified medium using one or more propulsion units.” We are due a licensing fee for this depiction of a craft covered under our patent, as well as a share of any ad revenue generated by any page on which this depiction is, um , depicted.
520 was rejected because it’s an improvement to T-16 prior art that would have been obvious to a person having ordinary skill in shooting womp rats.
X-Wings and TIE Fighters could chase each other around the track, or perhaps “fly” past each other on parallel tracks:
Way back in 1980 20th Century Fox patented the orginal X-Wing toy: D254080, http://www.google.com/patents?id=HEk9AAAAEBAJ
More at Toy Design Patents http://theswca.com/images-patents.html
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