Ok, so this might not work at alll.
But the idea is to stick an antenna in the blade and use an oscillating circuit, similar to a theremin to deduce clash locations. There are lots of reasons why this might not work:
- capacitance varies a lot based on what you hit
- theremin oscillators tends to measure how far from the antenna something is, not how far “up” the antenna.
- theremin oscillators are finicky
Here’s the thing though: When clashing two sabers together, the two fields will interact, and I’m wondering if it’s possible to leverage that to get clash distances somehow. If so, it might only work for saber-to-saber clashes, but that would still be something, right?
Also, neopixel strips might work as antennas…