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Is there any cheap local source of IR reflective paint or tape I could find to convert, say, a #2 pencil into a magic wand? Vs. paying $50 for the IR reflective wand at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter? Heading out to Orlando tomorrow and wondering about local, inexpensive sources. Would be a fun hack to try. :)

Seems confirmed that the displays are activated by a wand tip orb that is IR reflective.
 

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Just wait until you get to the park. Then when you see an unsuspecting kid using one, just grab it and RUN! :) JK

Sorry, I don't know of a solution. Oh, just buy one. Fifty dollars is pocket change in Orlando! LOL
Either way.....Have a great trip!
 

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Why do you think it is IR reflective, vs any other technology ? For instance a small IR diode would allow the wand to act like a remote control. Instead of pushing the button to send out a signal, you wave the wand.

I read up on them a bit. It looks like they are passive and do not work like a remote.
Here is some material that was suggested as something that might work for this.
http://www.identi-tape.com/high-gain-sheeting.html

If I were going to try to make one, I would go to Michael's or similar and buy a rhinestone jewel.
Kind of like a bedazzle uses. Hemispherical with a little mirror material on the back.
 

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i have security cameras in & around my house and a vest with reflective tape on it is super bright in the dark when the ir leds from the camera come on

not 100% certain where you can find reflective tape ... but i haven't been in the market for any, so i didn't look and don't happen to remember if i seen any ... probably have but didn't make a mental note about it ... lol :D

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i have security cameras in & around my house and a vest with reflective tape on it is super bright in the dark when the ir leds from the camera come on

not 100% certain where you can find reflective tape ... but i haven't been in the market for any, so i didn't look and don't happen to remember if i seen any ... probably have but didn't make a mental note about it ... lol :D

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Hmmm... now where would be the cheapest source of a vest with the kind of reflective tape you're talking about. Then I'd cut out the tape, not needing the vest; a little adhesive--double-sided duct tape--and, possibly, voila! I have a Habor Freight semi-nearby. Or would Walmart, Lowes, Home Depot, etc, have cheap vests like the one you have? I should probably go to YouTube and see if I can find any close-ups of the HP wand "orb" ends. Or maybe there are some close-ups on Google Images.
 

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Why do you think it is IR reflective, vs any other technology ? For instance a small IR diode would allow the wand to act like a remote control. Instead of pushing the button to send out a signal, you wave the wand.

I read up on them a bit. It looks like they are passive and do not work like a remote.
Here is some material that was suggested as something that might work for this.
http://www.identi-tape.com/high-gain-sheeting.html


If I were going to try to make one, I would go to Michael's or similar and buy a rhinestone jewel.
Kind of like a bedazzle uses. Hemispherical with a little mirror material on the back.
Thanks Bobby. Definitely passive--no battery compartment on the wand. May give Michael's a try and/or Jo-ann's fabrics. Since there's talk of a gray Bumi Chiffon fabric that may be similar to what AtmosfearFX uses as its projection surface at Spirit in-store displays. I've felt the projection surface in a Spirit store and it's semi-thick, gray, and has a stretchy plastic feel--if I recall correctly.

Might "space blanket" material you find in sporting good stores, or camping sections of Walmarts, work? No idea about the optics here. But the space blankets are cheap--typically a buck or two each.

May look for a cheap reflective vest and try that. The high gain reflective tape is over $100 per roll, evidently. Ouch!
 

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Before I bought a space blanket, I'd use a paper punch on a sheet of aluminium foil to cut out a dot and stick it to a pencil. (BTW gold foil is highly IR reflective).
If looking for the IR reflective tape, I'd look up mfg website and request a sample.
 

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Before I bought a space blanket, I'd use a paper punch on a sheet of aluminium foil to cut out a dot and stick it to a pencil. (BTW gold foil is highly IR reflective).
If looking for the IR reflective tape, I'd look up mfg website and request a sample.
Thanks Bobby. No paper punch handy. But where could I find gold foil? Literally packing my bags and have to head for the airport in about 3 hours.
 

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Thanks IBC. There's a Party City--also a Dollar Tree--on my way to the airport. Anyone else think the Party City product could work? Would be fun to pick up a paper bunch, some # 2 pencils (also a Staples next door), and just try a variety of things. @Dave, it's about the fun of the hack, not the $50! :)
 

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One photo of new wand tip

Hard for me to infer much from this photo, but here's a shot of the new interactive harry potter wand from universal for use in Diagon Alley:


And another:
 

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Here's more info to add to the mix:
http://forums.orlandoinformer.com/topic/28-ollivanders-interactive-wands-discussion-comments-questions/page-52
"Yup, the orb is made from a black translucent material, then painted on the bottom half with a reflective chrome coating"
@Bobby, might your suggestions make even more sense given the above observation?
You'd said:
"If I were going to try to make one, I would go to Michael's or similar and buy a rhinestone jewel.
Kind of like a bedazzle uses. Hemispherical with a little mirror material on the back."

I can hit a Michael's on the way to the airport. And I've already packed some #2 pencils and super-glue. :)
 

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The space blanket will likely be a working solution, too. The silver side is designed to reflect thermal energy, which includes infrared light (which is what was used in fast food joint warming table heat lamps if you're old enough to remember those).
 

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I just bought some GLINT tape and squares online. I'm going to test it out when they come in. I imagine that the domed shape they use on the wands is due to not knowing exactly what angle people will be waving their wands from and how short or tall the people will be. I may try the domed fake gemstones from a local fabric store too
 

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The link in Mike's above post doesn't seem to go anywhere useful now.
If I were trying to make a passive IR reflector wand and didn't have gold foil available...
I would put an aluminum foil disk on the end of a dowel rod, and place over that the dome from a PIR detector.
You can then decorate the side of the "wand" to be anything you want.
 

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The link in Mike's above post doesn't seem to go anywhere useful now.
If I were trying to make a passive IR reflector wand and didn't have gold foil available...
I would put an aluminum foil disk on the end of a dowel rod, and place over that the dome from a PIR detector.
You can then decorate the side of the "wand" to be anything you want.

i'd rather not go with the gold foil route just yet, i'm trying to keep my wand very unassuming. the reason for this is, I have the Lucius Malfoy walking stick/hidden wand. the wand does not come in an interactive flavor due to being a replica/collectible. so i'm going to try using a hole punch on some glint tape and use the circular punch out on the end of the wand. this is the fabric i'm going to be trying
IRSquares.jpg
 

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Glad to see this discussion continue. No plans for me and my wife to visit the Harry Potter lands any time soon. But hoping someone comes up with a good hack by the time we do. I mean, yeah, I did end up buying my wife an IR responsive wand in the end. So I'm more interested in the technology / how it works at this point.
 
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