I did a teardown (more like ripapart) as well and then I found your article. The central chip they couldn't figure out has marking NRF CO 24LEDN which I think stands for custom version of NRF24LE1 for Disney ("DN") from Nordic Semiconductor. A quick look on Nordic Semiconductor site provides this information :
The nRF24LE1 integrates an nRF24L01+ 2.4GHz RF transceiver core, enhanced 16MHz 8-bit 8051 compatible CPU, 1kB + 256B RAM, 16kB embedded Flash, and a wide range of system peripherals including a hardware AES accelerator, 16MHz and 32kHz RC oscillators, ultra low power 32kHz crystal oscillator, 12-bit ADC and SPI, 2-wire and UART serial interfaces.
The nRF24LE1 is available in 3 package options ( the first one looks exactly like the chip in the band) - 4 x 4mm 24-pin QFN with 7 generic I/O pins
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