Whether it’s 3D printing, a Kinect robotics hack or a drone, Star Wars enthusiasts have found ways to emulate their favorite gadgets from the series into functional, real-life apparatuses. These are just a few of them.
As written by: John Biggs and Anna Escher on TechCrunch.com
3D Printed Crossguard Lightsaber
A French 3D printing outfit called LeFabShop has created a set of files that can be used to print almost any type of lightsaber in any color, like this crossguard saber from The Force Awakens. The Instructable includes handle, switches, and even printable beams.
Skywalker, shmiwalker. This hovercraft, the Aero-X, can fly up to 10 feet off the ground at 45 mph. Great for getting back to Uncle Owen's place...if the Empire doesn't get there first.
3D-Printed Star Wars Ball Bot
Thingiverse user lilykill has just the droid you're looking for. Getting this droid to spin around your desert backwater is left as an exercise for the reader.
It's going to be hard to get a craft as majestic as the Millennium Falcon into warp drive any time soon but a probe droid can use a Gridded Ion Thruster
Millennium Drone Falcon
This Millennium Falcon Drone can make the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs with a 1800mAh battery, a GoPro 3 and a handmade Styrofoam body.
Kinect-Powered, Dueling "JediBot"
Stanford robotics students created this "JediBot" from an articulating arm and a Kinect. The Kinect tracks the location of both "lightsabers" and has the robot make an attack or defending move based on their positions. En Garde.
TIE Fighter Drone
Modeled after the TIE Interceptor from Return Of The Jedi, this drone took about 15 hours to design and more to get it flying right. In the end, at least 14 propellers were sacrificed for the cause.
3D-Printed Storm Trooper Prosthetic Arm
A cool dude named John Peterson printed a 3D Clone Trooper prosthetic arm for a boy named Liam.
R2-D2 Homestar Planetarium
This R2-D2 Planetarium uses a 1W white LED as a light souce, runs for three hours on four AAA batteries and stands 21cm high. And, it shows you the exact location of the Death Star.
Wicked Laser's Light-up "Laser Saber"
They really did it. In honor of Star Wars Day, WickedLasers released a real LaserSaber that screws into any WickedLasers S3 laser.
DARPA wants to build an advanced language translator, or in other words, a real life C3PO.
The Force Trainer Headset
Using dry neural sensor tech, The Force Trainer headset reads and interprets your brainwaves and measures your level of concentration as you advance for Padawan to Jedi Knight. Find it on Amazon here.
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