A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, Luke was driving a speeder around Tatooine, having a bionic limb, fighting with a lightsaber and Princess Leia was sending a holographic message like it was no big deal. Nearly 40 years ago, those amazing ideas were created for George Lucas’s famous Star Wars movie series. That time, those technologies were fantasies for all those Star Wars fans, but now in 2017, we have the real-life counterparts of those marvelous technologies.
Long before phone text and email were invented, Princess Leia used the holographic message to ask help from Obi-Wan Kenobi. While we still can’t use that technology to send a message, John Pepper invented an old stage trick to show people how Tupac Shakur used to look like at the Coachella music festival in 2012.
Remember the massive floating transportation Luke was driving before selling it to back his trip to Alderaan? The hoverbikes, which was known as “speeder” in the film Star Wars, was the less theoretically troublesome mode of the vehicle. A number of firms are trying to create the working version of the speeders. One of them is Aerofex. The California-based startup has developed the Aero-X vehicle, describing it as “a hovercraft that rides like a motorcycle.” It can fly at 72 km/h up to 3 meters off the ground.
Who can forget the scene where Darth Vader cut off Luke’s hand with his lightsaber? The space technology might not be able to solve the father-son issue, but it could successfully provide him a slick new bionic limb.
Now, there are some companies working to develop artificial limb. One of them is Touch Bionic. Its i-Limb Pulse bionic hand can read the electric pulse in patient’s arm and then transforms the signals into finger movement.
An ever-present feature of “Star Wars” universe. Those battle robots were super handy for sparing human lives in war, as well as offering great targets for Jedis with extremely superior combat skill. Now, our military has “BigDogs,” remote controlled robots that can navigate difficult terrain on its animal type legs.
There would be no “Star Wars” fan that doesn’t fall in love with R2-D2, C-3PO or BB8. Instead of being just cute and funny, those robots were also the faithful sidekicks across the entire movie series.
Created in 2000, Honda’s Asimo is the most notable friendly droid. It can cope with stairs, recognize objects and faces, and can interact with humans.
It’s impossible to talk about “Star Wars” without discussing lightsaber. It’s one of the most iconic weapons that can cut through anything with a single swing of colored light. However, physicists and scientists say lights can never stay frozen in space, so it’s almost impossible to create such a weapon. But, when it comes to the light-based weapon, all isn’t lost yet. Scientists have developed an Airborne Laser that’s a 747 and has been altered to throw a continuous beam of light.
Technology showed in Star Wars movies had never failed to amaze us, even after 40 years. While there are some gadgets are now available in the real-life form, some of them are still far-fetched. However, the way technology is booming, you may not wait long to see most of the technologies, and all if lucky.
May the luck be with you!