Posts Tagged ‘Gadgets’



Star Wars Holiday Gift Ideas from ThinkGeek

StarWars.com Team | December 1, 2011

ThinkGeek recently revealed several new additions to its Star Wars product line, just in time for the holidays! While some of these items are not yet available at ThinkGeek’s site, we wanted to send a heads-up in case you’re putting together your gift list!

Star Wars Breakfast Beverages — The perfect gift for every man, woman or Wookiee. Each beverage comes in a collectible metal lithographed tin featuring unique illustrations. The set of three includes Vader Dark Roast Coffee for a taste of the dark side, Hoth Cocoa for those cold nights, and Yoda Dagobah Green Tea to help find your true self. The set is available now for $29.99.

Han Solo in Carbonite Chocolate Bar — A tasty confection sure to satisfy the bounty hunter in your life, this delicious homage to The Empire Strikes Back is 4.5 ounces of premium Belgian dark chocolate. Available soon for $11.99.

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Verizon Droid Phone vs. C-3PO

StarWars.com Team | November 6, 2009

You’ve probably already seen the commercial for Verizon’s new phone Droid — as well as the fan spoof iDon’t Care. But how would the Droid phone measure up against a Star Wars droid?

Josh Wigler at MTV Movies Blog takes a closer look at why owning an actual droid from Star Wars would be so much cooler than Verizon’s Droid phone.

The Verizon Droid can connect to the Internet, which gives you access to a whole host of useful information from around the globe. But with your very own 3PO model, you could not only access all of that same information, you’d also have better storage space thanks to the droid’s AA-1 VerboBrain. In some cases, you’d even be able to take advantage of the droid’s TranLang III Communicator module, which allows for fluency in six million different forms of communication. If that feature doesn’t speak your language, I don’t know what will.

Even if the Verizon Droid doesn’t have the same storage space as a 3PO model, it certainly has more room than most affordable cellular devices on the market. What it most assuredly does not have, however, is a hidden lightsaber compartment with ejector like the R2-series astromech droid. That feature really comes in handy, particularly when you’re staring down into the sandy maw of a Sarlacc Pit.

For the sake of argument, let’s suppose that the Verizon Droid does have space for a hidden lightsaber compartment. It still wouldn’t beat out robot assassin IG-88, one of the galaxy’s single-greatest cybernetic bounty hunters. Most of us aren’t looking to contract out a mercenary — let alone a robotic one — but if ever the situation arises where somebody really grinds your gears, wouldn’t you at least want the option of a self-aware, rail-thin android killer at your disposal? It’s a fair question worth mulling over.

Read the full article here:
Is The Verizon Droid The Droid You’re Looking For… Or One Of These Star Wars Droids Instead?
(via MTV Movies Blog)

This Droid’s Got Game

StarWars.com Team | September 24, 2009

HacknMod.com (and plenty of other sites that jumped on this story first) points out an impressive custom made R2-D2 gaming droid. Its ingredients include a refurbished R2-D2 cooler, a whole bunch of fans, and eight gaming consoles. No rusty innards to be found inside this astromech, just hours and hours of nostalgic gaming joy.

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More to see here.

Found on eBay: Groovy Star Wars Motion Lamp

Pete Vilmur | April 3, 2009

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Perusing eBay this week, we came across one of the ultra-rare vintage Star Wars motion lamps recently highlighted in our “Fad Wars” feature a few days ago. Good timing or savvy salesmanship? Either way, it’s a groovy piece that doesn’t come up too often, so better boogie on over if you want to bliss out with a cool piece of vintage Star Wars psychedelica.

Test Your Midi-chlorian Count with New Toy

StarWars.com Team | January 7, 2009

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Think you’re strong with the Force? Pretty soon, you’ll be able to find out.

USAToday.com just posted a story about an upcoming licensed toy that literally uses brain waves to “reach out with your feelings” and move an object. Here’s an excerpt:

The Force Trainer (expected to be priced at $90 to $100) comes with a headset that uses brain waves to allow players to manipulate a sphere within a clear 10-inch-tall training tower, analogous to Yoda and Luke Skywalker’s abilities in the Star Wars films.

No, you’re not tapping into some “all-powerful force controlling everything,” as Han Solo said in the movies. But you are reaching out with mind power via one of the first mass-market brain-to-computer products. “It’s been a fantasy everyone has had, using The Force,” says Howard Roffman, president of Lucas Licensing.

Now, if we could just find a Force toy that lifts the economy…

Check out the full article here.

Hologram News Coverage from CNN

StarWars.com Team | November 5, 2008

During last night’s election CNN unveiled their hologram technology to beam in correspondents Star Wars-style. Think of Anderson Cooper as R2-D2 and Obama supporter and musician Wil.I.Am as Princess Leia (minus the hair buns) and you get the idea. As Wil.I.Am says, “I’m being beamed to you like it’s Star Wars and stuff.”

Cooper and Wil.I.Am weren’t the only ones using the holograms to chit chat about the election. CNN new correspondent Wolf Blitzer also gave it a go.

Check out Cooper and Wil.I.Am as they geek out on CNN here:
WATCH VIDEO:
CNN Can’t Stop Pimping Its Election-Night Holographic Toy

(via io9.com)

Star Wars: The Clone Wars – In theaters August 15, 2008

StarWars.com Team | August 2, 2008

Grab the official Star Wars: The Clone Wars Widget for your own site, or favorite social networking profile. Only a few more days until Star Wars hits the theaters once again!

Star Wars takes on a dazzling new look in the first-ever animated feature from Lucasfilm Animation – Star Wars: The Clone Wars.

As the Clone Wars sweep through the galaxy, the heroic Jedi Knights struggle to maintain order and restore peace. More and more systems are falling prey to the forces of the dark side as the Galactic Republic slips further and further under the sway of the Separatists and their never-ending droid army.

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Star Wars “SkyCeiling”

StarWars.com Team | April 30, 2008


(Luminous 360 SkyCeiling™
installed in the Star Wars-themed family room
of the Ruiz home in Frankfort, Illinois.)

Is your humble dwelling missing something? Maybe you need a sky light, or better yet a portal into a galaxy far, far away? Sky Factory is here to make your home redux dreams come true with virtual and programmable “SkyCeilings.”

BoingBoing Gadgets Editor Joel Johnson reviews these futuristic home decor sky lights with a couple of ideas that might make Star Wars fans take an interest:

I tried to blow Aaron’s mind with my idea of doing fantasy scenes, but he stopped me mid-blurt, telling me about the large number of installations they’ve already done in home theaters that feature deep space scenes full of nebula and shooting stars. One of Sony’s MMO groups apparently looked into getting one of their game’s sky graphics installed in a board room. Another client was an orthodontist redoing his basement as a tribute to Star Wars (including an X-Wing cockpit mock-up) who recreated the little table at which Chewie and C-3PO play chess. Above it? A custom window looking out into a spinning galaxy.

Read Joel’s full report here:
Sky Factory SkyCeilings: modular and custom drop-in virtual skylights (and spacelights!)
(via Boing Boing Gadgets)

General Grievous Wheel Bike Blog

StarWars.com Team | April 3, 2008

For all your General Grievous Wheel Bike blogging needs, there’s the Monocycles Blog on Buzzfeed.com. This blog has news and reviews of monocycles in production right now. They might not be as advanced as Grievous’ sweet ride, but they sure do look cool!