10 Jaw-Dropping Examples Of True Life 'Star Wars' Technology

The Star Wars films have an amazing wealth of imaginative gadgetry of which we can only dream of, right?

Wrong! We are actually quite close to developing some of the futuristic tech used in the Star Wars universe. Those dreams of actually owning your very own lightsaber could actually come true...

Battle Droids

The battle droids in the Star Wars prequels were a pretty dumb bunch. This is their distant, meaner-looking cousin, The Big Dog. Created by Boston Dynamics, these remote-controlled robots are billed as the the "Most Advanced Rough-Terrain Robot On Earth" and will be fighting the wars of the future.

Heads-Up Display

Luke Skywalker didn't need his display when he turned the Death Star into a million pieces. But car manufacturers are fast incorporating this tech into all new cars, which should be as popular as sat navs by 2018.

Holograms

R2d2's iconic scene with Princess Leia's hologram is now a reality. A company called Voxon has created a VoxieBox, which prints light in three dimensions - essentially turning your image into holographic 3D projections. Cool.

Bionic Hands

Luke ended up with a bionic hand after a huge face-off with his father, Darth Vader, in The Empire Strikes Back. Doctors have now fitted Britain’s first working bionic hand. The limb, which uses state-of-the-art military technology, has been fitted to a girl who was born without her right hand.

Magnetic Levitation

The Hover Trains in Star Wars were the inspiration behind Japan's high-speed rail. The state-of-the-art maglev (short for magnetic levitation) train set a world record of just over 600km/h (373mph).

Intelligent Robots

Intelligent robots are an essential part of the Star Wars landscape. More recently, an intelligent robot that was built in the image of Philip K Dick was asked if robots will take over the world: "Don’t worry, even if I evolve into Terminator, I’ll keep you warm and safe in my people zoo, where I can watch you for ol’ times sake," the bearded robot said. Scary stuff.

Land Speeders

Hitting the road around Tatooine in Luke's awesome Land Speeder is now a real possibility. Moller International have created a red flying car which they call the M200G. The machine can hover 10 feet off the ground and cruises at a speed of 50 mph.

Speeder Bikes

Nerds can delight in the fact that the US military is moving to adopt state-of-the-art  hoverbikes into its arsenal. They resemble the single-seat aircraft Luke Skywalker zoomed through the Endor forest on in Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi.

Hover Droids

Remote-controlled drones are fast becoming a normal part of life. Retail giants Amazon are rolling out beta plans to deliver packages in backyard landing zones using drones. But the real piece of tech you have all been waiting for is the...

Lightsaber

The Big Kahuna of them all. Are we really any step closer to owning this ancient Jedi weapon? Scientists from Harvard and MIT have recently managed to construct "molecules" out of light, essentially meaning that they have just gotten us a little closer to the dream of building objects out of pure lightSo there we have it, ladies and gentleman, a real life lightsaber.

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