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Star Wars Imperial Destroyer


Geek and Star Wars fanatic Olivier C from France specializes in building custom housing for quadcopters that become the awesome "Star Wars" drones - like TIE Fighter - you've been looking for. For this latest project, he's built an Imperial-class Star Destroyer, and in the video above, you'll see test flights of it soaring above the skies of Southern France, complete with custom LED lights perfect for night missions. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular videos of today, including one of the most incredible paper airplane throws you'll ever see.

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Darth Vader Toaster

This awesome Darth Vader Toaster may not use The Force, but it'll most certainly cause a ruckus among Star Wars fans. With eyes that imply nefarious intent like the fires of Mustafar (a fiery volcanic world where lava was mined like a precious natural resource), the toaster imprints the famous "Star Wars" logo onto one side of a piece of bread and browns the crust as a frame. Product page. Continue reading for a video and more pictures.

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R2-Q5 Virtual Keyboard

There are these keyboards, and then this Star Wars R2-Q5 virtual keyboard. While it may look similar to R2-D2, this mech was charged with storing the Emperor's plans against the Rebel Alliance within its memory bank as well as being personally responsible for programming hyperspace co-ordinates directly into Emperor Palpatine's shuttle during covert missions. Continue reading for a video of it in-action and more information.

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Star Wars Forcefield

Boeing has just won a patent for a protective force field that could prevent vehicles from being harmed by explosions. No, patent doesn't entail stopping bullets or lasers using some sort of exotic dark matter or anything like that, but rather, it detects explosions near a vehicle, quickly heats up the air or water between the vehicle as well as the blast, and the heat creates a plasma shield that is more dense than normal air, adding to the vehicle's protection. Continue reading to see the real patent.

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Star Wars Products

Whether it be the AT-AT dog costume, Han Solo frozen in fridge, or Millennium Falcon bottle opener, these are things you probably don't see in stores, or at least regularly. With that said, it's never too late (or early) to start planning for this holiday season, and what better way than by scoping out a few unique items for the Star Wars fanatics. On a slightly related note, did you know that Harrison Ford was paid a mere $10,000 for his performance in Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope? Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading to watch the five most popular viral videos of today, including an incredible avalanche rescue.

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Paper Millennium Falcon

Photo credit: Bernard Szukiel

Bernard Szukiel spent four years created this stunning Millennium Falcon model using only paper, glue, and an extreme amount of patience. For the most part, everything is made of paper, but there are plastic bits (windows), fiber optics / LEDs (lighting), and electronics for the control panels inside. Let's just say that this would fit right in at the offices of Industrial Light & Magic. Continue reading for more pictures.

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Star Wars Speeder Bike

Google engineer Adam Woodworth wanted a Star Wars Speeder Bike, but creating a full-sized version from scratch would've taken far too long, that's excluding the cost of building such a vehicle. So, he transformed a 1:6 scale Hasbro Power Of The Force series Speeder Bike into a working R/C quadcopter. He says: "The big challenge was to figure out how lift the whole thing, without making it look like just a big quad rotor tacked on. I did some layout in CAD, based off of an overhead picture of the model, and experimented with different rotor layouts that just barely cleared the rider and bike elements, kept the center of lift over the center of gravity, and was capable of lifting about 600grams. I ended up settling on a layout of four rotors, driven by 880kv 28mm motors." Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading to see the five most popular viral videos of today, including how kids react to old VHS / VCR technology.

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R2 D2 Actor

Did you know that R2-D2 has been played by English actor Kenny Baker in all 6 original Star Wars films and is due to reprise the role in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the first installment of the upcoming sequel trilogy? This makes him one of just two characters/actors along with C-3PO - portrayed by Anthony Daniels - to appear in all seven films. Continue reading for more rare behind-the-scenes photos that will forever change how your favorite films are seen.

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CREE Torch

CREE's 300LM LED Flashlight Torch is perfect for creating a mini lightsaber, priced at just $3.59 shipped, today only. Tape (or glue) three of them together to take advantage of its ultra bright beam, zoomability, and rugged water-resistant housing. Product page. Continue reading for another test video, more images and additional information.

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TIE Fighter Drone

Olivier_C, a remote-controlled hobbyist from France, has unveiled his latest project: a TIE Fighter drone. It was modeled after the TIE Interceptor from Star Wars: Return Of The Jedi, and took about 15-hours to design, and "at least as many" to get it flying right. No word yet on if Olivier_C plans on releasing plans / conversion kit for others to build their own. Continue reading for a video.

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