University of Utah researchers in partnership with other organizations, including Blackrock Microsystems and DEKA, have developed a Star Wars-inspired prosthetic system that will allow patients to regain their sense of touch. Officially called the “LUKE” arm, this bionic arm was given sensory feedback by using output from arm sensors to control the stimulation of sensory nerve fibers which transmit information to the brain and create the sensation of touch. To recreate that sensation, the team used electrodes connected to the inside of nerves. Read more for a video and additional information.
Limited Run Games partnered with LucasArts to release physical cartridges of Star Wars for the Nintendo Entertainment System and Game Boy packaged in what looks like toy boxes from the 1980s. Unfortunately, these games won’t come with any limited edition action figures, but we do know that both will be available this Friday, June 28th, alongside Bounty Hunter, which only comes in a standard PS4 box. Read more for the official Tweet and additional information.
Designer Kenneth Cobonpue teamed with Lucasfilm LTD to create a Star Wars-inspired furniture line that just might be the geekiest yet. You’ll find everything from an Imperial TIE Fighter Wings Easy Armchair Imperial TIE Fighter Wings End Tables, a Darth Sidious Easy Arm Chair, a Chewie Rocking Stool, hanging / floor Jedi Lamps and a Darth Vader Covered Computer Easy Chair. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
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Arcade1up is no stranger to classic arcade cabinets, and their latest release is definitely no slouch. This miniature Atari Star Wars home cabinet ” is the only at-home arcade cabinet that uses the original arcade software and features the X-Wing pilot controller! On this new addition to our line-up, will be the original arcade versions of Star Wars, Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi!,” said the company. Read more for a reveal video and additional information.
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order basically takes place after Order 66, which started the galaxy-wide purge of the Jedi Order, players take control of Padawan Cal Kestis, one of the last surviving Jedi as he attempts to survive while chased by the Galactic Empire. In this newly released gameplay video, you’ll see Cal on the planet Kashyyyk using multiple force powers, including the ability to slow time, throw his lightsaber towards enemies, and even grab a vine to swing across a large gap. It’s set for release on November 15th on the Windows, PS4 and Xbox One platforms. Read more for the video and additional information.
The Walt Disney Company celebrated the opening of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge in a grand ceremony at Disneyland Park with CEO Bob Iger last night. This is now the largest and most technologically advanced single-themed land expansion ever in a Disney park. Featuring various galactic food / beverage offerings, themed merchant shops and of course the most exciting part of the land, Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run. “With Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, Disney is redefining the theme park experience and setting a new bar for experiential storytelling. From each authentic detail to the land’s jaw-dropping scale, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge exceeds every expectation,” said Bob Chapek, chairman of Disney Parks, Experiences and Products. Read more for an in-depth walkthrough and a ride on Smuggler’s Run.
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Razer Inc. introduces a new line of limited edition Star Wars Stormtrooper computer peripherals, just in time for May 4th. It consists of a Razer BlackWidow Lite keyboard ($99.99), Atheris wireless mouse ($59.99), and a sleek Goliathus Extended Gaming mouse mat ($34.99). Unlike the standard Atheris wireless mouse, this one is modeled after the iconic helmet and good for 300-hours of use on a single AA battery, while the keyboard comes equipped with Razer Orange Mechanical Switches that are designed for gaming. Read more for additional pictures and information.
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Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is opening ahead of schedule on May 31 at Disneyland Resort and August 29 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Florida. On opening day for phase one, guests will be able to live their own Star Wars story and take the controls of the most famous ship in the galaxy aboard Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run. Plus, you’ll get to sample amazing galactic-themed food / beverages, explore an intriguing collection of merchant shops and lots more. Read more for two videos, additional pictures and information.
Fans at the Star Wars Celebration in Chicago got their first look at the Disney+ series The Mandalorian on Sunday, when Lucasfilm’s Kathleen Kennedy and executive producers Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni revealed a teaser clip. This eight-episode series will make its official debut on Nov. 12 as one of the Disney+ streaming service launch shows. “If you look throughout history, it’s fun at first, but it gets very complicated very quickly. The idea of that world after The Return of the Jedi and what would happen and what sort of characters would survive, and what it was like until the new Republic took over. You have vestiges of the Empire. You have only the strong surviving. You have chaos taking over the galaxy,” said Favreau. Read more for the video, additional pictures and information.
Here’s a first look at ILMxLAB’s Vader Immortal, which is currently being demoed at the Star Wars Celebration Event using the Oculus Quest headset. This Star Wars VR Series transports fans to the dark lord’s home turf of Mustafar, and with a lightsaber in hand, puts them at the center of an original Star Wars story. The canonical immersive adventure takes place between Star Wars – Episode III: Revenge of the Sith and Star Wars – Episode IV: A New Hope, and is set up by the events of Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire, ILMxLAB’s award-winning location-based virtual reality experience. Read more for two videos and additional information.