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Nicknamed “R2-D2” by US military forces, the Counter-Rocket, Artillery, Mortar (C-RAM) defense system was used to thwart an early Monday morning attack aimed at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul. It’s capable of detecting and destroying incoming rockets, artillery, and mortar rounds in the air before they hit their ground targets, or simply provide an early warning. Read more for two videos and additional information.
Back on May 4th, also known as Star Wars Day, Disney teased a real-life lightsaber, complete with a retractable blade of light extending from the hilt. Today, they give us another glimpse at the energy sword in a new Walt Disney Imagineering Innovation Showcase video. Other creations include an animatronic Groot and an inside look at Web Slingers: A Spider-Man Adventure at Disney California Adventure Park. Read more for the video and a bonus clip about the new Star Wars hotel.
Disney has partnered with Bandai to bring Star Wars fans the first R2-D2 Tamagotchi digital pet. Set to be released on November 11, it will come in two shells inspired by Artoo, compete with the iconic Tamagotchi display featuring the familiar animations of the astromech. The digital pet also comes with multiple interactive experiences, including the ability to train R2-D2 to master 19 different skills. Read more for additional pictures and information.
Deepfake videos are nothing new, especially on YouTube, but rarely do we discover the identity of the person behind a particular clip. One YouTuber who goes by “Shamook” announced in the comments section of a video that he has been hired at Lucasfilm’s Industrial Light and Magic as a “Senior Facial Capture Artist”. Some of his most popular clips include Tarkin & Princess Leia in “Rogue One” as well as a more recent deepfake that de-ages Mark Hamill’s Luke Skywalker in “The Mandalorian”. Read more for to see both videos.
Most Fallout: New Vegas mods aren’t worth talking about, but this one most certainly is. Why? It transforms the post-apocalyptic action role-playing video game into Star Wars Open Worlds, which features a choice-driven storyline, complete with 12 planets to explore. The mod doesn’t stop there, as you also get voice-acted characters, the ability to customize characters, an RPG-inspired skill stats and a new crafting system. Read more for a video and additional information.
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Designer Yeojin Jung combined her love of Star Wars with the world of ultra luxury to create the Estrella Superyacht. Put simply, this 342-foot-long vessel boasts a “tri-swath” design inspired by the Y-Wing and a Naboo Royal Starship. This configuration splits it into three major sections, including a main floor with two floater components on each side, connected by a hull-spanning bridge. Read more for additional pictures and information.
Revealed at Anime Expo Lite this past weekend, the “Star Wars: Visions” anthology is set to be released on September 22nd for Disney+ subscribers. Seven of the top Japanese anime studios collaborated with Lucasfilm for the short films, each expressing their own rendering of “Star Wars” universe with unique animation and storytelling styles. From the very first film, stories told in Star Wars galaxy have counted Japanese mythology and the films of Akira Kurosawa among their many influences. Read more for a video and additional information.
Houston’s real estate market is scorching hot right now, and there’s one house that stands out from the rest. Why? It’s the unofficial “Darth Vader House”, or a 7,000-square-foot home inspired by the space opera, complete with four bedrooms, 4.5 baths and a four-car attached garage, all located an 18,000 square foot corner lot in University Place. This living space was completed in 1992 and listed by Wade Knight with Martha Turner Sotheby’s International Realty. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
Brigham Young University (BYU) researchers have developed a laser-based animated 3D display that can move in mid-air, which paves the way for immersive experiences that allow people to interact with holographic-like virtual objects that co-exist in their immediate space. To demonstrate this technology, the team created virtual stick figures that walk in thin air. Read more for a video and additional information.
The Instant Pot Star Wars 6-Quart Duo Little Bounty is perfect for Star Wars fans, and you can get one for $59.98 shipped, today only, originally $99.95. This gadget basically replaces 7 kitchen appliances, including the pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, steamer, sauté, yogurt maker and warmer. It has 13 built-in smart programs (Soup, Meat/Stew, Bean/Chili, etc.) right out of the box. Product page. Read more for a video review of the Duo and additional information.