Last Friday, 28, the official trailer for the new film in the “Star Wars” franchise, known as Episode VII or “Star Wars: The Awakening of the Force”, was released. Taking advantage of the occasion, the Cracked recalled five technologies in the saga that already exist today.
We reproduce them below. Check out:
1) Ultra-fast bikes
Anyone from the series probably dreamed of having one of the ultra-fast bikes used in episode VI (Return of the Jedi). The good news is that a similar model already exists, created by Mark DeRoche.
With the help of his company Aerofex, DeRoche created a vehicle that travels at low altitudes by means of two propellers. It was developed especially for use in agriculture, rescue and border control. The bad news is that the current price of the vehicle costs between $ 50,000 and $ 100,000.
2) Laser cannons
Do you know the laser cannons used on the Death Star? It seems like a lie, but they exist. The US Navy created a version that sits inside ships to destroy drones and small vessels.
The idea came about as a way to “save” costs with the production of missiles, since a few laser shots are enough to destroy the targets. Unfortunately, in this case there is the famous “pew pew” sound with each shot.
3) Floating robots
Remember the floating drone probe that spies on the rebel base at the beginning of “The Empire Against Attack”? She was able to float on surfaces and still resembled a species of insect.
In real life, something like that already exists. This is the V-Bat, a drone created by the MLB Company that can float for up to 10 hours on a load of about 2 kg.
In a more recent update, the V-Bat gained clamps to help transport the cargo and also received cameras that work as its vision. They judge the distance to the target, the approach, how to drop the load and leave. All this in an autonomous way.
4) Remotes (also known as Bots)
In Star Wars, “remote” does not mean control of your television, but small floating robots that can help you with tasks (such as ship repair) or even lightsaber training using lasers.
14 years ago, a professor at MIT decided to create his own version of the dride. With the help of NASA and the United States Department of Defense, David Miller developed Spheres, designed to perform general tasks in a zero-gravity environment.
Currently, there are three of these devices on the International Space Station. None of them are equipped with lasers, however, they come with tiny gas cylinders and algorithms that allow them to juggle in zero gravity.
5) Prostheses with reflections
We know that the prosthesis market is increasingly advanced, whether for those born with a disability or who lost a limb in an accident. One of the dreams of many manufacturers and people in this situation is a prosthesis with reflections identical to that of Luke Skywalker after losing one of his hands.
It is clear that it does not yet fully exist, however, DARPA is creating something similar and claims that it will be possible, very soon, to connect prosthesis interfaces with nerves in the human body. Even not so perfected, a prototype already demonstrates that this is close to being achieved