Star Wars ‘future’ technology that’s now a reality

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“I want every gun we have to fire on that man. Do it.”


Giant, ship-mounted laser weaponry is one of the definitions of power in the Star Wars galaxy. These are the ship-to-ship weapons designed to take on other large vessels, even if they don’t track quickly enough to stop fighters at close range.

Turbolasers are one of the most iconic sights to see on a fleet vessel, and now the United States Navy has their own version. The Navy deployed its first active duty laser unit on the USS Ponce amphibious transport ship, and we’ve got to say, it does not disappoint.

Bionic Hands

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“Moving stones around is one thing, but this is… totally different!”

Loss of life and limb is, unfortunately, a major theme in the Star Wars saga. When Luke loses his hand in Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, it’s hard not to think that he’ll never wield a lightsaber again. At least not using the same arm, but medical tech from Star Wars gave us hope of bionic limbs and functioning prosthetics, and advancements in medical science delivered in spades. 

We can now control bionic limbs with just our minds. Companies like Touch Bionics are creating new and innovative replacements to deliver hope and mobility to someone each and every day.

Deflector Shields

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“The shield must be deactivated if any attack is to be attempted.”

Worried about missiles and explosive devices ruining the finish on your new freighter? Need to set a trap for some cocky rebels? The deflector shield is your best friend. Whether integrated into ships, used as a man-portable device during the Clone Wars or as a standalone installation able to protect a sizeable moon, the deflector shield has you covered.