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

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Photo Credit: Lucasfilm

“Well, there are two banthas down there, but I don’t see any — Wait.”


Need to check out what’s going on over the next dune? Trying to spot enemies in the sky? Not happy with the 2D images you get from electrobinoculars? Try macrobinoculars! Two lenses mean 3D vision, even over great distances. 

Sony Macrobinoculars

And Sony has got you covered in the real world. Their DEV-50V binoculars let you record 3D movies and scenes with incredible zoom rates. This is one of the most true-to-film implementations of Star Wars tech. They even look similar.

Moisture Vaporators

“What I need is a droid that understands the binary language of moisture vaporators.”

Perhaps the most true-to-film Star Wars tech to come out the last few years is the least sexy. It’s not lightsabers, or blasters or even mind control with the Force. But it may have the biggest impact on life in this galaxy. In one of the most significant developments since the harnessing of solar power, an inventor in Australia has created real, working vaporators. 

They produce water out of the air, giving way to irrigating harsh climates and making desert planets livable. The moisture vaporators could pave the way to grow vegetables and be feeding hungry populations or terraforming in space over time.

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Just don’t forget to pick up a droid that can speak with the evaporators. Oh, and Bocce, it also needs to speak Bocce.