Star Wars: Fiction or reality at this year’s CES

Last updated: 12 January 2016

With the recent release of the seventh Star Wars film, science fiction technology is on everyone’s minds, and exhibitors at last week’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas were able to take full advantage of the hype.

As one of the foremost digital events of the year, CES attracts over 170,000 attendees – both industry experts and tech geeks alike. And every year, there are new gadgets available that impress the world, giving us hope that the technology seen on planets like Naboo and Tatooine may become a reality.

While the light saber doesn’t actually exist – although it could be possible – here are four new gadgets we know would excite the Jedi Order:

1. iIi Wearable Translator 

Wouldn’t it have been convenient if Han Solo wasn’t the only one who could understand Chewbacca? Now everyone can. The first of its kind, Logbar’s translator can listen to your conversation and repeat it back to you in the selected language. No internet connection, smartphone, or awkward hand motions necessary.

2. 3D Printed Stormtrooper 

3d printing was ubiquitous at CES, but Anovos Production’s stormtrooper stole the show. The possibilities are endless when it comes to things like creating organs or food from scratch, though I am glad the Galactic Empire didn’t get its hands on this technology when it was building its army…

3. HTC Vive 

Looks like virtual reality is finally an actual reality: HTC will release its first VR headset in April. Head-tracking technology and hand-held wireless controllers will allow a natural extension so wearers can fully integrate into their game, whether it’s painting, fighting, or training in the Jedi Temple.

4. BB-8 Droid

And as if all of these weren’t enough, attendees were even able to meet a favorite character from the new movie: BB-8. Sphero has produced a mini version of the film’s droid able to move at 4.5 miles per hour, patrol your home, and record and view holographic videos. All with a unique personality to assist you on whatever your mission may be.

Now as true fans know, the Force can be used for good and evil, and as technology advances, so do Sith hackers.

A study released by Hewlett-Packard shows that “70 percent of devices connected to the Internet of Things are vulnerable to hackers,” proving how paramount security becomes in order to ensure these devices are used for what they were designed. And we at Gemalto are using the Force behind the scenes to protect the Jedi users.

So fans and movie-goers, get ready. The fictional world of Star Wars may be more of a reality than you think… What were your favorite gadgets at this year’s CES?