Sphero BB-9E, BB-8 and R2 D2 droids. Image: Sphero via AFP Relaxnews

Three high-tech gift ideas that will give Star Wars fans the ‘force’ this season!

December 12th, 2017

Can’t get enough of Star Wars? No need to fret! Aside from catching the upcoming episode of this acclaimed franchise in theaters this holiday, “Star Wars” fans can revel in all kinds of high-tech gadgetry themed on the movies. May the Force be with you this season!

1. Connected droids

Sphero BB-9E, BB-8 and R2 D2 droids. Image: Sphero via AFP Relaxnews

After hitting the headlines in 2016, Sphero has added to its range of Star Wars droids with a new character, BB-9E. Like BB-8 and R2-D2, this compact connected robot is controlled by its owner via an app on their smartphone or tablet. Making the same kind of movements and noises as in the films, the droids bring to life characters from the franchise in an interactive way. Plus, with the “Watch With Me” feature, fans can view films from the “Star Wars” saga with BB-8, BB-9E and R2-D2 reacting by their side to certain scenes. For more information, visit the Sphero store.

2. Mini-drones

Propel 74-Z Speeder Bike. Image: Lucasfilm Ltd. via AFP Relaxnews

Propel has brought to life three legendary flying machines from the “Star Wars” franchise in the form of mini-drones, which can be controlled via a smartphone and a remote. Choose between the T-65 X-Wing Starfighter, used by Rebel Alliance pilots including Luke Skywalker, the Tie Advanced X1 Starfighter, as used by the fearsome Darth Vader, and the Speeder Bike used by the Galactic Empire, seen in the famous chase scene in “Return of the Jedi”. These compact and lightweight drones can reach speeds of up to 55 kilometers per hour. All are equipped with lasers to recreate battle scenes with no lasting damage to hardware. The drones also ship with a special-edition collector’s box with a light-up display case which plays the Star Wars theme when opened.

3. Robotic vacuum cleaners

Image: Samsung via AFP Relaxnews

Even more original, Samsung is hoping to clean up this holiday with two connected vacuum cleaners directly inspired by the Dark Side. Designed to resemble Darth Vader and a Stormtrooper, these special editions are part of the brand’s VR7000 robotic vacuum cleaner line. These autonomous cleaning devices have an advanced onboard navigation system, using sensors to detect and memorize the contours of a room in order to ensure thorough cleaning. Plus, cleaning can be launched and controlled remotely. The 10-watt device promises powerful suction. The “Star Wars” edition models also feature special sound effects.

“Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi” opens in United States and Philippine theaters Dec. 15, 2017.

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