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Star Wars Day : Its May the 4th!!

May The 4th be With You!!

Oo, sorry maybe it was May the Force be with You!! But Say “May the 4th Be With You” out loud and you’ll hear the pun that Star Wars fans worldwide have turned into a rallying cry to proclaim their love of the saga. It’s the worldwide day to say “May the Force be with you” to all, and celebrate the beloved Star Wars story that binds our galaxy together.

The line has been said by at least one character in each of the Star Wars movies. In A New Hope, there are several mentions of the Force in reference to Luke Skywalker, by Obi-Wan Kenobi (“Use the Force, Luke” and “The Force will be with you, always”) and Darth Vader (“The Force is strong with this one”). The famous line is actually said by General Dodonna after explaining the Death Star attack plan to the Rebel pilots. It is said again by Han Solo to Luke, right before the attack on the Death Star battle station. The line is also said by Luke Skywalker at the end of The Empire Strikes Back. A variant, “May the Force be with us” is said by Admiral Ackbar in Return of the Jedi. In the prequel trilogy, the line is said in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace by Qui-Gon Jinn to Anakin Skywalker, and also by Mace Windu and Yoda. Obi-Wan Kenobi says the line to Anakin in Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones, who repeats it back to him. The line is also said between Anakin and Obi-Wan again in Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, where Mace Windu additionally says “May the Force be with us all.”

Hell!! That’s a long list!!

“Star Wars Day is an unofficial secular holiday in May which celebrates the Star Wars franchise created by George Lucas. It is observed by fans of the movies. Observance of the holiday spread quickly due to Internet, social media, and grassroots celebrations.” As described on Wikipedia.

So, today I’m going to the most amazing thing I ever did in my life… What is it? Why not check it out!!

Once the Internet allowed Star Wars fans around the world to connect with one another, May the 4th soon became a grassroots tradition each year, with fans online and offline proclaiming it “Star Wars Day.”

May the 4th kicks off a season of celebration, particularly since the month of May has always been important to Star Wars fans. The six live-action movies of the Star Wars saga debuted in May (starting with the original Star Wars on May 25, 1977). The month of May includes George Lucas’ birthday (May 14, 1944), and has been the traditional start date of the popular Star Wars Weekends at Walt Disney World Resort.

With the exciting launch of a new trilogy of movies beginning with Star Wars: The Force Awakens coming in the near future, this day to celebrate the saga and its amazing fans is certain to become even bigger each year.

Being a tech enthusiast I list down some technologies shown in The Star Wars that are or will be soon become a part of our lifes!!

1. Speeder Bikes

The speeder bike scene in Return of the Jedi taught adolescent boys everywhere that, all it takes to defeat the highly trained soldiers of an evil empire are some conveniently placed trees and a few hairy dwarfs.
Mark DeRoche, head of a company called Aerofex, was apparently a big fan of that scene as well. But unlike most of us who spent years of our childhoods pedaling our bikes between trees while making swooshy sounds with our mouths, DeRoche actually has the wherewithal to make it happen

No, that’s not a Photo Editing — his company is in the process of perfecting a “low-altitude tandem duct aerial vehicle” that’s sure to have every Star Wars nerd scrambling to auction off his NIB action figure collection for the cash to snag one. When you watch the Aerofex hover bike in action, it’s easy to see why DeRoche says it’s “probably a tribute to George Lucas’ team”

So, Now get ready for the bad news? It’ll be a while before you can go down to a dealership and get one. At a current price tag between $50,000 and $100,000 and a target market of “agriculture, search and rescue, border control and transportation … the Australian Outback, East Africa, a doctor going between villages,” the odds of us everyday folk scoring one of these bad boys aren’t looking real favorable.

Still, I’m going to latch on to that faint glimmer of hope and hold it in a death grip — because the potential payoff of simultaneously fulfilling our childhood Skywalker fantasies and our present-day “unobstructed commute” fantasies is just too good to let the dream die that easily. Now, if only science would come up with a laser cannon that we could duct tape on there to make it truly movie-authentic…

2. Laser Cannons

I’d say wish granted!! Science has done its part for us in real life as well…

Lasers have to be technology’s biggest disappointment. For half a century, sci-fi taught us that in the future, guns would shoot glowing beams of energy that could blow the shit out of anything in our way. It’s 2013: We thought we’d be living an entirely laser-based lifestyle by now, and instead they’re just key-chain-sized stuff for children to play with. How are we going to blow fighters out of the sky with that shit, huh??

Well, the military is finally getting into the Death Ray business. Here’s what it looks like when a ship-mounted laser goes all Empire on a passing drone:

That’s right: The U.S. Navy has tested out a warship-mounted laser cannon (officially and uber creatively dubbed the Laser Weapon System, or LaWS) and successfully used it to destroy drones and smaller boats at a cost of a meager buck per shot (whereas firing off missiles costs hundreds of thousands of dollars a pop). The first of such laser weapons will be deployed on the USS Ponce in early 2014, after which they’ll presumably start sticking them on, just, everything, because holy shit it’s a laser cannon.
Sadly, there’s no accompanying “pew-pew” sound effect, and unlike in the movies, the weapon doesn’t fling out a visible laser-turd that a 10-year-old jump rope expert could effectively dodge (because in real life, light travels at the speed of light).
In addition to the “zap you straight to Davy Jones’ Locker” setting, the laser cannons will reportedly also feature a “dazzle” setting, which we assume still zaps you just as dead, but does so like C-3PO: fabulously.

3. Roll-y droid

The spherical soccer-ball-looking droid from the trailer of  Star Wars: The Force Awakens has already become an Internet favorite, but you don’t have to venture to Tatooine to find something similar. I personally love calling it the ‘Rollie-Pollie Droid’…(Hell, ain’t I funny!!)
The $100 Sphero is a robot ball that you can control from your smartphone or tablet. It can navigate obstacle courses and change colors, and it’s even programmable. And while it might not be able help you with your next jump to hyperspace, it’s not likely to cause quite as much trouble as your average R2 unit.

4. “Remotes”

No, In Star Wars, remotes aren’t something you use to mute your holographic space TV, they’re little spherical droids that float around and carry out whatever tasks are required of them aboard spaceships: repairs, carrying equipment, reconnaissance … basically, they’re your slaves in the form of soccer balls. That float. And pack lasers.
After seeing them in the movies, science decided to go right ahead and tinker up some remotes of their very own. We’re being completely serious there, by the way — on the first day of class back in 2000, MIT engineering professor David Miller showed his students the scene where Luke trains with a remote and told them, “I want you to build me some of those.”
And, with backup from NASA and the Department of Defense, they’ve done just that. SPHERES (Synchronized Position Hold, Engage, Reorient, Experimental Satellites) are designed to carry out general tasks in a zero-gravity environment, the idea being that they’ll serve as mission control’s proxy presence aboard the spacecraft — zipping around to perform maintenance checks, creepily watching over the astronauts while they sleep, and basically doing whatever else the eggheads in ground control tell them to do for their amusement.
Today, there are three of these adorable little smartphone-powered droids hanging out on the International Space Station (red, blue, and yellow, in case you were wondering). Sadly, none of these early models comes equipped with lasers, but they do come equipped with tiny gas cylinders and ridiculously complicated algorithms that allow them to efficiently navigate through their weightless environment and, of course, do the ol’ hands-free juggle

That’s it for now… Cause it went on to be a very long post!! If you want more please write to me!! And I will surely post more!! Till then Enjoy the Day My Co- Star Wars’ Fanatics!!!

Bhavish Shah
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