From Sci-Fi to Reality – The real world technology from the Star Wars universe

Last updated: 02 May 2024

May the fourth be with you readers – and happy Star Wars Day!

Like many Sci-Fi franchises there’s a reason these films continue to capture attention decades on. The imagination and futurism that goes into creating a universe like Star Wars makes them timeless, even if some of the special effects from the earlier instalments are looking a little… dated.

That said, while many of the worlds, creatures and modes of transport featured in these beloved films remain works of fiction, some of the technology (or impacts of it) are starting to feel like they’re not in a galaxy far, far away. Read on to discover more…

Holographic communication

“Help me, Obi-Wan Kenobi.. You’re my only hope.” Perhaps one of the most famous scenes takes place in the opening film of the saga, whereby Princess Leia appears via hologram – a common form of communication that occurs throughout the franchise.

Once seen as nothing but a sci-fi pipe dream, holographic communications are edging closer to reality as the technology undergoes development. Mixed reality devices like the Microsoft HoloLens, Oculus Quest, and HP Reverb have paved the way. However, to enable seamless communication, advanced wireless networks will be crucial.

Universal translation

Everyone’s favourite droid, C3PO, was fluent in over 6 million forms of communication – making him an extremely useful companion when travelling across the galaxy.

Lucky for us on planet Earth, there are now applications that make translation that little bit easier and more accessible, such as Google Translate.

Verification technology

“These are not the droids you’re looking for.” Another classic line from the franchise where Obi-Wan uses Jedi mind tricks to fool a pair of Stormtroopers. This quote is often used in popular culture – usually as a retort to claim that something is not what it obviously appears to be.

In 2024 however, means of authentication and verification have come on leaps and bounds. Developments in trusted digital identities, alongside adoption of biometric technology have made it even harder for someone’s identity to be impersonated – not even a Jedi could circumvent.

AI Companions

It’s safe to say that the heroes of the Star Wars universe would often be lost if it weren’t for their droid companions. Whether it’s fixing faults with spaceships, processing data at lightning speed or providing assistance by answering all manner of questions – surely every fan has wished to have their very own R2-D2.

In the past decade there’s been huge developments in AI to assist everyday consumers and businesses alike. The likes of SIRI, Alexa and Microsoft CoPilot can help make us more productive in our personal and work life. On larger scale AI technologies are helping businesses across all industries analyse data to solve problems at a much greater speed than ever before.

That’s our whistle-stop tour across the galaxy. Did we miss anything? For any die-hard Star Wars fans out there, we’d love to hear of any other technology from the films that has made its way into reality. Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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