10 awesome smartphone related gadgets for Star Wars fans
The latest saga in the Star Wars universe is in theaters this week, so there's definitely going to be a ton of buzz surrounding it! All the hype leading to this latest installment will have hardcore fans coming out in droves to see it in theaters, along with all of their Star Wars related paraphernalia. Sure, you might see some people decked out in full costume acting like one of their favorite characters in the series, but hardcore fans are sure to showcase their undying love with some cool Star Wars inspired tech gear.
For the gadget geeks out there, we thought it'd be a great time to list some of the best smartphone related Star Wars tech gear in celebrating The Last Jedi's release. Over the years, there have been several gadgets released, but we've truly seen some of the most polarizing things in only the last couple of years or so. Naturally, we have to thank technological advancements largely for that, as some of the things in this list were deemed impossible to fathom.
If you're a hardened Star Wars fan, then you'll want to pay closer attention to our list because you may come across certain gadgets you might've forgotten about over the years. And trust us, some of these things have become collector's items – bringing in more value now than when they were initially released. Then again, some people would just prefer the satisfaction of using them day in, day out. So without any more wait, let's check out 10 smartphone related gadgets for Star Wars fans.
OnePlus 5T Star Wars Edition
The first one on our list happens to be a recent offering. Shredding up the scene already with its irresistible $500 starting price, the OnePlus 5T just so happened to receive the official Star Wars treatment very recently, and we're certain diehard fans will want to gobble it up. With the OnePlus 5T Star Wars Edition, it sports a creamy white rear panel with that distinguishable Star Wars logo etched in a red colored accent towards the bottom. In addition to that, it continues with the Star Wars theme with its interface – boasting sound effects and Wallpapers from the Star Wars universe.
As much as we'd love to grab this, this limited-edition version is slated to only be available in India at an unspecified price – with no indication if it'll come stateside. Still, we certainly agree it's something worth importing for the sheer fact that it's a Star Wars limited edition gadget!
Star Wars Millennium Falcon Micro-USB Charging Cable
Got a smartphone or some other gadget that charges via microUSB? Well, if you want to show off your devotion to Hans Solo's and Chewbacca's speedy starship, then you'll want to pick up this novelty Millennium Falcon microUSB charging cable. Docking appropriately to a microUSB port, it features a lifelike replica of the fabled starship that made the Kessel Run in "less than twelve parsecs."
Even better is the fact that its engines glow in a piercing blue color, to indicate that the charging process is established. While most smartphones are making the switch to USB Type-C, we're sure there are still plenty of other mobile gadgets in your possession that still utilize the microUSB connection. If you're interested in this Star Wars related microUSB charging cable, you'll have to fork over about $35 to pick it up online at places like Amazon.
Plox Official Star Wars Levitating Death Star Bluetooth Speaker
When it comes to the ultimate power in the universe, the Death Star has shown on numerous occasions throughout the movies its destructive fire power. But now, rather than blasting beams of high energy at unsuspecting planets, you can have the Death Star blast some of your favorite tunes nearby your desk or table – thanks in part to the Plox's Official Star Wars Levitating Death Star Bluetooth Speaker.
Yes, you read that right! This is a Death Star Bluetooth speaker, but just not any kind of speaker. What makes this one unique from most others in the market, besides the obvious fact that it's the Death Star we're dealing with here, is that the spherical space station is levitating thanks to its magnetic base. Not only that, but it's continually rotating as it's playing music with its 5-Watt speaker. Diehard fans will absolutely love how this can adorn their desk! As for the price, it usually retails for around $180, but it can be picked up through vendors like Amazon for about $155 right now.
Sphero's Star Wars Droids
Sphero is no stranger when it comes to droids, having come up with one of the coolest tech toys a few years back with the original Sphere and its successor in the Sphero 2.0. However, things really began to change for the company after the release of its beloved Star Wars BB-8 droid back in 2015 – in time for the release of the new Star Wars movie. Replicating most of the movements and action of the new droid, the BB-8 Sphero droid proved to be a success!
Afterwards, the company went back to work in creating some other additional droids in preparation for the next upcoming move in the series – The Last Jedi. As a result, we were given a total of 3 new droids, BB-9E, R2-Q5, and the OG R2D2! What makes them so enjoyable is that they're all controlled via the smartphone app. You take control of each droid maneuvering them around, while also emulating some of their sounds as well. With the BB-8, though, you can also control it using the optional Force Band.
Sphero's line of Star Wars droids are just undeniably brilliant! They take everything we love about these droids and perfectly replicate their movements and actions. Currently, they range in price from as low as $130 all the way up to $180 depending on the model.
Star Wars Science Force Trainer II Brain-Sensing Hologram Electronic Game
Do you consider yourself attuned to the force? It's a difficult thing to master, but if you're looking to sharpen your skills, you'll want to check out the Star Wars Science Force Trainer II Brain-Sensing Hologram Electronic Game.
Essentially, you wear this Bluetooth enabled brain-sensing headset that leverages EEG technology used in medical and military devices, to help you "focus" your senses to the force. That in turn allows you to use your concentration to control the movement of the tablet projected-holograms within the matrix. From reenacting classic scenes like Luke attempting to recover his X-wing from the Dagobah swamp, and even battling some droids, your level of concentration is crucial in being successful.
For those who want to test their Jedi sensing powers, the Star Wars Science Force Trainer II Brain-Sensing Hologram Electronic Game is priced normally at around $110, but can be picked up for as low as $26.
POWERbot Star Wars Limited Edition Darth Vader Robotic Vacuum Cleaner
Darth Vader is known to have this menacing presence, no one ever appears to be 100% safe when he's around. Then again, we wouldn't mind it if he were doing something productive, such as vacuuming the living room or bedroom. That’s exactly what you can expect out of the POWERbot Star Wars Limited Edition Darth Vader Robotic Vacuum Cleaner.
Instead of leaving behind a trail of destruction, this robotic vacuum cleaner fashioned after the iconic villain will instead suck up any dirt in its path and leave your home spaces clean! Not only is the design after the dark lord's mask, but it even manages to emit classic Star Wars sounds like lightsabers and Vader's heavy breathing sounds. Furthermore, it's smart enough to detect what kind of surfaces it's on, so it'll provide the most optimal cleaning with its intelligent sensing. And lastly, you can use your mobile device, or even Amazon's Alexa, to remotely control the vacuum.
Being bad has never been this good! Just know that owning this Darth inspired robotic vacuum cleaner will set you back a whopping $800.
Motorola DROID R2D2 Edition
The OnePlus 5T might be the newest phone to flaunt the Star Wars signature, but there have been other Android phones that have done the same before. Case in point, the Motorola DROID R2D2 Special Edition from way back in 2010, which we got the chance to check out back then as well. It's unbelievable that it's been over 7 years now since that phone was released, which was a variant of the Motorola DROID 2 for Verizon.
You could say it's a collector's item at this point, considering that it's tough to find – with only a handful of units being sold online. What sets it apart is the R2D2 inspired design of its rear casing, which somehow perfectly captures the likeness of one of our favorite droids around. Additionally, it featured several exclusive Star Wars related content – like live wallpapers, widgets, and sound effects. Even though the phone is more than dated by today's standards, we wouldn't be shocked that owners have decided to keep it in their possession through the years, rather than reselling it when they were due for an upgrade.
Star Wars Lightsaber Portable Charger
Lightsabers are known for the intense energy they emit, enough to slice through just about any material. We suppose that it's also feasible to harness its energy to power up other things, like maybe a smartphone or something. That's exactly what you'll get out of this novel looking Star Wars Lightsaber Portable Charger, which houses a 2800 mAh rechargeable Lithium-ion battery.
Fashioned after Darth Vader's lightsaber from Episode IV, it's a battery backup in disguise, ready to charge up your other mobile devices. There's a full-sized USB port on one end that allows you to connect your devices to recharge, while a nearby microUSB port is there to recharge the lightsaber. Naturally, they wanted to truly emulate the look and feel of the lightsaber because it even features four powerful red colored LEDs to mimic the glow of the dark lord's lightsaber!
While there are other variants out there, this particular officially licensed one sold by The Foundry sells for $60 online.
Propel Star Wars Quadcopters
Have you ever dreamed about piloting an X-wing, Tie Fighter, or even one of those speeder bikes from Episode VI? Well, you'll get that feeling and experience with any of the Star Wars Quadcopter drones from Propel. Realistically designed after their on-screen counterparts, these smartphone-controlled Star Wars vehicles are discretely drones underneath – fully capable of reaching top speeds of approximately 35 miles per hour!
What's really unique about them is the fact that they're all painted to hobby quality and numbered individually, since they're special editions. With their built-in stabilization and remote piloting via a smartphone app and remote, you can pilot any of the three made by Propel. Retailing normally for $200, you can find these quadcopters for about $130 right now.
Lenovo's Star Wars: Jedi Challenges
When you think about what's most memorable about Star Wars, we gather it would have to be those lightsaber battles. It took a long while for something like that to come to fruition, but we finally have something like it courtesy of Lenovo's Star Wars Jedi Challenges – an AR experience where you get to wield a lightsaber and battle enemies one-on-one.
Comprised out of a headset, lightsaber, and tracking orb, you use a smartphone to project the experiences through the headset, which delivers this augmented reality experience like no other. Seriously, diehard fans will want to pick this one up, especially given how there are other games included with it besides the lightsaber battles. If you ever dreamed about being one of your favorite lightsaber wielding characters in Star Wars, Jedi Challenges will absolutely live up to your expectations!
You can pick one up for $200, which isn't too shabby, just as long as your phone is supported.