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By: Montserrat Valle Vargas

“Try not. Do. Or do not. There is no try,” said Master Yoda to Luke Skywalker. Something similar has happened with the technology from Star Wars. A long time ago (42 years, to be precise), this galaxy saw the premier of one of the most important science fiction movies of our time. Its popularity inspired both scientists and engineers to begin work on technologies similar to those of the movies.

Robotic prosthetics

The characters of Anakin and Luke Skywalker each lose a hand in Episodes II and V, respectively. Both use a robotic hand as a replacement.

Companies such as Touch Bionics and the Shadow Robot Company have made robotic hands a reality. These work by reading electrical pulses from the nerves in people’s arms. They can even synch up via Bluetooth with a smartphone or computer to allow users to adjust the hand’s level of pressure.

Here’s how the Touch Bionics prosthetic works:

Levitating vehicles

One of the Galactic Empire’s vehicles floated on rails and was used to transport prisoners and cargo. Currently, the Shanghai Maglev Train completes its journey in a little over seven minutes at 431 kilometers per hour.

This vehicle floats due to the law of attraction and repulsion, as both train and rails have electromagnets to lift it up a few centimeters while providing attraction to make it move.

Robots and androids

ASIMO, created by Honda, and Pepper, from Softbank, are assistants created for different purposes.

The first can help people who are elderly or who have limited mobility. ASIMO can recognize the surrounding environment, as well as detect sounds and movements around it. It can also hop or jump, run, and even kick a ball.

For its part, Pepper is a robot used to attend bank customers in Japan and can hold intelligent conversations with them.

Holographic projections

Holographic technology is not yet fully developed, but there have been promising advances in pre-assembled sequences rather than the direct messages seen at different points in the saga.

The music industry has used these elements to give concerts, such as the one given by the group Gorillaz in 2006 or appearances by Hatsune Miku in Japan.

Michael Jackson was even “revived” during the 2014 Billboard Music Awards ceremony to sing his single Slave to the Rhythm. Madonna has also used this type of holographic technology. At this year’s Billboard Music Awards, she appeared with the Colombian singer Maluma and herself as different characters. The show cost 5 million dollars.

Exploration of other planets

NASA’s Mars 2020 mission is one of the organization’s main objectives, which will consist of sending a rover to the red planet that can look for signs of habitable conditions in the past.

The vehicle also has a method for producing oxygen from the Martian atmosphere, which will help NASA to plan better designs for sending astronauts to Mars.

Episode IX The Rise of Skywalker arrives in cinemas on Thursday December 19. For now, the US premier alone is expected to make between 175 and 200 million dollars on its opening weekend, according to Deadline.

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