R2-D2 Approved: The 10 Best Star Wars Tech Gadgets

By on October 18, 2015

One of the great things about the new Star Wars films is that the consumer electronics industry is much more adept at building awesome tech than they were 35 years ago. The Sphero BB-8 is a fine example, nearly emulating the exact style and movement patterns of the new droid.

Star Wars Special Edition Notebook

Released by HP in time for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, this special edition laptop is bathed in the power of the Dark Side. The laptop includes special touches such as a blood red backlit keyboard, notification sounds including R2-D2 and lightsabers, special Star Wars fonts and over 1,100 images of concept art from Lucasfilm. It also offers a solid set of specs to play all those Star Wars video games. (MSRP: Stars at $699)

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Star Wars Light-Up Chop Sabers

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Sushi will be no match for these lightsaber chopsticks. Lighting up via LED with included batteries, these chopsticks can be purchased in a number of different sabers; everything from Yoda to Vader. (MSRP: $15)

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R2-D2 Bluetooth Speakerphone

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Pairing with a Bluetooth-enabled smartphone or via the included 3.5mm audio jack, the R2-D2 Bluetooth speakerphone plays movie clips when turned on and off as well as lights up around the bottom rim. The devices charges over USB, has a range of up to 32 feet and goes on sale in late October 2015. (MSRP: $50)

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Sphero BB-8 Droid

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Emulating the appearance of the BB-8 droid in the first Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer, the high-tech toy can be operated with your smartphone (either iOS or Android). Operating over a Bluetooth connection, the BB-8 has an operating range up to thirty meters and a battery life up to 60 minutes. According to reviews, it takes roughly three hours to charge on the inductive charging station. (MSRP: $150)

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Star Wars First Edition On-Ear Headphones

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Developed by SMS Audio in the STREET by 50 collection, these Rebel Alliance or Galactic Empire headphones offer professionally tuned 40mm drivers as well as passive noise cancellation. Reviews praise the headphones for well-balanced sound quality as well as comfortable ear cups when worn. Two other designs include a Boba Fett version and Stormtrooper version. (MSRP: $200)

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Millennium Falcon Remote Control Quadcopter

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Want to fly the Millennium Falcon around your home and pretend the cat is the Death Star? Operating via remote control up to 200 feet away, the device requires six AA batteries to operate. (MSRP: $110)

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R2-D2 USB Car Charger

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This is the droid you are looking for! Outfitted with two USB charging ports, the R2-D2 USB charger can charge up to two tablets at once with the 2.1 Amp ports. The flexible arms allow you to position the charger in a cupholder. In addition, R2-D2 lights up and chirps when devices are plugged in. (MSRP: $40)

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Star Wars Admiral Ackbar Singing Bass

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Finally, a gadget that shouts warnings at you! In order to activate the Admiral Ackbar Singing Bass, all you have to to is walk by it or press the button on it. Ackbar dances while the Cantina Song plays, then shouts out his best line  “IT’S A TRAP!” (MSRP: $40)

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Darth Vader Voice Changer Helmet

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Who doesn’t want to pretend to be a Dark Lord of the Sith? The Darth Vader Voice Changer Helmet allows you to do just that, changing the voice of anyone who wears it to sound like Vader. There’s also a second button that includes voice clips from the Star Wars films. (MSRP: $30)

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Jedi Training Remote Alarm Clock

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There’s one reason why this is one of the best alarm clocks in the entire world, much less as a Star Wars gift. In order to turn off the alarm, you pick it up and throw it against the wall using The Force. In other words, you can take out all your frustrations of getting up early on your alarm clock. (MSRP: $40)

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About Mike Flacy

By day, I'm the Editor-in-Chief for The CheckOut in addition to being the content manager for Steve's Digicams and High-Def Digest. During my free time, I love to write about pop culture, home theater, digital photography, social media, mobile technology and cool gadgets!

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