There may be a general disturbance in the Force. But if there’s a disturbance in the Force, the means the Force exists. And it means that there is, in fact, an energy field created by all living things that surrounds us and penetrates us and binds the galaxy together, just like Obi-Wan said. This is the way.
May the Fourth Be With You!
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For the brains, Matt used an Arduino MKR-W1010, MKR Proto Shield, MKR-IMU inertial measurement shield, and MKR motor shield. For the sound board, he employed an Adafruit Audio FX Sound Board. For servos, he used Lynxmotion and Dynamixel.
This project revitalises the Droid kit with a Bluetooth Low Energy (LE) remote control for the Micro Scout brick. A Feather M0 Bluefruit LE is used to receive commands from the Adafruit Bluefruit LE Connect app and send corresponding VLL commands to the brick using an LED. The app is available on both Android and iOS.
Once upon a time DOOM was that MS-DOS secret that appeared on the PC of the guy down the hall in your frosh dorm. And then, a few years later, LucasArts took smooshed together DOOM and Star Wars into Dark Forces. And many night and weekends were lost. An absolute classic, now 25 years old.
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Dark Forces evoked a sense of place more than any shooter I’d played at the time. It let me walk around inside the Star Wars universe in a way we’d never been able to before, and get into the kind of frenetic blaster duels we’d seen aboard the Death Star in the original movie. It was crudely done, but the iconography was so powerful that the illusions came together. If you walked into a giant room and there was a rectangular slab running along one wall with a blur or pixelated strip-lighting around it, and little alcoves cut into the wall of the next room, you knew you were in a cantina. If you were in a sewer and one of those eye-stalk monsters popped out, it was a Star Wars Sewer. And if you saw a bunch of little white-armored sprites standing stock-still behind an Imperial officer, like those cut-outs of Rebel troops at the end of A New Hope, you could pretend it was a squad of Imperial troops awaiting orders from their CO, and not just a bunch of simple enemies waiting for you enter their detection radius so they could start going through the motions of trying to kill you.
Star Wars Theme Played by a LEGO Droid Orchestra with Real Instruments
Here’s what happens when LEGO and Star Wars pair up with our favortie madman music maker LOOK MUM NO COMPUTER – via Slashfilm
LEGO teamed up with British musician Sam Battle (aka Look Mum No Computer), famous for using toys and other common household items to create music in interesting ways, to create a 95-piece orchestra composed of LEGO droids from the building brick company’s recent Droid Commander line. Why? So the LEGO droids play the Star Wars theme, of course.
The mechanisms created to have all of these droids play 42 instruments is truly impressive. Using 46 R2-D2, droids, 25 GONK droids, 24 Mouse droids, 30 iPads and 3,148 hours of creation, LEGO and Sam Battle pulled off quite the fun stint here. All the droids are managed at a station that looks like the work of a mad scientist (which Sam Battle seems to be, honestly).
Blue milk is obviously the superstar when you think of Star Wars food. But rising up the charts, literally, is the bread Rey makes in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Although that concoction, officially named Polystarch, is not available in the Black Spire Outpost (otherwise known as Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge), a new cookbook has the recipe—and io9 has the exclusive reveal.
Polystarch Portion Bread is just one of over 70 recipes in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge: The Official Black Spire Outpost Cookbook, by Chelsea Monroe-Cassel and Marc Sumerak. It’s out this fall, and is told through the voice of Strono Tuggs, the former cook in Maz Kanata’s castle on Takodana. Of course, in The Force Awakens Maz’s castle got blown up by the First Order, so Strono’s since taken his talents to Batuu. Here’s his recipe for Rey’s bread, a.k.a Polystarch Portion Bread.
A Han Solo costume can usually be pieced together easily by going in ones closet or shopping at a thrift store. A checklist:
- White long sleve shirt
- Black pants
- Black vest
- Scruffy look (optional Hey! I’m not scruffy!)
Picture credit: Lucasfilm (fair use credit Wikipedia)
The only piece left is Han’s iconic blaster pistol. Nearly any black gun shaped prop may be used. If you’d like something more screen accurate but still inexpensive, this project is for you.
A really good and inexpensive prop base is the “Han Solo ™ Blaster Pistolet” sold by Rubie’s Toys at retailers for $10 to $20. It is an officiallly licensed toy of Lucasfilm, Ltd. The issues with this toy for a costume are two-fold:
- It makes more of a 1950’s slow pistol sound
- It’s molded in white and orange plastic
Several Adafruit parts are perfect to get an authentic sound. A bit of paint makes the prop a more realistic color.