Cool Stuff: All Star Wars Edition

Exploding Death Star IKEA Lamp

Cool Stuff is your geeky holiday shopping guide published all year round.

It is true that each edition of Cool Stuff likely includes at least one Star Wars item. Yes, I love the franchise and the selection in these columns are very subjective based on my tastes. But it is also true that Disney liceses the Star Wars brand for a lot of products, so there is just a lot of cool collectibles, toys, books, t-shirts, prints…etc to choose from. But even with featuring Star Wars stuff in each edition, we tend to have a backlog of Star Wars cool stuff to feature. So today I have decided to do an all Star Wars edition of Cool Stuff.

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Water-Powered Star Wars Speeder Bikes

While some of the technology that was once just the dream of sci-fi filmmakers has become real, most of what we’ve seen in the Star Wars universe is still just fantasy. Whether it’s ships that can travel at hyperspeed, lightsabers or space stations that can blow up entire planets, we just have to accept that some of these creations may never be real. However, that doesn’t mean we can’t come close to realizing some of our Star Wars dreams.

One of the most exciting sequences from Return of the Jedi is the speeder bike chase between Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia and some Imperial Scout Troopers in the thick forests of Endor. While we’ve yet to create vehicles that can fly through the air like speeder bikes, thanks to the power of water, we have the next best thing.

Check out some awesome water-powered Star Wars speeder bikes after the jump. Read More »

Star Wars - R2-D2 Coffee Press

This past weekend brought a bunch of new merchandise to shelves in honor of the forthcoming release of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. However, one new item that debuted recently doesn’t have any ties to the first spin-off film in the Star Wars franchise, but it’s easily one of the best gizmos we’ve seen recently.

This R2-D2 coffee press seems all too perfect of an item to feature on a Monday morning. Plenty of us need some quick caffeine to start the day, and if you’re a Star Wars fan, the best part of waking up could be letting the adorable astromech droid R2-D2 brew your coffee for you. Check out the R2-D2 coffee press after the jump. Read More »

Star Wars - AT-AT Desk Organizer

There is an endless array of Star Wars merchandise out there for you to put on your shelves, decorate your car, cook cheeseburgers with and pretty much anything you can think of. They’re not all great items, but every now and then comes something that isn’t just an easy cash grab with a logo slapped on it. Today we have one of those items.

Premium Bandai over in Japan has an incredible new desk organizer in the form of an AT-AT. As you can see in the picture above, it has some cool compartments in the body of the Imperial vehicle that obliterates the Rebel Alliance on the ground assault on Hoth in The Empire Strikes Back. But the real selling point is how it organizes a charging cable for your mobile devices.

Check out the AT-AT desk organizer after the jump. Read More »

Nike Self-Lacing Shoes

You might recall that late last year on Back to the Future Day (October 22nd 2015) it was revealed that Nike’s Tinker Hatfield was hard at work making sure at least one of Back to the Future Part II‘s predictions came true. The shoe designer hand-delivered a prototype of self-tying Nike Mags to Back to the Future star Michael J. Fox , with the promise that the real sneakers would be released in spring 2016. Now we finally get a look at the finished product.

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Real Transformers

For decades, Transformers have just been a fictional race of robots who can change into vehicles. But history has been made in the year 2016 as a Turkish company has created real life Transformers.

Letvision has created a fully functional prototype of a new remote-controlled vehicle called Letrons which transforms from a driving BMW into a standing robot. How long before Michael Bay gets one of these in his garage?

Check out the real Transformers creation after the jump. Read More »

Netflix Flixtape

Last year, Netflix came up with some strange technological innovations such as a real Netflix and chill button and toasty socks that pause whatever you’re watching if you fall asleep. Sadly, they didn’t sell these items, but they provided detailed instructions for the more engineering savvy users out there to craft themselves. But now they’ve finally delivered something we can all use very easily.

Netflix has announced a new feature called Flixtape. Inspired by the mixtapes that were popular in the 1980s and 1990s before burning CDs and creating MP3 playlists was ever possible, the new Flixtape feature allows users to create their own custom playlist of TV shows so you can finally get your friend on the same page as you. Find out more about the Netflix Flixtape feature after the jump. Read More »

Star Wars VR

In the technology world, a lot more attention is being paid to virtual reality, and some of the biggest franchises from film, television, comics and more are starting to take advantage of it. Perhaps one of the most anticipated uses of VR technology is coming with Industrial Light & Magic’s ILMxLAB projects that will be bringing franchises like Star Wars into your living room with VR technology. And today, Lucasfilm announced some cool news regarding Star Wars VR projects.

First of all, screenwriter David Goyer is teaming up with ILMxLAB for a new project that will focus on a certain iconic Sith Lord, and the company’s Trials on Tatooine VR experience will be available to try for free starting next week. Get details on both of the Star Wars VR announcements after the jump. Read More »

IMAX Home Theater

For many cinephiles, their home theater is a source of pride. From the flatscreen television to the surround sound system, it’s important to experience your movies in the best way possible. Now IMAX wants to help you achieve that goal, at least if you happen to have about a half a million dollars lying around.

IMAX will now build you a private home theater, one that will allow people to pay a premium price to watch theatrical releases from the comfort of their very own expensive movie theater quality home theater. But it’s not going to be cheap, and paying for those theatrical releases is pretty damn pricey too. Hit the jump to find out more about the IMAX home theater. Read More »

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Real Captain America Shield

If you’ve seen Captain America: Civil War, then you know that Spider-Man takes notice of how Cap’s shield doesn’t really follow the rules of physics. The shield effortlessly bounces off walls and foes and somehow always manages to make it right back into the hands of Steve Rogers. And now one fan has made some of the magic of Captain America’s shield a reality with the use of electromagnets.

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