the mandalorian technology

Jon Favreau is proving to be one of the foremost filmmakers when it comes to testing game-changing technology, from his dazzling visual effects work in The Jungle Book, to the audacious CGI scale of the upcoming The Lion King. And The Mandalorian, for which Favreau acts as showrunner and executive producer, is no exception.

Favreau may have been touting the upcoming Disney+ show’s use of practical effects that pay homage to the techniques used in the original Star Wars films, but The Mandalorian is doing more than just using rigs to shoot miniature ships. According to actor Giancarlo Esposito, who stars in the series alongside the titular Mandalorian, Pedro PascalThe Mandalorian will be using a unique blend of physical sets and digital technology that is unlike anything we’ve seen in a Star Wars property before.

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star wars galaxy's edge app

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is already turning into one of the most immersive theme park experiences to date. But the Imagineers behind Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge are taking it one step further by integrating a piece of technology that we all have in the back of our pockets: our phones.

But in a galaxy far, far away, our smartphones are not just regular old phones but are “transformed into an amazing in-story tool,” Walt Disney Imagineering Executive Creative Director Asa Kalama said at the Star Wars: Celebration panel in Chicago. The new Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge app will take guests beyond just experiencing the story of Batuu, a grimy outpost planet on the edge of the galaxy. They will live it.

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motion smoothing

Tom Cruise took a break from cheating death to offer-up an important public service announcement: turn your god damn motion smoothing off, people. Cruise and his frequent collaborator and Mission: Impossible – Fallout director Christopher McQuarrie got together to helpfully let you know that motion smoothing looks like absolute garbage, and the best way for you to watch Fallout – or any movie – at home is to turn that unnecessary feature off. 

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Disney Files Patent for Most Realistic Lightsaber Yet

lightsaber patent

The Walt Disney Company has filed a patent for potentially the most realistic lightsaber yet. The lightsaber patent is for something called a “Sword Device with Retractable, Internally Illuminated Blade,” and comes before the highly anticipated opening of Disney’s upcoming theme park expansion Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.

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Goldfinger - James Bond Aston Martin DB5

Fans of the James Bond franchise have always dreamed of seeing some of the secret agent’s more unbelievable gadget become a reality, especially when it comes to the armored, weaponized and gadget-filled cars 007 gets to drive. Now one of them will be officially manufactured, and it will include some of the gadgets from the big screen.

James Bond’s iconic 1964 Aston Martin DB5 that first appeared in Goldfinger will officially be manufactured by the car company. But this isn’t simply a recreation of the classic car that looks like 007’s ride. This extremely limited and expensive edition of the James Bond Aston Martin DB5 will come with some of the gadgets installed by Q Branch. Read More »

2001: A Space Odyssey - HAL 9000 Bluetooth Speaker

Few things have been more chilling than the monotone voice of HAL 9000 defying his programming and becoming the ultimate artificially intelligent threat to the crew of the Discovery One in 2001: A Space Odyssey. Now you can bring the voice of Douglas Rain to your home in the form of a HAL 9000 prop replica that doubles as a Bluetooth speaker. This is probably the coolest Bluetooth speaker we’ve ever seen, and it’s a stunning prop replica too. Check out the HAL 9000 Bluetooth Speaker below. Read More »

cycles

Walt Disney Animation is well known for its work in both traditional and CG animation, and now the company is breaking new ground (at least for them). The animation studio will premiere its first virtual reality short film, Cycles, next month at the SIGGRAPH 2018, a conference dedicated to VR, augmented reality, and mixed reality.

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Dick Tracy Watch

For the longest time, Dick Tracy had one of the most iconic gadgets in pop culture. Whenever there was trouble, the yellow jacket-clad detective could be summoned on his radio watch. But for the longest time, even through modern times, this watch was just a pipe dream. Nowadays we have the likes of the Apple Watch to satisfy our affinity for wrist gadgets, but for those who are still dreaming of specifically having the watch Dick Tracy wore on his wrist, it’s no longer a dream.

Brothers Nick and Charlie Mathis have teamed up with the Longio Watch Co. and Elite Manufacturing to create an official Dick Tracy watch that uses bluetooth technology to connect to your phone and operate like the real gadget from the 1930s comic strip. Find out how you can get it below. Read More »

Apple TV 4K

Soon, nearly every single streaming video subscription will be available at the tap of the finger. Or at the click of the Apple TV remote.

Apple plans to start selling subscriptions to popular services like Netflix, Prime Video, HBO Now, Showtime, and others through its Apple TV app, following in the footsteps of Amazon.

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jay and silent bob vr series

Jay and Silent Bob are striking back, again. But this time, you can see them in virtual reality. Writer-director Kevin Smith is reviving his iconic cinematic slacker duo for 2018 in a Jay and Silent Bob VR series.

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