Tuesday, January 29, 2013

From Star Wars to Planet Earth: Tech We Want and Some We Already Have

Mashable's list of 10 Star Wars Technologies We Actually Want is a lot of fun to read.  First, it is just fun.  But second, the number of things we think of as "Star Wars Tech" are actually happening right now. 

Do you want to wield a lightsaber?  You can head to medical school to get your hands on a smaller, less fun, version. 

And Luke's Uncle Owen and Aunt Beru had a farm that harvested moisture on Tatooine.  Now "a researcher at the Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne clearly had the same idea; he developed his own vaporator system that could be used to irrigate plants in the harshest deserts on Earth. By lowering the temperature of moisture-rich air, his simple system collects condensation and creates water."  No word as to whether any Jedi are also on the premises.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

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