Watch: Star Wars drones aim to revolutionise gaming, combining drone flying with online gameplay



Associated Press

Not that long ago, in a dark, smoke-filled room in Brooklyn emerged a set of drones based on Star Wars vessels that may redefine gameplay.

The force is strong with Disney’s latest offering, conveniently scheduled to hit the stores just in time for Christmas.
Source: Associated Press

Modelled after beloved fighters from the Star Wars universe, these affordable remote-controlled flying devices from Disney can change the way people look at drones and online gameplay by combining them both in the first-ever droning game product.

Designed for Disney by game manufacturer, Propel, three popular models will be released for the holiday season, including the T-65 X-wing Starfighter, made popular by Luke Skywalker.

The Imperial TIE Advanced x1 fighter that he battled in Star Wars: A New hope, and the 74-Z Speeder Bike that Princess Leia and Skywalker were chased on through the forests of Endor in Return of the Jedi.

The sophisticated remote control unit plays the John Williams score from the films, and can hold your smartphone to run an app that enhances gameplay.

There's a bit of a learning curve to flying a drone that the game covers with a sophisticated training mode. While it takes some practice to effectively fly a drone, the company's CEO Darren Matloff sees another hurdle.

"One of the biggest challenges with this product is that people will see it as a toy. But actually, it's anything but a toy. It is a piece of very high technology, so not only do you have the ability to communicate in a play pattern using light waves.

"But there's also a new technology inside the drone called I-A-T, which stands for Intelligent Awareness Technologies. So, essentially these drones are little flying computers," Matloff said.

"We saw drone racing as the next big thing, and we were thinking, 'Do you know what would be more exciting than racing? It would be racing and battling.' Being able to shoot your opponent would add a level of excitement to the game."

One of those technological marvels centers around LiFi, an emerging technology that uses light for transmission and can run 100 times faster than WiFi.

The drones travel at speeds up to 35 miles-per-hour, and can flip and spiral like a corkscrew. Up to 12 Star Wars drone pilots can battle each other in a various missions.

The first three models take off in December.

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