Star Wars: The Last Jedi is coming up very soon and lots of brands are pushing their special Star Wars branded products onto the market. We’ve got stormtrooper vacuum robots by Samsung, Jedi shavers by Philips, and tons of other goodies – but the coolest thing this Star Wars season is Lenovo’s Star Wars: Jedi Challenges Mirage AR Headset and their Yoga 920 Special Edition Laptops!
Lenovo Mirage Star Wars Jedi Challenges
Lenovo’s Jedi Challenges package is made up of three components – a Lenovo Star Wars Mirage AR Headset, Lightsaber controller, and Tracking beacon. How does it work?
You start by downloading the Star Wars: Jedi Challenges app onto your iOS or Android phones. While it’s installing, you can set up the Tracking Beacon on the floor – this acts as a stable base for the headset’s sensors to detect the user’s movement during play. Once you’ve have gone through the app setup process, just slide the phone into the tray of the Lenovo Star Wars Mirage AR headset, grab your lightsaber, and game on!
There are three games to choose from – space chess, a tactical strategy battle, and a duel with Kylo Ren – and you control it with your lightsaber and headset. The headset pairs with a lightsaber controller, modeled after the one wielded by Anakin Skywalker, Luke Skywalker, and Rey. Designed to be a key part of the experience, the Lightsaber acts as a controller and pointer, allowing players to navigate the user interface, with all controls, actions and commands activated with a simple two-button configuration. This lightsaber is legit and feels very very similar to high-quality replicas used in saber duelling and cosplay.
Through visible light-tracking technology, the headset’s sensors work together to lock onto the position of the Lightsaber controller, allowing players to see a beam form above the “hilt,” which they can use to block and interact with the universe in-game. Haptic feedback is activated as you clash with Kylo Ren and the Sith in AR. It feels solid and is very fun to play with.
The Lenovo Star Wars Mirage AR headset itself is comfortable and has a great field of vision into the real world, unlike Samsung and Google’s VR headsets which shut you in. Equipped with two built-in fisheye sensors to provide inside-out positional tracking, the headset allows for free and natural motion for the player to move around as they duel opponents or direct their forces and pieces across the battlefield.
“With Star Wars: Jedi Challenges, Lenovo and Disney are bringing Star Wars to fans in ways they could previously only imagine,” said Jeff Meredith, Senior Vice President and General Manager
of Lenovo Consumer PCs & Smart Devices. “Augmented Reality has always been an important part of Star Wars, and it’s exciting to bring these key moments to life by marrying Lenovo technology with Disney’s storytelling.” “We believe augmented reality will usher in a new era of storytelling and play an important role in the experiences we create for our fans,” said Kyle Laughlin, Senior Vice President, Games and Interactive Experiences, Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media. “With Star Wars: Jedi Challenges, we’re bringing together the latest technology and one of the most recognized franchises in the galaxy to fulfill the wishes of anyone who’s ever wanted to wield a lightsaber or take on the empire forces on the battlefield.”
Price & Availability:
Star Wars: Jedi Challenges package was launched on 4 November and is now available islandwide at a price of S$379 from these authorized dealers:
Addon (Lenovo Exclusive Store)
Newstead (Lenovo Exclusive Store)
TOG (Toy or Game)
Lenovo Star Wars Special Edition Yoga 920
Also featured in this CEF was a very special edition of Lenovo’s Yoga 920 4K convertible ultrabook – this Star Wars Edition of the Yoga 920 comes clad in a glossy, stylish gorilla glass back and styled with the legendary iconic logos of the Star Wars universe. It comes in two models: White, and Black.
The white model’s lid features an etched logo of the Rebel Alliance. It looks characteristically rebel rough while maintaining a sense of beauty – the rough backgrounds look almost like white marble from afar.
The black model’s lid features an etched emblem of the Galactic Empire on a beautiful background of glittering stars in space. It’s very, very sleek, sexy and steely.
On the inside, the Star Wars Edition of the Yoga 920 is still the same as the regular one – its got an all-metal unibody, thin bezel 4K display and a watchband hinge that allows it to be used as a convertible; or in Lenovo’s four characteristic modes: laptop, stand, tablet and tent. It starts from S$2,999 and is coming very soon to stores around you.
I’ve got a full set of the Jedi Challenges package for review, so stay tuned to Thirty Seven Tech for all the latest scoop on Mirage, Jedi Challenges and Lenovo!