LENOVO UNLEASHES FRESH AR STAR WARS JEDI EXPERIENCE - Rick GarsonMight the force be with you?

Surely, Lenovo seems to think so, as the computer manufacturing company invites you to face off against Kylo Ren when you characterize the key protagonist as a challenger in Jedi Challenges, the smartphone-powered augmented reality experience.

In a world of wearable technology and augmented reality, gaming has become more active and alive. The Lenovo Mirage has demonstrated this by offering users a unique adventure with Jedi Challenges.

Lenovo recently partnered with Disney to design the incredible set of augmented reality games. The battles span a series of obstacles, whether that means overcoming evil through tactical means, with a game of chess, strategy-based assaults, or by wielding a lightsaber. The unique experience is made possible by utilizing The headset, an incredibly detailed lightsaber, and the room sensor is sold as a package deal for $199.

According to the article, “ Lenovo Mirage eyes-on: Jedi Challenges is the perfect showcase for AR,” featured in the publication Wearable, the Mirage has the jump on Hololens’ tech. Like other headset designs, the Mirage requires user-supplied iPhone or Android devices to be used in combination with the unit. However, other AR headset doesn’t make use of a Perspex visor, which provides a field of view that’s 33 degrees vertically and 60 degrees horizontally, helping this headset to stand apart. Conversely, the viewership for the Microsoft HoloLens is 17 and 30 degrees vertically and 60 degrees horizontally.

More than, the headset is said to be lightweight and non-imposing. The lightsaber, which parries attacks, uses the senses of touch and proprioception, enabling strikes and blocks with ease.

The room sensor that’s paired with the headset and lightsaber uses a light tracking beacon to detect the position of the headset and the replica lightsaber. Incoming hordes of holographic Jedi and their leader Kylo Ren will be kept at bay if all three components are used correctly.

On-screen positioning must match your stance to block lightsaber attacks. Users have described Jedi Challenges as fun, albeit “stilted and formulaic.” Seamless technology allows for the AR blade to cut right into the action during the harrowing missions.

Though the demonstration provides only Kylo Ren –Commander of the First Order, Master of the Knights of Ren, and son of Han Solo and Leia Organa–  as the end-game nemesis, the final product is expected to allow battles with Darth Vader himself.

Combining “bleeding-edge technology with one of the most popular film franchises in the world,” the Star Wars: Jedi Challenges prescribes a remarkable experience that will be enjoyed by all come November.

What other films would you like see transformed into an augmented reality experience?