Alternative Uses for Star Wars Technology

It doesn’t take long to find out that I’m a fan of Star Wars. My home office is full of Star Wars memorabilia. There is no denying that one of the coolest things to come out of science fiction are the various mobile devices we carry around with us today. From mobile phones to touch screen computers – science fiction has given us technological goals that are actively finding their way to today’s modern world at a rapid pace.

What about gadgets that haven’t made their way in to the consumer market just yet? How could they be applied to everyday life in the real world? Here are some alternative uses for Star Wars technology:


  • A faster way to roast a marshmallow
  • Garage door opener
  • Cigarette lighter
  • Welding tool

“Hokey religions and ancient weapons are no match for a good blaster at your side, kid.” – Han Solo
If there is one thing the Star Wars series has taught us, it’s that blasters are absolutely inaccurate. That makes them fairly unreliable as a weapon, though there are several ways you can make use of it around the house.


  • Self-heating shish kebab skewer
  • Jack-o-lantern carving
  • The ultimate lumberjack’s saw
  • Aircraft marshalling signal light
  • Nose hair and beard trimmer
  • Locksmith tool
  • Can opener

Not as clumsy or random as a blaster, this formal weapon of the Jedi can do a lot more than keep the peace. In the world of today, a lightsaber would have many interesting and useful applications.


  • One way to get around a traffic jam
  • A vehicle that dogs won’t chase down the street
  • Garbage compactor
  • Pecan cracker

The All Terrain Armored Transport (AT-AT) walker was one of the most heavily armored land vehicles in the Imperial Army. This slow-moving behemoth may not have won the war for the Galactic Empire, but it may still be quite useful today.

Deflector Shield

  • A sure way to keep your partner on their side of the bed
  • One method of keeping hands out of the cookie jar until after dinner
  • A quick fix for a broken window
  • Pool cover
  • Anti-solicitation device

Deflector shields can protect areas both small and large. From single objects to small moons, they can make all the difference in the world when it comes to keeping unwanted elements away. How would you use one?