Gone are the days when lightsaber duels were just for the Star Wars franchise movies. Last year Disney and Lenovo began to sell augmented reality lightsaber kits. Now the Star Wars: Jedi Challenges lightsaber kit is receiving a free update. Its called “Lightsaber Versus Mode”. Local multiplayer has been added to the previously single-player game. So now you can have duels with your friends too.
The Versus Mode will need two Lenovo Mirage AR systems. A kit is priced at $199. A kit consists of a phone-powered Mirage headset, a lightsaber controller, and a light-up tracking beacon. Each kit needs to be set to a different color.
The players will need to stand a few feet apart like they will in a real duel. The headsets project a lightsaber bean over each controller.
The device doesn’t let us just slash each other. It processes a battle by using familiar elements from the single-player dueling mode.
In the single-player Jedi Challenges lightsaber mode, the device projects lines and arrows for blocking a blow with a lightsaber, for striking a holographic opponent and to avoid hits too. So when a user turns the lightsaber at the right angle or ducks at the right time, then he or she is safe. Otherwise, he or she gets hit.
The new update enables the Jedi Challenges lightsaber duel to be a two-person duel. It choreographs the players’ motion. So one will be told to strike in a specific way, while the other will be told to duck.
The update has two purposes. One is you can’t win by just stabbing an opponent. The users need to a fight a proper battle.
Star Wars: Jedi Challenges lightsaber edition has already received some updates. The iOS app was also updated with an ARKit version of holo-chess. So iPhone users can play without buying the headset.
In relation to augmented reality, even Google revealed that they are working on an AR-powered microscope for real-time cancer detection.
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