In 1983, Star Wars director George Lucas took aim at decrepit theater sound systems. Whirring air conditioners, fuzzy-sounding speakers and nearby noisy lobbies were obscuring his carefully crafted sound effects. He founded the company THX to ensure that a theater's playback environment could reproduce sound the way filmmakers meant for a movie to be heard. Audiences loved him for it. More than two decades later, the pioneering company hopes that one of its new technologies, code-named Blackbird, will revamp consumer electronics in the same way. THX wants to enable DVDs, CDs, video games and digital downloads to communicate with the hardware they play on. The technology embedded in the content will automatically adjust settings so that visual and audio playback is optimal, according to company executives. As it approaches its 25th anniversary, THX is trying to redefine itself. In the mid-1980s, when those letters appeared on a film screen, moviegoers whooped and cheered. The … [Read more...] about THX hears the call of consumer electronics
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It’s difficult to make household chores something to look forward to, but perhaps if you can pretend that you’re living in a galaxy far, far away, you can (temporarily) put aside your woes. Luckily, that is getting a lot easier thanks to Samsung’s introduction of the Star Wars limited edition Powerbot robot vacuum cleaner. The VR7000 vacuum comes complete with Darth Vader and Stormtrooper designs so that you can imagine that the bot is actually destroying (or saving) the universe as it cleans your floors.Intended to drum up anticipation for the upcoming release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the VR7000 features specially created covers to add to its aesthetic appeal. There is the Darth Vader version, whose cover (made with custom premium materials, of course) is meant to resemble the villain’s all-black mask. The Stormtrooper version, on the other hand, is meant to look like a white and black Stormtrooper helmet. Curiously enough, it’s the Darth … [Read more...] about Darth Vader uses the force to clean your dirty floors with Samsung’s new vacuum
Ah, YouTube — the beautiful bounty of millions of weirdos at work. Case in point: A YouTuber named BenjaminApple has released a five-hour cut of Darth Vader’s funeral pyre, looking to beat Nick Offerman’s whiskey and fireplace video as the best Yule Log option to stream at your holiday party this season.After all, who doesn’t want to hear the crackle and pop of Anakin Skywalker’s slowly-burning androidian corpse humming over their living room speakers for five hours while entertaining family or guests?The video begins with a section of the actual funeral scene from the movie, complete with of shot Luke’s emotionally ragged face as he initially lights the flames, and the slowly-lulling sounds of John Williams’ iconic funeral score. Then, the video fades to the typical Yule Log fare, with a loud fire noise, and the sounds of slowly-burning wood. There’s some reason this video is especially timely, but for the life of us, … [Read more...] about The new Yule: Let a five-hour clip of Darth Vader burning bring you holiday cheer
Stormtroopers are good at marching, but if this amazing dance troupe is anything to go by, there are one or two who’re hiding some more energetic talents under their white and black helmets. Taking a day off from policing the galaxy for the Empire, a team of six Stormtroopers took U.K. talent show Britain’s Got Talent by, um, storm over the weekend with a supercharged dance routine that would have been tough even for those not dressed in armor.Just two Stormtroopers first stood on the stage in front of the team of judges led by Simon Cowell, but were soon joined by four other troopers, as the Imperial March boomed out over the sound system. The classic piece was soon replaced by a medley of modern dance tracks, including Beyonce’s Single Ladies (Put a ring on it), Over Getting Over by Fleur East, and even Psy’s Gangnam Style.The team of Stormtroopers never said a word and never take off their helmets before, during, or after their performance, leaving the judges … [Read more...] about Darth Vader would not be pleased with these dancing Stormtroopers
It’s been a while since the last major leak from the Star Wars: Episode VII camp, but the latest one is big. It’s first-paragraph, second-sentence SPOILER WARNING big, in fact.Anyone looking to retain a pristine ignorance of all things Episode VII might want to avoid the batch of images uploaded to ImageShack by user “themillenniumfalcon” this week, which includes quite a few pieces of art depicting some familiar faces returning from past films, as well as some plot points that could hint at what the future holds for the Star Wars universe. Related: Major Star Wars: Episode VII story leaks point to major villains and returning favoritesIn the interest of finding the balance between the desire for information about one of Hollywood’s most anticipated films and not wanting to ruin anyone’s enjoyment of the film, here are some of the highlights from the latest leak (with yet another spoiler warning for good … [Read more...] about Leaked concept art from Star Wars: Episode VII teases old enemies and new blood
With a trio of new Star Wars movies in the works, plenty of entities are trying to cash in on the reinvigoration of the franchise. While there aren’t many wheeled vehicles in that galaxy far, far away, Hot Wheels is jumping on the proverbial bandwagon.At the 2014 Dan Diego Comic-Con, the toymaker unveiled a life-size version of the “Darth Vader Car” that will kick off a new line of Star Wars-inspired toys later this year.The car is powered by a Chevrolet LS3 small-block V8 that sends 526 horsepower to the rear wheels, and breathes through back-lit side exhaust pipes. Is that enough power for an aspiring ruler of the galaxy?The nose piece inspired by Vader’s helmet is made from carbon fiber, and designers even managed to integrate the three bits of hardware from the triangular mouthpiece, which serve as the car’s headlights.The Darth Vader Car was built by Picture Car Warehouse, which has supplied vehicles for movies from 2Fast 2Furious to The … [Read more...] about What would Darth Vader drive? A car that looks like his helmet, obviously
This is one of those “once you see it, you can’t unsee” revelations that are both mind-blowing and extremely awesome. If you’re going to Washington, D.C. soon, you must stop by the Washington National Cathedral in the Woodley Park neighborhood. Not only is it an iconic site, you won’t want to miss the sight of Darth Vader’s helmet staring down at you as you walk around this Roman Gothic church.Okay, so we’ve never heard of how Darth Vader was a secret Episcopal in the movies or the comics. Of all of the fathers he was, we didn’t think he was the holy father. So just how did the Sith Lord end up on the pillars of this church?The answer is in the National Cathedral’s pamphlet, which explains that a competition in the 1980s by National Geographic World Magazine invited children to design a sculpture for the cathedral. Of the many designs it received, the organization selected Darth Vader as its third-place winner. The artist … [Read more...] about Did you ever notice Darth Vader’s helmet on the Washington National Cathedral?
The jury is still out on his Captain America: The First Avenger, but director Joe Johnston has dreams of bringing an even bigger cult favorite to the silver screen. Talking to ScreenRant about George Lucas possibly seeing Captain American, Johnston said, “You know if he wants to see it, I would show it to him. I’m trying to get George to make a feature based on Boba Fett.”Those words gave birth to a new hope for Star Wars fanboys everywhere. The two directors’ relationship gives us some hope that the project is more than a pipe dream: Johnston considers Lucas his mentor and the two are close colleagues; Johnston even worked on visual effects for the original Star Wars series. He’s undeniably close to the project, and was even responsible for the design of Boba Fett.The Darth Vader-hired bounty hunter is a fan favorite, despite his villainous tendencies. His fairly minor appearances in all of the movies (one of the longest times he’s on screen and … [Read more...] about Boba Fett to get his own movie?
Welcome to part two of our 2005 CES coverage. In our part one coverage of this fantastic show, we featured products which fell into three basic categories: displays, media devices such as Media Center PC?s and streaming media devices, and IPTV based products, not to mention a few products which simply stood out among others. Part two has a very strong showing of home audio products as well as a few miscellaneous products which were just too cool not to show off. If you see any mistakes, please send any corrections to [email protected] and we will make sure to fix the error. Some pictures are missing product or even company information. We had two choices, either we do not show the products at all, or we show them on the site without information. As you can see we decided to go with the latter because we felt these products were just too cool to pass up. We hope you will agree. Mission Loudspeakers was located at Alexis Park, which is a short distance from … [Read more...] about CES 2005 Unveiled Part 2
The Empire Strikes Back, the second or fifth (depending on your starting point) Star Wars movie, was released. It's funny, but I know exactly where I was on that day. It was a Wednesday, and I wasn't at the theater; instead, I was in high school during the day and working as a busboy at an IHOP just around the corner from the cinema where The Empire Strikes Back was playing.It was my intention to totally ignore the movie until Saturday, my next day off; unfortunately, the movie wasn't going to ignore me (did I mention that the IHOP was around the corner from the cinema?). Every two hours and fifteen minutes, there was a flash mob looking for food, and the moment one mob was fed, a second appeared like magic. It was exhausting, but the tips were good, so I had plenty of cash to pay for the movie, soda, popcorn, and Sno Caps when Saturday rolled around. The Empire Strikes Back that Saturday, it was incredible — so much so that I needed to talk about it with a friend who saw it at … [Read more...] about The Empire Strikes Back turns 30: Share your memories of seeing the film