Computer giant Lenovo and Disney have revealed the?”Star Wars: Jedi Challenges,” a new augmented reality (AR)?product at the recently concluded Internationale Funkausstellung Berlin (IFA), one of the oldest industrial exhibitions, in Germany, Berlin.
The product allows fans to experience Star Wars in a smartphone-powered Lenovo Mirage AR headset, Tracking Beacon, Lightsaber controller, and plenty of Star Wars?gameplay.
Jedi Challenges is part of the Force Friday II, which celebrates the worldwide launch of new Star Wars products.?
?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 and 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.?
Users can hone their Jedi skills in a variety of augmented reality-based experiences with each offering multiple levels of deep and immersive gameplay. Jedi Challenges will introduce an all-new Star Wars?character, the Archivist, who instructs players in the ways of the Force and the knowledge of the Jedi. Throughout these challenges, users will train to perfect their lightsaber skills by engaging in a duel.
Jedi Challenges allows users to train against?Sith Lords?like Kylo Ren and Darth Vader with their very own lightsabers. Players can also marshal the forces of the Republic, Rebel Alliance, and Resistance against the might of the Separatists, Empire, and First Order in epic battles across their living room floors. Holochess ? which appeared first in “Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope” ? has now been brought to life in Jedi Challenges, too.
?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 for games and interactive experiences at 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 empire forces on the battlefield.?
By downloading the Jedi Challenges app onto compatible phones, users can now slide the phone into the tray of the Lenovo Mirage AR headset ? a sleek, portable and lightweight AR headset that provides full gaming immersion with an optimal level of comfort during gameplay. It comes with a Tracking Beacon, which is placed on the floor and acts as a stable base for the headset?s sensors to detect the user?s movement.
Geared with two built-in fisheye sensors, the headset enables free and natural motion for the player to move around as they duel opponents or direct their forces and pieces across the battlefield.
The headset also pairs with a collectible Lightsaber controller modeled after Anakin Skywalker, Luke Skywalker, and Rey’s blades. It 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.
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 also activated as players strike or block their opponents.
Pricing and availability for “Star Wars: Jedi Challenges” will vary from country to country and the product will be available beginning in November in certain markets.