This Star Wars stormtrooper robot will patrol your home on the hunt for rebels
They may not be the best with firearms, but what stormtroopers lose in accuracy, they make up in numbers. With similar military conscription to the United States (0.7% of the population), you’re looking at around 350 trillion stormtroopers. For all his force jiggery-pokery, they provided a reasonable insurance policy for Darth Vader in his battle to maintain power.
UBTech wants you to have similar protection for your home and has announced the world’s first stormtrooper robot. True, at £299.95 per foot soldier, you’ll probably only want to hire one to begin with, but every army has to start somewhere. The stormtrooper robot will recognise three distinct faces, allowing you to create a rudimentary chain of command. The safety conscious will be pleased to hear that the robot doesn’t connect to the internet, and this biometric data will be kept within a closed network.
You will be able to speak directly to the robot, issuing voice commands and launching attacks via the accompanying app. Or alternatively, you can just leave the little guy on sentry patrol, where it will wander around a set area, responding to any intruders it finds.
“We are thrilled to launch the Star Wars Stormtrooper Robot by Ubtech,” said James Chow, CEO of Ubtech. “Both Star Wars and UBTECH put a great focus on innovation and family-friendly technology. Together, we are delivering a new and interactive experience for Star Wars fans.”
Ubtech may not be a household name over here, but they have some form – I reviewed their Alphr 1S robot last July, and found it an impressive bit of technology which lacked much to keep you coming back. A stormtrooper robot controllable via an app, however, is a whole different barrel of Ewoks – especially considering how well the Sphero BB-8 toy sold.
My only concern is how well the stormtrooper will actually defend your territory, given my experience of playing football with Alpha 1S:
I guess that’s why the rebels eventually (SPOILERS) won.