Adorable AR-activated ‘Star Wars’ Stormtrooper robot is the droid you’re looking for


Want to uphold the First Order and deal with some rebel scum from your own room?

In the same week we’ve seen the new trailer for The Last Jedi, AI and humanoid robotic company UBTECH has released a new Star Wars Stormtrooper robot. It’ll come with an augmented reality app, and can take voice commands, do facial recognition and even sentry patrolling.

The First Order Stormtrooper Robot’s AR app mode is supported by a voice activated command feature so you can issue direct verbal orders to your robot, launch “attacks” and tackle those pesky rebels through the app interface.

There’s facial recognition at play here, too. Using the facial biometrics feature, you can create a database of up to three faces that your little Stormtrooper responds to with customised interactions. Best to designate your least favourite roomie as a member of the Resistance.

Kept within a closed network, the Stormtrooper Robot won’t start taking orders from a random online Sith, and no data or personal information is saved to the robot or the companion app. 

The robot and app communicate via Wi-Fi but the company assures that the transmission is 128-bit AES encrypted. 

And anyone with pesky siblings, nosy pets or roomies, the robot has a “sentry” feature, in which you can order the little soldier to patrol a designated area and notify you of intruders. Plus, it won’t bump into your furniture, using an IR sensor to detect and avoid objects.

You’re in charge, so make sure you let your mate know to duck when investigating Death Star docking bay 327 — low-hanging pressure doors are a bitch.

UBTECH’s Star Wars First Order Stormtrooper Robot retails for US$299.99 and is available for pre-order now on the website and select retailers.

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