Although featured only briefly in 1977’s Star Wars, in the scene aboard the Millennium Falcon where C-3PO advises R2-D2 to “Let the Wookiee win,” Dejarik has remained close to the hearts of franchise fans. Director J.J. Abrams even used an image of the game board last year to tease the appearance of Han Solo’s ship in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. And now, nearly four decades after its original appearance, someone has brought the holographic chess game to playable life.
Ian Martin, a 28-year-old web applications developer from western Washington, crafted the game table and the eight monster playing pieces that appear in the original Star Wars, but he didn’t stop there. Using 3D scans of the sculpts, he’s brought the holomonsters into augmented reality, which you can see below in the test video below, recorded on his phone.
The monsters aren’t quite ready to stomp across the game board just yet, but it’s a start.
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