The iPad In Star Wars

StarWars Tablet Computer

It dawned on me today while watching “Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace” that George Lucas actually featured a surprisingly iPad like device. It was used by Shmi Skywalker, Anakin’s mother (left) and Queen Amidala (right) to watch the podrace which occurred over a larger terrain than spectators could see. It was wireless, thin, and roughly the same form factor, but with handles. In theory if licensing weren’t so complicated we could watch sports like that today at stadiums.

Interesting to note that even in a world where interplanetary travel is almost trivial, a tablet computer is thicker than the iPads we have today. Then again the timeline was “a long time ago”. What an amazing world we live in when you can beat George Lucas’s imagination in a mere 15 years.

Capture © 20th Century Fox

Original Star Wars Trailer

Star Wars Trailer

This is the original Star Wars Trailer. Interesting to see and contrast against the modern trailers. Interestingly it was back in 1999 that most of us saw our first movie trailer online (Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace) hosted by Apple in QuickTime. Now several years later the predecessor (age wise, not plot wise) is on YouTube. Who among us would have conceived that in 1999?

[Via: A Welsh View]

Edit: Removed by YouTube.