CNET First Look
We tried being AR Jedi with Lenovo's headsetLightsaber battles in augmented reality just take a phone...and $200.
[MUSIC] [NOISE] Force push. Force push. Fighting Darth Maul. He's right where Scott is. Have you fantisized about owning a lightsaber? Want to battle holographic Stormtroppers, Sith lords, and battle droids and play holochess? Star Wars Jedi Battles may be the crazy novelty AR headset for you. Lenovo's clever toy made in partnership with Disney combines a headset, bluetooth connected light saber, and a glowing floor sensor. It requires your phone though. A handful of iPhones and Android phones are supported but check for compatibility. It's annoying to set up. You're going to need to load an app, sync the gear, attach a dongle, and slide you phone into the headset. Which has its own battery that also needs charging. But once it's all set up, you're suddenly seeing 3D holograms in your room, almost like a budget version of Microsoft HoloLens. Yes, they overlap with furniture and things. But still, Darth Maul will fight you, and it's pretty wild when you start up your light saber and see a holograph blade extend into the air. Activate your light saber, wow, okay. [LAUGH] Three game modes over several worlds have you either light saber battling, playing tower defense games with miniature troops on your floor, or playing rounds of hollow chess puzzles like that one that's on the Millenium Falcon. We have people who've never tried it before and someone who's never even seen Star Wars play a few rounds. [LAUGH] He's doing the double blade. I keep smacking him across the face with my light saber. [BLANK_AUDIO] That's so satisfying! Verdict? Fun! But the setup and the pricewhich is $200 could be drawbacks. It's a crazy cool geek toy but it's also a sign that AR headsets could be the next big toy next year.