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Propel Launch Star Wars Battle Drones

Propel Launch Star Wars Battle Drones

Posted on 31 August 2017 by Chris Ford

Recently I received a rather exciting email, “would you like to come to Brussels for a Start Wars product launch it “ it said , well rather excitedly I of course said yes!

The launch was for a Propels new Star Wars drones, yes you read that right STAR WARS DRONES! These aren’t what you would usually think of drones as, they don’t have cameras these drones are made to battle! The drones come in the familiar shape of a X-Wing Star fighter, Darth Vaders Tie Advanced fighter, and a Speeder bike.

The idea is you get two of these together and battle each other shooting the built in laser blaster to score points and eventually down your opponent.

 

 

Tech

I think the first thing that struck me is the great deal of thought and detail that has gone into designing these drones, for a start there is  the Li Fi technology use in the drones laser scoring system (li-fi is a system similar to wifi except it uses light instead of radio waves to send and receive data).

We then have things like when your x-wing or Tie Fighter takes a hit, not only do you hear it through authentic star wars sound affects you also see the drone physically react to the hit.

 

The Propel Star Wars drones also feature integrated flight control algorithms for various types of high-precision multiplayer air battles, including a new T Mode (Training Mode) for first-time flyers, which creates an invisible aura around you and makes the drone easier to control. Special manoeuvres like corkscrew rolls in forward flight and innovative reverse propulsion drone technology enable the craft to reproduce the famous flight action in Star Wars , imagine spinning your drone in mid air just like in the movies?  Well the Propel can do it!

Packaging

This first quadrocopter edition comes in a presentation box with a wax seal and a three-dimensional scale model of the craft on the front. When the top of the box is opened, the box lights up and various soundbites as well as the Star Wars theme are played through speakers which are integrated in the box. Each box and drone has a unique serial number making these drones Im sure highly collectable as well as being seriously impressive I mean who does this with their packaging?

Learning To Fly

The App

 

Propel have also produced a App for both Iphone and Android to help you get the most out of your drone. The initial release will be a flight simulator with 34 training modes to train you from cadet to admiral status, the app syncs your remote controlleryour phone via Bluetooth and movement mimics the actual live flight experience allowing you to perfect your piloting before taking on your mates in battle!

 

 

Durability

Obviously a concern with anything like this especially when its designed to battle is durability so its good to know that Propel are offering a comprehensive parts replacement service and even include a 12 months unlimited parts replacement service so if you do get into a scrape you are covered.

Battles

 

A big appeal of the Propel drones is of course the ability to battle others,  Propel plan to organise battle arena events like the ones in our videos around the country as well as the ability to arrange your own battles via social networks  and the Propel app there should be no shortage of people to battle.

 

Our Verdict

 

I think it’s clear from this review we are pretty impressed with what Propel have done with their Star Wars Battle drones the attention to detail is insane and Im sure anyone from the casual fan to the serious obsessive will be impressed with what they have done, my only gripe would be the battery last for 8mins which isn’t long but you do get two batteries and can buy more via Propels parts service so all is not lost there either.

The Propel Star Wars Battle Drones are available in the UK from 1st September 2017 with the individually numbered Collector’s Edition available exclusively from John Lewis at a price of £199.

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Pawno gets UK release date

Pawno gets UK release date

Posted on 31 August 2017 by Chris Ford

Pawno l Paul Ireland’s debut Australian comedy-drama  finally been given a uk release date of 20th October.

Pawno  takes place in a dusty pawnbrokers in the heart of Footscray, an inner-western suburb of Melbourne, where world-weary owner Les Underwood watches as the lives of people who come through his doors collide, change and unravel. From blossoming romance to desperate last gambles,  these twelve individuals stories represent the best and the worst of one day in the life of a Melbourne pawnbrokers.

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Johnnie Walker Blenders’ Batch: Johnnie Walker Introduces Latest Limited Edition

Johnnie Walker Blenders’ Batch: Johnnie Walker Introduces Latest Limited Edition

Posted on 23 August 2017 by Chris Ford

Johnnie Walker is launching three new experimental whiskies from its Blenders’ Batch range for both whisky aficionados and cocktail lovers. The limited edition whiskies are being introduced at the Diageo World Class Bartender of the Year Final in Mexico City.

Johnnie Walker blender Aimée Gibson and Johnnie Walker Master Blender Jim Beveridge pictured at the Diageo World Class Bartender of the Year Final in Mexico City. Aimée led the development of Johnnie Walker Blenders’ Batch Wine Cask Blend, which is being introduced at the prestigious cocktail competition this week and will be available in selected countries from September 2017.

All three new blends – Johnnie Walker Blenders’ Batch Wine Cask Blend, Johnnie Walker Blenders’ Batch Rum Cask Finish and Johnnie Walker Blenders’ Batch Espresso Roast – were designed to form the foundation of exceptional Scotch cocktails and yet, like all the brand’s classic whiskies, they can also be enjoyed straight up over ice.

We are  certainly interested to see how these turn out, making blends espeically for mixing as cocktails is an interesting approach and we look orward to trying these in the coming months and sharing our thoughts. with you all.

Johnnie Walker Blenders’ Batch Wine Cask Blend is launching in selected countries from September 2017

Johnnie Walker Blenders’ Batch Rum Cask Finish and Johnnie Walker Blenders’ Batch Espresso Roast will be available globally at some of the world’s best bars from October 2017.

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24: Legacy

24: Legacy

Posted on 02 August 2017 by Chris Ford

So I love 24, It was one of my favourite shows, Jack Bauer was pretty bad ass and I loved how he broke the rules to suit his objectives and it was a sad day when all that ended… but wait 24 Is back!

Yes 24 has been given something of a reboot in 24: Legacy with a new actor in the form of Corey Hawkins (probably best known for 2015’s  ‘Straight Outta Compton’).  So I was a little worried, as I said I love 24 and will this new 24 Legacy live upto what I knew and loved?  Well while Corey is no Jack Bauer he really does bring his own spin on the role and that same rule breaking I’ve known and loved is back in place along with a few familiar faces one in the form of Carlos Bernard who guest stars in a recurring role, reprising his original series character, Tony Almeida ( very cool stuff!).

The 13 episode series chronicles a race against time to stop a devastating terrorist attack on United States soil – in the same real-time format we know and love.

Six months ago in Yemen, an elite squad of U.S. Army Rangers, led by Sergeant Eric Carter killed terrorist leader Sheik Ibrahim Bin-Khalid. In the aftermath, Bin-Khalid’s followers declared a threat against Carter, his squad and their families, forcing them into federal witness protection. But a recent attempt on Carter’s own life makes it clear to him that his team has been exposed.

I haven’t finished 24: Legacy yet but Im really loving every minute of it, I think I can safely say the 24 torch has been passed onto a worthy actor.

24 : Legacy is out now on DVD and Blu-Ray

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