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In pictures: Blast from the Past 7 - 30 years of Star Wars technology

Past and present: how 30 years of Star Wars imagination changed technology forever. During 2008 Sydney's Powerhouse Museum played host to one of the largest collection of Star Wars memorabilia combined with real-life examples of how such technology is being applied for business and social advancement.

  • A Destroyer droid

  • Medical and repair droids

  • Stormtrooper blaster

  • C-3PO

  • Matthew Connell, Curator, Computing & Mathematics at the Powerhouse Museum

  • Modern-day robots

  • A "naked" C-3PO

  • The young Anakin Skywalker's Podracer

  • R2-D2

  • Princess Leia

  • Chancellor Palpatine's lightsaber

  • A stormtrooper from Hoth

  • Darth Vader's collar

  • The interactive robot walker

  • A B1 battle droid

  • A wampa from the planet Hoth

  • Obi-Wan Kenobi's lightsaber

  • Luke Skywalker's Landspeeder

  • Princess Leia, R2-D2 and C-3PO

  • Wookie weapons

  • Modern-day bionics

  • Darth Vader's helmet and mask

  • A scaled-down model of the Millennium Falcon

  • Transport ship model

  • Darth Vader's mask

  • 2-1B medical droid

  • A selection of Star Wars lightsabers

  • Bobba Fett's blaster

  • Rebel DH-17 blaster

  • Modern-day prosthetics

  • A scene from Tatooine

  • An original X-wing starfighter model

  • A selection of Star Wars blasters

  • Count Dooku's lightsaber

  • Darth Maul's double-bladed lightsaber

  • Imperial land combat fighers

  • Chewbacca and Han Solo

  • A scaled-down model of the Landspeeder

  • A thermal detonator

  • Chewbacca the wookie

  • Transport ship model

  • Traditional Tatooine dress

  • Have you photo taken with one of the Star Wars characters

  • The original Millennium Falcon model used in the first Star Wars

  • Master Yoda

  • An imperial star destroyer

  • Today's robots

  • The interrogator droid

  • Robot vision and perception

  • An armoured assault tank

  • The TIE/ln imperial starfighter

  • Princess Leia, R2-D2 and C3-PO

  • The original Darth Vader costume

  • The Jawa

  • An imperial stormtrooper

  • Luke's bionic arm

  • The interrogator droid

  • Mace Windu's lightsaber

  • Jedi and Sith costumes

  • A battle droid blaster

  • Anakin's prosthetic hand

  • Shaak Ti's lightsaber

  • The young Luke Skywalker's home on Tatooine

  • The tonton is another native animal of Hoth

  • Tusken Raiders (sand people)

  • More droids

  • Yoda and Mace Windu

  • Futuristic designs of possible spacecrafts for humans

  • FX-7 medical droid

  • Futuristic designs of possible spacecrafts for humans

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