May the 4th be with you: 7 wild ‘Star Wars’ technologies scientist are building right now

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, technology was way cooler than it is in our reality: Commercial spaceships bending space-time to cross galaxies in seconds; autonomous androids capable of translating any language on the fly, or leaving a battlefield in ruin; deadly swords of plasma that fit comfortably under your bathrobe.

These classic “Star Wars” technologies have captured imaginations for decades — and some of them are finally coming to fruition.

Here are seven futuristic Star Wars technologies that could soon become a reality.