RE­VENGE OF THE NERDS

ELLE (Australia) - - Fiction -

Per­fect­ing our “stand­ing next to a wa­ter­fall” stance for In­sta­gram can wait – with a batch of techy new toys to play with, this sum­mer you can find us in­side in­dulging our nerdy hob­bies (FOMO be damned). Google’s lat­est vir­tual-re­al­ity app, Blocks, is ba­si­cally Minecraft for grown-ups – it lets you mod­el­build vir­tual worlds, us­ing noth­ing more than your hands and an Ocu­lus Rift or HTC Vive VR head­set. Bud­ding Reys can take their lightsaber fights as close to IRL as they’re likely to get, with the toy of ev­ery Star Wars fan’s dreams, the new Star Wars: Jedi Chal­lenges ($399). With the help of its aug­mented-re­al­ity head­set and a hand-held con­troller (pow­ered by your smart phone), you can take on vil­lains Kylo Ren and Darth Vader in your liv­ing room. It’ll hit shelves this month, leav­ing you plenty of time to hone the Force ahead of De­cem­ber’s Star Wars:

The Last Jedi re­lease. www3.lenovo.com/au/en/jedichal­lenges

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