Lost? May Yoda and Darth Vader guide you


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To the closest Starbucks you wish to go? Let Yoda be your master.

This week Garmin, maker of the popular line of personal navigation devices, adds the Jedi master and Darth Vader to its voice lineup.


The voices of Yoda and Darth Vader are available for download on Garmin’s website, and will cost users $12.99 apiece. Yoda delivers his directions in his own unique grammatical style, saying things like, ‘Proceed to the highlighted route, your destiny, it is’ and ‘Right you should turn, then sharp left . . . control, control, if a Jedi you wish to be.’

When Yoda’s froggy voice starts getting on your nerves, you can download Darth Vader’s low, half-robot voice with just a hint of an English accent. He’ll give you directions with a dose of evil attitude.

‘Proceed as indicated,’ he says. ‘Don’t make me destroy you.’ And ‘You have reached your destination. Impressive. Most impressive.’

Both voices feature fully randomized dialogue, so you’ll get to hear a variety of fun phrases from the ‘Star Wars’ movies. The Darth Vader version also includes heavy breathing, the sounds of TIE fighters and light sabers, and John Williams’ ‘Imperial March.’ The Yoda voice includes occasional sage interjections from Obi-Wan Kenobi.

Garmin released two videos that preview the new voices. You can preview the Yoda voice here. And the Darth Vader voice here.

May the Force be with you on your drive to Target.


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