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When everyone is stuck on Tatooine, Qui-Gon has Obi-Wan analyze Anakin's blood, by Qui-Gon placing it inside his communicator. What actually happened?

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    I don't remember Alec Guinness ever doing anything like that, are you sure you're thinking about Star Wars and not some other happy-fluffy-bunny kids movie? – cwallenpoole Sep 23 '11 at 6:14
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He didn't just put the blood into any old communicator - his com has a special attachment that is designed to analyze blood for a midichlorian count. It does the reading locally, and transmits the results over the data line to the other end. This could be used by, for example, a Jedi in a hospital nursery to take samples from a large number of newborns as part of a standard screen, reporting the results to a central server for processing.

Essentially, it seems that most Jedi (or perhaps only those of Master rank) have coms that allow them to do on-the-spot blood analysis. It's perfect for when you are dispatched to remote worlds to search for new Jedi potentials. If it's cheap enough, there's really no reason NOT to give all your Jedi the ability to check people for potential - the Force works in mysterious ways, and you might just end up on a rink-a-dink backwater and stumble across a strong power in a young child.

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    I get the impression that this test isn't limited to just the Jedi, but seems to be a standard test that would be run by all hospitals or doctors in the Republic. Either that, or blood samples or scans from all newborns, were submitted to the Jedi temple. Quigon makes the comment that if Anakin had been born in the Republic, he would have been spotted and raised as a Jedi. There can't possibly be enough Jedi about to spend their time going from hospital to hospital testing children throughout the Republic. – BBlake Sep 23 '11 at 12:15
  • @BBlake: Of course not, but someone has to train the nurse staff in the use of the specialty equipment. As the linked article says, the test IS standard in all the Republic's hospitals. – Jeff Sep 23 '11 at 16:09
  • Well cheap in the movie too. Didn't they use a womans razor? – Monkeygirl Oct 1 '11 at 10:32
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When I visited Star-Wars Identities : The Exhibition I took this ominous photo :

Meson taloscope

And here is the legend :

Legend

So, according to this, it's this machine that did the test.

How?

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It just did, OK.

  • this device looks like it came from the Dr Who universe. – zipquincy Oct 4 '12 at 17:43

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