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Building R2-D2

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posted on May, 27 2008 @ 06:48 AM
Im not that much of a Star Wars fan, but the one charactor that I did enjoy above all the other characters in the movies was R2-D2. For some reason I thought he was the actual hero of the films. Always ready willing and able to do his bit, R2-D2 could always manage to save everyone.

If for some reason you have been living on Mars, under a rock, with your fingers in your ears for the last 35 years, R2-D2 is an Astromech Droid from the Star Wars Series...

A resourceful, spunky and adventurous astromech droid, R2-D2 has saved the day time and again. His little .96-meter tall frame is packed with all sorts of tool-tipped appendages that make him a great starship mechanic and computer interface specialist. It's his bravery, however, that has made him an invaluable asset to his owners and friends.

Source: Star Wars: Databank

So aparently there is a club called the R2-D2 Builders Group Whos perpose is to re create this lovable little Astromech.

Robotics being at the state they are today as you can see it's quite possible to create this little guy. Who knows, with the right amount of hard drives, CPUs, RAM, and programming it might be possible to build one that wouldnt need it's radio controller anymore.

Just something fun I thought I would share.

posted on May, 27 2008 @ 08:56 AM
MUAHAHAHAHA... who's the Star Wars Expert now?!!!!!

[SINGS] Wuky is... oh yeah [/SINGS]

All i really know... is that i want one, so it can fetch drinks from the fridge :w:, and shoot me a lightsaber.

[edit on 27/5/2008 by SilentShadow]

posted on May, 27 2008 @ 11:23 AM
Check this one out. Anyone got a few grand they want to get rid of?

posted on May, 27 2008 @ 11:28 AM
Sorry Wucky, but the hot chick in your avatar has got my attention more than R2-D2!

I remember back in elementary school they brought in an R2 unit for some show and tell thing. I don't remember the circumstances, but it was one of the real radio controlled props from the original movie. (this was in the late 70's).

It was pretty neat. I had no idea there are people out there building these, but it doesn't surprise me.

posted on May, 27 2008 @ 11:34 AM
reply to post by DiabolusFireDragon

ohhh I want one! That would Seriously be sweet! Rather have the remote look more like a lightsaber though.

posted on May, 27 2008 @ 12:08 PM
reply to post by ben91069

Sorry Wucky, but the hot chick in your avatar has got my attention more than R2-D2!

which one? I am currently making a ton of avatars that now will rotate.
YEA red heads!

But I would love to have seen one of the origionals. That would be sweet. I thought they had a midget in that thing.

posted on May, 27 2008 @ 01:49 PM
And just in case you can't get enough of this idea and want to build your own R2-D2 unit

This site has an interesting article about making your very own little astromech droid for use as a conversation piece or to help you defeat a intergalatic empire*.

It would be interesting if one could build one of these to be completely autonomous. Perhaps marrying it with a Roomba to do meanial chores around the house.

*disclaimer: Wukky does not condone creating your own R2 unit in order to defeat any intergalactic empire on your own. Please join some rag tag rebellion alliance in order to take on the dark lord of the sith.

posted on May, 27 2008 @ 03:39 PM
I would love nothing more than a remote control R2-D2. Although the one being offered is cool as hell, it isn't the actual size
I want one of those in the first vid but I could never build one myself.

That is the only think keeping me from buying that right now

Cool thread. I love to Star Wars!

P.S. I just recently sold my stormtrooper armor. I really am a huge Star Wars Dork!

posted on May, 27 2008 @ 09:35 PM
So I am looking through the types and designs and how to's on how to build one of these things and im lookin and I say "wait a minute, these things are just huge simple RC cars!"

heck we ATSers could think of something better to do with these things than this. I mean the projector one is cool and all but kleverone's right it's too small. You could put a projector it it as well as all the other nifty connections.

I was also thinking a voice activated speaker phone would be a nice feature, and how about several hard drives with directives for reactionary movement based on outside chriteria? What about puting a webcam in it and a wifi card?

I mean were talkin "pimp my astromech" here. This is ATS I am sure we as a group could come up with some plausable and doable improvements right?

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