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Star Wars Projector Shaped Like R2D2, Does Not Project Leia Holos

This image was lost some time after publication, but you can still view it here.
This image was lost some time after publication, but you can still view it here.

Star Wars and gadget geeks, you may want to sit down before reading this post. This 1/2 scale remote controlled R2D2 has a projector stashed in his dome, capable of an 80-inch picture. And said controller is shaped like the Millenium Falcon. By the falcon's command, the sassy little droid can be driven forward and back and right down the trash compactor. The remote'll also spin his cute little dome piece around, trigger 11 R2 sounds from the movies. And there's a built in DVD player with stereo speakers, an iPod dock connector, USB and memory card slots, as well as AV inputs. The droid also has safety sensors to make sure you don't drive it down a trash compactor chute, or try to project it at a wall that's too close.

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R2 pumps an 800 by 600 resolution image, is as bright as 1000 lumens with a 500:1 contrast ratio. Next up: C3PO surround sound system that does 21.1 channels of jibbajabba in millions of languages.

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Nikko? As in the remote control vehicle guys? I guess that makes sense for it being a scale model and all, but who makes the projector/DVD guts? Pretty low on the specs ladder all-in-all...

Hah! And if you go to the website, you'll find they also make a smaller remote control R2D2 that doubles as a webcam and light saber with a Skype phone.

Too cool!