There was a great gadget at CES this year that really showed how convergence could bring out the inner super geek in attendees. It was the R2-D2 DVD Projector from Nikko Home Electronics, a specialist in RC Cars and vehicles.
This is a very functional little droid. It offers a built in projector that displays an image right out of R2-D2’s eye socket. Instead of a semi transparent, holographic image, this projector instead provides a more terrestrial flat image on a wall or a projection screen. The display image can range from 24 inches to 80 inches.
But that’s not all, this droid also packs a CD/DVD player that will play music or a video through that projector.
You can control your droid with a remote control shaped liked the millennium falcon even with a pop out/slide out keypad.
And not even the rebel alliance can get by without making their droids compatible with an iPod. So R2-D2 has a little docking bay that hides or pops out of the belly of the unit so that you can play your iTunes or even see the video display of MP4 videos through the projector.
Now this isn’t just some shaped like a robot type of device that you might see in Radio Shack, this little guy is actually pretty functional. The remote control can make R2go forward, backwards, right turn, left turn and pivot turns and the head of the unit (with the projector) can swivel 90 degrees to the right and 180 degrees to the left.
The unit plays 11 different random R2-D2 sound effects, and one of the effects plays each time a compartment opens. The device even has a memory card reader that will let you project images with the unit anywhere in the house. When I say anywhere that includes the ceiling as R2 can recline his legs so that the projector will point at the ceiling at a 65 degree angle.
R2 has a built in 20 watt stereo system and an Fm wireless audio transmitter as well.
It looks like a toy and is a lot of fun, but really you getting a lot of functional electronics components converged into your Star Wars fantasy gadget for just $2500 (which isn’t too much more than a decent projector in the first place)