Dad and his kids bring R2-D2 Droid into the real world
Many avid fans purchase their favorite Star Wars merchandise online or from stores but, Kansas-based George Westwater and his sons have brought the fictional character R2-D2 Droid from the Sci-Fi flick into the real world. Westwater built the fully functional droid with his 7-year-old son Alex and 5-year-old son Zach. It is installed with a motor that is controlled by a remote to move it around a room and play sound clips from the movie, including the theme song. It also beeps and flashes multi-colored LED lights using its computerized software.
The droid is made of aluminum and steel, which increased its making cost up to $16,000, but it can also be made from other materials like plastic or wood which will cost only $1,500. Westwater’s droid is technically R2-A7 because of the slight difference in its functioning. Even the colors used in making it are green, white and silver which are different from the original; i.e. blue, white and silver. Except for this, its design is virtually identical to the original R2-D2.
Weswater encouraged his two sons to indulge in the project with him so that they can also learn electronic functioning of their favorite character. Assembling laser cut parts of the droid was like a 3D puzzle which he wanted his children to learn as well. Together their efforts resulted in successful creation of a robotic droid as you can see. Now, he is further planning to create an identical droid using plastic and fiberglass, hopefully he will end up creating a better R2-D2 in less price this time.
He often takes his R2-D2 Droid to certain events like Make a Wish Foundation or others to entertain and bring a smile on physically challenged children. This amazing initiative will definitely encourage many others too for joining such a noble cause.