Don’t mistake this flying R2-D2 for UFO, it’s actually a drone
For me this is the Star Wars week with nothing else trending on the internet than lighsabers, R2-D2’s and Darth Vader. We have seen some geeky stuff in the past week and before that too; but believe you me, you won’t get to see something as cool as this. A R2D2 drone called Arturo which is built by cinematographer Don Melara. Probably one of the world’s first flying R2D2 that is not vulnerable to crashes, this Star Wars-inspired DIY needs some attention on the internet.
Even for a UAV, this is the coolest flyer you’ll ever come across. I mean, a flying R2-D2, wow you don’t get to see such stuff everyday. It looks like a clean and correct interpretation of the actual R2-D2 shown in Star Wars. It has four propellers and LED lights beneath the feet which makes it look ultra-techy while in flight, especially during night time. To complete the visual effect, there are speakers too which emit the sound of whispers or beeps.
To record what Arturo sees, it is installed with a ccd camera in the eye. Don says that it took him 8 days to complete this custom-made R2-D2 drone. This UAV has separate controls for the lights and camera which requires at-least 2 people to put forth all the tricks it has.
Apparently Arturo also made appearance at the Drone World Expo held in Los Angles.