Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Nikko's R2-D2 Robot Projector - A Robot Geek's Dream




For many of us, one of the most memorable Hollywood robots was R2-D2 from the Sci-Fi film series Star Wars. I am not sure why it took over 30 years for someone to come up with this great idea! Probably it was so obvious that no one tried and/or technology was not available to set up something this nice. Nikko Home Electronics (from the same company that makes RC toy cars for the past 50 years) came up to the plate and created the "R2-D2 Home Projector". This 35 Lb. and 22 in. tall robotic projector was showcased at CES 2007 and was welcomed by a very cheerful crowd. This R2-D2 has the following features that makes the inner Robot Geek want to get one as soon as you get your pay check:
  • DLP Projector (1800:1 contrast @ 1024 x 768 XGA, 1800 ANSI Lumen)
  • DVD/CD player
  • Full function Millennium Falcon remote control
  • Integrated speaker system (20 Watts) w/Virtual Surround
  • Ipod dock station (can be stored inside R2)
  • Audio/Video-in and out ports (can connect your PS3, Wii or XBox and 5.1 surround HT)
  • USB and memory card slots (To project pictures, movies and play movies)
  • Safety sensors (shuts off projector when walking in front of it)
  • Original R2-D2 sound and lights effects
To really top all these geeky goodness, this guy can be remote controlled to move around the home like your home robot floor cleaner! Could you imagine that?!!! Imagine calling in a bunch of friends to you home for a movie, have them all sit around your couch or room or whatever place has a wall and have them wait for you to turn on your TV but instead you have your R2D2 come in with all it's glorious effects and project your movie on the wall or screen!!! Just watch the Y-Tube video and you will be convinced. The setback you ask? It will set you back for just US$2,700 and an angry look from your wife or girlfriend that doesn't go away. Enjoy!

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