Hacking the 15″ Hasbro Interactive R2D2 isn’t new, especially when it comes to using a Raspberry Pi to make him do all sorts of entertaining things. Still, it looked like fun, so I decided to do my own version… despite the lack of originality.
Here’s what I features I decided to include in my hack:
- Fully controllable over a wifi internet connection via a web browser. I wanted him to be my own little Mars Curiosity rover.
Webcam capabilities. I wanted to see what he sees, so that navigating him remotely over wifi to terrorize my cats would be easier.
- Video projection. Hologram technology isn’t quite there yet, but I figured his ability to project movies on a wall would still be pretty entertaining.
- Sound output, with a large bank of samples that can be played remotely on command.
- Some sort of control pad, so that I can maneuver him even if there is no wifi network within range.
- Turn him into a Roomba. Okay, not really. But wouldn’t that be awesome?
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