Check out this teardown by Mindtribe of the Sphero R2-D2 ‘bot highlighting some pretty expected and unexpected sub-circuits, basic components used in novel ways, and overall design & engineering choices:
The Star Wars series has garnered attention for multiple generations. The revolutionary special effects, dramatic storyline, and personable characters have made it a staple in the sci-fi community. Connected toymaker, Sphero, set out to replicate one of Star Wars’ fan-favorite characters – R2-D2.
Sphero’s inclusion of realistic sound effects and interactive motion controls give this toy a personal experience for users of all ages to enjoy. Their custom application enables users to control R2-D2, driving home Sphero’s mission to revolutionize connected play.
After “toying” around with R2-D2 in the office, we wanted to get an inside look at the electronics that made R2-D2 possible. While our partner, Fictiv, did a great job detailing the mechanics, we took an electrical view and analyzed the electronics, architecture, and “smarts” that made R2-D2 a reality. Take a look!
— Mindtribe (@Mindtribe) October 11, 2017