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Sphero R2-D2 Teardown by @Mindtribe: Potentiometer Encoder, Hall Effect Sensors, STM32F MCU, & More! | #StarWars

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!


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2 Comments

  1. Thanks for posting this–I still think I want one along with the little Force Control wearable tech (of course).

  2. I’m waiting for the EEG version myself 😀

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