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Today’s robot is C-3PO – everyone’s favorite protocol droid!
StarWars.com – C-3PO is a droid programmed for etiquette and protocol, built by the heroic Jedi Anakin Skywalker, and a constant companion to astromech R2-D2. Over the years, he was involved in some of the galaxy’s most defining moments and thrilling battles — and is fluent in more than seven million forms of communication. In the years after the Empire’s defeat C-3PO served Leia Organa, becoming the head of a Resistance spy ring aimed at undermining the First Order.
Fans, makers, and hobbyists have been building and cosplaying as Star Wars droids seemingly since the beginning of time. Here’s a list of merely a couple of the DIY C-3PO creations out there:
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“Fans, makers, and hobbyists have been building and cosplaying as Star Wars droids seemingly since the beginning of time.” OMG I feel so old now! I remember BEFORE Star Wars, when it was naturally assumed Androids would be only UI to AI. Communicators would get no more sophisticated than in Star Trek, and no one would type other than secretaries. It would all be voice commands to human-shaped receptacles with limbs with opposable thumbs. I don’t think many appreciate the deep irony of now calling a smart phone operating system, “Android”. I’m tempted to get political and dystopian here, but this should be a fun. I’m going to program a robot that says “Get off of my lawn!”