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Podpadstudios. R2D2 Computer Case Mod

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R2D2  Computer
http://www.podpadstudios.co.uk
I have a bit of a passion for building unusual computer cases and have spent many years trying to come up with different types of designs. I have always wanted to make a full size R2D2. Combining my desire to make a full size R2D2 and computer modding resulted in this build. At the time I really had no idea how to make an R2D2 and did not even have a full set of plans so much of what I did was guess work The R2 is made from wood and cardboard with the dome and ceiling mirror I got of ebay. The LED are mainly christmas tree lights modified to run of a 24v system. Both the LED's and computer are mains powered. The finish and paintwork are very crude, mainly because I did not want to spend much money.
If I had known at the beginning where this Droid making adventure would have ended, and eventually cost, I probably would have never started. . The R2 took about six months to make although half way through the build I started to build Emy, my first full size mobile Droid. 
What I had decided at the beginning was that this R2 would not move and that it would be a static computer case., although I wanted to make the dome and periscope radio controlled, mainly just to see if I could do it.
The spec for the computer is very basic  but is fully functional as a working computer, intact it is still working fine to this very day sitting in my office at work. R2 has a small 5" built in screen and wireless keyboard and mouse senders onboard.  There are lots and lots of LED's, as it gives it a great glow in the dark look. The periscope and dome are both radio control and there is a sound reactive sound system built in. My two later Droids, Emy and Zoe would be a thousand times more sophisticated, however, this build was the first.


Lindie1 year ago
Wow! What is its name?
podpadstudios (author)  Lindie1 year ago
No name, just R2D2. My other Droids all had names that just evolved. Emy, the R6:E1 got her name because an American builder mentioned to me that I should have got an Emmy Award for how fast i built her, hence the name Emy stuck. Zoe R11:E1, name was taken from the film Caprica, half girl half Cylon.
He or she is very cool. :-)
sonicase1 year ago
nice job
poofrabbit1 year ago
BEST COMPUTER CASE EVER!!!!!! You could make a fortune on this! Seriously, I want one!
That is a sweet case mod!
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