DIY my own R2-D2 multifunctional telepresence robot

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Colt45
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DIY my own R2-D2 multifunctional telepresence robot

  Firstly, I'm very glad to be here to share the happiness of making toy robots with you because everyone here on this forum is so friendly!

  I bought a R2-D2 trashcan and decided to make a telepresence robot like spykee.

  Then I use a CNC machine to build the chasis:

The next thing is to install the motors and batteries(I use 120mm transwheels):

I designed the wifi module and bought a PIC controller,the next thing is to put them into Artoo:

 

The bottle on the left is a auto fire extinguisher and I want to install it into Artoo so it can use its own IP camera to recognize fire and extinguish the fire automatically. Last time I use 1211 fire extinguisher and many people say it does harm to the ozone,so this time I use CHFCF3 .

 

 I also add a fischertechnik robotic arm:

more photos:

HAHA, now I can controll the robot to walk around, extinguish fire and even grasp things!

I also added micphones and speakers. The next thing is to build coordination system like northstar and write programs for obstacle avoidance(I deside to use canny edge detection+side fill+convex hull).

 

For more information, please visit my blog:

http://qiaosong.co.nr

Robostuff
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Fantastic!! So much work, perhaps the finest job I have ever seen here, BRAVO!

Chris 22
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Really good!! Good pictures! Nice work!
How much time do you need for this? I think several hours.

Peter Redmer
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This is fantastic!! Thanks for posting your project. It looks like you did the build from scratch!

Did you also write your own software to control the robot?

Colt45
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Peter Redmer said: This is fantastic!! Thanks for posting your project. It looks like you did the build from scratch! Did you also write your own software to control the robot?

Yes I scratched it up and haven't connected all the ports yet. Later I'll move the camera to its head (Now it is installed in the middle of the body part) and make the arm working(need appropriate sensors).

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Chris 22 said: Really good!! Good pictures! Nice work! How much time do you need for this? I think several hours.

I prepared all the things for about a week, and took about 4 hours to build it( haven't finished all the things yet).

Chris 22
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A really short time, but you finished great.

Grandlarseny37
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It's a terrific base. I wonder if you'll find you are better off taking the Artoo shell off of it?

idrum289
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Awesome job! Well done!

Colt45
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Grandlarseny37 said:

It's a terrific base. I wonder if you'll find you are better off taking the Artoo shell off of it?

Actually I want to build Artoo, not a telepresence robot. But it's too hard for me to install the wheels and motors into Artoo's small feet.Can you give me some suggestions on how to do it? It seems that a Japanese company made a R2 projector that can move around , and it looks great.

idrum289
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Colt45
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That projector is really expensive! I think I may install Cinemin Swivel into my Artoo to achieve the same fuction...HAHA!

idrum289
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LOL! Good idea :)

milw
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Have you looked at the Hasbro interactive R2D2? I have one and could take apart his 'legs' to see how they put the motors in, but he is pretty nimble for spinning around and moving. I suspect that your motors have a lot more torque than the Hasbro model, though!
http://www.hasbro.com/r2droidfactory/

Grandlarseny37
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I was just about to suggest using the Hasbro R2D2 but milw beat me to it! I used to own one, and it was very mobile and could spin its head nearly 360 degrees. All you would have to do is high-jack the motors already installed in ot, cut out the eye socket and put your camera in there, and voila! I suppose you could even squeeze an arm inside that could come out of a compartment in the front, but I think the one you have built would be too large.

idrum289
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I still own a Hasbro interactive R2D2 and think that Grandlarseny37's and milw's ideas are the ones to follow up. I was thinking the same way.

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idrum289 said: Here ya go.... http://www.nikkor2d2.com/

 

this is quite funny.      I want an R2D2 BBQ on remote :)

bastelmeister
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AAAhhh, Great project especialy the arm!

Awesome job.

Colt45
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It seems that the japanese company has already developed a R2-D2 moving webcam. I think a gear box is necessary if I want to install the wheels inside my robot as the motors are too big. The problem is, where can I process gear? Maybe I need a milling machine?

Colt45
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By the way, the hasbro interactive R2-D2 is really well-built,but it's too small! Mine is 26 inches in height , I think the real movie R2-D2 model is even taller. My father told me in the 1960s or 70s ,when computer CG is not highly-developed, they put an actor into R2 to make the movie.

idrum289
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Kenny Baker was in all the Star Wars movies when R2 was required to rock from side to side and behave in a way that could not be achieved with the remote controlled models.


Here is a website I have joined in the hope of one day making my own R2D2 (lifesize). Have a look around and ask some questions. i'm sure someone can help.

http://www.astromech.net/

MrScott
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And as a side note, the first Starwars movie was made in the late 70's.
No astromech droids beeping and booping in the 60's.

Rudolph
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Another side note, Kenny Baker wasn't actually in Episode III, as R2 was completely CGI in that movie. Lucas credited him as R2 anyway, out of loyalty, and because it wouldn't be right for Kenny to not be in the credits (paraphrased, I don't recall Lucas' exact wording).

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"Completely CGI in Episode III"?
Are you sure about that?
No actor ever saw the droid in any scene, ever?

I only ask because I was fairly certain there was still an RC R2 on set.

"During Episode III, on Artoo's last scene, there is a switch that controls Artoo's head. For some reason, on my radio, the beep wasn't disabled. When it would reverse direction, it would beep. It's a real subtle beep but it was close enough to make one of the actors aware of it, which caused him some distraction. So I ended up operating Artoo for that shot from the monitors far away from him so that he wasn't distracted during the scene." - DB

The "DB" credited with this quote is Don Bies (Droid Unit Supervisor)

Rudolph
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I thought that's what I'd heard in some Lucas interview. It's possible (likely, even) that I heard something like "Kenny's not actually in the movie 'cause R2 is CGI" instead of "...R2 is mostly CGI" or something.

"DB" is indeed a credible source for a physical R2 being on set. I most certainly am not :)

milw
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Hm, Silent Running was from '72 but Huey et al didn't beep.

MrScott
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...and even if they did, it still wasn't the 60's.

Interesting side note is that Huey, Dewie, and Louie from Silent running were all costumed people. You wouldn't think you could get a person in something that size, but these were people of unusual size due to amputation.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Making_of_Silent_Running_Drone.jpg

The drones have been done as custom projects.

http://www.robothut.robotnut.com/drone1p0web.html

Colt45
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idrum289 said: Kenny Baker was in all the Star Wars movies when R2 was required to rock from side to side and behave in a way that could not be achieved with the remote controlled models. Here is a website I have joined in the hope of one day making my own R2D2 (lifesize). Have a look around and ask some questions. i'm sure someone can help. http://www.astromech.net/

AH HA! I also found a website:http://www.artoo-detoo.net/

These people are really professional.I wonder whether they are official R2 model providers for the movie.

I want to build a R2-D2 as beautiful as the ones in http://www.astromech.net/  and http://www.artoo-detoo.net/, but it's too hard for me to make the shell. Maybe I should have a study of the casting mould tech. I think building famous robots like R2,Wall-E,ED-209 , Tom Servo ,Johnny 5 and add fuctions to make them wi-fi robots like rovio would be a money-making area for toy manufacturers. Actually rovio-like robots can do a lot of things. Recently I found a program:http://www.codeproject.com/KB/vista/SAPISophia.aspx

I want to make rovio a talkingbot , but the audio configration for rovio is really inconvenient.

Colt45
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MrScott said: ...and even if they did, it still wasn't the 60's. Interesting side note is that Huey, Dewie, and Louie from Silent running were all costumed people. You wouldn't think you could get a person in something that size, but these were people of unusual size due to amputation. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Making_of_Silent_Running_Drone.jpg The drones have been done as custom projects. http://www.robothut.robotnut.com/drone1p0web.html

You guys are really careful and rigorous!  We chinese are comparatively careless, when we are saying 60s or 70s ,we simply want to refer to that period of time and we don't care whether it's 1960s or 1970s.

milw
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:) Careful and rigorous- that's our MrScott! I know for myself, it matters because I was born in '60, so grew up during the period of 2001:A Space Odyssey, original Star Wars, etc. etc.

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milw said:
:) Careful and rigorous- that's our MrScott! I know for myself, it matters because I was born in '60, so grew up during the period of 2001:A Space Odyssey, original Star Wars, etc. etc.

 

Yup. Me too.  For some folks the "60s and 70s" is some vague reference to a recent historical period.

For me, they are specific periods of time marked by milestones like Apollo 11, debut of Star Trek, release of Star Wars, etcetera.

To me, implying that Star Wars is from the 60's is like  saying IPods are from the 90s'.

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