If you are a die-hard Star Wars fan, then you’ve surely dreamt of owning an R2-D2 replica that will do your bidding. After all, who wouldn’t want a faithful robotic sidekick that can ward off enemies, project holographic babes, and fetch you food and booze on the go. Ah, the puerile mind of the adult male. Thanks to home appliance maker Haier Asia’s AQUA brand, a real-life, working R2-D2 replica is now reality.
R2-D2 replica will be available to consumers
According to the company’s website, this rechargeable, remote-controlled R2-D2 replica will be available to consumers sometime in 2016. And wait, there’s more.
This isn’t some cheap knock-off that at best lurches to and fro for a few high-priced laughs. No, this R2-D2 replica comes with nearly all the bells and whistles (read lights, sounds, and movement) of the one depicted in the film, minus the holographic babe and the ability to project a light saber in times of need (although I have no doubt that some fearless DIYer will someday find a way to add these features). Even better, this R2-D2 replica includes a working fridge in its belly that can carry up to a dozen cans of, you know, fruit juice.
The only two draw backs to this
beer beverage serving robot is price and the fact it requires nightly recharging. Although pricing has yet to be set and released, you can bet this R2-D2 replica will cost a small fortune. Either way, I can already envision these R2-D2s populating booze soaked fraternity houses in colleges across the nation.
As exciting as this is for Star Wars fans, this little droid also signals an important step toward ingratiating consumers to the idea of robots residing in our homes and helping us with menial tasks. Judging by looks alone, I’d rather have an R2-D2 look-alike zipping around in my home than some metallic skeleton hobbling around with menacing glowing red eyes.