2008 CES: R2-D2's Reincarnation as a projector or webcam

R2-D2 found at the CES, but as a consumer product.

U2 can take home R2 for $2500 Kevin Ho

Hardly a Geek could help but smile at the R2-D2 digital projector from Nikko. The latest incarnation of the licensed R2 franchise is functional: The large version of R2 hooks up with any standard media, but doesn't do High-Def nor does it really save you from the evil galactic empire as its made of shiny plastic and the Millennium Falcon that comes with it only doubles as a remote control. A lightsaber you want, it is, then your option is to get the smaller version of R2 that is actually a webcam and the lightsaber is a remote for that. If you get both, I'm sure you'd be entitled to be called a Grand Moff, or Darth Dorkus. Go on, you know you want to. But you may not, if you see the price...

Assessment: Form factor - is kitchy, endearing and somewhat plastic - very appealing. Price is high ($2500 for the R2 project/MF remote and $250 for the R2 webcam/lightsaber remote). Available March 2008.

R2 and Friends from Nikko
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    Kevin Ho is an attorney living in San Francisco. He's from Iowa originally where he got his first Atari computer when he was little and remembers using the Apple IIGS. He is PC-user but secretly a Mac person in the closet as evidenced by many an iPod cluttering his desk drawers. He'll be writing about his experience with the iPhone. Disclosure.


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