Slowly, but surely, the R2 project is moving along. But on those days when I’m just waiting around for something to be shipped, I still get ideas.
My droid will have a magnetic restraining bolt, like the ones in the movies. If things work out the way I HOPE, when the bolt is on, the head will move and it’ll make sounds, but when the bolt is off, it’ll be able to that AND roll around.
I’ve found two different design bolts, one aluminum, one cast resin. The cast resin one (left) is more screen-accurate, but I’m still messing around with the aluminum one.
I also had a “spare” magnetic droid holo projector eye that ended up being around 80% scale. Too small for a full-sized droid, but…
The question is, where do I keep them when I’m not using them…
Introducing the Astromech Restraining Bolt Recharge Panel:
And they’re attached - by magnets!
Originally I had thought “Ooooo… Blinky Lights!”, but there’s a lot to that, especially considering there’s not a lot of power available on that wall, and the droid will get priority.
There WILL eventually be colored “lenses” cut to fit the two holes, backed with aluminum tape (like on my previous panel - actually works pretty well) and some kind of cable detail I haven’t worked out just yet connecting those two holes near the top center.
If everything else works out and things ship on time, in 2 weeks or so there’ll be another entry over in the “everything else” category, because there’s not a lot of Glowforge stuff in a life-size R2-D2…