In my first Geeky TV post I more or less stated all TVs look the same. Well that’s not necessarily true – I am partial to those with an outer glass frame. And that unique design element is something I incorporated into this Star Wars themed TV.
The internal LED glass frame (similar to this) is skewered to look like a projection from the ever-popular R2D2. The display frame is given a light blue color to help blend in. The stand is black to make it look the “projection” is floating in space (very effective in a dark room).
Darth Vader kneels humbly on top of an illuminated pad when he is chatting with the Emperor in Star Wars, which I’m guessing is some sort of holograph phone thingy. As a weigh scale, you too will be asking, “What is thy bidding, my master?”
This is a really basic design: R2D2’s body is essentially a canister of Blu-Ray discs (approximately a dozen discs). Each disc is accessible via an extending drawer:
Each drawer is manually opened. To ensure the disc is fully clear of R2’s body the drawers would telescope (almost like extending the dinner table to add a center cross piece).
This case would be on the bigger side: about 7″ wide and 9 – 10″ tall. Given its size I feel it has room for lights and sounds, which I’m sure most fans would love.
This is an open-ended idea, so bear with me. Basically it’s an R2-D2 figure on a platform interacting with one of those revolving gears (as he often does). There would be 2 motors, one to revolve R2’s head and one to revolve the gear. This toy would feature lights and sounds.
As for its function this gadget could be: a bookend, a USB hub, a recharging dock for your phone, a wireless speaker, a desk lamp, and so on. The gist of the idea is that R2 appears to be “assisting” you by turning that gear.
Personally I’d love to have him placed against the wall on my desk (like the picture above), connected to my computer via USB. He’d then react to me opening programs or writing files, stuff like that.
There are many possibilities for this gadget! I have a feeling that we’ll see something like this one day, as there seems to be a new electronic R2-D2 toy coming out every week.