I’ve seen some crazy robots in my time, but this one could take the cake. It’s a replica of everyone’s favorite trashcan robot, R2-D2, running on steam power.
The R2-S2 robot uses compressed steam to drive the bot around, spewing jets of water vapor into the air as it goes for a ride.
The folks over at LucasArts are showing off some pretty cool new tech that’s planned for the upcoming Star Wars: The Force Unleashed, planned for next-generation consoles.
The first video shows off the enhanced AI engine (called “Euphoria”) which provides each enemy with a “central nervous system,” which makes them intelligent and emotional reactions to stimuli in their environment:
The second video shows off “Digital Molecular Matter,” which provides objects with much more realistic physical properties than seen in other game engines.
The next in the series of Lucasfilm-approved Star Wars USB memory sticks (known as “mimobots”) has been revealed and it’s everyone’s favorite droid, R2-D2.
Stormtrooper, Chewbacca and Darth Vader models were previously announced. These limited-edition mimobots come in 1GB ($79.95), 2GB ($119.95) and 4GB ($169.95) versions and will start shipping in early January 2007.
ThinkGeek is now offering these totally over the top Star Wars Force FX Lightsabers. They’re far more substantial and effect-laden than the cheapo toy lightsabers out there.
Each lightsaber features a variety of cool effects, including:
glowing blades with sliding power-up/down effect
sound effects digitally recorded from the movie
motion sensor controlled sound effects, Power-up, idle hum, clash, and power-down
a heavy-duty metal hilt to looks and feels like a “real” lightsaber
The come in 5 varieties, including: Darth Maul – DUAL Red Blade – $199.99 USD; Darth Vader – Red Blade – $99.99 USD; Anakin Skywalker – Blue Blade – $99.99 USD; Mace Windu – Purple Blade – $119.99 USD; and Obi Wan – Blue Blade – $119.99 USD.