Bilingual R2D2

Sadly, I don’t have any more information on this project besides what you can see in the video. Which is a grave shame, ‘cos it’s brilliant. Greensheller, who is somewhere in China, has made his girlfriend an interactive, multilingual, face-recognising R2D2 for her birthday, using a Pi and some other off-the-shelf electronics. I am in no small way VERY JEALOUS.

If anybody reading can find out more about this project, please let us know; we’re all ears!



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SimonFD avatar

Me too!!

Matthew Beckett avatar

There needs to be far more tutorials like this for the Raspberry Pi. We need more tutorials showing us how to use motion sensors, RC servos, etc….

svenn avatar

Yea, that would be nice, even for really dummy’s. (like me)

This project is really, really cool tho !

Tasty_Pi avatar

My life now has a purpose :)

Yarz01 avatar

Please I would love more info on this project!

Martin Bonner avatar

Clearly Eben has a problem.

Metz avatar

That is Awesome…..note the capital A!!

Cristian avatar

Not sure, but maybe this is the guy:

(The name at the video matches the real name at the site)

John avatar

By law, someone’s gotta say this:

This is not the droid you’re looking for…

yakko TDI avatar

This is better than falling into a vat at the awesomesauce factory!

Jimmy avatar
Bob Cochran avatar

I’m especially interested in the speech recognition parts. He got R2 D2 to turn left, right, around, and forward 1 and 5 units. That is awesome.

drnapster avatar

I must have this please take my money!!!! but I want a t3 like in knights of the old republic!

Ben avatar

I want one of them ! Or I can create my own if someone can find more information about this hack and…. I definitively need to meet his girlfriend, I’ve never found a GF happy for a present like that…
Seriously talking, this is a nice and interesting hack, need to have more details on sw (opencv, motion and festival are involved probably) and hw part as well (PVM, stepper or whatever he used. I’m also interested in the original toy, I’ve never seen a cheap R2D2 replica for that kind of hack

Bill avatar

that’s his current homepage include his photo.

Bill avatar

Some details from his homepage on how to build it.

The hardware is made of a broken Interactive R2D2 toy and a bunch of cheap parts purchased online. Inside, the little guy is powered by a Raspberry Pi running Rasbian. It supports a rich set of features, including voice control (in English and Chinese, using PocketSphinx), face recognition (using OpenCV), motion detection, ultrasonic distance detection, audio message record and replay, sound play and TTS, rechargeable battery, wifi and so on.

Jason Yong avatar

This is the auther’s homepage.

The Other Peter Green avatar

“Help me, Ebe-Wan Keneben. You’re my only hope.”

spayz avatar

Not so sure,
see Star Wars Interactiev R2D2, by Hasbro

which, off the shelf, does…

Newly programmed at our ultra-modern factory, this state-of-the-art R2 series astromech droid unit is ready to obey your commands
Grab his attention by saying “Hey, R2!” and he’s ready for more than 40 voice commands
Just a few of R2’s amazing attributes include moving along on his own
In “Game” mode, R2 plays multiple games and spins, dances and plays music
Once you’ve mastered R2’s companion and game modes

Michel avatar

Sooo cool! I want to hook up a speech recognition / text-to-speech app to a chat bot on the RPi but I thought the speech recognition part would be to much for the Pi, but I’m glad this proves me wrong!

This is gonna be awesome :D

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