This is an interview and video with a R2 builder at Maker Faire 2008. It looks amazing, and it looks like fun especially with the kids.
I had a remote control one years ago, a much smaller early 80s version, and it’s funny that they mention voice controlled in this interview about the droid. My remote version was on the same frequency as my walkie talkie, and I could key up the mic on it and make sounds into the thing and the R2 unit would pick up on it and move. Hours of enjoyment for a Star Wars Freak.
Chris James’ R2-D2 won four Make Magazine editors’ choice ribbons at Maker Faire and it’s easy to see why: not only does it have every detail from the original