The Remote-Controlled R2-D2 Fridge Will Bring Your Drink to You

Remote-Controlled R2-D2 Fridge 1 photo
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If they’re allowed to design golden necklaces shaped like the famous Star Wars characters, a full-scale fridge almost comes naturally. After all, the world has been waiting for more than ten years for a new installment of the space opera to hit the screens; folks will most likely appreciate anything that’s related to it.
You guys may recall Japan’s All Nippon Airline (ANA) and the airliner they wrapped in a Star Wars theme back in April. Or perhaps you liked the VW Transporter dressed in R2D2 more. Whatever tickles your interest, one thing is certain, the world is getting ready for one of the most expected films of the decade.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is the first installment in the Star Wars sequel trilogy, announced after Disney’s acquisition of Lucasfilm in October 2012. Considering it will be released on December 18, all the gadget makers out there are trying to get a piece of the pie. Today the celebrity of the hour is once again R2D2. Envisioned as an astromech droid by George Lucas, the robot character is referred to in the novel as a “thermocapsulary dehousing assister.”

The cute contraption in question is none of the things expressed above, though. However, the remote-controlled fridge does wander around with about the same speed the actual character did in the movie (1 km/h). R2D2's features were never about speed so anybody can’t blame its Japanese makers for lack of accuracy. Made of ABS resin, the robo-fridge is sitting on a stainless steel frame, enclosed with a zinc die cast. It can store up to six 35ml cans or the equivalent of 6 liters.

And if the refrigeration function does not sound like a great idea, then you’ll want to know it also comes with a video projector output. Using laser diodes, capable of providing 720p HD, the quality of the video is not that bad either. Even though the manufacturer does not mention how long it takes to charge the battery, they claim once it’s on full capacity, it lasts for up to two hours of movement.

There’s one major setback that may annoy many Star Wars fans, though. The R2D2 fridge is crafted in Japan on order and cannot be shipped anywhere else currently. Then, there’s also the price tag, which is quite hefty at JPY 998,000 ($8,236 at the current exchange rate) without taxes.

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