Sunday, July 19, 2009

Possible Upgrade?

Here's something I've been looking at for a long time.
This little picture frame displays digital pictures at random
and it was only $20.00. The displays that 4D systems run about $200.00.
This would be mounted in the dome where the red light on the side of R2
flashes when he's been supposedly damaged.
I have the red lights now, But it doesn't flash.

I took this display apart to see how it was made and it comes apart real easy.
It consists of a LCD screen, Motherboard and battery.
To mount the display I would have to make a small frame and the
display is almost the perfect size. It's the right height and only 1/8 inch
to short in width.
The Motherboard has a small ribbon to the screen and it would have to be mounted
on a styrene plate. The battery is no problem.

The major problem is the power button which is made into the side of the Motherboard. I could remove the button and solder a line so it could be
switched by the dome bump buttons I already have installed.

I'm not sure if it's worth the work, But it would be NEAT!!!
Let me know what you guys think :o)


The life of thomas said...

That sounds so cool!!!

Where did you find it? I need a few for my atroos and walle. How big is that actual screen?


Calvin Thomas said...

The screen is aprox. 1-3/8 wide
and 2-1/4 tall.
That's if you turn it sideways to fit the R2 panel.
You will have to resize and rotate your pics to fit. I did some and they look great.
They are 20.00 and they are at Big Lots here in town and I found some online.
It will take some work, But I think I may install mine in R2

R2D2 Fett said...

Go for it!!! Any little extras will be unique and add to it for sure!

Sorry to hear your R2 was a little weak on the carpet. Thats why I am 24v. I kind of like him being fast at the takeoffs. In the movies he seems to have no hesitation when he starts off (especially in more recent ones).


Calvin Thomas said...

Hey Jason,
Yeah I think I'm going to add it to my dome.
I added some pics to the screen and it is really neat.
You'll see it soon!!!