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Offline JesseVader08

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R2-D2 Communication & Mobile Entertainment Systems
« on: January 9, 2007, 02:06 AM »
Nikko Home Electronics will be producing 2 very cool items this year:

R2-D2 Communication System



R2-D2 Mobile Entertainment System



I told my wife I want the MES for Christmas.  For some reason she just laughed at me.  $2500 is too much to ask? ???  ;)

Check out Nikko's website for more info.

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Re: R2-D2 Communication & Mobile Entertainment Systems
« Reply #1 on: January 10, 2007, 10:46 PM »
Deanpaul was kind enough to forward some pictures and video he shot of the Nikko R2 units at CES!

Go check them out!   :)

Man, if I had a need for a projector, that R2 unit sure would be tempting...  :)
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Re: R2-D2 Communication & Mobile Entertainment Systems
« Reply #2 on: January 10, 2007, 10:57 PM »
Cool.  I want them both.  I won't buy either, but I want them both.  Thanks for posting that Jeff and thanks DP for getting it.  Now steal me an R2 please.
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Re: R2-D2 Communication & Mobile Entertainment Systems
« Reply #3 on: January 11, 2007, 12:44 AM »
It was fun to see these guys at the show, they're really passionate about their product and were super nice.  Thansk for giving me the heads up to go check the R2's out.  I probably would have missed them if I didn't know look for them.

If anyone has any specific questions about either product, I'll try to answer them.
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Re: R2-D2 Communication & Mobile Entertainment Systems
« Reply #4 on: January 11, 2007, 12:48 AM »
Sweet videos DP, those really show what the thing is all about...

For $500 I'm not sure I can justify it but it's still a neat little idea.  I wish I could afford really either one, but the bigger pricier one is the one I truly want (of course).
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Re: R2-D2 Communication & Mobile Entertainment Systems
« Reply #5 on: January 11, 2007, 01:20 AM »
Even though my wife seems to think I'm just kidding, I seriously want that Mobile Entertainment System.  Of course, that price tag could be a small problem. :-X

That was a great video Deanpaul.  Were you able to get an idea of the quality of the image projected?  As well, it sounded like R2 would only project still images, but did they mention if it could also project movies from the DVD player? 

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Re: R2-D2 Communication & Mobile Entertainment Systems
« Reply #6 on: January 11, 2007, 08:25 AM »
Jesse Wall, the R2 MES has a cd/dvd combo tray in one of the front blue bands that will project video 80" wide.  I didn't catch the lumens of the projector, but in the video you can see another R2 in the background projecting ROTS on the backwall.  The image looked good considering the exhibit hall was well lit and they were projecting straight onto a plastic laminate exhibit wall with seams instead of using a proper screen.

One of the men demonstrating the R2's (not Jeroen in the video) kept telling people how the MES would be great for girls slumber parties, because it was so portable.  He told someone else (a specialty home entertainmnet electronics installer) it would do well in the vacation homes of his clients, without asking if that was the type of customer he had.  He kept making jokes about how I would never loose the giant Millennium Falcon shaped remote, and I explained that I'd have the new problem of never being able to get it away from my kids to actually use it.  He told me the CS remote webcam would be good for me, because I could use it to see if my roommates were drinking my beer.  Um... I don't have roommates or beer in my home, but I do have three kids.  My opinion is that Nikko has a niche product that could do really well in the fan boy market and modestly well with the Sharper Image market.  There are cheaper, portable projectors with better image quality for slumber parties (check out Optima) that target teenage girls and high school kid gamers in the hundreds of dollars rather than a $2500 R2-D2.  I wonder what their thoughts are about who is going to buy these two products?  At CES it felt like a real shotgun approach: "Your mother-in-law would LOVE this R2!  It will be the hit of the retirement community, if they can figure out the 100 button Millennium Falcon remote..."  Well, they didn't actually say that, but it wouldn't stretch the imagination.
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« Reply #7 on: March 28, 2007, 01:40 PM »
there is a Euro magazine thats out in magazine shops right now that have a ad about a almost full size R2-D2 that is a dvd/surround sound player/ projector. the magazine is called T3. i dint have time to read it but it looks really cool.you can play MP3's and it has speakers all around it. it is licenced by LFL. it costs about $2000.00.
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