I was watching a special I report or robots the other day. The report covered many different types of robots that are currently now in development and some that are available now. I wanted to tell you a bought a group I belong to called "The R2D2 builders group". The members of our group build droids, most common version is R2D2. As I watched the I repot on robots, I could not help to think of how much robotics have advanced sense we where first introduced to the Star Wars universe. Some 30 years ago when the film Star Wars was filmed, they used as many as 6 or more different droids. Each droid was built to perform a specific function. Many of the builders in the R2 builders club have managed to pack nearly all the functions seen in the movies into a single droid. Technologies have advanced so far in the last 30 years that we have people assembling droids/robots in there own home as a hobby. Many of these club built droids have more features and or out perform the droids that where used in the Star Wars films. Not only do we have better technology today, it is also available to the average Joe. While most of the droids our club members build are remote controlled, some have autonomous abilities and can wonder a bought doing things on there own. It is truly amazing how far technologies have come along and how fast they evolve. In the 80's we would marvel over the fact that digital wrist watch's had more computer power then the computers that took the Apollo rockets to the moon. Then in the late 80's and early 90's computers could fit on a desktop. Today in 2014 my droid has 5 micro computers in it. Each one no bigger then a credit card. In the 70's I dreamed of having my own droid, how cool that would be. Now I have one that, I built, but that makes me wonder what technologies will come in the next 30 years? We are only limited by our own imagination.
You can see my droid: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UcoBHKIsNrY