Comparing Star Wars Robots to Real-World Robots

Published by , December 19, 2016 3:22 am

(RoboticsTrends)  Droids are second-class citizens in Star Wars, but they have as much personality as their human and alien companions. This author compares cinematic droids with real-world robots. This review compares 10 Star Wars Robots to 10 real-world robots; three of the comparisons are summarized below:
1) C-3PO’s golden android is one of the first characters seen Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. C-3PO’s design is partly inspired by the robot in 1927’s Metropolis. He “is fluent in over 6 million forms of communication.” A close real-world equivalent would be SoftBank Robotics’ Pepper, a multilingual humanoid robot already in use in stores worldwide.
2) The plucky astromech droid R2-D2 is nearly destroyed during Luke Skywalker’s Death Star trench run, but R2-D2 is a Star Wars stalwart, appearing in all seven movies so far. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and Aurora Flight Sciences Corp. recently showed off a robot that can take over flying duties to save on the number of airmen required for long military missions.
3) Droideka killer droids kept the Jedi knights on their toes during the Clone Wars. They included guns and energy shields. GuardBot Inc. makes security robots that are capable of surveillance over all terrains. The spherical GuardBot was originally designed for Mars exploration, so it too has a space angle.