Hello Everyone, We just joined your community and love it - two of us are sharing the account - a seven year old boy and his Mom near Buffalo, New York. After attending a maker faire, Carl (the boy) asked if we could build a lifesize R2D2 that would move, spin his head, "talk", recognize him as in "hi Carl", follow him around and follow voice commands ("Stop R2").
I (Carol - mom) have been doing tons of research and am teaching Carl soldering by working on simple electronics projects. I joined astromech.com and began gathering all the information I could over the last four weeks.
I ran across EZ robot about a week ago and thought it looked like a great choice for our project! WE began looking at several of the projects on this site and are amazed! That's it for now - we will continue our research and early work and keep you posted on our R2 build.