To get rid of the mess of wires from his many videogame consoles, PopSci reader Brian De Vitis decided to repurpose his R2-D2-shaped cooler. The engineering student modified its legs and repainted it to look more realistic. Then he stacked the motherboards from the eight consoles on shelves inside, added a sound system, and rearranged the inputs so he could plug in controllers from the outside. To watch all the gaming action, he added a projector in the rig's dome, just like the real R2's.
angus1745: Glad to hear I was able to help you decide how to use your R2D2 cooler.
I actually used the original dome that came with the cooler. It was indeed clear when I first got it, but I spraypainted it and then restored all of the labels in gimp.
If you want to see more on how I built R2D2 feel free to visit my site at:
It has a lot more progress photos and explanations.
Plus if you want my site has a link to directly contact me.
Brian, what did you use for the dome? I just got one of these coolers but its missing its lid. I gather the origional lid for it was just clear plastic with stickers. I need a more realistic top like your one! Thanks in advance. (and thanks for helping me decide what to do with my R2 cooler!)
Brian De Vitis, excellent travail sur votre projet R2. je ne sais pas ce que vos ambitions sont d'emploi .. mais peut-être quelque chose dans le département de création et tout à fait cool suffirait. très beau travail.
Dude, you should totally market this!