The Make-A-Wish Foundation did what it does best for 7-year old Matthew Grammer—putting a smile on the face of a child struggling with a life-threatening situation. To fulfill his wish, Little Mountain Productions built Matthew a drivable R2-D2 that he got to show off at a school pep rally.
Check out the video after the break.
R2D2 was a fun challenge to build. R2 was fabricated with a simple joystick with massive on/off buttons inside. We also placed a large (kill it) button on the outside for parents. The computer is powered by 2 rechargeable gel batteries and guided by our proprietary software that is enclosed under the cushioned driver’s seat.
After test-driving R2, popping wheelies and leaving tire marks in our shop, we decided it would be best if we slowed down the oversized torquey electric motors.
Matthew was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia in 2009 but, thankfully, he’s responded well to treatment and his final chemotherapy treatment could come as early as March. That having been said, make sure to donate to Make-A-Wish if you can—they do amazing, wonderful things.