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Have you ever looked at your Amazon Echo Dot and thought 'yeah, it's futuristic and cool and everything, but could it look just a bit more like an actual robot?'
Yup, who wouldn't want their Amazon Echo Dot to look like one of the most iconic robots in the business?
Anyhow, if you want to grab one of these - and they come in different sizes and cases to fit most of Amazon's products - then just head on over to the independent crafting mecca, Etsy.
The people behind this particular innovation are called BigUpCreative, and they're providing R2D2 cases for the second and third generation Echo Dots.
That means you'd better check which one yours is before buying one. Remember to do that.
For reference, the second generation ones have a body that is made entirely from plastic, and the third generation ones have that weird mesh fabric covering all of it.
Basically, the models are a base and a topper that clip onto either side of the Echo and elevate it slightly.
Oh, and the base is made up of three bits - one for holding the product, and another for the two legs.
They're pretty nifty bits of kit, having been made entirely with a 3D printer using polylactic acid.
That'll probably be of little to no interest to you, unless you're really into this sort of thing. But the point is, you can turn an otherwise boring and functional household product into a badass Star Wars droid.
This doesn't mean that it's gonna start talking back to you using a completely unintelligible series of bleeps and bloops.
In fact, the Amazon Echo will continue to operate in exactly the same way that it always did.
However, that information above might be interesting to you if you're planning to keep your device on a window sill.
It's best not to, because it could get damaged by sunlight or warped by heat. Just another thing to think about.
Perhaps the coolest thing about it is that the bit of the Echo that lights up will make it look exactly the same as when R2D2's blue bits flash.
They're made to order, and the shop also offers some other characters, like Mickey and Minnie Mouse. Just remember that you don't get an Echo Dot with them, so you've got to provide that yourself.
If you want one, they're priced at between $30 and $35 (that's £24 - £28) plus whatever postage costs you incur. You can get your hands on one here.
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