March 4, 2016

R2-D2 creator Tony Dyson Passed Away

Today I received the sad news that my friend ‪#‎TonyDyson‬ the creators of R2-D2 who supported us since the beginning, passed away.

“Tony Dyson, the British robotics professor who helped create the R2-D2 droid for George Lucas’s Star Wars films, has been found dead at his home in Gozo. Police on the Maltese island discovered the 68-year-old’s body on Thursday morning after being called by concerned neighbours.” – Rebecca Hawkes, The Telegraph

More info here and here

Tony was a very generous and curious man, 3 years ago he contacted me about the Kickstarter campaign for the Useless Can. At first, I was very surprised that the man who created R2-D2 contacted me. But he was intrigued by the device and also by my different projects. I had the chance to call him many times at his home in Malta and discuss about Robots. I could send him emails for questions or advices and his answer was always: “Hi Martin, just tell me what and how I can help?” At 68, he was super active on Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin, Conferences, Tradeshows, Conventions…. just wow! He lived to the end his way of life.

Tony Dyson

Speaking to Times of Malta last December, Mr Dyson said: “Be playful. Never stop playing. If you look at life the way it really should be – enjoyed – then you become very creative”.

I will miss him and will never stop playing too, life is just too short.#‎RIPTonyDyson‬

Martin Bourdages