While the breakout stars of the original Star Wars movie were Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill, the breakout star of Star Wars: The Force Awakens was a globe-shaped droid named BB-8. This beeping, whistling wonder rolled around like a high-octane tennis ball and had a dome-shaped head that somehow magically stayed on top of its spherical body even while that body rotated on all three axes. With the Sphero Star Wars BB-8 Droid you can not only own a miniature, remote-coontrolled version of this adorable bot but you can answer the question that has long nagged at the minds of moviegoers: How exactly did BB-8 keep his head from falling off?
Just to get that question out of the way, his head and body clip together magnetically (at least in Sphero's version), with small rollers underneath his cranial dome that allow it to move independently of the body. Otherwise, the Sphero BB-8, which hit the marketplace several months before the film was released in late 2015, is a tiny Bluetooth-controlled robot with its own iOS/Android app and a charger that fits its curved form as neatly as an egg cup fits an egg. The app includes a tutorial that shows you how to control BB-8 with a Drive function (where you can steer him willy nilly across a tabletop or rug) or put him into Explore mode, where he can wander off on his own. A gyroscope in his guts keeps him more or less balanced and moving in the right direction.
Although this BB-8-in-a-box has flashing lights and makes conversational noises that range from cute to angry, he's not much more than a toy for Star Wars fanatics who loved the little guy's fan-pleasing turn in the movie. If you'd prefer some spherical bots that can actually be programmed to perform complex tricks with simple-to-use but surprisingly sophisticated computer code, you might be better off buying the Sphero Sprk+ or the Ozobot Evo. And if you'd like a programmable droid that you can construct into shapes ranging from giant snakes to six-legged scorpions, consider the Lego Mindstorms EV3.
Downloaded app in mins and BB8 connected in seconds when app is turned on. All features work and he glides across the floor with really great speed.
The robot itself doesn't make any noise but it does through your phone (on the app) and it is so cute. It is definitely a robot with plenty of personality.
The droid itself is a great size, and the movement is fluid and fairly easy to control, albeit can be a hassle turning and stopping on certain surfaces.
It is a great gift , works brilliantly with smart phone, controlling and set up using app is easy . I would recommend this bb8!
To operate BB-8 in any more phone app needs to be running. To give BB-8 commands you need to do it through phone.
The droid seems to know that it has run into an object and backs up accordingly only to randomly roll in another direction.
It's not cheap (and not very big), but it's brilliant technology - especially the options/functions avail. when you control it from your smartphone.
Really good fun and easy to use, only fault is where the head moves round on the body it is starting to wear the paint off.