On Friday, Star Wars: The Force Awakens fans were finally able to purchase a slew of new toys and merchandise from the movie in a massive event known as Force Friday. One of the most highly-anticipated toys is Sphero's BB-8, a small device that fans can control by downloading an app to their mobile devices. Many fans are still dying to know how BB-8 really works, but thankfully, the folks at uBreakiFix have released a new video where they literally take this toy apart to see how it runs. Before we get into the video, take a look at the official product description from Sphero.
"Meet BB-8 - the app-enabled Droid whose movements and personality are as authentic as they are advanced. BB-8 is your very own Astromech Droid, and his traits begin to shine the second he wakes up. He is playful, personable, and true to the Star Wars™ galaxy. BB-8 has something unlike any other robot - an adaptive personality that changes as you play. Based on your interactions, BB-8 will show a range of expressions and even perk up when given voice commands. If he is left idle for too long, BB-8 will playfully attempt to get your attention. BB-8's advanced traitware makes all of these actions possible. This is not a toy, this is a Droid!"
The Star Wars: The Force Awakens teaser that debuted in November gave us our first glimpse at BB-8. While most were convinced that the ball droid was a completely CGI character, director J.J. Abrams and producer Kathleen Kennedy thrilled the crowd at Disney's D23 Convention, when the droid rolled out onto the stage. It was later revealed that a Colorado start-up company named Sphero is behind this amazing device.
The BB-8 droid moves forward by internal gyroscopic propulsion, and the internal battery lasts for 60 minutes. The droid comes with a charging station, and is also Bluetooth enabled, so you can communicate with the device through a headset. BB-8 is also voice enabled, reacting to the owner's voice commands, or you can also control it through a downloadable app on your smartphone and other handheld devices like tablets. Through the app, users can map out a route for BB-8 to travel, and you can even create and send holographic messages that BB-8 will display.
The video shows how BB-8 really works, with uBreakiFix literally cutting the droid open to get at the mechanics. The video confirms that BB-8's head is attached to the rolling ball by a magnet, which is likely how the full-sized BB-8 works in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. While we wait for more details on BB-8, check out this new video below. If you want to purchase this ball droid, which has a retail price of $149.99, visit Sphero.com for more details.