Sphero’s BB-8 Droid just might be the one you’re looking for, or at least a 4.5-inch tall, app-enabled companion that goes just about anywhere. Simply use your Bluetooth-enabled phone to guide the droid and make it respond to your voice commands. You can also have it send virtual holographic videos, or just let the droid roam free, which has an adaptive personality, learning as you interact with it. Using gyroscopic propulsion, it rolls freely while remaining balanced, mimicking the BB-8 from the movie trailer. Continue reading for another hands-on video, more pictures and additional information.
“The ‘head’ is a separate piece that you can pull away from the round body. It’s magnetically held in place when you’re driving the BB-8 and stays on top even as the round “body” rolls on and on. Sphero’s creation is, frankly, one of the best Star Wars toys we’ve ever seen, able to replicate the cute and amazing motion of the droid that you see on-screen,” says Popular Mechanics.