Meet BB-8, the advanced app-enabled droid whose personality is unique and develops over time. Watch your droid explore autonomously, guide BB-8 yourself, or create and view holographic recordings! Unlike the much-loved robotic pal from the original trilogy, R2-D2, BB-8 is a droid with intelligence that you can actually buy – albeit in a tennis ball sized-version. Standing about 10cm tall with a head stuck on with magnets, BB-8 has everything you would expect from a collectors figure. A detail-rich paint job and enough sounds and quirks are able to convince you, with a touch of the suspension of disbelief, that he is more than just an expensive chunk of plastic.
BB-8 charges via induction in a Star Wars-branded cradle, is controlled via Bluetooth from an iPhone or Android smartphone and has a modicum of intelligence to sense its environment through bump mapping, similar to robot vacuums from iRobot and others! BB-8 will run for an hour between charges, taking three hours to reach full capacity, and can travel up to 30m from the user at speeds of up to 5mph. His head stares in the direction of travel, moving automatically and pops off when it crashes into a wall – which it will, frequently, even though it’s relatively easy to control using a virtual joystick on the smartphone screen. The smartphone controller app is filled with Star Wars noises, sights and sounds, and uses augmented reality to show BB-8 projecting holograms onto your floor. You can even record yourself using your smartphone camera and shoehorn your face into the classic “help me, Obi Wan, you’re my only hope” – just forget that’s meant to be R2-D2.
BB-8 is not a toy, but rather a companion, whose unique attitude, behavior and actions evolve as you interact with your personal Droid. It offers you an engaging personality, legendary loyalty, and an extremely agile Droid for hours of fun at home or outdoors.