Your BB unit wants to watch a movie with you.
Now that Star Wars: The Force Awakens has been released everywhere, both in physical and digital versions, it's a good time to remind those of you with a BB-8 by Sphero droid of a recently added feature. If you set BB-8 down in front of your television with The Force Awakens on the television, your happy little robot will watch the movie with you.
Here's how it works.
Set BB-8 in its charging cradle down near your television, and fire up the BB-8 app on your phone. The new "watch with me" mode lets you point BB-8's head at the television, and then the app keeps your phone awake to listen to the movie and sync up with BB-8. While the movie is playing, BB-8 will shake and chirp along with the action in the film, and the app will offer up BB-8's thoughts on things that are happening in the movie. For example, the first time you see FN 2187 take his helmet off, BB-8 lets you know that it has detected a member of the Resistance. Obviously BB-8 knows a few things you don't if you've yet to see the movie.
It's cute, and kind of a battery hog, but if you've got kids or you want another excuse to bust out BB-8, this is a fun new option in the app. Also, with the recent price drop, If you have been waiting for the right time to pick up a BB-8 of your very own, now seems to be the time.