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BB-8 by Sphero is every Star Wars fan's dream robot

When the first trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens was revealed to the world, a whole lot of people had the same thought about one of the little robots in the trailer. It looked suspiciously like a giant Sphero robot with a little floating head on top, so naturally a ton of people asked Orbotix if they would be able to make a version of their popular Sphero robot to look like this thing from the trailer. Not long after, the world learned that not only was Orbotix capable of making a small version of that BB-8 droid, but was the company responsible for making the big one being used in the movie.

Today, BB-8 by Sphero is finally a real product you'll soon be able to buy for yourself, and it's shaping up to be the toy every Star Wars fan is going to want to own.

On the surface, this little droid closely resembles a Sphero orb with a little head on top, but the overall feature set blows away anything we've come to expect from the folks at Orbotix. BB-8 by Sphero pairs to your phone or tablet and lets you control movement, and as you'd expect it's the same kinds of movement we've seen from the larger BB-8 appearing in The Force Awakens.

The BB-8 app includes several control methods, including voice controls tuned to the owner, sentry mode between pre-determined areas, and even autonomous behavior if you just want the droid to roam around and play.

Sphero describes BB-8 as having an adaptive personality, and claims its behavior will change based on interaction with you. A line you'll see repeated in marketing material is how this droid is more than a toy, it's your companion.

The BB-8 app also includes a communication mode, allowing you to record messages from your phone and have them play back in an Augmented Reality field that looks as though your message is being played through a holo-projector baked into BB-8. If you've got friends who also have BB-8 droids, you'll be able to send holographic messages back and forth to one another through the app.

BB-8 Holo Messaging

As you'd expect from a Sphero-like toy, the wireless docking cradle lets you drop BB-8 in when you're done playing and pick it back up when you're ready to go. Like the robot itself, the cradle is sporting heavy Star Wars theming, and when BB-8 is placed in its cradle the head adjust automatically to face forward, acknowledging that charging has started and just plain looking cool.

BB-8 by Sphero is launching on Force Friday, September 4th for those who haven't been paying attention to every little thing in the Star Wars Universe, for $149. Everything you need to know about grabbing one of these for yourself can be found over at the Sphero site.

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Russell is a Contributing Editor at Android Central. He's a former server admin who has been using Android since the HTC G1, and quite literally wrote the book on Android tablets. You can usually find him chasing the next tech trend, much to the pain of his wallet. Find him on Facebook and Twitter

92 Comments
  • I want one!
  • This will be the cabbage patch kid for 2015. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Guaranteed. Unless they have factories turning these out by the thousands every minute the backlog to get one of these will be crazy. I agree - this will be the toy to own in 2015.
  • Cheaper than building an R2D2 full scale, it'll cost $10,000, not including a few months of labor. in DIY. More expensive to have someone do it for you
  • Sold out ugh Posted via Android Central App
  • It can't be sold out yet becuase it hasn't been released yet, like he said, it releases on "Force Friday" (aka Sept 4th) along with a whole bunch of other new Star Wars toys for Star Wars: The Force Awakens Posted via the Android Central App on my Nexus 6
  • It's not even available yet Posted via the Android Central App
  • You mean not available until tomorrow.
  • Oops! Crunch! Oh $hit! =P
  • DAMN RIGHT THIS IS THE DROID I'M LOOKING FOR Sony Xperia Z2
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  • Ha! Posted via the Android Central App
  • this post is so full of win!
  • Why? All he did was quote the video. Posted via the Android Central App powered by Droid Turbo
  • because it made me chuckle when i watched it, and word for word that was the first thing out of my mouth when I read it at the end. then when reading through the comments, seeing that made me chuckle again. oh man did it make me chuckle, even more than the first time. I'd probably say for s good minute or so. I'd say like 7 out of 10. definitely would chuckle again. I figured it wouldn't be seen nearly as funny posting the the exact same thing under him, but i still wanted to express to him my thanks for the minute or two of joy he sent my way. you know, it really is the simple things in life i guess. EDIT: i no longer see the option to edit me previous post, but for some reason I can still modify this one. I apologize, I guess I am past the time limit allowed for an edit. please dont take it personally. curiosity satisfied? I didn't mean to bother you with my comment, it was just for fun. ill see what I can do about it
  • Glad to have brought a smile to the face of at least one person today :P Sony Xperia Z2
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  • [[[DISCLAIMER]]] This post may not be as full of win as I previous though. my endorsement may have crossed a line and been a little too strong. it wasn't my intention.
  • This is the only article I've seen about this thing. I don't know why, but I need it.
  • Shhh keep it quiet so we can all get one:-) Posted via the Android Central App
  • Good plan! Sony Xperia Z2
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  • I need this!
  • Will this be available at the Disney store tomorrow too? Posted via the Android Central App
  • I don't think so. From the Sphero blog: "BB-8 is now available worldwide through sphero.com and at retailers including Apple, Amazon, Brookstone, Bed Bath & Beyond, Best Buy, Marbles: The Brain Store, and more."
  • Bed bath & beyond? Weird. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Sweet - 20% off coupon here I come!
  • Their M.O. is to either mark up the product's retail price or exclude it from the coupon. I doubt you'd get it for less than $149.99.
  • The 20% of coupon doesn't work. I tried today.
  • Obviously this falls into the "beyond" category. Wubba lubba dub dub!
  • Uh, definitely bath time robot buddy...
  • Well it does look like it floats, of course, everything floats down here... Do they normally sell stuff like this? I assumed the beyond was more candles, coffee mugs and picture frames... Wubba lubba dub dub!
  • Bed bath & beyond sells a bunch of small electrics... Posted via Android Central App
  • It will be available at select Disney Stores for Force Friday tonight at midnight.
  • Word from the resident Disney expert! They'd be insane not to, I suspect it's this generations Buzz Lightyear doll... Except worse because adults want these too! Wubba lubba dub dub!
  • These are also available at Sprint Company-Owned stores as of today. We just got some in and started playing with our demo one. ITS SO AWESOME!
  • WANT! Posted via my Nexus 5 via the Android Central App
  • Can I assume that the app is available for Android as well?
  • It is indeed Posted via the Android Central App
  • Half of it, at least..
  • I don't why, but I want one of these very badly.
  • Want is too light a word Check out the new Nexus! https://youtu.be/u3uFOavLo_w, not a Rick roll
  • $199 is my prediction. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Your wrong. I have it from a great source that it will retail at 149. I have no reason to doubt my source within the industry as he write for a very influential blog that covers all things Android. Check out the new Nexus! https://youtu.be/u3uFOavLo_w, not a Rick roll
  • ... Posted via the Android Central App
  • Do you doubt me? I asked the source if I can reveal him and he said go ahead. Would you like my source? Check out the new Nexus! https://youtu.be/u3uFOavLo_w, not a Rick roll
  • I think I don't? Posted via the Android Central App
  • It's called read the fuckin article Google knows why kids love the taste of cinnamon toast crunch. And they're willing to sell it to you.
  • I read the fucking article except for the last paragraph. But continue being a bitch. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Damn you. I was setting that up for 2 hours. I was gonna be nicer though Check out the new Nexus! https://youtu.be/u3uFOavLo_w, not a Rick roll
  • No need to be nice I can dish it with best of it. Let's roll Posted via the Android Central App
  • I was cracking up reading all of that lol
  • Uh yeah hes right aitt. His sources can't be touched!
  • From the article: "BB-8 by Sphero is launching on Force Friday, September 4th for those who haven't been paying attention to every little thing in the Star Wars Universe, for $149" Posted via the Android Central App on my Nexus 6
  • Yeah I missed that part at the end. Really want this for no reason Posted via the Android Central App
  • For no reason, is the best reason Posted via the Android Central App
  • Lol Posted via the Android Central App
  • I want one! Posted via the Android Central App
  • Already on shelves at some best buys but register won't allow sale until tomorrow. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I want..! Posted via the Android Central App
  • Every star wars fan? As far as I'm concerned star wars is finished ever since the mikey mouse bs took over. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Except.. No Android support yet. iOS only at launch. Boo!
  • Where did you read that Posted via the Android Central App
  • Well the faq on the website says that it should be on both, but does not give a timeframe Check out the new Nexus! https://youtu.be/u3uFOavLo_w, not a Rick roll
  • Wrong, I have one in my hands and have been controlling it with my Android device all afternoon.
  • Android is supported, but only partially. It's missing the voice commands.
  • Not everyone assumed it was made by Sphero. There were quite a few people who decried how JJ was using too much CGI and it was hilarious when they brought it out on stage how everyone suddenly thought it was the coolest thing ever (which it is). It was one instance where the internet was completely wrong and ate delicious crow. Well the internet is wrong plenty, but this was just a great moment.
  • I didn't think it was CG, or cool. I do think it's a fantastic marketing gimmick and will make a LOT of money. Wubba lubba dub dub!
  • Sooo... I'm the only person in the world who doesn't like BB-8? lol Wubba lubba dub dub!
  • Ugh, if it was sub-$100 it'd be impulse buy for me, but $150 gives me pause. I don't have a ton of disposable income. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I wonder what would happen first-- if the cats destroy the droid, or if the droid learns to run away from the cats.
  • Need need need need need Posted via the Android Central App
  • One slight correction to your article: Sphero had nothing to do with the BB-8 used in the movie nor the BB-8 used at the Celebration Anaheim event:
    http://www.starwars.com/news/droid-dreams-how-neal-scanlan-and-the-star-... They're only the most natural company to make the toy, however.
  • http://www.businessinsider.com/sphero-builds-star-wars-bb-8-for-disney-a... According to this article they did Posted via the Android Central App
  • So who do we believe? Sphero or the guys who worked on the movie? I would love to believe that Sphero helped them, because, let's be honest, who wouldn't want to have some part of making a Star Wars movie. But, the engineers/puppeteers who worked on The Force Awakens say otherwise...
  • I keep throwing money thought my mobile screen. But for some reason it's not taking it. Just take my money already. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Hm...how can I convince my fiancée that this is more important than something for the wedding? Posted via the Android Central App
  • Snagged three! :-D
  • I got four :) Posted via the Android Central App
  • U really just dropped $600+ on 4 toys? U should've watched a video with this thing in action 1st, it looks like it still a prototype not a finished product. YT it if u don't believe me Posted via the Android Central App
  • He can sell them right now and make $250 :-D And I took your advice. No idea what video you saw. The thing looks awesome! Posted via the Android Central App
  • Excellent! Posted via the Android Central App
  • But it can't hover fly... meh
  • My boxer would destroy that thing. She has a babble ball and the thing has almost been put through drywall.
  • My cats would first stalk it and then pounce and destroy it for sure, lol!!
  • Just got it for the boy (me) for this x-mas!! Really cool. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Picked one up at bed bath and beyond today. Couldn't find it anywhere else. Local toysrus and disney store did not get any in stock at all for force friday....kind of surprised by that.
  • Sprint has these in-store today! And we have a demo we can play with and try out. You guys should come check it out!
  • Bought mine today at Meijer (grocery store) and was able to use a 10% off. It's pretty fun, but I would say it's probably not worth the$150....
  • I got one at BBB. Paid retail, don't care. Having a blast.
  • I tried getting one on Amazon at 12:10am 09/04/2015 and it was sold out. Tried again at 8:00am same day and all Amazon had was "retailers" selling them starting at $200.00. So I checked Bed Bath And Beyond and was able to get one at Retail Price.
  • Great idea but I need it to be 10 times bigger for $150...Its a great novelty but then they either break or just sit around.
  • Too small for the money. Needs to be about a foot tall or so to be more worth it.
  • I really want one. not going to get one though.
  • it looks like a fun driod, hope to win :D good luck everyone, from Denmark :)