sphero star wars bb 8 droid

Sphero has created an app-enabled BB-8 toy that you can control with your smart device. BB-8 can also patrol on its own, respond to voice. While he's a very cool Star Wars droid, sadly little BB-8 is the outcast of the Sphero galaxy. The Sphero SE BB-8 Droid with Force Band brings the control of a robot ball to a completely different level. With the band around your arm you have enough.

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The Sphero BB-8 Droid was the first app-enabled Star Wars robot toy that came from Sphero's partnership with Disney. The Sphero BB-8 is a replica of the BB-8 droid that appeared in Disney's Star Wars: The Force Awakens and its sequels. Sphero no longer provides support for their BB-8 toy, but users on iOS and Android can still download the companion application.

Sphero, Inc. (formerly Orbotix) is an American consumer robotics and toy company based in Colorado. In July 2014, Sphero was a participant in Disney's technology accelerator program for startups. Disney CEO Bob Iger showed the company unseen photos from the then-unreleased Star Wars: The Force Awakens film, including images of BB-8. Sphero was offered a licensing deal to produce an official BB-8 toy based on Sphero's technology. Sphero released their BB-8 robot in 2015 and later created a model of R2-D2, another Star Wars robotic character. The BB-8 robot was accompanied by a special Star Wars-themed control application, which features augmented reality "holographic" messages, like in the movie. The Sphero BB-8 robot was discontinued after the Disney-Sphero partnership ended.

The Sphero BB-8 is approximately the size of an orange (much smaller than the BB-8 robot from Star Wars) and includes orange and silver markings. BB-8 consists of a spherical body and a dome-shaped top. It includes asymmetrical panels to make it easier for viewers to track the robot's motion.

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Makers of 'Star Wars' BB-8 Droid Toy Promise Hidden Tricks

NEW YORK — The new BB-8 droid, which will appear in "Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens" in December, already has a high-tech mini-me or two — and Sphero's version in particular has a trick or two up its sleeve for when the movie comes out.

There's just something about BB-8: With no more than movie-trailer glimpses, its roly-poly form with perilously perched head has the power to mesmerize and delight. It looks like nothing else, and yet seems somehow singularly "Star Wars," with just as much innate personality as its cousin R2-D2.

Space.com got a closer look at Sphero's incarnation of the little droid at New York Comic Con when we caught up with Sphero co-founder and Chief Software Architect Adam Wilson. He told us about the toy's creation and inspiration, and the future plans for the technology (and planned, movie-based updates to the droid itself). ['Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens': New Trailer]

BB-8 isn't Wilson's first foray into the rolling-robot field: Around 5 years ago, he and Sphero co-founder Ian Bernstein created the programmable ball-shaped robot Sphero within the Techstars accelerator program. Then, about a year ago, the two were invited to join a new accelerator program, a collaboration between Disney and Techstars.

"We were like, 'We're great at robots, but we suck at characters,'" Wilson told Space.com. "So let's go do this Disney thing. We did it, and it happened to be perfect for us."

Disney CEO Bob Iger was assigned as their mentor, and introduced the team to the new "Star Wars" character BB-8. That night, the Sphero team 3D-printed and hacked together a version of BB-8 not too different from the one that eventually went on sale, at least in terms of hardware. The firmware, or permanent software programming, would change a great deal over time.

The final BB-8 can roll around controlled by an app on a smart device, can obey voice commands via that same device and can go into its own autonomous wandering mode where it keeps track of the obstacles it runs into. Sphero tweaked the robot to mimic the rolling pattern and mannerisms of the movie droid, too.

Another aspect that they fine-tuned, Wilson said, was the "pad printing" process, where they overlaid more than 120 different 2D patterns onto BB-8's 3D body.

"We actually learned some of these techniques just following the greats, like LEGO," Wilson said. "They are the best at pad printing ever, for their minifigs, and they look so detailed, look so great. We took a lot of advice from them."

Sphero's ultimate vision, Wilson said, is to put a robot in every home. The company aims to do that through fun robots, rather than something more directly functional like a vacuum — and BB-8 is one step down that path. A future, entertaining, loveable character with artificial intelligence, which can understand what you ask it for and predict what you'll need, would have the potential to become a ubiquitous home robot, Wilson said. As for the form factor, there's something magical about an autonomously rolling ball, he said, and the form factor is hardy enough to serve as a programming practice tool and rough-and-tumble sidekick.

When asked if there would be a full-sized BB-8 in the works, like the one used to film the new movie, Wilson couldn't give an answer — but said that he suspected Disney will be coming to Sphero with more products to bring to life. (Hasbro's BB-8 toy, propelled by remote control, is around 9 inches, or 23 centimeters, to Sphero BB-8's 4.5 inches, or 11 cm.)

In the meantime, Wilson said, owners of Sphero's BB-8, which retails for $150, can expect some new things in store as the movie approaches: "We have over-the-air updates for the firmware and over-the-air updates for your app," he said. "So we can update the entire experience, and we put a lot of stuff in there that will surprise people as it comes out. We don't give it all to them right at the beginning. As the movie starts coming out, more stuff will happen."

Throughout, the team has been driven by an abiding love of "Star Wars" — Wilson's been a fan all his life, he said. So bringing BB-8 into the real world was a passion rather than just a job. "We are going to deliver the best freaking 'Star Wars' toy they will ever see," he said. "That was our goal."

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Sphero BB-8 Star Wars App-Enabled Droid - R001USA

Product Information

  • Bring your favorite Star Wars robot to life with the Sphero BB-8 app-enabled droid. The BB-8 droid can be guided using your Smartphone or tablet. It recognizes and reacts to your voice, and can record virtual holographic videos. In addition, its magnetic head shows a wide range of expressions and movements.

Product Identifiers

  • Brand

    Sphero

  • MPN

    R001USA

  • GTIN

    0787793000546, 0789655155258, 0600682784795, 0400009637908, 0792458579503, 0798993516966, 85189700003694, 0851897003755, 0627404154346, 0851897003694, 0787551888997

  • UPC

    0787793000546, 0789655155258, 0600682784795, 0400009637908, 0792458579503, 0798993516966, 0851897003755, 0627404154346, 0851897003694, 0787551888997

  • Model

    BB-8

  • eBay Product ID (ePID)

    710080748

Product Key Features

  • Character Family

    Star Wars

  • Era

    2002-Now

  • Scale

    1:60

  • Size

    4.75in.

  • Features

    Custom Figure, Remote Control, Battery Powered

  • Material

    Plastic

  • Year

    2015

  • Character

    BB-8

  • Bodypart Type

    Hands

  • Recommended Age Range

    8

Dimensions

  • Weight

    2.15lbs.

  • Width

    7.3in.

  • Height

    11.4in.

  • depth

    4.0 in

  • Length

    8.0 in

Additional Product Features

  • Age Level

    8 Years & Up

  • Type

    Droid

  • Accessory Type

    Force Band

Источник: https://www.ebay.com/p/710080748

We tried to put the new 'Star Wars' droid to work and the results were hilarious

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Matt Weinberger
Today, Sphero unveiled its BB-8, the $149.99 take-home version of the droid that's poised to take the world by storm when "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" hits theaters in December.

Sphero chief creative officer Rob Maigret told Business Insider that BB-8 is the most "droid-like" home robot ever.

Part of what makes a droid a droid, Maigret says, is that they have a job and a purpose — C-3PO is a translator, R2-D2 is an astromech navigator for X-Wing fighters, and so on.

To put that to the test, BI decided to put BB-8 to work as our new intern in our San Francisco office.

BB-8 doesn't have a lot of journalism experience, and he's a little behind on the news, given that his last adventure was a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. But he's got a lot of personality.

Here's how it went — and remember, if you want to work with BB-8 and the rest of the crew, Business Insider is hiring.

Special thanks to Biz Carson, who helped take these photos.

BB-8 came to us in this box, made to look like a droid shipping container from across the galaxy.

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Matt Weinberger

Like a lot of interns, BB-8 needs a little direction. Fortunately, he has an iPhone/Android app that lets you steer him the right way.

 

With that out of the way, BB-8 quickly set to work hitting the phones, looking for scoops.

 

Except when it came time to write up his big story, he struggled a little bit with Windows 10.

 

Maybe reporting isn't his thing. We sent him to get coffee.

 

That went OK, but he struggled to get a stirring spoon. Well, first days can be really stressful.

 

 

Then we sent him to make copies. He had trouble finding the power button.

 

Then, when it came time to collate, the whole lack-of-thumbs thing made using the stapler a bit difficult.

 

BB-8 stopped for an early lunch, but he couldn't remember where in the fridge he left it.

 

After lunch, BB-8 had to join us in a meeting. He has some issues with stairs ...

 

... so he took the elevator, where he made a new friend.

 

Источник: https://www.businessinsider.com/review-sphero-bb-8-from-star-wars-the-force-awakens-2015-9

Sphero Legacy Products

A hand with Sphero Star Wars Force Band, BB-8, R2D2.
A hand with Sphero Star Wars Force Band, BB-8, R2D2.

Sphero made innovative robots for Star Wars, Marvel, and Pixar.

We partnered with Disney in 2015 to create licensed robots for their properties including Star Wars, Marvel, and Pixar. You may have heard of them. The worldwide recognition we gained from the partnership helped us reach millions of kids, but as we grew, we discovered an important place for our robots in classrooms around the world.

Several years ago, we transitioned our business to STEM education so we could refocus on our mission to inspire the creators of tomorrow through play-based learning. Through this process, we discontinued all of our licensed products and introduced our own collection of Sphero programmable robots and design-and-build systems to encourage exploration, imagination, and perseverance through STEAM, robotics, and computer science.

Beginning October 1, 2021 the compatible apps for these legacy products will no longer be available for download. Purchases made from any third-party retailers are not covered by Sphero’s warranty.

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Sphero Star Wars BB-8 Robot

Over one million sold! The Sphero BB-8 Droid was the first app-enabled Star Wars robot toy coming from our partnership with Disney. A replica of the BB-8 droid that appeared in Star Wars: The Force Awakens and its sequels, Sphero BB-8 could explore on its own, show a range of expressions, and display holographic recordings. Though we no longer support this product, Sphero BB-8 still rolls on in our hearts. You can keep the fun going with Sphero BOLT. Spark your creativity!

While BB-8 is a legacy product, users can use our Sphero Edu app to program Sphero BB-8 robot and expand its capabilities.

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Sphero Star Wars R2-D2 App-Enabled Droid

This is the droid you’re looking for. Users could connect the iconic Star Wars droid to their smart device, using Sphero R2-D2 to navigate the real world and explore holographic environments like the Millennium Falcon. Equipped with an integrated speaker system and colorful LEDs, Sphero R2-D2 reacted to Star Wars films, too. While we no longer offer Sphero R2-D2, Sphero RVR is a mobile robot that you can still drive to a galaxy far, far away.

While R2-D2 is a legacy product, users can use our Sphero Edu app to program Sphero R2-D2 robot and expand its capabilities.

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Other Sphero Disney Licensed Products

We’ll never forget the fun we had with our Sphero Disney robots. From web-slinging around the city with Sphero Spider-Man to cruising the racing circuit with Sphero Ultimate Lightning McQueen, our Sphero robots put a smile on everyone’s face.

While our Disney Sphero robots are no longer available we have more than enough other fun robots to keep the ball rolling. We encourage you to view our current collection to see what programmable robots or design-and-build STEAM kit is best for you!

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Sphero Space Code Mat

If you like robots in space as much as we do, you might like our space-themed code mat. Blast off into orbit and explore the solar system with Sphero Outer Space while gaining the foundations for computational thinking.

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Recommended Products

Ready to jump into a new kind of fun?

Check out some of our recommended products! We’re always on the cutting edge of robotics, packing our learning robots with tons of advanced sensors and customizable features. Play games, code using our Sphero apps, and start creating. To find out more, view our full collection in our online store.

Источник: https://sphero.com/pages/legacy-products

Sphero BB-8 Star Wars App-Enabled Droid - R001USA

Product Information

  • Bring your favorite Star Wars robot to life with the Sphero BB-8 app-enabled droid. The BB-8 droid can be guided using your Smartphone or tablet. It recognizes and reacts to your voice, and can record virtual holographic videos. In addition, its magnetic head shows a wide range of expressions and movements.

Product Identifiers

  • Brand

    Sphero

  • MPN

    R001USA

  • GTIN

    0787793000546, 0789655155258, 0600682784795, 0400009637908, 0792458579503, 0798993516966, 85189700003694, 0851897003755, 0627404154346, 0851897003694, 0787551888997

  • UPC

    0787793000546, 0789655155258, 0600682784795, 0400009637908, 0792458579503, 0798993516966, 0851897003755, 0627404154346, 0851897003694, 0787551888997

  • Model

    BB-8

  • eBay Product ID (ePID)

    710080748

Product Key Features

  • Character Family

    Star Wars

  • Era

    2002-Now

  • Scale

    1:60

  • Size

    4.75in.

  • Features

    Custom Figure, Remote Control, Battery Powered

  • Material

    Plastic

  • Year

    2015

  • Character

    BB-8

  • Bodypart Type

    Hands

  • Recommended Age Range

    8

Dimensions

  • Weight

    2.15lbs.

  • Width

    7.3in.

  • Height

    11.4in.

  • depth

    4.0 in

  • Length

    8.0 in

Additional Product Features

  • Age Level

    8 Years & Up

  • Type

    Droid

  • Accessory Type

    Force Band

Источник: https://www.ebay.com/p/710080748

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The Sphero BB-8 Droid was the first app-enabled Star Wars robot toy that came from Sphero's partnership with Disney. The Sphero BB-8 is a replica of the BB-8 droid that appeared in Disney's Star Wars: The Force Awakens and its sequels. Sphero no longer provides support for their BB-8 toy, nbt bank lake placid users on iOS and Android can still download the companion application.

Sphero, Inc. (formerly Orbotix) is an American consumer robotics and toy company based in Colorado. In July 2014, Sphero was a participant in Disney's technology accelerator program for startups. Disney CEO Bob Iger showed the company unseen photos from the then-unreleased Star Wars: The Force Awakens film, including images of BB-8. Sphero was offered a licensing deal to produce an official BB-8 toy based on Sphero's technology. Sphero released their BB-8 robot in 2015 and later created a model of R2-D2, another Star Wars robotic character. Green dot moneypak account login BB-8 robot was accompanied by a special Star Sphero star wars bb 8 droid control application, which features augmented reality "holographic" messages, like in the movie. The Sphero BB-8 robot was discontinued after the Disney-Sphero partnership ended.

The Sphero BB-8 is approximately the size of an orange (much smaller than the BB-8 robot from Star Wars) and includes orange and sphero star wars bb 8 droid markings. BB-8 consists of a spherical body and a dome-shaped top. It includes asymmetrical panels to make it easier for viewers to track the robot's motion.

Источник: https://www.ifixit.com/Device/sphero_bb-8

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Introducing BB-8

BB-8 is an astromech droid that appears on Star Wars Episode VII - The Force Awakens. It has a ball shaped body and a domed head that resembles that of the R2 series droids, whose most popular unit is R2-D2. BB-8's body rolls independently from the head, which always stays near the vertical axis of the droid.

Like the R2 series, BB-8 also fits in the droid socket of an X-Wing starfighter. Specifically the T-70 x-Wing fighter model used by the Resistance thirty years after the Battle of Endor. Despite what most people thought before the movie was released, BB-8 is owned by click to reveal spoilerResistance's pilot Poe Dameron.

"There were a lot of discussions about how having a CG BB-8 would be so much easier, but we also knew it would be better for the film, for the actors, for the sets, for the look of it, if it were performed"-J.J. Abrams

Concept

Director J.J. Abrams went old school during production of The Force Awakens. The original trilogy, which mainly used real sets and props, had a special vibe that was missing in the prequel trilogy. Abrams wanted Episode VII to feel organic and tactile, closer in spirit to the original movies. To achieve that, they used as many sphero star wars bb 8 droid effects as possible, and BB-8 was no exception.

The first known sketch of BB-8 was revealed during Star Wars Celebration 2015. It certainly wasn't a Ralph McQuarrie illustration, but the concept might be his. In an interview with Star Wars Insider, the artist responsible for the original trilogy concept art, said that he originally envisioned R2-D2 as a rolling droid. According to Episode VII producer Kathleen Kennedy, the film crew looked a lot at early concept art by McQuarrie during pre-production and some unused concepts have made it to The Force Awakens.

The idea of a rolling robot was cool but complex. How do you bring alive a droid like that? CGI would have been the logical choice, but J.J. wanted a real prop. The Pinewood Studios' Creature Shop took on the challenge and eventually succeeded at building and puppeteering BB-8 in the film.

"I think Artoo was just described as a small robot. I thought of him as running on a giant ball bearing - just a sphere, a circle, wheel-like. He had gyros so he could go in any direction on this ball."-Ralph McQuarrie

Technology

So, how does BB-8 work? What kind of black magic powers it? Well, what we know for sure is that it's not driven by a hamster as some theories suggest. The closest thing out there is the Sphero ball, and turns out that Sphero was one of ten start-ups funded by Disney's first accelerator program in 2014. Disney CEO Bob Iger himself was Sphero's mentor inside the company. When he learnt about the filmmakers trying to build a rolling droid, he knew the right people for the job.

BB-8 and the Sphero are likely to share a very similar internal mechanism. The RC robotic ball uses a gyroscope to determine which way is down and two wheels to move the sphere from inside. The base plate (batteries included) serves as a counterweight to keep the wheels acting against the lower half of the sphere. There's also a vertical bearing that helps to keep the wheels in contact with the walls.

But what about the floating head? Because that's actually the jaw-dropping part. There is a patent by Disney's Imagineering R&D group that sheds some light on the head mechanism. Surprisingly, the patent was filed in 2010, two years before Disney acquired Lucasfilm and four years before they invested in Sphero. Looks like they were into rolling droids before anyone suspected.

Note: According to the latest updates from Lucasfilm, Sphero's technology wasn't useful to achieve the expressiveness that the character demanded. Therefore the Creature FX engineers had to develop their own mechanism to make BB-8 behave the way Abrams wanted.

Patent

Magnetic spherical balancing robot drive

US 8269447 B2

Inventors: Lanny SmootDirk Ruiken

Original Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.

TL;DR

The first thing we have learnt from this patent is that there is a concept in robotics called holonomic motion. Ground-based holonomic robots are those who can instantaneously move in any direction on the horizontal plane. That makes them incredibly responsive. Both the Sphero and our little guy BB-8 are holonomic robots.

The patent presents several variants of the invention, but one of them is suspiciously similar to BB-8. According to this configuration, the body contains a drive system that always keeps a relative position with respect to the sphere. The system uses omni wheels to make the sphere roll in any direction. Each of those wheels is connected to a motor. The robot uses sensors (gyroscopes and accelerometers) to determine its position and dynamics. The drive system can be maneuvered using a remote controller. The base plate acts as a counterweight, keeping the center of gravity close to the ground. That keeps the wheels' traction on the inner shell of the body. So far pretty similar to the Sphero.

The main difference we find with the Sphero is the dynamic mast described by the patent. There is also a control system that keeps everything in balance, making sure the mast is always in vertical position. This, if you bangor daily news obituaries 2014 about it, makes the whole mechanism behave like a miniature Segway. The arm can rotate and, according to the patent, magnetically interact with an external element. That means BB-8's head is most likely controlled via magnetic interaction. Magnets at the end of the mast and roller magnets at the base of the head.

Now let's use some 3D to show how the inner mechanism of the cutest astromech in the galaxy might look like.

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This is our best guess based on how BB-8 behaves on screen. Instead of the vertical mast described on the patent, this mechanism uses a stool type set-up (based on the AT-AT foot mechanics) which allows to freely move a magnet around the upper part of the sphere. We think that the drive system probably uses four omni wheels with ball bearings. Such configuration would allow to rotate the sphere in any direction. You can drag the model to see different angles of the mechanism.

This solution represents the most spread theory on the internet. The first one to sketch it out was Jason Torchinsky. It is the theory that better matches the information from the patent. The motorized arm has a spherical joint that allows it to flex in any direction. The head rotation motor is probably attached to the end of the mast. The head itself is probably very light and has magnetic rollers attached to the base. That would allow it to smoothly roll over the spheric body.

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The exact mechanism of BB-8 remained a secret until Star Wars Celebration 2016, when the team behind the droid finally revealed these images. Check the full video here.

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Bring Home Your Own Star Wars BB-8 Droid, Thanks To Sphero

Usually, when you fall in love with a cool gadget depicted in the latest science fiction blockbuster, the best you can hope for is that maybe, maybe, some gifted sphero star wars bb 8 droid will be inspired to bring it to life in the years to come.

For the most part, that’ll be true of Star Wars: The Force Awakens (coming this December, as if you hadn’t already marked your calendar). As far as I know, you won’t be able to bring home a real-life spaceship or light saber — but you can buy your own BB-8 droid, thanks to a collaboration between Disney and robotics startup Sphero.

To be clear, this BB-8 isn’t as big as the one depicted on-screen, and it probably won’t be quite as smart or independent. But hey, it’s a Star Wars droid that you can control from your smartphone or tablet, which is pretty freaking cool.

When Sphero’s Chief Creative Officer Rob Maigret demonstrated the BB-8 for me, he used his iPhone like a remote control, rolling the droid around the room. He also used his iPhone to give it voice commands — for example, telling it to go on patrol. (At that point it started moving around the room on its own, looking for enemies.) And through his iPhone camera, we could actually watch BB-8 broadcast holographic messages recorded by other users — perhaps inevitably, the message riffed on the “Help me, Obi-Wan scene” from the original Star Wars.

Maigret said that underneath the hood, BB-8 uses much of the same technology as Sphero’s existing robotic ball, but with upgrades like a new inductive charging system. (In other words, you don’t have to plug in the BB-8 to charge it. You just place it on its stand.) And of course it has the movie droid’s distinctive and weirdly endearing shape — a robotic head floating above a rotating ball.

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Sphero’s BB-8 will be launching tomorrow, on “Force Friday,” and will retail for $150. That may be a little steep for a toy, but as Maigret put it, “We sphero star wars bb 8 droid of it as more of a droid than an actual toy. It’s not a disposable piece of plastic. This is a piece of technology. Other Sphero products have constant iteration, and this will be the same thing. It will constantly get better.” (For one thing, he said BB-8 will actually adapt to your personality over time.)

Maigret said the partnership started about 18 months ago, when Sphero was part of the Disney Accelerator. Disney CEO Bob Iger heard about the startup and became a mentor, eventually tasking the team with recreating the BB-8 from the film.

Maigret, formerly an executive at Disney Interactive, is also a mentor at the Disney Accelerator, and that’s how he joined Sphero. The startup’s vision, he said, is to create “connected entertainment robots.” By connected, he means “connected to us, connected to the Internet, they’re aware, and their fundamental purpose is to entertain us and to relate to us.” Among other things, these robots can become devices for storytelling and media consumption, he said.

In sphero star wars bb 8 droid case of BB-8, he talked about how Sphero actually created animated scenes that it wanted the droid to act out. Once those scenes were refined, the team “pumped them into the hardware,” turning animated storyboards into physical behavior.

Over time, Maigret predicted that users will be able to program their own custom BB-8 actions (though not necessarily with official support from Disney or Sphero).

“The thing is, it’s a robot, it’s a droid — and people will figure out how to hack it,” he said. sphero star wars bb 8 droid think that’s a good thing. We don’t have a kit that comes out on day one for it, but people will put two and two together.”

Want to see BB-8 in action? Maigret also did an on-camera demo with TechCrunch’s Lucas Matney, which you can watch above. And you can learn more about BB-8 here.

Источник: https://techcrunch.com/2015/09/03/sphero-bb8/

Sphero Star Wars BB-8 Droid

The sound effects come from the smartphone or tablet controlling BB-8 because there aren’t actually any speakers on the droid itself. So you will need your device with you to hear the sounds.

There is no inbuilt obstacle detection, so if your droid rolls itself into an object, or you steer it into one, there is a possibility that the head will fall off. This only tends to happen with higher speed impacts but is worth noting.

The performance of BB-8 will not be as good on thicker pile carpets, but works well on thin carpets or hard floors.

Watch BB-8 at the top of stairs or big drops!

Can it overtake R2-D2 in popularity? Time will tell. It wins on cuteness factor alone I think.

Compatible with smartphones and tablets:

Android devices
OS 4.4.2 or higher, must have all of the following hardware in order to operate with BB-8:
Bluetooth LE (4.0)
Front and rear-facing cameras
Microphone
Distinct multi-touch landscape touchscreen
Hardware sensors including gyroscope and accelerometer
WiFi capabilities

iOS
iPad 3+ iOS 8+
iPhone 4S+ iOS 8+
iPod Touch 5th Generation + iOS 8+

Windows
Compatible with Windows 10 1511+. The following hardware is required in order to operate BB-8:
1 GB RAM
Bluetooth LE (4.0)
Front and rear-facing cameras
Microphone
Distinct multi-touch landscape touchscreen
Hardware sensors including gyroscope and accelerometer
WiFi capabilities

Dimensions: 4.8 x 5.3 x 8.9 inches

Included in the box:
Charging base
Battery. Estimated battery life 1 hour.
Micro USB Cable
Quick Start Guide

Источник: https://www.toyrobotsreview.com/sphero-star-wars-bb-8-droid/

Star Wars BB-8 toy review (App-Enabled Droid by Sphero)

With the new Star Wars movie now showing around the world and hailed a great success, the stock of the ball-like BB-8 can only rise, if that's possible. The droid featured heavily sphero star wars bb 8 droid trailers before the film's release and its ingenious two-part design made it intriguing as well. Just how did that head stay on top? Amazingly it's not CGI trickery and even more amazingly you can buy a BB-8 droid of your own.

We were most pleased to see Sphero had been drafted in to create the toy version – giving us the Star Wars BB-8 App Enabled Droid. Sphero has created ball-shaped, app-controlled robots before of course, in the form of the Sphero itself. In fact BB-8 feels like a modified Sphero, with the addition of the head section that stays (largely) on top of the droid as it rolls around, if nothing else it's an impressive bit of engineering.

Sphero BB-8 droid head

Sphero’s BB-8 certainly looks the part, its tough polycarbonate shell has all the right markings and is a good colour match, though it's a bit shinier than the real thing. Of course it’s much smaller than the 'actual' droid, which is around ten times the height of Sphero’s 73mm version. It comes with a very cool-looking wireless charging dock, which runs via USB and fully charged can apparently last for 60 minutes of use, not that we ever played with it for that long.

BB-8 is controlled by a smartphone app, originally available for Android and iOS, there's now also a Windows app for the device as well, though your Windows 10 device will need a touchscreen, camera and Bluetooth in order to work properly. Using the app you can drive BB-8 around at speeds suitable for indoor play. There’s also a handful of buttons which make it do special moves, like little dances, or just wobbling on the spot and looking confused. It’s occasionally adorable, but not for very long.

The original Sphero had, and still has, a really good reason to exist. The idea was that developers could write their own apps for the robot via a simple API. It’ was also a great way make a td bank account get kids into programming, huntington national bank car loan phone number its SPRK program, as they can see their efforts played out in the real world rather than simply on a screen.

Without that angle, the BB-8 has a rather short lifespan. You drive it about a bit, build a little maze and drive it through it, get it stuck beneath the sofa and knock its head off a few times bouncing down steps, and then me and my kids were kind of stuck. It's cool and cute but it’s not fast enough to give you a thrill, it has no sensors in it, nor can it interact with anything, except by bumping into it.

And you’ll do quite a bit of bumping into things. Despite having used previous Spheros it’s still rather confusing about just which way the droid is about to head off, as it has no obvious front. You'll be driving it around fine but then it'll go past you, or you'll follow it around a corner and suddenly everything is off by 90 or 180 degrees. You can either try and adjust or stop and recalibrate where 'forward' is by spinning the droid around. If you're stood in one place driving it around a room it's fine, but if you want to chase it around the house it's a pain.

The only other key feature are the augmented reality messages, where using your phone you can record a short video message and then (again looking at BB-8 through your phone) watch it ‘project’ the message in a Star Wars style upon a nearby wall. It’s fun, but only once. Since launch Sphero has added additional messages you can project, these come from C-3PO and R2-D2 and include dialogue from the new film. Still it's a bit of a gimmick and not likely to hold you attention for long.

So I’ve given BB-8 three stars, it’s not a bad score, but it reflects this is an expensive device that will only please diehard fans and collectors. It simply doesn’t have enough longevity or play value (that I can find) to justify its price unless you factor in a very strong Star Wars bias.

This review sample was kindly provided by Firebox, which sells some much better stuff than this.

Источник: https://www.expertreviews.co.uk/technology/1403966/star-wars-bb-8-toy-review-app-enabled-droid-by-sphero

We tried to put the new 'Star Wars' droid to work and the results were hilarious

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Matt Weinberger Today, Sphero unveiled its BB-8, the $149.99 take-home version of sphero star wars bb 8 droid droid that's poised to take the world by storm sphero star wars bb 8 droid "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" hits theaters in December.

Sphero chief creative officer Rob Maigret told Business Insider that BB-8 is the most "droid-like" home robot ever.

Part of what makes a droid a droid, Maigret says, is that they have a job and a purpose — C-3PO is a translator, R2-D2 is an astromech navigator for X-Wing fighters, and so on.

To put that to the test, BI decided to put BB-8 to work as our new intern in our San Francisco office.

BB-8 doesn't have a lot of journalism experience, and he's a little behind on the news, given that his last adventure was a cd rates east boston savings bank time ago in a galaxy far, far away. But he's got a lot of personality.

Here's how it went — and remember, if you want to work with BB-8 and the rest of the crew, Business Insider is hiring.

Special thanks to Biz Carson, who helped take these photos.

BB-8 came to us in this box, made to look like a droid shipping container from across the galaxy.

bb8 box
Matt Weinberger

Like a lot of interns, BB-8 needs a little direction. Fortunately, he has an iPhone/Android app that lets you steer him the right way.

 

With that out of the way, BB-8 sphero star wars bb 8 droid set to work hitting the phones, looking for scoops.

 

Except when it came time to write up his big story, he struggled a little bit with Windows 10.

 

Maybe reporting isn't his thing. We sent him to get coffee.

 

That went OK, but he struggled to get a stirring spoon. Well, first days can be really stressful.

 

 

Then we sent him to make copies. He had trouble finding the power button.

 

Then, when it came time to collate, the whole lack-of-thumbs thing made using the stapler a bit difficult.

 

BB-8 stopped for an early lunch, but he couldn't remember where in the fridge he left it.

 

After lunch, BB-8 had to join us in a meeting. He has some issues with stairs .

 

. so he took the elevator, where he made a new friend.

 

Источник: https://www.businessinsider.com/review-sphero-bb-8-from-star-wars-the-force-awakens-2015-9

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