Sphero BB-8, meet cats, dogs, and sand dunes: iMore’s review!

by birtanpublished on September 12, 2020

Hi I'm or I am technically on vacation but I could not wait to show off my newest bit of technology to you guys he could probably hear him in the background and here he is this is my very own bb-8 and I'm going to do a quick video review for you right now

Bb-8 is of course the leading droid in Star Wars The Force awakens and thanks to iOS robotics company Sphero you can have your very own miniature bb-8 rolling around your home spiros bb-8 is about the size and heft of a

Softball sporting a magnetized truffle sized head like the Apple watch bb-8 uses inductive charging on a smart stand that doubles as a nice little display for the droid when he's not on patrol you may think I'm joking about patrol

But no activate patrol mode on the companion bb-8 Sphero app and bb-8 can explore all on his lonesome no manual joystick controls required i said i'm exploring the basement of our house where he awoke to find a most fearsome

Creature no cats nor BB eights were harmed in the making of this video you can of course also drive bb-8 manually using a circular digital joystick driving a sphere is a little odd at first but bb-8

Has a helpful blue taillight to help you orient which side of his little robotic body is up you can drive bb-8 on a number of different surfaces carpet included although it does tend to take a little bit more momentum to get bb-8

Rolling when the surface is a little less smooth in drive mode you can even prompt bb-8 to react with yes or no responses joyful responses fear as well as circular and Square patrols and even more it's also in drive mode where you

Can trigger bb-8 admittedly rudimentary voice commands to say hey bb-8 to get the droids attention before giving it any number of commands it's a trap being my favorite well don't lose your head about it

This droid is probably my all-time favorite Star Wars toy I've ever owned but it's not without a few flaws first bb-8 gets dirty quick yeah his little robotic head may connect to his body with magnets which is super cool

But it also uses little wheels to move around his body wheels that very very quickly get clogged up with dirt hair and all sorts of unpleasantness – you don't want to go chasing sand dunes or really any outdoor surfaces your first

Thought upon getting a bb-8 might be let's reenact the force awakens trailer sadly while sphero's droid is waterproof and can go on a number of different surfaces including carpet it doesn't do so well with dirt and sand when I

Brought it outside it frequently got stuck in divots and grass patches in my backyard to the great amusement of one of my dogs three the app does the heavy lifting which is a blessing and a curse bb-8 has a battery life currently of

About an hour so to keep the fun going for a maximum amount of time spero understandably had to move some features from the robot itself to the iOS app for instance bb-8 sounds and holographic videos all come from the

Device you're controlling it with and you can't really get any little cute interactions unless you have the app running in the foreground that's a shame because I was really kind of hoping that while bb-8 was sitting in the charger it

Would just occasionally be fat me while I worked kind of like a little pet on your desk those nitpicks aside however bb-8 is still the closest thing we've gotten to having a robotic companion in our homes

He's cute he just oozes a personality and he doesn't shed you can find bb-8 and half a dozen major retail outlets both online and in physical stores so why hurry droids this cute really don't last very

Long on retail shelves for I'm or I'm serenity Caldwell and this is my new droid companion bb-8 and thank you very much for watching for bb-8 he's okay

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