Star Wars BB-8 Droid Review – Sphero and Star Wars have teamed up to give us the newest in droid technology, the BB-8 App Controlled Robot. The break-out new character from The Force Awakens, the BB-8 robot comes with an associated app which allows you to control his actions, give him voice commands and more. Take the magic of Star Wars off the screen and into your home with a real life robot.
Perfect for children and adults alike, anyone who loves Star Wars would be delighted to receive this little guy. BB-8 is made from a high-quality waterproof polycarbonate shell with a white body and orange outlining. He comes with several parts, including his spherical body (perfect for rolling over a variety of surfaces), an attachable head piece (attaches to the body via magnet) and a re-charging base.
There are no batteries required as this droid recharges via a provided USB cable – get an hour of play from one charge. Please note that small parts may present a choking hazard, so this toy is not intended for children under 3 years of age. In addition to the droid itself, the BB-8 App can be used to augment play.
To use, simply download onto your smartphone or tablet, then hold your mobile device within 100ft of the robot, which will sync to the app using Bluetooth technology. Once the app and droid have synced up, your child can enjoy a range of play options.
See BB-8 zoom around the house, guide his movements, give him commands, or make a holographic message. All are possible with your very own BB-8 robot. Based on your interactions, BB-8 will display a variety of expressions and responses. He has a range of engaging functions, including:
- Drive mode: Control your robot’s movement and direction. Watch his gyroscopic propulsion go anywhere you choose as you create your own adventure for him.
- Patrol mode: Set BB-8 to move all on his own. See him explore and react to what he finds!
- Message: Record a holographic message for your robot and see his response.
- Voice commands: Choose from a range of voice commands to give your droid, such as, “run away” and “look around.” See him light up and follow your orders. Fight the Sith or hunt for Luke Skywalker – create your own interactive adventure by telling him, “It’s a trap!” or “watch out!” and see how he reacts. See how his adaptive personality changes the course of your adventure in unpredictable ways!
We all admit that BB-8 is the star character of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and he loves to see himself on screen too! This little droid makes the perfect companion for watching the latest episode in the series. Your kids can simply rest BB-8 in his charging unit, sync to the film and experience the adventure with their new companion – how will he react to the twists and turns of the story?
The BB-8 droid is also compatible with the Sphero Force Awakens band, available separately. This band will add fun features like gesture control, as you feel the force grow strong in you. Make your own futuristic adventure with this high-tech little buddy that Star Wars fans will love.