Shut Up and Take My Money: Star Wars BB-8 Droid

By on September 9, 2015

shut_up_and_take_my_moneyDeveloped by robotics company Sphero, the Star Wars BB-8 Droid is an inventive revision of Sphero’s original robotic ball that’s designed to take advantage of the new Star Wars film.

Emulating the appearance of the BB-8 droid in the first Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer, the high-tech toy can be operated with your smartphone (either iOS or Android).

Operating over a Bluetooth connection, the BB-8 has an operating range up to thirty meters and a battery life up to 60 minutes. According to reviews, it takes roughly three hours to on the inductive charging station.


Besides direct control the toy using a smartphone, Sphero has also included voice control using the app as well as an autonomous patrol mode that explores the area. There’s also an augmented reality feature that uses a smartphone’s camera to display a “hologram” image appearing to emanate from the toy.

Probably going to be a highly sought after toy when the Star Wars film is released later this year, Sphero set an MSRP for the toy at $149.99. It’s likely that the company will continue to support the app and add additional features in the future.

You can check out a video of the BB-8 interacting with puppies below as well as additional product shots of the toy.

Star Wars BB-8 Droid Photos




About Mike Flacy

By day, I'm the Editor-in-Chief for The CheckOut in addition to being the content manager for Steve's Digicams and High-Def Digest. During my free time, I love to write about pop culture, home theater, digital photography, social media, mobile technology and cool gadgets!

One Comment

  1. eric k

    November 23, 2015 at 7:38 pm

    my cat would absolutely love this

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