So how do you make the coolest Star Wars toy ever even cooler? Having finally given everyone an interactive droid they can call their own, later this year Sphero will also be giving Star Wars fans the ability to control BB-8 using the Force—or at least motion-tracked gestures that will make you feel like a Jedi.
For the past 38 years there hasn’t been a robot more loved by fans than Star Wars’ R2-D2. But that could all soon change when The Force Awakens hits theaters, especially now that anyone can own a tiny working version of the movie’s BB-8 droid that can roll and balance all by itself.
There has been an awakening. Have you felt it? The Star Wars fan base has plenty of reasons to be excited about in 2015 thanks to The Force Awakens, but one currently stands above all — or more specifically, its toy does. The world wants BB-8, and toy maker Sphero knows it.
Like with R2-D2, BB-8, the adorable rolling droid companion that will be appearing in Star Wars: The Force Awakens this December, was realized as an actual remote control prop on-set, not computer graphics. And just days after the robot was officially revealed on stage at Star Wars Celebration, some brilliant hacker…
Ollie is the latest phone-controlled toy from the developers behind the Sphero robotic ball. For Ollie, the team actually reduced the toy's functionality so that it's basically just a super fast cylinder. It races around on two wheels, spinning, jumping, and crashing into stuff like a drunk speed skater.
Here's the closest thing we have to a real life Wall-E. Or at least, the wheels of Wall-E. The Sphero 2B is a new robot toy from Orbotix that can move as fast as 14 feet a second. That's supposedly the equivalent of a 6 minute mile and twice as fast as the Sphero 2.0. The spinning tube has comically rugged tires that…
Obama might be preparing for a slug-match with Mitt, but that doesn't mean he can't stop and tinker with Sphero. Here, in Boulder, Colorado, the ruler of the free world meets that little remote controller robot ball thing.
The answer to the question "why do I need a remote control ball?" seems to be coming in the form of apps that are making Orbotix's Sphero a must-have toy. Including the recently-announced MacroLab that lets you choreograph multiple Spheros into elaborate routines.
Sphero, the robotic hamster ball controlled by your iOS or Android phone, has been on our radar for a while now but we've only ever caught glimpses of its early prototype designs. The final design looks like a pearl—or a blank Pokeball, whatevs.
You've as much chance of finding a golf ball on a darkened course as you do finding Hoffa. What the sport needs is bigger balls. Big, glow-in-the-dark, steerable robotic balls like these.
Sphero is a rubber ball, but because today's kids are too lazy to actually throw, bounce, play with or even pick up a physical ball, it's been updated with full smartphone friendly remote control movement.