Sphero BB-8 Unboxing & First Look Review

Luria Petrucci 12.30.2015 9 comments

When the droid BB-8 made his first appearance on stage earlier this year, the geek world went wild. He had previously been seen in an advance trailer for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” and everyone just assumed that the rolling robotic ball would be a digital character. Not so. The news came out that the robot developers at Sphero had been key in bringing BB-8 to the screen. And now the circle is complete as the Sphero robot available to the public has a BB-8-styled variant.

Sphero robots have been around for a few years. They’re cute little balls that can be remotely controlled by a phone app, either iOS or Android. But one of the problems has been that they’ve been a little light on personality. The BB-8 makeover solves this. This little droid is brimming with personality, and that only grows as you use him.

BB-8 comes with an inductive charging stand, 60 minute battery life, and a Bluetooth Smart connection that gives him a 30 meter range. His head is held on magnetically and there’s a special BB-8-themed Sphero app for driving him. BB-8 listens and reacts to your voice, and also can operate autonomously in exploration mode. You can even record virtual holographic messages for him to deliver.

BB-8 was a very popular item and hard to find at non-scalper prices for a while, but now things have settled again and he’s back to his retail price of $150 – available at Amazon, and all over the web. If you need a cute little robotic companion in the new year, this is the droid you’re looking for.

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David Bailey (Paws)
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David Bailey (Paws)

I want one!!
Love Abby’s reaction to it. My dog Ruby would be whatever….:)

Jason Wynn
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Jason Wynn

Abbey’s reaction was the same as Veronica Belmont’s dog in her video; her cat just ignored it.

LDBennett
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LDBennett

What a neat robot. Abbey was freaked out! Love it.

Dave Taylor
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Dave Taylor

So, how many still play with them?

Fred
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Fred

I gotta get one!

Todd J
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Todd J

Fun stuff. My wife wants one of these.
Just shared the video over to FB for her.
Question: If I record a hologram message on my BB8 can someone else see it with their phone?