With the release of the new Star Wars movie we were introduced to a new droid, enter stage left the BB8 droid. It is unlikely that you got past the holiday season without seeing it on TV, in magazines or on billboards.
The Sphero BB8 droid is compatible with iOS and Android devices so it can be controlled via your smartphone or you can let BB8 do his own routine in autonomous mode.
Out of the box BB8 boasts great build quality that will no doubt please fans of the new Star Wars instalment. It’s a smart piece of kit, with the pockets sized droids head attaching magnetically and can move freely across all directions of the body.
Setting up BB8 is a doddle – all you have to do is download the BB8 smartphone app and hold your handset near the droid to pair it and you’re ready to roll.
BB8 not only races around, it has a range of expressions and even perks up when you give it voice commands.
An interesting feature is the ability to beam message from its head but don’t expect an Obi-Wan style hologram as the videos are only displayed on your smartphone.
Some of the drawbacks are tricky controls and a head that keeps falling off we suspect that the love may be short lived and with an eye-popping £129 price tag it could become a very expensive galactic ornament.