Sphero Announces iPhone-Controlled BB-8 Android From ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’.

Sphero, the business responsible for producing robotic balls that can be controlled by iPhones, today announced a remote-controlled BB-8, a droid from the upcoming film “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”

While BB-8 can be managed with an iPhone, it likewise features a patrol mode that permits the droid to stroll around by himself. Users can also develop their own paths and have BB-8 follow them. Furthermore, Sphero says BB-8 has an “adaptive character” and his “attitude” and actions will progress the more a user communicates with him. BB-8 can also get voice commands through the app, meanings that that a user can say “move forward” and BB-8 will move forward.

While Sphero established this variation of BB-8 as a connected toy, the company was instrumental in the development of the BB-8 android used in the actual film. The company belonged of Disney’s accelerator program and was paired with Disney CEO Bob Iger as its mentor. When Iger saw with Sphero to see the robotic ball they were dealing with, he realized the innovation might be made use of for BB-8, who at the time was still being designed. He connected Sphero to the filmmakers and unique results individuals behind the movie and they teamed up on the real BB-8, which was flaunted at the Star Wars Celebration convention in May.

The toy variation of BB-8 will go on sale on September 4, 2015 as a part of “Force Friday,” which is when toys and merchandise from “The Force Awakens” officially go on sale. BB-8 will be offered for $$ 149.99 at Sphero.com and Apple Stores.

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