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Orbotix BB-8 Sphero Star Wars Toys, White/Orange - One Year Warranty
- Meet BB-8- the app-enabled Droid whose movements and personality are as authentic as they are advanced
- Based on your interactions, BB-8 will show a range of expressions and perk up when you give voice commands
- Watch your Droid explore autonomously, guide BB-8 yourself, or create and view holographic recordings
- BB-8 is more than a toy- it?s your companion.
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The Orbotix BB 8 Sphero Star Wars with white and orange graphics makes a perfect gift for the die hard fans of the movie series Star Wars. It is an actual working droid that can be controlled via your Bluetooth enabled iOS or Android devices, albeit in a smaller size. The adorable device accurately mimics the movements of the droid that is featured in Disney’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens. It uses gyroscopic propulsion to move around your room and has an operational range of 30m. All you need to do is download the BB 8 App Enabled Droid on your compatible Apple or Android device to get started. You can use the app’s drive or patrol mode to move the cute little robot around when you want it, or on its own. You can even use your voice commands to control the droid. Since the robot has an evolving personality, it changes its attitude and actions as you interact with it. The other fun feature this droid offers is ‘holographic messaging’ using augmented reality. It comes with an inductive charging base which plugs into chargers and your computers with a USB cable.
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The Orbotix BB 8 Sphero Star Wars with white and orange graphics makes a perfect gift for the die hard fans of the movie series Star Wars. It is an actual working droid that can be controlled via your Bluetooth enabled iOS or Android devices, albeit in a smaller size. The adorable device accurately mimics the movements of the droid that is featured in Disney’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens. It uses gyroscopic propulsion to move around your room and has an operational range of 30m. All you need to do is download the BB 8 App Enabled Droid on your compatible Apple or Android device to get started. You can use the app’s drive or patrol mode to move the cute little robot around when you want it, or on its own. You can even use your voice commands to control the droid. Since the robot has an evolving personality, it changes its attitude and actions as you interact with it. The other fun feature this droid offers is ‘holographic messaging’ using augmented reality.
- 226 g
- Compatibility Android / Apple iOS
- 60 min battery life
- 30m range
The Orbotix BB 8 Sphero Star Wars mimics the movement of the onscreen BB8 droid, who is featured in Disney’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The miniature droid moves around by free rolling its lower body, while the head, with its sensors, stays atop this body at all times, just like in the movie.
Listens And Responds
The Orbotix BB 8 Sphero Star Wars can be controlled using your voice commands. The advanced droid can accurately decipher your commands and execute actions accordingly.
The Orbotix BB 8 Sphero Star Wars can deliver holographic messages via augmented reality. To enjoy such holograms, record your video messages using your smart device’s front facing camera. Then point the primary camera of the smart device at the Sphero and see it play the recordings on screen, just like they do in Star Wars.
Multiple Fun Modes
The Orbotix BB 8 Sphero Star Wars can be moved around via your smartphone using the BB 8 App Enabled Droid’s mode. The app also features a patrol mode, which can be used to move this adorable droid on its own.
The Orbotix BB 8 Sphero Star Wars has an evolving personality and is constantly learning from its interactions. From what it has learned, the droid changes its attitude and actions.
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First, let me start off by saying BB-8 is very cute. That part is true. I love the look, the design and the shiny finish. It is made of plastic, but appears to be good quality. It's very user friendly and you can be playing with BB-8 within minutes. The only set-up required is to charge BB-8 and download the app.
What can BB-8 do? Once you download the free app, you can:
"Drive" This feature of the app lets you control BB-8 as if you were using a joystick.
"Message" Record and play holographic messages.
"Patrol" When you select patrol, BB-8 goes exploring on his own.
BB-8 has the capability of responding to 10 preset voice commands by going to the settings in the app, such as "wake up", "watch out", "go explore" "go to sleep". I was expecting more than 10 voice commands. Siri has spoiled me. I have heard, but cannot verify, that the voice commands only work with iOS devices. If this is accurate, that's a huge drawback for anyone without an iPhone or iPad.
BB-8 is very cute (I know, I'm saying it again), has a great personality and is entertaining to watch as he rolls across the floor. That is about the extent of the entertainment.
I feel I was misled by the promotional videos. I was under the impression that BB-8 can "detect" when he is going to run into an object, stop himself and change directions; or, perhaps, adapt to his surroundings and learn where objects are. My impression of this came from the part in one of the promotional videos where BB-8 rolls up to a fishbowl with a goldfish in it, stops before hitting it and changes direction.
When I set BB-8 to "patrol", he wobbles around a bit, rolls quickly across the floor, hits a wall or other object, wobbles around again, rolls across the floor, hits another object, etc. It's entertaining to watch and the expressive sounds are fun, but after about 5 minutes I'm bored. The worst part of this is BB-8's head falls off frequently when running into an object so I'm constantly following him around to put it back on. Also, if you have stairs in your house as I do, watch out! BB-8 will roll right down the stairs and I'm not sure if he's sturdy enough to bounce down the stairs and land on a tile floor without breaking. I've "saved" BB-8 an untimely death a few times now. Again, this falls under my misunderstanding of thinking BB-8 will adapt to his surroundings or detect a drop off. I have a robotic vacuum that didn't cost much more than BB-8 and has that very capability. It knows to turn around to avoid crashing down the stairs. It also vacuums right up to the edge of walls and furniture, but never actually touches it. Hmmmm.......
Next is the issue with the sound. Again, my expectations being different than reality. I thought the sounds would come from BB-8, when really the sounds all come from your smartphone. Very disappointing! I'll set BB-8 on "patrol", set my smartphone down in one room and let BB-8 go explore the house. I don't get the enjoyment of hearing the sounds if I don't carry my phone with me and it's not as realistic even if your phone is right next to BB-8 because you can easily tell no sound is coming from him. This is perhaps the biggest disappointment.
Finally, the holographic messages. I thought it would be like in the movie and BB-8 would project a recorded message onto the wall or what-not and play the recorded message. The message only shows up on your smartphone. When using the app through a Motorola smartphone (and others), this feature doesn't work at all. I don't know if it's something that there will be a fix for in the future? It does work on an iPhone and other devices, but is still disappointing that BB-8 isn't really projecting anything.
This is a very expensive toy and the novelty wears off very fast, especially if you're expecting something more and it doesn't deliver. If you're a Star Wars Memorabilia collector, you've probably made up your mind and probably should purchase it. If you're like me and love Star Wars but aren't a collector and/or your a gadget nerd like me, you'll probably be disappointed. There's not much to it besides watching it roll around the floor, crashing into things.
To summarize the Pros:
Realistic looking miniature version of BB-8
Great novelty item for Star Wars Collectors
Fun Sound Effects
To summarize the Cons:
Entertainment won't last long
Doesn't detect obstacles or objects in it's way
Head falls off
Doesn't sense drops to prevent it from falling down the stairs
Sound doesn't come from droid
Holographic messages are really just a video on your smartphone ~ if your smartphone is compatible
Only 10 voice commands
Voice commands may only work with iOS devices
Price is too high for what you really get
BB-8 Sphero is exactly what I was looking for because it is PROGRAMMABLE, just like a Sphero Sprk, plus all the bonus Star Wars toy features that I now see on the trailer (yes, but it's a shame that the sounds don't come from BB-8 directly and the holographic images are only on your mobile device). The key is to not only download the BB-8 specific app but to download the Sphero Edu app, which allows you to control, program your BB-8 to be way smarter than its pre-programmed self. You can have it react or turn around wherever it bumps into something. You can have your mobile device make BB-8 sounds automatically (or even roar like a Lion) whenever BB-8 starts charging. My 8yo programmed it to run laps around my kitchen island. You can program it to go up to your fish bowl, change colors, and turn around. It's a lot of fun and provides quality STEM-based intro-to-robotics education for my kids.
Make sure you have your mobile device Location AND Bluetooth turned on in order for the Sphero Edu to connect to BB-8. And remember to orient BB-8 via the AIM feature before running your program so it runs relative to your orientation. We are loving it in my household when there's so much more you can do with it than just having it explore (roll aimlessly), go to sleep, etc.
I won't waste too much time repeating what some of the top reviews said, but main point is do not listen to the product video, it can't really do any of that stuff. It is a very misleading video. It does not learn your room, it just randomly bumps into things and goes in another direction to come back and bump into the same stuff again.
I like some things about it, but I would have like to make the decision to buy this based on actual functions of the device, not misled and flat out lied to by the company to buy this on false pretenses.