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Patrol Your Home with a BB-8 from Sphero

When your BB-8 is done rolling around the house, set it in the charger (bottom) for a power boost. (Photo credit: Sphero.)
When your BB-8 is done rolling around the house, set it in the charger (bottom) for a power boost. (Photo credit: Sphero.)

Now you can own a working replica of BB-8 from Star Wars.

Hobbyists have been making their own versions since the movie’s trailer was first released last year. But this will be the first official robot based on the little Astromech.

The robot can patrol your house autonomously or be guided by you, via an app. It can also work with your tablet to record and display video messages that look like the blue-hued hologram Princess Laie records on R2D2.

According to Sphero, the company that makes this version of the BB-8, the bot will “show a range of expressions and even perk up when you give voice commands.” Like the original Sphero ball, the BB-8 also lights up.

Star Wars fans can purchase the BB-8 online for $149. Other people can, too. But they should probably get in line behind the fans.

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