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This Is the R2-D2 Robot Toy I’ve Dreamed About Since I Was a Kid

Like millions of other kids around the world, after seeing the original trilogy, R2-D2 instantly became my favourite Star Wars character. He seemed like the perfect sidekick, but the real Artoo was from a galaxy far, far away from mine, and the toy versions of the little droid were always lifeless clones of the character I adored. Thirty years later there’s still part of me that wants an R2-D2 to call my own, and I think I’ve finally found him. Read More >>

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Sphero’s Adorable Spider-Man Toy Has AI Smarts (That Aren’t Creepy)

Once known for its quirky remote-controlled robot balls, Sphero parlayed that technology into a massive consumer hit with its Star Wars: The Force Awakens BB-8 toy. As a result, the company has been able to expand beyond the sphere, first with a robotic version of Cars’ Lightning McQueen, and now with an interactive Spider-Man figure that chats with kids. Read More >>

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You Can Now Watch Rogue One With Sphero’s BB-8 Droid

Rogue One is out next Monday on Blu-ray and DVD here in the UK, which is a couple of weeks after it came out digitally. That's great news, but it's even better if you own one of Sphero's little BB-8 droids — which will watch the film alongside you. Read More >>

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Sphero’s Wearable Now Lets You Control Your Home Like a Real Jedi

Sphero’s Force Band, a gesture-based wearable remote that made you feel like an actual Jedi while you controlled its wildly popular BB-8 toy, is now further increasing your ‘mastery’ of The Force with the addition of IFTTT support letting you control other things in your home, including your smartphone, using simple arm motions. Read More >>

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Sphero’s BB-8 Controlling Force Band Now Lets You Wield an Imaginary Lightsaber Too

Sphero’s Force Band accessory has come a long way since it was first revealed at CES back in January. But now that the design and feature list has been finalised, calling it an accessory doesn’t do the wearable justice. It can do a lot more than just control the Sphero BB-8 toy, even if you don’t have a tiny droid. Read More >>

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A Remote Control Ball Might Be the Most Enjoyable Way to Learn to Code

Between Android and iOS there are now over four million apps available for mobile devices, so there’s no denying that more and more, programming is becoming a useful skill. You don’t need to head back to school to learn to code, though, because a programmable remote control ball makes the process so much more enjoyable. Read More >>

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Sphero’s BB-8 Can Now Watch and React to The Force Awakens Along With You

To coincide with the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens on Blu-ray, Sphero has released an update to its BB-8 app, enabling the tiny toy droid to watch the movie along with you, and to react to what’s happening on screen with sounds and motion. Read More >>

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Bored With BB-8? Sphero’s SPRK App Lets You Reprogram Your Droid To Be Exciting Again

You played with it for hours on end after it was first released, but by the time The Force Awakens hit cinemas months later, you had probably lost interest in your Sphero BB-8. But don’t bury the little droid in a drawer just yet, because a free app will make your BB-8 even more exciting than the day you first opened it. Read More >>

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Here’s What Sphero’s Wearable Force Band Will Look Like

At CES back in January, Sphero gave us an early look at its upcoming wearable that allows Jedis-in-training to control its BB-8, or any of the company’s rolling toys, using Force-like arm gestures and motions. At that point the company was just showing off a prototype, but it’s now released an image of a more finalised design. Read More >>

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A New Wearable Lets You Control Sphero’s BB-8 Using the Force

So how do you make the coolest Star Wars toy ever even cooler? Having finally given everyone an interactive droid they can call their own, later this year Sphero will also be giving Star Wars fans the ability to control BB-8 using the Force — or at least motion-tracked gestures that will make you feel like a Jedi. Read More >>

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Remote Control BB-8 Sphero Toy is Like Having a Real Star Wars Droid

May the fourth be with you! No, wait, May September 4th be with you. Yes; not content with hijacking the fourth day of the month of May for its Star Wars marketing needs, Disney has now force-choked September 4th too, with an 18-hour Star Wars: Force Awakens toy unboxing blitz. It'll take a lot to stand out among the deluge of Star Wars-related memorabilia heading to shops this Christmas, but the remote control BB-8 Sphero toy will do just that; it's as close as you're likely to get to owning your own real-life droid. Read More >>

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Sphero Ollie: A Devilishly Speedy Toy Controlled by Your Phone

Ollie is the latest phone-controlled toy from the developers behind the Sphero robotic ball. For Ollie, the team actually reduced the toy's functionality so that it's basically just a super fast cylinder. It races around on two wheels, spinning, jumping, and crashing into stuff like a drunk speed skater. Read More >>

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Choreograph a Glowing Multi-Sphero Ballet

The answer to the question "why do I need a remote control ball?" seems to be coming in the form of apps that are making Orbotix's Sphero a must-have toy. Including the recently-announced MacroLab that lets you choreograph multiple Spheros into elaborate routines. Read More >>