Not CG: Star Wars' BB-8 Soccer Ball Droid Appears IRL

April 17, 2015

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This is a video from Star Wars Celebration 2015 yesterday of the franchise's new loveable droid, BB-8. Apparently they discussed using an entirely computer generated droid before realizing that would suck and be a George Lucas prequels move and decided to build a functional robotic version instead. I'm not even sure how the hell he works and keeps his head on. My guess is gyroscopes and magnets. One thing's for sure though: BB-8 definitely just rolled his way into my heart. Well, technically over my foot and into my shin, but still.

Keep going for a video of the droid in action.

Thanks to Jordan, who really wants to see BB-8 roll down the stairs.

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