App-Controlled Star Wars BB-8 Droid Toy Now Available

September 3, 2015

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No, BB-8, you can't have sex with all the oranges.

A miniature home version of the BB-8 droid from the upcoming Star Wars movie is now available (well, tonight at midnight) from Sphero for $150. It can be controlled via a smartphone/tablet app, or set to autonomously patrol your house on its own. Oh man, the cat is going to love this.

"Meet BB-8 -- the app-enabled Droid that's as authentic as it is advanced," the official statement says. "BB-8 has something unlike any other robot -- an adaptive personality that changes as you play. Based on your interactions, BB-8 will show a range of expressions and even perk up when you give voice commands. Set it to patrol and watch your Droid explore autonomously, make up your own adventure and guide BB-8 yourself, or create and view holographic recordings."

Are you thinking what I'm thinking? "Almost never." Oh come on, you and me -- we're like two peas in a pod. "I want out of this pod." Don't say that, you're hurting my feelings. You really don't want to share a pod with me? "Absolutely not." Okay what if we were just cubicle-mates? "No." I'll let you play with my BB-8 toy! "Fine." Awesome, now let's kiss and make it official.

Keep going for a couple more shots, the official commercial, and a longer video about how the toy came to be.

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Thanks to everyone who sent this, several of whom asked me to buy them one like I'm made out of money and not toilet paper wrapped around a coat rack.

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