If you’re a Star Wars fan, you’re most likely familiar with Sphero’s app-enabled Droid, BB-8. If you’re not, it’s the Droid that changed Sphero overnight when it burst onto the scene around the time that The Force Awakens opened in theaters. Not only could it be controlled with your smartphone or tablet, it also had the ability to recognize and react to your voice! The thing that made it really cool though was its adaptive personality – BB-8’s attitude and actions evolved based on how it was interacted with!
Today, Sphero announced two more Droids keep BB-8 company: R2-D2 (which seems like a no brainer) and BB-9E, “a menacing Astromech Droid of the First Order” from the upcoming The Last Jedi.
There are currently a few ways planned for all of Sphero’s Star Wars Droids to interact and play with each other. All three can currently watch and interact with both Rogue One and The Force Awakens and the plan is to have all Star Wars movies eventually supported. They will also be able to communicate with each other via Bluetooth technology after an update is made available later this year.
BB-8, BB-9E, and R2-D2 are astromech droids from a galaxy far, far away…. Powered by the new Sphero App-Enabled Droids app, drive your droids, send them on patrol together, and more. Roam iconic ship interiors and memorable locations from the Star Wars™ saga through augmented reality and the Droid Trainer accessory. Each droid has different holographic environments to explore.
These droids span decades of adventure from Star Wars saga – iconic R2-D2 is a veteran of the Rebel Alliance, BB-8 is a trusty astromech droid of the Resistance, and BB-9E is the First Order’s rolling menace. The specialized tech in these droids make them unlike any other. Watch them interact together and view films from the Star Wars saga with BB-8, BB-9E, and R2-D2 reacting by your side. Immerse yourself in the Star Wars galaxy. These are the droids you’re looking for.
The R2-D2 and BB-9E go on sale tomorrow as part of the Force Friday festivities. R2-D2 will retail for $180, while BB-9E will be $150. (BB-8 can currently be found for around $100.) If you’re planning on getting one of these guys, you’ll want to be quick because, like BB-8 two years ago, they will probably sell out pretty fast.
Which Droid is your favorite? Will you be picking one up? Let us know in the comments!