Sphero released the droid everyone was looking for last September, as an app-enabled robot who responds to your voice. All you have to do is purchase the tiny robot, and download an Apple or Android app. Your very own BB-8 will then respond to your voice or the app, and can even adapt its personality as you interact with it. BB-8 could terrorize your household pets, follow your child around, or simply keep you company as you wander around the house. He even has autonomous behaviour options, and the ability to project holographic videos.
Upgrades have been slowly added to the tiny droid, in an effort to make the robot's appeal last longer. Novelty items such as this tend to have a limited period of interest, a fact not lost on Sphero. They've steadily been adding new messages, sounds, and other noises to the droid, and in January launched a wristband giving owners the ability to control BB-8 through motion and gesture alone.
But the best was yet to come. Sphero has just implemented an amazing new upgrade to their app, to coincide with the Blu-Ray and DVD release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. They've added a "Watch with Me" feature to the app, allowing BB-8 to watch The Force Awakens with you and your family, giving it the ability to respond to certain scenes with its very own reactions. All you need is the upgraded version of the app, and a copy of The Force Awakens to activate this amazing new feature. You'll also need to have the app running (obviously) and your device containing the app will have to be on, and facing the screen. He'll need to be on his charging station in order to respond, so there's no need to worry about him running away when Kylo Ren appears.
Mashable's Chris Taylor is lucky enough to have the adorable droid, and recorded BB-8's reaction to Rey and Finn's daring escape from the Niima Outpost. If nothing else, watching this video will solidify your need to own this droid.https://www.instagram.com/p/BDzvkFpBB26/
Sphero's BB-8 App-Enabled Droid is available at most major retailers, with many lowering the price in recent weeks to encourage new consumers. If you've been contemplating this purchase for a while, or thinking of giving it as a gift, now is the time.