Arguably one of the biggest stars from the latest Star Wars film, BB-8 isn’t like other droids — it is a ball with a head, and its mechanics still baffle people. Here’s an explanation on how exactly the little orange and white ball droid works.
BB-8 has already had a number of miniature models released, but they pale in comparison to the full-size model shown by Spin Master at the Toy Fair this year. The toy looks and sounds exactly like BB-8 does in the movie, and the team is working closely with Lucasfilm to get everything right.
Not only can you control BB-8 with a controller — which looked very smooth — you can also use voice commands. The droid can detect which directions sounds come from and is able to act on different commands, like “BB-8, come here,” where it will look at you and move toward you.
BB-8 uses light and sound sensors to detect where you are and listen to your commands.
There is also a “follow me” mode, where BB-8 will follow you around like it does with Rey in The Force Awakens. Finally, there is a “sentry” mode, where BB-8 will stand still and scan its surroundings, and if it sees movement, it will sound an alarm.
While the BB-8 toy won’t be able to go up and down stairs or stick out a lighter for comedic effect, it will be able to do pretty much everything else you’d expect.
The BB-8 toy is expected to release this fall for $179.