Tested: How the BB-8 Sphero Toy Works

We recently visited the workshop of Mike Senna, a droid builder who has made his own R2-D2 and Wall-E robots. Mike’s next project is recreating the BB-8 droid featured in Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens! We discuss what’s known so far about how BB-8 was built for the film, how a remote-controlled model could be built, and take apart a BB-8 Sphero to see if we can learn anything from the small-scale toy!

Shot and edited by Joey Fameli

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11 thoughts on “Tested: How the BB-8 Sphero Toy Works

  1. I’ve honestly been waiting for you all to talk about the builders club and the mechanics of a full size, fully functioning BB-8. I’ve been following Tiny P and Michael Irwin on the forum about their progress. It seems like they’re working on finishing up the 3D files for the body, but I haven’t seen much about the electronics and mechanics they’ll be using on the inside.

  2. Great video!

    It’s pretty incredible that in this day and age, we’re able to rebuild a droid from a movie not yet released!

  3. I used to have a similar haircut and can assure you it’s not a hair cut of a villain. It’s the hair cut of a brilliant roboticist who develops a super fighting robot that must fight against evil maverick robots. Probably.
    Also, cool video!

  4. That clear ball gave me a fun idea for a bb8 costume. If you bought one of those walking on water spheres, painted the outside and attached a head on top you could quite easily make a giant bb8 costume. The head could be controlled with just a stick with magnets on from the inside.

  5. My worlds finally merge! Been apart of the R2 club since ’04 or so and Mike has helped me out countless times. MORE MIKE!

  6. love your videos.. let your subject matter experts speak more.. the interviewerhost comes across as lecturing to the subject matter expert sometimes

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