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 August 31 2017

New Sphero robots

BB-9E, R2-D2, BB-8.

BB-9E, R2-D2 and BB-8. © Sphero.

Sphero is known for its adorable BB-8 robot, launched two years ago and controllable by smartphone. Today, BB-8 has two new friends: the R2-D2, which needs no introduction, and the BB-9E, BB-8’s evil twin which will play a starring role in The Last Jedi, the next installment of the Star Wars saga. The R2-D2 is able to make all of the noises in the movie with its speaker, whereas the BB-8 is dumb. Put several Sphero Star Wars robots together and they interact, exchanging data over Bluetooth LE. All run on the same iOS or Android application. The latest two robots should be available very soon on Apple Store, which already sells the BB-8. The BB-9E should go for about CAD180 and the R2-D2 for CAD210 .

Cnet, “Sphero just made the best R2-D2 robot ever.”

 

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