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Rolling around with Sphero BB-8 (pictures)

Sphero's latest toy rolls straight out of the "Star Wars" universe, offering up a robotic toy version of the spherical droid from the upcoming film.

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Michelle Starr
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Sphero BB-8 comes with a themed charging cradle, which uses a coil to charge the  toy. Four hours charges BB-8 completely.

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The robot's head is detachable. Tiny wheels on the base allow it to stay oriented to the magnet on top of the robot ball.

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The size of BB-8's body is comparable to that of other Sphero toys, measuring around 7.6 centimetres (3in) in diameter.

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BB-8 comes packaged in a very handsome box.

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The control system. The pad that controls the direction BB-8 faces is on the right, with the directional pad to control movement and steering on the left.

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BB-8 can be sent out on autonomous patrol, interacting with its surroundings.

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Weights and a gyroscope inside keep the electronics oriented with a magnet up the top to keep BB-8's head in place.

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A recorded message can be played back in augmented reality by framing BB-8 in your device's camera. Sadly, these messages can only be viewed on the same device that recorded them.

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As you continue to interact with BB-8, its interactions and attitudes will evolve. You can also train it to respond to voice commands.

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At high speeds, BB-8's head does tend to slip down its body, righting itself when the ball slows down or stops.

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