Star Wars droid BB-8 is real, powered by Sphero
Star Wars droid BB-8 is real, powered by Sphero
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Star Wars droid BB-8 is real, powered by Sphero

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The new Star Wars Droid isn't CGI, it's really rolling! I'm Bridget Carrie, and this is your CNET update. [MUSIC] A new Star Wars trailer is here, and sci-fi geeks are giddy with excitement. Star Wars The Force Awakens arrives this Christmas, and the second teaser trailer gives us a glimpse of new characters, familiar voices and lots of action. The trailers also introduce a new rolling droid called BB-8. This is a real rolling robot prop created with technology from the company Sphero. The world saw BB-8 live in action on stage during a presentation at Star Wars celebration in Anaheim, California. During his adorable brief appearance Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy. Said the technology behind this droid was possible because of a company discovered by Walt Disney President Bob Iger. Fortune reporters confirmed it was Sphero, a start up tech company that Disney invested in. The company is known for making the bluetooth connected robotic ball toys, that are controlled by a smart phone app. The Sphero 2.0 is $130 dollars and it lights up, plays games. Or you could get creative in how you mess with your pets. Can you imagine if Sphero makes a mini version of BB8? It could be the biggest Christmas must have toy ever! But if you want a little BB8 in your life right now you can find him as an emoji on Twitter. The social network created custom emojis when you use certain hashtags. So if you type hashtag BB8, without the dash, you'll get a little droid, or you can go classic with hashtag C3PO, and if you're feelin' bad, use hashtag stormtrooper. And in news that is actually happening in real space. The International Space Station is getting its first espresso machine. The SpaceX Dragon Capsule arrived Friday morning to the space station with more than two tons of cargo. Among the supplies are food, science gear, and an espresso machine called the I.S.S.. ISSpresso. Italy's space agency helped to make it possible. And it's all for Italian astronaut Captain Samantha Cristoforetti, who has been stuck with instant coffee since she arrived in November. Engineers worked with the Lavazza. Coffee company to design a machine that can work in a weightless zero-g environment. [MUSIC] I hope they have little space food biscottis to go with it, but I guess the crumbs would be a nightmare. That's your tech news update. Head to cnet.com for more, and from our studios in New York, I'm Bridget Carey.

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