You’ll never watch Star Wars: The Force Awakens alone thanks to a new feature for Sphero’s BB-8 toy. The amazing droid is now capable of watching along and reacting to the action, thanks to a new update to the toy’s iOS and Android apps.
The Sphero BB-8 is able to recognize audio throughout the film and react as if he’s actually watching along. The droid’s head will move to follow the action, and he’ll become noticeably excited whenever he sees himself on screen. BB-8 will also react appropriately to other characters such as Han Solo and Kylo Ren, either cheering along or cowering in fear.
A small amount of setup is required before you start watching. First, you’ll need to open the smartphone app and select the new “Watch With Me” feature from the main menu. BB-8 should also be placed in his charging dock so he doesn’t accidentally roll off the table in excitement. After that, you’re ready to go.
We hope Sphero has more fun updates planned for BB-8 in the future. I can’t help but wonder how the little droid would react to seeing the original Star Wars trilogy.