A DIY Rolling BB-8 Droid From ‘Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens’ Built From a Sphero Toy

Designer Christian Poulsen has built his own DIY version of the BB-8 droid from the upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens from a Sphero toy and some magnets. BB-8 recently appeared at Star Wars Celebration where it was revealed that the droid is a physical mechanical object, and not just a CGI creation.

Poulsen’s version moves somewhat less smoothly than the real thing, but seeing the droid’s head stay on top of its body as it rolls around a table top is still quite impressive to watch. Poulsen provides detailed instructions for turning a Sphero into a working BB-8 droid on his Behance page.

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images via Hackaday

via Hackaday