BB-8 the new droid in the star wars franchise made his first public appearance at Star Wars Celebration last week. While cast and crew of the movie have long said that BB-8 is real, seeing it up on stage, driving circles around R2D2 takes things to a whole new level. BB-8 is real! But how did they do it?
The question remains, how exactly does it work? Hackaday has interesting articles on this already: BB-8 is real! But how did they do it? tries to give you some details how it could work.Mini BB-8 Droid Made from a Sphero shows a brilliantly simple hack that converts Sphero remote controlled ball to a miniature BB-8 clone. Here the head is held in the place with two magnets.