As fans excitedly gear up for the release of the latest instalment in the ongoing Star Wars franchise, fun-time robotics manufacturers Sphero have been working hard, further innovating their hugely popular toys (loved by kids big and small), and have a couple of new faces to add to the stables.
While they’ve made an exciting announcement in introducing BB-9E, the malevolent new droid making its film debut in the latest movie, this R2-D2 will win the hearts of loyalists and lovers of the classic releases. In true keeping with Sphero’s other concepts, this is a toy that’s made to last, and has a surprising number of cool features that you might not expect.
Artoo is the first product from Sphero to feature an integrated speaker which emits authentic beeps and boops; combined with the LED lights, it’s just like having a mini R2-D2 following you around. You can control Artoo from a Smartphone app, or let him learn the room and wander freely. He switches between bi-pod and tri-pod mode and also waddles – we’re serious, this is just like having a tiny R2-D2 of your very own – he’ll even take you for a tour through the Millenium Falcon using augmented reality.
The best feature though, we think, is his reactions. Pop him next to you and whack on your favourite Star Wars film – he knows all the best parts and how to react to them as it happens.