Star Wars gift idea BB-8 droid

With Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens premiering in theaters next week, fans are already lining up to see it on opening day.

If you’re looking for a gift to give for the Star Wars fan on your list, check out Sphero’s BB-8 Droid:

Sphero’s Star Wars BB-8 App Enabled Droid – Available at many retailers, including Amazon, Apple, Best Buy, Bed Bath & Beyond, Brookstone, Walmart, and more. The BB-8 is controlled via bluetooth by a free app for iOS and Android devices. The app will also be made available to Windows Phone users. Make sure your device meets the requirements for using the app, if you’re an Android user:

Android devices, while having OS 4.4.2 or higher, must have all of the following hardware in order to operate with BB-8. Without this hardware, the Sphero BB-8 app will not show up for download in the Google Play store.

  • Bluetooth
  • Bluetooth LE
  • Front Camera
  • Microphone
  • Distinct Multi-touch Landscape Touchscreen
  • Hardware sensors including gyroscope and accelerometer
  • WiFi capabilities

Here’s a video of it in action:

If you don’t want to use an app or don’t have a compatible device to use the app, there’s also the Target exclusive, remote control BB-8, made by Hasbro. This doesn’t have advanced features that the app enabled droid has, such as being able to react to your voice, so it’s available at a more affordable price than the app enabled BB-8.

Either version of the BB-8 would make a great gift for Star Wars fans. The remote control version would probably be more suitable for younger people who may not be able to use the app enabled features.

Here’s a comparison of the Sphero BB-8 and the Hasbro BB-8:

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