Trust us. When it comes to the Force, the Sphero team gets it.
Over the years, the Star Wars™ experience has always lived on screen and in our imaginations. We’ve been captivated time and time again by adventures, taken to extraordinary new worlds, and introduced to heroes (and villains) that we’d never forget. Star Wars has become a part of our lives.
Toys have always been used as the inspiration to extend the life of the story long after the credits roll. They’re something we’ve grown up with, collected, and cherished since 1977. To have the opportunity to create something that is not only a part of this legacy, but to bring it to life in an innovative way was an honor for our team... because it’s something that we love.
Sphero has teamed up with Lucasfilm and Disney Consumer Products to bring a new part of Star Wars: The Force Awakens™ into your home. Through months of secrecy and hard work, we’re thrilled to finally share something with the world that, until today, has only been illustrated through science fiction. It’s not a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…. it’s right here, right now.
Meet BB-8™ - the app-enabled Droid™ whose movements and personality are as authentic as they are advanced. BB-8™ is your very own Astromech Droid™, and his traits begin to shine the second he wakes up. He is playful, personable, and true to the Star Wars™ galaxy.
BB-8™ has something unlike any other robot - an adaptive personality that changes as you play. Based on your interactions, BB-8 will show a range of expressions and even perk up when given voice commands. If he is left idle for too long, BB-8™ will playfully attempt to get your attention. BB-8’s™ advanced traitware makes all of these actions possible. This is not a toy, this is a Droid™!
Once the companion app is downloaded, the classic Star Wars™ theme ushers you into an innovative connected play experience, merging the digital world with a self-aware Droid™. Your Droid™ is ready to be guided by you or to start exploring your surroundings on its own. Set it to Patrol and watch your Droid™ make the rounds autonomously, guide BB-8™ yourself, or create and view holographic recordings.
It’s now possible to explore the galaxy with your own trusty Astromech Droid™ by your side. BB-8™ is more than a toy - it’s your companion.
BB-8™ is now available worldwide through sphero.com and at retailers including Apple, Amazon, Brookstone, Bed Bath & Beyond, Best Buy, Marbles: The Brain Store, and more.
There’s no rule that says learning shouldn't be fun, or that playing can’t be valuable. If there is, we created SPRK to break it. From its beginnings as a local meet-up group where we taught programming, to the introduction of a series of free online lessons and activities, we never imagined it would make such an impact. The community is now thriving with hundreds of thousands of kids shaping their future through fun and discovery. Driven by SPRK’s success, and statistics citing a growing need for coding skills, we knew it was time to take the next step.
We’re proud to introduce Sphero SPRK Edition. Designed to inspire tomorrow’s inventors and innovators, this new clear-shelled Sphero is accompanied by the release of a brand new app. Create and execute programs with visual blocks representing our own C-based coding language called OVAL, and then immediately see the connection between the program you created and how the guts of your Sphero work. It’s approachable, practical, and most importantly, SPRK is fun.
While playing, SPRK also sneaks in STEM principles and 21st century skills of collaboration, communication, creativity, and critical thinking. Kids are immediately engaged by seeing the instant response between the code and their robot. It allows them to think more deeply and generate new ideas for what’s possible between a program, a robot, the physical world, and their imagination. Learning to program is just the beginning – follow @SpheroEdu and get inspired by seeing SPRK creations from kids around the world.
Sphero SPRK Edition is for the makers, hackers, and dreamers of the future. So fire up your imagination and break the rules about learning. Sphero SPRK Edition is now available through our online store and at retailers including Target and Amazon.
Friends, by now you’ve all probably heard that Sphero is involved with the latest Star Wars movie – specifically with the new Droid character, BB-8. Right now, you can sign up for updates on BB-8 here.
While we can’t share many details with you at this point, we can say that it has been an incredible honor to work alongside Disney and Lucasfilm on one of the most exciting new characters added to the Star Wars universe. Opportunities like this are rare. Once in a lifetime. We know this. And we know that our current fans, as well as our new Star Wars fans, will be expecting an extraordinary BB-8 experience.
We are confident we can deliver that experience.
This is the beginning of a revolution in the toy industry. Technology advancements have made it possible to build the toys of the future and create experiences that, until today, have only been portrayed in science fiction. Just think, people will be able to own a piece of the movie. They’ll have it in their homes, and will be able to relive an experience that is authentic in every way to the entertainment on-screen. It’s an exciting time, and we are thrilled you have chosen to be a part of this journey.
Everyone said 2015 would be “The year of the Drone.” We’re here to tell you this is “The year of the Droid."
Again, we’ll share more details with you as soon as we can. But for now, you can stay up to date on our official BB-8 page here: http://gosphero.com/starwars.