Sphero feels the force once again with R2-D2 and BB-9E

Alex Kidman 1 September 2017 NEWS

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One classic Star Wars droid and an all new evil mech could soon be yours.

Sphero caused a huge disturbance in the Force (or at least in the hip pockets of Star Wars fans everywhere) with its BB-8 Droid, and it's set to do so again with two new Star Wars-inspired rolling droids.

From Episode VIII: The Last Jedi, Sphero is rolling out BB-9E, best described as BB-8's evil twin, although no goatee is actually present on this tiny rolling droid. While he's visually similar (albeit much darker, obviously) than BB-8, BB-9E's party piece is that he can wirelessly provide power to his head segment, which means it can light up on cue, or in response to the Star Wars movies playing, as BB-8 himself can do.

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Long-term Star Wars fans are more likely to be excited by the appearance of R2-D2, a droid with a very long history in Star Wars canon. While R2 is larger than BB-8 or BB-9E, similar in scope to Sphero's not-terribly-exciting Spider-Man, he is actually mobile, rolling along on command from the same Sphero app that can control BB-8 or BB-9E.

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All three droids will also work with Sphero's existing educational platform, Sphero Edu/Spark. Apple in Australia will provide instore programming lessons using the new Sphero droids at Apple Stores in Australia starting today if you're especially keen.

The new Sphero BB-9E will cost $249.99, while R2-D2 retails in Australia for $299.99. They're available from EB Games, Tech 2 Go, JB Hi-Fi, Zing, Apple and Harvey Norman stores.

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