When we first glimpsed BB-8, the infinitely winning Star Wars soccer-ball robot, our first, second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh, and eighth thoughts went something like, Awwwwww! But after we’d come down from that ecstatic vision of our new robotic overlord, our ninth thought was, How do we get one of these things ourselves? Fortunately, the DIY experts over at Make: have come up with a step-by-step guide to creating your own miniature BB-8. (Call it a bb BB-8.) All it takes is a $130 Sphero, some magnets, and a little bit of technical know-how. It’s a little short for a droid, but that’s never been a problem before.
The real BB-8.