Of all the Star Wars: The Force Awakens toys that go as part of the Force Friday avalanche, this will be the one on every child's -- and every other adult's -- holiday wish list: a tiny, functional BB-8, controlled using an app-enabled smartphone and a wifi signal.
It was created by Colorado startup Sphero, which we first mentioned in April. Billed as “the closest we get to an actual droid," this BB-8 responds to pre-set commands -- "patrol," for instance -- but the company advertises that it possesses 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 you give voice commands," Sphero explains. "Set it to patrol and watch your Droid explore autonomously, make up your own adventure and guide BB-8 yourself, or create and view holographic recordings."
Priced at $149.99, BB-8 goes on sale Friday at Apple stores, Best Buy and on the Sphero website.