The must-have Star Wars toy of 2015 just got even cooler.
Timed to coincide with the debut today of Star Wars: The Force Awakens on Blu-ray and DVD, Sphero has released an update to its BB-8 smartphone app that will allow the tiny toy droid to watch the movie with you.
Once you've downloaded the app, you'll find a "Watch With Me" option among the play modes. Select that, and point BB-8 toward your television, tablet or laptop screen, and the little droid will pick up on, and respond to, audio cues from the film. According to The Wall Street Journal, he reacts with excitement when Han Solo and Chewbacca first appear, but shies away in fear as Kylo Ren enters the picture.
And, like the star that he is, BB-8 beeps and boops when he sees himself onscreen.
One word of caution, however: Make sure BB-8 is secured in his charging base, so he doesn't roll away. It's also recommended that you leave the base plugged in, because it's kind of a long movie.