Cracking Open the Sphero BB-8 Star Wars toy

Sphero BB-8 Star Wars toy teardown

"Star Wars: The Force Awakens" opens in theaters this December, but you don't have to wait until then to get up close and personal with one of the movie's new characters. Thanks to robot maker Sphero, fans can buy their very own version of BB-8, one of the astromech droids from the movie.

I got my hands one of the new BB-8 robots, and after taking it for a test drive I wanted to find what makes it work as well as what makes it different from Sphero's other rolling robots.

For a complete walkthrough of the teardown, including a video of the process, check out my article, Sphero BB-8 teardown reveals the robot tech inside this rolling 'Star Wars' droid.

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By Bill Detwiler

Bill Detwiler is Editor in Chief of TechRepublic and the host of Cracking Open, CNET and TechRepublic's popular online show. Prior to joining TechRepublic in 2000, Bill was an IT manager, database administrator, and desktop support specialist in the ...