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Sprint To Carry Sphero BB-8 Droid Across Retail Channels

September 4, 2015 - Written By Justin Diaz

 

Earlier this morning Sphero announced the BB-8 app-enabled Droid to celebrate Force Friday, a day dedicated to Star Wars, which likely got the attention of Star Wars fans everywhere who are now ready to drop $149.99 for the capability to pick one of these little Droids up. Sprint, the nation’s 4th largest wireless carrier here in the U.S. is announcing that they too will be celebrating Force Friday in their own way by carrying the BB-8 app-enabled Droid made by Sphero in their retail channels, meaning Sprint customers won’t have to hunt one of these Droids down to be able to grab their very own unit. This IS the Droid you’re looking for, and Sprint has it available.

Sprint states that the Sphero BB-8 Droid will be purchasable by customers at either local Sprint retail shops, Sprint stores inside of Radio Shack, or through Sprint’s website so there will be a range of options for consumers looking to pick one up whether you want to walk out with it in your hands or order it from the comfort of your own home. If you missed the earlier announcement for the BB-8, using the compatible app you can connect to the little Droid robot via Bluetooth and control its movement just like other Sphero products, except this one is special because it’s a tiny replica of the actual BB-8 Droid from the upcoming new Star Wars film.

Sprint will be the only U.S. wireless carrier offering the Sphero BB-8 Droid but that doesn’t mean it will be the only place you can buy it, as it will be available from Spheros own website too as well as Amazon. Aside from being able to control this thing with your smartphone or tablet using the app, it responds to voice commands as well, and it’s actions and movements evolve as you interact with it. It also boasts autonomous behavior and will let you record video using the camera to create some pretty cool virtual holographic videos. Those looking to pick one of these up might want to act fast to ensure availability as Sprint states these will be in stores beginning today.