Smartphones have become so much more than just a device for taking and making calls, sending and receiving texts, and interacting with apps and the web. You can now use smartphones to control things like this cool little BB-8 Droid from Star Wars and Sphero, a must have for the Star Wars fan in the family. With the use of paired smartphone or tablet application you can control the little BB-8 Droid and make it move anywhere you want it to go. It also listens to you and responds to commands, and you can use the app to record messages and video and have them play "holographically" from the BB-8 Droid just like it would in Star Wars.
Although you will still be controlling the BB-8, the more you use it the more it begins to develop a specially unique personality causing its actions and attitude to evolve. It also features autonomous behavior, so once in a while it will end up doing random things, making it feel more like a real Droid to offer up a little bit more of an immersive experience. It's also eventually going to be possible to control the Sphero BB-8 Droid with force gestures once Sphero releases the force band they unveiled back during CES. Normally, the Sphero BB-8 Droid goes for $149.99, but you can currently pick it up on sale for just $129.99.