‘ Star Wars’ robot roller for the fans
ANYONE who took a few hours out at their local theatre to watch Star Wars: The Force Awakens will certainly be familiar with the new, often amusing little robot called BB- 8.
Now, Ed’s Junk is providing the opportunity for fans to build their very own remote- controlled, life- sized replica of the robotic character, though they’ll need some significant know- how to arrive at the finished article.
The freely- available design makes use of a single axle running through the middle of the ball with a counterweight at its base, which rolls the ball forward when turned.
The project will likely be a pretty costly one for anyway interested — both financially and in time spent — with the polycarbonate spherical body alone coming in at $ 500, or about R7 800.
The project’s creator is also not quite done with the not- solittle robot, with plans to continually improve the build, working particularly on improving stability while rolling.
Ed’s Junk even paid attention to the controller for the replica, creating a small remote with a single thumb stick for control- ling movement, alongside controls for head movement and playing audio clips on the back and sides. Its creator calls it a “stealth control”, and it’s designed for subtly manipulating the robot at public events without anyone really noticing you’re doing so.
For the price of a used scooter, Star Wars fans can now control their own little robot called BB- 8.