09 Jun

Holonomic Robots: BB-8

BB-8 and its new friend Rey – Star Wars: The Force Awakens

If you watched Star Wars: The Force Awakens, you most likely grew to love one of the franchise’s new character, BB-8. BB-8 is actually a droid, which is a robot which has some similarities with humans. In the movie, the similarity BB8 has to us is it’s emotion and loyalty.
BB-8 is a Ground-based holonomic robot which is defined as robots who can instantaneously move in any direction on the horizontal plane.

BB-8 Internals

Because it is a robot, it’s basic parts are:

  • Power – Batteries
  • Inputs – Bluetooth Signals with a range of 30m
  • Output – Gyroscope
  • Controller – mobile phone app

To read more on this droid, here are a few links that might interest you:

  1. Sphero Website
  2. How Does BB-8 Work?