I strongly believe that Toys are best teachers. So here in this article I will explain function and working of App Controlled Star Wars BB8 Robot. I am sure that you all must aware Star Wars Movie, because the concept of App Controlled Star Wars BB8 Robot is from movie.
What is BB8 Robot?
Basically it is a remote control toy for Kids (8+ years). It is made by poly-carbonate material which is light weight and durable. Its weight is around 200 grams. It can be controlled by wrist band (also called “Force Band”) or BB8 app on I-phone or android devices.
How BB8 Robot works?
As you have its promo video. In the video it is operating with wrist band. Technically it is connected via Bluetooth and the combination of force and accelerometer send command signal to BB8 robot. When you move or wave your hand a command signal send to BB8 robot. On the other end in BB8 robot a Bluetooth receiver module receive command from wrist band or BB8 app and operate robot as per command. It gives you feeling of “Jedi Knight”. As I told that it can operate via android or apple devices but for that you have to download a free app from Play Store or market place. Due to app control this is also called BB 8 app enabled droid.
Its force band is a chargeable band and can be charge with 230V AC adopter but BB8 Robot required 2 batteries for power.
Well here I don’t want to tell Pro or Cons or even technical specification but here our aim is to explore it working mechanism.
BB8 Robot can also operate with Voice Command. It is pre-define command you can’t change it. I have not tried all command but some of voice command is SLEEP, WAKE UP, GO EXPLORE & WATCH OUT. So how, these voice commands work in BB8 Robot. Basically these commands are pre-configured in app and in app it is processed and finally sends a signal to droid. There is not any microphone or receiver on the BB8 Robot.
On the same pattern on BB8 robot no other sensors are installed means there is no obstacle detection, no motion sensors, no direction sensors and even no accelero-meter. So finally we can say BB8 Robot is only follow command from its “Force Band” or from app.
And at last I love it`s motion mechanism. Guys who love robotics must check its motion mechanism. But as durability point of view its head create problem because it is not fix and when droid gets jerk it collapses.
Well it is a well-designed toy and here you will find a good example of robotics and engineering. And finally if you love robotic this toy is designed for you only.
Keep Exploring and Enjoy Learning…..