Here is my review on the Hasbro remote controlled BB-8 droid from the new Star Wars movie, The Force Awakens.
First off, it's slow, ssssslllllooooowwwwwwwwwwww! Other than that, I like it. It has a personality. It's a bit larger than the Sphero version and about $70 cheaper. Of course, it cannot do all the cool things that the Sphero version can do. You actually have to assemble the ball part by first putting in four AA batteries into the main unit. The weighted battery cover is held on by one Phillips head screw. After that, you have to put the main unit into the ball and lock the two halves together by twisting. The remote control unit uses two AAA batteries, not AAs like the main unit uses. It's battery cover is also held on by one Phillips head screw. The remote control uses an infrared LED and pretty much needs to be pointed in the general direction of the droid to work. Range is about 12 feet. There are no on/off switches on the droid or on the controller. To power the droid on, you just gently shake it. To power it off, you hold the droid upside down until you hear the power off droid sounds. You will want to turn the droid back to being right side up before those sounds finish as doing it afterwards may restart the droid again. The droid head can be turned independently of the main body via the controller. The main "eye" on the droid head is the direction the droid will travel. BB-8 makes sounds while running. When idle, BB-8 will turn it's head a little bit back and forth while making sounds, every 5 to 15 seconds or so. It's is extremely easy to steer.
Post by Pfockerchief on Sept 5, 2015 9:37:12 GMT -5
Nice review. Although slow, I'm getting the impression it is much more controllable thru IR? than the app wifi controlled version. I ordered the Sphero version so well see but early videos indicate it's hard to control.
profezzorn: hey ARKM, did you ever write a that tutorial on the toner transfer method?
Jun 23, 2017 15:50:15 GMT -5
ARKM: *waves hand* "I'm not the slacker you're looking for"
Jun 23, 2017 16:24:16 GMT -5
ARKM: Sadly no. Well, that's not entirely true. I did finish writing it but did not perform the steps and take pics of said steps.
Jun 23, 2017 16:26:30 GMT -5
ARKM: So it's like "Step 5: Using the high temperature temp, tape the paper with the design on it onto the metal part to be etched."
Jun 23, 2017 16:26:53 GMT -5
ARKM: ... but there's no Pic 4.
Jun 23, 2017 16:27:10 GMT -5
profezzorn: from other things I've read it's just PNP blue with some heat and pressure applied, right?
Jun 23, 2017 16:37:26 GMT -5
ARKM: Some use that. I could not get successful results with it but others have.
Jun 23, 2017 16:47:16 GMT -5
profezzorn: so what do you use?
Jun 23, 2017 16:47:36 GMT -5
ARKM: I personally use glossy magazine pages. I just rip a page out of a magazine and put it in the printer. The pages have to be the right thickness for the printer though. Too thin and they rip in the printer.
Jun 23, 2017 16:47:42 GMT -5