Sphero stops BB-8 and R2-D2 toy robots
Sphero will stop producing Disney toy robots. CEO Paul Berberian confirmed to The Verge that the company is cleaning up its remaining licensed inventory and will not replenish it. App support will continue for “at least two years, if not longer,”
These toys sold well when released along with a movie, but interest waned over time as the movie got older. In addition, the CEO shows that 'all Star Wars fans already have the robots' and that the company data shows that there is limited play with the robots before they end up on the shelf.
BB-8 droid Star Wars Sphero
BB-8 is the endearing robot from the new Star Wars movie 'The Force Awakens' can soon drive around your home. Sphero comes with a toy version that can be controlled per app for iOS or Android. BB-8 has something different from any other robot - an adaptive personality that changes as you play. Based on your interactions, BB-8 will show and even brighten up different expressions when you give voice commands. Put BB-8 on patrol and let your Droid go on an adventure on his own.BB-8 Droid Star Wars Sphero
The Star Wars film The Force Awakens will be released in Dutch cinemas from 18 December 2015. Of course also with R2-D2. This robot is now also for sale as a toy robot. There are several versions on the market that are very similar to each other. - R2-D2 by Hasbro (video) - R2-D2 from ThinkwayR2-D2 robot
Robots and education
Sphero wants to focus more on building its education ecosystem with products for schools, such as the Sphero Bolt. This robot application comes with an animated and programmable 8 x 8 LED screen so it can show a winking smiling face when a task is completed or an arrow for the direction in which it moves.