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Sphero’s R2-D2 is the Star Wars droid you’re looking for

Grab your phone and send little Artoo patrolling around your flat

Look, you’ll probably never own a 1:1, fully-functional R2-D2 from Star Wars, but a pint-sized one? Yeah, that’s doable – thanks to Sphero, the folks who made the brilliant, rolling BB-8 a couple years back. Their new R2-D2 looks movie-perfect, with impressive detail, LED lights, sound effects from the films, and a spot-on rotating dome. You can control it with a smartphone app and draw little paths for it to follow, or drop it into familiar augmented reality movie locations and scenes. At £179 for a connected toy, it’s hardly cheap… but on the other hand, it’s your own personal R2-D2. Sold.

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Andrew writes features, news stories, reviews, and other pieces, often when the UK home team is off-duty or asleep. I'm based in Chicago with my lovely wife, amazing son, and silly cats, and my writing about games, gadgets, esports, apps, and plenty more has appeared in more than 75 publications since 2006.

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