Progress Report on Building Your Own BB-8 Droid

July 14, 2015 – Interested in building your own BB-8 droid? Or curious as to how to solve the many technological hurdles, including balance (for the free-moving head), wobble, traction and speed?

While the lower body is simply a hollow polystyrene shell, all the complexity lies in the independent head. The head contains an accelerometer and gyro unit, a couple Arduino units (micro-controller boards linked to sensors and actuators), a motor-driver and a radio-control device.

Watch this progress video (the fifth of five so far) by James Bruton of to see how he solves the challenge of traction on a smooth floor versus a carpet:


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