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Oh Yeah, Star Wars: The Force Awakens BB-8 is real!

Posted by: on Apr 21, 2015 | No Comments

The past week has been buzzing with the release of three new blockbuster movies teaser trailers from major Hollywood movie studios. We got the new Fantastic Four trailer, the new Batman v Superman trailer and the Star Wars: The Force Awakens second teaser trailer last week. Now let’s put the focus on the new Star Wars: The Force Awakens film which is directed by the remarkable J.J. Abrams. The new Star Wars teaser really hit all the right points to go over great with the long time Star Wars fans. The new film is bringing back some of our favorite characters like Leia, Luke and fan favorite Han Solo. The Star Wars prequels were not highly rated by many Star Wars fans with the films over the top CGI effects in 1999 through 2005.

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Director J.J. Abram and his special effect team vowed to use more practical effects for Star Wars: The Force Awakens film. The prequels suffered so much from CGI which made it hard to truly invest in the story because you could tell most of the characters, locations and effects just didn’t seem real. That’s not a complete knock on the prequels which also suffered from a poor script and direction. With me being a part time semi-inventor I found the most intriguing effect from the new film came from a little robot called BB-8. When I first seen the little bot I thought it was CGI. Had to be CGI right? How could the special effect team create and develop such a complex robot with such amazing function and movement? Reports claim that the new BB-8 was based on another neat little bot called Sphero. Take a peek at the HD video below.

However, nothing has been confirmed at this point. During the Star Wars Celebration expo last weekend the BB-8 was in attendance and can be seen rolling along the stage with ease. I’m not sure what type of electronics the robot is using to operate but it seems to have some type of IR LED system, gyroscopes, and accelerometers technology. I’m guessing BB-8 has some type of magnet in the robot’s head and body to help it rotate its head in a range of movements. The head motions and body connection has me stump but overall it’s a great practical effect and I can’t wait for the behind the scenes on how this awesome robot was created and work. These are the type of effects that will only enhance the depth of the new Star Wars films and succeed where the prequels failed. Move over R2-D2 because BB-8 has arrived! If anyone can shed some light on how the new BB-8 robot work please share  in the comments?

 

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