loading

Today, I'm going to teach you how to build a working, life-sized, phone-controlled Starwars BB-8 droid! In this tutorial, we are only going to use household materials and a little Arduino circuitry.

`

My Christmas Gift For Dad: One of my dad's hobby is being a toy collector (Hot Toys, Enterbay & Etc..). He grew up watching movies from the 80's, including Starwars! He is a really huge Starwars fan. When the Sphero BB8 was announced, he wanted it so badly! The Sphero toy cost $150 online, $210 in our country (Philippines), not to mention that they ran out of stock easily! It's not the typical toy that you would buy impulsively. Knowing with my past experience in building robots, I figured I could build a life-sized version of the Sphero BB8 for less than $100. I also saw this as an opportunity to spend some father-and-son time with him. This is what we ended up building in the week of Christmas! Anyway, my mom and I also got him a Sphero BB8 and used it as our reference for building this project. For him I guess, the best gift was the time we spent building it together.

`

Why Household Materials?

Due to the limitation of materials, I resorted in using the materials around me. (deodorant roll-ons as ball bearings, canvas as fiberglass, Christmas balls as the eye & etc.. ). A lot of people could relate to this. My approach on building the project doesn't require 3D printers, CNCs or Milling Machines!

`

The full video tutorial is finally out! (MUST WATCH!)

RECENT UPDATE: BB8's First Day At The University (v1.0 Demo)

DIY BB8 (v2.0) in Progress Update:

If you liked the video, feel free to subscribe to my YouTube channel - TechBuilder! Also, please don't forget to VOTE! Thank you! ^_^

Step 1: Reverse Engineering BB8's Design

Step to be written soon!

<p>Hello. I love your build! I plan on building it with my dad as summer begins. Can I get the artwork PDF along with measurements? Thanks. My email is qrc2002@gmail.com</p>
<p>Can I get the wood cut designs and the body art work pdfs....?</p>
<p>My email is j.downer.is.real@gmail.com</p>
<p>can I also get it, my email is ddoanrocks@gmail.com</p>
<p>Any chance I could also get the pdfs and measurements? 47stevo@gmail.com</p><p>Thanks!</p>
<p>Hi new to this site, Is the wood measurements, code for the audino and the patterns for the paint all in the downloadable pdf? I'd rather not pay and sign up for something just for this one project, any chance I can get a copy?</p>
<p>can anyone send me the codes for the arduino? i can't download them to my laptop without having an error racial-22@hotmail.com </p>
<p>can anyone send me the codes for the arduino? i can't download them to my laptop without having an error racial-22@hotmail.com </p>
<p>can anyone send me the codes for the arduino? i can't download them to my laptop without having an error racial-22@hotmail.com </p>
<p>can anyone send me the codes for the arduino? i can't download them to my laptop without having an error racial-22@hotmail.com </p>
<p>can anyone send me the codes for the arduino? i can't download them to my laptop without having an error racial-22@hotmail.com </p>
<p>I wish someone tell me the </p><p>measurements of the wood cut outs.....:)</p>
Give me you're emails
<p>hkcontreras18@gmail.com I'd really appreciate the the PDFs and measurements! Thank you so much you're awesome!!!</p>
hey do you still have the measurements for the wood cut outs of the bb8 robot. mikentango@gmail.com
<p>Can Anyone send me the measurement for wood cutting? my email: artline90@icloud.com</p><p>Thanks!</p>
<p>Can I please have the measurements my email is sphhobbie0@gmail.com thanks!</p>
<p>Send me measurements please!, My email is : alsf.dev@gmail.com</p>
<p>Hi could I also get the mesurments? Thanks!!! My email is : nickchin29@gmail.com</p>
<p>Hey can you send me the pdf and the measurements and wire connections. my email is jeremyjacob10@gmail.com</p>
<p>Hi did you get the PDF for the drawlings?</p>
<p>hey, could you please send me the pdfs for the project? would really like to start making it!!!</p><p>pan.an01@hotmail.com</p><p>thanks sooo much!!!</p>
did u got pdf
<p>no sorry...really hope someone will send it to me though...</p>
no
<p>Hi! can you send me the pdf&acute;s of the proyect please? i want to start making it!!! </p><p>Salvabadboy97@gmail.com</p>
<p>hi! can you please send me the pdf&acute;s of the proyect? i want to start making it!!! :D <br>Salvabadboy97@gmail.com</p>
did u got the pdf
<p>would you please send me the pdf with the measurements too. Thank you. my email is cadizv.in@gmail.com</p>
<p>hello did you get those pdf and wood measurements ?</p><p>can you send for me my email</p><p>anhsirksai@gmail.com</p><p>thankyou....</p>
<p><em style="">I need the same, did you ever get it. I joined to get this info and cannot find it anywhere. </em>Could you please send me the wire connection and charging battery? and pdf + wood cut measurements as well. Thank you!</p><p>sonny@sonelemin.com</p>
do u got the measurments
<p>Same here :/ Can anyone send it? melanie.obr.2@gmail.com</p>
<p>I need this as well sonny@sonelemin.com</p>
<p>well <br>am also waiting for the reply and i didn't get those measurements .....</p>
<p>signatureque@gmail.com </p>
<p>Hi! Can you send me any pdf with measurements and design patterns. Also the Charging circuits would be nice. Thanks!! alejokpo@hotmail.com</p>
Lazocc.lb@gmail.com
<p>Can you send me too emailriteshshri@gmail.com</p>
<p>pan.an01@hotmail.com</p><p>thanks!!!!</p>
Lazocc.lb@gmail.com
<p>hi! can you please send me the pdf of all this proyect? i want start making it!!!!! </p>
<p>hi! can you please send me the pdf of all this proyect? i want start making it!!!!! </p>
<p>please you can send the files i only have to paint the body but i cant find anywhere references my mail is bryanelpato@gmail.com </p>
<p>I am looking for the same thing, did you ever get it, and if so can you send me a copy sonny@sonelemin.com thanks</p>
<p><em style="">I need the same, did you ever get it. I joined to get this info and cannot find it anywhere. </em>Could you please send me the wire connection and charging battery? and pdf + wood cut measurements as well. Thank you!</p><p>sonny@sonelemin.com</p>
<p>sonny@sonelemin.com BB8 wood dimensions, stencils etc... I am a pro member</p>
<p>I became a pro member to get the stencils and measurments, can someone email me the PDFs. Thanks sonny@sonelemin.com</p>
<p>Hi. Did you ever get the measurements and any other PDF's? I became a PRO member as well, thinking I would get all that but I did not. Just wondering if you got it and who sent so I can request it at well. </p>
<p><em style="">I need the same, did you ever get it. I joined to get this info and cannot find it anywhere. </em>Could you please send me the wire connection and charging battery? and pdf + wood cut measurements as well. Thank you!</p><p>sonny@sonelemin.com</p>

About This Instructable

496,857views

2,189favorites

License:

Bio: Hi I'm Angelo! I am a 17 y/o Physics Major at the DLSU and I use my course as an inspiration for making ... More »
More by ASCAS:DIY Life-Size Phone Controlled BB8 DroidRig A Car Horn To Your Alarmclock!Build A Smartphone Projector With A Shoebox
Add instructable to: