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:

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Step 1: Reverse Engineering BB8's Design

Step to be written soon!

<p>Can you please send me a copy of the pdf also. This looks like a great first project to introduce my 7 year old son to Arduino programming. Thanks and nice job. jonoscott@hotmail.com</p>
<p>I'm confused. Where did the beach ball go when you initially cut the BB8 body in half?</p>
<p>When are we using Wood Glue? As I see, only PVA glue used even for canvas.</p>
<p>Sorry, also any input on the type of mp3 module you used would be great.</p><p>stuckintraffic2@gmail.com</p>
<p>Seems that several have asked for PDF files and wood measurements. Before I start this, if you could also send these to me that would speed up the process. Great work here and thanks ahead of time on the info.</p><p>Send to stuckintraffic2@gmail.com</p>
<p>If someone can send me the measurements for the wood and the PDFs that would be great. My email is abegay3853@gmail.com</p>
<p>please send pdf, buildibg for school project, send it to LukasRowe15@gmail.com</p>
<p>How do I mount the batteries?</p>
<p>help please</p>
<p>You have to use android. You can buy a cheap tablet. The app takes hardly any storage.</p>
Surely there's a Bluetooth app for the iPad that ppl could use if they didn't have Android.
<p>can you explain it to me too? The measurement on the wood cut </p>
<p>by any chance do you know the dimension on the wood cut outs? </p>
<p>hey thanks</p>
<p>P.S. I made the whole thing and will post pictures. I made my own program and templates and design. Just need to put the batteries together and I'm done.</p>
<p>Hi, I'm building this too and was wondering if you had the design templates or the wood measurements? If so, it would be great if you could send them my way! gretchentw517@yahoo.com</p>
<p>Can you please send me the wood measurements and the design for the bb-8 my email is sphhobbie0@gmail.com thanks!</p>
<p>Could you email the pdf files to therealbb87@gmail.com? Thanks!</p>
<p>could u send me the PDF of the templates please </p>
<p>Hi, can someone please e-mail me the pdf file?</p><p>ajtcl12@gmail.com</p>
<p>Does anyone know the measurements for the internal shafts and stand? I want to be as accurate as I can for this. </p><p>Also, any tips for troubleshooting the arduino codes? Everytime I try to upload the codes that I downloaded from here it says:</p><p><em><strong>C:\Users\3D Printer\AppData\Local\Temp\Temp1_Pololu_Libray (Dual_VNH5019_Motor_Shield) (2).zip\dual-vnh5019-motor-shield-master\DualVNH5019MotorShield\examples\Demo\Demo.ino:1:36: fatal error: DualVNH5019MotorShield.h: No such file or directory</strong></em></p><p><em><strong> #include &quot;DualVNH5019MotorShield.h&quot;</strong></em></p><p><em><strong> ^</strong></em></p><p><em><strong>compilation terminated.</strong></em></p><p><em><strong>exit status 1</strong></em></p><p><em><strong>Error compiling for board Arduino/Genuino Uno.</strong></em></p><p>I think this is because the Polulu Library files are not installing or working. Can someone help me fix this? My Arduino is working properly because it works for all other files. I have a Windows 10 PC. </p><p>My email is awarenessprojectuganda@gmail.com</p>
<p>I can not down load the PDF. Every time I try it wants me to upgrade. This is a scam. Im out.</p>
<p>Hi, can someone please e-mail me the pdf file?</p><p>bassettkennedy@live.com</p><p>Love the design!! Can't wait to finish mine!</p>
<p>Hello</p><p>I am very thankful for your amazing droidBB8!</p><p> thanks for sharing!</p><p>Can someone e-mail me the pdf file?</p><p>I want built it with my son.</p><p>musico_loco7@hotmail.com</p><p>Thanks</p>
<p>Could someone please send me the detailed drawing designs and the wood measurements. I can't seem to find it on the pdf I downloaded. My email is amijeehussein@gmail.com</p>
<p>Hello</p><p>Great project, thanks for sharing!</p><p>I became a pro member but it feels like I was mislead as I can't find stencils, neither wood measurements or advice, nor MP3 module reference... Does someone has this information available somewhere please? If yes, please email to cyrilvoisin( at ) Hotmail (dot) com.</p><p>thanks</p>
Can someone e-mail me the pdf file- <br>lukehsansone@gmail.com is my email. Plz send it to me!!!
<p>Can someone please email me the pdf files? rody-lomas@hotmail.com</p>
<p>Can someone please email me the pdf files? rody-lomas@hotmail.com</p>
<p>Can someone please email me the pdf files? It would make it a lot easier to make BB-8's design. My email is: riley9780@gmail.com</p>
<p>&lt;3 i LOVE it but i need the pdf plz i am making it right now <br>koolzkid99@yahoo.com</p>
<p>Which is the write ace hardware store i need to know. Cause i have several Ace Hardware stores at where i am and i do not know which one to shop at.</p>
<p>I like this project but it's difficult without the (pdf) files</p><p>Would anybody please send me all the missing files</p><p>My email address is bb8pdf@anonmails.de</p><p>Looking already forward to the version 2.0</p><p>PS: I'm an android developer and I would make a little app for better controlling (maybe controlling with the acceleration sensor would be a great idea) - of course I have to build my own bb8 first ;-)</p>
<p>Creating this App would be <strong>only possible</strong> for me if I have the <strong>files</strong> :/</p><p>Could <strong><em>anybody</em></strong> <em>please</em> send me those<strong> :-)</strong></p><p>Thank you very much!</p>
<p>Cool! Could you send me a link with your app when you're finished?</p>
<p>Have you already build your own one or could you help me with the missing files?</p>
<p>i have not Build one yet</p>
<p>Yeah that would be cool!</p>
<p>can someone email me the file at forcreatingthings@gmail.com</p>
I'm in process of building this now. I bought premium membership for the .pdf only to find the files are invalid. Could someone please email me the files?<br>Victrolavixen@gmail.com<br>THANKS!!
<p>I would like to get started on this project but i would also require the PDF files. Can somone spare me them? My email is shankarsingh1998@gmail.com</p><p>Thank you</p>
<p>very cool man !</p>
<p>Can someone please email me the fails thank you -bpdtx29@gmail.com</p>
<p>Hey ASCAS! I have some ideas for BB-8 that you didnt include in the V2 sheet. It is stuff like an infared sensor, so it can patrol like the Sphero, and an microphone, so you can do the &quot;Watch with me&quot; thing. If you are interested, contact me on sigurd.ask@gmail.com Also, your projects are AMAZING!</p>
<p>hello! is anyone willing to send the blueprints and pdf for this project please. much appreciated.</p><p>email: volawa@gmail.com</p>
<p>You are an absolute genius, creating this fabulous design! I am doing it for a science project. I am very thankful for your amazing droid design! The problem is, I have already bought everything but I have an Apple Ipad. Apple does not have the arduino rc car app. How else can I more the robot? Or does it have to be Android??? Please help me as I cannot control it without the app!</p>
i used the same method but the ball i made it of glass fiber and i used another motor driver

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