But for all the added bells and whistles, the BB-8′s primary directive is really just to be a ball of cuteness — to make you feel something and ascribe emotion to an algorithmically driven device. Even when you’re not using BB-8, the droid will start looking around, as if it’s impatiently waiting for you to give it directions. The first time I set it down in its charging stand, it suddenly began “looking around,” twisting and moving its head erratically as if it’s trying to ascertain its environment.
BB-8 goes on sale this Friday.
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