When the recent teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens revealed a new rolling droid character, BB-8, it was love at first site for one Fredericton tinkerer.
Cory Pacione is the founder of the creative design firm The Creative Juices by day, and dedicated Star Wars fanboy by night, with a passion not just for the films, but for building the robots that star in them, too. We envy his children.
Six months and $1,400 after he glimpsed BB-8 in the trailer, he had his own functioning prototype. And he’s only slightly wobblier on Earth than he is in that galaxy far, far away.
Here’s his public reveal.
“You only saw two seconds of him [in the trailer], but you could already see that the character, the little sounds he made, the way he looked…you wanted to know more about him,” Pacione told CBC.
BB-8 runs on a combination of magnets, weights, hidden wheels and a nerdy lust for everything Star Wars. It’s Pacione’s most advanced creation yet, thanks to some clever wiring work compliments of the non-profit Fredericton Makerspace, but he does have a few vintage models under his belt, including an R2-D2 replica, and a functioning Wall-E he built for his daughter.
We couldn’t help noticing how similar BB-8’s voice is to Wall-E’s. They must be related. Or, at least share some parts.