Excited About The BB8 And A Little Bit Of Physics

I’m a huge Star Wars fan and I love toys. Understandably, when Force Friday came by last week, I went crazy hunting the little toy version of the lovable new droid, BB8.

I have to admit, I’ve not been a fan of the newer Star Wars movies. The best, that I will cherish forever, are the original three. I don’t know if I will even watch the new ones. Maybe I will, but I’ll be in no rush.

The BB8 however . . . just took my breath away.

What’s not to love? It’s cute, it’s minimalistic design is eye-pleasing, and I love the simple physics/mechanics that made its adorable motion possible.

Wired had a great article on the physics behind the BB8, The Physics of How That Star Wars BB-8 Toy Works

Once the sphere starts rolling, the inside mass could just stay at the lowest point—except there is some external friction which will require the inside mass to continue to ride up the side and provide some torque.

But wait? Can you really make the ball roll from the inside? Wouldn’t that be like lifting yourself up by pulling on your belt? It might sort of seem that way, but it’s actually different.

Link to the complete article, here on Wired.

It is a fun article and if you like geeking out on science-related stuff, you’ll enjoy reading it.

Anyway, I’m excited as I await for my own BB8, my grubby paws itching to hold the cutest little droid ever.

Soon, very soon.

S.G. Basu is an aspiring potentate of a galaxy or two. She plots and plans with wondrous machines, cybernetic robots, time travelers and telekinetic adventurers, some of whom escape into the pages of her books. Once upon a previous life on planet Earth, S.G. Basu trained to be an engineer, and her interest in science and her love of engineering shows up time and again in her books.

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