Sphero's droid toy, 'BB-8,' is a smaller version of the newest Star Wars character -- fit to roll, patrol and send holograms just like the real droid. This adorable robot connects to smartphones and has three modes: driving, patrolling and holographic messaging. The first is self-explanatory, while "patrol" tracks the toy's movement and its holographic messaging uses augmented reality to turn videos into holograms just like those from the movies.
The BB-8 droid toy is an example of what is to come in the future of children's toys. Gone are the days of stuffed animals with the advent of these educational robots. An added benefit of such programmable toys is that they get better with time -- as more developments about the character, movie or technology are made, the toy can be continuously updated.