- Associated Press - Sunday, April 19, 2015

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) - “Star Wars” fans were treated to a bit of Boulder-bred robotic wizardry in a split-second shot toward the end of the trailer of the movie seen around the world.

Sphero, the robotic ball manufacturer run by Boulder-based and TechStars alum Orbotix, crafted a rolling droid that was used in the new preview for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” as well as in the highly anticipated film’s first trailer.

The bot, dubbed BB-8, appears only briefly in the latest trailer. But in the November release, it’s seen rolling around making high-pitched beeping sounds.

According to the Boulder Daily Camera (https://tinyurl.com/ofjrsef ), President Barack Obama gave the robot a test drive during a 2012 campaign stop in Boulder.

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Information from: Daily Camera, https://www.dailycamera.com/

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