Students Engineering Degree With BB-8 Star Wars Replica

This Star Wars BB-8 droid replica said to work by remote control using a smartphone has been designed and built by a student for her engineering degree thesis and she got top marks for the project.

Weronika Muszynska, a 23-year-old student from the AGH University of Science and Technology in Krakow in southern Poland, spent three years designing and creating the small droid.

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A replica of the mobile BB-8 robot known from the Star Wars movie series

She told local media: “The title of my thesis is ‘Construction of the BB-8 Mobile Robot and Implementation of the Control Software’.”

She said: “I am a big fan of Star Wars. The idea was born in the cinema when I was watching the movie and I combined business with pleasure. And now I have the highest grade on my diploma!”

The full-scale robot not only looks impressive, but it is also controlled from a smartphone.

Dr Piotr Kustra said that Weronika built the spherical droid herself and designed it to move in a characteristic way. 

The construction process of the BB-8 replica took almost 10 months and most of the parts were produced on a 3D printer with over 12 kilogrammes (26 lbs) of material being used.

Muszynska, who is a big Star Wars fan, has enjoyed some on-campus success after photos of her BB-8 appeared on social media and received on over 11,000 likes, 700 shares and several hundred comments in just two days.

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Weronika Muszynska from Krakow’s AGH University of Science and Technology

Neal Scanlan, who served as creature effects supervisor on ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ described BB-8 as “being quite manipulative, I think he knows he’s cute”.

Director J. J. Abrams revealed: “I named him BB-8 because it was almost onomatopoeia. It was sort of how he looked to me, with the 8, obviously, and then the two B’s.”

BB-8 also appeared in the 2017 sequel ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’.


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Story By: Bartosz Staszewski, Sub-EditorJoseph Golder, Agency: Central European News

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