This is what new Star Wars droid BB-8 would look like in space gray.

What if Jony Ive designed BB-8? Photo: Martin Hajek

With its roly-poly looks and infectious personality, new droid BB-8 looks primed to be a real scene-stealer when Star Wars: The Force Awakens hits theaters at the end of the year.

And now we know what the ballsy little bot would look like if Jony Ive replaced its orange-and-white color scheme with something a little more subtle.

The iDroid's iPhone 6-like styling is complemented by a light-up Apple logo. Photo: Martin Hajek

The iDroid concept art comes from forward-looking designer Martin Hajek, who has produced tons of Apple-inspired concept art in the past (including an Apple-ized lightsaber).

Writes Hajek on his blog unveiling his new BB-8 renders:

Introducing: iBB-A
With built in projector and circular touch-screen interface, it will be available in silver, gold and (of course) space-grey!

Want to have a go at designing your own droid? You can download the super-detailed 3D model of the BB-8.

While director J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: The Force Awakens won’t premiere till December 18, the movie’s lovable new droid is already a fan favorite. There’s even a DIY project for making your own iPhone-controlled BB-8 model.

Now Hajek has shown how Apple design chief Jony Ive’s stylistic influences — which really did help shape The Force Awakens’ spitty new lightsaber — might look on sci-fi’s peppiest new droid.

As usual, Hajek makes his 3-D model available (for a price).

So, if you were in the market to buy a used BB-8 from some nasty little Jawas, which model would you get? Old-school orange-and-white? Or Apple-tastic silver, gold or space gray?

The hologram on top of the gold iDroid is a nice touch. Photo: Martin Hajek

Foxconn is ready to release an army of robots to build the iPhone 6.


For years now, Foxconn has been expressing its interest in replacing its workers with robots, raising the possibility that future iPhones could be built with machines. In fact, in December of 2012, Foxconn quietly began testing a program to replace human workers with iPhone-building robots.

But now, it appears that Foxconn is hitting the accelerator on the program. Foxconn CEO Terry Gou has just told shareholders that they will be deploying some 10,000 “Foxbots” to start building iPhones soon.

As related in report from IT Home, Gou announced to company shareholders that the deployment of the army of Foxbots in the company’s factories has entered the final testing phase.

According to Gou, each robot can build up to 30,000 devices, and are far more cost-efficient than human workers, costing between $20,000 and $25,000 apiece. No surprise, Apple is said to be the first company to start using the robot workers to make products.

For a company that has fallen under as much scrutiny for human rights abuses as Foxconn has, the possibility of replacing humans with robots has to be a tempting. Yet by most accounts, Apple and Foxconn’s efforts at reforms have been largely successful.

That makes the prospect of Foxconn factory workers losing their jobs to modified T-800’s all the more sad to contemplate. Now more than ever, a Foxconn job might be the best job they can hope for.

Today’s Apps Gone Free: Robots, Dblcam, Roots To Words And More.

Learn all about real-world robots with IEEE’s reference app, Robots for iPad. We also have a camera app that’s able to capture both sides of the story, and an educational app that will teach you roots and prefixes.


Diary (Diary, Journal, Calendar, Cloud) ($0.99 → Free, 4.5 MB): Capture life’s best moments with this journaling app. You’re able to customize the app’s main screen with an image from your own library, and skin the app with one of three colors. When adding an entry, you’re able to change the text font, size, and color along with the background color. Entries can also be categorized to keep things tidy, and you can view them all in list or calendar form. The app also includes passcode protection, iCloud support, and AirPrint support.

Diary (Diary, Journal, Calendar, Cloud) is available for free for a limited time. It has a 3.5-star rating with a total of 38 ratings.

Dblcam ($0.99 → Free, 3.0 MB): Sometimes the expression on your face can be just as interesting as the shot you’re about to take with your camera, so why not capture both? Dblcam allows you to snap a photo with the back-facing camera, and then flips over to the front-facing camera to automatically take another. You can also swap the order if you wish. It then places the two separate photos side-by-side in a single image. You can share your newly created amalgamation via Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, or email.

Dblcam is available for free for a limited time. It has a 4.5-star rating with a total of 52 ratings.

Juggle: Pocket Machine ($0.99 → Free, 10.4 MB): This juggling machine fits right into your pocket, allowing you to work on your hand-eye coordination wherever you go. The game features three modes, all of which require you to keep the colored disks in the air by bouncing them off your laser bumper. Disks are constantly being added to the mix, so try to keep as many on the screen as possible to earn bonus points. The game also includes a fantastic retro-inspired look, and leaderboards via Game Center.

Juggle: Pocket Machine is available for free for a limited time. It has a 4.5-star rating with a total of 16 ratings.

DeliTape – Deluxe Cassette Player with Internet radio ($0.99 → Free, 14.0 MB): Go old school with this stylish music player. The app’s interface mimics classic cassette tapes, complete with handwritten artist, album, and track names. You’re able to choose from eight unique designs just by swiping across the screen. Tap and hold on the cassette tape wheels to fast-forward and rewind your music, or just tap to change the tracks. The app also now includes more than 1,000 built-in internet radio stations.

DeliTape – Deluxe Cassette Player with Internet radio is available for free for a limited time. It has a 4.5-star rating with a total of 66 ratings.

Zitrr Camera ($1.99 → Free, 14.6 MB): An all-in-one camera app for the photographer in the family. It offers a variety of shooting features, like burst, big button, and anti-shake, to help you capture that perfect photo or video. You can then apply different filters, effects, and lenses to perfect your photo’s look. You’re able to share your unique creations via Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Flickr, YouTube, or Google+, or you can save them to Dropbox. The app includes a total of eight shooting modes, and 37 effects and filters.

Zitrr Camera is available for free today only (04/07). It has a 4-star rating with a total of 19 ratings.

StarTapper ($0.99 → Free, 18.0 MB): Bigger is always better in this fast-paced arcade game. Tap on stars to connect them and create shapes. Completed shapes can be submitted for points by swiping down, or swipe up to use them to add time to your clock. Try to keep a balance between the two to unlock all seven stages and earn all of the achievements.

StarTapper is available for free for a limited time. It has a 5-star rating with a total of 8 ratings.


Roots to Words ($0.99 → Free, 10.2 MB): This fantastic learning tool teaches you roots and prefixes in an entertaining and engaging way. You must first select one of the 15 word categories. You’ll then be presented with a root meaning followed by words that utilize the root. Try to guess the root by typing in the correct letters. You may receive hints if you get stuck. The app also includes progress tracking.

Roots to Words is available for free for a limited time. It has a 4.5-star rating with a total of 7 ratings.

ChronoGrafik-Alarm Clock + Shake to Snooze ($1.99 → Free, 43.5 MB): Wake up in style with this snazzy alarm clock app. You’re able to choose from 10 different clock faces, each with their own set of features and colors to choose from. The app also includes a 24-hour clock, weather data, recurring alarms, countdown timer, shake to snooze, portrait and landscape orientation support, and the ability to swipe to dim the screen.

ChronoGrafik-Alarm Clock + Shake to Snooze is available for free for a limited time. It has a 4.5-star rating with a total of 763 ratings.

runtastic SitUps PRO ($1.99 → Free, 26.6 MB): Turn your iDevice into your personal sit-up trainer with this fitness app. It’s able to take you from zero to 100 sit-ups by putting through three training plans. The app is able to count your sit-ups automatically and notify you when to take breaks. It also records all of your personal stats and records, including calories burned. You’re able to share your workouts and records via Facebook, Twitter, or email.

runtastic SitUps PRO is available for free for a limited time. It has a 4.5-star rating with a total of 1399 ratings.


Robots for iPad ($0.99 → Free, 409.9 MB): If you love robots — and honestly, who doesn’t? — you absolutely must download Robots for iPad. This complete guide to the world of robotics features more than 100 real-world robots to explore. Each entry includes a brief overview, specs, what the robot is used for, fun facts, and photos and videos. The app also includes a game where two robots face off, and you must choose which one would be best suited for the provided task. You can then see how your views align with the rest of the world.

Robots for iPad is available for free for a limited time. It has a 5-star rating with a total of 119 rating.

Source: AppAdvice.