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What IIoT and Star Wars' BB-8 have in common

Like BB-8, IIoT looks futuristic and fantastic, while it's largely just a mashup of existing technologies in an innovative wrapper

By Paul Studebaker, chief editor, Control
Jan 7, 2016

Most folks who see video of Star Wars VII's new droid, BB-8, rolling around with its seemingly independent robot head atop its ball-shaped body assume it's a trick of computer-generated imagery (CGI). How else could its head float above the surface of its body as the sphere rolls across gritty sand dunes, through verdant forests and up metal ramps into sundry amazing spacecraft?

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