Thursday 29 September 2016

Use the Force to control your own BB-8!

Paul Mallon

Published 05/01/2016 | 08:58

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Sphero already created the best Star Wars toy around in the BB-8 and now they're letting you control it with the Force!

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Sphero pretty much won Christmas with their BB-8 toy - a brilliant replica of the droid from Star Wars The Force Awakens with realistic motions, remote control and a very cute way of nodding enthusiastically at its master. Now they've gone one better.

At CES 2016 the company is showing off a new innovation - the Force Band. This wearable connects to BB-8 via Bluetooth, letting you use gestures to control the little guy. Yes that means you can actually use force push, force pull and more to make something cool happen. Like an actual Jedi. Or Sith, we don't judge.

Here's some video from CNET at CES.

We can't think of any cooler way to control BB-8, and with this version of the band at a very early stage you can be sure the controls and gestures will get more responsive over the next few months. The Force Band won't be out until close to the end of 2016 but it will definitely be worth the wait.

Stay tuned for more from CES 2016 all this week.

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