‘Star Wars’ – Sphero’s New Wearable Lets You Control BB-8

Sphero took the world by storm this past fall, introducing an app-enabled BB-8 droid on Force Friday. The Star Wars toy seemingly sold out that day, and became one of the hottest items of the holiday season.

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Now, Sphero is upping the game with their new “Force Band,” introduced at CES. The Force Band will allow the wearer to control their BB-8 with just a flick of their wrist, and the power of the Force (and/or Bluetooth):

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Here’s a less “commercial” tech demo video from The Verge that provides a little more detail:

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The Verge comments that the product is still in development, and the design, gestures, and even the name may change by its scheduled release this Fall. Hopefully they at least keep the Rebel/Resistance logo, or maybe even come out with a variety of options for fans of the Jedi Order or the Empire/First Order.

Regardless of the name/design, this is an awesome product in concept alone. It’s sure to be a big seller, and may even drive BB-8 sales back up a year after its initial release.

If you’re the “early adopter” type, you can sign up for updates on the Force Band here.

Anthony Composto - EIC
Anthony Composto - EIC
Editor-in-Chief for Monkeys Fighting Robots. A lifelong fan of Spider-Man and the Mets, Anthony loves an underdog story. He earned his B.A. in English because of his love for words, and his MBA because of his need for cash. He considers comics to be The Great American Art Form, and loves horror movies, indie dramas, action/thrillers, and everything in between.

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