Control Star Wars’ BB-8 with The Force – Latest Gadgets

Sphero’s BB-8 (available at Amazon) has been probably the most fascinating tie-ins to Star Wars: The Force Awakens (after the light saber of course, which, given the sheer amount of Star Wars merchandise this past year, isn’t any small feat). The firm this week is showing off its next trick, a wearable wristband that can allow you to use gestures to commandeer and puppeteer the droid. The Force Band will not come out till later this year, however we got to check out an early prototype earlier at the CES. Here is how the Force Band works, at least in its current state. Resting your hand to your side enters driving mode. With your palm down, Sphero seems to look away from you; with your palm up it appears to be looking towards you. Spin in place, and BB-8 spins with you. The direction additionally dictates where it drives, and the rolling pace is at least somewhat affected by your hand’s elevation. Waving your hand in place will enter a gesture mode — the only one which worked for us at the moment was a nod “yes” after we did a fast right jab — and then putting your hand back down re-engages driving mode. Driving the BB-8 with your hand takes some practice, and admittedly we never quite got the grasp of turning. We are also, it seems, susceptible to moving our arms a lot while speaking — something the BB-8 responded to erratically. The Force Band is still ways off, though — fall of 2016 to be more precise, with no pricing details yet — and Sphero stressed that this is very much a prototype. All the things could change within the interim. However even in its present state, the Force Band is an intriguing step for Sphero, and one which felt decidedly more fascinating than the present touchscreen controls interface. Special Jakku version BB-8 with Force Band prototype Sphero says it’s going to have more particulars next month at Toy Fair. A variant BB-8 that includes post-Jakku wear and tear will also be going on sale later next year.

Source: Control Star Wars’ BB-8 with The Force – Latest Gadgets

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