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Control Sphero’s BB-8 Using this Force-Powered Wearable


Control Sphero's BB-8 Using this Force-Powered Wearable
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Control Sphero’s BB-8 using this force-powered wearable – well, not really force-powered, but a cool and lightweight band that you can slap on your wrist.

The coolest Star Wars toy has gotten even cooler!

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Using motion tracked gestures, Sphero will make everyone’s dream come true – that of finally becoming a Jedi, or a Sith.

Hey, don’t judge.

Just announced at CES, Sphero demoed its prototype hardware, which will be available later this year. The hardware is designed to pair and control the company’s massively popular BB-8 toy. The manufacturer notes that the consumer ready version of the wearable will look 100 percent different that what we are seeing now, but it will keep all of its functionality – with polishes here and there of course.

Instead of pressing and tapping on your smartphone or tablet’s screen, users will be able to control the BB-8 using movements a la Luke Skywalker thanks to the ultra-sensitive gyroscopic motion sensors that are built into the toy.

It comes with pre-programmed moves, and if the BB-8 gets stuck somewhere between your couch, which we will call Tatooine, and your TV stand, which we will from now on name Hoth, then with just a precise push and pull motion, you can get it out of its tight spot.

Just imagine dancing and using the subtlest of Jedi movements to save your BB-8 from the clutches of a Wookiee lookalike.

Wookiee lookalike
This beast is both fabulous and scary.

Sphero notes that depending on how a user holds his arm and the motions he makes, there will be a variety of control modes, which will be indicated via an LED that will change its colour. This means that you have the possibility of choosing to move only the BB-8’s head, so it creates the illusion of it responding to other people, which will most likely interact with it.

There’s no info regarding how much the force-powered wearable will cost, or when it will actually come out, but we are hoping it’s as soon as possible and straight in my hands – please and thank you of course.

Given that users won’t need an expensive tablet or smartphone anymore, overall, it’ll be less cheaper that BB-8’s current price tag of $149.99.

Sphero notes that when it is going to be available, the wearable will be bundled alongside the BB-8, but consumers will also be able to be purchase it separately.

The company has also announced that it’s going to bring a a new model of the BB-8 – a battle damaged one, which has seen a thing or two while adventuring from planet to planet.

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