Controlling BB-8 With Sphero’s New Star Wars Watch, Unveiled In CES

Posted: Jan 7 2016, 11:17am CST | by , in News | CES

Controlling BB-8 with Sphero’s New Star Wars Watch, Unveiled in CES
Sphero's Force Band

In the CES 2016 Sphero unveiled the next big trick with a new wearable wristband to control and move the BB-8 droid.

The smartphone controlled BB-8 droid from Sphero that has been the most popular toy from the new Star Wars film merchandise rolled out a new gagdet recently once again creating buzz among the geeks with the introduction of a new smart band control. Certainly Sphero’s BB-8 droid is one of the coolest smart toys we have ever seen and now with the addition of an extra level of interactivity to this small smart droid through wristband gesture control the toy became a little futuristic. The company has plans to sell this force band separately to facilitate adding the gesture controlled mechanism by the existing BB-8 owners.

Sphero's BB-8 has been known as one of the most interesting toys from the Star Wars franchise named as The Force Awakens. Apart from its depiction of so called high tech futuristic warfare the merchandise rolled following the release equally carries futuristic greatness. Now in the CES this week, company unveiled the next big trick with a new wearable wristband to control and move the BB-8 droid. Though this Force Band is not likely to come out until the latter half of 2016, we had a chance to have a look at the early prototype at CES 2016.

Among the lot of amazing products and tech releases unveiled tonight in CES, this futuristic toy robot with the new wrist band gesture control made a surprise entry garnering overwhelming response from the geeks around the world. Besides the updated look for BB-8 featuring a grungier graphic look and aesthetic, the accompanying Force Band component will also sport a trendy look.

It is most interesting to see how the Force Band works, in its present condition. It is controlled by an array of gestures. For instance, resting the hand with the Force Band to your side make the droid enter driving mode, while with the palm down, Sphero BB-8 looks away from the controller and showing the palm up it turns toward you. When you spin your body in one place, the droid also spins around. As you take the hand to one direction the droid also follows. The rolling speed of the droid is controlled by the elevation of your hand. Lastly to let it come to gesture mode you need to wave your hand in one place.

This wearable Force Band has only been released as a prototype and still now Sphero has not conveyed anything on the price of it. As for release date the band along with the updated look of the droid is expected to hit the market in fall of 2016. As per reports by Gizmodo, the final version of this smart band may have a completely different look watch will look than what has been demonstrated at the CES meet.

As for price the original BB-8 droid costs $150 USD, and the new Force Band is expected to have a similar price tag. Though there is hardly any credible hint on the price of it.

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<a href="/latest_stories/all/all/54" rel="author">Keval Padia</a>
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