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The droid BB-8 in the latest (and greatest) release for the Star Wars franchise was a breakout performance and the same could be said for the Sphero BB-8 App-enabled Droid toy that was THE HOT seller this past Christmas. But Sphero (manufacturer) is taking BB-8 to an entirely other level with a wearable device that will allow the user the ability to control the Sphero BB-8 Droid with hand gestures alone. Check this out!
Sphero is calling its device the Star Wars Force Band. “[The wearable] takes it that much further with the notion of using the Force,” Keegan Shoutz, Sphero’s public relations person, tells us. “The use of gestures gives it a more interactive consumer experience than [controlling BB-8] through a screen on a tablet.”
Sphero stresses at CES 2016 that this is still far from consumer release. “We were just excited to show off what we’d done,” says Jeff Wiencrot, embedded systems engineer for Sphero. But despite the alpha model shown at CES, the company has firm plans to bring this type of wearable to the market. “We’re looking to release autumn 2016. Alongside the battle-worn version of BB-8.”
The BB-8 model that was available during the holidays presented a pristine version of (very mild spoilers ahead) Poe Dameron’s droid. The battle-worn version seen at CES 2016 would be BB-8 after its travels on Jaku.
Sphero’s force wearable doesn’t have a name or final design, but the company is confident it will show a more finalized version at the Toy Fair coming to New York next month, according to Shoutz. And we may even see a version of jedi mind tricks make its way into the finished product. Until then, we’ll be practicing our force movements.
In the meantime, you might’ve noticed that many of the Sphero BB-8 APP-enabled droids have been ‘not surprisingly’ gone absent from the shelves of many local retailers. No doubt they are scrambling to re-stock the popular little devices after the Christmas rush. However, TRUST IN AMAZON is what I always say. If you can’t wait for something to show up locally, Amazon.com has the popular device in stock and ready to ship. Retailing right now at $149.95. Get a Sphero BB-8 now before they ‘roll out’ of Amazon’s warehouses as well!