Skip to main content

Sphero’s BB8 Toy Gets Even Cooler With “Force” Controls

Search your wallet. You know it to be empty.

Hey, remember that imagination-capturing BB8 toy that we all wanted before we even saw Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and that we only wanted more after the movie finally dropped? Now it has an equally outlandishly expensive but also incredibly nifty peripheral: the Force Band, which allows you to control BB8 with the Force (kind of), among other things.

The $80 smartwatch-like add-on (which has a much better look to it than any actual smartwatch I’ve seen) comes with its own app to help you learn to control BB8 with gestures—er, the Force. Push to drive forward, twist side-to-side to steer, and eventually take a break from wielding your powers at some point to let the thing charge/rest your arm. It’s also got some other mini-games and functions included, like lightsaber sounds and holocron locating.

Your powers will awaken at retailers on September 30—just in time to dominate another holiday shopping season.

(via io9)

Want more stories like this? Become a subscriber and support the site!

The Mary Sue has a strict comment policy that forbids, but is not limited to, personal insults toward anyone, hate speech, and trolling.—

Follow The Mary Sue on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, & Google+.

Have a tip we should know? [email protected]

Filed Under:

Follow The Mary Sue:

Dan is many things, including a game developer, animator, martial artist, and at least semi-professional pancake chef. He lives in North Carolina with Lisa Brown (his wife) and Liz Lemon (his dog), both of whom are the best, and he will never stop reminding The Last Jedi's detractors that Luke Skywalker's pivotal moment in Return of the Jedi was literally throwing his lightsaber away and refusing to fight.