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

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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)

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