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Sphero's Force Band is a whole new way to control BB-8

Sphero's second generation BB-8 is a cute rolling robot that you can control with a Force Band on your wrist.

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Sphero BB-8 and Force Band

Sphero's new remote-controlled BB-8 comes with a Bluetooth wristband that allows you to control the robot with gestures.

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Sphero BB-8 and Force Band

The wristband is called the Force Band, and it's had an image overhaul since its .

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Sphero BB-8 and Force Band

The clasp is magnetic, you just need to pop it in place. It holds quite securely.

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Sphero BB-8 and Force Band

The button on top of the unit allows you to turn it on, sync it with the app and cycle through modes.

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It fits on either wrist, but the USB charging port always needs to be facing towards your body. This is the wrong way to wear it.

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The Force Band's profile on your wrist is similar to that of a slightly chunky watch.

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Sphero BB-8 and Force Band

A Velcro tab allows you to adjust it to pretty much any wrist size.

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BB-8 is looking a bit more scuffed than her earlier incarnation.

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Like last year's BB-8, the new version comes with a cordless charging unit for the robot.

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BB-8 has seen some bad times.

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The Force Band's scuffed aesthetic mirrors BB-8's battle-scarred new look.

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BB-8's head is detachable.

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Magnets hold the head on BB-8's body, and tiny wheels allow it to move as the robot rolls around.

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The special edition BB-8 comes in a stylish collectors' tin.

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Inside you'll find BB-8, the charging pad and two USB-to-micro-USB cables for the charging pad and the Force Band.

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BB-8 makes little emote sounds and movements as she rolls around.

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To control BB-8, you simply move your arm with the Force Band in the direction you wish the robot to go.

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The Force Band can also be sold separately, and works with the original Sphero BB-8.

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Adjusting the strap can be a bit fiddly. Although the clasp is secure, it can pop open quite easily if you're tugging at the strap.

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This is the correct way to wear the Force Band, with the micro-USB port towards your arm.

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The new app is compatible with both BB-8s, and takes you through a brief training tutorial.

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You'll feel like a legit Force user and everything!

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If you continue to wear the Force Band throughout the day, it will unlock collectibles within the app.

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These collectibles include characters and technology from the Star Wars universe...

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... Including items that make sounds from the Force Band as you move your arm, such as a TIE fighter.

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Or even a lightsaber. Grab a cardboard tube, and you'll be a Sith or Jedi before you know it.

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These collectibles are displayed in a special menu.

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The app's main menu. The fun collectibles can be found in the "combat training" section.

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The old and new iterations of BB-8. New BB-8 is scuffed and matte where old BB-8 is shiny and clean.

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