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Use the Force Band to control BB-8 and moreA battle-weathered BB-8 robot and new Force Band accessory work without a phone, and the band makes crazy sound effects and plays games, too. We got to play with the final product.
[MUSIC] Have you ever tried using one of Sphero's cool rolling robots like BB8 and wish you didn't have to connect with a phone to use it? Use the force band. The new force band from Sphero is a Star Wars themed, battle-scarred wearable with motion controls and a speaker. It glows, it talks, it makes Star Wars sounds. [BLANK_AUDIO] And it remotely operates BB8 with waves of your hand. A new, more movie realistic battle weathered BB8 comes packaged with Force Band or you can buy the band separately. It works with BB8 and the last version plus it also works with Spiros Spark Plus or their little rolling Ollie robot. The sound effects can be turned off if you want to be stealthy about your force powers. Controlling BBA takes some practice but you'll get the hang of it. There are other things that you can do with the Force Band two. Wear it all day long and you can play a Pokemon Go like mini game where you collect holocrons as it buzzes in your wrists. Wearables might use gesture controls to operate things in your homes someday soon. But for now, you'll have to wear this band on your wrist and imagine you're using the force to open your garage door and dim your dining room lights. It only does Star Wars BB-8 things for now. But there's always next year Luke. [MUSIC]