More than just BB-8: Sphero's Force Band can now be used to control other smart products - Stuff

More than just BB-8: Sphero’s Force Band can now be used to control other smart products

Stuff‘s current giveaway just got a whole lot more attractive. The Force Band addition to Sphero’s BB-8 droid has been given an upgrade that will let prospective Jedi control more than just the plucky little rolling ball of intelligent metal.

The Force Band has now recieved support for If This Then That (IFTTT) via Sphero’s dedicated app. Instead of just waving around a little droid, users can now wave their hand and see some tangible results. And a few not-so-tangible ones but we’ll get to that in a moment. Did we mention that the Sphero’s wrist-mounted controller will make you feel more like you’re using the Force than… any device in the history of Star Wars? Because we should have. Even if most of us will wind up looking like the fellow below:

There are a collection of basic IFTTT recipes available online already. Whether you want to emulate Darth Vader and play the Imperial March at a gesture or post to social media or even change your lighting with a wave of your arm, there are already basic setups available. We’re sure you can think of a few extra things you want to control around your house on your own.

If you were struggling to think of something to purchase for the Star Wars-mad member of the family, we reckon that Sphero has got 2016’s winner right here.

Source: Sphero

Stuff South Africa's online editor and print assistant editor, Brett Venter has churned out more words on more titles than most journalists will in a career. He's kind of shy.

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