A toy Star Wars robot controlled by 'The Force'

Sphero's BB-8 technical prototype with Force Band is displayed during a press event for CES 2016 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center on January 4, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas last week, toy company Sphero unveiled a wearable device that gives users the ability to control a miniature version of the latest lovable robot from the Star Wars Universe with Jedi powers.

"It's a gesture-based wearable," said Sphero's Clair Tindall. "So you control BB-8 with authentic Jedi-like movements like force pull and push."

The device is called a force band and it is packed with sensors that measure the orientation of a user's hand. That data is then transmitted to the robot, which manoeuvres accordingly.

But becoming a Jedi is still a few months off.

Ms Tindall said: "We are still in the prototype phase now. So we are iterating on the technology and building more features into the band. So I look forward to see what the full version will become this fall."

Given the record-breaking success of the latest movie in the Star Wars franchise, it is a good bet that the force will be very strong with this tech toy.


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