Emerging Technology

Sphero BB-8 Force Band

Sphero partnered with Lucasfilm to build the $150, app-enabled toy from the droid character in the film "Star Wars: The Force Awakens." It can be controlled using Bluetooth by a smartphone or the Force Band. Users can control the toys g Jedi-like movements, thanks to its gesture-based technology. 

Meet BB-8™ - the app-enabled Droid™ that's as authentic as it is advanced. BB-8 has something unlike any other robot - an adaptive personality that changes as you play. Based on your interactions, BB-8 will show a range of expressions and even perk up when you give voice commands. Set it to patrol and watch your Droid explore autonomously, make up your own adventure and guide BB8 yourself, or create and 

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LAS VEGAS, NV - JANUARY 04: 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. Sphero partnered with Lucasfilm to build the USD 150, app-enabled toy from the droid character in the film 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens.' It can be controlled using Bluetooth by a smartphone or the Force Band and features gesture-based technology enabling users to control it with Jedi-like movements. CES, the world's largest annual consumer technology trade show, runs from January 6-9 and is expected to feature 3,600 exhibitors showing off their latest products and services to more than 150,000 attendees. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)