This is probably the closest you’ll ever get to actually using the Force.
Sphero rocked the toy and gaming world last fall with the BB-8 launch, an app-enabled droid that became a breakout hit. Now, in anticipation of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Sphero is attempting to recreate that same magic with huge updates to their Force Band wearable. And based on what we’ve seen so far, there’s little doubt Sphero has done it again.
According to new info from Sphero’s marketing site, the Force Band is just that: a band that allows you to wield the mystical energy all around us. Well, radio waves in the air, at least. You can push, pull, and command BB-8 with gestures, wirelessly. You can even fire your own blaster and wield a lightsaber in thin air, as seen in the product’s official promotion video below.
In addition to these cool new features, the wearable also has new modes for you to play with. My personal favorite so far is Force Training Mode, which allows you to follow commands from your BB-8 to master what Sphero calls “Jedi Knight abilities.” And perhaps taking a note from other exploration app games like Pokémon GO, Force Awareness Mode lets you collect digital holocrons in the real world that you can save and browse in-app.
For those of you itching to get it, the wait won’t last much longer. The Force Band will hit retail stores on September 30 for $80 (BB-8 not included). There will also be a Special Edition bundle that includes the new “battle-damaged” BB-8 for $200.