This Special Edition BB-8 Robot Converts Gestures Into Movements

By: Rahul Kalvapalle - Sep 2, 2016
References: sphero & theverge
Lovers of robotic droids may already be familiar with Sphero's 88-8, but the company has now released a special edition version that is designed to be controlled via a wearable controller that is worn on the wrist.

What makes this particular robotic droid different from its predecessor is the fact that its controller, dubbed 'Force Band', comes with a pre-installed suite of games and apps. The band is capable of communicating through vibrations. This means that you can move your hand right or left to encourage the robotic droid to move, while pulling back your hand results in the robot being summoned back to you.

In addition to being highly entertaining to use, this robotic droid speaks to the affordability of gesture control and communication technologies that were once considered to be out of reach for everyone but the very richest.