Sphero’s BB-8 wearable brings Force control to home automation with IFTTT support – TechCrunch
Spheroâs BB-8 was the most memorable bit of merchandizing among last yearâs epicÂ Force Awakens merchandising bonanza. It was the perfect piece of synergy â leveraging the hardware startupâs compelling piece of remote control technology to bring to life the filmâs most marketable creation.
This year the company looked to take things a step further with the addition of the Force Band, a wearable that brings gesture control to the lovable robot, mimicking the franchiseâs force pushes and pulls. Itâs a fun addition, but a little tricky to control â and priced a bit high at $80 as a standalone (or $200 if you buy them as a bundle).
Appropriately unveiled the week of Black Friday, Spheroâs taking the Force Bandâs functionality to a compelling new level with the addition of IFTTT (If This Then That) support. That means the skyâs really the limit on the sorts of things wearers will be able to control with the wrist band. Users can create commands to control all sorts of smart home functionality with a push, pull or stop. Behold, the Jedi coffee maker:
Spheroâs posted up some pre-made functionality over on its page â controlling smart lights like the Philips Hue is a pretty obvious one. And hey, who wouldnât want to force pull a Tweet and Slack post or force stop some music? Itâs probably more fun that legitimately useful, but the force still seems pretty strong with this one.