App Enabled BB-8 Force Band Control

Brand: Sphero
Model: AFB01USA
EAN: 0854211006531
Category: Gadgets & Tools
Price: $10.99  (127 customer reviews)
Dimension: 0.50 x 8.38 x 2.13 inches
Shipping Wt: 0.08 pounds. FREE Shipping (Details)
Availability: In Stock.
Average Rating: 4.3 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

The Force is strong with you. Channel it with the Star Wars Force Band by Sphero. Like a Jedi Knight, you can control your BB-8 App-Enabled Droid with just a wave of your hand and expand your abilities with Force Training. Use the band by itself to complete Combat Training, or collect digital holocrons in your environment through Force Awareness. Fulfill your destiny and become strong in the ways of the Force.

Features

  • Controls the BB-8 app-enabled Droid toy from Sphero through gestures like Force push, pull and drive
  • Bluetooth Smart technology with a 25m range
  • USB charging cable allows for a charge that lasts 60 mins
  • Free iOS & Android compatible app; allows for The Force, Combat training and Force Awareness features

Top Reviews

Not bad...
by Michael D. Gress (3 out of 5 stars)
July 16, 2018

Grabbed one for $15. Happy with that price but release price would have been severely overpriced,.

I think Sphero was listening when people said make a controller so we're not tying up our devices, unfortunately we kind of meant a tiny handheld screen dedicated to solely Sphero droids, not a wrist mount that lets you drive and steer with exaggerated power ranger moves. Personally I'll just use my Apple Watch where I can choose a droid then get a full screen joystick I can drive around just tracing directions on the watch face.

Between the lukewarm reception, them flat out giving them away with droids, and now just a $15 flat cost, it's obvious these didn't fill the need. Even in the Sphero droids app force band is almost an afterthought. You can connect to it and put it to sleep, but can't do any of the band activities, you have to open it's own app.

Something none of the other Star Wars sphero require.

In the app it's mainly tutorials disguised as games with the exception of the Holocron vault where you set your band to force sensitive, wait for the haptic feedback and Jedi voice telling you to search the force for a nearby holocron and it's a Pokémon go emulator. Some holocrons produce armory cards that you can set your band to use, make exaggerated pew pew motions and you can hear Han's DL-44 pistol firing, change it, wave an arm and hear Rey's lightsaber swinging

Pros, it works, send your droid away, call it back, steer by waving your arms. Downside, it's a mute drone. No emotes with the band.

Nice Star wars-esque design, clever magnetic buckle and well tailored cloth Velcro strap, weathering is nice, honestly a decent little add on prop for cosplay or Halloween especially using the sound effects, someone could swing a dummy saber and get the sweet lightsaber effects

If you collect the Sphero Star Wars line and want the complete line, if you want a decent looking little Star Wars prop with surprisingly loud effects, for $15, grab one.

If you want a way to control your droid without tying up your device, it marginally does that. Again, no sounds , (especially with BB-8 that produces all sounds through your now closed app) at least Artoo will randomly play an emote or some random chatter, but you won't control emotes at all.

Not sorry I bought it, the design looks good, but I'll use my Apple Watch to control it or just buy a cheap 7" tablet just for sphero. This wasn't what fans and collectors asked for.
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This Is How BB-8 Was Meant to Be Controlled...
by Jeff (5 out of 5 stars)
October 11, 2016

This seems like the way that BB-8 should have been being controlled all along!!!

I got the original BB-8 last year when it was first released, and I've truly enjoyed using it with the app on my phone. However, when I saw that the Force Band was finally being released, I pre-ordered it right away. After having it for 10 days now I have to say I'm extremely happy with the product.

It works EXACTLY as advertised. Force Push forward to get rolling...lower your arm to slow down and stop. Bring your hand back towards you in a "Come Here" type of motion, and BB-8 will roll backwards. Turn by basically simply pointing left or right.

I will say that this takes a bit of getting used to. My initial uses all resulted in what seemed like a series of uncoordinated crashes while I flailed about like a maniac. However, after some practice I was controlling BB-8 like a Jedi Apprentice...with more and more skills developing as I practice more and more.

I've used the Force Band in it's other modes much more limitedly. I've only collected a couple of Holocrons, so I don't have a ton of experience doing that...however, it does work as shown in the Tutorial videos. I've also only used it for "Combat Training" a couple of times. It works well in this mode, also. I could see the Combat Training being something that kids could really get into, considering the sound effects react really well to your arm movements. It would add a cool element to light saber and blaster battles.

Overall, I'm really happy with the Force Band. It meets all of my expectations, and does everything it says it does...and does it well.
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Works well, and is fun!
by JosephKw (5 out of 5 stars)
May 6, 2017

It connects to the BB-8 almost instantly and has a decent range as well. It takes some time to master controlling the droid (when performing a Force pull your Band is reversed, so moving your hand right makes it go left and vice versa), but once you get it, it's great fun and almost magical. You can make the robot walk beside you and turn as you do--so it's like walking a dog without a leash.

The other features are entertaining as well, such as a short virtual adventure game guiding an animated BB-8 through a damaged ship using the Band, and my kid loves playing make believe while making sound effects like light sabers and star fighters using the Band.
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Kewl
by Sondra Healy (4 out of 5 stars)
January 23, 2019

I ordered this to go with these feral robot to give to my five-year-old stepson for Christmas. There is a learning curve to get it working, and oddly there are no discernible instructions included. As my husband struggled, my five-year-old stepson decided he could do better on his own - and he did! It worked grea I ordered this to go with these feral robot to give to my five-year-old stepson for Christmas. There is a learning curve to get it working, and oddly there are no discernible instructions included. As my husband struggled, my five-year-old stepson decided he could do better on his own - and he did! I purchased the robot itself through Sears because the price is so much lower than anywhere else I found. This feral robot is actually about 6 inches tall, in spite of all the advertisements making it look like it's as big as a toddler. No big deal though he has a great time playing with it. I do not think the product would be very valuable for a child any older than six, as I have several children and the older ones have expressed no interest in it whatsoever.
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Very impressive
by John (5 out of 5 stars)
December 7, 2018

It's the first time I saw this item and it got my curiosity I'm a star wars collector and at $17 my thought was how good could it be .well it's very good well worth the money and looks AWSOME on the shelf . It works absolutely fantastic....it does a lot of things other then control the droids...I would say buy now this item could go easily for a lot more money .VERY COOL ITEM AMAZON
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Quality addition to a sphero robot
by Josh Hj (5 out of 5 stars)
January 12, 2019

Honestly a great product. My 8 year old loves using it in various modes with either his sphero R2D2 or a toy lightsaber. The biggest plus was that it allows him to play without carrying a phone or tablet around to control the droid. Has been hours of fun since christmas and he actually remembers to charge them on his own for the next play session.
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It's a novelty item and nothing more
by Josh E (3 out of 5 stars)
March 26, 2019

My son got the Sphero BB-8 droid for Xmas and shortly after that he asked for this. I didn't do much research on it since it was a pretty cheap purchase. However, if I had done any looking into it I doubt I would have bought it. This thing is ridiculously unreliable! You have to calibrate it almost every minute because otherwise the droid just moves in the opposite direction that you want it to. For a 6 year old that means I'm the one that is constantly having to mess around with it so he can use it for another 45 seconds. Although I'm a big fan of Sphero products I recommend staying far away from this one
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No regrets here!!
by Chance Hunt (5 out of 5 stars)
June 29, 2018

I absolutely love this band!!! You don't necessarily need the B.B.-8 droid to have fun with this. This allows you to feel around for holocrons, unlock characters, even cool weapons from the saga!!! You can even do a tutorial with B.B. 8 on your phone if you can't afford him at the moment. You can loosen the band and tighten it to fit exactly how big or small your wrist is. Definitely would recommend this
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Frustrating but cheap
by Kennedy Brandt (3 out of 5 stars)
October 9, 2019

Like most of Sphero's licensed Star Wars products, this is another cool idea that is at best gimmicky and at worst a failure in execution. It comes close, but ultimately is cumbersome, weak, erratic, and unpredictable. Like Sphero's BB-8 and R2-D2 app-connected "droids," it's another mildly amusing novelty that's good for maybe two plays before it's put away in a drawer and forgotten. As an inert Star Wars costume accessory, however, it's GREAT. Thank goodness it was only $13.
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Makes BB-8 even better!
by S. L. (5 out of 5 stars)
February 18, 2019

Works great with Sphero BB-8, and makes playing with it an even better experience. I purchased the droid and band for a 3 year old, and it's more fun to use hand motion than controlling the droid via the phone. The band was able to adjust down to his wrist (normal size, 50% weight), no issues with the band being too loose.

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