“We’re giving each Star Wars fan the facility of the Drive,” stated Sphero CEO Paul Berberian.
He stopped by the TechCrunch stage on the Shopper Electronics Present at this time to point out off the corporate’s Drive Band, which can permit individuals to regulate the corporate’s BB-eight robotic toy with gestures. When pressed on the way it labored, Berberian first stated that “the Pressure works in mysterious methods,” however he ultimately provided somewhat extra element.
“What’s actually occurring is, we’re detecting all of the motions in [the user’s] physique and we’re syncing these motions as much as the sensors inside BB-eight — they’re utterly aligned,” he stated.
The Drive Band might be obtainable someday this fall, at a but-to-be-introduced worth, he added.
We additionally talked about how the robotics startup first began working with Disney to create a smartphone app-managed toy based mostly on BB-eight from the brand new Star Wars movie. He wouldn’t reveal what number of BB-8s have been bought, however he stated Sphero bought nicely over 1 million robots throughout all its product strains in 2015 – “the emphasis is on over.” And naturally BB-eight was the highest vendor.