The Force is alive and well at CES

Video contribution by Xavier Smith
A 3D printed Stormtrooper, robots by NASA and your own personalized BB-8 are just some of the StarWars inspired products found at CES 2016.
Sphero, known for their connected play toys, worked closely with Star Wars, Disney and LucasFilm to develop the BB-8 droid and now have a mini one available for Jedi fans. At CES 2016 they unveiled the StarWars Force Band to pair with the BB-8 App-Enabled Droid. Through gesture control, you can use authentic Jedi Force movements (push, pull and drive) to guide your BB-8 around. The BB-8 is $149.99 and can also be controlled through a mobile device. More details on the Force Band product will be announced later this year and is expected to be released in Fall 2016. Check out the demo from CES below.


NASA showcased their Robonaut 2 or R2, a prototype human-like robot that was developed in partnership with GM, and designed to work alongside humans. R2 was first launched on February 24, 2011 to the International Space Station to discover how robots behave in space. The R2 is made primarily of aluminum with steel and non-metallics, it weighs 300 pounds and stands at a full 3’4” tall from waist to head, containing over 350 sensors, 38 power PC processors and more. Now if R2 could do the dishes that would be amazing. What robots are made of…

Courtesy of NASA via Flickr
Courtesy of NASA at CES 2016

3D Systems showcased their version of StarWars with a life size 3D print of a stormtrooper and samples of accessories you can print to add to your Jedi wardrobe.
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The DIY sector showcased how to create a Fabricate 3D Tech-Style fashion for cheap. Now fashion makers can choose texture, shape, clothing patterns, even designs seen on Project Runway, and more at
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