Control your Sphero BB-8 droid with the Force (or hand gestures) later this month

The Force Band awakens on 30 September

The BB-8 remote control droid may have been out for a good year already, but that doesn't mean creator Sphero is quite done with the trundling, super-cute bot as it prepares to launch the gesture control-based peripheral, the Force Band.

The Force Band, which is due for release on 30 September, straps onto your midi-chlorian-filled wrist and enables you to control your BB-8 droid toy with a series of hand gestures. So basically you can look like a Jedi and a pratt and still enjoy controlling your new speherical robot.

The original version of the Force Band was a lot cleaner-looking when it was unveiled earlier in the year, with this new incarnation taking on a rugged sand-blasted look that wouldn't look out of place in Kylo Ren's utility belt or a Tatooine tool box.

If you're the kind of person who can't bare to have a peripheral that doesn't quite match the origina item it's been designed to accompany, you can also buy a Special Edition bundle that includes the rugged-lookin Force Band with an equally battled-hardened version of BB-8.

In a nice touch for old school Sphero users, the Force Band can also be used with the firm's previous creations such as the Ollie and SPRK+ robots.

The Force Band on its own can be picked up for £69.99, or you can invest in the Special Edition bundle for only £179.99.

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Dom Reseigh-Lincoln has been writing for T3 for over half a decade now, covering everything from mobile phones and laptops right through to video games and gaming peripherals. Purveyor of an excellent beard, as well as some perpetually cheeky offspring, Dom likes to wind down in his spare time by listening to heavy metal.