Sphero Force Band for BB-8Sphero’s Force Band is a cool toy that can control the Sphero BB-8 droid with gestures.  By combining it with the power of IFTTT the toy becomes a new way to control your home automation system.  Using ‘Force Gestures’ the precompiled IFTTT recipes already allow you to control LIFX or Hue lights and toggle the power on your WEMO Switch.

Voice controlled whole home systems like the Echo and Google Home are hot topics right now but this new toy shows that innovation can come from any direction.  It would be very cool to see more of this type of functionality available in other devices like the Apple Watch or Samsung Gear wearables.