DO WANT: Sphero’s Force Band

Every once in a while, a piece of tech meshes with my most nerdy obsessions, and my wallet cries — prematurely. This is one of those moments. 

After obsessing over the Sphere BB-8 to the point where I was practically The Worst Kid On Christmas about when I’d get it, I’ve had non-stop fun with my little droid, and it has quickly become a part of the family. From delighting my cat and little kids at the office to racing it against other BB-8 owners (VERY fun, by the way), I’ve gotten everything I paid for and more. 

Now, first debuted at CES, Sphero has unveiled its latest addition to my budget: The Force Band. 

One of the biggest selling points of Sphero’s BB-8, for me, was how intuitive and reactive it was. While it’s a galaxy far, far away from the AI capabilities of it’s on-screen inspiration, BB-8 still serves up hours of fun. But now, with the Force Band, Sphero has gotten just a step closer. 

With hand gestures, users will be able to control BB-8 in a more natural manner, making the droid react in ways that seem authentic outwardly and bring it to life that much more. While I haven’t gotten my grubby paws on it yet, the folks over at The Verge have, and their rundown of its capabilities had me bouncing in my chair from excitement: 

Here’s how the Force Band works, at least in its current state. Resting your hand to your side enters driving mode. With your palm down, Sphero looks away from you; with your palm up it looks toward you. Spin in place, and BB-8 spins with you. The direction also dictates where it drives, and the rolling speed is at least somewhat affected by your hand’s elevation. Waving your hand in place will enter a gesture mode — the only one that worked for me was a nod “yes” when we did a quick right jab — and then putting your hand back down re-engages driving mode.

The Force Band has no price or official release date, though right now, it looks like you should budget for Fall 2016 — which means we’re probably looking at another Force Friday release! Until then, make sure you keep BB-8 up to date, and may the Force be with you!

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Confessions of a Blogger

Megan Gotch, founder of The Nerdy Girlie and co-founder of the extremely awesome Female Geek Bloggers group issued a link-up challenge to her fellow bloggers in the form of #BloggerConfessions – so of course I grabbed at that! I’ve honestly been at a loss when it comes to blogging recently (work and prepping for NYCC and Comikaze obligations have really set me back on everything else) so I’m slightly relieved that I have something to flex my fingers with.

This post is probably going to make me look way insecure, but in all honesty, this feels more like I’m confronting the problems I experience as a new blogger and finally figuring out how to solve them. So without further adieu, here we go!

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Work has been nothing short of completely insane as of late, and because of that, I’m scrambling to prepare for two cons and a cross-country trip. Granted, I’m not complaining – any career path requires determination and lots of work. But because of these plus the mountain of things I generally do on a daily basis, it’s always hard for me to stick to a blogging schedule. I worry about losing my readers because I don’t update more than once a week, so I’m working on sticking to a more solid schedule, where posts won’t sporadically pop up every few weeks. Promise!

4My roots are in journalism, and I work full-time as an entertainment journalist. I’m used to reporting stories, analyzing episodes or spoilers, and interviewing people who are much, much cooler than I am. That said, I very often catch myself using language that’s more reporter than blogger, and it makes me wonder if my posts aren’t packed with enough actual personality sometimes. Again, a work in progress!

3My friends put up with me posting trailers and gushing over comics on a daily basis, so I am constantly on top of how much I promote, where I promote, and who sees it. I haven’t really defined a target audience to myself just yet, so I’m hoping that as I continue to build this blog, I can single out the types of people that would want to see what I’m sayin’.

2Note: I particularly enjoy this photo because it looks like a high school PSA. Hehehehe.

With the general stress of a busy (but productive and fun!) life, I tend to go out of my way to avoid situations that would involve me feeling anxiety. There are tons of things I’d love to talk about, but often I find that I don’t know how to say it, or I’m worried about getting into big internet fights. INTERNET FIGHTS! I dislike those a ton – a conversation, sure, but actual fights stress the crap out of me. I want to be more bold and write culture pieces on the problems within the geek community, but up until now, I’ve been too cautious of the things I say. Within the next few blog posts, though, that’s going to change. ;)

1This plays pretty heavily into my point on promotions: if I don’t know what my main subject is, how do I find the audience that wants it? It would be easy to make this a gaming blog, or a fashion blog, or a culture blog… but I want to be all of those. I want to be able to broadly cover several aspects of the nerdy lifestyle, but sometimes i worry about the messaging I send out to promote that and how people perceive it. Since I don’t see myself singling out a primary topic anytime soon, I plan on just working harder to make my blog posts strong, fun, and interactive.

What are your blogger confessions? Check out Meg’s blog post to link-up and send me your link in the comments! <3

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