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Use The Force – Move a Star Wars droid BB-8 with Your Mind

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BB-8 and mind control, star wars droid, bb8 bb8 star wars droidWith the release of the new Star Wars film moviegoers everywhere are being re-introduced to The Force and its power. More than a few people may even walk out imagining what life would be like in a world inhabited by The Force.

While we may never be able to control each other’s minds, the ability to manipulate the physical world through our speech, and even our thoughts, is very much a reality today. It is a reality being made more possible all the time by advances in technology like Natural Language Processing, sensors and IoT.

It is possible to move a BB-8 Droid with your mind…

3rd party hardware included in this video
Emotiv Insights: https://emotiv.com/insight.php
Sphero BB-8 Droid: http://www.sphero.com/starwars

IoT changes how we interact with the physical world

The Internet of Things is really a two-sided coin.

On the one hand it is taking dumb things and making them smart; things like your fridge, the door to your house, elements in your car or even a kid’s toy. It’s about engaging technologies that we’re used to and familiar with and then getting them onto the internet and making it meaningful.

Then the other side to this coin – which this video is really about – is taking things that are already internet enabled and combining them together to have new and meaningful interactions.

Companies like SilverHook Powerboats use IoT to help monitor and optimize engine performance during races.

IoT Resources for Developers

For developers that want to get started building their next IoT application on IBM Cloud, these resources can help get you moving in the right direction:

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