May the Fourth be with you: Awakening the IBM Cloud force

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Happy Star Wars Day, and May the Fourth be with all of you. As all us fans take today to remember the best moments from the films that have become such an integral part of our lives, we can also look for ways to keep the spirit of Star Wars alive every day, no matter how long the wait until the next movie.

From mind tricks to hyperspace, Star Wars captures our imaginations by depicting how advances in technology could transform how we travel, communicate and live. And while we can’t yet travel rapidly between galaxies, revolutions in cloud are beginning to turn some of these dreams into reality.

Just today, for example, IBM announced that users around the world can easily access a breakthrough quantum computing platform, the IBM Quantum Experience, through IBM Cloud. I’m thrilled to see what this could unlock. Quantum computing could be used for anything from discovering new pharmaceuticals to unlocking new facets of artificial intelligence.

Recently, I used other APIs on IBM Cloud, such as Watson Internet of Things (IoT) and Node-RED, as well as an Emotiv Insight Headset to program my own Sphero BB8 Droid to be able to move on my command. Just like the Force, I’m able to use technology to enable my own brainwave data to be interpreted into understandable, actionable directions.

Though it may look futuristic in the video below, being able to code your own BB8 is actually fairly simple with tools readily available on IBM Cloud.

The process works something like this:

May the 4th Infographic

For a more detailed, step-by-step guide to channeling your inner Force and programming a BB8 to move with your mind power and IBM Cloud, check out this how-to I recently published.

Since I’ve been able to master moving my BB8, I’m on to the next ideas of how I can use IBM Cloud and different APIs to tap deeper into the Force. Maybe using Watson’s Speech-to-Text to light the BB8 up in different colors, or having my BB8 reflect my current sentiment by having Watson analyze my Twitter data.

What would you like to see the BB8 able to do next, and how have you been using a tech-powered Force? I would love to hear your thoughts, questions or suggestions in the comments, or via Twitter through my handle @josh_schwaa or @IBMCloud.

IBM Cloud Developer

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