IBM engineer Joshua Carr and his BB-8.
Joshua Carr, a lead engineer at IBM, decided to take Sphero's excellent "Star Wars: The Force Awakens"
BB-8 app-powered droid
and take it a step further with the ability to control it with his mind.
It's just as Jedi as it sounds.
To make it work, Carr turned to the
, a consumer headset that can read your brain waves, plus some under-the-hood plumbing from
IBM's cloud computing platform
He says he had to train the Emotiv Insight to "read" his brainwaves and translate it into motion for BB-8, but it works now.
Here's the best part, in GIF form:
And the full video:
In the video, Carr explains that when it comes to the technology of "Star Wars," he'd rather have a droid or a hyperspace-capable spaceship than a lightsaber.
"Can you imagine giving a lightsaber to somebody? They'd chop their arms off," Carr says.