Star Wars Science - The Force Trainer by Uncle Milton
Review Date: November 9, 2009
This review will be very different from our normal reviews because the item is not like other collectibles we review. This review will be a hands on review from several people; age ranges from 3 to 61. We took this around to 7 different people to really see how people of different ages reacted to it. Please note the recommended age is 8 years or older.
The Force Trainer by Uncle Milton actually allows you to control a Jedi Training Remote with your mind, by tapping into cutting-edge brainwave technology. Utilizing dry EEG sensor technology, the headset reads and interprets your brainwaves. The deeper your concentration and mental focus, the greater your ability to move the Training Remote up or down the Training Tower. Progress from Padawan to Jedi Master as you master the use of “The Force” through 15 levels of training. Increasingly challenging sequences are aided by training cues and instruction from the master of all Jedi Masters himself, Yoda. Additional STAR WARS sound effects confirm accomplishment and provide encouragement throughout your training. Advancement and current level of your training is displayed on the Training Tower control panel.
In the box, you have a very simple assembly. Put the batteries in, insert the clear tube, drop in the ball. You will be up and ready to play in a few minutes time. If you have never used a device like this before they have plenty of information to get you started right inside the box.
Once you put the headset on, power up the trainer, push a button on the top and listen as Yoda tells you what to do. Basically, the clear tube consists of three levels. As you start off you will be asked to move to level 1, then the ball drops down to the bottom. You then start again and try to go to level 2, etc... As you start to master this you will then learn how to move from level to level without dropping the ball, and holding it in different areas for different lengths of time.
Below are a few short videos we made to show you how it works and better illustrate how it works. It really is amazing, especially the first time you get it to work. As you move up the levels, it gets harder and harder to move the ball unless you really concentrate on it.
All 7 people, who we tested the trainer with, were able to get the ball to move and 6 of the 7 felt the need to use there hands. It was really funny to see my 61 year old father doing this as well as my 3 year old niece!
This really is a product you need to have in front of you to have the most fun with, and I can honestly say that two weeks after getting it, we still play with it and not a single person who comes to visit does not want to try it out. It can be found for between $75 and $125 and we have some links at the bottom where you can pick it up online. You can also get it at most major retailers and toy stores.
Here are our results as well as direct quotes from the people we used to check this out:
Mackenzie (Age 3) - "This is cool. I made the ball move."
Gabrielle (Age 6) -" I really like this toy. I can't believe it moves without any strings. It's like magic or something. My best is level 8 so far, when can I play again?"
Madison (Age 7) - "I concentrated really really hard to get the level 3. I hope my dad gets one for our house."
Anthony (Age 32) - "I really didn't think it would work like it did but it really works. Blows my mind. I don't know how it works but it does. I wish we had this back in college, it would have been a huge hit!"
Anne (Age 33) - "I just had to try it out after my daughter did and it really works. I was working my way up the levels and the phone rang and within a second or two the ball dropped. When I broke my concentration that was the end of it. If I can get my husband to stop playing on it, I want to try to get to Level 15. I can't seem to pass level 11."
Connie (Age 56) - "How Cute this is! What will they think of next!"
Rocco (Age 61) - "So who is controlling this? What's the trick? Do you have a little remote in your hand making it do this? "
In conclusion, everyone was able to get the ball to at least move. With Mackenzie it seemed to shoot right to the top every time and she soon became bored. With Gabrielle and Madison (once I explained where the levels were and where they had to move it) they were both able to get to at least level 3. Gabrielle has more time to play with it, as we have it at home, and she how now mastered up to level 8. It really is a lot of fun for kids and adults alike. It is an unique and cool toy and I think any Star Wars fan would have some fun with it and also bring it out again and again when guests, friends or family is over. You can pick up The Force Trainer by Uncle Milton online at the links below: