Sep 14 AT 11:06 AM Anthony Domanico 17 Comments

Sphero enters production mode, launching late 2011

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Sphero has sent us over some pictures of their final production model for their upcoming Android phone accessory. (You can check it out in the gallery at the end of this post). We call Sphero an accessory loosely, as Sphero is much more a gaming accessory that you happen to control with your Android device.

Sphero is basically a tennis-ball sized electronic polycarbonate ball that glows different colors depending on user settings and applications you choose to use Sphero with. The ball itself comes with a conduction charger, as well as various different applications the company has created to help you make full use of your purchase.

The included applications are really what make Sphero functional; games such as Drive and Golf allow you to use your phone to play a game of golf, and whatever you do on your smartphone will happen in real life with the Sphero ball. The ball mirrors your on-screen gestures as it moves around the floor. Though a few games will come with the Sphero device itself, many more will be available on the Android Market, since Sphero has released their developer toolkit to all those interested in building applications for the Sphero platform.

When we tested Sphero at CES in January, we were given a basic application that simply allowed you to move the ball around. But the addition of game applications to the final Sphero product will really make this a fun tool for you and your kids. You can check out Sphero in action in the following video.

This service will launch later this year. Sphero has given users the option to pre-order the Sphero ball, which will launch at a whopping $129.99. If you’re interested in Sphero, you can pre-order the device on their website. I have a feeling, however, that the $129.99 price is sure to turn some users off this service.

What do you guys think? Are you looking forward to getting your hands on Sphero despite the high price tag? Has Sphero priced this too high for your liking?  Let us know in the comments.

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  • ben dover

    it would be fun to mess with a cat with this thing but at $129, I’ll pass.

    • http://www.anthonydomanico.com Anthony Domanico

      haha. My sentiments exactly.

      • http://gosphero.com/ Ross

        Anthony, you’ll just have to play with our balls at the Big Android BBQ in two weeks. They’ll change your mind. :) See you there!

  • RonWeez

    maybe its just me…. but that would be the worst 129 dollar investment, that would be cool to do at a carnival or fair but not to own and do more than once… cool technology not a great investment

  • http://www.facebook.com/markryount/ thered

    This is a cool concept, but to that’s exactly what it seems like–a concept. This is almost like a “proof of concept” type of device. Since it doesn’t really DO anything (from what I can tell), I can’t see the point of this for the general consumer. Particularly not for that price. Maybe that’s just me, though.

  • funkyhomefinds

    Cool!

    Let me know when it hits about $19.99 and I’ll think about it.

    But seriously, perhaps right now it’s a 130-buck cat toy. But I can’t see how being able to control a moving device from your smartphone doesn’t have some serious potential there somewhere.

    This looks like the start of a great product in need of some serious market development.

  • live2ski

    way to go Boulder, Colorado!!

    use it as a queue ball for those impossible trick shots and mess with your friends (looks to be about the same size).

    make it smaller and put it on a Vegas roulette table to win every time ;)

  • http://www.focuszonedevelopment.com Homncruse

    * $130? No thanks.
    * $30? Maybe.
    * $15-20? I’ll buy several and use them among my friends for battle games :D

    I wonder what the load-bearing capacity and torque on these things are? What if someone were to construct a lightweight body frame with 4 bearing sockets for these balls (or 2 for front- or rear-wheel drive instead of 4-wheel drive)? Or, at minimum, a trailer-style hitch frame with a single bearing socket for one ball? Imagine using these balls as a remote controlled cart of some kind… Am I thinking too far out of the box here?

  • Splendor

    How does it communicate with my phone? Bluetooth? WiFi?

    • Ross

      Communicates with your phone via bluetooth. This makes it easier to establish a connection – no adhoc mess.

  • Steve Garon

    My Dog would love this .. .Hope its solid! And that they are joking when asking for 130$ o.0

  • dokholiday44

    Survey says…………….. lame!

  • http://None CaribGrackle

    Looks fun, but to pricey for something that virtually does nothing really.

  • Thomas

    This is a pretty cool concept – using sphero as the controller. Hope they build it for Android tabs and phones too. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=64iCbqW09cU&feature=channel_video_title

  • Grambcruc

    I think everyone here is missing the point… IT’S A FRICKIN’ ROBOT BALL YOU CAN CONTROL WITH YOUR PHONE! or does everyone already have one of those..? Things like this are going to open up a whole new world of games/toys and other devices.

  • bel

    i can buy an iPod at that price, £40/$60 is the most I’d pay