First seen at CES 2011, Sphero, the smartphone app-controlled ball, is finally available for sale. A few Sphero apps are already available, including a golf app and a racing app that should help to get this ball rolling.
Sphero only becomes fun when you tailor your environment to the ball. Sphero by itself isn’t terribly interesting — most of the games would be easier and more fun to play without the ball. But, create an obstacle course or a putting green in the office or garage, get a few people who have Sphero together, and you could probably squeeze hours of good times out of this toy. Friends can race their Spheros against each other by tilting and moving their smartphones to control the balls’ movements.
You can change Sphero’s color at any time or switch it to camera mode, which allows you to use your mobile device to snap a picture of the Sphero while you still have control over it with your device. Another app allows you to trace a path on your smartphone, which Sphero will follow as long as you don’t run it into a wall or something.
Right now, Sphero is only compatible with iOS and Android devices and costs $130 on Dynamism’s website.