Early this year we got a quick look at the upcoming Sphero iOS controlled ball by Orbotix. Well, nearly a year later and the Sphero is available for preorder at the price of $129.99. In addition, demand has even been so high in the initial preorder rush that orders placed now won't even be fulfilled until 2012.

Check out our video of the device from CES:

Initially, the Sphero will launch with six apps to be used in conjunction with the device. The Sphero app tracks leader boards and achievements, Sphero Golf allows you to play a game of golf in your home or office, and SpheroCam sounds like it'll be the perfect photo companion for people who will be using the Sphero exclusively for harassing their pets. Sphero Draw N' Drive, Sphero Blox, and Sphero Drive all offer different variations on moving the ball around.

It sounds awesome, and I can't wait to get my hands on one.

  • http://twitter.com/tiggs David Kim

    Holy SHIT this is expensive WHY WOULD ANYONE BUY THIS????

    • Adams Immersive

      At this price I’ll await reviews. But I do want one! People sometimes spend money for pure entertainment... And adding up one’s monthly restaurant bill can quickly put $130 in perspective!

  • Chris Aanerud

    LOL...the wonders of modern technology. We can control tiny ping pong balls with our cell phones.

  • Cameron Stark

    That's one expensive cat toy. The games don't look very fun.

  • Benjamin Rodriguez

    not really anything new, plenty of hacks that can do much more then that. I guess its commercialized? Still for 130 bucks there's tons more fun that you can squeeze out then this. hopefully the system isn't bluetooth'd controlled. Otherwise that ball isn't going very far.

    So interesting, yeah. But unless your pissin dollar's I don't see how this is aimed at the general audience. And if you really want something like this, go buy a stand alone device that will fetch you much less cheaper.

  • Anonymous

    Yeah, buy a pocket sized rc micro-helicopter for $40 and have some fun...a slow ball roling around?  not so fun.  Or, get a hamster and a hamster ball...LOL!

  • Jason Mannello

    wasn't this initially proposed as like a $20 device? every time i hear about it it costs more. this price just made me  not want it at all