For some while we've been hearing about Sphero -- the magical robotic ball controlled by your Android device and now they're finally reaching customers hands (floors, tables, backyards etc.) if you're lucky. Shipments are slowly moving out but the folks at Orbotix have more coming.  In addition to the actual Sphero devices shipping, all of the apps are showing up in the Android Market as well.

  • Sphero - is the main app and has the important function of allowing you to update Sphero’s firmware automatically as new updates become available. It has basic driving functionality, basic draw n’ drive  functionality and other cool commands. You can also track your driving stats and achievements with Sphero World – an online gaming community for Sphero fans that is still in the works. Expect a lot more from Sphero World in the near future!
  • Sphero Drive - is the app that gives you total control of driving with customizable features.  Three speeds and driving methods are available – joystick, tilt, and RC.
  • Sphero Draw N’ Drive - allows you to draw on your screen and watch Sphero trace out your drawing on the floor. Simply shake your phone to erase!
  • Sphero Golf - brings out a whole new side of Sphero. Swing your phone or flick your finger to move Sphero down the course you create in your living room or office.
  • SpheroCam - allows you to record Sphero while you drive so that you never miss a moment.

If you've never got your order in on the first go, the folks from Orbotix are now taking preorders for the January 2012 and from the previous amount of orders placed -- we're guessing the price tag of $130 isn't stopping people, so likely best to get your order in as soon as possible. Jump on past the break to catch a video of Sphero in action.

Source: Sphero