The Sphere 1 was launched in 1975 by Mike Wise of Bountiful, Utah. It was an all-in-one integrated microcomputer based on the new Motorola 6800 platform. It was ahead of its time; it was also delayed, somewhat difficult to use and frequently flaky. The company disappeared by 1977, and Sphere was soon a punchline, then a footnote.
The Sphere computer may have been at its heart a hobbyist's machine, but its design and capabilities prefigured the mass-market computers that would become ubiquitous a few years later.