Okay, well I tried the instrument at the Musikmesse and I found it great. Much more than I thought (I was quite reserved, although I found the idea nice).
Can as well as type (tap would be more accurate) that the pads gently press more or less strong, more or less quickly. Depending on the approach, it will produce a percussive or rather more like a tablecloth that modulate the pressure. Which has nothing to do with sensations at aftertouch can be because of several inches of penetration on large pads.
It's very addictive. In a few minutes, I had a loop and beginning of the song I do not see any how I could find it, call or otherwise play almost even with this sphere.
Some critics anyway. Including the fact that I think the base is not heavy enough if we upset a little on the pads. Well, we can always fix it on something heavier, but for a product at this price, it's a shame.
Otherwise, I was worried about the strength and durability of these pads (very) flexible. I still am, except that the pads are only membranes that protect what is behind and they are mounted on studs that screw. They are very easy to change. Moreover, there cabochons of different colors, which will allow to make marks on the sphere.
In the end, a highly attractive and unfortunately expensive. A 450 - 500 €, I would have definitely taken a. Not 1500 (or even 800 for the "small" version with less visual quality without midi output (usb only) or three control pots listed on the "big").
As always in such cases, the price can be explained by the fact that we are dealing with micro series and there is therefore no economies of scale of mass products. They hope that the product will obviously successful enough to produce larger series and thus lower prices. I'm afraid, because of the current rates, it never happens. This is unfortunate because the product is not a stupid delusion, but a true original instrument, very sensual and inspiring.