A year after launching a smart basketball, Wilson—the official NFL game ball partner—is launching a smart football.

By Hannah Herreid
August 09, 2016

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This football season, Wilson is launching the first-ever smart football. Similar to Wilson’s Connected X Basketball that launched in 2015, the new Connected X Football allows you to track your performance with every throw, providing data, rankings and endless entertainment.

“Our products are not just used to get in shape,” Kevin Murphy, GM or Wilson Team Sports said, “they’re something that brings people together.”

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The official NFL football provider announced that the smart ball will officially go on sale on Sept. 8 for $199.99 on Wilson.com. In order to use the smart ball, you must download the app, which will be available for both iOS and Android. In the app you can customize your avatar and choose from all 32 NFL teams.

Here’s how the ball works: There is a small quarter-sized sensor located in the middle of the ball. The sensor lasts approximately 500 hours of throwing time (not including the time the ball is in sleep mode), which is essentially equivalent to a two-year lifespan. The sensor records the user’s velocity, spin, spiral accuracy, distance and if the ball was caught or dropped by the receiver.

Through five different games available on the app, users can play and view their ranking and stats immediately after. Games include: QB warmup—throwing the ball back and forth; Elimination—a multiplayer challenge where you must accomplish each task or you’re eliminated; Precision—throw accuracy; Game Time—the quarterback chooses plays and manages the clock; and Final drive—the quarterback has one last possession and must win the game.

With the recent developments in interactive games such as Pokémon GO and now Wilson’s Connected X Football, we’re no longer in an era where computer or video games are played sitting on the couch. The new Connected X Football allows fans to be active while being interactive.

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