Wilson's smart football could help make you the next Peyton Manning (hands-on)

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Sporting goods giant Wilson is developing the world's first smart football. The company, which released a connected smart basketball last year, is showing off a prototype at the CES trade show in Las Vegas.

You wouldn't know from looking at it, or even holding it, but the Wilson X Connected Football includes a built-in sensor that can measure speed, distance and spiral efficiency of your throws. The ball can even detect if your buddy catches it or drops it.

Data recorded by the ball is synced to the Wilson X Football mobile app. In addition to viewing your stats and comparing them to others, here you can also choose from a variety of game modes that test your efficiency under pressure. Game modes include Red Zone, Game Day and an Elimination challenge.

As was the case with the Connected Basketball, the football doesn't have to be charged. Before the ball starts recording, it has to be held vertically for two seconds to enable the sensor. This help preserve battery life, which is estimated to last up to two years.

The Wilson X Connected Football is slated to arrive later this year. Pricing information has not been finalized, but it could be priced similar to the $200 Wilson X Connected Basketball.


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