Wilson X Connected Basketball ready for action on Canadian courts

Ian Hardy

February 8, 2016 10:08am

Got game? If not, Wilson can help you out with its connected basketball.

The Wilson X Connected basketball was first unveiled at CES 2016 and promises players improved shooting skills and confidence on the court. The official ball measures in at 29.5-inches (size 7) and features a smart sensor embedded inside that connects to a companion iOS or Android app.

To keep players engaged, Wilson partnered with SportIQ for gamification that encourages players to improve and increase their shooting skills and percentage. The ball connects to the app and tracks every shot then logs it through its Make/Miss Technology, which can be used to visually see performance over time.

In addition, the connected basketball goes a bit deeper and can identify if you are shooting a two-pointer, three-pointer, or free throw.

Where the gamification comes into play is the option to share your results with friends via social media. Once you hit various milestones, you then unlock a number of different badges.

Wilson notes that the ball never needs charging and that its sensor has been designed to track every shot up to approximately 100,000, which the company says is about 300 shots a day, seven days a week for 52 weeks.

As for price, SportChek is exclusively selling this in Canada for $250.

  • MoYeung

    A basketball sells for $250 + tax?

  • Sean-Paul

    That’s the most expensive basketball ever. Especially after the sensor battery dies. I would have loved to try this out but at 250…..I’ll have to definitely pass. Not a slam dunk lol

    • MoYeung

      non-removable battery huh?

    • Sean-Paul

      Nope. Once it’s dead…its dead

    • MoYeung

      Not a slam dunk but maybe they could do a promo for anyone who can shoot a 3-pointer from half-court with just one shot … you immediately get a discount on price?