Motion-sensing Gameball adds physical interaction to iPhone, iPad & Apple TV gaming

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A Seattle firm, Play Impossible, has signed an exclusivity deal putting its iOS- and tvOS-connected Gameball only in North American Apple stores as well as Apple's website.

Play Impossible Gameball and iPad


The Gameball is an inflatable motion-tracking product, aimed at people 9 or older, that connects to an iPhone, iPad, or Apple TV by way of Bluetooth. A variety of games are available through an associated app, such as "Splash," in which people have to catch the ball softly as it's tossed in order to avoid "popping" it.

Some other games include takes on Hot Potato and Keep Away, as well as more educational ones like "Sports Lab" and "Skyscraper," which put a focus on physics. Teachers can use the iOS app's export function to bring data into spreadsheet apps.

To encourage play the Gameball further translates airtime and daily missions into experience points, which gradually boost a player's level and unlock achievements. Its internal battery lasts only two hours, but can be recharged in as little as 20 seconds using a bundled charger.

Until today the Gameball was available through Amazon and Target. While Play Impossible is losing that reach, it will be putting the product in front of a lucrative demographic, and the company noted that Apple store visitors will be able to try the Gameball in person to get a sense for how it works.

On Apple's website, the Gameball is on sale for $99.95 in purple or green.

Comments

  • Reply 1 of 4
    hexclockhexclock Posts: 456member
    Can you kick it really hard without breaking it?
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 2 of 4
    mknelsonmknelson Posts: 271member
    …and the company noted that Apple store visitors will be able to try the Gameball in person to get a sense for how it works.
    All went well until granny took a Gameball to the head.
    watto_cobraAlex1N
  • Reply 3 of 4
    hexclock said:
    Can you kick it really hard without breaking it?
    I'm sure if the technology/capability existed, it would already be in use in professional football (soccer). I would guess this is for more delicate play.

    Even the ball in use at the current world cup (Adidas Telstar 18) only has an NFC chip for no purpose other than to connect to a smart phone and visit a webpage or something.
  • Reply 4 of 4
    airnerdairnerd Posts: 606member
    Very cool, just ordered the green one. If they could create a variant that is a little smaller, more baseball sized, I could use this with my little league players. There is a HUGE market here for this, if they could detect spin motion, teaching kids to get the right release out of their hand. I had no idea this tech existed yet, I'll know by Sunday night how well it works.
    stantheman
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