Cleats, shoulder pads, helmets. Each one is indispensible in keeping players safe in the roughest sport on Earth. Now you can add a new piece of gear to the list. Only this one is less about protecting a player from injury and more about giving the fans what they want.
This cool feature called MotionWorks RFID Next Gen Stats tracks player stats, like how fast they're running, the distance they travel and what direction they're headed in.
The NFL gave this cool technology out last year for a little more than half of the teams. The RFID chips are embedded in players' shoulder pads and are designed to give real-time information about the game and specific plays to those watching eagerly at home.
The Next Gen Stats data is then turned into individual player avatars that are streamed to Xbox One and Windows 10 apps.
"Our focus was to make this the best gameday experience," Todd Stevens, Executive Producer at Microsoft, told Wired Magazine. "It’s super-simple to customize and slide in and out of things without missing any of the game. You hit one button and you go into that snap view, another button and I’m back in full screen."
There is even a gaming feature to MotionWorks that lets you switch between players and choose the players you guess will go the farthest or run the fastest in a given game.
If this sounds like fun, go grab your free version of Windows 10 or Xbox One and get Next Gen Stats set up for football season. We only have 34 more days until the first game, so hop to it!
Important: If you are considering Windows 10, check out these helpful articles before you get started.