THE WORLD’S FIRST INTELLIGENT HANDBALL - ULTIMATE iBall
SELECT presents the world’s first intelligent handball, Ultimate iBall, with a built-in chip that tracks and distributes data in real time.
The SELECT Ultimate iBall and the associated new insights into the game will make the performance of players more tangible and result in a significant increase in fan engagement.
SELECT Ultimate iBall is awarded "Product of the Year" at the ISPO 2019
Ultimate iBall is the world’s first ever intelligent handball. Spectators benefit from brand-new insights into the game via the built-in KINEXON chip that records data in real time regarding ball speed, shot detection, shot position and the position of the ball in the goal. This brings fans closer to the action than ever before. All captured data is provided to television stations and digital channels in real time.
With the annual ISPO Award, an independent specialist jury awards prizes for the best sport products for the coming season. The most innovative products in the Health & Fitness, Outdoor, Snow sports, Urban and Team & Social Sports segments are chosen from around 500 entries.
The award is given to the SELECT Ultimate iBall in the category Team & Social Sports.
ANIMATED ULTIMATE iBALL
Zero-Wing bladderThe bladder is made of high performance natural latex. The Zero-Wing concept ensures optimum roundness of both the ball and the bladder. SELECT solely uses latex bladders in our balls with build-in balance point at the opposite side of the valve hole. This, together with the Zero Wing concept, gives a perfectly balanced ball with a very lively bounce.
ChipThe KINEXON chip is placed at the very heart of the ball, on the bladder, to keep it safe from shots and bumps, while in play. The chip will capture information such as ball speed, shot detection, position of the shot and placement of the ball on target.
LiningTo stabilize the ball and to ensure that it remains round, its 32 panels are lined with several layers of textile material. The lining also helps to adjust the softness as well as the weight of the ball.
FoamThe most important factor regarding the softness of the ball is a layer of neoprene foam placed between the lining and the synthetic leather. The foam maintains its softness and elasticity game after game. ULTIMATE is the only model produced using specially developed Shark Skin Foam. This makes it an even softer and thoroughly fantastic ball.
PU surfaceThe synthetic leather used in our handballs consists of an outer layer of ”grippy” PU with a backside of non-woven polyester fibre. In addition to this, the special fibre threads are inlaid in a crisscross fashion to ensure the strength and stability of the material. This ensures a ball with a perfect grip, optimal balance and extreme durability.
Double Lock ValveThe rubber material used in our valves is well known for being airtight and together with the Double Lock system, where the air must pass through two ”gates” to escape, the ball becomes very airtight.
Hand-stitchingULTIMATE is stitched by hand. The 32 panels are sewn together using 630 double stitches and 60 corner stitches and are closed off (especially for SELECT) with a double knot. The ball lasts longer this way.
Spectators are able to observe the speed of the ball and the distance from goal for every shot in the game.
The shot distribution on court from one team or a specific player will be displayed for broadcasting and digital channels.
The position of every shot entering the goal will be displayed, illustrating scoring strategies. All information is detected automatically and in real-time with interfaces for both broadcast and digital channels.
SELECT’s agreement with EHF includes that we provide the official match ball for all the top EHF competitions including the VELUX EHF Champions League, DELO WOMEN`S EHF Champions League, Men’s and Women’s EHF Cup and last but not least the European Championships for both women and men.
A new and dynamic ball design will be presented for the EHF Champions League on an annual basis, and the partnership offers the opportunity for innovative product development on the handball market in the coming years.