1. onlysublime's Avatar
    I was just browsing a site and saw a little link at the bottom of the page to the NFL's version of the Surface Pro 2... Very cool!

    Here's how NFL players and coaches use Microsoft's custom-built Surface tablets on the sidelines - GeekWire

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    text excerpts (really worth reading the rest at the link):

    We had a chance to check out the devices today, and the first thing I noticed was the sheer weight of the waterproof tablets, which have sturdy casings that add about two pounds and can withstand temperatures ranging from 120 to negative 45 degrees.

    This is the definition of ruggedized.

    “If a coach is really upset at something, he can slam the tablet on the turf and it will still work OK,” said Jeff Tran, director of sports marketing and alliances at Microsoft.

    I spent a few minutes playing with the software, and it’s easy to see why these tablets are more efficient than the traditional paper printouts — 15 times faster, Tran noted. Images from each play — on offense, defense, and special teams — are labeled, with the ability to make annotations on each photo with the Surface Pen. Players and coaches can “favorite” specific screenshots that they want to bookmark.

    There are 25 Surface tablets available at every NFL game now for each team — 13 on the sidelines, and 12 up in the assistant coaches’ booths. Devices on the sidelines connect to a private, secure in-stadium WiFi network, while assistant coaches hook up to a wired connection. All other features of a consumer-grade Surface Pro 2 have been stripped away. The tablets only allow access to a Sideline Viewing System app that provides the photos of recent plays.

    Meanwhile, quarterbacks like Wilson, Drew Brees, Nick Foles and Blake Bortles have given Microsoft their stamp of approval.

    “What we’re seeing is that with each passing week, more and more players are using it during critical moments of the game,” Tran said.

    Some players and coaches have asked for video and playbook information to be loaded on the tablets, but it will be awhile before that happens due to the NFL’s stringent approval polices for that type of content. Still, Tran noted that Microsoft has the capability to add those features, which is part of why the NFL teamed up with the company in the first place.

    “We are uniquely set up as a tech company to provide this solution simply because it’s not just hardware, or software, or back end — it’s the full stack,” he said. “And we’re just getting started.”
    11-15-2014 01:26 PM
  2. Broomcorn's Avatar
    Really cool, and much better than the previous method of using printed paper.
    01-13-2015 06:38 PM
  3. RTGent's Avatar
    I saw old man P. Manning using old school paper in the Indy game. He lost.

    I also noted more white labeling on one that Wilson was looking at on Sunday following one of his interception. He won.
    01-21-2015 11:24 AM
  4. onlysublime's Avatar
    I've seen the Surface used in quite a number of games. I saw Bill Belichick use it a lot. Wonder if he hacked it to do more than what the NFL intended... :p
    01-22-2015 12:38 AM

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