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By Shawn Lim, Reporter, Asia Pacific

November 29, 2019 | 2 min read

New Zealand telco Spark has created Bluetooth-enabled smart rugby ball to help families achieve a healthy balance of screen time and active playtime.

According to Spark, the motivation behind creating the smart rugby ball stems from the understanding that Kiwi children are facing a struggle to find balance with technology in their lives.

The prototype product, which is created in partnership with Gilbert Rugby, Nakatomi, child psychologist Dr. Emma Woodward and Colenso BBDO, is currently under trial by local families.

The trial will see the families put the prototype ball to the test by taking on a series of challenges designed by Dr. Woodward. The ball data captured during the trial will teach Spark even more about playtime, and inform the development of Play by Spark.


“Technology is part of everyday life and we want to help children grow up developing positive digital habits,” said Sarah Williams, the brand experience tribe lead at Sparks.

“At Spark, we’re working to equip parents with the right tools – like this smart ball and app – so that technology is part of the solution.”

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