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      Wilson has created an airless basketball that costs $2,500

      It comes in three colours and is about as weird as you would expect it to be.

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      You might think that a basketball needs air inside it to be able to bounce and hold its shape, but that would be a completely wrong assumption. Wilson has created an airless basketball that is pretty much what you expect, a hollow ball that somehow manages to do everything a regular basketball can do, without needing to maintain an air pressure inside. Impressive, right?

      While the ball might be a sign of the future and the way that ball technology in general will trend, it seems highly unlikely that this will be taking the place of a regular basketball in the coming months, as Wilson is selling this first generation ball for a whopping $2,500 price tag. Granted, it does come in one of three colour options, and you won't need to buy a hand pump to maintain this one, but still this is around the same price bracket as a very impressive and large television.

      Wilson states, "Rather than being inflated, Airless Gen1 relies on a 3D-printed polymer lattice structure. The basketball nearly fits the performance specifications of a regulation basketball, including its weight, size and rebound (bounce). The form of the ball features 8 panel-like lobes and a familiar seam structure, with hexagonal holes across the surface allowing air to pass through freely."

      To see the ball in action, YouTuber Marques Brownlee got his hands on one of the balls and showed it in action. Aside from the disappointing lack of noise the airless ball makes, it's a pretty impressive bit of sporting kit.

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      Wilson has created an airless basketball that costs ,500

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