This NFL season, fans will see the sidelines get tech savvy when coaches and players use the Microsoft Pro 3 to analyze still images during games.
Microsoft announced the replacement of the Surface Pro 2 tablets, on Friday.
The NFL is known for maintaining a strict regulation of technology use during games, so tablets are to be used by coaches and players for the sole purpose of viewing still images of previous plays, and nothing more.
The tablets replaced the binders filled with black-and-white pictures from 2014.
For over 20 preseason games this year, the NFL will begin testing out the allowance of coaches and players to view video replay on the tablets in addition to the still photos. They will also allow referees to pause, fast-forward, and rewind footage on the upgraded tablets instead of having them leave the field to go “under the hood” and watch a TV for the replay.
The new and improved lightweight, faster tablet features a larger screen.
Though viewing video footage of the replays, on the tablets, will be allowed during the preseason, there is no sign that the privilege will make it to the regular season.