I am a big fan of the football game (that’s soccer for you in United States) and I play a few times a week,. And as the World Cup in Brazil approaches, the interest is growing and just like me, you’re probably wondering who’s going to win the big title. Adidas is probably looking to bank on the buzz and has launched the miCoach Smart Ball, an impressive innovation for the world of football. This comes just a few weeks after the unveil of the Brazuca ball with six cameras on the inside.
Designed for professional football players but also for those who can afford to invest in such a gadget, since it costs $299, Adidas’ smart ball is able to track a lot of data and send it right to your iOS device. The miCoach smart ball has been in development for more than a year and will work for the time being with your iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. By using the miCoach system, you will be able to see the visual trajectory of the ball and the exact impact points, as wel as how it spins. Christian DiBenedetto, senior innovation director at Adidas:
We’re proud to bring the miCoach SMART BALL to soccer players around the world. There was a huge amount of interest in the concept when we first showcased the ball. The testing feedback from athletes has been tremendous and we know users will love the engaging and instructional training this ball will bring to their game. It is another great example of the breakthrough innovation we bring to sports to make athletes better. The adidas miCoach SMART BALL is a personal training tool. Everything we do at adidas is about helping athletes perform at their highest level and the SMART BALL is designed to help players train and refine technique, allowing athletes to improve flair, skill, power and control.
The companion iOS app can also be used as a training planner, letting players keep track of shooting records and offering personal challenges aimed to improve your overall football skills. You can use it in penalties, free-kicks, shooting, corners, long passes and goal kicks. There are also challenge kicks available with social sharing functions. What’s really cool is that the adidas micoach smart ball features wireless charging capabilities and comes with a charging dock along. The Adidas miCoach Smart Ball is available at adidas.com and also in Apple’s online and physical retail stores.