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adidas recently launched a brand-new soccer ball technology that has the potential to revolutionize the way that soccer players train.
Named adidas miCoach SMART BALL, the ball is a Bluetooth smart and app-enabled soccer ball that syncs up with your smartphone or tablet. The ball features a sensor that’s embedded in the center of the ball to allow you to measure a range of metrics. From dead-balls, these include the ball’s speed, rotation, height and where which part of the ball was struck.
Courtesy of adidas, I had the opportunity to put the ball and technology through its paces to see how it works.
The first two things that are most noticeable about the ball are its futuristic design and the base that comes with it to power the technology. The adidas miCoach SMART BALL itself looks like something out of The Matrix movie, with a modern design that’s aesthetically pleasing. Even the plastic base that accompanies the adidas miCoach SMART BALL looks futuristic too. The ball fits snugly on the base whenever it needs charging.
After removing the ball from the plastic base, the adidas miCoach SMART BALL looks and acts like any first-class size 5 soccer ball. You can play with it just as you would with any other normal ball, but it’s the technology inside adidas miCoach SMART BALL that makes it quite unique.
To harness the technology, you just need to download the free adidas miCoach SMART BALL app for your smartphone or tablet, and then pair your device with the ball — which takes less than a minute.
The adidas miCoach SMART BALL app itself is easy to use and just takes a few taps before you’re ready to begin measuring your ball power and accuracy. By simply pointing the app at the ball when kicked, it measures an array of data and then visually displays it on the screen for you to see.
For me, by looking at the app data that’s displayed immediately after the ball is kicked, I was able to quickly see the power and trajectory of the ball. By having the information at my fingertips, it empowered me to try harder the next time I kicked the ball to see if I could beat my previous ball speed. And I did.