The eagerly awaited adidas miCoach Smart Ball has officially launched, hitting the UK with a £249.95 price tag.
Following four and a half years in development, the adidas Smart Ball is available now through adidas and Apple stores, with the sensor-packing footie touching down just in time for World Cup fever.
“We're proud to bring the miCoach Smart Ball to soccer players around the world,” Christian DiBenedetto, adidas’ Senior Innovation Director said of the launch. “There was a huge amount of interest in the concept when we first showcased the ball.”
"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.”
Being tipped as the world's smartest football, the adidas Smart Ball features a sensor package suspended within the centre of the ball to offer feedback on contact areas, power, curl and even the ball's flight trajectory.
Designed to aid training in ball striking and dead ball situations, the Smart Ball syncs with a free smartphone application, bringing context to the data and offering instant feedback on how to improve your desired shot or free-kick.
Filled with tutorials, the app syncs after every shot, visualising the RPM of spin applied to the kick and how contact points need to be adjusted to achieve better results.
At present the Adidas Smart Ball is compatible only with iOS devices, requiring Bluetooth 4.0 to sync, although an Android application is in the works.
Having been subjected to all the same testing standards as the asides Brazuca, the ball set to be used in this summer's World Cup, skills learned with the Smart Ball can be transferred across to any standard match ball.
Making a ball 'smart' brings a new issue to the football field though, introducing yet another thing which needs charging.
Thankfully this is handled with minimal fuss with the Smart Ball, coming bundled with its own dock, the ball features wireless charging capabilities, with a one hour full charging session offering 2,000 kicks worth of power.
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