Adidas is releasing the Bluetooth Smart-connected Smart Ball to help soccer players improve their kick. The $299 ball comes with a number of integrated sensors and connects with an app on your iPhone to help improve your kicking abilities for shots like penalties, free-kicks, shooting, corners, long passes or goal kicks.
The ball also features a convenient wireless charging dock so you can recharge the ball after you’re done practicing with it.
The Smart Ball is now available through Adidas and its online stores and will be joining a Bluetooth-enabled basketball at Apple retail stores and Apple online stores in the U.S. and Europe.
Adidas has been working on the miCoach Smart Ball since 2009 and says it’s “the most technologically advanced football in the world.”
“The Smart Ball relays data on how hard it has been struck, offers visual flight trajectories, depicts ball spin and shows impact points via the Adidas miCoach Smart Ball app available for iPhone and iPod touch,” the company said.
“This data can then be used to help train players, providing coaching instructions on how to alter kicking technique to bend free kicks, launch knuckle balls and generate more shot power.”
Coupled with the app, users can challenge themselves, improve their skills, and record their performances.
If you’re keen to develop your skills, the iPhone app also includes some training resources and a series of tutorials for nailing tricky kicks, as well as a progression mode that challenges you to hit the ball at a certain speed or with enough bend to swoop around a defensive wall. There’s even a ‘record book’ stats section for tracking your performance and improvements.
Now you can expect to become a master of dead-ball kicks like Ronaldo, Messi, Rooney…with easy to follow coaching guidance and near instant feedback on strike point, speed, spin and flight path. Compare your kick with the pros. Challenge your friends. Take your game to the next level.
More information is available at Adidas website: http://micoach.adidas.com/smartball/