RISE OF THE SMART FOOT­BALL

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Adi­das trains us all bet­ter with its sen­sored-up smart ball

“You can’t prac­tice penal­ties,” said ev­ery coach ever. Wrong, sorry. Four and a half years in the mak­ing, the Adi­das MiCoach Smart­Ball is packed to the brim with tech to help fo­cus your fin­ish­ing. The sen­sor, sus­pended dead-cen­tre in­side the ball, de­tects ex­actly where your boot strikes, mea­sur­ing rev­o­lu­tions per minute and speed. This data is beamed via Blue­tooth to the oblig­a­tory iOS app, where you can watch the way­ward tra­jec­tory of your shot and try to mas­ter a va­ri­ety of styles such as Ron­aldo’s “knuck­le­ball”. The 2,000-kick bat­tery run out? A one-hour boost on its wire­less charg­ing plate re­turns it to peak fit­ness. $TBC, adi­das.com.au

Feet first: pete dreyer takes his shot with the smart­ball

the micoach ball is re­mark­ably ac­cu­rate and see­ing yourself im­prov­ing shot af­ter shot on the app is ad­dic­tive. butwhile the tech is very Im­pres­sive, it has its lim­its.

chiefly, The ball has to fly through the air for roughly ten me­tres be­fore the sen­sor grabs enough data for anal­y­sis, so its use­ful­ness de­pends on how much prac­tice space you have.

I’d also like to see Adi­das in­volve their spon­sored pros more, in the way some ten­nis apps do, com­par­ing stats with the likes of Bale and Messi would add star qual­ity to a very clever idea.

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