In a move that really shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone, adidas has carried over its miCoach performance tracking technology featured in its footwear, to a soccer ball.
Set for a 2014 release, the adidas Smart Ball uses a web of unique sensors embedded inside the ball to allow players to track performance data relating to power, spin, and accuracy. The high-tech ball is designed to help improve technique through coaching, so we don't expect the ball to hit the professional pitch any time soon. Rather, it will likely be used in practice and training. Nike is also in the works of developing a similar digital soccer ball called Nike+ TM, though no release date has been set for that one just yet.
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