Trying to improve your soccer skills, but find the process difficult? A new smart soccer ball aims to help with this, by embedding smart technology into a ball that, when used with a companion mobile app, gathers and delivers data showing skill details. The company behind the soccer ball is also considering third-party training apps that will work with its model.
The Inside Coach soccer ball is blue with a gold border and, most importantly, equipped with motion detection hardware to collect data on the ball’s movements. Trajectory, spin, and force data are all collected, along with game details like the number of times the ball is passed or touched. This data is synchronized with the Inside Coach mobile application.
The device maker develops challenges and skill levels for mobile apps (Android and iOS) that will help a player develop over time. The company also wants developers to join in and build their own apps that work with the soccer ball. Connectivity is provided via WiFi and charging is done wirelessly.
The creator of the Inside Couch product is seeking $ 25,000 in funding on Kickstarter, where he has so far raised around $ 16,000 with 52 days remaining. The product will cost $ 185, assuming it hits the market, and is currently being offered through the crowdfunding campaign for $ 99.