Trying to improve your soccer skills, but finding the process difficult? A new smart soccer ball aims to help with that, integrating smart technology into a ball that, when used alongside a related mobile app, gathers and provides data showing skill details. The company behind the soccer ball also envisions third-party training apps that will work with its model.
The Inside Coach soccer ball is blue with gold trim and, most importantly, equipped with motion detection hardware to collect data on the ball’s movements. Trajectory, spin, and force data are all collected, as well as game details like how many times the ball is passed or touched. That data is synced with the Inside Coach mobile app.
The device’s maker is developing challenges and skill levels for the mobile apps (Android and iOS) that will help a player develop over time. The company also wants developers to get on board and make their own apps that work with the soccer ball. Connectivity is delivered over WiFi, and charging is done wirelessly.
The creator behind the Inside Couch product is seeking $25,000 in funding on Kickstarter, where it has so far raised about $16,000 with 52 days remaining. The product will retail for $185 USD, assuming it makes it to market, and is currently being offered through the crowdfunding campaign for $99 USD.