‘Smart Ball’ and app help soccer players improve their game

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Improving professional sports performance these days is aided by rigorous health and training regimes informed by lots of information about the individual athlete. We've already seen the 94Fifty bring smartphone-enabled data collection and analysis to basketball, and now the adidas Smart Ball aims to do the same for soccer. Developed by a team of researchers and engineers over the past three years, the ball is fitted with an accelerometer and magnetometer to accurately determine what's happening when it's hit – such as impact location, distance, spin and trajectory. The ball can be connected to mobile devices via Bluetooth to give…

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