5
Apr

Brazuca travels the world with six cameras inside of it

We found out late last year that Brazuca, the official match ball for the 2014 World Cup, was beloved by many. Just one day in Brazil proved that. We love it, too.

This Monday, adidas will begin to share a truly unique perspective of the beautiful game through what they have dubbed “Brazucam.” A specially created ball with six HD cameras inside of it will capture moments across the world in a way we’ve never seen before.

If this is even half as cool as we’re expecting, you won’t want to miss out on the journey. We can’t wait.

H/T Soccer Bible

3
Jan

Paralyzed teenager to take first kick at 2014 World Cup

H/T NESN.com

You’d be forgiven for assuming that the likes of Neymar or Pele would be involved in taking the first kick at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

Instead, it’s something quite different, yet incredibly special and unique. A teenager paralyzed from the waist down is set to kick off the huge spectacle in Sao Paulo by taking the ceremonial first kick!

You read correctly. With the help of the world’s most advanced mind-controlled exoskeleton, the yet-to-be-chosen lucky teenager will take the first kick on perhaps the world’s most prominent sports stage.

The ambitious idea is designed to showcase the Walk Again Project - a nonprofit international collaboration dedicated to researching ways to overcome paralysis through technology. The project itself explains the process, helped through the wearing of a “robotic body suit”, here:

"The candidate teenage kicker will be trained in Virtual Reality to control technology that will eventually allow them to kick the ball at the world cup [sic]. They will do this by wearing a non-invasive headpiece that detects brain waves."

For more on the Walk Again Project, check out this story from the Washington Post.

Pretty incredible stuff.

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28
Jun

New Nike app lets you summon a laserbeam pitch wherever you want

If you have ever wanted to play on a pitch created by laser beams in the middle of the night in a neighborhood of your choosing, then you’re in luck.

Nike has rolled out the “FC247” app which allows you to summon a van that can project a 5-a-side pitch using a set of green lasers. This is pretty remarkable technology, but you would think that if they had gone so far as creating a field by emitting light through a process of optical amplification that they could at least provide you and your friends with a ball and a couple goals.

While it’s only available in a few neighborhoods in Madrid, we’ll keep an eye on this space to see if the technology catches on.

H/T WAATP

28
Feb

Introducing SOCCKET: The Energy-Harnessing Soccer Ball

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Photo: Uncharted Play, Inc.

Talk about a genuine idea, Uncharted Play recently introduced SOCCKET, a “durable energy-harnessing soccer ball” that can be used as an off-grid power source after 30 minutes of play via the ball’s patent pending technology. Sounds too good to be true, right? 

"About one ounce heavier than a standard soccer ball, the SOCCKET is constructed from a custom water-resistant EVA foam that is both durable and soft to the touch. Designed and assembled in the USA, the SOCCKET is currently being piloted in select resource-poor areas of North America and South America."

Photo: Uncharted Play, Inc.

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