|Future soccer balls to become Hi-Tech?|
Thursday, 25 February 2010 15:16
Although FIFA has already announced that new goal-line technology will not be implemented in time for this year’s World Cup tournament in South Africa, the next World Cup could even see hi-tech balls being used.
A design firm named AGENT has revealed its hi-tech and unique soccer ball concept. Called the CTRUS, the hybrid ball will not only be transparent, but it will also be embedded with GPS and Radio-frequency Identification (RFID) tracking technology in order to help game officials to more accurately judge the matches.
The interactive detection system in the CTRUS ball will communicate wirelessly with control stations located around the stadium, and the GPS and RFID inner light will change colour to indicate key moments during the match, such as whenever goals are scored, if the ball is over the goal line, offsides or outside the field of play. Likewise the colour will also change according to the ball’s travel speed and the force it is kicked with.
This technology could make controversial referee decisions, like the calls that were made during Diego Maradona’s famous ‘hand of God’ incident in 1986 and Thierry Henry’s handball goal against Ireland last year, a thing of the past.
To ensure further transparency, the CTRUS ball is designed to be practically see-through, thanks to its inner skelle-core structure and its outer, net-embedded shell carved out of reinforced elastomer. The CTRUS imitates the bounce of an inflated pneumatic soccer ball, but it is even more flexible and since it requires no inflation, it will also not lose air during the match.
Although the adoption of the CTRUS ball will guarantee fair play and ensure soccer matches devoid of controversy, reactions seem to be mixed about such a ball becoming a reality. Comments at the dvice technology blog entry about the CTRUS ball indicate that some die-hard soccer fans are of the opinion that human judgement, even though it is sometimes impaired, is what the game is all about. A commenter named Vortex_3 writes: “We're getting so caught up in having to be so precise that one day we'll end up replacing players with robot incapable of making mistakes. Will the games be any fun then?”
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