Connected Soccer Ball Offers AR-Aided Instruction

Connected Soccer Ball Offers AR-Aided Instruction
Design

DribbleUp created a smart soccer ball for American players to improve their soccer game with the help of an app

Zack Palm
  • 15 september 2017

When Americans think of the word “football,” they imagine a line of players covered in heavy pads about to collide into one another, attempting to grab onto the flying ball that gets passed around through handwork. However, when the rest of the world thinks of football, they imagine what Americans know as “soccer.” Eric and Marc Forkosh, founders of DribbleUp, want to help Americans get better at playing soccer by providing them easier access to professional training. To do so, they created a smart soccer ball with a companion smartphone app that comes with a series of playlists full of exercises for players to improve the quality of their game.

Before a player starts practicing, they need the smart soccer ball, a tripod to hold up their smartphone and the free DribbleUp app downloaded onto their device. The player presents the smart soccer ball to the app for the program to sync with it. From there, the player chooses from three different training playlists: shooting, juggling and ground work. Each playlist comes with a different focus for a player to practice on. Some of these exercises do not require players to bring equipment with them, such as cones. The app virtually places these in front of the player while they practice the exercises, granting the player a view of them from their device’s screen.

As the player goes through their playlist, they receive immediate feedback on their results. Following the exercises they can open the app to see how well they did. The exercises are graded based on a 100% scoring scale with a specific goal in mind for each exercise. For example, if a player were to do the Right Foot Roll Tap exercise, they would receive a grade for how many times they dribbled the ball and kept it in their control for 20 seconds. The app lists how many times they dribbled the ball, and how out of control the ball was during this time, either granting them a passing grade or showing how they need to improve.

Playlists starts players off with basic drills to understand their quality level. As the app shows a player’s improvement, more advanced exercises are unlocked and added to the playlist. Former professional soccer player Yannic Salmon encourages players to keep up with their training and cheers them on in exercises via the app. DribbleUp comes with videos of Salmon performing the exercises for players to get an idea of what they should do.

DribbleUp created a Kickstarter campaign for its smart soccer ball, which has already surpassed its initial goal of $10,000. Those interested have the opportunity to still support the campaign and receive their smart soccer ball in October or November of this year.

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When Americans think of the word “football,” they imagine a line of players covered in heavy pads about to collide into one another, attempting to grab onto the flying ball that gets passed around through handwork. However, when the rest of the world thinks of football, they imagine what Americans know as “soccer.” Eric and Marc Forkosh, founders of DribbleUp, want to help Americans get better at playing soccer by providing them easier access to professional training. To do so, they created a smart soccer ball with a companion smartphone app that comes with a series of playlists full of exercises for players to improve the quality of their game.

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