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Microchip Soccer Ball to Improve Quality, Refs Advantage

March 05, 2010

Have you ever been on a soccer field, arguing with a referee about whether or not timing was correct, or whether the ball actually made it into the goal before the clock ran out?

As a former player, I wish this new gadget being developed by Cairos Technologies and Adidas was used when I was on the field.

The dynamic duo is developing a microchip-embedded soccer ball that will transmit a signal to the referee’s watch, alerting him when the ball crosses the goal line.

Man – that could’ve saved me so many yellow cards back in my day.

Back in 2005, reports surfaced that the balls were going to be tested at the 2005 FIFA under-17 World Championship in Peru. 

I guess the testing didn’t go too well. We’ll have to wait and see if this makes a score with refs.

Kelly McGuire is a TMCnet Web editor, covering CRM and workforce technologies, and anchor of its daily TMC Newsroom video broadcast. Kelly also writes about eco-friendly "green" technologies and smart grids, compiling TMCnet's weekly e-Newsletters on those topics, as well as the cable industry. To read more of Kelly's articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Kelly McGuire