16 December 2007

A whole New BALL Game...!!

What you see above is not a new MARS ROVER developed by joint collaboration of NASA and Adidas but the new adidas intelligent football.Yes...you saw that right!
The football, Teamgeist II, features a new intelligent technology designed to assist the referee’s decision in determining when and if the ball has crossed the goal line, making it the most accurate football ever produced.
How it works:
The intelligent technology implemented in the Teamgeist II uses a magnetic field to provide real-time feedback to a central computer, which tracks the location of the ball on the field and sends the data directly to the referee. By using a magnetic field and more stabilized and robust components within the ball, the new system is more precise and is not influenced by in-game factors, adverse weather or nearby technical systems.

Phew!!!!thats' technology for you....what do we have next,balls with digital displays showing the angle,swerve and velocity of hit in real time!That would be keep us instrumentation engineers busy for while for sure :)

That was Football....but we have a change in BALL in our beloved cricket too!Yes, as you might have heard,the ICC is coming up with a new 'PINK' coloured ball.
The Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC), custodian of the game's laws is introducing pink balls in an effort to solve visibility difficulties often associated with the white ones.
"Paint tends to flake off whiteballs and we have asked Kookaburra to produce a batch of pink ones because these show up so much better,"said John Stephenson, MCC's head of cricket in London on Tuesday.
"The challenge is to produce a ball which retains its colour I doubt it will be any more expensive to produce or buy."
I have no idea how Pink balls would avoid the problems faced by the whiteball,does anybody of you have any idea??
Interestingly, when Darren Gough was asked about it,his reply was:

"I can't imagine playing with a pink ball. If people had said when I started playing that we'd have pink balls I'd have said, 'No chance'.


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