A record of 26.5 million people in the U.S. watched Germany’s extra-time win against Argentina in the 2014 World Cup final. But they probably did not know Germany’s secret weapon in the dramatic victory was Adidas.
Darcy Norman is a performance data analyst with the German national team. He spoke at CES 2015 about how the German national team used Adidas’ miCoach wearable tech and software to make decisions about what players to put in the game.
These small devices can monitor distance, speed, and heart rate of those who wear it. The German team wore them leading up to the tournament, while coaches analysed the data. Norman said coaches would look over the data to determine where players needed to improve and where they thrived.
The data gathered from the miCoach helped head coach Joachim Löw decide to sub in Mario Götze in the 88th minute of the final game. In the 113th minute, Low’s decision proved to be the right one as super sub Götze scored the game-winning goal.
Of course, several other factors went into the goal that secured Germany’s fourth World Cup victory. But technology had a definite impact.
“There’s obviously hard work, passion, tears, sweat, and a few choice words between each game — it’s not all about technology. But there’s no denying the fact that we have a great example of how technology helped train the best of the best to be number one in the world.” – said Adidas director of product creation Simon Drabble at CES 2015.
Wearable tech used by the Germany national team
The Adidas miCoach Smart Ball’s Bluetooth is using an app to sync up your performance on the field to a smartphone or tablet. The ball’s sensors keep track of your kick’s speed, spin and flight path. Then it sends that info to your device so you can track your progress and see where you need to improve. Its lithium ion polymer rechargeable battery can stand about 2000 kicks. You can get it for $200(£135) on adidas.com.
Adidas Fit Smart was designed to replicate having a personal trainer by your side every step of the way and gives you all the facts and stats you need to keep you motivated, efficient and heading straight towards your goal. The integrated accelerometer tracks your pace, distance and stride, while the Mio monitor gives an optical indication of your heart rate.
The miCoach fit smart syncs wirelessly via Bluetooth® 4.0 with the miCoach Train and Run app, helping you set weekly goals and tailor a personalised training routine. Up to ten hours of workout data can be stored in the miCoach before syncing with the app.
The rechargeable lithium ion battery takes just three hours to charge but lasts five days, ensuring a seamless exercise plan. The soft-touch silicone strap, available in two colours, offers a secure and comfortable fit.