Adidas Telstar 18 NFC Sensor Chip Football Update:
Adidas has introduced the official match ball of the 2018 World Cup in Russia, the Telstar 18. The retro look is contrasted with high-tech in the form of an NFC chip to offer customers new possibilities. Adidas Telstar 18 NFC Sensor Chip Football.
So the new adidas Telstar match ball for the 2018 World Cup has a microchip inside it? Yep. But, what for? Good question. Let us explain what exactly the new NFC “Near Field Communication” technology does. Adidas Telstar 18 NFC Sensor Chip Football.
First thing to clear up is that this isn’t the same as the Adidas Micoach Smart Ball. The NFC tech won’t measure your shot power, curl and pass speed – It ain’t quite as smart as that.
NFC is a digital technology that allows two devices to exchange data,and in this case you can unlock Adidas stuff on your phone once connected.
The chip? It’s located at the top of the ball, under the little WiFi-Esque symbol. You can see the red circle in the picture given above which indicates that NFC Sensor Chip is installed there. Adidas Telstar 18 NFC Sensor Chip Football.
So How Does it Works?
Well, the NFC enabled device (smartphone) sends radio frequency signals that interact with the NFC tag (inserted inside the Telstar 18 ball). The signal allows your phone to communicate with the tag. Your phone will receive the information from the tag, which will then open the Telstar 18 experience. Adidas Telstar 18 NFC Sensor Chip Football.
How Does it Works on Android?
Make sure your phone is unlocked and NFC is enabled by swiping down the control center from the top of the screen, or open your Android’s settings and activate NFC on the “”Wireless and Networks”” option. Tap the back of your phone onto the NFC logo on the Telstar 18 surface to launch the experience.
It works on iPhone too. But only iPhone7/7Plus, iPhone 8/8Plus and iPhone X with iOS11 or newer installed, are enabled to read NFC tags. iOS doesn’t have a native functionality to read these tags, so you’ll have to download a third party app and use that. Just search NFC tag and you’ll find one.
Do I need an app?
No. There’s no adidas Telstar NFC App so to speak. You’ll just need an NFC-reading app if you’ve got an iPhone.
The experience offers different functionalities like exclusive information about the product and adidas football content. Not that exciting, right? But it does also offer special competitions and challenges. You can film yourself doing these challenges with the ball and upload them. Plus features will be updated in the run up to the World Cup, so keep tagging.
Pakistan and The Ball
The Telstar 18 has been manufactured by Forward Sports based in Sialkot. Sialkot is known as the hub of world-class sports equipment and for the past few decades, it has been the biggest exporter of footballs to the world. Here are some of the facts about city’s phenomenal sports culture;
- Sialkot is one of the most industrialized cities in the world with around 126 industrial units per square kilometers.
- These industries earn about $2 billion annually making up about 10% of the country’s total exports.
- The industries in the city employ around 400,000 people as well.
- World’s biggest leagues like English Premier League, LaLiga, Ligue 1, Bundesliga, and UEFA Champions League use the same balls manufactured in Sialkot.
- Sialkot accounts for 70% of the total demand for footballs to the world. More than 40 million footballs are exported every year from the city. The industries have enough capacity to produce 18,000 every day.
- The city got global attention in 1982 when its footballs were used for the first-time ever in the FIFA world cup that year.
Not just footballs, the city is known to provide quality tennis, cricket, and hockey equipment as well. Furthermore, it is also home to the world’s second-best surgical instrument industry as well.