The concept of the new adidas F50 adiZero miCoach is certainly an exciting one; who wouldn’t want to get data straight from their football boots and onto their computer?
But what good is it, if it’s not easy?
We’ve had plenty of people tweeting us and leaving us messages on our Facebook page asking how simple it really is to get data from their F50 miCoach football boots and onto their computer – so we’ve whipped up a quick video to show you how straightforward it really is to use miCoach.
All we’ve done in advance is install the miCoach Manager application from miCoach.com, and also created a user account – the video is a real-time recording of how quickly the data transfers from the SpeedCell onto your computer, and the tour of miCoach is more of the same – bar a couple of loading screens that have been cut out.
As you’ll probably be able to tell, the whole process is definitely quick and easy and the data captured is certainly impressive.
There are a couple of downsides, mind you, and it’s mostly to do with the hardware.
The tiny USB Receiver that’s packaged with the SpeedCell
First of all, the wireless receiver is a little bit fussy over which USB port it likes; as it is essentially a wireless transmitter, it requires a lot of power to run properly. So, be sure to plug it straight into your computer, rather than an external USB hub.
Secondly, adidas say the range between the SpeedCell and Receiver can be up to 10 feet; whilst this is probably true in a completely clear testing environment, you’ll probably need to bring your SpeedCell to within about 5-6ft in order to ensure a consistent connection.
All in all, we’ve got say that we’re impressed with the F50 adiZero miCoach‘s data gathering abilities, and the simplicity in which you can make the most of it.
We hope our little video review helps you guys in some way – and if there’s any questions, don’t be afraid to hit up the comments!
I’m getting a pair this week and I’m a little confused on the part where you say this:”adidas say the range between the SpeedCell and Receiver can be up to 10 feet; whilst this is probably true in a completely clear testing environment, youâ€™ll probably need to bring your SpeedCell to within about 5-6ft in order to ensure a consistent connection.”
I was under the impression that all you need to do is put in the miCoach in your shoe then plug it in the PC/iPod/iPhone and it will load up your information. What is the receiver?
The reciever is the USB part which picks up the data from your Speed_Cell.Â The Speed_Cell itself does not plug intoÂ your computer.Â The USBÂ reciever comes with the Speed_Cell in the package.Â
That’s right – or it comes with an iPhone/iPad/iPod touch adapter, there’s also a package that comes with both if you’re feeling fancy!
can u play with the boots in the rain or will it damage the speedcell?
I’ve played in some pretty bad weather in mine, and have had no problems as yet – I think if you dunked your speedcell in a glass of water, it probably wouldn’t survive.
But under the insole, it seems pretty waterproof!