the mexican design studio ‘AGENT’, headed up by michel rojkind and alberto villarreal
just informed us of a new football they have designed called ‘CTRUS’.
billed as ‘the first soccer ball you can see through’ the design emulates the bounce of
an inflated pneumatic soccer ball, but offers the advantage of not loosing air.
an inner light also displays if the ball is over the goal line or outside the field of play.
following information provided by AGENT:
‘CTRUS’ functional principle is based on the mechanical properties of its materials. it is composed by
an inner structure (skelle-core) and an outer net-embedded shell, made out of reinforced elastomers.
these pieces have different durometer according to its structural location. the flexibility provided by
its materials, emulates the bounce of an inflated pneumatic soccer ball, but offers the advantage of
not loosing air. CTRUS doesn’t need air in order to perform.’
CTRUS provides added functionality controlled by the electronic components in its nucleus
which communicate wirelessly with control stations at the stadium:
- inner light, color changes at critical game situations (goal, offside and out of bounds).
– recording of kick force and travel speed.
– location of the ball relative to the court (interactive detection system via GPS / RFID).
– P.O.V. camera footage (software stabilized image).
the HYB method
with the HYB method, AGENT skilfully rearranges specific components from diverse sources in
order to obtain new effective hybrid solutions and applies them where they are needed.
the HYB method presents new approaches for the endless paradigms and challenges of our
times as well as for the complex futures upon us.
we firmly believe that for every mission there is a unique solution. by re-defining current
problematics as design opportunities, we develop custom made experiences for each one of
our clients and the end users. the way of the AGENT means creating innovative results for
any segment that requires design; and most importantly, getting involved in projects that positively
impact our society and the environment.
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