CTRUS football by AGENT
CTRUS football by AGENT CTRUS football by AGENT
feb 22, 2010

CTRUS football by AGENT

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).




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AGENT 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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  • This ball rocks! where can I get one?

    Joshua says:
  • Wahouhaaaaa !!!

    definitely interesting.

    call.me.quique says:
  • Does anyone know if they will use this one in the World Cup???

    Andrew says:
  • Veeeery cool!
    Love the geometry and the concept.

    Jime says:
  • Congratulations, when do we play the first match agent!!!!!

    Neverlost says:
  • Amazing work!

    Lacra says:
  • Just in time for the WorldCup!
    But is FIFA ready for this technology?

    Bruno says:
  • what’s next in line?
    Basket ball? Tennis Ball? Golf Ball?

    JL says:
  • this ball has timer inside. it only rolls 45 minutes and then stops. it sticks to the ground and nobody can move it after exept referee.
    also it has coin slot. goal keeper must put a coin after each touch with hands. if not, than ball punishes that team and produces goal independently.
    and also it has his own whistle. so there is no need for raferee anymore.
    and it has a gps unit. internet users can watch ball movements online. ball counts total distance and prints total check after play accordind to USD/km price.

    the bestest says:
  • This ball definitely rocks! FIFA should adopt this ball a.s.a.p. and I hope a football is on the way…

    JLo says:
  • and who wants to know if it was or not goal in ’66 England vs Germany??? This is the best of football: the discussion after all… Anyway, awesome!

    João Mermolia says:
  • fantastic

    ak says:
  • No this ball will not be used in the world cup…
    the Jabulani will be used.

    Lucy says:
  • So how does it work with swerving shots?

    Designers are W*nkers says:
  • The goal gainst Germany was not Goal, everyone knows that even the English but they do not admit it. This could change the whole game, for good hopefully. Refs, you better find a new job!

    Richongo says:
  • So how does it work with swerving shots?
    >> What do you mean?

    name/signature says:
  • a work in progress but a good looking start . definitely needs some solid on-field testing . maybe in few years we will see it in premier league and la liga

    wasim says:
  • i think it’s not smart:
    1.hard parts vs soft parts, not very comfortable to shoot
    2.unflatable ball are for sure more lightweight, and cost effective, and you could embbed GPS tracking very easily as well.

    enrique says:
  • Exelente, me gusta mucho, felicitaciones para AGENT

    Mateo says:
  • It’s a really cool concept & the best part is that it shows some courage to re-think the good old soccer ball we all grew up with. I love the design, very fresh inside out & different. However i see some challenge in feasibility & usage. For example: how do you mold this ball (3D print?) / how would the ball do in rain & mud condition? They are always more challenges in designer’s critical thinking & that’s the fun part!

    Made in Design says:
  • fake !

    Haiku says:
  • excelente, moderna pero cuanto cuesta? ya esta a la venta?. pero cada vez que sale nueva tecnologia, añoro mas el pasado.

    josefa l. says:
  • Orange verdad???

    El concepto esta bastante, bastante interesante, solo que hay ciertos detalles que en lo personal veo:

    1.- el balón será hecho a base de algún elastomero que les va a permitir absormer el impacto y que pueda regresar a su forma original sin ser deformado. Solo que la resilicencia debe ser un factor exactamente identico al de los balones actuales.

    2.-Todo material recibe un desgaste con su uso, sin importar su módulo de elasticidad. en los balones convencionales eso se soluciona “hechandole aire al balón”, en este concepto creo que con el paso del tiempo el balón puede llegar a ser inservible.

    3.- Las perforaciones de la superficie no son del mismo diametro eso puede ayudar a que el balon contenga agua en juegos con lluvia. Defnitivamente optaria por una superficie sin ningun tipo de perforación.

    La estructura interna esta muy bien planeada, excelente diria yo y el concepto del chip que te de información practicamente de todo lo que sucede en la cancha, es algo realmente muy bien planeado…..

    Solo que habria un pequeño detalle, los jueces de linea, posiblemente desaparecerian.. jejeje


    Vikmatrix says:
  • Andrew, yes i do and there this ball isn’t used more in the World Cup…unfortunately 🙁
    I think, this is a very good idea! Nice ball 😛

    Murtagh says:
  • So how does it work with swerving shots? http://www.forma.gen.tr

    forma says:

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