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Adidas uses thermal-bonding, not stitching, to create perfectly round ball for 2010 FIFA World Cup

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The official match ball for the upcoming FIFA world cup, the Adidas Jabulani, features a newly developed “Grip’n'Groove” surface for enhanced grip in all conditions and an exceptionally stable flight path. Thanks to a new spherical-molding process for the eight thermally-bonded panels, the ball is perfectly round and thus more accurate for passes and shots on goal.

Adidas has been manufacturing close to 1,800 of these a day since April 2009. What still remains to be seen, however, is whether a perfectly round ball is actually better for the game than hand-stitched ones, whose idiosyncrasies were said to keep goalkeepers second-guessing the ball’s flight path.

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Marc Escobosa

As the lead designer for nearly all major releases of the Arena application from 2001 to 2012, Marc played the chief role in crafting the user experience for all Arena ...

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