Monday, April 11, 2005

Manufacturers May Have Found Formula For Perfect Balls

NEW YORK (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Playing ball will never be the same thanks to new technology that is merging the worlds of fashion and sports.

According to Popular Science editor Jenny Everett, “thermal bonding” – the process of sealing separate pieces of material with heat – is becoming the rage with sports equipment manufacturers who are trying to develop the perfect ball for any sport.

It’s a process the apparel industry has been using for years to keep water from seeping through stitches in clothing, but only recently has found its way into sports.

For example, Adidas has developed a new $130 soccer ball that uses thermal bonding to fuse the hexagonal pieces together instead of traditional stitches. As a result, the seams don’t absorb water, which researchers say makes a ball “go out of round.”

Many believe the process will soon be used for volleyballs and footballs.

More information on the hot trend is in Popular Science’s new issue, which hits stands tomorrow (Apr. 12).

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