How are your soccer skills? Ask the shirt

The E39 features a sensor that monitors a player's body, recording heart rate, breathing, and skin temperature, and beaming the stats to a computer via Bluetooth.

Under Armour E39 shirt
Video screenshot by Leslie Katz/CNET

Football shirts are about to go high-tech, with the football club Tottenham Hotspur planning a kit that contains sensors to monitor how players are performing. The North London club has signed a 50-million pound ($80.3 million) deal with sportswear company Under Armour to wear its space-age E39 shirts.

The E39 features an onboard sensor called a Bug that monitors a player's body. It records heart rate, breathing, and skin temperature, storing the data on its 2GB hard drive and beaming the stats to a computer via Bluetooth. Coaches can see a player's performance during training on their iPad or iPhone.

The shirt also boasts an accelerometer, measuring a player's movements and recording how much G-force they face. The data is analyzed by software from Zephyr, which provides similar tech to the U.S. military.

Read more of " High-tech football shirt measures players' work rate in £50m Spurs deal " at Crave UK.

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Rich Trenholm is a senior editor at CNET where he covers everything from phones to bionic implants. Based in London since 2007, he has travelled the world seeking out the latest and best consumer technology for your enjoyment.


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