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NetFoos Official's Tool Now Available on iTunes

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Postby Mark on Fri Apr 02, 2010 12:34 pm

The NetFoos Official's Tool Now Available on iTunes (for iPhone and iPod Touch). Below is the description and link from the iTunes product info. You can also fine it by searching for NetFoos on iTunes.



The NetFoos Official's Tool is a application to help foosball (table soccer) officials and players efficiently referee matches. The main functions include a timer and basic match event logging (penalties, time outs, and game scores).

The most important feature of the NetFoos Official's Tool is that it is designed such that the official using it should never need to take their eyes off of the match while the ball is in play. This is accomplished by the timer using nearly the entire main screen area to function as the timer start/reset button. There are no little buttons to find and each time the screen is tapped the timer simply starts counting up from zero. In addition, the previous four times are logged below the main counter if the official wishes to show a time infraction to the players.

The second design feature designed to keep official's eyes on the tables are the audio feedback systems. For example, each time the timer screen is tapped and the timer starts counting up from zero, a "beep" is sounded from the system (headphones may be used to not disturb the players). Additionally, as the timer reaches 10 or 15 seconds (tournament foosball players will recognize the importance of these times), a voice says "ten" or "fifteen" alerting the official that these possession time limits have been reached. A vibration alert may also be enabled for the "ten" and "fifteen" second milestones on the iPhone (no vibration on iPod Touch). As for the timer beyond 15 seconds, it continues to keep counting up to 99.9 seconds which means that the timer can also be used to time timeouts (30 seconds) as well as time between games (90 seconds).

For the logging of penalties ("jars" and "resets"), time outs and game scores there two separate screens to quickly log as well as access this information. Navigation for these is located in the small menu system on the bottom of the screen and includes buttons for both Game data ("Time Outs" and "Resets") as well as Match data ("Jars" and "Score"). On these screens the official can simply tap the appropriate box for the for the data they wish to log for up to 5 games. Team names can also be entered at the top of these screens to keep the data in line. Lastly, the feedback features can be turned on/off in the Options settings so that you can configure the feedback options to how you like best.

Remember that the NetFoos Official's Tool is designed to keep the official's eyes on the game as well as making it easy to keep track of crucial match information in order for them to fully focused on the match. Once you get yours installed, simply launch the app and tap the screen to start the timer. Then, be sure to play around with the various option settings. Enjoy!
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Postby hughsfoos on Fri Apr 02, 2010 2:16 pm

Mark, That seems great for iPhone and iPod Touch users but is there a BlackBerry app in the works?

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Postby Mark on Fri Apr 02, 2010 5:46 pm

Hi Hugh,

Unfortunately, getting this done for the iPhone was a bit more time consuming than I hoped and probably won't be working on anything for the Blackberry (even though I use a Blackberry myself). However, if anyone knows someone who wants to program an app for Blackberry I would be happy to work with them on something.

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Postby Orlando Foosball on Sat Apr 03, 2010 4:34 pm

wish I knew how to program one
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Postby Foozkillah on Sun Apr 04, 2010 2:20 am

Needs an extra feature!

Emergency button should turn the iPhone into a taser in case the players start getting too rowdy.

This would require a blue-tooth enabled taser unit add-on,in conjunction with the phone and the software...
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Postby Orlando Foosball on Thu Apr 08, 2010 2:02 pm

Those shocking dog collars would work!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :twisted:
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Postby Foozkillah on Tue Apr 13, 2010 7:08 pm

Orlando Foosball wrote:Those shocking dog collars would work!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :twisted:


But a good ref using the above must make sure the offending player/players are turned away from the table when activated.

No one wants an afflicted player blubbering and drooling in pain over the table, which would require another technical timeout for some cleanup.
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