The field of hoop dreams
Tron-esque court attempts unlikely feat of making basketball interesting
Basketball CAN BE A bewildering sport for those not au fait with their NBA. “Travelling”, “carrying”, “flops”, there are all kinds of pedantic penalties to interupt your ball flow. So adding cutting-edge training tech into the court can only be good, and Nike’s sensorladen House of Mamba brings its A game.
Premiered with LA Lakers star Kobe Bryant (left), the Shanghai court uses trackers and a carpet of LEDs to show where players should be moving in practice, be it defending against virtual attackers or shooting from a series of varying spots on court, HORSE-style.
It will also flag up when you put a size 15 foot wrong, monitoring and displaying your performance stats. Scientists also believe that the rich, sci-fi-visual overlays could spice up the spectacle of ten giants wandering up and down, endlessly plonking a ball through a hoop. Nike.com.au