Want to play b-ball like Kobe Bryant? Nike has created a basketball court that features motion tracking and LED visualisation in the floor so the big man can teach his moves to young players.
The court tracks players’ movement using its built-in motion sensors. It even features the kind of tags you see in a basketball video game to let you know which player you’re controlling (below).
Using the motion tracking and LED technology, the court can lay out sets of moves for players, make drills, respond to mistakes, and show performance stats. All of which should be a boon to players in training, and coaches alike.
Of course, it can show the standard court markings if you just fancy a game of hoops. Or it can show bespoke branding, or any graphics or moving images you like.
Here it is in action.
The court is housed in a facility called the House of Mamba in Shanghai. It was created as part of the Nike RISE campaign, the centrepoint of which is a competition for young Chinese players to win a chance to participate in the Nike World Basketball Festival in Barcelona this September.
Fellow NBA star LeBron James has also helped out with training in Beijing, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Taipei, and Kaohsiung.
With wearable tech poised to deliver live stats on the Premier League, sport could change drastically for us viewers in the next few years.
Read more: Adidas Smart Ball review