'Intelligent' Lighting: Nike’s LED-Lit Basketball Court



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Nike, in its continued effort to out-awesome everyone at anything sports-related, has developed an LED-lit basketball court that can highlight player movement up and down the boards for training and entertainment purposes – and one has to wonder how this lighting technology can be employed in home design.

The court was built in China as part of a TV reality show that will showcase competitions between basketball players who are vying for a chance to attend the Nike World Basketball Festival. But, the larger point – at least for people not interested in basketball or the outcomes of foreign basketball reality TV shows – is the broader application of the light show.

Possible Applications

Think about it: sensor-activated light that can “paint” surfaces limitless colors, create patterns, trace and replay movement, and form messaging and symbols of any kind.

A few ideas:

1. Enhanced Interior Décor Planning: Imagine being able to trace movement through a house, record it, replay it and then watch to learn how you can improve furniture placement. That would be pretty cool.

2. Lists, Messages, Letters, Poetry, Etc.: How helpful would it be for you to see your to-do list flash across your bedroom ceiling when you wake up? Or, what if you could leave your kids a note about their homework on the front door – in light – so they were sure not to forget it on the way out?

3. Security: There are so many applications here. The system could track and replay movement in the house after a burglary, but it could also go cuh-ray-zee during a burglary to attract attention and, more likely, scare the thieving rat right out of the house.

4. Holiday Interior Lighting: ‘Nuff said.

5. Projected Art on Demand: We know the Seattle home of Bill Gates has a version of this using computer screens, but being able to call up any piece of art ever made and have it projected on the wall in light seems like a super rad décor feature – and is arguably possible with this technology.

Have more ideas about how you would use the ultimate LED lighting system in your home? Let us know!

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