LED Basketball Court Brings About Dizzying Possibilities

NIke's new LED-lit basketball court in Shanghai could have a bright future.

At the Nike House of Mamba training facility in Shanghai, China, the first reactive LED-lit basketball court is officially up and running. After awhile, one can get bored with traditional wooden court surfaces, team logos in the center, guys mopping sweat off at both ends. Why not make the floor into a giant interactive iPad screen?

LEDs (light-emitting diodes) produce much brighter and more efficient illumination. You'll find them taking up residence in cell phone screens near you.

Check out the video below: the court dazzles with various multi-color, moving designs. When Kobe Bryant went for a visit, his comment was, "I didn't even know that was possible."

Just think, a virtual personal perforated circle could lead and track you in your defensive slides. Ads for the local pizza chain could flash in the paint as you set a pick. Players' personal logos could follow them around the court. Better yet, tweets from fans in attendance could flash on the floor after a flagrant foul.

The LED court looks glam and flashy from a distance, but if you're playing on it, this particular entertainment element would seem to be a major distraction.

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