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'Intelligent' Lighting: Nike’s LED-Lit Basketball Court
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.</br></br><a title="Fast Company" href="http://www.fastcocreate.com/3034511/nikes-led-outfitted-basketball-court-teaches-real-time-nba-training-drills" target="_blank">The court was built in China</a> 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.</br></br><strong>Possible Applications</strong></br></br>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.</br></br>A few ideas:</br></br><em>1. Enhanced Interior Décor Planning:</em> Imagine being able to trace movement through a house, record it, replay it and then watch to learn how you can improve <a title="Furniture" href="http://www.atgstores.com/furniture/?linkloc=tn" target="_blank">furniture</a> placement. That would be pretty cool.</br></br><em>2. Lists, Messages, Letters, Poetry, Etc.: </em>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?</br></br><em>3. Security:</em> 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-<em>ray</em>-zee during a burglary to attract attention and, more likely, scare the thieving rat right out of the house.</br></br><em>4. Holiday Interior Lighting:</em> ‘Nuff said.</br></br><em>5. Projected Art on Demand: </em>We know the Seattle home of Bill Gates has <a title="Curbed" href="http://seattle.curbed.com/archives/2013/01/bill-gates-medina-mansion.php" target="_blank">a version of this using computer screens</a>, 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.</br></br>Have more ideas about how you would use the ultimate <a title="LED Light Bulbs" href="http://www.atgstores.com/led-light-bulbs_1527.html" target="_blank">LED</a> lighting system in your home? Let us know!