Is this ‘Tron’-style floor the future of basketball?

The GlassFloor might also be able to show when balls or players are out of bounds.

(Credit: ASB Systembau)

Painting lines on a floor for team sports is so old school. Why not use programmable LED lights under a glass surface?

That’s what Germany’s ASB Systembau is doing with its ASB GlassFloor. With a frame of aluminum supporting a glass floor, it can be set to display lines for sports like basketball, handball, volleyball, or whatever else you want to play.

Ceramic dots on the glass re-create the feel of a wooden surface, while special etchings diffuse the LED light and prevent glare from bothering athletes.

That means you can also have all manner of ads, scoreboards, and graphics on the floor.

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