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mrdon
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Re: Smart Basketball
mrdon   3/21/2013 1:50:01 PM
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NadineJ, Just thinking out loud, a smart skateboard could provide data on proper balancing as well as kicking motion. I know Wii Fitness has an exercise that records your stance position related to balance. It then assists in correcting your poor balance stance with several exercises. Again, just brainstorming a concept for the smart skateboard.

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Re: Smart Basketball
mrdon   3/21/2013 1:42:43 PM
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Charles, Thanks for checking. It will be good information to share with my Electrical Engineering Tech students.

NadineJ
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Re: Smart Basketball
NadineJ   3/21/2013 10:04:55 AM
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From my experience working in the Action Sports market, Skate is one of the few categories that still has a strong support network and mentor relationship.  Kids learn from their parents or older skaters.  On any day, you can see groups of boards working together to perfect tricks, giving feeback and sharing success.  It's not unuual to find basketball players practicing alone to perfect their skills early on.

How could a Smart Skateboard change things for aspiring pro-skaters?

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Re: Smart Basketball
Charles Murray   3/21/2013 8:32:06 AM
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The DSP package comes from TI, but I'm not sure about the sensors, mrdon. I can check with TI to see if the specs are available.

mrdon
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Re: Smart Basketball
mrdon   3/21/2013 1:54:17 AM
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Cabe, I forgot to mention the smart skateboard makes for a great Kickstarter project as well. That's one of the reason's I became an Electrical Engineer is because of the cool stuff you can make with electronics!

mrdon
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Re: Smart Basketball
mrdon   3/21/2013 1:42:09 AM
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Cabe, I think the concept of a smart skateboard that improves your athletic abilities, say hang time, is novel. Sounds like a good Gadget Freak article project!

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Re: Smart Basketball
Cabe Atwell   3/20/2013 11:04:13 PM
Sport electronics are going to improve everyone's game. I know I used to shoot the b-ball wrong, I know my golf swing was bad, and I could have been a better skateboarder.

I have not seen a skateboard that helps the user learn. You heard it here first. I should work on that concept. (Don't even read these sentences.. patent pending! )

This tech is inspiring.

C

mrdon
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Re: Smart Basketball
mrdon   3/20/2013 10:39:42 PM
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Charles, This product has so many sports applications it can be used in. I am curious about the electronics packaging of the sensors and DSP. Will the company have any tech specs on their website for the public to view?

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Charles Murray   3/20/2013 7:06:11 PM
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No, this will never be used in a game, Liz. It's purely a practice ball for someone who wants to improve their skills away from a game situation.

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Re: Smart Basketball
Charles Murray   3/20/2013 7:04:43 PM
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I, too, have a son who played basketball, mrdon, and I wish this technology had been available when he was still playing. At $300, this is no longer a product just for a high school, college or AAU team. It can now be purchased by any serious basketball player.  

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