mrdon, I had an instructor in college that worked as an Apollo engineer--he said any engineering problem can be solved if you have two things: enough time and money. With electronics tecnologies like those used in this basketball, we are certainly lowering the time factor!
At the moment, Nadine, I think the Atlanta Hawks are the only pro basketball team using this technology. Even for pro teams, though, I think the previous cost (as much as $2,500) was probably a turn off. The $300 pricetag should give people a chance to see if the technology is worthwhile.
It applies across the board. Mastering DJ Hero won't lead to a world tour. And, I've talked to many in the military who've adjusted their training strategy because new recruits claim to be good at Halo as a qualifier.
Back to the basketball...I don't see a larger non-pro interest in this. High schools and colleges make sense. I'm surprised that they haven't sold this to more pro-teams. That endorsement could help. But, this seems to be more suited for the Neiman Marcus Wish List. Interesting, kind of cool, but not useful for most people.
Interesting start, mrdon. But, I wouldn't use Wii Fitnessf r support. It doesn't translate to the real world. One famous examlpe is that Venus Williams is a very poor tennis player when she plays Wii. And, we all know that's NOT true in real life!
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