Just saw on C|Net today that a company in Germany had the brilliant (ha-ha) idea of adding a LED layer UNDER a normal gym floor so that you could change the layout to support any sport. They also noted you could use it for advertising…but I am almost gaga with ideas for gaming. They claim the image can change…assuming the frame rate is not horrible (15 fps) you could do some amazing things.
They joked about Tron’s lightcycles (which would be insanely cool), but off the top of my head thought up about a half-dozen others:
1. Positions – Have new players be able to see rotation positions on the “floor” with circles with their jersey number on it.
2. Hit Persistence – Allow players of fast sports to see a persistent mark of the “hit” of the ball (imagine tennis and volleyball) if you have a tie in with cameras or hyper-accurate detection on the ball.
3. Timing – Allow people to see different current “records” on the floor such as showing longest 3 point shot, or a moving line while you are running similar to the olympics…but showing school record or specific split time.
4. Polar integration – imagine a situation where each player had a Polar heart-rate detection device on and you could “see” as a coach how winded players were and adjust appropriately.
5. Dancing – imagine how the old paper “footsteps” could be used to help pre-marriage nerves go away :-)…or (god save us) a GIANT game of Dance Dance Revolution.
6. Board Games – imagine how much fun you could have in a “real world” board game where you got to play the pieces. Giant “Chutes and Ladders” could be a killer game for young kids.