Top Australian netball and basketball players are using CSIRO-developed interactive textiles to get ‘in the groove’ when shooting goals. CSIRO Textile and Fibre Technology scientist, Dr Richard Helmer, is working with the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) to develop new interactive textiles – ‘wearable body-mapping garments’ – designed to help athletes improve their skills.
The system is integrated into a sleeve, similar to those kinds of sleeves worn by basketball players. Integrated into the sleeve is a series of sensors and triggers. It will play a series of beats as you make the shot or throw or whatever type of athletic motion. If you make the motion correctly the series of beats will play a recognizable pattern. The beats will then help you determine if you are making the correct motion and encourages repeating the said motion.
What makes me curious is would these type of devices be legal to use in-game? Many basketball players already use sleeves of different types and shapes, so would it be any different using these high-tech types of sleeves? Of course it would be, but I don’t know how much it would improve performance in-game. Forget about steroids, there is technology to worry about in-game!