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ASB GlassFloor replaces painted lines with LEDs

ASB GlassFloor replaces painte...
The Tron style ASB GlassFloor basketball court
The Tron style ASB GlassFloor basketball court
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ASB GlassFloor in use
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ASB GlassFloor in use
The Tron style ASB GlassFloor basketball court
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The Tron style ASB GlassFloor basketball court
A demo of the ASB GlassFloor at a trade show
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A demo of the ASB GlassFloor at a trade show
The lines lit up on the ASB GlassFloor
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The lines lit up on the ASB GlassFloor
Another view of the ASB GlassFloor
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Another view of the ASB GlassFloor
The ASB GlassFloor in action
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The ASB GlassFloor in action
A possible application of the ASB GlassFloor
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A possible application of the ASB GlassFloor
ASB GlassFloor with an anti-slip surface
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ASB GlassFloor with an anti-slip surface
Another view of the lights on ASB GlassFloor
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Another view of the lights on ASB GlassFloor
ASB GlassFloor being used as a dance floor
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ASB GlassFloor being used as a dance floor
Players using the ASB GlassFloor
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Players using the ASB GlassFloor
A view of the ASB GlassFloor basketball court
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A view of the ASB GlassFloor basketball court
Another view of the ASB GlassFloor lines
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Another view of the ASB GlassFloor lines
The surface of the ASB GlassFloor
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The surface of the ASB GlassFloor

Multi-purpose sporting courts can be a jumble of different colored lines and markings that can be confusing to spectators and players alike. Similar to LEDSSPORT's Pulastic LED Court, the GlassFloor flooring from German company ASB uses LEDs embedded in the floor to display the line markings for different sports at the flick of a switch.

The ASB GlassFloor features an aluminum frame that supports the glass surface under which an array of LEDs are positioned. Because the floor is programmable, it means arena owners do not have to repaint the floor for each sport. Instead, a quick flip of a switch causes the floor to change for a different sport, saving time and money.

To help recreate the feel of a wood floor, the surface is covered in ceramic dots, while special etchings diffuse the LED light to cut the glare for the athletes. The system is also suitable for indoor and outdoor use.

Besides sports court markings, ASB GlassFloor could also have scoreboards and ads displayed right in the floor, which could open up new income opportunities on the professional sports level. In fact, the whole surface of the floor can be turned into one giant screen.

Aside from sporting and advertising opportunities, ASB says its GlassFloor technology could be used as smart flooring in buildings to guide people from an information desk to their desired location or to direct them out of a building in the case of an emergency by following an illuminated LED path.

The video below shows the ASB GlassFloor cycling through various different court configurations.

Source: ASB GlassFloor via Core77

demo LED marking lines

3 comments
Richard Dinerman
They should adapt this to show the impact of the ball - so you can see where the ball landed (in or out?)
socalboomer
lines look a bit fuzzy to me - they need to be very crisp for refs to call balls in/out. . . Wouldn't it be a ton more expensive than just having multiple lines painted? That's the common way of it in a multi-purpose room. . .
Rooholah Akbari
Artistic and functional design