In Brief

Researchers have discovered a way to merge the athletics and gaming industries with an exciting new concept.

Human-computer interaction researchers from Germany have created an ‘imaginary reality game’ that combines the benefits of physical sports with the imaginary elements of video games.

Their prototype Quantum Basketball is a hybrid analog-digital game that sees real players compete against each other. Participators are covered in accelerometer sensors on their hands, belts, and markers on their heads that track the players and provide them with clues to where the ball is.

Players can’t see the ball but hear occasional sound feedback, such as the sound of a swoosh, a catch, an interception, and an announcer’s voice, so they can use their initiative as to where the ball is and how to respond. This gives the game a profound element of uncertainty which ensures the game is like no other, giving it a completely unique twist.

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