What is Interactive Squash? Well, I had never heard of it until a week or so ago, so probably like me, you are new to this idea.
I guess I could best describe it to the uninitiated as a cross between the famous (albeit a little outdated) computer game of Wii and the real game of squash. It’s played on a normal squash court with a normal squash racquet and ball. That’s where the similarity with squash ends.
As you can see in the illustration above, the “Interactive Squash” part of this game comes from a projector that updates the picture shown on the front wall of the court, together with motion detectors and software that tracks where the ball hits the front wall and various other parameters.
Brings a fun element to the game
There are several different games that can be played by either one or two players. It can be used as something to just add a fun element to an otherwise normal ‘knock-about’ game between two players. Alternatively, it can be used as part of the solo practice routine for professional players. It can be used as a means of encouraging young players into the proper game, by means of making it more interesting to hit the ball around.
In addition to all this, there’s an App (well, there would be wouldn’t there! 🙂 ) that can be used to pit yourself against others playing in another court – or even another country!
As you can see the different games use different ‘targets’ projected onto the front wall.
Details are a little sketchy right now about how this can be introduced to your own courts, but I am assured that almost any court can be adapted to become an iSquash court. It takes only a couple of days to convert the court, but costs are unknown at this point.
Personally, I’m all in favour of anything which introduces the wonderful game of squash to more people and attracts them to play ‘the real thing”!
I wish them great success. Find out more here