More and more video games are appearing in our modern living rooms thanks to big screen televisions, Xbox and augmented reality. What if we could take all of that into the real world, I mean outside, where it all started? What if we could bring that experience to the pitch? Let’s take the sport of squash for a moment. What if the board was made of carbon composite, maybe carbon nanotubes with graft coatings? Since these materials conduct electricity, they could also be formatted to function like a giant computer screen, a bit flexible, but as strong as steel.
In the case of squash, that extra flexibility could also help return the squash ball to the player with more force. This would make the game more exciting. And if the squash table could show full video, it could also show goals at intervals during play. This would allow the player to receive simulated training of where to place the shot based on various techniques and strategies. It can also be used to rate a player’s level of play, giving them extra bonus points when they hit moving objects, or you can turn it into a real-life Xbox game.
Why do I think this is necessary? Because the game of squash has lost its appeal with the next emerging generation, meaning fewer people, especially in the United States, play the sport. That’s a shame because the sport requires agility, skill, talent and quick thinking. All the components and attributes of the greatest sports humans have ever played, will play and enjoy. It is unfortunate that in one generation a great sport can be lost. Perhaps making these innovative changes could add excitement to the game and bring players back in droves while attracting a new generation of players, younger, faster and incredibly agile.
Would any of this be very difficult? Absolutely not, moreover, these types of sports, when played by very athletic people, keep them fit and in shape, and out of the starting zone of diabetes. Additionally, sports like this can be played on a ship, in small, high-density spaces in the city, or perhaps even on a future lunar or Martian colony.
There is no reason why this sport should die now, not with all the potential technologies that can be woven into new game formats. It’s time to take squash to a higher level, that’s why I propose a new squash computer system with automatic scoring for more fun and excitement. In fact, I hope you will please consider all of this and think about it.