A guy who designed a basketball board to help throw anything

It takes years of practice and competition to compete with NBA players, right? Not sure. You only need a bit of basic physical knowledge, computer simulation software and the tools needed to create a board that will help put every shot of basketball into the basket.

This creation helps to remind Mark Rober Rober's dart board, which can adjust the position so that every shot hits the bull's eye. But the basketball board designed by Shane Wighton takes a passive approach to extremely poor pitchers, even though it takes a lot of brainpower and engineering to create it.

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With this board, any pitch is thrown into the basket.

To be able to accurately identify the shape of the board that helps every pitching of the ball bounce into the basket, Wighton created a software that simulates hundreds of shots from every angle and many different speeds. As a result, the board is shaped like a combination of ellipse and parabola, which is quite similar to a flat fruit plate used for decoration.

The shape of the board is converted into 3D so the CNC automatic cutting machine can create wooden pieces. Finally, these pieces are assembled together into a complete and smooth board, the gaps are sealed with foam.

Strangely, the first version created did not work as expected. Instead of having to throw each basket into the basket, they pop out. After checking, Wighton realized that his simulation version did not account for the size of the ball. So he moved the basket a few centimeters away from the board to make up for it, and then every pitch could score.

This is a typical example of how science can compensate for human ability, but the design of this board is not in line with basketball regulations. Perhaps Wighton's dream could only exist in his workshop, but no-one managed to stop Wighton from scoring anyway.

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