The man was asked about making the backboard, and why he did it — this is what he had to say:
“I’ve wondered if it is possible to make a basketball hoop where the ball always goes in. Imagine throwing a ball and if it hits the backboard, it somehow gets directed into the hoop.
Thanks to physics, it isn’t quite possible to make ALL possible shots go in, though you can make a hoop where the ball goes in a lot more often.
In this video, I show how I wrote a program to calculate the optical backboard, then machined and fabricated it. It worked out better than I was expected so I’m really happy with it!”
It’s an interesting feature to add to a basketball goal, and maybe even one that will come to life with the more attention it gets. Obviously, they will never be used in competitive games, but for recreational purposes, it would surely be a blast.