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With NBA’s new AR app, you can shoot hoops anywhere, anytime

Now hoopsters don’t need to find an actual basket to play ball. Today, the NBA unveiled its first augmented reality app–which is, it claims, the first from any professional sports league. Built for iPhones using Apple’s new ARKit, the app lets anyone shoot hoops anywhere, anytime, by superimposing an NBA backboard and court onto whatever … Continue reading “With NBA’s new AR app, you can shoot hoops anywhere, anytime”

With NBA’s new AR app, you can shoot hoops anywhere, anytime
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Now hoopsters don’t need to find an actual basket to play ball.

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Today, the NBA unveiled its first augmented reality app–which is, it claims, the first from any professional sports league. Built for iPhones using Apple’s new ARKit, the app lets anyone shoot hoops anywhere, anytime, by superimposing an NBA backboard and court onto whatever environment a user can see with their phone’s camera. The app leverages the device’s accelerometer to flick shots at the basket for 30 seconds.

[Images: courtesy of NBA]
Basketball fans can compete with their friends for the best score, and the true diehards can add their favorite team’s branding to their backboard–and share it on social media, of course.

The new app is the latest development from what may be the world’s most-tech-savvy sports league.

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Daniel Terdiman is a San Francisco-based technology journalist with nearly 20 years of experience. A veteran of CNET and VentureBeat, Daniel has also written for Wired, The New York Times, Time, and many other publications

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