The NBA AR App, which was launched Monday morning and is available for free in the App Store, uses your iPhone camera and ARKit technology to place a basketball hoop and court into your real-world environment. Once you set up the game and customize your court, you have 30 seconds to make as many shots as possible by flicking your iPhone to shoot the ball.
From there, you can share your score with friends and see where you rank on the global leaderboard. “We’ve always said that basketball can be played virtually anywhere – and today that takes on an expanded meaning,” NBA senior vice president of digital media Melissa Rosenthal Brenner said in a statement. “Augmented reality presents a variety of fascinating engagement opportunities, so we hope our fans download the app and try out their skills wherever they might be.”
There are a lot of things the Dallas Mavericks might need to improve on their 33-49 2016-17 playoff-missing season, but apparently one thing on that list is facial recognition technology for their new locker room at American Airlines Center. As owner Mark Cuban explains in this short clip, here’s how it would work.
The Miami Heat roster returns mostly intact this season, but changes will be noticeable in Sunday’s preseason opener at AmericanAirlines Arena. Among the changes according to Executive Vice President Michael McCullough: A new LED system on the arena’s large video screens. An upgraded audio system. New seating in some areas. A Heat “Culture” store on the 300 level. Further implementation of new lighting that was unveiled last season.