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On Monday, the NBA released a new free iPhone app called NBA AR, designed to bring a sort-of basketball experience into fans’ homes.
The way it works is that you download an app, which will scan your room and install an “authentic” NBA basketball backboard and hoop. Now, it’s not the real kind, but rather a digital version complete with a ball you “flick” to throw at the hoop. Your goal is to sink as many shots as possible in 30 seconds.
The NBA is just the latest to jump into the growing craze around AR. Not only are other sports leagues toying with it, such as Major League Baseball’s but so are major companies. Ikea, for example, . Even the popular Thomas & Friends kids show has an AR app.
Much of this has been spurred by Apple, Google and Facebook, each of which have created following last year’s craze.
Whether or not this is something people actually want or will use is still unclear. So far,, which put screens so close to your eyes that your brain is tricked into thinking you’re in a computer-generated world. This has led to .
And so far, the NBA says the amount of time people spendis dramatically less than the amount of time they spend watching a game on television.
Regardless, the NBA is pushing forward. The league has other AR apps in the works, and plans to release them throughout its regular season which starts Tuesday.
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