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Microsoft and the NBA will create ‘virtual fans’ by using AI during coronavirus restrictions

by Nashwa Ahmed

Dubai- AI Journalism

Microsoft and the NBA said they have joined forces to put ‘virtual’ fans in the stands of each game using Microsoft’s Teams app and giant screens according to daily mail news paper

 The NBA suspended its season in March after a player for the Utah Jazz tested positive for the novel coronavirus. 

 The report said that the National Basketball Association restarts its coronavirus-interrupted season

on July 30 in its ‘bubble’ in Orlando, Florida

the stands could have more than 300 fans – none of whom will actually be in the arena.

The two will equip each game court with 17-foot-tall LED screens that wrap three sides of the arena. 

The virtual stands will be filled with fans who use the Teams app to log in and sit alongside each other

with a new feature of the app called ‘Together mode’ meant to simulate a group of people sitting in a room.

NBA officials said audio from the virtual fans will be played in the arena and televised.

Virtual seats will be limited to 320 fans, a number based on the size of the venue and screens. 

Fans will be selected by the home teams.

Each team is working to decide how to handle the selection, report said

The league plans to restart the season in a so-called bubble at Walt Disney World Resort

players, staff and media will be tested to keep everyone inside safe from contracting the virus.

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