Nerf Cyberhoop Lets You Live — and Relive — Hoop Dreams
A lever in the hoop records your dunks.
CREDIT: Stewart Wolpin
We're all familiar with Nerf basketball – we've either hung a hoop from the back of a door to simply waste time or to break out of a creative stupor, or even shot at someone else's Nerf set-up.
But wouldn't it be cool to actually keep score during a Nerf hoops contest or even watch highlights of your most spectacular Nerf accomplishments?
Now you can with Hasbro's Nerf N-Sports Cyberhoop. With an iOS app, it not only tracks stats and keeps score, but also provides color commentary of the action, records your Nerf contest in both still photos and video, and constructs an actual highlight reel. You can also play other Cyberhoop owners remotely through the app.
Instead of Wi-Fi or Bluetooth, Cyberhoop uses sound to transmit its data. When the Nerf ball goes through the hoop, it depresses a lever, which emits a noise picked-up by an iPad, iPhone or iPod microphone – just make sure you have your device pointed with the front-facing camera aimed at you and the Cyberhoop close enough so your gadget can hear it. The app then translates that sound and registers every score. The Cyberhoop costs just $20, and is powered by three AAA batteries (not included).
The app, compatible with all iOS devices except the earliest generations, is packed with five different basketball challenges. You also can share your highlight reels over the usual social media suspects. The Cyberhoop will be available for $20 in the fall.