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App Wrap: 'Nerf N-Sports Cyber Hoops Set,' 'ArtSee Studio'

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NY1 highlights the coolest and newest apps for your cell phone or mobile device in the twice-weekly segment "App Wrap." NY1's Adam Balkin filed the following report.

Nerf N-Sports Cyber Hoops Set


Even the strictest of parents might consider relaxing that "no playing ball in the house" rule for the Nerf N-Sports Cyber Hoops Set.

The hoop links wirelessly to an iOS device, where an app brings a whole new level of competition to hallway basketball. Not only will the device keep track of baskets made, you can play head to head shooting contests on one basket or at the same time on two hoops. Up to four players can compete at once. There's even a dunking contest in there.

As you play, commentators will help spice up the action with play by play, and video is captured of your session for instant replays, slo-mo, and so that you can save and share highlights.

The Nerf N-Sports Cyber Hoop costs $20. The companion app is free. Again, it only works at the moment with iOS devices.

ArtSee Studio


For dunking of a different kind, a new breed of art-making app that allows you to, among other things, take a virtual dunk in the ocean.

ArtSee Studio is like a mini-art studio you snap your iPad into. Then, as your tablet becomes the canvas, your real world tools hanging on the borders are what allow you to create your masterpiece.

While there are similar products on the market, what's different about these stamps is that the animals and objects you create with them are animated, and then you can further animate them. For example, the dolphin moves and makes sounds, but draw a line and he'll jump through the water. You can also draw or roll on different layers of the environment.

The ArtSee Studio is $40 and works with full-sized, non-mini iPads.

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