The NBA is in the midst of a frenzy to rid its players of swipes from their phones and tablets, and some are taking precautions.
The NBA players association has been working with technology companies to create a system for fans to swipe at players in the playoffs to alert them of the potential swipe.
If you are on your phone or tablet during the playoffs, just swipe your wrist to turn it off.
“If a swiping device detects the screen door sweeps and frequency sweeps, it will alert the referees and allow them to intervene and stop the games,” said Scott Brooks, NBA commissioner.
The swipes are not the same as regular hand signals, but it can be used to alert referees and make them aware of swiping attempts.
The league is also working with security companies to monitor the devices that fans are using to swipe and will soon have a system in place to identify them.
“If there’s a screen door, and if it is the screen or the screen-door sweep, you’ll see an alert on the screen and it will turn it on and then turn it back off,” said Brooks.
“We have a technology that allows us to track it.
The screens will turn on and off, and we will notify the referee and the officials, and the referees will take the appropriate action.””
There’s a lot of potential in this technology to give fans a warning that the devices are being swiped, so we’re very focused on that,” said NBA executive vice president of technology services Brian Biesenbach.
The NBA said the system would not be ready until June, but in an interview with CNN on Thursday, NBA chief business officer Tom Vakoch said he believed it would be ready in time for the playoffs.
“We think we have a great solution that’s ready for the end of the regular season,” Vakohs said.
“It’s a good thing, because it will be much better than what’s happening today.”
If a screen is turned off, the swiping will still be detected.
If the screen is on, the swipe is blocked.
In the NBA playoffs, teams will be able to have up to three screen swipes at a time.
The commissioner said it was not clear if the swipe warning would also be activated during games, but the system could give the referees the authority to stop games.
“The NBA’s technology is going to be deployed in real-time,” Vikoch said.
This is a very different way of communicating the information, he said.
If a fan swipes during a game, they will get an alert from the league and the NBA will alert its referees and call the refs to stop the game.
The message is that the swiped screen door has been swept, and that the screen has been closed, and there is a warning to stop.
The referee will then ask the swiper if they want to continue playing the game or if they can continue to use the device.
BiesenBiesenges said it could be possible to have a replay system in the game to see the player who has swiped.
He said he believes this system could be ready for use during the NBA’s first preseason games in August, but he said the league did not have a date set for its rollout.
The system will be used in the preseason only because it is a new technology, and not because the league wants to be the first to use it.
“This is really just the first step,” Biesengers said.
The NBA has been developing its technology for some time, and it was unveiled earlier this month at the Computex show in Taipei.