The NBA will rely on Microsoft Teams to create a virtual crowd, as the league continues games on July 30th. The virtual crowds are made possible through a partnership between Microsoft and the NBA, and the crowd will be comprised of people using the video conference platform to digitally attend games.
Microsoft will make this possible with the Together Mode feature, which uses AI to put a people's face and shoulders into the stands. The NBA arenas will be able to accommodate digital crowds by creating an LED screen that is 17-feet tall around the stadium. Those screens will display fans and can even broadcast audio from fans.
Overall the collaboration between the NBA and Microsoft allows fans to actively participate in games and makes the experience more familiar.
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