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An app that uses AI to help you improve your basketball shot just raised $4 million

Let’s be real: you are  most certainly never going to be as good as Steve Nash, Chris Paul, James Harden — or really any professional NBA player. But it probably won’t stop you from trying to practice or model your game around your favorite players, and spend hours upon hours figuring out how to get better. And while there are going to be plenty of attempts to smash image recognition and AI into that problem, a company called NEX Team is hoping to soften the blow a bit by helping casual players figure out  their game, rather than trying to be as good as a professional NBA player. Using phone cameras and image recognition on the back end, its primary app HomeCourt will measure a variety of variables like shot trajectory, jump height, and body position, and help understand how to improve a player’s shooting form. It’s not designed to help that player shoot like Ray Allen, but at least start hitting those mid-range jumpers. The company said it’s raised $4 million from  Charmides Capital and Mandra Capital, as well as Steve Nash, Jeremy Lin, Sam “Trust The Process” Hinkie (sigh), Mark Cuban and Dani  Reiss. “We don’t call ourselves a basketball company, we think of ourselves as a mobile AI company,” CEO and co-founder David Lee said. “It happens that basketball is the first sport where we’re applying our tech. When you think about digitizing sports, as a runner or cyclist, you’ve had access to a feedback loop for a while on treadmills and other tools. But for basketball and other sports like basketball, that loop didn’t exist. We believed with computer vision, you can digitize a lot of different sports, one of which is basketball. We’re not just building an app for the professional basketball athletes, we’re focused on building an app where value can be generated across the basketball community.” The app starts off with an iPhone. Players can boot up their camera and begin recording their shots, and the app will go back and track what worked and what didn’t work with that shot, as well as where the player is making and missing those shots.It’s not tracking every single motion of the player, but once a player makes a shot, it will track that trajectory and shooting form, like where his or her feet are planted. That kind of feedback can help players understand the kinds of small tweaks they can make to improve their shooting percentage over time, such as release speed or jump hight.

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Booksy, the worldwide booking system, raises $13.2 million

Booksy , a Poland-based booking application for the beauty business, has raised $13.2 million in a series B effort to drive global growth. The company, founded in 2014 by Stefan Batory and Konrad Howard, is currently seeing 2.5 million bookings per month. The company raised from Piton Capital, OpenOcean, Kulczyk Investments, and Zach Coelius. Batory, an ultramarathoner, also co-founded iTaxi, Poland’s popular taxi hailing app. Booksy came about when he was trying to schedule physiotherapy appointments after long runs. He would come home sore and plan on calling his physiotherapist but it was always too late. “I didn’t want to bother him after I was done with my workout late night, and it was virtually impossible to contact him during day time as his hands were busy massaging people and he did not answer my calls,” he said. Booksy launched in the US in 2017 and “rapidly become the number one booking app in the world,” said Batory. “We will use the funding to drive global growth, recruit high profile talent and develop proprietary technologies that will further support beauty businesses,” he said. “That includes the implementation of one-click booking, a feature that uses machine learning and AI technologies, to determine each user’s buying pattern and offer them the best dates with their favorite stylists, thus simplifying user experience for both merchants and their customers.”

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These 50 founders and VCs suggest 2018 may be a tipping point for women: Part 1

For the last several years, we’ve compiled profiles of women founders and investors at the end of each year because they’ve either raised substantial amounts of money or otherwise achieved notable milestones. This year, we don’t want to wait until December. We’re too excited about the progress we’re witnessing, with women-led startups getting seed, Series A or later-stage funding each week — all while top venture firms grow more serious about pulling women into their most senior ranks , female VCs band together to fund female founders and other women go about launching their own funds . Some of you will note that this list is far from comprehensive, and we’ll readily agree with you. But we think it’s better to celebrate the accomplishments of some of the women who deserve attention than try to capture every last person we’d include if only there were more hours in the day. Herewith, a list of 25 founders and investors who’ve had a pretty good 2018 so far, with a second list of women in the industry coming shortly, so stay tuned. Brynn Putnam, founder and CEO of Mirror Harvard grad Brynn Putnam was once a professional ballet dancer, but she may eventually find more fame as a serial founder. Two years after her last performance in 2008 with a ballet company in Montreal, Putnam started a New York-boutique fitness studio, Refine Method , around a high-intensity, interval workout. It would later sprout into three studios in New York and attract the likes of Kelly Ripa and Ivana Trump. Now, Putnam is using its founding principal — that gym users can wring more from their workout hours — to build yet another business called Mirror . Centered around an at-home device, it looks like a mirror but enables users to see an instructor and classmates for fitness routines like Pilates, all while tracking their performance on screen. Mirror isn’t available to buy yet, but investors are already sold, providing the company with  $13 million in funding earlier this year so it can bring its product to fitness buffs everywhere.

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The Rock Launches $249 Wireless Workout Headphones – Ubergizmo

Ubergizmo The Rock Launches $249 Wireless Workout Headphones Ubergizmo Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is the latest celebrity to get into the headphones game but he's doing things a bit differently. He has teamed up with JBL and Under Armour to launch his own wireless workout headphones called Project Rock. They're priced at ... and more »

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Kayla Itsines’ Sweat app will rake in $77 million this year

In earlier years, fitness gurus would market their programs for getting in shape on VHS tapes and, later, DVDs. These days, it’s an app business. At Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference this week in San Jose, the company brought in one of the fitness app industry’s superstars, Kayla Itsines , co-creator of the BBG (Bikini Body Guides) and the Sweat app  — which will pull in $77 million USD this year — to lead a morning workout for around 200 conference attendees. For Apple, Kayla’s brand represents not only a good App Store success story, but also spreads the message of how its own products, like iPhone and Apple Watch, enable access to better health through their platforms. From e-books to apps Kayla’s fitness company was started several years ago by two personal trainers — herself and business partner Tobi Pearce. Both were using social media, including Instagram, to drive leads for their own PT sessions and bootcamps. But Itsines’ online profile really took off and soon, people from all over the world wanted to know how they could train like her and get the same results. WWDC Workout with Kayla Itsines So the trainers packaged up her program materials and sold it as an e-book online starting in early 2014. Over the next year or so, the business grew, as they distributed more e-books and a broader content series. But Kayla and Tobi wanted to reach even more people, so they turned to the App Store. “That’s where our consumers are,” said Tobi, speaking of the company’s decision to launch a mobile app, in a conversation with TechCrunch backstage at the WWDC fitness event. “We have mostly millennial consumers — 25 to 35 is our main market,” he continues.

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Apple Watch Now Lets You Track Ski Performance – Ubergizmo

Ubergizmo Apple Watch Now Lets You Track Ski Performance Ubergizmo Skiers are going to be very happy about this. A new Apple Watch update has enabled the smartwatch to track ski performance. This means that users will now be able to see how many calories they've burned in a session or how fast they were going. The ... and more »

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Working Xbox Watch Seen In Leaked Images – Ubergizmo

Ubergizmo Working Xbox Watch Seen In Leaked Images Ubergizmo It was reported a few years ago that Microsoft's Xbox division was working on a wearable device. While images of the so-called Xbox Watch have been leaked online before, the latest images show us a running unit of the Xbox Watch. The images reveal a ... A powered-on 'Xbox Watch' emerges, shows off fitness focus Windows Central Hikari Calyx on Twitter: "The Xbox Watch - Pin Diagram Yes we successfully booted up an Xbox Watch. Video is ... Twitter Microsoft Band review | TechRadar TechRadar all 38 news articles »

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Live: Apple unveils $349 smart speaker HomePod – USA TODAY (blog)

USA TODAY (blog) Live: Apple unveils $349 smart speaker HomePod USA TODAY (blog) There are also App of the Day , Game of the Day, or Daily Lists. 2:25 p.m.: Schiller says phased releases will roll out later this year, letting developers release their apps over a prolonged period. The App Store will also undergo a major redesign ... and more »

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