Just when you thought technology has reached it’s peak and everything that idea has already been thought of, you are rudely mistaken. Two Sacramento grads, who happen to be twin brothers, have created a revolutionizing app that is pure genius; changing the world of pickup basketball forever. The app is called Hoop Maps, which can be found on the App Store. The app is a worldwide database for pickup basketball lovers. If you are ever looking for a pickup basketball game all you do is sign in to the app, and with location services the database will track nearby games for you, posted by other pickup basketball lovers. As a basketball player myself I feel this is pure genius, but at the same time so simple. It’s one of those things when you kick yourself and say “why didn’t I think of this”
As we are in the heat of March Madness, the app has gotten a fair amount of attention. I feel the app will do great; for the simple fact that there’s is great demand for something of it’s sort, while basketball and technology are certainly not showing signs of slowing down. Along with both brothers being rounded, having degrees in business and marketing respectively, with some technology education as well.
There isn’t much competition, in terms of a direct identifiable competitor, as no one has created an app as such before. However, there is a ton of indirect competition that takes a bit of insight to see. I feel this is detrimental to things such as organized men’s leagues, that do exactly what the app do, but a lot less conveniently and more expensively. They basically exist for to connect basketball lovers in respected areas to other players. With this app, it’s all done for you electronically, so I feel this has the potential to completely shut down organizers of this sort.
Is technology growing to be our best and biggest asset? I mean it literally has it’s hand in everything. From the way we shop, the way we eat, the way we travel, the way we meet people, and now even the way we play a pickup basketball game? Is technology becoming too big? Is it overtaking us? Is something like this helpful or hurtful in the long run? Yes, on the first layer this app is great because it’s convenient, it’s quick, it’s easy. I think this is great, it will be able to connect people who would else never be connected before this app, and they get to do something which is very personal and active, play basketball. This app will create great relationships.Many argue against the overpowering role of technology as of late, but I will continue to be an advocate. All inadequate things will get push to the side, the diminishing role of humans in these trivial activities will shift our focus, to bigger and better and propel civilization even further. Cheers to the technology age!