Test Drive a Skybox

A couple weeks ago, I blogged about a gadget called Skybox, which would give people at sporting events access to all kinds of data, ranging from player stats to concession prices to instant replays. Tim Hayden of Vivid Sky, the company behind Skybox, has been kind enough to invite readers of this blog to play around with a demo. I can’t say that Skybox will bring me back to the ballparks and stadiums anytime soon (I gave up going to live ballgames a while ago: too tiresome, noisy, expensive — and it’s simply more fun to watch on TV) but I can certainly see the appeal, especially the instant replays and instant stats. And I can envision all kinds of non-sports applications: conferences, concerts, etc. Hayden will be eagerly watching for your comments here.


Z_Everson

About 15 years ago I was in a luxury box at the old Boston Garden (where luxury was a bit of a misnomer) for a Celts game. The booth was equipped with two TVs--one showed the game live along with instant replays. The other showed stats that were updated live. It didn't include the amount of beer swigged, however. The screen was lousy--a generic blue background with white text.

As the Celtics game got boring, we switched the channel on the other TV to watch the Bruins.

Aelstro

I like the idea. I built multimedia peices for a company called Crystal Canyon Interactive back in 1999-2001.
One piece we tried to sell them was a CD containing all the video footage from the game. The video was compressed in a particular way and then time-coded with the dialog of the sports casters.
It was meant to be the ideal training tool for coaches and allow fans to see and watch the game from all the angles.
But major league baseball and football didn't run with it.

I sincerly hope the skybox is accepted by the league. I can see some great potential in it.
My review: I don't have a PDA with a screen big enough to really watch the game and get the "right feel"
Many of the people I know who go to ball games more often than me would certainly use it.
It would be a luxury item. Something that once you had used it, you would want it every time.
It should come included with the fancier seats. Something like free movies in first class on airplanes.
The Food section was the first thing to catch my attention. Good thought there. We have an Alamo theater down here in Texas where you can order a beer with a one press button during a movie. Very popular.

Best of luck, and if I see one at an Astros game, I claim bragging rights of "having seen it here first"

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cosmo

Nextel just rolled something like this out for Nascar http://www.engadget.com/2006/02/09/nascar-nextel-fanview-gives-you-live-video-on-race-day/

Count DeMoney

Interesting. Be sure to make this available at the Vegas sports books!

jonksbargains

I had this idea a while ago for the tennis.

Tennis fans would really benefit from some form of instant replays - there's no big screens in the stadiums, unlike most sport.

Z_Everson

About 15 years ago I was in a luxury box at the old Boston Garden (where luxury was a bit of a misnomer) for a Celts game. The booth was equipped with two TVs--one showed the game live along with instant replays. The other showed stats that were updated live. It didn't include the amount of beer swigged, however. The screen was lousy--a generic blue background with white text.

As the Celtics game got boring, we switched the channel on the other TV to watch the Bruins.

Aelstro

I like the idea. I built multimedia peices for a company called Crystal Canyon Interactive back in 1999-2001.
One piece we tried to sell them was a CD containing all the video footage from the game. The video was compressed in a particular way and then time-coded with the dialog of the sports casters.
It was meant to be the ideal training tool for coaches and allow fans to see and watch the game from all the angles.
But major league baseball and football didn't run with it.

I sincerly hope the skybox is accepted by the league. I can see some great potential in it.
My review: I don't have a PDA with a screen big enough to really watch the game and get the "right feel"
Many of the people I know who go to ball games more often than me would certainly use it.
It would be a luxury item. Something that once you had used it, you would want it every time.
It should come included with the fancier seats. Something like free movies in first class on airplanes.
The Food section was the first thing to catch my attention. Good thought there. We have an Alamo theater down here in Texas where you can order a beer with a one press button during a movie. Very popular.

Best of luck, and if I see one at an Astros game, I claim bragging rights of "having seen it here first"

Read more...

cosmo

Nextel just rolled something like this out for Nascar http://www.engadget.com/2006/02/09/nascar-nextel-fanview-gives-you-live-video-on-race-day/

Count DeMoney

Interesting. Be sure to make this available at the Vegas sports books!

jonksbargains

I had this idea a while ago for the tennis.

Tennis fans would really benefit from some form of instant replays - there's no big screens in the stadiums, unlike most sport.