by Jared Newman
ESPN’s app for the Xbox 360 is about to get a lot better, just in time for college football.
The app, which relaunches on August 25 according to Gizmodo, will let users watch two games at once in 720p, with the ability to pause, rewind and replay each game independently. The second viewing window will also be able to show scores from around the league and replays from the game you’re already watching.
In addition to side-by-side view, the app will have a mini-guide on bottom of the screen with highlights, previously watched games and live updates on other games in progress. Kinect voice commands will be supported as well.
It sounds like a more practical approach to watching sports than the existing ESPN app, whose extra features include voting on favorite teams and milling around with other Xbox Live avatars. I assume it’ll be free, like the current app, to anyone with an Xbox Live Gold account and an Internet service provider that offers ESPN3.
I’m hoping this is the start of something greater. During E3, Microsoft talked about its plans to turn the Xbox into a home for live television, but it hasn’t announced any new content partners besides UFC. Live thumbnails, side-by-side playback and Kinect support, along with the “NuAds” that Microsoft is working on, could help show other networks what’s possible with Internet TV.
But in the short term, I’m just excited to root for Michigan and against Ohio State in separate games at the same time.
Introducing the keyless keyboard, which was unearthed by Patently Apple.
It seems a logical step, what with Apple consistently figuring out how to get rid of more and more buttons, making everything multitouch and sexy. What has more buttons than a keyboard?
The patent indicates that you wouldn’t just be hacking away on a silver slab of nothing. There are LED indicators to tell you which keys you’re actually pressing and capacitive sensors for multitouch capabilities. We’d expect this — every now and then we capitalize letters by holding shift and another key.
Just because the patent was filed doesn’t mean we’ll be seeing this in the real world any time soon (or ever). But in a weird way, we hope we do.