Method and apparatus for interactive audience participation at a live entertainment event

  • US 7,248,888 B2
  • Filed: 12/14/2005
  • Issued: 07/24/2007
  • Est. Priority Date: 09/06/2000
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. A method for enabling interactive participation at a live entertainment event held at a live event venue and attended by a plurality of persons at said venue, at least a portion of said persons being participants employing a wireless interactive device having capability (i) to receive and transmit messages, (ii) accept input via a user input interface, and (iii) output messages to a user output interface, the method comprising the steps of:

  • providing a wireless communication system for transmitting and receiving messages with said interactive device;

    enrolling a plurality of said persons as said participants;

    querying said participants to respond to at least one query with an answer entered through said user input interface and transmitted by said interactive device;

    receiving answers entered by said participants;

    transferring said answers to a central processor; and

    processing said answers into results using said central processor; and

    wherein said wireless interactive device further comprises localization circuitry for transmitting a physical location thereof, said method further comprises the step of detecting said transmitted location, and said enrolling step is effected automatically for devices wherein said transmitted location is within said live event venue.

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