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

  • US 7,792,539 B2
  • Filed: 05/01/2007
  • Issued: 09/07/2010
  • Est. Priority Date: 09/06/2000
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A method for enabling interactive participation by enrolled participants during activity occurring at a college campus venue attended by a plurality of persons, said enrolled participants employing a wireless interactive device having a unique signature associated therewith and capability to:

  • (i) receive and transmit messages;

    (ii) accept input via a user input interface;

    (iii) output messages to a user output interface; and

    (iv) transmit said unique signature, the method comprising the steps of;

    enrolling at least some of said persons as enrolled participants, each being equipped with one of said wireless interactive devices;

    providing a wireless communication system appointed to transmit and receive messages with said interactive device;

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

    receiving answers entered by said enrolled participants;

    wherein said wireless interactive device further comprises localization circuitry appointed to transmit a location signal indicative of a physical location of said device, said method further comprises the step of detecting said transmitted location signal; and

    wherein said enrolling step is effected automatically for persons attending said college campus venue and possessing a said wireless interactive device, upon detection of said transmitted location signal indicative of a physical location within said college campus venue.

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