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

  • US 8,131,279 B2
  • Filed: 11/18/2010
  • Issued: 03/06/2012
  • Est. Priority Date: 09/06/2000
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. A system for enabling interactive participation by audience members attending a live entertainment event at an expansive outdoor/indoor venue and employing a wireless interactive device having capability (i) to receive and transmit messages, (ii) accept input via a user interface, and (iii) display messages on an electronic display, the system comprising:

  • a wireless communication system configured to transmit and receive messages with the interactive device;

    a means for presenting the audience members with an opportunity to respond to at least one request for interaction with responses entered through the user interface and transmitted by the interactive device;

    a means for receiving the responses at a central processing station or distributed processing stations;

    a means for storing the received responses as audience data;

    a central processor configured to receive and process the audience data into results; and

    wherein the expansive outdoor/indoor venue is selected from the group consisting of stadiums, arenas, race tracks, golf courses, and theme parks.

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