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SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR ACCESSING VIRTUAL INFORMATION

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000021357D
Original Publication Date: 2000-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Jan-16
Document File: 2 page(s) / 303K

Publishing Venue

Sony Technical Digest

Related People

Horel Wheitz: INVENTOR

Abstract

The system for accessing virtual information is a tool that allows a user to get information and data about nearly any viewable item displayed on TV. The system should include a content source that stores URLs on DVDs or incoming broadcast signals. The system should include a pointer device, such as a mouse, electronic pen, or a touch pad, and appropriate software implemented through a Web TV, computer, or set-top box. Of course, an internet connection is required along with a microprocessor and RAM memory.

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Sony Technical Digest, Volume 3, November 2000, ISSN 1521-5180

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR ACCESSING VIRTUAL INFORMATION

Invention by: Horel Wheitz

The system for accessing virtual information is a tool that allows a user to get information and data about nearly any viewable item displayed on TV. The system should include a content source that stores URLs on DVDs or incoming broadcast signals. The system should include a pointer device, such as a mouse, electronic pen, or a touch pad, and appropriate software implemented through a Web TV, computer, or set-top box. Of course, an internet connection is required along with a microprocessor and RAM memory.

This invention combines e-commerce and home entertainment into a system that simultaneously accesses virtual information in response to viewer demands. The invention works by adding hot links to DVDs, CDs, and broadcast cable signals that would allow a user to connect to a specific URL immediately after the user clicks on a designated hot spot within the media presentation. After clicking on a hot spot of interest, the corresponding web site would open on the TV screen in PIP format. For example, if a user is watching a movie and sees a piece of clothing that he/she likes, the user can click on the item, prompting the invention to connect the user to a web site where that particular piece of clothing is sold. Alternatively, the user could use the invention to link to a web page featuring an actor or athlete. The generation of an on-...