08012023 is referenced by 191 patents and cites 78 patents.

Systems and methods that provide for a virtual reality entertainment system that supplies immersive entertainment and creates a sensation for a user similar to having guests in a remote location to be physically present as virtual guests. Such virtual reality entertainment system can supply a graphic and/or audio; wherein interconnected computers, video and audio processing devices, supply a live interaction between a user and a guest(s). Although guests are only present virtually (e.g., electronically present with other objects/user within the environment) such virtual invitation enables a user and guests to concurrently experience the entertainment together (e.g., a live sporting event, spectator game). In a related aspect, the subject innovation can implement holographic avatars, and a plurality of communication interfaces, to imitate (and/or transform) a relationship between the user and the virtual guests/surrounding environment.

Title
Virtual entertainment
Application Number
11/536449
Publication Number
8012023 (B2)
Application Date
September 28, 2006
Publication Date
September 6, 2011
Inventor
Melora Zaner Godsey
Redmond
WA, US
Ira L Snyder Jr
Bellevue
WA, US
Amit Mital
Kirkland
WA, US
Debi P Mishra
Bellevue
WA, US
Henricus Johannes Maria Meijer
Mercer Island
WA, US
Matthew B MacLaurin
Woodinville
WA, US
James R Larus
Mercer Island
WA, US
Daniel S Glasser
Mercer Island
WA, US
Michael Connolly
Seattle
WA, US
Lili Cheng
Bellevue
WA, US
Christopher W Brumme
Mercer Island
WA, US
Arnold N Blinn
Hunts Point
WA, US
Thomas F Bergstraesser
Kirkland
WA, US
Alexander G Gounares
Kirkland
WA, US
Gary W Flake
Bellevue
WA, US
William H Gates III
Medina
WA, US
Agent
Lee & Hayes PLLC
Assignee
Microsoft Corporation
WA, US
IPC
A63F 13/00
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