US20050273390A1 - System for placement of content on electronic billboard displays - Google Patents

System for placement of content on electronic billboard displays Download PDF

Info

Publication number
US20050273390A1
US20050273390A1 US11181316 US18131605A US2005273390A1 US 20050273390 A1 US20050273390 A1 US 20050273390A1 US 11181316 US11181316 US 11181316 US 18131605 A US18131605 A US 18131605A US 2005273390 A1 US2005273390 A1 US 2005273390A1
Authority
US
Grant status
Application
Patent type
Prior art keywords
system
advertising content
display
customer
selected
Prior art date
Legal status (The legal status is an assumption and is not a legal conclusion. Google has not performed a legal analysis and makes no representation as to the accuracy of the status listed.)
Abandoned
Application number
US11181316
Inventor
Charles Hunter
Original Assignee
Hunter Charles E
Priority date (The priority date is an assumption and is not a legal conclusion. Google has not performed a legal analysis and makes no representation as to the accuracy of the date listed.)
Filing date
Publication date
Family has litigation

Links

Images

Classifications

    • HELECTRICITY
    • H04ELECTRIC COMMUNICATION TECHNIQUE
    • H04NPICTORIAL COMMUNICATION, e.g. TELEVISION
    • H04N21/00Selective content distribution, e.g. interactive television, VOD [Video On Demand]
    • H04N21/40Client devices specifically adapted for the reception of or interaction with content, e.g. set-top-box [STB]; Operations thereof
    • H04N21/41Structure of client; Structure of client peripherals
    • H04N21/414Specialised client platforms, e.g. receiver in car or embedded in a mobile appliance
    • H04N21/41415Specialised client platforms, e.g. receiver in car or embedded in a mobile appliance involving a public display, viewable by several users in a public space outside their home, e.g. movie theatre, information kiosk
    • GPHYSICS
    • G06COMPUTING; CALCULATING; COUNTING
    • G06QDATA PROCESSING SYSTEMS OR METHODS, SPECIALLY ADAPTED FOR ADMINISTRATIVE, COMMERCIAL, FINANCIAL, MANAGERIAL, SUPERVISORY OR FORECASTING PURPOSES; SYSTEMS OR METHODS SPECIALLY ADAPTED FOR ADMINISTRATIVE, COMMERCIAL, FINANCIAL, MANAGERIAL, SUPERVISORY OR FORECASTING PURPOSES, NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR
    • G06Q30/00Commerce, e.g. shopping or e-commerce
    • G06Q30/02Marketing, e.g. market research and analysis, surveying, promotions, advertising, buyer profiling, customer management or rewards; Price estimation or determination
    • GPHYSICS
    • G06COMPUTING; CALCULATING; COUNTING
    • G06QDATA PROCESSING SYSTEMS OR METHODS, SPECIALLY ADAPTED FOR ADMINISTRATIVE, COMMERCIAL, FINANCIAL, MANAGERIAL, SUPERVISORY OR FORECASTING PURPOSES; SYSTEMS OR METHODS SPECIALLY ADAPTED FOR ADMINISTRATIVE, COMMERCIAL, FINANCIAL, MANAGERIAL, SUPERVISORY OR FORECASTING PURPOSES, NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR
    • G06Q30/00Commerce, e.g. shopping or e-commerce
    • G06Q30/02Marketing, e.g. market research and analysis, surveying, promotions, advertising, buyer profiling, customer management or rewards; Price estimation or determination
    • G06Q30/0241Advertisement
    • G06Q30/0251Targeted advertisement
    • G06Q30/0254Targeted advertisement based on statistics
    • GPHYSICS
    • G06COMPUTING; CALCULATING; COUNTING
    • G06QDATA PROCESSING SYSTEMS OR METHODS, SPECIALLY ADAPTED FOR ADMINISTRATIVE, COMMERCIAL, FINANCIAL, MANAGERIAL, SUPERVISORY OR FORECASTING PURPOSES; SYSTEMS OR METHODS SPECIALLY ADAPTED FOR ADMINISTRATIVE, COMMERCIAL, FINANCIAL, MANAGERIAL, SUPERVISORY OR FORECASTING PURPOSES, NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR
    • G06Q30/00Commerce, e.g. shopping or e-commerce
    • G06Q30/02Marketing, e.g. market research and analysis, surveying, promotions, advertising, buyer profiling, customer management or rewards; Price estimation or determination
    • G06Q30/0241Advertisement
    • G06Q30/0251Targeted advertisement
    • G06Q30/0264Targeted advertisement based upon schedule
    • GPHYSICS
    • G06COMPUTING; CALCULATING; COUNTING
    • G06QDATA PROCESSING SYSTEMS OR METHODS, SPECIALLY ADAPTED FOR ADMINISTRATIVE, COMMERCIAL, FINANCIAL, MANAGERIAL, SUPERVISORY OR FORECASTING PURPOSES; SYSTEMS OR METHODS SPECIALLY ADAPTED FOR ADMINISTRATIVE, COMMERCIAL, FINANCIAL, MANAGERIAL, SUPERVISORY OR FORECASTING PURPOSES, NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR
    • G06Q30/00Commerce, e.g. shopping or e-commerce
    • G06Q30/02Marketing, e.g. market research and analysis, surveying, promotions, advertising, buyer profiling, customer management or rewards; Price estimation or determination
    • G06Q30/0241Advertisement
    • G06Q30/0251Targeted advertisement
    • G06Q30/0267Wireless devices
    • GPHYSICS
    • G06COMPUTING; CALCULATING; COUNTING
    • G06QDATA PROCESSING SYSTEMS OR METHODS, SPECIALLY ADAPTED FOR ADMINISTRATIVE, COMMERCIAL, FINANCIAL, MANAGERIAL, SUPERVISORY OR FORECASTING PURPOSES; SYSTEMS OR METHODS SPECIALLY ADAPTED FOR ADMINISTRATIVE, COMMERCIAL, FINANCIAL, MANAGERIAL, SUPERVISORY OR FORECASTING PURPOSES, NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR
    • G06Q30/00Commerce, e.g. shopping or e-commerce
    • G06Q30/02Marketing, e.g. market research and analysis, surveying, promotions, advertising, buyer profiling, customer management or rewards; Price estimation or determination
    • G06Q30/0241Advertisement
    • G06Q30/0273Fees for advertisement
    • GPHYSICS
    • G06COMPUTING; CALCULATING; COUNTING
    • G06QDATA PROCESSING SYSTEMS OR METHODS, SPECIALLY ADAPTED FOR ADMINISTRATIVE, COMMERCIAL, FINANCIAL, MANAGERIAL, SUPERVISORY OR FORECASTING PURPOSES; SYSTEMS OR METHODS SPECIALLY ADAPTED FOR ADMINISTRATIVE, COMMERCIAL, FINANCIAL, MANAGERIAL, SUPERVISORY OR FORECASTING PURPOSES, NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR
    • G06Q30/00Commerce, e.g. shopping or e-commerce
    • G06Q30/02Marketing, e.g. market research and analysis, surveying, promotions, advertising, buyer profiling, customer management or rewards; Price estimation or determination
    • G06Q30/0241Advertisement
    • G06Q30/0277Online advertisement
    • HELECTRICITY
    • H04ELECTRIC COMMUNICATION TECHNIQUE
    • H04NPICTORIAL COMMUNICATION, e.g. TELEVISION
    • H04N21/00Selective content distribution, e.g. interactive television, VOD [Video On Demand]
    • H04N21/20Servers specifically adapted for the distribution of content, e.g. VOD servers; Operations thereof
    • H04N21/25Management operations performed by the server for facilitating the content distribution or administrating data related to end-users or client devices, e.g. end-user or client device authentication, learning user preferences for recommending movies
    • H04N21/254Management at additional data server, e.g. shopping server, rights management server
    • H04N21/2543Billing, e.g. for subscription services
    • HELECTRICITY
    • H04ELECTRIC COMMUNICATION TECHNIQUE
    • H04NPICTORIAL COMMUNICATION, e.g. TELEVISION
    • H04N21/00Selective content distribution, e.g. interactive television, VOD [Video On Demand]
    • H04N21/20Servers specifically adapted for the distribution of content, e.g. VOD servers; Operations thereof
    • H04N21/25Management operations performed by the server for facilitating the content distribution or administrating data related to end-users or client devices, e.g. end-user or client device authentication, learning user preferences for recommending movies
    • H04N21/262Content or additional data distribution scheduling, e.g. sending additional data at off-peak times, updating software modules, calculating the carousel transmission frequency, delaying a video stream transmission, generating play-lists
    • H04N21/26258Content or additional data distribution scheduling, e.g. sending additional data at off-peak times, updating software modules, calculating the carousel transmission frequency, delaying a video stream transmission, generating play-lists for generating a list of items to be played back in a given order, e.g. playlist, or scheduling item distribution according to such list
    • HELECTRICITY
    • H04ELECTRIC COMMUNICATION TECHNIQUE
    • H04NPICTORIAL COMMUNICATION, e.g. TELEVISION
    • H04N21/00Selective content distribution, e.g. interactive television, VOD [Video On Demand]
    • H04N21/40Client devices specifically adapted for the reception of or interaction with content, e.g. set-top-box [STB]; Operations thereof
    • H04N21/47End-user applications
    • H04N21/472End-user interface for requesting content, additional data or services; End-user interface for interacting with content, e.g. for content reservation or setting reminders, for requesting event notification, for manipulating displayed content
    • H04N21/47202End-user interface for requesting content, additional data or services; End-user interface for interacting with content, e.g. for content reservation or setting reminders, for requesting event notification, for manipulating displayed content for requesting content on demand, e.g. video on demand
    • HELECTRICITY
    • H04ELECTRIC COMMUNICATION TECHNIQUE
    • H04NPICTORIAL COMMUNICATION, e.g. TELEVISION
    • H04N21/00Selective content distribution, e.g. interactive television, VOD [Video On Demand]
    • H04N21/80Generation or processing of content or additional data by content creator independently of the distribution process; Content per se
    • H04N21/81Monomedia components thereof
    • H04N21/812Monomedia components thereof involving advertisement data
    • HELECTRICITY
    • H04ELECTRIC COMMUNICATION TECHNIQUE
    • H04NPICTORIAL COMMUNICATION, e.g. TELEVISION
    • H04N21/00Selective content distribution, e.g. interactive television, VOD [Video On Demand]
    • H04N21/80Generation or processing of content or additional data by content creator independently of the distribution process; Content per se
    • H04N21/81Monomedia components thereof
    • H04N21/8146Monomedia components thereof involving graphical data, e.g. 3D object, 2D graphics
    • H04N21/8153Monomedia components thereof involving graphical data, e.g. 3D object, 2D graphics comprising still images, e.g. texture, background image
    • HELECTRICITY
    • H04ELECTRIC COMMUNICATION TECHNIQUE
    • H04NPICTORIAL COMMUNICATION, e.g. TELEVISION
    • H04N7/00Television systems
    • H04N7/16Analogue secrecy systems; Analogue subscription systems
    • H04N7/162Authorising the user terminal, e.g. by paying; Registering the use of a subscription channel, e.g. billing
    • H04N7/165Centralised control of user terminal ; Registering at central
    • HELECTRICITY
    • H04ELECTRIC COMMUNICATION TECHNIQUE
    • H04NPICTORIAL COMMUNICATION, e.g. TELEVISION
    • H04N7/00Television systems
    • H04N7/16Analogue secrecy systems; Analogue subscription systems
    • H04N7/173Analogue secrecy systems; Analogue subscription systems with two-way working, e.g. subscriber sending a programme selection signal
    • H04N7/17309Transmission or handling of upstream communications
    • H04N7/17318Direct or substantially direct transmission and handling of requests

Abstract

Commercial advertisers, such as consumer product companies and the advertising agents that represent them, directly access a network of thousands of large, high resolution electronic displays located in high traffic areas and directly send their own advertisements electronically to the network to be displayed at locations and times selected by the advertisers.

Description

    FIELD OF THE INVENTION
  • The invention relates to systems permitting advertisers to target geographical regions and demographic groups with ever changing, current advertising content without incurring the high fixed cost of traditional single-message billboards. More particularly, the invention relates to a system and method permitting commercial advertisers, such as consumer product companies and the advertising agents that represent them, to directly access a network of thousands of large, high resolution electronic displays located in high traffic areas and to directly send their own advertisements electronically to the network to be displayed at locations and times selected by the advertiser.
  • BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION
  • Consumer product advertising takes many forms, such as television commercials, newspaper and magazine advertisements, mailings, point-of-sale displays, outdoor billboards, etc. Using current advertising media, advertisers engage in a constant struggle to efficiently use their budgets to most effectively reach their geographic and demographic targets.
  • Focusing on the outdoor advertising component of advertising by consumer product companies, it is well known that outdoor billboards have traditionally taken the form of single-message displays formed of printed sheets or painted surfaces containing the advertising content adhered to a flat backing. This time-honored outdoor advertising technique has remained essentially unchanged throughout the twentieth century. The high cost of printing, transporting and mounting a message on a conventional billboard has dictated that the same message remain in place for a considerable period of time. Thus, a conventional billboard cannot be readily changed to reflect current events within the geographic area of the billboard. Additionally, the content on a conventional billboard tends to become essentially “invisible” as a part of the landscape after its content has been in place for a relatively short period of time, especially to commuters and others who regularly pass the billboard. Beyond the above problems with cost, single-message content, lack of content changeover capability, and the like, conventional outdoor billboards have come under increasing criticism because in their large numbers, and often tattered condition, they clutter highways with a distasteful form of visual “pollution”. A reduction in the number of billboards and improvement of the appearance of those that remain, if accomplished while increasing the overall advertising impact afforded by outdoor advertising, would please virtually everyone.
  • The use of electronic billboards has been suggested, for example, in U.S. Pat. No. 5,612,741. However, there is no electronic billboard network in operation whereby commercial advertisers may directly place ads onto selected billboards at selected times through direct access to a master network. Such a network, properly designed and operated, promises to overcome the numerous disadvantages currently associated with the outdoor advertising industry, while also meeting the above-enumerated needs of consumer products advertisers.
  • SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION
  • According to the present invention, commercial advertisers, such as consumer product companies and the advertising agents that represent them, directly access a network of multiple large, high resolution electronic displays located in high traffic areas and directly send their own advertisements electronically to the network to be displayed at locations and times selected by the advertisers. In preferred embodiments, the system of the invention includes a central information processing center that permits customers to review a schedule of times and electronic display locations that are available for placement of advertisements, and also permits customers to purchase available times at selected electronic display locations for placement of their advertising content. The customer then transmits his video or still image advertising content to the processing center where the content is reviewed for appropriateness and then transmitted to the customer-selected electronic display(s). The electronic displays preferably are large (e.g., 23×33½ ft.) flat LED displays that are driven by their own video or image servers. Verification that the advertisements run as ordered is facilitated by an information storage module or, more preferably, by a digital camera or series of digital cameras. A traffic counter may be used to determine the traffic that passed by the display while the advertisement was running. Bills and reports containing market and demographic analysis are generated and sent to the customer.
  • BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS
  • Some of the features of the invention having been stated, other features will appear as the description proceeds, when taken in connection with the accompanying drawings, in which
  • FIG. 1 is a block diagram showing the principal components of an electronic display network constructed in accordance with the present invention.
  • FIG. 2 is a view of one of the electronic displays of the network of FIG. 1.
  • DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION
  • While the present invention will be described more fully hereinafter with reference to the accompanying drawings, in which aspects of the preferred manner of practicing the present invention are shown, it is to be understood at the outset of the description which follows that persons of skill in the appropriate arts may modify the invention herein described while still achieving the favorable results of this invention. Accordingly, the description which follows is to be understood as being a broad, teaching disclosure directed to persons of skill in the appropriate arts, and not as limiting upon the present invention.
  • Referring to the drawings, and particularly to FIG. 1, there is shown a block diagram of a system 20 for direct placement of commercial advertisements, public service announcements and other content on electronic displays. System 20 includes a network comprising a plurality of electronic displays 30 that are located in high traffic areas in various geographic locations. The displays may be located in areas of high vehicular traffic, and also at indoor and outdoor locations of high pedestrian traffic, as well as in movie theaters, restaurants, sports arenas, casinos or other suitable locations. Thousands of displays, up to 10,000 or more displays worldwide, may be networked according to the present invention. In preferred embodiments, each display is a large (for example, 23 feet by 33½ feet), high resolution, full color display that provides brilliant light emission from a flat panel screen.
  • A customer of system 20, for example an in-house or agency representative of a consumer products company, may access a central information processing station of the system via the Internet through a Customer Interface Web Server 40. The customer interface web server has a commerce engine and permits the customer to obtain and enter security code and billing code information into a Network Security Router/Access module 50. Alternatively, high usage customers of the system may utilize a high speed dedicated connection to module 50. Following access, the customer reviews available advertising time/locations through a Review Schedule and Purchase Time module 60 that permits the customer to see what time is available on any display throughout the world and thereafter schedule and purchase the desired advertising time slot. Next, the customer transmits the advertising content on-line through the Internet, a direct phone line or a high speed connection (for example, ISDN or DSL) for receipt by the system's Video & Still Image Review and Input module 70. In parallel, the system operator may provide public service announcements and other content to module 70. All content, whether still image or video, is formatted in NTSC, PAL, SECAM, YUV, YC, VGA or other suitable formats.
  • The video & still image review and input module 70 permits a system security employee to conduct a content review to assure that all content meets the security and appropriateness standards established by the system, prior to the content being read to the server 100 associated with each display 30 where the content being transmitted to the server 100 will be displayed. Preferably, the servers are located at their respective displays and each has a backup. An example of a suitable server is the IBM RISC 6000 server.
  • The means for transmitting content information to the display locations may take a number of forms, with it being understood that any form, or combination thereof, may be utilized at various locations within the network. As shown in FIG. 1, the means include:
      • a. High speed cable
      • b. Satellite
      • c. Dedicated phone
      • d. High speed line (e.g., ISDN)
      • e. Cellular or PCS
      • f. Internet
      • g. Radio/radio pulse transmission
      • h. High speed optical fiber.
        A video converter/scaler function and a video controller function provided by module 110 may be utilized in connection with those servers 100 and associated displays 30 that require them, according to data transmission practices well known in the art.
  • Verification that advertisements do, in fact, run at the intended time at the intended displays may be provided by an information storage module (not shown) linked to each display. Another form of verification may be achieved by a Digital Camera and Traffic Count Recorder 120 that continuously records the content appearing at its respective display 30 and digitally transmits video verification information to a Verification Archives module 150. Recorder 120 also provides traffic count information (for example, 225 vehicles passed the display while an advertisement ran) to verification archives module 150.
  • Information from verification archives module 150 is utilized by a demographic analysis module 160 and a market analysis module 170 to generate information for reports to be sent to customers after their advertisements run. To this end, analysis data from modules 160 and 170 is transmitted to a Billing and Report Generation module 190 where reports are assembled showing, for example, the time of the advertisement, the content of the advertisement, the traffic count and residence/median income information about those who saw the advertisement. A representative, simplified report for an advertisement running on a single display is as follows:
    Customer: ABC Cola Co.
    Ad Content: Ocean Scene with graphics
    (content code 1111)
    Location: Atlanta, Georgia, Interstate
    75N, milepost 125 (site code
    XXXX)
    Time: 7:30 AM, June 30, 2000
    Vehicle Count: 225
    Viewer Count: 340
    Viewer Demographics:
    50% Resident Cobb
    County, GA
    Median household
    income: $60,000/yr.
    30% Resident DeKalb
    County, GA
    Median household
    income: $52,000/yr.
    20% Median household
    income $55,000/yr.
    Advertising Cost: $X
  • For an advertisement that may have run at multiple displays, for example 100 displays, a representative report may appear as follows:
    Customer: ABC Cola Co.
    Ad Content: Mountain Scene with
    graphics (content code 2222)
    Locations: 100 sites (site codes
    YYY . . . ZZZ>
    Time: 8:30 AM, July 10, 2000
    Total Vehicle Count: 21,500
    Total Viewer Count: 37,200
    Viewer Demographics: Median household
    income, $49,500
    Advertising Cost: $Y
  • Module 190 also produces bills that may be transmitted by phone lines for a debit payment such as a direct bank draft, or other suitable payment mode.
  • Referring to FIG. 2, there is shown a pictorial view of one preferred form for the electronic displays 30. In this embodiment, display 30 takes the form of a 23 feet by 33½ feet seamless flat screen display including multiple flat panel display modules. The panels utilize advanced semiconductor technology to provide high resolution, full color images utilizing light emitting diodes (LED's) with very high optical power (1.5-10 milliwatts or greater) that are aligned in an integrated array with each pixel having a red, green and blue LED. It will be appreciated that multiple LED's of a given color may be used at pixels to produce the desired light output; for example, three 1.5 milliwatt blue LED's may be used to produce a 4.5 milliwatt blue light output. Each red, green and blue emitter is accessed with 24 bit resolution, providing 16.7 million colors for every pixel. An overall display of 23 feet by 33½ feet, so constructed, has a high spatial resolution defined by approximately 172,000 pixels at an optical power that is easily viewable in bright sunlight. Suitable display modules for displays 30 are manufactured by Lighthouse Technologies of Hong Kong, China, under Model No. LV50 that utilize, for blue and green, InGaN LED's fabricated on single crystalline Al2O3 (sapphire) substrates and, for red, superbright AlInGaP LED's fabricated on a suitable substrate such as GaP. These panels have a useful life in excess of 50,000 hours, for example, an expected life under the usage contemplated for network 20 of 150,000 to 200,000 hours and more. In preferred embodiments, the panels are cooled from the back of the displays, preferably via a refrigerant-based air conditioning system (not shown) such as a forced air system or a thermal convection or conduction system. Non refrigerant-based options may be used in locations where they produce satisfactory cooling. The displays preferably have a very wide viewing angle, for example, 160°.
  • While the Lighthouse Technologies displays utilize the InGaN on sapphire and AlInGaP on GaP LED's described above, other materials may be used for the LED's as follows:
      • 1. (Blue/green) InGaN on SiC, preferably with a suitable buffer layer such as AlN
      • 2. (Blue/green) InGaN on GaN
      • 3. (Blue/green) InGaN on AlN, preferably with a suitable buffer layer such as AlN.
        It will be appreciated that the InGaN on sapphire and the other solid state LED's described above have substrates with high optical transmissivity and produce very high optical power. This is important for a number of reasons, including giving the electronic display designers the ability to create very wide viewing angles up to approximately 1600, and the resultant increase in visibility of the displays to viewers in oncoming traffic.
  • In addition to the particular solid state LED's mentioned above, the discrete sources of blue, green and red light at each pixel may take other forms such as composite devices including an ultraviolet LED that is utilized to excite a phosphor that, in turn, produces light of a selected spectrum. The ultraviolet LED may be a GaN on sapphire or GaN on SiC device, preferably with a suitable buffer layer. In one embodiment, ultraviolet LED's are incorporated into three different composite devices, each with a different phosphor for producing blue, green and red, respectively. In another embodiment, a phosphor is selected to produce white light and a desired color is produced by passing the white light through a narrow band pass filter. According to this white-light embodiment, filters of blue, green and red may be used to create discrete composite devices that produce blue, green and red light at each pixel. The use of white light with appropriate narrow band pass filters has the advantage of producing a colored light with an excellent wave length distribution that will not change appreciably over time, a desirable property for color balancing. On the other hand, the use of three different phosphors to directly produce blue, green and red without a filter has the advantage of higher efficiency because light is not filtered out. Both approaches have the advantage of excellent persistence which, as known in the art, is a desirable feature that is especially important in video applications.
  • It will be appreciated that energy sources other than ultraviolet LED's may be used to excite the phosphors of the composite devices discussed immediately above.
  • The provision of one or more high resolution, highly aligned digital cameras at each display site, for example the camera or cameras utilized in digital camera and traffic counter 120, or other specifically dedicated cameras, provides a means permitting diagnostics and calibration of the displays. As known in the art, certain digital cameras have a resolution of over 7,000,000 pixels—as compared to approximately 172,000 pixels on the above-described 23×33½ ft. display. Thus, by directing a digital camera at a display, or directing multiple digital cameras at different discrete portions of a display, a correspondence may be attained where a portion of each digital camera's image corresponds to a single pixel in the display. At selected times set aside for diagnostics and calibration, such as a five minute period each night, the entire display may be run red, then green, then blue, followed by white, all at multiple power levels. In the most basic diagnostic operation carried out when the display is run red/green/blue, the camera(s), mounted at a selected distance from the display such as sixty feet away, are capable of detecting nonfunctioning or excessively degraded LED's for replacement.
  • Beyond replacing defective LED's, each night the system may automatically re-calibrate all LED's in the display. To this end, the display is run red/green/blue at several iterative power levels (e.g., 20%/40%/60%/80%/100%) and the optical power output of each LED is sensed for each power level, with the goal being to calibrate the system so that each red, green or blue LED has the same optical power output at each power level as do the other LED's of the same color. Calibration is achieved by diode recalibration scaler software that may be associated with the video converter/scaler at 110 (FIG. 1). The diode recalibration scaler receives information from the diagnostic equipment indicating the optical power output of each LED at the various power levels and, through an associated automatic calibration LED look-up table, accounts for daily variance in LED output (degradation or increase) by adjusting the power curve by which the LED will be driven the next day.
  • As an alternative to using digital cameras for the diagnostic function, in other embodiments miniature photodector chips, with or without filters, may be located in close proximity to each LED in the display for measuring LED light output during diagnostic/calibration operations.
  • When the diagnostic operation operates with an all white display, the three LED's at each pixel may be evaluated individually and collectively to assure that the pixel is contributing the proper spectrum and amount of white light. Through a diagnostic/calibration software package that interrelates output and peak wave length response for each red/green/blue LED at a pixel to the desired white light response, an iterative calibration may be undertaken at each pixel to correctly bias the drivers and thereby assure correct output.
  • It will be appreciated that split screen images may be displayed at the displays 30. In the simplest application, a still image advertisement may be one half corporate logo and one half scenery. Beyond this simple application, split screen capability may be used to present a portion of the image as a corporate logo, or the like, and the remainder either real time (or near real time) video or still frame. For example, a previously qualified customer with acceptable internal content review procedures may have direct access to a display or displays for the purpose of displaying a real time (or near real time) sports event, news event, or the like, in conjunction with the customer's corporate logo. This display may be achieved by utilizing high speed servers 100 or by bypassing the servers altogether. High speed still image or video transfer may be facilitated by compression techniques such as JPEG and MPEG II, known in the art.
  • While advertising scheduling and purchasing may take place as described above where customers directly purchase time from available slots according to a fixed fee schedule, it will be appreciated that alternative modes may be used. For example, an auction system such as introduced by eBay Corporation may be used where all available slots are auctioned (a “total” auction). Additionally, a limited auction may be utilized where time may be purchased and booked for a set price, but all time not purchased at the set price becomes available through auction 20 at a fixed time before the run time, for example, one month before run time. As another alternative for a portion of the available time slots, a high usage customer may establish a monthly advertising budget with the system operator that authorizes the operator to select the time slots for display of the customer's advertisements at “best available rate” pricing, taking advantage of last minute availability of time slots and other time slot placement techniques that enable the operator to more completely utilize the network. This or similar time slot placement practices when used for a portion of the available time slots may be implemented by a software package that takes into account the needs of both the customer and the system operator.
  • It will be appreciated that advertising content information may be transmitted to the electronic display locations by physically delivering an information storage device such as CD ROM, zip drive or DVD RAM to the location in those cases where the location may be remote, or for other reasons.
  • While the present invention has been described with reference to specific embodiments, it will be appreciated that modifications may be made without departing from the true spirit and scope, of the invention.

Claims (21)

  1. 1-12. (canceled)
  2. 13. A system providing commercial advertisers the opportunity to place video or still image advertisements at selected locations on a network of multiple electronic displays, the system comprising:
    a network comprising a plurality of electronic displays located in traffic areas;
    at least one central information processing station comprising:
    a scheduling module configured for advertising customers of the system to review a schedule of one or both of times and electronic display locations that are available for placement of advertisements, wherein the scheduling module is further configured to receive an order to purchase placement of advertising content on selected electronic displays of the plurality of electronic displays,
    a receiving module configured to receive customer advertising content, and
    a distribution module configured to distribute the advertising content received from the customer to the selected electronic displays;
    wherein the scheduling module is further configured to direct each selected electronic display to display the customer's advertising content in accordance with the order.
  3. 14. The system of claim 13, wherein at least a portion of the plurality of electronic displays are LED displays.
  4. 15. The system of claim 14, wherein each electronic LED display comprises a dedicated server that receives advertising content information from the central information processing station and drives its respective electronic display to display the customer's advertising content in accordance with the order.
  5. 16. The system of claim 13, wherein the central information processing system includes a customer interface web server providing Internet access to the system.
  6. 17. The system of claim 13, further comprising a billing module configured to generate a bill for the order.
  7. 18. The system of claim 13, wherein the receiving module is configured to receive customer advertising content directly from the customer using a customer interface web server providing Internet access to the system.
  8. 19. The system of claim 13, wherein the scheduling module is further configured for advertising customers of the system to review a schedule of specific time slots display locations are available for placement of advertisements.
  9. 20. The system of claim 13, wherein the advertising customers include an owner of one of the electronic displays.
  10. 21. A method of providing video or still image advertisements at selected locations on a network of multiple electronic displays that are located in traffic areas, the method comprising:
    providing advertising customers of the system the opportunity to order display of advertising content at selected electronic display locations;
    transmitting customer advertising content to the selected electronic display locations; and
    driving the electronic display at each selected location to display the customer's advertising content in accordance with the order.
  11. 22. The method of claim 21, comprising generating a bill in accordance with the order.
  12. 23. The method of claim 21, wherein providing advertising customers of the system the opportunity to order display of advertising content at selected electronic display locations comprises providing a Web-based customer interface.
  13. 24. The method of claim 21, wherein transmitting customer advertising content to the selected electronic display locations comprises sending the advertising content to the selected electronic displays using an Internet protocol.
  14. 25. The method of claim 21, wherein transmitting customer advertising content to the selected electronic display locations comprises sending the advertising content to the selected electronic displays using wireless communications.
  15. 26. The method of claim 21, wherein driving the electronic display comprises driving a plurality of LEDs.
  16. 27. The method of claim 21, wherein the advertising customers include an owner of one of the electronic displays.
  17. 28. A system providing commercial advertisers the opportunity to place video or still image advertisements at selected locations on a network of multiple electronic displays, the system comprising:
    means for providing advertising customers of the system the opportunity to order display of advertising content at selected electronic display locations;
    means for transmitting customer advertising content to the selected electronic display locations; and
    means for driving the electronic display at each selected location to display the customer's advertising content in accordance with the order.
  18. 29. The system of claim 28, comprising means for generating a bill in accordance with the order.
  19. 30. The method of claim 28, comprising means for sending the advertising content to the selected electronic displays using an Internet protocol.
  20. 31. The method of claim 28, comprising means for sending the advertising content to the selected electronic displays using wireless communications.
  21. 32. The method of claim 28, wherein the means for driving the electronic display at each selected location comprises means for driving LEDs.
US11181316 1999-04-28 2005-07-14 System for placement of content on electronic billboard displays Abandoned US20050273390A1 (en)

Priority Applications (3)

Application Number Priority Date Filing Date Title
US09301102 US6430603B2 (en) 1999-04-28 1999-04-28 System for direct placement of commercial advertising, public service announcements and other content on electronic billboard displays
US10133343 US20020165776A1 (en) 1999-04-28 2002-04-29 System for direct placement of commercial advertising, public service announcements and other content on electronic billboard displays
US11181316 US20050273390A1 (en) 1999-04-28 2005-07-14 System for placement of content on electronic billboard displays

Applications Claiming Priority (1)

Application Number Priority Date Filing Date Title
US11181316 US20050273390A1 (en) 1999-04-28 2005-07-14 System for placement of content on electronic billboard displays

Publications (1)

Publication Number Publication Date
US20050273390A1 true true US20050273390A1 (en) 2005-12-08

Family

ID=23161954

Family Applications (3)

Application Number Title Priority Date Filing Date
US09301102 Active US6430603B2 (en) 1999-04-28 1999-04-28 System for direct placement of commercial advertising, public service announcements and other content on electronic billboard displays
US10133343 Abandoned US20020165776A1 (en) 1999-04-28 2002-04-29 System for direct placement of commercial advertising, public service announcements and other content on electronic billboard displays
US11181316 Abandoned US20050273390A1 (en) 1999-04-28 2005-07-14 System for placement of content on electronic billboard displays

Family Applications Before (2)

Application Number Title Priority Date Filing Date
US09301102 Active US6430603B2 (en) 1999-04-28 1999-04-28 System for direct placement of commercial advertising, public service announcements and other content on electronic billboard displays
US10133343 Abandoned US20020165776A1 (en) 1999-04-28 2002-04-29 System for direct placement of commercial advertising, public service announcements and other content on electronic billboard displays

Country Status (1)

Country Link
US (3) US6430603B2 (en)

Cited By (8)

* Cited by examiner, † Cited by third party
Publication number Priority date Publication date Assignee Title
US20070188483A1 (en) * 2006-01-30 2007-08-16 The Samson Group, Llc Display apparatus for outdoor signs and related system of displays and methods of use
US20080306815A1 (en) * 2007-06-06 2008-12-11 Nebuad, Inc. Method and system for inserting targeted data in available spaces of a webpage
US20090099910A1 (en) * 2007-10-11 2009-04-16 International Business Machines Corporation System and method for managing electronic advertising responsive to traffic congestion
US20100079364A1 (en) * 2008-09-30 2010-04-01 Feng Xiao-Fan Methods and Systems for LED Backlight White Balance
US20100079365A1 (en) * 2008-09-30 2010-04-01 Sharp Laboratories Of America, Inc. Methods and systems for LED backlight white balance
US20100153218A1 (en) * 2008-12-17 2010-06-17 Wilson David E System and method for scheduling and distributing advertising content to a network of digital displays
US20110035282A1 (en) * 2009-08-07 2011-02-10 At&T Intellectual Property I, L.P. Consumer Sensitive Electronic Billboards
US8781968B1 (en) * 2008-08-25 2014-07-15 Sprint Communications Company L.P. Dynamic display based on estimated viewers

Families Citing this family (108)

* Cited by examiner, † Cited by third party
Publication number Priority date Publication date Assignee Title
US10011247B2 (en) 1996-03-27 2018-07-03 Gtj Ventures, Llc Control, monitoring and/or security apparatus and method
JP3677907B2 (en) * 1996-12-13 2005-08-03 株式会社日立製作所 Method of transmitting and receiving information and system using the same
US20050275626A1 (en) * 2000-06-21 2005-12-15 Color Kinetics Incorporated Entertainment lighting system
US6548967B1 (en) 1997-08-26 2003-04-15 Color Kinetics, Inc. Universal lighting network methods and systems
US9075136B1 (en) 1998-03-04 2015-07-07 Gtj Ventures, Llc Vehicle operator and/or occupant information apparatus and method
US7064672B2 (en) * 1998-04-30 2006-06-20 David Gothard High resolution digital display system with recording capability
US20030214498A1 (en) * 1998-04-30 2003-11-20 David Gothard High resolution computer operated digital display system
US6384736B1 (en) 1998-04-30 2002-05-07 Dave Gothard Remote control electronic display system
US6424998B2 (en) 1999-04-28 2002-07-23 World Theatre, Inc. System permitting the display of video or still image content on selected displays of an electronic display network according to customer dictates
US20060212908A1 (en) 1999-08-27 2006-09-21 Ochoa Optics Llc Video distribution system
US6952685B1 (en) 1999-08-27 2005-10-04 Ochoa Optics Llc Music distribution system and associated antipiracy protection
US7209900B2 (en) 1999-08-27 2007-04-24 Charles Eric Hunter Music distribution systems
US8090619B1 (en) 1999-08-27 2012-01-03 Ochoa Optics Llc Method and system for music distribution
US7647618B1 (en) 1999-08-27 2010-01-12 Charles Eric Hunter Video distribution system
US20030133292A1 (en) * 1999-11-18 2003-07-17 Mueller George G. Methods and apparatus for generating and modulating white light illumination conditions
US6446045B1 (en) 2000-01-10 2002-09-03 Lucinda Stone Method for using computers to facilitate and control the creating of a plurality of functions
US7249059B2 (en) * 2000-01-10 2007-07-24 Dean Michael A Internet advertising system and method
US6389467B1 (en) 2000-01-24 2002-05-14 Friskit, Inc. Streaming media search and continuous playback system of media resources located by multiple network addresses
US9252898B2 (en) 2000-01-28 2016-02-02 Zarbaña Digital Fund Llc Music distribution systems
US6757907B1 (en) * 2000-02-09 2004-06-29 Sprint Communications Company, L.P. Display selection in a video-on-demand system
US6754907B1 (en) * 2000-02-09 2004-06-22 Sprint Communications Company, L.P. Remote control of video-on-demand system
US6647417B1 (en) 2000-02-10 2003-11-11 World Theatre, Inc. Music distribution systems
WO2001065411A1 (en) * 2000-02-29 2001-09-07 Thinairapps, Inc. Flexible wireless advertisement integration in wireless software applications
US20010034775A1 (en) * 2000-03-27 2001-10-25 Masahiro Minowa Method, computer product and network system for receiving and placement processing of advertising information
CA2405414A1 (en) 2000-04-07 2001-10-18 Adspace Networks, Inc. System for electronically distributing, displaying and controlling advertising and other communicative media
US20040220855A1 (en) * 2000-07-28 2004-11-04 Steve Carignan Advertising management method and system using egg labelling
US6961567B1 (en) * 2000-12-07 2005-11-01 Palm, Inc. Generic activation and registration framework for wireless devices
US8504074B2 (en) * 2001-01-05 2013-08-06 Palm, Inc. System and method for providing advertisement data to a mobile computing device
US6795710B1 (en) * 2001-01-05 2004-09-21 Palmone, Inc. Identifying client patterns using online location-based derivative analysis
US7555571B1 (en) * 2001-01-05 2009-06-30 Palm, Inc. Activation of mobile computing device on a cellular network
DE10100648A1 (en) * 2001-01-09 2002-07-11 Alcatel Sa Information output apparatus
US20020095334A1 (en) * 2001-01-17 2002-07-18 Kao Tze Chung Method and system of posting electronic poster through public network
US20020112243A1 (en) * 2001-02-12 2002-08-15 World Theatre Video distribution system
US8112311B2 (en) 2001-02-12 2012-02-07 Ochoa Optics Llc Systems and methods for distribution of entertainment and advertising content
US7080028B2 (en) * 2001-05-02 2006-07-18 Ncr Corporation Methods and apparatus for promotional electronic signs
US8812398B2 (en) * 2001-05-08 2014-08-19 Qualcomm Incorporated Key for a wireless-enabled device
WO2002095600A1 (en) * 2001-05-24 2002-11-28 Electronic Advertising Solutions Innovators, Inc. Dba Easi, Inc. System and method for managing in-theater display advertisements
US7098870B2 (en) * 2001-06-29 2006-08-29 Novus Partners Llc Advertising method for dynamic billboards
US7088352B2 (en) * 2002-06-19 2006-08-08 Novus Partners Llc Dynamic device and method for dispensing machines
US7960005B2 (en) 2001-09-14 2011-06-14 Ochoa Optics Llc Broadcast distribution of content for storage on hardware protected optical storage media
US7107346B2 (en) * 2001-11-28 2006-09-12 Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P. Systems and methods for displaying images
US7386492B2 (en) * 2002-01-15 2008-06-10 Clear Channel Communications, Inc. Inventory and revenue maximization method and system
US20040030111A1 (en) * 2002-06-19 2004-02-12 Turner Douglas H. Oligonucleotide directed misfolding of RNA
US7071895B2 (en) * 2002-08-22 2006-07-04 Novus Communication Technologies, Inc. Pseudo bit-depth system for dynamic billboards
US20040181807A1 (en) * 2003-03-11 2004-09-16 Theiste Christopher H. System and method for scheduling digital cinema content
US20040181819A1 (en) * 2003-03-11 2004-09-16 Theiste Christopher H. System and method for scheduling in-theatre advertising
US9195958B2 (en) * 2003-08-14 2015-11-24 Regal Cinemedia Corporation System and method for selling presentation times in a digital media stream
US20050127796A1 (en) * 2003-10-28 2005-06-16 Olesen Lee D. Audio/video display equipment for gas pumps
ES2343964T3 (en) 2003-11-20 2010-08-13 Philips Solid-State Lighting Solutions, Inc. Light system manager.
US20060119535A1 (en) * 2004-01-28 2006-06-08 Mark Van Fossan Variable signing system and method thereof
US7363001B2 (en) 2005-03-08 2008-04-22 Google Inc. Dynamic data delivery apparatus and method for same
CA2756191C (en) * 2004-03-09 2014-06-10 Google Inc. Dynamic data delivery apparatus and method for same
US20050221816A1 (en) * 2004-03-31 2005-10-06 Hall Thomas M System for and method of operating a radio station in a broadcast network
US7509272B2 (en) * 2004-06-16 2009-03-24 American Express Travel Related Services Company, Inc. Calendar auction method and computer program product
US7937484B2 (en) 2004-07-09 2011-05-03 Orb Networks, Inc. System and method for remotely controlling network resources
US9077766B2 (en) 2004-07-09 2015-07-07 Qualcomm Incorporated System and method for combining memory resources for use on a personal network
US8787164B2 (en) 2004-07-09 2014-07-22 Qualcomm Incorporated Media delivery system and method for transporting media to desired target devices
US8738693B2 (en) 2004-07-09 2014-05-27 Qualcomm Incorporated System and method for managing distribution of media files
US8819140B2 (en) 2004-07-09 2014-08-26 Qualcomm Incorporated System and method for enabling the establishment and use of a personal network
US8195744B2 (en) 2004-07-09 2012-06-05 Orb Networks, Inc. File sharing system for use with a network
US20060015531A1 (en) * 2004-07-19 2006-01-19 Moshe Fraind Device and system for digital signage
US8249545B2 (en) * 2004-09-10 2012-08-21 Motorola Mobility Llc Emergency broadcast message receiver
US7130610B2 (en) * 2004-09-10 2006-10-31 Motorola Inc. Wireless communication device for receiving an emergency broadcast message
US20060059511A1 (en) * 2004-09-14 2006-03-16 Activemaps, Inc. System and method for media content distribution
US7716231B2 (en) * 2004-11-10 2010-05-11 Microsoft Corporation System and method for generating suggested alternatives for visual or audible submissions
US20060190384A1 (en) * 2005-02-18 2006-08-24 Symon Communications, Inc. System and method for promoting internet auction listings in public & private venues
US20060200381A1 (en) * 2005-03-04 2006-09-07 Epson America Inc. Epson digital marketing system
EP1785933A3 (en) * 2005-04-29 2008-04-09 Angelo Dalli Method and apparatus for displaying processed multimedia and textual content on electronic signage or billboard displays through input from electronic communication networks
US8099326B2 (en) * 2005-06-01 2012-01-17 Google Inc. Traffic estimator
EP1894386A4 (en) 2005-06-01 2011-05-18 Google Inc Media play optimization
US8099327B2 (en) * 2005-06-01 2012-01-17 Google Inc. Auctioneer
US20070132660A1 (en) * 2005-06-22 2007-06-14 William Nuttall System and method for media distribution and display
US20070044355A1 (en) * 2005-09-01 2007-03-01 Shofner Robert D High-visibility airborne color LED display sign
WO2007053797A3 (en) * 2005-10-14 2008-04-17 Reed M Brown Apparatus, system and method for managing listings
US8086488B2 (en) * 2006-02-13 2011-12-27 Rmg Networks, Inc. Method and apparatus for defining, distributing, and redeeming SMS and MMS coupons
US7783575B2 (en) * 2006-02-13 2010-08-24 Rmg Networks, Inc. Method and apparatus for connecting a network of electronic signs
EP1830318A1 (en) * 2006-03-02 2007-09-05 Koninklijke KPN N.V. Method and control unit for displaying a message on a plurality of display device
WO2007127384A3 (en) * 2006-04-27 2009-04-02 Symon Communications Inc System and method for interacting wirelessly with digital signage
US8165917B2 (en) * 2006-05-12 2012-04-24 Rbidr, Llc System and method for selling time-based inventory
EP2018639B1 (en) * 2006-05-16 2011-09-14 Müller-Maurer, Ingrid Control system for a plurality of medial façades
US20080095052A1 (en) * 2006-07-27 2008-04-24 Patrick Julien Network Control Time Spans
US20080097848A1 (en) * 2006-07-27 2008-04-24 Patrick Julien Day Part Frame Criteria
US20080097824A1 (en) * 2006-07-27 2008-04-24 Patrick Julien Campaign Performance Report
US20080103904A1 (en) * 2006-07-27 2008-05-01 Patrick Julien Fine-Grained Criteria Targeting
US20080091497A1 (en) * 2006-07-27 2008-04-17 Patrick Julien Broadcast Days
US8468561B2 (en) 2006-08-09 2013-06-18 Google Inc. Preemptible station inventory
US8973072B2 (en) 2006-10-19 2015-03-03 Qualcomm Connected Experiences, Inc. System and method for programmatic link generation with media delivery
US20080098305A1 (en) * 2006-10-24 2008-04-24 Young Electric Sign Company System and method for content management in electronic displays
US20080109856A1 (en) * 2006-10-24 2008-05-08 Beland Graham N System and method for content planning in electronic displays
US20080201420A1 (en) * 2007-02-20 2008-08-21 William Wong Digital media frame with peer to peer networking
US20080281960A1 (en) * 2007-05-11 2008-11-13 Oracle International Corporation Traffic supervision system
US7596471B1 (en) 2007-08-16 2009-09-29 Young Electric Sign Company Methods of monitoring electronic displays within a display network
US9183571B2 (en) * 2007-09-14 2015-11-10 Qualcomm Incorporated System and method for providing advertisement data to a mobile computing device
US8139751B1 (en) 2007-10-04 2012-03-20 United States Automobile Association (USAA) System and method to communicate information to an employee
US7831654B1 (en) 2007-10-04 2010-11-09 United Services Automobile Association (Usaa) System and method to communicate information to an employee
US8407668B2 (en) * 2007-10-26 2013-03-26 Microsoft Corporation Model based spreadsheet scripting language
US20090267867A1 (en) * 2008-04-28 2009-10-29 Honeywell International Inc. Display extension of portable devices
US20110225026A1 (en) * 2008-06-13 2011-09-15 Google Inc. Map-Based Interface for Booking Broadcast Advertisements
US8688083B2 (en) * 2008-11-26 2014-04-01 Qualcomm Incorporated System and method for providing advertisement data or other content
WO2010064137A1 (en) * 2008-12-01 2010-06-10 Milan Polasek Method and system for video distribution and management
US20100161418A1 (en) * 2008-12-18 2010-06-24 Holt Michael J F Media Distribution Systems and Methods
US20100262460A1 (en) * 2009-04-14 2010-10-14 International Business Machines Corporation Operating An Electronic Advertising Device
WO2010120375A1 (en) * 2009-04-17 2010-10-21 Daktronics, Inc. An enterprise network system for programmable electronic displays
FR2948482A1 (en) 2009-07-21 2011-01-28 Newstep Device control display distance
US20110126254A1 (en) * 2009-11-25 2011-05-26 Milan Polasek Method and system for video distribution and management
WO2012130200A3 (en) * 2011-03-29 2012-11-22 Peter Fiedler System and method for the interactive influencing of advertising media and informational media
ES2610077T3 (en) 2012-01-06 2017-04-25 Sunrise R&D Holdings, Llc Display rack modules with projectors for displaying product information, and systems modular shelving comprising the same
US8260880B1 (en) 2012-04-27 2012-09-04 Wirespring Technologies, Inc. Content management system for integrated display substrates

Citations (98)

* Cited by examiner, † Cited by third party
Publication number Priority date Publication date Assignee Title
US3373517A (en) * 1966-04-01 1968-03-19 Jack S Halperin Changeable billboard sign
US3376465A (en) * 1964-10-16 1968-04-02 Stromberg Carlson Corp Color character display
US3941926A (en) * 1974-04-08 1976-03-02 Stewart-Warner Corporation Variable intensity display device
US4155042A (en) * 1977-10-31 1979-05-15 Permut Alan R Disaster alert system
US4332022A (en) * 1978-03-27 1982-05-25 Discovision Associates Tracking system and method for video disc player
US4368485A (en) * 1981-04-13 1983-01-11 Zenith Radio Corporation Billboard large screen TV
US4575750A (en) * 1984-05-31 1986-03-11 Marty Callahan Communications apparatus for use with cable television systems
US4654482A (en) * 1984-10-15 1987-03-31 Deangelis Lawrence J Home merchandise ordering telecommunications terminal
US4734858A (en) * 1983-12-05 1988-03-29 Portel Services Network, Inc. Data terminal and system for placing orders
US4734779A (en) * 1986-07-18 1988-03-29 Video Matrix Corporation Video projection system
US4797913A (en) * 1987-08-04 1989-01-10 Science Dynamics Corporation Direct telephone dial ordering service
US4812843A (en) * 1987-05-04 1989-03-14 Champion Iii C Paul Telephone accessible information system
US4829569A (en) * 1984-09-21 1989-05-09 Scientific-Atlanta, Inc. Communication of individual messages to subscribers in a subscription television system
US4908713A (en) * 1981-12-14 1990-03-13 Levine Michael R VCR Programmer
US5099319A (en) * 1989-10-23 1992-03-24 Esch Arthur G Video information delivery method and apparatus
US5107107A (en) * 1990-03-30 1992-04-21 The United States Of America As Represented By The Administarator Of The National Aeronautics And Space Administration Laser optical disk position encoder with active heads
US5182669A (en) * 1990-06-04 1993-01-26 Pioneer Electronic Corporation High density optical disk and method of making
US5191573A (en) * 1988-06-13 1993-03-02 Hair Arthur R Method for transmitting a desired digital video or audio signal
US5280570A (en) * 1992-09-11 1994-01-18 Jordan Arthur J Spectacle imaging and lens simulating system and method
US5283731A (en) * 1992-01-19 1994-02-01 Ec Corporation Computer-based classified ad system and method
US5297204A (en) * 1990-11-05 1994-03-22 Smart Vcr Limited Partnership VCR with cable tuner control
US5389945A (en) * 1989-11-08 1995-02-14 Xerox Corporation Writing system including paper-like digitally addressed media and addressing device therefor
US5392066A (en) * 1992-11-19 1995-02-21 Parker Communication Systems, Inc. In-store advertising system
US5486819A (en) * 1990-11-27 1996-01-23 Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd. Road obstacle monitoring device
US5495283A (en) * 1993-09-13 1996-02-27 Albrit Technologies Ltd. Cable television video messaging system and headend facility incorporating same
US5497479A (en) * 1989-04-28 1996-03-05 Softel, Inc. Method and apparatus for remotely controlling and monitoring the use of computer software
US5497186A (en) * 1991-09-10 1996-03-05 Pioneer Electronic Corporation CATV system in which message reception can be confirmed by a viewer
US5504675A (en) * 1994-12-22 1996-04-02 International Business Machines Corporation Method and apparatus for automatic selection and presentation of sales promotion programs
US5508815A (en) * 1981-12-14 1996-04-16 Smart Vcr Limited Partnership Schedule display system for video recorder programming
US5510828A (en) * 1994-03-01 1996-04-23 Lutterbach; R. Steven Interactive video display system
US5512935A (en) * 1994-03-31 1996-04-30 At&T Corp. Apparatus and method for diplaying an alert to an individual personal computer user via the user's television connected to a cable television system
US5513260A (en) * 1994-06-29 1996-04-30 Macrovision Corporation Method and apparatus for copy protection for various recording media
US5592656A (en) * 1993-08-30 1997-01-07 Hughes Aircraft Company Method and apparatus for processing messages having arbitrary message structures witha message processor that is conditioned with a graphical user-defined message structure
US5592248A (en) * 1995-11-16 1997-01-07 Norton; Ross A. Computerized method for fitting eyeglasses
US5592511A (en) * 1994-05-10 1997-01-07 Schoen; Neil C. Digital customized audio products with user created data and associated distribution and production system
US5592551A (en) * 1992-12-01 1997-01-07 Scientific-Atlanta, Inc. Method and apparatus for providing interactive electronic programming guide
US5600839A (en) * 1993-10-01 1997-02-04 Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. System and method for controlling assertion of a peripheral bus clock signal through a slave device
US5604027A (en) * 1995-01-03 1997-02-18 Xerox Corporation Some uses of microencapsulation for electric paper
US5612741A (en) * 1993-11-05 1997-03-18 Curtis Mathes Marketing Corporation Video billboard
US5619247A (en) * 1995-02-24 1997-04-08 Smart Vcr Limited Partnership Stored program pay-per-play
US5621863A (en) * 1994-07-28 1997-04-15 International Business Machines Corporation Neuron circuit
US5708961A (en) * 1995-05-01 1998-01-13 Bell Atlantic Network Services, Inc. Wireless on-premises video distribution using digital multiplexing
US5710869A (en) * 1994-07-28 1998-01-20 International Business Machines Corporation Daisy chain circuit for serial connection of neuron circuits
US5717814A (en) * 1992-02-07 1998-02-10 Max Abecassis Variable-content video retriever
US5717832A (en) * 1994-07-28 1998-02-10 International Business Machines Corporation Neural semiconductor chip and neural networks incorporated therein
US5721951A (en) * 1995-02-24 1998-02-24 Digital Interactive Corporation Systems, Ltd. Home entertainment system for playing software designed for play in home computer
US5721827A (en) * 1996-10-02 1998-02-24 James Logan System for electrically distributing personalized information
US5724064A (en) * 1995-12-27 1998-03-03 Xerox Corporation Computing system with an interactive display
US5724091A (en) * 1991-11-25 1998-03-03 Actv, Inc. Compressed digital data interactive program system
US5724525A (en) * 1993-02-16 1998-03-03 Scientific-Atlanta, Inc. System and method for remotely selecting subscribers and controlling messages to subscribers in a cable television system
US5724062A (en) * 1992-08-05 1998-03-03 Cree Research, Inc. High resolution, high brightness light emitting diode display and method and producing the same
US5729214A (en) * 1996-01-02 1998-03-17 Moore; Steven Jerome Condition reactive display medium
US5734413A (en) * 1991-11-20 1998-03-31 Thomson Multimedia S.A. Transaction based interactive television system
US5737533A (en) * 1995-10-26 1998-04-07 Wegener Internet Projects Bv System for generating a virtual reality scene in response to a database search
US5739808A (en) * 1994-10-28 1998-04-14 Canon Kabushiki Kaisha Display control method and apparatus
US5740326A (en) * 1994-07-28 1998-04-14 International Business Machines Corporation Circuit for searching/sorting data in neural networks
US5860068A (en) * 1997-12-04 1999-01-12 Petabyte Corporation Method and system for custom manufacture and delivery of a data product
US5870717A (en) * 1995-11-13 1999-02-09 International Business Machines Corporation System for ordering items over computer network using an electronic catalog
US5874985A (en) * 1995-08-31 1999-02-23 Microsoft Corporation Message delivery method for interactive televideo system
US5890136A (en) * 1997-03-12 1999-03-30 Kipp; Ludwig Quick stop mass retail system
US5889868A (en) * 1996-07-02 1999-03-30 The Dice Company Optimization methods for the insertion, protection, and detection of digital watermarks in digitized data
US5892535A (en) * 1996-05-08 1999-04-06 Digital Video Systems, Inc. Flexible, configurable, hierarchical system for distributing programming
US5897622A (en) * 1996-10-16 1999-04-27 Microsoft Corporation Electronic shopping and merchandising system
US5898384A (en) * 1992-04-08 1999-04-27 Profile Systems, Llc Programmable remote control systems for electrical apparatuses
US6014491A (en) * 1997-03-04 2000-01-11 Parsec Sight/Sound, Inc. Method and system for manipulation of audio or video signals
US6013007A (en) * 1998-03-26 2000-01-11 Liquid Spark, Llc Athlete's GPS-based performance monitor
US6014247A (en) * 1998-06-05 2000-01-11 Lear Automotive Dearborn, Inc. Electronic ink dimming mirror
US6015344A (en) * 1996-04-05 2000-01-18 Rlt Acquisition, Inc. Prize redemption system for games
US6026375A (en) * 1997-12-05 2000-02-15 Nortel Networks Corporation Method and apparatus for processing orders from customers in a mobile environment
US6029141A (en) * 1997-06-27 2000-02-22 Amazon.Com, Inc. Internet-based customer referral system
US6029045A (en) * 1997-12-09 2000-02-22 Cogent Technology, Inc. System and method for inserting local content into programming content
US6052554A (en) * 1992-12-09 2000-04-18 Discovery Communications, Inc. Television program delivery system
US6172798B1 (en) * 1998-04-27 2001-01-09 E Ink Corporation Shutter mode microencapsulated electrophoretic display
US6177921B1 (en) * 1997-08-28 2001-01-23 E Ink Corporation Printable electrode structures for displays
US6186893B1 (en) * 1996-12-18 2001-02-13 Walker Digital, Llc Slot machine advertising/sales system and method
US6215411B1 (en) * 1998-04-30 2001-04-10 David L. Gothard Remote control electronic display system
US6219696B1 (en) * 1997-08-01 2001-04-17 Siemens Corporate Research, Inc. System for providing targeted internet information to mobile agents
US6223027B1 (en) * 1997-09-19 2001-04-24 Mitsubishi Denki Kabushiki Kaisha Image data transmission system and method
US6221267B1 (en) * 1997-09-11 2001-04-24 Canon Kabushiki Kaisha Methods for making spinnable ball, display medium and display device
US20020023010A1 (en) * 2000-03-21 2002-02-21 Rittmaster Ted R. System and process for distribution of information on a communication network
US6356794B1 (en) * 1998-03-13 2002-03-12 Interlott Technologies, Inc. Item dispensing system network
US20030001830A1 (en) * 2001-06-29 2003-01-02 Wampler Scott D. Dynamic device for billboard advertising
US20030001796A1 (en) * 2001-06-29 2003-01-02 Wampler James W. Advertising method for dynamic billboards
US20030004805A1 (en) * 2001-06-29 2003-01-02 Vaitekunas Jeffrey J. Business method for billboard advertising
US20030004806A1 (en) * 2001-06-29 2003-01-02 Vaitekunas Jeffrey J. Business method of auctioning advertising
US6507764B1 (en) * 1999-03-30 2003-01-14 Nct Group, Inc. Network of digital broadcast stations
US20030046162A1 (en) * 2001-06-08 2003-03-06 Nestel William Charles Private advertising, entertainment and informational digital networks for out-of-home and outdoor venues
US20030046158A1 (en) * 2001-09-04 2003-03-06 Kratky Jan Joseph Method and system for enhancing mobile advertisement targeting with virtual roadside billboards
US6538801B2 (en) * 1996-07-19 2003-03-25 E Ink Corporation Electrophoretic displays using nanoparticles
US6539417B2 (en) * 1997-08-08 2003-03-25 Prn Corporation Reconfigurable audiovisual previewing system and method of operation
US20030061353A1 (en) * 1999-04-19 2003-03-27 Cisco Technology, Inc. Methods and apparatus for routing requests in a network
US6553404B2 (en) * 1997-08-08 2003-04-22 Prn Corporation Digital system
US6684249B1 (en) * 2000-05-26 2004-01-27 Sonicbox, Inc. Method and system for adding advertisements over streaming audio based upon a user profile over a world wide area network of computers
US20040036622A1 (en) * 2000-12-15 2004-02-26 Semyon Dukach Apparatuses, methods, and computer programs for displaying information on signs
US6701143B1 (en) * 1999-12-15 2004-03-02 Vert, Inc. Apparatus, methods, and computer programs for displaying information on mobile signs
US20050021393A1 (en) * 2001-06-12 2005-01-27 Xiaoming Bao Smart interactive billboard device
US6864875B2 (en) * 1998-04-10 2005-03-08 E Ink Corporation Full color reflective display with multichromatic sub-pixels
US20060050012A1 (en) * 1999-04-22 2006-03-09 Nano-Proprietary, Inc. System and method for selling advertising space on electronic billboards over the Internet

Family Cites Families (37)

* Cited by examiner, † Cited by third party
Publication number Priority date Publication date Assignee Title
FR2536563B1 (en) 1982-11-23 1985-07-26 Ssih Equipment Sa Element transmitter of light has to discharge tube array matrix display
US4761641A (en) 1983-01-21 1988-08-02 Vidcom Rentservice B.V. Information display system
US5274762A (en) 1989-12-15 1993-12-28 Ncr Corporation Method for high speed data transfer
US5233423A (en) 1990-11-26 1993-08-03 North American Philips Corporation Embedded commericals within a television receiver using an integrated electronic billboard
US5311423A (en) * 1991-01-07 1994-05-10 Gte Service Corporation Schedule management method
US5214793A (en) 1991-03-15 1993-05-25 Pulse-Com Corporation Electronic billboard and vehicle traffic control communication system
US5257017A (en) 1992-02-27 1993-10-26 Bruce Jones Electronic billboard
US5414756A (en) * 1992-06-26 1995-05-09 Smart Vcr Limited Partnership Telephonically programmable apparatus
US5365282A (en) * 1993-01-19 1994-11-15 Smart Vcr Limited Partnership Television system module with remote control code determination
US5420923A (en) * 1993-02-16 1995-05-30 Scientific-Atlanta, Inc. Addressed messaging in a cable television system
US5418713A (en) * 1993-08-05 1995-05-23 Allen; Richard Apparatus and method for an on demand data delivery system for the preview, selection, retrieval and reproduction at a remote location of previously recorded or programmed materials
CN1106763C (en) 1993-10-27 2003-04-23 普林斯顿电子广告板公司 Downstream control system and method for electronic billboard
JP2820536B2 (en) * 1993-11-29 1998-11-05 株式会社セガ・エンタープライゼス Electronic device using an information storage medium
US5592626A (en) * 1994-02-07 1997-01-07 The Regents Of The University Of California System and method for selecting cache server based on transmission and storage factors for efficient delivery of multimedia information in a hierarchical network of servers
US5469020A (en) 1994-03-14 1995-11-21 Massachusetts Institute Of Technology Flexible large screen display having multiple light emitting elements sandwiched between crossed electrodes
US5884028A (en) 1994-07-29 1999-03-16 International Business Machines Corporation System for the management of multiple time-critical data streams
US5781734A (en) 1994-09-28 1998-07-14 Nec Corporation System for providing audio and video services on demand
US5758257A (en) * 1994-11-29 1998-05-26 Herz; Frederick System and method for scheduling broadcast of and access to video programs and other data using customer profiles
US5628050A (en) * 1994-12-09 1997-05-06 Scientific And Commercial Systems Corporation Disaster warning communications system
US5822432A (en) * 1996-01-17 1998-10-13 The Dice Company Method for human-assisted random key generation and application for digital watermark system
US5845083A (en) 1996-03-07 1998-12-01 Mitsubishi Semiconductor America, Inc. MPEG encoding and decoding system for multimedia applications
US5644859A (en) 1996-04-02 1997-07-08 Hsu; Jessica Billboard
US5934795A (en) * 1996-06-19 1999-08-10 Radiant Imaging, Inc. Lens design for outdoor sign
US5848129A (en) 1996-11-05 1998-12-08 Baker; Earl Electronic billboard with telephone call-in control
US5899980A (en) * 1997-08-11 1999-05-04 Trivnet Ltd. Retail method over a wide area network
US5903878A (en) * 1997-08-20 1999-05-11 Talati; Kirit K. Method and apparatus for electronic commerce
US6232950B1 (en) * 1997-08-28 2001-05-15 E Ink Corporation Rear electrode structures for displays
US6067185A (en) * 1997-08-28 2000-05-23 E Ink Corporation Process for creating an encapsulated electrophoretic display
US5992888A (en) * 1998-01-16 1999-11-30 Vaughn W. North Advertising device and method for use at point of sale
US6067107A (en) * 1998-04-30 2000-05-23 Wink Communications, Inc. Response capacity management in interactive broadcast systems by periodic reconfiguration of response priorities
US6067532A (en) * 1998-07-14 2000-05-23 American Express Travel Related Services Company Inc. Ticket redistribution system
US6233389B1 (en) * 1998-07-30 2001-05-15 Tivo, Inc. Multimedia time warping system
US6073372A (en) * 1998-08-06 2000-06-13 Davis; Stephen G. Method of advertising
US6065969A (en) * 1998-08-10 2000-05-23 Mattel, Inc. Computer game for designing and printing nail coverings
US6058417A (en) * 1998-10-23 2000-05-02 Ebay Inc. Information presentation and management in an online trading environment
US6236330B1 (en) * 1998-11-03 2001-05-22 Adapt Media, Inc. Mobile display system
US6233682B1 (en) * 1999-01-22 2001-05-15 Bernhard Fritsch Distribution of musical products by a web site vendor over the internet

Patent Citations (100)

* Cited by examiner, † Cited by third party
Publication number Priority date Publication date Assignee Title
US3376465A (en) * 1964-10-16 1968-04-02 Stromberg Carlson Corp Color character display
US3373517A (en) * 1966-04-01 1968-03-19 Jack S Halperin Changeable billboard sign
US3941926A (en) * 1974-04-08 1976-03-02 Stewart-Warner Corporation Variable intensity display device
US4155042A (en) * 1977-10-31 1979-05-15 Permut Alan R Disaster alert system
US4332022A (en) * 1978-03-27 1982-05-25 Discovision Associates Tracking system and method for video disc player
US4368485A (en) * 1981-04-13 1983-01-11 Zenith Radio Corporation Billboard large screen TV
US4908713A (en) * 1981-12-14 1990-03-13 Levine Michael R VCR Programmer
US5508815A (en) * 1981-12-14 1996-04-16 Smart Vcr Limited Partnership Schedule display system for video recorder programming
US4734858A (en) * 1983-12-05 1988-03-29 Portel Services Network, Inc. Data terminal and system for placing orders
US4734858B1 (en) * 1983-12-05 1997-02-11 Portel Services Network Inc Data terminal and system for placing orders
US4575750A (en) * 1984-05-31 1986-03-11 Marty Callahan Communications apparatus for use with cable television systems
US4829569A (en) * 1984-09-21 1989-05-09 Scientific-Atlanta, Inc. Communication of individual messages to subscribers in a subscription television system
US4654482A (en) * 1984-10-15 1987-03-31 Deangelis Lawrence J Home merchandise ordering telecommunications terminal
US4734779A (en) * 1986-07-18 1988-03-29 Video Matrix Corporation Video projection system
US4812843A (en) * 1987-05-04 1989-03-14 Champion Iii C Paul Telephone accessible information system
US4797913A (en) * 1987-08-04 1989-01-10 Science Dynamics Corporation Direct telephone dial ordering service
US5191573A (en) * 1988-06-13 1993-03-02 Hair Arthur R Method for transmitting a desired digital video or audio signal
US5497479A (en) * 1989-04-28 1996-03-05 Softel, Inc. Method and apparatus for remotely controlling and monitoring the use of computer software
US5099319A (en) * 1989-10-23 1992-03-24 Esch Arthur G Video information delivery method and apparatus
US5389945A (en) * 1989-11-08 1995-02-14 Xerox Corporation Writing system including paper-like digitally addressed media and addressing device therefor
US5107107A (en) * 1990-03-30 1992-04-21 The United States Of America As Represented By The Administarator Of The National Aeronautics And Space Administration Laser optical disk position encoder with active heads
US5182669A (en) * 1990-06-04 1993-01-26 Pioneer Electronic Corporation High density optical disk and method of making
US5297204A (en) * 1990-11-05 1994-03-22 Smart Vcr Limited Partnership VCR with cable tuner control
US5486819A (en) * 1990-11-27 1996-01-23 Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd. Road obstacle monitoring device
US5497186A (en) * 1991-09-10 1996-03-05 Pioneer Electronic Corporation CATV system in which message reception can be confirmed by a viewer
US5734413A (en) * 1991-11-20 1998-03-31 Thomson Multimedia S.A. Transaction based interactive television system
US5724091A (en) * 1991-11-25 1998-03-03 Actv, Inc. Compressed digital data interactive program system
US5283731A (en) * 1992-01-19 1994-02-01 Ec Corporation Computer-based classified ad system and method
US5717814A (en) * 1992-02-07 1998-02-10 Max Abecassis Variable-content video retriever
US5898384A (en) * 1992-04-08 1999-04-27 Profile Systems, Llc Programmable remote control systems for electrical apparatuses
US5724062A (en) * 1992-08-05 1998-03-03 Cree Research, Inc. High resolution, high brightness light emitting diode display and method and producing the same
US5280570A (en) * 1992-09-11 1994-01-18 Jordan Arthur J Spectacle imaging and lens simulating system and method
US5392066A (en) * 1992-11-19 1995-02-21 Parker Communication Systems, Inc. In-store advertising system
US5592551A (en) * 1992-12-01 1997-01-07 Scientific-Atlanta, Inc. Method and apparatus for providing interactive electronic programming guide
US6052554A (en) * 1992-12-09 2000-04-18 Discovery Communications, Inc. Television program delivery system
US5724525A (en) * 1993-02-16 1998-03-03 Scientific-Atlanta, Inc. System and method for remotely selecting subscribers and controlling messages to subscribers in a cable television system
US5592656A (en) * 1993-08-30 1997-01-07 Hughes Aircraft Company Method and apparatus for processing messages having arbitrary message structures witha message processor that is conditioned with a graphical user-defined message structure
US5495283A (en) * 1993-09-13 1996-02-27 Albrit Technologies Ltd. Cable television video messaging system and headend facility incorporating same
US5600839A (en) * 1993-10-01 1997-02-04 Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. System and method for controlling assertion of a peripheral bus clock signal through a slave device
US5612741A (en) * 1993-11-05 1997-03-18 Curtis Mathes Marketing Corporation Video billboard
US5510828A (en) * 1994-03-01 1996-04-23 Lutterbach; R. Steven Interactive video display system
US5512935A (en) * 1994-03-31 1996-04-30 At&T Corp. Apparatus and method for diplaying an alert to an individual personal computer user via the user's television connected to a cable television system
US5592511A (en) * 1994-05-10 1997-01-07 Schoen; Neil C. Digital customized audio products with user created data and associated distribution and production system
US5513260A (en) * 1994-06-29 1996-04-30 Macrovision Corporation Method and apparatus for copy protection for various recording media
US5740326A (en) * 1994-07-28 1998-04-14 International Business Machines Corporation Circuit for searching/sorting data in neural networks
US5717832A (en) * 1994-07-28 1998-02-10 International Business Machines Corporation Neural semiconductor chip and neural networks incorporated therein
US5621863A (en) * 1994-07-28 1997-04-15 International Business Machines Corporation Neuron circuit
US5710869A (en) * 1994-07-28 1998-01-20 International Business Machines Corporation Daisy chain circuit for serial connection of neuron circuits
US5739808A (en) * 1994-10-28 1998-04-14 Canon Kabushiki Kaisha Display control method and apparatus
US5504675A (en) * 1994-12-22 1996-04-02 International Business Machines Corporation Method and apparatus for automatic selection and presentation of sales promotion programs
US5604027A (en) * 1995-01-03 1997-02-18 Xerox Corporation Some uses of microencapsulation for electric paper
US6025868A (en) * 1995-02-24 2000-02-15 Smart Vcr Limited Partnership Stored program pay-per-play
US5721951A (en) * 1995-02-24 1998-02-24 Digital Interactive Corporation Systems, Ltd. Home entertainment system for playing software designed for play in home computer
US5619247A (en) * 1995-02-24 1997-04-08 Smart Vcr Limited Partnership Stored program pay-per-play
US5708961A (en) * 1995-05-01 1998-01-13 Bell Atlantic Network Services, Inc. Wireless on-premises video distribution using digital multiplexing
US5874985A (en) * 1995-08-31 1999-02-23 Microsoft Corporation Message delivery method for interactive televideo system
US5737533A (en) * 1995-10-26 1998-04-07 Wegener Internet Projects Bv System for generating a virtual reality scene in response to a database search
US5870717A (en) * 1995-11-13 1999-02-09 International Business Machines Corporation System for ordering items over computer network using an electronic catalog
US5592248A (en) * 1995-11-16 1997-01-07 Norton; Ross A. Computerized method for fitting eyeglasses
US5724064A (en) * 1995-12-27 1998-03-03 Xerox Corporation Computing system with an interactive display
US5729214A (en) * 1996-01-02 1998-03-17 Moore; Steven Jerome Condition reactive display medium
US6015344A (en) * 1996-04-05 2000-01-18 Rlt Acquisition, Inc. Prize redemption system for games
US5892535A (en) * 1996-05-08 1999-04-06 Digital Video Systems, Inc. Flexible, configurable, hierarchical system for distributing programming
US5889868A (en) * 1996-07-02 1999-03-30 The Dice Company Optimization methods for the insertion, protection, and detection of digital watermarks in digitized data
US6538801B2 (en) * 1996-07-19 2003-03-25 E Ink Corporation Electrophoretic displays using nanoparticles
US5721827A (en) * 1996-10-02 1998-02-24 James Logan System for electrically distributing personalized information
US5897622A (en) * 1996-10-16 1999-04-27 Microsoft Corporation Electronic shopping and merchandising system
US6186893B1 (en) * 1996-12-18 2001-02-13 Walker Digital, Llc Slot machine advertising/sales system and method
US6014491A (en) * 1997-03-04 2000-01-11 Parsec Sight/Sound, Inc. Method and system for manipulation of audio or video signals
US5890136A (en) * 1997-03-12 1999-03-30 Kipp; Ludwig Quick stop mass retail system
US6029141A (en) * 1997-06-27 2000-02-22 Amazon.Com, Inc. Internet-based customer referral system
US6219696B1 (en) * 1997-08-01 2001-04-17 Siemens Corporate Research, Inc. System for providing targeted internet information to mobile agents
US6553404B2 (en) * 1997-08-08 2003-04-22 Prn Corporation Digital system
US6539417B2 (en) * 1997-08-08 2003-03-25 Prn Corporation Reconfigurable audiovisual previewing system and method of operation
US6177921B1 (en) * 1997-08-28 2001-01-23 E Ink Corporation Printable electrode structures for displays
US6221267B1 (en) * 1997-09-11 2001-04-24 Canon Kabushiki Kaisha Methods for making spinnable ball, display medium and display device
US6223027B1 (en) * 1997-09-19 2001-04-24 Mitsubishi Denki Kabushiki Kaisha Image data transmission system and method
US5860068A (en) * 1997-12-04 1999-01-12 Petabyte Corporation Method and system for custom manufacture and delivery of a data product
US6026375A (en) * 1997-12-05 2000-02-15 Nortel Networks Corporation Method and apparatus for processing orders from customers in a mobile environment
US6029045A (en) * 1997-12-09 2000-02-22 Cogent Technology, Inc. System and method for inserting local content into programming content
US6356794B1 (en) * 1998-03-13 2002-03-12 Interlott Technologies, Inc. Item dispensing system network
US6013007A (en) * 1998-03-26 2000-01-11 Liquid Spark, Llc Athlete's GPS-based performance monitor
US6864875B2 (en) * 1998-04-10 2005-03-08 E Ink Corporation Full color reflective display with multichromatic sub-pixels
US6172798B1 (en) * 1998-04-27 2001-01-09 E Ink Corporation Shutter mode microencapsulated electrophoretic display
US6215411B1 (en) * 1998-04-30 2001-04-10 David L. Gothard Remote control electronic display system
US6014247A (en) * 1998-06-05 2000-01-11 Lear Automotive Dearborn, Inc. Electronic ink dimming mirror
US6507764B1 (en) * 1999-03-30 2003-01-14 Nct Group, Inc. Network of digital broadcast stations
US20030061353A1 (en) * 1999-04-19 2003-03-27 Cisco Technology, Inc. Methods and apparatus for routing requests in a network
US20060050012A1 (en) * 1999-04-22 2006-03-09 Nano-Proprietary, Inc. System and method for selling advertising space on electronic billboards over the Internet
US6701143B1 (en) * 1999-12-15 2004-03-02 Vert, Inc. Apparatus, methods, and computer programs for displaying information on mobile signs
US20020023010A1 (en) * 2000-03-21 2002-02-21 Rittmaster Ted R. System and process for distribution of information on a communication network
US6684249B1 (en) * 2000-05-26 2004-01-27 Sonicbox, Inc. Method and system for adding advertisements over streaming audio based upon a user profile over a world wide area network of computers
US20040036622A1 (en) * 2000-12-15 2004-02-26 Semyon Dukach Apparatuses, methods, and computer programs for displaying information on signs
US20030046162A1 (en) * 2001-06-08 2003-03-06 Nestel William Charles Private advertising, entertainment and informational digital networks for out-of-home and outdoor venues
US20050021393A1 (en) * 2001-06-12 2005-01-27 Xiaoming Bao Smart interactive billboard device
US20030001830A1 (en) * 2001-06-29 2003-01-02 Wampler Scott D. Dynamic device for billboard advertising
US20030001796A1 (en) * 2001-06-29 2003-01-02 Wampler James W. Advertising method for dynamic billboards
US20030004805A1 (en) * 2001-06-29 2003-01-02 Vaitekunas Jeffrey J. Business method for billboard advertising
US20030004806A1 (en) * 2001-06-29 2003-01-02 Vaitekunas Jeffrey J. Business method of auctioning advertising
US20030046158A1 (en) * 2001-09-04 2003-03-06 Kratky Jan Joseph Method and system for enhancing mobile advertisement targeting with virtual roadside billboards

Cited By (9)

* Cited by examiner, † Cited by third party
Publication number Priority date Publication date Assignee Title
US20070188483A1 (en) * 2006-01-30 2007-08-16 The Samson Group, Llc Display apparatus for outdoor signs and related system of displays and methods of use
US20080306815A1 (en) * 2007-06-06 2008-12-11 Nebuad, Inc. Method and system for inserting targeted data in available spaces of a webpage
US20090099910A1 (en) * 2007-10-11 2009-04-16 International Business Machines Corporation System and method for managing electronic advertising responsive to traffic congestion
US8781968B1 (en) * 2008-08-25 2014-07-15 Sprint Communications Company L.P. Dynamic display based on estimated viewers
US20100079364A1 (en) * 2008-09-30 2010-04-01 Feng Xiao-Fan Methods and Systems for LED Backlight White Balance
US20100079365A1 (en) * 2008-09-30 2010-04-01 Sharp Laboratories Of America, Inc. Methods and systems for LED backlight white balance
US8531381B2 (en) * 2008-09-30 2013-09-10 Sharp Laboratories Of America, Inc. Methods and systems for LED backlight white balance
US20100153218A1 (en) * 2008-12-17 2010-06-17 Wilson David E System and method for scheduling and distributing advertising content to a network of digital displays
US20110035282A1 (en) * 2009-08-07 2011-02-10 At&T Intellectual Property I, L.P. Consumer Sensitive Electronic Billboards

Also Published As

Publication number Publication date Type
US6430603B2 (en) 2002-08-06 grant
US20020165776A1 (en) 2002-11-07 application
US20010014872A1 (en) 2001-08-16 application

Similar Documents

Publication Publication Date Title
US5510828A (en) Interactive video display system
US7979877B2 (en) Advertising methods for advertising time slots and embedded objects
US6484148B1 (en) Electronic advertising device and method of using the same
US20030004806A1 (en) Business method of auctioning advertising
US20030171096A1 (en) Systems and methods for distributing information through broadcast media
US7136906B2 (en) System for electronically distributing, displaying and controlling the play scheduling of advertising and other communicative media
US20030115591A1 (en) System and method for verifying content displayed on an electronic visual display
US9020832B2 (en) Systems and methods for analytic data gathering from image providers at an event or geographic location
US7752642B2 (en) Post production visual alterations
US20050283401A1 (en) Method and system for targeting incentives
US20080301727A1 (en) Intelligent targeting of tags in a broadcast network
US20080021777A1 (en) System for displaying visual content
US20050204381A1 (en) Targeted advertising based on consumer purchasing data
US7334249B1 (en) Method and apparatus for dynamically altering digital video images
US20030028432A1 (en) Method for the customization of commercial product placement advertisements in digital media
US20030222134A1 (en) Electronic advertising device and method of using the same
US20100251289A1 (en) Advertisement insertion decisions for set top box management of advertisements
US20080046920A1 (en) Mechanism for rendering advertising objects into featured content
US20070157231A1 (en) Advertising Management System for Digital Video Streams
US20130031582A1 (en) Automatic localization of advertisements
US20030070167A1 (en) Advertisement management method, system, and computer program product
US20070006077A1 (en) Sectorizing a display to present audience targeted information within different ones of the sectors
US20060130100A1 (en) Methods and apparatus for remotely displaying and distributing advertising and emergency information
US20030191688A1 (en) System, method, and storage medium for providing variable consumer-oriented information in a retail environment
US20080250445A1 (en) Television advertising