“Interactive TV could someday allow viewers to take part in the on-screen action, if Sony’s patent filing earlier this year suggests anything. Other interactive TV plans would have you racing real drivers in real races from the comfort of your couch,” writes Live Science. “The patent includes mini-games that would allow viewer-controlled avatars to toss virtual tomatoes or give B-movie actors a swift kick in the pants. Sony’s patent relies on a type of interactive overlay for TV shows or movies, perhaps generated by a video game console such as Sony’s PlayStation 3. Typically passive TV watchers could then use virtual avatars to interact on-screen as the TV show or movie action plays out behind them.”
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