Patents Assigned to Nintendo of America Inc.
  • Patent number: 10360278
    Abstract: An example method of accessing a web page includes receiving audio output from speakers of electronic equipment; detecting a cue in the received audio output; determining a web address based on the detected cue; and connecting to a web page using the web address.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: Nintendo of America Inc.
    Inventor: Darren C. Smith
  • Patent number: 9648092
    Abstract: A central computer server keeps a record of a set of display parameters related to particular web pages visited by a web browser, and sends this information to the browser for displaying a particular web page according to the received information from the server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: Nintendo of America Inc.
    Inventor: Darren Smith
  • Patent number: 9352233
    Abstract: A recommendation service is provided for recommending computer video game titles to players. The recommendation service offers suggestions for game titles to purchase or rent based on playing usage related parameters for each particular player. A profile is created based on several factors that represents the player's affinity to each factor. Communication and use of player usage data may be strictly conditioned on a player's knowledge and consent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Assignee: NINTENDO OF AMERICA INC.
    Inventor: Darren Smith
  • Patent number: 9202229
    Abstract: Certain exemplary embodiments relate to systems and/or methods for managing “show-rooming” practices of consumers, e.g., where consumers interact with a product at a sometimes convenient brick-and-mortar location, only to later purchase the product from a different (and typically online) provider. Distinct special offers (e.g., in the form of price adjustments) may be presented to potential show-rooming consumers, e.g., via a mobile device operated by those consumers. In certain exemplary embodiments, the distinct special offers may be generated based on, for example, pricing information gathered from competitors, rules specified by the brick-and-mortar location, characteristics or habits of a particular consumer using a particular device, recent trends, etc. The rate at which browsing consumers buy products for which they are presented with special offers, etc., may be monitored and fed back into the system, e.g., to help provide a more finely tuned special offer that helps preserve profit for the seller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Assignee: Nintendo of America Inc.
    Inventor: Peter J. Junger
  • Patent number: 9195411
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for obtaining the size of a file of save data created by a computer game device. Save operations by the computer game device and a personal computer device are performed on an SD memory card, and the size of the file of save data is determined based on the two save operations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Assignee: NINTENDO OF AMERICA INC.
    Inventors: Sayaka Sogabe Fourcade, Michael Carl Leslie, Randy Lee Shoemake, Brian Robert Silvola, Alexander Abram Youells
  • Publication number: 20150130790
    Abstract: The disclosure provide for improved depiction of interactions between virtual objects and physical objects in augmented reality (AR) images, and may include operations for: receiving a captured image of the real world physical structure, the captured image provided by a camera disposed in a housing; identifying, by image processing performed on the captured image using at least one processor arrangement, the at least one marker disposed at a location of the real world physical structure; determining aspects of user viewpoint of the housing relative to the physical structure at least in part in response to the identified at least one marker; using an at least partial three dimensional model of the real world physical structure to determine a view of interaction between the real world physical structure and the provided virtual object from the determined user viewpoint; and displaying, on a display, an augmented reality view of the captured image including the determined view of the interaction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2013
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Applicant: NINTENDO OF AMERICA INC.
    Inventors: Joseph Gregory VASQUEZ, II, Steve RABIN
  • Patent number: 8850408
    Abstract: To reconstruct a call stack, a range of call addresses is determined. Based on the range of addresses, raw stack data is extracted based on the execution of a computer program. The raw stack data is parsed to reconstruct a call stack (or a series of call stacks). In obtaining the call stack, a depth between a function and a return address is calculated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Nintendo of America, Inc.
    Inventor: Chad Hinkle
  • Patent number: 8839117
    Abstract: A central computer server keeps a record of a set of display parameters related to particular web pages visited by a web browser, and sends this information to the browser for displaying a particular web page according to the received information from the server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Nintendo of America Inc.
    Inventor: Darren Smith
  • Publication number: 20140258140
    Abstract: An electronic product registration (ER) system which enables a retailer, preferable in cooperation with its vendors, to provide a customized return/warranty program for customers on a product-by product basis. The original policy(ies) in the ER system can be modified for a particular product and the modified policy is stored in the ER system so that the modified policy can be accessed if the product is again presented for a return/warranty transaction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 19, 2014
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Applicant: Nintendo of America Inc.
    Inventors: Jon PEDERSEN, Peter J. JUNGER
  • Patent number: 8799111
    Abstract: Certain exemplary embodiments relate to techniques for order processing. A data feed including unique identifiers of purchased products, together with pairs of order numbers and product identifiers for products ordered from, but not delivered by, a store, is received at an electronic registration system. For each entry therein, a corresponding record in an ER database is created, and a message is transmitted to a supplier of an ordered product indicating that payment has been received for that product when it is determined that the entry is a corresponding order number/product identifier pair. This determination may be based on different masks used in creating a part of the unique identifier, and the order number, respectively. An indication that a product has been or is being shipped, along with a serial number for that product, is received from the supplier, and the ER database is updated as appropriate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Nintendo of America Inc.
    Inventors: Jeremy Prellwitz, Elaine Unger
  • Publication number: 20140207690
    Abstract: A non-serialized electronic product registration (ER) system and method which enables return qualification information to be provided upon request for non-serialized products. Retailer specific return policies are enforced by providing the ER system with retailer return policies for UPCs, SKUs, model numbers and/or other non-unique product identifiers. The retailer periodically provides information to the ER system that indicates the last date on which products having a particular non-unique identifier have been sold. The ER system then determine the last date on which such products can be returned and provides non-serialized return qualification information to the retailer upon request.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 24, 2014
    Publication date: July 24, 2014
    Applicant: NINTENDO OF AMERICA INC.
    Inventors: Brian CHENEY, Peter J. JUNGER
  • Publication number: 20140207599
    Abstract: Certain exemplary embodiments relate to techniques for determining the correct item serial number structure, even when information regarding the serial number data and/or structure is lacking. Such techniques advantageously promote data integrity by helping to ensure that the desired data is captured correctly, while also reducing (and sometimes even eliminating) the need to obtain detailed information regarding serial number structure and intelligence that sometimes is guarded by producers/manufacturers. Statistical sampling of collected unknown data formats may be used to help decipher product identification numbers (or other numbers) such as product serial numbers through a repetitive process of scanning a known constant such as the UPC number, followed by a variable number such as a products serial number. Certain exemplary embodiments check serial number against a database containing algorithms to determine if and which algorithm is used to create such serial numbers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 24, 2014
    Publication date: July 24, 2014
    Applicant: Nintendo of America Inc.
    Inventors: Peter J. JUNGER, Jeremy PRELLWITZ
  • Patent number: 8788432
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for efficient handling of product returns to reduce associated costs. A computer system at a regional product return center scans a returned product for identifying information, accesses a manufacturer return approval computer system through the internet or the like, and then submits the identifying information to the manufacturer for return approval. The manufacturer computer system utilizes the identifying information to access an electronic registration database to determine whether the returned product satisfies applicable return criteria. If so, the product is approved for return to the manufacturer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Nintendo of America Inc.
    Inventor: Peter J. Junger
  • Patent number: 8768780
    Abstract: An electronic product registration (ER) system which enables a retailer, preferable in cooperation with its vendors, to provide a customized return/warranty program for customers on a product-by product basis. The original policy(ies) in the ER system can be modified for a particular product and the modified policy is stored in the ER system so that the modified policy can be accessed if the product is again presented for a return/warranty transaction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Nintendo of America Inc.
    Inventors: Jon Pedersen, Peter J. Junger
  • Publication number: 20140172726
    Abstract: An electronic registration system facilitates authorized product returns. A retailer sales associate is prompted to enter individual product identification information such as an individual serial number. This individual product identification information is stored in a database, along with the date on which the product was sold and an appropriate UPC code, SKU number, or manufacturer code. A check digit algorithm may be used to verify the serial number prior to storage. A sales receipt may be imprinted with at least the date of the transaction and the serial number. When a product is returned, the retailer may cross-reference the serial number on the product with that on the receipt to verify the sales receipt. Otherwise, the database may be searched for sales information. A customer may also access a return authorization engine via the Internet to obtain return approval, an authorization number, return instructions, etc.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 9, 2013
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Applicant: Nintendo of America Inc.
    Inventors: Peter J. JUNGER, Cassandra B. SHOECRAFT, David G. KOON
  • Patent number: 8747226
    Abstract: A car area network is disposed in a car to enable communications between various devices in the car. An existing consumer electronics device (CED) coupled to the car area network (CAN) performs an existing consumer electronics device function. That existing (CED) is adapted to control various devices coupled to the CAN including video gaming devices. In one example, the adapted CED cooperates with a game server to effect game play. In another example, the adapted CED functions as a virtual video game platform to support play of video games. A multifunction controller transmits control information to the adapted CED via the car area network to permit a car occupant to control the adapted CED to permit the occupant to play a video game using the video game display. One or more audio and/or visual devices coupled to the CAN may also be controlled by commands transmitted from the adapted CED or from the multimedia controller over the CAN.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Nintendo of America, Inc.
    Inventors: David McCarten, Peter Eck, Scott Elliott, Hiroshi Kamada
  • Patent number: 8725445
    Abstract: A method and a video game system that maintain the readings of the accelerometer sensor of the remote controller used in conjunction with the video game system consistent over different controllers and different styles of play. The video game system looks at a predetermined time period, when the largest difference in the acceleration vectors for each frame is within a small limit, indicating that the player is holding the controller relatively idle. Then, the video game system averages the acceleration vectors over this time period, and the inverse of the magnitude of this average is used as a normalization constant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Nintendo of America Inc.
    Inventor: Edward William Streibel
  • Patent number: 8721455
    Abstract: A recommendation service is provided for recommending computer video game titles to players. The recommendation service offers suggestions for game titles to purchase or rent based on playing usage related parameters for each particular player. A profile is created based on several factors that represents the player's affinity to each factor. Communication and use of player usage data may be strictly conditioned on a player's knowledge and consent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Nintendo of America, Inc.
    Inventor: Darren Smith
  • Patent number: 8712869
    Abstract: A non-serialized electronic product registration (ER) system and method which enables return qualification information to be provided upon request for non-serialized products. Retailer specific return policies are enforced by providing the ER system with retailer return policies for UPCs, SKUs, model numbers and/or other non-unique product identifiers. The retailer periodically provides information to the ER system that indicates the last date on which products having a particular non-unique identifier have been sold. The ER system then determine the last date on which such products can be returned and provides non-serialized return qualification information to the retailer upon request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: Nintendo of America Inc.
    Inventors: Brian Cheney, Peter J. Junger
  • Patent number: 8712856
    Abstract: Certain exemplary embodiments relate to techniques for determining the correct item serial number structure, even when information regarding the serial number data and/or structure is lacking. Such techniques advantageously promote data integrity by helping to ensure that the desired data is captured correctly, while also reducing (and sometimes even eliminating) the need to obtain detailed information regarding serial number structure and intelligence that sometimes is guarded by producers/manufacturers. Statistical sampling of collected unknown data formats may be used to help decipher product identification numbers (or other numbers) such as product serial numbers through a repetitive process of scanning a known constant such as the UPC number, followed by a variable number such as a products serial number. Certain exemplary embodiments check serial number against a database containing algorithms to determine if and which algorithm is used to create such serial numbers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: Nintendo of America Inc.
    Inventors: Peter J Junger, Jeremy Prellwitz