Patents Examined by Alex F. R. P. Rada, II
  • Patent number: 10380909
    Abstract: A system for encouraging a child to learn to read, comprising a computing device and at least one physical manipulative, wherein the computing device can identify the physical manipulative and display at least one word relating to the physical manipulative. In an embodiment, a letter identification board with letter manipulatives is included, wherein a child can spell out a word on the letter identification board and the computing device shows an animation of the physical manipulative performing the action indicated by the word.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Square Panda Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew Butler, F Brian Iannce, Carey Lee, Hector Javier Farias
  • Patent number: 10376800
    Abstract: Toy electronic display structures to receive and support a user to rotating their electronic display device resulting in first and second viewing configurations, with a support mechanism disposing alternate facing gaming display and virtual reality viewing of the electronic display device. A smart phone with a display screen or like electronic display device is arranged to direct the display screen of the smart phone in oppositely disposed for different viewing configurations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: HASBRO, INC.
    Inventors: Gary D Aigner, Alex Howell, Thomas Maguire
  • Patent number: 10373426
    Abstract: Systems and methods for provably fair gaming for multiple player games are described. In various embodiments, a method for provably fair gaming comprises shuffling a virtual deck of cards, where the virtual deck comprises a plurality of virtual cards, and where each virtual card comprises a card value. The method further comprises salting each of the card values with a randomly selected first salt value, hashing each of the salted card values to form a first hashed deck, and broadcasting the first hashed deck to at least a first game player.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: SPUR TRAIL INVESTMENTS, INC.
    Inventors: Joshua Robinson, Chris Guida, Matt Dickson
  • Patent number: 10339760
    Abstract: A system for interactive gaming among a plurality of players includes a host computer system and a plurality of player terminals communicably coupled to the host computer system or gaming platform via a network. The plurality of player terminals may be located at a plurality of licensed gaming locations. The plurality of player terminals may be configured to engage the plurality of players in a common interactive game operated by the host computer system. The plurality of player terminals can include means for dispensing player winnings from the player terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: AG 18, LLC
    Inventors: Brian Frenkel, Jordan Simons
  • Patent number: 10332357
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention set forth systems, apparatuses and methods for providing conditional reel functionality in gaming devices. Accordingly, a gaming device can be configured to increase the variety of outcomes and sense of anticipation in a video slot game, by varying the composition of symbols on one or more reels based on outcomes of previously determined reels. In some embodiments this varying of composition occurs while the reels are still spinning. The varying of composition may be accomplished by modifying, substituting, generating, or otherwise altering symbols or the order of symbols in the one or more reels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Inventor: Peter Berman
  • Patent number: 10322334
    Abstract: A shuffling machine for use with a game of chance having a plurality of possible outcomes includes a base structure and a wheel portion in communication with the base structure. The wheel portion includes a plurality of discrete areas corresponding in number to the plurality of possible outcomes for the game of chance. Each of the plurality of areas includes a plurality of displays configured to show an indicia corresponding to one of the plurality of possible outcomes. The machine includes a selector for identifying one of the plurality of areas and the indicia associated with the identified one of the plurality of areas. Wherein the plurality of indicia are not fixed such that they are not permanently assigned to one of the plurality of areas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: Mark Hamilton Jones and Sheryle Lynn Jones Family Trust dated November 7, 2013
    Inventor: Mark H. Jones
  • Patent number: 10325449
    Abstract: A system for interactive gaming among a plurality of players includes a host computer system and a plurality of player terminals communicably coupled to the host computer system or gaming platform via a network. The plurality of player terminals may be a mobile gaming computing device including non-transitory memory having instructions stored that when executed by a processor causes the gaming device to employ collusion avoidance measures to detect a gambling rule violation by determining the locations of each of a plurality of mobile gaming computing devices and whether each of the plurality of mobile gaming computing devices can participate in the interactive gaming session based on location. The mobile gaming device collecting snapshots of state information during the course of an interactive gaming session, and are submitted to a collusion detection module for analysis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: AG 18, LLC
    Inventors: Brian Frenkel, Jordan Simons
  • Patent number: 10307683
    Abstract: A playmate toy or similar children's toy is provided having associated wireless, batteryless ID tag that can be read from and/or written to using a radio-frequency communication protocol. The tag is mounted internally within a cavity of the toy and thereby provides wireless communication of stored information without requiring removal and reinsertion of the tag. In this manner, a stuffed animal or other toy can be quickly and easily identified non-invasively, without damaging the toy. Additional information (e.g., unique personality traits, special powers, skill levels, etc.) can also be stored on the ID tag, thus providing further personality enhancement, input/output programming, simulated intelligence and/or interactive gaming possibilities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: MQ Gaming, LLC
    Inventor: Denise Chapman Weston
  • Patent number: 10286293
    Abstract: An automatic playing card shuffler incorporating cameras, non-imaging sensors, embedded systems and/or micro-vision systems for detecting anomalies and undesired markings on playing cards. Combinations of cameras, non-imaging sensors, embedded systems and/or micro-vision systems integrated in or proximate to automatic playing cards shufflers collect images and card information for analysis to determine if anomalies and undesired markings on playing cards are indicative of a scam or worn cards, or provide skilled players with an advantage to determine if anomalies and undesired markings on playing cards are indicative of a scam, unintentional, or the result of normal manufacturing variances, which could provide skilled players with an advantage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Inventors: Michael Earnest Riordan, Louis Wilson DeGregorio, Dino Louis DeGregorio, Steven Louis Forte
  • Patent number: 10275991
    Abstract: Various embodiments of the present invention generally relate to operating a gaming machine to generate a wager-based video slot game. In a particular embodiment, a plurality of video slot reel games can be generated simultaneously and independently of one another. For example, nine video slot reel games can be generated simultaneously. In each of the video slot reel games, the symbols falling on one or more pay lines can be evaluated for winning combinations. In addition, a secondary array, such as a three by three array, can be populated with symbols that were presented in the plurality of video slot reel games. The symbols appearing in the secondary array can be presented to display like an additional video slot game. The symbols falling on one or more pay lines through the secondary array can be evaluated for winning combinations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: AGS LLC
    Inventor: Nathan Lee Craig
  • Patent number: 10275981
    Abstract: A system for interactive gaming among a plurality of players includes a host computer system and a plurality of player terminals communicably coupled to the host computer system or gaming platform via a network. The plurality of player terminals may be located at a plurality of licensed gaming locations. The plurality of player terminals may be configured to engage the plurality of players in a common interactive game operated by the host computer system. The plurality of player terminals can include means for dispensing player winnings from the player terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: AG 18, LLC
    Inventors: Brian Frenkel, Jordan Simons
  • Patent number: 10255749
    Abstract: In accordance with some embodiments of the disclosed subject matter, methods, systems, and media for immersive roulette gaming are provided. In accordance with some embodiments of the disclosed subject matter, methods for roulette gaming are provided, the methods comprise: receiving video data from a plurality of image sensors; detecting a ball on a roulette wheel based on the video data using a hardware processor; obtaining motion data about the ball based on the video data using the hardware processor; determining whether the ball is about to fall into a pocket of the roulette wheel based on the video data using the hardware processor; and producing multiple slow-motion images of the ball in response to determining that the ball is about to fall into a pocket on the roulette wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Evolution Malta Ltd
    Inventor: Richard Hadida
  • Patent number: 10238982
    Abstract: A throw-and-catch based toy with free fall sensing, impact sensing, and speaker output which includes a system, method and device for detecting a pre-determined motion from an accelerometer, comparing a sensed accelerometer information to a pre-determined accelerometer signature information, producing a sound based on the comparison of sensed accelerometer information to a pre-determined accelerometer signature information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: SKRWL Design, Inc.
    Inventors: John Hunter Miller, Brenden McMorrow
  • Patent number: 10220310
    Abstract: An input device includes a body having a generally hemispherical shape including a flat side and a curved side opposite the flat side, a foot pad on the flat side of the body, the foot pad including a foot rest position for receiving a foot of a user, a load sensor configured to detect pressure applied to the foot pad by the foot of a user, an accelerometer in the body configured to detect angular motion of the body in response to the pressure applied to the foot pad, and an output circuit coupled to the pressure sensor and to the accelerometer and configured to output data generated by the pressure sensor and the accelerometer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventors: David Froy, Benjamin James Hale
  • Patent number: 10220303
    Abstract: A method including displaying a multi-part visual cue that instructs a player to perform a gesture at a specified time, the multi-part visual cue including a first part indicating the gesture that is to be performed at the specified time, and a second part providing an indication of i) the specified time, and ii) a preparation period before the specified time, wherein the distance between the first and the second parts is variable over time, receiving, from a video camera, position information associated with positions of the player over time, determining a first displacement of the player using the position information, determining whether the first displacement of the player matches a first target displacement criterion associated with the multi-part visual cue, when the first displacement matches the first target displacement criterion within a timing window of the specified time, altering a gameplay characteristic of the video game.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Harmonix Music Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel A. Schmidt, Matthew C. Boch, Jason Deling Booth, Brian Hodges Gibson, James Gerard Toepel, Michael Mandel, Jonathan Mintz, Mark Sullivan
  • Patent number: 10223867
    Abstract: A token dispensing system is adapted suitable for installing a token dispenser in a game device. A mounting bracket for the token dispenser provides a simple and inexpensive way to install the token dispenser as part of the token dispensing system inside the housing of a game device. The dispensing system includes an electronic control circuit that controls an alarm device to provide a low level warning signal when the level of tokens in the token dispenser is low and an empty warning signal when the token dispenser is empty. The electronic control circuit controls dispensing tokens from the token dispenser such that a user receives the correct number of tokens even if the dispenser runs out of tokens in the middle of dispensing a selected number of tokens during a transaction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: NAMCO USA INC.
    Inventors: Kenneth William Walters, Jr., John E. Vaughn, Timothy Craig Morrison
  • Patent number: 10210705
    Abstract: A system for interactive gaming among a plurality of players includes a host computer system and a plurality of player terminals communicably coupled to the host computer system or gaming platform via a network. The plurality of player terminals may be located at a plurality of licensed gaming locations. The plurality of player terminals may be configured to engage the plurality of players in a common interactive game operated by the host computer system. The plurality of player terminals can include means for dispensing player winnings from the player terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: AG 18, LLC
    Inventors: Brian Frenkel, Jordan Simons
  • Patent number: 10192402
    Abstract: An online gaming system providing dynamic delivery of advertisements to users of an online game. The system may dynamically select advertisement for delivery based on one or more user parameters which characterize the user's activity with the online game. The system may comprise one or more processors configured to execute computer program modules. The system may include a game module configured to execute an instance of an online game and to implement the instance of the online game to facilitate participation of users in the online game. The system may include a user monitor module configured to monitor user activity parameters. The system may include a potential offer module configured to manage multiple incentive offers which are available for delivery to the users of the online game.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: ELECTRONIC ARTS INC.
    Inventors: Wendy Yu, Jonathan Calipes, Daniel Helmhold, Jennifer J. Lee, Deepak Polamarasetty
  • Patent number: 10181236
    Abstract: Disclosed are a gaming terminal, a gaming cabinet and a gaming machine that include a housing having gaming components therein. The housing includes a door opening for accessing gaming components inside the housing and a door assembly having an open position that exposes the door opening, and a closed position that covers the door opening. At least one pair of externally mounted swing arms connect the door assembly to a biasing lift assembly within the housing. When the door assembly is in the closed position and a latching assembly is released, the biasing lift assembly urges the door assembly toward the open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: Bally Gaming, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian Goldstein, Philip Laroach, Martin Anthony Peltz
  • Patent number: 10140808
    Abstract: A system for interactive gaming among a plurality of players includes a host computer system and a plurality of player terminals communicably coupled to the host computer system via a network. The plurality of player terminals are located at a plurality of licensed gaming locations. The plurality of player terminals are configured to engage the plurality of players in a common interactive game operated by the host computer system. The plurality of player terminals include means for dispensing player winnings from the player terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: AG 18, LLC
    Inventor: Brian Frenkel