Patents Examined by Carl V Larsen
  • Patent number: 10500495
    Abstract: A CPU performs a sound acquisition step of acquiring sound data for outputting sound, a movement step of moving a virtual sound source and/or a virtual microphone in a virtual space in which the virtual sound source and the virtual microphone are set, a sound modification step of generating modified sound by adding the Doppler effect virtually observed by the virtual microphone when the sound is output from the virtual sound source to the sound of the sound data by calculation using the values of the limited speeds of the virtual sound source and/or the virtual microphone, and a modified sound output step of outputting the modified sound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: NINTENDO CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Shigetoshi Gohara
  • Patent number: 10504324
    Abstract: A gaming system including a central server linked to a plurality of gaming machines. The gaming system includes a bonus event unit based system to provide one or more awards to one or more players. Such bonus event units are accumulated by a player based on one or more events associated with the player's gaming experience. The bonus event units utilized in the gaming system are selectively redeemed by the player in exchange for one or more opportunities to win an award.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventors: Anthony J. Baerlocher, Glen Keith Russell
  • Patent number: 10482711
    Abstract: Devices and methods for generating and/or communicating using optically formatted image data are provided. One method includes receiving first gaming information from a first wager-based gaming device via a local area network. The method further includes receiving from the first wager-based gaming device a request to include the first gaming information in a machine readable optically formatted image data. The method further includes generating the machine readable optically formatted image data or instructions for creating the machine readable optically formatted image data. Data encoded in the machine readable optically formatted image data comprises a unique identifier and the first gaming information. The method further includes sending the generated machine readable optically formatted image data or the instructions for creating the machine readable optically formatted image data to the first wager-based gaming device. The machine readable optically formatted image data is output to a display device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventors: David Carrico, Danny Miles
  • Patent number: 10463963
    Abstract: A computer device has a display and a user interface which detects user input. A memory stores information about other users and their associated game progress information. When a game with a game parameter is started, the processor will change the game parameter depending on the stored information. The updated parameter is displayed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: KING.COM LTD.
    Inventor: Marcus Edstrom
  • Patent number: 10455283
    Abstract: Techniques for allowing a gaming machine to exercise control over a picture-in-picture device (PIP mixer). A gaming machine includes a display device, a master game controller, the PIP mixer, and a PIP control interface. The master gaming controller is configured to execute a wager game, send a first video signal for the wager game to the PIP mixer, and send control instructions for controlling a display of one or more PIP windows to the PIP mixer via the PIP control interface. The PIP mixer receives the first video signal and a second video signal from an external source. The PIP mixer is configured to create a composite video image that includes display data of first video signal and the second video signal in PIP windows based on the control instructions. The composite video image is displayed on the display device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventors: Kevin Higgins, William C. Little, Adrian R. Marcu
  • Patent number: 10438441
    Abstract: A service device provides a multiplayer game which a user can enjoy by a new technique. The server device includes a storage unit for storing information on at least one predetermined team operated by a predetermined player corresponding to a terminal device and made up of a plurality of characters; a first control unit for transmitting to the terminal device information on other players corresponding to other terminal devices located within a predetermined distance from the location of the terminal device; and a second control unit for controlling a game between the at least one predetermined team and an opponent character, and transmitting information on a specified character selected from among a plurality of characters constituting at least one other team operated by the other players to the terminal device as a candidate for an additional character to be added to the at least one predetermined team.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: GungHo Online Entertainment, Inc.
    Inventors: Kazuki Morishita, Daisuke Yamamoto, Kenji Kobayashi, Koichi Nobori, Tomoyuki Morishita, Hajime Miyajima, Atsuo Kamiya, Satoru Obana
  • Patent number: 10434403
    Abstract: The present disclosure discloses an information processing method performed at a terminal including: rendering a graphical user interface of an online game system, the graphical user interface including one or more virtual characters and at least one virtual resource object; detecting a touch operation on a specific virtual resource object; identifying a configuration parameter corresponding to the specific virtual resource object, the configuration parameter including multiple preconfigured operation objects, each preconfigured operation object having an associated message; rendering, within the graphical user interface, an information interface with the preconfigured operation objects located near the specific virtual resource object; detecting a release operation on the specific virtual resource object when one operation object is rendered visually distinguishable over other operation objects in the graphical user interface; and transmitting a message associated with the visually distinguishable operation
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Inventors: Jianmiao Weng, Yong Tang, Wei Gong, Yu Chen
  • Patent number: 10434424
    Abstract: An information processing system includes an operation apparatus and a main body apparatus which is capable of communicating with the operation apparatus. The operation apparatus includes an operation portion and a transmitter which transmits operation data to an information processing apparatus. The information processing apparatus includes a receiver which receives operation data and a controller. The controller sets any of a first mode in which first information processing is performed based on the received operation data and a second mode in which second information processing is performed based on the operation data while a first application is executed, makes transition from execution of the first application to execution of a second application, and maintains a set mode when transition to execution of the second application is made and changes from one set mode to the other mode when a prescribed condition is satisfied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: Nintendo Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Naoki Miwa, Shumpei Yasuda, Shinji Takenaka, Sumikazu Ono, Kiyomi Itani, Ryota Oiwa
  • Patent number: 10398968
    Abstract: A multi-mode controlled acousto-optic interaction infant game mat with logic sensory integration training function, including a mat body, a main controller at one side of the mat, transmission wires embedded in the mat, a wireless remote controller and acousto-optic units. There are several round holes on the mat. The snap rings are installed around the internal edge of the round holes for installing and fixing acousto-optic unit. The acousto-optic units are connected and the acousto-optic unit and main controller are connected by the transmission wires embedded inside the mat. The game mat can be used as a protection soft mat for the indoor play of a 0-3 year-old infant, and can also initiatively guide the infant to crawl toward different positions through visual and audio references for the purpose of entertainment and sports activities combined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Inventor: Di Zeng
  • Patent number: 10376777
    Abstract: An information processor determines data content to be transmitted and a destination device to which to transmit the data on the basis of the posture of the information processor identified on the basis of detection results of a sensor adapted to detect the posture thereof, a control method of an information processor, a program, and an information storage medium. A game process execution section determines a transmission destination device on the basis of the posture of the information processor identified on the basis of detection results of the sensor. A missile data generation section determines data content to be transmitted to the transmission destination device on the basis of the posture of the information processor identified on the basis of detection results of the sensor at a time different from when the transmission destination device is determined. A missile data transmission section transmits the data to the transmission destination device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Shiina, Toshikazu Iwasa
  • Patent number: 10373445
    Abstract: A gaming system, apparatus, and method are disclosed providing a wagering games, gaming machines, networked gaming systems that provide a persistent gaming mode including a persistent game mode with multiple rounds in which each round includes a randomization of the matrix of symbol locations, a chance to win an award, and a chance to include a persistent feature event. An adjustable meter may be used to allow players to compete for the same bonuses or jackpots no matter what their bet level. A rolling meter shows special features scheduled to appear in future rounds using a rolling group of status indicators. A persistent game mode control process sets the frequency of scheduled special features and adjusts reel weights to achieve a desired payout.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Everi Games, Inc.
    Inventors: Juan Mariscal, Robert Spidale
  • Patent number: 10369472
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides embodiments of a virtual mapping system for using real world geographical locations to generate virtual environments within game applications. The virtual mapping system allows a game application to identify geographical information associated with real world locations. The geographical information can be used by the game application to recreate the selected geographical location using virtual assets from the game application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Inventors: Mohamed Marwan Mattar, Meng Wu, John Kolen, Navid Aghdaie, Kazi Atif-Uz Zaman
  • Patent number: 10360323
    Abstract: A putting stroke apparatus and method is provided that determines and simulates the proper putting stroke using at least an aiming direction and initial ball speed for successfully making a particular putt based on particular putting green characteristics and the location of the golf hole on the putting green. A pendulum putter apparatus is coupled with a putting diagnostic tool wherein the putting diagnostic tool determines at least an aiming direction and initial ball speed for a particular putt using inputs such as: (i) topographic information (e.g., contours) specific to the green; (ii) the green speed at a particular time; (iii) the golf hole location (i.e., the physical location of the golf hole); and (iv) the golf ball location on the green (i.e., the physical location of the golf ball).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: Topcon Positioning Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Raymond M. O'Connor, Kyle Snow, Justin Tuente, Chris McKee, Everett McKee
  • Patent number: 10360764
    Abstract: A method of mapping sporting event results to inputs for a game is provided. One or more event results of a particular sporting event having a particular number of participants are received, and a set of rules is selected from a plurality of sets of rules based on the particular number of participants in the particular sporting event. For each of a plurality of bets, one or more inputs for a game are determined by applying the selected set of rules to the received one or more event results of the particular sporting event. The result of the game is then determined for each of the plurality of bets based at least on the one or more determined inputs for that bet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: CFPH, LLC
    Inventors: Joseph M. Asher, Howard W. Lutnick
  • Patent number: 10350489
    Abstract: Aspects of the present invention are directed to techniques for improving the manufacturing control mechanisms—specifically game controllers—for computerized electronic devices. According to one aspect of the present invention, a button assembly is provided that eliminates the need for dampers or gaskets for shock absorption by implementing the hammer and pad using novel and advantageous geometries. According to one embodiment, the bottom or striking surface of the hammer in a button assembly is implemented at an angle, which, when pressed, strikes a similarly angled surface of the landing pad. The slope of the corresponding angles cause the hammer to slide along the angled surface, and for the kinetic force of the impact to be redirected as shearing force away from the button assembly (and the corresponding user appendage).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Nvidia Corporation
    Inventor: Ron Chao
  • Patent number: 10348795
    Abstract: Technologies are described for enabling interactivity with video games by viewers of a live video game streaming service. For example, messages can be received indicating interactive control events initiated by remote viewers of a live interactive video game stream. A control state data structure can be maintained that comprises control state for the received interactive control events. The control state data structure can maintain separate control state for each of a plurality of time periods (e.g., each time period corresponding to one or more video frames). Actions in the video game can be activated based on the control state data structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Gershom L. Payzer, Gregory M. Smith, Molly Rose Suver
  • Patent number: 10322343
    Abstract: A system, a machine-readable storage medium storing instructions, and a computer-implemented method are described herein for an Animation Engine. The Animation Engine generates a color row representative of positional coordinates of movement of pixel data in an animation according to one or more colors of a color space. The Animation Engine divides the color row into a plurality of segments of equal length. For each segment of the color row, the Animation Engine scales down the respective segment according to a first scaling factor to generate a down-scaled segment. The Animation Engine expands the down-scaled segment according to an original length of the respective segment. The Animation Engine compares at least one color distortion present in the expanded down-scaled segment to at least one color present in the respective segment with respect to a distortion threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: Zynga Inc.
    Inventor: Nils Jonas Norberg
  • Patent number: 10311675
    Abstract: A level-based multiple outcome wagering system is disclosed. The level-based multiple outcome wagering system includes an interactive controller constructed to control a multilevel wagering session, generate a graphical display of a plurality of actionable elements, wherein the graphical display is a representation of a level of a multilevel wagering proposition presented to a user during the multilevel wagering session, display the graphical display to a user, receive the user's selection of a selected actionable element selected from the plurality of actionable elements, and communicate data of the selected actionable element to a process controller. The process controller is constructed to communicate with the interactive controller and determine from the data of the selected actionable element, a chance outcome selected from the group including a prize awarded to the user, an advancement to a next level of the multilevel wagering proposition, and a termination of the multilevel wagering session.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Gamblit Gaming, LLC
    Inventors: Miles Arnone, Eric Meyerhofer, Timothy Isaacson
  • Patent number: 10300382
    Abstract: Techniques for simulating destruction in a simulated space, for example, terrain, are disclosed herein. In some cases, one or more textures may be associated with an area of a simulated space, which may include a three dimensional space. A destructibility value, which may indicate the area's resilience to destruction or strength, may be associated with the area of simulated space. One or more textures of the simulated space may be changed or updated based on the occurrence of a destruction causing event. The change in one or more textures of the simulated space may be determined based at least in part on an intensity associated with the destruction causing event and the destructibility value of the affected simulated area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Rajeev Varma Penmatsa, Jordan Ross Lehmiller
  • Patent number: 10304286
    Abstract: A medal circulation device has a structure in which a medal put into a medal inlet at an upper portion drops along a medal-dropping plate, is collected through a medal outlet at a lower portion after dropping, and is then returned to the medal inlet by a medal circulation plate. The medal circulation device includes: a guide unit for guiding medals put inside through the medal inlet of the m medal-dropping plate; and one or more pins for changing the directions of the medals dropping through the guide unit, so medals are uniformly supplied by the medal circulation plate rotating at a constant speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: ANDAMIRO CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Myoung Soo Lim, Soo Min Park