Patents Examined by David Duffy
  • Patent number: 10995976
    Abstract: The disclosure extends to apparatuses, methods, and systems, for producing frozen confections and conditioning ice for use in frozen confections. A frozen confection machine includes a hopper portion for receiving ice into an interior, and a motor configured to rotate a drive shaft, a blade to condition the ice in the hopper during rotation of the motor. The frozen confection machine also includes a lid for selectively covering the interior of the hopper, a bias member for biasing the lid away from a closed position, and a switch for causing the motor to actuate in response to the lid being pressed to a closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: Snowie, LLC
    Inventor: Carl A. Rupp
  • Patent number: 10960451
    Abstract: This application provides an enhanced method and equipment for forging bow-shape Conjointed rake with one-piece steel. The methods of the present application include: S1: heating the rectangular blank to target temperature; S2: stamping the rectangular blank to mold rake tooth with rake handle blank reserved at both sides, and conduct cutting at the shoulder; S3: horizontally forging and stamping the rake handle blanks at both sides respectively to columnar; S4: heating the rake handle blank locally, stretching the rake handle blank with roll forging machine to mold rake handle, and bending the rake handle back in reverse to the rake tooth; S5: bending the rake handle stretched out from the sides inward and forge the two ends of the rake handle together to form the main body of the bow-shape rake; S6: placing the main body of the bow-shape rake between the convex stamping equipment to stamp the rake tooth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Inventor: Yongjun Wang
  • Patent number: 10650591
    Abstract: A method, apparatus, and computer readable storage medium directed to implementing a room scale virtual reality system which enables players to walk through a large virtual playing area in a physically limited size room. Physical tracking of a virtual reality headset is used so that the position and orientation of the virtual reality headset is identified to translate the physical player's motion into the virtual world which is displayed on the virtual reality headset. Relocation objects are placed in the virtual world so they correspond to physical location against physical walls. Relocation objects in the virtual world rotate and/or relocate the player in the virtual world which would typically cause the player in the physical world to turn around and thus walk away from the physical wall. Placement of relocation objects throughout the virtual world enable a large virtual world to be implemented using a small finite sized physical room.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: Out of Sight Vision Systems LLC
    Inventor: Jon Muskin
  • Patent number: 10617941
    Abstract: A computer game interface is disclosed, having controller inputs configured to receive an input signal from a user interface controller and to enable the user to control a user controllable element of a game on a computer. The computer game interface also has a controller output that sends an output signal to the computer, the output signal having information to control the user controllable element of the game. Another element of the computer game interface is a switching module in communication with the controller inputs and the controller output. The switching module selects an input signal from the input signals received by the controller inputs and communicates the input signal to the controller output. An additional element of the computer game interface is a timer controlling the switching module to switch the input signal communicated to the controller output based on a time period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Inventor: Douglas Howard Dobyns
  • Patent number: 10614673
    Abstract: A convertible gaming system that can be switched for different methods between fully automatic play with no live dealer and semi-automatic play with a live dealer and electronic wagering from player input controls. The system may include a table top; multiple independent player input positions; and a processor. Both an automatic card randomization and delivery for view-only system, and a semi-automatic system including communication link on the table top for engagement with a delivery shoe having or providing knowledge of playing card suit and rank for delivery to multiple independent player positions for use in a wagering event are provided. The processor is configured to determine individual hand count and/or hand rank at the multiple independent player positions for use in determining wagering event outcomes whether the playing card hand count or hand rank is transmitted from the automatic system or the semi-automatic system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: INTERBLOCK D.D.
    Inventor: Joze Pececnik
  • Patent number: 10607435
    Abstract: In various embodiments player may participate in gaming related activities using a terminal with multiple display screens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: CFPH, LLC
    Inventors: Howard W. Lutnick, Dean P. Alderucci, Geoffrey M. Gelman
  • Patent number: 10589175
    Abstract: Systems and methods for providing customized camera views of virtualized environments are provided herein. In one embodiment a method includes detecting a gameplay event of interest within a virtual gaming environment and displaying a customized camera view of the gameplay event of interest based on user input receiving during traversal of a projectile from a weapon to a target. The customized camera view has a focal point of the projectile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: Hothead Games Inc.
    Inventors: James Paul Ceraldi, Brad Steeves, Bryan Brandt
  • Patent number: 10576383
    Abstract: An information processing device running a game program offering an improved level of strategy in a game in which a plurality of game content divided into two or more groups participate. The program may include starting a game part game content featuring the two or more groups, and a plurality of areas in a virtual space. When no area exists that does not belong to a first group on a route from an area belonging to the first group to a specific area belonging to the first group, a first parameter of a first game medium, which may be located on the area and may belong to the first group, may be changed. If another area belonging to the first group and having a second state different from a first state exists on the route, the first parameter of the first game medium may change less or not at all.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: GREE, Inc.
    Inventor: Yuya Komaba
  • Patent number: 10572000
    Abstract: A mixed reality viewing system includes a viewer configured to be secured to a steady platform and operable by a user to view a theme through the viewer. The viewer includes a display device, a user interface comprising a zoom control, and at least one sensor comprising at least one camera. The mixed reality viewing system also includes a computer graphics generation system communicatively coupled to the viewer. The computer graphics generation system is configured to generate streaming media of a real world environment based on image data captured via the at least one camera of the viewer, generate augmented reality graphics, virtual reality graphics, or both, superimposed on the streaming media of the real world environment, and transmit the streaming media of the real world environment along with the superimposed augmented reality graphics, virtual reality graphics, or both, to be displayed on the display device of the viewer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: Universal City Studios LLC
    Inventors: Travis Cossairt, Wei Yeh
  • Patent number: 10565827
    Abstract: Some embodiments may relate to a game in which a house takes a rake as a fee for playing a game. A game may include a multiplayer baccarat game that may add a skill element. For example, a baccarat game may add the ability for player's to bluff, choose whether to request cards, raise, fold, and so on. Other example methods and apparatus are described. Some embodiments may include a rake version of Chinese poker. Some embodiments include an open face version of a card game. Some embodiments include a card game with a virtual player position that allows users to play in the virtual player position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: CFPH, LLC
    Inventor: Phillip Flaherty
  • Patent number: 10549203
    Abstract: Systems and methods for synchronizing game play of a video game include detecting selection of a video game for game play at a game server. In response, an instance of the video game is executed at the game server. The execution causes the game play to be provided to a game client for rendering on a main portion of a display screen of the game client. A pre-recorded video associated with the video game is provided for rendering in a second portion of the display screen while the game play is being rendered on the main portion of the display screen. The pre-recorded video rendering in the second portion is dynamically synchronized with the game play of the video game rendering in the main portion so that a game scene rendering in the pre-recorded video matches to a game scene of the game play rendering in the main portion of the display screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: Sony Interactive Entertainment America LLC
    Inventor: David Perry
  • Patent number: 10552479
    Abstract: This invention relates to a system to search and play music/video as per user's mood and preferences through web or a user's net-enabled mobile communication device. The user can select his mood from the options available on the screen. The user can further filter/refine his/her mood-based music discovery results on the basis selection of the category/language of song/video; followed by selection of era and tempo of song/video. The software also includes a gamification module which awards the redeemable virtual coins and achievement badges to a user for outdoing others in content discovering, creating play-lists, saving discoveries, sharing content, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: Hungama Digital Media Entertainment Private Limited
    Inventor: Prerna Modi
  • Patent number: 10551940
    Abstract: A virtual reality system is described herein. The virtual reality system includes a cane controller and a computing system. The cane controller comprises a rod, a sensor, and a brake mechanism, wherein the sensor is configured to generate a signal that is indicative of position, direction of movement, and velocity of the rod, and wherein the brake mechanism is configured to apply a force to the rod. The computing system receives the signal, computes a position, direction of movement, and velocity of a virtual rod in a virtual space, and outputs a control signal to the brake mechanism based upon such computation. The brake mechanism applies the force to the rod in a direction and with a magnitude indicated in the control signal, thereby preventing the user from causing the virtual rod to penetrate a virtual barrier in the virtual space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Edward Cutrell, Christian Holz, Hrvoje Benko, Michael J. Sinclair, Meredith June Morris, Yuhang Zhao, Cynthia Lynn Bennett
  • Patent number: 10535224
    Abstract: A system, a method, and a computer program product for generating graphical representations of wagering selections. A plurality of potential scoring occurrences in an event is received. A graphical representation of each of the potential scoring occurrences on a user interface is generated based on the received first data. A plurality of graphical positions corresponding to a portion of the plurality of potential scoring occurrences is selected to generate at least one graphical pathway identifying at least one wagering selection in the plurality of wagering selections for the event. During a progression of the event, a determination is made whether at least one identified wagering selection in the plurality of wagering selections for the event did not generate a winning wager, where such selection is removed from the user interface. At the conclusion of the event, a winning amount based on the plurality of selected graphical positions is displayed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: Metric Gaming LLC
    Inventor: Martin De Knijff
  • Patent number: 10525344
    Abstract: One or more hardware components identify a bottleneck stage within a processor pipeline that processes frames of a video stream. The bottleneck stage has a first clock. An upstream stage receives a feedback signal from the bottleneck stage. The upstream stage has a second clock and the feedback signal includes information as to time required by the bottleneck stage to operate on data and information as to time the data spent queued. The upstream stage adjusts the speed at which the upstream stage operates and queues data to approximate the speed at which the bottleneck stage is operating and queuing data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: Sony Interactive Entertainment America LLC
    Inventors: Douglas Sim Dietrich, Nico Benitez, Timothy Cotter
  • Patent number: 10518171
    Abstract: In a case where an attitude is included in a predetermined first range at a timing when a predetermined instruction operation is made by use of an input device, an instruction operation is determined to be successful. In a case where the attitude is included in a second range outside the first range at the timing of the instruction operation, it is further determined that the instruction operation is successful in a case where within a predetermined time period after the timing, the attitude is included in the first range or a third range including at least a part of the first range, and further the operation device is put into a still state or a state of moving by a predetermined amount or less.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: Nintendo Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yusuke Akifusa, Ryo Kataoka
  • Patent number: 10522003
    Abstract: In a particular embodiment of the invention, a system for establishing a wager associated with a game comprises a processor that receives information about a wager offer, wherein the wager offer is associated with an online game. The processor also receives information about a wager acceptance. The wager offer and the wager acceptance combine to form a wager, wherein the wager is associated with at least one wager parameter. The system further comprises a memory communicatively coupled to the processor and that stores information associated with the at least one wager parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Inventors: Fergus A. Leen, Sam B. Lawrence, David G. McNally, Clive nmi Hetherington, David M. McDowell, Kevin R. O'Neal
  • Patent number: 10512837
    Abstract: A portable entertainment system is created from a base unit, a handheld controller, and a remote computing device. The base unit includes a universal docking system to receive the remote computing device and a controller dock to receive the handheld controller. Several electronic systems allow for multimedia inputs and outputs to be obtained through the base unit. The base unit also acts as an access point, thanks to Ethernet and wireless capabilities. The handheld controller has several ergonomic improvements, including finger grooves along a bottom portion and elliptical shaped rests that are better adapted to the natural contours of a person's finger. Improved triggers are also provided; a reverse trigger system allows users to easily slide their fingers along a lower trigger to an adjacent upper trigger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Inventor: Franklin Maldonado
  • Patent number: 10512831
    Abstract: An electronic golf aid system for assisting users with reading greens on golf courses includes a camera that captures images of the user's field of view, and an electronic display device with a display screen that displays captured images. A processor, which communicates with the camera and display device, is programmed to: receive signals from the camera indicative of images of a golf ball and a cup on the green; determine respective locations for the golf ball and cup; determine a perspective view of the topology of the green between the golf ball and cup from the user's point of view; determine, based on the green's topology, a proposed trajectory line from the golf ball's location to the cup's location; and direct the electronic display device to display the proposed trajectory line superimposed on the surface of the green as the green is shown in real-time on the display screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Nicholas A. Leech, Michael Wallans
  • Patent number: 10510205
    Abstract: A gaming machine provides an operation unit, a display unit, and a control unit. The operation unit is an operation of the player. The display unit displays a display area with a plurality of cells arranged in a grid. The control unit allows a player to establish a wager, to establish one of a plurality of predefined subsets of the cells as a feature area as a function of the wager and to provide a game in response to player operation. The control unit randomly selects a plurality of symbols associated with the display area. Each symbol in the plurality of symbols is associated with one of the plurality of cells in the grid. The plurality of symbols forming an outcome of the game; detect an occurrence of a predetermined symbol in the feature area; and provide a game feature as a function of the occurrence of the predetermined symbol.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: Konami Gaming, Inc.
    Inventors: Benjamin Merkel, John Pariseau