Patents Examined by David L Lewis
  • Patent number: 11954965
    Abstract: Technology for managing a player session at a gaming table is disclosed. A table management system receives identifying information of a player seated at the gaming table transmitted by a mobile device associated with the player. The identifying information includes a seating position of the player at the gaming table, the seating position determined by the mobile device through interaction with a locating device placed at the seating position at the gaming table. The table management system generates the player session for the player for playing a wagering game at the gaming table using the identifying information of the player transmitted by the mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2022
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2024
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventors: Kevin Higgins, Erik Petersen, Christopher Levin, Eduardo Meza, Jeffery Shepherd
  • Patent number: 11951383
    Abstract: Using output of an inertial sensor, whether an operation device is in a swing state of being swung is determined. Whether the operation device is rotated in a first direction about a predetermined axis of the inertial sensor or a second direction opposite to the first direction, is determined. Whether the operation device is swung in an upward direction or a downward direction is determined. First processing is executed in at least either a case where the operation device is rotated in the first direction about the predetermined axis or a case where the operation device is swung in the upward direction, during the swing state. Second processing is executed in at least either a case where the operation device is rotated in the second direction about the predetermined axis or a case where the operation device is swung in the downward direction, during the swing state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2022
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2024
    Assignee: NINTENDO CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hideyuki Tatsuta, Takafumi Masaoka, Kazuhiro Yoshikawa, Ryosuke Suzuki
  • Patent number: 11948432
    Abstract: Systems and methods of operating a wheel are described herein. The wheel includes a plurality of game wedges and a wedge selector. The plurality of game wedges includes a first variable wedge, a second variable wedge, and at least one moveable wedge. Each game wedge is associated with a respective award and a respective probability of selection. The method includes generating, using a random-number generator, a random number representing a selected game wedge of the plurality of game wedges, causing the wedge selector to visibly identify the selected game wedge, and in response to a trigger game wedge of the game wedges being the selected game wedge, shifting the moveable wedge around the wheel to change a visible size of the first variable wedge and the respective probability of selection of the first variable game wedge proportional to the change in visible size.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2022
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2024
    Assignee: LNW Gaming, Inc.
    Inventors: Jack Chesworth, Ross Malcolm Gilbertson, Samuel Goodall, Tod Sarlemyn, Peter Wilkins
  • Patent number: 11948429
    Abstract: A casino credit access instrument comprises a source of funds for a player, such as for placing wagers to play casino-style games or to purchase other goods or services. The instrument defines a period of timed during which credit may be accessed up to a predetermined amount, defines a redemption period during which any accessed credit may be re-paid, and defines settlement terms if the instrument is not redeemed. Controls may be utilized which control access to the credit. Credit may be granted based upon financial collateral, which collateral may be executed upon to settle the instrument. The instrument provides a convenient source of funding for players at low risk to the casino or other lender.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2023
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2024
    Assignee: Everi Payments Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy Brian Richards, Kurt Douglas Sullivan
  • Patent number: 11944897
    Abstract: An input device includes a case body and a plurality of markers 30d, 30e, and 30p configured to emit light to the outside of the case body. When an angle difference between the normal directions of the two markers 30d and 30e is less than a predetermined threshold value, a distance between the two markers 30d and 30e is equal to or greater than a predetermined first distance. When an angle difference between the normal directions of the two markers 30d and 30p is equal to or greater than a predetermined threshold value, a distance between the two markers 30d and 30p is equal to or greater than a predetermined second distance, and the second distance is shorter than the first distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2024
    Assignee: SONY INTERACTIVE ENTERTAINMENT INC.
    Inventors: Kenzo Nishikawa, Takanori Minamino
  • Patent number: 11944906
    Abstract: Modified video is distributed to a viewer of a computer-implemented game by causing a processor to distribute, toward a terminal device of a viewer, a first video including an animation of a first avatar of a distributor generated based on motion data; distribute, toward the terminal device, a second video related to a computer-implemented game generated with operation data using a received web page; receive, from the terminal device, token data indicative of a token sent to the distributor from the viewer during execution of one unit section of the game; and distribute, toward the terminal device, the second video including, during one time section occurring after the one unit section of the game ends and before a next unit section of the game begins, a rendering of a token object selected based on the token data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2022
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2024
    Assignee: GREE, Inc.
    Inventors: Naoki Takahashi, Kai Sato, Yosuke Kanaya
  • Patent number: 11938407
    Abstract: A player identification system for identifying players from recorded video content, the system including a video content analysis unit operable to analyse one or more frames of video content, a player name identification unit operable to identify player names in one or more analysed frames of the video content, and a data generation unit operable to generate data relating to the video in dependence upon one or more identified player names.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2024
    Assignee: Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Terrence Mulligan, Ashley Sanders
  • Patent number: 11938399
    Abstract: Methods for tagging content in a video game title during game play executed on a game cloud system, and social sharing methods. One method includes receiving a pause indication during the game play and suspending the game play to hold the video game title in a current frame image, storing the game state, and receiving the tag data that is associated to a location in the current frame image and to a user identifier for the current frame image. The method further includes generating a video recording of the game play having the tag data and generating a mini-game from a portion of the video game title. The mini-game includes a playable portion to enable view of a portion of the video recording for the mini-game and an executable portion to enable the play of game code for the mini-game that is a portion of the video game title.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2024
    Assignee: Sony Interactive Entertainment LLC
    Inventors: David Perry, Michael Taylor, Warren Benedetto, Dominic S. Mallinson
  • Patent number: 11938400
    Abstract: This disclosure includes an object control method and apparatus, a non-transitory computer-readable storage medium, and an electronic apparatus. In the method, long-press operations on a first virtual key and a second virtual key in an interaction interface are detected. The target object is controlled to perform the target action in a current path in response to the long-press operations. A target angle of the target object in a process of performing the target action is determined. Key responsiveness states of the first virtual key and the second virtual key are adjusted to invalid states when detecting that the long-press operations are performed on the first virtual key and the second virtual key, and the target angle reaches a first angle threshold matching the current path, to enable the target object to enter a state of passively performing the target action.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2024
    Assignee: TENCENT TECHNOLOGY (SHENZHEN) COMPANY LIMITED
    Inventor: Xiongfei Huang
  • Patent number: 11935195
    Abstract: Briefly, embodiments, such as methods and/or systems of real-time visualization of web browser derived content within a gaming environment, for example, are described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2022
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2024
    Assignee: Astrovirtual, Inc.
    Inventors: Dennis M. Futryk, Charles H. House
  • Patent number: 11935359
    Abstract: Gaming systems, gaming devices and methods that provide games that control volatility. In one embodiment, the gaming system disclosed herein enables a player to select values, or cells associated with values, that are displayed in a particular arrangement. The player selected values are distributed to other values or cells according to one or more predefined rules. In one embodiment, one or more of the player selectable values are progressive award values. At some point during the game, the gaming system randomly picks one of the remaining values that have not been selected and provides an award to the player based at least in part on the selected value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2024
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventors: Scott A. Caputo, Ernie M. Lafky, Bryan D. Wolf, Paulina Rodgers, Cameron A. Filipour, Adam M. Meyer, Adam M. Singer
  • Patent number: 11931650
    Abstract: Techniques are disclosed for unlocking in-game content for a video game application. In one embodiment, the video game application may be operated by a user that is concurrently viewing media content. The video game application captures an audio signal from the concurrently-playing media content, performs content recognition on the captured audio signal, and determines whether to unlock one or more portions of in-game content based on the identified media content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2024
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian Robillard, Michael Peterson, Julius Harper
  • Patent number: 11935367
    Abstract: A multi-sport challenge system may include a multi-sport facility, a sport challenge menu including a plurality of selectable sport challenges, and a fee/prize subsystem. The multi-sport facility may include a plurality of sport grounds, wherein each of the sport grounds includes a full, partial, or simulated sport grounds. The sport challenge menu may include an entry fee and financial prize corresponding to each selectable sport challenge of the menu, wherein the entry fee is to be paid by a participant that selects the corresponding sport challenge for an opportunity to attempt the sport challenge. The financial prize may be awarded to the participant if the attempt successfully completes the sport challenge. The fee/prize subsystem may be configured to receive sport challenge selections made by participants and to collect the corresponding entry fees from the participants and output corresponding financial prizes upon successful completion of the selected sport challenges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2023
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2024
    Assignee: West Flagler Associates, Ltd.
    Inventor: Scott Savin
  • Patent number: 11935423
    Abstract: Apparatuses, systems, and methods associated with an athletic trainer system for effective assessment of an athlete in real, or near real, time are disclosed herein. In embodiments, a sport marker may include wireless circuitry to establish a wireless connection with a mobile device and a processor coupled to the wireless circuitry. The processor may receive an indication of a location at which the sport marker is to be positioned, and cause instructions to be provided to a user to facilitate positioning of the sport marker at the location. Other embodiments may be described and/or claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2024
    Inventor: Darren Michael Smith
  • Patent number: 11928929
    Abstract: In an exchange device for gaming chip and cash currency, the gaming chip has a color or indication of value on its external surface, the exchange device comprises: a cash currency insertion opening; a cash currency reading section for obtaining authenticity information and currency information of the cash currency inserted from the cash currency insertion opening; an inserted cash currency amount display section configured to display the amount of the cash currency acquired by the cash currency reading section; a gaming chip storage section configured to store the gaming chips by type; a gaming chip dispensing section configured to dispense the gaming chips corresponding to the amount of the cash currency acquired by the cash currency reading section from the gaming chip storing section; a take-out section in which the paid out gaming chips are placed; and a user recognition section configured to recognize a person wishing exchange.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2024
    Assignee: ANGEL GROUP CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yasushi Shigeta
  • Patent number: 11922780
    Abstract: Administrating a package of shuffled playing cards to prevent fraudulent card exchanges. The administrating system is configured to calculate places and a number of packages of shuffled playing cards at places of the backyard, the places of playing tables, places of carriers and the disposition place using information obtained by the loading step and unloading step and the administrating system calculates by every ID codes bases 1) places of packages registered by the registering step for registering to a data base of administrating system and a number of packages place by place from information obtained from the loading step and the unloading step. The administrating system is configured to recognize whether there is a lost package by comparing the information of all ID codes registered in registering steps with the ID codes at places of packages obtained at the calculating step from the loading step and the unloading step.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2022
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2024
    Assignee: ANGEL GROUP CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yasushi Shigeta
  • Patent number: 11918913
    Abstract: Method and system for generating virtual encounters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2022
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2024
    Assignee: BLUEOWL, LLC
    Inventors: Kenneth Jason Sanchez, Micah Wind Russo
  • Patent number: 11918894
    Abstract: Methods for tagging content in a video game title during game play executed on a game cloud system, and social sharing methods. One method includes receiving a pause indication during the game play and suspending the game play to hold the video game title in a current frame image, storing the game state, and receiving the tag data that is associated to a location in the current frame image and to a user identifier for the current frame image. The method further includes generating a video recording of the game play having the tag data and generating a mini-game from a portion of the video game title. The mini-game includes a playable portion to enable view of a portion of the video recording for the mini-game and an executable portion to enable the play of game code for the mini-game that is a portion of the video game title.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2024
    Assignee: Sony Interactive Entertainment LLC
    Inventors: David Perry, Michael Taylor, Warren Benedetto, Dominic S. Mallinson
  • Patent number: 11922778
    Abstract: Innovations in user interface (“UI”) features of an electronic gaming device, and in features of backend processing to implement the UI features, are presented. For example, control logic selects symbols to be displayed for dynamic symbols for reel strips used in the electronic gaming device. The symbols selected to be displayed for dynamic symbols differ between game types. An electronic gaming machine can be associated with different gameplay divisions, such as different wager levels. Different gameplay divisions can be associated with different states, such as being in a base game mode or a special event mode, or having different numbers of spins remaining in a special event mode. A user can switch between gameplay divisions, where a state is resumed when a user switches to a different gameplay division.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2023
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2024
    Assignee: Aristocrat Technologies Australia Pty Limited
    Inventors: Bradley Hendricks, Allon Englman
  • Patent number: 11918914
    Abstract: A technique presents on a display a computer game character and a first scannable code (SC) scannable by a camera of at least a first user apparatus to cause a server to download to the first user apparatus a photo app operable to generate a photo of a first user and send the photo to the server, which alters the character in accordance with the photo. The character with the face altered is presented along with a second SC that can be scanned to cause the server to download to the first user apparatus a share app operable to select a second user apparatus to send an image of the character with the face altered in accordance with the photo such that the second user apparatus can display the character with the face altered in accordance with the photo.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2022
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2024
    Assignee: Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Ken Yoshihiko Hirakawa, Keisuke Saito, Daniel Morales, Dilip Krishnamoorthi, Keith D. Brown, Takuya Kawasaki