Patents Examined by Dmitry Suhol
  • Patent number: 10245505
    Abstract: User-generated recordings of skeletal animations are provided. Information is stored in a memory regarding a plurality of animated movements in memory. Each animated movement may be mapped to one or more skeletal-based body parts of a game character. A recording of a plurality of user movements may be captured over a period of time. One or more body parts of the user may be identified for each captured user movement. It may then be determined which skeletal-based body parts correspond to the identified body parts of the user. A custom animation may be generated that comprises a plurality of animated movements in which the determined skeletal-based body parts are mapped to the associated animated movement. The custom animation may be stored in memory and played during play of a game as designated by the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventor: Erik Beran
  • Patent number: 10249129
    Abstract: A gaming system used in a wager-based electronic gaming machine is described. The gaming system is configured to provide picture in a picture capabilities on the electronic gaming machine. In one embodiment, the gaming system can include a first gaming device and a second gaming device where the first gaming device controls the second gaming device. The first gaming device can be configured to receive data and/or communicate with an electronic gaming machine controller, a value input device and value output device. The second gaming device can be configured to receive touchscreen data from a touchscreen display and first video data from the first gaming device and second video data from the EGM controller. Under control of the first gaming device, the first video data and second video data can be output in various sizes and locations on the touchscreen display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventors: William R. Wells, Ali Saffari, Christopher Lundy, Craig A Paulsen, Andrew George Novotak, Jr., Thomas Quick
  • Patent number: 10247510
    Abstract: The composite whip described herein relates to the fields of self-defense and personal protection tools. The present invention is compact, concealable, and easy to use. The present invention allows a user to strike quickly, repeatedly, and from a distance to repel would be attackers. The tensioning mechanism of the present invention allows the user to increase or decrease the flexibility of the striking portion of the tool based on the user's preferences. The present invention can be carried in a multitude of discreet locations, and is a non-lethal defensive option. The present invention could be utilized in other fields such as law enforcement, or military, where carrying hand-held, non-lethal, self-defense tools are necessary.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Inventor: James D. Duford
  • Patent number: 10242536
    Abstract: A gaming system provides a game to one or more players and includes a ball lottery machine. The ball lottery machine includes a frame, a lottery ball field, an image projection unit, and a control unit. The lottery ball field has a rotating field. The rotating field includes a plurality of ball pockets spaced on the rotating field. The ball pockets are configured to receive a lottery ball. The rotating field is rotatably coupled to the frame. The image projection unit is coupled to the frame and is configured to project a rotating image into an upper surface of the rotating field. The control unit is configured to establish a rate of rotation associated with the rotating field and to responsively control a rate of rotation of the rotating image using the image projection unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: KONAMI GAMING, INC.
    Inventors: Masato Okuaki, Ryu Sasaki, Daisuke Matsuki, Atsushi Inoue, Makoto Nakano
  • Patent number: 10220290
    Abstract: A system and method for collaborative scoring of a real-time sporting event is disclosed herein. The system includes a verification server and sources of content for a specific sporting event. The verification server is configured to receive digital communications from the sources, analyze each of the digital communications to verify that each of the communications is for the specific sporting event, determine a real-time score for the specific sporting event based on a collaboration of verified content from the digital communications, and post the score for the specific real-time sporting event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: ScoreStream, Inc.
    Inventors: David Podolosky, Joshua Stephens
  • Patent number: 10223864
    Abstract: An electronic gaming machine and method for detecting player emotion and generating sensory output. The machine and method featuring a processor, control circuitry and instructions stored on a computer readable medium. The instructions being executable by the processor to execute a game program and having stored data associating a player condition with a predetermined sensory output. During play of the game, the processor registering information regarding a detected condition, comparing the information to the stored data and implementing the sensory output where the information is associated with the predetermined sensory output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Inventor: Richard A. Ditton
  • Patent number: 10217312
    Abstract: A method, system, and computer readable storage for identifying regions of interest on a casino gaming table. Regions of interest are locations on an image where relevant actions are typically going to occur. For example, locations of betting area region of interest and card area regions of interest are determined so that these areas can be analyzed on a video camera. The analyzed areas can then be used for things such as determining and tracking player betting amounts, determining if the game is being dealt properly (by analyzing the cards dealt to determine if the proper cards are dealt and/or the proper payouts are made).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: VISUALIMITS, LLC
    Inventors: Ryan McClellan, Brett Tinling, Robin Groenevelt
  • Patent number: 10217318
    Abstract: In one aspect, there is described a computer-implemented method comprising: determining locations of a plurality of electronic gaming machines through communications between the electronic gaming machines and at least one wireless transmitter provided at a known location; based on the locations of the plurality of electronic gaming machines, generating a game floor map; and displaying the game floor map on a retailer terminal, the retailer terminal configured to provide management functions for the plurality of electronic gaming machines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: IGT Canada Solutions ULC
    Inventors: Bradley Boudreau, Yan Meunier
  • Patent number: 10210699
    Abstract: Examples disclosed herein relate to a snap-and-click display utilized to enhance the installation of a display on an electronic gaming device. The systems and methods may allow for easier installation of a display on the electronic gaming device via a snap-and-click display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: AGS LLC
    Inventors: Mark Andrew Thompson, Prashant L. Shah
  • Patent number: 10207185
    Abstract: Methods and systems for assigning a data center to service a request from a user account include receiving a login request to a cloud gaming server. The login request is examined to identify a user account. A use history of the cloud gaming server is examined to identify a data center. The user account is assigned to the data center to start a session of streaming game play at a server within the data center. The data center is identified without performing a connection testing operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Sony Interactive Entertainment America LLC
    Inventors: Jason Gustafson, Ryan Hamilton Breed
  • Patent number: 10198915
    Abstract: Various embodiments of the present disclosure provide a gaming system and method providing one or more incentives to delay termination of a gaming session. In general, for a player, the gaming system utilizes gaming session data collected from the player's previous gaming sessions to determine one or more termination causation events for the player. When a designated number of the termination causation events occur during a current gaming session of the player, the gaming system provides an incentive to the player, wherein the incentive is configured to cause the player to delay expected termination of the player's current gaming session. In certain embodiments, the gaming system optimizes an incentive available to be provided to a player based on the effectiveness of prior incentives provided to the player.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventors: Adam J. Thompson, Eugene T. Bond, Richard A. Powell
  • Patent number: 10192390
    Abstract: Various embodiments of the gaming system, gaming device, and gaming method disclosed herein provide a primary game and a free activation bonus sequence, wherein the gaming system enables the player to select one or more of a plurality of different volatility options for use in the free activation bonus sequence. Each option is associated with a different number of free activations and a different pool of symbols or different symbol functionality. The gaming system provides this variation in the pool of symbols or symbol functionality in various embodiments by enabling the player to replace one or more symbols of a pool or set of symbols of the primary game (i.e., the primary set of symbols) with the symbol associated with a player selected option. The symbols of this modified set of symbols (i.e., the secondary set of symbols) are used in the free activation bonus sequence).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventors: William K. Hughes, Eric S. Boese
  • Patent number: 10183218
    Abstract: A removable joystick for use with a video game controller includes a base shaft that is coupled to a joystick unit in the housing of the video game controller so that the proximal end of the base shaft extends to a location at or below an outer surface of the housing. A top shaft assembly is removably coupleable to the base shaft. The top shaft assembly includes a top shaft with a proximal end that removably couples to a joystick ball. The top shaft assembly also includes a collar that is spring loaded and movably coupled to the top shaft and has a flange that extends outward from the outer surface of the collar. The top shaft assembly removably couples to the base shaft via a quick disconnect assembly. When the top shaft assembly is disconnected from the base shaft, the flange of the collar engages and retains a dust cover disposed over the collar to inhibit misplacement or loss of the dust cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: Performance Designed Products LLC
    Inventor: Bradley M. Strahle
  • Patent number: 10176674
    Abstract: Methods and systems for electronic interaction comprising a display for presenting a grid of identifying objects, an input for receiving a player selection of an identifying object, a random generator for randomly selecting a winning identifying object, and a point tally system for awarding points to the player according to the rules comprising a first point value if the player selected identifying object exactly matches the winning identifying object, a second point value if the player selected identifying object is in a geometric relationship with the winning identifying object, and a third, negative, point value if the player is not awarded the first point value or the second point value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Inventors: Randall M. Katz, Gary Dawson
  • Patent number: 10173131
    Abstract: A display device has a display panel including an image display area in which an image is displayable, a light guide plate arranged at a back of the display panel, the light guide plate comprising a transparent material and having a first incident surface and a second incident surface, a first light source facing the first incident surface, a second light source facing the second incident surface, and a controller configured to control turning on and turning off of the first light source and the second light source and to control an image displayed on the display panel. The light guide plate includes an emission surface facing the display panel, and a plurality of first prisms arranged in an area in correspondence with the image display area on a surface opposite to the emission surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: OMRON Corporation
    Inventors: Junya Fujita, Jun Kishimoto, Yuji Hirose
  • Patent number: 10175033
    Abstract: A method and system are provided for accurately determining the point of impact of a bullet on a shooting disc or target plane and optionally the position of the shooter, wherein a number of light curtains are used for registering time instants of the passage of the bullet projectile through predetermined light planes by detecting the shadow cast by the bullet. Differences between the measured times and/or the measured times themselves are then used for calculating the velocity of the bullet and the points at which the trajectory of the bullet intersects the light planes and the target plane, which may be arranged or located behind or in front of the target disc/target disc arrangement of the system having the particular pattern of light curtains, allowing for the calculation of the centre impact point of the bullet on the shooting disc or target plane in 3D.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: MEGALINK AS
    Inventors: Leif Erik Bakken, Pål Bakken
  • Patent number: 10157521
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and computer programs are presented for providing information in a poker game. One method includes operations for providing an interface to a player for playing a poker game, and for detecting the creation of a side pot in the poker game during play. The side pot is presented in a first format, which includes the amount of the side pot. Additionally, the method includes an operation for detecting a selection by the first player in the poker game requesting additional information about the side pot. In response to the selection, the side pot is presented in a second format, which has the amount of the side pot and one icon for each of the players participating in the side pot, where players absent from the side pot are not represented in the second format.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: Zynga Inc.
    Inventors: Jacob Moore, Stacey Adams, Justin Rouse, Theodore Marston
  • Patent number: 10147272
    Abstract: An abstraction layer in a gaming environment intercepts calls to standard random number and user selection functions and returns data based on game operating mode and data availability. When operating as a Class 2 game, random number data may be received from a server while in a Class 3 game, random numbers may be received from a local random number generator. In a history mode or power recovery mode, calls for both random numbers and user selections may be supplied from a file storing data from a previously played or an interrupted game, respectively. Pay table testing may be accommodated by using predetermined random numbers resulting in known reel or other outcome states. The abstraction layer isolates game code from the unique requirements of the different modes of operation required for operating environment or regulatory compliance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Bally Gaming, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter Anderson, Saravanan Saravanan
  • Patent number: 10147281
    Abstract: A gaming system which employs a plurality of randomly generated stacks of symbols, wherein a stack of symbols includes a plurality of related symbols positioned adjacent to each other. If a symbol stack modification event occurs, the gaming system modifies a plurality of such symbols not included in any stack of symbols into a stack of symbols. The gaming system then evaluates the displayed symbols (including this newly formed stack of symbols) for any additional awards to provide to the player.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventors: Troy Zurawski, T. Grant Bolling, Jr., Brant Frazee
  • Patent number: 10137350
    Abstract: A golf aid for assisting a user in reading a green includes a user tracking system to determine the location of a user on a golf course, a heads up display, and a processor. The heads up display is configured to be worn on the user's head, and to display an image within a field of view of the user. The processor is in communication with the user tracking system and with the heads up display, and maintains a representation of a topology for each of a plurality of golf greens, receives an indication of the location of the user from the user tracking system, identifies one of the plurality of golf greens that is the closest to the user, and displays a representation of the topology within the field of view of the user via the heads up display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Nicholas A. Leech, Michael Wallans