Patents Examined by Kevin M Carter
  • Patent number: 10894199
    Abstract: Embodiments for providing recreational assistance are described. A system for providing recreational assistance includes a frame and a microphone, a speaker, and at least one processor connected to the frame. The at least one processor is in operable communication with the microphone and the speaker and configured to, in response to the detection of an aural command by the microphone, generate a signal representative of a distance between the frame and a landmark and cause the speaker to generate an aural indication representative of the distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Assignee: EXTREME18, LLC
    Inventors: John L. Thompson, Jr., Steven M. Zika
  • Patent number: 10835819
    Abstract: A computing system is configured to execute a computer program on a server and to provide a video stream of the program output to a geographically remote client over a communication network. An add-on manager is provided to facilitate the use of add-ons to extend the functionality of the computer program. The add-on manager is responsive to commands received from the client and is configured to associate individual add-ons and add-on data with specific user accounts. The add-ons can be located on the server or some other location remote from the client.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: Sony Interactive Entertainment America LLC
    Inventors: Andrew Buchanan Gault, Rui Filipe Andrade Pereira, David Perry
  • Patent number: 10769891
    Abstract: Systems, apparatuses and methods for enhancing gaming awards in gaming activities. At least one payout modifier is awarded, and its use is deferred. During the deferment period, the payout modifier is allowed to increase to create an increased payout modifier. An end of the deferral period is randomly determined, and the increased payout modifier is awarded for use in the gaming activity. Embodiments further provide the player an option to keep the originally awarded payout modifier, or to surrender it to allow it to be deferred with potential growth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Inventors: Bradley Berman, Jacob Lamb
  • Patent number: 10769880
    Abstract: In various embodiments a display may allow a secondary player to select a game of an appropriate primary player.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: CFPH, LLC
    Inventors: Howard W. Lutnick, Dean P. Alderucci, Geoffrey M. Gelman
  • Patent number: 10755517
    Abstract: Aspects disclosed herein may provide a gaming user interface that allows users to view and interact with multiple gaming instances from a single screen. When presenting multiple gaming instances, the user interface may utilize a compact panel display of the gaming interface offering reduced functionality and information about each gaming instance. Each compact panel display may include functionality allowing the user to interact with a corresponding gaming instance, such as by allowing the player to place a wager on the outcome of the game. The user may be able to select a control on the user interface to expand a particular panel corresponding to a particular gaming instance. Responsive to selection of the control, the user interface may expand the particular panel to replace other panels of the multi-table view. The expanded panel may offer additional functionality and information that is not available in the compact panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: SG Gaming, Inc.
    Inventors: Lyal Atkinson, Nathan Wadds
  • Patent number: 10751605
    Abstract: An embodiment of an interactive play apparatus may include a camera to capture a projected image, an image recognizer communicatively coupled to the camera to recognize the captured projection image, and a projection responder communicatively coupled to the image recognizer to respond to the recognized projection image. Other embodiments are disclosed and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Blanka Vlasak, Glen J. Anderson, Meng Shi, Ravishankar Iyer, Therese E. Dugan, Mark R. Francis, David I. Poisner, Yevgeniy Y. Yarmosh
  • Patent number: 10748375
    Abstract: Systems and methods for a network based gaming platform or game application. A gaming cycle for a first user and one or more opponent players can be carried out on the network based gaming platform or game application. A database can store player data from the first user and the one or more opponent players, and the player data can be sorted and ranked. Players can be matched based on the player data, and a game type can be selected. A betting option and a stake can be chosen, and the first user can be debited for the chosen stake. The selected game type can be started, and game winnings can be transferred to a winner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: SGX AS
    Inventor: Magnus Skraastad Gulbrandsen
  • Patent number: 10748382
    Abstract: A method, apparatus, and computer readable storage to implement a guaranteed loyalty point system. A player is provided a fixed amount of guaranteed loyalty points which are converted to loyalty points as the play plays wagering games such as slot games. When the amount of guaranteed loyalty points is depleted, then the player continues to player the slot game but no further loyalty points are awarded to the player until the player once again possesses some more guaranteed loyalty points. In this way, the amount of loyalty points a player ultimately receives is not dependent on luck. The loyalty points can be redeemed for tangible goods and/or services (e.g., show tickets, meal at a restaurant, etc.).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Playstudios, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew Pascal, Monty Kerr
  • Patent number: 10722787
    Abstract: A hand operated game controller for controlling a game console. Multiple push buttons are arranged on the surface of the game controller. The push buttons are placed in an arrangement that approximately matches the natural position of the fingers of the user's hands. As the user presses the buttons, control signals are sent from the buttons to the game console via wiring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Inventors: Dustin Huffer, Shawn Huffer
  • Patent number: 10713896
    Abstract: Systems, apparatuses and methods for providing options in gaming activities to take an offered award or to surrender it to play for more favorable awards. In one embodiment, a number of available awards are presented and at least one is selected for or by the player. The player can choose to keep the current award, or to surrender it to obtain a chance to obtain a different award. If the player surrenders the current award, the player is provided with selectable award advancement alternatives from which to select, including an option to obtain a new award positioned relative to the surrendered one of the available awards and an option requiring that the surrendered one of the available awards be retained. In response to the player selecting the option to obtain a new award positioned relative to the surrendered one of the available awards, the new award is identified.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Inventors: Bradley Berman, Jacob Lamb
  • Patent number: 10695661
    Abstract: A game control device comprising at least one processor configured to: receive direction input by determining which region, among a plurality of regions set so as to respectively correspond to a plurality of directions, a touch position detected by a touch panel is included in; determine whether or not the touch position has changed from being in one region to being in another region among the plurality of regions; and cause the touch panel to vibrate if the touch position has changed from being in the one region to being in the another region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: KONAMI DIGITAL ENTERTAINMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tokifune Otani, Taku Endo, Kenji Yokoyama
  • Patent number: 10699534
    Abstract: A real-time streaming system for a machine is provided, including at least one camera, being adapted for shooting a real-time image of the machine, the machine being adapted for being remote controlled by an player; a cloud processing unit, being communicated with the at least one camera and adapted for communicable with the machine through an internet, the cloud processing unit including an image server, the image server being adapted for being communicable with a plurality of viewer ends through the internet so that the plurality of viewer ends receive the real-time image; wherein the machine provides a peer-to-peer network (P2P) connection, the player receives the real-time image from the at least one camera in the peer-to-peer network (P2P) connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Inventors: Jian-Hong Wang, Hsing-Wen Wang
  • Patent number: 10674785
    Abstract: A fitness tracking system includes a shoe, a magnetometer, and a controller. The magnetometer is mounted on the shoe and is configured to generate three-axis direction data in response to movement of the shoe during a predetermined time period. The controller is operably connected to the magnetometer and is configured to generate two-axis calibrated direction data based on the three-axis direction data after the predetermined time period. The two-axis calibrated direction data corresponds to an orientation of the shoe during the predetermined time period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: Under Armour, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey Allen, F. Grant Kovach, Michael Mazzoleni
  • Patent number: 10675532
    Abstract: A system that incorporates the subject disclosure may include, for example, a processor that performs operations including receiving an actuation profile comprising one or more actuation thresholds responsive to a detection of a triggering event during a gaming session of a video game, configuring the sensor according to the one or more actuation thresholds, receiving, from the sensor, a signal indicating a depression range of the button, comparing the depression range to the one or more actuation thresholds of the actuation profile, and generating an actuation state when the depression range exceeds an actuation threshold of the one or more actuation thresholds. Additional embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: STEELSERIES ApS
    Inventors: Tino Soelberg, Jeffrey Nicholas Mahlmeister, Thane Kurt Woidan, Thomas J. Panfil
  • Patent number: 10672223
    Abstract: A craps gaming system is directed to a craps table including a dice area and one or more sensors configured to sense when dice are added to the dice area and when dice are removed from the dice area. A plurality of player consoles located in close proximity to the craps table are connected over a network to the one or more sensors. Each player console is configured to enable players to place bets on a craps game played on the craps table. Each player console is configured to disable the player console from accepting further bets on the craps game when a signal is received from the one or more sensors indicating that dice have been removed from the dice area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: INTERBLOCK D.D.
    Inventor: Urban Bergant
  • Patent number: 10671820
    Abstract: A wearable sport timing tag assembly comprising at least a first and second tag is described for transmitting data associated with the wearer of the tag assembly to at least one detection antenna, wherein the tag assembly comprises means for attaching the tag assembly to at least a body part or clothing of the wearer, wherein when attached to said body or clothing the main signal transmission direction of said first tag being in a first direction; and, the main signal transmission direction of said second tag being in a second direction which is different from said first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: MYLAPS B.V.
    Inventors: Bas Jan Emile Van Rens, Jeroen Johan Willemse, Adriaan Klaas Verwoerd
  • Patent number: 10665056
    Abstract: Disclosed is a gaming system for playing a progressive jackpot game including a visible meter and a deficit meter. The system includes a display, a wager acceptor, player-activated buttons, and a processor. A percentage of the wager defines a contribution to the game. Each time the game is played the visible meter is increased by an increment amount. If the deficit meter is less than zero, the increment amount equals a first portion of the contribution, and a second portion of the contribution is added to the deficit value. If the deficit meter is not less than zero, the increment amount equals a third portion of the contribution. When the game is won, the visible meter is reset to a reset value which comprises a base reset value plus a random value, and the random value is subtracted from the deficit meter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: NOVOMATIC AG
    Inventor: Matthew John Ward
  • Patent number: 10661145
    Abstract: A sports swing training device is attachable to a sports striking-object, such as a golf club, tennis racket, or baseball bat, and uses multiple motion sensors, including accelerometers, gyroscopes and magnetometers, in conjunction with one or more microprocessors and device displays, to measure and display various swing metrics and to project flight patterns resulting from each swing. Swing data are displayed in graphic and/or indicia format, on the device's displays and are wirelessly transmitted to the displays of one or more external devices, such as smart phones or tablet computers. The projected flight patterns reveal flaws in the swing so as to promote corrective adjustments by the athlete.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: BTE Enterprises, LLC
    Inventors: Peter M. Bartek, Debby Murphy, Mirek Bogdanowicz, Peter J D. Bartek
  • Patent number: 10661166
    Abstract: Each of a first information processing apparatus and a second information processing apparatus includes a display, an operation portion, and a radio communication unit. The second apparatus transmits operation information accepted by the operation portion of the second apparatus to the first apparatus through the radio communication unit. The first apparatus performs application processing based on operation information accepted by the operation portion of the first apparatus and the operation information from the second apparatus, generates an application image including a result of execution of the application processing, shows the application image on the display of the first apparatus, and transmits the application image to the second apparatus through the radio communication unit of the first apparatus. The second apparatus shows the application image from the first apparatus on the display of the second apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: NINTENDO CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yoshihisa Kondo, Yuki Mizuguchi, Masayoshi Oki, PacĂ´me Danhiez, Romain Bailly, Yann Benigot
  • Patent number: 10650639
    Abstract: A gaming machine comprises a display and an electronic controller for playing a first game. The electronic controller is configured to randomly determine whether to display one or more bonus symbols in the first game, each bonus symbol being associated with a bonus value award. Where a trigger event occurs during the first game, such as the appearance of a predetermined order of bonus symbols, electronic controller is configured to display an array of the bonus symbols on the display or optionally on another display. Where bonus symbols appear in further plays of the first game or plays of a second game, the bonus symbols are added to the array and bonus symbols present on the array are sequentially transferred to a win meter, which increments by the amount of the associated bonus value award of each transferred bonus symbol.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: Ainsworth Game Technology Limited
    Inventor: William George Cormack