Patents Examined by Kevin Y. Kim
  • Patent number: 10413812
    Abstract: An operation information measurement apparatus having a detection unit for detecting information corresponding to a motion of a user includes: an operation information measurement unit that measures operation information of the user based on the information detected by the detection unit; a communication unit for performing near-field wireless communication with another operation information measurement apparatus; a determination unit that, based on a communication record of the communication unit, determines an interaction period in which the user and another user were active at the same location; and a transfer unit that transfers information relating to the interaction period determined by the determination unit to a game control unit that controls a parameter of an electronic game according to at least whether or not the interaction period exists.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: OMRON HEALTHCARE CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takehiro Hamaguchi, Yumi Kitamura
  • Patent number: 10413831
    Abstract: A game system is provided that is capable of setting appropriate classifications for various musical pieces. This game system provides a music game in which each of musical pieces for which a level of difficulty is set is prepared as a play subject. The game system offers a chance of certification match in which musical pieces are supplied for each rank classification that is set for each musical piece with reference to the level of difficulty. And the game system acquires achievement information related to the clearing rate for each musical piece for each rank classification, such as the play results of certification matches and so on, and, on the basis of these acquired results, changes each rank classification to which each musical piece belongs with reference to this achievement information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: KONAMI DIGITAL ENTERTAINMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takao Yamamoto, Shota Katagiri
  • Patent number: 10395469
    Abstract: A gaming machine including a display that has a first display area and a second display area. The first display area displays a first prize and a second prize. The first prize has a first prize threshold and the second prize has a second prize threshold. The second display area displays an overflow prize, while the game controller contributes to the first prize at least a portion of the credit balance with respect to a wagering activity, and causes the display to display an increment of the overflow prize in response to the first prize having reached the first threshold. A payout mechanism configured to, in response to determining one of the first prize and the second prize is to be awarded, cause a payout associated with the one of the first prize and the second prize to be awarded and the incremented overflow prize.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Aristrocrat Technologies Australia Pty Limited
    Inventor: Michael P. Casey
  • Patent number: 10395468
    Abstract: A gaming machine having a game controller and a display. The game controller causes the display to display a feature wheel including a plurality of display slices. A first display slice is associated with a first prize of a plurality of prizes and has a respective variable size being dependent on the first prize and visually identifies the first prize relative to a second prize associated with a second display slice.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Aristocrat Technologies Australia Pty Limited
    Inventors: Michael P. Casey, Alex Gansert
  • Patent number: 10395478
    Abstract: A gaming machine including a display. The display displays a first prize and a second prize. The first prize has a first prize threshold and the second prize has a second prize threshold. The display also displays an overflow prize, while the game controller contributes to the first prize at least a portion of the credit balance with respect to a wagering activity, and causes the display to display an increment of the overflow prize in response to the first prize having reached the first threshold. A payout mechanism configured to, in response to determining the first prize and the second prize are not to be awarded, cause a payout associated with the incremented overflow prize.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Aristocrat Technologies Australia Pty Limited
    Inventors: Kevin Walsh, Michael P. Casey
  • Patent number: 10380840
    Abstract: Embodiments disclosed herein concern mobile gaming environments. Portable electronic devices can be supported by the mobile gaming environments. The locations of the portable electronic device can influence how the portable electronic devices operate or what services or features are available to the portable electronic device or their users. According to one embodiment, a mobile gaming system can concern gaming/betting opportunities that can be secured using a portable electronic device even when an individual is located in a location where betting or games of chance are not permitted. According to another embodiment, a mobile gaming system can concern an application program operating on a portable electronic device that supports multiple modes of operation depending upon whether the portable electronic device is in a location where betting or games of chance are permitted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: Nguyen Gaming LLC
    Inventors: Binh T. Nguyen, C. Douglass Thomas
  • Patent number: 10369468
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus includes an acquisition block configured to acquire attitude information indicative of an attitude of a head-mounted display worn on a head of a user, a visual-line direction definition block configured to define a visual-line direction in accordance with the attitude information of the head-mounted display, a first image generation block configured to generate a game image of a virtual three-dimensional space that is displayed on the head-mounted display, an acceptance block configured to accept a switching manipulation from the user while the head-mounted display displays the game image, and a second image generation block configured to generate a system menu image that is displayed on the head-mounted display instead of the game image generated by the first image generation block when the acceptance block accepts the switching manipulation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: SONY INTERACTIVE ENTERTAINMENT INC.
    Inventors: Takakazu Ikeda, Shin Watanabe
  • Patent number: 10366577
    Abstract: A gaming system and method which forms, tracks and maintains one or more groups, teams or pools of players. Each group, team or pool includes one or more players (i.e., team members). A player's participation or involvement with the group or team enables the player to access one or more benefits otherwise not available to players unaffiliated with the group or team. That is, based on a player's association with a formed group or team, the gaming system provides the player with one or more benefits, such as an award, an opportunity to win an award, or a modified probability of winning an award.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventors: Dwayne R. Nelson, Steven G. Lemay, Dwayne A. Davis
  • Patent number: 10360759
    Abstract: A database system is disclosed for accessing databases, updating hands information associated with users. The database system can include a server. The server can retrieve and store data in the database. The server can retrieve a first request from a first computer over a network, the first request including a first set of authentication data. The server can identify the user and retrieve a first set of hands information data associated with the user from the database. The server can generate a first set of game data and transmit the game data to the first computer. It can then receive a first set of hands data from the first computer. It can compute a first game result based on the first set of hands data, the first set of game data and a first set of game rules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Inventors: Wayne Chiang, Charles Chang
  • Patent number: 10343070
    Abstract: According to various embodiments, an access grant determination device may be provided. The access grant determination device may include a game providing circuit configured to provide a request to start a game to a first user and to a second user. The access grant determination device may further include a winner determination circuit configured to determine a winner of the game. The access grant determination device may further include an access grant circuit configured to grant access to a device based on the determination of the winner of the game.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: RAZER (ASIA-PACIFIC) PTE. LTD.
    Inventors: Jeffrey Brian Kinsey, Mark Tidd Lackey
  • Patent number: 10339765
    Abstract: A monitoring system for monitoring casino gaming devices through a casino network is disclosed. The monitoring includes casino gaming devices configured to generate performance data and transmit the data corresponding to the monitored usage of the casino gaming devices over a casino network, a monitoring server configured to store and manage a database including the game data received from the casino gaming devices, and an operator station configured to retrieve and display the game data on a graphical user interface having icons that display real-time operational parameters of the casino gaming devices. A related method for gathering and maintaining operational performance indicators for a plurality of casino table devices operably coupled to a casino network including a middleware server and a client terminal is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Shuffle Master GmbH & Co KG
    Inventors: Ravi Nagaragatta, Georg Fekete
  • Patent number: 10339751
    Abstract: A display control system for a gaming machine is described. The display control system allows a gaming machine controller to directly control attributes of one or more video displays coupled to a gaming machine. Display attributes can be adjusted to account for different machine states which can occur when the gaming machine is operating in an attract mode, game play mode and tilt mode. A few examples of display attributes which can be controlled include but are not limited to power on or off, input source selection, contrast control, brightness control and color temp control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: AGS LLC
    Inventor: Ian Robert Scott
  • Patent number: 10300377
    Abstract: A method of providing virtual items based on location-based action is disclosed. An indication is received of a performance of a location-based action by a player of a computer-implemented game. A virtual item is provided based on the receiving of the indication of the performance of the location-based action by the player of the computer-implemented game. The virtual item may be usable within the computer-implemented game.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Zynga Inc.
    Inventors: Kathleen Auterio, Deniz Ersever, Nathan Arthur Etter, Hardik Kheskani, Serena Lam, Amitt Mahajan, Christopher Joseph Makarsky, Jay Monahan, Donald C. Mosites, Benjamin Mullin, Matthew Adam Ocko, Brian Reynolds, Shantanu Talapatra, Justin Waldron, Ian Wang, Jackson Wang
  • Patent number: 10293249
    Abstract: A haptic peripheral includes a housing, a deformable substrate coupled to the housing to be moveable thereto, and a smart material actuator coupled to a surface of the deformable substrate. The smart material actuator produces a force that deforms the deformable substrate relative to the housing in response to the control signal from a processor to thereby provide a haptic effect to a user of the haptic peripheral. The deformable substrate includes at least one user contact portion configured to contact the user and two opposing hinges. The deformable substrate also includes at least two stiff arms, each stiff arm extending between the user contact portion and one of the two opposing hinges. The stiff arms are relatively stiffer than the user contact portion and the hinges such that the deformable substrate is configured to increase the deformation of the deformable substrate relative to the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: IMMERSION CORPORATION
    Inventors: Mansoor Alghooneh, Juan Manuel Cruz-Hernandez, Vahid Khoshkava, Danny Grant
  • Patent number: 10286323
    Abstract: Embodiments of systems presented herein may perform automatic granular difficulty adjustment. In some embodiments, the difficulty adjustment is undetectable by a user. Further, embodiments of systems disclosed herein can review historical user activity data with respect to one or more video games to generate a game retention prediction model that predicts an indication of an expected duration of game play. The game retention prediction model may be applied to a user's activity data to determine an indication of the user's expected duration of game play. Based on the determined expected duration of game play, the difficulty level of the video game may be automatically adjusted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Electronic Arts Inc.
    Inventors: Navid Aghdaie, John Kolen, Mohamed Marwan Mattar, Mohsen Sardari, Su Xue, Kazi Atif-Uz Zaman, Kenneth Alan Moss
  • Patent number: 10290178
    Abstract: A bet sensor for sensing values of gaming tokens may include a bet placement surface configured and oriented to support a stack of gaming tokens thereon and an image sensor located and oriented to capture an image of a lateral side surface of at least one gaming token located on the bet placement surface. The image may depict the lateral side surface in a radial format. The bet sensor may include a processor in communication with the image sensor. The processor is configured to acquire image data from the image and analyze the image data to determine a wager value of the at least one gaming token. A gaming table may include such a bet sensor. The disclosure includes methods of operating such a gaming table.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Bally Gaming, Inc.
    Inventors: Zbigniew Czyzewski, Nathan J. Wadds, David Bajorins, Daniel Fox, Maciej Jakuc
  • Patent number: 10275995
    Abstract: Various embodiments of the present disclosure provide a skill-based wagering game with an available supplemental skill award. In various embodiments, the skill-based wagering game is a matching game. During play, the player makes skill inputs to attempt to correctly match moving objects to corresponding targets. The gaming system determines a primary award based on how many correct matches the player achieves, which is directly tied to the player's skill level during play. The primary award generally increases as the quantity of correct matches increases. For players who exhibit a high skill level during play (e.g., correctly match all of the moving objects to the targets), the gaming system may also provide a supplemental skill award. The probability of the supplemental skill award being large generally increases as the player's skill level during play increases.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventor: Craig Michael Schaefer
  • Patent number: 10275982
    Abstract: The present invention provides a reception device, which comprises an operation device performing a variety of operations, an obstacle checking device checking the obstacle in the monitoring area which includes the motion range of the operation device, and a control device simulating the operation path of the operation device in advance before the operation device performs an action and during the process of performing the action, and if there is an obstacle in the simulated operation path, a control is performed to cause the operation device to perform the operation corresponding to the abnormal state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignees: UNIVERSAL ENTERTAINMENT CORPORATION, ARUZE GAMING (HONG KONG) LIMITED
    Inventors: Junpei Sato, Yoshihiro Nagasaki, Satoshi Joko
  • Patent number: 10258872
    Abstract: An operating apparatus includes a touch panel, an LED board, and a display panel. The LED board is arranged below the touch panel. A plurality of LEDs is mounted on the LED board. The display panel is arranged below the LED board. The display panel is configured to change an image displayed in the display panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: OMRON Corporation
    Inventors: Takahiro Ono, Hiroyuki Onitsuka, Masataka Kimura, Masaaki Sumi, Takehiro Agata
  • Patent number: 10262581
    Abstract: An operating apparatus includes a touch panel, a fluid holder, a display panel, and a fan. The fluid holder is arranged below the touch panel. The fluid holder holds a transparent fluid. The display panel is arranged below the fluid holder. The fan is configured to produce ripples in the fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: OMRON Corporation
    Inventors: Takahiro Ono, Hiroyuki Onitsuka, Masataka Kimura, Masaaki Sumi, Takehiro Agata