Patents Examined by Mark Sager
  • Patent number: 7137892
    Abstract: An entertainment system integrates an image of a user into an audiovisual presentation. The patron enters a room where the lighting, sound, and scenery can be controlled. A standardized input sequence is obtained by computer automated/assisted process where user images (video camera input, voice parameters, etc.) prompting the user to provide certain views and voiced statements. Alternatively, photo scan or diskette/CD readers can accept user input image data. A one, two, or three dimensional image data representation of the user images is then generated, including the speech parameters of the patron. The image can later be manipulated to change the appearance of the image. This appearance change includes attire and adding tools relevant to the entertainment area used by the patron. The image can then be smoothly integrated into a preexisting audiovisual presentation, thus making the patron a part of or a synthetic actor in the production.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2006
    Inventor: David H. Sitrick
  • Patent number: 7134961
    Abstract: A player can easily select a desired game, and the information about players can be appropriately managed and provided. A user terminal transmits self-introduction information to a room master. The room master adds the self-introduction information from the user terminal to the player table list. Additionally, the self-introduction information is added to update history data, and a count value of the update history counter is incremented. The user terminal adds the current count value of the update history counter and ask the room master for an update history. Upon receipt of the update history requests from multiple user terminals, the room master transmits data to all user terminal members (addressed to the IRC channel) in the room. The data is transmitted sequentially from the update history data associated with the oldest update counter value in the requests to the update history data associated with the latest history counter value of the room master.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2006
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Square Enix
    Inventor: Masahiro Hora
  • Patent number: 7128649
    Abstract: A music-oriented game machine with a feature to increase a feeling of competitiveness between players. Based on an evaluation of a performance of the first and second players based on their steps, the number of times step timing is presented as guidance is varied. Specifically, while reference arrows (46, 48) are displayed, a plurality of timing guidance arrows (50, 62) approaching the reference arrows (46, 48) are also displayed on a game screen image (40). As a result, guidance as to where step timing is arriving is shown to the player. Then, a speed at which the reference arrows (46, 48) approach the timing guidance arrows (50, 62), respectively, is changed from a default speed to speeds of half, twice, and three-times the default speed based on the result of evaluation on the respective player's stepping performances, to thereby change the guidance level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2006
    Assignees: Konami Corporation, KCE Tokyo, Inc.
    Inventors: Kazuhiko Nobe, Shinichiro Niide
  • Patent number: 7128650
    Abstract: A gaming apparatus is provided with a display unit, a promotional credit member processing apparatus, and a controller that may be programmed to allow a person to obtain a first number of promotional gaming credits in response to processing of a promotional credit member by the promotional credit member processing apparatus, to allow a person to make a wager using at least one of the promotional gaming credits, and to cause a video image representing a game to be generated on the display unit. The controller may also be programmed to determine a second number of promotional gaming credits based on the first number of promotional gaming credits and at least one wager and to cause the promotional credit member processing apparatus to record the second number of promotional gaming credits on a promotional credit member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2006
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventor: Ali Saffari
  • Patent number: 7125337
    Abstract: A video gaming device, comprising a housing that incorporates: communication means for receiving interaction data from at least one control device operable by a user; processing means for executing interactive program at least partially in reliance upon the interaction data, thereby to generate display images for output to an image display means; and a printer apparatus including a printhead, ink supply unit, and print media feed mechanism, said printer apparatus being operatively associated with said processing means to print one or more gaming images onto print media in response to execution of said interactive program, the gaming images being at least partially based on at least some of the display images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2006
    Assignee: Silverbrook Research Pty Ltd
    Inventor: Kia Silverbrook
  • Patent number: 7125338
    Abstract: A video gaming device, including a casing that includes a receptacle for accepting detachable storage means, the detachable storage means containing an interactive program, the casing incorporating: communication means for receiving interaction data from at least one control device operable by a user; processing means for executing said interactive program at least partially in reliance upon the interaction data, thereby to generate display images for output to an image display means; an interface for receiving a cartridge incorporating ink and print media; and a printer apparatus including a printhead, ink supply unit, and print media feed mechanism, said printer apparatus being operatively associated with said processing means to print one or more gaming images onto print media in response to execution of said interactive program.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2006
    Assignee: Silverbrook Research Pty Ltd
    Inventor: Kia Silverbrook
  • Patent number: 7121945
    Abstract: A combined representation display method is provided in which a main display and a representation display are combined whereby various combination displays with enormous representation effects and great funs are made possible. The combined representation display method according to the invention is a combined representation display method for a display screen 1G which has a main display section 25e1 and a representation display section 25e, and the representation display section 25e shows combined representation in combination with main displays 26an, 26bn, 26cn of the main display section 25e1.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2006
    Assignee: Konami Corporation
    Inventors: Masanori Suganuma, Hayato Mizue
  • Patent number: 7118481
    Abstract: A video gaming console (and corresponding method of printing gaming information onto a substrate) is configured to accept gaming data on a detachable CD-ROM, cartridge or the like. A user plays the game via a controller device. At predetermined points in the game, such as a certain level being achieved or a task being completed, an integral printing apparatus prints gaming images. Enhanced interactivity is achieved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2006
    Assignee: Silverbrook Research Pty Ltd
    Inventors: Kia Silverbrook, Tobin Allen King
  • Patent number: 7115032
    Abstract: Methods and systems for enhancing a DVD-based game using a remote controller are provided. Example embodiments provide a DVD game remote controller “DGRC,” which provides input to DVD-based games, access to additional game functions and special features such as game hints, enhanced timing and scoring functions, die roll simulation, and support for buzz-in remotes. The buzz-in remotes provide automated support for turns in which multiple participants can respond to challenges. In one embodiment, the DGRC provides a transmitter, an integrated display screen, game-related selection buttons, navigation buttons, a roll button, a timer button, a score button, and a media slot. The DGRC also provides buzz-in remotes and a receiver for receiving signals therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2006
    Assignee: The EduGaming Corporation
    Inventors: David Cantu, Kurt Buecheler, Peter Sauers
  • Patent number: 7108606
    Abstract: A lockable security cabinet for game controllers of the type used to operate electronic slot and card games in gambling casinos. The cabinet includes multiple key locking doors and key operated control switches to allow access to specific areas and controls of a main cabinet thereof housing the computers and other electronics only by authorized persons having the proper key for reach particular area or control switch. The cabinet is slidably mounted of a locking base which bolts into a recess in a gaming table allowing the main cabinet to also be recessed therein yet slide out in a cantilevered fashion to access the doors and controls. The base includes a side or rear cable locking enclosure allowing access to an disconnecting of ends of cable connected to the game controller only upon unlocking of the base and outward sliding of the main cabinet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2006
    Assignee: Sierra Design Group
    Inventors: Robert A. Luciano, Michael Souza, Kurt W. Spencer
  • Patent number: 7101282
    Abstract: A gaming machine that provides free long distance telephone calls, or audio entertainment, as a reward for the continued playing of the gaming machine. The player may continue the free long distance phone call, or continue receiving the audio entertainment, as long his play meets a predetermined level of usage criteria.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2006
    Assignee: Walker Digital, LLC
    Inventors: Jay S. Walker, James A. Jorasch, Thomas M. Sparico
  • Patent number: 7094154
    Abstract: A computer networked, multi-user game system utilizing subscription based membership and alternative methods of entry, as well as the award of prizes of immediate value to the winner is described. A game tournament is hosted by a game server computer coupled to client computers operated by participating players. The games offered are games that involve elements of both skill and chance and require active player participation and decision making. A subscription-based membership is established for each player by charging a fee for a pre-determined membership time period. An alternative method of entry is provided to allow non-subscription players to participate in the tournament without payment of the fee. The non-subscribing players receive equal access to the games and at least the same chance of winning as the subscribing players, but are limited to a single entry per game or tournament.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2006
    Assignee: MMJK LLC
    Inventors: Jason B. Kellerman, Marc E. Marin
  • Patent number: 7094149
    Abstract: In accordance with embodiments of the present invention an offer is presented to a player (e.g., at a gaming device or a table game in a casino). The offer defines a benefit to be provided in exchange for the player's commitment to an obligation defined by the offer. The offer may be provided once it is determined that a condition of a gaming device satisfies a predetermined criterion. The benefit defined by the offer may be provided to the player and/or to one or more associated persons designated by the player.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2006
    Assignee: Walker Digital, LLC
    Inventors: Jay S. Walker, James A. Jorasch, Geoffrey M. Gelman, Stephen C. Tulley, Scott T. Friesen, Russell P. Sammon, Magdalena M. Fincham
  • Patent number: 7090582
    Abstract: A game console capable of communicating with other game consoles over a link or network is provided with a headphone and microphone for each player who will engage in voice communication. Verbal communications directed to one or more other players are converted to pulse code modulated (PCM) digital data and are encoded and compressed in real-time, producing data packets that are transmitted to another game console. The compressed data packets are decompressed and decoded, producing PCM data that are converted to an analog signal that drives a headphone of the intended recipient. Players can selectively mute voice communications to and from a specific other player. The PCM data can be encoded in a round-robin fashion that reduces the number of encoders required. A predefined level of computing resources is used for voice communication to avoid aversely affecting the quality of game play.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2006
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Damon V. Danieli, Roxana G. Arama
  • Patent number: 7086955
    Abstract: A launch monitor system including a support structure, a first light-reflecting element disposed on this support structure, a lighting unit and an camera unit. A computer receives signals generated by light patterns received by the camera unit and computes a variety of flight characteristics for the object. The system may be moved back and forth to vary the field-of-view of the camera unit. The system also computes and displays object trajectories from the computed flight characteristics which account for the characteristics of the object and the atmospheric conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2006
    Assignee: Acushnet Company
    Inventors: William Gobush, Diane Pelletier, Douglas C. Winfield, Charles Days, Steven Aoyama, Edmund A. Hebert, James Alan Silveira
  • Patent number: 7077748
    Abstract: An interactive information console is configured to accept information defined by an interactive program on a detachable storage medium, such as a DVD, CD-ROM, cartridge or the like. The information, may include educational and/or gaming data, with which a user interacts via a controller device. At predetermined points defined by the program, such as a certain level being achieved or a task being completed, an integral printing apparatus prints images pertaining to the information. Enhanced interactivity is achieved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2006
    Assignee: Silverbrook Research Pty Ltd
    Inventors: Kia Silverbrook, Paul Lapstun
  • Patent number: 7070501
    Abstract: A gaming machine 10 has a display 12 and a game controller arranged to control images of symbols displayed on the display 12. The game controller is arranged to play a game wherein at least one random event is caused to be displayed on the display 12 and, if a predefined winning event occurs, the machine 10 awards a prize. The game controller monitors and stores data relating to a number of free games awarded to a player during a playing session. The gaming machine 10 includes a selector for operation by the player so that the player can choose when, during the playing session, any free game is to be played.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2006
    Assignee: Aristocrat Technologies Australia Pty Ltd.
    Inventors: William George Cormack, Leonard Bruce Woods, Russel James Gartner, Craig William Allardice
  • Patent number: 7066815
    Abstract: A method and system for remote play of a gaming device, such as a slot machine. A player enters play preferences at a remote wagering terminal. The remote wagering terminal transmits the play preferences to a slot network server that stores the play preferences. Based upon the play preferences, the slot network server identifies one or more slot machines and transmits outcome data from those slot machines to the remote wagering terminal. The outcome data may be live or historical. In one embodiment of the present invention, the slot network service generates simulated outcome data to the remote wagering terminal. The slot network server keeps track of the player's wins and losses based upon the outcome data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2006
    Assignee: Walker Digital, LLC
    Inventors: Jay S. Walker, James A. Jorasch, Thomas M. Sparico
  • Patent number: 7063615
    Abstract: A gaming machine is provided with a cabinet, at least one user-interface button, a value-receiving mechanism associated with the cabinet, a display unit associated with the cabinet, a processor disposed in the cabinet, system software representing a game that may be played by a player, encoded data generated from at least one message digest that was generated based on using an encoding function with the system software, loading software stored in memory that loads system software into random-access memory and verifies correctness and authenticity of the system software, and operating system (OS) software stored in memory that comprises an application programming interface including an application programming interface portion that provides a software interface to the display unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2006
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventors: Allan E. Alcorn, Harry H. Jenkins
  • Patent number: 7052396
    Abstract: Pictorial characters are used to replace one or more words or even one or more full sentences of a message for communication to one or more people. In the context of an electronic communication device, a person (“sending party”) can use pictorial characters to “encode” words or sentences of a message to be sent to another person (“receiving party”). The receiving party, upon receiving the message, decodes the coded message and, if appropriate or desired, replies to the message. The communication devices used by the sending and receiving parties can be provided with various pictorial character-related features. For example, the communication devices may be provided with processing circuitry that conditions the use of a particular pictorial character for sending messages upon prior entry of a valid authorization (unlocking) code for that character.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2006
    Assignee: Nintendo Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Claude Comair