Patents Examined by Paul A. D'Agostino
  • Patent number: 10741023
    Abstract: A marketing bonus system and method for use in one or more casino establishments for awarding a prize to a player who is a member of a loyalty program and has a player card in active use at an eligible electronic gaming machine. The marketing bonus system and method randomly selects a player for an award. It may be configured to offer multiple bonuses across the floor of a casino or other gaming establishment at any given time. Players are notified prior to a bonus being awarded so that they may insert their card into an electronic gaming machine on the casino floor in the area where the bonus is active and be eligible to win. Awards are offered to eligible players at electronic gaming machines such as slot machines and video poker machines, but may also be offered on other types of devices that are in active use such as general purpose computing devices connected to the system over a network such as the internet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: Umpqua Indian Development Corporation
    Inventors: Richard Michael Rader, Shawn R McDaniel
  • Patent number: 10737177
    Abstract: A video game processing program product causes a user terminal to realize functions to control progress of a video game. The functions include: an updating function configured to update a position of a character; a first displaying function configured to display, in a normal mode, a normal game screen; and a second displaying function configured to display, in a photographing mode, a photographing game screen based on a photographing operation. In a first case where a user operates the user character to change position while the photographing screen is displayed in the photographing mode, a change in position of the user character does not affect a status of the normal mode. The status of the normal mode of the video game is configured to be updated in a second case while the photographing screen is displayed in the photographing mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: KABUSHIKI KAISHA SQUARE ENIX (ALSO TRADING AS SQUARE ENIX CO., LTD.)
    Inventors: Kei Odagiri, Hiroaki Ohno
  • Patent number: 10726680
    Abstract: Real-time image data of coins that are on a physical coin pusher playfield and that are adjacent a drop-off edge of the physical coin pusher playfield may be received. An augmented reality (AR) device may generate AR display content that includes first game content that is viewable by a user of the AR device and that is associated with one of the coins. An action of the first virtual element may be generated responsive to physical movement of the one of the coins in response to generating the action of the first element. An AR award to the user that is associated with the first virtual element may be generated. A combined image corresponding to an image of the physical coin pusher game that is viewable through the AR device and the AR display content that may be generated by the AR device may be provided to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventors: Dwayne Nelson, Patrick Danielson
  • Patent number: 10722794
    Abstract: A non-transitory computer-readable medium including a video game processing program product for causing a computer to realize functions to control progress of a video game on a basis of an operation of a controller by a user in a predetermined space including a display area is provided. Operation information, containing a position or a direction of the controller in the predetermined space, is obtained. In a case where the position or the direction of the controller is changed, a determination area is generated in a virtual space corresponding to the predetermined space on a basis of the operation information corresponding to the change. An image corresponding to a positional relationship between a determination target and the determination area is displayed in the display area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: KABUSHIKI KAISHA SQUARE ENIX
    Inventors: Kazuki Ito, Yuya Nagai
  • Patent number: 10716996
    Abstract: An information processing method and apparatus, an electronic device, and a storage medium are provided. The method includes: a first touch area is provided on the graphical user interface, and the virtual character is configured to move in the game scene according to a first touch operation received in the first touch area; when a second touch operation is detected, of which a starting touch point is in at least one signal icon, a position of a current touch point of the second touch operation is detected in real time; when the current touch point satisfies a preset condition, a mini-map is zoomed in on the graphical user interface; and when the end of the second touch operation is detected, and a position of an ending touch point of the second touch operation is in the mini-map, a prompt signal corresponding to the at least one signal icon is sent, the prompt signal including position indication information of the game scene.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: NETEASE (HANGZHOU) NETWORK CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Zhaoda He
  • Patent number: 10716997
    Abstract: An information processing method and apparatus, an electronic device, and a storage medium are provided. The method includes: a first touch area is provided on a graphical user interface, and a virtual character is configured to move in a game scene according to a first touch operation received by the first touch area; when detecting a second touch operation of which a starting touch point is in at least one signal icon, a mini-map in the graphical user interface is zoomed in, and a third touch operation of which a starting touch point is in the mini-map is detected; and when the end of the third touch operation is detected, and a position of an ending touch point of the third touch operation is in the mini-map, sending a prompt signal corresponding to at least one signal icon, the prompt signal including position indication information of the game scene.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: NETEASE (HANGZHOU) NETWORK CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Zhaoda He
  • Patent number: 10716995
    Abstract: An information processing method is provided. The method includes: a first touch area on a graphical user interface is provided, and a virtual character is configured to move in a game scene according to a first touch operation received in the first touch area; a second touch operation is detected acting on a mini-map, and a presentation content of the game scene is changed according to the second touch operation; when a signal triggering operation acting on a signal icon is detected in a process of changing the presentation content of the game scene according to the second touch operation, a prompt signal corresponding to the signal icon is sent, the prompt signal including position indication information of the game scene; and when the end of the second touch operation is detected, the presentation content of the game scene is controlled to be restored to a presentation content state before the second touch operation is detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: NETEASE (HANGZHOU) NETWORK CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Zhaoda He
  • Patent number: 10717006
    Abstract: A video game processing program product for causing a server to realize functions to control progress of a video game is provided. The functions include: a function to generate content in which at least one of the user or a character operated by the user is allowed to participate, in a case where a predetermined condition is satisfied; a function to store the number of participants who participate in first content and a clear time indicating a time required to clear the first content in a predetermined storage medium; a function to set up the degree of difficulty for second content indicating content to be generated newly; and a function to detect whether a generation condition contained in the predetermined condition to generate the second content is satisfied or not. The generating function includes a function to generate the second content with the degree of difficulty thus set up.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: KABUSHIKI KAISHA SQUARE ENIX
    Inventors: Mitsutoshi Gondai, Masatoshi Ishikawa, Tsuyoshi Yokozawa, Takashi Sugi
  • Patent number: 10709989
    Abstract: Disclosed is an apparatus for analyzing a game update effect according to a change in a gamer action sequence, the apparatus including: a gamer action information collector configured to collect action information of a gamer from a game operating server that provides a gamer terminal with a game and stores the action information of the gamer therein; a gamer action information sequence identifier configured to detect an action sequence of the gamer from the collected action information of the gamer; and an update result analyzer configured to analyze an consequence on behavior of the gamer with respect to an update of a game service by comparing action sequences of the gamer detected through the gamer action information sequence identifier on the basis of a time point of the update of the game service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: ELECTRONICS AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS RESEARCH INSTITUTE
    Inventors: Si Hwan Jang, Seong Il Yang, Hyung Keun Jee
  • Patent number: 10709968
    Abstract: A controller for use in interfacing with a virtual reality system is provided. The controller having a body with a proximate end and a distal end, and the distal end is opposite the proximate end. A handgrip portion of the body is disposed at the proximate end of the body. An extension portion of the body is coupled at the distal end of the body. The extension portion has a loop shape. A plurality of lights is disposed on surfaces of the extension portion, such that lights illuminate on an inside of the loop shape and on an outside of the loop shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventor: Ennin Huang
  • Patent number: 10713883
    Abstract: A system has a pre-recorded content database. Further, the system has a processor that establishes a virtual scratch card game, randomly determines a plurality of positions in a virtual scratch card grid that correspond to a winning outcome of the virtual scratch card game, searches for a plurality of pre-recorded video clips in the pre-recorded content database such that each of the plurality of pre-recorded video clips displays an event corresponding to the winning outcome, and provides the plurality of pre-recorded video clips to a display device that renders the virtual scratch card grid according to a plurality of scratch-off blocks that, when activated, reveal each of the plurality of pre-recorded video clips at each of the corresponding plurality of positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Highlight Games Limited
    Inventors: Timothy Patrick Jonathan Green, Steven John Holmes, Stewart James Whittle, Nick Gardiner
  • Patent number: 10713901
    Abstract: A system has a pre-recorded content database. Further, the system has a processor that generates a graphical user interface that renders a virtual scratch card game. The processor receives a participant user input corresponding to one of the plurality of selection indicia. Further, the processor randomly determines a plurality of events in a plurality of pre-recorded video clips. The processor also associates a game image with each of the plurality of pre-recorded video clips in the interactive menu such that a rendering device renders a corresponding pre-recorded video clip from the plurality of pre-recorded video clips based on game imagery user input. The graphical user interface comprises a plurality of selection indicia associated with less than a totality of potential virtual sport-based game participants. Further, the graphical user interface comprises an interactive menu of game imagery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Highlight Games Limited
    Inventors: Timothy Patrick Jonathan Green, Steven John Holmes, Stewart James Whittle, Nick Gardiner
  • Patent number: 10706670
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention include a gaming device that has a video display. When the player initiates the game, an animation is shown. If the game had a losing outcome, the animation is very short and allows the player to quickly try for a win. If instead the game has a winning outcome the gaming device spins reels or otherwise shows the player how much he or she has one. The animation may also indicate progress toward a mystery jackpot or a group mystery jackpot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: ACRES TECHNOLOGY
    Inventor: John F. Acres
  • Patent number: 10702764
    Abstract: Provided is a game table which allows maintenance to be facilitated. The game table includes: a game board having arranged thereon antennas for reading identification information stored in game chips through wireless communication; and a game board mounting table top having mounted thereon the game board so as to allow the game board to be opened and closed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Universal Entertainment Corporation
    Inventor: Shinsuke Yamaguchi
  • Patent number: 10702765
    Abstract: Provided is a game table which allows maintenance to be facilitated. The game table includes: a game board having arranged thereon antennas for reading identification information stored in game chips through wireless communication; and a game board mounting table top having mounted thereon the game board so as to allow the game board to be opened and closed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Universal Entertainment Corporation
    Inventor: Shinsuke Yamaguchi
  • Patent number: 10706732
    Abstract: A system includes a brain activity sensor sensing electrical activity of a students' brain and a device that receives messages from the brain activity sensor while the student is receiving instructions with a first value for an attribute of instruction and that determines a first attention level from the received messages. The device receives additional messages from the brain activity sensor while the student is receiving instructions with a second value for the attribute of instruction and determines a second attention level from the additional received messages. The device then determines an attention variability for the attribute of instruction based on a change in attention level from the first attention level to the second attention level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Nervanix, LLC
    Inventor: Adam Leonard Hall
  • Patent number: 10699596
    Abstract: Examples of the disclosure are directed to an automated vehicle that can function as a vehicle operator training system. A vehicle that combines sensors, actuators, infotainment, and/or communication functions may have the capability to provide a fully autonomous training experience in a real world environment. The vehicle can administer, monitor, and communicate with a vehicle operator for competency training and/or verification for a specific vehicle feature, sub-feature, situation maneuver, and/or objective.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: FARADAY&FUTURE INC.
    Inventors: Evan Roger Fischer, Jana Mahen Fernando
  • Patent number: 10695680
    Abstract: A method is disclosed for allowing a custom version of video session to be created for presentation on at least one viewer device. Game metadata generated from a live or recorded video feed is received. The game metadata includes three-dimensional modeling data associated with the live or recorded video feed. Viewer metadata collected from a plurality of viewer devices is received. The viewer metadata includes information pertaining to a plurality of responses of a plurality of viewers to a presentation of the video session on a plurality of viewer devices. Additional game metadata is created based on the game metadata and the viewer metadata. The additional game metadata includes camera data based on the three-dimensional modeling data. The additional game metadata is integrated into the game metadata for at least near-real-time presentation of the custom version of the video session.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Unity IPR ApS
    Inventor: Adam Myhill
  • Patent number: 10695646
    Abstract: Systems and methods for grounds monitoring may include recreational grounds monitoring robots that move about a recreational ground measuring soil moisture at various selectable locations, performing security monitoring and/or identifying and tracking objects on the recreational ground, such as players, golf carts and golf balls. The recreational grounds monitoring robots may also monitor the recreational ground while at charging or docking stations along the boundaries or edges of the recreational ground. Data collected from such monitoring may be used to reduce water usage and enhance games played on the recreational ground by providing the player with the ability to easily locate, and thus track, the location and movement of the ball, while also to facilitating providing game statistics, leaderboard information, other game variations, interactive games and augmented games.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: DISH Network L.L.C.
    Inventor: Neil Marten
  • Patent number: 10688339
    Abstract: Provided is a balance training apparatus operating in conjunction with an inverted pendulum moving apparatus on which a trainee rides and performs a moving operation. The balance training apparatus includes a detector configured to detect a position of the moving apparatus, and a controller configured to set a task for the trainee to travel back and forth from an initial position to a target position within a predetermined time and configured to superimpose a character representing the trainee at a position corresponding to a position of the moving apparatus on a video indicating progress of the task and display it on a display. The controller corrects the initial position in a task to be executed next to a position of the moving apparatus at the end of a task that has been executed last and corrects the target position according to the correction of the initial position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yu Sasaki, Masahiro Takahashi