Patents Examined by Reginald Renwick
  • Patent number: 10354544
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention allow an online course to predict proficiency of knowledge components using student responses to assessment items. In some embodiments, assessment items are tagged with metadata, such as associated knowledge component, difficulty, and depth of knowledge. Initially the author or subject matter expert supplies these values. Students then answer the assessment items. During an assessment, the student responses are automatically evaluated for correctness. Each student response receives a score between 0 and 1; where 1 corresponds to a completely correct response and 0 an incorrect response. Student proficiency can be predicted at any time using the student's up-to-date assessment item response history. Some embodiments use Samejima's Continuous Response Model (CRM), which is a special case of an Item Response Theory (IRT).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Snapwiz Inc.
    Inventors: Lawrence Chernin, Sriram Cherukuri, Aditya S. Agarkar, Nishanth Upadhyay
  • Patent number: 10353471
    Abstract: A system is provided that controls a haptic effect experienced at a peripheral device. The system receives a haptic effect definition including haptic data. The system further receives spatialization data including: a distance of the haptic effect; a direction of the haptic effect; or a flow of the haptic effect. The system further includes modifying the haptic effect definition based on the received spatialization data. The system further includes sending a haptic instruction and the modified haptic effect definition to the peripheral device. The system further includes causing one or more haptic output devices to produce one or more haptic effects based on the modified haptic effect definition at the peripheral device in response to the haptic instruction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: IMMERSION CORPORATION
    Inventors: Henry Da Costa, Robert Lacroix, Danny Grant, Stephen D. Rank, David Birnbaum, William Rihn
  • Patent number: 10347079
    Abstract: This concept is directed to methods of operating a gaming device to analyze game information that is part of a gaming event having a player interaction in advance of the player interaction to make a determination about the game play. These methods may be used for a variety of gaming devices such as slot machines, video keno devices, video poker machines, electronic table games, internet gaming terminals, etc. In each type of gaming device, these operation methods evaluate future game information during game play to determine one of multiple manners by which the game play will continue. These continuation manners may include changing the speed of game play, determining display characteristics of the game and outcome, providing tips or information to the player about the future game information, automatically initiating a subsequent game, or otherwise altering an aspect of the game play parameters in response to the evaluated game information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: PATENT INVESTMENT & LICENSING COMPANY
    Inventor: John F. Acres
  • Patent number: 10339761
    Abstract: A gaming machine comprises a symbol selector for selecting a plurality of symbols from a set of symbols for display during play of a base game, the set of symbols including a plurality of non-configurable symbols and a plurality of configurable symbols; a random number generator for generating random prize values; a value assigner for assigning a generated random prize value to each selected configurable symbol; and an outcome evaluator for monitoring play of the base game, wherein a feature game is triggered in response to a trigger event, the trigger event comprising a predefined number of the plurality of configurable symbols being selected by the symbol selector for display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: ARISTOCRAT TECHNOLOGIES AUSTRALIA PTY LIMITED
    Inventor: Scott Christopher Olive
  • Patent number: 10328327
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a system and method for administering a hole-in-one contest. Upon receiving payment, an identification code is transmitted to the golfer, and a video recording is made of the following events: 1) the player writing the identification code on the ball, 2) the player hitting the ball toward the green, 3) the ball's flight path toward the green, 4) retrieval of the ball from the cup, and 5) a close-up view of the ball showing the same identifying code that was placed on the ball earlier. The video recording is transmitted to a server where it is authenticated and verified. If the hole-in-one is verified, the player is awarded a prize. The system includes a player device, a video recording device (which may be integrated with the player device), a transmitter unit, a receiver unit, and a server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: 10&8
    Inventors: Tom Porter, Dallas Mix, Robert Forsberg, Raymond E. Poliquin
  • Patent number: 10318124
    Abstract: A screen generating unit 287 generates a home screen for allowing a user to select a desired item of content from among multiple items of content, and the home screen includes a list in which multiple icons representing the multiple items of content are arranged. A display control unit displays the home screen on a television monitor 204. The screen generating unit 287 further arranges, in the list on the home screen, a search icon used to search for an item of content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Motoki Kobayashi, Yasuhiro Yamanaka, Shuji Hiramatsu, Shigeru Enomoto, Taku Sugawara, Shinji Kimura, Yumiko Tanaka, George Arriola, Carsten Schwesig
  • Patent number: 10300335
    Abstract: Articles of clothing or pieces of athletic equipment include modules, e.g., for sensing physical and/or physiological characteristics associated with use of the clothing or athletic equipment or for performing other functions. Such systems and methods may use physical or other interaction(s) between the module and the article of clothing or piece of athletic equipment for activating and/or deactivating the module and/or sensing devices included with the module, for confirming whether the module and clothing or piece of athletic equipment are authorized for use with one another, and/or for automatic data algorithm selection methods. Additionally, such systems and methods also may use the activation and/or authentication systems for data input to the module. Some examples of such systems and methods may utilize magnets and magnetic sensing systems and/or light (or other radiation) sources and sensing systems for activation, authentication, data input, and/or algorithm selection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventor: Charles W. Case, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10293239
    Abstract: Activities, actions and events during user performance of physical activity may be detected using various algorithms and templates. Templates may include an arrangement of one or more states that may identify particular event types and timing between events. Templates may be specific to a particular type of activity (e.g., types of sports, drills, events, etc.), user, terrain, time of day and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Santoshkumar Balakrishnan, Jordan M. Rice, Steven H. Walker, Adam S. Carroll, Corey C. Dow-Hygelund, Aaron K. Goodwin, James M. Mullin, Tye L. Rattenbury, Joshua M. Rooke-Ley, John M. Schmitt
  • Patent number: 10282943
    Abstract: A record display system includes an interactive controller configured to: communicate, to an application controller, application telemetry; display initial outcomes; receive a record indicating an official result of a series of wagers associated with the user interaction; and display the record; a wager controller constructed to: receive a wager request; determine a wager outcome; communicate the wager outcome; and communicate the record; and the application controller operatively connecting the interactive controller and the wager controller, and constructed to: receive the application telemetry; communicate the wager request; receive the wager outcome; receive the record; communicate the record, wherein the record comprises the official wager outcome.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Gamblit Gaming, LLC
    Inventors: Miles Arnone, Frank Cire, Clifford Kaylin, Eric Meyerhofer, David Chang, Caitlyn Ross
  • Patent number: 10272344
    Abstract: An improved controller with fingerprint sensors for interfacing with a game console. The controller is intended to be hand held by a user in the same manner as a conventional controller. A child safety cover is provided to removably attach to the portion of the game console that houses the operational controls. A pause/resume system is integrated with the fingerprinting sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Inventor: Bennie Kelly
  • Patent number: 10269219
    Abstract: A bingo game system provides for new features and functionality for a bingo game platform, including a bingo game server configured to provide a temporary daub function for one or more bingo games.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Gamesys Ltd.
    Inventors: Hans Elias, Adam Scott
  • Patent number: 10262389
    Abstract: Technologies related to intermediary graphics rendition are generally described. In some examples, an intermediary computing device may store graphics models in a model store. A server computing device may generate and send a compositing flow to the intermediary computing device. The compositing flow may comprise model identifiers and model rendering information. The intermediary computing device may retrieve models identified in the compositing flow from the model store, and provide the identified models and model rendering information to a Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) for rendering. The GPU may render graphics for delivery via a network to a client device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Empire Technology Development LLC
    Inventor: Ezekiel Kruglick
  • Patent number: 10255767
    Abstract: The game machine comprising a display device and a controller is provided. The display device is configured to display a game. The controller is configured to display a plurality of reels, the reels reach displaying a plurality of symbols. Each reel includes at least one activation zone with each activation zone have at least one symbol. The controller is configured to determine the number of symbols within the activation zone, randomly determine an outcome of the game, and display the outcome of the game including the activation zone. The activation zone includes a determined number of symbols.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: KONAMI GAMING, INC.
    Inventor: Keith Rucker
  • Patent number: 10249148
    Abstract: An interactive treasure-hunting game system includes a treasure-hunting game machine, a control module, a portable device and a server. The treasure-hunting game machine contains objects. The control module is inserted in and operatively connected to the treasure-hunting game machine. The control module, the portable device and the server are connected to one another via the internet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Inventor: En-Shin Chu
  • Patent number: 10238974
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for automatic game generation are described. The method may include collecting, by a hardware processor of a server over a network, first information associated with a first video game player, second information associated with a second video game player related to the first video game player, and a plurality of events that the first video game player and the second video game player have participated in. The method may also include creating a comparison tree for each of a plurality of event types associated with the plurality of events. The method may further include evaluating the comparison tree against a plurality of video game results to determine outcomes that are satisfied, and for each of the outcomes, generating a plurality of templates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Electronic Arts Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew Webster, Paul Ross, Steve Cuss
  • Patent number: 10223928
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus includes a first storage portion, a second storage portion, a board-written data obtaining portion, a storage processing portion, and a first data processing portion. The first storage portion stores one or more pieces of board-written data which each includes lesson information that was input to a board surface. The second storage portion stores one or more pieces of exercise data. The board-written data obtaining portion obtains a piece of board-written data. The storage processing portion stores, in the first storage portion, the piece of board-written data obtained by the board-written data obtaining portion. The first data processing portion associates the piece of board-written data stored in the first storage portion by the storage processing portion, with a piece of exercise data whose learning theme is common to a learning theme of lesson information included in the piece of board-written data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Kenta Nakatsu
  • Patent number: 10207184
    Abstract: Shared electronic resources can be allocated for a gaming application on a dynamic basis. A package of game content and configuration can be used to allocate an appropriate amount of resource capacity. Task-based instances can be launched as needed and terminated once a gaming session has completed. In order to account for relatively long load times, a number of pre-warmed task-based instances can be allocated that can load the game server functionality up to a determined state. The number of pre-warmed instances can be based on a number of different factors, such as an amount of unused capacity across a shared resource environment. When a request for a session is received, a pre-warmed instance is selected to be upgraded to a game server instance to serve the game session for the request. Pre-warmed instances can be reclaimed if capacity is needed for other purposes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Hok Peng Leung, Geoffrey Scott Pare
  • Patent number: 10198911
    Abstract: The present invention provides a roulette game, including: a roulette wheel having a series of numbers, each number additionally having an assigned color characteristic; a betting layout having marked areas whereby one or more players may place a bet on a result of the roulette wheel, the betting layout further including first and second side bet areas for placing first and second side bets; spinning the roulette wheel to produce a game result comprising one of the roulette wheel numbers and its assigned color characteristic; a random number generator producing, for each spin of the roulette wheel, first and second random numbers selected from the same series of numbers with assigned color characteristics as represented on the roulette wheel; a display of first and second random numbers; settling roulette bets on the basis of the roulette wheel game result; settling the first side bets on the basis of the roulette wheel game result numerically matching one or both of the first and second random numbers; an
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: CLUB GAMING PTY LTD
    Inventors: Linh Kohl, Daryl Bruce, David Croft
  • Patent number: 10195531
    Abstract: A method for assisting game play. The method includes monitoring game play of the user playing a gaming application, wherein the user has a defined task to accomplish, wherein the task is associated with a task type. The method includes determining a task type proficiency rule for the task type based on results of a plurality of players taking on a plurality of tasks having the task type. The method includes determining a player proficiency score for accomplishing the task based on the task type proficiency rule. The method includes determining a user predictive rate of success in accomplishing the task based on the player proficiency score, the task type proficiency rule, and the task. The method includes determining a recommendation for the user based on the user predictive rate of success.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Steven Osman, Jeffrey R. Stafford, Javier F. Rico, Michael G. Taylor, Todd S. Tokubo
  • Patent number: 10173136
    Abstract: Methods and systems described in this disclosure are directed at gamification. In some embodiments, the present disclosure relates to methods and systems for tracking actions taken by a user at predetermined gaming levels in a gaming application, the gaming application also facilitating users to interact with the gaming application in the form of questions and answers relating to topics in the military and armed forces. If the user is unable to provide a minimum number of correct responses to the questions presented, the gaming application displays actions that are to be performed by the user to continue playing the game. In some embodiments, a game is paused temporarily by a pause signal sent to the gaming application. The game resumes when a resume signal is sent to activate the gaming application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: UNITED SERVICES AUTOMOBILE ASSOCIATION (USAA)
    Inventors: David Hancock, Sharon M. Sirizzotti, Joe R. Martin