Patents Examined by Reginald Renwick
  • Patent number: 11557173
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods are provided for facilitating the funding of gaming and preferably the purchase of gaming vouchers with commercial bank cards and/or with casino and/or new credit accounts and/or the prompting of opening of a new credit account, including an automated kiosk located on a gaming floor proximate to gaming machines but separate from particular gaming machines, including reading and printing equipment in communication with a voucher host; also including a prompt to open new a gaming oriented line of credit in response to a refusal of an EFT transaction, including a preferred gaming oriented credit card account and card having cash advance limits commensurate with credit limits for gaming oriented transaction, the approval of the account preferably based on EFT gaming transaction history.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2023
    Assignee: Everi Payments, Inc.
    Inventors: Kirk Edward Sanford, Thomas Michael Sears, Robert Vincent Connelly, Jr.
  • Patent number: 11544536
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on computer storage media, for generating neural network architectures. One of the methods includes receiving a request to determine an architecture for a task neural network; maintaining data specifying a plurality of candidate architectures for the task neural network; repeatedly performing operations comprising: selecting one or more candidate architectures in the maintained data to be modified; generating a new candidate architecture from the selected candidate architecture by, for each hyperparameter in the set of hyperparameters, selecting the value for the hyperparameter for the new candidate architecture; and adding data specifying the new candidate architecture to the maintained data; and selecting, as the final architecture for the task neural network, one of the candidate architectures specified in the maintained data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2023
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventor: Andrea Gesmundo
  • Patent number: 11532211
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention are directed to a bonus game that is common to a bank of electronic gaming devices. One or more pools accrue with each wager placed. A player qualifies to play the bonus game when at least one tracked player or game criterion, such as wagers made, exceeds a threshold, triggers a mystery-jackpot counter, or is selected by a weighted pay table. The bonus game includes a video display of a wheel bouncing against a brick wall with bricks being exploded by coins. After an opening is formed in the wall and the wheel escapes, a wheel spin determines the bonus game outcome. More than one player may play the bonus game in sequence until the last player spins the wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2022
    Assignee: Acres Technology
    Inventor: John F. Acres
  • Patent number: 11532201
    Abstract: Disclosed are embodiments of a mechanical wheel display assembly including a mechanical rotatable bezel surrounding a mechanical wheel. The mechanical wheel display input assembly is suitable for use in a gaming terminal, a gaming cabinet or a gaming machine. Direction and speed of a manual rotation of the bezel is detected and interpreted. The result may be used to control various aspects of operation of the gaming terminal, gaming cabinet or gaming machine, including providing input for game play. The mechanical wheel may be rotated in real-time to reflect the rotation of the bezel. A motor may be coupled to the rotatable bezel to provide resistance, assistance or operator feedback.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2022
    Assignee: SG Gaming, Inc.
    Inventors: Vernon Bernard, Karl Wudtke, Benjamin E. Isaac
  • Patent number: 11524230
    Abstract: A method for cloud gaming. The method including generating a plurality of video frames when executing a video game at a cloud gaming server. The method including encoding the plurality of video frames at an encoder bit rate, wherein the plurality of video frames that is compressed is transmitted to a client from a streamer of the cloud gaming server. The method including measuring a maximum receive bandwidth of a client. The method including monitoring the encoding of the plurality of video frames at the streamer. The method including dynamically tuning a parameter of the encoder based on the monitoring of the encoding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2022
    Assignee: Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Mark E. Cerny, Kelvin M. Yong
  • Patent number: 11524240
    Abstract: A method and system for assisting a play is disclosed. A gameplay of a user of media content that is associated with a game type is received. A skill involved in the gameplay of the user is determined based on the gameplay of the user and the game type. A skill level of the user is determined based on the gameplay of the user. A training curriculum is provided to the user based on the skill and the skill level of the user upon detecting a triggering event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2022
    Assignee: SONY INTERACTIVE ENTERTAINMENT LLC
    Inventors: Ellana Fortuna, Elizabeth Juenger, Sarah Karp, Jennifer Sheldon
  • Patent number: 11504619
    Abstract: A video reenactment system and method analyze a video clip that a video game player wishes to reenact and maps objects and actions within the video clip to virtual objects and virtual actions within the video game. A reenactment script indicating a sequence of virtual objects and virtual actions as mapped to objects and actions in the video clip is generated using a video translation model and stored for use in reenacting the video clip. The reenactment script can be used within the video game to reenact the objects and actions of the video clip. The reenactment of the video clip may be interactive, where a player may assume control within the reenactment and when the player relinquishes control, the reenactment will continue at an appropriate part of the sequence of actions by skipping actions corresponding to the ones played by the player.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2022
    Assignee: Electronic Arts Inc.
    Inventors: Igor Borovikov, Harold Henry Chaput, Nitish Victor, Mohsen Sardari
  • Patent number: 11508206
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a gaming system including a central controller, a central display which includes a plurality of display segments and a plurality player stations. The display segments are configured to each separately display one of a plurality of games, to co-act to display a plurality of games, or to co-act to display one game. Each player station is configured to enable a player to play one or more of the games displayed by the display segments. The gaming system enables a plurality of players to play a group game on the central display, a plurality of players to simultaneously play multiple group games on the central display, and a plurality of players to each simultaneously play multiple individual games on the central display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2022
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventors: James K. Kovacs, Anthony J. Baerlocher, Michael M. Oberberger, Bryan D. Wolf
  • Patent number: 11500376
    Abstract: An embodiment of the present disclosure provides a vehicle management game service providing device installed in a vehicle. The vehicle management game service providing device includes a receiver, a controller, which obtains vehicle information, and determines whether a user's intervention is required with regard to a vehicle-related task on the basis of the obtained vehicle information, a user interface, which receives a user input signal, and provides a screen according to execution of the user game, and an operator, which operates the vehicle according to a vehicle control signal. At least one among an autonomous vehicle, a user terminal, and a server according to embodiments of the present disclosure may be associated or integrated with an artificial intelligence module, a drone (unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV)), a robot, an augmented reality (AR) device, a virtual reality (VR) device, a 5G service related device, and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2022
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Jun Young Jung, Hyun Kyu Kim, Ki Bong Song, Chul Hee Lee, Sang Kyeong Jeong
  • Patent number: 11497963
    Abstract: Systems and methods for identifying golf equipment. The system may include one or more performance tracking devices, such as an optical sensor system or a radar sensor system for tracking at least one of a golf club swing or a golf ball flight. The system also may include at least one processor and memory storing instructions that, when executed by the at least one processor, cause the system to perform a set of operations. The operations include receiving current dynamic input for a golf shot from a golfer and current static input for the golfer. The operations also include executing a trained machine-learning model based on the received current dynamic input and current static input to generate predicted golf club properties and/or predicted golf ball properties for the golfer. The predicted golf club properties and/or predicted golf ball properties are displayed on a connected display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2022
    Assignee: Acushnet Company
    Inventors: Chris Hixenbaugh, Nicholas M. Nardacci
  • Patent number: 11491250
    Abstract: Systems and methods for providing ultraviolet (UV) sterilization, disinfection and decontamination of electronic gaming machines (EGMs), gaming chips, dice, playing cards, currency, TITO tickets, etc. The ultraviolet sterilization, disinfection and decontamination may include a plurality of UV LEDs or RGB-UV LEDs of such wavelengths to be effective in reducing or eliminating viruses or the like. Pass through or planar arrays of UV or RGB-UV LEDs are mounted to or installed within a variety of gaming devices or equipment such as EGMs, chip trays, dice holders, automatic card shufflers, bill validators, magnetic card readers, currency counting or currency dispensing devices, printers, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2022
    Inventors: David Colvin, Eric D. Colvin
  • Patent number: 11488439
    Abstract: A gaming table includes input sensors which are configured to receive multiple inputs from a player. The sensors are linked to a gaming table controller and are configured to receive different types of inputs from players at different times. One input may comprise a wager input in the form of one or more chips which are associated with the sensor. Another input may comprise a game play input, such as a spin input for a bonus game, received by a player placing their hand proximate to the sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2022
    Assignee: AGS LLC
    Inventors: Zbigniew Czyzewski, Michael Skvorzov
  • Patent number: 11471775
    Abstract: A method comprises: providing a three dimensional computer-generated environment and providing a controllable character within the three dimensional computer-generated environment; receiving user input and controlling the character based at least on the received user input; and providing a three dimensional computer-generated virtual reality device in the three dimensional computer-generated environment for generating a virtual reality environment for the controllable character.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2022
    Assignee: Build A Rocket Boy Games Ltd.
    Inventor: Leslie Peter Benzies
  • Patent number: 11471751
    Abstract: Systems and methods for providing ultraviolet (UV) sterilization, disinfection and decontamination of electronic gaming machines (EGMs), gaming chips, dice, playing cards, currency, TITO tickets, etc. The ultraviolet sterilization, disinfection and decontamination may include a singular or plurality of UV lamps of any type or style or UV LEDs or RGB-UV LEDs or any type or style of UV LEDs of at least such wavelengths to be effective in at least partially reducing or eliminating viruses or the like. The UV sources are mounted on, in or proximate to a variety of gaming devices or equipment such as EGMs, mechanical gaming machines, chip trays, chippers, dice holders, automatic card shufflers, bill validators, currency counting devices, currency dispensing devices, printers, magnetic card readers, playing card and currency sterilization, disinfection or decontamination storage mechanisms, ATMs, redemption machines, promotional kiosks, etc., or similar devices used in other industries.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2022
    Inventors: David Colvin, Eric D. Colvin
  • Patent number: 11465051
    Abstract: A method for processing a self-coaching interface is described. The method includes identifying a gameplay event during gameplay by a user. The gameplay event is tagged as falling below a skill threshold. The method further includes generating a recording for a window of time for the gameplay event and processing game telemetry for the recording of the gameplay event. The game telemetry is used to identify a progression of interactive actions before the gameplay event for the window of time. The method includes generating overlay content in the self-coaching interface. The overlay content is applied to one or more image frames of the recording when viewed via the self-coaching interface. The overlay content appears in the one or more image frames during a playback of the recording. The overlay content provides hints for increasing a skill of the user to be above the skill threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2022
    Assignee: Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventor: Josh Eads
  • Patent number: 11462077
    Abstract: An electronic gaming machine (EGM) may present first visual effects on a display system, including game play items, corresponding to one or more instances of a base game and determining instances of game play items that correspond to feature credits towards an automatic award of a feature comprising one or more bonus games. The EGM may present second visual effects corresponding to an accumulation of feature credits towards the automatic award of the feature, receive an indication of a player's initiation of an attempt to trigger an award of the feature, at a time during which less than a number of feature credits necessary for an automatic award of the feature has been accumulated, determine whether an award of the feature will be triggered and control the display system to present third visual effects corresponding to whether an award of the feature has been triggered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2022
    Assignee: Aristocrat Technologies Australia Pty Limited
    Inventors: Lane Alan Shapiro, Erick T. Ching, Chad La Guardia, Hanna Lee Sanborn, Arlen Avakian, Brittany Nyberg Nelson
  • Patent number: 11458391
    Abstract: A method for cloud gaming. The method including generating a video frame when executing a video game at a server. The method including performing a scan-out process to deliver the video frame to an encoder configured to compress the video frame, wherein the scan-out process begins at a flip-time of the video frame. The method including transmitting the video frame that is compressed to a client. The method including determining at the client a target display time for the video frame. The method including scheduling at the client a display time for the video frame based on the target display time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2022
    Assignee: Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Roelof Roderick Colenbrander, Mark E. Cerny
  • Patent number: 11446571
    Abstract: An apparatus to facilitate processing of cloud gaming data is disclosed. The apparatus includes one or more processors to receive a plurality of frames of game video data, render the plurality of frames to have a variable frame rate, encode the plurality of frames as encoded game data and transmit the encoded game data to a client computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventor: Perazhi Sameer Kalathil
  • Patent number: 11450175
    Abstract: Provided are systems for providing ticket and cashless discount offers. As system includes a processor circuit that receives, from a player, a request for a cashout that corresponds to a cash balance held by the player at the end of a gaming session. A cashout bonus status that corresponds to the player and to the gaming session is determined. A bonus portion that is based on the cashout bonus status and the cash balance is determined. The system transmits an offer message to the player. The offer message includes an offer to allocate the bonus portion and the cash balance to be spent with a predefined vendor that is associated with a game provider. If the player accepts the offer, the bonus portion and at least a portion of the cash balance are transferred to an account that is associated with the player and the predefined vendor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventors: Samantha Ascheri-Phillips, Patrick Danielson, Dwayne Nelson
  • Patent number: 11450174
    Abstract: In various embodiments, the system and method disclosed herein coordinates the access to persistent data amongst a plurality of disparate entities which otherwise have no player data sharing relationship with one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventor: Bryan Upton