All Video Game Accessories Patents (Class 273/148B)
  • Patent number: 5470081
    Abstract: A control-signal input device for computer game machines for generating game control signals based on the analysis results of biological signals, such as brain waves, in which a biological signal extracted by a biological-signal extracting means is analyzed. Signal components of each of a plurality of frequency components in the biological signal are obtained based on the above analysis results. The state of the biological signal is obtained by subjecting the signal components of each of the frequency components to a predetermined processing. A predetermined game control signal is generated in accordance with the state of the biological signal, and transmitted to a game machine via a changeover device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 1993
    Date of Patent: November 28, 1995
    Assignee: DFC Co. Ltd.
    Inventors: Toshiyuki Sato, George Sakamoto, Morikuni Takigawa, Hirotoki Kawasaki
  • Patent number: 5464214
    Abstract: A three-dimensional amusement device for transforming the outer appearance of a video terminal thus enhancing its appeal and improving the state of mind of the person requiring its use, particularly when that person is a child.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 1994
    Date of Patent: November 7, 1995
    Inventor: Tom Griffin
  • Patent number: 5460374
    Abstract: A game device for loading a game cartridge 18 in a game machine body 10 to play a game based on game program information stored in the game cartridge 18 comprises a image recognition sensor 21 for, when the game cartridge 18 is loaded, reading a predetermined part 20 of the game cartridge 18, and an image judgement unit 22 for judging whether a specific indication M is indicated in the predetermined part 20 based on information inputted by the image recognition sensor 21, and transmitting the game program information to the game machine body 10 when the specific indication M is present. A game device judges identity of a specific indica whose uniqueness is socially recognized and is legally effectively discriminative from others, whereby security can be ensured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 1994
    Date of Patent: October 24, 1995
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Sega Enterprises
    Inventor: Hidetaka Owaki
  • Patent number: 5459312
    Abstract: An action apparatus generates lights and sounds in response to hand positions above a trio of housings. The apparatus has different operational modes, any one of which is remotely selectable at a distance from, and in a non-contact relationship with, the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 1994
    Date of Patent: October 17, 1995
    Assignee: Interactive Light Inc.
    Inventors: Asaf Gurner, Oded Y. Zur
  • Patent number: 5456468
    Abstract: The video game machine of the invention consists of a space located in the game cabinet for receiving the video monitor where a support plate is located on either side of the space and where each support plate includes a pair of tracks. The video monitor is provided with lugs extending from the sides of the monitors that face the support plates. The lugs engage the tracks such that the video monitor is supported and can be lowered into the cabinet gradually. A blind mating connector connects the video monitor to the logic for controlling the game.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 1993
    Date of Patent: October 10, 1995
    Assignee: WMS Gaming Inc.
    Inventors: William J. Stringfellow, Andrew Z. Sternal, Joseph J. Strumach, Wayne H. Rothschild
  • Patent number: 5451053
    Abstract: A reconfigurable video game controller comprising a housing; a primary connector socket having a first group of contacts and a second group of contacts; a plurality of actuateable action switches disposed on the housing with each action switch having a terminal portion coupled to a contact pin of the first group and transmitting an action signal when actuated; an actuateable joystick having a terminal portion coupled to at least one contact pin of the first group and transmitting a directional signal when actuated; controller terminal means formed of a plurality of leads each having a first end coupled to a contact of the second group and a second end extended from the housing; and supplemental action switch customizing cartridge means securable within the primary connector socket for modifying and directing existing action signals and directional signals transmitted between the first group of contacts and second group of contacts for use by a video game and generating and transmitting additional action signa
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 1994
    Date of Patent: September 19, 1995
    Inventor: Fernando P. Garrido
  • Patent number: 5437453
    Abstract: Game chair apparatus includes a seat which is adjustable height wise for accommodating users of different sizes. The chair apparatus includes a movable joy stick which is movable by the user of the seat to provide multiple outputs in response to the mechanical movement of the joy stick. In addition, joy stick includes trigger elements for providing desired output signals for playing electronic games to which the chair apparatus may be connected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 1994
    Date of Patent: August 1, 1995
    Inventor: Derral Hineman
  • Patent number: 5435557
    Abstract: A video-game apparatus that allows the displaying of secret-personalized information to each player of multiple-player-video-games, on one cathode ray tube or CRT. A panel of opaque material partitions the view of a television CRT into two independent areas; a left-side and a right-side. The panel is held vertical and perpendicular in front of the television CRT. There are numerous ways that the panel can be held in front of the CRT. However, in the main embodiment the panel is attached to the surface of the CRT screen by suction cups. Two video-game players, a left-player and a right-player, are positioned so that they can only see their respective side or view of the CRT screen. Images are displayed on the CRT screen so that the left-player's information is displayed on the left-side of the CRT, and the right-player's information is displayed on the right-side. The source of these images could come from computers, home-video game systems, CATV, or broadcast stations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 1994
    Date of Patent: July 25, 1995
    Inventor: Timothy M. Coffey
  • Patent number: 5435573
    Abstract: A wireless remote control system is provided. The remote control system includes a remote unit and a receiver unit, and may be utilized in connection with a video game system or other controllable system. The receiver unit includes a plurality of detectors for detecting a signal transmitted by a remote unit. An angle-limiting device is coupled to each detector for limiting the signal which may be received by the particular detector to that signal which is transmitted from a particular location. In one embodiment, the angle-limiting device may limit the signal received by the detector to that signal transmitted from within a specified angular range relative to the detector. In a preferred embodiment, the angle-limiting devices coupled to the plurality of detectors may be arranged so that each angle-limiting device allows a signal to be received by the respective detector from a unique angular region. In another embodiment, the angular regions may be overlapping.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 1993
    Date of Patent: July 25, 1995
    Assignee: Visioneering International, Inc.
    Inventor: Howerd Oakford
  • Patent number: 5436638
    Abstract: An image display method and system in which exertion of a user's viewpoint orienting muscle groups is yoked to sensors measuring displacement and/or force to provide feedback information for control of a virtual-world without requiring full physical-motion by the user. The yoked muscle exertion is mapped to the rate and direction of movement in the virtual-world. Preferably, force exerted by, and/or rotation or translation of, the yoking device in one direction in response to exertion of the muscle groups is mapped to virtual-motion in a corresponding direction in the virtual-world. Due to the fluidity of the human vertebral column, the invention effectively yokes rotational movement of a human's viewpoint orienting muscles to virtual movement in a virtual-world without the disadvantages of a head-mounted display. To orient toward an area-of-interest in a leftward portion of a virtual-world, the user simply and naturally activates muscles that would be used to orient left in the physical world.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 1993
    Date of Patent: July 25, 1995
    Assignee: Fakespace, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Bolas, Ian E. McDowall, Russell Mead
  • Patent number: 5432530
    Abstract: A pointing device for moving a cursor on a display of a computer by a slider (1) to any position of the same, having a means for switching from positional control for controlling the position of the cursor to speed control for controlling the speed of movement of the cursor. The positional control and speed control of the cursor are switched in accordance with the range of movement of the slider.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 1993
    Date of Patent: July 11, 1995
    Assignee: Fujitsu Limited
    Inventors: Takashi Arita, Akihiko Sakaguchi, Masanori Okahashi, Toshiaki Tanaka
  • Patent number: 5429363
    Abstract: A radio transmission apparatus for TV game machine, a radio transmission adaptor connectable to a main body of existing TV game machine, and a TV game cassette provided with a radio transmitting antennae are disclosed as radio transmission system for TV game machine. According to the radio transmission system, radio frequency output signals representing game data contained in TV game cassette is amplified and transmitted by radio to feeder or indoor antennae connected to TV set having no special receiving portion to receive the transmitted game data, thereby attaining wireless transmission of game data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 1993
    Date of Patent: July 4, 1995
    Assignee: Makoto Yokota
    Inventor: Yoshikazu Hayashi
  • Patent number: 5423555
    Abstract: An interactive video game-television system wherein video game cartridge information is accessed in response to encoded signals transmitted with NTSC television signals. The encoded signals are decoded and provided to access the video game system which outputs an RGB video game signal. The RGB video game signal is synchronized by the synchronization data from the television signal and converted to an NTSC video game signal which is selectively displayed with the NTSC television signal. User interaction with the NTSC video game signal by input at a remote or wired hand controller is provided to the video game system for interacting with the NTSC video game signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 1993
    Date of Patent: June 13, 1995
    Inventor: Thom Kidrin
  • Patent number: 5421590
    Abstract: Linked game controllers coupled to a single input port of a computer game are configured such that all controllers may be active at the same time. One controller is coupled to an input port on the computer game which has both a parallel-bit interface and a bit-serial interface. This controller provides information on its own control function via the parallel interface and information derived from each of the linked controllers via the serial interface. Each of the controllers includes a flag bit, in the provided information, that indicates whether the controller is the last controller in the sequence of linked controllers. The computer game stores data values provided by the parallel interface and then shifts values provided by the serial interface into an internal register until one of the flag bits, indicating the last controller in the sequence, has been shifted. The shifted data is then separated into different control functions which are then provided to the computer game apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 1993
    Date of Patent: June 6, 1995
    Assignee: Commodore Electronics Limited
    Inventor: George Robbins
  • Patent number: 5409226
    Abstract: The present invention is an apparatus for producing position signals in response to induced pivoting motion of the apparatus by an user. The signals generated by the control device can be used to operate computer systems, entertainment systems, and automated processes. A circular contact disk is coupled to a suspension block that includes a universal joint allowing the contact disk to pivot in 360.degree.. The suspension block comprises a pneumatic spring for providing continuous suspension of the contact disk in response to motion of the contact disk. The suspension block further comprises dampers for providing continuous damping in response to motion of the contact disk. Also, the suspension block comprises stop cylinders for stabilizing the contact disk in a reference state. Transducers coupled to the contact disk generate position signals in response to motion of the contact disk. A chassis is coupled to the suspension block, thereby supporting the input mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 1993
    Date of Patent: April 25, 1995
    Assignee: The Walt Disney Company
    Inventors: Mark S. Mesko, Charles E. Schrader, Joseph O. Garlington
  • Patent number: 5409239
    Abstract: Disclosed is a hand held video game controller for use with a video game computer such as used in home and arcade video games. The controller uses a number of electrically conductive contact points adapted to touch the skin of the hands of the user whereby the electrical resistance of the skin of the hands and fingers of the user to the passage of electric current from one or more of the contact points will activate one or more switch circuits within the controller housing are connected to a video game computer. Also disclosed is an oscillator circuit within the controller that provides for special functions within the video game computer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 1992
    Date of Patent: April 25, 1995
    Assignee: Michael Tremmel
    Inventor: Michael Tremmel
  • Patent number: 5405152
    Abstract: An interactive video game with physical feedback is described. A plurality of icons are provided on a display. Each icon represents one of a plurality of players. A plurality of positioning devices, one for each player, are provided in front of the display. Each player stands on the positioning device, and the positioning device reacts to shifts in weight of the player and tilts in the direction in which the player shifts. Movement of the positioning device causes the display icon corresponding to the positioning device to move accordingly. Each player attempts to cause collisions with the icons of other players and avoid the icons of players attempting to cause collisions. In one embodiment, each player begins with a predetermined number of points. A player on the receiving end of a collision loses points, A player causing a collision does not lose points. At the end of a predetermined time period, the player with the most points is the winner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 1993
    Date of Patent: April 11, 1995
    Assignee: The Walt Disney Company
    Inventors: George T. Katanics, Philip A. Groves
  • Patent number: 5401025
    Abstract: The present invention is a remote control targeting and control system for use with a standard raster scanned television and an associated gaming unit. The remote control system includes a mobile transceiver and a fixed transceiver which communicates with the gaming system. The system implements a simple communication system which allows the mobile transceiver to ordinarily transmit position data and to periodically transmit button press data. The mobile transceiver includes an electro-optic detector for observing when a scan line crosses a target area. Each time a scan line is detected, the mobile transceiver transmits a pulse to the fixed unit, based upon which the gaming unit translate the pulse into position data based on the time of its detection. The button press data is transmitted synchronously with the raster scanned television in that the fixed transceiver is caused to transmit a single pulse during each vertical retrace of the television.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 1994
    Date of Patent: March 28, 1995
    Assignee: Smith Engineering
    Inventors: Jay Smith, III, Kenneth J. Curran
  • Patent number: 5396225
    Abstract: A communication adapter which is used with a plurality of game sets for transmitting and receiving data related to the game states of the game sets. Each game set including a serial interface and a buffer memory for temporarily storing transmit/receive data. The adapter including: a housing; a connection terminal for each game set; data input, data output and clock output ports, a clock signal generator, format converter and transmit/receive storage means. The clock signal generating means applies the same clock signal used for data communication with the game sets to each clock output port so that data to be transmitted to each game set and data received from each game set is synchronized with the clock signal whereby reliable communication is obtained with two or more game sets without the use of modems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 1994
    Date of Patent: March 7, 1995
    Assignee: Nintendo Company Limited
    Inventors: Satoru Okada, Hitoshi Yamagami, Katsuya Yamano
  • Patent number: 5395112
    Abstract: A memory cartridge for use in a video game console includes an interface and a compact game cartridge removably attachable to the interface. The compact game cartridge has a Read Only Memory in it storing at least one game program to be executed by the game console. The compact game cartridge may also include other components dedicated to the at least one game program necessary for the game console to execute the game program. The interface has electrical circuitry therein such as for example, a bank switching controller, graphics memory, a security circuit to satisfy a security system in the gaming console etc., which is not dedicated to any specific game program but which nonetheless, is necessary for the game console to execute a game program stored in a compact game, cartridge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 1993
    Date of Patent: March 7, 1995
    Assignee: Codemasters Limited
    Inventor: Richard Darling
  • Patent number: 5375831
    Abstract: An adjustable control board for TV games comprising, essentially, of a main body, a pair of accessory bodies attached to the left and fight right respectively, of the main body, a coupling body extending from each of the accessory body, and a resilient frame. The coupling body is provided thereunder a plurality of V-toothed positioning grooves and positioning holes, and the resilient frame is provided on each of their left and right sides an arcuated projection for engaging into the V-toothed grooves. The resilient frame is fixed in the main body in such a manner that when the accessory bodies are moved, the resilient frame is pushed to jump into another V-toothed groove to become positioned therein. The main body is further provided on its bottom face a T-pin, which can be rotated and inserted into one of the positioning holes on the bottom face of the accessory bodies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 1993
    Date of Patent: December 27, 1994
    Inventor: Huang Hsien-Chung
  • Patent number: 5372225
    Abstract: An organizer for storing excess audio and video cable. The storage device includes a housing within which a plurality of reels are rotatably mounted. Each of the reels stores thereon a length of cable which may be extended therefrom through a slot in the housing and connected to an electrical device, such as a cable box, a VCR, or the like. The cables are electrically connected through a switching arrangement which allows operation of selected devices in the absence of other devices. An auxiliary input for connecting video games to the television and audio cable storage reels are also included.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 1994
    Date of Patent: December 13, 1994
    Inventors: Lance R. Joynes, Sandra M. Hilgarth
  • Patent number: 5370535
    Abstract: An electronic control loading system to create tactile control feel for vehicles and vehicle simulators (especially aircraft) to provide a realistic reaction force by coupling a linear electro-magnetic actuator to a control element for real-time feedback from a preprogrammed computer controller. In an aircraft simulation system, a loadcell and position transducer are associated with the flight control element for measuring applied force and determination of flight control element position. The position transducer is integrated with an actuator, the actuator being capable of setting forth a drive force that reacts to the force and position data as manipulated by a preprogrammed computer based upon an aircraft data package used to construct real-time software models and a digital signal processor or the like high speed microprocessor used to manipulate flight control algorithms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 1992
    Date of Patent: December 6, 1994
    Assignee: CAE-Link Corporation
    Inventor: William K. Prendergast
  • Patent number: 5370536
    Abstract: Structure for varying the turning resistance of a wheel (30) via computer commands is disclosed. The structure includes springs (42) coupled to the wheel via a leverage arm (46). Commands to motors (50) move the arm attachment location of the springs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 1993
    Date of Patent: December 6, 1994
    Inventor: Keh-Shih K. Chuang
  • Patent number: 5368484
    Abstract: A driver training system for a user of a simulated vehicle. The system includes input devices for controlling the simulated vehicle, a video display having three dimensional graphics, a computer, modeling software for determining position information based on the input devices, atmospheric effects software to simulate time-of-day and weather conditions, and realistic operating feedback software for simulating on the input devices the feedback normally experienced with operating the vehicle. One aspect of the preferred embodiment is a system including a low frequency speaker mounted on an enclosure adjacent to the simulation user's seat through which road feel cues such as hitting an object are transmitted to the user in response to signals received from the computer. Another aspect of the invention is the a system for simulating the feel to the user of anti-lock brakes on a brake pedal in response to signals received the computer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 1993
    Date of Patent: November 29, 1994
    Assignee: Atari Games Corp.
    Inventors: Norman S. Copperman, Wade O. Winblad
  • Patent number: 5366376
    Abstract: A driver training system for a user of a simulated vehicle. The system includes input devices for controlling the simulated vehicle, a video display having three-dimensional graphics, modeling software for determining position information based on the input devices, atmospheric effects software to simulate time-of-day and weather conditions, and recursive training software to display a previous route through an environment simultaneously with a present route through the environment together with associated performance data. Another aspect of the recursive training software replays either the previous route or present route and controls one of the input devices to provide "hands-on" feedback to the user. The user then incrementally and recursively maximizes parameters associated with vehicle operation skill. The driver training system may be embodied as a vehicle simulator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 1992
    Date of Patent: November 22, 1994
    Assignee: Atari Games Corporation
    Inventors: Norman S. Copperman, Alan S. Gray, Wade O. Winblad
  • Patent number: 5364271
    Abstract: A bicycle simulator having a follower assembly, a wheelie assembly and power assistance resistance means. A motorcycle simulator having a coupler, a slew generator and a throttle handle. The bicycle and motorcycle simulators having a computer, motors, sensors, controls, and a video display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 1992
    Date of Patent: November 15, 1994
    Assignee: Atari Games Corporation
    Inventors: Jack Aknin, Wade Winblad, Dennis Harper
  • Patent number: 5362068
    Abstract: A game cartridge includes a main cartridge which has a primary graphics memory unit, a first edge-board contact that is connected removably to a television game console and that enables the television game console to address and receive data from different storage locations in the primary graphics memory unit, and an edge-board connector that is connected electrically to the primary graphics memory unit and to the first edge-board contact. An auxiliary card has a secondary graphics memory unit and a second edge-board contact that is connected removably to the edge-board connector. A logic select circuit detects an address input from the television game console corresponding to a predetermined one of the storage locations in the primary graphics memory unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 1993
    Date of Patent: November 8, 1994
    Inventor: Houng-Yean Liu
  • Patent number: 5362069
    Abstract: A person simultaneously plays a video game and operates an exercise device, such as an exercise bicycle. A first sensor generates an output level signal indicative of the output level (e.g., pedal speed) of the exercise device. A second sensor generates an aerobic activity level (e.g., heart rate) signal indicative of the aerobic activity level of the exerciser. The output level signal affects the play of the video game. If the aerobic activity level signal is too low, the exercise device is made more difficult to operate and the play of the video game is altered to encourage the exercise to increase the output level of the exercise device. The play of the video game is also affected by signals generated by joystick controls operated by the exerciser's hands.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 1992
    Date of Patent: November 8, 1994
    Assignee: Heartbeat Corporation
    Inventor: Justin Hall-Tipping
  • Patent number: 5350176
    Abstract: A local video game (310) including a communicating controller (326). The controller (326) receives local command signals created by a set of player controls (316). The controller (326) also receives remote command signals received through a modem (324) which were created by a remote video game (320) through a similar set of player controls. The controller (326) includes a synchronizer (328) which produces synchronizing codes to be sent to the remote video game (320) to synchronize the games. The synchronizer (328) synchronizes the local and remote command signals such that both are received by a game microprocessor (322) simultaneously. Memory (336) stores the player parameters and are retrieved whenever the synchronization codes of the local (310) and remote (320) video games have not matched for a predetermined number of iterations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 1994
    Date of Patent: September 27, 1994
    Inventors: Peter Hochstein, Jeff Tenenbaum
  • Patent number: 5349370
    Abstract: In a signal processing circuit for a pointing device comprising first, second, third, and fourth pressure detection elements corresponding to the movement of a cursor in an X-axis plus direction, an X-axis minus direction, a Y-axis plus direction, and a Y-axis minus direction, respectively, a first processing circuit processes a first pressure detection signal from the first pressure detection element to produce a first move signal representative of a cursor moving value in the X-axis plus direction. A second processing circuit processes a second pressure detection signal from the second pressure detection element to produce a second move signal representative of a cursor moving value in the X-axis minus direction. A third processing circuit processes a third pressure detection signal from the third pressure detection element to produce a third move signal representative of a cursor moving value in the Y-axis plus direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 1992
    Date of Patent: September 20, 1994
    Assignee: Mitsumi Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Sumio Katayama, Ichiro Usui, Takashi Yanase
  • Patent number: 5343219
    Abstract: A mounting structure including a clip portion embraces the nose of a computer keyboard housing with tabs that snap into the space between housing and keys for securing a toggle assembly over the cursor keys in an inverted "T" array cursor pad. A toggle assembly with radiating arms is held over the "DOWN" key with fingers resting on or in close proximity to all four cursor keys and joined through an elastomeric toroid to the mounting structure for resilient articulable motion in response to manual manipulation of a toggle lever to thereby provide joystick operation of the cursor via the cursor keys.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 1992
    Date of Patent: August 30, 1994
    Inventor: Clayton DuBosque, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5340067
    Abstract: Provided is a method and apparatus for supporting the hand and wrist of a user of a computer mouse. The apparatus comprises a support block for supporting the hand and wrist and a retainer for retaining the mouse in fixed relation with the support block. In a preferred embodiment, the support block comprises a raised central area for pressing into the palm of the user's hand, an extended wrist rest for supporting the user's wrist, and a finger support area for supporting the user's fingers. The finger support comprises two extensions from the support block which grip the mouse, forming the retainer. The apparatus also trains the user to hold his hand in proper position while operating the mouse.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 1992
    Date of Patent: August 23, 1994
    Inventors: Teresa A. Martin, Beth M. Donovan
  • Patent number: 5324036
    Abstract: A video game console composed of a console having an inclined table top and a set of length adjustable legs connected with the console. The console includes covered compartments for holding video game cartridges, a covered central processing unit compartment, and recessed hand controller receptacles. The console includes a hingably connected table top panel which allows the user access to the interior of the console for the purposes of connecting the hand controllers to respective recessed hand controller receptacles and for effecting wiring adjustments. It is preferred to provide auxiliary hand controller openings in a front panel of the console. It is further preferred to include a bank of switches on the front panel of the console for a user to conveniently select which of the hand controllers is presently operative. Preferably, the wiring running exterior of the console is reelably regulated by each being wound, respectively, on a spring loaded recoil reel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 1993
    Date of Patent: June 28, 1994
    Inventor: Ezra J. Morrow
  • Patent number: 5325280
    Abstract: A portable, compact, battery-operated light apparatus for use with a compact computer game having a LCD video screen for enhancing the visibility of the LCD screen in use, which light apparatus comprises a body with a battery compartment and having side panels which define an open viewing space and lights provided in the body element to provide for indirect lighting of the viewing space, the light apparatus comprising a portable, compact, battery-powered light apparatus and which includes ridges on the light apparatus which snap in a releasable manner onto the grooves in a compact computer game video system to releasably secure the light apparatus in position over the LCD video screen of the compact game system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 1993
    Date of Patent: June 28, 1994
    Assignee: Curtis Manufacturing Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Angelo Tortola, Robert Howitt
  • Patent number: 5325278
    Abstract: A compact, portable combined light and magnifier apparatus and method for use with portable computer, such as a portable, hand-held video game, having a video screen, such apparatus comprises a body composed of a plurality of panels which define an open space generally the size of the video screen and a battery compartment to supply power and lighting means within the body to provide indirect lighting to the video screen, the body and the battery compartment containing ridges which provide for the body to be releasably secured to the computer with the video screen. The apparatus includes a cover to fit over the open viewing space of the body and pivotable between a closed, compact position adjacent the face side of the body and an open, use position extending generally perpendicularly outwardly from the face side of the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 1992
    Date of Patent: June 28, 1994
    Assignee: Curtis Manufacturing Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Angelo Tortola, Robert Howitt
  • Patent number: 5317505
    Abstract: The user controller for a video game has a set of auxiliary buttons from which a user may input requests to store, request and execute stored sequences of user playing button settings. The auxiliary buttons are programmable and could be assigned to arbitrary special moves matching the needs of different games or of different stages of one game. The controller can store any arbitrary sequence of user play button settings to relieve the user from having to repeat inputting the sequence. The user may also add to a stored sequence during execution on the fly to form a merged sequence which may be stored. The controller also permits the user to override a stored sequence during execution. Special moves possible include a sequence of fast paced reproductions of predetermined moves. The controller also disregards unintended idle settings to provide more realistic rendition of stored sequences.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 1990
    Date of Patent: May 31, 1994
    Inventors: Raznik Karabed, Siamack Nemazie, Edmond Sardariani
  • Patent number: 5317336
    Abstract: A mouse yoke assembly for interfacing with a computer through the sensing mechanism of a mouse including a housing and a control member movably supported by the housing. The housing is adapted to support a mouse thereon and relative to the control member such that movement of the control member is sensed by the sensing mechanism of the mouse. The assembly includes a clamp member for removably mounting the housing to a support structure to immobilize the housing as the control member is moved relative to the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 1992
    Date of Patent: May 31, 1994
    Inventor: Kenneth J. Hall
  • Patent number: 5294121
    Abstract: A direction control key assembly comprises a base on which a cover is mounted to provide an interior space for receipt of a circuit board therein which has at least four switch units thereon respectively designating a specific direction. A button member is supported on the cover by a ball joint and has four pins depending therefrom respectively corresponding to the switch units such that when the button member is rotated with respect to the ball joint to allow one of the pins to engage and thus close the corresponding one of the switch units. A direction signal associated with the closed switch is thus generated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 1993
    Date of Patent: March 15, 1994
    Assignee: TXC Corporation
    Inventor: Mao-Ting Chiang
  • Patent number: 5292125
    Abstract: A video game communicator (100) is electrically connected between the ports (A, B) of a local video game (12) and one set of player controls (20) of the local video game (12). The video game communicator (100) receives command signals from the player controls (20) and sends them to the local video game (12). The video game communicator (100) also converts the command signals into communication signals to be sent over telephone lines to be received by another video game communicator (100) connected to a remote video game (30). A transit time circuit (126) delays all command signals coming from the player controls (20) to the local video game (12) an amount of time it determines to be the time needed for the command signals to be sent to the remote video game (30). The video game communicator (100) receives communication signals over the telephone lines (110) and converts these signals into command signals representing the command signals of the remotely located competitor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 1991
    Date of Patent: March 8, 1994
    Inventors: Peter A. Hochstein, Jeffrey Tenenbaum
  • Patent number: 5290034
    Abstract: Game chair apparatus includes a seat which is adjustable height wise for accommodating users of different sizes. The chair apparatus includes a movable plate to which is secured a joy stick and which is movable by the user of the seat to provide multiple outputs in response to the mechanical movement of the joy stick. In addition, the joy stick includes trigger elements for providing desired output signals for playing electronic games to which the chair apparatus may be connected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 1993
    Date of Patent: March 1, 1994
    Inventor: Derral Hineman
  • Patent number: 5288078
    Abstract: This invention comprises a control interface between a machine and a physical object. The invention includes an infrared transmitter for transmitting a first infrared signal to an object. Upon striking the object, the infrared signal is reflected forming a reflected infrared signal. An infrared receiver receives the reflected signal from the object and the reflected signal is transformed into a second signal which may be either an analogue type or a yes/no threshold type, representative of a distance between the object and the receiver. The second signal is coupled to the machine. The apparatus is a cordless touch-free controller interface for use with a machine. The present invention is ideally suited for controlling cursor position for use with computers and also with video games.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 1992
    Date of Patent: February 22, 1994
    Assignee: David G. Capper
    Inventors: David G. Capper, Stan Axelrod
  • Patent number: 5286024
    Abstract: A joystick position sensing device has a housing and a pivot ball movably mounted on said housing. The ball defines a prime axis, and a joystick is attached to the ball coaxially with the prime axis. The ball also defines two great circles which are orthogonal to each other and which intersect the prime axis. A groove is partially inscribed on the ball over a portion of each great circle, and a respective follower arm is slidably engaged with each groove. Also, each follower arm is rotatably engaged with a respective potentiometer. Motion of the joystick causes the ball (and grooves) to move, and the follower arms can slide in their grooves, or rotate relative to their potentiometers to adjust the setting of the associated potentiometer, in response to motion of the ball. The system generates a signal representative of the position of the joystick relative to the housing based upon the output signals of the potentiometers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 1991
    Date of Patent: February 15, 1994
    Assignee: Atari Games Corporation
    Inventor: Wade O. Winblad
  • Patent number: 5282621
    Abstract: A universal converter for non-exclusive cards of video game includes a first slot device for receiving a code-including video game card, a second slot device for receiving a general video game card, and an interconnecting device for coupling between the first slot device and the second slot device. The general video game card can not be played in a specific main machine because it lacks some secret code to turn on the main machine, while the code-including video game card is allowed to be played in the main machine. The universal converter for non-exclusive cards of video game receives both the code-including video game card and a general video game card enabling the general video game card to be played in the main machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 1992
    Date of Patent: February 1, 1994
    Inventor: Ching J. Tseng
  • Patent number: 5273294
    Abstract: Game equipment having a read-only memory storing a game program, as well as a microprocessor, random-access memories (RAMs), an operation keyboard and a picture display screen, wherein the microprocessor controls registers such as those constituting a screen RAM and a data RAM in accordance with the program stored in the read-only memory. The equipment includes a backup battery and a backup memory to which the supply of power is ensured by the backup battery, and also includes a recognition section for recognizing information on particular registers used to display a picture on the picture display screen, a transfer section for transferring the information on the registers recognized by the recognition section to a storage provided in the backup memory, and a drive section for causing the transfer means to automatically repeat transfer operations at a required timing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 1993
    Date of Patent: December 28, 1993
    Assignee: Tengen Ltd.
    Inventor: Jun Amanai
  • Patent number: 5269519
    Abstract: A game simulation interface having a viewing device for viewing a prerecorded video game connected with a video playing device for playing the prerecorded video game to be viewed. An analyzer is used for obtaining data from a user's actual movement of a sports racquet, such as a golf club. The analyzer obtains data from a group of data including club speed, angle at impact, path before impact, position of ball at impact, and carry distance. An interface interconnects the analyzer and the video player so that data obtained from the analyzer is translated into a form acceptable to the video player so that mechanical manipulation of buttons of the standard video player is replaced by data derived from the actual swing motions associated with the game.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 1992
    Date of Patent: December 14, 1993
    Inventor: David Malone
  • Patent number: 5267734
    Abstract: A video game method and apparatus of the type which includes a calendar function which in part controls the play of the game. The apparatus includes game cartridges which have a power source, memory means, clock/calendar circuitry which interacts with the play of the game, so that game sequences are scheduled for active phases of game play at one or more predetermined time periods, during which time the player must play the game successfully. The player may be permitted to practice play of the game during steady state phases of game play prior to the active phases of game play.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 1992
    Date of Patent: December 7, 1993
    Assignee: Rare Coin It, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy D. J. Stamper, Christopher T. J. Stamper
  • Patent number: 5263715
    Abstract: A dice displaying apparatus for a computer game machine includes a trackball operable by each player. Rolling speeds of two dice are derived from an amount and direction of operation of the trackball. Rolling angles of the dice are also derived from the amount and direction of operation of the trackball, with slight angles derived from random numbers added thereto. Display positions for the respective dice are determined every predetermined intervals of time from the rolling speeds and rolling angles. Image patterns of varied phases of rolling dice corresponding to the rolling angles are presented in the respective display positions on CRT displays.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 1992
    Date of Patent: November 23, 1993
    Assignee: Irem Corporation
    Inventors: Shigekazu Matsumoto, Hiroyoshi Hashimoto
  • Patent number: 5259626
    Abstract: A controller for video games includes a mechanism for recording, storing and retrieving a sequence of instructions. When playing a relatively complex game involving a relatively complex sequence of instructions which are used repetitively, these instructions need be entered only once and can be retrieved as required.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 1992
    Date of Patent: November 9, 1993
    Assignee: STD Electronic International Ltd.
    Inventor: Patrick T. Ho
  • Patent number: 5245320
    Abstract: The invention is a multi-port video game controller interface which provides supports for at least two multifunctional game controllers via a single microcomputer I/O bus connector. An address decoder selectively enables one of the game controllers, in order to access the control input received therefrom. A program operating in the personal computer polls separate addresses within the game controller address space to receive input information from the different controllers. Jumper blocks map each of the plurality of controllers to separate and distinct addresses, in order to avoid address conflicts and provide flexibility.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 1992
    Date of Patent: September 14, 1993
    Assignee: Thrustmaster, Inc.
    Inventor: Frank M. Bouton