Electrical Patents (Class 273/237)
  • 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: 11389718
    Abstract: A game system, comprising: a plurality of game tokens, an image capturing device and a processor; the image capturing device being operable to capture one or more images of one or more event tokens placed within a field of view of the image capturing device, the plurality of game tokens comprising a plurality of event tokens; wherein the processor is configured to: execute a digital game, the digital game comprising computer executable code configured to cause the processor to associate one or more individual game events with each of the plurality of event tokens; and to associate one or more further game events with each of a plurality of sets of event tokens, each set comprising two or more event tokens chosen from said plurality of event tokens; receive one or more images captured by said image capturing device; recognise one or more game tokens of the plurality of game tokens within the one or more images, the recognised one or more game tokens including one or more event token; responsive to recognising
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignee: LEGO A/S
    Inventors: Roberto Marchesi, Melissa Jane Pickering, Maiken Hillerup Fogtmann, Henrik Munk Storm, Rasmus Harr, Cephas Edgar Howard
  • Patent number: 11380216
    Abstract: Provided, in an aspect, is a dynamic number board game. A method for generation of the dynamic number board game can include, receiving one or more input data associated with generation of the dynamic number board game; generating one or more timers in accordance with the received input data; determining one or more fluency metrics in accordance with the received input data; generating a primitive number board game based on the received input data; generating one or more problems for the primitive board game based on the received input data; dynamically generating one or more hints for each of the generated problems; and presenting for display, the dynamic number board game based on the primitive number board game, the one or more timers, the one or more fluency metrics, and the dynamically generated one or more hints.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2022
    Assignee: Knomadix Corporation
    Inventors: Ramesh Balan, Divya Balasubramanian
  • Patent number: 11351444
    Abstract: A game apparatus includes a housing defining an interior area for electronic components, a top wall of which includes a game board having squares for receiving respective game pieces. A plurality of input buttons are included on each end of the housing by which a player may enter points to be awarded to corresponding moves of game pieces, the point being incremented on respective digital displays. The game board includes a negative containment grid for receiving one or more auxiliary game pieces. Points may be scored as game pieces are moved and opposing game pieces are captured, the game pieces having predetermined high and low values. In addition, the method of use includes a dual point assignment scheme capable of varying the points assigned to the playing pieces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Inventor: Barrett Pickett
  • Patent number: 11316209
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an arrangement 10 comprising plural electric battery cell modules. Each of the electric battery cell modules comprises at least one electric battery cell 12 and a module antenna 14. The arrangement further comprises a transmission line 16 operative as an antenna. The arrangement 10 is configured to provide near field electromagnetic coupling of data between the transmission line 16 and each of the plural battery cell modules by way of the module antenna 14.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: DUKOSI LIMITED
    Inventors: Joel Sylvester, Paul Record
  • Patent number: 11298607
    Abstract: A board game in which game action is initiated by the use of easy-to-hit buttons, switches or joysticks incorporated into the game, which stimulate board interaction and motion. The board game “pieces” need not be directly manipulated and cannot move about the board unintentionally. Rather, the pieces are lights or illuminated icons which are fixed to the playing surface, and which are controlled to advance in a pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Assignee: SMILEY GOAT LLC
    Inventors: Grace Silverberg, Mackenzie Novean, Elizabeth Biehle, Logan Fox
  • Patent number: 11291914
    Abstract: A processing device including: an input interface to receive an arrangement position of a player character in a virtual game space; a memory configured to store computer readable instructions; and a processor. The processor is configured to execute the computer readable instructions so as to: arrange the player character and the another character based on the arrangement positions stored in the memory; change the arrangement position of the player character to a new arrangement position when the input interface receives a movement instruction for the player character; and form a group including the player character and the another character when the player character and the another character are arranged within a predetermined range in the virtual game space after one of the arrangement position of the player character or the arrangement position of the another character is changed in the virtual game space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Inventor: Kazuki Morishita
  • Patent number: 11224796
    Abstract: A physical-virtual gaming system comprising a game board including a multiplicity of physical locations, a game overlay including a multiplicity of logical locations, and game pieces for moving throughout the logical locations. The system tracks the physical locations of the game pieces and translates these physical locations into the logical locations using pre-known physical-to-logical location mapping information. Game boards, game overlays and game pieces can be individualized with their own unique identifiers. As game pieces are moved, a game database comprising at least current game piece locations and the game state are maintained. Based at least in part upon the current game piece locations and game state the system provides actions including outputting any of virtual content and information on any of a shared or private computing device running a game app. Actions also include causing changes to game devices including wearables.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2022
    Inventors: James Andrew Aman, Jeffrey Paul Cheesman
  • Patent number: 11103781
    Abstract: A controller receives a message from a first user terminal of user terminals belonging to a chat group. In a case where the type of the message is of a normal message, the controller transmits the message to each of the user terminals. In a case where the type of the message is selection of the game icon, the controller generates a game message according to logic corresponding to the game icon and transmits the game message to each of the user terminals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: Gree, Inc.
    Inventor: Yusaku Kamekawa
  • Patent number: 11083959
    Abstract: A game processing system according to an aspect is a game processing system for processing a game having a first mode and a second mode, the system comprising: a storage storing a game parameter relating to the game; and one or more computer processors. The one or more computer processors execute computer-readable instructions to: provide, in the first mode, an interaction with a virtual character in accordance with first detection information obtained by an information processing device not mounted on a head of a player; provide, in the second mode, an interaction with the virtual character in accordance with second detection information obtained by a head mounted display mounted on the head of the player; and update the game parameter in accordance with progress of the game in the first mode and the second mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: GREE, INC.
    Inventors: Takashi Kuwatani, Makoto Chida
  • Patent number: 11080967
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates generally to gaming systems and, in particular, to back-betting within a gaming system. As an example, a back-betting system is disclosed to include a first communication interface that facilitates machine-to-machine communications with an Electronic Gaming Machine (EGM) of a gaming system, where the first communication interface is used to exchange state-of-play information with the EGM. The system is also disclosed to include a second communication interface that facilitates machine-to-machine communications with a mobile device, where the second communication interface is used to exchange back-bet wager information and deliver an indication of an outcome of a back-bet placed during a back-betting session established with the mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventors: Kevin Higgins, Dwayne Nelson, Jeffery Shepherd, David Froy
  • Toy
    Patent number: 11058964
    Abstract: A toy for replaying music or a spoken story, includes a loudspeaker or a loudspeaker terminal, a sensor which within a region of its surroundings can detect a property or a change in a property of said surroundings, and a control unit that can drive the loudspeaker or the loudspeaker terminal to replay music or a spoken story if the sensor senses, within a region of its surroundings, a specific property or a specific change in a property of the surroundings or when the control unit detects a specific change in the property detected by the sensor. The toy also includes a toy identification and a mechanism for transmitting a signal that is dependent on the toy identification.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: BOXINE GMBH
    Inventors: Patric Faßbender, Marcus Stahl, Christian Wilmanns
  • Patent number: 11045716
    Abstract: A board game facilitates learning about other cultures by asking the game players to answer questions about different aspects of foreign cultures during the course of game play. The game board is a map of international routes of pilgrims, traders, missionaries, merchants, and inter and transcontinental oceanic voyages and journeys, as well as the route of modern trade travel of natural resources. The game board is navigated during the course of play by answering questions about the countries along the route. An electronic device is used as a game accessory to enhance game play by running one or more software applications that provide supplemental sources of information that are flexible, convenient, on-demand and in a highly appealing format for the players.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: Inventship LLC
    Inventors: Tracy Herz, Frederick S. M. Herz
  • Patent number: 11037408
    Abstract: A system may manage a first prize pool based on a plurality of wagers placed at a plurality of electronic gaming machines (EGMs) for a game of chance or skill. A second prize pool may be managed based on a plurality of back-bet wagers placed at the plurality of user computational devices for an outcome of the game of chance or skill. An award can be distributed from the first prize pool in connection with the game of chance or skill to a player at one of the plurality EGMs and an award from the second prize pool can be automatically distributed to a player at one of the user computational devices in response to distributing the award from the first prize pool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventors: Kevin Higgins, Christopher Levin, Jeffery Shepherd
  • Patent number: 11004311
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for providing playing cards. An exemplary method may include retrieving data related to a selection of a set of numbers for bingo and determining matching bingo patterns on a predetermined number of cards from a library of bingo cards against the set of selected numbers. The method may further include selecting corresponding playing cards based on the matching bingo patterns on the predetermined number of cards and providing the corresponding playing cards for display. The exemplary method may be used to deal playing cards for poker using a set of selected numbers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: Planet Bingo, LLC
    Inventors: David S. Forman, Rick G. White
  • Patent number: 10881950
    Abstract: A controller receives a message from a first user terminal of user terminals belonging to a chat group. In a case where the type of the message is of a normal message, the controller transmits the message to each of the user terminals. In a case where the type of the message is selection of the game icon, the controller generates a game message according to logic corresponding to the game icon and transmits the game message to each of the user terminals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: Gree, Inc.
    Inventor: Yusaku Kamekawa
  • Patent number: 10867481
    Abstract: A game method and system involving distributing a plurality of cards to participating players, receiving player selections to divide the cards into a plurality of final hands with each final hand being associated by the player with a preset designation, comparing the ranks of the final hands to determine a point total for each player and awarding an additional amount of points to each player having the highest ranked hand of any player for each of the preset designations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Inventors: Steven Klinghoffer, Neil Monastersky
  • Patent number: 10838688
    Abstract: A wearable electronic device has a motion tracking sensor device for detecting a motion track of the wearable electronic device. A processor converts a motion track signal to a predefined command, which is sent to a loudspeaker by a transceiver via wireless communication, and the loudspeaker receives the predefined command and executes a corresponding operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: Harman International Industries, Incorporated
    Inventors: Hangmeng Teo, Rongjian Huang
  • Patent number: 10732925
    Abstract: A multi-device in-vehicle-infotainment system is configured to playback audio files one after another using a media device shuffling operation and an audio file shuffling operation. Specifically, in response to instructions from a user interface, a controller is further configured to automatically provide a plurality of audio files, one audio file after another, to an audio output component where the controller selects the plurality of audio files randomly shuffling between a plurality of electronic media devices selecting one or more audio files from differing ones of the plurality of electronic media devices for audio playback.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Nissan North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Rami Daman, Adrian Tan, Adam Saganski
  • Patent number: 10720026
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention comprise skill-based wagering games, systems and devices. In one embodiment of the invention, the configuration of a skill-based game is dependent upon the skill level of the player or players. In one embodiment, the game is configured so that the odds of winning the game, and thus the payout for a winning outcome, depends upon the player's skill level. In other embodiments, the payouts or awards offered to players are fixed and the difficultly level for achieving a winning outcome is adjusted based upon the skill levels of the players.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: Bet On Yourself Gaming, LLC
    Inventors: Sameer Mohan Gupta, Ofir Ventura, Seth Schorr
  • Patent number: 10685054
    Abstract: A method of extracting mathematical concepts from mathematical exercise representations includes the steps of accessing at least one document including a plurality of mathematical exercise representations, wherein each mathematical exercise representation comprises one or more algorithmic, linguistic, geometric, and graphic mathematical exercise representations; extracting each mathematical exercise representation to identify one or more mathematical concepts; identifying a relationship between a first mathematical concept and a second mathematical concept to identify a plurality of concept groups; populate an optimization table to associate at least one of the mathematical concepts and concept groups with one or more of the plurality of mathematical exercise representations; and optimize the optimization table to remove redundancies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: ValueCorp Pacific, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark S. Crouse, Caroline McHolme Beam
  • Patent number: 10670420
    Abstract: The present invention provides a technique that makes it possible to output, with a simple operation of a user, information which is relevant to an object displayed by a display device. A display device (10) includes: NFC antennas (150); a managing section (122) for managing, for each of the NFC antennas, antenna identification information and object location information such that the antenna identification information and the object location information are associated with each other; an NFC communication control section (121) for obtaining proximity information; and an information output section (123) for outputting relevant information which is associated with the object location information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Michihiro Ohno
  • Patent number: 10649603
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method of providing input to an electronic unit comprising a touch-sensitive surface that is configured for registering application of touch by a flexible unit and a toy comprising an electronic unit comprising a touch-sensitive surface and a structure; the structure configured from a material that cannot be registered by the touch-sensitive surface, and it comprises, either at the periphery or within the periphery, at least one marked position. One or more flexible units that comprise(s) material that can be registered by the touch-sensitive surface, wherein the one or more flexible units extend(s) past the top side of the structure and to the bottom side of the structure, to the effect that the registration of a flexible unit is conditioned by the configuration of the at least one marked position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: LEGO A/S
    Inventors: Maiken Hillerup Fogtmann, Jens Valentin Laulund, Daniel W. Mathiasen
  • Patent number: 10625173
    Abstract: A toy construction system comprising a plurality of interactive construction elements each comprising coupling members configured for releasably interconnecting the interactive construction elements with each other, the plurality of interactive construction elements comprising a plurality of function construction elements, and one or more input construction elements, each input construction element comprising a wireless transmitter for transmitting a control signal to at least a subset of the function construction elements; each function construction element comprising: a function device adapted to perform a controllable function; a wireless receiver for receiving the wireless control signal; and a control circuit connected to the wireless receiver and to the function device and adapted to control the controllable function responsive to the received control signal; wherein each interactive construction element comprises a user-operable selector allowing a user to select one of a predetermined set of group ide
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: LEGO A/S
    Inventors: Rasmus Bissenbakker Kærsgaard, Henrik Colfach Sørensen, Erik Hansen, Henrik Hautop Lund
  • Patent number: 10625149
    Abstract: A controller receives a message from a first user terminal of user terminals belonging to a chat group. In a case where the type of the message is of a normal message, the controller transmits the message to each of the user terminals. In a case where the type of the message is selection of the game icon, the controller generates a game message according to logic corresponding to the game icon and transmits the game message to each of the user terminals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: Gree, Inc.
    Inventor: Yusaku Kamekawa
  • Patent number: 10610773
    Abstract: A scalable, portable platform for allowing digital interaction between physical objects and digital content in virtual or augmented reality applications is provided. The board comprises a base; an array of near field communication (NFC) antennas positioned at fixed locations within the base; a plurality of light sources, each light source centered within the antenna coil of a corresponding one of the NFC antennas; a plurality of magnets positioned on outer edges of the base such that multiple based can be connected together; and one or more processors configured to wirelessly transmit and receive messages to and from an external device, control the plurality of light sources, and detect and position objects placed on the base in a virtual space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: SUFFUSE INC.
    Inventors: Thomas C. Bellingham, Shawn A. Willings, John C. Cappelletti
  • Patent number: 10606348
    Abstract: A ride system includes at least one ride vehicle. The at least one ride vehicle is configured to receive a ride passenger. The ride system includes electronic goggles configured to be worn by the ride passenger. The electronic goggles include a camera and a display. The ride system includes a computer graphics generation system communicatively coupled to the electronic goggles, and configured to generate streaming media of a real world environment based on image data captured via the camera of the electronic goggles, generate one or more virtual augmentations superimposed on the streaming media of the real world environment, and to transmit the streaming media of the real world environment along with the one or more superimposed virtual augmentations to be displayed on the display of the electronic goggles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: Universal City Studios LLC
    Inventors: Steven C. Blum, Brian B. McQuillian
  • Patent number: 10603580
    Abstract: Play of a videogame may be conducted using one or more physical object detection devices as the sole form of game controller(s), or in conjunction with game controllers. Detection of physical objects by the detection devices may be used to determine structures in a virtual world of game play. The detection devices may include radio frequency identification (RFID) readers or voltage or current sensors. The physical objects may include RFID tags or one or more resistors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: Activision Publishing, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel M. Doptis, Brent Gibson
  • Patent number: 10603590
    Abstract: To provide a game presenting system having a plurality of game systems for each executing a process of a game in which a plurality of users participate, and a game presenting machine for presenting a situation of the game executed by the game system, wherein the game presenting machine obtains a motion image related to the game executed by each of the plurality of game systems, and produces a game presenting screen image showing, as a list, at least some of the plurality of motion images obtained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: SONY INTERACTIVE ENTERTAINMENT INC.
    Inventor: Yumi Kataoka
  • Patent number: 10575563
    Abstract: A vaporization device that includes an entertainment mode or modes including one or more game modes. The vaporization device may enhance the user experience. The entertainment mode may be engaged by a sequence of predetermined manipulations of the vaporization device. The entertainment mode may include one or more interactive games using the device, and/or one or more display modes. The interactive games may include a pattern-following game, a memory game, a triggered output game, or a chance game. The entertainment mode may also include games that may be played by one or more persons. The entertainment mode may modify the operation (e.g., heater control, appearance, user interface, etc.) of the device while still permitting the vaporization of vaporizable material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: Pax Labs, Inc.
    Inventors: Adam Bowen, Nicholas J. Hatton
  • Patent number: 10529168
    Abstract: Gaming table systems can include multiple electronic gaming tables, multiple gaming terminals, and a system server. Each gaming terminal can have a terminal controller adapted to facilitate the overlapping or simultaneous play by a single player of multiple wager-based table games at multiple electronic gaming tables. A server in communication with the gaming tables controls starting times of the wager-based table games by sending signals to the tables indicating when each game is allowed to start. Signals can be sent due to triggering events and/or can cause staggered starting times across games, which can allow faster players to play more games. The server can also control which gaming tables starts a next game, distribute table usage, and confirm that wagers are placed within a proper time frame for their respective games. A compliance server can verify eligibility of remote gaming terminals to participate in wager-based game play in the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: Fresh Idea Global Limited
    Inventor: Jay Chun
  • Patent number: 10503340
    Abstract: A digitizer system comprises at least one object incorporating an electronic tag configured for radiating at least one modulated signal and at least one second signal; a digitizer sensor configured for detecting the at least one second signal while the object is positioned on or over the digitizer sensor; and circuitry configured for identifying the object based on modulation of the at least one modulated signal and for determining a position of the object on or over the digitizer based on the detected second signal on a portion of the digitizer sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Rafi Zachut, Meir Morag, Amir Kaplan, Yuval Stern
  • Patent number: 10500499
    Abstract: A resource confined simulation (“RCS”) is a user interactive simulation-based system using at least a portion of historical event via a communications network. The RCS system is able to establish a historical based information system for emulating RCS. After identifying a historical event in accordance with recorded historical facts for creating an environment to simulate an RCS, the RCS system generates a map as a geographic parameter associated with the RCS in accordance with historical geography relating to the historical event. Upon generating armed force as a military parameter associated with the RCS in accordance with the historical event, a map storage is used to store the map related parameters and an armed force storage for storing the armed force related parameters. The RCS system is able to emulate the RCS in response to various parameters such as the map, armed force, and/or the user input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: MEDIA ALLIANCE GAMING STUDIO, INC.
    Inventors: Lucian Daniel Wencel, Hannah Samira
  • Patent number: 10480929
    Abstract: A method for optically communicating, from a user to a laser tracker, a command to direct a beam of light from the laser tracker to a retroreflector with steps including: projecting a first light from a light source disposed on the laser tracker to the retroreflector; reflecting a second light from the retroreflector, the second light being a portion of the first light; obtaining first sensed data by sensing a third light, the third light being a portion of the second light, wherein the first sensed data is obtained by imaging the third light onto a photosensitive array disposed on the laser tracker and converting the third light on the photosensitive array into digital form; generating by the user, between a first time and a second time, a predefined temporal pattern, the predefined temporal pattern including at least a decrease in optical power of the third light followed by an increase in the optical power of the third light, the predefined temporal pattern corresponding to the command; determining by the
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: FARO TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Kalyan Nagalla, Robert C. Mehler, Robert E. Bridges
  • Patent number: 10463949
    Abstract: A gaming machine receives a first play input at a first gaming machine, determines a first quantity of play areas based on a first wager, generates at least one first play area based on the determined first quantity, and determines whether the at least one first play area satisfies a predetermined first threshold. At least a portion of the first wager associated with the first play input is allocated to a progressive jackpot. At least a first portion of the progressive jackpot is allocated to the first gaming machine when the at least one first play area satisfies the predetermined first threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: VIDEO GAMING TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Jon Yarbrough, Ryan Cuddy, Mike Oberberger
  • Patent number: 10460553
    Abstract: A method of interaction between a machine and a player or a plurality of players, the method comprising the machine selecting a predetermined plurality of information bearing devices from a predetermined plurality of available information bearing devices as a selected plurality of information bearing devices upon initiation by a player. The machine organizing the selected plurality of information bearing devices for display on a visual display apparatus and the visual display apparatus displaying the selected plurality of information bearing devices as a set of selected information bearing devices in a in first orderly manner representing a first display order.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: Takara Gaming Solutions Limited
    Inventors: Yui Man Raymond Chan, Ka Lun Ernie Suek
  • Patent number: 10391388
    Abstract: A controller receives a message from a first user terminal of user terminals belonging to a chat group. In a case where the type of the message is of a normal message, the controller transmits the message to each of the user terminals. In a case where the type of the message is selection of the game icon, the controller generates a game message according to logic corresponding to the game icon and transmits the game message to each of the user terminals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: GREE, INC.
    Inventor: Yusaku Kamekawa
  • Patent number: 10335692
    Abstract: An apparatus for recording game history is coupled between a game host and a game console and performs a game history recording and interaction method. The apparatus communicates with the game host through a first wireless unit, and communicates with the game console through a second wireless unit, to receive game operation information generated from operations of the game console. The apparatus receives a video signal outputted by the game host through a video input port. The processing module is coupled to the wireless units and the video input port respectively and is used to obtain the game operation information from the wireless units and generate operation information images corresponding to the game operation information. The processing module superimposes the operation information images on the video signal correspondingly to form game history video data and outputs the superimposed game history video data to a display device for display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Aten International Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kuo-feng Kao, Hung-Chi Chu, Hui-Ju Lin, Chia-Chih Chen
  • Patent number: 10339766
    Abstract: A card game is played against a pay table, wherein a player receives a partial hand that is preferably completed by community cards, but may be completed by cards dealt directly to a hand or a combination of cards dealt directly to a hand and at least one community card or wild card. After placement of an ante wager, each player will have an opportunity to place a game wager before receiving another card for the player's hand (whether dealt directly to the player or as a community card revealed to all players). At least some or all game wagers may be an amount within a range of multiples of the player's ante wager, such as one times, two times, three times, four times, or five times the amount of the ante wager. The range of wagers may remain the same or vary with the number of dealt cards or community cards revealed to the players.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Bally Gaming, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark L. Yoseloff, Louis J. Castle, II, Roger M. Snow
  • Patent number: 10315119
    Abstract: A video game includes a peripheral device that senses the presence and identity of toys near or on the peripheral. Each of the toys includes an identification device such as an RFID tag. Each of the toys is also associated with a corresponding game character or object. A toy stores information about the status of the corresponding character or object in the game, for example, a character name, a score, and an owner of the toy may be stored in a character toy. The information about the toy is updated during game play. The toys may be sensed, read, and written concurrently.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Activision Publishing, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Reiche, Robert Leyland, Charles H Batson, III
  • Patent number: 10307661
    Abstract: According to a first aspect of the present disclosure there is provided a game board being arranged to accommodate at least one game piece, said game board comprising at least one NFC device and a plurality of NFC antennas which are operatively coupled to said NFC device, wherein said NFC device is arranged to activate a function of said game piece by establishing NFC with the game piece through one of said antennas. According to a second aspect of the present disclosure a corresponding method for activating at least one game piece on a game board is provided. According to a third aspect of the present disclosure there a corresponding computer program product is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: NXP B.V.
    Inventors: Srikanth Dandamudi, Harish Dixit, Swapnil Shekhar Borgaonkar, Sreedhar Patange
  • Patent number: 10293247
    Abstract: There are provided systems and methods for facilitating an interaction with a first peripheral device using a touch-sensitive system having a processor and a touch surface. An example method includes detecting, using the processor, the first peripheral device touching the touch surface of the touch-sensitive system, identifying, using the processor, the first peripheral device touching the touch surface of the touch-sensitive system, and determining, using the processor, that the first peripheral device has an accessory attached thereto. A method may include determining, using the processor, transformation of the first peripheral device. Another method may include determining, using the processor, a position of the first peripheral device with respect to digital elements displayed on the touch surface, and interacting with the first peripheral device based on the position of the first peripheral device with respect to the digital elements displayed on the touch surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher W. Heatherly, Kenlip Ong, Armen Mkrtchyan, Jonathan Backer, Brian White
  • Patent number: 10293269
    Abstract: The invention provides a sensing device that can be incorporated in a construction element for a toy construction set to allow new use of construction elements, for instance tracking the construction process. Sensing device comprises a carrier comprising a top surface provided with a series of top coils, a bottom surface with a series of bottom coils at a distance from said top coils, the sensing device further comprising a data processor functionally coupled with a memory for storing a status, said data processor comprises a computer program which controls and reads currents through each of said top and bottom coils and storing them in memory, thereby tracking status for each of said top and bottom coils.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: RND BY US B.V.
    Inventors: Arie Quirinus Bastiaan Brandwijk, Ibrahim Abdel-Aziz Mohamed Kamal
  • Patent number: 10293268
    Abstract: A block system 1 includes a block 102 and a host terminal 10. The block 102, configured such that two or more blocks are connectable with each other, includes a power supply mechanism 110 for supplying power to the block 102, a communication mechanism 114 for establishing connection with the host terminal 10 to transmit and receive various signals, a storage mechanism 112 for storing identification information related with the block 102, a display mechanism 118 for emitting light and displaying an image under the control of the host terminal 10, and a control mechanism 116 for executing programmed processing in accordance with a signal from the host terminal 10.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: SONY INTERACTIVE ENTERTAINMENT INC.
    Inventors: Shinichi Hirata, Takeshi Yamagishi, Hiroshi Osawa, Keiji Togawa, Naoki Numaguchi
  • Patent number: 10284012
    Abstract: A system for high powered wireless power delivery and charging includes an electronic device having a wireless charging module. The wireless charging module includes a power management module, the power management module configured and executing instructions to enable and disable the power delivery or charging of the electronic device based on whether a valid charging circuit exists, the power management module additionally configured and executing instructions to prevent a detection of an invalid load.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: FLAG ACQUISITION, LLC
    Inventor: Scott Hewelt
  • Patent number: 10269220
    Abstract: A gaming server device may conduct a networked bingo game with client devices, each client device associated with a respective bingo ticket. Conducting the game may involve: (i) randomly selecting symbols from the symbol set, (ii) marking the selected symbols on any bingo tickets that contain the selected symbols, and (iii) repeating the random selecting and marking until one or more of the bingo tickets are marked with a winning pattern. The gaming server device may transmit an offer to a particular client device associated with a particular bingo ticket that is not marked with the winning pattern. The offer may be for the gaming server device to randomly select a further symbol from the symbol set at a cost to the particular client device, where the cost is based on an expected gain that acceptance of the offer provides to the particular client device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Pridefield Limited
    Inventors: Rory Harpur, Rory Smith-Belton
  • Patent number: 10241568
    Abstract: A ride system includes at least one ride vehicle. The at least one ride vehicle is configured to receive a ride passenger. The ride system includes electronic goggles configured to be worn by the ride passenger. The electronic goggles include a camera and a display. The ride system includes a computer graphics generation system communicatively coupled to the electronic goggles, and configured to generate streaming media of a real world environment based on image data captured via the camera of the electronic goggles, generate one or more virtual augmentations superimposed on the streaming media of the real world environment, and to transmit the streaming media of the real world environment along with the one or more superimposed virtual augmentations to be displayed on the display of the electronic goggles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Universal City Studios LLC
    Inventors: Steven C. Blum, Brian B. McQuillian
  • Patent number: 10231486
    Abstract: A vaporization device that includes an entertainment mode or modes including one or more game modes. The vaporization device may enhance the user experience. The entertainment mode may be engaged by a sequence of predetermined manipulations of the vaporization device. The entertainment mode may include one or more interactive games using the device, and/or one or more display modes. The interactive games may include a pattern-following game, a memory game, a triggered output game, or a chance game. The entertainment mode may also include games that may be played by one or more persons. The entertainment mode may modify the operation (e.g., heater control, appearance, user interface, etc.) of the device while still permitting the vaporization of vaporizable material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: PAX Labs, Inc.
    Inventors: Adam Bowen, Nicholas J. Hatton
  • Patent number: 10226689
    Abstract: A game and a method of playing the game are disclosed. The game comprises a board having a domain region and a plurality of theme regions. Each theme region is associated with a theme. The game also provides each player with a plurality of game pieces, and each game piece of the plurality of game pieces is associated with an identifier. Each information bearing member of a plurality of information bearing members is associated with a theme and an identifier. Placing one game piece of the plurality of game pieces in one of the theme regions causes one of the plurality of information bearing members to be selected in accordance with the identifier associated with the placed game pieces and the theme associated with theme region in which such game piece was placed. Information specified by the selected information bearing member is presented to all of the players.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Landviti LLC
    Inventor: Robert McCracken
  • Patent number: 10226699
    Abstract: Approach moving image storage means 10, 12 stores, in a predetermined storage section, display data used for displaying an approach moving image representing an approach method for a predetermined scene in the game, so as to associate the display data with the predetermined scene. Game process means S21 performs the game process, and display process means displays a game image on a display device. Moving image display instruction means S16, S17 receives an input made by a user for providing an instruction for displaying the approach moving image, and game scene determination means S31, S32 determines a scene in the game when the moving image display instruction means receives the input from the user. Moving image display means S36 reads, from the predetermined storage section, the approach moving image associated with the scene determined by the game scene determination means, and displays the approach moving image on the display device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: NINTENDO CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Shigeru Miyamoto