Paddle-type Game (e.g., Pinball, Tennis, Baseball, Golf, Hockey, Etc.) Patents (Class 463/3)
  • Patent number: 10276060
    Abstract: To provide a golf club determination method, a golf club determination device, and a golf club determination program capable of automatically determining the type of a golf club by analyzing a swing of the golf club. A golf club determination device includes a measurement unit that measures a posture of a golf club in an address using an output of an acceleration sensor of an inertial sensor mounted on a golf club; and a determination unit that determines the type of the golf club based on the measured posture of the golf club. Another golf club determination device includes a measurement unit that measures a swing of a golf club using an output of an inertial sensor mounted on the golf club, and a determination unit that determines whether the golf club is a putter based on the measured swing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shoichi Nakajo, Hisao Tanaka
  • Patent number: 10265627
    Abstract: The present disclosure generally relates to virtual reality simulation, and more specifically, in some implementations, to devices, systems, and methods for use in a virtual reality sports simulation. A system for virtual reality simulation may include an accessory (e.g., one or more of a bat, a glove, or a helmet) for interacting with a virtual reality environment. The accessory may provide the user with haptic feedback that emulates sensations that the user would experience when playing a live-action sport to provide the user with a more meaningful and realistic experience when playing a virtual reality game. Further, virtual reality simulations disclosed herein may include incorporating data from a live-action event (e.g., a live-action sporting event) into a virtual reality environment to provide a user with a realistic experience.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Centurion VR, LLC
    Inventor: Muhammad Yasser Ghanchi
  • Patent number: 10179278
    Abstract: An input of a user is received from an input unit, and in accordance with the input of the user, an operation object displayed on a display screen moves in a predetermined movement-allowed range. A plurality of sound objects appear and move in the display screen, the sound objects set for sounds to be output in accordance with a composition to be performed. Then, if the operation object and each sound object have made contact with each other, the sound set for the sound object is output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: Nintendo Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Teruyuki Hirosawa
  • Patent number: 10115318
    Abstract: An information processing device includes a processor that executes a procedure, The procedure includes detecting a turn at bat transition based on a change in any of an out count, a runner count, or a score that have been acquired from image information indicating a game situation included in captured footage of a baseball game stored in a storage section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: FUJITSU LIMITED
    Inventors: Atsushi Oguchi, Miho Sakai, Sokichi Fujita, Tatsuma Muramatsu
  • Patent number: 10088496
    Abstract: A calibration method for a first accelerometer is disclosed. The first accelerometer is installed together with a second accelerometer in a device. The calibration method includes the second accelerometer measuring a first set of X, Y, Z accelerations in a Cartesian coordinate system, the first accelerometer measuring a second set of X, Y, Z accelerations in the Cartesian coordinate system, indicating to rotate the device, the second accelerometer measuring a third set of X, Y, Z accelerations in the Cartesian coordinate system, the first accelerometer measuring a fourth set of X, Y, Z accelerations in the Cartesian coordinate system, and calibrating X, Y, Z acceleration values measured by the first accelerometer based on the first, second, third and fourth sets of X, Y, Z accelerations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Wistron Corporation
    Inventors: Zhao-Yuan Lin, Ming-Chih Ko
  • Patent number: 10043345
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for a game having a paytable selection feature which may be implemented with a primary or base game, a secondary or bonus game, or both. In one embodiment, the gaming device employs an initial paytable and enables a player pay a fee to purchase a different paytable for a plurality of plays of the game. If the player chooses to purchase a different paytable, the gaming device determines a game outcome for a plurality of plays of the game and provides any awards based on the different paytable. If the player does not choose to select a different paytable, the gaming device determines a game outcome for each of those plays and provides any awards based on the initial paytable. In one embodiment, the player has the opportunity to see the different paytable prior to paying the fee to purchase it.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventor: Anthony J. Baerlocher
  • Patent number: 10004989
    Abstract: Aspects of the present disclosure describe methods and apparatuses that hide latency during an interaction between an attacking client device platform and a defending client device platform in a multiplayer game played over a network. The attacking client device platform predicts a successful attack will be made and delivers a hit event to the defending client device platform. In order to provide additional time to wait for a hit reply from the defending client device platform the attacking client device platform initiates an altered animation mode that lengthens the run-time of the animation. It is emphasized that this abstract is provided to comply with the rules requiring an abstract that will allow a searcher or other reader to quickly ascertain the subject matter of the technical disclosure. It is submitted with the understanding that it will not be used to interpret or limit the scope or meaning of the claims.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: Sony Interactive Entertainment LLC
    Inventors: Glenn Fiedler, Vincent Napoli, Jason McDonald
  • Patent number: 9978425
    Abstract: Described are methods and systems for associating frames in a video of an activity of a person with an event. The methods include recording a video of an activity of a person; storing a time-series of a plurality of sensor data (82) obtained from a sensor assembly (12) of at least one sensor (31, 32, 33, 34, 35) coupled to the person while the person is performing the activity; synchronizing the video with the sensor data (82); detecting an event in the time-series; and associating the event with at least one corresponding frame in the video showing the event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: adidas AG
    Inventors: Robert Frank Kirk, Constantin Zwick, Dominik Schuldhaus, Bjoern Michael Eskofier, Harald Körger, Maike Petra Stöve
  • Patent number: 9943744
    Abstract: A location-aware device includes a position determination sensor that determines a position of the location-aware device. A receiver receives, from a tag coupled to a golf club, data corresponding to an output of a sensor included in the tag. A processor associates the data received from the tag with the determined position, and processes the data received from the tag to determine whether to register a golf shot as having occurred at the determined position. A memory stores a golf shot determined to be registered by the processor along with the determined position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: SkyHawke Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: James W. Meadows, Richard L. Root
  • Patent number: 9889355
    Abstract: The disclosure herein provides a golf GPS device with a sensor mechanism to automatically switch between video and audio only modes of the device. More particularly, when a player attaches the golf GPS device to a piece of clothing or hat, the device automatically switches to audio-only mode. When the player detaches the golf GPS device, the device automatically switches to video mode, with or without audio.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: DECA SYSTEM, INC.
    Inventors: Gi Su Lee, Jun Ha Park, Seung Jin Kim
  • Patent number: 9861854
    Abstract: Virtual golf system for playing golf, comprising a plurality of trackable golf balls, wherein each golf ball comprises transmitting means for broadcasting electromagnetic beacon signals for detecting a position of the golf ball, a position determination unit comprising three receiving antenna's arranged for receiving beacon signals broadcasted by any of said plurality of trackable golf balls, and wherein said position determination unit is arranged to determine a position of said golf ball on a driving range based on time differences of a broadcasted beacon signal received by said receiving antenna's. A plurality of trackable golf balls and a plurality of players may be active at the same time. Trackable golf balls may be paired with specific players. A game controller advances a virtual game of golf each time a trackable golf ball is stroked by a player.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Inventors: Jan Lucas Kuiper, Albertus Maria Claessen
  • Patent number: 9792766
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for a game having a paytable selection feature which may be implemented with a primary or base game, a secondary or bonus game, or both. In one embodiment, the gaming device employs an initial paytable and enables a player pay a fee to purchase a different paytable for a plurality of plays of the game. If the player chooses to purchase a different paytable, the gaming device determines a game outcome for a plurality of plays of the game and provides any awards based on the different paytable. If the player does not choose to select a different paytable, the gaming device determines a game outcome for each of those plays and provides any awards based on the initial paytable. In one embodiment, the player has the opportunity to see the different paytable prior to paying the fee to purchase it.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventor: Anthony J. Baerlocher
  • Patent number: 9767364
    Abstract: A footage extraction device includes a processor that executes a process. The process includes receiving a designation including a particular ball count status and a ball count change trend from an initial status of a ball count to the particular ball count status, and, by the processor, extracting, from stored baseball footage, footage with a ball count status that is attained after the ball count status has changed according to the designated ball count change trend, and that corresponds to the designated particular ball count status.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: FUJITSU LIMITED
    Inventors: Atsushi Oguchi, Miho Sakai, Shuichi Horiuchi
  • Patent number: 9737803
    Abstract: A method and system (10) is provided for playing an interactive mobile device based game system though a communication network. The communication network includes at least one system central server (13) and database (14) accessible to the internet or other communication networks. The system further includes any number of mobile devices (15), (16) and (17). Each mobile device includes software or a software application for communicating with the system server. In playing the game, users or players accrue points or otherwise advance in the game as they compete or obverse events which occur in real life situations in their geographic location. The events are entered into the central server and verified by communicating requests from the central server to the mobile devices of other players of the game.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: SANDBOX SOFTWARE, LLC
    Inventors: Marion O'Neill Lee, Jared Brandon Emrich
  • Patent number: 9734667
    Abstract: Portable wagering media may be utilized to alter play of wagering games.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventors: Jay S. Walker, Robert C. Tedesco, Daniel E. Tedesco, Stephen C. Tulley, Gregory J. Scribner, James A. Jorasch, Carson C. K. Fincham, Zachary T. Smith, Russell P. Sammon, Jeffrey Y. Hayashida
  • Patent number: 9687741
    Abstract: One aspect of the disclosure relates to providing a drift in a game played on a computing platform with a touch-sensitive interface. In some implementations, the system may facilitate a drift input control. In some implementations, the drift input control may be the player tapping the touch-sensitive surface. The drift may depend on one or more parameters (e.g., the speed, the pressure, and/or other parameters) of the tapping on the touch-sensitive surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: Kabam, Inc.
    Inventors: William Kim, Steven Pastro, Christopher Ko
  • Patent number: 9684971
    Abstract: A method is described for indicating an outcome of a sports action by determining a trajectory of a game-object. In football, the trajectory of the football determines the outcome of a field goal attempt. A television viewer has difficulty seeing if the ball passes between the uprights or not, especially if the ball is kicked higher than the uprights. By tracking the trajectory, virtual insertions such as extended goal posts, or goal posts colored to reflect the success or not of the attempt, can be inserted in a video feed. By tracking the flight of the ball from the time it is set in motion, the balls future trajectory is predicted after a short elapsed time, and the television audience is informed of the outcome before it has happened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Inventors: Roberto Sonabend, Jose Luis Almeida
  • Patent number: 9656160
    Abstract: Video server systems and methods for providing video streams to a plurality of remote clients are described. In one implementation, the video streams are based on game states received from a remote game server. The game states are dependent on game commands received by the video server system from the remote clients and forwarded to the remote game server. The video server system is configured to appear, from the point of view of the game server, as more than one client. For example, the video server system may receive game states from the remote game server at more than one different Internet Protocol address and each of these Internet Protocol addresses may be associated with a different game session.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: Sony Interactive Entertainment America LLC
    Inventors: David Perry, Rui Filipe Andrade Pereira, Andrew Buchanan Gault
  • Patent number: 9656170
    Abstract: The present invention provides a game apparatus in which the variation width of a computation result in a battle between a player character and an enemy character is increased, and a difference in result can be brought about even with the same attack by a player's operation, and furthermore, a player can play a game while he/she feels the sense of realism and tension where he/she manipulates the character that is difficult to manipulate as intended. A chain used by a main character to manipulate a dragon is displayed on a display screen. A player manipulates the dragon by loosening or tightening the chain by performing an operation on a touch panel. The control level of the dragon is represented by an uncontrollability parameter. A status such as the offensive power of the dragon changes according to the uncontrollability parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: KABUSHIKI KAISHA SQUARE ENIX
    Inventors: Takehiro Ando, Hiroaki Iwano
  • Patent number: 9613496
    Abstract: Trajectory-based games of chance are described that may be implemented on a video gaming machine. In a trajectory-based game of chance, a trajectory of a game object may be generated in a 3-D gaming environment. A wager may be made on an aspect of the game object's trajectory in the gaming environment such as a termination location for the trajectory of the game object. The aspect of the game object's trajectory may occur according to a known probability. Hence, an award for the trajectory-based game of chance may be proportional to the probability of the aspect of the game object's trajectory occurring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventors: William R. Brosnan, Jr., Nicole M. Beaulieu, Jamal Benbrahim, Anthony R. Escalera, Alexey Kryuchkov, Steven G. LeMay, Jeff Mincey, Dwayne R. Nelson, Andy Rodgers, Greg A. Schlottmann
  • Patent number: 9566516
    Abstract: A game device is provided with an input reception unit that receives an operating input from a player, a control unit that controls a game in accordance with the timing of the operating input, and a screen generation unit that displays a screen of the game, wherein the screen generation unit generates and displays a screen of a player's character in the motion of making a shot, and a power determination unit and an impact determination unit determine the power or impact of a shot in accordance with the degree of the progress of the motion of making the shot at the point when the operating input is received.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignees: SONY CORPORATION, SONY INTERACTIVE ENTERTAINMENT INC.
    Inventors: Daisaku Ikejiri, Masashi Muramori, Toshiyuki Kuwabara, Kentarou Nakazawa
  • Patent number: 9533225
    Abstract: In order to attain the object described above, a game apparatus is able to use a touch panel 13 and operation means, executes a shooting game, and positions an aim G3 representing a shooting direction at a predetermined position. When sliding operation is received on the touch panel, the aim G3 is displaced from the predetermined position by a moving distance based on change of a touch position (input coordinate position). Shooting is virtually performed in a direction based on the position of the aim according to an operation on the operation means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: NINTENDO CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Masahiro Sakurai, Nobuhiro Yamasaki, Teppei Ikeda
  • Patent number: 9437074
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for a game having a paytable selection feature which may be implemented with a primary or base game, a secondary or bonus game, or both. In one embodiment, the gaming device employs an initial paytable and enables a player pay a fee to purchase a different paytable for a plurality of plays of the game. If the player chooses to purchase a different paytable, the gaming device determines a game outcome for a plurality of plays of the game and provides any awards based on the different paytable. If the player does not choose to select a different paytable, the gaming device determines a game outcome for each of those plays and provides any awards based on the initial paytable. In one embodiment, the player has the opportunity to see the different paytable prior to paying the fee to purchase it.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventor: Anthony J. Baerlocher
  • Patent number: 9424713
    Abstract: Portable wagering media may be utilized to alter play of wagering games.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventors: Jay S. Walker, Robert C. Tedesco, Daniel E. Tedesco, Stephen C. Tulley, Gregory J. Scribner, James A. Jorasch, Carson C. K. Fincham, Zachary T. Smith, Russell P. Sammon, Jeffrey Y. Hayashida
  • Patent number: 9403077
    Abstract: An aspect of the invention relates to a golf swing analyzing apparatus, comprising: an arithmetic section operating to process the output of a first inertial sensor and the output of a second inertial sensor to calculate a relative angle between a forearm of a golfer and a golf club, the first inertial sensor being attached to a portion of the upper body of the golfer, the second inertial sensor being attached to the golf club.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2016
    Assignees: Seiko Epson Corporation, Keio University
    Inventors: Ken Ota, Kazuhiro Shibuya
  • Patent number: 9358453
    Abstract: Trajectory-based games of chance are described that are, in certain embodiments, implemented on a video gaming machine. In one embodiment of a trajectory-based game of chance, a trajectory of a game object is generated in a 3-D gaming environment. A wager is made on an aspect of the game object's trajectory in the gaming environment such as a termination location for the trajectory of the game object. The aspect of the game object's trajectory occurs according to a known probability. Hence, an award for the trajectory-based game of chance is proportional to the probability of the aspect of the game object's trajectory occurring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventors: William R. Brosnan, Nicole M. Beaulieu, Jamal Benbrahim, Anthony R. Escalera, Alexey Kryuchkov, Steven G. LeMay, Jeff Mincey, Dwayne R. Nelson, Andy Rodgers, Greg A. Schlottmann
  • Patent number: 9317174
    Abstract: First, a moving direction of an input device is calculated based on motion information obtained from predetermined detection means for detecting attitude or motion of the input device operated by a user. Then, the object in a virtual three-dimensional space is caused to move to a position which is obtained by hypothetically moving a position of the object based on the direction in which the input device has been moved and then by correcting the position of the object hypothetically moved, only in a direction perpendicular or substantially perpendicular to the direction in which the input device has been moved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Assignee: NINTENDO CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Kenta Sato
  • Patent number: 9316665
    Abstract: An apparatus (36) includes a motion amplification structure (52), an actuator (54), and a sense electrode (50) in proximity to the structure (52). The actuator (54) induces an axial force (88) upon the structure (52), which causes a relatively large amount of in-plane motion (108) in one or more beams (58, 60) of the structure (52). When sidewalls (98) of the beams (58, 60) exhibit a skew angle (28), the in-plane motion (108) of the beams (58, 60) produces out-of-plane motion (110) of a paddle element (62) connected to the end of the beams (58, 60). The skew angle (28), which results from an etch process, defines a degree to which the sidewalls (98) of beams (58, 60) are offset or tilted from their design orientation. The out-of-plane motion (110) of element (62) is sensed at the electrode (50), and is utilized to determine an estimated skew angle (126).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Assignee: FREESCALE SEMICONDCUTOR, INC.
    Inventors: Aaron A. Geisberger, Kemiao Jia
  • Patent number: 9216358
    Abstract: Software displays a virtual game space for an online game. The virtual game space is associated with a first player of the online game and includes at least one terraformed feature created by a first player. The software receives a modification from a second player of the online game. The modification changes one of the at least one terraformed features into another terraformed feature. Then the software displays the virtual game space with the modification. At least one virtual object is associated with each of the at least one terraformed features.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2015
    Assignee: Zynga Inc.
    Inventors: Charles L. Hess, Daniel M. Marks
  • Patent number: 9089769
    Abstract: An aiming cursor display unit 221 displays, in an aiming cursor display region DM1 on a display unit 211, an aiming cursor for determining a position where an action is to be applied to a ball object BL in a game space. A manipulation icon display unit 222 displays a manipulation icon CM for manipulating an aiming cursor K in a manipulation icon display region DM2 that is separate from the aiming cursor display region DM1 on the display unit 211. An aiming cursor linking control unit 224 moves and displays the aiming cursor K in the display unit 211 such that the aiming cursor K is linked with a movement of the manipulation icon CM that is moved and displayed by the manipulation icon display unit 222.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2015
    Assignee: Konami Digital Entertainment Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Masatoshi Yamaoka
  • Patent number: 9044672
    Abstract: An example non-limiting game system includes a game apparatus to which a television is connected. There is provided with an input terminal device which functions as an input device of the game apparatus. The television is displayed with an information presenting screen, and an input screen in which a part of objects is omitted from the information presenting screen is displayed on an LCD of the input terminal device. A player inputs in the input screen a moving path for a player character such that an object to be acquired can be acquired and an object not to be acquired can be evaded. The player character moves according to the moving path that is input on the information presenting screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2015
    Assignee: Nintendo Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hideki Fujii, Yusuke Akifusa, Toshikazu Kiuchi
  • Patent number: 9033782
    Abstract: A sensing baseball game apparatus (10) has a game machine (12) connected to a television monitor (18). A bat input device (32) is provided with an acceleration sensor. An acceleration signal is transmitted by an infrared-ray LED (34) to an infrared-ray receiving part of the game machine (12) whereby the game machine (12) determines a moving speed of the bat input device (32) to calculate a moving parameter of a ball to be batted. Accordingly, a batted ball is moved in the game scene according to the parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: SSD COMPANY LIMITED
    Inventors: Hiromu Ueshima, Shuhei Kato
  • Patent number: 9004996
    Abstract: One object of a game program according to an embodiment is to provide a pinball game requiring more strategies. The game program comprises: a stage selection module for receiving stage selection by the user; a ball selection module for receiving selection of one or more ball objects by the user from a plurality of ball objects each having parameters; a screen display module for displaying a game screen; an owned point updating module for updating the owned point information such that the points are consumed in accordance with the game play; an injection module for injecting the ball objects; a ball-hitting operation module for operating flippers in accordance with instructions from the user; a game progress module for progressing the pinball game based at least on the parameters assigned to the selected ball objects; and a level updating module for updating the level of the ball objects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: DeNA Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Koichi Murakami, Ayumi Takano, Yoshiki Watabe
  • Publication number: 20150099565
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for game play using virtual players, sometimes referred to herein as vBots, is disclosed. In one aspect, a method for game play involves the use of the system electronic system environment described herein, wherein one or more virtual players are displayed to the player of the game, preferably, the virtual players have differing play characteristics, receiving from the user association with a selection of a virtual player, displaying a simulated game using the virtual players, identifying a subset of the virtual players as being winners of the simulated game, and awarding a win to the lottery user if the selected virtual player is in the subset of virtual players.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 19, 2014
    Publication date: April 9, 2015
    Inventors: Randall M. Katz, Gary Dawson
  • Publication number: 20150072746
    Abstract: A virtual golf simulation apparatus and method are provided. In the apparatus and method, a golfer is allowed to selectively or arbitrarily set a hole-cup position on a green during a simulation procedure of a virtual golf course and a hole-cup is generated at the set position to provide virtual golf simulation environments meeting various needs of golfers who enjoy virtual golf games while arousing their interest. The virtual golf simulation apparatus for a golf course includes a setting unit for setting a hole-cup position on a putting green and an image processing unit for generating and rendering a hole-cup at the set hole-cup position on the putting green.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2014
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Inventor: Cheol Ho JANG
  • Publication number: 20150072745
    Abstract: A game device for controlling a game in which a function is applied to a movable object by moving an aiming cursor to be superimposed on the movable object, includes a cursor moving unit for moving the aiming cursor according to a user's operation; a specific region setting unit for setting a specific region on a screen, in which the aiming cursor is movable; a cursor within region setting unit for setting a size of the aiming cursor within the specific region so as to change the size of the aiming cursor according to a location within the specific region; and a specific region moving unit for moving the specific region according to a user's operation before a movement of the movable object is started.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 9, 2014
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Applicant: Konami Digital Entertainment Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Daisuke Sogabe, Keiji Matsukita, Yuji Kawakami
  • Publication number: 20150045098
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a system for providing an accumulation-type game service, and more specifically to a system for providing an accumulation-type game service using an offline golf game wherein: golfers playing an offline golf game at a country club, a screen golf game room, a par 3 hole, and the like participate in the accumulation-type game using an accumulation-type game device provided at each location before each golfer plays the golf game; and reserve money pre-assigned to each event are distributed to each golfer playing the offline golf game if events such as a hole-in-one, albatross, cycling birdie, eagle, and the like are achieved, thereby increasing interest in the golf game.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 12, 2012
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Inventors: YoungJae Lim, SukHyun Kim, NamGyu Lim
  • Patent number: 8951106
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method is disclosed that includes instructing a human player to perform a plurality of different actions in a determined order with a physical basketball, including actions of bouncing the physical basketball, and obtaining, with one or more electronic sensors, data that characterizes motion of the physical basketball being handled by the human player who is performing the instructed actions at a location. The method also includes communicating the data from the sensors to a console videogame system that is proximate to the location, and graphically representing, in a videogame displayed on a display device, performance by the human player, the performance being affected by the captured data, the representation of performance by the human player being compared against a standard of performance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: InfoMotion Sports Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael James Crowley, Kevin King
  • Publication number: 20150038203
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are a method and apparatus of providing a ball game. In the method, an available hitting area for enabling the input of a hitting point is displayed in the form of a rotation animation that dynamically rotates the available hitting area in the estimated direction of rotation of the ball based on the location of the hitting point. An impact icon for enabling the determination of impact is displayed in the form of a variation animation that dynamically varies the impact icon. If an input indicative of the stopping of the variation of the impact icon has been received, an impact value is determined based on the impact icon whose variation has been stopped at the time at which the input indicative of the stopping is received. The ball is moved across the virtual space based on the input hitting point and the impact value.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 25, 2013
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Applicant: GOLFZON CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Kyu-ha Cho
  • Publication number: 20150024813
    Abstract: The disclosed game control device is a device executing a game that simulates a sport or an amusement in the real world. The device includes: a setter configured to set a situation in a sport or an amusement before an event on the game; an event generator configured to generate the event based on information of an operational input under the situation set by the setter; and a result generator configured to generate a game result based on the situation set by the setter and the event generated by the event generator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 1, 2012
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Inventors: Minoru Yoneyama, Akihiko Shimizu, Kensuke Kokami
  • Publication number: 20150024814
    Abstract: An interactive sports-themed game is disclosed. The virtual game is associated with a real game, such as a baseball or golf game. Users play the virtual game, which is based on events in a real game that is followed by the users simultaneously as they play the virtual game. In one embodiment, the real game is a baseball game. In another embodiment, the real game is a golf game. A server communicates with clients to allow multiple users to compete in the virtual game via the use of client devices. In one embodiment, the game involves generating a list of predicted outcomes of the next play of a live sporting event, ranking the list, selecting one or more of the predicted outcomes to form a subset list. The outcome of the next play of the live sporting event is then compared to the subset list, and the player of the interactive sports-themed game is awarded points if the outcome of the play of the live sporting event matches one of the predictions in the subset list.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 25, 2014
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Applicant: BLEACHER LEAGUE ENTERTAINMENT, INC.
    Inventor: John ROOT
  • Publication number: 20150011279
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are a virtual golf simulation apparatus and method. The virtual golf simulation apparatus includes an image processing unit, a manipulation unit, and a green setting unit. The image processing unit provides an image of a basic set green on which a user will perform putting. The manipulation unit provides an interface that enables the user to set the lie of the basic set green. The green setting unit generates a user-set green by processing received setting information via the manipulation unit. The image processing unit provides the image of the user-set green.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 28, 2013
    Publication date: January 8, 2015
    Applicant: GOLFZON CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Gi-won Koo, Min-jun Kim, Seong-in Cho, Sung-young Im
  • Publication number: 20140378194
    Abstract: A broadcasting method for broadcasting images with augmented motion data, which may utilize a system having at least one camera, a computer and a wireless communication interface. The system obtains data from motion capture elements, analyzes data and optionally stores data in database for use in broadcasting applications, virtual reality applications and/or data mining. The system also recognizes at least one motion capture data element associated with a user or piece of equipment, and receives data associated with the motion capture element via the wireless communication interface. The system also enables unique displays associated with the user, such as 3D overlays onto images of the user to visually depict the captured motion data. Ratings, compliance, ball flight path data can be calculated and displayed, for example on a map or timeline or both. Furthermore, the system enables performance related equipment fitting and purchase.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 8, 2014
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Inventors: Michael BENTLEY, Bhaskar BOSE, Ryan KAPS
  • Patent number: 8896626
    Abstract: An image processing apparatus includes: a specific sound detecting section which detects a specific sound generated during motion of a specific motion conducted by a target object included in an image group including a plurality of images which continues in a time-series manner; a synthetic image generating section which generates a synthetic image representing transitions of the specific motion; a determination range setting section which sets, as a determination range, a range in the time axis for determination on the generation of the synthetic image on the basis of a user manipulation; and a control section which controls the synthetic image generating section to generate the synthetic image in a case where the specific sound is detected in the set determination range, and not to generate the synthetic image in a case where the specific sound is not detected in the set determination range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Tetsuro Kawai, Daisuke Nakao
  • Patent number: 8894490
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention generally relate to an interactive sports gaming device and methods of manufacturing and utilizing same. More specifically, embodiments of the present invention relate to an interactive sports gaming device simulating the feel of an authentic sports accessory, capable of providing a cost-effective training device for actual sports play. In one embodiment of the present invention, an interactive sports gaming device comprises a housing for supporting a motion detection controller, the motion detection controller for wirelessly communicating with a video game system, and an authentic handle projecting from a first end of the housing, wherein the interactive sports gaming device simulates the feel of an authentic sports accessory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Inventor: Jordan Brandt
  • Publication number: 20140342789
    Abstract: A game device includes: a screen image generating unit that generates and displays an image of a golf course, a landing point control unit that displays a marker indicating a predicted landing point of a ball, and a shot control unit operative to control a shot. Upon receiving an input instruction for moving the position of the marker, the landing point control unit moves the position of the marker by, changing the azimuth angle of the marker in a continuous manner along with a movement of an indicated position and by changing the radius of the marker discretely, when the position of the marker is represented by a two-dimensional polar coordinate system of which the origin point is a current ball position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 4, 2014
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Inventors: Yoshinori KOTSUGAI, Kentaro SUZUKI, Masashi MURAMORI, Hirofumi HASHIMOTO
  • Patent number: 8890774
    Abstract: A heads-up display associated with a user manipulated object in a gaming environment, particularly a racing game. According to one aspect the heads-up display may reduce the distance a user's eye travels between a focal area and the heads-up display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen Uphill, Christopher Francis, Dominic Jackson, James Whittamore, Ashleigh J. Pook
  • Patent number: 8882613
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a system and a method for gathering ball game data and in particular tennis match data in real time. To this end the system comprises a hands-free voice receiving means (4) adapted to receive words spoken by the player (2) wearing the receiving means. The words are then analyzed by an analyzing means adapted to analyze a dedicated ball game vocabulary used by the player. The analysis of the spoken words translates these words into digital match data. This data can be displayed, at least as score of the game by a display (10). More elaborate match data information can be gathered. Such data may be fed to an expert system giving back advice to the player.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Kitris AG
    Inventor: Christian Züger
  • Patent number: 8876638
    Abstract: A method for performing pitch classification includes receiving, at a computing device, one or more pitch properties corresponding to a ball thrown by a pitcher. Pitcher information corresponding to the pitcher is also received. The pitcher information includes at least an identification of one or more pitches that are in a repertoire of the pitcher. A classification of the pitch is determined using at least a pitch classification algorithm, where the classification of the pitch is based at least in part on the one or more pitch properties and at least in part on the pitcher information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: MLB Advanced Media, L.P.
    Inventors: Ross Paul, Cory Schwartz
  • Patent number: 8864606
    Abstract: A system is generally described which includes a sports system. The sports system includes a wind profile detector, a reference location, and a user interface device. Among other information the user interface device may provide information based on the wind profile from the wind profile detector and the reference location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: The Invention Science Fund I, LLC
    Inventors: Alistair K. Chan, Roderick A. Hyde, Jordin T. Kare, Lowell L. Wood, Jr.