Perceptible Output Or Display (e.g., Tactile, Etc.) Patents (Class 463/30)
  • Patent number: 11954772
    Abstract: An acquisition unit 104 acquires from a server a status of a friend user. A menu image generation unit 110 generates a menu image including an icon. A user image placement unit 116 places, on the periphery of the icon, images of friend users whose statuses acquired by the acquisition unit 104 are related to the icon. The icon is an icon representing content, and the user image placement unit 116 places, on the periphery of the icon, an image of a friend user currently performing the content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2024
    Assignee: SONY INTERACTIVE ENTERTAINMENT INC.
    Inventors: Daisuke Kawamura, Ikuo Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 11951386
    Abstract: An example information processing system includes a main unit, a first controller device and a second controller device. The main unit includes a display. The first controller device is configured to be removably attached to the main unit, and the first controller device transmits first operation data representing an operation performed on the first controller device to the main unit, irrespective of whether the first controller device is attached to the main unit. The second controller device is configured to be removably attached to the main unit, and the second controller device transmits second operation data representing an operation performed on the second controller device to the main unit, irrespective of whether the second controller device is attached to the main unit. The main unit displays, on the display, an execution result of an information process based on the first and the second operation data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2022
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2024
    Assignee: NINTENDO CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yoshiaki Koizumi, Yui Ehara, Munetaka Nishikawa, Kochi Kawai, Kenichi Mae
  • Patent number: 11922765
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates generally to a system that utilizes a virtual ticket audit device to account for the transfer of virtual ticket vouchers between different components of a gaming establishment ecosystem.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2024
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventors: Kevin Higgins, Erik Petersen
  • Patent number: 11880998
    Abstract: A device may receive images identifying interiors of buildings and movable objects and unmovable objects located in the interiors, and may train a machine learning model with the images to generate a trained machine learning model. The device may receive an image identifying an interior portion of a building and objects located in the interior portion, and may process the image, with the trained machine learning model, to identify a movable object and an unmovable object. The device may disregard the movable object to generate an image in which data identifying the movable object has been disregarded, and may process the image in which the data identifying the movable object has been disregarded, with a visual positioning system, to determine a location of the user device in the interior portion of the building. The device may perform one or more actions based on the location of the user device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2024
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: Rejaul Monir, Ashley A. Vogt, Chad Hammond, Mithu Datta, Derek Wade Ohlarik
  • Patent number: 11880420
    Abstract: A method including parsing a query into a tree of operations, generating a query matrix and a transcript matrix, determining a cross-correlation of the query matrix and the transcript matrix, applying a softness map to the cross-correlation to determine one or more matches for each of the literals, and combining the one or more matches utilizing the tree of operations to generate an output, each of the operators corresponding to a combination operation for the matches.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2024
    Assignee: Gridspace Inc.
    Inventor: Anthony Scodary
  • Patent number: 11857860
    Abstract: A method includes maintaining a plurality of sport-related ability metrics from a plurality of users, each of the plurality of users having a respective ability level or handicap that is within a predetermined tolerance of an ability level or handicap of an individual user; determining a statistical distribution of each of the plurality of ability metrics; receiving data from the individual user corresponding to the user's participation within a sporting activity; determining an ability metric from the data received from the individual user; generating a visual image that illustrates the determined ability metric within the statistical distribution; and displaying the visual image via the electronic user interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2024
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Sunil Bharadwaj, John Bouck
  • Patent number: 11861985
    Abstract: A gaming device for dynamically configuring a composite feature game based on a first feature game and a second feature game. When the composite feature game is triggered, a game controller determines respective current states of a first feature game and a second feature game. The current state of the first feature game comprises a first unenhanced state that has a first unenhanced play characteristic and a first enhanced state that has a first enhanced play characteristic. The current state of the second feature game comprises a second unenhanced state that has a second unenhanced play characteristic and a second enhanced state that has a second unenhanced play characteristic. The game controller dynamically incorporates one of the first enhanced play characteristic and one of the second unenhanced play characteristic and the second unenhanced play characteristic into a composite play characteristic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2024
    Assignee: ARISTOCRAT TECHNOLOGIES AUSTRALIA PTY LTD.
    Inventors: James Loader, Karen Kendall, Luke Ireland, Antoon Visser, Joshua Matos
  • Patent number: 11854347
    Abstract: The disclosed technology relates to a method, system, and device for gaming including the display of a plurality of game symbols, each game symbol associated with one of at least two possible game actions. The game symbols associated with a first game action are displayed including a numerical prize value. Gameplay includes the selection of game symbols. In the event that a game symbol associated with a first game action is selected, its corresponding numerical prize value is award, for example added to a cumulative bonus prize, and the game symbol is then associated with the second game action. Typically, the visual representation of the game symbol is also changed, for example, the numerical prize value is removed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2022
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2023
    Assignee: Aristocrat Technologies Australia Pty Limited
    Inventors: Matthew Chan, James Loader
  • Patent number: 11831854
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus acquires a first image obtained by imaging a real space. The information processing apparatus generates a display image by merging the first image into a second image representing a virtual space to be presented to a user wearing a head-mounted display (HMD), the display image being configured such that the first image has an inconspicuous border. The information processing apparatus displays the generated display image on the HMD.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2023
    Assignee: Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventor: Koji Ohata
  • Patent number: 11809616
    Abstract: A method and system for twin pose detection based on interactive indirect inference. The method includes: acquiring, by sensors on a mobile phone, a data set in real time; and obtaining poses of individual parts of a skeleton of an object by reasoning using reasoners on individual parts based on the data set and a preferred way of the object for using the mobile phone; merging the poses to generate multiple initial virtual skeletons; under a predetermined human mechanics constraint, obtaining multiple overall virtual skeletons satisfying the predetermined human mechanics constraint from the initial virtual skeletons; and screening a predetermined number of overall virtual skeletons from the overall virtual skeletons, and obtaining a dynamic twin virtual pose in real time by reasoning on the predetermined number of overall virtual skeletons using an overall skeleton reasoner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2023
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2023
    Inventor: Qing Zhang
  • Patent number: 11783673
    Abstract: In various embodiments, the present disclosure relates generally to methods for providing an award based on matching symbols.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2023
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventor: Scott Caputo
  • Patent number: 11782510
    Abstract: A device for providing haptic sensation includes a haptic feedback interface. A plurality of videos each recording a real time or near-real time event in a three-dimensional real-world area from a different viewing angle is received and a user input via a mode selector in form of at least one of a gesture or a physical touch input on the mode selector to indicate a selection of an image-capture device is received, wherein the selected image-capture device captures a video of an event from a specific viewing angle that a user prefers to experience. A plurality of different motion of a plurality of objects in an upcoming scene of a captured video is detected based on a look-ahead buffer of the video. One or more movable haptic cues are generated as a different amount of pressure on the haptic feedback interface in synchronization with a current scene.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2022
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2023
    Inventors: Niki Mani, Alex Hamid Mani
  • Patent number: 11775739
    Abstract: Systems and methods for visually tagging communications in communication sessions are provided. A current communication session associated with a user device communicating with one or more other user devices may be monitored. The current communication session may include a plurality of messages including a set of the messages associated with the user device. An emotional state may be identified for each of the messages in the set and categorized based on analyzing the set of the messages in view of contextual information regarding the user of the user device. A categorized emotional state of at least one of the messages may be detected as triggering a tagging rule associated with the user of the user device. A presentation of the set of the messages may be modified within the current communication session based on the tagging rule. The modified presentation may include one or more tags indicative of the categorized emotional state of the at least one message.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2023
    Assignee: SONY INTERACTIVE ENTERTAINMENT LLC
    Inventors: Rui Yang, Courtney Yingling
  • Patent number: 11769121
    Abstract: A robot is described. The robot includes a propulsion system, a wireless interface, a memory device, and a processor configured to execute instructions stored in the memory device. The instructions, when executed by the processor, cause the processor to determine, based upon a communication received at the wireless interface, to perform a celebration associated with a trigger event that has occurred on a casino floor and in response to determining to perform the celebration, control the propulsion system to cause the robot to perform at least a portion of the celebration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2023
    Assignee: Aristocrat Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Michelle Cupersmith, Victor Blanco, Jon Hanlin, Sina Miri, Christopher Cleveland, Tammy Rambo, Rajneesh Sharma, Jennifer Potokar, Frank Rodriguez, Rajendrasinh Jadeja
  • Patent number: 11759702
    Abstract: The game system includes a processor including hardware. The processor performs a reception process of receiving coordinates of a touching operation in a touch screen as touching operation coordinates when the touching operation is performed by a player with respect to the touch screen; a virtual touch area process of associating the touching operation coordinates in the virtual touch area set in the touch screen as an area smaller than the touch screen with mapping coordinates on the touch screen; when the touching operation is performed with respect to the virtual touch area, an input process of setting the mapping coordinates as input coordinates, assuming that the touching operation is performed with respect to the mapping coordinates associated with the touching operation coordinates in the virtual touch area in which the touching operation is performed; and a game process based on the input coordinates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2023
    Assignee: BANDAI NAMCO ENTERTAINMENT INC.
    Inventor: Teppei Miyano
  • Patent number: 11765028
    Abstract: Systems and techniques for providing more efficient remote provisioning of assets for software applications are provided. Such systems and techniques allow for more flexible distribution of such assets while reducing bandwidth consumption and storage requirements on provisioned devices and reducing delay time from requesting a software application on a remote device and then having the remote device actually execute the requested software application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2022
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2023
    Assignee: Aristocrat Technologies Australia Pty Limited
    Inventors: Jody S. Brown, Christopher G. Fandrich, Sanjay Kumar
  • Patent number: 11721171
    Abstract: An electronic gaming machine includes a game controller configured to (i) display, (a) an initial game play area including a plurality of reels and (b) a bonus region, the initial game play area including a plurality of active symbol display positions, and the bonus region including a plurality of inactive symbol display positions, (ii) generate a first game outcome for a first base round based on a first output, (iii) in response to determining that at least one of the displayed symbols for the first game outcome is a trigger symbol, unlock at least one of the plurality of inactive symbol display positions in the bonus region, and (iv) after a plurality of base rounds of the base game, initiate a bonus game including activating all inactive symbol display positions that have been unlocked, the activating including expanding the initial game play area to include the activated symbol display positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2023
    Assignee: Aristocrat Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel Marks, Hua Xu
  • Patent number: 11717751
    Abstract: An in-game display control method and apparatus, a storage medium, a processor, and a terminal are provided. The method includes that: a touch area is configured on a graphical user interface; in response to a first touch operation acting on the touch area, a movement of a preset virtual character in a game scene is controlled according to the first touch operation; a scene display area is updated according to a first position of the preset virtual character in the game scene; whether a preset specific event exists in a preset area of the first position is detected; when the specific event is detected to exist in the preset area of the first position, event attribute information of the specific event is acquired; and the scene display area in the game scene is updated according to the event attribute information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2023
    Assignee: NETEASE (HANGZHOU) NETWORK CO..LTD.
    Inventors: Kun Shao, Zheng Jin
  • Patent number: 11712625
    Abstract: Operation data is acquired from either a first type of controller having a plurality of operation sections or a second type of controller having fewer operation sections, and a game process is performed. When the first type of controller is used for game operation, a selection item is switched in a forward direction for a plurality of items arranged in a predetermined order, in accordance with an operation on a first operation section, and the selection item is switched in a reverse direction in accordance with an operation on a second operation section. In addition, when the second type of controller is used for game operation, the selection item is switched in the forward direction in accordance with an operation on a third operation section of the second type of controller. Then, a UI image including these items is generated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2022
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2023
    Assignee: NINTENDO CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yuji Kando, Yoshiaki Onishi, Ayako Moriwaki
  • Patent number: 11715350
    Abstract: A gaming machine comprises a display and an electronic controller for playing a first game. The electronic controller is configured to randomly determine whether to display one or more bonus symbols in the first game, each bonus symbol being associated with a bonus value award. Where a trigger event occurs during the first game, such as the appearance of a predetermined order of bonus symbols, electronic controller is configured to display an array of the bonus symbols on the display or optionally on another display. Where bonus symbols appear in further plays of the first game or plays of a second game, the bonus symbols are added to the array and bonus symbols present on the array are sequentially transferred to a win meter, which increments by the amount of the associated bonus value award of each transferred bonus symbol.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2023
    Assignee: Ainsworth Game Technology Limited
    Inventor: William George Cormack
  • Patent number: 11714876
    Abstract: A real-time event transcription system and related methods provides for determining the existence, sequencing and timing of an event and/or event elements, for detecting and compensating for latency issues and cheating while providing synchronized user engagement, wherein users who are observing an event interact with a stream of stimuli generated over the course of the event, each user's interactions precisely recorded and accurately timestamped, accounting and/or compensating for various delays that may cause different users to encounter the stimuli at different times. Embodiments further provide for methods to determine and synchronize stimuli and reaction timing across a plurality of geographical locations, transmission methods and media.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2023
    Assignee: AIMCAST IP, LLC
    Inventor: Matan Arazi
  • Patent number: 11707848
    Abstract: A method includes accessing RGB and depth image data representing a scene that includes at least a portion of a robotic limb. Using this data, a computing system may segment the image data to isolate and identify at least a portion of the robotic limb within the scene. The computing system can determine a current pose of the robotic limb within the scene based on the image data, joint data, or a 3D virtual model of the robotic limb. The computing system may then determine a desired goal pose, which may be based on the image data or the 3D virtual model. Based on the determined goal pose, the computing device determines the difference between the current pose and the goal pose of the robotic limb, and using this difference, provides a pose adjustment that for the robotic limb.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2022
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2023
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Philipp Schoessler, Thibault Neveu, Dane Mason, Kathleen Sofia Hajash, Brian Thomas Harms
  • Patent number: 11694358
    Abstract: Disclosed are systems and methods for improving interactions with and between computers in content searching, hosting and/or providing systems supported by or configured with devices, servers and/or platforms. The disclosed systems and methods provide an image processing framework that sub-divides computer vision techniques into three computationally efficient steps: detection, classification and matching. These steps provide an improved image processing framework that can analyze live stream data of a media file, in real-time, in order to identify and track specific digital objects depicted therein. This enables not only image processing detection results, but also the capabilities of augmenting the video stream with additional data related to the detected object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2023
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: Guy Dassa, Yale Song, Jeffrey Scholz, Joao Vitor Baldini Soares, Minho Lee
  • Patent number: 11688229
    Abstract: A gaming device that includes a display displaying a plurality of symbols in a plurality of columns of symbol positions, respectively, and a game controller that determines whether the plurality of symbols selected for display include one or both of the first trigger symbol and the second trigger symbol, in response to determining that the symbols include a first trigger symbol but not a second trigger symbol, randomly determines whether to conduct a first feature game, and in response to determining that the symbols selected include both the first trigger symbol and the second trigger symbol, randomly determines whether to conduct a third feature game selected between the first feature game, a second feature game, and a composite game incorporating at least one characteristic of each of the first feature game and the second feature game.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2023
    Assignee: Aristocrat Technologies Australia Pty Limited
    Inventors: Karen Kendall, James Loader, Lauren Paterson, Antoon Visser
  • Patent number: 11666822
    Abstract: A computer-implemented methods for generating a mini-game are provided. One method includes recording gameplay of a game on a computer game system and receiving a signal to generate said mini-game, and responsive to said signal suspending play of the game. The method includes identifying a start point and an end point for the mini-game from the recorded game, and using said start point and said end point for generating executable instructions to enable play of the mini-game. The method includes saving said generated executable instructions to a distribution system. The distribution system includes at least one server to enable access to the mini-game to access said generated executable instructions. And, selection of the generated executable instructions enables interactive gameplay of the mini-game.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2023
    Assignee: Sony Interactive Entertainment LLC
    Inventor: Gary M. Zalewski
  • Patent number: 11620870
    Abstract: A slot game may assign a multiplier value to a stacked reel having an outcome including a stack of special symbols or wild symbols. The assigned multiplier value may be selected based on a random game outcome of preceding reels. The slot game may display the stacked reel with the assigned multiplier value or by replacing the stack of special symbols with a single symbol and the assigned multiplier value. The slot game may display a merged multiplier value over adjacent stacked reels, the merged multiplier value being the product of the assigned multiplier values for each of the adjacent stacked reels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2023
    Assignee: Aristocrat Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Gary Penacho, Allon Englman
  • Patent number: 11615669
    Abstract: Embodiments provide systems, apparatus, and methods for rendering supplemental information on an electronic gaming machine, where the supplemental information does not relate to game play on the machine. The supplemental information can include safety warnings, maintenance information, or other information. The electronic gaming device can detect user interactions with the electronic gaming machine, such as using sensors or a player interface that includes a touchscreen. The user interactions can be compared with a condition associated with the supplemental information. Feedback, such as visual, audio, or haptic feedback, or a combination thereof, can be provided to indicate to the user whether the condition is satisfied. Numerous additional aspects are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2023
    Assignee: Aristocrat Technologies Australia PTY Limited
    Inventor: Bruce W. Essex
  • Patent number: 11571621
    Abstract: There is provided an electronic device operable with a computer. The computer can be configured to run/execute a program which can be associated with graphic based data and audio based data. The computer can include a main display screen which can be configured to display information based on graphic based data. The electronic device can include a display module which can be configured to display auxiliary information. Auxiliary information displayed by the display module, but not the main display, is derivable based on audio based data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2023
    Assignee: Creative Technology Ltd
    Inventors: Yee Shian Lee, Chee Kin Cheong, Feng Xu
  • Patent number: 11559736
    Abstract: Disclosed are a control response method and apparatus, and a terminal. The method is applied to a touch control terminal capable of presenting a graphical user interface, including: providing a first control on a graphical user interface, the operation response region of the first control including a first control region and a first response region; providing a second touch region on a graphical user interface, wherein the second touch region at least partially overlaps with the first response region; detecting a first touch operation acting on an overlap region of the second touch region and the first response region; determining an operation instruction generated in response to the first touch operation according to the game parameter, wherein the operation instruction is a first operation instruction corresponding to the first control or a second operation instruction corresponding to the second touch region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2023
    Assignee: NETEASE (HANGZHOU) NETWORK CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Jin Ge
  • Patent number: 11561619
    Abstract: A haptic feedback device for providing haptic sensation includes a haptic feedback interface that includes a plurality of haptic elements. The haptic feedback device receives a plurality of videos each recording a real time or near-real time event in a three-dimensional real-world area from a different viewing angle. The haptic feedback device receives a user input that indicates a selection of an image-capture device from the plurality of image-capture devices. The haptic feedback device detects a plurality of different motion associated with a plurality of objects in an upcoming scene of a video captured by the selected image-capture device based on a look-ahead buffer of the video. A haptic feedback is determined for the upcoming scene of the video. One or more movable haptic cues are generated on the haptic feedback interface using the plurality of haptic elements in synchronization with a current scene of the video.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2023
    Inventors: Niki Mani, Alex Hamid Mani
  • Patent number: 11553346
    Abstract: A first roadway system receives a communication from a second roadway system over a wireless channel, where the communication includes a description of a physical object within a driving environment. Characteristics of the physical object are determined based on sensors of the first roadway system. The communication is determined to contain an anomaly based on a comparison of the description of the physical object with the characteristics determined based on the sensors of the first roadway system. Misbehavior data is generated to describe the anomaly. A remedial action is initiated based on the anomaly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2023
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Liuyang Lily Yang, Manoj R. Sastry, Xiruo Liu, Moreno Ambrosin
  • Patent number: 11541313
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to systems and methods providing customized video game trailers or teasers as interactive gaming applications to users in order to entice a purchase of a full-version of the game. In various aspects, the interactive gaming application may be configured to cater to a particular user's interests, preferences, or gaming styles. Additionally, the systems and methods may prompt the user to purchase the full game at the height or apex of their engagement with the interactive application. In various aspects, the user interest and preferences may be determined based upon the users conscious or subconscious interactions with a variety of other services.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2023
    Assignee: Sony Interactive Entertainment LLC
    Inventors: Oludemilade Raji, Jenna Lohouse
  • Patent number: 11546209
    Abstract: Systems and techniques for providing more efficient remote provisioning of assets for software applications are provided. Such systems and techniques allow for more flexible distribution of such assets while reducing bandwidth consumption and storage requirements on provisioned devices and reducing delay time from requesting a software application on a remote device and then having the remote device actually execute the requested software application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2023
    Assignee: Aristocrat Technologies Australia Pty Limited
    Inventors: Jody S. Brown, Christopher G. Fandrich, Sanjay Kumar
  • Patent number: 11538265
    Abstract: An orientation tag provides orientation information and, by affixing the orientation tag to an object, orientation information of the object. The orientation tag displays different orientation information based on viewing the orientation tag at different angles. In particular, the orientation tag displays an angle and direction that the orientation tag is rotated about a horizontal axis relative to a viewer, and an angle and direction that the orientation tag is rotated about a vertical axis relative to the viewer. Viewing the orientation tag enables determining an angle and direction (e.g., depth information) that the orientation tag is rotated about a depth axis relative to the viewer. The orientation information and the depth information facilitate determining the orientation of the orientation tag in three dimensions. An output device outputs a user interactive experience based on the orientation information and the depth information provided by the orientation tag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2022
    Assignee: Universal City Studios LLC
    Inventor: Akiva Meir Krauthamer
  • Patent number: 11523952
    Abstract: A system for controlling a wheelchair is disclosed. The system includes an input device that includes a shaft element, a base element, and one or more annular elements. A lower distal end of the shaft element is coupled to the base element, and the shaft element is configured to pivotally move about the lower distal end of the shaft element. A first annular element of the one or more annular elements is circumferentially disposed around the shaft element. The first annular element is coupled to the base element, and the first annular element is configured to rotate about the shaft element. The input device is configured to generate one or more input signals based on a position of the first annular element and a pivotal movement of the shaft element. The one or more input signals are configured to cause a controller to set an operation mode of the wheelchair.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2022
    Assignee: TOYOTA MOTOR NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Christopher Lee, Douglas A. Moore
  • Patent number: 11496427
    Abstract: A media appliance comprising: video apparatus for outputting signals to a screen; a control device allowing a user to control the output of signals from the video apparatus to the screen, thereby selecting a viewing activity; a network interface for accessing a packet-based network; a memory storing a communication client application; and processing apparatus, coupled to the memory, network interface and video apparatus, and arranged to execute the communication client application; wherein the client application is configured so as when executed to allow the user to conduct bidirectional communications with other users via the packet-based network, and output notifications to the user of incoming communication events received from other users over the packet-based network; and wherein the client application is further configured to defer one or more of said notifications of incoming communication events received during said viewing activity, determine a delineation in the viewing activity, and automatically o
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2022
    Assignee: Rovi Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: David Dinka, Gisela Gier
  • Patent number: 11493990
    Abstract: A simulation system includes a processor including hardware. The processor performs a moving body process of performing a process of moving a moving body corresponding to a user wearing an HMD in a virtual space, a virtual camera control process of controlling a virtual camera moving in accordance with a movement of the moving body, and a display process of generating an image as viewed from the virtual camera in the virtual space as a display image of the head mounted display. The processor performs, in the display process, an image effect process for motion sickness prevention as a process of blurring, compared with a display object in a given distance range from the virtual camera, an image of a display object in a distance range farther than the given distance range to generate the display image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2022
    Assignee: BANDAI NAMCO ENTERTAINMENT INC.
    Inventors: Takahiro Kakizawa, Masaru Aita, Shusuke Miura
  • Patent number: 11487349
    Abstract: An attraction capable of incorporating user interactivity. The attraction utilizes a slide for supporting a rider, with a ride vehicle or without. The ride vehicle may support one or multiple riders that allows the riders to manipulate its position or other associated elements while on the attraction. Upon manipulating an element, a signal may be transmitted. This signal may aid in determining whether a rider has successfully manipulated the element, for example, at an appropriate time. Sensors along the attraction may also be configured to track the user and/or ride vehicle via determining vicinity of the user and/or ride vehicle at a known location. Various rewards and/or features may be enabled based upon successful manipulation and/or user position. The attraction may include one or more illuminating features. Statistics or other information may be determined, stored, and/or provided (e.g., using mobile applications and/or scoreboards) relating to user performance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2022
    Assignee: WhiteWater West Industries, Ltd.
    Inventors: Rick Briggs, Aaron Mendelson, Rick Sebulsky, Mohammed Sahill Rafiq, William Walter Andrews, Keith James Campden, Mitchell Keith Fitzgibbon
  • Patent number: 11482095
    Abstract: A wireless control method includes sending, by a controller, a first control command to instruct the first device to execute a corresponding event, receiving, by a wireless router, the first control command, determining, in response to the first control command, that the first device is not connected to a power supply, and sending a power supply connect instruction to an input apparatus, where the power supply connect instruction instructs the input apparatus to connect the first device to the power supply.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2022
    Assignee: HUAWEI TECHNOLOGIES CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yafei Wang, Weiping Zhu, Jianfeng Xu
  • Patent number: 11471767
    Abstract: An information processing system includes a controller which receives an operation input of a user and an information processing unit which performs an information process based on the operation input received by the controller. The information processing unit includes a game progress unit which controls an own character in the virtual space based on the operation input of the user to draw the virtual space with the corresponding color of the own character and a battle determination unit which performs a battle determination based on a drawing state of a corresponding color of an enemy character, which is different from the corresponding color of the own character, to a virtual space and a drawing state of the corresponding color of the own character to the virtual space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2022
    Assignee: NINTENDO CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Shintaro Sato
  • Patent number: 11465050
    Abstract: Techniques and systems for immersive interactions are provided. A first smart device available for interaction is identified by an interactivity system. A first physical game piece is detected by the interactivity system, and a first identifier of the first physical game piece is received, from the first physical game piece, via one or more wireless signals. A first set of predefined effects that can be performed using the first smart device is identified based on the first identifier. The first smart device is instructed to perform at least a first predefined effect of the first set of predefined effects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2022
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael P. Goslin, Elliott H. Baumbach, Tritia V. Medrano, Timothy M. Panec, Clifford Wong, Nathan D. Nocon, Jason A. Yeung
  • Patent number: 11458390
    Abstract: A game controller, a vibration method and an apparatus for a game controller are provided. In the vibration method, current scene information on a terminal screen is acquired. When the current scene information contains a vibration event, event coordinates are acquired corresponding to the vibration event. A target motor identifier is determined according to the event coordinates. A motor corresponding to the target motor identifier is controlled to vibrate. A terminal device and a computer-readable storage medium are also disclosed. The players can obtain game scene information according to vibration sensations, and make quick and accurate judgments and responses accordingly, so that the game controller not only serves as an input device for game control, but it also serves as an output device for feeding back game information to the players, thus improving the gaming experience for the players.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2022
    Assignee: AAC Technologies Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: Xiuyue Wang, Jianqi Li
  • Patent number: 11457275
    Abstract: Disclosed is a display apparatus and a control method thereof. The display apparatus includes: a display comprising a screen to display an image thereon; a processor configured to: display on the screen of the display an image of a content consisting of a plurality of frames, identify whether a use state of the content is in an idle state based on a change in an image between consecutive first and second frames, and perform an operation according to the identified state. The processor is configured to identify a change in an image in a first region comprising a center of the screen by providing a weight greater than that of a change in an image in a second region located near the first region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2022
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Dulguun Batmunkh
  • Patent number: 11450175
    Abstract: Provided are systems for providing ticket and cashless discount offers. As system includes a processor circuit that receives, from a player, a request for a cashout that corresponds to a cash balance held by the player at the end of a gaming session. A cashout bonus status that corresponds to the player and to the gaming session is determined. A bonus portion that is based on the cashout bonus status and the cash balance is determined. The system transmits an offer message to the player. The offer message includes an offer to allocate the bonus portion and the cash balance to be spent with a predefined vendor that is associated with a game provider. If the player accepts the offer, the bonus portion and at least a portion of the cash balance are transferred to an account that is associated with the player and the predefined vendor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventors: Samantha Ascheri-Phillips, Patrick Danielson, Dwayne Nelson
  • Patent number: 11433305
    Abstract: A terminal apparatus includes a storage device that stores state information of game contents changing according to progress of a game; a screen information generator that generates first information relating to a display of the game contents on a display screen and second information relating to a display of the state information on the display screen; an output device that outputs the first information and the second information to the display screen at a predetermined timing, respectively; and an instruction receiving device that receives a switching instruction to switch between display of the game contents and display of the state information on the display screen, wherein the screen information generator generates the second information based on latest state information stored on the storage device at a time when receiving the switching instruction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2022
    Assignee: GREE, Inc.
    Inventor: Kenji Inoue
  • Patent number: 11423739
    Abstract: The disclosed technology relates to a method, system, and device for gaming including the display of a plurality of game symbols, each game symbol associated with one of at least two possible game actions. The game symbols associated with a first game action are displayed including a numerical prize value. Gameplay includes the selection of game symbols. In the event that a game symbol associated with a first game action is selected, its corresponding numerical prize value is award, for example added to a cumulative bonus prize, and the game symbol is then associated with the second game action. Typically, the visual representation of the game symbol is also changed, for example, the numerical prize value is removed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2022
    Assignee: Aristocrat Technologies Australia Pty Limited
    Inventors: Matthew Chan, James Loader
  • Patent number: 11406900
    Abstract: A system, a machine-readable storage medium storing instructions, and a computer-implemented method are described herein for a System Tuner for defining an in-game event requiting accumulation of a pre-defined set of virtual objects in a virtual game (or online game) prior to termination of the in-game event. The System Tuner determines a head-start subset from the pre-defined set of virtual objects for a target player account based on a difference between a reference player skill level for the virtual game and a player skill level of the target player account. The System Tuner determines, based on the player skill level of the target player account and a pre-defined duration of the in-game event, a drop rate for virtual objects remaining in the pre-defined set of virtual objects. The System Tuner sends the head-start subset and the drop rate to a client device associated with the target player account.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2022
    Assignee: Zynga Inc.
    Inventors: Stan Patton, Jean Luo, Jack Lim, Tim LeTourneau, Alexi Chialtas, Joseph Traverso, Hao Chen
  • Patent number: 11400377
    Abstract: Described herein are techniques for improving user experience in a video game. In some embodiments, the techniques utilize one or more snapshots of the video game over time to adjust a pose of a user's input device in the video game. For example, the user's input device may be a spatially tracked controller which has a tracked pose in the video game. A user input may indicate a button pressed on the spatially tracked controller (e.g., triggering firing of a shot in the video game). In some embodiments, the techniques use the snapshot(s) of the video game that capture instances prior to the user input to adjust a pose of the user input device in the video game to provide an improved user experience.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: Harmonix Music Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Ryan William Challinor
  • Patent number: 11402915
    Abstract: Systems and methods of providing mediated social interactions are provided. For instance, a user input from a first user indicative a request to facilitate a provision of emotive contextual signals to a second user can be received. One or more emotive contextual signals to be provided to the second user can be determined based at least in part on the user input. The one or more first emotive contextual signals can include one or more haptic feedback signals intended to facilitate a mediated social interaction associated with the second user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: GOOGLE LLC
    Inventor: Kelly Elizabeth Dobson
  • Patent number: 11398076
    Abstract: A three-dimensional media streaming and broadcasting system and method, which enables different media, such as concerts and sports events, to be transferred in a live and three-dimensional manner, and the transferred image to be broadcast and viewed with devices such as virtual reality goggles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2022
    Inventor: Hamit Mermerkaya