Player-actuated Control Structure (e.g., Brain-wave Or Body Signal, Bar-code Wand, Foot Pedal, Etc.) Patents (Class 463/36)
  • Patent number: 9811313
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and computer media for generating and invoking voice-triggered macros are disclosed herein. A buffer is configured to receive sensor data for one or more sensors. The sensor data reflects user actions. A macro generator is configured to receive a command to initiate creation of a voice-triggered macro and determine macro actions for inclusion in the voice-triggered macro based on the sensor data in the buffer. The macro generator is also configured to assign a speech key to the voice-triggered macro. When audio input is determined to match the speech key of the voice-triggered macro, the macro actions are performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2017
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Zachariah Glen Johnson, Sreekar Choudhary, John Henson, Kandarp Jani
  • Patent number: 9805545
    Abstract: A casino electronic gaming machine cabinet includes at least one display screen, multiple input controls, a dock configured to receive a player's mobile device, at least one communication interface capable of electronic communication with the player's mobile device via the dock while the mobile device executes wagering game software, and control circuitry to receive wagering game input commands entered by the player via the input controls of the casino electronic gaming machine cabinet, transmit, to the player's mobile device via the at least one communication interface while the player's mobile device is docked at the casino electronic gaming machine cabinet, control signals corresponding to the received wagering game input commands. The control signals provide control input to the wagering game software, receive from the player's docked mobile device, graphics output from the wagering game software providing visual components of the wagering game play.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: IGT CANADA SOLUTIONS ULC
    Inventors: Stefan Keilwert, James William Morrow
  • Patent number: 9798391
    Abstract: Various techniques are described for controlling a wager-based game played at a gaming system. In one embodiment the gaming system may include a gesture input interface device operable to detect movements gestures associated with one or more persons, and a gesture interpretation component operable to identify selected movements or gestures detected by the gesture input interface device. In one embodiment, the gesture interpretation component may also be operable to generate gesture interpretation information relating to interpretation of the selected movements or gestures. In one embodiment, the gaming system may be operable to automatically detect a gesture by a player participating in a game session at the gaming system; interpret the gesture with respect to a set of criteria; generate gesture interpretation information relating to the interpretation of the gesture; and advance a state of the game session using at least a portion of the gesture interpretation information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventors: Harold E. Mattice, Chan Griswold, James Stockdale, Richard Wilder, Chris Gadda, Binh Nguyen
  • Patent number: 9795883
    Abstract: Operational management of a multi-media system includes assessing end user performance with respect to operation of a multi-media device in the multi-media system. Upon determining a performance value derived from assessment of the end user performance exceeds a pre-defined threshold value, the operational management further includes identifying accommodation options that specify modifications to the operation of the multi-media device and/or operations of another multi-media device in the multi-media system that is engaged in a media activity concurrent with the end user of the multi-media device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: John G. Musial, Abhinay R. Nagpal, Sandeep R. Patil, Sri Ramanathan
  • Patent number: 9782671
    Abstract: An example game controller is removably attachable to a main unit. The game controller includes a controller-side slide member. The controller-side slide member protrudes from a first surface of the game controller and is configured to slidably engage with the main unit-side slide member in a slide direction. The controller-side slide member has a first end and a second end in the slide direction, and the game controller is configured to be attached to the main unit by inserting the controller-side slide member into the main unit-side slide member. The controller-side slide member includes a protruding portion and at least one terminal. The protruding portion protrudes from the first end side of the controller-side slide member in the slide direction and has a facing surface that faces the first surface of the game controller. The at least one terminal is between the facing surface and the first surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: NINTENDO CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kumpei Fujita, Shinji Hirose
  • Patent number: 9776077
    Abstract: Examples disclosed herein relate to systems and methods, which may receive wagers on one or more paylines. The disclosure relates to an electronic gaming system which allows a player to make one or more inputs via human gesturing, and associated methods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: Cadillac Jack, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Andrew Thompson, Ian Robert Scott
  • Patent number: 9778778
    Abstract: A removable input/output module for a touch-screen device is described. The input/output module comprises a front plate, a rear plate and an edge plate. When attached to the touch-screen device, the front plate contacts with the front face of the touch-screen device, the rear plate contacts with the rear face of the touch-screen device and the edge plate contacts at least an upper part of an edge face of the touch-screen device. The input/output module further comprises a mechanism which provides a force to clamp the front and rear plates onto the touch-screen device and an adjustment mechanism which allows the relative position of the front plate and the edge plate to be adjusted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: John Franciscus Marie Helmes, Stuart Taylor, Stephen E Hodges
  • Patent number: 9773412
    Abstract: A system and a method for providing augmented reality (AR) notification are provided. The system includes a recognizing unit configured to recognize a ground region, which is a region corresponding to the ground, on an AR driving image and a controller configured to add a display element to the ground region and to control a notification output associated with driving through the display element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: Thinkware Corporation
    Inventors: Min Ji Yoon, Ye Seul Jeong, Youn Joo Shin, Won Jun Heo
  • Patent number: 9766706
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device (1) for controlling a group of actuators (2) of a sensitive command surface with haptic feedback of a motor vehicle apparatus, said group of actuators including at least one first actuator and one second actuator, said control device comprising an electronic card (11) and a switching means (12) connected to the electronic card. The reception of touch information (S) by the electronic card leads to the selection of the first actuator by the switching means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: DAV
    Inventors: Anthony Aubry, St├ęphane Vanhelle
  • Patent number: 9766709
    Abstract: The technology disclosed relates to using gestures to supplant or augment use of a standard input device coupled to a system. It also relates to controlling a display using gestures. It further relates to controlling a system using more than one input device. In particular, it relates to detecting a standard input device that causes on-screen actions on a display in response to control manipulations performed using the standard input device. Further, a library of analogous gestures is identified, which includes gestures that are analogous to the control manipulations and also cause the on-screen actions responsive to the control manipulations. Thus, when a gesture from the library of analogous gestures is detected, a signal is generated that mimics a standard signal from the standard input device and causes at least one on-screen action.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Leap Motion, Inc.
    Inventor: David Holz
  • Patent number: 9767545
    Abstract: A method of improving depth sensor data in real-time based on scene sensor data is provided that includes aligning depth images of depth-scene image pairs generated by a depth-scene image sensor pair with corresponding scene images wherein, for each depth-scene image pair, the depth image is warped such that locations of depths in the depth image are aligned with locations of corresponding pixels in the scene image, and improving at least some of the aligned depth images based on image data from one or more of the scene images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: TEXAS INSTRUMENTS INCORPORATED
    Inventor: Sanjeev Jagannatha Koppal
  • Patent number: 9764231
    Abstract: A combination computing device and input device. The computing device provides a plurality of sides. The input device providing a structural bridge, a pair of control modules, and a touch sensitive input module attached to the back side of the input device. The pair of control modules confine the computing device on at least two opposing sides of the plurality of sides. The pair of control modules adaptively and snugly accommodate the width of the computing device, and alternatively, adaptively and snugly accommodate a width of a second computing device, the second computing device having a width greater than the width of the computing device. The structural bridge secures the pair of control modules one to the other, and, adaptively and snugly, accommodate the length of either the computing device or, the second computing device, the second computing device having a length greater than the length of the computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Wikipad, Inc.
    Inventors: Fraser Townley, Kelly D. Gamble
  • Patent number: 9757649
    Abstract: A device directed to a combination computing and input device. The computing device providing a plurality of sides, each of the plurality of sides are disposed between an electronic display screen and a back of the computing device. The input device communicates with the computing device and provides a pair of control modules adjacent to and confining the computing device on at least two opposing sides of the computing device. The input device further provides a structural bridge securing the pair of control modules one to the other, and a touch sensitive input module. The structural bridge adaptively and snugly accommodate the length of the computing device. A first of the pair of control modules features a retention mechanism communicating with the structural bridge. The retention mechanism adaptively secures the structural bridge such that the pair of control modules snugly accommodate the length of the computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: Wikipad, Inc.
    Inventors: Fraser Townley, Kelly D. Gamble
  • Patent number: 9757647
    Abstract: An example game controller is removably attachable to a main unit. The game controller includes a controller-side slide member. The controller-side slide member protrudes from a first surface of the game controller and is configured to slidably engage with the main unit-side slide member in a slide direction. The controller-side slide member has a first end and a second end in the slide direction, and the game controller is configured to be attached to the main unit by inserting the controller-side slide member into the main unit-side slide member. The controller-side slide member includes a protruding portion and at least one terminal. The protruding portion protrudes from the first end side of the controller-side slide member in the slide direction and has a facing surface that faces the first surface of the game controller. The at least one terminal is between the facing surface and the first surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: NINTENDO CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kumpei Fujita, Shinji Hirose
  • Patent number: 9721396
    Abstract: Action of a head around which an HMD main body is worn is related to manipulation of an object in an immersive three-dimensional virtual space. Information on a sight in a virtual space may be determined based on information on head inclination sensed with an inclination sensor; an image of the sight in the virtual space may be generated based on the sight information in order to display the sight image in the head mounted display; an object placed on a reference sight line in the virtual space may be identified, the reference sight line being determined in correspondence with a predetermined position in the sight image; and an object the identified object may be manipulated in response to the identification of the object in accordance with action of inclining in a predetermined direction the head around which the head mounted display is worn.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: COLOPL, Inc.
    Inventor: Naruatsu Baba
  • Patent number: 9712937
    Abstract: An apparatus of this invention stably separates a sound source even when the relative positional relationship between the sound source and a sound pickup device has changed. This apparatus includes a sound pickup unit configured to pick up sound signals of a plurality of channels, a detector configured to detect a change in a relative positional relationship between a sound source and the sound pickup unit, a phase regulator configured to regulate a phase of the sound signal in accordance with the relative position change amount detected by the detector, a parameter estimator configured to estimate a variance and spatial correlation matrix of a sound source signal as sound source separation parameters with respect to the phase-regulated sound signal, and a sound source separator configured to generate a separation filter from the estimated parameters, and perform sound source separation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: CANON KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Kyohei Kitazawa
  • Patent number: 9711056
    Abstract: A personal emotion-based cognitive assistant system includes one or more components which may be worn by a user as a headset, one or more sensors that capture an emotional state of the user, a processor that identifies personal meaning of an environment of the user based on the captured emotional state, and a memory that stores the identified personalized meaning with data about the environment in different areas of the memory based on the identified personal meaning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: FUVI COGNITIVE NETWORK CORP.
    Inventor: Phu-Vinh Nguyen
  • Patent number: 9690392
    Abstract: An operating device includes: right and left hold sections to be held by a user, the right and left hold sections provided with first operating members; and a central section interconnecting the right and left hold sections. The operating device has a second operating member forming an upper surface of the central section. The second operating member includes a touch sensor located between the first operating members of the right and left hold sections, and is so supported as to be capable of vertical movement in response to a user s pressing-down operation. The second operating member is plate-like in shape, so that user s fingers can easily reach the second operating member in a condition where the user is holding the hold sections. As a result, operability of the operating device can be enhanced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignees: SONY CORPORATION, SONY INTERACTIVE ENTERTAINMENT INC.
    Inventors: Takeshi Igarashi, Masaho Morita, Kazuyoshi Enomoto, Toshimasa Aoki
  • Patent number: 9684999
    Abstract: Techniques are disclosed for providing easily computable representations of dynamic objects so that a graphic systems' physics engine can more accurately and realistically determine the result of physical actions on, or with, such dynamic objects. More particularly, disclosed techniques generate a convex decomposition of an arbitrarily complex polygonal shape that is then simplified in a manner that preserves physically significant details, resulting in an object having a relatively small number of convex shapes that cover the original polygonal shape. The salience of a physically significant detail may be controlled via a threshold value which may be user or system specified.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Domenico P. Porcino, Jacques P. Gasselin de Richebourg, Norman N. Wang, Timothy R. Oriol
  • Patent number: 9679548
    Abstract: A string instrument that includes a bendable electronic display associated with an electronic device that is bent into a bowed shape. There are external strings that extend across the bow, a camera and a non-transitory storage medium that stores instructions to: form a plurality of virtual strings embedded in the bendable electronic display and associated with the plurality of external strings; receive input from the camera to identify a resting position of each of the external strings and identify a movement of each of the external strings from the resting position; responsive to input received from the camera, map the movement in the external strings to a corresponding movement of the virtual strings; and output the corresponding movement of the virtual strings to produce a sound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Gopal K. Bhageria, Vijay Ekambaram, Sarbajit K. Rakshit
  • Patent number: 9652063
    Abstract: An input direction determination system includes an input direction determination section that determines the input direction based on a reference point and the indication position, and a reference point change section that determines whether or not to change the reference point based on an angle formed by a first direction that is determined by the reference point and an indication position at a first timing or a timing that precedes the first timing, and a second direction that is determined by the indication position at the first timing and an indication position at a second timing that follows the first timing, or an angle formed by connection lines that connect indication positions at different timings, and changes the reference point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Inc.
    Inventor: Shigeto Murata
  • Patent number: 9654653
    Abstract: A control section includes a track detecting section, a pattern determining section, and a character string display section. The track detecting section detects a track of a touch point on a touch panel by a user. The pattern determining section determines whether or not there is a match between the track of the touch point detected by the track detecting section and any of a plurality of patterns stored by a storage section. Upon the pattern determining section determining that there is a match, the character string display section reads a character string from the storage section that is associated with a pattern determined to match the track of the touch point from among the plurality of patterns. The character string display section causes pasting and display of the character string in an input region displayed by a display section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventor: Hiroyuki Uenishi
  • Patent number: 9643072
    Abstract: Athletic performance sensing and/or tracking systems include components for measuring or sensing athletic performance data and/or for storing and/or displaying desired information associated with the athletic performance to the user (or others). Such systems can allow users a wide variety of options in creating workouts, selecting and presenting media content during the athletic performance, etc., e.g., to help keep users entertained and motivated. In some instances, user feedback may be used, optionally in combination with objective data relating to a workout, to control features of the workout routine, to control the music or other media content selected and/or presented, and/or to control features of future workout routines and/or the presented media content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Raymond W. Riley, Kevin W. Hoffer, William E. Berner, Allan M. Schrock, James A. Niegowski, William F. Rauchholz
  • Patent number: 9639235
    Abstract: A visualization system for providing a preview of data obtained in a borehole and available for selection and a helmet for visualization and monitoring are described. The visualization system includes a processor configured to process the data based on user input and instructions and provide output for display on a display device; a computer-readable medium configured to store the instructions, the instructions including commands to output values of two or more types of parameters at two or more depth values for display; and a helmet including a visor configured to display the values of the two or more types of parameters at the two or more depth values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: BAKER HUGHES INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Olufemi A. Adegbola, Emad Al-Ajmi, Peter J. Guijt, Sebastian Enrico Ramirez, William W. Scott, Joel W. Tarver, Doron Hetz, Steven Pierce
  • Patent number: 9630103
    Abstract: A game controller includes a main body, a detachable electrode, a sensor and a controlling unit. The main body includes a grasping part. The detachable electrode is disposed on the grasping part. The sensor detects whether the detachable electrode is in contact with the grasping part. According to a result of judging whether the detachable electrode is in contact with the grasping part, the controlling unit controls the detachable electrode to generate a corresponding electric shock signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: PRIMAX ELECTRONICS LTD.
    Inventors: Chou-Liang Liu, Yu-Ming Chien, Chia-Hsiang Chen
  • Patent number: 9623330
    Abstract: A computer readable storage medium having stored thereon an information processing program executable by a computer of an information processing device which presents information corresponding to a biological signal acquired from a user, is provided. The information processing program causes the computer to function as biological signal acquiring means, motion/attitude information acquiring means, and presentation means. The biological signal acquiring means acquires the biological signal from the user. The motion/attitude information acquiring means acquires information about a motion or an attitude of the user from detecting means, in association with the biological signal acquired by the biological signal acquiring means. The presentation means performs predetermined presentation based on both the biological signal acquired by the biological signal acquiring means and the information acquired by the motion/attitude information acquiring means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignees: Nintendo Co., Ltd., Tohoku University
    Inventors: Makoto Yoshizawa, Tomoyuki Yambe, Norihiro Sugita, Norikatsu Furuta
  • Patent number: 9604141
    Abstract: Operation input obtaining means obtains an operation input performed by a player with respect to an input device. Designated position setting means sets a designated position with respect to a virtual game world in accordance with the operation input. Biological signal obtaining means obtains a biological signal from the player. Designated position change means changes the designated position in accordance with the biological signal obtained by the biological signal obtaining means. Game processing means performs a predetermined game process on the basis of the designated position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignees: NINTENDO CO., LTD., TOHOKU UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Goro Abe, Makoto Yoshizawa, Norihiro Sugita, Tomoyuki Yambe, Chie Kawabe
  • Patent number: 9592452
    Abstract: A device generally directed to a combination computing device and input device. The computing device provides a plurality of sides. The input device providing a structural bridge, and a pair of control modules. The pair of control modules confine the computing device on at least two opposing sides of the plurality of sides. The pair of control modules adaptively and snugly accommodate the width of the computing device, and alternatively, adaptively and snugly accommodate a width of a second computing device, the second computing device having a width greater than the width of the computing device. The structural bridge secures the pair of control modules one to the other, and adaptively and snugly accommodate the length of the computing device and alternatively, adaptively and snugly accommodate a length of the second computing device, the second computing device having a length greater than the length of the computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: Wikipad, Inc.
    Inventors: Fraser Townley, Lee Chin Feng, Wang Hsin Chou, Daniel P. Dooley
  • Patent number: 9592453
    Abstract: A device directed to a combination computing and input device. The computing device providing a plurality of sides, each of the plurality of sides are disposed between an electronic display screen and a back of the computing device. The input device communicates with the computing device and provides a pair of control modules adjacent to and confining the computing device on at least two opposing sides of the computing device. The input device further provides a structural bridge securing the pair of control modules one to the other. The structural bridge adaptively and snugly accommodate the length of the computing device. A first of the pair of control modules features a retention mechanism communicating with the structural bridge. The retention mechanism adaptively secures the structural bridge such that the pair of control modules snugly accommodate the length of the computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: Wikipad, Inc.
    Inventors: Fraser Townley, Daniel P. Dooley
  • Patent number: 9595156
    Abstract: A method and an arrangement for the operation of a prize wheel by a user. The position of the center of gravity and the position of a hand of the user are ascertained using a camera; a height threshold is fixed in relation to the center of gravity; if the position of the hand exceeds the height threshold, a rotation phase is started, the rotation which is carried out by the movement of the hand of the user is continuously ascertained, and a rotational angle is ascertained; the angular speed, i.e. the rate of change over time of the ascertained angle, is determined; the rotation phase is ended, and an angular speed, is fixed as the initial rotational speed; and a free rotation phase is started. The prize wheel is further rotated, and the prize wheel is continuously braked and comes to rest upon a specified end position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: NOVOMATIC AG
    Inventors: Harald Kaiblinger, Florian Schroetter
  • Patent number: 9569898
    Abstract: There is provided a display control device including an action information acquisition unit that acquires, at an action position of one actor, action information regarding a past action of another actor, an object generation unit that generates a virtual object for virtually indicating a position of the other actor during an action of the one actor based on the acquired action information, and a display control unit that causes a display unit displaying a surrounding scene to superimpose and display the generated virtual object during the action of the one actor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Gen Hamada
  • Patent number: 9558619
    Abstract: A mobile gaming device may be a player's own personal tablet, smartphone, PDA, etc., with an application program installed via the internet for carrying out a remote gaming session. All gaming functions are carried out by a stationary gaming terminal communicating with the mobile device, such as by using WiFi. The mobile device operates as a user interface. If the communications link is temporarily broken during a game, the mobile device will create the appearance that the game is continuous, such as by continuing to spin reels, until communications are re-established. The reels will stop once the mobile device receives the final outcome from the gaming terminal. The player may pause the game to temporarily suspend the minimum game frequency rules. The mobile device may switch between gaming terminals. For 3D video, the original format may be adjusted for the mobile device. The gaming terminal may be a gaming machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: IGT Canada Solutions ULC
    Inventors: David Froy, Peter Babin, Bharat Gadher, Fayez Idris, Dragan Pleskonjic, Peter Post, Andrew McIntyre
  • Patent number: 9550124
    Abstract: An interactive environment image may be projected onto one or more surfaces, and interaction with the projected environment image may be detected within a three-dimensional space over the one or more surfaces. The interactive environment image may be a three-dimensional image, or it may be two-dimensional. An image is projected onto a surface to provide a visual environment representation of a virtual space including one or more of the virtual objects, which may be spatially positioned. User interaction with the projected visualized representation of the virtual environment space may be detected and, in response to user interaction, the projected visualized representation may be changed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignee: MEP TECH, INC.
    Inventors: Mark L. Davis, Timothy Alan Tabor, Roger H. Hoole, Jeffrey Taylor, John M. Black
  • Patent number: 9547855
    Abstract: The use of gestures on a user device to interact with and obtain functionality from remote communication hub devices is disclosed. A user device includes an accelerometer or other motion detection device and a wireless communications capability. The device is small enough to be placed conveniently about the person and communicates with a communication hub device to perform context-dependent actions. A user makes a gestural command to the device. The device interprets the gesture and undertakes activity. The gestural sensing device may be a motion switch, a multi-axis accelerometer, a video camera, a variable capacitance device, a magnetic field sensor, an electrical field sensor etc. When combined with business logic running on a remote computer system, the device can be used to implement a range of applications and services.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Assignee: Maxwell Forest Pty Ltd
    Inventors: Henry William Peter Beadle, Matthew Charles Denton
  • Patent number: 9524554
    Abstract: A control device includes a housing. The control device also includes a wireless communicator interior the housing. The wireless communicator wirelessly sends commands for controlling an electronic device, such as a game console. The control device also includes a reflector positioned to reflect light directed at the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2016
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Mark Plagge, Vijay Baiyya, Tommer Leyvand, Susan Shuchen Song
  • Patent number: 9517407
    Abstract: A second game controller includes both of a first detection section provided in a first game controller, and a second detection section provided in an extended controller that is detachably connected to the first game controller. An operation to the second game controller is detectable by the both detection sections, but the result of the detection by the first detection section is not included in transmission data to be transmitted to a game apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Assignee: Nintendo Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shunpei Yasuda, Naoto Kobe
  • Patent number: 9507425
    Abstract: Certain aspects of an apparatus and a method for operating a user interface of a device may comprise a plurality of sensors coupled to a surface. The plurality of sensors may detect a movement of an object within a pre-defined distance from the surface. The one or more sensors may generate one or more signals in response to the detected movement. One or more processors that are communicatively coupled to the plurality of sensors may generate a control signal corresponding to the one or more generated signals to operate the user interface of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Sho Murakoshi, Kazumoto Kondo, Peter Shintani
  • Patent number: 9498708
    Abstract: A game apparatus detects an input position, on an input plane, at which an input operation has been performed. The game apparatus also detects an operation sound that occurs due to the input operation performed on the input plane. The game apparatus evaluates the detected operation sound, and obtains a result of the evaluation (e.g., volume of the operation sound). The game apparatus performs game processing by using the detected input position and the result of the evaluation. This enables the game apparatus to perform more complex processing by using a touch operation as input information, and allows a player to provide more complex instructions based on the touch operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: NINTENDO CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takumi Masuda, Ryosuke Kanata, Yoshinobu Nakano, Masahiko Nishimura
  • Patent number: 9501948
    Abstract: A system for associating an action of a user with a message corresponding to the action, where the message is visually displayed on a series of sequentially disposed discrete mats. The message is uttered by the user and the message is verified using a speech analyzer. The system includes at least two mats, each mat having a display, a transmitter, a receiver, and a presence sensor indicating the presence of the user and configured to indicate the intention of the user to add an answer to a composite answer. The system also includes an audio receiver that receives an audio input from the user and an indicator device that indicates whether the mat is a head mat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Inventor: Susan Jean Carulli
  • Patent number: 9492745
    Abstract: A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, an apparatus having a processor to detect a gaming accessory stimulation associated with a programmable layer of a number of programmable layers. The processor identifies a substitute gaming accessory stimulation of the programmable layer of the number of programmable layers of the gaming accessory. The substitute gaming accessory stimulation of the programmable layer is associated with the gaming accessory stimulation of the programmable layer of the number of programmable layers, according to a user profile of a number of user profiles associated with a user account. Other predetermined associations of stimulations of the gaming accessory with other substitute accessory stimulations are recorded in other user profiles of the number of user profiles, and the substitute gaming accessory stimulation is provided to a computing device to manage a gaming software application. Additional embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Assignee: STEELSERIES APS
    Inventors: Jacob Wolff-Petersen, Tino Soelberg
  • Patent number: 9446308
    Abstract: A method of gaming is generally described which includes detecting motions associated with the user by a feedback sensor device and providing motion information from the feedback sensor device to the game device. The method also includes providing a vestibular stimulation signal to a user, by a vestibular stimulation device in communication with a game device in response to the motion information and the game content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Assignee: Gearbox, LLC
    Inventors: Alistair K. Chan, Roderick A. Hyde, Jordin T. Kare, Lowell L. Wood, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9427657
    Abstract: Based on posture/motion information obtained from predetermined detection means for detecting a posture or a motion of an input device operated by a user, a virtual plane is calculated at a predetermined timing and set as reference plane. Then, based on motion information, the posture of the input device is calculated as necessary. In accordance with the posture of the input device with respect to the reference plane, predetermined game processing such as moving an object in a virtual space or the like is executed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: NINTENDO CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Ichiro Suzuki, Takayuki Shimamura, Katsuhisa Sato
  • Patent number: 9427624
    Abstract: Systems, apparatuses, and methods estimate the distance between a player and a ball by transmitting a chirp (sweep signal) to a radio tag located on the ball. During the chirp, the frequency of the transmitted signal is changed in a predetermined fashion. The radio tag doubles the transmitted frequency and returns the processed signal to a transceiver typically located on the player. The currently transmitted frequency is then compared with the received frequency to obtain a difference frequency from which an apparatus may estimate the distance. The apparatus may simultaneously receive the processed signal from the radio tag while transmitting the sweep signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: Nike, Inc.
    Inventors: James Molyneux, Aaron B. Weast, Brandon S. Burroughs, Scott R. Berggren, Clayton J. Lindsay, Jordan M. Rice, Bert B. Buxton, Edward S. Lowe
  • Patent number: 9421458
    Abstract: A first input image is displayed in a predetermined area on a touch screen, and a second input image in which images in a plurality of areas are drawn so as to be distinguishable from each other by a player is displayed in accordance with a touch input on the first input image instead of the first input image. It is determined whether a touch input has been performed on any of the images in the plurality of areas of the second input image, and a process is performed in accordance with the touched image in the area. Then, a predetermined object is controlled on the basis of a timing of the touch input on the second input image and a result of the process corresponding to the touched image in area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: NINTENDO CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Toshiharu Izuno, Tomomi Sano, Tomohiro Yamamura, Hiroyuki Takahashi, Shugo Takahashi
  • Patent number: 9421456
    Abstract: A load detecting apparatus includes a load controller. In order to identifying predetermined number of motions performed on the load controller by the player, for example, a condition of a ratio of load values to a body weight value and a condition relating to a position of a center of gravity are defined in advance. The ratio of the detected load values to the body weight value and the position of the center of gravity are calculated, and on the basis of the ratio and the position of the center of gravity, a motion performed on the load controller by the player is determined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: Nintendo Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Motoi Okamoto, Shigehiro Kasamatsu
  • Patent number: 9411944
    Abstract: The present application provides methods and corresponding systems for accessing services on a gaming device which, in certain embodiments, include the step or steps of receiving at least one item of identity verification data from a user of a gaming device; enabling at least one service, such as a wager-type game, on the gaming device based on a match between the at least one item of identity verification data received and at least one item of identity verification data obtained previously; displaying an interface screen comprising graphic objects associated with the wager-type game and at least one selectable element for the user to submit a gaming command and a wagering command during game play; obtaining at least one item of user change data from a user during game play; and prompting the user for identity verification data when a user change is suspected based on the at least one item of user change data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Assignee: CFPH, LLC
    Inventors: Dean P. Alderucci, Joseph M. Asher, Antonio Papageorgiou
  • Patent number: 9400695
    Abstract: A system is disclosed for rendering low latency resource objects by providing the latest position data from a central processing unit for the low latency resource object right before a graphic processing unit is to render the low latency resource object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2016
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Sebastian Sylvan, Nicholas Burton
  • Patent number: 9372540
    Abstract: Provided are a method and an electronic device for gesture recognition capable of dividing a display into a plurality of display regions assigned to a plurality of users, recognizing gestures of the plurality of users, and controlling the display regions assigned to the users who have made a gesture according to the recognized gestures. The method for gesture recognition includes: dividing a display into a plurality of display regions assigned to a plurality of users; recognizing gestures made by the plurality of users, respectively; and controlling the plurality of display regions respectively assigned to the plurality of users who have made the gestures according to the respective recognized gestures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2016
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Jong Soon Park, Junhee Yeo, Gu-Ang Jang
  • Patent number: 9367169
    Abstract: According to one embodiment of the present disclosure, a touch controller is adapted to be coupled to a touch screen and to a motion sensor. The touch controller is operable in response to a signal from the motion sensor indicating a first motion to switch from a hover event sensing mode of operation to a gesture event sensing mode of operation. In one embodiment, the touch controller is operable in the hover event sensing mode of operation to detect a first hover event and is thereafter operable, in response to the signal from the motion sensor indicating a first motion has occurred, to switch to the gesture event sensing mode of operation and detect a first gesture event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Assignee: STMICROELECTRONICS ASIA PACIFIC PTE LTD
    Inventor: Kien Beng Tan
  • Patent number: 9361618
    Abstract: The use of gestures on a user device to interact with and obtain functionality from remote communication hub devices is disclosed. A user device includes an accelerometer or other motion detection device and a wireless communications capability. The device is small enough to be placed conveniently about the person and communicates with a communication hub device to perform context-dependent actions. A user makes a gestural command to the device. The device interprets the gesture and undertakes activity. The gestural sensing device may be a motion switch, a multi-axis accelerometer, a video camera, a variable capacitance device, a magnetic field sensor, an electrical field sensor etc. When combined with business logic running on a remote computer system, the device can be used to implement a range of applications and services.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignee: Maxwell Forest Pty Ltd
    Inventors: Henry William Peter Beadle, Matthew Charles Denton