Player-actuated Control Structure (e.g., Brain-wave Or Body Signal, Bar-code Wand, Foot Pedal, Etc.) Patents (Class 463/36)
  • Patent number: 10661174
    Abstract: An image generation system includes a processor including hardware, the processor being configured to implement an object space setting process, an image generation process generating a projection image, a process receiving a captured image from an imaging section, and a hit determination process calculating a screen spotlight position based on a position of a spotlight within the captured image, calculates a direction from a set position toward the screen spotlight position to be an emission direction of an emitting element, and determines whether or not an object among the plurality of objects disposed in the object space has been hit based on the calculated emission direction, the screen spotlight position being a position of the spotlight on a projection screen, the spotlight being formed by light emitted from the emitting element, and the set position being set to be a representative position of the emitting element or a player.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: BANDAI NAMCO GAMES INC.
    Inventors: Kazuhisa Minato, Mitsugu Makino, Futoshi Matsushita, Motonaga Ishii
  • Patent number: 10661168
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a method for processing information, an apparatus for processing information, an electronic device, and a computer-readable storage medium. The method includes: in case that at least one of a touch sliding event passing a control and a touch sliding event starting from a control is detected, calculating a distance between a current position of a touch point of the touch sliding event and a position of the control in real time; and under the distance is greater than a first preset threshold, adjusting at least one of a direction and a distance of an emission operation for a corresponding skill of the control performed on a virtual character according to the current position of the touch point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: NETEASE (HANGZHOU) NETWORK CO.,LTD.
    Inventor: Zhaoda He
  • Patent number: 10625152
    Abstract: A controller can include a controller body having a cavity disposed in a back side of the controller body, a module member that is physically distinct and separate from the controller body removably coupleable to the controller body, the module member having a body sized and shaped to be received in the cavity, and at least one actuator that protrudes from a side of the member body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: Bensussen Deutsch & Associates, LLC
    Inventor: Jason Biheller
  • Patent number: 10621766
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a character input method, a character input device, and a wearable device. The character input method includes: acquiring a background image; determining a portion of the background image as a control region; superimposedly displaying a character input interface and the background image; and moving the control region relative to the character input interface to select a particular character in the character input interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yingjie Li
  • Patent number: 10558794
    Abstract: An indexable authentication system is provided for authenticating users across multiple sessions. The indexable authentication system may include an authentication server, security component, communication component, credential database, authentication credential, credential index medium, origin terminal, access provisioning component, content filtering component, payment processing component, and provider aspects. A method for authenticating users across multiple sessions using the indexable authentication system is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Inventors: Cody Myers, Meron Myers
  • Patent number: 10549195
    Abstract: A gaming object includes an orientation sensor that generates orientation data in response to the orientation of the gaming object. An actuator that generates interaction data in response to an action of a user. A transceiver sends an RF signal to a game device that indicates the orientation data and the interaction data. The game device generates display data for display on a display device that contains at least one interactive item, and wherein the at least one interactive item is interactive in response to the orientation data and the interaction data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: Avago Technologies International Sales Pte. Limited
    Inventors: Ahmadreza (Reza) Rofougaran, Maryam Rofougaran, Nambirajan Seshadri, Brima B. Ibrahim, John Walley, Jeyhan Karaoguz
  • Patent number: 10543424
    Abstract: A gaming platform including a programmable hand-held video gaming controller in electrical communication with an integrated foot-pedal gaming controller. The programmable hand-held video gaming controller including at least one game function activation area, each of the at least one game function activation areas operating a game function, each of the at least one game function activation areas further including a function control transfer switch. The integrated foot-pedal gaming controller platform including at least one foot pedal configured to control at least one game function when a corresponding function control transfer switch on the programmable hand-held video gaming controller is activated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Inventor: John Elias Fahmie
  • Patent number: 10525340
    Abstract: To allow users who usually play games on a personal computer to enter input to game consoles for domestic use without being stressed. A controller system for game consoles is made up of a game console controller 100 and a mouse 200. The mouse 200 is identical to an ordinary mouse. The game console controller 100 has a structure resembling a part of a keyboard that is used for common personal computers and equipped with at least six keys 120 in a 2-by-3 array. The mouse 200 and the game console controller 100 can be attached to and removed from each other via a cable 210 extending from the mouse 200. The connection between them is an USB connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: HORI CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hiroaki Muramatsu, Koichiro Amano, Yoshinori Konishi
  • Patent number: 10530822
    Abstract: A system and method for reducing network dependencies for streaming content is disclosed. According to one embodiment, a host streaming server is configured to host a plurality of host virtual machines for hosting a host instance of a plurality of content packages and provide the selected instances of the content packages to a plurality of client gaming devices over a network. Each of a plurality of local streaming servers is associated with a group of client gaming devices and communicates with the host streaming server over the communication network. A local streaming server has a memory storing at least one content package, and is configured to host one or more local virtual machines for hosting a local instance of the host instance. A director module controls migration of the host instance to the local instance from the host streaming server to at least one of the plurality of local streaming servers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: Bally Gaming, Inc.
    Inventor: Martin S. Lyons
  • Patent number: 10512840
    Abstract: A player terminal pertaining to an embodiment of the present invention functions as a device that provides a game to a player. Since the player terminal is configured to determine a player's operation input on the basis of the change in the size of a figure that is moved by the player in an image inputted via an in-camera, it is possible to determine the player's operation input on the basis of a player action in which the figure is moved farther away from or closer to the in-camera.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: DeNA Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hidehito Kojima
  • Patent number: 10503163
    Abstract: A remote control apparatus includes: a main controller, a wireless transmission chip, a gyroscope chip and an operating device; wherein the wireless transmission chip is electrically connected with the main controller; the gyroscope chip is electrically connected with the main controller; the operating device is electrically connected with the main controller. The gyroscope chip is used for detecting an inclination angle of the remote control apparatus relative to a horizontal plane, and sending a first electric signal representing a positioning status of the remote control apparatus to the main controller. The main controller is used for detecting an input level when the operating device is operated by an operator, and sending a second electric signal representing a movement direction instructed by the operating device to the wireless transmission chip. The wireless transmission chip transmits the second electric signal to an external device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: YUNEEC TECHNOLOGY CO., LIMITED
    Inventors: Yu Tian, Wenyan Jiang
  • Patent number: 10489983
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and computer programs are presented for managing the sensory stimulus generated by a head mounted display (HMD). One method includes an operation for identifying the game state of a game being executed for display on a head mounted display (HMD). Further, the method includes an operation for determining the game intensity value for the game state based on user intensity ratings obtained from user play of the game. The user intensity ratings represent the level of sensory stimulus presented to users during the user play of the game via the HMDs of the respective users. Further, the method includes an operation for presenting the game intensity value to the HMD for rendering during execution of the game.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventor: Xiaodong Mao
  • Patent number: 10478114
    Abstract: A brain dysfunction assessment device (100) comprises: a body movement indicator (10) which presents a body movement to be performed to a subject with a body movement presentation device (2); a body movement data acquisition unit (20) which acquires the subject's body movement data with a body movement detection sensor (3); a body movement accuracy calculation unit (30) which calculates a positional accuracy and a time sequence accuracy of the subject's body movement from the acquired body movement data; and a cognitive dysfunction assessment unit (40) which assesses the level of cognitive dysfunction of the subject by comparing a value which indicates the accuracy of the subject's body movement that is obtained from the calculated positional accuracy and time sequence accuracy with statistical data which indicates the accuracy of body movement of healthy individuals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: MAXELL, LTD.
    Inventors: Yuko Sano, Akihiko Kandori, Kanako Esaki, Kazuhiro Kaizaki, Shinya Katsuki, Kenji Katsumata, Tomohiko Mizuguchi, Yasushi Saito, Tamotsu Nagabayashi, Tomochika Yamashita, Takumi Okamura
  • Patent number: 10471345
    Abstract: A gaming controller includes a handgrip, an elongated portion, a pedal system, and a communications interface. The handgrip has a forward facing surface that defines an aperture. The handgrip defines a pivot point along the aperture. The elongated portion extends from the handgrip, forward of the forward facing surface. The pedal system is disposed within the aperture of the handgrip. The pedal system includes a pedal disposed along the forward facing surface of the handgrip. The pedal has a first end proximate the elongated portion and an opposing second end spaced from the elongated portion. The pedal is coupled to the pivot point of the handgrip such that the pedal is selectively pivotable between a nominal position, a first position, and a second position. The communications interface is configured to facilitate transmitting inputs to the portable gaming device based on a current position of the pedal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: Arkade, Inc.
    Inventors: Joshua Allan Fuchs, Joel Kort, Chuck Seltzer
  • Patent number: 10463955
    Abstract: To provide an information processing device, an information processing method, a program, and an information storage medium that make it possible to reproduce vibration of a controller according to conditions of execution of a program. A play time vibration control section (44) performs control to vibrate a controller according to conditions of execution of a program. A capture control section (46) performs control to capture a moving image showing executed contents of the program. An associating section (48) associates vibration information indicating a vibration of the controller with at least part of the captured moving image, the at least part of the captured moving image being associated with an image displayed on a display section in timing in which the controller is controlled to vibrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: SONY INTERACTIVE ENTERTAINMENT INC.
    Inventor: Masaaki Sakata
  • Patent number: 10449443
    Abstract: A virtual reality system includes a stage kit, a motion tracking system, and a VR engine. The kit corresponds to plans associated with VR representations, and includes fixed and moveable props that are represented in one or more of the representations. The kit has a stage including a marked platform with accessory mounts to affix the fixed props to the platform, and stage sections that are interconnected according to the markings to form said platform. The platform is configurable according to differently dimensioned plans. The motion tracking system generates tracking information corresponding to the props and a VR participant on the stage. The VR simulation engine receives the tracking information, and employs that tracking information to generate the VR representations that simulate a virtual environment with virtually represented objects corresponding to the props, where the props are arranged according to a corresponding stage plan.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: Unchartedvr Inc.
    Inventors: Kalon Ross Gutierrez, John Duncan, Douglas Griffin, Richard Schulze
  • Patent number: 10445358
    Abstract: A method of indexing multimedia content by creating database records that include location data is disclosed. Devices that generate multimedia content also generate location data corresponding to the location of the device when the content is generated. The location data includes geographical coordinates such as latitude and longitude as well as orientation and tilt. Other data may be recorded such as date and time of day, and light exposure. The content and location data are communicated to a Content Index Processor (CIP) that creates a database record from the location data and determines classifications for the database record that can be used by a person that is searching for particular multimedia content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY II, L.P.
    Inventors: Joseph Thomas O'Neil, Kenneth H. Rosen
  • Patent number: 10427036
    Abstract: The invention provides an improved controller (10) for a games console. The invention is a games controller (10) that is intended to be held by a user in both hands. Additionally, the controller of the invention (10) may comprise a plurality of controls located on the front and top of the controller. The controller of the present invention (10) is advantageous as it additionally comprises at least one additional control (11A, 11B) located on the rear of the controller (10) in a position to be operated by the middle fingers of a user (12). The additional control (11A, 11B) may be a paddle lever and may replicate the function of either one of two of the controls located on the front or top of the controller (10).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Ironburg Inventions Limited
    Inventors: Simon Burgess, Duncan Ironmonger
  • Patent number: 10423292
    Abstract: In some implementations, vehicle data indicating a state of a vehicle is received. A current vehicle context is determined based on the vehicle data. Message data indicating one or more candidate messages is received, with each message having a corresponding display context. It is determined whether a particular message of the candidate messages has a display context that matches the current vehicle context. In response to determining that a particular message of the candidate messages has a display context that matches the current vehicle contexts, the particular message is provided for output on a display of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Victor Chan, Joseph Pieter Stefanus van Grieken, Anthony Jesse Chen
  • Patent number: 10413827
    Abstract: An online gaming system for adjusting game content presented to users in an online game. The system may adjust content based on mood profiles determined for the individual users. The system may comprise one or more processors configured to execute computer program modules. The system may include a game module configured to execute an instance of an online game and to implement the instance of the online game to facilitate participation of users in the online game. The system may include a biometrics module configured to obtain biometric characteristic information from user client computing platforms. The system may include a mood module configured to determine mood profiles for the users based on the biometric characteristic information. The system may include a content adjustment module configured to identify and effectuation presentation of content in the online game based on the mood profiles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: ELECTRONIC ARTS INC.
    Inventor: Michael C. DeLaet
  • Patent number: 10406436
    Abstract: An online gaming system for providing online game content to users based presentation control device. The system may comprise one or more processors configured to execute computer program modules including: a game module configured to execute an instance of an online game and to implement the instance of the online game to facilitate participation of users in the online game via presentation control devices; a user module configured to manage content sets corresponding to the individual users; a presentation control device module configured to manage game content sets corresponding to presentation control devices; a detection module configured to detect users physically present at the presentation control devices; and a content module configure to: determine appropriate content sets which are to be made available for participation by the users, and effectuate presentation of the game content to facilitate participation of the users in the determined appropriate game content sets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: Electronic Arts Inc.
    Inventors: Clifford J. Harrington, Kent Wakeford
  • Patent number: 10406439
    Abstract: A system of facilitating generation of a virtual world including one or more objects and one or more agents based on a user intention is disclosed. The system may include a communication device configured for receiving an input from a user for an agent in one or more agents. Further, the system may include a processing device configured to calculate strength of a spatial relationship based on a distance between an object in one or more objects and the agent, determine strength of an intersection relationship based on a direction and a velocity of approach between the agent and the object, obtain an interaction relationship based on an action performed by the agent and an object reaction to the agent action, and perform an interaction between the agent and the object based on the special relationship, the intersection relationship and interaction relationship.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Inventors: Janet Marie Broadway, Steve Barazza
  • Patent number: 10391393
    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: December 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Wikipad, Inc.
    Inventors: Fraser Townley, Kelly Gamble, Daniel P. Dooley
  • Patent number: 10387973
    Abstract: Activity feeds let users know about what is happening, and stay connected, with their friends and games. Users are able to discover new and exciting stories, games and friends. The information presented for a particular user is the most relevant information for that user. Relevancy is used to determine the priority of how items/feed stories are presented for a user. Feed stories are shown for a particular user's friends. The most popular trending stories are shown to all users based on relevancy rules. Most popular trending stories are determined based on the ones that have the most comments and likes. The activity feeds relating to a particular type are able to be condensed and presented to the users. Custom actions for the particular type of condensed activity feeds are identical. Condensed activity feeds are displayed using a predefined format “condensed title.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Interactive Entertainment LLC
    Inventors: Stephen Yong, Khoi-Nguyen Duc Do, Dustin Huy Pham, Isaias Formacio-Serna
  • Patent number: 10379597
    Abstract: A processor capable of executing predetermined processing includes: a communication interface for communicating with a host device which requests the execution of the processing; a main control unit configured to control the execution of the processing; a notification unit which does not proceed to a power saving mode but executes notification processing for allowing the host device to detect that an operating mode of the main control unit is in the power saving mode when the main control unit proceeds to the power saving mode reducing power consumption; and a state switching unit configured to allow the communication interface to proceed to a power saving state of which power consumption is smaller than that of a normal state when the communication interface receives a power saving command from the host device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventor: Kenji Manabe
  • Patent number: 10369462
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention enable rich control input data to control video games that are remotely executed. Rich control input includes three-dimensional image data, color video, audio, device orientation data, and touch input. A remotely-executed video game is one executed on a server or other computing device that is networked to a client device receiving the rich control input. Rich control input includes more data than can be uploaded to a game server without degrading game performance. Embodiments of the present invention preprocess the rich control data on the client and into data that may be uploaded to the game server. The rich input stream may be processed in a general way or in a game-specific way.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Krassimir Emilov Karamfilov, Emad Barsoum, Charles Claudius Marais, John Raymond Justice, David James Quinn, Roderick Michael Toll
  • Patent number: 10373143
    Abstract: An EEG POS system has an EEG device that detects electrical signals representing brain waves. A database of brain wave profiles represents a plurality of items to be identified. A live signal analyzer compares electrical signals from the EEG device with stored brain wave profiles in the database to identify entries in the database representing items that match the electrical signals from the EEG device, where items whose stored brain wave profiles match the electrical signals are considered identified items. A POS terminal is coupled to the live signal analyzer in order to log and tally items for a transaction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: Hand Held Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Erik Todeschini
  • Patent number: 10360357
    Abstract: A method modifies a physical device for use by a particular person. One or more processors receive information from a sensor indicating a detection by the sensor of a sequence of actions performed by an unidentified person. The sequence of actions are physical actions performed in a particular order, and the physical actions are disparate types of physical movements performed by the unidentified person. One or more processors compare the sequence of actions performed by the unidentified person a known sequence of actions for a particular person. In response to the sequence of actions performed by the unidentified person matching the known sequence of actions for the particular person, one or more processors identify the unidentified person as the particular person and then modify a physical device for use by the particular person.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Saritha Arunkumar, Kuntal Dey, Nizar Lethif, Enara C. Vijil
  • Patent number: 10356341
    Abstract: Various embodiments of the present invention relate generally to systems and methods for analyzing and manipulating images and video. In particular, a multi-view interactive digital media representation (MVIDMR) of a person can be generated from live images of a person captured from a hand-held camera. Using the image data from the live images, a skeleton of the person and a boundary between the person and a background can be determined from different viewing angles and across multiple images. Using the skeleton and the boundary data, effects can be added to the person, such as wings. The effects can change from image to image to account for the different viewing angles of the person captured in each image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: Fyusion, Inc.
    Inventors: Stefan Johannes Josef Holzer, Radu Bogdan Rusu, Stephen David Miller, Pantelis Kalogiros, Matteo Munaro, Alexander Jay Bruen Trevor, Nico Gregor Sebastian Blodow, Luo Yi Tan, Mike Penz, Martin Markus Hubert Wawro, Matthias Reso, Chris Beall, Yusuke Tomoto, Krunal Ketan Chande
  • Patent number: 10335685
    Abstract: An exemplary information processing apparatus arranges, in a virtual three-dimensional space, first to fourth objects, a first connection object connecting the first object and the second object, and a second connection object connecting the third object and the fourth object. The information processing apparatus controls actions of the first object and the second object, with restriction being imposed on movements of the first object and the second object based on the first connection object. Further, the information processing apparatus controls actions of the third object and the fourth object, with restriction being imposed on movements of the third object and the fourth object based on the second connection object. A virtual camera is arranged in the virtual three-dimensional space such that at least one of the third object and the fourth object is included in a field-of-view range of the virtual camera.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Nintendo Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jun Ito, Shintaro Jikumaru
  • Patent number: 10332410
    Abstract: A method to change a behavior of a user includes receiving state data indicative of a current state of a user. The method includes receiving sensor data generated by one or more sensors, the sensor data indicative of one or more behaviors of the user. The method includes receiving payment from the user to purchase a virtual attribute, at least a portion of the payment to be returned to the user responsive to an improvement to the one or more behaviors over an earn-back time period. The method includes determining a behavior-based virtual attribute of the user based on the sensor data. The method includes estimating a future state of the user from the current state of the user, the behavior-based virtual attribute, and the purchased virtual attribute. The method includes generating graphical data including a visualization of the future state of the user to display to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: FUJITSU LIMITED
    Inventor: Ajay Chander
  • Patent number: 10311833
    Abstract: A method tracks a pose of an object in a field of view of a camera; derives movement of the display apparatus or movement in the field of view using at least one of: the sensor data and the image data; determines, using the processor, whether or not the derived movement exceeds a first threshold; if the derived movement exceeds the first threshold, continues tracking the pose of the object; and if the movement does not exceed the first threshold: (1) stops tracking the pose of the object and (2) displays, using the display, the image based on a previously derived pose of the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tong Qiu, Yang Yang, Hiu Lok Szeto
  • Patent number: 10307668
    Abstract: Enhancements to existing gaming controllers facilitating expedient response time and fine-tuned accuracy are described. The enhancements comprise the internal modification of the stock resistance force supplied by the analog stick centering spring mechanism. Through modification, the force of resistance supplied may be increased to over 200 grams of force, or down to 40 grams of force, while maintaining full function of the analog stick mechanism. A second primary enhancement replaces the stock triggers, conventionally equipped with progressive resistance sensors, to a momentary ‘snap-action’ two-way switch, minimizing trigger pull distance, and removing the analog nature of the trigger to achieve optimal performance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Inventor: David Christopher Bailey
  • Patent number: 10300381
    Abstract: Systems, apparatuses and methods may leverage technology that identifies sensor data, automatically determines a change in an affective state of one or more individuals based at least in part on the sensor data and conducts an update to a game score based on the change in the affective state. In one example, the game score is associated with a player and the one or more individuals are individuals other than the player.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Jennifer A. Healey, Lama Lachman, Rita H. Wouhaybi, Giuseppe Raffa
  • Patent number: 10304287
    Abstract: Users may access a virtual space and/or video game taking place in the virtual space by logging into user accounts via computing platforms. The user accounts may include values for one or more attributes of the user accounts. The user accounts may be periodically rewarded based on values included in the user accounts matching a winning value. The values in the user accounts may include account-specific values that may be unique to a corresponding user account. A winning value may be determined from a pool of account-specific values such that for a given winning value, a single winning user account may be determined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Disney Enterprise, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Nelson, Robert Lowe
  • Patent number: 10286304
    Abstract: An accessory apparatus includes a housing, an apparatus connector, a plurality of auxiliary accessory interfaces, and an internal microcontroller. The connection connector is configured to mate with a corresponding accessory connector of a physical controller to electrically connect the internal microcontroller to the physical controller. Each auxiliary accessory connector is configured to enable a separate auxiliary user input device to operatively connect to the accessory apparatus and electrically connect with the internal microcontroller. The internal microcontroller is configured to: (1) receive an input control signal from an auxiliary user input device operatively connected to an auxiliary accessory connector of the plurality of auxiliary accessory connectors, (2) map the input control signal to a mapped control signal corresponding to a physical control of the physical controller, and (3) send the mapped control signal to the physical controller via the apparatus connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Brian G. Russell, Sam Michael Sarmast, Robert Bryce Johnson, Jonathan Shea Robinson, Andre Sutanto, Leo Shing, Ross Nelson, Christopher Kujawski, Evelyn Thomas, Kristine A. Hunter, Flor Albornoz, Rachel Yang, Christopher Harmon, Gregory M. Daly, Matthew Edward Hite
  • Patent number: 10289901
    Abstract: A device for recognizing control gestures and determining which one device out of a plurality is the target of control acquires images of a gesture from each electronic device. A three dimensional coordinate system for each image is established, and coordinate of a central point of each electronic device determined. Extent of gesture to the left and to the right at different depths is determined and a regression plane equation is calculated. A distance between the regression plane and center points of each electronic device is determined and the electronic device with the closest (the shortest distance) center point is determined as the target device of the control gesture. A gesture control method is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Chih-Te Lu, Chin-Pin Kuo, Tung-Tso Tsai, Jung-Hao Yang, Chih-Yuan Chuang, Tsung-Yuan Tu
  • Patent number: 10275026
    Abstract: Using real-time biometrics of a player during play of a game through a gaming computer to maintain player biometrics within acceptable ranges. When real-time biometric sensor data for a player has fallen out of range of the player biometric thresholds and preferences specific to the player, a query is sent to a central biometric data store to retrieve at least one corrective action which was most effective for other players who exceeded player biometric thresholds and preferences in a same stage of the game being played. At least one corrective action from the query is received and evaluated to determine what corrective action should be taken. A notification is sent to and corrective action applied to the game, such that the corrective action alters the game for the player to return the real-time biometric sensor data of the player to within the range of the player biometric thresholds and preferences.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: James E. Bostick, John M. Ganci, Jr., Martin G. Keen, Sarbajit K. Rakshit
  • Patent number: 10226710
    Abstract: A virtual-reality navigation controller includes a base, a seat, a vertical support to support the seat on the base, and a rotatable connector between the seat and the vertical support to tilt the seat about a rotational center of the rotatable connector in response to directional forces exerted by a user seated on the seat. The virtual-reality navigation controller further includes a motion-detection controller to measure pitch corresponding to the tilt of the seat resulting from the directional forces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: FACEBOOK TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventor: Yury Anatolievich Petrov
  • Patent number: 10223871
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided herewith for creating and managing wagers on possible states or outcomes within a live event, such as outcomes of at-bats, innings, and other subparts of a sporting event or other event. An initial state and multiple possible future states of a performance parameter of the event may be determined based on state information of the event. A betting market may be created based on probabilities and odds determined for the possible future states. The betting market may be closed at a time after bets are received and before an end of an initial state. A payout may be made to a winner who selected the correct outcome of the performance parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: CG TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT, LLC
    Inventors: Anthony Storm, Foster Barton, Andrew Garrood, Thomas Bradshaw
  • Patent number: 10220304
    Abstract: A system and method are disclosed for providing input to a software application such as a gaming application. The inputs may be received from one or both of a hand-held controller and a NUI system accepting gestural inputs. In an example, a gesture and controller API receives skeletal pose data from the NUI system and converts that data to Boolean or floating point data. In this way, data from both the controller and the NUI system may be exposed to the software application as easily consumable data in the same format.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventor: Mike Palotas
  • Patent number: 10220312
    Abstract: A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a computing device having a controller to obtain a user input that was inputted into a first accessory operably coupled with the computing device where the first accessory provides a user interface for user interaction with a video game, determine a language of an intended recipient of the user input based on an identity of the intended recipient, access a multi-lingual library comprising a plurality of words associated with the video game, match the user input to one or more words of the plurality of words of the multi-lingual library to generate a translated message in the determined language of the intended recipient, and provide the translated message to a second accessory for presentation to the intended recipient in real-time. Additional embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: STEELSERIES APS
    Inventor: Michael Aronzon
  • Patent number: 10218706
    Abstract: A method of supervisory control is provided according to aspects of the technology. The method includes setting, at a remote device, at least a first usage control parameter for at least a first account associated with access to content on a class of entertainment devices. The method also includes monitoring, at an entertainment device of that class, which account or accounts are active on the entertainment device and obtaining, at the entertainment device, the at least first usage control parameter set for the at least first account. The method further includes restricting usage of content on the entertainment device responsive to the at least first usage control parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Quoc Dat Nguyen, Robert Christopher Starkey, Simon Alexis Fleming
  • Patent number: 10195738
    Abstract: Using various embodiments, methods, systems, and apparatuses are disclosed for data collection from a subject using a sensor apparatus. In one embodiment, an apparatus for use by a subject, the sensor apparatus is disclosed, comprising a sensor configured to capture and transmit data related to movements by the subject and a computing device coupled to the sensor to receive sensor data transmitted by the sensor, save the data in a track in a data file. The data file can have a plurality of tracks, each track saving data of a different sensor. The data thus saved can then be processed by another computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Inventor: Heinz Hemken
  • Patent number: 10191462
    Abstract: A computer implemented method, system and computer program product for a receptionist function in vehicles for communications management, such as phone call and texting management, includes determining driving context of a moving vehicle, estimating a risk factor related to the operation of the vehicle based on the driving context, receiving an incoming communication directed to a mobile communication device within the vehicle, analyzing the incoming communication to determine a communication factor, and determining an electronic action in response to the incoming communication based on the driving context, the risk factor and the communication factor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Kevin W. Brew, Michael S. Gordon, James R. Kozloski, Clifford A. Pickover
  • Patent number: 10168683
    Abstract: A computer implemented method, system and computer program product for a receptionist function in vehicles for communications management, such as phone call and texting management, includes determining driving context of a moving vehicle, estimating a risk factor related to the operation of the vehicle based on the driving context, receiving an incoming communication directed to a mobile communication device within the vehicle, analyzing the incoming communication to determine a communication factor, and determining an electronic action in response to the incoming communication based on the driving context, the risk factor and the communication factor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Kevin W. Brew, Michael S. Gordon, James R. Kozloski, Clifford A. Pickover
  • Patent number: 10168986
    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: April 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Raymond W. Riley, Kevin W. Hoffer, William E. Berner, Allan M. Schrock, James A. Niegowski, William F. Rauchholz
  • Patent number: 10159895
    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: December 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Wikipad, Inc.
    Inventors: Fraser Townley, Kelly D. Gamble, Daniel P. Dooley
  • Patent number: 10163364
    Abstract: A method of providing feedback for a piece of cue-sport equipment, a cue ball or cue stick, during a game play first collect spatial positioning and orientation data from a plurality of measurement sensors that is integrated into the cue-sport equipment. Then, the collected data is analyzed to generate a virtual movement model of the cue-sport equipment as the virtual movement model includes a calculated impact force diagram, an animated travel path, and a calculated absolute orientation for the cue-sport equipment. Then, the player can view the virtual movement model through an external computing device to improve their cue-sport skills effectively and efficiently.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Inventors: Paul Loftsgard, Andrey Dolgov, Petras Avizonis, Johann Ammerlahn
  • Patent number: 10152118
    Abstract: Various embodiments described herein provide for systems and methods for delivering experience elements of a digital experience to a participant based on an emotional response, from the participant, to the digital experience. The systems and methods dynamically score a digital experience, such as a virtual reality experience (VRE), for a participant based on the participant's past or present emotional response to the digital experience. The dynamic scoring of the digital experience can, for example, determine a narrative orientation of a narrative digital experience, or can determine experience elements (e.g., cinematic elements) expressed or applied to the digital experience.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: The Virtual Reality Company
    Inventors: Guy Primus, Kevin Primus