Hand Manipulated (e.g., Keyboard, Mouse, Touch Panel, Etc.) Patents (Class 463/37)
  • Patent number: 10806994
    Abstract: A trigger with user adjustable sensor position assembled to an outer shell, includes a pressing portion pivotally connected to the outer shell, a torsion spring elastically abutting between the pressing portion and the outer shell, a triggering portion assembled in the outer shell, and an adjusting assembly. When an elastic force of the torsion spring is released, the torsion spring elastically abuts against the pressing portion to define a position where the pressing portion is located to be an original position, a position where the pressing portion abuts against the triggering portion to trigger the triggering portion is defined as a triggering position. The pressing portion is capable of swinging between the original position and the triggering position. The adjusting assembly is assembled in the outer shell. When the adjusting assembly is in different adjusting positions, key travels between the pressing portion and the triggering portion are different.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: Cheng Uei Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hsieh Cheng Chou, Chi Ming Tseng
  • Patent number: 10799790
    Abstract: A paddle accessory includes a blade, a sensor-activation feature extending from the blade, and a mounting interface spaced apart from the sensor-activation feature. The blade is sized and shaped for manual manipulation by a finger. The mounting interface is configured to selectively mate with a pivot of a game controller to removably affix the paddle accessory to the game controller. The paddle accessory is configured to rotate relative to the pivot to translate a touch force applied to the blade into an actuation force applied by the sensor-activation feature to a paddle-actuatable sensor interior an aperture of the game controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Gabriel Michael Rask Gassoway, Aaron Schmitz, Jason Victor Tsai, Christopher H. Kujawski
  • Patent number: 10780345
    Abstract: A video game processing apparatus is provided for controlling progress of a video game while displaying a player character on a display screen of a display device provided with a touch panel. The video game processing apparatus is provided with a virtual controller information memory for storing virtual controller information on a virtual controller. The display device is caused to display the virtual controller on the display screen on the basis of the virtual controller information. In a case where an operational input to the virtual controller displayed on the display screen is received, the video game processing apparatus updates a shape of the virtual controller on the basis of the virtual controller information, and controls an action of the player character on the basis of the received operational input. The operational input may include a slide operation and a tap operation, for example.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: KABUSHIKI KAISHA SQUARE ENIX
    Inventors: Ryoma Matsui, Toshio Akiyama
  • Patent number: 10780343
    Abstract: The present invention is a game controller, the game controller comprises a body, at least one socket, at least one fastening receptor, at least one actuating module, at least one fixed and at least one fastening member. The socket is formed in the body. The fastening receptor is formed in the body. The actuating module is removably mounted in the socket. The fixed frame is configured to receive the actuating module. The fixed frame comprises at least one first positioning hole. The actuating module is fixed in the socket by a combination of the fixed frame and the fastening member, wherein the fastening member passes the first positioning hole and fastens in the fastening receptor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: CHENG UEI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hsieh Cheng Chou, Chi Ming Tseng
  • Patent number: 10773155
    Abstract: A game machine controller, which is used in combination with a mouse and is connected to a game machine to be used is improved so that a user is free from feeling strange about its input. As illustrated in FIG. 6 (A), a game machine controller (1) and a mouse (2) are connected to a game machine (3) via an output cable (172) and a mouse cable (210), respectively. A signal output from the game machine controller (1) to the game machine (3) is a keyboard control signal generally output from a keyboard to the game machine (3). With this, the game machine (3) recognizes the game machine controller (1) as the keyboard. As a result, the game machine (3) receive and recognize WASD input in a vertical or horizontal direction from the game machine controller (1) and input from the mouse (2) in a direction that is not limited to the vertical or horizontal direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: HORI CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hiroaki Muramatsu, Koichiro Amano, Yoshinori Konishi
  • Patent number: 10773172
    Abstract: A video game controller adapter for holding a display of a portable video game system is provided. The base easily snaps on to a controller using a controller attachment device, thereby holding the display the portable gaming system above the controller in handheld mode. The bottom of the base is flat and designed to balance on a level surface to allow for a tabletop mode. This is especially useful for multiplayer gaming. In tabletop mode, the adapter allows plenty of space beneath the charging port to allow the user to plug in their device during game play.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: Fixture Gaming, LLC
    Inventor: Austin Stark
  • Patent number: 10765943
    Abstract: A gaming controller can include a housing; a plurality of input components; a processor; a wired or wireless interface communicatively couplable with a headset; a wired or wireless interface communicatively couplable with a gaming console, the gaming console communicatively couplable with an audiovisual system; an audio headset detection circuit that detects if a headset is coupled with the gaming controller; a transmitter that transmits an audio control signal causing the audio of the audiovisual system to be adjusted if the audio headset detection circuit detects (automatically or on command) that no audio headset is coupled with the gaming controller; and a transmitter that transmits an audio control signal causing the audio of the headset to be adjusted if the audio headset detection circuit detects (automatically or on command) that an audio headset is coupled with the gaming controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: PERFORMANCE DESIGNED PRODUCTS LLC
    Inventor: Brad Strahle
  • Patent number: 10761596
    Abstract: To provide an operation method for intuitively moving a viewpoint in a virtual space that is different from a method for inputting a moving direction by a button or stick operation. An image processing apparatus includes real position acquisition means that acquires a real position instructed by a user in a real space, representative position determination means that determines, on the basis of movement of the acquired real position during a predetermined input, a virtual representative position that is a position representing the user in a virtual space, and rendering means that renders a three-dimensional image based on the determined virtual representative position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: SONY INTERACTIVE ENTERTAINMENT INC.
    Inventor: Hiroshi Matsuike
  • Patent number: 10758819
    Abstract: A game system includes a game apparatus and left and right controllers. The game apparatus includes a swing determination unit that receives operation data from the left/right controllers and determines whether a swing input is being performed onto the left/right controllers on the basis of the received operation data, and includes a vibration data generator configured to generate vibration data such that, when the swing input is being performed onto the left controller, a vibration actuator of the left controller is caused to vibrate with a predetermined intensity and a vibration actuator of the right controller is caused to vibrate with a lower intensity, and when the swing input is being performed onto the right controller, the vibration actuator of the right controller is caused to vibrate with a predetermined intensity and the vibration actuator of the left controller is caused to vibrate with a lower intensity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: NINTENDO CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Shigetoshi Gohara
  • Patent number: 10751613
    Abstract: An example of an apparatus includes a ring-shaped portion, a detector and a main portion. At least a part of the ring-shaped portion is elastically deformable. The detector detects deformation of the ring-shaped portion. The main portion is secured to the ring-shaped portion. The main portion includes an attachment portion, a terminal and a transmitter. A game controller can be attached to the attachment portion. The terminal is for electrical connection with the game controller. The transmitter transmits data regarding a detection result of the detector to the game controller through the terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: NINTENDO CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yoshitaka Tamura, Yoshiyasu Ogasawara, Tomofumi Ikeda, Yuko Zenri
  • Patent number: 10737171
    Abstract: A video game controller can include a body with a top surface and a bottom surface, multiple control inputs (e.g., thumbsticks, directional pads, buttons), and a face plate removably coupleable to the body over the top surface so that the plurality of control inputs extend through the face plate. One or more of the multiple control inputs are removable and replaceable without the use of tools by decoupling the face plate from the body and decoupling the control input from the body without disassembling the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: Performance Designed Products LLC
    Inventors: Bradley M. Strahle, Yannik Wiggemans
  • Patent number: 10716994
    Abstract: Provided are a usage state determination apparatus, a usage state determination method, and a program that prevent a determination from being made that a controller is in use due to vibration of a vibrator. A vibration control section causes a vibrator of the controller to vibrate. A detection result acceptance section accepts a detection result of a controller motion. A usage state determination section determines that the controller is in use on the basis of the detection result of the controller motion. When the vibrator vibrates, the usage state determination section places a restriction on the making of a determination that the controller is in use on the basis of the detection result of the controller motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventor: Yoshiyuki Imada
  • Patent number: 10716998
    Abstract: In the present disclosure, a gaming controller for a mobile device is provided. The gaming controller can include a first hardware gaming controller including a first programmable controller and at least one input switch, the at least one input switch of the first hardware gaming controller configured to be manipulated by a user's left thumb and/or fingers to generate a left controller input with the first programmable controller. The gaming controller can include a second hardware gaming controller including a second programmable controller and at least one input switch, the at least one input switch of the second hardware gaming controller configured to be manipulated by a user's right thumb and/or fingers to generate a right controller input with the second programmable controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: RAZER (ASIA-PACIFIC) PTE. LTD.
    Inventors: Stuart Wells, Anthony P. Casano, Jeffrey Kinsey
  • Patent number: 10715846
    Abstract: Techniques for state-based provisioning of image data streams are described herein. In some examples, a plurality of image data streams, such as video streams, may be captured from one or more electronically presented content items. Upon being captured, the image data streams may be transmitted to an image data streaming service, such as a video streaming service, for transmission to spectators or other viewers. In addition to the image data, state data associated with the image data streams may also be transmitted to the image data streaming service. The state data may include information that describes the contents of the image data streams. In some examples, the image data streaming service may use the state data to provision the image data streams, for example to determine one or more image data streams that match a viewer's interest and to transmit those streams to the viewer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Roger Tulewicz, Torquil J B Shaw, Joel Levi Anderson
  • Patent number: 10709975
    Abstract: Various examples are directed to a haptic device for manipulating a virtual projectile. The haptic device may receive a trajectory of the virtual projectile. A position circuit may determine a first position of a body part of a user based at least in part on a motion signal received from a motion sensor. A comparator circuit may determine a first distance between the first position of the body part and the trajectory. A feedback circuit may excite a haptic actuator of the haptic device at a first level. The position circuit may also determine a second position of the body part. The comparator circuit may also determine a second distance between the second position of the body part and the trajectory. The second distance may be different than the first distance. The feedback circuit may excite the haptic actuator at a second level different than the first level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventor: Robert Lawson Vaughn
  • Patent number: 10708639
    Abstract: Techniques for state-based provisioning of image data streams are described herein. In some examples, a plurality of image data streams, such as video streams, may be captured from one or more electronically presented content items. Upon being captured, the image data streams may be transmitted to an image data streaming service, such as a video streaming service, for transmission to spectators or other viewers. In addition to the image data, state data associated with the image data streams may also be transmitted to the image data streaming service. The state data may include information that describes the contents of the image data streams. In some examples, the image data streaming service may use the state data to provision the image data streams, for example to determine one or more image data streams that match a viewer's interest and to transmit those streams to the viewer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Roger Tulewicz, Torquil J B Shaw, Joel Levi Anderson
  • Patent number: 10688387
    Abstract: An articulated controller is provided that enables a user to simply, and intuitively enter complex movements into a game with high accuracy, and while maintaining a constant grip. The controller comprises: a first hand unit, for being held in one hand by the user; a second hand unit, for being simultaneously held in another hand by the user, and an articulable joint coupling the first hand unit and the second hand unit, wherein the articulable joint is at least partly enclosed by the first hand unit to enable the user to maintain a grip on the first hand unit without interference from the articulable joint, and wherein user input is provided to the controller through movement of the articulable joint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Box Dark Industries Pty. Ltd.
    Inventor: Phillip Raymond Croft
  • Patent number: 10661157
    Abstract: A method incorporating real environment for virtuality and reality combined interaction includes: step 1: capturing a frame of image in a real environment, and determining a movement state between a previous frame of image and a current image for at least one edge point in the image; step 2: for each of virtual objects in the virtual content, detecting whether the edge point is existed on the periphery of the virtual object, and applying corresponding function on the virtual object according to the movement state of the edge point when the edge point is existed on the periphery of the virtual object; and step 3: displaying the virtual content and the real environment in a superimposed manner according to function effect of the edge point to the virtual object, and returning back to step 1 to proceed until interaction between virtuality and reality is end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Inventor: Xiang Cao
  • Patent number: 10642344
    Abstract: A system for combining six degree of freedom (6DOF) inputs, or positional and orientation inputs, from multiple 6DOF controllers in an augmented reality (AR) environment and/or a virtual reality (VR) environment is provided. In response to the detected movement of multiple controllers, and in particular, rotational movement of the multiple controllers providing user inputs in a virtual reality environment, the detected movements of the multiple controllers may be resolved to a single, common coordinate system to determine intended input to be applied to a selected virtual object in the virtual environment. The ability to resolve these inputs from multiple 6DOF controllers to a common coordinate system may provide a more natural user input mode, thus enhancing the user's experience.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: GOOGLE LLC
    Inventors: Tony Kobayashi, Paul Dubois
  • Patent number: 10639543
    Abstract: Described herein are, among other things, handheld controllers having touch-sensitive controls, as well as methods for use of the touch-sensitive controls and methods for assembling the handheld controllers. An example handheld controller may include a top-surface control (e.g., a “trigger button”) that includes a switch, a pressure sensor, and a touch sensor for detecting a presence, location, and/or gesture of a finger on the top-surface control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: Valve Corporation
    Inventors: Ian Campbell, Jeffrey Peter Bellinghausen, Brian David Hensley, Scott Dalton, Michael Jacob Goerz, Cheang Tad Yoo
  • Patent number: 10642360
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and computer readable media involving a content coupled physical activity surface are disclosed. One system includes a processor and a memory. The system is configured to receive information about a physical action performed by a user based on feedback from a physical activity surface including at least one sensor for detecting physical activity of the user, to determine, based on the feedback, configuration information, and metadata associated with a content coupled experience involving a physical action sequence, a second physical action to perform, information for prompting the user to perform the second physical action, and information for detecting the second physical action via the physical activity surface, and to provide, to the physical activity surface, the information for prompting the user to perform the second physical action and for detecting the second physical action via the physical activity surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: The Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania
    Inventors: Rahul Mangharam, Orkan Telhan, Kuk Jin Jang, Matthew Edward O'Kelly
  • Patent number: 10625151
    Abstract: The method for controlling a game character includes: obtaining a user initial indication position p1 in response to a screen-sliding operation of a user; monitoring a screen-sliding operation track of the user, and obtaining a user current indication position p2; calculating a moving distance between the user current indication position p2 and the user initial indication position p1 as |u|=|p2?p1|; comparing the moving distance |u| with a first preset threshold S1; and generating, according to the vector u=p2?p1, an operating instruction for controlling the game character. By means of the control method, a user may control a game character without being restricted, and may perform more flexible and fluent operations, thereby greatly improving the user experience of a game.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: NETEASE (HANGZHOU) NETWORK CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yan Li, Bin Li, Fei Xie, Long Xiao
  • Patent number: 10628711
    Abstract: One disclosed example provides a method for determining a pose of a handheld object in a surrounding environment. Optical pose data is stored in an image queue of a first filter. IMU data is received from an IMU of the handheld object and stored in an IMU queue of the first filter. Using at least a portion of the optical pose data and the IMU data, an initial pose of the handheld object is determined and outputted. The method determines that either the image queue or the IMU queue is empty. A second filter comprising the one empty queue and the other non-empty queue is instantiated as a copy of the first filter. Using the data from the non-empty queue in the second filter, the initial pose of the handheld object is updated to an updated pose, and the updated pose is outputted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Alexandru Octavian Balan, Ruven Jaime Rivera, III, Michael Edward Samples, Ivan Razumenic
  • Patent number: 10620753
    Abstract: A method, system, apparatus, and/or device for sensing an input in an augmented reality construct. The method, system, apparatus, and/or device may include a processing device and a sensor. The processing device may be configured to determine a virtual boundary within an augmented reality construct, define a first portion of the virtual boundary within the augmented reality construct, and define a second portion of the virtual boundary within the augmented reality construct. The sensor may be sense a first input from an end-effector within the first portion of the virtual boundary and sense a second input from the end-effector within the second portion of the virtual boundary, where the processing device may further generate a device input that corresponds to the first input and the second input and send the device input to another device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: Atheer, Inc.
    Inventors: Shashwat Kandadai, Nathan Abercrombie, Yu-Hsiang Chen, Sleiman Itani
  • Patent number: 10610791
    Abstract: A computer game program implements a position information obtaining function of obtaining first position information indicating a first position in a game field and second position information indicating a second position in the game field, a position information updating function of respectively updating the first position information and the second position information to move the first position and the second position in response to an operation input by a player, a position identifying function of determining a third position on a first line in accordance with the second position, the first line being a line that passes through the first position and a predetermined fixed position set in the game field, and a direction determining function of determining a direction in which a predetermined game effect is produced in the game field, in accordance with the first position, the second position, and the third position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: GREE, Inc.
    Inventors: Ruoyi Ye, Hiroki Kamobayashi
  • Patent number: 10603582
    Abstract: A non-limiting example game apparatus includes a main body apparatus that functions as a vibration control apparatus and a first controller and a second controller attachable to or detachable from the main body apparatus. For example, the game apparatus can be used in one of a first mode that two controllers are attached to the main body apparatus, a second mode that the two controllers are individually used in a separated state from the main body apparatus, a third mode that the two controllers are used in a state where the two controllers are detached from the main body apparatus and connected integrally to each other, and a fourth mode that a third controller that is different from the two controllers is used. For example, the same type of vibration motor is used for each controller, and a CPU incorporated in the main body apparatus controls a vibration waveform according to the usage mode of the game apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: Nintendo Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kei Yamashita, Takafumi Aoki, Yoshitaka Tamura
  • Patent number: 10596461
    Abstract: A data transmission device that includes an image capturing unit and transmits data generated based on an image captured by the image capturing unit is allowed to be located at a case while at least a part of the data transmission device is accommodated in the case, such that an image capturing direction of the image capturing unit is directed toward an inner space of a case main body. An image capturing target member movable in the inner space of the case main body in accordance with an operation made from outside of the case main body is located at a position where an image of the image capturing target member is allowed to be captured by the image capturing unit. Based on the transmitted data, an information process is executed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: Nintendo Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yuki Onozawa, Shinichi Kasuno, Yoshiyasu Ogasawara, Hitoshi Tsuchiya, Kochi Kawai
  • Patent number: 10596462
    Abstract: An example information processing system includes a main body apparatus, a handheld console controller, and a wireless controller. The handheld console controller is configured to be unified with the main body apparatus. The wireless controller is configured to be wirelessly connected to the main body apparatus. The main body apparatus sets one of the handheld console controller and the wireless controller, a predetermined button of which has been pressed down, to “active,” and performs a game process based on operation data from the activate controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: NINTENDO CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Shintaro Sato
  • Patent number: 10596453
    Abstract: A hand held controller for a games console comprising an outer case, a plurality of controls located on a front end and/or top of the controller, at least one additional control located on a back of the controller, a control unit for controlling a mode of operation of the controller and at least one magnetic sensor in communication with the control unit. The control unit is configured to receive a signal from the at least one magnetic sensor in dependence upon a magnetic field being detected by the at least one magnetic sensor and the control unit is configured to determine a mode of operation of the controller in dependence upon the signal received from the at least one magnetic sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: Ironburg Inventions Limited
    Inventors: Simon Burgess, Duncan Ironmonger, Carl S. Jeffrey
  • Patent number: 10579790
    Abstract: Pairing data associated with a second device may be received at a first device. The pairing data may be received from a server. A first authentication proof may be generated based on the pairing data received from the server. A second authentication proof may be received from the second device. Furthermore, an authentication status of the second device may be updated based on a comparison of the first authentication proof that is based on the pairing data received from the server and the second authentication proof that is received from the second device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: Cryptography Research, Inc.
    Inventors: Benjamin Che-Ming Jun, Matthew Evan Orzen, Joel Patrick Wittenauer, Steven C. Woo
  • Patent number: 10572003
    Abstract: There is provided an information processing device including: a processing unit configured to perform a process of generating preparation information on the basis of first output information regarding a first target acquired from a sensor that senses a predetermined range of an actual space and second output information regarding a second target acquired from a device carried by a user. The preparation information is used to generate operation information on the basis of third output information acquired from the sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kiyoshi Yoshikawa, Atsushi Okubo, Ken Miyashita
  • Patent number: 10564915
    Abstract: A computing system is provided, including a plurality of display devices including at least a first display device and a second display device. The computing system may further include one or more sensors configured to detect a first positional state of the first display device relative to the second display device and at least one user. The first positional state may include an angular orientation of the first display device relative to the second display device. The computing system may further include a processor configured to receive the first positional state from the one or more sensors. The processor may be further configured to generate first graphical content based at least in part on the first positional state. The processor may be further configured to transmit the first graphical content for display at the first display device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Aaron D. Krauss, Jamie R. Cabaccang, Jennifer J. Choi, Michelle Tze Hiang Chua, Priya Ganadas, Donna Katherine Long, Kenneth Liam Kiemele
  • Patent number: 10561937
    Abstract: Implementations of the disclosure describe smart controls for video game controllers that may track and store information related to their use (e.g., actuations) over time to keep track of their expected remaining life. The smart controls may removably couple to a video game controller and be replaced by other smart controls. In implementations, a smart control may include: an actuation component; a sensor to detect actuation of the actuation component in response to movement of the control; a memory to store information associated with the detected actuation; and a casing to house the sensor and memory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: PERFORMANCE DESIGNED PRODUCTS LLC
    Inventors: Brad Strahle, Antonio Meneses, Rene Trenado
  • Patent number: 10540002
    Abstract: There is provided an information processing device including: a processing unit configured to perform a process of generating preparation information on the basis of first output information regarding a first target acquired from a sensor that senses a predetermined range of an actual space and second output information regarding a second target acquired from a device carried by a user. The preparation information is used to generate operation information on the basis of third output information acquired from the sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kiyoshi Yoshikawa, Atsushi Okubo, Ken Miyashita
  • Patent number: 10540022
    Abstract: A virtual reality (VR) system supports improved interactive control processes/services. These interactive control processes/services include detecting movement of a controller associated with a virtual reality (VR) environment, determining an angle of rotation based on the movement, determining a magnitude of force associated with the movement, determining a path in the VR environment that corresponds to the angle of rotation and the magnitude of force, and projecting the path in the VR environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: SONY INTERACTIVE ENTERTAINMENT INC.
    Inventors: James Beach, Hao Chi, Jin Zhang, Mark Gadzikowski, Dustin Boyle, Jonathan Courney
  • Patent number: 10533900
    Abstract: Provided is a feedback device providing thermal feedback. The feedback device, according to one embodiment, may comprise a casing, a heat output module, and a feedback controller. The casing comprises: a grip part that is a region gripped by a user to use the feedback device when a content is reproduced; and a non-grip part that is a region not gripped by the user. The heat output module comprises: a thermoelectric element performing a thermoelectric operation for thermal feedback. The heat output module is disposed on the curve-shaped inside or outside of the grip part, and outputs thermal feedback to the user. The feedback controller is configured so as to control the thermal output module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: TEGWAY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kyoung Soo Yi, Ock Kyun Oh
  • Patent number: 10535153
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and computer programs are provided for generating an interactive space. One method includes operations for associating a first device to a reference point in 3D space, and for calculating by the first device a position of the first device in the 3D space based on inertial information captured by the first device and utilizing dead reckoning. Further, the method includes operations for capturing images with a camera of the first device, and for identifying locations of one or more static features in the images. The position of the first device is corrected based on the identified locations of the one or more static features, and a view of an interactive scene is presented in a display of the first device, where the interactive scene is tied to the reference point and includes virtual objects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: Sony Interactive Entertainment America LLC
    Inventors: George Weising, Thomas Miller
  • Patent number: 10528139
    Abstract: An electronic device receives a first set of one or more inputs corresponding to user interface elements displayed on the display and a first set of one or more tactile outputs, and also receives a second set of one or more inputs corresponding to one or more hardware elements and a second set of one or more tactile outputs. In response, in accordance with a determination that the first set of one or more tactile outputs and the second set of one or more tactile outputs overlap, the device outputs, with one or more tactile output generators, a modified tactile output sequence that is modified so as to emphasize the second set of one or more tactile outputs relative to the first set of one or more tactile outputs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Camille Moussette, Brian T. Gleeson, John B. Morrell
  • Patent number: 10525345
    Abstract: A forward direction line is set on a course, in a virtual game world, on which a player object is allowed to move. An advancing direction at a current position of the player object is determined based on the forward direction line. The advancing direction is determined as a direction in which the player object advances so as to control a movement of a player character in accordance with an acceleration instruction, and a leftward-rightward movement instruction from a player. Consequently, it is possible to assist the player in controlling a direction in which an object operated by the player moves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: NINTENDO CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Eiji Akahori, Shingo Miyata, Toshiharu Izuno, Takuji Hotta, Kentaro Nishimura
  • Patent number: 10529169
    Abstract: Disclosed are various embodiments for determining a wagering game to play on a client device. The client device can determine the orientation of a display using one or more sensors. The wagering game can be selected using the orientation. The selected wagering game can be rendered on the display. An outcome of the wagering game can be generated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventor: Dwayne Nelson
  • Patent number: 10518173
    Abstract: A dial assembly comprises a dial base, a rolling wheel, a dial handle, a reset elastic member, and a sensor. The dial base includes a first rotation channel and a second rotation channel. The rolling wheel is seated on the first rotation channel and rotatable along the first rotation channel. The dial handle is rotatably connected with the dial base and rotatable along the second rotation channel. The dial handle is connected with the rolling wheel and configured to rotate along with the rolling wheel. The reset elastic member is connected with the dial handle and configured to provide a restoring force to the dial handle. The sensor is connected with the dial handle and configured to obtain a rotation angle of the rolling wheel by sensing a rotation of the dial handle and convert the rotation angle into a control signal to transmit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: SZ DJI TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yin Tang, Tao Zhao, Guozhu Gui
  • Patent number: 10518171
    Abstract: In a case where an attitude is included in a predetermined first range at a timing when a predetermined instruction operation is made by use of an input device, an instruction operation is determined to be successful. In a case where the attitude is included in a second range outside the first range at the timing of the instruction operation, it is further determined that the instruction operation is successful in a case where within a predetermined time period after the timing, the attitude is included in the first range or a third range including at least a part of the first range, and further the operation device is put into a still state or a state of moving by a predetermined amount or less.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: Nintendo Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yusuke Akifusa, Ryo Kataoka
  • Patent number: 10507493
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to integrated modules for Synchronized Array of Vibration Actuators (FIG. 125A). The modules provide physical interface, power and communication interfaces. Each module may include vibration actuators (FIG. 123A) which can be precisely attached and aligned to the module housing, a microcontroller or other microprocessor, and one or more sensors for closed loop control of actuators (FIG. 126G). Interleaved pairs of ERMs having a center of mass in the same plane eliminate parasitic torque. A single module can produce a vibration force that rotates at a specific frequency and magnitude, which on its own could cancel out some types of periodic vibrations (FIG. 125B). Two modules paired together and counter-rotating with respect to each other can produce a directional vibration at a specific frequency and magnitude, which could prove even more useful for canceling out a vibration. Such modules are also employed to produce beating patterns (FIGS. 131-133).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: General Vibration Corporation
    Inventors: John Houston, Gabe Graham, Charles Alexander Simpkins, Jr., Robert Morris, Nathan Delson
  • Patent number: 10503277
    Abstract: Some electronic devices may not include hardware such as a gyroscope that is capable of providing precise orientation information. In some implementations, accelerometer data may be used to determine a content display adjustment (e.g., an adjustment to a first person perspective view in a game scene) by sampling accelerometer data over multiple time periods. For example, accelerometer data may be used to determine short term and longer term accelerometer sample values. The content display adjustment may be determined based at least in part on the accelerometer sample values and information associated with the content display adjustment may be communicated to a display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Christopher Thomas Larson
  • Patent number: 10503323
    Abstract: A method and apparatus of touch control for a multi-point touch terminal, wherein the apparatus of the touch control obtains a first operation for a first touch button on a touch screen of the multi-point touch terminal by the user and a second operation for a second touch button thereof by the user, and then carries out an object operation corresponding to the second operation according to an operation object corresponding to the first operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: SHANGHAI DOUWU NETWORK TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: TianWei Zhou, ErXi Chen
  • Patent number: 10495718
    Abstract: Head-mounted augmented reality (AR) devices can track pose of a wearer's head to provide a three-dimensional virtual representation of objects in the wearer's environment. An electromagnetic (EM) tracking system can track head or body pose. A handheld user input device can include an EM emitter that generates an EM field, and the head-mounted AR device can include an EM sensor that senses the EM field. EM information from the sensor can be analyzed to determine location and/or orientation of the sensor and thereby the wearer's pose. The EM emitter and sensor may utilize time division multiplexing (TDM) or dynamic frequency tuning to operate at multiple frequencies. Voltage gain control may be implemented in the transmitter, rather than the sensor, allowing smaller and lighter weight sensor designs. The EM sensor can implement noise cancellation to reduce the level of EM interference generated by nearby audio speakers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: Magic Leap, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian Bucknor, Christopher Lopez, Michael Janusz Woods, Aly H. M. Aly, James William Palmer, Evan Francis Rynk
  • Patent number: 10468004
    Abstract: A method for processing information, terminal device and a computer storage medium are disclosed. The method for processing information includes that: a first control instruction is acquired, and a first application is switched to a preset mode according to the first control instruction; a first triggering operation is acquired based on the preset mode, at least two pieces of multimedia data are selected based on the first triggering operation, and a first playing interface is generated; when a second control instruction is acquired, the at least two pieces of multimedia data in the first playing interface are sequentially played; in a process of playing first multimedia data in the at least two pieces of multimedia data, first audio data is acquired; and the first multimedia data and the first audio data are synthesized as second multimedia data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: Tencent Technology (Shenzhen) Company Limited
    Inventor: Pei Liu
  • Patent number: 10460558
    Abstract: A hybrid game having a user selectable gambling game is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: Gamblit Gaming, LLC
    Inventors: Miles Arnone, Eric Meyerhofer, David Chang
  • Patent number: 10449451
    Abstract: In an example game processing of moving a predetermined object in a predetermined course in a virtual space on the basis of an operation performed by a player, first, an input amount according to an input for controlling a moving direction of the predetermined object based on the operation performed by the player is obtained. Next, the input amount according to the input for controlling the moving direction is corrected so as to cause the moving direction of the predetermined object to be close to a direction along a travelling direction as a direction toward a destination, by increasing/decreasing a predetermined correction value which is added to the input amount, on the basis of relationship between a current moving direction of the predetermined object and the travelling direction of the course. Then, movement of the predetermined object is controlled on the basis of the corrected input amount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: Nintendo Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Shun Utsugi
  • Patent number: 10413814
    Abstract: Disclosed is an apparatus including a touch sensitive user interface and a processor. The processor is configured to detect a first contact at a first position on the user interface, determine a movement of the first contact from the first position and if the movement is less than a predetermined movement threshold, when a release of the first contact is detected, move a first object on the user interface from an initial position on the user interface to an area at or near the first position. If the movement is greater than the predetermined movement threshold to identify a second position corresponding to an area near an end point of the movement and when the release of the first contact is detected, execute an action on the second position from the first object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: SUPERCELL OY
    Inventors: Touko Tahkokallio, Jonne Loikkanen, Jon Franzas