Hand Manipulated (e.g., Keyboard, Mouse, Touch Panel, Etc.) Patents (Class 463/37)
  • Patent number: 11904940
    Abstract: A steering apparatus according to an aspect of the present disclosure includes a rim member, a center member connected to a steering shaft at a rotation center of the rim member, a first sound output apparatus provided on a front surface of the rim member or the center member, and a first rim chamber unit provided in the rim member and in communication with a space behind the first sound output apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2024
    Assignee: SOCIONEXT INC.
    Inventor: Katsumi Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 11893851
    Abstract: Disclosed are gaming systems, methods and machines that include one or more modular buttons. In particular, a modular button is configured for mounting within a frame or panel. The modular button may be interchangeable, such that various modular buttons may be added, exchanged, and/or removed from the frame. In some examples, the frame may be formed of a metal or other structural material. In some examples, the frame may be formed within a surface of another system, such as a bar-top, a gaming table, or an EGM, as a non-limiting listing of examples. The modular buttons include devices and/or circuitry to enable wireless transfer of power and/or communications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2024
    Assignee: Aristocrat Technologies, Inc. (ATI)
    Inventors: Frank Rodriguez, Stephen Shaffer, Jr.
  • Patent number: 11890538
    Abstract: In a multi-GPU simulation environment, frame buffer management may be implemented by multiple GPUs rendering respective frames of video, or by rendering respective portions of each frame of video. One of the GPUs controls HDMI frame output by virtue of receiving frame information from the other GPU(s) and reading out complete frames through a physically connected HDMI output port. Or, the outputs of the GPUs can be multiplexed together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2024
    Assignee: Sony Interactive Entertainment LLC
    Inventor: Roelof Roderick Colenbrander
  • Patent number: 11878235
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is an input device including: a plurality of input members; an upper surface having a right region in which a part of the plurality of input members is disposed, a left region in which another part of the plurality of input members is disposed, and a center region that is a region between the right region and the left region; and a light emitting region formed along an outer edge of the center region. The light emitting region includes a first light emitting portion configured to indicate identification information assigned to a plurality of input devices connected to an information processing apparatus, and a second light emitting portion configured to emit light based on information different from the identification information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2024
    Assignee: Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Ikuo Kobayashi, Takeshi Igarashi, Masaho Morita, Kazuyuki Suzuki, Akinori Ito
  • Patent number: 11878248
    Abstract: A non-transitory computer-readable medium including a video game processing program for causing a server to select an action regarding an object of a character on a basis of predetermined selection criteria is provided. At least one usage purpose is set to the object as an action. The functions include: an extracting function configured to extract a similar object similar to a new object among selection criterion stored object, the character having already stored selection criteria for each selection criterion stored objects; and an inheriting function configured to set a selection probability of each action in the selection criteria stored so as to be associated with the new object based on a selection probability of each action in the selection criteria stored so as to be associated with the similar object with respect to at least actions set in common between the similar and new objects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2024
    Assignee: SQUARE ENIX CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shinpei Sakata, Youichiro Miyake, Gautier Boeda, Gustavo Martins
  • Patent number: 11865436
    Abstract: A system that incorporates the subject disclosure may include, for example, a processor that performs operations including receiving an actuation profile comprising one or more actuation thresholds responsive to a detection of a triggering event during a gaming session of a video game, configuring the sensor according to the one or more actuation thresholds, receiving, from the sensor, a signal indicating a depression range of the button, comparing the depression range to the one or more actuation thresholds of the actuation profile, and generating an actuation state when the depression range exceeds an actuation threshold of the one or more actuation thresholds. Additional embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2024
    Assignee: STEELSERIES ApS
    Inventors: Tino Soelberg, Jeffrey Nicholas Mahlmeister, Thane Kurt Woidan, Thomas J. Panfil
  • Patent number: 11860279
    Abstract: An image sensing device and a photographing device including the same are disclosed. The image sensing device includes a pixel array configured to have a first pixel and a second pixel that are different from each other in terms of at least one of an effective measurement distance, temporal resolution, spatial resolution, and unit power consumption, and a timing controller configured to determine whether a distance to a target object is equal to or less than a predetermined threshold distance, and selectively activate any one of the first pixel and the second pixel according to the result of determination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2024
    Assignee: SK hynix Inc.
    Inventors: Hyung June Yoon, Dong Jin Lee
  • Patent number: 11854434
    Abstract: An interactive vehicle simulation system having a virtual reality engine that generates a virtual operating environment that includes a user operated vehicle having a plurality of wheel types, a vehicle position, vehicle orientation, vehicle velocity and vehicle acceleration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2023
    Inventors: Danny Baldwin, Shawn Greene
  • Patent number: 11839810
    Abstract: A game controller for a mobile device, the game controller having a first handle, a bridge, a first spring mechanism, and a first latch mechanism. The first handle is configured to contact and support a mobile device and includes a user-accessible, first hardware interface on a main body portion of the first handle. The bridge is in sliding engagement with the first handle. The bridge and the first handle are configured for the main body portion of the first handle to translate in a retraction direction toward a midline of the bridge and into a retracted configuration and also to translate in an extension direction away from the midline of the bridge into an extended configuration. The first spring mechanism is configured to bias the first handle toward the retracted configuration. The first latch mechanism is configured to temporarily lock the bridge in the extended configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2022
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2023
    Assignee: BACKBONE LABS, INC.
    Inventors: Maneet Singh Khaira, Atsushi Shirata, Francois Pierre René Dransart, Gregory Robert Cerny, Wei-Jun Wang, Jon Lake
  • Patent number: 11833415
    Abstract: The invention provides an apparatus for supplying user inputs to a computer program, a games controller and an actuator mounted to a controller. The apparatus comprises a case having a first part and a second part. Each of the first and second parts comprise one or more controls. One of the first and second parts comprises a sensor for determining the position of the first part relative to the second part, wherein the position of the first part relative to the second part provides an input control device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2023
    Assignee: Ironburg Inventions Limited
    Inventors: Duncan Ironmonger, Carl S. Jeffrey
  • Patent number: 11833416
    Abstract: A joystick device including a hollow housing having an endless boundary structure and a ceiling structure with an opening; a control-stick having a head portion and a stem portion, the hollow housing surrounding the stem portion with the head portion outside the hollow housing; and a plurality of biasing curved arm members extending outwardly from the stem portion and movable with the control-stick as a whole relative to the hollow housing along a plane at least substantially perpendicular to the stem portion. Each of the plurality of biasing curved arm members having a curved segment with a convex side directed towards a respective corresponding portion of the endless boundary structure so as to bias the stem portion when the control-stick is being moved towards said portion. The plurality of biasing curved arm members being distributed around the stem portion so as to cooperate with each other to centre the control-stick.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2023
    Assignee: Razer (Asia-Pacific) Pte. Ltd.
    Inventor: Gil Palma Guerrero, Jr.
  • Patent number: 11833426
    Abstract: A virtual object control method is provided. The method includes: displaying a user interface (UI), the UI including a joystick control configured to control a virtual object to move; receiving a quick click/tap operation signal acting on a target region corresponding to the joystick control; and controlling, according to the quick click/tap operation signal, the virtual object to run in a virtual scene displayed in the UI.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2023
    Assignee: TENCENT TECHNOLOGY (SHENZHEN) COMPANY LIMITED
    Inventor: Zhihong Liu
  • Patent number: 11822712
    Abstract: The present concepts relate to devices that can employ graspable controllers that can be employed in various scenarios, such as virtual reality scenarios and augmented reality scenarios. One example device can include multiple expansion assemblies having independently adjustable girths. The multiple expansion assemblies can be stacked adjacent to one another along an axis. A controller can be configured to expand or contract the girths of the expansion assemblies to collectively approximate girths of an object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2022
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2023
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Mar Gonzalez Franco, Michael Jack Sinclair, Eyal Ofek, Eric Jordan Gonzalez
  • Patent number: 11822780
    Abstract: A method includes displaying, via a display device, first content with respect to which a first plurality of editing operations have been performed. The method further includes while displaying the first content, detecting, on the touch-sensitive surface, a first multi-finger gesture. The method further includes in response to detecting the first multi-finger gesture: in accordance with a determination that the first multi-finger gesture includes more than a first predetermined amount of movement in a first direction, undoing one of the first plurality of editing operations; and in accordance with a determination that the first multi-finger gesture includes more than a first predetermined amount of movement in a second direction that is different from the first direction, redoing one of the first plurality of editing operations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2023
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Bradley W. Griffin, Morgan H. Winer, Wayne Carl Westerman, Christopher D. Soli, Meredith Noelani Burkle, Sara E. Andrews, Toby Charles Wood Paterson, Stephen O. Lemay, Patrick Lee Coffman, Tiffany S. Jon, Aram D. Kudurshian
  • Patent number: 11813517
    Abstract: A method to identify positions of fingers of a hand is described. The method includes capturing images of a first hand using a plurality of cameras that are part of a wearable device. The wearable device is attached to a wrist of a second hand and the plurality of cameras of the wearable device is disposed around the wearable device. The method includes repeating capturing of additional images of the first hand, the images and the additional images captured to produce a stream of captured image data during a session of presenting the virtual environment in a head mounted display (HMD). The method includes sending the stream of captured image data to a computing device that is interfaced with the HMD. The computing device is configured to process the captured image data to identify changes in positions of the fingers of the first hand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2022
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2023
    Assignee: Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey Roger Stafford, Todd Tokubo
  • Patent number: 11787588
    Abstract: A printer includes: a body defining a media enclosure configured to receive a media supply; an indicator assembly supported by an outer wall of the body, the indicator assembly including a plurality of substantially contiguous illumination surfaces illuminated by respective ones of a set of lights supported within the body; a controller supported by the body, the controller configured to: (i) obtain an operational status of the printer, (ii) retrieve, from a mapping repository, a set of notification control parameters corresponding to the operational status, and (iii) control the set of lights according to the notification control parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2022
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2023
    Assignee: Zebra Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Morgan Hassan Malone, Edward Anthony Hackett, Raymond E. Maynard, Michael F. St.Germain, Michael C. Wondolowski, Daniel V. Carroll, Ozgur Ozserin, James Roger Morley-Smith, Hannah Marie Legg, Roger Edward Guinee, Ellen Thomas
  • Patent number: 11766611
    Abstract: Provided are a program, a control method, and an information processing apparatus which may provide an improved user interface on which a user may easily and efficiently execute various processes on a game content. The information processing apparatus may be caused to execute a game content specifying step of specifying a selected game content on the basis of first input operation data from an operation unit, a step of retrieving information from a storage unit, a step of specifying a direction from a start point to an end point of a second input operation on the basis of second input operation data from an operation unit, and an execution step of executing one process associated with the direction from the start point to the end point of the second input operation in the information from the storage unit on the selected game content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2022
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2023
    Assignee: GREE, Inc.
    Inventors: Junko Yamanokuchi, Masato Nozaki
  • Patent number: 11752432
    Abstract: An information processing device includes: a controller that generates a game image of an object disposed in a virtual game space; and a touch panel that displays the game image. The touch panel detects an input of a user's touch operation on the game image and outputs, to the controller, a detection signal indicating the detection of the input. The controller determines a contact surface area at an indicated position on the touch panel indicated by the user's touch operation based on the detection signal. The controller determines, based on a size of the contact surface area, whether ae first operation or a second operation has been inputted. The controller performs a first control related to the object in response to the first operation, and a second control related to the object when the second operation has been inputted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2023
    Assignee: SEGA CORPORATION
    Inventor: Shinpei Ito
  • Patent number: 11745094
    Abstract: A controller system is provided herein that includes a controller base including at least one input device for receiving user input and a mechanical interface. The controller system further includes a controller module comprising a processor and memory. The controller module is configured to removably mount on the controller base at the mechanical interface thereby establishing a communication link therebetween. The user input received at the at least one input device is routed through the controller module to a console computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2023
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Shuoqi Scott Wang, James McColl Shields, Ryan Eugene Whitaker, Tero Juhani Patana
  • Patent number: 11745095
    Abstract: An apparatus for entertaining an entertainee in a passenger vehicle includes an infotainment system having an automotive assistant that executes a spatially-cognizant entertainment application that interacts with the entertainee. In doing so, the automotive assistant receives information about the vehicle's environment from peripheral devices connected to the infotainment system. This provides the entertainment application with spatial intelligence that it then uses while interacting with the entertainee.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2023
    Assignee: Cerence Operating Company
    Inventors: Mohammad Mehdi Moniri, Aditya Gulati
  • Patent number: 11731046
    Abstract: A controller couples to a rear surface of a portable information handling system at a gimbal motor that supports rotation of the controller relative to the portable information handling system. A gyroscopic sensor detects rotation of the controller for application to the gimbal motor so that the information handling system maintains a viewing position relative to an end user who rotates the controller. The controller selectively couples and de-couples from the information handling system to provide inputs to the information handling system both as an integrated input device and as a separate input device through a wireless interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2023
    Assignee: Dell Products L.P.
    Inventor: Michiel Sebastiaan Emanuel Petrus Knoppert
  • Patent number: 11709557
    Abstract: Controller devices can provide a user with multiple modes of operation. For example, the user can hold and operate the controller device in a first orientation for control of a first device and/or first mode of a device (e.g., media player), and the user can hold and operate the controller device in a second orientation for control of a second device and/or second mode of a device (e.g., gaming device). Features can be selectively stowed and deployed to facilitate user operation in the different modes. By further example, a controller device can be separated into segments to allow multiple users to hold and provide inputs with corresponding segments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2023
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Paul X. Wang, Ryan P. Brooks, Pol Pla I Conesa
  • Patent number: 11703118
    Abstract: A control device wearable by a bicycle rider, the control device including at least one control sensor generating input signals when actuated. A control processor is connected to the at least one control sensor generating control signals responsive to the input signals. A wireless transmitter is in communication with the processor transmitting the control signals and a power source is connected to the shift control processor and the wireless transmitter. The control device may one or more of a control gear changer, one or more suspension component, and other electronically-controllable components or systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2023
    Assignee: SRAM, LLC
    Inventor: Kevin Wesling
  • Patent number: 11704045
    Abstract: The present application discloses self-learning file transmitting, data reading and writing, and APP communication reading and writing methods of a game handle. The self-learning file transmitting method includes the following steps: S1: initializing a chip and scanning a key value; S2: erasing a FLASH chip and forming a reminder of usage; S3: scanning the key value and starting timing; and S4: timing and scanning the key value, and forming a reminder showing the end of learning. The present application provides a learning AI key with a special function on the game handle, and the AI key function can record operations of all users and save them as data for internal storage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2023
    Assignee: SHENZHEN GULI TECH Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hongyong Yu
  • Patent number: 11681433
    Abstract: A method for controlling a display system including a head-mounted display device and a controller coupled to the display device is provided. A first display unit provided in the display device constituting the display system enables an outside scene to be visually recognized. The first display unit is caused to perform display in any mode of a plurality of modes in accordance with a state of the head of a user wearing the display device. At this time, one input mode of a plurality of input modes is set in accordance with a display mode of the first display unit, and input corresponding to each of the plurality of input modes is enabled in coordination with display on a second display unit provided in the controller, and input is received in the input mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2023
    Assignee: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shinichi Kobayashi, Masahide Takano
  • Patent number: 11648471
    Abstract: Provided are a program, a control method, and an information processing apparatus which may provide an improved user interface on which a user may easily and efficiently execute various processes on a game content. The information processing apparatus may be caused to execute a game content specifying step of specifying a selected game content on the basis of first input operation data from an operation unit, a step of retrieving information from a storage unit, a step of specifying a direction from a start point to an end point of a second input operation on the basis of second input operation data from an operation unit, and an execution step of executing one process associated with the direction from the start point to the end point of the second input operation in the information from the storage unit on the selected game content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2022
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2023
    Assignee: GREE, INC.
    Inventors: Junko Yamanokuchi, Masato Nozaki
  • Patent number: 11628352
    Abstract: A controller device comprises a controller body that includes one or more interface ports, at least which is a control information output port. A joystick coupled to the controller body has an axis control orientation that is configurable relative to the controller body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2023
    Assignees: Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc., Sony Interactive Entertainment LLC
    Inventors: Glenn Black, Alvin Daniel
  • Patent number: 11625101
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to identifying three-dimensional-human-gesture input. In particular, the methods and systems of the present disclosure can: receive from one or more sensors, data describing one or more three-dimensional motions comprising a three-dimensional-human-gesture input; generate, based at least in part on the data describing the one or more three-dimensional motions, two-dimensional data at least partially describing at least one motion of the one or more three-dimensional motions; and identify, based at least in part on the two-dimensional data, the three-dimensional-human-gesture input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2023
    Assignee: GOOGLE LLC
    Inventor: Alejandro Kauffmann
  • Patent number: 11620869
    Abstract: Disclosed are various methods for determining a wagering game to play on a client device. In some embodiments, the method includes receiving data describing an orientation of a client device and determining, based at least upon the orientation of the client device, a number of symbols to display in connection with a wagering game. The number of paylines to provide may be determined based on the orientation of the client device. An outcome of the wagering game may be determined based at least in part on the determined number of symbols and the determined number of paylines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2023
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventor: Dwayne Nelson
  • Patent number: 11617943
    Abstract: Input data containing at least strain data corresponding to deformation of an input apparatus or motion data corresponding to a motion or orientation of the input apparatus, is obtained from the input apparatus. Based on the motion data, a first object is caused to move in a virtual space or an orientation of the first object in the virtual space is changed. Based on the strain data, the first object is caused to perform a predetermined action in the virtual space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2021
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2023
    Assignee: Nintendo Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shinji Kitahara, Shota Shimada, Atsushi Yamazaki
  • Patent number: 11615715
    Abstract: This disclosure presents systems and methods to improve user brushing behavior. Exemplary implementations may: effectuate presentation of audio content via an audio output device, the audio content being characterized by an audio profile; obtain output signals from one or more sensors coupled to a user device, the output signals conveying user input information, the user input information defining user input by a user via the user device; determine, based on the user input information, a user profile, the user profile including one or more user values of the one or more audio attribute; compare the user profile with the audio profile to determine, for individual audio attributes, one or more differences; determine one or more scores reflecting the one or more differences; and/or perform other operations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2023
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael P. Goslin
  • Patent number: 11607605
    Abstract: A touch screen game controller assembly includes a game controller that is electronically coupled to a gaming console to control video game play. A direction touch screen is coupled to the game controller for controlling respective control functions of a video game. A button touch screen is coupled to the game controller for controlling respective control functions of a video game. A select touch screen is coupled to the game controller for controlling respective control functions of a video game. A start touch screen is coupled to the game controller for controlling respective control functions of a video game. A first dome and a second dome are each coupled to the game controller for controlling respective control functions of a video game. A first front touch screen and a second front touch screen are each coupled to the game controller for controlling respective control functions of a video game.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2023
    Inventor: David Garrett
  • Patent number: 11602686
    Abstract: Implementations are provided that permit a seamless activation of a game or other application on a host device from a game controller. The game may be launched on the host device in response to an activation signal that is dispatched from the game controller. The game controller may generate the activation signal or it may send such a signal to the host device for processing. The game controller may detect that an action button has been pressed and generate the activation signal in response thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2021
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2023
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Christopher Jones, Jeffrey David Yaksick
  • Patent number: 11592902
    Abstract: A wearable Haptic Human Machine Interface (HHMI) receives electrical activity from muscles and nerves of a user. An electrical signal is determined having characteristics based on the received electrical activity. The electrical signal is generated and applied to an object to cause an action dependent on the received electrical activity. The object can be a biological component of the user, such as a muscle, another user, or a remotely located machine such as a drone. Exemplary uses include mitigating tremor, accelerated learning, cognitive therapy, remote robotic, drone and probe control and sensing, virtual and augmented reality, stroke, brain and spinal cord rehabilitation, gaming, education, pain relief, entertainment, remote surgery, remote participation in and/or observation of an event such as a sporting event, biofeedback and remotality. Remotality is the perception of a reality occurring remote from the user. The reality may be remote in time, location and/or physical form.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2023
    Inventor: John J. Daniels
  • Patent number: 11583761
    Abstract: A portable information handling system interacts with a game controller through either a direct connection at a wired interface at the sides of opposing controller housings and the information handling system housing or through a bridge having a bridge housing that directly couples to the controller housing as a bridge to the information handling system, such as with a wireless interface. During a sliding coupling motion, pins of the controller housing wired interface move across pins of the bridge or information handling system wired interface. Analysis of the interface signals through a sliding coupling motion identifies the type of controller housing, such as a controller housing with game input devices or with extra functions like speaker audio and supplemental battery power.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2023
    Assignee: Dell Products L.P.
    Inventors: Gerald R. Pelissier, Yagiz C. Yildiz, Kevin M. Turchin, Shu-Wei Chou, Tsung Wen Hsueh
  • Patent number: 11573590
    Abstract: A button structure includes a first component, a second component, and a pressing element mounted on the second component. The first component has a first base portion. The first base portion protrudes outward to form at least one first extending portion. The at least one first extending portion protrudes inward to form a limiting portion. The second component has a second base portion. The second base portion protrudes rearward to form at least one second extending portion. The at least one first extending portion and the at least one second extending portion are connected by a pivoting assembly. The at least one second extending portion protrudes rearward to form a blocking portion. When the blocking portion is pivoted on the first component, the blocking portion is alternatively located to a bottom of the limiting portion and a top of the limiting portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2023
    Assignee: CHENG UEI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Che-Hung Huang
  • Patent number: 11565188
    Abstract: A headset including speakers, a transmitter, and audio processing circuitry, where the audio processing circuitry is operable to: process a received audio signal for output via said one or more speakers; detect, in said audio signal, an occurrence of a particular video game audio clip; and in response to said detection, trigger a transmission, via said transmitter, of a command associated with said particular video game audio clip. Parameter settings for the headset are associated, in memory, with the particular video game audio clip. The parameter settings may be automatically sent to the headset in response to detection, by the audio processing circuitry, of an occurrence of the particular audio clip in an audio signal output by a game console. The parameter settings may determine a manner in which the headset processes game audio received by the headset and/or a manner in which the headset processes chat audio.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2023
    Assignee: Voyetra Turtle Beach, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard Kulavik, Shobha Devi Kuruba Buchannagari, Kevin Arthur Robertson
  • Patent number: 11556168
    Abstract: The present concepts relate to devices that can employ graspable controllers that can be employed in various scenarios, such as virtual reality scenarios and augmented reality scenarios. One example device can include multiple expansion assemblies having independently adjustable girths. The multiple expansion assemblies can be stacked adjacent to one another along an axis. A controller can be configured to expand or contract the girths of the expansion assemblies to collectively approximate girths of an object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2023
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Mar Gonzalez Franco, Michael Jack Sinclair, Eyal Ofek, Eric Jordan Gonzalez
  • Patent number: 11557167
    Abstract: Gaming machines, methods, and systems include a dynamically configurable pushbutton assembly including a video display having a first top surface and a first outer periphery defining a display screen area. At least one mechanical pushbutton is mounted to the display screen, the at least one mechanical pushbutton includes a second top surface and a second outer periphery defining a corresponding pushbutton area within. The second top surface and the pushbutton area are located to extend at least partly over a portion of the display screen area and within the first outer periphery, and the second top surface is transparent so that the portion of display screen area within the pushbutton area is visible through the second top surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2023
    Assignee: Aristocrat Technologies Australia Pty Limited
    Inventor: Rajendrasinh Banesinh Jadeja
  • Patent number: 11547931
    Abstract: An entertainment system includes a two-handed controller comprising corresponding controls in each of opposing halves of the controller, a first of the corresponding controls in each half providing input in at least two dimensions and a second of the corresponding controls in each half providing input in at least one dimension; and an entertainment device comprising a receiver adapted to receive control input signals from the two-handed controller, and adapted to operate in a first mode where the received control input signals from the controller are interpreted according to an asymmetric control assignment, and to operate in a second mode where control input signals from the first and second controls for a respective half of the controller are used to control the position of a respective virtual limb in three dimensions within a virtual environment provided by the entertainment device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2023
    Assignee: Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Nicholas Tony Munson, Maurizio Cerrato, Douglas Ealey
  • Patent number: 11547933
    Abstract: A game controller for controlling electronic games includes a controller chassis and an actuator system including: an actuator body pivotally mounted to the controller chassis; a strike plate coupled to the actuator body; a trigger adjustment system having an arm; and an actuator adjustment control screw received in a screw thread disposed within said arm. A portion of the actuator adjustment control screw may engage with a portion of the strike plate and the portion of the actuator adjustment control screw creates an end stop to limit movement of the actuator body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2023
    Assignee: Ironburg Inventions Limited
    Inventors: Simon Burgess, Duncan Ironmonger
  • Patent number: 11524224
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is an operating device connected to an information processing device, the operating device including an information transmitting section configured to receive an operation of a user and transmit operation information indicating content of the operation to the information processing device and a control processing section configured to perform control processing determined in advance according to the operation of the user, the information transmitting section transmitting state information indicating an execution state of the control processing to the information processing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2022
    Assignee: Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Masatoshi Nakae, Yoshiyuki Imada, Takuro Sawada
  • Patent number: 11511185
    Abstract: An operation device includes a movable member that is movable within a predetermined range, and a restriction member that is disposed in a state of being movable in a movable direction of the movable member, that restricts the movable range of the movable member by coming into contact with a contact surface of the movable member in the movable direction, and that can be switched between a state of being in contact with a first range of the contact surface and restricting the movable range of the movable member and a state of being in contact with a second range, the second range being different from the first range, of the contact surface and restricting the movable range of the movable member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2022
    Assignee: Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Yusuke Nakagawa, Ikuo Yamano
  • Patent number: 11504611
    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 in the same manner as a conventional controller (1). Additionally, the controller of the invention (10) may comprise the same controls (2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9) as a conventional controller (1). The controller of the present invention (10) is advantageous as it additionally comprises two additional controls (11A, 11B, 11C, 11D) located on the rear of the controller (10) in a position to be operated by the middle fingers of a user (12). The additional controllers (11A, 11B, 11C, 11D) may be paddle levers and may replicate the functions of one or more of the controls (2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9) located on the front or top of the controller (10).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2022
    Assignee: Ironburg Inventions Ltd.
    Inventors: Simon Burgess, Duncan Ironmonger
  • Patent number: 11458385
    Abstract: An example game system includes a plurality of types of sub devices, and a main device capable of being attached to and detached from any of the sub devices, and executes a game application. The game system determines the type of the sub device to which the main device is attached while the game application is being executed. The game system executes a game process based on a game operation performed by using the main device and/or the sub device to which the main device is attached while the game application is being executed. The game system executes a game process depending on the determined type of the sub device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2022
    Assignee: NINTENDO CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shinichi Kasuno, Yuki Onozawa, Yuki Ijiri, Yasuhiro Inoue, Shinji Hirose
  • Patent number: 11452940
    Abstract: By analyzing video, audio, and statistical data of a real-world activity, a real-world scenario is identified that is within a threshold similarity of the analyzed video, audio, and statistical data of the real-world activity. The real-world scenario is applied to a game application that uses the real-world activity as a data source, the applying comprising adjusting a portion of a physics engine, the physics engine simulating a physical phenomenon portrayed in the game application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2022
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Aaron K. Baughman, Shikhar Kwatra, Mary Rudden, Gray Franklin Cannon
  • Patent number: 11446569
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and media for displaying content are provided. According to a content-related information display system, a first memory stores content. A first processor outputs a drawing command for displaying the content on a first display, and generates progress status information which is related to a progress status of the content. A second memory stores content-related information which is related to the content. A second processor specifies the content-related information according to the progress status information generated by the first processor. A second display displays the content-related information according to a player input received by the second processor. The first processor generates the progress status information in response to at least one of a predetermined condition being satisfied in relation to the progress status of the content or a specific operation being received by the first processor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Assignee: KABUSHIKI KAISHA SQUARE ENIX
    Inventor: Kazuhiro Ooya
  • Patent number: 11430309
    Abstract: A detachable for a computer game controller or a mobile device includes LEDs, speakers, haptic actuators, an accessory port, and other features. When attached to the phone or controller, the device can enhance the experience by adding extra sound, light, and haptics, or it can replace the game's sound with lights or haptics, replace game visuals with sounds, and replace game haptics by lights. When detached, the device can be handed to a second person to enhance the spectating experience by additional visuals, haptics and sounds and for using light or sound to indicate what actions the player is taking (to help learn the game) and allow play-along through an accessory port that supports controls. Light, sound or haptics can be used to indicate what actions the player is taking.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2022
    Assignee: Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Steven Osman, Brielle Powell, Rizwana Rahman
  • Patent number: 11422625
    Abstract: A proxy controller suit for enabling an operator to control an actual or virtual proxy in an actual or virtual remote space includes a central tracking unit that is configured to provide the position of the operator in a tracked space. The proxy controller suit includes a first motion sensor attached to a first location on a first appendage of the operator at a known first distance from the central tracking unit, wherein the movement of the first motion sensor is determined with reference to the first motion sensor. The proxy controller suit also includes a second motion sensor attached to a second location on the first appendage of the operator at a known distance from the first motion sensor, wherein the movement of the second motion sensor is determined as a function of the measurements made by the first motion sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2022
    Assignee: Human Mode, L.L.C.
    Inventors: William Xavier Kerber, Jonathan Gilmore
  • Patent number: 11400368
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a method for controlling a virtual object. The method includes: identifying screen areas corresponding to a left virtual sub-interface and a right virtual sub-interface in a virtual interface on a screen of the terminal device; detecting a gesture operation performed in the screen area corresponding to the left virtual sub-interface and detecting a gesture operation performed in the screen area corresponding to the right virtual sub-interface; and controlling a virtual object in the virtual interface to perform an action when a gesture operation is detected in the screen area corresponding to the left virtual sub-interface and the screen area corresponding to the right virtual sub-interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2022
    Assignee: TENCENT TECHNOLOGY (SHENZHEN) COMPANY LIMITED
    Inventors: Jing Liu, Li Li, Tao Wang