Pivotally-translatable Handle (e.g., Joystick, Etc.) Patents (Class 463/38)
  • Patent number: 10815643
    Abstract: An adjustable user input device assembly comprising a handle having a first portion, a second portion, and a palm portion for receiving the palm of an operator's hand, the palm portion located between the first portion and the second portion; an elongated support having a first support portion and a second support portion, the first support portion coupled to the handle through an adjustable coupling mechanism, the second support portion coupled to a control console, the adjustable coupling mechanism configured to slidably adjust the handle to at least one of a pistol grip position, a palm-on-top grip position, or a position therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventors: Giovanni A. Wuisan, Scott J. Breiner, Ronald J. Huber
  • Patent number: 10806993
    Abstract: Described herein are, among other things, handheld controllers that include housings having one or more receiver portions for detachably coupling to one or more controls. For example, a housing of one such controller may include, on a front surface of the housing, a receiver that is configured to detachably couple to one or more joysticks, one or more D-pads, one or more track pads, one or more buttons, and/or the like. In some instances, a user may swap a first control for a second control based on a current application (e.g., game title) that the user is playing, based on comfort of the user, and/or for any other reason.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: Valve Corporation
    Inventors: Michael J. Goerz, Ian Campbell, Jeffrey Peter Bellinghausen, Brian David Hensley, Scott Dalton, Christopher Lee Bjordhal, Gregory Martin Matelich, II
  • Patent number: 10802282
    Abstract: Examples are disclosed that relate to dynamically controlling light sources on an optically trackable peripheral device. One disclosed example provides a near-eye display device comprising an image sensor, a communications subsystem, a logic subsystem, and a storage subsystem. The storage subsystem stores instructions executable by the logic subsystem to control a peripheral device comprising a plurality of light sources by receiving image data from the image sensor, identifying in the image data a constellation of light sources formed by a subset of light sources of the peripheral device, and based upon the constellation of light sources identified, send to the peripheral device via the communications subsystem constellation information related to the constellation of light sources identified.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Ping Liu, Steven James Velat, Erik Alan Holverson
  • Patent number: 10765937
    Abstract: In order to reduce influences of light from indoor lighting equipment or the like on the accuracy in detecting the position of an operating device, an operating device (301) includes: left and right hold sections to be held by a user, each of which is provided with an operating member at an upper surface thereof; a central section (321) which is a section between the left and right hold sections; and a light emitting surface (328c) adapted to emit light to be captured by an information processing apparatus through a camera, the light emitting surface (328c) provided at a front surface of the central section (321). The central section (321) includes a portion which is located over the light emitting surface (328c) and is located on a more forward side than the light emitting surface (328c).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: SONY INTERACTIVE ENTERTAINMENT INC.
    Inventors: Takeshi Igarashi, Masaho Morita, Kazuyoshi Enomoto, Toshimasa Aoki
  • Patent number: 10729978
    Abstract: An information processing device that carries out the processing of a fighting game in which a player-character is made to fight an opponent-character, the device including a first condition determination means that determines whether the player-character and the opponent-character, as a whole, have fulfilled a first condition during the fight; a second condition determination means that determines a character, among the player-character and the opponent-character, that has fulfilled a second condition during the fight; and a bonus awarding means that awards a bonus that can be used in the fight to a fulfilling character, among the player-character and the opponent-character, that fulfills the second condition after the fulfillment of the first condition. The first condition determination means sets a partial or a complete fulfillment of a given set of conditions as the first condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Tomoko Hiroki, Souya Mikumo, Seiji Fukumoto
  • Patent number: 10712823
    Abstract: A tactile sensation providing apparatus includes a panel, an actuator configured to vibrate the panel, and an elastic member in contact with the panel. When the actuator vibrates the panel, the elastic member suppresses inhibition of vibration at a position where the panel is pressed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: KYOCERA Corporation
    Inventor: Fumiaki Nakao
  • Patent number: 10668371
    Abstract: According to various embodiments, there is provided a game controller including: a trigger button rotatable between a first position and a second position by rotating about a rotation axis, the trigger button being depressible in a direction to activate a switch when the trigger button is in the first position, wherein the direction is at least substantially perpendicular to the rotation axis; and a locking mechanism configured to constrain rotation of the trigger button when the trigger button is in the first position, and further configured to constrain rotation of the trigger button when the trigger button is in the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: RAZER (ASIA-PACIFIC) PTE. LTD.
    Inventor: Gil Palma Guerrero, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10656658
    Abstract: A remote demolition robot (10) comprising a controller (17), drive means (14), an arm member (11) movably arranged on a tower (10a) rotatably arranged on a body (11b) of the remote demolition robot (10) and a remote control (22) for providing commands, that are interpreted by the controller (17) causing the controller (17) to control the operation of the remote demolition robot (10), wherein the remote control (22) comprises a first joystick (24a) and a second joystick (24b), wherein the remote control (22) is characterized in that each joystick (24) is provided with a thumb control switch (26).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: HUSQVARNA AB
    Inventor: Fredrik Theander
  • Patent number: 10625150
    Abstract: Based on first data corresponding to at least one of a motion and an orientation of a first game controller and second data corresponding to at least one of a motion and an orientation of a second game controller, it is determined whether or not the first game controller and the second game controller are attached to an attachment, and based on the result of the determination, game processing is performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: NINTENDO CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shoichi Obayashi, Hiroki Omosako
  • Patent number: 10617943
    Abstract: The present invention is a controller with a motor module. The controller with a motor module comprises a body. A support is disposed inside the body. The support comprises an alignment part and an engaging part both are disposed on the support. A motor module has a central axis and is capable of dismounting from the support. The motor module comprises a housing, a matching part and a blocking part both are disposed on the housing. When the motor module is applied a force to make the motor module rotates along the central axis thereof, the matching part engages with the alignment part, and the blocking part engages with the engaging part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: Cheng Uei Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hsieh Cheng Chou, Chi Ming Tseng
  • Patent number: 10610778
    Abstract: A controller for interfacing with a computing device is provided, including the following: a main body; a first extension extending from a first end of the main body; a second extension extending from a second end of the main body; wherein the first extension and the second extension are configured as handles; a button positioned on a surface of the main body, the button being configured to activate a sharing interface for sharing gameplay.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Sony Interactive Entertainment America LLC
    Inventors: Ryuji Nakayama, Ennin Huang, Nathan Gary
  • Patent number: 10493359
    Abstract: A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a first peripheral device having a controller to store operational settings tailored for a gaming application, interact with the gaming application using the operational settings and user inputs, and share the operational settings with a second peripheral device for use with the gaming application. Additional embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: STEELSERIES ApS
    Inventors: Michael Aronzon, Bruce Hawver, Kim Rom
  • Patent number: 10452170
    Abstract: Systems and methods for controlling power and/or current consumption for multiple haptic output devices are provided. Various features of the haptic output device may be described within a data structure. In response to a haptic instruction, a power budget for the haptic output device may be determined in accordance with its operational characteristics. A drive signal may then be applied to the haptic output device to produce the haptic effect in accordance with the calculated power budget. The calculated power budget may be configured to limit the current or power drawn by the haptic output device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: IMMERSION CORPORATION
    Inventors: Srivatsav Venkatesan, Kaniyalal Shah, Douglas George Billington, Stephen Rank
  • Patent number: 10441880
    Abstract: A handheld controller with spring-biased third-finger button grip detection is disclosed. The handheld controller can include a third-finger button on the handle and having a lever arm pivotally connected to the controller's main body so the third-finger button is movable between depressed position and released positions. A button-biasing member is pivotally connected to another portion of the main body and has a second lever arm that presses against the first lever arm to bias the third-finger button toward the released, extended position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: Facebook Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Blake Francis Anderson, Daniel James Blasé, Benjamin Elliot Tunberg Rogoza, Yi-yaun Chen
  • Patent number: 10343059
    Abstract: Handheld controllers having flexible thumbstick guards are disclosed herein for use with a handheld controller having a thumbstick or other pivotal control member. A representative guard has a tubular neck that sealably connects to a shaft portion of the thumbstick, and a skirt that sealably connects to an interior portion of the handheld controller around the control opening. The guard has a flexible joint portion interconnecting the neck and the skirt to allow the neck to move relative to the skirt upon pivoting the control member relative to the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: Facebook Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Benjamin Elliot Tunberg Rogoza, Sharvil Shailesh Talati, Yi-yaun Chen, Jason Andrew Higgins, Peter Wesley Bristol, Mark Shintaro Ando, Blake Francis Andersen
  • Patent number: 10286305
    Abstract: An improved controller for a game console that is intended to be held by a user in both hands in the same manner as a conventional controller, which has controls on the front operable by the thumbs, and has two additional controls located on the back in positions to be operated by the middle fingers of a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Ironburg Inventions LTD.
    Inventors: Simon Burgess, Duncan Ironmonger
  • Patent number: 10258877
    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: January 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Ironburg Inventions Limited
    Inventors: Simon Burgess, Duncan Ironmonger
  • Patent number: 10232255
    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: April 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Gabriel Michael Rask Gassoway, Aaron Schmitz, Jason Victor Tsai, Christopher H. Kujawski
  • Patent number: 10232254
    Abstract: A game controller includes a grip, one or more finger-actuatable controls on the grip, and a rim located on the grip. The rim defines an aperture. The game controller further includes a paddle-actuatable sensor accessible through the aperture and a pivot spaced apart from the aperture. The pivot is configured to removably affix a selected paddle accessory to the game controller and to translate a touch applied to the selected paddle accessory outside of the aperture to an actuation of the paddle-actuatable sensor inside the aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Gabriel Michael Rask Gassoway, Aaron Schmitz, Jason Victor Tsai, Christopher H. Kujawski
  • Patent number: 10061397
    Abstract: Various embodiments described herein are directed toward input mechanisms, for input devices, configured to receive and removably couple to interchangeable elements. Handheld input devices applicable to some embodiments may include, without limitation, computer controllers, video game console controllers, and handheld video gaming devices. Input mechanisms applicable to various embodiments may include, for example, control sticks (e.g., joysticks or analog sticks operable by a user's finger, such as a thumbstick), buttons, switches, and directional pads. According to some embodiments, an input mechanism is provided comprising a base component. Depending on the embodiment, coupling different interchangeable elements to the base component may cause the input mechanism to vary in size, appearance, contour, material, or features provided by the input mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: Performance Designed Products LLC
    Inventors: Bradley M. Strahle, Eric B. Fulghum
  • Patent number: 10035064
    Abstract: Methods for game aim assist are provided. In electronic games, a game player may control the actions of a game character within a game environment. The game environment, which includes a focus area, may be displayed from a perspective of or with respect to a game character. During game play, one or more objects may be detected in the focus area. One of the objects may then be selected based on the distance between the object and the center of the focus area. The aim of the game character is then automatically adjusted toward the selected object, which allows the game player to direct an attack action on the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: SONY INTERACTIVE ENTERTAINMENT AMERICA LLC
    Inventors: John Garvin, Christopher Reese, Darren Yager, Ron Allen
  • Patent number: 9898675
    Abstract: Technology is presented for providing feedback to a user on an ability of an executing application to track user action for control of the executing application on a computer system. A capture system detects a user in a capture area. Factors in the capture area and the user's actions can adversely affect the ability of the application to determine if a user movement is a gesture which is a control or instruction to the application. One example of such factors is a user being out of the field of view of the capture system. Some other factor examples include lighting conditions and obstructions in the capture area. Responsive to a user tracking criteria not being satisfied, feedback is output to the user. In some embodiments, the feedback is provided within the context of an executing application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Dawson Yee, Kathryn Stone Perez
  • Patent number: 9878238
    Abstract: An improved controller for a game console that is intended to be held by a user in both hands in the same manner as a conventional controller, which has controls on the front operable by the thumbs, and has two additional controls located on the back in positions to be operated by the middle fingers of a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: Ironburg Inventions, Ltd.
    Inventors: Simon Burgess, Duncan Ironmonger
  • Patent number: 9557190
    Abstract: Provided is a calibration apparatus and method of a three-dimensional (3D) position and direction estimation system. The calibration apparatus may receive inertia information and intensity information during a predetermined period of time, may calculate distances between a transmitter and the respective receivers, and may calibrate a signal attenuation characteristic of each receiver using the distances between the transmitter and the respective receivers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Sang Hyun Kim, Hyong Euk Lee, Chang Kyu Choi
  • Patent number: 9517408
    Abstract: The invention relates to a controller, in particular for video games, capable of operating according to at least a gear selection mode and a brake mode. According to the invention, said controller comprises a support casing, a lever mounted on said support casing and capable of pivoting from a neutral position around at least an axis, and a detector to detect, in the gear selection mode, at least two different positions of the lever obtained by the pivoting thereof from the neutral position and, in the brake mode, an angular value corresponding to a braking force required by a user by the pivoting of the controller lever according to said axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Assignee: GUILLEMOT CORPORATION S.A.
    Inventors: Jean-Yves Jaouen, Patrick Pennaneac'h, David Sauvage
  • Patent number: 9504912
    Abstract: A controller for a video game is disclosed. The controller may be a generally U-shaped steering wheel including a pair of hand grips attached to and extending from a base connector. The ends of the hand grips may be angled downward. The design of the hand grips together with the downwardly extending ends provides for an ergonomic design of the controller with easy access to controls on the hand grips whether the controller is grasped with a pronated or supinated hand positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: John Ikeda, Scott Wilson, Dennis Matthew Puhalla, Brett Christie
  • Patent number: 9426515
    Abstract: An Intelligent Television provides unique user interfaces and user interface interactions to provide social media. The interfaces and interface are intuitive and allow the user to quickly retrieve and view social media with respect to content displayed on the Intelligent Television. Further, intuitive user interface interactions are provided to allow for the quick and efficient posting of social media from the Intelligent Television to a social media site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: Flextronics AP, LLC
    Inventor: Sanjiv Sirpal
  • Patent number: 9409091
    Abstract: A sports videogame such as a baseball videogame allows a user to control the release time of a pitch in order to control the timing of a break on the pitched ball. Other implementations of a baseball videogame allow a user to put extra spin on a pitched ball to thereby create a greater break on the pitch or allow the user to play in a hero mode which enables the user to control a videogame character in a series of specific game play scenarios designed to allow the user to immediately control the videogame character to perform unique skills. Game play may also be customized by allowing the user to incorporate user-created images into screens of game play and/or allow the user to incorporate recorded audio messages into game play.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Assignee: Nintendo Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Henry Sterchi, Jeff Miller
  • Patent number: 9326709
    Abstract: Systems, devices and methods for the management of glucose levels in the body of patient featuring user interface input mechanisms configured to provide haptic feedback to the user are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: ABBOTT DIABETES CARE INC.
    Inventor: Erwin Satrya Budiman
  • Patent number: 9248376
    Abstract: Based on operation information obtained from an operating device for pointing to a position on a screen of a display device, a pointing position to which the operating device points is repeatedly calculated. Next, a change amount of the pointing position is calculated. Then, whether or not the change amount of the pointing position meets a first condition is determined. As a result, when it is determined that the change amount of the pointing position meets the first condition, predetermined processing is executed for the pointing position or a position specified based on the pointing position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Assignee: NINTENDO CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kazuhiro Yoshikawa, Hitoshi Yamagami, Toshio Noguchi
  • Patent number: 9176518
    Abstract: A handle returning apparatus includes an input member rotating in conjunction with an operation handle operated to rotate in first and second directions including a neutral position, and a spring member including a plurality of spring portions integrally formed and including different spring forces, each of the spring portions including first and second spring end portions separating from each other in a circumferential direction and being configured to generate a returning force for returning the operation handle to the neutral position by being resiliently deformed on a basis of the rotation operation of the operation handle to bias the input member in a state where one of the first and second spring end portions engages with the input member and the other engages with a fixation member. The plurality of spring portions is selectively switchable therebetween to generate the returning force depending on a condition of the rotation operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Assignee: AISIN SEIKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yukifumi Yamada, Naoki Goto
  • Patent number: 9116555
    Abstract: A controller for interfacing with an interactive application is provided, including: a housing defined by a main body, a first extension extending from a first end of the main body, and a second extension extending from a second end of the main body, the first extension and the second extension for holding by a first hand and a second hand of a user, respectively; an input device positioned along a top surface of the main body; a touch-sensitive panel defined along the top surface of the main body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2015
    Assignee: Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC
    Inventors: Ryuji Nakayama, Ennin Huang, Nathan Gary
  • Patent number: 9095776
    Abstract: Extremity control in a video game such as a skateboarding video game is provided through use of a video game controller. In some embodiments multi-axis controls of the video game controller are used to control extremities of a skateboarder character and to move a skateboard used by the skateboarder character responsive to movement of the extremities. For example, the skateboarder character's hands may grab the skateboard to perform a grab trick, or the skateboarder character may shift weight to perform a manual or similar trick.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2015
    Assignee: Activision Publishing, Inc.
    Inventors: Dan Nelson, Ben Kutcher, Cody Pierson, Chad Findley
  • Patent number: 9089770
    Abstract: An improved controller for a game console that is intended to be held by a user in both hands in the same manner as a conventional controller, which has controls on the front operable by the thumbs, and has two additional controls located on the back in positions to be operated by the middle fingers of a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2015
    Assignee: Ironburg Inventions LTD.
    Inventors: Simon Burgess, Duncan Ironmonger
  • Patent number: 9011248
    Abstract: A game operating device (controller) includes a longitudinal housing, and a holding portion held by hand to be wrapped by its palm it is formed in the housing. A direction switch is provided on an upper surface at a position where it can be operated by thumb of the hand holding the holding portion, and a start switch and a select switch are provided backward thereof. An X button 46 and a Y button are further arranged in line on the upper surface of the housing. An imaging information arithmetic unit is provided at a front end of the housing in a longitudinal direction in such a manner that an imaging device thereof is exposed from a front-end surface. A concave portion is formed on a lower surface at a position corresponding to the direction switch. The concave portion includes a valley and two inclined surfaces. An A button capable of being operated by index finger of the hand holding the holding portion is provided on the backward inclined surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Nintendo Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Akio Ikeda, Ryoji Kuroda, Masahiro Urata, Kuniaki Ito
  • Patent number: 9005026
    Abstract: An apparatus generally directed to controlling a video game. The apparatus preferably includes a tablet computer, an electronic game communicating with the tablet computer, and an input device for controlling movement of a virtual object provided by the electronic game. Preferably, the input device includes a pair of opposing side structures adjacent opposing sides of plurality of sides of the tablet computer. The input device further preferably includes a plurality of input switches, wherein said input switches are adjacent each of the at least two opposing sides of the plurality of sides of the tablet computer, and a bridge structure disposed between the pair of sides to form a three sided structure. The third structure mitigates inadvertent removal of the tablet computer from the three sided structure when the tablet computer is fully nested within the three sided structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Wikipad, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew Joynes, James Bower
  • Patent number: 8994643
    Abstract: A multi-function force reflecting haptic interface including various sub-assemblies is disclosed. The sub-assemblies include multiple function user interfaces, a user interface docking station for setting the interface to a home position, temperature monitoring and control systems, and various kinematic cable drive systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: 3D Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas H. Massie, William A. Goodwin, Elaine Chen, Deepak Kapoor, Abbe J. Cohen, Brandon Itkowitz
  • Publication number: 20150072790
    Abstract: A gaming accessory is provided herein to enhance the playability of video games. A motion actuated controller is provided wherein the controller provides for enhanced realism and simplicity in interacting with the game. Additionally, a proximity sensor may be provided wherein the motion actuated controller actuates a feature of the video game based on the proximity of a player relative to the proximity sensor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 9, 2014
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Inventor: DAVID KOTKIN
  • Patent number: 8974296
    Abstract: A game apparatus executes game processing on the basis of microphone input information input through a microphone. The CPU of the game apparatus executes an imaging step for imaging a user with a camera, a detection determining step for determining whether or not a user is detected on the basis of image data indicating the image obtained by imaging through the imaging step, and a performing step for performing the game processing on the basis of the microphone input information when the detection determining step determines that the user is detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Nintendo Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Tetsuya Satoh, Youhei Kubotsu
  • Patent number: 8974300
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a remote play device for an interactive entertainment system and may include a class D amplifier and at least one motion detection device. The remote play device may also include a processor to adapt sound effects played through the class D amplifier based upon the at least one motion detection device. A battery may also be included powering at least the class D amplifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Stmicroelectronics S.R.L.
    Inventors: Marco Angelici, Andrea Onetti
  • Patent number: 8976045
    Abstract: A tactile force sense presenting device of the present invention includes: an operation unit which includes an operation lever to be operated by an operator, and a movement guide surface which guides an input of a slide motion of the operation lever in the XY-planar direction and an input of a push-in motion of the operation lever in the Z-axis direction at a specific position on the XY-plane; a detection unit which detects the input of the slide motion of the operation lever in the XY-planar direction and the input of the push-in motion of the operation lever in the Z-axis direction; a calculation control unit which calculates a force corresponding to an operation of the operation lever, based on detection results of the detection unit; and a drive transmission unit which includes a driving unit including at least one actuator, and which causes, based on calculation results of the calculation control unit, the driving unit to generate a resistive force of the operation lever with respect to the input of the
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: NEC Corporation
    Inventor: Shin Norieda
  • Patent number: 8961313
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed to control interactivity with a video gaming system. The system includes a game console and a controller that is configured to be held in a plurality of handhold orientations. The controller further includes a handle that extends between a first end and a second end along a length axis and an input feature disposed at the first end. The input feature includes sensors to detect manipulations that cause a relative movement between the input feature and the handle. The manipulations that are detected include torque applied to the input feature about the length axis. Where the detected manipulation are relayed to the game console where the game console correlates the detected manipulation into control of the video game. The gaming system can be primarily executed through a local game console, or the game console (or computing device), can communicate to remote servers, over the internet, to processes primary execution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC
    Inventor: Gary Zalewski
  • Patent number: 8951120
    Abstract: Systems and methods for calibration and biasing are described herein. In one example, a method for determining a playing height of a user is described. The method includes receiving an identification of a first corner of a display screen from the user by associating a first position of a tracked object with the first corner using image data from a capture device, receiving an identification of a second corner of the display screen from the user by associating a second position of the tracked object with the second corner using image data from the capture device, and triangulating between the first and second corners and the tracked object to define a range of movement made by the user. The tracked object is held by the user. The method further includes defining a height at which the tracked object is held by the user based on the range of movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC
    Inventors: Michael Seegers, Mark Ming-lun Tsai, Jeff Scott Dixon, Sean Hyde-Moyer, Deborah Mars, Nathan Gary
  • Publication number: 20150031456
    Abstract: A dual pivot game controller including two rotating assemblies, one for each of a user's two hands, is described. Each of the two rotating assemblies is coupled to a base by a pivoting coupling, and each pivoting coupling includes an axis of rotation about which its respective rotating assembly rotates. Accordingly, each rotating assembly and pivoting coupling share an axes of rotation, and each rotating assembly is thus configured to rotate relative to the base to which it is coupled. The axes of rotation usually reside in a common plane and are substantially non-parallel, such that they intersect at an axes intersection angle. An axes intersection angle of about 52° is typical. The two rotating assemblies are usually operationally coupled to each other such that they rotate in tandem during use.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 26, 2013
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Inventor: David J. Dascher
  • Publication number: 20150031458
    Abstract: An operating device has an operating shaft, engagement protrusions, and a movable body. The movable body can rotate relative to the operating shaft. The movable body engages with the engagement protrusions at positions separate from its rotation center. The movable body rotates relative to the operating shaft through the engagement with the engagement protrusions according to the translation of the operating shaft. A base abuts against the movable body in the rotational direction of this movable body and receives a force due to the movement of the operating shaft from the movable body. Sensors detect the force acting on the base. According to this, an operating device having a novel structure allowing detection of the translation of the operating shaft is implemented.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 21, 2012
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Applicant: Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.
    Inventor: Aki Yoguchi
  • Publication number: 20150031457
    Abstract: An operating device includes an operating shaft, a movable body that supports the operating shaft, and a base body. The base body includes a contact surface that is in contact with the movable body so as to receive, from the movable body, forces along the plane vertical to the axial direction of the operating shaft. Further, the operating device includes a plurality of sensors adapted to detect forces acting on the base body. The operating device allows the motion of the operating shaft on the plane vertical to the axial direction of the operating shaft and the detection of the motion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 25, 2013
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Inventor: Keiji Togawa
  • Patent number: 8932135
    Abstract: A game controller includes a control circuit and first and second buttons positioned proximate to upper and lower portions, respectively, of the controller. The first and second buttons are in communication with an input of the control circuit. The first button is activated by the user's thumb and the second button is not activated by the user's thumb. The control circuit outputs a control signal in response to the first or second buttons being activated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Inventor: Adam W. Coe
  • Patent number: 8932123
    Abstract: An assembly block (20) including an LED element (51), a control unit (52) that controls the LED element (51), and a housing (30) that holds the LED element (51) and the control unit (52) is provided. The housing (30) includes mechanical interfaces (32, 33) for mechanically connecting to the outside and is at least partially translucent. The control unit (52) includes a first functional unit (111) that stores, on receiving first data sets (D1) that include data for controlling the color of light to be outputted from the LED element (51) and a transfer command via the first electrical interface (79a) associated with the first mechanical interface (32), the first data set (D1) in a buffer (121) and outputs the stored first data set (DS1) in the buffer (121) together with the transfer command via a second electrical interface (79b) associated with the mechanical interface (33) on the second side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Stellararts Corporation
    Inventors: Fumitaka Murayama, Fumiyoshi Ito, Takeshi Matsushima, Hideyuki Uchida
  • Patent number: 8926432
    Abstract: Systems and methods for providing various forms of feedback are provided and can be implemented in a system, for example, between a gamer and a gaming system. One or more embodiments might be included and directed toward providing feedback between a gamer and the gaming system by way of one or more various forms of controllers that might be used by a gamer in playing a game or in setting up or configuring the game. Various bio-feedback mechanisms might be implemented to provide feedback from the game controller to the game in response to the condition, state, or behavior or the user. For example, in one embodiment, heart rate monitors, temperature sensors, or other biological or physiological sensors can be included with, incorporated in or integrated into the controller to sense a gamer's biological or physiological sensors condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Performance Designed Products LLC
    Inventor: Thomas J. Roberts
  • Patent number: RE45421
    Abstract: A handheld computer is disclosed. The handheld computer is configured with a housing, a display supported in the housing, and computing electronics supported in the housing and configured to communicate with the display. The handheld computer disclosed also includes an integrated input device configured to provide input to the handheld computer. The input device provides different input signals to the computing electronics dependent upon a directional movement provided by a user. The input device is configured to communicate more than four distinct directional movements from a user to the computing electronics. Further, the handheld computer disclosed may include a joystick coupler which is integrated into a joypad. The joypad coupler is configured to receive at least a portion of the stylus which is configured to act as a joystick.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Hatem Oueslati, Renaud Malaval