Housing Patents (Class 463/46)
  • Patent number: 11887372
    Abstract: An image sensor is positioned such that a field-of-view of the sensor encompasses portion of a beverage machine. The field-of-view includes a first zone associated with operating the beverage machine to dispense the beverage and a second zone in which a cup is placed to receive the beverage. A beverage assignment subsystem receives angled-view images from the image sensor. An event associated with an object entering one or both of the first zone and the second zone is detected. In image(s) associated with a start of the event, it is determined that both a hand of a person enters the first zone and the cup is placed in the second zone. If the cup remained in the second zone for at least a threshold time, the beverage is assigned to the person whose hand entered the first zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2024
    Assignee: 7-ELEVEN, INC.
    Inventors: Shahmeer Ali Mirza, Sailesh Bharathwaaj Krishnamurthy, Kyle Dalal, Xinan Wang
  • Patent number: 11823526
    Abstract: A gaming machine assembly comprises a cabinet, an upper display, a winch, and a lower display. The cabinet includes a lower support and an upper support that is hinged to the lower support and rotatable relative to the lower support between a lower position and an upper position. The upper support overlaps the lower support when in the lower position and is disposed above the lower support when in the upper position. The upper display is initially mounted onto the lower support while the upper support is in the upper position. The winch extends between the lower support and the upper support and is connected to the mounted upper display to lift the upper display from the lower support to the upper support. The lower display is mounted onto the lower support after the upper display is lifted from the lower support to the upper support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2023
    Assignee: LNW Gaming, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Fritz, Neil Sholes, Jerad Deitrick
  • Patent number: 11816950
    Abstract: Disclosed are gaming systems, methods and machines for a gaming cabinet configuration. In particular, the gaming systems, methods and machines may incorporate gaming cabinets that include one or more curved or arcuate screens, one or more candles integrated into the gaming cabinet, and/or one or more diffuse lighting elements to provide lighting features or effects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2023
    Assignee: ARISTOCRAT TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (ATI)
    Inventors: Bruce Urban, Dominic DeMarco, Rajendrasinh Jadeja, James Stair, Joseph Kaminkow, Michael Bristol, Daniel Harden, Ariel Turgel, Cheng-Fu Hsieh, Mark Hearn, Elliot Ortiz, Jon Hanlin
  • Patent number: 11740656
    Abstract: Systems and methods are described for coordinating actuation of a plurality of wearable devices of one or more wearers. The wearable devices can comprise many forms including clothing and jewelry and allow a wearer to further interact with an environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2023
    Assignee: Douglas Patton
    Inventor: Douglas Patton
  • Patent number: 11734989
    Abstract: Examples disclosed herein relate to a gaming device including a memory, a processor, a display, a plurality of display areas located on the display, and a plurality of external lights located at an outer area of a front surface of the electronic gaming device. The plurality of external lights forming au-shape with a left side, a right side, and a bottom where each of the left side, the right side, and the bottom includes a first light column, a second light column, and a third light column. The gaming device including a processor that initiates a base game via the plurality of display areas located on the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2023
    Assignee: AGS LLC
    Inventors: Sigmund Hyunjai Lee, Karl Frederick Zedell, Jr., Rachel Calhoun Lewis, Ian Robert Scott, Wei Gu, Daniel Kendall Harden, Ariel David Turgel
  • Patent number: 11735000
    Abstract: System and methods for providing a digital touch screen button display device incorporating player tracking and player rewards capabilities for an electronic gaming machine including game play functionality via a touch screen LCD thereby eliminating the need for a separate player tracking module. The digital button display device is located on the button deck of an electronic gaming machine and cooperates and communicates with the slot accounting system of a casino and may contain one or more interoperability modules to cooperate and communicate with differing slot accounting systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2022
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2023
    Assignee: Gaming Arts, LLC
    Inventors: David Colvin, Eric D. Colvin, Moises Navarrete
  • Patent number: 11710380
    Abstract: In a table game system provided by the present invention, a card shoe used in a table game can be used to calculate periods associated with the progress of the game handled by a dealer, particularly periods from the time when a card is drawn from a card accommodating section to the time when a result of the game is displayed, such as a game play period, and other periods excluding the play period which includes a bet period and a bet settlement period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2023
    Assignee: ANGEL GROUP CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yasushi Shigeta
  • Patent number: 11707668
    Abstract: The present invention provides a screen shooting range and a method of playing a screen shooting game using artificial intelligence technologies. The screen shooting range includes a set studio including a plurality of shooting spaces virtually divided so as to continue a movement line of a user, wherein each of the divided shooting spaces is decorated according to different themes; a plurality of structures disposed in the shooting spaces; a sensor unit configured to detect a motion or position of the user; a plurality of image display units disposed in the shooting space to display images; a moving means provided so that the structure or the image display unit can be moved; a main server for storing a plurality of images as a manual and receiving position information of the laser point; and a controller for controlling internal configurations of the shooting space as a whole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2023
    Assignee: NSPARK Inc.
    Inventor: No Sun Park
  • Patent number: 11684201
    Abstract: A beverage-dispensing machine (10), for example, a machine for preparing coffee at home, is configured for being positioned in at least one first position and at least one second position that are rotated (a) with respect to one another about an axis of orientation (X10). The machine (10) comprises a user-interface element (20) carried by the machine in a rotatable way about the aforesaid axis of orientation (X10), with the interface element (20) that is configured to maintain a certain spatial orientation independently of the position of the machine (10).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2023
    Assignee: Luigi Lavazza S.p.A.
    Inventor: Florian Seidl
  • Patent number: 11545009
    Abstract: A medal arrangement device and a medal game machine are disclosed. A medal arrangement device has a holder and a supplier with a medal hopper and a guide unit. A medal passage has a first medal passage part and a second medal passage part. The guide has an upstream abutting part and a downstream abutting part provided on a first side wall surface side of the first medal passage part. When one medal ejected from the medal hopper reaches a predetermined position of the downstream end portion, at least a part of the upstream abutting part and at least a part of the downstream abutting part are located in the first medal passage part to press the medal against the second side wall surface. When the medal passes through the predetermined position, the downstream abutting part retracts to an outside of the first medal passage part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2023
    Assignee: SEGA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yuichiro Sagawa, Akira Hanamata
  • Patent number: 11509983
    Abstract: Provided is an audio reproduction device that includes first and second speaker supports that have a lid shape and are provided on a case in an openable and closable manner, a sensor that detects a first state and a second state, the first and second speaker supports being closed in the first state, the first and second speaker supports being opened and held almost horizontally in the second state, first and second speakers respectively attached on front surfaces of the first and second speaker supports such that a distance in the second state is larger than a distance in the first state, and a reproduction characteristic control unit that switches reproduction characteristics of the first and second speakers in the first state and the second state on the basis of a detection signal from the sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2022
    Assignee: SONY GROUP CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takayuki Negishi, Jun Komiyama
  • Patent number: 11312004
    Abstract: The guide robot includes a case having a coupling hole and a door type display structure that is capable of opening or closing the coupling hole. Access to the body part in which main electrical components are provided may be easy. An installation plate coupled to a main frame, a slide guide and a guide plate, which are coupled to the installation plate, and a plurality of link type coupling devices coupled to one side of the guide plate and connected to the display unit may be provided to open or close the coupling hole by rotating the display unit after the display unit slidably moves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Sunho Yang, Haemin Choi
  • Patent number: 11288916
    Abstract: A gaming machine comprises a cabinet, a display device coupled to the cabinet, a control unit housed within the cabinet, and a multi-tiered user interface coupled to the cabinet. The control unit is configured to direct the display device to display a wagering game. The user interface includes lower and upper tiers disposed at respective lower and upper elevations. The upper tier at least partially overhangs the lower tier. The lower and upper tiers bear respective first and second types of input devices for operating the wagering game.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Assignee: SG Gaming, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Coon, Christian Kulujian, Paul Lesley
  • Patent number: 11249623
    Abstract: A system and method for generating an integrated interface is provided. A user dataset of a user, a peer dataset of a peer user, and interactive titles available to the user are stored in memory. A network interface establishes a session with a user device associated with the first user. A processor executes instructions stored in memory, wherein execution of the instructions by the processor constructs a group of interactive activities based on the sets of one or more activities of each interactive title, a user presence based on the first user dataset, and a peer presence based on the peer dataset and displays the set of interactive activities, the user presence, and the peer presence on an integrated interface displayed on the first user device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2022
    Assignees: SONY INTERACTIVE ENTERTAINMENT LLC, SONY INTERACTIVE ENTERTAINMENT INC.
    Inventors: Steven Trombetta, Charles Wayne Denison, II, Benedikt Neuenfeldt, Akihiko Kusumoto, Nobukazu Koyama, Atsushi Fuse
  • Patent number: 11238693
    Abstract: A modular electronic gaming machine is provided. The modular electronic gaming machine includes a structural core including a gaming controller and a plurality of coupling mechanisms including a first coupling mechanism. The first coupling mechanism comprises an electrical connector. The first coupling mechanism is configured to couple to a first peripheral device to provide electrical power and structural support to the first peripheral device. The first coupling mechanism is configured to releasably couple to the first peripheral device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2022
    Assignee: Aristocrat Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Frank Rodriguez, Bruce Urban, Dominic DeMarco, James Stair, Martin Holland, Martin Mirakhour
  • Patent number: 11210904
    Abstract: A game machine with a controllable an opening angle is characterized in that: including: a main body, having two lateral plates, an accommodation space and a mounting rod, wherein a front end of the accommodation space has a front opening; a movable gate, disposed at the front opening, wherein a rear end of the movable gate has a pivotal part pivoted to top end of the main body; and a movable mounting rack, having one end thereof disposed at a rear end of the movable gate and having two lateral mounting plates and at least one connection rod between the two lateral mounting plates, the lateral mounting plates are disposed at two sides of the movable mounting rack, the lateral mounting plates correspondingly have at least two mounting slots allowing the mounting rod to be mounted; a retractable rod is disposed between the moveable gate and the main body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2021
    Assignee: IBASE Gaming Inc.
    Inventors: Nien-Chang Huang, Liang-Yi Ho
  • Patent number: 11183032
    Abstract: A gaming system including a housing and a reel assembly supported by the housing, the reel assembly including reel having a reel strip manufactured using an inkjet printing process and having one or move designated symbols that can be revealed or hidden depending on the lighting of the reel strip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventors: Lauren Hillstrom, Gary Sanchez, Anton Walker, Kyle Rothchild
  • Patent number: 11170615
    Abstract: There is provided a mechanism capable of suppressing deterioration in user experience accompanied by feedback due to vibration. An information processing apparatus includes an acquisition unit that acquires vibration information for outputting intermittent vibration to an actuator; and a setting unit that sets an operation mode of a plurality of actuators capable of outputting vibration to the same user based on the vibration information as a first operation mode in which the same actuator continuously outputs each of the intermittent vibrations based on the vibration information or as a second operation mode in which the plurality of actuators share the intermittent vibrations while the same actuator discontinuously outputs each of the intermittent vibrations based on the vibration information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2021
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ayumi Nakagawa, Ikuo Yamano, Yusuke Nakagawa
  • Patent number: 11161048
    Abstract: Interactive table covering device for communicating with an electronic interactive table includes a cover body, image capturing unit, storage unit, communication unit, and processing unit. The covering includes at least one covering surface and a shaded space which is defined by the at least one covering surface and opens to outside. The image capturing unit is disposed on the cover body. The processing unit, storage unit, and communication unit are disposed in the cover body, and the processing unit is utilized to control the image capturing unit, storage unit, and communication unit. When being placed on a touch display area of the electronic interactive table, the interactive table covering device corresponds to a sub-area of the touch display area as a shaded area and controls the electronic interactive table to display a user interface image associated with a user in the shaded area through the communication unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Inventor: Tzu-Chiao Lin
  • Patent number: 11094162
    Abstract: A gaming system includes a frame, a gaming machine coupled to the frame, and an interactive device extending about at least a portion of a periphery of the frame. The gaming machine includes a presentation device configured to present a message associated with an interaction of a player with the gaming system. The interactive device is configured to detect the interaction of the player with the interactive device, and present feedback to the player based on the detection of the interaction of the player with the interactive device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: Video Gaming Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Jennifer Pinder, William Douglas Lamb
  • Patent number: 11087586
    Abstract: In one aspect, an improved table game system is disclosed herein, which displays visual effects on a play surface. A game system comprising: a table top having a game play area, and a table support for supporting the table top, a dealer station, a display that covers at least a portion of the game play area, a projector assembly, the projector assembly including a projector and a projector mount that mounts the projector to the support frame at a mounting angle, and a processing system connected to the projector and the dealer station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2021
    Assignee: ARUZE GAMING AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Hiromichi Ikeda, Yoshihiro Nagasaki, Katsuhiro Kido
  • Patent number: 11043065
    Abstract: An electronic gaming machine includes a cabinet defining an internal compartment and an access opening that provides access to the internal compartment, a monitor positioned within the access opening, and an articulating support frame positioned within the internal compartment and operatively coupled to the monitor. The monitor is moveable by the articulating support frame along a first, linear path of motion from a first, closed position to a second, intermediate position, and along a second, arcuate path of motion from the second position to a third, open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Assignee: ARISTOCRAT TECHNOLOGIES AUSTRALIA PTY LIMITED
    Inventors: James McNierney, Kiran Uthamanthil Kizhakkeveedu
  • Patent number: 11037395
    Abstract: Gaming devices, gaming systems, gaming device display systems and methods for providing enhanced lighting features in gaming devices and systems are provided. In one example, a front or player-facing flexible LED light strip is positioned to follow a curved contour portion of a video display device. A diffuser may be positioned to cover the flexible LED light strip. The flexible LED light strip may be positioned on a display frame attached to the video display device and the display frame may include a curved contour portion that conforms to the curved contour portion of the display device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: Aruze Gaming (Hong Kong) Limited
    Inventors: Shun Ozaki, Masumi Sakamoto, Yoko Aikawa, Satoshi Joko
  • Patent number: 10953321
    Abstract: A device (10) for placing thereon a steering wheel console (12) and a pedal console (14) of a race simulator game. The device comprises a base frame (24) configured to be set up on the floor and a pivot frame (26) which is connected with the base frame (24) in a manner pivotable about a horizontal axis. Further, the device is provided with a steering wheel console support (18), pedal console support (20) and a connection provision for connecting a chair (22), which are all directly connected with the pivot frame (26). Further, a race simulator is described, which includes a chair, a steering wheel console and a pedal console and possibly a display which are all mounted on the pivot frame of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Inventor: Maas Van Beek
  • Patent number: 10930110
    Abstract: A multi-cabinet game build is disclosed. The multi-cabinet game build includes common game play assets and tailored game play assets. The common game play assets are shared by gaming machines across multiple cabinet types. The tailored game play assets are used by gaming machines of a certain cabinet type. A configuration tool is also disclosed which permits a technician to specify a game build configuration for a gaming machine, which configures the gaming machine to present a game of a multi-cabinet game build using the common game play assets and appropriate tailored game play assets for the gaming machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: ARISTOCRAT TECHNOLOGIES AUSTRALIA PTY LIMITED
    Inventors: Daniel Marks, Dinesh Dua
  • Patent number: 10930113
    Abstract: A slot machine cabinet including a bill validator. The bill validator is mounted horizontally yielding significant legroom for players and reducing the footprint of the slot machine cabinet. The cabinet includes a horizontal top door and a vertical front door. The top door supports on top thereof a touchscreen monitor and the front door includes a slot for inserting currency, tickets and vouchers into the bill validator. The front door may also include slots for inserting magnetic cards and dispensing receipt tickets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Inventors: Yuri Itkis, Horia M. Preda
  • Patent number: 10913525
    Abstract: A helm for controlling a marine vessel with instruments and a steering device. The marine vessel has forward and aft ends defining a longitudinal center line therebetween. The helm includes a base that extends upwardly from a floor of the marine vessel to a top of the base. The base supports the steering device. A cover is pivotally coupled to the top of the base, where the cover is pivotable away from the longitudinal center line between an open position and a closed position. Wiring for the instruments is accessible from the top of the base only when the cover is in the open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: Brunswick Corporation
    Inventors: Rachel Parteko, Erin E. Foldesi, Jacob M. Oswalt
  • Patent number: 10864433
    Abstract: In one implementation, a portable device is provided, including: a sensor configured to generate sensor data for determining and tracking a position and orientation of the portable device during an interactive session of a virtual reality program presented on a main display, the interactive session being defined for interactivity between a user and the virtual reality program; a communications module configured to send the sensor data to a computing device, the communications module being further configured to receive from the computing device an ancillary video stream of the interactive session that is generated based on a state of the virtual reality program and the tracked position and orientation of the portable device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Yunpeng Zhu, Jeffrey Roger Stafford, Steven Osman
  • Patent number: 10755519
    Abstract: A gaming machine includes a cabinet defining a cabinet volume with a front access opening. A display assembly having one or more display devices is mounted on the gaming machine cabinet through a translation frame and a display assembly translation structure. The translation frame is mounted in the cabinet so as to be moveable relative to the cabinet between a frame home position and a frame raised position. The display assembly translation structure connects the display assembly to the translation frame, and is operable to move between a retracted position in which the display assembly registers with part of the cabinet access opening and an extended position in which the display assembly is separated forwardly from the front access opening by at least a cabinet access distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: Everi Games, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter A. Phillips, Jr., Craig Steven Gallagher, Travis B. Bussey
  • Patent number: 10741015
    Abstract: A gaming machine is provided with easily installable and serviceable components. The gaming machine includes a gaming cabinet having a main door and a lower door. A lock assembly is attached to the gaming cabinet. The lock assembly has a lock support with front panel, a first side panel, and a second side panel. At least gaming machine access control device is disposed in the front panel of the lock support, and a flange is disposed on the first side panel to connect with a mount on the gaming cabinet. A hinge pin extends through the second side panel of the lock support about which the lock assembly rotates when the main door of the gaming cabinet is open. A subwoofer is slidably mounted to a platform in the gaming machine and is secured in place with a locking element via a single fastener.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: AGS LLC
    Inventors: Mark Robert Brandau, Brian Edward Tovar, Adam Daniel Ambrecht, Kevin Berwick Green
  • Patent number: 10529174
    Abstract: An apparatus is disclosed. The apparatus includes a gaming device and an electronic device interface. The gaming device includes a housing having an least one outer surface. The electronic device interface is removeably-secured to the at least one outer surface of the housing. The electronic device interface includes connection hardware directly connected to the external power source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: Greektown Casino LLC
    Inventors: Brian Eby, Hugh Flack, Anthony Williams, Adam Suliman
  • Patent number: 10453295
    Abstract: A gambling hybrid game that provides a reel game having a display with changeable opacity is disclosed. The gambling hybrid game includes an entertainment system engine that provides an interactive game to a user, a real world engine that provides reel games to the user, and a game world engine that monitors the entertainment game and provides the reel game when appropriate. The real world engine provides the reel game including generating a display of the reel game. During provision of the gambling game, the real world engine determines the state of the interactive game and changes the opacity of the display based upon the state of the game.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: Gamblit Gaming, LLC
    Inventors: Miles Arnone, Frank Cire, Eric Meyerhofer
  • Patent number: 10437328
    Abstract: Methods of operating an electronic gaming machine are provided. Methods include operating a wagering game on the electronic gaming machine by displaying a game window associated with the wagering game on an electronic display screen of the electronic gaming machine, receiving, using at least one data capture camera device, gaze direction data corresponding to a player, receiving a secondary input from the player, the secondary input being received, evaluating the gaze direction data of the player and the secondary input, performing, by the electronic gaming machine, at least one operation or modification responsive to evaluating gaze direction data and the secondary input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventor: Dwayne Nelson
  • Patent number: 10431036
    Abstract: Examples disclosed herein relate to a gaming device including a memory, a processor, a display, a plurality of display areas located on the display, and a plurality of external lights located at an outer area of a front surface of the electronic gaming device. The plurality of external lights forming a u-shape with a left side, a right side, and a bottom where each of the left side, the right side, and the bottom includes a first light column, a second light column, and a third light column. The gaming device including a processor that initiates a base game via the plurality of display areas located on the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: AGS LLC
    Inventors: Sigmund Lee, Karl Frederick Zedell, Jr., Rachel Marie Calhoun, Ian Robert Scott, Wei Gu, Ariel David Turgel, Daniel Kendall Harden
  • Patent number: 10398966
    Abstract: A method of automatically generating a calibration file for a card handling device comprises automatically generating a calibration file stored in memory of a main control system for a card handling device. Automatically generating the calibration file comprises identifying at least one parameter associated with a rank area around a rank of at least a portion of the card, identifying at least one parameter associated with a suit area around a suit of the at least a portion of the card, and storing the at least one parameter associated with the rank area and the at least one parameter associated with the suit area in the calibration file. Additionally, a method of automatically generating deck libraries for one or more decks of cards comprises automatically generating a plurality of master images for the cards of the first deck type using the parameters from the calibration file.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Bally Gaming, Inc.
    Inventors: James V. Kelly, Vladislav Zvercov, Brian Miller
  • Patent number: 10345956
    Abstract: A multichannel touch controller includes a signal receiving circuit having N electrode pins electrically connected to touch screen for receiving respective sensing signals, switching circuit having N switch sets each consisting of first switch and second switch respectively connected in parallel to the N electrode pins, microcontroller, and processing unit having N analog front-end circuits and analog-to-digital converters with N analog front-end circuits respectively electrically connected to the first switches, the 2nd analog front-end circuit and the N+1 analog front-end circuits respectively electrically connected to the second switches and the analog-to-digital converters respectively electrically connecting the analog front-end circuits to the microcontroller (MCU) to constitute N+1 channels for processing sensing signals so that when one channel fails, the microcontroller switches off the respective first switch and switches on the respective second switch so as to skip the failed channel until switchi
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: EGALAX_EMPIA TECHNOLOGY INC.
    Inventor: Po-Chuan Lin
  • Patent number: 10304278
    Abstract: A gaming system includes an input interface, an output interface and processing circuitry. A data stream defining a VR environment is transmitted by the processing circuitry to a VR headset. The VR headset displays visual imagery depicting the VR environment seen from a first viewpoint. The processing circuitry receives an input indicative of a selection of a second viewpoint and directs the VR headset to display visual imagery depicting the VR environment seen from the second viewpoint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Bally Gaming, Inc.
    Inventors: Martin Lyons, Rolland Steil
  • Patent number: 10254761
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for taking action when a beverage spill has occurred within a vehicle. In one example, the vehicle includes one or more sensors, an input device, and a processor. The one or more sensors are configured to detect that a beverage has spilled within a vehicle. The input device configured to receipt an in input from a passenger of the vehicle. The processor is coupled to the one or more sensors and to the input device, and configured to at least facilitate: providing information to a passenger of the vehicle as to an option to obtain a replacement beverage; receiving input from the passenger via the input device, in response to the information provided to the passenger, as to whether a replacement beverage is desired; and taking an action to obtain the replacement beverage, when the passenger has provided the input to obtain the replacement beverage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Carl W. Wellborn, Mary E. Decaluwe, Jim K. Rainbolt, Ki Hyun Ahn
  • Patent number: 10251207
    Abstract: In order to enable wireless communication to/from an intended partner user's portable wireless communication device to be reliably established, provided is a portable wireless communication device, including first attitude information acquisition means for acquiring first attitude information indicating a roll angle or a pitch angle of the portable wireless communication device; second attitude information reception means for receiving, via wireless communication, second attitude information indicating a roll angle or a pitch angle of a partner communication device from the partner communication device; and determination means for determining whether or not to establish a communication connection to the partner communication device based on a bearing of each of the portable wireless communication device and the partner communication device, the first attitude information, and the second attitude information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: RAKUTEN, INC.
    Inventors: Adiyan Mujibiya, Jonathan Chung
  • Patent number: 10230257
    Abstract: A wireless charging apparatus for use with an electronic gaming machine includes a pushbutton, a housing supporting the pushbutton and configured to be mounted in a pushbutton assembly of the electronic gaming machine, and a wireless charging device mounted between the pushbutton and the housing, wherein the wireless charging device is configured to wirelessly charge an electronic communications device, such as a mobile communications device, disposed over the pushbutton.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Video Gaming Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: John Fredrick Dawson, III
  • Patent number: 10037652
    Abstract: An apparatus is disclosed. The apparatus includes a gaming device and an electronic device interface. The gaming device includes a housing having an least one outer surface. The electronic device interface is removeably-secured to the at least one outer surface of the housing. The electronic device interface includes connection hardware directly connected to the external power source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: Greektown Casino LLC
    Inventors: Brian Eby, Hugh Flack, Anthony Williams, Adam Suliman
  • Patent number: 10002491
    Abstract: A wagering game system and its operations are described herein. In embodiments, the operations can include determining a bank gaming effect for presentation on a bank of content presentation devices. The bank of content presentation devices can be associated with a plurality of wagering game machines. The operations can further include receiving presentation status information for the bank of content presentation devices. The presentation status information can indicate one or more events that affect a state of availability of each of the bank of content presentation devices to present the bank gaming effect. The operations can further include determining, based on the presentation status information, one content presentation device, from the bank of content presentation devices, that is ineligible to present the bank gaming effect. The operations can also include excluding the one content presentation device from participation in the bank gaming effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: BALLY GAMING, INC.
    Inventors: Jacob C. Greenberg, Timothy T. Gronkowski, John Michael Holmes, Timothy C. Loose, Martin R. Ugarte, Jr., Muthu Velu
  • Patent number: 9997010
    Abstract: Examples disclosed herein relate to a gaming device including a memory, a processor, a display, a plurality of display areas located on the display, and a plurality of external lights located at an outer area of a front surface of the electronic gaming device. The plurality of external lights forming a u-shape with a left side, a right side, and a bottom where each of the left side, the right side, and the bottom includes a first light column, a second light column, and a third light column. The gaming device including a processor that initiates a base game via the plurality of display areas located on the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: AGS LLC
    Inventors: Sigmund Lee, Karl Frederick Zedell, Jr., Rachel Marie Calhoun, Ian Robert Scott
  • Patent number: 9842460
    Abstract: It is an object of the present invention to provide a gaming machine whose casing is made compact with a reduced number of components of a radiation mechanism. A slot machine comprising a casing 411 accommodating therein a security cage SK having therein a APX motherboard AM and having a shelf board R21, wherein the APX motherboard has a control unit (not-shown CPU), and a fan configured to cool the control unit; an air hole 411i is formed on a side surface of the casing 411; the shelf board R21 has a hollow portion; and the hollow portion serves as an air intake duct which, with an aide of a negative pressure generated in the security cage SK by the fan, supplies an external air from the air hole 411i to the security cage SK.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignees: UNIVERSAL ENTERTAINMENT CORPORATION, ARUZE GAMING AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Yoshitomo Sasaki, Tatsuhiko Tanimura, Hiromichi Ikeda, Akira Shimizu
  • Patent number: 9773370
    Abstract: The invention comprises methods and systems for moving gaming machines. Preferably, the positions of two or more movable gaming machines are controlled, such as to synchronously control their movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Inventors: Milo Borissov, Rossi McKee
  • Patent number: 9741200
    Abstract: Gaming machines, gaming systems, module systems for providing gaming machines, and methods for assembling modular gaming machines are disclosed. A module system is disclosed for providing gaming machines for conducting wagering games. The module system includes first and second display modules each with distinct dimensions and a respective display device operable to display randomly selected outcomes of a wagering game. The module system also includes first and second sets of outer fascia elements, and a core module with a housing that attaches to and supports the display modules, one at a time. Mounting the first display module and first set of fascia elements onto the core housing provides one distinct gaming machine configuration with a distinct appearance and footprint, whereas mounting the second display module and second set of fascia elements onto the core housing provides another distinct gaming machine configuration with a distinct appearance and/or footprint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: Bally Gaming, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul M. Lesley, Christian L. Castro, Robert J. Glenn, II, Larry J. Pacey, Walter E. Smolucha, Christopher W. Chudek
  • Patent number: 9687747
    Abstract: A gaming device having a vertical housing for receiving a game sequence controller, an upper front flap and a lower front flap, the upper front flap being used to mount at least one screen for displaying games that can be controlled using the game sequence controller and the two front flaps being mounted on the vertical housing such that they can pivot in opposite directions to one another and being lockable relative to one another when closed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: NOVOMATIC AG
    Inventor: Tobias Sprenger
  • Patent number: 9666017
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an electronic gaming and/or gambling machine, in particular to a slot machine which is coin operable or is operable by monetary equivalents, comprising a display apparatus for the display of at least one game and optionally additional information, with the display apparatus having at least a first and a second screen on which at least one screen display, preferably a main game, and one second screen display, preferably a bonus game and/or additional information, can be displayed as well as a control panel for the actuation of the gaming and/or gambling machine. In accordance with the invention, the electronic gaming and/or gambling machine is characterized in that a switching device is provided which is actuable by a machine user by an input device for the switching of the first screen representation from the first screen to the second screen and of the second screen representation from the second screen to the first screen or to a further screen and/or vice versa.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: NOVOMATIC AG
    Inventors: Johann F. Graf, Eduard Svoboda
  • Patent number: RE46934
    Abstract: In the gaming machine, an effect producing unit is disposed behind the opened door which protrudes laterally outside the side face plane of the cabinet. The effect producing unit is disposed in the space between the cabinets of adjacent gaming machines so that the space can be efficiently utilized. In addition, the effects of the gaming machine can be enhanced since the effect producing unit produces the attractive effects to a game.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: Universal Entertainment Corporation
    Inventors: Masato Ishikawa, Yasuaki Tanabe
  • Patent number: RE46948
    Abstract: In the gaming machine, an effect producing unit is disposed behind the opened door which protrudes laterally outside the side face plane of the cabinet. The effect producing unit is disposed in the space between the cabinets of adjacent gaming machines so that the space can be efficiently utilized. In addition, the effects of the gaming machine can be enhanced since the effect producing unit produces the attractive effects to a game.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: Universal Entertainment Corporation
    Inventors: Masato Ishikawa, Yasuaki Tanabe