Housing Patents (Class 463/46)
  • 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: 9659432
    Abstract: A gaming system includes at least one light pipe which splits, reflects, and propagates light provided from one or more internal light sources to a plurality of external regions of the gaming system. The light sources may include sets of LEDs which deliver light via multiple light pipes or differing sections of the same light pipe, in varying configurations. Each light pipe may utilize a light splitter-reflector to receive, split, direct, propagate, and emit light from one or more sections of internally positioned light sources, simultaneously projecting decorative lighting to multiple exterior surfaces and regions of the gaming system. Light pipe assemblies may be constructed from modular pieces which include a separate light splitter-reflector, or from a single piece of uniform material which splits, directs, and emits light. Variations of direct light, indirect (reflected) light, and combinations of both enable various lighting patterns on the exterior of gaming machines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: Bally Gaming, Inc.
    Inventors: Christian L. Castro, Robert J. Glenn, II, Timothy C. Loose, Bruce E. Reid, Wingate K. Williams
  • Patent number: 9592443
    Abstract: A data store for a modular assembly system is described. The data store comprises a number of records, each record relating to a physical module in the modular assembly system and comprising a module ID, an owner ID for the module and one or more properties fields. The properties field(s) define any property of the module and different records may define different properties. At least one of the fields in each data record (e.g. the module ID or owner ID) is verified by an authentication service. A user assembles two or more modules into a coherent physical whole object to act as a user input device to an interactive software experience. The data store communicates with the interactive software experience and causes a change in behavior of the interactive software experience in response to a check of the data records for each of the modules in the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Nicolas Villar, Haiyan Zhang, James William Scott, Greg Saul, Alexandra Keeley Bunting, Lee Jason Schuneman, Philip Robert Harrison
  • Patent number: 9511274
    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 the 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 generate a plurality of master images for the cards of the first deck type using the parameters from the calibration file.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: BALLY GAMING INC.
    Inventors: James V. Kelly, Vladislav Zvercov, Brian Miller
  • Patent number: 9495825
    Abstract: A game system is provided that can control power-feeding of a power-feeding device according to playing of a game. In a game system that executes an arcade game and that is provided with a power-feeding device that feeds a personal terminal device, it is determined whether or not the arcade game is being executed, and the power-feeding function of the power-feeding device is controlled on the basis of the result of that determination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Assignee: KONAMI DIGITAL ENTERTAINMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shogo Azuma, Ryohei Tatsumi, Norihiko Hara, Junichi Yamaguchi
  • Patent number: 9474963
    Abstract: A game apparatus includes an LCD, and a touch panel is placed on a top surface of the LCD. A player instructs an enemy character displayed on the LCD by use of a stick to attack the enemy character. For example, in a case that the enemy character exists at a depth of a game screen, little damage is applied to the enemy character, and a weak vibration is applied to the game apparatus. Conversely, in a case that the enemy character exists at a front of the game screen, much damage is applied to the character, and a strong vibration is applied to the game apparatus. In either case, the vibrations are transmitted to the fingers or hands of the payer via the stick.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: NINTENDO CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Souichi Nakajima
  • Patent number: 9223469
    Abstract: A particular user's user-interface to a virtual world is customized based at least upon an analysis of behavioral characteristics of the user, the behavioral characteristics indicating how the user controls an avatar in the virtual world. In this regard, image-capture-or-sharing tools, avatar-appearance-editing tools, or both may be configured in the user-interface based at least upon the analysis of the behavioral characteristics. Information pertaining to results of the configuring of the user-interface may be stored in a processor-accessible memory system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Assignee: Intellectual Ventures Fund 83 LLC
    Inventors: Carman G. Neustaedter, Kevin M. Gobeyn, Elena A. Fedorovskaya
  • Patent number: 9196121
    Abstract: Portable wagering media may be utilized to alter play of wagering games.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventors: Jay S. Walker, Robert C. Tedesco, Daniel E. Tedesco, Stephen C. Tulley, Gregory J. Scribner, James A. Jorasch, Carson C. K. Fincham, Zachary T. Smith, Russell P. Sammon, Jeffrey Y. Hayashida
  • Patent number: 9183694
    Abstract: A gaming machine has an armrest for a player to rest his/her arm(s) thereon. The armrest has a woofer specialized in low-pitched sound output inside the armrest. Vibrations produced with the sound output of the woofer are transmitted to the player through the armrest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Assignee: ARUZE GAMING AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Yoshihide Endo, Takashi Izawa
  • Patent number: 9171142
    Abstract: Arrangements to identify, in some form, multiple participants by an interactive surface system utilizing multi-touch technology are disclosed. The interactive surface system could identify, authorize, and allocate space on a surface for a participant based on identifying at least one attribute of the participant such as an object associated with the participant. The method can include searching for a first distinctive attribute of the participant, assigning an identifier to the attribute, and storing the identifier for future use. Other embodiments are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2015
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Lydia M. Do, Pamela A. Nesbitt, Lisa Seacat DeLuca
  • Patent number: 9142083
    Abstract: Gaming chairs and wagering game systems and machines with a gaming chair are presented herein. A gaming chair is disclosed for a wagering game system with a controller and a display device for displaying aspects of the wagering game. The gaming chair includes a backrest portion, a seat portion, a base for supporting the seat and backrest portions, and a mounting plate attached to the seat portion. The mounting plate is configured to attach, one at a time, to each of first and second mounting assemblies for removably attaching the mounting plate to the base. The first mounting assembly includes at least one actuator for selectively repositioning the seat portion in response to signals from the controller. The second mounting assembly is selectively repositionable with respect to the base to thereby lock the seat portion at any one of a number of vertically stationary heights.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Assignee: Bally Gaming, Inc.
    Inventor: Toriono A. Granger
  • Patent number: 9098975
    Abstract: Portable wagering media may be utilized to alter play of wagering games.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2015
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventors: Jay S. Walker, Robert C. Tedesco, Daniel E. Tedesco, Stephen C. Tulley, Gregory J. Scribner, James A. Jorasch, Carson C. K. Fincham, Zachary T. Smith, Russell P. Sammon, Jeffrey Y. Hayashida
  • Patent number: 9072967
    Abstract: Trajectory-based games of chance are described that may be implemented on a video gaming machine. In a trajectory-based game of chance, a trajectory of a game object may be generated in a 3-D gaming environment. A wager may be made on an aspect of the game object's trajectory in the gaming environment such as a termination location for the trajectory of the game object. The aspect of the game object's trajectory may occur according to a known probability. Hence, an award for the trajectory-based game of chance may be proportional to the probability of the aspect of the game object's trajectory occurring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventors: William R. Brosnan, Nicole M. Beaulieu, Jamal Benbrahim, Anthony R. Escalera, Alexey Kryuchkov, Steven G. LeMay, Jeff Mincey, Dwayne R. Nelson, Andy Rodgers, Greg A. Schlottmann
  • Patent number: 9039526
    Abstract: Disclosed are various embodiments of transparent displays for gaming machines and, more particularly, to placement of a single transparent or partially transparent display between two facing gaming machines for common play of a shared gaming machine feature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: Bally Gaming, Inc.
    Inventor: Scott Hilbert
  • Patent number: 9033801
    Abstract: A gaming machine with more gaming excitement is provided. The gaming machine includes a cabinet; a lamp body provided on a front surface of the cabinet; a sensor configured to detect a player's gesture with respect to the lamp body; an image display panel configured to execute an effect in sync with the gesture; and a controller used to start a game, the controller starting the detection of the player's gesture by the sensor at a timing corresponding to the state of the game, and while the player's gesture is being detected, executing the effect by the upper image display panel in sync with the detected player's gesture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignees: UNIVERSAL ENTERTAINMENT CORPORATION, ARUZE GAMING AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Masumi Fujisawa, Kenta Kitamura, Kenji Enokido, Hiroki Nakamura, Hidekazu Suzuki, Hiromoto Yamauchi
  • Patent number: 9033806
    Abstract: Described herein is a gaming machine (12) including a cabinet (12) having an upper portion (14) and a lower portion (16). A primary display (18) is disposed in the upper portion and a user interface (20) is disposed in the lower portion. The maximum frontal width of the lower portion is substantially less than the maximum frontal width of the upper portion such that a clearance is defined under the upper portion on each side of the lower portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: Ainsworth Game Technology Limited
    Inventors: Vincent Carmelo Bruzzese, Scott Paul Shelley, Peter Scott Clarebrough
  • Patent number: 9030380
    Abstract: A method, system and an interactive device for interaction with the electric field of touch-sensitive electronic display of a computing device is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: R2Z Innovations Inc.
    Inventors: Wolfgang Richter, Faranak Zadeh
  • Patent number: 9027927
    Abstract: Certain embodiments of the present invention relate to gaming machines having mechanical reels. The machine is adapted so that the reels to some extent protrude from the front face of the machine to enhance the user's awareness that the reels are genuine and, optionally, the reels may have side walls having matching indicia to the symbols on the periphery of the reels. The reels may also be observed from front and rear sides of the machine or alternatively, rotated about an upright axis to enable a player to observe front and rear outcomes from one point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Aristocrat Technologies Australia Pty Limited
    Inventor: Robert John Smith
  • Patent number: 9022871
    Abstract: A gaming machine has sticker pasting portions onto which stickers with decorative images are pasted, around each of a plurality of displays thereof. Each sticker pasting portion has a sticker pasting surface and a raised portion. Owing to stickers pasted onto sticker pasting portions, the gaming machine harmonizes with an atmosphere of a game arcade.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Aruze Gaming America, Inc.
    Inventor: Jun Hirato
  • Patent number: 9011243
    Abstract: An example game system includes a game device, a controller device, and a portable display device. The game device calculates an attitude of the controller device, and controls an attitude of a club in a virtual game space based on the attitude of the controller device. An image of the game space including the club is displayed on a predetermined display device separate from the portable display device. An image representing a ball placed in the game space is displayed on the portable display device. Moreover, an image representing a tip of the club is displayed on the portable display device, together with the image representing the ball, when a predetermined axis of the controller device extends toward the portable display device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Nintendo Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Keizo Ohta, Kazuhiro Musa
  • Patent number: 8998704
    Abstract: Electronic gaming machines having mechanical or electro-mechanical wheel devices are described herein. The gaming machines include a cabinet, a display coupled to the cabinet, and a wheel coupled to the cabinet. The wheel includes a plurality of wheel segments positioned axially about a center point of the wheel. The plurality of wheel segments may be configured to rotate about the center point and to transform an appearance of the wheel. The wheel further includes an indicator configured to indicate an indicated wheel segment. The indicator may be configured to rotate about the center point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventors: Kehl LeSourd, Anish Cherian Mathew, Megan Oehlert, Mindy Eustaquio, Jean Pierre Legras
  • Patent number: 8992345
    Abstract: The present invention extends to a digital compass ball marker that can be used to provide timely information to assist the golfer in determining a direction and force for a golf shot on a green. The digital compass ball marker can output this information using minimal information input by the golfer so that the use of the ball marker does not slow play, and in many cases, can speed play. The information provided by the ball marker can include a force with which to hit the shot and a direction to aim.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Inventor: Jack W Peterson
  • Patent number: 8992331
    Abstract: A gaming system includes a display mounted to a cabinet and configured to display an outcome of a wagering game, the outcome being randomly selected from a plurality of outcomes in response to receiving a wager. The gaming system further includes an armrest panel mounted to the cabinet and including a support padding having a wall thickness defined by an exterior surface and an interior surface. The wall thickness varies along a cross-section of the support padding. The armrest panel further includes a plurality of buttons integrated in the support padding for receiving inputs from a player, the plurality of buttons including a first button mounted on a first elevation of the support padding and a second button mounted on a second elevation of the support padding. The first elevation is higher than the second elevation relative to the interior surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: WMS Gaming Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher W. Chudek, Paul M. Lesley, Scott Minch
  • Publication number: 20150087420
    Abstract: Methods, systems, or apparatuses for impeding the entrance of foreign contaminates into a housing of a gaming machine may include a gaming controller, a panel, and an input device mounted to the panel. The input device may include a housing. The housing of the input device may include a first section, a second section, and a member moveable with respect to the first and the second sections, wherein the moveable member is configured to be actuated by a player to provide input to the gaming controller; and a membrane disposed between the first section and the panel, wherein the membrane impedes the entrance of foreign contaminates into the housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 5, 2014
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Inventors: Michael W. Oehlert, Nathan D. LaBrosse, Brian K. Baker, John L. Beadell, Steve P. McGahn, Jacquelyn S. Combs, Thomas D. Waxman, Russell Chudd, Tai Rosander
  • Patent number: 8979636
    Abstract: Electronic gaming machines having mechanical or electro-mechanical wheel devices are described herein. The gaming machines include a cabinet, a display coupled to the cabinet, and a wheel coupled to the cabinet. The wheel includes a plurality of wheel segments positioned axially about a center point of the wheel. The plurality of wheel segments may be configured to rotate about the center point and to transform an appearance of the wheel. The wheel further includes an indicator configured to indicate an indicated wheel segment. The indicator may be configured to rotate about the center point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventors: Jack Brooks, Kehl LeSourd, Anish Cherian Mathew, Megan Oehlert, Mindy Eustaquio, Jean Pierre Legras
  • Patent number: 8974297
    Abstract: Gaming terminals, gaming machines, gaming systems, and methods of reconfiguring a display device are presented herein. A gaming terminal for playing a wagering game is disclosed, which includes an input device configured to receive a wager to play the wagering game, a cabinet, and a display device operatively mounted to the cabinet. The display device has an electronic graphical display screen that is operable to dynamically display information related to the wagering game. The display screen is configured to physically change shape and/or size.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: WMS Gaming Inc.
    Inventors: Scott A. Massing, Frank E. Rodriguez, Timothy C. Loose, James M. Rasmussen, Kenneth M. Ross, Miguel A. Vega, Michael R. Bytnar
  • Patent number: 8968106
    Abstract: A gaming machine with more gaming excitement is provided. The gaming machine includes; a cabinet; an upper image display panel which is provided on the cabinet and is a display displaying an effect image regarding a game; a lamp body which is three-dimensionally formed and is a formed object provided on the cabinet to protrude toward the front surface as compared to at least the lower end of the upper image display panel; a sensor configured to detect the player' gesture with respect to the lamp body; a controller used to start the game, and the controller detects the player's gesture by the sensor at a timing corresponding to the state of the game and displays an effect image corresponding to the detected player's gesture on the upper image display panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignees: Universal Entertainment Corporation, Aruze Gaming America, Inc.
    Inventors: Masumi Fujisawa, Kenji Enokido, Kou Kobayashi, Hiroki Nakamura
  • Patent number: 8961310
    Abstract: A gaming machine that includes a multi-action switch that is held in an initial position when the multi-action switch is not being pressed, and a position detection device for detecting whether the multi-action switch is in the initial position, a second position, or a third position. The gaming machine further includes a controller for controlling operations of the gaming machine in accordance with the position of the multi-action switch, such that the gaming machine carries out a first operation when the position detecting device detects that the multi-action switch has reached the second position, and a second operation when the position detecting device detects that the multi-action switch has reached the third position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Video Gaming Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Ryan Cuddy, Mike Oberberger
  • Patent number: 8961323
    Abstract: A gaming machine with more gaming excitement is provided. The gaming machine includes: a cabinet; an upper image display panel which is provided on the cabinet and is a display o which an effect image is displayed as an effect; a sensor configured to detect a touch operation by a player; a lamp body which is a three-dimensional formed object, and a formed object unit which is detachable to the cabinet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignees: Universal Entertainment Corporation, Aruze Gaming America, Inc.
    Inventors: Kenta Kitamura, Kenji Enokido, Keita Shimura
  • Patent number: 8956216
    Abstract: Electronic gaming machines having mechanical or electro-mechanical wheel devices are described herein. The gaming machines include a cabinet, a display coupled to the cabinet, and a wheel coupled to the cabinet. The wheel includes a plurality of wheel segments positioned axially about a center point of the wheel. The plurality of wheel segments may be configured to rotate about the center point and to transform an appearance of the wheel. The wheel further includes an indicator configured to indicate an indicated wheel segment. The indicator may be configured to rotate about the center point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventors: Kehl LeSourd, Anish Cherian Mathew, Megan Oehlert, Mindy Eustaquio, Jean Pierre Legras
  • Patent number: 8956212
    Abstract: A method of playing a bingo-type game includes the steps of generating a result of the game and displaying a representation of the result. The representation of the result of the game is displayed through a mechanical technological aid station. An apparatus for playing the game includes a server and the electronic play station in operative communication with the server. The server generates the called numbers, which correlate to the result of the game, and the electronic play station includes the mechanical technological aid for displaying the representation of the result of the game.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Video Gaming Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Jon P. Yarbrough, David L. Wright
  • 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