Housing Patents (Class 463/46)
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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
  • 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
  • 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: 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: 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: 8956217
    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: Jack Henry Brooks, 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: 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: 8951118
    Abstract: The present invention provides a gaming machine which is capable of remarkably improving an effect given to a player. The gaming machine according to the present invention is provided with: a cabinet having a display portion for making a display according to the contents of a game played; a plurality of speakers 112A to 112D which are provided at their appropriate positions which are different from each other in height; and a control means for positionally changing a sound image of a sound that is outputted from a respective one of the speakers 112A to 112D, whereby a plurality of speakers 112A to 112D are provided at a top and a bottom of the gaming machine. A variety of effects exerted by means of sound can be provided in such a manner as if a position of a sound source were changed by positionally changing the sound image of the sound that is outputted from a respective one of these speakers 112A to 112D.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignees: Universal Entertainment Corporation, Aruze Gaming America, Inc.
    Inventor: Satoru Noda
  • Publication number: 20150024853
    Abstract: Examples disclosed herein relate to a movement interface utilized to enhance production of the electronic gaming device. The systems, devices, and methods may allow for the movement of the cabinet based on game data. Further, the systems, devices, and methods may allow for the movement of the cabinet based on a player's input. In addition, the systems, devices, and methods may allow for the movement of the cabinet based on a gaming mode, such as, an attraction mode.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 4, 2014
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Applicant: CADILLAC JACK
    Inventors: Karl Zedell, JR., Mark Thompson
  • Patent number: 8926438
    Abstract: Provided is a gaming machine having a cabinet. Between the back as a back face and the right side face of the sides of the cabinet, the gaming machine has a right end side, which is formed by cutting a plane parallel to the gravitational direction in a manner to join lines spaced at predetermined distances in the individual directions of the back and the right side face from a line of intersection, on which the back and the right side face intersect when extended. The gaming machine also has a left end side between the back and a left side face. Moreover, the right end side and the left end side are symmetric with respect to a plane dividing the cabinet equally to the right and left.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Aruze Gaming America, Inc.
    Inventors: Yoshitomo Sasaki, Akira Shimizu, Katsuhiro Kido, Kenta Kitamura, Hideaki Kishi, Hiroatsu Ike
  • Patent number: 8920246
    Abstract: A device such as a gaming console comprises a display screen and a game controller arranged to allow a player to play a game and awarding a prize or feature if a winning combination results. A mechanical display filter is configured to visually distinguish at least two portions of the display screen from one another. The mechanical display screen may have buttons, including buttons which actuate a touch screen. The display screen can be used to illuminate portions of the mechanical display screen to produce visual effects, including using complex lighting patterns. The display screen may be used to illuminate buttons forming part of a user interface, or a separate screen may be used to illuminate the buttons from behind the buttons.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Aristocrat Technologies Australia Pty Limited
    Inventors: Cole Grundstedt, Robert Linley Muir
  • Patent number: 8920239
    Abstract: Various embodiments disclosed herein are directed to methods, gaming machines, and gaming systems with multiple displays having interchangeable display content. According to one embodiment, a gaming machine includes a first display for presenting a primary game, a second display for presenting secondary display content to a player, and a player input device for receiving player input to configure content displayed on the first display and the second display such that the first display presents the secondary display content and the second display presents the primary game.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Bally Gaming, Inc.
    Inventors: Mettu R. Reddy, Joshua D. Larsen, Pravinkumar Patel
  • Patent number: 8905842
    Abstract: Gaming terminals, gaming systems, signage displays, and supporting structures therefore are presented herein. A gaming terminal for playing a wagering game is disclosed. The gaming terminal includes a base cabinet, an input device for receiving wagers to play the wagering game, and a terminal display for displaying information related to the wagering game. A supporting structure for supporting a signage display immediately above the base cabinet of the gaming terminal is disclosed. The supporting structure and the signage display are each free of any physical attachment to the gaming terminal. The signage display houses a display device for displaying information related to the wagering game. The supporting structure can optionally incorporate a universal mounting apparatus for removably attaching the signage display to the supporting structure, and provide for rapidly re-arranging the signage displays associated with various gaming terminals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: WMS Gaming Inc.
    Inventors: Scott C. Bainbridge, Paul C. Barker, Arturo E. Mancilla
  • Patent number: 8894487
    Abstract: A gaming system includes a gaming machine and a gaming chair for playing a wagering game. The gaming machine includes at least one display configured to display outcomes of the wagering game. The gaming machine further includes at least one wager input device configured to receive wagers from players. The gaming chair includes a seat assembly attached to a base, a cable harness for providing electrical input, and a backrest assembly having an inner structure and a back housing. The back housing is mounted to the inner structure and has a modular mounting feature for receiving one of at least two modular back panels. The modular back panels are received one at a time and include a non-illuminated back panel and an illuminated back panel. The illuminated back panel has a connector for accepting the cable harness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: WMS Gaming Inc.
    Inventors: Toriono A. Granger, Eric T. Miner, Norman R. Wurz
  • Publication number: 20140342825
    Abstract: A system and apparatus for mounting an overhead display device to gaming machines. The system and apparatus featuring mounting elements securable to a display device at a selected distance and mounting hardpoints on one or a plurality of gaming machines. The hardpoints having a recess with a size and shape corresponding to that of the mounting elements. Wherein the display is securable to gaming machines in an overhead configuration when the mounting elements are secured to hardpoints and where the distance between the mounting elements corresponds to the distance between the hardpoints to which they are respectively secured.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 13, 2014
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Inventors: Daniel J. Schrementi, Matthew Randazzo
  • Patent number: 8888101
    Abstract: A card table structure, preferably a poker table, includes a frame with legs for supporting the frame over a floor surface and a peripheral rail that extends about the table. A playing surface is disposed under the rail and extending across the rail to provide a surface upon which a card table game is to be played. A peripheral support member is secured under the rail. The peripheral support member includes a strip that extends about a major periphery of the table and for the support of plural power connectors for re-charging electronic devices directly at the card table structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Inventor: Glenn McCrory
  • Patent number: 8882600
    Abstract: A slot machine has a frontward projecting portion which is projected frontward of the slot machine from a lower end of a main display provided in a cabinet. The frontward projecting portion has an armrest, a control panel, etc., each of which serves as a human contact portion which comes in contact with a part of a player's body. The lower end of a display surface of the main display is positioned lower than the human contact portions (armrest and control panel).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignees: Universal Entertainment Corporation, Aruze Gaming America, Inc.
    Inventors: Kazuo Okada, Masaki Matsuno, Jun Hirato, Tetsuya Yokota
  • Patent number: 8876612
    Abstract: A machine cabinet system is provided. The system includes a machine cabinet with a top face and a front face. In one embodiment, a removable panel is included that is removably coupled to at least one of the top face and the front face of the machine cabinet. In another embodiment, the removable panel is removably coupled to the machine cabinet without use of a tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Stragent, LLC
    Inventor: Chester L. Mallory
  • Patent number: 8870663
    Abstract: A bar top gaming unit is configured to be mounted in a bar top or similar environment. The unit includes an air cooling system including at least one moveable air port. The air port has a first end located remote from the unit and a second end in communication with the interior, and where a position of the first end is changeable relative to the unit. The unit also includes an operator interface including at least one display. The operator interface is located at the rear of the unit and faces in an opposing direction from a main player display so as to be viewable by an operator located at a rear of the unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Cole Kepro International, Inc.
    Inventor: Joseph W. Cole
  • Patent number: 8870664
    Abstract: The invention relates to an electronic gaming machine comprising at least one identification unit for a player, having a housing, a transmitter for wirelessly transmitting a unique identifier of the identification unit, and at least one touch sensor, which causes the transmitter to transmit the identifier when the housing is touched; and an electronic gaming device for a multi-player game, comprising a touchscreen for controlling the game and a receiver for wirelessly communicating with the identification units of the players; wherein the gaming device comprises a correlator, which correlates a contact of the touchscreen with an identifier of an identification unit received by the receiver of the gaming device over time in order to assign the contact to said identification unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Inventors: Michael Leczek, Michael Gantner, Robert Kostenzer
  • Patent number: 8864135
    Abstract: A game table having a multiplayer interactive display/input device which enables multiple players to simultaneously play primary or base wagering games and/or secondary or bonus games using the display/input device. The display/input device enables multiple players to simultaneously interact with the game table and the various games using the same display/input device. The game table enables multiple players to manipulate displayed objects (such as virtual cards or other game symbols) displayed by the display/input device at the same time. This enables the display/input device to simultaneously display the same game to multiple players in an integrated seamless manner without the need for multiple different sets of display devices and input devices for each of the players.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventors: Anthony J. Baerlocher, Kimberly M. Campbell, Christiaan R. Champagne, Dwayne A. Davis, Hans Elias, Damien C. Ennis, Michael P. Khamis, David N. Myers, David M. Palmer
  • Patent number: 8864580
    Abstract: An input device dedicated for use with a wagering game is displayed on a display device. The display device is remote from the input device and includes outcome images of a randomly selected outcome and input images associated with player inputs for the wagering game. The input device includes a player input-receiving area and an interface. The player input-receiving area has a plurality of input elements associated with respective functions of the wagering game. The input elements replicate the input images of the player inputs. The interface is coupled to the input elements and transmits signals in response to the player activating the input elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: WMS Gaming Inc.
    Inventors: Mark B. Gagner, Larry J. Pacey, Richard T. Schwartz, Shridhar P. Joshi