US Patent No. 11,030,846

ELECTRONIC GAMING MACHINES WITH PRESSURE SENSITIVE INPUTS FOR DETECTING OBJECTS


Patent No. 11,030,846
Issue Date June 08, 2021
Title Electronic Gaming Machines With Pressure Sensitive Inputs For Detecting Objects
Inventorship Stefan Keilwert, St. Josef (AT)
David Froy, Lakeville-Westmorland (CA)
David Small, Moncton (CA)
Sven Aurich, Schwanberg (AT)
Michael Russ, Graz (AT)
Assignee IGT, Las Vegas, NV (US)

Claim of US Patent No. 11,030,846

1. A gaming device comprisingan input device comprising a plurality of input locations and a pressure sensor to detect, for each input location, an amount of pressure applied to the input device at the input location by a player of the gaming device;
a processor circuit; and
a memory coupled to the processor circuit, the memory comprising machine-readable instructions that, when executed by the processor circuit, cause the processor circuit to:
receive, from the input device, a plurality of first pressure parameter values corresponding to a first amount of pressure being applied to a first portion of the plurality of input locations;
determine a pressure pattern that corresponds to locations of the first portion of the plurality of input locations; and
based on the plurality of first pressure parameter values and the pressure pattern, determine an identification of an object that is on the input device,
wherein a sum of the first pressure parameter values corresponds to an object weight value, and
wherein instructions to determine the identification of the object further cause the processor circuit to determine the identification based on the object weight value and the pressure pattern, and
wherein the object weight value comprises a first object weight value that corresponds to the first pressure parameter values received at a first time,
wherein the processor circuit is further caused to:
receive, from the pressure sensor and at a second time that is after the first time, a plurality of second pressure parameter values corresponding to a second amount of pressure being applied to the first portion of the plurality of input locations, wherein a sum of the second pressure parameter values corresponds to a second object weight value; and
determine an object weight difference between the first object weight value and the second object weight value.