US Patent No: 7,942,745

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Game operating device

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and a Y button are further arranged in line on the upper surface of the housing. An imaging information arithmetic unit is provided at a front end of the housing in a longitudinal direction in such a manner that an imaging device thereof is exposed from a front-end surface. A concave portion is formed on a lower surface at a position corresponding to the direction switch. The concave portion includes a valley and two inclined surfaces. An A button capable of being operated by index finger of the hand holding the holding portion is provided on the backward inclined surface. By processing an image signal obtained by imaging an infrared ray from LED modules by the imaging device, it is possible to obtain an operation signal varying according to a position and/or attitude of the controller.

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Patent OwnerAddressTotal Patents
NINTENDO CO., LTD.KYOTO1416

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Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Ikeda, Akio Otake, JP 89 1188
Ito, Kuniaki Kanagawa, JP 74 545

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CREATIVE KINGDOMS, LLC (16)
8,089,458 Toy devices and methods for providing an interactive play experience 22 2008
8,708,821 Systems and methods for providing interactive game play 1 2010
8,491,389 Motion-sensitive input device and interactive gaming system 9 2011
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8,164,567 Motion-sensitive game controller with optional display screen 20 2011
8,248,367 Wireless gaming system combining both physical and virtual play elements 22 2012
8,373,659 Wirelessly-powered toy for gaming 11 2012
8,475,275 Interactive toys and games connecting physical and virtual play environments 14 2012
8,368,648 Portable interactive toy with radio frequency tracking device 11 2012
8,384,668 Portable gaming device and gaming system combining both physical and virtual play elements 12 2012
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8,608,535 Systems and methods for providing an interactive game 6 2005
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