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US6464586: Game unit

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Inventor(s) Osamu Kamata · Hirobumi Miyauchi · Jyoji Suga · Koji Yamaguchi · Keiji Yano ·
Assignee(s) Sega Enterprises, Ltd. ·
Attorney/Agent(s) Dickstein Shapiro Morin & Oshinsky LLP ·
Primary Examiner Mark Sager ·
Application Number US9400854
Filing date 09/21/1999
Issue date 10/15/2002
Predicted expiration date 09/21/2019
U.S. Classifications 463/46  · 463/25  ·
International Classifications --
Kind CodeB1
International Classifications 463 11- 13 · 463 16- 20 · 463 1 · 463 6 · 463 25 · 463 30 · 463 36 · 463 46 ·
Foreign Priority JP10267131 - 09/21/1998 ·
29 Claims, 46 Drawings


Abstract

A structure of a box-like game unit to be arranged in large number outside of and adjacently to a main body of a game machine such as a casino game machine, a horse race game machine, a boat race game machine or the like. The game unit comprises a game unit cabinet of box-shape having a front face and a top face; a display instrument housed in the game unit cabinet having a display surface for displaying progress of game. bet rate, result of game, allotment and the like, the display surface being disposed on the a top face of the game unit cabinet upward; a top door provided at the top face of the game unit cabinet substantially on the same surface as the display surface so as to be opened upward; a machine door hinged on a side of the front face of the game unit cabinet by a hinge so as to be opened in front; a narrow flat space formed between the display instrument and a side wall of the game unit cabinet near the hinge within the game unit cabinet; and a control unit case in shape of a flat parallelepiped disposed in the flat space in an erect posture, the control unit case moving up and down in the flat space to be detachably housed in the flat space from above when the top door is opened.

Independent Claims | See all claims (29)

  1. 1. A game unit to be arranged outside of and adjacently to a game machine, comprising: a game unit cabinet of box-shape having a front face and a top face; a display instrument housed in said game unit cabinet having a display surface for displaying at least progress of game, bet rate, result of game, and allotment, said display surface being disposed on said top face of said game unit cabinet upward; a top door provided at said top face of said game unit cabinet substantially on the same surface as said display surface so as to be opened upward; a machine door hinged on a side of said front face of said game unit cabinet by a hinge so as to be opened in front; a narrow flat space formed between said display instrument and a side wall of said game unit cabinet near said hinge within said game unit cabinet; and a control unit case in shape of a flat parallelepiped disposed in said flat space in an erect posture, said control unit case moving up and down in said flat space to be detachably housed in said flat space from above when said top door is opened and said control unit case comprising electronic control parts for communicating with said game machine.
  2. 5. A game unit to be arranged outside of and adjacently to a game machine; comprising: a game unit cabinet of box-shape having a front face and a top face; a display instrument housed in said game unit cabinet having a display surface for displaying at least progress of game, bet rate, result of game, and allotment, said display surface being disposed on said top face of said game unit cabinet upward; a top door provided at said top face of said game unit cabinet substantially on the same surface as said display surface so as to be opened upward; a machine door hinged on a side of said front face of said game unit cabinet by a hinge so as to be opened in front; a narrow flat space formed between said display instrument and a side wall of said game unit cabinet near said hinge within said game unit cabinet; a control unit case in shape of a flat parallelepiped disposed in said flat space in an erect posture; a control substrate with electronic control parts for communicating with said game machine housed in said control unit case; an opening formed in a front face of said control unit case for taking in and out said control substrate along a flat face of said control unit case; and a closing member formed on a front edge of said control substrate integrally for closing said opening when said control substrate is housed in said control unit case.
  3. 8. A game unit to be arranged outside of and adjacently to a game machine; comprising: a game unit cabinet of box-shape having a front face and a top face; a display instrument housed in said game unit cabinet having a display surface for displaying at least progress of game, bet rate, result of game, and allotment, said display surface being disposed on said top face of said game unit cabinet upward; a top door provided at said top face of said game unit cabinet substantially on the same surface as said display surface so as to be opened upward; a liquid receiving trough member surrounding and adhered to said display instrument; a liquid receptacle detachably provided in said game unit cabinet positioned under said liquid receiving trough member and said top door closed; and a pipe connecting a lowermost part of said liquid receiving trough member with said liquid receptacle.
  4. 11. A game unit to be arranged outside of and adjacently to a game machine, comprising: a game unit cabinet of box-like having a front face and a top face; a display instrument housed in said game unit cabinet having a display surface for displaying at least progress of game, bet rate, result of game, and allotment, said display surface being disposed on said top face of said game unit cabinet; a top door provided at said top face of said game unit cabinet substantially on the same surface as said display surface so as to be opened upward; a machine door hinged on a side of said front face of said game unit cabinet by a hinge so as to be opened in front; and a door guide piece formed along a lower edge of said machine door gently curved upward toward rear, said door guide piece coming into sliding contact with a middle bottom member of said game unit cabinet adjacent to a lower edge of said machine door when said machine door is opened and closed.
  5. 13. A game unit to be arranged outside of and adjacently to a game machine, comprising: a game unit cabinet of box-like having a front face and a top face; a display instrument housed in said game unit cabinet having a display surface for displaying at least progress of game, bet rate, result of game, and allotment, said display surface being disposed on said top face of said game unit cabinet; a top door provided at said top face of said game unit cabinet substantially on the same surface as said display surface so as to be opened upward; a gas spring having both ends respectively connected to said game unit cabinet and said top door; and an oil buffer mechanism provided on said game unit cabinet so as to be contacted with said top door when said top door is on or near a closing position thereof.
  6. 15. A game unit to be arranged outside of and adjacently to a game machine, comprising: a game unit cabinet of box-shape having a front face and a top face; a display instrument housed in said game unit cabinet having a display surface for displaying at least progress of game, bet rate, result of game, and allotment, said display surface being disposed on said top face of said game unit cabinet upward; a bill receiving apparatus positioned on one side of said display instrument; a top face member of said game unit cabinet covering upper surfaces of said display instrument and said bill receiving apparatus having an opening through which an upper portion of said bill receiving apparatus is exposed; a lid member for opening and shutting said opening; and a locking mechanism for locking said lid member.
  7. 21. A game unit to be arranged outside of and adjacently to a game machine, comprising: a game unit cabinet of box-shape having a front face and a top face; a display instrument housed in said game unit cabinet having a display surface for displaying at least progress of game, bet rate, result of game, and allotment, said display surface being disposed on said top face of said game unit cabinet upward; a handle provided on a rear face of said game unit cabinet; a plurality of wheels provided on a bottom face near said rear face of said game unit cabinet so as to roll in front and in the rear; and a caster provided on a bottom face near said front face of said game unit cabinet so as to roll in every direction.
  8. 22. A game unit to be arranged outside of and adjacently to a game machine, comprising: a game unit cabinet of box-shape having a front face and a top face; a display instrument housed in said game unit cabinet having a display surface for displaying at least progress of game, bet rate, result of game, and allotment, said display surface being disposed on said top face of said game unit cabinet upward; a top door provided at said top face of said game unit cabinet substantially on the same surface as said display surface so as to be opened upward; a channel-like attachment member fixed to said top door or said game unit cabinet; a rise and fall member fitted to said attachment member so as to rise and fall; an adjust screw provided between said rise and fall member and said top door or said game unit cabinet; an engage member fixed to said rise and fall member; and a hook member detachably engaging with said engage member provided on said game unit cabinet or said top door.
  9. 24. A guard apparatus of a game unit having a game unit cabinet, comprising: a door switch for detecting opening-closing of a door provided in said game unit cabinet; a display means for displaying information of opening-closing of said door, a first watch means for watching state of said door switch when electricity is transmitted from a main electric source; a second watch means for watching state of said door switch when electricity from aid main electric source is cut off; a signal holding means for holding a detection signal when said second watch means detects opening of said door switch to generate said detection signal; a battery for supplying said second watch means and said signal holding means with electric power; and a display control means for letting said display means display a special display in case that said signal holding means holds said detection signal when electricity is transmitted from said main electric power.
  10. 27. A game unit to be arranged outside of and adjacently to a game machine, comprising: a game unit cabinet of box-shape having a front face and a top face; a display instrument housed in the game unit cabinet and having a display surface for displaying process of a game, a bet rate, result of the game and allotment, said display surface being disposed to face upward on said top face of the game unit cabinet; a control unit case in the shape of a flat parallelepiped disposed within the game unit cabinet at a position between said display instrument and a side wall of the game unit cabinet; a top door provided at said top face of the game unit cabinet substantially on a same plane as said display surface so as to be openable upward, said top door having an opening in which said display surface is fitted when the top door is closed and being sized to lie above said control unit case; and said control unit case being supported vertically and slidably within the game unit cabinet so that when the top door is opened, the control unit case can be inserted downwardly into, and taken upwardly out of, the game unit cabinet.

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Foreign Patent Documents

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DE3445679GAUSELMANN PAULJun 1989
EP0316175Bell-Fruit Manufacturing Company LimitedMay 1989
EP0701849Sega CorporationMar 1996
GB2265745SELECT AMUSEMENT SALES LIMITEDOct 1993

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Patent Family

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