WO2012021908A2 - Method of and device for generating a random number - Google Patents

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WO2012021908A2
WO2012021908A2 PCT/ZA2011/000055 ZA2011000055W WO2012021908A2 WO 2012021908 A2 WO2012021908 A2 WO 2012021908A2 ZA 2011000055 W ZA2011000055 W ZA 2011000055W WO 2012021908 A2 WO2012021908 A2 WO 2012021908A2
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Daniel Adam Polakow
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    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A63SPORTS; GAMES; AMUSEMENTS
    • A63FCARD, BOARD, OR ROULETTE GAMES; INDOOR GAMES USING SMALL MOVING PLAYING BODIES; VIDEO GAMES; GAMES NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR
    • A63F9/00Games not otherwise provided for
    • A63F9/04Dice; Dice-boxes; Mechanical dice-throwing devices
    • A63F9/0415Details of dice, e.g. non-cuboid dice
    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A63SPORTS; GAMES; AMUSEMENTS
    • A63FCARD, BOARD, OR ROULETTE GAMES; INDOOR GAMES USING SMALL MOVING PLAYING BODIES; VIDEO GAMES; GAMES NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR
    • A63F9/00Games not otherwise provided for
    • A63F9/04Dice; Dice-boxes; Mechanical dice-throwing devices
    • A63F9/0415Details of dice, e.g. non-cuboid dice
    • A63F2009/0462Details of dice, e.g. non-cuboid dice fifty-sided
    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A63SPORTS; GAMES; AMUSEMENTS
    • A63FCARD, BOARD, OR ROULETTE GAMES; INDOOR GAMES USING SMALL MOVING PLAYING BODIES; VIDEO GAMES; GAMES NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR
    • A63F2250/00Miscellaneous game characteristics
    • A63F2250/06Miscellaneous game characteristics containing small particles
    • A63F2250/063Miscellaneous game characteristics containing small particles for changing stability or rolling properties

Abstract

The die 10 includes a hollow body 12. The hollow body 12 defines a plurality of outer faces 14. At least some of the outer faces 14 bear numbers 16 thereon (only some of the numbers being shown in the drawings for expediency). The die 10 further includes a mass 18 held loosely within the hollow body 12. In one embodiment, the die 10 includes a plurality of masses held loosely within the hollow body 12. Advantageously, the mass 18, or masses, are each in the form of a ball.

Description

METHOD OF AND DEVICE FOR GENERATING A RANDOM NUMBER

Field of the Invention

THIS INVENTION relates to a method of generating a random number. In particular, the invention relates to a method of generating a random number and to a die.

Summary of the Invention

According to a first aspect of the invention, there is provided a method of generating a random number, the method including:

providing a die having a hollow body defining a plurality of outer faces, at least some of the outer faces bearing numbers thereon, and a mass held loosely within the hollow body; and

rolling the die to generate a random number read from a predetermined outer face of the die when the die comes to rest after having been rolled.

The method may include sequentially rolling the die to generate a random number comprised of a sequence of numbers read from a predetermined outer face of the die each time the die comes to rest after having been rolled.

The hollow body may define more than six outer faces, rolling the die to generate a random number read from a predetermined outer face of the die when the die comes to rest after having been rolled then including reading a number from a predetermined outer face of the more than six outer faces.

The hollow body may define more than thirty outer faces, rolling the die to generate a random number read from a predetermined outer face of the die when the die comes to rest after having been rolled then including reading a number from a predetermined outer face of the more than thirty outer faces. The hollow body may define fifty outer faces, rollffi'g'lhB'die TO generate a random number read from a predetermined outer face of the die when the die comes to rest after having been rolled then including reading a number from a predetermined outer face of the fifty outer faces.

The hollow body may define fifty outer faces, fourty nine outer faces bearing numbers and a fiftieth outer face being a non number-bearing outer face, rolling the die to generate a random number read from a predetermined outer face of the die when the die comes to rest after having been rolled then including reading a number from a predetermined outer face of the fourty nine outer faces.

The mass held loosely within the hollow body may be in the form of a ball, rolling the die to generate a random number read from a predetermined outer face of the die when the die comes to rest after having been rolled then including permitting the ball to stabilize the die by resting adjacent a lowermost outer face of the die when the die comes to rest.

According to another aspect of the invention, there is provided a die including:

a hollow body defining a plurality of outer faces, at least some of the outer faces bearing numbers thereon; and

a mass held loosely within the hollow body.

The hollow body may define more than six outer faces.

The hollow body may define more than thirty outer faces.

The hollow body may define fifty outer faces.

Fourty nine of the outer faces of the die may bear numbers ranging from one to fourty nine.

A fiftieth outer face may be a non number-bearing outer face.

The non number-bearing outer face may be a blank outer face. The non number-bearing outer face may bear a graphic representation thereon.

The mass held loosely within the hollow body may be in the form of a ball arranged to stabilize the die by resting adjacent a lowermost outer face of the die when the die comes to rest after having been rolled.

The hollow body may define an extreme outer dimension extending between opposed outer faces of between about 30 mm and about 100 mm.

Preferably, the hollow body defines an extreme outer dimension extending between opposed outer faces of between about 40 mm and about 70 mm.

Advantageously, in one embodiment, the hollow body defines an extreme outer dimension extending between opposed outer faces of about 50 mm. In another embodiment, the hollow body defines an extreme outer dimension extending between opposed outer faces of about 60 mm.

The die may include a plurality of masses held loosely within the hollow body.

Each of the masses may be in the form of a ball.

Detailed Description of the Invention

Embodiments of the invention will now be described, by way of example, with reference to the accompanying diagrammatic drawings, in which:

Figure 1 shows a schematic side view of a die in accordance with an embodiment of the invention;

Figure 2 shows a schematic end view of the die along arrow II in Figure 1 of the drawings; and Figure 3 shows a schematic cross-sectional view of the die shown in Figures 1 and 2 of the drawings.

Referring to the drawings, a die, in accordance with an embodiment of the invention, is generally indicated by reference numeral 10.

The die 10 includes a hollow body 12. The hollow body 12 defines a plurality of outer faces 14. At least some of the outer faces 14 bear numbers 16 thereon (only some of the numbers being shown in the drawings for expediency). The die 10 further includes a mass 18 held loosely within the hollow body 12. In one embodiment, the die 10 includes a plurality of masses held loosely within the hollow body 12. Advantageously, the mass 18, or masses, are each in the form of a ball. As can best be seen with reference to Figure 3 of the drawings, the ball is arranged to stabilize the die 10 by resting adjacent a lowermost outer face 14.1 of the die 10 when the die 10 comes to rest after having been rolled, in use.

Typically, the hollow body 12 defines more than six outer faces 14. Advantageously, the hollow body 12 defines more than thirty outer faces 14. In the embodiment shown in Figures 1 to 3 of the drawings, the hollow body 12 defines fifty outer faces 14.

Fourty nine of the outer faces 14 bear numbers ranging from one to fourty nine on them. A fiftieth outer face 14.2 is a non number-bearing outer face. The non number- bearing outer face 14.2 can be a blank outer face. Instead, the non number-bearing outer face 14.2 can bear a graphic representation, such as, an icon, a picture, a symbol, or the like, for example, thereon.

The hollow body 12 defines an extreme outer dimension L extending between opposed outer faces 14 of between about 30 mm and about 100 mm. Preferably, the hollow body 12 defines an extreme outer dimension L extending between opposed outer faces 14 of between about 40 mm and about 70 mm. Advantageously, in one embodiment, the hollow body 12 defines an extreme outer dimension L extending between opposed outer faces 14 of about 50 mm. In another embodiment, the hollow body 12 defines an extreme outer dimension L extending between opposed outer faces 14 of about 60 mm. In use, the die 10 can be used in a method of generating a random number. Typically, the method includes rolling the die 10 to generate a random number read from a predetermined outer face, normally an uppermost outer face, of the die 10 when the die 10 comes to rest after having been rolled.

The method can include sequentially rolling the die 10 to generate a random number comprised of a sequence of numbers read from a predetermined outer face of the die 10 each time the die 10 comes to rest after having been rolled. Accordingly, the die 10 can be used in games involving the generation of a random number, or random number sequence. It is envisaged that the die 10 can be used to generate a random number sequence for a lottery competition, or the like, for example.

The mass, or ball 18, is held loosely within the hollow body 12 freely to displace within the hollow body 12. When the die 10 is rolled to generate a random number, the mass, or ball 18, serves to stabilize the die 10 by resting adjacent the lowermost outer face 14.1 when the die 10 comes to rest.

It is to be appreciated, that the invention is not limited to any particular embodiment or configuration as hereinbefore generally described or illustrated.

Claims

Claims:
1. A method of generating a random number, the method including:
providing a die having a hollow body defining a plurality of outer faces, at least some of the outer faces bearing numbers thereon, and a mass held loosely within the hollow body; and
rolling the die to generate a random number read from a predetermined outer face of the die when the die comes to rest after having been rolled.
2. The method of generating a random number as claimed in claim 1 , which includes sequentially rolling the die to generate a random number comprised of a sequence of numbers read from a predetermined outer face of the die each time the die comes to rest after having been rolled.
3. The method of generating a random number as claimed in claim 1 or claim 2, in which the hollow body defines more than six outer faces, rolling the die to generate a random number read from a predetermined outer face of the die when the die comes to rest after having been rolled then including reading a number from a predetermined outer face of the more than six outer faces.
4. The method of generating a random number as claimed in claim 1 or claim 2, in which the hollow body defines more than thirty outer faces, rolling the die to generate a random number read from a predetermined outer face of the die when the die comes to rest after having been rolled then including reading a number from a predetermined outer face of the more than thirty outer faces.
5. The method of generating a random number as claimed in claim 1 or claim 2, in which the hollow body defines fifty outer faces, rolling the die to generate a random number read from a predetermined outer face of the die when the die comes to rest after having been rolled then including reading a number from a predetermined outer face of the fifty outer faces.
6. The method of generating a random number as claimed in claim 1 or claim 2, in which the hollow body defines fifty outer faces, fourty nine of the outer faces bearing numbers and a fiftieth outer face being a non number-bearing outer face, rolling the die to generate a random number read from a predetermined outer face of the die when the die comes to rest after having been rolled then including reading a number from a predetermined outer face of the fourty-nine outer faces.
7. The method of generating a random number as claimed in any one of the preceding claims, in which the mass held loosely within the hollow body is in the form of a ball, rolling the die to generate a random number read from a predetermined outer face of the die when the die comes to rest after having been rolled then including permitting the ball to stabilize the die by resting adjacent a lowermost outer face of the die when the die comes to rest.
8. A die including:
a hollow body defining a plurality of outer faces, at least some of the outer faces bearing numbers thereon; and
a mass held loosely within the hollow body.
9. The die as claimed in claim 8, in which the hollow body defines more than six outer faces.
10. The die as claimed in claim 8, in which the hollow body defines more than thirty outer faces.
11. The die as claimed in claim 8, in which the hollow body defines fifty outer faces.
12. The die as claimed in claim 11 , in which fourty-nine of the outer faces of the die bear numbers ranging from one to fourty-nine.
13. The die as claimed in claim 11 or claim 12, in which a fiftieth outer face is a non number-bearing outer face.
14. The die as claimed in claim 13, in which the non number-bearing outer face is a blank outer face.
15. The die as claimed in claim 13, in which the non number-bearing outer face bears a graphic representation thereon.
16. The die as claimed in any one of claims 8 to 15 inclusive, in which the mass held loosely within the hollow body is in the form of a ball arranged to stabilize the die by resting adjacent a lowermost outer face when the die comes to rest after having been rolled.
17. The die as claimed in any one of claims 8 to 16 inclusive, in which the hollow body defines an extreme outer dimension extending between opposed outer faces of between about 30 mm and about 100 mm.
18. The die as claimed in any one of claims 8 to 17 inclusive, in which the hollow body defines an extreme outer dimension extending between opposed outer faces of between about 40 mm and about 70 mm.
19. The die as claimed in any one of claims 8 to 18 inclusive, in which the hollow body defines an extreme outer dimension extending between opposed outer faces of about 50 mm.
20. The die as claimed in any one of claims 8 to 18 inclusive, in which the hollow body defines an extreme outer dimension extending between opposed outer faces of about 60 mm.
21. The die as claimed in any one of claims 8 to 20 inclusive, which includes a plurality of masses held loosely within the hollow body.
22. The die as claimed in claim 21 , in which each of the masses is in the form of a ball.
23. A method according to the invention for generating a random number substantially as hereinbefore described or exemplified.
24. A method of generating a random number including any new and inventive integer or combination of integers, substantially as herein described.
25. A die according to the invention substantially as hereinbefore described or exemplified.
26. A die as specifically described with reference to or as illustrated in any one of the accompanying drawings.
27. A die including any new and inventive integer or combination of integers, substantially as herein described.
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