While the ‘668 patent does not cover video game systems or hardware, it does rely on access to a video game controller and aim to limit access to game consoles. The patent describes a device that only allows a game console or television to be turned on if a user uses a handheld controller to correctly answer one or more educational questions.
The invention generally relates to a lock-box device that requires a child or any other user to answer one or more educational questions correctly before being allowed access to one or more entertainment systems that require power such as a television, a computer, and a video game console.
1. A device for controlling access to and use of a video game console, comprising:
a tamper-resistant housing including a lock mechanism;
a power outlet disposed within the housing and for receiving and electrically connecting to a power plug at the end of a power cord of the video game console, the lock mechanism operable to lock the power plug within the housing after the power plug is inserted into the power outlet;
a device power cord extending from and external to the housing and terminating in a device power plug for insertion into an electrical outlet;
one or more connectors accessible external to the housing to allow a display to be connected to the device;
one or more other connectors accessible external to the housing to allow at least one handheld controller unit of the video game console to be connected to the device; anda logic and control system disposed within the housing and for supplying images to be shown on the display to a potential user of the video game console, the images including educational content in the form of one or more questions in one or more educational subject matter areas, the logic and control system also for allowing responses to the one or more questions by the potential user, the at least one handheld controller unit of the video game console for use by the potential user to provide the responses to the one or more questions, the logic and control system also for controlling the supply of power to the power outlet based on the responses to the one or more questions, the logic and control system configured to not supply power to the power outlet unless the responses to the one or more questions are acceptable.