Magnetically Propelled Object Patents (Class 463/61)
  • Patent number: 8262431
    Abstract: A traveling toy system is provided, in which it is immediately confirmed where a self-driven towing vehicle is located under an upper track member. Two annular light permeable regions (5B, 5C) are disposed in the upper track member (5). A light emitting means (47) is attached to the self-driven towing vehicle (21). The two light permeable regions (5B, 5C) transmit light emitted from the light emitting means (47) of the self-driven towing vehicle (21). It is recognizable where the light emitting means (47) emits light under the light permeable regions (5B, 5C), as viewed from above the upper track member (5). Thus, it is easy to find where the self-driven towing vehicle (21) is by locating the light-emitting place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Assignee: Konami Digital Entertainment Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Makoto Nakano, Kazuki Takahashi
  • Publication number: 20110034254
    Abstract: An arcade racing game includes a plurality of vehicles that move along a race track and derive power from the race track. The race track includes a series of concentric power supply coils embedded beneath the top surface of the race track. Each of the power supply coils receives a supply of power. Each vehicle operating on the race track includes a pickup coil that inductively receives current from the power supply coils. The induced voltage in the pickup coil is used to charge an internal power storage device and a drive motor within the vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 7, 2009
    Publication date: February 10, 2011
    Applicant: Bay Tek Games, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael D. Toler
  • Publication number: 20090270184
    Abstract: A four-legged model racing machine 150 that drives, for example, models 20 of horses for racing can make the legs of the models swing up and kick up. The models 20 each having a body and plural legs supporting the body move on a partition board 5 serving as a racetrack board. Each model 20 is driven for motions by a mobile drive unit 160 disposed under the partition board 5. The plural legs of the model 20 can swing back and forth. Magnets Mfl, Mfr, Mrl and Mrr are embedded in the leg tips of the plural legs, respectively, with one of the magnetic poles of each of the magnets Mfl, Mfr, Mrl and Mrr facing the underside of the leg tip (facing down). The drive unit 160 is provided with adjacently arranged plural magnet pairs mfl, mfr, mrl and mrr respectively corresponding to the leg tips of the legs and capable of reciprocating parallel to a running direction along the lower surface of the partition board 5.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 26, 2006
    Publication date: October 29, 2009
    Inventor: Naoji Kumagai
  • Patent number: 7235013
    Abstract: In a game machine, platen dots are provided on a traveling field. A plurality of self-propelled members are provided on the traveling field. Each self-propelled member includes a first linear motor and a second linear motor for respectively propelling the self-propelled member in a first direction and a second direction perpendicular to each other. A miniature member is coupled with a motor so as to be rotatably supported on each self-propelled member. A controller controls the motor such that a rotated angle of the miniature member is determined in accordance with a propelling direction of the self-propelled member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2007
    Assignee: Konami Corporation
    Inventor: Yusuke Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 6872140
    Abstract: A plurality of guide lines are provided on a lower traveling field. A first detector is provided with each self-propelled member to detect at least one of the guide lines optically or magnetically. A second detector is provided with each self-propelled member to output a displacement signal which indicates a displaced distance from a predetermined position. A travel controller is provided with each self-propelled member, and performs a feedback control such that the self-propelled member travels on the lower traveling field while tracing the at least one guide line. A plurality of miniature members, each associated with one self-propelled member are placed on a upper traveling field extending above the lower traveling field. The miniature members travel thereon in accordance with the traveling of the self-propelled members through magnetic force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2005
    Assignee: Konami Corporation
    Inventor: Tetsuo Ishida
  • Patent number: 6872141
    Abstract: A crawler driving apparatus and a game apparatus in which a storage battery mounted on a crawler is charged with electricity in a state that the crawler is adjacent to or not separated from a runway surface. In the crawler driving apparatus, the crawler 50 has a storage battery to self run by electric power of the storage battery, a charger 70 is disposed at a stand-by position of the crawler, and the storage battery is charged with electricity by the charger in a state that the crawler is not separated from a runway surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2005
    Assignee: Sega Corporation
    Inventor: Makoto Kaneko
  • Patent number: 6533281
    Abstract: A playing machine making a player feel as if a car is running by moving a mobile body modeling a car shape on the surface of a circulating endless belt, wherein front wheels mounted on the mobile body are turned in a moving direction by a relatively simple mechanism. The mobile body 40 comprises a body 50, the front wheels 43 which are mounted so as to face toward the front both sides of the body 50 and which can swing around steering shafts 70 perpendicular to the obverse surface of the endless belt 20 and a wheel arm 46 to which the both front wheels 43 are connected at positions forward from the steering shafts 70 and which is formed to be movable according to the swing of the front wheels 43 around the steering shafts 70. Moreover, and the obverse-side attraction means 86 is fitted to the wheel arm 46 and is formed to be movable together with the wheel arm 46.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2003
    Assignee: Sammy Corporation
    Inventor: Naoji Kumagai
  • Patent number: 6394898
    Abstract: A loop track for race horses is disposed at the center of a horse race game device. Twelve race horses run on the track. A gate is disposed in a paddock in the track. The gate is advanced to a start point of the track from the paddock. Twelve satellites are disposed on three sides of the track. A large projector for displaying images of developments, etc. of a race is disposed on one of the short sides of the track. Speakers for live broadcasting, fanfares, BGM, etc. are disposed on both sides of the large projector. The horse race game device enables a larger number of running objects to be raced at once, whereby race developments are made more amusing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2002
    Assignee: Sega Enterprises Ltd.
    Inventors: Yuji Nagao, Takanori Akiyama, Naoki Kawajiri, Seiji Hayashi, Susumu Murata, Koji Yamaguchi, Yuji Ikeda, Mitsuru Todaiji, Yasuhiro Takagi, Shunichi Nakamura, Keiji Yano, Muneoki Kamata, Shingo Kataoka, Koji Osuka
  • Patent number: 6062938
    Abstract: An animated display for use with magnetically-attractable, movable figurines includes a display surface and a magnet for attracting one of the figurines across the display surface. A drive mechanism is provided for intermittently moving the magnet in a closed path below the display surface. The figurines can pivot to simulate motion as they move across the display surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 1996
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2000
    Assignee: Mr. Christmas, Inc.
    Inventor: Huang Meng-Suen
  • Patent number: 5974977
    Abstract: A magnetic propulsion toy system is provided having a track (11), a boost station (12) and a car (14) made of magnetic material. The boost station has control circuit (18) with a battery (19), a wire coil (21), a capacitor (22), a manual triggering switch (24), an automatic triggering switch (27) and a manual delay triggering switch (29). An infrared emitter/detector (28) is coupled to the automatic triggering switch and manual delay triggering switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 2, 1999
    Assignee: Johnson Research & Development Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Lonnie G. Johnson, Yong Su
  • Patent number: 5976019
    Abstract: A traveling simulator capable of controlling in real time the movements of model traveling members, irrespective of a traveling speed of a carrier, is disclosed. The model traveling members, modeled after actual traveling objects, are placed moveably on a traveling plate, and the moveable carrier is disposed below the traveling plate. These model traveling members are tracted by the carrier via the attractive force between magnets provided on a lower surface of the traveling members and magnets provided on an upper surface of the carrier. The magnets on the side of the carrier and those, which are opposed to the magnets on the side of the model traveling members consist of magnets rotatable around vertical shafts. These magnets are provided on the sides of the model traveling members and carrier, two each respectively, so that each set of magnets are spaced from each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 2, 1999
    Assignee: Sega Enterprises, Ltd.
    Inventors: Yuji Ikeda, Susumu Murata, Shunichi Nakamura, Shinya Saito, Kaoru Igarashi
  • Patent number: 5807178
    Abstract: A horse race game instrument which utilizes a simple running mechanism enabling running bodies to move and with which a horse race game can be enjoyably played on a table. A plurality of running bodies with a dummy of a horse or the like fit thereto being caused to move at different speeds on an oval-shaped running track formed in the top surface of a board body, a plurality of planar oval-shaped grooves are provided along the bottom of the running track, an endless belt is movably disposed in each of the grooves, a magnet is provided to an upper part of each of the running belts in order to move the running bodies by attraction, and a drive motor is provided under each of the running belts in order to move each of the running belts around along each of the grooves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 15, 1998
    Assignee: Staff Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Masatoshi Todokoro
  • Patent number: 5716275
    Abstract: A running model is used in a race game machine, and includes: a frame member; a front wheel rotatably supported at a front end of the frame; a rear wheel rotatably supported at a rear end of the frame; a dummy object mounted on the frame, the dummy object including a motion portion operatively connected with particular one of the front and rear wheels; and a support wheel rotatably supported on the frame, a lowest peripheral point of the support wheel being below a line connecting respective lowest peripheral points of the front and rear wheels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 1997
    Date of Patent: February 10, 1998
    Assignee: Konami Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jingo Wada, Isao Uehara
  • Patent number: 5688175
    Abstract: A game machine includes: a running body which is movable on a support path; and a movable object which is movable as the running body moves and runs on a running path which is at least partly not parallel to the support path and located above the running body. The movable object and the running body are magnetically attracted. The magnetic attraction position can be changed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 1996
    Date of Patent: November 18, 1997
    Assignee: Konami Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kazuhito Matsuura, Yuichiro Sagawa
  • Patent number: 5649863
    Abstract: A running model is used in a race game machine, and includes: a frame member; a front wheel rotatably supported at a front end of the frame; a rear wheel rotatably supported at a rear end of the frame; a dummy object mounted on the frame, the dummy object including a motion portion operatively connected with particular one of the front and rear wheels; and a support wheel rotatably supported on the frame, a lowest peripheral point of the support wheel being below a line connecting respective lowest peripheral points of the front and rear wheels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 1996
    Date of Patent: July 22, 1997
    Assignee: Konami Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jingo Wada, Isao Uehara