Patents Assigned to Gym Bee Enterprises, Inc.
  • Patent number: 4630817
    Abstract: A recreation apparatus is disclosed which allows for the operation of a video game apparatus which displays on a television screen one or more video games which include a controllable character and which normally employs a joystick for generating command signals to manipulate the character. The apparatus includes a base, a control rod which is mounted to the base with two degrees of freedom, e.g., rotary displacement of the control rod with respect to the base from an equilibrium position and revolution of the control rod about its own axis from an equilibrium position. A resistance in the form of a spring is provided which impedes movement of the control rod as to both rotary displacement and revolution about its own axis from the equilibrium position. The impedence provided by the spring is sufficient to require the use of substantial muscular exertion by an operator in the play of a video game.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 1983
    Date of Patent: December 23, 1986
    Assignee: Gym Bee Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: James F. Buckley