Patents Examined by Kien T. Nguyen
  • Patent number: 10888793
    Abstract: The present invention provides a swing that is operable to promote attunement between a child and caretaker. The swing comprises two seats, one of the two seats being configured to be occupied by a caretaker, such as a parent, and another of the two seats being configured to be occupied by a child. The two seats are arranged so that the caretaker and the child can face one another and comfortably see each other's eyes. The two seats are also configured such that, during operation of the swing, both the caretaker and child share the experience of swinging. Thus, using the swing of at least one embodiment of the present invention, a caretaker and child may share the mutual enjoyment of the swinging action while maintaining eye contact with one another, resulting in attunement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: PLAYCORE WISCONSIN, INC.
    Inventors: Thomas Robert Norquist, Kim Corvin Blackwood, Charles Lebron Griffith, IV
  • Patent number: 10881971
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure are directed to a rotatable play device that comprises a central support post, a hub rotatably mounted to an upper end of the central support post, and an arm assembly attached to the hub and comprising a plurality of arms, a seat being suspended from the distal end of each of the plurality of arms. Rotation of the hub about the central support post causes the plurality of seats to rotate around the central support post in a substantially circular rotation path. Each of the seats may also be configured to move up and down by way of a spring assembly or a plurality of springs. Two or more seats may share the up-and-down movement in an alternating manner or each seat may be configured to have an independent up-and-down movement. In addition, each of the seats may optionally be configured to swing in substantial alignment with the circular rotation path and/or to swing outward due to centripetal forces created by the circular rotation path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: PLAYCORE WISCONSIN, INC.
    Inventors: Brian Henry, Kim Blackwood, Emily Mauermann, Thomas Norquist
  • Patent number: 10881972
    Abstract: The disclosure is directed to an underwater park ride system that includes a track having a plurality of air registers embedded within the track for discharging compressed air. The underwater park ride system further includes an underwater vehicle having an air engine that is configured to collect the discharged compressed air in a manner that propels the underwater vehicle along the track.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: Sub Sea Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Jim Ryan Mayfield
  • Patent number: 10870061
    Abstract: According to the waterslide system of the present invention, a rider enters to a spiral path at a entry gradient of a starting gradient, moves against the gravity at a 360° rotational axis and leaves from an exit gradient of a starting gradient by accelerating opposite direction of the entry speed from a peak point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2020
    Assignee: POLIN SU PARKLARI VE HAVUZ SISTEMLERI ANONIM SINKETI
    Inventor: Ali Sinan Ozturk
  • Patent number: 10857477
    Abstract: An illustrated view of an exemplary souvenir for displaying high-lights or historical information to others is presented. The souvenir is useful for providing a fun, exciting and cheery presence to a room or house by recalling and reminiscing about a wonderful experience. Also, the souvenir is useful providing and sharing the world, an abbreviated history of great cities such as Atlanta, New York City, New Orleans, Chicago, etc. The souvenir is the shape of a Ferris wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Inventor: Dallas Campbell
  • Patent number: 10857472
    Abstract: A user motion apparatus has a track. A motion assembly is movably mounted to the track. A drive member drives the motion assembly along the track. A tolerance accommodation member has a first connector portion fixedly mounted to the motion assembly, a second connector portion fixedly mounted to the drive member, and a third connector portion that extends between the first connector portion and the second connector portion. The third connector portion is movably mounted to a first end of the first connector portion and separately movably mounted to a first end of the second connector portion whereby the first connector portion and the second connector portion are movable relative to one another allowing a distance between the first end of the first connector portion and the first end of the second connector portion to vary thereby accommodating a range of manufacturing tolerances in the track.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: SIMEX INC.
    Inventors: Alexis Gil, Salvatore Agosta, Riaz Zahiruddin Kazim, Alexandru Mihai Teodorescu
  • Patent number: 10857467
    Abstract: A method for operating an entertainment attraction includes receiving an input selection from a guest relating to a characteristic of the attraction. The guest creates their guest profile, or by accesses their previously created profile stored in a memory. The profile may be changed by the current input selection made by the guest, with the changed profile stored for the guest's next use of the attraction. If the attraction is a ride, the guest is assigned to a viewing position, an active prop, a seat, or a vehicle of the attraction. The attraction is then operated with the input selection and/or the guest's profile influencing a characteristic of the attraction as perceived by the guest. A mobile application gameplay may unlock specified game features to change the attraction experience. The attraction may alternatively be a theater or game arcade type of attraction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: FALCON'S TREEHOUSE LLC
    Inventors: Cecil D. Magpuri, Michael John Wallace, David Michael Schaefer, Syed Saham Ali, David James Consolo
  • Patent number: 10850205
    Abstract: A triggered marble run module is intended for use with a plurality of physically interconnectable marble run modules. Each module retains a marble and guides the travel of the marble through the module on at least a first surface. The triggered marble run module includes a marble travel path, a marble actuated switch and an output circuit. The marble actuated switch has first and second terminals and is operably coupled to close a circuit between the first terminal and second terminal through the first terminal and the second terminal responsive to actuation by a marble traveling in proximity of the marble actuated switch. The output circuit generates at least one of a group consisting of an audio output, a visual output, and an RF signal output, responsive to formation of the closed circuit between the first terminal and the second terminal through the first and second spring elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: Global Family Brands, LLC
    Inventors: Jeffrey Forgrave, Chris Suen
  • Patent number: 10850183
    Abstract: A sliding carpet assembly and a sliding carpet. The sliding carpet assembly comprises multiple roll shaft units. Each roll shaft unit comprises a roll shaft (310), and a fixing catch (210) in contact with and connected to one side of the roll shaft (310). The fixing catch (210) includes a supporting body. The supporting body is provided with a first through hole (213) and a second through hole (214). The axis of the first through hole (213) and the axis of the second through hole (214) are perpendicular to each other and do not intersect with each other. Moreover, the sliding carpet assembly further includes multiple connecting ropes (100). In a first direction, the connecting ropes (100) pass through the first through holes (213) to connect the multiple sequentially arranged roll shaft units in series.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: BEIJING RUNNING RIVER OUTDOOR SPORTS CLOTHING LIMITED COMPANY
    Inventor: Yonggang Yang
  • Patent number: 10843092
    Abstract: A ride attraction system includes a tower track and a ride vehicle configured to accommodate one or more riders. The ride vehicle is coupled to and configured to move relative to the tower track and the ride vehicle includes one or more user input devices. The ride attraction system further includes an image system configured to display a ride environment, wherein the user input devices are configured to enable the one or more riders to interact with elements of the ride environment via the one or more user input devices. The ride attraction system further includes a controller communicatively coupled to the ride vehicle and the image system and configured to control movement of the ride vehicle relative to the tower track based on signals from the one or more user input devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: Universal City Studios LLC
    Inventors: Gregory S. Hall, Keith Michael McVeen, Michael Tresaugue
  • Patent number: 10843091
    Abstract: Sets of magnet assemblies coupled to the undercarriage of an amusement kart are provided. Each of the magnet assemblies can include: a suspension component coupled to the undercarriage; magnetic material coupled to the suspension component; and a rotating component coupled to the suspension component. Other sets of magnet assemblies can include a skid component coupled to the suspension component. Amusement park attractions are provided that can include: an amusement kart having one or more magnet assemblies coupled to an undercarriage of the amusement kart; and a track comprising iron plating sufficient to magnetically engage the one or more magnet assemblies. Amusement karts are also provided that can include: a frame supported by front and rear wheels; and complimentary side rails extending along both sides of the frame and between the front and rear wheels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Inventor: Brandon Paul
  • Patent number: 10843093
    Abstract: A ride system includes ride vehicles. Each ride vehicle includes a rider support configured to carry a rider, a support actuator coupled to the rider support and a base of the ride vehicle and configured to move the rider support relative to the base, and a ride vehicle movement system integrated with the base and configured to move the ride vehicle relative to a ride area. The ride system also includes a controller configured to control the support actuator and the ride vehicle movement system of each ride vehicle individually based on a choreographed routine and an input received from a selected ride vehicle. The input is indicative of an adjustment to the support actuator, the ride vehicle movement system, or both, of each ride vehicle. The input is based on a correlative adjustment to the support actuator, the ride vehicle movement system, or both, of the selected ride vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: Universal City Studios LLC
    Inventors: Andrew Evan Bloomfield, Kevin B. Primm
  • Patent number: 10838216
    Abstract: A system includes a head-mounted virtual reality/augmented reality (VR/AR) display system, comprising a processor, wherein the processor is configured to display an image on a graphical display of the head-mounted VR/AR display system. The system further includes a scaffolding system comprising a headpiece configured to be worn by a user; wherein the headpiece comprises at least one fastener configured to fasten and unfasten the head-mounted VR/AR display system to the headpiece, and configured to fasten and unfasten a headgear to the headpiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: Universal City Studios LLC
    Inventor: James Jeffrey Coatney
  • Patent number: 10835831
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure are directed to a rotatable play device that comprises a central support post, a hub rotatably mounted to an upper end of the central support post, and a plurality of arms attached to the hub, wherein a seat is suspended from the distal end of each of the plurality of arms. Rotation of the hub about the central support post causes the plurality of seats to rotate around the central support post in a substantially circular rotation path. In addition, each of the seats may be configured to swing in substantial alignment with the circular rotation path. Each of the seats may also be configured to have at least a partially restricted range of motion toward the central support post, away from the central support post, or both.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: PLAYCORE WISCONSIN, INC.
    Inventors: Thomas Robert Norquist, Kim Corvin Blackwood
  • Patent number: 10839711
    Abstract: A toy has one or more LED light sources positioned on the toy so the light source illuminates beyond the toy. A toy to be worn on the human finger comprises a body includes an anchoring portion for receiving or locating a finger or fingers. A finger puppet toy permits for at least one of a reading tool and a light source or an enhancement of other toys or writings. A LED or other light source is operated on the toy to interact with photo-luminescent ink and other inks. A photo-luminescent ink and other inks are pre-printed or included in a decoration on the surface of another item such as a book or other toy. The toy is a reading tool or a light source or an enhancement of other toys or writings. The LED light sources include a black light and may include other LED lights of other colors. The lights are connected to a circuit board and an integrated power source, which are connected to a switch encased on the toy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Inventor: Hannah Faith Silver
  • Patent number: 10828573
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and devices disclosed herein relate to an improved interactive experience. The system can be for delivery of an interactive attraction experience. The system can include a passenger vehicle having a plurality of passenger locations and a content presentation system that can present a virtual portion of the attraction experience viewable from the plurality of passenger locations. The system can include a transceiver that can transmit a trigger signal and at least one processor. The at least one processor can control delivery of the virtual portion of the attraction experience via the content presentation system, detect presence of a non-ride device, and deliver a trigger signal via the transceiver to the non-ride device, the trigger signal linked with the attraction experience.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventors: Asa K. Kalama, Robert S. Trowbridge, Peter Stepniewicz, Casey M. Ging, John C. Hampton
  • Patent number: 10828576
    Abstract: Techniques for improving ride experience provided by a virtual reality ride system, which includes an electronic display that presents virtual reality image content to a rider of a ride vehicle, sensors that measure sensor data indicative of movement characteristics of the ride vehicle, and virtual reality processing circuitry. The virtual reality processing circuitry determines a predicted movement profile of the ride vehicle based on the sensor data, in which the predicted movement profile indicates that the ride vehicle is expected to move a predicted movement magnitude during a predicted movement duration, determines a target perceived movement magnitude greater than the predicted movement magnitude by applying a movement-exaggeration factor to the predicted movement magnitude, and determines movement-exaggerated virtual reality image content to be presented on the electronic display at least in part by adapting default virtual reality image content to incorporate the target perceived movement magnitude.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: Universal City Studios LLC
    Inventor: Akiva Meir Krauthamer
  • Patent number: 10822750
    Abstract: According to a resilient platform assembly, a playing deck includes a plurality of horizontally disposed deck panels. Each deck panel of the plurality of horizontally disposed deck panels has a pair of foot flanges on the bottom of the deck panels. Receiving shoes are attached to the deck panels. The receiving shoes are configured to receive the foot flanges of the deck panels. A transverse member is perpendicular to the plurality of horizontally disposed deck panels. The transverse member includes a plurality of notches. Each notch of the plurality of notches is cut in the transverse member in a predetermined spacing pattern. The receiving shoes are installed in the notches and the deck panels are attached to the transverse member through the receiving shoes. Resilient mounts connect the transverse member to a support assembly and allow relative motion between the transverse member and the support assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Inventor: Edward H. Easter
  • Patent number: 10821370
    Abstract: Recreational device including support including first guide defining main axis, slider movably constrained to the support and movable along the main axis, at least one covering element configured to be detachably constrained to the support, elastic element constrained to the slider and to the support and acting between them along the main axis. The elastic element defines a rest configuration wherein it is in a rest position between slider and support and an operating configuration wherein slider and support are in contrast to the elastic element. The covering element includes at least a first interaction surface, the slider includes at least one component protruding outwards and defining at least a second interaction surface configured to interact with the first interaction surface, and the second interaction surface is configured to undo the connection between covering element and support when the elastic element is in operating configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: KIDS INTERNATIONAL S.R.L.
    Inventors: Debora Pietrobon, Azra Jamous, Benito De Sensi
  • Patent number: 10814829
    Abstract: A passenger restraint device for amusement rides and a method for retaining at least one passenger by means of the restraint device. The device comprises at least one restraint element provided with at least one contact surface intended to be placed in contact with at least one part of the body of a passenger. The restraint element is movable between at least one open position, in which the restraint element is not in contact with the passenger and at least one closed position in which the restraint element is in contact with at least one part of the passenger's body. The restraint element comprises at least one sensor to detect a contact between the restraint element and at least one part of the body of the passenger, preferably a contact with a passenger's thighs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: ANTONIO ZAMPERLA S.P.A.
    Inventor: Antonio Zamperla