Patents Examined by Nini F. Legesse
  • Patent number: 10661144
    Abstract: A golf swing training aid includes a golf club having a shaft and a club head. The club head has a hollow compartment for capturing a golf ball and is defined by a top wall, an opposing bottom wall, and a real wall. The club head has an open front face that forms an entrance into the hollow compartment. The club head has a slot formed within the bottom wall and being open along the front face of the club head for receiving a golf tee as the club head contacts the golf ball. An internal movable part is provided within the hollow compartment and moves between a raised position which allows the golf ball to travel to a rear ball capture space within the hollow compartment and a lowered position which is configured for capturing the golf ball within rear ball capture space located between the rear wall and the internal movable part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Inventors: Phillip Kim, Juan David
  • Patent number: 10648765
    Abstract: A large capacity magazine apparatus for spherical projectiles, such as toy foam balls that may be used in conjunction with a launcher. The magazine includes drum and clip housings and a rotatable sprocket with longitudinal flutes that together form a smooth pathway for the foam balls to travel in the magazine and to alleviate jams. The smooth pathway includes a helical path, a transition path and a linear path within the housings. A constant force spring provides a rotational force for the sprocket and a plurality of articulated rigid balls function to push the foam balls out of the magazine and into a firing chamber of the launcher.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: HASBRO, INC.
    Inventors: Christopher Miller, Robert James Victor, William J Bryant, David Michael Nugent
  • Patent number: 10646764
    Abstract: This invention is an apparatus and method of training an athlete to properly throw a ball utilizing proper arm and elbow position by providing a device that attaches to the athlete's waist and has a semi-rigid guide rod extending up from the waist toward the shoulders such that it is positioned to contact the athlete's arm or elbow during the throwing motion once the arm or elbow is moved back into the ideal position, thus providing a tactile signal when the ideal position is reached thereby allowing the athlete to continually train and develop muscle memory of the proper throwing position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: 224 Performance, LLC
    Inventor: Johnston Hobbs
  • Patent number: 10639559
    Abstract: A bow includes a central member having a first end, a second end spaced from the first end, an inner surface, and an outer surface. A first pouch has a first end with an opening configured to permit access into a cavity of the first pouch, and a second end spaced from the first end. A second pouch has a first end with an opening configured to permit access into a cavity of the second pouch, and a second end spaced from the first end. The first end of the central member is configured to removably receive the first end of the first pouch and the second end of the central member is configured to removably receive the first end of the second pouch, such that when joined together, the central member, the first pouch, and the second pouch are in the shape of a bow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: Jay at Play International Hong Kong Limited
    Inventor: Joseph A. Sutton
  • Patent number: 10639560
    Abstract: A system and method for simultaneously inflating a plurality of balloons with pressurized gas issuing from a pressurized gas supply, each balloon being releasably or permanently attached to an inflation conduit which serves to duct gas from the gas supply to its respective balloon, and each balloon having an associated valve to control the release of gas from inside the balloon when connected and/or disconnected from its associated balloon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Inventor: Mathew Peter Mowbray
  • Patent number: 10639531
    Abstract: A practice aid device includes a control body; a control unit; a plurality of finger control assemblies, each including a rotary assembly with a rotatable spool and a rotary actuator, a control cable, a finger strap, a lateral sensor, a finger cap with a tip tension sensor; front and rear straps for connecting the control body to a forearm of a user; and a touch screen, in order to enable the user to control outward and inward rotation of each rotary actuator and measure control cable extension, finger separation distance, and pulling force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Inventor: Zevon T. McCarter
  • Patent number: 10639537
    Abstract: A ball tracking system is disclosed which includes a display, sensors, a launch monitor and a processor that receives data from the sensors and from the launch monitors and outputs a rendering to the display. Specifically, the sensors are positioned to detect a plurality of observed ball flight paths, each in the plurality originating from a different ball strike at a different location. The sensors' field of view is correlated to three-dimensional space. The launch monitor is positioned to detect one of the ball strikes and to measure the launch parameters of that ball strike. The processor performs several processing steps to match the ball strike detected by the launch monitor to the ball flight paths observed by the sensors, and creates a rendering using both the predicted and the observed data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: WAWGD, INC
    Inventors: Chris Kiraly, Paulo Merloti
  • Patent number: 10625134
    Abstract: A golf training device for practicing putting, chipping, or other golf shots includes a target suspended from a support frame. The diameter of the target simulates the diameter of a standard golf cup, and the height of the target above the surface is adjustable via one or more adjustment mechanisms so that the golf training device can be used on actual golf course surfaces. A lower base provides a containment area for golf balls hit into the device, a resilient cover on the lower base absorbs the impact of hit golf balls and directs them into the containment area. The device is easily repositioned via a carrying handle, and folds via hinge mechanisms to provide compact storage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Inventor: Richard Dale Dean
  • Patent number: 10625133
    Abstract: A system and method for improving a golf swing. The system includes a club lie angle calculator, a golf club grabber, and a propeller channel for creating and supporting a swing plane for a user equal to the lie angle of a given golf club.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Inventors: Michael E. Roelle, Francesca C. Roelle
  • Patent number: 10617926
    Abstract: A method for analyzing sensor data from baseball swings (or swings in similar sports) that transforms data into a reference frame defined by the bat orientation and velocity at impact. The swing plane defined by these two axes provides a natural and robust reference frame for physically relevant measurements of swing characteristics. Illustrative swing metrics derived from swing plane reference frame data include: swing speed, defined as a rotational rate within the swing plane; total swing angle, defined as the angular change within the swing plane; and swing tempo, defined as the percentage of peak swing speed achieved halfway through the swing. Analyzing these metrics from multiple swings across multiple users identifies factors that contribute to peak performance. Metrics may be combined into multidimensional feature vectors that characterize a swing; these feature vectors may be used to group swings into swing styles or to match swings against similar players.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: Blast Motion Inc.
    Inventors: James Thornbrue, Patrick Cherveny
  • Patent number: 10617969
    Abstract: A building block set having a series of blocks and screws for connecting blocks. The blocks are provided with screw holes to receive screws. The screws insert into a block and extend into a neighboring block. Some of the screws are provided with screw heads having threaded channels that are configured to receive terminal ends of other screws.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: BJ Trading LLC
    Inventor: Boruch Landau
  • Patent number: 10617931
    Abstract: A portable golf practice swing surface is provided. The portable golf practice swing surface has a base for receiving a segment of real sod. A securing strip secures the sod to the base, for example, along three of the exterior edges of the top of the sod. A plurality of securing devices, such as screws, then secure the securing strip to the base, therein locking the sod to the base. In an embodiment the securing strip has a plurality of teeth for better gripping the sod. The device allows a user to practice a golf swing on real grass and further allows the grass to be changed for fresh grass once worn. A rotatable handle may be provided which allows for the easy movement of the portable golf practice swing surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: RANGE SAVERS LLC
    Inventor: Jacob Galster
  • Patent number: 10603601
    Abstract: A party popper contains: a body which includes two first openings defined on two ends of the body respectively. A flexible push portion is mounted on an end of the body, and a launchable cylinder is slidably accommodated in the body. The body includes a surrounding rib fitted thereon, and the flexible push portion is configured to drive the launchable cylinder to slide until the launchable cylinder is stopped by the surrounding rib. Multiple launchable objects are launched from the launchable cylinder inertially, thus launching the multiple launchable objects safely.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Inventor: Yu-Jen Wang
  • Patent number: 10603597
    Abstract: An article ejection structure is disclosed, having a housing, and a first biasing member positioned in the housing and having a first biasing force biasing the first biasing member toward a first neutral position to drive a rupture structure to rupture the housing. A release member restricts the first biasing member from moving toward the first neutral position when the release member is in a lock state, and is conditionable to a release state, in which the release member at least partially releases the first biasing member to move toward the first neutral position and drive the ejection structure to rupture the housing. A second biasing member positioned in the housing, the second biasing member having a second biasing force biasing the second biasing member toward a second neutral position to drive an article positioned in the housing out of the housing when the housing is ruptured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: SPIN MASTER LTD.
    Inventors: Amy A. Pruzansky, David L. McDonald, Tat Wah Wong
  • Patent number: 10596442
    Abstract: An apparatus including a configurable golf green having a changeable contour is provided. The apparatus includes a flexible covering forming the golf green. The flexible covering is movable between a base condition and a contoured condition. The apparatus includes a covering support assembly configured to support the flexible covering in both conditions. The support assembly includes a plurality of movable positioning elements disposed in an array below the flexible covering. Each movable positioning element includes an upper end having an adjustable vertical position in contact with a portion of the flexible covering. The support assembly includes a movement actuator configured to independently move at least some of the positioning elements and to form a golf cup at a desired location on the flexible covering by lowering the adjustable vertical position of the upper end of at least one of the positioning elements compared to an immediately adjacent positioning element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: Full-Swing Golf, Inc.
    Inventor: Sean Coffman
  • Patent number: 10600056
    Abstract: A motion analysis device includes a first calculation unit that obtains a relation between a movement direction of a ball hitting surface of an exercise tool at a time of entering an impact and a posture of the ball hitting surface at the impact by using an output of an inertial sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Inventors: Kazuhiro Shibuya, Masafumi Sato
  • Patent number: 10596440
    Abstract: A golf club training device including: a body having a first end configured to be gripped by a user and a second end longitudinally extended from the first end; and a swing speed sensor disposed at the second end for producing an output signal for determining a portion of a golf swing having a greatest swing speed. A golf club training system is also provided to include: a plurality of the golf club training devices wherein at least two of each of the plurality of golf club training devices having one or more of a different weight and length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: Staten World Enterprises, LLC
    Inventor: Thomas C. Verrengia
  • Patent number: 10589184
    Abstract: A tethered balloon assembly the balloon, to be inflated via the tether which is to be subsequently closed by a one way valve to keep the balloon inflated and allow additional inflation as desired, controllable by its tether.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Inventor: Mathew Peter Mowbray
  • Patent number: 10589161
    Abstract: Exemplary embodiments of the present disclosure are directed to various components of a system for monitoring and/or tracking a user's performance during an activity involving an instrument that is swung. Exemplary embodiments can include a sensor module configured to be secured to and/or embedded within the instrument. The sensor module can detect a swing event and/or an impact between the instrument and an object and can generate pressures waves that propagate through air. The pressure waves can include information or represent information about a use of the instrument and can be detected by an electronic device associated with the user, which can display the information, process the information, and/or transmit the information to a remote system. The pressure waves can be modulated to encode information within the pressure waves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: Arccos Golf, LLC
    Inventor: Fabrice Claude Blanc
  • Patent number: 10576391
    Abstract: The present invention provides a building piece comprising a first wing, a second wing, and a flexible belt connecting said two wings. The first wing has a first front side and a first back side, and the second wing has a second front side and a second back side. At least two of the four sides each comprise a topographical profile or a landscape. In the present invention, the term “landscape” can be used interchangeably with the term “topographical profile”. The landscape on any one of the at least two sides can be reversibly interlocked, or is reversibly interlockable, to another one of the at least two sides.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Inventors: Kun Yuan Tong, John Tong