Traveling Patents (Class 104/78)
  • Patent number: 11311813
    Abstract: In a rollercoaster trigger system to output a data signal to a control unit for triggering and controlling an event at a predetermined track position, a beacon plate with a certain aperture pattern and a sensor set is provided to send a trigger signal and a data signal to the control unit. The sensor set includes a first and a second trigger sensor which provide together the trigger signal to readout the data of the beacon plate when together simultaneously detecting a first and second trigger aperture of the aperture pattern. A read sensor is provided for reading data from the aperture pattern by detecting a presence or absence of a read aperture. The data signal is obtained by the control unit when the trigger signal is generated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: VEKOMA RIDES ENGINEERING B.V.
    Inventor: Hendrik Jozef Christina C├╝ppers
  • Patent number: 11311812
    Abstract: Embodiments disclosed herein include an amusement park ride. The amusement park ride include a ride vehicle that can transition from a first configuration to a second configuration during the duration of the ride. The amusement park ride can include a loading area for loading passengers into the ride vehicle and a separate unloading area for disembarking passengers from the ride vehicle. After disembarking passengers from the ride vehicle the ride vehicle travels to a transition area concealed from the public where the ride transitions from the second configuration to the first configuration. In the transition area, maintenance can be performed on the ride vehicle and calibration can be performed on one or more of the ride vehicle systems (e.g., projector or audio systems).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Assignee: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventors: Asa K. Kalama, Robert S. Trowbridge
  • Patent number: 11273384
    Abstract: There is provided an all-terrain amusement ride vehicle and control system. Specifically, there is provided and autonomous all-terrain amusement ride vehicle and control system therefore which is configured to use real terrain to create guest sensations. Whether indoors or outdoors, real terrain such as hills, bridges, bumpy roads, and stairs can be used to create sensations that have sustained gravitational forces (G-forces) wherein these G-forces are at least in part based on the terrain. By providing autonomous features and an overall fleet control system, guests can experience a safe operator-initiated ride but with a feeling of being in an unconstrained environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2022
    Assignee: DYNAMIC ATTRACTIONS LTD.
    Inventors: Powers Alexander Yamich, John C. Nappo, Brandon Anthony Tuero, Michael Andrew Haimson
  • Patent number: 11066067
    Abstract: A parking system for autonomous driving vehicles (ADV) is disclosed that utilizes the perception, planning, and prediction modules of ADV driving logic to more safely and accurately park an ADV. An ADV scans a parking lot for an available space, then determines a sequence of portions or segments of a parking path from the ADV's location to a selected parking space. The sequence of segments involves one or more forward driving segments and one or more reverse driving segments. During the forward driving segments, the ADV logic uses the perception, planning, and prediction modules to identify one or more obstacles to the ADV parking path, and speed and direction of those obstacles. During a reverse driving segment, the ADV logically inverts the orientation of the perception, planning, and prediction modules to continue to track the one or more obstacles and their direction and speed while the ADV is driving in a reverse direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: BAIDU USA LLC
    Inventors: Dong Li, Qi Luo, Liangliang Zhang, Yifei Jiang, Jiaming Tao, Jiangtao Hu
  • Patent number: 10722805
    Abstract: Embodiments disclosed herein include an amusement park ride. The amusement park ride include a ride vehicle that can transition from a first configuration to a second configuration during the duration of the ride. The amusement park ride can include a loading area for loading passengers into the ride vehicle and a separate unloading area for disembarking passengers from the ride vehicle. After disembarking passengers from the ride vehicle the ride vehicle travels to a transition area concealed from the public where the ride transitions from the second configuration to the first configuration. In the transition area, maintenance can be performed on the ride vehicle and calibration can be performed on one or more of the ride vehicle systems (e.g., projector or audio systems).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Asa K. Kalama, Robert S. Trowbridge
  • Patent number: 10162350
    Abstract: A system may include a plurality of grid elements, an analytic system, and a control system. The plurality of grid elements are installed in a dynamic driving area in an attraction and are configured to perform based on command instructions received from the control system to control the movement of a vehicle disposed on the plurality of grid elements. The analytic system may be configured to track, via one or more sensors, vehicle information and to send the vehicle information to the control system via a communication module, and the control system may be configured to receive the vehicle information, to determine, via one or more processors, which of the grid elements to actuate and a corresponding manner of actuation based on a desired movement of the vehicle, and to send command instructions including performance data to each of the grid elements identified for actuation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Universal City Studios LLC
    Inventors: Sameer Kawash, Michael R. Kiddoo, Eric Parr
  • Patent number: 10151927
    Abstract: A method for operating a ride attraction includes moving a ride vehicle along a pathway, with at least one rider in or on the ride vehicle, and with the at least one rider wearing a headset having a display and a window. Virtual images are created on the display based at least in part on a position of the ride vehicle along the pathway, with the at least one rider viewing the virtual images, and with the at least one rider also simultaneously viewing real world images of real world objects through the window. The virtual images may be overlaid onto the real-world images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: Falcon's Treehouse, LLC
    Inventors: Cecil Magpuri, David Consolo
  • Patent number: 9833718
    Abstract: A movable screen apparatus suitable for use in a themed entertainment environment. The movable screen apparatus includes a screen and a base configured for movement over surface. The movable screen apparatus includes a guidance arrangement and a drive arrangement, wherein said guidance and drive arrangements are operable, in use, to move the screen apparatus along a pre-defined looped path. The looped path is defined by a physical track which is contactable by the guidance arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: ROBOCOASTER LIMITED
    Inventor: Gino De-Gol
  • Patent number: 9162104
    Abstract: An inverted exercise cycling assembly allows a user to exercise their lower body while lying with a back to a ground surface. The assembly includes a support assembly configured for positioning upon a ground surface. A post is coupled to the support assembly. A cycling frame is coupled to the post. A flywheel is rotatably coupled to the cycling frame. A pair of pedals is coupled to the cycling frame and mechanically coupled to the flywheel such that rotation of the pedals rotates the flywheel. A rear axle is coupled to the cycling frame and extends between the pedals. The rear axle is operationally coupled to the pedals wherein the pedals urge the rear axle to rotate. A front axle is coupled to the cycling frame and extends through the flywheel. The front axle is operationally coupled to the pedals wherein the pedals urge the front axle to rotate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2015
    Inventors: John R. Lee, Sondra J. Lee
  • Patent number: 8360007
    Abstract: An animal entertainment device comprises a guide unit and a wheel that travels on the guide unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Assignee: J.W. Pet Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Klaus Woltmann, Ryan Rutherford, Jonathan Willinger, Peter Ragonetti
  • Patent number: 7880414
    Abstract: A control and motor arrangement in accordance with the present invention includes a motor configured to generate a locomotive force for propelling the model train. The control and motor arrangement further includes a command control interface configured to receive commands from a command control unit wherein the commands correspond to a desired speed. The control and motor arrangement still further includes a plurality of detectors configured to detect speed information of the motor, and a process control arrangement configured to receive the speed information from the sensors. The process control arrangement is further configured and arranged to generate a plurality of motor control signals based on the speed information for controlling the speed of said motor. The control and motor arrangement yet still further includes a motor control arrangement configured to cause power to be applied to the motor at different times in response to the motor control signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2011
    Assignee: Lionel L.L.C.
    Inventors: Dennis J. Denen, Neil P. Young, Gary L. Moreau, Martin Pierson, Robert Grubba
  • Publication number: 20070283838
    Abstract: A tour and leisure cart management system capable of allowing large numbers of tourists to access nature reserves without damaging ecologically sensitive areas. The cart system is installed in areas having excellent views, places where various memorials or educational materials are displayed, nature reserves where wildlife lives and access is restricted, undeveloped areas that are difficult to access, swamps which are difficult to access using typical vehicles and so on, in order to enable tours of various natural features, animals, plants and educational materials, without incurring high construction costs for road construction and rail installation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 27, 2007
    Publication date: December 13, 2007
    Inventor: Mu Young Hwang
  • Patent number: 5669821
    Abstract: An easily modifiable ride is provided with a track and a car for carrying at least one passenger along the track. The track creates changes of movement of the car to thereby produce G-forces to the passenger. A plurality of detectors are provided for detecting movements of the car. At least one display device is used for producing a series of images to create a displayed scenario of an amusement ride. There is also provided signal generators responsive to the detectors for synchronizing between the images and the movements of the car.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 1994
    Date of Patent: September 23, 1997
    Inventors: James G. Prather, Richard T. Headrick
  • Patent number: 5527221
    Abstract: An amusement car ride system having multiple axis rotation of the car with decentralized control processing and centralized system monitoring allows significant improvement in ride control and flexibility. The seat portion 28 of the car is attached to a dolly 14 through an articulating structure providing rotation about a vertical axis and a horizontal axis. Drive motors 56, 60 connected to the articulating structure provide rotation about the axes and a programmable controller 64 connected to the drive motors provides power and position information. Sensors connected to the controller sense actual position of the drive motor, position of the car relative to the track at desired locations, and general elements of car status. A communication system integral with the controller communicates to a master controller in one or more cars for overall control of the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 1992
    Date of Patent: June 18, 1996
    Assignee: Ride & Show Engineering, Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald L. Brown, Eduard Feuer
  • Patent number: 5403238
    Abstract: An amusement park attraction having a dynamic ride vehicle for executing a sequence of distinct motion patterns and for providing unique ride experiences in the amusement park attraction or other environment. The ride vehicle includes a movable chassis and a body having a passenger seating area. A motion apparatus, including Ycomputer controlled actuators, imparts motion to the body along a plurality of axes independent of any motion of the chassis as it moves along a path in the amusement park attraction. As the vehicle travels along the path, articulation of the body and appropriate steering of the vehicle enables the vehicle to execute, in cooperation with the motion apparatus, a sequence of distinct motion patterns. Execution of the motion patterns enhances the passengers' sensation of vehicle movement that is actually taking place, as well as the sensation of a realistic moving ride vehicle experience that is actually not happening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 1993
    Date of Patent: April 4, 1995
    Assignee: The Walt Disney Company
    Inventors: Anthony W. Baxter, David G. Fink, William G. Redmann, Jon H. Snoddy, David W. Spencer, II, Scott F. Watson, William L. Wolf
  • Patent number: 5336132
    Abstract: A ship, in which stereoscopic imagery is displayed, can move, and the ship can swing in various directions and can vibrate. The ship moves along a guide path while the stereoscopic imagery is being viewed by inside viewers. The guide path includes a plurality of diverging guide paths midway along the guide path. The ship can freely select one of the diverging paths in accordance with the contents and running time of imagery. The ship, which has passed the diverging guide path, passes through a confluence portion and returns to the start position. Thereby, multisensation can be created, and an effective sensation atmosphere can be created on the basis of visual and other senses, with a small space for installation and low costs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 1992
    Date of Patent: August 9, 1994
    Inventor: Kanji Murakami