Optical Illusion Patents (Class 104/84)
  • Patent number: 7971537
    Abstract: The carnival ride has a travel path for cars with seats and at least one screen arranged adjacent to the travel path. In order to design the carnival ride in such a way that the passengers in the car have an optimal gaming experience, the screen follows the car at least along a section of its travel distance. In this way, the passengers in the car have a very long-lasting visual contact with the screen or with the movie shown on the screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2011
    Inventors: Alexander Verl, Gino De-Gol
  • Patent number: 7685945
    Abstract: A drag strip race amusement ride runs on a straight-line track and is propelled to high rates of acceleration over the 150-foot racetrack. The vehicle cab seats nine. Each racer has an individual acceleration pedal. Located on the front windshield and on each side window is an LCD video screen. Audio sounds are also introduced into the cab during the ride. When the signal is given to begin the race, each racer hits his acceleration pedal. A central computer system synchronizes the video, audio, acceleration and deceleration so that the sensory perceptions of sight, sound and feeling of an actual drag strip race are created. A winner is determined by measuring the reaction time of each racer between the signal and the pedal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2010
    Inventor: Steven Norbury
  • Patent number: 6692329
    Abstract: A guided toy vehicle may be operated with an onboard video camera. The video from the video camera may be transmitted to a control station for display by the user. In some embodiments of the present invention, the video may be transmitted from the vehicle to the control station over the same track that guides the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2004
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventor: Geoffrey W. Peters
  • Patent number: 6568983
    Abstract: A guided toy vehicle may be operated with an onboard video camera. The video from the video camera may be transmitted to a control station for display by the user. In some embodiments of the present invention, the video may be transmitted from the vehicle to the control station over the same track that guides the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2003
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventor: Geoffrey W. Peters
  • Patent number: 6327979
    Abstract: The present invention relates to amusement rides, such as roller coasters, installed in amusement parks and the like, which are adapted to allow a vehicle to travel on a track. The ride of the invention has an arrangement such that the track has a missing portion where the vehicle is adapted to transfer from the track on one side of the missing portion to the track on the other side. According to the invention, during the movement of the vehicle across the missing portion, passengers may be seized with the fear that the vehicle is off the track and out of control, thus increasing the thrill of the ride.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 1999
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2001
    Assignee: Oriental Sangyo Ltd.
    Inventor: Yasushi Ochi
  • Patent number: 4986187
    Abstract: The invention comprises a toy vehicle such as a train, for moving about a track and which includes an optical sensing apparatus. The vehicle includes a charge coupled device to sense radiant energy external of the vehicle. The vehicle includes sensing circuitry to convert the image into a video signal. The video signal is FM modulated and supplied to the track by a transmitter on the vehicle for transmission to a receiver. The receiver receives the FM signal and demodulates same to produce a video signal adapted to be received by a monitor for viewing by the user of the toy vehicle as the vehicle moves along the track.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 1988
    Date of Patent: January 22, 1991
    Assignee: Lionel Trains, Inc.
    Inventors: Roger Booth, Thomas D. Heidt
  • Patent number: 4963515
    Abstract: Hydrogel-bound aggregate lightweight building materials, such as blocks for use in replacement of lightweight concrete or extruded clay blocks, prepared by expanding and drying a foamable composition containing precursors for an alkali metal aluminosilicate hydrogel, fine grain particulate aggregates, and a viscosity-reducing agent sufficient to result in a starting slurry composition viscosity of less than 40,000 cps at a solids content of 70% by weight or greater.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 1988
    Date of Patent: October 16, 1990
    Assignee: The Duriron Company, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard L. Helferich
  • Patent number: 4865550
    Abstract: An educational amusement apparatus forms a large building structure having an external appearance simulating a man and a woman resting partially under a blanket, wherein riders are taken through a succession of cavities that simulate internal organs of the man and woman. Entrance to a head chamber simulating an oral cavity is achieved by a stairway supported by a simulated arm of the man, the oral cavity having displays of teeth in normal and abnormal conditions, and serving as a staging area for a train to carry the riders.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 1988
    Date of Patent: September 12, 1989
    Inventor: Shao-Chun Chu
  • Patent number: 3949679
    Abstract: An amusement ride, especially a trailer mounted amusement ride, in which passenger cabs, or compartments, are suspended from a track which has one reach extending longitudinally along the trailer on the outside and another reach inside the trailer following a sinuous path therethrough. The track portion outside the trailer is detachable therefrom for transporting the ride from place to place. The trailer vehicle is also adapted for being coupled to another trailer vehicle in end to end relation to form an elongated ride. The passenger cabs, or compartments, have individual drive motors thereon for propelling the cabs along the track and each motor is battery powered by a battery on the respective cab. Conveniently, battery charging rails are provided inside the trailer so that the batteries are charged while the cabs are moving inside the trailer and the cabs run solely on battery power while outside the trailer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 1974
    Date of Patent: April 13, 1976
    Assignee: Venture Ride Mfg., Inc.
    Inventor: Gerald L. Barber