Game Type Patents (Class 116/222)
  • Patent number: 10293240
    Abstract: An exercise system comprising: an exercise mat; a plurality of sensors integrated into the exercise mat, each of the sensors configured to sense when a force is applied to a respective portion of the exercise mat; a plurality of displays coupled to the exercise mat and configured to display indications corresponding to desired locations for body parts of a user in accordance with an exercise routine; at least one processor disposed in communication with the plurality of sensors and the plurality of displays; and memory storing at least one exercise routine for use with the exercise mat and instructions that, when executed by the at least one processor, configures the exercise system to: display on one or more of the displays indications corresponding to desired locations of a user's body part in accordance with a form of one of the exercise routines stored in memory; sense by one or more of the sensors an application of force to the exercise mat; determine that a location of the sensed application of force is
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: CFPH, LLC
    Inventors: Stephen Merkel, Jason Poulos
  • Patent number: 10046200
    Abstract: The present invention provides a height target exercise scoring device comprising a pad adapted to absorb repeated impacts, the pad including a front surface, a rear surface, and one or more impact sensors positioned beneath the front surface. The target height exercise scoring device also includes a housing coupled to the pad including a control system. The control system includes an interface for inputing a target height parameter, and a processor coupled to the one or more impact sensors configured to determine whether an impact registered by the array of impact sensors occurs on the pad at or above the input target height. The a control system can wirelessly communicate with a mobile device configured to execute a mobile application for configuring the settings of the scoring device, and to send data to, and receive data from, the scoring device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Inventor: Angelo Bucolo
  • Patent number: 9993715
    Abstract: An exercise system comprising: an exercise mat; a plurality of sensors integrated into the exercise mat, each of the sensors configured to sense when a force is applied to a respective portion of the exercise mat; a plurality of displays coupled to the exercise mat and configured to display indications corresponding to desired locations for body parts of a user in accordance with an exercise routine; at least one processor disposed in communication with the plurality of sensors and the plurality of displays; and memory storing at least one exercise routine for use with the exercise mat and instructions that, when executed by the at least one processor, configures the exercise system to: display on one or more of the displays indications corresponding to desired locations of a user's body part in accordance with a form of one of the exercise routines stored in memory; sense by one or more of the sensors an application of force to the exercise mat; determine that a location of the sensed application of force is
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: CFPH, LLC
    Inventors: Stephen Merkel, Jason Poulos
  • Patent number: 9981195
    Abstract: Apparatus and method of building a toy or playing a game with a three-dimensional housing or case. The housing may resemble a person or individual or some other three-dimensional design such as a vehicle, plant, animal etc. The housing may include a plurality of holes passing through the housing. The apparatus may include a power supply and a light source within the housing wherein the holes allow the light to pass through the housing. A user may place pegs, which may be colored, within the holes to create a colorful figure that may resemble a predetermined design or a design the user individually creates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: Proto.Toys, Inc.
    Inventor: Tanner James Yarro
  • Patent number: 9814936
    Abstract: The present invention provides a height target exercise scoring device comprising a pad adapted to absorb repeated impacts, the pad including a front exposed surface, a rear surface adapted to be mounted onto a wall, and an array of impact sensors positioned beneath the exposed surface. The target height exercise scoring device also includes a housing coupled to the pad including a control system. The control system includes an interface for inputting a target height parameter, and a processor coupled to the array of impact sensors configured to determine whether an impact registered by the array of impact sensors occurs on the pad at or above the input target height, and to generate feedback signals corresponding to whether the impact has or has not occurred at the target height.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Inventor: Angelo Bucolo
  • Patent number: 8807064
    Abstract: A scoreboard assembly has a scoreboard, a storage box and a detachable stand. The scoreboard includes a folding board. The storage box is detachably connected to the scoreboard. The stand is detachably connected to the scoreboard and is detachable into a top board, a telescopic column, a joint and at least three legs. The telescopic column is detachably connected to the top board. The joint is detachably connected to the telescopic column. The legs are detachably connected to the joint. When the scoreboard assembly is in use, the stand is assembled and the scoreboard is elevated by the stand, which allows players and spectators to watch the score displayed on the scoreboard easily. When the scoreboard assembly is not in use, the stand is disassembled for storage in the storage box and the folding board of the scoreboard is folded to cover the storage box for portability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Chuang Yii Enterprise Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Chui-Ching Yang
  • Patent number: 8607725
    Abstract: A main board of a manual scoreboard includes recessed areas along the top edge for receiving scoring card hangers, and a holder for a writing instrument. At least one recessed area on the bottom edge of the board is provided for receiving a clamp such as a spring clip to removably attach the manual scoreboard to a support member or, in another embodiment, for receiving support members which hold the scoreboard upright on a flat surface such as a table. A multi-function clip which is removably attached to the main board keeps scoring cards for two teams stable against the wind on both the front and back sides of the main board and is also used to rotatably attach the main board to the spring clip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Inventor: Oguz Degirmenci
  • Patent number: 8608167
    Abstract: A game apparatus which allows for a target disposed on the top of a pole to be knocked down by a projectile. The game apparatus includes a segmented pole which can be assembled and disassembled easily via coupling mechanisms between each segment. The top segment of the pole includes a top cap where a surface on which targets can be placed, is provided. The bottom segment of the pole is connected to a base which holds the pole up. Alternatively, a stake can be coupled to the bottom segment of the pole to drive the pole into the ground directly. A scoring mechanism along the surface of the poles is provided, as well as a target illuminating device to enhance the visibility of the target. The top cap of the pole can also include illumination such that the game can be played even in low ambient light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Inventor: Timothy J. Raymond
  • Patent number: 8578875
    Abstract: A scorekeeping device is disclosed for use with a sports court that has a net in order to keep score in a match between players. The scorekeeping device comprises three elongated members, each mutually connected at top ends thereof with a pivot to define a center member and two outer members. A score indicia is fixed to both sides of the center member. The score indicia may indicate the numbers 1 through 7, representing games in a set of tennis, for example. A pair of contrasting score indicators, such as differently-colored spring-biased clips, are selectively fixable with the center member. Preferably, in an extended position the height of the device is three feet, such that the device may be used to adjust or otherwise measure the height of a tennis net, for example.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Inventor: Alexander Lee
  • Publication number: 20130192514
    Abstract: A wrist-worn game score keeper is disclosed herein. The wrist-worn game score keeper includes a band portion operable to be worn on a wrist by a user. The wrist-worn game score keeper also includes a body portion connected to opposite ends of the band portion. The wrist-worn game score keeper also includes a display module mountably supported by the body portion. The display module has a display screen and a plurality of buttons. The display screen is operable to generate a display of a score of a game. The buttons are operable to be engaged to change the display generated by the display screen. The display module is operable to display scores in a plurality of different formats.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 27, 2012
    Publication date: August 1, 2013
    Inventor: JODY MURDOUGH
  • Publication number: 20110265707
    Abstract: A tennis score device includes a body and multiple ball blocks. One end of the long axis of the body is pivotally connected with a supporting rod, so that the body can rotate with respect to the supporting rod. Both sides of the body are formed with an accommodating recess, respectively. Each of the ball blocks has a connecting base and a ball base connected to the corresponding connecting base. Each of the ball blocks are mounted in sequence in the accommodating recesses on both sides of the body via the connecting base. For each of the ball blocks, the side of the ball base opposite to the connecting base has at least one concave ball area for holding a ball.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 3, 2011
    Publication date: November 3, 2011
    Inventor: Su-Er Huang
  • Publication number: 20110247545
    Abstract: A main board of a manual scoreboard includes recessed areas along the top edge for receiving scoring card hangers, and a holder for a writing instrument. At least one recessed area on the bottom edge of the board is provided for receiving a clamp such as a spring clip to removably attach the manual scoreboard to a support member or, in another embodiment, for receiving support members which hold the scoreboard upright on a flat surface such as a table. A multi-function clip which is removably attached to the main board keeps scoring cards for two teams stable against the wind on both the front and back sides of the main board and is also used to rotatably attach the main board to the spring clip.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 24, 2011
    Publication date: October 13, 2011
    Inventor: Oguz Degirmenci
  • Publication number: 20110220007
    Abstract: A modular scoreboard and a method of assembling a modular scoreboard. A modular scoreboard includes a plurality of panels coupled to one another and attachable to a substrate, and at least one panel of the plurality of panels includes an attachment portion configured to attach the at least one panel to the substrate; an offset portion coupled to the attachment portion and configured to be spaced apart from the substrate to provide a conduit between the offset portion and the substrate when the at least one panel is attached to the substrate; and a coupling portion coupled to the offset portion and coupling the at least one panel to another panel of the plurality of panels.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 8, 2011
    Publication date: September 15, 2011
    Inventors: Michael C. COWEN, David Garrison, David L. O'Neal, Kerry R. Bush
  • Publication number: 20100050926
    Abstract: A horseshoe scoreboard for keeping score in a horseshoes game is provided. The horseshoe scoreboard comprises a planar board having a top surface, a bottom surface, a top edge, a bottom edge substantially opposite the top edge, a first side edge between the top edge and the bottom edge, and a second side edge opposite the first side edge. A separation line extends along the top surface of the board creating a first scoring section and a second scoring section with the separation line positioned substantially halfway between the first side edge and the second side edge and the separation line being substantially parallel to the first side edge and the second side edge. A first series of first apertures are formed in the top surface of the board in the first scoring section with a first peg releasably receivable within one of the first apertures.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 26, 2008
    Publication date: March 4, 2010
    Inventors: Andrew Volack, Laura Volack
  • Publication number: 20100006020
    Abstract: A method and device for tracking the team or side entitled to the next possession of a “jump ball” in a basketball game employing a rule of alternating possession. An official, such as a referee, wears an elastic cloth wrist band of the type commonly worn by tennis players. Half of the exposed surface (180 degrees of the 360 degree exposed surface of the wrist band) is colored a first predetermined color or pattern, and the other half (the other 180 degrees of the exposed surface of the wrist band) is colored a second predetermined color or pattern. In a first preferred embodiment, the first and second predetermined colors are white and black. In a second preferred embodiment, the first predetermined color is white, and the second predetermined color consists of alternating black and white stripes coordinated to match the black and white shirt customarily worn by a basketball referee.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 13, 2009
    Publication date: January 14, 2010
    Inventor: Clifford Joseph Gillis, JR.
  • Patent number: 7628707
    Abstract: One embodiment of a golf club information system for representing a plurality of golf club head configurations includes a first member having thereon a graphic depicting a golf club head with openings and a second member movably coupled to the first member having marks thereon corresponding to a golf club head configuration associated with a predicted golf ball flight path. The first and second members are movable relative to each other to display some of the marks on the second member within the openings in the first member. The displayed marks convey golf club head configuration information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2009
    Assignee: Taylor Made Golf Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Todd P. Beach, Benoit Vincent, Ian Wright, Thomas Olsavsky
  • Patent number: 7607666
    Abstract: A corn toss game consisting of a foldable weatherproof game apparatus having a top portion with a hole in the center and longer a rear leg pivotally affixed to the top portion, a bottom portion hingedly affixed to the top portion, a net underneath the hole to catch tossed corn-filled bags, and a fastening means for locking the game apparatus into a folded, closed position for easy transport, as well as a separate scoreboard having a hanging means rotatably secured to which scorecards are slidably affixed and having at least one integral cup holder and a plurality of corn-filled bags. The game winner is the first person or team to score a predetermined number of points, such as 21 points, by tossing corn-filled bags into the hole on the game apparatus. An alternate embodiment has a wedge-shaped game apparatus having a hole with a net.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2009
    Inventor: Robert A Studier
  • Patent number: 7607403
    Abstract: A method of providing team scoring information at a wrestling meet. This method includes providing a scoring device with team names and a team score associated with each team name. Information related to the wrestling match is then inputted into the scoring device and the team score is updated as the information is inputted. Additionally, the scoring device allows spectators to view what weight classes have been completed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2009
    Inventor: John D. Walters
  • Publication number: 20090223433
    Abstract: A scoreboard for events and a method of constructing a scoreboard. Embodiments of the scoreboard may include a rigid support structure; a display surface coupled to the support structure, the display surface having a perimeter shape embodying a biographical theme; a graphic design on the display surface, the graphic design embodying the biographical theme embodied by the perimeter shape of the display surface; and a plurality of numerical representations. Further embodiments of a scoreboard may include a rigid support structure; a display surface coupled to the support structure, the display surface having a perimeter shape embodying a theme; a graphic design on the display surface, the graphic design embodying the theme embodied by the perimeter shape of the display surface; and a plurality of numerical representations, wherein the scoreboard is configured for a user to electronically enter and change team names displayed on the scoreboard.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 18, 2009
    Publication date: September 10, 2009
    Inventors: Michael C. Cowen, Clay Perkins, Dave Garrison, David O'Neal, Todd Turley, Bethany Reeder
  • Publication number: 20090199761
    Abstract: A portable scoreboard includes self winding scrolls exposed through windows in a front face for keeping score, and open areas for applying team logos. The front face includes spaced apart pairs of slots for each scoring scroll, and additional pairs of spaced apart slots for scrolls representing a phase of a game, for example, an inning. The scrolls are self winding on bobbins behind the slots and pass through the slots to generally expose a single digit for viewing. Digits are changed by simply manually sliding the exposed portion of a scroll to expose the next digit. The scrolls generally include digits spaced apart to display single digits and a pair of scrolls are used to express numbers greater than nine, but may optionally also include spaced apart double digits. Areas are provided below the individual scores and on a back surface to place team logos and/or advertising.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 7, 2008
    Publication date: August 13, 2009
    Inventor: Rudy Ramirez
  • Publication number: 20090145348
    Abstract: A scoreboard for events and a method of constructing a scoreboard. Embodiments of the scoreboard may include a rigid support structure; a display surface coupled to the support structure, the display surface having a perimeter shape embodying a theme; a graphic design on the display surface, the graphic design embodying the theme embodied by the perimeter shape of the display surface; and a plurality of numerical representations. In some embodiments, the support structure of the scoreboard has a substantially rectangular shape, and the scoreboard includes at least one appendage portion coupled to the support structure at an outboard location of the support structure, the at least one appendage portion abutting a side of the support structure to provide the perimeter shape of the display surface with a shape other than the substantially rectangular shape of the support structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 11, 2008
    Publication date: June 11, 2009
    Inventors: Michael C. Cowen, Clay Perkins, Dave Garrison, David O'Neal, Todd Turley, Bethany Reeder
  • Publication number: 20090029770
    Abstract: A gaming environment is described. An indicator is provided at top of a cabinet of a gaming machine. Also, a light emitting pattern of the indicator is controlled based on an accumulated number of executed games. Also, light-emitting part of the indicator lengthens with an increase in the accumulated number of the executed games.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 23, 2008
    Publication date: January 29, 2009
    Applicant: ARUZE CORP.
    Inventor: Hiroyuki NAGANO
  • Publication number: 20080072814
    Abstract: A method of providing team scoring information at a wrestling meet. This method includes providing a scoring device with team names and a team score associated with each team name. Information related to the wrestling match is then inputted into the scoring device and the team score is updated as the information is inputted. Additionally, the scoring device allows spectators to view what weight classes have been completed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 27, 2006
    Publication date: March 27, 2008
    Inventor: John D. WALTERS
  • Patent number: 7117619
    Abstract: A two-sided, multi-sport scoring banner 30 consisting of a plurality of flexible scoring elements 44A, 44B, 44C, 44D sandwiched between a front face 32 and a back face 34. A set of scoring symbols 44A, 44B, 44C, 44D selectively positioned and uniformly spaced upon the scoring element to allow the score of a competitive event to be displayed through a plurality of windows 48, 50, 52, 54 formed into the front and back faces of the scoring banner. A plurality of utility storage pockets 90, a plurality of equipment storage loops 110 and a plurality of hooks 120 attached to the scoring banner to facilitate the organization of a variety of sport equipment items. A team insignia 74, a home and visitor title 76, 78 and a plurality of advertisement signs 130 printed on or attached to the scoring banner's two faces. In one embodiment a plurality of linear pockets 60, 62, 64, 66 are included within the scoring banner to facilitate the use and storage of a plurality of ground stakes or rods 58.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2006
    Inventor: John Jerome Huber
  • Patent number: 6907840
    Abstract: A football first down indicator system for providing a method of quickly and accurately determining a first down in football. The football first down indicator system includes a pair of first down marker members each having an elongate housing member, and also having a stub shaft being attached to a bottom of the elongate housing member for resting upon a ground, and further having a down display housing being attached to a top of the elongate housing member; and also includes a plurality of number display members being rotatably disposed in each down display housing; and further includes an assembly for determining and signaling a first down in football.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2005
    Inventor: Marcus A. Gaines
  • Patent number: 6578513
    Abstract: A tennis score keeping device includes a length of straight rigid plastic pipe having a closed upper extremity and open bottom extremity. A series of at least seven pairs of holes are disposed in the pipe in diametrically opposed relationship. Each hole has a diameter which can frictionally secure an inserted tennis ball. Numbers between one and seven are sequentially associated with each pair of holes to correspond to the game score. A tunnel extends between each pair of holes for the purpose of preventing tennis balls which are inserted too far into a hole from falling into the pipe. The pipe has a slot which permits mounting onto the post of a tennis net, and also has an aperture adjacent the upper extremity which enables the device to be hung on a fence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2003
    Inventor: Gene Niksich
  • Patent number: 6511066
    Abstract: A dart game scoreboard intended for use in association with regulation size dartboard. The scoreboard contains a removable game piece that allows players to play established dart games such as “cricket” and “301” or “501.” Additionally, the removable game piece provides players with the opportunity to play several new games. The scoreboard contains a counter element that allows players to progressively maintain score while playing or compute final scores in games. The combination of the scoreboard's counter feature with the removable game piece allow players the flexibility of playing a variety of games using a single board that additionally maintains score.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2000
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2003
    Inventor: Rachon Durrant
  • Patent number: 6456568
    Abstract: A golfer's watch (1) includes an analog counter (2) for the strokes taken on a hole, and a counter (3) of the total number of strokes of the game.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2002
    Assignee: Montres Antima S.A.
    Inventor: Hervé Geiger
  • Patent number: 6439153
    Abstract: A queuing system is provided for queuing conventional coins corresponding to a line of persons. The system includes an endless track supporting tokens therein for sliding movement in a first direction along the track. The tokens are arranged to support the coins therein. An indicator on the track indicates a first coin to be queued. Movement of the tokens in the first direction displaces the tokens towards the indicator for indicating a queuing order of the coins. The queuing system is particularly useful for coin operated pool tables and the like where the use of coins is known to represent a queue of persons.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2002
    Inventor: Wayne Gemmell
  • Patent number: 6390017
    Abstract: A team standings marker that indicates the standings of teams in an organized league. The standings marker allows a fan to track and display the standings of the teams during the course of a season. The standings marker has an indicia bearing base with a number of small flagpoles supporting team emblem pennants.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2002
    Inventors: Fred M. Hendrickson, Linda A. Weidemann-Hendrickson
  • Patent number: 6360684
    Abstract: A hand-down indicator for aiding a football official in tracking play of an American-style football game including a pocket for holding and storing accessory items which may be easily accessed by the official during the game is provided. The down indicator also preferably includes an elastic wristband configured to be wrapped around the official's wrist, and a finger loop extending from the wristband. The pocket may be positioned on an inside surface of the wristband, or on an outside surface of the wristband and is sized to house the accessory items. In one embodiment, the pocket may include a flap for covering the open end of the pocket. In another embodiment, a cleat checking device which may be used by the official to check the size of a player's cleats during the game is removably supported within the pocket. The cleat checking device may also be attached to the finger loop to provide easy access thereto and to prevent misplacement of the cleat checking device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2002
    Inventor: Kenneth L. Quaglia
  • Patent number: 6142882
    Abstract: A device used to plug an opening into and locate a receptacle in an anchor to a base employed on a playing field. The device has an elastic body that has a shape sufficiently large to extend across the opening of the receptacle. A flexible indicator is connected to the body and indicates the location of the body. The body is made from an elastomeric material capable of being deformed to insert a portion of the body through the opening into the receptacle and expands to form a plug across the opening to prevent access of dirt into the receptacle. The flexible indicator has a length sufficient to extend from the body and for a sufficient distance to be observed when the body is mounted with the receptacle and is sufficiently flexible to be deflected during ground care operations of the playing field and be visible after such ground care operations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 1995
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2000
    Inventor: James H. Anglea
  • Patent number: 6119623
    Abstract: A golf score keeping device is formed from a body 50 having interlocking front and back portions 100, 200. A preferred version of the front portion includes five slides, each slide defining a slide trough within which at least one slide indicator may travel. A similar back portion includes six slides having a total of four slide troughs. A slide channel between the slides of each body portion provides spaced teeth which are engaged by an arm extending from the slide indicator, thereby providing a distinct click as the slide indicator is moved a discrete distance. Slide indicators traveling in the slide trough of one portion 100, 200, extend through the slide channel of the other portion 200, 100. Left and right end covers 300, 400 secure the front and back portions, and protect the slide indicators from contact with a flat supporting surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 1999
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2000
    Inventors: Richard W. Penland, Jeffrey L Bendio
  • Patent number: 5992344
    Abstract: What is disclosed is a tournament scheduler wherein one disk is subdivided into a multiplicity of fields, with each field being assigned to one round of the tournament. Each field is provided with a multiplicity of receptions to which markers representing a respective team each may be fastened. These markers are slidingly displaced to the fields of a next round in the course of the tournament.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 30, 1999
    Inventor: Silvia Bader
  • Patent number: 5704067
    Abstract: A sweatband adapted to be worn upon the wrist of a user during exercise activity is fabricated as a tubular elasticized band of water absorbent material having an external compliant pocket. A transparent window is centered in the pocket to permit visualization of cards insertable into the pocket and containing indicia related to the exercise activity. A border of attachment substrate is disposed about the perimeter of the pocket. First and second sets of markers are releasibly attached to the attachment substrate in a manner which can record the progress or status of the exercise activity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 1997
    Date of Patent: January 6, 1998
    Inventor: Philip Brady
  • Patent number: 5702102
    Abstract: A dart score board has tokens moveable along tracks, each track corresponding to a region of a dart board. The score board also has point-score-keeping elements, such as sets of thumbwheels. Players record the progress (status) of a dart game by moving the tokens along the tracks and by advancing the point-score-keeping elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 1995
    Date of Patent: December 30, 1997
    Inventor: Philip R. Ballard
  • Patent number: 5694881
    Abstract: A portable visual display assembly comprises modular sections selectively configurable between a combined full-size display board configuration and a separated plural smaller single display board configuration. The display boards can have identical or different grids permanently displayed on their front and back faces. The assembly includes wheels which are removable in both configurations. The display boards can be propped open to a selected angle. The visual display assembly is particularly suitable for use as a scoreboard for sporting event tournament play, such as for golf events, with the full-size configuration being advantageous for tournaments having a large number of participants.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 1995
    Date of Patent: December 9, 1997
    Assignee: Eagle Scoreboard Systems
    Inventor: Eugene Creech
  • Patent number: 5664780
    Abstract: A baseball field position and batting lineup apparatus for tracking each player on a single team during a baseball game or practice. Included is a display board having an image of a baseball field and both a batting lineup region and a dugout region imaged on the display board. Two sets of tokens, one set for tracking current field positions on the baseball field image or lack of assigned field position on the dugout region and the second set for noting the current batting order of the players on the batting lineup region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 9, 1997
    Inventor: Anthony Bricker
  • Patent number: 5620099
    Abstract: The invention relates to a combined portable scoring system and storage/carrier unit. There is disclosed a portable storage/carrier unit which is intended to be used for storing and carrying sporting equipment of any type when used or not used for scoring a game. Upon arrival at a game site, the equipment and first-aid supplies are removed as needed from the storage/carrier unit, closed and placed in an upright position. The storage/carrier unit includes a plurality of pockets formed in the outer planar surface of at least one side of the unit by a plurality of continuous tracks and accommodates scoring number packets, home team and guest team names as well as a sponsor's name. A centrally located rotary pointer dial is provided to indicate the inning or quarter of play. An out indicator is provided as well.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 1994
    Date of Patent: April 15, 1997
    Inventors: Earl H. Bickett, Kevin Coleman, Michael Yurkovic
  • Patent number: 5552758
    Abstract: A darts scoreboard having a plurality of tracks on a panel. Each track supports a horizontally reciprocal slide bar. The slide bar reciprocates back and forth across an opening to reveal one or more of three indicators. A column of indicia is provided on the panel adjacent to the openings so that each opening corresponds to one of the indicia. A keyboard and display may be mounted on the scoreboard to provide numerical computation capability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 1995
    Date of Patent: September 3, 1996
    Inventor: Robert E. Tobin
  • Patent number: 5515808
    Abstract: An alerting mechanism integrated with a hand-held whistle utilizing a structural member having a first and a second surface. The structural member is secured to the whistle or a cavity found in the whistle structure, to permit the structural member to rotate and be held between a first and a second position. The first position exposes the first surface of the structural member while the second position exposes the second surface of the structural member. Coloration or other marking may be employed on the first surface to visually distinguish the first surface from the second surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 1994
    Date of Patent: May 14, 1996
    Inventor: Gary Edlund
  • Patent number: 5505665
    Abstract: An apparatus for monitoring game challenges is described which includes a microprocessor programmed to receive keypad input as to the identity of challengers making challenges and maintain such challenges in a chronological order sequence. A display is provided for visually displaying the identity of the challenger entitled to play in the next challenge match. A keypad is provided for entering the identity of challengers making challenges into the microprocessor. The keypad includes one key dedicated to calling the challenger entitled to play in the next challenge match. Upon the next challenger call key being pressed the system visually displays on the display the identity of the challenger entitled to play in the next challenge match. The keypad also includes one key dedicated to advancing the challenger sequence should the challenger entitled to play in the next challenge match not appear within a reasonable time of his identity being displayed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 1994
    Date of Patent: April 9, 1996
    Inventor: Robert Bumstead
  • Patent number: 5438950
    Abstract: A dartboard scoring system for allowing players to keep score of a variety of dart games comprising a pegboard bearing indicia for dividing it into a plurality of team zones, each team zone bearing indicia dividing it into a matrix of scoring spaces, each scoring space bearing corresponding indicia indicative for scoring dart games, each scoring space further having a mounting hole formed thereon adapted for receiving a scoring marker; a chalkboard associated with the pegboard with the chalkboard adapted to be written upon with chalk for tallying and indicating a player's score during a dart game; and a plurality scoring markers, each securable in a mounting hole of the pegboard for indicating status of scoring during a dart game.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 1994
    Date of Patent: August 8, 1995
    Inventor: John M. Rodrigues
  • Patent number: 5418517
    Abstract: A portable electronic scoreboard apparatus attachable to a basketball goal is disclosed. The apparatus comprises an electronic analysis and report mechanism capable of receiving input information, analyzing the information according to a mode of operation, and reporting output information which includes an indication of the number of successful shots and an indication of the shooting percentage. The apparatus also comprises an attempt detection means for detecting contact of a basketball with the basketball goal and sending a contact signal to the electronic analysis and report mechanism, and for detecting the successful passage of a basketball through the hoop and sending a passage signal to the electronic analysis and report mechanism. In a preferred embodiment, the contact signal arises in response to vibration of a piezoelectric vibration sensor, and the passage signal arises in response to movement of a paddle beneath the hoop by the basketball.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 1993
    Date of Patent: May 23, 1995
    Assignee: Lifetime Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Lonny R. Matherne, Barry D. Mower
  • Patent number: 5388547
    Abstract: A fish score card for counting the number of fish caught during a fishing trip is disclosed. The score card includes a column for each fisherman on the trip and a row for each possible type of fish caught. Each time a fish is caught the fisherman places a peg in the appropriate hole of the appropriate row and column of the scorecard. In an alternatively preferred embodiment, the fish score card may be attached to a combination length gauge and scale. The length gauge is for measuring the length of the fish and the scale is for weighing the fish.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 1993
    Date of Patent: February 14, 1995
    Inventors: Randy L. Lehr, Jean J. Hulstine
  • Patent number: 5385113
    Abstract: A tennis score keeper and display device includes an elongated support pole, a pair of attachment brackets mounted at locations spaced from one another along the support pole and being adapted to secure the support pole to and alongside a tennis net support post, and a score display mast mounted to an upper end of the support pole. The mast has a pair of opposite vertical end portions and a pair of opposite vertical side portions extending between and interconnecting the opposite end portions. A row of vertically spaced numbers are defined on each of the opposite vertical side portions of the score display mast. A row of vertically spaced pockets are defined on each of the opposite vertical end portions of the score display mast.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 1993
    Date of Patent: January 31, 1995
    Assignee: VR Company
    Inventor: Leonard L. Hierath
  • Patent number: 5329874
    Abstract: A portable tennis score keeper designed to keep the set score in the game of tennis. The set score is most often the most disputed score in the game. This invention allows any one of the players to simply flip over numbered plates to reflect the progress of each team's set score. The score keeper is simple in design, and is small enough to allow every tennis player to have it as a standard item in their sports bag. The two sets of plates suspended from notches on both sides of an elongated support member have inverse color combinations to identify each of the teams. The numbers zero through six reflects the number of games each team can win in each set. The number six is the last plate and is the total number of games required to win a set. The first numbered plate bears the word "love" inside the zero, an indicia in historical tennis score keeping terms for zero.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 1992
    Date of Patent: July 19, 1994
    Inventor: William L. Posey
  • Patent number: 5294913
    Abstract: A portable electronic scoreboard comprising a housing with a display face, an electronic mechanism disposed within the housing, and a score registering assembly. The housing back configuration is amenable to releasable attachment to a pole or a flat surface such as a wall. The housing back face configuration comprises a longitudinal channel capable of disposition adjacent to a pole and a strap fastener extendable about the pole. The housing back configuration also comprises a pair of flat surfaced wings having slots capable of receiving bolts of the like to secure the housing to a wall. The score registering assembly may be positioned to detect the successful passage of a basketball through a basketball goal. The score registering assembly comprises a paddle and a switch. The paddle actuates the switch if a basketball passing through the goal causes the paddle to change from a ready to a reactive position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 1992
    Date of Patent: March 15, 1994
    Assignee: Lifetime Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Barry D. Mower, Lonny R. Matherne, Robert W. Adams
  • Patent number: 5291850
    Abstract: In indicating devices of the invention, a slide member is disposed between two registering rectangular sheets forming a holding member and is guided for relative rectilinear movement in certain embodiments and for relative rotational movement in other embodiments, the position of the slide member relative to the holding member being adjustable according to differences in handicap and to indicate stroke holes on which strokes are to be given by one golfer to another golfer in a accordance with a particular order of handicap order numbers of a golf course. Certain embodiments are designed for use separately from a golf course score card while others include indicia to be usable as golf course score card and to more directly indicate stroke holes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 1992
    Date of Patent: March 8, 1994
    Inventors: LeRoy W. Gries, Van M. Lund
  • Patent number: 5199712
    Abstract: A golf swing training apparatus is disclosed having a housing, a circuit board, a buzzer, a battery, an on/off switch, and a pair of mercury switches. The housing has a clip member extending therefrom with the housing being capable of attachment in a preferred and alternate embodiment in conjunction with an item of headgear worn by a golfer for indicating undesirable movement of the golfer's head while executing a golf club swing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 1992
    Date of Patent: April 6, 1993
    Inventors: Fred L. Hoyle, Jr., Richard W. Holstein, Patrick S. Phillips