Swinging Arm Release Patents (Class 124/36)
  • Patent number: 10898782
    Abstract: A control system for controlling a pitch parameter includes a controller, at least one pitch parameter adjustment actuator configured to mount to a pitching machine and cooperate with a component of or operatively connected to an arm assembly to adjust at least one pitch parameter, and at least one position tracking linear scale configured to mount the pitching machine. The at least one pitch parameter adjustment actuator is electrically operated and actuated by the controller. The at least one position tracking linear scale is electrically operated and communicates location data associated with movement of the component to the controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Inventor: Michael Circosta
  • Patent number: 10524463
    Abstract: A device for getting rid of undesirable animals having a base plate and a catapulting plate, the catapulting plate hingedly attached to the base plate and configured to swing via a hinge member. A biasing member is provided to force the device in an opened position. A trigger plate is configured to engage a hook member, such that the device is loaded into a closed position. The improved device configured to catapult an undesirable animal when the trigger plate is engaged, moving the device from the closed position to the opened position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Inventor: Normand Bougie
  • Patent number: 10518159
    Abstract: A soft-toss pitching machine for soft-pitch practice includes a housing and a feeder tube coupled within an inside of the housing and extending from a feed aperture to a dispense aperture. A plurality of legs is coupled to the housing. A swivel is coupled to the housing and a pitcher arm is coupled to the swivel. The pitcher arm has a rest position, a first alternate wound position, and a second alternate release position in front of the housing. A pitcher hand is coupled to the pitcher arm and is configured to secure a ball with the pitcher arm in, and moving between, the rest position and the first alternate wound position. The pitcher hand is configured to release the ball when the pitcher arm moves to the release position. A drive is in operational communication with the swivel and moves the pitcher arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Inventor: William Rosencrans
  • Patent number: 10436533
    Abstract: A modular gun housing assembly is provided having a barrel body, a frame and a handle. The barrel body houses a firing bolt, a bolt spring and an air chamber. The frame has a cutaway to receive the barrel body and align the frame with the barrel body. The frame also has a bottom wall with a plurality of tabs extending therefrom to align the handle thereto. The frame is removably secured to the barrel body with a plurality of fasteners, and the handle is removably secured to the frame with a plurality of fasteners. The handle also has a plurality of mating receivers to engage and mate with the plurality of tabs extending from the frame. The handle also has a grip portion with a cavity to receive at least one of a projectile and a propellant container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: United Tactical Systems, LLC
    Inventor: Andrew William Ferguson
  • Patent number: 10315090
    Abstract: A basketball training system includes a ball delivery system in which a basketball is delivered to a ball ready holder located in front of a ball launch mechanism. A launch arm is grabbed and pulled backward against a spring force, and then is released to pivot forward and strike the basketball from the ball ready holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Airborne Athletics, Inc.
    Inventors: Douglas B. Campbell, Jeff J. Campbell, Adam T. Pan
  • Patent number: 10166456
    Abstract: Systems and methods of ball tossing machines. Ball tossing machines having reconfigurable joints are contemplated. Embodiments having dynamically articulating joints create tossing arms that mimic human arms completing underhanded tosses. In other embodiments, the tossing arm's elbow and fingers can be locked into place and pivoted about a shoulder to accomplish a basic tossing motion with an altered effective tossing arm length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Inventors: Timothy Joseph Decilveo, Alexander Paul Decilveo
  • Patent number: 10088282
    Abstract: The invention has for object a mechanical target-launching machine comprising a loading system 1 and an actuator 3 which are disjointed from one another. The actuator 3 and the loading system 1 are connected to one another by a power transmission device 2. Said power transmission device 2 is a flexible element and preferably an arming cable 21. An energy accumulator 6 allows energy to be stored so that it can be released abruptly and allow the launching of a target 29.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: LAPORTE HOLDING
    Inventors: Jean-Michel Laporte, Jean-Marc Fouques
  • Patent number: 10003704
    Abstract: The elastic force of a spring 41 in a direction of an arrow X is applied to an end 51A of a coil spring 5A in a direction of an arrow Y through a holding plate 42. The end 52A of the coil spring 5A is engaged with a holding hole 12 and regulated from moving in the direction of the arrow Y. The elastic force of the spring 41 in the direction of the arrow X is constantly applied to the coil spring 5A in a direction in which the peripheral surface of the support post 3 is tightened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Toshihiko Seike, Takahisa Narikiyo, Kouji Wakamoto, Junya Masuda
  • Patent number: 9981174
    Abstract: Systems and methods of ball tossing machines. Ball tossing machines having reconfigurable joints are contemplated. Embodiments having dynamically articulating joints create tossing arms that mimic human arms completing underhanded tosses. In other embodiments, the tossing arm's elbow and fingers can be locked into place and pivoted about a shoulder to accomplish a basic tossing motion with an altered effective tossing arm length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Inventors: Timothy Joseph Decilveo, Alexander Paul Decilveo
  • Patent number: 9803952
    Abstract: A system for loading BB-shot into an air weapon includes a loader for storing BB-shot having an aperture, a pressure system promoting forced transfer of the BB shot through the aperture, a cartridge with a cylindrical body having axial channels offset by a predetermined angular pitch for housing rows of BB-shot balls, an elastic occluding member for holding the rows of BB-shot balls in the channels, an intermediate cylindrical element having a passage with an inlet communicating with the aperture and an outlet to be longitudinally aligned to one of the channels, a detaching member interacting with the occluding member for locally disabling it at the outlet and allowing a row of BB-shot balls to be transferred into the channel. The cartridge is rotatable about the longitudinal axis relative to the intermediate element for aligning the outlet of the passage with one channel at a time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Inventor: Demis Giaretta
  • Patent number: 9759503
    Abstract: A cartridge loading mechanism of a toy revolver includes a magazine, a cylinder, a cartridge drum and a driving element. When loading bullets, the cartridge loading mechanism may be removed to load the bullets. When firing a bullet, the cylinder may be rotated to provide a high simulation. When a bullet is fired, the cylinder and the cartridge drum are rotated together, and the magazine disposed in the cylinder and an inner magazine tube remain still and will not rotate with the cylinder, so that the inner magazine tube is aligned precisely with the barrel to improve the shooting accuracy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: Kien Well Toy Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Shun-Chi Huang
  • Patent number: 9320960
    Abstract: A ball launching apparatus is provided. The apparatus includes a funnel residing at an upper end of a housing. The funnel includes a channel for gravitationally directing a ball into a launch point within an interior compartment of the housing. The apparatus includes a hammer that strikes a ball through a chute, thereby releasing the ball from the housing. Both the distance at which the ball travels and the angle at which the ball leaves the chute may be adjusted by the operator. A method of exercising a dog is also provided herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Assignee: Radio Systems Corporation
    Inventor: Eric A. Ward
  • Patent number: 9310156
    Abstract: A projectile launcher includes a body having a rearward end, and a forward end. A pair of arms is pivotally coupled to the body and a bowstring extends between the ends of the pair of arms and is movable between a cocked position and a released position. Tubular torsion bars are coupled to the pair arms to store and release mechanical energy. A mechanical energy delivery system couples the tubular torsion bars to the pair arms. The mechanical energy delivery system transfers mechanical energy to the tubular torsion bars when the bowstring is moved from the released position to the cocked position, and transfers mechanical energy from the tubular torsion bars to the pair arms to move the bowstring from the cocked position to the released position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Inventors: Todd Michael Whitaker, Adam Cuthbert Pauluhn, Mark A. Beran
  • Patent number: 9303942
    Abstract: Throwing devices are described. In one embodiment, a throwing device includes a spring-actuated throwing arm wherein a cup member is disposed at an end of the throwing arm and is adapted to allow a user to pick up an object to be thrown by the throwing device without touching the object. In another embodiment, a throwing device includes a tension adjustment member, by which a user can adjust the tension applied to the launching spring, thereby adjusting the launch range of the throwing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Inventor: Roger Sievers
  • Patent number: 9250033
    Abstract: A trigger linkage mechanism for use in toy gun includes: a trigger pivoted to a gun frame and formed with a push block; a linkage member having one end formed with a first pivotal part and the other end formed with a second pivotal part. The linkage member is formed with an abutting part disposed between the two pivotal parts and abutted against the push block; a pull member pivoted to the second pivotal part and formed with a pawl part capable of being correspondingly buckled with the buckle part; a first recovery spring clamped between the gun frame and the linkage member; and a second recovery spring clamped between the linkage member and the pull member. Accordingly, the rotation radian and speed of the pawl part is able to be controlled and adjusted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Inventor: Ho-Sheng Wei
  • Patent number: 8967130
    Abstract: A toy launcher apparatus for discharging circular projectiles, the apparatus having a housing, lower and upper panels mounted to the housing, supports mounted to the housing, a cocking slide and a slide spring connected to the supports, a projectile receptacle connected to the cocking slide, release levers mounted to the housing, a guide wall mounted to the lower panel, a positioning wheel also mounted to the lower panel, and a trigger mounted to the housing. The lower panel includes a slot positioned parallel to the guide wall but off center relative to a center point of a load projectile. Beneath the lower panel is a rotatable launch arm connected to a torsion spring and a catch structure. The upper and lower panels are parallel to one another and spaced to receive a projectile. The projectile is loaded into the projectile receptacle when the receptacle is exposed during the time the launch arm and torsion spring are cocked by a user pulling rearward on the cocking slide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Hasbro, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert James Victor, Brian Jablonski
  • Patent number: 8899216
    Abstract: A machine for launching disk-shaped targets has two faces located on each side of an edge. The machine includes means for loading a target into a launch area, an arm for launching the target placed in the launch area and a surface guiding the target by means of contact with at least one of the aforementioned faces thereof. The guiding surface has at least one portion wherein the areas that come into contact with the face of the target are not continuous. The machine is particularly suitable for shooting practice, such as archery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: LaPorte Holding
    Inventors: Jean-Michel Laporte, Jean-Marc Fouques
  • Patent number: 8381709
    Abstract: A pitching machine for pitching a ball to a batter positioned in a first batting location. The pitching machine including a frame, a drive assembly coupled to the frame, a pitching arm and a lead timing arm. The pitching arm is coupled to drive assembly and rotatable in a first direction about a first axis. The pitching arm includes a forward side configured to contact and project the ball during a portion of the rotation of the pitching arm about the first axis. The pitching arm is configured to project the ball at least a first ball release position with respect to the first axis. The lead timing arm includes a marker. The lead timing arm is coupled to the pitching arm such that the marker is visible to the batter positioned in the first batting location prior to the pitching arm reaching the first ball release position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2013
    Assignee: Wilson Sporting Goods Co.
    Inventors: William R. Woessner, David B. Andrews, Timothy D. Greene, Jose L. Lopez
  • Patent number: 8336530
    Abstract: A pitching device includes a case in which a shaft, a press board, a strike board, an activation unit and a slide are received. The press board and the strike board are located on two ends of the shaft, and a driving spring is mounted to the shaft so as to rotate the shaft. The strike board has a support member for receiving a ball and the activation unit controls the operation of the strike board. The balls are put in the slide. A release member is located between the slide and the support member to control entry of the ball into the support member. By continuously pressing the press board, the torsion force of the driving spring is stored. When the pedal unit is operated to release the activation unit, the strike board rotates by the torsion spring to through the ball in the support member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Inventor: Chi-Sung Wang
  • Patent number: 8286619
    Abstract: A ball projecting and training apparatus and method of use having a base, a throwing arm, an adjustable ball mount on said throwing arm, and one or more energy storage elements connected between an end of the throwing arm and an accelerator. The ball mount pivots in a direction parallel with, perpendicular to, or a combination thereof relative to the throwing arm and also locks to provide repeatable trajectories and spins. The accelerator provides additional energy to the ball when depressed by a user. A release holds the throwing arm when the apparatus is cocked and allows a user to launch a ball when desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Inventor: Shane P. Mihaljevic
  • Patent number: 8151782
    Abstract: A baseball batting practice equipment includes a base provided with a movable member controlled to operate by the retaining post of a ball pitching speed adjustment device that is disposed with bevel gears and an actuating member for regulating the speed of ball pitching. An elastic member has opposite sides respectively secured with the movable member and the base for assisting the movable member to recover its original position. The base is further provided with a hooking member for holding an elastic plate and, after the movable member touches the hooking member, releasing the elastic plate for pitching balls. A ball pitching apparatus is provided with an elastic member for adjusting and delaying time of ball pitching, a gear unit and an actuating rod for winding tight or unwinding loose the elastic member. A power unit with a pedal is to carry out pitching balls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2012
    Assignee: Hern Juie Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Ching-Shu Huang
  • Patent number: 7748367
    Abstract: A fungo batting assisting machine having a frame; a cradle mounted upon the frame, the cradle having a ball percussion port; a hammer; a first pivot joint interconnecting the hammer and the frame so that the hammer may move between a spring energy position underlying the ball percussion port and a ball driving position overlying the spring energy position; a ball driving spring normally positioning the hammer between its spring energy and ball driving positions; a trip arm extending from the hammer; a pawl arm; a second pivot joint interconnecting the pawl arm and the frame so that the a pawl arm may move between a trip arm carrying position and a trip arm releasing position; and an actuation lever extending from the pawl arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2010
    Inventor: Marcus Kosjer
  • Patent number: 7549415
    Abstract: A wheeled cart like ball dispensing device for storing, transporting, and dispensing soccer balls by delivering soccer balls to a player in a variety of delivery modes for simulating game conditions for a player to practice responding to a variety of different shots.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2009
    Inventor: John J. Karellas
  • Patent number: 7487768
    Abstract: The invention discloses two related improvements over existing trigger mechanisms utilized in pneumatic launching devices—such as pellet or paintball guns. The first improvement is a method for allowing a single trigger frame configuration to be utilized by a multiplicity of launching devices despite differences in attachment points and/or mechanical linkages inherent in the same. The second improvement relates to incorporating a trigger return mechanism within the trigger frame which utilizes magnets, pneumatics or mechanical means to actively return the trigger to its initiating or ‘rest’ position after it has been operated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2009
    Inventor: Forest Hatcher
  • Patent number: 7438068
    Abstract: An interactive catapult training device is provided for teaching and demonstrating the principles of problem solving using tools and techniques of applied statistics, Six Sigma, lean manufacturing and other process excellence techniques. The device includes a base and a hub fixed to a position with respect to the base and removable from the base. A swing arm is coupled to and rotatable about the hub from a first angle to a second angle, the swing arm being removable from the hub. A cup is fixed to a position with respect to the swing arm and adapted to receive a projectile, the cup being removable from the swing arm. A spring is coupled between a first coupling point fixed with respect to the base and a second coupling point on the swing arm. The spring provides tension for setting the swing arm in motion from the first angle to the second angle. The spring can be removable from the first and second coupling points.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2008
    Inventor: Srikanth R. Nanguneri
  • Patent number: 7415976
    Abstract: A pitching apparatus includes a support base and an upright attached to the support base. A ball support with a power section is attached to the upright. A cocking arm is attached to the upright and a release handle is attached to the cocking arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2008
    Inventor: Richard O. Powell
  • Patent number: 6955166
    Abstract: This is a device for launching targets into the air for target practice. The launcher includes a base, a release lever pivotally mounted to the base and having an impact target, and a throwing lever mounted to the base and having target holding cups. A spring is mounted within the base, and biases the throwing lever away from the base, through a pair of lifting arms. The release lever has a notch which mates with a tab on the throwing lever to hold the throwing lever cocked. Upon impact of a projectile on the impact target, the release lever will pivot away from the throwing lever, allowing the throwing lever to spring up, and launch targets received in the holding cups.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2005
    Inventor: Byron James Rock
  • Patent number: 6889678
    Abstract: A catapult device for hurling objects towards a target includes a support structure and a pivot bracket pivotally mounted on the support structure and provided with a bearing arrangement. A lever arm is pivotally connected to the support structure and is engageable with the pivot bracket. A spring-biased motion translation arrangement is coupled to the lever arm and is engageable with the bearing arrangement on the pivot bracket. A pivot arm is pivotally secured to the support structure and the motion translation arrangement. The pivot arm is provided with a receiver for holding an object to be hurled. Pivotal movement of the lever arm develops a spring force in the motion translation arrangement and enables the pivot bracket to pivot such that the motion translation arrangement moves along the bearing arrangement, and releases the spring force causing the pivot arm to swing and hurl the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2005
    Inventor: J. Richard Oltmann
  • Patent number: 6820605
    Abstract: The present invention consists of a conversion quick pitch system and method for converting a spring-actuated pitching machine of the Iron Mike type to a video pitching machine, i.e., a pitching machine that includes a video projection screen on which the video image of an actual pitcher is displayed in synchronization with the release of a ball from the pitching machine. The quick pitch system and method includes a projection screen; a projector; a clutch motor unit and a first and a second cam switch; a relay unit; and a control unit. The projection screen, which is adapted to be positioned between the pitching machine and a batter, includes an aperture through which a ball may be delivered to the batter by the conventional spring-actuated pitching machine. The video projector must be able to project the video image of an actual pitcher onto the projection screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2004
    Assignee: Probatter Sports, LLC
    Inventors: Michael T. Suba, Timothy O'Reilly
  • Patent number: 6729222
    Abstract: A wire-tethered dart cartridge for electrical discharge weapons or stun guns wherein the sudden force needed to propel the darts toward a remote target is derived from a source of energy other than expanding gas. The propulsive force is derived from potential energy stored in at least one coiled spring having an arm which impacts the dart with sufficient force to propel the dart a desired distance toward a remote target. In a preferred embodiment disclosed herein, the spring is formed on two interconnected coils, each end of the spring wire extending from a respective coil and forming an impact arm for striking the back of a dart. The arms are maintained in a tensioned configuration by retention pistons which are connected to pyrotechnic devices. When an electrical voltage is applied to the pyrotechnic devices, the ignition forces each piston to move suddenly to release the arms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2004
    Inventor: James F. McNulty, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6715477
    Abstract: An apparatus that simulates punting and place kicking of a ball includes a prosthetic leg having a mechanism in the foot region to seat a ball. The leg is pivotally-mounted to a frame and mechanically coupled with a foot pedal. Downward force on the foot pedal is translated to the leg causing the leg to whip upward and launching the ball with proportional force and speed. In one embodiment, the frame is collapsible/expandable and includes a roller to facilitate transportation. In another embodiment, the leg is formed of pliable material to eliminate the risk of injury in the event of collision therewith.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2004
    Assignee: Marty Gilman, Inc.
    Inventor: Neil F. Gilman
  • Patent number: 6679239
    Abstract: Apparatus for throwing a football includes a pivoting arm supporting the ball and a spring, which preloads the arm to pivot upward and release the football. The arm is rotated manually to a ready-to-throw preloaded position, where the arm is latched by a plunger and released to pivot and launch the ball in response to a command signal transmitted at a distance from the apparatus by a player awaiting the ball. The command signal causes an electric power source to energize a solenoid, whereby the plunger releases the arm, the spring pivots the throwing arm forward, and the ball travels an airborne path to the player.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2004
    Inventors: Michael W. Shultz, Christopher P. Eash, Kevin A. Shar
  • Patent number: 6655370
    Abstract: A firecracker launching device for launching a firecracker up to 50 feet so that it would be safely exploded. The firecracker launching device includes a handgun-shaped member having an elongate barrel, and a handgrip stock member. The barrel has an internal cavity, and a longitudinal opening through its top wall and into the cavity. A launching lever is pivotally mounted in the cavity, toward the front of the barrel, the lever having a forward lug member, a rearward catch member, and a firecracker receiving slot. A trigger is pivotally mounted in the cavity, rearward of the lever, the trigger having a latch member engageable with the catch member of the lever, and a finger-engaging portion. A spring extends between the lug member and the trigger, so that when the trigger is pulled, the latch will disengage from the catch, to pivot the lever forward under bias from the spring, to launch a firecracker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2003
    Inventor: Darry D. Beckwith
  • Patent number: 6644292
    Abstract: A catapult device for a catapult game, including a projectile-throwing mechanism, and a projectile catch member. The projectile release angle of the mechanism, and the projectile throw force of the mechanism are adjustable. The throwing mechanism is automatically released upon the impact with sufficient force of a projectile on the projectile catch member. Also disclosed is a game system and a game playing method using a number of such devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2003
    Assignee: HandsonToys, Inc.
    Inventor: Arthur Ganson
  • Patent number: 6637418
    Abstract: The present invention consists of a conversion kit for converting a spring-actuated pitching machine of the Iron Mike type to a video pitching machine, i.e., a pitching machine that includes a video projection screen on which the video image of an actual pitcher is displayed in synchronization with the release of a ball from the pitching machine. The kit includes a projection screen; a projector; a clutch motor unit; a relay unit; and a control unit. The projection screen, which is adapted to be positioned between the pitching machine and a batter, includes an aperture through which a ball may be delivered to the batter by the conventional spring-actuated pitching machine. The video projector must be able to project the video image of an actual pitcher onto the projection screen. The clutch motor is adapted to hold a ball in a queued position within the spring-actuated pitching machine and, upon release, propel the ball toward the batter in synchronization with the video image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2003
    Inventors: Michael T. Suba, Michael DeVasto, Timothy O'Reilly, Gregory J. Battersby
  • Patent number: 6575852
    Abstract: An apparatus for centering a ball is disclosed. The apparatus comprises a base, an upright member supported on the base for pivotal movement with respect to the base, and a pivot arm pivotally supported relative to the upright member for pivotal movement between a first, cocked position and a second, released position. A ball cradle is supported on the pivot arm for releasably supporting a ball to be centered. A bias member urges the pivot arm towards the second, released position and a pivot arm lock is operable, in a first condition, to hold the pivot arm in the first position. The pivot arm lock, in a second condition, releases the pivot arm so that the bias member moves the pivot arm to the released position, thereby centering the ball. The apparatus preferably includes sound actuated means for changing the condition of the pivot arm lock from the first condition to the second condition, to center the ball.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2003
    Inventor: Randy Orner
  • Patent number: 6546923
    Abstract: A ball launching apparatus is described in which a main frame mounts a ball support sub-frame for adjustable positioning about an axis. A ball carrier is provided on the ball support sub-frame at a radial distance from the adjustment axis. A ball striker arm with a striker pad is mounted for pivotal motion about the axis and moves in a swing path intersecting the ball carrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2003
    Inventor: Erven D. Erickson
  • Patent number: 6505617
    Abstract: A ball pitching machine of the windmill type simulates the pitching motion of a human pitcher. The machine includes: (a) a rotating plate which rotates vertically 360° at a constant speed about an axis; (b) a pitching arm having a ball holder at a distal end and being pivotably connected to the rotating plate at a proximate end, the pitching arm adapted to rotate vertically about an arc of between about 100 and 300° at a high speed and to rotate about the remaining arc at the speed of the rotating plate; and (c) a flip lever pivotably connected to the pitching arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2003
    Assignee: Mantiff Inc.
    Inventor: Daniel R. Neuman
  • Publication number: 20020179073
    Abstract: A ball launching apparatus is described in which a main frame mounts a ball support sub-frame for adjustable positioning about an axis. A ball carrier is provided on the ball support sub-frame at a radial distance from the adjustment axis. A ball striker arm with a striker pad is mounted for pivotal motion about the axis and moves in a swing path intersecting the ball carrier.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 31, 2001
    Publication date: December 5, 2002
    Inventor: Erven D. Erickson
  • Patent number: 6477933
    Abstract: A wire-tethered dart cartridge for electrical discharge weapons wherein the sudden force needed to propel the darts toward a remote target is derived from a source of energy other than expanding gas. The propulsive force is derived from potential energy stored in at least one coiled spring having an arm which impacts the dart with sufficient force to propel the dart a desired distance toward a remote target. In a preferred embodiment disclosed herein, the spring is formed on two interconnected coils, each end of the spring wire extending from a respective coil and forming an impact arm for striking the back of a dart. The arms are maintained in a tensioned configuration by a retention bracket which is connected to a piston pyrotechnic device. When an electrical voltage is applied to the pyrotechnic device, the ignition forces the piston to move the retention bracket to suddenly release the arms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2002
    Inventors: James F. McNulty, Jr., John F. Chudy, II
  • Patent number: 6220236
    Abstract: A ball delivery system including a base member comprising an angularly disposed panel. The angularly disposed panel has an elongated recess extending inwardly from a lower end thereof. A plurality of ball holders are secured to the angularly disposed panel of the base member disposed on opposing long sides of the elongated recess. The plurality of ball holders are dimensioned for channeling a ball therebetween disposed over the elongated recess. A dispensing mechanism is coupled with respect to the base member for throwing the ball over an upper end of the angularly disposed panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 1997
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2001
    Inventor: Jack P. Dillard
  • Patent number: 6129076
    Abstract: A throwing apparatus and method (10) having a base (12), an arm axle mount (14), a throwing arm (16), a release handle (18), and a power section (20). Throwing arm (16) is rotatably connected by means of axle (46) near the bottom (28) of throwing arm (16) to arm axle mount (14). Arm axle mount (14) is located near the front (22) of base (12). The bottom (28) of throwing arm (16) is connected to one end (48) of power section (20). The other end (50) of power section (20) is connected to one of a number of speed adjustment connection locations (52) in base (12). Release handle (18) is movably connected near the back (24) of base (12) and includes release block (62). When the top (26) of throwing arm (16) is pulled in the rearward position towards the back (24) of base (12), release block (62) is pressed by release handle (18) over the top (26) of throwing arm (16) thereby holding throwing arm (16) in the rearward cocked position. An object to be thrown (78) is placed in the "V" shaped form of throwing arm (16).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2000
    Inventors: Richard O. Powell, Bert L. Powell, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6089215
    Abstract: A ball throwing apparatus includes a ball feeding guide, an actuator with a movable stop member, a throwing arm and ball launching guide. The ball feeding guide defines a path open at and extending between first and second ends for receiving balls at the first end, guiding the balls in a single file arrangement along the path with the balls being movable by the force of gravity through the path and feeding the balls from the second end. The actuator is disposed adjacent to the second end of the ball feeding guide and its stop member is movable between an extended position in which the stop member blocks the path and thereby retains the balls in the single file arrangement within the path and a retracted position in which the stop member unblocks the path and thereby allows the feeding of balls from the path at the second end of the ball feeding guide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2000
    Inventors: Delmas Morris, Gary Milner
  • Patent number: 5975527
    Abstract: In a baseball, softball tennis practice ball throwing machine having a spring actuated pivot arm having a ball impact element at a free end thereof and biasing spring elements at its pivot end. A hand crank is attached to a pivot shaft for rotating the arm against the bias of the spring elements. A ball support station is provided to support a ball in the path of the ball impact element to be impacted and projected a distance by the arm as it rapidly rotate about the pivot shaft when under the influence of the biasing spring elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 2, 1999
    Inventor: David A Winchester
  • Patent number: 5911214
    Abstract: A soccer ball projecting apparatus comprising a horizontal base frame having wheels affixed thereto for movement of the apparatus about a soccer field, and a sub-frame which is movably mounted on the base frame. The sub-frame supports a mechanism for projecting a soccer ball, and a soccer ball support cup assembly for supporting a soccer ball in operational association with the mechanism for projecting a soccer ball. The apparatus further comprises a first chain and sprocket drive and motor for rotating the sub-frame within a horizontal plane above the base frame. The ball projecting mechanism is thereby rotatable from side to side for projecting soccer balls to soccer players on both sides of a soccer field without displacing the apparatus in the field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 1998
    Date of Patent: June 15, 1999
    Inventor: Alan Andrews
  • Patent number: 5676120
    Abstract: A mechanical device for throwing projectiles is disclosed which is disposed on a ground surface to throw variously-sized balls to a practicing basketball shooter or a practicing baseball hitter. The device includes an elongated base disposed on the ground surface, a pivoting arm which is attached to the base and which throws the ball, and an electromechanical solenoid whose actuation causes the arm to pivot and throw the ball. When the device is used for basketball practice shooting, a frame is disposed on the ground and around the device, and the frame includes a pole, a backboard secured to the pole, and a rim extending perpendicular from the backboard. A plurality of support arms are attached to the frame, and the arms include an integrally attached net which is disposed around the backboard for collecting thrown basketballs and directing them to the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 1995
    Date of Patent: October 14, 1997
    Inventor: John Gibson Joseph
  • Patent number: 5370571
    Abstract: Projectile launching toys include a surface suitably configured to support and guide a projectile, a lever pivotally mounted so as to traverse a portion of the surface in the direction the projectile is being guided, a manual actuator coupled to the lever to manually move the lever from an initial position to a second, pivoted position to launch the projectile and a return member coupled with the lever to automatically return the lever to its original position after being manually moved and released.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 1993
    Date of Patent: December 6, 1994
    Assignee: Tyco Investment Corp.
    Inventor: Warren E. Bosch
  • Patent number: 5344137
    Abstract: A baseball pitching machine and method includes a ball throwing assembly that is mounted on a platform that may be tilted to adjust the elevation of a baseball pitched by the machine. The device for controlling the tilt of the platform may include plural jack screws for stabilizing the platform between pitches. The angle of inclination of the platform recorded in the device for controlling the tilt of the platform may be corrected when the platform has a predetermined inclination to improve the accuracy of the pitched bail. The correction updates the recorded angle of inclination so that vibrations caused by the ball throwing assembly or malfunctions do not disrupt the operation of the machine to the point where the ball is pitched wildly. A photocoupler provides a corrective signal when the predetermined inclination is reached.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 1992
    Date of Patent: September 6, 1994
    Assignee: Taito Corporation
    Inventor: Yutaka Komori
  • Patent number: 4995371
    Abstract: A ball throwing machine for tossing a plurality of balls in succession, one at a time. The machine has a frame adapted to rest on a supporting surface, a spring-loaded pivotally mounted catapult arm that receives, holds, and tosses the balls, and a cam wheel and cam wheel shaft turnably mounting the cam wheel on the frame. The shaft has an axis which is laterally offset from the pivot axis of the catapult arm. The cam wheel has peripheral teeth, and a power driven pinion engages the teeth to impart turning movement to the wheel. There are cam rollers on the wheel which engage, one at a time, a cam plate on the catapult arm. The arrangement is such that the catapult arm is periodically shifted toward a ball-receiving position, picks up a ball, and as the cam wheel turns further, one cam roller by-passes the cam plate enabling the catapult arm to snap under the action of the spring and toss the ball.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 1990
    Date of Patent: February 26, 1991
    Inventor: Joseph Kuizinas
  • Patent number: 4976249
    Abstract: A clay pigeon target launching device has a launching arm supported on a pivot shaft that is received in a unidirectional bearing housing. The launching arm is biased into a tensioned position and held in that position by a pair of levers that are pivoted and which engage a stop abutment that is coupled to the shaft of the launching arm. The arrangement is such that both levers must be released before the launching arm can rotate which keeps both hands out of the path of the launching arm as a safety feature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 1989
    Date of Patent: December 11, 1990
    Inventor: Kenneth M. Gagnon