Target Penetrated By Projectile Patents (Class 273/408)
  • Patent number: 7455587
    Abstract: A gaming machine comprises a display, a game player input means and a game controller arranged to control images displayed on the display. The game controller controls play of a game in which a winning game result causes a prize to be awarded to a game player. The game comprises an interactive sequence related to a tournament in which a representation of a first video-player of one team is displayed. An action of the first video-player to be executed is selected by the game player via the game player input means and the game controller selects an action to be performed by another video-player. Depending on an outcome resulting from the selected actions, an award is made to the game player.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2008
    Assignee: Aristocrat Technologies Australia Pty. Ltd.
    Inventors: Scott Christopher Olive, Naomi Glasson, Brett Mezen
  • Publication number: 20080277875
    Abstract: A target shooting game including a shooting device for projecting a signal or projectile; a target having a target surface including a target area; and at least one indicator associated with a portion of the target area and for indicating an interaction with the signal or projectile. A method of playing a target shooting game is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 22, 2008
    Publication date: November 13, 2008
    Inventors: Jeff W. Mincenberg, Robert C. Wheat
  • Publication number: 20080185788
    Abstract: An electronic dartboard, pierce able or non pierce able that includes dart targets that light up, and the dartboard including the target material can conduct, transfer and transmit light, the dartboard and target material can also emit and reflect light into the atmosphere, or allow light to pass by the targets and dartboard material structure, the dartboard can have any number of targets, any shape of targets and board and any game pattern can be utilized, the dartboard components that make up the dartboard can be of any design and number and can be made from any suitable elements or materials, any source of electrical or other power can be utilized to operate the dartboard or satisfy the functional requirements for the game to be played, any means of lighting the dart targets can be used not just electricity, the power source needed to operate the board can be manually generated or power generated by electricity or any other power source.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 24, 2006
    Publication date: August 7, 2008
    Inventor: Denis Parton
  • Publication number: 20080153633
    Abstract: A disc catching device for catching a thrown disc, having a canopy structure, a basket structure, an assembly coupled to the canopy structure and the basket structure, and a pole to which the canopy structure and the basket structure may be attached. The assembly may engage a thrown disc, and for some embodiments, may comprise chains. When the disc catching device is deployed in its upright position for the sport of disc golf, the assembly hangs from the canopy structure, and is coupled to a ring that surrounds the pole. The basket structure comprises a set of basket arms, and when the disc catching device is deployed upright, the ring hangs below the set of basket arms. For some embodiments, the canopy structure and the basket structure may be foldable, like an umbrella. For some embodiments, the basket arms may be basket support arms, where each basket support arm supports a basket arm. Other embodiments are described and claimed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2006
    Publication date: June 26, 2008
    Inventors: Joshua S. Orzech, Scott W. Keasey
  • Patent number: 7380796
    Abstract: An unanchored 3-D portable archery target made of foam can withstand a 20 to 150-pound blow from an arrow without tipping completely over even though the target's weight (e.g., about 10 lbs.) is less than the arrow's force of impact. To achieve such surprising and unexpected results, the target employs a unique combination of weight, foam density, and a center of gravity that is counter-intuitively elevated to provide the target with a greater rotational moment of inertia. Although it would seem that an arrow with 800 in-lbs of kinetic energy should be capable of completely tipping over a target that requires only about 15 in-lbs of energy to tip over, the target's foam core has a density and gumminess that quickly dissipates most of the arrow's kinetic energy before the energy has time to tip the target over. A hollowed-out base underneath the target provides the target with greater stability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2008
    Inventor: Tab D. Hinton
  • Publication number: 20070228659
    Abstract: A unidirectional coil induction system for a dartboard comprises: a plurality of induction loops electrically connected to an electronic scoring circuit and a comparison circuit that are disposed on a dartboard. The dartboard is equally divided into a plurality of scoring areas, each scoring area includes at least one induction loop. All the induction loops wind in the same direction and are positioned in the dartboard. When the dart lands on the dartboard, one of the induction loops will produce a positive induction signal, and a neighboring induction loop will produce a negative induction signal, and then the comparison circuit will inform the electronic scoring circuit to score after determining the induction loop of the scoring area in which the dart lands. Therefore, the present invention can prevent the problem of wrong scoring caused by the dart synchronously cutting several induction loops, and can improve the scoring accuracy.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 13, 2006
    Publication date: October 4, 2007
    Inventor: Chih-Hao YIU
  • Patent number: 7275747
    Abstract: A dart-board game kit includes an annular target including a front surface provided with predetermined surface indicia imprinted thereon for defining a plurality of pie-shaped regions at which players may aim. The front target surface has at least one concentric circle and a coaxially registered bulls-eye provided with a diameter smaller than a diameter of each concentric circle. A plurality of projectiles are removably engageable with the front surface. The dart-board game kit further includes a set of playing rules informing players how to play the game. Each player is required to stand a predetermined distance from the target when throwing the projectiles and each player is required to score hits in the regions of the target. The players continue to throw the projectiles until attaining an acceptable goal or reaching a maximum number of throws.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2007
    Inventor: Thomas A. Tanita
  • Patent number: 7258345
    Abstract: An archery target is manufactured by stacking a plurality of layers of foam with the bottom surface of an upper layer engaging the top surface of a lower layer in face-to-face engagement to form a stack having a top surface, a bottom surface and a plurality of side surfaces. The foam layers are compressed and the layers of foam are secured to each other by applying heat to the side surfaces such that a plurality of target faces of at least partially melted foam are formed. The layers of foam are further integrated to one another by applying a heated rod through the entire stack to form at least one hole extending through the layers. The archery target is capable of being used in a stand-alone arrangement having at least four target faces and could be used as an insert for a three-dimensionally shaped target shell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2007
    Assignee: Delta Sports Products, LLC
    Inventor: James D. Anderson, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7222860
    Abstract: An archery target having a first and a second elongated support plate extending parallel to one another between a respective first and second plate ends. Each of the support plate having a support-plate length, inner surfaces facing one another and outer surfaces opposed to the inner surfaces. Each plate further including a strap opening. The target further including a plurality of elongated foam sheets extending parallel to one another to form a foam laminate having side surfaces parallel to the sheets and end surfaces transverse to the sheets. The side surfaces each facing one of the inner surfaces of the support plates and defining a foam laminate length that is shorter than the support-plate length. The foam laminate further including a front surface extending between the plates having an arrow receiving zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2007
    Inventors: Joe Box, Michael James Galloway
  • Patent number: 7210686
    Abstract: An archery target and a method of making the same. A plurality of target elements are arranged in at least one stack. The target elements include a plurality of side edges. At least a portion of the side edges are oriented toward at least one target face. A polymeric foam covering layer at least partially cured is in contact with at least a portion of the side edges. The at least partially cured polymeric foam covering layer includes a contour adapted to be independent of a contour of the side edges. The archery target is a free standing archery target or can simulates an animal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2007
    Assignee: Field Logic, Inc.
    Inventor: Larry R. Pulkrabek
  • Patent number: 7175182
    Abstract: An automatic score dartboard assembly has a base, a dartboard, a support, at least one imaging element and a main control circuit. The dartboard and the support are attached to the base, and the at least one imaging element is mounted on the support to capture a direct viewing image of the dartboard periodically. The images are output to the main control circuit to determine the score of a dart when the dart sticks in the dartboard. The main control circuit is composed of an image processor and a memory device. The image processor uses an image comparison method to determine the score of the dart. Therefore, the present invention uses as few as one imaging element to determine the score and increases accuracy of determining score.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2007
    Assignee: Forhouse Corporation
    Inventors: Francis Pan, Yen-Hwa Liao, John C. Pan
  • Patent number: 7070185
    Abstract: An archery target with a covering layer and a method of making the same. One or more target elements are arranged in at least one stack. The target elements include side edges oriented toward a target face. A polymeric covering layer extends across the side edges to comprise the target face. The covering layer help retain the target elements in the stacked configuration and provides a surface for applying target indicia.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2006
    Assignee: Field Logic, Inc.
    Inventor: Larry R. Pulkrabek
  • Patent number: 6926281
    Abstract: A compressed foam target, primarily for archery use, made of layered foam material. Cross-linked polyethylene foam sheets are used, each having a thickness of one-eighth (??) inch with a density of four (4.0) pounds per square inch. The foam sheets are assembled either horizontally or vertically to create the arrow receiving area and are compressed to a size 60% of their original size. After compression, the foam sheets are slidably placed into a reinforced flexible sleeve made of polypropylene which circumferentially restrains the foam sheets, but allows expansion of the foam sheets from the 40% compressed state to the 28% compressed state. The circumferentially restrained foam sheets create the arrow receiving area of the target which can then be placed within a frame to make the full scale target or can be molded within a polyurethane insert for use as a replaceable insert in a flat faced target or a three-dimensional target.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2005
    Assignee: Garrett Corporation
    Inventor: Laverne Woock
  • Patent number: 6799764
    Abstract: An archery target assembly includes first and second end caps having a plurality of corners. The archery target further comprises a plurality of layers of foam, each layer having a corresponding plurality of corners. The layers are stacked in general alignment with one another between the first and second end caps with the plurality of corners of the layers of foam being in alignment such that a plurality of target faces are formed by edges of the layers of foam. A plurality of assembly cables connect the first and second end caps, each cable being disposed generally along a line formed at an apex of the aligned corners of the layers of foam. Each of the cables has a length which results in the layers of foam being compressed between the first and second end caps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2004
    Assignee: McKenzie Sports Products
    Inventor: Michael E. Ingold
  • Patent number: 6793221
    Abstract: A cabinet for housing a dart game board includes an upper portion and a base portion. The upper portion is provided with a slot sized to accept a light fixture and an eyebolt for securing the cabinet to a fixed support. A face board with an opening sized and shaped to receive the dart game board may be assembled with the upper portion. The base portion is provided with a hinged door and with a supporting member extending from the base portion. The cabinet is delivered to a consumer in an unassembled state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2004
    Assignee: DMI Sports, Inc.
    Inventors: Gary Giegerich, Paul Giegerich
  • Publication number: 20040157687
    Abstract: A multi-filamentous net or mesh comprising an image visible on only one side is provided. The image is visible only from the primary viewing position without the paint or ink composition absorbing through the fibres to be visible from the back of the net or mesh. This permits the use of multi-filamentous nets or mesh for images or logos without disrupting the spectators' view and/or the use of both sides of the net or mesh for unidirectional images or logos.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 2, 2004
    Publication date: August 12, 2004
    Applicant: Champions Consultants Inc., a Canadian corporation
    Inventor: Richard Bourdages
  • Publication number: 20040140623
    Abstract: An archery target with a covering layer and a method of making the same. One or more target elements are arranged in at least one stack. The target elements include side edges oriented toward a target face. A polymeric covering layer extends across the side edges to comprise the target face. The covering layer help retain the target elements in the stacked configuration and provides a surface for applying target indicia.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 12, 2003
    Publication date: July 22, 2004
    Inventor: Larry R. Pulkrabek
  • Publication number: 20040113364
    Abstract: The present invention pertains to low temperature sputter target/backing plate (10, 15) joining techniques and assemblies made thereby. More specifically, the joining techniques incorporate a mechanical bond between the corresponding target material (10) and backing plate material (15) around the periphery thereof. The resulting target assemblies are free of welding and other high temperature joining.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 29, 2003
    Publication date: June 17, 2004
    Inventor: Eugene Ivanov
  • Publication number: 20040090010
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a learning system that uses the concept of tossing a token (dart) at a specifically designed game board for individual or team players. Included in this invention are variations of the learning system involving religious, phonetic and phonological awareness, vocabulary, geography, mathematical, historical, and other facts. This system incorporates the concepts of the general game playing skills and tactics of a commonly known game, darts, but further incorporates the concept of using various facts and a point earning scheme to constitute a learning system that while educational is also entertaining. This learning system includes but is not limited to darts and dart boards because the game board can be made from various materials that will allow it to be safely used by children and adults of all ages both indoors and outdoors.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 7, 2002
    Publication date: May 13, 2004
    Inventor: Carla G. Wilson
  • Patent number: 6726209
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a dart board assembly which makes a front dart board positioned on a rear board rotate smoothly while preventing separation due to the vibration from rotation of the front dart board. The front dart board includes a flat panel; a central shaft rearwardly protruding at the center of the flat panel, an inner stepped portion stepped at the inner diameter of the central shaft to a predetermined depth, and an engaging recess formed at the center of the central shaft for engaging a screw spike. A connection shaft is formed with a plurality of stepped portions including a proximal stepped portion inserted into the inner stepped portion of the central shaft, an intermediate portion supported by the inner diameter portion of the rear board, a distal stepped portion stepped and coupled to the inner diameter portion of a ball bearing, and a through hole formed at the center so that the screw spike can be passed through.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2004
    Inventor: Yong Cheol Kim
  • Patent number: 6708976
    Abstract: A dart board includes at least one flexible slot which includes at least two apertures for receiving the dart tips. A through hole is defined between the two apertures so as to expand the flexible slot and the dart tips having different sizes can be clamped by the flexible aperture. A guide plate is fixed to the retaining frame so as to guide the dart tips to successfully stick on the dart board and activate the electronic film switches of the dart board. The size of the retaining frame can be reduced because of the fixed guide plate. The guide plate and the retaining frame are engaged by engaging members and engaging holes so that the guide plate can be easily replaced. The guide plate can be fixed to the retaining frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2004
    Inventor: Yu-Fu Cho
  • Patent number: 6663513
    Abstract: A pitching practice device for indicating and simulating the height and width of a strike zone for a typical batter, the device having a base slightly wider than home plate and two laterally spaced, upwardly extending posts connected to the base, the posts each having a plurality of slidably engaged sleeves that are independently adjustable to indicate the top and bottom of the strike zone, and the posts and sleeves having contrasting colors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2003
    Inventor: Stuart Alan Howard
  • Publication number: 20030227137
    Abstract: A toss-game structure for poolside use includes a target supported at a height from a base and having front and rear portions defining an interior space. The target front portion includes at least one opening for receipt of a tossed object in the interior space. The target portions each have surfaces defining a portion of a substantially prolate sphere for collectively simulating a football shape. A support post includes opposite ends engaging the base and the target rear portion such that a majority of the target is positioned forwardly of a front edge of the base. The structure further includes a backstop having upper and lower portions. The upper portion is curved about a vertical axis to define a concave surface in the form of a partial cylinder. The lower portion is curved about horizontal and vertical axes in the form of a partial bowl.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 5, 2002
    Publication date: December 11, 2003
    Inventors: Alan M. Girard, Robert W. Dunne, Ronald C. Midili
  • Publication number: 20030222403
    Abstract: An archery target assembly includes first and second end caps having a plurality of corners. The archery target further comprises a plurality of layers of foam, each layer having a corresponding plurality of corners. The layers are stacked in general alignment with one another between the first and second end caps with the plurality of corners of the layers of foam being in alignment such that a plurality of target faces are formed by edges of the layers of foam. A plurality of assembly cables connect the first and second end caps, each cable being disposed generally along a line formed at an apex of the aligned corners of the layers of foam.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 2, 2003
    Publication date: December 4, 2003
    Applicant: McKenzie Sports Products
    Inventor: Michael E. Ingold
  • Publication number: 20030214098
    Abstract: A dartboard consists of an electronic plate (40), a base board (42) mounted on the electronic plate (40), a frame (10) having multiple compartments (12), multiple dart blocks (20) loosely mounted inside the respective compartments (12) and a window frame (70) mounted on the frame (10). Improvements of the dartboard include multiple cutouts (14) being defined in the frame (10) division walls (11) around the compartments (12) allow the frame (10) to accommodate slight variations in the size of dart blocks (20); each dart block (20) having a dart box (21) with smooth outer surfaces to make the dart block (20) easily move inside the compartment (12); and a contact pin (241) formed under the dart block (20) to actuate the electronic plate (40). All improvements in configuration make the dartboard precisely calculate scores.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 17, 2002
    Publication date: November 20, 2003
    Inventor: Wen-Fang Chang
  • Publication number: 20030193144
    Abstract: A dart board includes a backing plate with a frame connected thereto and a plurality of ribs on the frame so as to define a plurality of partitions in which a plurality of blocks are movably received respectively. Each block has flexible convex portions which contact an inside of the ribs defining the partition when the block is hit by darts. A plurality of spring members are connected between the backing plate and the blocks so as to bounce the blocks back after the impact disappears.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 12, 2002
    Publication date: October 16, 2003
    Inventor: Chin-Hao Yiu
  • Patent number: 6575469
    Abstract: A three-dimensional target includes a target shell shaped into the form of an animal and a three-dimensional removable target insert bearing indicia of the animal's vital organs. The target insert slidably inserts into a vital organ cavity formed in the shell. The target allows the shooter to more accurately assess the internal penetration and effectiveness of his or her shots.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2003
    Inventor: Timothy W. Love
  • Patent number: 6543779
    Abstract: A dart board includes a backing board from which a plurality of tightly overlapped sheets of artificial material extend and each of the sheets has a lot of slits defined therethrough. The slits extend in a direction which is perpendicular to the backing board. When a tip of a dart is inserted into the dart board, the slits expand and provide the sheets flexibility so that after the dart is removed, the sheets bounce back without leaving a hole in the dart board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2003
    Inventor: Chih-Hao Yiu
  • Publication number: 20030038427
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a dartboard rotating apparatus that makes a rear dartboard and a front dartboard rotated smoothly while making them not separated due to vibration occurring at the rotation of the front dartboard. The front dartboard 30 includes: a peripheral projection 31 being protruded at the periphery of the back of the front dartboard 30; a central axis 33 being protruded at the center of the front dartboard 30 to conform to the center of the circumferential recess 24 and guiding rotation; an inner stepped portion 37 being stepped at the inner diameter of the central axis 33 to a predetermined depth; and an engaging recess 35 being formed at the center of the central axis 33 for engaging the screw spike 50.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 24, 2002
    Publication date: February 27, 2003
    Inventor: Yong Cheol Kim
  • Publication number: 20020195777
    Abstract: A dart board includes at least one flexible slot which includes at least two apertures for receiving the dart tips. A through hole is defined between the two apertures so as to expand the flexible slot and the dart tips having different sizes can be clamped by the flexible aperture. A guide plate is fixed to the retaining frame so as to guide the dart tips successfully stick on the dart board and activate the electronic film switches of the dart board. The size of the retaining frame can be reduced because of the fixed guide plate. The guide plate and the retaining frame are engaged by engaging members and engaging holes so that the guide plate can be easily replaced. The guide plate can be fixed to the retaining frame.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 18, 2002
    Publication date: December 26, 2002
    Inventor: Yu-Fu Cho
  • Publication number: 20020175470
    Abstract: The dart board net invention comprises an attachable netting type material extending horizontally and perpendicular to the front surface of the dart board, affixed to and circumscribing the bottom half portion of the dart board exterior surface to catch any dart that might not stick or adhere to the dart board surface when thrown.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 24, 2001
    Publication date: November 28, 2002
    Inventors: Wilbur W. Silva, Guy A. Westbrock, Robert Garza
  • Publication number: 20020158414
    Abstract: A dart board display device includes a reflection board having with an inner polarization board connected thereto, an inner glass board connected to the inner polarization board and an inner circuit board connected to the inner glass board. A liquid crystal display board is connected to the inner circuit board and an outer circuit board is connected to the liquid crystal display board. An outer glass board is connected to the outer circuit board and an outer polarization board is connected to the outer glass board. The inner polarization board and the outer polarization board are both rotated 90 degrees so as to obtain light points on the liquid crystal display board.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 29, 2001
    Publication date: October 31, 2002
    Inventor: Chih-Hao Yiu
  • Publication number: 20020115508
    Abstract: A multi-filamentous net or mesh comprising an image visible on only one side is provided. The image is visible only from the primary viewing position without the paint or ink composition absorbing through the fibers to be visible from the back of the net or mesh. This permits the use of multi-filamentous nets or mesh for images or logos without disrupting the spectators' view and/or the use of both sides of the net or mesh for unidirectional images or logos.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 14, 1999
    Publication date: August 22, 2002
    Inventor: RICHARD BOURDAGES
  • Publication number: 20020113372
    Abstract: A three-dimensional target includes a target shell shaped into the form of an animal and a three-dimensional removable target insert bearing indicia of the animal's vital organs. The target insert slidably inserts into a vital organ cavity formed in the shell. The target allows the shooter to more accurately assess the internal penetration and effectiveness of his or her shots.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 12, 2001
    Publication date: August 22, 2002
    Inventor: Timothy W. Love
  • Publication number: 20020111234
    Abstract: A sports target for practicing baseball throwing, hockey shots or the like comprises a hoop; a net loosely suspended from the hoop and spanning its interior, and a pair of elastic straps for suspending the hoop from a crossbar or the like. The straps splay outwardly to provide an anti-rotation bias to the structure. An inner hoop and net may be suspended within an outer hoop and net for more advanced target practice.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 14, 2002
    Publication date: August 15, 2002
    Inventor: Kevin MacNichol
  • Patent number: 6402154
    Abstract: A dartboard adapted for playing the game of american football includes a quadrilateral simulated football field section; a quadrilateral downs section; a quadrilateral punts section; and a quadrilateral kicks section; whereby opposing players or teams accumulate scores by projecting darts in sequence in order to achieve a total winning score within a previously agreed time period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2002
    Inventors: Michael Hess, Daniel C. Warner
  • Publication number: 20020063390
    Abstract: A dart board includes a guide disk having apertures for guiding dart tips to penetrate into the board. The casings for receiving blocks of the dart board have tapered sides for being retained by tapered inside of the frame. Hooks extend from the guide disk so that the hooks may easily be engage with the frame and the blocks are easily to be replaced or changed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 23, 2001
    Publication date: May 30, 2002
    Inventor: Yu-Fu Cho
  • Patent number: 6375193
    Abstract: A dartboard includes a heat-conductive frame and a heat-fusible block which is composed of a plurality of strips. The frame includes a board with a peripheral wall extending from the board. The heat-conductive frame is heated and cuts into the heat-fusible block to let a piece of the heat-fusible block enclosed by the frame. The piece of the heat-fusible block enclosed by the frame is separated into partitions by a plurality of separating ribs extending from the board and the peripheral wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2002
    Inventor: Chih-Hao Yiu
  • Patent number: 6371486
    Abstract: A dart board assembly includes a fixed member connected to a dart board and pivotally connected to a door. A spring member is connected to the fixed member and is engaged with a first plain surface on a first side of the hinge member when the door is at open position to secure the open status. The spring member is engaged with a second plain surface on a second side of the two hinge members when the door is at close position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2002
    Inventor: Chih-Hao Yiu
  • Patent number: 6279912
    Abstract: The present invention provides an apparatus for playing and method of controlling a computerized dart game of simulated tug-of-war. The method generates on a display a goal graphic, at least one player graphic, and at least one challenger graphic. The goal graphic typically includes a first side on which the player graphic is initially displayed and a second side on which the challenger graphic is initially displayed. The method monitors the segments in at least one electronic dart board for hits by darts and determines at least one offset value associated with a segment hit by a dart. The offset value may represent the sum of one or more hits by a player, the sum of one or more hits by a challenger, of the difference between one or more by a player and hits by a challenger. In a single player game, the method itself may generate a random challenger value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2001
    Assignee: Arachnid, Inc.
    Inventors: John R. Martin, Timothy J. Ward
  • Publication number: 20010006277
    Abstract: A dart board includes a backing board from which a plurality of tightly overlapped sheets of artificial material extend and each of the sheets has a lot of slits defined therethrough. The slits extend in a direction which is perpendicular to the backing board. When a tip of a dart is inserted into the dart board, the slits expand and provide the sheets flexibility so that after the dart is removed, the sheets bounce back without leaving a hole in the dart board.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 26, 2001
    Publication date: July 5, 2001
    Inventor: Chih-Hao Yiu
  • Patent number: 6254100
    Abstract: An archery target includes a target body section having a target section aperture formed therein and a replaceable target section adapted to fit in the target section aperture. The replaceable target section is held in place in the target section aperture by one or more support rods extending through support rod apertures formed in the body section and the replaceable target section. The support rods may also extend into other target body sections, to hold the target body sections together to form a structurally stable archery target. A replaceable target insert may be positioned in a target insert aperture formed in the replaceable target section. The replaceable target insert may be held in place in the replaceable target section by a support rod extending therethrough.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2001
    Assignee: Rinehart Family Company
    Inventor: John R. Rinehart
  • Patent number: 6247700
    Abstract: A target having a support sheet (1) wherein are superimposed a layer (2) of conductive paint connected to a conductive wire (3), a layer (4) of dielectric material, a layer (5) of conductive paint connected to a conductive wire (6), a layer (7) of phosphor-based electroluminescent material and a layer (8) of transparent conductive material, being the conductive wires (3 and 6) attached to a connector (9) for connection of the shooting target to an alternating or direct-current transformer (10), a photovoltaic cell or a supply battery. This target which is of the type of those used with firearms, has the peculiarity of becoming illuminated, thus enhancing its night vision.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 1999
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2001
    Assignee: Oriel Tecnologicas, S.A.
    Inventor: Gabriel Procupetz
  • Patent number: 6155570
    Abstract: A system is disclosed for detecting and locating missiles such as darts in a target having a plurality of discrete target areas in which each of the areas has a conductive surface which acts as an electromagnetic signal receiving antenna, and in which a plate is positioned on the back of the target which functions as an electromagnetic signal transmitting antenna. Each of the target areas are monitored for electromagnetic signals and the signals pass through a pin conductor to the monitoring equipment. When a dart is embedded in one of the areas, it also acts as an antenna and, thereby, increases the signal strength of that area to permit detection of the presence and location of the dart. The pin conductors and plate antenna at the back of the dart board substantially improve the discrimination and reliability of the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 1997
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2000
    Assignee: Paramount Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Rudolph L. Allison, Charles E. Montague
  • Patent number: 6135457
    Abstract: A dart board includes a score portion and a zero zone, the zero zone having a plurality of apertures defined by longitudinal ridges and latitudinal ridges, each of the longitudinal ridges and latitudinal ridges has two inclined surfaces defined in two sides thereof so that when the dart hits the ridges, the tip of the dart will be guided into the apertures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2000
    Inventor: Chih-Hao Yiu
  • Patent number: 6073931
    Abstract: The present invention provides a folding backboard for receiving a dart board thereon. The folding backboard protects a wall, or some other fixed surface, by being able to receive and secure poorly thrown darts without damage to the dart tips. The folding backboard comprises a first section which is foldably attached to a second section. The backboard unfolds into an open position in which the dart board is readily mounted to each section of the folding backboard, and folds into a closed position to minimize the width or height of the backboard for storing or transporting the backboard when the dart board is removed. The present invention also includes a dart center which incorporates the aforementioned folding backboard and further includes a dart board and throw-line marker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 1998
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2000
    Assignee: Great Lakes Dart Mfg., Inc.
    Inventor: Justin L. Voden
  • Patent number: 6068261
    Abstract: An archery target having a solid clay core surrounded by a high density foam wherein the core is capable of stopping an inestimable number of broadhead-tipped arrows in a manner nondestructive to either the arrows (or any components thereof) or the target itself. The clay core is essentially indestructible and can be restored to a like new condition through a simple procedure compressing the arrow holes remaining in the clay, the clay being formulated to allow easy withdrawal of broadhead arrows without damage to the arrow and with a minimum of residual material left on the arrow. Multiple clay cores may also be used to represent vital areas of an animal and/or as multiple bull's-eye for a target.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2000
    Inventor: Robert Nettle
  • Patent number: 6045132
    Abstract: A foldable backboard for protecting an area surrounding a dartboard is provided. The backboard includes a pair of generally identically shaped base pieces. Each base piece has a front face, a rear face, is formed of a generally rigid, lightweight material. The base pieces are positioned adjacent to each other. At least one outer layer of flexible material covers the front faces of both of the base pieces and joins the base pieces together along a fold line of the flexible material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2000
    Assignee: DMI Sports, Inc.
    Inventor: Paul Giegerich
  • Patent number: 6027120
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a projectile trap for capturing projectiles emitted along a line substantially parallel to an underlying ground/floor surface. The trap includes a support structure including an inclined support surface that is inclined relative to the line of the projectiles. The inclined support surface includes a front edge positioned generally at the ground/floor surface, and a rear edge oriented at a higher elevation than the front edge. The trap also includes a particulate flowable granular material supported by the support structure. At least a portion of the granulate material is disposed above the inclined support surface such that the inclined support surface is substantially covered with granulate material. The granulate material is adapted for slowing down and capturing the projectiles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 1997
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2000
    Assignee: Caswell International Corporation
    Inventors: Allan Stefan Wojcinski, Leslie F. Nesler, Paul T. Faust
  • Patent number: 6019375
    Abstract: A layered target assembly is disclosed for improved shooting practice which provides for a first planar layer, a second planar layer, and a third planar layer. The first planar layer preferably consists of a paper material to provide a relatively rigid support for the second planar layer and the third planar layer. The second planar layer preferably consists of a reflective sheet of metallic foil. The third planar layer covers the second planar layer and is translucent such that light easily passes therethrough for reflection from the second planar layer. The third planar layer is highlighted by the reflected light so that a laser dot is visible on the layered target assembly of the present invention even during bright ambient light conditions. The first planar layer, second planar layer, and third planar layer each have respective planar surfaces that are approximately equal in size.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 1998
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2000
    Inventor: Joseph Arnold West, Jr.