Body Related Patents (Class 33/262)
  • Patent number: 10670688
    Abstract: An alignment tool and a method are disclosed for alignment of a reflector arrangement. The reflector arrangement comprises a flat reflective surface which is configured to reflect an electromagnetic wave signal between a first antenna site and a second antenna site. The alignment tool comprises a camera circuit for capturing images of a field-of-view, an input circuit configured to receive a user input comprising the field-of-view coordinates of the first antenna site, a processing circuit configured to compute alignment information from the user input, and a display circuit configured to display the field-of-view and the alignment information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson (publ)
    Inventor: Bengt-Erik Olsson
  • Patent number: 10610728
    Abstract: Devices and methods for targeting and isolating specific regions of the gluteus muscle groups use a resistive band extending over an exerciser's pelvis region while performing gluteus bridge exercises. By adjusting the position of his or her body on the exercise board, an exerciser may precisely target and tone specific regions of the gluteus muscle group. Additional anchor points and cables may be used to perform many additional exercises with the exercise system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: BOOTYMAKER, LLC
    Inventors: Darren A. Fano, Christopher Bohn
  • Patent number: 10371481
    Abstract: A tactile reference attachment for providing a user with tactile biofeedback. The attachment includes a tactile reference feature that extends longitudinally along an exterior body surface and is formed with dimensions specifically tailored to harness the user's natural attributes of sensibility, proprioception, and neuromuscular memory to improve a user's performance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Inventor: Lanny L. Johnson
  • Patent number: 10097887
    Abstract: A method and system for data communication is provided and may include, at a communications terminal, displaying picture objects and/or video objects received from a media center via a communications network. The communications terminal may transmit direction of view information (DoV) of at least one eye of a user of the terminal with respect to the displayed objects from an eye tracker at the communications terminal. The DoV may be determined by detecting a position of a pupil based on light reflected off of the pupil. Subsequent picture objects and/or video objects may be displayed by the communications terminal based on user interests determined from the transmitted DoV information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: Swisscom AG
    Inventors: Rudolf Ritter, Eric Lauper
  • Patent number: 10077967
    Abstract: A tactile reference attachment for releasable attachment to a sports equipment handle to provides a user with tactile biofeedback. includes a tactile reference feature that extends longitudinally along an exterior body surface and is formed with dimensions specifically tailored to harness the user's natural attributes of sensibility, proprioception, and neuromuscular memory to improve a user's accuracy. The tactile reference attachment includes a flexible primary substrate having a plurality of attachment perimeter edges, an exterior surface, an interior surface having an adhesive, a thickness of no more than 4 mm, and at least a first tactile reference indentation having a plurality of perimeter edges, an indentation width of at least 2.0 millimeters and no greater than 5.0 millimeters, an indentation depth of at least 0.5 millimeters and no greater than the indentation width, and an indentation length that is at least five times the indentation width.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Inventor: Lanny L. Johnson
  • Patent number: 9982963
    Abstract: A firearm that provides a user with tactile biofeedback. The firearm includes a tactile reference feature that extends longitudinally along an exterior body surface and is formed with dimensions specifically tailored to harness the user's natural attributes of sensibility, proprioception, and neuromuscular memory to improve a user's accuracy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Inventor: Lanny L. Johnson
  • Patent number: 9952018
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for event representation in duel shooting. Known devices have the disadvantage that, in order to practice duel shooting, it is always necessary to modify a shooting range. The aim of the invention is to create a device for duel shooting which does not require complicated modification of a shooting range. This aim is achieved according to the invention in that a visualizing unit is provided for representing events, which is positionable within the range of perception of the marksman's eye.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Inventor: Reiner Bayer
  • Patent number: 9849365
    Abstract: A foot mountable golfing aid is operable to provide a reference path for a swing of a golfer, indicate a swing path, indicate a proper width of stance of a golfer, and/or aid in alignment of a golfer's body in relation to a target when the foot mountable golfing aid is mounted on the foot of a golfer. The foot mountable golfing aid includes a foot attachment component that is configured to be attached to a foot of a golfer, and a vertically adjustable reference component. The vertically adjustable reference component is supported by the foot attachment component. The vertically adjustable reference component is operable to provide a reference path for a swing of a golfer, indicate a swing path, indicate a proper width of stance of a golfer, and/or aid in alignment of a body of a golfer in relation to a target when the foot mountable golfing aid is attached to the foot of a golfer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: FIGHTING GOLF, LLC
    Inventor: Tiffany Faucette
  • Patent number: 9727130
    Abstract: A video acquirer acquires video obtained by imaging, by an imaging element that moves in association with motion of a head of a user, an area including reflected light of each of light beams irradiated to either one eyeball of the user from two light sources of a first light source that moves in association with the motion of the head of the user and a second light source whose relative position is invariable with respect to a video presenter as an observation target for the user. A head movement estimator estimates the motion of the head of the user based on a relative position of the reflected light of the second light source with respect to the reflected light of the first light source in the video acquired by the video acquirer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventor: Yoshikazu Onuki
  • Patent number: 9681804
    Abstract: A hybrid optical system for a head wearable display includes a central vision lens and a peripheral vision lens. The central vision lens approximately aligns with a cornea of a user to provide lensing to a central vision of the user when the user is looking straight forward. The peripheral vision lens, different than the central vision lens, provides lensing to an extended field of view that extends angularly beyond the central vision lensed by the central vision lens when the user is looking straight forward. The peripheral vision lens is disposed around the central vision lens. The peripheral vision lens has a co-incident optical center with the central vision lens but the central vision lens is offset from a physical center of the peripheral vision lens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: X Development LLC
    Inventor: Mark B. Spitzer
  • Patent number: 9529192
    Abstract: Aspects of the present invention relate to methods and systems for imaging, recognizing, and tracking of a user's eye that is wearing a HWC. Aspects further relate to the processing of images reflected from the user's eye and controlling displayed content in accordance therewith.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: Osterhout Group, Inc.
    Inventor: John N. Border
  • Patent number: 9468832
    Abstract: A foot mountable golfing aid is operable to provide a reference path for a swing of a golfer, indicate a swing path, indicate a proper width of stance of a golfer, and/or aid in alignment of a golfer's body in relation to a target when the foot mountable golfing aid is mounted on the foot of a golfer. The foot mountable golfing aid includes a foot attachment component that is configured to be attached to a foot of a golfer, and a vertically adjustable reference component. The vertically adjustable reference component is supported by the foot attachment component. The vertically adjustable reference component is operable to provide a reference path for a swing of a golfer, indicate a swing path, indicate a proper width of stance of a golfer, and/or aid in alignment of a body of a golfer in relation to a target when the foot mountable golfing aid is attached to the foot of a golfer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: FIGHTING GOLF, LLC
    Inventor: Tiffany Faucette
  • Patent number: 9180272
    Abstract: Disclosed is an instrument for treating a patient with semicircular canal injury, which is an instrument in the form of an exact enlarged model of human three semicircular canals having a structure wherein a liquid and a plurality of otolithic models, having a specific gravity larger than the specific gravity of said liquid, are enclosed within a hollow annular member made of a transparent resin and equipped with a screen at the position corresponding to the cupula in each of the three semicircular canals. Therein, said screen has such a mesh size as allowing the passage of said liquid but not allowing the passage of the otolithic models. Thus, an instrument for treating a patient with semicircular canal injury, whereby physical and mental pains can be alleviated in treating a patient with semicircular canal injury such as benign paroxysmal positional vertigo, is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Assignee: ONO & CO., LTD
    Inventor: Hidenori Ono
  • Patent number: 8579731
    Abstract: In an example embodiment, a method is provided using a computing device that has a sensor for custom golf club fitting. Here, a hand dimension is detected using the sensor of the computing device. The hand dimension correlates to a grip size of a golf club. A query is composed with a parameter based on the detected hand dimension. The query is then communicated to an online platform that facilitates sales of golf clubs. In response to the query, an inventory of a number of the golf clubs having the grip size is received from the online platform. The inventory is then provided for display on the computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventors: Vivek Gadiyar, Jogender Singh, Oleg Zenzin
  • Publication number: 20090320302
    Abstract: In such sports, as golf, foot alignment in a stance is an important. To obtain proper foot alignment is hard. There are many aids one could use to help a person to obtain a proper alignment. But, this invention/patent idea of a “ray line beam device” that is attached to the shoe gives a person an opportunity to line their feet properly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 25, 2008
    Publication date: December 31, 2009
    Inventor: William Boyd
  • Publication number: 20090046146
    Abstract: Systems and methods for communication during surgical or other procedures. A system can include a mounting piece adapted to be received on a user's head, and a beam projecting device coupled to the headpiece and configured for selectively directing attention to a particular object or location. A system that can transmit beam locations to a remote screen indicating anatomic locations, and can be used to control medical devices based on where the beam projecting device is directed on a video display.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 13, 2008
    Publication date: February 19, 2009
    Inventor: Jonathan Hoyt
  • Patent number: 6558266
    Abstract: Golf training glasses to assist a golfer's swing comprising a frame, a pair of lenses associated with the frame and a sight guide associated with each lens. The sight guide includes an upper guide bar and a lower guide bar, wherein the upper and lower guide bars extend from the right side of the lens to the left side of the lens. The upper guide bar is separated at least partially from the lower guide bar to form a shot pathway between the upper and lower guide bars. Moreover, the upper and lower guide bars at least partially converge toward one of the right and left sides of the lens to form a converging shot pathway to focus a shot line of the golfer. Additionally, the sight guide further includes a ball placement locator for positioning of the ball relative to the shot pathway, and foot placement guides to help align a golfer's stance with the ball, the shot pathway and the club path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2003
    Inventor: Anthony Basil McMahon
  • Patent number: 6061916
    Abstract: A head tracking system 10 comprises a radiation emitter 18 and a radiation sensor 16 connected to a tracking processor 12. The emitter 18 has an output 46 producing radiation with spectral peak in the range 1000 nm to 1100 nm from a conventional LED 40 with a spectral peak in the range 500 nm to 900 nm in combination with a photoluminescent material 42.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2000
    Assignee: Barr & Stroud Limited
    Inventors: Andrew John Stevens, Robert Stevens, Wayne Mark Cranton
  • Patent number: 5904142
    Abstract: A device capable of providing non-invasive, accurate estimates of central venous pressure. This diagnostic device is particularly useful with patients suffering from cardiac disease.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 1995
    Date of Patent: May 18, 1999
    Assignee: The Research Foundation of State University of New York
    Inventors: Dennis C. Policastro, Robert E. Mates, Kenneth Peebles
  • Patent number: 5507740
    Abstract: A thin, pliable mat to enhance visualization of corneal topography during rastostereography or videokeratoscopy. The mat is approximately 20 microns or less in thickness and constructed from hydrophobic material. In one preferred embodiment, the mat has a pattern etched thereon. In an alternative embodiment, a pattern is projected onto the mat. For rastostereography the pattern is a grid. For videokeratoscopy the pattern is concentric circles. The mat conforms to the surface of the cornea and the pattern is analyzed using conventional technology to determine corneal topography.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 1994
    Date of Patent: April 16, 1996
    Inventor: Francis E. O'Donnell, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5479712
    Abstract: An archery rangefinder for use from an elevated position comprises a power supply for an electronic digital panel meter and a power supply for two voltage divider circuits that comprise the rangefinding circuit. One voltage divider provides a voltage signal proportional to the elevation distance. This signal acts to supply the second voltage divider to attenuate the voltage further by a factor proportional to the tangent of the inclination angle. A weighted pendulum arm is attached to a potentiometric element in the second voltage divider to effect feedback relevant to the angle of inclination. All circuits and components are housed within an outer protective enclosure. Voltage across a fixed resistor in the second voltage divider is read and displayed by said digital panel meter as the range which is then used by the archer to increase accuracy of shots.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 1994
    Date of Patent: January 2, 1996
    Inventors: Jeffrey B. Hargrove, William G. Wickham, John E. Briggs
  • Patent number: 5379140
    Abstract: Material made up of a thin layer between two surfaces, a first and a second, to be used as the third layer of a transparent goggles face, the first layer being a screen and the second layer being a thickness layer, remarkable in that the material consists of a formable transparent polymer matrix having a refractive index and containing micro-cavities in the form of lenses, the micro-cavities being made from a transparent material different from that of the matrix, the refractive index of the material of the micro-cavities changing under the influence of an electric field applied across it, for a first field value the refractive index being equal to that of the matrix, and for a second field value being greater than that of the matrix, a pair of electrodes being associated with each micro-cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 1994
    Date of Patent: January 3, 1995
    Assignee: Thomson-CSF
    Inventors: Claude Michel, Jean-Pierre Le Pesant
  • Patent number: 5353134
    Abstract: Material made up of a thin layer between two surfaces, a first and a second, to be used as the third layer of a transparent goggles face, the first layer being a screen and the second layer being a thickness layer, remarkable in that the material consists of a formable transparent polymer matrix having a refractive index and containing micro-cavities in the form of lenses, the micro-cavities being made from a transparent material different from that of the matrix, the refractive index of the material of the micro-cavities changing under the influence of an electric field applied across it, for a first field value the refractive index being equal to that of the matrix, and for a second field value being greater than that of the matrix, a pair of electrodes being associated with each micro-cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 1992
    Date of Patent: October 4, 1994
    Assignee: Thomson-CSF
    Inventors: Claude Michel, Jean-Pierre Le Pesant
  • Patent number: 5212720
    Abstract: Subsurface regions of an X-ray transparent but optically opaque object are targeted along a visible line of sight obtained by the use of two radiation sources (an X-ray and light beam source, preferably a laser). The central ray from the X-ray source and the light beam are aligned using a calibration fixture, one to the other and both with respect to structures internal to the object being imaged to provide the visible line of sight. The system (method and apparatus) may be used in surgical applications for selective illumination and sighting to reach specific subsurface members of a patients anatomy by guiding an incision.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 1992
    Date of Patent: May 18, 1993
    Assignee: Research Foundation-State University of N.Y.
    Inventors: Michael K. Landi, Robert M. Lifeso
  • 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
  • Patent number: 5176342
    Abstract: A goggles emergency release apparatus is disclosed wherein an actuator, ptioned adjacent the goggles latching mechanism, drives a wedge into the mechanism to push a release pin into the open position and push the goggles away from the helmet. The actuator receives its initiation power when the ejection seat movement closes a microswitch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 1991
    Date of Patent: January 5, 1993
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventors: Daniel J. Schmidt, Thomas J. Dillon, Ricky L. Greth
  • Patent number: 5052114
    Abstract: A golfing instrument that allows two dissimilar objects, one object presented to the right eye, and the second object presented to the left eye to be seen simultaneously by the golfer, which allows the golfer to align the intended target that the golf ball will travel to be aligned perpendicular to a line crossing the golfer's shoe tips.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 1990
    Date of Patent: October 1, 1991
    Inventors: Howard A. Levenson, James H. Smith, Jr.
  • Patent number: 4912853
    Abstract: A reticle plate provided with a reticle and three concentric circles of ving diameter and methods of use thereof, the invention allows a user to establish a north-oriented or south-oriented line by alignment of selected circumpolar stars with the circles. The circles are located on the reticle plate in positions determined by angles which exist between the celestial north (or south) pole and the particular low-magnitude circumpolar stars chosen as sighting points, the radii of the circles being directly proportional to the objective lens focal length of the theodolite or optical instrument within which the plate is used. A first method of the invention allows unambiguous location of the north or south pole by alignment of each of three selected stars with one each of the three circles. A second method provides data to a user sufficient to locate the pole by alignment of innermost and outermost circles respectively with one each of two of the selected stars.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 1981
    Date of Patent: April 3, 1990
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventors: Michael M. McDonnell, Donald P. Dere
  • Patent number: 4762325
    Abstract: A golf instructional aid mounted upon the golfer's head to teach and encourage head immobility during swinging of the golf club and to aid in alignment of the club swing and movement with respect to the desired direction of ball travel. A cap mounted support includes a ball and socket mount and a pair of parallel spaced reference elements which each include a reference mark permitting a golf ball to be visually "bracketed" between the reference elements wherein head movement is readily detected and the position of the head with respect to the ball is visibly discernible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 1987
    Date of Patent: August 9, 1988
    Inventor: Ray A. McCleery
  • Patent number: 4711411
    Abstract: An apparatus for ejecting an aircrewmans helmet-mounted electro-optical equipment from an aircraft cockpit comprising an arm having a first end pivotally mounted at a position behind an aircrewmans ejection seat, a second end of the arm having on it a line reel-in apparatus and a flexible line depending therefrom, the flexible line attachable to helmet mounted electro-optical equipment, a guide and damper connecting the arm to the ejection seat, upon operation of the ejection seat the electro-optical equipment being detached from the helmet, the ejection seat rising in the cockpit and causing rotation of the arm about the pivot point, the line reel-in apparatus locking to prevent the line extending and the electro-optical equipemnt being ejected from the cockpit into the airstream by rotation of the arm prior to the ejection seat leaving the cockpit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 1986
    Date of Patent: December 8, 1987
    Assignee: The Secretary of State for Defence in Her Majesty's Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
    Inventor: Warren K. Copp
  • Patent number: 4696111
    Abstract: A viewing device to assist a golfer or the like in assessing transverse inclination of terrain along his sight line, including a base assembly adapted for attachment to a cap, hat or headpiece worn by the golfer or the like, a vertical plumb element pivoted to the base assembly about an axis parallel to the wearer's sight line of the terrain and a horizontal sighting element fixed perpendicularly along its length permitting the wearer to view seleccted terrain relative to the horizontal sighting element and rapidly assess its transverse inclination. With the base assembly secured to the bill of a cap or the like, a viewing frame surrounds the vertical plumb element and horizontal sighting element while including means for retaining both the viewing frame and vertical plumb element and horizontal sighting element out of the wearer's sight line when desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 1986
    Date of Patent: September 29, 1987
    Inventor: Richard O. Gardner
  • Patent number: 4651951
    Abstract: Apparatus for detaching helmet-mounted equipment (6) from the helmet (4) of a vehicle-mounted user (1) includes a quick-release fastening (8) securing the equipment to the helmet. A removal cord (11) passes from the equipment by way of a guide (10) and is attached to the vehicle (12). The action of the apparatus is to remove the equipment from the helmet to a position of safety when the user has to leave the vehicle in an emergency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 1985
    Date of Patent: March 24, 1987
    Assignee: Ferranti Plc
    Inventor: Robert J. McFarlane
  • Patent number: 4566808
    Abstract: A radiation detector includes a flat housing 14 having a radiation sensor 16 at one end thereof and a bar graph display 18 at the other end thereof. The bar graph display provides an indication of radiation sensed from a limited surface area as the sensor is scanned across an extended surface area. The width of the housing 14 is such that, when the housing is held at about arm's length in the line of sight, the width defines a field of view which approximates the field of view of the radiation sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 1983
    Date of Patent: January 28, 1986
    Assignee: Exergen Corporation
    Inventors: Francesco Pompei, Shiraz Daya
  • Patent number: 4550984
    Abstract: An image forming a sighting reticle can be displayed at infinity in the landscape under observation without any need for a collimating optical system. To this end, a birefringent crystal plate having parallel faces is placed between two crystal plates employed as polarizing filters and consisting respectively of a polarizer and an analyzer in order to produce the reticle in the form of interference fringes centered on the line of sight. The very lightweight sighting device can be integrated in one eye-glass of a spectacle frame or in a helmet visor. Complementary diodes can be incorporated in the device for providing information relating to directional prepositioning and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 1983
    Date of Patent: November 5, 1985
    Assignee: Thomson CSF
    Inventor: Jean C. Reymond
  • Patent number: 4498238
    Abstract: A transparent perspective hand-held tracing board is shown for use with a sheet of transparent drawing material. This board is formed of a rigid plastic or glass panel. A measured pattern is imprinted on the panel to assist in judging distance and relative angles. A supporting handle is mounted from one side edge of the panel for use by one hand in holding the panel in space so that an object being drawn at a distance may be sighted both through the drawing material and the board, and the angle and distance of the board may be adjusted to fit on the said measured patterns so the object may be traced on the drawing material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 1982
    Date of Patent: February 12, 1985
    Assignee: Richard L. Caslin
    Inventor: James N. Vaughn
  • Patent number: 4486955
    Abstract: An angular position sensor, suitably for use in a helmet sight system, comprising a link member (3) connected by first and second (5 and 49) coupling means respectively to first and second fixing means (7 and 57, 59, 63) whereby the sensor may be attached between two bodies (1 and 61) whose relative angular position is to be sensed. The first and second coupling means respectively define axes of permitted angular movement of the first and second fixing means with respect to the link member and are associated with angle sensing means (21, 23 and 51, 53) providing electrical outputs representative of the angular positions of the fixing means about these axes. The sensor further includes a third coupling means (29, 31, 33 or 57, 59) whereby the fixing means may be moved translationally with respect to one another without altering any of the outputs of the angle sensing means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 1983
    Date of Patent: December 11, 1984
    Assignee: Marconi Avionics Limited
    Inventors: Jeremy F. Fisher, Anthony C. Mundy, Michael J. Perry
  • Patent number: 4415159
    Abstract: A golf stance viewer having a lens for looking at the positioning of one's feet and golf ball, said lens having stance indicating lines associated therewith for indicating foot and golf ball placement; a leveling device being provided to place said viewer in a desired plane and a reflecting device, such as a mirror, to aim the viewer in a specific direction. A support being provided to place the viewing device at the same desired position in relation to the golfer time after time. To determine a proper stance, a golf club swing marking device indicates the arcuate path of a golf club which has been swung, and a golf ball impact recording device indicates the point of impact where a club face hits a golf ball.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 1981
    Date of Patent: November 15, 1983
    Inventors: Paul Matheny, Frances V. Matheny
  • Patent number: 4158259
    Abstract: A hollow body is provided defining a pair of openings therein opening outwardly of the interior of the body in directions disposed at generally right angles relative to each other. A substantially planar light reflective surface is mounted within the body for reflecting light rays entering the body through one opening outwardly from said body through the other opening and a finger engageable support member is provided for engaging and support from a finger portion with said finger portion extending along a predetermined path relative to the support member. Mounting structure is provided for mounting the support member on the exterior of the body for adjusted angular displacement of the support member relative to the body about an axis disposed at generally right angles relative to one of said directions and said path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 1978
    Date of Patent: June 19, 1979
    Inventors: Egon Hansen, Gregg E. Hansen
  • Patent number: 4141152
    Abstract: A small, light magnetic compass, in which the magnetic moment of the compass card is large relative to its weight, is adjustably mounted upon a member firmly coupled to the human head so that accurate compass bearings may be obtained, or a vessel steered, through an optical system presenting a magnified image of the compass card to the eye of the wearer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 1977
    Date of Patent: February 27, 1979
    Inventor: W. Gordon White
  • Patent number: 4081912
    Abstract: A device for taking and plotting magnetic bearings which includes an elongated straight edge device having numerical graduated indicia along one edge thereof, and a housing receiving said straight edge. A magnetic compass is mounted on the straight edge, and the housing includes folding portions adapted to enclose and protect the magnetic compass. A pair of sight pins are removably attachable to the compass and straight edge to provide a line of sight extending through the pivot point of the magnetized needle of the compass.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 1977
    Date of Patent: April 4, 1978
    Inventor: David F. Laney
  • Patent number: 4063731
    Abstract: There is disclosed a multi-purpose golfer's tool. The tool provides a distance estimating facility which in turn provides automatic selection of a golf club suitable for the distance so determined. A divot tool and dry-club-grip support are provided in addition to a cleat wrench, cleat cleaner and club-groove cleaner. Further, the invention includes a tee-height gauge and cigarette holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 1976
    Date of Patent: December 20, 1977
    Assignees: Maurice Jay Cooper, Ethel Cooper
    Inventor: Barry E. Kitay
  • Patent number: 4062247
    Abstract: A mechanical linkage connected between a pilot's helmet and a reference point in an aircraft permitting freedom of movement of the pilot's head in three dimensions as he visually tracks a target. A set of metal tapes provides freedom of movement in the longitudinal direction while two sets of mechanical linkages provide freedom of movement in the azimuth and elevational directions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 1976
    Date of Patent: December 13, 1977
    Assignee: Sperry Rand Corporation
    Inventors: Ralph Auldon Brown, Kenneth Harold Meinelt
  • Patent number: 4059347
    Abstract: A see-through zone is provided of a shape and size so that the horizontal end portions of the zone will merge as an image defining a target frame into which the user can center a stationary or moving target by keeping his line of sight properly on the target.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 1976
    Date of Patent: November 22, 1977
    Inventor: Richard P. Eitel
  • Patent number: 4034401
    Abstract: A head-up display system in a military aircraft provides projection of flight and weapon-aiming information into the pilot's line-of-sight through a partially-transparent reflector. The pilot operates a button firstly when he recognizes a target viewing through the display and then again when he fixes his eye on an aiming marker in the display. On each occasion of button operation a measure of his eye position is entered into the system to derive coordinates of the identified target related to the marker position in the display, for generation of the appropriate shifts to move the marker into register with the identified target. The measure of eye position is provided in each case by analysis of video-signal waveforms derived by a vidicon camera that is carried on the pilot's helmet and scans reflection in the helmet-visor of the pilot's eye as illuminated, also by reflection in the visor, from an infra-red source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 1976
    Date of Patent: July 5, 1977
    Assignee: Smiths Industries Limited
    Inventor: George Mann
  • Patent number: 4022475
    Abstract: Disclosed is a pair of eyeglasses with laterally slidable vision screens in each of the eyeglass openings. The vision screens have an opaque lower portion and a transparent upper portion, and have a clear see-through vertical slit which extends into the lower portion. By adjusting the vision screen so the golf ball, before it is struck, is viewed through the slits, and by keeping the ball in such view during the swing, the golfer controls his head position. A second form of my invention is shown which clips onto the user's regular eyeglasses, and a third form attaches adhesively to the lower portion of regular eyeglasses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 1974
    Date of Patent: May 10, 1977
    Inventor: Irma L. Todd
  • Patent number: 3977086
    Abstract: Apparatus for estimating the range of a golf course flagstick in terms of a number of paces which is common to all users. An opaque body adapted to be held in the hand is so shaped that its profile has two parallel ridges which face in the same direction, are separated by 47/64 inch, and lie on the same side of a perpendicular line along which they terminate. In use, the apparatus is held at arm's length so that the ridges are horizontal and the lower ridge is aligned with the lowermost visible extremity of the flagstick. In the special case when the upper ridge is found to be in line with the uppermost end of the flagstick the observer is 100 paces from the flagstick. In the general case the distance to the flagstick in relation to 100 of the user's paces then consists in the ratio of the observed distance between the ridges to the observed height of the flagstick.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 1975
    Date of Patent: August 31, 1976
    Inventor: Albert J. Williams, Jr.
  • Patent number: 3934353
    Abstract: This invention relates to surveying instruments of the type by means of which measurements relating to deviation from a true level line, distance, vertical angles, linear alignment of points at various elevations, horizontal angles and the like may be obtained. The instrument comprises a rigid transparent plate or plates containing a mirrored reflection surface. The plate is suspended from a point on the vertical axis through the center of gravity of said plate, and a hairline extends across said plate and mirrored reflection surface in a direction perpendicular to the vertical suspension axis. A set of calibrated marks and a vertical datum line coinciding with or parallel to the vertical suspension axis are imprinted on the plate above and below the hairline.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 1974
    Date of Patent: January 27, 1976
    Inventor: David C. Haines