Game Or Sport Patents (Class 377/5)
  • Patent number: 9972141
    Abstract: A device and methods of using the device to provide timing and detection of the finish line for a sporting event are described. The device makes use of a Doppler radar transducer to detect the user as they approach and pass the finish line. In some embodiment the device further includes sensors that detect false starts and measure physiological parameters of the user during the event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Inventors: Jose Julio Doval, Kirt Alan Winter
  • Patent number: 9743201
    Abstract: A protection management unit is described that detects one or more poor performing transducers in a loudspeaker array. Upon detection of one or more poor performing transducers, the protection management unit adjusts driving signals for neighboring transducers to compensate for the reduced capabilities of the poor performing transducers. By adjusting driving signals to neighboring transducers, the protection management unit ensures that a desired tone and spatial response for sound emitted by the loudspeaker array is maintained despite one or more poor performing transducers. Other embodiments are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Aram M. Lindahl, Douglas J. Button
  • Patent number: 9615562
    Abstract: Various implementations described herein are directed to a non-transitory computer readable medium having stored thereon computer-executable instructions which, when executed by a computer, may cause the computer to receive data recorded by a wearable device during a fishing trip. The computer may receive location data that corresponds to the fishing trip. The computer may use the data recorded by the wearable device to determine a time period for a fishing activity during the fishing trip. The computer may use the location data to determine locations corresponding to the time period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Inventor: Paul Robert Bailey
  • Patent number: 9248340
    Abstract: Athletic performance monitoring and tracking may provide multiple ways in which to track athletic movement and activity. In one example, an athletic monitoring device may include or be associated with multiple types of movement sensors and switch between the sensors or use both depending on various factors including type of workout. Workouts may also be tagged with various parameters including mood, weather, terrain, athletic equipment used and the like. In one or more examples, the parameters may be automatically determined based on location. User workouts and accomplishments may also be celebrated through messages from celebrities, family, friends and other users. In some cases, the messages may be triggered by various conditions. Coaching may also be provided to the user to help improve workouts and overall athletic performance. Running routes may also be automatically tracked, stored and shared.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Assignee: Nike, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael T. Hoffman, Kwamina Crankson, Jason Nims, Michael Levi Orenstein, Kristen Laina White
  • Patent number: 8847439
    Abstract: Multiple-contact switches are disclosed. An example multiple-contact switch disclosed herein includes a double throw switch having a common terminal, a first throw terminal, and a second throw terminal, the common terminal being coupled to a reference; a first throw circuit coupled to the first throw terminal, the first throw circuit to output an open signal to a process control device when the common terminal is substantially in contact with one of the first throw terminal or the second throw terminal; and a second throw circuit coupled to the second throw terminal, the second throw circuit to cause the first throw circuit to output a close signal to the process control device when the common terminal is substantially in contact with the other one of the first throw terminal or the second throw contact terminal, wherein at least one of the open signal or the close signal corresponds to the reference.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Fisher Controls International, LLC
    Inventors: Thomas Andrew Pesek, Brian Joseph Burlage, Carter Bill Cartwright, Clyde T. Eisenbeis
  • Patent number: 8348734
    Abstract: A game system moves a player character in a virtual game space in accordance with an operation by a player. Further, the player character's moving amount per predetermined unit time is detected at each predetermined time interval. A predetermined parameter (gage amount) value is calculated at each predetermined time interval based on the moving amount detected at each predetermined time interval. Also, the game system adds the predetermined parameter value calculated at each predetermined time interval for accumulation. In response to a predetermined operation performed by the player, the game system causes the player character to perform a predetermined motion (e.g., special shot) on a condition such that a value obtained as a result of the addition reaches a predetermined value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Nintendo Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Takahashi, Shugo Takahashi, Haruki Kodera, Yusuke Sugimoto, Toru Takamatsu, Toshiharu Izuno
  • Patent number: 8348276
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus are described for determining parameters of a contact between bodies occurring within an activity. A digital camera directed towards a target area during the activity captures image frames including infra red image data. Structure for comparing image data for multiple temporally spaced frames with image data of a reference datum records any localized infra red emission appearing in at least one incident frame. The image data for at least one of the incident frames is analyzed to determine at least one parameter of the contact, and the image data for the incident frame is recorded. Visual display means displays the incident frames including the image data in the IR spectrum to enable visual inspection of the activity in the target area at the time of the incident frame and that gave rise to the contact producing the infra red emission.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Brennan Broadcast Group Pty Ltd
    Inventor: Warren Brennan
  • Publication number: 20120314832
    Abstract: Embodiments are described for assisting an athlete in counting laps on a repetitive course, and providing feedback to the athlete during the event regarding the number of laps that have been completed. In one embodiment, a mechanical or digital counter may be coupled to a runner, cyclist, cyclist's bicycle, or swimmer such that an input interface may be easily reached, and such that a feedback interface may be viewed during the event. In other embodiments, an input interface may be automated with wireless technologies, and the athlete may be provided with counting and/or timing feedback through a feedback interface coupled to the athlete that may be viewed during the event.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 3, 2011
    Publication date: December 13, 2012
    Inventor: Alexander Arrow
  • Patent number: 8292709
    Abstract: There is described an apparatus for a sports game involving movement of a projectile, the apparatus comprising impact sensors for detecting impacts by a player of the sport game or the projectile, the impact sensors being coupled to a processor operable to derive characteristic data for a projectile movement from impacts detected by two or more of the player impact sensors. By monitoring impacts, rather than the movement of the projectile through the air, the apparatus may be both inexpensive and easy to install.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Inventor: Richard Bruce Welch
  • Patent number: 8147331
    Abstract: A video game player can control the movement of a moving object in a video game during a moving object dispatch operation by a character, thereby allowing the video game player to experience nervousness and a sense of realism when causing the character to dispatch the moving object. This video game program includes a first request receiving function, a operation display function, a second request receiving function, a moving object control function, and a moving object display function. In the video game implemented with this program, a dispatch request for dispatching the moving object is received from the controller in the second request receiving function when the dispatch operation of the character is displayed on the monitor. According to the timing at which the second request receiving function received the dispatch request, the movement of the moving object is controlled in the moving object control function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2012
    Assignee: Konami Digital Entertainment Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yuichi Yokoyama
  • Patent number: 8052521
    Abstract: Techniques are provide for linking actions in an online fantasy sports game to a currency balance associated with a user of the game. The techniques adjust the balance by a first quantity in response to a sports player action, where the first quantity is based upon the player action, and adjust the balance by a second quantity in response to transfer of a sports player to or from a fantasy sports team associated with the user, where the second quantity is based upon a value of the sports player; and, prevent transfer of the sports player to the fantasy sports team in response to the second quantity being greater than the balance. The currency balance may be increased by the first quantity in response to the sports player action. The sports player action may include scoring a number of game points, and the first quantity may be based upon the number of game points.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2011
    Assignee: Yahoo! Inc.
    Inventors: Brian A. Webb, Miles A. Libbey, IV
  • Patent number: 7985134
    Abstract: An integrated environment for sports watching, sports wagering, and fantasy league play is provided. Odds, spread, or money line information may be displayed for any available sporting contest. Wagers may be accepted and payout information may be automatically calculated. The desired wager amount may be deducted from a wagering account bank balance associated with the user. Data relating to the sporting contest may be received from a supplemental data feed or data source in real-time, and the user's wagering account bank balance may be automatically updated based on the received data and the placed wager. The integrated fantasy league feature allows a user to create or join a public or private fantasy league, create new teams, view player or team statistics, and send messages between other users. Fantasy league point totals may be automatically computed and displayed to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2011
    Assignee: Rovi Guides, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael D. Ellis
  • Publication number: 20110085634
    Abstract: A counting and indication device for jumping a rope comprising in combination at least a detection unit for detection of a rope to be used when jumping the rope; a counting device that is connected to the detection unit for counting the moments that the rope passes as detected by the detection unit; and a display device for showing the count of the counting device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 8, 2010
    Publication date: April 14, 2011
    Applicant: Riny Bay Sportswear
    Inventor: Marinus Leonardus Beusenberg
  • Patent number: 7641553
    Abstract: The disclosure describes a computer-implemented method of providing an event related game. The method includes receiving event data associated with a media broadcast at a computer, generating a printable game set, and providing the printable game set in an electronic format configured for printing by a user. The printable game set includes at least one game card and a set of trade tickets. The at least one game card includes a list of game events associated with the media broadcast. Each trade ticket of the set of trade tickets identifies a game event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2010
    Inventor: Dale Roush
  • Publication number: 20090233697
    Abstract: A method of gaming comprising: providing a table game of the type where a player seeks to sink one or more balls of a set of balls in one or more pockets of the table by striking the balls with a cue ball in accordance with the rules of the table game; receiving a wager from a player additional to any amount required to play the table game, the wager entitling the player to receive at least one bonus associated with an event if the player achieves the event; and electronically monitoring play of the table game to determine whether the player achieves the event and the bonus should be awarded to the player.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 4, 2009
    Publication date: September 17, 2009
    Applicant: Aristocrat Technologies Australia Pty Limited
    Inventor: Nicholas Luke Bennett
  • Patent number: 7372014
    Abstract: A poolside connector system and method for use with swimming pool race timing systems and signaling devices. A deck plate or similar poolside signal junction is provided with an optical receiver terminal, and a cable connection from a poolside signaling device such as a touchpad or backup button is provided with an optical transmitter terminal that can be plugged into the deck plate terminal. Electrical signals from the touchpad and backup button representing completed laps are transmitted as optical signals to the deck plate junction. The optical connection at the deck plate is non-conductive and electrically sealed from the poolside environment, and thus has no exposed electrical terminals to corrode. The low voltage DC current on which the optical terminals operate is provided in sealed fashion to the electrically insulated optical terminals, in a preferred form via an inductive power coupling whose halves are sealed in the deck plate and the removable cable connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2008
    Assignee: Industrial Service Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael S. Stebbins, James E. Crouch
  • Patent number: 7142118
    Abstract: The present invention contributes to advancements in the art of inventory management and distribution by providing a system and method for processing, distributing, and tracking reusable inventory items. Reusable articles, such as surgical garments and accessories, are adapted with radio frequency identification (“RFID”) tags having unique identification numbers. A “reader” is used to retrieve stored information from the tags without requiring direct contact or clear line-of-sight. The reusable articles are processed and distributed using an inventory management system wherein lifecycle data is obtained for each reusable article. The reusable articles are distributed to the end users from central processing facilities, used, returned, cleaned, inspected, folded, sterilized, and returned to inventory for re-distribution. Periodic quality control inspections are conducted in response to predetermined usage parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2006
    Assignee: SRI/Surgical Express, Inc.
    Inventors: John A. Hamilton, Mary L. McCoy, Charles Pope, Joseph A. Largey
  • Patent number: 6980113
    Abstract: A wireless scoreboard display system, including at least two scoreboard displays, two controllers, a spread spectrum radio receiver in each scoreboard display, and a spread spectrum radio transmitter in each controller. Software controls the selection of a transmitting channel while a combination of hardware and software is used in the selection of a receiving channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2005
    Assignee: Daktronics, Inc.
    Inventor: Randy S. Uehran
  • Patent number: 6940784
    Abstract: A hand held lap indicator for indicating a lap number to a swimmer in a pool includes a casing having a front surface, a rear surface and a handle portion. The front surface provides a lap indicating display operable to display a lap indicating number to the swimmer. The handle portion includes at least one button which is actuatable to at least advance the lap indicating number in response to a manual input by the user or holder of the lap indicator. The lap indicator may include a timing device and may be operable to display a timing output to the swimmer. The rear surface of the casing preferably includes a last lap indicating panel, such that when the user flips the lap indicator around, the last lap indicating panel indicates to the swimmer that the swimmer is on the final lap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2005
    Inventor: Lynn S. Benson
  • Patent number: 6758006
    Abstract: An electronic fishing information recording and storage device is disclosed. The device attaches to a traditional fishing rod and reel assembly and automatically records the number of casts executed with the subject rod and reel. For each fish caught, the device is capable of recording relevant information about the type of fish and weather conditions at the time of catch. Means are provided for transfer of fishing information to a traditional personal computer. The device provides a method for tournament fishing wherein the allotted time for each contestant to fish can be replaced by the number of casts allotted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2004
    Inventors: Peter L. Walls, Scott L. Springer, Richard Dreher
  • Patent number: 6584722
    Abstract: An electronic fishing information recording and storage device is disclosed. The device attaches to a traditional fishing rod and reel assembly and automatically records the number of casts executed with the subject rod and reel. For each fish caught, the device is capable of recording relevant information about the type of fish and weather conditions at the time of catch. Means are provided for transfer of fishing information to a traditional personal computer. The device provides a method for tournament fishing wherein the allotted time for each contestant to fish can be replaced by the number of casts allotted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2003
    Inventors: Peter L. Walls, Scott L. Springer, Richard Dreher
  • Patent number: 6418179
    Abstract: A score counter for sensing route of basketball shots includes a pair of photoelectric sensors installed at respective positions below an inner rim of a basket hoop to detect basketball valid shots. Such an arrangement overcomes basket net interference to the photoelectric sensors to avoid malfunctions and is capable of discriminating the correct route after a basketball is thrown into the basket hoop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2002
    Inventor: Frank Shieh
  • Patent number: 6327547
    Abstract: A method for counting a number of objects passing through an entry threshold, comprising the steps of disposing a sensor (11) having a matrix of sensing points in an area of the entry threshold, identifying successive complete footprints of the same object on the sensor, and distinguishing between different footprints using clustering. The method is used in association with a pressure mat disposed at the entry threshold and tracks the progress of the object across the mat. Specifically, when a footprint vanishes from the mat, retroactive processing is effected in respect of the body associated with that footprint so that other footprints belonging to the same body may be ignored. The number of footprints thus associated with the body and which are not ignored serves as a counter of the number of bodies crossing the entry threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2001
    Inventor: Aharon Shapira
  • Publication number: 20010019598
    Abstract: The pedometer having improved accuracy by calculating actual stride lengths of a user based on relative stride rates. The pedometer includes a waist or leg mounted stride counter, a transmitter for transmitting data to a wrist-mounted display unit, and a data processor for calculating necessary base units and actual stride rates and lengths. The pedometer can also interact with a heart monitoring device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 4, 2001
    Publication date: September 6, 2001
    Inventor: Nathan Pyles
  • Patent number: 6270431
    Abstract: A control grid for an automated scorekeeping device for table tennis or ping pong includes a voice recorder that is used to announce the score before each serve of the game. The scorekeeping device further includes optional visual displays. The scorekeeping device is actuated by means of a grid system attached to the ends of the table. The grid is activated by the players' touching the grid with a conductive strip affixed to the end of their paddles. The scorekeeper can be adjusted manually to correct mistakes, and can be used in multiple modes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2001
    Inventor: Steven D. Martin
  • Patent number: 6229764
    Abstract: An athletic training device including a housing. Also included is light or speaker mounted on the housing for providing an indication upon the actuation thereof. At least one impact sensor is mounted on the housing for actuating the indication means upon being struck by a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2001
    Inventor: Steven R. Tongue
  • Patent number: 6192099
    Abstract: A lap counting mechanism is described for a race-track for toy cars of the type in which the cars are guided in slots. The guide member of the car, which in use is received within the slots, is provided with a left-right asymmetry and the lap counting mechanism is able to detect this asymmetry. This allows at least two cars to be clearly distinguished by the lap counting mechanism and so the number of laps that an individual car has done may be totaled accurately even though the cars may swap tracks and slots. The sensing means and the associated asymmetry may be electrical, optical or magnetic. Means are also provided for detecting the speed of the cars and for generating sound and light effects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 1999
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2001
    Assignees: Ngai Keung Metal & Plastic Manufactory Limited, Ta Spiel & Freizeit Holding GmbH
    Inventor: Andrew Shun Pui Chiu
  • Patent number: 6125081
    Abstract: A golfer's wristwatch with score keeping capabilities comprising: a watch component including a front face, a watch case, time display means and a plurality of side edges; the front face of the watch component including a liquid crystal display window, the display window including a plurality of player numerals, the display window also including stroke count means displayed numerically adjacent to the player numerals, a side edge of the watch case including a time adjustment knob and a player indicator knob, the player indicator knob being operatively coupled to the numerals of the display window to highlight a specific player numeral, a stroke count button being operatively coupled to the stroke count means of the display window whereby each depression of the button causing the addition of one stroke to a player's score, the player's cumulative score being displayed in the display window; and a wrist band to permit coupling of the apparatus around a user's wrist.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 1995
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2000
    Inventor: Firman J. Flynn
  • Patent number: 6012995
    Abstract: An automated scorekeeping device for racket and paddle sports. The device includes a voice recorder that is used to announce the score before each serve of the game. The device further includes optional visual displays. Actuating devices adapted to the equipment of the particular games are provided so that the players can easily operate the scorekeeper while participating in the game. The scorekeeper can be adjusted manually to correct mistakes, and can be used in multiple modes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 1997
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2000
    Inventor: Steven D. Martin
  • Patent number: 6009138
    Abstract: A global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver is used in an electronic lap counter which maintains a lap count and which increments the lap count upon "observing" via the GPS receiver that the user, having gone away from an initial "start" location (e.g., an end of a pool or the start line of a closed loop running track), has returned to that location. A user-supplied indication, such as the pressing of a push button, serves as an indication to the lap counter that the lap counter's then current location is to be used as the start location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 1997
    Date of Patent: December 28, 1999
    Assignee: Lucent Technologies Inc.
    Inventor: Ronald David Slusky
  • Patent number: 5898751
    Abstract: An electronic scoring device for analyzing a player's tennis game. A group of push-buttons are used to increment corresponding counters to track statistics within six different categories. The categories may include aces, winners, unforced errors, other won points, double faults, forced errors and other lost points. The output of each counter is visually displayed along with a sum of the values contained in all the counters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 1997
    Date of Patent: April 27, 1999
    Inventors: Solomon Yakoby, Chad Walner
  • Patent number: 5852797
    Abstract: The electronic chronometry device (D) comprises an acquisition cell (2) arranged to receive time data (6) coming from at least one time events measurement sensor (8), a storing unit (9) for storing said time data (6), and a processing unit (4) of said time data (6) and associated with said acquisition cell (2). This device is characterized in that said storing unit (9) is associated with an interface (1) which is arranged so as to allow said processing unit (4) to access said storing unit (9) and to read certain of said time data (6) stored in said storing unit (9) without allowing modification of said storing unit (9) by said processing unit (4).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 1997
    Date of Patent: December 22, 1998
    Assignee: Omega Electronics S.A.
    Inventors: Jean-Pierre Bovay, Silvio Chianese
  • Patent number: 5844960
    Abstract: A synchronized voltage controlled oscillator lap counting circuit includes a bearing resolver circuit having a single Hall-effect sensor element which provides differential voltage output signals in response to an external magnetic field. The differential amplifier receives the differential voltage output signals and provides a single amplified output signal. The single amplified output signal is provided to a voltage controlled oscillator. A pedometer provides a repetitive pulsed-output signal in accordance with movements of a user. The repetitive pulsed-output signal and a voltage controlled oscillator output signal are provided to a micro-controller. The micro-controller samples the voltage controlled output signal in synchronization with the repetitive pulsed signal output from the pedometer to resolve bearing directions based on intercepted frequencies of the voltage controlled output signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 1997
    Date of Patent: December 1, 1998
    Assignee: Acumen, Inc.
    Inventors: Ka Yiu Sham, Philip Lim-Kong Wong
  • Patent number: 5580310
    Abstract: Gaming machines provided with mechanical counters according to the regulations, to which there is grafted an electronic payment mechanism working on the basis of a chip card. It consists in diverting a certain number of links of the units of the machine by the electronic payment mechanism to enable wagers to be placed and payments to be made through the chip card, without the receiving or issuing of tokens and, preferably, without the modifying of the contents of the TOTAL IN and TOTAL OUT counters. A downgraded version modifies the contents of these counters and the balance of the feeder box containing the coins is obtained by modifying the formula used to compute this balance. It enables the efficiency of gaming machines to be raised.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 1995
    Date of Patent: December 3, 1996
    Assignee: Gemplus Card International
    Inventors: Herve Orus, Alain Nicolai, Jean-Jacques Foglino
  • Patent number: 5574422
    Abstract: An automated scorekeeping device for volleyball or other games that includes an audible announcing system so that players are audibly informed of any changes in the score or serving team. The device may further include a visual display. Remote control actuators can be provided to one or more people to operate the scorekeeping device. The scorekeeper can be adjusted manually to correct mistakes, and can be used in multiple modes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 1995
    Date of Patent: November 12, 1996
    Inventor: Steven D. Martin
  • Patent number: 5550884
    Abstract: An analogue display golf counter comprises a first example four hands independent of each other driven by four stepping motors. The position of the hands is controlled by an electronic system comprising counting, storing, processing and control means in response to programmed algorithms and to data introduced by means of two pushers. The first hand indicates the course position (hole), the second the operating mode, and the last two the number of points, one displaying the units with the sign and the other the tens. There are three operating modes, namely "simple total", "cumulative total" and "programming". In this latter mode, it is possible to program a standard course to which reference may be made.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 1994
    Date of Patent: August 27, 1996
    Inventor: Jean-Claude Berney
  • Patent number: 5530730
    Abstract: A medal counting apparatus installed in a game parlor for counting medals which a game player has won, is disclosed. The medal counting apparatus comprises a counter for counting the medals, a medal supplying mechanism for receiving the medals to be dumped and for supplying them sequentially to the counter, a dump restraining unit for restraining the medals from being dumped into the medal supplying mechanism and a control unit for controlling operations of the medal supplying mechanism and the dump restraining unit. The medal supply control means puts the medal supplying mechanism into a stopped state when the dump restraining unit restrains the medals from being dumped and into an operation state when the dump restraining unit permits dumping of the medals. The control unit also instructs the dump restraining unit to close the receiving hopper when a medal dump restraining signal is input from the outside or the counter has not been used for a certain period of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 1994
    Date of Patent: June 25, 1996
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Ace Denken
    Inventors: Takatoshi Takemoto, Koichi Tsubota, Masao Minagawa, Moriyuki Aoyama
  • Patent number: 5446775
    Abstract: A device for detecting and counting occurrences of specific human motions. The device includes structure for mounting the device to an object or a part of the human body which takes part in the motion. The device further comprises at least one acceleration-sensitive switch, a computer connected to an output from the acceleration-sensitive switch, a reset switch connected to the computer, and a display which is controlled by the computer. The acceleration-sensitive switch is preferably uniaxial, and therefore closes to complete a circuit and generates a pulse only when subjected to acceleration forces in a predetermined direction. The computer is programmed to detect the duration of the pulses received from the acceleration-sensitive switch, and is further programmed with parameters indicative of the minimum duration of such a pulse which will be deemed to have resulted from the occurrence of the specific human motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 1993
    Date of Patent: August 29, 1995
    Inventors: Larry A. Wright, Al Muldoon
  • Patent number: 5420903
    Abstract: A microwave signal is generated from a fixed source across a fixed path to trigger individual FM transmitters in passing objects such as race vehicles. A vehicle transceiver then sends an omnidirectional specific frequency FM radio carrier signal with a tone imposed to a console and a portable remote receiver. As the FM signal and tone are detected and decoded by the console receiver, data word is sent to a scoring computer which displays the lap of that particular vehicle and the current order of all vehicles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 1993
    Date of Patent: May 30, 1995
    Assignee: Cybortech, Inc.
    Inventor: Donald M. Newton
  • Patent number: 5418517
    Abstract: A portable electronic scoreboard apparatus attachable to a basketball goal is disclosed. The apparatus comprises an electronic analysis and report mechanism capable of receiving input information, analyzing the information according to a mode of operation, and reporting output information which includes an indication of the number of successful shots and an indication of the shooting percentage. The apparatus also comprises an attempt detection means for detecting contact of a basketball with the basketball goal and sending a contact signal to the electronic analysis and report mechanism, and for detecting the successful passage of a basketball through the hoop and sending a passage signal to the electronic analysis and report mechanism. In a preferred embodiment, the contact signal arises in response to vibration of a piezoelectric vibration sensor, and the passage signal arises in response to movement of a paddle beneath the hoop by the basketball.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 1993
    Date of Patent: May 23, 1995
    Assignee: Lifetime Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Lonny R. Matherne, Barry D. Mower
  • Patent number: 5404385
    Abstract: Swimming goggles include an AM/FM radio assembly as well as a lap counter. The radio assembly includes earphones that also include foam for plugging the swimmer's ear to prevent water from entering that ear. The goggles also include plastic temple pieces that serve a dual function of securely supporting the goggles on the swimmer and supporting the radio and lap counter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 1993
    Date of Patent: April 4, 1995
    Inventor: Niv Ben-Haim
  • Patent number: 5384561
    Abstract: A portable electronic scoreboard for use with a game of darts is designed to be used with a real dart board without the need of connecting electronics. The scoreboard is totally self contained and provides the appeal of a high tech electronic scoreboard without the accompanying expense and complexity. The scoreboard can also be utilized to play the game of cricket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 1993
    Date of Patent: January 24, 1995
    Inventor: Robert J. Smith
  • Patent number: 5341121
    Abstract: A separate differential score display unit is provided at each end of a basketball court, atop or beside of the shot time clock indicators presently used, and in position to be as visible to the players and coaches as is the shot time clock indicators. The differential score display units are color coded, e.g. home team lead shown by green light, or L.E.D.; visitor lead shown in red. The differential score display units may be (1) hard wired to the scoring table and main scoreboard with computerized controls automatically changing the differential display when the score changes; (2) hard wired directly to a separate scoring control; or (3) the differential score display units adapted to receive differential scoring input from suitable signal transmitting units controlled by the scoring table panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 1992
    Date of Patent: August 23, 1994
    Inventor: J. Glenn Rada
  • Patent number: 5294913
    Abstract: A portable electronic scoreboard comprising a housing with a display face, an electronic mechanism disposed within the housing, and a score registering assembly. The housing back configuration is amenable to releasable attachment to a pole or a flat surface such as a wall. The housing back face configuration comprises a longitudinal channel capable of disposition adjacent to a pole and a strap fastener extendable about the pole. The housing back configuration also comprises a pair of flat surfaced wings having slots capable of receiving bolts of the like to secure the housing to a wall. The score registering assembly may be positioned to detect the successful passage of a basketball through a basketball goal. The score registering assembly comprises a paddle and a switch. The paddle actuates the switch if a basketball passing through the goal causes the paddle to change from a ready to a reactive position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 1992
    Date of Patent: March 15, 1994
    Assignee: Lifetime Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Barry D. Mower, Lonny R. Matherne, Robert W. Adams
  • Patent number: 5242355
    Abstract: Exercise apparatus includes a counting device for counting the number of push-up completed during a period of exercise and a plurality of platform elements. The counting device comprises a housing, a digital counter mounted in the housing and a button switch mounted on the top of the housing. The counter is positioned on a supporting surface beneath the chest of the person performing the push-ups and it is incremented each time a person lowers his/her chest to contact the top of the housing when doing a push-up. The platform elements are stackable one on top of another and the counting device is stackable on top of the uppermost platform element to enable the user to adjust the vertical height of the counting device above a supporting surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 1993
    Date of Patent: September 7, 1993
    Inventor: Kathleen Costa
  • Patent number: 5214679
    Abstract: A scorekeeper and distance indicator for use with a golf cart measures distance traversed by the golf cart and uses the measured distance in conjunction with stored information about a hole being played to determine the remaining distance to the pin. The apparatus displays the remaining distance, the number of the hole being played and a cumulative score. The apparatus is adaptable to store scores and other information for a plurality of players. A portion of the apparatus that includes a memory device can be removed from the golf cart and taken to a remote location to read or print scores. The increasing use of golf carts, and especially of powered golf carts, makes it feasible to use an odometer to measure the distance traversed by the golf cart. The availability of inexpensive microprocessor chips makes it feasible to combine information from an odometer or the like about measured distances with stored information about the characteristics of a golf course.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 1991
    Date of Patent: May 25, 1993
    Assignee: Robert G. Metcalf
    Inventor: Robert G. Metcalf
  • Patent number: 5164967
    Abstract: A pedometer for exercise such as walking and jogging, comprising the fact that an appropriate intensity of exercise is set by setting reference signals, which the user of the pedometer is permitted to hear with a sound producer or an earphone, thereby making it possible to render the user conscious of the exercise at the appropriate intensity and to count or measure and then display the number of steps of the exercise, the period of time thereof, and the continuation period of time thereof as associated with the set reference signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 1990
    Date of Patent: November 17, 1992
    Assignee: Marutakairyoki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Mikiya Endo, Mitsuhiro Ikeda
  • Patent number: 5153826
    Abstract: A hand-held, portable device for keeping track of the in-play and error shots of a specific type of shot made by a player in a sports event, comprises at least a first display for indicating at least the percentage of the cumulative number of in-play shots relative to the cumulative number of the total in-play and error shots; a first key switch for inputting each in-play shot; a second key switch for inputting each error shot; and a microprocessor for keeping track of the total number of in-play and error shots and for calculating at least the percentage of the cumulative number of the in-play shots relative to the cumulative number of the shots made by the player, whereby the percentage display is updated each time one of the first and second key switches is depressed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 1989
    Date of Patent: October 6, 1992
    Inventor: Robert Johnson
  • Patent number: 5136621
    Abstract: Swim/sporting event timer/counter. A waterproof housing has upwardly projecting digital displays and two spaced ultrasonic receivers. A swimmer wears an ultrasonic transmitter tuned to ultrasonic receivers. by measuring the time differential for the ultrasonic signals from the transmitter to reach the receivers in the housing, the position of the swimmer (i.e., in front of, directly over, or behind the housing), is determined. Laps are identified by determining when the transmitted signal changes from being received by the two receivers by an increasing time differential to being received by a decreasing time differential. Each time the swimmer passes over the housing, the numbers on the display are inverted so that the swimmer may look down into the water and see the time regardless of which direction the swimmer is traveling in the lane or other predetermined course.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 1990
    Date of Patent: August 4, 1992
    Inventors: Mitchell, David E., Dean Lurker
  • Patent number: 5130955
    Abstract: A swim/sporting event timer/counter times a athlete moveing along a predetermined path based on signals received from the athlete. A time counter begins when movement of the athlete is detected. Based upon the amount of time it takes for the athlete to pass by the timing system, the time counter is automatically adjusted, if necessary, to account for the time counter having been started at an incorrect time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 1991
    Date of Patent: July 14, 1992
    Inventors: Dean Luerker, David E. Mitchell