Organized Armed Or Unarmed Conflict Or Shooting Patents (Class 434/11)
  • Patent number: 9694291
    Abstract: A system and method for interactive game support may be provided. A player may have a mobile device configured to run a game support application. The game support application may maintain game and player attributes and monitor interactions with game devices. In some embodiments, a command-control center server may be communicatively coupled with the at least one mobile device or game device so as to facilitate game management.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: LEGACY GAME SYSTEMS LLC
    Inventors: Sidney F. Fisher, Ford M. Ivey, Brian T. McGlauflin, Matthew Graham, Vipresh Jain
  • Patent number: 9692990
    Abstract: Embodiment of a lightweight and compact wireless precision position tracking device and a precision position tracking motion capture system are described. Optionally, the wireless precision position tracking device is configured to be worn by a user. The wireless precision position tracking device may be configured to emit optical light from two or more respective markers, where the light from one of the markers is distinguishable from light from another of the markers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: WorldViz LLC
    Inventors: Andrew C. Beall, Matthias Pusch
  • Patent number: 9679498
    Abstract: A method, apparatus and computer program product are provided in order to provide a presentation model. An example method may include receiving a selection of an exercise backdrop, displaying a representation of the exercise backdrop, receiving user input performed against an interface displaying the representation of the exercise backdrop, mapping the user input to an action, and generating an exercise comprising the exercise backdrop and a plurality of actions comprising the action.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: Change Healthcare LLC
    Inventors: Eldon Allan Wong, Laurie Bergeron
  • Patent number: 9665065
    Abstract: Systems and methods for infrared laser holographic projection. In one example, an optical apparatus includes a first laser source configured to generate a first laser beam having a first wavelength in an infrared spectral range and a holographic medium optically coupled to the laser source and having a transmittance range including the first wavelength. A diffraction pattern formed in the holographic medium encodes an input image and is configured to diffract the first laser beam responsive to being illuminated by the laser beam so as to construct an image in the infrared spectrum, the image being a reconstruction of the input image. The diffraction pattern may further be configured to diffract a second laser beam having a second wavelength in a visible spectral range to construct an image including a first portion in the infrared spectral range and a second portion in the visible spectral range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: RAYTHEON COMPANY
    Inventor: Rigel Quinn Woida-O'Brien
  • Patent number: 9605927
    Abstract: A disruptor device simulation system is described. Embodiments of the of the simulation system include a disruptor device, one or more training cartridges, and a simulator system. The disruptor device can be loaded with training cartridges and implemented in a training scenario. The training cartridges can include a pair of infrared lasers and an infrared emitter. The simulator system can alter the training scenario based detecting pulses of light generated by the lasers and signals from the infrared emitter. In one embodiment, the simulator system can be adapted to determine when a trigger of the disruptor device is pulled and when an arc switch of the disruptor device is pressed. The simulator system can include a sensor adapted to detect the pulses of light generated by the pair of lasers. The simulator system can further include a receiver adapted to detect signals generated by the emitter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Inventors: Gregory Otte, Todd R. Brown, Joseph J. Mason
  • Patent number: 9488443
    Abstract: A method for acquiring the coordinates of a trigger point of a projectile above a plot of land on which a target is located, said method being characterized in that it includes the following steps: performing a three-dimensional acquisition of the plot of land using a laser observation means, constructing by calculation, and then displaying an image of the plot of land from a bird's eye view observation direction, and recovering the coordinates of the trigger point desired for the projectile after the positioning said area on the image of the land. The invention also relates to a fire control implementing such a method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: NEXTER SYSTEMS
    Inventor: Sylvain Muller
  • Patent number: 9485343
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods are described herein for sorting messages sent and received, for example in a wireless Personal Area Network (PAN), according to whether the receiving device is within a radially defined region of space. The space may be defined by one or more parameters set by the sending device. A wireless PAN may define the range of peer-to-peer transmission and reception of radio waves between at least two wireless devices. Location and orientation information may be transmitted by a communication device and combined with user and/or software defined boundary limits to filter short range wireless messages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: ZOKU, INC.
    Inventor: Scott Mills Gray
  • Patent number: 9454910
    Abstract: A computer based simulation system for virtual training for vehicle crews is disclosed. The Vehicle Crew Training System (VCTS) simulates crew positions for different military ground and air vehicles. Two or more crewman modules are networked together to support a partial or full vehicle crew. The crewman modules are self-contained devices that are modular in hardware and software design, easily reconfigurable, and require minimal facility space, allowing use in restricted environments such as trailers. The VCTS is modular at the crew position level; crewman modules are added or deleted as required to meet a particular training need.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2016
    Assignee: Raydon Corporation
    Inventors: Kevin Schubert, Sean Moran, Greg Wieboldt, Donnie Klein, Mark Haack, Sharon Lay, Chris Howard, Michael Dineen, Jerry R. Hubbard, William Araki
  • Patent number: 9454909
    Abstract: A training simulation depicts an assailant presenting a weapon to engage a trainee to simulate a deadly force encounter. The simulation has a recognition portion that is representative of the assailant presenting the weapon to engage the trainee. In accordance with a step of the method, the trainee is instructed by presenting the recognition portion to the trainee at least three times: a first time weapon pattern recognition presentation being the presentation of the recognition portion of the simulation at first speed corresponding to real time, a second time weapon pattern recognition presentation being the presentation of the recognition portion of the simulation at a second speed that is less than the first speed, and a third time weapon pattern recognition presentation being the presentation of the recognition portion of the simulation at a third speed that is less than the first speed but greater than the second speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2016
    Assignee: Human Factor Research Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Bruce K. Siddle, Jonathan Siddle
  • Patent number: 9453712
    Abstract: A game apparatus includes: a target including a plurality of sections divided according to a predetermined principle; a camera unit including a first camera and a second camera, the first camera being arranged to photograph at least a part of a game participant, the second camera being arranged to photograph at least a part of the target; a memory for storing at least a part of dynamic images photographed by the first camera and the second camera; a network connection unit for transmitting the dynamic images stored in the memory to a network; and a control unit for controlling operations of the first camera and the second camera and transmission of the dynamic images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2016
    Assignee: HONG INTERNATIONAL CORP.
    Inventor: Sang Uk Hong
  • Patent number: 9351120
    Abstract: A method comprises determining when a first portable device and a second portable device have been at a same current location for longer than a predetermined duration, and subsequent to determining that the first and second portable devices, have been at the same current location for longer than the predetermined duration, creating a database entry associated with the first portable device, the database entry including information identifying the second portable device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Assignee: Nokia Technologies Oy
    Inventors: Anne Keinänen, Virve Inget, Anna-Maija Ohlsson, Jennica Falk, Tiiu Koort-Fallström
  • Patent number: 9308437
    Abstract: An error correction system for a shooting simulation system. The error correction system includes a mechanism for gathering and storing historical data of a communication device utilized in a shooting simulation system. The historical data includes hit and miss results of the communication device in a targeting of a target over a predetermined period of time. The system also includes a processor for analyzing the historical data of the communication device to determine errors caused by the communication device. The processor determines an error correction to correct the errors caused by the communication device. The processor then implements the error correction to determine a hit or miss of a targeting of a target. The error correction system may also utilize historical data from shots taken by a shooter and motion of the communication device being aimed immediately prior to targeting a target to determine an appropriate error correction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Assignee: Tactical Entertainment, LLC
    Inventor: George Carter
  • Patent number: 9308449
    Abstract: A wagering game system and its operations are described herein. In embodiments, the operations can include detecting a request to present wagering game content via a web browser associated with a wagering game machine, wherein an identifier is associated with the request, wherein the identifier is stored in a setting associated with the wagering game machine via a first mode of the wagering game machine, and wherein the request is provided via a second mode of the wagering game machine different from the first mode. The operations further include generating a document associated with the identifier, wherein the wagering game content is included in the document. In some examples, the document is in a format presentable via the web browser. The operations further include providing the document for presentation via the web browser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Assignee: Bally Gaming, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher J. Frattinger, Matthew J. Ward
  • Patent number: 9223494
    Abstract: A method for operating a wearable computer using a user interface system having a touch pad includes changing the behavior of the wearable computer in direct response to gestures received at the touch pad. The gestures are not used for graphical user interface selections and are not used for cursor operations but rather directly invoke communication, navigation, machinery operation, or other primary device features or operations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher D. DeSalvo, Karl M. Becker, John T. Kelly, Steven E. Koenck, David W. Jensen
  • Patent number: 9154604
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods are described herein for sorting messages sent and received, for example in a wireless Personal Area Network (PAN), according to whether the receiving device is within a radially defined region of space. The space may be defined by one or more parameters set by the sending device. A wireless PAN may define the range of peer-to-peer transmission and reception of radio waves between at least two wireless devices. Location and orientation information may be transmitted by a communication device and combined with user and/or software defined boundary limits to filter short range wireless messages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2015
    Inventor: Scott Mills Gray
  • Publication number: 20150140518
    Abstract: Disclosed is a portable target training device that offers a versatile means of conducting target training, which may be adapted for use on varying terrain, outdoors, indoors, in scenario training, and in conjunction with accessories that affect both the exterior and interior conditions of the training device. The present invention houses a plurality of targets and/or obstacles that may be positioned in a manner that suits users' requirements. Users may adapt the training device and its interior targets for use in and on a wide variety of terrain, outdoors, indoors, in various scenarios, and with accessories that artificially simulate various environmental conditions. Various types of training may be performed within the training device, including, but not limited to, Percussion, traditional or nontraditional weapons, non-live round firearms training, martial arts training, melee weapon training, and mock firearm training.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 15, 2013
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventor: TERESA ANN HORNING
  • Publication number: 20150125828
    Abstract: A disruptor device simulation system is described. Embodiments of the of the simulation system include a disruptor device, one or more training cartridges, and a simulator system. The disruptor device can be loaded with training cartridges and implemented in a training scenario. The training cartridges can include a pair of infrared lasers and an infrared emitter. The simulator system can alter the training scenario based detecting pulses of light generated by the lasers and signals from the infrared emitter. In one embodiment, the simulator system can be adapted to determine when a trigger of the disruptor device is pulled and when an arc switch of the disruptor device is pressed. The simulator system can include a sensor adapted to detect the pulses of light generated by the pair of lasers. The simulator system can further include a receiver adapted to detect signals generated by the emitter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 15, 2015
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Inventors: Gregory Otte, Todd R. Brown, Joseph J. Mason
  • Patent number: 9011151
    Abstract: According to one embodiment of the present invention, a system for simulating firing a gun comprises a firing system and a transmitting system coupled to the firing system. The firing system fires a cartridge and comprises a chamber and a hammer. The chamber receives and holds the cartridge, and the hammer strikes the cartridge. The transmitting system detects movement of the hammer and transmits simulation data prior to the hammer striking the cartridge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Raytheon Company
    Inventors: Giles D. Jones, Qingce Bian, Christopher A. Tomlinson, Jeffrey E. Decker, William W. Price, Bradley C Huang, Peter M. Wallrich
  • Publication number: 20150056577
    Abstract: A computer based simulation system for virtual training for vehicle crews is disclosed. The vehicle crew training system (VCTS) simulates crew positions for different military vehicles. Two or more crewman modules are networked together to support a partial or full vehicle crew. The crewman modules are self-contained devices that are modular in hardware and software design, easily reconfigurable, and that require minimal facility space, allowing use in restricted environments such as trailers. The VCTS is modular at the crew position level; crewman modules are added or deleted as required to meet a particular training need. One of the crewman modules can be a gunner module, which provides an unrestricted view of the simulated environment to the gunner by means of a display and a simulated vehicle-mounted weapon.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2014
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Inventors: Sean C. Moran, Donnie R. Klein, Mark D. Haack, Sharon E. Lay, Christopher J. Howard, Michael J. Dineen, Jerry R. Hubbard, William M. Araki
  • Patent number: 8951128
    Abstract: A device combining a gun and target for facilitating a game of tag using infrared light communications and augmented reality with one or more players is provided. The device includes infrared transmitters and infrared receivers to facilitate omni-directional two-way communication between two or more devices and a shaped housing facilitating handling of the device by a user. The housing includes a grip portion with a finger-operable trigger and a barrel portion. A mobile electronic device is used as an accessory to provide single player and multiplayer augmented reality game play and a user-interface including a display and a touch screen for programming the device and controlling various game and device functions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Hasbro, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian Farley, David Small
  • Patent number: 8944821
    Abstract: A simulation system including at least one virtual projectile/missile firing device associated to a determined position and having a movable director arranged to direct a virtual projectile/missile towards a target and an image capturer arranged to capture at least one image of a scene in front of the director. The simulation system includes a terrain database with the positions of landmarks marked, a processor arranged to process the image of the scene so as to identify at least one landmark of the terrain database in the image and the processor is further arranged to determine a compass bearing of the director based on at least the position of the virtual projectile/missile and the position of the identified at least one landmark.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: SAAB AB
    Inventor: Adam Tengblad
  • Patent number: 8911235
    Abstract: The invention is a trigger pull training device for improving trigger pull technique. The device has a frame with a trigger track opening and a trigger which goes through that opening. A proximity sensor or a plurality of proximity sensors are placed proximate the trigger track opening. The sensors are connected to an indicator whereby pulling the trigger such that the trigger is within the sensing zone causes the proximity sensor to emit a signal. A plurality of sensors can be lined along the trigger track opening to indicate the accuracy of any pull.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: TriggerMaster, Inc.
    Inventor: Malcom Baxter
  • Patent number: 8904940
    Abstract: A grenade device produces a delayed bang upon coupling to a pressurized canister containing gas. The device includes an annular housing, an awl, a sleeve, a diaphragm, a base and a cap. The housing has first and second axial ends and an internal bulkhead disposed therebetween with a choke flow-through orifice. The awl extends axially outward from the bulkhead. The sleeve connects to the housing at the first axial end. The diaphragm is disposed between the sleeve and the housing to form an annular chamber. The cap inserts into the housing at the second axial end and receives the canister facing the awl. The base connects to the housing at the second axial end. When the canister is compressed towards the device the awl punctures the canister to release the gas, which flows through the choke orifice to pressurize the chamber, and the diaphragm ruptures upon exceeding a pressure threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventors: Sokha Pann, Samuel R. Koski, John F. Busic
  • Patent number: 8894412
    Abstract: A firearm simulation system for enhanced firearms training comprises at least one weapon with a mechanically activated laser. The system includes a normally closed laser activation circuit used in conjunction with a recoil kit. The normally closed laser activation circuit comprises a conductive seal, a ball bearing, and a recoil spring. The recoil spring presses or urges the ball bearing into contact with the conductive seal. The function of the laser activation circuit is mechanically triggered and the laser activation circuit is electrically connected to a light source (e.g., a laser light) and configured to activate the light source, simulating a projectile being fired from a weapon. When the trigger of the simulated weapon is pulled, a striker pin dislodges the ball bearing, moving it out of its original position is contact with the conductive seal. The displacement of the ball bearing by the striker pin, away from the conductive seal, creates an open circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Virtra Systems Inc.
    Inventors: Roger D. Malin, Ian F. Webb, Matthew D. Burlend, Christopher M. Savarese
  • Patent number: 8890944
    Abstract: A firearms pulverizer system is disclosed which comprises a pulverizer unit having an inlet chute, a cutting chamber, and an outlet, a first image capturing device positioned above the inlet chute for capturing an image of an identification number associated with a firearm, and a second image capturing device positioned above the cutting chamber for recording destruction of the firearm inserted into the cutting chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Gunbusters, LLC
    Inventor: Raymond W Reynolds
  • Patent number: 8888491
    Abstract: A shooting simulation system and method. The system includes a firearm associated with a user having a user computer and an optical system for capturing an image. The image provides information on a trajectory of a virtual bullet fired from the firearm. The optical system is aligned relative to a known sight of the firearm and the optical system captures the image when shooting the firearm. An image recognition system determines a location where a virtual bullet from the shooting firearm would impact within the captured image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: OPTO Ballistics
    Inventor: George Carter
  • Patent number: 8864496
    Abstract: A computer based simulation system for virtual training for vehicle crews is disclosed. The vehicle crew training system (VCTS) simulates crew positions for different military vehicles. Two or more crewman modules are networked together to support a partial or full vehicle crew. The crewman modules are self-contained devices that are modular in hardware and software design, easily reconfigurable, and that require minimal facility space, allowing use in restricted environments such as trailers. The VCTS is modular at the crew position level; crewman modules are added or deleted as required to meet a particular training need. One of the crewman modules can be a gunner module, which provides an unrestricted view of the simulated environment to the gunner by means of a display and a simulated vehicle-mounted weapon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Raydon Corporation
    Inventors: Sean C. Moran, Donnie R. Klein, Mark D. Haack, Sharon E. Lay, Christopher J. Howard, Michael J. Dineen, Jerry R. Hubbard, William M. Araki
  • Patent number: 8842015
    Abstract: In a preferred embodiment, the present invention relates to a hand-held or “gun/firearm mounted” electromagnetic transceiver acting as a pulsed RADAR (i.e., “Radio Detection and Ranging”) or LIDAR (i.e., “Light Detection and Ranging”) device that can detect the presence of one or many passive retro-reflectors attached to or worn by people or objects that are close or distant in a preferred angle of detection. In a preferred embodiment this device could be mounted on a gun and would alert the user if a retro-reflector is detected in the direction of fire. Additional sensors can be used to change the effective field of detection, to save energy or to provide multiple parallel sensors for these and other reasons.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: Safety Lab Holdings Limited
    Inventor: Michael Scott
  • Publication number: 20140272804
    Abstract: A computer-assisted training system for interview-based information gathering and assessment. A GUI displays information pertaining to a training scenario and generates event messages based on student input. An Evaluation Engine compares event messages to rules embodying predetermined instructional content and generates evaluation comments. An Adaptation Engine processes the evaluation comments to produce student feedback that is presented to the student via the GUI. The training scenario includes a scene defining a physical context of the scenario; one or more witnesses who may be interviewed by the student; and the predetermined instructional content.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Her Majesty the Queen in Right of Canada, as represented by the Minster of National Defence
    Inventor: Her Majesty the Queen in Right of Canada, as represented by the Minster of National Defence
  • Patent number: 8834163
    Abstract: A network connects stations in a distributed physics based simulation system. When the simulation detects that a weapon, especially a missile or directed energy beam, is engaging a target vehicle, one physics station determines damage status of the target vehicle. The detonation or strike of the weapon is applied to a model of the vehicle composed of pieces each made up of a number of parts. Where the damage to a piece of the vehicle exceeds a predetermined threshold, the piece is removed from the vehicle, and where a predetermined maximum damage is reached for the vehicle, the vehicle is considered destroyed. The damage assessment from the weapon is made using raytracing in a physics engine that is also used to control movement of virtual objects in the simulation according to rules of physics of the physics engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: L-3 Communications Corporation
    Inventors: Eytan Pollak, Jack Charles Wells, II, Merrill Lay
  • Patent number: 8834162
    Abstract: An edged weapon training device. The device has a handle portion for gripping by a training subject. A blade portion has at least one exposed contact portion. The contact portion includes a marking device which leaves a mark when it touches an opponent during martial arts or other edged weapon training activities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Inventor: Spencer P. Warn
  • Patent number: 8827706
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for providing firearms training without using traditional firearms. Replicas of firearms have control systems in communication with magazines inserted into the replicas to control the number of rounds that can be fired for each magazine. The control systems can also monitor, record and communicate data relating to all use of the replica to centralized control units. Additionally, the control systems can include location sensors to monitor the location of the replicas and only authorize firing of the replicas in approved locations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Practical Air Rifle Training Systems, LLC
    Inventor: Richard Russell Hogan, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8827707
    Abstract: A Small Arms Transmitter (SAT) having two optical sources for use in a military training environment is described. The SAT includes an infrared laser as a first optical source. A visible optical source, such as a visible wavelength laser, is configured as a second optical source. The visible wavelength laser can be configured to be selectively energized during a beam alignment operation. A combiner can be configured to combine the beam from the infrared laser with the beam from the visible wavelength laser to produce a combined beam. The optical axis of the combined infrared and visible wavelength lasers can be adjusted using an optical steering module. A first optical steering module can be configured to steer the combined beam substantially along a first axis, while a second optical steering module can be configured to steer the combined beam along a second axis substantially orthogonal to the first axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Cubic Corporation
    Inventor: Deepak Varshneya
  • Patent number: 8818655
    Abstract: An electronic transmission range selection system of a vehicle includes first and second input devices and first and second modules. The first input device is user actuatable to request operation of a transmission in reverse, neutral, and drive. The first module generates first signals based on a first position of the first input device. The second input device is different than the first input device and is user actuatable to request operation of the transmission in park. The second module generates second signals based on a second position of the second input device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Inventor: Orson S. Wang
  • Publication number: 20140234806
    Abstract: Muzzle flash simulators that combine visual, audio, and thermal signals synchronized to the firing of a rifleman's weapon to obscure his position by producing the illusion that the shot came from a location other than the rifleman's actual location. The system may be deployed by placement with a removable ground penetrating spike, by use upon a tripod mounting system, by a hanger or by launching upon a projectile. The simulator is remotely operated. The simulator can be deployed as a single unit or as a set of units operating in coordination.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 18, 2013
    Publication date: August 21, 2014
    Inventor: Brett McBride
  • Patent number: 8794967
    Abstract: The present invention provides a firearm training system for actual and virtual moving targets comprising a firearm, a trigger-initiated image-capturing device mounted on a firearm, a processor, and a display. The system allows a user to visualize the accuracy of a shot taken when the trigger was pulled or the gun fired by showing the predicted position of the firearm's projectile in relation to the moving targets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Inventor: Willis Hubbard Sargent
  • Patent number: 8794968
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for making more accurate range and marksmanship determinations in laser-based military engagements. These methods and systems allow a shooter and a target in a laser engagement system to be paired with one another in a substantially unambiguous manner. Such pairing allows the lasers to be used at full power and is particularly well suited for clustered environments in which multiple combatants may be in close proximity to one another. The methods and systems are also particularly well suited for testing new or experimental weapon systems by virtue of the more accurate range and marksmanship estimates provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: BAE Systems Information and Electronic Systems Integration Inc.
    Inventors: Allister McNeish, Keith A. Kunz
  • Patent number: 8777619
    Abstract: A computer based simulation system for virtual training for vehicle crews is disclosed. The Vehicle Crew Training System (VCTS) simulates crew positions for different military ground and air vehicles. Two or more crewman modules are networked together to support a partial or full vehicle crew. The crewman modules are self-contained devices that are modular in hardware and software design, easily reconfigurable, and require minimal facility space, allowing use in restricted environments such as trailers. The VCTS is modular at the crew position level; crewman modules are added or deleted as required to meet a particular training need.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Raydon Corporation
    Inventors: Kevin Schubert, Sean Moran, Greg Wieboldt, Donnie Klein, Mark Haack, Sharon Lay, Chris Howard, Michael Dineen, Jerry R. Hubbard, William Araki
  • Patent number: 8777620
    Abstract: A firearm training system provides a firearm body having a trigger and a trigger pull sensor circuit. When the trigger is pulled, the trigger pull sensor circuit provides trigger pull data allowing monitoring of the actual two-dimensional trigger pull path taken by the trigger during the trigger pull. The trigger pull path is graft on a predetermined map together with boundary lines representing a predetermined difference threshold from ideal trigger pull data. The system provides a way to monitor trigger pull path to determine whether the trigger has been pulled laterally and/or the firearm body has moved with respect to a longitudinal axis of the firearm body during the trigger pull. By repeatedly monitoring trigger pulls using the system, a user can train to improve trigger pull technique.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: TriggerMaster, Inc.
    Inventor: Malcom Baxter
  • Patent number: 8777226
    Abstract: A proxy target system provides, in the exemplary embodiment, a plurality of cover barriers and proxy barriers. Each cover barrier is sized and configured for allowing at least one shooter to selectively take cover therebehind. Each proxy barrier is associated with a corresponding one of the cover barriers. Each of the cover barriers provides a means for tracking the associated shooter when positioned therebehind. Relatedly, each of the proxy barriers provides an at least one target positioned therebehind and configured for mimicking the movement and exposure of the shooter relative to the associated cover barrier. Thus, with the proxy barriers positioned a distance downrange from the corresponding cover barriers, two or more shooters may position themselves behind respective cover barriers and engage in a shootout with one another by shooting at each other's downrange targets rather than directly at one another, thereby eliminating any risk of injury or death.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Inventor: Robert Hubert Decker, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8770976
    Abstract: A system and method for use in training armed personnel are described. According to one embodiment, the system includes a number of autonomous mobile units and the units are arranged to perform actions in a training area to simulate participants in a firearms training exercise, and at least one of the mobile units is arranged to base at least some of its actions at least partially on the behavior of at least one human in the training area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Marathno Robotics Pty Ltd
    Inventor: Michael Moser
  • Patent number: 8764446
    Abstract: A non-firing housing imitates a functioning receiver for an M249 machine gun. The non-firing housing includes one or more of a number of alterations as compared to a functioning M249 receiver. Such alterations include: providing a non-firing barrel support with substantial dimensional differences as compared to a standard M249 barrel support; providing a non-firing barrel support with additional structural features that prevent any bolt head (and particularly a standard M249 bolt head) from entering the battery position; providing right or left non-firing bolt rails with dimensional or structural or positional alterations as compared to standard right and left bolt rails for a standard M249; providing the non-firing housing with the absence of an ejection port; providing a non-firing right bolt rail with the absence of a hinge bore; and providing a non-firing left bolt rail with the absence of an ejector pin bore and back stop material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Inventors: Robert I. Landies, Daniel L. Albright, Joshua G. Hershberger, Brian E. Johnson
  • Patent number: 8725472
    Abstract: A method for generating input information associated with a question to be provided to a simulation device on-board a platform. The question is elected among a plurality of questions. A simulation criterion corresponding to the simulation is determined. A simulation scenario is modified depending upon the question. The input information is generated depending upon the elected question and the simulation criterion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: SAAB AB
    Inventors: Hans-Ove Hagelin, Johan Ehlin
  • Patent number: 8714979
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for simulating a missile. A simulation program for a weapon using a processor unit is executed in a simulation unit. A number of input signals is received from a control station in a vehicle through an interface system connected to a weapons interface on the vehicle. The interface system is in communications with the processor unit. The control station is capable of operating the weapon connected to the weapons interface. A number of output signals is generated using a simulation of the weapon. The number of output signals is sent through the weapons interface to the control station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: James Victor Leonard, Robert Kastner Menzel, Richard E. Meyer, Aaron L. Eggemeyer, Joshua Ryan Pollema, William J. Ebert, III
  • Publication number: 20140106310
    Abstract: Immersive training scenario systems and related methods are provided. The immersive training scenario systems can provide at least one simulated structure. The at least one simulated structure can include a base structure having at least one surface thereon. One or more substrates with one or more photographic images printed thereon are applied to the surface of the base structure so that the simulated structure has realistic visual characteristics representative of a mission site or mission scenario.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 2, 2013
    Publication date: April 17, 2014
    Applicant: Military Wraps, Inc.
    Inventors: K. Dominic Cincotti, Trevor J. Kräcker
  • Patent number: 8692221
    Abstract: A device, system and method for identifying an object. The device comprises an identification badge comprising a surface at least partially reflective to infrared light and having an insignia thereon, and a source of infrared light co-located with the badge and comprising at least one infrared light emitting LED. The source and the badge are both secured to the object and the source is positioned relative to the badge such that the light emitted from the at least one infrared LED falls on the reflective surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: The Flewelling Ford Family Trust
    Inventor: Timothy D.F. Ford
  • Patent number: 8690575
    Abstract: The present invention is a weapon simulator that is at least partially controlled by a host computer and simulates near actual recoil forces of a weapon via a gun active recoil unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: ACME Worldwide Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Randall S. Gurule, Douglas D. Sutton, E. Victor Maestas, Peter Agnew, Matthew Hastey, Michael T. Skelton
  • Patent number: 8684738
    Abstract: The present invention is a firearm sight training tool, and, more specifically, relates to a method and tool for training a shooter to properly align a firearm's sights relative to a target, which through its implementation and use may provide for a more efficient and low cost means of training a firearm user to properly align a firearm's sights relative to the firearm user's target of interest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: The United States of America, as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventor: Christian Patrick Wade
  • Patent number: 8682521
    Abstract: A system and method for controlling movement of a vehicle. A current state of the vehicle is identified. The current state comprises a current location of the vehicle. A next state for the vehicle is selected by a processor unit. The next state comprises a next location for the vehicle. A value for an attribute of the next state of the vehicle is randomly selected. The movement of the vehicle is controlled to move the vehicle from the current state to the next state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Kimberly Mach, Robert P. Lutter, Trevor Lee Olson
  • Patent number: 8678824
    Abstract: A shooting simulation system and method. The system a firearm held by a user. In addition, the user has a user computer and an optical system associated with the firearm for capturing an image. The image provides information on a trajectory of a simulated bullet fired from a shooting firearm. The optical system is aligned relative to a known sight of the shooting firearm. The optical system captures the image when a trigger of the shooting firearm is pulled. The system also includes an image recognition system for determining if the captured image is a legitimate target. The user computer determines if the captured image is a hit or a miss of the target using only information obtained from the optical system and image recognition system for determining if the captured image is a hit or a miss of a target.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: Opto Ballistics, LLC
    Inventor: George Carter