Training Apparatus Using Beam Of Infrared, Visible Light, Or Ultraviolet Radiation Patents (Class 434/21)
  • Patent number: 10238979
    Abstract: A system in accordance with present embodiments includes a plurality of vehicles having vehicle interface circuitry and configured to accommodate one or more riders. In certain embodiments, a vehicle of the plurality of vehicles is configured to receive respective inputs from the one or more riders via the vehicle interface circuitry, and wherein the respective inputs are related to one or more game features of a game environment; and a game controller configured to receive information from the vehicle interface circuitry related to the respective inputs; and provide instructions to modify the game environment based on at least one of the respective inputs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Universal City Sudios LLC
    Inventors: Patrick Devin Boyle, Ross Alan Osterman
  • Patent number: 10209532
    Abstract: A switchable facemask comprises a viewing window through which a user views the outside, the viewing window including a clear member; a film operably disposed across the clear member to cover the user's field of view; a power source operably connected to the film; and a switch for turning ON or OFF the power source. The film is switchable between a clear state such that the user can see through the clear member and a light obscuring state such that the user's field of view is obscured. The film is in one of the clear and light obscuring states when the switch is ON and the film is in another of the clear and light obscuring states when the switch is OFF.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Inventor: Jonathan MacDonald Parker
  • Patent number: 10124266
    Abstract: A system in accordance with present embodiments includes a plurality of vehicles having vehicle interface circuitry and configured to accommodate one or more riders. In certain embodiments, a vehicle of the plurality of vehicles is configured to receive respective inputs from the one or more riders via the vehicle interface circuitry, and wherein the respective inputs are related to one or more game features of a game environment; and a game controller configured to receive information from the vehicle interface circuitry related to the respective inputs; and provide instructions to modify the game environment based on at least one of the respective inputs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Universal City Sudios LLC
    Inventors: Patrick Devin Boyle, Ross Alan Osterman
  • Patent number: 10077969
    Abstract: A system trains usage of a firearm and includes an end unit, a processing subsystem, and a control subsystem remotely located from the end unit. The end unit includes an image sensor that is positioned against a target that has a bar code. The image sensor defines a field of view of a scene that includes the target, and the bar code stores encoded information that defines a target coverage zone. The system selectively operates in a first mode and a second mode according to input from the control subsystem. In the first mode the end unit scans the bar code to extract the target coverage zone. In the second mode the image sensor captures a series of images of the target coverage zone, and the processing subsystem analyzes regions of the captured series of images to determine a strike, by a projectile of the firearm, on the target.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: MODULAR HIGH-END LTD.
    Inventor: Gal Tamir
  • Patent number: 10018449
    Abstract: An active target has a target face that is backlit by LEDs, where a detection layer behind the target face detects a new projectile hole in the target, such as from a gun or an arrow. The detection layer may be formed of one or more resistive layers, and the detected increase in resistance due to a new projectile hole being created is sensed and correlated to an XY position of the hole. The location of the new hole is transmitted via an RF signal to the shooter's portable device, such as a smartphone, and the shooter sees the location of the hit relative to the target face in real time. The LEDs may be dynamically controlled. The target is disposable and is supported by a support base containing the control electronics and transmitter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: Nthdegree Technologies Worldwide Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey Baldridge, Alexander Ray, Bradley Whaley, Darin Wagner, Neil O. Shotton, Richard A. Blanchard, Shelby Jueden, Steven Roach, Larry Todd Biggs, Eric Kahrs
  • Patent number: 9766043
    Abstract: A multi-function dry fire training device to be inserted into the chamber of a firearm, which comprises an illuminator for emitting, upon receiving a command from a controller, a beam of visible or invisible illumination from the barrel of the firearm, the beam being parallel to its central axis; a controller for controlling the functionality of the device including illumination of the illuminator, in response to activation of the firearm trigger; an actuator, being electrically connected to the controller, for activating the controller whenever being struck by the firearm striker and a power source for providing DC power to the controller and illuminator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Inventor: Oren Louis Uhr
  • Patent number: 9684369
    Abstract: An immersive virtual reality system for larger, theater-sized audiences is disclosed. The system enables multiple users to collaborate or work together as a group, or enable groups to compete. Users interact with the virtual reality system through the manipulation of handheld interactive devices. Each device has multiple lights forming a pattern. Tracking sensors monitor the handheld devices, and the system interprets the motions of the users and dynamically changes the virtual reality environment based on the motions of the users. The system may assign unique roles for users within a group.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: EON REALITY, INC.
    Inventors: Yazhou Huang, Jan Kjallstrom, Erbo Li, Mats Johansson
  • Patent number: 9429398
    Abstract: A dynamic signal to noise ratio tracking system enables detection and tracking of amusement park equipment within the field of view of the tracking system. The tracking system may include an emitter configured to emit electromagnetic radiation within an area, a detector configured to detect electromagnetic radiation reflected back from show elements within the area, and a control unit configured to evaluate signals from the detector to determine whether the show elements are to be adjusted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: Universal City Studios LLC
    Inventors: Robert J. Cortelyou, Steven C. Blum, Michael R. Kiddoo
  • Patent number: 9417035
    Abstract: The disclosure is directed at a method and system for improving situational awareness and accuracy of a user with a firearm. The system includes a blank firing laser attachment which is mounted to an end of the firearm and emits a laser when the trigger is pulled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Assignee: NORTHERN OPTOTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Jean Marc Poirier, Bradley Marc Poirier
  • Patent number: 9366504
    Abstract: The present invention is a novel apparatus for use as a training aid for devices that are aimed using line-of-sight methods, such as firearms and telescopes. A need exists for a removable aid that will improve the various aspects of targeting and device handling by the trainee. The present invention satisfies this need by placing a small, high-resolution electronic display within the line-of-sight of a device and adding other electronics to drive the display. The display and the additional electronics are used to provide many functions that are useful in training.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Inventors: Jason S Hester, Henry L. Jones, II
  • Patent number: 9267754
    Abstract: The invention relates to a training weapon system (1) intended for a recoilless antitank rifle (2), the training weapon system (1) comprising a sub-caliber barrel (3) for firing sub-caliber practice projectiles (4) provided with base plates (5), the sub-caliber barrel (3) being arranged in a shell-like body (6) in the barrel (7) of the recoilless antitank rifle (2), the front part of the sub-caliber barrel (3) being fitted in a guide part (8) for centering the barrel (3), and a rear part of the barrel (3) being fitted in a breech (9), comprising a firing channel (10) and a nozzle screw thread (11) for fitting a nozzle screw (12), which is arranged in the rear part of the shell-like body (6).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2016
    Assignee: SAAB AB
    Inventor: Johnny Liljeholm
  • Patent number: 9267761
    Abstract: This invention relates to the mounting and programming of a camera for the capturing of the images of a target, and/or the shooter, at the time around the discharge of a gun, bow, or shooting device. More particularly, the present invention relates to the process of mounting a digital video camera onto a gun barrel or shooting device and the programming of the video camera for the shooting environment associated with being mounted on a gun barrel or shooting device. This invention will allow a camera to survive repeated vibration and shock from the gun discharges and allow the user to program the camera for their specific shooting device characteristics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2016
    Inventor: David A. Stewart
  • Patent number: 9250039
    Abstract: A live-fire simulation system uses a position sensitive detector (PSD) in a weapon-mounted sensor to intercept emitted light from target emitters spatially distributed about a target. Each target emitter is modulated with a unique frequency. The system can thus not only determine the points of interception on the PSD but also determine which emitter caused which interception by using a frequency analysis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Assignee: SuroFire, LLC
    Inventors: John W. Matthews, Mark Squire, Murray Dunn
  • Patent number: 9214774
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention include devices for converting a bi-pin interface to a wedge interface in a light-emitting-diode (LED) lighting system. The ultimate purpose of the invention is to reduce the cost, service time, and risk challenges faced by LED-lighting servicers. The invention accomplishes this purpose by neutralizing the challenge imposed by unknown inventory requirements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2015
    Assignee: EPISTAR CORPORATION
    Inventor: Densen Cao
  • Patent number: 9144746
    Abstract: A toy set is disclosed herein the toy set including: a first object configured to transmit a plurality of codes wirelessly, each of the plurality of codes being transmitted at a different predetermined power level; a second object configured to detect the plurality of codes, the second object providing one of a plurality of audio outputs when at least one of the plurality of codes is detected by the second object; and wherein the one of the plurality of audio outputs is selected by determining which of the plurality of codes detected by the second object has a weakest predetermined power level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2015
    Assignee: MATTEL, INC.
    Inventor: Bruce James Cannon
  • Patent number: 9033711
    Abstract: A device configured to track and capture the movement data of a target as well as shooting and firearm movement activity of a hunter includes a housing, a camera, sensors, a processor, a memory, and a battery. The camera is disposed in close proximity to the housing to capture the movement of a target. One or more sensors are disposed in the housing and interfaced with the processor to capture the velocity and orientation of a gun. A trigger activation sensor is also in communication with the processor. The memory stores camera activity, trigger activity, sensor activities, and also stores an alarm setting on the device. The processor activates the alarm setting when predefined criteria are met. Radar can be incorporated to determine the distance of the target from the user. GPS can also be included to provide precise location and time information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Inventors: Kenneth W Guenther, Scott MacIntosh, Erik Bodegom
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8991090
    Abstract: A bullet-free training magazine designed to simulate real firing sounds and sights. The magazine is part of a magazine assembly which includes a magazine adaptor, a push to fire (PTF) trigger shaped to fit over a regular weapon trigger and to a fire flashlight. The PTF trigger and the fire flashlight are connected physically to the adaptor through two separate electrical cables. The magazine and the adaptor are coupled electrically through matching electrical interfaces and are designed for combined insertion into the magazine housing of a weapon. The magazine adaptor includes a first section adapted to attach to a magazine insertion member and including an adaptor electrical interface, a second section with two electrical sockets connected to the electrical cables, and a mounting adaptor member for mounting the magazine adaptor to fit into the magazine housing and into a firing chamber of the weapon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Bagira Systems Ltd.
    Inventor: Yaron Mizrachi
  • Patent number: 8979537
    Abstract: A training/safety plug for use in firearms is provided. In one implementation, the plug comprises a chamber end and a shaft extending away from the chamber end. The chamber end is adapted to fit within a chamber of a designated firearm, the chamber end has a cross-sectional dimension sufficient to prevent the chamber end from extending into a barrel of the designated firearm and further comprises a strike surface for receiving an impact of a firing pin and a proximal end dimension such that the chamber end is not engaged by an ejector mechanism of the firearm. The shaft comprises a barrel end coupled to and extending distally from the generally cylindrical chamber end. The training/safety plug renders the designated firearm inert. Methods of training a student to target a firearm or other targeting device are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Inventor: Richard Scott Stone
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20150010887
    Abstract: A laser training shooting device adaptable for use in varying caliber barrels of a firearm insertable in said barrels simulating firing of the firearm without actuation of a trigger or a firing pin of the firearm. The laser device consisting of: a laser module composed of a transmitting assembly and optics package; a spud adapter in communication with the laser module, said spud adapter having contact beads for frictional engagement and alignment within said firearm barrel; and, an electrical lead having a means of attachment at a first end to the laser module and a micro-switch disposed within a trigger ring or a trigger hook at a second end positioned at the trigger of said firearm. The laser device being activated by pressing the micro-switch causing the emission of a laser light from the laser module.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 2, 2013
    Publication date: January 8, 2015
    Inventor: Robert Louis Foege
  • Publication number: 20140370466
    Abstract: The present invention describes a weapon firing simulator comprising a laser transmitter arranged to emit a light beam triggered by a simulated firing, wherein the laser transmitter has sweeping means arranged for sweeping the emitted light beam typically around the simulated projectile or missile, the laser transmitter has modifying means arranged for modifying the emitted light beam to contain information, for transmission of a simulated engagement coordinate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 13, 2011
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Applicant: SAAB AB
    Inventor: Alf Axerud
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20140322673
    Abstract: A laser pointer or dry fire training device which may be activated by a control system based on accelerometer data and a library of event patterns. The event patterns may model fire arm training activities such as shooting, moving, weapon manipulation, reloading, and dry fire training. This invention also relates to a system and method for positioning a laser using a resilient biasing member that may be formed from a single sheet of metal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 7, 2014
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Inventor: Oren Louis Uhr
  • Publication number: 20140295380
    Abstract: A method of zeroing a weapon includes stabilizing a laser mounted weapon, aligning a laser corresponding to the bore path of the weapon to a second aim point and aligning the sights of the weapon to a first aim point.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Applicant: Dynamic Animation Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Jack Amis, Zoltan James, Jesse Beaudin, Dale E. Newcomb, JR., Dennis Deutsch, David A. Slayton, Dan Ewert, Susana Slayton, Doug Walker
  • Publication number: 20140256518
    Abstract: A firearm stability training device includes an adapter which receives a barrel or, in the case where the firearm is a handgun, receives an operator's wrist. A flexible coupler is removably attached to the adapter on one end, and a weight is suspended from the opposite end. Motion of the weight provides a force disruptive to the stable positioning of the firearm. Methods are described in which the device is used to train or rehabilitate an operator. An embodiment includes a laser firing assembly electrically connected to a trigger assembly, allowing the operator to accurately track their progress in training or rehabilitation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2014
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Inventor: James K. Seitzer
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20140248587
    Abstract: A shooting target range assembly for use by a trainee marksman using IR night vision imaging equipment to view a target. The range may have at least one target support mechanism for supporting a target and an infrared (IR) light projector associated locally with the base for projecting an IR light locally onto the target to illuminate the target with substantially IR images. The night vision imaging equipment used is chosen to be compatible with the IR light projector chosen. The assembly detects projectile hits on illuminated targets from a projectile fired by a trainee marksman.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 4, 2013
    Publication date: September 4, 2014
    Inventor: Noel Gordon
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20140199661
    Abstract: A participant is trained against potential threats by carrying a device on the participant which includes a light based sensor element arranged to determine a hit in response to receiving a coded light based signal representing a simulated projectile and an indicator element arranged to indicate a hit to the participant in response to the determination of the hit by the light based sensor element. A training video including simulated threatening events is displayed to the participant. A light based signal source associated with the video display is arranged to be triggered under computer control to direct a coded light based signal representing a simulated projectile towards the participant in response to the threatening event being displayed to the participant.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 8, 2014
    Publication date: July 17, 2014
    Inventors: Jeffrey James Quail, Rory Bochinski, Alex McIlraith
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20140193779
    Abstract: A multi-function dry fire training device to be inserted into the chamber of a firearm, which comprises an illuminator for emitting, upon receiving a command from a controller, a beam of visible or invisible illumination from the barrel of the firearm, the beam being parallel to its central axis; a controller for controlling the functionality of the device including illumination of the illuminator, in response to activation of the firearm trigger; an actuator, being electrically connected to the controller, for activating the controller whenever being struck by the firearm striker and a power source for providing DC power to the controller and illuminator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 12, 2013
    Publication date: July 10, 2014
    Inventor: Oren Louis Ohr
  • Patent number: 8770977
    Abstract: An infantry training simulation system comprising at least one firing lane, with at least one display arranged substantially near the end of the firing lane. A trainee experiencing the simulation can carry at least one physical or virtual weapon, which is typically similar to a traditional infantry weapon. To facilitate navigation and other interaction with the simulation, the weapon is preferably outfitted with at least one controller. At least one computer is communicatively coupled to the display and the weapon. The computer can monitor input from the at least one controller, and modifies the training simulation displayed on the display based on the input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Dynamic Animation Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: David A. Slayton, Charles W. Lutz, Jr., Delbert Cope, Dale E. Newcomb, Jr., Robert J. Kobes, Robert E. Young, Eric A. Preisz, Christopher M. Ledwith, Syrus Mesdaghi, Carl Douglas Walker
  • Patent number: 8734156
    Abstract: A multi-function dry fire training device to be inserted into the chamber of a firearm, which comprises an illuminator for emitting, upon receiving a command from a controller, a beam of visible or invisible illumination from the barrel of the firearm, the beam being parallel to its central axis; a controller for controlling the functionality of the device including illumination of the illuminator, in response to activation of the firearm trigger; an actuator, being electrically connected to the controller, for activating the controller whenever being struck by the firearm striker and a power source for providing DC power to the controller and illuminator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Inventor: Oren Louis Uhr
  • Patent number: 8706440
    Abstract: An apparatus for registering time and location of a weapon firing of a weapon. The apparatus includes a microcontroller, a pressure sensor located in proximately is provided to the weapon and adapted to determine pressure data based on air pressure in proximity to the weapon and provide the pressure data to a microcontroller, an accelerometer located in proximity to the weapon and adapted to determine acceleration data based on movement of the weapon and provide the acceleration data to the microcontroller; a time device adapted to keep time and provide the time to the microcontroller; a location sensor located in proximity to the weapon and adapted to determine a location of the weapon and provide the location of the weapon to the microcontroller; and a memory coupled to the microcontroller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: AAI Corporation
    Inventors: Niall B. McNelis, Chris Bevard, Ryan Cardone
  • Publication number: 20140045146
    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: August 12, 2013
    Publication date: February 13, 2014
    Applicant: Ti Training Corp
    Inventors: Gregory Otte, Todd R. Brown, Joseph J. Mason
  • Patent number: 8646201
    Abstract: A firearm training tool having a shot indicating system in further in one form a trigger take-up indicating system. The trigger module is adjustable to adjust various properties of the trigger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Assignee: NextLevel Training, LLC
    Inventors: Michael F. Hughes, Jack Kettlestrings, Gregory Davis, Britt Lentz
  • Patent number: 8632338
    Abstract: A target acquisition apparatus for use in association with a target, includes a weapon activation sensor, an image detector, a modulated light detector, a weapon processor, and a weapon transceiver for detecting activation of the weapon and producing a triggering signal. The weapon processor identifies a predetermined modulation characteristic from detected light radiation, identifies a predetermined spatial configuration within a predetermined portion of an acquired image, determines a local coordinate system, and produces a hit indication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2014
    Assignee: Israel Aircraft Industries Ltd.
    Inventor: Eli Miasnik
  • Publication number: 20130344461
    Abstract: A universal marksmanship training system is disclosed herein configured to utilize a display device comprising a graphic display. A software application may also be provided. The software application is often configured to display a virtual target on the graphic display. A chamber insert may be utilized, the chamber insert configured to be positioned with the firing chamber of a firearm to be zeroed, wherein the chamber insert interacts with the software application to determine alignment of a bore of the firearm to a bore alignment point on the graphic display. In one form, the display device displays a sight target on the graphic display wherein the sight target is visually perceived by a marksman, and is offset from the bore alignment point by a offset distance. In one form, the software application calculates the sight target relative to the bore alignment point of the firearm given a set of condition variables.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 26, 2013
    Publication date: December 26, 2013
    Inventor: Selso Tello
  • Patent number: 8613619
    Abstract: A gun-resembling apparatus having a gunstock and a barrel, a sight aligned with the barrel, a trigger mounted along the gunstock, and image capturing features for capturing targeted images via operating the trigger and safety features incorporated with the image capturing features to teach the student proper gun-handling procedures. The device includes a camera to capture image(s) in a sight line of the barrel. The image(s) are displayed on a display screen for viewing and editing. The device also incorporates a safety switch having a safe and fire position, the camera being prohibited from operating in the safe position and being allowed to operate in the fire position. An alert signal may sound through a speaker if the trigger is not operated after a predetermined time of the safety switch being in the fire position. An image storage device may also be used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2013
    Inventors: Bryan S. Couet, Keri L. Couet
  • Publication number: 20130337416
    Abstract: A video camera and recording device integrated with a real or toy weapon to provide video recording of the assault and aiming process of the weapon holder in operational training, actual combat, hunting, sports and gaming scenarios. A video camera is boresighted with the weapon, and a video memory stores the recorded dynamic scenario, and a trigger sensor which continually senses and records the triggering actions imposed by the weapon holder. The trigger sensor is attached to the actual trigger of the weapon thus enabling normal operation of the weapon. The video camera, may be mounted internally within the bore of the weapon, such that the external form of the weapon is not altered, thus achieving closer operation to real life situations. The recorded trigger data is utilized upon playback of the recorded video, enabling quick review and scoring of the recorded aiming process for training and gaming.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 18, 2013
    Publication date: December 19, 2013
    Inventor: Avraham Ram GUISSIN
  • Publication number: 20130337415
    Abstract: A firearm training system, comprising a firearm and a training module mechanically coupled with the firearm that operates to train a user to accurately fire a firearm to a target. The training module includes communication circuitry and at least one of an inertial measurement unit (IMU) and an attitude and heading reference system (AHRS). The system includes a feedback unit that communicates with the training module by way of the training module communication circuitry. The feedback module is configured to receive position information from the training module and to generate feedback data and user feedback in the form of a tone or light or speech. In one embodiment, the training module generates feedback for the user. Typically, the feedback is generated to indicate movement in relation to a desired aim point.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 16, 2012
    Publication date: December 19, 2013
    Inventor: Tony Huet
  • Patent number: 8597025
    Abstract: A celestial weapons orientation measuring system. The system includes a miniature celestial direction detection device. The device includes an inclinometer, a camera for imaging at least one celestial object and a processor programmed with a celestial catalog providing known positions at specific times of at least one celestial object and algorithms for automatically calculating target direction information based on the inclination of the system as measured by the inclinometer and the known positions of the celestial object as provided by the celestial catalog and as imaged by the camera. Similar to the training technique discussed in the background section, the pretend enemy wears a GPS detector and transmitter, and a computer system is preferably provided which determines when a trigger-pull results in a “casualty”.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: Trex Enterprises Corp.
    Inventors: Mikhail Belenkii, Donald Bruns, Timothy Brinkley
  • Publication number: 20130309633
    Abstract: A firearm training apparatus and method provides simulated weapon realism that places higher priority to shot placement by using a culminated laser beam with specific target areas to achieve marksmanship accuracy. Trainee shooters can visually observe hits by an LED in the target area and hear an alarm sound when another trainee is hit. Stress and reaction to stress is achieved through the use of a TENS (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation) units in vests worn by the trainees. Greater realism is achieved by eliminating special safety equipment required with projectile systems, and focus on weapon accuracy and firing characteristics.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 15, 2013
    Publication date: November 21, 2013
    Applicant: Force Training Solutions, Inc.
    Inventor: James Carriere
  • Publication number: 20130295527
    Abstract: A caliber specific drill cartridge and an adaptor assembly for transforming the caliber specific drill cartridge for use in a first firearm chamber into a caliber specific drill cartridge assembly for use in a second firearm chamber. The adaptor assembly may include a drill cartridge having a first central axis, a rear casing, and a front casing with a first maximum outer dimension perpendicular to the first central axis. The front casing may be connected to the rear casing such that the front and rear casings cooperate to form a housing, which may be configured and dimensioned for chambering in a first firearm chamber. The adaptor assembly further may include a cartridge specific adaptor with a second central axis. The drill cartridge and the cartridge specific adaptor may be combined such that the adaptor assembly is configured and dimensioned for chambering in a second firearm chamber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 1, 2013
    Publication date: November 7, 2013
    Inventor: Oren Uhr
  • Patent number: 8573975
    Abstract: A firing apparatus includes a light generating device for emitting a modulated light beam that includes information regarding the firing apparatus upon triggering in a direction toward a target. Lens optics is positioned in a path of the modulated light beam including a one dimensional lens for beam shaping the modulated light beam to provide a shaped modulated beam including a low divergence horizontal beam portion and a vertically elongated beam portion. A combat training system includes a head mounted apparatus including at least one photodetector affixed. The vertically elongated beam portion allows the light beam generated by the firing apparatus to be aimed at the torso of the target and be detected by photodetectors that are exclusively on the helmet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: Lockheed Martin Corporation
    Inventors: Steven Preston, Thomas H. Penner, Thomas C. Penrose, Richard D. O'Neal
  • Patent number: 8545226
    Abstract: A firearm shooting simulator includes an image capturing device fitted to a firearm and configured to capture at least one image of a target, once activated. The system further includes a processor which is configured to determine any variance between a center point of the image captured and a point on the target sighted by the firearm when the image is captured. This is achieved by sighting the firearm at a particular point on the target and programming the processor with the location of this sighted point. Once the processor is aware of which point is sighted by the firearm, the image is captured and the processor determines a center point of the image captured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Inventors: Christian Emmanuel Norden, Alan Trevor Brown
  • Patent number: 8529262
    Abstract: The system and method to advance human performance in sighting, tracking, recognizing, and reacting to (collectively “engaging”) moving and stationary objects, for example, advancing skill in engaging targets with a firearm. System components include software and hardware that provide target and non-target image stimuli that can be manually or automatically generated as stationary or moving stimuli in a blank or a rendered scene environment. The methods including increase stimuli movement speeds and/or reducing the interval between or the time for which stimuli are displayed until the trainee fails to properly engage the stimuli, then reduce the movement speeds and/or increase the interval time to levels at which the trainee properly engages the stimuli. By repeating training methods with increasing speed, the trainee will be conditioned to achieve proper stimuli engagement with increasingly elevated speed and accuracy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Assignee: Conflict Kinetics LLC
    Inventor: Brian Stanley
  • Patent number: 8520895
    Abstract: A system and method calculate a range and velocity of an object in image data. The range calculation includes detecting a contour of the object from the image data, forming a template from the image data based on the contour; and calculating a range to the object using pixel resolution and dimension statistics of the object. A three-dimensional velocity of the object is determined by calculating a radial component and an angular component of the velocity. The radial velocity component is calculated by determining the range of the object in two or more image frames, determining a time differential between the two or more image frames, and calculating the radial velocity as a function of the range of the object in the two or more image frames and the time differential between the two or more image frames. The angular component is calculated using spatial-temporal derivatives as a function of a motion constraint equation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Kwong Wing Au, Saad J. Bedros
  • Patent number: RE44786
    Abstract: Hand position monitoring systems and methods for use with firearms. The hand monitoring system monitors a hand position of a firearm user and includes a sensor assembly and a controller. The sensor assembly acquires hand position information (e.g., index or trigger finger position information) of a firearm user and electronically communicates the hand position information for review and/or analysis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: Force Science Institute Ltd.
    Inventors: William B. Hudson, William J. Lewinski