Beam Sensor Included In Apparatus Patents (Class 434/22)
  • Patent number: 10782400
    Abstract: An Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) interrogation system and method adapted for: transmitting RF broadcast signal to be received by complementary transponder(s) of the IFF system being within the interrogation range and thereby arm the complementary transponders for sensing laser beam illumination; receiving an RF response signal from the complementary transponder(s); operating a laser activation interface module, which is configured for interfacing an external laser transmitter, to determine activation of transmission of an interrogating laser beam by the external laser transmitted; and receiving and processing RF signals to identify therein RF response signal(s), which are transmitted by the complementary IFF transponder(s) in response to detection of the trans mitted laser beam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: ISRAEL AEROSPACE INDUSTRIES LTD.
    Inventors: Abraham Aharoni, Roey Zuitlin
  • Patent number: 10748022
    Abstract: A method for crowd separation, the method may include receiving or generating a signature of an image of a first plurality of pedestrians, wherein the image comprises regions, wherein the signature of the image comprises descriptors of the regions, wherein each descriptor of a region is associated with a region and comprises a set of identifiers that identify content included in the region and in a vicinity of the region; detecting, within the descriptors of the regions, unique combinations of identifiers that are indicative of spatial relationships between the regions and bounding boxes that surround pedestrians of the first plurality of pedestrians; wherein the unique combinations are learnt during a supervised machine learning process that is fed with test images of densely positioned pedestrians; and locating the pedestrians of the first plurality of pedestrians based, at least in part, on the spatial relationships related to detected unique combinations and to locations of the regions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: CARTICA AI LTD
    Inventors: Igal Raichelgauz, Kirill Dyagilev, Karina Odinaev
  • Patent number: 10731948
    Abstract: The present invention relates to target acquisition and related devices, and more particularly to telescopic gunsights and associated equipment used to achieve shooting accuracy at, for example, close ranges, medium ranges and extreme ranges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: HVRT CORP.
    Inventors: Dennis J. Sammut, Lawrence Chao
  • Patent number: 10598775
    Abstract: The number of pulses of a stimulus signal provided by a conducted electrical weapon (“CEW”) between launch and establishing an electrical circuit with a human or animal target may be counted to determine the distance between the CEW and the target and the distance between electrodes launched by the CEW toward the target while positioned in or near target tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: Axon Enterprise, Inc.
    Inventors: Magne Nerheim, Steven N.D. Brundula
  • Patent number: 10551148
    Abstract: At least one shooter-side image sensor captures images of a plurality of shooters and a plurality of respective firearms periodically fired by the shooters. At least one target-side sensor collects data indicative of projectile strikes on a target area associated with at least one target. A processing unit analyzes images captured by the shooter-side image sensor and detects projectile discharges in response to firing of the firearms, and uniquely identifies each of the shooters associated with the detected projectile discharges. The processing unit detections of projectile strikes, based on the data collected by the target-side sensor, and the detected projectile discharges and identifies, for each detected projectile strike on the target area, the correspondingly fired firearm associated with the uniquely identified shooter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: Modular High-End LTD.
    Inventor: Gal Tamir
  • Patent number: 10508882
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to simulated hunting devices and methods, and in particular to an accessory for a real or toy firearm that provides a simulated hunting experience in a real hunting environment. A hunting simulation accessory can be attached to a real or toy firearm, such as by attaching the accessory to an accessory rail along the barrel of the firearm. The simulation accessory provides audio and visual responses to the user to simulate a hunting experience, even when no live ammunition is fired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Inventor: Ronnie Valdez
  • Patent number: 10502531
    Abstract: A method for calculation of real time shooting instructions by calibrating data extracted from images of a shooting target and outputs of an inertial measurement unit (IMU) mounted on the body of a shooter. The method comprises calculating a result of a shooting event, calculating at least one physiological parameter of the shooter during a period preceding the shooting event according to an analysis of outputs of the IMU which is supported by at least one wearable device worn by the shooter, calculating shooting parameter by correlating between the at least one physiological parameter and the result, and instructing a presentation of shooting instructions calculated based on additional outputs of the IMU and the shooting parameter on a display of the mobile device or by a presentation unit of the at least one wearable device before an additional shooting event is detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: Erange Corporation
    Inventors: Ofir Moshe Almagor, Yuval Stern
  • Patent number: 10365068
    Abstract: A laser system operationally coupled to an aimable device having a Line of Sight (LOS), and adapted for providing a graphic laser display, including: at least one laser source adapted to generate: a first laser output, displaying a fixed pattern at a hit point having a fixed orientation relative to an axis of the LOS of the aimable device, and a second laser output, forming the graphic laser display; a motion control mechanism adapted to direct at least the second laser output; a tracking system configured to track at least one target; and a processing unit, configured to receive tracking data relating to a location of the at least one target relative to the LOS of the aimable device and instruct the motion control mechanism to direct the second laser output to display the graphic laser display on the at least one target.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: SMART SHOOTER LTD.
    Inventor: Avshalom Ehrlich
  • Patent number: 10295307
    Abstract: The present invention relates to target acquisition and related devices, and more particularly to telescopic gunsights and associated equipment used to achieve shooting accuracy at, for example, close ranges, medium ranges and extreme ranges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: HVRT CORP.
    Inventors: Dennis J. Sammut, Lawrence Chao
  • Patent number: 10209033
    Abstract: A sighting/training device configured to be mounted to a pistol handle of a gun incorporates a light source, a power source, and a control. The device has at least two operating modes and a switch to select one of the modes. In a first operating mode the light source emits light when a button grip is pressed by a user, and does not emit light when the button grip is not depressed. In a second mode the light source emits light when a sound, such as the sound of a gun firing pin, is detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Inventors: Larry E. Moore, Aaron Moore
  • Patent number: 10179181
    Abstract: Solutions for limiting the undesirable spread of pathogens by indirect contact are provided. The solutions involve heat-sanitization of contact regions on articles or fixtures by flowing selected electromagnetic radiation energy through underlying waveguide structures substantially parallel to the contact regions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: Elwha LLC
    Inventors: Michael C. Hegg, David R. Nash, Benjamin K. Wilson
  • Patent number: 9869530
    Abstract: The present invention relates to target acquisition and related devices, and more particularly to telescopic gunsights and associated equipment used to achieve shooting accuracy at, for example, close ranges, medium ranges and extreme ranges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: HVRT CORP.
    Inventors: Dennis J. Sammut, Lawrence Chao
  • Patent number: 9865174
    Abstract: An adapter assembly permits sensory feedback such as a pain penalty to be incorporated into a combat training system of the type which includes simulated weapons which output a laser hit signal representative of a projectile and user monitoring devices worn by participants having laser sensors to provide an indication when a participant is hit by a simulated projectile in a combat training exercise. The adapter assembly works with an electrical impulse device also worn by the participants to deliver an electrical shock to the participant in response to receiving an activation signal. More particularly, the adapter assembly has input sensor for sensing when a user monitoring device indicates a hit to the user, and a signal output for generating an activation signal which can be received by the electrical impulse device to shock the participant when hit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Inventor: Jeffrey James Quail
  • Patent number: 9829280
    Abstract: A laser targeting apparatus rests on a surface and moves, such as by vibrating, wobbling, or shaking, when struck by laser light of sufficient intensity. The apparatus is designed not to fall over, so a user does not have to move to the apparatus and pick it up after a strike. The apparatus has a body that includes a structure, which is preferably one or more printed circuit boards including light sensors, for detecting strikes of laser light, and a motor. When a strike of laser light is detected, power is provided to the motor, which vibrates and causes the apparatus to move.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Inventors: Larry E. Moore, Aaron Moore
  • Patent number: 9791243
    Abstract: A weapon effect simulation system including a fire simulation system and at least one hit simulation system. The fire simulation system includes a transmitter for transmitting electromagnetic waves to simulate real ammunition from a weapon and elements for including information in the electromagnetic waves. The hit simulation system includes both a receiver for receiving the transmitted electromagnetic waves and a processor for determining, based on received electromagnetic waves, whether a target has been hit. The fire simulation system further includes a calculator for calculating the imagined trajectory of the simulated ammunition and a processor for determining the geographical position of the weapon, and wherein the elements for including information in the electromagnetic waves are arranged so as to include information related to coordinates in the three-dimensional space for the calculated ammunition trajectory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: SAAB AB
    Inventors: Ulf Björkman, Anders Holmquist
  • Patent number: 9480921
    Abstract: Methods and systems for providing multiple viewing modes of a simulated environment are described herein. The different viewing modes may include a magnified view of the environment, an unmagnified view, and/or a magnified view combined with an unmagnified view. The different viewing modes may include a model of a user controlled object which mimics the movement of the user controlled object to provide the user with information regarding the positioning or orientation of the user controlled object with respect to the user's current view. In the different viewing modes, a potential damage indicator may be provided on a targeted object to indicate potential damage to the targeted object based on a current weapon selection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: Wargaming.net Limited
    Inventors: Dzmitry Yudo, Alexey Alexeev
  • Patent number: 9448043
    Abstract: An interactive target assembly is disclosed and claimed herein wherein the target assembly is meant to provide real-time feedback to a shooter or other remote onlooker. The shooter or other party can visually detect a strike to the target by way of a high powered LED light that is in wired communication with a target control module. The target control module is thereby in wireless communication via a multi-channel receiver with a remote control and an impact detection module. The impact detection module detects an impact to the target, sending a signal to the target control module, which illuminates a light to indicate a strike.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Assignee: Roberts Tactical Precision, Inc.
    Inventor: Kirk J. Roberts
  • Patent number: 9364741
    Abstract: A toy projectile launching system including at least one toy projectile, and at least one toy launcher, each including a receptacle into which a projectile is loaded, a launching mechanism for physically launching a projectile after it is loaded into the receptacle, a target area sensitive to being hit by a projectile, and a display for presenting a message when a projectile, launched by another launcher, hits the target area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Assignee: EyeSpy Toys Ltd
    Inventor: Benjamin Rosenberg
  • Patent number: 9366493
    Abstract: A precision guided handgun includes a handgun and includes a sensor circuit coupled to the handgun and configured to capture optical data associated with a view area. The precision guided handgun further includes a controller coupled to the handgun and configured to process the optical data to detect a foreground object within the optical data. The controller automatically selects the foreground object as a target.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Assignee: TrackingPoint, Inc.
    Inventor: John Hancock Lupher
  • Patent number: 9267762
    Abstract: A system and method for marksmanship training comprises a screen, a computer having a processor and a memory connected to the processor and adjacent the screen, a set of modified video images stored in the memory, a set of projectors for projecting the set of modified video images onto the screen, connected to the computer and adjacent the screen, the set of modified video images including a moving clay target image and a phantom clay target image adjacent the moving clay target image at a lead distance from the moving clay target image, a camera connected to the computer and adjacent the screen, a weapon adjacent the screen, and a laser operatively mounted in the weapon. The phantom clay target image has a contrast level range from a fully opaque image to a fully transparent image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2016
    Assignee: Shooting Simulator, LLC
    Inventors: James L. Northrup, Robert P. Northrup, Peter F. Blakeley
  • Patent number: 9243865
    Abstract: A firearm handgrip assembly with laser gunsight system has a first grip body having a first attachment facility operable to connect the grip to the frame at a first frame position, a second grip body having a second attachment facility operable to connect the grip to the frame at a first frame position, a connection portion connected to the first grip body and to the second grip body, the first grip body including a beam projection element, the second grip body including a power storage facility, and the second attachment facility being operable to enable detachment and reattachment of the second grip body while the first grip body remains undisturbed, such that batteries may be replaced without disturbing the alignment of the beam projection element. The connection portion may include a conductor and be formed of a flexible material, such as an elastomer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Assignee: HOGUE, INC.
    Inventor: James David Bruhns
  • Patent number: 9219544
    Abstract: In one aspect, identification and communication systems are described herein. In some embodiments, an identification and communication system comprises one or more query units and one or more response units, wherein at least one query unit comprises a query beam source comprising a light emitting diode (LED) operable to emit a query beam. In some embodiments, the query beam is substantially collimated. In some embodiments, an identification and communication system comprises one or more query units and one or more response units, wherein at least one query unit comprises a first query beam source operable to emit a first component beam and a second query beam source operable to emit a second component beam. In some embodiments, the first query beam source comprises an LED and the second query beam source comprises a laser. In some embodiments, the first component beam and the second component beam are substantially concentric.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2015
    Assignee: Analysis First LLC
    Inventors: Peter Gerber, Jodi Lasky
  • Patent number: 9175935
    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: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Inventor: Noel Gordon
  • Patent number: 9163904
    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: December 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2015
    Inventor: Oren Louis Ohr
  • Patent number: 9146078
    Abstract: An adapter device for use in a combat training system communicates between an anti-personnel training device and a user monitoring device in a training exercise. The anti-personnel training device may be a simulated improvised explosive device including a trigger and an output arranged to output a simulated attack, for example light and sound representative of an explosion, in response to activation of the trigger. The user monitoring device, for example existing training products, such as the Stressvest™ system, the IR Tactical System™, or the MILES™ system, is worn by a user and includes an input which receives a hit signal indicative of the user being hit and an indicator output arranged to indicate the user has been hit. The adapter device has an input sensor to sense the simulated attack of the anti-personnel training device and a signal output to output a hit signal detectable by the user monitoring device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2015
    Inventor: Jeffrey James Quail
  • Patent number: 9057582
    Abstract: A simulation system for use in military exercise of combat in an area having at least one building has a transmitter arranged on a firearm for simulating firing of a shot and a detector to be arranged on the body of a soldier. Sensors are adapted to sense whether the transmitter and the detector are located indoors or outdoors. The detector is designed to discriminate between normal power signals fired from outdoors and indoors, whereas the transmitters is adapted to emit signals of normal power when located outdoors and signal of normal power as well as a substantially lower power when located indoors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2015
    Assignee: SAAB AB
    Inventors: Ulf Bjòrkman, Anders Holmquist
  • 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: 8986010
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to an airburst simulation system and method. The airburst simulation system includes a laser emitting unit to emit laser beam to an airburst aiming position, preset above a target hidden behind an obstacle, such that a warhead is airbursted to shoot the target, a laser detecting unit mounted onto the target to detect an arrival of the laser beam above the target, and a determining unit to measure a distance between the airburst aiming position and an arrival position of the laser detected by the laser detecting unit, and determine whether or not the target has been shot based on the distance. This allows for a simulated engagement using an airburst apparatus, with no harm to human bodies by virtue of the use of laser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Agency for Defense Development
    Inventors: Joon-Ho Lee, Je-Wook Chae, Eui-Jung Choe, Sung-Bae Lee, Hyun-Jun Kim
  • Publication number: 20150064655
    Abstract: A system and method uses three-dimensional, visual feedback for simulated weapons fire during training of a soldier in a combat exercise. In the system, the soldier is provided with a weapon equipped with a laser transmitter that simulates the firing of actual rounds. Further, sensors are positioned on a human target. Also, discharge members are located on the human target. When a signal is received by a sensor, selected discharge members are activated to immediately expel a plume of dust. As a result, the plume of expelled dust provides three-dimensional, visual feedback to the soldier in real-time.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 11, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventor: Stuart C. Segall
  • Patent number: 8915737
    Abstract: A system and method uses three-dimensional, visual feedback for simulated weapons fire during training of a soldier in a combat exercise. In the system, the soldier is provided with a weapon equipped with a laser transmitter that simulates the firing of actual rounds. Further, sensors are positioned on a human target. Also, discharge members are located on the human target. When a signal is received by a sensor, selected discharge members are activated to immediately expel a plume of dust. As a result, the plume of expelled dust provides three-dimensional, visual feedback to the soldier in real-time. Additionally, the system contemplates providing three-dimensional, visual feedback from background surfaces and vehicles in the combat environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Inventor: Stuart Charles Segall
  • 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: 20140349254
    Abstract: The present invention comprises a transmitter unit having at least one infrared (IR) transmitter, a target screen, a plurality of photodiode sensors disposed in a spaced apart relationship about the target screen, and receiver circuitry connecting the photodiode sensors together. The transmitter unit continuously emits an IR signal, which is detected by the photodiode sensors. The receiver circuitry then triangulate the position of the transmitter unit by calculating the differential distances between each of the photodiode sensors and the transmitter unit. The receiver circuitry is able to dynamically update the position of the transmitter unit because the transmitter unit continuously emits an IR signal. The transmitter unit is able to simulate a “shot” in a number of different ways, including updating the packet update rate or altering the data packet preamble. No return signal is necessary for the transmitter unit to confirm the “shot.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 22, 2014
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Inventor: Andrew Lohbihler
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20140335479
    Abstract: A system and method for marksmanship training comprises a screen, a computer having a processor and a memory connected to the processor and adjacent the screen, a set of modified video images stored in the memory, a set of projectors for projecting the set of modified video images onto the screen, connected to the computer and adjacent the screen, the set of modified video images including a moving clay target image and a phantom clay target image adjacent the moving clay target image at a lead distance from the moving clay target image, a camera connected to the computer and adjacent the screen, a weapon adjacent the screen, and a laser operatively mounted in the weapon. The phantom clay target image has a contrast level range from a fully opaque image to a fully transparent image.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 7, 2014
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Applicant: SHOOTING SIMULATOR, LLC
    Inventors: James L. Northrup, Robert P. Northrup, Peter F. Blakeley
  • Publication number: 20140335478
    Abstract: A system and method for marksmanship training comprises a screen, a computer having a processor and a memory connected to the processor and adjacent the screen, a set of modified video images stored in the memory, a set of projectors for projecting the set of modified video images onto the screen, connected to the computer and adjacent the screen, the set of modified video images including a moving clay target image and a phantom clay target image adjacent the moving clay target image at a lead distance from the moving clay target image, a camera connected to the computer and adjacent the screen, a weapon adjacent the screen, and a laser operatively mounted in the weapon. The phantom clay target image has a contrast level range from a fully opaque image to a fully transparent image.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 9, 2013
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Inventors: James L. Northrup, Robert P. Northrup, Peter F. Blakeley
  • 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: 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: 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: 20140186802
    Abstract: A target device is usable with a simulation system which includes a weapon simulator having a trigger, a chamber for firing a blank cartridge in response to the trigger, and a transmitter arranged to emit a light signal defining one or more activation codes of prescribed duration in response to the trigger. The target device includes a sensor array of photodiodes and a processor receiving output signals from the photodiodes. The processor determines that the sensor array has been hit by the weapon simulator in response to a first portion of one activation code being received by one of the photodiodes and at least one second portion of the same activation code being received by the same or a different one of the photodiodes when the first portion and the at least one second portion correspond to an entirety of one activation code within the respective prescribed duration.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 31, 2012
    Publication date: July 3, 2014
    Inventors: Jeffrey James Quail, Rory Bochinski, Alex McIlraith, Luke Draper, Fred Swensen
  • Publication number: 20140162218
    Abstract: A system and method uses three-dimensional, visual feedback for simulated weapons fire during training of a soldier in a combat exercise. In the system, the soldier is provided with a weapon equipped with a laser transmitter that simulates the firing of actual rounds. Further, sensors are positioned on a human target. Also, discharge members are located on the human target. When a signal is received by a sensor, selected discharge members are activated to immediately expel a plume of dust. As a result, the plume of expelled dust provides three-dimensional, visual feedback to the soldier in real-time. Additionally, the system contemplates providing three-dimensional, visual feedback from background surfaces and vehicles in the combat environment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2013
    Publication date: June 12, 2014
    Inventor: STUART CHARLES SEGALL
  • Publication number: 20140134574
    Abstract: Laser target practice using an ultra-violet light emitting laser that is pulsed on when a weapon trigger is pulled. The UV laser light pulse illuminates a spot on a target having a coating of phosphorescent material on a face thereof. The phosphorescent material within the illuminated spot glows for a certain time thereby visually indicating a location of the spot on the target. The UV laser light pulse may also illuminate a spot on a target having a photochromic paint coatings on a face thereof. The photochromic paint coatings within the illuminated spot changes color thereby indicating a location of the spot on the target.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 22, 2014
    Publication date: May 15, 2014
    Inventor: Randy Yach
  • Publication number: 20140065578
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to an airburst simulation system and method. The airburst simulation system includes a laser emitting unit to emit laser beam to an airburst aiming position, preset above a target hidden behind an obstacle, such that a warhead is airbursted to shoot the target, a laser detecting unit mounted onto the target to detect an arrival of the laser beam above the target, and a determining unit to measure a distance between the airburst aiming position and an arrival position of the laser detected by the laser detecting unit, and determine whether or not the target has been shot based on the distance. This allows for a simulated engagement using an airburst apparatus, with no harm to human bodies by virtue of the use of laser.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 5, 2012
    Publication date: March 6, 2014
    Inventors: Joon-Ho LEE, Je-Wook CHAE, Eui-Jung CHOE, Sung-Bae LEE, Hyun-Jun KIM
  • 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
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8597026
    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: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: Military Wraps, Inc.
    Inventors: K. Dominic Cincotti, Trevor J. Kracker
  • 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: 8562351
    Abstract: A device includes a first light source to be aligned along a path of a projectile. The first light source has a narrow divergence to simulate the path of the projectile. A second light source has a vertically wide divergence extending above the path of the projectile. The first and second light sources are encoded and aligned to facilitate distinguishing between head and body shots using only head sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Assignee: Lockheed Martin Corporation
    Inventors: Steven Preston, Edward S. Kaprocki, Tom Penner
  • 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