Machine Mechanism Patents (Class 434/401)
  • Publication number: 20150140542
    Abstract: Robotic game system for education of the electrical, mechanical, design and strategic arts containing elements for robotic remote control and autonomous action in inter-team competitions with illustrative examples of said education materials and components.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 20, 2013
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Applicant: VisualEdge, Inc.
    Inventor: Luke Edward Ward
  • Publication number: 20140220545
    Abstract: Active vibration isolation (AVVI) systems are becoming more available in various markets, one such market being vehicle operator seating. Unfamiliarity with the performance of such systems may cause users initial perceptions of system performance to be unfavorable. AVI systems can include a demonstration system capable of providing simulations too users of various types of vibration isolation systems under various input conditions, so that users can be introduced to the system benefits over other systems before using an AVI equipped product in its intended application.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 4, 2013
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Inventors: Antonio Sangermano, II, James A. Parison, JR., Brian A. Selden
  • Publication number: 20140154660
    Abstract: A display system includes a bicycle wheel rotatable about an axle, a lighting device secured to the wheel for rotation with the wheel, and a stand device having an attachment location where the axle of the wheel is attached to support the wheel so that the wheel can rotate relative to the stand device. The stand device includes a drive roller engaging the wheel to rotate the wheel and a motor rotating the drive roller. A distance between the attachment location and the drive roller can be adjusted so that the stand device accommodates different sizes of wheels. The motor and the drive roller can be secured to the stand device at a fixed location while the wheel is mounted to a pivoting portion of the stand device so that gravity pivots the wheel in a direction to engage the wheel with the drive roller.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 4, 2012
    Publication date: June 5, 2014
    Inventor: Dan Goldwater
  • Publication number: 20140113271
    Abstract: An interactive physical display is provided. The display provides specific components of a system, such as a braking system, devoid of certain conventional features such that system operations are visible. An actuator for communication with a user is provided, the actuator allowing a user to activate features of the system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 22, 2013
    Publication date: April 24, 2014
    Inventor: Ramon Elder
  • Patent number: 8506369
    Abstract: Various systems, game controllers, and methods for simulating various objects such as weapons are provided. For example, a game controller may include a trigger, a processor within the body that receives a trigger signal when the trigger is activated by the user. The processor may communicate with a computer running a software program such as a gaming application, and an actuator coupled to the trigger, the actuator configured to output a haptic effect to the trigger in response to receiving a control signal from the processor. The game controller may simulate a gun and generate a recoil effect. In some embodiments, the recoil effect may be generated by impacting a moving mass from a discharge end of the gun to a handle end of the gun. In some embodiments, the recoil effect may be generated by using a body part of a user as a tether.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Assignee: Immersion Corporation
    Inventors: Danny A. Grant, Erin Ramsay, Ali Modarres, David M. Birnbaum, Juan Manuel Cruz-Hernandez, Robert W. Heubel, Hendrik Bartel
  • Publication number: 20120295244
    Abstract: There is disclosed an apparatus and method for visual identification of valves in multi valve distribution and transmission systems, and particularly for municipal utility infrastructures such as mainline, connection, drain, pressure district, pressure regulating and pressure sustaining valves. In an embodiment, color coded valve box inserts are made to specifications, inserted and secured into place at the opening of multiple valve boxes to easily and accurately identify the different types or sizes of valves. Each color represents a different type or size of valve, as established by the municipality. A color coding chart identifying the different types or sizes of valves may be placed at each point of access to the valves to assist in identification of the different types of valves.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 18, 2012
    Publication date: November 22, 2012
    Inventors: Michael Perin, Jeremy Leyland Hunt
  • Publication number: 20110039250
    Abstract: A module 7 for an internal combustion engine is provided. The module 7 includes a housing 10 for connection to an internal combustion engine 16, the housing 10 has a coolant inlet 40 and outlet 52 and a lubrication inlet 26 and outlet 38. The housing 10 has a lubricant heat exchanging chamber 36. A coolant pump 42 is mounted with the housing 10. A lubricant pump 30 is within the housing. A heat exchanging boundary 68 separates the lubricant heat exchanging chamber 36 into lubricant and coolant portions 64, 66.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 1, 2009
    Publication date: February 17, 2011
    Applicant: SLW Automotive Inc.
    Inventors: Douglas G. Hunter, Dennis Koenig, Pei-lung Sun
  • Publication number: 20090202975
    Abstract: A computer simulation and virtual reality system simulates the use of a blasting nozzle to remove one or more coatings and/or rust from a virtual surface. The user operates an electronic controller in the form of a blasting nozzle that outputs a signal indicating whether the blasting nozzle controller is in an “on” position or in an “off” position. The system also has a motion tracking system that tracks the position and orientation of the blasting nozzle controller with respect to the virtual surface defined on the display screen. Simulation software in a computer generates virtual blast pattern data, and the removal of the virtual coating(s) and/or rust image from the virtual surface is displayed in real time on the display screen.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 11, 2008
    Publication date: August 13, 2009
    Inventors: Michael Bolick, Chris Lampe, Jason Ebensberger, Jeremiah Treloar, Risk Klein, Eric Conrad Peterson, Chad Jason Zalkin
  • Publication number: 20090191532
    Abstract: A scale model collectible dash replica device, wherein authentic dashboard designs are replicated in miniature form from high quality materials that simulate authentic vehicle interiors, wherein features are included that operationally simulate actual component functionality, and wherein an onboard business card holder and stand with dash logo identifier enhance model recognition and device usefulness.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 24, 2008
    Publication date: July 30, 2009
    Inventor: Mark Sanderson
  • Publication number: 20090190838
    Abstract: A user of an accessibility device is taught to properly use the device with a test image such that the accessibility device captures the entirety of or a large portion of a test image. In training the user, the device processes test image's information located within the device's field of view. Based on this processed information, the device indicates to the user if the device should be re-positioned such that a larger portion of the test image comes within the device's field of view.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 29, 2008
    Publication date: July 30, 2009
    Inventors: Paul Albrecht, Rafael Maya Zetune, Lucy Gibson, Raymond C. Kurzwell, Srivathsan Krishnamachari
  • Publication number: 20090176197
    Abstract: The invention relates to a hydrostatic training device. The hydrostatic training device (1) comprises a frame body (12) to which a hydrostatic pump (3) is fixed. Furthermore, a hydrostatic consumer (5) is connected to the hydrostatic pump (3) in a hydrostatic, closed circuit. The training device (1) furthermore comprises a control console (23) for controlling the hydraulic circuit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 14, 2007
    Publication date: July 9, 2009
    Applicant: BOSCH REXROTH AG
    Inventors: Harald Vogt, Joerg Geiger, Martin Theiss
  • Publication number: 20080254415
    Abstract: A training system and method of use thereof permit training of an operator to use ground excavating implements. A building structure is provided locating a plurality of operator seats therein at respective operator stations. A boom structure is mounted to the foundation externally of the building in association with each of the operator stations to permit an operator in training in one of the operator seats to control actual movement of a boom structure in visual proximity therewith using joystick controlled excavator hydraulics at the operator seat. A backhoe arm is used as a scaled down approximation of a track hoe with decreased operating pressure to represent a realistic responsiveness of the hydraulic controls.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 16, 2005
    Publication date: October 16, 2008
    Inventor: J. Keith Barry
  • Patent number: 6834207
    Abstract: A remote maintenance and operating guidance system in which data relating to the operation of a medical system in a hospital is transmitted to an operator who operates an operating device of the medical system from a service center by way of a communication device such as a dedicated telephone line. The system is equipped to monitor operations performed by the operator on the medical system, and to transmit data relating to the monitored operation to the operating device. Accordingly, it is possible to transmit details of the method of operation of the medical equipment more accurately and effectively to the operator from a location remote from the medical equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2004
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventors: Akihiro Miyauchi, Jun Takahashi
  • Patent number: 6821182
    Abstract: A gear-driving device that allows the user to create an interlocking moving gear display that is coordinated with the subject matter in a book or on a page.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2004
    Assignee: Innovative USA, Inc.
    Inventor: Peter Polick
  • Publication number: 20030164052
    Abstract: A measuring device for setting up powered wood tools and the like includes an elongated body defining a straight edge adapted to abuttingly support the measuring device on a bed of the wood forming machine adjacent the cutter head of the machine. The measuring device further includes a blade that is movably mounted to the elongated body adjacent an end thereof. The blade has a sharp edge configured to engage a cutter head. The measuring device also includes digital display operably connected to the blade and providing a visual readout corresponding to the position of the blade relative to the straight edge of the elongated body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2003
    Publication date: September 4, 2003
    Inventors: John K. Karrip, Gene A. Pless
  • Patent number: 6510754
    Abstract: A mechanical transmission module has two plates, a transmission mechanism and an actuating axle. The two plates are mounted together with a gap formed between the plates. The transmission mechanism is mounted between the plates. The transmission mechanism can be a Geneva mechanism, a worm and gear mechanism, a belt drive assembly, a threaded rod and slide mechanism, a geared mechanism and so on. The actuating axle extends out from the two plates and drives the transmission mechanism. A connector is secured to a free end of the actuating axle. The connector has a groove and a protrusion in the external face to engage with the groove and protrusion on the connector of another mechanical transmission module. Accordingly, the transmission mechanisms can be modularized and combined with each other. The combination and transmission relations between different types of transmission mechanisms are easily be understood through use of the modules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2000
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2003
    Inventors: Hong-Sen Yan, Chin-Lung Chiang
  • Publication number: 20020170366
    Abstract: A ratchet tool test device includes a board having a hole and a recess which has a toothed inner periphery and shares a common axis with the hole. A pawl member has a shank rotatably extending through the hole and a plurality of extensions extend from the shank. Each of the extensions has teeth which are engaged with the toothed inner periphery. An engaging section is securely connected to the shank so as to be cooperated with a ratchet tool. When the ratchet tool is rotated, the teeth are moved over the toothed inner periphery in one direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 18, 2001
    Publication date: November 21, 2002
    Inventor: Hsiu-Ching Huang
  • Patent number: 6457977
    Abstract: The invention is an apparatus consisting of a set of parts that can be assembled into a variety of internal-combustion engine analogs. The set of parts comprises a set of platform parts that can be assembled into a platform having a platform rotary axis and a platform reference axis normal to the platform rotary axis and a set of driver parts that can be assembled with a set of platform parts into a driver assembly supported by the platform. The driver assembly comprises one or more drivers, each driver containing a first driver point and a second driver point. The first driver point travels back and forth along a driver line segment while the second driver point travels in a driver circle around a driver-assembly rotary axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2002
    Inventor: Walter P. Schiefele
  • Patent number: 5759081
    Abstract: A round wafer-shaped gear block is provided with beveled gear teeth along a side wall of the gear block. The gear block has posts on a top surface and has a hub integrally formed on a bottom surface thereof. The hub is rotationally receivable within orifices of a support block. The gear blocks may be attached to an assemblage of support blocks in an interfacing pattern allowing a user to construct representations of both planar gear pairs and beveled gear pairs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 1993
    Date of Patent: June 2, 1998
    Inventor: Ronald Lee Lyman
  • Patent number: 5100142
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a puzzle having nine virtually identical interconnected members contained within a casing. The members are interconnected through toothed gears which are accessible from the exterior of the casing. Each of the nine members and the top surface of the casing has colored dots arranged in an array. To solve the puzzle matching pairs of dots must be aligned with each other and with the dots arranged around the periphery of the surface of the puzzle. The puzzle is both challenging and entertaining and will provide the user with hours of entertainment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 1991
    Date of Patent: March 31, 1992
    Inventor: Antonio Cannata
  • Patent number: 4984989
    Abstract: The invention provides a fluid power demonstration facility comprising means defining a fluid power source, directing means in fluid communication with the fluid power source and for selectively supplying fluid power from the fluid power source, pre-arranged rotary means, in fluid communication with the directing means, for demonstrating rotational motion produced in response to fluid power, and adapted to be selectively engageable by the directing means, and pre-arranged linear means, in fluid communication with the directing means, for demonstrating linear motion produced in response to fluid power, selectively engageable by the control means, and separate from the means for demonstrating rotational motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 1989
    Date of Patent: January 15, 1991
    Assignee: Milwaukee School of Engineering
    Inventors: Rick Ottman, Don Wiberg, Jack Johnson, Thomas S. Wanke, Thomas W. Davis
  • Patent number: 4950197
    Abstract: A modular crank toy includes a group of interchangeable elements which may be arranged creatively in multiple patterns. Rotary motion is transmitted from a drive unit with a crank handle to the other elements to provide entertaining and educational animated movements throughout various branches of the system assembled by the user. The movement is exhibited through a variety of different animated display-producing elements which rotate about their axes. Branches and circuits are created by joining such multiple, different animated display-producing elements together through a variety of junction units through which the rotational movement is transmitted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 1989
    Date of Patent: August 21, 1990
    Assignee: Schlaifer Nance & Co., Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy T. Dove, Roger L. Schlaifer
  • Patent number: 4932881
    Abstract: A trencher tooth pattern demonstration fixture for simulating positions of trencher teeth on an elongated trencher chain having a plurality of pitches spaced about the length of the chain. The demonstration fixture includes an elongated base having an elongated opaque indicia representative of the trencher chain and transverse pitch indicia representative of trencher chain pitches. A plurality of trencher tooth receiving slots are formed in the base adjacent the pitch indicia at spaced positions on opposite sides of the chain indicia. Trencher teeth are positioned in the slots in a desired pattern with respect to the chain and pitch indicia for visual evaluation and display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 1989
    Date of Patent: June 12, 1990
    Assignee: Clark Equipment Company
    Inventor: Robert H. Janssen
  • Patent number: 4650425
    Abstract: A system of technology teaching equipment including a support structure providing both horizontally and vertically disposed support areas with means for the removable attachment of components, the support areas including T-slots for the engagement of complementary parts of the components or of mounting brackets therefor, and/or for the engagement of the heads of respective fasteners.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 1985
    Date of Patent: March 17, 1987
    Assignee: Economatics (Education) Limited
    Inventor: Jerome McGarry
  • Patent number: 4600355
    Abstract: A modular, multi-configuration robotics system having basic interchangeable component parts including a base (10), turret (110), rails (20), mounting blocks (30), motors (80), arm links (60) as the primary components and also including bearings (180), pillow blocks (170), gears (176, 178), various shafts, pulley, belts, electronic controller and optical encoders (184) as additional essential component parts. The system is intended as a tutorial device in the field of educational robotics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 1984
    Date of Patent: July 15, 1986
    Assignee: Cybot, Inc.
    Inventor: Roger F. Johnson