View Simulated By Cathode Ray Screen Display Patents (Class 434/43)
  • Patent number: 10043404
    Abstract: Apparatus and associated methods relate to ranging an object nearby an aircraft by triangulation of spatially-patterned light projected upon and reflected from the object. The spatially patterned light can have a wavelength corresponding to infrared light and/or to an atmospheric absorption band. In some embodiments, images of the object are captured both with and without illumination by the spatially-patterned light. A difference between these two images can be used to isolate the spatially-patterned light. The two images can also be used to identify pixel boundaries of the object and to calculate ranges of portions of the object corresponding to pixels imaging these portions. For pixels imaging reflections of the spatially-patterned light, triangulation can be used to calculate range. For pixels not imaging reflections of the spatially-patterned light, ranges can be calculated using one or more of the calculated ranges calculated using triangulation corresponding to nearby pixels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: Rosemount Aerospace Inc.
    Inventors: Todd Ell, Robert Rutkiewicz, Joseph T. Pesik
  • Patent number: 9766073
    Abstract: The general field of the invention is that of methods for representing a rate of turn indicator for an aircraft implemented by an on-board avionics system. The method includes a step of graphically representing on a visualization device a symbol called “aeroplane model”, said graphic representation being a function of the specific speed of the aircraft and of its angle of inclination. In a favored embodiment, said aeroplane model includes two straight arms interlinked by a common point and inclined to the horizontal symmetrically in such a way as to form an inverted V. The angle of inclination of the two arms of the V is proportional to the specific speed of the aircraft, the coefficient of proportionality being determined in such a way that when the specific speed and the angle of inclination correspond to values compatible with the standard rate, said arm is parallel to the horizon line, thus indicating that the aircraft is carrying out its turn at the standard rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Thales
    Inventor: Philippe Gaultier
  • Patent number: 9697641
    Abstract: One embodiment of the present invention sets forth a technique for converting alpha values into pixel coverage masks. Geometric coverage is sampled at a number of “real” sample positions within each pixel. Color and depth values are computed for each of these real samples. Fragment alpha values are used to determine an alpha coverage mask for the real samples and additional “virtual” samples, in which the number of bits set in the mask bits is proportional to the alpha value. An alpha-to-coverage mode uses the virtual samples to increase the number of transparency levels for each pixel compared with using only real samples. The alpha-to-coverage mode may be used in conjunction with virtual coverage anti-aliasing to provide higher-quality transparency for rendering anti-aliased images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: NVIDIA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Steven E. Molnar, Emmett M. Kilgariff, Walter E. Donovan, Christian Amsinck, Robert Ohannessian
  • Patent number: 9353903
    Abstract: The objective of the present invention is to provide a motion simulator providing, to a link part, a buffering uniting part for absorbing impact during operation so as to prevent shaking of the motion simulator, thereby improving stability. To this end, the motion simulator of the present invention comprises: support members for supporting a chair on which a user sits, a monitor for providing images of a virtual environment according to the operation of the user, and a handle operated by the user for providing the virtual environment; and a plurality of link parts coupled to the lower portions of the support members so as to support the support members while simultaneously moving the same in the vertical direction, wherein at least one link part among the plurality of link parts are provided with buffering uniting parts for the absorption of impact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Assignee: MOTION DEVICE INC.
    Inventors: Yu Sin Kang, Jong Chan Lee, Sang Gon Chun
  • Patent number: 9186590
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a motion simulator including a rotating plate, a fixing plate, an operating frame disposed at and spaced apart from an upper portion of the rotating plate, and a plurality of link units coupled between the rotating plate and the operating frame to support and vertically move the operating frame. The rotating plate has a motor mounted through one side thereof and a plurality of casters mounted through a lower surface thereof. The caster is configured such that, when the motion simulator is used, rotation of the caster is inhibited to allow the wheel to roll in the rotational direction of the rotating plate. When the motion simulator is moved, the caster can be unlocked to enable the caster to rotate and the motion simulator to be freely pushed and moved. The fixing plate enables the rotating plate to be rotated and has a driven part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Assignee: MOTION DEVICE INC.
    Inventors: Jong Chan Lee, Yu Sin Kang, Sang Gon Chun
  • Publication number: 20140329206
    Abstract: An aircraft control system for a user of a simulated aircraft. The system includes input devices for controlling the simulated aircraft, a video display having three-dimensional graphics, modeling software for determining position and orientation information based on desired direction of flight obtained through the input devices. User controls desired direction of flight through the input devices, thus controlling aircraft. The aircraft control system may be embodied as a flight game.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 7, 2014
    Publication date: November 6, 2014
    Inventors: KIRILL YUDINTSEV, ALEXANDER POLYAKOV
  • Patent number: 8876534
    Abstract: A method for pilot situational awareness comprises calculating a location; providing terrain data for the calculated location; processing the terrain data and positioning a light source generally proximal to a view point of a pilot data to generate a synthetic image, the synthetic image representing an appearance of the terrain data illuminated by an appearance of the light source positioned generally proximal to the view point of the pilot; and displaying the synthetic image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventors: David A. Frank, Radu E. Denghel
  • Patent number: 8827708
    Abstract: A method, computer system and computer program product for providing a computer simulation that provides advance notification of expected events or states, comprising running a first computer simulation; running a second computer simulation corresponding to said first simulation, said second simulation having progressed further than said first simulation; and using said second computer simulation to provide information representing expected future events in said first simulation. A first computer simulation may be based on a model of a simulated system, said model having a plurality of state variables. Input data from a first user input interface may represent user interaction with said first computer simulation, while input data from a second user input interface may represent the extent to which a condition should be present in said simulation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Laerdal Medical AS
    Inventors: Nikolaj Christensen, Bo Belhage
  • Publication number: 20130252208
    Abstract: An aircraft control system for a user of a simulated aircraft. The system includes input devices for controlling the simulated aircraft, a video display having three-dimensional graphics, modeling software for determining position and orientation information based on desired direction of flight obtained through the input devices. User controls desired direction of flight through the input devices, thus controlling aircraft. The aircraft control system may be embodied as a flight game.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 9, 2013
    Publication date: September 26, 2013
    Applicant: GAIJIN ENTERTAINMENT CORPORATION
    Inventor: GAIJIN ENTERTAINMENT CORPORATION
  • Patent number: 8241038
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a simulator comprising at least one projector arranged to project an image, and a non-spherical, generally continuous, dome-like projection surface on which the image is displayed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2012
    Assignee: Lockheed Martin Corporation
    Inventors: Edward W. Quinn, Randall W. Wallace, Michael R. Vogel, Jason L. Seeliger
  • Patent number: 8088004
    Abstract: A system and method for implementing environmentally-sensitive simulations on a data processing system. According to an embodiment of the present invention, an ambient temperature associated with a player's location is provided to an environmental module. The environmental module provides the ambient temperature information to a simulation application. The simulation application modifies the behavior of a simulation executing on the data processing system according to the ambient temperature. The data processing system displays the simulation with the modified behavior to the player.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2012
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: David S. Freeman, Ori Pomerantz
  • Patent number: 8012025
    Abstract: A video game controller hub receives a number of control input sets from an equal number of video game controllers, and provides a preferably smaller number of control input sets to a video game console. Each of the control input sets provided to the video game console by the controller hub is used to control a distinct on-screen entity, e.g. vehicle, character, or team. A number of players therefore collectively control a single on-screen entity. The reduction in the number of control input sets is performed according to reduction and combination schemes that are preferably specified by the user to suit a particular video game. The reduction in the number of control input sets increases the number of players that may concurrently participate in a video game without requiring support from the video game console or software, and the collaborative nature of the control of on-screen entities provides for exciting variations in game play.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2011
    Assignee: Applied Minds, LLC
    Inventors: W. Daniel Hillis, Bran Ferren
  • Publication number: 20110207091
    Abstract: A single compact multi-aircraft flight simulator processing unit is disclosed and may include a single chassis, a memory, and a flight simulator control unit housed within the single chassis that operates using a single processor that receives the user's selection of aircraft type, aircraft-type configuration, and start-up parameters to be simulated, retrieves the simulation of the user's selected aircraft type, aircraft-type configuration and start-up parameters from the memory, presents the simulation of the user's selected aircraft type, aircraft-type configuration and start-up parameters to the user, receives a signal from the user to begin the flight simulation experience using the selected aircraft type, aircraft-type configuration and start-up parameters, presents the flight simulation experience to the user, wherein the flight simulation experience displays simulated cockpit window views, displays interactive flight instrument panel views and permits the user to control the flight simulation experienc
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 23, 2010
    Publication date: August 25, 2011
    Applicant: ARINC INCORPORATED
    Inventor: Paul Dietrich PALMER, JR.
  • Publication number: 20110183301
    Abstract: A system and method are provided for review of a trainee being trained in simulation. The system has a computerized simulator displaying to the trainee a real-time out-the-window (OTW) scene of video made up of a series of images each rendered in real-time from stored scene data. A review system stores or displays a view of the OTW scene video as seen from a time-variable detected viewpoint of the trainee. Each frame of this video is independently rendered in a single pass from the scene data using a projection matrix that is derived from a detected eyepoint and line of sight of the trainee. A HUD display with imagery superimposed on the OTW view may advantageously combined with the perspective-distorted imagery of the review system. The video displayed or stored by the review system accurately records or displays the OTW scene as seen by the trainee.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 27, 2010
    Publication date: July 28, 2011
    Applicant: L-3 COMMUNICATIONS CORPORATION
    Inventor: James A. Turner
  • Publication number: 20090325131
    Abstract: Embodiments include systems and methods for assisting an operator (e.g., a pilot) of an apparatus (e.g., an aircraft) that includes a control compartment (e.g., a cockpit). The system includes a near-eye display and a processing subsystem. The near-eye display includes a transparent display panel and is adapted to be worn on a head of the operator. The processing subsystem is adapted to receive layout information defining a physical layout of one or more operational components located within the control compartment. The processing subsystem is further adapted to determine a location for a display indicator on the transparent display panel, where the location is determined to appear to the operator to be in proximity to an operational component. The processing subsystem is further adapted to generate a display signal to cause the near-eye display to display the display indicator in the location.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 30, 2008
    Publication date: December 31, 2009
    Applicant: Honeywell International Inc.,
    Inventors: Andrei Cernasov, Robert Mead, Joseph Marotta
  • Publication number: 20090291418
    Abstract: A system and method are disclosed that permits a user to interactively and graphically design a company route to be traveled by a vehicle such as an airplane. Alternatively or additionally, a system and method are disclosed that permits a user to interactively and graphically conduct a virtual travel through, such a virtual fly through, a company route to be traveled by a vehicle such as an airplane.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 20, 2008
    Publication date: November 26, 2009
    Inventors: Amit Srivastav, Raghu Raman
  • Patent number: 7587747
    Abstract: A telepresence server is for connection to a telecommunications network for providing access to a reality engine for a plurality of passive users. The reality engine can be controlled by an active user or a professional director through the network or by a local professional director. Active/passive mode displays can be used by the passive users in a passive mode and an active/passive mode display can be used by the active user in an active mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2009
    Inventor: Francis J. Maguire, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7365705
    Abstract: An aircraft flight control display for orientation of the pilot during an approach of the aircraft toward a destination has a center of the display as its fixed point. An aircraft symbol with a center depicts the longitudinal axis as well as a lateral line to depict the current attitude of the aircraft. A destination position symbol has a reference line and a position symbol, with a skyline having a center. The destination position symbol is located at a distance from the center and its reference line points to the center as the reference point. The destination position symbol is rotated around the reference point dependent on the relative position of the aircraft's direction or the flight direction to the desired destination direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2008
    Assignee: EADS Deutschland GmbH
    Inventor: Alexander Knoll
  • Patent number: 7194148
    Abstract: A visual simulation technique is provided to facilitate visual activities, such as reading and movement of a subject through surroundings, for sight-impaired persons. The technique obtains digital images of the surroundings via an image retrieval and sending device, and then provides a real-time audio interpretation of the images via an automated image identification and narration system. The automated system may have communication and computing circuitry, remote human interaction circuitry, and other components for either computer-based or human-based identification and narration of the acquired images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2007
    Inventor: Edward Q. Yavitz
  • Patent number: 7190392
    Abstract: A telepresence server is for connection to a telecommunications network for providing access to a reality engine for a plurality of passive users. The reality engine can be controlled by an active user or a professional director through the network or by a local professional director. Active/passive mode displays can be used by the passive users in a passive mode and an active/passive mode display can be used by the active user in an active mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 1998
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2007
    Inventor: Francis J. Maguire, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6931368
    Abstract: A flight control display shows a representation of terrain, the horizon, an aircraft with a fuselage and aircraft wings, and a gamma ladder. The observer has a viewing direction at least in a predefined attitude range, which viewing direction is directed along the momentary flight path. The aircraft is therefore rotated depending on its momentary angle of incidence and angle of yaw with respect to the observer's viewing direction. The representation of the terrain is obtained from the relative position of a geodetic system of coordinates XG, YG, ZG and an aerodynamic system of axes of the airplane, in which case a reference line of the gamma ladder coincides with the horizon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2005
    Assignee: EADS Deutschland GmbH
    Inventor: Jost Seifert
  • Patent number: 6910892
    Abstract: A method and apparatus are provided for automatically generating a terrain model for display during a simulated flight along a predefined mission route. The apparatus includes a mission profiler that automatically determines the area containing the mission route for which the terrain source data is required and the respective resolution of different regions within the area. The apparatus also includes an apparatus for automatically collecting the terrain source data including a search engine for automatically searching electronic collections of terrain source data to identify terrain source data covering the area containing the mission route. The apparatus also includes an image engine for processing the terrain source data into one or more predefined formats and a terrain engine for automatically compiling the processed data to create a terrain model for display during flight simulation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2005
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Robert J. Lechner
  • Patent number: 6774870
    Abstract: A compliant structure which includes a means for sensing translation and rotation of a top plate is disclosed. The structure is composed of a base plate and three supporting legs. The legs are compliant. The deflections of the structure are substantially in a plane and the translation and twist of the top platform may be measured by the gimbaled sensor assembly attached to one of the legs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2004
    Assignee: Fakespace Labs, Inc.
    Inventors: Russell C. Mead, Jr., Ian McDowall, Mark Bolas
  • Patent number: 6735015
    Abstract: Display apparatus (50) comprising a front projection screen (60), at least one projector (54) which is for providing a display on the screen (60) and which is positioned outside an enclosed display volume, the screen (60) being optimised to preferentially set the image distance in different regions when viewed by an observer (58) via a collimating mirror (62).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2004
    Assignee: SEOS Limited
    Inventor: Geoffrey Howard Blackham
  • Publication number: 20030190588
    Abstract: A method and apparatus are provided for automatically generating a terrain model for display during a simulated flight along a predefined mission route. The apparatus includes a mission profiler that automatically determines the area containing the mission route for which the terrain source data is required and the respective resolution of different regions within the area. The apparatus also includes an apparatus for automatically collecting the terrain source data including a search engine for automatically searching electronic collections of terrain source data to identify terrain source data covering the area containing the mission route. The apparatus also includes an image engine for processing the terrain source data into one or more predefined formats and a terrain engine for automatically compiling the processed data to create a terrain model for display during flight simulation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 7, 2003
    Publication date: October 9, 2003
    Applicant: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Robert J. Lechner
  • Publication number: 20030190587
    Abstract: A method and apparatus are provided for automatically generating a terrain model for display during a simulated flight along a predefined mission route. The apparatus includes a mission profiler that automatically determines the area containing the mission route for which the terrain source data is required and the respective resolution of different regions within the area. The apparatus also includes an apparatus for automatically collecting the terrain source data including a search engine for automatically searching electronic collections of terrain source data to identify terrain source data covering the area containing the mission route. The apparatus also includes an image engine for processing the terrain source data into one or more predefined formats and a terrain engine for automatically compiling the processed data to create a terrain model for display during flight simulation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 7, 2003
    Publication date: October 9, 2003
    Applicant: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Robert J. Lechner
  • Publication number: 20030190589
    Abstract: A method and apparatus are provided for automatically generating a terrain model for display during a simulated flight along a predefined mission route. The apparatus includes a mission profiler that automatically determines the area containing the mission route for which the terrain source data is required and the respective resolution of different regions within the area. The apparatus also includes an apparatus for automatically collecting the terrain source data including a search engine for automatically searching electronic collections of terrain source data to identify terrain source data covering the area containing the mission route. The apparatus also includes an image engine for processing the terrain source data into one or more predefined formats and a terrain engine for automatically compiling the processed data to create a terrain model for display during flight simulation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 7, 2003
    Publication date: October 9, 2003
    Applicant: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Robert J. Lechner
  • Patent number: 6628995
    Abstract: Aircraft flight data collection is enhanced by changing the data sampling rate as a function of an operational condition of the aircraft, such as its flight phase. An algorithm is used to determine the flight phase. Then, the data is collected at a first sampling rate when the flight phase is one of a first set of flight phases and collected at a second sampling rate when the flight phase is one of a second set of flight phases. The second sampling rate is greater than the first sampling rate to maximize the data storage capacity of the system. Generally, the higher sampling rate is used with transient flight phases such as takeoff and thrust reverse.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2003
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Shannon Lee Korson, Bruce Gunter Schings, Packey Pasquale Velleca, Mary Beth Golding
  • Patent number: 6610311
    Abstract: A packaged effervescent product is provided which includes a sachet surrounded by an outer package film sealing the sachet against water vapor transmission. The sachet is a cosmetic article which includes an effervescent cleansing composition of an acid material such as citric add and an alkaline material such as sodium bicarbonate. The composition is held within the sealed sachet or pouch. At least one wall of the pouch is water permeable. The outer package film is formed of a material which must have a breathability for carbon dioxide. Any carbon dioxide generated during storage is thereby allowed to slowly diffuse into the atmosphere while still minimizing the amount of water which may enter the package.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2003
    Assignee: Unilever Home & Personal Care USA, division of Conopco, Inc.
    Inventors: Natalie Charambura, Paul Roland Bergquist, Craig Stephen Slavtcheff
  • Publication number: 20030059743
    Abstract: A method and apparatus are provided for automatically generating a terrain model for display during a simulated flight along a predefined mission route. The apparatus includes a mission profiler that automatically determines the area containing the mission route for which the terrain source data is required and the respective resolution of different regions within the area. The apparatus also includes an apparatus for automatically collecting the terrain source data including a search engine for automatically searching electronic collections of terrain source data to identify terrain source data covering the area containing the mission route. The apparatus also includes an image engine for processing the terrain source data into one or more predefined formats and a terrain engine for automatically compiling the processed data to create a terrain model for display during flight simulation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 29, 2001
    Publication date: March 27, 2003
    Applicant: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Robert J. Lechner
  • Patent number: 6445363
    Abstract: In a head-mounted display apparatus arranged to support a left-eye display system and a right-eye display system, a mounting-state confirming figure for confirming a mounting state of the head-mounted display apparatus on the user is displayed, and the displaying state of the mounting-state confirming figure on the left-eye display system and the right-eye display system is changed according to the confirmation operation on the mounting-state confirming figure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2002
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Shinya Urisaka
  • Patent number: 6405107
    Abstract: A self contained electronic system for manual or automatic control and navigation of fixed winged aircraft using electronic position sensing such as GPS, DGPS, WAAS, and the like, as the primary sensor and making use of known flight characteristics of the aircraft to determine aircraft attitude without any interaction with the aircraft, its controls, or the outside environment and without any moving mechanical devices other than switches, dials and connectors. The automatic and visual interface between the system and the pilot provides for simplified flight controls, and a new solution to the hazard of disorientation, and will reduce the time needed for a pilot to become proficient in VFR and instrument flying. A single instrument replaces many of the conventional instruments used for flight. Navigation data is provided in an easy to understand graphical format. The pilot is told explicitly where to move aircraft controls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2002
    Inventor: Gary Derman
  • Patent number: 6396462
    Abstract: A compliant structure which includes a means for sensing translation and rotation of a top plate is disclosed. The structure is composed of a base plate and three supporting legs. The legs are compliant. The deflections of the structure are substantially in a plane and the translation and twist of the top platform may be measured by the gimbaled sensor assembly attached to one of the legs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2002
    Assignee: Fakespace Labs, Inc.
    Inventors: Russell C. Mead, Jr., Mark Bolas, Ian McDowall
  • Patent number: 6389355
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for an integrated graphical user interface which facilitates the display and editing of aircraft flight-plan data. A user (e.g., a pilot) located within the aircraft provides input to a processor through a cursor control device and receives visual feedback via a display produced by a monitor. The display includes various graphical elements associated with the lateral position, vertical position, flight-plan and/or other indicia of the aircraft's operational state as determined from avionics data and/or various data sources. Through use of the cursor control device, the user may modify the flight-plan and/or other such indicia graphically in accordance with feedback provided by the display. In one embodiment, the display includes a lateral view, a vertical profile view, and a hot-map view configured to simplify the display and editing of the aircraft's flight-plan data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2002
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Michael J. Gibbs, Mike B. Adams, Jr., Karl L. Chase, Daniel E. Lewis, Daniel E. McCrobie, Debi Van Omen
  • Patent number: 6385540
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method for identifying a position of a vehicle on a multi-layer road, by which it is possible to judge whether the vehicle is running on an upper layer or a lower layer of the multilayer road without using additional new devices or parts on a navigation system. In order to identify a position of a vehicle on a road when the vehicle is running on a multi-layer road, prediction can be made to some extent by determining the visible range to see GPS satellite in the sky is wide or narrow. With the purpose of processing the problem quantitatively, a position measuring ratio is defined as follows: Position measuring ratio (%)=(Traveled distance where GPS position measuring is effective)×100/(Traveled distance). By this position measuring ratio, it is possible to identify the position of the vehicle on the road.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2002
    Assignee: Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Takumi Ajima
  • Patent number: 6292745
    Abstract: A method for forming a geographic database that can be used in a navigation system in which geographic data are transmitted in portions, as needed, from the geographic database to remotely located end users' computing platforms and used by the remotely located end users' computing platforms to provide navigation-related services and features to the end users as the end users travel along roads in a geographic region. The method includes the step of forming a plurality of separate collections of data from a primary copy of the geographic database. Each separate collection includes data that represent all roads of a corresponding respective separate rank, wherein a rank of a road represents a functional classification of the road such that roads that permit generally faster travel have a higher rank than roads that permit generally slower travel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2001
    Assignee: Navigation Technologies Corp.
    Inventors: Philip Robare, William Gale
  • Patent number: 6196845
    Abstract: A visual display system and method for full and realistic stimulation of night vision goggles according to the present invention includes a display system for stimulating night vision goggles across a large dynamic range. The display system includes a high resolution head tracked area of interest display for a rear projection video display. The system time multiplexes the display of raster and calligraphic images in the area of interest. The system also includes a method of calligraphic light point projection that conserves power by using a head tracked slow speed high sensitivity electromagnetic deflection system to position an electron beam which is modulated in X-Y position in a calligraphic fashion by a high speed secondary yoke to create intense light point images for the area of interest display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 1998
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2001
    Inventor: Harold R. Streid
  • Patent number: 6196919
    Abstract: A CPU of a control system controls a signal processor to effect various calculations to move a player's spaceship on a projection display screen, orient the player's spaceship toward a shooting direction, move a camera position at a rear viewpoint toward the player's spaceship, and orient the shooting direction outside of the projection display screen, based on shooting game data including image data, audio data, and program data stored in recording medium. The CPU also controls an image processor to write image data and audio data into a RAM based on the calculated results from the signal processor. The image data thus written in the RAM is displayed on a television monitor and projected onto the projection display screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 1998
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2001
    Assignee: Konami Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Akira Okubo
  • Patent number: 6151060
    Abstract: A real space video signal processing unit generates right and left eye first video signals including corresponding images at different horizontal positions by processing a real space video signal from a single image sensing unit. An image signal generation unit generates right and left eye second image signals including corresponding images at different horizontal positions. A right eye video signal synthesis unit generates a right eye display signal by synthesizing the right eye second image signal with a partial region of the right eye first video signal. A left eye video signal synthesis unit generates a left eye display signal by synthesizing the left eye second image signal with a partial region of the left eye first video signal. These right and left eye display signals are displayed on a video display unit, so that the image sensed by the image sensing unit is fused at finite distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 1996
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2000
    Assignee: Olympus Optical Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Seiichiro Tabata
  • Patent number: 6094180
    Abstract: A compliant structure which includes a sensor for sensing translation and rotation of a top plate is disclosed. The structure is composed of a base plate and three supporting legs. The legs are compliant. The deflections of the structure are substantially in a plane and the translation and twist of the top platform may be measured by the gimbaled sensor assembly attached to one of the legs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 1996
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2000
    Assignee: Fakespace, Inc.
    Inventors: Russell C. Mead, Jr., Mark Bolas, Ian McDowall
  • Patent number: 6081292
    Abstract: In a gantry crane having a movable grappler adapted for lifting standard containers, a system is provided to aid in positioning the grappler relative to the container. The grappler is equipped with at least two corner video devices located near corners of the grappler for viewing the corner locking holes of a container below. In an embodiment, an additional distal video device is mounted to a side of the grappler opposite the cab to view the relative orientation of a side of the container relative to the side of the grappler. In an embodiment, a plurality of alignment sensors are mounted to respective sides of the grappler to detect the relative position of corresponding sides of the container vertically below. In an embodiment, a pair of height sensors are mounted to the grappler to measure a height of the grappler above the upper surface of the container. Additionally, indicators are provided in the cab to indicate information transmitted from the alignment sensors and/or height sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 1998
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2000
    Assignee: Mi-Jack Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Jack Lanigan, Jr., Daniel J. Olson
  • Patent number: 6053736
    Abstract: A training system for training AWACS weapons directors. The training system is programmed so that the student can select between a number of different training modes. These include interactive courseware, simulation, and live exercise modes. The system includes a voice recognition unit that is trained to recognize AWACS terminology and to interactively teach them.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 1997
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2000
    Assignee: Southwest Research Institute
    Inventors: Stephen D. Huffman, Bruce C. Montag, Sharon D. Long
  • Patent number: 6053737
    Abstract: A method for tutoring a trainee in a simulator comprises the steps of defining an expert system simulating an activity, and using the expert system to provide instructional feedback to the trainee. The step of defining an expert system comprises constructing a decision support system so as to define a human factors engineering module, programming a plurality of training scenarios, and establishing automated performance measures. The method for tutoring of the present invention eliminates the need to have an expert trainer available and the consequent expense associated therewith.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 1997
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2000
    Assignee: Northrop Grumman Corporation
    Inventors: Bettina A. Babbitt, Helen Barbara Sorensen, Herbert Harrington Bell, Douglas Shields Elder, Peter Marston Crane
  • Patent number: 6000942
    Abstract: The experience of parachute flight is simulated including parachute release and malfunctions. The parachutist trainee is suspended in a harness and a control line provided for the parachutist to operate. The parachutist's actions are sensed by an action sensor actuated by the control line. Force and position sensors sense position and force factors effected by the parachutist. The parachutist's head motion can be tracked by a head mounted sensor. The outputs of the sensors are converted to digital signals which are fed to a computer. The computer is programmed with a mathematical and logical model of parachute dynamics and environmental factors. The computational results are displayed to the parachutist on a monitor or on a head mounted display, the scene viewed containing a variety of three dimensional representations of objects on the ground such as buildings vegetation roads, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 1997
    Date of Patent: December 14, 1999
    Assignee: Systems Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey R. Hogue, Fritz G. Anderson, Randal Danta, Cecy A. Pelz, Frank C. Debiasio
  • Patent number: 5993216
    Abstract: A fixed or portable multi-functional enclosure that is card-operated, climate controlled, and provides a quiet work place for use by students or businessmen. The enclosure has a generally semi-oval shaped housing comprising a front portion including a front cowling, a central portion with a curved door, and a rear portion with a lower section and a rear lid. The enclosure housing includes three magnetic card readers located on the opaque front cowling, the curved door, and the rear lid. The central portion includes an ergonomically designed seat or chair and a curved console containing a computer monitor. The ergonomically designed seat or chair is tiltable and is dimensionally adjustable up, down, forward, and backward. The console includes a fiber optic camera, a computer monitor, a computer printer, a modem, a facsimile machine, and a phone speaker. Positioned on the console are connection ports for a VOX head phone set and a virtual reality head set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 30, 1999
    Inventor: Robert B. Stogner
  • Patent number: 5908300
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a simulation system for simulating virtual reality experiences such as for the sport of hang gliding or the like. The simulation system has a stereoscopic and collimated virtual image display, for providing pupil forming simulated images to a rider at a fixed point of reference relative to the stereoscopic display. In the disclosed embodiment, the simulation system comprises a mechanical support structure for suspending the rider in a harness so as to allow freedom of movement. The rider is suspended to face a visual display over a movable control bar coupled to the mechanical support structure. By maneuvering the control bar, riders may view the results of their actions as by a simulated display. The visual display is coupled to the control bar to receive electrical signals indicative of the movements initiated by the riders as they maneuver through a programmed environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 1996
    Date of Patent: June 1, 1999
    Assignee: Evans & Sutherland Computer Corporation
    Inventors: Joe L. Walker, Paul C. Lyon, Richard B. Linton, Rulon Nye, Ralph W. Fisher, Jeffrey B. Edwards, Clifford N. Cox
  • Patent number: 5845874
    Abstract: A system and method for creating visual images of aircraft wake vortices allows a user, such as an aircraft controller, to increase a number of airport transactions while maintaining a predetermined level of safety. Wake vortices are simulated in a three dimensional environment taking into account various aircraft, environmental, and atmospherical conditions. The simulated wake vortices are rendered from a perspective selectable by the user. The displayed image allows the user to direct aircraft around potentially harmful wake vortices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 1996
    Date of Patent: December 8, 1998
    Assignee: Silicon Graphics, Inc.
    Inventor: Graham D. Beasley
  • Patent number: 5823780
    Abstract: A simulation method and system is provided for simulating a terrain and the objects above the terrain to a viewer. The method includes the steps of providing a first data base which includes a digital representation of the terrain and a second data base which includes a digital representation of the objects located above the terrain. The method also includes the steps of generating individual images, each of which simulates a viewing volume of the terrain and the objects and finally repeating the step of generating, thereby producing a plurality of images simulating a plurality of viewing volumes. The step of generating includes independently producing first and second images from information stored in separate first and second data bases, respectively, merging the first image and the second image, thereby forming an image simulating a viewing volume and displaying the image simulating the viewing volume.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 1995
    Date of Patent: October 20, 1998
    Assignee: Simtech Advanced Training & Simulation Systems, Ltd
    Inventors: Ram Arye, Menachem Lasser
  • Patent number: 5807114
    Abstract: A virtual reality system provides effective exposure treatment for psychiatric patients suffering from a particular anxiety disorder. The system is characterized by a video screen disposed in front of the patient to display an image of a specific graphical environment that is intended to trigger anxiety within the patient as a result of the particular patient phobia. A headset is worn by the patient, and has sensors disposed to detect movement and positioning of the patient's head. A computer program controls the operation of the system, and is designed to control the display of the graphical environment on the video screen, monitor the headset sensors and determine the position of the patient's head, and controllably manipulate the graphical environment displayed on the video screen to reflect the movement and position of the patient's head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 15, 1998
    Assignee: Emory University and Georgia Tech Research Corporation
    Inventors: Larry F. Hodges, Barbara O. Rothbaum
  • Patent number: H1728
    Abstract: A flight simulator displays control choices on an out-the-window display allows a crew member to control it directly by making selections of displayed choices through a "point and click" control module accessible by the crew member while located in the crew station. The simulator can be controlled by either of two crew members and also by an operator at an instructor operator station outside the crew station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 1994
    Date of Patent: May 5, 1998
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventors: Thomas M. Kelso, David T. Perdue, Gary L. Pratz, Damon J. Boyle, Scott R. Davis, Douglas M. Vojik