Tiltable Or Turnable Ground Trainer Patents (Class 434/55)
  • Patent number: 10716962
    Abstract: An escape pod includes a spherical survival chamber, a gimbal mechanism, and a spherical outer case body. The survival chamber is mounted on an inner side of the gimbal mechanism, and an outer side of the gimbal mechanism is mounted within the outer case body. Top and bottom ends of the outer case body are provided symmetrically with upper and lower connecting terminals. The outer case body includes a plurality of arc-shaped plates. Two ends of each arc-shaped plate are fixedly connected to the upper and lower connecting terminals respectively. An inner side of the arc-shaped plate is provided with a reinforcing framework. The reinforcing framework is formed of a plurality of arc-shaped steel pipes. Top and bottom ends of each arc-shaped steel pipe are connected to the upper and lower connecting terminals. One of the arc-shaped plates is provided with a pod door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Inventor: Shaochun Chen
  • Patent number: 10668395
    Abstract: A motion simulator capable of preventing shaking of a riding part is disclosed. The motion simulator includes a riding part and a plurality of driving parts, wherein the plurality of driving parts include a first driving part, a second driving part and a third driving part, and the first driving part includes a first linear actuator configured to linearly reciprocate a first moving body, first movable link members each having a lower end portion hinged to the first moving body, a first fixed link member hinged to the first movable link members, a first support link member supporting one side of the first fixed link member and hinged at the lower end portion of the first fixed link member, and a second support link member supporting the other side of the first fixed link member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: MOTION DEVICE INC.
    Inventor: Jong Chan Lee
  • Patent number: 10561954
    Abstract: Methods for dynamic show-length variation are disclosed herein. Such methods can include: a track extending from a starting position to a termination position; a first simulation vehicle that can move along the track from the starting position to the termination position; and a content presentation feature. Such methods can further include a processor. The processor can: determine a departure of the simulation vehicle from the starting position; provide content having a beginning, an end, and a plurality of scenes to the content presentation feature while the simulation vehicle is en route between the starting position and the termination position; and customize the length of the provided content so the content reaches the end as the simulation vehicle reaches the termination position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Asa K. Kalama, Karl Nettmann, Robert E. Huebner, Jacqueline E. King
  • Patent number: 10504319
    Abstract: A gaming machine is provided, a cabinet having a longitudinal axis, a display coupled to the cabinet, and a display transition system. The display transition system is configured for selectively moving the display relative to the cabinet in a direction substantially parallel to the longitudinal axis and between a closed position in which game play at the gaming machine is enabled and an open position in which game play is disabled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: Video Gaming Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Ryan Priddy
  • Patent number: 10456694
    Abstract: A haptic floor system is provided that produces large vibration-based effects through the use of one-to-many panel or plate assemblies that can each be selectively operated by a controller in a programmed manner or in response to sensor outputs. Each of these panel or plate assemblies may be labeled a “quake plate assembly” as the special effect delivered by the haptic floor system can provide a person supported by one of the quake plate assemblies with ground trembling and vibrations similar to that felt in an earthquake or when a super strong fictional character strikes the floor nearby or a large animal or robot walks or runs by the person. Each quake plate assembly may include a thin plate or panel with an upper contact surface for supporting people or objects and an opposite lower surface, and one-to-many actuators may be provided on the lower surface of the thin plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventors: Lanny S. Smoot, David Loyal Christensen
  • Patent number: 10398989
    Abstract: A ride system for an amusement park includes a plurality of rooms stacked atop one another and a ride vehicle. A method to transport the ride vehicle from a first room to a second room includes withdrawing the ride vehicle from the first room, changing the vertical height of the ride vehicle, rotating the ride vehicle, and inserting the ride vehicle into the second room.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Universal City Studios LLC
    Inventors: Gregory S. Hall, Dwain South, David Goodwin, Carlos Weiser
  • Patent number: 10380907
    Abstract: A device for spatially moving persons includes a first support element, which includes a retaining device for at least one person and which is rotatable about a first rotational axis relative to a second support element. A second support element rotatably mounted about a second rotational axis relative to a third support element. The first rotational axis and the second rotational axis are substantially orthogonal to each other. The device further includes an image playback surface. The retaining device has at least one rotational degree of freedom relative to the image playback surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: AMST-Systemtechnik GmbH
    Inventor: Richard Schluesselberger
  • Patent number: 10338696
    Abstract: The virtual reality system having interactive sensory suit and gyroscopic support is a peripheral device that interfaces with a computer generated reality system to create physical representations of the created computer generated reality. The virtual reality system having interactive sensory suit and gyroscopic support supplements the visual and audio stimuli generated provided by the computer generated reality system with tactile stimuli appropriate to the computer generated reality that is being rendered including: 1) controlling the position of the body; and 2) applying pressure against the body. The virtual reality system having interactive sensory suit and gyroscopic support comprises a gyroscope and a body suit. The participant wears the body suit while being placed within the gyroscope. The gyroscope controls the position of the participant relative to the force of gravity. The body suit: 1) applies pressure against the participant; and, 2) secures the participant within the gyroscope.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Inventor: David Ballew
  • Patent number: 10293837
    Abstract: A control system to control a multi-passenger ride vehicle includes a controller. The controller receives a first user feedback from a first user input device and a second user feedback from a second user input device. The controller selects the first user feedback, the second user feedback, or a combination thereof for a determination of a vehicle path of the multi-passenger ride vehicle. The controller determines the vehicle path using the first user feedback, the second user feedback, or the combination thereof based on the selection. The controller controls movement of the multi-passenger ride vehicle based on the vehicle path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Universal City Studios LLC
    Inventors: Ross Alan Osterman, Justin Michael Schwartz
  • Patent number: 10221993
    Abstract: A bi-directional spring member is mounted to a support platform, the bi-directional spring member being coupled to a payload. The bi-directional spring member includes a non-linear spring component having a rigid member enclosing at least a portion of a compliant planar member and a linear spring component. The compliant planar member flexes in a direction opposite a direction of low amplitude vibrational forces acting on the compliant planar member to reduce vibrational forces acting on the support platform and the linear spring member flexes to reduce high amplitude vibrational forces acting on the support platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: Raytheon Company
    Inventors: Andrew L. Bullard, Shane E. Wilson
  • Patent number: 10192454
    Abstract: The invention relates to an apparatus (100) for accommodating at least one person (25) and for partially limiting the freedom of movement of the person (25) accommodated in the apparatus (100), comprising a platform (7a) and a first annular part (13) arranged above the platform (7a) for surrounding the at least one person (25), wherein the annular part (13) is rotatable in relation to the platform (7a), wherein the annular part (13) can be moved up and down in relation to the platform (7a).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Inventor: Tuncay Cakmak
  • Patent number: 10135412
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus sets an amount of adjustment for adjusting an output in accordance with a user operation and generates a sound signal so that a sound volume of sound to be output from a sound output apparatus changes in accordance with the set amount of adjustment. Then, the information processing apparatus generates a vibration signal so that a magnitude of vibration to be imparted by a vibration apparatus changes in accordance with the set amount of adjustment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Nintendo Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kazutoshi Obana, Kochi Kawai, Junichiro Miyatake, Shoji Masubuchi, Kei Yamashita, Takafumi Aoki, Masahiko Inami, Kouta Minamizawa
  • Patent number: 10105612
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a motion determination limiting device including a housing. An extendable rod is arranged throughout the housing. A vertical position limiting mechanism and a horizontal position limiting mechanism are sleeved outside the extendable rod in a down-to-top manner. The housing is sleeved outside the vertical position limiting mechanism and the horizontal position limiting mechanism. A lower portion of the vertical position limiting mechanism is provided with a position limiting bearing. When the user is walking, an inclination is generated to drive the vertical position limiting mechanism in the present invention to stop the extendable rod from moving upwardly and downwardly, such that the position limitation in the vertical direction can be realized. Moreover, the rotation in horizontal direction is allowed, and the swings of the user can be limited via the horizontal position limiting mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: Hangzhou Virtual And Reality Technology Co., LTD.
    Inventor: Bo Wang
  • Patent number: 10086300
    Abstract: A versatile translational and rotational motion simulator comprising a first apparatus to translate a user in a first linear direction; a second apparatus to translate the user in a second linear direction; a third apparatus to translate the user in a third linear direction; a fourth apparatus disposed on the third apparatus to support the user throughout the first, second, and third linear translations; a gimbal assembly disposed on the fourth apparatus and including a positional tracking sensor and/or reference device to track the position of a user's head; a virtual reality device to create a virtual reality scene within the mind of the user; a sound system to create an auditory sensation within the mind of the user; microelectronics; and a programmable controller, the simulator being operable to translate the user forward and backward in the first, second, and third linear directions and the first, second, and third rotational directions simultaneously.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Inventor: Nicholas G. Suttell
  • Patent number: 10056007
    Abstract: A motion simulator (10) has a body tub (12) fixed on a carrier platform (14), the carrier platform being supported via motion control apparatus (52, 54, 56, 58), each having bearings which translate along an inclined path, the motion control apparatuses together providing six degrees of motion for the carrier platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: WILLIAMS GRAND PRIX ENGINEERING LIMITED
    Inventor: David Kirkman
  • Patent number: 9943169
    Abstract: A system and method are disclosed that allows a practitioner to rotate a human subject in three different axes of rotation, independently from one another and without limitation on the degree of rotation, which allows for the treatment of various systems of the human subject.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: OVARD, LLC
    Inventor: Michael Budagher
  • Patent number: 9786190
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a simulation device having a replaceable sensory module, which comprises: a first platform for performing a translational motion with reference to a first three-dimensional coordinate axis; a second platform which is coupled to the first platform and performs a rotational motion with reference to at least one axis among second three-dimensional coordinate axes; and a sensory module coupled to the second platform and arranged to support a user to enable the user to sense a motion provided by the first and second platforms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: KOREA INSTITUTE OF INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGY
    Inventors: Byung Rok So, Sung Il Yi, Sang Jun Lee
  • Patent number: 9707475
    Abstract: Accelerations are simulated for a person, on whom a main acceleration acts by rotation of the person at a distance about a main axis and by gravitational acceleration. The magnitude and the direction of the main acceleration is determined at least by the gravitational, tangential, and radial accelerations. The position of the person with respect to the direction of the main acceleration is determined by rotating and/or positioning the person about at least two secondary axes that pass through a center in the region of the person. If the magnitude and direction of the main acceleration are changed, primary faulty forces act on the person, which are compensated by rotating the person about the secondary axes, wherein secondary faulty forces act on the person due to rotation of the person about the secondary axes. The second faulty forces are reduced by rotating and positioning the person about three secondary axes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: Amst-Systemtechnik GmbH
    Inventors: Richard Schlüsselberger, Mark Wentink
  • Patent number: 9694235
    Abstract: A virtual biking system and a virtual hiking method by which a user can bike indoors while simulating actually being outdoors are provided. The virtual hiking system includes a Personal Computer (PC) configured to display a simulation screen, a motion platform configured to move corresponding to a state of a road of the simulation screen displayed on the PC, and a bicycle fixed onto the motion platform such that the simulation screen is changed corresponding to a movement and a speed of a handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Heungno Oh, Myungjong Kim, Jongchan Kim, Jongpil Kim, Juyeon Kim, Eunnam Song, Jounggeun Jo
  • Patent number: 9610511
    Abstract: A free-ranging ride vehicle for an amusement park ride. The vehicle includes a vehicle base supporting a passenger compartment. The vehicle includes a drive system with a support platform supporting the vehicle base. The drive system imparts a set of motions including translation, cornering, sway, and heave to the support platform and, in turn, to the vehicle base and passenger compartment. The drive system includes first, second, and third leg assemblies each with a rigid leg pivotally coupled at an inner end to the support platform and supporting a wheel at an outer end. Drive motors are mounted on the legs above the wheels to, independently and concurrently, rotate the wheels and change the directional offset angle of each wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Dexter William Francis, Larry S. McAfee
  • Patent number: 9579579
    Abstract: A pneumatic driven two-axis motion platform is structurally simple for using two bag-shaped telescopic modules spaced apart and fixed to a foundation base being laid on the ground, and a movable table having a pivotal shaft used for making a pivotal connection with a two-way orthogonal rotator, after completely assembled, the movable table is mounted on the two bag-shaped telescopic modules by such arrangement that the two bag-shaped telescopic modules are symmetrical against the pivotal shaft of the movable table, and the two-way orthogonal rotator is arranged together with the two bag-shaped telescopic modules as an isosceles triangle arrangement; by such structural arrangement, said two-axis motion platform is endowed with two dimensions of rotational freedom when pneumatic inflating or deflating one or both of the two bag-shaped telescopic modules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: INJOY MOTION CORP.
    Inventors: Johnson Chiang, Ping-Lin Wu, Song-Kuei Chang
  • Patent number: 9573068
    Abstract: What is disclosed is a virtual reality enhancement device that has a chamber in which a user is located, one or more pumps for pumping a fluid into and/or out of the chamber, and a series of ports for allowing the fluid to flow into and out of the chamber. The fluid circulates into and out of the chamber around the user in coordination with the 3-D visual and auditory experience provided to the user in order to enhance the user's haptic experience. The chamber can be used, for example, to simulate a user swimming or flying.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Inventor: Kipling Martin
  • Patent number: 9533184
    Abstract: A multi-axis adjustable exercise machine which is pivotable about both a pitch axis and a roll axis with respect to a base for allowing an exerciser to perform a wide range of exercises on a pitched or rolled exercise machine. The multi-axis adjustable exercise machine generally includes an exercise machine which is adjustable with respect to a base. The exercise machine may be pivoted about a roll axis to adjust the roll angle of the exercise machine or may be pivoted about a pitch axis to adjust the pitch angle of the exercise machine. One or more actuators may be connected between the base and the exercise machine to effectuate the pivoting of the exercise machine about either or both axes with respect to the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: Lagree Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Sebastien Anthony Louis Lagree, Samuel D. Cox, Todd G. Remund
  • Patent number: 9526443
    Abstract: A force measurement system includes a force measurement assembly configured to receive a subject thereon, at least one visual display device having an output screen, and one or more data processing devices configured to generate a screen image comprising a plurality of substantially concentric bands on the output screen of the at least one visual display device that is configured to create a visual stimuli for the subject disposed on the force measurement assembly. A plurality of methods for testing a subject is also disclosed herein. The methods for testing a subject utilize a force measurement assembly and/or augmented reality glasses. A measurement system including a motion detection system, an object position detection system, and/or an eye movement tracking device is additionally disclosed herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: Bertec Corporation
    Inventors: Necip Berme, Scott Zerkle Barnes, Lewis Michael Nashner
  • Patent number: 9474926
    Abstract: A multi-axis adjustable exercise machine which is pivotable about both a pitch axis and a roll axis with respect to a base for allowing an exerciser to perform a wide range of exercises on a pitched or rolled exercise machine. The multi-axis adjustable exercise machine generally includes an exercise machine which is adjustable with respect to a base. The exercise machine may be pivoted about a roll axis to adjust the roll angle of the exercise machine or may be pivoted about a pitch axis to adjust the pitch angle of the exercise machine. One or more actuators may be connected between the base and the exercise machine to effectuate the pivoting of the exercise machine about either or both axes with respect to the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: SPX Fitness, Inc.
    Inventors: Sebastien Anthony Louis Lagree, Samuel D. Cox, Todd G. Remund
  • Patent number: 9275553
    Abstract: A flight simulator rests on a plurality of air cushions as a hovercraft and assumes spatial attitudes depending upon the relative heights of the air cushions. Flight controls determine the volume of air supplied to each air cushion and thereby control the pitch and roll attitudes of the flight simulator. The simulator may be connected to an external support frame and may thereby be subjected to longitudinal, lateral, and rotational movements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Inventor: Lance Toland
  • Patent number: 9212973
    Abstract: A device for simulating the effects of a crash on a test object is provided. The device includes a sled adapted to be accelerated in the longitudinal direction. The sled comprises a lower part and an upper part supported thereon used as a carrier for the test object. The lower part and the upper part have actuators provided between them, whereby pitching and yawing movements of the upper part can be generated. The upper part is, on an impact-side front end of the sled, propped against the lower part by means of a coupling rod which is rotatably coupled on both sides thereof, at least five actuators provided between the lower part and the upper part, the upper part being supported on the lower part via the actuators and the coupling rod such that a rolling movement of the upper part can additionally be generated by means of the actuators.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2015
    Assignee: MESSRING SYSTEMBAU MSG GMBH
    Inventor: Robert Weber
  • Patent number: 9120021
    Abstract: An interactive system adapted for lean-based control of ride or video game experiences. The system includes a vehicle seat and a motion base with a vehicle base upon which the vehicle seat is mounted. The system includes an actuator assembly moving the vehicle base and seat. A control system interprets sensor input signals and generates control signals to operate the actuator assembly to move the vehicle base and seat. Force sensors positioned in the vehicle seat sense forces applied by the passenger to the vehicle seat and transmit sensor data signals to the control system. The control signals operating the driver assembly are generated based on the sensor data, which is output from left and right sensors provided in a bench of the vehicle seat as well as in a front and a back support to provide X and Y-axis values based on passenger leaning in the vehicle seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2015
    Assignee: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventors: David W. Crawford, Isaac D. Talamantes, Tyler Emptage, Jonathan Ackley, Bei Yang, Hao Wang
  • Patent number: 9097383
    Abstract: An improved motion platform configuration having a particular alignment configuration of the components which include a plurality of active devices, such as linear actuators, and a plurality of transducers, such as passive transducers. The particular alignment configuration of components simplifies computations that are based on the output signals from the transducers, thus providing better support for high speed motion platform applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2015
    Assignee: OCEANEERING INTERNATIONAL, INC.
    Inventor: Stephen Alan Sywak
  • Publication number: 20150099970
    Abstract: A movement device and a manipulator configuration are provided for contact and/or invasive examination or treatment of the human or animal body under the influence of increased and/or changing acceleration. Wherein a functional head can be moved relative to a base along a plurality of degrees of freedom movable by drive devices and at least one drive device is constituted as a force-limited drive device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 6, 2013
    Publication date: April 9, 2015
    Applicant: AMST-SYSTEMTECHNIK GMBH
    Inventors: Richard Schluesselberger, Sen., Richard Schluesselberger, Jun., Rainer Schluesselberger, Norman Eisenkoeck
  • Patent number: 8961326
    Abstract: A suspended flying rig system including a plurality of cables attached to a load support. In response to retraction and/or deployment of at least one of the plurality of cables, motion is provided generally within a three-dimensional working space to the load support. The motion includes at least six degrees of freedom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Tait Towers Manufacturing, LLC
    Inventor: Scott Fisher
  • Patent number: 8920251
    Abstract: An amusement ride has a retaining structure and at least one platform that is connected in an articulated manner to retaining elements which hold the at least one platform on the retaining structure. The retaining elements are cables which are under tensile stress during operation of the amusement ride. The cables have an effective length and the effective length of the cables is variable. Cable winches disposed on the retaining structure are provided that wind the cables.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Inventors: Thomas Dietz, Andreas Pott, Gino De-Gol, Alexander Verf
  • Patent number: 8864594
    Abstract: The invention relates to a carnival ride the comprises a passenger seat for receiving at least one person, a display device for displaying a film sequence and a robot with a control device and with a robotic arm to which the passenger seat can be fastened or is fastened. The film sequence comprises several successive images. The robotic arm comprises drives connected to the control device and comprises several members that can be moved relative to each other by the drives relative to axes. The control device is arranged for controlling the drives for a movement of the robotic arm so that the members have positions of the axes which positions are associated during the movement with the movement. Information about an association of at least several of the images of the film sequence with corresponding positions of the axes of the robotic arm is stored in the control device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: KUKA Laboratories GmbH
    Inventor: Torsten Hasenzahl
  • Patent number: 8864593
    Abstract: A seat assembly comprises a plurality of stabilizing members mounted to a base. A passenger support member is moveably mounted along the plurality of stabilizing members. A plurality of spaced apart inflatable actuators are drivingly connected to the passenger support member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Simex Inc.
    Inventors: Alex L. Gil, Michael Berinde
  • Publication number: 20140302462
    Abstract: A motion simulation system includes actuators having a planetary gearbox engaged with and driven by a servomotor engaged with a crank. A connector rod is engaged with the crank of each actuator, and engaged with a platform configured to attach to a vehicle. A control system is operable with each electric servo motor of each actuator for delivering control for providing a simulated motion to the top plate. Control data is sent to the servomotors using a msec data send and receive rate, with internal processing within the nano-second range. Such update rates coupled with a real time, dynamically responsive motion controller results in a desirably smooth and accurate simulator motion. The control system includes a washout filter for transforming input forces and rotational movements. One to six degrees of freedom systems having smooth performance with high payload capability are provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 8, 2014
    Publication date: October 9, 2014
    Applicant: Dynamic Motion Group GmbH
    Inventors: David J. Vatcher, Simon A. James, Andrew J. Cox
  • Patent number: 8834165
    Abstract: A process for providing upset recovery training (URT) includes using a sustained-G multi-axis platform (e.g., a centrifuge-based simulator). Various embodiments of the present invention address an important aspect of URT that is not present in the prior art, namely the placing of physiological stresses on the trainees during URT, such as sustained motions including, but not limited to, sustained, elevated G-forces and continuous rotational cues. Elevated, sustained, G-forces and continuous rotational cues can create many physiological challenges to aircrew. These challenges can include motion discomfort, disorientation, and visual disturbances. Embodiments of the present invention provide URT that includes physiological stresses on the pilot. If a pilot learns the correct procedures for recovery from an upset, as in the prior art URT programs, but cannot execute the procedures in the real world because he or she has not been prepared for the physiological environment to be faced, then safety is compromised.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Environmental Tectonics Corporation
    Inventors: Scott Glaser, Glenn B. King, Richard A. Leland
  • Patent number: 8827822
    Abstract: A robot for virtual reality experience, in which a settling body for a user is moved in multidirectional according to operation states of first and second moving units and first and second crank motors. The settling body creates various moving directions according to the operation states of the first and second moving units and the first and second crank motors, and each magnitude of forces applied to each moving direction is changed, thereby forming the various waveforms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Xenarts., Inc
    Inventors: Wan Pyo Lee, Dong One Ha, Seung Hwan Paek
  • Patent number: 8773238
    Abstract: The present document describes a device and method for synchronizing a motion signal corresponding to a media content with a media signal for the media content, the motion signal being for controlling a motion feedback system. The method comprises: receiving a portion of the media signal; obtaining a fingerprint corresponding to the received portion of the media signal; from reference fingerprints associated with time positions of at least one reference media content, identifying a reference time position of the media content corresponding to the obtained fingerprint; obtaining the motion signal associated with the identified reference time position of the media content; and outputting the motion signal synchronized with the media signal using the identified reference time position of the media content for controlling the motion feedback system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: D-Box Technologies Inc.
    Inventors: Jean-Francois Menard, Pierre-Anthony Stivell Lemieux
  • Patent number: 8734157
    Abstract: An exercise and video game control apparatus comprising a carriage suspended from a frame by support cables; a first handle coupled to the support cables within arm-reach of the suspended carriage; and a first sensor that generates game related signals when the user biases the game chair away from the first handle. Some embodiments may further comprise a sway bar coupled to the game chair and a plurality of cables, wherein the sway bar reduces motion of the game chair when the user biases the game chair away from the first handle; a rocker coupled to a bottom surface of the frame; and a footpad coupled to the frame within leg-reach of the game chair, the footpad adapted to rotates the frame from a neutral position along the rocker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Inventor: Julius Andrew Hummel, III
  • Patent number: 8733028
    Abstract: A display retraction assembly for a multi-display visualization device is provided comprising a first track in a first vertical plane, a second track in a second vertical plane offset from the first track, a display support member operably connected to the first track and second track and a display connected to the display support member wherein the display is movable simultaneously with the display support member along the first track and second track.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Mechdyne Corporation
    Inventors: Chris Garrett, Doug Betts, Clint Collins
  • Patent number: 8721464
    Abstract: A dynamic simulator includes a carrying platform, a movable platform, a load carrying seat, a first actuator pivotally coupled to carrying platform, and a second actuator pivotally coupled to movable platform, and an included angle is formed between the first actuator and the carrying platform, and an included angle is formed between the second actuator and the load carrying seat, and an included angle is formed between the second actuator and the first actuator, so as to simplify the dynamic simulator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Brogent Technologies Inc.
    Inventors: Chih-Hung Ou Yang, Deng-Horng Lai, Ke-Cheng Chien
  • Patent number: 8641540
    Abstract: A system for patron movement and entertainment comprising a track, and at least one vehicle engaged with and positioned below the track, capable of carrying at least one patron in a passenger portion and moving along the track. Each vehicle preferably includes a motion base between the track and the passenger portion, and a turntable between the track and the motion base for rotating the passenger portion in the yaw direction, and particularly for directing the patron's viewpoint toward desired show elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Inventors: Roland Feuer, Matthew Sellers
  • Patent number: 8468280
    Abstract: The present description relates to the interfacing of a computer with a motion platform using a USB audio-class computer peripheral. The computer peripheral receives a digital audio-format signal according to the USB specification and provides a motion signal to up to four motion platforms. As the computer peripheral is a USB audio-class peripheral, no device-specific driver is required to play motion synchronously with a movie or a video game. The general purpose audio driver included in the operating system of the computer is advantageously used and the computer peripheral can alternately be used with any operating system comprising such a general purpose audio driver, such as Windows 2000, Windows XO or Mac OSX. The computer peripheral is seen by the computer as a USB sound card.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2013
    Assignee: D-Box Technologies Inc.
    Inventor: Bruno Paillard
  • Patent number: 8454366
    Abstract: An actuated support frame for transmitting motion to a seat with respect to a ground as a function of motion signals associated with video output, comprises a frame. The frame is expandable/retractable along translational degrees of freedom. Support surfaces are provided on the frame. The support surfaces are displaceable with respect to one another by expansion/retraction of the frame so as to be sized to support a seat. Actuators are provided between the frame and the ground. The actuators receive signals and selectively displace the frame with respect to the ground in synchronization with a video output, whereby a seat supported on the frame is displaceable within the frame. A method for installing a seating system of a motion simulator system is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Assignee: D-Box Technologies Inc.
    Inventors: Gauthier Orban, Michel Bérubé, Philippe Roy
  • Patent number: 8403673
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a motion platform system comprising of a base (1), a moving platform (2) displaceable by five actuators along and about the three axes in five degrees of freedom, said moving platform (2), connected to said base (1) by at least three links, wherein one of the said links is a column (3) capable of having at least one rotational freedom at the base of the column (3); the other two links include actuators controlling rotational degrees of freedom about the ‘X’ and ‘Y’ axes; another actuator controlling rotational degree of freedom about the ‘Z’ axis; other two actuators controlling translational degrees of freedom along the ‘X’ and ‘Y’ axes; said column (3) including a joint (12) at the top of the said column (3), said joint (12) capable of providing at least one rotational degree of freedom about any of the three axes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2013
    Assignee: Zen Technologies Ltd.
    Inventors: Kishore Dutt Atluri, Ravikumar Midthala, Samson Jayaprakash Anga
  • Patent number: 8393902
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method to control the movements of a flight simulator involving linear and angular accelerations perceived at a pilot's seat and involving mathematical transformations of a lateral position y and a roll angle ? for said accelerations, wherein mathematical transformations are used with at least one of the following corrections: —Feed-forward of a specific force error due to the y-position wash-out into a roll angle transformation function; —Decomposition of specific force at pilot's position and addition of complementary filters to reproduce suitable side forces in the pilot's seat due to lateral accelerations; —Mathematical transformations linking a pilot's position in an aircraft and flight simulator to a motion base centroid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2013
    Assignee: W.ING.S. sprl
    Inventor: Filip VanBiervliet
  • Patent number: 8356996
    Abstract: The invention relates to a motion and orientation simulator with a cardanic suspension (4) for a cabin (5) that is carried by a heave carriage (3) that can be moved in a straight line in a carriage cage (2), characterized in that the carriage cage (2) is rotatable and that a cable drive is provided for the straight-line movement of the carriage (3) in the carriage cage (2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2013
    Assignee: AMST-Systemtechnik GmbH
    Inventor: Michael Mayrhofer
  • Patent number: 8355897
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for generating motion controls for a mobile platform of a vehicle simulator. The method uses, as input, accelerations calculated by a process for simulating the behavior of the vehicle. The method according to the invention comprises the steps of: filtering the accelerations calculated accelerations by use of a filter constructed according to a mathematical model of human perception of a motion; calculating successive positions of the mobile platform as a function of the filtered acceleration controls; scaling the positions of the mobile platform as a function of physical limitations of the mobile platform, to produce scaled successive positions of the mobile platform; and calculating acceleration controls to be applied by the mobile platform, as a function of the scaled successive positions of the mobile platform, to produce calculated acceleration controls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2013
    Assignee: Thales
    Inventors: Nathan Morali, Serge Couvet
  • Patent number: 8287394
    Abstract: A seat assembly comprises a plurality of stabilizing members mounted to a base. A passenger support member is moveably mounted along the plurality of stabilizing members. A plurality of spaced apart inflatable actuators are drivingly connected to the passenger support member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Assignee: Simex Inc.
    Inventors: Alex L. Gil, Michael Berinde
  • Patent number: RE47822
    Abstract: In a building equipped with a plurality of motion-enabled chairs such as a movie theatre, the vibration of the motion-enabled chairs adds up and may damage the foundation of the building especially at the resonance frequency. The present application describes a system and method for controlling the resulting vibration by introducing an alteration such as a delay or an inversion in the motion signals sent to the motion-enabled chairs. This delay causes the vibration of some motion-enabled chairs to be de-phased from the vibration of the other motion-enabled chairs. Whereby, the intensity (magnitude) of the resulting vibration is reduced. Control of the motion-enabled chairs may be done centrally through a central controller, or locally at selected motion-enabled chairs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: D-BOX TECHNOLOGIES INC.
    Inventors: Jean-Francois Menard, Sylvain Trottier