Model Viewed And Maneuvered By Trainee From Point Remote Therefrom Patents (Class 434/63)
  • Patent number: 9366216
    Abstract: Vehicles equipped with an automatic start-stop system may include an interface for conveying inhibitors preventing an engine from auto-stopping in addition to the status of the automatic start-stop system. The system may identify one or more inhibitors actively preventing an auto-stop event from occurring and select at least one of the active inhibitors based on a priority scheme. The interface may communicate the at least one selected inhibitor to a driver using a display or a speaker, or both.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Inventors: Tuan Anh Be, Kirk Pebley, Hank L. Kwong, George Edmund Walley, Filip Tomik
  • Patent number: 9156300
    Abstract: The greeting card of the present invention includes a sound and motor module which enable the greeting card to play audio and activate a scroll mechanism which displays a scrolling scene across a window or screen located on at least one panel of the greeting card. The scroll mechanism contains a piece of thin paper or paper-like material which is attached end-to-end, forming a loop. The material is then placed between two rotating spindles or rollers which rotate the material in a loop across the greeting card page as a moving picture, scene or message. The scroll may contain a greeting, message or simply contain artwork or a funny or entertaining scene. The information on the scroll may be coordinated with the theme of the music or audio clip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Assignee: American Greetings Corporation
    Inventors: Michelle Parkinson, Erin Dennis, Seth Larson
  • Patent number: 9026312
    Abstract: A test buck, a test buck system and related method are disclosed. The test buck system may comprise a controller and a test buck. The test buck may include a portable bed, a seat module mounted to the bed, and a first OIM disposed on the bed. At least a portion of the first OIM may be selectively moveable in at least four degrees of freedom, up to six degrees of freedom. The controller may be electrically connected to a first Operator Interface Module (OIM). The controller may be configured to selectively move at least a portion of the first OIM in at least four to six degrees of freedom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Todd Bartholomew Smith, Darin Patrick Brodie, David Hopp, David Asher, Robert Lewis, Casey Boyer, Roberto Lanzara, David Schweppe, Vern Alway
  • Patent number: 9011152
    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: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Gaijin Entertainment Corporation
    Inventors: Kirill Yudintsev, Alexander Polyakov
  • Patent number: 8731736
    Abstract: A system for preventing driving skill atrophy comprises a trainer module that determines the driver's current skill level, disables certain automated features based on the determined skill level, and forces the driver to use and hone her driving skills. The system collects data to determine through on-board vehicle sensors how a driver is driving the vehicle. The system then compares the driver's current driving skills with the driver's historical driving skills or the general population's driving skills. Based on the comparison, the system determines whether the driver's skill level is stagnant, improving or deteriorating. If the skill level is improving, for example, the system disables certain automated driving features to give driver more control of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hsuan Chang
  • Patent number: 8485822
    Abstract: A simulation system for a machine is disclosed. The simulation system has a user interface configured to display a simulated environment, and a controller in communication with the user interface. The controller is configured to receive historical information related to performance of a machine, and recreate a past operation of the machine from the received historical information. The controller is also configured to provide to the user interface the recreated past operation for display in the simulated environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventor: Jeffrey D. Lind
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20130101968
    Abstract: A method for training an operator of a machine including interacting with a simulation mode of a heavy equipment model simulator and evaluating an operator using criteria substantially similar to an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) criteria for a non-simulated heavy equipment model. Interacting includes performing one or more simulated exercises substantially similar to an OEM exercise for the non-simulated heavy equipment model.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 10, 2012
    Publication date: April 25, 2013
    Applicant: CSE SOFTWARE INC.
    Inventor: CSE Software Inc.
  • Patent number: 6805604
    Abstract: A toy driving mechanism includes a housing, a display element coupled to the housing, and a controller mounted on the housing and coupled to the display element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2004
    Assignee: Mattel, Inc.
    Inventors: James G. Brumagin, Peter M. Harris, John T. Smokowski
  • Patent number: 5707237
    Abstract: A simulation system which can provide a realistic quasi-experience of operating a conveyance.An output information collecting device 3 is provided with a conveyance model 20 which operates according to the operation information accepted from outside. The conveyance model 20 comprises a television camera 30 which shoots the surrounding scenery and a accelerometer 40 which detects the acceleration. A simulator body 4 is provided with a cockpit device 50, a driving section 70 which changes the cockpit device, and an output section 220 which displays the picture shot by the television camera 30. The cockpit device 50 includes an input section for operating, 60, which accepts the operation information to operate the conveyance model 20. A driving section 70 changes the cockpit device 50 based on the information of acceleration informed by the accelerometer 40.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 1995
    Date of Patent: January 13, 1998
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Ace Denken
    Inventors: Takatoshi Takemoto, Kazunari Kawashima
  • Patent number: 5660547
    Abstract: A vehicle simulator including a system for development of vehicle simulation scenarios. The vehicle simulation system includes simulated vehicle controls providing input signals to a computer, and feedback devices, including a video display, providing a user with feedback on the operation and location of the simulated vehicle as it is driven through a simulated universe. One aspect of the invention is a scenario development system which uses the vehicle controls, the computer and the output devices to enable a scenario developer to develop a simulation scenario which includes other programmed vehicles. The scenario developer can determine when and where the other programmed vehicles become active in a simulated universe in which the scenario takes place, as well as determine when and where the programmed vehicles leave the simulated universe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 1994
    Date of Patent: August 26, 1997
    Assignee: Atari Games Corporation
    Inventor: Norman S. Copperman
  • Patent number: 5624278
    Abstract: An electric wire connector has an insulating member which has a through hole running in the axial direction and a transverse hole provided between exterior and the through hole in a different direction from the axis of the through hole; a contact which is inserted in the through hole and which has a fitting structure in a position matching an inside opening, i.e. the opening on the through hole side of the transverse hole; and a position restricting member which is inserted through an outside opening, i.e. the opening on the outer side of the transverse hole to be fitted in the fitting structure of the contact to restrict the position of the contact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 1995
    Date of Patent: April 29, 1997
    Assignee: Olympus Optical Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Kuroda, Yasuo Komatsu, Kenji Kimura
  • Patent number: 5596319
    Abstract: A vehicle remote control system includes at least one remote controlled vehicle and a remote control station for each of the at least one remotely controlled vehicles. Each control station allows a user to control the operation of one of the remote control vehicles. Each remote controlled vehicle includes a camera having a lens with a field of view in a direction toward a forward path of travel for that vehicle. In a preferred embodiment, the vehicle is a car and includes various sensors for monitoring the operation of various parameters of the vehicle, such as speed. Each car is equipped with an instrument panel located in the field of view of the lens as well as two side rear view mirrors, one attached to a left fender and the other to a right fender, which are also located in the field of view of the lens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 1994
    Date of Patent: January 21, 1997
    Inventor: Willie L. Spry
  • Patent number: 5516295
    Abstract: A vehicle simulator is provided with a control device for actuation by an operator which device's input is digitized and fed to a vehicle model. The model (14) maintains an objective position and direction for the simulated vehicle which are fed to a lag means. The lag means operates to delay the rate of change of objective direction of the simulated vehicle to provide a subjective direction to a display generator. The display generator provides a subjective view based on the objective position and subjective direction of the simulated vehicle on a display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 1994
    Date of Patent: May 14, 1996
    Assignee: U.S. Philips Corporation
    Inventor: Andrew G. Stove
  • Patent number: 5453750
    Abstract: A multistage transmission line interconnect device (50) for joining two microstrip circuits (82, 86). A center conductor pin (52) extends through a cylindrical dielectric (54) to form a coaxial midsection of the device. The ends of the pin extend from the dielectric to form a conductor for a straight open troughline at each end of the device. The ends of the pin are connected to the microstrip circuits by ribbon bonds (80, 84). Because the midsection of the device is coaxial, the microstrip circuits (82, 86) may be oriented at arbitrary angles with respect to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 1993
    Date of Patent: September 26, 1995
    Assignee: Hughes Aircraft Company
    Inventors: Daniel M. Battista, Clifton Quan, Keith Whaley, Bruce F. Wolfe, Brian D. Young
  • Patent number: 5015189
    Abstract: A trainee station in a tractor-trailer training apparatus includes dummy controls simulating those of a tractor, and a display screen visible from the trainee station. At a remote diorama or terrain model a miniature tractor-trailer is moved atop the diorama in accordance with the operation of the trainee's dummy controls. A plurality of video cameras mounted within the cab of the miniature tractor provide video signals which are displayed on the mentioned screen. The fields-of-view of two of the video cameras embrace miniature rearview mirrors on the miniature tractor, providing realistic views of portions of the trailer as trainee operation of the controls moves the minature tractor-trailer about the diorama.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 1989
    Date of Patent: May 14, 1991
    Assignee: Doron Precision Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Wenzinger, Jr.
  • Patent number: 4986187
    Abstract: The invention comprises a toy vehicle such as a train, for moving about a track and which includes an optical sensing apparatus. The vehicle includes a charge coupled device to sense radiant energy external of the vehicle. The vehicle includes sensing circuitry to convert the image into a video signal. The video signal is FM modulated and supplied to the track by a transmitter on the vehicle for transmission to a receiver. The receiver receives the FM signal and demodulates same to produce a video signal adapted to be received by a monitor for viewing by the user of the toy vehicle as the vehicle moves along the track.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 1988
    Date of Patent: January 22, 1991
    Assignee: Lionel Trains, Inc.
    Inventors: Roger Booth, Thomas D. Heidt
  • Patent number: 4817948
    Abstract: A reduced-scale racing apparatus having at least one self-powered, remotely controlled vehicle, and at least one operator's booth containing a control console for operating the vehicle, the vehicle having a wheeled body provided with a first control for controlling the vehicle, a forwardly trained video camera on the body, a rearwardly trained video camera on the body, a transmitter on the body for the wireless transmission of respective signals from the forwardly and rearwardly trained video cameras, and a receiver on the body responsive to wireless signals for operating the first control, while the operator's booth has a housing for containing a driver/operator and the control console, with a second control in the housing for generating wireless signals receivable by the receiver for operating the first control, the housing being further provided with a first video display screen responsive to the transmitted signals from the forwardly trained video camera for displaying the path in front of the vehicle, an
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 1983
    Date of Patent: April 4, 1989
    Inventor: Louise Simonelli
  • Patent number: 4474372
    Abstract: An obstacle avoidance driving type toy has a housing with a motor located in the housing. The output of the motor is fed to a switch member which, in turn, conducts the output to either a first transfer mechanism or a second transfer mechanism. The first transfer mechanism transfers output of the motor to a moving member which includes an encounter sensor located on it. An object, under the control of the operator of the toy, is maneuvered with respect to the movement of the moving member, and if the maneuvering of the obstacle is not coordinated with the movement of the moving member, the obstacle will encounter the encounter sensor. When so encountered, a signal from the encounter sensor is fed to the switch member, which switches the output of the motor to the second transfer mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 1983
    Date of Patent: October 2, 1984
    Assignee: Tomy Kogyo Company, Inc.
    Inventor: Hideyasu Karasawa
  • Patent number: 4244143
    Abstract: A highway game has a base supporting a conveyor-like roadway belt on which a toy vehicle is mounted. The vehicle has a control mechanism mounted at one end of the base and this mechanism includes a winding device wound with a tether secured to the vehicle. The roadway belt is driven in one direction by a motor to turn the wheels of the tethered vehicle and simulate movement of the vehicle in the opposite direction. The winding device of a simplified form of the game is mounted on a transverse shaft which can be rotated manually to shift the vehicle longitudinally on the rotating roadway belt. In a preferred embodiment of the game, the control mechanism is driven by a power take-off from the motor and the winding device is slidably mounted on a control shaft which is movable to engage and disengage the device from the drive so as to achieve a similar longitudinal movement of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 1978
    Date of Patent: January 13, 1981
    Inventor: Terrence A. Scully