With Indicator Patents (Class 440/2)
  • Patent number: 10317928
    Abstract: A haptic device comprising a base and at least one shaker branch. Said at least one branch is connected to the base by mobility means conferring a degree of freedom on the branch to move in rotation about a pivot axis relative to the base. An exciter member comprises electrical exciter means configured to cause said at least one branch to shake by moving in rotation about the pivot axis from a rest position to an activated position, and resilient return means tending to maintain each branch in the corresponding rest position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: AIRBUS HELICOPTERS
    Inventor: Pascal Izzo
  • Patent number: 9796465
    Abstract: There is provided an identification number setting apparatus of a plurality of outboard motors attached to a ship body. A plurality of engine control modules are provided in the plurality of outboard motors. A keyless controller is configured to perform an authentication process for keyless control between the keyless controller and the plurality of engine control modules. During initial registration of authentication information for the authentication process, the keyless controller sets identification numbers in the plurality of engine control modules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: SUZUKI MOTOR CORPORATION
    Inventor: Toshiya Kataoka
  • Patent number: 9503001
    Abstract: An HVAC control system, associated brushless direct current motor, and methods of operation are disclosed. One such control system includes a brushless direct current motor and an optically-isolated interface exposing control access to the brushless direct current motor. The system includes a first programmable controller electrically connected to the brushless direct current motor, the programmable controller configured to receive a control signal via the optically-isolated interface, and a second programmable controller providing the control signal to the optically-isolated interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: McMillan Electric Company
    Inventors: Dewain Wasson, Karmen Darrell Cox
  • Patent number: 9442517
    Abstract: A handheld electronic device has a cursor which is moved by tilting and or accelerating the device, where the cursor movement correlates to a bubble in a bull's eye level. Gestures include flicking, shaking, and reversing an acceleration or tilting, to control movement of the cursor, and to execute instructions corresponding to a position of the cursor. These gestures may be combined with touch, speech, buttons, or other known methods of communication between users and devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventor: William Joseph Croughwell, III
  • Patent number: 9233744
    Abstract: A system according to the principles of the present disclosure includes a profile storage module, a profile playback module, and a speed control module. The profile storage module stores an acceleration profile specifying a manner of accelerating a marine vessel. The profile playback module, in response to a play command received from a vessel operator, retrieves the acceleration profile and adjusts a desired engine speed based on the acceleration profile. The speed control module controls an engine speed of the marine vessel based on the desired engine speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2016
    Assignees: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC, MEDALLION INSTRUMENTATION SYSTEMS LLC
    Inventors: Timothy J. Clever, Kevin A. Cansiani, Martin Payne, Christopher A. Koches, Ronald E. Gaskins, Lance Norris
  • Patent number: 8968041
    Abstract: A device that captures and processes individual rower data and transmits the data to a display for use by the coxswain or the coach to enable the provision of immediate feedback to one or more rowers in order to improve the overall performance of the boat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Inventor: Angelo Rubbo
  • Patent number: 8956195
    Abstract: A marine vessel propulsion device includes a bracket that is attachable to a marine vessel, a duct that is rotatable around a steering axis with respect to the bracket, a propeller that is rotatable with respect to the duct around a propeller axis extending in a direction perpendicular or substantially perpendicular to the steering axis, and an electric motor that rotates the propeller. The propeller includes a plurality of blades and a cylindrical rim that surrounds the plurality of blades, and is surrounded by the duct. The electric motor rotates the rim with respect to the duct.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Yamaha Hatsudoki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Takayoshi Suzuki, Noriyoshi Hiraoka
  • Patent number: 8926380
    Abstract: A marine vessel propulsion device includes a bracket that is attachable to a marine vessel, a duct that is rotatable around a steering axis with respect to the bracket, a propeller that is rotatable with respect to the duct around a propeller axis extending in a direction perpendicular or substantially perpendicular to the steering axis, and an electric motor that rotates the propeller. The propeller includes a plurality of blades and a cylindrical rim that surrounds the plurality of blades, and is surrounded by the duct. The electric motor rotates the rim with respect to the duct.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Yamaha Hatsudoki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Takayoshi Suzuki, Noriyoshi Hiraoka
  • Patent number: 8814615
    Abstract: In an outboard motor having a prime mover, a gear mechanism transmitting a driving force of the prime mover to a propeller, and a gear case housing the gear mechanism, it is configured to have a drain bolt fastened to a drain hole bored at the gear case and constituted as a magnetic member; a stacked portion provided at an exposed part of the drain bolt in an inside of the gear case and having a conductor, an insulator and a resistive element partially making contact with the conductor that are stacked in a gravitational direction; a current detector detecting a current value conducted from the conductor to the drain bolt under a condition where voltage is applied to the conductor; and a wear debris amount detector adapted to detect an amount of wear debris of the gear mechanism deposited at the drain bolt based on the conducted current value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Koji Kuriyagawa, Norikazu Shimizu, Hikaru Ikeda
  • Patent number: 8803711
    Abstract: An indicator device on a marine vessel is configured to display motion. A controller operates the indicator device according to at least a first mode wherein the indicator device displays motion and a second mode wherein the indicator device does not display motion. The controller operates the indicator device based upon an operational characteristic of the marine vessel to thereby inform a swimmer located proximate to the marine vessel of the operational characteristic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Brunswick Corporation
    Inventor: Steven J. Gonring
  • Patent number: 8555800
    Abstract: An apparatus and associated method relating to a tiller for steering a boat. The tiller has an elongated body proximally connected to a steering mechanism portion of the boat and cantilevered therefrom, terminating at a distal end that is ergonomically responsive to a sailor's manual steering of the boat. The tiller also has a navigational device, such as GPS, mounted to the body and thereby operably presented to the sailor at a desired viewing angle to facilitate the sailor reading an output display of the navigational device while steering the boat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Inventor: John Edward Stasieluk
  • Publication number: 20130157526
    Abstract: Conventional unpowered surfboards enable riders to catch and ride waves towards a shoreline and experience the thrill and power of ocean waves. An electric powered surfboard has been developed to assist novice riders or riders who have suffered injuries or impairments which limit their ability to paddle are effectively prevented, or at least impaired from enjoying this activity. The surfboard comprises one or more propulsion systems which each comprise an electric motor, a drive shaft and a rotor. The rotor may be a propeller mounted in a fin of the board, or it may be an impellor in a water jet. The surfboard also comprises a power control system for controlling power to the propulsion system and comprises a speed controller and a battery as well as a cooling system for cooling the motor and speed controller. The surfboard may also comprise a monitoring system which comprises a power monitor and an output device for indicating the remaining capacity to the rider.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 16, 2012
    Publication date: June 20, 2013
    Inventor: Paul MARTIN
  • Publication number: 20130130573
    Abstract: In an outboard motor having a prime mover, a gear mechanism transmitting a driving force of the prime mover to a propeller, and a gear case housing the gear mechanism, it is configured to have a drain bolt fastened to a drain hole bored at the gear case and constituted as a magnetic member; a stacked portion provided at an exposed part of the drain bolt in an inside of the gear case and having a conductor, an insulator and a resistive element partially making contact with the conductor that are stacked in a gravitational direction; a current detector detecting a current value conducted from the conductor to the drain bolt under a condition where voltage is applied to the conductor; and a wear debris amount detector adapted to detect an amount of wear debris of the gear mechanism deposited at the drain bolt based on the conducted current value.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 7, 2012
    Publication date: May 23, 2013
    Applicant: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
  • Publication number: 20130115833
    Abstract: A marine vessel propulsion device includes a bracket that is attachable to a marine vessel, a duct that is rotatable around a steering axis with respect to the bracket, a propeller that is rotatable with respect to the duct around a propeller axis extending in a direction perpendicular or substantially perpendicular to the steering axis, and an electric motor that rotates the propeller. The propeller includes a plurality of blades and a cylindrical rim that surrounds the plurality of blades, and is surrounded by the duct. The electric motor rotates the rim with respect to the duct.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 7, 2012
    Publication date: May 9, 2013
    Applicant: YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: YAMAHA HATSUDOKI KABUSHIKI KAISHA
  • Publication number: 20130095711
    Abstract: A device that captures and processes individual rower data and transmits the data to a display for use by the coxswain or the coach to enable the provision of immediate feedback to one or more rowers in order to improve the overall performance of the boat.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 18, 2012
    Publication date: April 18, 2013
    Inventor: Angelo Rubbo
  • Patent number: 8150569
    Abstract: A marine vessel running controlling apparatus is applicable to a marine vessel which includes a propulsive force generating unit arranged to generate a propulsive force to be applied to a hull of the marine vessel, and a steering unit arranged to turn the hull. The marine vessel running controlling apparatus includes an operational unit to be operated by an operator of the marine vessel to control a steering angle of the steering unit, and a control unit arranged to update control information related to the steering angle of the steering unit with respect to an operation amount of the operational unit based on data acquired during travel of the marine vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2012
    Assignee: Yamaha Hatsudoki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Hirotaka Kaji
  • Publication number: 20110104962
    Abstract: A device for controlling a vehicle, in particular a watercraft with a drive system with an energy generating device including a combustion engine, an electric generator adapted to coact with said combustion engine, and a rectifier for rectifying the electrical energy; an energy storage device to store the electrical energy for energy output as and how required; and an energy distribution system for distributing the energy made available by the energy generating and/or the energy storage device to at least one electric motor used to drive a propeller, as well as to other electric power consumers. A central control unit is data-technically coupled with the energy generating device, the energy storage device and the energy distribution system to coordinate energy generation, storage and distribution. The central control device has output means for display of information to a user and/or input means (19) for entry of signals by a user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2010
    Publication date: May 5, 2011
    Applicant: FISCHER PANDA GMBH
    Inventors: Christian Krause, Hans-Joachim Herbermann
  • Patent number: 7769504
    Abstract: A marine vessel running controlling apparatus is applicable to a marine vessel which includes a propulsive force generating unit, a steering unit, and an operational unit to control a steering angle. The marine vessel running controlling apparatus includes a target characteristic storage unit arranged to store a target characteristic line which represents a target marine vessel maneuvering characteristic defining a relationship between a target turning behavior with respect to an operation amount of the operational unit and a traveling speed of the marine vessel, a target characteristic change inputting unit arranged to change a shape of the target characteristic line, and a target characteristic line updating unit arranged to update the target characteristic line according to an input from the target characteristic change inputting unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2010
    Assignee: Yamaha Hatsudoki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Hirotaka Kaji
  • Patent number: 7753745
    Abstract: Status indicators for use with a watercraft propulsion system are described. An example indicator includes a light operatively coupled to a propulsion system of a watercraft, wherein an operation of the light indicates a status of a thruster system of the propulsion system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2010
    Assignee: Brunswick Corporation
    Inventors: Tyson Schey, Karen Suhre
  • Patent number: 7647143
    Abstract: A watercraft can have a controller that can change a speed mode between a speed set mode and a regular mode in response to an operation of an auto cruise switch. The controller can return the speed mode to a regular mode under various conditions. For example, but without limitation, when an engine rotational speed reaches “zero” or nearly “zero” (i.e., an engine operation stops or nearly stops) while the speed mode is in the speed set mode. The controller can be configured to follow the actuation of the cruise switch only when the switch is operated in the regular mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2010
    Assignee: Yamaha Hatsudoki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Kazumasa Ito, Motohiro Oshiro, Yoshimasa Kinoshita
  • Patent number: 7591697
    Abstract: An engine ECU provided in a boat propulsion system is connected to a remote control ECU provided in a remote control device, the remote control ECU is connected to a gauge ECU provided in an information display device, and control is performed so as to start communication between the remote control ECU and the gauge ECU after a power supply is turned on and after authentication of the engine ECU and the remote control ECU is completed. Accurate information on the boat propulsion system can be transmitted in response to a request from the information display device at a time of initialization at a system start.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2009
    Assignee: Yamaha Hatsudoki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Takashi Yamada, Masaru Kawanishi
  • Patent number: 7559812
    Abstract: A boat capable of assigning device instance numbers in accordance with the placement order of boat propulsion units, irrespective of the activation order of the boat propulsion units, comprises a plurality of control units for controlling a plurality of boat propulsion units. A plurality of gauge sections for displaying operation information of the respective boat propulsion units are connected to each other and to the plurality of control units via a communication network. The respective control units assign device instance numbers to the operation information of the boat propulsion units and transmit the device instance numbers, and the respective gauge sections identify and receive the device instance numbers for display. The control units are connected to each other via a communication line, and respectively include DI-number setting sections capable of setting device instance numbers, and determining sections capable of determining the positions of the boat propulsion units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2009
    Assignee: Yamaha Hatsudoki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Takashi Yamada, Masaru Kawanishi
  • Patent number: 7513807
    Abstract: An operation control system for a planing boat can include a mode selection module configured to allow a driver to select a driving mode of either one of a normal operation mode, in which the boat cruises at a speed in response to the displacement of an acceleration controller, and a speed-fixing mode, in which the boat cruises at a fixed speed at a level when a speed-fixing controller is operated. The system can also include a planing condition determination module configured to determine whether a hull is at the stage of planing, in which the mode selection module is configured to prohibit the driving mode from switching to the speed-fixing mode if the planing condition determination module determines that the hull is not at the stage of planning. The mode selection module can also be configured to permit the driving mode to switch to the speed-fixing mode if the planing condition determination module determines that the hull is at the stage of planing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2009
    Assignee: Yamaha Hatsudoki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yoshimasa Kinoshita, Sumihiro Takashima, Shu Akuzawa, Kazumasa Ito, Toshiyuki Hattori, Fujino Kenichi, Yoshida Tatsuya, Suzuki Masaru
  • Patent number: 7494390
    Abstract: An action control device for a small boat can include a running condition detecting device, a running environment determining device configured to determine a running environment based upon the running condition, and a steering control device configured to set a steering handle operative characteristic in response to the running environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2009
    Assignee: Yamaha Marine Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Makoto Mizutani
  • Patent number: 7491104
    Abstract: An automatic speed control system that provides desired watercraft velocity over land. The coupled algorithms correct engine speed and torque using inertia based measurements, GPS, and tachometer measurements, and the corrections are augmented and enhanced by velocity/speed and torque/speed relationships that are dynamically and adaptively programmed with real-time data collected during replicated operations of the watercraft in specified conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2009
    Assignee: EControls, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael W. Walser, Kennon H. Guglielmo, Kenneth R. Shouse, Joseph Grogan
  • Publication number: 20090042460
    Abstract: Status indicators for use with a watercraft propulsion system are described. An example indicator includes a light operatively coupled to a propulsion system of a watercraft, wherein an operation of the light indicates a status of a thruster system of the propulsion system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 8, 2007
    Publication date: February 12, 2009
    Inventors: Tyson Schey, Karen Suhre
  • Patent number: 7485021
    Abstract: An automatic speed control system that provides desired watercraft velocity over land. The coupled algorithms correct engine speed and torque using inertia based measurements, GPS, and tachometer measurements, and the corrections are augmented and enhanced by velocity/speed and torque/speed relationships that are dynamically and adaptively programmed with real-time data collected during replicated operations of the watercraft in specified conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2009
    Assignee: EControls, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael W. Walser, Kennon H. Guglielmo, Kenneth R. Shouse, Joseph Grogan
  • Patent number: 7452250
    Abstract: An outboard motor steering control system operates at starting of the engine to compare the output of the steering wheel angle sensor which indicates the turned angle of the steering wheel and the output of the rotation angle sensor which indicates the rotation angle of the swivel shaft, determines whether there is a phase difference in steering angle therebetween, responds to any phase difference found by, at the time the boat operator turns the steering wheel, controlling the operation of the actuator connected to the swivel shaft so as to eliminate the difference, and further operates to inform the boat operator of the difference. Owing to this configuration, the difference can be eliminated without causing the boat operator to experience an unnatural feel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2008
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Makoto Yazaki, Taiichi Otobe, Hideaki Takada
  • Publication number: 20080268727
    Abstract: An engine ECU provided in a boat propulsion system is connected to a remote control ECU provided in a remote control device, the remote control ECU is connected to a gauge ECU provided in an information display device, and control is performed so as to start communication between the remote control ECU and the gauge ECU after a power supply is turned on and after authentication of the engine ECU and the remote control ECU is completed. Accurate information on the boat propulsion system can be transmitted in response to a request from the information display device at a time of initialization at a system start.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 24, 2008
    Publication date: October 30, 2008
    Applicant: YAMAHA MARINE KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Takashi YAMADA, Masaru KAWANISHI
  • Patent number: 7444213
    Abstract: On a marine craft that may be equipped with plural outboard motors engine control nodes can be mounted on outboard motors, and a display control node, as well as the network management node can be connected to a bus constructing a network. Receiving a display transmission frame sent out by the engine control nodes, display control node distinguishes the number of engines mounted, determines display layout compatible with the number of engines, and displays navigation information such as engine operational information, and navigation data including boat speed and others on a navigation information display meter in accordance with the determined display layout.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2008
    Assignee: Yamaha Marine Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Hitoshi Motose
  • Publication number: 20080254689
    Abstract: A control apparatus controls a marine vessel propulsion system which is equipped with a propeller system to generate a propulsive force and a steering mechanism to determine a steering angle of the propeller system. The control apparatus includes a target propulsive force setting unit arranged to set a target propulsive force, and a propeller system control unit arranged to control an output of the propeller system such that the output is lower than the target propulsive force while the steering angle is being changed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 5, 2007
    Publication date: October 16, 2008
    Applicant: Yamaha Hatsudoki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Hirotaka KAJI
  • Patent number: 7422497
    Abstract: A haptic notification system for a marine vessel is provided which alerts the marine vessel operator and passengers even if those individuals are displaced from the helm position. By changing a sensible characteristic of the vessel, the passengers and operator can be haptically notified that one of them should return to the helm in order to determine the condition about which they were notified.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2008
    Assignee: Brunswick Corporation
    Inventors: John W. Wyant, Phillip K. Gaynor
  • Publication number: 20080172152
    Abstract: An engine failure diagnosis system simply performs failure diagnosis of engine components, which are driven while an engine is operating, even at the time when the engine is stopped, and identifies a component that has failed and a location where a failure has occurred. The engine failure diagnosis system includes an ECM arranged to control an engine provided in an outboard motor of a watercraft. The ECM includes an actuation command section arranged to actuate engine components, which are driven while the engine is running, in a given manner, and a failure diagnosis section arranged to diagnose the presence of a failure in the engine components. The engine components of the engine are provided with actuated condition detecting sections arranged to detect a predetermined actuated condition. When the actuation command section outputs an actuation command while the engine is stopped, the engine components are actuated in a given manner.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 17, 2008
    Publication date: July 17, 2008
    Applicant: YAMAHA MARINE KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Kenichi Fujino
  • Patent number: 7385490
    Abstract: A method for setting screens of plural inboard indicators connected to an inboard network via a communication line includes connecting a terminal to the inboard network. The method also includes loading the terminal with data from the plural indicators and setting the screens of the indicators in the terminal. Additionally, the method includes sending screen setting data from the terminal to the respective indicators via the communication line after setting the screens of the indicators.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2008
    Assignee: Yamaha Marine Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Takashi Okuyama
  • Patent number: 7320628
    Abstract: An outboard-type generator includes a generator body mountable on a transom of a hull. The outboard-type generator includes an engine and a generator driven by the engine. The generator may be an inverter type generating unit and be connected to an end of a crankshaft of the engine. The generator body has a cooling water inlet to receive cooling water and an exhaust gas outlet. The outboard-type generator is lighter weight and has improved durability, a simplified structure and a higher output in comparison to portable generators.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2008
    Assignee: Yamaha Hatsudoki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yoshio Ando
  • Patent number: 7300321
    Abstract: Method and apparatus are provided for warning a user or operator about a malfunction in a pump and/or engine of a marine vessel or another suitable device or equipment, featuring steps of: comparing a sensed pressure differential at a sensed RPM when the pump/engine is running to a learned database having a pressure differential versus RPM curve; and providing an indication to the operator when there is a change in the relationship that exceeds a predetermined relationship. The apparatus may include an active intelligence unit or module for making the comparison and providing the indication according to the invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2007
    Assignee: ITT Manufacturing Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: David L. Phillips, Ned Santos, William B. McDonough
  • Patent number: 7229330
    Abstract: An automatic speed control system that provides desired watercraft velocity over land. The coupled algorithms correct engine speed and torque using GPS and tachometer measurements, and the corrections are augmented and enhanced by velocity/speed and torque/speed relationships that are dynamically and adaptively programmed with real-time data collected during replicated operations of the watercraft in specified conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2007
    Assignee: Econtrols, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael W. Walser, Kennon H. Guglielmo, Kenneth R. Shouse
  • Patent number: 7217164
    Abstract: A real time visual self-monitoring system for a user includes a camera adapted for fixed monitoring in selectable relativity to the user, a monitoring device for receiving camera output adapted for viewing by the user and a power supply for the camera and monitoring device as required in which the monitoring device allows the user to selectively and/or simultaneously view their own real time motion from a remote vantage point in conjunction with their own peripheral vision.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2007
    Inventor: Andrew Liam Brendan Short
  • Patent number: 7214111
    Abstract: A shift assist mechanism is provided with a position identification device that incorporates one or more probes in association with one or more depressions that identify alignment between various positions on the piston and cylinder of the shift assist mechanism. Electrical conductivity or non-conductivity of three electrical conductors identifies the relative axial positions of these components. In addition, the electrical conductors of the system allow the detection of water within the lubricating oil of the transmission.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2007
    Assignee: Brunswick Corporation
    Inventors: George E. Phillips, Wayne M. Jaszewski, Gregory L. Fugar
  • Patent number: 7175490
    Abstract: A boat indicator enables a user to easily read engine speeds for boats which can switch between a low-speed trolling mode and a normal running mode at speeds higher than the trolling mode speed. The boat indicator includes an engine speed indicating section for indicating engine speed. The engine speed indicating section is adapted to switch between a normal mode display for indicating the engine speed over a relatively large range when the boat is in the normal mode and a trolling mode display for indicating engine speed over a relatively small, low-speed range when the boat is in the trolling mode. The normal mode display indicates engine speed detected with a first resolution over the large range. The trolling mode display indicates engine speed detected with a second resolution finer than the first resolution over the smaller range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2007
    Assignee: Yamaha Marine Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Isano Kanno, Masaru Kawanishi
  • Patent number: 7172473
    Abstract: A rudder position indicator apparatus includes a cam mounted on a steering linkage of a watercraft. The steering linkage is or an outdrive. When the rudder or an outdrive is in a straight position, the cam activates a micro switch, which in turn, supplies a ground for an indicator light to illuminate. The indicator light can be located on a dash of the watercraft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2007
    Inventor: Timothy W. Mehnert
  • Patent number: 7140314
    Abstract: A stand-up type personal watercraft is disclosed. The stand-up type personal watercraft typically includes a body including a hull and a deck covering the hull from above and being provided with a foot deck on an upper surface of a rear portion thereof to allow a rider to ride thereon, a handle pole configured to extend rearward in a longitudinal direction of the body, the handle pole having a steering handle attached to a rear end portion thereof, the handle pole being configured to be mounted to the deck such that a front end portion of the handle pole is attached to a front portion of the deck and the handle pole is vertically pivotable around the front end portion thereof, and a display device mounted to the handle pole and configured to display information regarding the watercraft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2006
    Assignee: Kawasaki Jukogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Kunihiko Kamio
  • Patent number: 7121904
    Abstract: A water jet propulsion watercraft that allows accurate speed detection of a speed detection unit to be achieved. A water jet propulsion watercraft includes a hull bottom plate with left and right guide grooves for guiding water rearwardly of the hull. The left and right guide grooves are disposed in a fore-and-aft direction at an area excluding at least a front portion of the hull bottom plate. Further, the hull bottom plate includes a flat surface formed at the front portion of the left and right guide grooves and on a surface facing the water. The flat surface is provided with an opening for guiding water to a speed detection unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2006
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tomohiro Fuse, Hisashi Matsuo, Hiroshi Iwakami
  • Patent number: 7112107
    Abstract: A haptic throttle control mechanism includes a vibrating element that is connected in vibration transmitting relation with the control mechanism. The vibrating element can be a motor with an eccentric weight attached to its shaft or a piezoceramic component. The vibrating signal can be used to provide information to the operator of the marine vessel relating to the actual operating speed of the engine or, alternatively, it can be used to alert the operator of an alarm condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2006
    Assignee: Brunswick Corporation
    Inventor: Michael A. Torgerud
  • Patent number: 7075458
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a vehicular collision avoidance method is provided that includes monitoring a control of a vehicle and activating a first alarm if the control is not adjusted in a sufficient amount of time. The monitored control is normally and regularly adjusted by the vehicle's operator such that the time between adjustments is sufficiently smaller than the time normally needed to avoid a collision after it is detected that the control is no longer being controlled. The first alarm is activated if it is determined that the control is not adjusted in a sufficiently small amount of time from its preceding adjustment. Thus, the vehicle's operator or other vehicle member can react and take measures to ensure that the vehicle is under suitable control upon activation of the alarm and thereby avoid a possible collision.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2006
    Inventor: Paul Steven Dowdy
  • Patent number: 7059922
    Abstract: A trim angle correction indicating system for an outboard motor indicates the trim angle of an outboard motor accurately even when misalignment of a detector and deviation in detection value occur. A detector detects the trim angle of an outboard motor, and a trim angle indicating section indicates the trim angle detected by the detector. An offset value setting section sets the detection value detected by the detector when the outboard motor is at a reference position as an offset value. A correction processing section corrects the detection value detected by the detector based on the offset value set by the offset value setting section. The trim angle of the outboard motor is indicated in the trim angle indicating section based on the correction value provided by the correction processing section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2006
    Assignee: Yamaha Marine Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Masaru Kawanishi
  • Patent number: 7055473
    Abstract: An internal combustion engine comprising an engine body. A combustion chamber is formed in the engine body and has at least one valve seat. A valve is configured to move between an open position and a closed position of the valve seat. A valve actuator is configured to actuate the valve. A variable valve timing mechanism is configured to change an actuating timing of the valve actuator at which the valve actuator actuates the valve. At least one sensor configured to sense and operational condition of the engine. A control device is configured to determine if the engine is operating in a cruising mode. The control device is also configured to reduce engine speed fluctuations during the cruising mode by adjusting the actuating timing of the valve actuator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2006
    Assignee: Yamaha Marine Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Goichi Katayama
  • Patent number: 7040937
    Abstract: A device for rotating with a rotatable first member includes a second member having a portion engageable with the first member. The portion has a first part and a second part which is resiliently biased away from the first part. The second member tightly engages the first member. There may be a device for measuring rotation of the shaft such as a potentiometer. The rotation measuring device may include an electrical connector for the potentiometer including a socket and a post which is pressable into the socket. The device may also include a rotationally adjustable connector. There may be a coupling connected to the second member which includes a third member with a portion having n sides and a fourth member with a portion having n sides which receives the portion of the third member in a mating relationship, thereby allowing the device to be adjusted to a total of at least m.n rotational positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2006
    Assignee: Teleflex Canada Inc.
    Inventors: Jon David Edward Scott, Stephen Raymond Flood
  • Patent number: 7014518
    Abstract: A method and device for processing self-diagnostic information relating to an operating state of a jet-propulsion personal watercraft to display the self-diagnostic information on a display device equipped in the personal watercraft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2006
    Assignee: Kawasaki Jukogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yoshimoto Matsuda, Yoshinori Tsumiyama
  • Patent number: 6997764
    Abstract: A vehicle can have plural propulsion devices, at least two of which include number setting sections and number transmitting/receiving sections for transmitting their identification number and receiving identification numbers of the other propulsion devices over a network. When the number transmitting/receiving sections do not receive an identification number of another propulsion device from the network for a predetermined period of time, an initial value preset in the number setting sections is set as the identification number of the propulsion device in the number setting sections. When the number transmitting/receiving sections receive an identification number of another propulsion device from the network, an identification number different from the identification number of the other propulsion device is set in the number setting sections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2006
    Assignee: Yamaha Marine Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Takashi Okuyama, Masaru Kawanishi