Remotely Controlled Patents (Class 446/454)
  • Patent number: 10620623
    Abstract: A system includes a UAV with at least three rotors, a flight controller on the UAV, and a pistol-grip-style transmitter to receive operator input for controlling the UAV. The transmitter includes (1) a speed trigger for controlling a linear speed of the UAV, (2) a steering wheel for performing left or right turns by the UAV, (3) an altitude slider for controlling a flying altitude of the UAV, and (4) a communication interface to send control signals indicating relative positions of the speed trigger, the steering wheel, and the altitude slider. The flight controller includes a processor to receive, from the transmitter, the control signals indicating the relative positions of the speed trigger, the steering wheel, and the altitude slider. The processor adjusts, in response to the control signals, a rotational speed of each rotor independently to implement the operator input for forward-facing flight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: Derek Wade Ohlarik, Mauricio Pati Caldeira de Andrada
  • Patent number: 10621856
    Abstract: A method and system involve a controller receiving from a phone an orientation signal indicative of an orientation of the phone and adjusting an object according to the orientation of the phone. The controller may select one of the parts of the object according to an initial orientation of the phone and adjust the selected part of the object in correspondence with the orientation of the phone as the orientation of the phone changes. The selected part may be selected in response to the phone being in the proximity of the selected part. The controller may receive from the phone a control signal indicative of a user input to the phone and adjust the object according to the user input. The object may be a vehicle seat having a first part in the form of a seat bottom and a second part in the form of a seat back.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: Lear Corporation
    Inventors: Arjun V. Yetukuri, David A. Hein, Samuel Hanlon
  • Patent number: 10067566
    Abstract: One illustrative system disclosed herein includes a processor configured to: receive a first haptic effect signal, the first haptic effect signal based at least in part on a haptic event and adapted to cause a first haptic effect to be output by a first haptic output device to a first user, determine a second haptic effect based at least in part on the first haptic effect and a characteristic independent of the haptic event, generate a second haptic effect signal based at least in part on the second haptic effect, and transmit the second haptic signal to a second haptic output device. In the illustrative system, the second haptic output device is in communication with the processor, and the second haptic output device is configured to receive the second haptic effect signal and output the second haptic effect to a second user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: IMMERSION CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yiting Wang, Danny Grant
  • Patent number: 9981743
    Abstract: According to various embodiments, an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) is provided. The UAV may include a motor controller. The UAV may further include a motor connected to the motor controller. The UAV may further include an arm connected between the motor controller and the motor. The UAV may further include a plurality of electronic speed control components integrated within the arm, the electronic speed control components configured to control the speed of the motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Christian Oliver Thelen, Michael Mitrani, Kevin Truong
  • Patent number: 9878258
    Abstract: An optical-based aerial gaming system comprises: a multirotor unmanned flying device comprising: a main body; a plurality of propulsion units, a wireless receiver configured to receive data via radio communication; a wireless transmitter configured to send data via radio communication; one or more light generators configured to project laser or infrared light from the unmanned flying device; and one or more light sensors configured to detect laser or infrared light projected by a separate unmanned flying device; and a remote control unit comprising: a wireless transmitter configured to send data via radio communication; and a wireless receiver configured to receive data via radio communication, wherein the unmanned flying device is configured to transmit to the remote control unit, using the wireless transmitter of the unmanned flying device, at least a portion of encoded data of the detected laser or infrared light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: ROOFTOP GROUP INTERNATIONAL PTE. LTD.
    Inventor: Darren Scott Matloff
  • Patent number: 9795886
    Abstract: One aspect of the disclosure relates to determining prices for a protection extension in an online game. The protection extension may be implemented, for example, after a user's beginning protection and/or any other in-game protection period has ceased. The protection extension may be dynamically priced for individual users. The protection extension may be priced, for example, based on the user's power and/or strength in a game, and/or based on other factors. For example, the stronger the user is in the game, the more expensive the extension of protection, and the weaker the user is in the game, the cheaper the extension of protection. This may provide an opportunity for a less experienced player to build up their strength in a game, thus promoting further player engagement. Individualizing the price of protection extensions may provide other enhancements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: Aftershock Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Kellen Christopher Smalley, Stephanie K. Schultz
  • Patent number: 9776100
    Abstract: A discharge platform comprises an air propulsion mechanism that propels the discharge platform through the air. The discharge platform also comprises a special effect storage device that stores a special effect and is operably connected to the discharge platform. Further, the discharge platform comprises a processor. In addition, the discharge platform comprises an air delivery special effect mechanism that discharges a special effect from the special effect storage device toward a destination after receiving an instruction from the processor and during propulsion of the discharge platform through the air by the air propulsion mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Clifford Wong, John Bouman, Kevin Kelley, Ken Wagner
  • Patent number: 9753540
    Abstract: Systems and methods for haptic remote control gaming are disclosed. In one embodiment a portable multifunction device receives information from a remotely controllable device. The portable multifunction device can be operable as a remote control for the remotely controllable device. The portable multifunction device may be a smartphone, a tablet computer, or another suitable electronic device. The portable multifunction device can determine a haptic effect based at least in part on the information received from the remotely controllable device. The portable multifunction device may generate a signal configured to cause an actuator to output the determined haptic effect. The portable multifunction device can output the signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: Immersion Corporation
    Inventors: Amaya B. Weddle, Danny Grant, David Birnbaum
  • Patent number: 9636599
    Abstract: A toy is controlled by a smart device with wireless communication network connection capability, a display screen and programmed to generate optical control signals transmitted through the screen. The toy includes a main body, a control circuit, a holder configured to receive and releasably hold the smart device, and an optical signal receiver supported facing the display screen of the smart device in the holder and operably connected with the control circuit. The control circuit responds to optical control signals transmitted through the screen and detected by the optical signal receiver to control at least one operation of the toy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: MATTEL, INC.
    Inventors: Bruce Cannon, Justin Rigling, Paul Briskey, Eric Stutzenberger
  • Patent number: 9630100
    Abstract: A gaming system for enabling three-dimensional game play of remote-control craft controlled by a controller, each craft including a communication system with both radio frequency (RF) and infrared (IR) capabilities. The system can include a plurality of hovering remote-control flying craft each controlled by a handheld controller, and further may include at least one additional game accessory elements, such as a puck, a ground station or a gun. Each pairing of craft and controllers communicate via an RF protocol that transmits at least control communications between the controller and the craft based on pair identification information in an RF communication protocol. The craft and game-accessory elements also communicate via at least an IR protocol that communicates game-play information. Selectable pairs of craft and controllers may be assigned to different teams for playing multiplayer team games based on team identification information in the RF communication protocol.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: QFO Labs, Inc.
    Inventors: John Paul Condon, James Edward Fairman, Bradley Dean Pedersen
  • Patent number: 9625905
    Abstract: A haptic feedback remote control device provides control signals to a toy device, such as a car, boat, plane, etc., to control the toy's operation. The remote control device includes a housing and at least one control for manual manipulation by the user, where control signals representing the manipulation are sent to the toy, preferably transmitted wirelessly. An actuator outputs forces on the housing and/or on a control in response to actuator signals. A controller provides the actuator signals based on the manual manipulation of the control by the user, or based on status signals from the toy indicating the toy's actions or interactions, or based on both. In one embodiment, the actuator moves an inertial mass to provide inertial sensations on the housing. The information received from the toy device can include information from a contact sensor or inertial sensor on the toy device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: Immersion Corporation
    Inventor: Louis B. Rosenberg
  • Patent number: 9573066
    Abstract: One aspect of the disclosure relates to determining prices for a protection extension in an online game. The protection extension may be implemented, for example, after a user's beginning protection and/or any other in-game protection period has ceased. The protection extension may be dynamically priced for individual users. The protection extension may be priced, for example, based on the user's power and/or strength in a game, and/or based on other factors. For example, the stronger the user is in the game, the more expensive the extension of protection, and the weaker the user is in the game, the cheaper the extension of protection. This may provide an opportunity for a less experienced player to build up their strength in a game, thus promoting further player engagement. Individualizing the price of protection extensions may provide other enhancements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Kabam, Inc.
    Inventors: Kellen Christopher Smalley, Stephanie K. Schultz
  • Patent number: 9513718
    Abstract: The present invention supports the control of a plurality of controlled devices. With three dimensional accelerometer components, detection of a user action on a remote controller and the orientation of the remote controller are viable through small electronic devices. Aspects of the invention are based on the three dimensional accelerometer components to provide a remote controller that can detect the user action. Based on the user action, the remote controller transmits a signal to the controlled device which conveys the corresponding command. A selected controlled device may be matched to the remote controller. The remote controller and controlled device may also support a learning mode, in which the controlled device sends a list of supported commands to the remote controller. The remote controller then matches an associated action with each command in the command list.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: Computime, Ltd.
    Inventors: Wai-leung Ha, Kairy Kai Lei, Gordon Qian
  • Patent number: 9394016
    Abstract: A self-propelled device operates to interpret an input corresponding to a set of actions that are performed on a controller device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2016
    Assignee: Sphero, Inc.
    Inventors: Ian H. Bernstein, Adam Wilson, Brian Keith Smith, Jonathan Carroll
  • Patent number: 9274641
    Abstract: There is provided a system and method for communicating with a first peripheral device, of a plurality of peripheral devices, using a touch-sensitive system that has a processor and a touch surface. According to an exemplary embodiment, a method includes detecting, using the processor, a plurality of touches on the touch surface of the touch-sensitive system that are made by the first peripheral device. The method further includes identifying, using the processor, the first peripheral device based on the plurality of touches on the touch surface of the touch-sensitive system that are made by the first peripheral device. The method additionally includes communicating data, using the processor, to a receptive circuit of the first peripheral device in response to the identifying of the first peripheral device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher W. Heatherly, Armen Mkrtchyan, Jonathan Backer, Brian White
  • Patent number: 9230418
    Abstract: A portable device includes a case having wall portions, a battery arranged within the case, and a polymer membrane arranged between at least one of the wall portions and the battery. The polymer membrane couples the battery to the at least one of the wall portions. The polymer membrane has a property of elastically changing at least one of the thickness and the length in a planar direction by being deformed in response to voltage application and restoring its original shape in response to the stoppage of the voltage application. The battery is caused to reciprocate by applying a voltage that changes periodically to the polymer membrane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Assignee: TOYODA GOSEI CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kazumasa Baba, Hiromitsu Takeuchi, Tamotsu Sasada
  • Patent number: 9067145
    Abstract: A robotic system is integrated with one or more mobile computing devices. Physical configurations of individual components of the system in physical space, or agents, under control of a user or users, are duplicated in a representation in virtual space. Some degree of real-time parity is maintained between the physical and virtual spaces, so as to implement a virtual environment that mirrors the physical one. Events occurring within one environment can directly influence and bear consequence on the course of events occurring within the other environment. Elements of virtual space thereby become truly interdependent and unified on a peer footing with elements in physical space. In at least one embodiment, the system is implemented as an application in entertainment, such as the manifestation of a video game in physical space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2015
    Assignee: Anki, Inc.
    Inventors: Boris Sofman, Hanns Tappeiner, Mark Matthew Palatucci, Patrick Lee DeNeale
  • Publication number: 20150104996
    Abstract: A system includes a drivable surface that includes location encoding markings. A mobile agent is provided that includes a drive motor, an imaging system for taking images of the markings, a vehicle wireless transceiver, and a microcontroller operatively coupled to the motor, the imaging system, and the vehicle wireless transceiver. A basestation is provided that includes a controller operatively coupled to a basestation wireless transceiver. Via wireless communication between the wireless transceivers of the mobile agent and the basestation, an action to be implemented by the mobile agent can be determined by the basestation and communicated to the mobile agent, whereupon the microcontroller of the mobile agent controls detailed movement of the mobile agent on the drivable surface based on images taken of the markings of the drivable surface by the imaging system to cause the mobile agent to implement the action on the drivable surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 17, 2014
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Inventors: Boris Sofman, Hanns W. Tappeiner, Mark Palatucci
  • Patent number: 9004977
    Abstract: In an embodiment, a transmit controller compatible with an auxiliary user interface device is provided. The transmit controller has a memory with operational parameters, a control user interface, an auxiliary user interface connector, and a transmit controller processor. The transmit controller processor is configured to transmit the operational parameters to the auxiliary user interface device and modify the operational parameters in accordance with a parameter instruction from the auxiliary user interface device. The transmit controller processor is further configured to receive a control instruction from the control user interface, determine an output signal based on the control instruction and the one or more operational parameters, and transmit the output signal to the model vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Traxxas LP
    Inventors: Gary M. DeWitt, Brad Shirley, Chris S. Russell, Larry DeFauw
  • Publication number: 20150093961
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a remote control assembly including a remote control unit and a toy vehicle. The remote control unit is a four function device that provides forward, reverse, forward-left, and forward-right inputs such that the selection of one input will cause the vehicle to move in a forward direction, the selection of a second input will cause the vehicle to move in reverse direction, the selection of a third input will cause the vehicle to move forward and left, and selection of the fourth input will cause the vehicle to move forward and right.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2014
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Inventor: Peter Truman vom Scheidt, JR.
  • Patent number: 8979609
    Abstract: A motorized toy vehicle or Wall Racer that is capable of operating on vertical and inverted horizontal surfaces such as walls and ceilings, while being manufacturable at reasonable cost and operable on batteries having sufficient lifetime as to be enjoyable. One or more battery-powered fans draw air from around all or defined portions of the periphery of the chassis of the Wall Racer through a carefully-shaped duct, so that the air in the portion of the duct immediately adjacent the surface flows at high velocity and low pressure; the relatively greater pressure of the surrounding air urges the vehicle against the surface, allowing it to operate on vertical surfaces, such as walls, or inverted on horizontal surfaces, such as ceilings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Inventors: Leonard R. Clark, Jr., H. Peter Greene, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8951092
    Abstract: A system includes a drivable surface that includes location encoding markings. A mobile agent is provided that includes a drive motor, an imaging system for taking images of the markings, a vehicle wireless transceiver, and a microcontroller operatively coupled to the motor, the imaging system, and the vehicle wireless transceiver. A basestation is provided that includes a controller operatively coupled to a basestation wireless transceiver. Via wireless communication between the wireless transceivers of the mobile agent and the basestation, an action to be implemented by the mobile agent can be determined by the basestation and communicated to the mobile agent, whereupon the microcontroller of the mobile agent controls detailed movement of the mobile agent on the drivable surface based on images taken of the markings of the drivable surface by the imaging system to cause the mobile agent to implement the action on the drivable surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Anki, Inc.
    Inventors: Boris Sofman, Hanns W. Tappeiner, Mark Palatucci
  • Patent number: 8951093
    Abstract: A system includes a drivable surface that includes location encoding markings. A mobile agent is provided that includes a drive motor, an imaging system for taking images of the markings, a vehicle wireless transceiver, and a microcontroller operatively coupled to the motor, the imaging system, and the vehicle wireless transceiver. A basestation is provided that includes a controller operatively coupled to a basestation wireless transceiver. Via wireless communication between the wireless transceivers of the mobile agent and the basestation, an action to be implemented by the mobile agent can be determined by the basestation and communicated to the mobile agent, whereupon the microcontroller of the mobile agent controls detailed movement of the mobile agent on the drivable surface based on images taken of the markings of the drivable surface by the imaging system to cause the mobile agent to implement the action on the drivable surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Anki, Inc.
    Inventors: Boris Sofman, Hanns W. Tappeiner, Mark Palatucci
  • Publication number: 20150031268
    Abstract: A remote control vehicle is presented that has a telemetry sensor, which detects wheel rotation, and a track sensor that reads track indicators found on a track over which the vehicle is driven. The vehicle receives commands from a mobile device to control its operation. Wheel rotation data and track sensor data are transmitted from the vehicle back to the mobile device for storage along with the commands that were transmitted to the vehicle. The commands, rotation data, and track sensor data are transmitted to a server computer over a wide area network, and thereafter shared with another user as run data. When downloaded by the other user, the run data can be used to compare the other user's ability to control their vehicle with the run data. The run data can further be used to control the other user's vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 25, 2014
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Inventors: Nigel Waites, Stephen Golden
  • Patent number: 8939812
    Abstract: A slim, two-sided remote controlled toy vehicle with high speed, high maneuverability and high shock and crash resistance. A remote control scheme based on digital signals embedded in infrared beams allows improved control and high-speed terrestrial and aerial stunt capabilities. The toy intelligently implements infrared communication, on board micro-control units, flip sensors, sounds, lights and other pre-programmed actions. Various stunt accessories are also provided, to increase the play value of the toy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Thinking Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Albert Wai Tai Chan, Ka Hung (William) Ko
  • Patent number: 8905815
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for controlling the position of a vehicle on a track so as to provide a slotless racing vehicle game is described. The method involves measuring the lateral position of the vehicle on the track so as to minimize the distance with a user defined lateral position. A measured velocity of the vehicle is then feedback to a steering servo in order to stabilize the vehicle's position at the desired lateral position. In particular, the gain of a controller that generates the input signal for the steering servo is varied with the reciprocal of the square of the speed of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: China Industries Limited
    Inventors: David Alan Keating, James Edward Alexander Wyatt
  • Publication number: 20140358986
    Abstract: An interactive control system and method, comprising providing a client program on a handheld or portable electronic device employing a wireless mode to obtain data from a cloud server, establishing a wireless data connection between the handheld or portable electronic device and an accessory device, using the wireless connection to establish direct communication between the handheld or portable electronic device and the accessory device, and then using the wireless connection for the handheld or portable electronic device to then transfer data previously obtained from the cloud server to the accessory device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 29, 2014
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Applicant: Jijesoft Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Zuojun Min, Chenyang Sun
  • Patent number: 8892276
    Abstract: A model train control system providing a more realistic modeling of the movement, sound, smoke, and lighting effects of a model train is disclosed. A number of dynamic inputs are used to control such effects. Novel features include providing a dynamic variable speed compensator, a dynamic engine load calculator, automatic dynamic momentum, an adjustable train brake, spectrum control, a velocity controller, pressure sensitive effects, a voice activated dispatcher system, a train location and information reporter network, two digit addressing, a traffic control system, accessory control, a model train Central Control Module, and removable memory modules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Lionel LLC
    Inventors: Neil Young, Louis G. Kovach, II, Mark E. Ricks, John T. Ricks
  • Patent number: 8882560
    Abstract: A robotic system is integrated with one or more mobile computing devices. Physical configurations of individual components of the system in physical space, or agents, under control of a user or users, are duplicated in a representation in virtual space. Some degree of real-time parity is maintained between the physical and virtual spaces, so as to implement a virtual environment that mirrors the physical one. Events occurring within one environment can directly influence and bear consequence on the course of events occurring within the other environment. Elements of virtual space thereby become truly interdependent and unified on a peer footing with elements in physical space. In at least one embodiment, the system of the present invention is implemented as an application in entertainment, such as the manifestation of a video game in physical space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Anki, Inc.
    Inventors: Boris Sofman, Hanns Tappeiner, Mark Matthew Palatucci, Patrick Lee DeNaele
  • Patent number: 8882559
    Abstract: A tablet computer using motion sensors controls a remote controlled toy. A camera of the tablet computer acquires an image of the toy and the environment in which the toy is played with. The tablet computer then substitutes the image of the environment with a virtual environment, wherein the virtual environment is continuously adjusted using a parameter of the environment. For example, where the environment is a room with a wall and a doorway, the virtual environment may be a battlefield having a forest in place of the wall and a road through the forest in place of the doorway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Inventor: Bergen E. Fessenmaier
  • Patent number: 8876571
    Abstract: A system for performing an aerial display. The system includes a plurality of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and a ground control system with a processor executing a fleet manager module and with memory storing a different flight plan for each of the UAVs. The system further includes a marionette with a body and articulatable appendages attached to the body. The body and appendages are supported with tether lines extending between the marionette and the UAVs. Then, during a display time period, the UAVs concurrently execute the flight plans to position and articulate the marionette within a display air space. In some embodiments, the UAVs each is a multicopter, and each of the multicopters includes a local controller operating to move the multicopter through a series of way points defined by the flight plan associated with the multicopter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Scott Trowbridge, James Alexander Stark, Clifford Wong
  • Patent number: 8845386
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for coupling a plurality of detachable components from a transmitter unit used to control radio controlled (RC) models. Specifically, a steering unit and a grip unit may be coupled and decoupled from the main upper body unit comprising the transmitter. When coupling the steering unit to the upper body, guide projections on the steering unit are inserted into a corresponding number of groove guides defined within the upper body unit. A shutter stopper locks the guide grooves and prevents the guide projections from moving. The grip unit is similarly coupled to the upper body unit by means of a locking claw which maintains the grip unit in a fixed position until a release button is actuated by a user. The transmitter unit comprises the ability of providing for a number of different operational configurations, thus accommodating the needs and preferences of each user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Kondo Kagaku Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hirotoshi Kondo
  • Patent number: 8845385
    Abstract: A system includes a drivable surface that includes location encoding markings. A mobile agent is provided that is capable of assuming a plurality of different lateral positions while traveling along the surface. The mobile agent includes a drive motor, an imaging system, a vehicle wireless transceiver, and a microcontroller. The mobile agent is adapted to detect the markings as the mobile agent travels along the surface, to ascertain a current lateral position of the mobile agent with respect to the surface, and to maintain a substantially consistent lateral position of the mobile agent with respect to the surface (for example to follow a lane). A basestation may be provided that includes a controller operatively coupled to a basestation wireless transceiver. An action to be implemented by the mobile agent can be determined by the basestation and wirelessly communicated to the mobile agent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Anki, Inc.
    Inventors: Boris Sofman, Hanns W. Tappeiner, Mark Palatucci
  • Publication number: 20140235137
    Abstract: The present invention provides a model vehicle having a motor and electronic speed control for driving and braking driven wheels, combined with a separate braking system for non-driven wheels. A controller and a method of operation are provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 21, 2014
    Publication date: August 21, 2014
    Applicant: TRAXXAS LP
    Inventors: Otto Karl Allmendinger, Adam Cole Ewing, Jonathan Scott Wood, Brent Whitfield Byers
  • Patent number: 8810378
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to enhanced control of user configurable devices, such as robots. One system may include a user-configurable device and an on-vehicle programmable controller coupled to the user-configurable device. This system may further include a wireless receiver coupled to the on-vehicle programmable controller via one signal wire, where a substantial portion of the receiver-controlled communications occur using the one signal wire. Another system may include (alternatively or in combination as appropriate) a user-configurable device including an on-vehicle programmable controller and a first tether port. The system may also include a remote control transmitter with at least one wireless output and a second tether port, where the transmitter is communicably coupled to the user-configurable remote control device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Innovation First, Inc.
    Inventors: David Anthony Norman, Robert H. Mimlitch, Corey Lee Chitwood, Richard D. Torrance, Mark J. Lambert
  • Patent number: 8758076
    Abstract: According to one embodiment a remote controlled drawing toy can be provided that allows a user to operate a drawing unit that couples drawing implements. For example, such a drawing unit can be used outdoors on sidewalks and driveways.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Inventor: Gwen Austin
  • Publication number: 20140172197
    Abstract: A remote control system for controlling a vehicle with a smart phone. The system includes the smart phone programmed with an application that can be installed in the phone via a computer or downloaded from the Internet. The system also includes the vehicle that has been equipped with a radio antenna adapted for communication with the smart phone, an electric power source, servo controller drive motor and a programmable microcontroller (including sensors) and a servo controller steering motor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 13, 2013
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Inventors: Brian L. Ganz, Benjamin Mike Liedblad, Henry Thiemann
  • Patent number: 8715034
    Abstract: A toy car and a remote control regulate the speed and movement of the car. A source of power energizes the drive motor thereby to change the vehicle speed and stopping. One or more sensors measure the speed and environment barriers relative to the vehicle. The drive motor speed can be increased decreased or stopped. The toy vehicle with a battery operates as a rechargeable system. A station on a track has an outlet on or in adjacency with a surface on which the remotely controllable toy is movable to and from electrical outlet contacts. The remote controlled toy has inlet contacts for electrically engaging the outlet contacts. The station is part of a track and the toy vehicle is normally directed to travel on the track and to a station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Silverlit Limited
    Inventor: Kwok Leung Wong
  • Patent number: 8678876
    Abstract: Apparatuses for remote control by a remote object is disclosed that includes one or more sensors configured to communicate with the remote object to obtain ranging information of the apparatus relative to the remote object; and a processing system configured to provide local control of the apparatus based on the ranging information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Anthony G. Persaud, Adrian J. Prentice, George Joseph, Mark R. Storch
  • Patent number: 8678875
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for programming an electronic speed controller for a radio controlled model including a programmer for interfacing a personal computer to the RX port of the electronic speed controller. The electronic speed controller software may be updated, modified or replaced through the RX port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: Castle Creations, Inc.
    Inventor: Patrick D. del Castillo
  • Patent number: 8672726
    Abstract: Methods of establishing a fully operable remotely controlled model vehicle system for a model vehicle. The method includes the steps of transferring a model vehicle, including a receiver for receiving a control signal from a remote control signal source to control operation of the model vehicle, the transfer being from a first party to a second party, and the transfer taking place without the remote control signal source, and the second party providing the remote control signal source following transfer of the model vehicle to the second party to complete the fully operable remotely controlled model vehicle system. The transfer from the first party to the second party may be a sale of the model vehicle with the receiver, but without the remote control signal source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: Horizon Hobby, Inc.
    Inventor: David Ribbe
  • Patent number: 8668546
    Abstract: A hand held remote controlled toy vehicle. The toy vehicle includes a motor that can be activated by a wireless signal. The motor is coupled to a drive wheel by a drive gear assembly. Activation of the motor turns the drive wheel and propels the vehicle. The drive gear assembly can be de-coupled from the drive wheel so that the toy vehicle can be manually propelled in a free-wheeling mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Assignee: Rudell Design, LLC
    Inventors: Elliot Rudell, Tom Grimm
  • Publication number: 20140065926
    Abstract: An illustrative toy vehicle is provided having a two-section chassis and a pivot mechanism rotatably attaching the two sections. The vehicle has the ability to move in multiple orientations and execute movements including a side rollover movement where the pivot mechanism assists in directing the vehicle to roll over from a first orientation to a second orientation about a central axis. A modified wheel design further assists in facilitating movements including the rollover movement. The vehicle may perform movements without user control where the vehicle responds to external factors, such as objects or terrain or the vehicle may use control systems such as radio or remote control with a transmitter/receiver pair, on vehicle switches or sensors utilizing interactive preprogrammed content.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 29, 2012
    Publication date: March 6, 2014
    Applicant: REHCO, LLC
    Inventors: Steven Rehkemper, Jeffrey Rehkemper, Jeremy Posner
  • Patent number: 8657642
    Abstract: A radio controlled R/C car including, a body supported on a plurality of wheels including at least one drive wheel, a remote control in communication with a controller on the car, a plurality of removable panels each panel including a latch to hold the panel in a first position on the car body and each latch associated with a plunger movable from a first position holding the latch in place to a second position releasing the latch, a first spring biasing the plunger to the first position and a second spring loaded by the latch the second spring biasing the panel away from the first position such that the panel springs away from the car body to simulate a crash. Once all the panels are released a sound plays and a driver ejects from the car and the car stops. Two or more cars can be used in a demolition derby where the last car still running with a driver would be the winner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Inventor: Jammy Magot
  • Patent number: 8649918
    Abstract: A radio controlled (RC) vehicle includes a receiver that is coupled to receive an RF signal from a remote control device, the RF signal containing command data in accordance with a first coordinate system, wherein the first coordinate system is from a perspective of the remote control device. A motion sensing module generates motion data based on the motion of the RC vehicle. A processing module transforms the command data into control data in accordance with a second coordinate system, wherein the second coordinate system is from a perspective of the RC vehicle. A plurality of control devices control the motion of the RC vehicle based on the control data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Inventors: Katherine C. Stuckman, Michael D. Reynolds
  • Publication number: 20130331002
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an electronic device, and in particular, to the input and output of data from the electronic device. An object is connected to the electronic device and configured to convert a portion of the audio signal output by the electronic device into an audible output. The object also converts a portion of the audio signal output by the electronic device into an infrared signal that is emitted to a toy vehicle. With the object connected to the electronic device, the electronic device is able to remotely control the toy vehicle while the object outputs sound effects and other audible sounds.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 28, 2013
    Publication date: December 12, 2013
    Inventor: Nicholas AMIREH
  • Patent number: 8588972
    Abstract: A method for creating low-cost interactive entertainment robots is disclosed. The cost of the robots is reduced by using a commodity computing device: smart phone, and by having robotic bodies use a decoder of a set of movement commands that facilitates the interoperability between a variety of smart phones and a variety of robotic bodies. Smart phones are equipped with powerful CPU, touch screen, USB, camera, microphone, Bluetooth, WI-FI, etc. They are fit for being the robot control units with the relevant robot applications installed. The cost of robotic bodies can be reduced by minimizing the amount of processing and sensing there and having them focus on mechanical movements. Furthermore, by defining and using a set of movement commands that promotes interoperability between a variety of robot control units and a variety of robotic bodies, the cost of robotic bodies can be reduced through mass production.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Inventor: Hei Tao Fung
  • Patent number: 8574024
    Abstract: A hand held remote control unit includes a wireless signal transmitter configured to transmit a fixed frequency (tone) signal and a manually operated switch to selectively operate the transmitter to transmit the wireless tone signal. A toy has an appropriate wireless signal receiver and control circuit responsive to the tone signal that controls one or more electrically operated devices that can provide at least two different, electrically activated responses of the toy apparent to an observer. The control circuit provides a sequence of two or more different predetermined responses of the toy in response to sequential reception and loss of the tone signal, the sequence of responses being repeated after completion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: Mattel, Inc.
    Inventor: Nicholas Amireh
  • Patent number: 8564547
    Abstract: A remote control device having a touch screen for remotely directing a toy, such as a remote control vehicle or airplane, is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Assignee: Mattel, Inc.
    Inventors: Nicholas Amireh, Vladimir Sosnovskiy
  • Patent number: 8540547
    Abstract: A toy workover rig modeling the kind used to service oil and gas wells. The workover rig includes a wheeled truck. An extensible mast is pivotally fastened to the truck. A remotely-controlled pivoting assembly is connected to the truck for selectively moving the mast from a horizontal, traveling position to a vertical, substantially perpendicular operating position. A remotely-controlled telescoping assembly is connected to the truck for selectively extending the mast from a retracted position to an extended position. A remotely-controlled hoisting assembly is connected to the truck for lifted selected objects within the mast.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2013
    Inventor: Santiago Ibarra