Object Propelled Along Reciprocating Or Vibrating Surface Patents (Class 463/65)
  • Patent number: 8755540
    Abstract: The instant development relates to utilizing the sonic motion generated by a speaker to move objects in various directions in response to the variation in the frequency and amplitude of the sonic vibrations. This can be used to move objects in a linear and/or rotating manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: Lund and Company Invention L.L.C.
    Inventors: Bruce D Lunc, Michael D Starrick, Guruge Weerauppulige
  • Patent number: 7235013
    Abstract: In a game machine, platen dots are provided on a traveling field. A plurality of self-propelled members are provided on the traveling field. Each self-propelled member includes a first linear motor and a second linear motor for respectively propelling the self-propelled member in a first direction and a second direction perpendicular to each other. A miniature member is coupled with a motor so as to be rotatably supported on each self-propelled member. A controller controls the motor such that a rotated angle of the miniature member is determined in accordance with a propelling direction of the self-propelled member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2007
    Assignee: Konami Corporation
    Inventor: Yusuke Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 5679047
    Abstract: A vibratory toy and game apparatus is disclosed including structures for dynamically isolating the frame from the vibrating play surface. The apparatus comprises a vibration base having a vibratory motor attached thereto, a play base rigidly secured to the vibration base, a frame for supporting the apparatus on a surface, and elastic isolator members for mounting the vibration base to the frame, the isolator members preventing the transmission of vibrations from the vibration base to the frame. The apparatus further includes a plurality of play pieces which move on the upper surface of the play base in response to vibration thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 1995
    Date of Patent: October 21, 1997
    Inventor: Robert W. Engel
  • Patent number: 5676374
    Abstract: The game disclosed includes a movable staircase assembly that moves characters from one location on the staircase assembly to another. A spinner directs a player to place a character on the staircase at a specific location, to skip a turn, or remove an opposing player's character from the staircase. The winner is the first player to have all of her characters reach the end of the staircase. The staircase includes stationary and movable components that serially move the characters from one step to the next with a reciprocating motion of the movable component relative to the stationary component. A gear mesh and cam converts the rotary motion of a battery-operated motor to a reciprocating motion in the movable component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 1996
    Date of Patent: October 14, 1997
    Assignee: Hasbro, Inc.
    Inventors: David W. Bossa, Christopher A. Down, Edward J. Estabrook, Ralph J. Kulesza, Wayne A. Kuna