Object Propelled By Endless Loop Patents (Class 463/68)
  • Publication number: 20070293324
    Abstract: A slot track management system for use with at least one racecar includes a track having a plurality of slots and a plurality of metal strips along the slots for conveying current to a respective racecar. A starting line is perpendicular to the slots. The system includes a processor, start and information displays. At least two south-pole sensors are situated adjacent each slot and the starting line for detecting the presence of a racecar. The processor includes programming for distinguishing between race cars based on data from the sensors, calculating race performance information, actuating the information display to display the calculated race performance data, and actuating the start display indicative of a start time. The start display may include a lighting configuration characteristic of a NHRA Christmas tree. The system enables race fans to experience characteristics of multi-lap racing and drag racing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 15, 2006
    Publication date: December 20, 2007
    Inventor: Daniel W. Tyler
  • Patent number: 6533281
    Abstract: A playing machine making a player feel as if a car is running by moving a mobile body modeling a car shape on the surface of a circulating endless belt, wherein front wheels mounted on the mobile body are turned in a moving direction by a relatively simple mechanism. The mobile body 40 comprises a body 50, the front wheels 43 which are mounted so as to face toward the front both sides of the body 50 and which can swing around steering shafts 70 perpendicular to the obverse surface of the endless belt 20 and a wheel arm 46 to which the both front wheels 43 are connected at positions forward from the steering shafts 70 and which is formed to be movable according to the swing of the front wheels 43 around the steering shafts 70. Moreover, and the obverse-side attraction means 86 is fitted to the wheel arm 46 and is formed to be movable together with the wheel arm 46.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2003
    Assignee: Sammy Corporation
    Inventor: Naoji Kumagai
  • Patent number: 5807178
    Abstract: A horse race game instrument which utilizes a simple running mechanism enabling running bodies to move and with which a horse race game can be enjoyably played on a table. A plurality of running bodies with a dummy of a horse or the like fit thereto being caused to move at different speeds on an oval-shaped running track formed in the top surface of a board body, a plurality of planar oval-shaped grooves are provided along the bottom of the running track, an endless belt is movably disposed in each of the grooves, a magnet is provided to an upper part of each of the running belts in order to move the running bodies by attraction, and a drive motor is provided under each of the running belts in order to move each of the running belts around along each of the grooves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 15, 1998
    Assignee: Staff Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Masatoshi Todokoro
  • Patent number: 5692985
    Abstract: A racing game machine includes an endless plate member formed with running lanes on a top surface thereof, the endless plate member having a grade-separated intersection portion; endless transporting chains provided below the endless plate member, each endless transporting chain having a magnetic portion; guide members provided below the endless plate member, each guide member being operable to hold one of the endless transporting chains within respective courses corresponding to the running lanes; a moving mechanism operable to move the endless transporting chains independently of one another along the respective guide members; running objects each having a magnetic portion; and a controller operable to control the moving mechanism in accordance with a predetermined game program.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 1995
    Date of Patent: December 2, 1997
    Assignee: Konami Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takashi Hirata, Kazuhito Matsuura
  • Patent number: 5664998
    Abstract: A gaming system is comprised of a plurality of slot machines or other gaming machines arranged in a row with a racing display mounted above the machines so as to be visible by each of the players and by spectators. The display may resemble a horse track or an auto race track. Each slot machine is connected to a different horse or car on the track which is advanced along the track by a predetermined amount depending on the number of coins being played. The horse or car that reaches the finish line first is the winner and the player of the slot machine associated with the winner is awarded a prize which may be paid through his slot machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 1995
    Date of Patent: September 9, 1997
    Assignee: Atlantic City Coin & Slot Service Co., Inc.
    Inventors: Mac R. Seelig, Jerald Seelig, Michael Hiltebrand, Douglas Cramer