Using Individual Occupant Or Article Carriage To Ride On Stationary Track Or Platform Patents (Class 472/36)
  • Patent number: 11224819
    Abstract: An amusement park ride vehicle includes a chassis, a cabin, a slider, and a rotator. The chassis is configured to direct the ride vehicle along a ride path in a direction of travel. The cabin is configured to hold one or more passengers. The slider is configured to translate between a neutral position and a cantilevered position relative to the chassis in a direction substantially transverse to the direction of travel and to carry the rotator and the cabin along the direction substantially transverse to the direction of travel. The rotator is coupled between the slider and the cabin, and is configured to rotate the cabin relative to the slider.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2022
    Assignee: Universal City Studios LLC
    Inventors: Michael Keith Brister, Clarisse Marie Vamos, Michael Joseph Tresaugue
  • Patent number: 9675893
    Abstract: An apparatus for magnetic spin control includes a main chassis, a passenger chassis, a circular magnetic array, and a chassis-mounted fin. The main chassis is configured to ride on a track. The passenger chassis is rotatably supported on the main chassis and the passenger chassis is configured to support one or more passengers. The circular magnetic array is coupled to the passenger chassis such that the passenger chassis rotates with the circular magnetic array. The chassis-mounted fin is coupled to the main chassis and extends into a magnetic field of the circular magnetic array. The chassis-mounted fin includes a conductive material and operates as an eddy current brake to dampen rotation of the passenger chassis with respect to the main chassis. The chassis-mounted fin extends into the magnetic field and leaves at least a portion of the magnetic field unobstructed to allow a track-mounted fin to pass into the magnetic field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: S&S Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Todd Snyder, Mike Worley, Alan Schilke
  • Patent number: 9144745
    Abstract: An apparatus for magnetic spin control includes a main chassis, a passenger chassis, a circular magnetic array, and a chassis-mounted fin. The main chassis is configured to ride on a track. The passenger chassis is rotatably supported on the main chassis and the passenger chassis is configured to support one or more passengers. The circular magnetic array is coupled to the passenger chassis such that the passenger chassis rotates with the circular magnetic array. The chassis-mounted fin is coupled to the main chassis and extends into a magnetic field of the circular magnetic array. The chassis-mounted fin includes a conductive material and operates as an eddy current brake to dampen rotation of the passenger chassis with respect to the main chassis. The chassis-mounted fin extends into the magnetic field and leaves at least a portion of the magnetic field unobstructed to allow a track-mounted fin to pass into the magnetic field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2015
    Assignee: S&S Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Todd Snyder, Mike Worley, Alan Schilke
  • Patent number: 8630734
    Abstract: A method to move a person with an automated manipulator, in particular a robot, includes moving a rider receptacle for a person with the manipulator, and determining an acceleration variable of this movement before and/or during the execution of this movement and comparing the acceleration variable with a predetermined acceleration variable and/or adapting the movement to a predetermined acceleration variable in the event that the determined acceleration variable deviates from the predetermined acceleration variable, and/or a predetermined acceleration variable is used that includes different permissible acceleration durations that are respectively associated with a permissible acceleration value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2014
    Assignee: Kuka Laboratories GmbH
    Inventor: Torsten Hasenzahl
  • Patent number: 8517847
    Abstract: A circular omnimover or omnitable ride system. The ride system includes a stationary, centrally-located platform for loading and unloading passengers. A turntable assembly is provided that includes a turntable with an upper surface substantially coplanar with an upper surface of the platform. The turntable has a centrally-located hole or passageway defined by an inner sidewall to receiving the non-rotating platform. Passenger vehicles are mounted along an outer edge of the turntable via translation mechanisms. A drive mechanism rotates the turntable about a central axis at a constant rate. The vehicles are moved through a station space and a show space during one or two full rotations of the turntable. The passenger vehicles are loaded and unloaded in the station space via the platform and then dispatched by the translation mechanism into the show space, which may involve increasing the vehicle's radius and changing its vertical position relative to the turntable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: David W. Crawford, Edward A. Nemeth
  • Patent number: 8505245
    Abstract: The invention can be efficiently used for intensively learning different disciplines, including foreign languages, and for forming and automating operational skills of professionals in different field of activity. It makes it possible to obtain a technical result and a high-quality intensive training. The use of a training aid is developed according to a synergetic theory in the form of a synergetic training device and makes it possible to provide a synergetic variant of intensive training. The synergetic training device is embodied in a dynamic technical device consisting of several soundproof booths which comprise training facilities and technical means using a sensor system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Inventors: Miroslav Valerjevitsh Bobryshev, Irina Evgenjevna Bobrysheva
  • Publication number: 20130059670
    Abstract: A circular omnimover or omnitable ride system. The ride system includes a stationary, centrally-located platform for loading and unloading passengers. A turntable assembly is provided that includes a turntable with an upper surface substantially coplanar with an upper surface of the platform. The turntable has a centrally-located hole or passageway defined by an inner sidewall to receiving the non-rotating platform. Passenger vehicles are mounted along an outer edge of the turntable via translation mechanisms. A drive mechanism rotates the turntable about a central axis at a constant rate. The vehicles are moved through a station space and a show space during one or two full rotations of the turntable. The passenger vehicles are loaded and unloaded in the station space via the platform and then dispatched by the translation mechanism into the show space, which may involve increasing the vehicle's radius and changing its vertical position relative to the turntable.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 6, 2011
    Publication date: March 7, 2013
    Applicant: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventors: David W. Crawford, Edward A. Nemeth
  • Patent number: 8096890
    Abstract: An amusement ride assembly includes a rotatable endless loop cable spanning between end stations and a drive system operable to rotate the loop cable. A passenger carrier is suspended from the cable and includes a roller mechanism to enable the passenger carrier to free-roll along the cable and an associated clamping mechanism to alternatively fix the passenger carrier to the cable. A control system may control the drive system and to enable actuation of the clamping mechanism to fix the passenger carrier to the cable when the carrier is at a position along the cable remote from the end stations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2012
    Inventors: Keith Randal Anderson, Arthur Tyndall
  • Patent number: 8047888
    Abstract: An apparatus that mimics the physical effects of riding in a motor vehicle comprising a base structure on which a child automobile seat may be mounted to sooth an occupying child is herein disclosed. A top platform is laterally and longitudinally motioned by bottom mounted motion generating motor assemblies by means of supporting springs. A standard child's automobile seat can be fastened with the use of an integral seat belt. The apparatus is controlled by a microprocessor-based control system, which activates the motors to reproduce a gentle rocking, bumping, swerving or other motion commonly experienced in a motor vehicle. Additionally, the apparatus comprises a sound system capable of producing soothing music and a plurality of sounds designed to mimic those heard in a motor vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2011
    Inventor: Brent Seymore
  • Patent number: 7918740
    Abstract: A circular track may be flat or hilly. Riding on the track is a big wheel sized larger than a rider compartment. The rider compartment is supported out bound from the big wheel's axle. The big wheel's inbound axle is attached to a radius arm which is powered by a conventional rotating hub. The radius arms are pivotally connected to the hub to allow an up and down movement on a hilly track. The rider compartment has a magnetic coupler assembly to the axle to enable an automatic and/or a rider controlled head over heels spinning of the rider compartment while the big wheel is traveling in its circular path around the hub.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2011
    Inventors: William J. Kitchen, John H Chance
  • Patent number: 7717798
    Abstract: A child motion device has a frame assembly configured to rest on a support surface. The frame assembly includes at least one track configured to slidably receive a child seat assembly. The track can extend in any desired direction and include a geometric profile so that as the seat assembly travels along the track, a desired motion profile is imparted onto the seat assembly and to the child seated therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2010
    Assignee: Graco Children's Products Inc.
    Inventors: William B. Bellows, Dennis Stauffer
  • Patent number: 6851748
    Abstract: A multiple chair workstation especially suitable for barbers, hair stylists, dentists, and the like. The workstation comprises a base having a centrally mounted client chair. A revolving floor surrounds the client chair, and an operator's chair is mounted on the revolving floor. The base has a vacuum system for collection of cut hair and other debris, along with air conditioning and lighting. Controls mounted in proximity to the operator chair permit control of the revolving floor and the vacuum and air conditioning. Both chairs may be vertically adjustable, as controlled from the operator chair. Additional controls may include a reclining back on the client and/or operator chair. Various utilitarian appendages such as footrests, armrests, tool trays, storage boxes and the like may be provided on the chairs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2005
    Inventor: Mary C. Garrick
  • Patent number: 6790146
    Abstract: Apparatus for amusement, unusually capable of causing the user to interact while it is in operation, comprising a structure capable of rotating about an axis and a support for receiving at least one user associated with the structure in its rotary motion about an axis. The structure comprises at least one target. In addition to this, activating mechanism operatively associated with the support to receive at least one user are provided, the activating mechanism being capable of causing the support to receive at least one user to move along at least one direction jointly with the said structure. A device for projecting detection mechanism against the target operatively connected to the support to receive at least one user can be activated by the user himself.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2004
    Assignee: Antonio Zamperla S.p.A.
    Inventor: Alberto Comand
  • Patent number: 6227790
    Abstract: An amusement ride vehicle includes a floor deck assembly slideably mounted inside the body of the vehicle when the vehicle is in motion and telescopically extended away from the body toward a loading platform when the vehicle is at rest. A ramp assembly is mounted to the floor deck assembly near the door of the vehicle and foldably extended away from and at an angle to the floor deck assembly when the ramp assembly is deployed to accommodate a guest in a wheelchair. To promote safety, the ramp and vehicle door preferably have automatic latch mechanisms. To maintain the ride capacity at all times, a companion seat is built into the vehicle body and a conversion seat hidden underneath the companion seat can be deployed if no guest in a wheelchair is being accommodated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2001
    Assignee: Universal Studios, Inc.
    Inventors: Horst Mollick, Dieter Hopfner
  • Patent number: 6110049
    Abstract: The device for simulating longitudinal and transverse accelerations on a vehicle compartment has a first motion level for longitudinal displacement of the compartment and, placed on top of the former, a second motion level for transverse displacement of the compartment. To simplify the construction in the interests of low production costs and to allow large mechanical loads to be applied while keeping the height of the assembly low, a pair of bogies configured at a fixed longitudinal distance from one another can run in each level on the appropriate one of two parallel tracks. Each track of the mutually perpendicular pairs is at least in the front and rear track regions uniformly ascending. The second motion level directly accommodates the vehicle compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2000
    Assignee: STN Atlas Elektronik GmbH
    Inventor: Rolf Wilkens
  • Patent number: 5935011
    Abstract: A carousel has a ramp for providing wheelchair access. The ramp is slidably stored on the underside of the carousel platform. In use, the ramp is pulled out from the carousel and is then unfolded, using a lever handle. The outer or bottom end of the lower ramp section rests on the ground. The inner or upper end of the second ramp section is positioned on the top surface of the carousel platform, or on a raised vehicle platform above the carousel platform. A wheelchair can then roll up the ramp and onto the carousel. The wheelchair is secured into a vehicle, such as a chariot, on the carousel. The vehicle oscillates vertically, to provide the wheelchair passenger with a more traditional and enjoyable carousel ride experience.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 10, 1999
    Assignee: Universal City Studios, Inc.
    Inventors: Dana H. Morgan, George Olson, Christian Lauren
  • Patent number: 5527221
    Abstract: An amusement car ride system having multiple axis rotation of the car with decentralized control processing and centralized system monitoring allows significant improvement in ride control and flexibility. The seat portion 28 of the car is attached to a dolly 14 through an articulating structure providing rotation about a vertical axis and a horizontal axis. Drive motors 56, 60 connected to the articulating structure provide rotation about the axes and a programmable controller 64 connected to the drive motors provides power and position information. Sensors connected to the controller sense actual position of the drive motor, position of the car relative to the track at desired locations, and general elements of car status. A communication system integral with the controller communicates to a master controller in one or more cars for overall control of the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 1992
    Date of Patent: June 18, 1996
    Assignee: Ride & Show Engineering, Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald L. Brown, Eduard Feuer
  • Patent number: 5487705
    Abstract: An infant entertainment device having a molded plastic seat which rotates a baby carried thereby at a rate of about one rpm relative to a stationary base member. Optionally, the carousel may be equipped with a rheostat capable of varying the rate of rotation between one-half and four rpm. Music is provided by a microchip, for example, or at the option of the operator, the carousel may be operated without music. An optional accessory bar may be provided to support amusement devices in the baby's view.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 1993
    Date of Patent: January 30, 1996
    Inventor: William A. Clarke
  • Patent number: 5453053
    Abstract: An improved amusement ride and ride vehicle that permit a passenger to control the rotation of a passenger car as the vehicle travels along a ride course. The ride vehicle includes a support tube upon which the passenger car is rotatably mounted and a passenger operable steering mechanism. The ride vehicle also includes a spin shaft that extends down through the support tube. The spin shaft permits the use of safety systems that are mounted to the chassis of the ride vehicle. Control logic may be used to turn the passenger cars to a preferred orientation at the end of the ride. The ride vehicle itself may be barbell shaped to permit it to turn sharp corners along the ride course. The passenger car also includes a readily adjustable lap bar that is self-releasing. A slot cover, a plow assembly for displacing the slot cover and a slot cover switch are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 1993
    Date of Patent: September 26, 1995
    Assignee: The Walt Disney Company
    Inventors: Randall C. Danta, Michael G. Kilbert, Jody D. Gerstner, Francis K. Weigand, Ted W. Fredrick
  • Patent number: 5165389
    Abstract: The hula chair includes an upper base (23) and an intermediate base (21). The bases (21 and 23) are linked together by the specially designed oversized universal joint which is combined by two components: the ring (16) and the plate/spacer (17). The plate/spacer (17) is connected to the upper base (23). The ring (16) is connected to the intermediate base (21) by the stud (19). The upper base (23), can swivel-rock individually from the intermediate base (21), because of a universal joint (16, 17, 19). Two sets of three cams (10a, 10b, 10c and 20a, 20b, 20c) are placed under the plate-spacer (17) and on the intermediate base (21). A block (6), which is positioned at the center of the intermediate base (21), can slide inside a slot (7). The crankshaft (9) goes through the block (6) and the intermediate base (21 ). Three arms (11a, 11b, 11c), can vertically slide on the top end of the crankshaft (9).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 1991
    Date of Patent: November 24, 1992
    Inventors: Chen Jing-Qi, deceased, by Judy C. Huai-Xue Zhu, heir