Having Carrier Rotating About An Axis Having Varying Angular Orientation Patents (Class 472/47)
  • Publication number: 20150094159
    Abstract: A standalone playground element comprises a lower support tube defining an axis A1, a central support member defining an axis A2 and which is mounted to the lower support tube to be rotatable relative to the lower support tube, an upper stand tube mounted to the central support member to be rotatable relative thereto about an axis A3 which is canted relative to the axis A1, and a hollow member secured to a free end of the upper stand tube. The hollow member is capable of being rotated about the axis A3 and orbiting about the axis A1.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 2, 2014
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Inventor: Christopher Michael Newburry
  • Patent number: 8845439
    Abstract: An amusement device includes at least one swinging arm, one end of which is suspended so as to be rotatable about a swinging axis and one free end of which is displaceable along at least a part of a circular path about the swinging axis. A carrier is suspended from the free end of the swinging arm and is rotatable about an axis of rotation transversely to the swinging axis. Furthermore, there is at least one support device for at least one person which is suspended from the carrier at a distance from the axis of rotation thereof. The support device is rotatable with respect to the carrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Cobra Beheer B.V.
    Inventors: Albert Louisito Phillipus Kroon, Jan Hendrik Wessel Hartemink
  • Patent number: 8591346
    Abstract: A rotating hub ride configured to position passenger vehicles at different vehicle radii relative to the hub's axis of rotation. The ride includes curved support arms extending outward from the hub, with a first end coupled to the hub at a lower height than a second end of the arm. A vehicle is attached, via a mounting assembly, to each curved support arm to slide radially inward and outward on the arm in response to forces applied to the vehicle due to rotation of the hub, e.g., at two or more hub rotation rates. The arm or track defines a travel path for radial movement of the vehicle. When hub rotation is halted, the vehicle slides inward on the track to a load position corresponding to a minimum vehicle radius. At increasing hub speeds, the vehicle slides outward to position the vehicle in any of a number of vehicle radii.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: David W. Crawford, Edward A. Nemeth
  • 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: 8371952
    Abstract: A round ride that creates a rotating ride experience with a varying frequency of vehicle elevations. The round ride includes a central hub assembly with a hub and a hub drive that rotates the hub about a central axis at a hub rotation rate. The drive assembly includes support arms extending outward from the hub, upon which are mounted passenger vehicles. The support arms are pivotally mounted to the hub. The round ride includes a track structure with a ring-shaped running surface extending about the central axis and with a track drive rotating the running surface about the central axis at a track rotation rate in the same or differing direction and rate as the hub. The vehicles are vertically supported by the running surface which is contoured to define a series of hills and valleys, and the running surface and the hub are independently rotated about the central axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2013
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Edward A. Nemeth, David W. Crawford
  • Patent number: 8342976
    Abstract: A rotating hub ride configured to position passenger vehicles at different vehicle radii relative to the hub's axis of rotation. The ride includes curved support arms extending outward from the hub, with a first end coupled to the hub at a lower height than a second end of the arm. A vehicle is attached, via a mounting assembly, to each curved support arm to slide radially inward and outward on the arm in response to forces applied to the vehicle due to rotation of the hub, e.g., at two or more hub rotation rates. The arm or track defines a travel path for radial movement of the vehicle. When hub rotation is halted, the vehicle slides inward on the track to a load position corresponding to a minimum vehicle radius. At increasing hub speeds, the vehicle slides outward to position the vehicle in any of a number of vehicle radii.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: David W. Crawford, Edward A. Nemeth
  • Publication number: 20120277009
    Abstract: An amusement device includes at least one swinging arm, one end of which is suspended so as to be rotatable about a swinging axis and one free end of which is displaceable along at least a part of a circular path about the swinging axis. A carrier is suspended from the free end of the swinging arm and is rotatable about an axis of rotation transversely to the swinging axis. Furthermore, there is at least one support device for at least one person which is suspended from the carrier at a distance from the axis of rotation thereof. The support device is rotatable with respect to the carrier.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2012
    Publication date: November 1, 2012
    Applicant: COBRA BEHEER B.V.
    Inventors: Albert Louisito Phillipus KROON, Jan Hendrik Wessel HARTEMINK
  • Publication number: 20120040766
    Abstract: A round ride with passenger-initiated motion profiles controlling vertical vehicle movements. The ride includes a drive assembly with a rotating hub that includes support arms extending outward from the structure supporting passenger vehicles. Each of the vehicles includes a triggering device capable of generating either an onboard or offboard discrete signal when operated by a passenger causing a controller to select a motion profile from a number of stored profiles that each defines an actuator motion profile (or angular movement of a support arm about its pivotal mounting point to the rotatable central hub). The motion profiles define different angular rotations for a support arm to cause a vehicle to jump to differing heights, and the profile may be chosen by the controller based on vehicle height and position along the circular path and other environmental inputs such as a game state for the vehicle or a show/ride status.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 11, 2010
    Publication date: February 16, 2012
    Applicant: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventors: David W. Crawford, Edward Allen Nemeth, Paul E. Baker
  • Patent number: 8066576
    Abstract: An amusement ride, such as a roller coaster or vertical tower track ride, includes an attachment assembly movably connected to a track system. A vehicle assembly is connected to the attachment assembly and includes a seat assembly having at least one rider seat. The vehicle assembly is coupled to the attachment assembly and configured such that the seat assembly is capable of fully rotating about first and second, and preferably even third axes independent of the track system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2011
    Inventor: David V. Threlkel
  • Patent number: 8066651
    Abstract: A medical examination chair is used to seat a patient and move the patient along three essentially-perpendicular planes over a wide range. The chair includes a primary arc which is connected to a stationary column by a horizontal shaft, forming a first axis of rotation. A second axis of rotation, which is essentially perpendicular to the first, passes through first and second ends of the primary arc. The chair also includes a secondary arc which is equipped with a seat and which is disposed inside the primary arc. Third and fourth ends of the secondary arc are connected to the first and second ends of the primary arc by an upper shaft and a lower shaft. The primary and secondary arcs can rotate around the first and second axes of rotation respectively. The medical examination chair further includes braking elements for suddenly stopping the rotational movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2011
    Inventor: Thomas Richard Vitton
  • Patent number: 8038541
    Abstract: A motion-based system includes one or more passenger units, gimbaled about three axes, movably attached to arms or slots in a planar system extending radially from a central hub. The passenger units may be positioned along the arms any distance from the central hub thereby providing means for varying forces to be exerted thereon while maintaining a constant rotational speed. The mobile passenger units further provide means for loading and unloading subjects during operation of the system. The means includes passenger units being moved to the central hub location where they are disengaged from the rotating system and safely loaded and unloaded. Computers control the rotational speed of the system and the movements of the passenger units about at least three axes based on inputted or real-time data. The data can simulate real events, be arbitrarily developed or be based on real time events. The motion-based system has both training and amusement purposes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2011
    Inventor: Jared Freeman Solomon
  • 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: 7854661
    Abstract: A structure of a giant wheel is disclosed. The giant wheel includes a ring steel tracks, motors, an inner wheel and an outer wheel. The ring steel track has a crossed base and stoppers positioned at four corners of the crossed base. The stopper and the base form an inner groove and an outer groove with openings. The motors are positioned at an inner side and an outer side of the ring steel track, and have latches to fit through the openings, and the latches have rollers positioned in the groove. The inner wheel has bars at two outer sides connecting to the motors positioned at an inner side of the ring steel track. The outer wheel has pillars having joint portions at a distal end positioned towards the motor, wherein the joint portions of the pillars are connected to the motor positioned at an outer side of the ring steel track.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2010
    Inventor: Chuan-Pin Chu
  • Patent number: 7762895
    Abstract: An amusement apparatus includes at least a pair of interconnected platforms configured to move on a track. A seat may be connected to at least one of the platforms and may include, for example, a support and an immobilization device for immobilizing the user on the support suitable for acting on the user's back. The seat may optionally have a motorcycle shape and may include handlebars and retractable leg extensions projecting from each side of the seat for maintaining a user's legs in a crouched motorcycle riding position. At least one of the platforms may include a bridging portion to bridge a gap between the platforms during, for example, loading and unloading of the amusement apparatus with riders.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2010
    Assignee: Antonio Zamperla S.p.A.
    Inventors: Alberto Zamperla, Antonio Nardin
  • Patent number: 7722469
    Abstract: Amusement apparatus which permits unusual compactness and easy transportation comprises a vehicle for accommodating users, the vehicle being suitable for following a path in space which comprises a component due to oscillation about a center of instantaneous rotation and a component due to rotation about an axis oriented variously in space. The vehicle is supported on a support structure comprising two rails the shape of which defines the shape of the component due to oscillation of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2010
    Assignee: Antonio Zamperla S.p.A.
    Inventors: Giambattista Zambelli, Alberto Comand
  • Patent number: 7632191
    Abstract: A seat for amusement apparatus, unusually suitable for allowing the user to adopt a new position on the apparatus, comprising a support and means for immobilising the user on the support. The immobilising means comprise at least one support in front of the user and opposing means suitable for acting on the user's back. The opposing means comprises an arm which can move between a lowered position in which the user can sit down on the support and a raised position in which one end of the arm abuts against the user's back.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2009
    Assignee: Antonio Zamperla S.p.A.
    Inventors: Giambattista Zambelli, Alberto Zamperla
  • Patent number: 7402110
    Abstract: A gimbaled wheel video amusement ride is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2008
    Inventor: Thomas P. Casey
  • Patent number: 7172511
    Abstract: A gimbaled wheel amusement ride is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2007
    Inventor: Thomas P. Casey
  • Patent number: 6884177
    Abstract: Amusement apparatus which permits unusual compactness and easy transportation comprises a vehicle for accommodating users, the vehicle being suitable for following a path in space which comprises a component due to oscillation about a center of instantaneous rotation and a component, due to rotation about an axis oriented variously in space. The vehicle is supported on a support structure comprising two rails the shape of which defines the shape of the component due to oscillation of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2005
    Assignee: Antonio Zamperla S.p.A.
    Inventors: Giambattista Zambelli, Alberto Comand
  • Patent number: 6872144
    Abstract: An amusement device, including a frame made from four support legs which, running obliquely upwards toward one another, at their top end support a rotary member, an arm, one end of which is secured to the rotary member and which can be pivoted between the support legs, and a receiving device for people, which is suspended from the other end of the arm. The support legs, at their bottom end, are secured to a trailer by means of hinges, the hinge axis of which is oriented transversely with respect to the longitudinal direction of the trailer, and the axis of rotation of the rotary member is oriented in the longitudinal direction of the trailer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2005
    Assignee: Cobra Beheer B.V.
    Inventors: Louisito Johannes Eusebio Kroon, Albert Louisito Phillipus Kroon
  • Patent number: 6042382
    Abstract: A centripetal acceleration movement apparatus includes a base support having a rotatable portion rotatably disposed about a first axis. A plurality of carrying pods are attached to the rotatable portion of the base support and are positioned remotely with respect to the first axis for carrying at least one passenger. A rotating device is provided for rotating the rotatable portion of the base support about the first axis and thereby causing the attached carrying pod to (i) orbit the first axis along an orbital movement path and (ii) apply a centripetal force to the at least one passenger. A motion picture device is provided for producing a motion picture display confined to orbital movement with the carrying pods in a manner sufficient to enable the motion picture display to be viewed by a seeing passenger being carried by the carrying pods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 1996
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2000
    Inventor: Robert Halfhill
  • Patent number: 6022276
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a carousel with an upper rotating beam (2) arranged on a central mast (1). Carrier rods (3) carrying gondolas or seat carriers (4) are arranged in the circumference of the rotating beam, which may be swiveled outwards and inwards. According to the invention the carrier rods can by inducement of force be swiveled outwards and inwards at angles to the radial or circumferential direction of the rotating beam, which, particularly with the alternate swiveling of successive carrier rods (3) on the rotation, reduces the entire floor space for the carousel and increases the passenger frequency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 1998
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2000
    Assignee: Knijpstra Konstruktie B.V.
    Inventor: Hette Knijpstra
  • Patent number: 5947828
    Abstract: The invention relates to a ride for a fun fair. It includes an upright to which two first arms are coupled, each of which oscillates on a vertical oscillation plane. The oscillation planes are parallel and located on opposite sides of the upright. A capsule is associated to each arm and oscillates solidly therewith. The capsule affords space to a plurality of passengers on board. The upright rotates about a vertical axis (y--y) thereof, so that during operation the oscillation planes of the arms rotate about the vertical axis solidly with the upright.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 7, 1999
    Assignee: FAR Fabbri S.R.L.
    Inventor: Licinio Fabbri
  • Patent number: 5851154
    Abstract: An amusement ride resenting a platform; two vertical uprights extending upwards from the platforms; two arms fitted to respective uprights and rotated by a drive about a first horizontal axis; and a passenger car fitted to the arms, rotating about a second axis, and presenting two rows of seats, each defined by a seat portion and a backrest with a headrest; characterized in that the distance between the second axis and the headrests of the seats in the rear row is less than the distance between the second axis and the headrests of the seats in the front row.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 1995
    Date of Patent: December 22, 1998
    Inventors: Alfeo Moser, Claudio Soriani
  • Patent number: 5759107
    Abstract: A gyroscopic amusement apparatus including a cradle having upright supports and carrying a pair of concentric rings capable of rotation about perpendicular axis. A hydraulic motor is supported on one of the upright supports and drives the outer ring bi-directionally about a horizontal axis. A second hydraulic motor is mounted on the outer ring and drives the inner ring about a vertical axis. A seat is supported within the inner ring to support an operator and a video display unit and control stick are sued by the operator to control rotation of the rings and the image on the video display unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 1996
    Date of Patent: June 2, 1998
    Assignee: Amusement Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Larry Nagel
  • Patent number: 5725435
    Abstract: A movement simulator that has a cabin (15) that rotates through the action of a servomotor (12). The cabin/servomotor set rests on an axis (xx') that has its rotation controlled by another servomotor (5). The set formed by the cabin and the two servomotors rests on a third axis (zz') that also has its rotation controlled by a third servomotor (1) in a way that all the moving components of the simulator have unlimited rotation, i.e., even beyond 360 degrees over its respective axes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 1996
    Date of Patent: March 10, 1998
    Inventor: Mario Sergio De Castro Faria
  • Patent number: 5702307
    Abstract: A motion simulator in the form of a motorized skeletal sphere suspended from a gimbal platform. The skeletal sphere comprises two orbital tracks, each having contollable motorized ballasts devices with attachment mechanism to the orbital tracks. These tracks provide a predetermined path for the ballasts to travel on. The ballasts provide a shifting mechanism for controlling the center of gravitys' position from within the occupied sphere. The ballasts rotate the sphere on its' axis 360.degree., in a controlled and deliberate manner. Different positions of the rotating axis are provided by the use of a multi-pivotal platform, that suspends the sphere and allows it to rotate freely in a plurality of directions. Direction is determined by an occupant using a control device for the ballasts movement. An adjustable chair is provided for centering the occupant as close to the center of the sphere as is possible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 1996
    Date of Patent: December 30, 1997
    Inventor: Kristen G. Moran
  • Patent number: 5558582
    Abstract: A motion simulator having a people-holding capsule attached at the front end and at the rear end to a supporting structure. The supporting structure has movable arms that, when extended or retracted, provide positive and negative pitch to the capsule. The supporting structure also provides the mechanism for rotating the capsule up to and in excess of 360 degrees. It is also possible to make the support structure capable of supporting forward/backward as well as side-by-side motion. With a video display system installed inside the capsule providing optical cues, this invention provides the motion cues necessary to provide a safe entertainment environment for passengers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 1994
    Date of Patent: September 24, 1996
    Assignee: Enhanced Simulation, Inc.
    Inventors: Loran L. Swensen, Jonathan E. Neville
  • Patent number: 5370583
    Abstract: A thrill-ride apparatus having as a basic concept the revolving of a rider station, whose support provides that the path of the ride will be along an inclined plane. The rider station is fixed to a support arm; and there is no counterbalance as to the weight of the support arm, rider's station, and the rider. The path of the rider is thus such that he must incrementally achieve not only the revolution with respect to the ground and the axis of the support structure, but by such oscillating incremental efforts achieve a raise from "bottom dead center" to "top dead center" as supported by the base of the apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 1993
    Date of Patent: December 6, 1994
    Inventor: Robert E. Stewart