By Use Of Video Or Projected Picture Patents (Class 472/60)
  • Patent number: 10315125
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a motion chair included in a 4D theater and a motion chair control system for controlling a plurality of the motion chairs. More specifically, the present invention relates to a motion chair, including a control unit configured to receive control data from an operating server and selectively control some or all of effect device control units, the effect device control units configured to correspond to one or more effect devices and to independently control corresponding effect devices under the control of the control unit, and the effect devices for implementing special effects, and a system for controlling the motion chairs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: CJ 4DPLEX CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hyuk Ju Kwon, Myung Chul Kim, Hyun Park, Hyung Jin Tak
  • Patent number: 10076017
    Abstract: The invention provides a method for creating in a display space an ambience lighting effect, wherein the display space comprises a screen configured to display moving images and a display space light source configured to provide the ambience lighting effect, wherein the moving images are representative of a stage performance in a performance space, the method comprising (a) deriving ambience lighting effect input data from one or more of (i) a light related cue provided by a cue manager, (ii) lighting effects accompanying the stage performance, and (iii) an analysis of a video shot by a video camera configured to monitor at least a part of an audience present in the performance space; and (b) displaying the moving images on the screen in the display space, while creating with the display space light source said ambience lighting effect at least based on the ambience lighting effect input data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: PHILIPS LIGHTING HOLDING B.V.
    Inventor: Maarten Marinus Johannes Wilhelm Van Herpen
  • Patent number: 9466223
    Abstract: A motion platform for use in a simulator comprising linear slides providing surge and sway, and a rotary table providing yaw. A payload carrying platform is mounted on the rotary table via three bell cranks to provide heave, pitch and roll.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Assignee: ANSIBLE MOTION LTD
    Inventors: Robert Stevens, Kia Cammaerts
  • Patent number: 9423072
    Abstract: A suspended flying system having a load suspended by a plurality of flexible support members. The plurality of flexible support members are attached to a first rotational element attached to the load and a second rotational element attached to a support. The system also includes a motor operably connected to the first rotational element providing sufficient motion to the plurality of flexible support members to render the flexible support members visually transparent, the load being movable within a space. A method for suspending a load from visually transparent flexible support members is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: TAIT TOWERS MANUFACTURING, LLC
    Inventors: James Kempf, Adam Davis
  • Patent number: 9352225
    Abstract: A system and method for providing a multi-player game experience through a computerized theme-park ride. The system includes a ride control module configured to manage ride control parameters and settings of a computerized theme park ride. The system includes a ride interface module configured to provide an interface to operate and navigate the computerized theme park ride. The ride interface module include a plurality of interface devices. The system includes a ride engine module, including a processor, configured to operate a multi-player game experience. The system includes a communications module configured to bridge communications between the ride engine module, the ride interface module, and the ride control module over a computerized network. The system includes an account module configured to provide player specific information to the ride control module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Assignee: GAME NATION, INC.
    Inventor: Daniel T. Ruke
  • Patent number: 9178849
    Abstract: A system for providing motion signals indicative of a motion to be performed by the motion platforms synchronously with video images comprising an input interface for extracting a motion signal from the input signal. A server provides a network address to each motion platform. A motion platform interface has control ports connected to arrays of motion platforms. Each motion platform being connected one to another by a wired connection according to a control protocol. The motion platform interface individually actuates each of the motion platforms by providing a client motion signal to each motion platform comprising the motion signal with a respective network address. Each motion platform is managed according to a respective feedback signal comprising the provided network address of each motion platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Assignee: D-BOX TECHNOLOGIES INC.
    Inventors: Pierre Sénécal, Bruno Paillard, Martin Simoneau, Jean-François Ménard
  • Patent number: 9155389
    Abstract: Provided is a system for controlling a seat effect for a facility of showing pictures, and particularly, a user on a rear line may easily and safely control an effect provided to the user himself/herself even while a seat is in motion operation at the time of showing pictures by controlling an effect synchronized with pictures by relaying control information inputted from the user on the rear-line seat by using an effect controlling device of a front-line seat, in the facility of showing pictures, which provides the effect (for example, a water shot, an air shot, or a scent) synchronized with the pictures to the user on the rear-line seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Assignee: CJ 4D PLEX CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jae Sung Choi, Jin Yong Park
  • Patent number: 9155390
    Abstract: A motion simulator is provided with a motion simulator accommodation that is dynamically mounted to a fixed datum or platform and is positioned facing a presentation. The motion simulator is provided with one or more access fitting which may be used to assist a person to enter the motion simulator accommodation. At least one of the motion simulator accommodation and the access fitting is movable with respect to each other from a first position to a second position, wherein, in the second position, the access fitting is less perceptible during the presentation than in said first position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Assignee: SIMEX INC.
    Inventors: Brian Ferguson, Sal Agosta, Alex Gil
  • Patent number: 9078523
    Abstract: The present document describes a vibro-kinetic seating kit for providing seating to a user at a seating location in a multi-seating environment comprising other seating locations and for rendering a vibro-kinetic effect to the user. The vibro-kinetic seating kit comprises an electronic display and a vibro-kinetic platform which comprises a seat portion associated with the seating location and for providing the seating to the user; and an actuation system mechanically connected to the seat portion for rendering the vibro-kinetic effect to the user. The electronic display associated to the vibro-kinetic platform is for receiving display data and for electronically showing visual information indicative of the display data which comprises an identification tag for the seating location relative to the other seating locations in the multi-seating environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Assignee: D-BOX TECHNOLOGIES INC.
    Inventors: Jean-François Ménard, Pierre Sénécal, Martin Simoneau, Sylvain Trottier
  • Patent number: 8992336
    Abstract: An entertainment structure and apparatus principally comprising a 360-degree 2D and/or 3D cinematic theater. Seating for audience members is arrangeable on a circular motion base platform. A compound curved screen may lower from above to surround the theater upon a circular motion base platform, providing seamless media. A 2D/3D projection system is oriented within the structure to provide 2D/3D images on the screen through projection overlap for edge blending. A control system is used to rotate, pitch and roll the motion base platform. The control system can be synchronized with the media presentation. The structure includes a number of variations such as a variety of seating orientations, a stationary screen, a variety of screen configurations, and modular tracking seating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Falcon's Treehouse, L.L.C.
    Inventor: Cecil D. Magpuri
  • Publication number: 20150065260
    Abstract: In order to provide an amusement ride having an enhanced experience factor, the amusement ride comprises a motion base, an audience platform mounted to the motion base, a plurality of seats, each accommodating at least one guest, supported on the audience platform, wherein the seats are arranged in at least one circular row, a 360° projection screen surrounding the audience platform, wherein the projection screen comprises a dome portion and a lower extension portion directly adjoining the dome portion, a plurality of projectors being arranged to project images on the entire projection screen.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 30, 2013
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Applicant: Attraktion! GmbH
    Inventor: Markus BEYR
  • Publication number: 20150018107
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an attraction for amusement rides based on motion simulation, including a support to be placed in front of a projection screen, a lifting arm that is rotatabely attached to the support, and a frame attached to one end of the lifting arm. The frame comprises one or more pivotable supporting arms having one or more rows of passenger seats mounted thereon. The invention includes a first drive for rotating the lifting arm with respect to the support to move the seats between a boarding position in which the seats are accessible for passengers and a viewing position in which the seats face the projection screen and means for moving the seats relative to the projection screen in the viewing position in accordance with a sequence of images displayed on the projection screen.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 2, 2013
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Inventor: Froukje Kaastra
  • Patent number: 8864594
    Abstract: The invention relates to a carnival ride the comprises a passenger seat for receiving at least one person, a display device for displaying a film sequence and a robot with a control device and with a robotic arm to which the passenger seat can be fastened or is fastened. The film sequence comprises several successive images. The robotic arm comprises drives connected to the control device and comprises several members that can be moved relative to each other by the drives relative to axes. The control device is arranged for controlling the drives for a movement of the robotic arm so that the members have positions of the axes which positions are associated during the movement with the movement. Information about an association of at least several of the images of the film sequence with corresponding positions of the axes of the robotic arm is stored in the control device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: KUKA Laboratories GmbH
    Inventor: Torsten Hasenzahl
  • Patent number: 8858351
    Abstract: A ride or show control apparatus using visual recognition to provide a more interactive experience to guests or participants. The apparatus is adapted for operating a ride or show element, such as a robotic character. The apparatus includes a mechanized or robotic element with movable components positioned near a guest traffic area. The apparatus includes an imaging assembly capturing images of the traffic area and outputting digital image data. A controller is provided that includes a processor using an object recognition module to process the image data to determine whether an object is in the traffic area. In response to the object recognition, the control system operates movable components of the mechanized element such as to cause it to speak or move in the direction of the recognized object such as a visitor's face or a badge, hat, or other item worn or carried by a guest or participant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: David W. Crawford
  • Patent number: 8733028
    Abstract: A display retraction assembly for a multi-display visualization device is provided comprising a first track in a first vertical plane, a second track in a second vertical plane offset from the first track, a display support member operably connected to the first track and second track and a display connected to the display support member wherein the display is movable simultaneously with the display support member along the first track and second track.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Mechdyne Corporation
    Inventors: Chris Garrett, Doug Betts, Clint Collins
  • Patent number: 8727896
    Abstract: The attraction systems include underground or underwater tunnels having a visitor transportation system with ride vehicles and multiple audio and video systems for providing an experience of three-dimensional (3D) or four-dimensional (4D) video installations. In addition, the attraction systems may have various special effects devices to enhance visitors' experiences. These underground or underwater tunnels may be built in cities, and especially, in historic city centers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Inventor: Anton Frolov
  • Publication number: 20130274024
    Abstract: A roadside personalized entertainment system will be inside a building that may be positioned on major highways or Interstates, or other areas of high vehicular traffic. The system will provide short audio-visual entertainment for travelers while they remain in their vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 1, 2013
    Publication date: October 17, 2013
    Inventor: Yuri Geylik
  • Patent number: 8491403
    Abstract: An amusement ride system combines about six or more different ride elements from different types of amusement rides available to the public today into a single design. The amusement ride system may bring customers back time and time again for a new ride experience on the same ride design. This may allow amusement ride operators to provide varying ride experiences without requiring a completely different ride, thus saving cost and space. The amusement ride system may include a plurality of pods adapted to house riders. The pods may be adapted to move up and down, spin about a central tower, and spin and swivel about the pod's axes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Inventor: Nathan Schreibfeder
  • Publication number: 20130079167
    Abstract: The invention relates to a carnival ride the comprises a passenger seat for receiving at least one person, a display device for displaying a film sequence and a robot with a control device and with a robotic arm to which the passenger seat can be fastened or is fastened. The film sequence comprises several successive images. The robotic arm comprises drives connected to the control device and comprises several members that can be moved relative to each other by the drives relative to axes. The control device is arranged for controlling the drives for a movement of the robotic arm so that the members have positions of the axes which positions are associated during the movement with the movement. Information about an association of at least several of the images of the film sequence with corresponding positions of the axes of the robotic arm is stored in the control device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2012
    Publication date: March 28, 2013
    Applicant: KUKA LABORATORIES GMBH
    Inventor: KUKA Laboratories GmbH
  • Patent number: 8257133
    Abstract: A traveling toy system is provided, in which it becomes possible to reduce the amount of information transmitted to a video display device. In the traveling toy system, a video camera, a video camera controller which is adjustably controls at least a frame rate of the video camera, a signal transmission device which transmits a video signal outputted from the video camera to a video display device, and electric storage means for power supply are mounted on the traveling toy which travels on a traveling lane using a potential energy. The traveling toy system further includes a traveling toy carrier device which carries the traveling toy from a position where the potential energy is low to a position where the potential energy is high. The video camera controller changes the frame rate so that when a traveling speed of the traveling toy is higher than a given speed, the frame rate may be increased from the frame rate at the time that the traveling speed is lower than the given speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2012
    Assignee: Konami Digital Entertainment Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Makoto Ando, Makoto Nakano
  • Patent number: 8241038
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a simulator comprising at least one projector arranged to project an image, and a non-spherical, generally continuous, dome-like projection surface on which the image is displayed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2012
    Assignee: Lockheed Martin Corporation
    Inventors: Edward W. Quinn, Randall W. Wallace, Michael R. Vogel, Jason L. Seeliger
  • Patent number: 8206230
    Abstract: An entertainment structure and apparatus principally comprising a 360-degree 2D and/or 3D cinematic theater. Seating for audience members is arrangeable on a circular motion base platform. A compound curved screen may lower from above to surround the theater upon a circular motion base platform, providing seamless media. A 2D/3D projection system is oriented within the structure to provide 2D/3D images on the screen through projection overlap for edge blending. A control system is used to rotate, pitch and roll the motion base platform. The control system can be synchronized with the media presentation. The structure includes a number of variations such as a variety of seating orientations, a stationary screen, a variety of screen configurations, and modular tracking seating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2012
    Assignee: Falcon's Treehouse, L.L.C.
    Inventor: Cecil D. Magpuri
  • Patent number: 8137205
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a motion-based attraction device engagable with a plurality of spaced guest supports that are movable along a path, having a rotatable carousel configured to temporarily and separately synchronize with the plurality of spaced guest supports, at least one pair of domes supported by the carousel, each dome having a viewing portion that is positioned towards the guest supports and the dome being movable to temporarily cover the guest supports, and an image projecting assembly supported by each dome and configured to display an image on the viewing portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2012
    Assignee: Universal City Studios LLC
    Inventors: Robert J. Cortelyou, Steven C. Blum, Thierry Jean-Andre Coup, Brian McQuillan
  • Patent number: 8091483
    Abstract: A boat ride with precise speed and orientation control. The ride includes a track assembly positioned in a water basin and includes front and rear bogies engaging the track assembly. The boat ride includes a passenger boat and front and rear tethering assemblies coupling the front and rear bogies, respectively, to the boat. The ride includes a propulsion assembly positioned along the track assembly that is operable to independently propel, with linear motors, the front and rear bogies at the same or differing first and second velocities by applying a magnetic force to reaction plates on the bogies. The track assembly includes a joined section and a divided section, which includes a primary track on which the front bogie travels and a secondary track, spaced apart from the primary track, on which the rear bogie travels. The boat may be rotated to any orientation in the divided track section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2012
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Mark W. Sumner
  • 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: 7837567
    Abstract: There is provided a method of customizing a theme park experience comprising designating a theme park experience motif, selecting customizable features associated with the designated motif, and assembling the designated motif and the selected customizable features into a custom virtual theme park experience suitable for adaptation as a customized theme park experience. In one embodiment, the method includes hosting the custom virtual theme park experience, rating the popularity of the custom virtual theme park experience among a community of users, and adapting the custom virtual theme park experience to a customized theme park experience.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2010
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Roger Holzberg, Edward Kummer, Jeffrey Voris, Seth Mendelsohn
  • Patent number: 7740359
    Abstract: An apparatus for displaying images from a video projector. The apparatus includes a virtual projector screen assembly with an elongate screen element, such as a rod, that is mounted at one end to a base. The base is adapted for pivoting about its axis, arid a driver mechanism pivots the, base at high frequencies. During operation, the screen element oscillates between two edge positions with images projected from the projector being displayed on a side of the screen element facing or proximate to the projector. The two edge positions can be thought of as intersecting at the base and define a sweep angle (e.g., the angular difference between the two outer travel points of the screen element that is typically less than about 90 degrees). The driver may include a motor with an oscillating output shaft that pivots the base such as with a belt attached to the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2010
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Gary W. Schnuckle, Lanny S. Smoot
  • Publication number: 20090233724
    Abstract: A virtual theme park has attractions which are based upon protein chains at large scale, the users being able to use these protein tracks with virtual transports such as roller coasters, water rides, ski rides, skate scooters, skate boards, racing cars, bicycles, motorcycles, etc. The proteins are those proteins including pathogens which representing diseases of animals or humans. The virtual riders may be presented as the disease vector or target, for instance a mosquito to navigate a dengue fever related protein, a cow to navigate a BSE prion. The motion effects and sound effects are modelled based on the protein structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 8, 2004
    Publication date: September 17, 2009
    Inventors: Yiyu Cai, Baifang Lu
  • Patent number: 7555147
    Abstract: A video recording system for an amusement park ride includes a video camera for generating video images of riders on the amusement park ride, and a video capture device connected to the video camera for capturing the video images. A video server is connected to the video capture device for storing the captured video images. A video disc burner is connected to the video server for burning the stored captured video images of the riders on the amusement park ride onto a video disc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2009
    Inventor: Richard Simmons
  • Publication number: 20090075741
    Abstract: Through the use of intelligently motor propelled rollers and other important features, a safe, fun, platform is created for riding mechanically stimulated inline boards and other extreme sports vehicles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 19, 2007
    Publication date: March 19, 2009
    Inventor: Morgan Gabriel Milligan
  • Patent number: 7463415
    Abstract: A system (and its methods of use) for collecting and displaying images so as to create a visual effect and, more particularly but not by way of limitation, a three-dimensional visual effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2008
    Inventor: Eugene Lee Shafer
  • Patent number: 7422332
    Abstract: A wall structure has a first wall and a second wall that faces the first wall. A part of the second wall or the entire second wall is configured as a rear-projection screen. A projector for projecting an image onto the rear-projection screen is arranged between the first and second walls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2008
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Tetsujiro Kondo, Tetsushi Kokubo, Yasushi Tatehira, Kenji Tanaka, Hitoshi Mukai, Hirofumi Hibi
  • Publication number: 20080188318
    Abstract: A ride system includes a guide, a carriage adapted to travel along the guide, and a data source adapted to provide a video stream to the display device simulating the appearance of motion of the carriage relative to guide. The carriage includes a seat and a display device adapted to receive and display a video transmission to a passenger seated in the seat.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 1, 2007
    Publication date: August 7, 2008
    Inventors: Gregory A. Piccionelli, Michael M. Gerardi
  • Patent number: 7144114
    Abstract: The invention provides systems and methods for generating a visual image that is made to appear to be situated behind an architectural structure, such as a wall of a building, and is viewed through windows thereof. The image appears as an oversize object relative to the actual object. The system and method include an image recorder and/or a pre-recorded image, an image display apparatus, and a mask. Sound can be provided as required to complete the illusion. The image can be a still image or a moving image. In some embodiments, two viewers can see the image from opposite sides of the structure, each perceiving the image as being on the side opposite to the viewer. The system includes a video capture device and a display and an optional audio system for showing the person whose image is being projected the giant image as seen and heard by a viewer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2006
    Inventor: Susannah Lawrence
  • Patent number: 7097307
    Abstract: The invention provides systems and methods for generating a visual image that is made to appear to be situated behind an architectural structure, such as a wall of a building, and is viewed through windows thereof. The image appears as an oversize object relative to the actual object. The system and method include an image recorder and/or a pre-recorded image, an image display apparatus, and a mask. Upon being projected, the image of interest is masked so that illumination falls on one or more regions of a display surface, and no illumination reaches the architectural structure outside the display region(s). Sound can be provided as required to complete the illusion. The image can be a still image or a moving image. In some embodiments, two viewers can see the image from opposite sides of the structure, each perceiving the image as being on the side opposite to the viewer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2006
    Inventor: Susannah Lawrence
  • Patent number: 6865023
    Abstract: The present invention relates in general to a system (and its methods of use) for collecting and displaying images so as to create a visual effect and, more particularly but not by way of limitation, a three-dimensional visual effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2005
    Inventor: Eugene Lee Shafer
  • Patent number: 6834966
    Abstract: The invention relates to a passageway having a virtual reality environment through which person can travel. The passageway according to the invention has an elongated pathway with curved sections and opposed sidewalls, the sidewalls being formed of a material adapted to receive a projected image, and image-projectors associated with specific portions of each sidewall for projecting a different image on each sidewall portion. The images projected on adjacent portions form a continuous panorama from an entrance end of the passageway to an exit end thereof. At least sections of the images are visible to a person travelling through the passageway when looking forward along a longitudinal axis of the pathway. Persons travelling through the passageway on foot or roller-blades or by bicycle can benefit from exercise while enjoying a scenic panorama, in a virtual reality environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2004
    Inventor: Carole Moquin
  • Patent number: 6796908
    Abstract: The invention provides an interactive dark ride configured and designed to stimulate the development of creative thinking and problem solving abilities and to encourage group cooperation and team work. A dark ride vehicle is also provided having inward-facing seating adapted to facilitate socializing and group gaming activities among ride participants during the ride sequence. Various interactive effects are provided along a defined ride path and/or along various associated ride cueing areas. The interactive effects are configured and arranged such that ride participants selectively actuate the various effects by successfully completing various requested tasks. Some or all of the interactive effects require the cooperation of multiple ride participants (either on the same vehicle, other vehicles and/or in adjacent queuing areas) in order to actuate the desired effect(s).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2004
    Assignee: Creative Kingdoms, LLC
    Inventor: Denise Chapman Weston
  • Patent number: 6776722
    Abstract: An amusement ride includes an output member having an anthropomorphic robot arm adapted for six degrees of movement. The ride further includes a passenger station in moveable engagement with said output member, a platform, and optionally a ticket reader.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2004
    Assignees: Robocoaster Limited, Kuka Roboter GmbH
    Inventor: Gino Daniel De-Gol
  • Patent number: 6752720
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a gaming system includes a mobile remote control vehicle. The mobile remote control vehicle communicates wirelessly with a control unit, and may be operated outside a line-of-sight (LOS) of the control unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2004
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Edward O. Clapper, Greg E. Scott
  • Patent number: 6733293
    Abstract: A reliable, cost effective motion simulator system wherein a motion platform controlled by three inexpensive fractional horsepower induction AC motors to provide n-axis of motion where n is two, three, four, five or six. A dynamic boost is applied to maintain the position of the motion platform at low speed or zero speed and to handle transient motion demands without use of an encoder. The personal simulator motion base includes a support structure for positioning a rider coupled to the motion platform. A support pedestal and a plurality of linkages support the motion platform. A plurality of motor assemblies 114 is coupled to the motion plate by the linkages. A control algorithm enables the use of low cost power electronics to drive the AC motor-linkage assemblies. The personal simulator may be controlled in response to user-initiated commands, remote-user initiated commands or by commands embedded in game software or the audio track of a video stream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2004
    Assignee: Provision Entertainment, Inc.
    Inventors: Edward-Bruce Baker, Michael K. Forster, Jeffrey L. Vrachan, Curtis L. Thornton
  • Patent number: 6716106
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a real-scene tour simulation system and method of the same. As illustrated in a preferred embodiment of the present invention, the user could select a tour location (tour destination) through the Geographic Information System (GIS) or an expert system and set up the parameters for the tour such as the tour speed and the tour timeframe. The real-scene tour simulation system and method of the present invention will load in environment parameters based on the selected tour location, simulate the real scene of the tour based on the environment parameters, for example the terrain, the atmospheric temperature, the sunshine intensity and the environment sound effect, associated with the selected tour location and present the simulation result to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2004
    Assignee: Via Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Cher Wang, Parkson Kuo
  • Patent number: 6678328
    Abstract: Relationship information is previously generated and stored by learning based on camera motion estimation information expressing motion of a video camera, which is detected by a desired image signal picked up by the video camera, and camera motion information expressing physical motion of the video camera, which was obtained by a sensor for detecting physical motion at the same time when the desired image signal was picked up by the video camera. Camera motion estimation information with respect to an inputted image signal is detected from the inputted image signal. Camera motion prediction information with respect to the inputted image signal is generated, based on the camera motion estimation information detected and the relationship information. Based on the camera motion prediction information, a vibration signal for vibrating an object is generated. As a result, vibration data can be easily generated at low costs, based on existing video assets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2004
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Tetsujiro Kondo, Yuji Okumura, Tetsushi Kokubo, Satoshi Teshigawara
  • Patent number: 6665985
    Abstract: An interactive theater for creating a perception on the part of the audience that they are immersed in a boundless environment. The projection surface surrounds the audience platform and the ceiling to form a cavity providing a full or apparent 360° projected environment horizontally and apparent 360° projected environment vertically.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 1999
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2003
    Assignee: Thinc
    Inventor: Thomas Hennes
  • Patent number: 6656137
    Abstract: Structure providing sessions of a prolonged spinning therapeutic modality that affects the biological occupant therein stimulating, exercising and strengthening the occupant's R.A.S in combination with other stimuli that affect the organism with different types of physiological and neurological stimuli such that several unique types of input affect the organism synergistically to provide a far greater therapeutic benefit than the prior art showed by using such stimulus devices individually.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2003
    Assignee: Omega Assembly Trust
    Inventors: James Eugene Tyldsley, Loran L. Swensen
  • Patent number: 6641485
    Abstract: A space ride simulator allows a user to experience space travel l, the weightlessness of being in space, and the reduced gravitational effects experienced while walking on a celestial body that is smaller than the earth. A 3-D simulator is used to create the various sights and sounds and movements of space travel, while a weightlessness room allows the user to experience weightlessness, and a weight reduced room allows a user to experience reduced gravitational effects while walking on a celestial body. The weightlessness room and the weight reduced room each have magnets embedded within the floor and a user dons a vest having a magnet thereattached, of the same polarity as the magnets within the floors. The magnets within the floors are of sufficient strength so as to completely or partially repel the user from the floor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2003
    Inventor: Sanjay Chauhan
  • Patent number: 6629896
    Abstract: A motion machine comprised of a lightweight spherical capsule (40) with locations for occupants. The capsule floats on a cushion of compressed air. Drive wheels (46) are positioned around the capsule's circumference controlling capsule pitch and roll. The drive wheels themselves are mounted in a rotatable drive assembly (49) controlling capsule yaw. The activation of drive wheels while in rotation about the capsule provides unlimited rotation of capsule in any direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2003
    Inventor: Steven Jones
  • Patent number: 6629895
    Abstract: An amusement ride system having an amusement ride for carrying a rider thereon while giving the rider a high-speed view of a screen provided along a traveling path of the amusement ride extending vertically, for example. A plurality of image projectors for projecting an image toward the screen are positioned in one side of the traveling path opposite from the screen and configured to project an image in a direction transverse to a line of vision of the rider thereby to give the rider vivid representation of the image improved in the feeling of presence of the rider.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2003
    Assignee: Sega Corporation
    Inventors: Hiroshi Uemura, Teruo Matsumoto
  • Publication number: 20030125119
    Abstract: A motion machine comprised of a lightweight spherical capsule (40) with locations for occupants. The capsule floats on a cushion of compressed air. Drive wheels (46) are positioned around the capsule's circumference controlling capsule pitch and roll. The drive wheels themselves are mounted in a rotatable drive assembly (49) controlling capsule yaw. The activation of drive wheels while in rotation about the capsule provides unlimited rotation of capsule in any direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 29, 2001
    Publication date: July 3, 2003
    Inventor: Steven Jones
  • Patent number: 6533670
    Abstract: An amusement ride includes a motion base having multiple degrees of freedom. An audience platform is eccentrically pivotable on top of the motion base about a pivot point that is eccentrically offset from a central region of the audience platform. A motor disposed on either the motion base or the audience platform is used to pivot the audience platform via a shaft. A projection screen is located either on board or off board and is used to display images or a motion picture. The amusement ride simulates fishtailing, slide out, and similar movements experienced as a vehicle turns.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2003
    Assignee: Universal City Studio, Inc.
    Inventor: Nicholas H Drobnis