With Power Or Externally Operated Rocking Means Patents (Class 472/96)
  • Patent number: 8454366
    Abstract: An actuated support frame for transmitting motion to a seat with respect to a ground as a function of motion signals associated with video output, comprises a frame. The frame is expandable/retractable along translational degrees of freedom. Support surfaces are provided on the frame. The support surfaces are displaceable with respect to one another by expansion/retraction of the frame so as to be sized to support a seat. Actuators are provided between the frame and the ground. The actuators receive signals and selectively displace the frame with respect to the ground in synchronization with a video output, whereby a seat supported on the frame is displaceable within the frame. A method for installing a seating system of a motion simulator system is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Assignee: D-Box Technologies Inc.
    Inventors: Gauthier Orban, Michel Bérubé, Philippe Roy
  • Patent number: 8246479
    Abstract: The present invention is a mechanical ride that simulates riding an actual rodeo bull. simulator, which provides a rider a simulation of an rodeo bull ride. The ride includes a track, a sled to move the ride along the track, and a mechanical body affixed to the sled. The mechanical body includes a plurality of actuators and motors that simulate the bucking, rotating, lunging, pitching, and tilting movement of an actual rodeo bull. The simulated movements are performed at the same time as the ride moving along the track.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2012
    Inventor: Roland Tirelli
  • Patent number: 8047924
    Abstract: A method of providing a simulated bull ride includes guiding a rider to sit on an artificial bull in a bull chute, translating the artificial bull out of the chute along a slidably-coupled track and pivoting the artificial bull about a plurality of pivot points on an internal frame to simulate a bucking bull.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2011
    Inventor: Roland Tirelli
  • Patent number: 7914386
    Abstract: A bucking horse simulator apparatus includes a frame that has a first lateral side, a second lateral side and a front end. A hitch connector is attached to the front end. An axle is attached to the frame and a pair of support wheels is attached to opposite ends of the axle. A post is attached to and extends upwardly from the frame. A beam is pivotally coupled to an upper end of the post. A cover is positioned on the beam. A drive wheel is rotatably mounted to the frame. A leg is attached to the drive wheel and to the beam to lift and lower the beam when the drive wheel is rotated. The hitch connector is coupled to a vehicle to pull the frame and rotate the drive wheel to simulate bucking horse to a person seated on the cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2011
    Inventors: Stanlo J. Johns, Robert E. Chalfant
  • Patent number: 7887425
    Abstract: Disclosed is a balance training apparatus for applying an exercise load to a subject, which comprises a seat adapted to allow the subject to sit thereon, a rocking mechanism for rockingly moving the seat, and a phase changer. The rocking mechanism includes a plurality of converters adapted to receive a driving force transmitted from a common driving source so as to operate in an interlocked relationship with each other, and convert the driving force from the driving source to a rocking motion having movement directions intersecting with each other. The phase changer is adapted to selectively connect and disconnect the transmission of the driving force to first converter consisting of a part of the plurality of converter, so as to change a phase relationship in rocking motion between the first converter, and second converter consisting of the rest of the plurality of converter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2011
    Assignee: Panasonic Electric Works Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Ryusuke Nakanishi
  • Patent number: 7828666
    Abstract: A riding device includes one or more cranks rotatably attached to a base, and a rider support supported on a carrier and movable relative to the base for supporting a rider, the carrier has a front portion for swinging relative to the base and a rear portion pivotally coupled to the cranks for moving cyclically relative to the base and for allowing the carrier to be moved in an elliptical and reciprocating action relative to the base by the crank device, and the rider support is supported on the carrier and moved in concert with the rider support for supporting the rider, and an actuating device may be used for actuating the carrier and the rider support to move relative to the base in an elliptical and reciprocating action.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2010
    Inventors: Jin Chen Chuang, Lung Fei Chuang
  • Patent number: 7824274
    Abstract: A riding device includes one or more cranks rotatably attached to a base, and a rider support supported on a carrier and movable relative to the base for supporting a rider, the carrier has a front portion pivotally coupled to the base with a link and an arm and a rear portion coupled to the cranks for moving cyclically relative to the base and for allowing the carrier to be moved in an elliptical and reciprocating action relative to the base by the crank device, and the rider support is supported on the carrier and moved in concert with the rider support for supporting the rider, and an actuating device may be used for actuating the carrier and the rider support to move relative to the base in an elliptical and reciprocating action.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2010
    Inventors: Jin Chen Chuang, Lung Fei Chuang
  • Patent number: 7824273
    Abstract: A child motion device has a frame assembly configured to rest on a floor surface. A support arm assembly is coupled to and cantilevered from part of the frame assembly above the floor surface. A child supporting device is supported by the support arm assembly. A bounce mechanism of the device is employed to reciprocally bounce the child supporting device above the floor surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2010
    Assignee: Graco Children's Products Inc.
    Inventors: Joshua E. Clapper, William B. Bellows, Matthew J. Ransil, James E. Godiska, David Saint, Nate Saint, legal representative
  • Patent number: 7670230
    Abstract: A balance training apparatus includes a base and a driving device is connected to the base so as to drive a seat portion in different axes. The driving device has a power source, a swing portion, an active portion driven by the power source and a passive portion which is driven by the active portion. The active portion has a first axle which is driven by the power source of the driving device and cooperated with two eccentric wheels. The passive portion has a second axle which includes a straight section and two crank portions are connected to two ends of the straight section. The two distal ends of the two crank portions are rotatably engaged with the first and second blocks on the base. The active and passive portions drive the seat portion to simulate a horse-riding motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2010
    Inventor: Pet Chent Hsu
  • Patent number: 7448953
    Abstract: The invention provides a structure of a horse riding machine and directs to a mechanism composed of a swinging device and a guiding device. The mechanism can produce the back-and-forth motion, the swinging motion, and the left-and-right and up-and-down motions and thus the 8-shaped motion. Thus, the effect of actually riding a horse can be obtained such that the horse riding machine having the effect of overall exercising the buttock, the waist and the leg and the body-shaping effect can be obtained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2008
    Inventor: Chiu-Ku Chen
  • Publication number: 20080200269
    Abstract: A riding device includes one or more cranks rotatably attached to a base, and a rider support supported on a carrier and movable relative to the base for supporting a rider, the carrier has a front portion pivotally coupled to the base with a link and an arm and a rear portion coupled to the cranks for moving cyclically relative to the base and for allowing the carrier to be moved in an elliptical and reciprocating action relative to the base by the crank device, and the rider support is supported on the carrier and moved in concert with the rider support for supporting the rider, and an actuating device may be used for actuating the carrier and the rider support to move relative to the base in an elliptical and reciprocating action.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 22, 2008
    Publication date: August 21, 2008
    Inventors: Jin Chen Chuang, Lung Fei Chuang
  • Publication number: 20080200265
    Abstract: A riding device includes one or more cranks rotatably attached to a base, and a rider support supported on a carrier and movable relative to the base for supporting a rider, the carrier has a front portion for swinging relative to the base and a rear portion pivotally coupled to the cranks for moving cyclically relative to the base and for allowing the carrier to be moved in an elliptical and reciprocating action relative to the base by the crank device, and the rider support is supported on the carrier and moved in concert with the rider support for supporting the rider, and the carrier and the rider support may be moved relative to the base in an elliptical and reciprocating action by the rider.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 22, 2008
    Publication date: August 21, 2008
    Inventors: Jin Chen Chuang, Lung Fei Chuang
  • Publication number: 20080200268
    Abstract: A riding device includes one or more cranks rotatably attached to a base, and a rider support supported on a carrier and movable relative to the base for supporting a rider, the carrier has a front portion for swinging relative to the base and a rear portion pivotally coupled to the cranks indirectly with a pendulum for moving cyclically relative to the base and for allowing the carrier to be moved in an elliptical and reciprocating action relative to the base by the crank device, and the rider support is supported on the carrier and moved in concert with the rider support for supporting the rider, and the carrier and the rider support may be moved relative to the base in an elliptical and reciprocating action by the rider.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 22, 2008
    Publication date: August 21, 2008
    Inventors: Jin Chen Chuang, Lung Fei Chuang
  • Publication number: 20080200271
    Abstract: A riding device includes a crank device rotatably attached to a base, and a rider support supported on a carrier and movable relative to the base for supporting a rider, the carrier has a front portion pivotally coupled to the base and a rear portion coupled to the cranks for moving cyclically relative to the base and for allowing the carrier to be moved in an elliptical and reciprocating action relative to the base by the crank device, and a motor or motorized rotating device for rotating the crank device relative to the base in the cyclic and reciprocating action to actuate the carrier and the rider support to move relative to the base in an elliptical and reciprocating action.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 22, 2008
    Publication date: August 21, 2008
    Inventors: Jin Chen Chuang, Lung Fei Chuang
  • Publication number: 20080200266
    Abstract: A riding device includes one or more cranks rotatably attached to a base, and a rider support supported on a carrier and movable relative to the base for supporting a rider, the carrier has a front portion for swinging relative to the base and a rear portion pivotally coupled to the cranks for moving cyclically relative to the base and for allowing the carrier to be moved in an elliptical and reciprocating action relative to the base by the crank device, and the rider support is supported on the carrier and moved in concert with the rider support for supporting the rider, and an actuating device may be used for actuating the carrier and the rider support to move relative to the base in an elliptical and reciprocating action.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 22, 2008
    Publication date: August 21, 2008
    Inventors: Jin Chen Chuang, Lung Fei Chuang
  • Publication number: 20080171606
    Abstract: A riding device includes one or more cranks rotatably attached to a base, and a rider support supported on a carrier and movable relative to the base for supporting a rider, and a moving device for moving the carrier and the rider support relative to the base in an elliptical and reciprocating action, the rider support may be moved in different moving strokes relative to the base and may be adjusted up and down relative to the carrier. The base includes one or more rotatable cranks and the carrier includes a curved member slidably and movably engaged with the crank for allowing the curved member of the carrier to be forced to move in the elliptical and reciprocating action by the crank.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 17, 2007
    Publication date: July 17, 2008
    Inventors: Jin Chen Chuang, Lung Fei Chuang
  • Patent number: 6964614
    Abstract: A riding device includes an intermediate base pivotally assembled on a bottom base and having the opposite ends respectively provided with a front and a rear vertical spindle. The front spindle has each end fixed with a crank, and the rear spindle has each end movably connected with a swing arm. The cranks and the swing arms have their upper ends respectively connected with four feet of a seat plate. A transmission unit fixed on the intermediate base includes a motor for driving a first, a second and a third gear to rotate. The third gear is secured on the front spindle. A pull rod has its upper end connected with the second gear by a universal bearing and its lower end connected with the bottom base. When the motor started, the seat plate can be actuated by interaction to swing back and forth, up and down and left and right.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2005
    Assignee: Tonic Fitness Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Shih-Chang Tsai
  • Patent number: 6517443
    Abstract: A wheelchair accessible amusement ride having a solid non-moving base to which a body that rocks back and forth on the base is mounted. The interior of the body is supplied with a seat that may move between a first position for use with able bodied children who may sit in the seat and operate the controls of the ride and a second forward stowed position allowing the interior compartment to give access to a wheelchair and wheelchair bound individual. The seat is mounted to a series of rails allowing the seat to easily be moved and locked between the two positions. The device is further equipped with a rear gate that may be dropped and used as a ramp to load a wheelchair and wheelchair bound individual into the device prior to closing the gate and containing the wheelchair and handicapped individual for the ride, thus allowing wheelchair bound children the same chance to have experience with these rides as able bodies children and adults.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2003
    Assignee: Access Kiddie Rides, Inc.
    Inventor: Larry A. Villella
  • Patent number: 6402626
    Abstract: A rodeo rider training apparatus is formed by a retractable wheel horizontal base frame supporting a spin wheel, a motor spin wheel driving apparatus and a spin shaft supporting a bucking apparatus in turn supporting a rider support for simulating a bucking action of a horse or bull while the spin wheel rotates the bucking apparatus in a selected direction. A divided circular pad horizontally surrounds the vertical axis of the bucking apparatus and rider support and spins therewith within a central portion of a surrounding air mattress providing padding, with the circular pad, for receiving a rider falling from the rider support thus allowing the falling rider to spin with the device until he can exit the spin pad to the air mattress, out of the way of the bucking apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2002
    Inventor: William A. Beaty
  • Patent number: 5180338
    Abstract: A riding toy mechanism which provides both lateral and vertical reciprocating motion in which the amplitude of the vertical reciporcating motion is not determined by the amplitude of the lateral reciprocating motion. The mechanism includes a slide member (20) slidably mounted on the mechanism, a pivot member (24) pivotably mounted on the mechanism, and dual reciprocating means (28) for imparting harmonic lateral reciprocating motion to slide member (20) and independent vertical pivoting motion to pivot member (24). Dual reciprocating means (28) may include a cam (30) mounted to pivot member (24), a drive gear (31) for rotating the cam (30), and a connecting rod (32) pivotably and eccentrically attached at one end to one of the cam (30) and the drive gear (31) and at the other end and to mooring means (17). The mechanism includes cam follower means (40) upon which cam (30) rests.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 1992
    Date of Patent: January 19, 1993
    Inventor: Albert A. Pinto