Electrical Patents (Class 473/199)
  • Publication number: 20130274026
    Abstract: A golf training device may include a base having a top surface and an opposing bottom surface for placing on a surface; a ball positioning sensor positioned adjacent to the top surface; and a light source for transmitting visible light from the base, the light source being in operable communication with the ball positioning sensor to respond to a signal from the ball positioning sensor that a ball has been moved from a resting position to transmit light for a finite predetermined period of time after the ball is moved from the resting position. A method of training may include receiving a ball on a training device in a resting position; detecting the presence of the ball on the top surface; detecting that the ball has been moved; transmitting light from a light source for a predetermined period of time in response to detecting that the ball has been moved.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 7, 2013
    Publication date: October 17, 2013
    Inventor: Joseph A. Kamnikar
  • Patent number: 8535169
    Abstract: A golf ball includes an inner layer, an outer layer, and a cavity therebetween. A fluid, such as a viscous damping fluid, is placed in the cavity. When the ball is struck, the inner and outer layers rotate independently of one another. Indicia are provided on the inner and outer layers. An examination of the relative position of the indicia before the ball is struck and after the ball is struck can yield data that indicate the shear force of the stroke.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventor: Arthur Molinari
  • Publication number: 20130157772
    Abstract: Alternate characterizations of golf ball striking ability is provided, as well as methods for determining the alternate characterizations and systems for carrying out such determinations. Such methods may include performing one or more golf strikes to impart trajectories to one or more golf balls. Such methods may also include measuring each of the golf strikes to determine golf club head, golf ball speed, side spin angle, and offline angle, calculating a trajectory magnitude factor and a trajectory offline factor on the basis of the measurements, and reducing the trajectory magnitude factor by the trajectory offline factor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 16, 2011
    Publication date: June 20, 2013
    Applicant: NIKE, INC.
    Inventors: Hideyuki Ishii, Nicholas A. Leech, Roland Rotheneder
  • Patent number: 8465378
    Abstract: A shaft selection assist apparatus according to this invention includes a storage means for storing recommended shaft information indicating a correspondence between measurement parameters obtained upon a test strike with a golf club to which a predetermined reference shaft is attached, and recommended shafts among shafts of a plurality of types, an acquisition means for acquiring the measurement results of the measurement parameters associated with a test strike actually made by a user with the golf club, a selection means for selecting a recommended shaft by referring to the recommended shaft information based on the measurement results acquired by the acquisition means, and an output means for outputting information indicating the recommended shaft selected by the selection means. The recommended shaft information stored in the storage means is information which specifies recommended shafts based on the relationship between the shaft rigidity distribution and the measurement parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2013
    Assignee: Bridgestone Sports Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hirotada Iwade, Fumiaki Sato
  • Publication number: 20130109485
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for providing storage at indoor golf driving ranges. In various embodiments, the disclosed systems and methods permit golfers to store their baggage in close proximity to the golfers while the golfers practice their swing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 24, 2012
    Publication date: May 2, 2013
    Inventors: Brendan O'Grady, Sam S. Han
  • Patent number: 8425350
    Abstract: Golf balls and a system for finding golf balls and methods for making golf balls and methods for using such balls. In the case of one exemplary golf ball, the ball includes a shell and a core material which is encased in the shell and a tag which is disposed within the core material and which has at least one perforation. The tag includes a diode and an antenna which are coupled together. Another exemplary golf ball includes a shell and a core material which is encased within the shell and a tag which is within the core material and which includes an electrical element which is coupled to an antenna; the tag is detectable over a range of at least 20 feet from a handheld device, and the golf ball has high durability and substantially complies with the golf ball specifications of the United States Golf Association.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2013
    Assignee: RF Corporation
    Inventors: Chris Savarese, Lauro C. Cadorniga, Forrest F. Fulton, Noel H. C. Marshall, John Glissman, Kenneth P. Gilliland, Marvin L. Vickers, Gerald Latus
  • Patent number: 8414408
    Abstract: A golf simulator allows a player to launch a golf ball towards a display surface that shows the future trajectory of the golf ball. In one embodiment, the display surface allows the golf ball to pass through it. In one embodiment, the simulator collects the golf ball after it passes through the display surface and returns it to the player.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2013
    Assignee: Full Swing Golf, Inc.
    Inventor: Daniel Antonio Nicora
  • Patent number: 8409024
    Abstract: A system that captures, analyzes and provides feedback related to golf is described. The system is designed to capture and analyze an initial trajectory of a golf ball and predict a subsequent flight of the ball. The system may be configured to provide immediate feedback that may be utilized by a player to improve their performance as well as provide entertainment value above and beyond what is normally associated with the play of a game of golf. The analysis and feedback system may be portable and may be operable for use in an area where golf is normally played, such as a golf course or an area where golf training takes place, such as a driving range. In one example, the analysis and feedback system may be integrated into a golf bag. Further, the system may be designed to be non-intrusive such that a player may use the system and receive feedback during normal activities associated with golf, such as out on a golf course.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2013
    Assignee: Pillar Vision, Inc.
    Inventors: Alan W. Marty, Thomas A. Edwards
  • Patent number: 8398504
    Abstract: A shaft selection assist apparatus according to this invention includes a storage means for storing recommended shaft information indicating a correspondence between measurement parameters obtained upon a test strike with a golf club to which a predetermined reference shaft is attached, and recommended shafts among shafts of a plurality of types, an acquisition means for acquiring the measurement results of the measurement parameters associated with a test strike actually made by a user with the golf club, a selection means for selecting a recommended shaft by referring to the recommended shaft information based on the measurement results acquired by the acquisition means, and an output means for outputting information indicating the recommended shaft selected by the selection means. The measurement parameters include the vertical launch angle of a struck ball and the back spin amount on the struck ball.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2013
    Assignee: Bridgestone Sports Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hirotada Iwade, Fumiaki Sato
  • Patent number: 8331097
    Abstract: A cloth material with separate conductive areas includes at least one first layer comprising at least one first conductive area; and at least one extension part, which includes at least one accessory and at least one connecting part connected to the accessory, wherein the extension part comprises at least one second conductive area, which corresponds in location to the first conductive area on the first layer, wherein the first conductive area and the second conductive area are inductively coupled, a condition of inductive coupling is adapted to be changed by an outside force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Inventors: Chang-Ming Yang, Tzulin Yang, Chingwen Yang, Hao Yang
  • Patent number: 8328653
    Abstract: A system and method for detecting object location and movement utilizes a first viewing area (40) observed by a first camera (42) cooperating with a light (43) and a second camera (44) cooperating with a light (45). A third camera (46) can be added to observe a second viewing area (47) encompassing the first viewing area (40). The first camera (42) acquires images at time spaced points (51) and (53) along a first trajectory line (55). The second camera (44) acquires images at time spaced points (52) and (54) along a second trajectory line (56). This information is combined to generate the 3-D trajectory line (50) of the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: Playdata, LLC
    Inventor: Timothy J. Lock
  • Publication number: 20120309553
    Abstract: Monitoring of a golf ball and apparatus for doing so is described using differential time locating. Launch parameters of a golf ball can be characterized independent of any specific positional measurement on the basis of a ball signal that is transmitted from the ball. These parameters include initial spin, initial velocity, and initial trajectory. Ground proximity detection is described as well as a landing position and rollout position detection technique and associated apparatus. Calibration techniques are described for various kinds of range receivers that subsequently receive the ball signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 18, 2012
    Publication date: December 6, 2012
    Inventors: Larry J. Koudele, Guy R. Wagner
  • Publication number: 20120270671
    Abstract: A plurality of layers and elements are incorporated into a golf ball to display values for various swing characteristics on a display layer of a ball. A calculator is incorporated to calculate a value of at least one swing characteristic. A weighted light source is incorporated to display the value on a display layer. The display layer is a substantially opaque layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 19, 2011
    Publication date: October 25, 2012
    Applicant: NIKE, Inc.,
    Inventors: Chin-Shun Ko, Chen-Tai Liu
  • Publication number: 20120264532
    Abstract: A method, system and golf ball of the present invention determine the side spin and/or back spin of a golf ball in order to facilitate the evaluation of a putt. In one embodiment, a system includes a golf ball and an offboard display device. The golf ball includes a golf ball body, a motion sensor disposed within the golf ball body and configured to measure acceleration of the golf ball along each of three mutually perpendicular axis, and a transmitter disposed within the golf ball body configured to transmit data representative of spin of the golf ball. The display device includes a receiver and a display, and the receiver is configured to receive data representative of the spin of the golf ball from the transmitter and the display is configured to provide a representation of a measure of the spin of the golf ball.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 4, 2012
    Publication date: October 18, 2012
    Applicant: CALLAWAY GOLF COMPANY
    Inventor: DAVID B. RANKIN
  • Patent number: 8257189
    Abstract: Monitoring of a golf ball and apparatus for doing so is described using differential time locating. Launch parameters of a golf ball can be characterized independent of any specific positional measurement on the basis of a ball signal that is transmitted from the ball. These parameters include initial spin, initial velocity, and initial trajectory. Ground proximity detection is described as well as a landing position and rollout position detection technique and associated apparatus. Calibration techniques are described for various kinds of range receivers that subsequently receive the ball signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2012
    Assignee: GeoGolf, LLC
    Inventors: Larry J. Koudele, Guy R. Wagner
  • Publication number: 20120214606
    Abstract: A method for measuring behavior of a head of a golf club and of a ball includes obtaining two-dimensional data of three or more marks on a face surface at two points in time before impact; identifying three-dimensional positions of the marks on the two points in time from the two-dimensional data; identifying behavior of the face surface of the three-dimensional position of each mark at the two points in time; identifying time of a contact of the face surface with the ball; estimating behavior of the head at the time of contact of the face surface with the ball; obtaining two-dimensional data of the ball at the two points in time; identifying three-dimensional position and posture of the ball at the two points in time; and estimating a behavior value of the ball from the three-dimensional position and posture of the ball.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 17, 2012
    Publication date: August 23, 2012
    Inventor: Masahiko UEDA
  • Publication number: 20120202610
    Abstract: A golf equipment fitting system that uses advanced technology to not only objectively identify the optimum equipment for the golfer, but to also identify and help correct swing flaws so that the golfer can achieve optimum performance on the golf course. Thus, in one embodiment, golf fitting includes collecting data related to the golfer's swing and determining if the golfer's swing technique should be modified based at least in part on the collected swing data. When it is determined that the golfer's swing technique should be modified, then providing swing instruction to the golfer. When, however, it is determined that the golfer's swing technique is fine, then collecting data related to how the golfer's swing launches a golf ball. Finally, golf equipment, e.g., golf clubs, can be specified based on the collected swing data and launch data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 18, 2012
    Publication date: August 9, 2012
    Applicant: MAX OUT GOLF LABS, LLC
    Inventors: Mitchell Clark Voges, Daniel Patrick Hollister
  • Publication number: 20120190469
    Abstract: A measurement apparatus includes a first Doppler sensor which outputs a first transmission signal and receives a first Doppler signal, that is the first transmission signal returned after being reflected by an impacting object, a timing detection unit that detects an impact timing which is a moment when an impacted object is impacted by the impacting object, an impacting object speed computing unit that computes a speed of the impacting object based on the first Doppler signals obtained from the detected impact timing to a timing before a predetermined period, and an imaging unit that images the impacted object immediately after the impact so as to be used for computing a motion state of the impacted object, based on the computed speed of the impacting object.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 26, 2012
    Publication date: July 26, 2012
    Applicants: FLOVEL CO., LTD., BRIDGESTONE SPORTS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Masayoshi Arakawa, Tetsuya Nakamura, Takanori Shibui, Tatsuya Ishikawa, Masataka Kai, Naoyuki Miyagawa
  • Publication number: 20120142443
    Abstract: Methods, apparatuses, machine readable non-transitory storage media, and systems which process measured light values in order to determine the status of a golf club relative to a golf club bag are described. In one embodiment, a system uses a floating threshold, which is between a running bright average and a running dark average, to determine whether to add a current light meter value to one or the other of these running averages. In another embodiment, a system resets or re-seeds the running averages so that re-seeded averages are used after exiting from a sleep state such as a dark sleep state. In another embodiment, a system uses light sensor information or other sensor information to determine when a club is in use. Other embodiments are also described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 28, 2011
    Publication date: June 7, 2012
    Inventors: Chris Savarese, Noel H. C. Marshall, Susan McGill, Kenneth P. Gilliland, Marvin L. Vickers
  • Patent number: 8192295
    Abstract: A method, system and golf ball determine the side spin and/or back spin of a golf ball to facilitate the evaluation of a putt. In one embodiment, a system includes a golf ball and an offboard display device. The golf ball includes a golf ball body, a motion sensor disposed within the golf ball body and configured to measure acceleration of the golf ball along each of three mutually perpendicular axis, and a transmitter within the golf ball body transmits data representative of spin of the golf ball. The display device includes a receiver and a display, and the receiver receives data representative of the spin of the golf ball from the transmitter and the display is configured to provide a representation of a measure of the spin of the golf ball.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2012
    Assignee: Callaway Golf Company
    Inventor: David B. Rankin
  • Publication number: 20120115623
    Abstract: The invention relates to a locating device for locating an object. The invention also relates to a system of a locating device and of an object, a golf accessory and a golf ball. The locating device comprises a first directional receiver so as to receive the emitted signal. The first directional receiver is directed with a first main axis in a first direction. The reception unit is also provided with a second directional receiver with a second main axis, and also with a third directional receiver with a third main axis. The second and the third main axis are positioned transversely with respect to the first main axis. The locating device is configured for processing the signals received by the at least three directional receivers so as to obtain a location property of the object.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 27, 2010
    Publication date: May 10, 2012
    Applicant: SATWORLD HOLDING B.V.
    Inventor: John van Driel
  • Patent number: 8172680
    Abstract: An information processing system includes an input section that inputs movement information of an object on which a user performed an operation in an operation environment, and an output section that holds another object in a remote site remote from the operation environment and reproduces a movement of the object on which the user performed the operation on the basis of the movement information received from the input section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2012
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Tomohiro Yasuoka, Tetsujiro Kondo, Ryuhei Sakanoue
  • Publication number: 20120077608
    Abstract: A method, system and golf ball are provided to determine the deceleration of a golf ball and, in turn, the speed of a green. The system may include a golf ball and an offboard display device. The golf ball may include a golf ball body, a motion sensor disposed within the golf ball body to measure acceleration of the golf ball along each of three mutually perpendicular axes, and a transmitter disposed within the golf ball body to transmit data representative of deceleration. The display device may include a receiver to receive data representative of the deceleration of the golf ball from transmitter and a display to provide a representation of the deceleration of the golf ball. At least one of the golf ball and the display device may include a processor to determine deceleration of the golf ball based upon the acceleration measured by the motion sensor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 30, 2011
    Publication date: March 29, 2012
    Applicant: CALLAWAY GOLF COMPANY
    Inventor: DAVID B. RANKIN
  • Patent number: 8085188
    Abstract: A method of determining a deviation of a path of a projectile from a predetermined path. The method uses an image of a target area in which the desired path or direction is pointed out. Subsequently, the real direction or path is determined and the deviation determined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2011
    Assignee: Trackman A/S
    Inventor: Fredrik Tuxen
  • Patent number: 8083604
    Abstract: A stroboscope is utilized as an input device of a golf game system (10), for example. The golf game system includes a game machine (12) as an information processing apparatus and a golf-club-shaped input device (14), and within a housing of the game machine, an imaging unit (28) is housed, and the imaging unit is provided with an image sensor (40) and an infrared-LED. By utilizing the infrared-LED, an infrared ray is intermittently emitted to a predetermined range of an upper portion of the imaging unit. Accordingly, the image sensor intermittently images a reflective body provided in the golf-club-shaped input device moving within the range. Such the stroboscope image processing of the reflective body enables calculation of a velocity, and so on as an input of the game machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2011
    Assignee: SSD Company Limited
    Inventors: Hiromu Ueshima, Katsuya Nakagawa
  • Patent number: 8070618
    Abstract: A golf putting practice device/simulator and ball return with no moving parts, and method for a golfer to practice putting a golf ball in which the device is located in close proximity to the golfer and the intended target can be of any normal putting distance allowing one to practice golf putts indoors of greater length than indoor spaces normally allow. The device accomplishes this by detecting the speed and the position of the golf ball as it approaches the device. The device is programmed and configured in such a way to accurately approximate the distance and to display the direction the golf ball would have traveled had the path of the ball not be interrupted by device. The practice device can be configured to account for a coefficient of resistance commonly know as the Stimp of the green in its calculations. The device receives and returns the ball to the user then evaluates the putt data. The results are then displayed on the digital display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2011
    Inventors: Harry E. Nicodem, Fred Knecht
  • Patent number: 8047050
    Abstract: A performance test apparatus includes a control unit, an image taking device, and a base having a table and a frame mounted to the table. The image taking device includes at least one image taker and at least one parallel light source. The at least one image taker is movably mounted to the frame and electrically connected to the control unit. The at least one parallel light source faces the table and is electrically connected to the control unit. The least one parallel light source includes a plurality of spot light sources. The control unit controls on/off of the at least one parallel light source, so that the at least one parallel light source flickers at a high frequency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2011
    Assignee: National Pingtung University of Science and Technology
    Inventors: Yi-Hong Lin, Yei-Zhe Huang, Bo-Zhou Liao
  • Publication number: 20110230985
    Abstract: Systems and methods are described for providing coaching, training, or equipment specification information to individual golfers based on data generated during their individual golf swings. Additionally, data hubs are described that provide information and services to individuals based on data collected for a community of multiple golfers. Such community data hub systems and methods may provide one or more of the following: (a) storage of scoring data, swing data, ball flight data, and/or equipment data for multiple golfers; (b) at least some level of individual access to the stored data for the community; and/or (c) electronic interaction between golfers within the community.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 5, 2011
    Publication date: September 22, 2011
    Applicant: NIKE, INC.
    Inventors: James A. Niegowski, Mario A. Lafortune
  • Publication number: 20110230273
    Abstract: Systems and methods are described for providing coaching, training, or equipment specification information to individual golfers based on data generated during their individual golf swings. Additionally, data hubs are described that provide information and services to individuals based on data collected for a community of multiple golfers. Such community data hub systems and methods may provide one or more of the following: (a) storage of scoring data, swing data, ball flight data, and/or equipment data for multiple golfers; (b) at least some level of individual access to the stored data for the community; and/or (c) electronic interaction between golfers within the community.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 5, 2011
    Publication date: September 22, 2011
    Applicant: NIKE, INC.
    Inventors: James A. Niegowski, Mario A. Lafortune
  • Publication number: 20110224007
    Abstract: A golf ball with a piezoelectric material portion allows golf ball data to be obtained when a golfer hits the golf ball with a golf club. An output from the piezoelectric material generated in response to the impact force of the golf club hitting the golf ball is measured. Based on the measured output, golf ball data can be obtained. The obtained golf ball data may be used by golf club fitting systems, golf ball fitting systems, and golfer profile databases.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2010
    Publication date: September 15, 2011
    Applicant: NIKE, INC.
    Inventor: Arthur Molinari
  • Patent number: 8016688
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for measuring ball launch conditions is disclosed. Specifically, the accuracy of the calculations used to determine the kinematic characteristics may be increased. A background image of a field of view, without a golf ball present, may be acquired. Two or more images of a golf ball in motion are then be acquired based on positive or negative imaging. The background image is subtracted from each of the two or more images of the golf ball. After subtracting the background image, the two or more images of the golf ball are analyzed to determine the location of the circular perimeter of the golf ball. Based on the location of the circular perimeter of the golf ball, the location of the center of the golf ball may be calculated. Knowing the location of the center of the golf ball increases the accuracy of measurements of kinematic characteristics such as sidespin, backspin, velocity, and launch angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2011
    Assignee: Acushnet Company
    Inventor: William Gobush
  • Publication number: 20110159977
    Abstract: A system for measuring roll quality of a putting green includes a golf ball remotely communicating with a data processing unit composed of a computer software interface. The golf ball includes a golf ball outer surface with an interior cavity formed therein. An electronic system is positioned within the interior cavity. The electronic system is composed of an accelerometer, a microprocessor, a communications system and a battery. The electronic system allows a user to initiate a roll or putt of the golf ball on any surface and record data relating to roll quality thereby creating a roll data file.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 30, 2010
    Publication date: June 30, 2011
    Inventor: David T. Pelz
  • Publication number: 20110124429
    Abstract: An ultrasonic trigger for a golf equipment performance monitor is described. In a preferred embodiment, the ultrasonic trigger comprises at least one emitter and receiver. The emitters periodically generate sound waves at an ultrasonic frequency. The sound waves are targeted towards an object or objects within a target area. The sound waves are reflected by the objects within the target area, and are detected by at least one receiver. The receiver may be connected to a computational device to determine the position and/or velocity of the objects within the field of view.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2011
    Publication date: May 26, 2011
    Applicant: ACUSHNET COMPANY
    Inventor: Laurent C. Bissonnette
  • Publication number: 20110077094
    Abstract: A handheld display device is provided with a screen, a user interface, and electronics for enabling wireless communications. The handheld device is adapted for wirelessly receiving GPS tracking data from a satellite tracking system, wirelessly receiving transmitted RF data from electronically equipped sports objects, and/or wirelessly transmitting RF data to a computer controlled network. The system is also capable of on-board analysis of obtained data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2010
    Publication date: March 31, 2011
    Inventors: Richard ERARIO, John ERARIO
  • Patent number: 7887427
    Abstract: Apparatus and a method for computing and outputting a putting backstroke instruction for a planned putt of a golf ball during recreational play. A computing means includes means for initializing or customizing according to a specific golfer putting on a specific golf green, the golfer putting at least one initializing putt a pre-selected distance on a level area of a green. During recreational play thereafter, in the preferred embodiment of the invention, the golfer, for each segment of a planned putt enters the applicable grade and length. The computing means outputs to the golfer an instruction for the length of the backstroke recommended, i.e., required for the planned putt. Another embodiment of the invention requires the inputting of the length of the planned putt but excludes the inputting of the grade of the green.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2011
    Inventors: Gary E. Schmidt, Philip A. Schmidt
  • Patent number: 7878916
    Abstract: An ultrasonic trigger for a golf equipment performance monitor is described. In a preferred embodiment, the ultrasonic trigger comprises at least one emitter and receiver. The emitters periodically generate sound waves at an ultrasonic frequency. The sound waves are targeted towards an object or objects within a target area. The sound waves are reflected by the objects within the target area, and are detected by at least one receiver. The receiver may be connected to a computational device to determine the position and/or velocity of the objects within the field of view.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2011
    Assignee: Acushnet Company
    Inventor: Laurent C. Bissonnette
  • Publication number: 20100317448
    Abstract: The present invention provides a simulated golf putting device to improve a golfer's putting skill, comprising means to execute a simulated putt and to determine if the putt would be on target, and if not in which direction the simulated putt would miss the target. The device provides near-instantaneous signals to the user whether a simulated putt is good or a miss. The device is compact and self-contained, and can be readied for use in virtually any location in seconds.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 20, 2009
    Publication date: December 16, 2010
    Applicant: Poulsbo Golf LLC
    Inventor: Schalk J. Leonard
  • Patent number: 7850552
    Abstract: A disclosed device provides a trajectory detection and feedback system. The system is capable of detecting one or more moving volleyballs in free flight, analyzing a trajectory of each volleyball and providing feedback information to a human that has launched the volleyball into flight, and/or one or more observers in the area. The feedback information may include one or more trajectory parameters that the human may use to evaluate their skill at sending the volleyball along a desired trajectory. In a particular embodiment, a non-intrusive machine vision system that remotely detects trajectories of moving volleyballs may be used to evaluate trajectory parameters for a volleyball hit towards a virtual target area by a player.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2010
    Assignee: Pillar Vision, Inc.
    Inventors: Alan W. Marty, Ridge McGhee, Thomas A. Edwards
  • Publication number: 20100311512
    Abstract: A simulator system includes a user tracking device for detecting a position of a user and generating a sensor signal representing the position of the user, a processor for receiving the sensor signal, analyzing the sensor signal, and generating an image signal in response to the analysis of the sensor signal, wherein the analyzing of the sensor signal includes determining a position of a virtual camera corresponding to the position of the user, the virtual camera being directed toward a reference look-at-point; and a image generating device for receiving the image signal and generating an image in response to the image signal, wherein the image is modified in response to the position and an orientation of the virtual camera relative to the reference look-at-point.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 12, 2010
    Publication date: December 9, 2010
    Inventors: Timothy James Lock, Wallace Maass, Kristy Smith, Derek Smith, Mark Michniewicz
  • Publication number: 20100304876
    Abstract: A golf diagnosis apparatus, comprising a first acquisition device adapted for acquiring first information indicative of a performance, particularly a stroke, of a golf player, the first acquisition device being directed along a first direction, a second acquisition device adapted for acquiring second information indicative of the performance, particularly the stroke, of the golf player, the second acquisition device being directed along a second direction which differs from the first direction, and a data evaluation unit adapted for evaluating the first information and the second information to determine golf diagnosis related data, wherein the first direction is parallel to and the second direction is perpendicular to a motion vector of a golf ball hit by the golf player.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 22, 2008
    Publication date: December 2, 2010
    Applicant: RANGETAINMENT TECHNOLOGIES GMBH
    Inventors: Kristian Hohla, Roland Toennies, Martin Hohla
  • Patent number: 7744480
    Abstract: This application relates to a single camera monitoring system useful for determining parameters relating to a striking instrument as it approaches an object. The monitoring system may be used to determine the swing characteristics of a golf club as it approaches and impacts with a golf ball. The accuracy of the single camera system may be comparable to the accuracy of more complex, multi-camera systems. The application also relates to methods for calibrating a single camera system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2010
    Assignee: Acushnet Company
    Inventor: William Gobush
  • Publication number: 20100151955
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for integrating a transmitter into an object, such as a golf ball, that becomes active upon the motion of the object. This transmitter sends a signal to a receiver that is configured to determine the location of the object. The receiver is the able to determine the location of the object and outputs the location to a display.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 17, 2008
    Publication date: June 17, 2010
    Applicant: Enfora, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert William Holden
  • Publication number: 20100151956
    Abstract: Embodiments of methods, apparatus, and systems to custom fit golf clubs are generally described herein. Other embodiments may be described and claimed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 26, 2010
    Publication date: June 17, 2010
    Inventors: Gregory J. Swartz, Paul D. Wood
  • Publication number: 20100048313
    Abstract: A method of an apparatus for measuring or determining the movement characteristics of an object uses the detection of changes in beams. A set of beams F1-B1, F2-B2, F3-B3 is disposed in the movement path of the object; at relative angles to each other; and at acute angles to the intended direction of the object. The number of changes in the beams or durations between changes in the beams are recorded. The relative times, durations or differences in relative times, at which different beams of the set are changed are measured. The resulting measurements are associated with the relevant movement characteristics of the object.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 6, 2005
    Publication date: February 25, 2010
    Inventor: Brian Francis Mooney
  • Patent number: 7662047
    Abstract: A stroboscope is utilized as an input device of a golf game system (10), for example. The golf game system includes a game machine (12) as an information processing apparatus and a golf-club-shaped input device (14), and within a housing of the game machine, an imaging unit (28) is housed, and the imaging unit is provided with an image sensor (40) and an infrared-LED. By utilizing the infrared-LED, an infrared ray is intermittently emitted to a predetermined range of an upper portion of the imaging unit. Accordingly, the image sensor intermittently images a reflective body provided in the golf-club-shaped input device moving within the range. Such the stroboscope image processing of the reflective body enables calculation of a velocity, and so on as an input of the game machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2010
    Assignee: SSD Company Limited
    Inventors: Hiromu Ueshima, Katsuya Nakagawa
  • Publication number: 20100032904
    Abstract: An information processing system includes an input section that inputs movement information of an object on which a user performed an operation in an operation environment, and an output section that holds another object in a remote site remote from the operation environment and reproduces a movement of the object on which the user performed the operation on the basis of the movement information received from the input section.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 5, 2009
    Publication date: February 11, 2010
    Applicant: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tomohiro YASUOKA, Tetsujiro Kondo, Ryuhei Sakanoue
  • Patent number: 7651403
    Abstract: A golf club selecting method includes measuring a behavior of a golf club during a golf swing performed with the golf club gripped and selecting a golf club in accordance with the golf swing. At first, a swing information for characterizing the behavior of the gold club during the golf swing performed with the golf club gripped is acquired. Then a golf club is selected in accordance with the golf swing based on the acquired swing information, wherein the acquired swing information contains a movement speed at each of a plurality of predetermined positions which are different from each other on a golf club shaft axis of the golf club, and the movement speed is a speed in an impact state immediately before a golf ball is hit with the golf club.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2010
    Assignee: The Yokohama Rubber Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masaki Yamamoto, Hiroshi Saegusa, Masahiko Miyamoto, Masayoshi Kogawa
  • Publication number: 20090305803
    Abstract: A golf shot recordal system that permits images of a golfer's shot to be recorded comprises: (a) a tee unit that comprises a tee camera, which can provide a video image of the golfer and the golf ball at the tee, and down the fairway towards the green, the tee unit being locatable adjacent to the tee; and (b) a green unit that comprises a green camera, which can provide a video image of the golf ball when it has been hit onto the green, the green unit being locatable in the golf hole on the green. The tee unit further comprises: (i) a radio frequency video receiver which can receive and decode signals corresponding to the image from the green camera; and (ii) a video encoder that can receive signals corresponding to the tee images from the tee camera and that can receive signals corresponding to the green images from the radio frequency receiver.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 8, 2009
    Publication date: December 10, 2009
    Inventor: Martin Reid
  • Publication number: 20090298605
    Abstract: A method and electronic device for analyzing golf swings associates actual ball flight data with sensed swing characteristics. The electronic device includes a location-determining component; a sensor; a display; and a computing device all housed within a portable, handheld or wearable enclosure. The computing device may associate the ball flight data with the swing characteristic data by storing the data together in memory, linking the data in memory, displaying representations of the data together, or by any other method. The computing device may also create a reference profile for a golfer based on ball flight data and sensed swing characteristics for a plurality of golf swings and may associate swing characteristics with particular golf clubs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 29, 2008
    Publication date: December 3, 2009
    Applicant: GARMIN LTD.
    Inventor: Michael R. Wiegers
  • Publication number: 20090280921
    Abstract: A method, system and golf ball are therefore provided in accordance with embodiments of the present invention in order to determine the spin of a golf ball, such as the side spin and/or back spin, in order to facilitate the evaluation of a putt. In one embodiment, a system includes a golf ball and an offboard display device. The golf ball may include a golf ball body, a motion sensor disposed within the golf ball body and configured to measure acceleration of the golf ball along each of three mutually perpendicular axis, and a transmitter disposed within the golf ball body configured to transmit data representative of spin of the golf ball. In turn, the display device may include a receiver configured to receive data representative of the spin of the golf ball from transmitter and a display configured to provide a representation of a measure of the spin of the golf ball.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 12, 2009
    Publication date: November 12, 2009
    Inventor: DAVID B. RANKIN