With Light-emitting, Electrical, Magnetic, Or Rotatable Inertial Means Or Having Boundary-detector Activating Means Patents (Class 473/570)
  • Patent number: 10372975
    Abstract: A method of predicting the probability of injuries in ice hockey which consists of analysing data from accelerometers and gyroscopes on the torso of a player and assessing the work load of the muscles of the player as an indicator of the probability of injury. One aspect provides a method of predicting the probability of groin injuries in ice hockey which consists of analysing data from accelerometers and gyroscopes on the torso of a player and assessing groin load as an indicator of the probability of groin injury. A second aspect provides method of managing player availability by limiting injuries which consists of analysing data from accelerometers and gyroscopes on the torso of a player and identifying and counting the number of slap shots executed as a means of assessing the player load as an indicator of probability of injury.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: CATAPULT GROUP INTERNATIONAL LTD.
    Inventors: Benjamin Peterson, Sarah Wohlman, Emma Beanland
  • Patent number: 10365176
    Abstract: A pressure test method, device, and system of using the same are described herein. One method includes an inflatable with an internally mounted pressure sensor assembly, measuring pressure values, associating the sensor to an identification reader to receive the pressure values from the pressure sensor, and notifying a user of the measured pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Inventor: Christopher Scott Larsen
  • Patent number: 10285396
    Abstract: A game tracking device for tracking a target that has been hit by a projectile is configured to attach to a projectile and includes a transmitter and a power source disposed within a transmitter housing having one or more catching members. The transmitter is operable to emit a locating signal that is capable of detection by a remote receiving device. The catching members include hooking elements or barbs configured to attach the tracking device to the target. The catching members remain in a retracted position where the hooking elements are generally concealed within the transmitter housing until deployed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Inventor: William K. Boyd
  • Patent number: 10262552
    Abstract: In a ball movement state measuring system with a ball, a sensing module, a wireless communication module, a power supply and an induction coil, the speed, rotation speed, rotation axis and trace of the ball at first movement state are calculated based on first accelerated speed and first angular velocity of the ball at first movement state and first movement result is obtained by the processor. The speed, rotation speed, rotation axis and trace of the ball at second movement state are calculated based on speed and rotation axis of the ball at first movement state, second accelerated speed and environment parameter of the ball at second movement state and second movement result is obtained by the processor. The ball is forced by gravity, applied force and air resistance at first movement state, and the ball is forced by gravity, air resistance and centripetal force at second movement state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Inventors: Ching-Lun Lin, Yu-Lin Wang, Yin-Lin Chen, Hsin-Hsi Li, Hong-Lin Chen, Pei-Yin Tsai, I-Tai Wu, Hsuan-Bin Huang
  • Patent number: 10174933
    Abstract: A positionable lighting unit for tools may have an LED light source powered by a battery with a control switch, all mounted upon a circuit board encased within a translucent and flexible casing. The control switch may then be activated though the casing without breaching the same so that a more sterile unit may be presented in those situations requiring sterility. The tool light also may have an adhesive, so it may be temporarily positioned according to a user's liking on a given tool. Emphasis is given to medical devices where a small field of vision and little room for movement may be prohibitive of desired lighting placement, but the light may be used on any suitable tool in any suitable medical or non-medical situation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Inventors: Gregory Douglas Phillips, Jr., Matthew Neil Lamont, Banjamin Harris Timmins, Quinn Tate, Jonathan LeGrand Curtis, Theodore Espiritu
  • Patent number: 10156830
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for detecting and calculating the duration of a jump effected by an individual, comprising the following steps: Detection of a moment associated with a landing following the jump, this step comprising a sub-step of detecting an acceleration peak of an amplitude greater than a first threshold amplitude, within the acceleration measurements provided by a three-axis accelerometer, on board a watch worn on the wrist of the individual. Detection of a jump phase, by detection, in a temporal window finishing at the moment of landing, of a succession of acceleration measurements between 0 g and 0.5 g during a duration greater than a first threshold duration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: The Swatch Group Research and Development Ltd
    Inventors: Christophe Germiquet, Yvan Ferri, Michel Willemin
  • Patent number: 10124606
    Abstract: This invention is about a digital printing method of cover sheet of a flexible material of required features of density, flexibility and thickness. This method includes steps of printing a cover sheet of woven or non-woven fabric, by using digital or computerized printing techniques, either direct printing or by transfer paper printing or sublimation printing technique. The printed side of the cover sheet is laminated or coated with a clear film of flexible transparent material like polyurethane, thermoplastic polyurethane, polyethylene or polyvinylchloride. This laminated or sealed printed and coated cover sheet may be fixed to different fabric, foam or of outer surface layer of an article at which printing is required. The said article may be sport's good, sport's wears, dresses, footwear, furniture covering sheets and vehicle items covers etc. The novel method of making cover sheet enables customized printing at required articles at user request with many design printing possibilities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Inventors: Nouman Idris Butt, Michiko Yoshida Mariam Siddiqa
  • Patent number: 10076685
    Abstract: This document provides a computer-implemented method that includes placing an athletic ball containing a battery on an inductive charging device; generating an electric or magnetic field, or both with the inductive charging device; receiving energy from the field or fields via a receptor located inside the athletic ball; and charging a battery inside the athletic ball using the received energy. This document also provides devices and methods for detecting events with an instrumented player-controllable game device, such as an event of a basketball or soccer ball passing through a goal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: Russell Brands, LLC
    Inventors: Kevin William King, Mathew Anthony Tyson, Mark Joseph Davisson, John Joseph Knittle
  • Patent number: 10077976
    Abstract: The illuminating projectile and projectile tail includes housing, a battery, and a light and lights up upon impact with a target.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: BRT Medical LLC
    Inventors: Ernest Wynn, Xuechao Zhang
  • Patent number: 10022071
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method includes one or more processors that collect motion and physiological sensor data of a user from one or more sensors worn by the user, the sensor data comprising one or more sensor data vectors, generate an activity signature based on the sensor data, determine whether a signature match exists between the activity signature and a known activity signature associated with an activity type from a set of known activity signatures, and if the signature match exists, recognize a known activity type, otherwise if the signature match does not exist, generate an unknown activity type based on the one or more sensor data vectors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Khaylo Inc.
    Inventors: Alok Rishi, Arjun Rishi, Alex Moran, Niranjan Vanungare
  • Patent number: 9964384
    Abstract: An electronic tracking system for obtaining geographic or other information about a targeted object from deployed ordnance. Ordnance can be delivered from any suitable weapon or weapons system, including hand-held or artillery guns, manned or unmanned aircraft, etc. The ordnance can be substantially any projectile targeted at a human, animal or other object. Once deployed, the ordnance can provide a variety of information about location, the target, the shooter, or the ordnance itself. Such information can be transmitted at any suitable interval, even time-delayed or upon a condition. Preferably, the system also contains a receiver to receive the transmitted information. Once received, the information can be then provided to users in any appropriate fashion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: Insights International Holdings, LLC
    Inventor: Evan Parker
  • Patent number: 9916001
    Abstract: An apparatus comprises a sensor to be carried by a piece of sporting equipment and a non-transitory computer-readable medium containing program logic that operates different operational modes. The program logic receives signals from the sensor, determines from the signals whether the piece of sporting equipment is in a sport action state or a mode input state, records a sport action result in response to determination that the piece of sporting equipment is in a sport action state, and switches the program logic to a different operational mode in response to determination that the piece of sporting equipment is in a mode input state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: Wilson Sporting Goods Co.
    Inventors: Robert T. Thurman, Thomas Gruger
  • Patent number: 9843704
    Abstract: An arrow includes an arrowhead, a shaft, a nock, and an internal cavity. The internal cavity includes a camera.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Inventors: James Alexander Eugene Lyren, Philip Scott Lyren
  • Patent number: 9757633
    Abstract: An exemplary hockey puck includes a gyroscope within an outer shell. An exemplary method of controlling movement of a hockey puck includes holding a gyroscope within an outer housing of a hockey puck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: 28 Engineering LLC
    Inventor: Walter Douglas Bauman
  • Patent number: 9702671
    Abstract: Devices and methods for illuminating an arrow nock or bolt end are disclosed. A lighted nock has a nock body that includes an arrow attachment portion and a proximate end having a portion adapted to receive a bowstring in a drawn position. A light source assembly is at least partially disposed within the nock body. The light source assembly includes a slide switch operably connected to a light source and a power source. The light source is activated when the bowstring is released from the drawn position, thereby causing the slide switch to move away from the proximate end and close an electrical circuit formed by the light source and the power source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: FeraDyne Outdoors, LLC
    Inventor: Stuart Minica
  • Patent number: 9694248
    Abstract: A system for measuring and displaying the pressure of conventional American-style footballs in real time to game officials and spectators continuously. In one preferred embodiment, at least one pressure transducer device is disposed inside the football. The pressure transducer is an electrical oscillator. The frequency of oscillation is a known mathematical function of the bladder pressure. At least one pressure readout device is positioned externally to the football at the outside of the cover-liner. The pressure readout device wirelessly stimulates the pressure transducer device to oscillate. The pressure readout device reads the frequency of oscillation and calculates the value of the pressure. In another preferred embodiment, the value of the football's pressure is measured by physical contact with a Durometer. Both embodiments display the pressure to game officials locally; and transmit the value of the football's pressure to spectators remotely.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Inventors: Lawrence Maxwell Monari, Lawrence Scott Monari
  • Patent number: 9682287
    Abstract: Disclosed is a self-propelled football with an internally ducted fan and electric motor. An exemplary embodiment has an oblate spheroidal body. The body has a front section, a center section, a back section, and a longitudinal axis. The ducted fan is located within the body substantially within the center section and substantially along the longitudinal axis. The electric motor is located within the body and mechanically coupled to the ducted fan. At least one electrical power source is located within the body and electrically coupled to the electric motor. At least one air-inlet is located within the front section of the body in airflow communication with the ducted fan. At least one air-outlet is located within the back section of the body in airflow communication with the ducted fan. A means for automatic activation and deactivation of the electrical motor is located within the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Inventor: Marc Gregory Martino
  • Patent number: 9662556
    Abstract: An electronic tracking and coaching system adapted for use in training for various sports is provided. The present invention includes a sports ball that contains a plurality of sensors, a wireless transceiver, a storage medium adapted to store voice commands or noises to be played upon the occurrence of a pre-determined event, and a speaker. The ball's sensors are adapted to monitor the movement of the ball, the level and direction of force applied to the ball, and other such variables relevant to playing a sport with a ball. The device further includes a monitoring apparatus that is worn by the user and tracks all of his or her movement and stores that movement data for later access. The voice commands of the ball provide coaching direction to the user and the user can upload the stored data to data visualization software to precisely monitor his or her actions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Inventor: Nicolas San Juan
  • Patent number: 9636550
    Abstract: A football sensing system including an American-style football extending along a longitudinal axis and having a maximum transverse dimension defining a transverse axis and at least one accelerometer carried by the football to sense acceleration of the football along at least a first axis. The accelerometer is sized to sense a predetermined maximum value of acceleration in the first axis. The accelerometer is positioned within the football in a first position with the first axis of the accelerometer angled with respect to the longitudinal axis of the football. The accelerometer in the first position is capable of measuring acceleration values in a direction in line with or parallel to the longitudinal axis of the football that are greater than the predetermined maximum value of acceleration in the first axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: Wilson Sporting Goods Co.
    Inventors: Robert T Thurman, Kevin L Krysiak, Daniel E. Hare, Frank Garrett, Jr., David Betzold, Mark W Fisher, David J Proeber
  • Patent number: 9417042
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an arrow with an embedded deployable RFID tag, and to the methods of using the same in order to improve tracking of an animal. In one embodiment, the tracking device has a body that attached intermediate the head and shaft of an arrow. The internal components can compress during impact with a target, allowing an embedded to become embedded within the target. The embedder can utilize an RFID or other electronically trackable device. A safety can further be provided to prevent the deployment of the embedder during target practice. A tracker can be used to track specific tags that are deployed, and in particular, tags that are lodged within an animal. In one additional embodiment, a signal is provided when the RFID tag is deployed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Assignee: Personal Data Technics, LLC
    Inventors: Steven Klaes, Nicholas A. Brannen
  • Patent number: 9384676
    Abstract: Described herein is a technology for facilitating skills-training mode in athletic sports that utilize a sporting-object. At least one implementation of that technology includes a rotational sensor configured to measure a series of angular velocities about a defined axis of a sporting object; a launch determiner configured to determine whether the sporting object is in a skills-training mode based upon one or more measured angular velocities of the series; and a trainer configured to both ascertain, during the skills-training mode, whether a consecutive sequence of measured angular velocities of the series falls within a defined range of angular velocities and generate an audible signal in response to the ascertainment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Assignee: Shooters Revolution LLC
    Inventors: Kingsley Costain, Ryan Holmes, Michael Johnson
  • Patent number: 9259634
    Abstract: Devices, systems, and methods for training players of team sports are presented. A robot athlete emulates a sports player and includes a motive system for moving about a sports field. The robot athlete also includes an anthropomorphic figure with mechanisms for rotating the torso, raising the arms, and a lifting the torso to emulate a stretch or jump. An inventive method and system for controlling the robot athlete may include resetting the body of the robot athlete to a neutral position and determining if one of a plurality of modes of operation has been selected. Exemplary modes of operation may include an automatic mode, a pursuit mode, and a remote control mode. In the automatic mode, the robot athlete may monitor an array of sensors with a control system that responds to human player movement with one or more sets of predefined motion routines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2016
    Inventor: Earl L. Bouse
  • Patent number: 9242150
    Abstract: A system for identifying ball movement and position is disclosed. The system includes a ball for use in a sport activity comprising a lace or thread on, or adjacent to, an outer surface of the ball, and a communication element such as a wire or antenna disposed within the lace or thread, the ball's communication element being adapted to communicate via a signal received from, or sent to, one or more communication elements, such as a transmitter or receiver, disposed at or near a playing area. The playing area communication elements are adapted to communicate ball position based upon the signals sent and/or received. A processor is provided which is adapted to translate or process information received by the playing area communication elements into position, trajectory and/or movement of the ball. A method of identifying ball movement, trajectory and position and a ball for use with a ball movement and position identification system are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Assignee: Just Rule, LLC
    Inventor: Gregory W. Gale
  • Patent number: 9227112
    Abstract: Implementation including an outputter (11) following a control to output a signal, a microphone (10) for acquisition of sound from inside a ball (1a), a determiner (121) working in accordance with a level of sound acquired through the microphone (10) to determine a state of the ball (1a), and a control processor (122) working in accordance with a result of determination at the determiner (121) to generate a signal to output through the outputter (11).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Assignee: Sachiko Muromura
    Inventor: Sachiko Muromura
  • Patent number: 9211446
    Abstract: A sport ball may include a casing, a bladder, and a component. The casing forms at least a portion of an exterior surface of the ball, and the bladder is located within the casing. The bladder includes a pocket that projects toward a center of the sport ball, and the pocket defines a cavity. The component, which may be an electronic device or a counterweight, is located within the pocket. In some configurations, the bladder may include a valve that is located on an opposite side of the bladder from the pocket and component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2015
    Assignee: Nike, Inc.
    Inventor: Scott R. Berggren
  • Patent number: 9194549
    Abstract: A light emitting ball structure is disclosed and comprises a body; a control circuit module, disposed inside the body; at least one sensor, for detecting the motion status of the body and transmit to the control circuit module for data processing; at least one light emitting module, attached on an outer surface of the body; a wireless charge transmitting module, disposed outside the body and actuating a charging operation of a wireless charge receiving module; a rechargeable battery, electrically connected to the control circuit module, the charging operation between the wireless charge transmitting module and the wireless charge receiving module is actuating to charge; a remote control receiving module, electrically connected to the control circuit module and disposed inside the body; and a remote control transmitting module, disposed outside the body and remote controlling the remote control receiving module to process a switch ON/OFF operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Inventor: Liang-Fa Hu
  • Patent number: 9109863
    Abstract: A projectile that includes a vibrating function is presented. The vibrating projectile, such as an arrow, is structured to penetrate flesh of an animal more easily than a standard projectile. After the arrow has reached its target, a switch turns on a vibrating mechanism that causes the arrowhead, such as a broadhead to vibrate as it is traveling into the animal. This deeper penetration causes more injury to the animal and reduces the time between arrow penetration and animal expiration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2015
    Inventor: Andrew W. York
  • Patent number: 9062947
    Abstract: An electronic game tracking device is attached an arrow to be used in hunting. When the arrow strikes a game animal, barbs on the electronic game tracking device attach that device to the game animal, which electronic game tracking device then allows a hunter to readily track and find a wounded animal with a compatible receiver. The electronic game tracking device is still easily transported and utilized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2015
    Inventor: Bhavik G. Patel
  • Publication number: 20150105191
    Abstract: A vibration damping nock for crossbow arrows includes an insert to absorb bow string slap, thereby to prevent damage to the nock during crossbow firing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 11, 2013
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Inventors: William Edward Pedersen, Christopher Michael James, Jon Arthur Syverson
  • Publication number: 20150105190
    Abstract: The visibility of an arrow after it has been fired is increased by illuminating arrow fletchings in which light injected into the nock is further injected into the fletching.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 11, 2013
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Inventor: William Edward Pedersen
  • Patent number: 9005057
    Abstract: According to one aspect, an apparatus is configured to couple to an arrow-mounted electronic device where the apparatus includes a housing, a receptacle included in the housing and at least one electrical contact configured to couple to a contact included in the arrow-mounted electronic device. According to one embodiment, the receptacle is configured to receive at least a portion of the arrow-mounted electronic device, the at least one electrical contact includes a spring-bias in a first direction and the spring bias is opposed with the arrow-mounted electronic device inserted within the receptacle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Full Flight Technology, LLC
    Inventors: Robert V. Donahoe, Jan Vcelak, Paul Chandler Sabin, Jason Evan Avis
  • Patent number: 8992353
    Abstract: An improved LED illuminated rolling game ball designed to use three AAA batteries. The ball includes a plastic, opaque spherical body with an axially aligned bore in which a multiple LED light assembly extends. The light assembly includes an outer tube, an intermediate sleeve, a multiple AAA battery holder, a multiple LED bulb holder, one switch cap and one end cap. In one embodiment, outer tube is a solid structure made of electrical conductive material includes two opposite end openings that connect to the switch and end caps that hold the outer tube in place in the bore. LED bulb holes are formed on the outer tube. The intermediate sleeve is located inside the outer tube and the battery holder is located inside the intermediate sleeve. The LED bulb holder includes a PCB with two or more LED bulbs arms that hold the LED bulbs outward through the bores formed on the outer tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Inventor: Bede Kortegast
  • Publication number: 20150072811
    Abstract: A ball game apparatus comprises a control device (14, 24, 52, 60) which defines a predetermined range of allowable movements of a ball (10, 20, 40, 70) over space and time, sensing means (12, 22, 42) for detecting the actual movements of a ball, comparison means for comparing an actual movement to the predetermined range of allowable movements, and indicating means (16, 34, 54, 62) for indicating the output of the said comparing. The sensing means (12, 22, 42) comprises a multi-axis accelerometer contained in the ball and having accelerometer, gyroscope and/or magnetometer functions. The ball may be activated by an internal magnetically-operated switch (17, 22, 47). The control device and indicating means can be incorporated in the ball itself or in a separate portable computing device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 18, 2013
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Inventors: David Victor JOLLIFFE, Steven Paul JOLLIFFE
  • Publication number: 20150072810
    Abstract: An improved LED illuminated rolling game ball designed to use three AAA batteries. The ball includes a plastic, opaque spherical body with an axially aligned bore in which a multiple LED light assembly extends. The light assembly includes an outer tube, an intermediate sleeve, a multiple AAA battery holder, a multiple LED bulb holder, one switch cap and one end cap. In one embodiment, outer tube is a solid structure made of electrical conductive material includes two opposite end openings that connect to the switch and end caps that hold the outer tube in place in the bore. LED bulb holes are formed on the outer tube. The intermediate sleeve is located inside the outer tube and the battery holder is located inside the intermediate sleeve. The LED bulb holder includes a PCB with two or more LED bulbs arms that hold the LED bulbs outward through the bores formed on the outer tube.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 10, 2013
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Inventor: Bede Kortegast
  • Publication number: 20150051028
    Abstract: A self-centering nock is provided for use in a well-balanced nock-arrow or nock-bolt assembly. The self-centering nock includes compliant projecting protrusions or compliant arms that are substantially rotationally symmetric about a cross section normal to a main axis of the self-centering nock. The compliant projecting protrusions or compliant arms may be received in bolts that have bores of differing internal dimensions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2014
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Inventor: William E. Pedersen
  • Patent number: 8951151
    Abstract: A game ball and game for play by a plurality of players with a ball to be passed for player to player that emits a sound at different intervals from slow to rapid during a single play period to indicate to the players a stage of the game is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Inventor: Theresa A. Glowinski
  • Publication number: 20150038048
    Abstract: A toy projectile launching system including at least one launchable toy projectile, including at least one RFID tag, and a toy projectile launching apparatus, including a housing, a projectile launching mechanism, a projectile receptacle, and an RFID writer adapted to write tag data to the at least one RFID tag, wherein the toy projectile is adapted to be loaded into the projectile receptacle and launched by the projectile launching mechanism.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 30, 2014
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Inventor: Benjamin Rosenberg
  • Publication number: 20150038274
    Abstract: A bouncing ball with internal lights that are electronically controlled to produce patterns of illumination.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 16, 2014
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Inventor: Joshua C. Kelly
  • Patent number: 8944944
    Abstract: The crossbow bolt or arrow nock in certain embodiments of the current invention includes a structural support piece that substantially surrounds and structurally supports the distal end of the nock, which may be made of a clear polymeric material to allow the transmission of light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Out RAGE, LLC
    Inventors: William Edward Pedersen, Richard Scott Krause, Jon Arthur Syverson
  • Patent number: 8936523
    Abstract: A training device is disclosed that has a depressable element and an indicator element that provides a perceivable indication, for example an audible alarm, to a user when an amount of force being applied to the training device along the major axis of the training device is less than a desired amount of depressing force. In some embodiments, the training device is in the shape of a prolate sphere and approximates the size and shape of a ball typically used in American football. The training device may be configured so that no perceivable indication is provided while either little to no force is being applied to the training device along its major axis or while an adequate amount of force is being applied to the training device along the major axis thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Inventors: David W. Manners, Michael F. Cerimele, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20150018140
    Abstract: An alignment tool may be used to align a nock with respect to an arrow having vanes. The alignment tool may include a body, a connection member extending from the body, and indicating surfaces that are spaced around the outer surface of the alignment tool body at a relative angular orientation that matches the angular orientation of the arrow vanes. The connection member may be attached to the nock and then both the tool and the nock may be rotated with respect to the arrow to align the nock with respect to the arrow by aligning the indicating surfaces with respect to the vanes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 8, 2013
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Applicant: Hunter's Manufacturing Company, Inc., d/b/a TenPoint Crossbow Technologies
    Inventors: Richard L. Bednar, Michael J. Shaffer, Jacob A. Hout, Dean Mook
  • Publication number: 20150018141
    Abstract: A lighted nock system includes a lighted nock assembly and a plurality of adaptors. The lighted nock assembly includes a shaft insertion portion having a shaft outer shape and shaft outer dimension. The first adaptor includes an internal opening having an internal size and internal shape configured to mate with the shaft insertion portion of the lighted nock assembly. The second adaptor includes the same internal opening size and shape as the first adaptor. The outer diameter of the second adaptor is different than the outer diameter of the first adaptor. A plurality of adaptors having different sized outer diameters, but the same internal configurations, can be provided in a single package with the lighted nock assembly. The lighted nock assembly can include a rotatable lockout collar to prevent unintended activation of the lighted nock assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 14, 2014
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Inventor: Larry R. Bay
  • Publication number: 20150011343
    Abstract: An American style football including an inflatable prolate spheroidal shaped bladder, at least one cover panel surrounding the bladder, a lacing coupled to the at least one cover panel, a flap and an electronic circuit. The flap is coupled to the outer surface of the bladder and is generally positioned to align with the lacing. The electronic circuit is positioned on or beneath the flap. The electronic circuit includes at least one sensor and the electronic circuit is configured to produce a signal to enable at least one characteristic of the football to be monitored during use.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2014
    Publication date: January 8, 2015
    Inventors: Kevin L. Krysiak, Douglas G. Guenther, Bradley L. Gaff, Mark W. Fisher
  • Patent number: 8926458
    Abstract: A football training aid for football practice with an external battery powered activation and a variable speed setting control mechanism in communication with an internal cam driven assembly configured to create a dynamic inertia and a shaking motion of the football when activated, thereby making the football more difficult to catch. Power speed settings range from slow to fast to accommodate the skill and age of the player and increase player grip strength to enhance performance during practice to simulate the movement of a football in game situations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Inventor: Cody J. Wood
  • Publication number: 20140342857
    Abstract: A game-playing set including a striking device and a ball, and games for playing therewith, are disclosed. The ball includes a hollow spherical translucent outer shell and a smaller inner object loosely disposed within the outer shell. The inner object includes a first illumination element and a first inertia switch. The striking device includes a hollow translucent tube, a second illumination device rigidly disposed within the tube, and a second inertia switch. The first inertia switch is triggered by impact of the inner object against the outer shell to cause illumination of the first illumination element and the second inertia switch is triggered by an externally-applied impact against the tube to cause illumination of the second illumination element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 19, 2014
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Inventor: Christopher Gill
  • Patent number: 8870690
    Abstract: An American style football including an inflatable bladder, at least two cover panels surrounding the bladder, a lacing coupled to the at least one cover panel, and an electronic circuit. Each of the cover panels includes an outermost layer and a lining. The electronic circuit is coupled to at least one of the cover panels. The electronic circuit includes at least one sensor. The electronic circuit is configured to produce a signal to enable the position and movement of the football to be monitored during use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Wilson Sporting Goods Co.
    Inventors: Kevin L. Krysiak, Douglas G. Guenther, Bradley L. Gaff, Mark W. Fisher
  • Patent number: 8870688
    Abstract: A bat has a core section made from wood or grass material fibers artificially fused together and an outer section for substantially surrounding the core section. The core section can be made exclusively of bamboo fibers artificially fused together. The outer section has opposite bottom and top subsections and opposite side subsections, adhered to corresponding sides of the core section. The outer section can be made of bamboo strips. The bat also has an insert or plug made of a wood material. The insert or plug is disposed in a void provided in a distal end portion of the bat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Pinnacle Sports Equipment Co. Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas M. Verrengia, Lilian Bao, Yanshen Hsu
  • Patent number: 8870689
    Abstract: An American style football including an inflatable bladder, a cover surrounding the bladder, a lacing coupled to the at least one cover panel, and an electronic circuit. The electronic circuit is coupled to the bladder. The electronic circuit includes at least one sensor and the electronic circuit being configured to produce a signal to enable the position and movement of the football to be monitored during use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Wilson Sporting Goods, Co.
    Inventors: Kevin L. Krysiak, Douglas G. Guenther, Bradley L. Gaff, Mark W. Fisher
  • Patent number: 8864609
    Abstract: Implementation including an outputter following a control to output a signal, a microphone for acquisition of sound from inside a ball, a determiner working in accordance with a level of sound acquired through the microphone to determine a state of the ball, and a control processor working in accordance with a result of determination at the determiner to generate a signal to output through the outputter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: University of Electro-Communications
    Inventors: Sachiko Kodama, Osamu Izuta, Hideki Koike
  • Publication number: 20140309064
    Abstract: An arrow construction system comprising a tip canister configured to receive an arrow tip and to attach to an arrow shaft. The tip canister contains a power source and sensitive electronics. The power circuit may be a battery, a primary storage capacitor, a coil and a rectifier, and/or a solar cell. The tip canister may be electrically connected to the nock via the shaft electrical conduction system. The electrical conductors may be integrated into the shaft. The wires may form a cable with standard connectors. The nock may contain a light. Alternatively, the fletching may comprise light emitting film or fibers. The circuits may include a flash circuit, an audio circuit, a radio beacon, a wireless transmitter, environmental sensors, a camera, a switch, and/or a GPS device. The switch may be activated by a current detected in a coil or by an accelerometer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 27, 2014
    Publication date: October 16, 2014
    Applicant: EVRIO, INC.
    Inventor: Kendyl Allen Román