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Title: US5556340: Amusement ride assembly with rotating tube synchronized with an image
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Country: US United States of America

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Inventor: Bohn, William R.; Granada Hills, CA
Short, Shelly; Pasadena, CA
Garlington, Joseph O.; La Crescenta, CA

Assignee: The Walt Disney Company, Burbank, CA
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Published / Filed: 1996-09-17 / 1995-08-25

Application Number: US1995000519483

IPC Code: Advanced: A63G 29/00; A63G 31/16; G09B 9/02;
Core: A63G 31/00; more...
IPC-7: A63G 31/16;

ECLA Code: A63G29/00; A63G31/16; G09B9/02;

U.S. Class: Current: 472/059; 472/044; 472/060;
Original: 472/059; 472/060; 472/044;

Field of Search: 472/059,60,61,44,45,130,135 434/055,57,30,34

Priority Number:
1995-08-25  US1995000519483

Abstract: An amusement ride attraction, with a rotating tube and an image is disclosed that is, relatively inexpensive and compact. The viewer stands inside the rotating tube, and the forces applied to the viewer are in automatic synchronization with the projected image. This creates an illusion that the person is moving in a moving vehicle, thereby resulting in a feeling of motion and a simulated experience of participating in the activity. The cylinder is rotated in a clockwise or counterclockwise direction in synchronization with movements of the projected image showing a "rider's eye" view from a moving motorcycle, airplane, car, or the like.

Attorney, Agent or Firm: Hecker & Harriman ;

Primary / Asst. Examiners: Nguyen, Kien T.;

Maintenance Status: E3 Expired  Check current status

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Family: None

First Claim:
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What is claimed is:     1. An amusement apparatus for creating an illusion of travel in a preprogrammed environment comprising:
  • a cylindrical member;
  • actuating means operatively associated with said cylindrical member for imparting motion to said cylindrical member to cause roll;
  • means for independently limiting the extend or foll movement of said cylindrical member;
  • a tube positioned after said cylindrical member, having a circular enclosure, adapted to register with said cylindrical member and oriented with a direction of observation;
  • a screen disposed in rear of said tube;
  • an image generator to simulate the view during the ride or flight;
  • means for projecting an image from said image generator to said screen, viewable by looking at said screen and representing a view from a moving vehicle; and
  • drive means for changing position of said cylindrical member in synchronism with changes in said moving image, in a manner that generates resulting physical forces on occupants of said cylindrical member simulating at least some of the forces that would be applied to them in actual motion of a frame depicted by said image, creating the illusion of flying or riding.

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Patent  Pub.Date  Inventor Assignee   Title
Get PDF - 6pp US1097627  1914-05 Hale   AMUSEMENT APPARATUS.
Get PDF - 4pp US1833540  1931-11 Scott et al.   Amusement device
Get PDF - 5pp US1844852* 1932-02 Harvey    
Get PDF - 6pp US3542934  1970-11 Wyener et al.   SUBMARINE SIMULATOR
Get PDF - 10pp US3933326  1976-01 Schauffler   Observation/interpretation system
Get PDF - 10pp US4066256  1978-01 Trumbull  Future General Corporation Amusement ride
Get PDF - 8pp US4251140  1981-02 Fogerty, Jr.   Ride assembly for simulating travel
Get PDF - 15pp US4303236  1981-12 Czarnecki  Kinop International, Inc. Trip motion simulator
Get PDF - 8pp US4477069  1984-10 Crudgington, Jr.   Electronic amusement center
Get PDF - 7pp US4798376  1989-01 Trumbull et al.  Showscan Film Corporation Amusement ride apparatus with a plurality of individually tiltable frames
Get PDF - 15pp US4856771  1989-08 Nelson et al.  Nelson, Berg Enterprises Video simulation apparatus
Get PDF - 16pp US4879849  1989-11 Hollingsworth, III et al.  Omni Films International, Inc. Point-of-view motion simulator system
Get PDF - 5pp US5009412  1991-04 Roodenburg et al.  Itrec B.V. Eathquake simulator for a theme park
Get PDF - 13pp US5282772  1994-02 Ninomiya et al.  Mitsubishi Jukogyo Kabushiki Kaisha Simulator for shooting down the rapids
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Foreign References: None

Other Abstract Info: DERABS G96-432838 DERG96-432838

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