ApplicationNo. 697961 filed on 09/05/1996
US Classes:273/108.2, Golf273/371, With electrically actuated or operated indicator473/152, Sensor is projectile responsive (e.g., free-flight detection means, etc.)473/159Target is surface positioned aperture
ExaminersPrimary: Grieb, William H.
Attorney, Agent or Firm
International ClassA63B 067/02
AbstractAn arcade game including an object sensor for detecting a playing piece directed by a player. A target field including at least one target receives the directed playing piece, and the sensor determines the identity and a position of the playing piece. A scoring mechanism provides a game score based on a distance between the final resting position of the playing piece and one of the targets. In a described embodiment, the playing piece is a golf ball putted by the player toward a target hole. A removal mechanism removes the playing piece from the target field so that the player may retrieve the playing piece. The sensor includes a visual sensor, such as a video camera, and a digital processor for examining recorded images of the target field to validate the playing piece, determine a final position of the playing piece, and determine the distance between the playing piece and the target. Target field images can also be examined to determine and validate the trajectory of the playing piece. The sensor and digital processor also compensate for changing lighting conditions.
Field of SearchGolf
With electrically actuated or operated indicator
Electrical sensor or electrical indicator responsive to swingable implement or projectile
Sensor is projectile responsive (e.g., free-flight detection means, etc.)
Projectile in receiver indicator
Including sensor responsive to projectile on addressing surface or in flight (e.g., tee-target time detection, etc.)
Target is surface positioned aperture
Selectively contourable (e.g., slope simulating surface, etc.)