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1. EP2032220 - Method and apparatus for detecting the placement of a golf ball for a launch monitor

Office European Patent Office
Application Number 07798005
Application Date 01.06.2007
Publication Number 2032220
Publication Date 11.03.2009
Publication Kind B1
IPC
A63B 67/02
AHUMAN NECESSITIES
63SPORTS; GAMES; AMUSEMENTS
BAPPARATUS FOR PHYSICAL TRAINING, GYMNASTICS, SWIMMING, CLIMBING, OR FENCING; BALL GAMES; TRAINING EQUIPMENT
67Sporting games or accessories therefor, not provided for in groups A63B1/-A63B65/119
02Special golf games, e.g. miniature golf
CPC
A63B 24/0003
AHUMAN NECESSITIES
63SPORTS; GAMES; AMUSEMENTS
BAPPARATUS FOR PHYSICAL TRAINING, GYMNASTICS, SWIMMING, CLIMBING, OR FENCING; BALL GAMES; TRAINING EQUIPMENT
24Electric or electronic controls for exercising apparatus of preceding groups; ; Controlling or monitoring of exercises, sportive games, training or athletic performances
0003Analysing the course of a movement or motion sequences during an exercise or trainings sequence, e.g. swing for golf or tennis
A63B 24/0021
AHUMAN NECESSITIES
63SPORTS; GAMES; AMUSEMENTS
BAPPARATUS FOR PHYSICAL TRAINING, GYMNASTICS, SWIMMING, CLIMBING, OR FENCING; BALL GAMES; TRAINING EQUIPMENT
24Electric or electronic controls for exercising apparatus of preceding groups; ; Controlling or monitoring of exercises, sportive games, training or athletic performances
0021Tracking a path or terminating locations
A63B 69/3658
AHUMAN NECESSITIES
63SPORTS; GAMES; AMUSEMENTS
BAPPARATUS FOR PHYSICAL TRAINING, GYMNASTICS, SWIMMING, CLIMBING, OR FENCING; BALL GAMES; TRAINING EQUIPMENT
69Training appliances or apparatus for special sports
36for golf
3658Means associated with the ball for indicating or measuring, e.g. speed, direction
A63B 2024/0031
AHUMAN NECESSITIES
63SPORTS; GAMES; AMUSEMENTS
BAPPARATUS FOR PHYSICAL TRAINING, GYMNASTICS, SWIMMING, CLIMBING, OR FENCING; BALL GAMES; TRAINING EQUIPMENT
24Electric or electronic controls for exercising apparatus of preceding groups; ; Controlling or monitoring of exercises, sportive games, training or athletic performances
0021Tracking a path or terminating locations
0028Tracking the path of an object, e.g. a ball inside a soccer pitch
0031at the starting point
A63B 2024/0034
AHUMAN NECESSITIES
63SPORTS; GAMES; AMUSEMENTS
BAPPARATUS FOR PHYSICAL TRAINING, GYMNASTICS, SWIMMING, CLIMBING, OR FENCING; BALL GAMES; TRAINING EQUIPMENT
24Electric or electronic controls for exercising apparatus of preceding groups; ; Controlling or monitoring of exercises, sportive games, training or athletic performances
0021Tracking a path or terminating locations
0028Tracking the path of an object, e.g. a ball inside a soccer pitch
0034during flight
A63B 2071/0625
AHUMAN NECESSITIES
63SPORTS; GAMES; AMUSEMENTS
BAPPARATUS FOR PHYSICAL TRAINING, GYMNASTICS, SWIMMING, CLIMBING, OR FENCING; BALL GAMES; TRAINING EQUIPMENT
71Games or sports accessories not covered in groups A63B1/00 - A63B69/00
06Indicating or scoring devices for games or players ; , or for other sports activities
0619Displays, user interfaces and indicating devices, specially adapted for sport equipment, e.g. display mounted on treadmills
0622Visual, audio or audio-visual systems for entertaining, instructing or motivating the user
0625Emitting sound, noise or music
Applicants WINTRISS ENGINEERING CORP
Inventors KIRALY CHRIS
Designated States
Priority Data 2007070209 01.06.2007 US
61084506 14.12.2006 US
61088906 14.12.2006 US
61090606 14.12.2006 US
80454006 12.06.2006 US
Title
(DE) Verfahren und Vorrichtung zur Erkennung der Position eines Golfballs für einen Abschlagmonitor
(EN) Method and apparatus for detecting the placement of a golf ball for a launch monitor
(FR) Procédé et appareil de détection du placement d'une balle de golf pour un dispositif de surveillance de lancement
Abstract
(EN)
A novel method and apparatus for detecting the placement of a golf ball for a launch monitor is disclosed. The method comprises capturing an image of a scan zone that is adjacent to the launch monitor and in the field of view of the launch monitor's image sensor, analyzing the scan zone image for the placement of an object, and determining if the object is likely the golf ball. An apparatus is also disclosed that implements the golf ball detection method.

(FR)
La présente invention concerne un procédé et un appareil novateurs pour détecter le placement d'une balle de golf pour un dispositif de surveillance de lancement. Le procédé comprend les étapes consistant à saisir une image dans une zone de lecture située à côté du dispositif de surveillance de lancement et dans le champ de vision du capteur d'image du dispositif de surveillance de lancement, à analyser l'image de la zone de lecture pour détecter un objet et à déterminer si l'objet peut être la balle de golf. La présente invention concerne également un appareil mettant en œuvre le procédé de détection de balle de golf.

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