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1. WO1997028856 - GOLF DRIVING RANGE DISTANCING APPARATUS AND METHODS

Publication Number WO/1997/028856
Publication Date 14.08.1997
International Application No. PCT/US1997/002240
International Filing Date 12.02.1997
Chapter 2 Demand Filed 12.09.1997
IPC
A63B 69/00 2006.01
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
A63B 69/36 2006.01
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
G01S 11/12 2006.01
GPHYSICS
01MEASURING; TESTING
SRADIO DIRECTION-FINDING; RADIO NAVIGATION; DETERMINING DISTANCE OR VELOCITY BY USE OF RADIO WAVES; LOCATING OR PRESENCE-DETECTING BY USE OF THE REFLECTION OR RERADIATION OF RADIO WAVES; ANALOGOUS ARRANGEMENTS USING OTHER WAVES
11Systems for determining distance or velocity not using reflection or reradiation
12using electromagnetic waves other than radio waves
CPC
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 2024/0037
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
0037on a target surface or at impact on the ground
A63B 2220/05
AHUMAN NECESSITIES
63SPORTS; GAMES; AMUSEMENTS
BAPPARATUS FOR PHYSICAL TRAINING, GYMNASTICS, SWIMMING, CLIMBING, OR FENCING; BALL GAMES; TRAINING EQUIPMENT
2220Measuring of physical parameters relating to sporting activity
05Image processing for measuring physical parameters
A63B 2220/16
AHUMAN NECESSITIES
63SPORTS; GAMES; AMUSEMENTS
BAPPARATUS FOR PHYSICAL TRAINING, GYMNASTICS, SWIMMING, CLIMBING, OR FENCING; BALL GAMES; TRAINING EQUIPMENT
2220Measuring of physical parameters relating to sporting activity
10Positions
16Angular positions
A63B 2220/20
AHUMAN NECESSITIES
63SPORTS; GAMES; AMUSEMENTS
BAPPARATUS FOR PHYSICAL TRAINING, GYMNASTICS, SWIMMING, CLIMBING, OR FENCING; BALL GAMES; TRAINING EQUIPMENT
2220Measuring of physical parameters relating to sporting activity
20Distances or displacements
Applicants
  • GOLF AGE TECHNOLOGIES [US]/[US] (AllExceptUS)
  • VOCK, Curtis [US]/[US] (UsOnly)
  • DARCY, Dennis [US]/[US] (UsOnly)
  • BIANCO, Joseph [US]/[US] (UsOnly)
  • GREELISH, Kevin, J. [US]/[US] (UsOnly)
  • FREY, Robert, D. [US]/[US] (UsOnly)
Inventors
  • VOCK, Curtis
  • DARCY, Dennis
  • BIANCO, Joseph
  • GREELISH, Kevin, J.
  • FREY, Robert, D.
Agents
  • VOCK, Curtis, A.
Priority Data
60/011,45612.02.1996US
60/025,93911.09.1996US
Publication Language English (EN)
Filing Language English (EN)
Designated States
Title
(EN) GOLF DRIVING RANGE DISTANCING APPARATUS AND METHODS
(FR) APPAREIL ET PROCEDES DE CALCUL DE DISTANCES SUR UN TERRAIN D'ENTRAINEMENT DE GOLF
Abstract
(EN)
The invention monitors the driving range and tracks golf balls from users at the driving range and informs those users of characteristics such as driving distance. A solid state camera images the range, and preferably one or more tee-off positions, and collects frames of image data to track a ball's motion through space. Simulation routines augment that track and assist an isolating the start location as well as where the ball lands, or would have landed had it not been obstructed (e.g., by a net). Preferably, the invention also determines the ball's position in 3-D to increase the accuracy. In one technique, two or more solid state cameras are used, and synchronized, to specify stereoscopic imaging. In another technique, ball's energy or physical extent is used to determine an absolute distance between the camera and the ball. A computer at the club house monitors the entire system and further manages a network including an array of displays at the several tee-off positions. The computer thus sends information such as distance to the several users via the network.
(FR)
L'invention contrôle le terrain d'entraînement et suit les balles de golf des utilisateurs sur le terrain d'entraînement, et informe ces derniers de caractéristiques telles que la distance de drive. Une caméra à semiconducteurs donne des images du terrain d'entraînement, et de préférence d'une ou de plusieurs positions de départ, elle collecte des blocs de données d'images afin de suivre le mouvement de la balle dans l'espace. Des sous-programmes de simulation améliorent ce suivi et aident à isoler l'emplacement de départ ainsi que l'endroit où les balles atterrissent ou auraient du atterrir, à supposer qu'elles n'aient pas été arrêtées (par exemple par un filet). De préférence, l'invention détermine également la position des balles en 3-D afin d'augmenter la précision. Selon une technique, au moins deux caméras à semiconducteurs sont utilisées et synchronisées afin de spécifier une reproduction en images stéréoscopiques. Dans une autre technique, l'énergie ou la portée physique de la balle est utilisée pour déterminer une distance absolue entre la caméra et ladite balle. Un ordinateur se trouvant au club house contrôle l'ensemble du système et gère un réseau comprenant un ensemble d'affichages se trouvant au niveau des différentes positions de départ. L'ordinateur envoie ainsi des informations telles que la distance à divers utilisateurs par l'intermédiaire du réseau.
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