Viper, the one of the Badnitrus guys pointed me to a B&M patent filed late last year. As best I can tell, it's somewhat of a variation on the 4th Dimension coaster. Check it out, particularly the images.
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Why can't I see the images?! And besides, it says that the inventors are from Osaka, Japan...correct me if I'm worng, but isn't B&M located in Monthey, Switzerland? ----------------- Bomb Squad Technician
It appears to be like a normal B&M Sitdown, but the seat area looks like it will be able to rotate...similar to a 4d. Can't really tell much more so far (I'm only on like the 4th pic)...maybe the floor will drop down also - so there isn't a clearance issue.
Also - B&M may have inventors from other areas, one office doesn't equal all offices.
Incredible!! The design looks like it could surpasses the Arrow 4-d design, kind of looks more practical but not as radical as the Arrow design. From the images and the description, it seems that the row of seats will rotate vertically and go upside down. I wonder when will see this design ?, it is also kind of cool how B&M is getting into even more sitting styles, even if they are making just variations. (Flying and now maybe 4-D)
Kirby.... Not to be rude...but have you ever ridden Raging Bull? Pretty much looks like the Raging Bull Restraint System....I think what Jeff was showing was something new and different...your link just showed the Restraint device B&M came out with in like 99 for Raging Bull. And turns out the Patent was dated Jan, 1999 and Raging Bull opened in May 1999.
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I don't want to tie this into a tragedy but did anyone notice the date of patent that bigkirby found?
However that is in interesting design *the first patent*. From what I could decipher by reading, it will rotate freely with a dampening device. I also double checked with the images and don't see any way (other that computer controlled) that the seats could rotate in any controlled way.
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Here's a quote in the description in regards to the seats.
"...in the roller coaster in accordance with the present invention, the seats...are suspended to the car so as to rotate freely, when the compulsory external force such as a great amount of centrifugal force and gravity or the change in the acceleration during running are applied, the seats...are rotated by the external force, so that the external force can be significantly decreased. Accordingly, a perpendicular running operation such as vertical descent, vertical ascent, vertical spiral motion and the like which are deemed to be impossible in the conventional art can be smoothly performed and the seats...can be operated to run backwards by rotation and inverse operation."
To me, that sounds like a 4D but instead of the seats being "programmed" to turn they will rotated freely. ANd with that rotation, it will minimize G-loading.
Also it appears that they can do vertical ascents and descents...am I the only one who sees a vertical lift hill in our future?
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This is not a patent by B&M. If you look at the name of the inventor, it is Eiraku, Masahide, of Osaka Japan, and the assignee is Hoei Sangyo Co, Ltd of Osaka Japan. If this was a B&M patent, then the assignee would be Bolliger and Mabillard of Monthey, Switzerland.
Rideman, it is a good possiblity that it could be the AIR vehicles. but i kind of doubt it, considering AIR has been planned for quite some time, supposely seven years. The patent was filed only last year. also, the fact that the seats would rotate during the ride, would seem to negate the theory but you never know....
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