Universal issuing patent for new ride???

Monday, September 17, 2001 6:55 PM
Today at school, our librarian told us the URL for the United States Patent & Trademark Office, where all the patents for new inventions go so no one can steal the idea from you. So I decided to search for, non other than, roller coasters, and quite a few things came up including, B&M's inverted car design and the t-bar restraints for the B&M hypers, and Setpoint's "4-D" style seating ride. But one that came up that surprised me the most was one patent issued by Universal back on April 6, 1999. It was quite strange, as said in the patent "The vehicles are totally enclosed and preferably designed to represent a
space capsule." Here are some links to some of the drawings that were issued with the patent.
http://patimg2.uspto.gov/.piw?docid=US006220171&PageNum=2&IDKey=7F21C6CAA6E5&HomeUrl=http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO2%2526Sect2=HITOFF%2526p=1%2526u=/netahtml/search-bool.html%2526r=7%2526f=G%2526l=50%2526co1=AND%2526d=ft00%2526s1='Roller%252BCoasters'%2526OS=%252522Roller%252BCoasters%252522%2526RS=%252522Roller%252BCoasters%252522
http://patimg2.uspto.gov/.piw?docid=US006220171&PageNum=9&IDKey=7F21C6CAA6E5&HomeUrl=http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO2%2526Sect2=HITOFF%2526p=1%2526u=/netahtml/search-bool.html%2526r=7%2526f=G%2526l=50%2526co1=AND%2526d=ft00%2526s1='Roller%252BCoasters'%2526OS=%252522Roller%252BCoasters%252522%2526RS=%252522Roller%252BCoasters%252522
It surely doesnt look like anything I have ever seen before it would be a real kick *** experience if they were to build something like this at IOA. It sounds very technological enough and theming capabilities could be endless. Whatever they had imagined here, I hope it becomes a reality sometime in the futue.

*** This post was edited by beastnum1 on 9/17/2001. ***

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Monday, September 17, 2001 7:15 PM
this looks to be something new
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Monday, September 17, 2001 7:21 PM
My guess is a new flying coaster.  I've heard all kinda rumors on this site that Universal/IoA would get the first B&M flying coaster stateside. 

 

Let's hope.

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Monday, September 17, 2001 7:22 PM
yeah but the question is when, 2002, 2003, 2005.
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Montu, God Of Coasters

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Monday, September 17, 2001 7:44 PM

Homey G. said:
My guess is a new flying coaster.  I've heard all kinda rumors on this site that Universal/IoA would get the first B&M flying coaster stateside. 

Not to be rude, but guess again.  Check out the patent drawings, they show the track, cars, and even layout!  (There are also detailed descriptions.)  The only thing that it doesn't show is theming and show elements, and that will be most likely what makes this ride great, like their other creations.  (After all, Universal created Spiderman!)

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Tuesday, September 18, 2001 5:21 AM
beastnum1, that link isn't working for me, as your search has expired so the direct link to the images doesn't work anymore. Could you please post the patent number?

Thanks!

--Dave Althoff, Jr.

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Tuesday, September 18, 2001 8:37 AM
06220171       That is the patent code. 
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Tuesday, September 18, 2001 12:43 PM
I remember a while back an Apollo13 ride was planned for where MIB is now.  This could be that ride.
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*** This post was edited by IOArules on 9/18/2001. ***

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Tuesday, September 18, 2001 1:10 PM
but if you guys check the patent date when issued it was in 1999. thats 2 years ago. if they havent still used the idea yet, that is if they do, it must be one hell of a ride concept.
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Tuesday, September 18, 2001 1:14 PM
Dang, I'm not able to load the pics.  :-(
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Tuesday, September 18, 2001 1:20 PM
For those having trouble:

- Click on one of beastnum1's links.
- You should get a Search Time Limit Has Expired message.
- On the left side, click on Full Text.
- On the new page, click on the blue button labeled "Images".
- Use the arrow buttons on the left to scroll through the pics.  Very interesting indeed.
 

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Tuesday, September 18, 2001 1:41 PM
Yes do what the last post said and you will see all of the images.

I also agree this may have been the apollo 13 patent it talks about space theming several times and if it was issued in 1999 this may have been where the rumors had started but if they put the patent in in 99 then it could be a couple of years until you see it.

But it could have beeen a failed concept for MIB as well.

If you could imagine this the cars or vehicles to me look like the head of one of the 2 legged walkers in star wars AT-ST I believe. And from that enclosed vehicle sits four passengers wich are allowed to pivit and yaw. while riding on the track programmed I assume. It also talks about the track being enclosed in a building and audio and video elements inside the ride and inside the building as well as inversions on the track.

This would be one complicated ride it is basically Spiderman minus the 3-d effect on a rollercoaster track. Who knows they could include 3-d as well.

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Tuesday, September 18, 2001 2:56 PM

CoasterSaurus said:
yeah but the question is when, 2002, 2003, 2005.

Not 2002.  My guess is 2004, as two years is how long it took for another park to build a dive machine, so that seems to be how long Alton Towers blocks things for.

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Tuesday, September 18, 2001 6:31 PM
i can't access em either...it's just blank.
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Tuesday, September 18, 2001 6:47 PM
Its definitly going to US in California, because, if I remeber right, they're getting rid of that show by Backdraft.
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Tuesday, September 18, 2001 6:58 PM
Can I be a blonde for a moment and ask what is meant by the term 'yaw?'
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Tuesday, September 18, 2001 7:02 PM

Ride Em, Cowboy said:
Can I be a blonde for a moment and ask what is meant by the term 'yaw?'

No physics professor here, but yaw I believe has something to do with the pitch, or tilt of something.

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Tuesday, September 18, 2001 7:30 PM

Ride Em, Cowboy said:
Can I be a blonde for a moment and ask what is meant by the term 'yaw?'

Yaw is one of the 6 degrees of Freedom. The 6DOF are 2 directions each of Pitch, Roll and Yaw.
I always try to explain them using your head as a reference.
Look at your toes, now look at the sky (or ceiling). That is Pitch.
Tilt your head side to side so that the room looks on its side. That is Roll.
Look Left, Look Right. That is Yaw. Another way to look at it is spinning on an office chair in circles, that is changing your yaw.
Hope all this helps...
Stew

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Wednesday, September 19, 2001 5:27 AM
Am I the only one who thinks that:

* If it is a dark ride, it's unnecessarily complicated.

* If it is a roller coaster, the designer is a little unclear on the concept and just doesn't "get it"...something about using enclosed cars on a roller coaster that seems a little silly.....

--Dave Althoff, Jr.

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