US Patent No: 6,540,607

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Video game position and orientation detection system

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A position sensing apparatus and method includes a targeting device with a plurality of infrared transmitters or photodiode receivers attached to the targeting device and with corresponding receivers or transmitters mounted near a display monitor. The transmitters emit light signals that are received by the photodiode receivers. Receiver circuitry converts the light signals into signals representing the distance of the transmitters from the receivers. A processor then calculates the three-dimensional position and vector of the targeting device relative to the display monitor.

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Patent Owner(s)

Patent OwnerAddressTotal Patents
WARNER BROS. ENTERTAINMENT INC.BURBANK, CA164

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Inventor(s)

Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Albaugh, Michael E Saratoga, CA 2 145
Mokris, Peter W Fremont, CA 4 149
Nguyen, Minh San Jose, CA 27 542

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