BINGO PINBALLS

 

Patent Listing

Below is a listing of patent numbers that were posted in Bally machines. Geert in Belgium has pointed out (and provided the info for the patent search) that some of these may contain good information on theory of operation.

You can look up the patent at the US patent office website, or more usefully at http://google.com/patents/, which is where the likes below go.

The Rel number is the relevance to bingo machines. 1 is highest relevance, 5 is lowest.

Patent Rel Description
2109410 5 improvements in a ball rolling/trapping type game
2138243 1 timing mechanism
2177066 5 amusement game
2196710 4 game apparatus : recording/controlling free games
2197491 5 game apparatus : balls used to keep count of free games
2198389 5 avoiding cheating by people using drills and wires
2201446 5 ball eject hole (saucer) on playfield
2203889 3 rotary spinner switch used for randomization
2216935 1 step-up mechanism
2216957 4 game apparatus : free game and payout handling
2219898 5 pop bumper operation
2222403 5 win metering/counting using a hidden ball track
2227169 5 alternator mechanism in check dispensing (payout)
2233612 2 extra balls and release mechanism. don hooker appears!
2242971 1 switch stack assembly : keeping them from falling apart
2251009 4 mechanism to randomly select paired holes as the win objective
2253695 5 illuminated bumpers
2258329 5 using magnetism to influence ball motion
2277443 2 spring tensioning plate in switch stacks
2291749 3 score motor illuminating score lights
2318394 5 improved pop bumper
2321834 1 relay assembly
2328667 5 bumper switch for ball rolling games
2410708 3 variable stroke mechanism on stepper unit (good diagram!)
2418598 5 full stroke latch : coin slide opening shutter panel
2442158 2 a soldering lug
2442174 1 gravity operated coin switch
2501021 5 pop bumper using a coil spring to repel ball
2551656 1 reversible counter/indicator (the replay register)
2551692 5 register device with spiral number display
2551698 5 oscillating ball bumper
2601524 1 probability and proportioning switch (score extra step mechanism!)
2627945 3 indexing mechanism
2627961 3 coin control : coin lockout
2629475 1 scrambling switch (irregular cams and timing)
2642290 5 angularly adjustable ball bumper
2658755 3 shiftable ball board (Hi-Fi bump feature)
2668261 2 follower and homing switch control : stepper unit
2689281 3 self-cycling ratchet stepper switch
2698884 1 rotary switch contact assembly (search/spotting discs)
2709593 1 governor : similar to reflex unit
2710756 1 selective ball return (hold feature)
2722382 5 decade counter/tens transfer mechanism
2722422 5 pinsetting and tripping mechanism for bowling game
2727433 5 shiftable optical score projector
2751461 4 dual motion advancing and resetting relays
2777907 1 rotary switch with spiral overtravel (replay counter)
2800212 5 shock and vibration resistant switch
2800637 5 soldering lug that holds wire
2800650 5 bowling pin mechanism
2805368 4 step switch with memory contactor
2818481 1 offset switch plate
2825565 5 color selective ball game register
2853303 2 selective shutter mechanism (never used in bingos)
2853304 1 preview score control (hold feature)
2855203 1 ball gate
2862079 2 govenor switch (reflex function)
2864260 4 ratchet mechanism with inertia brake
2864619 1 ball game searching and scoring circuit (search relays)
2864620 1 ball transfer mechanism (magic pockets)
2882056 2 value control and multiplying circuit
2882057 1 selective multi-section ball shutter (hold feature)
2895340 3 stepper with built-in latch
2896047 3 gang switch
2908180 1 gear mechanism (motor gearbox)
2931656 5 velocity controlled game circuit (bowlers)
2932374 5 coin chute anti-fraud
2932517 1 changeable score control/display (magic lines)
2932705 1 convertible locking relay
2940756 5 multi-pivot bowling pin
2943512 1 switch ratchet structure (steppers)
2945624 4 counting number register (pingames)
2954979 5 selectively operable ball gate (bowlers)
2958??3 x ?
3004357 1 selective score display (magic screen)
3010055 1 solenoid plunger with localized bearing (stepper)
3034790 1 selectively changeable scores (magic squares)
3063715 5 simulated bowling pin
3063719 5 velocity score control (shuffle game)
3064098 1 electrical switch mech (high replay counter)
3064891 5 stepping switch mech (pin score reels)
3119905 5 step switch with extended contact (slot machine replays)
3120657 1 selectively shiftable contacts (horizontal magic lines)
3180645 5 linear action ball bumper
3180646 5 rocking action ball bumper
3242746 3 latch means for step-up mechanism
3273571 5 pre-selective coin counter (slot hopper)
3279574 2 coin chute guard means
3298691 5 reprojecting ball bumper (a flipper!)
3303709 3 step multiplying ratchet wheel drive
3339425 5 self-varying governor (slot clock)
3340486 2 gang trip relay
3340488 5 separable gang relay coil and stator
3371762 4 coin chute wire lockout
3372783 5 coin chute structure (pingame coin door)
3390834 3 reversible counter
3391937 5 cantilever type ball bumper (a flipper!)
3401992 4 subpanel elevating means for cabinets
3404888 5 ball gating and reprojecting
3441279 5 ball delivery and control (pin ball trough)
3452988 5 ball gate (pingame)