(19)
(11)EP 3 108 946 B1

(12)EUROPEAN PATENT SPECIFICATION

(45)Mention of the grant of the patent:
03.07.2019 Bulletin 2019/27

(21)Application number: 15730037.7

(22)Date of filing:  17.04.2015
(51)International Patent Classification (IPC): 
A63H 1/02(2006.01)
(86)International application number:
PCT/JP2015/061798
(87)International publication number:
WO 2016/157545 (06.10.2016 Gazette  2016/40)

(54)

ROTATIONAL SPEED DETECTION DEVICE FOR TOP

DREHZAHLDETEKTOR FÜR SPITZE

DISPOSITIF DE DÉTECTION DE VITESSE DE ROTATION POUR UNE PARTIE SUPÉRIEURE


(84)Designated Contracting States:
AL AT BE BG CH CY CZ DE DK EE ES FI FR GB GR HR HU IE IS IT LI LT LU LV MC MK MT NL NO PL PT RO RS SE SI SK SM TR

(30)Priority: 31.03.2015 JP 2015072884

(43)Date of publication of application:
28.12.2016 Bulletin 2016/52

(73)Proprietor: Tomy Company, Ltd.
Katsushika-ku Tokyo 124-8511 (JP)

(72)Inventors:
  • MURAKI, Makoto
    Tokyo 124-8511 (JP)
  • MAEDA Takeaki
    Tokyo 125-0041 (JP)

(74)Representative: Bates, Philip Ian 
Reddie & Grose LLP The White Chapel Building 10 Whitechapel High Street
London E1 8QS
London E1 8QS (GB)


(56)References cited: : 
EP-A2- 0 659 456
JP-B2- 3 400 433
JP-B2- 3 612 508
JP-A- 2002 219 269
JP-B2- 3 532 900
US-A1- 2004 198 152
  
  • YASUSHI MATOBA ET AL.: 'An Entertainment System That Enhances the Experience of Playing with Tops' TRANSACTIONS OF INFORMATION PROCESSING SOCIETY OF JAPAN vol. 53, no. 3, 15 March 2012, pages 1110 - 1118, XP058005553
  
Note: Within nine months from the publication of the mention of the grant of the European patent, any person may give notice to the European Patent Office of opposition to the European patent granted. Notice of opposition shall be filed in a written reasoned statement. It shall not be deemed to have been filed until the opposition fee has been paid. (Art. 99(1) European Patent Convention).


Description

TECHNICAL FIELD



[0001] The present invention relates to a rotation-rate detector for a spinning top.

BACKGROUND ART



[0002] Spinning top toys include electronic spinning-top game devices that can determine win and loss on the basis of data on the spinning tops, such as the number of rotations (for example, refer to Patent Document 1).

[0003] The electronic spinning-top game device according to Patent Document 1 includes a body including a fly wheel, which can be spun by an external spinning tool, and detects the rotation of the fly wheel. A controller detects the number of rotations of the fly wheel on the basis of the result detected by the rotation detector, and determines the energy of the electronic spinning top from the determined number of rotations.

PRIOR ART DOCUMENT


PATENT DOCUMENT



[0004] Patent Document 1: Japanese Patent Application Laid-Open No. 2002-219269

SUMMARY OF INVENTION


PROBLEM TO BE SOLVED BY THE INVENTION



[0005] The electronic spinning-top game device according to Patent Document 1 may erroneously calculate the number of rotations of the fly wheel rotationally driven by the spinning tool if the spinning top is not attached to the device.

[0006] An object of the present invention is to provide a rotation-rate detector for a spinning top with minimum erroneous detections.

MEANS FOR SOLVING THE PROBLEM



[0007] The first means is a rotation-rate detector in combination with a launcher according to claim 1, that detects a rotation rate of a spinning top and is fixed to or detachably attached to the launcher, the launcher applying a rotational force to the spinning top attached to the launcher to launch the spinning top, the rotation-rate detector comprising:

a detachment detector that detects detachment and attachment of the spinning top,

wherein the rotation rate of the spinning top is detected after the detachment detector detects attachment of the spinning top.



[0008] The second means is the rotation-rate detector of a spinning top according to the first means, further comprising:

a counter that counts a number of rotations of the spinning top from beginning of rotation of the spinning top to detection of detachment of the spinning top by the detachment detector;

a clock that measures a time from the beginning of rotation of the spinning top to the detection of detachment of the spinning top by the detachment detector; and

a rate calculator that calculates the rotation rate of the spinning top based on the number of rotations counted by the counter and the time measured by the clock.



[0009] The third means is the rotation-rate detector of a spinning top according to the first or the second means,
wherein the launcher comprises a rod aligned with a rotational center of the spinning top attached to the launcher and movable in a direction along an axis and urges the rod with a predetermined urging force in one direction along the axis,
wherein the detachment detector comprises a detection switch that detects movement of the rod in an other direction along the axis against the urging force, and
wherein one end of the rod is urged by the upper surface of the spinning top attached to the launcher such that the rod moves in the other direction and turns on the detection switch.

[0010] The fourth means is the rotation-rate detector of a spinning top according to the first or the second means,
wherein the launcher comprises:

a rod aligned with a rotational center of the spinning top attached to the launcher and movable along an axis; and

a spring that urges the rod with a predetermined urging force in one direction along the axis,

wherein the detachment detector comprises a detection switch that detects movement of the rod in an other direction along the axis against the urging force, and
wherein one end of the rod is urged by the upper surface of the spinning top attached to the launcher such that the rod moves in the other direction and turns on the detection switch.

[0011] The fifth means is the rotation-rate detector of a spinning top according to the first means,
wherein the launcher and the rotation-rate detector are separate pieces, and
wherein the rotation-rate detector is detachable from the launcher and comprises the detachment detector.

[0012] The sixth means is the rotation-rate detector of a spinning top according to the fifth means, being configured as an information logger.

EFFECTS OF INVENTION



[0013] According to the first means, the detachment detector prevents calculation of the rotation rate when the spinning top is not attached to the launcher. Thus, erroneous detection of the rotation rate can be prevented.

[0014] According to the second means, the time is measured from the start of the spinning of the spinning top to the detachment of the spinning top to calculate the rotation rate more precisely.

[0015] According to the third and fourth means, one end of the rod is urged by the upper surface of the attached spinning top and moves to operate the detection switch to certainly detect the attachment of the spinning top.

[0016] According to the fifth means, the launcher and the rotation-rate detector are provided separately. Thus, the rotation-rate detector can be attached to another launcher.

[0017] According to the sixth means, the rotation-rate detector is configured as an information logger to facilitate the control of rotation rate.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF DRAWINGS



[0018] 

Fig. 1 is a perspective view of an information logger attached to a launcher according to the present invention.

Fig. 2 is a schematic cross-sectional view of the launcher.

Fig. 3 is an external view of the information logger and the launcher in a separated state.

Fig. 4 is a schematic block diagram illustrating the information logger in Fig. 1.

Fig. 5 illustrates example rotation information stored in the storage unit illustrated in Fig. 2.

Fig. 6 illustrates a logging process of rotation information carried out by a process controller illustrated in Fig. 2.


DESCRIPTION OF EMBODIMENTS



[0019] Embodiments of a rotation-rate detector of a spinning top according to the present invention will now be described with reference to the accompanying drawings.

[0020] Fig. 1 is an external view of an information logger 100, which is configured as a rotation-rate detector according to an embodiment, attached to a launcher (shooter) 200. Fig. 2 is a schematic cross-sectional view of the launcher.

CONFIGURATION OF LAUNCHER 200



[0021] The launcher 200 will now be described.

[0022] Pulling of a string 202 of the launcher 200 spins a spinning-top holder 203, and thereby applies a rotational force to a spinning top 300, which is coupled with the spinning-top holder 203.

[0023] With reference to Fig. 2, the launcher 200 includes shafts 204 and 205 disposed in parallel. The shaft 204 is a fixed shaft and supports a drum 206 around which the string 202 is wound. One end of the string 202 is fixed to the drum 206, and the other end of the string 202 is connected to a handle 207. A spiral spring 209a is wound around the shaft 204. One end of the spiral spring 209a is fixed to the shaft 204, and the other end is fixed to a spiral-spring case 209. The handle 207 is pulled against the urging force of the spiral spring 209a to spin the drum 206. The shaft 204 supports a toothed wheel 211. The toothed wheel 211 rotates together with the drum 206 as the handle 207 is pulled.

[0024] The shaft 205 is a rotary shaft and supports a toothed wheel 212. The toothed wheel 212 engages with the toothed wheel 211.

[0025] The shaft 205 is shaped as a cylinder and supports the spinning-top holder 203 at the bottom end of the shaft 205. The spinning-top holder 203 has two hooks 203a, which are fit in engagement holes 300a of the spinning top 300 to support the spinning top 300.

[0026] The pulling of the handle 207 spins the shaft 205 via the toothed wheels 211 and 212 and thereby spins the spinning-top holder 203.

[0027] The upper end of the shaft 205 supports a rotary body 230, which is described below.

[0028] The shaft 205 slidably accommodates a rod 210, which serves as an ejector of the spinning top 300. The rod 210 is unfixed and is pulled downward by a gravitational force. The rod 210 has a flange 210a. This prevents the rod 210 from falling out. The rod 210 extends downward through a hole 203c provided in the center of the spinning-top holder 203.

[0029] The rod 210 may be urged downward by a spring wound around the rod 210.

[0030] The hooks 203a of the spinning-top holder 203 of the launcher 200 having such a configuration is coupled with the spinning top 300. The handle 207 is pulled against the urging force of the spiral spring 209a to spin the drum 206 via the string 202, thereby spinning the toothed wheel 211. The spinning of the toothed wheel 211 is transmitted to the toothed wheel 212 to spin the shaft 205. This spins the spinning-top holder 203, and thereby swiftly spins the spinning top 300. Stopping the pulling of the handle 207 in this state stops the spinning of the spinning-top holder 203. The top 300 supported by the spinning-top holder 203 continues to spin by inertia and detaches from the spinning-top holder 203 along a tilting surface 203b of the hooks 203a of the spinning-top holder 203. Releasing the hand of the user from the handle 207 (completely releasing the pulling force) returns the launcher 200 to the initial state by the urging force of the spiral spring 209a. A one-way clutch is preferably provided in the power transmitting mechanism so as to prevent the spinning of the spinning-top holder 203 while returning to the initial state.

CONFIGURATION OF INFORMATION LOGGER 100



[0031] The information logger 100 will now be described.

[0032] With reference to Fig. 3, the information logger 100 has four protrusions 100a for positioning and attachments 110 for attachment of the launcher 200. The four protrusions 100a are fit into the four depressions 200a of the launcher 200 for positioning. The attachments 110 are manually fit together with protrusions 200b of the launcher 200 to attach the information logger 100 to the launcher 200. The attachments 110 are manually detached from the launcher 200 to separate the information logger 100 and the launcher 200.

[0033] With reference to Fig. 3, the information logger 100 includes a display unit 120 on a side face. In this embodiment, the display unit 120 includes three LED (light emitting diode) lamps. The on/off patterns of the LED lamps indicate eight different levels of the rotational force (i.e., shooting force) applied to the spinning top 300, as described below. Alternatively, any other display scheme may be applied. For example, the number of LEDs and the control patterns thereof may be appropriately varied.

[0034] With reference to Fig. 3, a detachment detector 130 and a rotation-rate detecting unit 140 are disposed on the bottom surface of the information logger 100. The rotation-rate detecting unit 140 includes a counter 140a that counts the number of rotations of the spinning top 300 from the start of spinning to detachment, a clock 140b that measures the time from the start of the spinning to the detachment of the spinning top 300, and a calculator 140c that calculates the rotation rate from the counted number and the measured time. The rotation rate may be represented in any unit, for example, rpm. Alternative or in addition to the rotation rate, which is the number of rotations per time, the actual number of rotations may be counted. This applies to the descriptions below, as well.

[0035] The rod 210 urged downward is disposed on the upper surface of the launcher 200, as described above. The rod 210 is pushed upward by the spinning top 300 when the spinning top 300 is attached to the launcher 200 and protrudes from the upper surface of the launcher 200. The detachment detector 130 opposes the rod 210 when the information logger 100 is attached to the launcher 200. The detachment detector 130 detects the urging by the rod 210 protruding from the upper surface of the launcher 200 attached to the spinning top 300 so as to detect the attachment of the spinning top 300 to the launcher 200. The detachment detector 130 is, for example, a detecting switch that detects the urging of the rod 210.

[0036] With reference to Fig. 3, openings 220 are provided in the upper surface of the launcher 200. When the spinning top 300 is attached to the launcher 200, the upper surface of the rotary body 230 in the launcher 200 is visible from above through the openings 220. The rotary body 230 spins together with the spinning top 300 rotationally driven by the launcher 200. In this embodiment, the upper surface of the rotary body 230 has multiple sectoral regions, which have an identical central angle and are alternatively colored in black and white along the circumferential direction. While a rotational force is applied to the spinning top 300 by the launcher 200, the color of the upper surface of the rotary body 230 viewed from above through the openings 220 cyclically switches between black and white. The shape and the colors may be any other ones that cyclically switch between different reflectances or materials, for example.

[0037] The rotation-rate detecting unit 140 opposes the openings 220 when the information logger 100 is attached to the launcher 200. The rotation-rate detector 140 detects the rotation rate of the spinning top 300 through detection of the cycle of the color switching of the upper surface regions of the rotary body 230 viewed through the openings 220.

[0038] With reference to Fig. 4, the information logger 100 includes the attachments 110, the display unit 120, the detachment detector 130, and the rotation-rate detecting unit 140, which are described above, and further include a communication unit 150, a process controller 160, and a storage unit 170. The display unit 120, the detachment detector 130, the rotation-rate detecting unit 140, the communication unit 150, and the storage unit 170 are connected to the process controller 160.

[0039] The display unit 120 receives an instruction for a display pattern from the process controller 160. The display unit 120 appropriately turns on or off the three LED lamps in accordance with the instruction for the display pattern.

[0040] The detachment detector 130 detects the urging of the rod 210 of the launcher 200, as described above. The results detected by the detachment detector 130 are sent to the process controller 160. The results are then sent from the process controller 160 to the rotation-rate detecting unit 140, as required.

[0041] The rotation-rate detecting unit 140 detects the rotation rate of the spinning top 300 attached to the launcher 200, as described above. The results detected by the rotation-rate detecting unit 140 are sent to the process controller 160.

[0042] In this embodiment, the rotation-rate detecting unit 140 includes a light source that emits light toward the openings 220 of the attached launcher 200 and a light-intensity detector that detects the intensity of the incident light. The rotation-rate detecting unit 140 detects the cycle of the intensity variation in the incident light, which is emitted from the light source and reflected at the upper surface of the rotary body 230, so as to detect the cycle of the color variation in the regions on upper-surface the rotary body 230 irradiated with the light emitted from the light source, which leads to the detection of the rotation rate of the spinning top 300.

[0043] The communication unit 150 transmits data signals to and from an information processor 500. In this embodiment, the information processor 500 is assumed to be a smart phone that includes an earphone/microphone terminal through which data communication can be established.

[0044] The communication unit 150 includes a cable having a terminal electrically connectible to the earphone/microphone terminal. The cable is stored inside the information logger 100 when communication is not established with the information processor 500.

[0045] The communication unit 150 receives the data sent from the process controller 160 and generates a signal appropriate for communication of the transmitted data. The communication unit 150 sends the generated signal to the information processor 500. Alternatively, the communication unit 150 receives the data sent from the information processor 500 and generates a signal representing the received data and conforming to the data format for the process controller 160. The communication unit 150 sends the generated signal to the process controller 160.

[0046] The process controller 160 comprehensively controls the operation of the information logger 100 and carries out a process based on the rotation rate detected by the rotation-rate detecting unit 140. In this embodiment, the process controller 160 includes a CPU (central processing unit) and other units and carries out various processes through execution of programs stored in the storage unit 170.

[0047] The processes carried out by the process controller 160 will be described below.

[0048] The storage unit 170 includes a non-volatile storage device. The storage unit 170 stores various types of information required by the process controller 160. Such information contains programs executed by the process controller 160 and rotation information RTI.

[0049] With reference to Fig. 5, the rotation information RTI contains identification information (ID) of the user and a nickname (NK) of the user. The rotation information RTI also contains the number of shots (ST), the accumulated rotation rate

[0050] (AR), the highest rotation rate (MR1), the second highest rotation rate (MR2), the third highest rotation rate (MR3), and the average rotation rate (PAV) . The rotation information RTI also contains the average rotation rate of all users (WAV) and the highest rotation rate of all users (WMX).

[0051] The identification information of the user is assigned by a management server that manages other information loggers similar to the information logger 100 and is sent to the process controller 160 via the information processor 500. The process controller 160 registers this identification information as the identification information (ID) of the user in the storage unit 170.

[0052] The nickname of the user is input to the information processor 500 by the user. The information processor 500 sends the input nickname of the user to the information logger 100. The process controller 160 receives the nickname of the user from the information processor 500 via the communication unit 150 and registers this nickname of the user as the nickname (NK) of the user to the storage unit 170.

[0053] The process controller 160 recalculates the values of the number of shots, the accumulated rotation rate, the highest rotation rate, the second highest rotation rate, the third highest rotation rate, and the average rotation rate every time a rotational force is applied to the spinning top 300 (this operation is referred to as a shot) by the launcher 200. The process controller 160 updates the number of shots (ST), the accumulated rotation rate (AR), the highest rotation rate (MR1), the second highest rotation rate (MR2), the third highest rotation rate (MR3), and the average rotation rate (PAV) in the storage unit 170 using the recalculated values.

[0054] The average rotation rate of all users and the highest rotation rate of all users are sent from the management server to the process controller 160 via the information processor 500. The process controller 160 registers the average rotation rate of all users and the highest rotation rate of all users as the average rotation rate of all users (WAV) and the highest rotation rate of all users (WMX) in the storage unit 170.

OPERATION



[0055] The operation of the information logger 100 having a configuration such as that described above will now be described with focus on the processes carried out by the process controller 160. Current information is registered to the rotation information RTI in the storage unit 170. In an initial state, the information logger 100 is attached to the launcher 200.

[0056] With reference to fig. 6, in Step S11, the process controller 160 in the initial state determines whether the spinning top 300 is attached to the launcher 200 on the basis of the result detected by the detachment detector 130. If the determined result in Step S11 is negative (N in Step S11), Step S11 is repeated.

[0057] If the spinning top 300 is attached to the launcher 200 and thus the determined result in Step S11 is positive (Y in Step S11), the process goes to Step S12. In Step S12, the process controller 160 collects the detected result by the rotation-rate detecting unit 140 and displays the rotation rate. The process controller 160 collects the detected rotation rate sent from the rotation-rate detecting unit 140 and generates an instruction for a display pattern corresponding to the collected rotation rate. The process controller 160 sends the generated instruction for the display pattern to the display unit 120. As a result, the display unit 120 appropriately turns on or off the three LED lamps in accordance with the instruction for the display pattern. The user can determine the level of the rotation rate of the spinning top 300 by viewing the display unit 120.

[0058] In Step S12, the collection of the result detected by the rotation-rate detecting unit 140 and the display of the rotation rate are continuously carried out until the detachment detector 130 detects the detachment of the spinning top 300 from the launcher 200 on the basis of the result detected by the detachment detector 130. After the detachment of the spinning top 300 from the launcher 200 is detected, Step S12 ends and the process goes to Step S13.

[0059] In Step S13, the process controller 160 calculates the updated values of the number of shots, the accumulated rotation rate, the highest rotation rate, the second highest rotation rate, the third highest rotation rate, and the average rotation rate based on the rotation rate collected in Step S12 and the respective current values of the number of shots (ST), the accumulated rotation rate (AR), the highest rotation rate (MR1), the second highest rotation rate (MR2), the third highest rotation rate (MR3), and the average rotation rate (PAV) in the rotation information RTI in the storage unit 170.

[0060] Specifically, the process controller 160 calculates (ST+1) as the updated number of shots. The process controller 160 calculates (AR+ (newly collected rotation rate)) as the updated accumulated rotation rate.

[0061] The process controller 160 updates the highest rotation rate, the second highest rotation rate, and the third highest rotation rate in accordance with the newly collected rotation rate. If the newly collected rotation rate is smaller than or equal to the current third highest rotation rate (MR3), the highest rotation rate, the second highest rotation rate, and the third highest rotation rate are not updated.

[0062] The process controller 160 divides the updated accumulated rotation rate with the updated number of shots to obtain the updated average rotation rate.

[0063] After the number of shots, the accumulated rotation rate, the highest rotation rate, the second highest rotation rate, the third highest rotation rate, and the average rotation rate are recalculated as described above, the number of shots (ST), the accumulated rotation rate (AR), the highest rotation rate (MR1), the second highest rotation rate (MR2), the third highest rotation rate (MR3), and the average rotation rate (PAV) in the rotation information RTI in the storage unit 170 are updated with the respective recalculated values in Step S14.

[0064] After the updating in Step S14, the process returns to Step S11. Steps S11 to S14 are then repeated.

[0065] The rotation information RTI updated as described above is sent to the information processor 500 in response to a reading request from the information processor 500. The reading request is issued when a user inputs an instruction for reading to the information processor 500.

[0066] Upon reception of the rotation information RTI from the information logger 100, the information processor 500 displays the received content on the display unit of the information processor 500. In this way, the user can determine the current rotation information RTI.

[0067] Upon reception of a request input by a user for transmission of the rotation information to a management server, the information processor 500 sends the identification information (ID) of the user, the nickname (NK) of the user, the number of shots (ST), the accumulated rotation rate (AR), the highest rotation rate (MR1), the second highest rotation rate (MR2), the third highest rotation rate (MR3), and the average rotation rate (PAV) received from the information logger 100 to the management server. The nickname (NK) of the user, the number of shots (ST), the accumulated rotation rate (AR), the highest rotation rate (MR1), the second highest rotation rate (MR2), the third highest rotation rate (MR3), and the average rotation rate (PAV) are linked to the identification information (ID) of the user and registered to the management server.

[0068] The management server updates the average rotation rate of all users and the highest rotation rate of all users in response to a new registration or an update of the registered content. The management server sends the updated average rotation rate of all users and the updated highest rotation rate of all users to the information logger 100 via the information processor 500. This updates the average rotation rate of all users (WAV) and the highest rotation rate of all users (WMX) in the rotation information RTI in the storage unit 170.

[0069] According to the embodiment described above, the rotation-rate detecting unit 140 detects the rotation rate of the spinning top 300 while a rotational force is applied to the spinning top attached to the launcher 200 with the attachments 110. The rotation information of the spinning top 300 derived from the result detected by the rotation-rate detecting unit 140 is stored in the storage unit 170. The rotation information RTI stored in the storage unit 170 is sent from the communication unit 150 as required.

[0070] According to this embodiment, the rotation information on the spinning top 300 acquired through the operation of the launcher 200 is recorded while the user actually senses the spinning of the spinning top 300 resulting from the operation of the launcher 200, and the recorded information can be retrieved as necessary.

[0071] According to this embodiment, the detachment detector 130 detects that the spinning top 300 is attached to the launcher 200. Thus, the detection by the rotation-rate detecting unit 140 can be started after the spinning top 300 is attached to the launcher 200 so as to effectively prevent erroneous detection by the rotation-rate detecting unit 140.

[0072] According to this embodiment, the identification information (ID) of the user is stored in the storage unit 170 and is also included in the information sent from the communication unit 150. Thus, the rotation information is linked to the individual user and stored in the storage unit 170. Even if the launcher 200 is replaced with another one, the rotation information can be linked to the individual user and stored in the storage unit 170. When the rotation information is sent from the communication unit 150, the identification information (ID) of the user is sent together. Thus, even if the user uses different launchers to apply rotational forces to the spinning top, the rotation information items acquired through the application of the rotational forces can be integrated and output as information associated with the individual user.

[0073] According to this embodiment, the display unit 120 displays the level of the intensity of the shooting force derived from the rotation rate of the spinning top 300 detected by the rotation-rate detecting unit 140. Thus, every time the user uses the launcher 200 to apply a rotational force to the spinning top 300, the user can confirm the level of the rotational force applied to the spinning top.

MODIFICATIONS OF EMBODIMENT



[0074] The present invention should not be limited to the embodiment described above and may be modified in various ways without departing from the scope of the invention.

[0075] For example, the detachment detector may be a power switch of the information logger.

[0076] The rotation information may contain, for example, the number of shots, points assigned by the management server in accordance with the achieved rotation rate, and passwords for preventing improper update of the rotation information via unauthorized communication.

[0077] In place of or in addition to communication via an earphone according to the embodiment described above, the communication unit may establish communication via another scheme, such as an infrared communication scheme.

[0078] The communication partner via the communication unit may include another information logger so as to exchange identification information on friends.

[0079] The detachment detector should not be limited to a detection switch for detection of the movement of the rod 210 and may alternatively be a detector that optically or electromagnetically detects the detachment or attachment of the spinning top 300.

INDUSTRIAL APPLICABILITY



[0080] The present invention can be suitably applied to the manufacturing of rotation-rate detectors for spinning tops .

DESCRIPTION OF REFERENCE NUMERALS



[0081] 
100
information logger (rotation-rate detector)
130
detachment detector
140
rotational-rate detecting unit
200
launcher
210
rod
216
spring
230
rotary body
300
spinning top



Claims

1. A rotation-rate detector (100, 140) in combination with a launcher (200), whereby the rotation-rate detector (100,400) detects a rotation rate of a spinning top (300) and is fixed to or detachably attached to the launcher (200), the launcher (200) applying, in use, a rotational force to the spinning top (300) attached to the launcher (200) to launch the spinning top (300), the rotation-rate detector (100, 140) comprising:

a detachment detector (130) that detects detachment and attachment of the spinning top (300),

wherein the rotation rate of the spinning top (300) is detected after the detachment detector (130) detects attachment of the spinning top (300).


 
2. The rotation-rate detector (100, 140) in combination with a launcher (200) according to claim 1, further comprising:

a counter that counts a number of rotations of the spinning top (300) from beginning of rotation of the spinning top (300) to detection of detachment of the spinning top (300) by the detachment detector (130);

a clock that measures a time from the beginning of rotation of the spinning top (300) to the detection of detachment of the spinning top (300) by the detachment detector (130); and

a rate calculator that calculates the rotation rate of the spinning top (300) based on the number of rotations counted by the counter and the time measured by the clock.


 
3. The rotation-rate detector (100, 140) in combination with a launcher (200) according to claim 1 or 2, wherein the launcher (200) comprises a rod (210) aligned with a rotational center of the spinning top (300) attached to the launcher (200) and movable in a direction along an axis and urges the rod (210) with a predetermined urging force in one direction along the axis,
wherein the detachment detector (130) comprises a detection switch that detects movement of the rod (210) in an other direction along the axis against the urging force, and
wherein one end of the rod (210) is urged by the upper surface of the spinning top (300) attached to the launcher (200) such that the rod (210) moves in the other direction and turns on the detection switch.
 
4. The rotation-rate detector (100, 140) in combination with a launcher (200) according to claim 1 or 2, wherein the launcher (200) comprises:

a rod (210) aligned with a rotational center of the spinning top (300) attached to the launcher (200) and movable along an axis; and

a spring (216) that urges the rod (210) with a predetermined urging force in one direction along the axis,

wherein the detachment detector (130) comprises a detection switch that detects movement of the rod (210) in an other direction along the axis against the urging force, and
wherein one end of the rod (210) is urged by the upper surface of the spinning top (300) attached to the launcher (200) such that the rod (210) moves in the other direction and turns on the detection switch.
 
5. The rotation-rate detector (100, 140) in combination with a launcher (200) according to claim 1, wherein the launcher (200) and the rotation-rate detector (100, 140) are separate pieces, and
wherein the rotation-rate detector (100, 140) is detachable from the launcher (200) and comprises the detachment detector (130).
 
6. The rotation-rate detector (100, 140) in combination with a launcher (200) according to claim 5, being configured as an information logger (100).
 


Ansprüche

1. Drehzahlsensor (100, 140) in Kombination mit einem Starter (200), bei dem der Drehzahlsensor (100, 400) eine Drehzahl eines Kreisels (300) erkennt und an dem Starter (200) befestigt oder abnehmbar angebracht ist, wobei der Starter (200) im Gebrauch eine Drehkraft auf den am Starter (200) angebrachten Kreisel (300) anwendet, um den Kreisel (300) zu starten, wobei der Drehzahlsensor (100, 140) Folgendes aufweist:

einen Abtrennungsdetektor (130), der die Abtrennung und Anbringung des Kreisels (300) erkennt,

wobei die Drehzahl des Kreisels (300) erkannt wird, nachdem der Abtrennungsdetektor (130) die Anbringung des Kreisels (300) erkannt hat.


 
2. Drehzahlsensor (100, 140) in Verbindung mit einem Starter (200) nach Anspruch 1, der ferner Folgendes aufweist:

einen Zähler, der eine Anzahl von Umdrehungen des Kreisels (300) vom Drehungsanfang des Kreisels (300) bis zur Erkennung der Abtrennung des Kreisels (300) durch den Abtrennungsdetektor (130) zählt;

einen Zeitmesser, der eine Zeit vom Drehungsanfang des Kreisels (300) bis zur Erkennung der Abtrennung des Kreisels (300) durch den Abtrennungsdetektor (130) misst; und

einen Drehzahlrechner, der die Drehzahl des Kreisels (300) auf Basis der vom Zähler gezählten Anzahl von Umdrehungen und der vom Zeitmesser gemessenen Zeit berechnet.


 
3. Drehzahlsensor (100, 140) in Kombination mit einem Starter (200) nach Anspruch 1 oder 2,
wobei der Starter (200) einen auf einen Drehpunkt des Kreisels (300) ausgerichteten Stab (210) aufweist, der an dem Starter (200) angebracht ist und in einer Richtung entlang einer Achse bewegbar ist, und den Stab (210) mit einer vorbestimmten Drängkraft in einer Richtung entlang der Achse drängt,
wobei der Abtrennungsdetektor (130) einen Erkennungsschalter aufweist, der die Bewegung des Stabs (210) in einer anderen Richtung entlang der Achse gegen die Drängkraft erkennt, und
wobei ein Ende des Stabs (210) von der oberen Oberfläche des am Starter (200) angebrachten Kreisels (300) so gedrängt wird, dass der Stab (210) sich in die andere Richtung bewegt und den Erkennungsschalter einschaltet.
 
4. Drehzahlsensor (100, 140) in Kombination mit einem Starter (200) nach Anspruch 1 oder 2,
wobei der Starter (200) Folgendes aufweist:

einen Stab (210), der auf einen Drehpunkt des am Starter (200) angebrachten Spielzeugkreises (300) ausgerichtet ist und an einer Achse entlangbewegbar ist; und

eine Feder (216), die den Stab (210) mit einer vorbestimmten Drängkraft in einer Richtung entlang der Achse drängt,

wobei der Abtrennungsdetektor (130) einen Erkennungsschalter aufweist, der eine Bewegung des Stabs (210) in einer anderen Richtung entlang der Achse gegen die Drängkraft erkennt, und
wobei ein Ende des Stabs (210) durch die obere Oberfläche des am Starter (200) angebrachten Kreisels (300) so gedrängt wird, dass der Stab (210) sich in der anderen Richtung bewegt und den Detektionsschalter einschaltet.
 
5. Drehzahlsensor (100, 140) in Kombination mit einem Starter (200) nach Anspruch 1,
wobei der Starter (200) und der Drehzahlsensor (100, 140) getrennte Stücke sind, und
wobei der Drehzahlsensor (100, 140) vom Starter (200) abtrennbar ist und den Abtrennungsdetektor (130) aufweist.
 
6. Drehzahlsensor (100, 140) in Kombination mit einem Starter (200) nach Anspruch 5, der als ein Informationssammler (100) konfiguriert ist.
 


Revendications

1. Détecteur de vitesse de rotation (100, 140) en combinaison avec un dispositif de lancement (200), en vertu de quoi le détecteur de vitesse de rotation (100, 400) détecte une vitesse de rotation d'une toupie (300) et est fixé ou attaché de manière détachable au dispositif de lancement (200), le dispositif de lancement (200) appliquant, en emploi, une force de rotation à la toupie (300) attachée au dispositif de lancement (200) pour lancer la toupie (300), le détecteur de vitesse de rotation (100, 140) comprenant :

un détecteur de détachement (130) qui détecte le détachement et l'attachement de la toupie (300),

dans lequel la vitesse de rotation de la toupie (300) est détectée après que le détecteur de détachement (130) a détecté l'attachement de la toupie (300).


 
2. Détecteur de vitesse de rotation (100, 140) en combinaison avec un dispositif de lancement (200) selon la revendication 1, comprenant en outre :

un compteur qui compte un nombre de rotations de la toupie (300) du début de la rotation de la toupie (300) jusqu'à la détection du détachement de la toupie (300) par le détecteur de détachement (130) ;

une horloge qui mesure un temps du début de la rotation de la toupie (300) jusqu'à la détection du détachement de la toupie (300) par le détecteur de détachement (130) ; et

un calculateur de vitesse qui calcule la vitesse de rotation de la toupie (300) sur la base du nombre de rotations comptées par le compteur et du temps mesuré par l'horloge.


 
3. Détecteur de vitesse de rotation (100, 140) en combinaison avec un dispositif de lancement (200) selon la revendication 1 ou 2,
dans lequel le dispositif de lancement (200) comprend une tige (210) alignée sur un centre de rotation de la toupie (300) attachée au dispositif de lancement (200) et déplaçable dans une direction le long d'un axe et incite la tige (210) avec une force d'incitation prédéterminée dans une direction le long de l'axe,
dans lequel le détecteur de détachement (130) comprend un commutateur de détection qui détecte le mouvement de la tige (210) dans une autre direction le long de l'axe contre la force d'incitation, et
dans lequel une extrémité de la tige (210) est incitée par la surface supérieure de la toupie (300) attachée au dispositif de lancement (200) de telle sorte que la tige (210) se déplace dans l'autre direction et met en fonction le commutateur de détection.
 
4. Détecteur de vitesse de rotation (100, 140) en combinaison avec un dispositif de lancement (200) selon la revendication 1 ou 2,
dans lequel le dispositif de lancement (200) comprend :

une tige (210) alignée sur un centre de rotation de la toupie (300) attachée au dispositif de lancement (200) et déplaçable le long d'un axe ; et

un ressort (216) qui incite la tige (210) avec une force d'incitation prédéterminée dans une direction le long de l'axe,

dans lequel le détecteur de détachement (130) comprend un commutateur de détection qui détecte un mouvement de la tige (210) dans une autre direction le long de l'axe contre la force d'incitation, et
dans lequel une extrémité de la tige (210) est incitée par la surface supérieure de la toupie (300) attachée au dispositif de lancement (200) de telle sorte que la tige (210) se déplace dans l'autre direction et met en fonction le commutateur de détection.
 
5. Détecteur de vitesse de rotation (100, 140) en combinaison avec un dispositif de lancement (200) selon la revendication 1,
dans lequel le dispositif de lancement (200) et le détecteur de vitesse de rotation (100, 140) sont des pièces séparées, et
dans lequel le détecteur de vitesse de rotation (100, 140) est détachable du dispositif de lancement (200) et comprend le détecteur de détachement (130).
 
6. Détecteur de vitesse de rotation (100, 140) en combinaison avec un dispositif de lancement (200) selon la revendication 5, étant configuré comme un consignateur d'informations (100).
 




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