US 20050066950 A1
The present invention discloses a paintgun sight, which integrates an electronic camera and a liquid crystal display, and has a clamp for easily and quickly mounting the sight above the universal paintball loading inlet. The electronic camera and the liquid crystal display are disposed in front of and behind the paintball loading inlet respectively; the electronic camera captures the image of a target object and displays it on the liquid crystal display. Therefore, unlike the traditional sight, this invention provides a sight for aiming at a target without being blocked by the universal paintball loading inlet.
1. A paintgun sight, installed on a main shooting body of a paintgun for assisting a paintball player to aim at a target, comprising:
a clamp, having a hoop and a pressing member, and said hoop surrounding a paintball loading inlet of the paintgun;
an electronic camera, coupled to one side of a first member, and having an image detector and an image processing circuit for capturing a target image and converting the target image into an electronic output signal; and
a liquid crystal display, coupled to another side of said first member, and displaying the captured target image in accordance with the electronic signal outputted by said electronic camera.
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The present invention relates to an electronic sight, more particularly to a sight of a paintgun that assists paintball players to aim at the shooting target.
A paintgun is a major recreational tool for the popular “Survival Game” of paintball. The paintgun was originally used to mark and count domestic animals, and cowboys also used it to shoot at each other for fun in their leisure time. The paintball gradually becomes a game over a long period of time, and the number of participants is increased as time goes by. Up to now, this game is developed into a shooting sport. The structure of a paintgun uses the principle of an anesthesia gun, and also utilizes carbon dioxide or high pressure air as its power source. Although the paintgun has the name of a gun, its appearance and structure are totally different from those of a real gun. The structure of a paintgun can be roughly divided into a main shooting body, a butt, a barrel (guiding the projectile direction), a breech (loading the paintball and having the function same as the magazine of a riffle), and air bottle (power source), etc.
For a paintball game, the appearance of a general paintgun and the breech of the paintball are designed differently from those of a real gun. The external casing of a paintball is similar to the film of a pill capsule which wraps glycerol and eatable dye inside.
The caliber of a paintgun is approximately 0.68 inch (or 17.5 mm), and thus is generally called “Point 68”. Such caliber is commonly adopted throughout the world. Since the manufacturing technology is improved unceasingly, the population of paintball players is increased in multiples. At present, paintball becomes the third largest sport in the United States. In fact, the fun and fitness brought by the paintball game makes it so popular over the world.
A general sight used in toy guns usually includes a riffle scope and a front sight, etc, and a more advanced sight comes with a laser sight. The function of these components aims at improving the shooting accuracy, but as mentioned previously, the appearance and structure of a general paintgun are different from those of a real gun, since the way of loading paintballs is to put the paintballs into an agitator that is connected to the upper section of the main shooting body, and to drop the paintballs into the main shooting body through an agitator. Thus, the agitator becomes a standard component of most paintguns. Since such an agitator is located at the upper section of the paintgun, therefore it is unable to install a sight or a scope of a regular gun. When a player shoots, the player cannot aim with a sight to obtain a high shooting accuracy. As to the dot laser sights that intend to help players to aim at the target, it is hard to see the small light spot, particularly when the target is 50 yards away from the player, and thus is impractical for its application.
The primary objective of the present invention is to provide an electronic sight installed to a paintgun for assisting paintball players to aim at the target.
The paintgun sight in accordance with this invention basically integrates an electronic camera and a liquid crystal display (LCD), wherein the lens of the electronic camera is located in front of the agitator for capturing the image of the target, and the liquid crystal display is located behind the agitator for displaying the image of the target captured by the electronic camera. Therefore, the aiming will not be blocked by the agitator on a regular paintgun.
Another objective of this invention is to provide a universal and easy-to-install paintgun sight.
Since the sight in accordance with this invention is equipped with a clamp for easily and quickly mounting the sight above the paintball loading inlet of the paintgun. The structure of the clamp includes a hoop and a pressing member, such that the hoop can be mounted onto the paintball loading inlet, and the pressing member can press the hoop tightly onto the paintball loading inlet. Such structure provides users an easy and quick way to mount or remove the sight.
Other features and advantages of the present invention will become apparent in the following detailed description of the preferred embodiments with reference to the accompanying drawings, in which:
a clamp 30, for being quickly clamped onto the paintball loading inlet 15 of the paintgun;
an electronic camera 40, coupled to one side of the clamp 30 for capturing the image of a target and converting the image into an electronic output signal; and
a liquid crystal display, coupled to another side of the clamp 30 for outputting the electronic output signal and displaying the captured image of a target object; wherein the electronic camera is an electronic photography equipment including an image detector 42 (such as a charged couple device array, CCD array) and a corresponding image processing circuit 43, and the image processing circuit 43 converts and outputs the optical image detected by the image detector 42 into the corresponding electronic signal; and the liquid crystal display 50 is a general LCD display which is electrically coupled to the image processing circuit 43 by an electric wire and then display the captured image of the target object according to the electronic signal outputted from the electronic camera 40 for the player's visual observation and viewing.
To implement the technology of the foregoing electronic camera 40 and the liquid crystal display 50, it is very similar to the digital camera, wherein the image detector 42 can adopt a color image detector or a gray-scale image detector for capturing the image of a target object. These related technologies are well known to the persons skilled in the art and can be implemented with no problem at all.
The foregoing clamp 30 is the key component of this invention, and its main function is to install the entire sight 20 onto the paintball loading inlet 15 above the main shooting body 10 easily and quickly. The structure of the clamp 30 comprises a hoop and a pressing member, wherein the hoop is a component that can surround the periphery of the paintball loading inlet 15, and the hoop used in the embodiment of this invention comprises a first member 31 and a second member 32, and the first member 31 has a cross-sectional area substantially in the shape of an open ring (refer to