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Electronic dart game set and metod of assembling the same

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WO2004078293A1
WO2004078293A1 PCT/KR2003/002321 KR0302321W WO2004078293A1 WO 2004078293 A1 WO2004078293 A1 WO 2004078293A1 KR 0302321 W KR0302321 W KR 0302321W WO 2004078293 A1 WO2004078293 A1 WO 2004078293A1
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game
dart
signal
dartboard
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Jong Boo Kim
Kwang Hur
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3Ip Co., Ltd.
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    • FMECHANICAL ENGINEERING; LIGHTING; HEATING; WEAPONS; BLASTING
    • F41WEAPONS
    • F41JTARGETS; TARGET RANGES; BULLET CATCHERS
    • F41J3/00Targets for arrows or darts, e.g. for sporting or amusement purposes
    • FMECHANICAL ENGINEERING; LIGHTING; HEATING; WEAPONS; BLASTING
    • F41WEAPONS
    • F41JTARGETS; TARGET RANGES; BULLET CATCHERS
    • F41J5/00Target indicating systems; Target-hit or score detecting systems
    • F41J5/04Electric hit-indicating systems; Detecting hits by actuation of electric contacts or switches
    • F41J5/056Switch actuation by hit-generated mechanical vibration of the target body, e.g. using shock or vibration transducers
    • FMECHANICAL ENGINEERING; LIGHTING; HEATING; WEAPONS; BLASTING
    • F41WEAPONS
    • F41JTARGETS; TARGET RANGES; BULLET CATCHERS
    • F41J9/00Moving targets, i.e. moving when fired at
    • F41J9/14Cinematographic targets, e.g. moving-picture targets

Abstract

An electronic dart game set capable of outputting information stored in a state of being matched with a region of a dartboard selected in accordance with an operation of the user, calculating a score, and displaying the calculated score on a screen, and a method for assembling the electronic dart game set. The electronic dart game set includes a storage unit stored with a plurality of region information, while being stored with output information in a state of being matched with the plurality of region information, respectively, a dartboard divided into regions respectively corresponding to the plurality of region information stored in the storage unit, a region select signal input unit adapted to output a selected one of the region information when the region corresponding to the selected region information is selected by a user, a control unit adapted to control an overall system of the electronic dart game set to control the dartboard to rotate in a predetermined direction at a request of the user, to read the output information matched with the region information outputted through the region select signal input unit, and to externally output the read output information, and a rotation control unit adapted to rotate the dartboard in the predetermined direction under a control of the control unit.

Description

ELECTRONIC DART GAME SET AND METHOD OF ASSEMBLING THE SAME

Technical Field

The present invention relates to an electronic dart game set and a method of assembling the same.

More particularly, the present invention relates to an electronic dart game set capable of outputting information stored in a state of being matched with a region of a dartboard selected in accordance with an operation of the user, calculating a score, and displaying the calculated score on a screen, and a method for assembling the electronic dart game set.

Also, the present invention relates to an electronic dart game set for automatically calculating scores generated in accordance with respective operations of users, and outputting data about the calculated scores on a display, and a method of assembling the electronic dart game set.

Background Art

Generally, a dart means a "small arrow", and a dart game is a game in which a player throws an arrow-shaped dart toward a circular target with scoring areas each having an associated number or point value to score points. Such a dart game provides an advantage in that anyone can play a dart game at any time and any place, irrespective of season, as long as arrow-shaped darts and a dartboard are available.

Conventionally, persons play a dart game by throwing arrow-shaped darts on a target, that is, a dartboard made ^of wood or cork, and scoring points corresponding to respective positions of the darts on the target, thereby determining a winner.

However, players of such a dart game may be injured by darts because those darts have an arrow shape with a sharp tip.

Furthermore, such a dart game set cannot provide great amusement because it is configured to simply score points. For this reason, players lose interest in the dart game before they repeat the dart game several times.

Disclosure of the Invention

The present invention has been made in view of the above mentioned problems involved with the background art, and an object of the invention is to provide an electronic dart game set capable of outputting information stored in a state of being matched with a region of a dartboard selected in accordance with an operation of the user, calculating a score, and displaying the calculated score on a screen, and to provide a method for assembling the electronic dart game set. Another object of the invention is to provide an electronic dart game set capable of outputting an audio signal corresponding to a region of a dartboard hit by a dart, and recording the audio signal in order to output the recorded audio signal at the point of time desired by the user, and to provide a method for assembling the electronic dart game set. Another object of the invention is to provide an electronic dart game set capable of automatically calculating scores attained by respective users, and displaying the calculated scores on a screen, and to provide a method for assembling the electronic dart game set.

Another object of the invention is to provide an electronic dart game set capable of rotating a dartboard when the user approaches the dartboard within a certain distance, while stopping the rotation of the dartboard when a dart hits the dartboard, and to provide a method for assembling the electronic dart game set.

Another object of the invention is to provide an electronic dart game set in which a dartboard thereof performs a dartboard function when electric power is supplied, while functioning as a mirror or framed picture when no electric power is supplied, and to provide a method for assembling the electronic dart game set.

Another object of the invention is to provide an electronic dart game set capable of being connected to an external display appliance in order to allow the user to view a dart game through the external display appliance, while outputting the result of the dart game, or outputting certain advertising information to the external display appliance in the process of the dart game, and to provide a method for assembling the electronic dart game set.

Another object of the invention is to provide an electronic dart game set capable of being connected to an external display appliance in order to relay the process of a dart game through the external display appliance, thereby allowing all persons present to simultaneously take part in the same dart game, while eliminating a problem involved with the case in which a dart game is carried out, using an electronic dart game set installed in a place of business, that is, a problem that it is impossible for all users in the place to play the dart game while simultaneously viewing the process of the dart game, due to the installed position of the electronic dart game set, and to provide a method for assembling the electronic dart game set.

Another object of the invention is to provide an electronic dart game set which uses a remote controller adapted to emit an electron beam in a dart game, in place of a dart, thereby being capable of preventing a danger caused by the dart, and to provide a method for assembling the electronic dart game set.

Another object of the invention is to provide an electronic dart game set which uses a dartboard provided with a start point, and a rotation switch adapted to rotate the dartboard, in order to carry out a dart game, based on the points of a region of the dartboard aligned with the start point when the rotation of the dartboard is stopped, without using the points of a region of the dartboard hit by a dart, and to provide a method for assembling the electronic dart game set.

Another object of the invention is to provide an electronic dart game set capable of not only playing a dart game, but also outputting advertising information when no dart game is carried out, and to provide a method for assembling the electronic dart game set.

In accordance with one aspect, the present invention provides an electronic dart game set comprising: a storage unit stored with a plurality of region information, while being stored with output information in a state of being matched with the plurality of region information, respectively; a dartboard divided into regions respectively corresponding to the plurality of region information stored in the storage unit; a region select signal input unit adapted to output a selected one of the region information when the region corresponding to the selected region information is selected by a user; a control unit adapted to control an overall system of the electronic dart game set to control the dartboard to rotate in a predetermined direction at a request of the user, to read the output information matched with the region information outputted through the region select signal input unit, and to externally output the read output information; and a rotation control unit adapted to rotate the dartboard in the predetermined direction under a control of the control unit.

The region select signal input unit may comprise a plurality of membrane switches arranged at a rear surface of the dartboard while being matched with respective regions of the dartboard, each of the membrane switches being switched on by a force applied thereto, and a switching recognition unit adapted to recognize a switched-on one of the membrane switches, and then to output a region recognition signal corresponding to the switched-on membrane switch.

The electronic dart game set may further comprise a lamp arranged at a rear surface of the dartboard, and a lamp driving unit adapted to supply electric power to the lamp in response to a lamp tum-on signal received from the control unit, and to cut off the supply of electric power in response to a lamp turn-off signal from the control unit, thereby turning the lamp on or off. The user signal input unit may output a lamp ON signal or a lamp OFF signal in accordance with an operation of the user. The control unit may output the lamp turn-on signal or the lamp turn-off signal in response to the lamp ON or OFF signal.

The electronic dart game set may further comprise a display unit adapted to display information about a score attained by the user in a dart game, under a control of the control unit, and an external interface unit adapted to connect the display unit to the control unit. The electronic dart game set may further comprise a sensing unit adapted to sense an approach state, in which the user approaches the dartboard within a predetermined distance, and to output an approach sensing signal when the approach state is sensed. The control unit may output, in response to the approach sensing signal from the sensing unit, a drive signal for rotation of the dartboard to the rotation control unit, while outputting a rotation stop signal to the rotation driving unit in response to the region recognition signal received from the switching recognition unit.

The region select signal input unit may be a remote controller adapted to transmit an infrared signal as a region select signal. The electronic dart game set may further comprise a receiving unit adapted to receive the infrared signal from the remote controller, and to output the received infrared signal to the control unit.

The receiving unit may be a pointing device. The region select signal inputted through the remote controller may contain position coordinate values. The control unit may recognize the position coordinate values, and control the external display appliance to display a game result marker on a game image displayed on a screen of the external display appliance.

In accordance with another aspect, the present invention provides an electronic dart game set comprising: a fixed member having the form of a casing while supporting a power supply line; a dartboard rotatably coupled to the fixed member; an electric wire member electrically extended from the power supply line; a control unit received in the dartboard, and activated by electric power supplied through the electric wire member to control an overall system of the electronic dart game set; and a driving unit adapted to generate a driving force in response to a control signal outputted from the control unit.

In accordance with another aspect, the present invention provides a method for assembling an electronic dart game set including a fixed member having a neck member, a dartboard including a case body, a top cover, a name plate, a membrane switch, a steel plate and a neck member, a driving unit having a rotating shaft, and an electronic dart game operating unit, comprising the steps of: receiving the driving unit in the fixed member such that the rotating shaft of the driving unit extends through the neck member of the fixed member, and coupling the dartboard to the fixed member such that the rotating shaft of the driving unit extends through the neck member of the dartboard while being coupled to the case body of the dartboard at one end thereof to transmit drive power therefrom to the case body; coupling the neck members such that the neck members are rotatable with respect to each other; mounting the electronic dart game operating unit to the case body of the dartboard after completion of the coupling of the neck members, and electrically connecting the electronic dart game operating unit and the driving unit by an electric wire member; and coupling the name plate to the top cover, sequentially arranging the membrane switch plate and the steel plate beneath the top cover, and coupling the arranged plates to the top cover; and coupling the top cover to the case body.

Brief Description of the Drawings The above objects, and other features and advantages of the present invention will become more apparent after reading the following detailed description when taken in conjunction with the drawings, in which:

FIG. 1 is a block diagram illustrating a configuration of an electronic dart game set according to one aspect of the present invention; FIG. 2 is a block diagram illustrating a configuration of another electronic dart game set according to another aspect of the present invention;

FIG. 3 is a block diagram illustrating a configuration of another electronic dart game set according to another aspect of the present invention;

FIGS. 4 to 7 are schematic views respectively illustrating various embodiments of the electronic dart game set according to the present invention;

FIG. 8 is a concept diagram illustrating the electronic dart game set shown in FIG. 2;

FIG. 9 is an exploded perspective view illustrating a configuration of an electronic dart game set according to another aspect of the present invention; FIG. 10 is a sectional view illustrating a part of an assembled structure of the electronic dart game set shown in FIG. 9;

FIG. 11 is a perspective view illustrating an electric wire member included in the electronic dart game set shown in FIG. 10; and FIG. 12 is a side view illustrating a developed structure of the electric wire member included in the electronic dart game set shown in FIG. 10.

Best Mode for Carrying Out the Invention

FIG. 1 is a block diagram illustrating a configuration of an electronic dart game set according to one aspect of the present invention. Referring to FIG. 1, the electronic dart game set of the present invention includes a dart 40, a dartboard 38 having a plurality of regions at a front surface thereof, and a plurality of membrane switches 12 arranged at a rear surface of the dartboard 38 while being matched with the regions, respectively. Each membrane switch 12 is switched on when the dart 40 is positioned thereon after being thrown toward the dartboard 38 by a user. The electronic dart game set also includes a switching recognition unit 14 adapted to recognize a switched-on one of the membrane switches 12, and then to output a region recognition signal corresponding to the switched-on membrane switch 12, an audio information storage unit 10 stored with a variety of audio information in a state of being matched with respective regions. The electronic dart game set further includes a control unit 20 adapted to recognize, in response to the region recognition signal inputted thereto from the switching recognition unit 14, the region of the dartboard 38, on which the dart 40 is positioned, to read the audio information stored in a state of being matched with the recognized region, from the audio information storage unit 10, and to output the read audio information through an audio signal output unit 16. The control unit 20 also serves to store an audio signal, inputted thereto from an audio signal input unit 18, in the audio signal storage unit 10, in response to an audio signal recording request signal from a user signal input unit 30, which will be described hereinafter. The control unit 20 also outputs a motor drive signal in response to a rotation request signal from the user signal input unit 30 or an approach sensing signal from a sensing unit 24, which will be described hereinafter, outputs a motor stop signal when the dart 40 is positioned on the dartboard 38, and outputs a lamp turn-on signal or a lamp turn-off signal in response to a lamp ON signal or a lamp OFF signal from the user signal input unit 30. In addition, the control unit 20 outputs a points display control signal to a display unit 22, so as to allow the display unit 22 to display points corresponding to the recognized region, on which the dart 40 is positioned. The user signal input unit 30, which is also included in the electronic dart game set, serves to output the audio signal recording request signal, dartboard rotation request signal, lamp ON signal or lamp OFF signal in accordance with an associated operation of the user. The audio signal input unit 18 is also included in the electronic dart game set. The audio signal input unit 18 is adapted to receive an audio signal from an external audio signal source. The electronic dart game set further includes a motor driving unit 26 adapted to rotate a motor 28 in response to the motor drive signal from the control unit 20, and to stop the motor 28 in response to the motor stop signal from the control unit 20, a lamp 34 arranged at the rear surface of the dartboard 36, and a lamp driving unit 32 adapted to supply electric power to the lamp 34 in response to the lamp turn-on signal from the control unit 20, and to cut off the supply of electric power in response to the lamp turn-off signal from the control unit 20, thereby turning the lamp 34 on or off. The display unit 22 is also included in the electronic dart game set. In response to the points display control signal from the control unit 20, the display unit 22 displays the points corresponding to the recognized region, on which the dart 40 is positioned. The sensing unit 24, which is also included in the electronic dart game set, senses an approach state in which the user approaches the dartboard 36 within a predetermined distance, and outputs an approach sensing signal when the approach state is sensed, so as to cause the dartboard 38 to rotate. The audio signal outputted when the dart 40 is positioned on the dartboard 38 may be a voice signal. Of course, the audio signal is not limited to such a voice signal. For example, the audio information storage unit 10 may be stored with a variety of audio information such as various sounds of animals and various sounds of musical instruments, in addition to voice signals. The display unit 22 may be arranged on the front surface of the dartboard

38 at one side of the dartboard 38 such that it is integral with the dartboard 38. When the dart 40 thrown by the user is positioned on the dartboard 38, the display unit 22 immediately displays points corresponding to the position of the dart 60, thereby informing the user of the points. Alternatively, the display unit 22 may be separate from the dartboard 38.

In this case, the display unit 22 must be electrically connected to the control unit 20 to receive the points display control signal from the control unit 20, thereby displaying points based on the received points display control signal. An external interface unit 26 is provided at one side of the dartboard 38 to electrically connect the display unit 22 to the control unit 20. The display unit 22 may be a 7-region type display, a dot-matrix type display, a liquid crystal display (LCD), a general monitor (cathode ray tube monitor), a TV receiver, a screen, or a beam projection type display.

The external interface unit 36 is a means for supporting the control unit 20 to output a control signal therefrom in a wired or wireless manner. The external interface unit 36 may be a connector, to which a jack is connectable, or an RF transmission means for transmitting a control signal from the control unit 20 after converting the control signal into an RF signal.

Now, operations of the electronic dart game set having the above described configuration will be described with reference to various embodiments thereof.

(Embodiment 1)

In accordance with a first embodiment of the electronic dart game set, when one of the membrane switches 12 is switched on as the dart 40 thrown by the user is positioned on the region of the dartboard 38 associated with the membrane switch 12, the switching recognition unit 14 recognizes the switched- on membrane switch 12, and then outputs, to the control unit 20, a region recognition signal corresponding to the switched-on membrane switch 12. Based on the region recognition signal, the control unit 20 recognizes the region of the dartboard 38, on which the dart 40 is positioned, and reads audio information stored in a state of being matched with the recognized region, from the audio information storage unit 10, and outputs the read audio information through the audio signal output unit 16. Thus, the user can correctly recognize the region, on which the dart 40 is positioned.

Meanwhile, when the user inputs an audio signal recording request signal through the user signal input unit 30, the control unit 20 controls, in response to the audio signal recording request signal, the overall system to record an audio signal or melody, inputted through the audio signal input unit 18, in the audio information storage unit 10. Thus, a variety of audio signals may be stored in the audio information storage unit 10. In this connection, as shown in FIGS. 4 to 6, the dartboard 38 may be provided, at respective regions thereof, with various images, for example, an English language alphabet, numerals, or images of animals, fruits, flowers, fishes, or insects, in association with the various audio information stored in the audio information storage unit 10. In this case, when the dart 40 is positioned on or hits an optional one of the images provided at the dartboard 38, an audio signal associated with the dart-positioned image is outputted. For example, where the dartboard 38 is provided with English letters, and when the dart 40 hits an "A" image on the dartboard 38, an audio signal associated with the letter "A", for example, a pronunciation of "apple", may be outputted. Also, when the dart 40 hits one of animal images, for example, a "dog" image, on the dartboard 38, an audio signal associated with a pronunciation of "dog" or the sound of a dog may be outputted. Thus, it is possible to enhance a learning effect for children. Furthermore, photographs of entertainers may be provided at respective regions of the dartboard 38. In this case, when one of the photographs is hit by the dart 40 thrown by the user or is touched by the hand of the user, an audio signal associated with the hit or touched photograph, for example, a voice or song of the associated entertainer, may be outputted. In addition, various recorded voices of a user's family may be stored in the audio information storage unit 10 so that they are played back when associated regions of the dartboard are hit, respectively. Thus, players can more pleasantly play a dart game.

(Embodiment 2)

In accordance with a second embodiment of the electronic dart game set, the motor 28 is provided at the dartboard 38 to implement a system for rotating the dartboard 38. The rotating system for the dartboard 38 may be divided into two rotating systems, that is, a rotating system, in which the dartboard 38 is rotated in accordance with an operation of the user, and a rotating system, in which the dartboard 38 is automatically rotated when the user approaches the dartboard 38.

In the rotating system in which the dartboard 38 is rotated in accordance with an operation of the user, a rotation request signal is outputted from the user signal input unit 30 to the control unit 20 when the user depresses a rotation button (not shown) provided at the user signal input unit 30. In response to the rotation request signal, the control unit 20 outputs a motor drive signal to the motor driving unit 26, which in turn supplies electric power to the motor 28. As a result, the motor 28 is rotated in one direction, thereby rotating the dartboard 38.

When the user throws the dart 40 toward the rotating dartboard 38, and the dart 40 hits an optional one of the regions on the dartboard 38, an associated one of the membrane switches 12 is switched on. The switched-on state of the membrane switch 12 is informed to the switching recognition unit 14, which in turn outputs an associated region recognition signal to the control unit 20.

In response to the region recognition signal, the control unit 20 outputs a motor stop signal to the motor driving unit 26, which in turn cuts off the supply of electric power to the motor 28, thereby stopping the rotating dartboard 38.

In the rotating system in which the dartboard 38 is automatically rotated, the automatic rotation of the dartboard 38 is achieved, using the sensing unit 24 arranged on the front surface of the dartboard 38 at one side of the dartboard 38. When the user approaches the dartboard 36 within a predetermined distance, the sensing unit 24 senses the approach of the user, thereby outputting an approach sensing signal to the control unit 20. In response to the approach sensing signal, the control unit 20 outputs a motor drive signal to the motor driving unit 26, as described above. Subsequent operations are carried out in the same manner as those in the rotating system in which the dartboard 38 is rotated in accordance with an operation of the user. Accordingly, the description of these operations will be omitted.

(Embodiment 3)

In accordance with a third embodiment of the electronic dart game set, the dartboard 38 is used as an illuminator, mirror, or framed picture. When the user inputs a lamp ON signal by depressing a lamp ON/OFF button (not shown) provided at the user signal input unit 30, the control unit 20 outputs, in response to the lamp ON signal, a lamp turn-on signal to the lamp driving unit 32, which in turn supplies electric power to the lamp 34, thereby turning the lamp 34 on. When the lamp 34 turns on, the dartboard 38 is changed to an illuminator, mirror, or framed picture to perform an associated function in accordance with an intended implementation.

The third embodiment may be achieved in an automatic manner. This system may be implemented, using the sensing unit 24 described in conjunction with the second embodiment. In accordance with this system, the dartboard 39 normally performs a function associated with an illuminator, mirror, or framed picture. However, when the user approaches the dartboard 36 within a predetermined distance, the sensing unit 24 outputs an approach sensing signal to the control unit 20. In response to the approach sensing signal, the control unit 20 outputs a lamp turn-off signal to the lamp driving unit 32, which in turn cuts off the supply of electric power to the lamp 34, thereby turning the lamp 34 off. As the lamp 34 turns off, the dartboard 38 can perform an original function thereof. In this case, the second embodiment may also be applied, in order to rotate the dartboard 38 simultaneously with the change of the function thereof.

(Embodiment 4)

In accordance with a fourth embodiment of the electronic dart game set, the display unit 22 is provided at the dartboard 38. In this case, the control unit

20 calculates a score attained by the user in a dart game, and outputs the calculated score to the display unit 22, thereby allowing the user to identify the score immediately after playing the dart game.

As described above, the display unit 22 may be integral with or separate from the dartboard 38. In the latter case, the display unit 22 may be implemented in the form of being connected to the external interface unit 36.

(Embodiment s)

FIG. 2 is a block diagram illustrating a configuration of another electronic dart game set according to another aspect of the present invention.

Referring to FIG. 2, the electronic dart game set ("400" in FIG. 8) includes a storage unit 110 adapted to store data about a game image having one or more regions, and points respectively corresponding to the regions, while storing a plurality of advertisement data, video data, or audio data, a user signal input unit 111 adapted to output a game start signal and game proceeding signal in accordance with an operation of the user, and a receiving unit 112 adapted to receive the game start signal and game proceeding signal outputted from the user signal input unit 111. The electronic dart game set also includes a control unit 114 adapted to externally output the game image data in response to the game start signal from the receiving unit 112, to perform a control for displaying the proceeding of a dart game on a game image displayed based on the game image data, and to output the advertisement data, video data, or audio data, based on the result of the dart game. The electronic dart game set further includes an external interface unit 116 adapted to transmit the game image data, advertisement data, video data, or audio data under the control of the control unit 114. Although not shown in FIG. 2, the electronic dart game set also includes a motor and a motor driving unit to rotate a dartboard, which is also included in the electronic dart game.

In accordance with the illustrated embodiment of the present invention, an external display appliance 410 is connected to the electronic dart game set 400. The external display appliance 410 is adapted to receive the game image data, advertisement data, video data, or audio data transmitted from the external interface unit 116 of the electronic dart game set 400, and to display the received data on a screen thereof.

The user signal input unit 111 may be a remote controller adapted to convert a key signal, inputted by the user, into an electron beam, and to output the electron beam.

The external display appliance 410 may be a TV receiver, screen or monitor.

The receiving unit 112 may be a pointing device. In this case, the game proceeding signal may contain position coordinate values. The control unit 114 recognizes the position coordinate values, and indicates a game result marker on a game image displayed on the screen of the external display appliance 410, based on the recognized position coordinate values. The game result marker may have various forms created by the manufacturer. For example, the game result marker may be a variety of images such as arrow, heart, and bomb explosion images.

The electronic dart game set having the above described configuration will be described in more detail, in conjunction with various embodiments thereof. When electric power is supplied to both the electronic dart game set ("400" in FIG. 8) and the external display appliance ("410" in FIG. 8) under the condition in which the electronic dart game set 400 is connected to the external display appliance 410, the control unit ("114" in FIG. 2) reads, from the storage unit 110, advertisement data, video data, or audio data stored in the storage unit 110 in accordance with an operating condition set by the user. The control unit 114 then outputs the read data to the external display appliance 410.

When the user subsequently inputs a game start signal through the user signal input unit ("111" in FIG. 2), the control unit 114 receives the game start signal via the receiving unit 112. In response to the game start signal, the control unit 114 reads the game image data from the storage unit 110, and sends the read game image data to the external display appliance 410, which in turn displays the game image data on the screen thereof.

The electronic dart game set 400 may be provided with a button type switch at a front panel thereof in order to implement generation of the game start signal. In this case, when the button type switch is depressed, the game start signal may be generated. Also, when the button type switch is again depressed, a game completion signal may be generated.

The game image may be a dartboard image having regions respectively associated with stories. For example, the dartboard may be labeled with numerals, for example, 1, 2, 3, ..., 10, at respective regions thereof to implement a dart game method according to an embodiment of the present invention. When an optional one of the regions of the dartboard is hit by a dart, a recorded audio signal associated with the hit region is outputted. Simultaneously, the current position corresponding to the hit region, the next position to be hit, or a total score is displayed on the screen of the external display appliance ("410" in FIG. 8). In this case, it may be possible to implement a dart game in which a player who sequentially and continuously hits all numerals is determined as a winner.

To implement a dart game method according to another embodiment of the present invention, the dartboard may be labeled with names of nations (or names of famous places, names of cities, names of beautiful places, etc.), for example, U.S.A., Canada, Japan, ..., Korea, at respective regions thereof. When a player sequentially and continuously hits all nations, starting from U.S.A. and ending with Korea, he wins the game. When the player reaches one nation, a guidance about the nation may be outputted in the form of a voice through the external display appliance ("410" in FIG. 8) or displayed in the form of an image on the screen of the external display appliance. In this case, accordingly, there is an educational effect.

In accordance with another embodiment of the present invention, a board game, for example, a "Yut-nori", which is a popular Korean board game using four sticks, may be implemented. In this case, the dartboard may be labeled, at respective regions thereof, with play terms respectively corresponding to different combinations of the four sticks, that is, "Do (advance by one step)", "Ge (advance two steps)", "Geol (advance three steps)", "Yut (advance four steps and try again one more time)", "Mo (advance five steps and try again one more time)", and "Backdo (back one step)". Also, the game image may be a "Yut-nori" board image. In this case, the "Yut-nori" board image is displayed on the screen of the external display appliance ("410" in FIG. 8). It may also be possible to display movements of markers of players on the displayed "Yut-nori" board image. Alternatively, respective play terms of the "Yut-nori" board game may be set to different points. In this case, points and total scores attained by respective players or respective teams may be displayed. In addition, unique audio signals respectively corresponding to "Do", "Ge", "Geol", "Yut", "Mo", and "Backdo" may be stored in the storage unit ("110" in FIG. 2) so that they are outputted when respective associated regions are hit. For instance, when the region corresponding to "Ge" is hit, an associated audio signal, for example, a dog bark, is outputted.

Meanwhile, once the game image is displayed on the external display appliance ("410" in FIG. 8) in accordance with a game start signal, as described above, the user subsequently inputs a game proceeding signal to the electronic dart game set ("400" in FIG. 8), using the user signal input unit ("111" in FIG. 2), that is, the remote controller. Here, the game proceeding signal is an electron beam outputted from the remote controller. The receiving unit ("112" in FIG. 2) receives the electron beam, thereby outputting, to the control unit ("114" in FIG. 2), a game signal and coordinate values of a position, at which the game signal is to be positioned on the game image.

The control unit 114 recognizes the position coordinate values, and controls the external display appliance 410 to display a game result marker on the displayed game image at a position corresponding to the position coordinate values.

Accordingly, all users including users currently playing the game, and other users viewing the screen of the external display appliance ("410" in FIG. 8) can identify the result of the game.

Meanwhile, the control unit ("114" in FIG. 2) checks, after outputting the result of the game, whether or not there is advertisement data, video data, or audio data stored in a state of being matched with the region of the game image where the game result marker is positioned. Where it is checked that there is matched data, the control unit 114 reads the matched data from the storage unit ("110" in FIG. 2), and sends the read data to the external display appliance ("410" in FIG. 8) so that the external display appliance displays the data on the screen thereof. Thus, it is possible not only to allow several persons to play a dart game, but also to provide an advertisement and useful information.

In the process of the dart game performed by a certain user, the control unit ("114" in FIG. 2) may read, in place of the game image data, the advertisement data, video data, or audio data stored in the storage unit ("110" in FIG. 2) to the external display appliance ("410" in FIG. 8). Accordingly, users who do not play the dart game can view various information including an advertisement, in place of the game image.

(Embodiment 6) FIG. 3 is a block diagram illustrating a configuration of another electronic dart game set according to another aspect of the present invention.

As shown in FIG. 3, the electronic dart game set includes a fixed member

300 having the form of a casing while supporting a power supply line, a dartboard 200 rotatably coupled to the fixed member 300, an electric wire member W electrically extended from the power supply line, a control unit 240, and a driving unit M. The driving unit M includes a servo motor.

The dartboard 200 includes a case, and a first neck member NI having a hollow structure. The fixed member 300 includes a case for receiving the servo motor included in the driving unit M, and a second neck member N2 having a hollow structure, as shown in FIGS. 9 and 10. The first and second neck members NI and N2 are slidably coupled to each other. The driving unit M has a rotating shaft S extending through the first and second neck members NI and N2.

Of course, the case of the dartboard 200 is fixed to the rotating shaft S of the driving unit M so that it is operatively connected to the rotating shaft.

Accordingly, the case of the dartboard 200 is rotated with respect to the fixed member 300 in accordance with a rotating force from the driving unit M (FIGS. 9 and 10).

As shown in FIGS. 9 and 10, the dartboard 200 also includes a top cover 627a having an annular plate structure, and a name plate 627b fitted in a central portion of the top cover 627a, and printed with figures or numerals at an upper surface thereof.

As shown in FIGS. 9 and 10, the dartboard ("200" in FIG. 3) further includes a membrane switch plate 627c attached with a plurality of sensing elements adapted to sense a depressing force applied thereto, and a steel plate 627d arranged beneath the membrane switch plate 627c, and made of a magnetic material. The dartboard 200 further includes a case body 627e coupled to the top cover 627a such that they define a space therebetween to receive the name plate 627b, membrane switch plate 627c, and steel plate 627d, along with an electronic dart game operating unit including the control unit 240. The electronic dart game operating unit may be a printed circuit board (PCB).

Of course, each sensing element of the membrane switch plate 627c is electrically connected with the electronic dart game operating unit PCB, as shown in FIGS. 9 and 10. The driving unit M is also electrically connected to the electronic dart game operating unit PCB via the electric wire member W.

The electric wire member W is connected to the electronic dart game operating unit PCB via the fixed member 300 in order to supply drive power to the control unit 240. The control unit 240 is activated by the drive power to control the overall system.

Meanwhile, the electric wire member W has a spiral structure so that it is prevented from being twisted when the dartboard 200 is rotated with respect to the fixed member 300 (FIGS. 11 and 12).

The driving unit M is electrically connected to an electric power source via the power supply line. The driving unit M may further include a rotation switch.

The configuration of the electronic dart game operating unit PCB will be described with reference to FIG. 3. As shown in FIG. 3, the electronic dart game operating unit PCB includes an advertising information storage unit 210 stored with one or more pieces of advertising information, a sensing unit 220 adapted to sense an approach state in which the user approaches the dartboard within a predetermined distance, and to output an approach sensing signal when the approach state is sensed, and a control unit 240 adapted to control the overall system in response to the approach sensing signal. When the control unit 240 is activated by electric power supplied thereto, it sets an initial operating mode to an advertising information output mode. The control unit 240 subsequently reads advertising information stored in the advertising information storage unit 210, and displays the read advertising information on the dartboard. When the control unit 210 receives an approach sensing signal from the sensing unit 220, it releases the advertising information output mode, and changes the current operating mode to a game mode. In the game mode, the control unit 210 outputs a drive signal for rotation of the dartboard.

Meanwhile, in response to a rotation request signal from the rotation switch 230, the control unit 240 also changes the current operating mode from the advertising information output mode to the game mode, and then outputs a drive signal for rotation of the dartboard.

The rotation switch 230 is configured such that it outputs a rotation request signal when it is depressed once by the user, while outputting a rotation stop request signal when it is again depressed by the user.

When a dart game is begun in accordance with a user's intention, the control unit 240 accumulates points of a region where a start point is positioned, and compares the accumulated points with predetermined points. Based on the result of the comparison, the control unit 240 controls the overall system to output predetermined advertising information.

When the dart game is begun in accordance with the user's intention, the control unit 240 may also control the overall system to output advertising information corresponding to the region where the start point is positioned.

The dartboard comprises a dot-matrix type display means or an LCD. Of course, other display means may be used as long as the same effect is obtained.

The above described elements may be assembled, using another method according to another embodiment of the present invention.

In accordance with this method, the driving unit M is received in the fixed member 300 such that the rotating shaft thereof extends through the second neck member N2 of the fixed member 300, while extending through the first neck member NI of the case body 627e included in the dartboard 200. The rotating shaft of the driving unit M is coupled with the case body 627e of the dartboard 200 at one end thereof so that it transmits power to the case body 627e (FIGS. 9 to 12). The first and second neck members NI and N2 are coupled to each other such that they are rotated with respect to each other. After completion of the above coupling, the electronic dart game operating unit PCB is mounted to the case body 627e of the dartboard ("200" in FIG. 3). Thereafter, the electronic dart game operating unit PCB is electrically connected to the driving unit M by means of the electric wire member W (FIGS. 9 to 12).

Subsequently, the name plate is fitted in the top cover 627a. The membrane switch plate 627c and steel plate 627d are sequentially arranged beneath the top cover 627a, and then coupled to the top cover 627a. The assembled top cover 627a is then coupled to the assembled case body 627e (FIGS. 9 to 12). The assembly process for the electronic dart game set described with reference to FIGS. 9 and 10 may be applied to all embodiments of the present invention in the same or similar manner.

Now, operation of the electronic dart game set having the above described configuration will be described in detail.

(Operation Example 1)

When the control unit 240 is activated by electric power supplied thereto under the condition in which the user does not approach the dartboard within a predetermined distance, it changes the current operating mode of the electronic dart game set to an advertising information output mode. In the advertising information output mode, the control unit 240 reads advertising information stored in the advertising information storage unit 210, and outputs the read advertising information through the dartboard.

As described above, the dartboard may be a dot-matrix type display means or an LCD.

On the other hand, when the user approaches the dartboard within the predetermined distance, the sensing unit 220 senses the approach state, and outputs an approach sensing signal to the control unit 240. In response to the approach sensing signal, the control unit 240 changes the current operating mode from the advertising information output mode to a game mode, so that the function of the dartboard is changed from the advertising function to an original dartboard function thereof.

Subsequently, the control unit 240 outputs a drive signal for rotation of the dartboard to a rotation driving unit 250 to rotate the dartboard. When a set time elapses, the control unit 240 controls the rotation driving unit 250 to stop the rotation of the dartboard. The rotation time of the dartboard may be set by a default value. Alternatively, the rotation time may be variably set by the user. In order to allow the user to variably set the rotation time of the dartboard, it is necessary to provide a separate user signal input unit. The driving unit M is a servo motor. In this case, the rotation driving unit 250 supplies drive power to the driving unit M, so as to rotate the driving unit M.

When the rotation of the dartboard is stopped, one of the regions of the dartboard is aligned with a start point 270 provided on the front surface of the dartboard at one side of the dartboard. The point- value of the region aligned with the start point 270 are equal to points attained by the user in the dart game. For example, in the case of FIG. 7, the point-value "50", with which the start point 270 is aligned, are equal to points attained by the user in the dart game.

Meanwhile, the control unit ("240" in FIG. 3) is provided with reference information about a predetermined score range, and is programmed to output advertising information, based on the reference information. Accordingly, when the score attained by the user in the dart game is within the predetermined score range, the associated advertising information is outputted through the dartboard.

In accordance with another advertising information output method, the control unit ("240" in FIG. 3) is programmed to output advertising information matched with respective regions of the dartboard. When the rotation of the dartboard is stopped, the control unit ("240" in FIG. 3) recognizes the region of the dartboard aligned with the start point ("270" in FIG. 7), reads the advertising information matched with the aligned region from the advertising information storage unit ("210" in FIG. 3), and outputs the read advertising information through the dartboard.

The advertising information outputted through the dartboard has the form of an image or character. The advertising information may also include an audio signal. In order to output such an audio signal, the electronic dart game set may further include a speaker ("260" in FIG. 3).

(Operation Example 2)

As compared to the above described system, the following system is adapted to change the function of the dartboard from an advertising function to a dartboard function in accordance with an operation of the user, and then to rotate the dartboard to perform a dart game. In accordance with this system, when the control unit ("240" in FIG. 3) is activated by electric power supplied thereto, it changes the current operating mode of the electronic dart game set to an advertising information output mode.

When the user depresses the rotation switch ("230" in FIG. 7) provided on the front surface of the dartboard at one side of the dartboard, the rotation switch 230 outputs a rotation request signal to the control unit ("240" in FIG. 3). In response to the rotation request signal, the control unit 240 changes the current operating mode from the advertising information output mode to the game mode, and then outputs a drive signal for rotation of the dartboard to the rotation driving unit ("250" in FIG. 3), thereby causing the dartboard to rotate.

When a dartboard rotation stop request signal from the rotation switch

("230" in FIG. 3) is inputted to the control unit ("240" in FIG. 3) as the user again depresses the rotation switch 230, the control unit 240 outputs a dartboard rotation stop signal to the rotation driving unit ("250" in FIG. 3), thereby controlling the rotating driving unit 250 to stop the rotation of the dartboard.

Subsequent operations are identical to those of the above described system (Operation Example 1). Accordingly, no description of these operations will be given.

Although the preferred embodiments of the invention have been disclosed for illustrative purposes, those skilled in the art will appreciate that various modifications, additions and substitutions are possible, without departing from the scope and spirit of the invention as disclosed in the accompanying claims.

Industrial Applicability As apparent from the above description, in accordance with the present invention, a stored audio signal is outputted when it is recognized that the dart hits a certain region of the dartboard. The user may immediately record an audio signal outputted during a dart game, if it is desired to record the audio signal for subsequent use thereof. In this case, there is an effect in that the user can more pleasantly play the dart game.

Where educational material is used as the recordable audio signal in accordance with the present invention, there is an effect in that it is possible to achieve an improvement in education for children.

In accordance with the present invention, scores attained by respective users in a dart game are automatically calculated, and outputted to the screen of the display unit integral with the dartboard or the screen of the external display unit electrically connected to the dartboard. Accordingly, there is an effect in that the users can easily identify their scores without identifying the scores through the dartboard. In accordance with the present invention, it is possible to rotate the dartboard in accordance with an operation of the user or whether or not the user approaches the dartboard. In this case, there is an effect in that the user can play an unusual dart game.

In accordance with the present invention, it is also possible to use the dartboard as an illuminator, mirror, or framed picture in accordance with whether or not the user approaches the dartboard. In this case, there is an effect in that the dartboard can not only have a dartboard function, but can also have various functions other than the dartboard function.

Where the electronic dart game set is electrically connected to an external display appliance to perform a dart game in accordance with the present invention, the user can view the dart game through the external display appliance. In this case, it is also possible to output certain advertising information to the external display appliance in the process of the dart game. Accordingly, there is an effect in that the user can not only play the dart game, but also receive useful information.

Where a dart game is carried out, using a conventional electronic dart game set installed in a place of business, it is impossible for all users in the place to play the dart game while simultaneously viewing the process of the dart game, due to the installed position of the electronic dart game set. In accordance with the present invention, an external display appliance can be connected to the electronic dart game set so that the process of the dart game can be relayed through the external display appliance. In this case, there is an effect in that all persons present in the same place can simultaneously take part in the dart game. In accordance with the present invention, a remote controller adapted to emit an electron beam is used in a dart game, in place of a dart. Accordingly, it is possible to prevent a danger caused by the dart. Users who take part in the dart game can easily proceed the dart game.

In accordance with the present invention, a start point may be provided at the dartboard. In this case, a rotation switch is used to rotate the dartboard. A dart game is carried out, based on the points of the region of the dartboard aligned with the start point when the rotation of the dartboard is stopped, without using the points of the region of the dartboard hit by a dart. In this case, there is an effect in that an unusual dart game can be carried out. In accordance with the present invention, using the dartboard, it is possible not only to play a dart game, but also to output advertising information when no dart game is carried out.

In accordance with the present invention, advertising information may be outputted in accordance with the result of a dart game in the process of the dart game. In this case, there is an effect in that users can receive advertising information without any displeasure.

Claims

Claims
1. An electronic dart game set comprising: a storage unit stored with a plurality of region information, while being stored with output information in a state of being matched with the plurality of region information, respectively; a dartboard divided into regions respectively corresponding to the plurality of region information stored in the storage unit; a region select signal input unit adapted to output a selected one of the region information when the region corresponding to the selected region information is selected by a user; a control unit adapted to control an overall system of the electronic dart game set to control the dartboard to rotate in a predetermined direction at a request of the user, to read the output information matched with the region information outputted through the region select signal input unit, and to externally output the read output information; and a rotation control unit adapted to rotate the dartboard in the predetermined direction under a control of the control unit.
2. The electronic dart game set according to claim 1, wherein the region select signal input unit comprises: a plurality of membrane switches arranged at a rear surface of the dartboard while being matched with respective regions of the dartboard, each of the membrane switches being switched on by a force applied thereto; and a switching recognition unit adapted to recognize a switched-on one of the membrane switches, and then to output a region recognition signal corresponding to the switched-on membrane switch.
3. The electronic dart game set according to claim 1, further comprising: a user signal input unit adapted to output, to the control unit, a signal requesting rotation of the dartboard, in accordance with an operation of the user.
4. The electronic dart game set according to claim 3, wherein: the user signal input unit outputs, to the control unit, an update request signal for updating the output information stored in the storage unit; the control unit updates, in response to the update request signal, the output information stored in the storage unit with output information inputted from the user signal input unit in association with the update request signal; and the electronic dart game set further comprises an output information input unit adapted to receive the updating output information for updating the output information stored in the storage unit.
5. The electronic dart game set according to claim 1, further comprising: a lamp arranged at a rear surface of the dartboard; and a lamp driving unit adapted to supply electric power to the lamp in response to a lamp tum-on signal received from the control unit, and to cut off the supply of electric power in response to a lamp turn-off signal from the control unit, thereby turning the lamp on or off, wherein the user signal input unit outputs a lamp ON signal or a lamp OFF signal in accordance with an operation of the user, and wherein the control unit outputs the lamp tum-on signal or the lamp turn- off signal in response to the lamp ON or OFF signal.
6. The electronic dart game set according to claim 1, further comprising: a display unit adapted to display information about a score attained by the user in a dart game, under a control of the control unit; and an external interface unit adapted to connect the display unit to the control unit.
7. The electronic dart game set according to claim 1, further comprising: a sensing unit adapted to sense an approach state, in which the user approaches the dartboard within a predetermined distance, and to output an approach sensing signal when the approach state is sensed, wherein the control unit outputs, in response to the approach sensing signal from the sensing unit, a drive signal for rotation of the dartboard to the rotation control unit, while outputting a rotation stop signal to the rotation driving unit in response to the region recognition signal received from the switching recognition unit.
8. The electronic dart game set according to claim 1, wherein the storage unit is stored with data about a game image having one or more regions, and points respectively corresponding to the regions, while being stored with a plurality of advertisement data, video data, or audio data to be outputted in a state of being matched with the regions, respectively.
9. The electronic dart game set according to claim 8, further comprising: a second control unit adapted to output, to an external display appliance, the game image data, advertisement data, video data, or audio data stored in the storage unit; and an external interface unit adapted to connect the second control unit to the external display appliance.
10. The electronic dart game set according to claim 1, wherein: the region select signal input unit is a remote controller adapted to transmit an infrared signal as a region select signal; and the electronic dart game set further comprises a receiving unit adapted to receive the infrared signal from the remote controller, and to output the received infrared signal to the control unit.
11. The electronic dart game set according to claim 9, wherein the external display appliance is a TV receiver, a screen, or a monitor.
12. The electronic dart game set according to claim 10, wherein: the receiving unit is a pointing device; the region select signal inputted through the remote controller contains position coordinate values; and the control unit recognizes the position coordinate values, and controls the external display appliance to display a game result marker on a game image displayed on a screen of the external display appliance.
13. An electronic dart game set comprising: a fixed member having the form of a casing while supporting a power supply line; a dartboard rotatably coupled to the fixed member; an electric wire member electrically extended from the power supply line; a control unit received in the dartboard, and activated by electric power supplied through the electric wire member to control an overall system of the electronic dart game set; and a driving unit adapted to generate a driving force in response to a control signal outputted from the control unit.
14. The electronic dart game set according to claim 13, wherein the fixed member comprises a case adapted to receive the driving unit, and provided with a first neck member having a hollow structure to allow a rotating shaft of the driving unit to extend therethrough.
15. The electronic dart game set according to claim 13, wherein the dartboard is provided with a second neck member having a hollow structure to allow a rotating shaft of the driving unit to extend therethrough.
16. The electronic dart game set according to claim 13, wherein the dartboard comprises: a top cover having an annular plate structure; a name plate fitted in a central portion of the top cover, and printed with figures or numerals at an upper surface thereof; a membrane switch plate coupled to the name plate beneath the name plate, the membrane switch plate being attached with a plurality of sensing elements adapted to sense a depressing force applied thereto; a steel plate arranged beneath the membrane switch plate, and made of a magnetic material; and a case body coupled to the top cover such that they define a space therebetween to receive an electronic dart game operating unit including the control unit.
17. The electronic dart game set according to claim 13, wherein the electric wire member is adapted to supply drive power to the control unit via the fixed member while having a spiral structure so that the electric wire member is prevented from being twisted when the dartboard is rotated with respect to the fixed member.
18. The electronic dart game set according to claim 13, further comprising: a rotation switch adapted to input, to the control unit, a signal for activating the driving unit.
19. The electronic dart game set according to claim 13, wherein the electronic dart game operating unit comprises: an advertising information storage unit stored with at least one piece of advertising information; and a sensing unit adapted to sense an approach state, in which a user approaches the dartboard within a predetermined distance, and to output an approach sensing signal when the approach state is sensed.
20. The electronic dart game set according to claim 13, wherein the dartboard comprises a dot-matrix type display unit or a liquid crystal display (LCD).
21. A method for assembling an electronic dart game set including a fixed member having a neck member, a dartboard including a case body, a top cover, a name plate, a membrane switch, a steel plate and a neck member, a driving unit having a rotating shaft, and an electronic dart game operating unit, comprising the steps of: receiving the driving unit in the fixed member such that the rotating shaft of the driving unit extends through the neck member of the fixed member, and coupling the dartboard to the fixed member such that the rotating shaft of the driving unit extends through the neck member of the dartboard while being coupled to the case body of the dartboard at one end thereof to transmit drive power therefrom to the case body; coupling the neck members such that the neck members are rotatable with respect to each other; mounting the electronic dart game operating unit to the case body of the dartboard after completion of the coupling of the neck members, and electrically connecting the electronic dart game operating unit and the driving unit by an electric wire member; and coupling the name plate to the top cover, sequentially arranging the membrane switch plate and the steel plate beneath the top cover, and coupling the arranged plates to the top cover; and coupling the top cover to the case body.
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