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Automatic Score Keeper for Bowling

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000086607D
Original Publication Date: 1976-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-03
Document File: 2 page(s) / 65K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Mason, ML: AUTHOR

Abstract

This bowling system automates scoring and record keeping normally done by league secretaries, reduces bowling time, displays and audits revenue, records traffic and maintenance, and provides more accurate, legible records. It provides CRT display of bowlers' scores, multifunction bowlers' console, central display of the status of all lanes, and flashing display on a scoreboard of required bowler's name when it is his turn to bowl.

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Automatic Score Keeper for Bowling

This bowling system automates scoring and record keeping normally done by league secretaries, reduces bowling time, displays and audits revenue, records traffic and maintenance, and provides more accurate, legible records. It provides CRT display of bowlers' scores, multifunction bowlers' console, central display of the status of all lanes, and flashing display on a scoreboard of required bowler's name when it is his turn to bowl.

Fig. 1 illustrates the system with input, process, and output portions. Input devices include bowlers' console 1, pin status 2a from pin setter, foul line 2b, and operator keyboard 3. Central processing unit (CPU) 5 has storage 6 and provides a two-second scan of bowlers' and operators' console, a four-second scan of pin setters and checkpoint/ restart functions. Output operations include the score by ball on the bowlers' scoreboard 8, the score by frame on the system printer 9, the score by game on the bowler scoresheet 10, the lane status on operator's display 11, and the league results in permanent storage 6.

A bowler's terminal is illustrated in Fig. 2. One bowler's scoreboard 8 (CRT monitor) for each two lanes is located above the current-score table 14. This displays the current status of the bowlers on both lanes plus pertinent data entered at the bowler's console, and may be used for highlights and advertising, as well. Two bowlers' consoles la and 1b, one for each adjacent lane, are located be...