(19) United States
(12) Patent Application Publication (io) Pub. No.: US 2003/0231199 Al
Beam, III (43) Pub. Date: Dec. 18,2003
(54) OPERATION-ENABLING TRAINING AND SAFETY COMPUTER SYSTEM AND ASSOCIATED METHODS
(76) Inventor: Dennis A. Beam III, Shelby, NC (US)
Christopher L. Bernard, Esq.
KILPATRICK STOCKTON LLP
3500 One Wachovia Center
301 S. College St.
Charlotte, NC 28202 (US)
(21) Appl. No.: 10/170,814
(22) Filed: Jun. 13, 2002
Publication Classification (51) Int. CI.7 G09G 5/00
(52) U.S. C I 345/709
An operation-enabling training and salety computer system and associated methods operable for selectively enabling and disabling a powered system including means for disabling the operation of the powered system, a display operable for presenting a user of the powered system with one or more questions related to training in the use of and safety associated with the powered system, one or more keys operable for transmitting one or more answers to the one or more questions from the user to the computer system, a processor operable for analyzing the one or more answers, and means for enabling the operation of the powered system if the one or more answers meet a set of predetermined criteria.