Vista Outdoor has patented a system for configuring an optical aiming device for ballistic drop compensation. The system includes a display device, processor, and storage medium to project a BDC pattern onto the reticle display field based on ballistics input data and magnification settings. GlobalData’s report on Vista Outdoor gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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According to GlobalData’s company profile on Vista Outdoor, was a key innovation area identified from patents. Vista Outdoor's grant share as of February 2024 was 78%. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

Optical aiming device for ballistic drop compensation

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: Vista Outdoor Inc

A recently granted patent (Publication Number: US11927767B2) discloses a system for configuring a reticle display field of an aiming device. The system includes a housing with an objective lens and eyepiece portion, a display device for showing a digital reticle image, a magnification sensor, a processor, and a computer-readable storage medium. The system is designed to receive ballistics input data, determine ballistic trajectories, create BDC patterns with holdover marks for different target ranges, and project these designs onto the reticle display field. Additionally, the system can differentiate between multiple BDC patterns using separate display colors and display status indicators for system, environmental, time, and orientation information.

Furthermore, the patent describes a network-enabled optical aiming device that can interact with a client device to receive ballistics input data and target ranges wirelessly. The system can determine BDC patterns for different types of ammunition, project them onto the reticle display field, and display status indicators alongside. The device includes a magnification sensor, a processor, a computer-readable storage medium, a display device, and a network adapter. The system aims to enhance the accuracy and usability of aiming devices by providing customized reticle designs based on specific ammunition and target range information, all while incorporating additional informational displays for the user's convenience.

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