Abstract: A valve for adjusting the flow of water through an oral irrigation device is connected to a shower head by a flexible conduit. The valve is located on a handle connected to a water-dispensing pick for cleaning teeth and gums. Mixing apparatus is provided for injecting a secondary fluid, such as a mouthwash, into the flexible conduit upstream from the pick in a direct stream from the shower head.
Abstract: A shoe mount assembly configured for use with a variety of cameras or camcorders. The shoe is attached to the bottom of the camera or camcorder unit. The shoe is detachable and is dimensioned to center fit a corresponding indent in the top surface of the mount. The shoe is configured with a locating pin and a threaded connector to be fitted on the base of a camera or camcorder. Once the locating pin locates the receiving recess in the bottom of the camcorder, the shoe is secured in place by the threaded connector. The shoe is loaded into the mount and locked in place by releasing a spring biased camlock for interaction with a cam surface on the shoe.
May 8, 2003
Date of Patent:
August 24, 2004
Alexander P. DeSorbo, Carl A. Hultman, Joseph P. Teodosio
Abstract: An amusement device toy in the shape of a flying saucer disk having aero-dynamically shaped whistle structures for emitting different tones when the disk is thrown into the air, mounted symmetrically on the periphery of the disk. The size of the whistle air chambers may be varied or the openings for admitting air displaced at different angles to obtain the different tones, while the aero-dynamic shape of the whistle assures laminar flow of air over the whistle entry for increased air flow.
Abstract: Trousers and/or shorts are fed one at a time between conveyor belts, cuff end first, towards a hanger automatically dropped from a hanger bar into a hanger chute positioned in the path of travel of the trousers. A sensor senses the presence of a pair of trousers on the feed belts and activates a hanger transport mechanism which grabs a hanger from the end of a screw conveyor on a hanger bar feeding the hangers by gravity towards the screw end, which stops, separates and spaces the hangers. The hanger transport mechanism delivers a hanger forwardly over the hanger chute, and then retracts, dropping the hanger into chute. The cuffs of the trousers are fed through the hanger positioned in the chute.
Abstract: An athletic training device having a frame which is attached to a base at lower end and one or more guide rails at a higher end. Attached to the rails are one or more antennas which are resilient and flexible in nature. The rails preferably have a forward length which can be adjusted up or down which will corresponding shift the position of the attached antennas. The apparatus is used by starting a tennis game stroke at or near the rear length of the rails and progressively moving one's racquet progressively forward so as to impact the free ends of the antennas in the follow-through of the stroke. Because the rails and attached antennas can be adjusted in position, various stroke techniques can be practiced. Sensors are activated to show impact with the rails and a proper technique.
Abstract: An artificial snow tile system made up of one or more artificial snow tiles, which are optionally backlightable and wind-resistant, for affixing to a surface; an artificial snow tile having a rough surface having a dull white luster to resemble one or more layers of fallen snow, and at least two edges that are opposite each other and mirror images of each other, such that an edge may be lined up with a respective opposite edge of another tile so as to create a smooth continuous snow drift appearance without visible gaps between the edges.
Abstract: A pendulum type putter includes a U-shaped, yoke-like handle, connected at an angle to the club shaft. The yoke includes a rotatable mandrel pivotable at opposed ends between the legs of the U-shaped yoke, while the bight of the yoke has an adapter for connection to the club shaft. The yoke legs, bight and club shaft are swung in pendulum like fashion by gripping the shaft and mandrel and swinging the shaft with a pendulum-like motion relative to the mandrel. The use of the yoke alleviates any interference with the pendulum movement of the shaft by the grip of the user. Further, the mechanical advantage gained by spacing the shaft adapter at an angle from the mandrel makes it easier to swing the club with less force.
Abstract: In accordance with the invention, a fixture is provided to receive a label to be applied to a CD disc. The fixture includes a base having a well of a dimension approximately the shape of the label and CD disc. The label, after printing indicia thereon, is placed adhesive side up in the well of the fixture. Since the well also approximates the shape of the CD disc, the disc may be placed in the well first, within the bounds of the well of the fixture, with its unwritten side facing up. The disc or label is then overlaid on the other manually in the well, and pressed in place, to adhere the label to the disc. A pair of oppositely disposed cutouts are provided in the fixture to enable the composite card and adhered label to be removed from the fixture by inserting the fingers beneath the laminate and lifting it up from the fixture.
Abstract: A labeler for the placement of a label, having a central aperture and a peripheral edge, onto a surface of a disk, having central hole and an outer edge, comprising a disk positioning member having points of contact with the spindle hole and/or the outer edge of the disk, for positioning the disk; a label positioning member having points of contact with the central aperture and/or peripheral edge of the label, for positioning the label; and a joining member interconnected with said disk positioning member and said label positioning member, having a first position in which the label and the disk are spaced and a second position in which the disk and the label are contacted. The label positioning member is preferably a tapered cylinder which is adapted to be inserted in the central aperture. The disk positioning member is preferably a cylindrical rod. The tapered cylinder and cylindrical rod may be an integral structure.
July 24, 1996
Date of Patent:
November 27, 2001
Peter H. Tracy, Gregory R. Veilliex, Robertson Parkman, Michael D. Cecchi
Abstract: A blank having a defined pattern of reduced strength, allowing separation along said defined pattern, the pattern defining a box for a video cassette comprising a single sheet having a first and second printable portion having side flaps and tabs which can be folded into a rectangular parallel-piped shape.
Abstract: A glove is designed to not only increase the grip on a tennis racket, but one in which the wrist is maintained in relatively unflexed condition, so when the ball hits the racket, the return is straight and true. This is accomplished by providing a fabric palm and finger portion of the glove which is flexible and includes a roughened palm portion for increased gripping action and contact with the racket handle, but a relatively stiff wrist cover portion integral with the palm portion for precluding pivoting or flexure of the wrist.
Abstract: A blank having a defined pattern of reduced strength, allowing separation along said defined pattern, the pattern defining a video cassette box from a single sheet having first and second face portions, one or more side flaps for forming a parallelepiped, one or more reinforcing tabs for increasing the durability of the box and one or more top tabs for forming an enclosure at one end of the box.
Abstract: An adapter plate for an electrical connection between a battery charger and battery pack. The adapter plate includes a partially conductive strip. The pattern of conductive material on the strip is such as to establish a circuit between underlying electrical contact pins on either the charger or battery pack so as to render the charger compatible with and capable of charging the battery pack.
Abstract: A device for the positioning of a label, having a central aperture and peripheral edge, onto a surface of a disk, having a central hole and an outer edge including three components:
(1) a support base for the label having a central aperture; (2) a centering spindle having a first and second, reduced diameter portions for relatively centering the label and disk, the disk being seated on a shoulder between the first and second diameter portions; and (3) a compressible foam pad cylindrical in shape adapted to be adhered to the bottom of the second diameter portion of the spindle and positioned in an aperture in the base on which the spindle may be seated. With the disk retained on the shoulder and centered by the second diameter portion of the spindle passing therethrough, the disk is moved towards the label supported adhesive side up on the base.
Abstract: A sheet having a defined pattern of reduced strength, allowing separation along said defined pattern, said pattern defining an insert for a CD-ROM jewel case, preferably being a letter size paper sheet, comprising a pair of said defined patterns each being an identical and symmetrically arranged rectangular perforation pattern having dimensions of about 150 mm by 117.5 mm, having a pair of scored folding lines to provide three regions of each defined pattern, two lateral regions each being about 6 mm wide by 117.5 mm long and bounded interiorly by one of said folding lines and a central region being about 138 mm by 117.5 mm and being bounded by both of said folding lines. Also provided is a sheet having a defined pattern of reduced strength, allowing separation along said defined pattern, said pattern defining a booklet for a CD-ROM jewel case, which preferably includes a centered rectangular perforation pattern having dimensions of about 119.
Abstract: A trash rack for filtering large volumes of intake water generally of the type available to power-generating facilities. The trash rack includes reinforcing rods fabricated of non-metallic materials in a pultrusion fabrication process. The pultruded reinforcing rods are substantially lighter than prior steel reinforcing rods. The pultruded rods are flexible enough to give under impact and high-loading without fracture or permanent distortion, yet are strong enough to withstand the type of loading commonly experienced by such large-volume trash racks.
Abstract: A multi-family mailbox assembly wherein each individual box is disposed in a modular frame. Each module can be secured in side to side relationship to another to give the appearance of a horizontal and vertical rectangular array of boxes. Each box is inserted into and recessed backward from the front edge of each modular frame to preclude and prevent any efforts to pry open one of the doors of the box, as by the insertion of a screwdriver, crowbar, or other sharp-pointed tool between the door and module frame.
Abstract: A dice box in the shape of a bowl is provided with sloping side walls terminating in a planar bottom surface. The side walls and bottom surface are covered with mohair, felt or other similar covering. A horizontal planar rim of substantial width has discrete portions connected to each side wall of the box. The number of sidewalls and rim portions are selected in accordance with the maximum number of players which can use the apparatus to participate in a game and are formed from a material which can be written upon and erased, such as slate. Up to ten dies are provided along with writing instruments susceptible to being used with the particular writing surface rim portions and an eraser. Two or more dies are thrown into the dice box by the players and scores recorded on the rim portion of the dice box assigned to each player in accordance with their dice thrown until the game is completed in accordance with predetermined rules.
Abstract: A litter material, and the method of manufacture thereof, for deodorizing and absorbing the excreta from animals, and particularly, pet animals. The litter contains a mixture of dried citrus pulp bits and fines of specified sizes which coat the animal feces and absorb urine, respectively. The residual acids and sugars left in the dried pulp serve to neutralize the odor of the excreta.
Abstract: A clear air turbulence detector includes an ultraviolet laser for generating a coherent beam which scans an area on an aircraft's flight path. A photodetector monitors optical radiation backscattered from the area, providing an intensity-controlling electrical signal for a CRT display. Updrafts contain greater-than-normal amounts of ultraviolet-absorbing water vapor and result in a blank spot on the display while downdrafts contain less-than-normal amounts of water vapor and result in a bright spot on the display.