Abstract: An adsorbent, absorbent product can be produced from sericitic clays by removing alumina values from such clays with a mineral acid, removing oil contaminants from such clay with a solvent or solvent mixture and removing amorphous silica from them with a caustic solution. The particles of the clay are dried after treatment in these manners. They are then ready to use.
Abstract: A toy has a housing with a surface therein. Located underneath the surface is a pivot member which carries a carriage member thereon. The pivot member rotates about an axis of rotation, and the carriage member slides on the pivot member so as to move radially inwardly and outwardly from the axis of rotation. The carriage member carries a first magnet. An object carrying a second magnet is located on the top of the surface. Movement of the first magnet underneath the surface is communicated to the object on top of the surface via magnetic coupling between the two magnets. The combination of the rotational movement of the pivot member and the linear radial movement of the carriage member, results in complex movement of the object on the surface of the housing.
Abstract: An enclosed conduit for use with cables, wires, lines and the like is preferably constructed using two separate extrusions which is formed of a self supporting resilient material. The first of these is a U-shaped base having side edges, the second is a cover adapted to overly the base between the side edges of the base, this cover having side edges. Coacting structures on the side edges of both the base and the cover permit the base and the cover to be snapped together or apart. An auxiliary retainer on the cover adjacent to the side edges of the cover are used to inhibit the inward deflection of the sides of the base when the cover is in place.
Abstract: A float for supporting a submerged wave energy harvesting device includes a conical member which is buoyant on the surface of the body of water with its base located upwardly above the surface of the body of water and its apex submerged just below the surface of the body of water. The wave energy harvesting device extends downwardly from the apex of the conical member and is connected to the conical member utilizing a connecting member which allows for pivoting of the conical member with respect to the wave energy harvesting device as the conical member rocks or otherwise moves in response to wave motion on the surface of the body of water. An electrical generator is located within the interior of the conical member and is connected to the wave energy harvesting device so as to be powered by the wave energy harvesting device.
Abstract: A device for augmenting the control of a forced air furnace includes a heat probe which is located in association with a furnace heat exchanger so as to sense the air temperature of air passing across the heat exchanger. The probe is connected via a buffer to an optical controlled switch. A latch is associated with both the probe and the switch such that in response to a high temperature turn off point the optical coupled switch shuts off the furnace solenoid associated with the furnace and maintains the solenoid in an off position until the probe senses a low temperature turn on point. Upon sensing the low temperature turn on point the solenoid is turned back on and is maintained in the on position by the latch until the high temperature point is again reached.
October 5, 1984
Date of Patent:
December 16, 1986
Randy L. Brandt, K. Herb Boswell, Robert A. Pett
Abstract: A moveable toy which includes a motor for producing motion. Associated with the motor is a motor controller for accelerating and deaccelerating the motor. A rotary element is driven by the motor. Associated with the rotary element is a flywheel which is capable of being rotated by the rotary element, but is also capable of independent rotation. The flywheel is further associated with a switch which governs the output of the motor to several moving elements located on the toy. The flywheel interacts with the switch to shift the output to the individual moving elements each time the speed of the flywheel differs from that of the rotating element. The motor controller deaccelerates the motor which in turn deaccelerates the rotating element upon command of the operator of the toy.
Abstract: A construction toy has a first module which includes a bellows and a bulb with a tube connecting the two. The bellows includes a connector on each of its ends. Second modules each having connectors which mate with the connectors on the bellows, attached to the respective ends of the bellows. Third modules, each having an axle having wheels located thereon, are connected to the second modules utilizing mating connectors. The wheels on the third module include a ratchet mechanism allowing for rotation in only one direction. Upon each compression of the bulb, fluid pressure is transmitted to the bellows to elongate it, and in so doing, one of the third modules is moved away from the other; and upon release of the bulb, the bellows shortens bringing the other of the third modules back toward the first.
Abstract: An amusement toy includes a first member which is cylindrical in shape and is located within a housing. This first member is capable of rotating on the housing. A second elongated member is located within the center of the cylindrical shaped first member and moves up and down within the first member. A first gear located on the first member engages a connecting gear which in turn engages a gear located on the second member so as to transfer linear motion of the second member into rotational motion of the first member. Rotation of the first member transferred to at least one output member whereby the output member is rotated ultimately in response to linear motion of the second member.
Abstract: An apparatus which minimizes the amount of oxygen needed to maintain a specific oxygen level in the blood of an individual can be constructed so as to use a transducer and other circuit components to obtain a first series of pulses or signals corresponding to the individual's breathing. A divider or counter processes the signals or pulses of the first series to create a second series of pulses or signals corresponding to periodic pulses or signals of the first series. The pulses or signals of the second series are used to periodically open a valve to deliver oxygen to the individual at about the start of the person's periodic breathing cycles.
August 28, 1984
Date of Patent:
September 23, 1986
Brian L. Tiep, Robert E. Phillips, Ben A. Otsap
Abstract: A remote control toy has a main housing and a remote housing. A radio receiver is located in the main housing for receiving transmitted radio signals. The main housing includes a plurality of elements moveably mounted thereon which are set in motion by a motor in response to receipt of transmitted radio signals by the radio receiver. The remote housing incorporates a radio transmitter. The transmitter includes an electrical circuit having an antenna, a piezoelectric element for generating a current and an electrical component which is capable of generating a radio frequency signal in response to current flow through the electrical circuit. The remote housing further includes a moving member which is moved by the operator of the toy. The moving member is associated with the piezoelectric element to impact a mechanical force on the piezoelectric element for generation of an electrical current in the electrical circuit.
Abstract: A fluid control valve capable of controlling both a hot and cold water supply for an appliance such as a washing machine or the like includes a handle which can be used to simultaneously turn on and turn off both the hot and cold water supply, or allows for independent operation of these same supply lines. The valve has a valve body having a central hollow bore extending through the valve body. Appropriate hot and cold water inlet and outlet nipples are attached to the valve body. A hot water control element fits within the hollow bore on one side of the valve with a cold water control element also fitting within the bore but on the opposite side of the valve. The control handle is located in the middle of the valve and is split, with one side connecting to the hot water control element and the other side connecting to the cold water control element. End caps are utilized to seal the end of the hollow bore so as to contain the control elements therein.
Abstract: A circuit board and component manipulation device includes a housing having a circuit board clamp located thereon for positioning a circuit board on the housing. Hot gas for soldering or desoldering operations can be directed to components on the circuit board from one or the other of both an upper gas duct and a lower gas duct, both of which are fed gas from a blower. Each of the ducts include an individual heater located therein so as to control heat input to the gas passing through the ducts. The upper duct terminates in a discharge head which includes a nozzle attached thereto. The nozzle includes an appropriate opening so as to receive a circuit component. The opening is surrounded by a skirt with the gas ducts then positioned outwardly from the skirt. By positioning the component within the skirt, the component is isolated from hot gas utilized for soldering or desoldering of the connectors of the component to an appropriate circuit board.
February 24, 1984
Date of Patent:
September 9, 1986
Eldon Industries, Inc.
Thomas A. Koltuniak, William A. Lawrence
Abstract: A toy vehicle has a body having left and right side walls and an arcuate wall extending from front to rear located inbetween the left and right side walls. The body is supported by wheels, a portion of each of the wheels extending upwardly through an opening formed wherein the side walls join the arcuate wall. A cylindrical element is positioned on the vehicle over the arcuate wall between the left and the right side walls so as to rest on the portions of the wheels which extend upwardly through the openings in the arcuate wall. As the vehicle is rolled on a surface, rotation of the wheels of the vehicle is transferred to the cylindrical element to rotate the same on the body of the vehicle. The cylindrical element has a plurality of openings shaped so as to receive a like plurality of blocks. The blocks can be placed within the cylindrical element by inserting them through the appropriate openings.
Abstract: An activity toy, having a spherical housing which is flattened at its poles so as to be supportable at two places on a support surface, has an elongated helical member which extends within the interior from one of the poles to the other. A bushing is fitted around the helical member and is sized so as to very lightly frictionally engage the helical member whereby when it moves along the longitudinal axis of the helical member, the friction between it and the helical member rotates it on the helical member. A collar is located around the bushing. The collar is free to spin independent of the bushing. However, during travel of the bushing along the helical member, the rotation of the bushing is communicated to the collar. The collar includes a plurality of axles which extend away from the collar, each of which carries an object on its end.
Abstract: A locking device for connecting a first structure to a second structure has a lock body receptacle attaching to one of the structures. The lock body receptacle has a hollow interior and includes an opening allowing the insertion of a padlock type lock body into the interior of the receptacle. The face of the receptacle which overlaps the top of the padlock type lock body includes a first and second openings which are positioned so as to align with the corresponding two openings in the top of the padlock type lock body. The opposite face of the receptacle includes an opening allowing for access to the keyway of the padlock type lock body. A shank support member is connected to the other structure. The shank support member includes at least one shank which is positioned in a location on the support member so as pass through one of the openings in the lock body receptacle and into the appropriate opening in the top of the padlock type lock body to lock the shank to the padlock type lock body.
Abstract: A sequential action toy has a housing with a motor located in the housing. A disc is connected to the motor with the motor rotating the disc within the housing. The disc has a first and second cam surface located on it with the first cam surface extending axially a greater distance away from the surface of the disc than the second cam surface. A first movable member is mounted on the housing in association with the disc and includes a cam follower located thereon which is capable of being engaged by both the first and the second cams as the disc is rotated by the motor. Engagement of the cam follower on the first movable member moves the first movable member on the housing. A second movable member is also associated with the disc and includes a cam follower located thereon, except the cam follower on the second movable member is only capable of engaging the second cam on the disc with the second movable member then moving in response to engagement by the second cam as the disc is rotated.
Abstract: A toy vehicle having a chassis and a plurality of wheels mounted on the chassis includes a wind up motor which is connected to at least one of the wheels. At least one detent is located in association with the wheel which is connected to the wind up motor. A member is mounted on the vehicle which is capable of engaging with the detent whenever the wheels of the vehicle no longer contact a support surface. Contact of the member in the detent prevents unwinding of the motor. Thus, whenever the wheels of the vehicle are not supported on the contact surface such as when the vehicle is overturned or the like the motor is prevented from unwinding.
Abstract: A miniature action toy suitable for strapping to the wrist of the user includes a windup motor having a control pawl and ratchet wheel. An indicia carrier strip is located on two spools which are driven by an output gear of the motor. A first control element is positioned over the indicia strip so as to move laterally side to side over the indicia strip, and up and down toward and away from the indicia strip. A second control element is positioned so as to contact the first control element and further includes a pawl locking element which is positioned so as to contact the motor pawl. In response to upward movement of the first control element away from the indicia strip, the pawl locking element locks with the motor pawl so as to freeze the motor. In response to movement of the first control element down toward the indicia strip, the pawl locking element disengages from the pawl so as to free the motor and allow the output gear to roll the spools and the indicia strip attached thereto.