Abstract: A game of chance having a playing surface including a plurality of betting areas. The betting areas have a plurality of betting squares for wagering upon a selected result produced by a random result selector such as dice. In one embodiment, the random result selector comprises a plurality of dice having a plurality of faces, each face embossed with either a number or a special symbol. Each betting square contains result indicators that correspond to a selected one of the plurality of results. In addition, each betting square contains payoff indicator that indicates the payoff associated with a winning wager on the selected betting square. A single random result leads to a final and unequivocal outcome of all bets made on all betting squares. The playing surface is adapted to be placed over existing casino equipment, or may be used alone.
Abstract: A display case for displaying and dispensing promotional literature, business cards, and the like at unattended sites. The case has a flat base which is supported on one or two nails driven into a supporting environmental surface. The base has a rain hood for protecting papers contained within the display case. A transparent or translucent door is hinged at the bottom to the base, and inclines forwardly to reveal a first or principal pocket containing brochures and a second pocket supported in piggyback fashion on the first pocket. The door has a forwardly bent tab at the top for grasping the door when opening the same. Transparent or translucent nature of the door reveals brochures contained within the display case. The second pocket is smaller, and is preferably dedicated to containing business cards. The hinge is preferably a live hinge fabricated from an elastic material, so that the hinge urges the door into a closed position.
Abstract: A ground penetrometer for determining pH and oxidation reduction potential (ORP) of soils. The penetrometer includes an ORP electrode, a pH electrode, reference electrodes, and a temperature sensor. A singular reference electrode device establishes two reference partial electrical circuits complementing the ORP and pH electrodes. The reference electrode device includes an electrolytic chamber isolated from soil being investigated by an ion permeable ceramic barrier. Electrolytic liquids are retained within their chamber. The temperature sensor and the electrical circuits generate voltage or current signals to transducers, which in turn generate data signals responsive to the electrical signals to a microprocessor. The penetrometer, a driver for forcing the penetrometer into the ground, and the microprocessor are carried on a motorized vehicle to and about a site being investigated.
Abstract: An operable, knockdown flueless fireplace for installation in rooms and buildings not originally intended to accommodate a fireplace. The fireplace has a thin walled, cast metal facade comprising a front face, two sides, a mantel, and a hearth. Each component of the facade has flanges bearing holes formed therein for enabling bolted assembly of the fireplace. At least one of these components of the facade is ornamented to include sculpted features in bas relief of Victorian or antique appearance. The fireplace also has a firebox open to the front of the fireplace and closed at the top, a horizontal grate for supporting artificial logs, a front grate, and a bottom grate. Apparatus for burning gelled alcohol fuel is housed in the firebox within a dedicated holder having a lid for extinguishing combustion.
Abstract: A fire extinguisher bracket having a beacon for rendering the fire extinguisher conspicuous even in a darkened location. The bracket has structure for engaging the fire extinguisher and structure for mounting the bracket to an environmental surface. The beacon may be audible or visible or both, and may be arranged for constant or intermittent operation. A battery carried by the bracket powers the beacon. Optionally, beacon operation is switched to conserve battery power. Both manual and automatic switches may be included. Automatic switches, if provided, operate the beacon subject to a specified condition, such as detection of motion, thereby assuring likelihood of human presence, and detection of placement of a fire extinguisher within the bracket. Switches may be arranged for selective manual and automatic operation of the beacon.
Abstract: A cable operated, in-line skate braking system that is originally or retrofittedly attached to an in-line skate. The braking system has rigid main body portions laterally disposed of the shoe component of the skate and can be part of the right skate, the left skate, or both. An actuating line is anchored at the user's waist, and is connected to the brake mechanism. Rearward of the shoe component, the rigid main body portion projects upwardly and away from the plane of the skating surface, and forms a pair of arms that holds the brake mechanism. The brake is slidably secured to the main body, and moves into contact with the ground when the actuating line is drawn. The skating surface engaging area of the brake body is held such that it is maintained parallel to the ground. The actuating line branches into two actuating cables that pass through guides and pulleys mounted on each of the skate.
Abstract: Two cooperating members for sealing a shower curtain to an associated shower stall. One member is stationary, and is permanently fixed to the shower stall. The other member attaches to the shower curtain, magnetically adhering to the stationary member, and has a handle for maneuvering. The stationary member is triangular, contacting and attaching to the sill of the bathtub and to a vertical wall of the stall at two faces, and presenting the third face to the handle member. The handle member has a flat surface for cooperating with the third face of the stationary member. The handle member is formed in two mating parts which close around the shower curtain.
Abstract: A skate having simultaneously retracted front and rear wheels. A retraction mechanism mounted below the show includes a linkage member yoked to all wheels. The retraction member includes cams or ramps which guide the wheels to move in an inclined direction, thereby retracting into the housing of the retraction mechanism and extending below the housing. When retracted, only the flat bottom surface of the housing is exposed below the housing. A linkage member rotated by a key disposed at the heel of the shoe moves the wheels along the ramps in tandem.
Abstract: An anti-theft device for obstructing access to a nut securing a propeller on a drive shaft of an outboard engine assembly. The device comprises a two part yoke which partially encircles the housing of the engine assembly and its drive train at one end, and at its other end locates a cap over the nut threaded to the drive shaft. The two parts enable adjustment of the longitudinal dimension of the device, for accommodating outboard engine assemblies of different dimensions. In alternative embodiments, two types of locks are provided. One type is an integral key operated locking cylinder. The other type accepts a conventional padlock. In a further alternative embodiment, the cap has projections for engaging propeller blades and preventing these blades from rotating when the device is installed.
Abstract: A hand held razor configured to provide a cutting pattern suitable for penetrating into and cleanly shaving corners and similar areas of a person's face providing restricted access to razors. The razor has a head holding three blades disposed in parallel, spaced apart relation occupying a single plane, and a handle. The head and handle generally form a tee. The three blades are of different lengths, and are held centered on the head in order of progressively increasing length, with the shortest blade disposed at the bottom of the head. The right and left ends of the blades define respective straight lines arranged at thirty degree angles to the axis of the handle.
Abstract: A ball return chute for a basketball hoop, and a modular basket assembly utilizing the novel chute. The chute engages the hoop by C-shaped members which slip over the rod stock of the hoop at the slot formed in each C. The chute can be rotated three hundred sixty degrees about the hoop, so as to return a ball passing downwardly through the hoop in any selected direction. The basket assembly includes a bracket for permanent attachment to a vertical environmental surface. The bracket has hooks or equivalent receptacles for receiving trunnion arms formed in a member projecting from the hoop. The hoop may thus be removably supported in an operable position by the bracket. The hoop and attached chute are removed from and installed on the bracket when desired.
March 12, 1997
Date of Patent:
July 14, 1998
Linn Edward Townsend, Daniel Lathe Townsend
Abstract: A machine for rehabilitating and exercising the lower back. The machine includes a stationary seat having an adjustably positioned footrest, and a pivotally mounted seatback. The seatback has adjustably positioned handgrips and a dead man switch. A motorized hydraulic system moves the seatback to incline forwardly from the vertical, and to return to the vertical. The degree of pivot is adjustable. A pelvic restraint secures the user'sbody in operative position, so that all work must be performed by the back. A strain gauge provides an input to a microprocessor, which in turn activates a display indicating effort. The hydraulic system is powered so as to move the body either in the absence of muscular resistance and in the presence of even maximal resistance.
Abstract: A dust collecting shroud for removably attaching to a circular saw. The shroud is horizontally oriented relative to the blade of the circular saw in a position parallel to and below the base of the circular saw. The shroud has upper and lower panels enclosing and defining a dust collection chamber. The upper and lower panels have overlying slots for passing the blade and blade guard through the shroud. A short conduit stub communicating with the dust collection chamber is provided for accepting connection of a vacuum hose, which hose is not part of the invention, for evacuation of cuttings from the chamber. A removable panel has a slot of variable width, for cooperating very closely with the blade and the blade guard. This removable panel is reversibly inserted into the shroud, so that the circular saw may be reversibly mounted to the shroud. Threaded studs project upwardly from the shroud, so that they penetrate holes drilled into commercially available electrically powered circular saws.
Abstract: A wheeled carriage for supporting a target. The carriage can be drawn along the ground or alternatively, is self-powered. If self-powered, the carriage optionally includes radio frequency remote controls. Two wheels are preferably mounted on an axle which pivotally engages the carriage, thereby enabling facile turning. The carriage has two upwardly projecting posts for engaging the target. One post is fixed to the carriage and the other is pivotally and horizontally slidably mounted thereto for adjustment in engaging corresponding structure of the target.
March 10, 1997
Date of Patent:
July 7, 1998
Herbert D. Jones, Robert T. Scarborough
Abstract: The present invention features an portable, programmable interferential stimulator for the administering of neuromuscular electrotherapy to a human subject. A number of pre-programmed modulation modes are easily selectable using a keypad and a self-contained alpha-numeric display. Compliance data including the number, length and mode of usage sessions is captured and stored internally in non-volatile memory. Automatic shut-off at the end of a therapy session is also included. An optional bi-directional, serial interface allows for loading custom programs from an external computer session into the instant stimulator. The interface also allows for uploading compliance data to the external computer for analysis or archiving.
Abstract: A modular shelf organizer for partitioning a shelf. The organizer includes a plurality of trays each having a floor and four short upright walls, and a fence for spanning adjacent trays. The fence forms a storage compartment between two trays, and prevents stored items from rolling off the shelf. The fence comprises one or more fence members further comprising a short wall having a plurality of slots. Corresponding slots are formed in right and left lateral walls of the tray. Fence members can therefore attach to a tray by friction and gravity, and are manually removable therefrom. Supports are provided to support otherwise unsupported fence members where fence members are arranged in series between two adjacent trays. A support has a slot for receiving one or two fence members, and a flared opening for guiding a fence member into the slot. Each tray has interior subdividers which interconnect in a manner similar to that attaching fence members to trays.
Abstract: A cushion for absorbing impacts from baseballs and the like. The cushion is worn beneath a glove, and comprises a base panel fabricated from leather and an absorbent panel fabricated from foam rubber. That portion formed by foam rubber overlies the upper palm of the user's hand. The leather panel extends over one finger just sufficiently far to support a band encircling that finger. The band immobilizes the cushion when worn. The band is an open loop closed by hook and loop material, thereby enabling adjustment of the circumference of the band when closed. The leather panel extends laterally to the side of the palm at which point a tether is attached. The tether retains the novel cushion together with a particular glove.
Abstract: An autoclave having end walls sturdily attached to one another by rods and a mobile, cylindrical lateral wall. When the lateral wall is moved into an operable position over the end walls, thereby sealing a working chamber defined between the end walls and when steam is introduced into the working chamber, each end wall will counteract pressure acting on its opposing counterpart. The autoclave need not be reinforced to hold the walls together. The rods connecting the end walls are hollow, and have ports disposed within the working chamber, so that steam may be introduced into the working chamber through these rods. Air from within the working chamber may also be vented by the rods. The lateral wall is vertically oriented and moved. A retaining wall traps condensate, which would otherwise escape when the lateral wall is lifted. An optional powered apparatus lifts and lowers the lateral wall into positions respectively exposing and sealing the working chamber.
Abstract: An elastic, jawed tether for securing a lid to an associated container, such as a garbage can. The tether comprises an elongated strap terminating at each end in a jawed clamp. The clamp has a self-locking device, such as a cam arrangement, and a screw for closing and locking the jaws in place. A swivel bearing connects each clamp to the strap, so that the clamps have no tendency to twist the strap.
Abstract: A bag configured to carry and cooperate closely with one or more hockey sticks. The bag has an elongated section and an enlarged head projecting from the elongated section at an obtuse angle. A zipper is disposed upon the enlarged head for access into the bag. The bag has a shoulder sling having snaps for removable attachment to the bag, two rigid, small handles arranged abreast of one another, or both. If a shoulder sling is provided, the sling preferably attaches at one end to the inside of the elbow formed at the juncture of the elongated section and enlarged head. The bag preferably has two external pockets for carrying pucks and rolls of tape. The bag is formed from a flexible material, but in an alternative embodiment, may be formed from a rigid material.