Patents Assigned to Meyer/Glass Design
  • Patent number: 6729508
    Abstract: A mechanical beading system is disclosed. Specifically, the beading system rotates a stiff but flexible beading wire inside an appropriately-shaped container of beads, causing them to slide onto the open end of the beading wire. The beading wire engages the beading mechanism with an endpiece which also allows the beading wire to be removeably fixed in place to complete the work.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2004
    Assignee: Meyer/Glass Design, Ltd.
    Inventors: Randall Jon Klimpert, Dianne Lauble
  • Publication number: 20030157865
    Abstract: A toy with electronic sensing mechanism is disclosed. Specifically, the toy can detect the presence of an electrically conductive material and respond accordingly. Particularly disclosed is the use of modeling dough as the conductive material which allows a broad flexibility of play and response.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 19, 2002
    Publication date: August 21, 2003
    Applicant: Meyer/Glass Design
    Inventors: Elizabeth Pacza-Steim, David Christianson
  • Patent number: 6361395
    Abstract: A new toy for young children incorporating a coil feature is disclosed. A coil preferably an expansion spring, is covered with a sleeve. A head is then affixed to the coil, either directly or to the sleeve as an intermediary, forming the toy. The sleeve may also be extended past the end of the coil, forming a soft tail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 1998
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2002
    Assignee: Meyer/Glass Design, Ltd.
    Inventor: Elizabeth Pacza
  • Patent number: 5779552
    Abstract: An illusory liquid apparatus is disclosed which provides the illusion of an item appearing and disappearing. An illusory item is suspended in a translucent or opaque fluid, and raised and lowered to alternatively be visible at the top of the fluid, and hidden under the surface of the fluid. Also disclosed is a new means for moving the illusory item by means of magnetic attraction. A magnetic attractor is placed in the illusory item, and magnetic attraction is used to raise and lower the illusory item. Alternatively, liquid may be moved to alternatively cover a fixed illusory item and then reveal it, or a mechanical linkage used to raise and lower the illusory item in the liquid. A new configuration for an illusory liquid apparatus is also disclosed in which the completely sealed outer body and inner vessel of the illusory liquid apparatus avoids the use of complex mechanical linkages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 1996
    Date of Patent: July 14, 1998
    Assignee: Meyer/Glass Design, Ltd.
    Inventors: Lisa Gelfond, Sandra A. Levin, Randall Jon Klimpert, Horst Dieter Herbstler
  • Patent number: 5735521
    Abstract: A textured surface improvement for puzzles is disclosed. A flocking material is applied to selected areas of a multi-piece puzzle. If the puzzle portrays an image, the areas and flocking are matched to provide greater realism and entertainment value. The flocking material also guides the user and makes the puzzle easier to reassemble.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 1996
    Date of Patent: April 7, 1998
    Assignee: Meyer/Glass Design, Ltd.
    Inventor: Randall Jon Klimpert
  • Patent number: 5571037
    Abstract: A noise making toy in the shape of a hammer. A handle is attached to a collapsible plastic bellows. The bellows has a striking base closing one end and an opening at its opposite end. A sphere closing the opening is attached to the striking base by a tether which may either be rigid or elastic. When the striking base of the bellows is hit against a surface, the bellows is compressed, unseating the sphere and forcing air out through the opening thus creating a noise. When the bellows returns to its uncompressed condition, the tether returns the sphere to its seated position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 1995
    Date of Patent: November 5, 1996
    Assignee: Meyer/Glass Design
    Inventor: Craig D. Sellers
  • Patent number: 5421444
    Abstract: A disk actuated mechanism for a toy which accepts and responds to disks of different diameters. The mechanism can be adapted to a housing having a circular opening in the housing and a disk reservoir in the housing located below the circular opening. A shaft connects the opening and the disk reservoir. A disk carrier is mounted in the shaft for vertical movement from the opening towards a disk discharge position. A handle is connected to the disk carrier for moving the carrier to the disk discharge position. A mechanism engages a disk on the disk carrier to determine its diameter and provide an output indicative of its diameter. A detent mechanism is provided to prevent the handle from moving the disk carrier to the disk discharge position unless a disk is inserted in the disk carrier. Downward insertion of the disk into the disk carrier disengages the detent mechanism and allows the handle to move the disk carrier to the disk discharge position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 1994
    Date of Patent: June 6, 1995
    Assignee: Meyer/Glass Design
    Inventor: John R. Wildman
  • Patent number: 5228880
    Abstract: A drive mechanism for a toy vehicle. The drive mechanism connects a drive shaft of the vehicle to a driven wheel having an axis of rotation. It includes a first arm affixed to the vehicle drive shaft for rotation therewith. A second arm is affixed to the wheel axle for rotation with the axle. The first and second arms are pivotally connected together at a position offset from the drive shaft and the wheel axis. A spring biases the arms into an overlapping relationship in which, during normal rolling movement of the vehicle, the drive shaft is aligned with the driven wheel so that the wheel rotates about the axis of the drive shaft. A first stop is provided to engage the arms to limit rotation of the arms about their pivotal connection relative to each other in the direction of rotation of the wheel axle. A second stop engages the arms to limit rotation of the arms away from each other towards a fully extended position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 1992
    Date of Patent: July 20, 1993
    Assignee: Meyer/Glass Design
    Inventors: Burton C. Meyer, Eugene Jaworski, John R. Wildman
  • Patent number: 5228687
    Abstract: A football having a body formed of a foam material an oblate spheroid contour being substantially symmetrical about a major axis and a minor axis. An outwardly opening groove is formed in the outer surface of the body and extends circumferentially about the minor axis. A soft, resilient plastic ring is seated in the groove. The ring has a weight in the range of approximately one-third to approximately the weight of the foam body. Shallow dimples are formed on the outer surface of the body with the dimples arranged in a plurality of rows extending along the major axis of the body. Each row has a number of dimples located on a compound curve which passes through a meridian at the minor axis of the body, has loops on opposite sides of the meridian and terminates at the meridian at opposite ends of the body. The diameters of the dimples decrease from the largest diameters located adjacent the minor axis of the body to the smallest diameters adjacent the ends of the body along the major axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 1983
    Date of Patent: July 20, 1993
    Assignee: Meyer/Glass Design
    Inventors: Mark T. Luecke, Craig C. Williamson
  • Patent number: 5215509
    Abstract: A rope jumping device, including a rope having opposite ends, a platform and an elongated handle. The arm is rotatably mounted on the handle near one end thereof. An anchor is pivotally connected to the platform. One end of the rope is connected to the arm and the other end is connected to the anchor. The rope is of sufficient length such that a user, when standing on the platform, will be able to hold the handle above his or her head. Manipulation of the handle by rotation when the handle is elevated above the head of the user causes rotation of the arm, the rope and the anchor, with the rope describing a generally hyperbolic path above the pivotal connection of the anchor to the base. The arm is mounted on the handle for limited longitudinal movement relative to one end of the handle in addition to rotational mounting on the handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 1992
    Date of Patent: June 1, 1993
    Assignee: Meyer/Glass Design
    Inventor: Burton C. Meyer
  • Patent number: 5102381
    Abstract: A jump rope which produces bubbles as it is rotated. A hollow liquid containing handle is located at each end of the jump rope. A bubble diffusor is positioned near each handle. A flexible liquid transporting tube connects each handle with its bubble diffusor. Each bubble diffusor includes coaxial tubes having an annular space between the tubes. Aligned openings are formed in the inner and outer coaxial tubes. The liquid bubble producing solution moves from the handles to the annular space between the tubes of the diffusor as the rope is rotated during jumping. The liquid bubble producing liquid spreads across the openings. Air passing through the openings in the coaxial tubes produces bubbles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 1991
    Date of Patent: April 7, 1992
    Assignee: Meyer/Glass Design
    Inventors: Ann Danielak, Randall J. Klimpert, John R. Wildman, Horst D. Herbstler, Burton C. Meyer, Robert Wildman, Russell Gold
  • Patent number: D453030
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2002
    Assignee: Meyer/Glass Design, Ltd.
    Inventors: Christopher Lutchen, Bruce Edward Foster
  • Patent number: D394886
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 1997
    Date of Patent: June 2, 1998
    Assignee: Meyer/Glass Design, Ltd.
    Inventors: Allison Katzman, Randall Jon Klimpert, Dianne Elizabeth Lauble, Michael John Lichodziejewski, Craig Dennis Sellers, Paula Yurkovic
  • Patent number: D396070
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 14, 1998
    Assignee: Meyer/Glass Design, Ltd.
    Inventors: Allison Katzman, Randall Jon Klimpert, Dianne Elizabeth Lauble, Michael John Lichodziejewski, Craig Dennis Sellers, Paula Yurkovic
  • Patent number: D396071
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 14, 1998
    Assignee: Meyer/Glass Design, Ltd.
    Inventors: Allison Katzman, Randall Jon Klimpert, Dianne Elizabeth Lauble, Michael John Lichodziejewski, Craig Dennis Sellers, Paula Yurkovic
  • Patent number: D396072
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 14, 1998
    Assignee: Meyer/Glass Design, Ltd.
    Inventors: Allison Katzman, Randall Jon Klimpert, Dianne Elizabeth Lauble, Michael John Lichodziejewski, Craig Dennis Sellers, Paula Yurkovic
  • Patent number: D398943
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 29, 1998
    Assignee: Meyer/Glass Design, Ltd.
    Inventors: Allison Katzman, Randall Jon Klimpert, Dianne Elizabeth Lauble, Michael John Lichodziejewski, Craig Dennis Sellers, Paula Yurkovic