Abstract: Capture/display packaging structure for a ball-like, or other hand-manipulable, article including an enclosure having spaced, opposite sides and an open exposure window intermediate those sides exposing a capture/display area for an article, and pinioning structure including at least one portion extending from adjacent one of such sides into the capture/display area adapted to pinion an article on display in the capture/display area.
Abstract: A method of forming a ball-shaped unit including (1) molding an inner core subunit from a high-resilience, polyurethane foam material, (2) lining the wall of a mold cavity which is larger than such a formed inner core subunit with a thin film of an outer, skin-forming material--preferably a water-based, pigmented, acrylic emulsion, barrier release coating for urethane foam, (3) suspending the inner core subunit generally centrally within and circumsurroundedly spaced from the lined mold cavity wall, (4) filling the space intermediate the inner core subunit and the lined mold cavity wall with a soft, slow-return, polyurethane material thus to form an outer core subunit which encases the inner core subunit and which is encased by the skin-forming material, and (5) removing from the mold cavity, in the form of the desired ball-shaped unit, the assembly including the inner and outer core subunits and the skin-forming material.
Abstract: A multi-component game ball comprising (1) a generally football-shaped inner core formed of a high-resilience, polyurethane foam, (2) a generally football-shaped outer core encasing and bound to the inner core formed preferably of a soft, slow-return, polyurethane foam, (3) a thin, generally football-shaped, high-friction, grip-enhancing outer skin encasing and bound to the outer core formed preferably of a water-based, pigmented, acrylic emulsion, barrier release coating for urethane foam, and (4) a flight-enhancing, elongate tail structure extending from within the assembly (made up of the inner and outer cores and the skin) and extending outwardly along the ball's long axis, with radially extending fin structure forming part thereof.
Abstract: A mitt having opposite, matching side expanses forming opposite sides of the mitt is disclosed. Each side expanse is made up of a foam layer sandwiched between opposed overlay layers. The mitt may be shaped for use either on the left hand or the right hand, with a web in the mitt having a reversible concavo-convex shape which is changed depending upon the hand with which the mitt is used.
September 9, 1994
Date of Patent:
January 14, 1997
OddzOn Products, Inc.
Ron LaRonge, Thomas H. Grimm, Diana L. Wooldridge, Scott H. Stillinger
Abstract: An amusement ball is provided which has both a soft, pliable surface texture and good rebound characteristics. The ball has a resilient inner body at its core which is surrounded by at least one layer of foam. The foam imparts softness to the exterior of the ball. An outer layer of covering material surrounds the foam. The outer layer includes at least a portion of stretchable cloth fabric which allows the outer layer to stretch when the ball is rebounded. That reduces the loss of rebounding energy which would otherwise occur due to compression of the foam surrounding the core. As a result, the ball bounces higher and is generally more lively. An improved outer layer material for soft skin inflated balls is also disclosed. The skin is preferably a stretchable knitted fabric which stretches at least twenty-five percent (25%) in all directions in the plane of the fabric. The invention also includes an amusement ball having a specified thickness of polyurethane foam surrounding the core.
Abstract: A ring-like throwable flying toy including outer and inner, generally concentric, deformable boundary structures, and an air-foil web joined to and tensed between the structures. In all embodiments, the outer structure includes a springy, nominally circular armature that is readily, appreciably impact deformable. And in certain modifications, the inner structure also includes such an armature.