FOAM SPORT BALL WITH INTEGRAL LIGHT SOURCE
A ball comprising a body having a channel and a compartment formed therein and a light source disposed within the channel.
Foam sport balls are popular toys; however it is well known that their usefulness is limited by their visibility. Thus, what is needed is a foam sport ball having an integrated light source that can withstand the forces such a ball is typically exposed to without sacrificing functional characteristics such as weight and aerodynamics.
Various embodiments in accordance with the present disclosure will be described with reference to the drawings in which:
The subject matter of the present patent specification is a conceptual foam sport ball featuring an integral light source (the “present foam sport ball”), which pertains to the art of consumer-product conception, design, and manufacture, particularly as it relates to sports-related toys. Pursuant to the patent laws of the United States, this Detailed Description of the present patent specification, in conjunction with the complete disclosure of the accompanying drawings briefly described above, describes various illustrative embodiments of the present foam sport ball. These specific illustrative embodiments provide persons having ordinary skill in the art a full, clear, and concise written description of the broader concept of the present foam sports ball, thereby enabling such an ordinarily skilled person to make and use all of the possible embodiments of the present foam sport ball, even though all such embodiments are not explicitly described in the present section.
However, as is required by law, neither this written description, nor the referenced drawings, defines the full scope of the present foam sports ball to which its inventor claims exclusive rights; that is the exclusive role of the Claims which conclude this patent specification. Accordingly, persons of ordinary skill in the art should not read this Detailed Description to limit the scope of the present foam sports ball, nor to imply any preference of the described embodiments over any other embodiment, unless such a limitation or preference is explicitly identified herein. For example, in the non-limiting embodiments described below, a cavity or compartment is formed near the surface of the ball for storing a power source such as a battery. However, the claims do not define a ball limited to having such a compartment formed near the ball's surface.
The flexible plastic member 128 acts as a transmission medium for light emitted by the LED 124. When a battery is present and the switch 120 is in an “on” position, the LED will illuminate causing light waves to propagate through the flexible plastic member. Some portion of the light will escape the member 128 rather than continue to propagate within it, causing the entire length of the member to illuminate from within.
Exemplary illustrative embodiments of the present foam sport ball have been described in detail above and in the accompanying figures for descriptive purposes. However, as noted above, the scope of the present foam sport ball is defined by the claims below and is not limited to the embodiments described above or depicted in the figures. Accordingly, the claimed ball encompasses all modifications and equivalents of the subject matter as permitted by applicable law. Embodiments differing from those described and shown herein, but still within the scope of the ball defined by the various claims below, are envisioned by the inventor and will be apparent to persons having ordinary skill in the relevant art in view of this specification as a whole. For example,
1. A ball comprising a body having a channel and a compartment formed therein and a light source disposed within said channel.
2. The ball of claim 1, wherein said ball generally defines a prolate spheroid.
3. The ball of claim 1, wherein said ball generally defines a sphere.
4. The ball of claim 1, wherein said body is substantially made up of polyurethane foam.
5. The ball of claim 1, wherein said light source is a flexible light emitting diode (LED) strip.
6. The ball of claim 1, wherein said body is formed with a passage connecting said channel with said compartment and further comprising at least one electrical conductor disposed within said passage having first and second ends, said first end being connectable to said light source, and at least one terminal connector connected to said second end, said at least one terminal connector being connectable to a terminal on a power source for said light source.
7. The ball of claim 6, further comprising a power source having at least one terminal and being disposed in said compartment, said power source being connectable to said at least one terminal connector.
Filed: Feb 27, 2014
Publication Date: Aug 28, 2014
Inventor: Martin Crowley (Seatlle, WA)
Application Number: 14/192,761
International Classification: A63B 43/06 (20060101);