Including Motor To Move Member, Magnet, Or Partition Patents (Class 446/136)
  • Patent number: 10065129
    Abstract: An entertainment venue comprising a performance area and a spectator area surrounding the performance area, wherein the spectator area includes a static spectator portion and a dynamic spectator portion, the dynamic spectator portion including a track substrate defining a continuous loop around the performance area, a plurality of spectator pods adapted for movement around the loop relative to the track substrate; and a platform located adjacent to the track substrate, wherein each pod is spaced from and not physically connected to a neighboring pod; and each pod includes at least one proximity sensor connected to a controller, the controller being adapted to maintain a predetermined minimum spacing between adjacent pods when the pods are in motion and/or detect a foreign object located between adjacent pods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: C360 (I.P.) LIMITED
    Inventor: Glenn Hoddle
  • Patent number: 8262431
    Abstract: A traveling toy system is provided, in which it is immediately confirmed where a self-driven towing vehicle is located under an upper track member. Two annular light permeable regions (5B, 5C) are disposed in the upper track member (5). A light emitting means (47) is attached to the self-driven towing vehicle (21). The two light permeable regions (5B, 5C) transmit light emitted from the light emitting means (47) of the self-driven towing vehicle (21). It is recognizable where the light emitting means (47) emits light under the light permeable regions (5B, 5C), as viewed from above the upper track member (5). Thus, it is easy to find where the self-driven towing vehicle (21) is by locating the light-emitting place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Assignee: Konami Digital Entertainment Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Makoto Nakano, Kazuki Takahashi
  • Publication number: 20110053454
    Abstract: A decorative toy is provided. The decorative toy comprises a housing, a magnetic device and a driving device which are disposed in the housing, wherein a magnetic ornament is disposed on the housing; the magnetic device has a fixing base and a magnet pivotally connected to the fixing base via a revolving shaft; and the driving device has a mechanical-winding spring motor and a plurality of intermeshed gears for transmitting a driving force from the spring motor to the revolving shaft to rotate the magnet and vary the magnetic field generated by the magnet, thereby making the magnetic ornament on the housing rotate, sway or move by the variation of magnetic field.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 25, 2009
    Publication date: March 3, 2011
    Inventor: Yen-Shao HSU
  • Patent number: 7666055
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a traveling device for moving toys.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2010
    Assignee: Robomation Co., Ltd
    Inventor: Kyoung Jin Kim
  • Patent number: 7297042
    Abstract: A toy includes at least two articles. At least one of the articles has a movement or change of condition component which is caused to occur by magnetic attraction between magnets and/or magnetically attractive material via the respective articles when brought into proximity. The movement is created by a drive assembly provided in one of the articles and connected to a magnet or magnetically attractive material such that the movement force can be transferred between the articles via the magnetic attraction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2007
    Assignee: Evolve NPD Limited
    Inventor: Brian Whitehead
  • Patent number: 7235013
    Abstract: In a game machine, platen dots are provided on a traveling field. A plurality of self-propelled members are provided on the traveling field. Each self-propelled member includes a first linear motor and a second linear motor for respectively propelling the self-propelled member in a first direction and a second direction perpendicular to each other. A miniature member is coupled with a motor so as to be rotatably supported on each self-propelled member. A controller controls the motor such that a rotated angle of the miniature member is determined in accordance with a propelling direction of the self-propelled member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2007
    Assignee: Konami Corporation
    Inventor: Yusuke Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 7192628
    Abstract: A substrate is printed with areas of magnetizable ink. The magnetizable ink is compressed into the surface of the substrate, and overprinted to hide it. Suitable inks for the purpose are disclosed. The ink may be permanently magnetized in any of a variety of patterns.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2007
    Assignee: Sandvik Innovations LLC
    Inventor: Roger I. Burrows
  • Toy
    Patent number: 6887121
    Abstract: The invention relates to the provision of the toy. The toy comprising at least one article, a play area and, in certain embodiments, a movement device. The play area can be formed with a magnetically attractive base and walls or portions of the same can be so formed. The article is formed with magnetically attractive material, typically magnets, at spaced locations and the article is formed of flexible material such that movement of the magnets by a magnetic moving force cause flexing and movement of parts of the article. The article can depict, in a model form, an animate character such as a human or animal and the movement allowed by the flexible material improves the realism of the same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2005
    Assignee: Origin Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Brian Whitehead
  • Patent number: 6840837
    Abstract: In a racing game machine, a traveling field, on which platen dots are provided, extends below a racing track. A plurality of self-propelled members are provided on the traveling field. Each self-propelled member includes a first linear motor a second linear motor for propelling the self-propelled member in an arbitrary direction on the traveling field, and includes a first magnet provided in an upper portion thereof. A plurality of miniature members are provided on the racing track to be raced with each other, while being associated with the respective self-propelled members. Each miniature member includes front wheels and rear wheels provided on a bottom face thereof for supporting the miniature member on the racing track. The front wheels are provided as caster wheels. A second magnet is provided in a front side of the caster wheels while being magnetically coupled with the first magnet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2005
    Assignee: Konami Corporation
    Inventor: Yusuke Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 6824441
    Abstract: The invention relates to a toy comprising a surface along which an article is moved, in one embodiment, by the use of magnetic attraction between a movable magnet or magnetic material under the surface, and the article. The invention relates to the provision on the article of a movable portion, such as, a leg or a wheel the movement of which is driven by the movement of the article along the surface. The movable portions can be utilized to add to the realism and/or control of the article as it moves along the surface and/or can be used to move a component or portion of the article as the same moves along the surface, or, by the use of stored energy device the component can be moved when the article has stopped moving along the surface and the movement of the component adds to the appeal of the article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2004
    Assignee: Origin Products Ltd.
    Inventors: Christopher Charles Wiggs, Christopher Joseph Crabtree Taylor
  • Patent number: 6604977
    Abstract: A wobbling toy (20) comprising: a body (21), a shaft (23) attached to the body, and a wheel (24) which is rotatable around the shaft (23), for moving the body, wherein the wheel (24) is attached out of perpendicular to the shaft (23). The wheel comprises a magnet (24a and 24b) and the wobbling toy can travel by a magnetic force which exerts to the magnet of the wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2003
    Assignee: Tomy Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Shinya Saito, Kaoru Igarashi
  • Patent number: 6467206
    Abstract: The invention concerns a multipurpose advertisement device, with a carrier frame (1) comprising one or more border parts (2, 2′) with an information carrying outer surface (2c) and with a primary information carrying means (4) for the displaying of characters and/or figures and/or other symbols for attracting attention. The primary information carrying means (4) have magnetic first connecting means (4a). Within the device there is a movable, rotating second connecting means (5b), with an attracting magnetic force between the first and second connecting means (4a, 5b). The primary information carrying means (4) is movably positioned on the outer surface (2a) of the device, and the second connecting means (5b) is positioned within the device in the proximity of the first connecting means (4a).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2002
    Inventor: József Bognár
  • Patent number: 6396375
    Abstract: A driving mechanism is located below a transparent hollow casing of a liquid-containing ornament and includes a coupling member that engages with and rotates along with a rotary shaft of a movement of a music box located below the mechanism, stationary magnets that have a fixed polarity and are fixedly mounted at two ends of the coupling member, and rotary magnets that are rotatably mounted on the coupling member in the vicinity of the stationary magnets to freely change their polarities while rotating. The stationary and the rotary magnets alternately magnetically attract and repulse a plurality of magnet-attached floating ornamental items in the casing, causing the ornamental items to move just like something real.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2002
    Inventor: Vincent K. Lee
  • Patent number: 6386937
    Abstract: A magnetically coupled toy system having two toy components such as a doll and nursing bottle is shown. The nursing bottle contains a motor-driven rotating permanent magnet in the nipple portion. A second permanent magnet is mounted in a flexible region around the mouth of a doll. When the nipple containing the rotating magnet is placed in proximity with the mouth of the doll, relative motion between the magnets imparts motion to the mouth and lip regions of the doll.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2002
    Assignee: Mattel, Inc.
    Inventors: Ray J. Cappello, Rouben T. Terzian
  • Patent number: 6322415
    Abstract: The present invention is a guidance apparatus for movable toy vehicles that includes a track, or roadway, on which the toy vehicles move. The truck has an intersection. The intersection has a magnetic guidance mechanism for steering the toy vehicles in alternate directions through the intersection. An intersection magnetic sensing mechanism, i.e., electromagnets at the intersection and magnets in the vehicles, stops the vehicles prior to entering the intersection. Additionally, the vehicles stopped at the intersection can be actuated by a timing mechanism after passage of a predetermined time period. Furthermore, the vehicles stopped at the intersection can be actuated only after a mechanism for sensing vehicle presence in the intersection senses no vehicles in the intersection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2001
    Inventors: Peter Cyrus, Peter M. Maksymuk, IV, Leo M. Fernekes, Stefan Rublowsky, Eduard Kogan, Scott J. Kolb, Eric S. Moore, Dmitriy Yavid, Christopher S. Cosentino
  • Publication number: 20010044253
    Abstract: A wobbling toy (20) comprising: a body (21), a shaft (23) attached to the body, and a wheel (24) which is rotatable around the shaft (23), for moving the body, wherein the wheel (24) is attached out of perpendicular to the shaft (23). The wheel comprises a magnet (24a and 24b) and the wobbling toy can travel by a magnetic force which exerts to the magnet of the wheel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 24, 2001
    Publication date: November 22, 2001
    Inventors: Shinya Saito, Kaoru Igarashi
  • Patent number: 6295749
    Abstract: An ornamental display toy, which includes a transparent container supported on a base and filled with a chemical liquid, a magnetic stirrer mounted in the container and driven to stir up the liquid, a motor drive formed of a motor and a transmission mechanism and controlled by a control circuit to turn the magnetic stirrer on its own axis and to revolve the magnetic stirrer around the longitudinal central axis of the container, causing a variable whirlpool to be produced in the liquid inside the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2001
    Inventor: Yung Chang Lin
  • Patent number: 6241359
    Abstract: A fluid-filled light apparatus comprises a two-tube transparent container which provides light and produces distinct visual effects. The two-tube transparent container comprises an inner transparent tube suspended within an outer transparent tube. First terminal ends of each of the transparent tubes is sealed by a transparent tube cap which suspends the inner transparent tube within the outer transparent tube. A second terminal end of the outer transparent tube attaches the transparent tubes as one assembly to a base member. Each transparent tube holds liquid and decorative objects. The base member includes a motor, a power supply and an illuminating unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 1999
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2001
    Inventor: Yung Chang Lin
  • Patent number: 6217405
    Abstract: A magnetically interactive substrate is provided for a book. The book includes a plurality of interactive substrates in the form of a sheet or a panel of material. Each of the interactive substrates includes magnetizable areas or portions printed thereon. The magnetizable areas are printed using a magnetic ink formulated by magnetizable particles added to an ink formulated for a preselected printing process. The magnetizable particles are shaped and sized to be compatible with the preselected printing process. A plurality of removable play pieces are adapted to be attracted to the magnetizable areas on the substrate. Each of the removable play pieces includes a substrate or support member on which magnetic material is applied. The magnetic material allows the play piece to be selectively positioned on the magnetizable areas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2001
    Assignee: Sandvik Publishing Ltd.
    Inventor: Roger I. Burrows
  • Patent number: 6193581
    Abstract: The invention relates to a toy having a play base and an article typically depicting a human or animal character which is movable along said play base by manipulation of magnetic or mechanical mechanism which, preferably, are not in direct contact with said article and hidden from view, and said play base includes one or a number of sets which depict an environment such as a shop, park etc and which include objects which are movable by separate magnetic movable or mechanical mechanism contacted by the magnetic or mechanical mechanism to give the effect that the object is moved by the article when it is moved into proximity with the same thereby adding to the impression to a child of the article being independently animated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 1999
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2001
    Assignee: Origin Products Ltd.
    Inventors: Christopher Charles Wiggs, Christopher Joseph Crabtree Taylor
  • Patent number: 6132284
    Abstract: A transmission structure to provide an ornament with a rotary and swinging motion in a water globe, which mainly comprises a rotary and swinging ornament in the water globe; the bottom of the rotary and swinging ornament has a cylindrical hole having a suitable depth; the opening of the cylindrical hole is closed with a base member, of which the bottom is glued with a magnet; the hollow space of the rotary and swinging ornament is filled with water. The neck part of the water globe is fixedly mounted on a base member, of which the inner space is mounted with a music drum assembly; a rotary member is fastened on the music drum assembly; the fixed frame of the rotary member is fastened with two magnets having different polarity. The diameter of the magnets each are smaller than that of a magnet mounted in the base member on the bottom of the rotary and swinging ornament.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2000
    Inventor: Hsi-Chun Lin
  • Patent number: 6062938
    Abstract: An animated display for use with magnetically-attractable, movable figurines includes a display surface and a magnet for attracting one of the figurines across the display surface. A drive mechanism is provided for intermittently moving the magnet in a closed path below the display surface. The figurines can pivot to simulate motion as they move across the display surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 1996
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2000
    Assignee: Mr. Christmas, Inc.
    Inventor: Huang Meng-Suen
  • Patent number: 5980356
    Abstract: A magnetic driving mechanism for a moving display includes a guide track secured to a base of the display, a magnet driver arm rotatably supported on the base, and a driving assembly for rotating the driver. A magnet support is mounted in a slot of the driver and capable of radial and rotational movement as it travels in the guide track. A turning mechanism allows the magnet support to turn as it travels in the guide track.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 9, 1999
    Assignee: Mr. Christmas, Inc.
    Inventor: Huang Meng-Suen
  • Patent number: 5941750
    Abstract: A baby doll (10) capable of simulating physiological functions of a human body in response to an applied magnetic field. The doll (10) has an internal reservoir (12) that can be filled with liquid through a mouth (14) of the doll. The internal reservoir (12) has an outlet (16) which is closable by a closure member (18). The closure member (18) is movable from a closed position in which the outlet (16) is closed, to an open position in which the outlet (16) is opened, in response to an applied magnetic field. A permanent magnet (40) is fixed to the closure member (18). A receptacle in the form of a cot (22) designed to receive the doll (10) in a recumbent position, is provided with a permanent magnet (20) therein, so that when the doll (10) is placed in the cot, a magnetic field can be applied to the magnet (40) on closure member (18) by the permanent magnet (20), so that outlet (16) is opened and liquid can flow from the reservoir (12) so the doll appears to have wet itself.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 24, 1999
    Assignee: Technovation Australia Pty. Ltd.
    Inventor: Victor Manuel Pracas
  • Patent number: 5931714
    Abstract: A track comprises a base and two sidewalls. At least one toy vehicle comprises an underside and two sides. Magnets attached to the track and to the vehicle repel the underside of the vehicle from the base of the track, and repel the sides of the vehicle from the sidewalls of the track; thus, the vehicle floats above the base and between the sidewalls of the track. The vehicle moves along the track due to gravitational force applied to the vehicle, and alternatively due to motive force applied to the vehicle by a pair of rotating drums.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 3, 1999
    Inventor: Jeffery Todd Johnson
  • Patent number: 5865661
    Abstract: A toy vehicular drive apparatus includes a first roadway having an electrically conductive underside and a second roadway having an electrically conductive top and being under the first roadway. A subsurface powered vehicle is movable on the second roadway and has electrically conductive elements in contact with the electrically conductive underside of the first roadway and in contact with the electrically conductive top of the second roadway. A power source connected to the first roadway and the second roadway electrically energizes the first roadway and the second roadway to provide power to the powered subsurface vehicle. The toy vehicular drive apparatus also includes a surface vehicle movable on the top of the first roadway. A magnet on the surface vehicle and a magnet on the powered subsurface vehicle provide interconnection of the surface vehicle and the powered subsurface vehicle to cause movement of the surface vehicle in response to movement of the powered subsurface vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 1997
    Date of Patent: February 2, 1999
    Assignee: Parvia Corporation
    Inventors: Peter Cyrus, Steve Proctor, Sean Cryan, Rich Franko, Matt Gibson, Peter M. Maksymuk IV, Leo M. Fernekes, Stefan Rublowsky, Eduard Kogan, Scott J. Kolb, Eric S. Moore, Dmitriy Yavid, Christopher S. Cosentino
  • Patent number: 5743780
    Abstract: A structure in which a toy is driven by a magnetic force including a rotary disk having a plurality of inner magnets thereon, with one magnet located at the center of the disk and the other magnets spaced therefrom. The polarity of the magnet in the center of the disk is different from the polarity of the remaining magnets. A mirror is mounted over the outer magnets and a plurality of inner magnets, each bearing a toy, are supported on the mirror. The polarity of the outer magnets is opposite the polarity of the inner magnets and is the same as the polarity of the inner magnet at the center of the rotary disk. The rotary disk may be driven to rotate by an outer driven wheel which, in turn, is rotated by a driven claw. The rotary disk is supported above a fixing disk. The driven wheel engages and rotates the rotary disk, causing movement of the outer magnets and toys on the mirror along the path of rotation of the inner magnets due to the magnetic attraction between the magnets of opposite polarities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 1997
    Date of Patent: April 28, 1998
    Inventor: Jack Liu
  • Patent number: 5713776
    Abstract: A rotary mechanism is disposed in a hollow shell. The shape of the hollow shell is a toy spectacle or a terrestrial globe. Two rotary articles are disposed on the hollow shell. The rotary mechanism has a motor to drive a gear device. The gear device has a pinion engaged with a gear. A follower shaft connects the center of the gear and a follower plate. At least two rings are disposed on the follower plate. Each ring encircles a magnet. Each rotary article has a magnet thereunder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 1996
    Date of Patent: February 3, 1998
    Inventor: Chin-Jung Hou
  • Patent number: 5682692
    Abstract: A miniature animated display that operates by driving a steel bar with a motor. The steel bar causes the animation motion by means of the swing base and the U-shaped pedestal installed on the hinged assembled end formed by the two ends of the elastic steel bar. The orientation of the U-shaped pedestal is adjusted according to the position of the inner surface of the sliding path so that the circular magnet thereon is affixed on the inner surface of the sliding path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 1996
    Date of Patent: November 4, 1997
    Inventor: Ming Yu Huang
  • Patent number: 5676582
    Abstract: A rolling toy includes a sphere body composed of two parts between which a axle is connected, a frame disposed in the sphere body and having a motor disposed thereto which is mechanically connected to a gear assembly, an end gear of the gear assembly fixedly mounted to the axle, a magnetic switch disposed to the frame and including a switch element and a first magnetic element, a weight disposed to the frame and located opposite to the first magnetic element, a second magnetic element magnetically adhered to an outer surface of the sphere body and magnetically lifting the first magnetic element so as to actuate the magnetic switch to let the gear assembly be operated such that when the sphere is rolled, the second magnetic element will always be magnetically adhered to an upper position of the rolling sphere body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 1996
    Date of Patent: October 14, 1997
    Inventor: Kuo Jung Lin
  • Patent number: 5651714
    Abstract: A toy with revolving vehicle comprises a cylindrical housing (1) in which a drive (4 to 10) for a miniature vehicle (20) is accommodated so as to move the vehicle (20) repeatedly over the outer wall (2) of the housing (1). The drive (4 to 10) for this purpose generates a magnetic field which rotates about a centerline (3) of the housing at least during operation, which field permeates the housing wall and is capable of applying itself to a permanent magnet (21) present in the miniature vehicle (20).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 1995
    Date of Patent: July 29, 1997
    Inventor: Petrus Wilhelmus Anthonius Remken
  • Patent number: 5620353
    Abstract: A liquid ball capable of providing dynamic view. The liquid ball includes a ball portion containing liquid and a magnet-containing ornament, and a base portion supporting the ball portion and defining an inner space for accommodating a driving mechanism. The driving mechanism includes a main spring barrel or a motor and a gearset. Two gears of the gearset mesh with toothed surfaces of two decorative ring members on an outer surface of the base portion and rotate the ring members. A central gear of the gearset closely below the ball portion is connected at a top end of its rotary shaft with a radially extending arm member. Two magnets are attached to two ends of the arm member, with different magnetic poles at their top side. When the arm member rotates along with the gearset, the two magnets produce a changeable magnetic field to revolve and rotate the magnet-containing ornament in the liquid inside the ball portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 1996
    Date of Patent: April 15, 1997
    Assignee: Szu Woei Co., Ltd
    Inventor: Tong-Kwung Lai
  • Patent number: 5603994
    Abstract: A movable decoration assembly comprises a hollow globe, a seat and a driving device. The seat has an upper casing and a lower casing to define a hollow chamber for receiving a driving device. The globe is disposed on the upper casing. The driving device has a motor to drive the first and the second shafts to rotate in the opposite directions. The first magnet is connected and driven by the first shaft. The second magnet is connected and driven by the second shaft. A cell is disposed in the cell chamber inside the lower casing. A switch is inside the lower casing. The switch and the cell control the rotation of the motor. The movable article has two symmetric parts adhered together. An air chamber is defined by the symmetric parts of the article. A magnetic body is disposed in the air chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 1995
    Date of Patent: February 18, 1997
    Inventor: Chung S. Su
  • Patent number: 5542376
    Abstract: An animal entertainment and exercise device comprising a device housing 14, a top transparent cover 10, an opaque arena lure floor 30, a ball shaped lure 16 containing a magnet 16a, confined between the top transparent cover 10 and the opaque arena lure floor surface 30. A motor mechanism is concealed below the lure floor surface 30, and is comprised of a motor 18, motor output shaft 20, and a sweep arm 22. A plurality of permanent magnets 26 and 24 are affixed to sweep arm 22 of the mechanism. Motor 18 is energized from voltage source 42, via transformer/plug 40 through connecting wires 38, and then to motor 18. The motor 18 operates at a predetermined RPM, thereby orbiting the ball shaped lure 16 around the opaque lure floor surface 30.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 1995
    Date of Patent: August 6, 1996
    Inventors: Steven D. Udelle, Laura L. Udelle
  • Patent number: 5540187
    Abstract: An animated ball and track attractant device for cats, employing a circular housing 54 containing a miniature motor 62 within its confines, and having an elongated sweep arm mounted at a right angle to the motor output shaft 64. Both sweep arm ends 66 and 68 have permanent magnets 70 and 72 attached thereto, whereby a ball 60 containing a loose permanent magnet 60a within, is attracted to either magnet 70 or 72, thus causing the ball to simultaneously spin and hop as it orbits around an annular track 58, adjacent to the peripheral edge of the circular housing 54, thereby attracting a cat into imminent play with the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 1994
    Date of Patent: July 30, 1996
    Inventors: Steven D. Udelle, Laura L. Udelle
  • Patent number: 5435086
    Abstract: A revolving and self-rotating liquid-containing decoration comprising a freely shaped transparent container containing a liquid, a concave driving disk made of magnetic material and disposed in the liquid, a freely shaped decorative article disposed on the driving disk, a hollow base disposed under a smooth and plane bottom board of the container and a power assembly disposed in the base, wherein the power assembly drives the driving disk to revolve in the liquid contained in the container and when revolving, the driving disk and the decorative article simultaneously self-rotate due to velocity difference between a peripheral portion and a central portion of the driving disk.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 1994
    Date of Patent: July 25, 1995
    Inventor: Jer-Fu Huang
  • Patent number: 5417605
    Abstract: A toy with a dancing figure on a stage. The toy includes a housing, a dancing stage mounted on the housing with a friction causing upper surface, a dancing figure on the stage a turntable mounted in the housing below the dancing stage, the turntable rotating about its centre in a plane parallel to the plane of the stage, and a few relatively heavy pieces distributed on the upper surface of the turntable so that the centrifugal forces of the turntable am balanced about the its centre of rotation. One of the pieces attached to the turntable is a first magnet having its poles oriented perpendicularly to the plane of the stage. The dancing figure has a second magnet at its base. The second magnet's poles are oriented at right angles to the plane of the dancing stage when the figure is upright, and the polarity of the second magnet is oriented relative to the polarity of the first magnet so that the first and second magnets attract each other. The turntable can be activated in response to sounds or by a switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 1994
    Date of Patent: May 23, 1995
    Assignee: Thinkway Trading Corporation
    Inventor: Albert W. T. Chan
  • Patent number: 5189821
    Abstract: Waves are imparted to liquids of different specific gravities having an ornament floating therein by a movable diaphragm provided with a magnet alternatively exposed to additional magnets of different polarities to alternatively attract and repulse the magnet, thereby causing the diaphragm to create waves in the liquids.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 1991
    Date of Patent: March 2, 1993
    Inventor: Vincent K. W. Lee
  • Patent number: 4990117
    Abstract: A toy vehicle travels on the surface of a travel board, following a path of magnetically attractive material. The toy vehicle has a single drive wheel located centrally on the bottom of the vehicle's body. The center of gravity of the vehicle resides substantially over the single drive wheel so that the vehicle is balanced. A magnet located in the front of the vehicle is attracted to the magnetic path on the travel board. The magnetic attraction directly steers the vehicle about the central drive wheel along the path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 1989
    Date of Patent: February 5, 1991
    Assignee: Yonezawa Corporation
    Inventor: Shigeru Yonezawa
  • Patent number: 4940444
    Abstract: A miniature electrically powered vehicle including an electric motor having a pair of permanent magnets mounted with the North/South pole axis disposed vertically within the vehicle and with the same polarity ends thereof joined together by a common flux strap so that the magnets serve the dual function of interacting with the electric motor and providing an enhanced downward magnetic attraction of the vehicle to the track.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 1989
    Date of Patent: July 10, 1990
    Inventor: James B. Russell
  • Patent number: 4878869
    Abstract: A toy having a movable element is provided with a magnetic actuator which includes a magnet that is placed in proximity to a magnetically attractable component of a transmission disposed within the toy for transmitting power from a motor to the movable element of the toy. The magnet is embedded in a play piece which is placed on the toy on a designated area in proximity to the magnetically attractable component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 1988
    Date of Patent: November 7, 1989
    Assignee: Tomy Kogyo Co., Inc.
    Inventors: Yuji Yamane, Hideya Nishikawa
  • Patent number: 4848748
    Abstract: In a coin operated amusement game such as a pinball machine with horizontal and vertical playfields, an apparatus for lifting a pinball from a horizontal playfield to a vertical playfield is disclosed. A reversing screw, a motor to rotate the screw in one direction, an electromagnet for lifting and holding the pinball as it is moved from the horizontal to the vertical playfield, and a carrier means that travels on the reversing screw cooperate with an electromagnet that lifts the pinball.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 1988
    Date of Patent: July 18, 1989
    Assignee: Williams Electronic Games, Inc.
    Inventor: John R. Krutsch
  • Patent number: 4838825
    Abstract: A toy assembly utilizing the force produced by magnets to move models for the user's enjoyment. The toy has a base with a motor and magnets as a power source. A rotary plate with shafts freely disposed through the plate for upward and downward movement, the shafts are provided with magnets for altering the field of magnetism when the rotary plate is rotated. A shell covers the rotary plate and is provided with a display disk having implements and human models that move in response to the fields of magnetism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 1988
    Date of Patent: June 13, 1989
    Inventors: Chi Yung Hwang, Liu Ping Chih
  • Patent number: 4827642
    Abstract: The device wherein the second, minute or hour stem of the conventional quartz clock movement is used to provide a motive force for continuous rotation, for use in ornamental or advertising displays and the like. The quartz movement mechanism is housed in a base structure or frame. A system of counterpart magnets, one counterpart being attached to the stem of the clock movement within the base structure or frame, the other counterpart magnet attached to the rotatable display structure which is caused to pivot such that the magnets are situated sufficiently close to one another so that rotation of the stem is communicated to the display structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 1985
    Date of Patent: May 9, 1989
    Inventor: Victor H. Chatten
  • Patent number: 4757986
    Abstract: This invention relates to a kind of the structural improvement of the motion type solid water ball. The major improvement is to place permanent magnets respectively on the upper movable plate and the lower fixed plate in a form of combination arrangement. The center of lower fixed plate is fixed on the driving pole of the musical bell; and the upper movable plate is mounted on a movable plate with a rotuberant pillar standing in its center.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 1986
    Date of Patent: July 19, 1988
    Inventors: Shi-Geng Hwang, Ming-Guei Tsay
  • Patent number: 4678449
    Abstract: A trackway toy assembly includes a plate-like member, a plurality of toy pieces in the shape of dolphins or other animals, which can be attracted by a magnetic force, a trackway with two ends for the toy pieces to slide along, mounted on the front-face of the plate-like member, a circular member rotatably mounted on the fear face of the plate-like member and a plurality of magnet elements mounted on the circular member at equal intervals. The toy pieces are attracted by the magnet elements and move from one end of the trackway to the other end, appearing from a distance to make a jumping-like motion which is appealing and amusing to children.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 1986
    Date of Patent: July 7, 1987
    Inventor: Yoshio Udagawa
  • Patent number: 4650438
    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.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 1985
    Date of Patent: March 17, 1987
    Assignee: Tomy Kogyo Co. Inc.
    Inventor: Yutaka Ajiro
  • Patent number: 4603860
    Abstract: This invention concerns about a kind of toy of honey-gathering bee. It comprises a turning plate in which is placed flowers that are raised up blossoming or lowered down closing according to the uneven height of rails during said turning plate is turning around, a stationary pan on which several pairs of rails are fixed parallel to the circular edge of said pan, and a magnetic honey-gathering bee. Inside each said flower, there is a magnetic pistil which is able to turn around and to jump over and besides, can be angled out by said magnet honey-gathering bee while said flower is raised up with its petals opened; the percentage of successful angling up the pistil is 50, and of course, if said magnetic honey-gathering bee can not escape out of the flower before said flower has sunk down with its petals closed, said bee would be caught inside the flower, and the play will be counted as a failure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 1985
    Date of Patent: August 5, 1986
    Inventor: Shinn-Hsiung Wey
  • Patent number: 4566195
    Abstract: A drawing toy including a housing providing a raised support for a generally flat platen. Within the housing is a battery powered motor with the motor shaft extending up through the platen. The motor rotates a magnet beneath the platen. Magnetically coupled templets, fitting over or abutting the shaft, are driven around the shaft. Various drawing implements may be inserted into the templet openings for producing geometric art patterns on nonmagnetic media positioned between the platen and the templet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 1985
    Date of Patent: January 28, 1986
    Assignee: Marvin Glass & Associates
    Inventors: Ralph J. Kulesza, Walter J. Wozniak, Harry Disko, Burton C. Meyer
  • Patent number: 4467553
    Abstract: A cooking toy having a motor-driven magnet beneath a simulated cooking element is disclosed. Various food preparation devices having magnets therein can be placed on the simulated cooking element that provide motions indicative of food preparation in response to the rotation of the motor-driven magnet. Simulated food members having a magnetic portion is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 1982
    Date of Patent: August 28, 1984
    Assignee: Takara Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Shuichi Kanda