Abstract: A spinning toy including a base, at least one shaft coupled to the base, and at least one winged object having a hub and a series of wings coupled to the hub. The hub of the winged object is rotatably mountable on the shaft. When the hub is rotatably mounted on the shaft and rotated relative to the shaft, the winged object is configured to move along the shaft toward the base.
Abstract: A sound producing device includes: a housing and carriage. The housing has a cylindrical interior surface with a helical tracking thread protruding therefrom. The cylindrical carriage has an opening in its exterior surface defining a helical shaped recess that receives and tracks along the helical housing thread. A squeaker may be secured within the carriage, so when air flows in a first direction through the housing, it emits sound, and the squeaker carriage is driven to track along the helical thread, causing the carriage to rotate and also translate in the first direction, according to a pitch of the helical thread. A frequency of the sound produced by the squeaker changes according to the carriage's translational movement, as it changes the dimensions of the sound-producing chamber. When air subsequently flows through the housing in the opposite direction, the carriage's motion is reversed, correspondingly changing the frequency of sound produced.
Abstract: A teaching device includes a base and a first set of equipment. The first set of equipment includes a first rod portion including a first spiraling rod portion installed in the base. A first encircled object is disposed on the base plate and is encircled by the first spiraling rod portion. Also included is a first rod slider. The first rod slider is slidably movable along the first rod portion and around the first encircled object.
Abstract: Teething device for an infant, with a substantially arc-shaped and elastically deformable teething element having two free end areas spaced apart from each other in an unloaded rest position, wherein the teething element forms a free gap between the end areas in the rest position and is substantially circular, and the arc-shaped teething element substantially simulates the shape of the jaw in such a way that, when it is inserted into the mouth and is substantially congruent with the jaw, the end areas are arranged in the area of the molars in the rest position of the teething element, wherein the free gap has an opening angle of between 15° and 35°, measured from the internal apex of the opening, and the arc-shaped teething element is elastically deformable in such a way that the two end areas can be arranged at least partially overlapping each other in a securing position.
Abstract: A device simulating a blooming flower includes a piston slidably disposed within an elongated tube simulating a flower stem. A chamber within the stem is configured to hold a dissolvable solid material. The piston is biased upwardly, but held in place by the dissolvable solid material placed in the chamber above the piston. A simulated flower is attached to the end of the stem or piston and has a plurality of simulated petals configured to open as the stem is placed in a liquid, the solid material dissolves, and the piston moves upwardly within the stem.
Abstract: A toy is disclosed. In one embodiment, the toy includes a base. A rotating element is on the base and rotates about an axis. A child can cause the rotating element to rotate about the axis by pressing an actuator at the center of the rotating element. A set of image elements can be on the rotating element.
June 21, 2002
Date of Patent:
November 18, 2003
Leapfrog Enterprises, Inc.
Michael C. Wood, Jorge Gabriel Soto, Barbara Mattson
Abstract: A hula ring includes a ring-shaped body and a plurality of recesses defined in an inside of the ring-shaped body. Each recess receives a roller therein which rolls on a user's body when the hula ring contacts the user's body.
Abstract: The action figure disclosed includes a mechanism for rotating an armor other appendage relative to its torso. The arm is activated by pivoting one leg toward another against the bias of a spring to pivot an internal lever that imparts linear movement in a follower. The follower includes a cam for engaging helical ribs on an arm shaft to translate linear motion of the follower to rotary motion in the arm shaft and arm. A ratchet on the follower prevents engagement with the lever while the spring returns the leg and internal lever back to their original positions to permit substantially continuous rotary movement of the follower.
Abstract: A brush assembly for the improved cleaning of the interior of a bottle includes a cap having a central opening and a twisted, elongated stem passing through the central opening. The stem has a brush assembly at one end and an operating assembly at the other end, and with the brush assembly mounted in a bottle, the pushing or pulling of the operating means will push or pull the twisted, elongated stem through the central opening in the cap so as to automatically rotate the brush.
Abstract: An amusement and recreational apparatus includes a rotatable support having at least one elongated flexible member in engagement therewith which includes a flexible light transmitting portion spaced from the rotatable support. Chemiluminescent liquid material is disposed within the interior of the flexible light transmitting portion. Structure is provided to rotate the rotatable support. The elongated flexible member changes shape during rotation to provide a variable light display.
Abstract: A shape-matching snap-action toy includes a generally cylindrical domed housing formed of a transparent material and having an exit opening defined therein. A plurality of geometrically shaped apertures are formed in the upper portion of the housing and receive correspondingly spaced geometric objects for deposit within the housing interior. A center column supports a rotatable floor within the housing and a spring-biased push button drive mechanism. The drive mechanism includes a helical rod which engages the rotatable center column each time the push button is depressed rotating the center column and floor causing geometric objects within the housing interior to be erratically bounced about the housing interior until randomly thrown outwardly from the housing through an opening formed in the housing wall.
Abstract: A toy top comprises a base plate having a plurality of apertures therein, a rotatable disk which is mounted beneath the base plate, a plurality of balls which are received on the base plate and a transparent dome enclosing the balls and the base plate. The device is operative by depressing a central plunger to rotate the disk beneath the base plate. The rotatable disk has a plurality of projections thereon which pass beneath the apertures in the base plate so that they engage any of the balls received in the apertures to bump or pop the balls out of the apertures as the disk is rotated.
Abstract: A gambling device has a base plate (1') and attached to the latter a spring rod (2) to be set moving in bending oscillations. Several disks (15 to 18) are arranged on the latter. The lowermost disk is formed as a catch disk (18) to which pin-shaped spacers (21) and upwards protruding catching pins (22) are attached.
Abstract: A spinner toy comprised of an elongated wire element looped back upon itself at its center and twisted to form a straight helical member, one end of which is the center loop and the other end of which is bent back upon itself and disposed in a plane passing through the member, with a first element slideably disposed on the straight member in abutment with the looped end. A spinner, formed by a pair of polyester film strips is disposed on the member angularly displaced apart from each other, each strip having first and second ends and being doubled back at a single intermediate orificed apex to bring its ends together with their orifices in register and secured together by an eyelet through which, and through the apex orifices, the member is passed, with a sleeve interposed and extending part way between the eyelet and the apex orifices, and a square plate between the eyelet and the sleeve.
Abstract: A self-righting carousel toy having an eccentrically mounted internal weight for inducing oscillation of the toy about an upright position upon rotation of the weight relative to the base. The toy includes a drive mechanism for selectively rotating a display assembly relative to the base, independent of the self-righting forces.
Abstract: An animated kinetic sculpture device in the form of a pedestal for support of another kinetic sculpture or other object, or as a stand alone advertising piece. The device comprises a supporting structure, a motor driven upright cylindrical helical coil spring rotatably mounted to the supporting structure, a sliding and pivoting post adjacent to and generally parallel to the coil spring, an object, optionally in the form of a figure of a human, bushed to the sliding post, a lifter follower also bushed to the sliding post such that it can also pivot, the follower especially conformed to engage the rotating coil spring and to bear mainly on that side of the coil spring that will pull it into engagement, such that the follower and the object will be carried up the coil spring along the sliding post. An ejection piece at the top of the coil spring is provided to pivot the follower out of engagement so the object and follower may slide back down by gravity.
Abstract: A carousel mechanism includes spaced upper and lower rotatable platforms, a plunger assembly for rotating the lower platform, and a plurality of rollers which are rotatably mounted between the upper and lower platforms and operative for communicating rotation from the lower platform to the upper platform. The plunger assembly is manually depressible and it includes a clutch assembly for rotating the lower platform as the plunger assembly is resiliently returned to an upwardly extended position.
Abstract: An ornamental figure is mounted on a vertical support rod extending upwardly from a rocker base assembly comprised of a cross plate, a pair of cross braces and a pair of rocker members which may be quickly assembled without requiring glue or fasteners.
Abstract: A spinable balleria doll having a body, legs, feet arms, hands and a head. A pushrod extends through the body and out of the head. The pushrod is mounted for reciprocal movement relative to the doll. The pushrod engages a square drive nut located in the body of the doll to rotate the body as the pushrod is pushed into the body. Each leg is connected to the body and each foot is connected to its leg to permit rotation of one relative to the other. Releasable detents and teeth are associated with the body, legs and feet to permit each leg to be held in selected positions of rotation relative to the body and each foot to be held in selected positions of rotation relative to its leg.
Abstract: A light projecting toy musical box projects a light pattern which is synchronized with musical sound generated by an acoustic mechanism. The projected light patterns are formed by providing a lamp within a base and rotatably mounting a dome over the lamp and substantially on top of the base. The dome is made out of translucent material which is patterned with a semi-opaque coatings so as to form light patterns on the dome itself and project the light patterns on adjacent ceilings and/or walls of a room.
Abstract: A child's activity ring toy having first and second concentric ring portions, at least a part of at least one of the ring portions having thread segments along a multiple screw path with adjacent thread segments of adjacent screw paths overlapping in the axial direction. A figure is mounted on this threaded part of the ring with an opening therein configured for engaging a next thread segment in the axial direction as a previous thread segment is disengaged.
March 18, 1985
Date of Patent:
April 7, 1987
Gabriel Marason, Jr., James S. Templeton
Abstract: A toy includes an envelope having inside a rigid tubular member connected to the inner side of its wall and rod with a helical groove held by the tubular member in an axially movable position. The rod is passed through an opening of a transverse plate fixed to the tubular member and the helical groove is engaged with cam edges projected into the opening, thereby the rod will move upward and downward simultaneously with a rotating movement.
Abstract: An activity toy, having a spherical housing which is flattened at its poles so as to be supportable at two places on a support surface, has an elongated helical member which extends within the interior from one of the poles to the other. A bushing is fitted around the helical member and is sized so as to very lightly frictionally engage the helical member whereby when it moves along the longitudinal axis of the helical member, the friction between it and the helical member rotates it on the helical member. A collar is located around the bushing. The collar is free to spin independent of the bushing. However, during travel of the bushing along the helical member, the rotation of the bushing is communicated to the collar. The collar includes a plurality of axles which extend away from the collar, each of which carries an object on its end.
Abstract: An inflatable toy comprises at least one external rotary assembly mounted outside the inflatable envelope and at least one internal movable object mounted inside the inflatable envelope. The external rotary assembly and the internal movable object are interconnected by a flexible hollow member which is heat-weldedly attached to the wall of the toy and has a closed end to which the external assembly and internal object are affixed. The internal object can be operated by an external means and the movement of the internal object is transmitted to the external rotary assembly. The rotary assembly is comprised of a rotatable part which is supported by an external supporting means attached to the wall of the envelope, and a rocking part attached to the closed end of the flexible hollow member.
Abstract: A bouncing toy having a base supported by four springs-attached balls to give the base a bounce while maintaining stability. Central to the base is another spring attached ball having a cylindrical upright member mounted thereon. Within the cylindrical member are a series of radially extending pegs arrayed spirally to form a helix. Mounted to the base and surrounding the cylindral member is a hollow shaft including a rotatable wheel mounted thereon, the wheel having a helix-structured shaft connected thereto which is disposed to engage the radially extending pegs. Movements of the central ball causes the pegs and shaft to engage resulting in rotation of the shaft and attached wheel. The up and down movement of the toy causes the wheel to rotate in opposite directions until the toy comes to a complete stop. Audio devices are arrayed in proximity to each of the supporting balls so that the movements of the balls creates an environment which actuates the audio devices rendering various tones as the toy bounces.
Abstract: A spinable hollow body with entry ports for receiving objects having prescribed configurations, including a base that is releasable by the spin generating mechanism in order to allow objects entered into selected entry ports to be released from the interior of the spinning body, which can therefore be considered to be a sorting top.