Including Helically Grooved Or Twisted Shaft For Imparting Rotation Patents (Class 446/241)
  • Patent number: 10814217
    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.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Inventors: Gabriel Rogow-Patt, Bradley Patt
  • Patent number: 10755684
    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.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: Gramercy Products, Inc.
    Inventor: William Steinkraus
  • Patent number: 10152896
    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.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Inventor: Tahrehe Mahmoodi Ahmad Abadi
  • Patent number: 9480626
    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.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Inventor: Peter Rohrig
  • Patent number: 7842359
    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.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2010
    Inventor: Peter Marlow
  • Patent number: 6648647
    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.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2003
    Assignee: Leapfrog Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael C. Wood, Jorge Gabriel Soto, Barbara Mattson
  • Patent number: 6231420
    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.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2001
    Inventor: Reh-Shong Lin
  • Patent number: 5727982
    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.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 1996
    Date of Patent: March 17, 1998
    Assignee: Hasbro, Inc.
    Inventor: Steven K. Hurt
  • Patent number: 5608938
    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.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 1996
    Date of Patent: March 11, 1997
    Inventor: Bruno Baschenis
  • Patent number: 5609509
    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.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 1996
    Date of Patent: March 11, 1997
    Inventor: Bryan W. Stamos
  • Patent number: 5314338
    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.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 1992
    Date of Patent: May 24, 1994
    Assignee: Mattel, Inc.
    Inventors: Martin J. Caveza, Derek Gable
  • Patent number: 5238440
    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.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 1992
    Date of Patent: August 24, 1993
    Assignee: Playskool, Inc.
    Inventor: Andrew T. Morin
  • Patent number: 5222738
    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.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 1991
    Date of Patent: June 29, 1993
    Assignee: Werner & Pfleiderer GmbH
    Inventor: Rudolf Muller
  • Patent number: 5171181
    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.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 1992
    Date of Patent: December 15, 1992
    Inventor: Stanley W. Freeman
  • Patent number: 5169354
    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.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 1991
    Date of Patent: December 8, 1992
    Assignee: Fisher-Price, Inc.
    Inventors: John J. Norton, Clayton D. Roberts
  • Patent number: 5134597
    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.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 1991
    Date of Patent: July 28, 1992
    Inventor: Gordon E. Bradt
  • Patent number: 5104347
    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.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 1991
    Date of Patent: April 14, 1992
    Assignee: Playskool, Inc.
    Inventor: Leif J. Askeland
  • Patent number: 4995845
    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.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 1990
    Date of Patent: February 26, 1991
    Inventor: Jack Hou
  • Patent number: 4952189
    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.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 1989
    Date of Patent: August 28, 1990
    Assignee: Gordon Barlow Design
    Inventor: Gordon A. Barlow
  • Patent number: 4942502
    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.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 1989
    Date of Patent: July 17, 1990
    Assignee: Tomy Company, Ltd.
    Inventor: Michiya Ohashi
  • Patent number: 4655723
    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.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 1985
    Date of Patent: April 7, 1987
    Assignee: Mattel, Inc.
    Inventors: Gabriel Marason, Jr., James S. Templeton
  • Patent number: 4639232
    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.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 1985
    Date of Patent: January 27, 1987
    Inventor: Cheng-Chung Wang
  • Patent number: 4610638
    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.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 1985
    Date of Patent: September 9, 1986
    Assignee: Tomy Kogyo Co. Inc.
    Inventors: Noriaki Iwao, Fuyuki Katsumata
  • Patent number: 4559020
    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.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 1983
    Date of Patent: December 17, 1985
    Inventor: Cheng-Chung Wang
  • Patent number: 4480400
    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.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 1983
    Date of Patent: November 6, 1984
    Inventor: Jose E. diDonato
  • Patent number: 4455781
    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.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 1981
    Date of Patent: June 26, 1984
    Inventor: Martin Blumenthal