Including Sliding Or Guiding Element Or Portion Patents (Class 446/489)
  • Patent number: 10071318
    Abstract: A slide system has a base inflatable structure capable of sustaining an air pressure, and a slide surface supported by the base inflatable structure. A lower slide flap forms a bottom end of the slide surface, and a lower slide support of the base inflatable structure supports the lower slide flap. A bumper body receives air pressure from the base inflatable structure to inflate to form a protrusion that extends upwardly from the lower slide support when inflated. A restraint structure restrains the bumper body to a flattened configuration, but when the restraint structure is released, the bumper body inflates to form the protrusion that forms a bumper at the bottom of the slide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Inventors: Sarmen Bagumyan, Arthur Bagumyan, Andranik Andy Bagumyan
  • Patent number: 9999838
    Abstract: A portable childrens' water slide apparatus having a water slide with an elongate plastic sheet extending horizontally along the ground between entry and exit ends and, a water chamber extending along one edge of the sheet with an inlet and outlet jets for spraying water over the sheet. A delayed return, flow control valve coupled between the chamber and a water hose has a valve actuating member with a horizontal, step-on panel movable between an upper, throttling position and a depressed, unthrottling position when stepped on before entering the slide. A spring biases the panel upwards. A valve body has a flow control member linked to the panel for movement to an unthrottling position by depression by a child stepping thereon, permitting a maximum water flow to the slide during sliding; and a device delays return of the flow control member to the throttling position after stepping off the panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: HARTDESIGN Ltd.
    Inventors: Mark Ellard Hartelius, Kimberlee Wilkens
  • Patent number: 8777690
    Abstract: A playset includes a housing defining a chamber, and first and second openings in communication with the chamber. A platform is coupled to the housing and movable in opposing first and second directions through the first opening, and in opposing third and fourth directions through the second opening. A doll is coupleable to the platform and rotatable about an axis between first and second positions relative to the platform. The doll is moved from the first position to the second position as the platform is moved in the second direction, and the doll is moved from the second position to the first position as the platform is moved in the third direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Mattel, Inc.
    Inventors: Peng Zhou, Sheng Hua Tang, Yu Sun Chiu
  • Patent number: 8597070
    Abstract: A plant imitating device includes a body having a compartment and an opening in communication with the compartment. A driving unit is mounted in the compartment and includes a transmission member. A plant imitating unit is mounted in the compartment and includes an end facing the opening of the body. The plant imitating unit is engaged with the transmission member by a mounting portion. The plant imitating unit is movable relative to the transmission member. A control unit is electrically connected to the driving unit. The control unit controls the driving unit to cause the end of the plant imitating unit to move beyond the body via the opening. Thus, the end of the plant imitating unit gradually extends beyond the opening to imitate the growth of a plant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: National Pingtung University of Science and Technology
    Inventors: Chung-Liang Chang, Ming-Fong Sie
  • Publication number: 20130316610
    Abstract: A toy construction system includes a plurality of interconnectable building elements; a control system that generates an electromagnetic signal; a vibration speaker including a moveable permanent magnet; and a support building element mechanically linked to the permanent magnet of the vibration speaker. The vibration speaker includes a coil that is moveable relative to the permanent magnet. One or more of the coil and the permanent magnet vibrate in a manner that is based on the electromagnetic signal. The vibration speaker also includes a sound producer that is mechanically linked to the coil to vibrate with the coil as the coil vibrates. The coil vibrates relative to the permanent magnet to produce an audible sound, and the permanent magnet vibrates to cause the support building element to vibrate and animate interconnectable building elements linked to the support building element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 22, 2012
    Publication date: November 28, 2013
    Applicant: HASBRO, INC.
    Inventors: Richard J. Maddocks, Paul N. Paulson, Kevin Ka Fat Wong, Richard Kwok-wah Leung, Winston Kim Wa Lee
  • Publication number: 20130244540
    Abstract: A swinging bob toy having three bobs constrained on a string, the middle bob being slideably constrained between the two end bobs, and at least one of the bobs being reversibly separable into two partial bobs. A wide variety of new tricks and maneuvers are made possible by the separability of the bobs. The two partial bobs have roughly the same weight thereby providing balanced orbits. Each of the two partial bobs slides less easily along the string than a non-separated bob. The two partial bobs have roughly the same diameter along at least one axis thereby allowing visual illusions to be performed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 14, 2012
    Publication date: September 19, 2013
    Inventor: Laurence J. Shaw
  • Patent number: 8508172
    Abstract: A method of actuating a robotic mechanism having a first leg member rotatably coupled to a first side of a chassis and a second leg member rotatably coupled to a second side of the chassis. The method comprises positioning the first leg member and the second leg member generally about 180 degrees with respect to each other and effecting movement of the chassis by rotating both the first leg member and the second leg member with respect to the chassis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Assignee: Bossa Nova Concepts, LLC
    Inventor: Sarjoun Skaff
  • Patent number: 8465336
    Abstract: A packaging assembly for a reconfigurable toy includes a base component and a side component movably connected to the base component. The toy includes a main body and an extendable member movably connected to the main body. The toy is reconfigurable between a first configuration in which the extendable member is retracted relative to the main body and a second configuration in which the extendable member is extended relative to the main body. The main body of the toy is coupled to the base component and the extendable member of the toy is coupled to the side component, so that the toy is reconfigurable between its first configuration and its second configuration while remaining coupled to the packaging assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2013
    Assignee: Mattel, Inc.
    Inventor: Brian C. Byrd
  • Patent number: 8425337
    Abstract: A skate park has a hard top shell formed with skate features drawn down from a top surface of the hardtop shell. The hard top shell has a thickness between 0.2 mm and 1 mm. The hard top shell has a hard top shell inside surface. The hard top shell is pervious to light. A sidewall is formed on a side of the hardtop shell. A paint layer is disposed on the hard top shell inside surface. The skate park may have at least one half pipe. A foil layer may be laminated to the underside of the hardtop shell. The skate park preferably includes at least one bowl recess, but may have two bowl recesses joined at a connecting ridge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2013
    Inventor: Dean Ronald Thompson
  • Patent number: 8337273
    Abstract: A toy parking set includes multiple floors and a tower is connected to the toy parking set. The tower includes an opening which is located corresponding each of the floors. A slot is defined through a wall of the tower. A box is received in the tower and a frame is fixed on the top of the box. A shaft extends through the frame and the slot of the tower. A spring is biased between the flange of the shaft and the inside of the end of the frame. The shaft extends through the box and the slot and is connected to an end member. The end member includes an engaging portion which is removably engaged with the slot. The players pull shaft to remove the engaging portion from the slot to move the box to desired floor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Inventor: Cheng-Hua Han
  • Patent number: 8181960
    Abstract: An assembly comprising three or more elements; each element comprises a shape with an opening completely through the element; and each element comprises a plurality of edges, the edges being joined together at angular junctions. Each element links all of the other elements, and each element links the other elements in the same way. The link is formed by a portion of the shape passing through the openings in the other elements, so that the elements form a nested structure, and the elements are interchangeable in the nested structure without altering the nested configuration of the assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2012
    Inventor: Nils Folke Anderson
  • Publication number: 20110136404
    Abstract: A handheld, bead-play toy includes a plurality of hub aspects, a plurality of rail aspects, and one or more beads. Each rail aspect interconnects two different hub aspects. Each bead is slideably connected to a rail aspect.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 9, 2010
    Publication date: June 9, 2011
    Applicant: RHINO TOYS, INC.
    Inventors: David E. Silverglate, Bathsheba L. Grossman
  • Patent number: 7950979
    Abstract: A toy vehicle is transformed from a first configuration to a second configuration through relative movement of two portions of the vehicle. The vehicle includes a roof panel which closes a roof area during the transition from the first configuration to the second configuration. The closing of the roof area hides the displacement of a first seat in the vehicle by a second seat. When the first seat is mounted with a first toy figure and the second seat is mounted with a different toy figure, an illusion is created that the initial toy figure has changed appearance. The roof panel may close and reopen at a rate rapid enough to render the change of toy figures to be an instantaneous transformation. Additional deployable components such as projectile launchers, tail fins, and front bumpers may be incorporated into the toy vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2011
    Assignee: Mattel, Inc.
    Inventor: Mark J. Barthold
  • Patent number: 7900583
    Abstract: A bird toy for stimulating a foraging instinct by surrounding a treat on a platform on a main body with one or more substantially transparent rings rotatable and vertically slidable on the main body. In one or more rotative positions of the ring or rings turned by a pet bird, the ring or rings are allowed to shift vertically to make the treat accessible. A bottom platform allows a more difficult test, requiring the bird to lift the ring or rings to expose a treat on the bottom platform after rotating the rings to the correct position allowing the rings to be lifted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2011
    Assignee: Caitec Corporation
    Inventor: David F. Simon
  • Publication number: 20110045738
    Abstract: A handheld swiveling toy device consisting of a lightweight solid bobble component affixed to one end of an elongated, semi-rigid, elongated, lightweight rod unit being bent near the second end thereof with the bent portion thereof insertable within and through a smooth walled bushing unit press fitted onto a centrally positioned through hole within a handle component held in a person's hand, and; with the bobble component, rod unit and handle component being monoplanarly positioned at all times relative to one another.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 19, 2009
    Publication date: February 24, 2011
    Inventor: Ronald H. Berthiaume
  • Patent number: 7878878
    Abstract: A Halloween novelty item used for entertainment consisting of a removable reservoir of fluid and a timed electromagnetic valve inside a head that is activated by a motion sensor whereby allowing fluid to expel intermittently out of orifices attached to a tongue when the Halloween novelty item is approached. The expelled fluid is caught by a bucket attached to a slide bracket which is attached to a body panel whereby allowing the bucket to be removable. An assembly attached to a bucket handle consisting of a pair of hooks attached to a pair of hands connected to a pair of flexible arms allows the assembly to detach from the bucket's handle. A stabilization board keeps the novelty item stable. Motion sensors facing different directions are attached to a voice recorder and a speaker allowing messages to play. A hinge and latches attached to the body allows the invention to condense.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2011
    Inventor: Darren S. Massaro
  • Patent number: 7871304
    Abstract: A gaming device for enhancing sporting event on television including an assembled unit loaded with a number of pins/flags and a remote control through which the unit receives radio/infrared signals in order to actuate the device. A right arm of the figurine is connected to a stepper motor and can be placed on top of the assembled unit. When the user depresses the button on the remote control the stepper motor makes one revolution and the hand portion of the arm makes contact with the pin/flag and ejects the pin/flag out of the assembled unit in order to signal rule infractions associated with a game. The device simply gives users the satisfaction of calling their own penalties, and or counts the number of actual penalties in the game.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2011
    Inventor: Anthony R. Lovato
  • Patent number: 7862397
    Abstract: A toy or game apparatus that includes a base in the shape of a cupcake, a simulated flame structure movable between an exposed-to-view position and a hidden-to-view position within a simulated candle structure, a support structure mounted to the base with a top edge in contact with a bottom edge of the flame structure to support the flame structure in the exposed position, a reset structure having a slanted top surface to enable the flame structure to move to the support structure and have the top edge of the support structure engage the bottom edge of the flame structure, the candle structure being depressible for moving the support structure relative to the reset structure, and a spring for raising the flame structure and the support structure so that the flame structure is again exposed, is disclosed and described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2011
    Assignee: Hasbro, Inc.
    Inventors: Wing Keung Wally Ng, Donna J. Goes, Fred D. Eddins
  • Patent number: 7854642
    Abstract: A balloon display that simulates motions of a lighter-than-air balloon includes a balloon holder and an inflated balloon. The balloon holder includes a neck fastening assembly, and the inflated balloon is secured to the balloon holder by the neck fastening assembly. A compression spring balloon support extends upwardly relative to the neck fastening assembly to support a majority of the inflated balloon above the neck fastening assembly. The inflated balloon is secured to the neck fastening assembly and supported by the compression spring balloon support such that the balloon slightly loads the compression spring balloon support and the balloon tends to move up and down, side to side, and front to back as the compression spring balloon support reacts to the load of the balloon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2010
    Inventors: David C. Nelson, Wesley A. Schroeder
  • Publication number: 20100240278
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for an impulse-driven sliding device primarily for use by young children to simulate desired attributes of ball or puck games while adapting specified attributes to promote safe, effective use for those having reduced training and/or motor-skills.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 1, 2010
    Publication date: September 23, 2010
    Applicant: Diggin Active, Inc.
    Inventors: Phillip H. Neal, Royce Nelson
  • Publication number: 20100178845
    Abstract: A joint apparatus for a toy is provided that, by changing the planes of motion of the rotating members, enables one toy to be moved in many ways in order to move the rotating members, and provides various forms that can be simulated. The joint apparatus comprises a pivoting mechanism 22 that allows a rotating-member support 5, which supports a rotating member 4 and functions as the rotation shaft of the rotating member 4, to move relative to a base member 3. Moreover, the joint apparatus comprises a rotation mechanism 21 that is linked to the pivoting mechanism 22, and allows the pivoting mechanism 22 to rotate inside thereof, which includes the rotation shaft, with respect to the base member 3, wherein the rotation mechanism 21 comprises a rotation-locking means that locks the rotation mechanism 21 in the direction of rotation thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 5, 2008
    Publication date: July 15, 2010
    Inventor: Masanori Machino
  • Publication number: 20090111351
    Abstract: An amusement device allowing a user to move magnetic members in three dimensions is presented. The method enables a group of magnetic members to be attracted and repelled along three dimensional paths defined by non-magnetic tracks (30). Relative alignment of the magnetic members to maintain the attractive and repulsive orientations is achieved by passing the non-magnetic tracks (30) through the magnetic members. A user manipulates a group of magnets (40) by interacting with one or more of them. For example, the user can repel a group of magnets (40) along the three-dimensional path by pushing only one of the magnets (45) in the group. The magnetic members can have many different shapes, colors, sizes, magnetic strengths, and textures. These devices can be found in the home and in many other settings such as waiting rooms, daycares, classrooms, and hospitals.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 21, 2008
    Publication date: April 30, 2009
    Inventors: Jennifer L. Krochak, Darryl D. Krochak
  • Patent number: 7371148
    Abstract: In one example, the disclosure includes a playset. The playset may include a middle section having a movable front face; a first side section coupled to one side of said middle section, said first side section having a movable front face; a second side section coupled to another side of said middle section, said second side section having a movable front face; and an input receiving device, where upon receiving an input, each of said movable faces of the middle, first side, and second side sections move to reveal internal units of said middle, first side, and second side sections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2008
    Assignee: Mattel, Inc.
    Inventors: Jon C. Marine, Debbie Glassberg
  • Patent number: 7192328
    Abstract: A method of simulating real-life motion of a character includes providing a toy having a plurality of interconnected links. The links are rotatably attached to one another and the character is attached to one of the links. The method also includes grasping the toy by holding two different links that are separated by at least two other links, one of which is the link to which the character is attached. The method also includes moving the hands with respect to one another, thus causing the character to move in a manner that simulates the real-life motion of the character.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2007
    Assignee: Tangle Inc.
    Inventor: Richard E. Zawitz
  • Patent number: 7175147
    Abstract: A stopper holder for a beverage bottle is comprised of a first helical gripping member for positioning on the neck of the bottle, and a second helical member connected to the first gripping member for holding a stopper therein. The first and second helical gripping members are comprised of a continuous rod wherein the upper end of the first helical gripping member is connected to a lower end of the second helical gripping member by an integral connecting portion. Resilient cushions are positioned along the first helical gripping member for a snug fit on bottles of different sizes. The second helical gripping member is positioned above and to a side of the first helical gripping member for positioning the stopper away from the mouth of the bottle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2007
    Inventors: Matthew Marks, Cris Alegria
  • Patent number: 7156716
    Abstract: A coil spring toy with the ball-trapping tool attached to one or more ends is disclosed. The coil spring toy may be used with a game apparatus having a toy stairway, and a set of lightweight balls of a specific size. A method to play the game includes mechanically starting the spring toy to move downstairs due to gravity and its known properties. If started properly, a spring toy will capture the balls, located on the stairs, with the trapping tool, while it lands on each stair. Captured balls may be kept inside spring toy while it moves and finally stops. The balls may be transparent and may be filled with particles to produce additional visual and sound effects. Collected balls can be manually released out of spring toy by means of its stretching. After balls are released and counted, and are placed back on the stairs, the action may be repeated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2007
    Inventor: Igor Belykh
  • Patent number: 6676481
    Abstract: A wire maze toy includes an endless wire frame that is of substantially uniform cross-sectional configuration over its entire length and is configured to form multiple curves. A carriage including two slider members is fitted on the wire frame and is slidable along the wire frame. A spring structure has two ends connected to the two slider members respectively. The spring structure and the wire frame are dimensionally related such that tension in the spring structure depends on relative positions of the slider members along the wire frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2004
    Assignee: Educo International, Inc.
    Inventors: Kathy A. Klaus, Patrick D. Bidwell
  • Patent number: 6626730
    Abstract: A foldable device suited for toys comprises a connecting rod and a retractable cylinder both sleeved by a toy shank support, wherein a bottom end of the connecting rod is connected to a transmission device that can force the connecting rod to move downward and upward, characterized in that a first snapping bead box is installed at a bottom end of the retractable cylinder, the first snapping bead box is equipped with a snapping bead and a spring, one end of the connecting rod is inserted into and passes through the first snapping bead box, a backside of the snapping bead leans against the connecting rod and is in contact with the sidewall of the first snapping bead box through a spring, and a recess is provided on the connecting rod above the first snapping bead box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2003
    Inventor: Jui Hsia Yu
  • Patent number: 6583368
    Abstract: The invention—Ayurvedic Scale—is a machine that physically represents or models the philosophical essence of the ancient science and philosophy of Ayurveda in the form of a tri-armed scale. The Ayurvedic Scale's primary function is to assist users in determining and visually representing their current spiritual state as well as their underlying Ayurvedic body type, which are both helpful in evaluating immediate choices using Ayurvedic philosophy. It also serves to act as a visual model in helping users to more clearly understand the complexities of Ayurveda, to provide a physical reminder of Ayurveda's suggested foci in the user's life, and to act as a decorative model, which reflects the owner's interest in Ayurveda. The invention is meant to embody two of Ayurveda's core foci—simplicity and balance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2003
    Inventor: Daniel K Pivinski
  • Patent number: 6572432
    Abstract: A telescopic mascot includes a head core, a shoulder supporting the head core and a body having a pair of upright telescopic tube assemblies adapted to support the shoulder. Each of the upright telescopic tube assemblies has a plurality of tubes, slidable one in another, to allow the upright telescopic tube assembly to be variable in length between an elongated position and a shortened position, and the tubes are further spring-loaded so as to urge the upright telescopic tube assembly to the elongated position. In addition, a pair of retainers is formed on the lowest tubes and the shoulder is provided with a pair of pivotal hooks adapted to be locked with the retainers when the telescopic tube assemblies is adequately shortened, so as to retain the telescopic tube assemblies in their shortened position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2003
    Inventor: Chih-Cheng Tsai
  • Patent number: 6547628
    Abstract: A toy includes a housing, an output device, an input device, an overlay, and a controller. The housing has a surface and the output device is mounted to the housing. The input device is mounted in a first area on the surface to receive input. The overlay is mounted on the surface to receive input. The overlay moves relative to the surface from a second area to the first area such that the overlay is disengaged from the input device when the overlay is in the second area and the input device is engaged by the overlay when the overlay is in the first area. The controller is connected to the input device and to the output device. The controller controls the output device to perform a first action when the input device receives input and the overlay is in the second area and to perform a second action when the input device receives input and the overlay is in the first area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2003
    Assignee: Hasbro, Inc.
    Inventor: Jennifer Long
  • Patent number: 6461217
    Abstract: A toy figure includes a generally spherical torso supporting a pair of outwardly extending sleeves which in turn receive a pair of slidably supported arms. A second pair of sleeves supported on the torso receive a pair of slidably supported legs. An additional sleeve is positioned upon the toy figure head and receives a slidably supported shaft having a ball member at its outer end. A plurality of switches are positioned within the toy figure and are actuated as the arms, legs and head shaft are moved inwardly and outwardly. A sound circuit is supported within the toy figure and is responsive to actuation of the various switches therein to produce audible message or sound effects. The toy figure head further supports a pair of ears slidably movable in a lateral direction within the head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2002
    Assignee: Mattel, Inc.
    Inventor: Danutcha Pestonji
  • Patent number: 6203398
    Abstract: A toy assembly includes a base member, a slender track member mounted on the base member and formed as a continuous loop, and at least one toy piece formed with a coupling hole for coupling slidably with the track member. The track member has a track groove formed continuously therealong. The toy piece further has a key projection that projects into the coupling hole and that engages slidably the track groove of the track member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2001
    Inventor: Wen-Pin Lin
  • Patent number: 6165039
    Abstract: A hot air balloon toy 10 that consists of a helium or air filled balloon 12 and an attached gondola 14. The gondola 14 is formed from a sheet of flexible, lightweight, material and having a top portion 16, bottom portion 24, and intermediate portion 20. The top portion 16 is formed into an annulus shape, with the shape being maintained with the use of a fastening means 18. The bottom portion 24 is in the form of a container, with the container shape being maintained with the use of a fastening means 28. The gondola is attached to the balloon with the use of an adhesive stopper 42 that is placed on the balloon tether 40 underneath the floor flap 32 and next to a hole 38 in floor flap. The spring-like action of intermediate sides 20 helps to hold the gondola 14 firmly against the balloon 12.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 1999
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2000
    Inventor: Steven L. Cobane
  • Patent number: 6116984
    Abstract: A pop-out toy including a housing with an opening through a central portion thereof. A bottom wall of the housing has a gear mounted on a rod extending upwardly from the inner surface interiorly thereof. A figurine is provided and is mounted on a platform positioned within the opening in the housing. The platform is secured to a support rod extending rearwardly therefrom interiorly of the housing. The support rod has teeth extending along a side edge thereof. The teeth engage an upper portion of the gear. A release mechanism is provided that is comprised of a handle extending inwardly of the housing interiorly thereof. The handle has teeth disposed along a side edge thereof. The teeth engage a lower portion of the gear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2000
    Inventors: Armando Munoz, Bonnie Munoz
  • Patent number: 6102767
    Abstract: The invention relates to a toy comprising an article which is movable along a surface, the movement of the article determined by a control, mounted under the surface. The control and article include magnetic materials to form a magnetic field between the two through the surface and which is sufficiently strong such that movement of the control exerts a moving influence on the article along the surface. The control is provided with articulated joints which allow the control to follow and exert the moving influence on the article as it moves along different planes and levels of the surface, which was not previously possible. The control can also include particular lever arrangements which allow the proportion of the surface area upon which the control can exert the moving influence to be increased.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2000
    Assignee: Origin Products Ltd.
    Inventors: Christopher Charles Wiggs, Christopher Joseph Crabtree Taylor
  • Patent number: 6086448
    Abstract: Joy device of a casing in a form of pedestal, upon a mast for hauling up a flag by means of a strand pulled by a mechanic device is fixed, all in time to a sonorous emission generated by a sound electronic chip included into the casing. According to the invention, the mast is detachable and is provided a housing for bearing a portion of the mast at the detached state. Furthermore advantages arise when the sound chip is mounted upon the outside of the housing of the feed bateries of the sound chip and when the switch for the electric feed is provided in a form of resiently deformable membrane operatively faced to the bottom end of an operation pushbutton provided on the casing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2000
    Inventor: Carlos Valls Ibanez
  • Patent number: 6083078
    Abstract: A toy includes a first platform with a proximate edge, a distal edge, and first and second lateral edges interconnecting the proximate and distal edges. A moving body has a front wheel, first and second rear wheels, and a turning wheel between the front and rear wheels. The moving body is provided with a driving unit coupled to the turning wheel and the first rear wheel. The turning wheel is rotatable about an axis perpendicular to that of the front and rear wheels, and is disposed higher than bottom portions of the front and rear wheels to prevent the moving body from falling off the first platform when the driving unit drives movement of the moving body on the first platform. A connecting rail has a first end portion mounted on the proximate edge, and is connected to a second platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2000
    Assignee: Dah Yang Toy Industrial Col, Ltd.
    Inventor: Chieh-Te Yang
  • Patent number: 6068535
    Abstract: A powered infant mobile that includes a number of detachable mobile elements to allow a child to hold and play with the mobile elements when desired. Because removal of one or more mobile elements from the infant mobile can unbalance the mobile, the powered infant mobile is provided with balancing elements that are positionable by a user to allow the user to balance the mobile after removing one or more of the mobile elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2000
    Inventor: Kevin O. Hoyt
  • Patent number: 6032615
    Abstract: An outer housing preferably fabricated from a transparent or translucent plastic material, the outer housing including a central connecting portion and three outwardly extending arms. Slots are provided in the top and the sides of the three outwardly extending arms to permit a household pet, such as a cat, to reach and move one or more balls positioned therein towards the central connecting portion. The bottom surface of the central connecting portion preferably includes an upwardly extending projection, preferably conical in configuration, which, by gravitational force, tends to toll the one or more balls positioned therein into one of the three outwardly extending arms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 1998
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2000
    Assignee: Virtu Company
    Inventor: Alan Michael Girard
  • Patent number: 6027773
    Abstract: A novel design and method of manufacturing confetti uses an interior cutout type die-cutting process. The resulting die cut confetti has unique and unusual aerodynamic features creating visually pleasing flight patterns. The predominant descent pattern of this new confetti is a hover action. The confetti rocks slightly back and forth during its descent but primary remains parallel to the ground.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 1999
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2000
    Assignee: Artistry In Motion Entertainment, Inc.
    Inventors: Ardina K. Sterr, S. Clark Bason
  • Patent number: 5944576
    Abstract: A stick and cup assembly for receiving and securing a balloon includes an elongated stick with a cup maintained at one end thereof. The cup is formed integrally with the stick. A collar is slidingly received upon the stick for selective locking engagement with the cup for securing a balloon thereto. The stick is preferably formed of a composition of polyester and rubber such that the stick is capable of being manually formed into any desired configuration and which retains that configuration once so formed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 31, 1999
    Assignee: David C. Nelson
    Inventors: David C. Nelson, Bruce W. Walden
  • Patent number: 5924907
    Abstract: A marble track is constructed from cubes, base blocks, tower dowels, track dowels and rubber bands. Each cube has four vertically oriented tower bores, through-bores of approximately the width of the tower dowels, adjacent and parallel to the four vertical edges of the cube. Each base block has four vertically oriented tower bores with the same spacing as the tower bores in the cube. Cubes may be positioned on tower dowels extending vertically from a base block, and the position of a cube may be stabilized by a rubber band around the tower dowels just below the cube. A channel in each cube (except the "end cubes") permits a marble to pass through the cube. A channel may be bifurcated, and may have entrances/exits to any combination of the six faces of a cube. Track dowels may be inserted in track bores below each side channel entrance/exit to permit the marble to roll out of the channel and onto the track dowels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 1996
    Date of Patent: July 20, 1999
    Inventor: Adam Zev Tobin
  • Patent number: 5888115
    Abstract: The present invention provides an interactive funnel amusement device. The interactive funnel amusement device allows a user to interact with the interactive funnel amusement device to a greater extent than prior art funnel devices. In one embodiment, the interactive funnel amusement device includes a funnel and a target. The target is located on an interior surface of the funnel such that when an object is rolled along the interior surface of the funnel the object is capable of interacting with the target. The interactive funnel amusement device can also include an adjustable guide. The adjustable guide is capable of guiding the object along one of a number of trajectories along the funnel such that the object rolls around the interior surface of the funnel in a substantially spiral manner. The adjustable guide can also be used to aim the object along a trajectory that causes the object to interact with the target located on the interior surface of the funnel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 1998
    Date of Patent: March 30, 1999
    Assignee: RLT Acquisition, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen P. Shoemaker, Jr., Ken Y. Hata, Norman B. Petermeier
  • Patent number: 5874119
    Abstract: A novelty candy holder and dispenser which comprises a main housing with a conical insert. A handle extends downwardly from the main body and is provided with lock pins. The handle can be pushed upwardly to force the candy upwardly from the housing and be rotating the handle look pins on the handle fit into slots to lock the candy sucker in place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 1996
    Date of Patent: February 23, 1999
    Inventors: Thomas J. Coleman, William K. Schlotter, IV, Primcess Ann Coleman, Ann M. Schlotter
  • Patent number: 5873766
    Abstract: A toy capable of emitting clapping noise, emitting scent, and emitting light. The toy is constructed with an elongated central member and a plurality of resilient ribs which are attached at one of their ends to the elongated central member and are attached at their other end to a sliding collar. The sliding collar is free to slide along the elongated member thereby causing the resilient ribs to move radially outwardly with respect to the longitudinal axis of the elongated central member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 1996
    Date of Patent: February 23, 1999
    Inventor: Michael Burton
  • Patent number: 5873487
    Abstract: An assembly is provided that includes a beverage container having a handle extending radially from the container in a direction that defines a handle axis. The assembly further includes a handle grip piece for connection to the handle of the container, and a support bar attached to the handle grip piece. A rotatable object is coupled to the support bar and defines an axis of rotation located in a plane extending at an angle from the handle axis such that the axis of rotation does not intersect the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 1998
    Date of Patent: February 23, 1999
    Inventor: Frank Yeh
  • Patent number: 5857892
    Abstract: A toy element composed of a rolling body having a body surface, with at least four apertures provided in the body surface, and at least two movable members. Each of the members consists of a first and a second oppositely arranged element interconnected by a rigid rod. The first and second elements are aligned with the apertures of the body surface. Each of the members is movable within the rolling body between a first position where the first element is significantly protruding from the rolling body surface while the second element is less protruding from the rolling body surface, and a second position where the second element is substantially protruding from the rolling body surface while the first element is less protruding from the rolling body surface. Each member has a center line, and the center lines of all of the members intersect at a common intersection point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 1996
    Date of Patent: January 12, 1999
    Assignee: INTERLEGO AG
    Inventor: Paul Leadbetter
  • Patent number: 5803784
    Abstract: A flying toy having a first and a second guideline support, each guideline having two ends and a handle member respectively secured at each end. A body member for operating aerodynamically may include a frame and sail, or alternatively, the frame and sail may be replaced by a one-piece or composite sail frameless structure. In an alternative embodiment, a single guideline replaces the two guidelines. Support elements are slideably secured to the body member and to the fasteners for supporting the body in a desired orientation between the first and second guidelines. Alternatively, the support elements may be included as a part of the frame of the body member or some embodiments eliminated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 8, 1998
    Inventors: Gregory M. Plow, James Palmer
  • Patent number: 5788113
    Abstract: An assembly is provided that includes a beverage container having a handle extending radially from the container in a direction that defines a handle axis. The assembly further includes a handle grip piece for connection to the handle of the container, and a support bar attached to the handle grip piece. A rotatable object is coupled to the support bar and defines an axis of rotation located in a plane extending at an angle from the handle axis such that the axis of rotation does not intersect the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 4, 1998
    Inventor: Frank Yeh