Having Safety Feature Patents (Class 472/100)
  • Patent number: 8574087
    Abstract: A mechanical ride safety system for automatically disabling a mechanical ride in response to a rider losing his/her grip on the ride. The mechanical ride safety system generally includes a gripping member that is grasped by a rider when the ride in in use. The gripping member includes a sensing member which is adapted to sense whether the gripping member is being grasped or has been released. A processing unit and transmitter are communicatively interconnected with the sensing member so that a signal may be transmitted when the gripping member is released. A receiver is communicatively interconnected with the control unit of the mechanical ride such that, upon receiving a signal indicating that the gripping member has been released, the control unit will automatically disable the mechanical ride to prevent injury to the rider.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Inventors: Ian F. Newcombe, Keith Lawrence
  • Patent number: 6835141
    Abstract: An apparatus for providing motion therapy to a physically-challenged child includes an adjustable seat attached to the base of an amusement-type carriage device by a spring mechanism and having a back portion to provide lower back support to the child. An adjustable torso support mechanism is mounted on the amusement-type carriage device and provides lateral support to the child while seated on the ride. The torso support includes rotatable support arms to which are fastened adjustable hand brackets and hand pads, all mounted on vertically-positioned spine rods. An adjustable headrest support is mounted on the amusement-type carriage device to provide head and neck support to the child. An adjustable shoulder strap secures the child in a stable position during operation. A lap belt is also provided to securely position the child inside the torso support mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2004
    Inventor: Michelle R. Eaves
  • Patent number: 6808458
    Abstract: A horse riding sporting apparatus comprises a saddle support 10 for supporting a saddle 2, the support being disposed in the upper central part of a frame 1; a sliding assembly 20 for moving forward and backward the saddle support 10, the sliding assembly being disposed in the front part of the frame 1; an elevating assembly 30 for moving up and down the saddle support 10, the elevating assembly being disposed in the central part of the frame 1; a buffering member 40 connected to the elevating assembly 30; a first working assembly 50 and a second working assembly 60, for moving up and down the buffering member 40, the assemblies being respectively disposed in the rear and the central part of the frame 1; a driving assembly 70 for driving the sliding assembly 20 as well as the first and second working assemblies 50 and 60; a distance adjusting assembly 80 as well as a first and a second elevation adjusting assembly 90 and 100, respectively for adjusting the sliding distance as well as the vertical elevation; a
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2004
    Inventor: Seung-Joo Jung
  • Patent number: 6517443
    Abstract: A wheelchair accessible amusement ride having a solid non-moving base to which a body that rocks back and forth on the base is mounted. The interior of the body is supplied with a seat that may move between a first position for use with able bodied children who may sit in the seat and operate the controls of the ride and a second forward stowed position allowing the interior compartment to give access to a wheelchair and wheelchair bound individual. The seat is mounted to a series of rails allowing the seat to easily be moved and locked between the two positions. The device is further equipped with a rear gate that may be dropped and used as a ramp to load a wheelchair and wheelchair bound individual into the device prior to closing the gate and containing the wheelchair and handicapped individual for the ride, thus allowing wheelchair bound children the same chance to have experience with these rides as able bodies children and adults.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2003
    Assignee: Access Kiddie Rides, Inc.
    Inventor: Larry A. Villella
  • Patent number: 6402626
    Abstract: A rodeo rider training apparatus is formed by a retractable wheel horizontal base frame supporting a spin wheel, a motor spin wheel driving apparatus and a spin shaft supporting a bucking apparatus in turn supporting a rider support for simulating a bucking action of a horse or bull while the spin wheel rotates the bucking apparatus in a selected direction. A divided circular pad horizontally surrounds the vertical axis of the bucking apparatus and rider support and spins therewith within a central portion of a surrounding air mattress providing padding, with the circular pad, for receiving a rider falling from the rider support thus allowing the falling rider to spin with the device until he can exit the spin pad to the air mattress, out of the way of the bucking apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2002
    Inventor: William A. Beaty
  • Patent number: 5927816
    Abstract: A collapsible safe rocking chair includes a main body, two step plates, two rocking plates, a supporter, a seat, and a grip. All the components are made of foam material to make the rocking chair safe to use by children. The two step plates are releasably combined under the main body for two feet to step on, and the two rocking plates are releasably combined under the two step plates to make the chair rock on the ground. The seat is releasably combined on the supporter and on the main body for a child to sit on, with the grip releasably combined on a front end portion of the main body for a user to grip with two hands.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 27, 1999
    Inventor: Kevin Hsu
  • Patent number: 5645489
    Abstract: An improved child amusement device, such as a hobby horse, with flexible extendable sheaths protectively and aesthetically covering the supporting elastic members, such as coil springs and associated attachment hardware.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 1995
    Date of Patent: July 8, 1997
    Assignee: Roadmaster Corporation
    Inventors: Eric Laiche, Chris Wheat, Roy L. Ruggles
  • Patent number: 5580315
    Abstract: A recreational appliance with springs (1) is provided with a locking element (2-9) which can be inserted in an anchoring element with a receiving flange (4), whereby a recreational appliance can be locked to the fundament in such a manner that it can be removed after it has been unlocked. The lock is preferably configured to have two lock plates (5) which engage bolt retaining edges (15) in the flange (4), which is provided with a recess (14) in which the locking element (2-9) is inserted. A recreational appliance can then function in the same way as an ordinary permanently ground anchored appliance, but the locking element makes it possible to remove the appliance after it has been unlocked, for area maintenance or repairs, or to avoid damage to the recreational appliance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 1995
    Date of Patent: December 3, 1996
    Assignee: Kompan A/S
    Inventor: Steen Katz
  • Patent number: 5466191
    Abstract: A rocking apparatus comprises a rocking base and a user support body mounted on the rocking base. The rocking base has a front end with a front strut fixed thereto. The front strut inclines upwardly by a predetermined angle and has a first wheel unit provided thereon. The rocking base further has two curved rocking plates and a second wheel unit mounted on front ends of the rocking plates. Hard forward rocking movement of the rocking apparatus results in the first and second wheel units contacting a support surface at the same time and the rocking plates separating from the support surface to permit forward movement of the rocking apparatus. At least one spring unit is interposed between the user support body and the rocking base to permit vertical reciprocating movement of the user support body. The first wheel unit includes a wheel support mounted rotatably on a distal end section of the front strut and provided with a steering axle that extends therethrough. The wheel support carries a wheel thereat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 1994
    Date of Patent: November 14, 1995
    Inventor: Fountain Chang