Seesaw Patents (Class 472/106)
  • Patent number: 9623341
    Abstract: A water teeter-totter system is a teeter totter that uses the inertia developed while in use to operate water pumps to pump water through a plurality of spray nozzles to combine water amusement with the fun of gliding on the device. The downward motion of each side of the teeter totter actuates a different pump to spray water alternately at one user and then at the other user. A centrally located tube is able to be coupled to various ornamentally designed appurtenances that perform an action from spraying water through the appurtenance to blowing up balloons.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Inventor: John Mamelka
  • Patent number: 9033808
    Abstract: A teeter totter apparatus comprises a base portion, a caster assembly including a caster base portion having a plurality of caster base holes for fixing the caster base portion to the base portion, and a caster yoke portion rotationally coupled with the caster base portion allowing rotation of the caster yolk portion about a first axis. A beam portion coupled with the caster yolk portion includes at least one seating portion and is capable of being fixed to the caster yolk portion while allowing the beam portion to rotate about a second axis. In another aspect, a teeter totter apparatus includes a seating portion and opposing seat adjustment portion that sandwich the beam and allow the seat portion to be adjusted in position along the beam. In another aspect, a lazy Susan rotational bearing coupled between the base and yolk portions provides the rotational capabilities for the apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Inventor: Paul Barenie
  • Publication number: 20140309046
    Abstract: An inflatable recreation device includes a plurality of inflatable rocking devices joined together end to end to form a walkway for a user to walk along wherein, as the user walks along the walkway, the walkway moves up and down under the user to provide a challenging and entertaining walk which also provides good balancing exercise.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 8, 2013
    Publication date: October 16, 2014
    Inventor: Donald W. Gordon
  • Patent number: 8444497
    Abstract: An opposed jumping platform apparatus includes a fulcrum base; and an opposed platforms member having an opposed platforms member center pivotally mounted on the fulcrum base and dividing the opposed platforms member into a first jumping platform and an opposing second jumping platform, the first jumping platform having a first user support spaced from the opposed platforms member center extending at least one and one half feet above said first jumping platform, and the second jumping platform having a second user support spaced from the opposed platforms member center extending at least one and one half feet above said second jumping platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2013
    Inventors: Barbara Noye-Boldin, Tirzah Y. Boldin
  • Patent number: 8444498
    Abstract: A seesaw having a plurality of illumination means provided on both sides of a pivotable elongate member. The illumination means are controlled by control means dependent upon the inclination of the elongate member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2013
    Assignee: H Grossman Ltd.
    Inventor: Martin Grossman
  • Patent number: 7993208
    Abstract: Play equipment that combines the movements of a teeter totter and a merry-go-round includes a support for suspending a riding assembly, a riding assembly upon which a rider is supported, such as upon which a rider sits or a rider hangs from, and a suspending means which suspends the riding assembly from the support for both rotational movement with respect to the support and up and down movement with respect to the support. The up and down movement may be achieved by pivotal movement or by swinging movement. The support of the invention may be adjustable to adjust the height of the riding assembly. When seats for the riders are provided, the seats may include restraining means, such as back and side rails to help keep the rider in the seat. The equipment can include a single beam providing a pair of oppositely extending arms as with a traditional teeter tooter, or can include additional beams or arms, such as four arms, to accommodate additional riders.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2011
    Inventor: Donald W. Gordon
  • Publication number: 20110059805
    Abstract: A seesaw (5; 5a) comprises a plurality of illumination means (10; 10a) provided on both sides or ends of a pivotable elongate member (15; 15a) the illumination means (10; 10a) are controlled by control means dependent upon the inclination of the elongate member (15; 15a).
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 30, 2008
    Publication date: March 10, 2011
    Applicant: H GROSSMAN LTD
    Inventor: Martin Grossman
  • Publication number: 20100197417
    Abstract: A recreational apparatus that provides up and down motion and rotational motion is encompassed. The apparatus comprising a beam mounted on a mount, in order to achieve up and down and rotational motion. The beam comprises a seat at the first and second ends on substantially opposing sides of the mount and an impact absorption member located with each seat. The impact absorption member is a resilient ball, wherein at least part of the ball fits through a rim in the seat. According to a further embodiment, the recreational apparatus can be adjusted as the beam is capable of being located on the mount at different positions along the length of the beam.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 29, 2006
    Publication date: August 5, 2010
    Inventors: Paul May, Miles Mann
  • Patent number: 7682258
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a support member, a moveable member supported by the support member, a user support mechanically associated with the moveable member, and a sound producing mechanism that produces sound as a result of movement of the moveable member between a first position and a second position caused by the user's application of force to the urge the moveable member between the first position and second position. The applications include a play apparatus, wherein the user interacts with the moveable member with the result that the moveable member changes position and a selected sound is thereby produced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2010
    Assignee: Wonderworx LLC
    Inventor: Grant Ballin
  • Publication number: 20090186711
    Abstract: An improved teeter-totter has a pair of seats mounted at opposite ends of a longitudinal seat support member. The seat support member is suspended from overhead pivots by a pair of linkage arms to provide riders with a motion that combines the up-and-down arcuate motion of a conventional teeter-totter with a back-and-forth gliding motion, thus creating a more stable and balancing effect allowing users of different weights, to use the teeter-totter without other counter balance features.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 18, 2008
    Publication date: July 23, 2009
    Inventor: Theodore G. Habing
  • Publication number: 20090131184
    Abstract: First and second frame supports (12, 13) with each including a frame support body (21a, 13a) and a frame support base (12b, 13b). The frame support bodies are substantially A-frames and the frame support bases are substantially C-shaped cylindrical rods connecting to the ends of a respective one of the A-frame frame support bodies (12a, 13a) to form outwardly extending frame support bases. The cross beam (15) sized or extended by addition of extension beam (16) to protrude beyond the connection points (17) and to substantially overly the extension of the frame support base (12b, or 13b). This allows a further swing or climbing means or the like to be connected therebetween. Alterable suspension means (51) includes a cleat plate (53) with a plurality of holes (54) to allow the rope (52) or other elongated flexible cord to be woven through the plurality of the cleat holes (54) to provide a frictional hold of the rope or other elongated flexible cord.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 24, 2006
    Publication date: May 21, 2009
    Inventor: Nir Pizmony
  • Patent number: 7413516
    Abstract: A teeter-totter is constructed with a pair of seats mounted at opposite ends of a rocker beam. The seats, when aligned horizontally, are below the pivot point so as to provide a pendular component of motion. The pivot is supported on an overhead framework and the rocker beam is suspended below the pivot to eliminate the pinch points found in conventional teeter-totter designs. A counterbalance mechanism may be incorporated so that users of different weights remain in balance while operating the teeter-totter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2008
    Assignee: Dream Visions, LLC
    Inventor: Theodore G. Habing
  • Patent number: 7377856
    Abstract: A playground apparatus comprising at least three separate elongated plank extending in a generally horizontally spaced end-to-end relationship, at least one pivotal support member for pivotally supporting each of the elongated plank in vertically spaced relationship above a support surface for vertical pivotal movement of opposite ends of the elongated planks, and at least two resiliently flexible living hinges each providing a void-free connection between adjacent ends of the elongated planks to eliminate a pinch point while providing for simultaneous vertical movement of said elongated planks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2008
    Assignee: Xccent Corporation
    Inventor: David Nickelson
  • Patent number: 7220184
    Abstract: A seesaw includes a manually rotatable actuator for adjusting the balance of the seesaw to accommodate a weight differential between two riders. After adjusting the seesaw, the actuator automatically locks the adjustment mechanism in place. A rack-and-pinion assembly provides fine adjustment, and a protective cover avoids creating a pinching hazard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2007
    Inventor: Charles A. Akers
  • Patent number: 7201709
    Abstract: A training apparatus is disclosed. An illustrative embodiment of the training apparatus includes a base frame, a saddle pivotally carried by the base frame and a handle pivotally carried by the base frame and engaging the saddle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2007
    Inventor: Robert A. Pebbles, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7118514
    Abstract: A playground device, in the nature of a teeter-totter, includes first and second spaced base members. An arcuate rail is coupled to the base members in an upright arc. An arcuate member surrounds at least a portion of the rail and is mounted for to-and-fro movement relative to the rail. User platforms or other user-friendly features are mounted on the tube. A biasing mechanism coacts between the member and the rail to bias the member toward a predetermined preferably central position on the rail, while allowing the tube to move to-and-fro on the rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2006
    Assignee: BigToys, Inc.
    Inventors: John Underbrink, Joshua Rothacker, Brian Lovgren
  • Patent number: 6991549
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a support member, a moveable member supported by the support member, a user support mechanically associated with the moveable member, and a sound producing mechanism that produces sound as a result of movement of the moveable member between a first position and a second position caused by the user's application of force to the urge the moveable member between the first position and second position. The applications include a play apparatus, wherein the user interacts with the moveable member with the result that the moveable member changes position and a selected sound is thereby produced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2006
    Assignee: Wonderworks LLC
    Inventor: Grant Ballin
  • Patent number: 6722996
    Abstract: A moving uplift apparatus is provided which enables the user to utilize the device as a piece of playground or backyard play equipment commonly known as a see-saw. The apparatus includes a frame structure, a user support mechanism, and a user engagement mechanism. The user support mechanism pivotally mounts to the frame structure, while the user engagement mechanism pivotally mounts to the user support mechanism. The user engagement mechanism may have engagement members for engaging said frame structure. The apparatus is different from the more conventional see-saw apparatuses in that the upward and downward pivoting motion of the user is produced by rocking the user engagement mechanism forward and backward, not by pushing against the ground with the feet of the user. The apparatus may be configured so that rocking the user engagement mechanism backward and forward may produces different seat movement, including rotation about the base of the frame structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2004
    Inventor: Gary Lawrence Johnston
  • Publication number: 20040063507
    Abstract: A playground apparatus having at least one support base for stabilizing the apparatus. A plurality of pockets are formed within the support base. The playground apparatus also includes at least one side member disposed within the pockets. A plurality of fasteners secure the side members disposed within the pocket to the support base to form the playground apparatus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2002
    Publication date: April 1, 2004
    Inventors: Gregg A. Henderson, Andrew B. Logar
  • Patent number: 6712709
    Abstract: A playground apparatus having at least one support base for stabilizing the apparatus. A plurality of pockets are formed within the support base. The playground apparatus also includes at least one side member disposed within the pockets. A plurality of fasteners secure the side members disposed within the pocket to the support base to form the playground apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2004
    Assignee: The Little Tikes Company
    Inventors: Gregg A. Henderson, Andrew B. Logar
  • Patent number: 6709340
    Abstract: An inflatable rocking recreational device includes an inflatable main body having a generally arc-shaped bottom surface for resting in water or on a surface such as the ground or a floor, and on which the device can be rocked. The device can include a plurality of connected bodies such as a main body with stabilizing bodies secured thereto or two or more main bodies secured side-by-side or at angles to one another to stabilize the body. Handles are provided to allow the users to grip and hold on to the body. The device is usually mounted by a plurality of users who rock the device back and forth along the arced bottom surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2004
    Assignee: Aviva Sports L.L.C.
    Inventor: Donald W. Gordon
  • Publication number: 20030036433
    Abstract: A moving uplift apparatus is provided which enables the user to utilize the device as a piece of playground or backyard play equipment commonly known as a see-saw. The apparatus includes a frame structure means, a user support means, and a user engagement means. The user support means pivotally mounts to the frame structure means, while the user engagement means pivotally mounts to the user support means. The user engagement means may have engagement members for engaging said frame structure means. The apparatus is different from the more conventional see-saw apparatuses in that the upward and downward pivoting motion of the user is produced by rocking the user engagement means forward and backward, not by pushing against the ground with the feet of the user. The apparatus may be configured so that rocking the user engagement means backward and forward may produces different seat movement, including rotation about the base of the frame structure means.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 21, 2002
    Publication date: February 20, 2003
    Inventor: Gary Lawrence Johnston
  • Publication number: 20030022723
    Abstract: A turning uplift apparatus is provided which enables the user to utilize the device as a piece of playground or backyard play equipment commonly known as a see-saw. The apparatus includes a frame structure means, a user support means, and a user engagement means. The user support means pivotally mounts to the frame structure means, while the user engagement means pivotally mounts to the user support means. The apparatus is different from the more conventional see-saw apparatuses in that the upward and downward pivoting motion of the user is produced by rocking the user engagement means forward and backward, not by pushing against the ground with the feet of the user. The apparatus may be configured so that rocking the user engagement means backward and forward may produces different seat movement, including rotation about the base of the frame structure means.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 22, 2002
    Publication date: January 30, 2003
    Inventor: Gary Lawrence Johnston
  • Patent number: 6383083
    Abstract: A pivoting uplift apparatus is provided which enables the user to utilize the device as a piece of playground or backyard play equipment commonly known as a see-saw. The apparatus includes a frame structure means, a user support means, and a user engagement means. The user support means pivotally mounts to the frame structure means, while the user engagement means pivotally mounts to the user support means. The apparatus is different from the more conventional see-saw apparatuses in that the upward and downward pivoting motion of the user is produced by rocking the user engagement means backward and forward, not by pushing against the ground with the feet of the users. The apparatus may be configured so that rocking the user engagement means backward and forward may produce different seat movement. The apparatus may also take the form of a single user see-saw and an exercise machine, with an optional weight support member for weighing down one side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2002
    Inventor: Gary Lawrence Johnston
  • Patent number: 5512018
    Abstract: A wheeled seesaw amusement device having a tubular frame with telescopic sections capable of having vary length. The tubular sections interconnect at opposite ends to form contact sections with the ground. The frame is supported by an axle mounting a pair of wheels and by strut members pivotally carried by the axle. The position of the strut members relative to the frame can be varied to alter the vertical height of the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 1995
    Date of Patent: April 30, 1996
    Inventor: Tighe Zimmers
  • Patent number: 5447474
    Abstract: A game apparatus with multiple playing modes includes a base unit, a plank support mounted uprightly on the base unit, and an elongated plank unit. The plank support includes a pair of parallel upright plates, a balancing seat which extends between top ends of the upright plates and which has two ends mounted rotatably on the upright plates, a cylindrical support rod which extends between the upright plates below the balancing seat and which has two ends mounted rotatably on the upright plates, and a positioning beam which extends between the upright plates and which is spaced vertically from the support rod so as to form a clearance therewith.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 1994
    Date of Patent: September 5, 1995
    Inventor: Fountain Chang
  • Patent number: 5441454
    Abstract: A water teeter-totter is provided having a seating member for two or more persons. The seating member is pivotally mounted to a floating, buoyant support member, such as one defined by a pair of pontoons. The seating member is rockable relative to the floating support member by seated persons in a seesaw motion. In an embodiment, a propeller or other mover is operably connected to the seating body and propels the water totter device through the water upon rocking of the seating member relative to the floating support member(s).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 1994
    Date of Patent: August 15, 1995
    Assignee: Elizabeth C. Race
    Inventor: Elizabeth C. Race
  • Patent number: 5403239
    Abstract: A wheeled seesaw amusement device having a tubular frame with telescopic sections capable of having vary length. The tubular sections interconnect at opposite ends to form contact sections with the ground. The frame is supported by an axle mounting a pair of wheels and by strut members pivotally carried by the axle. The position of the strut members relative to the frame can be varied to alter the vertical height of the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 1993
    Date of Patent: April 4, 1995
    Inventor: Tighe Zimmers
  • Patent number: 5387158
    Abstract: There is disclosed a play kit of detachable plastic components capable of forming either a slide assembly or a teeter assembly. The kit includes an elongated plastic playboard as a basic playing element. The latter has a wavy configuration and is preferables constructed in two symmetrical members abutting one another and releasably locked to each other. When used as a slide, the playboard is removably connected, at one end, to an upper end of a plastic support formed with steps to act as a ladder. The latter and the playboard are held together by removable struts. When the basic element is used as a teeter board, the support is made to act as a base. A prop structure is then detachably connected to the said base and to the playboard to allow the latter to teeter as well as to rotate about a vertical axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 1993
    Date of Patent: February 7, 1995
    Assignee: The Ritvik Group Inc.
    Inventor: Victor J. Bertrand
  • Patent number: 5364313
    Abstract: A child's amusement device having a torsible beam with the torsible beam having a child-support surface for a child to sit or stand on with pivotal supports spaced about and supporting the periphery of the torsible beam, with the torsible beam having sufficient rigidity to remain in a fixed position when no external force is applied to the child-support surface, and the torsible beam having sufficient resiliency so that when an external force deflects the torsible beam, the torsible beam flexes and twists in response thereto, causing the torsible beam to oscillate about the pivotal supports and thereby provide an amusement ride for a child thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 1993
    Date of Patent: November 15, 1994
    Inventor: David Nickelson
  • Patent number: 5238455
    Abstract: An omni-directional rocking apparatus includes a rocking base assembly and seating assembly. The rocking base assembly comprises at least two arched transverse members with distally disposed contoured stops adapted to limit the range of rocking motion in any direction. In one preferred embodiment, the rocking apparatus is constructed as a tip-resistant, omni-directional riding toy wherein the seating assembly comprises a simulated animal body, vehicle or other conveyance device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 1991
    Date of Patent: August 24, 1993
    Assignee: Sequoia Wood Designs, Inc.
    Inventors: Ralph E. Cain, Jr., Fred H. Yeatts
  • Patent number: 5217411
    Abstract: A musical seesaw is provided and consists of a music box carried within hollow cylindrical post mounted on a base which is placed on a flat surface. When an elongated plank which is centrally carried between upper ends of a pair of spaced standards extending upwardly from the cylindrical post goes up and down, with a person riding on each end, the music box will operate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 1990
    Date of Patent: June 8, 1993
    Inventors: George Spector, Evelyn Holmes