Body Slide Patents (Class 472/116)
  • Patent number: 9662590
    Abstract: A playground apparatus, extended landing platform attachment, and method of retrofitting a playground structure comprises a slide having at least one inclined surface and a landing platform configured to be coupled to a base of the inclined surface of the slide. The landing platform may be positioned at the base of the slide to enable a user to slide onto the platform from the slide and to move across the platform away from the path of a subsequent user sliding down the inclined surface of the slide. The landing platform may also be configured to provide additional seating area and more points of accessibility to provide easier access to a disabled user using the playground apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: Magical Bridge Foundation
    Inventors: Olenka Steciw Villarreal, Peter Cassidy Jensen
  • Patent number: 9511297
    Abstract: A water slide entry system in accordance with present embodiments may include an entry platform configured to support a rider above a water slide entry and an enclosure defining an enclosed space about the platform configured to at least partially enclose the rider when the rider is positioned on the entry platform. The water slide entry system may also include a fluid delivery system configured to deliver fluid within the enclosure to a predetermined fill level and a control system configured to receive a signal that the rider is positioned on the entry platform; provide instructions to the fluid delivery system to deliver the fluid within the enclosure when the rider is positioned on the entry platform; and trigger the entry platform to release the rider into the water slide entry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: Universal City Studios LLC
    Inventor: Justin Michael Schwartz
  • Patent number: 9427670
    Abstract: In one example, a playground slide includes first and second side rails each having respective first complementary structures. As well, a slide bed is provided that includes second complementary structures configured to releasably engage the respective first complementary structures of the first and second side rails. The slide bed and side rails are configured to releasably lock together with nothing more than the first and second complementary structures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: LIFETIME PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventors: Lynn VanDyke, Jacob Kearl
  • Patent number: 9308460
    Abstract: A combination slide has a slide body and two pressing rods. The slide body has a head member, a tail member and multiple connecting members. The head member has a head quick-release engaging element. The tail member has a tail quick-release engaging element. Each connecting member has an upper intermediate quick-release engaging element engaged detachably with the head quick-release engaging element and a lower intermediate quick-release engaging element engaged detachably with the tail quick-release engaging element of the tail member or the upper intermediate quick-release engaging element of an adjacent connecting member. The combination slide can be quickly assembled or disassembled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Assignee: T.K. CHIN COMPANY LTD.
    Inventor: Howard Chin
  • Patent number: 9211477
    Abstract: A trapdoor mechanism and method of providing a trapdoor mechanism for initiating descent into a slide ride is disclosed. Aspects of invention are directed to an trapdoor mechanism utilizes a folding and unfolding support structure so that the folding of the trap door provides a platform to stand on and the unfolding provides an opening into a slide. Embodiments of the trapdoor drop amusement mechanism utilize a downward and unfolding motion instead of rotary swing motion to remove the trap door from the ride path. A control device may be utilized to apply force to the trapdoor during its transit between the open position and closed position. This apparatus allows for less deck foot print area as no trap door swing thru or large shock absorber that is normally required to dissipate the large amount of energy stored in a heavy rotating trap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2015
    Assignee: Skyturtle Technologies Ltd.
    Inventor: Lance C. Fisher
  • Patent number: 9108113
    Abstract: The proposed folding slide relates to amusements and is intended for sliding. It includes components stacked one above the other. Any lower component cooperates with the upper component disposed above. They are linked with a fastening member, guiding a sliding of the upper component upon the lower one in a direction within a predetermined distance. The friction coefficient for all component cooperation pairs is equal. The components' top and bottom surfaces are inclined at a predetermined angle to a base surface supporting the slide. The higher the cooperation pair is located, the lesser their inclination angle is. The second type folding slide includes releasable stoppers restricting the fastening member, preventing sliding of the upper component until the lower component completes its sliding. It can be supplemented with a mechanism for pulling the components into their initial position, safety steps with handrails, a lock against spontaneous rolling, a convenient user seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2015
    Inventor: Nikolay Borisovich Baranov
  • Patent number: 8979661
    Abstract: At least one embodiment of the invention describes an inflatable staircase slide assembly that engages with staircases and side rails, and includes an inflatable tubular half-pipe slide member, a compressible support layer, engagement points, ties, at least two elongate straps and at least one blow-up valve. The inflatable tubular half-pipe slide member is placed over the staircase and includes a top portion, a bottom portion, an elongated dipped surface and two sidewalls extending lengthwise from the top portion to bottom portion. The plurality of engagements points are located on each elongate strap of each sidewall, and are coupled to the ties allowing a user to tie the inflatable tubular half-pipe slide member to the side rails at multiple locations for added safety and security. In addition, the compressible support layer is saw-toothed shaped and may be inflatable, padded, or a combination of both.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Inventor: Ryan Green
  • Publication number: 20150045128
    Abstract: An amusement and leisure slide comprises at least one sliding trail forming a three-dimensional curve supported with fastenings attached to a portion of the sliding trail to an axial part disposed on a support and configured to rotate about a substantially horizontal rotation axis. The sliding trail comprises an inlet arranged in vicinity of the rotation axis of the trail and an outlet allowing a rider to exit the trail. The curve of the sliding trail is configured to form a sliding path between the inlet and the outlet extending in a volume around the rotation axis of the trail, said sliding path being driven by a motor. The sliding trail may include a dry or wet sliding tube, sliding rail(s) for guiding carts or wagons, or a sliding tube provided with rail(s) arranged inside the tube for guiding carts or wagons.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 26, 2013
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Inventor: Jean-Francios Fischer
  • Publication number: 20140357387
    Abstract: A water or other amusement attraction or ride vehicle that includes an inflatable portion or material. A coating or sheet is applied to at least a part of the inflatable portion for achieving a desired amount of friction between the inflatable portion and a sliding surface and/or a rider that makes contact therewith. More than one coating or sheet may be disposed on varying portions of the inflatable portion with greater or less frictional coefficients configured to alter rider movement. The inflatable portion inflates flat and the coating or sheet may be a flexible coating or sheet that is configured to allow for movement of the inflatable portion during use. A rider may travel from an entry area to an exit area along the sliding surface that incorporates inflatable portions. A plantroom for housing equipment, such as water pumps, may make up a portion of the entry end.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 29, 2014
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Inventor: Douglas Murphy
  • Patent number: 8864595
    Abstract: Present invention is provided with a slide main body 100; a support supporting a upper portion of the slide main body; a reservoir 131 for mechanism circulating fluids such as the water to the slide main body 100; a water supply pump 133; and a pipe 140, a slide main body having a hollow structure opened on a lower portion; a reservoir supporting the opening of lower portion of the slide main body; a reservoir 131 is provided in the water supply pump 133. And, a pipe placed in the hollow portion of the slide main body, one end of the pipe connecting to a discharge opening of the water supply pump, and the other end of the pipe extended to the upper inside of the slide main body; a nozzle connected to the other end of the pipe; the nozzle spurting the fluid filled with the reservoir via the pipe, the reservoir being returned the spurting fluid, the spurting/returning is repeated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: BLD Oriental Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yasushi Ochi
  • Publication number: 20140309048
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure provide for sliding apparatus comprising a slide portion having a first surface, a second surface, a proximal end and a distal end. In certain embodiments, at least one of the first surface or the second surface is configured to be placed over one or more stairs of a staircase, such that at least a portion of the first surface or the second surface is in direct contact with at least a portion of the one or more stairs of the staircase. The sliding apparatus also includes an anchor member coupled to the proximal end of the slide portion. The anchor member is configured to move from a contracted position to an extended position such that when the anchor member is in the extended position the anchor member is secured between a first vertical surface of the staircase and a second vertical surface of the staircase.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 7, 2014
    Publication date: October 16, 2014
    Inventor: Spencer Lee Bowen
  • Publication number: 20140302940
    Abstract: At least one embodiment of the invention describes an inflatable staircase slide assembly that engages with staircases and side rails, and includes an inflatable tubular half-pipe slide member, a compressible support layer, engagement points, ties, at least two elongate straps and at least one blow-up valve. The inflatable tubular half-pipe slide member is placed over the staircase and includes a top portion, a bottom portion, an elongated dipped surface and two sidewalls extending lengthwise from the top portion to bottom portion. The plurality of engagements points are located on each elongate strap of each sidewall, and are coupled to the ties allowing a user to tie the inflatable tubular half-pipe slide member to the side rails at multiple locations for added safety and security. In addition, the compressible support layer is saw-toothed shaped and may be inflatable, padded, or a combination of both.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: October 9, 2014
    Inventor: Ryan Green
  • Patent number: 8814756
    Abstract: There is provided a household jungle gym 10 including a swing space 200 which is formed continuously with a lateral side of a frame structure 100, a swing supporting shaft 21 which is detachably stretched in the swing space 200, a triangular supporting portion 40 which pivotally supports the swing supporting shaft 21, strut pipes 41 which support the triangular supporting portion 40, and two telescopic pipes 30 which are disposed parallel to each other on a floor surface and which each have a double rod construction so as to be telescopic, wherein when the jungle gym 10 is stowed, by dismounting the swing 20 and the swing supporting shaft 21 and causing the two telescopic pipes 30 to slide, the triangular supporting portion 40 and the strut pipes 41 can be moved extremely close to the frame structure 100.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Agatsuma Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Shinji Todokoro
  • Publication number: 20140206466
    Abstract: A outdoor structure flooring apparatus is disclosed comprising: a flooring having a one or more sockets, a length and a width. Said one or more sockets receiving a portion of a one or more legs of an outdoor structure. Said flooring comprises a shipping pallet for said outdoor structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 18, 2013
    Publication date: July 24, 2014
    Applicant: BACKYARD PLAYSETS OF WEST TEXAS
    Inventor: Charles Sammann
  • Publication number: 20140206467
    Abstract: A slide feature is adapted to carry one or more riders and/or ride vehicles sliding thereon. The slide feature includes a sliding surface having an entry end and an exit end. The sliding surface comprising at least a lower portion of a sideways tilted funnel shape wherein a radius of the sliding surface tapers from the entry end to the exit end. A lowermost surface of the sliding surface is horizontal or slightly inclined from horizontal descending from the entry end to the exit end. The sliding surface comprising side walls each extending upward from the lowermost surface about a longitudinal axis which would be defined by the complete sideways tilted funnel shape through an angle of more than 90°. The entry end is substantially larger in diameter than the exit end.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 21, 2014
    Publication date: July 24, 2014
    Applicant: PROSLIDE TECHNOLOGY INC.
    Inventor: Richard D. HUNTER
  • Patent number: 8784224
    Abstract: A modular water slide apparatus integrated with a transportable unit includes a major slide structure, a minor slide structure, a plurality of water jet nozzles, a trailer, a water supply and storage tank, a water catch basin, a plurality of anchor columns, and at least one circular, spiral, or winding staircase.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Inventor: Brian E. Schafer
  • Patent number: 8771093
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure provide for sliding apparatus comprising a slide portion having a first surface, a second surface, a proximal end and a distal end. In certain embodiments, at least one of the first surface or the second surface is configured to be placed over one or more stairs of a staircase, such that at least a portion of the first surface or the second surface is in direct contact with at least a portion of the one or more stairs of the staircase. The sliding apparatus also includes an anchor member coupled to the proximal end of the slide portion. The anchor member is configured to move from a contracted position to an extended position such that when the anchor member is in the extended position the anchor member is secured between a first vertical surface of the staircase and a second vertical surface of the staircase.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Inventor: Spencer Lee Bowen
  • Publication number: 20140179451
    Abstract: The invention is directed to a slide track with movable selection segment between an upstream slide way segment and a downstream slide way segment comprising multiple slide ways, wherein a continuous flow path is provided to a selected slide way. To ensure safe operation, multiple sensors are located in the slide track for detecting the speed and position of the rider. The selection segment moves only from a first position to a second position if the movement can be completed in time before the arrival of the rider at the exit of the selection segment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2012
    Publication date: June 26, 2014
    Inventor: Micky Petrus Martinus Verhaeg
  • Patent number: 8753216
    Abstract: A play set with a mist device which includes a mist frame unit supported through a framework of the play set. The mist frame unit has a hollow body allowing water passage and comprises a flexible hose member mounted onto the framework, wherein a portion of the flexible hose member is constructed into a hose ring encircling a slide unit; a water inlet provided at a first end of the mist frame unit for connecting to a water source; and a plurality of mist producing units provided along the mist frame unit arranged for producing mist such that a preset mist surrounding area is defined within which the play set is located, therefore the mist can reach all play units of the play set, including the slide unit through the hose ring at an angle which is greater than 270°, thereby providing a cooling effect to the mist surrounding area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Inventor: Paul Hsieh
  • Patent number: 8715095
    Abstract: An outdoor playground includes a first and a second entertainment units connected with each other. The first entertainment unit includes a first utility frame configured to allow a predetermine entertainment function to be carried out by the first utility frame and a first shading apparatus detachably mounted on the first utility frame for effectively shielding the first utility frame. The second entertainment unit includes a second utility frame configured to allow a predetermine entertainment function to be carried out by the second utility frame, and a second shading apparatus detachably mounted on the second utility frame for effectively shielding the second utility frame so as to allow the entertainment function to be carried out under shading.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Inventor: Paul Hsieh
  • Patent number: 8690697
    Abstract: A slide feature is adapted to carry one or more riders and/or ride vehicles sliding thereon. The slide feature includes a sliding surface having an entry end and an exit end. The sliding surface comprising at least a lower portion of a sideways tilted funnel shape wherein a radius of the sliding surface tapers from the entry end to the exit end. A lowermost surface of the sliding surface is horizontal or slightly inclined from horizontal descending from the entry end to the exit end. The sliding surface comprising side walls each extending upward from the lowermost surface about a longitudinal axis which would be defined by the complete sideways tilted funnel shape through an angle of more than 90°. The entry end is substantially larger in diameter than the exit end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: Proslide Technology Inc.
    Inventor: Richard D. Hunter
  • Patent number: 8651970
    Abstract: A playground slide has a pair of side rails, including a left side rail and a right side rail, and the pair of side rails is parallel to each other. A slide sheet has a slide sheet top surface, and the slide sheet top surface has a slide sheet left edge. The slide sheet top surface has a slide sheet right edge, and the slight sheet left edge is mounted to a bottom surface of the left side rail. The slide sheet right edge is mounted to a bottom surface of the right side rail. A pair of support rails, namely a left support rail and a right support rail, supports the slight sheet. The pair of support rails is parallel to each other, and the pair of support rails is mounted to a bottom surface of the slide sheet between the pair of side rails.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Inventor: Samuel Chen
  • Patent number: 8647213
    Abstract: An apparatus is disclosed for climbing and sliding, including a first wall having a first interior surface and a first exterior climbing surface. The apparatus includes a second wall having a second interior surface and a second exterior climbing surface. The apparatus includes a slide having an upper end, a lower end, and a sliding surface descending between the first wall and the second wall. The sliding surface connects to the first interior surface and to the second interior surface. The apparatus includes a plurality of climbing holds. The plurality of climbing holds is secured to the first exterior climbing surface and to the second exterior climbing surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Assignee: Spectrum Sports International
    Inventors: Brian C. Stromberg, Greg M. Pickett
  • Publication number: 20130337924
    Abstract: A playground slide has a pair of side rails, including a left side rail and a right side rail, and the pair of side rails is parallel to each other. A slide sheet has a slide sheet top surface, and the slide sheet top surface has a slide sheet left edge. The slide sheet top surface has a slide sheet right edge, and the slight sheet left edge is mounted to a bottom surface of the left side rail. The slide sheet right edge is mounted to a bottom surface of the right side rail. A pair of support rails, namely a left support rail and a right support rail, supports the slight sheet. The pair of support rails is parallel to each other, and the pair of support rails is mounted to a bottom surface of the slide sheet between the pair of side rails.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 14, 2012
    Publication date: December 19, 2013
    Inventor: Samuel Chen
  • Patent number: 8608581
    Abstract: A slide feature is adapted to carry one or more riders and/or ride vehicles sliding thereon. The slide feature includes a sliding surface having an entry end and an exit end. The sliding surface comprising a wall defined by a portion of a side of a funnel shape, tilted sideways, the wall comprising a top and a bottom. The bottom of the wall comprising a lowermost surface of the sliding surface and is horizontal or descending from the entry end to the exit end. The top of the wall curves upward from the lowermost surface past an angle of 90 degrees to the horizontal. A radius of curvature of the sliding surface tapers from the entry end to the exit end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: Proslide Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard D. Hunter
  • Patent number: 8608580
    Abstract: A slide assembly for indoor/outdoor use which may be adapted to mount to a stairway or furniture piece, such as a couch or chair. The slide assembly includes two or more mounting apparatuses which pivotally mount the slide to a vertical wall adjacent to a stairway such that the slide assembly is capable of being moved from an in-use position to a folded or stowed away position. The ability to pivot the slide assembly allows the stairway to be left unobstructed and free for regular use while the slide is not being used. Similarly, the slide assembly may be mounted to a couch or chair and may be easily disassembled such that the couch may be left unobstructed and free for regular use when the slide is not being used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Inventor: Rajeev Khanna
  • Patent number: 8602905
    Abstract: A playground system includes a support post secured to a foundation, a play unit defining a passageway; and a cam assembly configured to secure the play unit to the support. The cam assembly includes a cam base sized and shaped for engagement with the play unit, and a cam. The cam assembly also includes a cam lock sized and shaped for engagement with the play unit within the passageway, and a slot sized and shaped for seating the cam. The slot defines a plurality of steps being sized and shaped to seat the cam to provide an adjustment range to accommodate for variances in sizes and tolerances of the play unit and support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: Miracle Recreation Equipment Co.
    Inventors: J. Stephen Steury, Tracy Archer
  • Patent number: 8597132
    Abstract: An accessory for a play system includes an elongated surface and a plurality of sound modules coupled with the elongated surface. The elongated surface may be a slide, climbing wall, ladder or any other surface across which a child may slide, crawl, or climb. The sound modules are spaced along a length of the elongated surface and are each configured to emit a unique sound when operated by the child while traversing the elongated surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: Backyard Leisure Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Patrick W. Brown, John R. Nottingham, John W. Spirk, Robert F. Soreo, Randall Lee Day, Daniel Ray Whyman
  • Patent number: 8579715
    Abstract: Leisure and amusement slide elements and systems are disclosed. In one embodiment, a waterslide includes a bowl having a curved sidewall, two or more rider entrances for enabling riders to slide into the bowl and to circuit at least a portion of the bowl, and a receptacle for forming a pool of water to receive a rider exiting the bowl. A nozzle is provided for directing a jet of water to bias a rider towards an edge of the pool. Another slide apparatus includes a bowl having upper and lower ends and first and second entrances distinct from one another and spaced apart from the bowl lower end. The first and second entrances are configured to bias all users of the first and second entrances to travel about at least a portion of the bowl in a common direction, whether clockwise or counter-clockwise.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: Splashtacular, Inc.
    Inventors: Philip John Olive, David John Cuttell
  • Publication number: 20130281221
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure provide for sliding apparatus comprising a slide portion having a first surface, a second surface, a proximal end and a distal end. In certain embodiments, at least one of the first surface or the second surface is configured to be placed over one or more stairs of a staircase, such that at least a portion of the first surface or the second surface is in direct contact with at least a portion of the one or more stairs of the staircase. The sliding apparatus also includes an anchor member coupled to the proximal end of the slide portion. The anchor member is configured to move from a contracted position to an extended position such that when the anchor member is in the extended position the anchor member is secured between a first vertical surface of the staircase and a second vertical surface of the staircase.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 20, 2012
    Publication date: October 24, 2013
    Inventor: Spencer Bowen
  • Publication number: 20130150171
    Abstract: A slide assembly for indoor/outdoor use which may be adapted to mount to a stairway or furniture piece, such as a couch or chair. The slide assembly includes two or more mounting apparatuses which pivotally mount the slide to a vertical wall adjacent to a stairway such that the slide assembly is capable of being moved from an in-use position to a folded or stowed away position. The ability to pivot the slide assembly allows the stairway to be left unobstructed and free for regular use while the slide is not being used. Similarly, the slide assembly may be mounted to a couch or chair and may be easily disassembled such that the couch may be left unobstructed and free for regular use when the slide is not being used.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 9, 2011
    Publication date: June 13, 2013
    Inventor: Rajeev Khanna
  • Publication number: 20130095937
    Abstract: An outdoor playground includes a first and a second entertainment units connected with each other. The first entertainment unit includes a first utility frame configured to allow a predetermine entertainment function to be carried out by the first utility frame and a first shading apparatus detachably mounted on the first utility frame for effectively shielding the first utility frame. The second entertainment unit includes a second utility frame configured to allow a predetermine entertainment function to be carried out by the second utility frame, and a second shading apparatus detachably mounted on the second utility frame for effectively shielding the second utility frame so as to allow the entertainment function to be carried out under shading.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 17, 2011
    Publication date: April 18, 2013
    Inventor: Paul Hsieh
  • Patent number: 8419557
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a waterslide that may include a flexible slide portion and an anchor portion. The anchor portion may secure the slide portion to a surface and may include a tab element, a stake element, and an adhesive element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Assignee: iZoom, LLC
    Inventor: Matthew Thayer
  • Patent number: 8382602
    Abstract: An enclosed slide including a number of elongate sections, each section extending between first and second ends thereof, the sections being fastened together in abutting end-to-end relations respectively in a predetermined configuration in which selected pairs of the sections are positioned end-to-end in preselected positions. Each section has a body defining at least a part of a slide bed, and one or more flanges extending outwardly from the body. The flanges positioned at each abutting end of the sections in each selected pair are a pair of flanges positionable adjacent to each other. The enclosed slide also includes a number of clamp rings adapted for securing the adjacent flanges to each other respectively, and a number of fasteners at least partially positionable in flange holes and in the clamp ring holes upon alignment thereof, to at least partially fasten the clamp rings to the adjacent flanges at least partially therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2013
    Inventor: Frederick Rieber
  • Patent number: 8366562
    Abstract: Embodiments of an arch-based play system are disclosed. The system incorporates an arch assembly or a group of arch assemblies. Play elements are connected to the arch assembly or assemblies. The system is modular in nature such that there are a wide variety of different possible implementation configurations. The wide variety of possible implementation configurations corresponds to a wide variety of different play experiences.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Assignee: Landscape Structures, Inc.
    Inventors: Steve King, Tom Keller
  • Patent number: 8360895
    Abstract: A water slide is provided to for recreation and amusement. The water slide includes a plastic strip of sliding sheet material forming a sliding surface. The sheet material is configured so that a central curved region is positioned between an elongated entry and an elongated exit regions. The sliding surface has an inner and an outer periphery. A curved and outwardly extending banked obstacle region is positioned in the central curved region. The obstacle region includes a bottom wall, at least one outer load bearing side wall, and a top wall. The top wall is also of sliding sheet material and is contiguous with the sliding surface. The banked obstacle region forms a valley for interconnection with the elongated entry and exit regions. The bottom wall, side wall, and top walls further define at least one hollow inner chamber. A load supporting medium is contained in the hollow inner chamber so that the obstacle region bears a sliding load.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Inventor: Jana Brown
  • Publication number: 20120295720
    Abstract: A slide feature is adapted to carry one or more riders and/or ride vehicles sliding thereon. The slide feature includes a sliding surface having an entry end and an exit end. The sliding surface comprising at least a lower portion of a sideways tilted funnel shape wherein a radius of the sliding surface tapers from the entry end to the exit end. A lowermost surface of the sliding surface is horizontal or slightly inclined from horizontal descending from the entry end to the exit end. The sliding surface comprising side walls each extending upward from the lowermost surface about a longitudinal axis which would be defined by the complete sideways tilted funnel shape through an angle of more than 90°. The entry end is substantially larger in diameter than the exit end.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 6, 2012
    Publication date: November 22, 2012
    Applicant: PROSLIDE TECHNOLOGY INC.
    Inventor: Richard D. HUNTER
  • Publication number: 20120283033
    Abstract: Present invention is provided with a slide main body 100; a support supporting a upper portion of the slide main body; a reservoir 131 for mechanism circulating fluids such as the water to the slide main body 100; a water supply pump 133; and a pipe 140, a slide main body having a hollow structure opened on a lower portion; a reservoir supporting the opening of lower portion of the slide main body; a reservoir 131 is provided in the water supply pump 133. And, a pipe placed in the hollow portion of the slide main body, one end of the pipe connecting to a discharge opening of the water supply pump, and the other end of the pipe extended to the upper inside of the slide main body; a nozzle connected to the other end of the pipe; the nozzle spurting the fluid filled with the reservoir via the pipe, the reservoir being returned the spurting fluid, the spurting/returning is repeated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 21, 2010
    Publication date: November 8, 2012
    Applicant: BLD ORIENTAL CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yasushi Ochi
  • Patent number: 8282497
    Abstract: An amusement ride system and method are described. In some embodiments, an amusement ride system may be generally related to water amusement attractions and rides. An amusement ride system may include a system for conveying a participant from a first source of water to a second source of water. A system for conveying a participant from a first source of water to a second source of water may include a belt and a belt movement system. A system for conveying a participant from a first source of water to a second source of water may include a support structure which functions to provide support for the belt and belt movement system, one or more coupling mechanisms functioning to releasably couple one or more ends of the support structure to a portion of a water amusement park, and/or one or more spatial adjustment mechanisms coupled to the support structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2012
    Assignee: Water Ride Concepts, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffery Wayne Henry, John Timothy Schooley
  • Patent number: 8262494
    Abstract: A slide feature is adapted to carry one or more riders and/or ride vehicles sliding thereon. The slide feature includes a sliding surface having an entry end and an exit end. The sliding surface comprising at least a lower portion of a sideways tilted funnel shape wherein a radius of the sliding surface tapers from the entry end to the exit end. A lowermost surface of the sliding surface is horizontal or slightly inclined from horizontal descending from the entry end to the exit end. The sliding surface comprising side walls each extending upward from the lowermost surface about a longitudinal axis which would be defined by the complete sideways tilted funnel shape through an angle of more than 90°. The entry end is substantially larger in diameter than the exit end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Assignee: Proslide Technology Inc.
    Inventor: Richard D Hunter
  • Patent number: 8226492
    Abstract: A slide feature is adapted to carry one or more riders and/or ride vehicles sliding thereon. The slide feature includes a sliding surface having an entry end and an exit end. The sliding surface comprising a wall defined by a portion of a side of a funnel shape, tilted sideways, the wall comprising a top and a bottom. The bottom of the wall comprising a lowermost surface of the sliding surface and is horizontal or descending from the entry end to the exit end. The top of the wall curves upward from the lowermost surface past an angle of 90 degrees to the horizontal. A radius of curvature of the sliding surface tapers from the entry end to the exit end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2012
    Assignee: Proslide Technology Inc.
    Inventor: Richard D. Hunter
  • Patent number: 8210953
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a method of fabricating closed-molded translucent fiber-reinforced plastic (FRP) material and parts for use in various applications, such as for use in waterslides and architectural fascia and signage. The method includes: (a) providing a first mold half mateable with a second mold half to define a mold having an internal cavity; (b) disposing a glass fiber pre-form within the internal cavity of the mold, the glass fibers of the pre-form having a preselected refractive index; (c) selecting a transparent thermoset resin having a refractive index when cured that is substantially similar to the refractive index of the glass fibers of the pre-form; (d) injecting the thermoset resin into the internal cavity of the mold until the void space defined within the internal cavity is substantially filled with the resin; (e) allowing the resin to cure; and (f) removing the part from the mold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2012
    Assignee: Whitewater Composites Ltd.
    Inventor: Michael Dankewich
  • Patent number: 8197351
    Abstract: Many playsets include one or more tower sections with one or more platform sections supported above the ground or a similar support surface with a support structure or framing. In certain embodiments, a curved wall portion defines one or more panel openings. Subpanels may optionally be mounted into the openings. A balcony floor protrudes outwards with a curved outer edge or face with an interior flat floor edge adjoining an edge of a polygonal platform section floor to enlarge the square footage of the floor area of the platform section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2012
    Assignee: Indian Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Guerzini, Daniel Webb, Gene Hunter, Tom Ellingson, Charles Louis Lasky
  • Publication number: 20120135813
    Abstract: The invention provides an inflatable sliding board configured specifically to be installed over a set of stairs. The width is designed to allow a portion of the steps to be exposed for climbing to the top of the slide. The underside of the Blow-Up Stair Slide is contoured with a series of recessed niches, designed to accommodate the individual steps. Further, encompassing the underside of Blow-Up Stair Slide is a non-skid rubber coating or series of rubber grips to facilitate firm attachment to wooden steps. Positioned on the both sides of the unit are slightly elevated retaining walls, and the base of the unit extends several feet past the bottom step, with an integrated safety bumper included to prevent a child from sliding onto the floor. A simple covered air valve is positioned at the top or bottom of the slide for use in inflating the unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 7, 2011
    Publication date: May 31, 2012
    Inventor: Terry Parkey
  • Publication number: 20120129617
    Abstract: Amusement slides having moving sections are disclosed. In one embodiment, an amusement slide includes a first section, a second section, and at least one actuator for moving the first section from a first state to a second state. The first section has a rider passageway therein, and the second section has a rider passageway therein. The second section passageway is in communication with the first section passageway such that a rider may pass from one of the passageways to the other of the passageways. A first slide path is defined while the first section is at the first state, and a second slide path is defined while the first section is at the second state. The second slide path is different from the first slide path.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2011
    Publication date: May 24, 2012
    Applicant: SPLASHTACULAR, INC.
    Inventors: Philip John Olive, David John Cuttell
  • Patent number: 8172693
    Abstract: Many playsets include one or more tower sections with one or more platform sections supported above the ground or a similar support surface with a support structure or framing. In certain embodiments, a curved wall portion defines one or more panel openings. Subpanels may optionally be mounted into the openings. A balcony floor protrudes outwards with a curved outer edge or face with an interior flat floor edge adjoining an edge of a polygonal platform section floor to enlarge the square footage of the floor area of the platform section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2012
    Assignee: Indian Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Guerzini, Daniel Webb, Gene Hunter, Tom Ellingson, Charles Louis Lasky
  • Patent number: 8105173
    Abstract: A playset is operable to be erected on a site and includes a slide and an adjustable-height slide base. The slide base includes an adapter that attaches below the slide and at least one standoff that attaches below the adapter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2012
    Assignee: Backyard Leisure Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher W. Connors, Ernie D. Sheets
  • Publication number: 20110244972
    Abstract: An accessory for a play system includes an elongated surface and a plurality of sound modules coupled with the elongated surface. The elongated surface may be a slide, climbing wall, ladder or any other surface across which a child may slide, crawl, or climb. The sound modules are spaced along a length of the elongated surface and are each configured to emit a unique sound when operated by the child while traversing the elongated surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 30, 2011
    Publication date: October 6, 2011
    Applicant: BACKYARD LEISURE HOLDINGS, INC.
    Inventors: Patrick W. Brown, John R. Nottingham, John W. Spirk, Robert F. Soreo, Randall Lee Day, Daniel Ray Whyman
  • Patent number: 8021240
    Abstract: Embodiments of an arch-based play system are disclosed. The system incorporates an arch assembly or a group of arch assemblies. Play elements are connected to the arch assembly or assemblies. The system is modular in nature such that there are a wide variety of different possible implementation configurations. The wide variety of possible implementation configurations corresponds to a wide variety of different play experiences.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2011
    Assignee: Landscape Structures Inc.
    Inventors: Steve King, Tom Keller
  • Patent number: 8002642
    Abstract: Many playsets include one or more tower sections with one or more platform sections supported above the ground or a similar support surface with a support structure or framing. In certain embodiments, a curved wall portion defines one or more panel openings. Subpanels may optionally be mounted into the openings. A balcony floor protrudes outwards with a curved outer edge or face with an interior flat floor edge adjoining an edge of a polygonal platform section floor to enlarge the square footage of the floor area of the platform section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2011
    Assignee: Indian Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Guerzini, Daniel Webb, Gene Hunter, Tom Ellingson, Charles Louis Lasky