Abstract: A large-quadrupedal-animal costume suit modeled after a large quadrupedal animal, the costume suit having a head and mouth part, a neck part, a body part, a foreleg part, a hind leg part, and a tail part and being configured, as a whole, a skeletal member and a skin member covering the skeletal member, wherein the body part, the foreleg part, and the hind leg part communicate with each other to form a single hollow, the hollow has a size allowing a foreleg operator fitting in the foreleg part and a hind leg operator fitting in the hind leg part to fit in as standing upright. Frame-pack support members for the foreleg operator and the hind leg operator are installed in the hollow as being fixed to the skeletal member at the body part, and a frame pack for the foreleg operator and a frame pack for the hind leg operator are provided to the frame-pack support members so as to face each other. The large-quadrupedal-animal costume suit capable of making a realistic movement is provided.
Abstract: The invention could comprise of a novelty tail and a method for its operation, the novelty tail comprising an attachment apparatus that attaches to an operator; an resilient member of a definite length that terminates at two ends with at least one end that affixes the resilient member to the attachment apparatus; an outer covering that at least partially encapsulates the resilient member; wherein a movement of an operator is transmitted from the attachment apparatus to the resilient member to move the novelty tail in a reciprocal or wagging manner.
Abstract: A run/walk may include visible progress marking of participants. The run/walk may be marked including marking one or more color zones and marking a start line and a finish line. A start to the run/walk may be signaled. The participants may traverse the run/walk including traversing the color zones. At each color zone, a quantity of a colored substance may be propelled at the participants as they traverse the color zone. Each color zone may be associated with a color, and colored substance propelled at the participants in each color zone may include the associated color. After the run/walk is complete, markings for the run/walk may be removed. An article of clothing may include the visible progress markings after receiving the propelled quantity of the colored substance. The markings may be preserved on the article of clothing by adding vinegar and hot pressing the article of clothing.
Abstract: A light-weight toy is attached to a player via a near-invisible fixed-length tether, typically using a low-tack adhesive at the ends of the tether. In especially preferred embodiments, the toy has a mechanism that creates an appearance of plausible possibility of flight without actually providing sufficient lift and/or propulsion for flight. Imaginary flight is achieved by manual lifting and moving the toy via the tether. Thus, the tether forms an integral part of the imaginary play for the player and is not used as an implement of a ‘magic trick’ for an audience.
Abstract: A system of interactive game play is provided wherein the gaming is carried out within a pool, water park or water attraction. The game utilizes electronically identifiable objects, such as waterproof wands, cards, bands, tags and/or the like, to provide an interactive game play experience generally simulative of a computer adventure game. Play participants are challenged to work and cooperate with other play participants to find and use identified objects, clues or other information to solve various puzzles or problems that present encumbrances inhibiting participants' advancement in the game. Each play participant may possess a unique RFID wand, band, card or the like, that electronically identifies the play participant and enables the play system to award and track points or other rewards to successful play participants individually or working with other play participants as a team.
Abstract: An escape and rescue device used in a multistory building during a terrorist threat or a fire to: a) evacuate a person or persons attached to an expandable disc support with an attachment that is lowered from an upper level of a building through a vertical tube, by using a lesser pressure at the top of the tube and a higher pressure at the bottom of the tube, using a door at the top or a door at the bottom to maintain pressure or by artificial air pressure, thereby permitting the fast evacuation of many people in a short time, b) it can be used by firemen in training in its use and benefits, c) also at amusement parks, where there would be a ride that would teach the users about its reliability and safety, and d) to transport firemen in a fast way from the ground to the upper floors without interfering with the evacuation in process at the congested stairways of the building.
Abstract: A costume suit modeled after a large size animal having a head and mouth section, a neck section, a torso section, a foot section, a tail section, a skeletal part as a whole, and an outer skin part covering the whole is provided. The torso section is communicated with the foot section forming an internal hollow, just enough for an adult to fit at standing position. The hollow includes a frame pack fixed and installed to the skeletal part of the costume suit, in a position of an approximate equilibrium point of the costume suit. In the hollow, a means for manipulating a movement of the head and mouth section and the neck section, and a means for manipulating opening and closing of a mouth of the head and mouth section are equipped. Moreover, the skeletal part of the tail section is composed of a flexible tabular member placed in an internal hollow of the tail section, imitating a skeleton of a tail, and a plurality of foam blocks fixed and placed on the tabular member at certain intervals.
Abstract: A simulation play kit is provided for bracing and covering a person's hands and forearms to allow a person to walk on all fours to simulate an animal. The kit includes at least one crutch having a 4 to 6 inch width and having a telescopic extension member adjustable to a maximum a one-foot height. Each crutch has a U-shaped frame member with a brace member across a gap between first and second upper ends and also a hand support bar across the gap below the brace member. The kit also provides at least one faux hand member resembling a human hand with a sleeve attached thereto and may also provide at least one faux foot member which may be either an imaginative human foot or animal foot. The faux foot member also includes a sock portion. The crutch slides through either the faux hand or foot member.
Abstract: This invention provides a device for increasing the apparent height of persons, such as may be called for in theatrical and cinematographic applications. The device enables active normal-appearing walking and other motion, and is sufficiently compact to be used under costumes, and sufficiently light to enable extended use.
July 15, 2009
Date of Patent:
May 24, 2011
Kimberly Ann Graham, Pavel Amigud, Brandy Marie Cannon, Jasmine Gilbert, Ernest Joeseph Leimkuhler
Abstract: The invention relates to a harness safety system that can be used while riding, for example, a skateboard, a bike, rollerblades, etc. through on a flat base. Specifically, the invention comprises a flat base having a free-running cord and harness hanging therefrom that allows the rider to proceed on a flat base optionally comprising a start deck, obstacles, jumps or combinations thereof while retaining tension on the rider throughout the process. and arresting the rider's fall, thus preventing the rider from serious injury.
Abstract: This kidney shaped, weighted lap pad is designed to have interchangeable items that stimulate sensory input (fidgets) attached to the top of it. This invention is designed to provide helpful sensory input to individuals with disabilities. Providing this input in a controlled manner inhibits the user from seeking sensory input in inappropriate ways; Thereby calming users, allowing them to be focused on other things, like a teacher's instruction. It comes in several sizes for people ages three years and up, and can weigh two to eight pounds. The lap pad has anchors sewn on the surface, to which fidgets are attached. Different removable attachment devices, such as key-ring loops, clips or carabineers, can be utilized. This design allows for fidgets manufactured for the lap pad to be interchangeable. The lap-pad also has a washable/removable outer cover, and straps at each end for carrying it.
Abstract: A combined human catapult and safety landing apparatus which is a pneumatically controlled human catapult for launching a person in a repeatable flight path in conjunction with a cooperating safety landing apparatus that eliminates the need for less safe water, net or mat landings. An air cylinder that is supplied with a predetermined quantity of gas based upon the passenger's weight is the controllable energy means for launching a passenger a predetermined distance. Having the throw distance controllable allows a safe, repeatable landing within the parameters of the safety landing apparatus. Within the landing apparatus area, the passenger is seated in the catapult that is positioned between an elongate pair of post elevated wires encircled by slidable rings. In flight, the rings which are tethered to the passenger, slide along the wires being pulled by the passenger which, at the same time, provides a controlled flight path and landing similar to sport skydiving but at much lower speeds and heights.
Abstract: The invention relates to a harness safety system that can be used while riding, for example, a skateboard, a bike, rollerblades, etc. through a half pipe. Specifically, the invention comprises a track spanning the half-pipe having a free-running cord and harness hanging therefrom that allows the rider to proceed through the flats and up the transitions of a half pipe while retaining tension on the rider throughout the process and arresting the rider's fall, thus preventing the rider from serious injury.
Abstract: A communications system has first and second units whereby, when a user changes the physical state of the first unit, a message is sent to the second unit to cause the second unit to change to the same state. This change in state can be, for example, a physical squeezing movement or a change in color.
February 14, 2006
Date of Patent:
January 29, 2008
Jonathan Zittrain, Shermann Loyall Min, Zachary Mainen, Mary Wilson Lambert, David Goetsch
Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a ride for providing an upward boost to a participant jumping up and down. The flexible rods of this disclosure may be articulated by a base thereby imparting tension in the flexible rods, and providing an upward force to a participant jumping up and down. Additionally, elastic pods may be provided, allowing participants to bounce upward in a addition to the lift provided by the flexible members, thereby enhancing the participant's experience.
Abstract: An amusement ride with cable-launched carrier having one or more towers with the upper portion of at least one such tower being flexible. Each tower supports a cable. Attached to the first end of such cable is a means for propelling a carrier that is attached to the second end of each cable. The means for propelling is a high-speed winch, a fluid-powered cylinder having a continuous cable, or a fluid-powered cylinder having a non-continuous cable. Optionally, a controllably rotatable seat can be attached to the carrier; a harness connected to a serrated rod that slides into a biased block holds each participant to the seat; and a spring, weight, or pressurizable cylinder prevents each cable from becoming slack.
Abstract: An amusement device comprising at least one holder for a person and a securing device for detachably securing a person in the holder. The holder comprises at least a seat and a backrest. The securing device includes at least two straps, first ends of which are positioned near a part of the backrest remote from the seat and second ends of which are positioned near the seat. The straps are each fitted with a lock plate between said first and said second ends, which lock plates can be detachably locked together. The straps furthermore each include at least one spring element, wherein the straps can be moved towards the holder against spring force.
Abstract: A geometric-tree like gymnastic amusement-thrill structure, devised for relatively safe, exhilarating, gravity defying, action by several novice or skilled aerobatic gymnasts at one time; each enjoying their own bungee-cord suspension. Efficiently based upon a central ground-anchored vertical trunk-pylon member employing a preferably four-way arrangement of radially upward and outwardly extending branch support-booms, each in discreet combination with a laterally supporting ground-anchored beam extending upward to a point proximal the base of its respective support-booms. Plus, nearly vertical compression-load beams are secured at their lower-ends near each support-boom's lower treminus, and secured at their upper-ends near the outer ends of the respective overhanging support-boom.
Abstract: A hair ring or hair strip with a doll mask is formed by a hair ring, a plastic mask, and two plastic ears. After assembling the three components, surface layers are adhered to the inner and outer surfaces of the mask. The nose bridge at the center of the mask and the edge of the ears are installed with a plurality of enhancing trenches, and a plurality of slender metal wires are embedded into the trenches. An edge of the ear is added with a bank of slots, thereby, as the ear is bent, no wrinkle generates to appear a bad appearance. An elastic cord can be further added to the hair ring or forehead of the mask so as to be more stable and prevent from fall down after being worn. The present invention can be worn for a longer time without feeling of pressure.
Abstract: A mobile toy having a plurality of compartments for containing persons. At least some of the compartments are sized to contain walking children. Each compartment is defined by a sidewall structure having a side opening for ingress and egress and each of the compartments is open at a top and at a bottom. The toy is further provided with means for suggesting an identity that stimulates a child's interest and includes structure for utilizing walking energy of persons within the compartments to cause the toy to move. The toy permits children to be organized for walking from one location to another while simultaneously enjoying a play experience.
Abstract: An amusement device that includes a mounting assembly that is selectively attachable to a person's body. A mounting rod is provided that has a first end and a second end. The first end of the mounting rod engages the mounting assembly. As such, the mounting rod extends outwardly from the mounting assembly away from the body of the person wearing the mounting assembly. A plurality of coordination games are provided. Each of the coordination games can be selectively attached to the second end of the mounting rod. Accordingly, each of the coordination games can be selectively suspended from a player's body. The player plays the coordination game by moving his/her body in the area of the mounting assembly. If a player masters the skills needed to play one of the coordination games, the coordination game can be changed to maintain a degree of difficulty and amusement.
Abstract: A beach sling-jump amusement device for ejecting occupants into the air, featuring a pair of bows intersected by a brace secured on a support frame. An ejection seat having portions defining a trampoline for receiving an occupant. The trampoline is supported centrally in place by drawstrings laced to the bow arching arms. Unlike a conventional bow, the drawstrings with the seat are retracted to a drawn position in opposite direction toward the bow arch, enabling unobstructed ejection of an occupant into a free-flight and safe landing in water. The seat is retracted into a ready position by a winch mounted on the frame. An optional projectile capsule is provided, which is essentially a hollow ball made from a resilient material having a receiving cavity for an occupant. The capsule, adapted and sized for accommodating an occupant, is loosely positioned on the trampoline ring.
Abstract: A powered ride apparatus for swinging a rider attached to a craft through the air for excitement, comprises a support means such as a cable extending between at least two anchor points positioned substantially opposite each other at a height above the ground, and a swing cable suspended from the support means, and a craft adapted to carry a rider during a ride, attached to the lower end of the swing cable and comprising an on-board propulsion system comprising a motor driving a propeller and a steering system operable by the rider during the ride, enabling the rider to steer the craft during the ride as the craft swings on the swing cable.
Abstract: The ride (100) is capable of raising a rider module (20) to a height of ten meters or more above the ground, and then releasing the rider module (20) to swing. The ride (100) includes an arch (10) having two upper support brackets (11, 19), a support line (13) secured to the support structure at one end, with an opposed end secured to chair assembly (20). A launch tower (15) is spaced from the arch (10) and carries a launch line (14) which has an end which is capable of being raised and lowered above the ground by a winch. In operation, the support line attached is secured to the rider module. The launch line is releasably secured to the rider module, and the launch line is activated to move the rider module laterally and upwardly towards the top of the launch tower. When the launch line is released from the rider module it swings downwardly at a high speed simulating the sensation of "body flight" in a pendulum like motion. Optionally, the rider module spins while in flight.
Abstract: The present invention is an apparatus for converting a conventional swing into a toddler swing by providing a child swing harness that can be quickly and easily placed around a child and attached to a conventional swing. The child swing harness of the present invention comprises a waist strap, two shoulder straps, an optional swing stabilizer, two top stabilizers, and two optional waist stabilizers. The waist strap and two shoulder straps provide a harness for a small child. The swing stabilizer runs under the swing seat from the front of the waist strap to the back of the waist strap, thereby holding the child on a swing seat. The waist stabilizers and top stabilizers connect the child swing harness of the present invention to the lines of the swing. These stabilizers prevent the child from falling forward or backward off of the swing seat.
Abstract: A steerable swing device is disclosed which comprise support cables (3, 4) strung across a gully and crossed to form a junction (9). The support cables are anchored at the sides of the gully by anchor points (5, 6, 7, 8). A swing cable (2) is suspended below junction (9) and a craft (1) is suitably attached to the swing cable. A motor-driven winch drum (13) is positioned at the top of the gully and functions to winch the craft to a desirable height before releasing the craft to commence the swing. The craft carries a rider and is provided with a tail assembly including a rudder (18) which is adjusted by moving a joystick (19). During the swing, the craft moves laterally by a rider adjusting the rudder.
Abstract: A harness assembly that suspends a rider in a supine position. The harness assembly includes a body portion that is worn by the rider. A suspension assembly is coupled to the body portion for suspending the person in the body portion above ground. A grappling assembly is coupled to the body portion to facilitate grasping thereof by an external grappling member. A head support is provided for supporting the rider's head when in the supine position.
Abstract: A passenger car sized pendulum is supported by a moving pivot point. The moving pivot point is forced horizontally by the angular movement of the pendulum. By resisting the horizontal force the angular movement of the pendulum is reduced. The preferred embodiment for resisting the horizontal force is a parallelogram assembly supporting a horizontal support platform. The parallelogram assembly has a damping cylinder resisting the horizontal force.
Abstract: A simulated finger is mounted for unnatural movement on a finger-ring structure so that the simulated finger appears to a casual observer to be the person's natural finger. In different examples, the movements are rotational or axial, and can expose a simulated bone and can be accompanied by appropriated sounds such as screeching or ratchetting. In another example, the simulated finger incorporated a whistle sounded by holding the tip of the simulated finger to the lips and blowing.
Abstract: The ride (10) is capable of raising a rider (22) to a height of ten meters or more above the ground, and then releasing the rider to swing. It includes a support structure (12), a support line (16) secured to the support structure at one end, with an opposed end secured to a rider, preferably to an attachment which is worn by a rider (20). A launch structure (26) is spaced from the support structure (12) and carries a launch line (24) which has an end (48) which is capable of being raised and lowered above the ground, and which is designed to be releasably attached to a rider attachment, so as to lift a rider from the ground. In operation the rider attachment with the support line attached is secured to the rider, the launch line is releasably secured to the attachment, and the launch line is activated to move the rider laterally and upwardly towards the top of the launch structure.
Abstract: Sound producing tabs attached to a body strap and an arm band provide an audible signal as the sound tabs strike together during the execution of a proper down swing. The audible signal positively reinforces muscle memory that will enable the golfer to initiate the proper muscle action for a correctly executed down swing during regulation play while the training apparatus is not being used. The straps are designed to operate without restricting natural arm or body movement. The striking sound indicates to the golfer that his swing has followed the proper path on the down swing. The audible feedback signal enables the golfer to build muscle memory through proper practice with a natural, unrestricted swing as well as form a mental image to assist in the coordination of arm and body muscles so that the down swing will follow the proper inside path to the ball.
Abstract: A bungy jumping tower (10) is disclosed having an elongated boom (11) arranged at an inclined angle relative to the ground, The boom (11) has at least one guide (45). A carriage (29) provides a platform from which a jumper may launch himself. The carriage is driven along the guide for movement between a raised and a lowered position.
Abstract: An apparatus for simulating a lower gravity environment. The invention allows individuals to experience a simulated reduction in the gravity of Earth. A large balloon provides a buoyant upward force. The balloon is attached to a sturdy frame which is secured to a harness for anchoring the individual to the apparatus. The frame is attached to the balloon with a rotating hinge, allowing for horizontal rotation of the individual. The frame may also attach to the harness with a rotating hinge allowing for vertical rotation of the individual.
Abstract: A ladder which makes it possible for one person to climb onto another, particularly, a ladder which can be worn by an adult for the purpose of enabling a child to climb up the ladder and onto the adult. The top portion of the ladder is attached to a harness facilitates the wearing of the ladder by an adult. The bottom portion of the ladder is attached to a trap which can be stepped on by the adult to stabilize the ladder and prevent it from swinging. In an alternative embodiment the device is in the form of an overcoat featuring a series of holes into which the child can place his feet to facilitate his climbing.
Abstract: The ride is capable of raising a rider to a height of thirty feet or more above the ground, and then releasing the rider to swing. It includes a support structure, a support line secured to the support structure at one end, with an opposed end secured to a rider, preferably to an attachment which is worn by a rider. A launch structure is spaced from the support structure and carries a launch line which has an end which is capable of being raised and lowered above the ground, and which is designed to be releasibly attached to the rider attachment to lift a rider from the ground. A release device is located between the launch line and the rider attachment. In operation, the rider attachment with the support line attached is secured to the rider, the launch line is releasibly secured to the attachment, and the launch line is activated to move the rider laterally and upwardly towards the top of the launch structure.