Occupant Operated Rocking, Oscillating, Or Bouncing Device Patents (Class 472/135)
  • Patent number: 9408469
    Abstract: A ball chair may include a chair base and a restricting unit. The chair base has a circular receiving space to receive a ball and an inner portion of the receiving space has a connecting portion that has at least two through holes. The restricting unit has an arc board and a connecting post conjugating with the connecting portion. A restricting board extends from the arc board corresponding to the connecting recessed portion, and the restricting board is protruding from an upper portion of the receiving space. The connecting portion of the chair base is provided for the restricting unit to restrict the ball, and the restricting unit and the connecting portion can be quickly and easily engaged increase the convenience during the assembling process and prevent the ball from being damaged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Assignee: Famosa Corp.
    Inventor: Ciber Chiu
  • Patent number: 9133642
    Abstract: The invention concerns an assembly comprising a platform assembly (100) intended to receive passengers and a cylindrical structure (200), the platform assembly being mobile within the cylindrical structure. The assembly has very high stability as well as offering the passengers strong sensations of being raised up in the open air, with minimum obstruction of a panoramic view.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Assignee: AEROGROUPE
    Inventors: Jérôme Giacomoni, Matthieu Gobbi
  • Patent number: 9010711
    Abstract: A juvenile product height adjustment mechanism which allows for easy, secure adjustment by a caregiver is comprised of a rotatable knob received within a sliding channel and rotatably but securely attached to a slider.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Evenflo Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian R. Pleiman, Andrew R. Davis, David R. Sander
  • Patent number: 8968110
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a support frame, a resilient member, a seat, and a retainer. The resilient member has a first end portion configured to be coupled to the support frame and a second end portion, opposite from the first end portion. The seat is configured to be coupled to the second end portion such that the seat is suspended from the support frame by the resilient member. At least one of the first end portion and the second end portion includes multiple sleeves, each defining an opening therein. A portion of the retainer is configured to be disposed within a first one of the sleeves and coupled to at least one of the seat and the support frame such that a position of the seat relative to the support frame is adjustable by disposing the portion of the retainer within a second one of the sleeves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Mattel, Inc.
    Inventors: David M. Bapst, John DeRubes, Domenic T. Gubitosi, Brian S. Kelly, John Martin Maul, Philip R. Pyrce, Robert W. Salmon
  • Patent number: 8845441
    Abstract: An infant support structure includes a support frame having a lower member configured to engage a support surface. First and second spaced arcuate posts extend upwardly from the lower member, each of the posts having a distal end portion. A seat portion is disposed between and coupled to the posts. A first end of a toy bar is secured to the distal end portion of one of the posts, and a second end of the toy bar is secured to the distal end portion of the other of the posts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Mattel, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy J. Trapp, John DeRubes, Domenic T. Gubitosi, Brian S. Kelly, John Martin Maul, Philip R. Pyrce, Robert W. Salmon
  • Patent number: 8784227
    Abstract: Systems and related methods are delineated for moving a provided container suspended above ground from a support structure. One delineated system for moving a provided container suspended above ground from a support structure, the system comprises: a force generator coupled to the container; an elastic supporter having a first end and a second end; wherein: the first end of the elastic supporter is coupled to the support structure; the second end of the elastic supporter is coupled to force generator; and the force generator is configured to apply a periodic force to the container to cause oscillatory motion. The elastic supporter is configured in at least one of a “U” shape, a semicircle shape, and a “V” shape. Audio/Video monitoring and transmission may be provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Inventor: Michael Alan Speedie
  • Patent number: 8747240
    Abstract: A slingshot bouncer has a frame. The frame is generally horizontally oriented. A rebounding bed is mounted to the frame. The frame connects to a periphery of the rebounding bed. A slingshot assembly is mounted to the frame. The slingshot assembly further includes a pouch, an elastic cord, and an upwardly extending arm. The elastic cord is mounted to the upwardly extending arm. The pouch is mounted to the elastic cord. A pouch handle is mounted to the pouch to provide grip for pulling back the pouch. The slingshot bouncer pouch handle can be formed as a loop with an opening greater than 2 cm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Inventor: Samuel Chen
  • Publication number: 20140080616
    Abstract: A slingshot bouncer has a frame. The frame is generally horizontally oriented. A rebounding bed is mounted to the frame. The frame connects to a periphery of the rebounding bed. A slingshot assembly is mounted to the frame. The slingshot assembly further includes a pouch, an elastic cord, and an upwardly extending arm. The elastic cord is mounted to the upwardly extending arm. The pouch is mounted to the elastic cord. A pouch handle is mounted to the pouch to provide grip for pulling back the pouch. The slingshot bouncer pouch handle can be formed as a loop with an opening greater than 2 cm.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Publication date: March 20, 2014
    Inventor: Samuel Chen
  • Patent number: 8672770
    Abstract: A recreational amusement stand-up swing apparatus consisting of a singular bracing member anchored to a stationary overhead object. A coupling link element, akin to a swivel-eye carbiner, for the bracing member to attach thereto, further providing a member for the apparatus to be convieniently removed from the bracing member by way of a side gate portion, and further providing a member for unrestricted spinning rotation by way of a swivel mechanism. An extension spring providing vertical bouncing member, comprising upper and lower connecting portions attached between the coupling link and a connecting agent centrally located on a line separator element. A line element comprising right and left arm portions equidistantly extending through the line separator and further comprising stopping agents thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Inventor: David J Matt
  • Patent number: 8668190
    Abstract: An impact-absorbing structure includes a vertical hollow column that telescopically receives a post. A coil spring surmounts a centrally apertured support plate that receives and is secured to the hollow column. A coil spring stands atop the support plate and the upper end of the coil spring is secured to a top plate that surmounts the post. A centrally apertured spacer plate is parallel to the top plate and is downwardly spaced apart from it. A plurality of bolts interconnects the top plate and spacer plate. The post retracts within the hollow column and the coil spring is compressed when a downwardly directed force is applied to the top plate. The coil spring unloads and restores the top plate and the spacer plate to their respective positions of repose when the downwardly directed force is removed. Each bolt is engaged by an eye loop at the end of a cable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Assignee: Vertical Venture Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: Richard Thomas Heruska, Stephen Eric Johnston, II
  • Patent number: 8591347
    Abstract: A ride-on activity device is disclosed, wherein the device includes a seat, a base and a connector for movably connecting the seat relative to the base. The connection between the seat and the base allows multiple degrees of freedom such that the seat is capable of bouncing and rotating relative to the base. The connection between the seat and the connector includes a rotation safety mechanism that allows rotation at the connection when the seat is occupied by a user and prevents rotation at the connection when the seat is unoccupied. Furthermore, the connector includes a resilient member that allows the seat to bounce vertically relative to the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Assignee: Mattel, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Sonner, Patrick Ritossa
  • Patent number: 8469369
    Abstract: A combined seat with compression device for interactively actuating a sound effects unit incorporated into a ride on toy vehicle as a user bounces up and down on the combined seat with compression device. The toy includes a frame for a ride-on toy vehicle, a sound effects unit having a housing secured to the frame, a seat secured to the frame and movable between first and second positions, an actuating mechanism attached at the seat for engagement with the sound effects unit, and a deformable compression device positioned at the seat capable of depressing as the seat is moved from the first the position to the second position to interactively activate the sound effects unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Assignee: Hasbro, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas C. McCarthy, Craig McElhaney, Steven Lee Unruh
  • Patent number: 8454366
    Abstract: An actuated support frame for transmitting motion to a seat with respect to a ground as a function of motion signals associated with video output, comprises a frame. The frame is expandable/retractable along translational degrees of freedom. Support surfaces are provided on the frame. The support surfaces are displaceable with respect to one another by expansion/retraction of the frame so as to be sized to support a seat. Actuators are provided between the frame and the ground. The actuators receive signals and selectively displace the frame with respect to the ground in synchronization with a video output, whereby a seat supported on the frame is displaceable within the frame. A method for installing a seating system of a motion simulator system is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Assignee: D-Box Technologies Inc.
    Inventors: Gauthier Orban, Michel Bérubé, Philippe Roy
  • Publication number: 20130123031
    Abstract: An infant support structure includes a support frame having a lower member configured to engage a support surface. First and second spaced arcuate posts extend upwardly from the lower member, each of the posts having a distal end portion. A seat portion is disposed between and coupled to the posts. A first end of a toy bar is secured to the distal end portion of one of the posts, and a second end of the toy bar is secured to the distal end portion of the other of the posts.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 16, 2012
    Publication date: May 16, 2013
    Applicant: MATTEL, INC.
    Inventors: Timothy J. Trapp, John DeRubes, Domenic T. Gubitosi, Brian S. Kelly, John Martin Maul, Philip R. Pyrce, Robert W. Salmon
  • Publication number: 20130040747
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a support frame, a resilient member, a seat, and a retainer. The resilient member has a first end portion configured to be coupled to the support frame and a second end portion, opposite from the first end portion. The seat is configured to be coupled to the second end portion such that the seat is suspended from the support frame by the resilient member. At least one of the first end portion and the second end portion includes multiple sleeves, each defining an opening therein. A portion of the retainer is configured to be disposed within a first one of the sleeves and coupled to at least one of the seat and the support frame such that a position of the seat relative to the support frame is adjustable by disposing the portion of the retainer within a second one of the sleeves.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 19, 2012
    Publication date: February 14, 2013
    Applicant: MATTEL, INC.
    Inventors: David M. Bapst, John DeRubes, Domenic T. Gubitosi, Brian S. Kelly, John Martin Maul, Philip R. Pyrce, Robert W. Salmon
  • Patent number: 8267803
    Abstract: An infant support structure includes a support frame having a lower member configured to engage a support surface. First and second spaced arcuate posts extend upwardly from the lower member, each of the posts having a distal end portion. A seat portion is disposed between and coupled to the posts. A first end of a toy bar is secured to the distal end portion of one of the posts, and a second end of the toy bar is secured to the distal end portion of the other of the posts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2012
    Assignee: Mattel, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy J. Trapp, John DeRubes, Domenic T. Gubitosi, Brian S. Kelly, John Martin Maul, Philip R. Pyrce, Robert W. Salmon
  • Patent number: 8210956
    Abstract: A switch or switch mechanism that can be used with an object to detect motion of the object in a particular direction or directions is disclosed. The switch can include two contacts and a conductive mechanism that remains engaged with one contact and that is selectively engageable with the other contact in response to movement in a particular direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2012
    Assignee: Mattel, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Sonner, Kyle Bleyle
  • Patent number: 8197350
    Abstract: A ride-on activity device is disclosed, wherein the device includes a seat, a base and a connector for movably connecting the seat relative to the base. The connection between the seat and the base allows multiple degrees of freedom such that the seat is capable of bouncing and rotating relative to the base. The connection between the seat and the connector includes a rotation safety mechanism that allows rotation at the connection when the seat is occupied by a user and prevents rotation at the connection when the seat is unoccupied. Furthermore, the connector includes a resilient member that allows the seat to bounce vertically relative to the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2012
    Assignee: Mattel, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Sonner, Patrick Ritossa
  • Patent number: 8182355
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a support frame, a resilient member, a seat, and a retainer. The resilient member has a first end portion configured to be coupled to the support frame and a second end portion, opposite from the first end portion. The seat is configured to be coupled to the second end portion such that the seat is suspended from the support frame by the resilient member. At least one of the first end portion and the second end portion includes multiple sleeves, each defining an opening therein. A portion of the retainer is configured to be disposed within a first one of the sleeves and coupled to at least one of the seat and the support frame such that a position of the seat relative to the support frame is adjustable by disposing the portion of the retainer within a second one of the sleeves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2012
    Assignee: Mattel, Inc.
    Inventors: David M. Bapst, John DeRubes, Domenic T. Gubitosi, Brian S. Kelly, John Martin Maul, Philip R. Pyrce, Robert W. Salmon
  • Patent number: 8083601
    Abstract: Systems and related methods are delineated for moving a provided baby container suspended above ground from a support structure. One delineated system for moving a provided baby container suspended above ground from a support structure, the system comprises: a force generator coupled to the baby container; an elastic supporter having a first end and a second end; a sound generation device proximate the force generator; wherein: the first end of the elastic supporter is coupled to the support structure; the second end of the elastic supporter is coupled to force generator; and the force generator is configured to apply a periodic force to the baby carrier to cause oscillatory motion; and the sound generation device is configured to provide an aural output when a predetermined condition is achieved. Audio/Video monitoring and transmission may be provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2011
    Inventor: Michael Alan Speedie
  • Patent number: 8070617
    Abstract: Child entertainment apparatus and methods of operating the same are disclosed. An example child entertainment apparatus includes a frame and a support suspended for swinging movement relative to the frame. The support is elastically elongatable. A child seat is carried by the support and thus is able to swing and bounce relative to the frame. A drive arm extends between the frame and the seat and includes a first end journalled for rotation relative to one of the frame or the seat and a second end slidably coupled to the other of the frame or the seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2011
    Assignee: Kolcraft Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Traci Barron, Ross Carl, Paul J. Corsi, Douglas Melville, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8062142
    Abstract: A collaborative play toy generally includes a plurality of satellite assemblies capable of a first movement and a second movement, and a center assembly coupled to the plurality of satellite assemblies. The center assembly is configured to move in response to the first movement of a first satellite assembly and to create a second movement in a second satellite assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2011
    Assignee: Playcore Wisconsin, Inc.
    Inventors: John M. Underbrink, Charlene Underbrink, legal representative, Brian D. Lovgren, Paul J. Danforth
  • Patent number: 8047609
    Abstract: A driving device is adapted for an infant rocking chair. The rocking chair includes a seat body and a bottom seat. The driving device includes a base, a supporting element, first and second motion mechanisms, and a power mechanism. The first motion mechanism includes a horizontal first guide path unit disposed at the bottom seat, and a first movable member disposed on the base and movable along the first guide path unit. The second motion mechanism includes a vertically varying second guide path unit disposed at the bottom seat, and a second movable member movable along the second guide path unit and vertically relative to the base. The supporting element interconnects fixedly the seat body and the second movable member. The power mechanism drives reciprocal movement of the first and second movable members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2011
    Assignee: Wonderland Nursery Good Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shun-Min Chen, Jun-Xu Jin
  • Patent number: 8033921
    Abstract: A single rider teeter-totter has a support frame and a longitudinal beam member pivotally coupled to the support frame. A seat for a user is attached to a first end of the beam member. A counterbalancing resistance is provided by a plurality of elastic members, each of which is attached at a first end to the support frame. A number of the elastic members appropriate to the weight of the user are secured to a securing station disposed on the beam member. The unused elastic members may be secured to a second securing station attached to the support frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2011
    Assignee: Dream Visions, LLC
    Inventor: Theodore G. Habing
  • Patent number: 7997952
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a pogo stick structure, more particularly, a pogo stick comprising a housing unit, foot support plate, piston, spring mechanism, and handlebars. The external portion of the housing unit includes a plurality of LED lights that light in accordance with the piston impinging the ground. LED lights displayed on the housing may be of different colors and may be arranged in a multitude of ways. Furthermore, the displayed LED lights may light in different patterns and at different times as a result of an electronic processing unit. A foam layer may cover the housing and protect the lights from accidental damage. The foam layer and lights may also be used with other entertainment devices such as stick horses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2011
    Assignee: J.M. Originals, Inc.
    Inventors: Irwin Arginsky, Douglas Samore, Myrna Jargowsky
  • Patent number: 7909703
    Abstract: A trampoline apparatus with an attached safety net for use by young children of toddler age that provides them with the ability to stand on the apparatus and bounce up and down on their feet is herein disclosed. The apparatus does not allow a child to flip or jump through the air as do conventional trampolines. The safety bounce apparatus is approximately two (2) to three (3) feet in diameter and is supported with a bouncing surface six (6) inches from the floor. The apparatus provides the child with grasping handles and safety net sides being affixed thereto a plurality of vertical extension rods attached to a padded upper ring. An entry/exit opening is provided in the vertical configuration and is secured with hook-and-loop fastening means. The complete apparatus may be disassembled for storage and transporting and includes a handled carrying case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2011
    Inventors: Charlotte Semrau, Amanda Richtor
  • Patent number: 7862115
    Abstract: An inventive protective device for developing infants is provided, where the protective device is comprised of a triangularly-shaped, padded front portion conforming to the infant's chest, a triangularly-shaped, padded back portion conforming to the infant's back, and a crotch portion connecting the front and back portions. The front and back portions are each constructed of a plurality of tapering tubular-shaped structures extending from the top edge towards the crotch area, with the crotch portion lacking any padding. The inventive protective device fills the gap between the infant's torso and any seating enclosure into which the infant is placed, so as to reduce the chance for injury due to sudden and rapid movement against the enclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2011
    Inventor: Kimberly Danielle Davis
  • Publication number: 20100317447
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a support frame, a resilient member, a seat, and a retainer. The resilient member has a first end portion configured to be coupled to the support frame and a second end portion, opposite from the first end portion. The seat is configured to be coupled to the second end portion such that the seat is suspended from the support frame by the resilient member. At least one of the first end portion and the second end portion includes multiple sleeves, each defining an opening therein. A portion of the retainer is configured to be disposed within a first one of the sleeves and coupled to at least one of the seat and the support frame such that a position of the seat relative to the support frame is adjustable by disposing the portion of the retainer within a second one of the sleeves.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 19, 2010
    Publication date: December 16, 2010
    Applicant: MATTEL, INC.
    Inventors: David M. Bapst, John DeRubes, Domenic T. Gubitosi, Brian S. Kelly, John Martin Maul, Philip R. Pyrce, Robert W. Salmon
  • Patent number: 7845728
    Abstract: A driving device is adapted for an infant rocking chair. The rocking chair includes a seat body and a bottom seat. The driving device includes a base, a supporting element, first and second motion mechanisms, and a power mechanism. The first motion mechanism includes a horizontal first guide path unit disposed at the bottom seat, and a first movable member disposed on the base and movable along the first guide path unit. The second motion mechanism includes a vertically varying second guide path unit disposed at the bottom seat, and a second movable member movable along the second guide path unit and vertically relative to the base. The supporting element interconnects fixedly the seat body and the second movable member. The power mechanism drives reciprocal movement of the first and second movable members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2010
    Assignee: Wonderland Nurserygoods Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shun-Min Chen, Jun-Xu Jin
  • Patent number: 7828665
    Abstract: A riding device includes a crank device rotatably attached to a base, and a rider support supported on a carrier and movable relative to the base for supporting a rider, the carrier has a front portion pivotally coupled to the base and a rear portion coupled to the cranks for moving cyclically relative to the base and for allowing the carrier to be moved in an elliptical and reciprocating action relative to the base by the crank device, and a motor or motorized rotating device for rotating the crank device relative to the base in the cyclic and reciprocating action to actuate the carrier and the rider support to move relative to the base in an elliptical and reciprocating action.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2010
    Inventors: Jin Chen Chuang, Lung Fei Chuang
  • Patent number: 7824274
    Abstract: A riding device includes one or more cranks rotatably attached to a base, and a rider support supported on a carrier and movable relative to the base for supporting a rider, the carrier has a front portion pivotally coupled to the base with a link and an arm and a rear portion coupled to the cranks for moving cyclically relative to the base and for allowing the carrier to be moved in an elliptical and reciprocating action relative to the base by the crank device, and the rider support is supported on the carrier and moved in concert with the rider support for supporting the rider, and an actuating device may be used for actuating the carrier and the rider support to move relative to the base in an elliptical and reciprocating action.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2010
    Inventors: Jin Chen Chuang, Lung Fei Chuang
  • Patent number: 7824273
    Abstract: A child motion device has a frame assembly configured to rest on a floor surface. A support arm assembly is coupled to and cantilevered from part of the frame assembly above the floor surface. A child supporting device is supported by the support arm assembly. A bounce mechanism of the device is employed to reciprocally bounce the child supporting device above the floor surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2010
    Assignee: Graco Children's Products Inc.
    Inventors: Joshua E. Clapper, William B. Bellows, Matthew J. Ransil, James E. Godiska, David Saint, Nate Saint, legal representative
  • Patent number: 7784869
    Abstract: A motion support apparatus comprising an elongated member composed of an elastomeric material and having a pinch-free exterior surface, the elongated member including a first end attached to a support surface and a second end secured to an underside of a user supporting member to provide a range of motion to the user supporting member through the flexing and bending of the elongated member while preventing the presence of potential pinch points thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2010
    Inventor: John P. Mathiesen
  • Patent number: 7780500
    Abstract: A ride-on activity device is disclosed, wherein the device includes a seat, a base and a connector for movably connecting the seat relative to the base. The connection between the seat and the base allows multiple degrees of freedom such that the seat is capable of bouncing and rotating relative to the base. The connection between the seat and the connector includes a rotation safety mechanism that allows rotation at the connection when the seat is occupied by a user and prevents rotation at the connection when the seat is unoccupied. Furthermore, the connector includes a resilient member that allows the seat to bounce vertically relative to the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2010
    Assignee: Mattel, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Sonner, Patrick Ritossa
  • Patent number: 7749088
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a simulator for simulating the movement of a horse comprising: a base; a body portion for receipt of a rider and having a longitudinal axis corresponding to the simulated forward and backward movement of a horse; a first linkage extending between said body portion and said base; a second linkage extending between said body portion; and a mechanism capable of providing vertical and horizontal movement to the longitudinal axis of the body portion. The present invention also relates to a kit of parts for producing the simulator. The simulator is particularly useful as a training aid for people to ride horses, in addition to improving stamina and general fitness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2010
    Assignee: Racewood Limited
    Inventor: William Ronald Greenwood
  • Patent number: 7727076
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a support frame, a resilient member, a seat, and a retainer. The resilient member has a first end portion configured to be coupled to the support frame and a second end portion, opposite from the first end portion. The seat is configured to be coupled to the second end portion such that the seat is suspended from the support frame by the resilient member. At least one of the first end portion and the second end portion includes multiple sleeves, each defining an opening therein. A portion of the retainer is configured to be disposed within a first one of the sleeves and coupled to at least one of the seat and the support frame such that a position of the seat relative to the support frame is adjustable by disposing the portion of the retainer within a second one of the sleeves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2010
    Assignee: Mattel, Inc.
    Inventors: David M. Bapst, John DeRubes, Domenic T. Gubitosi, Brian S. Kelly, John Martin Maul, Philip R. Pyrce, Robert W. Salmon
  • Patent number: 7662046
    Abstract: An improved clamping fixture for bouncing apparatus to clamp two ends of a resilient stem of a bouncing apparatus includes two coupling members and two anchor members. The two coupling members are made from plastics and have respectively a first latch member and a second latch member to form a clamping space, and anchor bosses on two outer sides pivotally engageable with the anchor members. The two coupling members have coupling forces to clamp the two ends of the resilient stem, and the two anchor members are coupled on the upper end and lower end of the bouncing apparatus. The resilient stem can be positioned securely at two ends of the bouncing apparatus to facilitate bouncing operation without being scraped, damaged or fractured. Durability is greater.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2010
    Inventor: Chun-Shen Yu
  • Publication number: 20090082118
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a pogo stick structure, more particularly, a pogo stick comprising a housing unit, foot support plate, piston, spring mechanism, and handlebars. The external portion of the housing unit includes a plurality of LED lights that light in accordance with the piston impinging the ground. LED lights displayed on the housing may be of different colors and may be arranged in a multitude of ways. Furthermore, the displayed LED lights may light in different patterns and at different times as a result of an electronic processing unit. A foam layer may cover the housing and protect the lights from accidental damage. The foam layer and lights may also be used with other entertainment devices such as stick horses.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 25, 2008
    Publication date: March 26, 2009
    Applicant: J.M. Originals, Inc.
    Inventors: Irwin Arginsky, Douglas Samore, Myrna Jargowsky
  • Patent number: 7507162
    Abstract: Various embodiments are directed to a children's exercise and activity apparatus. The apparatus includes an activity table, a seat, a connecting beam for connecting the seat to the activity table, and one or more legs connected to and depending downwardly from the seat to the floor to support the seat and prevent the seat from tipping over when a child is supported therein. The seat has a pair of leg openings that allow the child to touch the floor with its legs, and the connecting beam is rotatably connected to the activity table so that the child in the seat can travel in an orbital path around the activity table. In addition, the angular rotation of the seat may be limited to prevent the child from rotating the seat to a point at which the child could walk along the floor and move the apparatus along with the child.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2009
    Assignee: Kids II, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter D. Jackson, Jeffrey S. Tadin, Stephen R. Burns, Jacob M. Sclare, James E. Cartabiano
  • Patent number: 7485046
    Abstract: A ropeboard apparatus includes a ropeboard, and a support rope for hanging the ropeboard from an elevated structure. The ropeboard comprises an elongated platform having a longitudinal platform axis and a top surface shaped for a user to stand thereon, and a coupler for rotatably coupling the platform to the support rope so that the platform can be rotated about its longitudinal axis. The ropeboard apparatus may also include a spunk or universal joint for attaching the support rope to the structure, and a handle attached to the support rope at a location above the ropeboard. The coupler may comprise a shaft rigidly connected to the platform and oriented along the longitudinal axis, and a connector rotatably coupled to the shaft for connecting the platform to the support rope. The subject ropeboard apparatus is a new recreational and sporting apparatus that facilitates the performance of an extreme sport involving stunts and tricks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2009
    Inventor: Andrew Dekker
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20080090669
    Abstract: A ride-on activity device is disclosed, wherein the device includes a seat, a base and a connector for movably connecting the seat relative to the base. The connection between the seat and the base allows multiple degrees of freedom such that the seat is capable of bouncing and rotating relative to the base. The connection between the seat and the connector includes a rotation safety mechanism that allows rotation at the connection when the seat is occupied by a user and prevents rotation at the connection when the seat is unoccupied. Furthermore, the connector includes a resilient member that allows the seat to bounce vertically relative to the base.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 13, 2006
    Publication date: April 17, 2008
    Applicant: MATTEL, INC.
    Inventors: Robert Sonner, Patrick Ritossa
  • Patent number: 7303512
    Abstract: An amusement device that includes an elastic ball, a rigid, generally rectangular platform surrounding the ball so as to give the ball a figure eight appearance, an elongated elastic handle extending upwardly from the center of the ball, and a plurality of straps releasably securing the handle to the platform. The handle includes an upper section, a lower section, and a bar extending generally horizontally outwardly from the upper section of the handle. The bar may be grasped by a person while bouncing on the ball. The handle and the ball are made from an elastic material such as rubber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2007
    Assignee: Tucker Toys, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Goldman, Jack Lovewell, Harold Frankel
  • Publication number: 20070259726
    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.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 2, 2006
    Publication date: November 8, 2007
    Inventor: Robert Bruce Evans
  • Patent number: 7255393
    Abstract: An adjustable infant holder apparatus includes a support structure that has a base support and a head support situated at opposing longitudinal ends and mutually coupled by a longitudinal stabilizer. A seat is adjustable between an inclined lying position and an upright sitting position. The seat has a base end that is suspended from the base support and a head end that is suspended from the head support. Optionally, at least one of the base and head ends is suspended by at least one cable that permits the seat to swing back and forth laterally. Embodiments include a linear actuator that can force the swinging motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2007
    Inventor: Stephen R. Flanagan
  • Patent number: 7247100
    Abstract: The invention is directed to a children's exercise and activity apparatus for providing cognitive development activities for small children and exercise functionality. The apparatus includes an activity table adapted for receiving one or more children's activity items, a seat for supporting a child above the floor, a connecting beam for connecting the seat to the activity table, and one or more legs connected to and depending downwardly from the seat to the floor to support the seat and prevent the seat from tipping over when a child is supported therein. The seat has a pair of leg openings that allow the child to touch the floor with its legs, and the connecting beam is rotatably connected to the activity table so that the child in the seat can travel in an orbital path around the activity table.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2007
    Assignee: Kids II, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter D. Jackson, Jeffrey S. Tadin, Stephen R. Burns, Jacob M. Sclare, James E. Cartabiano
  • Patent number: 7073977
    Abstract: The invention relates to a transport and gliding device for surfboards, comprising a guided stream of water influenc-ing the action of the surfboard, and a plurality of flexible parallel tubes (1) which are inclined at an angle (2) and have a non-abrasive, pressure-insensitive cover. Water flows upstream through said tubes which are preferably arranged or fixed on a solid base with spac-ers. In the region of the board gliding thereover, the cross-section of the tubes is reduced to a maximum value of zero by the gliding and squashing edge (5) of the board. In this way, the upwardly flowing water column (3) in the tube moves the board (4) with the surfer upwards. Strong jets of water (8) are also sprayed upwards on the surface of the tube, hitting the lower side of the board when it tilts and thus also pushing the board with the surfer upwards. The inventive gliding device can either be used in a buoyant manner on a lake, on the land or in areas with pools.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2006
    Inventor: Walter Unterweger
  • Patent number: 7060001
    Abstract: A trampoline system has a rebounding bed and a resilient member located below the bed at such a position that the bed depresses the resilient member when the bed is sufficiently depressed by a person jumping on the bed. The presence of the resilient member makes it easy tune the system to adjust the performance of the trampoline and to minimize impacts on a jumper and thereby reduce the likelihood of bed-impact injuries.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2006
    Inventor: Mark W. Publicover
  • Patent number: 6846271
    Abstract: A trampoline system has a rebounding bed and a resilient member located below the bed at such a position that the bed depresses the resilient member when the bed is sufficiently depressed by a person jumping on the bed. The presence of the resilient member makes it easy to tune the system to adjust the performance of the trampoline and to minimize impacts on a jumper and thereby reduce the likelihood of bed-impact injuries.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2005
    Inventor: Mark W. Publicover
  • Publication number: 20040185949
    Abstract: An improved bird perch comprising a fixedly attached mounting member, and a pivoting means for a rotating member. The rotating member can have various shapes such as a formed planar track, a formed multi-planar track, and a formed helical track. The rotatable member can also be an enclosure such as a cage for having constrained objects within or coupled objects along its outer perimeter. The rotatable member is manipulated by the primary action of a bird causing secondary action of objects coupled to said rotating member by gravitational and bird manipulative action. The improved bird perch can accommodate one or more birds for stimulation and entertainment. The bird perch is not limited to mounting to a fixed surface but may also be free standing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 21, 2003
    Publication date: September 23, 2004
    Inventor: Robert Lee Bromley