Miscellaneous Patents (Class 472/137)
  • Patent number: 8858351
    Abstract: A ride or show control apparatus using visual recognition to provide a more interactive experience to guests or participants. The apparatus is adapted for operating a ride or show element, such as a robotic character. The apparatus includes a mechanized or robotic element with movable components positioned near a guest traffic area. The apparatus includes an imaging assembly capturing images of the traffic area and outputting digital image data. A controller is provided that includes a processor using an object recognition module to process the image data to determine whether an object is in the traffic area. In response to the object recognition, the control system operates movable components of the mechanized element such as to cause it to speak or move in the direction of the recognized object such as a visitor's face or a badge, hat, or other item worn or carried by a guest or participant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: David W. Crawford
  • Patent number: 8579772
    Abstract: An exercise apparatus for providing multi-directional training of the body of a user is disclosed. The exercise apparatus allows the a user to exercise the mid-section, hips, legs, ankles and connective tissues joining all the muscles in these areas. the apparatus comprises a support structure, two elongate foot platforms and hanging members for attaching the foot platforms to the support in such a manner that they can move in a substantially horizontal X-Y plane with two degrees of freedom. The foot platforms can be hung so that they are either arranged in parallel or have one of their ends closer together than their opposite ends. At least one substantially horizontal connecting member may be provided to interconnect the two foot platforms, either in front, in the middle or in the rear. The support structure is designed to be free standing or to be mounted onto other supporting structures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: BVP Holdings, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert A. Piane
  • Publication number: 20130130817
    Abstract: An amusement ride apparatus comprising: a free fall tower having a proximal end hingedly attached to a base platform and a distal end; a lifting assembly connected to the base platform and the free fall tower so that the free fall tower can transition between a loading position and a free fall position; a trolley slideably attached to the free fall tower; a trolley securing assembly attached to the trolley and releasably attached to the distal end of the tower for securing the trolley to the distal end prior to the free fall tower transitioning from the loading position to the free fall position so that the trolley is held at the distal end when the tower is in the free fall position; a braking assembly carried by the base platform for slowing the downward movement of the trolley when the trolley securing member is released; and, a passenger carriage pivotably carried by the trolley allowing the passenger carriage to pivot to maintain a generally upright orientation as the free fall tower transitions from the
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 17, 2011
    Publication date: May 23, 2013
    Inventor: Gerald L. Barber
  • Publication number: 20130079169
    Abstract: An amusement ride has a retaining structure and at least one platform that is connected in an articulated manner to retaining elements which hold the at least one platform on the retaining structure. The retaining elements are cables which are under tensile stress during operation of the amusement ride. The cables have an effective length and the effective length of the cables is variable. Cable winches disposed on the retaining structure are provided that wind the cables.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 20, 2012
    Publication date: March 28, 2013
    Inventors: Alexander Verl, Gino De-Gol
  • Patent number: 8206232
    Abstract: The amusement apparatus comprising a housing, a frame and an interior space, and a door allowing entry of a player having arms into interior space. An air circulation system fluidly connected to interior space of housing. An engagement system located within interior space. Engagement system, control system, signaling system and an air circulation system are cooperatively interconnected. A player area is located within the interior space and positioned proximate the engagement system wherein contact by player with engagement system initiates a sequence of instructions from the control system to initiate the delivery of air into interior space by air circulation system for circulation of prizes within interior space. A signal to player is sent via signaling system to discontinue player contact with engagement system so player may interact with the prizes circulating in the interior space for the purpose of removing the prizes from the housing via the interior space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2012
    Inventor: Roy Johnston
  • Publication number: 20120100922
    Abstract: A reciprocating device for holding an infant carrier that is expandable to accommodate carriers of various sizes. The device includes a base member that is stationary with respect to a support surface and a platform that reciprocates above the base member. The reciprocation is executed by an actuator. The reciprocation of the platform on the base member is linear. The platform can include expansion trays which extend outward, increasing its usable surface area, it can be foldable between folded and unfolded positions, or it can be foldable and include expansion trays.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 29, 2009
    Publication date: April 26, 2012
    Applicant: TRIBORO QUILT MANUFACTURING CORPORATION
    Inventors: Gordon Downey, Richard White
  • Patent number: 8142298
    Abstract: An interactive activity system is disclosed. One embodiment includes a generator configured to produce electrical power based on physical interaction with a human being, a storage component configured to store the electrical power, and at least one play-oriented application configured to utilize a portion of the electrical power for operation. In one embodiment, the interactive activity system is implemented in a traditional, non-electronic playground environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2012
    Assignee: Landscape Structures, Inc.
    Inventors: Steve King, Tom Felber
  • Publication number: 20110300958
    Abstract: An amusement ride system includes: a shooting device adapted to shoot a projectile; an aiming facility operable by a user to aim the shooting device; and a triggering device operable by the user to fire the shooting device. The user rides the vehicle, aims the shooting device, and fires the device to shoot the projectile. A method for a ride includes: providing a shooting device; providing a plurality of projectiles; and aiming and shooting the projectiles utilizing the shooting device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 16, 2011
    Publication date: December 8, 2011
    Applicant: BLAMMO, LLC
    Inventors: Philip Stephen Bloom, Bing Yeh
  • Publication number: 20110300957
    Abstract: A ride system for moving a passenger vehicle through a dynamically-defined work space. The system includes a track structure that guides one or more motorized or driven carriers on the track structure. The system includes winches on the carrier(s) that are independently operable to set lengths of the vehicle supporting cables, which extend outward from the winches to the vehicle. During operation, the winch systems provide upper anchor points for suspending the passenger vehicle such that these anchor points are selectively positioned. The winches may be independently operated as the carrier(s) travels from a first position to a second position, such that the vehicle body pitches, rolls, or yaws and moves transversely relative to the track. The winches may be operated concurrently to drop or raise the vehicle to define the work space for the vehicle in the vertical direction. Passenger input may interactively control motion of the vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 8, 2010
    Publication date: December 8, 2011
    Applicant: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventors: David W. CRAWFORD, Edward A. NEMETH
  • Publication number: 20110170983
    Abstract: A ratcheting fastener assembly is operable to be secured to an object and includes a rotatable threaded fastener and a ratchet element. The rotatable threaded fastener includes a serrated ratchet head and a threaded fastener body extending axially from the ratchet head. The ratchet element is in ratcheting engagement with the head and includes an annular element frame and at least one tooth operable to engage the object to restrict element rotation. The ratchet element also includes a plurality of circumferentially spaced pawls. The pawls and corresponding serrations rotatably ratchet relative to each other when the fastener is rotated in a tightening direction and engage each other when the head is rotated in a loosening direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 14, 2010
    Publication date: July 14, 2011
    Applicant: BACKYARD LEISURE HOLDINGS, INC.
    Inventors: Randall Lee Day, Daniel Ray Whyman
  • Publication number: 20110086717
    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: Application
    Filed: October 12, 2009
    Publication date: April 14, 2011
    Applicant: BACKYARD LEISURE HOLDINGS, INC.
    Inventors: Christopher W. Connors, Ernie D. Sheets
  • Patent number: 7922594
    Abstract: An amusement ride has guides and at least one carriage movable along the guides. At least three first arms each having a first end and a second end are provided, wherein the first ends are connected pivotably to the at least one carriage. First drives are provided that each are movable along one of the guides, respectively, independently from one another. The at least three first arms are pivotably connected with the second ends to the first drives so that the at least one carriage and the first drives are pivotably connected to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2011
    Inventors: Alexander Verl, Gino De-Gol, Niko Croon
  • Publication number: 20110059807
    Abstract: An extreme sports component having a support and at least a first member defining a maneuvering surface. The support and at least first member are operatively joined through at least one member on each of the support and at least first member that cooperate with each other so as to maintain the support and at least first member in a predetermined operative relationship. The support and at least first member are maintained in the predetermined operative relationship without requiring that any anchoring element be directed through the maneuvering surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 14, 2010
    Publication date: March 10, 2011
    Inventor: Robert Flood, JR.
  • Publication number: 20110028227
    Abstract: In waterslide amusement devices one or more water jets can be directed along the waterslide surface and used to apply a force to riders using the amusement device. In the present approach the operation of such water jet assemblies is adjusted based on the weight of each rider, so that riders of different weights can negotiate the waterslide amusement device safely and with an appropriate degree of excitement. The rider weight is conveniently measured on the waterslide amusement device, for example, using a load cell assembly, and a signal is sent to a controller to adjust the output of one or more downstream water jet assemblies based on the measured rider weight.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 31, 2009
    Publication date: February 3, 2011
    Applicant: WHITEWATER WEST INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventors: Raymond Joseph Dubois, Claudio Javier Barrera, Carroll David Mosley, Stephen Earl Horras
  • Publication number: 20110021279
    Abstract: The present invention is a system for recreational purposes. The system includes a vessel rotatably mounted, a support stand, and a drive system. The vessel has a wall that defines an internal cavity, sufficient for at least one occupant to be received wherein the occupant is in contact with the wall, and a tunnel for accessing the internal cavity. The wall has dampens the contact between the occupant and the vessel. The support stand has two connectors carried by elevated members on opposing sides of the vessel for supporting the vessel. A drive system that includes a motor mechanically connected to at least one of the connectors for rotating the vessel and the occupant within the internal cavity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 23, 2009
    Publication date: January 27, 2011
    Applicant: Outdoor Gravity, Inc.
    Inventor: David Charles AKERS
  • Patent number: 7806551
    Abstract: An apparatus comprising a bowl having an opening. The opening includes a plurality of movable members movable between a first position and a second position. The first position is a closed position in which the movable members are connected and support items in the bowl. The second position is an open position and allows a hand to enter the opening. The apparatus includes a circuit that includes a switch operably connected to said moveable members such that a light turns on upon said moveable members being in a second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2010
    Inventor: Jackson River Phipps
  • Publication number: 20100184524
    Abstract: A motion simulator has a motive device having a base, a moving panel, twelve universal joints mounted on the base and the moving panel and six actuators connected to the universal joints and retractable. A seat assembly is mounted on the moving panel. Therefore, as the actuators retract, the seat assembly is moved in six degrees of freedom such as heave, sway, surge, pitch, roll and yaw. Audiences sitting on the seat assembly feel excited and experience a real virtual reality. Moreover, the actuators bear axial force such as drag force and thrust force and are endurable and safety.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 16, 2009
    Publication date: July 22, 2010
    Inventors: Deng-Horng LAI, Ke-Cheng Chien
  • Publication number: 20100167828
    Abstract: A seat for amusement apparatus, unusually suitable for allowing the user to adopt a new position on the apparatus, comprising a support and means for immobilising the user on the support. The immobilising means comprise at least one support in front of the user and opposing means suitable for acting on the user's back. The opposing means comprises an arm which can move between a lowered position in which the user can sit down on the support and a raised position in which one end of the arm abuts against the user's back.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 27, 2009
    Publication date: July 1, 2010
    Inventors: Giambattista ZAMBELLI, Alberto ZAMPERLA
  • Publication number: 20100137069
    Abstract: A wind tunnel is provided usable for training of sportsmen-parachutists and entertainment purposes. The tunnel comprises a channel, including sequentially arranged and interconnected components: an input confusor, a first working zone, an intermediate confusor, and a second working zone. The working zones are shaped as diffusers, having different longitudinal flow speed gradients, so that the working zone having the lesser longitudinal speed gradient is shorter, whereas the working zone having the greater longitudinal speed gradient is longer. A honeycomb is arranged between the working zones. The entrances and exits of the working zones are equipped with safety nets. The structural design of the tunnel makes it possible to simultaneously train parachutists for team acrobatics and artistic types of parachuting under conditions, maximally adapted to a given type of training, thereby improving a training quality and substantially increasing the tunnel's cost effectiveness.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 29, 2006
    Publication date: June 3, 2010
    Inventor: Victor Borisovich Petruk
  • Patent number: 7703261
    Abstract: An amusement item comprising a container filled with compressed air from a geographic location of interest. Compressed air from a geographic region is collected and transported to a manufacturing facility for the production of novelty containers containing the compressed air. Containers are labeled with the region/location from which the compressed air is obtained. Certification and quality is maintained by obtaining records of the chemical make-up of the air at the source and comparing that electronic record to cylinders of air from the geographic location to ensure accuracy of labeling and filling. The amusement items are sold as souvenirs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2010
    Inventor: Igor Bedashyov
  • Publication number: 20090312111
    Abstract: A simulator of free-fall containing air power generators (1) and appreciably cylindrical aerodynamic vein (2), in which evolve the persons (6) in state of free-fall, the wall (24) of which is realized by means of a film of flexible material stretched only by means of two frames (28) (29) fixed at the extremities of the aerodynamic vein (2) and to the superstructure (5) maintaining the aerodynamic vein (2). In particular the film of flexible material forming the wall (24) of the aerodynamic vein (2) is translucent and serves as screen to display from the outside of the vein (2) real or simulated images intended to be seen from inside of the aforementioned vein (2). In a particular mode of realization the air power generators (1) are arranged in a container for transport (74) and the superstructure (5) of the simulator can be disassembled so that the simulator is easily transported.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 29, 2006
    Publication date: December 17, 2009
    Inventors: Nicolas Gil, Olivier Basone
  • Publication number: 20090298603
    Abstract: A ride or show control apparatus using visual recognition to provide a more interactive experience to guests or participants. The apparatus is adapted for operating a ride or show element, such as a robotic character. The apparatus includes a mechanized or robotic element with movable components positioned near a guest traffic area. The apparatus includes an imaging assembly capturing images of the traffic area and outputting digital image data. A controller is provided that includes a processor using an object recognition module to process the image data to determine whether an object is in the traffic area In response to the object recognition, the control system operates movable components of the mechanized element such as to cause it to speak or move in the direction of the recognized object such as a visitor's face or a badge, hat, or other item worn or carried by a guest or participant.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 27, 2008
    Publication date: December 3, 2009
    Applicant: Disney Enterprises, Inc
    Inventor: David W. Crawford
  • Patent number: 7572189
    Abstract: A structure used to raise persons by use of air jets (currents), includes several flight positions (3). Each flight position is associated with a device (1) that generates a vertical air flow, whose flow rate and intensity are constantly monitored from a control room (9) provided with an alphanumeric display. The device (1) includes a variable pitch propeller (6) driven by an electric motor whose rpm is adjusted using an inverter. An electric signal from a balance (7) is processed in order to determine what frequency the motor supply current should have to raise a participant of this weight up to a maximum height which is preferably about 2.5 to 3 meters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2009
    Assignee: Free Flight S.r.l.
    Inventors: Francesco Gentile, Anita Galigani
  • Publication number: 20090181781
    Abstract: An amusement ride has guides and at least one carriage movable along the guides. At least three first arms each having a first end and a second end are provided, wherein the first ends are connected pivotably to the at least one carriage. First drives are provided that each are movable along one of the guides, respectively, independently from one another. The at least three first arms are pivotably connected with the second ends to the first drives so that the at least one carriage and the first drives are pivotably connected to one another.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 13, 2009
    Publication date: July 16, 2009
    Inventors: Alexander Verl, Gino De-Gol, Niko Croon
  • Publication number: 20090158835
    Abstract: The invention refers to a wind tunnel designed to operate in its vertical section that is to say, air currents generated by appropriate means meeting in a vertical area at the end of which the air current is capable of lifting objects in this vertical area. At the same time this lifting effect may be seen on the outside as it has been built from translucent materials. The viewing and lifting of bodies in this device allows both their display and measurements to be taken.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 15, 2006
    Publication date: June 25, 2009
    Inventor: Miguel Angel Serrano Pellicer
  • Patent number: 7509760
    Abstract: A money display vault has at least one of a transparent tube display and a transparent chamber display to allow cash reserves of an establishment to be displayed to the public, yet remained secured from possible theft. A device is coupled to the at least one of a transparent tube display and a transparent chamber display to move the money around the at least one of a transparent tube display and a transparent chamber display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2009
    Inventor: Weldon L. Beall
  • Publication number: 20090036226
    Abstract: An amusement item comprising a container filled with compressed air from a geographic location of interest. Compressed air from a geographic region is collected and transported to a manufacturing facility for the production of novelty containers containing the compressed air. Containers are labeled with the region/location from which the compressed air is obtained. Certification and quality is maintained by obtaining records of the chemical make-up of the air at the source and comparing that electronic record to cylinders of air from the geographic location to ensure accuracy of labeling and filling. The amusement items are sold as souvenirs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 31, 2007
    Publication date: February 5, 2009
    Inventor: Igor Bedashyov
  • Publication number: 20080113605
    Abstract: The amusement apparatus comprising a housing, a frame and an interior space, and a door allowing entry of a player having arms into interior space. An air circulation system fluidly connected to interior space of housing. An engagement system located within interior space. Engagement system, control system, signaling system and an air circulation system are cooperatively interconnected. A player area is located within the interior space and positioned proximate the engagement system wherein contact by player with engagement system initiates a sequence of instructions from the control system to initiate the delivery of air into interior space by air circulation system for circulation of prizes within interior space. A signal to player is sent via signaling system to discontinue player contact with engagement system so player may interact with the prizes circulating in the interior space for the purpose of removing the prizes from the housing via the interior space.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2007
    Publication date: May 15, 2008
    Inventor: Roy Johnston
  • Publication number: 20080070711
    Abstract: Entertainment multimedia, including articles of manufacture, methods for entertaining, and systems for entertaining using the idea of female sperm as a plot element are described. Exemplary embodiments of the invention include television shows, movies, theatrical plays and media containing recordings of such.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 31, 2007
    Publication date: March 20, 2008
    Inventor: Gregory Aharonian
  • Patent number: 7156744
    Abstract: A vertical wind tunnel flight simulator comprises a flight chamber wherein a flier may experience a freefall simulation. Airflow to support the flier is induced by fans connected above the flight chamber through a duct. A staging area having openings to the flight chamber is adjacent to the flight chamber. One or two return air ducts are used to return air from the fans outlet to the fans inlet. Opposed louvers are included on at least one duct segment thereby regulating the temperature via forcing ambient air into the simulator. The use of many duct segments having diverging walls adds commercial value to the system by lowering the height. Mounting components on the roof and behind walls creates a spectacular pedestrian viewing scene of people in flight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2007
    Assignee: Skyventure, LLC
    Inventors: N. Alan Metni, William J. Kitchen, Kenneth Mort, Charles Eastlake, Michael Palmer
  • Patent number: 7029400
    Abstract: An interactive water attraction and system of game play is provided wherein the gaming is carried out within a pool, water park or water attraction. The game utilizes electronically identifiable objects, cards, bands, tags and/or the like, to provide an interactive game play experience generally simulative of a computer adventure game experience. Play participants are challenged to work and cooperate with other play participants to find identified objects, clues or other information and to use the objects, clues or information to solve various puzzles or problems that present encumbrances inhibiting players' advancement in the game. Each play participant possesses a unique RFID 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.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2006
    Assignee: Creative Kingdoms, LLC
    Inventor: Rick A. Briggs
  • Patent number: 6905330
    Abstract: The juggling torch has a torch body (1) with a wick (3) for fuel that is absorbed by the wick (3) and a fuel container (7) that is connected to the wick (3) via one or many channels (15).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2005
    Inventor: Ivan Ohlin
  • Patent number: 6805558
    Abstract: A multi faceted system for simulating free flight, playing games in a free flight mode, and photographing the experience in a manner which permits of the creation of a montage, in which a vertical air column is defined by a variable cylindrical walls, and in which at least a portion of the air column is moving in laminar flow mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2004
    Inventors: David Carl, Nathan Gershon
  • Publication number: 20040198521
    Abstract: A combination snack food and game piece assemblage and method of use of same as an entertainment method.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 16, 2002
    Publication date: October 7, 2004
    Inventor: Charles Wesley Adair
  • Publication number: 20040198522
    Abstract: A riding simulation system for providing an operator with a pseudo-experience of a running motorcycle. A steering handle mechanism of the system which enables the operator to perform steering operations is turnably held on a frame body and a connection shaft is supported to be inclinable relative to the frame body through an inclination lock mechanism. The connection shaft is provided to be extendable and contractable along the axial direction thereof through an extension/contraction lock mechanism, so that the position of a pedal mechanism mounted on the lower side of the connection shaft can be displaced to a desired position relative to the position of the steering handle mechanism. The system also includes a vibrator and a click generator to simulate the vibration of a motor and the sound of gear shifting, as well as a mechanism to simulate a reaction force to a steering handle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 6, 2004
    Publication date: October 7, 2004
    Inventors: Yohei Makuta, Kyohei Ueda, Yukio Miyamaru
  • Publication number: 20040082396
    Abstract: A rocker that may be used to entertain an infant. In one embodiment, the rocker includes a seat portion, an activity portion and a connector. The connector is coupled to the seat portion and to the activity portion. In one embodiment, the seat portion and the activity portion are configured to rock on a support surface. In one embodiment, the seat portion and the activity portion can be rocked side-to-side. The rocker includes an output generating system that can generate audible and/or visual outputs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 15, 2002
    Publication date: April 29, 2004
    Inventors: Scott K. Basu, Christopher J. Hayes, Matthew C. Maxwell
  • Publication number: 20040077422
    Abstract: A gaming machine is provided, which awards loyalty points to players playing the game who have identified themselves to the machine. The machine is arranged to award loyalty points to the player and to play two game means wherein, the first or base game may be provided by the slot machine game as a stand alone function with no dependence upon a supporting communications network, the second game may be linked game in which a plurality of network connected machines (50) participate with control of the game being provided by a central game controller (60), while the communications network (62) is controlled by a network controller (61). A first game mode is available to all players and a second enhanced game mode is made available to players who have reached a predetermined threshold of loyalty points.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 16, 2003
    Publication date: April 22, 2004
    Inventors: Natalie Bryant, Scott Olive
  • Publication number: 20040077425
    Abstract: Casino table device with automated progressive jackpot, comprising a gaming table, game means for a casino game, several player positions (1) with a betting position, a jackpot calculator (32), and display means (34) for displaying the state of the jackpot.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 5, 2003
    Publication date: April 22, 2004
    Inventors: Wilhelmus Johannes Goossens, Ronald Jan Hendrik Van Onlangs
  • Publication number: 20040077424
    Abstract: A camera comprising means for capturing an image, integral scent association means operable by a user to associate a scent with the image, and integral means operable to cause the said scent to be perceived by a user. The invention also provides a printer comprising printing means and integral scent generation means, wherein the scent generation means comprise a drive mechanism and a tape having a plurality of scented regions, the drive mechanism being operable to spool the tape and the scent generation means being operable to cause a selected scented region to emit its scent.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 28, 2003
    Publication date: April 22, 2004
    Inventors: Rachel Lucy Murphy, David Mark Frohlich
  • Publication number: 20040077427
    Abstract: The game apparatus has: a rotating bin containing at least one game piece; a moveable claw for grabbing the at least one game piece; a catapult for launching the at least one game piece; and a target area for receiving the at least one game piece; wherein the moveable claw places the at least one game piece on the catapult, and wherein the catapult launches the at least one game piece at the target area. The method of playing the game having a plurality of game pieces and having a target area, has the steps of: selecting at least one of the game pieces at a first location; moving the selected game piece to a second location; and catapulting the at least one of the game pieces from the second location toward a target area. The step of selecting may have the steps of rotating a plurality of game pieces, selectively stopping rotation of the plurality of game pieces, and picking up at least one of the game pieces.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 7, 2003
    Publication date: April 22, 2004
    Inventors: Jeffrey Pierce, Harold Skripsky, Lyle Willimann
  • Publication number: 20040077426
    Abstract: A flume ride is provided having a funnel-shaped slide feature having a relatively larger entry end and a relatively smaller exit end, the funnel-shaped slide feature being configured and arranged such that a rider enters at the wider end with a predetermined expected velocity and swings back and forth and/or spins around the inner surface of the funnel before safely draining through the smaller end.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 18, 2003
    Publication date: April 22, 2004
    Inventor: Richard D. Hunter
  • Publication number: 20040077423
    Abstract: A gaming system and method of game play is provided wherein the gaming is earned out within a themed physical play space comprising an existing or specially configured entertainment facility or play structure. The game utilizes electronically identifiable objects, such as colored balls, shaped objects, cards, bands, tags and/or the like, to provide an interactive game play experience generally simulative of a computer adventure game experience. Play participants are challenged to work and cooperate with other play participants to find identified objects, clues or other information and to use the objects, clues or information to solve various puzzles or problems that present encumbrances inhibiting players' advancement in the game.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 15, 2002
    Publication date: April 22, 2004
    Inventors: Denise Chapman Weston, Jonathan A. Barney, Rick A. Briggs
  • Patent number: 6709365
    Abstract: The invention provides an imitation climbing rock that allows children to simulate rock climbing activity. The climbing rock is adapted to be attached to a wall to simulate a natural rock-like structure. The climbing rock includes a mounting surface, a body (e.g., a continuous side wall) and an endless grip that extends outwardly from the entire circumference of the body. The endless grip provides a hand/foot hold for children seeking to grasp the climbing rock as the attempt to negotiate a wall that includes several of the climbing rocks. The endless grip provides a hand/foot hold regardless of a climbing childs position relative to the climbing rock and no matter how the climbing rock is mounted to the climbing wall. The body, or side wall, of the climbing rock preferably includes a mounting portion that forms an edge with the mounting surface and a gripping portion where the endless grip extends outwardly from the gripping portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2004
    Assignee: Playstar, Inc.
    Inventor: Brian K. Zeilinger
  • Publication number: 20030232657
    Abstract: An improved novelty item is disclosed. The novelty item has a container that receives a solid piece of carbon dioxide when the solid carbon dioxide contacts water vapor in the container a fog is created. As the solid carbon dioxide sublimates, the water vapor is emitted from the container as a visible fog. The container may be in the shape of any number of designs for which the visible fog streaming from the container creates a pleasing illusion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2001
    Publication date: December 18, 2003
    Inventor: Steven Levine
  • Publication number: 20030195049
    Abstract: A compact ball launching activity device has an upper and lower member. The upper member having multiple funnel shaped openings that are positioned on the sides of the upper member. The upper member also has one funnel shaped opening positioned at the top of the upper member. The device includes a launch system having an angled feeder tray and flywheel. The balls enter the side funnels of the upper member and are collected on the angled feeder tray. The balls fall through a hole in the feeder tray to a launch channel. The flywheel propels the balls through the launch channel, up and out of the funnel positioned at the top of the ball launching activity device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 16, 2002
    Publication date: October 16, 2003
    Applicant: The Little Tikes Company, a corporation of the State of Ohio
    Inventors: Peter Colin McEachen, Michael Miroewski, Stewart Lenox, Bryan Keller
  • Publication number: 20030181235
    Abstract: In an instant lottery ticket game structure having a lottery administration host computer that includes a ticket validation file containing prize codes for at least some of the lottery tickets, provision for instant lottery tickets having variable redemption values can be made by allowing the prize codes in the validation file to be changed under certain predetermined circumstances. At least some of the lottery tickets in the game, whether printed or electronically simulated, can be provided with play indicia under a removable coating that indicates that the redemption value of that lottery ticket is variable. Using the host computer, a lottery administration can change the prize codes and therefore the redemption value of these instant lottery tickets according to the predetermined criteria such as the termination of a game.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 14, 2003
    Publication date: September 25, 2003
    Inventor: Joseph W. Bennett
  • Patent number: 6582314
    Abstract: A novelty device attaches to the exterior of a motor vehicle, with an upwardly extending arm producing a passive lateral oscillation due to vehicle motion to simulate a wagging animal tail. The device includes a base plate which attaches to the vehicle between a license plate mounting area and the license plate, with a bracket extending outwardly from the plane of the plate. A laterally flexible arm is attached to the distal end of the bracket. A fabric or plastic sleeve resembling an animal tail may be installed over the arm, so the covered arm resembles the tail of a team mascot animal or the like. The flexibility of the arm may be adjusted or varied by providing a series of bends at the base of the arm or elsewhere along the arm, and/or providing a bobweight at the distal end of the arm or elsewhere along the arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2003
    Inventor: David M. Arehart
  • Patent number: 6540645
    Abstract: The invention provides an imitation climbing rock that allows children to simulate rock climbing activity. The climbing rock is adapted to be attached to a wall to simulate a natural rock-like structure. The climbing rock includes a mounting surface, a body (e.g., a continuous side wall) and an endless grip that extends outwardly from the entire circumference of the body. The endless grip provides a hand/foot hold for children seeking to grasp the climbing rock as the attempt to negotiate a wall that includes several of the climbing rocks. The endless grip provides a hand/foot hold regardless of a climbing childs position relative to the climbing rock and no matter how the climbing rock is mounted to the climbing wall. The body, or side wall, of the climbing rock preferably includes a mounting portion that forms an edge with the mounting surface and a gripping portion where the endless grip extends outwardly from the gripping portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2003
    Assignee: Playstar, Inc.
    Inventor: Brian K. Zeilinger
  • Patent number: 6264202
    Abstract: An interactive play system and structure is provided in which a plurality of interactive play elements are provided for creating various desired effects utilizing soft foam balls or other suitable “dry” play media. In one embodiment the interactive play system comprises a multi-level support structure on which the interactive play elements are disposed. These allow play participants to create desired play effects using a fun and familiar dry play media. Some of the play elements may be multi-order play elements in that they receive play media from a first effect to create yet another effect. Various automated and/or play-participant-operated conveyers and play media collection and return mechanisms are provided throughout the structure for collecting and transporting play media from a source, such as a collection basin, to the various interactive play elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2001
    Inventor: Rick A. Briggs
  • Patent number: 6171167
    Abstract: A currency bank includes a housing having an inlet and an opening. A shredded currency mechanism is located in the housing and selectively appears in the opening. A feed mechanism is provided for feeding associated currency into the housing at the inlet. A motor powers the shredded currency mechanism and the feed mechanism. A timing assembly is provided for activating the shredded currency mechanism when the feed mechanism is activated by an associated piece of currency so that it appears that the associated currency being fed into the housing is being shredded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2001
    Assignee: Mag-Nif Incorporated
    Inventors: Jerzy Perkitny, William J. Knox