Unexpectedly Falls Apart Or Projects Movable Or Free Part Patents (Class 472/54)
  • Patent number: 7861444
    Abstract: A device which simulates natural flowering actions, including growth and efflorescence, is actuated by partial immersion of a stem into a liquid. An aperture through the stem base admits the liquid into the stem. A piston slidably disposed within the stem is driven downwardly by the bias force of a resilient spring while an agent which impedes the piston motion dissolves in the liquid. Growth is simulated by a sleeve outside the stem which descends in relation thereto to push the flower upwardly. A simulated corolla is attached to the stem and gradually rotates and opens during the ascent thereof. A cam controls the pivotal position of lifters which open and close the corolla. The petals of the corolla vibrate before opening and open with variations in starting time. As the corolla opens, a surprise gift, gradually ascending on a presentation platform, is revealed. The device may be reused.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2011
    Inventor: Peter Marlow
  • Patent number: 7373902
    Abstract: A device for amusing a cat or other pet is provided that has a housing having a top portion and a bottom portion, a motor disposed in the housing, a belt attached to the housing via an upper shaft and a lower shaft, a string having a first end attached to the belt and a second end extending freely from the belt, and means for activating the motor. In operation the motor rotates the belt causing the string to repeatedly fling outwardly from being hidden within the frame and amuse the cat. Methods for amusing a pet are also disclosed that comprise the steps of automating a string, whereby a free end of the string appears and disappears from view. These methods are preferably accomplished by attaching one end of the string to a rotating belt within a housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2008
    Inventor: Michele Levan
  • Patent number: 6726572
    Abstract: “Pop-Up Surprise is a novelty gift idea designed to blend naturally with any bouquet of flowers and seemingly magically delivers a pre-printed message to its recipient. The pop-up mechanism resembles a flower stem, is green in color and is height adjustable. The silk bud or other outer housings are stand alone pieces designed to house a banner on which the message will be written. The outer housing (Silk bud in this example) easily snaps on the top of the outer stem. A spring and a plastic pop-up rod are parts of the internal mechanism designed to pop the banner up through the outer housing. A timed release tablet dissolves in water over a period of 24 hours releasing the pop-up rod which pushes the banner up through the outer housing, revealing the banner with a pre-printed message.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2004
    Inventor: Thomas R Versen
  • Patent number: 6001019
    Abstract: A pop-up display comprises a generally box like hollow member having an open end at the top thereof and a pivotal flap or flaps for opening and closing the open end thereof. A spring biased pop-up display includes a first coil spring which is disposed on a first axis and held in a compressed position by at least one of the flaps when the flap or flaps are in a closed position. A strap or thread is stretched across the flaps to hold the flaps in a closed position. The spring biased pop-up display includes a pleated paper banner having opposite ends with a second coil spring disposed between the opposite ends and with its axis essentially perpendicular to the axis of the first spring. A candle or sparkler engages the flap or thread and upon ignition burns through the strap or thread. When the strap or thread is broken the first spring pushes the display upwardly to thereby allow the second spring to expand the pleated paper banner outwardly beyond the confines of the hollow chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 1999
    Date of Patent: December 14, 1999
    Inventor: Omar Al-Bannai
  • Patent number: 5935013
    Abstract: A self-triggering inflatable balloon device. In a preferred embodiment, the device comprises a cylinder of compressed gas having an actuating valve thereon. The other end of the actuating valve is coupled to a deflated balloon. The cylinder, valve and deflated balloon are secured to the interior of a box having a lid. An actuating member of the valve is coupled to the box lid such that the valve is opened when the box lid is raised. Upon opening of the box lid, therefore, the actuating valve is opened and the balloon is automatically inflated with the gas from the compressed gas cylinder. The device may be given as a gift wrapped present or mailed to a friend, and will produce a surprise when opened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 10, 1999
    Assignee: Bruce D. Watts
    Inventor: W. Ross McLennan
  • Patent number: 5487706
    Abstract: An entertainment system comprises a housing, a first ejection mechanism in the housing for ejecting a first entertainment device from the housing, a second ejection mechanism in the housing for ejecting a second entertainment device from the housing, and a control unit operatively connected to the first ejection mechanism and the second ejection mechanism for sequencing the operation of the first ejection mechanism and the second ejection mechanism. Upon lapse of a predetermined interval after ejection of the first entertainment device such as confetti or streamers from the housing, a second entertainment device such as sparklers or fireworks spinners is automatically ejected from the housing. Predetermined sound effects such as music may be generated in a predetermined synchrony with the ejection of the entertainment devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 1994
    Date of Patent: January 30, 1996
    Inventor: Peter J. Wilk
  • Patent number: 5480339
    Abstract: Disclosed is an automatically inflatable toy which mainly includes an inflatable toy made of multi-layered laminated material consisting of nylon, LLDPE, PET, etc., an adequate amount of powder type sodium bi-carbonate contained in a cloth bag and disposed inside the inflatable toy, an adequate amount of citric acid solution contained in a small and thin bag made of compound material of OPP and PP and disposed inside the powdered sodium bi-carbonate, and an outer package which can be designed with various shapes and patterns. When the package is squeezed, the small and thin bag is broken and the citric acid solution therein is let out to mix with the powdered sodium bi-carbonate to produce large amount of carbon dioxide which seeps through the pores of the cloth bag and inflates the inflatable toy and causes the same to burst out the outer package from a weakening line provided on the package.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 1995
    Date of Patent: January 2, 1996
    Assignee: Chieh Chang Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Teng-Hui Wu
  • Patent number: 5409420
    Abstract: A magician's prop comprise a flat body having an elongate body portion extending along a central axis rearward from a head and elongate lateral portions extending laterally and forward from locations on respective opposite sides of the body portion behind the head to free end portions protruding a small distance in front of the head. A ballast weight and a magnetic element of less weight are concealed in respective free end portions, with respective centers of gravity thereof spaced in front of the head. The resultant weight distribution of the body is such that, when extending horizontally, the surreptitious addition and removal of a hidden magnetic balance weight to the magnetic element by a magician's sleight of hand sets the object into and out of balance extending horizontally from a single pylon positioned under the head, the improbable horizontal balance providing an illusion that a portion of the body remote from the head is suspended.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 1993
    Date of Patent: April 25, 1995
    Inventor: Mark Setteducati
  • Patent number: 5389030
    Abstract: A novelty device includes an inflatable element fixed to a nipple which is normally covered. Adding fluid to a chamber which includes a fluid-reactive element causes a pressure increase to be imparted to the inflated element which then expands under the action of the pressure. Normally the nipple and the inflatable element are covered so as to be hidden from view prior to the addition of a fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 1993
    Date of Patent: February 14, 1995
    Inventor: Stephen Chapkis
  • Patent number: 5372549
    Abstract: A wig flipping device comprising a cap which is connected to a spring-loaded wig is disclosed. A releasable retention mechanism holds the wig to the cap and when a trigger mechanism is activated, the retention mechanism releases causing the spring to uncoil and raise the wig above the cap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 1992
    Date of Patent: December 13, 1994
    Inventor: Gregory H. Piedmont
  • Patent number: 5304096
    Abstract: An entertainment system comprises a housing, a first ejection mechanism in the housing for ejecting a first entertainment device from the housing, a second ejection mechanism in the housing for ejecting a second entertainment device from the housing, and a control unit operatively connected to the first ejection mechanism and the second ejection mechanism for sequencing the operation of the first ejection mechanism and the second ejection mechanism. Upon lapse of a predetermined interval after ejection of the first entertainment device such as confetti or streamers from the housing, a second entertainment device such as sparklers or fireworks spinners is automatically ejected from the housing. Predetermined sound effects such as music may be generated in a predetermined synchrony with the ejection of the entertainment devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 1992
    Date of Patent: April 19, 1994
    Inventor: Peter J. Wilk
  • Patent number: 5120263
    Abstract: An exploding box is disclosed having upright sides which are provided with horizontal ribs or grooves which lock a false box bottom in position while the sides are maintained in an upright position by a top cover or lid. The false bottom is biased upwards by a compressed spring. When the top cover is removed, the upright sides of the box fold outwards, releasing the false bottom. The false bottom then springs upwards, springing forth any contents in the box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 1991
    Date of Patent: June 9, 1992
    Inventors: Don Ierfino, Vincenzo Leonetti