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Publication numberUS1632377 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateJun 14, 1927
Filing dateNov 13, 1924
Publication numberUS 1632377 A, US 1632377A, US-A-1632377, US1632377 A, US1632377A
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Coin-controlled optical instrument
US 1632377 A
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3,632,377 June MF 39272 H. M. .JOHNSON COIN CONTROLLED O'PTIVCAL INSTRUMENT Filed Nov. l5. 1924 Patented June i4, i927..

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y Application filed November 13, 1,924. vSerial No. 749,652.

` sons using .said glasses, because only a small charge ismade foreach use. y

The object of my invention is to provide simple coin-controlled means for locking the optical'instruments in inoperative position,

l5 whereby the instrument is rendered normally'inoperative, in thatit is held immovable,rpointe'd towards a surface of the supporting means of the instrument, and thusv cannot be pointed atany object; but when a coin of a predetermined denomination is deposited inthe lock, the latter is released and the optical instrument may then be pointedv to the object to be viewed; and upon thev user of theinstrument returning the` same to its'original position, it again becomes automatically locked in place, and inoperative.

arms, an optical instrument pivotally carried by; said base or support, so that it may' be pointed at the object to be viewed, means for locking said instrument in position facing said lbase or surface thereof, thus rendering thev instrument inoperative; and coin controlled means for releasing said locln'ng means, whereby upon the insertionofa cer tain coin in'said` lo'ckingmeans the instrument is releas'echsothat it may be properly manipulated;` and said locking means 'being again rendered active by the act of the user of the instrument returning the same to its initial position.

Another' object of my invention is to provide mechanism by which the instrumentv nor can the mechanism be opened except by,

means of a proper coin.

v Ehe above mentioned features are hereinafter fully described in greater detail, reference being made to the accompanying` drawings, in which:

Fig. 1 is asectiontaken substantially on theline 1-1 of Fig. 2, some of the parts being broken away to disclose details of construction; y

Fig. 2 is a` section taken substantially on the line. 2-2 of Fig. l;

Fig. 3 is a plan section taken substantially on the line 3 3 of Fig. l; i

Fig. v.et is a diagrammatic fragmentaryY view of a portion of the mechanism and showsy the co-operative relationship'of the parts;

Fig. 5 is an elevation of thereof.

ln my invention the instrument which is shownvin the drawings and which is controlled by the coinoperated mechanism, is a pair of binoculars which is mounted between two hollow supports 2 and 3 which are carried by a hollow rotatable base 4.

one of the parts Within said base 4 is enclosed all of the operative mechanism of 'my invention. lSaid base is carried upon a trunnion 5 carried by I attainmy object in a device comprisingY a base, or -other support, including spaced' a fixed ledger or shelf 6'. Said trunnion extends kthrough the bottom of said base 4, and the base has r.an upstanding flange 4av about 'said trunnion, which is slightly shorter than' the portion extending into said base and thus a pin 7 can extend diametrically through said trunnion and overlie thev top of said upstanding flange thus preventing the hollow base 4 frombeing removed from the fixed ledger or shelf' 6. Said instrument l is carried by trunnions 8 and '8a at each side,v the trunnion 8 having a spherical end 9, which is mounted in suitable bearings 10 within the hollow support 2. Said bearings 10 are tightened by a screw 11 which extends up through said hollow support and which can be manipulated from within thehollow base at apoint adjacent the door l2 in said l base. v Y

The end of thetrunnion 8 is provided with a pulley 13 to which one end of the flexiblecord 14 is fastened. lSaid cord is mounted over the periphery of said pulley and extends centrally throughy the hollow vertical support 3. A suitable guide 15 is provided at the lowerend of the vertical support 3 to hold the coi-din substantial alinement with said hollow support. The othenend of said flexible cord is fastened to and mounted over a pulley 16 carried by the shaft 17 which is carried between two spaced bearings 18 fastened to the hollow base 4.

A disc 19 is also carried by said shaft 17 and has a projection 20 on its face which engages a rockable member 21 which tends to stop said disc in a predetermined position. In this position, a slot 19 for the coin 22 which actuates the device, is arranged in vertical alinement with the receptacle 23 provided for the coin.

Said roeirable member 21 is held in engagement with said projection 20 by a spring 24. Said rocka-ble member 21 carries a con- `-trol linger 25 which extends about said rotatable disc 19 to a point adjacent the slot 21, in its normal position. The end of said control ilnger is arranged so as to be lifted b a predetermined com 22, when said `disc 1g is rotated by a movement of the instrument beiner controlled.

Spring tends to hold said finger in such a manner that the projection 25 engages a shoulder 27 formed upon the disc 19. A box 28 Within said hollow base receives the coin 22 from the slot 19l after said disc is rotated and has lifted said linger 25. Said box 28 is provided with a stop receiving means 28". A cam-shaped member 29 engages the rockable member'21 each time said disc 19 is rotated and rocks said member about its pivot 30 in such a manner as to actuat'e the counter 31 once each time said instruments are lifted.

The operation of my invention is as follows:

When it is desired to use said instrument, a coin 22 is placed in the receptacle 23 and allowed vto fall into the slot 19. With the coin in this position, the instrument 1 can be rotated about a horizontal axis to substantially horizontal position, and thus can be used to View the surrounding landscape. The coin 22 Strikes the underface of the finger 25 and lifts it to such a degree that the projection 25a clears the shoulder 27 to prevent their engagement. As said disc is `rotated by the movement of said instru.-` ment through said iiexble cord, the projection 29 engages oneend of said rockable member 2l and rocks the same about its pivot 30 to actuate the counter member 31.

I claim:

1. In a device of the character described, a base, spaced vertical supports carried by said base, an opt-ical instrument carried by said supports, means for locking said instrument in position facing said base which,

thus serves as a shield therefor, coin controlled means for releasing said locking means, said locking means being reset by a movement of said instrument to its original position. Y

2. `In a udevice of the character described, a base adapted for rotation about a vertical axis, an optical instrument carried by said base mounted for adjustment to two positions,` means for locking said instrument in position facing said base which thus serves as a shield therefor, coin controlled means for releasing said locking means, said locking means being reset by a return movement of said instrument towards its original position.

3. In a device of the character described, a base mounted for rotation about a fixed axis, spaced supports carried by said base, an instrument carried by said sup said optical instrument being moun for rotation about an axis normal to lthat about which said base rotates, means for Boeking said instrument in position facing said base which thus serves as a shield therefor, coin controlled means for releasing said locking means, said locking meansbenrg reset `by a return movement of said instrument to its original position. i

4. In a device of the character described" a base, spaced supports carriedb .Said base,

an instrument carried by' ,sai supports, means for locking said instrument 1n one position, coin controlled means for relaas ing said locking means, a. rocltable" member coo erating with a rotatable part of' said loc ing means, said rockaole member acting as a stop to position said locking meahs.

5. In a device of the character described, a base, spaced supports carried an instrument 'carried by sai pports, means for locking saidv instrument in one position coin controlled means for releasing 'said loc ing means, said lookin means bein reset by a movement of sai instrumenty re atively to said supports, a rockable member cooperating'with a rotatable part of said locking means, said rockable member acting as a stop to position said locking means, means on said rotatable part, of said loci:- in means ada ted to engage Said rockab e member when said 'instrument is rotated relatively to said supports.

6. In a device of the character described, a base, spaced supports carried b said base, an instrument `carried by sai, supports,` means for locking said instrument 1`n one position, coin controlled meansffor releasing said locki means, a rockable member cooperating w1 h a rotatable part 4of said locking means to limit the rotation ,thereof` in one direction, and a counter actuated by each move of said rockable member.

7. In a device of the character described, a base, spaced supports carried by said base, an instrument carried by said supports, one of said su ports being hollow, meansl for lookin sai instrument in one stion, coin contro lfd means for releasing `saidlocliing b said base i' a.

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means, the first mentioned 'lineans being consupport and fastened to that end of said instrument extending into said hollow support.

8. In a device of the character described, a rotatable hollow base, spaced, Vertical, hollow supports carried by saidbase, an instrument carri-ed by said supports, means within said hollow supports for locking the said instrument to said supports, means for locking said instrument in one position, said means being connected to said instrument by means of a flexible cord passing through one of said hollow supports and fastened to that end of said instrument extending into said hollow support, coin cont-rolled means for releasing said locking means, said locking means being reset by a movement of said instrument relatively to said supports.

HERMAN M. JOHNSON'.

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US5148905 *Apr 18, 1989Sep 22, 1992Binoptic International Systems, Inc.Binocular vending apparatus and method
US5353904 *Sep 21, 1992Oct 11, 1994Binoptic International Systems, Inc.Binocular vending apparatus and method
WO1990013099A1 *Apr 18, 1990Nov 1, 1990Binoptic International Systems, Inc.Binocular vending apparatus and method
Classifications
U.S. Classification194/255
International ClassificationG07F17/02, G07F17/00
Cooperative ClassificationG07F17/02
European ClassificationG07F17/02