|Publication number||US20050054262 A1|
|Application number||US 10/802,587|
|Publication date||Mar 10, 2005|
|Filing date||Mar 17, 2004|
|Priority date||Mar 17, 2003|
|Also published as||WO2004082773A2, WO2004082773A3|
|Publication number||10802587, 802587, US 2005/0054262 A1, US 2005/054262 A1, US 20050054262 A1, US 20050054262A1, US 2005054262 A1, US 2005054262A1, US-A1-20050054262, US-A1-2005054262, US2005/0054262A1, US2005/054262A1, US20050054262 A1, US20050054262A1, US2005054262 A1, US2005054262A1|
|Original Assignee||Buzz Bee Toys, Inc.|
|Export Citation||BiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan|
|Patent Citations (20), Referenced by (1), Classifications (11), Legal Events (1)|
|External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet|
This application claims the benefit of U.S. provisional application No. 60/455,683, filed Mar. 17, 2003 which is incorporated by reference as if fully set forth.
Balloons are simple and traditional entertainment items for young children. However, inflating a balloon, especially orally, is not a simple task because air has a tendency to escape though the mouth of the balloon between bursts of inflation air or after inflation and prior to sealing the mouth. Therefore, it would be desirable to provide a device which eases balloon inflation.
Since balloons are typically novelty items, any features which provide added distinction are desirable. Providing lights within an otherwise plain balloon would be effective to add interest to the balloon. It would be desirable to provide an efficient, cost effective device for adding light to a balloon.
Briefly stated the invention provides a balloon inflation and air containment device. The device includes a first tube with a first end for receiving an air supply and a second end for receiving a mouth of a balloon. A collapsible second tube is connected to the first tube in a substantially airtight manner and extends away from the first tube. In one embodiment, a lighting device may be positioned inside the balloon.
Also provided is a method for constructing a balloon assembly. The method includes providing a tube assembly including a first tube and a collapsible second tube, axially connected to the first tube, which extends away from the first tube. A balloon is provided, and the tube assembly is axially inserted into a mouth of the balloon with the second tube leading into the balloon. The method includes providing an air supply at a first end of the first tube and inflating the balloon with the air supply. In one embodiment, a lighting device having an extension rod and a lighting element connected to the extension rod is provided. The lighting device is inserted through the tube assembly into an interior of the balloon.
The foregoing summary as well as the following detailed description of the preferred embodiment of the present invention will be better understood when read in conjunction with the appended drawings. For the purpose of illustrating the invention, there is shown in the drawings an embodiment that is currently preferred. It should be understood, however, that the invention is not limited to the precise arrangement shown.
Certain terminology is used in the following description for convenience only and is not considered limiting. Words such as “front”, “back”, “top” and “bottom” designate directions in the drawings to which reference is made. This terminology includes the words specifically noted above, derivatives thereof and words of similar import. Additionally, the terms “a” and “one” are defined as including one or more of the referenced item unless specifically noted.
The preferred embodiments of the present invention will be described with reference to the drawing figures where like numerals represent like elements throughout.
Referring now to
On the bottom part of the supporter 12, there is an aperture which is placed over the air filling pipe 10 with the balloon skin disposed between, as seen in
Installation of the tube assembly 50 into the balloon is as follows. Referring to
The sealing film tube 11 on the air filling pipe 10 acts as a uni-directional valve which allows air to enter the balloon 20 during inflation, but prevents air from being expelled from the balloon when inflation is stopped. FIG. 8 shows a method of inflating the balloon using a foot pump 40 and tube 41. Alternatively, the balloon may be inflated using any method including orally blowing into the filing pipe 10, or using other air filling apparatuses.
After the balloon has been inflated to a predetermined size, a lighting device 30 may be added to the device 70. The lighting device 30 is preferably inserted into the balloon through the tube assembly 50 to provide lighting to the balloon assembly 80. Also, if desired, the lighting device 30 may be inserted prior to inflation. The lighting device 30 includes an extension rod 38 and a lighting element 31. Referring to
The lighting device 30 inside the balloon transforms a traditional balloon into an attractive, illuminated object. Children carrying the balloon will attract the attention of others, especially at night.
The balloon inflation and air containment device 70 can be provided with a variety of different mounting devices so that the complete, inflated balloon assembly 80 can be mounted in different places.
While the preferred embodiments of the invention have been described in detail, the invention is not limited to the specific embodiments described above, which should be considered as merely exemplary. Further modifications and extensions of the present invention may be developed, and all such modifications are deemed to be within the scope of the present invention as defined by the appended claims.
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|International Classification||A63B, A63H27/10, B65B3/16, A63H3/06, A63H3/31, A63H5/00|
|Cooperative Classification||A63H2027/1058, A63H27/10, A63H2027/1033|
|Apr 7, 2005||AS||Assignment|
Owner name: BUZZ BEE TOYS, INC., NEW JERSEY
Free format text: ASSIGNMENT OF ASSIGNORS INTEREST;ASSIGNOR:MA, WOO WAH;REEL/FRAME:016027/0063
Effective date: 20050407