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Publication numberUS3252711 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateMay 24, 1966
Filing dateDec 6, 1963
Priority dateDec 6, 1963
Publication numberUS 3252711 A, US 3252711A, US-A-3252711, US3252711 A, US3252711A
InventorsYoung Kathleen M
Original AssigneeYoung Kathleen M
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Occupant contained rolling amusement device
US 3252711 A
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May 24, 1966 YO 3,252,711

OCCUPANT CONTAINED ROLLING AMUSEMENT DEVICE Filed Dec. 6, 1963 2 Sheets-Sheet 1 INVENTOR. KATHLEEN M. YOUNG y 24, 1966 K. M. YOUNG 3,252,711

OCCUPANT CONTAINED ROLLING AMUSEMENT DEVICE Filed Dec. 6, 1963 2 Sheets-Sheet 2 INVENTOR.

KATHLEEN M. YOUNG lady 7 United States Patent 3,252,711 OCCUPANT CONTAINED ROLLING AMUSEMENT DEVICE Kathleen M. Young, 1356 Socorro Drive, Sunnyvale, Calif. Filed Dec. 6, 1963, Ser. No. 328,685 4 Claims. (Cl. 280-78) This invention relates to a rolling toy for children.

An object of this invention is to provide an improved toy for the amusement of children.

Another object of this invention is to provide an rmproved toy having a spherical housing of plastic or like material which is provided with a door on one side thereof through which the child may enter the housing preparatory to using it for rolling down a sidewalk or pavement having a slight incline.

Still another object of this invention is to provide an improved toy comprising a housing of spherical shape into which a child may be strapped preparatory to using the toy for rolling down a slightly inclined sidewalk or pavement, said housing being provided with a combination seat and weight in the inside bottom thereof for holding it in upright position when it is at rest so that it may be entered through the door thereof which is held in proper position for such entry.

Other and further objects of this invention will be apparent to those skilled in the art to which it relates from the following specification, claims and drawings in which, briefly:

FIG. 1 is a front view of an embodiment of this invention;

FIG. 2 is a side view of an embodiment of this invention showing the side on which the door is positioned;

FIG. 3 is a fragmentary detail view of the door hinge;

FIG. 4 is a sectional view taken along the line 4-4 of FIG. 3;

FIG. 5 is another detail view of a modified hinge structure for the door;

FIG. 6 is a detail view of the door latching structure;

FIG. 7 is a sectional view taken along the line 77 of FIG. 6;

FIG. 8 is a sectional view taken along the line 8-8 of FIG. 1; and

FIG. 9 is a detail View taken along the line 9-9 of FIG. 8.

Referring to the drawing in detail reference numeral 10 designates a substantially spherical hollow member or housing which is made of hard rubber, plastic or similar material and which is adapted to receive a small child therein so that the device may be rolled along the sidewalk or other smooth surface with the small child securely strapped or held therein. The hollow housing 10 may be made out of two or three sections that are cemented or heat-sealed together into a spherical member. The housing is provided with a door 13 on one side thereof and openings such as the windows 11 and 12 are formed in surfaces of the device so that the occupant thereof may be observed from the outside or vice-versa. Two openings 14 and 15 are provided in the front of the shell of this device and opening 14- is covered with a transparent plastic that may have thin flakes of gold or copper material imbedded therein to give the illusion of stars or other heavenly objects to the occupant making observations thereo. Opening 15 is covered with a translucent red plastic to simulate the filter of an infrared detector. Several flexible members 16 of rubber or the like which may simulate radio antennae are attached to the outside surface of the device by rubbersuction cups 17 or the like.

The door 13 is of substantially triangular shape and the relatively narrow bottom edge thereof is attached to the shell 10 of the device by the long hinge member 18.

Patented May 24, 1966 ice This hinge member is made of two parts which are hinged together by a pin at the end 20 thereof and the lower part is imbedded in the shell while the upper part is positioned in the hole 19 formed in the door. This hole 19 is made large enough so that the hook end 21 of the hinge may be threaded therethrough and sprung intothe opposing end of the hinge projecting from the shell. Other types of hinges may be employed for attaching the door 13 to the shell, for example, conventional hinges 23 may be imbedded with the lower end thereof in the shell and the upper part thereof in the door, thereafter these hinge parts may be assembled and the pivot pins thereof inserted to hold the door 13 hinged to the shell.

The upper surface of the door 13 is held in the door closed position by a latch mechanism 22, the details of which are illustrated in FIGS. 6 and 7. This latch is provided with a spring-urged member 25 which engages the door 13 in the slot 24. Latch 25 may be pressed into the cavity of the receptacle 26 which is imbedded in the shell and a spring 28 is provided between the latch 25 and the member 29 to press the latch 25 outward. Laterally extending parts 27 are provided to latch 25 and these parts are positioned in suitable cavities in receptacle 26 to prevent the latch 25 from being pushed all the way out of the receptacle by the spring 28. Suitable projections such as 30 may be provided around the receptacle 26 and these projections engage the plastic shell and retain the receptacle 26 in position therein when the receptacle is imbedded in the plastic.

Similar latch mechanisms such as 22 may be provided on the sides of the door 13 in addition to the latch mechanism 22 shown in FIG. 2, if desired. The door 13 may be opened from the inside by pressing the upper part of the door outward or it may be opened from the outside by gripping the sides of both of the holes 12 and pulling outward so that the latching member 25 is forced into the receptacle 26 against the pressure of spring 28 and the door is released.

The inside of this device is provided with a curved ridge 31 against which the occupant seats himself so that his legs extend forward and may be folded Indianfashion ahead of the weight bag 36. Straps 34a and 34b are provided to go around the occupants waist. One end of strap 34a is attached by the ring 32 to the shell 10 at one end of the ridge 31, and one end of the strap 34b is attached by the ring 33 to the shell 10 at the other end of the ridge 31. The other end of the strap 34a is provided with two D-shaped rings 35 and the free end of strap 34b is threaded through these D- shaped rings after the occupant is seated in the shell. The strap 34b is snagged in the rings 35 to hold the occupant in the seat. The strap 34a is made of short length so that if it should accidentally become separated from strap 34b during use, it will not be long enough to whip the rings 35 against the occupants head.

The weight sack 36 may be filled with heavy material such as sand, or the like, and for this purpose an opening 37 wihch is provided with a zipper for closure thereof is provided to the top of this weight sack so that the sand or the like material may be placed therein. The bottom of this weight sack is cemented to the inside of the shell 10 and this sack is made of crescent-shape with the inner curve thereof shaped so that the occupant may comfortably sit just to the rear of this sack, between it and the ridge 31. This weight sack should be of sufficient weight so that the device will always come to rest with this weight sack in the lower position whereby this device will always be in position to receive the occupant when it is at rest.

This device is also provided with hand grips 39 and 40 which the occupant grips during use of the device. A pad 38 of foam rubiber or foam plastic is provided on the interior back of the device so that the occupant may recline thereagainst during use of this device. A similar pad 38a is provided in the front of the occupant.

While I have shown a preferred embodiment of the invention it will be understood that the invention is capable of variation and modification from the form shown so that its scope should be limited only by the scope of the claims appended hereto.

What I claim is:

1. In a rolling toy for children, the combination of a substantially spherical hollow shell of shock-resistant material and of a size whereby a child may be comfortably seated therein, a door in one side of said shell, a seat inside of said shell on the bottom thereof, said seat comprising a back member and a front member in the form of a container having ballast material therein whereby said shell will normally come to rest from rolling motion with said seat in position to receive the occupant, hinge means for attaching said door to the bottom of said shell, said door being positioned in said shell so that it is substantially vertical when the shell is at rest to facilitate entry thereof, and releasable means for holding said door in closed position.

2. In a rolling toy for children, the combination of a substantially spherical hollow shell of shock-resistant plastic material and of a size whereby a child may be comfortably seated therein, a door in one side of said shell, a seat inside of said shell on the bottom thereof, said seat comprising a curved back member in the form of a ridge attached to said shell and a front member in the form of a sack filled with granular material to form ballast whereby said shell will normally come to rest from rolling motion with said seat in position to receive the occupant, hinge means for attaching said door to the bottom of said shell, said door being substantially triangular shape positioned so that a wide side thereof is uppermost when the shell is at rest to facilitate entry thereof, and spring-urged latching means for holding said door in closed position.

3. In a rolling toy for children, the combination of a substantially spherical hollow shell of shock-resistant plastic material and of a size whereby a child may be comfortably seated therein, a door in one side of said shell, a seat inside of said shell on the bottom thereof, said seat comprising a curved back member in the form of a ridge attached to said shell and a front member in the form of a sack filled with granular material to form ballast whereby said shell will normally come to rest from rolling motion with said seat in position to receive the occupant, means attached to opposite ends of said ridge for strapping the occupant into said seat, hinge means for attaching said door to the bottom of said shell, said door being of substantially triangular shape positioned so that a wide side thereof is uppermost when the shell is at rest to facilitate entry thereof, and spring-urged latching means for holding said door in closed position.

4. In a rolling toy for children, the combination of a substantially spherical hollow shell of shock-resistant plastic material and of a size whereby a child may be comfortably seated therein, a door in one side of said shell, a seat inside of said shell on the bottom thereof, said seat comprising a curved back member in the form of a ridge attached to said shell and a front member in the form of a sack filled with granular material to form ballast whereby said shell will normally come to rest from rolling motion with said seat in position to receive the occupant, hinge means for attaching said door to the bottom of said shell, one end of said ridge terminating adjacent to said hinge means, strap means for fastening the occupant into said seat, said strap means including a short strap attached to said one end of said ridge and fastening means attached to the free end of said short strap, said door being of substantially triangular shape positioned so that a wide side thereof is uppermost when the shell is at rest to facilitate entry thereof, and springurged latching means for holding said door in closed position.

References Cited by the Examiner UNITED STATES PATENTS 3,013,806 12/1961 Boyd 28078 3,083,979 4/1963 Boyd 28078 RICHARD C. PINKHAM, Primary Examiner.

Patent Citations
Cited PatentFiling datePublication dateApplicantTitle
US3013806 *Jun 23, 1960Dec 19, 1961Boyd William CSpherical vehicular amusement device
US3083979 *Mar 2, 1960Apr 2, 1963Boyd William CSpherical vehicular device
Referenced by
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US3428015 *Dec 29, 1966Feb 18, 1969Samuel E CloudSpherical vehicle
US4042252 *Aug 13, 1975Aug 16, 1977Winter Richard DInflatable spherical vehicular device
US4272093 *Sep 17, 1979Jun 9, 1981Dennis FiliceSelf-propelled rolling toy
DE4343182C1 *Dec 17, 1993Mar 2, 1995Hans Udo BoehmRolling sphere
Classifications
U.S. Classification280/78
International ClassificationA63B19/00, A63B19/02
Cooperative ClassificationA63B2208/12, A63B19/02
European ClassificationA63B19/02