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March 3, 1970 5; E 3,497,994
ELECTROSTATIC TOY SYSTEM AND'PAGKAGE Filed Feb. 20, 1968 INVENTOR BERT LEE ATTORNEY United States Patent 3,497,994 ELECTROSTATIC TOY SYSTEM AND PACKAGE Bert Lee, Salt Lake City, Utah, assignor to Jefferson D. Morgan, Enid, Okla. Filed Feb. 20, 1968, Ser. No. 706,981 Int. Cl. A63h 33/26, 33/00 US. Cl. 46-233 3 Claims ABSTRACT OF THE DISCLOSURE This invention relates to toys and, more particularly, it relates to electrostatic toys for manipulating movement of a charged body.
The art of generating electrostatic charges in different materials is long known, and electrostatically charged rods have been used in the prior art to manipulate the flight of an object through space, as exemplified by US. Patent 2,018,585 issued Oct. 22, 1935 to 'H. Weil. While such basic theoretical principles are well known, it is desirable in a toy system or game to have a system of several elements which may be involved with some mystery and which can be cooperatively operated only in accordance with a particular procedure to produce a flight system. Also, a system of cooperative toy elements should be conveniently packaged for storage and display.
Accordingly, it is an object of this invention to provide an electrostatic flying toy system that operates only in a particular mysterious manner.
It is another object of the invention to provide an electrostatic flying toy system package and display system conveniently assembling a plurality of parts for visual inspection and for storage.
Therefore, in accordance with an exemplary embodiment of this invention two hollow rods of different diameter constructed of transparent insulating material that will take and hold an electrostatic charge are coaxially stored with frictionally held end caps about the outer rod. Also inserted within the package in a pleasing and visually observable display is a silk cloth or fabric for frictionally generating a charge on the rods, a flight member such as a colored feather or paper space ship, and a set of secret" operating instrutions showing how to generate proper charges for flight control.
The foregoing together with further objects and features are found in atypical embodiment of the invention described in detail with reference to the accompanying drawing wherein an electrostatic toy system package assembly is shown partly broken away and in section in FIGURE 1. FIGURE 2 shows an exploded view of the assembly, and FIGURE 3 is a sketch showing the control of flight with the toy.
Two hollow transparent rods 2 and 3 of different diameter such as one inch inner diameter and three-quarter inch outer diameter respectively and of substantially equal length are coaxially aligned within two end caps 4 and 5. The rods may be of transparent insulating material which P i. C
will attain and hold an electrostatic charge. Such materials are available in commerce under trade names such as Lucite or Plexiglas. The caps 4 and 5 may be of rubber which frictionally fit over the ends of the outside rod 2 and preferably are ridged by a concentric receptacle recess of such size that they will also frictionally fit over the inner rod 3.
Packed between the two rods 2 and 3, within the packaging arrangement, is a piece of fabric 6 such as a colored silk handkerchief which envelops the end of inner rod 3 and thus can be used ram-rod like to move within the outer rod to frictionally generate a static charge. This fabric 6 also keeps the two rods from contact or vibration during shipment and storage.
Also packed within the inner rod 3 are a chargeable flying object such as feather 7 and a set of written secret instructions 8 which give the appropriate operating conditions for generating those charges in rods 2, 3 and flying object 7 for sustaining flight under control of the rods. This gives the toy system a scientific mystery content so that it may be used to si-milate the aspects of controlling flying saucers or unknown flying objects which overcome the force of gravity as if by super intelligent persons from outer space.
As to operation of this system, many variables exist even with the relatively few elements involved. The hollow rods thus may be charged internally or externally with or without end caps on place in either rod and some procedure must be followed to generate in the flying object a charge of similar polarity to that of the rods to permit flight control. Normally a feather will tend to stick to a charged rod unless a special operating procedure is followed.
Feather, as used here, includes a piece of cotton and the like and may be formed into a particular shape such as a toy airplane, rocket ship or bird.
One such operating procedure that has been found in accordance with the cooperation of the elements in this toy system package of this invention is that the feather may be picked up on the end of one charged rod and may be brought into a charged condition such that it sustains flight by passing one end of the other charged rod closely past the feather in rotary motion enough times to generate the requisite charge on the feather. Such a procedure constitutes the text of the written secret instructions 8 packed within the hollow rods.
In the package assembly afforded by this invention, not only can a visual inspection of all elements of the system be made through the transparent hollow rods, but the color schemes and shapes of the flying objects can be varied in a pleasing manner. Also, the operating instructions may be stored in place or removed at will from the inner hollow rod after the procedure is learned.
It is to be recognized, of course, that within the state of the art of electrostatically charged bodies, variations can be made that do not depart from the spirit or scope of this invention. Thus, various materials and charge conditions can be deemed equivalent to those herein described.
What is claimed is:
1. An electrostatic toy system comprising in combination, a pair of rods of insulating material that will sustain an electrostatic charge, at least one of which is hollow having an inside diameter large enough to comprise an outer rod receiving the other rod as an inner rod, a set of end caps surrounding the ends of the outer rod to contain the inner rod which is positioned therein in a packaging arrangement, a piece of fabric of such material that it generates frictional contact as by wiping an electrostatic charge in said insulating material, and a flying object such as a colored feather which will attain a charge permitting the two rods to move it without physical contact, the fabric and flying object being placed inside said hollow outer rod, whereby the system may be disassembled from inside said hollow outer rod, and the rods thereby may be charged by rubbing with said fabric to constitute a pair of wands for directing the flight of said object by means of electrostatic forces.
2. A combination as defined in claim 1, wherein the rods are both hollow transparent rods.
3. A combination as defined in claim 2, including a set of secret operating instructions packed Within one of the hollow rods in said packaging arrangement.
References Cited UNITED STATES PATENTS 10/1935 Weil 46233 FOREIGN PATENTS 8/1902 France.
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