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Publication numberUS3638248 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateFeb 1, 1972
Filing dateJan 14, 1971
Priority dateJan 14, 1971
Publication numberUS 3638248 A, US 3638248A, US-A-3638248, US3638248 A, US3638248A
InventorsSilverglate Jack
Original AssigneeSilverglate Jack
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Apparatus for producing a rocking motion
US 3638248 A
Abstract
The apparatus comprises a plurality of rods and levers and springs interconnected by a cable so that a crib or the like, moved by hand initially, causes the apparatus to apply a force to the surface on which the apparatus is mounted to cause the rocking motion to continue.
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United States Patent Silverglate APPARATUS FOR PRODUCING A ROCKING MOTION inventor: Jack Silverglate, 6 Roanoke St., Woodbridge, NJ. 07095 Filed: Jan. 14, 1971 Appl. No.: 106,418

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[ 1 Feb. 1, 1972 [56] References Cited UNITED STATES PATENTS 2,590,920 4/1952 Beegle ..5/ I09 X 2,645,790 7/1953 Hayes ..5/ l 09 2,793,375 5/1957 Wardell, .lr. ..5/ l05 3,195,951 7/ I965 Palmer ..297/260 Primary Examiner-CasmirA. Nunberg Attorney-Robert A. Green 571 p ABSTRACT The apparatus comprises a plurality of rods and levers and springs interconnected by a cable so that a crib or the like, movedby hand initially, causes the apparatus to apply a force to the surface on which the apparatus is mounted to cause the rocking motion to continue.

5 Claims, 3 Drawing Figures PATENTED FEBI' 1912 3.638.248

IN v/.5N'/ 014 f JACK SILVERGLATE ATTORN EV APPARATUS FOR PRODUCING A ROCKING MOTION BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION The invention relates particularly to apparatus for rocking baby cribs or the like. Apparatus of this type is known in the art; however, all such known apparatus includes motors or hand-operated cranks, the former being relatively expensive, and the latter requiring constant manipulation by an operator. The present invention is simple, inexpensive, and in general does not require manipulation by an operator.

DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS FIG. 1 is a schematic representation of a crib embodying the invention;

FIG. 2 is a schematic representation of the apparatus of the invention as contained in the crib of FIG. 1; and

FIG. 3 is a front elevational view of a portion of the crib shown in FIG. 1 illustrating the double inclusion of the apparatus shown in FIG. 2.

DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENTS The apparatus of the invention is useful for imparting motion and, particularly, for producing a rocking motion to apparatus such as baby cribs, doll cribs, or the like. Referring to FIG. 1 wherein a crib-rocking embodiment of the invention is shown, a typical crib includes two pairs of legs and 40, each of which is secured to a plate which has a curved lower surface which rests on the floor and which imparts the rocking motion of the crib. The apparatus of the invention 10 is mounted in suitable apertures in each of the plates.

The apparatus of the invention includes a first rod or arm pivotally mounted near its inner end about a pivot pin 90, and its leading end projects a short distance beneath the curved surface of .the plate so that it can contact the floor. A cord or cable I10 is secured to the inner end of the rod 80, and this cord extends to and over a pulley or wheel inside the plate 50 and then to a second wheel near the curved surface but spaced a distance from the rod 80. A helical spring is mounted within a recess in the plate adjacent to the wheel I40, and it is held within the recess by a suitable spring suitably secured to the plate at the rear wall of the recess. The cord 110 is suitably connected to the upper inner end of the spring I50.

An arm or plate is mounted so that it is slidable with respect to the open end of the chamber 160, and it is springbiased by a spring in a direction so that it tends to block the open end of the chamber, and it holds the spring 150 within the chamber. The rear end-of the plate 180 is pivotally secured to an arm or rod 200 which itself is pivoted near its midpoint about a pin 210 secured to the plate 50. The connection of plate 180 to arm 200 is sufiiciently loose to permit plate 180 to operate as required and as described below. The remote end of the arm 200 is coupled to a rod or arm 220, and it carries a pin 222 which rides in a slot 230 in therod 220. The rod 220 is suitably mounted within the plate 50 so that it is oriented generally perpendicular to the curved surface of the plate, projecting slightly beyond this curved surface, and vertically slidable within the plate. This arm is also springbiased by a spring 240 so that it tends to project from the plate toward the floor.

In operation of the invention, the operator initially pushes the crib so that the arm or rod 80 is brought into contact with the floor. The pressure thus exerted on the free end of the arm causes the arm to rotate clockwise around the pivot pin 90, and this applies such force to the cord that the spring 150 is pulled downwardly and is thus compressed against the plate I80 which is in position, blocking the spring. As the crib continues to move due to the initially applied force, the arm 220 strikes the floor, and it is pushed inwardly, and this causes the rod 200 to rotate in a counterclockwise direction about the pivot pin 210. This motion pulls the plate 180 away from the spring and permits the spring to eject and push against the floor'and exert a force which causes the plate 50 and the crib now to move in the opposite direction. At the same time, the spring 150 flies back into its recess, and the spring-biased plate 180 moves back in front of the spring to hold it in the recess. At the same time, the return movement of the spring returns the cable and rod 80 to its starting position.

The motion thus imparted may be sufficient to cause the crib to oscillate in the opposite direction and then to return to cause the apparatus of the invention to operate again. If desired, however, the above-described apparatus may also be provided in the plate suitably positioned to operate when the crib oscillates to the right, as represented in FIG. 3. Only portions of arms 100 and 220 are shown in FIG. 3. Thus, a driving force can be applied as the crib rocks first in one direction and then in the other. It is expected that the crib will continue to oscillate by itself for some time, after which it would be manually started again. In addition, the driving apparatus may be included in both plates 50 as illustrated in FIG. I.

The principles of the invention have been described in general terms, and it will be understood that those skilledin the art will be able to readily adjust the various rods, arms, slots, pivot points, and supports for all parts to achieve the desired and described mode of operation.

What is claimed is:

1. Apparatus for imparting a rocking motion comprising a support member adapted to be placed on a floor and having a curved surface which produces 'a rocking motion as it moves back and forth on the floor,

a first arm pivotally secured to said support member about a pivot point and having one end extending beyond said curved surface of said support member so that it can contact said fioor whenan initial rocking motion is imparted to said support member,

a spring secured to said support member and adapted to move in and out of said support member and having a free end which can contact said floor as the spring moves out of said support member,

a cable secured to an inner portion of said first arm and extending over a plurality of pulley wheels to the inner end of said spring,

rotation of said first arm applying a force to said cable in a first direction tending to pull said spring out of said support member,

a slidable plate engaging said free end of said spring and spring-biased in a direction .to block said spring and to retain it inside said support member, said plate being connected at one end to a second arm which is pivotally secured to said support member, the other end of said second arm slidably engaging a third arm mounted within said support member and having a free end positioned to contact-the floor, contacting of said third arm with said floor causing. rotation of said third arm and said second arm and sliding of said plate out of contact with said spring whereby said spring can be ejected from said support member and can contact said floor and thereby impart a force to said support member which tends to rock it in a direction opposite to said initial rocking motion,

whereby said spring moves back into said support member and said spring-biased slidable plate returns to hold said spring within said support member, the return of said spring moving said cable in a direction opposite to said first direction whereby said first arm is returned to its starting position.

2. The apparatus defined in claim I wherein said third arm is positioned between said first arm and said spring.

3. The apparatus defined in claim I wherein said support member has a vertical axis, and said first arm, said spring, said cable, said slidable plate, said second arm, and said third arm are disposed on one side of said vertical axis.

4. The apparatus defined in claim 3 and having a duplicate of the parts of said apparatus including said first arm, said spring, said cable, and said second and third arms disposed on the other side of said vertical axis whereby a force can be applied to said support member when said support member rocks in two directions.

5. A crib device including a portion for supporting a body,

front and rear support members each having a curved surface for supporting the crib on a floor and for imparting a rocking motion thereto, and

mechanical means disposed within at least one support member for imparting a rocking motion thereto,

said mechanical means including a first arm pivotally secured to said one support member about a pivot point and having one end extending beyond said curved surface of said support member so that it can contact said floor when an initial rocking motion is imparted to said one support member,

a spring secured to said one support member and adapted to move in and out of said one support member and having a free end which can contact said floor as the spring moves out of said one support member,

a cable secured to an inner portion of said first arm and extending over a plurality of pulley wheels to the inner end of said spring,

rotation of said first arm applying a force to said cable in a first direction tending to pull said spring out of said one support member,

a slidable plate engaging said free end of said spring and spring-biased in a direction to block said spring and to retain it inside said one support member, said plate being connected at one end to a second arm which is pivotally secured to said one support member, the other end of said second arm slidably engaging a third arm mounted within said one support member and having a free end positioned to contact the floor, contacting of said third arm with said floor causing rotation of said third arm and said second arm and sliding of said plate out of contact with said spring whereby said spring can be ejected from said one support member and can contact said floor and thereby impart a force to said one support member which tends to rock it in a direction opposite to said initial rocking motion,

whereby said spring moves back into said one support member and said spring-biased slidable plate returns to hold said spring within said one support member, the return of said spring moving said cable in a direction opposite to said first direction whereby said first arm is returned to its starting position.

Patent Citations
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US2590920 *Apr 23, 1947Apr 1, 1952Beegle Raymond EHealth bed
US2645790 *May 24, 1950Jul 21, 1953Hayes William BDevice for rocking cribs
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Referenced by
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US4028753 *Oct 16, 1975Jun 14, 1977Augusto RiosAutomatically rockable infant's crib
US7159254 *Dec 2, 2004Jan 9, 2007Voorting Aric RMotorized hammock swinging assembly
US20120137429 *Nov 30, 2011Jun 7, 2012Grandma Knows, Inc.Crib
US20130214575 *Feb 15, 2013Aug 22, 2013Brian Stephen HardingDevice and method for imparting a rocking motion to an infant car seat
Classifications
U.S. Classification5/105, 472/114, 5/108, 297/260.1
International ClassificationA47D9/02, A47D9/00
Cooperative ClassificationA47D9/02
European ClassificationA47D9/02