Title:
Lung exercising toy
United States Patent 2100898


Abstract:
My invention relates to toys, and more particularly to lung exercising toys. It is a purpose of my invention to provide a toy which is designed to require the exercise of skill in blowing a ball of light material, such as pith, so that the same will engage in certain pockets in the device....



Inventors:
Bernett, Willis J.
Application Number:
US6827936A
Publication Date:
11/30/1937
Filing Date:
03/11/1936
Assignee:
Bernett, Willis J.
Primary Class:
Other Classes:
273/440, 446/202
International Classes:
A63B23/18; A63H33/40
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Description:

My invention relates to toys, and more particularly to lung exercising toys.

It is a purpose of my invention to provide a toy which is designed to require the exercise of skill in blowing a ball of light material, such as pith, so that the same will engage in certain pockets in the device.

More particularly it is a purpose of my invention to provide a device of the above mentioned character, which can be used for the purpose of testing one's skill in blowing a ball of the above mentioned character, and can be utilized as a game of skill.

More particularly my invention comprises a blow pipe-like member, which is associated with a confining chamber, which contains the objects which are of light weight which are to be blown about by the blow pipe, said chamber containing an object which may simulate a person, or anything that may be desired, which is provided with a receptacle, or receptacles, for the pith balls, or other light balls into the receptacles provided therefor by means of the stream of air produced from the blow pipe or stem portion of the device.

It is another purpose of my invention to provide a device of the above mentioned character, which has a transparent confining wall and which has an opening for the escape of air at the top thereof, which is provided with a wire screen, or other perforated member, for the escape of air therethrough, said outlet opening being of such a size that the air will freely escape and the condensation of moisture on the transparent wall of the device will be prevented.

Other objects and advantages of my invention will appear as the description of the drawing proceeds. However, I do not intend to limit myself to the particular details shown or described, except as defined in the claims.

In the drawing: Fig. 1 is a perspective view of one form of my device, the blow pipe or stem portion being partly broken away, the transparent wall being partly in section.

Fig. 2 is a fragmentary vertical sectional view of the lower portion of the device shown in Fig. 1.

Fig. 3 is a view similar to Fig. 1, of a modification.

Fig. 4 is a view similar to Fig. 2 of the modified form of device shown in Fig. 3, and Fig. 5 is a fragmentary vertical sectional view of the upper portion of the device shown in Fig. 3.

Referring in detail to the drawing, my new blow toy comprises a base portion I, which is of the same construction in both forms of the invention shown, but of slightly different proportions. Said base portion may be made of any suitable material and is provided with a passage 2 that leads into an enlarged opening 3, into which the hollow stem, or blow pipe, 4 extends, the same being fixed therein so as to provide a fluid-tight joint between the members I and 4.

The blow pipe 4, or stem 4, may be of any desired length. The passage 2 is provided with an upwardly extending leg 5 that extends through the top surface of the base 1, the top surface '6 of said base sloping downwardly from the periphery of the member I to the opening 5 so that the lowermost point of the top surface 6 is directly over said opening 5.

A cylindrical side wall portion 7 is mounted on the base 1, said base having the curved side wall 8 thereof tapering so that it is of frustoconical form, and said cylindrical wall portion 7 being wedged thereon so as to fit tightly on said base portion, the wall portion 7 being secured to the base portion by means of any suitable adhesive to make a tight joint between the members I and 7. The member 7, in the form of the invention shown in Figs. 1 and 2, is of somewhat larger diameter than the member 7 in the form of the invention shown in Figs. 3, 4 and 5. However, in both forms of the invention the member 7 serves the same purpose and is of identically the same construction, being made of transparent material, such as Celluloid. The member 7 extends substantially to the bottom of the base I and has an opening 10 therein, through which the stem 4 passes. The upper end of either cylindrical member 7 has mounted therein and secured thereto in fluid tight relation a ring-like member II, the same being secured to the member 7 by any suitable adhesive and having a central opening 12 therein through which the air is discharged from the chamber formed by means of the members I, 7 and II. A wire screen 13, or other perforated member, is mounted on the inner face of the member II, being secured thereto by suitable adhesive so that the same will be permanently fixed thereto and overlapping the opening 12 so that said opening 12 will be completely covered by the screen member 13 to prevent escape of the balls within the chamber from the device through the air discharge opening 12. The member 13, preferably, is of somewhat smaller outside diameter than the member 11 so that the screen will not in any way interfere with securement of the member II to the wall portion 17. Mounted within the chamber thus formed and above and slightly out of alignment with the opening of the passage 5 into the top wall 6 of the member I, is a figure 14, as shown in Fig. 1, or a figure 14', as shown in Fig. 3. The figure may assume any desired shape and is provided with a series of receptacles, or pockets, such as shown at 15 in Figs. 1 and 2. A plurality of pith balls 16 are provided in the chamber, the number of balls provided being dependent upon the number of pockets that are provided in connection with the figure. Said pockets may be formed of the same piece of material as the figure 14, being stamped out of the same sheet, or may be formed of separate pieces of material secured to the main figure 14 in any desired manner.

In Fig. 1, one of the balls 16 is shown as being mounted in one of the pockets 15, said ball having been caused to deposit itself in said pocket by being blown upwardly by the operator of the toy blowing through the pipe 4, whereupon the stream of air issuing through the opening 5 in the top face 6 of the base I will engage with the ball 16 that is located over the opening 5, the balls, of course, tending to move toward the opening due to the inclination of the top wall 6, and the ball 16 being blown upwardly by the stream of air that is passing out through the opening 5 and passing upwardly against the screen 13, or at least, upwardly toward said screen so that on its downward path back toward the base I said ball will, if it aligns itself vertically with one of the pockets 15, drop into said pocket and remain there. It will be obvious that by maneuvering the position of the chamber, that is, by tilting it slightly and blowing on the stem portion 4, the operator can eventually get all of the balls 16 positioned in the various pockets 15.

Instead of providing a plurality of balls 16 and a plurailty of pockets 15, a single ball 16 may be provided, as shown in Fig. 3, and the figure 14' also made of sheet metal, preferably, instead of being provided with pockets 15, may be provided with a pocket 17, which is merely a cup-like ledge or shelf formed on the top of the figure 14', the ball 16 being adapted to be engaged with this pocket 17 in a manner similar to that previously described in connection with the pockets 15.

The toy can be used merely for the amusement of a single person, or a game can be made thereof by providing a time limit in which the balls can be placed in the pockets by blowing on the stem portion 4. It will be obvious that the balls 16 cannot escape from the chamber formed in the device and that due to the large opening provided in the top 11 of the chamber, any condensation that might otherwise tend to occur because of the fact that a person is blowing air from the lungs into the chamber, will be avoided.

The figure 14 or 14', as the case may be, is secured in position on the member I in any desired manner, such as by inserting the bottom projecting portions of the figure in slots 18 in the member I and securing the same in position by adhesive.

One of the great advantages of my device is that while the same is a toy, it also serves the purpose of a lung exerciser. The use of the device with the competitive feature involved of attempting to place the balls in the pockets provided therefor tends to cause the operator of the device to blow continuously until the lungs are substantially emptied of air, then inhaling and repeating this numerous times, thus accomplishing the exercising of the lungs while operating the toy.

What I claim is:1. In a blow toy, a chamber having a transparent side wall portion and a bottom, a figure provided with a pocket within said chamber, a ball of light weight material adapted to seat in said pocket also mounted in said chamber, means for blowing a stream of air into said chamber through a discharge opening located in the bottom thereof, and means for confining said ball in said chamber.

2. In a blow toy, a chamber having a transparent side wall portion and a bottom, a figure provided with a pocket within said chamber, a ball of light weight material adapted to seat in said pocket also mounted in said chamber, and means for blowing a stream of air into said chamber through a discharge opening located in said bottom, said bottom inclining in all directions from said side wall portion toward said discharge opening.

3. In a blow toy, a chamber having a transparent side wall portion and a bottom, a figure provided with a pocket within said chamber, a ball of light weight material adapted to seat in said pocket also mounted in said chamber, and means for blowing a stream of air into said chamber through a discharge opening located in the bottom thereof, said chamber being provided with a top wall portion having an opening therein provided with a guard to prevent the escape of the ball through said opening.

4. In a blow toy, a chamber having a transparent side wall portion and a bottom, a sheet metal figure provided with a pocket within said chamber, a ball of light weight material adapted to seat inside said pocket also mounted in said chamber, and means for blowing a stream of air into said chamber through a discharge opening located in the bottom thereof, said chamber having an air outlet provided with means for confining said ball in said chamber.

5. In a device of the character described, a chamber having a transparent wall portion, means within said chamber having a pocket, said chamber having a wall therein provided with a discharge opening, means for blowing a stream of air into said chamber through said discharge opening, a member of light weight material adapted to be engaged by said stream of air confined within said chamber, and means for confining said member of light weight material in said chamber. 6. In a device of the character described, a chamber having a wall provided with an air inlet opening, means within said chamber adapted to be engaged by air passing through said inlet opening, said chamber having a transpareht wall portion, and means for preventing said transparent wall portion from becoming clouded by moisture, comprising an air exhaust opening larger than said inlet opening and a guard for said exhaust opening.

7. In a device of the character described, a chamber having a transparent wall portion, a member provided with a pocket within said chamber, a member of light weight material adapted to be seated in said pocket also mounted in said chamber, means for introducing a stream of air into said chamber, means permitting free escape of air from said chamber, and means for preventing the escape of said member of light weight material through said means permitting the escape of air from said chamber.

8. In a device of the character described, a chamber having a transparent wall portion, a figure within said chamber having a pocket provided thereon, a member of light weight material also mounted in said chamber and adapted to be seated in said pocket, means for introducing a stream of air into said chamber and means in said chamber for directing said member of light weight material into the path of said stream of air when not seated in said pocket.