Title:
Intelligence jigsaw puzzle
Kind Code:
A1


Abstract:
An intelligence jigsaw puzzle comprises a base, a top cover, jigsaw blocks, a filling block, and an operation tool. When it is in use, the filling block is first taken away to permit the jigsaw blocks to be shifted across the buckling pillars. By forming a 1-2 mm gap between every two adjacent equiangular triangular jigsaw blocks, the hexagonal jigsaw puzzle, which is composed of equiangular triangular jigsaw blocks, eliminates the typical thought of being not able to rotate the equiangular triangular jigsaw blocks. Besides, three apices of each jigsaw block are changed to have an obtuse arc shape so there is provided the required space for rotating the jigsaw blocks one by one. Moreover, the unique thumbtack-shaped buckling pillars smooth the rotation of the jigsaw blocks and also protect them from falling. After all jigsaw blocks are settled, the filling block is inserted into the empty space.



Inventors:
Fang, Chih-chung (Taoyuan Hsien, TW)
Chen, Ying-jen (Taoyuan Hsien, TW)
Application Number:
11/106553
Publication Date:
10/19/2006
Filing Date:
04/15/2005
Primary Class:
International Classes:
A63F9/10
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Primary Examiner:
WONG, STEVEN B
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
Troxell, Law Office Pllc (Suite 1404, 5205 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA, 22041, US)
Claims:
1. An intelligence jigsaw puzzle, comprising: a base partitioned by a flat plate; raised walls mounted respectively over and under the periphery edge of the flat plate for forming a holding chamber and a sunken chamber, the holding chamber and the sunken chamber being located independently; a plurality of buckling pillars mounted on a top surface of the flat plate, each buckling pillar being integrated with the top surface of the flat plate as a thumbtack; a plurality of jigsaw blocks located in the holding chamber, each jigsaw block comprising three obtuse arc-shaped apices; a cross-shaped notch formed on a top surface of the jigsaw block; and inward bended legs on a bottom surface of the jigsaw block; a top cover on which a plurality of pads are mounted; a filling block having a notch on a bottom surface; and an operation tool having a polyhedral head in which the filling block must be first taken away when the intelligence jigsaw puzzle is in use, and the three obtuse arc-shaped apices of the jigsaw block enable the operation tool to move the jigsaw blocks one by one for forming any pattern, geometric figure, or line.

2. The intelligence jigsaw puzzle of claim 1, wherein the jigsaw blocks are in the form of an equiangular triangle.

3. The intelligence jigsaw puzzle of claim 1, wherein the filling block is in the form of an equiangular triangle.

4. The intelligence jigsaw puzzle of claim 1, wherein the jigsaw blocks further comprise colors patterns, and lines formed thereon.

5. The intelligence jigsaw puzzle of claim 1, wherein a 1-2 mm gap is formed between every two adjacent jigsaw blocks.

6. The intelligence jigsaw puzzle of claim 1, wherein the top cover is transparent.

7. The intelligence jigsaw puzzle of claim 1, wherein the top cover is semi-transparent.

8. The intelligence jigsaw puzzle of claim 1, further comprising a buckling bracket mounted in the sunken chamber for mounting and positioning the operation tool.

Description:

FIELD OF THE INVENTION

The present invention relates to an intelligence jigsaw puzzle, and more particularly to an intelligence jigsaw puzzle that combine the concepts of jigsaw and magic block with one another for providing a brand-new toy for the consumer who asks for variety in playing method.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

A variety of commercial intelligence games are provided in the market. One kind of intelligence game is the plane toy including jigsaw puzzle, geometric chess, etc. The other kind of intelligence game includes three-D block, three-D jigsaw puzzle, etc. There are a lot of toys related with the intelligence game. Accordingly, the present inventors invent an intelligence toy having a brand-new playing method different from that of the above-mentioned games.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

It is a main object of the present invention to provide an intelligence jigsaw puzzle in which the hexagonal jigsaw puzzle, which is composed of equiangular triangular jigsaw blocks, eliminates the typical thought of being not able to rotate the equiangular triangular jigsaw blocks by forming a 1-2 mm gap between every two adjacent equiangular triangular jigsaw blocks. Accordingly, there is provided required space for rotating the jigsaw blocks.

It is another object of the present invention to treat the intelligence jigsaw puzzle as a decoration. When the intelligence jigsaw puzzle is treated as a decoration, the pattern constituted by the gathered blocks can be observed through the transparent or semi-transparent top cover. The top cover is principally applied to centralize these jigsaw blocks after the consumer fulfills the intelligence jigsaw puzzle. For the purposes of succinctness and conciseness, the edge of the top cover is inserted into the gaps between the base and the jigsaw blocks so the constituted pattern is free of gap.

It is a further object of the present invention to provide unique thumbtack-shaped buckling pillars that smooth the rotation of the jigsaw blocks and protect them from falling.

It is a still further object of the present invention to provide a top cover having pads to protect the surface of the top cover from scrape. Accordingly, when the top cover is coupled with the bottom of the base, the top cover can prevent the top cover from directly contacting the tabletop to avoid scrape.

Other objects and features of the present invention will become apparent from the following detailed description when taken in conjunction with the drawings in which:

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

FIG. 1 is an elevational view showing the present invention.

FIG. 2 is an elevational exploded view showing the present invention.

FIG. 3 is an elevational view showing the structure for holding the operation tool in accordance with the present invention.

FIG. 4 is a schematic plan view showing the present invention.

FIG. 5 is a sectional view taken along line A-A of FIG. 4 as viewed in the direction of arrow.

FIG. 6 is an elevational partial enlarged view of the operation tool and the blocks of the present invention.

FIG. 7 is a schematic view showing the moving of the blocks of the present invention.

FIG. 8 is an elevational view showing another usage of the present invention.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENT

Referring to FIG. 1 through FIG. 3, the present provides an intelligence jigsaw puzzle comprising a base 1, a top cover 2, an operation tool 5, several jigsaw blocks 3, a filling block 4. In this preferred embodiment, the base 1 is in the form of a hexagon, and therefore each jigsaw block 3 and the filling block 4 are both in the form of an equiangular triangle. In addition, each one of these blocks can be in the form of an equiangular polygon such as an equiangular pentagon, an equiangular hexagon, etc. Besides, each jigsaw block 3 further has colors, patterns, lines, etc., formed thereon.

The base 1 is partitioned by a flat plate 11. Raised walls 12 and 16 are respectively mounted over and under the peripheral edge of the flat plate 11 for forming a holding chamber 13 and a sunken chamber 15, which are located independently. A plurality of buckling pillars 14 are mounted on the top surface of the flat plate 11, wherein each buckling pillar 14 is in the form of a T shape and integrates with the top surface of the flat plate 11 as a thumbtack. Accordingly, these jigsaw blocks 3 can be held in the holding chamber 13, which is enclosed by the raised wall 12. In the present invention, twenty-three jigsaw blocks 3 and a filling block 4 are provided to reach a total of twenty-four equiangular triangular blocks. A buckling bracket 151 is mounted in the sunken chamber 15 for mounting and positioning the operation tool 5. When the operation tool 5 is not in use, it can be held by the buckling bracket 151.

The jigsaw block 3 is an equiangular triangular cube having a cross-shaped notch 31 on its top surface and inward bended legs 32 on its bottom surface. The filling block 4 is also an equiangular triangular block having a notch 41 on it bottom surface. Because the filling block 4 is not designed for use, no notch is formed on its top surface. When it is in use, the filling block 4 must be taken away before moving the jigsaw blocks 3. By forming a 1-2 mm gap between every two adjacent equiangular triangular jigsaw blocks 3, the hexagonal jigsaw puzzle, which is composed of equiangular triangular jigsaw blocks 3, eliminates the typical thought of being not able to move and rotate the equiangular triangular jigsaw blocks 3. Besides, three apices of each jigsaw block 3 are changed to have an obtuse arc shape so there is provided the required space for rotating the jigsaw blocks 3 one by one. Moreover, the unique thumbtack-shaped buckling pillars 14 smooth the rotation of the equiangular triangular jigsaw blocks 3 and also protect them from falling.

As shown in FIG. 3 and FIG. 6, the notches 31 formed on the top surfaces of the jigsaw blocks 3 are designed to be inserted by a polyhedral head 51 of the operation tool 5, and therefore the jigsaw blocks 3 can be moved by the operation tool 5.

Referring further to FIG. 2, FIG. 4, FIG. 5, and FIG. 7, the jigsaw blocks 3 are movable, but they cannot be taken away. During the operation or the assembly of the jigsaw blocks 3, the filling block 4 must be first taken away to permit the jigsaw blocks 3 to be shifted across the T-shaped buckling pillars 14. By removal of the filling block 4, the spared space enables the jigsaw blocks 3 to be randomly shifted to form any pattern, geometric figure, line, etc.

Thereafter, referring to FIG. 8, the transparent or semi-transparent top cover 2 is mounted on the base 1. When the base 1 is covered with the top cover 2, these jigsaw blocks 3 and the filling block 4 can be gathered together and positioned. Moreover, the intelligence jigsaw puzzle can be treated as a decoration. The top cover 2 is principally applied to centralize these jigsaw blocks 3 after the consumer fulfills the intelligence jigsaw puzzle. For the purposes of succinctness and conciseness, the edge of the top cover 2 is inserted into the gaps between the base 1 and the jigsaw blocks 3 so the constituted pattern is free of gaps.

When it is in use, the top cover 2 can be mounted between the periphery of the sunken chamber 15 and the raised wall 16, and several pads 22 mounted on the top cover 2 can protect the surface of the top cover 2 from scrape.

In this preferred embodiment, the shape of the jigsaw blocks is exemplified by equiangular triangle. Nevertheless, all equiangular polygonal shapes such as equiangular pentagon, equiangular hexagon, etc., and all equivalent modifications thereof do not depart from the spirit and scope of the invention.

While the preferred embodiment of the invention has been set forth for the purpose of disclosure, modifications of the disclosed embodiment of the invention as well as other embodiments thereof may occur to those skilled in the art. Accordingly, the appended claims are intended to cover all embodiments, which do not depart from the spirit and scope of the invention.