Title:
Apparatus and method for water sliding
Kind Code:
A1


Abstract:
A recreational toy is provided for simulating a car wash assembly. The toy car wash assembly has a mat for water sliding, and includes one or more free standing members which are capable of being inflated. One member represents a scrubbing assembly, a second a side cleaner assembly (e.g., a paddle assembly), and a third functions as a rinse and wiping assembly. A bumper may be provided with the mat. A method for water sliding on a recreational toy is provided. A person slides on a water-supporting mat, through and out of a toy car wash assembly, and subsequently contacts a bumper assembly which stops the person from sliding further on the mat. Further provided is a collapsed toy-car wash assembly. The collapsed toy-car wash assembly comprises a mat and three collapsed free standing members, all of which are capable of being stored and transported in one or more boxes. A bumper may also be collapsed.



Inventors:
Deasy, James Douglas (Mill Valley, CA, US)
Karten, Stuart (Venice Beach, CA, US)
Schmid, Eric (Colver City, CA, US)
Application Number:
11/903637
Publication Date:
10/30/2008
Filing Date:
09/24/2007
Primary Class:
Other Classes:
472/128
International Classes:
A63G21/18
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Primary Examiner:
NGUYEN, KIEN T
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
Law Offices of John W. Carpenter, LLC (c/o P.O. Box 3786, Placida, FL, 33946-3786, US)
Claims:
What is claimed is:

1. A recreational toy comprising: a mat for liquid sliding; and a toy car wash assembly including a free standing scrubber assembly, a free standing paddle assembly, and a free standing rinse and wipe assembly.

2. The toy of claim 1 additionally comprising a bumper assembly supported by the mat.

3. The toy of claim 1 wherein said free standing scrubber assembly comprises a pair of legs respectively supported by a pair of base members, and a cross member assembly defined by a pair of cross member segments coupled to the legs, and a scrubber device coupled to the cross member segments.

4. The toy of claim 3 wherein said cross member segments respectively form an acute angle with the legs.

5. The toy of claim 4 wherein each of said legs respectively terminate in a base member.

6. The toy of claim 5 wherein each of said base members includes water.

7. The toy of claim 2 wherein said bumper assembly comprises a structure defining an aperture wherein water is introduced into the bumper assembly.

8. The toy of claim 1 wherein said a free standing scrubber assembly, a free standing paddle assembly, and a free standing rinse and wipe assembly are all inflated.

9. The toy of claim 6 wherein said a free standing scrubber assembly, a free standing paddle assembly, and a free standing rinse and wipe assembly are all inflated.

10. The toy of claim 1 additionally comprising a hose member supported by free standing rinse and wipe assembly, said hose assembly having a structure defining a plurality of apertures where through water may be discharged.

11. The toy of claim 5 additionally comprising at least one paddle pivotally supported by said free standing paddle assembly, and at least one squeegee member supported by said free standing rinse and wipe assembly.

12. A method for water sliding on a recreational toy comprising: sliding on a water-laden mat; passing through a toy car wash assembly including a free standing scrubber assembly, a free standing paddle assembly, and a free standing rinse and wipe assembly.

13. The method of claim 11 said free standing scrubber assembly comprises an inflated free standing scrubber assembly including a pair of legs respectively supported by a pair base members, and a cross member assembly defined by a pair of cross member segments coupled to the legs, and a scrubber device coupled to the cross member segments.

14. The method of claim 12 wherein said free standing rinse and wipe assembly comprises an inflated free standing rise and wipe assembly, and said method additionally comprises a hose member supported by said inflated free standing rinse and wipe assembly, said hose assembly having a structure defining a plurality of apertures where through water may be discharged.

15. The method of claim 12 wherein each of said legs respectively terminates in a base member.

16. The method of claim 14 wherein said base members comprise water.

17. The method of claim 11 additionally comprising at least one paddle pivotally supported by said free standing paddle assembly, and a at least one squeegee member supported by said free standing rinse and wipe assembly.

18. The method of claim 14 additionally comprising at least one paddle pivotally supported by said free standing paddle assembly, and at least one squeegee member supported by said free standing rinse and wipe assembly.

19. The method of claim 11 wherein said free standing scrubber assembly comprises a pair of legs respectively supported by a pair of base members, and a cross member assembly defined by a pair of cross member segments coupled to the legs, and a scrubber device coupled to the cross member segments.

20. A collapsed toy car wash assembly comprising a mat; a collapsed scrubber assembly; a collapsed paddle assembly; and a collapsed rinse and wipe assembly.

Description:

RELATED PATENT APPLICATIONS

This is a continuation-in-part patent application of patent application having Ser. No. 11/796,955, filed Apr. 30, 2007, and fully incorporated herein by reference thereto as if repeated verbatim immediately hereafter. Benefit of the earlier filing date is claimed for all common subject matter.

FIELD OF THE INVENTION

Embodiments of the present invention are related to an assembly (e.g., a toy) which provides a mat and a toy-car wash assembly. More specifically, embodiments of the present invention provide a toy-car wash assembly and method for water sliding wherein a person slides along the surface of the mat and through various water discharging devices which function as a toy-car wash.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

There are a number of water-slides available for children's recreational purposes, such as “Slip N Slide” water slides, etc. However, none combine the features of a slick, aqueous-laden surface mat which enables a person to slide smoothly along the surface of the mat, and through a toy-car wash assembly.

SUMMARY OF EMBODIMENTS OF THE INVENTION

Embodiments of the present invention provide a method for water sliding on a recreational toy. A person slides on a water-supporting mat and through at least one water discharging device until the person contacts a transparent bumper assembly which stops the person from sliding further on the mat.

Embodiments of the present invention also provide a recreational toy comprising a mat for water sliding. At least one water discharging device (e.g., a toy-car wash) transversely disposed over the mat. A bumper assembly may be coupled to the mat to stop the person from sliding.

Embodiments of the present invention further provide a toy assembly comprising a mat and a car wash assembly having at least one collapsed water discharging device. The toy assembly may further include a collapsed bumper assembly coupled to the mat. When the mat is rolled into overlapping surfaces such as to form a cylindrical-configured rolled-up mat, the collapsed bumper assembly rolls with the mat such as to be sandwiched and/or interleaved between at least some of the layers of the overlapping mat surfaces.

Embodiments of the present invention further provide a toy assembly comprising a mat and at least one water discharging device. More specifically, the toy assembly includes a car wash assembly disposed over a water-supporting mat. A person slides on a water-supporting mat and through the car wash assembly.

These provisions, together with the various ancillary provisions and features which will become apparent to those skilled in the art as the following description proceeds, are attained by the methods and assemblies of the present invention.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

FIG. 1 is a top plan view of an embodiment of the invention illustrating a generally U-shaped bumper assembly.

FIG. 2 is a partial side elevational view of an embodiment of the invention having the bumper assembly in a collapsed position or state and coupled to a mat.

FIG. 3 is a rear elevational view of an embodiment of the invention having the bumper assembly in a collapsed position or state and coupled to a mat.

FIG. 4 is a side elevational view of an embodiment of the invention illustrating the bumper assembly in a filled position or state due to a liquid having been placed in the bumper assembly.

FIG. 5 is a rear elevational view of an embodiment of the invention illustrating the bumper assembly in a filled position or state due to the bumper assembly containing a liquid which was disposed therein.

FIG. 6 is a vertical sectional view of an embodiment of the invention taken in direction of the arrows and along the plane of line 6-6 in FIG. 1.

FIG. 7 is a vertical sectional view of an embodiment of the invention taken in direction of the arrows and along the plane of line 7-7 in FIG. 1 and illustrating a pool of water which has been accumulated on the mat and between the arms of the generally U-shaped bumper assembly.

FIG. 8 is a vertical sectional view of an embodiment of the invention taken in direction of the arrows and along the plane of line 8-8 in FIG. 1.

FIG. 9 is a vertical sectional view of an embodiment of the invention taken in direction of the arrows and along the plane of line 9-9 in FIG. 1 illustrating the objects which have floated against the top of the bumper assembly and which are poised to be propelled downward in direction of the arrows from the force of a person hitting the bumper assembly after sliding along the mat and through the pool of liquid.

FIG. 10 is a perspective view of another embodiment of the invention.

FIG. 11 is a front elevational view of the paddle assembly.

FIG. 12 is a side elevational view of the perforated conduit disposed on the mat such as to be postured for discharging or sprinkling water onto the mat.

FIG. 13 is a partial side elevational view of the lower part of a hollow arm of a scrubber assembly with the arm being supported by a base which is to be filled with water.

FIG. 14 is a partial side elevational view of the lower part of a hollow arm of a paddle assembly with the arm being supported by a base which is to be filled with water.

FIG. 15 is a partial side elevational view of the lower part of a hollow arm of a slap (squeegee) assembly with the arm being supported by a base which is to be filled with water.

FIG. 16 is a partial vertical sectional view of hollow scrubber assembly having a pair of hollow arms terminating in a hollow cylindrical member having a corrugated surface.

FIG. 17 is a partial front elevational view of the hollow slap or squeegee assembly having a hollow body which supports a hose member including a plurality of apertures where through water is dispersed or sprinkled and a plurality of slap/squeegee members secured to the hollow body and hang downwardly.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE EMBODIMENTS OF THE INVENTION

In the description herein, numerous specific details are provided, such as examples of components and/or methods, to provide a thorough understanding of the embodiments of the present invention. One skilled in the relevant art will recognize, however, that an embodiment of the invention may be practiced without one or more of the specific details, or with other apparatus, systems, assemblies, methods, components, materials, parts, and/or the like. In other instances, well-known structures, materials, or operations are not specifically shown or described in detail to avoid obscuring aspects of the embodiments of the present invention.

Referring in detail now to the drawings, wherein similar parts of the invention are identified by like reference numerals, there is seen in FIG. 1 a mat 10 and a bumper assembly 12 (singularly and/or collectively a “toy”) disposed at and/or coupled to the end of the mat 10. The bumper assembly 12 operationally stops a person from sliding when the person reaches the end of the mat 10. A plurality of apertures 16 longitudinally extends along one of the edges of the mat 10 for dispensing water onto the mat 10 after water passes through a coupling 20 which typically engages a water hose (not shown). In an embodiment of the invention, as best shown in FIG. 7, a pool 15 of water forms on the mat 10 contiguous to the bumper assembly 12.

The mat 10 and the assembly 12 may be manufactured from any suitable material. Preferably, the mat 10 and the assembly 12 are made from plastic (e.g., vinyl or the like). In a preferred embodiment of the invention, the assembly 12 is manufactured from a transparent plastic to enable a person to see inside the assembly 12, comparable to an aquarium where people view fish swimming.

The bumper assembly 12 is coupled by any suitable means to the mat 10 at location 24. The bumper assembly 12 may possess any suitable structure, preferably a generally U-shaped structure with respect to a top plan view, as illustrated in FIG. 1. The bumper assembly 12 also comprises objects 40 (e.g., ornamental three dimensional-shaped objects). The objects 40 may be any suitable objects, preferably objects which are capable of being suspended within water 13 after the water 13 is introduced into the bumper assembly 12 through a valve 28 positioned on and/or in the skin 34 of the body 24 of the bumper assembly 12. Water 13 is introduced through the valve 28 by any suitable means, such as engaging the valve 28 to a garden hose, or the like.

In a preferred embodiment of the invention, the objects 40 represent marine or sea animals (e.g., fish, sea horses, crabs, etc.) 41 to simulate swimming when suspended within water 13 contained in the bumper assembly 12. When the bumper assembly 12 is in a collapsed position (i.e., assembly 12 contains no water 13) as best illustrated in FIGS. 2 and 3, the objects 40 randomly move (e.g., flip flops) within the bumper assembly 12. The objects 40 may remain in the water 13 totally, constantly suspended. In other embodiments of the invention, some of the objects 40 float to and/or against the underside surface of the top of the bumper assembly 12, as best shown in FIG. 9. The objects 40 floating against the underside of the top of the bumper assembly 12 are poised to be propelled downward in direction of the arrows in FIG. 9 from the force of a person hitting the bumper assembly 12 after sliding along the water-laden mat 10, or after sliding along the water-laden mat 10 and through the pool 15 of water 13. The pool 15 forms from the mat 10 being positioned such that repetitive slides through the water 13 towards the bumper assembly 12 causes water to accumulate contiguous to the bumper assembly 12, more specifically between the arms (identified below as “60” and “62”) of the bumper assembly 12. As a person slides on the water-laden mat 10, water is pushed towards the bumper assembly 12, similar to a squeegee pushing water along a surface. While embodiments of the invention are being described by the bumper assembly 12 containing water, it is to be understood that the spirit and scope of the invention includes the bumper assembly 12 containing any suitable liquid.

As previously indicated and in a preferred embodiment of the invention, the bumper assembly 12 has a generally U-shaped structure with respect to a top plan view, as illustrated in FIG. 1. The U-shaped structure includes a pair of arms 60 and 62 respectively terminating in arcuate shaped, tapering ends 70 and 66. The arms 60 and 62 may flange slightly outwardly to facilitate a person sliding between the arms 60 and 62 where the pool 15 of water 13 may form on the mat 10. The U-shaped structure also includes a generally sinusoidal-shaped rear surface 80.

Practice of various embodiments of the invention illustrated in FIGS. 1-9 provides a water-inflatable bumper assembly 12 which forms a barrier to stop a person from sliding along a water-coated mat 10. The bumper assembly 12 comprises a plurality of suspended marine animals 41 which simulates marine life swimming in an aquarium. In operation of various embodiments of the invention a pool 15 of water contiguous to, and/or between the arms 60 and 62 of the bumper assembly 12, accumulates. When a person slides into the pool 15, water 13 typically splashes and slightly retards the speed that a person is sliding along the mat 10 and towards the bumper assembly 12. The arcuate tapering arms 60 and 62 respectively at arcuate shaped distal ends 70 and 66 of the bumper assembly 12 facilities the sliding of a person between the arms 60 and 62 as opposed to sliding off the water-coated mat 10 or hitting the ends of the arms 60 and 62 due to the transverse breadth of same from the longitudinally edges.

Referring now to FIGS. 10-17 wherein another embodiment of the invention is illustrated, there is generally seen a perspective view of a water toy assembly 100. In an embodiment of the invention, the water toy assembly comprises a toy-car wash assembly, generally illustrated as 104. The water toy assembly 100 will hereafter be described as the toy-car wash assembly 104. However, it is to be understood that the water toy assembly 100 is not to be limited to a toy-car wash assembly 104 which is only exemplary of the water toy assembly 110.

The toy car wash assembly 104 comprises a mat 108, and three inflated structures, respectively illustrated as 112, 116 and 120. The toy car wash assembly 104 further includes a perforated water conduit or line 124. The perforated water conduit 124, as best shown in FIG. 12, comprises a plurality of apertures 128 where through water is discharged to water-laden the mat 108. Water is introduced into the water conduit 124 by any suitable means, such as a hose, generally illustrated as 134 (see FIG. 10). Hose 134 may be a garden hose that receives water from a water source, such as a water facet. As best shown in FIG. 10 hose 134 bifurcates or forms a generally Y-shaped segments, or lines, defined by hose segments 136 and 137. Segment 137 is coupled to water conduit 124 for introducing water into the water conduit 124 which will be subsequently dispersed onto the mat 108. Water passing through segment 137 has sufficient pressure to enable the water to be dispersed or discharged through the apertures 128 of the water conduit 124. As best shown in FIGS. 10 and 17, hose segment 136 extends up inflated structure 120 and has a plurality of apertures 135 where through water is disbursed to contact a person sliding along the mat 108 and through the toy car wash assembly 104.

The toy car wash assembly 104 may include a bumper assembly 138, which may be secured to the mat 108 or detached from the mat 108. The bumper assembly 138 may be bumper assembly 12. The bumper assembly 138 operationally stops a person from sliding along the water-laden mat 108 when the person reaches the end of the mat 108. The bumper assembly 138 may be pneumatically expanded (and deflated) through an aperture (not shown). In the embodiment of the invention where the bumper assembly 138 is expanded by water (such as bumper assembly 12), water may be drained from the bumper assembly 138 for deflating the same.

In an embodiment of the invention, the toy car wash assembly 104 may be collapsed to facilitate storage in a box or the like. If the toy car wash assembly 104 is formed with the bumper assembly 138 such that the mat 108 is connected to the bumper assembly 138, after water or air is removed from the bumper assembly 138, the mat 108 may be rolled-up into a cylindrical-configured rolled-up mat. When the mat 108 is in a rolled-up posture, the collapsed bumper assembly 138 rolls with the mat 108 such as to be sandwiched and/or interleaved between at least some of the layers of the overlapping mat surfaces. The perforated water conduit or line 124 has sufficient pliability or flexibility to roll with the mat 108. In the embodiment of the invention where the bumper assembly 138 is not coupled to the mat 108, the mat 108 and the bumper assembly 138 are separately rolled up from their collapsed position.

In an embodiment of the invention, and three inflated structures 112, 116 and 120 may be collapsed by letting the air out of the respective structures. The three structures may then be independently rolled up. Thus for one embodiment of the invention where the bumper assembly 138 is connected to the mat 108, when all assemblies (e.g., inflated structures 112, 116, and 120 and the combined mat/bumper assembly) are collapsed and rolled-up, there are four separate rolled-up assemblies. For the embodiment of the invention where the bumper assembly 138 is separate from the mat 108, when all assemblies are collapsed and rolled-up, there are five separate rolled-up assemblies. When the inflated bumper assembly 138 and the inflated structures 112, 116 and 120 are deflated and collapsed, they respectively have the appearance of a wrinkly pile of neatly folded sheets of vinyl material. In the collapsed and deflated position, all deflated assemblies may be conveniently stored, such as in a box.

Inflated structure 112 includes an inflated scrub assembly 146 which is a free standing assembly that operates as a scrubber. The scrub assembly 146 has a pair of hollow legs 150a and 150b, each respectively terminating in hollow bases 154a and 154b. Leg 150a has an aperture 158a (see FIG. 13) where air (or any other substance which functions as an expander) may be introduced and withdrawn for inflating and deflating the leg 150a. Alternatively the aperture may be in leg 150b. A partition member 160 separates (i.e., the inside of) the leg 150a from (i.e., the inside) of the base 154a. A similar partition member separates (i.e., the inside of) leg 150b from (i.e., the inside of) of base 154b. As shown in FIG. 13, base 154a has an opening 162a where through water (or a similar matter) may be introduced for adding weight to the base 154a such that the scrub assembly 146 may remain in an upright posture. Base 154b has a similar opening. Water may be withdrawn from the bases 154a and 154b when scrub assembly 146 is to be deflated into a collapsed assembly.

Legs 150a and 150b of the inflated scrub assembly 146 couple to, preferably integrally couple to, a hollow cross member 166 which has a pair of hollow segments 166a and 166b whose hollow insides respectively pneumatically meet with and pneumatically communicate with the hollow insides of hollow legs 150a and 150b. Segments 166a and 166b form an acute angle with the legs 150a and 150b such that segments 166a and 166b project downwardly towards the mat 108. The hollow insides of segments 166a and 166b meet with the hollow inside of the hollow scrub member 176 such that segments 166a and 166b may pneumatically communicate with the hollow scrub member 176 which has a corrugated surface 180 that simulates a scrubber (a top scrubber) in a car wash assembly. As scrub assembly 146 begins to inflate, legs 150a and 150b, cross member 166, and scrub member 176 simultaneously begin to inflate. When the scrub assembly 146 begins to deflate, legs 150a and 150b, cross member 166, and scrub member 176 simultaneously begin to deflate.

Inflated structure 116 includes an inflated paddle assembly 184 which is a free standing assembly which includes paddles 186 for cleaning the sides of a car in a car wash assembly. The paddle assembly 184 has a pair of hollow legs 188a and 188b, each respectively terminating in hollow bases 192a and 192b. Paddles 186 are coupled (e.g., by vinyl welding) to the outside surfaces of the legs 188a and 188b such that the paddles 186 may swing back and forth. Leg 188a has an aperture 191 (see FIG. 14) where air (or any other substance which functions as an expander) may be introduced and withdrawn for inflating and deflating the leg 188a. Alternatively a similar aperture may be in leg 188b. A partition member 190 separates (i.e., the inside of) the leg 184a from (i.e., the inside) of the base 154a. A similar partition member separates (i.e., the inside of) leg 150b from (i.e., the inside of) of base 154b. As shown in FIG. 14, base 192a has an opening 193 where through water (or a similar matter) may be introduced for adding weight to the base 192a such that the paddle assembly 184 may remain in an upright posture. Base 192b has a similar opening. Water may be withdrawn from the bases 192a and 192b when paddle assembly 184 is to be deflated into a collapsed assembly.

Legs 188a and 188b of the inflated paddle assembly 184 couple to, preferably integrally couple to, a hollow cross member 200 whose hollow inside communicates with the hollow insides of hollow legs 188a and 188b such that the cross member 200 pneumatically communicates with the hollow legs 188a and 188b. As paddle assembly 184 begins to inflate, legs 188a and 188b and cross member 200 simultaneously begin to inflate. When the paddle assembly 184 begins to deflate, legs 188a and 188b and cross member 200 simultaneously begin to deflate.

The inflated structure 120 includes a hollow slap or squeegee assembly 220 comprising a hollow cross member 242 having a plurality of wiper (squeegee) members 244 which connect to and depend from the cross member 242 to emulate wipers of a typical car wash. The squeegee members 244 swing back and forth. The slap or squeegee assembly 220 functions as a rinse and wipe assembly. The squeegee assembly 120 has a pair of hollow legs 240a and 240b, each respectively terminating in hollow bases. Base 250a is shown in FIGS. 10 and 15. The base where leg 240b terminates is not shown in the drawings but is identical to base 250a.

Leg 240a has an aperture 254 (see FIG. 15) where air (or any other substance which functions as an expander) may be introduced and withdrawn for inflating and deflating the leg 188a. Alternatively a similar aperture may be in leg 240b. A partition member 260 separates (i.e., the inside of) the leg 240a from (i.e., the inside) of the base 250a. A similar partition member separates (i.e., the inside of) leg 240b from (i.e., the inside of) of its associated base. As shown in FIG. 15, base 250a has an opening 261 where through water (or a similar matter) may be introduced for adding weight to the base 250a such that the squeegee assembly 220 may remain in an upright posture. The base associated with leg 240b has a similar opening. Water may be withdrawn from the bases when squeegee assembly 220 is to be deflated into a collapsed assembly.

Legs 240a and 240b of the inflated squeegee assembly 220 couple to, preferably integrally couple to, the hollow cross member 242 whose hollow inside communicates with the hollow insides of hollow legs 240a and 240b such that the cross member 242 pneumatically communicates with the hollow legs 240a and 240b. Hose segment 136 extends up and along the outside surface of leg 240a and along the outside of cross member 242 for conducting water towards the apertures 135 (see FIG. 17) in the hose segment 136 to disburse or sprinkle water down towards the mat 108. The discharging or sprinkling action from hose segment 136 functions similarly to a sprinkler in a conventional car wash assembly. Hose segment 136 is detachable from hose 134 and is sufficiently flexible such that when the inflated squeegee assembly 220 is deflated and collapsed and folded into a desired configuration, the hose segment 136 easily folds with the deflated squeegee assembly 220. As squeegee assembly 220 begins to inflate, legs 240a and 240b and cross member 242 simultaneously begin to inflate. When the squeegee assembly 220 begins to deflate, legs 240a and 240b and cross member 242 simultaneously begin to deflate.

Reference throughout this specification to “one embodiment”, “an embodiment”, or “a specific embodiment” means that a particular feature, structure, or characteristic described in connection with the embodiment is included in at least one embodiment of the present invention and not necessarily in all its embodiments. Therefore, the respective appearances of the phrases “in one embodiment”, “in an embodiment”, or “in a specific embodiment” in various places throughout this specification are not necessarily referring to the same embodiment. Furthermore, the particular features, structures, or characteristics of any specific embodiment of the present invention may be combined in any suitable manner with one or more other embodiments. It is to be understood that other variations and modifications of the embodiments of the present invention described and illustrated herein are possible in light of the teachings herein and are to be considered as part of the spirit and scope of the present invention.

Additionally, any arrows in the drawings/figures should be considered only as exemplary, and not limiting, unless otherwise specifically noted. Furthermore, the term “or” as used herein is generally intended to mean “and/or” unless otherwise indicated. Combinations of components or steps will also be considered as being noted, where terminology is foreseen as rendering the ability to separate or combine is unclear.

As used in the description herein and throughout the claims that follow, “a”, “an”, and “the” includes plural references unless the context clearly dictates otherwise. Also, as used in the description herein and throughout the claims that follow, the meaning of “in” includes “in” and “on” unless the context clearly dictates otherwise.

The foregoing description of illustrated embodiments of the present invention, including what is described in the Abstract, is not intended to be exhaustive or to limit the invention to the precise forms disclosed herein. While specific embodiments of, and examples for, the invention are described herein for illustrative purposes only, various equivalent modifications are possible within the spirit and scope of the present invention, as those skilled in the relevant art will recognize and appreciate. As indicated, these modifications may be made to the present invention in light of the foregoing description of the illustrated embodiments of the present invention and are to be included within the spirit and scope of the present invention.

Therefore, while the present invention has been described herein with reference to the particular embodiments thereof, a latitude of modification, various changes and substitutions are intended in the foregoing disclosures, and it will be appreciated that in some instances some features of the embodiments of the invention will be employed without the corresponding use of other features without departing from the scope and spirit of the invention as set forth. Therefore, many modifications may be made to adapt a particular situation or material to the essential scope and spirit of the present invention. It is intended that the invention not be limited to the particular terms used in following claims and/or to the particular embodiment disclosed as the best mode contemplated for carrying out this invention, but that the invention will include any and all embodiments and equivalents falling within the scope of the appended claims.