Title:
Webbed finger sheaths for swimming aid
Kind Code:
A1


Abstract:
An improved “webbed finger sheaths for swimming aid” comprises the unitary integral body of truncated tubular structure and the web membrane, which being disposed between the longitudinal central lines on the lateral sides of the adjacent truncated tubular structures such that having same structure on both of the palmar side and back side for suitability of left-hand and right-hand, wherein, both ends of said truncated tubular structure are open not only to enable the fingers smoothly wearing through inside but also to let the fingertips protruding expose out for having the dexterity and maneuverability of the fingers during practical operation; And, said web membrane has at least one groove configured for sufficient flexibility; Moreover, at least one raised blade is configured on said web membrane, which being disposed between the adjacent truncated tubular structures, to increase the paddling effect.



Inventors:
Wang, Shao-hua (Banciao City, TW)
Application Number:
11/727214
Publication Date:
10/02/2008
Filing Date:
03/26/2007
Primary Class:
International Classes:
A63B31/02
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Primary Examiner:
AVILA, STEPHEN P
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
BACON & THOMAS, PLLC (ALEXANDRIA, VA, US)
Claims:
1. 1-2. (canceled)

3. An improved webbed finger sheath swimming aid which comprises a plurality of truncated tubular structure having a web membrane disposed between longitudinal central lines on lateral sides of the adjacent truncated structures, wherein both ends of said truncated tubular structure are adapted into truncated open structure to accommodate fingers of a user wherein the fingertips protrudingly expose out of said tubular structure during practical operation; at least one raised blade is configured on said web membrane connecting with said truncated tubular structure in order to produce better thrust and impulsion during swimming paddle for the user.

4. Wherein the raised blade is formed and either curved-shape or cone-shape.

5. The improved swimming aid of claim 3, wherein both ends of said truncated tubular structure are adapted into truncated open structure with an embossed rib surrounding the outer peripheral edge of each of said truncated tubular structures.

6. The improved swimming aid of claim 3, wherein said membrane has at least one groove configured for sufficient flexibility so as to substantially coordinate with the outspread and close action of the truncated tubular structure.

7. The improved swimming aid of claim 3 having an embossed rib surrounding the outer curved peripheral edge of said truncated tubular structures.

8. The improved swimming aid of claim 3 which has five truncated tubular structures.

9. The improved swimming aid of claim 3 which has four truncated tubular structures.

10. The improved swimming aid of claim 6 which has four grooves configured between each truncated tubular structure.

Description:

BACKGROUND OF THE PRESENT INVENTION

(1) Technical Field

The present invention relates to an improved “webbed finger sheaths for swimming aid”, particularly for one having both of the truncated tubular structure and the web membrane mutually connected each other for the purpose of achieving the swimming aid paddling effect as well as having at least one raised blade configured on said web membrane in order to produce better thrust and impulsion during swimming paddle for the user; Because both ends of said truncated tubular structure being adapted into truncated open structure, it provides the user not only to enable the fingers smoothly wearing through inside but also to promote the availability and flexibility due to no distinct issue in discerning between left-hand finger sheaths or right-hand finger sheaths so that the dexterity and maneuverability of the fingers of the user during practical operation can be enhanced by this improved “webbed finger sheaths for swimming aid”.

(2) Prior Art

Following with people paying much more attention to the health, other than various health preserving foodstuffs in health care nutrition, the most direct and effective way in strengthening body health effect is athletics and sports for improvement in physical metabolism and reinforcement in immunity due to timely adequate athletics and sports; Accordingly, there are a variety of athletics and sport equipments and gymnasium hardware facilities flooding in the market with considerable quantity. However, excreting a great quantity of sweat, the natural physiological phenomenon by metabolism during procedure of athletics and sports, is not acceptable to everybody for the sweat smell and sticky wet feeling; Hence, the swimming sport currently becomes one of the most desirably well-received sports owing to not only getting rid of the sweat smell but also achieving the effect in health care. Therefore, for enhancing the enjoyment and comfort of the swimming, many different swimming related products are obsolete through the old to bring forth the new to meet the requirement of the swimmers; besides of the popular swimming goggles and swimming caps, the swimming aid glove is one of the most preferable swimming products.

Please refer to FIG. 1A through FIG. 1C, which are the perspective structure illustrative view of the conventional swimming aid glove; the conventional swimming aid glove 10 is mainly used for swimming or diving. By means of web membrane 12 connected between the adjacent truncated fingerstalls 11, the swimmer or diver can increase the thrust and impulsion during paddling of the arms in swimming.

Although the foregoing conventional structure can achieve the swimming aid purpose, however, as shown in the FIG. 1A, the truncated fingerstall 11 is full finger type of wearing so that it not only restrains the outspread and close action of the fingers but also hinders the dexterity and maneuverability of the hands; Namely, the wearer needs to temporarily take off said truncated fingerstall 11 so as to have enough dexterity and maneuverability when he/she proceeds some other underwater activities, then re-wear said truncated fingerstall 11 again while he/she resumes to swim; Thus, It is too bad and inconvenient in using such truncated fingerstall 11 due to the increasing of the redundancy and difficulty in operation.

Referring to the FIG. 1B and FIG. 1C (the FIG. 3 of the U.S. Pat. No. 4,548,588), the left-hand swimming aid and right-hand swimming aid can not be interchangeably used each other (see the Figures of 3 and 4) and result in lack of convenience. As shown in the FIG. 3 of said U.S. Pat. No. 4,548,588 (the FIG. 1C of the present invention), some openings 53 are punched through the web-like members 50, 51 so as to adjust for water resistance; Actually, there is gap in the web-like members 50, 51, 52 and palm for adjustment of water resistance when the user wears such swimming aid; hence, the design of said openings 53 is unnecessary as it contrarily expedites the breakage and damage of total swimming aid. Specially, the left-hand swimming aid and right-hand swimming aid of the conventional swimming aid glove can not be interchangeably used each other and thus result in the inconvenience for the user.

All the foregoing facts proves that the conventional products aforesaid still exist some drawbacks need to be urgently improved; hence it is not a good contrivance. In view of such drawbacks of the conventional swimming aid glove, the inventor of the present invention is eager to have innovative improvement on it. Through many years of making extraordinarily painstaking efforts as well as diligent studies, researches and developments, eventually, the new “Webbed finger sheaths for swimming aid” is successfully developed and built accomplishedly.

SUMMARY OF THE PRESENT INVENTION

The main object of the present invention is to provide an improved “webbed finger sheaths for swimming aid” with functions of not only effectively achieving the swimming aid but also smoothly maintaining the dexterity and maneuverability of the finger for the wearer.

The next object of the present invention is to provide an improved “webbed finger sheaths for swimming aid” with simple structure and easy manufacture features.

The other object of the present invention is to provide an improved “webbed finger sheaths for swimming aid” with some advantages of no distinct issue in discerning between left-hand finger sheaths or right-hand finger sheaths as well as conveniently wearing properties.

The present invention of an improved “webbed finger sheaths for swimming aid”, comprises the truncated tubular structure and the web membrane disposed between the lateral sides of the adjacent truncated tubular structures such that both of said truncated tubular structure and web membrane being formed into one unitary integral body, wherein:

Both ends of said truncated tubular structure are adapted into truncated open structure with a embossed rib surrounding the outer peripheral of each end respectively so as not only to effectively reinforce the strength of said truncated tubular structure but also to enable the fingers of the user smoothly wearing through inside so that the fingertips protruding exposed out of said truncated tubular structure for being not influential to the dexterity and maneuverability of the fingers of the user during practical operation so as to improve the existing drawback on the conventional counterpart.

Said web membrane has at least one groove configured for sufficient flexibility so as to substantially coordinate with the outspread and close action of the fingers; Besides, at least one raised blade with either curved-shape or cone-shape is configured on both of the front end of said web membrane in order to increase the paddling effect and the outer curved peripheral so as to effectively reinforce the integral strength of said web membrane.

Thereby, when the wearer is in swimming paddle, the web membrane will not only produce better thrust and impulsion for effectively promoting the moving capability in the water but also effectively reduce the wearer from athletic injure. Specially, during practical operation in swimming, as the present invention being worn on the middle section of the fingers and said web membrane being disposed between the longitudinal central lines on the lateral sides of the adjacent truncated tubular structures, hence the availability and flexibility for the user can be promoted due to having same structure on both of the palmar side (ventral side) and back side (dorsal side) without distinct issue in discerning between left-hand finger sheaths or right-hand finger sheaths.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

FIG. 1A through FIG. 1C are the perspective structure illustrative view of the conventional swimming aid glove;

FIG. 2 is the perspective structure illustrative view of the webbed finger sheaths for swimming aid in the present invention;

FIG. 3 is the top structure illustrative view of the webbed finger sheaths for swimming aid in the present invention; and

FIG. 4 is the operation illustrative view of the webbed finger sheaths for swimming aid in the exemplary embodiment of the present invention.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENT

FIG. 2 through FIG. 4 is the perspective structure, top structure and exemplary embodiment operation illustrative view of the present invention, which comprises the truncated tubular structure 2 and the web membrane 3 disposed between the longitudinal central lines on the lateral sides of the adjacent truncated tubular structures 2, wherein:

Both ends of said truncated tubular structure 2 are adapted into truncated open structure with a embossed rib 21 surrounding the outer peripheral of each end respectively so as not only to effectively reinforce the strength of said truncated tubular structure 2 for being not easy to be torn and ruptured due to pull stress but also to enable the fingers 4 of the user smoothly wearing through inside so that the fingertips protruding exposed out of said truncated tubular structure 2 for being not influential to the dexterity and maneuverability of the fingers 4 of the user during practical operation.

Said web membrane 3 has at least one groove 31 configured for sufficient flexibility so as to substantially coordinate with the outspread and close action of the fingers 4; Furthermore, said web membrane 3 also has embossed rib 32 surrounded the outer curved peripheral so as not only to effectively reinforce the strength but also to effectively enhance the paddling effect; Thereby, when the wearer is in swimming paddle, the web membrane 3 will not only produce better thrust and impulsion for effectively promoting the moving capability in the water but also effectively reduce the wearer from athletic injure.

Besides, at least one raised blade 33 with either curved-shape or cone-shape is configured on the front end of said web membrane 3 in order to increase the paddling effect. Both of the truncated tubular structure 2 and web membrane 3 are fabricated into one unitary integral body form with material made of anyone of the synthetic resin, synthetic rubber, synthetic fiber or synthetic leather.

Moreover, during practical operation in swimming, as the present invention being worn on the middle section of the fingers 4, hence the availability and flexibility for the user can be promoted due to no distinct issue in discerning between left-hand finger sheaths or right-hand finger sheaths; Additionally, for increasing the dexterity and maneuverability, the wearing position and angle can be adjusted in accordance with different circumstance and requirement so as to essentially promote the practical applicability.

All the detailed description disclosed heretofore is the concrete illustration for one of the exemplary preferred embodiment in the present invention. That is not intended to limit the claim range and scope of the present invention. Any equivalent change, modification, alteration or implementation, which does not depart from the art spirit and technological essence, will be deemed within the claim scope of the present invention.