Title:
Magnetic tennis scoring bracelet
Kind Code:
A1


Abstract:
A devise is disclosed for keeping score of a tennis game, which is worn as a bracelet, is comprised of neodymium magnetic components, two of which are cubes imprinted with numbers or symbols designating game score points, and which are manually adjusted by the wearer to correspond to the game score as each point is played.



Inventors:
Secord, Sandra P. (Englewood, FL, US)
Application Number:
12/586749
Publication Date:
04/08/2010
Filing Date:
12/14/2009
Primary Class:
International Classes:
A44C5/00
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Primary Examiner:
MORGAN, EMILY M
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
Sandra P. Secord (Englewood, FL, US)
Claims:
1. What I claim as my invention is a tennis scoring bracelet comprised of rare earth neodymium magnets arranged so as their axes hold the components in a snug fit on the wrist in order to permit the wearer to adjust one of a pair of component cubes to display the tennis game score for the server and opponent as each point is played.

Description:

CROSS-REFERENCE TO RELATED APPLICATIONS

Please reference application Ser. No. 12/586,749 filed Sep. 26, 2009 by Sandra P. Secord and noted in USPTO confirmation # 3984. This substitute specification contains no new matter other than that requested in {attached} Notice of Incomplete Non-Provisional Application.

STATEMENT REGARDING FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH OR DEVELOPMENT

Not Applicable

REFERENCE TO SEPARATE MATERIAL

Not Applicable

BACKGROUND OF INVENTION

This is a portable tennis scorekeeper device which is a functional bracelet comprised of magnetic elements [spheres, cubes and cylinders] adjacent to each other so as to permit the wearer to manually adjust the cubes to display the tennis game score for the server and opponent as each point is played.

The background of this invention is that it serves to improve the subjective nature of scoring and diminishes the potential for disputes. It encourages better play by permitting players to focus on their tennis stroke production without concern that the score will be forgotten or mistaken.

This invention has functional and aesthetic advantages over other patented tennis scoring devises: “computers” attached by clip to clothing [U.S. Pat. Nos. 6,210,296 and 3,730,131] racquet shaft-mounted devises [U.S. Pat. Nos. 3,986,715 and 4,331,098] or those combined with vibration dampeners [U.S. Pat. No. 7,300,366].

It is simple in its manufacture, the number and structure of its parts. It has no electronic components, complicated mechanisms [U.S. Pat. No. 3,777,699], push buttons [U.S. Pat. No. 3,936,963], slides [U.S. Pat. Nos. 5,489,122 and 4,738,449] or micro-processors. It is unobtrusive, easily accessible and quick to function by manipulating a cube with one finger.

It is unique in that it is comprised solely of magnets and therefore requires no fastening devises. It is adjustable to varying wrist sizes simply by adding or eliminating one or more of the magnetic cylinders and may be worn over a wrist sweat band.

BRIEF SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

The objective of the magnetic tennis scoring bracelet is to provide aesthetic design features using rare earth neodymium magnets arranged so as their axes hold the bracelet firm during the energetic sport of tennis in order to easily display the game score as each point is played.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF DRAWING OF INVENTION

The drawing shows the tennis scoring bracelet's components as magnetically completed to form a circular configuration.

FIG. 2 shows the component parts, 1-A is the larger neodymium sphere which is centered on the bracelet and is adhered magnetically on each side with a neodymium cube represented as 1-B. 1-C represents one of the two smaller neodymium spheres that magnetically adhere to the opposite side of each cube. 1-D is a neodymium cylinder, the volume of which is determined by the size of the player's wrist.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION

This invention requires the simple assembly of magnetic components including two cubes which have been imprinted with a picture of a heart, which represents the “love” or zero used in scoring, a “5” or a “15”, “30” and “40”. During play one cube is used for the server's score and one for the opponent's score. The wearer will simply rotate the cube so that the number on the surface of the cube corresponds with the score in the game immediately after each point is won. When a tied game occurs at 40 vs. 40, the appropriate cube is turned to display the heart, signifying the “advantage” in tennis scoring terms. This continues until one player wins two points in a row and the game is over.

This easily assembled invention may alternately use other magnetic components in lieu of cylinders, or a combination of components arranged so as to interconnect magnetically and form a snug fit on the wrist. It is inexpensive enough to be popularly used and is fashionable enough to be worn off the tennis court as a piece of jewelry, symbolizing that the wearer is a proud player of the sport of tennis. In this manner this invention distinguishes itself from any other tennis scoring device.