Title:
OBJECT STORAGE DEVICE AND METHOD
Kind Code:
A1


Abstract:
An object storage device and method. The apparatus may include an object housing unit, a candy housing unit, and a candy dispensing unit. The candy housing unit may contain an object inside a concave cap. The candy housing unit may contain a flanged end, a hollow sleeve, and an open end. The candy dispensing unit may include a shaft for the candy to be attached to, a rotatable base, and a candy piece support seat. The method may include placing the object inside the concave cap and attaching the concave cap to the flanged end of the candy housing unit. The candy dispensing unit may also be attached to the candy housing unit. The candy and the candy piece support seat may be stored inside the candy housing unit.



Inventors:
Lam, Samy (Kowloon, HK)
Application Number:
14/044306
Publication Date:
04/02/2015
Filing Date:
10/02/2013
Assignee:
THE PLASTICSAM LIMITED (Kowloon, HK)
Primary Class:
Other Classes:
221/89
International Classes:
B65D83/04
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Primary Examiner:
RANDALL, JR., KELVIN L
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
MAIER & MAIER, PLLC (ALEXANDRIA, VA, US)
Claims:
What is claimed is:

1. A candy holder device comprising: a hollow candy housing unit with first concurrent end and a second concurrent end; a candy dispensing unit configured to connect to the first concurrent end of the candy housing unit; a base for supporting said candy housing unit and candy dispensing unit; and an object housing unit configured to connect to the second concurrent end of the candy housing unit.

2. The candy holder device in claim 1, in which the hollow candy housing unit further comprises: the first concurrent end with an opening configured to receive the candy dispensing unit; the second concurrent end with a flange configured to connect to the object housing unit; a support surface and planar surface attached to the flange of the second current end, which are configured to keep an object from entering the candy housing unit; and a hollow sleeve.

3. The candy dispensing unit in claim 1, in which the candy dispensing unit further comprises: a shaft; a candy piece support seat configured to connect to the shaft; and a rotatable base configured to connect to the candy piece.

4. The candy holder device in claim 3, further comprising at least one edible element attached to the shaft.

5. The candy holder device in claim 2, in which the object housing unit further comprises a concave cap for storing objects, wherein the concave cap comprises: an open end that attaches to the flanged end of the hollow candy housing unit; a concave end; and an object stored inside the cap.

6. A method for storing objects comprising: placing an object inside a concave cap; attaching the concave cap to a flanged end of a hollow candy housing unit; attaching at least one edible element to a shaft of a candy dispensing unit; inserting the candy dispensing unit inside an open end of the hollow candy housing unit; continuing to push the edible element inside the hollow candy housing unit until a candy piece support seat is completely inside a hollow sleeve of the candy housing unit; and connecting the open end of the hollow candy housing unit to a rotatable base of the candy dispensing unit.

Description:

BACKGROUND

When children are finished eating candy, there is nothing left for the child to enjoy but an empty wrapper and sticky fingers. The conventional candy holder is not fun to play with and the child is soon bored. There is a need for a candy holder that allows objects to be stored and sold with the candy. This would allow the child not only to enjoy the candy, but to have a lasting treat: an object to play with.

SUMMARY

According to one exemplary embodiment, a candy holder is disclosed. The candy holder may include a candy housing unit, an object housing unit, and a candy dispensing unit. The object housing unit may contain a concave cap. The cap may consist of a plastic case and a toy inside the plastic case. The candy housing unit may contain a flanged end, a planar surface, a support surface, a hollow sleeve, and an open end. The candy dispensing unit may contain a shaft, a candy piece support seat, and a rotatable base.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

Advantages of embodiments of the present invention will be apparent from the following detailed description of the exemplary embodiments. The following detailed description should be considered in conjunction with the accompanying figures in which:

FIG. 1 is a side elevation view of an exemplary embodiment of an apparatus for storing objects.

FIG. 2 is perspective view of an exemplary embodiment of an object housing unit of an apparatus for storing objects.

FIG. 3 is an exploded view showing an exemplary embodiment of an apparatus for storing objects.

FIG. 4 is a cross-sectional view of an exemplary embodiment of a candy housing unit of an apparatus for storing objects.

FIG. 5 is a flow diagram that describes an exemplary method for storing objects.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

Aspects of the present invention are disclosed in the following description and related figures directed to specific embodiments of the invention. Those skilled in the art will recognize that alternate embodiments may be devised without departing from the spirit or the scope of the claims. Additionally, well-known elements of exemplary embodiments of the invention will not be described in detail or will be omitted so as not to obscure the relevant details of the invention.

As used herein, the word “exemplary” means “serving as an example, instance or illustration.” The embodiments described herein are not limiting, but rather are exemplary only. It should be understood that the described embodiments are not necessarily to be construed as preferred or advantageous over other embodiments. Moreover, the terms “embodiments of the invention”, “embodiments” or “invention” do not require that all embodiments of the invention include the discussed feature, advantage, or mode of operation.

FIG. 1 is an exemplary embodiment of an apparatus for storing objects. The candy holder 118 may have an object housing unit 120 and a candy housing unit 116. The object housing unit 120 may have a concave cap 114. The object housing unit 120 may also have an open end 112. The object housing unit 120 may store an object. The candy holder 118 may have a candy housing unit 116. The candy housing unit 116 may have a flanged end 110 and a hollow sleeve 122. The flanged end 110 may attach to the open end 112 of the object housing unit 120.

Still referring to FIG. 1, the candy holder 118 may have a candy dispensing unit 124. The candy dispensing unit 124 may have a rotatable base 102 that may be outside the candy housing unit 116. The candy dispensing unit 124 may be attached to candy 108, which may be located inside the candy housing unit 116. The candy dispensing unit 124 may also contain a candy piece support seat 104. The candy piece support seat 104 may be attached to a shaft 106. The shaft 106 may be screw threaded or may be t-threaded. The shaft may be any other shape as would be reasonably understood by a person of ordinary skill in the art. The candy 108 may be attached to the shaft 106.

FIG. 2 is an exemplary embodiment of the object housing unit of an apparatus for storing objects. The object housing unit 208 may have an open end 206. The open end 206 may attach to the flanged end of the candy housing unit 210. The object housing unit 208 may have a concave cap 202. The object housing unit may contain an object 204.

FIG. 3 is an exploded view showing an exemplary embodiment of an apparatus for storing objects. Candy container 328 may contain a candy dispensing unit 324. The candy dispensing unit 324 may contain candy 308. The candy 308 may be attached to a shaft 306. The shaft 306 may be significantly narrower than the candy 308, which may create a gap 322 between the candy 308 and the candy piece support seat 304. The candy piece support seat 304 may be attached to a rotatable base 302.

Still referring to FIG. 3, the candy holder 328 may have a candy housing unit 326. The candy housing unit 326 may have a hollow sleeve 312. The hollow sleeve 312 may comprise a flanged end 314. The candy housing unit 326 may also have an open end 310, which is opposite the flanged end 314.

Still referring to FIG. 3, the candy holder 328 may have an object housing unit 318. The object housing unit 318 may have a concave cap 320 and an open end 316. The object housing unit may contain an object. The open end 316 of the object dispensing unit 318 may attach to the flanged end 314 of the candy housing unit 326.

FIG. 4 is an exterior-end view of an exemplary embodiment of a candy housing unit of an apparatus for storing objects. Candy housing unit 406 may have a flanged end 404. The candy housing unit may be hollow. The flanged end 404 may attach to a planar surface 408. The planar surface 408 may attach to a have a support surface 402. The flanged end 404 of the candy housing unit may attach to the concave lid of the object housing unit. The support surface 402 may keep the object from entering the candy housing unit. The candy may be inserted through the open end of the candy housing unit, opposite the flanged end 404.

FIG. 5 is a flow diagram that describes an exemplary method for storing objects. An object may be inserted inside the concave cap of the candy housing unit. The object housing unit may be attached to the candy housing unit by connecting the open end of the concave cap to the flanged end of the candy housing unit 502. The candy may be attached to the shaft. The candy dispensing unit may be inserted into the candy housing unit. The candy may enter first through the open end of the candy housing unit 504. The candy may continue to be inserted until the candy piece support seat and the shaft may be completely inside the hollow sleeve. The gap between the candy and the candy piece support seat may be located inside the candy housing unit. The rotatable base may stay outside the candy housing unit 506. The candy housing unit and the candy dispensing unit may be snapped together so that there is no space between the open end and the rotatable base 508.

The foregoing description and accompanying figures illustrate the principles, preferred embodiments and modes of operation of the invention. However, the invention should not be construed as being limited to the particular embodiments discussed above. Additional variations of the embodiments discussed above will be appreciated by those skilled in the art.

Therefore, the above-described embodiments should be regarded as illustrative rather than restrictive. Accordingly, it should be appreciated that variations to those embodiments can be made by those skilled in the art without departing from the scope of the invention as defined by the following claims.