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Somersaulting figure

Imported: 24 Feb '17 | Published: 06 Jan '04

Bruce D. Lund, Krishnan Srirangam, Michael Starrick, Sunil Moothedath

USPTO - Utility Patents

Abstract

The present invention includes a toy figure that is hinged at the waist. The hinged waist permits the figure to pivot or move the top half of the body relative to the bottom half. A control mechanism controls the movement such that the figure will move from a standing position through a “somersault” ending back in a standing position again. In other embodiments the control mechanism can stop the movement or pose the figure in a position, such as a “headstand” or a position prior to a headstand. When the figure stops the movement prior to a headstand, the figure can prompt a user to assist the figure in completing the headstand. When the user helps the figure in completing the headstand, the figure could continue to perform a somersault or flip over.

Description

Numerous other advantages and features of the invention will become readily apparent from the following detailed description of the invention and the embodiments thereof, from the claims, and from the accompanying drawings.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

A fuller understanding of the foregoing may be had by reference to the accompanying drawings, wherein:

FIG. 1 is a partial see-through perspective view of the Figure in accordance with the present invention; and

FIG. 2 illustrates the figure, from FIG. 1, in various positions when somersaulting.

Claims

1. A figure comprising: a torso hingedly attached to a pair of legs; a motor means attached to the torso and legs for moving the torso and legs toward and away from each other; a control means in communication with the motor means for controlling the motor means in accordance with a set of preprogrammed instructions that cause the figure to perform a somersault, and; further comprising a plurality of switches in communication with the control means such that the control means upon receiving a signal from the switches is able to determine the position of the figure.

2. The figure of claim 1 wherein one of the switches is located in one of the legs and another switch is located in the torso, whereby the control means upon receiving signals from said switches in the leg and torso is able to determine the position of the legs and torso.

3. A somersaulting figure comprising: a torso hingedly attached to a pair of legs; a head and a pair of poseable arms, which have a pre-determined position that assist the figure in performing a somersault; a motor mechanism attached to the torso and legs for moving the torso and legs towards and away from each other; a means for controlling the motor mechanism in accordance with a set of pre-programmed instructions that causes the figure to perform said somersault starting from and ending in a standing and upright position and further comprising a plurality of switches in communication with the control means such that the control means upon receiving a set of signals from the switches is able to determine a position of the figure.

4. The figure of claim 3, wherein the one of the switches is located in one of the legs and another switch is located in the torso, whereby the control means upon receiving signals from said switches in the leg and torso is able to determine the position of the legs and torso.

5. The figure of

4, wherein another switch is located on a bottom portion of a foot that is attached to a leg, defined as a foot switch, said foot switch being activated when said foot is positioned on a surface whereby the control means upon receiving a signal from said foot switch is able to determine whether the figure is standing.

6. The figure of claim 5, wherein the control means controls the motor means in accordance with another set of pre-programmed instructions that cause the figure to perform a headstand.

7. A somersaulting toy figure comprising: a torso hingedly attached to a pair of legs, each leg further including a foot; a head and a pair of poseable arms, which have a pre-determined position that assists the toy figure in performing a somersault; a motor mechanism attached to the torso and legs for moving the torso and legs towards and away from each other; a means for controlling the motor mechanism such that the torso and legs move through a set of positions that causes the toy figure to perform a somersault, when the toy figure is in a standing and substantially upright position; a foot switch positioned beneath one of the feet such that the foot switch is activated when the toy figure is standing on a surface, the foot switch further being in communication with the controlling means such that the controlling means is able to determine when the toy figure is standing; and a pair of ball switches separately located in the torso and one of the legs, each ball switch further being in communication with the controlling means such that the controlling means is able to determine when the legs and torso are in a substantially upright position, whereby the controlling means upon detecting that the toy figure is in a substantially upright and standing position is able to move the toy figure through said set of positions causing the toy figure to perform a somersault.

8. The toy figure of claim 7, wherein the controlling means is further able to stop the toy figure in a pre-determined position, defined in the set of positions.

9. The toy figure of claim 8, wherein said pre-determined position is further defined as a headstand.

10. The toy figure of claim 8, wherein said pre-determined position is a position defined prior to a headstand position.

11. The toy figure of claim 10, wherein when a user assists the toy figure in completing a headstand position by moving the legs of the figure to a substantially vertical position, the controlling means able to detect, from the ball switch in one of the legs, that the legs are in a substantially vertical position is further able to continue moving the figure in accordance with the set of positions.

12. The toy figure of claim 7, wherein upon completing a somersault the toy figure maintains a standing and upright position.

13. The figure of claim 12 further comprising a speaker in communication with the control means for emitting pre-recorded sounds.