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They Invented What? (No. 28)

Posted in They Invented What? by Jake Ward on December 20, 2006

U.S. Pat. No. 4,681,244:  Portable bar.

  portablebar

Background:

The present invention relates to an improved portable bar, that is a portable device that is used for mixing cocktails or the like. The portable bar of the present invention is adapted to be worn by a person as a hat and is intended to be both useful and entertaining.  

Claims:

1. A portable bar comprising a hat adapted to receive a plurality of drink containers and a plurality of valves detachably mounted thereon; a first drink container coupled to the hat by suitable attachment means and having provided thereon a cap adapted for closing the said container, the said container being adapted to receive a tube inserted therein; a second drink container coupled to the hat by suitable attachment means and having provided thereon a cap adapted for closing the said container, the said container being adapted to receive a tube inserted therein; a third drink container coupled to the hat by suitable attachment means and having provided thereon a cap adapted for closing the said container, the said cap being adapted to receive a tube inserted therethrough; a fourth drink container coupled to the hat by suitable attachment means and having provided thereon a cap adapted for closing the said container, the said cap being adapted to receive a tube inserted therethrough; a fifth drink container coupled to the hat by suitable attachment means and having provided thereon a cap adapted for closing the said container, the said cap being adapted to receive a tube inserted therethrough; a sixth drink container coupled to the hat by suitable attachment means and having provided thereon a cap adapted for closing the said container, the said cap being adapted to receive a tube inserted therethrough; a first gang valve coupled to the hat by suitable attachment means, the said gang valve having a first mixing chamber, the said first mixing chamber having extending therefrom a first port, a second port, a third port, and a fourth port wherein the first port is provided with a first valve adapted to be controlled by a knob and the said second port is provided with a second valve adapted to be controlled by a knob and the said third port is provided with a third valve adapted to be controlled by a knob, and wherein each of the said ports communicates with the said first mixing chamber and is adapted to convey a drink into or out of the said first mixing chamber and wherein the said first, third and fourth ports is each adapted to receive a tube detachably coupled thereto, and wherein the said second port is adapted to vent the said first mixing chamber to the atmosphere; a second gang valve coupled to the hat by suitable attachment means, the said gang valve having a second mixing chamber, the said second mixing chamber having extending therefrom a fifth port, a sixth port, a seventh port, an eighth port, a ninth port and a tenth port wherein the said fifth port is provided with a fourth valve adapted to be controlled by a knob and the said sixth port is provided with a fifth valve adapted to be controlled by a knob and the said seventh port is provided with a sixth valve adapted to be controlled by a knob and the said eighth port is provided with a seventh valve adapted to be controlled by a knob and the said ninth port is provided with an eighth valve adapted to be controlled by a knob, and wherein each of the said ports communicates with the said second mixing chamber and is adapted to convey a drink into or out of the said second mixing chamber and wherein each of the said ports is adapted to receive a tube detachably coupled thereto; a first tube having two ends wherein the first end is inserted into the first drink container and wherein the second end is coupled to the first port; a second tube having two ends wherein the first end is inserted into the fourth drink container and wherein the second end is coupled to the third port; a third tube having two ends wherein the first end is coupled to the fourth port and wherein the second end of the third tube is coupled to the fifth port; a fourth tube having two ends wherein the first end is inserted into the third drink container and wherein the second end is coupled to the sixth port, the said tube being provided with a check valve inserted therein adapted to prevent drink from flowing into the third drink container; a fifth tube having two ends wherein the first end is inserted into the fourth drink container and wherein the second end of the fifth tube is coupled to the seventh port, the said tube being provided with a check valve inserted therein adapted to prevent drink from flowing into the fourth drink container; a sixth tube having two ends wherein the first end is inserted into the fifth drink container and wherein the second end of the sixth tube is coupled to the eighth port, the said tube being provided with a check valve inserted therein adapted to prevent drink from flowing into the fifth drink container; a seventh tube having two ends wherein the first end is inserted into the sixth drink container and wherein the second end of the seventh tube is coupled to the ninth port, the said tube being provided with a check valve inserted therein adapted to prevent drink from flowing into the sixth drink container; an eighth tube having two ends wherein the first end is coupled to the tenth port and wherein the said tube is routed to the front of the hat and is adapted to be supported by an articulated boom; and a bracket attached to and depending from the hat and having pivotally coupled thereto an articulated boom adapted to support the said eighth tube.

2. A portable bar comprising a hard hat having provided therein head bands adapted to be adjusted to fit different size heads, the said hard hat being adapted to receive a plurality of drink containers and a plurality of valves detachably mounted thereon and having provided therethrough a plurality of holes each of which holes is adapted to receive a tube inserted therethrough, wherein each of the said holes is provided with a protective grommet; a first closable drink container detachably coupled to the said hard hat by suitable attachment means and having provided thereon a cap adapted for closing the said container, the said first drink container being provided with vent means adapted to vent the inside to the said container to the atmosphere and wherein the said first drink container is provided with a hole therethrough having a protective grommet inserted therein, the said hole being adapted to receive a tube inserted therethrough; a second closable drink container detachably coupled to the said hard hat by suitable attachment means and having provided thereon a cap adapted for closing the said container, the said cap having provided therein a vent means adapted to vent the inside to the said container to the atmosphere and having also provided therethrough a hole adapted to receive a tube inserted therethrough and into the said container; a third closable drink container detachably coupled to the said hard hat by suitable attachment means and having provided thereon a cap adapted for closing the said container, the said cap having provided therein a vent means adapted to vent the inside to the said container to the atmosphere and having also provided therethrough a hole adapted to receive a tube inserted therethrough and into the said container; a fourth closable drink container detachably coupled to the said hard hat by suitable attachment means and having provided thereon a cap adapted for closing the said container, the said fourth drink container being provided with vent means adapted to vent the inside to the said container to the atmosphere and wherein the said fourth drink container is provided with a hole therethrough having a protective grommet inserted therein, the said hole being adapted to receive a tube inserted therethrough; a fifth closable drink container detachably coupled to the said hard hat by suitable attachment means and having provided thereon a cap adapted for closing the said container, the said cap having provided therein a vent means adapted to vent the inside to the said container to the atmosphere and having also provided therethrough a hole adapted to receive a tube inserted therethrough and into the said container; a sixth closable drink container detachably coupled to the said hard hat by suitable attachment means and having provided thereon a cap adapted for closing the said container, the said cap having provided therein a vent means adapted to vent the inside to the said container to the atmosphere and having also provided therethrough a hole adapted to receive a tube inserted therethrough and into the said container; a first gang valve detachably coupled to the said hard hat by suitable attachment means, the said gang valve having a first mixing chamber, the said first mixing chamber having extending therefrom a first port, a second port, a third port, and a fourth port wherein the said first port is provided therein with a first valve and the said second port is provided therein with a second valve and the said third port is provided therein with a third valve, and wherein each of the said ports communicates with the said first mixing chamber and is adapted to convey a drink into or out of the said first mixing chamber and wherein the said first, third and fourth ports is each adapted to receive a tube detachably coupled thereto, and wherein the said second port is adapted to vent the said first mixing chamber to the atmosphere; a second gang valve detachably coupled to the said hard hat by suitable attachment means, the said gang valve having a second mixing chamber, the said second mixing chamber having extending therefrom a fifth port, a sixth port, a seventh port, an eighth port, a ninth port and a tenth port wherein the said fifth port is provided therein with a fourth valve and the said sixth port is provided therein with a fifth valve and the said seventh port is provided therein with a sixth valve and the said eighth port is provided therein with a seventh valve and the said ninth port is provided therein with an eighth valve, and wherein each of the said ports communicates with the said second mixing chamber and is adapted to convey a drink into or out of the said second mixing chamber and wherein each of the said ports is adapted to receive a tube detachably coupled thereto; a first tube having two ends wherein the first end of the first tube is inserted into the first drink container through the hole through the container and wherein the second end of the first tube is detachably coupled to the first port; a second tube having two ends wherein the first end of the second tube is inserted into the fourth drink container through the hole through the container and wherein the second end of the second tube is detachably coupled to the third port; a third tube having two ends wherein the first end of the third tube is detachably coupled to the fourth port and wherein the tube is routed into the hat through a first hole in the hat and is routed out of the hat through a second hole in the hat and wherein the second end of the third tube is detachably coupled to the fifth port; a fourth tube having two ends wherein the first end of the fourth tube is inserted into the second drink container through the hole through the cap of the container and wherein the said tube is routed into the hat through a third hole in the hat and is routed out of the hat through a fourth hole in the hat and wherein the second end of the fourth tube is detachably coupled to the sixth port wherein the tube is provided with a check valve inserted therein and adapted to prevent drink from flowing into the second drink container; a fifth tube having two ends wherein the first end of the fifth tube is inserted into the third drink container through the hole through the cap of the container and wherein the said tube is routed into the hat through a fifth hole in the hat and is routed out of the hat through a sixth hole in the hat and wherein the second end of the fifth tube is detachably coupled to the seventh port and wherein the tube is provided with a check valve inserted therein and adapted to prevent drink from flowing into the fourth drink container; a sixth tube having two ends wherein the first end of the sixth tube is inserted into the fifth drink container through the hole through the cap of the container and wherein the said tube is routed into the hat through a seventh hole in the hat and is routed out of the hat through a eighth hole in the hat and wherein the second end of the sixth tube is detachably coupled to the eighth port and wherein the tube is provided with a check valve inserted therein and adapted to prevent drink from flowing into the fifth drink container; a seventh tube having two ends wherein the first end of the seventh tube is inserted into the sixth drink container through the hole through the cap of the container and wherein the said tube is routed into the hat through a ninth hole in the hat and is routed out of the hat through a tenth hole in the hat and wherein the second end of the seventh tube is detachably coupled to the ninth port and wherein the tube is provided with a check valve inserted therein and adapted to prevent drink from flowing into the sixth drink container; an eighth tube having two ends wherein the first end of the said eighth tube is detachably coupled to the tenth port and wherein the said tube is routed into the hat through an eleventh hole in the hat and is routed to the front of the hat and is adapted to be supported by an articulated boom; and a bracket attached to and depending from the hat and having pivotally coupled thereto an articulated boom comprising two sections pivotally joined end-to-end and a mouth piece support member having an opening therethrough, through which the said eighth tube is inserted.

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