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They Invented What? (No. 103)

Posted in They Invented What? by Jake Ward on July 2, 2008

US. Pat. No. 6,295,668: Maternity beach chair.

 

What is claimed is:

1. A beach chair comprising:

          a rectangularly-shaped frame member, said frame member including a first section, a second section, and a third section, each section having respective first and second ends;
          a first pair of hinges, said first pair of hinges disposed to connect the second end of said first section to the first end of said second section in abutting relationship;
          a second pair of hinges, said second pair of hinges disposed to connect the second end of said second section to the first end of said third section in abutting relationship;
          a first pair of collapsible leg members, said first pair of collapsible leg members being pivotally attached to said frame member adjacent the first end of said first section;
          a second pair of collapsible leg members, said second pair of collapsible leg members being pivotally attached to said frame member adjacent said first pair of hinges;
          a third pair of collapsible leg members, said third pair of collapsible leg members being pivotally attached to said frame member adjacent said second pair of hinges;
          a fourth pair of collapsible leg members, said fourth pair of collapsible leg members being pivotally attached to said frame member adjacent the second end of said third section;
          a cover, said cover being coextensive with said frame member and spanning said frame member whereby to form a planar surface;
          means for removably fastening said cover to said frame member;
          a first opening formed through said cover at said first section, said first opening having a periphery and dimensioned to receive a face of a user; and
          a padding positioned on said cover, said padding arranged adjacent a portion of the periphery of said first opening.

2. The beach chair as recited in claim 1, wherein said first pair and said second pair of hinges are positioning gears.

3. The beach chair as recited in claim 2, wherein said means for removably fastening said cover is selected from the group consisting of hook and loop fasteners and ties.

4. The beach chair as recited in claim 3, including at least one handle attached to said frame member.

5. A maternity beach chair comprising:

          a rectangularly-shaped frame member, said frame member including a first section, a second section, and a third section, each section having respective first and second ends;
          a first pair of hinges, said first pair of hinges disposed to connect the second end of said first section to the first end of said second section in abutting relationship;
          a second pair of hinges, said second pair of hinges disposed to connect the second end of said second section to the first end of said third section in abutting relationship;
          a first pair of collapsible leg members, said first pair of collapsible leg members being pivotally attached to said frame member adjacent the first end of said first section;
          a second pair of collapsible leg members, said second pair of collapsible leg members being pivotally attached to said frame member adjacent said first pair of hinges;
          a third pair of collapsible leg members, said third pair of collapsible leg members being pivotally attached to said frame member adjacent said second pair of hinges;
          a fourth pair of collapsible leg members, said fourth pair of collapsible leg members being pivotally attached to said frame member adjacent the second end of said third section;
          a cover, said cover being coextensive with said frame member and spanning said frame member whereby to form a planar surface;
          means for removably fastening said cover to said frame member;
          a first opening formed through said cover at said first section, said first opening having a periphery and dimensioned to receive a face of a user;
          a padding positioned on said cover, said padding arranged adjacent a portion of the periphery of said first opening;
          a second opening formed through said cover at said second section, said second opening having a periphery and dimensioned to receive an abdominal area of a user; and
a support pouch spanning said second opening and attached along the periphery of said second opening.

6. The maternity beach chair as recited in claim 5, including an auxiliary cover, said auxiliary cover adapted to be disposed to cover said second opening; and

second means for removably fastening said auxiliary cover to said frame member.
7. The maternity beach chair as recited in claim 6, wherein said first pair and said second pair of hinges are positioning gears.

8. The maternity beach chair as recited in claim 7, wherein said means for removably fastening said cover is selected from the group consisting of hook and loop fasteners and ties.

9. The maternity beach chair as recited in claim 8, wherein said second means for removably fastening said auxiliary cover is selected from the group consisting of hook and loop fasteners and ties.

10. The maternity beach chair as recited in claim 9, including at least one handle attached to said frame member.

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