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They Invented What? (No. 171)

Posted in They Invented What? by Jake Ward on June 10, 2010

U.S. Pat. No. 6,699,094:  Toy figurine flashlight.

 

Having thus described the invention, what is claimed as new and desired to be secured by Letters Patent is as follows:

1. A toy figurine flashlight for use as a children’s nighttime security aid, comprising: a figurine body defining a representation of a cartoon figure having a torso member with a helmet defining a front opening, said figurine body having first and second arms coupled to said torso member and legs depending from said torso member; a power source positioned in said torso member; a first light source electrically connected to said power source and positioned in said helmet so as to project light through said front opening when energized; and a first switch for selectively permitting current from said power source to energize said first light source. 

2. The toy figurine flashlight as in claim 1 wherein said first light source is a tri-colored LED unit capable of selectably emitting at least three different colors. 

3. The toy figurine flashlight as in claim 2 wherein said first arm is a movable selector switch electrically connected to said tri-colored LED unit for selecting one of said at least three different colors. 

4. The toy figurine flashlight as in claim 1 wherein said power source is a battery. 

5. The toy figurine flashlight as in claim 1 wherein said power source comprises: a generator positioned in said torso member and having a shaft, said generator being capable of generating electric current when said shaft is rotated; means connected to said torso member and coupled to said generator for selectably rotating said shaft; and a capacitor electrically connected to said generator for storing said generated electric current. 

6. The toy figurine flashlight as in claim 1 wherein said power source comprises: a plurality of metal wires having a tubular configuration positioned in said torso member; a magnet mounted for relative back and forth movement within said plurality of wires for generating electric current in said plurality of wires; and a capacitor electrically connected to said plurality of metal wires for storing said generated electric current. 

7. The toy figurine flashlight as in claim 1 wherein said helmet is pivotally coupled to said torso member for movement between a first configuration in which said opening of said helmet defines a first light-projection path generally perpendicular to a longitudinal axis defined by said torso member and a second configuration in which said opening defines a second light-projection pathway generally in-line with said longitudinal axis. 

8. The toy figurine flashlight as in claim 1 further comprising a generally translucent lens pivotally coupled to said helmet for movement between a first configuration covering said light source and a second configuration displaced from said light source. 

9. The toy figurine flashlight as in claim 1 further comprising: a light diffusing cape having a generally rigid construction; a male connector mounted to an inner surface of said cape; a second light source electrically connected to said male connector; and wherein a back portion of said torso member includes a socket electrically connected to said power source for selectably mating with said male connector for supplying current to said second light source when said male connector is coupled to said socket. 

10. A toy figurine flashlight for use as a children’s nighttime security aid, comprising: a figurine body defining a representation of a cartoon figure having a torso member with a helmet defining a front opening, said figurine body having first and second arms coupled to said torso member and legs depending from said torso member; a power source positioned in said torso member; a first light source electrically connected to said power source and positioned in said helmet so as to project light through said front opening when energized; an electronic circuit positioned in said torso member and electrically connected to said power source, said circuit having a plurality of operation modes; wherein said first arm is a mode selector switch electrically connected to said circuit, said mode selector switch being movable between at least three configurations for selection of a respective operation mode; an activation switch on said torso member and electrically connected to said power source for permitting current from said power source to energize said first light source when said mode selector switch is in a first configuration; and timer means in said circuit for preventing current from flowing from said power source to said first light source after a predetermined amount of time when said mode selector switch is in said first configuration. 

11. The toy figurine flashlight as in claim 10 wherein said first light source is a tri-colored LED unit capable of selectably emitting at least three different colors. 

12. The toy figurine flashlight as in claim 11 wherein said second arm is a color selector switch electrically connected to said LED and movable between at least three configurations for selectively alternating between said at least three different colors when said mode selector switch is in said first configuration. 

13. The toy figurine flashlight as in claim 10 further comprising: a motion sensor electrically connected to said circuit; and means in said circuit for resetting said timer means upon sensing a movement of said torso member when said mode selector switch is in said first configuration. 

14. The toy figurine flashlight as in claim 10 further comprising: a sound generator electrically connected to said circuit; and means in said circuit for energizing said sound generator for emitting a predetermined sound sequence when said mode selector switch is at a second configuration and said activation switch is manipulated. 

15. The toy figurine flashlight as in claim 10 wherein said power source is a battery. 

16. The toy figurine flashlight as in claim 10 wherein said power source comprises: a generator positioned in said torso member and having a shaft, said generator being capable of generating electric current when said shaft is rotated; means connected to said torso member and coupled to said generator for selectably rotating said shaft; and a capacitor electrically connected to said generator for storing said generated electric current. 

17. The toy figurine flashlight as in claim 10 wherein said power source comprises: a plurality of metal wires having a tubular configuration positioned in said torso member; a magnet positioned for relative back and forth movement within said plurality of wires for generating electric current in said plurality of wires; and a capacitor electrically connected to said plurality of metal wires for storing said generated electric current. 

18. The toy figurine flashlight as in claim 10 wherein said helmet is pivotally coupled to said torso member for movement between a first configuration in which said opening of said helmet defines a first light-projection path generally perpendicular to a longitudinal axis defined by said torso member and a second configuration in which said opening defines a second light-projection pathway generally in-line with said longitudinal axis. 

19. The toy figurine flashlight as in claim 10 further comprising: a light diffusing cape having a generally rigid construction; a male connector mounted to an inner surface of said cape; a second light source electrically connected to said male connector; and wherein a back portion of said torso member includes a socket electrically connected to said power source for selectably mating with said male connector for supplying current to said second light source when said male connector is coupled to said socket. 

20. A toy figurine flashlight for use as a children’s nighttime security aid, comprising: a figurine body defining a representation of a cartoon figure having a torso member with a helmet defining a front opening, said figurine body having first and second arms coupled to said torso member and legs depending from said torso member; a power source positioned in said torso member; a first light source electrically connected to said power source and mounted to said helmet so as to project light through said front opening when energized, said first light source is a tri-colored LED unit capable of selectably emitting at least three different colors; a first switch for selectively permitting current from said power source to energize said first light source; a light diffusing cape having a generally rigid construction; a male connector mounted to an inner surface of said cape; a second light source electrically connected to said male connector; wherein a back portion of said torso member includes a socket electrically connected to said power source for selectably mating with said male connector for supplying current to said second light source when said male connector is coupled to said socket.

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  1. accident attorney brooklyn said, on July 1, 2010 at 5:35 am

    I was googleing for something else when i stumbled upon this blog. Well, i am glad to see that people are sooooo inventive.


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