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They Invented What? (No. 172)

Posted in They Invented What? by Jake Ward on June 16, 2010

U.S. Pat. No. 5,966,743:  Substance dispensing headgear.

What is claimed is:

1. A transportable dispensing receptacle for a substance comprising 

          a container enclosing a chamber to carry the substance, the container including a bottom wall defining a generally flat surface to maintain the container in an upright, freestanding condition when placed on a horizontal surface, 

          a spigot spaced above the bottom wall and secured to the container in communication with the chamber, the spigot carrying a valve including an external handle to manually move the valve between an opened position, opening communication with the chamber to dispense the substance by gravity, suction, pressure or levity flow when the container is in the freestanding, upright condition, and a closed position, closing communication with the chamber to retain the substance in the chamber, and 

          a hat-like recess formed within the bottom wall sized for wearing on an individual’s head and for maintaining the container in the upright, freestanding condition during hands-free ambulation of the individual. 

2. A receptacle according to claim 1 wherein the container includes a mount for the spigot including means for removing the spigot from the mount for repair or replacement with another spigot. 

3. A receptacle according to claim 1 wherein the container includes an identifiable spatial form. 

4. A receptacle according to claim 1 wherein the spigot includes an identifiable spatial form. 

5. A receptacle according to claim 1 wherein the container includes a fitting or recess to support an external object. 

6. A receptacle according to claim 1 wherein the container encloses a second chamber to carry a substance, and further including a second spigot in communication with the second chamber. 

7. A receptacle according to claim 1 and further including insulating material surrounding the chamber. 

8. A transportable receptacle for dispensing a substance comprising 

          a container enclosing a chamber to carry the substance, the container including a bottom wall defining a generally flat surface to maintain the container in an upright, freestanding condition when placed on a horizontal surface, 

           a mount in the container spaced away from the bottom wall, 

          a family of spigots presenting different identifiable spacial forms, the spigots being constructed and arranged for interchangeable placement on or in the mount in communication with the chamber, each spigot including a valve to regulate gravity, suction, pressure or levity flow of the substance through the spigot when the container is in the freestanding, upright condition, and 

          a hat-like recess formed within the bottom wall sized for wearing on an individual’s head and for maintaining the container in the upright, freestanding condition during hands-free ambulation of the individual. 

9. A receptacle according to claim 8 

          wherein the valve of at least one of the spigots includes an external handle to manually move the valve between an opened position, opening communication with the chamber to dispense the substance by gravity, suction, pressure or levity flow when the container is in the freestanding, upright condition, and a closed position, closing communication with the chamber to retain the substance in the chamber. 

10. A receptacle according to claim 8 

         wherein the container includes an identifiable spatial form. 

11. A family of transportable receptacles for dispensing substances comprising 

          a family of containers presenting different identifiable spacial forms, each container enclosing a chamber to carry a substance and including a bottom wall defining a generally flat surface to maintain the container in an upright, freestanding condition when placed on a horizontal surface, a mount spaced from the bottom wall, and a hat-like recess formed within the bottom wall sized for wearing on an individual’s head and for maintaining the container in the upright, freestanding condition during hands-free ambulation of the individual, and 

          a family of spigots presenting different identifiable spacial forms, each spigot being constructed and arranged for interchangeable placement on or in the mount in communication with the chamber, each spigot including a valve to regulate flow of the substance by gravity, suction, pressure or levity through the spigot when the container is in the freestanding, upright condition. 

12. A receptacle according to claim 11 

          wherein the valve of at least one of the spigots includes an external handle to manually move the valve between an opened position, opening communication with the chamber to dispense the substance by gravity, suction, pressure or levity flow when the container is in the freestanding, upright condition, and a closed position, closing communication with the chamber to retain the substance in the chamber.

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