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They Invented What? (No. 178)

Posted in They Invented What? by Jake Ward on August 4, 2010

U.S. Pat. No.5,904,268: Mug incorporating a simulated artificial horizon.

JW Note:  For those aviation enthusiasts in our readership.

 

I claim:

1. A novelty drinking vessel comprising: 
          a liquid receptacle having a lateral wall, a transparent floor, and a closed fluid chamber disposed within said transparent floor and said lateral wall; and 
          a simulated display of an actual artificial horizon instrument, said display contained within said drinking vessel such that said display is visible from said liquid receptacle, said display comprising 
          A fluid chamber and colored liquid disposed within and partially filling said fluid chamber, and 
          a solid member rotatably contained within said drinking vessel, said drinking vessel dimensioned and configured to surround said solid member and to constrain said solid member to be disposed generally parallel to said floor of said liquid receptacle, said solid member indicia simulating indicia of a display of an actual artificial horizon instrument inscribed thereon, and a ballast weight disposed to maintain said solid member in an upright orientation. 

2. The novelty drinking vessel according to claim 1, wherein said indicia has first indicia elements simulating the scale of an actual artificial horizon instrument, and second indicia elements simulating an aircraft symbol of an actual artificial horizon instrument. 

3. The novelty drinking vessel according to claim 1, wherein said solid member is a disc having a periphery and wherein said indicia includes a pointer disposed at said periphery of said disc. 

4. The novelty drinking vessel according to claim 1, wherein said drinking vessel has a handle fixed exteriorly thereto. 

5. The novelty drinking vessel according to claim 1, wherein said solid member is a disc having a center point, and said novelty drinking vessel includes a pivot pin fixed to said floor, said pivot pin disposed to engage said solid member at said center point in a manner enabling said disc to rotate about said center point. 

6. The novelty drinking vessel according to claim 1, wherein said solid member is rotatably contained within said fluid chamber. 

7. The novelty drinking vessel according to claim 1, further comprising a disc chamber having a top and a bottom, a first transparent panel covering said disc chamber at said top of said disc chamber, and a second transparent panel covering said disc chamber at said bottom of said disc chamber, wherein said disc chamber is vertically aligned with said fluid chamber, and wherein said solid member is contained within said disc chamber. 

8. A novelty drinking vessel comprising: 
          a liquid receptacle having a handle fixed exteriorly thereto, a lateral wall, and a transparent floor, said receptacle having a closed fluid chamber and a disc chamber disposed within said transparent floor and said lateral wall; and 
          a simulated display of an artificial horizon instrument, comprising 
          colored liquid disposed within and partially filling said fluid chamber, and 
           a solid disc rotatably contained within said disc chamber, said floor of said disc chamber dimensioned and configured to surround said disc and to constrain said disc to be disposed generally parallel to said floor of said liquid receptacle, said disc bearing indicia inscribed thereon, said indicia having first indicia elements simulating the scale of an actual artificial horizon, thereby providing a visual field of reference, second indicia elements simulating an aircraft symbol of an actual artificial horizon instrument, and a pointer, and a ballast weight disposed to maintain said solid member in an upright orientation, wherein said disc has a periphery and a center point, wherein said pointer is disposed at said periphery of said disc, and 
           wherein said novelty drinking vessel includes a pivot pin fixed to said floor, said pivot pin disposed to engage said disc at said center point in a manner enabling said disc to rotate about said center point.

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