GB2184664A - Portable, transformable and walking toy - Google Patents

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GB2184664A
GB2184664A GB08613034A GB8613034A GB2184664A GB 2184664 A GB2184664 A GB 2184664A GB 08613034 A GB08613034 A GB 08613034A GB 8613034 A GB8613034 A GB 8613034A GB 2184664 A GB2184664 A GB 2184664A
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Takashi Matsuda
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    • GPHYSICS
    • G04HOROLOGY
    • G04BMECHANICALLY-DRIVEN CLOCKS OR WATCHES; MECHANICAL PARTS OF CLOCKS OR WATCHES IN GENERAL; TIME PIECES USING THE POSITION OF THE SUN, MOON OR STARS
    • G04B37/00Cases
    • G04B37/14Suspending devices, supports or stands for time-pieces insofar as they form part of the case
    • G04B37/1406Means for fixing the clockwork pieces on other objects (possibly on walls)
    • G04B37/1413Separable means
    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A44HABERDASHERY; JEWELLERY
    • A44CJEWELLERY; BRACELETS; OTHER PERSONAL ADORNMENTS; COINS
    • A44C25/00Miscellaneous fancy ware for personal wear, e.g. pendants, crosses, crucifixes, charms
    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A63SPORTS; GAMES; AMUSEMENTS
    • A63HTOYS, e.g. TOPS, DOLLS, HOOPS, BUILDING BLOCKS
    • A63H11/00Self-movable toy figures
    • A63H11/18Figure toys which perform a realistic walking motion
    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A63SPORTS; GAMES; AMUSEMENTS
    • A63HTOYS, e.g. TOPS, DOLLS, HOOPS, BUILDING BLOCKS
    • A63H33/00Other toys
    • A63H33/003Convertible toys, e.g. robots convertible into rockets or vehicles convertible into planes
    • GPHYSICS
    • G04HOROLOGY
    • G04BMECHANICALLY-DRIVEN CLOCKS OR WATCHES; MECHANICAL PARTS OF CLOCKS OR WATCHES IN GENERAL; TIME PIECES USING THE POSITION OF THE SUN, MOON OR STARS
    • G04B45/00Time pieces of which the indicating means or cases provoke special effects, e.g. aesthetic effects
    • G04B45/0069Cases and fixed parts with a special shape

Abstract

A toy robot (Figure 2) with a walking mechanism in casing 16 can be transformed from the robot shape to a shape (Figure 3) enabling it to be housed in a case and carried as a personal ornament, for example, a wristwatch or a pendant. The robot body incorporates a digital watch. A formation 26 projects from the back of the body and enables the Figure 3 shape to be held by a catch within a watch casing (Figures 4 and 3 - not shown). The walking mechanism preferably comprises a spring motor driving two eccentrics in such a way that one eccentric is displaced in phase by 180 degrees from the other, and walking leg pieces alternately projected from the bottom of the casing 16 by the eccentrics. <IMAGE>

Description

SPECIFICATION Portable, transformable and walking toy robot The present invention relates to a toy robot having a walking mechanism and which can be transformed to a shape in which it can be housed in a case like a personal ornament such as watch and pendant, and carried as the personal ornament.

Most of the conventional transformable toy robots are not attractive because they can be transformed onlyinto vehicles such astanks, air planes and cars or arms such as machine guns and rocket launchers.

In addition, they can not perform any movement like walking when they were played with as robots.

Further, when they are transformed to vehicles or arms,they must be housed in cases becausethey were inconvenient to be carried in this form.

Even when they are housed in cases, they are left with free movement in the cases. Therefore, they rattle within the cases to make sounds when any light impact is applied from outside. When they are left extremely loose in their cases, they may break upon striking the cases if they are made of plastics.

Furthermore, they had no such element that made players interested in carrying them.

The present invention is therefore intended to el iminate the above-mentioned drawbacks associated with the conventional toy robots.

Atoy robot according to the present invention can perform a walking movement in its robot form, thereby enabling its player two enjoy its movement. In addition, it can be transformed to a shape for easy housing. The transformed toy robot can be housed in a case like a personal ornament such as watch and pendantinsuch awaythatitisintegrallyengaged with the case by engaging projections and recesses.

The case and robot can thus be carried as if it were a personal ornament.

In the case of the toy robot according tithe present invention, therefore, the owner can enjoy the transformation of the robot itself. He can also enjoy various movements ofthe robot when it is walking, in addition to his moving its arms and legs. Further, the very carrying of the transformed robot can attract attention. Furthermore, the transformed robot can be carried without generating any sound and without being broken.

Accordingly, the above is the object of the present invention to be achieved.

The invention will now be described in greaterde- tail by way of example with reference to the drawings in which : Figure lisa frontview showing a toy robot accord ing to the present invention.

Figure2 is a perspective view showing the back side of the robot.

Figure 3 shows the backside ofthe robot which has been transformed to a shape to be housed.

Figure4showsthefrontside of a case.

Figure 5 is a plan showing the robot attached to the case.

Figure 6 is a sectional side view showing a leg frame of the robot.

Figure 7 is a sectional front view showing the leg frame.

Figure 8 is a plan showing the engaging section of the case.

Symbol (A) in the drawings represents the robot and symbol (B) represents a case which can be used as a wrist watch after a wrist watch band is attached to it.

The robot (A) will be described below with refer ence to the drawings.

Numeral 1 denotes a body in which a crystal digital watch 2 is housed and viewed through awindowat the front side of the body. The display of the watch 2 can be selected by a push button 3 and its time can be adjusted by another push button 3. The window and the watch are optional and the window may betherefore formed as a I ig htening window or formed as a different ornament.

A head 4 is mounted, freely rotatable in the horizontal direction, on the top ofthe body 1 and arms 5 are attached, freely swingable forward and backward, to both sides of the body 1 by means of screws 6.

Two L-shaped levers 8 are attached right and left, freely rotatable, onto the back of the body 1 by means of screws 9, and a leg 11 is attached, freely rotatable, to the lower end of each of the levers 8 by means of a screw 10.

The base of a further L-shaped lever 12 is attached, freely rotatable, to one side of the back of the body 1 bya screw 13, while a rotatable element 14is attached, freely rotatable, to the front end of the lever 12 by a screw 15. As shown in Figure 7, this rotatable element 14 is attached, freely rotatable, to the top of a leg frame 16 and a recess I a is formed on the back of the body 1 to house the rotatable element 14.

As shown in Figures 1 and 2, therefore, the leg frame 16 can be extended when the rotatable el ement 14is housed inthe recess 1a andthe lever 12 is laid sideward.

Aspring box 17 is housed in the leg frame 16 and a spring (not shown) in the spring box 17 is wound by a knob 17a and the re-winding force ofthespring causes a large gear 17bto be rotated to drive a small gear17c.

A shaft 17d for the small gear 17c is projected right and leftfrom the spring box 17 and eccentrics 18 are fixed to the projected portions of the shaft 17d, respectively, in such a way that the one eccentric is shifted from the other in phase by 180 degrees. The eccentrics 18 are inserted into holes 1 9a ofwalking leg pieces 19, respectively, and shafts 1 7c projected from both sides of the spring box 17 are inserted into guide slots 19b in the walking leg pieces 19, respectively.When the eccentrics 18 are rotated through the large and small gears 17b and 17c bythe re-winding force of the spring, therefore, the slots 19b ofthe walking leg pieces 19 are constrained by the projection shafts 17e, thereby causing the lower end of each of the walking leg piece 19 to be swung to draw an ellipse. The levers 8 are thus extended relative to the body 1, as shown in Figure 2, and the legs 11 are positioned along both sides of the leg frame 16. The knob 17a projects outside through a hole 11 a of one leg 11 to enable the spring to be wound.When the lower end ofthe walking leg piece 19 is thus swung to draw an ellipse, a partofthis ellipse-drawing movement is followed by the lower portion ofthe leg 11.Whenthe eccentric 18 is rotated inthe direction shown by an arrow in Figure6,there- fore, the lower end of the walking leg piece 19 contacts the floor in this movement to push the leg frame 16 and the leg 11 in a direction shown by a second arrow in Figure 6. This is alternately carried out bathe right and left walking leg pieces 19, so that the robot (A) can advance forward to walk on the floor, slightly inclining right and left.

The case (B) wil I be described below in detail.

The wristwatch band (C) is attached to two sides of the case (B) to enable the case (B) to be worn on a wrist ofthe owner. A chamber for housing thetransformed robot (A) in Figure 3 as shown in Figure 5 is formed on the top face ofthe case (B) by plural projections 20.

Athrough-hole 21 extends from the bottom of the chamberto the underside of the case (B) and engaging sections 22a oftwo engaging pieces 22 project from right and left ofthethrough-hole 21. Each ofthe engaging pieces 22 is inserted into a guide hole 23 at one end thereof and passed through a hole 24 atthe other end thereof and it is held slidable right and left.

The engaging section of each of the engaging pieces 22 is urged bye spring 25to cover a partofthe through-hole 21 in the case (B). When push knobs 22b of the engaging pieces 22 which project outside the case (B) are pushed in opposite directions, therefore, the engaging sections 22a of the engaging pieces 22 are withdrawn from thethrough-hole 21 againsttheirsprings.

An engaging protrusion 26 whose front end is inclined and which is provided with engaging steps is formed atthat position on the back side of the body 1 of the robot (A) which corresponds to the throughhole 21 ofthe case (B). When thetransformed robot (A) in Figure 3 isto be housed from above into the chamber on the case (B), therefore, the engaging protrusion 26 is pushed intothethrough-hole21, with its inclined front end pushing away the engaging sections 22a of the engaging pieces 22 against the springs 25. When the transformed robot (A) is further pushed into the chamber of the case (B), the engaging sections 22a are engaged with the engaging steps ofthe engaging protrusion 26 by the action of the springs 25.

The transformed robot (A) is thus housed in the case (B) and fixed thereto. In the case of the abovedescribed embodiment of the present invention in which the watch is housed in the body of the robot, numerals of the crystal digital watch 2 appear on the body at the robot and the robot can be carried as a watch on the wrist of the owner.

It will now be described how the robot (A) shown in Figures 1 and 2 is transformed to a shape to be housed as shown in Figures 3 and 5.

The levers 8 are swung horizontal, as shown in Figure 3, and the legs 11 are positioned along the arms 5, respectively, releasing the knob 17a ofthe spring box 17 from the hole 11 a ofthe leg 11.The leg frame 16 is rotated by 90 degrees relative to the rotatable element 14, positioning the knob 1 7a of the spring box 17 to the front ofthe robot (A). The lever 12 is moved to a position belowthe body 1 of the robot (A), as shown in Figure 3 and the leg frame 16 pivoted to lie along the bottom of the body 1, and the transformation of the robot (A) to the shape to be housed is thus finished. The thus transformed robot (A) is attached to the case (B), as described above, and used as a wristwatch, as shown in FigureS.

The operation of returning the watch-like robot shown in Figure 5 to the robot itself shown in Figures 1 and 2will be described below.

The push knobs 22b of the case (B) are pushed to withdraw the engaging sections 22afrom each other and release the engaging steps of the engaging protrusion 26 from them, thereby enabling the robot (A) to be detached from the case (B). The operation of transforming the robot (A) to the shape to be housed is then reversed and the transformation of the transformed robot to the robot itself is thus finished.

Although the present invention has been described referring to the case wherein the case (B) is formed like a wrist watch with the band (C) attached thereto and wherein the traansformed robot (A) is fixed to the case (B) and carried as a wristwatch, the case (B) may be formed to any other shaped if it is used as a personal ornament such as a pendant or brooch.

According to the present invention as described above, the robot itself is made to be able to walk to let its owner enjoy its movement. In addition, the robot can be transformed to a shape to be housed in a case which is shaped like a wristwatch, personal ornaments or the like, thereby enabling its ownerto easily carry it. Therefore, this toy robot has an attractive movementwhich was not seen in the case ofthe conventional toy robots, and it can be easily carried.

In addition, its very carrying attracts attention. It is therefore a toy more enjoyable to children.

Further, this toy robot generates no sound while it is being carried, this sounding being a problem associated with the conventional toy robots when they were being carried in cases.

Furthermore, the toy robot of the present invention can remain undamaged while it is being carried even when it is made of plastics.

Claims (5)

1. Atoy robot having a walking mechanism in its leg portions and which can be transformed from the robotshapetoashapeto enable itto be housed ion a case and carried as a personal ornament.
2. Atoyrobotaccordingtoclaim 1, wherein said walking mechanism comprises a spring wound by a knob, a large gear rotated by the spring, a small gear engaged with and driven by the large gear, eccentricsfixedto both endsofa rotating shaftforthesmall gear in such a way that the one eccentric is shifted in phase from the other by 180 degrees, and walking leg pieces engaged with the eccentrics to carry out swinging movement.
3. Atoy robotaccording to claim 2,wherein said spring, large and small gears are housed in a box and associated with one another and wherein said eccentrics and walking leg pieces are arranged along both sides ofthe box.
4. Atoy robot according to claim 1,wherein a case is provided with a space in which thetransformed robot is housed, and wherein said transformed robot is housed in the space of the case by means of an engaging protrusion on one of the robot and the case and an engaging recess on the other.
5. Atoy robot according to claim 1, substantially as described herein with reference to the drawings.
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