US20080113581A1 - Convertible infant activity center - Google Patents

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US20080113581A1
US20080113581A1 US11/598,561 US59856106A US2008113581A1 US 20080113581 A1 US20080113581 A1 US 20080113581A1 US 59856106 A US59856106 A US 59856106A US 2008113581 A1 US2008113581 A1 US 2008113581A1
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A convertible infant activity center is configurable as a play mat, a seat-type device, and as a table-type device. Improper configuration of the device is prevented by an interlock which mechanically inhibits installation of the seat component when the device is not properly assembled in a seat-type device configuration. In its table configuration, the device can be arranged in a generally S-shaped form.

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    BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION
  • 1. Field of the invention
  • The present invention relates generally to a child's activity center and, particularly, to a child's activity center which is convertible between a plurality of configurations. More particularly, the present invention relates to a child's activity center that is convertible between a play mat configuration, a seat configuration, and two play table configurations that includes an interlock to prevent assembly of the device in an improper configuration.
  • 2. Description of the related art
  • A wide variety of infant and child exercise and entertainment devices are available in the marketplace. Some of these devices are limited in their utility because they are only appropriate for use by children within a narrow range of ages. For example, one presently available play mat device is appropriate for use by children from birth to four months of age and some presently available seat-type devices are only appropriate for use by children from four to twelve months of age.
  • Some prior art devices are convertible between two configurations. For example, some devices are convertible between a seat configuration and a table configuration. Other devices are convertible between a play mat configuration and a seat configuration. Although some of these devices are improvements over the non-configurable devices, they are still limited in their utility because the remain appropriate for use by children within only a narrow range of ages.
  • In addition, some prior art devices allow a child seated in the device to propel the device using his or her legs. This is not a preferred situation
  • In sum, the prior art devices do not provide the important advantages of allowing multiple configurations and being appropriate for a wide range of ages while preventing an improper configuration of the device which may resulting in a potentially dangerous situation. Additionally, prior art devices do not provide the advantage of permitting configuration in an S-shaped table arrangement.
  • SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION
  • The present invention relates to a child's activity center and components thereof. The activity center can be reconfigured into age-appropriate devices as a child develops from a newborn infant to an independently mobile toddler.
  • It is an aspect of the present invention to provide a child activity center including: (a) a tray; (b) a pylon connected to the tray; (c) a seat connected to the tray; (d) a pylon lock connected to the tray and movable among a plurality of positions including an engaged position in which the pylon lock restrains movement of the pylon; and (e) a seat interlock connected to the tray, the seat interlock preventing installation of the seat in the tray if the pylon lock is engaged and preventing the pylon lock from being engaged if the seat is installed in the tray.
  • More specifically, the pylon lock and the seat interlock may be incorporated into a combined assembly. Also, the activity center may further include a base connecting to the pylon. Additionally, the pylon lock may releasably couple with a portion of the pylon when engaged, thereby preventing articulation of the pylon relative to the tray. The activity center may also include a toy connected to the tray.
  • In an embodiment, the tray may include a plurality of tray portions. The tray portions may be connectable in plurality of configurations, including an annular arrangement and an S-shaped arrangement.
  • It is another aspect of the present invention to provide a child activity center including: (a) a plurality of pylons; and (b) a tray connected to the pylons, the tray including a plurality of tray portions; wherein the tray portions are connectable in a plurality of configurations including a generally S-shaped configuration.
  • More specifically, the activity center may include a seat connected to the tray. The activity center may further include an end cap connected to an end of at least one tray portion. The activity center may further include a toy connected to the tray.
  • In an embodiment, the activity center may further include a pylon lock connected to the tray, the pylon lock being movable among a plurality of positions including an engaged position in which the pylon lock restricts movement of at least one pylon. The activity center may further include a seat interlock connected to the tray, the seat interlock preventing installation of the seat in the tray if the pylon lock is engaged and preventing the pylon lock from being engaged if the seat is installed in the tray. More specifically, the pylon lock and the seat interlock may be incorporated into a combined assembly.
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  • The foregoing and other aspects, features, and advantages of the present invention, as well as the invention itself, will be more fully understood from the following description of preferred embodiments, when read together with the accompanying drawings, in which:
  • FIG. 1 is an exploded perspective view of the major components of an embodiment of the present invention;
  • FIG. 2 is a perspective view of an embodiment of the present invention in a play mat configuration;
  • FIG. 3 is a perspective view of an embodiment of the present invention in a seat configuration;
  • FIG. 4 is a perspective view of an embodiment of the present invention in an S-shaped play table configuration;
  • FIG. 5 is a perspective view of an embodiment of the present invention in a round play table configuration;
  • FIG. 6 is a perspective view of an embodiment of the present invention in a collapsed configuration;
  • FIG. 7 is a perspective view of an embodiment of a seat assembly;
  • FIG. 8 is a perspective view of an embodiment of a pylon;
  • FIG. 9 is an exploded perspective view of an embodiment of a pylon;
  • FIG. 10 is an inverted perspective view of an embodiment of a tray assembly;
  • FIG. 11 is a detailed exploded perspective view of an embodiment of a mounting point on an inverted tray assembly;
  • FIG. 12 is a perspective view of an embodiment of a mounting point on an inverted tray assembly with a pylon upper pivot installed;
  • FIG. 13 is a perspective view of an embodiment of a base; and
  • FIG. 14 is a detailed perspective view of an embodiment of an attachment point on a base.
  • DETAILED DESCRIPTION
  • As shown best in FIG. 1, an exemplary embodiment of the present invention child's activity center 10 includes four major components: a base 20, four pylons 30, a tray assembly 60, and a seat assembly 80. Additionally, a toy bar 12 (shown in FIG. 2) can optionally be attached to the tray assembly 60. The components of the activity center 10 can be assembled in several different configurations as depicted in FIGS. 2-6.
  • FIG. 2 shows the activity center 10 in a play mat configuration. In this configuration, the toy bar 12 is affixed to the play mat 14. In the exemplary embodiment, the toy bar 12 is molded plastic and the play mat 14 is composed primarily of soft fabric. To use the activity center in the play mat configuration, the child lies on the play mat 14 beneath the toy bar 12 where he or she can be entertained by the toys 16 attached to the toy bar 12. The base 20, pylons 30, tray assembly 60, and seat assembly 80 are not utilized in this configuration. This configuration is generally suitable for use by children from birth to four months of age.
  • FIG. 3 shows the activity center 10 in a seat configuration. Base 20 rests on a receiving surface. The pylons 30 are each connected to the base 20 and to the tray assembly 60. The seat assembly 80 is installed in the tray assembly 60. The seat configuration is generally suitable for use by children from four to twelve months of age and provides the advantage of restraining the child safely in the activity center 10 where the child has access to toys optionally included on the tray assembly 60. The toy bar 12 can optionally be installed in toy bar receptacles 68 on tray assembly 60.
  • The seat configuration allows the child to rotate the seat assembly 80 within the tray assembly 60. Additionally, the child can move the seat assembly 80 and tray assembly 60 vertically relative to the base 20 by applying and removing a downward force on the seat assembly 80 and/or tray assembly 60 as described in more detail below.
  • FIGS. 4-5 show the activity center 10 in two play table configurations. FIG. 4 illustrates an S-shaped play table configuration and FIG. 5 shows a round play table configuration. In both play table configurations, pylons 30 rest on a receiving surface and are connected to the tray portions 62/63. The base 20, seat assembly 80, and toy bar 12 are not connected to the other components of the activity center 10 in the tray configurations. The play table configurations are generally suitable for use by children one year of age and older. These configurations provide the advantage of allowing an independently mobile child to approach the activity center 10 from all sides and utilize toys optionally included on the tray portions 62/63.
  • FIG. 6 depicts the activity center 10 in the collapsed configuration. In this configuration, the pylons 30 are pivoted into generally horizontal positions while remaining connected to both the tray assembly 60 and the base 20. The collapsed configuration provides the advantage of minimizing the space required to store or transport the activity center 10. Additionally, the collapsed configuration is an intermediate step in converting the activity center 10 from the seat configuration to either of the play table configurations.
  • As shown in FIG. 7, the seat assembly 80 comprises a seat ring 82 which is a generally annular molded plastic component in which a child can be placed when the seat is installed in the tray assembly 60. When the activity center 10 is used in the seat configuration, as shown in FIG. 3, the seat ring 82 is placed within the circular opening defined by the tray assembly 60. The seat ring 82 is not connected to the other components of the activity center 10 in the play mat or play table configurations. Slots 84 are provided to allow attachment of a removable fabric seat of conventional design as is well known in the art.
  • FIGS. 8-9 depict an exemplary embodiment of a pylon 30. The exemplary embodiment of the present invention includes four pylons 30, however it is within the scope of the invention to use one or more pylons 30. Additionally, it is within the scope of the invention to use pylons 30 of other sizes, shapes, and configurations.
  • Pylon 30 includes an upper pivot 32, an upper segment 38, a lower segment 40, and a lower pivot 36. The upper pivot 32 and lower pivot 36 are articulable relative to the upper segment 38 and lower segment 40.
  • Upper pivot 32 is connected to upper segment 38 by a pivot mount 49. The pivot mount 49 allows articulation of the upper pivot 32 relative to the upper segment 38. Upper pivot 32 includes cutouts 35 that permit and prevent motion of the tray assembly 60 relative to the pylons 30 as described below with regard to FIGS. 11-12.
  • The upper segment 38 and lower segment 40 are slidingly connected such that the upper segment 38 slides within the lower segment 40. By sliding the upper segment 38 within the lower segment 40, the overall height of the pylon 30 is reduced. Similarly, as the upper segment 38 is withdrawn from the lower segment 40, the overall height of the pylon 30 is increased. A latch 42 is provided on lower segment 40 and two segmented slots 34 are provided on upper segment 38 to lock the upper segment 38 in relation to the lower segment 40 at a plurality of positions. The height adjustment capability of the pylons 30 can be utilized to optimize the height of the seat assembly 80 above the base 20 in the seat configuration, shown in FIG. 3, and to optimize the height of the tray assembly 60 above the receiving surface in the play table configurations shown in FIGS. 4-5. The height adjustment can be performed to permit use of the activity center 10 by more than one child or to adjust the height as a single child grows.
  • Lower pivot 36 is adapted to be releasably connected to lower segment 40. As shown in FIG. 9, lower pivot 36 is connected to the lower segment 40 by an integrally-molded single knuckle hinge. Lower pivot 36 includes the knuckle 54 and lower segment 40 includes the pin 56. The knuckle 54 has a split top and is flexible such that the pin 56 can be removed from and reinstalled in the knuckle 54, thus allowing the lower pivot 36 to be detached from and reattached to the lower segment 40. Additionally, the lower pivot 36 includes a latch 50 which engages lower segment 40 at slot 52. When the latch 50 is engaged with the slot 52, the lower pivot 36 is rigidly attached to the lower segment 40 and articulation of the lower pivot 36 relative to the lower segment 40 is inhibited. When the latch 50 is released from the slot 52, the lower pivot 36 is articulable relative to the lower segment 40 around the hinge comprising the knuckle 54 and the pin 56.
  • Lower pivot 36 is also adapted to be connected to base 20 using a plurality of tabs 44 which are integrally molded extensions of the lower pivot 36. Each tab is wedge-shaped such that it can easily be inserted into its corresponding slot 22 on base 20 (see FIG. 14) but requires slight flexing by the user for removal.
  • FIG. 10 is a perspective view of the underside of an embodiment of tray assembly 60. A first tray portion 62 includes two connectors 64 of a first type. A second tray portion 63 includes connectors 66 of a second type. Each first type connector 64 is adapted to releasably couple with a second type connector 66.
  • Each tray portion 62/63 includes two pylon mounting points 70 where the upper pivots 32 of the pylons 30 are connected. Additionally, end caps 86/88 may be provided. End cap 86 is adapted to releasably couple with first type connector 64 and end cap 88 is adapted to releasably couple with second type connector 66. End caps 86/88 may be releasably attached to the tray portions 62/63 for storage as shown in FIG. 10.
  • Tray portions 62/63 optionally include a plurality of toys, entertainment devices, or educational devices (hereafter “toys”) designed to be manipulated by the child using the activity center 10. In the exemplary embodiment, the toys are releasably attached to the tray portions 62/63 at various points. It is within the scope of the invention to include a variety of age-appropriate toys that can be substituted for use by children of different ages. Additionally, it is within the scope of the invention to permanently affix some or all of the toys to the tray portions 62/63 in lieu of or in addition to utilizing releasably-mounted toys. It is also within the scope of the invention to include other releasably-attached objects (such as, but not limited to, trays, cups, bowls, or electronic devices) within, upon, attached to, or suspended from the tray portions 62/63.
  • Although the exemplary embodiment described herein includes a tray assembly 60 comprising two tray portions 62/63, it is within the scope of the invention to use a tray assembly 60 comprising one or more tray portions. The tray portions may be substantially equal in size and/or shape or may be different sizes and/or shapes.
  • As shown in FIG. 11, each mounting point 70 is generally in the form of a hollow cylinder oriented approximately orthogonally relative to the underside of tray assembly 60. The cylinder is adapted to accommodate a portion of an upper pivot 32 (see FIG. 12). An open-coil helical compression spring 72 is placed between the end of the upper pivot 32 and the inside of the mounting point 70. The upper pivot 32 is held within the mounting point by a retention ring 74, which is secured to the mounting point 70 with a plurality of screws. The cylinder portion of the mounting point 70 is longer than the portion of the upper pivot 32 that is held within the mounting point 70 by the retention ring 74; thus the upper pivot 32 is slidable within the cylinder to compress the spring 72. The spring 72 provides a force which pushes the upper pivot 32 in the outward direction such that the upper pivot rests against the retention ring when no external forces are applied. With the activity center 10 in its normal upright position, this feature permits the tray assembly 60 to be moved downward as a downward force is applied to the tray assembly 60. When the downward force is removed, the tray assembly 60 returns to its full height due to the force of the spring 72.
  • Also shown in FIG. 11 are lock bolt 76 and lock spring 78. Lock bolt 76 is composed of molded plastic and is slidingly connected to the lower surface of tray assembly 60 in a generally radial direction. Lock spring 78 is an open-coil helical compression spring which contacts the lock bolt 76 and the tray assembly 60. The lock spring 78 applies a horizontal force on the lock bolt 76 in a direction generally radially outward from the center of the annulus formed by the tray assembly 60. As further described below, the lock bolt 76 serves two functions: locking the pylon 30 and providing an interlock with the seat assembly 80.
  • FIG. 11 also depicts ribs 71 which interact with the cutouts 35 on the upper pivots 32 to allow the tray assembly to move vertically relative to the pylons 30 when the pylons 30 are in the unlocked position but prevent motion when the pylons 30 in locked position. In the unlocked position, the ribs are aligned with the cutouts 35. In the locked postion, the ribs 71 are not aligned with the cutouts 35 and relative motion between the tray assembly 60 and the pylons 30 is thereby inhibited.
  • FIG. 12 is a perspective view of the upper pivot 32 installed in the underside of tray assembly 60. As discussed above, upper pivot 32 is held within the mounting point 70 by retention ring 74. FIG. 12 shows the pylon 30 in the locked position: lock bolt 76 is engaged with lock portion 48 of the upper segment 38, thereby preventing the upper segment 38 of the pylon 30 from pivoting relative to the upper pivot 32. Additionally, in the locked position, the lock bolt 76 extends radially inward into the center of the annulus formed by the tray assembly 60. The portion of the lock bolt 76 extending beyond the inner surface of the annulus of the tray assembly prevents the installation of the seat assembly 80.
  • The pylon can be rotated ninety degrees to engage and disengage the lock bolt 76. When viewing the lower surface of the tray assembly 60, the pylon 30 is locked when it is rotated to its most counter-clockwise position as shown in FIG. 12. As the pylon 30 is rotated clockwise, the lock bolt 76 disengages from the lock portion 48 of the upper segment 38 but is maintained in contact with the cam surface 46 due to the force of the lock spring 78. The cam surface 46a is shaped such that as the pylon 30 is rotated clockwise, the lock spring 78 retracts the lock bolt 76. As the pylon 30 is rotated clockwise ninety degrees, the lock bolt 76 is retracted from the center of the annulus formed by the tray assembly 60 and installation of the seat assembly 80 becomes possible.
  • The interactions of the lock bolt 76 with the pylon 30, tray assembly 60, and seat assembly 80 provide several advantages. First, installation of the seat assembly 80 is inhibited when the lock bolt 76 is engaged. Because the pylons 30 must be locked when the activity center 10 is used in either of the table configurations, the lock bolt 76 prevents installation of the seat assembly 80 when the activity center 10 is used in a table configuration. This prevents the potentially unsafe situation in which a child is sitting in the seat assembly 80 without the base 20 installed. This condition is potentially unsafe because the child's feet may touch the receiving surface and the child may be able to propel the activity center 10 towards a hazard, such as stairs, a dangerous appliance, a swimming pool, etc. Similarly, the pylons 30 cannot be rotated into the locked position while the seat 80 is installed, thus preventing the same potentially unsafe condition.
  • Second, locking the pylons 30 prevents articulation of the upper pivots 32 relative to the upper segments 38 of the pylons 30. As such, the pylons 30 are held in an orientation generally orthogonal to the tray portions 62/63. This allows the activity center 10 to be configured in the table configurations wherein the base is not used. Without the lock feature, the pylons could pivot, causing the table to collapse.
  • FIG. 13 is a perspective view of an exemplary embodiment of a base 20. The base 20 is generally circular and is molded of plastic. The base 20 includes four attachment points 24 to which the lower pivots of the pylons 30 can be connected.
  • As shown in FIG. 14, each attachment point 24 includes three slots 22 into which tabs 44 on pylons 30 are received. Each slot 22 is generally curved and is longer than the tabs 44. This facilitates limited rotation of the pylons 30 relative to the base 20. Limited rotation of the pylons 30 is necessary as the activity center 10 is placed in and restored from the collapsed configuration. Corresponding limited rotation of the upper pivots 32 relative to the tray assembly 60 is provided by free play in the upper pivot 32 in the unlocked position.
  • To convert the activity center 10 from the seat configuration (shown in FIG. 3) to a table configuration (shown in FIGS. 4-5), the user first places the activity center 10 into its collapsed configuration (shown in FIG. 6). This is accomplished by releasing the latches 50 on the lower pivots 36 and then rotating the tray assembly 60 clockwise when viewed from above relative to the base 20. The rotation causes the pylons 30 to pivot into a generally horizontal orientation which reduces the vertical distance between the tray assembly 60 and the base 20. At this point, the activity center 10 is in the collapsed configuration as shown in FIG. 6.
  • To continue the conversion to the table configurations, the user removes the seat assembly 80 from the tray assembly 60. The user then separates the base 20 and lower pivots 36 from the lower segments 40. This is accomplished by removing the hinge pins 56 from the hinge knuckles 54.
  • Next, the user removes the end caps 86/88 from their storage locations on the lower surface of the tray assembly 60 and separates the tray portions 62/63. The user then reconnects the tray portions 62/63 in an S-shaped configuration and attaches the end caps 86/88 to the free end of the tray portions 62/63. Finally, the pylons 30 are locked by rotating them counterclockwise and the activity center 10 is placed in its upright position. At this point, the activity center is in the S-shaped table configuration depicted in FIG. 4.
  • Alternately, the tray portions 62/63 can remain connected in the generally annular arrangement if the round play table configuration is desired. The end caps 86/88 remain in their storage locations, pylons 30 are locked by rotating them counterclockwise, and the activity center 10 is placed in its upright position. The activity center is then in the round table configuration illustrated in FIG. 5.
  • The ages of suitability for the various configurations of the exemplary embodiment described above are merely recommendations based on assumptions regarding child development. It is assumed, generally, that children develop adequate head control to sit upright independently by four months of age and begin walking without substantial assistance by twelve months of age. The play mat configuration of the present invention is most suitable for use by children who have yet to develop sufficient muscular strength and control to maintain themselves in a seated position. The seat configuration is most suitable for children who can sit upright without assistance but who are not yet independently ambulatory. The table configurations are most suitable for children who are capable of walking unaided.
  • Following from the above description and invention summaries it should be apparent to those of ordinary skill in the art that, while the systems and processes herein described constitute exemplary embodiments of the present invention, it is understood that the invention is not limited to these precise systems and processes and that changes may be made therein without departing from the scope of the invention as defined by the following claims. Additionally, it is to be understood that the invention is defined by the claims and it is not intended that any limitations or elements describing the exemplary embodiments set forth herein are to be incorporated into the meanings of the claims unless such limitations or elements are explicitly listed in the claims. Likewise, it is to be understood that it is not necessary to meet any or all of the identified advantages or objects of the invention disclosed herein in order to fall within the scope of any claim, as the invention is defined by the claims and because inherent and/or unforeseen advantages of the present invention may exist even though they may not have been explicitly discussed herein.

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1. A child activity center comprising:
a tray;
a pylon removably connected to the tray;
a seat removably connected to the tray;
a pylon lock connected to the tray and movable among a plurality of positions including an engaged position in which the pylon lock restrains movement of the pylon and a disengaged position in which the pylon may be pivoted; and
a seat interlock connected to the tray, the seat interlock preventing installation of the seat in the tray if the pylon lock is engaged and preventing the pylon lock from being engaged if the seat is installed in the tray.
2. The activity center of claim 1, wherein the pylon lock and the seat interlock are incorporated into a combined assembly.
3. The activity center of claim 1, further comprising a base removably connected to the pylon.
4. The activity center of claim 1, wherein the pylon lock releasably couples with a portion of the pylon when engaged, thereby preventing articulation of the pylon relative to the tray.
5. The activity center of claim 1, further comprising a toy connected to the tray.
6. The activity center of claim 1, wherein the tray comprises a plurality of tray portions.
7. The activity center of claim 6, wherein the tray portions are connectable in a plurality of configurations.
8. The activity center of claim 6, wherein the tray portions are connectable in a generally annular arrangement.
9. The activity center of claim 6, wherein the tray portions are connectable in a generally S-shaped arrangement.
10. A child activity center comprising:
at least two pylons; and
a tray removably connected to the pylons, the tray comprising at least two tray portions;
wherein the tray portions are connectable in either an annular configuration and a generally S-shaped configuration.
11. The activity center of claim 10, further comprising a seat removably connectable to the tray when the tray is in the annular configuration.
12. The activity center of claim 10, further comprising an end cap connected to an end of at least one tray portion.
13. The activity center of claim 10, further comprising a toy connected to the tray.
14. The activity center of claim 10, further comprising a pylon lock connected to the tray, the pylon lock being movable between an engaged position in which the pylon lock restricts movement of at least one pylon and a disengaged position in which the pylon may be pivoted.
15. The activity center of claim 14, further comprising a seat interlock connected to the tray, the seat interlock preventing installation of the seat in the tray if the pylon lock is engaged and preventing the pylon lock from being engaged if the seat is installed in the tray.
16. The activity center of claim 15, wherein the pylon lock and the seat interlock are incorporated into a combined assembly.
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