NEW PRODUCTS AND INVENTIONS (Aug, 1941)

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NEW PRODUCTS AND INVENTIONS

The latest contribution to the field of automatic merchandising devices is this dispensing unit that makes pure, cool and refreshing canned fruit juices available to a thirsty public. From its magazine of 214 standard size 6 oz. cans, it delivers a choice of 6 juices, ready for consumption on the spot. The customer simply moves the lever to desired juice, and inserts his nickle.

Speedier fire fighting operation has been added to the 4 lb. carbon dioxide extinguisher recently announced. The extinguished is discharged by merely pulling a trigger. This type of discharge control permits the extinguisher to go into action faster. Photo above.

Production of the first all-rubber multiple outlet electrical plug has been started. By an unusual manufacturing method the plug (upper left) is molded in a single unit, with metal parts inserted later. It is smaller than conventional triple outlets, is unbreakable, and safer.

A new luggage-type portable receiver with marked advantages over the older sets has just been put on the market. It operates on a rechargeable airplane-type storage battery and eliminates the inconvenience of dry cell replacement.

A spectacle-like device recently introduced, promises to cut strokes off the average golfer’s score. It has V shaped openings at the bottom of each lens, the balance being amber color. The player, by looking through the slots when addressing the ball, sees it as white framed in amber. Any movement will cause a tint to show on ball.

Exercise and pleasure is claimed for the users of a recently patented toy for children. The toy includes a circular disk to be rolled along the ground by means of an attached cord. A mechanical monkey is attached by the arms and legs to circular slots in the disk, so that when the disk rotates the movements of the arms and legs create the illusion that the monkey is trying to escape from a cage. The disk will hot remain erect unless the child keeps it rolling, thereby insuring plenty of exercise to accompany the monkey’s amusing antics.

A diaperless cradle for infants is described in a newly issued patent. A heavy cloth hammock supports the infant while a pan underneath the hammock serves as a portable toilet receptacle.

The bottom of the cradle consists of a water jacket through which either warm or cold water may be passed to control the temperature of the cradle.

Ventilation vents and suitable thermometers assist in maintaining air condition.

- For rapidly drying hair ladies now have available a novel dryer which is shaped like an oversized fork. The fingers of the unit are curved to fit into the hair and are hollow and perforated. One set of , fingers is connected to a hot air blower, while the alternate fingers are attached to a vacuum. After the hair is washed or waved the dryer is inserted and the blower is operated to supply heated air. At the same time the vacuum fingers draw off air to provide circulation of air through the hair.

In 1718 a British patent was granted on a machine gun which fired round bullets against Christians and square bullets against Turks. The military or social significance of the difference in types of bullets appears never to have been understood.

A shock absorbing steering wheel that is yield-able against collision is a newly patented safety features for automo- biles. The new wheel consists of a flexible steel rim in the form of a coil spring constructed of wire having a rectangular cross section. The curves of the coil spring are wound close together so as to produce a continuous gripping surface. The rim is flexible toward the center of the wheel. However, it is rigid against movement in the circumferential direction. Otherwise it would not be effective as a steering wheel. In addition the spokes of the wheel yield under pressure. In case of a sudden stop or collision, if the spoke is in front of the driver, both the spoke and the rim bend forward. If a spoke is not in front of the driver, only the rim yields. Serious injury is avoided by means of the new wheel.

An ordinary hot water spigot supplies the heat needed for the cutting elements of a novel ice cuber. The invention has a number of U-shaped cutting parts through which hot water is made to flow. Cutting is accomplished by pressing the cutters downwardly into the ice and then by pulling the tool forward for the width of a cube. All the cut cubes are removable from the block of ice.

The problem of protection against ice and snow is a serious one if you drive an automobile. After a heavy snowfall or a freezing rain it is necessary to first clean the windshield before the car can be safely driven. To avoid the finger numbing job, it is now possible to protect the windshield with a cover in the form of an oblong apron which has tie loops for fastening the cover to the handles of the doors. The cover is made of canvas or the like and it may be water-proofed as an added protection. When it is not in use, the cover may be rolled up and conveniently carried in the automobile.

If you have a baby in the family you may have felt the same urge as a recent inventor had to design a saddle which would permit free movement of the infant short of dangerous gymnastics. One answer to the problem appears to be a patented strap which has openings for the head and arms of the baby. By means of suitable tapes, the strap is fastened to a high chair. The garment permits all ordinary movements by the baby but prevents the infant from standing up or falling out of the chair.

If you have ever watched a sand car spreading sand on car tracks on a sleety and icy day, you probably felt that you would like to have it accompany you as you slowly skidded along’ the highway. To the rescue comes a newly patented Sander which can be installed in the trunk of an automobile. The device includes a cylinder for storing sand or salt and a shaft for delivering the sand into the path of the rear wheels of the car. Inside the shaft there is provided an impeller which rotates to assist in delivery of the sand in front of the driving wheels. There may be a single sand container with a delivery pipe to each rear wheel or separate sand tanks with separate delivery pipes may be used. A suitable lever near the dash board serves to operate the sander and a signal notifies the driver when the supply of sand is low and should be replenished.

The National Council of Inventors, an agency for studying inventions valuable for national defense, receives offers not only from skilled inventors, but from many amateurs as well. It is reported that several hundred defense suggestions pour into the offices of the council every day.

To encourage inventions for our national defense, the National Inventor’s Council has been formed with Mr. C. F. Kettering of General Motors Corporation as its chairman. The organization will work with the National Defense Research Committee.

Green hair for coconut shell heads can be grown, according to a recent patent, by the use of soilless garden practice. The upper portion of the head is provided with a series of slots through which blades of grass pass. The inner portion of the shell carries a supply of peat moss and water which serves as a bed for growing grass seed. Unfortunately for obvious reasons, this invention is not the answer to a bald man’s prayer.

A new attachment for golf clubs is said to assist a beginner to acquire a correct swing. The invention consists essentially of a flexible loop or sling fastened to the club shaft. The length of the loop is such as to permit it to rest snugly against the little finger of the left hand. Since the left hand is the lead hand with most players, the loop exerts its corrective action on this hand while the club is carried through the swing. By a slight change, the sling can be used with clubs for left-handed golf players.

Fore and aft reflectors for pedestrians can be mounted on a harness worn on shoes. Suitable elastic bands serve to hold the reflector buttons against the rear portion of the heel and over the front instep part of the arch. The unit may be carried in a pocket and it can be readily applied so as to reflect light from automobiles traveling on unlighted highways.

Patents Identified

Toy ……………………………………………………..No. 2,232,244.

Cradle ………………………………………………..No. 2,234,515.

Dryer ………………………………………………….No. 2.224,876.

Wheel ………………………………………………….No. 2,210,232.

Ice Cuber …………………………………………..No. 2,234,129.

Shield Cover ……………………………………..No. 2,223,145.

Baby Strap…………………………………………No. 2,225,018.

Sander ………………………………………………..No. 2,221,777.

Shell Head …………………………………………No. 2,233,032.

Golf Grip…………………………………………….No. 2,234,638.

Reflector …………………………………………….No. 2,233,544.

A simple self-watering device for house plants devised at Cornell University works like a kerosene lamp—a wick draws water from a container below the plant up to the soil.

5 comments
  1. Stannous says: March 31, 20088:29 am

    CHIA PETS!

    I was going to comment on a couple of these- the rather disgusting baby cradle/bed pan, the latest odd golf gadget, etc. but then I saw the original chia pet, cool.

    P.S.- where’s the rest of this item?
    In 1718 a British patent was granted on a machine gun which fired round bullets against Christians and square bullets against Turks. The military or social significance of the difference in types of bullets appears never to have been understood.

  2. Charlie says: March 31, 20088:53 am

    Stan: That seems to be it.

  3. Blurgle says: March 31, 20083:50 pm

    Stannous: I found a New York Times article on the square vs. round invention:

    http://query.nytimes.co…

    Normally I’d tinyurl that, but for the past few weeks every time I get a tinyurl sent to me it links to this.

  4. someone says: June 6, 20086:53 am

    hey this is a cool site looking round it and seeing what is on it x

  5. someone says: June 6, 20086:54 am

    hehe im silly

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