AUTOMATIC JUMP ROPE Filed Aug ..

AUTOMATIC JUMP ROPE Filed May 21, 1958 I 2 Sheets-Sheet 1 INVENTOR Ema/v L. WoL Fs0/v y M W) ATTORNEY Noy. 3, 1959 B. L. WOLFSON 2,911,063

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  • While the above-described devices fulfill their respective, particular objectives and requirements, the aforementioned patents do not describe an automatic jump rope apparatus that can be manually or battery powered and allows a hands-free approach to jumping rope. Both the Haller '599 and the Castello '268 patents fail to provide a mechanical way of turning the rope and require one participant to turn the end of the rope that is not connected to the device. The Ruddell, et al. '985, Tannahill '584, Weston, et al. '376, and Reid, et al. '425 devices, require a power supply for operation. Electrical outlets are not typically found in good jump roping areas, and batteries can be expensive to continually replace. Furthermore, the Ruddell, et al. '985 patent does not provide a means for jumping rope if there is no stationary structure available, such as in an open field or on a beach, to which one end of the jump rope can be attached. Another drawback of the Tannahill '584 patent is that it does not provide a means to stabilize the base on uneven ground. Finally, the Reid, et al. '425 patent reveals a complex device which would drive cost of the unit beyond the range of many potential consumers.

    Therefore, a need exists for a new and improved automatic jump rope apparatus that can be used for engaging in hands free rope jumping. In this regard, the present invention substantially fulfills this need. In this respect, the automatic jump rope apparatus according to the present invention substantially departs from the conventional concepts and designs of the prior art, and in doing so provides an apparatus primarily developed for the purpose of allowing any number of users to enjoy hands free rope jumping.

  • In view of the foregoing disadvantages inherent in the known types of automatic jump rope apparatus now present in the prior art, the present invention provides an improved automatic jump rope apparatus, and overcomes the above-mentioned disadvantages and drawbacks of the prior art. As such, the general purpose of the present invention, which will be described subsequently in greater detail, is to provide a new and improved automatic jump rope apparatus which has all the advantages of the prior art mentioned heretofore and many novel features that result in a automatic jump rope apparatus which is not anticipated, rendered obvious, suggested, or even implied by the prior art, either alone or in any combination thereof.

    United States Patent o Fice 3,263,995 AUTOMATIC JUMP ROPE Dean K. Morrow, 1050 W. Kensington Road, Los Angeles, Calif. Filed Aug. 31, 1964, Ser. No. 393,151 4 Claims. (Cl. 272-75) This invention relates to equipment for use on playgrounds and the like, and more particularly to a jump rope and apparatus for turning the same.

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    It is therefore an object of the present invention to provide a new and improved automatic jump rope apparatus that has all of the advantages of the prior art automatic jump rope apparatus and none of the disadvantages.

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The use of an automated jump rope apparatus is known in the prior art. For example, U.S. Pat. No. 5,167,599 to Anne L. Haller discloses a jump rope apparatus that consists of a telescoping base with a support arm that permits rotation of an attached jump rope. However, the Haller '599 patent provides no mechanical way of turning the rope and requires one participant to turn the end of the rope that is not connected to the device.