Referring to FIG. 1, a musical jump rope 10 according to the present invention includes a flexible line 11 having a pair of handles attached to the ends thereof for being grasped by the hands of the user. As shown in FIG. 1, at least one of the handles 12 comprises a battery-operated musical and lighting unit. Here, opposing handles are held by the user and the flexible line is swung around the body of the user while the music sounds and the lights flash in at least one of the handles. This musical jump rope serves to amuse the user and observers.
The present invention is a musical jump rope, comprising: (a) a flexible line having a length sufficient for rotating the line around a person's body as a half loop; and (b) a pair of handles attached to the ends of the flexible line for being grasped by the hands of a user. At least one of the handles comprises: (1) a battery power source, (2) a pre-programmed electronic music chip, (3) a speaker driven by the music chip, (4) a plurality of incandescent lights; (5) at least one activator button for activating the music chip and the incandescent lights; (6) a dual timing circuit for driving the music chip and the incandescent lights for a fixed, pre-set period, and (7) a translucent handle covering. When the user depresses the activator button, music sounds from the speaker and the incandescent lights flash for the fixed, pre-set period for the amusement of the user or observers.
Referring now to the drawings, FIG. 1 shows a musical jump rope, generally indicated by arrow 10, comprising an elongated hollow tube 11 having a plurality of apertures 13 formed on the tube substantially near the mid-length thereof. The apertures 13 extend entirely through the skin of the tube 11 to provide the interior of the tube 11 with communication to the atmosphere.
The incandescent lights 19 may simply all flash on and off repeatedly, or they may be programmed (preferred) to flash in time to the music. Although they are visible in daylight, the incandescent lights are more attractive at dusk or at night. This musical jump rope can be used, for example, by children to play the game "snake," where a child holds one handle and vigorously wiggles the rope on the ground in imitation of a moving snake while the other children jump over the rope. The lit (musical) handle would be an effective "snake head." Alternatively, both handles can be musical and/or include light displays. One or more ropes according to the present invention could be used by two or more players, e.g., where two children each turn one end of the jump rope while a third child jumps.
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