Play facility

  • US 7,311,610 B2
  • Filed: 02/10/2003
  • Issued: 12/25/2007
  • Est. Priority Date: 02/20/2002
  • Status: Active Grant
First Claim
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1. A play facility comprising:

  • partition members for forming a play space partitioned from an external space and configured to let play participants play within the play space;

    an approximately horizontally oriented, elastic tubular member shaped into a tubular loop form from a pliant transparent sheet material and formed to be gastight, said tubular member being interiorly filled with gas and being arranged in a bottom region inside the play space;

    a pouchlike member, formed similarly to said tubular member of a pliant sheet material and to be gastight, arranged to the inside of the tubular member loop, the internal space of said pouch-like member being communicated with the internal space of said tubular member;

    a pressurizing means for charging said tubular member and said pouch-like member internally with gas to elevate their internal pressure, so as to render both said tubular member as well as said pouch-like member weight bearing/impact resistant;

    a gas-flow generation means for unidirectionally flowing the gas inside said tubular member; and

    a plurality of elastic flowing members accommodated inside said tubular member, for being caused to flow inside said tubular member by the gas flow generated by said gas-flow generation means, whereby players can experience, through said tubular member, the elasticity of said flowing members.

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