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1. (WO2001037956) A METHOD OF OPERATION OF A BALL MACHINE AND A BALL MACHINE

Pub. No.:    WO/2001/037956    International Application No.:    PCT/NO2000/000400
Publication Date: Fri Jun 01 01:59:59 CEST 2001 International Filing Date: Wed Nov 29 00:59:59 CET 2000
IPC: A63B 9/00
A63B 47/00
A63B 47/02
A63B 47/04
A63B 67/00
Applicants: KARLSEN, Knut
AUD KARLSEN
Inventors: KARLSEN, Knut
Title: A METHOD OF OPERATION OF A BALL MACHINE AND A BALL MACHINE
Abstract:
The invention relates to a method for operating a ball machine (1) where balls (9) are delivered to a collecting chamber (15) in the machine (1) and are thrown out therefrom. The invention also relates to a ball machine, comprising a ball inlet (5), a ball collecting chamber (15) connected to the ball inlet, and a ball outlet (17) connected to the ball collecting chamber. The invention has been developed in particular in connection with activity rooms for children, so-called ball playrooms that are filled with hundreds of plastic balls of different colours. The machine encourages the children to be active in that they put the balls into the machine, and the balls are then collected in a collecting chamber (15), whereupon they are thrown out in the form of a ball shower over the children. The machine may also optionally sort out damaged balls and other articles. In addition, the ball machine (1) may have brush means for removing dirt and dust from the balls. The ball machine (1) may also comprise a ball cleaning machine (55) for wet cleaning the balls. In addition, the ball machine (1) may include a ball vacuum cleaner which sucks the balls up so that the balls can be easily removed, thus allowing the floor of the ball room be cleaned without difficulty once the balls have been removed.