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The present invention concerns a game of the see-saw type wherein an extended bar or beam is generally, not necessarily, oscillated up and down by two children sitting astride the beam itself at the respective ends.

It is known that a game of this type, even in the more sophisticated versions which can be found in playgrounds for children can be exclusively used by pairs of users having moreover a weight which is not too much different . It is clear that a single child could not make use of such a game, even if he would be with a parent whose weight is evidently too much different. Furthermore this can be rather monotonous, a while afterwards, because it is only possible to alternately move up and down with the two ends of the beam, by oscillating thus around the balance position thereof.
It is therefore an object of the present invention to provide a game of the above mentioned type which allows other movements, besides the oscillation on a vertical plane, in particular the rotation around the vertical axis of the central supporting pin, but most of all can be used for fun even by a single child or adult at a time, or even by an adult with child, placed if necessary, for safety on the same end of the beam.
These objects are attained with a structure comprising a bar or extended beam capable of oscillating on the vertical plane around a central horizontal pin mounted on a support rotating around a vertical axis with respect to a fixed base, wherein along said beam there is mounted a sliding counterweight which can be positioned by means of suitable manual or automatic controls in order to balance the weights on the two arms of the beam with respect to the central pin.
According to a particular aspect of the present invention, on an arm of the beam there is reproduced a weight scale along which visibly runs a pointer integral with said counterweight so as to act as a balance of the whole. According to a further aspect of the present invention, the game acting if necessary as a balance is of the on-payment type, which may be installed for instance also in amusement parks as well as in public parks, and comprises a slot machine to control the start of a game cycle which comprises the positioning of the counterweight by means of an electric motor controlled by suitable balance position sensors, the rotation of the central rotating support by operating a motor reducer with several successive speeds if necessary, and the end of the cycle by bringing the counterweight back to the initial central position.
These and other objects, advantages and features of the game according to the present invention will appear more evident from the following description of a preferred embodiment thereof, disclosed by way of a non limiting example with reference to the attached drawings wherein:
Figure 1 is a schematic lateral view of the game according to the present invention with the oscillating beam at the horizontal balance point and, with a broken line, in the two extreme oscillating positions; and
Figure 2 is a top plan view of the same game of Fig.l in two different positions during the rotation around the vertical axis .
Referring to the drawings, the game according to the present invention consists of a supporting structure comprising a base 1 which can be fixed to or only laid on the ground or the pavement, however being rather heavy (for instance being made of concrete) in order to withstand possible overturning of the whole, still allowing its moving, when desired. Thereon is mounted a fixed support 2 on which there is mounted, for instance on an axial ball bearing 10, a rotating support 3 capable of rotating around a vertical axis X-X. The bar or oscillating beam 4 of the see-saw is mounted on said rotating support 3 by means of a horizontal pin 8 (visible in Fig. 2) provided with terminal flanges in order to avoid the discharge, during the oscillations, of the beam 4 which preferably has flanges 9 in the central zone acting as guides inside the upper portion of rotating support 3.
With 5 there is shown the motor reducer for rotating, at different speeds if necessary, the rotating support 3, suitable kinematic devices (not shown in the drawings) being provided for the motion transmission inside fixed support 2.
A sliding counterweight 7 is provided, preferably along the lower side of beam 4 and as inner as possible in order to create the slightest hindrance especially in the central pivoting zone, whereby there are provided suitable sliding guides on the beam and operating units consisting for instance of a double chain with toothed wheels and manual operating controls such as hand wheels and the like. On the contrary, in the figures there has been shown a motor 6 for the translational motion of counterweight 7 by any known means, for instance a worm screw or rack system. Motor 6 can be operated to automatically move to the right position the counterweight by means of suitable sensors which, placed for instance in the zone wherein shock-absorbing buffers 17 are provided on rotating support 3, control the rotation in either direction of the reversible motor 6, moving thus the counterweight 7 forwards to an end position or backwards to the central position drawn with an unbroken line in Fig. 1, up to get the balance, the beam 4 being horizontal in the game starting position.
Counterweight 7 may be provided with a pointer 11 to indicate, on a suitable weight scale 16, reproduced on one of the arms of beam 4, the weight of a person sitting on the end of the opposite arm, acting thus as a real balance . With 12 there have been shown the hand-resting and back-resting elements between the seat portions 18 provided on both ends of beam 4, and which may be more than one in order to allow several children or adults to use the game at one and/or the other end, while the respective foot-rests have been shown with 13. It is clear that, when children are sitting on both arms of the beam, the weight shown by the counterweight on the scale 16 is the weight difference between two children or groups of children.
At last, the game according to the present invention is suitable to be used on payment, by means of a token or a coin to be inserted into a slot machine 15, so as to give the necessary impulse to unlock the counterweight 7 from its central resting-position drawn with unbroken lines in Fig. 1. The same impulse controls the operation of motor 6 thanks to the above mentioned sensors (not shown) up to the right position of counterweight 7 which therefore allows the child to make use of the see-saw game even without a partner on the other end of the latter, or with a parent, sitting nearby if necessary, on the same side of the beam, especially if the child is young. At the same time a timer is started for the delayed start of motor reducer 5 which rotates beam 4 of the see-saw, if necessary at different successive speeds and with direction reversal, up to the end of the game cycle and the return of the counterweight to the central resting-position. Said cycle may be programmed in advance and if necessary modified by the user by operating on a control panel 14 placed near the seat 18.
Of course, the game may also be used in a traditional way by children placed astride both ends of the beam, with the possibility of manually move the counterweight, as above mentioned, and rotate the rotating support by means of the muscular power only.