Patent application title: Light up pool ball
Tom Mating (Quincy, IL, US)
IPC8 Class: AA63B4300FI
Class name: Games using tangible projectile billiards or pool ball
Publication date: 2008-09-11
Patent application number: 20080220888
A light emitting billiard ball adapted to transmit light upon impact
having an outer shell and a light emitting circuit. The light emitting
circuit energizes an LED and the energized LED transmits light through
the outer shell. The principle use is for billiard balls however other
applications will benefit from this invention. For example, Bocce balls,
bowling balls, tennis balls, ping pong balls, as well as other balls in
impact applications will benefit from this application.
1. A light emitting billiard ball, comprising:an outer shell adapted to
admit light;a core being disposed in said outer shell; anda light
emitting circuit assembly embedded in said core having a battery, an LED,
and an impact switch, said impact switch being electrically connected
between said battery and said LED, said impact switch adapted to energize
said LED upon impact, and said energized LED transmits light through said
Statement Regarding Federally Sponsored Research or Development
We have not received any federally sponsored research or development.
We are submitting a pool ball to be used in the billiards industry that when struck will light up for a period of time. The ball is balanced so that it will be able to be used in a game of pool.
BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWING
FIG. 1 is a schematic representation of a light emitting billiard ball embodying the present invention.
BEST MODE FOR CARRYING OUT THE INVENTION
The enclosed drawing, FIG. 1, refers a light emitting billiard ball shown with an outer shell (1) that admits light. A light, LED (light emitting diode) (2) and a light emitting circuit assembly (3) embedded in the ball. The light emitting circuit assembly (3) comprises a battery (4) that provides the necessary voltage, the LED (2) and an impact switch (5) electrically connected (6) between the battery (4) and the LED (2). The impact switch (5) is comprised of a casing and a spring. The casing is connected to the positive terminal of the battery (4) by a conductor (6). When struck, the light emitting billiard ball flashes, as it rolls over a pool table.