Child labor laws are somewhat strict in this country, but after you see how much energy kids have, it seems a shame not to try and capture it in some way. Let’s face it; they are the closest thing to perpetual motion machines that we know how to create. Yes, they require fuel quite regularly but after that they turn that fuel into a constant source of motion.
I love this patent, so it is not really a what were they thinking in that regard. This is simple and fun, but – there is one small problem! (Anyone who was at the Synopsys Primetime SIG event at DAC may remember the one small problem presentation) How do you get a small child to go up and down a lawn in nice straight lines? They are far more likely to make something like – well a childish doodle on your lawn and as for the edges – we all know that kids can’t keep within the lines! So along with having some parts of the lawn short and others long, you are potentially going to be missing a number of flowers. Perhaps this is intended more for people who have really big yards and then they can invite lots of friends over and at the end of the cycle-a-thon take a picture and sell it as artwork.
Now, I do have to take exception to the first paragraph of the disclosure. It says: An object and advantage of the present invention is to provide a pedal operated mower hat does not consume fuel or make noise corresponding to engines for mowers, but provides an arrangement that is conveniently an exercise assembly for operators, both young and old.
Hmm – no fuel and no noise.
Another advantage of the present invention: operator need not be required to start an engine and to endanger pulling his arm out of socket in order to crank the mower…
Any ideas for a guidance device that we could attach to this?
Brian Bailey – keeping you covered
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