For some fun this week, I have picked another patent. This time we look at a device for bird watching - up close and personal...
US Patent 5,996,127 was awarded in December 1999 and is for those that dont like having to move from your couch or lawn chair. Instead of watching birds feed naturally, it attempts to bring them to you thus for the ultimate control freak. I also love the way that the first set of claims is built. Now just picture this: the poles are defined to be between 6 and 18 inches. And you are not going to move and thus frighten the birds when they get that close?
A device for feeding and observing flying animals comprising a hat, a
support mounted on the hat and extending outward from the hat, and a
feeder mounted on the support. When flying animals feed from the
feeders, a person wearing the hat may observe them from a short
distance. The device may comprise a helmet with three poles mounted on
it and extending outward from the helmet, and a feeder hanging from each
of the poles. A variety of flying animals, including butterflies,
hummingbirds, and other small birds, may be observed with the device.
1. A device for feeding and observing flying animals comprising:
a hat, the hat including a front portion and a rear portion;
a first support mounted on the hat and extending forward of the front portion of the hat; and
a feeder configured to contain food for flying animals mounted on the first support, wherein the flying animals can be observed while they feed.
2. The device of claim 1, wherein the hat is a helmet.
3. The device of claim 1, wherein the hat further comprises a chin strap.
4. The device of claim 1, wherein the hat further comprises a rear strap, for securing the device by engaging a wearer's clothing.
5. The device of claim 1, wherein the hat further comprises a counterweight capable of counterbalancing a weight of the support and feeder.
6. The device of claim 1, wherein the support comprises a pole.
7. The device of claim 6, wherein the pole is a telescoping pole.
8. The device of claim 6, wherein the pole is removably mounted on the hat.
9. The device of claim 6, wherein the pole further comprises a hook for mounting the feeder on the pole.
10. The device of claim 6, wherein the pole extends about 6 to 18 inches from the hat.
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