A police car's door or body can provide officers protection from gunfire. But for those who patrol on bicycles, there's little shield from bullets or other projectiles. U.S. Patent No. 8,272,310 could give those on two-wheeled vehicles some cover.
Bicycles and motorcycles give police officers a cheaper and more agile way to patrol, but not much protection from gunfire. This invention tries to remedy that with a bullet-resistant shield that can be mounted to the rear wheel of a common bike or motorcycle. And it even has a place to store equipment.
The compartment would include drop-down or pop-up panels "to cover the vital areas of the body as an officer crouches behind it for protection," according to the patent filing. Some of the shield would be made of transparent material, like bulletproof glass, so an officer can see through the panel when returning fire.
The inventor is Dennis Ingram of Cherry Hill, New Jersey.
Personal Roll Bar
If you anticipate taking a nasty tumble, or if you're a total klutz, this invention for a personal roll bar is designed to protect a person's head and neck by transferring the force of impact to the waist.
Of course, if a wearable roll bar isn't the look you're after, there's always the jacket with abuilt-in parachute.
The inventor is Kurt Hamilton of Orange, California.
Are We There Yet?
What is it about the back seat of a car that makes kids want to fight? Perhaps it has to do with being strapped down in close proximity to one another with no one to break up the battle. If that's the case, could the simple invention in U.S. Patent No. 8,272,674 serve as the peacemaker?
Divide and Conquer
We told you it was simple. This invention for a seat partition with a deformable frame supposedly "reduces the interaction" between the kids and keeps them under control. "This allows for an improved atmosphere in the vehicle, especially so that the driver can better focus on driving," according to the patent filing.
The inventor is George Vance of Rock Hill, South Carolina.
One on None
As popular as basketball is, getting enough players to show up for practice can be difficult. U.S. Patent No. 8,277,340 claims to have the perfect substitution.
Not enough players for practice? Roll these guys out. This basketball training device, designed to mimic an opposing player, sits on caster wheels so it can be pushed and pulled around the court by a coach using a long rod. If a player is about to take a shot, the coach can also release a latch that causes the man-shaped object to move up, simulating a defender jumping up to block a shot.
The inventor is Anthony Devine of Bristol, Pennsylvania.
It may remind you of the Snuggie or the Slanket, but the inventor behind U.S. Patent No. 8,276,224 would have you believe it's something very different (and cozy).
Just when you thought it was safe again to buy a blanket without sleeves, here comes a "bed sheet with integrated sleeping garment."
The invention, designed for infants, kids and adults (we know you're thinking about yourself), includes a bedsheet with a built-in garment that holds the user securely in the middle of the mattress. The sheet, which also allows the user to sit or stand on the mattress, keeps the person warm without the use of a separate blanket, according to the patent filing.
The inventors are Joanna and Jan Marco von Yurt of Santa Barbara, California.