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Publication numberWO2002047525 A1
Publication typeApplication
Application numberPCT/AU2001/001606
Publication date20 Jun 2002
Filing date12 Dec 2001
Priority date12 Dec 2000
Publication numberPCT/2001/1606, PCT/AU/1/001606, PCT/AU/1/01606, PCT/AU/2001/001606, PCT/AU/2001/01606, PCT/AU1/001606, PCT/AU1/01606, PCT/AU1001606, PCT/AU101606, PCT/AU2001/001606, PCT/AU2001/01606, PCT/AU2001001606, PCT/AU200101606, WO 0247525 A1, WO 0247525A1, WO 2002/047525 A1, WO 2002047525 A1, WO 2002047525A1, WO-A1-0247525, WO-A1-2002047525, WO0247525 A1, WO0247525A1, WO2002/047525A1, WO2002047525 A1, WO2002047525A1
InventorsKevin Greig Brown
ApplicantKevin Greig Brown
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: Patentscope, Espacenet
Hand holdable batons and methods of use
WO 2002047525 A1
Abstract
A hand holdable baton comprising a handle and at least one elongate member extending from said handle, said elongate member being selected from the group consisting of an elongate member having an end which is capable of being used by a user for crushing food material, an elongate member having an end which is capable of being used by a user for crushing food material and which displays promotional matter, an elongate member having an end which is capable of being used by a user for crushing food material and which is capable of displaying promotional matter, an elongate member capable of displaying promotional matter and an elongate member which displays promotional matter. Method for crushing food material is also described, the method comprising taking a baton of the invention comprising an elongate member having an end which is capable of being used by a user for crushing food material; and crushing the food material with said end.
Claims  (OCR text may contain errors)
1. A hand holdable baton comprising:
(a) a handle; and
(b) at least one elongate member extending from said handle said elongate member being selected from the group consisting of an elongate member having an end which is capable of being used by a user for crushing food material, an elongate member having an end which is capable of being used by a user for crushing food material and which displays promotional matter, an elongate member having an end which is capable of being used by a user for crushing food material and which is capable of displaying promotional matter, an elongate member capable of displaying promotional matter and an elongate member which displays promotional matter.
2. A hand holdable baton comprising: (a) a handle; (b) at least one elongate member extending from said handle said elongate member being selected from the group consisting of: an elongate member having an end which is capable of being used by a user for crushing food material and which is capable of displaying promotional matter, transmitting light and emitting light, an elongate member having an end which is capable of being used by a user for crushing food material and which displays promotional matter, and is capable of transmitting light and emitting light, an elongate member which is capable of being used by a user for crushing food material and which is capable of transmitting light and emitting light, an elongate member being capable of displaying promotional matter, transmitting light and emitting light, an elongate member which displays promotional matter and is capable of transmitting light and emitting light and an elongate member which is capable of transmitting light and emitting light; and
(c) at least one light source which is disposed relative to said elongate member such that in use it directs light into said elongate member whereby said elongate member transmits said directed light and emits said directed and transmitted light.
3. The hand holdable baton of claim 2 wherein the light source is located within the handle.
4. A hand holdable baton comprising: (a) a handle having two ends; and (b) each end of said handle having an elongate member extending therefrom at least one of said elongate members being selected from the group consisting of an elongate member having an end which is capable of being used by a user for crushing food material, an elongate member having an end which is capable of being used by a user for crushing food material and being capable of displaying promotional matter, an elongate member having an end which is capable of being used by a user for crushing food material and which displays promotional matter, an elongate member which displays promotional matter and an elongate member capable of displaying promotional matter.
5. A hand holdable baton comprising:
(a) a handle having two ends;
(b) each end of said handle having an elongate member extending therefrom at least one of said elongate members being selected from the group consisting of an elongate member having an end which is capable of being used by a user for crushing food material and which is capable of displaying promotional matter, transmitting light and emitting light, an elongate member having an end which is capable of being used by a user for crushing food material and which is capable of transmitting light and emitting light, an elongate member having an end which is capable of being used by a user for crushing food material and which displays promotional matter and is capable of transmitting light and emitting light, an elongate member which is capable of transmitting light and emitting light, an elongate member which displays promotional matter, and is capable of transmitting light and emitting light and an elongate member which is capable of displaying promotional matter, transmitting light and emitting light; and
(c) at least one light source which is disposed relative to said at least one elongate member such that in use it directs light into said at least one elongate member whereby said at least one elongate member transmits said directed light and emits said directed and transmitted light.
6. The hand holdable baton of claim 5 wherein the light source is located within the handle.
7. A hand holdable baton comprising: (a) a handle having two ends; (b) each end of said handle having an elongate member extending therefrom each of said elongate members being an elongate member having an end which is capable of being used by a user for crushing food material and which displays promotional matter and is capable of transmitting light and emitting light; and
(c) a first light source disposed relative to one of said elongate members such that in use it directs light into said elongate member whereby said one of said elongate members transmits said directed light and emits said directed and transmitted light, and a second light source disposed relative to the other of said elongate members such that in use it directs light into said other elongate member whereby said other of said elongate members transmits said directed light and emits said directed and transmitted light.
8. The hand holdable baton of claim 7 wherein the first and second light sources are located within the handle.
9. A hand holdable baton comprising:
(a) a handle having two ends;
(b) each end of said handle having an elongate member extending therefrom each of said elongate members being an elongate member having an end which is capable of being used by a user for crushing food material and which is capable of displaying promotional matter and is capable of transmitting light and emitting light; and
(c) a first light source disposed relative to one of said elongate members such that in use it directs light into said one of said elongate members whereby said one of said elongate members transmits said directed light and emits said directed and transmitted light, and a second light source disposed relative to the other of said elongate members such that in use it directs light into said other elongate member whereby said other of said elongate members transmits said directed light and emits said directed and transmitted light.
10. The hand holdable baton of claim 9 wherein the first and second light sources are located within the handle.
11. A hand holdable baton comprising:
(a) a handle having two ends;
(b) one end of said handle having an elongate member extending therefrom said elongate member having an end which is capable of being used by a user for crushing food material and which displays promotional matter and is capable of transmitting light and emitting light; and
(c) a first light source disposed relative to said elongate member such that in use it directs light into said elongate member whereby said elongate member transmits said directed light and emits said directed and transmitted light.
12. The hand holdable baton of claim 9 wherein the first light source is located within the handle.
13. A hand holdable baton comprising: (a) a handle having two ends;
(b) one end of said handle having an elongate member extending therefrom said elongate member having an end which is capable of being used by a user for crushing food material and which is capable of displaying promotional matter and is capable of transmitting light and emitting light; and (c) a first light source disposed relative to said elongate member such that in use it directs light into said elongate member whereby said elongate member transmits said directed light and emits said directed and transmitted light.
14. The hand holdable baton of claim 9 wherein the first light source is located within the handle.
15. A method for crushing food material and preparing a drinkable beverage comprising crushed food material comprising taking hand holdable baton comprising:
(a) a handle; and (b) at least one elongate member extending from said handle said elongate member being selected from the group consisting of an elongate member having an end which is capable of being used by a user for crushing food material, an elongate member having an end which is capable of being used by a user for crushing food material and which displays promotional matter, an elongate member having an end which is capable of being used by a user for crushing food material and which is capable of displaying promotional matter, an elongate member capable of displaying promotional matter and an elongate member which displays promotional matter; and crushing food material with said end.
16. The method of claim 15 further comprising pouring a liquid beverage over the crushed food material to form a drinkable beverage comprising crushed food material.
17. A method for crushing food material and preparing a drinkable beverage comprising crushed food material comprising taking hand holdable baton comprising:
(a) a handle;
(b) at least one elongate member extending from said handle said elongate member being selected from the group consisting of: an elongate member having an end which is capable of being used by a user for crushing food material and which is capable of displaying promotional matter, transmitting light and emitting light, an elongate member having an end which is capable of being used by a user for crushing food material and which displays promotional matter, and is capable of transmitting light and emitting light, an elongate member which is capable of being used by a user for crushing food material and which is capable of transmitting light and emitting light, an elongate member being capable of displaying promotional matter, transmitting light and emitting light, an elongate member which displays promotional matter and is capable of transmitting light and emitting light and an elongate member which is capable of transmitting light and emitting light; and
(c) at least one light source which is disposed relative to said elongate member such that in use it directs light into said elongate member whereby said elongate member transmits said directed light and emits said directed and transmitted light; turning on the light source whereby light is transmitted in and emitted from the elongate member; and crushing food material with said end.
18. The method of claim 17 further comprising pouring a liquid beverage over the crushed food material to form a drinkable beverage comprising crushed food material.
Description  (OCR text may contain errors)

HAND HOLDABLE BATONS AND METHODS OF USE Technical Field

This invention relates to hand holdable batons and methods of using hand holdable batons. Background Art

There is a need for hand holdable batons and methods of using hand holdable batons.

Objects of the Invention Objects of this invention are to provide hand holdable batons and methods of using such hand holdable batons.

Disclosure of Invention According to one embodiment of this invention there is provided a hand holdable baton comprising: (a) a handle; and (b) at least one elongate member extending from said handle said elongate member being selected from the group consisting of an elongate member having an end which is capable of being used by a user for crushing food material, an elongate member having an end which is capable of being used by a user for crushing food material and which displays promotional matter, an elongate member having an end which is capable of being used by a user for crushing food material and which is capable of displaying promotional matter, an elongate member capable of displaying promotional matter and an elongate member which displays promotional matter.

According to a further embodiment of this invention there is provided a hand holdable baton comprising:

(a) a handle;

(b) at least one elongate member extending from said handle said elongate member being selected from the group consisting of: an elongate member having an end which is capable of being used by a user for crushing food material and which is capable of displaying promotional matter, transmitting light and emitting light, an elongate member having an end which is capable of being used by a user for crushing food material and which displays promotional matter, and is capable of transmitting light and emitting light, an elongate member which is capable of being used by a user for crushing food material and which is capable of transmitting light and emitting light, an elongate member being capable of displaying promotional matter, transmitting light and emitting light, an elongate member which displays promotional matter and is capable of transmitting light and emitting light and an elongate member which is capable of transmitting light and emitting light; and (c) at least one light source which is disposed relative to said elongate member such that in use it directs light into said elongate member whereby said elongate member transmits said directed light and emits said directed and transmitted light.

According to one embodiment of this invention there is provided a hand holdable baton comprising:

(a) a handle having two ends; and

(b) each end of said handle having an elongate member extending therefrom at least one of said elongate members being selected from the group consisting of an elongate member having an end which is capable of being used by a user for crushing food material, an elongate member having an end which is capable of being used by a user for crushing food material and being capable of displaying promotional matter, an elongate member having an end which is capable of being used by a user for crushing food material and which displays promotional matter, an elongate member which displays promotional matter and an elongate member capable of displaying promotional matter.

According to a further embodiment of this invention there is provided a hand holdable baton comprising:

(a) a handle having two ends; (b) each end of said handle having an elongate member extending therefrom at least one of said elongate members being selected from the group consisting of an elongate member having an end which is capable of being used by a user for crushing food material and which is capable of displaying promotional matter, transmitting light and emitting light, an elongate member having an end which is capable of being used by a user for crushing food material and which is capable of transmitting light and emitting light, an elongate member having an end which is capable of being used by a user for crushing food material and which displays promotional matter and is capable of transmitting light and emitting light, an elongate member which is capable of transmitting light and emitting light, an elongate member which displays promotional matter, and is capable of transmitting light and emitting light and an elongate member which is capable of displaying promotional matter, transmitting light and emitting light; and

(c) at least one light source which is disposed relative to said at least one elongate member such that in use it directs light into said at least one elongate member whereby said at least one elongate member transmits said directed light and emits said directed and transmitted light.

In a particular embodiment of this invention there is provided a hand holdable baton comprising: (a) a handle having two ends;

(b) each end of said handle having an elongate member extending therefrom each of said elongate members being an elongate member having an end which is capable of being used by a user for crushing food material and which displays promotional matter and is capable of transmitting light and emitting light; and

(c) a first light source disposed relative to one of said elongate members such that in use it directs light into said elongate member whereby said one of said elongate members transmits said directed light and emits said directed and transmitted light, and a second light source disposed relative to the other of said elongate members such that in use it directs light into said other elongate member whereby said other of said elongate members transmits said directed light and emits said directed and transmitted light.

In another particular embodiment of this invention there is provided a hand holdable baton comprising: (a) a handle having two ends;

(b) each end of said handle having an elongate member extending therefrom each of said elongate members being an elongate member having an end which is capable of being used by a user for crushing food material and which is capable of displaying promotional matter and is capable of transmitting light and emitting light; and

(c) a first light source disposed relative to one of said elongate members such that in use it directs light into said one of said elongate members whereby said one of said elongate members transmits said directed light and emits said directed and transmitted light, and a second light source disposed relative to the other of said elongate members such that in use it directs light into said other elongate member whereby said other of said elongate members transmits said directed light and emits said directed and transmitted light.

In a further particular embodiment of this invention there is provided a hand holdable baton comprising: (a) a handle having two ends;

(b) one end of said handle having an elongate member extending therefrom said elongate member having an end which is capable of being used by a user for crushing food material and which displays promotional matter and is capable of transmitting light and emitting light; and (c) a first light source disposed relative to said elongate member such that in use it directs light into said elongate member whereby said elongate member transmits said directed light and emits said directed and transmitted light.

In another further particular embodiment of this invention there is provided a hand holdable baton comprising:

(a) a handle having two ends;

(b) one end of said handle having an elongate member extending therefrom said elongate member having an end which is capable of being used by a user for crushing food material and which is capable of displaying promotional matter and is capable of transmitting light and emitting light; and

(c) a first light source disposed relative to said elongate member such that in use it directs light into said elongate member whereby said elongate member transmits said directed light and emits said directed and transmitted light. The light source(s) may be located within the handle. The light source(s) may be located within the elongate member(s).

Typically the light source includes a power source. The power source usually includes an associated electronic circuit to match the power source with an at least one illumination source (e.g. a globe, an LED, a laser diode, a laser, a fluorescent tube, etc). There are many forms of suitable electronic circuits in this regard which are well known to those skilled the art. Usually the electronic circuit includes a switch to enable the light source to be switched on and off.

According to a further embodiment of this invention there is provided a method for crushing food material comprising taking a baton of the invention comprising an elongate member having an end which is capable of being used by a user for crushing food material; and crushing the food material with said end.

According to a further embodiment of this invention there is provided a 5 method for crushing food material and preparing a drinkable beverage comprising crushed food material comprising taking a baton of the invention comprising an elongate member having an end which is capable of being used by a user for crushing food material; and crushing food material with said end. 0 The method may further comprise pouring a liquid beverage over the crushed food material to form a drinkable beverage comprising crushed food material.

According to a further embodiment of this invention there is provided a method for displaying promotional material comprising s taking a baton of the invention comprising an elongate member having an end which displays the promotional material; and exposing said baton to one or more persons so as to promote the promotional material.

According to a further embodiment of this invention there is provided a o method for crushing food material and for displaying promotional material comprising taking a baton of the invention comprising an elongate member having an end which is capable of being used by a user for crushing food material and which displays the promotional material; and 5 crushing the food material with said end and exposing said baton to one or more persons so as to promote the promotional material.

According to a further embodiment of this invention there is provided a method for crushing food material, preparing a drinkable beverage comprising crushed food material and for displaying promotional material comprising o taking a baton of the invention comprising an elongate member having an end which is capable of being used by a user for crushing food material and which displays the promotional material; and crushing food material with said end. pouring a liquid beverage over the crushed food material to form a 5 drinkable beverage comprising crushed food material exposing said baton to one or more persons so as to promote the promotional material.

The elongate member(s) may be an annular member such as a member whose cross sectional shape is circular or elliptical or other ring like shape, a member whose cross sectional shape is square, rectangular, triangular, or other suitable shape. Suitable elongate members include elongate mebers selected from the group consisting of a tube, a rod, an annular tube, an annular rod, a cylindrical tube, a cylindrical rod, an elliptical tube, an elliptical rod, a square tube, a square rod, a rectangular tube, a rectangular rod, a triangular tube, a triangular rod, a tube having an irregular cross sectional shape, a rod having an irregular cross sectional shape, a polygonal tube, and a polygonal rod. Usually the external shape of the elongate member is such that it is hand holdable by a user. The length of the elongate member may be longer than the diameter of the elongate member, it may be substantially the same as the diameter of the elongate member, or it may be shorter than the diameter of the elongate member. The elongate member may be coloured (e.g. red, green, blue, orange, yellow, purple, white, black, brown, pink, grey, primrose, etc) or noncoloured (e.g. clear, transparent, etc).

The elongate member may have any finish as desired or required. For example, the elongate member may have a frosted finish, a clear finish, a textured finish, a striped finish, an even finish, an uneven finish, a polished finish a rough finish, a rippled finish, etc.

The elongate member may be tapered so as to facilitate manufacture by, for example, injection moulding. Typically, the promotional material is in the form of one or more of a trademark, design, shape, logo, pattern, picture, drawing, photograph, comic drawing, drawing, one or more words, one or more letters, one or more numbers, etc.

Where the baton is intended for crushing food material the handle and the elongate member are normally constructed from food grade materials. Food grade polycarbonate is a suitable material for the elongate member and the handle for example. Stainless steel may be used for the elongate member when it is not required to be transparent to light. The handle may comprise stainless steel. The handle may have the same cross sectional shape as the elongate member or it may have a different cross sectional shape.

Typically the exposing of said baton to one or more persons so as to promote the promotional material occurs before, during and/or after said crushing.

Typically the crushing of food material with said end is performed in a container or on a base (e.g. a board). Typically the container is a drinking container (e.g. a glass).

The baton is particularly suitable for use at a table or in front of or behind a bar by a bartender, and, in the case where the baton comprises an elongate member having an end for crushing food material, particularly a bartender who prepares drinks comprising crushed food material, at a table or for use in front of or behind a counter by a person who prepares drinks and, in the case where the baton comprises an elongate member having an end for crushing food material, particularly a person who prepares drinks comprising crushed food material, or for use by a waiter or waitress who prepares drinks and, in the case where the baton comprises an elongate member having an end for crushing food material, particularly a waiter or waitress who prepares drinks comprising crushed food material. In use, the light source may provide a continuous source of light or a noncontinuous source of light. Examples of noncontinuous sources of light include a flashing source of light, a pulsed source of light, and an intermittent source of light. The light source may provide white light or coloured light (e.g. red, orange, brown, purple, green, yellow, blue or pink) or alternately provide sequentially white and coloured light or alternately sequentially provide different colours one after the other (eg. red, white and blue in that order and repeated in that order while the light source is turned on - e.g. 10 seconds red, 10 seconds white, 10 seconds blue and the same sequence repeated while the light source is turned on). Alternatively the light source may be at lleast one fluorescent tube located within the elongate member. The fluorescent tube light source may be configured in the shape of promotional material which may be for example a trade mark) and on activation of the neon light source the lighted promotional material within the elongate member is apparent to the user. The fluorescent tube light source may provide a continuous source of light or a noncontinuous source of light. Examples of noncontinuous sources of light include a flashing source of light, a pulsed source of light, and an intermittent source of light. The fluorescent tube light source may provide white light or coloured light (e.g. red, orange, brown, purple, green, yellow, blue or pink). The fluorescent tube may be disposed within the elongate member(s). Brief Description of Drawings

Figure 1 is a three-dimensional perspective view of a hand holdable baton according to the invention;

Figure 2a is a cross-sectional side view of the hand holdable baton of figure 1 ; Figure 2b is a cross-sectional side view showing the O ring detail of the hand holdable baton of figure 1 ;

Figure 3 is a cross-sectional plan view of the hand holdable baton of figure 1;

Figure 4 is a perspective 3D view of one of the tubes that extend from the handle of the hand holdable baton of figure 1 ;

Figure 5 is a cross-sectional side view of the tube of figure 4;

Figure 6 is a plan view of the tube of figure 5;

Figure 6a is a left-hand end view of the tube of figure 6;

Figure 6b is a right-hand end view of the tube of figure 6; Figure 7 is a perspective three-dimensional view of of the handle of the hand holdable baton of figure 1 ;

Figure 8 is a side view of the handle of the hand holdable baton of figure 7;

Figure 8a is an end view of the handle of Figure 8; Figure 9 is a cross-sectional side view of the handle of figure 8;

Figure 10a is a plan view of a printed circuit board (minus components) which fits inside the handle of figure 7 to 9;

Figure 10b is a side view of the printed circuit board of figure 10a;

Figure 10c is a bottom view of the printed circuit board (showing components) of figures 10a and 10b;

Figure 11 a is a three-dimensional back view of an annular support ring;

Figure 11b is a three-dimensional front view of another annular support ring;

Figure 11 c is a back view of the annular support ring of figure 11b; Figure 11 d is a side view of the annular support ring of figure 11b; Figure 11 e is a front view of the annular support ring of figure 11 b;

Figure 12 is a three-dimensional view of an alternative baton;

Figure 13 is a cross-sectional plan view of the baton of figure 12;

Figure 14 is a circuit diagram of a circuit for providing power to two LED's located on the printed circuit board in the baton of Figs. 1 - 11e.

Figure 15 is a three-dimensional view of an alternative baton;

Figure 16 is a cross-sectional plan view of the baton of figure 15;

Figure 17 is a three-dimensional view of an alternative baton; and

Figure 18 is a cross-sectional plan view of the baton of figure 17. The dimensions depicted in some of the figures are in mm.

Best Mode And Other Modes For Carrying Out The Invention

Figure 1 depicts a three-dimensional perspective view of a hand holdable baton 100 comprising a handle 101 having two ends 102 and 103. Handle 101 is coupled to tube 104 so as to extend from it as depicted in figure 1 and end 103 is coupled to tube 105 so as to extend from it as depicted in figure 1. Tube 104 has end 106 and tube 105 has end 107. The shapes of ends 106 and 107 are slightly rounded so that they are suitable and capable of being used by user for crushing food material, and in particular for crushing food material that is used in drink beverages including non-alcoholic beverages and alcoholic beverages. The diameters of tubes 104 and 105 are substantially identical and a small enough such that the ends of tubes 104 and 105 fit within a drinking container such that food material can be placed in the drinking container and crushed within the container by a user applying pressure and if necessary one or more suitable turning, crushing and/or grinding motions. Figure 2a is a cross-sectional side view of the hand holdable baton 100 of figure 1. Handle 101 is fabricated from stainless steel. Tubes 104 and 105 are fabricated from transparent polycarbonate. Tubes 104 and 105 have internal tubular voids 104a and 105a which may be prepared by machining such internal tubular voids in solid rods of polycarbonate. The advantage of using tubes 104 and 105 having internal tubular voids 104a and 105a is that baton 100 is lighter as compared to using wholly solid tubes 104 and 105. However, it is possible that tubes 104 and 105 may comprise wholly solid rods of polycarbonate or other suitable material. Generally, the material used for tubes 104 and 105 is hard enough such that it can be used for crushing the food material which it is intended to crush without damage to the end 106 or 107 of baton 100 and is substantially inert to the food material so that there is substantially no contamination of the food material by baton 100. Thus, for an example, tubes 104 and 105 may be fabricated from food grade polycarbonate rods and handle 101 from stainless steel. As depicted in figure 1 tubes 104 and 105 of baton 100 carry the promotional matter "dc4 design and construct". The promotional matter may be disposed on the external surfaces of tubes 104 and 105, engraved on the external surfaces of tubes 104 and 105 or disposed on the internal surfaces of tubes 104 and 105 or both.

Tube 104 and handle 101 are coupled together by way of a screw thread coupling end 104b of tube 104 providing the male part of the screw thread coupling and end 101a providing the female part of the screw thread coupling. A rubber 0 ring 108a (see both figures 2a and 2b) provides a watertight seal between tube 104 and handle 101. Tube 105 and handle 101 are coupled together by way of a screw thread coupling end 105b of tube 105 providing the male part of the screw thread coupling and end 101b providing the female part of the screw thread coupling. A rubber 0 ring 108b provides a watertight seal between tube 105 and handle 101. The construction of tube 104 which has just been described is shown in particular detail in the various stand-alone views of tube 104 depicted in figures 4 to 6. The construction of handle 101 which has just been described is shown in particular detail in the various stand-alone views of handle 101 depicted in figures 7 to 9.

Handle 101 includes a circuit board 109 having LEDs 110 and 111 at either end which is supported at either end inside handle 101 by two annular support rings 113 and 114 as depicted in figures 11a and 11b respectively. Support ring 113 includes slots 113a and 113b and support ring 114 includes slots 114a and 114b. The dimensions of slots 113a, 113b, 114a and 114b are such that end portions 109a and 109b of board 109 (see figure 10a) will fit into slots 113a and 113b (see figure 11a) respectively and end portions 109c and 109d of board 109 will fit into slots 114a and 114b (see figure 11b) respectively (or vice versa). Thus, in use board 109 is supported by rings 113 and 114, by, for example, pushing end portions 109c and 109d into slots 114a and 114b & pushing end portions 109a and 109b into slots 113a and 113b such that board 109 is supported by rings 113 and 114. The supported board 109 together with rings 113 and 114 can then be readily placed inside handle 101. Circuit board 109 includes 2 AA batteries 112 and 115 which provide power to the circuitry mounted on board 109 which circuitry is coupled to LEDs 110 and 111 such that when it is turned on it provides power to LEDs 110 and 111 which in turn illuminate voids 104a and 105a respectively. As is apparent from the plan cross- sectional view shown in figure 3 circuit board 109 fits snugly within handle 101 and includes a switch (not shown) which can be turned on and off by tightening end 104 against handle 101 (on) or slightly loosening handle 104 (off) with respect to handle 101. Figure 14 depicts a circuit diagram 500 of a circuit for providing power to LEDs 110 and 111 located on the printed circuit board 109 in the baton 100 of Figs. 1 - 11e. Circuit 500 controls LEDS 110 (D2) and 111 (D3) and also charge battery B. When switch S2 is opened and when a DC power supply is connected to point A, battery B is charged through R7 and D4. The value of resistor R7 is chosen so as to limit the battery charging current to an appropriate value or an appropriate range and diode D4 protects circuit 500 from reverse polarity power supply. When switch S2 is closed, capacitor C1 and resistor R1 generate a single pulse across R3, which turns on transistors T1 and T2. Transistor T2 then provides power to LEDs D2 and D3. Resistor R2 and diode D1 form part of a feedback circuit which keep transistors T1 and T2 ON. Transistors T1 and T2 remain ON until S2 is open or S2 is closed and battery B is fully discharged and its voltage reached the minimum level determined by voltage divider resistors R2 and R3 (then both transistors T1 and T2 will turn off and LEDs D2 and D3 will be deenergized). Thus circuit 500 protects battery B from deep discharge whereby the battery can be recharged a nominal number of cycles. LEDs D2 and D3 may be switched ON/OFF from switch S2 at any time provided battery B is not in a fully discharged state. In use, handle 101 is screw coupled to tube 104 and to tube 105 with board 109 supported by rings 113 and 114 disposed within handle 101. Tube 104 is screwed up to the point where it engages and closes a contact switch on board 109 whereby LEDs 110 and 111 light up and illuminate voids 104a and 105a respectively as well as tubes 104 and 105 respectively. A user then exposes baton 100 having the illuminated tubes 104 and 105 which usually have promotional matter associated with them to one or more people so as to promote the promotional material to them. The exposure may comprise simply showing baton 100 to the one or more people or baton 100 may be manipulated by a user to draw attention to the promotional matter by, for example, throwing it into the air such that it rotates, and catching it as it comes down either with the same hand or with a different hand. Alternatively, a user may throw the baton 100 to another person such that it rotates in the air prior to it being caught by the other person. As a further alternative, a user can simply use baton 100, in front of one or more people, to crush food material (eg fruit or fruit pieces of fruit such as orange, mandarin, kiwi fruit, peach, apple, grapes, mango, banana, plum, passionfruit, guava, watermelon, rockmelon, strawberries, etc) by crushing the food material using either end 106 or 107 in, for an example, a glass, and then pour a desired non-alcoholic or alcoholic beverage over the crushed fruit to form a drinkable beverage comprising crushed food material and typically provide the resultant drinkable beverage comprising crushed food material to one of the people watching the process of preparation of the drink. The use of baton 100 in the latter way is particularly advantageous when the promotional material corresponds to the name or trademark of the non-alcoholic or alcoholic beverage that is poured over the crushed fruit. Figure 12 depicts a three-dimensional perspective view of a hand holdable baton 200 comprising a handle 201 having two ends 202 and 203. Handle 201 is coupled to tube 204 so as to extend from it as depicted in figure 12. Tube 204 has end 205. The shape of end 205 is slightly rounded so that it is suitable and capable of being used by user for crushing food material, and in particular for crushing food material that is used in drink beverages including nonalcoholic beverages and alcoholic beverages. The diameter of tube 204 is a small enough such that the end of tube 204 fits within a drinking container such that food material can be placed in the drinking container and crushed within the container by a user applying pressure and if necessary one or more suitable turning, crushing and/or grinding motions.

Figure 13 is a cross-sectional plan view of the hand holdable baton 200 of figure 12. Handle 201 is fabricated from stainless steel. Tube 204 is typically fabricated from transparent polycarbonate. Tube 204 has internal tubular void 204a which may be prepared by machining such internal tubular voids in solid rods of polycarbonate. The advantage of using tube 204 having internal tubular void 204a is that baton 200 is lighter as compared to using a wholly solid tube 204. However, it is possible that tube 204 may comprise a wholly solid rod of polycarbonate or other suitable material. Generally, the material used for tube 204 is hard enough such that it can be used for crushing the food material which it is intended to crush without damage to the end 205 of baton 200 and is substantially inert to the food material so that there is substantially no contamination of the food material by baton 200. Thus, for an example, tube 204 may be fabricated from a food grade polycarbonate rod and handle 201 fabricated from stainless steel. As depicted in figure 12 tube 204 of baton 200 carries the promotional matter "dc4 design and construct". The promotional matter may be disposed on the external surfaces of tube 204, engraved on the external surface of tube 204 or disposed on the internal surface of tube 204 or both.

Tube 204 and handle 201 are coupled together by way of a screw thread coupling end 204b of tube 204 providing the male part of the screw thread coupling and end 201a providing the female part of the screw thread coupling. A rubber 0 ring 206 (see figure 13) provides a watertight seal between tube 204 and handle 201. The construction of tube 204 is similar to that of tube 104 which is described above and the construction of handle 201 which has just been described it is similar to that of handle 101 described above except in one form end 202 comprises an unremovable cap 202 whereby a second tube cannot be coupled to end 202 and in another form end 202 comprises a removable screw cap which can be unscrewed if required.

Handle 201 includes a circuit board 207 having at least one LED 210 at one end (a plurality of LEDs 210 of the same or different colours for example may be alternately used) adjacent void 204a. Board 207 is supported at either end inside handle 201 by two annular support rings 208 and 209 each support ring having two slots. Support rings 208 and 209 are similar in shape and function to support rings 113 and 114 previously described. In use board 207 is supported by rings 208 and 209, inside handle 201. Circuit board 207 includes 2 AA batteries (not shown) which provide power to the circuitry mounted on board 209 which circuitry is coupled to LED 210 such that when it is turned on it provides power to LED 210 which in turn illuminates void 204a. As is apparent from the plan cross- sectional view shown in figure 3 circuit board 207 fits snugly within handle 201 and includes a switch (not shown) which can be turned on and off by tightening end 204 against handle 201 (on) or slightly loosening handle 204 (off) with respect to handle 201.

In use, handle 201 is screw coupled to tube 204 with board 207 supported by rings 208 and 209 disposed within handle 201. Tube 204 is screwed up to the point where it engages and closes a contact switch on board 207 whereby LED 210 lights up and illuminates void 204a as well as tube 204. A user then exposes baton 200 having the illuminated tube 204 which usually has promotional matter associated with it to one or more people so as to promote the promotional material to them. The exposure may comprise simply showing baton 200 to the one or more people or baton 200 may be manipulated by a user to draw attention to the promotional matter by, for example, throwing it into the air such that it rotates, and catching it as it comes down either with the same hand or with a different hand. Alternatively, a user may throw the baton 200 to another person such that it rotates in the air prior to it being caught by the other person. As a further alternative, a user can simply use baton 200, in front of one or more people, to crush food material (eg fruit or fruit pieces of fruit such as orange, mandarin, kiwi fruit, peach, apple, grapes, mango, banana, plum, passionfruit, guava, watermelon, rockmelon, strawberries, etc) by crushing the food material using end 205, in, for example, a glass and then pour a desired non-alcoholic or alcoholic beverage over the crushed fruit to form a drinkable beverage comprising crushed food material and typically provide the resultant drink to one of the people watching the process of preparation of the drink. The use of baton 200 in the latter way is particularly advantageous when the promotional material corresponds to the name or trademark of the non-alcoholic or alcoholic beverage that is poured over the crushed fruit.

Figure 15 depicts a three-dimensional perspective view of a hand holdable baton 600 comprising a handle 601 having two ends 602 and 603. Handle 601 is coupled to tube 604 so as to extend from it as depicted in figure 15. Tube 604 has end 605. The shape of end 605 is slightly rounded so that it is suitable and capable of being used by user for crushing food material, and in particular for crushing food material that is used in drink beverages including nonalcoholic beverages and alcoholic beverages. The diameter of tube 604 is a small enough such that the end of tube 604 fits within a drinking container such that food material can be placed in the drinking container and crushed within the container by a user applying pressure and if necessary one or more suitable turning, crushing and/or grinding motions.

Figure 16 is a cross-sectional plan view of the hand holdable baton 600 of figure 15. Handle 601 is fabricated from stainless steel. Tube 604 is typically fabricated from transparent polycarbonate. Tube 604 has internal tubular void 604a which may be prepared by machining such internal tubular voids in solid rods of polycarbonate. The advantage of using tube 604 having internal tubular void 604a is that baton 600 is lighter as compared to using a wholly solid tube 604. Generally, the material used for tube 604 is hard enough such that it can be used for crushing the food material which it is intended to crush without damage to the end 605 of baton 600 and is substantially inert to the food material so that there is substantially no contamination of the food material by baton 600. Thus, for an example, tube 604 may be fabricated from a food grade polycarbonate rod and handle 601 fabricated from stainless steel. As depicted in figures 15 and 16 flexible fluorescent tube 610 within baton 600 is shaped to depict the promotional matter "dc4". Additional promotional matter may be disposed on the external surfaces of tube 604, engraved on the external surface of tube 604 or disposed on the internal surface of tube 604 or both if required.

Tube 604 and handle 601 are coupled together by way of a screw thread coupling end 604b of tube 604 providing the male part of the screw thread coupling and end 601a providing the female part of the screw thread coupling. A rubber 0 ring 606 (see figure 16) provides a watertight seal between tube 604 and handle 601. The construction of tube 604 is similar to that of tube 104 which is described above and the construction of handle 601 which has just been described it is similar to that of handle 101 described above except in one form end 602 comprises an unremovable cap 602 whereby a second tube cannot be coupled to end 602 and in another form end 602 comprises a removable screw cap which can be unscrewed if required.

Handle 601 includes a circuit board 607 having fluorescent tube 610 at one end extending into void 604a. Board 607 is supported at either end inside handle 601 by two annular support rings 608 and 609 each support ring having two slots. Support rings 608 and 609 are similar in shape and function to support rings 113 and 114 previously described. In use board 607 is supported by rings 608 and 609, inside handle 601. Circuit board 607 includes 2 AA batteries (not shown) which provide power to the circuitry mounted on board 609 which circuitry is coupled to tube 610 such that when it is turned on it provides power to tube 610 which in turn illuminates void 604a. Circuit board 607 fits snugly within handle 601 and includes a switch (not shown) which can be turned on and off by tightening end 604 against handle 601 (on) or slightly loosening handle 604 (off) with respect to handle 601. In use, handle 601 is screw coupled to tube 604 with board 607 supported by rings 608 and 609 disposed within handle 601. Tube 604 is screwed up to the point where it engages and closes a contact switch on board 607 whereby tube 610 lights up and illuminates void 604a as well as tube 604. A user then exposes baton 600 having the illuminated tube 604 to one or more people so as to promote the promotional material to them. The exposure may comprise simply showing baton 600 to the one or more people or baton 600 may be manipulated by a user to draw attention to the promotional matter by, for example, throwing it into the air such that it rotates, and catching it as it comes down either with the same hand or with a different hand. Alternatively, a user may throw the baton 600 to another person such that it rotates in the air prior to it being caught by the other person. As a further alternative, a user can simply use baton 600, in front of one or more people, to crush food material (eg fruit or fruit pieces of fruit such as orange, mandarin, kiwi fruit, peach, apple, grapes, mango, banana, plum, passionfruit, guava, watermelon, rockmelon, strawberries, etc) by crushing the food material using end 605, in, for example, a glass and then pour a desired non-alcoholic or alcoholic beverage over the crushed fruit to form a drinkable beverage comprising crushed food material and typically provide the resultant drink to one of the people watching the process of preparation of the drink. The use of baton 600 in the latter way is particularly advantageous when the promotional material corresponds to the name or trademark of the nonalcoholic or alcoholic beverage that is poured over the crushed fruit.

Figure 17 depicts a three-dimensional perspective view of a hand holdable baton 700 comprising a handle 701 having two ends 702 and 703. Handle 701 is coupled to tube 704 so as to extend from it as depicted in figure 17. Tube 704 has end 705. The shape of end 705 is slightly rounded so that it is suitable and capable of being used by user for crushing food material, and in particular for crushing food material that is used in drink beverages including nonalcoholic beverages and alcoholic beverages. The diameter of tube 704 is a small enough such that the end of tube 704 fits within a drinking container such that food material can be placed in the drinking container and crushed within the container by a user applying pressure and if necessary one or more suitable turning, crushing and/or grinding motions.

Figure 18 is a cross-sectional plan view of the hand holdable baton 700 of figure 17. Handle 701 is fabricated from stainless steel. Tube 704 is typically fabricated from transparent polycarbonate. Tube 704 has internal tubular void 704a which may be prepared by machining such internal tubular voids in solid rods of polycarbonate. The advantage of using tube 704 having internal tubular void 704a is that baton 700 is lighter as compared to using a wholly solid tube 704. Generally, the material used for tube 704 is hard enough such that it can be used for crushing the food material which it is intended to crush without damage to the end 705 of baton 700 and is substantially inert to the food material so that there is substantially no contamination of the food material by baton 700. Thus, for an example, tube 704 may be fabricated from a food grade polycarbonate rod and handle 701 fabricated from stainless steel. As depicted in figures 17 and 18 a straight fluorescent tube 710 within baton 700 depict the promotional matter "dc4" on the outside of the tube 710. Additional promotional matter may be disposed on the external surfaces of tube 704, engraved on the external surface of tube 704 or disposed on the internal surface of tube 704 or both if required. Tube 704 and handle 701 are coupled together by way of a screw thread coupling end 704b of tube 704 providing the male part of the screw thread coupling and end 701a providing the female part of the screw thread coupling. A rubber 0 ring 706 (see figure 18) provides a watertight seal between tube 704 and handle 701. The construction of tube 704 is similar to that of tube 104 which is described above and the construction of handle 701 which has just been described it is similar to that of handle 101 described above except in one form end 702 comprises an unremovable cap 702 whereby a second tube cannot be coupled to end 702 and in another form end 702 comprises a removable screw cap which can be unscrewed if required. Handle 701 includes a circuit board 707 having fluorescent tube 710 at one end extending into void 704a. Board 707 is supported at either end inside handle 701 by two annular support rings 708 and 709 each support ring having two slots. Support rings 708 and 709 are similar in shape and function to support rings 113 and 114 previously described. In use board 707 is supported by rings 708 and 709, inside handle 701. Circuit board 707 includes 2 AA batteries (not shown) which provide power to the circuitry mounted on board 709 which circuitry is coupled to tube 710 such that when it is turned on it provides power to tube 710 which in turn illuminates void 704a. Circuit board 707 fits snugly within handle 701 and includes a switch (not shown) which can be turned on and off by tightening end 704 against handle 701 (on) or slightly loosening handle 704 (off) with respect to handle 701.

In use, handle 701 is screw coupled to tube 704 with board 707 supported by rings 708 and 709 disposed within handle 701. Tube 704 is screwed up to the point where it engages and closes a contact switch on board 707 whereby tube 710 lights up and illuminates void 704a as well as tube 704. A user then exposes baton 700 having the illuminated tube 704 to one or more people so as to promote the promotional material to them. The exposure may comprise simply showing baton 700 to the one or more people or baton 700 may be manipulated by a user to draw attention to the promotional matter by, for example, throwing it into the air such that it rotates, and catching it as it comes down either with the same hand or with a different hand. Alternatively, a user may throw the baton 700 to another person such that it rotates in the air prior to it being caught by the other person. As a further alternative, a user can simply use baton 700, in front of one or more people, to crush food material (eg fruit or fruit pieces of fruit such as orange, mandarin, kiwi fruit, peach, apple, grapes, mango, banana, plum, passionfruit, guava, watermelon, rockmelon, strawberries, etc) by crushing the food material using end 705, in, for example, a glass and then pour a desired non-alcoholic or alcoholic beverage over the crushed fruit to form a drinkable beverage comprising crushed food material and typically provide the resultant drink to one of the people watching the process of preparation of the drink. The use of baton 700 in the latter way is particularly advantageous when the promotional material corresponds to the name or trademark of the nonalcoholic or alcoholic beverage that is poured over the crushed fruit.

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