(19)
(11)EP 3 081 274 B1

(12)EUROPEAN PATENT SPECIFICATION

(45)Mention of the grant of the patent:
05.09.2018 Bulletin 2018/36

(21)Application number: 16161432.6

(22)Date of filing:  21.03.2016
(51)Int. Cl.: 
A63G 7/00  (2006.01)

(54)

SEAT FORM FOR AMUSEMENT RIDES

SITZFORM FÜR FAHRGESCHÄFTE

FORME DE SIÈGE POUR MANÈGES


(84)Designated Contracting States:
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(30)Priority: 17.04.2015 US 201514690334

(43)Date of publication of application:
19.10.2016 Bulletin 2016/42

(73)Proprietor: Lagoon Corporation, Inc.
Farmington, UT 84025 (US)

(72)Inventors:
  • Freeman, Dal
    Farmington, UT 84025 (US)
  • Jarrett, Aaron
    Farmington, UT 84025 (US)
  • Allen, Dustin
    Farmington, UT 84025 (US)

(74)Representative: Walker, Ross Thomson 
Forresters IP LLP Skygarden Erika-Mann-Strasse 11
80636 München
80636 München (DE)


(56)References cited: : 
WO-A1-98/58718
US-A1- 2002 070 599
US-B1- 6 513 441
CN-C- 100 584 418
US-A1- 2008 179 937
  
      
    Note: Within nine months from the publication of the mention of the grant of the European patent, any person may give notice to the European Patent Office of opposition to the European patent granted. Notice of opposition shall be filed in a written reasoned statement. It shall not be deemed to have been filed until the opposition fee has been paid. (Art. 99(1) European Patent Convention).


    Description

    BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION


    Field of the Invention



    [0001] The present invention relates generally to seat forms utilized in amusement rides. More particularly, the invention relates to seat forms optimized to securely receive riders of varying sizes.

    Related Art



    [0002] Amusement rides, such as roller coasters and the like, have been enjoyed by enthusiasts for many years. As technology and consumer appetite for more aggressive rides have progressed, modern amusement rides are highly engineered experiences that subject riders to considerable speeds and forces. Such increases have driven the need for increasingly robust restraint systems that secure riders within a seat. Restraint systems serve two purposes: they prevent riders from accidentally moving from the position in which they are intended to ride, and they prevent careless or reckless riders from intentionally circumventing the safety restraint.

    [0003] Restraint systems typically include two primary components: a seat belt, lap or chest bar, etc., that engages the rider to restrain the rider in a seat, and the seat itself. As conventional lap bars or belts have been used for some time to secure riders within a particular ride seat, they have been adapted through the years to account for varying ride experiences, ride car designs, etc. For example, lap bars or belts have been provided with some degree of adjustability to account for varying rider size: they can be lowered to a lesser degree for larger people, and lowered to a greater degree for smaller people. Similarly, seat belts can be tightened more for smaller riders and less for larger riders.
    US2002/070599 A1 discloses a device, intended in particular for a seat on an installation for amusement parks which has two flaps mounted for articulation at the end of the support of the base of the seat.

    SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION



    [0004] In accordance with the invention, a contoured seat form for use in an amusement ride according to claim 1 is provided. Additional features and advantages of the invention will be apparent from the detailed description which follows, taken in conjunction with the accompanying drawings, which together illustrate, by way of example, features of the invention.

    BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS



    [0005] The following drawings illustrate exemplary embodiments for carrying out the invention. Like reference numerals refer to like parts in different views or embodiments of the present invention in the drawings.

    FIG. 1 is a side view of a ride restraint system, including a restraint bar movement assembly and a rider seat in accordance with an embodiment of the invention;

    FIG. 2 is a perspective view of the rider seat of FIG .1;

    FIG. 3 is top, contoured view of the rider seat of FIG. 1;

    FIG. 4 is a front view of the seat of FIG. 1;

    FIG. 4A is a sectional view of the seat of FIG. 4, shown through section A-A of FIG. 4;

    FIG. 4B is a sectional view of the seat of FIG. 4, shown through section B-B of FIG. 4;

    FIG. 4C is a sectional view of the seat of FIG. 4, shown through section C-C of FIG. 4;

    FIG. 5A is a top view of the rider seat of FIG. 1, shown with a section of a smaller rider's body positioned therein; and

    FIG. 5B is a top view of the rider seat of FIG. 1, shown with a section of a larger rider's body positioned therein.


    DETAILED DESCRIPTION



    [0006] Reference will now be made to the exemplary embodiments illustrated in the drawings, and specific language will be used herein to describe the same. It will nevertheless be understood that no limitation of the scope of the invention is thereby intended. Alterations and further modifications of the inventive features illustrated herein, and additional applications of the principles of the inventions as illustrated herein, which would occur to one skilled in the relevant art and having possession of this disclosure, are to be considered within the scope of the invention.

    Definitions



    [0007] As used herein, the singular forms "a" and "the" can include plural referents unless the context clearly dictates otherwise. Thus, for example, reference to "an indentation" can include one or more of such indentations.

    [0008] As used herein, the term "substantially" refers to the complete or nearly complete extent or degree of an action, characteristic, property, state, structure, item, or result. As an arbitrary example, an object that is "substantially" enclosed is an article that is either completely enclosed or nearly completely enclosed. The exact allowable degree of deviation from absolute completeness may in some cases depend upon the specific context. However, generally speaking the nearness of completion will be so as to have the same overall result as if absolute and total completion were obtained. The use of "substantially" is equally applicable when used in a negative connotation to refer to the complete or near complete lack of an action, characteristic, property, state, structure, item, or result. As another arbitrary example, a composition that is "substantially free of" an ingredient or element may still actually contain such item so long as there is no measurable effect as a result thereof.

    [0009] As used herein, the term "about" is used to provide flexibility to a numerical range endpoint by providing that a given value may be "a little above" or "a little below" the endpoint.

    [0010] Relative directional terms may sometimes be used herein to describe and claim various components of the ride systems of the present invention. Such terms can include, without limitation, "upward," "downward," "horizontal," "vertical," etc. These terms are generally not intended to be limiting, but are used to most clearly describe and claim the various features of the invention. Where such terms must carry some limitation, they are intended to be limited to usage commonly known and understood by those of ordinary skill in the art.

    [0011] For example, the terms "horizontal" and "vertical" can be used herein to refer to relative orientations of amusement ride components. One of ordinary skill in the art will appreciate that the rider seats of the present invention may experience a wide range of orientations during operation of an amusement ride. The terms "horizontal" and "vertical" are intended to describe orientations of various features relative to a resting position of the ride, typically on a nominally flat rail. Such an orientation is generally used when loading and unloading passengers or riders from the ride cars, for example.

    [0012] As used herein, a plurality of items, structural elements, compositional elements, and/or materials may be presented in a common list for convenience. However, these lists should be construed as though each member of the list is individually identified as a separate and unique member. Thus, no individual member of such list should be construed as a de facto equivalent of any other member of the same list solely based on their presentation in a common group without indications to the contrary.

    [0013] Numerical data may be expressed or presented herein in a range format. It is to be understood that such a range format is used merely for convenience and brevity and thus should be interpreted flexibly to include not only the numerical values explicitly recited as the limits of the range, but also to include all the individual numerical values or sub-ranges encompassed within that range as if each numerical value and sub-range is explicitly recited. As an illustration, a numerical range of "about 1 to about 5" should be interpreted to include not only the explicitly recited values of about 1 to about 5, but also include individual values and sub-ranges within the indicated range. Thus, included in this numerical range are individual values such as 2, 3, and 4 and sub-ranges such as from 1-3, from 2-4, and from 3-5, etc., as well as 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5, individually.

    [0014] This same principle applies to ranges reciting only one numerical value as a minimum or a maximum. Furthermore, such an interpretation should apply regardless of the breadth of the range or the characteristics being described.

    Invention



    [0015] The present technology relates generally to seat forms for use in rail car rides. While the present technology can be utilized in a variety of applications, including general transit systems, aircraft and the like, the present inventors have found it particularly well adapted for use in amusement rides. While the invention is expressly not limited to such embodiments, for the sake of simplicity the discussion below will focus on use of the rider seats in amusement rides.

    [0016] Most modern amusement rides include aggressive seat restraints that are rigid bars or pads that move into position over the thighs of riders (and sometimes into the abdomen or chest of riders). With an ideally sized rider, the seat restraints comfortably fit on the rider's lap, with the rider's legs comfortably bent and hanging over a front edge of the seat. In this position, the front edge of the seat is positioned in the bend of the rider's knees and the rider's lower back is pushed snugly against the rear of the seat form.

    [0017] However, in the case of very small riders, if the rider's back is pushed against the rear of the seat, the rider's legs cannot properly bend, as the knee is positioned rearwardly from the front edge of the seat. The smaller rider's legs essentially protrude outwardly from the seat in an awkward, only slightly bent configuration. This can interfere with proper engagement of the rider by the seat restraint system. If the small rider attempts to compensate for this, by moving forward so that his or her knees bend properly, his or her back and bottom will not be properly supported against the rear of the seat form. This is also undesirable in that the rider may be more likely to move in the seat, and may not be securely held by the overall restraint system.

    [0018] The present invention addresses these issues by providing a seat form that can accommodate riders of differing sizes. As shown at 10 in FIG. 1, in one aspect of the invention, a contoured seat form 12 is provided that can be installed within an amusement ride car 11. A restraint bar movement assembly 14 can also be coupled to or carried by the ride car. A lap pad 22 is coupled to the restraint bar movement assembly and can be rotated into position over a rider oriented in the seat 12, to secure the rider within the seat.

    [0019] Only a portion of the ride car is shown at 11. The ride car can take a variety of forms, but is generally adapted to be propelled on a rail, track or similar structure. The manner by which the rail car is propelled, and the type of system with which the rail car is used, will not be described in detail herein. One of ordinary skill in the art, having possession of this disclosure, will readily understand the workings of such systems. The ride car 11 can either be a stand-alone unit which is itself attached to some carrier that rides on a rail system, or the rail car can form an integral part of the rail system. Generally speaking, however, the seat 12 and the restraint bar movement assembly 14 are fixed to the ride car structure, and are fixed in position relative to one another. In some embodiments, the seat and the restraint bar movement assembly are independently coupled or attached to the rail car.

    [0020] Similarly, operation of the restraint bar movement assembly 14, and the lap pad 22, will not be discussed in detail herein. However, one of ordinary skill in the art, having possession of this disclosure, will readily appreciate the operation of such a system and the interactions of the system with the seat form 12.

    [0021] The seat form 12 is shown in more detail in FIGs. 2-4C. The seat form can generally include a lower support surface 16 on which a user's legs and buttocks are supported. As best seen in FIG. 3, the lower support surface can include a forward edge 20 that includes a pair of primary leg support surfaces 24a, 24b that extend inwardly from side edges 26a, 26b of the forward edge. A pair of indent surfaces, 28a, 28b, can each extend backwardly (e.g., toward a rear of the seat form) from the primary leg support surfaces. In this manner, the primary leg support surfaces and the indent surfaces define at least one leg indentation 30a, 30b into which a smaller rider's leg or legs can fit.

    [0022] In the example shown, two leg indentations are defined in the forward edge 20 of the lower support surface 16. In this manner, a dedicated space is provided for each leg of the rider. In some embodiments, however, only a single dedicated space is provided, into which both of the rider's legs can fit side-by-side. While the figures illustrate the two indentations 30a, 30b having a particular size and position, it is to be understood that the size of the indentations can vary: they can be more pronounced or less pronounced than those shown, to accommodate differing designs adapted for smaller riders. The indentations allow a smaller rider's legs to bend about a forward edge of the seat form at a location closer to a back of the seat form than would be the case with a larger rider's legs.

    [0023] The seat form 12 can also include a back support surface 32 by which a rider's back can be supported. In one aspect of the invention, the back support surface can include a pair of contoured protrusions 34a, 34b that extend forwardly therefrom. The pair of contoured protrusions can define a torso indentation 36 therebetween. The torso indentation can be sized such that a smaller rider's torso (shown by example at 40 in FIG. 5A) will fit between the pair of protrusions while a larger rider's torso (shown by example at 42 in FIG. 5B) will not be significantly affected by the contoured protrusions. Generally, the larger rider's torso will contact forward (or peak) surfaces of the pair of protrusions, without the rider experiencing a significant difference between the present seat form and conventional seat forms.

    [0024] As those terms are used herein, a "larger rider" is one of normal, or above normal stature, such as a typical adult. A "smaller rider" can be a child, or an elderly person, whose smaller stature would not normally be accommodated by conventional seats. Such smaller riders would conventionally be required to fit very awkwardly within the seat, and would not normally be well supported by conventional seat forms.

    [0025] The seat form 12 thus provides two mechanisms by which a smaller rider's smaller features can be securely accommodated, while the seat form also securely accommodates larger riders. As will be appreciated by the view in FIG. 5B, a normal-sized rider 42 can be positioned in, and supported by, the seat form 12 in much the same manner as conventional seat forms. The rider 42 can comfortably rest his or back against upper portions of the back support surface 32 while his or her legs comfortably bend about the forward edge 20 of the lower support surface 16. As the larger rider's torso is sufficiently large, it does not fully fit within the torso indention 36 of FIG. 5A, but is rather supported by the generally flat upper portion of the back support surface 32 and by peaks of the protrusions. While some portions of the larger rider's torso may bend into, or otherwise be pressed into, the torso indentation, the larger rider's torso is also supported laterally outside the protrusions, and by peaks of the protrusions. Thus, the seat form performs well for riders of this size.

    [0026] Advantageously, as shown in FIG. 5A, the torso indentation 36 and the leg indentations (30a and 30b of FIG. 3) can also provide a manner by which smaller-sized riders can also be securely accommodated by the seat form. When a smaller rider 40 is seated within the seat form 12, his or her torso is small enough to fit within the torso indentation 36, and can thus comfortably rest his or her back against the generally flat surface of this indentation. In addition, his or her knees can be moved back into the leg indentations and can comfortably bend about the indent surfaces 28a, 28b of these indentations.

    [0027] Thus, with little or no additional resources required on behalf of the ride operator, a larger- 42 or smaller-sized rider 40 can be quickly and securely positioned in the seat form in a manner that best supports his or her stature. The present inventors have found that the torso indentation 36 and the leg indentations 30a, 30b, while providing a much better interface for smaller riders, are only minimally, if at all, noticeable by larger or normal-sized riders.

    [0028] The leg indentations 30a, 30b can be formed in a variety of manners. As discussed above, in one aspect, primary leg support surfaces 24a, 24b, can extend inwardly toward a center of the forward edge 20 of the seat 12 in a direction that is substantially orthogonal to side edges 26a, 26b of the lower support surface 16. The pair of indent surfaces, 28a, 28b, can each extend backwardly (e.g., toward a rear of the seat form) from the primary leg support surfaces. In addition, a middle horn 44 can extend forwardly from each of the indent surfaces to create two distinct leg indentations 30a, 30b, one for each leg of the rider. The middle horn can include a generally curved contour, so that the transition from the leg indentations is gradual and not uncomfortable for a rider.

    [0029] The middle horn 44 can also extend upwardly from the lower support surface 16 to create a raised portion that separates the rider's legs. This upward projection can be appreciated from the views of FIGs. 2, 3, 4, 4C, etc. The middle horn can thus aid in maintaining riders of all sizes within the seat form 12, as the combination of the lap pad (22 in FIG. 1) and the middle horn create a barrier that prevents riders from possibly crossing their legs and potentially twisting within the seat. The combination of the two can thereby prevent smaller riders from intentionally or inadvertently sliding out from beneath the restraint system.

    [0030] As shown best in FIG. 4C, the back support surface 32 is substantially flat in areas other than where the protrusions 34a, 34b extend from the back support surface. As the term "flat" is used herein, it refers to a relative surface contour that one of ordinary skill in the art would appreciate as presenting to the rider the feel of continuous support. For most purposes, the seat form presents a flat surface to riders, with the exception of the middle horn 44 and the protrusions 34a, 34b. This otherwise flat surface presents to all riders a comfortable ride experience that is consistent with the "feel" of conventional seat supports. The back support surface is thus substantially flat above the protrusions and between the protrusions, as shown in FIG. 4C. The back support surface can be substantially flat all along a vertical centerline of the back support surface.

    [0031] The size and shape of the torso indentation can vary. In the aspects shown, the protrusions 34a, 34b are generally smoothly curved contours that extend from the back support surface 32. The protrusions can extend outwardly a total of about 0.5 inches to about 2.0 inches, measured from the back support surface (see FIG. 4C for example), and can define between them the torso indentation that can be about 5.0 to about 10.0 inches in width. The middle horn can similarly exhibit a smooth, natural contour and can extend upwardly between about 2.0 inches and about 3.0 inches, measured from the lower support surface 16 (see FIG. 4C, for example).

    [0032] In addition to the structural components discussed above, the present invention also provides a method of positioning a rider in a contoured amusement ride seat form. The method can include positioning each of the rider's knees within one of a pair of leg indentations formed in a forward edge of a lower support surface of the contoured amusement ride seat form. A torso of the rider can be positioned in a torso indentation formed between a pair of contoured protrusions that extend forwardly from a back support surface of the contoured amusement ride seat form.

    [0033] In this method, the lower support surface of the contoured amusement ride seat form can include a middle horn extending forwardly between each of the pair of leg indentations, and the method can further include positioning the rider's knees on opposing sides of the middle horn. The middle horn can also extend upwardly from the lower support surface to create a raised portion that separates the rider's legs. Positioning the torso of the rider can include positioning the rider's torso against a flat portion between the pair of contoured protrusions. The seat form can be installed within an amusement ride, and the method can further include restraining the rider within the seat form.

    [0034] It is to be understood that the above-referenced arrangements are illustrative of the application for the principles of the present invention. The scope of the invention is defined by the appended claims.


    Claims

    1. A contoured seat form (12) for use in an amusement ride, comprising
    a lower support surface (16) on which a user's legs and buttocks are supportable, a back support surface (32) by which a rider's back is supportable, characterised in that,
    the lower support surface (16) includes a forward edge (20) having: i) a pair of primary leg support surfaces (24a, 24b) extending inwardly from side edges (26a, 26b) of said forward edge (20); and ii) a pair of indent surfaces (28a, 28b), further inwardly from said side edges (26a,26b) of said forward edge (20) than said pair of primary leg support surfaces (24a,24,b) each said indent surface extending backwardly from said forward edge toward the rear of the seat; said indent surfaces (28a, 28b) define at least one leg indentation (30a, 30b) into which a smaller rider's legs are positionable; and said back support surface (32) includes a pair of contoured protrusions (34a, 34b) that extend forwardly therefrom, said pair of contoured protrusions (34a, 34b) defining a torso indentation (36) therebetween, said torso indentation (36) being sized such that a smaller rider's (40) torso is positionable between said pair of contoured protrusions while a larger rider's (42) torso is positionable on peaks of said contoured protrusions.
     
    2. The seat form of claim 1, wherein the primary leg support surfaces (24a, 24b) extend toward a center of the forward edge of the seat substantially orthogonally from side edges of the lower support surface (16).
     
    3. The seat form of claim 1, further comprising a middle horn (44) extending forwardly from each of the indent surfaces to create two distinct leg indentations, one for each leg of the rider.
     
    4. The seat form of claim 3, wherein the middle horn (44) also extends upwardly from the lower support surface to create a raised portion that separates the rider's legs.
     
    5. The seat form of claim 1, wherein the back support surface (32) is substantially flat above the pair of contoured protrusions.
     
    6. The seat form of claim 1, wherein the back support surface (32) is substantially flat between the pair of contoured protrusions.
     
    7. The seat form of claim 6, wherein the back support surface (32) is substantially flat along a vertical centerline of the back support surface between the pair of contoured protrusions.
     
    8. The seat form of claim 1, wherein the torso indentation between the contoured protrusions is between at least about 12.7 cm (5.0 inches) and about 25.4 cm (10.0 inches) in width.
     
    9. The seat form of claim 1, wherein the contoured protrusions extend forwardly from the back support surface by between at least about 1.27 cm (0.5 inches) and about 5.08 cm (2.0 inches).
     
    10. The seat form of any one of the preceding claims, wherein the seat form (12) is installed within an amusement ride, and further comprising a rider restraint coupled to the amusement ride, the rider restraint operable to restrain a rider positioned within the seat.
     
    11. A method of using the contoured seat of any one of claims 1 to 10.
     


    Ansprüche

    1. Konturierte Sitzform (12) zur Verwendung in einem Fahrgeschäft, umfassend eine untere Stützfläche (16), auf der die Beine und das Gesäß eines Benutzers abstützbar sind, eine Rückenstützfläche (32), durch die der Rücken eines Fahrgasts abstützbar ist, dadurch gekennzeichnet, dass die untere Stützfläche (16) eine Vorderkante (20) beinhaltet, aufweisend:

    i) ein Paar primäre Beinstützflächen (24a, 24b), die sich nach innen von Seitenkanten (26a, 26b) besagter Vorderkante (20) erstrecken; und

    ii) ein Paar eingebuchtete Flächen (28a, 28b), das weiter nach innen von besagten Seitenkanten (26a, 26b) besagter Vorderkante (20) als besagtes Paar primäre Beinstützflächen (24a, 24b) ist, wobei sich jede besagte eingebuchtete Fläche nach hinten von besagter Vorderkante hin zur Rückseite des Sitzes erstreckt; wobei besagte eingebuchtete Flächen (28a, 28b) mindestens einen Beineinschnitt (30a, 30b) definieren, in dem die Beine eines kleineren Fahrgasts positionierbar sind; und
    besagte Rückenstützfläche (32) ein Paar konturierte Vorsprünge (34a, 34b) beinhaltet, die sich von dort nach vorne erstrecken, wobei besagtes Paar konturierte Vorsprünge (34a, 34b) eine Oberkörpereinbuchtung (36) dazwischen definiert, wobei besagte Oberkörpereinbuchtung (36) so bemessen ist, dass der Oberkörper eines kleineren Fahrgasts (40) zwischen besagtem Paar konturierte Vorsprünge positionierbar ist, während der Oberkörper eines größeren Fahrgasts (42) auf Erhöhungen besagter konturierter Vorsprünge positionierbar ist.


     
    2. Sitzform nach Anspruch 1, worin sich die primären Beinstützflächen (24a, 24b) hin zu einer Mitte der Vorderkante des Sitzes im Wesentlichen orthogonal von Seitenkanten der unteren Stützfläche (16) erstrecken.
     
    3. Sitzform nach Anspruch 1, ferner umfassend ein mittleres Horn (44), das sich nach vorne von jeder der eingebuchteten Flächen erstreckt, um zwei verschiedene Beineinbuchtungen, eine für jedes Bein des Fahrgasts, zu erzeugen.
     
    4. Sitzform nach Anspruch 3, worin sich das mittlere Horn (44) auch nach oben von der unteren Stützfläche erstreckt, um einen erhabenen Abschnitt, der die Beine des Fahrgasts trennt, zu erzeugen.
     
    5. Sitzform nach Anspruch 1, worin die Rückenstützfläche (32) im Wesentlichen flach oberhalb des Paares konturierte Vorsprünge ist.
     
    6. Sitzform nach Anspruch 1, worin die Rückenstützfläche (32) im Wesentlichen flach zwischen dem Paar konturierte Vorsprünge ist.
     
    7. Sitzform nach Anspruch 6, worin die Rückenstützfläche (32) im Wesentlichen flach entlang einer vertikalen Mittellinie der Rückenstützfläche zwischen dem Paar konturierte Vorsprünge ist.
     
    8. Sitzform nach Anspruch 1, worin die Oberkörpereinbuchtung zwischen den konturierten Vorsprüngen zwischen mindestens etwa 12,7 cm (5,0 Zoll) und etwa 25,4 cm (10,0 Zoll) breit ist.
     
    9. Sitzform nach Anspruch 1, worin sich die konturierten Vorsprünge nach vorne von der Rückenstützfläche um zwischen mindestens etwa 1,27 cm (0,5 Zoll) und etwa 5,08 cm (2,0 Zoll) erstrecken.
     
    10. Sitzform nach einem der vorhergehenden Ansprüche, worin die Sitzform (12) innerhalb eines Fahrgeschäfts installiert ist, und ferner umfassend eine mit dem Fahrgeschäft verbundene Fahrgast-Rückhaltevorrichtung, wobei die Fahrgast-Rückhaltevorrichtung betreibbar ist, um einen innerhalb des Sitzes positionierten Fahrgast zurückzuhalten.
     
    11. Verfahren zur Verwendung des konturierten Sitzes nach einem der Ansprüche 1 bis 10.
     


    Revendications

    1. Une forme de siège profilée (12) destinée à être utilisée dans un manège, comprenant une surface de support inférieure (16) sur laquelle les jambes et les fesses d'un utilisateur peuvent être soutenues, une surface de support du dos (32) par laquelle le dos d'un utilisateur peut être soutenu, caractérisée en ce que la surface de support inférieure (16) inclut un bord avant (20) ayant :

    i) une paire de surfaces de support de jambes primaires (24a, 24b) s'étendant vers l'intérieur depuis des bords latéraux (26a, 26b) dudit bord avant (20) ; et

    ii) une paire de surfaces renfoncées (28a, 28b), plus vers l'intérieur desdits bords latéraux (26a, 26b) dudit bord avant (20) que ladite paire de surfaces de support de jambes primaires (24a, 24b), chacune desdites surfaces renfoncées s'étendant vers l'arrière depuis ledit bord avant vers l'arrière du siège ; lesdites surfaces renfoncées (28a, 28b) définissent un ou plusieurs renfoncements pour les jambes (30a, 30b) dans lesquels les jambes d'un utilisateur petit peuvent être positionnées ; et

    ladite surface de support du dos (32) inclut une paire de saillies profilées (34a, 34b) qui s'étendent vers l'avant de celle-ci, ladite paire de saillies profilées (34a, 34b) définissant un renfoncement pour le torse (36) entre celles-ci, ledit renfoncement pour le torse (36) étant dimensionné de telle sorte que le torse d'un utilisateur petit (40) peut être positionné entre ladite paire de saillies profilées tandis que le torse d'un utilisateur grand (42) peut être positionné sur les sommets des saillies profilées.
     
    2. La forme de siège selon la revendication 1, dans laquelle les surfaces de support de jambes primaires (24a, 24b) s'étendent vers un centre du bord avant du siège sensiblement perpendiculairement aux bords latéraux de la surface de support inférieure (16).
     
    3. La forme de siège selon la revendication 1, comprenant en outre une protubérance médiane (44) s'étendant vers l'avant depuis chacune des surfaces renfoncées pour créer deux renfoncements distincts pour des jambes, un pour chaque jambe de l'utilisateur.
     
    4. La forme de siège selon la revendication 3, dans laquelle la protubérance médiane (44) s'étend aussi vers le haut depuis la surface de support inférieure pour créer une partie élevée qui sépare les jambes de l'utilisateur.
     
    5. La forme de siège selon la revendication 1, dans laquelle la surface de support du dos (32) est sensiblement plate au-dessus de la paire de saillies profilées.
     
    6. La forme de siège selon la revendication 1, dans laquelle la surface de support arrière (32) est sensiblement plate entre la paire de saillies profilées.
     
    7. La forme de siège selon la revendication 6, dans laquelle la surface de support du dos (32) est sensiblement plate le long d'une ligne médiane verticale de la surface de support du dos entre la paire de saillies profilées.
     
    8. La forme de siège selon la revendication 1, dans laquelle le renfoncement pour le torse entre les saillies profilées est compris entre au moins environ 12,7 cm (5,0 pouces) et environ 25,4 cm (10,0 pouces) en largeur.
     
    9. La forme de siège selon la revendication 1, dans laquelle les saillies profilées s'étendent vers l'avant depuis la surface de support du dos d'entre au moins environ 1,27 cm (0,5 pouce) et environ 5,08 cm (2,0 pouces).
     
    10. La forme de siège selon l'une quelconque des revendications précédentes, dans laquelle la forme de siège (12) est installée dans un manège, et comprenant en outre un dispositif de retenue de l'utilisateur accouplé au manège, le dispositif de retenue de l'utilisateur pouvant être actionné pour retenir un utilisateur positionné dans le siège.
     
    11. Un procédé d'utilisation du siège profilé selon l'une quelconque des revendications 1 à 10.
     




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