HEART SHAPED NOVELTY ITEM

DOUGLAS J. LAVEN
Patent No. 4,836,823

Patented May 3, 1988

CLAIMS:

1. A novelty item comprising:

(A) a heart shaped housing of a size suitable to allow said heart shaped housing to be held in a person's hand;
(B) a first conductor mounted exterior to said heart shaped housing along a peripheral edge thereof;
(C) a second conductor mounted exterior to said heart shaped housing along said peripheral edge, wherein said first conductor and said second conductor do not contact one another;
(D) light emitting means for emitting light that is visible exterior of said heart shaped housing, wherein said light emitting means includes at least a first and a second LED mounted within said heart shaped housing; and
(E) circuit means responsive to said first and second conductors and being disposed within said heart shaped housing for causing said light emitting means to intermittently emit said light when a conductive path exists between said first and second conductor;
whereby when said novelty item is held in a person's hand, said hand may form said conductive path and thereby cause said light emitting means to flash on and off as a symbolic visual depiction of a heart beat.

2. The novelty item of claim 1 wherein said first LED intermittently emits said light at a rate different than said second LED.

3. The novelty item of claim 1 wherein said heart shaped housing includes a translucent window disposed therein, such that said light emitting means emits said light through said translucent window to render it visible exterior to said heart shaped housing.

4. The novelty item of claim 3 wherein said heart shaped housing includes a stand attached thereto to allow said heart shaped housing to be supported in a substantially upright position.