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Wrapping hat

No more present-wrapping nightmares
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Wrapping gifts up in paper is a difficult task to master, mainly because it appears to require at least 3 or 4 hands. This is particularly true when it comes to the allocation of hands for sticking paper down with adhesive tape: you need one hand to hold the loose end of paper, one to hold the place to which the paper is to be stuck, one to hold the tape, and possibly one to cut the tape or wrestle with the tape roll.

But with my invention, the wrapping hat, no longer will you have any wrapping difficulties. Simply align the edges of the paper you wish to seal, and tilt your head down. This movement will activate the wrapping hat A motorized arm will slowly extend from the wrapping hat with a strip of pre-cut sticky tape. You will be able to move your head and shoulders to guide this tape to the correct location. The hat will then press the strip onto the seam in the paper, keeping the tape taut. Once the tape has been deposited, the hat will retract.

To explain this better, I've done an illustration. In my defence, all I was ever taught in school art classes was how to cut photos out of magazines and how to make clay hedgehogs, neither of which is relevant to this idea. In further defence, it's Friday. If this is baked or halfbaked, I'll sulk till Christmas. On the other hand, if it's patented, I'll just laugh.

pottedstu, May 31 2002

Illustration http://pottedstu.co.uk/hb/hat.gif
It should be pointed out that I am not bristolz. [pottedstu, May 31 2002, last modified Dec 21 2009]

Add a sticky tape dispenser to this http://www.halfbake...om/idea/Third%20arm
Hat optional. [neelandan, Jun 01 2002, last modified Oct 05 2004]

(?) UB's photographer http://www.headligh...i/two-versions.html
Can't remember who it was welcomed me to the halfbakery with this one, but thanks again... [yamahito, Jun 01 2002, last modified Oct 05 2004]

Pop Up Tape http://www.staples....ame=Tape+Dispensers
There's been a much easier to use product on the market for a few years. [1kester, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 05 2004]

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       No, you certainly aren't Bristolz. You're not even that strange kid who sat at the back of Bristolz' art class and dribbled lots. Good idea though.
stupop, May 31 2002
  

       Pottedstu, was it *really* necessary to make the picture look so... um... rude?
salachair, May 31 2002
  

       giggles hysterically.......
po, May 31 2002
  

       'stu, lovely illo there. Brilliant choice of colours. But I think there must be a way to adapt this to a wrapping clay hedgehog, surely.
waugsqueke, May 31 2002
  

       pstu, you may not be much of an artist, but your handwriting is exceptional.
beauxeault, May 31 2002
  

       Thank you for your comments. In my defence, that's not actually me in the picture, I'm more your basic Scottish white-colour. And I did have to draw it with my boss sitting about 10 feet behind me, so possibly not as much care went into it as should have done, since I was more concerned with it *not* looking like I was drawing a person. But I hope this won't stop anyone else from posting illustrations with their ideas.
pottedstu, Jun 01 2002
  

       I'm not sure where you've pulled that one from UB, but I think the post's expired now - it was some sort of proposal for womens' problems calender, wasn't it?   

       Anyway, found the site - see [link]
yamahito, Jun 01 2002
  

       I've been laughing for the last 10 minutes. Oh Gawd - now - I don't mean to pry - *but* I believe you need to use your legs a bit more while lifting, as your arms are tremendous, but you have no chest to speak of - I'm terribly sorry about the fingers - it must have been painful. Did they get crushed at the same time you lost your chin? I don't know - could be Elephantitis now that I think about it. Don't change a thing on that pic - it's purrfect
thumbwax, Jun 02 2002
  

       Does any one else get a sense of synchronicity when on this site? I was tossing about an idea for self adhesive string that would keep wrapping paper and itself in place until you had freed up sufficient appendages to tie a knot. I was too scared of Herilane to post it, then you beat me to the punch with this. Definite croissant.
IvanIdea, Jun 04 2002
  

       Sorry, I've been out & away for a while... why would you be afraid of me?
herilane, Nov 22 2002
  

       The wrist-mounted dispenser should work better, as well as a trained dog or parakeet.
1kester, Nov 22 2002
  

       [1kester] mentioned this again today. I showed this idea and the linked drawing to my no 2 son at christmas and I seriously thought he was about to have a seizure. thumb's remarks did not help the situation one little bit.   

       can you get health insurance for ideas like these?
po, Jan 24 2003
  

       *Laughing deliriously*
thumbwax, Jan 24 2003
  

       Oh help! <giggles> +
k_sra, Jan 23 2004
  

       Yay!!!
blissmiss, Dec 21 2009
  
      
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