Abstract: An improved attention getting inexpensive brandsign apparatus adapted to existing retail-store merchandise-isle shelf-face pricing-channer use, wherein a special transparent flexisle plastic envelope-pocket uniquely combines a tab like appendage for insertion into the vertical receiver-slot of a standard existing slider-clip. The new more durable, convenient, and attractive planar sign-holder generally momprises two-layers of vinyl-sheeting material fused-together about three perimeter-sides, thereby forming a readily accessible pocket;—facilitating quick and easy recurrent substitution of sales-information exhibited therewithin upon a double-faced paper placard.
June 25, 1997
Date of Patent:
November 25, 2003
Kenneth W. Keating, Pamela S. Tagariello
Abstract: An inexpensive multi-modality utility hat of non/gender-specific design, having advantageous features providing its user with the novel convenience of readily transforming into several different types of hats in one. For example, the brim portion can be quickly and easily detatched from its central cap portion via a zipper, enabling user to wear only either the cap or the brim separately if desired; -and, if the cap portion only is selected to be worn for a time, the brim twist/tripple-folds into a compact member which concealably stows within an integral-pocket portion of the cap. The cap portion includes an adjustable-cord compliance feature enabling one size to fit all, and may be optionally fitted with a broad or a narrow brim of circular, triangular, or squared motif: -and brim-width may be altered at front or sides via a simple gathering provision. Alternately, my light-weight compact hat can be carried fiat within a backpack.
Abstract: An improved hand-held two-stage cat-litter scooper tool critically configured to more effectively segregate and lift-away wet cat-litter, without causing migration into, or disturbing clean dry areas. The planar leading-edge of the scooping-blade portion, is formed to either a 90-degree triangular, or transversely-square, plan-view shape; either shape thus able to project closely into the corners of a conventional cat-litter box. The rear portion of either scooping-blade includes an approximate 40-degree transverse-bend, creating an aftward containment-bowl area, effectively holding wet cat-litter when the rearward projecting handle is tilted down (the scooping-blade thus tilting upward) after a horizontal forward scooping motion. The handle is arranged along the medial longitudinal-axis of the tool, angling upward at approximately 45-degrees relative to the plane of the scooping-blade, facilitating the special “tilt-loading action” without dragging of one's hand into the cat-litter.
Abstract: The notion of a reliable semi-automatic page-changer apparatus has heretofore been elusive to inventors, however with the event of a major new handling technique, a practical solution is herein introduced. Predicated upon the principle of establishing a modular standard for the viewed paper, facilitating either sheet-music for musicians or text-pages for speakers. This involves generally utilizing the US/81/2.times.11-inch format, or the european A4/29.7.times.21 cm format, whereby any pre-existing graphic-copy can be readily and economically transferred thereto via convenient photocopy machine process and via a special hangeer-hole device, overcoming the usual disfunctional predisposition toward inter-clinging of the stacked pages. Generally using a foot-operated sequencing-switch, the instant page is transferred via a novel spindle-conveyer to a holding-stack; enabling viewing of consecutive pages either at their originating elevated position or at their final landing position there below.
Abstract: The notion of an easily retrofitable passive lighting-safety device designed to be generally installed into the existing rear lighting wiring-circuit of any motor-vehicle from motorcycles to cars and trucks, --so as to significantly boost a following driver's visualacuity cognition threshold of awareness regarding the state of a leading vehicle's sudden breaking procedure. The invention provides an intense quasi-precognitive white-light "flashback" alerting effect, preferably appearing (particularly under nighttime conditions) as a nearly subliminal approximate 100-200/millisecond flashback of visually non-deacclimating "white-light", emanating from a vehicle's existing back-up lights (or integrated with the DOT high-center brake-light). The effect being to essentially arouse a following motorist's attention to the simultaneous light-up of the preceding vehicle's stoplights. Regardless as to how long braking action continues, the so called STOPWHITES.TM.
Abstract: The invention sets forth an improved procedure and facile supporting apparatus, enabling players in a game for example, to make unbias determination by sole virtue of chanch, (as a random pointer-device employed in place of a traditional spinner), as to whom shall be the player selected for virtually any imaginable purpose. The apparatus is a platonic-solid,--that is, having equal faces, equal vertices, equal dihedral-angles between the faces.
Abstract: A tape-cassette of the now popularly standardized dual transfer-spool type, having identical top and bottom mating halves, including a slightly raised mesial anterior portion, having a pair of anterior aperatures for entry of a capstan-drive roller apposed to a central anterior aperture for entry of an electromagnetic-head. Wherein is provided a special "anti-jam" perimeter-declivity formation serving to ameliorate occasional jamming tendancy known to the standard squared perimeter cross-section manner of construction. The notably smooth-running characteristics of this otherwise successful cassette configuration are not in any way compromised, while now rendered virtually care-free as to loading procedure, even in a darkened room.
Abstract: An aquarium air-manifold having modular-construction provision, serving to beautify the typical aquarium by virtually eliminating the usual entanglement of multiple air/feed-lines visibly extending down the inside wall of the aquarium. Preferably molded of transparent-plastic to a squared-tubular cross-section, the manifold can be formed into a grid like format, and several modules may be plugged together to cover as large an area on the floor of the aquarium as may be desired. The air-manifold preferably draws upon only a single air/input-line, while serving a plurality of provisional outlets. Each outlet may either adapted with a plug or an outlet-fitting, thereby enabling the aquarium designer to create any convenient arrangement of outlets as may be desired for the particular aquadic-environment.
Abstract: This invention is both preventive and corrective of a running athlete's muscle strength imbalances of the leg, hip, and back; facilitating specific rehabilitation of associated muscle injury. The sandal-like upper construction employs a special underside structure supportive of a flapper type hydro-resistance device having a special one-way drag-action. Since temperate water presents a constant given drag-factor, the user or therapist may readily readjust the extendable sole-flapper's induced hydro-drag length to suit particular therapy needs, and the capability of a given user. Additionally, the invention is constructed with special longitudinal-fin like risers, enabling user to walk upon a pool bottom without imposing scuffing damage to scuff-prone pool surfaces.
Abstract: An improved quiz-game like educational apparatus, exhibiting entertainment-value qualities suitable for one or more players of virtually all ages, via a reference-library of subjects. A thin planar 61/2".times.10" housing, contains an elementary hard-wired or printed electrical-circuit, powered by a harmless drycell-battery. The operating panel is vertically divided into discrete question-terminals on the left, correspondingly scrambled answer-terminals on the right; preferably including at least one supernumerary answer-terminal, making selection more improbable as to obviousness when approaching the last question. The panel preferably includes a special off/on-switch, having more than one `on`-position in order to further confound a player as to learned sequence familarity of Q&A-terminals; each Q&A/overlay-sheet forcing the protruding switch slide-stalk to be indexed into a different circuit-scramble.
Abstract: A specialized hand-portable device for use by a medical-technician in measuring the amount of head fore/aft-deviation from a "standardized norm" reference-point (manubrium of sternum). Configured in the form of an inverted T-shape, the vertical body portion of which serves as a common stanchion, including a horizontal lower scale-beam member having a sternal-probe. The vertical stanchion is adjustable fore/aft relative to the chest sternum; the probe's tip entity being shaped to lay naturally against one's sternal-notch. The upper portion of the stanchion includes a vertically adjustable second horizontal-probe member, the tip-rest thereof being formed to lightly impinge upon the zygomatic-arch region of one's face. The instrument is intitially set to "zero" on the sternal/reference-scale, which precalibration adheres to an "ideal norm" of reference, while leveling to a visual sight-bubble.