Abstract: The present invention is directed to a contrabass guitar which oscillates the pitch of the guitar by the use of torsion. The strings of the guitar are adjusted by use of a torsion control means connected to a foot pedal to allow a player to easily adjust the pitch of the guitar while playing. The contrabass guitar includes a floating bridge and a stationary torsion block with a plurality of helically twisted tuning control rods attached. The floating bridge contains a plurality of pitch tuning cylinders connected on one end to respective strings and on the other to the tuning rods. The floating bridge moves along the body of the guitar in response to the torsion control means causing the tuning cylinders to slide over the tuning control rods and to rotate according to the twists of the rods creating greater or lesser torsion uniformly in the strings.
Abstract: A combination fascia cover system is provided including a base plate having a shorter portion for lying atop the roof edge and a longer portion at right angles to the first portion for overlying the upper sidewall and being attached thereto by threaded fasteners through a series of holes perforating the longer portion. The shorter portion of the base plate having, at its distal end, an upwardly extending flange for creating an upward spacing away from the roofing system and at end of the flange a partially reinforced pocket is formed by overlying folds to form the pocket. The cover plate is mounted over the base plate with a spring clip having uniquely spaced bends configured to match the dimensions of the base and cover plates, which spring clip engages the pocket, the base plate and the cover plate to retain the base and cover plates in tensioned spaced relationship while engaged together with one another.
Abstract: A hybrid braking system that operates in conjunction with a foundation braking system, whether an air, hydraulic, electric, mechanical or electric braking system. Recovered energy is returned to the axle wheels in a controlled manner while the vehicle is in motion and certain criteria are met so as to compensate for aerodynamic drag and rolling resistance for instance but not at a rate to accelerate or launch a vehicle.
Abstract: A hand saw including an ergonomically constructed saw blade holder with a pistol type grip, an elongated support having a blade channel for receiving and supporting a particular “T” blade, and various tooth configurations of a saw blade having a cooperating T-shaped blade shanks. Each blade shank includes an aperture at its rear end for receiving a locking pin positioned at the back end of the blade holder that drops into position to secure the blade within the channel of the grip. Additionally, a trigger-like mechanism on the pistol grip, when squeezed, rotates a rubber surfaced pad upward through an opening in the base of the support to contact the underside of the blade shank pushing it upward into the top of the channel to insure blade stability. The “T” design of the blade allows orienting the cutting surface of the blades in different directions so that a user does not have to twist their body or arm to saw.
Abstract: A secure clamping system for sealing and storing multiple vessels such as commercially available vial arrays, multi-well plates, and deep well blocks, as typically used in the chemical, pharmaceutical, or biological fields including top and bottom plates, with or without drainage or injection ports, secured to the array or well by a C-shaped clamping member that may be fixed or adjustable, or by top and bottom clamping plates having opposite side height adjustable bracket members with cooperating locking members, or by top and bottom clamping plates having eccentrically cammed grasping arms, all for retaining the plates in a secure, leak-proof fit over the top and bottom of the array, well or block.
Abstract: A process for electropolishing metals and metalloids and their alloys, intermetallic compounds, metal-matrix composites, carbides and nitrides in an electrolytic cell utilizing an externally applied magnetic force to enhance the dissolution process. The electropolishing process is maintained under oxygen evolution to achieve an electropolished surface of the work piece exhibiting reduced microroughness, better surface wetting and increased surface energy, reduced and more uniform corrosion resistance, minimization of external surface soiling and improved cleanability in shorter time periods.
Abstract: A breathable, body molding pipe bag cover made from Nylon elastane, with cotton side panels and chainette fringe for decoration purposes. The bag cover is composed of three panels; the main panel being a butterfly shaped nylon spandex composite with two flanking wing shaped panels made from cotton. A plurality of openings or apertures, encircled by nylon drone rings, which allow for the insertion and tight fitting of the chanter stock, blow stick, and bass, middle tenor and outside tenor pipes. The left and right side panels have Velcro® fasteners along their rear edges and a zipper closure along the bottom portion of each side panel, to permit the bottom ends of the side panels to be secured together. The Velcro® fastener and zipper allow the piper to have easy access for inserting the pipe bag, maintain a tight closure once they are engaged, and retain the bag, within the bag cover, and the bag cover in proper playing position while playing the instrument.
Abstract: A small-footprint portable modular cellular antenna site capable of being deployed on any substantially level, flat piece of ground, the cellular antenna site being easily assembled, disassembled, and moved without the aid of heavy equipment. The cellular antenna site does not require a permanent foundation, but instead is anchored by weighting with a non-damaging ballast material sufficient to support a small diameter 30 to 60 foot high antenna pole at wind speed ratings up to 100 miles per hour. The cellular antenna site includes a modular base configurable in different geometric arrangements that retains the ballast material and supports a segmented monopole antenna, an electrical cabinet, perimeter fencing with an access gate, and any auxiliary cabinets, enclosure, or shelters as may be required.
Abstract: A block-out tube for use in joining together pre-cast concrete members, the block-out tube having an ovalized cross-section, an integral elongate imperforate hollow tubular body with smoothly curved corrugated walls, a rounded tip closing the bottom end thereof, a mounting flange with tear-away nail tabs at the top open end thereof, and a removable transparent member for sealing the top end for preventing water and debris from entering the interior of the tube. The block-out tube, secured by attaching the tear-away tabs to a concrete pouring form, is cast into the top of the lower concrete member, the ovalized corrugated body being embedded therein and the top sealed end being exposed at the top surface thereof, after the removal of the form.
Abstract: A hand-held calculating apparatus for solving a plurality of formula-related calculations and conversions commonly encountered in the machinist trade having a visual display and a keyboard including key groupings denominated as basic arithmetic and memory, function and conversion, timing and clear and on/off keys. The function and conversion key grouping permit a user to automatically convert among dimensional measurements in different systems while continuing to utilize an earlier calculated result in the present calculation.
Abstract: A lightweight collapsible four-wheeled scooter with a large platform, the scooter including a height-adjustable non-steering foldable handle assembly in front for gripping by a rider, an adjustable height removable push bar extending to the rear for use by a pusher, a pair of non-swivelable wheels extending to the rear, and a pair of swivelable wheels in the front to enable steering, the scooter being capable of supporting a single standing rider or multiple standing riders, the scooter platform being capable of accommodating an optional removable seat having an optional removable carry basket.
Abstract: A heat transfer fluid composition and process employing composite mixtures of terpenes and silicones useful for heat transfer processes in a temperature range down to ?200° F., where the fluid heat transfer composition retains its liquid phase over the entire temperature range.
July 10, 2000
Date of Patent:
December 13, 2005
James T. Hsu, Satish Mohapatra, Daniel J. Loikits
Abstract: An end cap locking mechanism used to protect attachment means connecting pre-cast concrete structural members from exposure to adverse environmental conditions having an end cap and a connection sleeve, wherein the end cap is inserted into an end of the connection sleeve and engaged therein prohibiting any exposure of the attachment means to precipitation, which if exposed to such, could possibly corrode the attachment means. The position of the end cap is locked when inserted into the end of the connection sleeve by protrusion rings and cooperating recesses within both the end cap and the receiving section of the connection sleeve.
Abstract: An improved battery operated combination burglar alarm and door chime mounted to the inside of a door from where the alarm and chime modes are selected. A dead bolt slide cooperates with a jamb plate fastened to the door frame to manually arm the device from the inside with the door closed. Opening the door activates the dead bolt and sounds the alarm. A magnetically sensitive switch within the device cooperates with a magnet fastened to the jamb plate and further cooperates with a mode selection switch to effect either the chime mode or delayed alarm mode when the door is opened. The delayed alarm mode is activated with the door open to permit pre-arming the device followed by automatic arming of the device when the door is closed.
Abstract: A self-tracking roller for centering conveyor belts and web materials on conveyor systems having a guide wheel at each end of a centrally pivoting shaft for contacting the belt or web. The self-tracking roller will pivot in the direction of travel of the belt or web along the side contacted and redirect the belt or web to a central or neutral position by the pivoting action of the roller.
Abstract: A floating fishing lure having the capability to adjust the buoyancy of the fish lure with a high degree of precision, such that the fish lure has fore and aft chamber sections connected and held together by an attaching means. Disposed on each fore and aft chamber sections are a plurality of buoyancy windows, one set of which will coincidentally overlie the other set of buoyancy windows as the fore chamber section is rotationally moved in regard to the aft chamber section. By changing the rotational placement of the two sections, valve aperture openings are produced that regulate the air to water ratio within the fish lure, thereby controlling its buoyancy. Additional fish attractors, hooks and illuminators can be added to the fishing lure.
Abstract: A web tracking and repositioning apparatus having at least one pivoting conveyor roll pivotable and rotatably supported at its center about a bearing assembly through which extends a longitudinal fixed shaft with said bearing assembly connecting to a coaxially mounted sleeve positioned at its weighted center about the bearing assembly, extending outward toward fixed support members, and interconnected to a pair of guide members or cams mounted about the fixed shaft, whereby cooperative engagement of the pivoting cylindrical sleeve and the guide members eccentrically mounted about the shaft at the opposite ends of the sleeve which cooperatively engage end cap members via a pin and an elongated slot causes a web of material conveyed over the conveyor roll to be steered centrally following misalignment due to uneven tension in the conveyed web of material.
Abstract: A compact lightweight atomizing scent dispenser which may be used to actively disperse liquid scent into the atmosphere as atomized droplets for the purpose of attracting game and masking the scent of a hunter, the scent dispenser including means to change the scent being dispensed without exposing the hunter to contact with the scent, the scent dispenser further being specifically adapted for mounting on an archery bow to function additionally as a bow stabilizer and a vibration and shock damper, the scent dispenser yet further incorporating a gravitationally based means to maintain an attached liquid scent bottle in an upright position to prevent spillage of the liquid scent and to provide vertical stabilization of the archery bow regardless of the orientation in which the bow is held with respect to the ground.
Abstract: The present invention is directed towards a reinforcement apparatus forming an exo-skeleton of tubular steel rods and adjustable mounting clamps directly in contact with the exterior of previously erected tapered wireless communication monopole towers to provide additional strength and resistance against deflection due to wind forces and additional weight thereby enabling the placement of more antenna arrays and communication instruments thereon.