Abstract: An electrostatic pixel module capable of providing size-variable pixels for use in an electrostatic display board. The module is made up of a known electrostatic display elements arranged so as to form a substantially square-faced pixel unit consisting of four substantially square-faced sub-pixel units. The four sub-pixel units, when operated collectively, provide a larger pixel; and when operated independently, provide four smaller pixels.
Abstract: A remote control system for remotely switching an electric power supply to the display section of a display apparatus whose display data control section and display section are located far from each other and separately power-supplied from their respective local commercial power sources. This system fundamentally consists of three elements: an oscillator, a counter devised so as to output a switch opening signal after counting out a predetermined number of pulses outputted from the oscillator, and a relay switch inserted in the power supply line of the display section and to be made open by the switch opening signal from the counter. The counter is further supplied at its reset terminal with clock signals transmitted to the display section from the display data control section. Thus, while display data control section separately power-supplied continues to output said clock signals, the counter does not output the switch opening signal, leaving the relay switch kept closed.
Abstract: The present electrostatic display apparatus has its display panel constituted by many electrostatically operated display units arranged along the length and breadth forming a matrix. Each of the display units basically consists of a fixed and a movable electrodes, between which a high-tension voltage is supplied to bend the movable electrode by electrostatic force so as to cover the fixed electrode. With the fixed electrode covered or uncovered, each of the display units has its appearance changed, and serves as one of the dots constituting a pattern to be displayed and the present apparatus can display a static, a moving and a flowing pattern both in a positive image mode and in a negative image mode.
Abstract: A device for exchanging the display information to be given to an electrostatic display apparatus constituted with many electrostatic display units arranged to form a matrix. The present device comprises a RAM and a backup battery, both mounted on a base plate detachable from the main circuit of the device. This device makes it possible to partially change the display information data without interrupting the display in proceeding.
Abstract: An acousto-electronic transducer includes an oscillator of quartz located in a sealed casing whose ceiling is constituted by a vibrant film, wherein the oscillator is connected to a pair of electrodes, and wherein the oscillator is connected to the vibrant film.
Abstract: An electrostatic display device includes an insulative base, a substantially transparent fixed electrode mounted on the base, a substantially transparent dielectric layer such as silicon dioxide applied on the outer surface of the fixed electrode, a resilient sheet electrode fixed at one end thereof to the base and extending therefrom adjacent to the fixed electrode, a means for applying a voltage between the fixed electrode and the sheet electrode, and a display placed on or behind the inner surface of the fixed electrode. When there is no voltage between the fixed and the sheet electrodes, the display is visible through the transparent fixed electrode and the dielectric layer, whereas upon applying a voltage between the fixed and the sheet electrodes, the sheet electrode is attracted to and covers the outer surface of the fixed electrode, thereby concealing the display.
Abstract: A controlling unit for a.c. driving an electrostatic device such as an electrostatic display device having a fixed electrode, a resilient sheet electrode and a dielectric layer interposed between the electrodes wherein the sheet electrode is drawn to the outer surface of the fixed electrode to cover the same upon the application of a voltage between the fixed and the sheet electrodes whereas the sheet electrode is kept apart from the fixed electrode upon the removal of the voltage between the electrodes. The controlling unit of this invention includes a resistance in series with an a.c. voltage supply and the electrostatic display device, a triode thyristor switch with a first terminal and a second terminal connected across the fixed and the sheet electrodes, and a switching means for controlling the gate of the thyristor so that the thyristor has an on-off switching function at its leakage current region.
July 10, 1978
Date of Patent:
September 23, 1980
Displaytek Corporation of Sanko, Daiwa Shinku Corporation
Abstract: An electrostatic display assembly including a plurality of channel shaped casings fixed to an insulating base plate into a line, each casing having a pair of side walls, a fixed electrode extending throughout the length of the casings therein, a resilient sheet electrode supported within each casing so that a pair of flaps of the sheet electrode extend upwards adjacent to the fixed electrode along the inner surface of each casing, and a thin layer of insulating material interposed between the outer surface of the fixed electrode and the inner surfaces of the resilient sheet electrodes, whereby upon the application of voltage between the fixed electrode and any one of the resilient sheet electrodes which are electrically independent of each other, that flaps of the sheet electrode are attracted to the surface of the fixed electrode and covers the same in part, changing the appearance of the assembly.
Abstract: An electrostatic display device includes a casing with a pair of side walls, a fixed electrode having a cylindrical surface and a ridge at the upper most portion of the surface, a pair of flaps of resilient sheet electrode standing adjacent to the fixed electrode along the inner surface of the side walls, and a layer of insulating material provided on the outer surface of the fixed electrode and/or the inner surface of the resilient sheet electrode, whereby upon applying a voltage to the electrodes, the resilient flaps are attracted to the cylindrical surface of the fixed electrode and cover the same in a moment, changing the appearance of the device.