Abstract: An apparatus for activating a doorbell chime and for remotely controlling an auxiliary doorbell chime includes a push button unit responsive to manual actuation for activating the doorbell chime and generating a radio frequency wave and a remote unit responsive to the radio frequency wave for generating an auxiliary acoustic frequency wave. The push button unit has a manually actuated switch assembly with a first pair of normally open switch contacts adapted to be connected in series with the doorbell chime and a source of electrical power and a second pair of normally open switch contacts, a radio frequency transmitter connected in series with the second pair of switch contacts for generating a radio frequency output signal and a first antenna connected to the transmitter and responsive to the radio frequency output signal for generating the radio frequency wave.
Abstract: A chime cover assembly (10) comprising a box-like housing for supporting the electrical components of a door chime and including a cover (12) presenting a front wall (18) and a base (14) for mounting to a wall (16). The assembly characterized by a decorative plate (30) for being covered with wallpaper (32), or the like, and secured to the front wall (18) of the cover (12). The front wall (18) has holes (34) therein and the plate (30) includes integral projections (36) extending therefrom for insertion into the holes (34) for securing the plate (30) to the front wall (18). The cover (12) presents slanted trim areas (44) at the top and bottom of the front wall (18) and trim strips (46, 48) attach to the housing in the trim areas (44).
July 18, 1996
Date of Patent:
June 30, 1998
Dimango Products Corporation
Thomas Xydis, Bob Demick, Robert Clarke, Paul Angott
Abstract: A wireless audible indication system comprising a transmitter and a receiver. An embodiment of the transmitter includes a modulator formed by a microprocessor and a radio frequency oscillator. The modulation format employed is selectable by the user using severable jumper wires. A battery status circuit is included which verifies the status of a battery within the transmitter. The modulator transmits a low battery bit to the receiver in order to alert the user of a weak transmitter battery. An embodiment of the receiver includes a superregenerative detector which produces an intermediate signal upon receiving a radio frequency signal. A signal processing circuit, which includes an active peak detector stage and a discrete comparator stage, is used to process the intermediate signal. A microprocessor controls a sound generator circuit in response to the processed intermediate signal.
Abstract: The musical wireless alerting system includes several detectors (12) which transmit rf signals to a common receiver (14). The detectors (12) include manual switches thereon to allow manual selection of a song or melody. The selection is coded in the form of an audio code which is transmitted to the receiver (14). The receiver (14) detects any rf transmissions and verifies that the received transmissions are identifiable with the receiver (14). Upon verification, the receiver reads the audio code and compares same to a plurality of stored songs or tones within memory for transmission to a speaker which plays the tone or song. Each of the detectors (14) may sense different predefined conditions and indicate different audible indications to be played. The detectors may sense conditions such as opening of the door or depression of a door bell.
August 24, 1992
Date of Patent:
November 15, 1994
Dimango Products Corporation
Paul G. Angott, Gregory G. Kilby, Thomas G. Xydis
Abstract: An illumination level control device (10) is disclosed which sequentially reduces the illumination level of a multi-bulb lamp (12). The illumination level control device (10) incorporates two D flip-flops (38,40) configured in a master-slave relationship wherein the two D flip-flops (38,40) change their respective states when the clock (60) sends a positive-edge of the clock signal thereto. A portion (58) of the device (10) sets the two D flip-flops (38,40) when the wall switch (22) is off for more than a predetermined time. In the case of a three bulb (14,16,18) lamp (12), a zero state preventor (56) prevents all of the bulbs (14,16,18) from being turned off when the wall switch (22) is in the ON position. The zero state preventor (56) effectively eliminates the state wherein the outputs of both of the two D flip-flops (38,40) are low.
Abstract: A security system which includes remotely controlled entrance monitors (12) to indicate when an intrusion has occurred, an arming/disarming control (18), a console (14) responsive to the entrance monitors and arming/disarming control, and an alarm (16) responsive to the console for audibly indicating intrusion. These components are completely wireless with one another. Radio coded signals are transmitted between components requiring a coded combination between the console and entrance monitors, and a coded combination between the console (14) and alarm (16) and arming/disarming control (18). The arming/disarming control (18) includes an arming button (20) for arming the system and a disarming button (22) for disarming the system with a slideable protective cover thereover to prevent accidental depression of either button.