Patents Examined by David G. Messer
  • Patent number: 4949228
    Abstract: A bicycle signalling device includes a housing, a reflective element for reflecting a light emitted thereto, a signalling lamp near the reflective element, a power source for supplying the lamp, a photosensitive element electrically connected between the signalling lamp and the power source for determining whether the lamp should be energized by the source in dependence upon an intensity of light, and a switch electrically connected between the power source and the signalling lamp for controlling an electrical conduction therebetween. Such device will enable the bicycle to be attention-calling at a dark night.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 1988
    Date of Patent: August 14, 1990
    Inventors: Wu Fu Lin, Ropin Wang
  • Patent number: 4901209
    Abstract: An illuminated bicycle having a body frame, a handlebar and wheels formed of hollow tubular members made of plastic material that allows light to be transmitted radially through their side walls. A high intensity lamp is mounted at a predetermined location within one of the hollow tubular members. A bundle of flexible elongated optical fibers have their one end positioned adjacent the high intensity lamp so that light therefrom would be transmitted through the optical fibers. The optical fibers are threaded throughout the hollow tubular members of the bicycle body frame so that when the lamp is illuminated the hollow tubular members will glow and make them highly visible at night. The lamp may be powered by batteries or a small bicycle generator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 1988
    Date of Patent: February 13, 1990
    Inventor: James C. Nitz
  • Patent number: 4884175
    Abstract: The device includes check-up of tire-pressure, depth of tire tread, and illumination components. The device is small, and hence affords drivers the facility of portability, for example, at a key ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 1988
    Date of Patent: November 28, 1989
    Inventor: Hsi-Kuang Weng
  • Patent number: 4874913
    Abstract: A luminous element holding structure for an illuminated key switch arrangement includes a key having a transparent window, a housing for containing switch operating members, the housing having a recess, a flange and a pair of catches, a holding plate provided with through holes each for receiving the lower portion of the housing, a base plate, a switch element having pairs of switch contacts, and pairs of fixed electrodes each for conducting current to a luminous element, and a luminous element holder disposed in the recess of the housing. The lead wires of a luminous element are inserted forcibly in through holes formed in a pair of conductive members of the luminous element holder so that the luminous element is held firmly by the luminous element holder. The luminous element holder is set in the recess of the housing and the key is combined with the housing so that the transparent window is located opposite to the luminous element held on the luminous element holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 1988
    Date of Patent: October 17, 1989
    Assignee: Oki Electric Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kazuo Aoki, Sadao Tachibana
  • Patent number: 4862330
    Abstract: A stop lamp for a vehicle, such as a stop lamp adapted for mounting on a rear spoiler of an automobile, having an improved efficiency of light utilization. The lamp includes a lamp body, a front lens, and a plural number of light-emitting diodes juxtaposed at predetermined intervals. Light control parts are formed in the inner wall of the front lens for directing the light output from the light-emitting diodes in predetermined directions. Each light control part is composed of nine prisms arranged in a 3.times.3 matrix. The central one of the prisms faces a respective one of the light-emitting diodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 1988
    Date of Patent: August 29, 1989
    Assignee: Koito Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tsutomu Machida, Toshiyasu Mochizuki, Masaru Sasaki
  • Patent number: 4849863
    Abstract: A belt for joggers, cyclists and other recreationists, having a forwardly shining light to reveal hazards along the path, along with an insulating, sweat producing liner on the body side of the belt, for maximum sweat production for local loss of fatty tissue. The belt also may be worn, at the option of the wearer, in a folded condition without contact of the body with the insulating material, then no longer serving as a sweat generating device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 1988
    Date of Patent: July 18, 1989
    Inventor: Rodney T. Gallegos
  • Patent number: 4847735
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a fitting structure of a safety lamp to a wheel especially of a bicycle or motorcycle. Such safety lamp is replaceably mounted on an air valve disposed on the wheel. Due to such construction, people can clearly recognize the presence of the bicycle or motorcycle even from the back or the side, thus enhancing the safety of the rider. Furthermore, the safety lamp can be fitted easily and reliably by utilizing the male screw portion of the air valve of the wheel. The fitting structure includes a skirt which protects the air valve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 1988
    Date of Patent: July 11, 1989
    Inventor: Masaki Kawasaki
  • Patent number: 4847737
    Abstract: A light intensity control includes a current control device which delays the application of the maximum level of current to one or more lamps of an illuminated vanity mirror. In the preferred embodiment, the current responsive control device comprises a negative temperature coefficient thermistor coupled in series with the lamps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 1988
    Date of Patent: July 11, 1989
    Assignee: Prince Corporation
    Inventors: Kim L. Van Order, Steven P. Dykstra, Ted A. Dekker
  • Patent number: 4845602
    Abstract: A vessel adapted to hold a plant and to serve as a light globe facing downwardly; the vessel having an open top and a closed bottom to define a toroidal volume to hold the plant, a central recess opening from the bottom of the vessel and extending upwardly, a light bulb socket at the upper end of the recess, and optionally, vents in the bottom of the vessel and a ring shaped cover for the vents spaced downwardly from the closed bottom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 1988
    Date of Patent: July 4, 1989
    Inventor: Stephen C. Lehocki
  • Patent number: 4845600
    Abstract: A vehicle lamp device in which the inside of a lamp unit is communicated with the outside while maintaining a water-proof property of the lamp unit itself so that generation of water droplets is prevented. The lamp unit constituted by a lamp body for housing a large number of light-emitting diodes arranged at predetermined intervals in a transverse direction of a vehicle body and a front face lens covering a front opening portion of the lamp body incorporated in a spoiler disposed on an upper surface of a rear end portion of a roof of the vehicle body so that the front face lens is exposed to the outside through an opening portion formed in a rear end surface of the spoiler. A rubber bushing is disposed in the spoiler, and lead wires of the lamp unit are led out to the outside of the lamp unit through a lead-out portion which projects from a back surface of the lamp body and are inserted through lead-wire insertion holes formed in the rubber bushing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 1988
    Date of Patent: July 4, 1989
    Assignee: Koito Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Naoki Matsumura, Toshiyasu Mochizuki
  • Patent number: 4843530
    Abstract: A light ray radiation stand comprises a foundation, one or more deformable flexible conduits vertically installed on the upper part of the foundation and an optical conductor cable holding means mounted on the tip end portion of each conduit. The optical conductor cable transmits the light rays therethrough and emits the same from the end portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 1988
    Date of Patent: June 27, 1989
    Assignee: Kei Mori
    Inventors: Kei Mori, Kazuyoshi Hara
  • Patent number: 4839780
    Abstract: A simulative candle includes a housing receiving therein a battery, an oscillator converting the battery power into an a.c. power, a half-wave-rectifying filtering network changing the a.c. power into an astable high-voltage d.c. electric power, and a neon lamp energized by the astable d.c. power to sparkle like a real candle flame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 1988
    Date of Patent: June 13, 1989
    Assignee: Ta Yu Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chuang T. Chuan, Der C. Cheng
  • Patent number: 4839781
    Abstract: A reflector/refractor device is provided for use with a variety of lighting fixtures and light sources. The reflector/refractor device includes a body having a predetermined profile and defining a cavity with the body having an inside surface and an outside surface. An illuminating source for emitting light is disposed within the cavity substantially along a central vertical axis of the body. The body includes a series of sectional zones for reflecting and refracting light. The exterior surface of the device includes a plurality of substantially vertical prisms consisting of reflective elements, refractive elements and elements that may be either reflective or refractive depending on light center location. These reflective or refractive elements act in combination to selectively vary light distribution characteristics of vertical and lateral angles, and intensities, by vertical displacement of the illuminating lamp source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 1988
    Date of Patent: June 13, 1989
    Assignee: Lexalite International Corporation
    Inventors: Josh T. Barnes, Ronald L. Sitzema, Jr.
  • Patent number: 4836149
    Abstract: A rotating cylinder block piston-cylinder engine has a stator, a hollow rotor housing rotatably mounted on the stator means for rotation around a rotor housing axis of rotation, a plurality of cylinders radially positioned in the peripheral wall of the hollow rotor housing, a piston slidable in each of the cylinders and having a piston rod rigidly mounted thereon and extending radially of the rotor into the hollow rotor housing, a fuel supply connected to the cylinders and the pistons for supplying gaseous fuel into the cylinders which is caused to expand for driving pistons radially inwardly in the cylinders and for exhausting the exhaust gas from the cylinders, a rotatable reaction member in the hollow rotor housing and rotatably mounted on the stator for rotation around a fixed axis offset from the rotor housing axis of rotation and having radially spaced peripherally extending rolling engagement surface around the periphery thereof, and a differential rolling engagement device on the inner ends of each of
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 1988
    Date of Patent: June 6, 1989
    Assignee: Future Power Inc.
    Inventor: Vernon D. Newbold
  • Patent number: 4835664
    Abstract: A solar lighting device for garden or driveway according to this invention transforms solar energy into electric energy using a solar energy absorbing plate and stores the electric energy into an electric battery. A light sensor turns on the lighting circuit during dark hours. The solar lighting device of this invention comprises a solar energy absorbing plate, a shell, an electric battery, a focusing reflector, a lens, and a set of connecting links. The shell has two openings, one opening is inclined with respect to the shell and adapted for the insertion of the solar energy absorbing plate. The other opening is for inserting the lens. The shell holds an electric battery, a board, and a focusing reflector. Also the solar energy absorbing plate engages with the inclined opening of the shell using lugs formed on the rim of the plate, and the frame of the lens is pivotally mounted on the other opening of the shell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 1988
    Date of Patent: May 30, 1989
    Inventor: Hung-Sheng Wen
  • Patent number: 4831501
    Abstract: A plastic lamp housing is molded in one piece with two cantilevers extending forwardly from its rear wall for supporting a metal made reflector and a light bulb out of direct contact with all the inside surfaces of the lamp housing. The reflector thermally covers at least the top and bottom and rear sides of the light source for the reduction of heat transmission to the lamp housing. Depending from the lamp housing, a lamp standard has a hollow extending therethrough in communication with the interior of the lamp housing through a heat release opening formed in the bottom of the lamp housing. The lamp standard is for use in mounting the lamp on a hollow structural part of a motor vehicle in the vicinity of its rear window. Therefore, by creasing an opening in the hollow vehicle part, the heated air within the lamp housing can be vented into the hollow lamp standard and thence into the hollow vehicle part, instead of into the interior of the vehicle body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 1988
    Date of Patent: May 16, 1989
    Assignee: Koito Seisakusho Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Noboru Okamoto, Hiroshi Shida
  • Patent number: 4827384
    Abstract: Headwear in the form of a cap has a hemispherical crown, a crescent-shaped visor and a shield connecting the outer surface of the crown to the upper surface of the visor to form a pocket which opens onto the underside of the visor. The shield has an upper edge extending along a semi-circular section of the crown, a lower edge extending in elliptical fashion between the forward and rearward edges of the visor, and side edges extending along lines between the visor corners and the peak of the cap. In one embodiment, especially suited for night fishing, the visor has an upwardly crested central portion, and snap means is provided to removably hold a flashlight in the pocket so that the light beam is directed downwardly ahead of the user, but lateral light scattering is obstructed. In another embodiment, the pocket has a snap closure for use in retaining articles, such as a fishing license, therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 1988
    Date of Patent: May 2, 1989
    Inventor: Hans Von Schlemmer
  • Patent number: 4787018
    Abstract: A simple and economical outdoor electric lighting fixture whose housing is made of polyvinyl chloride. The fixture includes a U-shaped fluorescent lamp; a socket for the lamp; a 120 volt transformer; a flanged circular base plate supporting the socket and transformer; a polyvinyl chloride cylindrical housing having at its center an interior annular ring supporting the base plate; a polyvinyl chloride cylindrical post supporting the cylindrical housing; a cylindrical frosted lens surrounding the fluorescent lamp and resting on the flange of the base plate; and a domed end cap fitted over the upper end of the cylindrical lens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 1988
    Date of Patent: November 22, 1988
    Inventor: David D. Poyer