Patents by Inventor Kenneth R. Fasen

Kenneth R. Fasen has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Patent number: 7163317
    Abstract: Color-changing apparatus, and an associated method, for a lighting assembly. One or more dichroic filters are selectably positioned in the path of a light beam generated by a light source. A positioner supportively positions the dichroic filter and effectuates its translation into and out of the path of the light beam. A set of dichroic filters, each separately supported by a separate actuating positioner permits a combination of dichroic filters to be combined to cause the light color of the light beam to be of any desired color.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2007
    Assignee: Wybron, Inc.
    Inventors: Russell A. Warnecke, Kenneth R. Fasen
  • Patent number: 5791755
    Abstract: A gobo handling apparatus for use in a spotlight is disclosed. The spotlight has a housing supporting a light source producing a light beam and supporting at least one focusing lens. The spotlight includes an iris slot through the housing proximate the focal plane of the light beam. The apparatus of the invention comprises an elongated gobo housing removably inserted in the slot. The gobo housing has a central axis and an aperture therethrough for passage of the light beam in a direction normal to the gobo housing axis. The housing has a plurality of generally disk shaped gobo carriers each supporting a gobo, arranged side by side and movably contained within the housing. A drive mechanism contained within the housing operatively engages each of said plurality of gobo carriers for independently translating the gobo members along the housing axis into and out of the spotlight beam and rotating the gobo carrier in the spotlight beam in response to a remote control signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 1996
    Date of Patent: August 11, 1998
    Assignee: Wybron Incorporated
    Inventors: Patrick L. Henry, Kenneth R. Fasen
  • Patent number: 5504477
    Abstract: A performer tracking system, and an associated method, for tracking movements of at least one performer upon a stage. A plurality of signal transmitters are positioned about the stage and transmit electromagnetic signals. Performers on the stage carry transponders which receive the electromagnetic signals and, responsive thereto, generate coded sound signals. Sound signal receivers positioned together with the signal transmitters receive the sound signals. A controller determines positions of the transponders and, hence, the performers carrying the transponders and causes spotlights to track the performers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 1993
    Date of Patent: April 2, 1996
    Assignee: Wybron, Inc.
    Inventors: Kenyon C. Whitright, Donald J. Newman, Kenneth R. Fasen
  • Patent number: 5305132
    Abstract: A light frequency communications system and method of using the system is disclosed. The system includes a base station and a plurality of remote units wherein the base station and all the remote units communicate in a full duplex mode utilizing a single light wave carrier. Multiplexing between the units is accomplished by modulating an audio signal on at least one subcarrier frequency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 1992
    Date of Patent: April 19, 1994
    Assignee: H. M. Electronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth R. Fasen, Michael A. Menadier, Michael A. Williams
  • Patent number: 4977610
    Abstract: A communication system includes a filter device for passing only a desired carrier frequency, and a circuit for splitting the passed carrier frequency into a pair of signals. A circuit for feeding back one of the signals to the filter device for causing an oscillation to occur at the desired carrier frequency for direct broadcast purposes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 1989
    Date of Patent: December 11, 1990
    Assignee: H.M. Electronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Donald A. Kutz, Kenneth R. Fasen
  • Patent number: 4767977
    Abstract: The battery charger includes a slope detector which responds to the battery voltage of the battery being charged, to generate a peak indicating signal, when the voltage decreases following the peak charging voltage of the battery. A peak hold device responds to the peak indicating signal to cause the charger to switch abruptly from a high charge mode to a low trickle charge mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 1987
    Date of Patent: August 30, 1988
    Assignee: HM Electronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth R. Fasen, Kim R. Rogers, Lee J. Schwartz
  • Patent number: 4609860
    Abstract: A battery charger for recharging nickel cadmium batteries includes trickle charge, fast charge and deep charge modes. A control circuit responsive to the terminal voltage of the battery includes a clock-driven mode control counter having counter states which condition power supply circuitry within the charger to the mode appropriate to the battery terminal voltage. The counter is conditioned to its deep discharge state by actuation of a user-accessible switch. When the terminal voltage falls below a first predetermined level, the counter automatically reverts from the discharge state to its fast charge state to establish the fast charge mode. When the terminal voltage rises above a second predetermined level, the counter automatically reverts to its trickle charge state to establish the trickle charge mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 1983
    Date of Patent: September 2, 1986
    Assignee: James P. Liautaud
    Inventor: Kenneth R. Fasen
  • Patent number: 3987245
    Abstract: A microphone which consists of a speaker having a base resonant frequency, a suppression circuit for reducing the frequency response of the speaker at the base resonant frequency, and a high pass filter for reducing the base frequency response of the speaker is disclosed. The speaker creates electrical signals in response to sound waves received and the suppression apparatus reduces the relative magnitude of the electrical signals having frequencies substantially equal to the base resonant frequency of the speaker. The high pass filter reduces the magnitude of all electrical signals having frequencies below a predetermined frequency, and thus a desired microphone frequency response is obtained.A communications system which uses a receiver to drive a speaker in one mode of operation and uses the speaker as a microphone followed by a compensation network and a transmitter in another mode of operation is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 1975
    Date of Patent: October 19, 1976
    Assignee: Motorola, Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth R. Fasen, Robert M. Bundus