William B. Lees 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).
Abstract: A circuit for controlling lamp flash interval and duration which comprises an NE555 integrated circuit in combination with resistances and capacitances. In the circuit, a resistor and a capacitive switch in series therewith govern flash interval. The capacitive switch includes a normally closed centrifugal switch which, when closed, presents a given capacitance in series with the resistor and when open presents a reduced capacitance in series with the resistor. The capacitance is provided by two capacitors. In one embodiment, when the switch is closed, one capacitor is in series with the resistor and the other is bypassed and when the switch is open, both capacitors are in series with each other and with the resistor. In the other embodiment, when the switch is closed, the two capacitors are parallel with each other and in series with the resistor and when the switch is open, one of said parallel capacitors is bypassed.
Abstract: There is disclosed an illuminated flying saucer toy is which incandescent lamps are pulsed on and off by an astable multivibrator circuit. The circuit is arranged to pulse at a relatively slow rate when the toy is at rest and at a relatively increased rate when the toy spins at a rate above a predetermined minimum. The increased flash rate is provided through a normally open switch that closes upon rotation of the toy to insert additional resistance into the circuit in parallel with existing resistance thereby to reduce the resistance by which flash interval is determined.