With Illuminating Means Patents (Class 239/18)
  • Patent number: 10297031
    Abstract: An apparatus for generating a display medium includes a medium generating module arranged to selectively generate at least one portion of the display medium within a predetermined three-dimensional space, wherein the at least one portion of the display medium is arranged to receive an optical signal representing a visible image so as to display a portion or whole visible image within the predetermined three-dimensional space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: CITY UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG
    Inventors: Miu Ling Lam, Bin Chen, Yaozhun Huang
  • Patent number: 10197904
    Abstract: One embodiment relates to a method for creating a fast vanishing light scattering surface/volume to which an image is projected. The method includes: creating two portions of atomized particles of a given particle size that does not allow an incident light having a visible spectrum from being scattered, reflected and/or dissipated; and ejecting these two portions of the atomized particles from two opposite directions towards each other. The atomized particles collide/contact with each other to aggregate, thereby creating the fast vanishing light scattering surface/volume at a specific spatial region in which the aggregated particles allow the incident light to be scattered, reflected and/or dissipated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignees: TAMPEREEN YLIOPISTO, FUKOKU CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Grigori Evreinov, Ahmed Farooq, Roope Raisamo, Arto Hippula, Daisuke Takahata, Kazuyuki Ikehama, Tetsuya Arasawa
  • Patent number: 10166568
    Abstract: The invention relates to an assembly, in particular a play fountain, comprising a floor for carrying people, a plurality of electrical devices, such as electric motors coupled to pumps and nozzles for generating jets of liquid, distributed over the area of the floor, and a control system for operating the electrical devices. The assembly comprises a plurality of rechargeable batteries connected to the electrical devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: HOEKS BEHEER B.V.
    Inventors: Wilhelmus Adolfus Johannes Marie Hoeks, Frits Jan Van Kempen, Guido William Molenaar, Frank Van Den Berg
  • Patent number: 10077571
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a water sprayer and various features thereof. More particularly, the present disclosure relates to a water sprayer for use in a pool, and to a method for using the same. In various embodiments, the water sprayer may include a water output mechanism and a light source that is powered by flowing water to provide illumination functionality.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: Intex Marketing Ltd.
    Inventors: Yaw Yuan Hsu, Hua Hsiang Lin
  • Patent number: 9890915
    Abstract: A water curtain simulated candle lamp, which is mainly provided to achieve the dynamic effect of simulating candle burning by using water curtain projection, including a base body, a cover body, a spraying device, a light source and a floating wick. Wherein, a water container with an upper opening is set on the base body, the cover body including a concave upper surface is used to cover the water container, and a spacing hole is set on its concave end; the spraying device set inside the water container includes a pump and a spray pipe, which is used to spray a water curtain simulating flame shape from the spacing hole; the light source is used to light up the sprayed water curtain, the floating wick set inside the spray pipe is provided to move up and down with water flow to form a wick of simulating candle lamp.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Inventor: Wen-Cheng Lai
  • Patent number: 9821328
    Abstract: A sprinkler with adjustable fan angle of water sprayed is revealed. The adjustable fan angle of water sprayed means a fan area of the water sprayed is adjusted and changed. The sprinkler includes a housing, a receiving seat and a sprinkler head. The sprinkler head consists of a base seat, a collar member and an adjustment member. The fan angle of the water sprayed can be manually operated and changed by rotating the adjustment member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: YUAN-MEI CORP.
    Inventor: Shun-Nan Lo
  • Patent number: 9802214
    Abstract: The invention relates to an assembly, in particular a play fountain, comprising a floor (1), a plurality of nozzles (2), preferably a reservoir for a liquid, in particular water, or means to connect the assembly to a liquid supply, and a control system (3) for controlling one or more of the nozzles (2) during operation of the assembly. The floor (1) is assembled modularly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: ICE-WORLD HOLDING B.V.
    Inventors: Hubertus Johannes Bernardes Schoeren, Wilhelmus Adolfus Johannes Marie Hoeks, Frits Jan Van Kempen
  • Patent number: 9764348
    Abstract: The invention relates to an assembly, in particular a play fountain, comprising a floor (1), a plurality of nozzles (2), preferably a reservoir for a liquid, in particular water, or means to connect the assembly to a liquid supply, and a control system (3) for controlling one or more of the nozzles (2) during operation of the assembly. The floor (1) is assembled modularly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: ICE-WORLD HOLDING B.V.
    Inventors: Hubertus Johannes Bernardes Schoeren, Wilhelmus Adolfus Johannes Marie Hoeks, Frits Jan Van Kempen
  • Patent number: 9732955
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a pool light assembly including cooling for the illuminating structure. The assembly includes a water inlet housing having a portion on the dry side and a portion immersed in the pool water. An assembly having sealing structure creates a leak proof connection with the pool wall. The submerged portion of the assembly includes a base. The base has an exterior exposed to the pool water and an enclosed interior including the illuminating structure. A notch is provided in the exterior of the base and extends into the interior for allowing pool water in the proximity of the illuminating structure. The assembly includes sealing structure for preventing water from entering electrically active elements, while allowing pool water to act as a cooling element. A retaining member locks and encourages waterproof sealing of the electrically active elements. Each of the elements is provided with structure as necessary to facilitate the free flow of water through the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: COMPUROBOT TECHNOLOGY COMPANY
    Inventors: Wing-kin Hui, Wing-tak Hui
  • Patent number: 9695839
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for cleaning containers using water within the container and a submersible pump exhibiting a nozzle. Air may be injected into the pumped water to increase its pressure as it exists the nozzle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: US Submergent Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Henry B. Polston
  • Patent number: 9643204
    Abstract: A decorative display apparatus comprising a flameless candle with an integrated fountain is disclosed. The flameless candle with integrated fountain is designed to be a stand-alone device. The flameless candle with integrated fountain includes a translucent candle body containing a water reservoir to which an optional scent may be added, an optional sealed transparent cover, a power source which may be a battery, USB or DC supply from an AC converter, a pump and an integrated water and light diffuser. The flameless candle with integrated fountain may be operated in either candle-only mode or candle and fountain mode. The device may also be operated on a timer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Inventor: Brian Ray
  • Patent number: 9535313
    Abstract: A projection apparatus for projection in a liquid environment comprises a projection surface adapted to be positioned in the liquid environment and a projector adapted to be positioned in the liquid environment. The projector is adapted to project an image on the projection surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Inventor: Jiansheng Wang
  • Patent number: 9527103
    Abstract: A flameless candle device with a fountain includes a container, a light-emitting member, and a pump motor. The container has an outer wall to surround an accommodation space. The accommodation space is divided into a first half portion and a second half portion by a partition. The first half portion is in communication with the second half portion through an opening. The partition has a flange thereon. The accommodation space is adapted to accommodate a fluid, such as water. The light-emitting member is located in the accommodation space. The pump motor is in communication with the first half portion and the second half portion. When the pump motor is activated, the water flows from the first half portion to the second half portion, alternatively, from the second half portion to the first half portion. The present invention provides an illumination effect as well as visual and auditory enjoyments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Inventor: Mou-Li Lin
  • Patent number: 9442359
    Abstract: A passenger vehicle includes a dynamic display unit. The dynamic display unit creates a temporary graphic display inside the passenger vehicle for presenting informational and control elements to passengers inside the passenger vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignees: Volkswagen AG, Audi AG
    Inventor: Peter Oel
  • Patent number: 9199264
    Abstract: Apparatus for pixelating falling water droplets to create a graphical image comprising an elevated water display head formed from a series of two or more modular units. Each of the series of two or more modular units has a water reservoir, a plurality of high speed solenoids located below the water reservoir, a replaceable nozzle plate having a plurality of spaced apart nozzles wherein one of said plurality of high speed solenoids is connected to each nozzle. A programmable micro-controller is provided with each of the modular units for controlling the water supply to the water reservoir and for controlling the formation of the falling water droplets through each solenoid and nozzle. The water droplets falling from said plurality of nozzles from each of the modular units forms part of the graphical image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Assignee: PYROTEK SPECIAL EFFECTS, INC.
    Inventors: Danny Tom, Douglas Adams
  • Patent number: 9080762
    Abstract: A decorative display apparatus comprising a flameless candle with an integrated fountain is disclosed. The flameless candle with integrated fountain is designed to be a stand-alone device. The flameless candle with integrated fountain includes a translucent candle body containing a water reservoir to which an optional scent may be added, a power source which may be a battery, USB or DC supply from an AC converter, a pump and an integrated water and light diffuser. The flameless candle with integrated fountain may be operated in either candle-only mode or candle and fountain mode. The device may also be operated on a timer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Inventor: Brian Ray
  • Patent number: 9062839
    Abstract: A selectively-illuminable decorative water feature in the form of an assembly includes a base, casing, and a light source in communication with a semi-translucent or translucent fixture. The base may, for example, be a portion of a component/feature of a swimming pool, a spa or a fountain. The casing and light source may be mounted within the base and the fixture attached to a front surface of the base. The translucence or semi-translucence of the fixture creates an illumination effect due to limited transmission of light, emitted from the light source, through the feature. The water feature may take on a variety of forms, including, for example, decorative fixtures, receptacles, a bowl-shaped fixture, and a hand grip attached to a structural surface of a pool, spa or fountain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2015
    Assignee: WATER WORKS TECHNOLOGIES GROUP, LLC
    Inventor: David W. Elder
  • Patent number: 9027848
    Abstract: An apparatus that includes two separate reservoirs wherein the first reservoir is molded into the body of the larger artificial body of water and filled using a standard pump from the main body of water. From the larger body of water, the water is then moved upward through the apparatus through the manual opening of a valve assembly. Once the valve assembly is opened, the water moves through the valve assembly and through a grate and into a second reservoir. From this second reservoir, the water is pulled by the force gravity over the spillway into the main body of water, creating a clean, sheer waterfall effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Waterway Plastics
    Inventors: Brooks Hilton, Jason Hillyard
  • Publication number: 20150041554
    Abstract: Systems and processes for facilitating control of a decorative water fountain system through a network are described. A central computer may be connected to a network and may communicate with a variety of controllers to drive fountain hardware, lights, and music for an automated performance. Audience members may interact with the fountain system by communicating with the central computer through a network. Users may engage an application on a smartphone to request particular water jets, fountain movements, lights, colors, sounds, or the like. The central computer may receive the requests and communicate corresponding commands to fountain hardware controllers to cause the requested actions to be performed by fountain hardware (e.g., nozzles, lights, motors, pumps, switches, etc.). The central computer may also communicate with online social networks to post information related to user interaction, fountain performances, images, status, or the like.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 6, 2013
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Applicant: Watergush, Inc.
    Inventor: Jose Antonio AGUILERA SANCHEZ
  • Publication number: 20140306025
    Abstract: A water jet device and a water dance speaker comprising the water jet device are disclosed. The water jet device comprises a base container, a drive unit and fans driven by the drive unit, the drive unit being mounted externally to a bottom of the base container, while the fans internally to the bottom of the base container. A cover plate, disposed on the base container to engage therewith, comprises via holes thereon and coordinates with the base container to form a chamber to contain liquids. On the side of the cover plate away from the base container are formed protrusions vertical to the cover plate, a first via hole penetrating each of the protrusions. The present invention provides a water jet device capable of recycling water resources and preventing water leak. Therefore, the water jet device as disclosed is safe in use and possesses practical applicability.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 25, 2014
    Publication date: October 16, 2014
    Inventor: KUO TSAI LEE
  • Publication number: 20140263715
    Abstract: A water delivery device that may float on a body of water is described. The device may comprise a buoyant sphere that houses a water shooting device. The device may include fins to help stabilize the sphere against recoil when water is shot from the device. Clips may be included on the device to tether multiple devices together or to the bottom or side of the body of water. The device may include lighting effects to the water shooting out of the device or lighting effects on or from inside the sphere.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventors: Mark Fuller, Don Lariviere
  • Publication number: 20140263716
    Abstract: A unique water display involving igniting fire is described. Water is shot into the air and fuel is dispensed in proximity thereto. The fuel is ignited and illuminates the water. The water may encompass some of the fire and fall down around it.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventor: Jim Doyle
  • Publication number: 20140239086
    Abstract: An interactive entertainment apparatus and system and a method of interacting with water to provide audio, visual, olfactory, gustatory and/or tactile effects are provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 22, 2013
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Applicant: FINNACGOAL LIMITED
    Inventor: Kwok Chuen Wong
  • Patent number: 8763925
    Abstract: A laminar flow water jet system has a housing with a water channel, the housing creating a laminar flow in the water channel from the water flowing through the housing. A lighting element is provided with a controller. The laminar flow passes through at least one jetting element having a cup portion and a nozzle portion and jetting a laminar flow tube from the laminar flow passing through the water channel in the housing at the base portion. The laminar flow tube is ejected from the nozzle as a laminar flow jet having a smoothed tubular surface jacket and being lit by the lighting element. An additive source drips additive into the cup portion at a rate controlled by the controller, the additive being absorbed by capillary action by the laminar flow tube as it is passed through the nozzle to become the laminar flow jet. The absorption process drawing in air from the surrounding atmosphere and creating perturbations or bubbles within the laminar flow tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Pentair Water Pool and Spa, Inc.
    Inventor: Bruce Johnson
  • Patent number: 8763926
    Abstract: An oil lamp-type apparatus or a Kukui pot candle device for achieving the illumination and the appearance of an ignited oil lamp. This is achieved by illuminating water flowing upward (e.g., substantially vertically to provide a flame-shaped element or small fountain of water above the pool surface) using a light source directing its light output upward through the water. The flame-shaped element has kinetic and dynamic movement similar to a flame on an oil lamp or candle wick due to the combination of the water flowing upward and the water falling nearly straight down back into a pool about the water outlet. Further, the effect is achieve by only illuminating the liquid in the flame-shaped element with the vertically upward-direct light stream and not by shining light from the side, from above, or even from an adjacent location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Gary Powell, Joe M. Rohde
  • Publication number: 20140131472
    Abstract: A bathing system with a molded shell has hollows in the shell. A module with internal water and air chambers is installed in each hollow with jets mounted upon the front jet plate of the module. The module is of simple construction that is mounted in a hollow and is removable and interchangeable for easy upgrading and repair of the bathing system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 5, 2013
    Publication date: May 15, 2014
    Inventor: Richard Alex Eddington
  • Publication number: 20140117107
    Abstract: A lighted waterfall apparatus for producing an artificial waterfall having a waterfall apparatus including a chamber for containing a removable light source and a port for accessing the light source, such that the light source can be easily accessed, inserted, removed, and/or replaced.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2012
    Publication date: May 1, 2014
    Applicant: Custom Molded Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Zachary Vogtner, Richard Simpson
  • Patent number: 8689473
    Abstract: A dioramic apparatus includes a vessel having an inferior portion and a superior portion. The vessel includes a shell and defines an interior space. The interior space is partially filled by a liquid medium. At least one dioramic scene is disposed in the interior space. A reservoir is in fluid communication with the interior space. The reservoir includes a flow plate defining at least one liquid intake and at least one liquid output port. The at least one liquid intake is configured and arranged for receiving at least a portion of the liquid medium from the interior space when the dioramic apparatus is at least partially inverted. The at least one liquid output port is configured and arranged to output at least a portion of the liquid medium from the reservoir when the vessel is placed in an upright position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: RainGlobes, LLC
    Inventors: Joshua James, Frederick Bowen Northup, Jr., Lawrence Scott Larson, Jeremy Kolenbrander, James Ladtkow
  • Patent number: 8636227
    Abstract: A laminar flow water jet having a housing with a water channel flowing therethrough. A water input admits water into the housing and the water channel. One or more filter member(s) is provided along the water channel. One or more jetting element in communication with the housing jets a laminar flow tube or segment from the jet. One or more lighting element(s) emits light and communicates with the laminar flow tube or segment. An additive supply element communicates with the laminar flow tube or segment, where a laminar water flow is jetted through the jetting element to form the laminar flow tube or segment which is lit by the light emitted by the lighting element and receives an additive stream from the additive supply element to produce wave effects within the laminar flow tube or segment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2014
    Inventor: Bruce Johnson
  • Patent number: 8567954
    Abstract: A 3D display system using a planar sheet of mist or water droplets as a rear projection screen. The system includes a screen generation assembly with a nozzle configured to convert supply water into a screen of water droplets. The screen is substantially planar and has a front surface facing a viewing area and an opposite rear surface. The display system includes a projection assembly projecting 3D content onto the rear surface. The projection assembly includes a first projector projecting left eye images and a second projector projecting right eye images. The 3D content may be provided using polarization or other 3D technology. For example, the first projector includes a first interference filter and the second projector includes a second interference filter differing from the first interference filter, whereby the left and right eye images are presented concurrently on the rear surface with differing bands of the visible color spectrum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Erik M. Koehler, Justin A. Sykes
  • Patent number: 8556190
    Abstract: An apparatus for pixelating falling water droplets to create a graphical image comprising one or more elevated water display heads having a plurality of spaced apart nozzles in one or more rows, each of said nozzles has a water inlet and a water outlet. A high speed solenoid is provided for each nozzle for opening and closing of the water outlet for each nozzle to control the speed at which water exits the nozzles. A water reservoir is provided above the water inlets for the solenoids and nozzles so that water pressure to the nozzles is maintained by gravity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Assignee: Pyrotek Special Effects Inc.
    Inventors: Danny Tom, Douglas Adams
  • Patent number: 8523087
    Abstract: A fluid handling device, for example, a laminar jet fountain, includes a jet emanating a first stream of substantially laminar fluid. The jet fountain also includes a surface disruptor that includes a body, a water inlet, a valve, a fluid outlet, and a trajectory adjuster emanating a second stream of fluid from the fluid outlet. The second stream of fluid may be positioned to intersect the first stream of fluid and perturb its laminarity. By adjusting a valve controlling the force and volume of flow of the second stream and/or by adjusting the trajectory adjuster, the intersection of the first and second streams may be modified and, therefore, the laminarity of the first stream may be modified. By disrupting the laminar surface of the first stream, light introduced into the first stream may be caused to refract outward from the first stream and thus enhance illumination of the first stream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: Zodiac Pool Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: John T. Hagaman
  • Patent number: 8522372
    Abstract: A vertical pipe has an upper end and a lower end. The vertical pipe is adapted to be coupled to a pool water outlet. A T-coupler has horizontal first and second legs and a downward extending vertical third leg receiving the T-coupler. Transparent first and second sleeves are attached to the first leg and second legs. Each sleeve has an end cap. An inner cylinder is provided within the second sleeve. The inner cylinder has closed and open ends. A power cylinder is provided within the first sleeve. A gasket hydraulically seals the first sleeve from the second sleeve and the T-coupler. A light source is coupled to the power cylinder extending into the T-coupler. Apertures are provided in the second sleeve. The apertures face upwardly and outwardly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Inventors: Matthew L. Lafon, Randy D. Messer
  • Patent number: 8511828
    Abstract: A multimedia presentation system a projector to project images toward an audience. A plurality of nozzles are partially submerged in a body of water at locations between the projector and the audience. The plurality of nozzles are located at different distances from the projector. Each of the plurality of nozzles is arranged to produce a fan like water mist onto which the projector projects images. A controller is coupled to the projector and the plurality of nozzles. The controller causes the projector to project images and at least one of the plurality of nozzles to produce a water mist in a synchronized sequence such that the images appear at different distances from the projector at different times. The controller may further control the orientation of each nozzle to vary the distance by inclining the plane of the water mist relative to the surface of the body of water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Assignee: Wet Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Fuller, James Doyle
  • Patent number: 8500038
    Abstract: A fluid display includes a fluid source, a gas source, and a light source. The fluid source coherently emits fluid along a first trajectory. The gas source emits gas along a second trajectory that intersects the first trajectory. The light source is directed toward the intersection of the first trajectory and the second trajectory. The second trajectory may intersect the first trajectory at an oblique angle. The fluid source and/or the gas source may emit intermittently. The fluid source may emit a laminar jet or spherical fluid globules. The gas source may intermittently emit a gas vortex. The gas may be a flammable gas. The fluid may be water and the gas may be air. The fluid display may provide a “water sparkler” effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2013
    Assignee: WET Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark W. Fuller, Michael Jason Baldwin, Keith J. Kalis, Helen S. Park, Riae Yoo
  • Patent number: 8464964
    Abstract: A fluid effects apparatus for creating a fluid display. The apparatus includes a base with a center point gimbal. A fluid outlet manifold is provided with an inlet for receiving fluid and a nozzle. The fluid outlet manifold is supported on the center point gimbal to pivot with the gimbal. A drive assembly is provided with first and second drive mechanisms that each drive input arms attached to the fluid outlet manifold at an angular offset. Each of the input arms is configured with three pivot points to translate rotational input from a crank arm of the drive mechanism into linear movement, and each input arm includes a first swing arm pivotally coupled to the crank arm, a second swing arm coupled to an end of the first swing arm, and a collar receiving a portion of the fluid outlet manifold and pivotally supported by the second swing arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2013
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Evelyn S. Wiseman, Theodore R. Carlsson, Jennifer Magill, Michael A. Layman, William T. Slusser, Jason A. Badger, Matthew A. Cotter, Charles P. Davis
  • Patent number: 8459573
    Abstract: A fluid effects apparatus for producing a water display or show. The apparatus includes a base with a center point gimbal mechanism and a fluid outlet manifold with an inlet for receiving fluid. The fluid outlet manifold is pivotally supported upon the center point gimbal mechanism and includes a nozzle manifold with a pivotally mounted nozzle for dispersing the received fluid and a nozzle drive assembly coupled to the nozzle that selectively rotates the nozzle about its rotation axis. The drive assembly includes a motor mounted to pivot with the fluid outlet manifold upon the center point gimbal. The drive assembly includes an output drive element of the motor that is coupled to the nozzle to selectively rotate the nozzle. The nozzle manifold includes a second nozzle and switching means for selectively directing the received fluid to one of the two nozzles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Evelyn S. Wiseman, Theodore R. Carlsson, Jennifer Magill, Michael A. Layman, William T. Slusser, Jason A. Badger, Matthew A. Cotter, Charles P. Davis
  • Publication number: 20130126633
    Abstract: An oil lamp-type apparatus or a Kukui pot candle device for achieving the illumination and the appearance of an ignited oil lamp. This is achieved by illuminating water flowing upward (e.g., substantially vertically to provide a flame-shaped element or small fountain of water above the pool surface) using a light source directing its light output upward through the water. The flame-shaped element has kinetic and dynamic movement similar to a flame on an oil lamp or candle wick due to the combination of the water flowing upward and the water falling nearly straight down back into a pool about the water outlet. Further, the effect is achieve by only illuminating the liquid in the flame-shaped element with the vertically upward-direct light stream and not by shining light from the side, from above, or even from an adjacent location.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2011
    Publication date: May 23, 2013
    Applicant: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: GARY POWELL, Joe M. Rohde
  • Patent number: 8403238
    Abstract: A portable waterfall feature is provided for use on a fireplace having a mantle and a fireplace opening, and includes a water reservoir; tubing connectors and connectable tubing pieces, which may be assembled to extend upward from the water reservoir when the reservoir is placed at the bottom of the fireplace opening and around the one end of the mantle to be connected to a dispensing tubing piece connectable at the top of the mantle. A flexible curtain hangs down over the front of the mantle and in front of the fireplace opening over the water reservoir so that water that is pumped from the water reservoir flows upward through the assembled tubing pieces, is dispensed from the dispensing tubing piece along the top side of the flexible curtain; and flows down the flexible curtain and back into the reservoir.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2013
    Inventor: Araceli Martinez Hurtado
  • Patent number: 8393099
    Abstract: A dioramic apparatus includes a vessel having an inferior portion and a superior portion. The vessel includes a shell and defines an interior space. The interior space is partially filled by a liquid medium. At least one dioramic scene is disposed in the interior space. A reservoir is in fluid communication with the interior space. The reservoir includes a flow plate defining at least one liquid intake and at least one liquid output port. The at least one liquid intake is configured and arranged for receiving at least a portion of the liquid medium from the interior space when the dioramic apparatus is at least partially inverted. The at least one liquid output port is configured and arranged to output at least a portion of the liquid medium from the reservoir when the vessel is placed in an upright position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2013
    Assignee: Rainglobes LLC
    Inventors: Joshua James, Fred Northup, Lawrence Scott Larson, Jeremy Kolenbrander, James Ladtkow
  • Publication number: 20130008976
    Abstract: A laminar flow water jet having a housing with a water channel flowing therethrough. A water input admits water into the housing and the water channel. One or more filter member(s) is provided along the water channel. One or more jetting element in communication with the housing jets a laminar flow tube or segment from the jet. One or more lighting element(s) emits light and communicates with the laminar flow tube or segment. An additive supply element communicates with the laminar flow tube or segment, where a laminar water flow is jetted through the jetting element to form the laminar flow tube or segment which is lit by the light emitted by the lighting element and receives an additive stream from the additive supply element to produce wave effects within the laminar flow tube or segment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 11, 2012
    Publication date: January 10, 2013
    Inventor: Bruce Johnson
  • Patent number: 8333331
    Abstract: A decorative water display provides a laminar water bell. A gas burner may be provided inside the laminar water bell to produce a decorative flame. A laminar nozzle having an outlet arranged to eject a laminar jet of water upwardly in a substantially vertical direction may strike an impactor suspended directly above the outlet of the laminar nozzle such that the laminar jet of water forms the laminar water bell. Alternatively, a vertical pipe may supply water to a thin annular region between two plates such that water flowing between the two plates assumes a generally laminar flow characteristic and forms the laminar water bell when ejected from between the two plates. Alternatively, a hemispherical nozzle may have a slot arranged to eject a sheet of water upwardly to form a segment of the laminar water bell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Assignee: Wet Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark W. Fuller, James Doyle, Helen Park, Riae Yoo, Michael Jason Baldwin, Keith Kalis, John Edmark
  • Patent number: 8307472
    Abstract: A housing has an upper component formed of an upper plate and a periphery. The upper plate has an upper central aperture. The housing has a lower component formed of a lower plate and a periphery. The lower plate has a lower central aperture. An annular printed circuit board is positioned within the housing. A plurality of light emitting diodes are secured to the printed circuit board and extend downwardly therefrom. A plurality of equally spaced small apertures in the lower plate of the lower component each receive one of the light emitting diodes for providing light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Inventors: Thomas Jason Saxon, Holly Holleman Saxon
  • Patent number: 8292195
    Abstract: A frameless portable water panel for displaying advertising and products constructed of transparent material combining a water wall column and cascading water tanks supporting dry, removable display shelves. Water is pumped into a tall water column from a bottom reservoir with a water pump. Water fills the tall water column and flows down on the outside of the front wall of the column then into a series of cascading water tanks before returning to the bottom reservoir. An alternate embodiment is modified to serve as a self-serve drinking fountain by removing the lowest shelf and adding fountain openings in the outside face of the front wall of one of the cascading tanks. Other modifications including bevel top edges on the water column, a light pan under the unit, pegs to secure the shelves, clear splash guards on the back of all shelves, and supporting legs under each shelf.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Inventor: Patrick Freeman
  • Patent number: 8215569
    Abstract: A laminar flow water jet having a housing with a water channel flowing there through. An at least one water input admits water into the housing and the water channel. An at least one filter member is provided along the water channel. An at least one jetting element in communication with the housing and jets a laminar flow tube or segment from the jet. An at least one lighting element emits light and communicates with the laminar flow tube or segment. An at least one additive supply element communicates with the at least one laminar flow tube or segment, where a laminar water flow is jetted through the at least one jetting element to form the laminar flow tube or segment which is lit by the light emitted by the at least one lighting element and receives an additive stream from the at least one additive supply element to produce wave effects within the laminar flow tube or segment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2012
    Inventor: Bruce Johnson
  • Patent number: 8214935
    Abstract: Pop-up fountain embodiments are provided which successfully combine aesthetics, utility and ease of installation and are thus especially suited for installation into spas, hot tubs, pools and the like. Different embodiments include a fountain body and a fountain valve which is slidingly received in the body. The valve terminates in a cap which substantially fills an aperture of the body when the valve is in a quiescent position. Applied water pressure forces the valve into an energized position where the form of the valve directs water laterally in an aesthetically-pleasing pattern. The valve preferably includes a deflector which is arranged below the cap and configured to control and enhance the lateral deflection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2012
    Assignee: B & S Plastics, Inc.
    Inventor: Raymundo Colin
  • Patent number: 8177141
    Abstract: Methods and apparatuses are disclosed for fluid handling devices with enhanced functionality. In some embodiments, the fluid handling device may include a plurality of filters coupled to the fluid handling device, where passing a first stream of fluid through the plurality of filters may improve the laminarity of the first stream of fluid, an orifice situated about the fluid handling device, where the first stream of fluid may exit the fluid handling device through the orifice in a substantially laminar state, and a surface disruptor coupled to the fluid handling device, where the surface disruptor may provide a second stream of fluid and where the disruptor may be positioned such that the second stream of fluid interferes with the first stream of fluid exiting the fluid handling device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2012
    Assignee: Zodiac Pool Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: John T. Hagaman
  • Patent number: 8087191
    Abstract: An apparatus for the pixel-integrated return of fluid in the pixel of a fluidic display is characterized in that the fluid with which the desired information is to be displayed and/or the carrier fluid in which the fluid is optionally embedded can be returned in a particularly compact manner and in a manner which is invisible to an observer past the visible part of a pixel (image compartment) into a reservoir (reservoir compartment) through or out of the reservoir. The device comprises an image compartment, a reservoir compartment, a connecting duct and at least one return duct, whereby the at least one return duct is formed by the fact that the connecting duct has at least one area with an uninterruptedly enlarged cross section which transitions in a specified manner into the cross section of the original cross section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2012
    Assignee: advanced display technology AG
    Inventors: Frank Bartels, Andriy Bitman, Dieter Jerosch
  • Patent number: 8070075
    Abstract: The description is given of a sanitary water-outflow fitting, in particular a tub-filling mixer unit, having a water-outflow housing (1) and a jet former for a wide-surface-area water-outlet jet (19), the jet former being arranged in the housing. The water-outflow housing (1) comprises an elongate supply channel (21) which runs essentially perpendicularly to the water-outlet jet (19), tapers in a funnel like manner in the throughflow direction and is bounded by an intermediate wall (37). The intermediate wall (37) has a multiplicity of throughflow holes (51), via which the supply channel (21) is connected to an elongate distributor chamber (11) essentially parallel to it. The distributor chamber (11) has at least one water-outlet channel (9) leading to the water outflow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2011
    Assignee: Hansa Metallwerke AG
    Inventors: Heinz Schmidt, Werner Weinmann
  • Patent number: 8056274
    Abstract: A dioramic apparatus includes a vessel having an inferior portion and a superior portion. The vessel includes a shell and defines an interior space. The interior space is partially filled by a liquid medium. At least one dioramic scene is disposed in the interior space. A reservoir is in fluid communication with the interior space. The reservoir includes a flow plate defining at least one liquid intake and at least one liquid output port. The at least one liquid intake is configured and arranged for receiving at least a portion of the liquid medium from the interior space when the dioramic apparatus is at least partially inverted. The at least one liquid output port is configured and arranged to output at least a portion of the liquid medium from the reservoir when the vessel is placed in an upright position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2011
    Assignee: Rain Globes LLC
    Inventors: Joshua James, Fred Northup, Lawrence Scott Larson, Jeremy Kolenbrander, James Ladtkow