With Illuminating Means Patents (Class 239/18)
  • Patent number: 8042748
    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 disrupter 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: March 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2011
    Assignee: Zodiac Pool Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: John T. Hagaman
  • Publication number: 20110240757
    Abstract: A floating fountain with internal ultraviolet water treatment, which comprises a chamber adapted to float near the water surface in a water environment, a water inlet on the top of the chamber for receiving surface water from the water environment, a pump inside the chamber for receiving water from the water inlet, an ultraviolet source for treating water; and a water outlet nozzle at the top of the chamber for receiving water which has been treated with ultraviolet energy and pumped, to provide a pumped-water stream above the water surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 2, 2010
    Publication date: October 6, 2011
    Applicant: GMJ DESIGN GROUP, LLC
    Inventors: Michael Selk, Raymund Vivar
  • Publication number: 20110174897
    Abstract: A solar panel water pump assembly is provided. A solar panel apparatus includes a plurality of light-emitting diodes and is attached to a support base. The solar panel apparatus is electrically coupled to a battery cell box and a control circuit board box that are attached to a bottom side of the support base. A water conduit adapter is inserted through the solar panel apparatus and the support base via an aperture. Then, the water conduit adapter inserted through the solar panel apparatus and support base is mechanically connected to a water outlet of a pump to form the solar panel water pump assembly. The pump is electrically coupled to the control circuit board box via electrical connectors. Afterward, the solar panel water pump assembly is installed in an underwater environment in a water display.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 20, 2010
    Publication date: July 21, 2011
    Inventor: Li Zhuang Mai
  • Publication number: 20110099905
    Abstract: An aesthetic movable barrier such as a window or gate, with an integrated liquid feature. The barrier includes a liquid supply, a power source, pump and plumbing to provide an aesthetic liquid flow across a visible surface, preferably textured, of the barrier. The liquid feature is preferably recirculating.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2009
    Publication date: May 5, 2011
    Inventor: Susannah E. Rake
  • Publication number: 20110089254
    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: Application
    Filed: October 15, 2009
    Publication date: April 21, 2011
    Inventor: Araceli Martinez Hurtado
  • Patent number: 7922103
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a decorative waterfall apparatus and more particularly to a decorative waterfall having a decorative image on a backboard which can be rapidly changed by removing the removable mounted backboard and changing a polymer film having a decorative image thereon extending thereover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2011
    Inventor: David T. Houstoun
  • Publication number: 20110073670
    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: Application
    Filed: November 4, 2010
    Publication date: March 31, 2011
    Inventor: Bruce Johnson
  • Patent number: 7886992
    Abstract: A fluid effects apparatus to produce a fluid display or effect. The apparatus includes a base with a center point gimbal. A fluid outlet manifold is provided with an inlet for receiving fluid and an outlet device such as a nozzle for dispersing the received fluid. The fluid outlet manifold is supported upon the center point gimbal to pivot with the gimbal in all directions. A drive assembly is provided with first and second drive mechanisms such as submersible servos that each drive input arms attached to the fluid outlet manifold at an angular offset such as about 120 degrees. The drive mechanisms are separately and concurrently operable to move the input arms to pivot the fluid outlet manifold on the center point gimbal to selectively position the outlet device such as to articulate it in arcs of 110 degrees or more in all directions about a nozzle center axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2011
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Evelyn S. Wiseman, Theodore R. Carlsson, Jennifer M. Magill, Michael A. Layman, William T. Slusser, Jason A. Badger, Matthew A. Cotter, Charles P. Davis
  • Patent number: 7861942
    Abstract: A waterfall assembly features a first, substantially hermetically sealed chamber adapted to contain a quantity of liquid. The first chamber includes at least one substantially vertical and transparent side having an internal surface, preferably with a plurality of protrusions. A pump or fluid transport device is in fluid communication with the first chamber and at least one nozzle/aperture disposed within the first chamber. The nozzle/aperture directs the liquid against at least a portion of the internal surface of the vertical side of the first chamber such that some of the liquid flows over the protrusions. A second chamber having a light source may be disposed beneath the first chamber for illuminating the first chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2011
    Assignee: Rock'n Crab Aquatics
    Inventors: Peri Damon, Scott Neville
  • Patent number: 7854080
    Abstract: System and methods for providing synchronized ornamental displays in a presentation zone that is at least partially containing a fluid, which include a support structure, a decorative object supported by the support structure, a light disposed on the object, a plurality of cables coupled to the support structure at their respective first ends; a plurality of cable tensioning devices, wherein one cable tensioning device is engaged with the second end of a respective cable of the plurality of cables, and the plurality of cable tensioning devices are positioned spatially about the periphery of the presentation zone, wherein the spatial arrangement defines a range of desired movement for the object, and a control device operatively associated with the tensioning devices and light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2010
    Assignee: Wynn Resorts Holdings, LLC
    Inventor: Walter Conti
  • Patent number: 7850323
    Abstract: A control cartridge (20) is inserted into the fitting housing (10). Mounted on the actuating shaft (38) of said cartridge is an actuating body (42) on which the tubular actuating lever (50) is fastened. A light guiding element (52) runs through the actuating lever (50). The light source (66) in the actuating body (42) emits light that is guided to the end of the actuating lever (50) by means of the light guiding element (52).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2010
    Assignees: KWC AG, Schott AG
    Inventors: Oliver Keiper, Michael Lehner, André Leutwyler, Michael Lammel
  • Patent number: 7845579
    Abstract: An apparatus for producing and controlling an energetic pulse wave in a laminar flow having an at least one water input and a housing with a water channel flowing therethrough. At least one jetting element for jetting a laminar flow tube from a laminar flow passing through the water channel. With at least one energetic pulse wave generating element generating an energetic pulse in a controlled fashion that travels into the laminar flow and selectively interrupts the laminarity therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2010
    Inventor: Bruce Johnson
  • Patent number: 7845580
    Abstract: A fountain base for supporting one or more statues on top of a disappearing water fountain. The fountain base includes a basin, a statue support located in the basin, and an access lid that permits maintenance access to the interior of the basin without having to remove the statue from the statue support. A pump located within the basin delivers water from the basin to the top of the statue where it is released to flow over the exterior of the surface of the statue, through the access lid, and back into the basin. The access lid, which may be supported by a statue stand or a system of pillars, includes one or more panels that can be removed without removing the statue from the statue support. The panels may include access doors to permit easy access to the interior of the basin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2010
    Inventor: Xianming Liao
  • Patent number: 7845815
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a straw cup with variable lights, primarily comprising of a set of light-emitting diodes surrounding the inside of the cup's straw, a circuit controller board, and power switch; when the power is activated, the liquid inside the straw's cup refracts and directs light, increasing the variation and brilliance of the twinkling lights and thus further increasing the variation of the straw cup's multicolored lights.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2010
    Inventors: Wei Hung Yu, Connie Wang
  • Publication number: 20100276508
    Abstract: The present invention details an LED water fountain comprising a globe coupled between a shaft and a nozzle. The bottom of the globe couples to the top of the shaft while the top of the globe couples to the bottom of the nozzle. An LED ring resides towards the bottom of the globe producing a beautiful color display. Preferably, the globe is translucent or has varying degrees of transparency so the LED ring creates a beautiful lighting effect utilizing multiple colors. The fountain further comprises a stand having a pump therein coupled to the bottom of the shaft. The pump propels water through the shaft, the globe, and out the nozzle to create a beautiful water display. The LED ring is remotely controlled to adjust brightness, select a specific color(s), and change transitions between colors.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 3, 2010
    Publication date: November 4, 2010
    Inventor: Scott M. Davies
  • Patent number: 7823801
    Abstract: A firefighting device comprising includes a device body with a fluid passage through which a fluid flows when the firefighting device is in operation and at least one molded body. At least a portion of the molded body is at least translucent and encloses therein or covers a light emitting source. When light is emitted from the light emitting source, light is emitted from the molded body to thereby illuminate the firefighting device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2010
    Assignee: Elkhart Brass Manufacturing Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Kiernan McGarry, Todd Lozier
  • Patent number: 7819541
    Abstract: A sanitary fitting has a water inlet, at least one operating element and an outlet, the outlet consisting, at least in part, of a transparent material. Also provided is an illuminating device which incorporates light into the transparent material. In this way, straightforward technical means provide for a large number of new design possibilities which increase the attractiveness of the sanitary fitting for the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2010
    Assignee: Hansa Metallwerke AG
    Inventor: Horst Kunkel
  • Patent number: 7775457
    Abstract: A fountain system for creating unique water displays or water attractions. The fountain system includes a pump providing water at a flow rate and a plurality of fountain assemblies connected to the pump outlet. Each of the fountain assemblies includes a nozzle such as a bell or dome nozzle that receives the water from the pump and discharges the water from its outlet in the form of an enclosed dome about the nozzle outlet. The fountain assembly includes a fog generator or fogger such as an ultrasonic transducer, positioned proximate to the nozzle discharging fog into the dome where it is trapped by the laminar flow water in the dome wall. Each fountain assembly includes a light source transmitting light into the dome to illuminate and color the captured fog. The flow rate may be changed to alter the shape and size of the domes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2010
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Gary W. Schnuckle
  • Patent number: 7744013
    Abstract: An apparatus having a housing with a water channel, for instance a laminar water flow, flowing there through. A pliant member is provided and contained within at least a portion of the housing with an outer surface and an inner surface, the water channel passing substantially unimpeded along and through the inner surface of the pliant member. An at least one water input, an at least one filter member and an at least one jetting element are also provided. The pliant member is oriented within the housing and surrounds at least a portion of water channel, the portion of the water channel flowing therethrough, and the pliant member expanding to absorb surges within the water channel from the input of water flowing in from the at least one water input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2010
    Inventor: Bruce Johnson
  • Patent number: 7607789
    Abstract: A rotating light-emitting structure for a shower head comprises a housing provided for accommodation of a coverture and a light-emitting device. The coverture integrally encloses the light-emitting device. The coverture and the light-emitting device are coaxially pivoted in the housing. The liquid flows in the housing and sprays from the housing to impact the coverture, so as to make the coverture and the light-emitting device rotate coaxially. The light-emitting device rotates to generate electricity for illumination. By such arrangements, when the power is cut off, the rotating light-emitting structure for a shower can emit light for illumination without using batteries or other power sources.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2009
    Inventors: Kun-Sung Lu, Te-Liang Chan
  • Publication number: 20090250528
    Abstract: A fountain system for creating unique water displays or water attractions. The fountain system includes a pump providing water at a flow rate and a plurality of fountain assemblies connected to the pimp outlet. Each of the fountain assemblies includes a nozzle such as a bell or dome nozzle that receives the water from the pump and discharges the water from its outlet in the form of an enclosed dome about the nozzle outlet. The fountain assembly includes a fog generator or fogger such as an ultrasonic transducer, positioned proximate to the nozzle discharging fog into the dome where it is trapped by the laminar flow water in the dome wall. Each fountain assembly includes a light source transmitting light into the dome to illuminate and color the captured fog. The flow rate may be changed to alter the shape and size of the domes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 7, 2008
    Publication date: October 8, 2009
    Applicant: DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC.
    Inventor: Gary W. Schnuckle
  • Publication number: 20090250117
    Abstract: A liquid management system comprising a first chamber that has a first boundary wall, and a second chamber that has a second boundary wall. The second chamber has a base surrounded by the second boundary wall and the second boundary wall is within the first boundary wall. The second boundary wall height is lower than the first boundary wall height. The liquid management system also comprises a liquid level control module for controlling i) a first level of the liquid within the first chamber, and ii) a second level of the liquid within the second chamber.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 4, 2008
    Publication date: October 8, 2009
    Applicant: CRYSTAL FOUNTAINS INC.
    Inventors: Michael Poos, Zachary Ficyk
  • Patent number: 7467874
    Abstract: A sanitary fitting includes a light-permeable water-carrying outflow pipe that has (i) an exposed end face and (ii) an input face located upstream of the exposed end face. A light source, preferably including light emitting diodes (LED), inputs light into the outflow pipe through the input face. The light emerges from the outflow pipe at the end face, and may also emerge at an exposed outer peripheral surface area of the outflow pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2008
    Assignee: KWC AG
    Inventors: Christian Gautschi, Stefan Brunner
  • Patent number: 7434960
    Abstract: A plumbing fixture or bathroom accessory includes a source of visible light, providing a pleasing aesthetic effect. Separate portions of faucet handles and/or spouts can be illuminated individually or as a group. A faucet spout and/or handle can include translucent or transparent material that captures and redirects light from the base, and may have opaque areas that provide other interesting patterns. The faucet light or lights can also serve as a nightlight for a bathroom or kitchen, saving the space that a separate nightlight would require. In another embodiment a light is provided in a faucet spout, which can illuminate a sink for a pleasing effect, and can also serve as a nightlight. The spout can be translucent, carrying light as well as water from its base. Lighted bathroom accessories can include towel bars or rings, toilet paper holders, paper towel holders, robe hooks, soap holders or grab bars.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2008
    Inventors: Glen Stuhlmacher, II, Daniel L. Marks
  • Patent number: 7427036
    Abstract: A floating fountain apparatus includes a buoyant annular float having a central opening. A pump is secured to a lower side of the float. The pump has a propeller positioned to direct water through the central opening. A pump housing is positioned to receive water flow from the propeller and direct the water flow to a nozzle outlet. A lighting assembly is positioned within the central opening. The pump housing includes an upper pump housing and a lower pump housing. The lower pump housing has a water inlet and a hollow cylindrical outlet. The upper pump housing is slidably received within the cylindrical outlet and has a flow diverting surface to direct flow against an inner surface of the cylindrical outlet to create an annular flow of water. A plurality of vanes extends between the outer and inner members to divide a spacing between the members into a plurality of individual fluid flow pathways.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2008
    Assignee: Kasco Marine, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard William Skluzacek, Douglas John Calvert, Raymond Harris Lee
  • Publication number: 20080217424
    Abstract: A wall hanging music fountain comprises a mirror frame comprising a plurality of side frames, a controller, a water flow distributor, a LED wire cavity, and a water distribution cavity. A water tank is disposed at a lower side frame of one of the plurality of side frames and an upper cover is disposed on an upper side frame of the plurality of side frames. A plurality of LED holes are disposed on an upper region of the LED wire cavity, each of the plurality of LED holes being connected with a LED. A plurality of nozzle holes are disposed on the water distribution cavity, each of the plurality of nozzle holes being connected with a water flow nozzle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 17, 2007
    Publication date: September 11, 2008
    Inventor: Lincong Yang
  • Publication number: 20080163641
    Abstract: A water dispenser including a light source that shines into a column of water produced by a nozzle is disclosed. The nozzle may be opaque, clear or semi-transparent. The water dispenser may be located in a household faucet, a refrigerator or any other appliance. The light source may vary in color to indicate either a consumer preference or a change in condition. The color selected may be controlled by a processor that is operatively connected to a display and/or one or more sensors. When in use, water is run through the nozzle to form a column. The light source shines into the column of water and may change color to indicate a preference or a change in condition.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 11, 2007
    Publication date: July 10, 2008
    Applicant: WHIRLPOOL CORPORATION
    Inventor: ALAN JOSEPH MITCHELL
  • Publication number: 20080164336
    Abstract: A sanitary fitting has a water inlet, at least one operating element and an outlet, the outlet consisting, at least in part, of a transparent material. Also provided is an illuminating device which incorporates light into the transparent material. In this way, straightforward technical means provide for a large number of new design possibilities which increase the attractiveness of the sanitary fitting for the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 1, 2006
    Publication date: July 10, 2008
    Applicant: HANSA METALLWERKE AG
    Inventor: Horst Kunkel
  • Patent number: 7367146
    Abstract: The present invention represents a breakthrough in advertisement tools. The liquid sign uses a system of chambers and electrically powered pumps to produce a dynamic and visually appealing advertising sign. The advertising sign of the invention uses a liquid in motion contained in a front chamber of the sign to highlight the color and other visual characteristics of a beverage or any liquid product being advertised. The liquid in motion highlights and showcases any given characteristic of a product being advertised, including bubble or foam producing capacity, color, brightness, or a logo or symbol placed on the background of the liquid in motion. It also provides for a visually attractive, electrically or battery powered and affordable advertising tool which can be used indoors or outdoors in many different settings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2008
    Inventor: Carlos A. Lopez
  • Publication number: 20080099574
    Abstract: A decorative fountain includes a top cap having an inner wall formed on top of a bottom face of the top cap and along an inner surface of the top cap so as to define a receiving space between the inner wall and the inner surface of the top cap, an opaque layer formed to enclose the receiving space, apertures defined in the bottom face of the top cap to communicate with an interior of the container and light emitting diodes electrically connected to the pump and received inside the receiving space for emitting light via the opaque layer so that water pumped upward is flowing back to the container while the light emitting diodes are emitting light via the opaque layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 25, 2006
    Publication date: May 1, 2008
    Inventor: Chung-Kuei Lin
  • Patent number: 7316359
    Abstract: A housing suitable for partial immersion in a pool or pond supports a plurality of electric lamps together with a plurality of fountain nozzles. The fountain nozzles are coupled to a nozzle flow distributor which is operative to direct water flow to one or more of the nozzles selectively. The directing of flow is accomplished by a motor-driven flow distributor operative under an electric module control. A plurality of electric lamps are supported within respective lamp assembly receptacles which in turn provide a flow of cooling water to maintain the lamp assemblies at a safe operating temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2008
    Inventor: Noorolah Nader Beidokhti
  • Patent number: 7303299
    Abstract: Apparatus and method for illuminating plumbing fixtures such as spouts and controls and vessels that are fixed in place relative to a mounting surface. A light transmitting material is used for the fixture, and one or more hidden light sources are mounted inward of the mounting surface. The hidden light source may be attached or detached from the fixture and is arranged so that light from the hidden light source is received by an inward portion of the fixture, is transmitted through the fixture to its outward exposed surface, and then is emitted outward of the mounting surface. Thus the inventive fixture is illuminated from within.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2007
    Inventor: Thomas S. Theus
  • Patent number: 7267455
    Abstract: An apparatus for viewing an object through falling liquid includes structure defining a chamber for at least partially containing the object. At least one transparent or translucent member further defines the chamber. A conduit defines at least one hole positioned such that the transparent or translucent member is between the falling water and the chamber. The object is thus viewable by an observer through the falling liquid, and the member protects the object from the falling liquid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2007
    Inventors: Adrian Bradley Chernoff, Seth David Smith Chernoff, Stacey Lynn Smith Chernoff
  • Patent number: 7264176
    Abstract: An apparatus having a housing with a water channel, for instance a laminar water flow, flowing there through. A pliant member is provided together with an at least one water input, an at least one filter member and an at least one jetting element. The pliant member is oriented within the housing and about the water channel to absorb surges from the input of water flowing in from the at least one water input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2007
    Inventor: Bruce Johnson
  • Patent number: 7229027
    Abstract: Devices for producing waterfalls, which provide a decorative effect in pools, spas, bathtubs, and sinks. The devices include a water inlet, and a water chamber connected to the water inlet. An elongated water outlet is connected to the water chamber, such that water exiting the water outlet forms a waterfall-type flow. In one arrangement, a light chamber including at least one lamp is included. The light chamber has a window which allows light generated by the lamp to shine through the water outlet. In another arrangement, the elongated water outlet is provided on an outlet insert, the insert and water chamber having complementary inclined surfaces such that the outlet insert may be positioned at varying distances from the water chamber. In a further arrangement, a plurality of pins are located at the egress of the water chamber, the pins acting as baffles to the flow of water through the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2007
    Assignee: Nexxus Lighting, Inc.
    Inventors: Adrian Ehresman, Paul Koren, Daniel Kim
  • Patent number: 7204602
    Abstract: A LED light assembly, the light assembly comprising a reflective plate comprising a plurality of perforations formed therethrough the reflective plate, a plurality of LED bulbs wherein each LED bulb protrudes through a respective perforation of the plurality of perforations, and a control circuit selectively operable to produce a plurality of colored lights through the plurality of LED bulbs wherein the control circuit comprises a switch which when activated a defined number of times produces a plurality of at least light colors and light patterns wherein each of the plurality of at least light colors and light patterns are selected based on the defined number of times the switch is activated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2007
    Assignee: Super Vision International, Inc.
    Inventor: Roy Archer
  • Patent number: 7194774
    Abstract: A plenum chamber mounted to the underside of a filter cover of a portable spa provides a source of constant water flow for a waterfall. The plenum chamber is fed by a line from a water flow system of the portable spa. The plenum chamber has a shaped exit that causes a predetermined waterfall effect. A light source located at the shaped exit lights up the waterfall. Another light source is located in the filter housing to create backdrop lighting for the waterfall. The light sources are preferably fiber optic or arrays.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2007
    Assignee: Watkins Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventor: Neil Bergstrom
  • Patent number: 7191956
    Abstract: A decorative fountain has a reservoir with a receiving space for receiving therein water, a pump received in the receiving space for pumping water in the reservoir upward, a base on the reservoir and having a through hole in alignment with the receiving space, a seat mounted around a periphery defining the through hole, a circuit board received in the seat, and a hollow frame on the base and provided with a hose received in the hollow frame and having an inlet extending to the aligned through hole and the receiving space and multiple outlets extending out from an inner periphery of the hollow frame. The outlets are so arranged that when the water in the receiving space is pumped upward and sprinkled out from the outlets, water trajectories from the outlets are interlaced with one another to present an interesting ornamental effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2007
    Inventor: Chung-Kuei Lin
  • Patent number: 7182477
    Abstract: A device for providing illumination in conjunction with a sprinkler system has a body with an opening through it and at least one appendage extending from the body. The device takes on the appearance of a living thing, such as a flower, creature, or three-dimensional art. The opening in the body allows for the passage of liquid from the sprinkler system through the illuminator and provides a means for mounting the device near plants and flowers. A light source, preferably a light emitting diode, is embedded in the device itself and provides the illumination source. The opening includes a roughened surface along a portion of its length, which helps to refract the light emitted from the light source and adds to the quality of the display. A pivoting head assembly allows a user to adjust the pattern of liquid spray and also provides an easy means of maintenance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2007
    Inventor: Gary E. Hartz
  • Patent number: 7178746
    Abstract: The invention relates to a shower comprising a jet-discharge disk (4). Behind said jet-discharge disk a flat water-filled chamber (7) is occluded on the side facing away from the jet-disk by a transparent to translucent bottom (2). The shower is provided with a lighting device (13) which is arranged in such a manner as to emit light through the bottom (2), the chamber (7) and the jet-disk (4).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2007
    Assignee: Hansgrohe AG
    Inventor: Juergen Gross
  • Patent number: 7175424
    Abstract: The present invention is an indoor/outdoor patio heater which includes a base portion housing a gas source, a gas burner, gas valve, a fan under the burner to create twisting flame patterns and a liquid pump, a pair of concentric see-through tubular portions disposed vertically above said base portion and a top heat deflector portion, with the burner flame enclosed by the inner tubular portion and liquid flowing through the channel formed between the inner and outer tubular portions to create the appearance of a twisting flame enclosed within a waterfall. The invention can be utilized with its aesthetic flame features and its aesthetic water features together, or one or the other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2007
    Inventors: Toby Frink, John A. MacPherson
  • Patent number: 7118045
    Abstract: A fountain for heating and distributing fluidic material is manufactured using various processes and materials so that the fountain is more easily cleaned and sanitized, has improved performance, and is easier to assemble. In one embodiment, the chocolate fountain includes a heating element encased in an aluminum enclosure. A basin containing chocolate is heated by contact with the aluminum enclosure. Because the aluminum enclosure has a relatively high thermal conductivity, the basin is heating substantially uniformly, thus reducing the occurrence of hot spots. Additionally, a plastic auger having a spiral flight rotates and lifts the melted chocolate upward to a top end of cylinder that houses the auger. The use of a plastic auger advantageously eliminates welding artifacts on the auger, such as burrs and pits, on which melted chocolate may accumulate. Accordingly, the plastic auger is easy to clean. A smaller chocolate fountain that may advantageously be more suitable for home use is also described herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2006
    Assignee: Sephra LLC
    Inventors: Richard B. Muir, William F. Polley, Devan B. Muir, Wu C. Liang
  • Patent number: 7073728
    Abstract: A combination water feature and writing board has a front displaying a flow of water, and a number of movable writing board segments. These segments can be moved between a stored position in which the segments are stored behind the water feature, and an deployed position in which the segments cover the front of the water feature to provide a writing surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2006
    Assignee: Kloppenberg & Company
    Inventors: Arthur D. Watson, Gary R. Kiepke
  • Patent number: 6983898
    Abstract: A showerhead as described herein includes a translucent hollow body having a fluid chamber, and a fluid distribution element configured to release fluid contained in the fluid chamber. The fluid distribution element includes a plurality of raised concentric rings having peaks that serve as the fluid release points. The fluid distribution element contains a number of fluid ducts that are specifically shaped to transport the fluid from the fluid chamber toward the fluid release points. The translucent nature of the showerhead creates an optical lens effect that illuminates the showerhead and the water droplets formed by the showerhead. The illumination of the water droplets creates a pleasant showering experience for the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2006
    Inventor: Frank Clark
  • Patent number: 6981652
    Abstract: A water fountain includes a basin, multiple water pumps in the space of the basin for pumping the water in the space, an annular disk securely supported by an inner face of the basin and having a centrally defined hole and multiple through holes in communication with the outlets of each of the water pumps via pipes such that water pumped by the water pumps is able to be ejected out of the annular disk from the through holes, a sphere securely supported by a periphery defining the hole of the annular disk and a light emitting diode assembly received in the hole of the annular disk for emitting colorful light beams. A circuit board is sandwiched between a bottom of the basin and a cap for providing electricity to the water pumps and the light emitting diode assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2006
    Inventor: Chung-Kuei Lin
  • Patent number: 6971586
    Abstract: A vertical water wall assembly (100) for generating dynamically changing water patterns in a contained channel (114) behind a viewing surface. The water wall assembly includes a translucent front sheet (110) directed toward a viewing space with a rear side containing a multiplicity of concave depressions (111), and a rear sheet (140) disposed behind and in proximity to the front sheet that in part acts as a contrasting background. The edges of these sheets are sealed (120, 122) and water is made to flow in the space defined between the two sheets, entering at the top of the sheets (135) and exiting at the bottom of the sheets (150). The flow of water into the water wall at the water inlet (125) is time varying and is preferably computer-controlled (190). In operation water flowing in the contained channel (114) of the water wall takes dynamic, chaotic pathways through the multiplicity of concave depressions (111).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2005
    Inventor: Gary Randolph Fisher
  • Patent number: 6921023
    Abstract: A self-contained water display. The water display includes a cylindrical fountain housing. The fountain housing contains at least one fountain nozzle extending vertically upwardly, and at least one pump adapted to supply water to the nozzle with sufficient volumetric throughput to cause a vertical water stream to be ejected therefrom. A vertically disposed transparent cylindrical cover surrounds the fountain housing with the fountain housing being located in a lower portion of the transparent cylindrical cover. The transparent cylindrical cover has a height above the nozzle that is at least as great as the height of the vertical water stream generated by the fountain nozzle. The fountain housing and the lower portion of the transparent cylindrical cover are surrounded by a lightweight shell simulating a rock. The water display may include a transparent aquarium surrounding the fountain housing and transparent cylindrical cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2005
    Inventors: Mark A. Bright, Lawrence K. Bright
  • Patent number: 6901925
    Abstract: A fireplace including a fire box having a means for producing flames, a trough positioned in front of or around the fire box, and a hood positioned above the fire box and extending out from the fireplace beyond a front opening in the fire box. Positioned in the trough is a plumbing assembly having a pump and piping for transporting water from the trough upward and through an opening in the hood positioned above the fire box. The hood extends outward beyond the fire box such that water will fall freely in front of the fire box containing the flames and into the trough. One or more nozzles may be connected to the piping near one or more openings in the hood to adjust the trajectory of the water as it falls from the hood.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2005
    Inventor: David P. Coughlin
  • Patent number: 6882071
    Abstract: A multiple-function pumping device includes a pump for supplying at least one jet, an electric motor with a stator and a rotor for driving the pump, and circuitry for electrically connecting the motor to a main voltage power supply line. The stator is provided with an excitation winding. The stator has electrical circuit components for powering an external lighting device with low voltage. Preferably, the low-voltage powering circuit components include an electric transformer having as a primary circuit the excitation winding of the motor and further include a secondary circuit which is also wound around the stator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2005
    Assignee: Eden SRL
    Inventor: Samuele Lolato
  • Patent number: 6874698
    Abstract: A system of modular artificial rocks provides natural looking running water. A crevice rock has a floor and a barrier. A convex portion under the floor is over a reservoir. Water pumped through a hole in the crevice rock floor rises to a hole in the barrier. The water flows through the barrier hole and runs down the convex portion, from which it falls into the reservoir. The floor may have a depression that matches the size and shape of the convex portion. The system further comprises a second rock that interfits with the crevice rock barrier. Water is pumped simultaneously to the crevice rock floor hole and to a hole in a top surface of the second rock. The water from the second rock runs down and falls onto the crevice rock floor. A third rock may be interfit on the second rock and be similarly supplied with water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2005
    Inventor: Daniel R. Stukenberg