With Recirculating Means Patents (Class 239/20)
  • Patent number: 10323810
    Abstract: An electric candle comprising a housing with an upper opening, a support element with a support tip, a flame element that includes an upper flame portion extending out of the upper opening and an engagement recess for receiving the support tip in a manner wherein the flame element rests on top of the support element and the contact point between the support tip and the engagement recess defines an engagement point, an actuator for applying a force to the flame element, and a light source for emitting light on the upper flame portion, wherein the support tip, the engagement recess and the actuator are configured so that the force causes the flame element to simultaneously swing about the engagement point and rotate about the vertical axis through the engagement point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: SIRIUS COMPANY A/S
    Inventor: Peter Christian Boldsen
  • Patent number: 10125952
    Abstract: A system that illuminates water in a water display in broad daylight is described. The system may include a color filter that directs a desired color or range of colors onto the water. The source of light may be the sun or an artificial light source. Where the light source is the sun, a heliostat may be included to track the sun and reflect sunlight to the color filter. Other reflecting mirrors may be included to provide a line of sight between the light source and water display being illuminated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: WET
    Inventors: Mark Fuller, Jim Doyle, John Canavan
  • Patent number: 9873134
    Abstract: The garden fountain and planter includes a lower container, a middle container and an upper container. A water pump positioned in the lower container pumps water up into the middle container. The upper container rests in the middle container. Using a combination of the water level in the middle container and the spacing of the bottom of the upper container with respect to the water level in the middle container, the user can accurately control the water flow to the upper container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Inventor: John O. Yeiser, IV
  • Patent number: 9648811
    Abstract: Embodiments generally relate to systems and methods for aeroponic plant growth involving closed loops of growing units linked by plumbing sections. The system comprises N growing units, where N is an integer greater than 1; and N?1 supply plumbing sections that each connects one of the growing units to another, such that a linear array of N growing units linked by supply plumbing sections is formed. The system further comprises one drain plumbing section connecting the Nth growing unit to the first growing unit, so forming a closed loop of N growing units linked by N?1 supply plumbing sections and the drain plumbing section; and an electronic cyclic sequencer. Each of the growing units comprises an enclosure containing a submersible pump and a spray manifold, the electronic cyclic sequencer being operatively connected to each of the N submersible pumps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Inventor: Venkatesh H Narasipur
  • Patent number: 9427763
    Abstract: A water display is described having a lighting array emanating light that travels through a wall. Water flows down the wall to vary the appearance of the light that shines through the wall. The flow of water and particular lights being turned on and off may be controlled. Dramatic visual effects are provided including the appearance of moving art.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: WET
    Inventors: Mark Fuller, James Doyle, Howard Tsi
  • Patent number: 9366013
    Abstract: A water dispenser includes a decontamination device. The dispenser has a plurality of channels that communicate with a water supply. The channels are intermittently exposed to pathogen killing radiation during operation of the water dispenser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Inventors: Robert Rife, Genevieve Stratos
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8807452
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to an apparatus for producing a water maze from walls of falling water that can be reconfigured to change the maze. In one embodiment, the apparatus is comprised of a plurality of spray bars that are each capable of producing a separate wall of falling water droplets and a plurality of water valves that are each associated with only one spray bar. The water valves can be used to define at least two different paths between the entrance and exit of the maze. The apparatus is also capable of being used to create interesting visual effects by projecting light/images on to multiple screens created by walls of falling water droplets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Technifex Products, LLC
    Inventors: Montgomery C. Lunde, Clement Folckemer
  • 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
  • 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: 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: 8495965
    Abstract: A submersible apparatus is configured to eject air and/or water in desired predetermined patterns to simulate particular types of ordnance to facilitate safe and effective splash testing of ship radar systems. The apparatus includes a frame, one or more adjustable buoyancy bodies, a source of fluid such as an air compressor or a water pump, and a plurality of nozzles through which the fluid is ejected to create the desired splash. Fluid can be supplied to the buoyancy bodies to adjust the level of the apparatus in the water as necessary to simulate a particular type of ordnance. Additionally, the nozzles can be individually adjustable to facilitate ordnance simulation. A control system is provided to enable remote and/or preprogrammed control of the apparatus. A wireless or hard wired link can be provided to allow a remote user to control the apparatus in real time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2013
    Assignee: Lockheed Martin Corporation
    Inventors: Joseph Hadida, David B. Arnal
  • Patent number: 8439279
    Abstract: A decorative portable natural stone waterfall containing an integrated planter and a water distribution system is disclosed. The waterfall is made of natural stone, but is small enough to be portable. The waterfall contains a planter integrated within the main body of the waterfall which is designed to contain a living plant. There is also a water distribution system that contains a water inlet, a distribution chamber and a multiplicity of water distribution tubing that supplies water to the face of the waterfall. In one configuration there is also a pump and a means for recirculation the water, and in another the water is supplied by an external source. In one configuration the water is supplied to the top section of the waterfall, and in another configuration the water is supplied directly to the face of the waterfall. The invention also consists of a kit comprising the planter with integrated water distribution system, along with stone and mortar for constructing the waterfall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2013
    Inventor: Philip Scott Barnhill
  • 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
  • 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: 8210447
    Abstract: A birdbath fountain includes a water reservoir and recirculating system. Water for the fountain is pumped from the reservoir, with the excess water from the bowl being returned to the reservoir, thereby allowing for a bowl which remains full or at a consistent depth for a longer period of time, including periods of dry or windy weather conditions. In the preferred configuration, the bowl has a depth defined by an outer raised rim and an inner raised rim. A water-containing reservoir having a depth greater than the depth of the bowl resides within the inner raised rim. An electrically operated submersible pump disposed in the water-containing reservoir is operative to pump water from the reservoir to the fountain head, after which the water returns to the bowl. At least one notch in the inner raised rim provides a fluid path from the bowl back to the reservoir, thereby keeping the water level of the bowl substantially constant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2012
    Assignee: RSR Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard Cohen
  • Patent number: 8146892
    Abstract: A waterfall decorative humidifier, including mainly a housing, a water exit on top of the housing, a water sub-receptacle in the lower portion of the housing, a water pump in the water sub-receptacle, and a fan in the housing; in which the water pump is connected with the water exit through a water pipe, and in which the housing is generally of the shape of a waterfall; wherein at least one shaft is provided on the housing, and a decoration is connected to the shaft directly or through a mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2012
    Assignee: Giftec Ltd
    Inventor: Jack Hou
  • 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: 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20100327076
    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: Application
    Filed: June 24, 2009
    Publication date: December 30, 2010
    Inventor: Patrick Freeman
  • 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: 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: 7806347
    Abstract: A water pump with a housing that has a pump housing part provided with an intake opening and an outlet opening and a motor housing part. An impeller with a shaft is rotatably arranged in the pump housing part. An electric motor is received in the motor housing part. The electric motor is an electronically commutated motor with a rotor and coils. In the housing, control and governing electronics for the electric motor are arranged that have a speed detection, a processor, and a data storage device. The electronics are arranged in the motor housing part and potted therein in a water-tight way. An integrated BUS control module is provided. The control electronics and the governing electronics can be arranged separate from one another on different circuit boards.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2010
    Assignee: OASE GmbH
    Inventors: Andreas Hanke, Herbert Lambers
  • Patent number: 7754072
    Abstract: A water feature for use in landscaping applications. A water issuing device, such as a waterfall construction is provided for receiving water and discharging water onto a gravel bed. The bed is positioned below the waterfall and forms a path or surface along which the water can flow in a stream-like manner and through which the water can percolate downwardly into the bed. A perforated and tubularly shaped collection module having a plurality of openings for receiving water percolating downwardly through the bed. A cylindrically-shaped and generally vertically oriented stack is coupled to the module for receiving water therefrom. A pump in the stack receives water from the water collection member and directs water to the waterfall construction. It is noted that water from the waterfall appears to disappear into the gravel and only a shallow stream is formed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2010
    Assignee: Aquascape Designs, Inc.
    Inventors: David R. Kelly, Edgar Beaulieu
  • Patent number: 7743698
    Abstract: A fountain for heating and/or cooling a beverage comprises one or more heating and/or cooling elements that are configured to adjust a temperature of a beverage that circulates through the fountain. In one embodiment, the beverage fountain includes one or more heating elements located proximate to a basin, a cylinder, and/or a top reservoir of the fountain. In another embodiment, the beverage fountain includes one or more cooling elements located proximate to a basin, a cylinder, and/or a reservoir of the fountain. Alternatively, the beverage fountain may include both heating and cooling elements located proximate to a basin, a cylinder, a reservoir, and/or other locations of the fountain, wherein a selection device, such as an electrical switch or control module, may be adjusted by a user in order to select heating or cooling of the beverage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2010
    Assignee: Sephra L.P.
    Inventors: Richard B. Muir, William F. Polley, Devan B. Muir, Wu C. Liang
  • Publication number: 20100155497
    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: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2008
    Publication date: June 24, 2010
    Applicant: Zodiac Pool Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: John T. Hagaman
  • Patent number: 7690585
    Abstract: A volcano food fountain is disclosed. An illustrative embodiment of the volcano food fountain includes a fountain base having a bowl, a simulated volcano carried by the fountain base in the bowl, a pump provided in the simulated volcano and communicating with the bowl, a volcano opening provided in the simulated volcano and communicating with the pump and a tray carried by the fountain base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2010
    Inventors: Jason W. Johns, Julie A. Johns
  • Publication number: 20100001092
    Abstract: A water feature provides both an ultraviolet light to kill micro-organisms circulating in the water stream, and an antimicrobial coating applied by powder coating to inhibit the growth of micro-organisms on the water-contacting surfaces of the water feature.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 5, 2009
    Publication date: January 7, 2010
    Applicant: KLOPPENBERG & COMPANY
    Inventor: Joseph Kloppenberg
  • Patent number: 7575181
    Abstract: An echo chamber including a high-strength, structurally rigid receptacle and a weight bearing grate through which the water from an artificial outdoor waterfall may pass, which grate can support considerable weight loads exerted by materials such as rocks, stones, and the like. The receptacle functions as a substitute for a flexible artificial waterfall water sump liner and receives recirculating water of an artificial waterfall. When constructing a disappearing artificial waterfall using a chamber constructed according to the present invention, rocks or other material are placed on the chamber's grate. As water cascades through the material on the grate and falls into the chamber, an echo sound is generated. Differing configurations of the stones on the grate and changes in water level in the receptacle produce echoes of different pitch and intensity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2009
    Assignee: Meridienne International, Inc.
    Inventor: Jeffrey G. Weemhoff
  • Patent number: 7484671
    Abstract: A water feature comprising a vessel (1) for containing water, an electrically powered submersible water pump (2) within the vessel (1) for pumping water to an outlet of the water feature and a solar panel (4) arranged to provide electrical power to the water pump (2). The solar panel (4) is arranged within said water vessel (1) above the water pump and so as to be beneath the water level (7) in the vessel (1) in use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2009
    Assignee: Smart Solar Limited
    Inventors: Simon Howard Wigglesworth, Franz Roecker
  • Publication number: 20080277493
    Abstract: A fountain lamp includes a housing having a bottom inlet, a pump unit mounted inside the housing for pumping a fluid from the inlet into a delivery pipeline, a light emitting device mounted in the housing for controllably emitting light out of the housing, a control unit for controllably driving the pump unit and the light emitting device, and a shifting unit having a base mounted in the housing and having a through hole connected to the delivery pipeline and a spray-pattern dial rotatably mounted in the base. The spray-pattern dial has multiple chambers, multiple guide holes respectively connected to the chambers and selectively set in communication with the through hole, and multiple sets of outlets respectively connected to the chambers for selectively exit of the fluid from the chambers and the housing for different fluid spray patterns.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 11, 2007
    Publication date: November 13, 2008
    Applicant: Gooten Innolife Corporation
    Inventor: Been-Tzaw LIAO
  • Patent number: 7445162
    Abstract: A packaged garden water feature kit comprises a container which, at the time of sale, holds a large decorative stone or rock with a bore formed vertically therethrough, an electric water pump, a length of tubing for connecting the pump outlet to the bore in the stone, a sheet of flexible plastic of a predetermined area having a hole centered therein and a container lid sealing the container with a pattern of perforations formed through it. In use, the container is buried in the ground with the pump within and the tubing projecting out through the lid. The sheet is laid on the ground with the hole centered over the lid and then hidden from a view by landscaping rocks, or mulch. The bore in the decorative stone is then connected to the tubing and the container is filled with water. When the pump is energized, water spills out of the bore and flows over the stone surface for return to the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2008
    Assignee: Pre-Fabulous Stone Co.
    Inventors: Joel P. Forsberg, Benjamin M. Forsberg
  • Publication number: 20080245888
    Abstract: The invention is directed toward a sealed-type fountain with infinitely variable fluid jets controlled by the user or changes in sound inputs therein. It is ideally designed for wall hanging in order to minimize the space required for its use. The wall hanging music fountain includes a frame and sealed fluid containment structure, fluid tank, controllers, and fluid pump coupled to a fluid distribution manifold. Fluid nozzles and LEDs are mounted in an aesthetically pleasing pattern onto a fluid distribution manifold mounted in proximity to the base of the fluid containment structure, and coupled to the controllers and fluid pump. When activated by the user, variations in sound from an integrated audio playback device cause aesthetically pleasing changes in the patterns of fluid nozzle and LED activation in the device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 12, 2008
    Publication date: October 9, 2008
    Inventors: Shiqi Zhu, 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
  • Patent number: 7383764
    Abstract: A fountain for heating and distributing fluidic material is manufactured using various processes and materials. In one embodiment, the fountain includes a heating element encased in an enclosure. A basin containing a medium, such as chocolate, is removably mounted to the enclosure so that the basin is heated by contact with the enclosure. Additionally, an auger having a spiral flight rotates and lifts the melted chocolate upward to a top end of a cylinder that houses the auger. One or more tiers may be mounted, using various locking mechanisms, onto the cylinder to divert flow of the medium. A smaller chocolate fountain that may advantageously be more suitable for home use is also described herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2008
    Assignee: Sephra LLC
    Inventors: Richard B. Muir, William F. Polley, Devan B. Muir, Wu C. Liang
  • Patent number: 7367263
    Abstract: A modular fountain assembly for controlling the temperature and flow of viscous fluid with a melting point between ambient and approximately 150 degrees Fahrenheit is disclosed. The modular assembly for controlling the heating and flow of fluid includes an enclosed controlling base and an upper recirculation module having a detachable lower basin, one or more modular tubular sections, a small high basin on top of the highest tubular section, an Archimedes screw of a set pitch dimension to facilitate the flow of the fluid from the lower reservoir to the small high reservoir atop the tubular section or sections, and a series of circular tiers atop each tubular section. The lower basin is attached to the controlling base using mechanical or electro mechanical support structures. The controlling base provides rotational force for the Archimedes screw at variable rotational speeds to drive the fluid upward within the modular tubes as well as a heating sub module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2008
    Inventor: Martin J. Jaffe
  • 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
  • Patent number: 7341203
    Abstract: A fountain device includes a container including a reservoir to hold and retain circulating fluid within the fountain device, where the container includes an opening and a lip extending around at least a peripheral portion of the opening, a pump securable within the container, a cover configured to encompass the opening and engage the lip of the container when the cover is installed on the container, and a discharge hose securable to an outlet of the pump and extendable to an outlet of the container. The cover includes a plurality of apertures that facilitate passage of fluid through the cover to the reservoir of the container. In addition, a kit including all of the above described components of the fountain device is provided, where the components are assembled within the kit to permit easy installation of the fountain device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2008
    Assignee: Aqua Bella Designs, LLC
    Inventors: Michael Yeomans, Henk Sterenberg
  • 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: 7293300
    Abstract: A waterfall for a portable spa does not take up any seat space by being set into the top rim of the spa. Water from the spa circulation system flows into a closed end of a channel located in the top rim and along the channel to the open end located at the edge of the top rim on the inside wall to fall into the body of water in the spa. A light source at the point where the water enters the closed end of the channel, which may be adapted to change colors, directs light into the water flow, lighting the water that falls into the spa, in different colors, as desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2007
    Assignee: Watkins Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventor: Richard Kunkel
  • 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: 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: 7182269
    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: October 19, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2007
    Assignee: Sephra LLC
    Inventors: Richard B. Muir, William F. Polley, Devan B. Muir, Wu C. Liang
  • Patent number: 7160445
    Abstract: An improved outdoor aquatic pond having a installation template, a pond liner, a plenum unit chamber, a pump, a canister filter, and at least one artificial rock for connection with the rim of said pond. This invention provides for increased ease of installation as well as increased ease of maintenance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2007
    Inventor: Rick Sonnenberg
  • Patent number: 7153418
    Abstract: An artificial pond having a motor pump unit with a brushless permanent magnet synchronous alternating current motor that is wound for operation on an alternating current voltage not greater than fifteen volts, and a step down transformer that converts 120 volts AC to an AC voltage not greater than 15 volts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2006
    Assignee: Campbell Hausfeld/Scott Fetzer Company
    Inventors: Joseph K. Mauro, Sr., Philip A. Mayleben
  • 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