Picture Disc Type Patents (Class 352/102)
  • Publication number: 20130162951
    Abstract: Animation apparatus and methods wherein two- or three-dimensional individual animation items are carried by a support movable incrementally through an endless path composed of a plurality of segments or sections of uniform length. The number of animation items may be the same as, or more or less than, the number of incremental segments of such path. The frequency of movement and the speed of such movement during each segment, and the dwell period between successive segments, are such as to produce animation of the items via the persistence of vision phenomenon.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 19, 2012
    Publication date: June 27, 2013
    Inventor: Ryan Carter Buyssens
  • Patent number: 7940370
    Abstract: A 3D zoetrope that allows for storytelling and user interaction. The zoetrope includes an object support such as a disk that supports a plurality of objects. In one embodiment, the object support mechanism rotates the plurality of objects at a predetermined speed. The objects are illuminated and obscured by an illumination source in such manner as to make the objects appear to be animated in an interactive manner based on user input such as voice input. For example, the zoetrope may include an input interface for receiving external signals that may affect the operation of the animation sequence. The external signals may include audio, video, digital, or analog signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2011
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: David F. Barnett, Lanny S. Smoot, Todd P. Camill
  • Publication number: 20100195054
    Abstract: A device for selectively illuminating images on an auto wheel cap/spinner in a strobe-like fashion in order simulate an animated phenakistoscope which may be resident within the wheel-well of said automobile or implemented in a stand alone furnishing or piece of jewelry/clothing accessory.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 30, 2009
    Publication date: August 5, 2010
    Inventor: Marcus Gant
  • Patent number: 5870170
    Abstract: A method of combining a series of inanimate three dimensional objects(2), a rotational surface (4), and a strobe light(8) in order to achieve the illusion of animation. In the present invention a plurality of objects(2) are demountably fixed, in cyclical order, to a rotational surface(4), each within its own staging area(6). Each successive object(2) is subtly different in shape, size, color or pose to that of the prior object(2) in the sequence. A strobe light(8) is disposed facing the objects(2) as they revolve on the rotational surface(4). The strobe light(8) pulses with consistent periodicity so as to act like a visual shutter. This causes a pulsing illumination of the objects(2) as they cycle on the rotational surface(4). To achieve the optimum effect of animation, the rate of pulse should be one flash of light per object(2) as it traverses through each stationary staging area(6). Due to the persistence of vision, the illusory appearance of sustained movement is achieved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 1997
    Date of Patent: February 9, 1999
    Inventor: Ovid Pope
  • Patent number: 4584615
    Abstract: A black and white disc construction employs a colored spatial frequency filter for encoding color images in black and white on a photographic film. Subsequently, the color images are reproduced by electronic means, e.g., a home color television set or video monitor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 1984
    Date of Patent: April 22, 1986
    Assignee: Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company
    Inventor: Richard S. Fisch
  • Patent number: 4540255
    Abstract: A photographic method and apparatus for producing a motion picture including moving a film unit in one direction and the optics system along an arcuate path generally laterally thereto so as to produce a plurality of images on the film unit. The camera utilizes means for intermittently moving the film unit, such as a film card, in a first direction with the image produced in sequence in a plurality of parallel, arcuate rows generally laterally of the first direction. Alternate rows of images are produced along a first lateral direction while intervening rows thereof are produced along a second lateral direction opposite to the first one.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 1980
    Date of Patent: September 10, 1985
    Assignee: Polaroid Corporation
    Inventors: Philip R. Norris, Richard R. Wareham
  • Patent number: 4392743
    Abstract: A ratchet assembly properly positions selected film frames at a film gate aperture of a photographic printer. The ratchet assembly includes a ratchet wheel rotatably attached to a base having a plurality of ratchet teeth. Each tooth has a rotation-prevention edge and a ramped edge with the ramped edge being inclined toward the rotation-prevention edge of an adjacent tooth. A positioning pawl is pivotally attached to the base proximate a first end and has a head portion proximate a second end. The head portion has a first edge adapted to slidably engage the ramped edge of the ratchet wheel. The head portion of the positioning pawl is biased against the ratchet wheel such that if the ratchet wheel is indexed too far and does not properly position the selected film frame at the print gate aperture, the head portion forces the ratchet wheel to move back by slidably engaging the ramped surface of the ratchet wheel until an alignment pawl engages a notch located on the periphery of the disc film unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 1982
    Date of Patent: July 12, 1983
    Assignee: Pako Corporation
    Inventor: Richard D. Anderson
  • Patent number: 4297009
    Abstract: Images and respectively associated timing marks are arrayed, as phototransparencies, about a disk. The disk is rotated and the timing marks are sensed. Display occurs either in two-dimensional fashion, such as in a television system, or in three-dimensional fashion such as in a semitransparent full image projection. Associated logic circuitry determines whether the full 3-D transparency is to be produced, in which case all images on the disk are to be illuminated, or whether swim through will occur, either on an image at a time or on a "ham slice" projection basis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 1980
    Date of Patent: October 27, 1981
    Assignee: Technicare Corporation
    Inventors: Reuben S. Mezrich, Alec Colleoni, David J. Lyons
  • Patent number: 4253748
    Abstract: A photographic method and apparatus for producing a motion picture including moving a film unit in one direction and the optics system along an arcuate path generally laterally thereto so as to produce a plurality of images on the film unit. The camera utilizes means for intermittently moving the film unit, such as a film card, in a first direction with the image produced in sequence in a plurality of parallel, arcuate rows generally laterally of the first direction. Alternate rows of images are produced along a first lateral direction while intervening rows thereof are produced along a second lateral direction opposite to the first one.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 1979
    Date of Patent: March 3, 1981
    Assignee: Polaroid Corporation
    Inventors: Philip R. Norris, Richard R. Wareham
  • Patent number: 4212673
    Abstract: A photographic film unit, including a film disk carried on a hub, has a mass of firm material deposited between the disk and the hub so that the mass, rather than the dimensions of the respective parts, accurately determines the relative film-to-hub alignment. The hub initially fits loosely in a central film-disk aperture. The material, a thermo-plastic, is then melted ultrasonically to flow between the disk and the hub, eliminating the looseness, and maintaining the disk on the hub in accurate alignment. According to one disclosed embodiment, the thermoplastic material adheres a retainer ring to the hub with the film disk captured therebetween. The thermoplastic then fills the interstices between the ring, the hub, and the disk to exclude foreign matter, such as processing fluids.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 1978
    Date of Patent: July 15, 1980
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Gurdip S. Sethi, Karl Sperber, Donald G. Tidd
  • Patent number: 4202614
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to photographic cameras adapted to receive film cartridge assemblies enclosing rotatable film disk units. When a film cartridge assembly is received in the camera, it cooperates with a camera mechanism that opens an exposure window in the cartridge assembly and rotates the film disk unit incrementally to locate successive exposure areas accurately in exposure position. Various novel camera mechanisms are also disclosed for supporting the film exposure area in a predetermined film exposure plane and for preventing accidental exposure of the film to ambient light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 1978
    Date of Patent: May 13, 1980
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventor: Donald M. Harvey
  • Patent number: 3963335
    Abstract: An audio visual reproduction apparatus utilizing an improved tape and film cartridge which is completely enclosed to be tamper-proof and to be used by inexperienced personnel. The cartridge includes transparent apertures therein for projecting light therethrough to view slide films on an endless disc within the cartridge. A dual track magnetic tape on an endless spool provides audio messages corresponding to the slides to be viewed and control signals for switching the slides to correspond with messages. The reproduction apparatus includes a single drive unit which drives the endless tape and film disc through a slip friction type drive. A cooperating brake insures that the film will be held stationary as the message is being played and allows for change in film through the tape drive upon the presence of a control signal to indicate requirement for switching. The tape, drive and brake are accessable through an aperture in the case covered by a removable shutter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 1975
    Date of Patent: June 15, 1976
    Inventor: Emory Horvath