Kaleidoscope Patents (Class 359/616)
  • Patent number: 9664361
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a light effect system for forming a light beam. The light effect system comprises a first light forming means adapted to form at least a part of the light beam where at least a first actuator is adapted to rotate the first light forming means around a first rotational point and around an first axis substantially parallel to the central axis of the light beam. At least a second actuator is adapted to move the first light forming means in relation to the light beam, such that first rotational point is moved in an area outside the light beam and radially in relation to the central axis of the light beam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: Martin Professional ApS
    Inventor: Claus Ellevang Hansen
  • Publication number: 20150055365
    Abstract: The invention provides an optical device for displaying one or more images on a picture tube so as to be viewable from the anterior end of the device. The optical device can be used to display abstract or non-abstract subject matter. The optical device includes a picture tube having one or more images to be displayed by the device and an imaging assembly housed in a cavity formed by lateral sides of the picture tube, the imaging assembly having a reflecting surface that reflects the one or more images on the picture tube so as to be viewable from the anterior end of the device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 12, 2013
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Inventor: Donald BARNHART
  • Patent number: 8303123
    Abstract: A stereoscopic 3D viewer used in conjunction with a portable computing device displaying a pair of stereoscopically complementary images. In an improved stereoscopic 3D viewer, the pair of stereoscopically complementary images enter the and right eyes of the user along substantially parallel paths, to eliminate or substantially reduce the need for the user to cross his or her eyes and to improve focus and sharpness of the images. In additional embodiments of the improved stereoscopic 3D viewer, baffles are provided to block the extraneous direct view of the pair of stereoscopically complementary images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Inventor: Michael Kory
  • Patent number: 8157380
    Abstract: A kaleidoscopic device is provided. In accordance with one embodiment, the kaleidoscopic device may have a housing mounted within a wall and a collection drum that has a plurality of display elements. The collection drum may be intermittently rotated and/or rotated at various speeds by a driving system that has a motor. A mirror structure may be mounted within the housing and used with the display elements in order to generate a decorative kaleidoscopic effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2012
    Inventors: Patricia L. Peffer, George B. Waites
  • Patent number: 8157392
    Abstract: An apparatus (3) for generating a three-dimensional kaleidoscopic image, comprising a screen (4) for the projection of images thereon, and a plurality of mirrors (31,32,33) surrounding the screen, wherein the screen is substantially shaped as a portion of a surface of a polyhedron or sphere with an icosahedral group symmetry of reflection, and the plurality of mirrors are aligned with planes extending through a projected centre of said polyhedron or sphere and intersecting each edge of the screen such that an image generated on the screen is reflected in the mirrors to produce an apparent three-dimensional image of said polyhedron or sphere.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2012
    Inventor: Felix Rodriguez Larreta
  • Patent number: 8122626
    Abstract: An optical illusion device such as a drinking glass/cup for providing a multi-dimensional visual display. The device includes a body with tubular sidewalls extending from an opening at a first end to an opening at a second end. A base assembly is provided at the second end. The base assembly includes a top wall, a bottom wall, and a sidewall that together form or define an inner chamber. A visual display assembly is provided with a mirror element with a convex reflective surface or mirror positioned within the chamber with the reflective surface facing the top wall of the base assembly. A primary image element is provided proximate to the reflective surface such that the primary image and mirror element can be observed via the opening in the body. A framing element is included proximate to the top wall of the base assembly including background images facing the reflective surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2012
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Gary W. Schnuckle
  • Patent number: 8079715
    Abstract: An apparatus and method to display an image are provided. The apparatus includes a reflective surface including an image disposed upon at least a portion of the reflective surface, an agitable and semi-transparent medium positioned over at least a portion of the reflective surface, a light source positioned to project light on the reflective surface through the medium, and a second surface positioned to capture light reflected from the reflective surface through the medium for displaying the image. The method of displaying the image includes disposing at least a portion of a reflective surface including an image beneath an agitable and semi-transparent medium, wherein the image is disposed upon at least a portion of the reflective surface, and providing light to the reflective surface such that a second surface captures light reflected from the reflective surface through the medium for displaying the image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2011
    Inventor: Terrence M. Garrigan
  • Patent number: 8051590
    Abstract: An optical illusion device such as a drinking glass/cup for providing a multi-dimensional visual display. The device includes a body with tubular sidewalls extending from an opening at a first end to an opening at a second end. A base assembly is provided at the second end. The base assembly includes a top wall, a bottom wall, and a sidewall that together form or define an inner chamber. A visual display assembly is provided with a mirror element with a convex reflective surface or mirror positioned within the chamber with the reflective surface facing the top wall of the base assembly. A primary image element is provided proximate to the reflective surface such that the primary image and mirror element can be observed via the opening in the body. A framing element is included proximate to the top wall of the base assembly including background images facing the reflective surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2011
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Gary W. Schnuckle
  • Patent number: 8046941
    Abstract: An optical illusion device such as a drinking glass/cup for providing a multi-dimensional visual display. The device includes a body with tubular sidewalls extending from an opening at a first end to an opening at a second end. A base assembly is provided at the second end. The base assembly includes a top wall, a bottom wall, and a sidewall that together form or define an inner chamber. A visual display assembly is provided with a mirror element with a convex reflective surface or mirror positioned within the chamber with the reflective surface facing the top wall of the base assembly. A primary image element is provided proximate to the reflective surface such that the primary image and mirror element can be observed via the opening in the body. A framing element is included proximate to the top wall of the base assembly including background images facing the reflective surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2011
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Gary W. Schnuckle
  • Publication number: 20110228388
    Abstract: A binocular kaleidoscope for the purpose of combining the field of repeating patterns associated with kaleidoscopes with stereopsis. A mirror chamber with an object window at the distal end and viewing lenses at the proximal end is utilized, which provides stereopsis covering the entire visual field of both the source material and its reflections. Real depth is provided in an embodiment utilizing physical material such as beads or liquids contained in one or more stacked transparent compartments as the source imagery. Virtual depth is provided in an embodiment utilizing stereoscopic video as the source imagery, in which case a mirrored divider bisects the mirror chamber. The video can be either be previously produced footage or generated in real time by software which can be interactively manipulated by the user in order to change programs or such parameters as color, motion and timing. A handheld device can be used to display the video.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 26, 2011
    Publication date: September 22, 2011
    Inventor: Michael Kory
  • Patent number: 8004760
    Abstract: Various embodiments related to rear-projection image display are disclosed. For example, one disclosed embodiment provides a projector for projecting an image and a screen configured to display the image. The screen comprises a filter layer having a light reception side and an image display side. The filter layer includes an array of trapezoidal transmissive elements and an array of trapezoidal absorption elements, where a wider base of each of the trapezoidal transmissive elements faces the light reception side of the filter layer, and where a wider base of each of the trapezoidal absorption elements faces the image display side of the filer layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2011
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Zhiqiang Liu, Prafulla Masalkar, Karlton Powell
  • Patent number: 8002413
    Abstract: There is provided a light source unit which includes a luminescent light source which receives excitation light so as to emit light of a predetermined wavelength band, excitation light sources which shine excitation light on to the luminescent light source, a reflection space having the luminescent light source in an interior thereof and an emission space which emits luminescent light source light emitted from the reflection space from an emission port whose area is made smaller than the area of the luminescent light source and a projector which employs the light source unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2011
    Assignee: Casio Computer Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Tetsuro Narikawa
  • Patent number: 7992331
    Abstract: An optical illusion device such as a drinking glass/cup for providing a multi-dimensional visual display. The device includes a body with tubular sidewalls extending from an opening at a first end to an opening at a second end. A base assembly is provided at the second end. The base assembly includes a top wall, a bottom wall, and a sidewall that together form or define an inner chamber. A visual display assembly is provided with a mirror element with a convex reflective surface or mirror positioned within the chamber with the reflective surface facing the top wall of the base assembly. A primary image element is provided proximate to the reflective surface such that the primary image and mirror element can be observed via the opening in the body. A framing element is included proximate to the top wall of the base assembly including background images facing the reflective surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2011
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Gary W. Schnuckle
  • Publication number: 20110181959
    Abstract: A kaleidoscopic system may include a portable platform table having at least one storage compartment, a teleidoscope mounted on a swivel and gooseneck assembly, and a turntable affixed to a top of the portable platform table. The assembly may be affixed to the portable platform table to position the teleidoscope over the turntable.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 25, 2011
    Publication date: July 28, 2011
    Inventor: Marcia Clark
  • Patent number: 7900384
    Abstract: An optical illusion device such as a drinking glass/cup for providing a multi-dimensional visual display. The device includes a body with tubular sidewalls extending from an opening at a first end to an opening at a second end. A base assembly is provided at the second end. The base assembly includes a top wall, a bottom wall, and a sidewall that together form or define an inner chamber. A visual display assembly is provided with a mirror element with a convex reflective surface or mirror positioned within the chamber with the reflective surface facing the top wall of the base assembly. A primary image element is provided proximate to the reflective surface such that the primary image and mirror element can be observed via the opening in the body. A framing element is included proximate to the top wall of the base assembly including background images facing the reflective surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2011
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Gary W. Schnuckle
  • Publication number: 20100302643
    Abstract: An apparatus (3) for generating a three-dimensional kaleidoscopic image, comprising a screen (4) for the projection of images thereon, and a plurality of mirrors (31,32,33) surrounding the screen, wherein the screen is substantially shaped as a portion of a surface of a polyhedron or sphere with an icosahedral group symmetry of reflection, and the plurality of mirrors are aligned with planes extending through a projected centre of said polyhedron or sphere and intersecting each edge of the screen such that an image generated on the screen is reflected in the mirrors to produce an apparent three-dimensional image of said polyhedron or sphere.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 8, 2008
    Publication date: December 2, 2010
    Inventor: Felix Rodriguez Larreta
  • Patent number: 7684668
    Abstract: An exemplary directional light homogenizer includes a one-piece, hollow hexagonal cross-section tube. The tube has an internal highly light reflective surface. The tube defines a first end configured to receive a non-homogenous light from a light source and a second end configured to output homogenized light. At least one curved section is disposed between the first end and the second end, and the curved section has a curvature greater than zero degrees and less than one hundred eighty degrees. An output section of the tube is straight, has a finite length, and terminates at the second end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2010
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Frank T. P. Cianciotto, George H. Butler, III
  • Patent number: 7581835
    Abstract: A light show device includes a light source configured to generate a light beam having a substantially constant diameter, a container having a substantially transparent portion, a plurality of mirrors, each mirror connectable or connected to the container rotatably about at least one axis, and a particulate source configured to create inside the container a substantial suspension of particulates, where the device is configured to allow a reflection of the light beam between at least a majority of the mirrors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2009
    Inventor: Brian W. Walker
  • Patent number: 7481537
    Abstract: A method for creating a biofeedback controlled Kaleidoscope is disclosed, where the Kaleidoscope is controlled by two or more streams of input derived from physiological measurements and provides positive and negative reinforcement for each of the streams of input, where the method includes the steps of selecting a Kaleidoscope Object for display on a monitor, creating the code that will produce the Kaleidoscopic Object on the monitor; determining at least one effect to be used as the Kaleidoscopic Effect desired to respond to a first anticipated physiological input change where the effect is either texture or vertice manipulation; creating the code for the Kaleidoscopic Effect that operates on the Kaleidoscopic Object in response to a physiological measurement; selecting as a Second Effect at least one additional effect from the group consisting of the remaining Kaleidoscopic Effect and the Non Kaleidoscope Effects in which said Second Effect responds independently to a second anticipated physiological input
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2009
    Assignee: Beyond VR, LLC
    Inventor: Jonathan L. Meadows
  • Publication number: 20080252982
    Abstract: A kaleidoscopic device is provided. In accordance with one embodiment, the kaleidoscopic device may have a housing mounted within a wall and a collection drum that has a plurality of display elements. The collection drum may be intermittently rotated and/or rotated at various speeds by a driving system that has a motor. A mirror structure may be mounted within the housing and used with the display elements in order to generate a decorative kaleidoscopic effect.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 20, 2008
    Publication date: October 16, 2008
    Inventors: Patricia L. Peffer, George B. Waites
  • Patent number: 7399083
    Abstract: Described is a kaleidoscope for attaching with a video monitor. The kaleidoscope includes a housing and a monitor holder. The housing includes an interior, a first end, and a second end. The first end has an image receiving hole for receiving light from a video monitor. The interior includes multiple light surfaces for receiving the light from the video monitor and projecting the light toward the second end. The second end includes a viewing hole to allow a user to view the projected light. Through the monitor holder, the housing can be attached with a hand held video monitor. When the video monitor is in operation, images from the video monitor are received through the first end and projected within the interior of the housing between the light surfaces to provide a kaleidoscopic effect of the images, which can be viewed through the viewing hole in the second end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2008
    Inventors: Scott J Bailey, Nicholas Christopher Cravotta
  • Patent number: 7370971
    Abstract: A wall mounted kaleidoscope is suitable for mounting within an opening passing through a wall, ceiling or other building structure to provide a visually attractive kaleidoscope display to a viewer within the building interior. A kaleidoscope housing extends through the wall opening and is mountable to the wall. A kaleidoscope mirror structure is mounted within the housing and includes three generally triangular mirrors arranged in the shape of a triangulated pyramid, with its base facing the viewer. A rotatable drum associated with the mirror holds loose articles for generating a kaleidoscope display; the drum may be rotated by an electric motor or manually. The light source may consist of artificial illumination and/or a light-transmitting cover which protects the structure from the elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2008
    Inventors: Patricia L. Peffer, George B. Waites
  • Publication number: 20070223099
    Abstract: Described is a kaleidoscope for attaching with a video monitor. The kaleidoscope includes a housing and a monitor holder. The housing includes an interior, a first end, and a second end. The first end has an image receiving hole for receiving light from a video monitor. The interior includes multiple light surfaces for receiving the light from the video monitor and projecting the light toward the second end. The second end includes a viewing hole to allow a user to view the projected light. Through the monitor holder, the housing can be attached with a hand held video monitor. When the video monitor is in operation, images from the video monitor are received through the first end and projected within the interior of the housing between the light surfaces to provide a kaleidoscopic effect of the images, which can be viewed through the viewing hole in the second end.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 26, 2007
    Publication date: September 27, 2007
    Inventors: Scott J Bailey, Nicholas Christopher Cravotta
  • Patent number: 7207682
    Abstract: A portable kaleidoscope device for viewing kaleidoscopic images of at least one imaging object is provided with a viewing assembly for viewing the imaging object, a fill chamber assembly, a main body connecting said viewing assembly to said fill chamber assembly, and illumination source or black light-generating illumination source disposed in the device for illuminating the imaging object with light of a selected wavelength.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2007
    Inventor: Peter Stephens
  • Patent number: 7101046
    Abstract: A kaleidoscope includes a kaleidoscope body assembled in the shape of a sleeve so as to locate surfaces of mirrors therein and a support body, having two concave parts, attached to an end portion of the kaleidoscope body and supporting an image material assembly at the end portion. A retaining member is attached to one of the support body, the end portion of the kaleidoscope body and a part adjacent the support body and kaleidoscope body, to prevent the image material assembly from falling from an opening end of the concave parts. The image material assembly is supported rotatably and detachably by the support body so that it can change from the image material assembly attached in the kaleidoscope body to a different image material assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2006
    Inventors: Keiji Hattori, Taeko Hattori
  • Publication number: 20040190145
    Abstract: A mirror gauge is provided for holding hinged mirrors in one of a plurality of selectable, predetermined angles. The mirror gauge facilitates use of the mirrors in the visualization of repeating patterns useful in quilting, fabric design, and related uses. The mirror gauge provides for channels which hold the mirrors in predetermined angles of 90 degrees, 60 degrees, and 45 degrees, etc.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 31, 2003
    Publication date: September 30, 2004
    Inventor: Henry Oloff
  • Patent number: 6769780
    Abstract: The invention is a kaleidoscope that folds to a substantially flat condition. The kaleidoscope has at least two mirrored surfaces joined one to another, each pair of mirrored surfaces defining a mirrored interior angle of less than 180 degrees. The kaleidoscope may be open on the third side. The kaleidoscope may be attached to folding body members such that when the body members are folded the mirrored surfaces of the kaleidoscope are folded as well. The kaleidoscope may be provided with a wheel, an eyepiece and an eyepiece lens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2004
    Inventor: Carolyn Bennett
  • Publication number: 20040032662
    Abstract: A kaleidoscope includes a kaleidoscope body assembled in the shape of a sleeve so as to locate the surfaces of mirrors thereinto; a support body, having two concave parts, attached to an end portion of the kaleidoscope body, supporting an image software at the end portion, holding at least two points of the outer circumferential portion of the container; a prevention member attached to one of the support body, the end portion of the kaleidoscope body and a part adjacent the support body and kaleidoscope body, preventing for coming out the image software from an opening end of the concave parts; and the image software having an image software member thereinto, being supported rotatably and detachably by the support body so that it can change from the image software attached in the kaleidoscope body to the different image software easily and can enjoy many images.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 13, 2003
    Publication date: February 19, 2004
    Inventors: Keiji Hattori, Taeko Hattori
  • Publication number: 20030214722
    Abstract: The invention is a kaleidoscope that folds to a substantially flat condition. The kaleidoscope has at least two mirrored surfaces joined one to another, each pair of mirrored surfaces defining a mirrored interior angle of less than 180 degrees. The kaleidoscope may be open on the third side. The kaleidoscope may be attached to folding body members such that when the body members are folded the mirrored surfaces of the kaleidoscope are folded as well. The kaleidoscope may be provided with a wheel, an eyepiece and an eyepiece lens.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 20, 2002
    Publication date: November 20, 2003
    Inventor: Carolyn Bennett
  • Patent number: 6644819
    Abstract: A kaleidoscope assembly that includes a tubular structure having an open top end, an open bottom end, an interior surface and an exterior surface. The tubular structure is made from a plurality of flat side panels joined along common edges, wherein each of said side panels has a reflective surface that face inwardly to form the interior surface of the tubular structure. A light source is provided for internally illuminating said tubular structure. The light source is activated by a manually operated control that is disposed on the exterior surface of the tubular structure. By providing a light source, the kaleidoscope illuminates whatever object it is placed against.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2003
    Inventor: Webb T. Nelson
  • Publication number: 20030169501
    Abstract: A kaleidoscope assembly that includes a tubular structure having an open top end, an open bottom end, an interior surface and an exterior surface. The tubular structure is made from a plurality of flat side panels joined along common edges, wherein each of said side panels has a reflective surface that face inwardly to form the interior surface of the tubular structure. A light source is provided for internally illuminating said tubular structure. The light source is activated by a manually operated control that is disposed on the exterior surface of the tubular structure. By providing a light source, the kaleidoscope illuminates whatever object it is placed against.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 11, 2002
    Publication date: September 11, 2003
    Inventor: Webb T. Nelson
  • Patent number: 6598981
    Abstract: A binocular kaleidoscope having a generally V-shaped housing with an opening at the base of the V and the two arms of the V-shaped housing being hollow tubes diverging from the opening. The longitudinal axes of both arms pass through the opening. A moveable image is adjacent to the opening at the base of the V, the image being directly viewable through the opening when looking along the length of each of the arms of the housing, so that when both eyes of a person using the kaleidoscope are brought close to the free ends of the hollow arms of the housing, the moveable image is viewed directly and simultaneously by both eyes. The image is both front and back lit. Each of the housing arms may have triangular cross-sections and mirrored interiors. Each arm is provided with a telescoping extension so that the lengths of the arms, and hence the spacing between the free ends of the arms, is adjustable to conform to the spacing between the eyes of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2003
    Inventor: Alfred Wallach
  • Publication number: 20020109921
    Abstract: A kaleidoscope comprises of members including a convex lens, a lens seat, a view lens, an inner bush cylinder, etc. mounted together inside a shell body of the kaleidoscope composed by a front cylinder body and a rear cylinder body; observing forwards from the view window of the rear cylinder body, the figured pattern mirrored on the surface of every plane facet on the convex lens from the surface of the view lens can be seen and displayed in the forms of a multiplicity of figured patterns; optionally, rotating the front cylinder body can control every surface of the plane facets to rotate axially around the axle center on the convex lens, and rotating the rear cylinder body can control the figured pattern inside every plane facet to spin synchronously so as to provide a kaleidoscope with specially interesting effect.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 25, 2001
    Publication date: August 15, 2002
    Inventor: Chiu-Chin Liu
  • Patent number: 6422705
    Abstract: A kaleidoscope or teleidoscope is provided in which the viewed object is an image focused onto a back-projection screen positioned at the objective end of the mirror system. Focusing may be by a pair of achromatic lenses which may be displaceable toward and away from the screen and the screen preferably comprises a wax layer sandwiched between glass plates one of which is in contact with the objective ends of the mirrors. In one embodiment an illuminated soap bubble in a glass globe is viewed through a kaleidoscope the length of which is reduced by redirecting the image by means of mirrors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2002
    Inventor: Andrew Peter Leary
  • Patent number: 6343862
    Abstract: A projecting image display device is disclosed which includes a display and a micro lens array, where the pixels of the display and the micro lens elements each have non symmetric properties in length and width directions. The micro lens concentrates color-separated light onto pixels of a display device so that light does not hit the black matrix. By providing a display having pixels which are not equal in length and width, pixels corresponding to red (R), green (G) and blue (B) can be arranged in a substantially square area, and by providing a micro lens array which has non symmetric properties in length and width, the color separated light can be concentrated onto the non square display pixels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 1999
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2002
    Assignee: Minolta Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yasumasa Sawai, Kohtaro Hayashi, Soh Ohzawa, Yuichiro Ori, Jun Ishihara
  • Patent number: 6336725
    Abstract: A kaleidoscopic torus image is produced in the interior of a reflector assembly which is generally wedge shaped and which includes three reflective surfaces. An object cell, in the form of a right circular cylinder, is positional partially within the interior of the reflector assembly and dividing one of the three reflective surfaces into two part reflective surfaces. The torus image appears as a three-dimensional image floating inside the reflector assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2002
    Inventor: Vincent P. Cianfichi, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6305808
    Abstract: A kaleidoscope can have a particular visual object represented on the outer wall of its casing. An inner triangle casing of the kaleidoscope forms a gap with the tubular casing. A fragrance substance can be filled in the gap having a fragrance associated with the particular visual object represented in the outer wall of the casing. The plurality of slits in a closure on one end of the casing allows the fragrance to escape from the casing. A covering removably mounted on the end of the casing covers the slits when the kaleidoscope is not is use to prevent the fragrance from escaping. A light transmission plate may be provided within the casing having one or more graphical objects associated with the particular visual object represented on the outside of the casing such that the graphical object can be viewed through the end of the tubular casing. The kaleidoscope may further have a device to produce a sound associated with a particular visual object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2001
    Assignee: Ochi International Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Hirotomo Ochi
  • Patent number: 6139160
    Abstract: A structure capable of generating a virtual polyhedral space includes a plurality of walls, each having a first side edge, a second side edge, and a reflective surface. The walls are disposed adjacent one another, with the first side edge of each wall adjacent the second side edge of an adjacent wall, each wall lying in an associated one of a plurality of planes intersecting at a common apex, thus forming a pyramid shaped structure. So disposed, the walls define an interior space of the structure, with the reflective surfaces of the walls facing the interior space. Each wall further includes a base edge. Together, the base edges of the reflective walls define a base opening of the structure, which provides access to the interior space. The images of optional base coverings form coherent images of a virtual polyhedron in the reflective surfaces of the walls. Three-sided, four-sided, and five-sided embodiments are described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2000
    Inventor: Sara L. Frucht
  • Patent number: 6135601
    Abstract: An architectural structure capable of generating a virtual polyhedral space includes a plurality of walls, each having a first side edge, a second side edge, and a reflective surface. The walls are disposed adjacent one another, with the first side edge of each wall adjacent the second side edge of an adjacent wall, each wall lying in an associated one of a plurality of planes intersecting at a common apex, thus forming a pyramid shaped structure. So disposed, the walls define an interior space of the architectural structure, with the reflective surfaces of the walls facing the interior space. Each wall further includes a base edge. Together, the base edges of the reflective walls form a support base for supporting the architectural structure on a floor surface. The images of the floor surface in the reflective surfaces of the walls forms a coherent image of a virtual polyhedron. Three-sided, four-sided, and five-sided embodiments are described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2000
    Inventor: Sara Frucht
  • Patent number: 6089722
    Abstract: A kaleidoscope (100) for producing images reflecting objects (152, 164), is described. The kaleidoscope preferably has three panels (10, 20 and 30) forming the kaleidoscope with a front viewing opening (104) and a rear object opening (106). The sides (16 and 18) of the first panel preferably converge at a 21.0.degree. angle. The sides (26 and 28) of the second panel preferably converge at a 32.0.degree. angle. The sides of the third panel preferably converge at a 37.75.degree. angle. By varying the orientation of the rear edges (14, 24 and 34) of the panels, the first object image (150) is varied. By varying the orientation of the front edges (12, 22 and 32) of the panels, the secondary image (154) is varied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2000
    Inventor: Donald A. Doak
  • Patent number: 6062698
    Abstract: A system for creating video generated decorative images is provided which includes a projecting device for generating an image and first and second reflecting members including reflective surfaces oriented at an angle of 90.degree. or less to the display surface of the projecting device and of less than 180.degree. to one another. A pleasing and changing kaleidoscopic image is visible when facing the display surface or screen and the first and second reflecting surfaces by the mutual reflection of the images on the screen and the reflecting members. In one preferred embodiment, the junction forming the apex between the reflecting members is inclined to present the appearance of a pentagonal kaleidoscopic image. In another preferred embodiment, one-way mirrors are used to generate further reflections visible from outside the system. The projecting device is preferably a computer monitor which displays randomly generated patterns to produce a dynamic, self-illuminating kaleidoscopic effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 1994
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2000
    Inventor: Thomas B. Lykens
  • Patent number: 5894373
    Abstract: A method for use in mass-producing, from a plane sheet of metal, a three-dimensional structure consisting of plane mirrors and plane structural members, said three-dimensional structure of a type in which each mirror or structural member has at least one edge that is collinear with an edge of another mirror or structural member, whereby said three-dimensional structure can be formed by bending the sheet of metal along various edges, the method including the steps of: producing masks bearing images defining the location of bending grooves, shallow grooves, separation grooves and holes for indexing pins, selecting a mask, applying a coating of photoresist to both sides of the sheet of metal, transferring the images on the selected mask to the coating of photoresist, removing those portions of the coating of photoresist to which the images were transferred, etching the sheet of metal where the portions of the coating of photoresist were removed, removing the remaining photoresist from the sheet of metal, and rep
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 1997
    Date of Patent: April 13, 1999
    Assignee: Jaesent Inc.
    Inventor: Jacob Y. Wong
  • Patent number: 5841585
    Abstract: A toy for projecting two, superimposed designs having a first design displaying body formed in a cylinder and being rotatable about a center axis, a mechanism for rotating and driving the first design displaying body, a second design displaying body fixedly disposed either inside or outside of the first design displaying body and located within the vicinity of at least a portion of the first design displaying body, and a light source inside the first design displaying body illuminating same and the second design displaying body from the inside for projecting superimposed designs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 1996
    Date of Patent: November 24, 1998
    Assignee: Tomy Company, Ltd.
    Inventors: Hideyuki Katou, Atsushi Ishii
  • Patent number: 5828505
    Abstract: An internally-mirrored tube of constant cross-section, for use as a beam-shaper-uniformizer in an optical lithography tool, requires precision assembly, closely approaching total internal reflection, to be able to accept at the entry end a beam of laser light of specified numerical aperture, having an arbitrary cross-section and a non-uniform intensity profile, and deliver at the exit a beam having the same numerical aperture, the desired cross-sectional shape, and a substantially uniform intensity profile across the illuminated area. Imperfections at the edges of the component slabs would interfere with operation. The difficulty of machining internal surfaces to mirror smoothness, and the difficulty of applying mirror finishes to internal surfaces, suggests that the uniformizer be assembled from mirrored slabs cemented together. Achieving precision without breakage or scuffing of mirrors is difficult.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 1996
    Date of Patent: October 27, 1998
    Assignee: Anvik Corporation
    Inventor: Nestor O. Farmiga
  • Patent number: 5757548
    Abstract: The present invention provides for a kaleidoscope which creates a newest ever pattern, and a pattern generating apparatus and a pattern generating method utilizing such a kaleidoscope. A tip-cut polygonal cone cylinder 1 has both ends 1a and 1b open and peripheral surfaces formed by plate members 1A whose wall surfaces are mirror surfaces. A film printing an object is disposed at an opening of a leading end which serves as a cut tip surface 1F having a small cross sectional area, the film is irradiated from behind, and the object is viewed through an opening of a rear end of the tip-cut polygonal cone cylinder. The cut tip surface 1F is an inclined surface which is inclined with respect to the longitudinal direction of the tip-cut polygonal cone cylinder 1.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 1996
    Date of Patent: May 26, 1998
    Inventor: Yoshihito Shimomukai
  • Patent number: 5546226
    Abstract: A universally rotatable sphere used with a light projector. The sphere may be transparent, semi-transparent or translucent for passing light therethrough from a light source disposed next to the sphere. Also, the sphere may include images and patterns of different colors on the surface of the sphere or imbedded inside the sphere. The images and patterns may also be transparent, semi-transparent, translucent or opaque. The system may use the rotatable sphere by itself with the light source or in conjunction with a longitudinal conduit having at least two longitudinal reflective surfaces positioned inside the conduit forming a light path. The conduit includes an entrance end and exit end and is used for producing kaleidoscopic images from light entering the entrance end and reflecting off the reflective surfaces. The sphere is placed next to the entrance end of the longitudinal conduit to allow light from a light source to first be passed therethrough.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 1995
    Date of Patent: August 13, 1996
    Inventor: Charles E. Herington
  • Patent number: 5532877
    Abstract: A pocket infinite kaleidoscope has two opposed cylindrical cases each one with an internal mirror. Multiple circular colored flexible intertwined springs are adhered to the respective mirrors and a peephole is formed through one of the mirrors. The kaleidoscope is handled by an observer by displacing the cases by stretching the springs and looking through the peephole to create an amusing virtual image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 1994
    Date of Patent: July 2, 1996
    Inventor: Juan Sandoval
  • Patent number: 5475532
    Abstract: A kaleidoscope housing is in the form of an irregular polyhedron having four of its sides providing irregular polygonal reflecting mirrors joined along respective edges of the polyhedron at specified dihedral angles and its remaining sides formed as triangular viewing windows. The windows produce three-dimensional geometric images in the interior space of the housing when viewed through any window, the images having triaxial symmetry and repeating to infinity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 1994
    Date of Patent: December 12, 1995
    Inventors: Juan Sandoval, Javier Bracho
  • Patent number: 5469297
    Abstract: As assembled from a kit allowing repeated assembly and at least partial disassembly without damage, a kaleidoscope comprises a tubular barrel having a proximal end and a distal end, a pair of elongate reflectors within the barrel, a sleeve mounted rotatably on the barrel, and a case rotatable conjointly with the sleeve. An annular spacer on the barrel and a ring on the sleeve coact to prevent the sleeve from being pulled from the distal end of the barrel. The case has a tubular wall, a transparent end facing the proximal end, and an at least partly transparent end facing oppositely. The case and the sleeve are assembled only with a frictional interfit between the tubular wall and the end portion so as to permit the case, as a unit, and the sleeve to be repeatedly assembled and disassembled without damage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 1995
    Date of Patent: November 21, 1995
    Inventors: Dorothea Marshall, Ethan Allen
  • Patent number: 5426474
    Abstract: A projection system using a randomized fiber optic bundle for generating a wide variety of fluid visual images. A light source focusses light through a multiple color filter onto the input end of a fiber optic bundle having a plurality of optical fibers and held in a cylindrical shape. The fiber optic bundle includes a plurality of fiber optic groups that are interwoven such that the arrangement of the fiber optic groups at the fiber optic bundle's input end is different from the arrangement of the fiber optic groups at the fiber optic bundle's output end. The multiple color filter is movable such that light of time-varying color is directed into each of the optical fibers. The time-varying colored light is received by a projection lens and imaged at a target.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 1994
    Date of Patent: June 20, 1995
    Assignee: Innersense, Inc.
    Inventors: Vladimir Rubtsov, Roger C. Young