With Gas Or Liquid Container Patents (Class 362/562)
  • Patent number: 10314427
    Abstract: A heating appliance includes a translucent cooktop and a burner in communication with the cooktop. The burner is operable between deactive and active states. The upper surface of the cooktop defines a cooldown state after the burner is moved from the active to the deactive state. A light module includes a light source and is in an illuminated state when the burner is in the active state and when the cooktop is in the cooldown state. A light guide extends from the light module and around a portion of the burner. The light guide is positioned such that the light source directs light through the light guide. The outer surface of the light guide includes a formed surface that directs light upward and through the cooktop, wherein the light guide is visible through the cooktop when the light module is in the illuminated state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventor: Frederick A. Millett
  • Patent number: 10314428
    Abstract: A heating appliance includes a translucent cooktop and a burner in communication with the cooktop. The burner is operable between deactive and active states. The upper surface of the cooktop defines a cooldown state after the burner is moved from the active to the deactive state. A light module includes a light source and is in an illuminated state when the burner is in the active state and when the cooktop is in the cooldown state. A light guide extends from the light module and around a portion of the burner. The light guide is positioned such that the light source directs light through the light guide. The outer surface of the light guide includes a formed surface that directs light upward and through the cooktop, wherein the light guide is visible through the cooktop when the light module is in the illuminated state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Whirlpool Corporation
    Inventor: Frederick A. Millett
  • Patent number: 10067279
    Abstract: A backlight module and a display device are disclosed. The backlight module includes a ring light-guiding body and a light source, wherein the ring light-guiding body includes a first side close to an axis and a second side away from the axis, light generated by the light source is emitted from the second side away from the axis of the ring light-guiding body. Light emission over 360-degree circumference can be achieved by the backlight module. Display over 360-degree circumference can be achieved by the display device including the backlight module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignees: BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO., LTD., HEFEI BOE DISPLAY LIGHT CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Qinggang Feng
  • Patent number: 10018784
    Abstract: A fiber-optic device is particularly suitable for medical or industrial applications. The device has an optical fiber, which extends in a longitudinal direction to a distal end, and which has a core. A diffuser segment is provided for radially decoupling light from the fiber. The diffuser segment has a plurality of, in particular macroscopic, scattering elements. The scattering elements project into the core for radial decoupling of light. A process for the manufacture of the device is described as well.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: LEONI Kabel Holding GmbH
    Inventors: Ruzin Aganoglu, Holger Arendt, Alexander Heinze, Benno Kurt
  • Patent number: 9823599
    Abstract: A light guide body that extends in a rod shape and guides light incident from an end surface thereof to emit the light from a circumferential surface thereof, the light guide body having a shape such that according to an angle of a circumferential direction around the light guide body, an amount of emitting light in a direction of the angle is different. Additionally, a static elimination device and an image forming apparatus include the light guide body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: FUJI XEROX CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hirotaka Tanaka, Tsutomu Sugimoto, Jin Iwasaki, Ken Ozaki
  • Patent number: 9534766
    Abstract: Lighting units and light fixtures incorporating lighting units having light-diffusing optical fiber are disclosed. Lighting units include a light source, at least one light-diffusing optical fiber optically coupled to the light source, and a support plate. The at least one light-diffusing optical fiber scatters light that is optically coupled into the at least one light-diffusing optical fiber from the light source. The support plate has a retention groove to which a portion of the at least one light-diffusing optical fiber is coupled. The support plate also includes a perimeter. A groove length of the retention groove is greater than the perimeter of the support plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: Corning Incorporated
    Inventors: Edward John Fewkes, Jacques Gollier, Joydeep Lahiri, Stephan Lvovich Logunov, William James Miller, Ying Zhang
  • Patent number: 9500792
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing the hemispherical light emitting portion of an artificial smoldering scent-stick comprises the steps of providing a light guide pipe and a light emitting element. The light guide pipe includes a bottom end and a top end opposite to the bottom portion. The light emitting element is fixed on the bottom end. A colloid is dripped on an end face of the top end and the colloid cured, to obtain the shape of the required light-emitting portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Chen-Han Lin
  • Patent number: 8998472
    Abstract: Illumination systems that include a plurality of illumination devices disposed within a water environment. Such illumination devices having a tube filled with water, at least one light source positioned to project light into the tube, and connected to the illumination devices via light carrying connectors, include one or more voids within each tube wall which extend substantially longitudinally and cause light incident below a critical angle to be reflected hack into the tube. Projected or reflected light above a critical angle that strikes a portion of the wall without a void is transmitted through the tube wall. By adjusting the ratio of voids to non-voids light can be delivered in a controlled manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Inventor: Walter A Johanson
  • Publication number: 20140355244
    Abstract: A phosphor device (1) for converting pump light into converted light comprising: a container (3), wherein phosphor particles (5) are movable by a pressure fluid, and an illumination region (9), configured for an illumination of the phosphor particles (5), which are moved by pressure fluid, using pump light, as a result of which converted light is emitted.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 8, 2013
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Applicant: OSRAM GMBH
    Inventor: Andre Nauen
  • Patent number: 8853655
    Abstract: A laser-sustained plasma illuminator system includes at least one laser light source to provide light. At least one reflector focuses the light from the laser light source at a focal point of the reflector. An enclosure substantially filled with a gas is positioned at or near the focal point of the reflector. The light from the laser light source at least partially sustains a plasma contained in the enclosure. The enclosure has at least one wall with a thickness that is varied to compensate for optical aberrations in the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: KLA-Tencor Corporation
    Inventors: Ilya Bezel, Anatoly Shchemelinin, Alex Salnik, Anant Chimmalgi
  • Patent number: 8733991
    Abstract: A vehicle lamp is formed using a light guide body. Thus light with an excellent aesthetic quality can be emitted without increasing the number of components. The structure has a light guide part (6a) formed on a light guide member (6). The light guide part (6a) emits light in an elongated shape by irradiating a first light-emitting diode (9) provided on one end of the light guide part (6a) in the longitudinal direction. A projecting part (6g) projects reward on the rear face of the light guide part (6a), which is the light-emitting face. A light emission suppressing part (6h) is provided on the projection end face of the projecting part (6g) and has a metal film (6f) formed by vapor deposition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Mitsuba Corporation
    Inventors: Yosuke Fukasawa, Hitoshi Kurihara, Akifumi Suzuki, Atsushi Obata
  • Publication number: 20140119047
    Abstract: An electronic incense stick includes a light guide bar, a hollow tube accommodating the light guide bar, and a light source. The light guide bar includes a first end and a second end away from the first end. The light guide bar includes an incense head positioned at the second end. The incense head includes a first portion away from the first end and a second portion connecting with the first portion. A roughness of the first portion is smaller than a roughness of the second portion. The light source is positioned on the first end of the light guide bar.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 17, 2013
    Publication date: May 1, 2014
    Applicant: HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: BING-HENG LEE
  • Patent number: 8682458
    Abstract: A spa control system designed to reduce maintenance cost by providing modular construction for major control functions, with built-in diagnostic capabilities for isolating defective spa components. Multi-colored LEDs on the spaside panel constantly report the status of each component of the spa as well as the status of the functional modules themselves. Each time a component is activated, measurements of operational parameters, such as load currents, are instantly made and evaluated so that the proper LED color can be presented at the spaside. Since major functions such as audio, LED control, wireless, and spa logic are separated into removable modules, repair of the control system requires less time and less skilled personnel. Other design improvements, such as direct monitoring of heater element temperature and the purging of pumps on an as required-basis, enhance the spa's overall reliability and thus reduce the need for maintenance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: Balboa Water Group, Inc.
    Inventor: Jerrell P. Hollaway
  • Patent number: 8545090
    Abstract: An LED night light with interchangeable display unit can be separated from the base when a predetermined force is applies to reduce the chance that the prong device will be damaged by pulling, pushing, or twisting. The display unit may have a built-in or separate input-end to accommodate a receptacle means of the base. An LED related circuit, prong means and other control device may be disposed in the base or incorporated with a sealed-unit to cause the light beam to be seen by a viewer through the display area and provide a dedicated artwork, design, motion liquid, and/or dimensional colored image for illumination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Inventor: Tseng-Lu Chien
  • Publication number: 20130163275
    Abstract: An electronic burner includes a burner base and an electronic incense. The burner base includes a burner body and a light emitting source mounted in the burner body. Then electronic incense includes a light guiding body and an incense head. The light guiding body is detachably mounted with the burner body. The incense head includes a first chamber, a second chamber, first reaction solution, and second solution. The first chamber is connected with the light guiding body away from the burner body. The second chamber is received in the first chamber. The first reaction solution received in the first chamber, and the second solution is received in the second chamber. When the second chamber is cracked, the first reaction solution and the second reaction solution would be mixed together in the first chamber to make a chemistry reaction happen, and at the same time, produce light.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 13, 2012
    Publication date: June 27, 2013
    Applicant: HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: PO-CHOU CHEN
  • Patent number: 8360590
    Abstract: A plumbing fixture using an integrated light pipe wherein a multi-shot method of injection molding is used to apply transparent, light channeling plastic completely or partially over surface areas of parts used above and below the waterline in the spa, pool or recreational water industry. Light is provided to the transparent over-molded portion of parts via a lighting element that can be molded onto the specific parts to be lit or assembled as a separate component to a part. All parts to be lit are directly or serially wired to a power supply mounted within the major appliance housing and are operated by an appropriate control device. This unique multi-shot manufacturing method and approach to illuminating targeted components and/or features provides lighting effects in a way that is simple and rugged and well suited to the rigorous environment of recreational uses of plumbing fixtures and illumination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Inventor: Kip Carter
  • Patent number: 8297302
    Abstract: A flow cell device for observing a fluid includes a housing defining an inlet and an outlet, a first viewing member, and a second viewing member. The first viewing member, which is disposed in and coupled to the housing, includes a first window and a spray ring. The spray ring includes cleaning ports in fluid communication with a cleaning fluid inlet port. The second viewing member includes a second window and is disposed in and coupled to the housing opposite the first viewing member such that an aperture that is in fluid communication with the inlet and the outlet is defined between the first window and the second window. The spray ring does not extend past a surface of the first window facing the aperture and each of the cleaning ports is oriented such that a fluid provided under pressure to the cleaning ports is ejected toward the second window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Assignee: J. M. Canty, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul J. O'Brien, Thomas M. Canty
  • Patent number: 8136959
    Abstract: A light-emitting strip structure with light guiding effect, which is a hollow light guide strip body made of transparent material. The light guide strip body is formed with at least one axial internal chamber. Recessed/raised sections are formed on a wall of the internal chamber for changing light path. When a light source projects light into the internal chamber, the recessed/raised sections will deflect or reflect the projected light, whereby the light guide strip body can emit light outward. A color bar or a light reflection strip is implanted in the internal chamber. In addition, a light absorption material is sprayed on the wall of the internal chamber or a photosensitive gas is filled in the internal chamber. Accordingly, the light guide strip body can emit colorful light in various patterns so as to provide enhanced decorative or warning effect. The light guide strip body is flexible and antishock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2012
    Inventor: Chang-Hsien Ho
  • Patent number: 8011816
    Abstract: A lighted bottle cap apparatus replaces a conventional threaded bottle cap to provide an entertaining light display externally of the bottle and also through the liquid contained within the bottle. The cap apparatus incorporates a battery powered lighting device that utilizes LED's to direct light energy into and away from the bottle. An optional advertising display can be formed as part of the cap apparatus to be illuminated from the lighting device. An alternative embodiment provides a central opening through the cap apparatus to allow the liquid within the bottle to be dispensed therethrough. The lighting device is oriented to direct light energy into the discharged liquid. An adaptor incorporating a translucent panel allows the standard cap apparatus to be connected to multiple bottle configurations. The adaptor has first and second sets of threads separated by the translucent panel to seal the lighting device from the liquid in the bottle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2011
    Inventor: William P. Janda
  • Publication number: 20110090710
    Abstract: Apparatus and method for transmitting concentrated light including concentrated solar energy over long distances, in particular from the stratosphere to earth's surface. The apparatus consists of a hollow gas tight tube light pipe (20) with a highly reflective inner surface and containing a transparent gas within the sealed tube. The reflective inner surface includes embodiments using prismatic or multi layer reflectance materials combined with specular reflective materials. The transparent gasses include dry air, nitrogen, hydrogen and helium. The buoyancy provided by the transparent gases and/or buoyancy provided externally to the light pipe provide vertical stability in the case where the tube functions as both a buoyant light pipe and buoyant tether.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 15, 2009
    Publication date: April 21, 2011
    Inventor: Edmund Joseph Kelly
  • 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: 7819541
    Abstract: A sanitary fitting has a water inlet, at least one operating element and an outlet, the outlet consisting, at least in part, of a transparent material. Also provided is an illuminating device which incorporates light into the transparent material. In this way, straightforward technical means provide for a large number of new design possibilities which increase the attractiveness of the sanitary fitting for the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2010
    Assignee: Hansa Metallwerke AG
    Inventor: Horst Kunkel
  • Patent number: 7780328
    Abstract: Described herein is an apparatus which is, under a range of atmospheric conditions, capable of maintaining the emission of light at a point remote from a light source. Notably, the apparatus is able to heat and distribute a fluid, and by doing so, prevents condensation and ice from forming which could hamper the emission of light. The apparatus comprises a light source and a light emitter, with a light conduit and a fluid conduit running between. A method for using such apparatus is also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2010
    Assignee: BAE Systems Plc
    Inventors: Peter David Foote, Christopher Stace, Leslie Charles Laycock
  • Patent number: 7500776
    Abstract: A fiber optic illumination system and method is utilized to provide illumination for decorative fixtures and objects situated in an aquarium, terrarium, and the like. An external, high-intensity lamp, powered by household electricity, provides the light source for a flexible, fiber optic bundle that is insulated and waterproofed. A motorized, interchangeable color wheel, located between the lamp and the fiber optic bundle, modifies the light source to create colored light. Once the light bundle is inserted into the water tank, the fiber optic strands are separated and directed to a plurality of interchangeable, transparent and translucent fixtures and objects to decorate the aquarium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2009
    Inventor: Andrew S. Buczko
  • Patent number: 7452092
    Abstract: According to various aspects, exemplary embodiments are provided of illuminated implements for drinking and/or eating and related methods. In various embodiments, an implement for drinking and/or eating generally includes at least one tube having at least one inner fluid flow passage therethrough in which fluid may be received and delivered through the at least one inner fluid flow passage. At least one power source has at least a portion situated in the at least one inner fluid flow passage such that fluid may be received in and drawn through the at least one inner fluid flow passage generally around and past the at least a portion of the at least one power source situation in the at least one inner fluid flow passage. The implement also includes at least one light source that is at least partially within the at least one tube and electrically-powered by the at least one power source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2008
    Inventor: Carl R. Vanderschuit
  • Publication number: 20080002425
    Abstract: A lighting device capable of producing fluid wave projection is disclosed herein. The lighting device includes a lamp support having a bearing member, a wave-generating apparatus, and at least one light source. The wave-generating apparatus is installed on the bearing member and includes a translucent tank body within which a translucent fluid is contained as well as a wave-generating unit immersed in the fluid and installed in the tank body. The light sources are installed at one side of the wave-generating apparatus so that the light emitted therefrom travels through the wave-generating apparatus and produces wave projection.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 3, 2006
    Publication date: January 3, 2008
    Inventor: Junhon Lin
  • Patent number: 7073917
    Abstract: An implement for use in connection with drinking and/or eating includes a tube having a passage therethrough. A housing for a power source is situated in the passage such that a fluid may be drawn through the passage past the housing. One or more light sources in the tube are powered by the power source. This implement can be used, for example, as a drinking straw and/or a stick for frozen treats.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2006
    Inventor: Carl R. VanderSchuit
  • Patent number: 6923549
    Abstract: An illuminated message or design is displayed on the surface of an inner container for viewing through an outer container. Light emitting diodes are placed under the outer container, and near its perimeter, allowing the light to be directly introduced into the peripheral wall cavity formed between the inner container and outer container. This allows optimal utilization of the light for lighting the inner container surface generally, and for directing a portion of the light to the inner container's bottom edge for entrapment within the inner container peripheral wall. The entrapped light is transmitted through the inner container peripheral wall until the light encounters a nonconformity that redirects the light outwardly through the outer container. Varying inner container shapes interact with the light and create several distinct light mantles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2005
    Inventor: Richard Dale Hoy
  • Patent number: 6896387
    Abstract: A device for providing a source of illumination for recessed cup holders on the console of an automotive vehicle, boat and the like. The illumination device includes a clear acrylic disk that is adapted to be nested on the bottom wall of a conventional, standard size cup holder. The acrylic disk has a hollow portion that receives an LED lamp. The lamp is conventionally wired to the vehicle electric system. The device provides a subtle, aesthetic illumination ring of around a receptacle placed in the recessed holder, thus allowing both driver and passenger to safely locate the beverage receptacle at night.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2005
    Inventor: Gregg A. Renfro
  • Patent number: 6882071
    Abstract: A multiple-function pumping device includes a pump for supplying at least one jet, an electric motor with a stator and a rotor for driving the pump, and circuitry for electrically connecting the motor to a main voltage power supply line. The stator is provided with an excitation winding. The stator has electrical circuit components for powering an external lighting device with low voltage. Preferably, the low-voltage powering circuit components include an electric transformer having as a primary circuit the excitation winding of the motor and further include a secondary circuit which is also wound around the stator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2005
    Assignee: Eden SRL
    Inventor: Samuele Lolato
  • Patent number: 6836611
    Abstract: A lighting apparatus for providing a substantially uniformly illuminated light emitting surface, the apparatus comprising first and second light sources generating flux patterns including light rays that diverge about first and second central light rays, respectively and a light guide member having substantially straight first and second en sections and a curved section, the first end section having a proximal end and a distal end and formed about a first light axis, the second end section having a proximal end and a distal end and formed about a second light axis, the curved section including first and second ends that are linked to the distal ends of the first and second end sections, respectively, the guide forming a front surface and an oppositely facing textured back surface along each of the end sections and the curved section, the curved section forming a bend such that the back surface is concave and the front surface is convex along the curved section length, at least a portion of the back surface ta
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2004
    Assignee: J. W. Speaker Corporation
    Inventors: Dragoslav Popovic, David Allen Venhaus
  • Patent number: 6827464
    Abstract: A light controller device to control illumination characteristics of a light system, the device comprising a plurality of switches wherein each switch is operable to select at least one of a color of light and a pattern of light colors, a plurality of lights to illuminate at least one of a color of light and a pattern of light colors based on which switch of the plurality of switches is selected, a viewer window where the plurality of lights illuminates through the viewer window when the switch is selected, and a structure to hold the plurality of switches, plurality of lights, and viewer window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2004
    Assignee: SuperVision International, Inc.
    Inventors: Pinhas Paul Koren, Richard Heiner
  • Publication number: 20040233680
    Abstract: The present invention provides a gas-controlled floating structure for bubble tubes. It is related to a plastic disk composed of a ring and a cover. On the rim of the ring is a plurality of airflow grooves arranged in an equidistant manner. In the bottom of the cover is a concave air storage chamber. When the plastic disk is fitted into a bubble tube, the concave air storage chamber will be facing the tube base next to the lampshade, while keeping a suitable distance away from the arc-shaped surface of the tube base. Once the light bulb under the tube base senses the heat, the arc-shaped surface of the tube base will be heated up by the covering disk. Bubbles appear, whenever hot air starts to accumulate in the concave air storage chamber. The emerging bubbles then rise gradually through the equidistant airflow grooves installed on the rim of the ring. Eventually, owing to the accumulation of hot air, bubbles will be flowing in an esthetic manner.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 21, 2003
    Publication date: November 25, 2004
    Inventor: Chun-Teng Lee
  • Patent number: 6781329
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for illumination of liquids in a variety of environments. In one example, multi-color LED-based light sources are employed to achieve a wide range of enhanced lighting effects in liquids. In another example, a pool or spa is illuminated by one or more multi-color light sources that may be employed as individually and independently controllable devices, or coupled together to form a networked lighting system to provide a variety of programmable and/or coordinated color illumination effects in the pool or spa environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2004
    Assignee: Color Kinetics Incorporated
    Inventors: George G. Mueller, Frederick M. Morgan, Ihor A. Lys, Kevin J. Dowling
  • Patent number: 6726341
    Abstract: A storage compartment is equipped with a light emitting diode (LED) light source for illuminating contents inside the compartment. The LED light source includes a LED light engine outside the compartment and a light guide inside the compartment. The light guide is optically coupled to be LED light engine to bring light from the LED light engine into the compartment for providing illumination inside the compartment. The LED light engine may include red, green, and blue LEDs that contribute to the illumination inside the compartment. Respective outputs of the red, green, and blue LEDs may be separately controllable to allow a variably controlled color point of illumination inside the compartment. Total output of the LED light engine may be controllable to vary intensity of illumination inside the compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2004
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V.
    Inventors: Michael D. Pashley, Thomas M. Marshall, Ans Saalberg, Larry McColloch
  • Patent number: 6660358
    Abstract: A blow-molded, luminescent, polyethylene food or beverage container or bottle which glows-in-the dark due to the presence of zinc sulfide luminescent pigment in the polyethylene resin at a level of from about 0.075 to about 1.2 percent by weight. The blow-molded, luminescent, polyethylene beverage container or bottle is designed to contain an acidic beverage. Even after prolonged storage in the container or bottle, the acidic beverage contains less than 0.25 ppm of zinc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2003
    Assignee: Kraft Foods Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard H. Kaufman, Thomas K. Preston, Marshall M. Rankowitz
  • Patent number: 6655810
    Abstract: The invention relates to a backlight unit for liquid crystal displays, etc.; and its object is to provide a backlight unit not involving the problem that the emitted light leaks out of the optical waveguide, even when the space around the cold-cathode tubes in the light source unit for it is filled with a liquid of which the refractive index is nearly the same as that of the glass material that forms the outer wall of the cold-cathode tubes. The backlight unit comprises a housing 6 which houses cold-cathode tubes 2, 4 therein and of which the inner surface is coated with a light reflector 10; a transparent liquid filled in the housing 6; and an optical waveguide 1 made of a transparent substance and having a light-emitting surface S.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2003
    Assignee: Fujitsu Display Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Keiji Hayashi, Takeshi Gotoh, Toshihiro Suzuki, Hisashi Yamaguchi, Tetsuya Kobayashi, Tetsuya Hamada, Mari Sugawara
  • Patent number: 6634762
    Abstract: A combined integrated apparatus for providing illumination and water that consists of a structural support that contains one pipe for transferring water and one pipe for conducting electricity. A light emitting device and a water-emitting nozzle are coupled to the structural support, and the apparatus is powered using electric and hydraulic energy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2003
    Inventor: Juan Ignacio Cilia
  • Patent number: 6619811
    Abstract: A cup includes a transparent body having an inner and an outer wall to define an annular hollow space between them, a bottom sealing a lower end of the body and the annular hollow space, an open-bottomed chamber formed below the body to communicate with the annular hollow space via an opening provided on the bottom, a luminous strip with printed pictures, words or patterns enclosed in the annular hollow space, a driving circuit mounted in the chamber to electrically connect to the luminous strip and parallelly connected to a vibrating-type switch, and a lower cover detachably closing the chamber. When the cup is vibrated to make the vibrating-type switch, the luminous strip is lightened for the pictures, words or patterns to produce cold light that is refracted by the outer wall of the body to show three-dimensional images on the cup.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2003
    Inventors: Chun-Hsien Wang, Ting-Yue Hwu
  • Patent number: 6616292
    Abstract: A water globe includes a programmable, multi-color, fiber optic display that can be synchronized with an audio source. The fiber optic bundle sits in a well where the first end of the bundle receives illumination from a three-color LED and the second end of the optical fibers is held in place by an inner top in such a way that the surface of the inner top produces an attractive changeable, multi-color display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2003
    Assignee: Silk Road Gifts
    Inventors: Chun-Kuei Lin, Vincent Lin
  • Patent number: 6595675
    Abstract: An illuminated waterfall unit for a spa or pool comprises a manifold body with a water outlet that forms outflowing water into a waterfall. An optical probe is positioned within the manifold body to receive light from a light source, preferably an optical fiber, and to illuminate the waterfall by optical transmission through the outlet body. The probe is preferably positioned so that is also illuminates the waterfall directly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2003
    Assignee: Waterway Plastics, Inc.
    Inventor: Paul Dongo
  • Patent number: 6511196
    Abstract: An illuminated message or design is displayed on the surface of an inner container for viewing through an outer container. Light emitting diodes are placed under the outer container, and near its perimeter, allowing the light to be directly introduced into the peripheral wall cavity formed between the inner container and outer container. This allows optimal utilization of the light for lighting the inner container surface generally, and for directing a portion of the light to the inner container's bottom edge for entrapment within the inner container peripheral wall. The entrapped light is transmitted through the inner container peripheral wall until the light encounters a nonconformity that redirects the light outwardly through the outer container. Varying inner container shapes interact with the light and create several distinct light mantles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2000
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2003
    Inventor: Richard Dale Hoy
  • Publication number: 20020154516
    Abstract: An illuminated waterfall unit for a spa or pool comprises a manifold body with a water outlet that forms outflowing water into a waterfall. An optical probe is positioned within the manifold body to receive light from a light source, preferably an optical fiber, and to illuminate the waterfall by optical transmission through the outlet body. The probe is preferably positioned so that is also illuminates the waterfall directly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 23, 2001
    Publication date: October 24, 2002
    Applicant: WATERWAY PLASTICS, INC.
    Inventor: Paul Dongo
  • Patent number: 6450677
    Abstract: A fiberoptic lighting system includes a remotely located light source with one or more fiberoptic cables extending therefrom. The cables may be linked with various coupler and splitter devices to link additional cables to the light source, and to provide a series of light emitting fixtures at the distal ends of the cable runs. The present system is particularly well suited for use in emergency situations, where a fuel, chemical, explosive, or other hazardous spill has occurred, as in a gasoline truck accident. The remotely located light source is placed well clear of the hazardous spill area, where it is immune to explosive, fire, and/or other hazards which might exist closer to the hazard area. The light source of the present system thus need not require fireproof and explosive proof certification and periodic recertification, thus saving considerable costs for the users of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2002
    Inventors: Robert M. Knauer, Kevin R. Reagan
  • Patent number: 6450655
    Abstract: An illuminating and viewing unit for illuminating the interior of a vessel with source radiation and observing the vessel interior comprises a housing including a front wall facing the vessel interior. The front wall is of a material that does not transmit the source radiation, and includes one or more illumination ports individually fused into the front wall that transmit the source radiation to the vessel interior. A detection port is also individually fused into the front wall for transmitting detectable radiation along a detection path from the vessel interior to a radiation detector mounted in the housing. The optical isolation of the illumination and detection ports in the front wall prevents unwanted internal reflection of source radiation into the detection path, and allows for independent selection of port materials and configurations, while maintaining a hermetic seal between the housing and the internal contents of the vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2002
    Assignee: J.M. Canty Inc
    Inventors: Gary Walck, Richard Marinelli
  • Publication number: 20020126505
    Abstract: A pool safety lighting system is designed for use in diving swimming pools, in particular, which have a shallow portion connected to a deep portion by an intermediate sloping wall. To reduce the risk of injury for persons diving into the pool, either using a diving board or diving from the edge, colored warning lights are placed in the bottom of the pool, typically with a green light in the deepest portion and a red light at the transition from an intermediate portion to the shallowest portion, with a yellow light located on the intermediate rising portion between the deep part of the pool and the shallowest part. The light delivery system ideally is a fiber optic cable system supplying light to fiber optic cables terminating in the bottom of the pool and supplied with light from a source remote from the pool.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 8, 2001
    Publication date: September 12, 2002
    Inventor: Stephen Delmar
  • Patent number: 6419384
    Abstract: A shot glass with flashing light source or sound source activated by a low-profile, direction-sensitive inertial switch having a cantilevered coil spring contact. The shot glass has a body and a two-part hollow base, the base having upper and lower walls and a side wall together defining a compartment for an impact-responsive indicator circuit including the inertial switch, an LED or speaker, and a signal generator circuit responsive to the inertial switch, an LED or speaker. The inertial switch is a caseless switch consisting of a stationary contact and a cantilevered coil spring contact both mounted directly to a surface of a printed circuit board. The coil spring is preferably suspended over the stationary contact such that the switch is most sensitive to force applied axially to the bottom of the shot glass, and the longitudinal axis of the coil spring is preferably perpendicular to the longitudinal axis of the shot glass.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2002
    Inventors: Edward D. Lewis, Raymond W. Leung
  • Publication number: 20020085392
    Abstract: A floating light includes a lower base section, in which a battery holder is mounted, an electrically-driven light source, and an upper housing including an illuminated portion transmitting light. In one version, the upper housing is a translucent hemisphere, and the lower base portion includes a hemispherical internal reflector. In another version, the upper housing includes flexible transparent tubes in which LEDs are illuminated. In yet another version, upper housing includes optical fibers illuminated by a bulb. A plug filling an outer hole in the lower base section is preferably movable to turn the light on and off and removable to provide for battery replacement.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2001
    Publication date: July 4, 2002
    Inventor: Mohammed A. Hajianpour
  • Publication number: 20020080624
    Abstract: A pool lighting apparatus including a sealed lens assembly attached to a light emitting end of a fiber optic cable. The sealed lens assembly is installed into a standard pool wall fixture and is provided with redundant seals for preventing the passage of water there between. A glass lens is provided to be either flat or convex to provide the desired field of lighting. One or more removable protective covers may be applied to the lens to provide a desired color effect within the pool. A metal cutting ring is disposed about the fiber optic cable within the sealed lens assembly to provide a flat surface for guiding a cutting tool for forming a planer light emitting end on fiber optic cable.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 27, 2000
    Publication date: June 27, 2002
    Inventor: Pinhas Paul Koren
  • Patent number: 6398397
    Abstract: A pool lighting apparatus including a sealed lens assembly attached to a light emitting end of a fiber optic cable. The sealed lens assembly is installed into a standard pool wall fixture and is provided with redundant seals for preventing the passage of water there between. A glass lens is provided to be either flat or convex to provide the desired field of lighting. One or more removable protective covers may be applied to the lens to provide a desired color effect within the pool. A metal cutting ring is disposed about the fiber optic cable within the sealed lens assembly to provide a flat surface for guiding a cutting tool for forming a planer light emitting end on fiber optic cable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2002
    Assignee: Super Vision International, Inc.
    Inventor: Pinhas Paul Koren