Translucent Mirrors With Indicia Patents (Class 40/219)
  • Patent number: 10782012
    Abstract: An illuminated mirror includes a mirror defining a front surface and a rear surface, the mirror includes a reflective mirror portion and a translucent portion through which light can pass. A first light support surface is positioned on a rear surface side of the mirror, a second light support surface is positioned on the rear surface side of the mirror, and a gap extends between the first light support surface and the second light support surface. A light source extends from the first light support surface to the second light support surface across the gap. The light source is supported by the first light support surface and the second light support surface, and is unsupported along the gap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: Séura, Inc.
    Inventors: Andy C. Lumaye, Robert J. Elsing
  • Patent number: 10647130
    Abstract: A new method of combining pad printing with digital printing is presented, where the pad printer lays down a layer of ink and adhesive primer to accept the digital image. The pad printed surface is baked and a high-definition digital image is printed on top of the primer coat. The result is clear-coated and the coating treated with UV curing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Inventor: Jim Cheng
  • Patent number: 10561256
    Abstract: A locker assembly having a backlit indicia includes a pair of sidewalls and a horizontal top defining a locker enclosure. At least one shelf extends at least partially between the sidewalls and defines a storage space in the locker enclosure. An illuminated panel extending at least partially between the sidewalls includes: an at least partially translucent sheet, a plurality of powered lighting elements disposed under the sheet, and a lighting enclosure cooperating with the panel to enclose the lighting elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Inventor: Sam Allen
  • Patent number: 10318145
    Abstract: An image storing and display system that is combined with a conventional mirror to create a “smart mirror.” A one-way reflective surface is provided over the top of an interactive display. A person in front of the reflective surface can see a normal reflection as would be provided by a conventional mirror. The person can also see images created by the interactive video display that are transmitted through the one-way reflective surface. A camera provided as part of the smart mirror can be used to record digital images that are stored for later recall. The recalled images can then be displayed on the interactive display. A computer is used to drive the interactive display. The display preferably includes touch-based interaction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Inventor: Joshua Broxson
  • Patent number: 9703263
    Abstract: An infinity mirror with enhanced optical effects that are created by providing auxiliary light-reflecting elements within the mirror chamber of an infinity mirror and selectively illuminating individual ones of the light sources of an infinity mirror so as to create and change the pattern of illumination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Inventor: Douglas Durkee
  • Patent number: 9605440
    Abstract: A memorial photo box including a rear housing having a rear wall, upper and lower walls and side walls and a front opening defined by the upper and lower walls and the first and second side walls. The memorial photo box includes a top cover having upper and lower walls and side walls and a lip formed about a front opening defined by the upper and lower walls and the sidewalls, whereby the top cover is mounted onto the rear housing. A high resolution photo and protective UV sheeting is disposed between the lip and the front opening of the rear housing. The rear housing contains one or more strands of light bulbs and circuitry to provide power and operate the one or more strands of light bulbs. The high resolution photo disposed between the lip is illuminated by the one or more strands of light bulbs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Inventor: Frank E. Clay
  • Patent number: 9121564
    Abstract: A device and corresponding module are for a signaling light and/or lighting an exterior or interior ambient of a motor-vehicle passenger compartment including a type of light source. The device comprises an optical assembly of a first reflector including a mirror and a second reflector including a semi-transparent mirror. Light emitted by an LED is diffused in a curtain diffuser of a transparent material. Planes or mid-planes of the mirror, the semi-transparent mirror, and the diffuser are mutually parallel. Light transmitted or reflected by the assembly is transmitted and visible to an observer from a surface of the second reflector that is opposite to that facing other elements of the assembly. The diffuser includes a lighting sub-assembly arranged in space between the mirror and semi-transparent mirror and having a transparent optical material and a light source arranged for emission of light rays propagated within a thickness of the optical material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2015
    Inventor: Alain Buisson
  • Patent number: 8910402
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a first mirror platform; the first mirror platform has a first portion and a second portion. A media display device is disposed behind the first mirror platform, such that within the second portion information displayed on the media display device is visible when the media display device is on and is viewed from in front of the first mirror platform. A mounting platform is coupled to a back of the first mirror platform to form a door assembly and the mounting platform can also be a mirror platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Electric Mirror, LLC
    Inventors: James V. Mischel, Jr., James V. Mischel, Sr., Patrick Daniel Erickson
  • Patent number: 8894498
    Abstract: An image projecting device for producing a physiological illusion in a viewing guest, the device having a housing with a transparent projection surface, a strobe light supported by the housing and configured to illuminate the transparent projection surface, an image located on the transparent projection surface, and a controller configured to activate and set duration of the strobe light at a predetermined time to produce a physiological illusion of the image in the viewing guest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Universal City Studios LLC
    Inventors: Ross Edwards, Tim Linamen
  • Patent number: 8793909
    Abstract: An illuminated display mirror includes a frame having panel receiving area defined by a front retaining portion and a side retaining portion extending rearwardly from the front retaining portion, a transparent panel to be held within said panel receiving area and having a highly reflective coating at least partially on a surface thereof and at least part of the surface free of any reflective coating and defining an image receiving area, and having a registration indicia, a light transmissive substrate having a printed image thereon and having a corresponding registration indicia formed thereon for registering the printed image in the image receiving area and a light emitting member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Inventor: John A. Cole
  • Patent number: 8749482
    Abstract: A highlighting method and an interaction system (100) include a switchable mirror (110) facing a first side of an item (120) having a second side facing a viewer (130); and a processor (220) configured to perform switching the mirror from a transparent or non-transparent state to a reflective state so that said first side of said item (120) becomes visible to the viewer (130) through reflection from the switchable mirror (110). A light source (170) is configured to provide incident light to the switchable mirror (110) for reflection from the switchable mirror (110) in the reflective state for illuminating the first side of the item (120).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips N.V.
    Inventors: Tatiana Aleksandrovna Lashina, Evert Jan Van Loenen, Sander Bernard Francis Van De Wijdeven, Gerrit Hollemans, Kero Van Gelder
  • Patent number: 8398270
    Abstract: An ornament of the present invention includes a display that is hidden behind a panel. An ornament body includes at least one panel which includes a two-way mirror and a display in the interior of the body. The ornament includes a light disposed in the ornament body which, when active, reveals the display which is otherwise hidden behind the two-way mirror. The light may be activated by a sensor that recognizes physical motion, and may also include a speaker to play music and a moving display element driven by a motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2013
    Assignee: Mr. Christmas Incorporated
    Inventors: Leslie Hermanson, Huang Meng-Suen
  • Patent number: 8382220
    Abstract: A decorative panel and a refrigerator having the same are presented. Inner gorgeous decorative patterns are seen according to an opening and closing operation of a refrigerator door usually serving as a mirror, providing the user a continuous aesthetic sense with which the user is not bored compared with decorative patterns which are always exposed. In addition, a mirror face is formed on a front plate and a decorative plate to continuously reflect the decorative patterns to thereby provide a three-dimensional aesthetic sense with the planar decorative patterns. Also, because recesses or protrusions are formed on the decorative plate to obtain a decorative effect, the usage amount of high-priced components such as jewels can be reduced to lower a fabrication cost of a product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2013
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventor: Ung-Su Kim
  • Patent number: 8251542
    Abstract: A light system includes a housing configured to resemble any seasonal or other desired image, i.e., a star, a pumpkin, an Easter egg, a firecracker, etc. The housing includes a rear face, a front face and a peripheral frame with a light-refracting chamber formed therebetween. The peripheral frame includes a plurality of tricolor LED's mounted therein. The rear face of the housing includes a completely-reflective front surface that deflects 100% of all impacting light beams inwardly toward the front face. However, the rear surface of the front face is only partially-reflective so that only a portion of impacting light is reflected back toward the rear face; a remaining portion of impacting light exits the front face and is visible to those nearby. Accordingly, the light generated by the limited number of LED's will create an illusion that an infinite number of light beams are emanating from the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2012
    Inventor: Samuel Camerano
  • Patent number: 8123188
    Abstract: An apparatus for concealing a multimedia device. The apparatus may include a horizontal base with two vertical members, each vertical member being affixed to the horizontal base, with each vertical member having a metal plate affixed to the inner side of each vertical member. The apparatus may also include a pair of angular brackets, each bracket being rotationally coupled with each metal plate, a horizontal cross-piece, with each end of said cross-piece affixed to each angular bracket, a backing panel coupled with a picture frame and an art panel the backing panel being affixed to the horizontal cross-piece and a horizontal brace which is designed and adapted to support the weight of the picture frame, backing panel and the art panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2012
    Inventor: Elliott Banfield
  • Patent number: 8074386
    Abstract: An integrated mirror and graphics display system includes a sheet of substantially transparent material, the sheet having a front and a back, the back having a silvered or reflective region and at least one primary non-silvered region. Also included is a sheet of translucent material, having printed on or embedded in it a graphic of interest to a system user, the translucent sheet secured or painted upon the back of the transparent sheet against the non-silvered region. The system further includes an illumination element defining an area smaller, equal to or greater than that of the non-silvered region and secured in optical communication with the translucent sheet. A secondary non-silvered region may be used to provide owner-specific personalized information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2011
    Inventor: Jacob J. Marantz
  • Publication number: 20110260888
    Abstract: A partially transparent dome minor is used to display messages generated from within the dome by a light generating system. The minor is incorporated in an apparatus for seeing and warning traffic crossing at an intersection in a commercial, industrial or other space to improve worker safety and to avoid costly damage due to collisions at the intersection. The unitary apparatus does not require sensors or other wiring external to the mirror and its supporting frame. The mirror system can also be used in commercial and retail applications for surveillance and advertising.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 8, 2011
    Publication date: October 27, 2011
    Inventors: David A. Fossier, William Chernick
  • Publication number: 20110107631
    Abstract: An integrated mirror and graphics display system includes a sheet of substantially transparent material, the sheet having a front and a back, the back having a silvered or reflective region and at least one primary non-silvered region. Also included is a sheet of translucent material, having printed on or embedded in it a graphic of interest to a system user, the translucent sheet secured or painted upon the back of the transparent sheet against the non-silvered region. The system further includes an illumination element defining an area smaller, equal to or greater than that of the non-silvered region and secured in optical communication with the translucent sheet. A secondary non-silvered region may be used to provide owner-specific personalized information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 12, 2009
    Publication date: May 12, 2011
    Inventor: Jacob J. Marantz
  • Publication number: 20110056102
    Abstract: The invention relates to a frame assembly for displaying a plurality of indicia and reflecting an image. The frame assembly comprises a display unit for displaying indicia, an enclosure for supporting the display unit, a mirror supported by the enclosure, a sensor supported by the enclosure, a mass storage device for storing the indicia to be displayed on the display unit, a central processing unit for processing the indicia, a signaling system for switching the frame assembly between a first and second mode of operation, a controller in communication with the sensor and central processing unit, and a power supply display unit. The frame assembly in a first mode displays desired indicia through the mirror and, upon the sensor detecting an object at a desired distance, in a second mode functions as a mirror to reflect an image.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 2, 2010
    Publication date: March 10, 2011
    Applicant: Luxury Tech Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: Brian P. Reid, Jim M. Sweeney
  • Patent number: 7853414
    Abstract: A mirror assembly mountable to a wall includes a mirror platform having a front surface and a rear surface, a chassis engageable with the mirror platform to define a mirror assembly interior, at least one electrical component disposed within the mirror assembly interior, and a mounting structure. The mounting structure includes a support member mounted to one of the rear surface of the mirror platform and the chassis and a hanger member mounted to the other of the rear surface of the mirror platform and the chassis. The hanger member is removably securable on the support member to mount the mirror platform to the chassis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2010
    Assignee: Electric Mirror, LLC
    Inventors: James V. Mischel, Jr., Patrick Erickson
  • Patent number: 7824074
    Abstract: A display with illumination function, comprising: a display body, including a display screen; a support, have a top and a base, said top includes at least one of the pivot member joint to one side of display body allow the display body to rotate freely; a light source disposed around the display screen; and a stand connected to the base of the support. When the surrounding environment has insufficient lighting for reading or using the display, the user can simply turn on the light source to illuminates the display screen and work area, without the needs of additional lamps or other lighting devices which can occupy extra desk space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2010
    Assignee: Hannspree, Inc.
    Inventors: Guan-De Liou, Stephen Tsai, Li-Li Lai
  • Patent number: 7805260
    Abstract: A mirror assembly mountable to a wall is provided. The mirror assembly includes a mirror platform having a front surface and a rear surface, and a chassis mountable to the mirror platform. At least one electrical component is disposed between the mirror platform and the chassis. An electrical passageway is formed within the chassis for allowing the electrical component to be placed into communication with a power source located remotely from the mirror assembly. A recess is also formed within the chassis for housing a connection between the power source and the electrical component such that the chassis can be mounted substantially flush against the wall when the electrical component is electrically connected to the power source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2010
    Assignee: Electric Mirror, LLC
    Inventors: James V. Mischel, Jr., James V. Mischel, Sr.
  • Patent number: 7752791
    Abstract: The objective of the present invention is to provide a display device that presents great decorative effects. For a display device that provides a luminous display consisting of characters, numbers, symbols or figures, or arbitrary combinations of them, having a desired form, a half mirror layer is formed above a mirror surface, through a translucent layer, and a desired form is luminously displayed at a location between the mirror surface and the half mirror layer and at a distance from the mirror surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2010
    Assignee: Toyoda Gosei Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Akihiro Misawa, Kazuo Takeda, Tatsuya Oba
  • Publication number: 20100058628
    Abstract: The invention relates to a frame assembly for displaying a plurality of indicia and reflecting an image. The frame assembly comprises a frame supporting at least one light source, a sheet member positioned adjacent to the light source, a substrate bearing indicia releasably secured to the sheet member, a mirror positioned adjacent to the sheet member and light source, and a sensor for detecting an object. The frame assembly in a first mode displays desired indicia through the mirror and, upon the sensor detecting an object at a desired distance, in a second mode functions as a mirror to reflect an image.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 8, 2009
    Publication date: March 11, 2010
    Inventors: Brian P. Reid, Walter J. Gierlach, III, Daniel Pompei Cedrone
  • Patent number: 7673408
    Abstract: An assembly including a substantially transparent front panel and a partially translucent screen with a partially reflective front surface positioned to face a rear side of the front panel and spaced apart therefrom by a predetermined distance. A first image is defined on the rear side for reflection by the front surface to provide a virtual image thereof. A back wall is positioned behind the screen and displays a second image on an exposed surface thereof facing the rear surface of the screen. The exposed surface is spaced apart from the front surface of the screen by the predetermined distance. The virtual image is located substantially in the plane of the exposed surface so that the virtual image appears to be positioned behind the screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2010
    Assignee: Dimplex North America Limited
    Inventors: Kristoffer Hess, Kelly Stinson
  • Publication number: 20090165344
    Abstract: A sign comprising at least one support member and a body portion attached to the support member. The sign includes at least one reflective layer secured to the body portion. The sign includes at least one optically transmissive layer secured to the reflective layer such that the reflective layer is positioned between the optically transmissive layer and the body portion. The optically transmissive layer defines an interior portion, a border encompassing the interior portion, and at least one message positioned at least partially within the interior portion. The interior portion and the border comprise contrasting colors. The reflective layer is structured to reflect light through the optically transmissive layer to augment the contrast between the interior portion and the border to thereby enhance the visibility of the message.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 10, 2009
    Publication date: July 2, 2009
    Inventor: Christopher D. Noble
  • Publication number: 20080244940
    Abstract: A periodic messaging system is described. The messaging system includes a mirror having a front side and a back side, with the front side being reflective. A message device is attached with the back side of the mirror and is configured to display a periodic, illuminated message. The mirror includes a transparent portion and the message device is attached with the back side of the mirror such that the periodic, illuminated message is displayed toward the transparent portion. Thus, when the message is illuminated, the message is viewable from the front side of the mirror, whereby through use of the message device, a user can present periodic messages to viewers using a mirror.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 4, 2007
    Publication date: October 9, 2008
    Inventor: Yigal Mesika
  • Patent number: 7418794
    Abstract: A three-dimensional display frame assembly for displaying planar display material in respective multiple planes. The frame assembly can be provided as a single-sheet preform and can be self-standing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2008
    Inventor: Irvin A. Kittrell, III
  • Patent number: 7287737
    Abstract: A cover frame assembly for use in conjunction with an existing flat panel display of a display device such as a high definition television. The cover frame assembly comprises an outer frame, and a one-way mirror attached within the outer frame. After mounting the flat panel display to a wall, the outer frame is selectively extended over the flat panel display and is supported by the flat panel display. The images projected by the flat panel display upon activation of the display device are easily seen through the one-way mirror. When the display device is deactivated, the reflective surface of the one-way mirror obscures the flat panel display, and the combined frame assembly and flat panel display appear to be a decorative, wall mounted mirror.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2007
    Inventor: Luis Rossi
  • Patent number: 6870655
    Abstract: A mirror includes a housing, a mirror subassembly including a reflector layer with a portion defining an opening, and an indicia panel covering the opening and configured to form a visual display. At least one light source is positioned in the housing to pass light through the indicia panel and the opening of the mirror subassembly to selectively illuminate the visual display. The at least one light source emits a light matched in color to the indicia panel so that a maximum of light from the at least one light source passes through the indicia panel and is visible to a vehicle driver. Optimally, the light sources emit an amber colored light, and the indicia panel includes a diffusing layer also having an amber color.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2005
    Assignee: Gentex Corporation
    Inventors: Bradley L. Northman, John W. Carter, Frederick T. Bauer
  • Patent number: 6792707
    Abstract: First and second half or associated objects, in respective different sequential positions are aligned behind respective adjacent, first and second, inclined faces of an optical prism so that, when viewed at different angles alternately through a front face of the prism, images of the first and second half objects are seen alternately by transmission and total internal reflection at alternate faces, combining to form completed whole images of first and second objects alternatively, thereby providing an impression of animation by object movement. The half objects can be pictures of half of a same or similar face or person having respective different expressions producing a changing expression or hands producing a clapping effect. Written message portions associated with half objects can form a complete message/slogan when viewed at alternate angles. The optical prism can be solid or liquid filled and embodied in picture frames, domestic utensils or personal accessories/apparel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2004
    Inventor: Mark Setteducati
  • Patent number: 6578299
    Abstract: An ice fishing hole simulator system for visually simulating an ice fishing experience based about an ice fishing hole. The ice fishing hole simulator system includes a housing having an upper opening, an upper mirror positioned about the upper opening, a tube extending downwardly from the upper mirror, a lower mirror positioned within the bottom portion of the housing opposite of the upper mirror, and a plurality of lights surrounding the tube. The tube is comprised of a translucent material such as plastic or glass. The tube preferably includes a length of clear portion and a length of opaque portion encompassing the tube in a spiraling manner thereby recreating the inner surface appearance of an ice hole created by an ice auger. The upper mirror is comprised of a two-way mirror structure with the reflective surface facing the lower mirror and the viewing surface facing upwardly to allow an individual to look into the simulated ice hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2003
    Inventors: Robert L. Burnside, Antonio O. Cuevas, Donald L. Overmore
  • Patent number: 6543163
    Abstract: An illuminating display is provided a reflective panel having a graphical image formed therein. A laser is used to precisely etch the graphics pattern in an optically active surface, such as a mirrored surface. The graphical image is then reproduced on a paper carrier, and then brought into precise registration behind the laser-etched image. Upon backlighting, such as in a light box, the graphical image projects from the surrounding mirrored (reflecting) surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2003
    Inventor: Peter William Ginsberg
  • Patent number: 6435934
    Abstract: A device for displaying a character having a virtual image wherein the display device includes an outer housing and an optical assembly. In one embodiment, the outer housing provides a surface for depicting a character. The optical assembly includes a first concave mirror and a second concave mirror facing the first concave mirror with one of the mirrors being provided with an aperture aligned with a hole in the outer housing and the other mirror supporting an object related to the character. With this construction, an image projected from the object will appear to float above the character in an attractive fashion. In one preferred embodiment of the invention, the outer housing takes the form of a doll. In yet other embodiments, the outer housing is in the form of a box used for shipping or a box used to hold jewelry, candy, or memorabilia, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2002
    Inventor: Lynda Gail Bender
  • Patent number: 6125564
    Abstract: A shadow box type transparency display device that has a reflective surface and at least one transparency panel having a visual image thereon spaced from and in superimposed relationship with at least a portion of the reflective surface such that the visual image is visible in the reflective surface thereby creating a unique view that includes the visual image and the reflected visual image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2000
    Inventor: Steven R. Young
  • Patent number: 6101748
    Abstract: A composite panel material for the back-lit display of graphic and alphanumeric designs and color fields as disclosed which includes regions that appear metallic and highly reflective when front-lit but which when back-lit transmit a portion of the back-lighting to give a "see-through metal" effect. Panelling material according to the design comprises a transparent base medium, daytime design images which are visible when the panel material is front- but not back-lit, and a partially reflective metallized element which appears opaque and shiny when front- but not when back-lit, of a pre-selected degree of transparency to permit the viewing of one set of images and colors in front-lighting and a different set under back-lighting of the panel material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2000
    Inventors: S. Thornton Cass, James R. Leach
  • Patent number: 6076948
    Abstract: An electromagnetic radiation emitting assembly is disclosed and which includes a supporting substrate having opposite first and second surfaces and having an area formed therein which allows electromagnetic radiation to pass therethrough; a reflector positioned adjacent to the second surface of the substrate and oriented in a given position relative to the area formed in the substrate; and an electromagnetic radiation emitter mounted on the second surface of the substrate and which emits a source of electromagnetic radiation which is reflected by the reflector through the area formed in the supporting substrate. An electromagnetic radiation receiver is also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 1998
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2000
    Assignee: K. W. Muth Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Allen A. Bukosky, Daniel J. Mathieu
  • Patent number: 6045243
    Abstract: A mirror assembly including a semitransparent mirror which passes about 1% to about 30% of a broad band of visible light, and which reflects less than about 80% of a broad band of visible light; and a light assembly positioned adjacent to the semitransparent mirror and which emits visible light which is passed by the semitransparent mirror, the luminous intensity of the mirror assembly being about 0.5 to about 120 candelas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2000
    Assignee: K.W. Muth Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael D. Muth, Daniel R. Todd, Daniel J. Mathieu, Allen A. Bukosky, Michael J. Musiel
  • Patent number: 5951143
    Abstract: An infinity-projecting light assembly (10) that is housed in an enclosure (12) that encloses a multiplicity of lamps (70) and passive components (74). Within the enclosure (12) is located a convex mirror that is attached to the enclosure's rear panel (34) and a two-way mirror (94) that is attached to the front ledge (26) of the enclosure (12). The mirrored surfaces of the two mirrors face each other which allows the lamps (70) and passive components (74) to be replicated into a descending visual tunnel that terminates at a perceived infinity point. The assembly (20) incorporates an electrical-control circuit that provides the power to light the interior of the enclosure via a decorative translucent panel (118). The circuit also provides power to a music playback unit, the lamps (70), a light dimming unit and a light blinking unit. The light blinking unit can be set to blink in synchrony with the music from the playback unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 14, 1999
    Inventor: Danny R. Ginsberg
  • Patent number: 5887369
    Abstract: A decorative wall display assembly comprises a frame (14) that has the appearance of a conventional window frame, in combination with a glazing sheet (16), and a conventional mirror (18) mounted toward the rear of the frame, and a space (19) between the glazing sheet (16) and the mirror (18). The overall effect is that the assembly gives the illusory appearance of being a window, and accordingly gives the room in which it is used the appearance of being larger than it actually is, while being flush mounted on the wall as would be a picture or other conventional decorative display assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 1996
    Date of Patent: March 30, 1999
    Inventor: Gary Raymond Daniel Danielczak
  • Patent number: 5863109
    Abstract: A phantom color light mirror including a mirror, a plurality of colored light sources, and a central control device. The mirror is composed of a transparent sheet having a reflective layer affixed to a rear surface thereof. A plurality of lines of a sufficient width are used to engrave the reflective layer with a graphic design visible from the front side of the transparent sheet. The operation of the colored light sources are controlled by the central control device. The mirror, the light sources and the central control device may be accommodated in a cabinet. A refracting device may further be disposed behind the mirror to provide enhanced visual effects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 1996
    Date of Patent: January 26, 1999
    Inventor: Chung-Tai Hsieh
  • Patent number: 5819452
    Abstract: A display device with a light source and an effervescent effect generator. The effervescent effect generator has a housing with a light transmissive portion that is filled with a liquid and a gas and is sealed closed. A pump and hose form bubbles of the gas that is sealed in the housing in the liquid in the housing so that the liquid appears to be effervescent when viewed at the light transmissive portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 1996
    Date of Patent: October 13, 1998
    Inventor: Roelof Martinus Hakkert
  • Patent number: 5810465
    Abstract: A light display in which black or ultraviolet radiant energy or "black" light or black light blue is introduced between a totally reflective mirror and a partially reflective or one-way mirror. The ultraviolet light impinges upon an object positioned between the two mirrors which is either fabricated or molded at least in part by fluorescent plastic or coated or impregnated with a fluorescent paint or dye. The object then emits visible light which is incident upon the fully reflective mirror to reflect back at the object and the partially reflective mirror to create an infinity mirror effect of the fluorescent object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 22, 1998
    Inventor: Patrick A. Hargabus
  • Patent number: 5788579
    Abstract: An illusion mirror light display has a frame with a view opening, a front partially reflective mirror, a second fully reflective mirror, a middle frame member located between the front and second mirrors, one or more light sources installed on the periphery of the middle frame member for displaying a lighting illusion effect which is viewed through the view opening, and retaining members for retaining all of the elements within the frame. When the illusion mirror light display is activated, it provides an illusion effect. The illusion mirror light display also has pressure points for causing the light sources to emit at that location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 4, 1998
    Inventors: Steve R. Cherry, Bernard F. Mikelis
  • Patent number: 5787618
    Abstract: A display device having an interior area in which multiple images are displayed. The images arise from reflections of one or more externally or internally illuminated patterns located within the apparatus. The device creates an optical illusion whereby multiple images appear to extend a rearward distance that is greater than the thickness of the apparatus. When multiple patterns are employed, the patterns may be spaced from each other and are combined to form the desired image. The apparatus may include one or more spotlights that function to highlight predetermined area(s) within the device. The apparatus may alternatively or in combination employ an isolated light source that illuminates the interior of a light transmitting object located between the reflective surfaces to thereby cause the object and especially the object's side edges to glow with light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 1996
    Date of Patent: August 4, 1998
    Inventor: Randy J. Mullis
  • Patent number: 5743038
    Abstract: A three-dimension shadow box. It has a frontwardly lying sheet of transparent glass and a rearwardly lying mirror placed in a generally parallel orientation in a box structure. Graphic indicia is positioned on the frontwardly lying glass, and the graphic indicia has a first layer, having a first color and pattern, viewable only from the front, and a second layer, having a second color and pattern, viewable as the reflection off of the mirror. Two-dimensional visual indicia is placed adjacent to the mirror. The graphic indicia is viewable from the front of the frontwardly lying sheet of glass and a reflection of a rear side of the graphic indicia reflects off of the rearwardly lying mirror so as to appear as lying behind the two-dimensional visual indicia, giving the two-dimensional visual indicia the appearance of floating in the box structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 1995
    Date of Patent: April 28, 1998
    Inventor: David Soto
  • Patent number: 5657563
    Abstract: A picture illumination display device (10) comprising a picture frame (12). A one-way mirror (14) is in the picture frame (12), so that when a person normally looks into the one-way mirror (14) a reflection will be seen. A picture (16) is carried in the picture frame (12) behind the one-way mirror (14). A facility (18) behind the picture (16), is for producing light. Once the light producing facility (18) is activated an image of the picture (16) will be projected through the one-way mirror (14), to allow a person looking into the one-way mirror (14) to see the projected image from the picture (16).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 1995
    Date of Patent: August 19, 1997
    Inventor: Patrick Lane
  • Patent number: 5609938
    Abstract: One or more panels define a support for an image layer and a relatively dark layer. Holes extend through the panel and the layer. The holes allow viewing through the panels in one direction without seeing the image, yet the image can be viewed by looking at the panel assembly from the opposite direction. Thus, the image is suitable as an advertising medium as applied to the transparent windows of buildings, vehicles and the like. A person sitting in a building or in a vehicle cannot see the image on a window by looking outwardly through the window. Looking in the opposite direction, from outside to inside the vehicle, a person will see the image through the assembly of panels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 1994
    Date of Patent: March 11, 1997
    Assignee: Creative Minds Foundation, Inc.
    Inventor: Rodney M. Shields
  • Patent number: 5473525
    Abstract: A combination table top lamp, with a base comprised of a material that appears opaque until the inside of the base is illuminated, at which time the base appears transparent to reveal a display item in the base. A scrim can be incorporated into the surface of the base such that the scrim becomes part of the display when the material used for the base is transformed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 1993
    Date of Patent: December 5, 1995
    Inventor: Gary F. Stout
  • Patent number: 5365378
    Abstract: The invention is a convex mirror for surveillance purposes, in combination with an advertising message, and the method of fabricating same. A removable mask is attached to the interior of the surface to be mirrored, and a non-reactive removable liquid mask is applied to the openings in the removable mask. The removable mask is removed, and a mirror material is applied to the surface. The liquid mask is allowed to solidify, then removed, leaving one or more transparent areas in the surface of the mirror.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 1992
    Date of Patent: November 15, 1994
    Inventor: Paul Sorko-Ram