Display Device With Gas Or Liquid Movement Patents (Class 40/406)
  • Patent number: 10306386
    Abstract: A portable public address (PA) speaker comprises an enclosure constructed and arranged for positioning at a first position having a vertical orientation to output audio shaped for a first acoustic coverage area, a second position having an angular orientation to output audio shaped for a second acoustic coverage area, and a third position having a horizontal orientation to output audio shaped for a third acoustic coverage area. The weight of the speaker rests on a bottom surface of a base when in the first position having the vertical orientation or the second position having the angular orientation. The weight of the speaker rests on a side surface when in the third position having the horizontal orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: BOSE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Robert A. Warden, Paul F. Fidlin, Akira Mochimaru, Craig Jackson, Gregor Mittersinker, Richard Carbone, Greg J. Zastoupil, Kevin Brousseau
  • Patent number: 10187502
    Abstract: A device arrangement may include an electronic device having a display. A cover may be secured on the display. The cover may include a first transparent cover element and a second transparent cover element. A transparent liquid may be disposed in a sandwich-like manner between the first cover element and the second cover element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: Ecom Instruments GmbH
    Inventor: Axel Sailer
  • Patent number: 9925471
    Abstract: A toy includes a rotational lift mechanism having a rotatable drive shaft, a helical guide track positioned about the drive shaft, a receiver basin positioned atop the drive shaft, an upper track, a tilted panel, a chute having an opening formed therein and a lower track. In example forms, one or more balls traverse a closed-loop pre-defined path including along the guide track and within the basin, along the upper track, through an airborne trajectory into contact with the tilted panel, bouncing into the opening of the chute, and back along the lower track.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: KIDS II, INC.
    Inventor: Milton Aaron Flores
  • Patent number: 9483966
    Abstract: A 3D billboard display features a flexible banner having a display side, strips of reinforcement material attached to the flexible banner, and a flexible envelope fastened to the strips of reinforcement material and carried on the display side of the banner. The envelope forms an inflatable space that is fully or substantially enclosed by the flexible envelope, or a by a combination of the flexible envelope and the flexible banner. When inflated, the flexible envelope bulges away from the display side of the flexible sheet to create a three-dimensional display unit carried on the flexible banner. The resulting display is a one-piece shipment that is installation-ready, with no special modification or assembly required at the billboard site, where mere placement of the flexible banner on the billboard support structure and activation of an on-board inflation mechanism is all that's required.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Inventor: Edward Francis Carolan
  • Patent number: 9429287
    Abstract: A wide-angle lighting display and projection device with the features of its original patent application, and further has the bottom of a transparent bottle to be able to be fixed on a positioning hole by spinning, displaying an unlimited extension of an inward serial arrangement of a transparent bottle from the middle with a wider area of visual effects. Also, the transparent bottle thereof is easy for assembling and maintaining.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Inventor: Su-Fang Ho
  • Patent number: 9293072
    Abstract: A novelty device for generating bubbles is disclosed. Disclosed is a bubble generation drinking cup that includes a vacuum cavity within a cup sidewall, where the vacuum cavity is partially filled with one or more fluid. The fluid generates bubbles continuously in response to a temperature differential within the vacuum cavity, brought on by a cold or hot liquid being present in the cup. A vial bubble generation ornament is disclosed that includes a tubular vial enclosing a vacuum cavity and a bubble generation capsule. The vacuum cavity is partially filled with a fluid. The bubble generation capsule generates bubbles in response to receiving sunlight. A bubble generation panel is disclosed that includes a vacuum cavity enclosed between two glass panes. The vacuum cavity includes a fluid which generates bubbles in response to receiving heat. The bubbles and fluid in the vacuum cavity create a visually appealing novelty device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Inventor: Jonas Richert
  • Patent number: 9280921
    Abstract: A display device for displaying information comprises a display body having a front side and rear side and comprising at least one cavity between them. The cavity is connected in a closed fluid circuit comprising supply fluid lines, return fluid lines and a fluid reservoir and the circuit is suitable to contain a colored fluid. There is also arranged a pump for circulating colored fluid in the fluid circuit. The cavity is shaped to form symbols representing the information to be displayed when filled with colored fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
    Assignee: LSA AS
    Inventor: Arne Skauge Johannesen
  • Patent number: 9242690
    Abstract: An interchangeable colored bicycle has a bicycle framework with a main bicycle frame component part, a handlebar stem component part, and a wheel fork component part. Clear transparent tube members enclose and circumscribe these component parts. Free-flowing, colored liquids fill the interior spaces between the tube members and the component parts. The colored liquids in each interior space are different, thus allowing the bicycle to assume multiple colors. The free-flowing liquids can be drained from the tube members and different colored liquids can be poured into the interior spaces to change the colors of the bicycle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Inventor: Kareem L Frazier
  • Patent number: 8960937
    Abstract: The structure of base for decorative aquatic ball mainly contains a shell, a hollow transparent shell made of plastic material; a decorative layer, a laser paper film with a pattern, the laser paper film covering the inner wall of the shell; and a decorative aquatic ball, a light-transmittable three-dimensional shape, disposed on top of the shell, and sealing in a fluid with slightly higher viscosity. As such, the decorative layer enables the base carrying the aquatic ball to create rich and layered visual effects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Inventor: Chin-Sheng Yang
  • Publication number: 20140373405
    Abstract: A display device for displaying information comprises a display body having a front side and rear side and comprising at least one cavity between them. The cavity is connected in a closed fluid circuit comprising supply fluid lines, return fluid lines and a fluid reservoir and the circuit is suitable to contain a coloured fluid. There is also arranged a pump for circulating coloured fluid in the fluid circuit. The cavity is shaped to form symbols representing the information to be displayed when filled with coloured fluid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 24, 2013
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Applicant: LSA AS
    Inventor: Arne Skauge Johannesen
  • Patent number: 8911101
    Abstract: A lava lamp display device comprising: a frame having a permeable vision window at a front surface thereof, and a lamp base and a projection light at a bottom of inner side thereof; a film-coated glass mounted on the vision window; a support bracket having at least one positioning hole thereon; a transparent bottle arranged in the positioning holes; and two reflection mirrors having a center serving as a reference to define the two symmetrical reflection mirrors, and both sides thereof inclined forward to form an angle ? being not parallel with the film-coated glass with 180° angle. After the filler of the transparent bottle is reflected repeatedly by the two reflection mirrors, the vision window shows shapes in an inward serial arrangement in the middle and unlimited extension on both sides, having effects of an illumination lamp device, an art decoration, and special visual in one unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Inventor: Chien-Tsai Tsai
  • Patent number: 8905567
    Abstract: A display device for lighting objects comprising: a frame having a vision window at a front side thereof, a film-coated glass mounted on the vision window, a support bracket arranged in the frame and having at least one positioning hole thereon, a lighting object having at least a part thereof arranged in the positioning hole and two pieces of refection mirrors having a center serving as a reference to define the first and second symmetrical reflection mirrors and both sides thereof inclined forward to form an angle between 145° and 175°. After a lighting object is reflected repeatedly by the two or more than two reflection mirrors, the vision window shows shapes in an inward serial arrangement from the middle to unlimited extension at both sides, providing effects of an illumination lamp device, an art decoration, and special visions in one unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Inventor: Su-Fang Ho
  • Publication number: 20140259822
    Abstract: The present invention provides a swaying water ball decoration, which generally includes a water ball and a swaying base. The water ball is of a light-transmitting three-dimensional configuration having a closed interior space that receives therein a sticky flowable liquid. The swaying base includes a top and a bottom that are opposite to each other. The water ball is mounted to the top. The bottom has an arc surface that serves as a movable fulcrum in a motion condition.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventor: CHIN-SHENG YANG
  • Publication number: 20140259823
    Abstract: A water display is described having multiple water delivery devices that create laminar streams with parabolic trajectories. The water delivery devices may modulate the streams, which may be lit, creating individual water arches, that when combined with multiple water delivery devices, can produce dramatic visual effects including the appearance of an undulating and/or pulsed water tunnel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventors: Mark Fuller, Jules Moretti, Peter Kopik
  • Patent number: 8807777
    Abstract: There is provided a light generating unit including a transparent vessel that is elongated and contains water and a light-emitting/bubble producing unit that is attached to a base plate of the vessel. The light-emitting/bubble producing unit includes a plurality of LEDs arranged around inner surfaces of side walls of the vessel and a plurality of nozzles for discharging gas that are disposed on an inside of the plurality of LEDs. Also provided is a display apparatus in which a plurality of the light generating units are arranged with the vessels adjacent to one another so as to construct a light generating block in the shape of a wall and which is capable of displaying images and/or information by way of bubbles and illumination light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Lapin Create, Inc.
    Inventor: Masaru Watanabe
  • Patent number: 8801191
    Abstract: A projection system for projecting light such as images or content upon a liquid surface such as a lake or pool surface. The system includes an agitation assembly selectively operable to agitate a portion of the upper surface of liquid to form a projection screen. The system includes a projector assembly projecting or focusing light onto the projection screen on the upper surface of the liquid. The liquid is translucent to light, but the projection screen on the upper surface reflects a portion of the projected light due to the agitation. The agitation assembly may include an aeration system with a distribution manifold and is positioned below the liquid surface and has outlets discharging gas into the liquid such that air bubbles for the screen. The manifold outlets may be provided at two or more depths, whereby two or more portions of the projection screen are generated at differing times.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Edward A. Nemeth, David W. Crawford
  • Patent number: 8789972
    Abstract: A lighted moving ball display system configured to provide a visual display, such as in a Christmas tree. The system includes a plurality of light emitting balls. The light emitting balls each include a light emitting device, a ball power module, and a housing configured to secure the light emitting device and the ball power module, therein. The system includes a passive transport medium configured to receive the balls and permit the balls to traverse the medium under gravitational force. The system includes a lifting mechanism functionally coupled to the medium and configured to lift the plurality of light emitting balls to a top portion of the medium. The system includes a power module configured to provide power to the modules and components of the system. The system includes a motivating apparatus configured to actively urge the plurality of light emitting balls to traverse the medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Inventors: Lloyd R. Plumb, Lola Melody Howard Plumb
  • Publication number: 20140202052
    Abstract: A water display is described having different layers that each include a geometric shape. Water is provided to and drained from the display to vary the height of the water between the layers of the display. As the water height increases or decreases from one layer to another, pools of water assuming the geometric shapes formed in a given layer appear. The geometric shapes formed in a given layer appear. The geometric pools of water transform shapes as the water is raised or lowered.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2013
    Publication date: July 24, 2014
    Inventors: Mark Fuller, Dave Duplanty, Bill DeLeon, Claire Tuttle
  • Patent number: 8782934
    Abstract: Disclosed is an enclosure for artificial features such as artificial fish and artificial plants. The enclosure has one or more walls and is configured to house a liquid therein. One or more electromagnets are provided to generate a magnetic field within the enclosure. A controller is configured to control electric currents that generate magnetic fields from the one or more electromagnets. The controller is configured to selectively reverse the magnetic polarity of at least one of the one or more electromagnets. Also disclosed is an artificial feature such as an artificial fish or artificial plant with a body made of elastomeric gel. The artificial feature may include multiple permanent magnets housed in a body where the permanent magnets are aligned based on an orientation of a north pole and a south pole of each permanent magnet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Edizone, LLC
    Inventor: Terry V. Pearce
  • Patent number: 8695247
    Abstract: A candle-shape decorative lamp is disclosed, including: a aquatic lamp main body, a magnet-driven element, a buoy and a bottom base. The magnetic-driven element and the buoy are disposed inside the aquatic lamp main body. The bottom base is fixedly engaged to the conic aquatic lamp main body with at least a light-emitting element disposed inside as well as a magnetic rotational axis for correspondingly attaching to the magnet-driven element, and driven by a driving element to rotate. When the magnetic rotational axis rotates, the magnet-driven element also rotates because of attachment to the magnetic rotational axis so as to wave the fluid inside the aquatic lamp main body, which leading to pushing to rotational plats to rotate the buoy. As such, the light emitted through the aquatic lamp main body forming ambient light with decorative effect so as to great rich and fun visual effects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Inventor: Chin-Sheng Yang
  • Patent number: 8689473
    Abstract: A dioramic apparatus includes a vessel having an inferior portion and a superior portion. The vessel includes a shell and defines an interior space. The interior space is partially filled by a liquid medium. At least one dioramic scene is disposed in the interior space. A reservoir is in fluid communication with the interior space. The reservoir includes a flow plate defining at least one liquid intake and at least one liquid output port. The at least one liquid intake is configured and arranged for receiving at least a portion of the liquid medium from the interior space when the dioramic apparatus is at least partially inverted. The at least one liquid output port is configured and arranged to output at least a portion of the liquid medium from the reservoir when the vessel is placed in an upright position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: RainGlobes, LLC
    Inventors: Joshua James, Frederick Bowen Northup, Jr., Lawrence Scott Larson, Jeremy Kolenbrander, James Ladtkow
  • Patent number: 8681423
    Abstract: A light modulator includes a light guide to guide light, a diffraction grating at a surface of the light guide, and a fluid having a refractive index substantially matched to a refractive index of the diffraction grating. The diffraction grating is to couple out a portion of guided light from the light guide using diffractive coupling. The index-matched fluid is to be selectively moved both into contact with the diffractive grating to defeat the diffractive coupling and out of contact with the diffraction grating to facilitate the diffractive coupling to modulate the coupled out guided light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Gary Gibson, David A Fattal
  • Patent number: 8607485
    Abstract: Disclosed is an enclosure for artificial features such as artificial fish and artificial plants. The enclosure has one or more walls and is configured to house a liquid therein. One or more electromagnets are provided to generate a magnetic field within the enclosure. A controller controls electric currents that generate magnetic fields from the one or more electromagnets. The controller is configured to selectively reverse the magnetic polarity of at least one of the one or more electromagnets. Also disclosed is an artificial feature such as an artificial fish or artificial plant with a body made of elastomeric gel. The artificial feature may include multiple permanent magnets housed in a body where the permanent magnets are aligned based on an orientation of a north pole and south pole of each permanent magnet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: EdiZONE, LLC
    Inventor: Terry V. Pearce
  • Patent number: 8601726
    Abstract: Three-dimensional lightweight foam greeting cards are described herein having a foam body with a perimeter wall that extends between two spaced apart parallel pieces of planar sheet material such as heavy gauge paper, cardboard, or other such material. The greeting cards have a partially hollowed foam body or one or more cavities in the foam body concealed in the front and back by the planar sheet material which may be pre-cut in the shape of the foam body are decorated consistent with the design of the foam body. The cavities in the foam body may contain various electronic components that enable the greeting card to produce sound, record and playback a personalized message, trigger light activation, trigger the movement of moveable parts, display digital video, photographs or slideshows, or a combination thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: American Greetings Corporation
    Inventors: David Mayer, Lauren M. Budzar, Eva Jin, Mary McClain
  • Patent number: 8590183
    Abstract: A fluid vortex display device includes a cylindrical vessel sealed at an upper end. A first fluid inlet is coupled to the cylindrical vessel adjacent a lower end of the vessel and directed at a substantial angle to an outer circumference of the cylindrical vessel. A discharge outlet of a pump is coupled to the fluid inlet. A closure is coupled to the lower end of the vessel. The closure includes a fluid outlet that is substantially spaced apart from a central longitudinal axis of the vessel. The closure may project into the cylindrical vessel to create an annular space adjacent the fluid inlet. The fluid outlet may be in the upper surface of the closure, which may not be perpendicular to the central longitudinal axis of the vessel. A support stand may support the vessel such that it is not perpendicular to a level foundation surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Assignee: WET Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark W. Fuller, Michael Jason Baldwin, Riae Yoo
  • Publication number: 20130199995
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure may relate to porous polymer membranes, structures including porous polymer membranes, devices including porous polymer membranes, methods of using porous polymer membranes, methods of making porous polymer membranes, and the like.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 24, 2011
    Publication date: August 8, 2013
    Applicant: University of Florida Research Foundation Inc.
    Inventors: Peng Jiang, Hongta Yang
  • Patent number: 8500038
    Abstract: A fluid display includes a fluid source, a gas source, and a light source. The fluid source coherently emits fluid along a first trajectory. The gas source emits gas along a second trajectory that intersects the first trajectory. The light source is directed toward the intersection of the first trajectory and the second trajectory. The second trajectory may intersect the first trajectory at an oblique angle. The fluid source and/or the gas source may emit intermittently. The fluid source may emit a laminar jet or spherical fluid globules. The gas source may intermittently emit a gas vortex. The gas may be a flammable gas. The fluid may be water and the gas may be air. The fluid display may provide a “water sparkler” effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2013
    Assignee: WET Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark W. Fuller, Michael Jason Baldwin, Keith J. Kalis, Helen S. Park, Riae Yoo
  • Publication number: 20130185968
    Abstract: A dioramic apparatus includes a vessel having an inferior portion and a superior portion. The vessel includes a shell and defines an interior space. The interior space is partially filled by a liquid medium. At least one dioramic scene is disposed in the interior space. A reservoir is in fluid communication with the interior space. The reservoir includes a flow plate defining at least one liquid intake and at least one liquid output port. The at least one liquid intake is configured and arranged for receiving at least a portion of the liquid medium from the interior space when the dioramic apparatus is at least partially inverted. The at least one liquid output port is configured and arranged to output at least a portion of the liquid medium from the reservoir when the vessel is placed in an upright position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 8, 2013
    Publication date: July 25, 2013
    Applicant: RAINGLOBES LLC
    Inventor: RAINGLOBES LLC
  • Patent number: 8479421
    Abstract: A circulating fluid amusement device is provided having a transparent globe stirred using a stirring motor, and preferably a magnetically coupled stirring system, which also includes LED lighting, in order that the circulating fluid amusement device can also act as a nightlight. The globe is removable from the base, and can be replaced with other globes, to create different effects. Additionally, the circulating fluid amusement device of the present invention is preferably provided in a packaging system which allows the circulating fluid amusement device to be tested and/or its functionality demonstrated without having to remove it from its shipping packaging.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2013
    Assignee: Tech 4 Kids, Inc.
    Inventors: Bradley D. Pedersen, Kyle Jeffs
  • Patent number: 8453363
    Abstract: A method of interacting with a component of a product at a display location is provided. The method includes moving a moveable assembly comprising a filtration device along a track component toward a stationary assembly mounted to a base. The track component guides the moveable assembly toward the adapter. The filtration device is connected to the adapter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Assignee: Pur Water Purification Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Gary Licata, Michael Kelch
  • Patent number: 8393099
    Abstract: A dioramic apparatus includes a vessel having an inferior portion and a superior portion. The vessel includes a shell and defines an interior space. The interior space is partially filled by a liquid medium. At least one dioramic scene is disposed in the interior space. A reservoir is in fluid communication with the interior space. The reservoir includes a flow plate defining at least one liquid intake and at least one liquid output port. The at least one liquid intake is configured and arranged for receiving at least a portion of the liquid medium from the interior space when the dioramic apparatus is at least partially inverted. The at least one liquid output port is configured and arranged to output at least a portion of the liquid medium from the reservoir when the vessel is placed in an upright position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2013
    Assignee: Rainglobes LLC
    Inventors: Joshua James, Fred Northup, Lawrence Scott Larson, Jeremy Kolenbrander, James Ladtkow
  • Patent number: 8348466
    Abstract: A lighted moving ball display system configured to provide a visual display, including a plurality of lighted balls; wherein the lighted balls include a light emitting device; a ball power module and a housing. The system includes a medium having a plurality of clear plastic tubes, spirals, tracks, or spouts; wherein the lighted balls moves therethrough. The system also includes a lifting mechanism configured to lift the lighted balls to a top portion of the medium; and a loading mechanism in communication with the collection chamber and configured to load the lighted balls into the lifting mechanism. The system includes a power module configured to provide power to the modules and components of the system. The system further includes a circulation mechanism configured to circulate the lighted balls through the medium; wherein the circulation mechanism includes a pressurized air system configured to project air through the medium during operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Inventors: Lloyd Plumb, Lola Plumb
  • Patent number: 8347534
    Abstract: A display apparatus (20) includes a blower (44) which provides a pressurized flow of air to lower air inlet openings of tubular nozzles (35) which protrude upwardly from a collection platform (21) to thus propel lightweight beads (56) from an upper bead discharge opening of a bore (41) through each nozzle into arc-shaped trajectories which simulate flowing water. Each nozzle (35) has a plurality of circumferentially spaced apart openings (58) through the cylindrical wall (57) of the nozzle, adjacent to the platform, for drawing into the bore of the nozzle by a venturi effect beads (56) which have fallen onto the platform. One or more illumination sources (63) spaced radially apart from the nozzles (35) illuminate the airborne beads (56).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Inventor: Iraldo F. Ruiz
  • Patent number: 8328367
    Abstract: A projection system for projecting light such as images or content upon a liquid surface such as a lake or pool surface. The system includes an agitation assembly selectively operable to agitate a portion of the upper surface of liquid to form a projection screen. The system includes a projector assembly projecting or focusing light onto the projection screen on the upper surface of the liquid. The liquid is translucent to light, but the projection screen on the upper surface reflects a portion of the projected light due to the agitation. The agitation assembly may include an aeration system with a distribution manifold and is positioned below the liquid surface and has outlets discharging gas into the liquid such that air bubbles for the screen. The manifold outlets may be provided at two or more depths, whereby two or more portions of the projection screen are generated at differing times.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Edward A. Nemeth, David W. Crawford
  • Publication number: 20120285057
    Abstract: Disclosed is an enclosure for artificial features such as artificial fish and artificial plants. The enclosure has one or more walls and is configured to house a liquid therein. One or more electromagnets are provided to generate a magnetic field within the enclosure. A controller controls electric currents that generate magnetic fields from the one or more electromagnets. The controller is configured to selectively reverse the magnetic polarity of at least one of the one or more electromagnets. Also disclosed is an artificial feature such as an artificial fish or artificial plant with a body made of elastomeric gel. The artificial feature may include multiple permanent magnets housed in a body where the permanent magnets are aligned based on an orientation of a north pole and south pole of each permanent magnet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 11, 2011
    Publication date: November 15, 2012
    Applicant: EDIZONE, LLC
    Inventor: Terry V. Pearce
  • Patent number: 8225539
    Abstract: A flowing water display including a transparent upright backwall panel covering a graphic art sheet and water sprayed from a spray tube against a forward surface of the panel to cause a down flow of water thereover, with an open topped reservoir tank disposed beneath the panel to collect said water down flow, which is recirculated by a pump drawing water out of the reservoir tank and pumping water back into the spray tube. A pair of removable side channels and top channel frame the graphic art image and conceal the spray tube and plumbing connection to the pump. The components of a wall mounted version allow separate mounting to make a wall mount easier for large size displays.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2012
    Inventor: Brian Beebe
  • Patent number: 8158066
    Abstract: The aroma lamp contains a transparent, three-dimensional body member with a viscous fluid and a paddling element configured inside. The body member is placed on top of a base member, inside which an aroma producing element and light generating elements are provided. Additionally, a driving element spinning a fan element to disperse aroma and a magnet engaging the paddling element is also housed inside the base member. As such, the aroma lamp produces visually appealing effect by the light projected from the light generating element while disperses aroma by the fan element's air flow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2012
    Inventor: Chin-Sheng Yang
  • Patent number: 8141284
    Abstract: A stereopsis LED aqua-lamp photo frame assembly includes a base inside which an impedance heating type resistor that generates heat and an LED component that emits light are mounted. The base supports an aqua-lamp photo frame that has front and rear surfaces respectively forming front-side and rear-side recessed chambers. One of the recessed chambers receives and holds therein a photo or a picture. The aqua-lamp photo frame forms therein a flow channel at a portion thereof corresponding to the two recessed chambers, whereby the heat generated by the resistor causes a low boiling point flowable medium contained in the aqua-lamp photo frame to flow and with the brilliant lighting provided by the LED component, spangles contained in the flowable medium can entrain the flowing medium to pass through the flow channel, serving as embellishment of the photo or picture, thereby enhancing a stereopsis effect of the photo frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2012
    Inventor: Chin-Sheng Yang
  • Publication number: 20120055054
    Abstract: A dioramic apparatus includes a vessel having an inferior portion and a superior portion. The vessel includes a shell and defines an interior space. The interior space is partially filled by a liquid medium. At least one dioramic scene is disposed in the interior space. A reservoir is in fluid communication with the interior space. The reservoir includes a flow plate defining at least one liquid intake and at least one liquid output port. The at least one liquid intake is configured and arranged for receiving at least a portion of the liquid medium from the interior space when the dioramic apparatus is at least partially inverted. The at least one liquid output port is configured and arranged to output at least a portion of the liquid medium from the reservoir when the vessel is placed in an upright position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2011
    Publication date: March 8, 2012
    Applicant: Rain Globes LLC
    Inventors: Joshua James, Fred Northup, Lawrence Scott Larson, Jeremy Kolenbrander, James Ladtkow
  • 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: 8099885
    Abstract: A flower display with hydraulically activated plants includes a front portion that is visible to an observer and a first branch, a first plurality of leaves and a first flower disposed on said first branch within the first plurality of leaves and hidden thereby. The display also includes a second branch, a second plurality of leaves and a second flower disposed on said second branch within the second plurality of leaves and hidden thereby. Hydraulic means are provided for elevating the first plurality of leaves to a first level and the first flower to a second level above the first plurality of leaves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2012
    Inventor: Hanaa R. A. A. AlSeleten
  • Patent number: 8087191
    Abstract: An apparatus for the pixel-integrated return of fluid in the pixel of a fluidic display is characterized in that the fluid with which the desired information is to be displayed and/or the carrier fluid in which the fluid is optionally embedded can be returned in a particularly compact manner and in a manner which is invisible to an observer past the visible part of a pixel (image compartment) into a reservoir (reservoir compartment) through or out of the reservoir. The device comprises an image compartment, a reservoir compartment, a connecting duct and at least one return duct, whereby the at least one return duct is formed by the fact that the connecting duct has at least one area with an uninterruptedly enlarged cross section which transitions in a specified manner into the cross section of the original cross section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2012
    Assignee: advanced display technology AG
    Inventors: Frank Bartels, Andriy Bitman, Dieter Jerosch
  • Patent number: 8056274
    Abstract: A dioramic apparatus includes a vessel having an inferior portion and a superior portion. The vessel includes a shell and defines an interior space. The interior space is partially filled by a liquid medium. At least one dioramic scene is disposed in the interior space. A reservoir is in fluid communication with the interior space. The reservoir includes a flow plate defining at least one liquid intake and at least one liquid output port. The at least one liquid intake is configured and arranged for receiving at least a portion of the liquid medium from the interior space when the dioramic apparatus is at least partially inverted. The at least one liquid output port is configured and arranged to output at least a portion of the liquid medium from the reservoir when the vessel is placed in an upright position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2011
    Assignee: Rain Globes LLC
    Inventors: Joshua James, Fred Northup, Lawrence Scott Larson, Jeremy Kolenbrander, James Ladtkow
  • 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: 20110252677
    Abstract: A flowing water display including a transparent upright backwall panel covering a graphic art sheet and water sprayed from a spray tube against a forward surface of the panel to cause a down flow of water thereover, with an open topped reservoir tank disposed beneath the panel to collect said water down flow, which is recirculated by a pump drawing water out of the reservoir tank and pumping water back into the spray tube. A pair of removable side channels and top channel frame the graphic art image and conceal the spray tube and plumbing connection to the pump. The components of a wall mounted version allow separate mounting to make a wall mount easier for large size displays.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 14, 2011
    Publication date: October 20, 2011
    Inventor: Brian Beebe
  • Publication number: 20110214320
    Abstract: A flowguide decoration has a viewing vessel filled with fluid and decorative particles. The flowguide decoration also contains a flowguide positioned within the viewing vessel. The flowguide in combination with the viewing vessel defines a flow path for movement of the fluid and the decorative particles within the viewing vessel. A motor-driven impeller is also contained within the flowguide decoration, which imparts motion to the fluid and the decorative particles along the flow path when the impeller is rotating. A light that illuminates one or more of the viewing vessel, flowguide, fluid, and decorative particles; a speaker that plays one or more of songs, sounds, and voices; a battery that powers one or more of the light, speaker, and motor-driven impeller; and/or circuitry that controls one or more of the light, speaker, and motor-driven impeller may also be included.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 2, 2010
    Publication date: September 8, 2011
    Applicant: Diogen Lighting. Inc.
    Inventors: David Arthur Glickson, Victor J. Hawkins
  • 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
  • Patent number: 7963057
    Abstract: A display apparatus for providing entertaining visual aesthetic effects utilizes pressurized flowing air to propel lightweight beads into the air in arc-shaped trajectories which suggest the paths of water droplets from a water fountain. The beads are propelled upwardly from tubular bead discharge nozzles which protrude upwardly from a collection platform. Each nozzle has therethrough a bore which has a lower entrance opening for receiving pressurized flowing air, and circumferentially spaced apart bead entrance notches which penetrate the tubular side wall and a lower transverse end wall of the nozzle adjacent to the collection platform. Beads which have been propelled into the air and fallen back onto the platform are drawn into the nozzle entrance opening by a venturi effect, thus providing a recirculating levitated beads fountain display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2011
    Inventor: Iraldo F. Ruiz
  • Publication number: 20110138661
    Abstract: A fluid vortex display device includes a cylindrical vessel sealed at an upper end. A first fluid inlet is coupled to the cylindrical vessel adjacent a lower end of the vessel and directed at a substantial angle to an outer circumference of the cylindrical vessel. A discharge outlet of a pump is coupled to the fluid inlet. A closure is coupled to the lower end of the vessel. The closure includes a fluid outlet that is substantially spaced apart from a central longitudinal axis of the vessel. The closure may project into the cylindrical vessel to create an annular space adjacent the fluid inlet. The fluid outlet may be in the upper surface of the closure, which may not be perpendicular to the central longitudinal axis of the vessel. A support stand may support the vessel such that it is not perpendicular to a level foundation surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 16, 2010
    Publication date: June 16, 2011
    Applicant: WET ENTERPRISES, INC. DBA WET DESIGN
    Inventors: Mark W. Fuller, Michael Jason Baldwin, Riae Yoo