Fluid Operated Patents (Class 40/412)
  • Patent number: 10338398
    Abstract: An inflatable light box includes securing plates and panels in association with upper and lower interior connecting planks when coupled to a cylindrical barrel in which an inflatable airbag is disposed, and encompassed by a decorative cover, form a housing for an inflatable light apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: Makitso USA, LLC
    Inventor: Ralph Canaphany
  • Patent number: 10078225
    Abstract: An inflatable light box includes decorative securing plates and plastic panels in association with upper and lower interior connecting planks when coupled to a cylindrical barrel in which an inflatable airbag is disposed, and encompassed by a decorative cover, form a housing for an inflatable light apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Inventor: Ralph Canaphany
  • Patent number: 9828784
    Abstract: A submersible device for placement in a swimming pool to facilitate the placement of lifeguard stations around the pool. The device includes a base and movable members. The base has a weighted portion with sufficient weight to cause the device to sink to a bottom of the pool. The movable members extend from the base. The movable members have less weight than the base, thereby allowing the movable members to move and sway as the current of water in the pool changes. The device is used to simulate a submerged swimmer/bather in the pool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Inventors: Maria Bella, Bret W. Johnson
  • Publication number: 20150135569
    Abstract: A flashing air dancer can be provided via an air dancer including flashing appendages that flash by reflection, attached to hollow portions of the air dancer. The hollow portions can include a first hollow portion having two open ends. A first open end can receive a gas from a gas delivery source, such as a blower, for inflating the air dancer. The gas can exit via a second open end. Flashing appendages can be attached via stitching, sewing, adhesion, or fastening. Flashing appendages can be comprised of material having persistent high reflectivity. Flashing appendages can be comprised of material with a coating having persistent high reflectivity. Flashing appendages may have the form of flashing strips. Flashing strips may be two-ply or thicker in layers of material, and different layers of the flashing strips may include different kinds of layer material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 19, 2013
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Applicant: Torero Specialty Products LLC
    Inventor: Nick KUSANOVICH
  • Publication number: 20150128463
    Abstract: A wind-driven spinner is provided. The wind-driven spinner embodies a rotatable display that enables customizable, holographic effects to capture the eye, while also providing adjustable stability and wind capturing controls. The wind-driven spinner may include a plurality of panel assemblies rotatably mounted to an axis shaft by means of two hub bearings. Each panel assembly may be paraboloid shaped so as to provide a leading edge and a trailing edge. Relative to the axis shaft, the leading edge of each panel assembly has a radial outer diameter greater than the radial outer diameter of its trailing edge and an adjacent panel assembly so as to provide at least one, adjustable wind-driven capture profile. Each panel assembly may include a customizable design sheet for providing graphic display area and holographic fabric.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2014
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventor: Steven Gray EVANS
  • Patent number: 8997385
    Abstract: A rotatable fountain display device rotatably displays an indicia, such as advertisement over a fountain. The device comprises a plurality of spheres immediately adjacent and sequentially connected to each other to rotatably display an indicia, such as an advertisement. The device works in conjunction with a fluid source, such as a fountain, to receive a fluid carrying a fluid pressure. A lower sphere contains a rotation mechanism that harnesses the fluid pressure from the fluid source to generate rotational energy on the lower sphere, which then rotates sequentially connected middle and upper spheres. A central channel runs through the spheres. A nylon elastic member and a rubber band interconnect the spheres and enables multidirectional movement by the spheres. A guide wire passes through the spheres to help counterbalance the movement. An annular bearing apparatus restricts rotation of the central channel and reduces friction during rotation of the rotation mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Inventor: Julio Antonio Decastro
  • Publication number: 20140130385
    Abstract: A shaking inflatable figure has a body, an inflating unit and a vibrating unit. The body has an inflatable air chamber. The inflating unit and the vibrating unit are mounted inside the body. The inflating unit pumps air into the air chamber. The vibrating unit has a driving motor. A weight is connected to a spindle of the driving motor at an eccentric direction to the spindle of the driving motor. The vibrating unit is mounted on a partition diaphragm inside the body. Vibrations arising from the shift of center of gravity of the eccentric weight are transmitted to the body through the partition diaphragm so that the body is also vibrated to increase animated visual effect and entertaining pleasure to viewers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 9, 2012
    Publication date: May 15, 2014
    Applicant: GEMMY INDUSTRIES CORPORATION
    Inventor: Cheng-Chun ZHANG
  • 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: 8635793
    Abstract: The visual alert for placement on free-range animals includes active and/or passive lighting to alert motor vehicle drivers of such animals crossing the roadway when traveling through open rangeland. The visual alert is a sleeve having fins extending radially therefrom, the fins having reflective and/or active lighting elements thereon. Power for active lighting is provided by electrical batteries that are recharged during daylight. The permanently installed sleeve may be formed as a circumferentially closed distensible unit that passes over the hoof of the animal, or as an open sheet that is rolled about the leg of the animal and permanently secured by plastic ties or other suitable elements. The sleeve is lined with a non-abrasive material to preclude injury to the animal during long term wear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2014
    Inventor: Salman Abdullah Al-Dashti
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20130047477
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method of improving roadway safety by increasing societal awareness and providing a recognizable symbol or figure that alerts motorists of upcoming roadway hazards, construction sites and broken down vehicles and triggers a compliant response. The method includes the introduction of a safety alert figure or symbol, which can be utilized in a broad marketing, advertising and educational campaign for the purposes of increasing roadway safety and awareness, particularly for commonly dangerous roadway environments involving motorists and pedestrians or roadway workers. The method also comprises the physical implementation of the figure as a roadway sign, alerting motorists and directing traffic while affiliating the sign with the campaigned figure. The goal is to increase roadway awareness, increase motorist compliance with roadway signs and reduce the instances of injury or fatality as a result of roadway collisions in these environments.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 28, 2012
    Publication date: February 28, 2013
    Inventor: Lateefah Conner
  • Patent number: 8296979
    Abstract: A banner apparatus comprising a base having a substantially symmetrical central core formed in an upper end of the base and a banner-insert sub-assembly removably installed within the core from either open end. The core has a substantially symmetrical and central stepped inner surface that is accessible from each open end. The banner-insert sub-assembly comprises an insert having at least one passage therethrough and a windsock banner installed over the insert so as to be pinched between the insert and the core when the banner-insert sub-assembly is removably installed within the core during use, the banner having a proximal end and a distal end and at least one airflow channel in communication therebetween and with the passage and the core so as to allow airflow through the base and the banner to aid its substantially horizontal flight during use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Inventors: Steve Pereira, Kris Stewart, Carl Tenbrink, Scott Willis
  • 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: 8091258
    Abstract: A device incorporating an erectile member that becomes erect upon being partially immersed in water. The erectile member is formed from a flexible tube that contains a hydrophilic material. The hydrophilic material swells when hydrated, pressurizing the tube and causing it to become erect. A decorative feature may be added to one end of the erectile member, such as a simulated flower blossom, and the device may be displayed in a vase. The device may be designed to return to its original drooping state once it has consumed all the water in the vase. Other features and embodiments are described herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2012
    Inventor: Randall A. Davidson
  • 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: 7930989
    Abstract: Assembly for repelling birds from a selected area and method of making it. A rotor is assembled from a plurality of identical fin panels and rotatably mounted on a supporting pole within the selected area. Graphic designs comprising bird scaring holographic and/or diffractive images may be placed on the pole and/or rotor to simulate movement even when the rotor is stationary. The fin panels may be transparent and reflective to project light beams between and away from rotor surfaces. Outwardly projecting fin segments and a rotor barrel with vents are responsive to wind currents to rotate the rotor and generate bird repelling noises and visual effects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2011
    Inventors: Arthur F. Doty, III, Robert M. Turkewitz, Erik S. Olson, Paul D. Spies
  • Patent number: 7861444
    Abstract: A device which simulates natural flowering actions, including growth and efflorescence, is actuated by partial immersion of a stem into a liquid. An aperture through the stem base admits the liquid into the stem. A piston slidably disposed within the stem is driven downwardly by the bias force of a resilient spring while an agent which impedes the piston motion dissolves in the liquid. Growth is simulated by a sleeve outside the stem which descends in relation thereto to push the flower upwardly. A simulated corolla is attached to the stem and gradually rotates and opens during the ascent thereof. A cam controls the pivotal position of lifters which open and close the corolla. The petals of the corolla vibrate before opening and open with variations in starting time. As the corolla opens, a surprise gift, gradually ascending on a presentation platform, is revealed. The device may be reused.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2011
    Inventor: Peter Marlow
  • Patent number: 7854080
    Abstract: System and methods for providing synchronized ornamental displays in a presentation zone that is at least partially containing a fluid, which include a support structure, a decorative object supported by the support structure, a light disposed on the object, a plurality of cables coupled to the support structure at their respective first ends; a plurality of cable tensioning devices, wherein one cable tensioning device is engaged with the second end of a respective cable of the plurality of cables, and the plurality of cable tensioning devices are positioned spatially about the periphery of the presentation zone, wherein the spatial arrangement defines a range of desired movement for the object, and a control device operatively associated with the tensioning devices and light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2010
    Assignee: Wynn Resorts Holdings, LLC
    Inventor: Walter Conti
  • Patent number: 7836619
    Abstract: An inflatable flag display includes a shaft having a hollow core and a sealed upper end. An aperture is located in the upper portion of the shaft and penetrates from an outer surface to the hollow core. A supporting base is connected to the shaft. A gas input connection is affixed to the shaft or the base and is in fluid communication with the core. An inflatable flag member is affixed to the shaft, formed of flexible material and has at least one inflatable chamber. The chamber is in fluid communication with the aperture and has an exhaust vent. A compressed gas source is in fluid communication with the gas input connection. A compressed gas modulator controls pressure or duration of gas flow, causing the flag to undulate. A variant includes means for rotating the shaft as the flag is inflated. Another variant includes an inflatable column replacing the shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2010
    Inventor: Stephen Coutts
  • Patent number: 7758400
    Abstract: Outer and inner inflatable members and a motor assembly including a fan are disposed on a base member. Air provided under pressure by the motor assembly including the fan passes through vents in the base member to inflate the inflatable members. Flakes are disposed in the space between the inflatable members. One vent, larger than the others, provides for the flakes to be lifted upwardly from the base member by the pressurized air. At least another vent in the base member provides for a movement of the flakes by the pressurized air in an annular direction in the space between the inflatable members. A permeable cap disposed on the outer inflatable member limits the pressure in the outer and inner inflatable members to a particular value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2010
    Assignee: Bergman Design Corporation
    Inventor: David E. Moomaw
  • Patent number: 7739817
    Abstract: An inflatable exhibition product includes a primary inflatable product, an auxiliary characteristic inflatable product received inside and communicating with the hollow body of the primary inflatable product and an air blower assembly mounted at the bottom of the hollow body and having a hollow casing provided therein an upper chamber to receive therein a top blade set and a lower chamber to receive therein a bottom blade set. Rotation of the bottom blade set is able to inflate the auxiliary characteristic inflatable product and the primary inflatable product and rotation of the top blade set is able to suck in the particles from the inlet and project them out to the interior of the hollow body from the outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2010
    Assignee: Gemmy Industries Corporation
    Inventor: Sheng-Hung Hsu
  • Patent number: 7614171
    Abstract: A motive inflatable display has a first inflatable compartment, a second inflatable compartment, a third inflatable compartment, a blower and a two position and four opening valve. The second inflatable compartment and the third inflatable compartment are mounted on the first inflatable compartment. The blower is connected to the first inflatable compartment to expend the first inflatable compartment. The two position and four opening valve is connected to the inflatable compartments to expand or flatten the inflatable compartments in turn so that the compartments are able to upraise, down, wave and nod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2009
    Assignee: Gemmy Industries Corporation
    Inventor: Sheng-Hung Hsu
  • Patent number: 7549248
    Abstract: An animal decoy is provided that is easy to assemble for field use and easy to transport. The animal decoy has three panels assembled to one another to extend outward at approximately equal angles from a central point. Each panel has a cutout in the body area in which a flexible link suspends a tail to be freely moved by a breeze. The panels are assembled by resilient straps to be folded for transport and storage and quickly unfolded for field use. A realistic decoy of the rear of an animal is seen when viewed from any angle, with a tail that moves in natural fashion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2009
    Inventor: Michael A. Luster
  • Publication number: 20080289233
    Abstract: A swinging decoration of wind exit, including: a main body having a wind passage. A fan rotatably connected with the main body and disposed in the wind passage thereof. At least one swinging member pivotally mounted on the main body, the swinging member having a driven section. A driving cam plate fitted on a rotary shaft of the fan and rotatable along with the fan. The driving cam plate serves to drive the driven section of the swinging member and swing the swinging member to simulate swinging movement of an insect's wings.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 31, 2008
    Publication date: November 27, 2008
    Inventors: Chien-Tsai Lee, Rung-Chuen Lee
  • Patent number: 7381112
    Abstract: A device typically adapted for association with an air diffuser of a ventilation system of a dwelling. The device redirects an air stream from a forced air column received through the diffuser. A novelty item is disposed to depend from structure associated with the base for rotation of the novelty item by the air stream. An operable suspension system includes a magnet assembly and a magnetically attracted bearing element. Desirably, a safety catch is included to maintain the novelty item in proximity to the base in the event of decoupling between the magnet assembly and the bearing element. One preferred base is adapted to form a slip-on fit to a diffuser register of a dwelling's ventilation system. Certain novelty items are sized to provide a self-packaging capability for commercial display. An alternative base is structured to look like furniture, and may include a plurality of internal passageways through which air may selectively be directed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2008
    Inventor: Greg L. Symes
  • Patent number: 7356951
    Abstract: An inflatable toy may include a housing, a balloon-like structure, a blower mechanism, a drive mechanism, and a motor. The balloon-like structure may include a base, an inflatable portion, and an inlet. The base and the inflatable portion may define an air storage area. The blower mechanism may be fluidly connected to the inlet of the balloon-like structure, and the drive mechanism may be operatively connected to the base. The motor may be operatively connected to the blower mechanism and the drive mechanism, wherein upon activation of the motor the blower mechanism may inflate the balloon-like structure and the drive mechanism may cause the balloon-like structure to move.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2008
    Assignee: Hasbro, Inc.
    Inventors: Lee Spielberger, Douglas Arthur Schultheis
  • Patent number: 7322137
    Abstract: The invention is directed to an inflatable display that has a plurality of inflation modules. The modules are inflated by a fan element. More specifically, a first inflation module is formed from a permeable material and configured to represent a predetermined shape or design when inflated, such as a snowman, Santa Claus, Easter Bunny, Uncle Sam or another seasonal or holiday character. The first inflation module is surrounded by a non-permeable material creating an enclosure around the first inflation module and forming a second inflation module. The first inflation module is formed with at least one exhaust port in its base, which has two purposes. First, the exhaust port acts to inflate the second inflation module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2008
    Assignee: Chrisha Creations, Ltd.
    Inventor: William Machala
  • Patent number: 7310900
    Abstract: A liquid-filled display device includes a hollow member mounted on a transparent top end wall of a hollow base and confining a water-tight inner space filled with a liquid body, and a display unit mounted on the top end wall and having a top wall and two transparent sidewalls connected to the hollow member. The sidewalls and the top wall cooperate with the hollow member and the top end wall to confine a display space. At least one of the sidewalls is provided with an advertisement. An air pump unit is mounted in the base, and is operable so as to supply fine air bubbles into the liquid body through a diffuser set mounted within the inner space. A lamp unit mounted in the base beneath the hollow member is operable so as to radiate colored light that penetrates through the top end wall into the inner space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2007
    Inventor: Chih-Yuan Huang
  • Patent number: 7311580
    Abstract: Outer and inner inflatable members and a motor assembly including a fan are disposed on a base member. Air provided under pressure by the motor assembly including the fan passes through vents in the base member to inflate the inflatable members. Flakes are disposed in the space between the inflatable members. One vent, larger than the others, provides for the flakes to be lifted upwardly from the base member by the pressurized air. At least another vent in the base member provides for a movement of the flakes by the pressurized air in an annular direction in the space between the inflatable members. A permeable cap disposed on the outer inflatable member limits the pressure in the outer and inner inflatable members to a particular value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2007
    Assignee: Bergman Design Consortium
    Inventor: David E. Moomaw
  • Publication number: 20070289178
    Abstract: A swinging decoration of wind exit, includes a fan unit including a housing formed with an axial wind-guiding passage. A fan being pivotally mounted in the wind-guiding passage. A swinging member pivotally connected to an outer circumference of the housing. A driving mechanism installed between a rotary shaft of the fan and the swinging member and drivable by the fan to drive the swinging member to reciprocally swing up and down. The swinging member has a projecting fixing plate formed with fixing pins. The fixing pins can be inserted in corresponding pinholes of a pressboard. A decorative plate is tightly replaceably clamped and sandwiched between the fixing plate and the pressboard. The swinging decoration can present various configurations such as flying butterfly, bee, bird, etc.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 20, 2006
    Publication date: December 20, 2007
    Inventors: Chien-Tsai Lee, Rung-Chuen Lee
  • Patent number: 7197841
    Abstract: An inflatable doll display has a barrel and a doll. The barrel has an inner wall and an outer wall, and a board transversely provided in an interior of the barrel to form an upper chamber and a lower chamber. The fabric doll is provided on the board and has a plane transversely provided in a middle portion of the doll to form an upper part and a lower part. An inflator is mounted in the lower chamber and has a first tube which is received between the inner wall and the outer wall, and a second tube which is inserted into the lower part. A first end of a third tube is inserted into the barrel and a second end of the third tube is inserted into the upper part. Hence, with the alternating operation of the inflator, the doll is raised or lowered to achieve an attractive effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2007
    Assignee: Gemmy Industries Corporation
    Inventor: Sheng-Hung Hsu
  • Patent number: 7182477
    Abstract: A device for providing illumination in conjunction with a sprinkler system has a body with an opening through it and at least one appendage extending from the body. The device takes on the appearance of a living thing, such as a flower, creature, or three-dimensional art. The opening in the body allows for the passage of liquid from the sprinkler system through the illuminator and provides a means for mounting the device near plants and flowers. A light source, preferably a light emitting diode, is embedded in the device itself and provides the illumination source. The opening includes a roughened surface along a portion of its length, which helps to refract the light emitted from the light source and adds to the quality of the display. A pivoting head assembly allows a user to adjust the pattern of liquid spray and also provides an easy means of maintenance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2007
    Inventor: Gary E. Hartz
  • Patent number: 7168196
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a rotary device for external attachment to a vehicle, thereafter being operable for visually attracting attention to all or part of the vehicle, particularly when the vehicle is moving. In the most preferred embodiment, the rotary device attracts the attention of a casual observer via wind-driven rotational motion. In addition to the visual attraction caused by rotational motion, the rotary device can be shaped, decorated and strategically mounted to satisfy the particular attention-getting intent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2007
    Inventor: Vincent John Milliken
  • Patent number: 7156044
    Abstract: An apparatus conjoinable to a vehicle antenna includes an anchor section formed from STYROFOAM (polystyrene) and provided with a vertically registered sleeve extending along a longitudinal axis. The sleeve extends upwardly from a bottom surface of the anchor and terminates subjacent to a top surface thereof. Coextensively shaped wing sections are conjoinable with the anchor section and equidistantly spaced about an outer surface thereof. A mechanism is included for positioning the apparatus about the vehicle antenna and allows for free rotation thereof in the wind. The apparatus positioning mechanism is disposed within the anchor section and is sized and shaped so that the anchor section can be maintained at a stable position during operating conditions. The apparatus positioning mechanism is formed from non-corrosive material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2007
    Inventor: John W. J. Davis
  • Patent number: 6929525
    Abstract: A swinging decorative attachment comprising a base having at least one rack and one boring allowing airflow through the base; two swinging means, both having a wheel-shaped connector on the first end of said swinging means, connecting with the edge of said base, forming a wheel gear respectively, to which two wheel gears connect each other; a fan module attached on that base; at least one gear module connecting to an axle of said fan module; and a subordinate module connecting said gear module and the second end of one said swinging mean, making said two swinging means pushed and turned mutually, forming open-closed swinging motions. In addition, fragrant materials can be used inside said base. The airflow will bring out the fragrance from said base through said bore, and to spread the fragrance among the room.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2005
    Inventors: Rong-Chun Lee, Jiang-Cai Lee
  • Patent number: 6804905
    Abstract: A portable sign which includes a base member having a generally cylindrical rigid lateral wall with an air input opening and an upper opening. An air blower is positioned in the base member, and an elongated display member having a flexible generally cylindrical section extends upwardly from the generally cylindrical rigid lateral wall of the base member. The flexible cylindrical section has a lower open end connecting to a disc shaped cut out in the base member and has a closed top section having an air exit opening. Lettering will be displayed on the flexible cylindrical section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2004
    Inventors: Frank Leo Burger, III, Okey F Cobb, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6786793
    Abstract: A motion-generating illuminated inflatable decoration includes an inflatable body with an inner space mounted on the mounting base, an air pump and a dynamic controlling device. The air pump is mounted in the inner space to pump ambient air into the inner space. The dynamic controlling device is mounted in the inflatable body and includes a pulling cord, a cord driving motor, multiple illuminating elements, a controller and a sensor. The pulling cord interconnects the inflatable body with the cord driving motor and will cause a motion of the inflatable body as the cord driving motor is rotated to change its length. The illuminating elements are mounted on the inflatable body to produce lights. The controller controls the cord driving motor and the illuminating elements to work as the sensor detects a person going through the inflatable decoration to attract the person's attention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2004
    Inventor: Sheng-Chien Wang
  • Patent number: 6769950
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a wind operated device in the shape of a fish or the like. The device comprises at least two generally planar or segmented constructions of a lightweight material, each of the segments being flexibly connected to the other and a support rod connected to one of the segments by means of a bearing for supporting of the said device. When the device is subjected to an air-stream the segments move in a generally sinuous pattern in imitation of motion of a fish or the like while at the same time indicating wind direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2004
    Inventor: Emil Suciu
  • Patent number: 6764201
    Abstract: An inflatable figure assembly is disclosed that has an inflatable, semi-permeable body and a base unit with a continuously operating fan. The body is releasably secured to the base unit with a zipper that facilitates manufacture and interchangeability of a plurality of different bodies with the base unit. Internal lighting is optionally provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2004
    Assignee: Gemmy Industries Corporation
    Inventor: Tsai Chi-Cheng
  • Patent number: 6678979
    Abstract: A wind indicator is described that includes a body with a frame including a spindle axis and a web. A pivot is connected to the frame to permit the body to rotate about a pivot axis. A spindle is disposed on the spindle axis and is rotatable about the spindle axis. The spindle includes first and second hubs, each of which include a central body portion and at least one vane support receiving element. The wind indicator also has at least one element connecting the first hub to the second hub to maintain the first and second hubs in positional relation with respect to one another. The connecting element is offset from the spindle axis by a predetermined distance. At least one vane extends between the vane support receiving elements on the two hubs. The vane captures air movement and translates it into rotational movement of the spindle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2004
    Assignee: Premier Kites
    Inventors: Albert Lim, Valentine B. Deale
  • Publication number: 20030230013
    Abstract: A rotary and suspending figure ornament includes a candlestick and a supporting rod on one side thereof; the top portion of the supporting rod is pivotally disposed with a suspending screw-typed and gradually enlarged consecutive long decorative band. Rotary decorative pieces or objects respectively suspend at proper spaced positions on the decorative band. A heat generating source, such as a candle or a light bulb, is placed at the center of the candlestick to allow the hot air current to thrust upwardly to the bottom portion of the screw-typed decorative band thereby gradually pushing the decorative band to rotate and driving the rotary decorative pieces to rotate and swing accordingly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 14, 2002
    Publication date: December 18, 2003
    Inventor: Paul Chang
  • Patent number: 6598556
    Abstract: The present invention is an aerodynamic wind riding antenna ornament comprising a main body adapted to be rotatably and slidably attached to an antenna mast. The main body has an aerodynamic lifting surface to harness airflow from the movement of a vehicle to move the ornament up and down the antenna mast. The main body also has an aperture of sufficient size to allow for the device to freely slide up and down an antenna mast. Retaining means is removably coupled to the aerodynamic lifting surface near the aperture to prevent the aerodynamic wind riding antenna ornament from sliding off the top of the antenna. The retaining means can comprise a snap-on clip, spring-like clip, or a portion of an ornamental figure removably coupled to the main body. Optional stopper clamps can be removably coupled to the antenna to restrict where the device travels on the antenna. The device can have optically perceived indicia to increase the appearance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2003
    Assignee: Jim McCafferty Productions, Inc.
    Inventor: Ron Peters
  • Publication number: 20030126774
    Abstract: A wind indicator is described that includes a body with a frame including a spindle axis and a web. A pivot is connected to the frame to permit the body to rotate about a pivot axis. A spindle is disposed on the spindle axis and is rotatable about the spindle axis. The spindle includes first and second hubs, each of which include a central body portion and at least one vane support receiving element. The wind indicator also has at least one element connecting the first hub to the second hub to maintain the first and second hubs in positional relation with respect to one another. The connecting element is offset from the spindle axis by a predetermined distance. At least one vane extends between the vane support receiving elements on the two hubs. The vane captures air movement and translates it into rotational movement of the spindle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 8, 2002
    Publication date: July 10, 2003
    Applicant: Premier Kites
    Inventors: Albert Lim, Valentine B. Deale
  • Publication number: 20030041490
    Abstract: According to an embodiment, the apparatus includes a conduit, a base assembly, and a drum. The base assembly has a blower unit to create suction at openings of a tube that is coupled to the conduit. The blower unit has sufficient strength so that particles can be sucked into the tube and then blown through the conduit past a distal opening of the conduit, while the conduit is vertically oriented such as a Christmas tree on display. The base assembly has a first catch that extends away from and surrounds the tube openings. The drum has a number of connected sections where each can pivot with respect to adjacent ones so that the sections can be folded on top of each other to form a stack. Each upper portion of the section has a fastening mechanism which allows upper portions to be removably attached to the portions of adjacent sections so as to form another catch that has an opening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 31, 2001
    Publication date: March 6, 2003
    Inventors: Harper Glenn Dott, Yung Sun Kwan
  • Patent number: 6454441
    Abstract: A lighting device includes a decorative member disposed on a plate, one or more light devices may be used for lighting the decorative member, and a fan device may be used to blow the decorative member and to oscillate or fluctuate the decorative member for generating the other decorative effects. One or more sockets are secured to the plate with brackets for plugging the light devices. The plate includes a housing having one or more air passages formed between the fan device and the decorative member for allowing the air stream to flow toward the decorative member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2002
    Assignee: Superstar Lighting Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yu Chuan Lin
  • Patent number: 6389718
    Abstract: An opening/closing apparatus of petals of artificial flowers adapted to unfold and fold petal members like a natural flower. The apparatus has an expansion member internally disposed underneath a body to expand during absorption of liquid or to shrink during evaporation of the liquid; a medium member disposed above the expansion member to upwardly move according to expanding force of the expansion member; a restoring member coupled to an upper side of the medium member to downwardly move the medium member according to resilience; and a plurality of petal members respectively hinged to periphery of the body, each at a predetermined height to unfold outwardly when the medium member descends or to fold inwardly when the medium member ascends.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2002
    Inventor: Soon-Suk Joo
  • Patent number: 6340323
    Abstract: The present invention is a waterslide toy block construction system. The present invention includes a plurality of toy construction blocks that can be arranged to create a variety of multi-block structures. Some of the construction blocks have a plurality of elongated projections extending from said top surface, and the undersurface of such blocks defines recesses therein for frictionally engaging the elongated projections of other such blocks. Other construction blocks have conduits for water flow (hereinafter groves) which can be assembled to create continuous, extendable and generally horizontal and vertical paths for the travel of water thereon. The top surface of such blocks defines at least one groove thereon for the routing of water. When a user correctly arranges the blocks to form a multi-block structure, these grooves form a path thereon for the travel of water throughout such a multi-block structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2000
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2002
    Assignee: Ideal Ideas, Inc.
    Inventor: Kenneth P. Glynn
  • Patent number: 6279254
    Abstract: A fan advertising device has a portable barrel with a fan, a pivotable or tiltable stand and a modified exterior fan housing. Metal fittings on the inside of the barrel, near the output end of the fan, allow for connection of metal inserts for accessories. The sock is held in place by a shock cord that fits into a groove on the exterior of the fan housing near the output end. A circular opening is located below the groove but above the fan to allow various objects, such as ping pong balls, to be placed into the airstream inside the sock. Those objects act as noise makers, attracting attention to and adding to the visual effectiveness of the sock. A light may be attached to the grate on the inside of the fan allowing for illumination of the entire sock. Illuminating the sock is useful for increasing visibility during darker hours.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2001
    Assignees: Becker Family Trust
    Inventors: James G. Gill, Dylan Hixon, James Lux, Martin J. Becker
  • Patent number: 6270420
    Abstract: An ornamental liquid container for creating dynamic views is provided. The container mainly includes a hollow housing divided into top, middle and bottom chambers and a base connected to and separated from the bottom chamber by an elastic and soft diaphragm. The top and the bottom chambers communicate with each other via a hollow tube extended through the middle chamber, so that colored water can be stored in the bottom chamber and move into the top chamber via the hollow tube and clear oil can be stored in the middle chamber and the hollow tube above the colored water. A cam is mounted in the base and rotated by a driving unit to intermittently pat the diaphragm above it, causing the diaphragm to locally project into the bottom chamber and compress the colored water therein to move into the top chamber via the hollow tube and then drips down into the middle chamber to move along a water dispensing member and produce dynamic views in the hollow housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2001
    Inventor: Vincent K. Lee