Display Device With Magnetically Moved Object Patents (Class 40/426)
  • Patent number: 10825366
    Abstract: A rotation structure of a lamp decoration, which mainly comprises: a water-lamp main-body, a rotation mechanism, and a bottom seat; wherein the water-lamp main-body is internally filled with a slightly thick flowable liquid, and the water-lamp main-body is downwardly set with a recess. A rotation mechanism is set in the recess and has a first magnetic-disk, a plurality of gears, a fluid toggling-disk, and a rotating-body. The bottom seat correspondingly fixed and connected under the water-lamp main-body, and a second magnetic-disk is set inside the bottom seat to correspondingly attract with the first magnetic-disk magnetically. When the second magnetic-disk is rotated, the first magnetic-disk is magnetically attracted to rotate and drives the other gears to act; thereby disturbing the liquid inside the water-lamp main-body to produce a beautiful visual effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Inventor: Chin-Sheng Yang
  • Patent number: 10699608
    Abstract: A liquid-filled ornament comprising a base. A transparent casing is filled with a liquid and bits of solid material disposed in the liquid. A driving mechanism includes a motor and a bar rotated by operation of the motor. A pair of magnets are mounted on opposite ends of the bar. A driven mechanism is located entirely within the casing and includes a base. A support is operatively connected to the base by a cylindrical shaft having upper and lower shoulders. A rotating member has a planar body with a central opening received on the shaft and including a plurality of radially outwardly extending paddles for stirring the liquid upon rotation of the rotating member. Each paddle is in a plane perpendicular to the planar body. The paddles taper above and below the planar body. A pair of magnets are positioned on the planar body, aligned with the pair of magnets on the bar, for magnetic interaction with the pair of magnets mounted on the bar, so that the rotating member is rotated by rotation of the bar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Kiu Hung Industries Limited
    Inventor: Ki Yau Hui
  • Patent number: 9388819
    Abstract: An HVAC system includes a heating/cooling element; an electric motor; a speed sensor; and a control device. The heating/cooling element includes a heating element, a cooling element, and heat exchangers. The motor has a rotatable shaft coupled with a blower wheel. The speed sensor senses a rotational speed of the motor shaft and the blower wheel and includes a magnet coupled with the motor shaft for rotation therewith; and a coil assembly mounted concentrically over the magnet and operable to generate an alternating signal when the magnet rotates relative to the coil. The alternating signal has an electrical characteristic that is generally proportional to the rotational speed of the shaft. The control device determines a rotational speed of the motor shaft and disables operation of the heating/cooling element when the alternating signal indicates that the rotational speed of the shaft drops below a minimum threshold speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Assignee: Nidec Motor Corporation
    Inventors: John H. Hussey, Keith I. Hoemann
  • Patent number: 9022593
    Abstract: A water lamp comprises a main body, a rotary unit, and a base. The main body includes a transparent housing and a transparent bottom plate. The transparent housing is filled with slightly-viscous flowable liquid and sealed by the transparent bottom plate. The rotary unit is located within the transparent housing and includes an aesthetic object, a fixing block, a passive disk, and a central part. The passive disk is rotatably fitted over the central part and provided with a magnet. The base is provided with a lighting component, an active disk having one magnet corresponding to the magnet of the passive disk, and a driving device. The lighting component can emit light into the transparent housing. The driving device can rotate the active disk, which in turn can rotate the passive disk by using mutual attraction between the magnet of the active disk and the magnet of the passive disk.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Inventor: Chin-Sheng Yang
  • Publication number: 20140317971
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a decoration, toy technical scheme and the like, particularly to a touch sensitive crystal bal comprises a hollow glass ball and a base, which is characterized in that the hollow glass ball is used in the form of an opening in its lower part, where a conductive resin is disposed; the base is provided with an operating circuit; an electrode plate is arranged under the conductive resin and connected to the operating circuit, a touch switch is composed of the electrode plate, the glass ball and the conductive resin, since the user touch the glass bail, the operating circuit is opened by activating the electrode plate through static electricity from human body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 13, 2014
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Inventor: KiKin Wong
  • 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: 8747996
    Abstract: The practical application of incorporating magnetic receptive printing media coupled with the use of an underlying specifically referenced magnet allows the multi layering of magnetic media while maintaining the reference of position on said surface. This is achieved by aligning the polarity lines to the benefit of the intended design while fabricating the first layer to receive the second or subsequent layers to interact with the intended design.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Inventor: Dayton Joseph Deetz
  • Patent number: 8651915
    Abstract: One embodiment may take the form of a flexible creation animated by magnets or electromagnets brought near the flexible creation. Iron particles blended with a flexible material of the flexible creation may interact with the magnetic fields generated by the magnets, causing the object or portions of the object to move toward or away from the controlling magnets, thereby animating the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Holger Irmler, Philip Jackson
  • Patent number: 8647166
    Abstract: The present document describes an entertainment device including one or more mini-crafts provided in a fluid medium within the sides of an electromagnetic frame. Each mini-craft includes a magnet and has a different cutoff frequency. Motion of the mini-crafts may be controlled by a user using a controller such as joystick, remote control etc. A processor computes, based on the multidirectional navigation signals received from the controller, electromagnetic signals for each coil in the electromagnetic frame. The electromagnetic signals are amplified and sent to the coils to generate superimposed rotating magnetic fields which cause the mini-crafts to rotate separately within the electromagnetic frame, each mini-craft following a distinct magnetic field with a frequency that is lower than its cutoff frequency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Inventor: Juan Carlos Orozco
  • 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: 8561329
    Abstract: A rotation apparatus includes at least one magnet, and a flexible suspension coupled to the at least one magnet or to a moveable object. The at least one magnet is suspended from the suspension directly or via the moveable object. Moreover, when the flexible suspension causes rotation in a first direction via a force, the at least one magnet alternately rotates in the first direction and in a second direction opposite the first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Inventor: Roger Herbstritt
  • Patent number: 8500509
    Abstract: The present document describes an entertainment device including one or more mini-crafts provided in a fluid medium within the sides of an electromagnetic frame. Each mini-craft includes a magnet and has a different cutoff frequency. Motion of the mini-crafts may be controlled by a user using a controller such as joystick, remote control etc. A processor computes, based on the multidirectional navigation signals received from the controller, electromagnetic signals for each coil in the electromagnetic frame. The electromagnetic signals are amplified and sent to the coils to generate superimposed rotating magnetic fields which cause the mini-crafts to rotate separately within the electromagnetic frame, each mini-craft following a distinct magnetic field with a frequency that is lower than its cutoff frequency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2013
    Inventor: Juan Carlos Orozco
  • Patent number: 8210893
    Abstract: One particular implementation of the present invention may involve a flexible material infused with fine iron particles to form at least a portion of a flexible character or object. The flexible creation may be animated by one or more magnets or electromagnets brought near the flexible creation such that the iron particles blended with the flexible material may interact with the magnetic fields generated by the magnets. The infused iron particles may be attracted to the magnets, causing the object or portions of the object to move toward or away from the controlling magnets, thereby animating the object or portions of the object. Another implementation may use a magnetic field of a magnet to create an iron-infused flexible plant-like object that may be animated by a magnet. The object may be constructed of a flexible iron-infused material that is introduced into the magnetic field while the material is in a liquid or semi-liquid state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2012
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Philip Jackson, Holger Irmler
  • Patent number: 8059132
    Abstract: A method for displaying images asynchronously is provided. The method includes: providing at least one display mode, the display mode defines a total display area count displayable showed on a display, an interval to display images on the display, and a predetermined displaying manner; obtaining images and the display mode; generating one or more display areas according to the display mode; and displaying the images on the generated display areas according to the interval and displaying manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2011
    Assignees: Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (ShenZhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ming-Feng Tsai, Cheng-Hao Chou, Kuan-Hong Hsieh, Xiao-Guang Li
  • Patent number: 7617624
    Abstract: The musical water tank contains, from top to bottom, a tank filled with different fluids, a nozzle member, a washer, a partitioning platform having physically insulated top and bottom halves, and a base having musical sound and light generation mechanism. A pump member and a driving member are aligned and positioned in the top and bottom halves of the partitioning platform, respectively. A motor of the driving member spins a first disc which indirectly and magnetically engages a second disc on an axle of the pump member to spin. The axle of the pump member drives a vane wheel to pump fluid upward into the nozzle member. The fluid is then ejected out of a number of nozzles of the nozzle member into the tank to create visually appealing streams and bubbles, accompanied by the musical sound the lighting effects from the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2009
    Inventor: Tsan-Yao Chen
  • Patent number: 7597605
    Abstract: A decorative device enabling ornaments to rotate and move up and down inside a crystal ball amidst fluttering, shiny disc snowflakes, which uses a device structured from a motor mechanism, a gear mechanism, a rotary mechanism and a crystal ball so that when a motor drives and rotates transmission gears of the gear mechanism, apart from using mutually repelling of two double-sided magnets to drive and rotate a magnet impeller wheel, and thereby cause whirling of water and fluttering of shiny disc snowflakes within the crystal ball, moreover, rotating of a transmission shaft causes rotating of a rotary tray and toy figurines suspended from lower ends of ornament hanger rods. Furthermore, large and small umbrella-shaped gears drive and rotate eccentric wheels, thereby driving and causing up and down movements of the toy figurines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2009
    Assignee: Ya Yung Enterprise Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Shin-Ya Yang
  • Publication number: 20080289234
    Abstract: An image retention system for an ice cave image system including an ice cave panel with a central clear portion and an image substrate, the image retention system including a plurality of retention portions spaced about the central clear portion, each retention portion having magnetic properties and an attachment portion to attach the retention portion relative to the central clear portion of the ice cave panel and a clamping member having magnetic properties, wherein each retention portion locates the image substrate relative to the central clear portion of the ice cave panel and the image substrate is clamped in position between the retention portion and the clamping member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 1, 2005
    Publication date: November 27, 2008
    Applicant: COLORSCREEN PRINT PTY LTD
    Inventors: Ray Henry Everson, Bradley James Wruck
  • 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: 7260905
    Abstract: An automatic spinning device for displaying objects which utilizes a novel winding-up mechanical is provided herein. The major characteristic of the winding-up mechanism lies in the use of magnetism to wind up the winding-up mechanism housed in an airtight space. Two concentric rings are arranged along the circumferential wall of the airtight space, with one outside the space and the other one inside the space. The two rings are equipped with magnets of opposite polarities so that, when the external one is turned, the internal one is turned automatically by the magnetic attraction force. The inner ring has gear teeth along its inner wall, which engages a gear assembly to wind up the winding-up mechanism of the device as the inner ring is turned along with the external ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2007
    Inventor: Tsan-Yao Chen
  • Patent number: 7260906
    Abstract: Reverse-Rotation Displays produce unexpected motion. They are especially useful for teaching high school and college students principles of the physical sciences. In addition, these Displays can be used for commercial and noncommercial purposes. Another use involves the design of special purpose flywheels that are capable of storing energy and/or converting rotational speed. The Displays move in the forward direction because of a motor. They move in the reverse direction because of forces that come from magnets embedded in a Display, and the Earth's magnetic field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2007
    Inventor: Roger Herbstritt
  • Patent number: 6978564
    Abstract: A decorative display which has mainly a support base, a decorative base, a stopper, a transparent housing, a power source, at least a first magnet, and at least a second magnet, in which the stopper without a central hole is provided. Furthermore, at least a first magnet is provided under the stopper and at least a second magnet is provided over the stopper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2005
    Inventor: Jack Hou
  • Patent number: 6895703
    Abstract: An impeller module of snow drop water ball includes an magnet driven impeller module attached on the anti-leak rubber plug for propelling the snow drops and turning the decoration in a glass dome. The magnet driven impeller module has a blade ring which is magnetically couple with a magnetic rotor, and drive by the magnetic rotor from outside of the snow drop ball. Using the impeller module embodiment of the present invention, the anti-leak rubber plug shall no longer in need of forming a shaft hole, so as can structurally solve the long-suffering liquid leakage problem of the snow drop water ball and prolonging its service life.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2005
    Inventor: Hsien Tsai Tien
  • Patent number: 6857929
    Abstract: An ornamental water ball is provided in a base with a musical box having a movement and a lower disc, and in a transparent shell fixed to a top of the base with a fan and a decorated upper disc above the fan. When the movement is rotated, it synchronously rotates the upper disc through meshing of a first small gear on the movement with a second large gear mounted on an axis that is located in the base and engaged with a spindle of the upper disc. The lower disc is mounted on the axis and quickly rotated through meshing of a second small gear formed at a lower center of the lower disc with a first large gear mounted on the movement, so as to magnetically rotate the fan, causing the fan to scatter a plurality of snowflake-shaped chips or metallic chips in the shell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2005
    Inventors: Kuo-Yun Liao, Chih-Chan Chang
  • Patent number: 6848206
    Abstract: There is provided an ornament having liquid therein. The liquid in the device is effectively insulated from the electronic and mechanical structures, and the outside air can not enter into the liquid to cause the liquid to deteriorate or become cloudy, and the liquid in the container can not penetrate into the electronic and mechanical structures in the base to result in electrical and mechanical failures. Furthermore, the provision of the buffer members ensures that no crack will occur in the joint between the enclosure and the base body in cold or hot environment. The enclosure may be optionally transparent or opaque and thus the light source for decoration purposes may be provided in the liquid or in the base as needed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2005
    Inventor: Jianliang Zhao
  • Patent number: 6814646
    Abstract: A floating toy is provided which can achieve varied and entertaining movements by means of a simple composition. The floating toy comprises: a liquid container section (11, 12) containing liquid therein; a figure (2) of lower specific gravity than the liquid, accommodated inside the liquid container section; magnetic bodies (31, 32) accommodated movably inside the liquid container section; line members (41, 42) extended between the figure and the magnetic bodies; and electromagnetic mechanisms (51, 52) that act on the magnetic bodies. The magnetic bodies and the figure are caused to move against the buoyancy force of the figure, by passing current through the electromagnetic mechanisms, and are caused to return to their original positions by the buoyancy force of the figure, by releasing the passage of current through the electromagnetic mechanisms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2004
    Assignees: Sega Toys, Ltd., Ing 21 Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hirohiko Atobe, Tomohiko Onishi, Mie Ueda, Shigeru Kanauchi
  • Patent number: 6781270
    Abstract: An apparatus for producing magnetically induced movement of a second member in relation to a first member. The apparatus includes a first member having at least one perimeter magnet disposed thereon. The first member and at least one perimeter magnet are pivotable in relation to an axial member central of the first member. A second magnet is disposed central of the at least one perimeter magnet, with the second magnet disposed on a second member that is reciprocatable in relation to the first member as the second magnet is alternately attracted and repelled by magnetic forces of the at least one first magnet, and is also moved by gravitational force. Additional perimeter magnets and axial magnets are disposed in relation to the at least one perimeter magnet and the second magnet to convert motion of the first member into movement of the second member for recreational and energy conversion applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2004
    Assignee: Harmonic Drive, Inc.
    Inventor: Johnny D. Long
  • Patent number: 6675513
    Abstract: The present invention includes the basic components of traditional liquid ornament, which means an ornamental is in the “water ball”. However, the ornamental in the present invention can achieve the effect of three-dimensional movement. The present invention uses at least one string to connect the ornamental object with two passive magnetic objects (e.g. magnet, iron), so that the ornamental will move accordingly when two passive magnetic objects move. Furthermore, the relative position of two passive magnetic objects is also variable so that the ornamental can achieve the effect of three-dimensional movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2004
    Inventor: Ho-Hsin Liao
  • Patent number: 6665964
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for our artificial aquarium featuring artificial creatures, such as fish, behaving in a life-like manner. A tank is equipped with electromagnets which create magnetic fields which act on magnets within the artificial fishes' bodies, causing them to move. The tank's electromagnets are activated by a programmable logic controller (PLC). Input devices placed in the tank may send signals to the PLC, causing the activation or deactivation of certain electromagnets which affects the movements of the fish. Water flow from a water pump may also cause the artificial fishes to move.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2003
    Inventor: Kimberly March Klotz
  • Patent number: 6655058
    Abstract: An identification device having a surface for the display of one's name, title, artwork, or other information which, after being positioned properly, gives the illusion of levitating without any visible supports. The device uses magnetic field repulsion to achieve this illusion with a simple, easy release mechanism for lateral stability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2003
    Inventor: Del Charles Brooks, III
  • Publication number: 20030172562
    Abstract: The present invention includes the basic components of traditional liquid ornament, which means an ornamental is in the “water ball”. However, the ornamental in the present invention can achieve the effect of three-dimensional movement.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2003
    Publication date: September 18, 2003
    Inventor: Ho-Hsin Liao
  • Publication number: 20030163937
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for our artificial aquarium featuring artificial creatures, such as fish, behaving in a life-like manner. A tank is equipped with electromagnets which create magnetic fields which act on magnets within the artificial fishes' bodies, causing them to move. The tank's electromagnets are activated by a programmable logic controller (PLC). Input devices placed in the tank may send signals to the PLC, causing the activation or deactivation of certain electromagnets which affects the movements of the fish. Water flow from a water pump may also cause the artificial fishes to move.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 4, 2002
    Publication date: September 4, 2003
    Inventor: Kimberly March Klotz
  • Patent number: 6588130
    Abstract: A music bell striking snowflakes in a crystal ball includes an upper rotary mechanism, a lower rotary mechanism and a crystal ball. The music bell rotates not only a gear ring tray of the lower rotary mechanism on the bottom portion and a doll disposed on a rotary tray of the upper rotary mechanism, but also a magnet gear inside the crystal ball to cause water flow therein according to the principle of magnetic repulsion, so as to create a beautiful and dynamic scene of floating snowflakes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2003
    Inventor: Shin-Ya Yang
  • Patent number: 6568107
    Abstract: This invention deals with an ornamental display receptacle which has a transparent envelope which contains a clear fluid and a particulate such as artificial snow or leaves or the like, which is suspendable in the fluid upon agitation, thus simulating falling snow, leaves or the like, and which includes a power driven agitator which will maintain the particulate in suspension so long as the motor is in the ON. The particulate will be at rest in the display receptacle when the motor driven agitator is not operating. An ornament, such as a house or an individual or the like, will be positioned in the receptacle to enhance the simulation of activity around the ornamental object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2003
    Inventor: Wang Sing Yuen
  • Patent number: 6564484
    Abstract: A swimming element enjoying system capable of applying an external stimulus to a swimming element moved at a predetermined rhythm, to thereby permit the swimming element to carry out different motion, to thereby provide an observer with a fresh surprise, so that the observer may be soothed or healed. A swimming element made in imitation of an aquatic life and a drive unit for driving the swimming element each are provided with a permanent magnet. The permanent magnet of the drive unit is rotated, to thereby permit an attracting/repulsing action to be carried out between the permanent magnets, leading to random vertical motion of said swimming element. Motion of the swimming element is randomly varied when a sensor detects an external stimulus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2003
    Assignees: Takara Co., Ltd, Yukasha Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Nobuhiro Ikenaga, Noriyuki Inomata
  • Publication number: 20030089006
    Abstract: A liquid-containing ornament includes a container containing one single type of liquid or two types of mutually indissoluble liquids having different densities and colors. The liquid flows down from the container into a chamber below the container via a low liquid outlet. A set of rotating blades having magnets attached on one side of the blades is mounted in the chamber, and a rotary disc driven to rotate by a motor and having magnets attached thereto is located outside the chamber corresponding to the set of rotating blades. When the rotary disc is rotated, it magnetically rotates the set of rotating blades to drive the liquid in the chamber into the container via a high liquid inlet, so that the liquid circulates in the container. Different decorations are provided in the container along a path of the circulating liquid flow to create changeful and dynamic scenes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 9, 2001
    Publication date: May 15, 2003
    Inventor: Vincent Kuo-Wei Lee
  • Publication number: 20030089007
    Abstract: A magnetic translation and rotation device for transferring translational force and torque from one side of a space divider element to the other side thereof comprises a magnetic cylinder is disposed on one planar surface of a space divider element, with the direction of magnetization of the magnetic cylinder being generally parallel with a longitudinal axis thereof. The longitudinal axis of the magnetic cylinder is generally perpendicular to the plane of the space divider element. On the other side of the space divider element a first magnetic plate and a second magnetic plate are disposed on a transport means, wherein a direction of magnetization of the magnetic plates is perpendicular to a principal plane of the magnetic plates, and wherein the magnetic plates are mounted with their direction of magnetization pointing in opposite directions. The invention also concerns a method based on the operating principle of the device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2002
    Publication date: May 15, 2003
    Inventors: Joszef Bognar, Sandor Demjan
  • Patent number: 6508022
    Abstract: A liquid-filled ornament includes a body having a transparent casing having an opening and filled with liquid, a display object in the liquid, and a sealing wall extending across and sealing the opening. The ornament includes a driving mechanism having rotatable magnets and located on an outer side of the sealing wall, and a driven mechanism having rotatable magnets and located on an inner side of the sealing wall and immersed in the liquid. The magnets of the driven mechanism are rotated by the magnets of the driving mechanism through magnetic interaction. The driven mechanism includes a first stationary disc on which the display object is mounted and a second disc supported on the first disc and rotated by the magnetic interaction. A ball bearing is disposed between the two discs. The second disc includes paddles that stir bits of a solid material, resembling snow, dispersing the bits throughout the liquid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2003
    Assignee: Kiu Hung International Enterprises, Ltd.
    Inventor: Jing Lin Huang
  • Patent number: 6493971
    Abstract: This device relates to a fluid display apparatus for an aquatic toy figure such as a fish, turtle or other marine animal or the. like. The base mount supports a receptacle having fluid therein and at least one toy aquatic piece. A motor drives a magnetic impeller in the base which in turn drives a magnetic impeller in the receptacle which causes agitation of the fluid in the receptacle to cause the aquatic toy animal to move in a realistic fashion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2000
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2002
    Inventor: Wang Sing Yuen
  • Patent number: 6477799
    Abstract: A self-orienting logo assembly so that the logo is always in a horizontal orientation. In the preferred embodiments the logo is located on a disk. The disk is weighted or otherwise designed to have its weight distributed nonuniformly. The disk is located inside a housing. The housing is attached to the computer or other equipment bearing the logo. When the housing is located in a vertical plane the disk rotates to allow the logo to remain horizontal. The disk can be rotationally mounted to the housing or can be suspended in liquid. In an alternate embodiment the disk can have a magnet incorporated so that when the disk is in a horizontal orientation it can act as a compass. In another embodiment a portion of the disk is removed and the housing contains an additional logo or wording. The rotation of the disk can then cover or expose the additional logo or wording.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2002
    Assignee: Compaq Information Technologies Group, L.P.
    Inventors: Carol Erickson, Kenneth Jansen, David R. Wooten, Guy McSwain, Michael F. Angelo, Keith Lutsch
  • Publication number: 20020162255
    Abstract: An identification device having a surface for the display of one's name, title, artwork, or other information which, after being positioned properly, gives the illusion of levitating without any visible supports. The device uses magnetic field repulsion to achieve this illusion with a simple, easy release mechanism for lateral stability.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 7, 2001
    Publication date: November 7, 2002
    Inventor: Del Charles Brooks,
  • Patent number: 6467206
    Abstract: The invention concerns a multipurpose advertisement device, with a carrier frame (1) comprising one or more border parts (2, 2′) with an information carrying outer surface (2c) and with a primary information carrying means (4) for the displaying of characters and/or figures and/or other symbols for attracting attention. The primary information carrying means (4) have magnetic first connecting means (4a). Within the device there is a movable, rotating second connecting means (5b), with an attracting magnetic force between the first and second connecting means (4a, 5b). The primary information carrying means (4) is movably positioned on the outer surface (2a) of the device, and the second connecting means (5b) is positioned within the device in the proximity of the first connecting means (4a).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2002
    Inventor: József Bognár
  • Publication number: 20020148147
    Abstract: A display device has a rotatable display object suspended in it. The display object is tethered at one end to a rotating motor shaft. The other end is suspended by a magnetic field between a magnet affixed to a support and another magnet affixed to the other end. When the shaft rotates, the display object also rotates. The display object can also be made to wobble, reciprocate or reverse directions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 22, 2002
    Publication date: October 17, 2002
    Inventor: Timothy Francis
  • Patent number: 6415535
    Abstract: A fluid filled novelty amusement device with a magnetic impeller 9 driven by an electric motor 16, through a magnetic couple created between a magnetic rotor 15 and the magnetic impeller 9, that provides forced circulating fluid 3 flow that entrains and disperses ornamental particles 2 throughout a transparent enclosure 1 to provide viewing entertainment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2002
    Inventors: Michael L. White, Patricia E. White
  • Patent number: 6398618
    Abstract: A toy consists of a base, a cap and a toy model. The base has stationary wheels and a movable wheel located on the bottom section thereof. The movable wheel may be driven through a gear set by battery power for moving the base around. The cap has a hollow casing located on the top section to house a motor that is driven by a battery for rotating the cap through another gear set. The base has an arched gear rack located on the top surface. By way of an elastic element and a lever to couple with the gear sets and arched gear rack, the cap may be moved to the left and right, and rotated positively and reversely to generate a wide variety of simulative motions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2002
    Inventor: Wen-Long Wu
  • Patent number: 6396375
    Abstract: A driving mechanism is located below a transparent hollow casing of a liquid-containing ornament and includes a coupling member that engages with and rotates along with a rotary shaft of a movement of a music box located below the mechanism, stationary magnets that have a fixed polarity and are fixedly mounted at two ends of the coupling member, and rotary magnets that are rotatably mounted on the coupling member in the vicinity of the stationary magnets to freely change their polarities while rotating. The stationary and the rotary magnets alternately magnetically attract and repulse a plurality of magnet-attached floating ornamental items in the casing, causing the ornamental items to move just like something real.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2002
    Inventor: Vincent K. Lee
  • Patent number: 6357151
    Abstract: This invention deals with an ornamental display receptacle which has a transparent envelope which contains a clear fluid and a particulate such as artificial snow or leaves or the like, which is suspendable in the fluid upon agitation, thus simulating falling snow, leaves or the like, and which includes a power driven agitator which will maintain the particulate in suspension so long as the motor is in the ON. The particulate will be at rest in the display receptacle when the motor driven agitator is not operating. An ornament, such as a house or an individual or the like, will be positioned in the receptacle to enhance the simulation of activity around the ornamental object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2002
    Inventor: Wang Sing Yuen
  • Patent number: 6349492
    Abstract: A liquid ornament having means for creating continuous liquid flow is provided. The liquid ornament includes a display chamber for containing liquids, such as water and oil, and a control chamber for accommodating the means for creating liquid flow. The means for creating liquid flow mainly include an elastically flexible material that forms a partition between the display chamber and the control chamber, a push member having a free end contacting with the flexible material, a magnet attached to the free end of the push member, and a coil mounted within a magnetic field of the magnet. When the coil is continuously supplied with an electric current, it alternately magnetically repulses or attracts the magnet and accordingly causes the free end of the push member to intermittently push or strike the flexible material, producing continuous liquid flow in the display chamber when the whole liquid ornament is in a still state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2002
    Inventor: Vincent K. Lee
  • Patent number: 6338884
    Abstract: An enhanced structure of an animated ornament composed of a globular shell, a hollow ball, a piece of non-magnetic, high-density material (such as copper, tin, plastic etc.), an inner magnet and an outer magnet. The hollow ball, having decorative figures, is smaller than the globular shell and is included in the globular shell. The space in between the globular shell and the hollow ball is filled up with liquid so that the hollow ball floats in the liquid and, when being shaken, turns around in all directions. Inside the lower part of the hollow ball attached a piece of non-magnetic, high-density material, such as plastic, copper and tin, and an inner magnet is fixed on the top of the non-magnetic material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2002
    Inventor: Chin-Sung Chang
  • Publication number: 20010023547
    Abstract: A liquid-filled ornament includes a body having a transparent casing having an opening and filled with liquid, a display object in the liquid, and a sealing wall extending across and sealing the opening. The ornament includes a driving mechanism having rotatable magnets and located on an outer side of the sealing wall, and a driven mechanism having rotatable magnets and located on an inner side of the sealing wall and immersed in the liquid. The magnets of the driven mechanism are rotated by the magnets of the driving mechanism through magnetic interaction. The driven mechanism includes a first stationary disc on which the display object is mounted and a second disc supported on the first disc and rotated by the magnetic interaction. A ball bearing is disposed between the two discs. The second disc includes paddles that stir bits of a solid material, resembling snow, dispersing the bits throughout the liquid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2001
    Publication date: September 27, 2001
    Inventor: Jing Lin Huang
  • Patent number: 6282820
    Abstract: A fluid filled novelty amusement device with a magnetic impeller 9 driven by an electric motor 16, through a magnetic couple created between a magnetic rotor 15 and the magnetic impeller 9, that provides forced circulating fluid 3 flow that entrains and disperses ornamental particles 2 throughout a transparent enclosure 1 to provide viewing entertainment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2001
    Inventors: Michael L. White, Patricia E. White