Display With Special Effects Patents (Class 40/427)
  • Patent number: 10730467
    Abstract: A vehicle input-operation assistance device includes: a traveling state detection section that detects a traveling state of a vehicle; an operation state detection section that detects an operation state of an operation member gripped by an occupant during operation; a support section that is capable of being stowed in an interior component of the vehicle, and that is capable of projecting from the interior component to a support position where the support section is capable of supporting an elbow of the occupant when the occupant is operating the operation member; and a controller that determines whether or not the elbow of the occupant operating the operation member needs to be supported based on information detected by the traveling state detection section and the operation state detection section and, in cases in which support is determined to be needed, controls the support section to project to the support position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Masashi Mori
  • Patent number: 9949346
    Abstract: Electric candles are described having a candle-shaped housing, a flame element extending from the housing and one or more projectors disposed within the candle-shaped housing such that a media file can be projected on to a first surface of the flame element using the pico projector. The flame element could be fixed or move with respect to the housing. The flame element could be transient and only exist when the candle is on.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Luminara Worldwide, LLC
    Inventor: Douglas Patton
  • Patent number: 9767371
    Abstract: Systems and methods for identifying traffic control devices from images, and systems and methods for assessing the retro reflectivity of traffic control devices. The identification of traffic control devices can be accomplished using a lighting-dependent statistical color model. The identification of traffic control devices can be accomplished using an active contour or active polygon method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Georgia Tech Research Corporation
    Inventors: Chengbo Ai, Yichang Tsai, Zhaohua Wang, Anthony Joseph Yezzi
  • Patent number: 9709282
    Abstract: The device for simulating a flame effect includes a mist generator having a housing with an outlet aperture for mist; at least one ultrasonic sprayer of a liquid for generating mist, which is arranged in the housing; a mechanism for pulse supply of a liquid onto the ultrasonic sprayer of the mist generator; a mechanism for outputting of mist via the outlet aperture of the mist generator; at least one light source arranged so as to be able to illuminate a mist current escaping from the outlet aperture of the mist generator for simulation of the flame effect. The technical effect is improved uniformity of a formed mist current, reduced dimensions of the device, simplified construction, improved operational stability, and less contamination of the generator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: AFC (ALEX FIREPLACE COMPANY) LIMITED
    Inventors: Aleksey Yurievich Fomenko, Semen Vladimirovich Karpov, Nikita Eduardovich Norkin, Yuri Nikolaevich Litvak
  • Patent number: 9624014
    Abstract: This invention is directed to a gift box for presenting a gift or other item to a recipient. The gift box contains various electronic components contained in some portion of the box which are used to effect, movement, sound, light or other special effects. The box may have one or more special effects which can be triggered automatically or by interaction with a user or gift box recipient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: American Greetings Corporation
    Inventor: Allison Marsh
  • Patent number: 9491444
    Abstract: A display system enables auto-multiscopic 3D viewing of both static images and video productions. It includes a parallax barrier defining a front surface of the display system. The parallax barrier is non-transparent except for an array of transparent spots or holes. A transparent OLED display is located behind the parallax barrier. It has color pixels and an array of clear spots aligned with the array of transparent spots. The transparent OLED display sends light away from the viewer towards an array of concave mirrors, one for each transparent spot. Each concave mirror reflects the light back through the alignment of clear spot with transparent spot and out into the space in front of the display system. Each concave mirror may be part of an enclosure that surrounds the transparent spot, in order to prevent light originating in one enclosure from being reflected off the concave mirror in another enclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Inventor: Kedrick F. Brown
  • Patent number: 9384673
    Abstract: An emergency simulation device has a housing, at least one light, a smoke machine, and a controller for controlling the light and the smoke machine. The housing has a divider with a generally enclosed area underneath for holding the smoke machine. The divider has a hole and is angled so that water sitting on the divider flows in at least one direction. The housing extends upwardly beyond the divider, and apertures positioned in the housing dispel water from atop the divider. The housing has a duct extending upwardly from the hole in the divider. The light is mounted to a mounting plate separate from and positioned above from the divider and the duct and below a top end of the housing. The smoke machine outputs smoke through the hole in the divider and the duct. The mounting plate causes the smoke to billow outwardly around the light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Assignee: JAHNKE & SONS CONSTRUCTION, INC.
    Inventor: Matthew L. Jahnke
  • Patent number: 9302528
    Abstract: An interactive electronic greeting card with pop-up feature includes a pocket or cavity which houses various electronic and mechanical components and a pop-up element. In a first position, the pop-up element is substantially contained within the greeting card pocket or cavity. When the push button is depressed, the pop-up element is ejected or “pops up” out of the greeting card pocket or cavity, revealing a greeting or other printed indicia, a mobile object or a gift card attached thereto. The push button also initiates playback of a pre-loaded digital audio file, which may be a spoken message, a sound, a song, music or other such audio recording.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Assignee: American Greetings Corporation
    Inventors: Lynne Shlonsky, Sean Higgins, Toby Seadler, Sarah Eklund
  • Patent number: 9167289
    Abstract: Exemplary perspective display systems and methods are disclosed herein. An exemplary method includes a perspective display system acquiring visual data representative of a camera view of a user space associated with a display screen, determining, based on the visual data, a position of a user within the user space, identifying, based on the position of the user, a viewable region of an image, and displaying, on the display screen, the viewable region of the image, the displayed viewable region of the image representing a perspective view of the image based on the position of the user. In certain examples, the method further includes the perspective display system detecting a movement of the user to another position within the user space and updating the display on the display screen in real time in accordance with the movement to display another viewable region of the image on the display screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2015
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: Willis D. Stinson, III, Rob C. Chang
  • Publication number: 20150143727
    Abstract: This invention is a surface sign that is seen by the driver as raised vertically improving the readability by the driver, and as for the surface signs with an optical illusion effect that can aid the driver in driving safely due to the tendency of being able to capture the gaze of the driver printing onto the road surface creating surface signs that provides information to a far off above driver using copy or shapes, from the standard distance between the above driver and the above surface sign, where the roadside prints are formed longer than the wayside prints for random waysides and roadsides reflected at the same distances form in the periphery of the above driver, and the surface of the road is painted in order for the two nearby roadsides to form a mutually acute angle, which is the feature of this invention.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 30, 2013
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventor: Min Gaung KIM
  • Patent number: 9027269
    Abstract: An interactive electronic greeting card with pop up feature includes a three-sided pocket or cavity which houses various electronic and mechanical components and a pop up element. In a first position, the pop up element is substantially contained within the greeting card pocket or cavity. When the push button is depressed, the pop up element is ejected or “pops up” out of the greeting card pocket or cavity, revealing a greeting or other printed indicia. The push button also initiates playback of a pre-loaded digital audio file, which may be a spoken message, a sound, a song, music or other such audio recording.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: American Greetings Corporation
    Inventors: Lauren Budzar, John Talbot, Lynne Shlonsky, Melissa Flesher
  • Patent number: 8978279
    Abstract: An apparatus for repetitively lifting and lowering objects to create visual patterns having a plurality of units each with a motor, a rotary member, a cord attached at its distal end to the circumferential edge of the rotary member, an attaching mechanism affixed to the proximal end of the cord, and an object removably connected to the attaching mechanism. A computer or microprocessor is provided and programmed to selectively rotate the rotary members to move the objects between selected pre-determined positions along a generally vertical path of travel to establish a geometric pattern of repetitive elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Inventor: Joseph C. Pentland
  • Patent number: 8904679
    Abstract: The invention relates to a warped or curved surface with an image visible from a reference point which is not an element of the said surface, where the reference point has fixed position with respect to the said surface, and the image on the said surface is distorted in a way to provide an undistorted view on the said image from the said reference point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Inventors: Gerd Ecker, Sandra Schäffler, Klaus Wedrich
  • Patent number: 8851700
    Abstract: A system and method for creating a trompe-l'oeil skylight in a ceiling where a light emitting image of the sky is provided in a structure configured to emulate a skylight frame, including an embodiment of a unified non-rectangular sky image area in a substantially rectangular fixture which mount as a single unit into a substantially rectangular hole in a ceiling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: The Sky Factory, LC
    Inventors: Radim Schreiber, Skye Witherspoon
  • Publication number: 20140109446
    Abstract: A display device and a display method using magnetic particles are disclosed. The display method includes: applying a first magnetic field to a plurality of particles in a state where the plurality of particles having a magnetic property and a certain color are dispersed in a solvent so that the plurality of particles are aligned in a direction parallel to a direction of the first magnetic field, and thus a plurality of particle chains are formed; and applying a second magnetic field to at least a part of the formed plurality of particle chains so that at least a part of the plurality of particle chains moves in a direction close to a display surface in an area to which the second magnetic field is applied, and thus the certain color is displayed on the display surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 7, 2013
    Publication date: April 24, 2014
    Applicant: NANOBRICK CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jae Hyun Joo, Do Hyun Kim, Youn Jung Park, In Sook Lee
  • Patent number: 8651969
    Abstract: Mask display systems, sales and display systems, and related methods are shown and described. In one example, a mask display system comprises a head portion, a pair of hands attached to the head portion, and a suspension system, serving as a novelty simulation of a peeping tom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Inventor: James Morgan Dowtin, III
  • Patent number: 8584386
    Abstract: An illuminating electronic gift or souvenir device a case in the shape of a small telescope, binocular or monocular and an internal electronic circuit including a type of integrated circuit and luminescent elements such as LEDs or similar lights which cause, upon actuating a switch on the outside, multiple and diverse lighting effects that lead to a visual effect that simulates a starry sky or galaxies in motion, inspiring the imagination of the user of the device. The circuit can be programmed to present lighting effects in its interior that are static or changing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Inventor: Jose Daniel Martin Catoira
  • Patent number: 8544199
    Abstract: An apparatus for repetitively lifting and lowering objects to create visual patterns having a plurality of units each with a motor, a rotary member, a cord attached at its distal end to the circumferential edge of the rotary member, an attaching mechanism affixed to the proximal end of the cord, and an object removably connected to the attaching mechanism. A computer or microprocessor is provided and programmed to selectively rotate the rotary members to move the objects between selected pre-determined positions along a generally vertical path of travel to establish a geometric pattern of repetitive elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Inventor: Joseph C. Pentland
  • Patent number: 8475287
    Abstract: A method for changing a theme associated with a given space (e.g., restaurant). A wall system includes a wall panel having multiple themes depicted thereon or multiple wall panels each having a theme depicted thereon. Using a series of winches, chain drives, cables and pulleys or the like, the wall panels are moved to change the theme of the space. A ceiling system includes two ceiling panels movable via a series of winches, chain drives, cables and pulleys. Once separated the ceiling panels expose a theme different than that depicted while closed. Audio and/or visual cues may be provided to alert patrons to a theme change.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2013
    Assignee: Wynn Resorts Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: Rick Gray, William B. Gorlin, Stephen A. Sywak, Murphy Gigliotti, Frederick L. Smith, Jean Labadie
  • Patent number: 8464449
    Abstract: Diorama made from a two-dimensional image having a background panel in which a background section of the image appears and a plurality of additional panels on which additional sections of the image appear. The additional panels extend forwardly from the background panel, with edges of adjacent ones of the panels coming together and the image flowing continuously between the panels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2013
    Assignee: Axial-Digital Corp.
    Inventor: Anthony D. Williams
  • Patent number: 8427390
    Abstract: A space-dividing apparatus for a single-leaf section, a divider etc. A division plate section constitutes a single-leaf screen device and divides a space. On a front surface of the division plate section, nine TV receiving sets are arranged in a matrix shape and an attachable/detachable manner. On a back surface of the division plate section, nine image pickup elements are mounted to, for example, positions that correspond to the TV receiving sets respectively, when each are detached. An imaging direction of each of the image pickup elements can be automatically aligned with a line of sight of the user based on a position of the user (position of a remote controller). An image due to a video signal obtained by each of the image pickup elements can be displayed on the TV receiving sets, thereby permitting the user to observe the other side of the division plate section easily.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2013
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Tetsujiro Kondo, Yasushi Tatehira, Tsuyoshi Tanaka, Kazutaka Uchida, Naohide Yamada, Yoshinori Watanabe, Shinsuke Araya
  • Publication number: 20120255207
    Abstract: Embodiments of a multi-purpose hand-held spinnable sign are disclosed. According to one aspect, a multipurpose, hand-held spinnable sign includes a sign body having a front surface and a rear surface, the front and rear surfaces adapted to display a message, text, image, or other indicia, and means, centrally positioned within front surface of the sign body, to allow a holder of the sign to spin the sign.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 11, 2012
    Publication date: October 11, 2012
    Inventor: Stephan Waldt
  • Patent number: 8245424
    Abstract: An alternating sign assembly includes a sheet of light permeable material comprising a front surface and a rear surface; a front design that includes a front design layer; a silhouette pattern including light-restricting imaging material, said front design being superimposed on or forming a part of the silhouette pattern, said silhouette pattern subdividing said sheet into a plurality of discrete areas of said imaging material and/or a plurality of discrete areas devoid of said imaging material; a switchable front source of artificial illumination of said front design; a rear design disposed rearwardly of the front design; and a switchable rear source of artificial illumination of said rear design. The sources of illumination may be alternately turned on to make the front and rear designs alternately visible to an observer in front of the assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2012
    Assignee: Contra Vision Ltd.
    Inventor: G. Roland Hill
  • Patent number: 8230625
    Abstract: An apparatus for repetitively lifting and lowering objects to create visual patterns having a plurality of units each with a motor, a rotary member, a cord attached at its distal end to the circumferential edge of the rotary member, an attaching mechanism affixed to the proximal end of the cord, and an object removably connected to the attaching mechanism. A computer or microprocessor is provided and programmed to selectively rotate the rotary members to move the objects between selected pre-determined positions along a generally vertical path of travel to establish a geometric pattern of repetitive elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2012
    Inventor: Joseph Pentland
  • Publication number: 20120167421
    Abstract: An attachable flame simulating apparatus includes a coupling appendage, having a distal end and a proximal end, a housing adjacent the proximal end of the coupling appendage, the housing comprising one or more light sources, and a projection surface extending from the housing. Furthermore, the distal end of the coupling appendage is removably attachable to a vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 7, 2011
    Publication date: July 5, 2012
    Inventor: John Rowley
  • Publication number: 20110308119
    Abstract: The invention relates to a warped or curved surface with an image visible from a reference point which is not an element of the said surface, where the reference point has fixed position with respect to the said surface, and the image on the said surface is distorted in a way to provide an undistorted view on the said image from the said reference point.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 29, 2009
    Publication date: December 22, 2011
    Inventors: Gerd Ecker, Sandra Ecker, Klaus Wedrich
  • Patent number: 8074386
    Abstract: An integrated mirror and graphics display system includes a sheet of substantially transparent material, the sheet having a front and a back, the back having a silvered or reflective region and at least one primary non-silvered region. Also included is a sheet of translucent material, having printed on or embedded in it a graphic of interest to a system user, the translucent sheet secured or painted upon the back of the transparent sheet against the non-silvered region. The system further includes an illumination element defining an area smaller, equal to or greater than that of the non-silvered region and secured in optical communication with the translucent sheet. A secondary non-silvered region may be used to provide owner-specific personalized information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2011
    Inventor: Jacob J. Marantz
  • Patent number: 8025582
    Abstract: A system and method for changing a theme associated with a given space (e.g., restaurant). A wall system includes a wall panel having multiple themes depicted thereon or multiple wall panels each having a theme depicted thereon. Using a series of winches, chain drives, cables and pulleys or the like, the wall panels are moved to change the theme of the space. A ceiling system includes two ceiling panels movable via a series of winches, chain drives, cables and pulleys. Once separated the ceiling panels expose a theme different than that depicted while closed. Audio and/or visual cues may be provided to alert patrons to a theme change.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2011
    Assignee: Wynn Resorts Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: Rick Gray, William B. Gorlin, Stephen A. Sywak, Murphy Gigliotti, Frederick L. Smith, Jean Labadie
  • Publication number: 20110203145
    Abstract: An illuminating electronic gift or souvenir device a case in the shape of a small telescope, binocular or monocular and an internal electronic circuit including a type of integrated circuit and luminescent elements such as LEDs or similar lights which cause, upon actuating a switch on the outside, multiple and diverse lighting effects that lead to a visual effect that simulates a starry sky or galaxies in motion, inspiring the imagination of the user of the device. The circuit can be programmed to present lighting effects in its interior that are static or changing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 22, 2011
    Publication date: August 25, 2011
    Inventor: Jose Daniel Martin Catoira
  • Publication number: 20110162243
    Abstract: A road sign that is intended to create a perception of movement and/or modification in the road sign, when a distance of perceptor (usually a driver, but may also be implemented for other people) from the road signs is changing—for example, when a drivers drives towards the road sign. The road sign utilizes various optical means, techniques and effects to create a perception of motion, movement, or modification in the road signs, when perceived by an external viewer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 5, 2010
    Publication date: July 7, 2011
    Inventor: RAMI KALLIR
  • Patent number: 7954669
    Abstract: This invention is directed to a decorated dispensing container. The container is substantially transparent and has a decoration on the front and/or rear surface. The dispensing unit comprises a pump mechanism with a dip tube at one end and a dispensing channel at the other end. The dip tube has an identifiable shape formed in the dip tube. This identifiable shape can be a land, sea or air animal, or an inanimate object. Colors are applied to the identifiable shape by hand painting or the use of a shrink label or an in mold label. By the use of a decorated identifiable shape and a coordinating label on the front and/or rear surface of the container a 3-D effect is imparted to the container and product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2011
    Assignee: Colgate-Palmolive Company
    Inventors: Todd VanGordon, Van Canady
  • Patent number: 7946064
    Abstract: A display apparatus with a scent disperse device includes a display, a stalk-shaped member, at least one leaf-shaped member, a vibrator and a sensor switch, in which the display is composed of a screen and at least one screen cover, the stalk-shaped member is disposed on the display to disperse scent outward, the leaf-shaped members are positioned around the stalk-shaped member and the vibrator is disposed in the stalk-shaped member and used for driving the leaf-shaped members to sway, and the sensor switch controls the opening and closing of the at least one screen cover and transmitting a starting signal. Whereby, a user is allowed to smell a flavor matching the appearance of the display or prefer scent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2011
    Assignee: Hannspree Inc.
    Inventors: Guan-De Liou, Chia-Pine Huang, Li-Li Lai, Stephen Tsai, Ming-Chun Lee
  • 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: 7827711
    Abstract: An automatic rotating decoration includes a rotating body, a support, a driving device connecting the support, and a transmission member connecting the driving device and the rotating body. The support, the driving device and the transmission member all are received in the rotating body. An opening is defined in the rotating body. The support is exposed to the opening. The driving device includes a driving body and an output shaft extending from the driving body. The driving body includes a motor body and a battery seat electrically connecting the motor body. The automatic rotating decoration of the present invention may automatically rotate around the support on another object without additional housing thereby simplifying the structure of the automatic rotating decoration, increasing fun of the automatic rotating decoration and facilitating the handling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2010
    Inventors: XiaoBing Wang, LiangQing Li
  • Publication number: 20100236470
    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: Application
    Filed: October 2, 2007
    Publication date: September 23, 2010
    Inventors: Arthur F. Doty, III, Robert M. Turkewitz, Erik S. Olson, Paul D. Spies
  • Publication number: 20100212197
    Abstract: A 3-D image retainer is configured to have a plurality of perforated retainer plates and a retainer assembly displaceable to lock selectively impressed pins, which traverse the retained plates, in the desired position corresponding to the 3-D contour of the applied load.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 17, 2009
    Publication date: August 26, 2010
    Inventors: Gennady Kleyman, Yuriy CHERNOV
  • Patent number: 7766754
    Abstract: One embodiment of the invention discloses a method for animating an advertising device. The method comprising multiple steps such as providing a track system and a tower that is operatively coupled to the track. The tower can comprise one or more substantially transparent sections. The method further comprises providing a base support system that is operatively coupled to the tower. The base can be operatively coupled to a facade with one or more substantially non-transparent sections. The method further includes providing a vehicle system comprising a passenger-carrying vehicle that is operatively coupled to the track. Finally, the method includes animating the advertising device by transporting the vehicle between the substantially transparent section of the tower and the substantially non-transparent section of the facade. The vehicle movement can, for example, simulate fluid movement between the tower and the facade.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2010
    Inventors: Daniel P. Davison, Jr., Richard H. Remmer
  • Patent number: 7762897
    Abstract: The present invention provides a device for producing a fire special facilitates a more compact device. In one embodiment, the device comprises a steam curtain generator for directing received steam to an outlet slot that directs the steam into the ambient atmosphere such that the steam is flowing in a substantially a first direction to produce a curtain of steam, fan that is oriented so as to produce a flow of air in a direction that is substantially parallel to the flow of a steam curtain, a deflector for redirecting the flow of air produced by the fan towards the steam curtain, an adjustable agitator for causing turbulent flow in the stream of air directed towards a steam curtain, and an LED light for producing light that is projected onto a steam curtain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2010
    Assignee: Technifex, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph W. Starr, Rockne J. Hall, Donald A. Simon
  • Publication number: 20100162599
    Abstract: A flame effect assembly is described. By using an adhesive to secure a fabric to at least one track and then defining a plurality of flag elements within the fabric by forming two or more slits in the fabric it is possible to substantially optimise the assembly process.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 14, 2006
    Publication date: July 1, 2010
    Inventors: Noel O'Neill, Joseph FitzGerald
  • Patent number: 7690531
    Abstract: This invention is directed to a decorated dispensing container. The container is substantially transparent and has a decoration on the front and/or rear surface. The dispensing unit comprises a pump mechanism with a dip tube at one end and a dispensing channel at the other end. The dip tube has an identifiable shape formed in the dip tube. This identifiable shape can be a land, sea or air animal, or an inanimate object. This inanimate shape is molded into the dip tube and colors are applied by hand painting or the use of a shrink label or an in mold label. By the use of a decorated identifiable shape and a coordinating label on the front and/or rear surface of the container a 3-D effect is imparted to the container and product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2010
    Assignee: Colgate-Palmolive Co.
    Inventors: Todd VanGordon, Van Canady
  • Patent number: 7654021
    Abstract: A 3-D image retainer is configured to have a plurality of perforated retainer plates and a retainer assembly displaceable to lock selectively impressed pins, which traverse the retained plates, in the desired position corresponding to the 3-D contour of the applied load.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2010
    Inventors: Gennady Kleyman, Yurly Chernov
  • Patent number: 7600336
    Abstract: A sound device includes a sound module including a switch electrically connected to the sound module such that when the switch is “on” the sound module produces a sound and when the switch is “off” the sound module is silent. The sound device also includes apparatus for securing the sound module to a gift container or package, a switch actuator such as an elongated strip adapted to toggle the switch “off” to “on”, the elongated strip including an adhesive applied to a distal end of the elongated strip, and a housing that houses the sound module. The housing includes a slot through which the elongated strip extends such that the distal end of the elongated strip is disposed on the outside of the housing and a proximal end of the elongated strip, which is remote from the distal end, is disposed on the inside of the housing, and the elongated strip toggles the switch “off” to “on” by sliding out of the housing through the slot. Other configurations for toggling the switch are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2009
    Assignee: Mr. Christmas Incorporated
    Inventors: Terry Hermanson, Huang Meng-Suen
  • Publication number: 20090172978
    Abstract: A merchandising system, including: a consumer product. The merchandising system includes at least one of the consumer product, packaging for the consumer product, and advertisement material pertaining to the consumer product. At least one element of the merchandising system includes indicia and/or an image that relates, or is analogous to, an attribute and/or targeted benefit of the consumer product. At least one element of the merchandising system further includes a micro-optic structure capable of controlling the scatter of light impinging thereon so that the micro-optic structure reflects and/or transmits light in a field of view over which at least a portion of the indicia and/or image appears brighter relative to that outside the field of view.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 4, 2008
    Publication date: July 9, 2009
    Applicant: NANOVENTIONS HOLDINGS, LLC
    Inventors: Richard A. Steenblik, Mark J. Hurt, Gregory R. Jordan, Brian S. Martin, Jennifer Susong
  • Patent number: 7493714
    Abstract: A decorative device enabling ornaments to sway back and forth inside a crystal ball amidst fluttering, shiny disc snowflakes, which uses a device structured from a motor mechanism, a gear mechanism, a rocking 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 main transmission shaft causes rotating of rocking horse swaying back and forth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2009
    Assignee: Ya Yung Enterprise Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Shin-Ya Yang
  • Patent number: 7406786
    Abstract: A sign assembly 10 that implements electronic paper to display an animated image. The sign assembly includes a controller 12, a power supply 14, a pair of substantially transparent, electrically conductive sheets 16, 18, and a sheet of electronic paper 24, which is sandwiched between sheets 16, 18. Image layers 20, 22 are imprinted on the sheets 16, 18, or are alternatively held frictionally adjacent to sheets 16, 18 by a frame assembly 56. Image layers 20, 22 include substantially transparent regions 36, 38, 40 and 42 in which sheet 24 is visible. The conductive sheets 16, 18 are connected to controller 12 which provides an electronic signal which is varied over time resulting in the display of an animated or changing image which may be visible when viewed from one or both sides of the sign assembly 10.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2008
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventor: Charles O'Connell, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7367146
    Abstract: The present invention represents a breakthrough in advertisement tools. The liquid sign uses a system of chambers and electrically powered pumps to produce a dynamic and visually appealing advertising sign. The advertising sign of the invention uses a liquid in motion contained in a front chamber of the sign to highlight the color and other visual characteristics of a beverage or any liquid product being advertised. The liquid in motion highlights and showcases any given characteristic of a product being advertised, including bubble or foam producing capacity, color, brightness, or a logo or symbol placed on the background of the liquid in motion. It also provides for a visually attractive, electrically or battery powered and affordable advertising tool which can be used indoors or outdoors in many different settings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2008
    Inventor: Carlos A. Lopez
  • Patent number: 7365640
    Abstract: A transportable police vehicle decoy having a life-like, life-size visual image of a police vehicle mounted onto a trailer for transportability, the wheels of the trailing appearing to be the wheels of the police vehicle shown in the image. Operational emergency lights are positioned in the proper location on the visual image and can be activated by speed detection devices when a speeding vehicle approaches.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2008
    Inventor: Teddy Garcia
  • Patent number: 7363736
    Abstract: A rotating base provided to exterior of an ornamental water ball or a table-top ornament and having continuous animation visual effect, including: a water ball or table-top ornament filled with liquid, a support for supporting the water ball or table-top ornament, and a conventional music unit or motor its transmission mechanism concealed in the base, wherein the rotating base in provided above the base and having therein a reflective lenses frame constructed of a plural rectangular lenses, and an adhesive sticker frame surrounding the reflective lenses frame and applied with plural animation adhesive stickers, in an amount equal to that of the lenses, at an inner side opposing the plural rectangular lenses are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2008
    Inventor: Jack Liu
  • Patent number: 7356952
    Abstract: A merchandising system having a power distribution device associated with a package support system, and a package having a sensory output such as an image display capable of using power, data and/or signals provided from the power distribution device to produce a desired output when the package is associated with the package support system. Packaging materials of the package form the coupling medium for contactless coupling such as capacitive coupling of a controlled signal provided to the package support system to a display on the package.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2008
    Assignee: Philip Morris USA Inc.
    Inventors: William R. Sweeney, Kristen M. Totty, Robert J. Maher