Disk Patents (Class 40/433)
  • Patent number: 10557616
    Abstract: An electronic device includes a light transmissive casing and a light emitting module. The light emitting module is disposed on the light transmissive casing. The light emitting module includes a frame, a light source and a pattern member. The light source is disposed in the frame. The frame is connected to the light transmissive casing. The pattern member is sandwiched in between the frame and the light transmissive casing. The pattern member has at least one light transmissive pattern region. A light emitted by the light source passes through the at least one light transmissive pattern region to be projected out of the light transmissive casing, so as to form a pattern corresponding to the at least one light transmissive pattern region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: Qisda Corporation
    Inventors: Yung-Yeh Chang, Ting-Hui Chih
  • Patent number: 10088805
    Abstract: A transparent substrate made of a transparent material resistant to temperatures higher than 500° C., such as sapphire, includes recesses in at least one of its faces and/or a groove machined into its thickness, that are covered with opaque, translucent or transparent enamel depositions that may or may not be colored, depending upon the pigments used in the enamel composition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: The Swatch Group Research and Development, Ltd.
    Inventors: Gilles Derriey, Christian Verdon, Stewes Bourban, Giancarlo Poli
  • Patent number: 10054297
    Abstract: A salt lamp assembly includes: a crystal body having a hollow cavity formed within the crystal body and a base attached to a bottom end of the crystal body; a retaining plate attached to the base the crystal body, the retaining plate including an aperture formed through a center of the retaining plate and at least one passage formed adjacent the aperture; and a light source plate removably inserted into the hollow crystal body through the aperture of the retaining plate, the light source plate including a socket and at least one clip extending upwardly from the light source plate for engaging the retaining plate through the at least one passage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Inventor: Mansoor Saeed
  • Patent number: 9733699
    Abstract: A product display system comprising a display surface; a height sensor for determining a height of a user; an input device for receiving a product selection from the user, where the product selection corresponding to one or more products; a computing device coupled to the height sensor and to the input device, the computing device comprising a frame buffer for outputting images to be displayed on the display surface, the computing device being configured to: receive the product selection from the input device; receive the height from the height sensor and, based on the height, determine a viewing angle of the user in relation to the display surface; and write to the frame buffer one or more images comprising virtual versions of the one or more products, thereby causing the one or more images to be displayed on the display surface, the one or more images corresponding to said viewing angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Inventor: Dean Stark
  • Patent number: 7473002
    Abstract: A lamp includes a base, a lamp socket fixedly mounted on the base, a rotation disk rotatably mounted on the base, a housing fixedly mounted on the rotation disk and having a plurality of patterns, and a plurality of light emitting members mounted on the lamp socket and hidden in the housing. Thus, the housing is rotatable relative to the light emitting members, and the patterns of the housing are rotatable and movable relative to the light emitting members, so that the light beams of the light emitting members are projected outwardly through the patterns of the housing to produce rotatable and movable images by rotation of the housing, thereby enhancing the aesthetic quality of the lamp.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2009
    Inventor: Yang-Chung Chen
  • Patent number: 7308768
    Abstract: An exhibit including a non-planar outer piece formed from a plurality of substantially flat lenticular panels. The outer piece defines an interior and is configured to display an external view of the interior through the plurality of substantially flat lenticular panels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2007
    Assignee: Target Brands, Inc.
    Inventors: Mike L. Rice, April E. Jackson, James J. Marson
  • Patent number: 6948999
    Abstract: A “magic mirror” wand toy has a body having a mirror element that is partially transparent. An image illuminating apparatus is mounted rearward of the mirror element. An image transport apparatus has a plurality of images that can be positioned selectively and alternately in front of the illuminating apparatus. When an image is stationary, it is lit up and an audible message associated with the image may be played. The wand can be operated in sampling mode, in which each of the set of images is displayed in sequence, and in an individual selection mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2005
    Assignee: Thinking Technology Inc.
    Inventor: Albert Chan
  • Patent number: 6402344
    Abstract: A linear effects device for independently and simultaneously rotating two effects discs within a single axis for use in a conventional illumination system. The rotation of the second effects disc modifies the continuous image generated by the rotation of the first effect disc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 1998
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2002
    Inventor: Paul Palazzo
  • Patent number: 6306479
    Abstract: An art paper designed to facilitate the creation of kinetic art works. The term “kinetic art” refers to paintings or pictures, which have been designed to be shaped in a pleated manner and displayed in 3 dimensions to afford the viewer different images dependant upon the viewer's position in relation to the art. Kinetic art paper consists of a repeated pattern of long vertical strips of equal size separated by channels which define the precise location of where folds should be made to form a uniform pattern of pleats. The channels aid in the folding process. Image information is placed on the vertical strips, either through a manual painting or coloring process or through the use of a computer assisted printing program.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2001
    Inventor: Alan Feiertag
  • Patent number: 6286873
    Abstract: A visual display device for providing a continuous, non-reversing animated sequence of displayed images to an observer with a separation member; a plurality of interposed coded images fixed to a first surface of the separation member to form an image member; a plurality of shutter elements fixed to the second surface of the separation member, and a plurality of viewing elements interposed between the plurality of shutter elements to form a shutter member. The coded images, the plurality of shutter elements, and the plurality of viewing elements can share a common orientation and a given pitch. The image member may be transparent except for the plurality of coded images. A strand of flexible material may be provided for suspending the visual display device for continuous rotation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 1999
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2001
    Inventor: Rufus Butler Seder
  • Patent number: 6032392
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for producing an illusion of depth from a flat image. The apparatus includes a plurality of sheets, each being at least partially transparent and reflective and a light source. A design media having at least one of relatively thin linear and curvilinear design elements cut therein is positioned between the plurality of sheets and the light source. A frame is provided for holding the plurality of sheets therein and forms a slot therebehind for holding the design media. When the light source is illuminated an illusion of depth is produced for the at least one of relatively thin linear and curvilinear design elements cut into the design media. A display media including a plurality of color sectors separated by a plurality of sector lines is rotatably positioned between the design media and the light source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 1997
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2000
    Inventor: Robert Gordon
  • Patent number: 6009647
    Abstract: A display device consisting of a plurality of rotating segments each carrying elements of a message or sign, each rotating relative to each other, the center of rotation of each being concentric to each other. These segments are driven by a series of planetary gear systems or their equivalent, arranged in layers, each driving the next. To these segments may be attached a plurality of auxiliary devices, all driven by the same mechanism, which can enhance the attraction of the device, carry elements of the message, etc. Each segment or auxiliary device can be of a variety of shapes, colors, graphics, etc. Segments can be nested or overlapping, totally or in combination in any relation to each other. Message can be continuously or intermittently scrambled and unscrambled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 1998
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2000
    Inventor: Norman S. Feingold
  • Patent number: 5642930
    Abstract: A three-dimensional scenery lamp includes a housing with a display chamber defined therein which is bounded on one side by an opening permitting user viewing of an interior region of the chamber from outside of the housing. A platform is mounted interiorly of the chamber and is capable of supporting a plurality of objects thereon for providing three-dimensional scenery within the interior region of the chamber. A light source is disposed interiorly of the chamber for selectively illuminating the platform, and a sound producer is mounted within the housing which is capable of producing music in association with the viewing of objects on the platform. Preferably, the platform is supported for rotation and at least one other scenery platform is provided, the platforms being interchangeable with one another for varying the scenery in the chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 1995
    Date of Patent: July 1, 1997
    Inventor: Jackie C. Brown, Sr.
  • Patent number: 5609509
    Abstract: An amusement and recreational apparatus includes a rotatable support having at least one elongated flexible member in engagement therewith which includes a flexible light transmitting portion spaced from the rotatable support. Chemiluminescent liquid material is disposed within the interior of the flexible light transmitting portion. Structure is provided to rotate the rotatable support. The elongated flexible member changes shape during rotation to provide a variable light display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 1996
    Date of Patent: March 11, 1997
    Inventor: Bryan W. Stamos
  • Patent number: 5555658
    Abstract: A decorative lamp assembly includes an enclosure body having a cover portion and an electric bulb unit fixed in the enclosure body. A bowl-shaped transparent rotary member is mounted rotatably in the enclosure body and is located between the bulb unit and the cover portion. A pattern unit is indicated on the rotary member. A plurality of transparent rotary disks are formed with pattern units and are mounted rotatably within the rotary member between the bulb unit and the cover portion so that rays of light emitted from the bulb unit pass through the rotary disks and the rotary member and penetrate partially the cover portion to display silhouettes of the pattern units of the rotary disks and the rotary member on the external surface of the cover portion. A driving unit rotates the rotary disks and the rotary member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 1995
    Date of Patent: September 17, 1996
    Inventor: Chai-Chi Yu
  • Patent number: 5512876
    Abstract: The device according to the present invention allows the timed lighting in following phases of the structure and of the signals provided on two kinds of emergency triangles, a first one (2) provided on the vehicle, and a second one (3) that may be seen at distance, when the vehicle is forced to stop due to a damage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 1991
    Date of Patent: April 30, 1996
    Inventor: Vincenzo Brusca
  • Patent number: 5448455
    Abstract: Provided by this invention is an improved animated light signage device in which no electrical line connecting to an electrical wall outlet is used and no internal light source is used. The device has an animation element through which light flows and is forwarded through optical fibers to provide an animated light signage in one or more display face panels. A process for providing animated light signage by use of the device is also a part of the invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 1993
    Date of Patent: September 5, 1995
    Assignee: Fiber Optics Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Cyr A. Ryan
  • Patent number: 5406729
    Abstract: An electrically illuminated advertising display for continuously exhibiting consumer products in a range of colors. The advertising display has a light source in the interior of a housing; a translucent screen forming the front portion of the housing, at least one rotatable disk interposed between the translucent screen and the light source, at least one light conducting element interposed between the translucent screen and the rotating disk, and a small fractional horsepower motor for continuously rotating the disk. The translucent screen has a thin outer photographic film with a translucent base layer and a clear transparent sheet which is bonded at its outer edges to the photographic film. One end portion of the light conducting element is bonded to a clear plastic sheet behind the photographic film and has a shape which corresponds to a portion of an image on the photographic film.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 1993
    Date of Patent: April 18, 1995
    Assignee: Lettertech, Inc.
    Inventor: Jeffrey M. Bejin
  • Patent number: 5224901
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for displaying an anamorphic illusion utilizes two flat disks, each having different unrecognizable images on their top surfaces. A reflecting surface is positioned perpendicular to the disks. A viewer is able to see a recognizable composite reflected image of the two unrecognizable images by looking at the reflecting surface from any position around the circumference of the apparatus. Rotational motion is imparted to one of the two disks, creating an animated display on the reflecting surface. In another embodiment of the invention, lighting is added above and underneath the disks to illuminate the display and create a vivid and eye-catching attraction under any lighting conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 1992
    Date of Patent: July 6, 1993
    Assignee: The Walt Disney Company
    Inventors: Robert M. Dahl, John A. Werner, Joseph P. Cotter, Edmond J. Haro
  • Patent number: 5041947
    Abstract: A display device for producing a display, which device comprises a base, a rotatable member, first rotation means for rotating said rotatable member about a first axis, illumination means for producing a said display and arranged to be rotated about said first axis by said rotatable member, and second rotation means for causing movement (as herein defined) of said illumination means about a second axis different from and non-orthogonal to said first axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 1990
    Date of Patent: August 20, 1991
    Inventors: Kwok-Tung Yuen, Kenny M. Ho
  • Patent number: 4989124
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an improved solar powered sign including one or more solar panels used to charge batteries which power various components of the sign. The sign may include a rotary display which is electrically powered and may also include a lamp. The sign may be mounted on a base facilitating easy transport.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 1989
    Date of Patent: January 29, 1991
    Inventor: Thomas E. Shappell
  • Patent number: 4852283
    Abstract: A display device includes: a base, a crystal ball mounted on the base, an inner cylinder plugged in an opening of the crystal ball, a musical base driving a lower disk having a plurality of magnets fixed thereon, a creature mounted on an upper disk rotatably mounted on an upper portion of the inner cylinder having ferrous plates formed in the upper disk, so that upon a driving of a shaft of the musical box, the creature mounted on the upper disk will be rotated as magnetically attracted by the lower disk to vividly pose like a sportsman's action.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 1988
    Date of Patent: August 1, 1989
    Inventor: Hsieh-Yih Teng
  • Patent number: 4817163
    Abstract: A loud-speaker is combined with a device for producing lighting speakers is covered by two discs provided with openings and, for example, being formed of a grating. The inner disc of the discs, which is facing the speaker cone is rotatable, whereas the outer disc is stationary. Rotation of the rotatable disc is driven either via a motor or via driver members fixed to the speaker cone of the loud-speaker which are actuated by transmission of the vibrations of the speaker cone to the rotating disc in order to provide rotating movement. Light sources for illuminating the surface of the inner or, respectively, outer disc, which is facing the light sources, are provided either within the speaker cone or outside of the loud-speaker. The lighting effects are then generated by the rotation of the inner disc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 1987
    Date of Patent: March 28, 1989
    Inventor: Erich Stastny
  • Patent number: 4803791
    Abstract: The device exhibits images of products to be advertised mounted continually rotatable about axes arranged in a space in any manner, consisting of a supporting framework provided, at least at one end thereof, with a fixed element having an extended surface in transparent material, adapted to support images to be exhibited and, in a position facing the image-bearing element, with at least one rotatable element, bearing colors and other images, associated with a pivot freely rotatable on a support rigidly associated with the framework. The rotatable element is subject to continuous rotations alternating in both directions according to present angles, with respect to said fixed image-bearing element, by means of a miniaturized electronic circuit, independently powered by a battery and adapted to cause said pivot to rotate by magnetic repulsion between an intermittently powered coil and a permanent magnet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 1987
    Date of Patent: February 14, 1989
    Inventor: Giuseppe Dell'Acqua
  • Patent number: 4307528
    Abstract: A rotating display which gives the illusion of simultaneous movement in both the clockwise and counterclockwise directions is disclosed. The rotary display inclues a rotary reflector having a plurality of light reflecting surfaces formed thereon. Each of the light reflecting surfaces is planar and lies in a plane different from each of the reflecting surfaces located adjacent thereto. Means for rotating the reflector about a predetermined axis is provided. A reflective diffraction grating surrounds the reflector and reflects light emitted from a light source onto the reflector and out towards the observer of the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 1980
    Date of Patent: December 29, 1981
    Assignee: Trans-World Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventors: John G. Dewees, George N. Morgese
  • Patent number: 4173085
    Abstract: An illuminated animated picture comprises a preferably transparent front panel with a picture painted on the front surface thereof, this panel defining the forward member of a housing having a plurality of rotating discs therein which are illuminated from behind, these discs having "programmed" opaque portions, and the remaining portions being transparent, which cooperate with a multiplicity of holes drilled at strategic locations in the front panel to indicate stars, the moon, shimmering waters or other lighted areas of the picture which are caused to twinkle or glimmer due to the action of the rotating discs, the interior of the housing preferably being silvered except for broad areas on the front panel which are to emit a glow through the painting on the forward portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 1977
    Date of Patent: November 6, 1979
    Inventor: Pedro J. Cortez
  • Patent number: 4171882
    Abstract: A light reflective projection system is disclosed. The system includes a combination of a light source, at least one reflective or transparent disc having means for rotation thereof and a lens. In one embodiment, disc rotation is provided by the rotatable turntable of a record player. In this embodiment, the reflective or transparent discs may be carried by a record mounted on the record player, by a pedestal member mounted over the spindle of the record player, or by a differential speed ring having drive wheels which bear upon and are rotated by the label portion of the rotating record. A stationary support provides a location for an additional disc. The light source and lens are so mounted that light rays from the light source are projected downwardly through or onto one or more of the transparent or reflective rotating discs, then upwardly through the lens for projection upon the viewing surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 1978
    Date of Patent: October 23, 1979
    Inventors: Eugene Johnson, III, Dane J. Hansen
  • Patent number: 4085932
    Abstract: An amusement device providing a variety of lighting effects in which a housing is provided with a source of light positioned below two transparent turntables mounted for rotation, a mechanism for rotating the turntables, an independently operated mechanism for varying both the direction and speed of rotation of one of the turntables relative to the other, and a plurality of discs provided with a variety of cut-out patterns to be positioned on top of the turntables.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 1976
    Date of Patent: April 25, 1978
    Assignee: Tomy Kogyo Co., Inc.
    Inventor: Nubuo Hamano