Colored Lights Patents (Class 40/444)
  • Patent number: 10290177
    Abstract: To facilitate visual confirmation of the displayed content on a topper display device T211, from a direction in which the displayed content is visible, a gaming machine comprises: a gaming machine main body configured to run a game; a topper display device T211, which is provided on the gaming machine main body and configured to display game related content; and an illumination mechanism T3 provided to the topper display device T211 and configured to emit illumination light to all four directions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Inventors: Jun Hirato, Hayato Matsunaga, Gou Miyamoto
  • Patent number: 9803843
    Abstract: Disclosed is a retractable lighting fixture having a retractable LED lighting layer. One or more optical layers (40, 240A/B, 340A/B, 440) may optionally be provided over the LED lighting layer (30, 230, 330, 430). The optical layer(s) and the LED lighting layer may optionally be movable relative to one another between at least being in an expanded spaced relation to one another and a compressed relation to one another. One or more LEDs (34, 134, 234A/B, 334A/B, 434) on the LED lighting layer may be individually controllable and such LEDs (34, 134, 234A/B, 334A/B, 434) may be selectively extinguished when they are in a retracted position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Inventors: Dirk Valentinus René Engelen, Anthonie Hendrik Bergman, Tim Dekker, Bram Knaapen, Bartel Marinus Van De Sluis, Jochen Renaat Van Gheluwe
  • Patent number: 9711070
    Abstract: An illuminated signage includes a light source, a first light transmissive element having first facial features on it and being in a fixed position to convey a fixed message, and a second light transmissive element having second facial features and being in a moveable position relative to the fixed position of the first light transmissive element, to convey a variable message.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Inventor: Hal Jay Greene
  • Patent number: 9064433
    Abstract: A color changing display is provided that includes a frame structure having an inner surface, an outer surface, a front edge defining an open front portion of the frame structure, and a back edge defining an open back portion of the frame structure. A panel, having a front surface and a back surface, is attached to the back edge of the frame structure and covers the open back portion of the frame structure. One or more lights are secured to the inner surface of the frame structure and a light-transmitting substrate is attached to the front edge of the frame structure such that the light-transmitting substrate covers the open front portion of the frame structure. A combined image, comprising two or more images, is affixed to the light-transmitting substrate such that an appearance of the combined image changes in response to different colors of light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2015
    Assignee: Jumbie, LLC
    Inventors: Nicholas L. Jumblatt, Eric W. Francke
  • Patent number: 8807788
    Abstract: An information display device illuminates a light pipe, and includes a controller to regulate the power levels delivered to a light source, thereby regulating the amount of light delivered to the light pipe. Alternatively, the information display device delivers visual data, including alpha-numeric characters, predetermined images, or a controlled phasing. The information display device may be utilized to illuminate information associated with the structure. The illumination system provides the ability to phase between different colors, as well as blended colors. Accordingly, an information display device phases between varying colors, and may blend colors to create color schemes. The illumination system includes a control module disposed within the structure to control device parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Inventor: John Vira
  • Patent number: 8506115
    Abstract: An information display device illuminates a light pipe, and includes a controller to regulate the power levels delivered to a light source, thereby regulating the amount of light delivered to the light pipe. Alternatively, the information display device delivers visual data, including alpha-numeric characters, predetermined images, or a controlled phasing. The information display device may be utilized to illuminate information associated with the structure. The illumination system provides the ability to phase between different colors, as well as blended colors. Accordingly, an information display device phases between varying colors, and may blend colors to create color schemes. The illumination system includes a control module disposed within the structure to control device parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Inventors: Thomas J. Chadwell, Michael T. Romanyszyn, John Vira
  • Patent number: 8427278
    Abstract: Methods and systems for an automation and security system including a first sensor, a second sensor, and a controller. The first sensor detects a signal from an identification device indicative of a first authorized person in an exterior area near a door. The second sensor is coupled to a handle on the exterior surface of the door to detect a touch to the handle. The controller is configured to operate one or more lighting devices and a lock associated with the door. When the controller receives a signal from the first sensor indicative of the identification device in the exterior area near the door, it initiates a timer and operates one or more lighting devices to indicate a condition detected by the automation and security system. When the controller receives a signal from the second sensor indicative of a touch to the handle after the initiation of the timer and before the timer expires, it unlocks the door and turns on one or more lights in an interior area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2013
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Dennis M. Petricoin, Jr.
  • 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
  • Patent number: 7828470
    Abstract: In one implementation, a method provides a plurality of graphics. The method backlights the graphics by using reflected light and/or blocking direct light. The method also highlights one of the graphics by using direct light that overpowers the backlighting of the one of the graphics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2010
    Assignee: Flextronics Automotive Inc.
    Inventors: Maria Fedorenko, Gary Warren
  • Patent number: 7581342
    Abstract: A display device includes an ultraviolet light source, a color light source, and a filter selectively hit by their lights. The filter has a first area part for displaying the first display contents excluding an overlapped parts when the ultraviolet light is emitted, a second area part for the second display contents excluding the overlapped parts when the color light is emitted, and a third display part for displaying the overlapped parts when one of the ultraviolet and color light is emitted. The first area part blocks the color light and produces visible light when the ultraviolet light hits the first area part, the second area part allows the ultraviolet and color lights to pass therethrough, and the third area part allows the ultraviolet and color lights to pass therethrough and produces the visible light when the ultraviolet light hits the third area part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2009
    Assignee: Calsonic Kansei Corporation
    Inventors: Shigeru Egami, Kazuo Arai
  • Publication number: 20090183403
    Abstract: An arrangement for indicating an exceptional state using product-related information display units. The display units include at least of a display. The display includes visual display segments and a visual background. The color of the visual display segments and visual background can be changed electrically. The arrangement includes exceptional state indicating devices for indicating an exceptional state on the displays by changing the color of the background or the display segment segments or both.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 17, 2008
    Publication date: July 23, 2009
    Applicant: UPM-Kymmene Corporation
    Inventor: Gregory Wright
  • Patent number: 7406785
    Abstract: A display device selectively provides a first and second displays. A first light source emits first light, and a second light source emits second light having peak wavelength different from the first light, and a translucent sheet hit selectively by one of the first and second lights. The translucent sheet has first printed area parts formed on a first surface of the sheet to pass only the first light for providing the first display, second printed area parts formed on the first surface to pass only the second light for providing the second display, third printed area parts formed on the first surface to prevent light transmittance, and printed dimmer area parts formed on a second surface at areas corresponding to overlapped area parts of the first and second displays so as to suppress the first and second lights.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2008
    Assignee: Calsonic Kansei Corporation
    Inventor: Kunihiko Noguchi
  • Patent number: 7178279
    Abstract: A device for illuminating an existing sign (100) having a specific given pattern on its front side, and a method of manufacturing such a device. A removable laminate (102) is intended to be applied to the front side of the sign, and comprises a mainly transparent cast compound or matrix (200) and a number of light emitting diodes (104) embedded in the matrix together with associated connected diode wires. The light emitting diodes are positioned in a specific pattern adapted to the existing pattern of the sign. Furthermore, a control unit (110) is configured to provide the light emitting diodes with electric current from a source of power supply (112) connected to the control unit, and to control the current feeding to the light emitting diodes in accordance with a predetermined scheme.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2007
    Assignee: Sign Safety i Sverige AB
    Inventors: Robert Molvidson, Hartmuth Bodinger
  • Patent number: 7114829
    Abstract: A multi-facet full color illuminator is provided, including a case, a plurality of separated areas inside the case, a plurality of separators for forming separated areas and each separator being shared by two adjacent separated areas, a light source module inside each separated area, each light source module having at least two elements capable of emitting different colors of light, and a controller for adjusting the electric current to control the brightness of each light source module. By using the controller to adjust the electric current, a facet can display light of various color and brightness. This, combined with other facets can create more varieties of light patterns.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2006
    Inventor: Wen-Cheng Lai
  • Patent number: 7007417
    Abstract: An audio-visual display device for pictorial artwork is disclosed. The preferred embodiment has a universal backbox which contains a lightboard capable of lighting up any and/or all sections of a pictorial artwork placed above it, a hidden electric eye for detecting when the viewer wishes to see a snippet of an audio-visual sequence, a speaker, a memory for storing snippets of an audio sequence, and a microprocessor which receives signals from the electric eye and controls the speaker and the lightboard in accordance with an audio-visual sequence which brings to life the pictorial artwork.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2006
    Assignee: M.H. Segan Limited Partnership
    Inventors: Marc H. Segan, Richard Awad
  • Patent number: 6950088
    Abstract: The electrical scan which applies data for one of the red, green and blue colors of a liquid crystal display (LCD) to the pixels of each row of the display and the optical scan of the panel with the color stripe of that color are synchronized to ensure sufficient time for the switching of the pixel from one color value to another. Synchronizing the electrical and optical scans creates a better color rendition of the displayed image without any inter-color mixing artifacts. Arrays or groups of photosensors are positioned laterally adjacent the active portion of the panel and each array is covered by a filter which passes light of only one of the three colors (red, green and blue) used in the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2005
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V.
    Inventor: Sandeep M. Dalal
  • Patent number: 6851209
    Abstract: An integrated advertisement board includes a frame, several light emitting elements arranged on the frame in a form of a matrix, and a controlling circuit electrically connected to the light emitting element; the controlling circuit is used for making each light emitting element emit light and stop emitting light in an alternate way for the light emitting element to present patterns as well as for the patterns to have constantly changing appearance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2005
    Assignee: Gen-Home Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jui-Sheng Lin, Yuan-Tai Hsieh
  • Patent number: 6722066
    Abstract: Disclosed is an apparatus for displaying at least one image by applying the image to a transparent substrate and portraying the image using one or more colored translucent substances limited to specific wavelengths of the visible light spectrum substantially matching the color of the transparent substrate and treating the non-image area on the transparent substrate with an opaque substance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2004
    Inventor: James Cheung
  • Patent number: 6685339
    Abstract: The specification and drawings describe and show one embodiment of the present invention in the form of a sparkle light bulb with a plurality of different colored LED bulbs controlled by a circuit that selectively operates the LED bulbs in color wash mode or color dance mode. The controller circuit also has memory for further selectively locking the LED bulbs in a desired color pattern. The sparkle light housing has guides for aligning and guiding the lamp bulb into a multi-pin receptacle. It is emphasized that this abstract is provided to comply with the rules requiring an abstract that will allow a searcher or other reader to quickly ascertain the subject matter of the technical disclosure. It is submitted with the understanding that it will not be used to interpret or limit the scope of meaning of the claims. 37 CFR 1.72(b).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2004
    Assignee: Polaris Pool Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Jerry Daughtry, Douglas Ruthenberg
  • Patent number: 6564696
    Abstract: An apparatus is disclosed comprising a display device. The apparatus may also be comprised of a beverage pitcher onto which the display device can be placed. The display device can be placed in a first or a second state. In the first state the display device provides a first visual indication of a first type of beverage which is within the beverage pitcher. In the second state the display device provides a second visual indication of a second type of beverage which is within the beverage pitcher. The display device may be comprised of a sliding member for allowing or preventing a first or a second designation for a first or a second type of beverage to be displayed. The beverage pitcher in one embodiment is a coffee pot. The first type of beverage may be decaffeinated coffee and the second type of beverage may be caffeinated or regular coffee. In other embodiments, a coffee machine includes an indicator device which indicates whether coffee is decaffeinated or not.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2003
    Inventor: Lawrence J. Koncelik, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20030002295
    Abstract: An apparatus capable of displaying a luminescent icon includes a light source and a light pipe capable of allowing light to propagate therethrough. The light pipe has a first end capable of receiving light from the light source and a second end capable of emitting the light from the light source, wherein the second end has a shape corresponding to the luminescent icon. A method capable of displaying a luminescent icon includes emitting a light from a light source and forming the light into a shape corresponding to the luminescent icon.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2001
    Publication date: January 2, 2003
    Inventor: Gian-Paolo Musumeci
  • Patent number: 6382814
    Abstract: A decorative lighting display composed of ornaments, each having a form resembling a snowflake and illuminated by a light or lights. The illumination of the ornaments is sequenced by an electronic controller to create the illusion of falling snow when the display is mounted on a house, tree or other surface. The ornaments may be connected electrically by multi-conductor connectors which are wired in a configuration that maintains the proper sequence of ornament illumination as additional ornaments are added to the display. The controller has features that allow for adjustment of the sequencing rate and direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2002
    Inventor: Daniel W. Petrocelli
  • Patent number: 6312141
    Abstract: The lamp assembly includes an emitting framework, a supporting ball, radiating levers and electronic-controller. The emitting framework is connected to the radiating levers via the supporting ball; the radiating levers to which explosion lamps and flashing lamps attach are bent into such a shape as to produce the effect of fireworks exploding; the electronic-controller is connected with firing lamps, explosive lamps and flashing lamp. The specially manufactured lamp assembly can effectively simulate the explosion process of fireworks controlled by electronic-control system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2001
    Inventor: Limin Liu
  • Patent number: 6299338
    Abstract: An exemplary lighting apparatus comprises a light source such as an LED, a transmissive body optically coupled to the light source, and at least one region of luminescent material formed on a portion of the transmissive body, the at least one region of luminescent material forming an ornamental design on the transmissive body, wherein the at least one region of luminescent material absorbs light having a first spectrum transmitted through the transmissive body and emits light having a second spectrum outside of the transmissive body. The lighting apparatus can be used in a decorative manner, such as for holiday lighting or as a display. The lighting apparatus can be used to display a variety of patterns and shapes and can operate safely at low power over a long lifetime.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2001
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Lionel Monty Levinson, Alok Mani Srivastava, Steven Jude Duclos, Anil Raj Duggal
  • Patent number: 6105289
    Abstract: A display system for translucent objects comprising a shelf having an upper surface and a lower surface with apertures extending through the shelf. A fiber optic strand has an input end and an output end positioned through each aperture with its output end located at the upper surface of a shelf and with the strands extending downwardly to the bottom end and rearwardly thereof and terminating at a remote location. A source of illumination is located adjacent to the input end with a color wheel is rotatable in a path of travel between the source of illumination and the input ends of the bundle, the color wheel including segments of different colors whereby rotation of the color wheel while the source of illumination is illuminated will effect a continuous change of colors at the output end for providing a simulated internal luminescence of the objects being displayed. A supplemental shelf is located above the shelf with a lower surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2000
    Assignee: Advanced Power Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Devin Grandis
  • Patent number: 6036334
    Abstract: An illuminating apparatus is formed with an ultraviolet lamp and at least one incandescent lamps that repeat a predetermined illumination pattern in which the lamps are turned on, gradually brightened within a predetermined period, gradually dimmed out within a predetermined period subsequent to a period for the maximum illumination thereof, and then turned off, to light a picture, which is supported on a frame to which the illuminating apparatus is attached, to be recognized as nighttime and daytime views with natural changes therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 1996
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2000
    Assignee: Timely Elegance Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Kazuo Nakano
  • Patent number: 5863109
    Abstract: A phantom color light mirror including a mirror, a plurality of colored light sources, and a central control device. The mirror is composed of a transparent sheet having a reflective layer affixed to a rear surface thereof. A plurality of lines of a sufficient width are used to engrave the reflective layer with a graphic design visible from the front side of the transparent sheet. The operation of the colored light sources are controlled by the central control device. The mirror, the light sources and the central control device may be accommodated in a cabinet. A refracting device may further be disposed behind the mirror to provide enhanced visual effects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 1996
    Date of Patent: January 26, 1999
    Inventor: Chung-Tai Hsieh
  • Patent number: 5836676
    Abstract: A light emitting display apparatus has pixels arranged in rows to display a predetermined image, each of the pixels being composed of red and green, or blue and yellow light emitting diodes, lenses provided on the pixels, each of the lenses horizontally diffusing lights emitted from the red and green, or blue and yellow light emitting diodes, and vertically diverging the lights, a driver for driving the red and green, or blue and yellow light emitting diodes to be turned on in accordance with predetermined light intensities, thereby representing various colors including a white color. In the light emitting display apparatus, therefore, the displayed image is easy to be recognized, the number of the LEDs and the power consumption are decreased, and the density of pixels is increased.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 17, 1998
    Assignee: Koha Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Akira Ando, Mitsuji Sekine
  • Patent number: 5695269
    Abstract: An LCD display is backlit by a main light pipe with LEDs of a first color along one edge or opposed edges which uniformly flood the display with the first color, and with an LED of a second color coupled by a second light pipe to another edge to introduce light to local areas of the main light pipe. Filters of the second color over the local areas are illuminated by the second color LED. Prismatic sheets between the main light pipe and the LCD aid in the uniform distribution of the first color and improve display brightness by directing light toward the operator's eyebox.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 1996
    Date of Patent: December 9, 1997
    Assignee: Delco Electronics Corporation
    Inventors: Raymond Lippmann, Michael John Schnars, James Edward Nelson, Mark James Miller
  • Patent number: 5269719
    Abstract: A light show mechanism is provided that includes light brackets which are mounted for rotation on opposite ends of a platform. The light brackets have at least two spaced lamps mounted thereon. The platform rotates about a central axis. As the platform rotates, the light brackets travel in a planetary path. The light brackets rotate on the platform as the platform rotates so that its lights sweep out aesthetically pleasing designs. The rate of rotation of the light brackets can be changed independently of each other to change the design formed by the lights.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 1992
    Date of Patent: December 14, 1993
    Assignee: Handi-Pac, Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald R. Klawitter, Jerrald Spencer
  • Patent number: 5075993
    Abstract: A color display apparatus includes a mechanism for storing images on a plurality of partially transparent sheets. A drive mechanism brings one sheet into viewing position as another sheet simultaneously withdraws in the same direction to produce a smooth dissolve of the projected image. Silk screened stripes of material on the sheets prevent the sheets from rubbing against each other and harming the graphic information and otherwise prevent mechanical interference between the sheets. By contouring the surface of the screen, it is possible to create a three dimensional image by illuminating the rear surface with a television screen or other image storage or producing device. It is further possible to obtain a digitized color display by placing a fluorescent bulb behind the cells of the digitizing screen with each cell containing at least one liquid crystal element and at least one color filter element and then selectively controlling the liquid crystals to produce the digitized color display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 1988
    Date of Patent: December 31, 1991
    Inventor: Stephen Weinreich
  • Patent number: 4970812
    Abstract: A sheet type large display unit includes a thin, flexible back sheet which is capable of being rolled up, the flexible back sheet having a plurality of electrical connections formed thereon in rows and columns; a plurality of display dot devices mounted on the front surface of the back sheet in a matrix arrangement, each display dot device including four light emitting diodes mounted on a printed circuit board substrate and connected with the electrical connections; a thin, flexible transparent display sheet which is capable of being rolled up, the display sheet being in covering relation to the display dot devices; and an adhesive which secures the peripheral edge of the display sheet in sealing relation to the peripheral edge of the back sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 1989
    Date of Patent: November 20, 1990
    Assignee: Stanley Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Issei Tanaka, Akio Uchida, Tadashi Irie
  • Patent number: 4924356
    Abstract: An illumination system for a display device includes a plurality of lenslets which provide partially collimated light with respect to at least one axis of the display. A light box provides uncollimated light to the lenslets. The light box includes a reflector having apertures which transmit light from the light box to the lenslets. The internal surfaces of the light box and the reflector are highly and diffusely reflective and a high percentage of the light reaches the lenslets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 1988
    Date of Patent: May 8, 1990
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Park French, Wilbur C. Stewart
  • Patent number: 4641446
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for producing a multisided, multicolored display which includes an enclosure with a plurality of translucent light scattering sides, top and bottom. A plurality of light sources are positioned in a spaced apart relationship to radiate sufficiently to illuminate all of the light scattering sides. Each of the light sources is of a different color, and the radiation from each source overlaps radiation from the other sources on the light scattering sides. A plurality of symbols may be interposed between the light sources and the light scattering sides to create colored images. Each of the enclosures represents a module, wherein several discrete modules are structured in a matrix fashion, and the entire matrix comprises the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 1985
    Date of Patent: February 10, 1987
    Inventor: Thomas L. Jackson
  • Patent number: 4386916
    Abstract: A mental functions complexity model is provided that is suitable for demonstrating, in three-dimensional perspective, the interrelationships of the various mental functions performed by the human brain. The model preferably includes an opaque, upturned, hemispherical base fixedly supported by a saddle, a circular, rotatable, translucent, horizontal disc panel on top of and covering the base, a pair of intersecting, semi-circular, translucent, upright discs mounted in perpendicular relationship to one another above the horizontal disc and being rotatable independently of the horizontal panel, a central translucent light-diffusing hemispherical member centrally located in relation to the horizontal and upright discs, a plurality of independently variable light sources located within the base and below the horizontal disc, and motor drives located within the base for rotating the horizontal and vertical discs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 1982
    Date of Patent: June 7, 1983
    Inventor: George M. Beal
  • Patent number: 4357771
    Abstract: An optical filter transforms defined color light images from television sets, projectors, and the like, into an endless variety of color abstracts. A plurality of light-collector channels conduct light from a color image to a translucent display screen, each channel diffusing and averaging light passing therethrough.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 1980
    Date of Patent: November 9, 1982
    Assignee: Mobius Communication, Inc.
    Inventor: Howard F. Olds
  • Patent number: 4305223
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an illuminated eyeball for toys which comprises a plurality of light emitting diodes (LED), a power apparatus for supplying electrical power to said plurality of light emitting diodes and a plurality of switches which placed under the suitable parts of a plaything's body. By means of the touch or switch of the abovementioned switches, the light emission diodes can emit changeable light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 1979
    Date of Patent: December 15, 1981
    Inventor: Teng S. Ho
  • Patent number: 4296562
    Abstract: A multiplicity of optic fibers are secured at their outer ends in a spaced-apart pattern at the front surface of a viewing panel and at their inner ends in a concentrated, spaced-apart pattern at the rear, input surface of a reader panel for registry with correspondingly spaced holes arranged in an elongated tape in patterns of letters, numbers and/or other desired indicia to be displayed for viewing in greatly enlarged form. A source of light is positioned on the side of the tape opposite the inner ends of the optic fibers for illuminating those fibers which register with holes in the tape. Drive mechanism is provided for moving the tape past the inner ends of the optic fibers for producing a traveling light display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 1979
    Date of Patent: October 27, 1981
    Inventor: George A. Sanborn
  • Patent number: 4259800
    Abstract: A display apparatus is provided comprising a plurality of spaced lights with reflectors operatively associated with the lights which are isolated from one another. A circuit is provided for actuating the lights for selected periods of time to create an appearance of sequencing. Shaped lenses having the form of alphabetic characters or the like are associated with the lights and are illuminated thereby to achieve a desired effect. The reflectors and seperators associated therewith are connected together in a monolithic structure. The reflectors are asymmetrically formed in the case of asymmetrically shaped alphabetic characters in order to direct the light most appropriately through the shaped lenses. Sequencing is provided by the use of a binary counter, the output of which selectively actuates the lights.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 1979
    Date of Patent: April 7, 1981
    Inventor: Alexander Schoenfeld
  • Patent number: 4249331
    Abstract: An attractive dynamic star burst display is provided in which a plurality of light sources preferably of different colors, are mounted behind a translucent enclosure, and relative movement is provided for effectively changing the distances between the light sources and the regions of the surface where their various rays are being viewed. The translucent enclosure includes a layer of intrinsically transparent material having a smooth inner surface facing the light sources and an embossed outer surface having a multifaceted pyramidal prism system for directing rays of light from the light sources in dynamically changing light patterns in accordance with the optical and geometric relationship involved, including the position of the viewer's eyes, the multi-facets on the embossed outer surface and the effective distance between the respective light sources and the respective regions on the embossed outer surface where the rays of light are being seen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 1979
    Date of Patent: February 10, 1981
    Inventor: John B. Vernon
  • Patent number: 4197671
    Abstract: This invention relates to a kinematic art form and amusement device that produces a wide variety of pleasing visual illusions through the combination of a rotating patterned body and pulsating light source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 1977
    Date of Patent: April 15, 1980
    Inventor: Walter W. De Brouwer
  • Patent number: 4065865
    Abstract: A multiplicity of preferably coherent light sources are disposed along a common axis and are separated from one another by interposed opaque shields in the form of disks of progressively increasing diameters transverse to that axis. Each source confronts an associated screen with an annular light-receiving zone, which (except in the case of the last screen) may be integral with the respective shields, illuminated by light from all the preceding sources. The light sources may be individually modulated by external signals, e.g. oscillations derived from sound waves, to provide a visual pattern thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 1976
    Date of Patent: January 3, 1978
    Assignee: Societe Cyberson
    Inventor: Stephan Chovan