Variable Reading Stationary Exhibitor Patents (Class 40/453)
  • Patent number: 10123634
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a display unit that is rugged, re-usable, and configured for quick (and tool-free) assembly. The display unit may be used as a specialty display in a retail store for a limited-time marketing campaign. The display unit includes a foldable frame having a plurality of vertical panels joined at vertical fold lines, with display graphics and a scannable display code for retail activation. The foldable frame is also is configured to support at least one shelf. In some embodiments, the foldable frame of the display unit is pre-adhered (e.g., a first side panel and a second side panel are adhered along respective vertical fold lines to a back panel) and desired shelf heights for the display unit are pre-configured before shipment of the display unit to a merchant. In this way, the display unit can be quickly constructed by the merchant with the desired shelf heights.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: INNERWORKINGS, INC.
    Inventors: Jodi Volz, Aaron Rieke
  • Patent number: 10021995
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a temporary display rack that is rugged, re-usable, and easy to assemble. The temporary display rack may be used as a specialty display in a retail store for a limited-time marketing campaign. The temporary display rack includes a chassis (e.g., a disposable chassis) which has at least two display panels with display graphics and a scannable display code (e.g., a unique scannable display code) for retail activation. The temporary display rack also includes a plurality of shelves (e.g., disposable shelves) configured to be supported by the disposable chassis. The disposable chassis and disposable shelves are typically made of a honeycombed cardboard material. The temporary display rack includes a re-usable base configured to support the chassis and shelves. Typically the re-useable base is made of plastic, and as such it can be kept and utilized with a new disposable chassis and disposable shelves for a new marketing campaign.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: INNER WORKINGS, INC.
    Inventors: Jodi Volz, Aaron Rieke
  • Publication number: 20150143728
    Abstract: An advertisement element (2) having an underside adapted for positioning on a flat surface and an upper side comprising an advertisement surface with advertisement information, wherein the advertisement surface comprises a plurality of protrusions (12), wherein each protrusion (12) comprises a first display surface (14) with graphics applied to the surface, said surface (14) and graphics being oriented towards a first predefined viewpoint (4) and a second display surface with graphics applied to the surface, said surface and graphics being oriented towards a second predefined viewpoint (6), and wherein the advertisement information comprises a first image (8) composed of the combined graphics on the first display surfaces (14) and a second image composed of the combined graphics on the second display surfaces. A method of creating said advertisement element (2) and a method of capturing advertisement images.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 3, 2013
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventors: Christian Jokum Søndergard, Søren Støvelbaek Larsen
  • Patent number: 8893413
    Abstract: An art kit provides an artwork having two complementary pictures such that the viewing angle determines a resulting picture. A pair of sheets has complementary images thereon, a left hand image and a right hand image as defined. Each sheet is separable into a plurality of strips with tabs on each side that can be folded. Each strip of each sheet may be numbered evenly and oddly in sequence. The sequential numbers such as 1 and 2 are connected with vertical tabs being held together with clips to form one section of the two images, one side being left and the other right. All of the sections are then mounted to a backing board frame to form the artwork. If the sheets are without printed images, an artist may form such images on the sheets when the sheets are mounted in a coloring jig before separation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Inventor: William Gray Shepard
  • Patent number: 8800183
    Abstract: A picture has a paint receiving substrate covered by an array of bowl-shape indentations, each of which is marked around an interior periphery with different colors such that different amounts of said different colors are exposed to spectator view at respectively different angles of view together forming composite visual subject matter which varies in color when viewed from different angles. Some indentations have vertically extending surface portions adjacent their mouths and spaced apart from their mouths which can be round or hexagonal in shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Inventor: Brice Belisle
  • Patent number: 8723681
    Abstract: Various embodiments are generally directed to a system and method for providing emergency override of informational displays in an emergency notification system. An embodiment may include an emergency detection module coupled to a display override module. The display override module may be coupled to a third-party display driver. When an emergency condition is detected, the emergency detection module may use the display override module to override any display messages from the third-party display module in order to display an emergency display message. In an embodiment, the display override module may be a switch box. In another embodiment, the display override module may be a RSS feed subscribed to by the third-party display driver. Other embodiments are described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Tyco Fire & Security GmbH
    Inventors: Daniel G. Farley, Matthew Farley
  • Patent number: 8595964
    Abstract: An article having a surface bearing patterned indicia having micro-structures. A surface is provided with contrasting micro-structured features that form perceptible indicia or pattern having a recognizable pattern in reference to a background surface. The background surface is a micro-structured surface, on which perceptible indicia having the recognizable pattern of micro-structures are formed. The pattern of micro-structured features includes raised and/or recessed structures with respect to the substrate surface. The micro-structured surface includes irregular prisms forming structural features or topography within a plane of longitudinal rows of regular prisms. The indicia in reference to the background plane are perceivable, without requiring contrasting colors between the indicia and the background.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: Ubright Optronics Corporation
    Inventors: Kong-Hua Wang, Abbas Hosseini, Daniel Y. C. Ko
  • Publication number: 20130212918
    Abstract: Described herein is a kinetic artwork display wherein an image is displayed on a non-planar frame. Due to shading, the image appears concave to the observer, when in fact, the surface is convex. These displays may be used in advertising or packaging.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 19, 2013
    Publication date: August 22, 2013
    Inventor: Dominic Pangborn
  • Patent number: 8347535
    Abstract: The present invention provides a display and method of making thereof that can comprise comprising fragmenting a first image into a plurality of individual first image fragments, fragmenting a second image into a plurality of individual second image fragments, and positioning the first image fragments and the second image fragments at locations and at orientations in a three dimensional space to form a display having the first image visible when the display is viewed in one direction, the second image visible when the display is viewed in a different direction, and neither the first image nor the second image visible when the display is viewed in other directions. The invention also envisions a kit for making a display and a method for making an advertisement where two images can be viewed from two directions and not from any other direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Inventor: Thomas L. Cohlmia
  • Publication number: 20130000167
    Abstract: The invention relates to a figurative print for a plane print carrier. In a preferred embodiment, the figurative print comprises both a primary, a secondary, and a tertiary figurative element. Each of the three elements shows an angular displacement of between 0° and 90° in relation to a view of the print being parallel to the print carrier and being perpendicular to a base line on the plane print carrier so that the figurative print appears with a special effect, when the print is viewed from an oblique position relative to a perpendicular viewing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 12, 2012
    Publication date: January 3, 2013
    Inventor: Erik Brogaard THOMSEN
  • Publication number: 20120174447
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a security article, in particular a security document, comprising a security element (1) that comprises an optical system, comprising: a transparent or translucent substrate (2); on the side of a first surface (2a, 2b) of the substrate (2), a combined image comprising a plurality of encoded interleaved images (II); on the side of second surface (2a, 2b) of the substrate (2), opposite the first, an exposing screen (4) placed on top of the combined image, which enables the encoded images (Ii) to be observed during a change in the direction of observing the security element (1) relative to the optical system, wherein the encoded images (II) are observable from the side of the first surface and from the side of the second surface of the substrate (2).
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 19, 2010
    Publication date: July 12, 2012
    Applicant: ARJOWIGGINS SECURITY
    Inventor: Rèmi Vincent
  • Patent number: 8161672
    Abstract: A message generating apparatus is disclosed. A message generating apparatus, comprising: a message generating panel, the message generating panel comprising a first layer and a second layer, the first layer comprising a first base substance and a first see-through pattern. a light transparency of the first see-through pattern being higher than a light transparency of the first base substance, the second layer comprising a second base substance and a second see-through pattern, a light transparency of the second see-through pattern being higher than a light transparency of the second base substance is provided. The message generating panel can be configured to generate a message by a light having passed through the first see-through pattern and the second see-through pattern. The first see-through pattern and the second see-through pattern can be configured to generate a plurality of messages according to an angle of the light incident to the message generating panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2012
    Inventor: Ji-Yeon Song
  • Patent number: 8146277
    Abstract: A multi view display (5) provides different viewing angles for different images (3, 4). The display (5) may comprise a single screen on which two or more images (3, 4) are interleaved, or a number of overlapping screens on which respective images (3, 4) are displayed. Viewing manipulation means such as privacy films or lenticular arrays control the viewing angles for each image (3, 4). The multiview display (5) may be used in a vehicle, to simultaneously display a movie (3) to a passenger (1), and a navigation image (3) to a driver (2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2012
    Assignee: Puredepth Limited
    Inventor: Gabriel Damon Engel
  • Publication number: 20120023791
    Abstract: A bed 20 has an indicator 80 associated therewith. The indicator has a first visually perceivable state and a second visually perceivable state differing from the first state in response to a change in a direction a of observation. Collectively, the states inform an observer of a feature or capability of the bed. The indicator may be in W the form of a label 82 associable with the bed and having the first and second visually perceivable states for collectively indicating the capability or feature of the bed. In general, the indicator is associated with an article to convey information about the article.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 28, 2011
    Publication date: February 2, 2012
    Inventor: Richard H. Heimbrock
  • Patent number: 8006418
    Abstract: A plurality of patterns 40a through 40e comprising a plurality of plotting lines 41a to 41e of a predetermined width drawn parallel to each other at predetermined intervals and drawn inclined with respect to the axial direction of a can 3 are provided in staggered positions at intervals corresponding to the width of the plotting lines 2. Meanwhile, a plurality of linear opaque portions 21 of a predetermined width alternating with a plurality of linear transparent portions 22 of a predetermined width are provided parallel to each other on a cylindrical heat-shrink film 1 at an inclination angle corresponding to the angle of the plotting lines 41a through 41e on the can 3. This cylindrical heat-shrink film 1 is then mounted on the outside of the can 3. In this way, a container with screen part on which the pattern can be changed is provided in a way not possible before.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2011
    Assignee: Suntory Holdings Limited
    Inventor: Toshiya Kobayashi
  • Publication number: 20110185608
    Abstract: Described herein is a kinetic artwork display wherein an image is displayed on a non- planar frame. Due to shading, the image appears concave to the observer, when in fact, the surface is convex. These displays may be used in advertising or packaging.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 14, 2011
    Publication date: August 4, 2011
    Inventor: Dominic Pangborn
  • Patent number: 7971377
    Abstract: A lenticular image display is provided for showing two or more changing images and/or three-dimensional (3D) motion effects, including a lenticular panel having an array of linear lenses, at least one image carrier bearing interlaced images disposed behind the lenticular panel in close contact with it, means for angularly aligning the lenses of the lenticular panel and the interlaced images of the image carrier, drive means for producing movement of the image carrier relative to the lenticular panel, a support disposed behind the image carrier, and partially compressed rings or other arcuate elastic elements disposed between the image carrier and the support, urging the image carrier in close contact with the lenticular panel, the arcuate elastic elements also being able to roll against the image carrier so as to facilitate the movement of the image carrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2011
    Inventor: Qun Zheng
  • Publication number: 20110069360
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a grating image (30) for depicting a motif (24) that moves upon tilting the grating image (30) about a tilt axis (20), having two or more grating fields (32, 34, 36) having a viewing-angle-dependent visual appearance, that each include an electromagnetic-radiation-influencing grating pattern composed of a plurality of grating lines, and exhibit a preferred direction that establishes a viewing angle from which the appropriate grating field (32, 34, 36) is visually distinguishable, wherein, according to the present invention, the grating fields (32, 34, 36) are formed from a plurality of sub-regions nested within each other (32-i, 34-i, 36-i), and each grating field (32, 34, 36) displays a motif (24) view (24-A, 24-B, 24-C) that is shifted substantially along the tilt axis (20), wherein the viewing angles for the visual distinguishability and the shifts of the motif views (24-A, 24-B, 24-C) of the grating fields (32, 34, 36) are coordinated with each other such that, upon til
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 7, 2008
    Publication date: March 24, 2011
    Applicant: GIESECKE & DEVRIENT GMBH
    Inventors: Marius Dichtl, Thomas Gerhardt
  • Patent number: 7870686
    Abstract: A subway tunnel light box for displaying a back-lighted image to a viewer inside of a subway car traveling in the subway tunnel in which a transparent video display for displaying a number of images, such as an LCD, is mounted in the light box and a narrow light source, preferably having a width of one pixel, is positioned in the box behind each of the images at a distance less than a typical viewing distance so that each image is illuminated by an associated narrow light source with an associated narrow light source horizontal illumination angle substantially the same as a preselected perceived horizontal viewing angle calculated for the typical viewing distance based upon a physical height of the transparent video display and a desired aspect ratio of a perceived image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2011
    Inventor: Stephen P. Hines
  • Patent number: 7827712
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for displaying back-lighted images to viewers moving along a path of travel past viewing boxes containing transparent images illuminated by substantially vertical light sources which are then reflected to obtain a shallow light box depth relative to the transparent images, the light sources being located behind the transparent images, relative to the viewer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2010
    Inventor: Stephen P. Hines
  • Publication number: 20100271597
    Abstract: Systems and methods for displaying images to viewers in motion are provided. According to some embodiments, an image display system generally comprises an image source and a lensboard. The image source can be configured to present one or more images outwardly from the image source. The lensboard can comprise at least one curved lens. The curved lens can have a generally curved cross section and a focal distance. The curved lens may also be a cylinder. The lensboard can be spaced apart from the image source at a distance less than the focal distance. A method to display images that appear animated to a viewer in motion relative to the can generally comprise providing an image source configured to direct one or more images outwardly from said image source, and providing a lensboard having a focal distance spaced apart from the image source at a distance less than the focal distance. Other aspects, features, and embodiments are also claimed and described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2008
    Publication date: October 28, 2010
    Applicant: Submedia LLC
    Inventors: Joshua Spodek, John Butziger
  • Publication number: 20100186271
    Abstract: A lenticular image display is provided for showing two or more changing images and/or three-dimensional (3D) motion effects, including a lenticular panel having an array of linear lenses, at least one image carrier bearing interlaced images disposed behind the lenticular panel in close contact with it, means for angularly aligning the lenses of the lenticular panel and the interlaced images of the image carrier, drive means for producing movement of the image carrier relative to the lenticular panel, a support disposed behind the image carrier, and partially compressed rings or other arcuate elastic elements disposed between the image carrier and the support, urging the image carrier in close contact with the lenticular panel, the arcuate elastic elements also being able to roll against the image carrier so as to facilitate the movement of the image carrier.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 7, 2007
    Publication date: July 29, 2010
    Inventor: Qun Zheng
  • Patent number: 7676969
    Abstract: A display frame for supporting an image insert for display is provided. The display frame comprises i) an abutment structure for supporting the image insert for display; ii) an upright member including a first connection member and a second connection member; and iii) an interlocking mechanism for interlocking the first connection member and the second connection member. The upright member has a first substantially planar state and a second non-planar display state, and is operable to support the abutment structure. The interlocking mechanism is operable to interlock the first connection member and the second connection member such that the upright member is in the second non-planar display state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2010
    Inventor: Sam Davis
  • Patent number: 7594349
    Abstract: A toy device unit that includes a pair of stacked transparent plates coupled to a housing. A user can write images on each plate. Mounted to the housing is a first light source aligned with an edge of the first plate and a second light source aligned with an edge of the second plate. The unit has a switch that can be moved by a user to illuminate either the first plate or the second plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2009
    Inventors: Elliot Rudell, Roger Gardner
  • Patent number: 7538689
    Abstract: Methods and systems use a programmable sign display located in proximity to a traffic light to provide information to motorists upon the motorists directing their attention toward the traffic light. The programmable sign display may receive programming for content to be displayed in various ways, such as through an interface to a telephone network accessible by a cell phone that sends programming information to the sign. The programmable sign may be used to inform motorists of a radio frequency upon which relevant information such as advertising or traffic reports is being broadcast. The programmable sign may be used to provide textual or graphical information, such as an instruction to motorists that relates to avoiding an approaching emergency vehicle. Additionally, management of the sign is provided to coordinate programming and control of the content being displayed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2009
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventor: Michael A. Haase
  • Patent number: 7525510
    Abstract: A sign structure having a display, movable member and computer means creates a unique vehicle for displaying content. In one version, the movable member is adjacent to the display and substantially shields a portion of the display as it traverses thereover. Coordinated content transmitted to the display gives the appearance that the movable member is influencing the displayed content. For example, as the member moves upward an image below the member stretches in size while an image above the member compresses in size until the upper image disappears and the lower image occupies the entire visible portion of the display. This continues as the member traverses up and down over the display. The member may appear to manipulate the images by stretching, compressing, pushing, pulling and/or erasing them.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2009
    Assignee: Wynn Resorts Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: Graham N. Beland, William J. Buttram, Michael H. Cox, James B. Gover, James J. Gietzen, John C. Lester, Donald D. Rolfe, Rodney D. Wardle, John S. Williams, Brian W. Young, Scott Fisher
  • Patent number: 7489384
    Abstract: An image display system of the type which may be used to present video images to occupants of a vehicle (10), such as a subway train, by briefly illuminating individual images provided on display boards (14) in a tunnel or the like, in sequence, so that occupants of the vehicle (10) observe a motion picture. One aspect of the invention provides a control unit for an image display system including a series of images (16) positioned along the path of a vehicle and lighting for briefly illuminating individual images and a detector (20) arranged to output repeated measurements of the speed of a passing vehicle. The control unit comprises a processing means including a first system arranged to process the repeated speed measurements to produce an instantaneous estimate of the position of the vehicle along the vehicle path, and a second system arranged to derive the illumination timings from the instantaneous estimate of the position of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2009
    Assignee: In-Tunnel Ltd.
    Inventors: Jeffrey Dennis Evemy, Richard White
  • Patent number: 7365895
    Abstract: A display device comprising the following arranged from light input side in the order listed below: a first reflector having a semi-transmissive and semi-reflective property; a translucent porous body having a plurality of pores in which a translucent material is filled, each of the pores having a substantially smaller diameter than the wavelength of input light; and a second reflector having a perfect reflection property, or a semi-transmissive and semi-reflective property. The average complex refractive index of the translucent porous body is changeable with respect to each display dot, and the wavelength of light absorbed by the translucent porous body is changeable with respect to each display dot according to the average complex refractive index. In this way, the input light is modulatable, and the modulated light is outputted from the first reflector and/or the second reflector to perform image display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2008
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventor: Yuichi Tomaru
  • Patent number: 7356953
    Abstract: A display assembly is provided comprising; (a) an image insert, the image insert being bendable from a planar configuration to a non-planar display configuration, wherein the image insert comprises a plurality of first surfaces for displaying a first image, and a plurality of second surfaces for displaying a second image; and (b) a display frame for supporting the image insert in the non-planar display configuration. The display frame comprises an abutment structure for abutting the plurality of first surfaces and the plurality of second surfaces to secure the plurality of first surfaces at a non-zero angle relative to the plurality of second surfaces and to resist unbending of the image insert. Optionally, the display assembly may be part of a book.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2008
    Inventor: Samuel Davis
  • Patent number: 7210257
    Abstract: The claimed invention provides a self-actuating lenticular display assembly that places the lenticular image in intimate contact with the lenticular lens while maintaining the lenticular image separate from the lenticular lens to form the lenticular display. The lenticular display assembly further comprises a rigid back plate placed behind the lenticular display so that the lenticular image moves in a parallel plane between the lenticular lens and the rigid back plate, a motor that accomplishes movement of the lenticular image in relation to the lenticular lens, alignment mechanisms that allow the lenticular image to be incrementally adjusted in relation to the lenticular lens, and different means for maintaining intimacy between the lenticular image and the lenticular lens, thus eliminating undesirable “soft spots” that may occur.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2007
    Inventor: William R. McKinley
  • Patent number: 7137215
    Abstract: An animation frame including a front frame body, a back plate installed therein with a grating plate and frame brackets, a moveable plane plate stuck with pictures, a battery, an IC circuit board and coils etc. The grating plate is placed on the pictures on the plane plate and fixed on a main body of the back plate; the plane plate has two notches respectively on its upper and lower edges, a vertical plane perpendicular to the plane plate has thereon a magnet between the two coils of the main body. The main body has thereon a movable device connecting with a movable screw and being fixed or adjusted to slide left or right to adjust the angular position of the plane plate. The main body has therein two movable screws connectable with the main body to adjust the plane plate in up and down moving.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2006
    Assignee: Trusty Industrial Inc.
    Inventor: Tony Chuang
  • Patent number: 7124893
    Abstract: A packaging unit delimiting a space in which an article can be located such as an article containing a cosmetic product. The packaging includes at least one portion configured so that, when seen in a first direction, at least a part of the article can be seen and, when seen in a second direction different from the first, a first decorative motif can be seen. The portion includes at least one first transparent element allowing the article to be viewed, and at least one second element having the first motif associated, with the two elements extending in different planes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2006
    Assignee: L'Oreal
    Inventor: Mathilde Winckels
  • Patent number: 7086187
    Abstract: A display and an associated method of making the display are disclosed. The display is characterized by one or more partial image carriers, each having mounted thereon a partial image, and arranged at predetermined locations and orientations such that they cooperatively define a desired transitory complete image design or logo when viewed by an observer passing by a predetermined viewing area relative to the display. Several embodiments are disclosed which achieve the desired result. One embodiment includes a fragmented arrangement of multiple partial image carriers where the partial image carriers may be constructed from two-dimensional flat plates or three-dimensional solid objects or a combination of both. Another embodiment utilizes partially transparent partial image carriers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2006
    Inventor: Husam Yousef Bandak
  • Patent number: 6908653
    Abstract: A system for making at least one visual advertisement using at least one stepped surface, comprising: an array of decals displaying one or more visual advertisements on a stepped surface; a plurality of signage substrates wherein the decals are applied to the signage substrates, and; at least one guide mechanism adhered to the stepped surface, wherein each of the signage substrates is positioned by the guide mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2005
    Inventor: Margaret A. Keane
  • Patent number: 6886280
    Abstract: Apparatus for displaying still images that appear animated to viewers in motion relative to those images includes a backboard, a plurality of images mounted on a backboard, and a slitboard mounted between the backboard and the viewer. As viewers pass by, the slitboard acts like a shutter creating an animation effect. Various backboard and slitboard side profiles, such as, for example, parallel and vertical, parallel and non-vertical, parallel and nonplanar, and nonparallel and nonplanar, can be used to facilitate installation of the apparatus in spatially-constrained environments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2005
    Assignee: Submedia, LLC
    Inventors: Joshua D. Spodek, Matthew H. Gross, Brian Mills
  • Patent number: 6865834
    Abstract: A display apparatus has a lens sheet with a plurality of unit columnar lenses arranged so as to be parallel to one another, and is disposed on the observation side of a display panel, spaced therefrom by a layer of air. The direction of the ridge lines of the unit columnar lenses of the lens sheet, seen from the observation side, are non-parallel to the direction of an edge of the display panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2005
    Assignee: Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kumpei Oda, Humihiro Arakawa, Keiji Kashima
  • Patent number: 6845578
    Abstract: A display system for presenting multiple images from a single art object depending upon the observer's viewing angle comprising a housing, a protective cover, a distortion lens, an art object, a support means for securing a lighting system contained within the housing, and a cooling system and power source within the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2005
    Inventor: Stephen J. Lucas
  • Publication number: 20040231206
    Abstract: A display unit that moves an indicia carrier and displays changing advertisements through a window is disclosed. The drive system positively drives the indicia carrier through its cycles and the dwell time as the direction reverses twice in each cycle is reduced. The speed of the indicia carrier increases after it makes a direction reverse. In the preferred embodiment the speed between direction reverses is kept as constant as possible. The indicia carrier can cycle in either a horizontal or a vertical direction. The indicia carrier can also be held against the window as it moves.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 30, 2004
    Publication date: November 25, 2004
    Inventors: Theodore E. Liebman, Robert H. Levitt
  • Publication number: 20040216342
    Abstract: Apparatus for displaying still images to viewers in motion relative to those images, such as passengers on a subway train, includes a plurality of images mounted on a surface, and a slitboard mounted between that surface and the viewer. As the viewers pass by, the slitboard acts like a shutter, creating an animation effect. In addition, there is a stretching or widening effect that enlarges the images, allowing images to be “preshrunk,” thereby allowing a large number of images in a small space, increasing the available frame rate of the animation. The stretching effect depends on the distance between the image surface and the slitboard.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 7, 2004
    Publication date: November 4, 2004
    Applicant: Submedia, LLC
    Inventors: Joshua D. Spodek, Matthew H. Gross
  • Patent number: 6807760
    Abstract: Apparatus for displaying still images to viewers in motion relative to those images, such as passengers on a subway train, includes a plurality of images mounted on a surface, and a slitboard mounted between that surface and the viewer. As the viewers pass by, the slitboard acts like a shutter, creating an animation effect. In addition, there is a stretching or widening effect that enlarges the images, allowing images to be “preshrunk,” thereby allowing a large number of images in a small space, increasing the available frame rate of the animation. The stretching effect depends on the distance between the image surface and the slitboard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2004
    Assignee: Submedia, LLC
    Inventors: Joshua D. Spodek, Matthew H. Gross
  • Patent number: 6807759
    Abstract: A full color image containing two stages of animation where each stage is printed in complementary color components. A preselected part of the image includes no stages of animation so that the preselected part remains in perfect registration and coincidence with itself when the two stages of animation are viewed. A viewing device contains a single sheet of filter material having at least two complementary colors disposed in abutting relation to one another. The viewing device is reciprocated up and down or from left to right depending upon the embodiment to change the colors perceived by the user's eyes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2004
    Inventor: David G. Burder
  • Publication number: 20040200101
    Abstract: A picture frame has a photograph, a transparent plate having a corrugation portion, a plurality of pictorial stripes disposed on a back of the transparent plate, a front frame, and a rear plate. The photograph is disposed on the rear plate. The transparent plate is disposed on the photograph. The front frame is disposed on the transparent plate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 9, 2003
    Publication date: October 14, 2004
    Inventor: Su-Chin Lai
  • Patent number: 6792707
    Abstract: First and second half or associated objects, in respective different sequential positions are aligned behind respective adjacent, first and second, inclined faces of an optical prism so that, when viewed at different angles alternately through a front face of the prism, images of the first and second half objects are seen alternately by transmission and total internal reflection at alternate faces, combining to form completed whole images of first and second objects alternatively, thereby providing an impression of animation by object movement. The half objects can be pictures of half of a same or similar face or person having respective different expressions producing a changing expression or hands producing a clapping effect. Written message portions associated with half objects can form a complete message/slogan when viewed at alternate angles. The optical prism can be solid or liquid filled and embodied in picture frames, domestic utensils or personal accessories/apparel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2004
    Inventor: Mark Setteducati
  • Publication number: 20040144006
    Abstract: A sign tag comprises a transparent main member having convex members at a side thereof and a pattern at the opposite side thereof and there is a phase deviation between the pattern and the convex members. A base layer is further provided on the second side of the main member sheltering the pattern. The pattern has compressed elements and the convex members serve as convex lens to refract lights reflected from the relative compressed elements of the pattern to form viewing results to a viewer. The positions of the viewing results are changed according to the viewing angle of the viewer such that the viewer will get a dynamically visual effect on the sign tag when he/she changes the viewing angles continuously relative to the sign tag. The method of manufacturing the sign tag comprises the step of preparing the transparent main member and then providing the convex members, the pattern and the base layer on the first and the second sides of the main member respectively.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 23, 2003
    Publication date: July 29, 2004
    Inventor: Chao-Tien Chu
  • Patent number: 6718666
    Abstract: Apparatus is provided for displaying still images that appear animated to viewers in motion relative to those images. The apparatus includes a backboard, a plurality of images mounted on a backboard, and a slitboard mounted between the backboard and the viewer. As viewers pass by, the slitboard acts like a shutter creating an animation effect. Various backboard and slitboard side profiles, such as, for example, parallel and vertical, parallel and non-vertical, parallel and nonplanar, and nonparallel and nonplanar, can be used to facilitate installation of the apparatus in spatially-constrained environments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2004
    Assignee: Submedia, LLC
    Inventors: Joshua D Spodek, Matthew H Gross, Brian Mills
  • Publication number: 20040035030
    Abstract: The invention relates to an advertisement print being printed on a print carrier. The print illustrates a transformation of a three-dimensional element, where the print is optimised for a viewer having two viewpoints, a first viewpoint and a second viewpoint being placed on each side of a central fictive viewpoint. The print comprises a right side being a perspective projection of said three-dimensional element to said print carrier, where the projection is optimised to the first viewpoint. Further, the print comprises a left side being a perspective projection of the three-dimensional element to the print carrier, where the projection is optimised to the second viewpoint.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 22, 2002
    Publication date: February 26, 2004
    Inventor: Christian Sondergaard
  • Publication number: 20040031176
    Abstract: A novel three-dimensional article of manufacture provides a viewer with a three-dimensional, statue-like view, including being able to see details from both hemispheres of a statue when viewed off-normal. The article of manufacture at least includes a background region and a statue image region. The statue image region is an inverted view of a view of a three-dimensional statue (i.e., a concave outline when viewed from a positive plane). In a preferred embodiment, the statue image region depicts an interpretation of the face of a religious icon, and the effect produced by the novel configuration is that of a normal (i.e., frontal) view being produced even though a viewer's vantage point is lateral to the horizontal normal plane, or azimuthal to the vertical plane.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 15, 2002
    Publication date: February 19, 2004
    Inventor: Moustapha MBacke
  • Publication number: 20040020088
    Abstract: A multi-image display device. Some embodiments include an alignment mechanism for correcting misalignments of an indicia, an image selector and a motion train, which form parts of the display device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 23, 2003
    Publication date: February 5, 2004
    Inventors: Yossi Shimon Dana, Avner Madar
  • Publication number: 20030101628
    Abstract: A marking assembly for the marking of particular traffic situations and objects comprises a front row of viewing openings, which are separated from one another by view obstacles (5), at least one back row of view obstacles (6), which are provided at a distance from one another, the view obstacles (5) of the front row contrasting with respect to the view obstacles (6) of the back row. Distances between the viewing openings in the front row and distances between the view obstacles (6) of the back row are so small that a plurality of viewing openings in the front row and a plurality of view obstacles (6) of the back row lie within the field of view of the traffic participant. The field of view of the traffic participant at the same time offers a view, via the plurality of viewing openings in the front row, of an interference pattern of contrasting view obstacles (6), which are covered to a greater or lesser extent by the view obstacles (5) of the front row, of at least one of the back rows.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 15, 2002
    Publication date: June 5, 2003
    Inventor: Marcel Peter Gort
  • Patent number: 6564486
    Abstract: Apparatus for displaying still images to viewers in motion relative to those images, such as passengers on a subway train, includes a plurality of images mounted on a surface, and a slitboard mounted between that surface and the viewer. As the viewers pass by, the slitboard acts like a shutter, creating an animation effect. In addition, there is a stretching or widening effect that enlarges the images, allowing images to be “preshrunk,” thereby allowing a large number of images in a small space, increasing the available frame rate of the animation. The stretching effect depends on the distance between the image surface and the slitboard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2003
    Assignee: Submedia, LLC
    Inventors: Joshua D. Spodek, Matthew H. Gross