With Sound Patents (Class 40/455)
  • Patent number: 10990123
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a push-out limiting mechanism and a display screen module, wherein the push-out limiting mechanism has a first mounting component which comprises a first mounting base, a plug connector arranged in the first mounting base and a first elastic member for electrically jumping the plug connector on the first mounting base; and a second mounting component which comprises a second mounting base, a plugging base arranged in the second mounting base and a second elastic member for connecting the second mounting base and the plugging base; the plug connector is vertical to a movement direction of the plugging base; and the plug connector has a first plugging part, and the plugging base has a second plugging part matched with the first plugging part. The push-out limiting mechanism has good buffering and pulling effects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignee: ROE VISUAL CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Danhu Cai, Shunwen Tian, Chen Lu, Dries Vermeulen
  • Patent number: 10163377
    Abstract: A universal base for one or more panel assemblies has a processor that receives and processes instructions from at least one non-transitory computer readable storage medium. The instructions direct an illumination sequence to be executed by the processor to illuminate lights in the base. The at least one non-transitory computer readable storage medium is removably connected to the base such that when it is removed and a different second non-transitory computer readable storage medium is connected with the base, the lights are illuminated in a second illumination sequence in accordance with a set of second illumination instructions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Laser's Edge, LLC
    Inventor: Craig E. Mullett
  • Patent number: 10140259
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a method and system for dynamically generating multimedia content file. The method comprises receiving, by a multimedia content generator, description of an event from a user. The method comprises identifying one or more keywords from the description of the event. Further, the method comprises mapping the one or more identified keywords with one or more images, related to one or more objects, stored in a content database for generating one or more scenes related to the description. An initial-level multimedia content file is generated by composing the one or more scenes. Furthermore the method comprises receiving one or more inputs on the initial-level multimedia content file from the user. Finally, a final-level multimedia content file is generated based on the one or more inputs received on the initial-level multimedia content file.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: WIPRO LIMITED
    Inventors: Manjunath Ramachandra Iyer, Sawani Bade, Jijith Nadumuri Ravi
  • Patent number: 10129728
    Abstract: A wearable device associated with a guest in a venue stores a unique identification code. The unique identification code may correspond to guest information stored at one or more guest information servers. The guest information may include ticket information, room entitlements, vouchers, payment information, credit card information, or folio information. The wearable device transmits unique identification code to a venue scanner associated with a venue device. The venue device may obtain access to at least some of the guest information based on receipt of the unique identification code. The wearable device also includes a light source that may indicate a status of the guest or of the wearable device based on the colors and/or the blinking patterns emitted by the light source. The light source may, for example, indicate a guest's access permissions to portions of the venue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Blazer and Flip Flops, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott Sebastian Sahadi, Benjamin Harry Ziskind, Joshua David Bass
  • Toy
    Patent number: 9873060
    Abstract: A toy according to an embodiment includes a human sensor, a processor configured to change the operation mode to a suppression mode in which an operation for amusing a target is suppressed when the human sensor detects an object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: FUJITSU LIMITED
    Inventors: Takami Aizato, Kazuki Osamura, Naoto Kawashima, Yuma Kurihara, Kotaro Teranishi, Hayato Nagoshi
  • Patent number: 9754473
    Abstract: An automotive on-board diagnostic (OBD) computer system with an audiovisual guiding function includes an OBD main unit and a transmission connector. The OBD main unit includes a transmission port, a control unit, a receiving unit, a guide light, a sound unit, and a first sensing unit. The transmission connector includes a control module, an illumination unit, a transmitting unit, and a second sensing unit. Once activated, the control module not only turns on the illumination unit to provide illumination light, but also drives the transmitting unit to send a control signal to the receiving unit of the transmission port, in order for the control unit to turn on the guide light and the sound unit according to the control signal. The guiding light and instruction sound provided respectively by the guide light and the sound unit can help the user locate the transmission port.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: Shu Te University
    Inventor: Shi-Huang Chen
  • Patent number: 9554629
    Abstract: Bracelet alert device used as a visual alert device that acts as a child safety/awareness imperative, worn as a bracelet. The device functions to prevent the tragedy of a baby being left in a hot car. The device has three signature, giant beads, a color matching functional carabiner for attachment with the male end of the auto seatbelt buckle, a color matching functional male end seatbelt adapter piece to fastened with the female end of the child safety seat belt buckle, and a matching “official child safety apparatus” tag, includes a card stock bookmark or a magnet, displaying a symbol and meaning of the various charms on one side and the instructions for properly using the said bracelet alert device the other side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Inventors: Brenda M. Wilcox, Joseph Mark Wilcox
  • Patent number: 9462879
    Abstract: A toothbrush holder comprises a main body having a toothbrush removal sensor positioned to detect removal of the toothbrush from the toothbrush holder and issuing a removal signal in response to the removal of the toothbrush. A timer initiates a time count when the removal signal is issued by the toothbrush removal sensor. A display is provided on the main body and displays an indicia of the time count upon the commencement of the time count. The toothbrush holder further comprises a top section having at least one aperture that removably receives a toothbrush handle. The top section is removably mounted to the main body. The toothbrush holder further comprises a bottom section comprising a drip tray removably mounted to the main body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Inventor: Nolan Anelevitz
  • Patent number: 8950093
    Abstract: Electronic greeting cards include a greeting card with two or more interconnected panels in combination with a digital multimedia player device which includes an electronic display and an audio output, and circuitry which is operative to receive, store and play digital multimedia files and content. The various greeting card structures cover and encapsulate or otherwise house and adorn the digital multimedia player. Digital files are loaded on to the digital multimedia player by a connection to a network, or directly from a data storage device such as an SD card or USB connection or compact flash which interfaces with a port in the digital multimedia player. Pre-recorded digital multimedia greeting card content is either pre-loaded on a portable data storage device, or selected for purchase and downloaded or transferred for replay by the digital multimedia player of the electronic greeting card.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: American Greetings Corporation
    Inventors: Josef A. Mandelbaum, Rajiv Jain, Allison Marsh, Kimberly Bikowski, Cathy Tasse, David Mayer, Eliza DeVogel, Katalina Speck, Mary McClain, Sharon Bogdanski, Melinda Leeders, Catherine Gruntman
  • Patent number: 8950096
    Abstract: A display apparatus is provided for displaying a jersey with a three-dimensional view with a vision effect of floating in mid-air in an enclosed environment. The display apparatus comprises an outer casing body, a front and a back clear screen, an inner support member, an optional desk support and an opening means. In particular, when a jersey is supported by the inner support member as provided, the support member is invisible such that it contributes to the mid-air floating visual effect. The display apparatus may further comprise components to achieve visual, audio and/or video effects controlled by sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Inventor: Sydney Justin, III
  • Patent number: 8595961
    Abstract: Three-dimensional lightweight foam greeting cards are described herein having a foam body with a perimeter wall that extends between two spaced apart parallel pieces of planar sheet material such as heavy gauge paper, cardboard, or other such material. The greeting cards have a partially hollowed foam body or one or more cavities in the foam body concealed in the front and back by the planar sheet material which may be pre-cut in the shape of the foam body are decorated consistent with the design of the foam body. The cavities in the foam body may contain various electronic components that enable the greeting card to produce sound, record and playback a personalized message, trigger light activation, trigger the movement of moveable parts, display digital video, photographs or slideshows, or a combination thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: American Greetings
    Inventors: David Mayer, Terry Hughes, Jerry Guo, John Talbot, Sharon Bogdanski
  • Patent number: 8567101
    Abstract: An electronic greeting card containing a recordable audio module with a pre-recorded audio or music clip which allows a user to sing along with the pre-recorded audio or music clip and record it within the audio module in the card. The card also contains a preview function that allows a consumer to try the recording function before purchasing the greeting card. In preview mode, the recorded message is played back, simultaneously with the pre-recorded clip, only once and then erased. Once a consumer has purchased the card, the preview function can be disabled whereby the user-recorded sound clip is saved, and whereby the user-recorded sound clip is played back simultaneously with the pre-recorded sound clip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Assignee: American Greetings Corporation
    Inventors: David Mayer, Mary McClain, Allison Marsh, Eva Jin, Tiger Qiao
  • Patent number: 8549776
    Abstract: The interactive flap sensor activated greeting card of the present invention contains an audio module and a series of “window flaps” across the inside of the greeting card. When the greeting card is opened, a short audio prompt instructs the user to open a series of flaps inside the card to hear further audio messages or sound clips that correlate with the art work inside the card. When each flap is opened, a different audio file is played. The sound module is programmed to react to the card opening and then to trigger additional individual sounds each time one of the flaps of the card is opened. In another embodiment, the greeting card contains a series of flaps wherein opening one flap reveals another flap, and so on. Once the last flap is opened, a short audio recording is activated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignee: American Greetings Corporation
    Inventors: Jerry Guo, Tiger Qiao, David Sapp, Beth Laverdiere, Jonathan Talbot
  • Patent number: 8418384
    Abstract: An interactive greeting card operative to move between a first position wherein several interconnected panels are folded into a substantially flat position and a second position wherein the several interconnected panels are unfolded into a three-dimensional pop-up structure. Movement between the first and second positions may also control playback of digital audio, activation of one or more LED lights, or various other special effects. An inner sentiment panel is substantially contained within an outer greeting card body and is revealed when the greeting card is moved from the first to the second position. Various openings on the greeting card panels accommodate movement and visibility of the inner sentiment panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Assignee: American Greetings Corporation
    Inventors: Eva Jin, Beth Laverdiere, David Sapp, Seth Larson, Johnathan Talbot
  • Patent number: 8312652
    Abstract: An electronic greeting card containing a recordable audio module with a pre-recorded audio or music clip which allows a user to sing along with the pre-recorded audio or music clip and record it within the audio module in the card. The greeting card contains a slide trigger that activates the pre-recorded sound clip upon opening the greeting card. A second push-button trigger controls playback of the pre-recorded music clip while simultaneously recording the user singing along to the pre-recorded music. The card also contains a preview function that allows a consumer to try the recording function before purchasing the greeting card. In preview mode, the recorded message is played back, simultaneously with the pre-recorded clip, only once and then erased. Once a consumer has purchased the card, the preview function can be disabled whereby the user-recorded sound clip is saved, and whereby the user-recorded sound clip is played back simultaneously with the pre-recorded sound clip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2012
    Assignee: American Greetings Corporation
    Inventors: David Mayer, Mary McClain, Allison Marsh, Eva Jin, Tiger Qiao
  • Patent number: 8312651
    Abstract: Electronic greeting cards include a greeting card with two or more interconnected panels in combination with a digital multimedia player device which includes an electronic display and an audio output, and circuitry which is operative to receive, store and play digital multimedia files and content. The various greeting card structures cover and encapsulate or otherwise house and adorn the digital multimedia player. Digital files are loaded on to the digital multimedia player by a connection to a network, or directly from a data storage device such as an SD card or USB connection or compact flash which interfaces with a port in the digital multimedia player. Pre-recorded digital multimedia greeting card content is either pre-loaded on a portable data storage device, or selected for purchase and downloaded or transferred for replay by the digital multimedia player of the electronic greeting card.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2012
    Assignee: American Greetings Corporation
    Inventors: Josef A. Mandelbaum, Rajiv Jain, Allison Marsh, Kimberly Bikowski, Cathy Tasse, David Mayer, Eliza DeVogel, Katalina Speck, Mary McClain, Sharon Bogdanski, Mindy Leeders, Catherine Gruntman
  • Publication number: 20120117836
    Abstract: A photo album kit specifically tailored to assist friends and loved ones in helping those suffering from short-term memory loss. The device allows a friend or loved one to collect photographs, audio, scents and textures for review with the affected individual. The device includes an audio playback means, allowing specific audio to be played with a given picture or page. Further, the device includes a means for affixing scented fabrics and textures to allow the patient exposure to familiar smells and feelings in order to rekindle a memory. The kit may have pages specifically formatted for genealogy or bibliographies, to assist the patient's recollection of the names and relations of loved ones. The present invention also includes a method of using an album with photos, sounds and scents to facilitate the recovery of those with short-term memory loss.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 2, 2011
    Publication date: May 17, 2012
    Inventors: Joanne Preneveau, Paul Coutsonikas
  • Publication number: 20110271568
    Abstract: The invention relates to memorabilia and apparatus for displaying an event or occasion having an audio and/or visual display that is hidden from a viewer. The memorabilia and devices are of particular interest to and use by the sports and/or popular music fanatic. The invention also is drawn to a method for presenting or displaying a sports or a pop item or image thereby providing entertainment to an individual.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 16, 2011
    Publication date: November 10, 2011
    Inventor: Fernando Vitale
  • Patent number: 7971376
    Abstract: A rocking head picture display device includes a casing and a rocking assembly received in the casing. The rocking device includes an electromagnetic device mounted to the bottom of the casing and a rocking device mounted to the top of the casing. The rocking device includes a pivotal shaft supported by the casing and a rocking arm extending downward next to the electromagnetic device. A circular plate shaped connector is eccentrically joined to the outer end of the pivotal shaft in front of the casing. A channel shaped base is joined to bottom of the casing to form a locating groove. A picture has a head portion adhered to the connector and a body portion rested in the locating groove. When the electromagnetic device is powered on, the rocking device is induced to swing with the connector and the head portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2011
    Inventor: Chien-Hsun Tsao
  • Patent number: 7958658
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a recordable card holder having an electronic record device invisibly perched within a plastic ornament body for supplementing a recording function of a card holder. The present invention discloses a way to personalize gifts of flower bouquets, flow baskets and gift boxes, and thus enhance gift value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2011
    Inventor: Jianping Fang
  • Patent number: 7937864
    Abstract: The illumination of a display of a religious, meditative, or ceremonial image is coordinated with sound produced and associated with the use of the image, such as a chant associated with the image. The sound can be produced by the device of the invention in which case the device coordinates the illumination with the sound produced by the device, or the sound can be produced by a user of the device in which case the device coordinates the illumination with the sound produced by the user. The device includes a display for illuminating and displaying the visual image and circuitry for coordinating the illumination of the visual image and the sound associated with use of the image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2011
    Inventor: Suresh Mahajan
  • Patent number: 7827711
    Abstract: An automatic rotating decoration includes a rotating body, a support, a driving device connecting the support, and a transmission member connecting the driving device and the rotating body. The support, the driving device and the transmission member all are received in the rotating body. An opening is defined in the rotating body. The support is exposed to the opening. The driving device includes a driving body and an output shaft extending from the driving body. The driving body includes a motor body and a battery seat electrically connecting the motor body. The automatic rotating decoration of the present invention may automatically rotate around the support on another object without additional housing thereby simplifying the structure of the automatic rotating decoration, increasing fun of the automatic rotating decoration and facilitating the handling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2010
    Inventors: XiaoBing Wang, LiangQing Li
  • Publication number: 20100242321
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for lowering a display object in synchronization with a particular timing or event. The display object is lowered by a lifting apparatus. In particular, the display object is a guitar and the lifting apparatus is a crane.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 26, 2010
    Publication date: September 30, 2010
    Applicant: Hard Rock Cafe International (USA)
    Inventors: Michael BENSON, Gilberto Alex Merchan
  • Patent number: 7802386
    Abstract: Electronic greeting cards include a greeting card with two or more interconnected panels in combination with a digital multimedia player device which includes an electronic display and an audio output, and circuitry which is operative to receive, store and play digital multimedia files and content. The various greeting card structures cover and encapsulate or otherwise house and adorn the digital multimedia player. Digital files are loaded on to the digital multimedia player by a connection to a network, or directly from a data storage device such as an SD card or USB connection or compact flash which interfaces with a port in the digital multimedia player. Pre-recorded digital multimedia greeting card content is either pre-loaded on a portable data storage device, or selected for purchase and downloaded or transferred for replay by the digital multimedia player of the electronic greeting card.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2010
    Assignee: American Greetings Corporation
    Inventors: Josef A. Mandelbaum, Rajiv Jain, Allison Marsh, Kimberly Bikowski, Cathy Tasse, David Mayer, Eliza DeVogel, Katalina Speck, Mary McClain, Sharon Bogdanski, Mindy Leeders, Catherine Gruntman
  • Publication number: 20100107460
    Abstract: A versatile, animated cake decoration that can be used with a cake to celebrate various occasions such as birthdays, anniversaries, graduations and the like. The cake decoration can be partially embedded in the upper surface of the cake so as to simulate a face that has moving eyes and a moving mouth. The apparatus includes a battery that powers a mechanism that moves the eyes and the mouth and also powers a sound generator that can play a number of different songs and greetings to fit the celebration. The apparatus is safe and is constructed from non-toxic materials so it can safely be used on food products such as cake.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2008
    Publication date: May 6, 2010
    Inventor: Alon Vivat
  • Patent number: 7637042
    Abstract: An automatic induction device for turning pages includes a plurality of inner pages, a plurality of conductive rubber pieces, a flexible printed circuit board, and an electronic unit. The inner pages connect with each other on one side and each has a groove on the connected side. The conductive rubber pieces are inserted in the grooves respectively and one end of each conductive rubber piece extends out of the corresponding groove. The flexible printed circuit board has a plurality of connecting finger conductive portions and a connecting end, the connecting finger conductive portions are inserted in the grooves and contact with the conductive rubber pieces, respectively. The electronic unit electrically connects with the connecting end of the flexible printed circuit board. Based on the above assemblies, the automatic induction device for turning pages, electronic audio books and photo albums has more reliable performance, a simple structure and a low cost.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2009
    Assignee: Taiwan Stamp Enterprise Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Ying-I Chen
  • Patent number: 7634864
    Abstract: A greeting card having a first card panel, a door connected to the first card panel and movable between a closed position where the door substantially covers a section of the first card panel and an open position where the door uncovers the section of the first card panel. A trigger is provided which is movable between a first position wherein the door is prevented from moving, and a second position wherein the door is allowed to move between the closed and open positions. A member which is movable by a user controls operation of the trigger to move the trigger to the second position to allow the door to move to the open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2009
    Assignee: Segan LLC
    Inventor: Marc Howard Segan
  • Patent number: 7600336
    Abstract: A sound device includes a sound module including a switch electrically connected to the sound module such that when the switch is “on” the sound module produces a sound and when the switch is “off” the sound module is silent. The sound device also includes apparatus for securing the sound module to a gift container or package, a switch actuator such as an elongated strip adapted to toggle the switch “off” to “on”, the elongated strip including an adhesive applied to a distal end of the elongated strip, and a housing that houses the sound module. The housing includes a slot through which the elongated strip extends such that the distal end of the elongated strip is disposed on the outside of the housing and a proximal end of the elongated strip, which is remote from the distal end, is disposed on the inside of the housing, and the elongated strip toggles the switch “off” to “on” by sliding out of the housing through the slot. Other configurations for toggling the switch are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2009
    Assignee: Mr. Christmas Incorporated
    Inventors: Terry Hermanson, Huang Meng-Suen
  • Publication number: 20090241387
    Abstract: A printing product that may revolve and illuminate to form a 3-D vision comprises a main body (1), a revolver (2) arranged on the main body, a circuit device (3) for driving the revolver to rotate, and a trigger switch (4) for controlling disconnection or connection of the circuit device. The circuit device drives the revolver to rotate via a motor (31). The revolver is located in a segmental orifice (10) provided in the main body. A set of luminous elements (20) connecting with the circuit device is arranged on the revolver. The present invention provides an electrical driving apparatus for a greeting card, a book and so on. The revolver is made rotate by the electrical driving apparatus, thus forming a 3-D vision when the luminous elements on the revolver are rotating. Furthermore, the revolver of the present invention is arranged in the horizontal direction, and a rotating space is left for the revolver beforehand by providing the segmental orifice in the main body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 6, 2009
    Publication date: October 1, 2009
    Inventor: KiKin Wong
  • Publication number: 20090140042
    Abstract: An encased stored value card for decoratively presenting is provided comprising an electronic light and/or audio circuit with a switch and a lighting element and/or a speaker; and a housing for holding the electronic circuit permanently as well as the card removably. The housing may have different opening schemes including an upper shell and a lower shell joined by one or more hinge connections and a lock to allow the shells to swivel between a closed position where the upper shell mates with the lower shell temporarily and an open position for retrieval of the card. The electronic circuit is generally embedded in the housing but for the lighting element and speaker so that the lighting element is partially exposed through the housing and is configured to illuminate upon activation of the switch and at the same time the speaker propagates sound at perforations locally formed through the housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 4, 2007
    Publication date: June 4, 2009
    Inventor: Timothy Clegg
  • Publication number: 20090126239
    Abstract: An action card device provides a compact motor drive and comprises a foldable support structure comprising means for securing a smaller card thereto; a means for emitting sounds in the foldable support structure, emitting sounds upon unfolding, the sound emitting means comprising an electronic microchip sound generating device energized by a number of onboard batteries; a slide tongue switch having two ends wherein one of the two ends is connected to the electronic microchip sound generating device and the other end is attached to the foldable support structure; and a thin electric motor mounted on the foldable support structure and connected to an output of the electronic microchip sound generating device. The power drive oscillates a mobile accessory on the card device in synchronization with the activation of the electronic microchip sound generating device at opening of the card device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 20, 2007
    Publication date: May 21, 2009
    Inventor: Timothy Clegg
  • Publication number: 20080141569
    Abstract: The present invention is a structure having a new and improved wrap for structures formed from a flexible film that increases the awareness and impact of the wrap. The wrap comprises a background and one or more design elements. In a preferred embodiment of the invention, the design element is a three-dimensional design element that extends in a direction outwardly away from the surface of the structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 24, 2007
    Publication date: June 19, 2008
    Inventor: Mark T. Reyland
  • Patent number: 7089495
    Abstract: A tombstone for communicating audio and visual data related to the deceased from the tombstone to a user, the tombstone comprising an indicia bearing and viewing portion, a visual display, an audio transmitter for communicating sound waves to a user, data related to the deceased, the data comprising audio and visual images of the deceased, the data stored within storage media, and means for reproducing the audio and visual images of the deceased from the data related to the deceased utilizing one or more players, readers or drivers for the one or more of the storage media.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2006
    Inventor: Robert M. Barrows
  • Patent number: 7036257
    Abstract: A decorative holiday picture frame cover, for use in conjunction with an existing picture frame having a front, sides, a rear, and a border defining a window at the front. The picture frame cover has a front panel, and a stretchable rear edging. The picture frame cover is fitted onto the frame by extending the rear edging behind the rear of the frame and engaging the sides of the frame with the edging, thereby causing the front panel to extend over the front of the picture frame, and to cover the window of the picture frame. The front panel has the appearance of gift wrap paper and has an attractive bow thereon so that the picture frame is given the appearance of a wrapped gift.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2006
    Inventor: Louis Sardo
  • Patent number: 7010261
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a voice book device. The voice book device includes voice book and a book support. The voice book contains various pieces of information. The book support includes a printed circuit board and a housing. The printed circuit board has a storage unit, an optical sensor unit, a decoder unit, a voice output unit, and a control unit. The housing includes the printed circuit board. Each page of the voice book consists of a transparent part and a contents part. An optical reflector is formed on the transparent part and one or more optical sensors are disposed in the book support, and the optical reflectors and the optical sensors are arranged in a one-to-one mapping relationship so that the pages of the voice book are automatically recognized by cooperation operation between the optical reflectors and the optical sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2006
    Assignee: SYhitech Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kyoung-Ho Kim, In-Kil Jeon, Je-Young Oh
  • Patent number: 7003906
    Abstract: The vessel to display a changeable advertisement has a double walled vessel, an inside wall assembly, a windup motor, an upper wheel, a key and a bottom wheel. The inside wall is mounted rotatably in the double walled vessel. The windup motor is attached to the inside wall assembly. The upper wheel is attached to the double walled vessel and has a secondary gear and a threaded neck. The secondary gear is formed on the upper wheel. The key extends through the upper wheel, is attached to the windup motor and has a thread. The bottom wheel is mounted around the key and has a central threaded hole. When the central threaded hole screws onto the threaded neck on the upper wheel, the inside wall will rotate. When the central threaded hole screws onto the thread on the key, the double walled vessel will rotate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2006
    Inventor: Hsiao-Chung Yang
  • Patent number: 6990293
    Abstract: A display apparatus (18) capable of sequentially displaying a plurality of annotated image prints (36), each image print having encoded audio data (54) made integral to its back surface (46), thereby providing a convenient way to both display image prints and play back audio data associated with image prints. In one aspect, the display apparatus (18) also records audio data for a plurality of image prints and provides a handwritten means to electronically associate a particular image print with its respective audio recording. In other aspects, the display apparatus (18) also includes means for integrating encoded data (54) with the image prints and recording, storing and playing back data corresponding to a portfolio of image prints. There is also a method of capturing images and corresponding audio messages, integrating the audio messages with the back surfaces (46) of image prints made from the images, and displaying the image prints while playing back the corresponding audio messages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2006
    Inventor: Ron Hu
  • Patent number: 6975832
    Abstract: A multi-media photograph album comprises a network of electrical conductors which connect with plural data storage devices storing audio data and/or image data. A user, via a user interface, selectively addresses the data storage devices. The user selects individual sound bites for immediate playback via a speaker in the photo album, or via transmission over a wireless link, for playback through an external audio device, for example a hi-fi system. Image data are retrieved from the data storage devices and sent via a wireless link to an image data storage device, e.g., a personal computer. The data storage device can be embedded within a photograph, or can be a separate data storage device attached to the album.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2005
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Guy de Warrenne Bruce Adams, David Mark Frohlich
  • 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: 6865830
    Abstract: An assembly and method for providing audio/visual advertising to supplement standard print advertising is disclosed and described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2005
    Inventors: Todd James Gravitt, Kelly Jean Sullivan
  • Patent number: 6865367
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a voice book device. The voice book device includes voice book and a book support. The voice book contains various pieces of information. The book support includes a printed circuit board and a housing. The printed circuit board has a storage unit, an optical sensor unit, a decoder unit, a voice output unit, and a control unit. The housing includes the printed circuit board. Each page of the voice book consists of a transparent part and a contents part. An optical reflector is formed on the transparent part and one or more optical sensors are disposed in the book support, and the optical reflectors and the optical sensors are arranged in a one-to-one mapping relationship so that the pages of the voice book are automatically recognized by cooperation operation between the optical reflectors and the optical sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2005
    Assignee: Syhitech Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kyoung-Ho Kim, In-Kil Jeon, Je-Young Oh
  • Patent number: 6862824
    Abstract: An ornamental display assembly includes a display container having an opening at a first end. A closure member is provided and is movable between an open position, wherein the opening is unobstructed by the closure member, and a closed position, wherein the opening is blocked by the closure member. A decorative sculpture is displayed inside the container. An electronic apparatus is disposed in the container in operable communication with the closure member, such that when the closure member is in the open position the electronic apparatus is activated, and when the closure member is in the closed position the electronic apparatus is deactivated. The electronic apparatus is a music box, a lighting display, an electric motor, or any combination thereof. The ornamental display assembly further includes a magnetically operated switch for activation of the electronic apparatus, and a magnet located in the closure member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2005
    Assignee: Mr. Christmas Inc.
    Inventors: Terry Hermanson, Huang Meng-Suen
  • Patent number: 6845583
    Abstract: A greeting device is adapted for presenting audio message and visual images. The record switch is pressed to activate the audio memory member. The user may direct his voice toward the microphone in order to record audio message into the audio memory member. A play switch is pressed for the user to listen to the audio message. A permanent recording function is activated to preserve the audio message without being erased and overwritten by future recordings. Finally, a photograph is inserted into a receiving pocket, so that the photograph together with the audio message constitutes audio/visual presentation of information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2005
    Assignee: LUX Imports, Inc.
    Inventor: Chih Jung Lee
  • Publication number: 20040163292
    Abstract: A warning unit includes an upright housing in which a sound emitter is disposed, along with a sensor for responding to the approach of a pedestrian to energize the sound emitter. A suction device is provided in the bottom of the warning unit for engaging the floor to retain the unit in position, the suction device having an actuating lever disposed within the housing and accessible through a normally-locked door of the housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 11, 2003
    Publication date: August 26, 2004
    Inventor: Paul Andrew Wilson
  • Patent number: 6775517
    Abstract: An apparatus for the education and entertainment of infants includes a housing that supports a plurality of objects over a crib or playpen and which rotates the objects in a circle. An audio program includes a recitation of each object when it is disposed proximate an infant disposed in the crib or playpen. Accordingly, the infant learns to associate the speech aspect of the audio presentation with the objects through a pattern of continual visual and synchronized simultaneous audio repetition and reinforcement, thereby optimally learning the names of objects and possibly even contributing to the learning of speech syntax.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2004
    Inventors: Stephan Erich Hills Strebl, Caroline Kim Chipman
  • Publication number: 20040150526
    Abstract: Whenever individuals use a public restroom—whether they are shopping, dining, dancing, or attending a sporting/cultural event—they must physically stop, relax, and wait. It is an opportune time to target them with specific informational advertising. A method of providing informational messages to users of public restrooms comprises the steps of: providing a broadcasting device in a public restroom; providing a sensor to determine use of a portion of the public restroom proximate to the user; connecting the broadcasting device to a computer provided to convey a broadcast signal containing the message to the broadcasting device; and, providing and storing the informational message in the computer for subsequent dissemination to the broadcast device when the restroom is determined to be in use by the sensor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 17, 2003
    Publication date: August 5, 2004
    Inventor: Javier Roberto De La Garza
  • Publication number: 20040144005
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a sound and light swinging device, more particularly to a swinging device that will swing and produce a predetermine light and sound effect on a decorative object driven electronically to improve the visual effect, aesthetic feeling, and interesting structure. The base of a support stand provides an accommodating space for receiving at least one electronic driver disposed on a pair of vertical stands of the base, and electrically coupled to a power supply as a medium of constructing and connecting to a power supply; at least one swinging member, being extended from a swinging axle rod and movably coupled to the vertical stand and electrically coupled to a power supply for electric connection, a weight member and at least one decorative member are disposed on a swinging stand, and the decorative member has at least one sound and light member inside and electrically coupled to the swinging stand.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 24, 2003
    Publication date: July 29, 2004
    Inventor: Jean Young
  • Patent number: 6640475
    Abstract: An assembly and method for providing audio/visual advertising to supplement standard print advertising is disclosed and described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2003
    Inventors: Todd James Gravitt, Kelly Jean Sullivan
  • Patent number: 6640474
    Abstract: A trading card having an electroluminescent feature in combination with a display stand providing a power source. When the trading card is placed in the display stand, the power source from the display stand energizes the electroluminescent feature of the trading card, thereby providing illuminated graphics and making the trading card more interactive. The trading card can include a circuit that facilitates moving graphics displays and can further drive a speaker to allow for audio in conjunction with the illumination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2003
    Assignee: Recot, Inc.
    Inventors: Anthony Robert Knoerzer, Garrett William Kohl, Rocco Dominic Papalia
  • Publication number: 20030192216
    Abstract: An escape indicating device includes a board attached to a housing, a lamp device received in the housing for illuminating the board, a circuit board received in the housing, two end caps secured to the housing for retaining the elements in the housing. One or more light devices are attached to the circuit board for generating flash lights, and a speaker device is attached to the circuit board for generating warning sounds. A processor device may couple the detectors of every floors of the building to the circuit board for telling people which floor has been on fire.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 12, 2002
    Publication date: October 16, 2003
    Inventor: Ju Sheng Hsu