Rotatable Patents (Class 40/473)
  • Patent number: 11079062
    Abstract: A display device includes a monitor and a support module including a base frame, a support frame and a driving unit. The base frame includes a base seat and a rotating seat connected to the base seat and rotatable about an axis. The support frame includes a connecting mechanism connected to the monitor, and a support member connected co-rotatably to the rotating seat and connected to the connecting mechanism. The driving unit includes a drive subunit co-rotatably secured to the rotating seat, and a control subunit mounted to the base seat, connected to the drive subunit, and being operable to drive rotation of the rotating seat about the axis via the drive subunit, thereby rotating the monitor about the axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: TOP VICTORY INVESTMENTS LIMITED
    Inventors: Yi-Sheng Lin, Chia-Yu Liu, Tung-Jung Hsueh
  • Patent number: 10479270
    Abstract: A vehicle cup holder includes a console substrate defining a well for receiving cup; a light source provided within a lamp cavity positioned below the well; a film provided between the well and the lamp cavity, such film defining a grating for projecting a desired image when illuminated by the light source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Stuart C. Salter, Linsheng Chen, Paul Kenneth Dellock
  • Patent number: 10403183
    Abstract: A display apparatus is provided that includes a plurality of contiguously arranged adjustable mounting brackets. Each of the plurality of adjustable mounting brackets includes at least one adjustable bracket that is proximally and distally extendable and a set of contiguously arranged display frames configured to be interchangeably secured to distal attachment portions of the adjustable mounting brackets. The adjustable bracket of each adjustable mounting bracket is configured to adjust to a size of the set of contiguously arranged display frames such that edges of each display frame are in contact to create a contiguous arrangement of the set of display frames.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Graphic Resource Group
    Inventors: Chester Allen Pyc, Jason Knight
  • Patent number: 10354565
    Abstract: The invention relates to an outdoor advertising structure with a tilting, lowerable screen, formed by a pedestal and a screen whereon the advertisement is placed, and which does not put up resistance to the passage of wind. The invention has a mechanism that allows the screen to tilt during strong winds and to return to the vertical position when the wind stops or loses strength. It also has a mechanism that allows the advertising material exhibited on the screen to be constantly and uniformly held taut, especially when said advertising material is made of a type of canvas or similar material. The pedestal is formed by two tubes of different diameters, which, by means of a lifting mechanism, allow the upper screen to be lowered in order to replace the exhibited advertisement, or to carry out repairs and/or maintenance. The invention reduces to minimum accidents that occur when carrying out any intervention, as well as the likelihood of the structure collapsing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Inventor: Oscar Javier Salazar Rodriguez
  • Patent number: 10062308
    Abstract: A decorative lighting display system and method are described for providing a halo lighting effect around one or more three-dimensional figures. A panel has a recess formed in a front portion thereof and an aperture formed in a portion of the recess. A lens and an associated mask having a predetermined pattern are mounted in the recess in the panel. A decorative laminate is applied on the front portion of the panel. One or more three-dimensional figures are mounted to the panel over the lens, associated mask and decorative laminate. The one or more three-dimensional figures have a two-dimensional cross-section, in a plane parallel to the front portion of the panel, which is slightly smaller than the predetermined pattern of the mask. A light source is mounted on the rear portion of the panel over the aperture and includes light elements which direct light through the lens and associated mask.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Stephen M. Young
  • Patent number: 9716280
    Abstract: Provided is a highly water repellent, air permeable, and liquid leakage resistant magnesium-air fuel cell that can quickly achieve a discharge reaction peak and can discharge a predetermined amount of current for a relatively long period of time. In a magnesium-air fuel cell, a cathode body includes: a first layer including a porous body formed by mixing a conductive carbon material and fluororesin; and a second layer including a porous body formed by mixing activated carbon and fluororesin, the second layer being joined to one surface of the first layer to be in contact with reaction liquid in the outer frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: AQUA POWER SYSTEM, JAPAN
    Inventors: Tadashi Ishikawa, Yoshiaki Hasebe, Masato Hamade
  • Patent number: 9090381
    Abstract: A blinking wine bottle stopper includes a base, a power supply unit, and a light guide unit. The base has a receiving chamber having an opening The receiving chamber receives therein a light-emitting unit and the power supply unit. The light guide unit is fixed in the opening of the base to correspond to the light-emitting unit so that light emitting from the light-emitting unit is allowed to travel into and spread in the light guide unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2015
    Inventor: Chin-Sheng Yang
  • Publication number: 20140358281
    Abstract: Described are robotic signs comprising: a sign post; an arm movably attached to the sign post, the arm having a positioning apparatus configured to allow the arm to rotate independently and contiguously around the sign post, the arm having at least one face comprising an electronic display configured to present display items; and a communication element configured to receive display item information from a remote administration application, the display item information comprising a direction and a description; wherein upon presenting a display item, an arm rotates to indicate the direction and displays the description. Also described are software applications for configuring the robotic signs, networks of the robotic signs, and advertising systems utilizing the robotic signs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 3, 2014
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Applicant: Points Labs Co.
    Inventors: Michael William Lipton, Mattias Hans Gunneras, Andrew Stephen Zolty
  • Patent number: 8896464
    Abstract: At least one embodiment of the invention relates to a navigation device for providing warnings when a detection point of a speed trap is approached, including a processor unit arranged to communicate with memory unit and to receive positional information from a positioning device. The memory unit may include a speed trap database, including at least one detection point of a location of a speed trap. The navigation device of at least one embodiment is arranged to provide a warning when one of the at least one detection point is approached. The memory unit is further arranged to include at least a further detection point associated with at least one of the stored detection points, both relating to a same point to point speed trap. In at least one embodiment, the navigation device is arranged to provide a warning when the further detection point is approached or has been passed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: TomTom International B.V.
    Inventor: Arshak Khachaturian
  • Publication number: 20140196326
    Abstract: A model that includes advertisement objects, shopping window advertisement, open air advertisement, closed space advertisement and with the real three dimensional characteristic within the sector of advertisement that is not virtual, including the following parts: main box, plates, the mirror/the reflecting surface, the electronic circuit, the soft (paper fabric) material/Teflon dry grease product, first engine, second engine, the mechanism engine, the metal plate, the battery, and the lighting unit, and the magnet, the metal rod, and the gear engine, the first main gear, the interim gears and the second main gear, and the magnet inside the product, capable of providing the image that a half of a real product is rotating in the air and the other half is being reflected on the mirror the reflective surface in a virtual manner and thus being able to provide the vision that the whole product is rotating on empty space.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 22, 2012
    Publication date: July 17, 2014
    Inventor: Salih Turhal
  • Patent number: 8732997
    Abstract: This utility model relates in general to Advertising medium but more particularly to an Automated Rotating Billboards structures. The billboard structure comprising a billboard frame having lighting facility consisting of plurality of lighting fixtures secured thereto and being provided with a covering for securing advertisement thereon, the frame being supported by an upstanding post fixedly attached on its bottom portion thereof. The upstanding post comprising of a lower stationary post member and upper rotating post member. The upper post member is being adapted to rotate using an electric motor wherein the billboard is connected. With rotating billboard, it can be seen from all angles thus more efficient and convenient to use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Inventor: Glenn R. Gatuslao
  • Publication number: 20130298432
    Abstract: This disclosure pertains to the outdoor advertising medium, specifically the automated rotating billboard. Further, this is an enhancement of the current structure. Such an Improved Automated Rotating Billboard (31) maintains the three basic parts of the existing structure. One, the billboard frame which has the lighting facility consisting of a plurality of lighting fixtures, but now using the LED lights. Second, the upstanding post comprises the upper rotating post member and the lower stationary post member. The improved structure has enhanced features namely, the frequency inverter; the increased load capacity of the rotating disc; the amplified capacity of the carbon brush; and the default mechanism of the rotating disc. Moreover, both width and height measurements of the upstanding post are ensured to guarantee safety. Third, the pedestal is made stronger to support the entire structure. Indeed, this improved model offers a much more efficient outdoor advertising exposure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 15, 2011
    Publication date: November 14, 2013
    Inventor: Glenn R. Gatuslao
  • Publication number: 20120198740
    Abstract: This utility model relates in general to Advertising medium but more particularly to an Automated Rotating Billboards structures. The billboard structure comprising a billboard frame having lighting facility consisting of plurality of lighting fixtures secured thereto and being provided with a covering for securing advertisement thereon, the frame being supported by an upstanding post fixedly attached on its bottom portion thereof. The upstanding post comprising of a lower stationary post member and upper rotating post member. The upper post member is being adapted to rotate using an electric motor wherein the billboard is connected. With rotating billboard, it can be seen from all angles thus more efficient and convenient to use.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 16, 2012
    Publication date: August 9, 2012
    Inventor: Glenn Gerrard R. Gatuslao
  • Publication number: 20120124870
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an advertising panel that consists in the use of an assembly of electric connections and electric and electronic components, toothed gears and timers, and to a system for displaying advertising segments in continuous or discontinuous sessions which, during rotation, show a whole image, used to present an unlimited number of advertisements in a single system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 28, 2010
    Publication date: May 24, 2012
    Inventor: Luiz Antonio Seda
  • Patent number: 8156672
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an stormproof billboard and control method thereof, which includes a column, a billboard stent, a rotating element, a motor, an electromagnetic brake, an anemoscope, a trigger switch, and an electric control assembly, wherein the control element respectively connects with the electromagnetic brake, the motor and the trigger switch, the electric control assembly controls the work of the motor and the electromagnetic brake by the wind speed signal measured by the anemoscope and the signal of the trigger switch. By using above structure, the invention can change the windward section of the stormproof billboard by the wind speed and the wind direction, such that effectively reduces the wind load, makes the stormproof billboard more secure in use. The invention is easy to control and secure to use, makes the advertisement have a good effect, it is worth to use the stormproof billboard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2012
    Inventor: Peiyuan Xu
  • Patent number: 8156670
    Abstract: This utility model relates in general to Advertising medium but more particularly to an Automated Rotating Billboards structures. The billboard structure comprising a billboard frame having lighting facility consisting of plurality of lighting fixtures secured thereto and being provided with a covering for securing advertisement thereon, the frame being supported by an upstanding post fixedly attached on its bottom portion thereof. The upstanding post comprising of a lower stationary post member and upper rotating post member. The upper post member is being adapted to rotate using an electric motor wherein the billboard is connected. With rotating billboard, it can be seen from all angles thus more efficient and convenient to use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2012
    Inventor: Glenn R. Gatuslao
  • Patent number: 8069596
    Abstract: In the case of a stand for an information sign (2), the support (1) used for the information sign (2) is an L-shaped metal strip which is releasably connected to a base part, ensuring the stability of the stand, and, at its top end, has a pivot pin (14) and coupling discs (22, 23) which are provided with locking protrusions (20) and locking recesses (21), by means of which the information sign (2) can be arrested in different positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2011
    Assignee: “Durable” Hunke & Jochheim GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Horst-Werner Maier-Hunke
  • Publication number: 20110239500
    Abstract: This utility model relates in general to Advertising medium but more particularly to an Automated Rotating Billboards structures. The billboard structure comprising a billboard frame having lighting facility consisting of plurality of lighting fixtures secured thereto and being provided with a covering for securing advertisement thereon, the frame being supported by an upstanding post fixedly attached on its bottom portion thereof. The upstanding post comprising of a lower stationary post member and upper rotating post member. The upper post member is being adapted to rotate using an electric motor wherein the billboard is connected. With rotating billboard, it can be seen from all angles thus more efficient and convenient to use.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 12, 2009
    Publication date: October 6, 2011
    Inventor: Glenn R. Gatuslao
  • Patent number: 7913436
    Abstract: An omni-directional display technology allows for obtaining better display effect and more rational dynamical structure through adopting the assembly of two or more rotating and symmetrical configurable structure of display which is fitted with a blankoff device, comprising: one chassis (12), one rotating display part consisting of a display (1) which is fitted with a blankoff device (3) in front of the display plane, and one vertical rotary driving device (11) fitted on the chassis. This driving device is connected to the rotating display part, comprised of two or more displays which are equipped with blankoff devices and distributed around the vertical axial line, which will, when driven by the vertical rotary driving device, rotate around a vertical axial line (L) and thus realize omni-directional display. This display system is featured by high display brightness, low rotating speed, fine integrity, rational dynamical structure, safe and reliable running, and other advantages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2011
    Inventor: Weiqing Li
  • Patent number: 7877913
    Abstract: A multi-faceted, rotatable promotional display device for being retained relative to a vehicle for enabling the perception of multiple promotional messages from a single vantage point. A display casing with multiple display surfaces is rotatably retained relative to a base structure. Promotional messages are displayed relative to the display surfaces, and a drive arrangement rotates the display casing relative. The display casing can have a square, triangular, or other cross section. The base structure can have a cup portion with a raised peripheral ridge, and a shell can envelope the display casing. The display surfaces can be electronic display screens or light transmissive panels. A light source can be disposed within the display casing. A drive motor can be powered by a battery, a photovoltaic array, or a wind turbine. A clutch or a force sensor can prevent the application of excessive rotational force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2011
    Inventor: David L. King
  • Patent number: 7845100
    Abstract: The invention relates to a set of identification plates (10) with inscribable identification plates (16) lying in a plane. According to the invention, a central carrier (12) is provided and has at least one elongated side carrier (14) integrally formed on it with one of its narrow sides respectively on two sides facing away from each other, wherein at least one of the side carriers (14) carries at least one identification plate (16) on at least one of its longitudinal sides.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2010
    Assignee: Murrplastik Systemtechnik GmbH
    Inventors: Klaus-Dieter Bier, Thomas Gangl
  • Publication number: 20100146830
    Abstract: The drive system for rotating prism-type display boards of the present invention comprises a mechanical system (5) consisting of: a vertical spindle guided axially in a vertical direction XX? in a housing (6) and comprising above the top wall of the crossmember of a frame a dog clutch (9) engaging directly with the corresponding moving part; and a drum (10) with attached pins (12, 13, 14), the drum being housed in the housing (6) and engaging both with the vertical spindle and with a cam (70) of the drive module (7).
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 30, 2007
    Publication date: June 17, 2010
    Applicant: MECATEC
    Inventor: Gérard Large
  • Patent number: 7712238
    Abstract: A display sign includes a sign mount configured to engage support rails of a ceiling and a graphics display supported by the sign mount and configured for rotation about 360°. A motor may be provided to power rotation of the graphics display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2010
    Inventors: Edward Sender, Harold Reed, Dave Carta
  • Patent number: 7710062
    Abstract: A driver with a reverse-rotation preventer for an inflatable rotating exhibit is mounted inside an inflatable rotating exhibit having a transparent inflatable body and a rotating body and has a rotating assembly and a reverse-rotation preventer. The rotating assembly connects to and rotates the rotating body and has a synchronous motor that rotates in a direction and has a shaft. The shaft is driven by the synchronous motor and rotates the rotating body. However, the synchronous motor will reverse its rotation when the rotating body encounters even temporary resistance while rotating. The reverse-rotation preventer applies a resistance when the rotating body rotates in the wrong direction to make the synchronous motor reverse rotation. Consequently, the reverse-rotation preventer ensures that the rotating inflatable exhibit rotates in the desired direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2010
    Assignee: Gemmy Industries Corporation
    Inventor: Sheng-Hung Hsu
  • Publication number: 20090260266
    Abstract: An omni-directional display technology allows for obtaining better display effect and more rational dynamical structure through adopting the assembly of two or more rotating and symmetrical configurable structure of display which is fitted with a blankoff device, comprising: one chassis (12), one rotating display part consisting of a display (1) which is fitted with a blankoff device (3) in front of the display plane, and one vertical rotary driving device (11) fitted on the chassis. This driving device is connected to the rotating display part, comprised of two or more displays which are equipped with blankoff devices and distributed around the vertical axial line, which will, when driven by the vertical rotary driving device, rotate around a vertical axial line (L) and thus realize omni-directional display. This display system is featured by high display brightness, low rotating speed, fine integrity, rational dynamical structure, safe and reliable running, and other advantages.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 25, 2005
    Publication date: October 22, 2009
    Inventor: Weiqing Li
  • Patent number: 7584560
    Abstract: Disclosed is a rotary sign board having a case split into two or more case sections, wherein the case sections surround the outer periphery of a display assembly, and are adapted to be pivoted through hinge assemblies, thereby being opened or closed, so that an advertisement object can be conveniently replaced. The rotary sign board includes: a frame having a top frame body surrounding a post, and a bottom frame body arranged to be spaced from the top frame body; a display assembly rotatably installed between the top frame body and the bottom frame body of the frame; a case split into two or more case sections, the case sections being arranged between the top frame body and the bottom frame body so as to surround the outer periphery of the display assembly; and hinge assemblies provided at the top and bottom ends of the adjacent lateral edges of the case sections, respectively, so as to allow the case sections to be pivoted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2009
    Inventor: Gye-Soo Lee
  • Publication number: 20090113774
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device and method of its use to temporarily or permanently display decorations, signs or lighting. The device is especially suited for displaying from a structure, such as under the eave of a house. The inventive device is capable of conveniently rotating an attached display or lighting arrangement in and out of view, at will. It is particularly useful for the permanent display of holiday decorations, including string-lights and to display them during the holidays but remove them from sight during the remainder of the year.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2008
    Publication date: May 7, 2009
    Inventors: Alan Manning Kinzel, Donald John Kinzel
  • Publication number: 20090064550
    Abstract: A display system includes a frame and a plurality of rotatable columns carried by the frame. Each of the plurality of rotatable columns may include a column connection member, at least one display engagement member carried by the column connection member, and a plurality of display members carried by the at least one display engagement member. The display system may also include a respective plurality of display guide members carried by the frame to engage each of the plurality of rotatable columns. Each of the respective plurality of display guide members may include an arcuate shaped guide. Each display guide member may have four imaginary quadrants and a portion of the arcuate shaped guide extends through each of the four imaginary quadrants. Each portion of the arcuate shaped guide extending through each of the imaginary quadrant preferably has a different shape.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 20, 2008
    Publication date: March 12, 2009
    Inventors: John Norton Reynolds, IV, James P. Lyons, Michael W. MacGeorge
  • Patent number: 7484324
    Abstract: A rotary sign board is installed around the outer periphery of a post in an existing building in such a manner as to be rotated at a predetermined speed, thereby enhancing the advertisement effect. The rotary sign board includes a support portion for surrounding the outer periphery of the lower portion of a cylindrical post; a cover frame for surrounding the outer periphery of the post and having a transparent window formed along the outer peripheral surface thereof; a rotary body disposed in parallel relation with respect to the outer periphery of the post at the inside of the transparent window of the cover frame; a driving portion fixed to abut against the one top side of the cover frame for providing a rotary force to the rotary body; a rotary body support portion provided at the inside of the cover frame; a rotary portion for rotating the rails of the rotary body; and a support rod fixedly mounted to each side of the support portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2009
    Inventor: Gye-Soo Lee
  • Patent number: 7473002
    Abstract: A lamp includes a base, a lamp socket fixedly mounted on the base, a rotation disk rotatably mounted on the base, a housing fixedly mounted on the rotation disk and having a plurality of patterns, and a plurality of light emitting members mounted on the lamp socket and hidden in the housing. Thus, the housing is rotatable relative to the light emitting members, and the patterns of the housing are rotatable and movable relative to the light emitting members, so that the light beams of the light emitting members are projected outwardly through the patterns of the housing to produce rotatable and movable images by rotation of the housing, thereby enhancing the aesthetic quality of the lamp.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2009
    Inventor: Yang-Chung Chen
  • Publication number: 20080250683
    Abstract: A driver with a reverse-rotation preventer for an inflatable rotating exhibit is mounted inside an inflatable rotating exhibit having a transparent inflatable body and a rotating body and has a rotating assembly and a reverse-rotation preventer. The rotating assembly connects to and rotates the rotating body and has a synchronous motor that rotates in a direction and has a shaft. The shaft is driven by the synchronous motor and rotates the rotating body. However, the synchronous motor will reverse its rotation when the rotating body encounters even temporary resistance while rotating. The reverse-rotation preventer applies a resistance when the rotating body rotates in the wrong direction to make the synchronous motor reverse rotation. Consequently, the reverse-rotation preventer ensures that the rotating inflatable exhibit rotates in the desired direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 10, 2007
    Publication date: October 16, 2008
    Inventor: Sheng-Hung Hsu
  • Patent number: 7428791
    Abstract: A display system may include a frame, column connection members connected to the frame, and column members rotatably connected to the column connection members. The display system may also include a magnetic drive assembly carried by the frame that engages the column connection members to selectively rotate the column members. The magnetic drive assembly may include a power source, energizing members connected to the power source, and column movement members connected to the column connection members. The energizing members may include an electromagnet, and the column movement members may be positioned spaced-apart from and overlying the energizing members. The electromagnet of the energizing members may be selectively energized to form a magnetic field between the energizing members and the column movement members to selectively cause rotation of the column members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2008
    Assignee: AD4, LLC
    Inventors: James P. Lyons, Michael W. MacGeorge, John Norton Reynolds, IV
  • Publication number: 20080229674
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a decorative block comprising an open celled constructing block and a support rod suspending one or more ornaments such as art, logos and/or other decorative images or designs as part of a wall is provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 16, 2008
    Publication date: September 25, 2008
    Inventor: Ann Holford Dunham
  • Publication number: 20080209780
    Abstract: A rotatable display box comprising, a signage body and mount to engage this to a fixed structure in a manner to allow the signage body to be rotatable about an axis of rotation and relative to said fixed structure. The signage body includes at least two display sides. A cam and the other is a cam follower are included. The cam has a surface including a number of cam surface depressions corresponding to the number of regions at or from which signage is or can be presented, said cam surface depressions located at intervals about said axis or rotation corresponding to the number of display sides of the signage box to which said rotation is to be biased to. The biasing to such locations is encouraged by the biasing of said cam follower towards the cam surface of said cam.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 9, 2005
    Publication date: September 4, 2008
    Inventor: Graham Rodier Gibbs
  • Publication number: 20080163525
    Abstract: An image-changing signboard comprising an upper and a lower horizontal frame member (12, 14) having a substantially U-shaped cross-section. A plurality of vertical bar-shaped display elements having a triangular cross-section are rotatably mounted in the upper and lower frame members. Individual gear units (26, 32) are mounted in one (12) of the horizontal frame members for rotating a respective display element (18). A drive motor (20) is connected to a common drive shaft (24) for simultaneously rotating respective gear units (26, 32). A plurality of gear units (26, 32) are mounted on a common mounting plate (22) so as to form a drive module, which is slidably mounted on tracks (40) in one (12) of the U-shaped horizontal frame members and which form a bottom plate bridging the gap between the legs of the frame member (12) and facing the signboard display.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 18, 2006
    Publication date: July 10, 2008
    Inventors: Lennart Olsson, Hans-Lvar Olsson
  • Patent number: 7389600
    Abstract: A motor-driven decorative spinner rotatably supported by a housing configured for mounting on a vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2008
    Inventors: Scott B. Baker, Arthur D. Hale, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20080120876
    Abstract: A magnetic bearing assembly for a rotatable support apparatus includes a first stationary section, a second section disposed on the first section and a shaft member secured to the base section and passing through the first section. The shaft member defines an axle for rotation for the first section wherein the magnetic bearing assembly is defined by at least one pair of magnets disposed in relation to the shaft member, the at least one pair of magnets including magnetic face surfaces aligned such that a repelling field is established between the at least one pair of magnets, wherein the first section is attached to at least one of the magnets.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 28, 2006
    Publication date: May 29, 2008
    Applicant: W.A. Krapf, Inc.
    Inventors: Wallace A. Krapf, John Deats, Ryan J. O'Connell
  • Patent number: 7259536
    Abstract: A solar powered mobile, comprising a drive housing fitting within a case, a solar cell panel fitted within the top of the drive housing, a clear cover over the solar cell panel, a removable DC motor with speed control driven by the solar cell panel, gears connecting the motor to a bearing which provides fastening of a spinner or other device for display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2007
    Inventor: Cheryl L. Ketner
  • Patent number: 7093723
    Abstract: A display system may include a frame, column connection members connected to the frame, and four-sided column members positioned adjacent one another and rotatably connected to the column connection members. Each column member may include a connector and elongate display members positioned adjacent one another and pivotally connected to the connector. The display system may also include a drive assembly carried by the frame that engages the column connection members to rotate each column member so that selective display members pivot in a predetermined direction during rotation to change the shape of the column members allowing rotation thereof when positioned adjacent one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2006
    Assignee: AD4, LLC
    Inventors: James P. Lyons, Michael W. MacGeorge, John Norton Reynolds, IV
  • Patent number: 7059733
    Abstract: A display apparatus is provided which can display different text/image information depending on the viewing angle and the viewer, display a high reality three-dimensional image viewable from any direction and realize stereoscopic viewing without glasses or the like. The display apparatus includes a display unit having a view angle-limiting filter on its surface, a rotary mechanism to rotate the display unit and a control unit which implements control so that when the display unit, rotated by the rotary mechanism, is faced to each of plural directions, the display unit displays a different text/image content associated with the direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2006
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Takeshi Hoshino, Youichi Horii, Rieko Otsuka
  • 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: 6886281
    Abstract: A display device, comprising a central shaft; at least one support arm, rotatably attached to the central shaft; and a cam member having at least one cam surface, the cam surface positioned so as to be engageable with at least one support arm, the cam member being movable at least axially in relation to central shaft. As the cam member moves axially of the central shaft, a cam surface contacts at least one support arm and moves it circumferentially around the central shaft. The shapes of the cam surfaces provide choreographed movement of the support arms. Visual elements may be attached to the support arms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2005
    Assignee: Robotic Displays Corporation
    Inventor: Glenn Smith
  • Patent number: 6836985
    Abstract: A solar powered window ornament including one or more photovoltaic cells used to power a drive mechanism that rotates at least one wheel for a vehicle body. The vehicle body is removable attached to a frame adapted to secure to a window. The vehicle body may be selected from a variety of available vehicles to allow replacement of different vehicle bodies. In one embodiment, the vehicle body displayed may be a three-dimensional NASCAR model.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2005
    Inventor: Brian Mathew
  • Patent number: 6832944
    Abstract: Parallel ribs are aligned and clamped onto a vertical spine, which is a slow-wave discrete-element torsional transmission line. The spine is attached to a motor which may remain ON for extended periods or which be operated by a chip or other mechanical or electronic means which turns the motor ON and OFF at variable intervals, causing the spine to twist, affecting an apparent spiral motion through the length of spine as the ribs rotate. The motor ON and OFF sequencing is set to coordinate with the length and material of the spine and the attached ribs and weights.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2004
    Inventor: Laurence Jeffrey Ostrow
  • Patent number: 6802143
    Abstract: A reliable, rotating, illuminated advertising display unit that utilizes independent display modules housing lights and advertising material. These are easily removed from the base unit for shipping, assembly, and replacement. Optionally, AMLCD, plasma, or similar flat-panel displays may be used in the display modules. The display modules surround a hollow central compartment that may be used for storing, collecting, or displaying products such as food or beverages, or as a trash container. Power is transmitted from the base via a slip ring to the lighting contained in the display modules so as to display advertising or similar matter. The rotational capability is provided via a motor, a gearing arrangement, a central tapered roller bearing, and rollers. The unit's power is provided by AC power when available, or by utilizing a fuel cell, e.g., a proton exchange membrane (PEM), methanol solid oxide, photovoltaic cells, battery, or some combination thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2004
    Assignee: Fuel Cell Components and Integrators, Inc.
    Inventors: Bernard I. Rachowitz, Anthony Mascolo, Robert Benoit, Joseph Lerner
  • Patent number: 6775938
    Abstract: A carousel type display including a spring powered music box in which a horizontal rotating wheel-like element has selectively engageable recesses from which a plurality of display units are selectively suspended. The display units may include small picture frames, as well as comparably sized three dimensional ornaments which are provided with upwardly-extending pendants, spherically shaped terminals which allow rotation about a vertically oriented axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2004
    Inventor: Christopher Lanci
  • Patent number: 6772547
    Abstract: A motorized display using transistor oscillation to impart motion to point-of-purchase displays or other items is disclosed. A transistor oscillator movement, is used to rotate the display. A transistor oscillator motor has a drive train including a drive shaft and a battery as a power source. The drive shaft rotates when the motor is powered, a holder for a sign or merchandise item is connected to the drive shaft exterior to a motor housing and may be removable from the drive shaft. The drive shaft may be positioned vertically, horizontally or diagonally depending on the type of display being used. The rotation of the drive shaft may be either continuous one way or a 360 degree two-way revolution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2004
    Inventor: Roger S. Marshall
  • Publication number: 20040123502
    Abstract: A display device comprises a display device member attached detachably a display body including one of an advertisement, photograph, mark and doll; and means for linking the rotation of the display device member in connection with the rotation of a revolving body, attaching so as to be able to act the display device member so that it can pull many people's interest efficiently and give the impression strongly in the high state of utility value when it uses for the advertisement etc., and it makes interesting and has the play heart when the photograph etc. is decorated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 30, 2002
    Publication date: July 1, 2004
    Inventor: Yukihiro Sugawara
  • Patent number: 6638135
    Abstract: An animated display comprising a lower sleeve assembly which itself includes a lower outer sleeve and a lower inner sleeve concentrically positioned within the lower outer sleeve. Also included in the animated display is an upper sleeve assembly comprising an upper outer sleeve having an upper inner sleeve concentrically positioned therewithin. The upper sleeve assembly is selectively retractable into and extensible from the lower sleeve assembly in a telescoping fashion. The animated display further comprises an actuation assembly which is cooperatively engaged to the lower and upper sleeve assemblies. The actuation assembly is operative to facilitate the rotation of the lower inner sleeve relative to the lower outer sleeve, the rotation of the upper outer and inner sleeves relative to the lower sleeve assembly, the retraction of the upper sleeve assembly into the lower sleeve assembly, and the extension of the upper sleeve assembly from the lower sleeve assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2003
    Inventor: Peter Sui Lun Fong
  • Patent number: RE40536
    Abstract: A device for providing object visibility from all sides comprises a cylinder having an opaque surface interrupted by a plurality of transparent sections forming viewing slots elongated in the direction of a longitudinal axis of the cylinder, and a like plurality of objects mounted inside the cylinder, with each object being associated with a viewing slot. The cylinder rotates around the longitudinal axis at a high angular velocity to enable viewing of the object through the slots. The objects can be, for example, an inscription, a picture, a three-dimensional object, a running inscription, a mobile picture, a mobile three-dimensional object or any combination thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2008
    Inventor: Damjan Jurjavcic