Plural Cylindrical Or Polygonal Rotatable Carrier Patents (Class 40/503)
  • 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: 8887421
    Abstract: A multi-image license plate assembly having a series of horizontally disposed rotating display members operably controlled by a rotational drive mechanism. The drive mechanism can be a series of gears, pulleys, belts, chains, a worm gear assembly, or other means. The horizontally disposed rotating display members rotated about a horizontal axis. The rotating display members preferably have three image surfaces. An image is segmented, with each segment applied to a respective image surface of each of the display members, such that when the image surfaces are aligned, the complete image is displayed. The image can be applied directly to the rotating member or applied to an insert. An adapter mount is provided for fastening the multi-image license plate assembly to a vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Inventor: Robert Halula
  • Patent number: 8839536
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a solar power generation display assembly and methods for providing same involving solar arrays in a display of designated indicia, each solar array containing one or more electronically linked solar modules or cells of a crystalline or amorphous type and other modules. The solar modules and/or portions of the solar modules and other module portions and/or portions of the other module portions within each specific array or display may be static or manipulated electronically or mechanically to provide an enhanced indicia while a programmable display management system enables operation of electrical and mechanical management sub-systems for displaying the indicia.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: Solaire Generation, Inc.
    Inventor: Laurence Mackler
  • Patent number: 8312676
    Abstract: A shutter panel having multiple louvers that may be opened or closed in unison and which provide a flat, non-overlapping surface when placed in the closed position. Each louver is provided with a pivot post and a drive post, and the drive posts of each louver are interconnected to one or more control rods hidden within the stiles of the shutter panel. Each louver is beveled to encourage movement between the open and closed positions, and to assist with the formation of a substantially flat surface when the louvers are placed in the closed positions. The substantially flat surface formed when the louvers are closed may include an aesthetic design applied thereon or engraved therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2012
    Inventor: Peter Scott Maciulewicz
  • Patent number: 8250793
    Abstract: A multi-image license plate assembly having a series of horizontally disposed rotating display members operably controlled by a rotational drive mechanism. The drive mechanism can be a series of gears, pulleys, belts, chains, a worm gear assembly, or other means. The horizontally disposed rotating display members rotated about a horizontal axis. The rotating display members preferably have three image surfaces. An image is segmented, with each segment applied to a respective image surface of each of the display members, such that when the image surfaces are aligned, the complete image is displayed. The image can be applied directly to the rotating member or applied to an insert. An adapter mount is provided for fastening the multi-image license plate assembly to a vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2012
    Inventor: Robert Halula
  • Patent number: 8104203
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a solar power generation display assembly and methods for providing same involving solar arrays in a display of designated indicia, each solar array containing one or more electronically linked solar modules or cells of a crystalline or amorphous type and other modules. The solar modules and/or portions of the solar modules and other module portions and/or portions of the other module portions within each specific array or display may be static or manipulated electronically or mechanically to provide an enhanced indicia while a programmable display management system enables operation of electrical and mechanical management sub-systems for displaying the indicia.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2012
    Assignee: Solaire Generation, Inc.
    Inventor: Laurence Mackler
  • 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
  • Patent number: 7963060
    Abstract: A product display device includes a support frame, a plurality of placard devices, a pair of carousel display devices and a messaging unit disposed between the pair of carousel display devices. The placard devices, the carousel display devices and the messaging unit providing an integrated display of products to prospective consumers. The messaging unit including a removable interactive display for providing at least one of textual, graphic, image, pictorial and visual illustrations and representations of product information and promotional information to prospective customers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2011
    Assignee: Mechtronics Corporation
    Inventors: Keith Arndt, John A. Kwap, Tim Malley, Kurt Haldin
  • Patent number: 7921586
    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: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2011
    Assignee: AD4, LLC
    Inventors: John Norton Reynolds, IV, James P. Lyons, Michael W. MacGeorge
  • Publication number: 20110066494
    Abstract: A system for displaying photographs is provided. The display system includes a plurality of rotatable carousels that each possess a plurality of slots for receiving folders that hold photographs taken by an event organizer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 16, 2010
    Publication date: March 17, 2011
    Inventors: Caine SMITH, Brynley DAVIES, Daniel WEIL
  • Patent number: 7823307
    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: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2010
    Assignee: Rodier Advertising (1986) Limited
    Inventor: Graham Rodier Gibbs
  • Patent number: 7509762
    Abstract: A display sign apparatus includes a stationary frame and a movable frame mounted therein for reciprocal lateral movement. One drive system is provided for moving the movable frame. Each of the stationary and movable frames has a plurality of elongated display sign elements mounted in a spaced relationship. Another drive system is provided for rotating each element about its longitudinal axis. The elongated display sign elements are movable between a first position wherein the elements are interposed with a side-by-side arrangement and a second position wherein the elements in the movable frame are laterally spaced from the elements mounted on the stationary frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2009
    Inventor: Ayorinde Ajumobi
  • Patent number: 7509761
    Abstract: Apparatus for creating a number of display images comprises a first rotating element provided with a plurality of mounting means, each of said mounting means rotatably carrying one or more second rotating elements each provided with a number of display surfaces in which the mounting means are arranged such that they define a shape with substantially straight edges, and in which two or more second rotating elements can combine to create a changeable display surface substantially parallel to each substantially straight edge of said shape, and in which in use each second rotating element is rotated independently of all other second rotating elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2009
    Inventor: Kwame Owusu-Atuahene
  • 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: 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: 20080073169
    Abstract: An indexing drive device for periodic stopping and starting of a rotating output is provided, which includes: (a) a driven cog, wherein the driven cog comprises: (i) a plurality of outer surfaces equally spaced around a periphery of the driven cog; and (ii) a plurality of driven lobes equally spaced around the driven cog; (b) a driving cog adapted to be cooperatively positioned to engage with the driven cog, wherein the driving cog comprises: (i) at least two driving lobes, whereby the driving lobes on the driving cog engage the driven lobes of the driven cog during a turning cycle of the driven cog; and (ii) a semi-circular disc that mates with one of the outer surfaces during a dwell cycle of the driven cog that holds the driven cog in a fixed position during the dwell cycle, wherein the disc has a blank section in the region of the driving lobes to allow the driven cog to turn during a turning cycle of the driven cog.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 27, 2007
    Publication date: March 27, 2008
    Inventor: Michael C. Walters
  • Publication number: 20070199216
    Abstract: A sign (10) includes a gear subassembly (50, 52) and a slip assembly (74, 80) operatively associated between the drive shaft (42) and the output shaft (46) of one of the display elements (14). During a portion of a rotation of the input gear element (50), the input gear teeth (72) engage the output gear teeth (78). During another portion, the input gear teeth (72) disengage. At least one partial gear tooth (82a, 82b) assists in periodically aligning the gear teeth. The slip subassembly comprises: an input slip element (74) defining a generally arcuate line about the axis of the input slip element; and an output slip element (80) defining a generally straight line that is non-intersecting with and extends perpendicular to the input slip axis. During a portion of a rotation of the input slip element (74), the arcuate line and the straight line of the slip elements (74, 80) are in slipping contact to prevent the output slip element (80) from rotating.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2006
    Publication date: August 30, 2007
    Inventor: Michael R. Atkinson
  • Patent number: 7257913
    Abstract: A signage system comprising a prism-shaped tri-panel louver having a slot at each corner into which can be slid a clip. The clip is generally V-shaped with a pair of opposing sides joined at one end to form an apex. At the apex end is a pair of opposing fingers which are generally parallel to the clip sides. The fingers form a slot on each side. The clip is slid and retained by a friction fit within the slot such that when three clips are installed the fingers and slots formed therein can hold the sign graphics strip. The clip can flex somewhat to allow for insertion in a slot in the louver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2007
    Assignee: Ad-Tech International, Inc.
    Inventors: Todd Heller, Richard Wanser, Dewey Pitts
  • 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: 7086188
    Abstract: A revolving billboard with LED holders has an outdoor frame, an LED frame and a vertical louvered blind. The LED frame is mounted inside the upper recess, and the vertical louvered blind is located in front of the LED holders inside the upper recess. The revolving billboard provides a clear image by the LED frame at night and also provides a good image due to the vertical louvered blind during the day.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2006
    Inventor: Hunter Tsao
  • Patent number: 6926308
    Abstract: Toilet paper, paper towel and facial tissue products (10) are presented. Information may be placed, through printing or embossing, on the toilet paper, paper towels and facial tissues. The information (62) may comprise advertisements, coupons, prizes (such as stickers and crossword puzzles), games or other promotional materials. In addition, information (62) may be placed on a sheet separate from the toilet paper and/or paper towels and/or facial tissues. The information sheet may be then be placed in conjunction with the toilet paper, paper towel or facial tissue by rolling or by interleaving (16) the information sheet with the toilet paper, paper towel or facial tissue. In another aspect, different information may be place on two or more sheets to convey a story (39) or other information. The information (72) may, for example, be used to help potty train children, or to teach children numbers or the alphabet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2005
    Inventors: Daniel Joel Penn, Michael Charles Penn, Amir Nathaniel Penn
  • Publication number: 20040231207
    Abstract: A display panel includes a casing, a number of parallel display elements rotatably mounted within the casing, a mass that can move within the casing, and a mechanism with which the mass interacts to affect rotation of the display elements. A base attaches the display panel to a motor vehicle dashboard for observation by passengers, such that upon acceleration and deceleration of the motor vehicle, the mass moves to affect periodic display changes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 26, 2003
    Publication date: November 25, 2004
    Inventor: Hon Wang Leung
  • Patent number: 6801185
    Abstract: A viewing assembly, viewing system, and method of use are provided. The viewing assembly and system and method of use provide images that may be viewed from any position orthogonal to, and from a plurality of positions oblique to, the axis on which a substantially planar viewing assembly may be rotated. The assembly and method allow viewers to view images from any position 360 degrees around the viewing assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2004
    Assignee: C-360, Inc.
    Inventor: Neil B. Salley
  • Publication number: 20040159025
    Abstract: The advertisement billboard includes at least one rotatable polyhedral column and a driving mechanism provided on a frame. The polyhedral column is consisted of a plurality of rotatable exhibiting boards having an obverse side and a reverse side. Each obverse side of the exhibiting boards outwardly displays an advertisement in sequence when the polyhedral column rotates for the first revolution, and each reverse side of the exhibiting boards outwardly displays an advertisement when the polyhedral column rotates for the second revolution, thereby enabling the advertisement billboard to display a multiple of planar advertisements.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 14, 2003
    Publication date: August 19, 2004
    Inventor: Hua-Ping Chen
  • Publication number: 20040093777
    Abstract: Disclosed is a trigonal prism turning display device for advertisement including: six trigonal prisms arranged in a shape of a regular triangle, each of said six trigonal prisms having the three sides on each of which an advertising screen is displayed; upper and lower turning discs for supporting said six trigonal prisms and rotating together with a main shaft; driving means mounted under said lower turning disc, for rotating said six trigonal prisms; disc-type device supporting means mounted under said driving means and fixed to the inner surface of a cylindrical housing at the outer peripheral portion thereof, for supporting said main shaft and said driving means; and a motor disposed under said disc type device supporting means in such a manner as to be connected to the lower end of said main shaft by a coupler.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 7, 2003
    Publication date: May 20, 2004
    Inventor: Sung Joon Park
  • Patent number: 6662482
    Abstract: A display device for displaying to a viewer a message or a story, preferably accompanied by synchronized sound. The display device comprises a plurality of multi-sided, rotatable display elements, each side or panel bearing a visual image. The display elements are selectively rotated, preferably in groups, according to a predetermined sequence such that a message or story unfolds, step by step, to the viewer as different panels are displayed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2003
    Assignee: The Animated Animation Company LLC
    Inventors: Marc H. Segan, Gary Strauss, Steven Parker
  • Patent number: 6594930
    Abstract: A display device for displaying to a viewer a message or a story, preferably accompanied by synchronized sound. The display device comprises a plurality of multi-sided, rotatable display elements, each side or panel bearing a visual image. The display elements are selectively rotated, preferably in groups, according to a predetermined sequence such that a message or story unfolds, step by step, to the viewer as different panels are displayed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2003
    Assignee: The Animated Animations Company, LLC
    Inventors: Marc H. Segan, Gary Strauss, Steven Parker
  • Publication number: 20030005612
    Abstract: Desktop decoration with movable advertisement signs, including a decoration main body, a reducing mechanism, a motor and a turning unit. The motor is coupled with the reducing mechanism for driving the turning unit. The turning unit includes multiple driven gears and driving gears which are interlaced with the driven gears and drivingly engaged with the driven gears. Each driving gear has an engaging member. A shaft bolt is passed through the engaging member and the driving gear to fixedly connect therewith. The engaging member is operatively leant on an intermittent wheel. An advertising column is fixed on upper side of each intermittent wheel and pivotally disposed in an outer frame, whereby when the respective advertising columns are turned, the picture is changed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 14, 2001
    Publication date: January 9, 2003
    Applicant: Limax Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: William H. K. Chu, Te-Chi Su
  • Publication number: 20020157291
    Abstract: An advertisement display device mainly made up a housing having an upper chamber and a lower chamber, a motor disposed in the upper chamber, multiple gears disposed in a bottom of the lower chamber, and multiple three-face hollow columns positioned in the lower chamber and rotatably connected with the multiple gears and the motor. The motor is actuated to drive the multiple three-face hollow columns to rotate, and when each column has rotated 120 degrees the motor and the columns then stop, and an advertisement display area is formed to demonstrate advertising for a short period until the motor is actuated again whereafter a different advertisement is displayed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 26, 2001
    Publication date: October 31, 2002
    Inventor: Chung-Kuei Lin
  • Publication number: 20020105808
    Abstract: An illuminated revolving lamp device having a rotating translucent member surrounding a source of light and bearing colored patterns thereon, and a second translucent member formed with grating portions of various transmissiveness, the second translucent member adjacent first translucent member such that when the display device is viewed from a fixed location, a changing display of colors and shapes is observed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 11, 2002
    Publication date: August 8, 2002
    Inventor: Patrick Lau Ting Yup
  • Publication number: 20020095836
    Abstract: A display device for displaying to a viewer a message or a story, preferably accompanied by synchronized sound. The display device comprises a plurality of multi-sided, rotatable display elements, each side or panel bearing a visual image. The display elements are selectively rotated, preferably in groups, according to a predetermined sequence such that a message or story unfolds, step by step, to the viewer as different panels are displayed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2001
    Publication date: July 25, 2002
    Inventors: Marc H. Segan, Gary Strauss, Steven Parker
  • Patent number: 6269568
    Abstract: A decoration with a variable billboard including a decorative hollow base seat in which an energy reserving device is disposed. The energy reserving device includes a coil spring and a handle disposed at the center of the coil spring. The handle extends out of the base seat. A billboard is disposed on a top face of the base seat. Multiple parallel triangular columns are rotatably disposed in a frame of the billboard. A mandrel of each triangular column extends into the base seat. A driven gear is disposed at a bottom end of the mandrel. Each face of the triangular column is printed with a predetermined picture. The coil spring drives an intermittently rotating mechanism to operate and make a click drive a ratchet to intermittently rotate through 120 degrees.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2001
    Assignee: Single-Tree Art Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Szu Wei Lo
  • Patent number: 6256912
    Abstract: Identical side members (32) may be connected together by mortise (46) and tenon (52) structure to provide an elongated display holder (10, 22), preferably having a substantially triangular cross sectional shape. Corner structures (54, 56, 58) may be provided which include slots (70, 72) that confront each other and receive edge portions of display members (74). The side members (32) may include outwardly openings T-slots (76) which receive divider strips (82). The divider strips include oppositely directed slots (92, 94) which confront the corner slots (70, 72). This provides the display area on one side of the display holder with two parallel display regions for receiving substantially half width display members (96, 98). The display holder may be mounted horizontally (FIG. 1) or vertically (FIGS. 2 and 11). The side members (32′) may be laterally curved, even to the extent of providing the display holder with a substantially cylindrical shape (FIG. 15).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2001
    Assignee: Burke Gibson, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott S. Gibson, Spec Fulmar
  • Patent number: 6216371
    Abstract: A revolving signboard for conveying multiple messages, which comprises a housing having at least one window provided therein, a conveying system rotatably disposed within said housing, including means for rotating said conveying system in opposite directions, a plurality of pillars rotatably connected to said conveying signboard by connecting elements, each of said pillars containing a plurality of surfaces for selective exposure through the window of said housing, and a stopping pin mounted in said housing and an engaging member opratively associated with said pillars to engage with said stopping pin for rotating the pillar from one surface to an adjacent surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2001
    Inventor: Yong Up Kim
  • Patent number: 6178675
    Abstract: A pictorial image viewing device for use on a desk top, shelf or the like in home or office, wherein a plurality of triangular image holders are pivotally mounted on a support, wherein the holders are unobstructed at their tops for easy entry onto and removal of various images from the holders, and wherein transmission structure is provided for synchronously pivoting the holders to selectively present different images to a viewing front or plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2001
    Inventor: Louis L. Strother
  • Patent number: 6128841
    Abstract: A rotating sign assembly has a plurality of rotatable, multi-sided, sign segments and a drive mechanism for rotatably driving the sign segments. The drive mechanism includes a drive shaft and one or more output shafts that each operate to rotate a multi-sided sign segment. A cam is fitted to each of the output shafts so that rotation of the cam causes rotation of the corresponding output shaft and sign segment. The cam has an outer perimeter and multiple equally spaced engagement slots which extend radially inwardly from the outer perimeter. Outwardly facing stabilizing portions are positioned between each of the engagement slots. The cam has multiple dwell positions, each corresponding to the display of one side of the multi-sided sign segment operated by the corresponding output shaft. A cam driver assembly is fitted to the drive shaft so that it rotates with the drive shaft. The cam driver assembly has a cam driver which extends outwardly from the axis of rotation and terminates in a knob.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2000
    Inventor: Paul H. Werner
  • Patent number: 6089483
    Abstract: A roll or spool of sheet-like or thread-like material comprises an elongated support member, and a sheet-like or thread-like material rolled or wound about the support member and adapted to be removed therefrom. The support member has on an outer surface thereof a visual message hidden from view by the sheet-like or thread-like material and adapted to be exposed to viewing upon sufficient removal of the sheet-like or thread-like material. The invention renders support members for sheet-like or thread-like material, hitherto useless after removal of the sheet-like or thread-like material, commercially attractive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2000
    Assignee: Vision DenStar Inc.
    Inventor: Denis St-Laurent
  • Patent number: 6076293
    Abstract: An illuminated three message sign is provided with improved illumination from the exterior of the vanes at the apices away from the sign surface exposed for message display. The sign has a message display side and an array of triangular rotating sign message displays. Each of the three sides of the triangular message displays in combination a message with corresponding sides of the other sign message displays. When the array of triangular sign message displays has the message surfaces of one of the arrays parallel to the display side, the sequential message is displayed. The apices of the sign message displays are each provided with cylindrical lenses. These cylindrical lenses register to slit light sources. By the expedient of providing a slit light source for each rotating message display, sequential illumination is provided as each message of the array rotates for viewer presentation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 1998
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2000
    Inventor: Paul E. Bergeron
  • Patent number: 6065232
    Abstract: An apparatus for controlling a drive mechanism of a panel display system includes a rotary member attached to a drive assembly, the rotary member having indicators located at known intervals that are detected to ensure that the drive assembly starts and stops at precise locations. In a preferred embodiment, the control system is applied to a panel display system that displays different scenes using an array of elongated three-sided display elements. The preferred control system includes an aluminum disk that is attached to rotate in connection with rotation of the drive assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2000
    Assignee: Pulse Indstries Corporation
    Inventors: Charles S. Haughey, Peter D. Young, Stephen A. Gelnett
  • Patent number: 6034609
    Abstract: A traffic-control sign that automatically displays a primary message, such as "STOP", when electrical power is absent, and an optional secondary message, such as "We Arrest Drunk Drivers", when electrical power is present. The motorless sign is continually encompassed by an enclosure having a transparent facade. A plurality of pivotally-mounted louver panels arranged in a louvered fashion are viewable through the transparent facade. A linkage rod interconnecting the panels provides for unison rotation of the panels. The linkage rod communicates with a solenoid so that the panels assume two distinct positions dependent on the state of the solenoid. These distinct positions reveal primary and secondary viewing surfaces to which the respective messages are affixed. Panel travel approximating 180 degrees allows the messages to be displayed on the overall viewing surfaces formed by the combined individual panel surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2000
    Inventor: Donald V. Comiskey, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5806221
    Abstract: A segmented sign drive provides rotational driving force from a drive arm moving in reciprocating motion. The arm moves a series of pins in a series of grooves located in drive disks. A drive disk is mounted to each segment of the sign so as to rotate the segments into preferred positions in a step-by-step sequence where all of the segments move together to new positions so as to change the outward appearance of the sign. The grooves are ramped so that on a forward stroke of the drive arm the pins are moved upward on a ramped groove in the drive disks to fall into a preferred hole at one end of each of the grooves. On the return or reverse stroke, the pins, now caught within the holes, cause the disks to rotate by one part of the cycle. On the next cycle, the pins again move out of the holes and up the ramp surfaces of the next grooves which have been moved into place where the former grooves were.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 15, 1998
    Inventor: Loren L. Vander Woude
  • Patent number: 5765307
    Abstract: A compact blind system capable of controlling the amount of light, heat or air flow entering a room by means of multiple, independent slat systems. The slats can work either in combination or independently with each other and can be fit either inside multi-pane glass windows or doors or simply used with existing openings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 1996
    Date of Patent: June 16, 1998
    Inventor: Ronald R. Grimes
  • Patent number: 5705759
    Abstract: A decorative display device comprising figurines arranged in tiered first and second scenes, one scene being placed above the other. Each of the upper and lower tier scenes is coupled to a wind-up drive and music box mechanism and when rotated appears to be in synchronization with the music. The rotatable and music synchronized scenes are more noticeable and aesthetically pleasing and, thus, provide a more interesting display. The upper and lower tier scenes may rotate simultaneously, at different speeds (but in the same direction), in opposite directions, in opposite directions at different speeds, or one scene may rotate while the other scene remains stationary.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 1997
    Date of Patent: January 6, 1998
    Assignee: Mercuries & Associates (USA), Ltd.
    Inventor: Douglas E. DeVivo
  • Patent number: 5696494
    Abstract: A rotary unit and illumination unit for a 3-side variable advertisement display board is disclosed. It has a frame made up of a lower groove and two lateral hollow tubes and fixed to a supporting leg by welding. Light tubes are fixed inside triangular hollow columns by rubber pads screwed to an upper member. A cross-head shaft passing through the worms of a worm gear disposed inside a lower supporting member and connected to a rectangular axle on top of the lower supporting member, is joined to a gearing wheel which driven by a driving wheel actuated by a motor, will cause the movement of the cross-head shaft, resulting in the rotation of the triangular hollow columns. An ultra-red ray sensor is used to signal the stop movement of the triangular hollow columns, a timer and a rectifier are used to preset and control the regular movement of the triangular hollow columns.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 1996
    Date of Patent: December 9, 1997
    Inventor: Chih-Tsung Chen
  • Patent number: 5572816
    Abstract: The sign (10) includes a plurality of elongated louvers (170) arranged parallel to one another in a cylindrical array to form a carousel (30) of louvers rotatable about a central axis (15). Each louver (170) is rotatable about is own length to display different images, with the images of adjacent louvers being coherent to form a progressive coherent image about the carousel, and the louvers are turned on their own axes in timed relationship with respect to one another, either simultaneously or progressively, to change the images. Sign (10) has a circular frame (30) which is rotatably supported on a support base (20). Frame (30) has twelve panel frames (36) which are interconnected to form one rigid circular frame assembly (30) about central axis (15). Three drive wheel assemblies (70) are provided for rotating advertising sign (10) about central axis (15).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 1993
    Date of Patent: November 12, 1996
    Assignee: Multimedia Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Taz L. Anderson, Jr., Todd W. Stalder
  • Patent number: 5528258
    Abstract: A changeable signboard, in which each turning pole is operated by a stepping motor, has three advertisement faces and turns clockwise and counterclockwise at a predetermined degree, thus displaying a certain pattern according to the electronic circuit. As many turning poles as needed can be arranged and one can show linear or curved images and diversify the patterns of advertisements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 1993
    Date of Patent: June 18, 1996
    Assignee: Young S. Chung
    Inventor: Shin K. Moon
  • Patent number: 5485693
    Abstract: A display device of the type having a plurality of parallel prisms that rotate intermittently and synchronously to present the surfaces of the different panels of each prism for view to provide different composite advertising designs. All the prisms are identical and each is formed with three identical panels that are rectangular and extend longitudinally of the prism. The panels have hinge sections formed integrally along their edges for meshing with hinge sections of adjacent panels in a piano-hinge-like arrangement. A removable hinge pin is disposed in at least one hinge connection so that upon removal of the hinge pin the adjacent panel can be swung open to allow access to the interior of the prism for changing a burned out illuminating device, such as a fluorescent or neon light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 1994
    Date of Patent: January 23, 1996
    Assignee: M & V Reklametechnik Schoning-Krieg
    Inventors: Egbert Frenken, Michael Schoning
  • Patent number: 5464219
    Abstract: The present invention provides an adjustable distance golf course tee marker which can be used, either singularly (with a non-adjustable marker) or in pairs to define a teeing ground, especially as described in Rule 11 of the Rules of Golf. One unique feature of the adjustable distance tee marker (ADTM for short) of this invention is that unlike prior art devices, it requires a minimum of operating parts, namely:a. an openable hollow housing having a top portion and a bottom portion;b. three parallel positioned movable numbered drums, each bearing the numbers 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9 in a spaced apart relationship, wherein said drums are situated in the interior of said housing, and wherein said drums interact with either the top or the bottom (or both) interior shapes of said housing to fix the positions of said drums in said housing;c.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 1994
    Date of Patent: November 7, 1995
    Inventors: H. William Bradford, Peter E. Carr
  • Patent number: 5297353
    Abstract: A display is disclosed which produces multiple visual displays in an intermittent manner which includes a display housing having a perimeter wall which is transparent during visual display and is an opaque mirror between visual displays. The perimeter wall of the display housing is a composite structure which preferably includes a transparent cylindrical substrate which is coated with an optical film and an opaque mask which defines display windows. Multiple visual displays are produced by a rotating display base which carries rows of rotating display elements. Preferably, the display elements are elongated triangular elements having three image faces which bear images which create the visual displays. The triangular display elements are arranged in a triangular configuration wherein the rows intersect one another at acute angles and are carried by the rotating base. The rotating base includes three display positions and each of the triangular elements includes three display positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 1991
    Date of Patent: March 29, 1994
    Inventor: Faouzi M. Ghalayini
  • Patent number: 5259135
    Abstract: An improved mode of construction is provided for a display device of the kind comprising an array of triangular-section slats rotated in synchronism in 120.degree. steps to present repeatedly to view, in sequence, three compound display surfaces, each carrying a respective poster or the like. In embodiments of the invention, each slat has a respective bearing and driving module with a respective rotary member releasably drivingly engaging the slat and with a respective cam, driving the rotary member and driven in turn by a driving shaft, passing through the cams of the bearing and driving modules of all of the slats. The bearing and driving modules are received in a stack within a hollow extrusion which forms one side member of a frame of the display device. The opposite side member of the frame receives a stack of bearing members rotatably supporting the opposite ends of the respective slats.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 1991
    Date of Patent: November 9, 1993
    Assignee: Marler Haley Exposystems Limited
    Inventors: Brian C. Bannister, James N. Morgan, Simon A. Rivers-Bland, David Duncan