Spring Rewind Patents (Class 40/517)
  • Patent number: 10729224
    Abstract: The present invention relates to personal grooming drapes, and more particularly to a personal grooming drape that includes an enclosure capable of being secured to a wall surface behind a sink or the like. In a preferred embodiment, the personal grooming drape includes a retractable drape assembly that can be pulled over a counter top, sink basin, or the like to catch, maintain, and dispose of loose fallen hair as the person leans over the drape while grooming facial hair, head hair, or other body hair. After use, the drape is retractable and self-cleaning, and may be supplied with a waste bin that is removable from the enclosure for ease of disposing of the cut hair pieces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Sphark, LLC
    Inventors: Carl Kenon, Anthony Haliburton
  • Patent number: 10694627
    Abstract: A display device is disclosed. The display device includes a housing, a roller located within the housing, a display panel having a front surface for displaying a screen and a back surface facing the front surface, the display panel being wound on the roller, and a plate wound on the roller, and coupled to back surface of the display panel, the plate having an opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Inventors: Jaehoon Park, Jaekun Kim, Manin Baek, Bosung Lee
  • Patent number: 10565907
    Abstract: The retractable realtor display sign displays an image. The image comprises indicia that symbolize a sentiment. The retractable realtor display sign comprises a mesh screen, a scroll apparatus, a free sleeve, a deployment apparatus, and a display structure selected from a plurality of display structures. The mesh screen attaches to the scroll apparatus. The free sleeve attaches to the mesh screen. The deployment apparatus secures the free sleeve to a display structure selected from the plurality of display structures. Each of the plurality of display structures is a pedestal that transfers the load path of the balance of the retractable realtor display sign to a supporting surface. The scroll apparatus stores the mesh screen such that the mesh screen deploys for display and retracts for storage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Inventor: Rich Trifone
  • Patent number: 9153153
    Abstract: An advertising cycling device provides a mobile way for displaying advertisements. The device includes a cycling frame. A plurality of wheels is rotatably coupled to the cycling frame. A crankset is coupled to the cycling frame. The crankset includes a pair of pedals. The pedals are mechanically coupled to at least one of the wheels such that rotation of the pedals causes at least one of the wheels to rotate. An advertising frame is coupled to the cycling frame. A panel is selectively couplable to the advertising frame. The panel has advertisement indicia positioned thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2015
    Inventor: Gene A. Rothstein
  • Patent number: 8272155
    Abstract: The present invention provides an automatic banner roll-up mechanism for automatically rolling up a banner or poster, which includes two tubes, a foldable material cloth, a connecting rod, two plugs, a cylindrical spring, a stopper and two mounting supports. One end of the connecting rod is sheathed by one plug and the cylindrical spring, and it is retained in one of the mounting supports. Ball bearings in one of the plugs are engaged with the connecting rod when the plug is rotated to twist cylindrical spring tight. After rotating the plug in a reverse direction to release the cylindrical spring, the connecting rod rotates in the reverse direction, thereby rolling up the foldable material. Further, the foldable material may be coated or printed with various patterns for decorative or sun-shading purposes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2012
    Inventor: Chao-Pang Wang
  • Publication number: 20120204453
    Abstract: Provided is a flexible display apparatus that includes: a flexible display apparatus including: a flexible display panel; a housing including an opening through which the flexible display panel enters and exits the housing; a cylinder disposed within the housing to coil and uncoil the flexible display panel; and a stretcher that selectively extends from the opening to support the flexible display panel, such that the flexible display panel is substantially planar when the flexible display panel is extended outside of the housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 28, 2011
    Publication date: August 16, 2012
    Inventor: Youn Hwan JUNG
  • Patent number: 8078149
    Abstract: An advertising information display method obtains the terminal location information, which is transmitted from a mobile telephone device, a terminal, retail store location information, which is transmitted from a plurality of retail stores, and advertising information, selects the neighborhood advertising information, which should be transmitted to the mobile telephone device, based on the terminal location information and a plurality of retail store location information, associates the terminal ID with the neighborhood advertising information, transmits the neighborhood advertising information to the mobile telephone device, and displays, on the display of the mobile telephone device, the neighborhood advertising information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2011
    Assignee: Yahoo Japan Corporation
    Inventor: Gen Miyazawa
  • Patent number: 8024878
    Abstract: Stand for banners and the like including a foot part, taking up a cylinder on which a banner can be rolled up on and drawn out from and a device for achieving a rolling up movement for the rolling up of the banner. The rolling up device includes a driving device coupled to the cylinder for rolling up the banner, the driving device comprising a rubber string which at the pulling out of the banner is would up on a drum that is conical and with the string fastened in the wider end so that at a rolled up banner the string runs out from the wider end of the conical drive rollers so that the torque that is achieved by the string is sufficient for the rolling up of the banner's complete rolling up in spite of the rubber string in this position having its minimum tension force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2011
    Assignee: Expand International AB
    Inventors: Ulf Meijer, Björn Ake Sköld
  • Patent number: 8001711
    Abstract: A rollable display device including an inner housing (102) having an inner slot (108), a rollable display (106) having a bend portion (118), which is disposed through the inner slot (108), and a strain reducer (100) operably connected to the rollable display (106) to reduce strain at the bend portion (118). The strain reducer (100) acts by increasing radius of the bend portion (31), locating a neutral line of the rollable display (106) at a selected layer of the bend portion (31), and/or reducing cycling of the bend portion (31).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2011
    Assignee: Creator Technology B.V.
    Inventors: Raymond W. L. LaFarre, Bas J. E. van Rens
  • Publication number: 20100263245
    Abstract: The present invention is a retractable display hoard having first and second elongated frame elements each having opposite ends for supporting the flexible display surface. The display surface of the board consists of an elongated flexible sheet having a width. Opposite first and second ends. The first and second frame elements each having a length sufficient to span the width of the sheet and the first end of the sheet is attached to the first frame. The board includes an elongated roller at inched to the second frame element and extending along the length of the second frame element. The second end of the flexible sheet being attached to the roller and the roller being dimensioned and configured to permit the second sheet to be furled onto the roller.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 17, 2009
    Publication date: October 21, 2010
    Inventor: Michael John Bowser
  • Publication number: 20090249665
    Abstract: A winding advertisement curtain on an electric winding door includes a winding unit and a cloth curtain, and the winding unit consists of an upper case, a winding shaft and a spring. The upper case is fixed on an outer surface of an upper case of an electric winding door, and the winding shaft is arranged in the upper case, possible to be counter -rotated by the spring. The cloth curtain, which has advertising patterns or words on its outer surface, has its upper end connected to the winding shaft and possible to be wound around it, and its lower end temporarily attached by sucking the lower end of the slats of the winding door. So the cloth curtain is possible to be pulled down or wound up automatically together with the slats of the winding door, and then the advertising patterns or words become visible when the cloth curtain is closed down, achieving advertising effect.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 18, 2009
    Publication date: October 8, 2009
    Inventor: Wen-Cheng Yang
  • Patent number: 7559163
    Abstract: A display device includes a display part made of a roll-up sheet-like direct-view display element; a take-up part attached on one end of the display part, the take-up part allowing the display part to be rolled up; a pulling part attached on the other end of the display part, the pulling part allowing the display part to be roll out; and a holding part for holding the display part from behind. The holding part is formed of linkage, which can be stored on the rear surface of the display part when the display part is rolled up, and can be stretched across the rear surface of the display part when the display part is rolled out. This enables the holding part to be stretched across the rear surface of the display part when the display part is spread out so as to prevent the display part from swaying, thereby maintaining excellent display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2009
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Masaaki Ofuji, Naoya Taki
  • Publication number: 20080209781
    Abstract: A device for displaying a disabled parking permit includes a partially rounded housing with a flat fascia with a hook for hanging the device from a rear view mirror of an automobile. The disabled parking permit is required on opposite faces of a flexible sheet that is wound onto a spring loaded roll in order to contain it within the housing while driving. And this housing must not hang any lower than one and a quarter inch below the mirror. The placard can be pulled down from a slot opening on the bottom of the housing to a fully extended positioning order to display the disabled parking permit in a manner that allows visibility from both the front and the rear of the handicap persons automobile when the vehicle is parked. The placard must be retracted and rolled up within the housing, onto the spring-loaded roll, to avoid obstruction of view while driving. The width, length, colors, and indicia all being factors that must meet stringent municipal requirements.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2008
    Publication date: September 4, 2008
    Inventor: Michael Victor Mortensen
  • Patent number: 7168195
    Abstract: A scroll advertising display device which utilizes a housing which includes a windup mechanism which is attached to a sheet member with the sheet member to be extendable from the housing and then retractable by the windup mechanism to be confined in conjunction with the housing. The housing includes a spindle on which the sheet member is wound. The spindle includes a pair of projections which are to engage in conjunction with a windup spring. The body of the spindle is formed as a pair of separate parts which are mated together with the exception at each end of the spindle is located a smaller diametered rod which is integral and formed as a single unit. A material dispenser may be connected in conjunction with the housing with the material dispenser adapted to dispense material, such as a scented gas, coupons, recipes or entry forms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2007
    Assignee: Ad-Tech, LLC
    Inventor: Gregg A. Seidel
  • Patent number: 6779537
    Abstract: A hunting blind includes a housing unit having a flexible sheet of camouflage material stored therein on a shaft that is rotatably mounted on the housing unit. The shaft can be locked against rotation or permitted to rotate as desired to permit deployment of the camouflage material. Straps are attached to the housing unit. The straps are connectable to supports, such as trees or the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2004
    Inventor: Vincent E. Miller
  • Patent number: 6684541
    Abstract: A secure hand-held prayer scroll is provided for creating and retaining writings such as prayers. A replaceable paper webbing is retained on, and in use unwound from, a rotary spool within a hollow housing. To rewind the paper webbing onto the spool, a locking wheel is unlocked by use of a button. A retraction spring and comfort spring balance the return force of the paper webbing. A pen may be stored within the article for writing purposes in use. A key activates a locking device to prevent unwanted release of the paper webbing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2004
    Inventor: Byron Ashley McPhaul
  • Patent number: 6571496
    Abstract: There is provided a visual display device that has a holding member, a cassette that can be removably inserted into and removed from the holding member and an arrangement for displaying a banner, photomural display panel or other display media. There is also provided a mechanism in the cassette for holding the banner, photomural display panel or other visual display media.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2003
    Assignee: Expand International of America, Inc.
    Inventor: Christer Zarelius
  • Patent number: 6557280
    Abstract: A sound emitting advertising and information display device which has a roller housing which has an internal chamber. A sheet member is wound on a roller and is contained within the internal chamber. The sheet member is to be manually extendable from the housing with advertising indicia that is located on the sheet member to then be capable of being read by a human. During the time of extending of the sheet member, a sound is emitted that is to correspond with the advertising indicia. The advertising display device is to be attached to the front end of a product supporting shelf in a store.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2003
    Inventor: Gregg A. Seidel
  • Patent number: 6467207
    Abstract: A display apparatus has a roll of film with multiple still images disposed along the roll of film. The roll of film is scrollable by one or more electric motors to display one or more of the still images on the roll of film at a visual display location. The display apparatus is capable of oscillating desired images on display at the visual display location so as to attract the eye of the observer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2002
    Inventors: Douglas Jones, Gregory L. Good
  • Patent number: 6038800
    Abstract: An advertising display device and method of manufacturing such which takes the form of a cylindrical housing which has an internal chamber. A sheet member is wound on a roller and is contained within the internal chamber. This sheet member is to be manually extendable from the housing with advertising indicia that is located on the sheet member to then being capable of being read by a human. The housing is to be attached to the front end of a product supporting shelf within a store. During manufacturing of the device, a mechanical tool is to be attachable to the roller for the purpose of winding the sheet member on the roller producing bias in a windup spring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2000
    Inventor: Gregg A. Seidel
  • Patent number: 5850981
    Abstract: A light weight, semi-rigid, 180 degree tubular, plastic housing and roller shaft assembly permanently assembled into this housing by capturing the ends of the roller shaft assembly inside of the end caps that are bondedly attached to the inside diameter of the housing that allows complete control over the single article wound around the roller shaft assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 1995
    Date of Patent: December 22, 1998
    Inventor: Bryan T. Beausoleil
  • Patent number: 5806220
    Abstract: An information displayer with interchangeable boards for use in displaying advertising messages. Two sets of boards are disposed on two chains respectively, with each chain rotating about a pair of pinions. One pinion is stationary while the other is connected to a stepping motor. Hooks on a rigid bar grasp openings in the boards to release and display the boards. A pre-programmed microprocessor controls the stepping motor, permitting the boards to be displayed in any selected manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 15, 1998
    Assignees: Videotron s.r.l., New Board International
    Inventor: Fausto Flammini
  • Patent number: 5390957
    Abstract: A map holder is attached to a ski pole. The map is attached to the left side of the planar material of the holder using adhesive tabs. The map is attached to the right side of the planar material of the holder using a strap. The strap is free floating in its midregion relative the planar material. The map is attached to the free floating region of the strap which allows the map to roll up free floating on its own radius.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 1993
    Date of Patent: February 21, 1995
    Inventor: Joseph T. Metzler
  • Patent number: 5359797
    Abstract: A ski area trail map holder is provided for use with a ski pole. In one form, the holder comprises a tubular housing having a spring biased roller therein. The housing is attachable to the ski pole at any point along the pole. The ski area trail map is releasably secured to a map cover which is extendable from a retracted position in which it is rolled on the roller, to an extended position in which it is outside of the housing. The map cover comprises two transparent sheets, each of which is attached at one end to the roller and each of which has a free end located outside of the housing. A locking mechanism is provided for securing the map cover and/or map in an extended position. In a second embodiment, the ski pole itself acts as the outer housing for the map holder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 1994
    Date of Patent: November 1, 1994
    Inventor: Roger L. Williamson
  • Patent number: 4677779
    Abstract: A dynamic display system in which a visual display is changeable in accordance with the vertical movement of an elevator. The display system is adapted for use in combination with a conventional elevator assembly having an elevator shaft, an elevator cab which is moveable within the shaft, and an elevator well at the bottom of the shaft. A display banner or the like is coupled at one end thereof to the underside of the elevator cab and at the other end thereof to a drum within the elevator well. As the elevator cab rises within the shaft, the display banner is pulled out from the elevator well so that the information printed on the display banner is gradually exposed as the banner ascends from the well. As the elevator cab descends, the banner retracts into the elevator well. In another embodiment, a bank of light generating devices, such as lasers or the like, housed within the elevator well, emits light beams into the elevator shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 1986
    Date of Patent: July 7, 1987
    Inventor: Anthony R. Rodriguez
  • Patent number: 4565152
    Abstract: A safety flag bus, which includes a spring-loaded recoil pulley carrying a length of cable extending from the pulley around a bushing attached to the hinge mechanism of a conventional stop arm attached to the bus. The cable extends through one end of a flag storage pipe attached to the stop arm and through a slot in the pipe, around a pulley attached to the flared opposite end of the pipe, to a point of fixed attachment to the bus. A flexible flag rod extends into the flared end of the flag storage pipe and one end of the rod is secured to the cable extending through the pipe, while the other end carries a flag normally located inside the pipe when the device is in retracted configuration. Activation causes extension of the flag storage pipe outwardly of the bus, extension of the cable from the recoil pulley and projection of a portion of the flag rod from the flag storage pipe to extend the flag outside of the flared end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 1983
    Date of Patent: January 21, 1986
    Inventor: Charles O. Bennett
  • Patent number: 4292751
    Abstract: A roll type display sign for a pump is disclosed having an upper bracket mounted to slide across an upper edge of a frame surrounding a pump face. A spring biased roller is mounted to the upper bracket and a display sheet is mounted to the roller such that the sheet is movable between a retracted position, in which the display sheet is wrapped around the roller, and an extended position, in which the display sheet extends across and substantially parallel to a portion of the pump face. The sign also includes a lower bracket mounted to a lower frame edge. This lower bracket is provided with three hooks spaced across the length of the lower edge which engage a loop member mounted to a cross bar attached to an edge of the display sheet. By sliding the upper bracket into an appropriate position and hooking the loop defining member about an appropriate one of the three hooks, the display sheet can be positioned over any one of three portions of the pump face.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 1980
    Date of Patent: October 6, 1981
    Assignee: Chicago Display Company
    Inventor: H. Kent Snyder, Jr.