Sound Patents (Class 40/906)
  • Patent number: 7637042
    Abstract: An automatic induction device for turning pages includes a plurality of inner pages, a plurality of conductive rubber pieces, a flexible printed circuit board, and an electronic unit. The inner pages connect with each other on one side and each has a groove on the connected side. The conductive rubber pieces are inserted in the grooves respectively and one end of each conductive rubber piece extends out of the corresponding groove. The flexible printed circuit board has a plurality of connecting finger conductive portions and a connecting end, the connecting finger conductive portions are inserted in the grooves and contact with the conductive rubber pieces, respectively. The electronic unit electrically connects with the connecting end of the flexible printed circuit board. Based on the above assemblies, the automatic induction device for turning pages, electronic audio books and photo albums has more reliable performance, a simple structure and a low cost.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2009
    Assignee: Taiwan Stamp Enterprise Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Ying-I Chen
  • Patent number: 6862824
    Abstract: An ornamental display assembly includes a display container having an opening at a first end. A closure member is provided and is movable between an open position, wherein the opening is unobstructed by the closure member, and a closed position, wherein the opening is blocked by the closure member. A decorative sculpture is displayed inside the container. An electronic apparatus is disposed in the container in operable communication with the closure member, such that when the closure member is in the open position the electronic apparatus is activated, and when the closure member is in the closed position the electronic apparatus is deactivated. The electronic apparatus is a music box, a lighting display, an electric motor, or any combination thereof. The ornamental display assembly further includes a magnetically operated switch for activation of the electronic apparatus, and a magnet located in the closure member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2005
    Assignee: Mr. Christmas Inc.
    Inventors: Terry Hermanson, Huang Meng-Suen
  • Patent number: 6675511
    Abstract: An acoustic card having a permanent magnet and a reed switch. The acoustic card includes a first flap, a second flap, and a sound generator attached to said second flap. The acoustic card is divided by a fold into two halves, such as the first flap and the second flap, is unfolded in an opened position and folded in a closed position. The sound generator attached to the second flap includes a printed circuit board, a sound card containing a controller and a memory storing audio sound data, and the reed switch. A permanent magnet attached to the first flap does not directly contact the reed switch attached to the second flap. The permanent magnet moves away from the reed switch to activate the sound generator to produce audio sound and moves towards the reed switch to deactivate the sound generator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2004
    Assignee: Apple Corporate Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Benjamin A. Pines
  • Patent number: 6640475
    Abstract: An assembly and method for providing audio/visual advertising to supplement standard print advertising is disclosed and described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2003
    Inventors: Todd James Gravitt, Kelly Jean Sullivan
  • Publication number: 20030154638
    Abstract: A combination advertising and warning sign for mounting in a retail store to display promotional materials and warn of spills and other hazardous conditions includes a housing and a movable warning arm. The housing has a front cover removably hinged to a horizontal edge of a base member. The housing can take a closed position in which the cover and base form a closed cavity concealing the warning arm. When the housing is closed, a display region for mounting the promotional material is visible at a front exterior of the cover. The housing can be opened by pivoting the cover about the hinges. When the housing is open, warning indicia are revealed and the warning arm can be pivoted horizontally to an extended position substantially perpendicular to the housing. A switch-activated audio alarm disposed within the housing cavity can also be operated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 18, 2002
    Publication date: August 21, 2003
    Inventors: Bruce R. Kern, Don Ladson, Lewis G. Libby
  • Publication number: 20030140535
    Abstract: A trading card having an electroluminescent feature in combination with a display stand providing a power source. When the trading card is placed in the display stand, the power source from the display stand energizes the electroluminescent feature of the trading card, thereby providing illuminated graphics and making the trading card more interactive. The trading card can include a circuit that facilitates moving graphics displays and can further drive a speaker to allow for audio in conjunction with the illumination.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 30, 2002
    Publication date: July 31, 2003
    Inventors: Anthony Robert Knoerzer, Garrett William Kohl, Rocco Dominic Papalia
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20030041494
    Abstract: A greeting device has a case adapted for overhead mounting. A mistletoe object is attached to and suspended below the case. Also, a speaker is mounted at the case. A driver, including a sound playback device, is mounted in the case and coupled to the speaker. The playback device has stored therein a sound recording containing information related to the mistletoe object. The recording contains information concerning kissing. A proximity sensor is mounted at the mistletoe object outside the case. A proximity sensor, including a sensing head and a wire, is routed between the case and the sensing head. The sensing head dangles on the wire. The proximity sensor is coupled to the playback device for producing a proximity signal in response to arrival of a person. The playback device can play the sound recording through the speaker in response to the proximity signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 11, 2002
    Publication date: March 6, 2003
    Inventor: Jay Steven Yucht
  • Patent number: 6427370
    Abstract: A picture frame includes a frame body having both a sound generating mechanism and a movement mechanism connected to the picture frame. In one embodiment, the movement mechanism comprises a winding member providing additional ornamentation for the picture frame. In another embodiment, the winding mechanism forms part of the support structure for the picture frame. The picture frame has a multi-dimensional sense of beauty by enabling not only an audible component but also a spatial component through movement along a space adjacent to the picture being displayed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2002
    Inventor: Nathan Smith
  • Publication number: 20020073585
    Abstract: A rising bubble display. A pump is fluidly connected to a liquid-filled reservoir and an audio signal input is provided. A controller is coupled to the audio signal input and coupled to the pump. Upon reception of an audio signal, the controller generates a signal capable of actuating the pump.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 15, 2002
    Publication date: June 20, 2002
    Applicant: Midwest Tropical
    Inventor: Kenneth Burnett
  • Patent number: 6267598
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to an audio sign adapted to provide an aural message once the sign is tactilely actuated. The invention typically includes a graphical information section, a tactile information section, and a self contained audio section configured to provide aural information once tactilely actuated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2001
    Inventors: Robert H. Allen, Jr., Frank Lapietra
  • Patent number: 6125190
    Abstract: A image display and audio device includes a display image and a sensor coupled to the display image for producing an output signal which varies according to the acceleration or orientation of the display image; and an audio producing structure which responds to the output signal generated by the sensor which corresponds to visual information produced on the display image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2000
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventor: Xin Wen
  • Patent number: 6041532
    Abstract: An article, of daily use such as a bottle opener, lighter, ball point pen, or the like, is configured as an advertisement carrier, wherein the article includes a housing portion on which an operational element of the article is mounted. The housing portion of the advertisement carrier is provided with an electrically operated device, such as a chip, which stores sound and/or speech, with a component for reproducing sound and/or speech, and with a release or tripping component for switching on the storage and/or reproducing devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 1998
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2000
    Inventors: Frank Pollhaus, Uwe Pollhaus, Jacek Kasperczyk
  • Patent number: 6003257
    Abstract: A floor sign device for use on wet, newly waxed, and painted floors to warn and caution pedestrians travelling on the floor of the surface conditions. The device includes first and second panels pivotally coupled together along their top edges. An elongate light tower extends from the top edges of the panels with a light source mounted to the upper end of the light tower. A sound recording and playing device is provided in the light tower. The sound recording and playing device has a microphone and a speaker on the light tower. A motion detecting sensor for detecting motion from a nearby pedestrian is also provided on the light tower. The motion detecting sensor is electrically connected to light source and the sound recording and playing device. The light source is activated to illuminate and the sound recording and playing device is activated to project an audible prerecorded warning when the motion detecting sensor detects motion from a nearby pedestrian.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 21, 1999
    Inventor: Darrell Stokes
  • Patent number: 5920634
    Abstract: An audio advertising display standard for use as a placard, real estate sale/lease advertising standard, or other advertising uses, that supports a visual display panel and provides auditory information about a property, place of business, event, exhibit, or object upon activation by an attendant listener. The advertising standard of the present invention preferably comprises a combination of a hollow post and orthogonal arm, means for supporting a display panel, means for playing back a prerecorded audio message whenever activated including a speaker mounted on the post or arm, and a publicly accessible means for activating the play back means. The display standard of the present invention may further include means for recording an audio message for subsequent play back including a microphone, means for activating the recording means, and/or means for illuminating the display panel supported by the standard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 1996
    Date of Patent: July 6, 1999
    Inventor: Grace Rojan Chiquette
  • Patent number: 5841878
    Abstract: A collectible article provides a multimedia representation of a desired subject. Such multimedia representation will include a visual representation of the subject appearing on at least a portion of the article. In addition to such visual media, an audible sound segment, reproducible and selectively activated as desired by an activation switch. The article is advantageously of compact, card-like format, and can be user personalized by permitting the recording, and selective playback, of a sound segment corresponding to the visually depicted image appearing on a portion thereof. The article may optionally include a space reserved for receiving an autograph. By carrying the article to places where there may be a likelihood of encountering the depicted celebrity, the owner will have same at hand for personalization by the figure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 1996
    Date of Patent: November 24, 1998
    Assignee: John J. Arnold
    Inventors: John J. Arnold, Lawrence I. Wechsler
  • Patent number: 5812899
    Abstract: An image receptacle comprises a detector for detecting a first play-mode signal. A sound control module records sound, and emits the recorded sound upon receiving the first play-mode signal from the detector. Upon receiving a signal from the sound control module, an emitter emits a second play-mode signal to a second image receptacle for initiating the second image receptacle to emit its associated sound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 22, 1998
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventor: Dale F. McIntyre
  • Patent number: 5810597
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to an audio sign adapted to provide an aural message once the sign is tactilely actuated. The invention typically includes a graphical information section, a tactile information section, and a self contained audio section configured to provide aural information once tactilely actuated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 22, 1998
    Assignee: Robert H. Allen, Jr.
    Inventors: Robert H. Allen, Jr., Frank Lapietra
  • Patent number: 5752335
    Abstract: A talking pet tag for association with a pet wherein a prerecorded message is easily retrievable by the finder of a lost pet by simply depressing a play button. However, in order to gain access to the recordation mechanism, a cover plate held in place by fasteners such as screws must be removed to record a new message so that accidental loss of a message does not occur. The method of retrieving lost pets using the device is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 1996
    Date of Patent: May 19, 1998
    Inventors: Kotaro Shimogori, Mary Jeanne Thompson Shimogori
  • Patent number: 5577918
    Abstract: By providing integrated circuit constructed for recording, retaining, and delivering an audible message upon demand and securely retaining the circuit means in a housing, a unique, multi-purpose, audible message delivery system is attained for use either independently or in cooperative relationship with a plurality of alternate products. In the preferred embodiment, the integrated circuit is constructed to provide ease of message re-recording upon demand. In this way, any desired message can be substituted for an existing message whenever desired. As a result, repeated use of the audible message delivery system is realized, with the system being used independently or in association with other products, such as picture flames, medicine packages, folders, notebooks, etc. In this way, specific messages can be easily transmitted between individuals in a manner previously unattainable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 1994
    Date of Patent: November 26, 1996
    Inventor: Christopher S. Crowell
  • Patent number: 5548272
    Abstract: A talking poster is disclosed. The present invention is a novel method and apparatus for providing a material piece for housing the sound components, that incorporates the poster artwork. The material piece is painted with a portion of the artwork from the poster and lithographed in solid white on the reverse of the material piece. The material piece is then vacuum formed to the desired shape and adhered to the poster at the proper location with the hardware concealed within it.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 1995
    Date of Patent: August 20, 1996
    Assignee: Inotrend, Inc.
    Inventor: Aaron D. Clark
  • Patent number: 5405281
    Abstract: A toppling tone-producing toy apparatus for producing a plurality of tones comprising a plurality of tiles, each tile having a front face, a back face, and a peripheral edge; a plurality of striker bars, each striker bar coupled to the back face of a tile; a note mechanism coupled to each tile for producing a tone when struck by a striker bar on another tile; a support mechanism for holding the tiles thereon; and a plurality of hinges, each hinge coupling the peripheral edge of each tile to the support mechanism for allowing pivotal movement of the tile, the coupling of the tiles with the support mechanism creating a generally aligned configuration where the front faces of the tiles are directionally aligned and each tile is offset from adjacent tiles by a distance less than its height such that when a tile is toppled towards an adjacent tile, its striker bar contacts the note mechanism of the adjacent tile, whereby toppling the adjacent tile, producing a tone, and creating a toppling effect that ripples thro
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 1994
    Date of Patent: April 11, 1995
    Inventor: Ralph Sandor
  • Patent number: 5182872
    Abstract: A sound producing control switch for a picture-frame, includes a control circuit which is fastened in the back cover of a picture-frame. The control circuit includes a music IC, a battery power supply and a speaker, a conductive strip fastened in the picture-frame at the inside, two leaf springs mounted on the window glass of the picture-frame, which leaf springs are respectively connected to the two opposite terminals of the control circuit and constantly forced to contact the conductive strip by two spring means. The control circuit is triggered to produce the sound of "I Love You" twice when the picture-frame is touched to produce a short circuit signal. The spring means automatically force the leaf springs to contact the conductive strip immediately after the leaf springs have been forced to disconnect from the conductive strip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 1991
    Date of Patent: February 2, 1993
    Inventors: Larry Lee, Jack Kao
  • Patent number: 4809246
    Abstract: A sound illustrated book comprises a plurality of sheets bearing printed matter, a page indicator circuit, and an audio sound reproducing circuit. The page indicator circuit comprises a code generator, and a decoder. An unique code is generated by said code generator, when the book is opened to any one of said sheet. Said unique code is transmitted to said decoder, and a pre-recorded message related to the matter printed on said any one of said sheets is played by said audio sound reproducing circuit according to a decoded signal from said decoder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 1987
    Date of Patent: February 28, 1989
    Inventor: Lih Jeng
  • Patent number: 4702140
    Abstract: These small, inexpensive ornaments and novelties emit music and other sounds (such as simulated voice) when exposed to light, and can be placed out-of-doors in a garden. Being light-powered, they can operate for an essentially indefinite time, even though unattended.Each such ornament or novelty consists of a thematically configured body and a three-element working module sealed in a watertight can. It has no input keyboard or other terminal, and no display panel or other electronic or visual data output, except the audio output.Elements are (1) a circuit, preprogrammed to produce electronic oscillations corresponding to a tune or other sounds preestablished at manufacture, (2) a speaker receiving the oscillations and emitting the sounds, and (3) a solar panel powering the circuit. The speaker shuts off if light is inadequate for completely correct operation, and otherwise is amplitude modulated by the light level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 1984
    Date of Patent: October 27, 1987
    Inventor: Adolph E. Goldfarb
  • Patent number: 4541188
    Abstract: A reflective audio assembly and picture frame defines a personalized audio visual combination. The frame displays a picture and a housing supports the frame in a substantially upright condition on a planar surface such as a table. The housing includes a sound receiving enclosure for receiving the sound from a speaker of a tape sound reproducing assembly which may also be contained in the housing. The sound receiving enclosure includes a front wall having an opening therein which is directed towards the front of the picture and downwardly to deflect the sound toward the planar surface upon which the combination is supported to enhance the tonal and directional qualities of the sound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 1983
    Date of Patent: September 17, 1985
    Assignee: Talkies International Corp.
    Inventor: George P. Sadorus
  • Patent number: 4299041
    Abstract: A device in the form of a greeting card, display card, or the like, for producing a visual and/or a sound effect which includes a panel member or the like onto which is applied pictorial and/or printed matter in association with an effects generator, an electronic circuit mounted on the panel member but not visible to the reader of the matter but to which the effects generator is connected, and an activator on the panel member which, when actuated, causes triggering of the electronic circuit to energize the effects generator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 1979
    Date of Patent: November 10, 1981
    Inventor: Stephen H. Wilson
  • Patent number: 4236335
    Abstract: A miniaturized housing or display device including at least one electric circuit adapted to be connected to an electric current supply. The electric circuit includes at least one switch. The housing further is adapted to receive a mechanical alarm clock that has a movement winder and an alarm winder. A counterweight is attached to hang from each of the winders such that each of the counterweights abuts against a corresponding switch in each of the circuits when the mechanical alarm clock is inserted in the compartment and the counterweights descend as a result of the movement of each of the winders.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 1978
    Date of Patent: December 2, 1980
    Inventor: Jean Colonneau
  • Patent number: 4222188
    Abstract: A combined sound reproducing device for either music or speech, together with a display for an opaque sheet on which an insignia is defined that may be a work of art, photograph, printed material or the like, and the display being a part of a resonator box that not only amplifies the volume of the sound reproducing device, but the resonator box having a number of spaced recesses defined in the upper portion thereof in which merchandise such as cosmetics or the like may be mounted in an attractive manner to encourage the sale thereof. The sound reproducing device may be either a spring actuated music box or a power driven unit in which a cassette may be removably disposed to have a voice message or music reproduced therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 1978
    Date of Patent: September 16, 1980
    Inventors: Fred A. Tarrant, James S. Parsons
  • Patent number: 4065865
    Abstract: A multiplicity of preferably coherent light sources are disposed along a common axis and are separated from one another by interposed opaque shields in the form of disks of progressively increasing diameters transverse to that axis. Each source confronts an associated screen with an annular light-receiving zone, which (except in the case of the last screen) may be integral with the respective shields, illuminated by light from all the preceding sources. The light sources may be individually modulated by external signals, e.g. oscillations derived from sound waves, to provide a visual pattern thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 1976
    Date of Patent: January 3, 1978
    Assignee: Societe Cyberson
    Inventor: Stephan Chovan