Abstract: An apparatus supports objects on a level support plane above an underlying inclined surface, such as a vehicle seat. It comprises three or more substantially rectangular panels that are rotatably interconnected so as to form an isosceles triangular profile, in which the equal sides serve as support panels, and the shortest side is an elevation panel. Each support panel can incorporate one or more container retention structures on both its obverse and reverse surface. The apparatus is configurable, through the rotation of its panels, so that either surface of each support panel can provide the level support plane that supports objects.
Abstract: A method is claimed to provide experiential nonlocal real time interaction between or among a participant or participants, observer or observers, participant-observer or participant-observers, and phenomenon or phenomena by means of presentation of sensory information or semantic mapping, by direct observation or using sensory or semantic representation for example by imaging methods or technology including without limitation, image projection over a distance, e.g.
Abstract: The “sustainable online game” specified by using the internet for a worldwide online education in terms of environment, climate change, health and education using a money jackpot to increase the personal benefit for users to take part in which the money for the jackpot is generated from online advertisements using activities like personal CO2 reduction and CO2 trading to increase the probability to win the jackpot
Abstract: A device and method for generating a visible vortex for display or educational purposes. A container houses a two-phase fluidic system of a primary fluid, such as water, and a secondary fluid such as silicone fluid carrying a powder which has no affinity for the primary fluid. The two-phase fluidic system may be stirred using a stir bar or pump to generate the vortex.
Abstract: More reality is given to weather phenomena reflected on an image displayed on a screen of a display unit and an operability of an operatable object. A global weather deciding part 901 decides weather in each global area obtained by dividing the whole map of a virtual world into a plurality of global areas. The weather in the global a area in question is decided at intervals of a first time, in accordance with a preset behavior model and considering area information of each global area in advance. A local weather deciding part 902 decides weather in each local area obtained by dividing each global area into a plurality of local areas. The weather in the local area in question is decided at intervals of a second time, which is shorter than the first time, in accordance with the weather of the global area concerned decided by the global weather deciding part 901, and considering area information of each local area.
Abstract: A book kit for a drawing game which includes a book and a pen. The book has a front cover page which has a series of holes located along one edge thereof and a back cover page which has a series of holes located along one edge thereof. Such edge corresponds to the edge of the front cover page. A number of internal pages located between the front cover page and the back cover page. The internal pages each have a series of holes located along one edge thereof. The internal pages are transparent pages alternated with non-transparent pages. One side of each of the non-transparent internal pages contains a photograph or print of clouds in the sky. There is a binder which is a metal or plastic spiral or which has pliable prongs which extend through the holes along the side of the front cover page, the back cover page and the internal pages. The binder has a lateral cross-section which is round and has a central longitudinal passageway. A pocket is located on the internal face of the back cover page.
Abstract: A system and method for generating tornadoes and other vortex phenomen in an open air, free space enviroment is disclosed. The system includes a flat surface or deck suspended above the ground, a circular hole in the center of the deck, a means for creating an updraft through the hole in the deck and fans or other air moving means for creating a swirling air flow. Preferably, the fans for swirling the air are angled approximately 45 degrees relative to the vertical axis of the updraft flow through the center hole. For swirling the air at higher elevations, as well as at ground level, a multi level fan arrangement having the layers of fans spaced relative to the deck is used. Alternatively, a single level of fans are used in conjunction with louvers or vanes for deflecting the blown air into a fan shape. In another embodiment of the present invention, tangential flow is established by using a multiplicity of tubes for returning air flow from a plenum above an updraft fan.
March 22, 1996
Date of Patent:
October 26, 1999
Reel Efx, Inc.
James Gill, Dylan Hixon, James Lux, Martin Becker
Abstract: A storm mapping system is used to track the location, path, and strength of a storm. The system is comprised of an erasable marker-board surface having a map and a chart permanently immobilized thereon. The map is of any desired geographic region and may have additional map features, such as longitude and latitude lines, distance scale, hurricane category chart, and geographic names thereon. The chart is a table member having columns for date, time, latitude & longitude, wind speed, wind direction, and barometric pressure, in inches of mercury, millibars or both. At least one token representing a storm, is removably attachable to the map in any desired fashion. The token is attached to the map in order to visually locate a storm thereon and a path line may be drawn on the map for historical tracking of the storm. Information about the storm is entered into the chart at desired time intervals.
Abstract: A method for plotting and disseminating information on the paths of violent storms, which can be used to accurately and quickly describe the affected region in a manner easily comprehended by the residents of the region. A map is provided with a grid system consisting of intersecting, generally vertical and horizontal columns and rows, dividing the area into subregions. Each row and each column has an identifying designation, and each subregion of the map has a distinct designation including the designations for the row and the column in which it is located. A weather bulletin for an area includes reference to the designations for the subregion involved.