Plaque (e.g., Disk, Etc.) Turnable Relative To Index (e.g., Window In Card, Etc.) To Selectively Align Different Points On Plaque Therewith Patents (Class 434/404)
  • Patent number: 9754570
    Abstract: A music composition, editing, and playback system and method provides a user interface design based on geometric interpretation of music theory replacing traditional modern music notation with geometric shapes including chords represented by polygons that are colored with colors or hues.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Inventor: Mark Strachan
  • Patent number: 9530391
    Abstract: A music composition, editing, and playback system and method provides a user interface design based on geometric interpretation of music theory replacing traditional modern music notation with geometric shapes including chords represented by polygons that are colored with colors or hues.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Inventor: Mark Strachan
  • Patent number: 8870656
    Abstract: The invention relates to a system (20), method, and a signal and a system for presenting a name of the day including a gaming opportunity. The gaming means comprises at least one of casino, lottery, sweepstakes, competition based gaming, and skill games being presented on said media channel means to be played by at least one of every person bearing the name of the day, and persons greeting a person bearing the name of the day through the media channel means (40).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: NameO AB
    Inventors: Bjorn Albrektsson, Jorgen Michelsen, Bjorn Modee, Ian Vannman
  • Patent number: 8317522
    Abstract: A hand held device (10) for measuring automatically the Hormonal Quotient and correlated hormonal status of an individual, providing a measure of index finger for ring finger. The device (10) includes a base (30) upon which a concentrically arranged disc (40) is rotatable mounted by a central fastener (11). The base (30) carries a ruler face (32), a first finger-length logarithm scale (36), a Hormonal Quotient logarithm scale (38) and an arrow indicator of the gonadal hormone exposure index (39). The disc (40) carries a second finger-length logarithm scale (42) and the Hormonal Quotient arrow (44). When scales (42) and (36) are properly aligned the Hormonal Quotient arrow (44) inserts automatically into the resulting Hormonal Quotient in the Hormonal Quotient scale (38) and the correlated gonadal hormone exposure (39).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Inventors: Diana Derval, Johan Bremer
  • Patent number: 8042291
    Abstract: An aroma visual message carrier is shaped into a card device for carrying multisensory messages to deliver two interchangeable images with a scent releasing mechanism linked to the very act of image change by a recipient. The carrier comprises an image changing frame including a still image member with a first image printed on it and a sliding image member with a second image print partially interlaced with the still image member so that a manual sliding action of the still image member brings the two images interchangeably fade in and out laterally through each other. The still image member has a deposit of scent material formed rearward of its visual side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2011
    Inventor: Timothy Clegg
  • Patent number: 7877911
    Abstract: A package configuration for holding merchandise includes a rotatable element that selectively displays different information to the user as the element is rotated. The rotatable element is restrained without a central hub or pivot pin. The restraining configuration limits lateral movement and minimizes pinching of the rotatable element. In one configuration, the merchandise storage package has a cover assembly having front and rear covers that define at least one window. Three pocket tabs restrain the lateral movement of the rotatable element. Each pocket tab is integrally folded from the blank used to form the storage package. One of the pocket tabs is double folded over itself to form a spacer having a thickness of three layers of blank material. Another pocket tab is folded over the spacer tab to form a fourth layer of material between the front and back covers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2011
    Inventors: Robert M. Wynalda, Jr., Robert G. Rajter, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7637044
    Abstract: By providing a unique, pre-printed promotional system which can be produced in a wide variety of alternate forms and/or configurations and employs at least two cooperating panels mounted to each other, with one panel being movable for activating the movement of the second panel between an open position and a closed position, a unique, hands-on, printed, visually exciting and interest generating advertising/promotional product is attained. In the preferred embodiment, the promotional system of the present invention incorporates a panel member on which a plurality of cooperating cut out sections are formed, with each of these cut out sections being constructed for cooperating with each other in the central area or zone of the panel member. Furthermore, each cut out section is movable or arcuately pivoted between two alternate positions, with the arcuate pivoting movement being controlled by affixation of each cut out section with the cooperating, overlying activation plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2009
    Assignee: Structural Graphics, LLC
    Inventor: Erik S. Hluchan
  • Patent number: 7507893
    Abstract: One embodiment of the present invention relates to a method for teaching music to one or more students. The instructor's manual operation of a musical instrument controls in real-time the illumination of guide lamps on each student's musical instrument. This allows the students to visually connect the note to be played with the instructor's verbal instruction and then play the visually indicated note without having to look up at the instructor or a distant display. In another embodiment, the instructor's manual operation of his musical instrument provides a score display of the played note on each student's musical instrument. The students can visually connect the played note with the musical notation on the score display. Remote teaching over a communication network is also described as well as a removable interface for the musical instrument to assist in teaching and use of the instrument.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2009
    Assignee: Yamaha Corporation
    Inventor: Craig Knudsen
  • Patent number: 7354070
    Abstract: A book with at least one rotating device that allows the user to answer various questions and check whether his responses are correct that also may be used as an entertaining or easy to use reference source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2008
    Assignee: Innovative USA, Inc.
    Inventor: Peter Polick
  • Patent number: 7325341
    Abstract: The Lamella card consists of a foldable wrapping having at least one sighting window, a first image carrier arranged inside it and a second image carrier comprising at least 4 lamellae inserted in one another. At least one of said lamellae is fitted with a lever, which is guided in a guiding slot, connected to a driving element. The lamellae are arranged in such a way that each lamella is brought under the first folding section and over a second neighboring folding section and can be driven by the motion of the driving element from the covered position of the first folding section over the second neighbouring folding section. Through the movement of the lamellae over a motion track, either the image located on the first image carrier or an image located on the lamellae can be displayed in a sighting window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2008
    Assignee: B-Moss USA, Inc.
    Inventor: Mordeckai Mouyal
  • Patent number: 7201402
    Abstract: The book with spinning globe has a front cover, a back cover, and a spine or binding portion which binds the front cover, and the back cover. An earth globe is rotatably connected to a front cover, back cover, or spine so that the globe is rotatable about an axis extending along a plane of the front cover, back cover, or spine to which the globe is connected. The book may optionally include at least one leaf positioned between the front and the back cover. The globe may also be rotatably connected to the leaf. The globe is configured to represent the earth, and has outlines representing the continents and at least larger countries or geographical regions, and may have contours representing mountains or other features.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2007
    Inventor: John F. Duprey
  • Patent number: 7141731
    Abstract: A music learning aid to assist musicians in learning and using music theory. The music learning aid includes a semicircular folding substrate and two circular and substantially concentric discs having progressively smaller diameters. The substrate and discs are secured together at a central point such the discs are independently rotatable. By rotation and alignment of selected discs the user is able to determine chords, scales and notes associated with musical works. The device allows the user to transpose music from one key to another, as well as transposing chords, scales or intervals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2006
    Inventor: Thomas Scott Vallery
  • Patent number: 6669486
    Abstract: An educational system is disclosed for educating learners by having them perform self-directed activities. The preferred system includes a set of distinct pictorial symbols and a training program that trains the learners to associate each of the pictorial symbols with a specific instruction. The system further includes a plurality of activity sheets that each have instructional indicia comprising a plurality of the pictorial symbols arranged to instruct the learners to perform one of the activities. The activity sheets are arranged in sets so that the learners perform a series of activities related in educational content when presented with each set. An educational method is also disclosed. The preferred educational method involves training the learners to associate each of the pictorial symbols with the corresponding instruction, using a plurality of the symbols to instruct the learners to perform the desired educational activity, and having the learners perform the that activity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2003
    Assignee: Pitsco, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew B. Frankenbery, Larry D. Dunekack, Clarence M. Anderson, Martha A. Sours, Kelly J. Reddin
  • Patent number: 6557394
    Abstract: The test includes a test panel placed between and rotatably secured to a cover and a rear panel. The cover has two windows located adjacent each other. Located adjacent the periphery of the test panel are twelve labels. Below each label is a set of choices. When the cover is placed over the test panel and secured thereto the first set of choices and label should be aligned with their respective windows. To use the test, the person scratches the label located above the first set of choices and then immediately sniffs the label. The person then chooses the item which most closely corresponds with what he/she smells and marks it by darkening the circle located adjacent his/her choice. Once all of the labels have been smelled and the choices marked, the test panel is rotated once more. The correctly marked choices will appear in openings formed on the cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2003
    Inventor: Richard L. Doty
  • Publication number: 20030036048
    Abstract: A tracing device having a closed housing including a transparent or translucent upper member with an outer planar surface. Transparent or translucent discs are mounted on the planar surface in spaced planar relationship, each having a different set of symbols. The discs may be rotated to expose selected symbols of each set into selected relationship with each other. A transparent or translucent cover is placed over the discs and supports a sheet of material upon which the selected symbols are traced.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 8, 2000
    Publication date: February 20, 2003
    Inventor: Eugene Gaster
  • Patent number: 6419497
    Abstract: A tactile sensing device allows a user to utilize tactile senses in order to distinguish between a plurality of different surface textures. A body member has a plurality of openings with a plate member rotatably disposed therein. Each plate member has a first surface with a first texture thereon and a second surface with a second texture thereon. Each first texture is unique with respect to each other and each second texture is unique with respect to each other. A magnet is attached to the rim of each opening while each plate member has a magnetically sensitive portion, or vice versa, for limiting plate member rotation. A chamber may be located on at least one end of the body member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2002
    Inventor: Elizabeth A. Carlson
  • Patent number: 6402523
    Abstract: An improved book, wherein a user engages a dial or other selector device to access at least one page, chapter, part, rhyme or story within the book.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2002
    Assignee: Innovative USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Shari Kaufman, Peter Polick
  • Patent number: 6085451
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an information carrier with an upper and a lower cover layer and a plate, which can be moved between the cover layers. The information carrier contains information, which is given a defined association by the appropriate positioning of the plate with respect to the cover layer. In order to be able to produce the information carrier in a more compact and simpler way, it is designed in accordance with the present invention in such a way that the plate (10) is embodied to have a circular disk shape, except for at least one cut off edge section, and can be viewed and manually moved through a cutout in at least one of the cover layers, and is formed out of a center layer arranged between the upper and the lower cover layer by cutting a separating slit in the shape of an arc of a circle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2000
    Assignee: IWA F. Riehle GmbH & Co.
    Inventor: Harald Riehle
  • Patent number: 5954518
    Abstract: A children's book including a front cover, a back cover, and at least one leaf positioned between the front cover and the back cover. A spine portion of the book connects the front cover, the leaf and the back cover. The book further includes at least one attachment arrangement and at least one rotation member. The front cover, the leaf, and/or the back cover has at least one cut-out portion. The rotating member is rotatably connected to a respective front cover, back cover and/or leaf by positioned within the cut-out portion using the attachment arrangement so that the rotating member is rotatable about an axis extending along a plane of the book.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 21, 1999
    Assignee: Reader's Digest Children's Publishing, Inc.
    Inventor: Ira Teichberg
  • Patent number: 5727949
    Abstract: A reference device for use in indicating prognosis of a physical condition based upon selected diagnostic characteristics of the physical condition. The reference device may include a first panel member having first selected diagnostic characteristics of the physical condition distributed thereon, and a second panel member including second selected diagnostic characteristics of the physical condition distributed thereon as well as prognosis indicators associated with the second selected diagnostic characteristics. The first and second panels are mounted for relative movement whereby a selected one of the first selected diagnostic characteristics may be paired with a selected one of the second diagnostic characteristics and a determinable prognosis is revealed corresponding the specific paired characteristics. The reference device is particularly useful for prognosing melanoma based upon diagnostic characteristics of a skin lesion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 1996
    Date of Patent: March 17, 1998
    Inventors: David Bar-Or, Raphael Bar-Or
  • Patent number: 5709552
    Abstract: A rotary disk calculator and educational aid is provided to assist in learning and understanding the relation between various musical keys on an instrument according to the circle of fifths system. A base plate member or disk is divided into twelve root key positions. An intermediate or second disk or template is concentrically mounted on the base disk. The structure of the second disk is alignable at various positions with each of the root key positions on the base plate. Indicators are formed on the second disk for ease of alignment. When aligned with a particular root key position, the second disk indicates the key signature (specific sharps or flats) that a piece of music has in that key; the number of whole or half steps between notes; notes for chords used in that key; and any special relationship linking certain of the notes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 1995
    Date of Patent: January 20, 1998
    Inventor: Ulyesse J. LeGrange
  • Patent number: 5618180
    Abstract: A method of using a computer to teach, wherein a child first studies a first element of information located on a computer screen, then locates an empty space adjacent to first element. The empty space is intended to receive a second related element of information. After comparing what is available from a group of second elements, the child selects an appropriate second element from a remote source located on the screen. Once a correct second element is chosen, appropriate software allows the child to computer activate (touch screen or use a mouse) to selectively display a third element. The third element relates to the second element, while the second element relates to the first. The child learns by observing the designed relationship between any first element and the second element and any relationship between the second element and the third element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 1995
    Date of Patent: April 8, 1997
    Inventor: Tedd Nathanson
  • Patent number: 5505623
    Abstract: An anatomical display apparatus includes a three-dimensional model simulating at least a portion of a human or animal body and within which is located a body part, region, tissue and/or organ of interest. A plurality of images of the body part, each showing the body part in a different state or condition such, for example, as before, during and/or after a therapeutic treatment, are carried on a movable support disposed within the model. The support is selectively movable under user manipulation or control so as to transport a selected one of the plural images into suitable juxtaposition with an opening or passageway defined in and through the model and thereby permit an observer located externally of the model to view the selected image within the model through the passageway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 1994
    Date of Patent: April 9, 1996
    Inventors: Milton Chernack, Daniel Stool, Therese Santoro
  • Patent number: 5447439
    Abstract: A story book assembly and a method of teaching wherein a child first studies a first element of information, then locates an empty space adjacent to first element. The empty space is intended to receive a second related element of information. After comparing what is available, the child selects an appropriate second element from a remote source. The second element is initially located on an exposed surface of a movable card. The movable card includes a hidden surface, on which a third element of information is disposed. The hidden surface is selectively exposed by the child so that the third element may be viewed. The selected movable card is then placed within the empty space so that the second element may be viewed together with the first element. The third element relates to the second element and the second element relates to the first element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 1993
    Date of Patent: September 5, 1995
    Inventor: Ted Nathanson
  • Patent number: 5382166
    Abstract: The Electron-Space Display Model (ESDM) is a teaching aid for demonstrating the systematic patterns in which electrons are distributed within space confinements, called shells and subshells, radiating outward in the space surrounding an atomic nucleus. Among the components of the ESDM is a diagram depicting, by means of color-coded configurations, the shells and subshells contrived by scientists to conceptualize the atomic domains of electrons and how they lawfully inhabit those domains. The diagram also features specific points (tiny apertures) designated "electron-spaces" within the subshells illustrating places where electrons would conceptually be found if "frozen" in position. Behind the diagram is a rotatable wheel with over 5000 tiny apertures precisely and systematically placed such that they align in 103 different patterns with the apertures in the diagram.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 1993
    Date of Patent: January 17, 1995
    Inventor: Rhamal M. Ahmose
  • Patent number: 5370539
    Abstract: A chord or scale indicating device includes at least one fixed member and at least one movable member. On one of the fixed or movable members a scale is provided of at least one octave including both the white and black notes of the octave. In this octave, the white notes A, G and D, are greater in transverse or radial extent than the white notes E, F, B, and C by a factor of about 1.5. The other of the fixed and movable members includes a series of indicating positions which indicate at least one scale or chord position for a given input key. Relative movement between the fixed and the movable member will enable the scale and or chord positions to be determined for each of the notes in the ocatve by such relative movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 1992
    Date of Patent: December 6, 1994
    Inventor: Homer E. Dillard
  • Patent number: 5316309
    Abstract: A game apparatus is provided for playing a game which tests the memories of game players. The apparatus includes a base, a rotatable disk mounted on the base, and a cover mounted on the base above the disk. A clutch mechanism is provided for rotating the disk, and a braking mechanism is provided for stopping rotation of the disk in one of a plurality of predetermined positions. The cover includes a plurality of spaced apertures and the disk includes a plurality of groups of matched pictures which are oriented so that a plurality of matched pairs of pictures are aligned with the apertures when the disk is stopped in one of the predetermined positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 1992
    Date of Patent: May 31, 1994
    Assignee: Asahi Corporation
    Inventor: Sano Takeshi
  • Patent number: 5288234
    Abstract: This invention consists of a device for composing, decomposing, retransposing and retranscribing all chords and scales contained in music. The device in question comprises two superimposed disks of different diameters, joined at their center by a pin enabling the disks to rotate independently. The twelve musical notes of the diatonic scale are written on the lower disk with the larger diameter. Intervals, interval qualifications, degrees of intervals and various indexed scales are written on the upper disk with the smaller diameter. Whatever the composition, decomposition, retransposition and retranscription information required for a given chord or scale, the user, by rotating the disks, matches the chosen note with the "FUNDAMENTAL" interval, on which all chord or scale building is based. This allows him to see the position, degree, interval and qualification of the other notes of the chord or scale. This device may be used for all diatonic, monophonic and polyphonic instruments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 1993
    Date of Patent: February 22, 1994
    Inventor: Houari Hamzi
  • Patent number: 5269086
    Abstract: A multi purpose decorative frame and special date reminder for multiple photos/images. The date/information which is positioned next to its allied photo/image, in a symmetrical frame. When the front panel is rotated the date/information and photo/image can be singularly revealed while in the remaining frame openings only the photo/image will be visible bringing attention to the opening revealing both photo/image and date/information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 1992
    Date of Patent: December 14, 1993
    Inventor: William A. Tomes
  • Patent number: 5110206
    Abstract: A transparent viewing sheet has a plurality of facial features outlined thereon and is used for form am image by viewing the facial features thereon. Rotatably concentric transparent facial feature rings are disposed in overlaid relation with each other and have different facial features outlined thereon but in different shapes and sizes. The facial feature rings are rotatably movable relative to each other and are arranged to align a plurality of facial features at a common point in their overlaid position to form an image as is it appeared in the viewing sheet. The facial feature rings are mounted on a base sheet having a viewing window therein whereby to view the formed image. The transparent viewing sheet may be used in combination with a mirror to form an image to be used to form the completed image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 1991
    Date of Patent: May 5, 1992
    Inventor: Todd E. Mischke
  • Patent number: 5057067
    Abstract: A spinning wheel type paper product and a method of fabricating the same from a single continuous web of material. The method comprises the steps of cutting the web of material to define a window and a wheel having a central aperture and slitting the web into two ribbons, one of the ribbons including said window and the other including said wheel. An area of glue is applied to the ribbon carrying the window at a location spaced apart from the window and the ribbons are stacked in a position for aligning the central aperture with the glue area. The ribbon carrying the window is folded over so as to enclose the ribbon carrying the wheel and such that the area of glue extends through the central aperture in the wheel to adhesively secure, with a facing surface of the window carrying ribbon, the other side thereof. Individual products are then formed by transversely cutting the web.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 1990
    Date of Patent: October 15, 1991
    Assignee: The Lehigh Press, Inc.
    Inventor: Susan Hibsch
  • Patent number: 4964043
    Abstract: The present invention enables visualizing, identifying and ordering speed reduction gearing configurations, particularly enclosed worm gear configurations, by a system comprising a mechanical display and a digital computer, which cooperate in a novel manner. The mechanical display includes sequences of adjustable slide media, each having at least a stationary base component and a rotatable disk component of sufficiently large size for convenient visual and manual access. The digital computer includes a host computer and a plurality of dedicated terminals that communicate with the host computer through telephone lines. Each of the terminals contains a programmed read only memory which guides the terminal user, through a sequence of inquiries, to automatically telephone the host computer, to transmit input data from the mechanical display to the host computer, and to display the result data received from the host computer for confirmation or rejection by the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 1988
    Date of Patent: October 16, 1990
    Inventor: Thomas M. Galvin
  • Patent number: 4920033
    Abstract: A demonstrative teaching apparatus for teaching the relationship between variable pictorial and/or graphic displays and their respective numerical values, in which the entire apparatus is positioned within an apparatus housing. The apparatus housing incorporates viewing areas on its front and rear sides so as to provide optical display of the relevant teaching portions of the apparatus. The front viewing area reveals the position of the segmented display while the rear viewing area reveals numerical indicia corresponding to the display of segments appearing through the first viewing area. The segmented display and, in turn, its respective numerical indicia, can be increased or decreased by forward or reverse rotation of a circular disk. The circular disk is precluded from excessive rotation in either direction through stopping mechanisms which limit the inadvertent winding or unwinding of the segmented display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 1988
    Date of Patent: April 24, 1990
    Inventor: John E. Cress
  • Patent number: 4776802
    Abstract: A learning aid comprisinga. a disk having a plurality of sectors, each of the sectors having a descriptive matter section adjacent the periphery of the disk, the descriptive matter section occupying a portion of each of the sectors,b. a plurality of removable puzzle pieces for each of the sectors, each of the puzzle pieces being able to occupy a portion of its corresponding sector, each of the puzzle pieces being of a different shape from one another, each of the puzzle pieces having an identifying word, letter or number associated therewith which describes the descriptive matter. The learning aid is particularly useful is teaching young children how to read.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 1987
    Date of Patent: October 11, 1988
    Inventors: Shlomit Rind, Bruce Rind
  • Patent number: 4711633
    Abstract: An instructional device is provided for tennis players to identify their stroke problems and to analyze the cause of those stroke problems. In addition, the instructional device of the present invention includes a grip analysis section to help tennis players identify and correct their grip problems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 1986
    Date of Patent: December 8, 1987
    Assignee: Michael A. Dombrowski
    Inventors: Michael A. Dombrowski, Nancy M. Eikeland
  • Patent number: 4705478
    Abstract: A visual aid in which a background sheet, FIG. 1, features a diagram. It is desired to demonstrate that one part of the diagram, in this case the angle ACD can fit exactly on another part, in this case the angle ABC. The two parts are jointly used as the basis of a geometrical construction to locate the position of the center of rotation P. A transparent sheet (FIG. 2) is laid over the background sheet. The point Q is marked corresponding to P and the two sheets are pivotally assembled through P and Q. The relevant part of the background diagram, in this case the angle ACD is now copied onto the overlay sheet, in this case angle G. Pivotal movement of the overlay sheet will allow angle G to be alternately superimposed on angles ACD or ABC. The tongue T, fits in the slot S to limit the pivotal movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 1985
    Date of Patent: November 10, 1987
    Inventor: Reza Djali
  • Patent number: 4642054
    Abstract: A picture book comprising the front and back covers and further a plurality of printed paper sheets therebetween, characterized in that said front cover and paper sheets have each window cut in aligned positions, and in that a telephone structure is attached on the inside surface of said back cover so that the dial is always appearing in said windows.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 1985
    Date of Patent: February 10, 1987
    Inventor: Yoshiomi Wada
  • Patent number: 4634385
    Abstract: A teaching wheel challenges a student to find the correct answer to arithmetic and other problems. The teaching wheel comprises a problem disk and an answer disk mounted concentrically for rotation on a frame. The problem disk is mounted above the frame, and the answer disk is mounted under the frame. The problem disk has a smaller diameter than the answer disk and frame. The problem disk is divided into a number of sectors, with a problem radiating outwardly in each sector. The answer disk has sectors containing the answers to the problems near the periphery of the disk. The frame is notched to reveal one answer on the answer disk. The problem disk is rotated so a selected problem sector is aligned with the frame notch, and the answer disk is rotated until the correct answer appears in the notch adjacent the problem sector. The problems may consist of counting, arithmetic equations, time equivalents, and money equivalents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 1985
    Date of Patent: January 6, 1987
    Inventor: Virginia Stemper
  • Patent number: 4626220
    Abstract: A psychological test device for measuring the intellectual ability of children by identification of a picture which the examiner exposes in sequential small increments by slowly moving it behind a narrow window. The device comprises a rotatable circular disk interposed between front and back face plates. The front of the disk carries a plurality of pictorial elements. The back face of the disk carries corresponding identifying indicia. A narrow window in the front face plate overlies the path of rotary movement of the pictorial information. A cut-out in one edge of the face plates, coupled with finger notches in the exposed peripheral edge of the disk, permits easy rotation of the disk. A timing scale assists the examiner in regulating the exposure time of each pictorial element being tested.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 1984
    Date of Patent: December 2, 1986
    Assignee: American Guidance Service, Inc.
    Inventors: Alan S. Kaufman, Nadeen L. Kaufman, Jack A. Naglieri
  • Patent number: 4585231
    Abstract: A play device or game in the form of circular top and bottom members having a group of individual transparent disks between the members, the top member having a cutout or window through which a section of all disks can be seen. The disks carry a group or pattern of opaque spots on their surfaces so arranged that the disks can be positioned to provide alignments of groups of spots on individual disks observable through the window so that the spots collectively define the outline of a letter, geometric figure, or other design. Methodology is provided by way of use of rectangular grids, each having spots arranged to represent a component of a letter or figure. The grids are identified by a number, and then tabulated to indicate the grid components that make up each letter or figure and are then used for positioning the opaque spots in the disks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 1983
    Date of Patent: April 29, 1986
    Inventor: Ebrahim Batmanghlich
  • Patent number: 4537576
    Abstract: An educational book providing interaction between graphic information contained on reference elements rotatably attached to a base leaf and a second set of graphic information contained on apertured leaves. The apertured leaves superimpose the base leaf and reference elements, such that the apertures are visually aligned with the reference elements. The second set of graphic information areas are juxtaposed with respect to the apertures of the leaves to combined with the graphic information of the reference elements visible through said apertures. To maintain this alignment, the apertured leaves and base leaf are rotatably bound together at one end by a binding mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 1984
    Date of Patent: August 27, 1985
    Inventors: Howard I. Thorsheim, Bruce B. Roberts
  • Patent number: 4508344
    Abstract: A spinner having easily changeable indicia and an upper section which can be turned for viewing the indicia from different directions. The indicia are printed on two-sided, symmetrically shaped cards, each having a large hole in the center and evenly spaced notches along its outer edge. A card is mounted by placing it on top of the device. The central hole accommodates the spinner's pointer, allowing disks to be changed without removing the pointer. When a disk is mounted, some of its notches mate with raised tabs on the upper section, holding it in place. The remaining notches permit access to finger notches in the upper section which facilitate turning it, in a fashion similar to telephone dialing. When the upper section is turned, the spinner's pointer turns together with the indicia.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 1983
    Date of Patent: April 2, 1985
    Inventor: Kris K. Krogh
  • Patent number: 4487418
    Abstract: An educational apparatus is disclosed including a base, a question/answer disc, a cover disc and a pointer all disposed on a post screw stacked from bottom to top in the order listed. The base displays a circle of numbered question/answer blocks which may be seen around the question/answer disc. The question/answer disc displays radial question/answer segments corresponding to the numbers in the question/answer blocks on the base. The question/answer segments are divided radially into a single question subsegment and a single answer subsegment. The cover disc has a window through which to view a single question displayed radially within the question subsegment. After the answer to the question has been attempted, the window in the cover disc is moved clockwise to reveal the correct answer in the answer subsegment. This answer is compared with the attempted answer. The question/answer discs are exchangeable. The apparatus may be used by a single person or may be used to play a competitive multiplayer game.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 1984
    Date of Patent: December 11, 1984
    Inventor: Earl E. Allen, Sr.
  • Patent number: 4445867
    Abstract: An educational game comprising in combination: (a) a segmented disc having indicia in at least one of the segments; and (b) a spoke-like configuration pivotally secured to the disc adjacent the center thereof whereby selected segments of the disc can be aligned with the spoke-like configuration, the spoke-like configuration having a plurality of divided areas extending radially and outwardly thereof away from the disc, indicia in at least one of the areas corresponding to that on the segment and further common indicia on the segment and the area. The spoke like configuration and disc can be rotatably and removably mounted on opposite sides of an apertured container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 1981
    Date of Patent: May 1, 1984
    Assignee: Jeffrey Fishman
    Inventors: Ellie Berg, Joseph Yowfoo
  • Patent number: 4389193
    Abstract: An educational device for teaching beginning readers how to read includes three independently rotatable discs. The first disc includes a series of word families; the second disc contains a series of word family windows through any of which any of said word families can be viewed, and an initial sound printed adjacent each of said word family windows; and the third disc contains a word window through which a complete word (i.e., an initial sound and word family) can be viewed, and an initial sound window through which one of said initial sounds can be viewed before the complete word is formed in the word window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 1981
    Date of Patent: June 21, 1983
    Inventor: Morton Phillips
  • Patent number: 4379698
    Abstract: This invention is an astrology chart apparatus operable to readily determine (1) characteristics of any of the twelve houses of astrology; (2) key words relative to any such house; (3) comparison ratings of compatability between any sun sign with another persons's sun sign. The astrology chart apparatus includes a central base means having first and second plate means rotatably connected to the central base means by a fastening means. The central base means has central plate indicia means with astrology information that can be viewed outside the outer periphery of first and second plate means plus through cut-out window means therein. Additionally, the first and second plate means are provided with plate indicia means thereon of an astrology nature which can be viewed separately or in conjunction with the central plate indicia means. The window means on the first and second plate means permit comparison of certain astrology information on the central base means and the respective first and second plate means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 1981
    Date of Patent: April 12, 1983
    Inventor: George M. Boyd
  • Patent number: 4373281
    Abstract: A device for displaying indicia is provided comprising:(a) at least one cover member having at least one visual display means on at least one surface thereof; and(b) at least one display member slidably movable by gravity with respect to at least one of said cover members within a predetermined area underlying said cover member, said display member having at least one prepositioned indicium on at least one surface thereof, said indicium registering with at least one of said visual display means, whereby said display member slidably changes position with respect to said cover member under the force of gravity in response to rotation of said device in a substantially vertical plane to change the registry of said indicium with respect to said visual display means.In preferred embodiments of this invention a perpetual and yearly calendar is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 1980
    Date of Patent: February 15, 1983
    Inventor: James A. Sebastian
  • Patent number: 4311469
    Abstract: A display board having a window in which an education exercise unit or task is presented for viewing on a removable plate. Front and rear panels enclose a rotatable disk containing radially arrayed pockets for carrying stacks of removable task plates individually into registry with the front panel window. Each pocket is adapted to maintain a plurality of task plates in tiers. Retaining rings concentric with the axis of rotation of the disk, mounted on the inner face of the front panel, and of successively greater diameter and lesser height, are arranged to be engaged with detents on the removable task plates. A slot in the margin of the front and rear panels in radial alignment with the viewing window, enables a handle on the task plates to be grasped individually for release of their detents and withdrawal from the disk pockets. The task plates, as tokens of achievement by the student, can be accumulated on display racks on the front face of the board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 1980
    Date of Patent: January 19, 1982
    Inventor: Ernest B. Bibbee