Chalkboard Or Equivalent Means Having Easily Erasable Surface Patents (Class 434/408)
  • Patent number: 9679493
    Abstract: A drawing toy and associated methods and computer-readable storage devices are disclosed. The drawing toy may comprise a stylus having a tip, a drawing surface configured to produce a visual path that follows a path of the tip along the drawing surface, and a plurality of stencils, each stencil comprising a plurality of designated areas and a plurality of trace paths. A controller of the drawing toy may identify a stencil placed upon the drawing surface, determine that a particular designated area of the placed stencil is proximate the stylus tip, and generate an output signal configured to cause a user perceivable output associated with the particular designated area determined to be proximate the stylus tip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: VTECH ELECTRONICS, LTD.
    Inventor: Anthony M. F. Tsui
  • Patent number: 9669650
    Abstract: A whiteboard comprises a panel, four rims and four connectors. The panel comprises a writable pre-coating layer, a foaming layer and a back plate. The each rim comprises a rim main body and a number of locking pieces. The rim main body comprises a top plate, a light filter plate, an upper plate, a side plate. The light filter plate is connected between the top plate and the upper plate by melting. An inserting plate is vertically extended outwards from the side plate. A locking plate is vertically extended downwards from the rear end of the inserting plate. The locking pieces are locked at the lower ends of the locking plates. Each of the locking pieces comprises a connecting portion at the upper position thereof. A supporting portion is formed at the lower end of the connecting portion. The each connector comprises a bottom casing and a top casing. The bottom casing comprises a bottom casing main body. The top casing comprises a top cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: LONG YOUNG TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Qian-Xin Shen, Ye-Jun Xiao
  • Patent number: 9505260
    Abstract: A decoration made from a plurality of colored objects arranged in a regular pattern on a colored substrate, individual colored objects discernable at arm's length, with the decoration recognizable at greater distance as corresponding to a digital image. The colored objects may be pushpins, and no colored objects are placed at positions where the substrate color is the desired color. Embodiments also include an apparatus to select a single pushpin from a container of pushpins, and an apparatus to orient a pushpin in preparation for insertion into the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Inventor: Alexander D. Walter
  • Patent number: 9481199
    Abstract: A new design for a dry-erase board allows for writing on a clear top surface or a second surface under the clear top surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: Chameleon Corporation, Inc.
    Inventors: Alfred D. Shanbour, II, Matthew D. Green, Troy M. Birdsong
  • Patent number: 9090116
    Abstract: An armored whiteboard device is provided having a strike face with a dry erase markable surface that can be written on and wiped clean, and a protection layer of ballistic material attached to the strike face. The strike face and the ballistic protection layer can be used as a defensive shield to protect against oncoming ballistic projectiles. Handles on one side allow the device to be held in one position for writing upon the markable surface and in another position for protection against penetration by a projectile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2015
    Assignee: Hardwire, LLC
    Inventors: George Tunis, Scott Kendall, Emily Heinauer
  • Patent number: 9066589
    Abstract: A furniture system for use in a classroom, the furniture system comprising a table assembly including a top member and at least a first leg support member, the top member forming a substantially flat top surface and circumscribed by an outer edge, the at least one leg support member supporting the top member in a substantially horizontal position, a table dock supported by the table assembly adjacent the top surface and forming a table dock channel that opens upwardly where the dock channel is unobstructed by the top member, at least a first substantially flat display panel including a display surface on at least a first of two oppositely facing and substantially parallel side surfaces, the panel circumscribed by a panel edge and an easel assembly spaced apart from the table assembly and including an easel coupler, wherein the panel edge is receivable within the table dock channel to support the display panel in a substantially vertical orientation adjacent the flat top surface and wherein the display panel i
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2015
    Assignee: STEELCASE INC.
    Inventor: David J. Battey
  • Patent number: 9039422
    Abstract: A new design for a dry-erase board allows for writing on a clear top surface or a second surface under the clear top surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: Chameleon Corporation, Inc.
    Inventors: Alfred Darrel Shanbour, II, Matthew D. Green, Troy M. Birdsong
  • Publication number: 20150125846
    Abstract: A rollable writing surface is provided that provides a user with a mobile whiteboard surface upon which a dry erase marker can be used to create written signs or to provide a personal writing surface. The writing surface comprises a backside layer of elastomeric material, preferably a rubberized material that is biased to remain flat, while thereover is a whiteboard substrate material that forms the writing surface. Over the substrate layer is a dry erase coating that is disposed along the exposed outer surface of substrate layer. The dry erase coating is substantially non-porous and supports dry erase markings without staining or permanently supporting the ink. The flexibility of the assembly allows the same to be rolled into a compact form and deployed, whereafter the assembly lies substantially flat for use as a writing surface using dry erase markers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 17, 2014
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Inventor: Michael Langford
  • Publication number: 20150104779
    Abstract: A furniture object includes a writable element. The writable element is configured to provide for nonpermanent markings. The writable element is integral to the structure and/or the functionality of the furniture object.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 9, 2014
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Applicant: Night and Day Furniture LLC
    Inventors: Steve KINGSTON, Mike GALLAWA, Howard PORTER, Joel GROSSMAN
  • Publication number: 20150024369
    Abstract: A handheld message board is provided. The message board includes a front portion and a back portion. The front portion may be made of an erasable writing surface, such as a chalk board or a dry-eraser board. The present invention may further include a handle attached to the back portion so that a user may easily grasp the handheld message board and write on the front portion. The handle includes a strap having a first end and a second end. The first end and the second end are attached to the back portion forming a loop in between to secure a user's hand.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 7, 2014
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Inventor: Damon Gabriel Brown
  • Publication number: 20140377736
    Abstract: A magnetic writable/erasable mat is comprised of at least one magnetically active layer and a writable/erasable surface. The magnetic mat may also include a writable/erasable layer, a backing layer, and an opaque layer. The magnetic mat may also include pre-printed markings for use in organizing, measuring, or instructional applications. The magnetic mat with the writable/erasable surface provides for magnetically attracted items to be secured on the mat while additionally providing for writable annotation or other organizational markings.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 19, 2014
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Inventors: Eric J. Essen, Shirley Yang Song
  • Patent number: 8915745
    Abstract: A method of forming a writable erasable area on an object includes selecting a glass sheet having a front surface and a back surface, where the front surface is opposed to and parallel to the back surface. An area of the object where the writable erasable area is to be located is selected. The selected area has a select non-flat shape. The shape of the glass sheet is conformed to the select non-flat shape. The glass sheet is then mounted on the object such that the glass sheet is located at the selected area of the object and conforms in shape to the selected area of the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: Corning Incorporated
    Inventors: Jeffrey John Domey, Matthew Wade Fenton
  • Publication number: 20140363804
    Abstract: A daily scoreboard kit has a daily scoreboard, dry erase markers, an eraser, mounting accessories, and the like. The daily scoreboard can include a region for listing short term/daily goals, and regions for each day of the week, where the user can signify if that particular daily goal was accomplished for that day of the week. The scoreboard includes a region to indicate the particular week in question and a place to tally their score for the week. By having a visual reminder, the present invention will help the user achieve their goals. In doing this, the user can conquer laziness and procrastination and make progress in goals each and every day. Once momentum is built over the course of several weeks, one would be much more likely to continue towards their health, work, financial, spiritual and relationship goals that are most important to them.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 9, 2014
    Publication date: December 11, 2014
    Inventor: Chris A. Vercelli
  • Patent number: 8899990
    Abstract: Mounting systems can releasably secure display devices to preexisting surfaces for convenient installation and removal without external tools. A mounting system can comprise lower magnetic assemblies, upper magnetic assemblies, and a mounting sheet. The lower magnetic assemblies can be secured to a rear surface of a display device, for releasably attaching the display device to a preexisting surface. A bottom portion of the mounting sheet can be secured to the rear surface of the display device, while a top portion of the mounting sheet can remain loose from the rear surface. The upper magnetic assemblies can be provided along the loose top portion of the mounting sheet, for releasably attaching the display device to the preexisting surface. The upper magnetic assemblies can retain their connection to the preexisting surface as the display device is pulled away from the preexisting surface, until a threshold condition is met.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Steelcase Inc.
    Inventors: John Helton, Peter W. Hildebrandt, Michael Boyle, Douglas MacDonald, Paul A. Balogh, Dale Miller, Robert Bergman
  • Publication number: 20140315184
    Abstract: A combination magnetic and dry erase board includes a magnetic retaining portion having a planar substrate having properties to attract and retain a magnet thereon and a bleach-resistant covering disposed over the substrate. A dry erase portion includes a porcelain surface. The dry erase portion is adjacent to the magnetic retaining portion. The entire board is bleach resistant and can be used in a hospital or other medical environment such that the board can be disinfected with a bleach product.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 22, 2013
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Inventor: Patricia Jorgenson
  • Publication number: 20140261108
    Abstract: An armored door panel includes a planar device having a layered arrangement including a protection layer comprised of a ballistic material and an outer surface layer arranged on the outer side of the protection layer. The planar device is affixed to an existing door to prevent ballistic projectile from penetrating the door.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Hardwire, LLC
    Inventors: George C. Tunis, III, Scott Kendall, Emily Heinauer
  • Publication number: 20140272917
    Abstract: An improved marker board with a glass substrate, a writing surface, and a rear surface. The writing surface roll coated or screen printed with a ceramic frit that is fired into the writing surface. An opaque ink is disposed on the rear surface. The ceramic frit provides glare reduction in high light environments, while maintaining ease of erasability and avoidance of ghosting.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Glass Unlimited of High Point, Inc.
    Inventors: John D. Hall, Tammy Guyton Michael
  • Patent number: 8834178
    Abstract: A manipulation device, which is configured to be used with an interactive whiteboard, includes an elongated rod and a body portion. The elongated rod is connected to the body portion at one of its ends, and the body portion has an outer surface with a layer of foam disposed thereon. The layer of foam disposed on the body portion is configured to be displaced along an outer display surface of an interactive whiteboard so as to facilitate a manipulation of objects displayed on the interactive whiteboard by a user thereof. According to another aspect of the invention, the manipulation device is provided as part of an interactive teaching system, wherein the manipulation device is used in conjunction with an interactive whiteboard having an outer display surface, the interactive whiteboard being operatively coupled to a data processing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Inventors: Joanne D. Kayati, Melissa Webber
  • Publication number: 20140255902
    Abstract: A display board assembly includes a display board having a planar surface and an edge extending along at least a portion of the planar surface. The display board assembly also includes a mounting member coupled to the display board. The mounting member defines a first gap adjacent the planar surface of the display board and a second gap adjacent the edge of the display board. The display board assembly further includes a display board accessory including a projection. The display board accessory is removably coupled to the mounting member in one of a first position, in which the projection is received in the first gap, and a second position, in which the projection is received in the second gap.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 7, 2013
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Applicant: ACCO BRANDS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Seesong Kang, Jonathen Shearer, Randeep Dhillion
  • Publication number: 20140255903
    Abstract: The invention relates to glass articles suitable for use as writable erasable marker boards. More particularly, disclosed is a strengthened glass article suitable for use as a writable erasable marker boards, wherein the glass sheet exhibits an ion exchanged glass having a front surface and a back surface and exhibiting a thickness of less than 2.0 mm and having a depth of layer (DOL) greater than 20 microns and a surface compressive strength of at least 300 MPa. The strengthened glass article exhibits certain optical properties which render it particularly suitable for use as a writable erasable marker boards electronic including: (1) shadow parallax to thickness ratio of less than 1 measured at a 60 degree incident light angle and for an index of refraction n; and, (2) a haze of less than 50%. Further disclosed is a markerboard with improved magnetic force attributes; sufficient to hold weak magnets in place.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 20, 2014
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Applicant: CORNING INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Dana Craig Bookbinder, Jeffrey John Domey, Matthew Wade Fenton, David Lee Weidman
  • Patent number: 8827722
    Abstract: A tablet apparatus that includes at least one information storage component and at least one protection component. The tablet apparatus can be either temporarily or permanently affixed to an exterior surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Inventor: Michael Scott Cannata
  • Publication number: 20140199678
    Abstract: An armored whiteboard device is provided having a strike face with a dry erase markable surface that can be written on and wiped clean, and a protection layer of ballistic material attached to the strike face. The strike face and the ballistic protection layer can be used as a defensive shield to protect against oncoming ballistic projectiles. Handles on one side allow the device to be held in one position for writing upon the markable surface and in another position for protection against penetration by a projectile.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: July 17, 2014
    Applicant: Hardwire, LLC
    Inventors: George Tunis, Scott Kendall, Emily Heinauer
  • Publication number: 20140193797
    Abstract: The Ideaboard comes in two sizes and is truly portable with multiple whiteboard sheets fitted into a ring binder as opposed to the traditional whiteboard that are like pieces of furniture and can not be moved easily. It provides you multiple surfaces, as against one writing surface on a traditional or wheeled whiteboard. Due to its design the board can be used in different positions, Collaboration Mode (Standing up), Writing mode- (folded over in half) and Carry mode (Closed) so that you can have the Ideaboard with you anywhere you go. Available in two sizes—the Medium, and the Mini, it is your personal workspace.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 8, 2013
    Publication date: July 10, 2014
    Inventor: Bhushan Lele
  • Publication number: 20140154661
    Abstract: The invention relates to glass articles suitable for use as writeable erasable marker boards. More particularly, disclosed is a strengthened glass article suitable for use as a writeable erasable marker boards, wherein the glass sheet exhibits an ion exchanged glass having a front surface and a back surface and exhibiting a thickness of less than 2.0 mm and having a depth of layer (DOL) greater than 20 microns and a surface compressive strength of at least 300 MPa. The strengthened glass article exhibits certain optical properties which render it particularly suitable for use as a writeable erasable marker boards electronic including: (1) shadow parallax of less than 1.73/n measured at 60 degree incident light angle and for an index of refraction n; and, (2) a haze of less than 50%. Further disclosed is a markerboard with improved magnetic force attributes; sufficient to hold weak magnets in place.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 2, 2013
    Publication date: June 5, 2014
    Applicant: CORNING INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Dana Craig Bookbinder, Jeffrey John Domey, Matthew Wade Fenton, David Lee Weidman
  • Patent number: 8739983
    Abstract: The mounting system may be used to support a display on a support surface. The mounting system may include a top rail secured to the support surface. The mounting system may also include a mounting arm hung from the top rail and a support rail attached to the mounting arm that supports the whiteboard. The mounting system may provide permanent or removable attachment to the support surface that may interchangeably accommodate a variety of displays.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Tequipment, Inc.
    Inventor: Rob Sugarman
  • Publication number: 20140141404
    Abstract: A new design for a dry-erase board allows for writing on a clear top surface or a second surface under the clear top surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 28, 2014
    Publication date: May 22, 2014
    Applicant: Chameleon Corporation, Inc.
    Inventors: Alfred D. Shanbour, II, Matthew D. Green, Troy M. Birdsong
  • Publication number: 20140113272
    Abstract: The base of glassware is hand painted with chalkboard paint. The purpose of the chalkboard painted glass is for the person using the glass to be able to identify her or his glass, or its contents. After being hand painted, the glass is heat cured in an oven for durability. The user can then use chalk to label the base of the glass. The chalk erases from the base with a damp cloth or sponge. The glasses are dishwasher safe.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 18, 2012
    Publication date: April 24, 2014
    Inventor: JENNIFER SCHEFKE
  • Patent number: 8698873
    Abstract: Techniques for enabling video conferencing with interactive sharing of drawings and/or other information. In one set of embodiments, a system is provided that includes a drawing surface, a video camera embedded or integrated into the drawing surface, and a front projector. The drawing surface can capture drawings made on the surface by a user, and the video camera can capture a video stream of the user. The system can send digital information representing the captured drawings and the video stream to a remote system. The system can also receive digital information representing drawings made by a remote user and a video stream of the remote user from the remote system. The front projector can project a video signal onto the drawing surface that incorporates the captured drawings, the drawings made by the remote user, and the video stream of the remote user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.
    Inventor: John Barrus
  • Patent number: 8672687
    Abstract: A new design for a dry-erase board allows for writing on a clear top surface or a second surface under the clear top surface. The dry-erase board includes an insert positioned between the clear top surface and a second surface, the insert being protected by the clear top surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: Chameleon Corporation, Inc.
    Inventors: Alfred D. Shanbour, II, Matthew D. Green, Troy M. Birdsong
  • Patent number: 8675354
    Abstract: A memo board, including: a front housing including a first opening; a display module disposed behind a front side of the front housing, a front panel of the display module being exposed through the first opening of the front housing; a circuit board disposed behind the front side of the front housing, the circuit board including a memory and a controller; a back housing configured to receive the circuit board, the display module and the front housing through an opening at a front side of the back housing, the back housing including a mounting connector at a back side of the back housing; and a screen disposed at the front side of the front housing, the front panel of the display module being viewable through the screen, the screen being secured to and removed from the front housing by first and second fasteners.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: Voxx International Corporation
    Inventor: Jean-Jacques L'Hénaff
  • Patent number: 8641426
    Abstract: A coach board has a mounting board, a transparent film, an attractive board and a box. The transparent film is connected to the mounting board so as to form an interlayer space between the transparent film and the mounting board. The attractive board is removably inserted into the interlayer space between the transparent film and the mounting board and has a court layer. The court layer is attached to the attractive board, is visible via the transparent film and is protected by the transparent film. The box is mounted on the mounting board and receives multiple magnets inside. Therefore, a coach can instruct tactics to players easily by putting the magnets on the transparent film corresponding to the court layer of the attractive board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: Chuang Yii Enterprise Co. Ltd.
    Inventor: Chui-Ching Yang
  • Publication number: 20140030693
    Abstract: Methods and devices for real time expression at an event. In one embodiment, an article includes an image of a figure, entity, or individual and an expression area including a rewritable surface. In another embodiment, a method includes the steps of displaying an article including an image of a figure, entity, or individual, where the article also includes an expression area with a rewritable surface, displaying the article in a public or private event, where a figure, entity, or individual is participating in the event, and expressing a sentiment in the expression area.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 25, 2013
    Publication date: January 30, 2014
    Inventor: Joseph Dynlacht
  • Publication number: 20140014539
    Abstract: The present invention is a system for utilizing a base article with a removable erasable writing surface, said system comprising a base article, a mechanism constructed and arranged for securing a dry erase board to said base article, a dry erase board constructed and arranged to be removably attached to said base article utilizing said attaching mechanism, wherein said system provides an erasable surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 10, 2013
    Publication date: January 16, 2014
    Inventor: Anat Jatwes
  • Patent number: 8622750
    Abstract: A whiteboard (10) comprising a transparent panel (12) locatable in front of a surface (18) and a screening means (14). The screening means (14) is changeable between a first state in which the view through the transparent panel (12) is unobstructed and a second state in which the screening means (14) obstructs the view through the transparent panel (12).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignee: Clearboard Pty Ltd.
    Inventors: David Kali Alexander Balint, Edward Joseph Khoury
  • Publication number: 20140001982
    Abstract: A display ad system for door handles may include electronics that provide multisensory stimuli. In one embodiment, an end cap includes light and sound triggered by a motion detector. In another embodiment, an end cap includes fan-directed aromas triggered by a motion detector. In a third embodiment, a flexible grid of LED lights backlights the display ad in any time sequence desired, and may be motion-triggered as well. A door handle embodiment may also provide a note board surface as an alternative to showing display ads.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 8, 2012
    Publication date: January 2, 2014
    Inventor: Larry English
  • Publication number: 20130344472
    Abstract: A magnetic display unit includes: a display layer; a magnetic layer located behind the display layer; and a quick-release mechanism including an activator, wherein the quick-release mechanism is adapted to increase the distance between the magnetic layer and the display layer such that, when activated by the activator, the quick-release mechanism causes any magnets located along the display layer to be released from the display layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 3, 2012
    Publication date: December 26, 2013
    Inventor: Gary Peterson
  • Patent number: 8608486
    Abstract: A desktop shield system having a panel with a top surface and a bottom surface, the panel is clear or transparent, wherein a user can write on the top surface of the panel with a non-permanent marker, and a plurality of magnets on the bottom surface of the panel, wherein a template can be placed in between the bottom surface of the panel and a desktop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Inventors: Marla Brashear, Paul Lyons
  • Patent number: 8591131
    Abstract: A hand-held dry-erase board system for efficiently storing a writing instrument in the handle of a portable dry-erase board. The hand-held dry-erase board system includes a frame including a writable surface, a handle, wherein the handle includes an upper end and a lower end and wherein the upper end of the handle is attached to the frame and a clip, wherein the clip is attached to the handle and wherein the clip secures a marker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Inventor: Julia M. Rhodes
  • Publication number: 20130280691
    Abstract: A series of devices that allow for embedding of an image as a background while also affording the user the ability to write and print on the surface, with erasable capabilities, thus providing a multifunctional product for use in numerous industries. The devices are manufactured from predominately corrugated plastic. In one embodiment, a writable board, or peg board comprising a front panel and a rear panel wherein the panels are interconnected by parallel rows, or corrugations, these panels include a writable and erasable surface. The present invention relates to novel assemblies of conventional corrugated plastic sheets to better serve personal, business, and educational needs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2012
    Publication date: October 24, 2013
    Inventor: Tim O'Connor
  • Publication number: 20130273518
    Abstract: A portable, erasable sign for use in sporting events and public gatherings. The sign is self-supporting, but flexible enough to be carried and stored in a compact manner. The portable, erasable sign may include openings to facilitate holding of the sign. In certain embodiments, the sign may be rolled up when it is not being displayed. A strap, for example a Velcro strap, or an elastic band may be used to secure the sign in the rolled up position. The surface of the sign is such that any message printed thereon can be erased and replaced with a new message. In particular embodiments, the portable, erasable sign may be imprinted with the insignia for an organization, or a professional or university sports franchise.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 12, 2013
    Publication date: October 17, 2013
    Inventor: James M. Papke
  • Patent number: 8556637
    Abstract: A method of forming a writable erasable area on an object includes selecting a glass sheet having a front surface and a back surface, where the front surface is opposed to and parallel to the back surface. An area of the object where the writable erasable area is to be located is selected. The selected area has a select non-flat shape. The shape of the glass sheet is conformed to the select non-flat shape. The glass sheet is then mounted on the object such that the glass sheet is located at the selected area of the object and conforms in shape to the selected area of the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Assignee: Corning Incorporated
    Inventors: Jeffrey J. Domey, Matthew W. Fenton
  • Publication number: 20130224722
    Abstract: A system for attaching at least one writing tablet to a surface configured to receive the writing tablet, including a backing element and a tablet element. The backing element and tablet elements each comprise at least one surface with an array of touch fastening elements allowing the backing element and tablet element to be removably engageable to one another. At least one surface of the tablet element may comprise a surface allowing a user to draw or write on the surface in a dry or wet erase manner.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 25, 2013
    Publication date: August 29, 2013
    Applicant: FASTENATION, INC.
    Inventor: FASTENation, Inc.
  • Patent number: 8517329
    Abstract: A display board that may be supported on an easel stand includes a panel having a display surface on a front side thereof. A mounting interface is positioned adjacent a top edge of the panel and is configured for engagement with any one of a plurality of unique easel stand securing means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventors: James E. Nash, Craig Thompson, Daniel A. Japuntich
  • Publication number: 20130164730
    Abstract: Articles with rewritable writing surfaces thereon comprising a coating of hydrophilic silane or a hydrophilic water soluble polymer with hydroxyl groups which is crosslinked or chemically reacted to the surface. Also, methods for making such articles and methods for using such articles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 21, 2011
    Publication date: June 27, 2013
    Applicant: 3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES COMPANY
    Inventors: Frederick J. Gustafson, Naiyong Jing, Justin A. Riddle, Willem V. Bastiaens
  • Publication number: 20130157247
    Abstract: An educational tool is provided that allows for multi-sensory utilization to promote learning in a student. The educational tool consists of a learning board having a plurality of sides whereby at least one side comprising a textured characteristic thereon to allow for tactile and kinesthetic manipulation of the board. Additionally, the present invention also utilizes a learning board having at least a second side having a substantially smooth surface whereby the smooth surface would serve to visually stimulate and allow for promotion of responses to the textured side of the board by the student.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 20, 2013
    Publication date: June 20, 2013
    Inventor: Catherine Janelle Savatovich
  • Publication number: 20130157246
    Abstract: A writing board including a flexible board having a front dry-erase surface and a rear surface within an outer boundary, and an adhesive layer having a first side adhered to the rear surface of the flexible board and a second, opposite side having a re-adherable and releasable adhesive. The adhesive layer extends to the outer boundary of the flexible board except in a selected area, and a visible indicator is on the flexible board front surface and overlies the selected area. The adhesive layer has a thickness between the first and second sides whereby the selected area of the flexible board is spaced by substantially that thickness from a surface to which the flexible board is adhered.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2011
    Publication date: June 20, 2013
    Inventor: David V. Shapiro
  • Patent number: 8454370
    Abstract: A tablet that is suitable for use underwater or in any extreme environment is provided. The tablet is designed, through the use of buoyant materials such as polystyrene, to have a slightly negative buoyancy at a depth of about fifty feet so that it can be very easy to manipulate underwater and will not sink or ascend rapidly if let go. A length of waterproof (plastic) vellum is stretched between two rollers to form a drawing or writing surface thereby enabling the user to easily record information on the vellum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Inventor: Mark L. Hagan
  • Patent number: 8454371
    Abstract: An improved chalkboard marking surface comprises a rollable, flexible sheet of polypropylene having two sides that are opposite one another, each having a generally flat surface. On one side, a layer of adhesive is applied to the polypropylene substrate. On the same side of the polypropylene substrate, a selectively removable release sheet is preferably applied to the layer of adhesive for the purpose of keeping foreign materials from attaching to the adhesive when the chalkboard surface is not in use. On the reverse side of the polypropylene substrate, a layer of ink is applied which forms an abrasive surface after it dries, and importantly, results in a chalkboard surface that is lighter in weight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Assignee: WallCandy LLC
    Inventors: Allison Krongard, John A. Boris
  • Publication number: 20130126598
    Abstract: The reusable greeting card and envelope include a front leaf and rear leaf hinged together. An insert is removably placed within a slot in the front leaf and viewed through a window in the front leaf for viewing both sides of the insert. The rear leaf includes a modifiable message on a customizable greetings space, such as handwriting which can be removably placed. A scannable tag can be scanned by a smartphone to access a data storage location through the internet where customizable video and audio greetings can be provided for viewing by a recipient of the greeting card and re-recording when the greeting card is to be reused. The envelope has spaces thereon where address and return labels and postage can be removably placed. The envelope also includes a resealable closure allowing the interior of the envelope to be closed and reopened multiple times.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 31, 2012
    Publication date: May 23, 2013
    Inventors: Nicole Beadles, Robert Beadles, David Sandison
  • Publication number: 20130101980
    Abstract: A method of forming a writable erasable area on an object includes selecting a glass sheet having a front surface and a back surface, where the front surface is opposed to and parallel to the back surface. An area of the object where the writable erasable area is to be located is selected. The selected area has a select non-flat shape. The shape of the glass sheet is conformed to the select non-flat shape. The glass sheet is then mounted on the object such that the glass sheet is located at the selected area of the object and conforms in shape to the selected area of the object.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 25, 2011
    Publication date: April 25, 2013
    Inventors: Jeffrey J. Domey, Matthew W. Fenton