Abstract: A sporting activity system comprising a plurality of stakes and a plurality of pods. The plurality of stakes each have a length and a cross-sectional configuration. Each pod includes a body and a member for interfacing with a stake. The body includes a lower edge, a side and a top surface. The interfacing member includes an opening disposed on one of the top and the sides configured to receive a stake, and, two channels disposed on the body spaced apart from the opening. Each of the at least two channels and the opening can accept a stake of the plurality of stakes simultaneously. Connectors may be provided releasably coupling two stakes of the plurality of stakes to each other.
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.
Abstract: Described herein is a collaborative drawing device having a support surface configured to support a drawing medium for drawing thereupon by a human user. The drawing device includes a printer that prints prepared graphics on the drawing medium and a scanner that scans documents that have been printed, drawn by hand, and annotated by hand.
March 9, 1998
Date of Patent:
December 14, 1999
Lawrence M. Snyders, Jeffrey L. Multhaup
Abstract: An apertured mask for enhancing the learning of specific functions controllable from an instrument panel by a trainee. In one embodiment, the mask for an instrument panel comprises an opaque overlay having at least one opening for revealing a group of instruments from this panel, and mounting means for retaining this overlay in a fixed relationship with the exclusive group of instruments. A plurality of juxtaposed flaps may also be provided for optionally covering a portion or an entirety of the opening of the mask. In another embodiment, any two juxtaposed flaps have along a common bordering edge thereof dust seal means for closing a gap between each flap. In a further embodiment, each mask from a plurality of masks for a same instrument panel, has a distinct set of apertures for revealing a distinct number of exclusive instruments from that panel, for teaching a trainee about a distinct process from a group of processes controllable from that instrument panel.
Abstract: A simple teaching kit for use by music teachers and students at any level to illustrate the theory of music. The kit comprises representations of the treble and bass clefs and two octave sections of a piano keyboard in combination with a plurality of transparent overlays upon which the student selectively affixes a plurality of coloured stickers representing any selected scale, tonal pattern or chord pattern in any selected key.
Abstract: A method and apparatus for presenting information to be learned and/or memorized, wherein the information is reduced to a columnar format, reduced to a reduced text column format which includes only capitalized letters and logical symbols, and further reduced to a fully reduced text cue column format so that the capitalized letters are replaced by non-text symbols; the information is presented by first displaying the topic, topic type and text column format, next displaying the topic, topic type and reduced text cue column format, next displaying the topic, topic type fully reduced text cue column format; and finally concealing topic, topic type, text column, reduced text cue column, and fully reduced text cue column; the information is reinforced by first displaying the topic, topic type and fully reduced text cue column, next displaying the topic, topic type and reduced text cue column, and finally displaying the topic, topic type and text column.
Abstract: A learning aid for children comprising a plurality of auxiliary charts each having a plurality of contents for learning easy addition or subtraction by means of memorizing one content by one person (teacher) and asking questions by another person (learner). The answers by the teacher cause the lerner to add or subtract according to designated numerals of said charts, thereby leading to the content memorized. A main chart, showing sheets or a numeral sheet may also be used.
Abstract: An educational device with which a user employs selected positioning of two masks over an array of normally unintelligible information to decipher an intelligible message therefrom, the positioning of the masks being determined by correctly associating useful information on a base member carrying the unintelligible information with markers and indicia carried on the masks and base member.
Abstract: Disclosed is a system for generating six different numbers to bet in a lottery comprising a panel having six openings of the same square shape which is hand held for use with a board having building blocks containing different numbers in square spaces corresponding to the panel openings. When the openings in the panel are placed in alignment and registration with spaces on the board, no matter where on the board the panel is placed, six different numbers are always displayed. This is accomplished by a unique board numbering system and by repeated buidling blocks.