Demonstration Or Display Means Combined With Storage Or Collection Means (e.g., Receptacle, Scoop, Etc.) Patents (Class 434/429)
  • Publication number: 20150140521
    Abstract: An apparatus comprises a bag used for individuals with special needs (children and adults) and for typically developing children. The bag is used as a shopping list and schedules for what may happen on other community events to help with an easier transition on these activities for anyone that may need assistance. The inside of the bag contains storage for cards holding many product pieces. The front of the bag holds a small shopping list for those with decreased cognitive abilities. The inside of the bag may have additional hook sew-on fastener tape to provide for a longer shopping list for those with high cognitive abilities. The back of the bag has a large pocket holding product pieces once the user finds a product on their shopping list. The small pocket with flap is used to hold money, gift cards, credit cards, etc.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 19, 2014
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventor: Tarryl Susan Zdanky
  • Patent number: 8702427
    Abstract: The present invention features a method of teaching a child the letters of the alphabet, the numbers, the shapes, and the primary colors by a caregiver. The method features obtaining a teachable clothing system featuring a teachable clothing article of clothing having a character attached thereon. The character is located in view of a wearer when worn. The character is reachable by a hand of the wearer when worn. The system features a teachable clothing game book. The method features outfitting the teachable clothing article of clothing on a child, verbalizing a character name, verbalizing a character color, pointing to an object in an occupied room having the same character color as the character, and reading the teachable clothing game book to the child at a child's end of the day and playing a game described in the teachable clothing game book with the child.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Inventor: Nellie Prestwood
  • Patent number: 8681072
    Abstract: A mobile, multi-room display environment. The display environment has a first room, the first room having a first set of sensory cues, and a second room, the second room having a second set of sensory cues substantially different from the first set of sensory cues. The first and second rooms are designed for temporary use and can be easily disassembled for transport from one location to another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: The Procter and Gamble Company
    Inventors: Judd Warren Weis, Gilles Bariguian
  • Patent number: 8657117
    Abstract: A novelty kit comprising components which represent elements for coping with and surviving attempts by another person to dispose of the user of the kit according to any one of several disposal scenarios. The scenarios may include inducing an apparently accidental fall, inducing drowning, and being buried alive. The elements of the kit would be thematically linked to warding off a fall, to resist drowning, and to cope with being buried alive. The kit may take the form of a receptacle containing pill bottles bearing labels reciting the contents and including humorous instructions for use and humorous or appropriate hazard warnings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Inventor: Nathalie Musico
  • Patent number: 8628090
    Abstract: Children and adults are often seen collecting shells at the beach. Most don't know the name of the shell or anything about it. There's a need to create interest and education about seashells. There is literature which identifies seashells but nothing in the form of a game which would spark that interest. I've invented a seashell game geared for specific geographic locations that identifies indigenous seashells. The game consists of a plastic board with several indentations for specific shells to be placed into. A picture of that shell, its name and interesting information is printed next to the appropriate indentation. The object of the game is for players to fill each indentation with the proper shell within a time limit. The game provides a fun way to learn about seashells and occupy one's time while at the beach. Once filled, the game can be displayed in home, school or office.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2014
    Inventor: Robert Levin
  • Publication number: 20130337430
    Abstract: People facing emergencies, such as disasters, may not receive external assistance in a timely manner, instead having to rely on themselves for critical or extended periods. A system including emergency response containers providing both for organizational structure, including a method of assigning roles to available individuals, and task domain knowledge for organizational elements, namely the people facing and experiencing the emergency, allows for organic emergency response and eases transition to and effectiveness of external professional emergency response providers. In some embodiments the system is modular and adjustable for different situations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 14, 2012
    Publication date: December 19, 2013
    Inventor: Brent A. Lowensohn
  • Publication number: 20130288224
    Abstract: The display device and method uses a computer display device or “pad” mounted in a frame and positioned to be visible to observers. The computer device is programmed to display user-selected messages for user-selected time periods. Preferably, the frame is displayed in the seats behind the front seats of a motor vehicle so that the passengers can be given lessons to view for selected lengths of time to facilitate learning and memorization, and to keep the passengers occupied. The frame structure allows lesson cards and handwritten messages to be displayed when the computer device is absent from the frame.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 17, 2013
    Publication date: October 31, 2013
    Applicant: Mastermind Memory Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Carrie A. Soler, Daniel J. Santaniello
  • Patent number: 8485829
    Abstract: The present invention deals with a system (1) for simulating a manual interventional operation by a user (2) on a simulated body with at least two real instruments (3, 4, 5), comprising a longitudinal track (8), a plurality of carriages (9, 10, 11) moveable along said track, each carriage having clamping means (25), and means for rotating and moving longitudinally said real instrument.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Assignee: DIES S.r.l.
    Inventor: Corrado Cusano
  • Patent number: 8405626
    Abstract: In an image projection apparatus capable of detecting user operations on a projected image, detecting a moving direction to/from the projected image of an object (for example, a hand) that a user uses to operate a GUI from, for example, an image taken of a region of a projection surface that includes the projected image. Then, depending on the detected direction, the display position or the display direction of the GUI is decided and images projected, thus improving usability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2013
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Kotaro Kitajima
  • Patent number: 8220637
    Abstract: The present invention is a memories box that includes a rectangular box with a lid, an open side, with a pair of inner edges and a front with a plurality of grooves disposed on the pair of inner edges, a slidable planar side with a front facing that horizontally slides into the grooves and a supplemental rectangular box that includes a front side with a centered aperture, an interior portion with an interior storage compartment with a top with a pair of apertures and a removable top with a centered aperture that is removably slid inside the rectangular box to perform a presentation. The invention also includes a method for using a memories box to perform a presentation such as presenting a gift or present during a gift-giving occasion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2012
    Inventor: Richard William Mannillo
  • Publication number: 20120082974
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and apparatus that couple portable educational terminal(s) with an instructor interface by way of an interactive, real-time educational system are presented herein. An educational component can be configured to authorize, via a network computing environment, a first communication between the educational component and an educational terminal; authorize, via the network computing environment, a second communication between the educational component and an instructor interface; and transfer, via the network computing environment, educational path information between the educational terminal and the educational component in response to the second communication. The educational path information can include digitized textbook information and/or relate to a lesson plan associated with the educational terminal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 21, 2011
    Publication date: April 5, 2012
    Applicant: PLEIADES PUBLISHING LIMITED INC.
    Inventors: Alexander Shustorovich, Olga Zakharova, Natalia Churakova
  • Patent number: 8137290
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a device (or an apparatus) and a method for providing information about body fluids. The device is for measuring a body fluid discharged from a body of a user by putting a first disposable absorbent article having a predetermined absorbent capacity to a fluid discharging portion of the user. The device comprises means for inputting an amount of the body fluid which is absorbed by the first absorbent article through observation; and means for calculating the total amount of the body fluid which was discharged by the user based on the input and the predetermined absorbent capacity of the first absorbent article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2012
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Ting Zhang, Chunhua Huang, Jie Yin, Koichi Tomi
  • Patent number: 8043094
    Abstract: A portable model and methods for simulating water treatment processes are presented. Included are a body of untreated drinking water, simulated sources of wastewater, and simulated drinking and wastewater treatment plants. In the simulated drinking water treatment plant, water is treated and stored for distribution though a simulated pipeline system. In the simulated wastewater treatment plant, simulated wastewater is filtered, settled, clarified, disinfected and discharged. The simulated wastewater may be transferred to the simulated wastewater treatment plant through a simulated sewage pipeline network. Simulated biosolids as a result of the wastewater treatment process may be stored or applied to land. The model may also simulate a storm drain system that diverts storm water to a water source or to the wastewater treatment plant. The materials used to simulate the various aspects and components are preferably non-toxic, non-poisonous and biodegradable in order to facilitate use with children and clean up.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2011
    Assignee: JT & A, Inc.
    Inventor: Carlene T. Bahler
  • Publication number: 20110223578
    Abstract: Disclosed is a soft, flexible, photo, face, or image recognition flash card game and system for children, adults, and special needs individuals. By utilizing the foam flash cards of various colors and shapes containing photographs of people, places, and familiar objects, a persons cognitive abilities can be developed and exercised.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 15, 2011
    Publication date: September 15, 2011
    Inventor: Patricia K. Cooper
  • Patent number: 7993142
    Abstract: The present invention provides a display board assembly including a display board having a dry-erase surface, a recess in the dry-erase surface of the display board, and a support member removably received at least partially within the recess and defining at least one receptacle configured to receive at least one of a dry-erase marker and an eraser.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2011
    Assignee: ACCO Brands USA LLC
    Inventors: Seesong Kang, Steven J. Beno
  • Patent number: 7963771
    Abstract: When a mechanism constituent unit having a base is secured to a magnetic base at a predetermined position, a fixture having a detachable mechanism inside itself is employed, and the fixture is disposed on a notch of the base of the mechanism constituent unit in a non-adsorption state in which magnetic force lines of a permanent magnet of the detachable mechanism permeate the fixture. In this state, a rotation casing is rotated 90 degrees to be in a lock state, and a fixing casing is firmly adsorbed to the magnetic base such that magnetic force of the permanent magnet inside it permeate to the magnetic base side. Thus, the mechanism constituent unit base is firmly sandwiched by a pressing portion of the fixing casing and the magnetic base, and the base of the mechanism constituent unit is firmly secured to the magnetic base at a predetermined position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2011
    Assignee: Shinko Engineering Reseach Corp.
    Inventors: Takasi Kumagai, Hideki Kumagai
  • Patent number: 7949298
    Abstract: The present invention provides a teaching material having an identification unit and a teaching-material communication system. The teaching material having the identification unit comprises at least one learning unit and at least one identification unit. The teaching-material communication system comprises at least one transmitting end system and at least one receiving end system. The transmitting end system comprises an input module and a transmission module. The receiving end system comprises a receiving module, a second identification process module, and a second communication module. By the at least one transmitting end system and the at least one receiving end system of the teaching-material communication system, at least one transmitter and at least one receiver can communicate with the learning unit of the teaching material having the identification unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2011
    Inventors: Ming Zhong Li, Ming Chang Li
  • Patent number: 7948447
    Abstract: A mobile, multi-room display environment. The display environment has a first room, the first room having a first set of sensory cues, and a second room, the second room having a second set of sensory cues substantially different from the first set of sensory cues. The first and second rooms are designed for temporary use and can be easily disassembled for transport from one location to another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2011
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Judd Warren Weis, Gilles Bariguian
  • Patent number: 7913434
    Abstract: A calendar system comprising multiple (i.e., twelve) magnetic “month” sheets for each calendar month of the year, a magnetic “To Do List” sheet and a magnetic “Six Weeks at a Glance” sheet. Each sheet includes a header section that can variably depict the current month, year and/or day. The system further includes a plurality of magnetic “week” strips for securing to one of the sheets. Each “week” strip includes seven columns each having a day of the week imprinted adjacent thereto. Adjacent each day of the week indicia is a date space to which one of the numbered tabs is secured to appropriately label each day with the corresponding date for the particular week. A plurality of color-coded event tabs are also included for magnetically securing to one of the “week” strips positioned on a “Month” sheet or the “Six Weeks at a Glance” sheet, or directly to the “To Do List” sheet. Each time a week elapses, a “week” strip is moved from the current “Month” sheet to the “Six Weeks at a Glance Sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2011
    Inventor: Nancy A. Olaver
  • Patent number: 7901213
    Abstract: A marker screen assembly includes a housing, a first screen stored within the housing and movable to an extended position, and a second marker screen stored within the housing and movable to an extended position. The second marker screen has a writing surface designed to be repeatably written upon and erased and is configured to overlay at least a portion of the first screen when both the first and second screens are in the extended position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2011
    Assignee: ACCO Brands USA LLC
    Inventor: Steven J. Beno
  • Patent number: 7891488
    Abstract: The present invention involves an interactive selection system for a consumer product that improves the consumer's ability to quickly sort through numerous criteria in a complex decision making process and determine whether that particular consumer product is appropriate for his or her purchase and use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2011
    Assignees: McNeil-PPC, Inc., Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp.
    Inventors: Lisa Berry, Frank Gualtieri, Jerry B. Hansen, Robert Hasselman
  • Publication number: 20110039252
    Abstract: A mobile teacher demonstration table is disclosed which has a cut-out portion making it capable of coupling with a laboratory table having a projecting portion. This cut-out portion provides for easier access to the fixtures of a laboratory table, such as gas, air, vacuum, and water lines.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 13, 2009
    Publication date: February 17, 2011
    Applicant: SHELDON LABORATORY SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventor: Roger Moore
  • Publication number: 20100304351
    Abstract: A showcasing system. The system includes a display board and a silhouetted 3D aesthetic component. The 3D aesthetic component includes (i) an unitary blank movable into a silhouetted 3D aesthetic surface, the 3D aesthetic component being attached to the display board and (ii) a plurality of die cutouts spaced along the longitudinal axis of the blank.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 23, 2008
    Publication date: December 2, 2010
    Inventors: Lisa Nixon Fleming, Pamela Sue Thayer
  • Publication number: 20100159435
    Abstract: A container may comprise a reservoir that may be associated with a dispensing opening or a closure element of the container. The reservoir may transfer a transferable material, such as a fragrance composition or skin health benefit ingredient, to the container's content.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 1, 2010
    Publication date: June 24, 2010
    Inventors: Joerg Mueller, Yessica De Nardin, Ursula Christina Glaser, Robert M. Hubbard, Lamia Delphine Mimassi, Cornelia Schmidt, Naka Seidel
  • Patent number: 7731085
    Abstract: A display for two or more products having two or more three-dimensional visual aspects providing visual information about two or more products. The visual aspect has a first visual product, a second visual product, a first sampling aspect for the first visual product, a second sampling aspect for the second visual product, product samples associated with both the first and the second sampling aspects, and a dispenser for dispensing the product samples.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2010
    Assignee: The Procter + Gamble Company
    Inventors: Brian John Gillespie, Patricia Ann (Kennedy) Kulich
  • Patent number: 7665659
    Abstract: A display includes a visual aspect and, in certain embodiments, a sampling aspect. The visual aspect displays items of visual interest to a consumer. Product samples are associated with the sampling aspect for dispensing to a consumer such that the consumer may sample the product. Upon depletion of the product samples, the display retains value as a visual display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2010
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Brian J. Gillespie, Patricia A. Kennedy
  • Patent number: 7513636
    Abstract: A plurality of lighting fixtures with interchangeable sensors and transmitters are displayed for sale to the consuming public such that a customer of such a display may easily choose a specific lighting fixture and combine it with a specific sensor and/or transmitter enabling the customer to buy a lighting fixture meeting a customer's aesthetic and functional requirements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2009
    Assignee: IQ Group Sdn Bhd
    Inventor: Daniel John Beasley
  • Publication number: 20090081621
    Abstract: Systems and methods of personalizing a display board featuring a product for professional presentations are provided. The disclosed subject matter comprises a display board, a product mounted to the board, a holder attached to the display board, and a card inserted into the holder.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 19, 2008
    Publication date: March 26, 2009
    Inventor: David Harrison
  • Publication number: 20090068633
    Abstract: A training device for nasal hygiene comprises a facial tissue sheet; where the facial tissue sheet has a first side, and where the facial tissue sheet also has a second side having an opposing planar relationship to the first side. A first-side tissue graphic is visible on the first side of the facial tissue sheet. The first-side tissue graphic comprises a permanent graphic and/or an active graphic. In addition, the first-side tissue graphic is a training mark.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 7, 2007
    Publication date: March 12, 2009
    Inventors: Jason C. Cohen, Thomas G. Shannon, Eric D. Johnson, Andrew P. Bakken, Corey T. Cunningham, Steven R. Kehn, Cynthia Watts Henderson, Kathryn J. Sirovatka
  • Publication number: 20080160495
    Abstract: Child development educational displays are disclosed. The educational apparatus disclosed herein may be mobile and may include one or more three dimensional interactive educational aides demonstrating an aspect of child development to a user. An educational apparatus may be located within the trailer of a truck, or may be located within a tent, or other moveable, structure. The structure may have two or more areas wherein each area contains materials which teach a user about one of a plurality of stages of baby or childhood development.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 8, 2008
    Publication date: July 3, 2008
    Inventors: Sean Thomas Clark, Derek Keith Friedman, Tamara Ann Cahill
  • Patent number: 7322474
    Abstract: The present invention involves an interactive selection system for a consumer product that improves the consumer's ability to quickly sort through numerous criteria in a complex decision making process and determine whether that particular consumer product is appropriate for his or her purchase and use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2008
    Assignees: McNeil-PPC, Inc., Merck & Co., Inc.
    Inventors: Lisa Berry, Frank Gualtieri, Jerry B. Hansen, Robert Hasselman
  • Patent number: 7211305
    Abstract: A holiday countdown interactive display may include a set of magnetically attachable ornaments that have discrete appearances and functionalities, each ornament being marked with a distinct number associated with the number of days remaining before a holiday. In certain preferred embodiments, the interactive display comprises a plush fabric base generally in the shape of a Christmas tree and containing a plurality of rare earth magnets disposed beneath countdown numbers borne on the exterior of the plush fabric base. The interactive display system may further include a plurality of numbered plush Christmas ornaments each including rare earth magnets, the ornaments adapted to be successively installed on the plush fabric base on the days preceding a holiday event. In various embodiments, the ornaments include power supplies, controllers, vibratory elements, LEDs, speakers, pockets for containing gift items, messages, or the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2007
    Assignee: Hallmark Cards, Incorporated
    Inventors: Therese F. Steiger, Nancy Short, Ruth Donikowski, Kristine Larsen, Keri Lauderdale Olson, Tim Staley
  • Patent number: 7056183
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a work and study station comprising an upper part and a lower part (1), said upper part (2) substantially comprising the container of the graphical and modelling instruments, and said lower part (2) substantially comprising the resting and work station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2006
    Assignee: Umberto Ambrosini S.r.l.
    Inventor: Anna Pedoto
  • Patent number: 7037165
    Abstract: A container for holding component parts of a construction toy. The container preferably is a suitcase or briefcase configuration, with a carrying handle at the top. An access cover, comprising a large portion of the front wall of the container and a portion of the bottom wall, is hinged on the bottom wall. When the access cover is open, both the cover and the container lie flat on a floor or other support surface, forming an extra large access opening and allowing easy access to parts within the container. The access cover, when open, forms a tray or receptacle, and can function somewhat like a dust pan, facilitating cleanup after use by enabling loose parts to be scooped onto the open cover and then discharged into the container by upward pivoting movement of the cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2006
    Assignee: Connector Set Limited Partnership
    Inventor: Anthony R. Garr
  • Patent number: 6955130
    Abstract: A teaching center is provided with first and second upstanding frame sections separated by two or more lateral connectors to form a generally “H” shaped frame. The second upstanding frame section is vertically oriented and the first upstanding frame section is inclined from the vertical to permit the use of storybooks, chart paper or other items that lean back. The teaching center is provided with one or more shelves or storage devices between the first and second upstanding frame sections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2005
    Inventor: James Joseph Phillips
  • Patent number: 6870534
    Abstract: A method of simulating the effects of one or more explosive events utilizes a mapping of graphically-valued dots to describe the explosive event at detonation at a plurality of (x,y) positions. A degradation rule is applied to the mapping of dots at each of times tn, for n=1 to N, to yield corresponding mappings of degraded value dots. The degradation rule specifies how the mapping of dots at detonation changes with time. The mapping at detonation and mappings of the degraded value dots are then simultaneously displayed in (x,y) registration with one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2005
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventors: Robert Woodall, Felipe Garcia
  • Patent number: 6679705
    Abstract: Methods provide for the selection and use of a system of feminine hygiene products. More particularly, the present invention is directed to a method in which information is collected from a consumer regarding certain of her menstrual cycle. The information collected is used to select a particular system of feminine hygiene products for use by the consumer. The system of products selected is then revealed to the consumer for use by the consumer to achieve a reduction in soiling and improvements in comfort as compared to the use of a single type of feminine hygiene products.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2004
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Jodi Elizabeth Supinski, Brian Kenneth Burgdorf
  • Publication number: 20030198938
    Abstract: An improved home automation system that permits the user of the system to remotely control the operation of various devices. The system is packaged in a manner that “walks” the user through the initialization process to thereby reduce or eliminate errors associated with the initialization and set-up of the system. Furthermore, the configuration permits the user to initialize the system without the use of tools, such as screwdrivers. The system is configured with improved functionality that permits the user to readily control individual devices and/or selected groups of devices with a powerful hand-held remote transmitter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 17, 2003
    Publication date: October 23, 2003
    Inventors: Christopher Murray, Cory Sorice
  • Patent number: 6535714
    Abstract: A method, system, and apparatus for training users in understanding and use of numerous medical devices, including providing for documentation of competency during the training exercise is provided. Preferably, the invention will utilize an “interface module” (e.g., hand-held device, palm size, laptop, desktop PC, microcontroller, expansion module on a palm/hand-held device) to provide the training interface between the user and the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2003
    Assignee: University of Florida
    Inventors: Richard J. Melker, Johannes H. Van Oostrom
  • Patent number: 6464507
    Abstract: A sports coaching aid which uses a flexible, rollable, single vinyl magnetic sheet that can adhere to a magnetizable surface. The magnetic sheet is screen-printed to display the markings of a scaled-down sports court or field. Moveable magnetic player and ball pieces are used to show movement when teaching plays, strategies, drills, etc. An erasable marker is included.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2002
    Inventor: Kevin Bailey
  • Patent number: 6392674
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus for displaying a pointer mark preferable for an application to a presentation system and the like. With a reference point on a display screen being preset, when an arbitrary point is pointed on the display screen, a pointer mark is generated in a direction from the preset reference point to a pointing point related to the pointing and an image (including the pointer mark) displayed on this display screen is transferred to a projector so as to be projected on a large-sized screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2002
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yukio Hiraki, Kohei Inamura, Izumi Kanai
  • Patent number: 6368113
    Abstract: A method for the selection and use of a system of feminine hygiene products is described. The method includes an information collection step, a system selection step, and a product provision step. In the information collection step, information is collected from a consumer regarding her menstrual cycle protection needs. In the system selection step, the information collected is used to select a system of feminine hygiene products from at least two of such available systems. Each of such available systems is comprised of at least two different feminine hygiene products. In the product provision step, a kit is provided to the consumer. The kit contains in a common package the feminine hygiene products which make up the selected system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2002
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Matthew Eric Unger, Thomas Ward Osborn, III, Alan Lawrence Maingot, Holly Marie Zuziak, Carolyn Jeanne Miller
  • Patent number: 6224107
    Abstract: The invention includes a pocketbook adapted to be customized by a consumer. The pocketbook has a plurality of pages and a pocket adapted to hold the pages. The pages are removably held in the pocket. The pages typically have a subject so that the consumer may select pages according to the subject. The pages and the pocket may include a common theme. One embodiment of the invention includes a pocketbook assembly adapted to allow a consumer to assemble a customized pocketbook. The assembly typically includes a page display; a plurality of pages removably supported by the page display; and a plurality of pockets. Generally, each pocket is adapted to hold at least one of the pages. And the pockets are generally available near, or on, the page display. In another embodiment the invention includes a pocketbook kit adapted to allow a consumer to assemble a pocketbook. The kit generally includes a plurality of pages, the pages having a subject; and a pocket for removably holding the pages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2001
    Inventor: Reba Hall Smith
  • Patent number: 6132283
    Abstract: A toy apparatus includes a back housing portion which includes straps for connecting the apparatus to a crib. A plurality of item pressing members are connected to an interior portion of the back housing portion. A front housing portion includes a housing connector for connecting the front housing portion to the back housing portion. The front housing portion includes a plurality of item retainers and a plurality of windows placed in registration with the item retainers. A plurality of infant stimulus items are retained in the item retainers. The item retainers are placed in registration with the item pressing members when the front housing portion and the back housing portion are placed in a closed orientation. A housing lock assembly is connected between the back housing portion and the front housing portion, for keeping the back housing portion and the front housing portion closed with respect to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2000
    Inventors: Teresa Hohol O'Donnell, Patrick Alan O'Donnell
  • Patent number: 6106302
    Abstract: An educational system and method that combines printed and/or visual material with tactile samples which further convey or reinforce information related by such material. The educational system comprises a first collection of information concerning a preselected subject, such as wildlife, a plurality of tactile samples relating to this information, such as fur, a plurality of containers for housing the samples, and a second collection of information associated with each container specifically relating to the samples housed in the associated container. Tactile samples are three dimensional and of a size sufficient to allow a user to understand better and learn of the first collection of information through touch. The plurality of containers allows samples to be sorted into different groups or made available simultaneously to multiple individuals. The various containers may be assembled together and presented in a single case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2000
    Assignee: Positive Solutions U.S.A., Inc.
    Inventor: Mark J. Schumacher
  • Patent number: 6093027
    Abstract: A method for the selection and use of a system of feminine hygiene products is described. The method includes an information collection step, a system selection step, and an information provision step. In the information collection step, information is collected from a consumer regarding her body type and menstrual cycle characteristics. In the system selection step, the information collected is used to select a system of feminine hygiene products from at least two of such available systems. Each of such available systems is comprised of at least two different feminine hygiene products. Additionally, each of said available systems is adapted to correspond to a predetermined range of body types and menstrual cycle characteristics. In the information provision step, information identifying the system of products selected is then provided to the consumer allowing her to use the system of feminine hygiene products.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2000
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Matthew Eric Unger, Thomas Ward Osborn, III, Alan Lawrence Maingot, Holly Marie Zuziak, Carolyn Jeanne Miller
  • Patent number: 6061943
    Abstract: A flexible photo album has a flexible front cover, a flexible back cover and a plurality of pages disposed between the front and back covers. Each page has a front section and a back section coupled together by a fabric seam to form a pouch for holding photographs or other substantially flat objects. A portion of at least the front or back sections of the page is substantially transparent to allow the object within the pouch to be viewed through the front or back section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2000
    Assignee: Noel Joanna, Inc.
    Inventor: Shirley D. Pepys
  • Patent number: 5993221
    Abstract: A novel formulation which contains about 2-60% by calories of a C.sub.20 or longer .omega.3 fatty acid moiety and about 2-60% by calories of an arachidonic acid moiety has been developed. This formulation is particularly useful for restoring arachidonic acid levels, increasing immunity or minimizing risk of infection in critically ill patients, and treating functional essential fatty acid deficiency in patients suffering from end stage liver disease. A structured lipid which has a C.sub.20 or longer .omega.3 fatty acid moiety and an arachidonic acid moiety has also been developed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 30, 1999
    Assignee: Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Inc.
    Inventor: Bruce R. Bistrian
  • Patent number: 5967787
    Abstract: The invention herein relates to a kind of teaching tool that allows children at play to perform simple addition, subtraction, multiplication and division arithmetical operations, learning decimal concepts and practices through experience and, furthermore, learn about year, month, day and day of the week as well as the hour, minute and second clock positions, which enables the invention herein to be an multi-functional teaching tool that combines fun with learning and the promotion of intellectual development.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 19, 1999
    Inventor: Chin-Chen Tsao
  • Patent number: RE37362
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a book for young readers designed to make reading more enjoyable. The book of the present invention preferably includes illustrations on at least some of the pages thereof. Additionally, edible candy is provided as a part of the book pages and may be positioned to form a part of an illustration found on a page. The candy is attached to or otherwise provided as a part of the book pages in a manner so that it may be easily removed from the book and eaten by the reader. In an alternative embodiment, the book pages may include holes formed therein and the candy may be provided on an insert designed to be placed behind the page so that the candy is in registry with the holes formed in the page and so that the candy extends out through the holes when the insert is placed immediately behind the page. In this manner, after the candy has been removed from book, the insert may be removed and replaced with another candy containing insert.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2001
    Inventor: Deborah D'Andrea