Architecture, Interior Decoration, Or Industrial Plant Layout Patents (Class 434/72)
  • Patent number: 9715336
    Abstract: Disclosed here are methods, devices, paradigms and structures for creating, displaying and facilitating the selection of art, design and décor. A digital art device (“device”) facilitates creating and displaying a digital art in accordance with the relationship to a viewer. The device can include sensors such as cameras, gyroscopes, audio processor, photometer, eye-tracking sensors, etc., to identify various types of human interaction, and the environment around the device. The device displays, adapts, or transforms the digital art according to the observed human interaction and/or surroundings of the device. Tools will allow developers to create new applications for displaying and creating digital art to be viewed on the device. Developers can access underlying décor discovery and visualization tools to process color, style and other décor-related attributes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: ART.COM, INC.
    Inventors: Nasos Topakas, Paul Golding
  • Patent number: 9633141
    Abstract: Electronic comparison methods are described for determining changes in a current design model with respect to an earlier model and analyzing the impact of the identified changes. The method includes associating a priority value with a set of modified component objects using one or more algorithms and presenting a subset of the set of component objects, each of which has a priority value greater than a threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: Fluor Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Daniel Shook, Mark Thompson
  • Patent number: 9376828
    Abstract: The various processes of a plant are segmented into separate process blocks that are connected to one another using fluid conduits or electrical connections. Each process block is specialized to perform specific tasks in an assembly line manner to achieve an overall goal. For example, multiple distillation process blocks could be daisy-chained to create fuel from crude oil. Each process block is generally small enough to be mounted on a truck or a flatbed for easy transport, allowing for an assembly line of process blocks to be transported anywhere in the world with ease.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignee: Fluor Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Fred Haney, Gary Donovan, Todd Roth, Alan Lowrie, George Morlidge, Simon Lucchini, Sean Halvorsen
  • Patent number: 9358450
    Abstract: An interactive education system includes a database storing a common question database and a plurality of user-specific question inventories, a memory storing computer instructions, and a processor configured to execute the computer instructions to perform operations including presenting a game environment between a first user and a second user where the first and second users can throw questions from their respective question inventories or common question database at each other with or without offensive power-ups, and answer the questions thrown by each other with or without defensive power-ups; rewarding the first and second users with credits and points when the first and second users answer the questions correctly; determining which one of the first and second users wins the game based on the respective total number of points achieved by the first and second users; and enabling the first and second users to purchase additional offensive or defensive power-ups with their respective credits.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Inventor: Kenneth Mark Nova
  • Patent number: 9189970
    Abstract: A miniature of a washing machine for exhibition includes: a casing having an opening at an upper portion thereof; a door for opening and closing the opening; a tub fixedly installed within the casing; a drum rotatably installed within the tub; a driving motor installed at an outer side of the tub; an electric motor unit transferring rotary force of the driving motor to the drum; a tub cover installed at an upper portion of the tub and including a guide unit for guiding water, which is discharged upwardly along an inner wall surface of the tub, to the inner side of the tub when the drum is rotated; and a light emitting unit irradiating light to the interior of the tub.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Inhyouk Seo, Hyejeong Kim
  • Patent number: 9076241
    Abstract: A method of estimating one or more dimensions of a patch panel may include receiving an image of a patch panel that comprises a plurality of ports and one or more gaps, extracting, by a computing device, a region of interest from the received image, detecting, by the computing device, one or more possible port edges from the region of interest, fitting the detected possible port edges to a cross-ratio constancy model to determine a port-to-gap-length ratio associated with the patch panel, using the port-length-to-gap-length ratio to determine a location of one or more final port edges, and determining a location of one or more final ports based on the location of the final port edges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Zhigang Fan, Subarna Ghosh, Hengzhou Ding
  • Publication number: 20150064660
    Abstract: The present invention is a pre-construction sample that is made of a flexible material and has a product image corresponding to an actual construction product. The pre-construction sample is preferably at least 18 inches in one dimension. The pre-construction sample is preferably produced by a printing process having at least 200 dpi, and more preferably 300 dpi. Kits of pre-construction samples are provided to assist the consumer choosing from among various construction products, such as flooring, decking, countertops, cabinets, windows, shingles, among others.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 10, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventors: James J. Bender, David J. Bender
  • Patent number: 8961182
    Abstract: The present invention is a pre-construction sample that is made of a flexible material and has a product image corresponding to an actual construction product. The pre-construction sample is preferably at least 18 inches in one dimension. The pre-construction sample is preferably produced by a printing process having at least 200 dpi, and more preferably 300 dpi. Kits of pre-construction samples are provided to assist the consumer choosing from among various construction products, such as flooring, decking, countertops, cabinets, windows, shingles, among others.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Inventors: James J. Bender, David J. Bender
  • Patent number: 8821207
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for teaching skills to a child includes a toy barn kit which has a plurality of structural elements including walls, gables, and roof panels which can be assembled into a completed toy barn. The structural elements have color coded connectors and mating connectors which assist the child in the assembly process. In performing the assembly, the child learns skills of (1) principles of construction, (2) spatial relationships, (3) sequential thinking, and (4) color recognition and matching.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Inventor: Sheila Adams Hart
  • Patent number: 8668498
    Abstract: System, method, and computer program product are provided for using real-time video analysis, such as augmented reality, to assist a user of a mobile device with interior design. Through the use of real-time object recognition features, logos, artwork, products, locations, etc. can be recognized in a real-time video stream and can subsequently be matched with data associated with such to assist the user with selecting the proper design elements for a space, such as a kitchen. The proper design elements may be based off of several factors regarding the design space, include the dimensions of the space, the location of windows, doors and outlets, geographic and positional data, other space features, current design elements, architectural features, décor, and style data of the space, etc. This invention provides a virtual area with design elements, such that a user may view the area and determine the proper décor for the area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Assignee: Bank of America Corporation
    Inventors: Matthew A. Calman, Erik Stephen Ross
  • Publication number: 20140023996
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide a three dimensional model object, a method of producing the three dimensional model object, and a kit comprising the three dimensional model object and a scaled measurement device. The method in accordance with the present invention includes surveying a constructed structure which is georeferenceable in the real world, obtaining spatial data associated with the constructed structure, generating a digital three dimensional model of the constructed structure in a computer, and producing a physical model object with accurately surveyed as-built data of the constructed structure. The physical model object of the constructed structure can incorporate, on its surface, surveyed and measured useful real world intelligence, such as dimensions, georeference data, or orientation, associated with the constructed structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 18, 2012
    Publication date: January 23, 2014
    Applicant: F3 & Associates, Inc.
    Inventors: Sean Finn, Mike Heitman
  • Patent number: 8597026
    Abstract: Immersive training scenario systems and related methods are provided. The immersive training scenario systems can provide at least one simulated structure. The at least one simulated structure can include a base structure having at least one surface thereon. One or more substrates with one or more photographic images printed thereon are applied to the surface of the base structure so that the simulated structure has realistic visual characteristics representative of a mission site or mission scenario.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: Military Wraps, Inc.
    Inventors: K. Dominic Cincotti, Trevor J. Kracker
  • Publication number: 20130280680
    Abstract: The present invention is a pre-construction sample that is made of a flexible material and has a product image corresponding to an actual construction product. The pre-construction sample is preferably at least 18 inches in one dimension. The pre-construction sample is preferably produced by a printing process having at least 200 dpi, and more preferably 300 dpi. Kits of pre-construction samples are provided to assist the consumer choosing from among various construction products, such as flooring, decking, countertops, cabinets, windows, shingles, among others.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 13, 2013
    Publication date: October 24, 2013
    Inventors: James J. Bender, David J. Bender
  • Patent number: 8532962
    Abstract: A system which may enable users to plan, design and observe various building systems in an abstract and intuitive view, such as with a map view. In this view, virtually all facility information and objects may be displayed as simple shapes (e.g., rectangles). Just by some drag-and-drop, a user may provide shapes and rearrange positions of these shapes quickly to reflect a desired space relationship. Objects (e.g., components, devices, controllers, and the like) may be placed, moved around, and associated with each other on a facility layer or floor. Further, the map view may be used together with a tree view and a list view to provide alternative design ways. Changes made in any of the views may be synchronized with the other views. Various presentations of the facility may be provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Yajun-Edwin Zhang, Zhao Xia Jin, Jerry Qi Huang, Andrew D. Halford, Chengyi Liu, Curtis Mitchell
  • Patent number: 8454419
    Abstract: A system and method for optimizing learning and retention of items learned over time maps bodies of knowledge to physical metaphors in an education computer game or simulation. Entire structured curricula or curriculum frameworks are mapped to isomorphic physical metaphor hierarchies. Recommended sequences through subject matter are mapped to sequences in the physical metaphor of the game or simulation. Various algorithms for computing the well-known Ebbinghaus “spacing effect” for reviewing items that are about to be forgotten by a student to optimize his or her retention of subject matter are mapped to physical metaphors in the game or simulation. The use of a “predator-prey” computer algorithm to find students' subject matter knowledge weak points is mapped to a physical metaphor in the game or simulation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Assignee: G7 Research LLC
    Inventors: Stephen J. Smith, Frederick Myers
  • Patent number: 8340903
    Abstract: Disclosed is a system to provide optimum guidance for an individual seeking the destination point in a complex building. The system can be used for a range of individuals from firemen seeking an optimized and accurately mapped path from an access point at the entrance to the building to a destination point where a fire alarm has gone off or for a visitor in the museum who is seeking a path to a particular desired display destination. The system can provide multiple sequential simplified floor configuration maps. These maps are designed to show foreshortened walls so as to provide a three-dimensional maze-like format with the pathways visible and with a track mark illustrating an optimal path for the user to follow within the area shown on the map.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Inventor: Bertrand Dorfman
  • Publication number: 20120231424
    Abstract: System, method, and computer program product are provided for using real-time video analysis, such as augmented reality, to assist a user of a mobile device with interior design. Through the use of real-time object recognition features, logos, artwork, products, locations, etc. can be recognized in a real-time video stream and can subsequently be matched with data associated with such to assist the user with selecting the proper design elements for a space, such as a kitchen. The proper design elements may be based off of several factors regarding the design space, include the dimensions of the space, the location of windows, doors and outlets, geographic and positional data, other space features, current design elements, architectural features, décor, and style data of the space, etc. This invention provides a virtual area with design elements, such that a user may view the area and determine the proper décor for the area.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 1, 2012
    Publication date: September 13, 2012
    Applicant: BANK OF AMERICA CORPORATION
    Inventors: Matthew A. Calman, Erik Stephen Ross
  • Patent number: 8255192
    Abstract: Visual map items may each be constructed and placed in position using logic defined by a map view component corresponding to each visual item, where that logic may depend on one or more values populated into parameter(s) of the map view component. Some of those parameter values may correspond to known map model parameter values. Others, however, may have been solved for using a model that defines analytical relationships between the map model parameters. In one embodiment, which of the map model parameters are input variable, and which are output model variables, may not be predetermined. Accordingly, a solver might be prepared for multiple solve operation paths even using a single model. The map view composition process may be entirely data-driven, and may include a mechanism for canonicalizing input data, and binding canonicalized input data to the model parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2012
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Darryl E. Rubin, Vijay Mital
  • Patent number: 8249835
    Abstract: An integrated computing device (tool) and method is disclosed, for creating a casino gaming floor layout, analyzing the layout from the simulated point of view of a patron within the floor, and assessing the performance of the layout in real time or with historical data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2012
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventors: Joseph R. Moore, III, Daniel G. Carlson, Brian V. Gress, William C. Little, Javier A. Saenz, Andrew George Novotak, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8241039
    Abstract: The present invention is a pre-construction sample that is made of a flexible material and has a product image corresponding to an actual construction product. The pre-construction sample is preferably at least 18 inches in one dimension. The pre-construction sample is preferably produced by a printing process having at least 200 dpi. Kits of pre-construction samples are provided to assist the consumer choosing from among various construction products.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2012
    Inventors: James J. Bender, David J. Bender
  • Patent number: 8229715
    Abstract: A computer-implemented system for coordinating the design and implementation of a structure is disclosed. The system includes a design workspace, a design engine which receives various inputs and produces a structure design for display in the design workspace, first and second interfaces permitting first and second users, respectively, to view and manipulate a design, either independently or concurrently, and a library of design elements and editing tools accessible to the first and second users. One or more users may be provided with controls limiting the manipulations that other user(s) may make to the design. Change tracking and error and conflict checking are provided to assist with merging design manipulations originating from separate users.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2012
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Eric Teller, Nicholas Chim, Augusto Roman, Jennifer Carlile, Alena Fong, Eli Attia, Michelle Kaufmann
  • Patent number: 8187003
    Abstract: An apparatus to facilitate field assessment of static structure sites to provide data in a predetermined format acceptable to a taxing authority, including a personal computing device having a graphic display screen, a user interface, and application software. The user interface is arranged to accept alphanumeric data provided by a user of the apparatus and also accept graphic input from the user representative of structural features of the static structure. The application software is arranged to provide a real-time display on the graphic display screen of dimensional data associated with the graphic inputs as they are entered by the user. The application software is also arranged to compute dimensional attributes of enclosed polygons resulting from the graphic input by the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2012
    Assignee: BRT Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Tracy Baker, Todd Weidner, Brian Schneider, Thomas Davis, Randy Riesenberg
  • Patent number: 8113840
    Abstract: A simplified and user-friendly reusable modular building block system, for use by the professional architect or home design enthusiast, allowing for the creation of custom architectural scale models of building designs similar in appearance and function to professional scale models produced in architects' offices is presented. The building block system pieces are comprised of interlocking injection-molded solid plastic parts and grouped in five classes of various corresponding shapes and sizes. The construction and grouping of the block system pieces can be connected together at the user's discretion in a limitless variety of creative configurations, thereby forming the walls, floors, ceilings, roofs, door and window openings, and other building design elements of an architectural model at 1:48 scale (¼?=1?0?) based on the user's unique house design, or an existing design if so desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2012
    Assignee: SnapHouse, LLC
    Inventor: Michael H. Kuhn
  • Patent number: 8095346
    Abstract: An operation simulation system for plant construction, having operating expense calculated based on crane type determined by a command input; the expense to construct foundation calculated based on the foundation placement on which the determined crane is put; the operating expense calculated based on a period during which an operation is carried out; the expense to temporarily place the installation object calculated based on the specifications of the installation object before the installation; the installation operation expense calculated based on an installation milestone reflecting a due date of the installation object; the total necessary expense calculated based on all the expenses calculated; the total necessary expense is analyzed and evaluated; and the command input is adjusted by reflecting the results of an evaluation analysis so that the value of the command input falls in range of the set values in the specifications held by the corresponding setting apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2012
    Assignee: Hitachi-GE Nuclear Energy, Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoshibumi Fukuda, Kenji Araki, Hisanori Nonaka, Norito Watanabe, Toshiyuki Miyake, Kensuke Morita, Kenji Akagi
  • Patent number: 8073657
    Abstract: An integrated computing device (tool) and method for creating a floor layout, analyzing the layout from the simulated point of view of a patron within the floor, and assessing the performance of a layout in real time or with historical data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2011
    Assignee: IGT
    Inventors: Joseph R. Moore, III, Daniel G. Carlson, Brian V. Gress, William C. Little, Javier A. Saenz, Andrew George Novotak, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7914285
    Abstract: A portable apparatus for visualizing or practicing a paint color, finish, technique, or texture includes a substrate having a primed first surface and a second surface having means for securing the substrate to a mounting surface, such as a wall. A method for visualizing and practicing a paint color, finish, technique, or texture includes the steps of (a) applying a paint color, finish, technique, or texture to a first surface of the substrate; (b) textually identifying onto the substrate the paint color, finish, technique, or texture applied thereto; (c) securing the substrate to a first portion of the mounting surface; (d) removing the substrate from the mounting surface; and (e) securing the substrate to a second portion of the mounting surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2011
    Assignee: Knicava, LLC
    Inventor: Julie K. Boney
  • Patent number: 7815435
    Abstract: A method and system for decorating includes product categories such as rugs, pillows, lamps, paints, window treatments, wall coverings such as wall papers and trims, artificial flowers, fabric furniture covers and other decorative items. Multiple motif collections are provided, each characterized by a subset of colors or other characteristics that are selected from a master set of colors or characteristics, and at least one other decorative driver such as fabric, pattern, texture or style. Each product is identified with one or more of the collections based on the product color and/or the presents of the other decorative driver. A separate key code mechanism, such as a hang tag and/or a product label or packaging for each motif collection, has an identifier for the subset of colors and the at least one decorative driver for that collection. The key code helps a consumer select those products in each category of interest, that fall within a desired collection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2010
    Inventor: Paula Riley
  • Publication number: 20100186322
    Abstract: A modular fenestration system includes a collection of standardized functional units such as double hung window units, casement window units, picture window units, transom units, and the like. The functional units all share common sightlines, common glass set-back, common interfaces, common design language, and are sized according to a unique modular or incremental sizing grid. The sizing grid specifies individual window units in terms of the rough opening size in which they are designed to be installed. Individual functional units are easily combinable in a vast array of combinations to create a large number of possible composite window units. The above attributes of the functional units ensures that the composite window units are architecturally pleasing and appear as though they were custom crafted.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 23, 2009
    Publication date: July 29, 2010
    Inventors: James B. Libby, David Plummer
  • Patent number: 7762862
    Abstract: A house toy and display including a base having a base fitting, and a plurality of room modules, each of the plurality of room modules having a floor and at least one wall. The floor has a room module fitting complementary in shape to the base fitting to retain the plurality of room modules on the base. In one embodiment, the base fitting is a recess formed in the base; and the room module fitting is the floor of the room module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2010
    Inventors: Frank L. Rotundo, Anne T. Riley
  • Publication number: 20100086902
    Abstract: A wall-mountable device including a body, a plurality of members extending from the body and defining a substantially cylindrical recess having a substantially annular ridge, and a tack having a post extending from a disc-shaped head, wherein the post is adapted to be inserted into a wall, the disc-shaped head is adapted to be inserted into the substantially cylindrical recess and entrapped by the substantially annular ridge, and the body is removably secured to the tack when the disc-shaped head is entrapped by the substantially annular ridge.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2009
    Publication date: April 8, 2010
    Applicant: Umbra LLC
    Inventor: Marion LANKTREE
  • Patent number: 7686615
    Abstract: A miniature house no larger than 4 inches in any dimension having a drawer that is extensible from one wall close to the base of the wall. The drawer serves a number of purposes according to the scope of the invention. In one embodiment, a porous pad is positioned in the drawer and serves as a medium for growing miniature plants—preferably mosses and grasses. Means for moisturizing the pad are provided. In other applications, the house is an interesting devoid for dispensing business cards. In another embodiment, the drawer holds watercolors and stamps enabling the user to apply his own arrangement of doors and window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2010
    Inventor: Ted McGee
  • Patent number: 7661958
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods are provided for interior design component selection. An apparatus for presenting a plurality of design components to a user has a first plurality of first design component samples and a second plurality of second design component samples. A binding mechanism is adapted to bind the first plurality of the first design component samples adjacent the second plurality of the second design component samples so that at least one design component sample of the first plurality and the second plurality can be viewed together. The binding mechanism is also configured to permit at least one design component sample of each of the first and the second pluralities to be moved about the binding mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2010
    Assignee: CustomStart Design Ltd.
    Inventors: Marcia R. Meyer, Colleen M. Pawling
  • Patent number: 7661959
    Abstract: An interior design system of the present disclosure can comprise a user interface configured to display a plurality of interior design components. The system may further comprise logic configured to receive a user selection of one of the components and display the selected component in the user interface. The logic may further be configured to receive a plurality of user inputs, via the user interface, the inputs related to characteristics of the selected component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2010
    Assignee: Minutes Matter Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Deborah A. Green, Casey K. Green, Edward O. Green
  • Publication number: 20080300978
    Abstract: A system and method for displaying full size items for sale includes a shelving unit having a top and one or more shelves beneath the top on which items are displayed for sale. A miniature size article is displayed on the top, where the miniature size article includes a plurality of miniature size items associated with the miniature size article. Then, a plurality of full size items, corresponding to the miniature size items, are displayed on the shelves. A transparent cover can be disposed over the miniature size article. The miniature size scale article can be an article of furniture, such as a bed and such that the full scale items include bed accessories. Further, additional full size items, which are designed to coordinate with one or more of the plurality of full size items, and are also displayed on the shelves.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 4, 2007
    Publication date: December 4, 2008
    Inventor: Richard Roman
  • Publication number: 20080187889
    Abstract: A simplified and user-friendly reusable modular building block system, for use by the professional architect or home design enthusiast, allowing for the creation of custom architectural scale models of building designs similar in appearance and function to professional scale models produced in architects' offices is presented. The building block system pieces are comprised of interlocking injection-molded solid plastic parts and grouped in five classes of various corresponding shapes and sizes. The construction and grouping of the block system pieces can be connected together at the user's discretion in a limitless variety of creative configurations, thereby forming the walls, floors, ceilings, roofs, door and window openings, and other building design elements of an architectural model at 1:48 scale (¼?=1?-0?) based on the user's unique house design, or an existing design if so desired.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 22, 2008
    Publication date: August 7, 2008
    Inventor: Michael H. Kuhn
  • Patent number: 7389575
    Abstract: There is disclosed a method of manufacturing a plurality of removable permanently magnetized elements from a substrate comprising ferrite material. The method prints symbol images on the substrate with an offset, automatic sheet-fed press, and die cuts the symbol images on the substrate with an automatic sheet-fed die cutter to form a plurality of elements forming portions of the substrate. Thereafter, the method magnetizes the ferrite material to permanently magnetize the substrate and form the plurality of permanently magnetized elements. The method reduces wastage, permits for improved substrate registration, more accurate symbol placement on the substrate, higher production speeds, and reduced labor costs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2008
    Inventors: Ernest Ross Barlett, Donna Darlene Barlett
  • Publication number: 20080138773
    Abstract: A system and process for determining the optimal device layout and configuration within a gaming environment using a computer implemented environment module configured to generate spatial representations of the gaming environment and the configuration of the gaming device agents within the gaming environment using environment data and device agent data, a computer implemented player agent module configured to characterize gaming players within the gaming environment using player agent data, and a computer implemented optimization module for applying optimization criteria to the environment module and the player agent module to determine the optimal gaming device spatial orientations and gaming configurations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 6, 2006
    Publication date: June 12, 2008
    Inventor: Kenneth Lathrop
  • Publication number: 20080070198
    Abstract: A computerized method, system and machine-readable medium to enable a user to remotely perform a decorating session on an electronic image are provided. The method includes: receiving, at a client computer, a user-supplied digital image having an area to be decorated; interactively mapping, at the client computer, the area to be decorated with a product to obtain a mapped image; transmitting the mapped image to a web server over a public communications network; and providing either the user or another user access to a user-selected web site supported by the web server over the public communications network to enable the user or other user to perform a decorating session. During the session, the user or other user electronically applies product images to the area to be decorated and views the results of the session prior to generating an order for the product.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 17, 2006
    Publication date: March 20, 2008
    Applicant: Chameleon Technologies Corporation
    Inventor: Daniel J. Dempsey
  • Patent number: 7277830
    Abstract: Software for designing interior and/or exterior spaces efficiently ensures that user intent is captured in a timely, practical manner. When a user creates an input, such as selecting a shape of a table to put into a design space, the design software creates an initial object that is managed as part of a data structure. Generally, the initial object includes a type element having one or more options. Program code in the created initial object determines an appropriate option based on any number of factors including, but not limited to, elements of the user's original input. A subsequent child object with a set of independent program code is also created, which has as its type the option determined from the previous initial object. The subsequent object also determines its options based on attributes of the user's input, and creates any additional child objects where appropriate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2007
    Assignee: Dirtt Environmental Solutions Ltd.
    Inventor: Barrie Arnold Loberg
  • Publication number: 20070190496
    Abstract: A furniture position planning apparatus is disclosed for helping to plan the furniture layout for a room. The furniture position planning apparatus includes multiple two-dimensional furniture representations. These furniture representations represent the broadest projected footprints of different furniture items, and are capable of being folded to a compact size for storage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 14, 2007
    Publication date: August 16, 2007
    Inventor: Kristen Lamb
  • Patent number: 7249005
    Abstract: Design software in accordance with an implementation of the present invention is configured to provide believable three-dimensional representations of user selections in real-time. Design elements that would otherwise be difficult to efficiently render three-dimensionally in real-time are prerendered for realistic visual effects, such as realistic shading, which correspond to various positions of the elements in a design space. Blanks of the visual effects for each position are then stored in a data store for visual effects. At run time, data associated with user design choices, as well as the blanks for any corresponding design elements are fed in one implementation to peripheral processing hardware, such as a GPU, which sends the processed data to a display device. The user is therefore able to view complex visual data of certain design choices efficiently with added realism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2007
    Assignee: Dirtt Environmental Solutions Ltd.
    Inventor: Barrie Arnold Loberg
  • Patent number: 7156663
    Abstract: A home exterior selection kit includes a tower body having lateral sides, each having at least first and second areas configured to detachably engage a panel representing an exterior material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2007
    Inventor: Jon H. Gerhart
  • Patent number: 7069193
    Abstract: A method for producing a color recommendation for a structure or part of a structure to be painted which comprises selecting from a database containing images of structural archetypes stored on storage means of an archetype image that closely matches the structure to be painted, selecting a color or colors from a database comprising colors stored on storage means and applying the color or colors to the archetype to produce a color scheme and displaying the structure or part of the structure with the color applied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2006
    Inventors: Richard David Brunt, Andrew Godfrey Ratcliff, Christopher Harris
  • Patent number: 7056120
    Abstract: A method of facilitating visualization and specification of a countertop profile comprises the steps of: i) providing a model of a countertop having a central portion having front and rear edge portions, multiple front portions any one of which may be moved adjacent to a front edge portion of the central portion, and multiple rear portions any one of which may be moved adjacent to the upper rear edge portion of the central portion; ii) selecting a preferred front portion and moving it into alignment with the front edge portion of the central portion; and iii) selecting a preferred rear portion and moving it into alignment with the rear edge portion of the central portion so that a full countertop profile of preferred design is displayed. Most preferably the model comprises a display board having tracks wherein a selected front or rear portion may slide therealong into proper alignment with the central portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2006
    Inventor: John W. Bergman, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7054794
    Abstract: A method for producing a color recommendation for at least a part of a structure to be painted which comprises the steps of: selecting, at a user terminal and from a first database on a remote server containing at least one image of structural archetypes stored in electronic format on a storage device, an archetype image that closely matches the structure to be painted, selecting, at the user terminal, a color(s) from a second database located at the remote server containing at least one color stored in electronic format on storage device; applying the color(s) at the remote server to the image to produce a color scheme; displaying, on a display unit of the user terminal, of the at least part of a structure with the color applied; and providing information from which paint corresponding to the color(s) in the color scheme can be identified.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2006
    Inventors: Richard David Brunt, Andrew Goderey, Ratcliff, Christopher Harris
  • Patent number: 7021938
    Abstract: An instructional kit suited for teaching the necessary materials, methods and techniques for conventional stick built wood structures is provided. In accordance with the present invention, a kit for stick framing a true representation of a scale house model includes all of the framing members required to build a scale model house. Specifically, the kit includes precut framing members representing each of the correct members used in actual residential construction such as studs, rafters, sills, top plates, headers, etc. Also included in the kit are wall layout plans and detailed instructions regarding the proper construction of a residential house. The intent of the kit is to provide a self contained educational tool for teaching the necessary understanding of structural wood framing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2006
    Inventor: John S. Cain
  • Patent number: 6974324
    Abstract: An evolutionary and reusable device for delimiting and organising spaces and volumes, adaptable to the dimensions of an existing architectural space, is capable of being modified without accessories, easily and rapidly decorated by the user by means of decorative objects and expandable connected space elements of fixed and variable dimensions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2000
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2005
    Inventors: Nicaise Gregoire, Philippe Hayer
  • Patent number: 6925196
    Abstract: A method and system for guiding consumers through a sophisticated evaluation process for selecting a product that satisfies desired aesthetic and physical objectives. An embodiment of the method and system enables a consumer from his/her home to select a fabric by systematically and efficiently evaluating a multitude of colors, as well as, other criteria, such as, design and material construction. From a virtual showroom of swatches, the system presents the consumer an image of the swatches that best satisfy the selected criteria.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2005
    Assignee: The Robert Allen Group
    Inventors: Ronald Kass, David E. Bright, Paul Luba
  • Patent number: 6912489
    Abstract: A simulation device for simulating images of at least one building includes a display (62) for displaying the images; an input (63, 64) for a user to input data; a memory (65) including a first memory field containing a layout (40) of the at least one building, which layout (40) contains references to all the utility spaces forming the layout, together with their performance characteristics, a second memory field containing a model (50) of the at least one building, which model (50) contains references to both physical and financial data of all the components forming the model, a processor (61) for: computing and showing elevations of and/or sections through the building, working from the layout of the model; calculating and showing the total expected investment costs and running costs for the building.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 1999
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2005
    Assignee: Aluvisions B.V.
    Inventor: Adriaan Luitwieler
  • Patent number: 6866203
    Abstract: A method is provided for sizing an environmental control system for controlling a temperature of a target. The method comprises the steps of: identifying the target that is to be temperature controlled by the environmental control system; selecting a desired temperature of the target that is to be temperature controlled; and determining optimal characteristics of the environmental control system. Preferably, the step of determining optimal characteristics of the environmental control system includes referring to a nomograph that charts numerical relationships of a plurality of variables. Preferably, variables charted on the nomograph include a temperature of discharge air that is to be discharged from the environmental control system, a temperature of ambient air surrounding the target, a distance between a discharge portion of the environmental control system and the target, and a volumetric flow rate of the discharge air.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2005
    Assignee: Unico, Inc.
    Inventors: Craig Messmer, Seden Kalyoncu