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.
Abstract: A system for releasably attaching a panel to a wall. The panel is provided with a front surface intended to be visible to an observer once the panel has been installed upon the wall at a rear surface opposite the front surface supporting a plurality of magnets. A corresponding plurality of brackets are attached to the wall and positioned such that when the panel is properly positioned upon the wall, the panel is releasably secured thereto by causing the plurality of magnets to be secured to the plurality of brackets. The panels can abut one another to create a variety of useful surfaces such as pegboard, corkboard, chalkboard, fabric and magnetic bulletin boards. The brackets can be oriented to obscure them from a viewer and can also be reoriented to provide a releasable attachment means for a frame to surround the panels for a more finished, aesthetic appearance.
Abstract: A roofing product display and method has two miniature building halves with hollow interiors defined by interconnected sidewalls, pitched roof panels, transport bases and end panels, which are oriented at an angle to the associated transport bases. A hinge pivotally interconnects adjacent sides of the end panels to facilitate rotation of the miniature building halves between a folded storage position, wherein the roof panels come together in a generally straight plan configuration, and an unfolded display position, wherein the roof panels assume a generally L-shaped panel configuration with a roof valley therebetween. Roofing product samples are stored in the hollow building interiors, and are shaped for temporary placement on the roof panels in the display position to replicate installation on an actual building.
Abstract: A grout selector composed of a flat substrate, a coating on the substrate for simulating the color and/or finish of one of a plurality of grouts and fold lines for enabling the substrate to be folded and placed between adjacent bricks, tiles or other coverings to simulate the presence of grout.
October 31, 2008
Date of Patent:
June 28, 2011
Dorn Color, Inc.
Ralph Abraham, William Kachinski, Paul Rattigan, William Roblin, Hall Dillon
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.
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.
Abstract: A control and motor arrangement for use in a model train includes a control arrangement integrally constructed with a motor. The control arrangement receives rotational speed and positional information from the motor and uses this information to determine how much power to supply to the motor, thus controlling the rotational speed of the motor. In this way, the control arrangement maintains a constant motor speed, if desired. In addition, the speed and positional information is optionally provided to a sound control arrangement for use in selecting appropriate sound effects.
October 31, 2000
Date of Patent:
July 20, 2004
Dennis J. Denen, Neil P. Young, Gary L. Moreau, Martin Pierson, Robert Grubba
Abstract: An electrical connector (1) includes an insulative housing (10), a number of signal contacts (22), a grounding contact (24), a shielding member (30), and a grounding member (40). The insulative housing defines a number of passageways (16) therein. The signal contacts and the grounding contact are received in the passageways of the insulative housing. The shielding member is attached on an outer side of the insulative housing. The grounding member is attached to bottom of the insulative housing and includes a base portion (41), an arm portion (42, 44), and a space (45) defined between the base portion and the arm portion. The base portion abuts the grounding contact and the arm portion abuts the shielding member, thereby forming a stable and reliable grounding path between the grounding contact and the shielding member.
Abstract: A device for displaying room wall and floor covering arrangements for selection by a purchaser includes a frame assembly having display panel support members for supporting at least one display panel in a display condition, the frame assembly being configured to resemble, along with at least one supported display panel positioned in the display condition, at least one room; and at least two surface covering display panels being mutually different in at least one appearance or composition characteristic, such at least one appearance or composition characteristic including at least one of color, pattern, material, texture, and geometrical composition.
Abstract: An apparatus is disclosed for displaying masonry brick. The apparatus is constructed of a single sheet of clear, transparent plexiglass to which display bricks are securely mounted. Display bricks of various colors, styles and/or textures are removably affixed to the plexiglass sheet through the use of VELCRO.RTM. fastening strips or other similar fastening means. Alternatively, the display bricks can be permanently attached to the plexiglass sheet through the use of an appropriate adhesive material. The plexiglass sheet is folded back so as to provide elongated channels along two opposing sides thereof configured to selectively receive individual sheets of colored paper or cardboard to simulate various mortar colors. One or more cards with various preprinted patterns can also be used as a guide for precisely aligning the display bricks on the plexiglass sheet in particular masonry patterns.
Abstract: A display rack and color selector assembly adapted to present to a homeowner a group of sample boards carrying actual roof shingles in a variety of colors and to afford a visual picture of a typical home whose architectural style is similar to that of the homeowner, the roof of the pictured home being selectively covered by a shingled surface in any one of the sample colors. The color selector includes a front panel on whose face is a radial array of pictures of typical homes in different architectural style, the roof in each picture being notched out to define a window whose geometry matches that of the roof. Mounted behind the panel is a rotatable color wheel which is divided into segments each having a shingled surface whose color corresponds to that of a respective sample in the group.
Abstract: A toy for randomly creating stationary and moving graphic reprensentations and images includes a multi-sided housing for mounting the image producing mechanism. The image producing mechanism includes at least a pair of rotatable, planar elements or sheets and a drive mechanism. One sheet includes graphics combined with a plurality of cutout portions. Another sheet is mounted behind the first sheet and includes multiple graphics that are intended, in their stationary position, to be aligned with the cutouts of the first graphics to complete a picture or image. The first sheet is rotatably mounted and weighted to always assume the same orientation. The second sheet is also rotatably mounted within the housing and is connected to the drive mechanism. The drive mechanism includes a rotatable pendulum within the housing so that upon rotation of the housing, the pendulum swings downwardly actuating the drive mechanism.
Abstract: This invention contemplates providing a number of sheets showing different building materials. Each different building material is illustrated in different scales on different sheets respectively. When a customer wishes to see the way his building would look with a particular building material on it, a photograph of his building is taken and one of said sheets, to the proper scale, is applied over the photograph. It would, however, overlie only that portion of the building which is to be covered by the new material. In that way the customer sees how his building will look with any or all various different materials placed over the outside of his building.When the building material, to be applied to an existing building, is available in different colors, a sheet representing the desired color may be placed between the photograph and the sheet representing the desired building material.
Abstract: An apparatus is provided for use in optimally arranging covering units, such as tiles or the like, or for enabling the precutting of such covering units before such units are applied to the floor or wall or ceiling to be covered. A first prescaled grid is provided on a substantially opaque sheet of paper on which the dimensions of the surface to be covered may be laid out. The exact dimensions of the floor, wall or ceiling to be covered may be laid out to scale on the first substantially opaque sheet. A second grid or line arrangement corresponding to the dimensions of the covering unit is provided on a substantially transparent sheet. This second grid is scaled to correspond to the scaling of the first grid on the substantially opaque sheet.