Color Display Patents (Class 434/98)
  • Patent number: 9483471
    Abstract: Mechanisms are provided for ensuring access to long-term stored electronic documents. In one example, one or more methods may provide for automatically ensuring access to long-term stored electronic documents. In another example, one or more algorithms may provide for automatically ensuring access to long-term stored electronic documents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Vincent A. Belfoure, Gregory J. Boss, John E. Moore, Jr., Harald Veser
  • Patent number: 9378665
    Abstract: A system and method of making and using tactile relief stickers, decals or moldings to indicate object characteristics, for example to indicate object color. The system can include a plurality of stickers. Each sticker can have a first surface with a relief texture and a second surface opposite the first surface. Each sticker can also have a relief texture corresponding to an object characteristic selected from the group consisting of weight, type of the end of the object, and object hardness. The second surface can have an adhesive applied thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignee: OAK Novations, Ltd.
    Inventor: Dmitry Baklanov
  • Patent number: 9342467
    Abstract: A virtual window system that allows a viewer to believe that he or she is looking at an actual window when actually looking at our system attached to a wall. The virtual window system comprises four elements: a processor, a computer, a monitor, and a frame. The processor is a conventional device for controlling information and lighting to achieve specified results. The computer-readable storage medium in communication with the processor is configured to transmit a digital image sequence to the monitor. The monitor is in communication with the computer-readable storage medium and the processor and is configured to display the digital image sequence. The frame surrounds the monitor with a back, a front, a top, and sides, and includes at least one light source configured to transmit light into an indoor environment to simulate an actual window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2016
    Inventors: Frederick Thomas McGrath, Craig Jordan Blacklock
  • Publication number: 20150140520
    Abstract: Color display systems are disclosed, wherein the color display system includes a main display unit and a secondary display unit. The main display unit can include a plurality of rotatable color selection pods where one side of the color selection pod displays a color(s) and the other side of the color selection pod includes receptacles that can hold color chips. The color selection pods are arranged in columns, and each column can represent a particular color family or color category. The secondary display unit can include a first sub-display and a second sub-display, with each sub-display displaying colors of particular categories or themes. The color display system can also include a central work center which can include a work table and rotating color display.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 18, 2014
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventors: Jacqueline L. Jordan, Paul D. Cobb, Sara B. Frisk, Matthew A. Stiffler, Shu Kuen Chang, Jeewon Jung, J. Randolph Plemel, John Grimley, Michelle Ha, Anastasios G. Karahalios
  • Publication number: 20150079547
    Abstract: Some implementations relate to an interior design display configured to help individuals select matching materials for interior design. While the display can include any suitable component, in some cases, it includes multiple style displays (wherein each style display includes information relating to a separate style of interior design) and a first and a second separate and moveable sample panel for each of the style displays. In such cases, the first and second separate and moveable sample panels for each of the style displays each includes design element samples corresponding to the style of interior design relating to the corresponding style display. Additionally, in some cases, all design element samples from the first sample panels for each of the style displays match with each other, and all design element samples from the second sample panels for each of the style displays match with each other. Other implementations are described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 16, 2014
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventor: Jay L. Moss
  • Patent number: 8858232
    Abstract: A device to three-dimensionally display colors of a color model is provided. The device includes a plurality of interconnected top panels. The top panels are arranged in a circle about a central axis to display primary, secondary and tertiary colors of the color model in a predetermined spatial relationship at the top surface of the device. The device further includes a plurality of interconnected side and bottom panels. Left and right surfaces of the side panels, the lower surfaces of the top panels and the upper surfaces of the bottom panels form the side surfaces of the device and display the primary, secondary and tertiary colors of the color model at the side surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Inventor: Heather H. Caverly
  • Publication number: 20140193782
    Abstract: The color education system for the visually impaired is a battery-powered device including a console having a plurality of color identification modules mounted on the top platform, each of the rectangular members being formed of a unique color and having a corresponding touchpad sensor mounted thereon. The touchpad sensor has a Braille inscription mounted thereon spelling the color of the rectangular member in Braille. The touchpad sensors are connected to a processor that identifies which touchpad has been touched by a user. A voice synthesizer connected to the processor is programmed to announce the color associated with the touchpad touched by the user. A speaker or headset is connected to the audio output of the voice synthesizer, thus allowing the user to hear the announced color. Each rectangular member also has a well defined therein, and a vial containing a pigment dye of the corresponding color disposed in the well.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 7, 2013
    Publication date: July 10, 2014
    Applicant: UMM AL-QURA UNIVERSITY
    Inventor: MERFAT SIRAJ OMAR SHIRBINI
  • Publication number: 20140170604
    Abstract: A coloring system and a manufacturing process for coloring artificial covering stones are provided. A board layout represents a board of artificial covering stones. Several natural stone color patterns are provided, each being different from one another. The natural stone color patterns are associated with selected artificial stones of the board layout. Graphic parameters represent the natural stone color and are converted into coloring instructions. A conveyor conveys the board of artificial covering stones, and a positioning system determines respective positions of the artificial covering stones of the board, relative to a reference position. An in-line coloring device colors the artificial covering stones with the natural stone patterns, according to the coloring instructions and to the positions of the artificial stones. The selected artificial stones colored by the system are thus different from other stones of the board, and have a distinct, natural random-look.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 19, 2012
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Applicant: OLDCASTLE BUILDING PRODUCTS CANADA INC.
    Inventors: Robert Daoust, Luciano Posada, Yves Chagnon
  • Publication number: 20140113256
    Abstract: A paint swatch test device includes a transparent or translucent substrate, such as a sheet of polymeric material, and a plurality of different primer coating patches on the substrate. The patches preferably form a grayscale series of neutral white and gray primer patches having stepwise increments in light reflectance values. The patches can also be provided on an opaque substrate. The color suitability and/or hiding power of a topcoat paint desired to be applied to a surface to be painted can be determined by coating the topcoat paint on at least a portion of a surface of the transparent or translucent substrate, providing a grayscale series of patches between the paint coating and the surface to be painted, and observing the appearance of the paint coating where patches are beneath the coating and where patches are not beneath the coating.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 30, 2013
    Publication date: April 24, 2014
    Applicant: TRUE HUE, LLC
    Inventors: JAMIE B. PELTZ, ROBERT F. GOLOWNIA
  • Publication number: 20140099608
    Abstract: Design 1: 2-Column structured Colour Chart on a horizontal (x-axis) and vertical (y-axis) showing harmony and complementary colours. In Design 4: 3-Column structured Colour Chart (y,x,z) and (z,y,x) structured as a protein molecule, showing harmony, complementary, triad and tetrad combinations. These charts have a unique system of numbering and viewing colour, unlike other conventional chronological colour sequencing charts. It enables a repetitive patterned sequence of family colour groups to alternate at various levels allowing all colours to lie adjacent to each other and be viewed simultaneously revealing their vibrating relationships. The layout and numbering system allows for development as a tangible chart or software application, where they can be programmed into sequences allowing many charts, colours, templates, relationships to be viewed. The templates consolidate colour for education while businesses/manufacturers can replace with their colours and codes and use as a colour planner.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 5, 2012
    Publication date: April 10, 2014
    Inventor: DIANE MARGARET CROMPTON
  • Patent number: 8681171
    Abstract: The method is for identifying and selecting a color or a combination of colors. A color sphere (200) is provided that has a first color pocket (238) defined between a first horizontal disc (202) and a second horizontal disc (208) and vertical inserts (212c, 212b) extending between the first horizontal disc and the second horizontal disc. The first horizontal disc has a plurality of organized first spectrum of color cells and the second horizontal disc has a plurality of organized second spectrum of color cells. The first spectrum is gradually lighter than the second spectrum and gradually more gray from a peripheral surface (209) towards an axial opening (232a) of the first horizontal disc and an axial opening (232b) of the second horizontal discs. A first color cell (236) is identified in a first pocket (238).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Inventor: Nicoline Kinch
  • Patent number: 8672680
    Abstract: A system and method of tactile relief stickers, decals or moldings to indicate object characteristics, for example to indicate object color. The system can include a plurality of stickers. Each sticker can have a first surface with a relief texture and a second surface opposite the first surface. Each sticker can also have a relief texture corresponding to a color according to a predetermined correspondence of one texture to one color. The second surface can have an adhesive applied thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Inventor: Dmitry Baklanov
  • Publication number: 20140045149
    Abstract: A color display fan deck which illustrates paint colors and a method for making the color display fan deck is described. The color display fan deck includes paper blades which has paint applied on each sized paper surface of each side of the blade. A plurality of planar swatch bearing blades is pivotally joined together at one end to form a deck or fan deck of paper blades painted on each side. The method includes sizing and painting a paper web on both sides with a water based paint having selected heat resistant pigments.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 5, 2013
    Publication date: February 13, 2014
    Inventor: Steven B. Winter
  • Patent number: 8616886
    Abstract: Described herein is a color display for cosmetics. The color display has a partially transparent flap with color swatches placed thereon, which allows the user to view a color as it may appear on their body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Inventor: Michael Clark
  • Patent number: 8593680
    Abstract: Embodiments herein include a method, service, apparatus, etc., that receives initial user input comprising natural language commands that identify the initial color selection. The method displays the initial color samples or patches corresponding to the initial color selection in a two-dimensional grid and receives additional user input comprising additional natural language commands and a refined axis selection. The embodiments herein revise the initial color selection to a revised color selection based on a color change magnitude, a color change direction, and a color change property. Then, this method matches the revised color selection to the computer program colors to produce refined matching colors. These refined matching colors are displayed as refined color samples or patches in the two-dimensional grid. The axes of the two-dimensional grid can correspond to the refined axis selection and the assigned names can also be displayed on the graphic user interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Geoffrey J. Woolfe, Robert R. Buckley, John C. Handley
  • Patent number: 8558843
    Abstract: A color sphere has a plurality of organized color cells. The color cells are gradually lighter from a bottom to a top. A first color cell is selected from the color sphere. Radial, horizontal peripheral, vertical peripheral directions are identified relative to the first color cell. The color cells of the sphere are organized so that they only match in the radial direction, horizontal peripheral direction and in the vertical peripheral direction. A second color cell is selected only when the second color cell is in selected direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Inventor: Nicoline Kinch
  • Patent number: 8553047
    Abstract: An image information processing system, which processes image information of a customer wearing products, includes: a customer information database, storing customer information in association with customer code information; and a product information database, enabling storage of product information, concerning the products that the customer wears, in association with order code information. Acquisition of the image information of the customer in the state of wearing products is enabled by a digital camera, and by means of a trial fitting catalog preparation process, a trial fitting catalog, in which the image information acquired by the digital camera unit are included with the customer code information of the customer, who wore the products, and the order code information on the products, is prepared and output by a printer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignee: Fuji Xerox Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masahiro Takamatsu, Satoshi Usui, Hitoshi Ogatsu
  • Publication number: 20130209969
    Abstract: A kit for visualizing to a consumer a whitening benefit provided by a cosmetic composition is provided. The kit comprises a control sample and a product sample, where each of the sample comprises a set of super absorbent polymer beads. The set of beads in the control sample are simultaneously or sequentially contacted with a control sample solution and a melanin generator, and the set of beads in the product sample are simultaneously or sequentially contacted with a product sample solution and a melanin generator. The control sample solution is free of whitening actives, and the product sample solution comprises one or more whitening actives. A method of visualizing to a consumer a whitening benefit provided by a cosmetic composition is also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 8, 2013
    Publication date: August 15, 2013
    Applicant: THE PROCTER & GAMBLE COMPANY
    Inventor: The Procter & Gamble Company
  • Patent number: 8510100
    Abstract: Methods and a system for a natural language control interface are provided to enable a user to modify various properties of a document. The modifications comprise building sentences from modification words, and combining them together in one display. The modifications are displayed in real time for a user to observe as they are inputted. The order of the modifications is managed by the user and is configured to be changed, added and/or removed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Brian R. Glass, Jeremy Griffith, Paul W. Philippi, Michael T. Stevens
  • Publication number: 20130189651
    Abstract: Draw down paint sample cards, methods of making draw down paint sample cards from fresh paint using draw down paint sample cards, and systems including draw down paint sample cards and draw down bars sized for use with the draw down paint sample cards. The draw down paint sample cards may include a first side perforated line adjacent to a first side edge, a second side perforated line adjacent to a second side edge, a bottom perforated line adjacent to a bottom edge, and optionally a top perforated line adjacent to a top edge. After application of a fresh paint sample to the draw down card using a draw down bar, the perforated lines allow one or more of the unpainted edges of the draw down paint sample card to be removed to create a final paint sample card with paint extending to one or more of the edges.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 23, 2012
    Publication date: July 25, 2013
    Applicant: The DILLON Group, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert Lloyd Dillon
  • Publication number: 20130084548
    Abstract: A device to three-dimensionally display colors of a color model is provided. The device includes a plurality of interconnected top panels. The top panels are arranged in a circle about a central axis to display primary, secondary and tertiary colors of the color model in a predetermined spatial relationship at the top surface of the device. The device further includes a plurality of interconnected side and bottom panels. Left and right surfaces of the side panels, the lower surfaces of the top panels and the upper surfaces of the bottom panels form the side surfaces of the device and display the primary, secondary and tertiary colors of the color model at the side surfaces.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 4, 2011
    Publication date: April 4, 2013
    Inventor: Heather H. Caverly
  • Publication number: 20130065201
    Abstract: Improved systems and methods using a border guide and/or border guide easel that enables art instruction in a relatively low cost and simple to use manner suitable for group or individual instruction of a relatively sophisticated nature. A scaled border guide preferably labeled with numbers and letters provides a virtual coordinate or reference system that enables artists to locate multiple random points on the surface to be painted. A physical grid or stencil or the like are not used on the artist's surface. The scaled border lines are used to define a virtual grid on the artist's working surface that may be used to indicate reference, points, positions, sizes and shapes for drawing or painting. Art instruction methods allow the teaching of drawing and painting in a more classical and relatively sophisticated style as compared to paint-by-numbers or grid art.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 9, 2011
    Publication date: March 14, 2013
    Inventors: Susan Mc Beth Pool, Alaina N. Pool Jones, Alan R. Loudermilk
  • Patent number: 8376748
    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: March 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Inventor: Julie K. Boney
  • Publication number: 20130029296
    Abstract: The invention includes educational methods, processes and kits which result in a memorabilia product having at least one memorabilia page having a complementary designated theme of a defined attraction, and at least one educational component complementary to the designated theme of the defined attraction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 14, 2010
    Publication date: January 31, 2013
    Inventors: Richard Petrovich, Kathryn Petrovich
  • Patent number: 8342844
    Abstract: A visual aid and process for demonstrating color formation including a plurality of panels in the form of pages bound in the manner of a book and a plurality of scripts. At least one of the panels includes a transparent window tinted a first color. At least another of the panels includes an image colored with a second color. The panel including the image is adjacent and in overlaid relation to the page including the transparent window and the transparent window is juxtaposed with the image, so as to allow viewing of the image through the transparent window, in an apparent third color. Each of the scripts is associated with a one of the panels, in one-to-one correspondence, and printed in the book so that a script and the associated panel may be perceived contemporaneously for providing information related to the formation of colors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Inventor: Elena M. Evans
  • Patent number: 8319788
    Abstract: An automated method and apparatus for providing color selection capability to a user wherein a first display is generated on a display apparatus of an array of color family groups disposed in a plurality of rows and a plurality of columns. Upon selection of a particular color family group, a second display is generated comprising an enlarged display of a particular selected color family group wherein, as the second display is generated, the array of color family groups of the first display dissolves while the particular selected color family group moves into a central enlarged position and a miniature version of the entire array of color family groups is displayed in a thumbnail navigation frame, located in a corner of the display screen. Various elements of a color family such as color stripe cards, color style cards, and sample chips may be selected and caused to appear via animation in a central enlarged position in the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: Behr Process Corporation
    Inventors: John Buzyn, Bernadette Irizarry, Doug Milsom, Damien Reynolds, Donna Une, Marc Webb
  • Patent number: 8294727
    Abstract: Keywords are appended to an image portion in one portion of a color image. In order to achieve this, a color bar is displayed on the color image, a color is designated by the position of a mark in the color bar, an image portion having the designated color is detected, a keyword table having keywords corresponding to the detected image portion is displayed, a desired keyword is selected from the displayed keyword table, and characters representing the selected keyword are displayed. Items of data representing the detected image portion, data representing the designated color and data representing the keyword are stored as metainformation in the image file of the color image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Assignee: Fujifilm Corporation
    Inventor: Toshita Hara
  • Publication number: 20120160130
    Abstract: A tinting system for producing a defined number of shades of a paint ready for use characterized by: (a) a dye set, (b) a color identification means, and (c) plurality of metering means for accommodating a shade component, and a brightening component. Each metering means being designed to manually meter the respective dye component and to exactly reproduce the number of shades defined by the color identification means.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 1, 2010
    Publication date: June 28, 2012
    Applicant: HEUBACH GMBH
    Inventor: Rainer Heubach
  • Publication number: 20120082960
    Abstract: Disclosed are manipulator devices for use in learning games, and kits utilizing the same. The manipulator devices my be a substantially elongated and flat body formed of flexible material and at least partially stuffed to resemble a bean bag. The body is adapted to be capable of manipulation between an unfolded position and a folded position, where the folded position conceals an identifiable attribute of the device selected from the group consisting of a number or a symbol. The kits may include three or more manipulator devices each having at least two attributes identifiable by children and allowing them to associate the plurality of devices into subsets according to shared types of these attributes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2011
    Publication date: April 5, 2012
    Inventors: Janice Z. Olsen, Emily F. Knapton
  • Publication number: 20120021387
    Abstract: Provided is a paint set that can allow optimal colors to be easily selected, mixed and arranged and, at the same time, can attain a learning effect about three attributes of colors or a hue circle even during work production. A plurality of chromatic color paints each having a hue are arranged circularly in a storage case to constitute a hue circle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 20, 2010
    Publication date: January 26, 2012
    Applicants: Kohoku Kogyo Co, Ltd, Yokama National University
    Inventors: Kunio Watanabe, Naoharu Ohsako, Yoshiaki Shimonaka
  • Patent number: 8089482
    Abstract: An assortment of color elements is grouped within a plurality of color families which are organized in accordance with a bi-radial circular color chart (FIG. 10-A) and a columnar chart (FIG. 11-A). Except for the neutral-gray color family, a pair of boundary-hues respectively defines the extent of acceptable hue variation within each group, resulting in an included range of hue within each color family, and an excluded range of hue in between neighboring color families. A color map (FIG. 17-A) serves as an index for matching system color elements to various color media and mixing formulas. Variant-hue charts enhance color comparison and selection within each main color family by displaying variations of all three color attributes, that is, value, saturation, and hue, within a single chart. Variant-hue charts also consolidate color elements into a compact format, and provide a graphical user interface for computer color selection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2012
    Inventor: Dale Axelrod
  • Publication number: 20110306021
    Abstract: The present disclosure is generally related to the device for displaying samples, which may comprise a first display panel, a lens set apart from the first display panel such that a viewer looking through the lens can obtain a focused image of the first display panel, a first opening in or on the display panel for a first generally planar color sample, said first color sample providing a background color, and a second opening for a second generally planar color sample, a second opening for a second generally planer color sample, said second opening configured to overlay said second color sample on a portion of the first color sample. A viewer can use the foregoing device to simulate the display of certain colors or floor materials for a space. Moreover, the viewer can select a desired color and/or floor material for the actual application to the space.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 10, 2009
    Publication date: December 15, 2011
    Inventor: Paul Mutimear
  • Patent number: 7934930
    Abstract: A self-contained paint color system and method is described comprising a handled carrying box, at least one container of a base color paint, a plurality of containers containing colored tints, and a “matchbook” styled booklet that incorporates coordinated and matching sheets and self-adhesive stickers. When utilizing this paint color selection system and method, a designer can create and select numerous colors utilizing a single kit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2011
    Assignee: Wall Makeup LLC
    Inventor: Kari Whitman
  • Publication number: 20110097691
    Abstract: A heuristic process for color formula calculation of pigmented shades matched to a target shade, comprising the steps of i) using suitable calibration scales to compile an effect matrix for each of the ingredients included in a coloring system, determining the optical materials parameters of the target shade, iii) selecting a suitable starting formula, iv) determining the color difference between the starting formula and the target shade, v) calculating a first matched color formula while taking account of the effect matrices, vi) repeating steps iv) and v) until an acceptable remaining color difference is reached, wherein the effect matrices are continually updated with shade-relevant information during ongoing operation, achieves an improvement on the existing processes for shade formula calculation, not only in terms of reducing the number of tinting steps needed but also in terms of minimizing the remaining color difference.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 13, 2008
    Publication date: April 28, 2011
    Applicant: BASF COATINGS AG
    Inventors: Christian Bornemann, Heiner Cloppenburg, Carlos Vignolo, Jürgen Lohmann, Stuart Kendall Scott
  • Publication number: 20100196860
    Abstract: An educational tool for teaching a user, the tool including at least one first member having a plurality of different visual cues, at least one second member associated with the at least one first member, the at least one second member having a plurality of indicia, each indicia corresponding to at least one visual cue on the at least one first member, wherein indicia of the at least one second member are used in increasing levels of difficulty, to trigger the user to associate and identify indicia on the at least one second member with a corresponding visual cue on the at least one first member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 2, 2008
    Publication date: August 5, 2010
    Inventor: Jan Louise Donzow
  • Patent number: 7758347
    Abstract: The hair color simulation system for simulating a dyed hair color that results from dyeing hair with a mixture of two hair color preparations includes a base screen with a first through fifth layers and an intermediate layer. The first through fifth layers and the intermediate layer are superimposed over one another so as to display a simulated hair color that is produced when the first hair line, the second hair line, the colors of the two hair color preparations and the original hair color are displayed on the layers with respective transparencies and superimposed over each other. The RGB values of the superimposed colors produced by the two hair color preparations and the original hair color are stored in data storage sections. Input sections receive choices of the two hair color preparations and a mixing ratio for the simulation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2010
    Assignee: Wella AG
    Inventor: Daisuke Sasaki
  • Publication number: 20100039444
    Abstract: According to one example embodiment described herein is a method of notating a color that includes determining, using predetermined mathematical equations and in dependence on numerical color attributes that identify a color, a plurality of numerical color emotion values each representative of a different human emotional response to the color; and assigning an identifying notation to the color, the identifying notation comprising a color emotion notation that includes the color emotion values.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 2, 2009
    Publication date: February 18, 2010
    Inventors: Li-Chen Ou, Ming Ronnier Luo, Patrick Tak Fu Chong, Carl Minchew
  • Publication number: 20100032898
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a picture puzzle kit for enabling a user to color a picture puzzle using symbols representing different colors. The picture puzzle kit comprises puzzle pieces and a color chart. The puzzle pieces, made of plastic, cardboard, or a wooden material, comprise portions of a picture and symbols corresponding to different colors. The picture may be of different designs. The color chart displays different colors with corresponding symbols for the colors. The picture puzzle kit may further comprise a base for supporting the puzzle pieces. The puzzle pieces may be linked to assemble the picture. The puzzle pieces may be linked by interlocking the puzzle pieces or by placing the puzzle pieces adjacent to one another. The picture puzzle kit may further comprise coloring tools to enable the user to color the puzzle pieces using symbols representing the different colors displayed on the color chart.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 8, 2008
    Publication date: February 11, 2010
    Inventor: Anita Jane Gearty
  • Patent number: 7641474
    Abstract: One aspect of the present invention provides a method for systematically arranging paint color samples for convenient browsing and identification of desired colors by shoppers. Paint color sample cards are arranged on a two-dimensional display surface such that colors of similar hue are categorized or grouped together (e.g., along a column). Groups of paint color sample cards having different base hue or color are arranged such that there is a gradual transition between paint colors from one region to the next region. For instance, the colors of sample cards may gradually change from column to column across a two-dimensional display. Additionally, within each color group, paint color sample cards are arranged from most chromatic to least chromatic colors. Another aspect of the invention provides for accent color sample cards to be displayed adjacent to the various base color groups.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2010
    Assignee: Behr Process Corporation
    Inventor: Mary Rose Rice
  • Patent number: 7589739
    Abstract: There is provided a color evaluating method of an image display device, which evaluates colors displayed by the image display device, including: displaying an image evaluation image, in which a plurality of color regions corresponding to a pixel or a plurality of pixels of the image display device and each having one of a plurality of colors is included and, among the plurality of color regions, at least one color region and at least one other color region having a color similar to that of the one color region are arranged to be adjacent to each other, on the image display device; and evaluating the colors displayed by the image display device based on picked-up image data obtained by picking up the color evaluation image displayed by the image display device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2009
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Hiroshi Hasegawa
  • Patent number: 7572126
    Abstract: The present invention provides an innovating and unique oil painting method called “Flowing Colors”. The novel method blends painting oil with water-soluble materials to achieve accurate images as well as colorful dynamics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2009
    Inventor: Bihua Liu
  • Patent number: 7563098
    Abstract: A self-contained paint color system and method is described comprising a handled carrying box, at least one container of a base color paint, a plurality of containers containing colored tints, and a “matchbook” styled booklet that incorporates coordinated and matching sheets and self-adhesive stickers. When utilizing this paint color selection system and method, a designer can create and select numerous colors utilizing a single kit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2009
    Assignee: Wall Makeup LLC
    Inventor: Kari Whitman
  • Patent number: 7561735
    Abstract: A color matching and coordinating reference system for use by manufacturers and consumers of goods includes assigning a unique identification code for each of a plurality of colors. The identification code includes color family indicia, color value indicia, and color selector device indicia. Preferably, each color is assigned a unique color name as well. Manufacturers utilizing the system label or otherwise associate each good with the identification code for each color used therewith to assist the consumer in matching and coordinating colors. Color selector devices and tables can be used by the consumer or manufacturer in finding matching colors or coordinating/complimentary color combinations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2009
    Assignee: K1C2, LLC
    Inventors: Susan Levin, Gloria Tracy
  • Patent number: 7502033
    Abstract: An assortment of color elements is grouped within a plurality of color families which are organized in accordance with a circular color chart (FIG. 10A) and a columnar chart (FIG. 11-A). Except for the neutral-gray color family, a pair of boundary-hues respectively defines the extent of acceptable hue variation within each group, resulting in an included range of hue within each color family, and an excluded range of hue in between neighboring color families. Variant-hue charts enhance color comparison and selection within each main color family by displaying contrasting variations of all three color attributes, that is, value, saturation, and hue, within a single chart. Variant-hue charts also consolidate color elements into a compact format, and provide a graphical user interface for computer color selection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2009
    Inventor: Dale Axelrod
  • Patent number: 7486300
    Abstract: A method and system to provide a color palette which facilitates user selection of web-safe colors. In laying out the color palette, the extent of achromatic colors located within the color palette is determined. The achromatic colors are then arranged in one group on the palette, for instance in order of lightest to darkest. The non web-safe chromatic colors are then grouped together. From this grouping blends of the colors are created. Finally, the web-safe chromatic colors are grouped together. Blends with respect to the web-safe chromatic colors are created and then grouped on the color palette.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2009
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Brian Rose
  • Publication number: 20090017425
    Abstract: A color chip for mounting on a color card includes a chip substrate having a top surface and a bottom surface, a printed area including text disposed on the bottom surface of the chip substrate, and an adhesive coating on the bottom surface of the chip substrate. A color card assembly includes a color card having a front surface, a plurality of color chips mounted to the front surface of the color card, wherein each of the color chips includes a chip substrate having a top surface and a bottom surface. An adhesive coating is used to couple the bottom surface of each of the color chips to the color card, and an uncoated portion is disposed in an outer peripheral area between the bottom surface of each of the color chips and the color card, wherein the uncoated portion is not coated with the adhesive coating.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 1, 2008
    Publication date: January 15, 2009
    Applicant: COLWELL INDUSTRIES, INC.
    Inventor: Donald Sylvester Woelfel
  • Publication number: 20080299521
    Abstract: A colour display system for aiding the selection and combination of colours in colour scheming is described, wherein the system comprises an array (10) of colour sample elements (12) each of a respective colour, the elements being grouped in discrete blocks (14) according to hue, chromaticity and lightness; the colour sample elements of each block all have colours which are within a hue range respective to that block and which have predetermined chromaticity and lightness properties associated with that block (14); the blocks are arranged in at least 3 parallel lines (16) according to their associated chromaticity and lightness properties such that all of the blocks in each line have similar or the same respective associated chromaticity and lightness properties; each line contains M blocks (where 6?M?12) which are arranged in a hue range sequence along the line; within each block the colour sample elements are arranged in a series of hue increments in the direction of the said lines and corresponding to the
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 2, 2005
    Publication date: December 4, 2008
    Inventors: Celia Taylor, Mary Ward
  • Publication number: 20080003547
    Abstract: Embodiments herein include a method, service, apparatus, etc., that receives initial user input comprising natural language commands that identify the initial color selection. The method displays the initial color samples or patches corresponding to the initial color selection in a two-dimensional grid and receives additional user input comprising additional natural language commands and a refined axis selection. The embodiments herein revise the initial color selection to a revised color selection based on a color change magnitude, a color change direction, and a color change property. Then, this method matches the revised color selection to the computer program colors to produce refined matching colors. These refined matching colors are displayed as refined color samples or patches in the two-dimensional grid. The axes of the two-dimensional grid can correspond to the refined axis selection and the assigned names can also be displayed on the graphic user interface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 13, 2007
    Publication date: January 3, 2008
    Inventors: Geoffrey J. Woolfe, Robert R. Buckley, John C. Handley
  • Patent number: 7226290
    Abstract: A portable aesthetic component comparison system is provided with a support base, a work surface, a post, and a plurality of carriers. The work surface is provided on the support base. The post is supported by the support base centrally of the work surface. The plurality of carriers are each configured to support at least one aesthetic component, each carrier having an aperture configured to be received over the post for pivotal positioning of one aesthetic component relative to another aesthetic component atop the work surface. A method is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2007
    Inventor: Mary Nickol
  • Patent number: 7180524
    Abstract: An assortment of color elements is grouped within a plurality of color families which are organized in accordance with a circular color chart (FIG. 10-A) and a columnar chart (FIG. 11-A). Except for the neutral-gray color family, a pair of boundary-hues respectively defines the extent of acceptable hue variation within each group, resulting in an included range of hue within each color family, and an excluded range of hue in between neighboring color families. Variant-hue charts enhance color comparison and selection within each main color family by displaying contrasting variations of all three color attributes, that is, value, saturation, and hue, within a single chart. Variant-hue charts also consolidate color elements into a compact format, and provide a graphical user interface for computer color selection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2007
    Inventor: Dale Axelrod