Combined Patents (Class 84/95.2)
  • Publication number: 20120204701
    Abstract: A music box having an easily removable electronic movement. The easily interchangeable nature of the movement allows consumers to easily combine a desired music box configuration with an electronic movement that plays a desired musical tune. It also allows a consumer to purchase multiple movements to thereby allow the consumer to periodically change the musical tune played by the music box.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 7, 2012
    Publication date: August 16, 2012
    Inventor: Mark Timm
  • Patent number: 7749044
    Abstract: A manually operated air-driven music box which will generate music at a relatively constant tempo as a user moves the music box back and fourth in opposite directions through the air. The music box has a rotatable drum cylinder to activate tone arms. A first propeller on one end of a drive axle and a second propeller on an opposite end of the drive axle rotate the drive axle as the music box is moved through the air. A gear mechanism for the drive axle rotates the drum cylinder in the same direction as the drive axle is rotated by the propellers. The first propeller is constructed to rotate in a counterclockwise direction and the second propeller is constructed to rotate in a clockwise direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2010
    Inventor: Harald Herglotz
  • Patent number: 6960711
    Abstract: An inventive structure of the reduction device of the spring driving musical movement comprises a musical movement base, a gear fixed base, a step spur gear, a bilateral gear and a friction unit; wherein the gear fixed base, formed from project plastic material, installs with a locating hole, two parallel concave grooves and a right-side bilateral gear installing groove thereon; and rivets with the musical movement base in a fixed position by the locating hole. After said step spur gear separately parallelizes in said parallel concave groove, said right-side bilateral gear installing groove and a left-side bilateral gear installing groove on the musical movement base were separately installed with a bilateral gear. And said friction unit locates on the musical movement base to make a worm thereon mutually and vertically engages with a left-side gear of the bilateral gear, to become a spring driving musical movement reduction device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2005
    Assignee: Kyooh Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Lung-Hsi Huang
  • Patent number: 6936757
    Abstract: There is provided a performance apparatus that is capable of reducing mechanical noise by a simple construction. Rotary picks are disposed in the vicinity of and in association with respective ends of a plurality of reeds, and four driving nails are formed integrally with outer peripheries of the rotary picks. A hook part is attached to the top of a plunger, and they make reciprocating motions together. The rotary pick is rotated by a driving force applied to the driving nail thereof from an engaging part formed by a lower end of the corresponding hook part. When the driving nail located symmetrically to the driving nail having received the driving force plucks the corresponding reed, the reed is sounded. The hook part is almost completely covered with a cushioning member formed of an elastic material such as rubber to absorb an impact that may occur when the driving nail of the rotary pick comes into contact with the hook part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2005
    Assignee: Yamaha Corporation
    Inventors: Shigeru Muramatsu, Yasutoshi Kaneko
  • Patent number: 6858789
    Abstract: A music box includes daisy reed wheels, the reeds of which are respectively associated with player's fingers, and the player's fingers are selectively energized for plucking the reeds for generating tones; the reeds of the daisy reed wheels form reed groups respectively assigned to tones, and a controller selects reeds from the reed groups in such a manner that any one of the reeds of each group is not plucked with the player's finger, whereby the controller prevents the vibrating reeds from the plucking.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2005
    Assignee: Yamaha Corporation
    Inventors: Shigeru Muramatsu, Tatsuya Makino
  • Patent number: 6588585
    Abstract: A musical presentation and storage box having a display pedestal mounted directly below a door located on the top of the box, a sound (music) module for playing various songs or spoken words, and a mechanism for presenting and storing jewelry or other objects. The device is comprised of an enclosure with an internal pedestal that can be raised and lowered by an internal mechanism comprised of a motor and a rack-and-pinion means for sequentially opening and closing the display door and raising and lowering the display pedestal. Additionally, an internal sound module is provided for playing music or speaking descriptive words while an object is displayed. An activation switch is used for displaying and/or storing the object. In use, when a button is pressed, music plays and in sequence the door opens and the pedestal rises, thereby displaying the jewelry or other object. When the button is pressed again, the pedestal lowers, the door shuts, and the music stops.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2003
    Inventor: Doris Allen-Carpenter
  • Patent number: 6576821
    Abstract: A music box transmitting mechanism for a music box includes a bottom rotating member rotating in one direction and a top rotating member having an inner rotatable member rotating in a direction opposite to that of the bottom rotating member. Furthermore, a transmitting member acting on the music box can transmit the kinetic energy from the power device to the inner rotatable member at a long distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2003
    Inventor: Yu-Kai Chen
  • Patent number: 6531650
    Abstract: A musical toy with electrical generator is composed a base, a musical set, a string roll, and a cover. The musical set comprises a coil base with a coil at the bottom portion, and a magnet on a spindle of the musical set. When the spindle spins, the magnet spins simultaneously with respect to the coil, thus generates electrical power to activate lighting devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2003
    Assignee: Far Great Plastics Industrial Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Ting-Hsing Chen
  • Patent number: 6469236
    Abstract: Disclosed is an ornamental display assembly which includes a base, first and second coaxially arranged support members, a common drive mechanism mounted on the base and coupled to the first and second coaxially arranged support members, wherein the drive mechanism includes a music box mechanism and a rotating device, a first ornament supported and driven by the first support member, and a second ornament coupled with the second support member. When the common drive mechanism is actuated, the first support member is rotated by the rotating device while the second support member is rotated by the drive mechanism, thereby respectively causing the first and second ornaments to rotate in different manners.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2002
    Inventor: Yu-Kai Chen
  • Patent number: 6427368
    Abstract: A device that will enable the decoration on a music box to sway front and back while it moves up and down, particularly to a type of device that will enable the decoration on a music box to sway to front and back while it moves up and down. It is mainly composed of a base on which is a first motor that will turn the spring plates of the music wheel to produce music, a gear set that is driven by a second motor, a propping post piercing a ball collar and a ring cover and a top cover; when the second motor drives the gear set and the driving wheel to rotate, the propping post will move up and down in the through hole of the ball collar, and the ball collar will sway to front and back inside the ring collar, so that the movement of the wooden horse will be more realistic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2002
    Assignee: Ya Yung Enterprise Co., LTD
    Inventor: Shin-Ya Yang
  • Publication number: 20020096607
    Abstract: A tooth brush holder having a base plate, a rotating cover, and a receptacle therein for receiving a tooth brush. The cover has at least one opening in alignment with the receptacle. The base plate includes facilities for closing the receptacle when the tooth brush is removed so that the user cannot replace the tooth brush until a predetermined time has elapsed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 19, 2002
    Publication date: July 25, 2002
    Inventor: Peter Strunk
  • Patent number: 6398618
    Abstract: A toy consists of a base, a cap and a toy model. The base has stationary wheels and a movable wheel located on the bottom section thereof. The movable wheel may be driven through a gear set by battery power for moving the base around. The cap has a hollow casing located on the top section to house a motor that is driven by a battery for rotating the cap through another gear set. The base has an arched gear rack located on the top surface. By way of an elastic element and a lever to couple with the gear sets and arched gear rack, the cap may be moved to the left and right, and rotated positively and reversely to generate a wide variety of simulative motions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2002
    Inventor: Wen-Long Wu
  • Patent number: 6386940
    Abstract: A motion toy transmission mechanism includes a bottom plate, a clockwork-driven musical box fixedly mounted on the bottom plate, the clockwork-driven musical box having a clockwork shaft and a handle fixedly fastened to the clockwork shaft and spaced below the bottom plate for turning by hand to fasten up the clockwork of the musical box, a drive gear fixedly mounted on the output shaft of the musical box, a driven gear mounted on the bottom plate and meshed with the drive gear; a rotary disk supported on the bottom plate and rotated by the driven gear upon releasing of the clockwork of the musical box, the rotary disk having an internal gear meshed with the driven gear, and a pressure member mounted on the bottom plate and spaced around the musical box to guide rotary motion of the rotary disk.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2002
    Inventor: Chao Chang Chang
  • Patent number: 6361394
    Abstract: A lollipop holder simulative of other objects encourages sanitary behaviors with animated responses generated by use of the holder. The holder includes a storage compartment for partly used lollipops and a drawer for holding garbage, such as wrappers and sticks. An animated response is generated by opening and closing the compartment and drawer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2002
    Inventor: Gloria Maida
  • Patent number: 6329580
    Abstract: A decorative display device comprising figurines arranged in tiered first and second scenes, one scene being placed above the other. Each of the upper and lower tier scenes is coupled to a wind-up drive and music box mechanism and when rotated appears to be in synchronization with the music. The rotatable and music synchronized scenes are more noticeable and aesthetically pleasing and, thus, provide a more interesting display. The upper and lower tier scenes may rotate simultaneously, at different speeds (but in the same direction), in opposite directions, in opposite directions at different speeds, or one scene may rotate while the other scene remains stationary.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 1999
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2001
    Assignee: Mercuries Asia Ltd.
    Inventor: Douglas E. DeVivo
  • Patent number: 6323404
    Abstract: A music box device whose constitution member is put together into a unit is provided. A pedestal housing 36 for storing therein a spring 38 as well as a pedestal 30 for supporting a spring gear 58 and speed increasing gear trains 32, and 33 of a governor mechanism 24 are formed with synthetic resin mould to be united therewith. A rotating shaft of the speed increasing gear train 32 of the governor mechanism 24 and a rotating shaft 26 of the governor rotating body 25 are supported in cooperation with the pedestal 30 and a spring storage box 36, thus a spring power source unit supplying controlled stable rotating output is constituted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2001
    Assignee: Sankyo Seiki Mfg. Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Katsuhiko Hayashi
  • Patent number: 6300548
    Abstract: A music timer comprises a timing unit, a music box unit and its mounting frame, a music control wheel (29) that has a gap (291) along its edge is driven to rotate by a driving gear through rotary axis of the driving spring of the timing unit; one end (3a) of a brake rod (3) always abuts against the edge of said music control wheel (29) and the other end (3b) extends into the damping mechanism of the music box unit to activate it when the end (3a) abuts against the non-gap places on said music control wheel, whereas when the end (3a) sinks into the gap (291) of said music control wheel, the end (3b) then departs from the damping mechanism of the music box unit, thus producing no influence on its movement. The present invention enables the timer to produce pleasant and lasting music at the end of the timing. Moreover, through the scientific spatial arrangement of the present invention, and the projected cross section of the device is much smaller than the sum of those of the timer and the music box unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2001
    Assignee: Ningbo Yunsheng (Group) Co., LTD
    Inventors: Yunde Zhu, Wei Wang
  • Patent number: 6291749
    Abstract: A musical movement in which a drum has a series of pins that engage the reeds of a vibration plate to play a tune. The movement includes a cam disk which rotates with the drum. A switch is activated by the cam to energize a circuit for flashing a plurality of lights in pseudo-synchronism with the music played by the musical movement. In that way, the distinctive sound of a mechanical musical movement is combined with efficient, computer controlled flashes from light emitting diodes or high intensity micro incandescents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2001
    Assignee: Kao Mei International, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard C. F. Tseng
  • Patent number: 6268554
    Abstract: A comb mounting apparatus for a music box includes a frame, a plurality of musical combs, an actuator drum, and a comb mount assembly, wherein the comb mount assembly includes a base mount, a middle mount and a top mount for mounting, securing and positioning the musical combs relative to the drum actuator so that each musical comb is musically activated by the drum actuator to produce a duet. Further modification divides the middle mount into an upper middle mount and a lower middle mount to allow for additional musical combs to be mounted. Another modification of the comb mounting apparatus utilizes a first comb mount assembly and a second comb mount assembly, and this structure can be further modified to form a comb mounting arch. The invention provides a means for mounting a plurality of musical combs so that the combs may play a duet while minimizing space requirements and construction costs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2001
    Inventor: Wesley Scott Ashton
  • Patent number: 6262352
    Abstract: A music bell controlling device of a pearl box comprises a controlling device, a rotary shaft, and a gear set, etc. The gear set is installed between the bottom and base of the music bell. An elastomer is installed at the upper end of the longitudinal axis of the rotary shaft; a base end of the rotary shaft passes through the through hole to combine with the gear set. The upper end of the rotary axis is swingable. The longitudinal axis of the rotary shaft passes through the controlling device; and swinging of the rotary shaft will drive the controlling device to shift so that the controlling device confines the rotation of the music bell flywheel. As the upper cover of the pearl box is closed, the upper cover will drive the rotary axis to shift to a predetermined direction so that the swingable rod of the control device will shift. Thus, the swingable rod contact with the flywheel of music box, and thus, the music bell stops.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2001
    Inventor: Jack Liu
  • Patent number: 6204439
    Abstract: A transmission mechanism for a music box having a plurality of ornaments coupled thereon includes a driving mechanism having a rotary wheel with an eccentric rod and disposed in the music box, a first support mounted in the music box and having a through hole, a connection rod having two opposite ends, a first elongated support member inserted through the through hole of the first support, secured on the first support and having one end coupled with an ornament and the other end secured on one end of the connection rod, a coupler having a first end connected with the other end of the connection rod and a second end coupled with the eccentric rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2001
    Inventor: Yu-Kai Chen
  • Patent number: 6174215
    Abstract: A double deck rotational music box includes a base, a musical kit, a seal cap and a rotational upper cap. A spring knob is located above the base and engages the upper cap. Through turning a spindle and the spring knob, the upper cap and the ornament of the music box may rotate in opposite directions concurrently to produce novel visual and audio amusement effects. The spring knob may be turned easily and safely without turning over the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2001
    Inventor: Barry Shih
  • Patent number: 6172286
    Abstract: A transmission structure for simulating actions of a cradle is disclosed. The transmission structure comprises a frame, gears, a slidable seat, and other components. The frame is fixed above a music bell. A driving gear is installed at the groove of the frame; and a transmission gear is installed between the lower portion of the frame and the teeth of the roller. The driving gear is engaged with the transmission gear. A slidable seat is installed at the upper surface of the frame. The notch of the slidable seat is at the pin position of the driving gear. By the aforesaid structure, as the transmission gear is driven by a music bell, the slidable seat is pushed by the pin of the driving gear so as to move straightly and repeatedly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2001
    Inventor: Jack Liu