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Lighted display devices for producing static or animated visual displays, including animated facial features

United States Patent

February 11, 2014
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An illuminated display device with a base member with a plurality of cavities therein. Illumination devices illuminate the cavities and emit light through an opening of the cavities in a pattern, and a speaker can emit sounds in synchronization with the pattern. A panel with translucent portions can overly the base member and the cavities. An animated talking character can have an animated mouth cavity complex with multiple predetermined mouth lighting configurations simulative of human utterances. The cavities can be open, or optical waveguide material or positive members can be disposed therein. Reflective material can enhance internal reflectance and light emission.
Heilbron; Valerie J. (Albuquerque, NM), Clem; Paul G. (Albuquerque, NM), Cook; Adam Wade (Albuquerque, NM)
12/ 907,692
October 19, 2010
GOVERNMENT LICENSE RIGHTS STATEMENT This invention was made with government supported under DE-AC04-94AL85000 awarded by the Sandia Corporation and the U.S. Department of Energy. The U.S. Government has a paid-up license in this invention and the right in limited circumstances to require the patent owner to license others on reasonable terms.