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Title: US5159362: Dimensional transformation system and related method of creating visual effects
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Country: US United States of America

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Inventor: Monroe, Marshall M.; Glendale, CA
Adamson, William G.; Pacoima, CA

Assignee: The Walt Disney Company, Burbank, CA
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Published / Filed: 1992-10-27 / 1992-01-30

Application Number: US1992000830119

IPC Code: Advanced: G03B 21/00; G03B 21/56;
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IPC-7: G03B 21/32;

U.S. Class: Current: 352/085; 352/043; 352/047; 352/048; 352/052; 352/086; 352/087; 352/089; 359/446;
Original: 352/085; 352/086; 352/087; 352/089; 352/043; 352/047; 352/048; 352/052; 359/446;

Field of Search: 352/085,86,87,89,43,47,48,52,54 359/446

Priority Number:
1992-01-30  US1992000830119

Abstract: A dimensional transformation apparatus and related method for creating visual effects for use in live and prerecorded entertainment. The system engages an elastic projection screen with a three-dimensional object that corresponds to visual effects to be projected. By application of vacuum between the screen and the object, the screen is conformed in skintight relation to the features of the three dimensional object. An actuator, which includes a pneumatic piston, motivates the three-dimensional object to selectively engage and disengage the projection screen, and may be sequenced with projected animation corresponding to the three-dimensional object so as to create multi-dimensional special effects. A control mechanism, including a computer and timing system, digitally controls and sequences projection, dimensional transformation of the screen and background lighting and sound effects.

Primary / Asst. Examiners: Hayes, Monroe H.;

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I claim:     1. A dimensional transformation apparatus comprising:
  • an elastic screen;
  • a frame having an opening, said frame supporting said screen in a taut, planar condition extending across said opening,
  • a three-dimensional object;
  • supporting means for supporting said frame and said object for relative movement between
    • an extended position in which said object extends at least partially through said opening to deform said screen whereby elastic forces caused by the deformation of said screen draw it in skintight conforming relation over underlying portions of said object with which it is in contact, and
    • a withdrawn position in which said object does not extend through said opening;
  • moving means connected with said supporting means for causing relative motion of said object and said frame between said extended and withdrawn positions; and differential pressure means connected with said supporting means for applying pressure against the side of said screen opposite said object, thereby assisting elastic forces in drawing said screen against said object.


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