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Title: US5407391: Negative bust illusion and related method
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Country: US United States of America

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Inventor: Monroe, Marshall M.; Glendale, CA
Redmann, William G.; Simi Valley, CA

Assignee: The Walt Disney Company, Burbank, CA
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Published / Filed: 1995-04-18 / 1993-05-14

Application Number: US1993000062305

IPC Code: Advanced: F21V 8/00;
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IPC-7: A63J 5/02;

ECLA Code: G02B6/00L6P;

U.S. Class: Current: 472/061; 472/070;
Original: 472/061; 472/070;

Field of Search: 472/061,63,137,70,57

Priority Number:
1993-05-14  US1993000062305

Abstract:     A negative bust illusion is formed of a surface (representing a negative of an object) that presents a concave side to viewers to generate an illusion that the object always gazes at viewers as they move within an enlarged field of view. The negative bust is analogous to a mold of the object, with its depth flattened to impart a wider effective range the illusion. The rigid shell has a cavity that defines the bust and is formed of a thin, translucent styrene material such that rear projection is readily imparted to the convex side for imparting animation to the gaze effect.

Attorney, Agent or Firm: Pretty, Schroeder, Brueggemann & Clark ;

Primary / Asst. Examiners: Friedman, Carl D.; Aubrey, Beth A.

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First Claim:
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We claim:     1. An apparatus for providing the illusion that a bust of a face portion of a head continues to gaze upon a viewer who moves past the head in a path extending through an angle originating at the bust, said apparatus comprising:
  • a rigid shell framed by a horizontal and vertical framing plane, said rigid shell defining a cavity extending into a depth direction perpendicular to said plane away from the viewer, said cavity shaped to define a negative, three dimensional contour of the face portion of the head;
  • wherein said shell is composed of a thin, at least partially translucent material that is a rear projection surface, such that images projected upon a convex side of said cavity are visible to the viewer, who views a concave side facing the predetermined path; and,
  • a projection device that projects images upon said convex side.

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Get PDF - 3pp US4094501  1978-06 Burnett   Illusion apparatus
Get PDF - 11pp US4971312  1990-11 Weinreich   Illusion apparatus
Get PDF - 7pp US5291297  1994-03 Steinmeyer   Illustion creating apparatus comprising a housing and a CRT
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Foreign References: None

Other Abstract Info: DERABS C1995-169038 DERABS C1995-169038

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