Title:
Window shade with educational displays
Kind Code:
A1


Abstract:
Window shades with educational displays on their inside the room surfaces for educational or business classrooms are provided with various subject materials such as an earth globe and a list of the seven continents for school children or a human anatomy for adults in their working environment.



Inventors:
Riley, Renee T. (Chicago, IL, US)
Riley, Crystal R. (Chicago, IL, US)
Application Number:
11/060798
Publication Date:
04/13/2006
Filing Date:
02/18/2005
Primary Class:
International Classes:
A47G5/02; E06B9/24; G09B19/00; G09B25/00
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Primary Examiner:
BRADFORD, CANDACE L
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
Richard C. Litman (Nath, Goldberg & Meyer 112 S. West Street, Alexandria, VA, 22314, US)
Claims:
We claim:

1. A window shade with educational displays, comprising: a windable window shade having an interior surface; an educational indicia imprinted on said interior surface; and said educational indicia intended for people selected from the group consisting of students and business people; whereby passing by people will be further educated.

2. The window shade with educational displays according to claim 1, wherein the passing people are students in the range of preschool to twelfth grade.

3. The window shade with educational displays according to claim 1, wherein said educational indicia is imprinted on the lower portion of said interior surface.

Description:

CROSS-REFERENCE TO RELATED APPLICATION

This application claims the benefit of U.S. Provisional Patent Application Ser. No. 60/545,479, filed Feb. 19, 2004.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

1. Field of the Invention

The present invention relates generally to window shades, and more specifically, window shades having educational displays.

2. Description of the Related Art

The related art of interest describes various window shades, but does not disclose the present invention for instructing school children in various topics. There is a need for the utilization of school window shades to feature educational material to remind students and to exercise their memories. The relevant art of interest will be discussed in the order of perceived relevance to the present invention.

U.S. patent application Publication No. US 2003/0080231 A1 published on May 1, 2003, for James T. Lowder describes a retractable magnetic sheet comprising a retractable magnetic sheet on a window rod. The device is distinguishable for requiring a magnetic sheet upon which can hold magnets.

U.S. patent application Publication No. US 2003/0136528 A1 published on Jul. 24, 2003, for Steven B. Dunn describes a sun shade for vehicles comprising a vehicle window mountable device having a drum housing a flexible, weblike shade element in three different extended positions. Indicia such as a map of the United States or a surface on which to play tic-tac-toe are some examples. The apparatus is distinguishable for requiring a vehicle mountable window shade extendable in only three positions.

U.S. Pat. No. 6,070,639 issued on Jun. 6, 2000, to Harold M. Winston et al. describes a window shade assembly comprising a main opaque shade and one or more translucent shades, all on rollers, are capable of being individually drawn and retracted. The translucent shades have patterns or figures to cast patterns into the inner space. The apparatus is distinguishable for requiring multiple translucent shades.

U.S. Design Pat. No. US D475,005 S issued on May 27, 2003, to George B. Grijalva describes an ornamental vehicle window shade comprising double shades with figures of children.

The ornamental shades are distinguishable for requiring a set of two separated shades.

U.S. Design Pat. No. US D438,743 S issued on Mar. 13, 2001, to Leonard Trogolo et al. describes an ornamental decorated window shade illustrating a decorated Christmas tree with presents underneath. The ornamental window shade is distinguishable for requiring a Christmas tree decoration.

U.S. Design Pat. No. 426,738 issued on Jun. 20, 2000, to Amy Goodwin describes an ornamental design for a window shade with dashed figures of planes, boats, trains, planes, and the like. The ornamental window shade is distinguishable for requiring figures for display out a window.

U.S. Design Pat. No. Des. 415,382 issued on Oct. 19, 1999, to Patricia Walker describes a window shade ornamented with a kitten on a pile of three alphabet blocks A, B and C.

The ornamental window shade is distinguishable for requiring an animal on alphabet marked blocks.

U.S. Design Pat. No. Des. 343,323 issued on Jan. 18, 1994,to Robert L. Smith, Sr. describes a decorated window blind having slats with a figure of a clothed duck. The window blind is distinguishable for requiring an ornamental window blind having a duck figure on its slats.

U.S. Pat. No. 276,152 issued on Apr. 24, 1883, to Andrew Barrickle describes an opaque window shade having a stamped, painted or stenciled design proximate its lower edge. The window shade is distinguishable for requiring a stamped, painted or stenciled design.

U.S. Pat. No. 475,005 issued on May 17, 1892, to William N. Winfield describing an exhibiting device comprising a supporting frame having an apertured casing and a spring-roller located at the bottom edge of the casing. Two belts are concentrically wound the roller, wherein one belt extends above and the other belt extends below. The upper belt is attached to a spring-roller. A rolled sheet extends below the device. The device is distinguishable for requiring an apertured casing.

U.S. Pat. No. 1,997,484 issued on Apr. 9, 1935, to Henry H. Collins describes a decorated window shade comprising an ornamental translucent window shade decorated at its bottom. The window shade is distinguishable for requiring a translucent

U.S. Pat. No. 3,205,118 issued on Sep. 7, 1965, to Samuel Guffan describes decorative window shades comprising the insertion of a decorative sheet between pliable transparent sheets. The device is distinguishable for requiring the insertion of a decorative sheet between pliable transparent sheets.

U.S. Pat. No. 3,308,872 issued on Mar. 14, 1967, to Robert C. Smith describes an ornamental window shade comprising scenes or designs of varying colors capable of being selectively moved into exposed positions to be viewed. The device is distinguishable for requiring the window shade to be selectively moved into exposed positions to be viewed.

U.S. Pat. No. 3,430,374 issued on Mar. 4, 1969, to Robert A. Woodard describes an emergency signal for automobiles hung under the tailgate hood comprising a flexible sheet that is extended when the trunk lid is raised. The sheet has a sign that warns others in the rear that the car is disabled. The device is distinguishable for requiring a warning sign inside a car trunk for warning others when the trunk is open.

U.S. Pat. No. 3,462,867 issued on Aug. 26, 1969, to Edward E. Pinkman et al. describes an automobile visor mounted road map that can be pulled down to examine the road map. The device is distinguishable for requiring the attachment to a vehicle's rear view mirror inside the vehicle.

U.S. Pat. No. 4,907,636 issued on Mar. 13, 1990, to Terry L. Simon describes a decorative window shade comprising an inside surfaced decorative rectangular strip of wallpaper, wood fiber, vinyl, canvas, or fabric attached to the bottom region to match the decor of a room. The window shade is distinguishable for requiring a decorative strip at the bottom of a window shade.

U.S. Pat. No. 5,400,848 issued on Mar. 28, 1995, to Janet R. Gainer describes decorative window shades constructed of multiple layers of materials applied in layers to achieve translucent areas of varying thickness. The window shade is distinguishable for requiring various translucent areas of varying thickness.

U.S. Pat. No. 6,503,188 B1 issued on Jan. 7, 2003, to Joseph August describes a rollable health care display that can be attached to the end of a bed or a chair and extended upward by its cylindrical housing to reveal the visual display. The device is distinguishable for being required to attach to a bed or a chair.

United Kingdom Patent Publication No. 265,061 published on Feb. 3, 1927, for Samuel E. Snyder describes a window shade attached to a pair of rollers, wherein one roller having a flexible connection to one end of the shade. The shade is distinguishable for requiring two rollers.

None of the above inventions and patents, taken either singly or in combination, is seen to describe the instant invention as claimed. Thus a window shade with educational displays solving the aforementioned problems is desired.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

The window shades with educational displays are intended to further instruct students and business persons in various topics which can be reviewed while passing by them. Illustrative examples are shades with: (1) globe and a list of seven continents for primary and intermediate grades; (2) images and identification of books, phone, sun, horse, school, stuffed chair, Teddy bear, alphabet blocks, alarm clock, tree, apple, and flowers intended for primary grades; (3) alphabetical letters such as capitals and lower case letters pictured with various articles such as ball for “B,b”; (4) a standing man with his muscles delineated for science classrooms; (5) a multiplication chart for intermediate grades listing an X in the upper right corner from the numbers 1 to 10 listed horizontally and vertically, and wherein the horizontal and vertical numbers are grouped in sets such as 3, 6, 9, to 30; and (6) a chart headed by eight words with a list of their synonyms. These images are dyed directly onto the window shades for educational purposes. Another advantage for the use of these shades is the increase in space in the classroom for posting items that must be changed regularly.

Accordingly, it is a principal object of the invention to provide window shades with educational displays.

It is another object of the invention to provide window shades with educational displays for school children in school.

It is a further object of the invention to provide window shades with education displays for personnel in a business.

Still another object of the invention is to provide window shades that can save space for educational material within the classroom.

It is an object of the invention to provide improved elements and arrangements thereof for the purposes described which is inexpensive, dependable and fully effective in accomplishing its intended purposes.

These and other objects of the present invention will become readily apparent upon further review of the following specification and drawings.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

FIG. 1 is a front elevational view of an instructional window shade with an educational display of a globe and a list of seven continents according to the present invention.

FIG. 2 is a front elevational view of a window shade for primary grade students showing books, phone, sun, horse, and the like.

FIG. 3 is a front elevational view of a window shade for primary grade students featuring the alphabet with articles starting with the specific letter.

FIG. 4 is a front elevational view of a window shade showing the human muscular system.

FIG. 5 is a front elevational view of a window shade for intermediate grade classrooms indicating answers in a multiplication table wherein X=1 to 10.

FIG. 6 is a front elevational view of a window shade depicting certain synonyms for student children.

Similar reference characters denote corresponding features consistently throughout the attached drawings.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENTS

The present invention is directed in FIGS. 1 to 6 to operable window shade displays with various educational materials directed to lower grade grammar students, high school students, college students, and business employees. A typical student classroom has many windows and shades. Therefore, instructive information in the form of pictures, numerals, grammar, and the like can be permanently dyed or lithographed on the shades.

FIG. 1 is a shade 10 based on the instruction of seven listed continents 12 and illustrating a globe 14 with a partial view of the continents. This shade 10 would instruct primary and intermediate school students.

FIG. 2 is a shade 16 picturing articles and their names such as a pile of books 18, a telephone 20, the sun 22, a horse 24, a school house 26, a padded chair 28, a teddy bear toy 30, two alphabetized blocks 32, an alarm clock 34, a tree 36, an apple 38, and two flowers (roses) 40. This tableau with descriptive titles in shade 14 is directed to aid primary school students.

FIG. 3 illustrates a window shade 42 the capitol (upper case) and lower case letters of the alphabet along with familiar objects beginning with that letter. Block 44 features an apple with the “A, a”. Block 46 shows a baseball for “B,b”. Block 48 depicts an alarm clock for “C, c”. Block 50 illustrates a drum for “D, d”. Block 52 features the earth for “E, e”. Block 54 shows fish for “F, f”. Block 56 has a traffic light with a flashing green to indicate “go” for “G, g”. Block 58 depicts a hammer for “H, h”. Block 60 shows a double-dipped ice cream cone to indicate “I, I”. Block 62 illustrates a slice of bread with either jam or jelly on it to indicate “J, j”. Block 64 features a kite for “K, k”. Block 66 shows a table lamp for “L, 1”. Block 68 depicts a magician's equipment such as a top hat and a wand for “M, m”. Block 70 has a walnut for a nut “N, n”. Block 72 features an octopus for “O, o”. Block 74 shows a spinet piano for “P, p”. Block 76 illustrates a crowned queen for “Q, q”. Block 78 depicts a robot man for “,R r”. Block 80 has a pair of scissors for “S, s”. Block 82 features a table telephone for “T, t”. Block 84 shows a U-shape pronged kitchen utensil for “U, u”. Block 86 illustrates a violin and fiddle for “V, v”. Block 88 depicts a windmill for “W, w”. Block 90 has a xylophone for “W, w”. Block 92 features a yo-yo article for “Y, y”. Block 94 has a zebra for “Z, z”. Thus, the alphabet has been dramatized with the capitol and lower case letters along with articles beginning with that letter.

FIG. 4 illustrates the human musculature on a window shade 96 as a male FIG. 98 depicting the pectoralis major 100, the deltoid 102, the biceps 104, the serratus major 106, the rectus abdominus 108, the quadriceps femoris 110, and the gastrocnemius 112. Although other muscles are shown, these appear to be the most familiar.

FIG. 5 is a multiplication and division chart 114 on a window shade 116 for intermediate grade classrooms having an “X” in a corner and numerals radiating horizontally and vertically. For example, the student can check his/her answer to 6 times 6 as 36. Another use of this chart is for division of numbers. The instructor can also utilize this chart to save space on the blackboard.

FIG. 6 shows a chart 118 on a window shade 120 designed to provide children with synonyms to increase their knowledge of other words having the same general meaning. In space 120, “A LOT” can have synonyms such as “Many, Loads, Masses”, and “Heaps”. In space 122, “NICE” would mean “Pleasant, Good, Kind, Polite”, and “Kind”. In space 124, “SAD” can imply “Depressed, Gloomy, Miserable, Cheerless”, and “Poignant”. In space 126, “HAPPY” can mean “Content, Pleased, Glad, Joyful”, and “Blissful”. In space 128, “SAID” can be substituted with “Speak, Utter, Declare, State” and “Shout”. In space 130, “GOOD” can have synonyms “Fine, Excellent, Superior”, and “Wonderful”. In space 132, “BAD” could be “Awful, Terrible, Dreadful, Appalling”, and “Dire”. In the last space 134, “FUN” would be “Amusing, Enjoyable”and “Pleasure”.

Thus, various modes of instructional window shades have been shown to instruct school children or adults in business for improvement in their basic understanding of grammar, mathematics, human anatomy, and geography.

It is to be understood that the present invention is not limited to the embodiments described above, but encompasses any and all embodiments within the scope of the following claims.