Title: "Interactive book having electroluminescent display pages and animation effects"
U.S. Patent No.: 5,597,183
Abstract: An interactive book having display pages which are illuminated via electroluminescent (EL) lamps is disclosed. A typical display page includes characters which may be individually illuminated by an underlying pattern of EL lamps, and membrane switches for the user to activate the EL lamps as desired. The sheets of the book are assembled with back-to-back display pages, i.e. with inner layers of EL lamps and outer layers of characters. The EL lamps may luminescence simply, such as with a single membrane switch for a single EL lamp, or a series of EL lamps may be connected to a sequencing circuit wherein activation of a single membrane switch causes a specific timing and order for luminescence of the EL lamp series. The sequence of the EL lamp series may be set to provide motion effects, such as animation, for the overlying characters.
Title: "Panels With Animation And Sound"
U.S. Patent No.: 6205690
Australian Patent No.:733071
Abstract: A panel, page or substrate is provided having a tier of electroluminescent (EL) material which forms a pattern corresponding to a series of images. When illuminated in accord with a predetermined sequence, the series of images provide an illusion of movement. A sound generator is provided to produce a predetermined audible response associated with the predetermined sequence. One or more flexible membrane switches are coupled to simultaneously activate both the EL material and the sound generator when depressed. A layer bearing a plurality of icons, with each of said plurality of icons being associated with one of a first and second set of icons.
The first set of icons is adapted to be viewable with an unaided eye on a continuous basis, and the second set of icons comprises the pattern of the EL material and are selectively viewable with the unaided eye, when the EL material illuminates. The sound produced by the generator may or may not be a succession of audible responses corresponding to the predetermined sequence. Each audible response of the succession may or may not be uniquely associated with one of the icons.
The following international patent applications were initially filed under PCT/US97/12814, and revised to include the claims contained in "Panels With Animation And Sound" (now U.S. Patent No. 6205690)
Canadian Patent Application No.: 2,216,695
European Patent Application No.: 7 934 259.9-2205
Mexican Patent Application No.: WO9803962
Title: "Electroluminescent Display Apparatus"
U.S. Patent No.: 6,751,898
Abstract: An integrated electroluminescent display device includes: at least one illumination assembly formed by a first set of layers, the illumination assembly including a first electrode, a second electrode, a layer of electroluminescent material disposed between the first and second set of electrodes, and a plurality of conductive leads connected to corresponding ones of the first and second electrodes, the first electrode being translucent; a printed circuit layer having a plurality of conductive segments connected to corresponding ones of the first and second electrodes via the conductive leads; and an electronic component layer including electronic components having electrical contacts connected to corresponding ones of the segments of the printed circuit layer, the electronic components providing for selective illumination of the illumination assembly, the printed circuit layer is disposed in a substantially parallel and contiguous relationship with the first set of layers.*
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