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US5430621: Illuminatible shoelace device

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Filing Information

Inventor(s) Eric J. Raskas ·
Assignee(s) Solefound, Inc. ·
Attorney/Agent(s) Haverstock, Garrett & Roberts ·
Primary Examiner Carroll B. Dority ·
Application Number US8285070
Filing date 08/03/1994
Issue date 07/04/1995
Predicted expiration date 08/03/2014
U.S. Classifications 362/32  · 362/103  ·
International Classifications F21V 704  ·
Kind CodeA
International Classifications 36232;103 ·
13 Claims, No Drawings


Abstract

An illuminatible shoelace device is disclosed which comprises a section of flexible material having a cavity within the section and the section having a pair of ends, a fiber optic section is positioned within the cavity with a light source coupled to an end of the fiber optic section, a power supply is provided to power the light source, and switching circuitry, associated with the light source and the power supply, switches the light source on and off for transmitting light through the fiber optic section with the transmitted light illuminating the fiber optic section and the section of flexible material.

Independent Claims | See all claims (13)

  1. 1. An illuminatible shoelace device comprising:a section of flexible material having a cavity within the section and the section having a pair of ends;a pair of fiber optic sections each positioned within the cavity;a light source coupled to an end of each of the fiber optic sections;means for supplying power to the light source; andmeans, associated with the supplying means and the light source, for switching the light source on and off for transmitting light through each of the fiber optic sections with the transmitted light illuminating the fiber optic sections and the section of flexible material, the switching means adapted to turn the light source on and off upon detection of movement of the device.
  2. 7. An illuminatible shoelace device comprising:a section of flexible material having a cavity within the section and the section having a pair of ends;a first fiber optic section positioned within the cavity and a second fiber optic section positioned within the cavity;a first light source coupled to the first fiber optic section and a second light source coupled to the second fiber optic section;means for supplying power to the light sources; andmeans, associated with the light source and the supplying means, for switching the light sources on and off for transmitting light through the first and second fiber optic sections with the transmitted light illuminating the first and second fiber optic sections and the section of flexible material.

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Patent Family

Document NumberAssigneeInventorsIssue/Pub Date
US5430621 Solefound, Inc. Eric J. Raskas Jul 1995
AU3211095 SOLEFOUND INC RASKAS ERIC J Mar 1996