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They Invented What? (No. 30)

Posted in They Invented What? by Jake Ward on January 10, 2007

U.S. Pat. No. 6,745,395:  Hat with display device.

  hat

What is claimed is:

1. A head apparel, comprising: a loop structure sized to engage a person’s head; a brim secured to the loop structure, the brim comprising at least two series of interleaved sections arranged in a wave-like manner so that sections of each series are viewable by an observer from at least one direction and sections of respective series are viewable from at least one respective direction different from a direction from which sections of another series are viewable; and graphics on a plurality of sections of each series, the graphics defining a composite image or a plurality of related images that are viewable from the respective directions.

2. The head apparel of claim 1 wherein sections of the first series and sections of the second series are alternatingly interspersed with each other, adjacent sections each having a common edge or distinct adjacent edges that are substantially parallel.

3. The head apparel of claim 2 wherein the common edges of a substantial number of sections are substantially parallel to each other.

4. The head apparel of claim 1 wherein the loop structure comprises a cap section.

5. The head apparel of claim 4 wherein the head apparel is a baseball-type cap.

6. The head apparel of claim 4 wherein the head apparel is a sailor-type cap.

7. The head apparel of claim 1 wherein the head apparel is a visor.

8. The head apparel of claim 1 wherein the series of sections are connected to the loop structure and define the brim.

9. The head apparel of claim 1 wherein the brim comprises a brim panel connected to the loop structure and series of sections is secured to the brim panel.

10. The head apparel of claim 1 wherein the series of sections is removably secured to the brim panel.

11. The head apparel of claim 1 wherein the brim is removably secured to the loop structure.

12. The head apparel of claim 1 wherein the brim comprises two series of sections on a top of the brim and two series of sections on a bottom of the brim.

13. A head apparel, comprising: a loop structure sized to engage a person’s head; a brim secured to the loop structure, the brim comprising at least two series of interleaved sections arranged on a top thereof in a wave-like manner so that sections of each series are viewable by an observer from at least one direction and sections of respective series are viewable from at least one respective direction different from a direction from which sections of another series are viewable, and at least two series of interleaved sections arranged on a bottom thereof in a wave-like manner so that sections of each series on the bottom are viewable by an observer from at least one direction and sections of respective series on the bottom are viewable from at least one respective direction different from a direction from which sections of another series on the bottom are viewable; sections of the first series and sections of the second series on the top and on the bottom are alternatingly interspersed with each other, adjacent sections each having a common edge or distinct adjacent edges that are substantially parallel; and graphics on a plurality of sections of each series, the graphics defining a composite image or a plurality of related images that are viewable from the respective directions.

14. The head apparel of claim 13 wherein the common or distinct edges of a substantial number of sections are parallel to each other.

15. The head apparel of claim 13 wherein the loop structure comprises a cap structure.

16. The head apparel of claim 15 wherein the head apparel is a baseball-type cap.

17. The head apparel of claim 15 wherein the head apparel is a sailor-type cap.

18. The head apparel of claim 13 wherein the head apparel is a visor.

19. The head apparel of claim 13 wherein the series of sections are connected to the loop structure and define the brim.

20. The head apparel of claim 13 wherein the brim comprises a brim panel connected to the loop structure and the series of sections are secured to the brim panel.

21. The head apparel of claim 13 wherein the series of sections is removably secured to the brim.

22. The head apparel of claim 13 wherein the brim is removably secured to the loop structure.

23. A head apparel, comprising: a loop structure sized to engage a person’s head; a brim removably secured to the loop structure, the brim comprising at least two series of interleaved sections arranged in a wave-like manner so that sections of each series are viewable by an observer from at least one direction and sections of respective series are viewable from at least one respective direction different from a direction from which sections of another series are viewable; and graphics on a plurality of sections of each series, the graphics defining a composite image or a plurality of related images that are viewable from the respective directions.

24. The head apparel of claim 23 wherein sections of the first series and sections of the second series are alternatingly interspersed with each other, adjacent sections each having a common edge or distinct adjacent edges that are substantially parallel.

25. The head apparel of claim 24 wherein the common edges of a substantial number of sections are parallel to each other.

26. A head apparel, comprising: a loop structure sized to engage a person’s head; a brim secured to the loop structure, a wavelike structure comprising at least two series of interleaved sections arranged in a wave-like manner so that sections of each series are viewable by an observer from at least one direction and sections of respective series are viewable from at least one respective direction different from a direction from which sections of another series are viewable, the wave-like structure being removably secured to the brim; and graphics on a plurality of sections of each series, the graphics defining a composite image or a plurality of related images that are viewable from the respective directions.

27. The head apparel of claim 26 comprising a wave-like structure removably secured to a top of the brim and a wave-like structure removably secured to a bottom of the brim.

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