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They Invented What? (No. 194)

Posted in They Invented What? by Jake Ward on February 2, 2011

U.S. Pat. No. 7,107,621:  Optical illusion wear.

What is claimed is:

1. An article of wearing apparel comprising: material including only opaque qualities and a visible surface defined by spaced apart outer edges, said visible surface including a center area; and an applied optical illusion pattern permanently associated with said visible surface of said material, said applied optical illusion pattern formed by a plurality of first and second areas, said plurality of first areas being a first color and said plurality of second areas being a second color wherein said first color is darker than said second color, said applied optical illusion pattern including a plurality of rows and a plurality of columns, each row including one of said first areas adjacent one of said second areas and each column including one of said first areas adjacent one of said second areas and a portion of said plurality of first areas are located in said center area, and said applied optical illusion pattern extends from said center area adjacent to one of said outer edges.

2. The article of wearing apparel of claim 1 wherein said apparel may be of any type or style and manufactured from any fabric or other suitable material upon or within which said applied optical illusion pattern may be placed.

3. The article of wearing apparel of claim 1 wherein said first and second colors are selected from the group consisting of: black and white, and color.

4. The article of wearing apparel of claim 1, wherein said applied optical illusion pattern is selected from the group consisting of: geometric; spiral; anomalous motion; rotational; color change; peripheral drift; positive after image blurs; scintillation grid; contraction & expansion; contrast polarities; and convection.

5. The article of wearing apparel of claim 1, wherein said applied optical illusion pattern is located on said visible surface to draw attention to said applied optical illusion pattern.

6. The article of wearing apparel of claim 1, wherein said applied optical illusion pattern is located strategically on said visible surface to cover or exist adjacent to a specific body area.

7. The article of wearing apparel of claim 6 wherein said strategic location of said applied optical illusion pattern is to draw attention to said specific body area covered or adjacent to said applied optical illusion pattern.

8. The article of wearing apparel of claim 1, wherein said applied optical illusion pattern includes a first shape, and said article of wearing apparel further includes: a viewed optical illusion pattern different from said applied optical illusion pattern, in said viewed optical illusion pattern said first shape appears to be a second shape different from said first shape; wherein said viewed optical illusion pattern results from observing said applied optical illusion pattern.

9. The article of wearing apparel of claim 1, wherein said applied optical illusion pattern includes an element that is stationary, and said article of wearing apparel further includes: a viewed optical illusion pattern different from said applied optical illusion pattern, in said viewed optical illusion pattern said element appears to be moving; wherein said viewed optical illusion pattern results from observing said applied optical illusion pattern.

10. The article of wearing apparel of claim 1, wherein said applied optical illusion pattern includes an element that is two-dimensional, and said article of wearing apparel further includes: a viewed optical illusion pattern different from said applied optical illusion pattern, and in said viewed optical illusion pattern said element appears to be three-dimensional; wherein said viewed optical illusion pattern results from observing said applied optical illusion pattern.

11. The article of wearing apparel of claim 1, wherein said visible surface defined by said outer edges further includes a first set of outer edges vertically spaced apart and a second set of outer edges transversely spaced apart, and said applied optical illusion pattern extends from said center area adjacent to said first and second sets of outer edges.

12. The article of wearing apparel of claim 11, wherein said plurality of rows and said plurality of columns extend adjacent to said first and second sets of outer edges.

13. The article of wearing apparel of claim 11, wherein said applied optical illusion pattern extends on the entirety of said visible surface.

14. The article of wearing apparel of claim 1, further including a plurality of third areas, said first, second and third areas being organized into said applied optical illusion pattern, said plurality of third areas being a third color different from said first and second colors, said applied optical illusion pattern including a plurality of rows and a plurality of columns, each row including one of said first areas adjacent one of said second and third areas and each column including one of said first areas adjacent one of said second and third areas.

15. The article of wearing apparel of claim 14, wherein said applied optical illusion pattern is a spiral.

4 Responses

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  1. Matt said, on February 2, 2011 at 11:26 am

    Can the optical illusion me some 6-pack abs?

  2. Jake Ward said, on February 2, 2011 at 11:27 am

    It’s not a schooner… it’s a Sailboat!

  3. les said, on February 8, 2011 at 10:33 am

    Make fun if you want. But it sure seems to have made her head appear to be missing.

  4. David Evseeff said, on February 8, 2011 at 2:54 pm

    Haha, interesting one!

    We just posted an article about some of the more “interesting” patents that have come through our office (for translation). Check it out!

    http://www.schreibertransblog.com/sti/2011/02/patents-can-be-fun-%E2%80%93-or-at-least-interesting-%E2%80%A6-really/


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