CA2298287A1 - Clothing for interactive dress-up toy - Google Patents

Clothing for interactive dress-up toy Download PDF

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CA2298287A1
CA2298287A1 CA 2298287 CA2298287A CA2298287A1 CA 2298287 A1 CA2298287 A1 CA 2298287A1 CA 2298287 CA2298287 CA 2298287 CA 2298287 A CA2298287 A CA 2298287A CA 2298287 A1 CA2298287 A1 CA 2298287A1
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Albert Wai Chan
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Thinking Tech Inc
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Priority claimed from US09/752,558 external-priority patent/US6719604B2/en
Priority claimed from CA 2362382 external-priority patent/CA2362382A1/en
Publication of CA2298287A1 publication Critical patent/CA2298287A1/en
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    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A63SPORTS; GAMES; AMUSEMENTS
    • A63HTOYS, e.g. TOPS, DOLLS, HOOPS, BUILDING BLOCKS
    • A63H3/00Dolls
    • A63H3/28Arrangements of sound-producing means in dolls; Means in dolls for producing sounds
    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A63SPORTS; GAMES; AMUSEMENTS
    • A63HTOYS, e.g. TOPS, DOLLS, HOOPS, BUILDING BLOCKS
    • A63H3/00Dolls
    • A63H3/36Details; Accessories
    • A63H3/52Dolls' houses, furniture, or other equipment; Dolls' clothing
    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A63SPORTS; GAMES; AMUSEMENTS
    • A63HTOYS, e.g. TOPS, DOLLS, HOOPS, BUILDING BLOCKS
    • A63H2200/00Computerized interactive toys, e.g. dolls

Abstract

Clothing for an interactive dress-up toy comprising, removable clothing;
sensor means adapted to detect a form of electromagnetic energy, and adapted to detect the specific item of clothing worn by the toy, and communication means to communicate to the user the status of the clothing worn by or missing from the toy, wherein the material of the clothing is selected to be reflective or non-reflective of the form of energy to be detected by the sensor means.

Description

CLOTHING FOR INTERACTIVE DRESS-UP TOY
This invention relates to clothing to be placed on interactive dress-up toys comprising removable clothing, sensor means to detect the specific item of clothing worn by the toy, and communication means to communicate to the user the status of clothing worn by the toy or missing from the toy.
Toys and dolls are often sold separately from sets of clothing and accessories intended to be used with such dolls or toys. It is important to create a code so that different sets of clothing may be recognized by a single doll or toy. The doll or toy is pre-programmed to recognize a variety of clothing, regardless of the particular clothing with which the doll is sold.
Summary of the Invention In the doll of the preferred embodiment, several light sources and sensors are mounted at or below the surface of the doll or toy. In order to be able to code the articles of clothing, the intention is to have a signal reflected only from specific areas of the clothing. It is important to have a sensor which is sensitive enough to ensure that a signal will be created when clothing is put in place. High sensitivity, however, may make the sensor subject to unwanted signals.
A doll's clothing is typically made of cloth. Black cloth is generally non-reflective to light, such as infrared light, while white cloth is generally reflective.
Nonetheless, different materials exhibit different reflectivities depending upon factors such as their colour, physical construction (including the density ofthe weave), chemical structure, cleaning agents used on the material, and wear (for example, crushing of the material in use or storage). Under certain circumstances, even black material may reflect infrared signals. Thus, errors in recognition ofthe particular clothing worn by the doll can arise. It is important to improve the reliability of the system comprising the doll or toy and the clothing by clearly differentiating reflective areas from non-reflective areas of the clothing. To achieve this differentiation, one can use special areas of reflective material and/or material which is a good reflector of the particular light source chosen, and special non-reflective areas and/or material which is a very good non-reflector.
Non-reflective areas may be composed of black felt sewn or glued to the inside of the doll's clothing, for example, felt has been found to be a good choice since it is dense and is unlikely to permit stray signals to pass through it. Other embodiments are also possible; for example, a black pigment printed onto the inside of the clothing or onto a patch fastened to the clothing may be very effective. By the same token, a reflective area may be comprised of white felt. Felt is a very good material to choose since it is dense and reflective when coloured white.
Accordingly, in a major aspect, the invention comprises clothing for an interactive dress-up toy comprising: removable clothing; sensor means adapted to detect a form of electromagnetic energy, and adapted to detect the specific item of clothing worn by the toy; and communication means to communicate to the user the status of the clothing worn by or missing from the toy; wherein the material of the clothing is selected to be reflective or non-reflective of the form of energy to be detected by the sensor means.
In further aspects of the invention:
(a) specific areas of the clothing are adapted to be reflective or non-reflective of said energy oppositely to the reflectivity or non-reflectivity of said material of the clothing;
(b) said specific areas of the clothing comprise a layer of a second material sewn or adhered to the surface of the material of the clothing;
(c) the second material is non-reflective and coloured black;
(d) the second material is reflective and coloured white;
(e) the specific areas of the clothing comprise a layer of pigment printed on the surface of the material of the clothing;

(fj the layer of pigment is non-reflective and coloured black;
(g) the layer of pigment is reflective and coloured white;
(h) the second material comprises felt.
The invention will be more clearly illustrated by the appended drawings.
Brief Description of the Drawings The invention is illustrated by the following drawings in which:
Figure 1 is a schematic view of a doll or toy with an array of sensors.
Figure 2 is a schematic view of an item of clothing comprising an inner surface of one material and an area of another substance or material, the surface and area being oppositely reflective or non-reflective.
Detailed Description of the Invention Referring to Figure 1, a schematic representation of a doll or toy (1) is illustrated.
Situated at various points around the surface of the doll or toy are a series of sensors (3). The sensors comprise pairs of a light source a light sensor. These pairs of -$-elements are aligned so that when clothing is present on the doll or toy, the light source is configured to create a beam of light which will be reflected from the inside surface of the clothing to the sensor. The light source can be any sort of suitable electromagnetic radiation. Infrared radiation has been found to be particularly suitable.
Refernng to Figure 2, an article of clothing (5), such as a jacket, comprises an inner surface (7) which is either a lining or the same material which also comprises the outer surface of the garment. This material may be chosen to be either reflective or non-reflective, depending upon the protocol chosen for reading a signal. Most preferably, the surface (7) will be non-reflective so that the lack of a signal will not be seen as an important event by the pre-programmed doll or toy. An area (9) is designed to be highly reflective. Alternatively, this area can be non-reflective. The area (9) can comprise a patch sewn or glued to the inner surface (7), or pigment printed on surface (7).
By creating an array of reflective and non-reflective areas, the series of sensors can be coded to recognize different items of clothing (5) which will each have a unique pattern of reflective and non-reflective areas.

Claims (10)

1. Clothing for an interactive dress-up toy comprising: removable clothing;
sensor means adapted to detect a form of electromagnetic energy, and adapted to detect the specific item of clothing worn by the toy; and communication means to communicate to the user the status of the clothing worn by or missing from the toy; wherein the material of the clothing is selected to be reflective or non-reflective of the form of energy to be detected by the sensor means.
2. The clothing of claim 1, wherein specific areas of the clothing are adapted to be reflective or non-reflective of said energy oppositely to the reflectivity or non-reflectivity of said material of the clothing.
3. The clothing of claim 2, wherein said specific areas of the clothing comprise a layer of a second material sewn or adhered to the surface of the material of the clothing.
4. The clothing of claim 3, wherein said second material is non-reflective and coloured black.
5. The clothing of claim 3, wherein said second material is reflective and coloured white.
6. The clothing of claim 2, wherein said specific areas of the clothing comprise a layer of pigment printed on the surface of the material of the clothing.
7. The clothing of claim 6, wherein said layer of pigment is non-reflective and coloured black.
8. The clothing of claim 6, wherein said layer of pigment is reflective and coloured white.
9. The clothing of claim 3, wherein said second material comprises felt.
10. The clothing of claim 4, wherein said second material comprises felt.
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CA 2298287 CA2298287A1 (en) 2000-02-08 2000-02-08 Clothing for interactive dress-up toy
US09/752,558 US6719604B2 (en) 2000-01-04 2001-01-03 Interactive dress-up toy
PCT/CA2001/000012 WO2001049384A1 (en) 2000-01-04 2001-01-04 New interactive dress-up doll
EP20010900349 EP1159046A1 (en) 2000-01-04 2001-01-04 New interactive dress-up doll
AU24968/01A AU2496801A (en) 2000-01-04 2001-01-04 New interactive dress-up doll
CA 2362382 CA2362382A1 (en) 2000-01-04 2001-01-04 New interactive dress-up doll

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