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APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING A TOY FOR LEARNING COLORS

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000022287D
Publication Date: 2004-Mar-04
Document File: 3 page(s) / 47K

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Kirby Ryan Goedde: INVENTOR

Abstract

This device consists of a color sensor chip and light source integrated with a microprocessor, audio amplifier, and speaker. The circuit is packaged in a cylindrical “crayon” shaped enclosure and may be marketed as a child's toy for: 1) color matching colored objects with a specific crayon or marker color; and 2) child learning development purposes. The device functions as follows: 1) The tip of the invention is pressed onto an object who’s color is to be sampled. 2) An LED inside the tip of the device illuminates the surface of the object. 3) A color sensor samples the Red, Green, and Blue content of the object and reports the samples to a microprocessor. 4) The microprocessor compares the sampled values to a lookup table of available colors, selects the closest color, and outputs the color's name to an audio amplifier. 5) Finally, the color name is spoken through a speaker. The operation of the device entails the following benefits: 1) The device helps select the closest color from a box of crayons to match the object being drawn. 2) This device can be used as an educational tool for a child who hasn’t learned color names. 3) This device can be used as an educational tool for a child to learn color names in a foreign language. The operation of the toy is described in Fig. 1 (showing the structural components of the toy) and Fig. 2 (a flowchart of the toy's operation)

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APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING A TOY FOR LEARNING COLORS

This device consists of a color sensor chip and light source integrated with a microprocessor, audio amplifier, and speaker. The circuit is packaged in a cylindrical “crayon” shaped enclosure and may be marketed as a child's toy for:

1) color matching colored objects with a specific crayon or marker color; and

2) child learning development purposes.

The device functions as follows:

1) The tip of the invention is pressed onto an object who’s color is to be sampled.

2) An LED inside the tip of the device illuminates the surface of the object.

3) A color sensor samples the Red, Green, and Blue content of the object and reports the samples to a microprocessor.

4) The microprocessor compares the sampled values to a lookup table of available colors, selects the closest color, and outputs the color's name to an audio amplifier.

5) Finally, the color name is spoken through a speaker.

The operation of the device entails the following benefits:

1) The device helps select the closest color from a box of crayons to match the object being drawn.

2) This device can be used as an educational tool for a child who hasn’t learned color names.

3) This device can be used as an educational tool for a child to learn color names in a foreign language.

The operation of the toy is described in Fig. 1 (showing the structural components of the toy) and Fig. 2 (a flowchart of the toy's operation)

THOMSON Inc.

Inventor: Kirby Ryan Goed...