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Dollar coin converter

Tue, 26 May 2015 08:00:00 EDT

The Dollar Coin Converter is an annular attachment to a United States dollar coin, which semi-permanently converts the coin into a size that is tactilely and visually, more easily distinguished from the United States quarter coin. It allows advertising and marketing on the faces of the annular attachment to provide incentives to circulate the coin, saving billions of dollars. The Dollar Coin Converter is made of inexpensive, one-piece or two-piece construction. It holds a dollar coin securely, and will tolerate normal handling, cash transactions, flipping, or jostling in a coin purse, pocket or money bag without unintentional release of the coin. The coin may be easily removed or replaced even by a child or a person with long finger nails for use in a vending machine. The converted dollar coin retains the inherent magnetic and electrical, anti-counterfeiting characteristics of the dollar coin.



Access opening closure device

Tue, 28 Apr 2015 08:00:00 EDT

An access opening closure device is provided for enabling passage of food or medication into a confined space without providing direct access from within the confined space to outside of the confined space. The device includes a housing assembly including a body and a cover, and a slide assembly including an access door and a frame. The body defines a receptacle and first and second openings. The housing assembly is pivotally coupled to the slide assembly and is movable from an operative position to a stowed, non-operative position.



Fabricated stone apparatus and method of constructing the same

Tue, 28 Apr 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A fabricated stone apparatus is provided. A plurality of stone sheets are affixed together to form a fabricated stone structure having a substantially hollow interior portion, wherein each of the plurality of stone sheets is substantially planar, and wherein a side edge of one of the plurality of stone sheets engages with a side edge of another of the plurality of stone sheets. A cover plate is positioned at an end of the fabricated stone structure, wherein the cover plate is connected to a top edge of at least a portion of the plurality of stone sheets, wherein the top edge is positioned substantially perpendicular to at least one of the side edges. At least one fastener is connected between at least two of the plurality of stone sheets, wherein the at least one fastener is positioned remotely from the cover plate.



Delivery receptacle

Tue, 14 Apr 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A delivery receptacle for receiving objects, such as parcels, has a housing having an input opening, a delivery door rotatably coupled to the housing for opening and closing the input opening, and a drum rotatably coupled to the housing and having a drum access opening accessible through the input opening. The delivery door is mechanically coupled to the drum such that rotation of the delivery door in a first rotational direction causes rotation of the drum in the opposite rotational direction. The delivery door is rotatable between an open position in which the drum is oriented with the drum access opening aligned with the input opening such that a parcel can be inserted into the drum, and a closed position in which the drum is oriented with the drum access opening aligned with a drop area such that a parcel will exit the drum and enter the drop area.



Gambling risk management device

Tue, 07 Apr 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A gambling risk management device restricts access to financial resources while in a gambling facility to prevent risking financial resources beyond an initial selected limit. The device includes a container and a bottom door selectively closing a bottom opening into the container. A lock selectively secures the bottom door in a closed position. A bill compartment and a card compartment are each positioned in the container. A bill opening is positioned at a top of the bill compartment. The bill opening permits passing a bill through the bill opening into the bill compartment and restricts removal of the bill from the bill compartment. A card opening is positioned at a top of the card compartment. The card opening permits passing a card through the card opening into the card compartment and restricts removal of the card from the card compartment through the card opening.



Mailbox indicator

Tue, 31 Mar 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A mailbox indicator and lid closure system that includes a flag indicator mounted from a support plate of the container and connected by way of a cable to a bracket supported on the lid. Opening the lid causes the indicator to be pulled by the cable to the upright position thus indicating that mail has been delivered. A spring is connected between the container and lid to ensure that the lid remains open while mail is being delivered.



Ballot box for collecting ballot envelopes and comprising a means for checking the physical acceptability of each ballot envelope

Tue, 24 Mar 2015 08:00:00 EDT

A ballot box for collecting ballot envelopes, includes a horizontal bottom wall, vertical walls attached to the bottom wall, and a horizontal top wall forming a lid that is provided with an opening for inserting a ballot envelope into the inner space. The insertion opening forms a vertical guiding passage having a rectangular cross-section delimited by two large parallel surfaces and two side surfaces, the opening including a hatch actuated by a motor, wherein the hatch can assume a position for blocking the opening or a released position. The box includes an element for checking one of the physical parameters of the ballot envelope, which is capable of controlling the motor of the hatch in order to clear the opening if the envelope is acceptable, or to otherwise block the opening, the checking element including a monitoring and control unit (4) to which the motor is connected.



Cluster box mail delivery unit having security features

Tue, 10 Mar 2015 08:00:00 EDT

An apparatus and method for enhancing the security of a cluster box unit which includes a protective enclosure, internal cabinetry, door, hinge and locking system. The cluster box unit may also include outgoing mail compartment doors that are heavily constructed and rigidly reinforced, with the locks carried thereon protectively shielded, and with the extensible bolts of these locks being engaged by brackets that not only lock the outgoing mail compartment doors but also the master loading doors of the cluster box units. The cluster box unit may also include master loading doors are provided with hinges that extend the full height of the doors—hinges that are defined by pivotally interfitting elements of extrusions that very sturdily mount the master loading doors, that prevent prying or bending the doors in the vicinities of their hinges. The interfitting elements of the hinge extrusions also permit the doors to be installed on their surrounding door frames quickly and easily, and permit one or both of the master loading doors to be quickly and easily removed for service or replacement when necessary.



Mail box

Tue, 24 Feb 2015 08:00:00 EST

A receptacle for receiving and securely storing mail includes a body defining an opening through which mail is received and a storage area into which mail is stored. A door is pivotably mounted within the opening and configured to close the opening in a closed position and to pivot away from the body to facilitate access to the opening in an opened position. A ramp is mounted within the body and configured to receive and direct mail into the storage area. A closing member is pivotably mounted within the body and linked to the door, such that movement of the door from the closed position to the opened position causes the closing member to pivot towards the ramp to substantially prevent access to the storage area from the opening when the door is in an open position.



Fare box

Tue, 24 Feb 2015 08:00:00 EST

Provided is a fare box which enables passengers to smoothly pay fares using bills without hesitation even when a bill transportation passage is disabled due to jamming of a bill or a breakdown. Two entrances, which are a bill normal receiving opening and a bill backup receiving opening, are provided as bill receiving openings of the fare box. Either of the bill normal receiving opening and the bill backup receiving opening is allowed to be selectively opened by a shutter member. At normal times, the bill normal receiving opening is put into operation with the shutter member positioned at a normal position. When a bill normal transportation passage has become jammed with a bill, the shutter member is shifted from the normal position to a bypass position on the basis of an operation performed on a bill receiving opening switch lever, whereby the bill backup receiving opening is opened instead of the bill normal receiving opening.



Stackable and linkable container system

Tue, 24 Feb 2015 08:00:00 EST

A stackable and linkable container system that includes a container having a cavity; an entry slot formed in at least an upper portion of the front wall; an exit slot formed in at least a lower portion of the front wall; a cover; one or more vertical stack aligning tabs extending from a top surface of the cover; one or more ribs extending from an outer surface of the bottom wall; at least one horizontal aligning dovetail extending from the first side wall; at least two, spaced apart, horizontal aligning pins extending from the second side wall, wherein at least one horizontal aligning dovetail socket is defined between the spaced apart horizontal aligning pins, and wherein the horizontal aligning dovetail is formed so as to be at least partially received within the horizontal aligning dovetail socket.



Personalized mailbox flag system

Tue, 27 Jan 2015 08:00:00 EST

A personalized mailbox flag system for displaying a sports team logo or other design such as a seasonal symbol or religious symbol. A mailbox sleeve is mounted over an existing mailbox. A decorative component is disposed on the mailbox sleeve. A decorative component is also disposed on the flag, which can pivot about the mailbox sleeve. Disposed on the free end of the flag is a décor mount, which displays a decorative component. The décor mount can pivot so as to orient the decorative component such that onlookers can read it.



Mailbox protector

Tue, 06 Jan 2015 08:00:00 EST

A mailbox protector may include a deflection surface adapted to deflect impacting snow and debris thrown by a snow plow. A mailbox protector may also include at least one anchor member in a fixed relation to the deflection surface. It may further include a complementary anchor member adapted to engage the at least one anchor member in a mounting relation. Furthermore, the at least one complementary anchor member may be adapted to be fixedly disposed in an arbitrary substrate such as concrete, or soil.



Transparent display sleeve for mailbox

Tue, 30 Dec 2014 08:00:00 EST

A mailbox display sleeve may include an inside layer and an outside layer joined at a crease. The outside layer may be made of a clear plastic material. An attachment component may attach the inside layer to an outside surface of a mail box. An insert may fit in between the inside layer and the outside layer of the display sleeve, and may thereby be displayed from the mailbox.



Unmanned parcel storage apparatus capable of dynamically allocating storage space and method of using the same

Tue, 30 Dec 2014 08:00:00 EST

An unmanned parcel storage apparatus capable of dynamically allocating storage spaces and a method of using the unmanned parcel storage. A storage method of the unmanned parcel storage apparatus determines a position and a size of a desired storage space to be allocated. Based on the determination result, a moving unit adds or removes a partition to create the desired storage space, and moves a delivery item to the created storage space for the storage purpose. Accordingly, it is possible to efficiently use a space in a storage unit and thereby store more number of delivery items in the same storage unit. In addition, the moving unit processes the allocation of storage spaces, and delivery, loading and discharging of the delivery items, and therefore the user's convenience of use can be enhanced.



Gate mechanism

Tue, 30 Dec 2014 08:00:00 EST

Disclosed is a gate mechanism (100) mounted on a side frame (210) of a financial automated machine cash slot (230a), wherein the gate mechanism comprises a gate (10), a driving mechanism (20) and a pair of locking mechanisms (30) controlling the gate (10), with the lower end of the gate (10) being connected with a front end (240a) of the frame side (240) in such a way as to be able to slide up and down, and the upper end of the gate (10) being connected with an upper end (240b) of the frame side (240) in such a way as to be able to slide back and forth, and the driving mechanism (20) driving the upper end of the gate (10) in sliding back and forth at the upper end (240b) of the frame side (240), while causing the lower end of the gate (10) to move up and down at the front end (240a) of the frame side (240), thus achieving opening and closing of the gate (10). The gate mechanism (100) can reduce the motion enveloping space of the gate (10) and has the advantage of a compact structure.



Adjustable mailbox post

Tue, 23 Dec 2014 08:00:00 EST

An adjustable mailbox post comprises a vertical support member rotatably attached to a cross-member. The cross-member extends through a transverse channel in the support member, such that a forward arm of the cross-member extends from the forward side of the support member, and a rear arm of the cross-member extends from the rear side of the support member. The forward arm supports a mailbox platform, to which a mailbox can be attached. Using a spring mechanism and/or an extendable strut, the forward arm of the post can be lifted from a horizontal position appropriate for mail delivery to an elevated position, in which the mailbox is out of the reach of passing snow-plows. Latching mechanisms are used to secure the forward arm of the post in either the horizontal delivery position or the elevated safety position.



Laundry basket

Tue, 16 Dec 2014 08:00:00 EST

A laundry basket which includes a main body and a chute that extends from, and away from, the main body. The main body has an enclosing side portion and an end portion, the enclosing side portion and end portion cooperating to form an enclosure having an open end and a closed end defined by the end portion. The main body is totally enclosed by the enclosing side portion except for a slit in the enclosing side portion that extends from the open end towards the closed end of the main body.



Container for receiving vouchers and method for closing container having a housing part and a cover for receiving vouchers

Tue, 18 Nov 2014 08:00:00 EST

The invention relates to a container (10) for holding notes of value, which comprises a housing part (12) and a cover (14) for closing an opening of the housing part (12). The cover (14) has a closing element (34) which is movable in at least one unlocking direction (P1) and which in a locked state is engaged with an engagement area (48) of the housing part (12) that is complementary to the closing element (34). The closing element (34) is movable in unlocking direction (P1) into an unlocked state for unlocking. Further, the container (10) comprises a rotatably mounted retaining element (58) which, in a first position of the container (10), is arranged such that the closing element (34) is movable in unlocking direction (P1) from the locked state into the unlocked state for unlocking. In a second position of the container (10) that is inclined by at least a minimum angle of inclination with respect to the first position, the retaining element (58) is rotated due to its gravity relative to the housing part (12) such that a retaining area (64) of the retaining element (58) prevents a movement of the closing element (34) from the locked state into the unlocked state.



Extension mailbox

Tue, 04 Nov 2014 08:00:00 EST

An extension mailbox which includes a main mailbox housing mounted onto a vertical support extending from the ground. A plurality of auxiliary mailbox housings, are nested concentrically within the main mailbox housing. A rail system allows the auxiliary mailbox housings to project outwardly away from the main mailbox housing in a telescopic horizontal manner.



Cash box system for a vending machine

Tue, 30 Sep 2014 08:00:00 EDT

A cash box system with a cash container for receiving cash is described. The cash container has an inlet opening which can be closed by a cover and a locking mechanism having a locked state in which the cover is locked in a position closing the inlet opening, and a release state in which the cover is unlocked and can be brought in a position to release the inlet opening. The locking mechanism is configured such that it is forcibly transferred from the locked state to the release state when the cash container is emptied. The cash box system is preferably for a vending machine in which the cash container is inserted.



Cash box provided with self-locking mechanism

Tue, 02 Sep 2014 08:00:00 EDT

A cash box (1) used for storing cashes and provided with a self-locking mechanism comprises a box body (11), a box door (12) and a box door self-locking mechanism. The cashbox (1) is arranged on a cashbox bracket (3). The box door self-locking mechanism comprises a lock (21) for locking the box door (12) and a door switch structure (22) which is fixed on the cashbox bracket (3) and used for opening or closing the box door (12). The lock (21) comprises a movable lock tongue (211) connected with the box door (12) and a lock cylinder (212) which is fixed on one wall of the box body (11) and movably buckled with the movable lock tongue (211). A triggering element which acts on the door switch structure is arranged on the box door (12) which is opened by the door switch structure when the box body (11) is pushed into the cashbox bracket (3) and which is locked by the door switch structure when the box body (11) is drawn out of the cashbox bracket (3). The cashbox has self-locking function while being forcedly dismantled and ensures the safety of articles inside the box while being displaced and transported.



Mailbox guard and newspaper holding system

Tue, 05 Aug 2014 08:00:00 EDT

A mailbox protection system that deflects debris away from striking a mailbox that is attached to a bottom area of a mailbox post to reduce a moment of force on the post. A deflection assembly is held in place utilizing a cantilevered structural mounting assembly. The deflection assembly is physically separated from a proximate mailbox that the deflection assembly is configured to protect. The mailbox protection system minimizes or reduces the moment of a force causes by debris striking the deflection assembly.



Sliding mailbox structure having two-piece construction and handle

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 08:00:00 EDT

Disclosed is a mailbox slider device that provides mailboxes of various widths to be slideably mounted along the horizontal portion of an existing mailbox support post. The device comprises a first base member and a second slideable member being attached using complimentary tongue and groove sliders, wherein the members include a recessed channel having a first and second channel stop that prevents separation of the two members at the base member distal end, while allowing separation and engagement of the members along the inward proximal end of the base member. A mailbox is secured to a support block, which then attaches to the upper surface of the second sliding member. The sliding member engages the base member from its proximal end, whereafter the base member is secured to the horizontal portion of a mailbox post to provide a readily extendable and retractable assembly for improved access for postal service workers.



Personal saving system

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 08:00:00 EDT

A personal saving system for accumulating saved funds and allowing access to the saved funds after an elapsed timeframe features a sturdy hollow container having an open top and vertical dividers inside that create a plurality of chambers. The system features a plurality of lids pivotally located on the container, one above each chamber. The system features an elapsed time latch release system having a battery power supply and a microprocessor. The release system features a display, a money slot, one or more user interface components, and a demo button all located on a lid top surface. The release system features a latch first component located on a lid front and a latch second component located on a container front surface next to the latch first component when the lid is in a closed position.



Cashbox and money validator with the same

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 08:00:00 EDT

A cashbox comprises: a left shell, comprising first, second and third side walls; a right shell, being symmetric with the left shell, and comprising fourth, fifth and sixth side walls; a first fixing panel, fixedly connected to the second side wall and the fifth side wall through screws; a second fixing panel, fixedly connected to the third side wall and the sixth side wall through screws; an upper cover, which comprises a money entrance and is inserted with the left shell and the right shell, so as to form the top surface of the cashbox; a box door fixing panel and a box door pivotally connected to the box door fixing panel through a pivot shaft, forming the back surface of the cashbox together, and all the screws are provided in the cashbox.



Collection canister

Tue, 15 Jul 2014 08:00:00 EDT

A collection canister having a wall mounting plate having a baffle. The collection canister having a first half having a back component and a pair of side components. The first half being removably coupled to the wall mounting plate. There is a second half having a front component and a pair of side ends. The second half is removably coupled to the first half in a clam shell manner. There is a locking bar which secures the plate and halves together. There is a contents viewing window and a display window, for advertising.



Remote-controlled vehicle for transporting bio-waste

Tue, 08 Jul 2014 08:00:00 EDT

A remote-controlled vehicle for collecting and transporting bio-waste that is capable of compacting bio-waste, dumping the waste in a variety of ways, and that has a rechargeable battery, among other functions, is disclosed. A system for collecting the bio-waste material also is provided. The system includes a plurality of collection receptacles associated with a structure, each of the plurality of collection receptacles receiving the bio-waste material without the use of water as a carrier. A transport network extends from each of the plurality of collection receptacles to at least one storage receptacle located at the structure. A plurality of vehicles, or carts, is disposed within the transport network and collect the bio-waste material.



Receptacle repair insert

Tue, 24 Jun 2014 08:00:00 EDT

Herein disclosed is a receptacle repair insert, which may have an insert body with at least an outer surface. The outer surface may have a first shape and be effective to attach to a receptacle body having at least an inner surface with a second shape. The inner surface may define at least one orifice and the insert body may be effective to fit into the at least one orifice. The receptacle repair insert may also have at least one extension movably connected to the insert body wherein the extension is effective to create a door. The extension may block at least a portion of the at least one orifice. Further disclosed is a method for replacing at least one mailbox door using at least one embodiment of the receptacle repair insert.



Parcel box for receiving and keeping parcels in a theftproof manner

Tue, 03 Jun 2014 08:00:00 EDT

A parcel box for receiving and keeping parcels in a theftproof manner has a box having a drawer that can be pulled out and pushed in, and a theft prevention mechanism that prevents unauthorized removal of parcel. The theft prevention mechanism has a platform configured to have parcel disposed thereon, a blocking mechanism that blocks pulling out of the drawer from the box when the parcel is placed on the platform, and an unblocking mechanism for unblocking the drawer. The drawer is swingable about a pivot axle fixed in the box. The drawer has a left side wall, a right side wall, an outer wall, and an inner wall. The platform has a first end and a second end situated opposite each other. The platform is swingable about a cross pivot axle fixed in the drawer.



Money receptacles and mechanical coin banks

Tue, 27 May 2014 08:00:00 EDT

Money receptacles and mechanical coin banks for storing coins, bills, and the like are presented herein. A money receptacle is disclosed which includes an elongated stand projecting from a support base, and a lever attached to the stand. A first storage receptacle is attached proximate a first end of the lever. The first storage receptacle has a first hollow compartment with an opening through which coins, bills, or both, can be passed into the first compartment. A second storage receptacle is attached proximate a second end of the lever opposite the first end. The second storage receptacle has a second hollow compartment with an opening through which coins, bills, or both, can be passed into the second compartment.



Integral tortuous path receptacle cover

Tue, 20 May 2014 08:00:00 EDT

A cover for a medical waste disposal receptacle and a method of manufacturing a cover for a medical waste disposal receptacle. The cover generally comprises a body portion configured to substantially close an open end of the receptacle and a lid portion hingedly interconnected to the body portion via an integrally formed hinge extending between the lid portion and a portion of the body portion. The body portion includes a covering surface with an access opening therethrough and at least a first, fixed sloped slide surface depending from the covering surface configured to provide a fixed tortuous path extending from the access opening.



Support arm positioning tab

Tue, 29 Apr 2014 08:00:00 EDT

A mailbox support attaching to a post includes an arm for supporting a mailbox at a given height, an opening for freely allowing the arm to slide over the post, and a tab flexibly extending into the opening and designed to limit movement of the arm relative to the post if the post is disposed within the opening.



Fare box

Tue, 11 Mar 2014 08:00:00 EDT

Provided is a fare box which enables passengers to smoothly pay fares using bills without hesitation even when a bill transportation passage is disabled due to jamming of a bill or a breakdown. Two entrances, which are a bill normal receiving opening and a bill backup receiving opening, are provided as bill receiving openings of the fare box. Either of the bill normal receiving opening and the bill backup receiving opening is allowed to be selectively opened by a shutter member. At normal times, the bill normal receiving opening is put into operation with the shutter member positioned at a normal position. When a bill normal transportation passage has become jammed with a bill, the shutter member is shifted from the normal position to a bypass position on the basis of an operation performed on a bill receiving opening switch lever, whereby the bill backup receiving opening is opened instead of the bill normal receiving opening.



Manipulation detection system for cash boxes that can be inserted in and removed from automatic teller machines

Tue, 04 Mar 2014 08:00:00 EST

A manipulation detection system for removable insertable cash cartridges in automated banking machines is described, wherein the cash cartridge has a lockable cash dispensing/deposit opening for disbursing money and/or depositing money in the operating position of the cash cartridge,wherein the cash dispensing/deposit opening is opened automatically when the cash cartridge is inserted into the automated banking machine even before said cassette reaches its operating position,wherein when the cash dispensing/deposit opening is opened, a manipulation alert is generated at the cash cartridge by means of a sensor. The system is also characterized in that at least two switches (S1, S2, S*) are provided in the cash cartridge,the at least two switches (S1, S2, S*) are actuated automatically when the cash cartridge is inserted into the automated banking machine,the switch actuation sequence of the at least two switches (S1, S2, S*) is evaluated using pre-determined criteria for the generation of a manipulation alert.



Cluster box mail delivery unit having security features

Tue, 04 Mar 2014 08:00:00 EST

An apparatus and method for enhancing the security of a cluster box unit which includes a protective enclosure, internal cabinetry, door, hinge and locking system. The cluster box unit may also include outgoing mail compartment doors that are heavily constructed and rigidly reinforced, with the locks carried thereon protectively shielded, and with the extensible bolts of these locks being engaged by brackets that not only lock the outgoing mail compartment doors but also the master loading doors of the cluster box units. The cluster box unit may also include master loading doors are provided with hinges that extend the full height of the doors—hinges that are defined by pivotally interfitting elements of extrusions that very sturdily mount the master loading doors, that prevent prying or bending the doors in the vicinities of their hinges. The interfitting elements of the hinge extrusions also permit the doors to be installed on their surrounding door frames quickly and easily, and permit one or both of the master loading doors to be quickly and easily removed for service or replacement when necessary.



Moveable mailbox tray

Tue, 25 Feb 2014 08:00:00 EST

A moveable mailbox tray for mounting in a new or existing mailbox wherein said mailbox tray is attached to the door of the mailbox and is repositioned, along with the contents of the mailbox, both horizontally and vertically in the direction of the user when the mailbox door is opened.



Collection canister

Tue, 18 Feb 2014 08:00:00 EST

A charitable collection canister comprising, in combination a container having a money recess therein. There is next a lid having an inside surface. The lid is removably coupled to the container. The lid has a money slot, with the money slot having an inwardly and rearwardly oriented tab. The canister has an internal light emitting diode, with a battery electronically coupled thereto. Lastly, there is a window panel, with the window panel being coupled to the inside surface of the lid. The light emitting diode is visible through the window panel.



Collection canister

Tue, 11 Feb 2014 08:00:00 EST

A charitable collection canister comprising, in combination a container having a money recess therein. There is next a lid having an inside surface. The lid is removably coupled to the container. The lid has a money slot, with the money slot having an inwardly and rearwardly oriented tab. Lastly, there is a window panel, with the window panel being coupled to the inside surface of the lid.



Device for the acceptance of coins

Tue, 04 Feb 2014 08:00:00 EST

A device for the acceptance of coins which allows the acceptance of individual coins as well as the acceptance of various coins for further processing of the coins, whereby the device includes a laterally moveable holding fixture. The holding fixture has a side with a coin insertion slot, and a receptacle area for the reception of a plurality of coins.



Solar powered illuminated mailbox post

Tue, 21 Jan 2014 08:00:00 EST

A solar powered, illuminated mailbox post assembly includes a support post structure for supporting a mailbox operatively thereon. The support post structure includes a vertical post section for mounting in the ground and extending upwardly therefrom. The vertical post section has an interior chamber. A light unit is disposed in the chamber and includes a light source and a rechargeable power supply operatively connected to the light source for energizing the light source and causing the light source to illuminate. There is at least one solar collector operably connected to the rechargeable power supply for collecting solar energy and converting such energy to electric power that is directed to the power supply for recharging thereof. At least one window is formed in the vertical post section adjacent the chamber. The window bears indicia that are highlighted for display upon the window when the light is illuminated and light is transmitted through the window.



Curbside mail protection mailboxes

Tue, 31 Dec 2013 08:00:00 EST

A mailbox system includes a mailbox housing having an interior chamber. The interior chamber has a surface area and a depth. A lockbox is securely coupled to the mailbox housing, and the lockbox is disposed in the interior chamber of the mailbox housing. A security door is hingeably attached to a wall of the lockbox. The security door has a size smaller than that of the surface area of the interior chamber of the mailbox housing. A lock assembly is coupled to the security door, and the lock assembly is configured to alternatively maintain the security door in a closed position or an opened position.



Mailbox accessory device

Tue, 31 Dec 2013 08:00:00 EST

A mailbox accessory device for insertion within the cavity of a mailbox for more easily accessing mail located towards the rear portion of the mailbox including a first member extending along at least a portion of the length of the mailbox cavity, the second member being coupled to the first member. The mailbox device is movable within the mailbox cavity from a position wherein the second member lies in the vicinity of the rear wall of the mailbox to a position wherein the second member lies in the vicinity of the access opening of the mailbox. The second member extends above the first member and engages mail located in the mailbox cavity so as to move such mail to the access opening of the mailbox.



Slat for enhancing coin distribution in coin bin and security grate incorporating same

Tue, 31 Dec 2013 08:00:00 EST

According to one embodiment, a security grate for limiting access to a coin bin is disclosed. The security grate comprises a plurality of generally parallel upper slats and a plurality of generally parallel slats disposed below the upper slats. The plurality of first slats receives coins and directs coins moving under the force of gravity in a first direction. The plurality of lower slats receive coins from the upper slats and direct the coins moving under the force of gravity in a second direction.



Folding shelf

Tue, 17 Dec 2013 08:00:00 EST

Embodiments of the present invention include a folding shelf intended for attachment to a door having a mail slot. The shelf is pivotably attached below the mail slot by a support and moved from its storage position to its operative position by a chain attached to the door by a fastener. The chain is attached to the shelf near that part of the shelf that is distal from the door. Using embodiments of the present invention, items inserted through the door are retained on the shelf rather than fall to the floor, and the door remains functional when the shelf is in the operative position.



Device for receiving banknotes, security system having such a device, and corresponding method

Tue, 19 Nov 2013 08:00:00 EST

A device for receiving banknotes with a frame which provides a banknote opening, and has a banknote bag connected to the frame using a bag opening so that banknotes are introducible through the banknote opening and the bag opening into the banknote bag. The device has a sliding bolt. The frame has an upper frame and a lower frame being separable from each other, and the banknote opening extends through both frames when the upper frame is connected to the lower frame. The frame has a guide for inserting the sliding bolt which is designed so that in the inserted state, the sliding bolt is locked with the frame and completely covers the banknote opening of the two frames.



Animal waste disposal apparatus

Tue, 12 Nov 2013 08:00:00 EST

This invention relates to a method and apparatus for the disposal of animal waste, and is particularly concerned with providing a solution that is economical, hygienic, and environmentally sound. This invention may be used domestically in two main varying ways: in a configuration whereby the invention connects into any access point of a domestic sanitary sewer system, or via an in-line configuration whereby the invention is incorporated into any standard waste downpipe. This invention may be used commercially in a public setting whereby the invention is incorporated into a ‘vending’ machine, allowing limited access for use by varying limited access means and methods.



Mail receptacle

Tue, 05 Nov 2013 08:00:00 EST

A receptacle for receiving objects, such as mail or parcels, has a main housing having an input opening through which objects may be placed into the receptacle, and a hopper style door rotatable coupled within the housing. The hopper has bottom for receiving an object and a hopper cover disposed under the bottom. The hopper is rotatable between an open position in which the bottom is accessible through the opening and a closed position in which the hopper cover blocks the input opening. A flap is coupled to the hopper and is rotatable between an up position when the hopper is in the open position in which the flap forms a back wall adjacent the rear edge of the bottom, and a down position when the hopper is in the fully closed position in which the flap allows an object to slide off the bottom and out of the hopper.



Device for handling banknotes

Tue, 01 Oct 2013 08:00:00 EDT

The invention relates to an apparatus for processing bank notes, in particular a compensation unit for adapting the bank-note stock of a recycling apparatus. In recycling apparatus standing in the cash offices of retailers a lack of bank notes of small denominations occurs quickly. In order to render the filling and emptying of the bank-note stock of recycling apparatus easy and safe, and to extend the time intervals for refilling and emptying recycling apparatus and thereby operate them in an economically sensible fashion, a compensation unit is connected to the recycling apparatus, in which bank notes of certain types are stored. It is possible to both transfer bank notes from the recycling apparatus to the compensation unit and to feed bank notes from the compensation unit to the recycling apparatus.



Cassette for automated teller machine

Tue, 24 Sep 2013 08:00:00 EDT

A cassette for an automatic teller machine (ATM) is provided, which is capable of returning a paper medium disposed at an entrance of the cassette into the cassette using a moving force of a shutter that closes the entrance, during separation of the cassette from a cassette receiving portion.