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Ulllted States Patent [19]
[11] Patent Number:
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CAMERA WITH SMILE SOUND
Inventor:
Richard Peter Szajewski, Rochester,
NY
Ass1gnee: Eastman Kodak Company, Rochester,
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Appl. No.: 897,874
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P116011
Jul- 21, 1997
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Date of Patent:
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4,896,178
1/1990 Ohmura et al. .
2/1990 Kelley.
4,954,858
5,086,311
9/1990 Ohmllfa 6t a1~ 2/1992 Naka et al..
5,170,199
5,235,364
12/1992 Nakai et al. .
8/1993 Ohmura et al. .
5,313,235
5,315,332
5/1994 Inoue et al. .
5/1994 Hirasaki et al. .
1/1994 Bell et a1‘ '
5,387,995
2/1995 Harig .
5,442,231
8/1995
5,450,149
9/1995 Cocca .
5,466,560
Related US. Application Data
11/1995
5,552,850
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Continuation of Ser. No. 630,186,Apr. 10, 1996, abandoned.
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Int. Cl.6 ................................................... .. G03B 17/24
Oct. 13 9 1998
4,905,029
572767472
N'Y'
5,822,621
Miyamoto et al. .
Sowinski et al. .
9/1996 Matsumoto _
FOREIGN PATENT DOCUMENTS
6475208
6/1994
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2044479
10/1980
United Kingdom .
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US. Cl. ............................ .. 396/6, 396/283, 396/429,
396/543
WO 89/04708
WO 94/23338
6/1989
10/1994
WIPO '
WIPO .
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Field of Search .............................. .. 396/6, 281, 283,
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396/429, 543
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References Cited
U'S' PATENT DOCUMENTS
2/1978 Mayo .................................... .. 354/295
4,092,062
4,502,771
5/1978 Kittag .
3/1985 Katsuma et al. ...................... .. 354/467
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Primary Exammer—Dav1d M. Gray
Attorney, Agent, or Firm—Paul A. Leipold
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ABSTRACT
The invention relates to a camera comprising means to emit
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CAMERA WITH SMILE SOUND
ing the attention of the subject. Such situations arise, for
example, in the portraiture of children, during parties and the
like. In particular, the picture taker is faced With the dilemma
of speaking or moving to attract the subjects’ attention,
This is a Continuation of application Ser. No. 08/630,
186, ?led Apr. 10, 1996, noW abandoned.
While taking a picture and thereby blurring the captured
FIELD OF THE INVENTION
This invention relates to a camera With a sound module.
More particularly, it relates to a one-time-use camera With a
user activated sound-emitting module.
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BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION
images under loWer lighting conditions; changing the lens
characteristics to restore total exposure costs increased cam
One-time-use cameras, also knoWn as single-use cameras
or ?lm-With-lens units, have become increasingly popular
With consumers. This popularity is apparently based on the
image, or of Waiting until the subjects’ attention is fortu
itously focused on the camera. The expedient of using
shorter exposure times in such one-time-use cameras Which,
at ?rst glance might seem to serve to alleviate this problem,
inherently leads to other dif?culties, viZ.: making no other
design adjustments results in a loss of ability to record
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era siZe or decreased depth-of-?eld; increasing ?lm sensi
tivity to compensate for the loWer exposure results in
simplicity of use and economical nature of these cameras.
degraded granularity performance. Thus, the problem of
The simplicity and economy noW expected by the consum
providing excellent photographs from one-time-use cameras
ers of these cameras When combined With the desire to
obtain excellent pictures from such cameras have led manu
When trying to attract attention remains a need.
facturers to continually optimiZe the balance of component
It is an object of the invention to provide a one-time-use
camera capable of attracting the attention of a subject
Without simultaneously imparting motion to the camera and
The component properties typically optimiZed include:
exposure characteristics, that is, the preset lens aperture and
focal length, as Well as the preset shutter time; ?lm
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taking more pleasurable for both the camera user and the
subject.
Many of these cameras are noW ?tted With ?ash-units and
The invention is generally accomplished by providing a
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US. Pat. Nos. 4,896,178; 4,954,858; 5,086,311; 5,170,199;
in US. Pat. Nos. 5,442,231 (NoZaWa) and 5,466,560
This invention provides the camera user With an easy and
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entertaining means of quickly attracting the attention of a
subject Without simultaneously imparting motion to the
camera and blurring images of the subject taken using the
In the effort to make these cameras suitable for picture
taking under a Wide variety of lighting conditions, manu
facturers have employed the most light sensitive and long
exposure-latitude ?lms consistent With obtaining adequate
color balance and reproduction, adequately loW graininess,
and adequately high sharpness in the ?nal prints. They have
camera comprising means to emit a smile sound.
ADVANTAGEOUS EFFECT OF THE
INVENTION
5,235,364; 5,315,332; and 5,337,099. The co-optimiZation
of these cameras and ?lms is further described and cataloged
(SoWinski et al).
thereby blurring images taken using the camera.
It is a further object of the invention to make picture
characteristics, including color balance, photographic sen
sitivity and exposure latitude; and camera body ergonomics.
further modi?ed to permit use in Wet environments. Repre
sentative examples of one-time-use cameras are described in
SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION
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properties in such cameras so as to make the picture-taking
exercise both as convenient and as fail-proof as possible.
camera. In this Way the overall quality of pictures taken
using the camera is improved both in the objective sense of
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improved image sharpness and in the subjective or artistic
sense of improved scene content.
also employed the most economical-to-manufacture lenses.
BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF DRAWINGS
enough so that camera motion Will be a negligible factor
FIG. 1 is a perspective vieW of a one-time-use camera of
under most conditions of use, that is, When the user is 45 the invention providing a sound module and a sWitch.
consciously attempting to hold the camera still. Practically,
FIG. 2 is a perspective vieW of a one-time-use camera of
this means setting the exposure time at about 1/100 to 1/125
Further, they have preset exposure times to be just short
the invention providing a user-programmable sound module
second, Which is shorter than an average rest heart rate.
In unrelated area, it is also knoWn to incorporate sound
and a sWitch.
FIG. 3 is a perspective vieW of a one-time-use camera of
recording apparatus into high quality still cameras much in
the Way that sound recording apparatus have been incorpo
the invention providing a user-programmable sound module
and a sWitch to activate the sound module ganged to the ?ash
and shutter release of the camera.
FIG. 4 shoWs the circuitry internal to a camera having
a particular picture. Representative examples of this tech 55
both a ?ash unit and a pre-programmed sound module.
nological approach are described in US. Pat. Nos. 4,905,029
FIG. 5 shoWs the partial circuitry internal to a camera
(Kelley); 5,276,472 (Bell et al.); and 5,387,995 and 5,450,
rated into motion picture cameras. These devices are all
intended to enable a user to associate a sound message With
149 (both Cocca). Audible Warning devices have also been
incorporated into reloadable single lens re?ex (SLR) cam
eras.
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PROBLEM TO BE SOLVED BY THE
INVENTION
While single-use camera settings are indeed adequate for
still-life scenes or posed portraiture, a problem arises When
a picture taker is confronted With the desire to obtain a
candid photograph of a subject While simultaneously attract
having both a ?ash unit and a user-programmable sound
module.
FIG. 6 illustrates the mechanical and electrical connec
tions required to sequentially activate a sound unit and later
activate a shutter and ?ash unit from a common arm.
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DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE
INVENTION
This invention has many advantages over the other
approaches to reducing image blur under the speci?c con
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ditions of use described. It provides the camera user With an
Which are incorporated by reference. The level of sound
emitted by the sound module should be loud enough to be
easy and entertaining means of quickly attracting the atten
tion of a subject Without simultaneously imparting motion to
the camera and blurring images of the subject taken using
the camera. In this Way the overall quality of pictures taken
using the camera is improved both in the objective sense of
improved image sharpness and in the subjective or artistic
heard by the subject Without becoming objectionable. The
sound should be audible to about 5 meters. Sound levels
betWeen that of a Whisper and normal conversation are
sense of improved scene content. The overall loss in image
quality inherent in other approaches, i.e., a loss of ability to
record images under loWer lighting conditions, increased
camera siZe, decreased depth-of-?eld, and degraded ?lm
granularity are all avoided. These and other advantages Will
be apparent from the detailed description beloW.
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particularly contemplated. Typically, this means a sound
output level of betWeen about 5 and 70 decibels, preferably
betWeen about 10 and 60 decibels, and most preferably
betWeen about 15 and 45 decibels. The sound module may
also include a volume control. Typically, the sound module
Will emit a message having a duration of less than about 20
seconds and preferably betWeen about 3 and 15 seconds.
Useful sound modules can typically store analog or digitiZed
sound information on an integrated circuit (IC) in non
“Smile Sound” is de?ned as a pleasant noise of moderate
volatile fashion. When the sound information is stored in
volume that Would attract attention Within about a 5 meter 15
digitiZed form, the sound module additionally includes a
range. The smile sound causes the hearer to look toWard the
digital to analog converter circuit. Additional sound modules
sound in a pleasant manner. The term “smile sound” is
and techniques for recording on these sound modules are
intended to exclude loud and/or obnoxious sounds such as
shoWn in incorporated by reference US. Pat. No. 5,444,767
sirens, buZZers, and screams. It Will include What a child
(Goetcheus et al). While sWitch 32 is shoWn in the draWing
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Would refer to as a happy or silly sound.
as a pushbutton, it can be any type of sWitch activated by the
The invention provides a camera comprising a sound
camera user. In particular, it can be a sWitch activated by
module, a sWitch, a shutter, a shutter-release, and a poWer
compression of a ?eXible portion of the camera body.
source, Wherein the poWer source provides poWer to the
Most generally, the camera 10 Will be generally rectan
sound module and Wherein activating the sWitch triggers the
sound module to emit sound.
In one embodiment of the invention, the sound module
may be pre-programmed With a verbal, musical, or attention
getting message. In a second embodiment the sound module
may be user programmable. In this second embodiment, the
sound module may be initially pre-programmed as in the
?rst embodiment, and the pre-programmed message may be
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gular in shape and can meet the requirements of easy
handling and transportability in, for eXample, a pocket,
When the camera as described herein has a limited volume.
The camera should have a total volume of less that about 450
cubic centimeters (cc), preferably the total volume is less
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than about 380 cc, more preferably the total volume is less
than about 300 cc, and most preferably the total volume is
less than about 220 cc. The depth to height to length
proportions of such a camera Will generally be in an about
1:2:4 ratio, With a range in each dimension of about 25% so
overWritten by the user as desired.
The camera is preferably a one-time-use camera having
an arm common to both the sWitch and the shutter-release, 35 as to provide comfortable handling. Generally the minimum
Where partial movement of the arm activates the sWitch, and
useable depth is set by the focal length of the incorporated
lens and by the dimensions of the incorporated ?lm spools.
further movement of the arm activates the shutter-release. In
a more preferred mode, the camera has a ?ash unit activated
by the shutter-release. Typically, the shutter release causes
the shutter to open for betWeen about 1/60 to 1/500 second.
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The camera Will preferably have the majority of corners and
edges ?nished With a radius-of-curvature of betWeen about
0.2 and 3 centimeters.
In yet another embodiment, the objects of the invention
Any camera speed imaging means employable in knoWn
are achieved by providing a camera comprising a light
module, a sWitch, a shutter, a shutter-release, and a poWer
source, Wherein the poWer source provides poWer to the light
single-use, one-time-use, or ?lm-With-lens cameras may be
employed as the image capture means of the current inven
tion. These one-time-use cameras can provide speci?c fea
module and Wherein activating the sWitch triggers the light
45 tures as knoWn in the art such as shutter means, ?lm advance
module to emit light.
means, Waterproof housings, single or multiple lenses, lens
Illustrated in FIG. 1 is a camera 10 according to the
invention. The camera is a one-time-use camera that is
preloaded With ?lm and that is provided With a ?ash 12. The
?ash is energiZed by movement of lever 14. The scene to be
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photographed is vieWed through vieW?nder 16 With photo
graphs being taken through lens 18. The camera is further
provided With a shutter-release activating button 22 and a
?lm frame counter 24. The ?lm is advanced betWeen pic
tures by ?lm advance Wheel 26. 28 is a ?ash ready light that
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selection means, variable aperture, focus or focal length
lenses, means for monitoring lighting conditions, means for
altering shutter times or lens characteristics based on light
ing conditions or user provided instructions, and means for
recording use conditions directly on the ?lm, as for eXample
by means of a magnetic layer.
The single-use cameras employed in this invention can be
any of those knoWn in the art. These cameras can provide
speci?c features as knoWn in the art such as shutter means,
lights When the ?ash is ready for picture taking. The
?lm advance means, Waterproof housings, single or multiple
pre-programmed sound module 30 is activated by sWitch 32.
The camera internally contains a battery and connecting
lenses, lens selection means, variable aperture, focus or focal
length lenses, means for monitoring lighting conditions,
circuitry (not shoWn). When the shutter release activating
button 22 is depressed, the shutter opens and the ?ash unit
?res.
The sound module 30 can be any suitably siZed pre
programmable sound module knoWn in the art. Typical
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simpli?ed mechanisms for manually or automatically
advancing ?lm and resetting shutters as described at
sound modules suitable for use in the invention are disclosed
in US. Pat. Nos. 4,704,934 (Nosrati); 4,756,222 (Armato);
4,809,246 (Jeng); 4,990,092 (Cummings); 5,119,932
(Semanoff); and 5,312,282 (Cooper), the disclosures of
means for altering shutter times or lens characteristics based
on lighting conditions or user provided instructions, and
means for recording use conditions directly on the ?lm.
These features include, but are not limited to: providing
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Skarman, US. Pat. No. 4,226,517; providing apparatus for
automatic eXposure control as described at Matterson et al,
US. Pat. No. 4,345,835; moisture-proo?ng as described at
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Fujimura et al, US. Pat. No. 4,766,451; providing internal
snapshot siZed prints. Exposure areas betWeen about 5 cm2
and 0.5 cm2 are particularly contemplated. The shape of the
and external ?lm casings as described at Ohmura et al, US.
Pat. No. 4,751,536; providing means for recording use
exposed area can be rectilinear With an aspect ratio betWeen
conditions on the ?lm as described at Taniguchi et al, US.
Pat. No. 4,780,735; providing lens ?tted cameras as
about 1:1 to up to about 4:1. Typically pleasing aspect ratios
include 3:2, 4:3, 7:5, and 16:9, as Well as panoramic ratios
of about 3:1.
described at Arai, US. Pat. No. 4,804,987; providing ?lm
supports With superior anti-curl properties as described at
Sasaki et al, US. Pat. No. 4,827,298; providing a vieW?nder
The photographic sensitivity or speed of color negative
photographic elements is inversely related to the exposure
required to enable the attainment of a speci?ed density
as described at Ohmura et al, US. Pat. No. 4,812,863;
providing a lens of de?ned focal length and lens speed as
described at Ushiro et al, US. Pat. No. 4,812,866; providing
multiple ?lm containers as described at Nakayama et al, US.
Pat. No. 4,831,398 and at Ohmura et al, US. Pat. No.
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ci?cally de?ned by the American National Standards Insti
4,833,495; providing ?lms With improved anti-friction char
acteristics as described at Shiba, US. Pat. No. 4,866,469;
providing Winding mechanisms, rotating spools or resilient
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sleeves as described at Mochida, US. Pat. No. 4,884,087;
providing a ?lm patrone removable in an axial direction as
described by Takei et al at US. Pat. Nos. 4,890,130 and
5,063,400; providing an electronic ?ash means as described
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Film latitude relates to the range of exposures that can be
emulsions suitable for use on tightly Wound spools as
described at Yagi et al, European Patent Application 0,466,
417A. Additional features of one-time-use cameras are 30
described in US. Pat. Nos. 4,954,858 (Ohmura et al);
5,086,311 (Naka et al); 5,170,199 (Kakai et al); 5,235,364
(Ohmura et al); 5,315,332 (Hirasaki et al); and 5,337,099
(Tasaka et al).
(shoulder) regime in a green or red color record. In order to
provide a range a recordable exposures, ?lm latitude Will
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generally be in excess of 1.5 log E. Film latitude greater than
2.4 log E is preferred, and ?lm latitude greater than about 3.0
log E is more preferred because this provides a Wide range
of useful exposure conditions When combined With the lens
and shutter characteristics previously described.
In one embodiment, the image capture means employs
light sensitive silver halide crystals coated on a ?exible
support. In this embodiment, it is preferred to employ a high
ing a focal length betWeen about 10 and 100 mm, and
apertures betWeen f/2 and f/32. The focal length is prefer
more preferred. The lens MTF can be as loW as 0.6 or less
at a spatial frequency of 20 lines per millimeter (1 pm),
although values as high as 0.7, or most preferably 0.8 or
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contemplated.
The shutter means employed With the camera alloWs an
exposure time of betWeen about 1/60 and 1/500 second. It is
preferred that the shutter time be betWeen about 1/100 and 1/250
second. Shutter times of shorter than about 1/100 second are
preferred so as to minimiZe sharpness losses due to shake
inherent in hand held cameras. Shutter times of less than 1/125
successfully recorded by a photographic element. For the
purposes of this invention, useful latitude can be quanti?ed
by determining the exposure range Which provides a straight
line relationship betWeen exposure and density after a White
light exposure and processing With less than a 5% drop from
straight line in either an underexposed (toe) or overexposed
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invention are generally single aspherical plastic lenses hav
above are contemplated. Multiple lens arrangements com
prising tWo, three, or more component lens elements con
sistent With the functions described above are speci?cally
greater than ISO 200, ISO 400 or most preferred ISO 800 or
more.
Hara, US. Pat. No. 5,084,719; and providing silver halide
ably betWeen about 15 and 60 mm, and most preferably
betWeen about 20 and 40 nm. Apertures of betWeen f/4 and
f/16 are preferred With an aperture of about f/8 to f/ 12 being
Larger values of ISO or ANSI ?lm speed indicate a more
sensitive photographic element. To be useful in this
invention, the photographic element suitably has an ISO
speed of greater than about ISO 100. It is preferred that the
element be more sensitive, exhibiting an ISO speed of
externally operable member for effecting exposure as
A taking lens mounted on the single-use cameras of the
tute (ANSI) as ANSI Standard Number PH 2.27-1979 (ASA
speed) and relates to the exposure levels required to enable
a density of 0.15 above fog in the green light sensitive and
least light sensitive color records of a multicolor negative
?lm. This exposure level de?nes the speed point of the
photographic element. This de?nition conforms to the Inter
national Standards OrganiZation (ISO) ?lm speed rating.
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at Ohmura et al, US. Pat. No. 4,896,178; providing an
described at Mochida et al, US. Pat. No. 4,954,857; pro
viding ?lm support With modi?ed sprocket holes and means
for advancing said ?lm as described at Murakami, US. Pat.
No. 5,049,908; providing internal mirrors as described at
above fog after processing. Photographic speed for color
negative ?lms With a gamma of about 0.65 has been spe
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sensitivity, long latitude, high sharpness ?lm exhibiting high
environmental insensitivity, favorable tone scale, and favor
able color reproduction if a color ?lm. Such high quality
?lms compensate for the knoWn environmental trauma typi
cally suffered by such cameras and the knoWn lens and
illumination de?ciencies typically inherent in such cameras.
Typical ?lms suitable for such uses are described in US. Pat.
Nos. 5,442,231 (NoZaWa) and 5,466,560 (SoWinski et al),
the disclosures of Which are incorporated by reference.
FIG. 2 illustrates a camera 20 according to the invention.
second are preferred, While even shorter shutter times are 55 The user-programmable sound module 50 is activated to
most preferred. Extremely short shutter times, those less
record by movement of recording-sWitch 52 and activated to
than about 1/500 second can prove disadvantageous since
these cameras are often employed in light limited situations.
emit sound by sWitch 32. The other features are as in FIG.
1 and in the related description and are not repeated here.
User-programmable sound modules are also Well knoWn
in the art and are described in detail in incorporated by
The camera provides means for exposing more than one
scene per unit of ?lm, With arrangements enabling the
exposure of 6, 12, 24, 27, 36, 40 or even more distinct scenes
being especially preferred. The camera enables exposure of
any desired image area on the ?lm. Typical are areas of less
than about 10 cm2. Even smaller exposure areas can be
employed With values of less than 9, 8, or 7 cm2 being
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reference US. Pat. Nos. 5,045,327 (TarloW) and 5,359,374
(SchWartZ). Again, the level of sound emitted by the sound
module should be loud enough to be heard by the subject
Without becoming objectionable. Other features of the sound
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preferred. Exposure areas of 5 cm2 or less are considered as
FIG. 3 illustrates a camera 30 according to the invention.
suitable for negative ?lms intended for use to produce
The user-programmable sound module 50 is activated to
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emit sound by depression of the combined shutter-release
activating button 42 to a ?rst detent (not shoWn). Further
depression of combined shutter-release activating button 42
focal length of betWeen 10 and 100 mm and a preset
aperture of betWeen f/2 and f/32;
preloaded With a light sensitive photographic element
mounted Within said body and positioned to be eXpos
able through said lens; said element having a photo
graphic sensitivity of greater than ISO 100 and a
latitude of greater than 1.5 log E; and said lens, aperture
and element positioning together enabling eXposure of
activates the shutter release and ?res the ?ash unit. The other
features are as in FIG. 1 and are not repeated here.
FIG. 4 illustrates circuitry internal to camera 10 of FIG.
1. Here, poWer is supplied by battery 102 to both the ?ash
circuitry and the sound module circuitry. The ?ash circuitry
comprises a conventional voltage booster circuit 104, a
conventional trigger circuit 106, and a conventional ?ash
bulb 108. Movement of lever 14 of FIG. 1 causes sWitch
contact 114 to electronically connect contact points 113 an
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115, thereby activating the voltage booster circuit 104.
When the voltage booster circuit has reached full charge, the
integral ?ash ready light, 28 of FIG. 1, lights. Movement of
the shutter-release activating button 22 causes contact 122 to
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electronically connect contact points 121 and 123, thereby
activating the trigger circuit 106 and causing the ?ashbulb
108 to discharge, thereby emitting light at ?ash 12 of FIG.
shutter;
a sound module mounted into said body and poWered by
said poWer source, said sound module being capable of
storing in non-volatile fashion a prearranged smile
sound and, When activated, of emitting said smile
sound on signal; said sound characteriZed in being
1, simultaneously the shutter release button causes the
portion of the ?lm in the exposure gate, also not shoWn. The
sound module circuitry comprises a pre-programmed play
back unit 134 and a speaker unit 130. Movement of sWitch
32 causes contact 132 to electronically connect contact
a shutter mounted to said body and positioned betWeen
said lens and said element and enabling on opening,
eXposure of said element for a preset interval of
betWeen 1/60 to 1/500 second;
a shutter release mounted to said body for opening said
a poWer source mounted Within said body;
shutter, not shoWn, to open for a set time and eXpose the
points 131 and 133, thereby activating the pre-programmed
an area of said element of less than 9 cm2 per scene
photographed;
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playback unit 134 Which, in turn, causes the speaker unit 130
audible at distance of about 5 meters; and
a sWitch mounted to said body for activating said sound
module; Wherein
to emit sound. In an alternative embodiment, the ?ash
said means to emit a smile sound is activated by the
circuitry and the sound module circuitry can be poWered by
separate batteries.
sWitch to activate said sound module; and
said camera further comprises an arm common to both the
FIG. 5 illustrates the circuitry internal to camera 20 of
FIG. 2. Here, the sound module circuitry comprises a user
sWitch and a shutter-release; Wherein partial movement
of the arm activates the sWitch and further movement of
programmable playback unit 154 and a transducer/speaker
the arm activates the shutter-release.
unit 150. Movement of sWitch 32 causes contact 132 to
2. The camera of claim 1 Wherein said smile sound may
electronically connect contact points 131 and 133, thereby 35 be recorded on said sound module by the camera user.
activating the playback function of user programmable
3. The camera of claim 1 Wherein said smile sound means
playback unit 154 Which, in turn, causes the speaker of
is a chime sound.
transducer/speaker unit 150 to emit sound. Movement of
4. The camera of claim 1 Wherein said smile sound means
sWitch 52 causes contact 152 to electronically connect
is a song sound.
contact points 151 and 153 thereby, activating the program
5. The camera of claim 1 Wherein said smile sound means
function of the user programmable playback unit 154 Which,
is a voice sound.
in turn, enables the transducer of transducer/speaker unit 150
6. The camera of claim 1 Wherein said camera further
to accept sound Which is then recorded in unit 154.
comprises a ?ash activated by said shutter.
FIGS. 6a, 6b, and 6c illustrate the ganging of contacts 122
7. The camera of claim 1 Wherein said smile sound means
and 132 internal to camera 30 of FIG. 3. Here, arm 43 is 45 emits a nursery rhyme sound.
activated by depression of combined shutter-release activat
8. The camera of claim 1 Wherein said smile sound is
ing button 42. FIG. 6a illustrates the normal position of arm
activated by squeeZing a part of a camera that comprises a
43. FIG. 6b illustrates the position of arm 43 When button 42
sWitch.
has been depressed to the ?rst detent. In this position the
9. A camera as in claim 1 Wherein said sound module is
pre-programmed With a smile sound message.
10. A camera as in claim 1 Wherein said sound module is
playback unit is activated and causes sound to be emitted.
FIG. 6c illustrates the position of arm 43 When button 42 is
fully depressed. In this position the ?ash unit ?res to emit
light and the shutter opens to alloW exposure of a picture.
The invention has been described in detail With particular
reference to preferred embodiments thereof, but it Will be
understood that variations and modi?cations can be effected
Within the spirit and scope of the invention.
I claim:
1. A one-time-use camera comprising a sound module,
said sound module comprising means to emit a smile sound:
a body of generally rectangular shape and characteriZed in
having a total volume of up to 450 cubic centimeters
user programmable With a smile sound.
11. Acamera as in claim 1 further comprising a ?ash unit
activated by the shutter-release.
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12. The camera of claim 1 Wherein said camera has a
vieW?nder opening in the front face and an aperture separate
from the lens for vieWing a subject to be photographed.
13. The camera of claim 1 Wherein the depth, height, and
length de?ne, at their respective con?uence, corners and
edges, the majority of said corners and edges ?nished With
a radius of curvature of betWeen 0.2 and 3 cc.
14. The camera of claim 1 Wherein said total volume is
and a depth to height to length ratio of about 1:2:4; said
body having a front face and a parallel rear face, each
less than 380 cc.
said face de?ned by the aforesaid height and length;
a single aspherical plastic lens permanently mounted to
65 less than 300 cc.
said front face and characteriZed in having a preset
15. The camera of claim 13 Wherein said total volume is
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