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1. WO2020232175 - RESONATOR GENERATING A SIMULATED FLAME

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What is claimed is:

1. A device to produce an artificial flame, comprising:

(i) a liquid;

(ii) a transducer in contact with the liquid;

(iii) one or more mist outlets disposed above the liquid and configured to channel mist produced by the transducer; and

(iv) a light source disposed to light the mist as the mist exits the one or more mist outlets.

2. The device of claim 1, wherein the light source is a LED light source.

3. The device of claim 2, further comprising an artificial wick disposed within the one or more mist outlets that further comprises the LED light source.

4. The device of claim 1, further comprising an artificial wick that comprises the light source, wherein the light source is a fiber optic light source.

5. The device of claim 1, further comprising an artificial wick that comprises the light source, wherein the light source comprises a plurality of fiber optic light sources.

6. The device of claim 1, further comprising an artificial wick that comprises the light source, wherein the light source is a light tube.

7. The device of claim 1, wherein the light source comprises a plurality of light sources.

8. The device of claim 1, further comprising an air moving mechanism within the device that shapes the mist.

9. The device of claim 1, further comprising an air moving mechanism external to the device that shapes the mist.

10. The device of claim 1, wherein the mist outlet comprises a shaping nozzle.

11. The device of claim 10, wherein the shaping nozzle is cone shaped.

12. The device of claim 1, further comprising a standing wave tube comprising the one or

more mist outlets.

13. An artificial flame apparatus, comprising:

(i) a housing;

(ii) a liquid reservoir within the housing that contains a liquid;

(iii) a transducer having a transducer surface within the housing;

wherein said liquid from the liquid reservoir contacts the transducer surface to produce a mist;

(iv) a controller comprising a drive signal in operable communication with the transducer;

(v) one or more mist outlets disposed above the liquid and configured to channel mist produced by the transducer; and

(vi) a light source to illuminate said mist as the mist exits the housing,

wherein the illuminated mist appears as an artificial flame.

14. The artificial flame apparatus of claim 13, wherein the light source is a LED light source.

15. The artificial flame apparatus of claim 13, wherein the housing comprises an air moving mechanism within the device that shapes the mist.

16. The artificial flame apparatus of claim 13, further comprising an air moving mechanism external to the device that shapes the mist.

17. The artificial flame apparatus of claim 13, further comprising air channels configured to shape the mist into a plume as it exits the one or more mist outlets.

18. The artificial flame apparatus of claim 13, further comprising a shaping nozzle,

wherein the shaping nozzle comprises an opening,

wherein the opening comprises one or more shaping apertures configured to shape the mist.

19. The artificial flame apparatus of claim 13, further comprising a standing wave tube comprising the one or more mist outlets in a fireplace configuration.

20. A method of producing an artificial flame, comprising the steps of:

(i) contacting a liquid with a transducer to produce a mist;

(ii) passing the mist through a mist outlet; and

(iii) illuminating the mist with a LED light source.

21. The method of producing an artificial flame of claim 20, further comprising passing the mist through a shaping nozzle,

wherein the mist is shaped as it passes through the shaping nozzle.

22. The method of producing an artificial flame of claim 21, wherein the mist is shaped as it passes through the shaping nozzle through modulating the air pressure in the shaping nozzle.

23. The method of producing an artificial flame of claim 21, wherein the mist is shaped as it passes through the shaping nozzle through modulating the speed of the mist as it passes through the shaping nozzle.

24. The method of producing an artificial flame of claim 21 wherein shaping the mist comprises using directed airflow after the mist passes through the mist outlet.

25. The method of producing an artificial flame of claim 21, wherein the shaping nozzle is cone shaped,

wherein shaping the mist comprises passing the mist through the cone shaped shaping nozzle.

26. The method of producing an artificial flame of claim 21, wherein the shaping nozzle comprises one or more apertures,

wherein shaping the mist comprises passing the mist through the one or more apertures.

27. The method of producing an artificial flame of claim 21, wherein an air moving device produces a flow of air that passes the mist through the shaping nozzle.

28. The method of producing an artificial flame of claim 21, wherein the shaping nozzle has variable diameters throughout its length,

wherein the mist is shaped by passing through a portion of the shaping nozzle in which its diameter is the smaller relative to other portions of the shaping nozzle.

29. An artificial flame apparatus, comprising:

(i) a housing;

(ii) a liquid reservoir within the housing that contains a liquid;

(iii) aromatic oils within the liquid;

(iii) a transducer disposed within the liquid;

(iv) a controller comprising a drive signal in operable communication with the transducer;

(v) one or more mist outlets disposed above the liquid and configured to channel mist produced by the transducer; and

(vi) a light source to illuminate said mist as the mist exits the housing,

wherein the illuminated mist appears as an artificial flame.

30. The artificial flame apparatus of claim 29, further comprising an air moving mechanism.

31. The artificial flame apparatus of claim 30, wherein the air moving mechanism is within the housing.

32. The artificial flame apparatus of claim 30, wherein the air moving mechanism is external to the housing.

33. The artificial flame apparatus of claim 29, further comprising air channels configured to shape the mist into a plume as it exits the one or more mist outlets.

34. A device to produce an artificial flame, comprising:

(i) a liquid;

(ii) a transducer in contact with a liquid;

(iii) one or more mist outlets disposed above the liquid and configured to channel mist produced by the transducer;

(iv) a light source disposed to light the mist as the mist exits the device; and

(v) an air moving mechanism that shapes the mist.

35. The device of claim 34, wherein the air moving mechanism is within the device.

36. The device of claim 34, wherein the air moving mechanism is external to the device.