Patents Assigned to Garmin Ltd.
  • Publication number: 20110288770
    Abstract: Techniques are described that may be implemented in a mobile electronic device providing navigation functionality to furnish a notification that the indicated speed limit of a roadway being traversed has changed. In an implementation, the display of the mobile electronic device is configured to display navigation information including a roadway graphic representing a roadway being traversed by the mobile electronic device and a speed limit indicator graphic for indicating the speed limit associated with the roadway. When a change in the indicated speed limit is encountered, an attribute of the navigation information is temporarily altered to provide a notification of the change.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 19, 2010
    Publication date: November 24, 2011
    Applicant: GARMIN LTD.
    Inventor: Steven P. Greasby
  • Publication number: 20110242039
    Abstract: A display module for use in a touchscreen display of an electronic device. The display module includes a display screen, support structure for the display screen, and LEDs or other light sources for backlighting one or more touch-sensitive fixed icons on a touch panel positioned over the display module. The light sources are sandwiched between an inactive border area of the display screen and the support structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 30, 2010
    Publication date: October 6, 2011
    Applicant: GARMIN LTD.
    Inventors: Robert M. Kalis, Christopher J. Hanshew
  • Publication number: 20110241607
    Abstract: An inductive charging station that does not have to be directly plugged into an electrical socket in order to recharge a battery of an electronic device. The inductive charging station is incorporated into a primary electronic device, such as a laptop computer, for charging or recharging a secondary electronic device, such as a mobile phone. The inductive charging station is electrically coupled with the power source of the primary electronic device so that it may be used to inductively charge the battery of the secondary electronic device without directly plugging either the inductive charging station or the secondary electronic device into an electrical socket or other source of electricity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 6, 2010
    Publication date: October 6, 2011
    Applicant: GARMIN LTD.
    Inventor: Michael R. Wiegers
  • Publication number: 20110223802
    Abstract: A mounting assembly for mounting an electronic device to a surface of a vehicle includes a base for coupling with the surface and a socket assembly for supporting the electronic device on the base. The base includes a mounting ball, and the socket assembly includes a socket operable to frictionally engage the mounting ball to removably couple the socket assembly to the base. An electrical connector is attached to the mounting ball and coupled to an electrical system and another electrical connector is mounted within the socket to provide power to the electronic device when the socket assembly is coupled with the base. Structure limits rotation of the socket assembly relative to the base to inhibit the electrical connectors from becoming disconnected due to over-rotation of the socket assembly on the base.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 11, 2010
    Publication date: September 15, 2011
    Applicant: GARMIN LTD.
    Inventors: Jacob T. Zeller, John R. Tines
  • Publication number: 20110208895
    Abstract: A method of writing data to an electronic device during assembly comprises attaching a resident memory element to one or more contact pads of a circuit board using a solder paste; reflowing the solder paste to affix the resident memory element to the contact pads; copying data from an external memory element to the resident memory element; and thereafter combining a device component with the circuit board to at least partially complete assembly of the electronic device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 22, 2010
    Publication date: August 25, 2011
    Applicant: GARMIN LTD.
    Inventors: Michael R. Wiegers, Travis J. Hebner, Jay D. Schroeder, Ross R. Stutterheim
  • Publication number: 20110207455
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for collecting and analyzing cellular identification (ID) numbers at various geographic locations to estimate cellular tower locations. The method may include collecting cellular ID numbers obtained by collection mobile devices at a plurality of geographic locations then calculating minimum bounding circles encompassing a set of geographic location points with the same cellular identification numbers. If the cellular ID number of a set of location points indicates that the cellular tower is omni-directional, a center of the minimum bounding circle is an estimated cellular tower location. If the cellular ID number indicates that the cellular tower is multi-sector, the apparatus may calculate the estimated cellular tower location as the location at which lines that extend from the centers of a plurality of related minimum bounding circles intersect with each other to form equal angles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 23, 2010
    Publication date: August 25, 2011
    Applicant: Garmin Ltd.
    Inventors: Minan Miin-Nan Lee, Susan S. Chen, Kungwel Liu, Merlin J. Smith, Subhash Uppalapati, Chetan V. Kale
  • Publication number: 20110197200
    Abstract: Techniques are described to decode location information in content accessed by a mobile electronic device and pass the decoded information to a native mapping application to provide an enhanced user experience. In an implementation, location information is decoded by parsing a map link in content accessed by the mobile electronic device or from location information parameters associated with a mapping application programming interface (API) call made by a mapping script embedded in the content. The decoded location information is passed to a native mapping application of the mobile electronic device. A map-related function may then be provided by the mobile electronic device by accessing functionality of the native mapping application using the decoded location information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2010
    Publication date: August 11, 2011
    Applicant: GARMIN LTD.
    Inventors: Haitao Huang, Franck R. Kirouchenaradje, Daniel K. Palmer, Juan C. Uribe, Chetan V. Kale
  • Publication number: 20110148623
    Abstract: Techniques are described that may be implemented in a portable electronic device to provide automatic detection of transit stops made by mass transit system vehicle in which a user of the device is a passenger. In an implementation, the portable electronic device includes an inertial sensor assembly to sense motion of the vehicle and generate a signal indicative of the vehicle motion. The inertial sensor assembly signal is used to detect the occurrence of a transit stop made by the vehicle. The portable electronic device can then display a prompt in response to detection of the transit stop. In embodiments, other measured data (e.g., elapsed time from a prior event, location information, direction, sound, and so on) may be used to verify the occurrence of the transit stop.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2009
    Publication date: June 23, 2011
    Applicant: GARMIN LTD.
    Inventors: Nathan J. Bishop, Qiang Zeng, Jonathan L. Hemphill
  • Publication number: 20110153189
    Abstract: A device and method for calculating information regarding a route to a destination. The device may include a computer-readable memory element on which is stored a plurality of templates comprising historical speed values for a quantity of time segments and a map database including data for a plurality of road segments associated with template codes identifying one or more of the templates. The device may also include a processing device for accessing the map database to determine a historical speed value for one or more selected road segments. The historical speed value may be used for calculating an estimated amount of time to complete a selected route, a route to the destination that takes the least amount of time, and/or a predicted time of arrival at the destination.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 17, 2009
    Publication date: June 23, 2011
    Applicant: GARMIN LTD.
    Inventors: Chih-ming James Chiang, Minan Miin-Nan Lee, Kungwel Liu, Susan S. Chen, Merlin J. Smith
  • Publication number: 20110131412
    Abstract: Techniques for HTTP header compression are described herein. In an implementation, an electronic device may be configured to enable compression/decompression of HTTP messages, including compression/decompression of information in the headers of the messages. A HTTP message is generated that contains at least a header and a body. The HTTP message is reformatted to place at least some of the header information into the body. Then, the body of the reformatted message having the header information is compressed to form a compressed HTTP message. Decompression may be applied by a recipient of the compressed HTTP message to reconstruct the original HTTP message.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 2, 2009
    Publication date: June 2, 2011
    Applicant: GARMIN LTD.
    Inventors: Nicholas S. Grimsley, Kyle J. Hill, Robert L. Marshall, Sean A. Pfeifer
  • Publication number: 20110012773
    Abstract: A plotting system and method for plotting radar and/or sonar signals on a bump map, with a simulated height of each data point representing a corresponding signal strength. The plotting system may comprise a processing device for associating particular signal strengths with normal vectors. The normal vectors may be used to determine the simulated heights to be illustrated on the bump map. The plotting system may also comprise a display for graphically displaying the bump map. Furthermore, the processing device may also associate particular signal strengths with particular colors, such that both color and simulated height may illustrate the strength of the plotted signals.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 17, 2009
    Publication date: January 20, 2011
    Applicant: GARMIN LTD.
    Inventors: Michael D. Cunning, Minchun Liu
  • Patent number: 7789802
    Abstract: A personal training device (10) adapted to assist a user in reaching performance goals, navigating, and accumulating performance statistics. In a preferred embodiment, the device broadly comprises a housing (10); an attachment mechanism (30); a GPS component (40); a user interface (50), including an input portion (52) and an output portion (54); a processor (60), including a timer (62) and a memory element (64); a data interface (70), including an input portion (72) and an output portion (74); an audio component (80); and a power supply (90). The device (10) is adapted to store goal information, monitor performance using GPS-derived data, and communicate performance information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2010
    Assignee: Garmin Ltd.
    Inventors: Wai C. Lee, Tracy L. Oliver, Ryan T. Moore, Claudette D. Fisher, David J. Downey, John H. Lovitt, Scott J. Brunk
  • Patent number: 7787857
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide a navigation device (10) and method that are operable to provide an alert by comparing user geographic locations. The navigation device (10) generally includes a location determining component (14) operable to determine a current geographic location of the device (10), a memory (16) operable to store data corresponding to a previous geographic location of the device (10), a processor (12), and a display (20). The processor (12) is operable to compare the current geographic location of the device (10) to the previous geographic location of the device (10) and generate an alert based upon the comparison. The display (20) is operable to provide a visual indication of the generated alert. Such a configuration enables an attention-getting alert to be automatically provided even if a user is severely injured or incapacitated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2010
    Assignee: Garmin Ltd.
    Inventor: Glenn T. Peterman
  • Patent number: 7783454
    Abstract: A portable apparatus (10) providing both substantially automated performance monitoring and audio entertainment features. In a preferred embodiment the apparatus (10) broadly comprises a portable housing (12); an attachment mechanism (14); a GPS component (16); a heart rate monitor component (17); an audio component (18); a user interface (20); a processor (26); and a power supply (30). The housing (12) may include a headset (1112a) wherein the GPS component (16) is located, and a second housing component (1112b) wherein the processor (26) is located, wherein the GPS component (16) communicates with the processor (26) in a wireless manner. The apparatus (10) is adapted to determine a number of laps or a distance, to provide an elapsed time, and to determine a speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2010
    Assignee: Garmin Ltd.
    Inventors: Jonathan C. Burrell, John H. Lovitt, John H. Conrad
  • Patent number: 7778118
    Abstract: A watch device includes a touch-sensitive user interface employing a sensor positioned within the bezel of the display for detecting when the bezel is touched by a user of the watch device. The sensor may be capable of detecting single presses, multiple simultaneous presses, and scrolling motion presses about the bezel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2010
    Assignee: Garmin Ltd.
    Inventors: Justin R. Lyons, Kristin M. Massoth, John H. Lovitt, Claudette D. Stevenson, David J. Downey
  • Publication number: 20100205242
    Abstract: Techniques are described to exchange location information between a location-aware client device and friend devices via a server that is configured to communicate with one or more friend finding services. The server may reformat the location information for communication between the client device and the friend finding services when the location information is provided in a format that is not supported by one or more of the client device, the friend device, or the one or more friend finding services.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 8, 2009
    Publication date: August 12, 2010
    Applicant: GARMIN LTD.
    Inventors: Thomas L. Marchioro, II, Benjamin E. Jones, Nicholas S. Grimsley, Ye Su
  • Publication number: 20100203849
    Abstract: A portable GPS/radio unit (10) communicates over a wireless radio network (12) with at least one other such unit. The unit (10) may transmit radio signals over the network (12) indicative of the unit's location. The unit (10) includes a single, push-to-talk button (38) that may be pressed to both transmit a voice communication and to initiate transmission of location data. The unit (10) also includes a “polling” function that requests location data from other units, an auxiliary coding system that codes or encrypts all transmitted data, and an emergency message feature that facilities the transmission and receipt of emergency messages.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 20, 2010
    Publication date: August 12, 2010
    Applicant: GARMIN LTD.
    Inventor: Henry J. Straub
  • Publication number: 20100193649
    Abstract: A mounting device comprises a base for placement on a vehicle dashboard or other surface; an attachment mechanism positioned on the base for removably coupling with the electronic device; a battery system including a rechargeable battery positioned within the base or the attachment mechanism for providing power to the electronic device when it is coupled to the attachment mechanism; and at least one solar cell positioned on or incorporated into the base or the attachment mechanism for charging the rechargeable battery.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 2, 2009
    Publication date: August 5, 2010
    Applicant: GARMIN LTD.
    Inventor: Michael R. Wiegers
  • Patent number: D621405
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2010
    Assignee: Garmin Ltd.
    Inventors: Stephen P. Waite, John J. Stutz, Jacob T. Zeller, Brian G. Schoenfish, Jeffrey D. Minelli
  • Patent number: D622169
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2010
    Assignee: Garmin Ltd.
    Inventors: Derrick D. Lenz, Warren R. Stevens, Juhee Lee, Kwan Woo Lee, Jeff D. Taylor, Aaron J. Lindh