Patents by Inventor Bruce R. Watts

Bruce R. Watts has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Patent number: 4279012
    Abstract: Programmable apparatus for providing random on/off control of electrical devices such as appliances. Such control may be programmed for an entire week, with different programming for each day, and with programming control over small blocks of time, e.g. thirty minutes. Programming is secured by the use of a combination or lock and, in addition, the AC line cord of the electrical device, which receives or does not receive AC power depending upon the status of the program, is locked into the apparatus. During operation, the program in the apparatus may be interrogated and displayed; otherwise the time of day is displayed. The apparatus also includes a look-ahead feature, turning on an appliance, such as a television set, earlier than programmed in order to provide sufficient warm-up time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 1978
    Date of Patent: July 14, 1981
    Assignee: Massachusetts Microcomputers, Inc.
    Inventors: David L. Beckedorff, Michael Sporer, Bruce R. Watts