ATHLETIC WATCH

- NIKE, Inc.

A device for monitoring athletic performance of a user has a wristband configured to be worn by the user. An electronic module is removably attached to the wristband. The electronic module has a controller and a screen and a plurality of user inputs operably associated with the controller.

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Description

RELATED APPLICATIONS

This application claims priority benefits based on U.S. Provisional Patent Appln. No. 61/172,769 filed Apr. 26, 2009 and entitled “Athletic Watch.” This earlier provisional application is entirely incorporated herein by reference. Also, aspects of this invention may be used in conjunction with the watch constructions, interface features and global positioning system features described, for example, in the following concurrently filed U.S. patent applications:

(a) U.S. patent application Ser. No. ______ entitled “Athletic Watch” (Attorney Docket No. 005127.01487);

(b) U.S. patent application Ser. No. ______ entitled “Athletic Watch” (Attorney Docket No. 005127.01495); and

(c) U.S. patent application Ser. No. ______ entitled “GPS Features And Functionality In An Athletic Watch System” (Attorney Docket No. 005127.01496).

These concurrently filed U.S. patent applications are entirely incorporated herein by reference.

TECHNICAL FIELD

The present invention generally relates to an athletic performance monitoring device and, more particularly, to a watch having enhanced athletic functionality.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

Devices such as watches and, in particular, watches having features allowing a wearer to monitor athletic performance are known. For example, runners often wear watches to keep track of time, distance, pace and laps etc. Such watches, however, are oftentimes not user friendly and cumbersome to use. Consequently, the wearer may not utilize the watch to its full potential. Such watches also have limited athletic performance monitoring capabilities. Accordingly, while certain watches having athletic functionality provide a number of advantageous features, they nevertheless have certain limitations. The present invention seeks to overcome certain of these limitations and other drawbacks of the prior art, and to provide new features not heretofore available.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

The present invention relates to athletic performance monitoring devices and, in particular, to a watch having enhanced athletic functionality.

According to one aspect of the invention, a device for monitoring athletic performance of a user has a wristband configured to be worn by the user. An electronic module is removably attached to the wristband. The electronic module has a controller and a screen and a plurality of user inputs operably associated with the controller. In an exemplary embodiment, the user inputs are configured in a three-axis or tri-axis configuration for enhanced user operability. A first input is applied along an x-axis. A second input is applied along an y-axis. A third input is applied along a z-axis.

According to a further aspect of the invention, the third input is applied along the z-axis in a direction generally normal to the screen or crystal of the watch. The user taps or applies force to the screen in the third input. In an exemplary embodiment regarding the third input, the controller is operably connected to a shock sensor contained within a housing of the watch. In a further exemplary embodiment, a user can mark laps during a run by utilizing the third input wherein the user taps the screen of the watch.

According to another aspect of the invention, the electronic module has a communication connector. The electronic module is configured to be plugged into a computer of a user when the electronic module is removed from the wristband. In an exemplary embodiment, the communication connector is in the form of a USB (Universal Serial Bus) connector. When the communication connector is inserted into the computer, athletic performance data recorded by the electronic module can be uploaded to the computer as well as a remote site accessed by the computer. The remote site may be a site dedicated to the tracking, analyzing and display of athletic performance. In a further exemplary embodiment, data from the remote site and the user's computer can be transferred to the electronic module for enhanced operability for the user.

According to a further aspect of the invention, the USB connector may be fixedly attached to the housing of the electronic module. In other embodiments, the USB connector may be flexibly connected to the housing. In an exemplary embodiment, the USB connector has a plurality of leads. The leads have a first segment embedded in a finger or leg member extending from the housing. The leads have a second segment positioned in a base member connected to the finger. The second segment may be in the form of resilient members having one end engaged with the first segment and another end operably connected to the controller. The second segments of the leads may be in the form of compressible springs. The base member is connected to the housing.

According to another aspect of the invention, the watch has a controller and user interface having enhanced operability for the user.

According to another aspect of the invention, the watch has a GPS receiver (Global Positioning System) and antenna. The watch is configured to receive GPS signals for enhanced operability and enhanced athletic functionality.

According to another aspect of the invention, a user can send a motivational message to a second user via the remote site. Upon connecting to the remote site, a notify message is transferred to the electronic module of the second user. When the second user reaches a certain predetermined metric associated with the message, the second user receives the notify message. The second user can access the motivational message by plugging in the electronic module into the computer to connect to the remote site. In another embodiment, the message may be displayed directly on the watch of the second user.

According to another aspect of the invention, the electronic module is removably connected to the wristband. In one embodiment, the electronic module may have one or more protrusions received by corresponding apertures in the wristband. The watch may employ alternative connection structures. The connection structures may have flexible configurations, removable key module configurations, and articulating connector configurations.

According to another aspect of the invention, a device for monitoring athletic performance of a user includes a wristband, an electronic module, and a USB connector. The wristband may have a slot and may be configured to be worn by the user. The electronic module may be removably attached to the wristband. The USB connector may be connected to the wristband, wherein the USB connector fits in the slot of the wristband. Additionally, the USB connector may include an elongated member that has a base, a distal end, and an elongated intermediate portion extending between the base and the distal end. The elongated intermediate portion may be flexible. The distal end may support a set of electronic leads from the USB connector. The base of the USB connector may be connected to an underside central portion of the wristband. The base of the USB connector may be located at the underside central portion of the wristband directly under the electronic module and the slot may be located on an inner surface of the wristband and dimensioned to generally correspond to the shape of the USB connector.

According to another aspect of the invention, a device for monitoring athletic performance of a user includes a wristband configured to be worn by the user; an electronic module removably attached to the wristband; and a USB connector fully integrated into the wristband, wherein a set of electronic leads of the USB connector is supported at a distal end of the wristband. The USB connector may include a cap covering the electronic leads of the USB connector, wherein the cap fits over the distal end of the wristband. Additionally, the wristband may be flexible, wherein the when the band is wrapped around the wrist of a user, the distal end of the wristband is connected to an underside of the wristband. The distal end of the wristband may be connected to the underside of the wristband by the use of a post connection system, wherein the post connection system includes a post located at the underside of the wristband near the electronic module, and wherein the post is configured to connect to one of a plurality of holes located at the distal end of the wristband. In another embodiment, the distal end of the wristband may be connected to the underside of the wristband by the use of hook and loop fasteners, wherein the distal end of the wristband includes a first hook and loop fastener that connects to a second hook and loop fastener located at the underside of the wristband near the electronic module.

According to another aspect of the invention, a device for monitoring athletic performance of a user includes a wristband configured to be worn by the user; an electronic module removably attached to the wristband; and a key member that includes a USB connector and a housing, the key member removably located at a distal end of the wristband. Additionally, the distal end of the wristband has a slot, wherein the USB connector of the key member is configured to be inserted into the slot of the wristband and wherein the wristband has flexible connectors extending within the wristband, wherein the key member is inserted into the slot of the wristband, the key member is operably connected to the electronic module. The wristband may have flexible connectors extending within the wristband. The USB connector and the wristband may have a cooperative structure, wherein the cooperative structure is an interference fit or the cooperative structure includes cooperative detents located on the USB connector and the wristband.

Other features and advantages of the invention will be apparent from the following examples in the specification taken in conjunction with the following drawings.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

FIGS. 1-21 disclose views of a first embodiment of a device in the form of a watch of an exemplary embodiment of the present invention including views showing user interface operability of the watch;

FIGS. 22-49 disclose views of a second embodiment of a device in the form of a watch of an exemplary embodiment of the present invention including views showing user interface operability of the watch;

FIGS. 50-64 disclose views of a third embodiment of a device in the form of a watch of an exemplary embodiment of the present invention including views showing user interface operability of the watch;

FIGS. 65-85 disclose views of a fourth embodiment of a device in the form of a watch of an exemplary embodiment of the present invention including views showing user interface operability of the watch; and

FIGS. 86-228 disclose views of additional exemplary embodiments of the watch of the present invention and showing additional connection configurations between a wristband and an electronic module or a component of the electronic module.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION

While this invention is susceptible of embodiment in many different forms, there are shown in the drawings, and will herein be described in detail, preferred embodiments of the invention with the understanding that the present disclosure is to be considered as an exemplification of the principles of the invention and is not intended to limit the broad aspects of the invention to the embodiments illustrated and described.

Device Structures

The present invention discloses multiple embodiments of a device or athletic watch. FIGS. 1-21 disclose a first embodiment of the watch; FIGS. 22-49 disclose a second embodiment of the watch; FIGS. 50-64 disclose a third embodiment of the watch; and FIGS. 65-85 disclose additional alternative embodiments of the watch. As discussed further herein, each of the embodiments can incorporate the various operational features, user interface and global positioning system (“GPS”) features as described herein. Structures of each embodiment will be described in greater detail below followed by a description of additional capabilities and features of the watch.

FIGS. 1-3 generally show a device or watch of the present invention, generally designated with the reference numeral 10. While the watch 10 has traditional uses such as incorporating a chronograph for general timekeeping, as explained in greater detail below, the watch 10 has unique functionality for athletic and fitness use such as monitoring athletic performance of the user. The watch 10 generally includes a portable electronic module 12 removably connected to a carrier 14 or strap member in the form of a wristband 14 in an exemplary embodiment.

The structure of the watch 10 will first be described followed by a description of the operation of the watch 10. However, as explained in greater detail below, it is noted that the watch 10 is capable of wirelessly communicating with various sensors 1 worn by a user to record and monitor athletic performance of a user. The sensor(s) can take various forms. For example, the sensor may be mounted on the shoe of a user as shown in FIG. 1 and include an accelerometer. The sensor may have various electronic components including a power supply, magnetic sensor element, microprocessor, memory, transmission system and other suitable electronic devices. The sensor may be used in conjunction with other components of the system to record speed and distance among other parameters of athletic performance. In exemplary embodiments, the sensor can be a sensor as disclosed in U.S. Publications No. 2007/0006489; 2007/0011919 and 2007/0021269, which are incorporated by reference herein and made a part hereof. Additionally, the sensor may be a component of a heart-rate monitor 1 worn by a user as shown in FIG. 1. Thus, the watch 10 may communicate with both a shoe sensor 1 and a heart rate sensor 1. The watch 10 may further communicate with only one of the shoe sensor and heart rate sensor depending on a user's preference. As explained in greater detail below, the watch 10 may also include component(s) such as a three-axis accelerometer to monitor speed and distance of a user/runner without the need for the shoe sensor. As also explained below, the watch 10 has communication capabilities with remote locations for receiving and transferring data relating to athletic performance monitoring.

Electronic Module

As further shown in FIGS. 2-8, the portable electronic module 12 includes various components supported by a housing 16, the components include a controller 18 having a suitable processor and other known components, an input device assembly 20, an output device assembly 22, and a communication connector 24, which may be considered a part of the input device assembly 20 and/or the output device assembly 22 in various embodiments. The communication connector 24 may be, for instance, a USB connector 24. The controller 18 is operably connected to the input device assembly 20, the output device assembly 22 and the communication connector 24. As explained in greater detail below, the electronic module 12 may also include a GPS (“Global Positioning System”) receiver and associated antenna operably connected to the controller 18 for incorporating various GPS features.

As depicted in FIGS. 2-5, the housing 16 has a first end 30, a second end 32, a first side 34, a second side 36, a front side 38, and a back side 40. The front side 38 may also include a glass member 39 or crystal 39 for viewing a display of the controller 18 therethrough. The housing 16 defines a cavity 42 therein for accommodating the various components of the controller 18. It is understood that the housing ends, sides and crystal cooperate to enclose the housing 16. As further shown in the figures, the communication connector 24 extends from the first side 30 of the housing 16. It is understood that the communication connector 24 could be positioned at various other locations of the housing 16. The communication connector 24 generally extends rigidly from the housing 16. As further shown in other embodiments, the communication connector 24 can be flexible with respect to the housing 16. In other embodiments described herein, the USB connector 24 may be rigidly connected to the housing 16 in other configurations. As discussed, the communication connector 24 is a USB connector and may have a plurality of leads therein and wherein the leads are operably connected to the controller 18. The housing 16 can be made from a variety of different rigid materials including metal or generally rigid polymeric materials. The housing 16 could also be formed in a two-shot injection molding process wherein the communication connector 24 could be molded to be flexible with respect to the housing 16. It is also understood that the USB connector 24 could be separately fastened to the housing 16 consistent with other embodiments described herein. The USB connector 24 generally provides a water-resistant connection with the housing 16 and controller 18. As shown in FIG. 7, the housing 16 has a pair of protrusions 44 (it is understood one protrusion 44 is hidden) extending from the back side 40 of the housing 16. It is understood that a single protrusion 44 could be used or more protrusions 44. Because the watch 10 may be used in fitness activities, there is some chance that the watch 10 can be subject to water or moisture such as perspiration. The housing 16 is designed to be water-resistant to protect components of the controller 18. Such structures further provide for a certain level of impact resistance. A vent opening is provided in the wristband 14 to channel any moisture away from the module 12.

As further shown in FIG. 4, the controller 18 generally has a processor 46 that is operably connected to the input device assembly 20 and the output device assembly 22 as understood by those skilled in the art. The controller 18 includes software that in cooperation with the input device assembly and output device assembly provide user interface features as will be described in greater below. The components of the controller 18 are contained within and supported by the housing 16. The controller 18 includes various electrical components including a rechargeable power supply (e.g., rechargeable battery or other battery types) and system memory. The controller 18 will also include an antenna 48, allowing the controller and portable electronic module can communicate with the sensors 1, record and store data relating to athletic performance, and other time information. The controller 18 also functions to upload performance data to a remote location or site as is known in the art, but can also download additional information from a remote site or location to be stored by the controller 18 for further use. The antenna 48 can take various forms including a chip antenna associated with the controller 18. Alternatively, the antenna 48 could be a sheet metal antenna. With other embodiments incorporating GPS features, an additional GPS antenna may also be provided. Thus, the watch 10 may incorporate multiple antennas. The controller is operably connected to the communication connector 24 of the housing 16.

As further shown in FIGS. 2-4, the input device assembly 20 includes a plurality of input devices such as in the form of depressible buttons. In certain exemplary embodiment, the USB connector 24 can also be considered an input device when data is transferred to the watch 10 via the connector 24. In one exemplary embodiment, the input device assembly 20 has three input buttons that collectively define a tri-axis operating configuration (e.g., x-y-z axes). The input buttons include a side button 50, an end button 52 and a shock sensor, shock button or tap button 54.

The side button 50 is located on the first side 34 of the housing 16. The side button 50 may correspond with a first input and being operably connected to the controller 18 for controlling the portable electronic module 12. As shown in FIG. 1, the side button 50 is configured to operate in an x-axis direction. The user may activate the first input by pressing on the side button 50 on the first side 34 of the housing 16. The user may squeeze the side button 50 and opposite second side 36 of the housing 16 along the x-axis direction (FIGS. 2 and 11). The side button 50 may also cooperate with an additional input of the controller 18 for controlling the portable electronic module 12. For example, a user may press one segment of the side button 50, such as a top segment 50a, for a first input, and may press a second segment of the side button 50, such as a bottom segment 50b, for a second or additional input different from the first input. As explained in greater detail below regarding the operation of the watch 10, the side button 50 may be utilized as a toggle button or scroll button, with the first input located towards the top of the side button and the additional input located towards the bottom of the side button. The side button 50 may then be used to move a cursor on the display up or down in order to select an item from a list. It is also understood that the side button 50 may be positioned on the opposite side 36 of the housing 16, which may be considered a three o'clock position. The side button 50 shown in FIG. 2 is considered to be in the nine o-clock position.

The end button 52 may be located on the second end 32 of the housing 16. The end button 52 will correspond to a second input and is operably connected to the controller 18 for controlling the portable electronic module 12. As shown in FIG. 2, the end button 52 is configured to operate in a y-axis direction. The user may activate the second input by pressing on the end button 52 on the second end 32 of the housing 16. The user may squeeze the end button 50 and the opposite first end 30 of the housing 16 along the y-axis direction (FIG. 12). As explained in greater detail below regarding the operation of the watch 10, the end button may be used as the OK or SELECT function.

In an exemplary embodiment, the shock button 54 or tap button 54 generally corresponds to a shock sensor that is preferably located within the housing 16 and is operably connected to the controller 18, such as a printed circuit board of the controller 18. FIG. 8a shows a schematic view of a printed circuit board of the controller 18. The controller 18 includes lead interfaces 18a that cooperate with the USB connector 24. The board operably supports the shock sensor 54 generally proximate a periphery of the board which also positions the shock sensor at a periphery of the housing 16. Thus, the shock sensor 54 is operably connected to the controller 18 and may be a piezo shock sensor in this exemplary embodiment. Even when positioned proximate a periphery, the acceleration sensed at the periphery location is generally very close to the acceleration at the center location such as from a user tapping generally at a center of the screen 39. It is understood that the shock button 54 may be located in alternate positions on the controller 18 or in the housing 16. For example, the shock sensor 54 may be located proximate a center of the board as shown in phantom lines in FIG. 8a, which generally corresponds to a center of the housing 16 and underneath a center point of the crystal 39. The shock sensor can take other forms other than a shock sensor and may also be an accelerometer in one exemplary embodiment. For example, FIG. 8b shows a printed circuit board of the controller 18 wherein a shock button 54 is in the form of an accelerometer and positioned at a periphery of the board. As shown in phantom lines, the accelerometer may also be positioned proximate a center of the board and therefore proximate a center of the housing 16. As discussed, the shock button 54, in any of its forms, is generally positioned within the housing 16 and beneath the crystal 39 (FIG. 7). It is understood that the shock sensor 54 shown in FIG. 8a may have lesser power requirements than the accelerometer sensor 54 shown in FIG. 8b. It is understood that the accelerometer 54 shown in FIG. 8b could be a three-axis accelerometer and have additional function in addition to sensing the tap input or third input. For example, the accelerometer could be used to wake-up the device upon motion as well as speed and distance measurement for the user.

The shock sensor 54 could also be positioned on the front side 38 of the housing 16. The shock button 54 corresponds to a third input and is operably connected to the controller 18 controlling the portable electronic module 12. It is understood that the shock button 54 possesses required sensitivity to sense taps or forces applied to the screen 39 by the user. As shown in FIG. 1, the shock button 54 is configured to operate in a z-axis direction. The user may activate the third input by tapping or pressing on the crystal 39 or display screen. This tapping or pressing on the display screen 39 will activate the shock button 54 or tap button 54. Thus, the shock button 54 has a sensitivity such that a tap on the crystal 39 activates the shock button 54 and applies certain inputs associated with the controller 18. In an exemplary embodiment, the z-axis direction is a direction that is generally normal to the screen 39. It is understood that directions varying from a normal direction can also be sufficient to activate the shock button.

Additionally, the shock button 54 may be configured to correspond with a fourth input of the controller 18 for controlling the portable electronic module 12. For instance, the shock button 54 may sense two different shock levels or forces, e.g. a soft level and a hard level. The soft level is activated when the user presses or taps with a first amount of force (F1) in order to activate the soft level of the sensor 54. The hard level is activated when the user presses or taps with a greater amount of force (F2) to activate the hard level of the sensor 54. Additional levels could also be incorporated into the shock button 54. Additional tapping sequences can also be operably associated with the button 54 to provide additional inputs to the watch 10. Generally, the watch 10 can be programmed to receive a plurality of taps to provide a desired input to the watch 10. For example, a fast double tap or triple tap could provide a preset input. In addition, as further described herein, the watch 10 may have a variety of different operational modes. The various tap or tapping sequences could be assigned to different inputs based on a particular operational mode. The tap-related inputs can also be assigned to the watch at the user's computer location. Once assigned at the user's computer, once data transfer is performed from the computer to the watch 10, the tap-related inputs are loaded onto the watch 10. The tap sensor could also be combined with other force-related sensors wherein a tap combined with dragging the user's finger across the screen could provide yet additional input(s). Thus, the watch 10 may provide the shock button in combination with a touch screen for additional input capabilities. As a further exemplary embodiment, the tap or tapping sequence may provide other specific inputs if the user is in the GPS operational mode of the watch 10. The sensors can further be configured to sense forces applied to the screen in different directions other than a general normal force on the screen.

As further shown in FIG. 4, the output device assembly 22 includes a plurality of output devices including a display 56. The USB connector 24 may also be considered an output device when transferring data from the electronic module 12. It is further understood that the output device assembly 22 may include an audible speaker if desired. The controller 18 can have additional capabilities for communicating with other devices such as digital music players or other electronic devices.

The display 56 is located generally proximate the front side 38 of the housing 16 and is positioned beneath the crystal 39 or screen 39. The display 56 is operably connected to the controller 18 and includes a plurality of different display fields as shown in the user interface display screens to be described. In cooperation with the user interface associated with the watch 10, information is displayed in the various display fields as described in greater detail below. As also described, a user can modify what information is displayed and the manner in which the information is displayed. In one exemplary embodiment, the display 56 may be a liquid crystal display (LCD) screen. The display 56 may also have a negative screen. The negative screen may give the user the option to reverse the appearance of text from black numbers on a white background to white numbers on a black background. This negative screen may also be referred to as reverse display or negative display. The negative screen may help to reduce the glare for many users. It is understood that the portable electronic module 12 can have additional or alternate input devices and output devices.

The electronic module has a rechargeable battery contained within the housing to provide power to the watch 10. The rechargeable battery is charged such as when the user plugs the electronic module into a computer as shown in FIG. 10. It is understood that the battery associated with the controller can utilize a plurality of batteries or power sources. A first battery may be utilized for the general watch/chronograph functions. A second battery may be utilized for other controller functions including communicating with the sensors for example. The first battery would be a typical battery that has a long life and support the basic watch functions. The other second battery can be a traditional rechargeable battery to support the additional controller functions associated with monitoring athletic performance, which functions may be more demanding on the power source. In such configuration, the watch functions would not be compromised even if the rechargeable battery was depleted by the athletic performance monitoring functions or if the user had not worked out for some time and had not charged the electronic module.

Carrier

As shown in FIGS. 1-7, the carrier 14 is generally in the form of a wristband 14 having a central portion between a first end portion and a second end portion. The wristband 14 may include a first member and second member generally molded or connected together. The wristband 14 is flexible to fit around a user's wrist. In one exemplary embodiment, the wristband 14 may be injected molded of a flexible polymeric material. The wristband 14 has receiving structures for connection to the portable electronic module 12. As shown in FIG. 6, the carrier 14 includes a protective sleeve 60 proximate the central portion and having an opening 62 in communication with an internal passageway 64. The communication connector 24 is received through the opening 62 and into the internal passageway 64. The protective sleeve 60 has a generally contoured outer surface. The sleeve 60 may have internal structure for assisting in securing the connector 24, such as ridges that provide an interference type fit between the sleeve 60 and the connector 24. As further shown in FIG. 6, the central portion of the wristband 14 may have an insert 66 that defines a portion of the opening 62. A vent may be provided through a bottom portion of the wristband 14 and is in communication with the passageway 64 proximate the connector 24 when inserted into the wristband 14. The vent allows any moisture to escape from the wristband 14 and be channeled away from the connector 24. Also at the central portion, the carrier 14 has a pair of apertures 68 dimensioned to respectively receive the pair of protrusions 44 of the portable electronic module 12.

As further shown in the figures, the first end portion has a pair of holes to accommodate a removable closure 70 used to fasten the wristband 14 to a wrist of a user. To this end, the removable closure 70 cooperates with the plurality of holes in the wristband 14. The removable closure 70 has a plate member 72 and a plurality of posts 74 extending generally in a perpendicular direction from the plate member 72. In the exemplary embodiment, the plate member 72 has two posts 74. To wear the wristband, first the removable closure 70 is connected to the first end portion of the wristband strap wherein the pair of holes is provided to receive the posts 74. The wristband 14 is positioned around the user's wrist and the posts 74 are inserted into holes provided on the second end portion of the wristband 14 as can be appreciated from FIG. 2. After the posts 74 are inserted into the pair of holes of the first end portion of the wristband 14 and the plurality of holes of the second end portion of the wristband 14, the first end portion and second end portion of the wristband 14 overlap one another. With the use of a pair of posts 74, the removable closure 70 allows for a secure connection and greater flexibility in connection providing for a greater adjustment to accommodate for a range of wrist sizes.

Additionally, the plate member 72 can have indicia 76 thereon. The plate member 72, when attached to the wristband 14 faces away from the wristband 14 wherein the indicia 76 can be viewed by others. Because the removable closure 70 is easily removable, the closure 70 can be used as a memento, different closures can be provided and used with the wristband 18. Thus, removable closures 70 having different indicia can be provided and used as a keepsake, memento, or a reward for accomplishing a goal, participating in a race, or otherwise achieving a certain level of fitness. Indicia can take various forms including wording, graphics, color schemes, textures, or other designs etc.

The watch 10 can utilize alternate closure mechanisms. For example, as shown in FIG. 64, the wristband 14 can utilized a traditional buckle member in conjunction with an alternate removable closure 70a. In this embodiment, the removable closure 70 has a smaller circular plate member 72a having a single post 74a. The removable closure 70a is attached at a distal end of one of the end portions of the wristband 14 and then inserted into the other portion of the wristband 14.

As discussed, the portable electronic module 12 is removably connected to the carrier 14 or wristband 14. As explained in greater detail below, the portable electronic module 12 may be plugged into a computer via the communication connector 24 wherein data and other information may be downloaded to the module 12 from a remote location such as an athletic performance monitoring site, or remote site (FIGS. 9, 10, 16-20). Data recorded by the electronic module 12 may also be uploaded to the computer and then the remote site. Data can be displayed as shown in FIGS. 16, 17, 19 and 20. Additional data can also be downloaded from the remote site or computer to the portable electronic module 12. The portable electronic module 12 can then be re-connected to the wristband 14. The connector 24 is inserted into the sleeve 60 of the carrier 14, and the protrusions 44 are placed into the respective apertures 68 of the carrier 14. The enlarged heads of the protrusions 44 abuts against the wristband 14 to retain the module 12 onto the wristband 14. This provides for a wearable watch 10 wherein a user can utilize additional features of the watch 10 described herein relating to athletic performance and fitness. As discussed, the electronic module 12 is removably connected to the wristband 14 wherein data can be transferred by plugging the module 12 into the computer as shown in FIG. 10. In another exemplary embodiment as shown in FIG. 21, the module 12 can have a port to receive a communication cord used for data transfer between the module 12 and a computer or remote site.

General Operation

It is understood that the portable electronic module 12 of the watch 10 has associated software to function with the user interfaces associated with the watch 10. FIG. 18 shows schematically components of an overall system associated with the watch 10. As explained in greater detail below, in addition to having chronograph functions like a conventional watch, the watch 10 has additional athletic functionality. For example, a user wearing shoes having a sensor(s) 1 mounted therein or a heart rate monitor 1 can use the watch 10 to wirelessly communicate with the sensor(s) 1 and monitor performance such as during exercise including running. Other sensor types can also be incorporated for use by the user and communication with the watch 10. The watch 10 can record and monitor athletic performance of the user.

Generally, the user controls operation of the watch 10 utilizing the three inputs described above, namely the side button 50, the end button 52 and the shock button 54. These inputs are configured such that the user provides inputs along first, second and third axes. In an exemplary embodiment, the inputs are configured in a tri-axes configuration, namely an x-y-z axes configuration (FIG. 2). This provides an enhanced user friendly user interface wherein the user can easily control operation of the watch 10 while participating in athletic activity. As can be appreciated from FIG. 11, the side button 50 is typically actuated by a user squeezing or pinching the side button 50 and opposite housing side 36 generally along the x-axis. The end button 52 is typically actuated by a user squeezing or pinching the end button 52 and proximate the opposite housing end 30 generally along the y-axis (FIG. 12). Finally, the shock button 54 is typically actuated by the user tapping the front side 38 of the housing 16, typically the crystal 39, generally along the z-axis (FIGS. 14 and 15). As explained in greater detail below, the side button 50 is normally utilized to scroll or cycle through a list of items or values within the user interface, by pressing up or down in order to scroll through the list of items. The end button 52 is normally utilized for selecting items within the user interface, such as the options of “SELECT” and “OK.” The shock button 54 is generally utilized for lighting the backlight and other specific functions such as marking of laps. For example, to light the backlight associated with the controller 18 and display 56, a user can simply tap the crystal 39. As also discussed in greater detail below, a user can tap the crystal 39 to actuate the shock button 54 to “mark” a segment of an athletic performance. The user may also have the ability to customize the buttons to their own preferences by utilizing the set-up functionality within the watch 10 or other software such as from a desktop utility associated with the watch 10 as well as remote site functionality that may be inputted into the watch 10 such as through the USB connector 24. Additional operability and features of the watch 10 will be described in greater detail below.

FIGS. 22-49 disclose another embodiment of the athletic watch of the present invention, generally designated with the reference numeral 100. Similar structures will be designated with similar reference numerals in the 100 series of reference numerals Similar to the embodiment of FIGS. 1-21, the athletic watch 100 generally includes an electronic module 112 and a carrier 114 in the form of a wristband 114 in the exemplary embodiment. Similar to the watch 10 of FIGS. 1-21, the watch 100 has traditional uses such as incorporating a chronograph for general timekeeping, as well as the unique functionality for athletic and fitness use such as monitoring athletic performance of the user. Thus, the watch 100 can communicate with a shoe-based sensor 1 and/or a hear rate monitor 1 (shown in phantom in FIG. 22). It is further understood that the watch 100 has the same operational features regarding user interfaces, GPS and other features as described herein.

Electronic Module

As shown in FIGS. 23-28, the portable electronic module 112 includes various components supported by a housing 116, the components including a controller 118 having a suitable processor and other known components, an input device assembly 120, an output device assembly 122, and a communication connector 124, which may be considered a part of the input device assembly 120 and/or the output device assembly 122 in various embodiments. The communication connector 124 may be, for instance, a USB connector 124. The controller 118 is operably connected to the input device assembly 120, the output device assembly 122 and the communication connector 124. As discussed, the electronic module 112 may also include a GPS receiver and associated antenna for incorporating various GPS features.

As depicted in FIG. 25, the housing 116 has a first end 130, a second end 132, a first side 134, a second side 136, a front side 38, and a back side 140. The front side 138 may also include a glass member 139 or crystal 139 for viewing a display of the controller 118 therethrough. The housing 116 defines a cavity 142 therein for accommodating the various components of the controller 118. It is understood that the housing ends, sides and crystal cooperate to enclose the housing 116. As further shown in the figures, the communication connector 124 extends from the first side 130 of the housing 116. It is understood that the communication connector 124 could be positioned at various other locations of the housing 16. The communication connector 124 could also be operably connected to other portions of the watch 10 such as various portions of the carrier 114. In this embodiment, the communication connector 124 generally rigidly extends from the housing 116. As discussed, the communication connector 124 is a USB connector and may have a plurality of leads therein and wherein the leads are operably connected to the controller 118. The housing 116 can be made from a variety of different rigid materials including metal or generally rigid polymeric materials. In this exemplary embodiment, the housing 116 is injection molded. The USB connector 124 generally provides a water-resistant connection with the housing 16 and controller 18. As shown in FIGS. 26, 27-28, the housing 116 has a protrusion 144 extending from the back side 140 of the housing 116. It is understood that a plurality of protrusions 144 could be used if desired. Because the watch 100 may be used in fitness activities, there is some chance that the watch 10 can be subject to water or moisture such as perspiration. The housing 116 is designed to be water-resistant to protect components of the controller 118. Such structures further provide for a certain level of impact resistance. A vent opening may also be provided in the wristband 114 to channel any moisture away from the module 112. As further shown in FIG. 25, the housing 116 may also include a rubber boot 117 that is designed to generally cover surfaces of the housing 117 and serve as an outer skin. It is understood that the rubber boot 117 has an opening for the crystal 139 to be visible and for the protrusion 144 to extend through. The rubber boot 117 is cooperatively dimensioned to wrap around the housing 116 to resist any moisture or debris penetration.

As further shown in FIG. 25, the controller 118 generally has a processor 146 that is operably connected to the input device assembly 120 and the output device assembly 122 as understood by those skilled in the art. The controller 118 includes software that in cooperation with the input device assembly 120 and output device assembly 122 provide user interface features as will be described in greater below. The components of the controller 118 are contained within and supported by the housing 116. The controller 118 includes various electrical components including a rechargeable power supply (e.g., rechargeable battery or other battery types) and system memory. The controller 118 will also include an antenna 148 (FIG. 38), allowing the controller 118 and portable electronic module 112 to communicate with the sensors 1, record and store data relating to athletic performance, other time information, as well other operational features such as GPS features. The antenna 148 can take various forms including a chip antenna associated with the controller 118. Alternatively, the antenna 148 could be a sheet metal antenna. With other embodiments incorporating GPS features, a separate GPS antenna may also be provided. Thus, the watch 110 may incorporate multiple antennas. The controller 118 is operably connected to the communication connector 124 of the housing 116.

The input device assembly 120 includes a plurality of input devices such as in the form of depressible buttons. In certain exemplary embodiment, the USB connector 124 can also be considered an input device when data is transferred to the watch 100 via the connector 124. In one exemplary embodiment, the input device assembly 120 has three input buttons that collectively define a tri-axis operating configuration (e.g., x-y-z axes) (FIG. 27). The input buttons include a side button 150, an end button 152 and a shock or tap button 154.

The side button 150 is located on the first side 134 of the housing 116. The side button 150 may correspond with a first input and being operably connected to the controller 118 for controlling the portable electronic module 112. As shown in FIG. 1, the side button 150 is configured to operate in an x-axis direction. The user may activate the first input by pressing on the side button 150 on the first side 134 of the housing 116. The user may squeeze the side button 150 and opposite second side 136 of the housing 116 along the x-axis direction (FIG. 27). In an exemplary embodiment, the side button 150 may include a pair of buttons that are operably associated with the controller 118 for controlling the portable electronic module 112. For example, the side button 150 has a first side button 150a and a second side button 150b. Thus, a user may press the first side button 150a, for a first input, and may press the second side button 150b for a second or additional input different from the first input. As explained in greater detail below regarding the operation of the watch 110, the side buttons 150a,150b may be utilized as a toggle button or scroll button, with the first input corresponding to the first side button 150a and the additional input corresponding to the second side button 150b. The side buttons 150a,150b may then be used to move a cursor on the display up or down in order to select an item from a list. It is also understood that the side button 150 may be positioned on the opposite side 136 of the housing 16, which may be considered a three o'clock position. The side button 150 shown in FIG. 27 is considered to be in the nine o-clock position.

The end button 152 is located on the second end 132 of the housing 116. The end button 152 corresponds to a second input and is operably connected to the controller 118 for controlling the portable electronic module 112. As shown in FIG. 27, the end button 152 is configured to operate in a y-axis direction. The user may activate the second input by pressing on the end button 152 on the second end 132 of the housing 116. The user may squeeze the end button 152 and the opposite first end 130 of the housing 116 along the y-axis direction (FIG. 27). As explained in greater detail below regarding the operation of the watch 110, the end button 152 may be used as the OK or SELECT function.

In an exemplary embodiment, the shock button 154 or tap button 154 generally corresponds to a shock sensor that is preferably located within the housing 16. It is understood that the discussion above regarding the shock button 54 of FIGS. 1-21 equally applies to the shock button 154 in this embodiment. It is understood that the button 154 can take other forms other than a shock sensor and also may be located in alternate positions within the housing 116. The shock sensor 154 is generally positioned within the housing 116 (FIGS. 30-31) and beneath the crystal 139. As shown in FIGS. 30 and 31, the shock button 154 is positioned proximate a periphery of the controller 118 and housing 116. FIG. 31 shows the shock button 154 adjacent to the battery positioned in the housing 116. As discussed above, the shock button 154 could be positioned at other locations such as generally proximate a center of the housing controller 18 and housing 116. The shock sensor 154 could be positioned on the front side 138 of the housing 116. The shock button 54 corresponds to a third input and is operably connected to the controller 118 controlling the portable electronic module 12. As shown in FIG. 27, the shock button 154 is configured to operate in a z-axis direction. The user may activate the third input by tapping or pressing on the crystal 39 or display screen. This tapping or pressing on the display screen 39 will activate the shock button 154 or tap button 154. Thus, the shock sensor 154 has a sensitivity such that a tap on the crystal 39 activates the shock button 54. Additionally, the shock button 154 may be configured to correspond with a fourth input of the controller 118 for controlling the portable electronic module 112. For instance, the shock button 154 may sense two different shock levels or forces, e.g. a soft level and a hard level. The soft level is activated when the user presses or taps with a first amount of force F1 in order to activate the soft level of the sensor 154. The hard level is activated when the user presses or taps with a greater amount of force F2 to activate the hard level of the sensor 154. Additional levels could also be incorporated into the shock sensor 154.

As further shown in FIGS. 25 and 27, the output device assembly 122 includes a plurality of output devices including a display 156. The USB connector 124 may also be considered an output device when transferring data from the electronic module 112. It is further understood that the output device assembly 122 may include an audible speaker if desired. The controller 118 can have additional capabilities for communicating with other devices such as digital music players or other electronic devices.

The display 156 is located generally proximate the front side 138 of the housing 116 and is positioned beneath the crystal 139 or screen 139. The display 156 is operably connected to the controller 118 and includes a plurality of different display fields as shown in the user interface display screens to be described. In cooperation with the user interface associated with the watch 100, information is displayed in the various display fields as described in greater detail below. As also described, a user can modify what information is displayed and the manner in which the information is displayed. In one exemplary embodiment, the display 156 may be a liquid crystal display (LCD) screen. The display 156 may also have a negative screen. The negative screen may give the user the option to reverse the appearance of text from black numbers on a white background to white numbers on a black background. This negative screen may also be referred to as reverse display or negative display. The negative screen may help to reduce the glare for many users. It is understood that the portable electronic module 112 can have additional or alternate input devices and output devices.

The electronic module has a rechargeable battery contained within the housing to provide power to the watch 100. The rechargeable battery is charged such as when the user plugs the electronic module into a computer as shown in FIG. 10. It is understood that the battery associated with the controller can utilize a plurality of batteries or power sources. A first battery may be utilized for the general watch/chronograph functions. A second battery may be utilized for other controller functions including communicating with the sensors for example. The first battery would be a typical battery that has a long life and support the basic watch functions. The other second battery can be a traditional rechargeable battery to support the additional controller functions associated with monitoring athletic performance, which functions may be more demanding on the power source. In such configuration, the watch functions would not be compromised even if the rechargeable battery was depleted by the athletic performance monitoring functions or if the user had not worked out for some time and had not charged the electronic module. FIG. 31 discloses a battery positioned in the housing 116.

Carrier

As shown in FIGS. 23-26, the carrier 114 is generally in the form of a wristband 114 having a central portion between a first end portion and a second end portion. The wristband 114 may include separate members generally molded or connected together. The wristband 114 is flexible to fit around a user's wrist. In one exemplary embodiment, the wristband 114 may be injected molded of a flexible polymeric material. The wristband 114 has receiving structures for connection to the portable electronic module 112. The carrier 114 includes a protective sleeve 160 proximate the central portion and having an opening 162 in communication with an internal passageway 164. The communication connector 124 is received through the opening 162 and into the internal passageway 164. The protective sleeve 160 has a generally contoured outer surface. The sleeve 160 may have internal structure for assisting in securing the connector 124, such as ridges that provide an interference type fit between the sleeve 160 and the connector 124. A vent may be provided through a bottom portion of the wristband 114 and is in communication with the passageway 164 proximate the connector 124 when inserted into the wristband 114. The vent allows any moisture to escape from the wristband 118 and be channeled away from the connector 124. Also at the central portion, the carrier 14 has an aperture 68 dimensioned to respectively receive the protrusion 44 of the portable electronic module 112.

As further shown in the figures, the first end portion has a pair of holes to accommodate a removable closure 170 used to fasten the wristband 114 to a wrist of a user. To this end, the removable closure 170 cooperates with the plurality of holes in the wristband 114. The removable closure 170 has a plate member 172 and a plurality of posts 174 extending generally in a perpendicular direction from the plate member 172. In the exemplary embodiment, the plate member 172 has two posts 174. To wear the wristband, first the removable closure 170 is connected to the first end portion of the wristband strap 114 wherein the pair of holes is provided to receive the posts 174. The wristband 114 is positioned around the user's wrist and the posts 174 are inserted into holes provided on the second end portion of the wristband 114. After the posts 174 are inserted into the pair of holes of the first end portion of the wristband 114 and the plurality of holes of the second end portion of the wristband 114, the first end portion and second end portion of the wristband 114 overlap one another. With the use of a pair of posts 174, the removable closure 170 allows for a secure connection and greater flexibility in connection providing for a greater adjustment to accommodate for a range of wrist sizes.

Additionally, the plate member 172 can have indicia 176 thereon. The plate member 172, when attached to the wristband 114 faces away from the wristband 114 wherein the indicia 176 can be viewed by others. Because the removable closure 170 is easily removable, the closure 170 can be used as a memento, different closures can be provided and used with the wristband 114. Thus, removable closures 170 having different indicia can be provided and used as a keepsake, memento, or a reward for accomplishing a goal, participating in a race, or otherwise achieving a certain level of fitness. Indicia can take various forms including wording, graphics, color schemes, textures, or other designs etc.

FIGS. 33-49 disclose additional views and features of the watch 100 and, in particular, showing additional connection of components associated with the electronic module 112.

As shown in FIGS. 32-34, the housing 116 is provided and is an injection-molded component in an exemplary embodiment. The USB connector 124 may be integrally formed as part of the housing 116 and the USB connector 124 may have metal leads 125 embedded within the connector 124. Ends of the leads 125 extend into the internal cavity of the housing 116 to be in operable connection with the controller 118 as explained in greater detail below. The side button 150 and end button 152 are suitably mounted to the housing 116 and have associated resilient spring members to assist in the operability of the buttons. In an exemplary embodiment, the housing 116 has multiple components wherein a top component supporting the screen 139 is fastened to the main housing component such as by ultrasonic welding. A seal ring may also be positioned between the housing components prior to connection to provide a sealed configuration.

As further shown in FIGS. 35-43, the controller 118 is formed as a sub-assembly to be mounted in the housing 116. The controller 118 has a main printed circuit board B that is connected to the display 156, which is an LCD display in an exemplary embodiment. The controller 118 further has a user input interface 157 that is also operably connected to the main printed circuit board. The user input interface 157 is a flexible member and has a first pair of members 157a,157b that correspond to the first input/side button 150a,150b as well as a second member 157c that corresponds to the second input/end button 152. The flexible member is capable of bending around so that one segment of the flexible member is mounted on a side of the controller 118 and a second segment of the flexible member is mounted on an end of the controller 118. The flexible member may have locating openings that mount on pegs on the mid-frame M. The flexible user input interface 157 provides for a more efficient manufacture of the watch as the flexible member is more easy to handle and manipulate. The shock button 154 in the form of a shock sensor or accelerometer is also operably mounted on the main printed circuit board B consistent with the discussion regarding FIGS. 8a and 8b above. As shown in FIG. 36, the controller 118 may have a mid-frame component M to support the components of the controller 118. The antenna 148 is connected to the main printed circuit board B as shown in FIGS. 38-40. A distal end of the antenna 148 may be formed around an edge of the mid-frame M as shown in FIG. 40. As shown in FIGS. 41-42, the display 156 is snapped into place. The battery PS is also connected to the main printed circuit board B as shown in FIGS. 43-44.

As further shown in FIGS. 44-46, the sub-assembly controller is positioned in the inner cavity of the housing 116 wherein the leads 125 of the USB connector 124 are operably connected to a contacts pad P on the printed circuit board B of the controller 118. As shown in FIG. 47, a piezoelectric member is connected to a back component of the housing 116. As shown in FIG. 48, the back component of the housing 116 is connected to the other housing component supporting the controller sub-assembly wherein the controller 118 is suitably mounted in the housing 116. A seal member is positioned between the housing components to provide the desired seal. The bottom housing component has the protrusion 144 thereon. It is understood that the housing components can be connected via traditional screw fasteners or other known fastening means.

As shown in FIG. 49, an overlay member 117 in the form of a resilient rubber boot is considered part of the housing 116. The overlay member 117 has openings to accommodate the end button 152, the USB connector 124, the screen 139 and the protrusion 144. The overlay member 117 has raised sections corresponding to the side buttons. The overlay member 117 is positioned over the housing 116 wherein the electronic module 112 is formed. The overlay member 117 may have a heat-activated adhesive on an inside surface of the member 117 that is activated to affix the overlay member 117 to the housing components. As further shown in FIG. 23-24, the electronic module 112 is removably connected to the wristband 114 wherein the USB connector 124 is received in the sleeve 160 through the opening 162 and the protrusion 144 is received in the aperture 168. The watch 100 can then be worn on the user's wrist.

As discussed, the portable electronic module 112 is removably connected to the carrier 114 or wristband 114. As explained in greater detail below, the portable electronic module 112 may be plugged into a computer via the communication connector 124 wherein data and other information may be downloaded to the module 112 from a remote location such as an athletic performance monitoring site, or remote site (See FIGS. 10 and 16-20). Data recorded by the electronic module 112 may also be uploaded to the computer and then the remote site. The portable electronic module 112 can then be connected to the wristband 114. The connector 124 is inserted into the sleeve 160 of the carrier 114, and the protrusion 144 is placed into the aperture 168 of the carrier 114. The enlarged head of the protrusion 144 abuts against the wristband 114 to retain the module 112 onto the wristband 114. This provides for a wearable watch 110 wherein a user can utilize additional features of the watch 100 described herein relating to athletic performance and fitness.

General Operation

It is understood that the portable electronic module 112 of the watch 100 has associated software to function with the user interfaces associated with the watch 100. As explained in greater detail below, in addition to having chronograph functions like a conventional watch, the watch 100 has additional athletic functionality. For example, a user wearing shoes having a sensor(s) 1 mounted therein or a heart rate monitor 1 can use the watch 100 to wirelessly communicate with the sensor(s) 1 and monitor performance such as during exercise including running. Other sensor types can also be incorporated for use by the user and communication with the watch 100. The watch 100 can record and monitor athletic performance of the user.

Generally, the user controls operation of the watch 100 utilizing the three inputs described above, namely the side button 150, the end button 152 and the shock button 154. These inputs are configured such that the user provides inputs along first, second and third axes. In an exemplary embodiment, the inputs are configured in a tri-axes configuration, namely an x-y-z axes configuration (FIG. 27). This provides an enhanced user friendly user interface wherein the user can easily control operation of the watch 100 while participating in athletic activity. As can be appreciated from FIG. 27, the side button 150 is typically actuated by a user squeezing or pinching the side button 150 and opposite housing side 136 generally along the x-axis. The end button 152 is typically actuated by a user squeezing or pinching the end button 152 and opposite housing end 130 generally along the y-axis (FIG. 27). Finally, the shock button 54 is typically actuated by the user tapping the front side 138 of the housing 116, typically the crystal 139, generally along the z-axis (FIGS. 14, 15 and 27). As explained in greater detail below, the side button 150 is normally utilized to scroll or cycle through a list of items or values within the user interface, by pressing up or down in order to scroll through the list of items. The end button 152 is normally utilized for selecting items within the user interface, such as the options of “SELECT” and “OK.” The shock button 154 is generally utilized for lighting the backlight and other specific functions such as marking of laps. For example, to light the backlight associated with the controller 118 and display 156, a user can simply tap the crystal 139. As also discussed in greater detail below, a user can tap the crystal 139 to actuate the shock button 154 to “mark” a segment of an athletic performance. The user may also have the ability to customize the buttons to their own preferences by utilizing the set-up functionality within the watch 100 or other software such as from a desktop utility associated with the watch 100 as well as remote site functionality that may be inputted into the watch 100 such as through the USB connector 124.

FIGS. 50-64 disclose another embodiment of the watch of the present invention generally designated with the reference numeral 400. The watch 400 of this embodiment has similar structure and functionality to the watch 10 of FIG. 1-21 and the watch 100 of FIGS. 22-49. Similar structures will not be fully described in greater detail as the above description applies equally to this additional embodiment. Similar structures will be described with reference numerals in the 400 series of reference numerals. As discussed, the watch 400 of this embodiment can utilize the user interface features described herein and have GPS functionality as described herein. As generally shown in FIGS. 50-53, the watch 400 generally includes a portable electronic module 412 removably connected to a carrier 414 or strap member in the form of a wristband 414.

As shown in FIGS. 54-60, the portable electronic module 412 includes various components supported by a housing 416, the components including a controller 418, an input device assembly 420, an output device assembly 422, and a communication connector 424, which may be considered a part of the input device assembly 420 and/or the output device assembly 422 in various embodiments. The communication connector 424 may be, for instance, a USB connector 424. The controller 418 is operably connected to the input device assembly 420, the output device assembly 422 and the communication connector 424.

As shown in FIGS. 54-55, in this embodiment, the side button 450 is located at the three o-clock position, generally on the opposite side of the housing 416 from previous embodiments. Testing has found that for some users, this location can be more ergonomically preferred. The housing 416 also has the pair of protrusions 444 for cooperating with the apertures in the wristband 414 for securing the electronic module. The protrusions 444 are located for improved fit for user's having smaller wrists. The mounting core associated with the wristband in prior embodiments is eliminated in this design.

FIGS. 56-61 also show different exploded views of the various components of the electronic module 412. It is noted that the main controller 418 can be connected in a sub-assembly that is received in the cavity of the housing 416 wherein the glass or crystal 439 is placed over the controller sub-assembly similar to the watch 100 of FIGS. 22-49. It is further understood that the input buttons have tactile surfaces for enhanced operability of the watch. The watch 400 further includes a piezo speaker for audio feedback (FIG. 60). The components of the controller sub-assembly are formed in a similar fashion as described above regarding the watch 100 of FIGS. 22-49.

FIGS. 59-63 show the communication connector 424 in greater detail. In this embodiment, the communication connector 424 is a separate member that is connected to the housing 416 and also in operable communication with the controller 418. As discussed, the communication connector 424 is in the form of a USB connector 424. As shown in FIG. 61, the USB connector 424 generally includes a base member 480 and a lead assembly 481. The base member 480 has mounting structure 482 and a leg 483 extending from the mounting structure 482. The mounting structure 482 defines a floor 484 having a plurality of openings 485 extending from the floor 484 and into the mounting structure 482. In an exemplary embodiment, the mounting structure 482 has four openings 485. The mounting structure 482 further has three protrusions 486 extending vertically upwards. The lead assembly 481 has a first lead segment 487 and a second lead segment 488. The first lead segment 487 includes a plurality of leads supported by the leg 483 and having ends extending into the mounting structure 482 and into the openings 485. Thus, in an exemplary embodiment, the first lead segment 487 includes four leads. The leads 487 are embedded in the leg such as by an injection molding process wherein the plastic is injected into a mold around the leads 487. The second lead segment 488 includes a plurality of leads 488 and in an exemplary embodiment, four leads. In a further exemplary embodiment the second leads 488 are resilient members such as in the form of wire springs 488. Each second lead 488 is inserted into a respective opening in the mounting structure 482. One end of each second lead 488 is in engagement with a respective first leads 487 (FIG. 62). Opposite ends of the second leads 488 extend out of the openings in the mounting structure. As shown in FIGS. 58-63, the mounting structure 482 is inserted into a recess in a bottom of the housing 416 and secured thereto via suitable fasteners 489. Fasteners can be screws, adhesives, welding or other securing members. The recess further has three apertures that receive the three protrusions 486 on the mounting structure 482. A gasket 490 is also included around the second leads 488 and is sandwiched between the mounting structure 482 and a portion of the housing 416. The second leads 488 extend through an opening in the bottom of the housing 416 wherein the ends of the second leads 488 are in operable connection with corresponding openings in the controller 418. When the USB connector 424 is connected to the housing 416, the second leads 488 are in a compressed state. Accordingly, an operable conductive connection is provided from the controller 418 to the ends of the first leads 487 supported by the leg 483. The USB connector 424 is easily inserted into the user's computer for data transfer as described above (FIG. 10). This USB connector design provides a secure and robust connection between the connector and the housing. This construction also minimizes the chance of moisture entering the housing via this connection. This configuration further allows for USB leads to be embedded in the leg via an injection molding process wherein the housing can be selected from various metal materials if desired.

As discussed, the embodiment of the watch shown in FIGS. 50-64 has all of the same operability characteristics described herein. Accordingly, the user interface features including the GPS features described herein are applicable to this watch embodiment.

Many embodiments described herein disclose a USB connector for data transfer between the electronic module and the user's computer and/or the remote site. The communication connector of the watch can also take other forms. In one embodiment, the communication connector can be a plug in connector such as shown in FIG. 21. The connector may have a cord with plug members to be inserted into the electronic module and the user's computer. The plug members that are inserted into the electronic module to secure the plug member can be magnetic members and also serve as data transfer members. Thus, data transmission can occur through the magnetic connectors if desired.

As discussed herein, the watch may employ various antennas for communication capabilities. The antennas can take various forms including chip antennas or sheet metal antennas. The sheet metal antenna may be a thin planar member positioned around a periphery of the display and sandwiched between the display and the crystal. The antennas are contained within the housing and in operable connection with the controller. The watch may further employ a GPS antenna in certain embodiments. The watch can employ a first antenna dedicated to communicate with the foot sensor and heart rate sensor and a second antenna dedicated to communicate with the GPS receiver chip.

FIGS. 65-69 disclose another embodiment of the watch of the present invention, generally designated with the reference numeral 500. Similar to previous embodiments, the watch 500 generally includes an electronic module 512 and a carrier 514. It is understood that the watch 500 has all the functional characteristics of other embodiments described herein including user interface and GPS features.

As further shown in FIG. 66, the watch 500 has a connector 524 structured in an alternate configuration. The connector 524 is operably connected to the electronic module 512 and is incorporated into the carrier 514. The carrier 514 is in the form of a wristband in the exemplary embodiment. A distal end 515 of the wristband 514 is in the form of a USB connector and represents the connector 524. The connector 524 has leads 525 at the distal end that define the USB connector 524. A plurality of flexible conductor connectors 527 are embedded in the wristband 514 and have one end operably connected to the controller of the electronic module 512 and another end operably connected to the leads 525 of the connector 524. The flexible connectors 527 may be bundled together if desired or can be embedded in separate fashion within the wristband 514. As further shown in FIGS. 66-69, the wristband 514 also has a cap member 580 at another segment of the wristband 514. The cap member 580 has a first slot 581 to accommodate the wristband segment to mount the cap member 580. The cap member 580 has a second slot 582 positioned on the cap member 580 generally adjacent to the first slot 581. When a user is wearing the watch 500, the distal end 515 of the wristband 514 having the connector 524 incorporated therein is inserted into and received by the second slot 582 as shown in FIGS. 67-68. The cap member 580 thus protects the USB connector 524.

Consistent with the description herein, the connector 524 is inserted into the USB port of a computer for data transfer. Data can be transferred between the electronic module 512, the user's computer, as well as a remote site as described herein. Other operational features described herein are incorporated into the watch 500.

FIGS. 70-73 disclose an additional variation of the embodiment of FIGS. 65-69. As shown in FIGS. 70-73, the wristband 514 has a cover member 584 positioned proximate the distal end 515 of the wristband 514. The cover member 584 is hingedly connected to the wristband 514 proximate the distal end 515. As shown in FIG. 71, the cover member 584 has a recessed portion 586 therein that accommodates the connector 524. The cover member 584 is moveable between a first position and a second position. In a first position as shown in FIG. 72, the cover member 584 covers the USB connector 524 at the distal end 515. The recessed portion 586 receives the connector 524. Accordingly, the leads 525 of the USB connector 524 are protected by the cover member 584. As shown in FIG. 72, the distal end 515 with the cover member 584 in the first position can be inserted into the second slot 582 of the cap member 580. The slot 582 of the cap member 580 may be sized to accommodate the distal end with the cover member 584. As shown in FIG. 70, the cover member 584 is movable to the second position exposing the leads of the USB connector 524 by pivoting the cover member 584 away from the distal end 515. The leads 525 of the USB connector 524 are then exposed wherein the USB connector 524 can be plugged into the USB port of a computer for data transfer as described herein with reference to FIG. 10.

FIGS. 74-77 disclose another variation of the watch of the present invention, similar to the embodiment of FIGS. 70-73 and similar structures will be referenced with similar reference numerals. The watch also has a cover member 584 hingedly connected to the wristband 514. The cover member 584 may be connected to the wristband 514 via a support member attached to the wristband. The cover member 584 also has the recessed portion 586 to accommodate the USB connector 524 at the distal end 515 of the wristband 514. The cover member 584 has a protrusion 588 on an inside surface. The cover member 584 is moveable between a first position and a second position. In a first position as shown in FIG. 75, the cover member 584 covers the USB connector 524 at the distal end 515. Accordingly, the leads 525 of the USB connector 524 are protected by the cover member 584. As shown in FIG. 74, the distal end 515 with the cover member 584 in the first position can be connected to the other portion of the wristband 514 wherein the protrusion 588 is received in an aperture in the wristband 514. As shown in FIG. 76, the cover member 588 is movable to the second position exposing the leads of the USB connector 524 by pivoting the cover member 584 away from the distal end 515. The leads of the USB connector 524 are then exposed wherein the USB connector 524 can be plugged into the USB port of a computer for data transfer as described herein with reference to FIG. 10.

FIGS. 78-85 disclose additional structures wherein the USB connector 524 is incorporated into the wristband such as in the embodiments of FIGS. 65-77. In certain exemplary embodiments, the USB connector 524 has a lead assembly that is incorporated into the wristband via certain injection molding processes. FIGS. 78-79 disclose the formation of a portion of the wristband 514 via an injection molding process. As shown in FIG. 78, the USB connector 524 includes a cable assembly 590 that are in conductive communication with the USB leads at the distal end of the connector 524. The cable assembly 590 is laid in a mold wherein a first shot of injected molded material is injected into the mold and around the cable assembly to form a portion of the wristband as shown in FIG. 79. As can be appreciated from FIG. 80, a second shot of injected molded material is injected into the mold to form the wristband 514.

FIGS. 81-83 disclose another process in forming the wristband 514. As shown in FIG. 81, a first shot of injection molded material 592 is injected into a mold and includes a central groove 593 therein and forming a partial assembly. As shown in FIG. 82, the cable assembly 590 is laid into the groove 593 in a partial assembly. As shown in FIG. 83, a second shot of injection molded material is injected into the mold to form the wristband 514.

FIGS. 84 and 85 disclose a plug insert 594 of the USB connector. As a distal end, the cable assembly 590 has four flexible conductors 527 extending therefrom. Each conductor 527 extends and is connected to a respective USB lead 525 in the plug assembly 594. The cable assembly 590 is dimensioned to be as thin as possible while still allowing sufficient reliability while the thickness of the injected molded material is set so as to provide sufficient protection of the cable assembly but providing for a comfortable fit around a user's wrist.

It is understood that the various embodiments of the athletic watch described above can incorporate and include the operational features, user interface features and GPS functionality as describe herein. It is further understood that combinations of the various features can also be included in the various embodiments of the athletic watches of the present invention.

General Operation

It is understood that the portable electronic module 12 of the watch 10 has associated software to function with user interfaces associated with the watch 10. As explained in greater detail below, in addition to having chronograph functions like a conventional watch, the watch 10 has additional athletic functionality. For example, a user wearing shoes having a sensor(s) 1 mounted therein or a heart rate monitor can use the watch 10 to wirelessly communicate with the sensor(s) 1 and monitor performance such as during exercise including running. Other sensor types can also be incorporated for use by the user and communication with the watch 10. The watch 10 can record and monitor athletic performance of the user.

Generally, the user controls operation of the watch 10 utilizing the three inputs described above, namely the side button 50, the end button 52 and the shock button 54. These inputs are configured such that the user provides inputs along first, second and third axes. In an exemplary embodiment, the inputs are configured in a tri-axes configuration, namely an x-y-z axes configuration (FIG. 1). This provides an enhanced user friendly user interface wherein the user can easily control operation of the watch 10 while participating in athletic activity. As can be appreciated from FIG. 10, the side button 50 is typically actuated by a user squeezing or pinching the side button 50 and opposite housing side 36 generally along the x-axis. The end button 52 is typically actuated by a user squeezing or pinching the end button 52 and opposite housing end 30 generally along the y-axis (FIG. 11). Finally, the shock button 54 is typically actuated by the user tapping the front side 38 of the housing 16, typically the crystal 39, generally along the z-axis (FIGS. 13, 22). As explained in greater detail below, the side button 50 is normally utilized to scroll or cycle through a list of items or values within the user interface, by pressing up or down in order to scroll through the list of items. The end button 52 is normally utilized for selecting items within the user interface, such as the options of “SELECT” and “OK.” The shock button 54 is generally utilized for lighting the backlight and other specific functions such as marking of laps. For example, to light the backlight associated with the controller 18 and display 56, a user can simply tap the crystal 39. As also discussed in greater detail below, a user can tap the crystal 39 to actuate the shock button 54 to “mark” a segment of an athletic performance. The user may also have the ability to customize the buttons to their own preferences by utilizing the set-up functionality within the watch 10 or other software such as from a desktop utility associated with the watch 10 as well as remote site functionality that may be inputted into the watch 10 such as through the USB connector 24.

User Interface and GPS Features

It is understood that the various embodiments of the device disclosed herein may utilize user interface features such as the features disclosed in concurrently filed U.S. patent application Ser. No. ______ entitled “Athletic Watch” (Attorney Docket No. 005127.01495), which application is incorporated by reference. It is also understood that the various embodiments of the device disclosed herein may utilize global positioning systems (“GPS”) features such as the features disclosed in U.S. patent application Ser. No. ______ entitled “GPS Features And Functionality In An Athletic Watch System” (Attorney Docket No. 005127.01496), which application is incorporated by reference.

Additionally, data collected using systems and methods in accordance with examples of this invention may be uploaded, including GPS data relating to an athletic performance, from the watch 10 device at which it is initially collected and stored on a separate computing device, e.g., such as a personal computer, laptop, palmtop, cellular telephone, personal digital assistant, etc. Additionally or alternatively, the computing device further may transfer the data to a networked site (e.g., a web-based application), optionally for use in a community setting (where data from several users is accepted, shared, stored, etc., and from which groups of users may be defined, information of common interest may be stored or shared, challenges may be issued, etc.). As a more specific example, systems and methods in accordance with at least some examples of this invention may be used in conjunction with hardware and software like that used in the systems and methods commercially available from NIKE, Inc. of Beaverton, Oreg. under the trademark NIKE+, but optionally, at least some of the systems and methods according to this invention will include GPS features and functionality, e.g., as described in more detail below.

Additional Embodiments of the Invention

FIGS. 86-228 disclose various alternative embodiments of the device of the present invention typically in the form of a watch similar to the previous embodiments. The embodiments of the watch generally include a portable electronic module and a carrier or wristband. The various electronic modules may incorporate a communication member typically in the form of a USB-type device similar to the embodiments of FIGS. 1-21. It should be understood that the general operational and functional features described above can be incorporated into these alternative embodiments, and thus can be used in an athletic performance monitoring system. The various features of the different embodiments described herein can also be combined as desired.

FIGS. 86-92 disclose an embodiment of the watch of the present invention generally designated with the reference numeral 1010. The structure of the watch 1010 is very similar to the watch 10 of FIGS. 1-21. The electronic module 1012 has a data transfer member 1024 in the form of a USB connector that is flexible with respect to the housing 1016 of the electronic module 1012. The housing 1016 has a central opening 1026 in a bottom member 1022 thereof. The bottom member 1022 further has a recessed portion 1028 generally around the central opening 1026. The USB connector 1024 has a base 1030 and a leg 1032 extending from the base 1030. The base 1030 has a post 1034 extending generally vertically upwards from the base 1030. The base 1030 is sized to correspond in shape to the recessed portion 1028. The leg 1032 is integral with the base 1030 in an exemplary embodiment. The leg 1032 has leads incorporated therein to form the USB connector 1024. The leg 1032 is further made from a flexible material. The USB connector 1024 is operably connected to the controller.

When connected, the post 1034 is received within the central opening 1026 while the base 1030 is received in the recessed portion 1028. The leg 1032 has a length such that a distal end of the leg 1032 having the USB leads extends past an outer periphery of the electronic module 1012. Similar to the embodiment described above, the electronic module 1012 is connected to the wristband 1014 wherein protrusions on the housing 1016 are received in the apertures in the wristband 1014. The wristband 1014 further has an opening 1026 to receive the USB connector 1024. As shown in FIG. 88, the flexible properties of the leg 1032 allows the leg 1032 to confirm to the curvature of the wristband 1014. This flexibility provides a user the enhanced ability to connect to a personal computer when transferring data. Personal computers vary as to where USB ports are mounted. Accordingly, with a flexible USB connector 1024, connection to the port is made easier.

FIGS. 93-95 disclose a further embodiment of the watch generally designated with the reference numeral 1110. The watch has an electronic module 1112 connected to a wristband 1114. The wristband 1114 has a first recessed portion 1115 and a second recessed portion 1117. Each recessed portion 1115, 1117 is contoured. The electronic module 1112 has a USB connector 1124 extending from a periphery of the module 1112. The USB connector 1124 is configured to fit inside either the first recessed portion 1115 or the second recessed portion 1117. As shown in FIG. 94, the electronic module 1112 may be rotated along the wristband 1114, wherein in a first configuration, the USB connector 1124 may fit into the first recessed portion 1115 and when the electronic module 1112 is rotated into a second configuration, the USB connector 1124 may fit into the second recessed portion 1117.

FIGS. 96-120 disclose alternative embodiments of the watch of the present invention that generally disclose a more structurally integrated USB-type data transfer member.

FIGS. 96-98 disclose another embodiment of the watch generally designated with the reference numeral 1210. The watch 1210 has an electronic module 1212 connected to a wristband 1214. It is understood that the electronic module 1212 can be permanently connected to the wristband 1214 or removably connected to the wristband 1214 as with the previous embodiments. This embodiment has a USB connector 1224 integrated with the housing 1216 of the electronic module 1212. The electronic module 1212 has a slot 1280 positioned in a bottom portion of the housing 1216. The slot 1280 has an opening 1282 at a side portion of the housing 1216 and extends into the housing 1216. The electronic module 1212 has the USB connector 1224 operably coupled to the electrical components of the module 1212. The USB connector 1224 has a base 1284 that is pivotally or hingedly connected to the housing 1216 of the electronic module 1212. The USB connector 1224 has a distal end 1286 extending from the base 1284 that supports to the leads that make up the USB connection 1224. The base 1284 may include an extension member 1288 between the base 1284 and the distal end 1286. As discussed, the electronic module 1212 has the same user interface as described above and operates in similar fashion as described above. To transfer data, the user pivots the USB connector 1212 about the pivotal connection wherein the distal end 1286 of the USB connector 1224 extends generally transversely from the electronic module 1212. The USB connector 1224 can then be connected to a USB port of a computer as described above. Once data transfer is complete, the USB connector 1224 is removed from the computer and the connector 1224 is pivoted back into the slot 1280 of the housing 1216 as shown in FIG. 97 wherein the USB connector 1224 is completely contained within the housing 1216. It is understood that the distal end 1286 of the USB connector 1224 may have a gripping member thereon wherein a user could grasp the USB connector 1224 with a finger to pivot. The gripping member could take various forms such as a small protrusion or textured surface. It is further contemplated that a magnetic connection could be used between the housing 1216 and USB connector 1224 wherein the USB connector 1224 could be pushed further into the housing 1216 such that the connector 1224 would be then be forced back partially out of the housing 1216 where the connector 1224 could then be further pivoted out of the housing 1216.

FIGS. 99-101 disclose another embodiment of the watch generally designated with the reference numeral 1310. The watch 1310 has an electronic module 1312 connected to a wristband 1314. This embodiment of the watch 1310 is similar to the embodiment of the watch 1210 of FIGS. 96-98. The watch 1310 also has an integrated USB connector 1324. Similar to the above embodiment, the housing 1316 has a slot 1380. The USB connector 1324 has a base 1384 that is pivotally connected to the housing 1316. The USB connector 1324 has a shorter configuration and eliminates the leg of the connector 1324 described above. For data transfer, a user pivots the USB connector 1324 from the housing 1316 as shown in FIG. 101, wherein the USB connector 1324 can be plugged into a computer. Once data transfer is complete, the USB connector 1324 is unplugged and pivoted back into the housing 1316 as shown in FIG. 100.

FIGS. 102-104 disclose another embodiment of the watch generally designated with the reference numeral 1410. The watch 1410 has an electronic module 1412 connected to a wristband 1414. The embodiment of the watch 1410 of FIGS. 102-104 also has an integrated USB connector 1424. The USB connector 1424 is operably connected to the electronics of the electronic module 1412. The USB connector 1424 may include an elongated member 1480 that has a base 1482, a distal end 1484, and an elongated intermediate portion 1486 extending between the base 1482 and the distal end 1484. The distal end 1484 may support the leads of the USB connector 1424. The elongated intermediate portion 1486 may be flexible.

As further shown in FIGS. 102 and 103, the wristband 1414 has an elongated slot 1488 on an inner surface 1490 of the wristband 1414. The slot 1488 may be dimensioned to generally correspond to the shape of the USB connector 1424 or the elongated member 1480. The base 1482 of the USB connector 1424 may be connected at an underside central portion 1492 of the wristband 1414. As shown in FIG. 96, the base 1482 of the USB connector 1424 may be located at the underside central portion 1492 of the wristband 1414 directly under the electronic module 1412. Additionally, the base 1482 of the USB connector 1424 may be located at various other locations, such as along the wristband 1414 on either side of the electronic module 1412. As discussed, the USB connector 1424 has flexible electrical members supported by the USB connector 1424 that are electrically coupled to the electronics module 1412. The flexible members extend through the USB connector 1424 to the leads at the distal end 1484. The USB connector 1424 fits in the slot 1488 of the wristband 1414. In an exemplary embodiment, there may be an interference fit between the USB connector 1424 and the slot 1488 of the wristband 1414. When the USB connector 1424 is positioned in the slot 1488, a user can wear the watch 1410 on the wrist as is normal. For data transfer, the distal end of the USB connector 1424 may be removed from the slot 1488 wherein the distal end 1484 can be plugged into a USB port on a computer. The flexible nature of the intermediate portion 1486 of the USB connector 1424 enhance the ease of connection to the computer. In other exemplary embodiments, there may be push connectors, button connectors, cooperative detents, spring connectors, or other type mechanical connectors between the USB connector 1424 and the slot 1488 of the wristband 1414 without departing from this invention.

FIGS. 105-106 disclose another embodiment of the watch generally designated with the reference numeral 1510. The watch 1510 has an electronic module 1512 connected to a wristband 1514 and further having an integrated USB connector 1524. In this embodiment, the USB connector 1524 is more fully incorporated into a portion of the wristband 1514. Accordingly, flexible electrical connectors are connected to the electronic module 1512 and extend within one section of the wristband 1514. The flexible electrical connectors extend to the distal end 1582 of the wristband 1514. As shown in FIG. 105, the other end 1584 of the wristband 1514 has a receiver 1580. As shown in FIG. 106, the distal end 1582 supporting the leads of the USB connector 1524 fit within the receiver 1580 for fastening the wristband 1514 around the wrist of a user. For data transfer, the distal end 1582 having the leads of the USB connector 1524 is removed from the receiver wherein the USB connector 1524 is plugged into a computer as described above.

FIGS. 107 and 108 disclose another embodiment of the watch generally designated with the reference numeral 1610. This embodiment is similar to the embodiment of FIGS. 105-106. A cap member 1680 is provided that has an opening 1684 to receive the distal end 1682 of the wristband 1614 supporting the leads of the USB connector 1624. Other known structures such as buckles can be used to fasten the wristband 1614 around the wrist of a user.

FIGS. 109-111 disclose another embodiment of the watch generally designated with the reference numeral 1710. The watch 1710 has an electronic module 1712 connected to a wristband 1714. Similar to the embodiment of FIGS. 102-104, this embodiment has an integrated USB connector 1724 having an elongated intermediate portion 1782 that fits within a corresponding slot 1780 in a portion of the wristband 1714. The base of the USB connector 1724 is connected to bottom, central portion of the wristband 1714 and is operably connected to the electronic module 1712. For data transfer, the USB connector 1724 is removed from the slot 1780 wherein the distal end is plugged into the USB port of a computer.

FIGS. 112-116 disclose another embodiment of the watch generally designated with the reference numeral 1810. The watch 1810 has an electronic module 1812 that is largely incorporated into the wristband 1814. The USB connector 1824 is fully incorporated into the wristband 1814 wherein the leads of the USB connector 1824 are supported at a distal end 1880 of the wristband 1814. Without departing from the invention, the USB connector 1824 may include a cap or cap structure (not shown) covering the leads of the USB connector 1824 that fits over the distal end 1880 of the wristband 1814. As shown in FIGS. 115 and 116, the wristband 1814 is flexible wherein the band is wrapped around the wrist of a user wherein the distal end 1880 of the wristband 1814 is connected to the underside of the wristband 1814. In one exemplary embodiment, as shown specifically in FIGS. 112, 113, and 114, the distal end 1880 of the wristband 1814 may be connected to the underside of the wristband 1814 by the use of a post 1874 connection system similar to the construction as described above and shown in FIGS. 1 and 2. Additionally, in another exemplary embodiment without departing from this invention and as shown in FIGS. 115 and 116, the distal end 1880 of the wristband 1814 may be connected to the underside of the wristband 1814 by the use of hook and loop fasteners 1882, such as Velcro™. For example, the distal end 1880 of the wristband 1814 may include on hook and loop fastener pad 1882 and the underside of the wristband 1814, near the electronic module 1812 may include another hook and loop fastener pad 1882. For data transfer, the distal end 1880 of the wristband 1814 and the USB connector 1824 may be plugged into a USB port on a computer. The flexible nature of the wristband 1814 and the USB connector 1824 enhance the ease of connection to the computer.

FIGS. 117-120 disclose another embodiment of the watch generally designated with the reference numeral 1910. The watch 1910 has an electronic module 1912 connected to a wristband 1914 and further having an integrated USB connector 1924. As further shown in FIGS. 117 and 118, the housing 1916 of the electronic module 1912 has a groove 1980 positioned generally around the periphery of the housing 1916. The housing 1916 further has a slot 1981 having a peripheral opening wherein the slot 1981 extends into the housing 1916. The USB connector has an elongated flexible member 1982 having a base 1984, a distal end 1986 and an intermediate portion 1988 therebetween. It is understood that the USB connector 1924 is operably connected to the electronics module 1912. The base 1984 of the USB connector 1924 is connected at one end of the housing 1916. The intermediate portion 1988 fits within the peripheral groove 1980 on the housing 1916 and the distal end 1986 of the USB connector 1924 is received through the peripheral opening and into the slot 1981. For data transfer, the distal end 1986 is removed from the slot 1981 and is plugged into a USB port on a computer.

FIGS. 121-176 disclose alternative embodiments of the watch of the present invention that generally disclose a key-type USB-type data transfer member. In the following embodiments shown in FIGS. 121-176, the key member is generally a USB device with a data memory connected to a USB connector. The USB connector is received by the opening on the watch or the wristband and the watch operates as described above. Once athletic performance data is recorded on the USB device, the USB device or key member is removed from the wristband or watch. The USB device can then be inserted into a USB port of a computer wherein the athletic performance data can be uploaded to the computer and a remote location such as an athletic performance monitoring site as described above. As further discussed above, it is understood that other data and features can be transferred to the USB device from the remote site and transferred to the electronic module.

FIGS. 121-123 disclose another embodiment of the watch generally designated with the reference numeral 2010. The watch 2010 has an electronic module 2012 connected to a wristband 2014. The electronic module 2012 has a first portion 2013 operably connected to a second portion 2015. The first portion 2013 generally includes the display, pushbutton inputs, sensors and the various other components for operation of the watch 2010 as described in the embodiments above. The second portion 2015 takes the form of a key 2024 that includes a USB type-device 2025 and a connector member 2027. The connector member 2027 has a body 2028 having an opening therein and a pair of resilient legs 2030 extending from the body 2028. The USB device 2025 has a data memory connected to a USB connector. The USB connector 2025 is received by the opening of the body 2028. The legs 2030 connect to a portion of the wristband 2014. It is understood that once connected to the wristband 2014, the second portion 2015 is operably connected to the first portion 2013 of the electronic module via a flexible electronic leads contained within the wristband 2014. The watch 2010 operates as described above. Once athletic performance data is recorded on the USB device 2025 of the second portion 2015, the USB device 2025 is removed from the wristband 2014. The resilient legs 2030 are removed from the wristband 2014 and the USB device 2025 is removed from the body 2028. The USB device 2025 can then be inserted into a USB port of a computer wherein the athletic performance data can be uploaded to the computer and a remote location such as an athletic performance monitoring site as described above. As further discussed above, it is understood that other data and features can be transferred to the USB device 2025 from the remote site and transferred to the electronic module 2012.

FIGS. 124-125 disclose another embodiment of the watch generally designated with the reference numeral 2110. The watch 2110 has an electronic module 2112 connected to a wristband 2114. The electronic module 2112 has a first portion operably connected to a second portion, similar to the embodiment of FIGS. 121-123. The second portion includes a key member 2124 that also functions as part of a foldable closure mechanism 2126 for the wristband 2114. Such foldable closure mechanisms are known in the art. The key member 2124 includes a USB device that can be removed from the closure mechanism 2126 and then inserted into a USB port of a computer as described above. The USB device can take different forms as shown herein, e.g. the device could be on the bottom and pivot out, or the device could be a key-type embodiment that slides out the side.

FIGS. 126-127 disclose another embodiment of the watch generally designated with the reference numeral 2210. The watch 2210 has an electronic module 2212 connected to a wristband 2214. The electronic module 2212 is similar to the electronic module 12 as described above in FIGS. 1-21. The electronic module 2212 has a USB connector 2224 extending laterally from a sidewall of the electronic module 2212. The wristband 2214 has a recessed portion 2280 at generally a central portion of the wristband 2214. An opening 2282 is further included in the wristband 2214 at the recessed portion 2280. The USB connector 2224 of the electronic module 2212 is received by the opening 2282 in the wristband 2214. Operation of the watch 2210 is identical as described above. As shown in FIGS. 130-131, it is understood that the electronic module 2212 and wristband 2214 can be configured such that the USB connector 2224 is positioned on an opposite side surface and fits into an opening 2282 on an opposite side of the wristband 2214.

FIGS. 128-131 disclose another embodiment of the watch generally designated with the reference numeral 2310. The watch 2310 has an electronic module 2312 connected to a wristband 2314. The electronic module 2312 is similar to the electronic module 12 as described above in FIGS. 1-21. In this particular embodiment, the electronic module 2312 is generally integrally connected to the wristband 2314, or otherwise incorporates some more permanent type connection to the wristband 2314. The electronic module 2312 includes a removable key member 2324. In an exemplary embodiment, the key member 2324 takes the form of a USB device having a USB connector 2325 and memory. The wristband 2314 has an opening 2380, generally on a side adjacent to the electronic module 2312. As shown in FIG. 118, the key member 2324 is removably connected to the wristband 2314 by inserting the USB connector 2325 through the opening 2380 wherein the key member 2324 is operably connected to the electronic module 2312. Operation of the watch 2310 is identical as described above.

FIGS. 132-138 disclose additional embodiments of a watch having a key member similar to the watch of FIGS. 128 and 129. As discussed, overall operation of the watch remains the same as described above. In these embodiments, the key member is connected at different locations of the electronic module or the wristband.

FIGS. 132-133 disclose an embodiment of the watch designated as reference numeral 2410. The watch 2410 has an electronic module 2412 connected to a wristband 2414. The electronic module 2412 is similar to the electronic module 12 as described above in FIGS. 1-21. It is understood that the electronic module 2412 can be permanently connected to the wristband 2414 or removably connected to the wristband 2414 as with the previous embodiments. The electronic module 2412 includes a removable key member 2424. In an exemplary embodiment, the key member 2424 takes the form of a USB device having a USB connector 2425 and memory. The key member 2424 shown in FIGS. 132-133 has a generally compact design. The key member 2424 may have a base portion 2480 that has a compact length and wherein the USB connector 2425 extends from the compact base portion 2480. The overall size of the compact base portion 2480 can vary as desired. The key member 2424 may be operably connected to the electronic module 2412 through a side opening 2482 in the electronic module 2412. For data transfer, the key member 2424 may be removed from the side opening 2482, wherein the USB connector 2425 can be plugged into a USB port on a computer. Operation of the watch 2410 is identical as described above.

FIG. 134 discloses another embodiment of the watch similar to FIGS. 132 and 133 without departing from this invention. The watch 2410 has an electronic module 2412 connected to a wristband 2414. The electronic module 2412 is similar to the electronic module 12 as described above in FIGS. 1-21. It is understood that the electronic module 2412 can be permanently connected to the wristband 2414 or removably connected to the wristband 2414 as with the previous embodiments. The electronic module 2412 includes a removable key member 2424A. In an exemplary embodiment, the key member 2424A takes the form of a USB device having a USB connector 2425A and memory. The electronic module 2412 in FIG. 134 may have an opening 2482A proximate a top portion 2484A of the module 2412 and at generally a midpoint of the width of the module 2412. The key member 2424A, similar in size to the key member 2424 of FIG. 132 is inserted into the opening 2482A for operable connection to the electronic module 2412. The length of the key member 2424A and lateral position of the opening 2482A are dimensioned such that when the key member 2424A is fully inserted into the opening 2482A, a distal end 2480A of the key member 2424A is generally flush with the outer periphery of the electronic module 2412. The key member 2424A could also be within the outer periphery and in this embodiment, does not extend past the outer periphery of the electronic module 2412 or wristband 2414. For data transfer, the key member 2424A may be removed from the side opening 2482A, wherein the USB connector 2425A can be plugged into a USB port on a computer. Operation of the watch 2410 is identical as described above.

FIGS. 135-138 disclose another embodiment of the watch designated as reference numeral 2510. The watch 2510 has an electronic module 2512 connected to a wristband 2514. The electronic module 2512 is similar to the electronic module 2512 as described above in FIGS. 1-21. It is understood that the electronic module 2512 can be permanently connected to the wristband 2514 or removably connected to the wristband 2514 as with the previous embodiments. In FIGS. 135-138, the watch 2510 includes a key member 2524, that includes both a USB connector 2525 and a compact housing 2526. The housing 2526 may include a panel for displaying indicia if desired. Additionally, a distal end 2580 of the wristband 2514 has an opening 2582. The USB connector 2525 of the key member 2524 may be inserted into the opening 2582 on the wristband 2514. It is understood that the wristband 2514 has flexible connectors extending within the wristband 2514 wherein the key member 2524, once inserted into the opening 2582, is operably connected to the electronic module 2512. The USB connector 2525 and wristband 2514 may have cooperative structure to assure the key member 2524 remains connected to wristband 2514 as desired. This structure may include an interference fit, cooperative detents or other suitable retaining structure. For data transfer, the key member 2524 may be removed from the opening 2582 on the wristband 2514, wherein the USB connector 2525 can be plugged into a USB port on a computer. Operation of the watch 2510 is identical as described above.

FIGS. 139-145 disclose another embodiment of the watch generally designated with the reference numeral 2610. The watch 2610 has an electronic module 2612 connected to a wristband 2614. The electronic module 2612 is similar to the electronic module 12 as described above in FIGS. 1-21. In this embodiment the electronic module 2612 may be permanently connected to the wristband 2614. The electronic module 2612 includes a removable key member 2624. In an exemplary embodiment, the key member 2624 takes the form of a USB device having a USB connector 2625 and memory. In FIGS. 139-145, the electronic module 2612 has a sleeve 2680 that extends laterally from a sidewall of the electronic module 2612. The USB connector 2625 of the electronic module 2612 is received by the sleeve 2680 on the electronic module 2612. The length and width of the key member 2624 and lateral position of the sleeve 2680 may be dimensioned such that when the key member 2624 is fully inserted into the sleeve 2680, the key member 2624 is generally flush with the outer periphery of the electronic module 2612 as shown in FIGS. 139, 141, and 142. The USB connector 2624 and sleeve 2680 may have a cooperative structure to assure the key member 2624 remains connected to electronic module 2612 as desired. This cooperative structure may include an interference fit, cooperative detents or other suitable retaining structure. Operation of the watch 2610 is identical as described above.

FIGS. 146-149 disclose another embodiment of the watch generally designated with the reference numeral 2710. The watch 2710 has an electronic module 2712 connected to a wristband 2714. The electronic module 2712 is similar to the electronic module 12 as described above in FIGS. 1-21. In this embodiment the electronic module 2712 may be removably connected to the wristband 2714. As shown in FIGS. 146-149, this embodiment of the watch 2710 is very similar to the embodiment as described above for FIGS. 139-145, except that the electronic module 2712 may be removably connected to the wristband 2714. The electronic module 2712 has two pairs of resilient legs 2730 2732 extending from top end and bottom end of the module 2712. Each pair of legs 2730 2732 connect to one of the wristband ends, thereby connecting the electronic module 2712 to the wristband 2714. In this embodiment, the electronic module 2712 includes a removable key member 2724 that takes the form of a USB device having a USB connector 2725 and memory. The electronic module 2712 has a sleeve 2780 that extends laterally from a sidewall of the electronic module 2712. The USB connector 2725 of the electronic module 2712 is received by the sleeve 2780 on the electronic module 2712. The length and width of the key member 2724 and lateral position of the sleeve 2780 may be dimensioned such that when the key member 2724 is fully inserted into the sleeve 2780, the key member 2724 is generally flush with the outer periphery of the electronic module 2712 as shown in FIGS. 134 and 136. The USB connector 2725 and sleeve 2780 may have a cooperative structure to assure the key member 2724 remains connected to electronic module 2712 as desired. This cooperative structure may include an interference fit, cooperative detents or other suitable retaining structure. Operation of the watch 2710 is identical as described above.

FIGS. 150-153 disclose another embodiment of the watch generally designated with the reference numeral 2810. The watch 2810 has an electronic module 2812 that is largely incorporated into the wristband 2814. The electronic module 2812 includes a removable key member 2824. In an exemplary embodiment, the key member 2824 takes the form of a USB device having a USB connector 2825 and memory. The key member 2824 shown in FIGS. 138-141 is operably connected to the electronic module 2812 through an opening 2880 in the electronic module 2812 located on the top or bottom of the electronic module 2812. The length of the key member 2824 and lateral position of the opening 2880 may be dimensioned such that when the key member 2824 is fully inserted into the opening 2880, the key member 2824 is generally flush with the sidewalls of the electronic module 2812 as shown in FIG. 151. The USB connector 2825 and the opening 2880 may have a cooperative structure to assure the key member 2824 remains connected to electronic module 2812 as desired. This cooperative structure may include an interference fit, cooperative detents or other suitable retaining structure. Operation of the watch 2810 is identical as described above.

FIGS. 154-156 disclose another embodiment of the watch generally designated with the reference numeral 2910. The watch 2910 has an electronic module 2912 connected to a wristband 2914. The electronic module 2912 is similar to the electronic module 12 as described above in FIGS. 1-21. It is understood that the electronic module 2912 can be permanently connected to the wristband 2914 or removably connected to the wristband 2914 as with the previous embodiments. In FIGS. 154-156, the key member 2924 takes the form of a chip that is operably connected to the electronic module 2912 through a cavity 2980 in the wristband 2914. The chip 2924 may have leads incorporated therein to operably connect to the electronic module 2912. Once athletic performance data is recorded on the chip 2924, the chip 2924 or the key member is removed from the wristband 2914. The chip 2924 can then be inserted into a USB device configured to receive the chip 2924. The USB device can then be inserted into a USB port of a computer wherein the athletic performance data can be uploaded to the computer and a remote location such as an athletic performance monitoring site as described above. The leads on the chip 2924 provide the electrical connection in order to transfer the athletic performance data from the chip 2924 through the USB device to the computer. Operation of the watch 2910 is identical as described above.

FIGS. 157-160 disclose another embodiment of the watch generally designated with the reference numeral 3010. The watch 3010 has an electronic module 3012 that is largely incorporated into the wristband 3014. The electronic module 3012 includes a removable key member 3024. In an exemplary embodiment, the key member 3024 takes the form of a USB device having a USB connector 3025 and memory. As shown in FIGS. 158-160, a slot 3080 is formed between the wristband 3014 and the electronic module 3012. The slot 3080 is located beneath the electronic module 3012, wherein the slot 3080 has an opening 3082 for the USB connector 3025. The key member 3024 may be operably connected to the electronic module 3012 by sliding the key member 3024 inside the slot 3080 and into the opening 3082 as shown in FIG. 158. The length, width, and height of the key member 3024 and size of the slot 3080 may be dimensioned such that when the key member 3024 is fully inserted into the opening 3082, the key member 3024 is generally flush with the outer periphery of the electronic module 3012 as shown in FIG. 159. The USB connector 3025 and opening 3082 may have a cooperative structure to assure the key member 3024 remains connected to electronic module 3012 as desired. Additionally, the slot 3080 and the key member 3024 may have a second cooperative structure to assure the key member 3024 remains connected to the electronic module 3012 as desired. These cooperative structures may include an interference fit, cooperative detents or other suitable retaining structure, or any other combination thereof. Operation of the watch 3010 is identical as described above.

FIGS. 161-168 disclose another embodiment of the watch designated as reference numeral 3110. The watch 3110 may have an electronic module 3112 that is largely incorporated into the wristband 3114. The electronic module 3112 may include a removable key member 3124. In an exemplary embodiment, the key member 3124 takes the form of a USB device having a USB connector 3125 and memory. The key member 3124 shown in FIGS. 161-168 are two different exemplary embodiments of the present invention. Without departing from the invention, the shape and size of the key member 3124 may be varied similarly to FIGS. 161-168.

The key member 3124 shown in FIGS. 161-168 is operably connected to the electronic module through an opening 3180 in the wristband 3114 located in close proximity below the electronic module 3112. The dimensions of the key member 3124 and position of the opening 3180 may be dimensioned such that when the key member 3124 is fully inserted into the opening 3180, the key member 3124 is generally flush with the outer periphery of the electronic module 3124. The USB connector 3125 and opening 3180 may have a cooperative structure to assure the key member 3124 remains connected to electronic module 3114 as desired. This structure may include an interference fit, cooperative detents or other suitable retaining structure. For data transfer, the key member 3124 may be removed from the opening 3180 on the wristband 3114, wherein the USB connector 3125 can be plugged into a USB port on a computer. Operation of the watch 3110 is identical as described above.

FIGS. 169-171 disclose another embodiment of the watch generally designated with the reference numeral 3210. The electronic module 3212 is similar to the electronic module 12 as described above in FIGS. 1-21. It is understood that the electronic module 3212 can be permanently connected to the wristband 3214 or removably connected to the wristband 3214 as with the previous embodiments. The electronic module 3212 includes a removable key member 3224. The key member 3224 shown in FIGS. 169-171 may have a flange 3225 on one end, wherein leads are integrated within the flange 3225. The key member 3224 is operably connected to the electronic module 3212 through a groove 3280 or slot on the either the top or the bottom of the electronic module 3212 by sliding the flange 3225 on the key member 3224 through the groove 3280 on the electronic module 3212. Once athletic performance data is recorded on the key member 3224, the key member 3224 is removed from the electronic module 3212. The key member 3224 can then be inserted into a USB device configured to receive the key member 3224. The USB device can then be inserted into a USB port of a computer wherein the athletic performance data can be uploaded to the computer and a remote location such as an athletic performance monitoring site as described above. The leads on the key member 3234 provide the electrical connection to transfer the athletic performance data from the key member 3224 through the USB device to the computer. Operation of the watch 3210 is identical as described above.

FIGS. 172-176 disclose another embodiment of the watch generally designated with the reference numeral 3310 similar to the embodiment in FIGS. 139-145. The watch 3310 has an electronic module 3312 connected to a wristband. The electronic module 3312 is similar to the electronic module 12 as described above in FIGS. 1-21. It is understood that the electronic module 3312 can be permanently connected to the wristband 3314 or removably connected to the wristband 3314 as with the previous embodiments. The electronic module 3312 includes a removable key member 3324. In an exemplary embodiment, the key member 3324 takes the form of a USB device having a USB connector 3325 and memory. In FIGS. 172-176, the electronic module 3312 has a sleeve 3380 that extends laterally from the bottom or top of the electronic module 3312. The USB connector 3325 of the electronic module 3312 is received by the sleeve 3380 on the electronic module 3312. The length and width of the key member 3324 and lateral position of the sleeve 3380 may be dimensioned such that when the key member 3324 is fully inserted into the sleeve 3380, the key member 3324 is generally flush with the outer periphery of the electronic module 3312 as shown in FIG. 172. The USB connector 3325 and sleeve 3380 may have a cooperative structure to assure the key member 3324 remains connected to electronic module 3312 as desired. This cooperative structure may include an interference fit, cooperative detents or other suitable retaining structure. Operation of the watch 3310 is identical as described above.

FIGS. 177-218 disclose alternative embodiments of the watch of the present invention that generally disclose an articulating USB-type data transfer member.

FIGS. 177-181 disclose an embodiment of the watch generally designated with the reference numeral 3410. The watch 3410 illustrated in FIGS. 177-181 may have an articulating USB-type data transfer member 3424. The watch 3410 has an electronic module 3412 connected to a wristband 3414. The electronic module 3412 is similar to the electronic module 12 as described above in FIGS. 1-21. It is understood that the electronic module 3412 can be permanently connected to the wristband 3414 or removably connected to the wristband 3414 as with the previous embodiments. The electronic module 3412 includes a removable articulating USB-type data transfer member 3424. In an exemplary embodiment, the articulating member 3424 takes the form of a USB device having a USB connector 3425 and memory.

As is shown in FIGS. 178-179, the articulating member 3424 has a base 3426 and a USB connector 3425 that is pivotally or hingedly connected to the base 3426. The articulating member 3424 may have multiple supports or fingers 3428 which extend from the pivotal connection to assist connecting the articulating member 3424 and the electronic module 3412. The articulating member 3424 is operably connected to the electronic module 3412 when the supports 3428 are positioned over the base 3426 of the articulating member 3424. The articulating member 3424 is operably connected to the electronic module 3412 by sliding the supports 3428 through corresponding slots 3480 positioned under the electronic module 3412. One of the supports or fingers 3428, usually the center finger, has leads that make up the USB connector 3425. As discussed, the electronic module 3412 has the same user interface as described above and operates in similar fashion as described above. To transfer data, the user pivots the USB connector 3425 about the pivotal connection wherein the USB connector 3425 rotates generally away from the base 3426 of the articulating member 3424 as shown in FIGS. 179 and 181. The USB connector 3425 can then be connected to a USB port of a computer as described above. Once data transfer is complete, the USB connector 3425 is removed from the computer and the USB connector 3425 is rotated back on top of the base 3426 of the articulating member 3424 as shown in FIGS. 178 and 180. Operation of the watch 3410 is identical as described above.

FIGS. 182-184 disclose another embodiment of the watch generally designated with the reference numeral 3510. The watch 3510 has an electronic module 3512 removably connected to a wristband 3514. The electronic module 3512 may be removably connected to the wristband 3514 by setting the electronic module 3512 on the top of the wristband 3514 and further connected to the wristband 3514 using an interference fit or a cooperative structure between the wristband 3514 and the electronic module 3512. This embodiment has a USB connector 3524 integrated with the housing 3516 of the electronic module 3512. The electronic module 3512 may have a pair of levers 3580 on each side of the housing 3516 of the electronic module 3512 connected to the USB connector 3524. To transfer data, the user removes the electronic module 3512 and slides the levers 3580 on each side of the electronic module 3512 forward, thereby sliding the USB connector 3524 out of the housing 3516. Additionally, in another embodiment, the user may pivot the USB connector 3512 about a pivotal connection within the housing 3516 to extend the USB connector 3524. The USB connector 3524 can then be connected to a USB port of a computer as described above. Once data transfer is complete, the USB connector 3524 is removed from the computer and the user slides the levers 3580 back, thereby retracting the USB connector 3524 back into the housing 3516. Also, the USB connector 3524 may be pivoted back into the slot of the housing 3516 wherein the USB connector 3524 is completely contained within the housing 3516. After the USB connector 3524 is put back in the housing 3516, the electronic module 3512 can be re-attached to the wristband 3514 using the interference fit or the cooperative structure connection. It is understood that the electronic module 3512 may have a gripping member (not shown) thereon wherein a user could grasp the electronic module 3512 in order to more easily remove and replace the electronic module 3512. The gripping member could take various forms such as a small protrusion or textured surface. It is further contemplated that a magnetic connection could be used between the wristband 3514 and the electronic module 3512. Operation of the watch 3510 is identical as described above.

FIGS. 185-187 disclose another embodiment of the electronic module generally designated with the reference numeral 3612. As with previous embodiments, the electronic module 3612 may be connected to a wristband to make up a watch (the watch and wristband are not shown in this embodiment). It is understood that the electronic module 3612 can be permanently connected to the wristband or removably connected to the wristband as with the previous embodiments. This embodiment has a USB connector 3624 integrated with the housing 3616 of the electronic module 3612. The electronic module 3612 has a slot 3680 positioned in the bottom portion of the housing 3616. The slot 3680 has an opening 3682 in which two protrusions 3684 extend from each side of the opening 3682. The USB connector 3624 has a base 3626 that is pivotally or hingedly connected to the housing 3616 of the electronic module 3612 with the protrusions 3684 connected to two holes 3628 on each side of the USB connector 3624. Additionally, in another embodiment, it should be understood that the housing 3616 may include the two holes 3628 on each side of the opening 3682 and the USB connector 3624 may include the protrusions 3684 which connect to the two holes 3628 on the housing 3616 of the electronic module 3612. The USB connector 3624 has a distal end 3630 extending from the base 3626 that supports the leads that make up the USB connection 3624. To transfer data, the user pivots the USB connector 3624 about the pivotal connection wherein the distal end 3630 of the USB connector 3624 extends generally transversely from the electronic module 3612. The USB connector 3624 can then be connected to a USB port of a computer as described above. Once data transfer is complete, the USB connector 3524 is removed from the computer and the USB connector 3624 is pivoted back into the slot 3580 of the housing 3516 as shown in FIG. 108 wherein the USB connector 3624 is completely contained within the housing 3516. It is understood that the distal end 3620 of the USB connector 3624 may have a gripping member thereon wherein a user could grasp the USB connector 3624 with a finger to pivot. The gripping member could take various forms such as a small protrusion or textured surface. It is further contemplated that a magnetic connection could be used between the housing 3616 and USB connector 3624 wherein the USB connector 3624 could be pushed further into the housing 3616 such that the USB connector 3624 would be then be forced back partially out of the housing 3616 where the USB connector 3624 could then be further pivoted out of the housing 3616. Operation of the watch is identical as described above.

FIGS. 188-190 disclose another embodiment of the watch generally designated with the reference numeral 3710. The watch 3710 has an electronic module 3712 connected to a wristband 3714. It is understood that the electronic module 3712 can be permanently connected to the wristband 3714 or removably connected to the wristband 3714 as with the previous embodiments. This embodiment has a USB connector 3724 integrated with the housing 3716 of the electronic module 3712. The electronic module 3712 has a slot 3580 positioned in a bottom portion of the housing 3716. The slot 3780 has an opening 3780 at a side portion of the housing 3716 and extends into the housing 3716. The USB connector 3724 has a base 3726 that is pivotally or hingedly connected to the housing 3716 of the electronic module 3712. The USB connector 3724 has a distal end 3728 extending from the base 3726 that supports the leads that make up the USB connection 3724. As discussed, the electronic module 3712 has the same user interface as described above and operates in similar fashion as described above. To transfer data, the user pivots the USB connector 3724 about the pivotal connection wherein the distal end 3728 of the USB connector 3724 extends generally transversely from the electronic module 3712. The USB connector 3724 can then be connected to a USB port of a computer as described above. Once data transfer is complete, the USB connector 3724 is removed from the computer and the USB connector 3724 is pivoted back into the slot 3780 of the housing 3716 as shown in FIG. 169 wherein the USB connector 3724 is completely contained within the housing 3716. It is understood that the distal end of the USB connector 3724 may have a gripping member thereon wherein a user could grasp the USB connector 3724 with a finger to pivot. The gripping member could take various forms such as a small protrusion or textured surface. It is further contemplated that a magnetic connection could be used between the housing 3716 and USB connector 3724 wherein the USB connector 3724 could be pushed further into the housing 3716 such that the USB connector 3724 would be then be forced back partially out of the housing 3716 where the USB connector 3724 could then be further pivoted out of the housing 3716. Operation of the watch 3710 is identical as described above.

FIGS. 191-192 disclose another embodiment of the watch generally designated with the reference numeral 3810. The watch 3810 has an electronic module 3812 connected to a wristband 3814. This embodiment discusses an alternative structure for the electronic module 3812 to be removably connected to the wristband 3814. This embodiment generally has a USB connector 3824 integrated with the housing 3816 of the electronic module 3812 in any of the various methods as described above and throughout this application. The electronic module 3812 has a protrusion 3880 on the bottom side of the housing 3816. The protrusion 3880 has a generally circular cross-section and an enlarged rounded head. The protrusion 3880 is adapted to be inserted into a receiver or aperture 3815 in the wristband 3814 that is dimensioned to receive the protrusion 3880. Structure is provided for rotational connection and removal of the electronic module 3812.

Additionally, as is shown in FIGS. 191-192, the electronic module 3812 has a flange portion 3882 extending from the housing 3816 for connecting the flange portion 3882 to a receiving portion 3884 on the wristband 3814. The receiving portion of the wristband 3884 has an elongated slot 3886. The face of the receiving portion 3884 can have guide holes (not shown) to provide for a tactile feel. The elongated slot 3886 receives the flange portion 3882 of the electronic module 3812. The underside of the receiving portion 3884 may have a first locking groove and a second locking groove. The first locking groove and the second locking groove can include locating holes to provide for a tactile feel with associated structure on the flange portion 3882. The grooves receive the flange portion 3882 of the electronic module 3812. To secure the electronic module 3812 to the wristband 3814, the flange portion 3882 is aligned with the elongated slot 3886 located in the receiving portion 3884 of the wristband 3814. Once the flange portion 3882 is aligned with the elongated slot 3886, the flange portion 3882 is inserted through the slot 3886. The user then rotates the electronic module 3812 either ninety or one hundred eighty degrees such that the first end and the second end of the flange portion 3882 align with the first locking groove and the second locking groove respectively. Thus, the electronic module 3812 is mounted such as shown in FIG. 191. Additionally, the locating protrusions 3880 may align with the locating holes so the user knows that the electronic module 3812 is properly secured to the wristband 3814. Thus, the electronic module 3812 is connectable and removable from the wristband 3814 using a rotational movement. Operation of the watch 3810 is identical as described above.

FIGS. 193-195 disclose another embodiment of the watch generally designated with the reference numeral 3910. The watch 3910 has an electronic module 3912 connected to a wristband 3914. It is understood that the electronic module 3912 can be permanently connected to the wristband 3914 or removably connected to the wristband 3914 as with the previous embodiments. This embodiment has a USB connector 3924 integrated with the housing 3916 of the electronic module 3912. The electronic module 3912 may have a slot 3980 positioned in the bottom portion of the housing 3916. The USB connector 3924 has a base 3926 that is pivotally or hingedly connected to the housing 3916 of the electronic module 3912. The USB connector 3924 has a distal end 3928 extending from the base 3926 that supports to the leads that make up the USB connection 3924. To transfer data, the user pivots the USB connector 3924 about the pivotal connection wherein the distal end 3926 of the USB connector 3924 extends generally transversely from the electronic module 3912. The USB connector 3924 can then be connected to a USB port of a computer as described above. Once data transfer is complete, the USB connector 3924 is removed from the computer and the USB connector 3924 is pivoted back into the slot 3980 of the housing 3916 wherein the USB connector 3924 is completely contained within the housing 3916. It is understood that the distal end 3928 of the USB connector 3924 may have a gripping member thereon wherein a user could grasp the USB connector 3924 with a finger to pivot. The gripping member could take various forms such as a small protrusion or textured surface. It is further contemplated that a magnetic connection could be used between the housing 3916 and USB connector 3924 wherein the USB connector 3924 could be pushed further into the housing 3916 such that the USB connector 3924 would be then be forced back partially out of the housing 3916 where the USB connector 3924 could then be further pivoted out of the housing 3916. Additionally, the slot 3980 may be located on the top of the housing 3916 of the electronic module 3912, wherein the USB connector 3924 would rotate and pivot up and out of the housing 3916 as shown in FIG. 195 as opposed to down and out of the housing 3916 as shown in FIG. 194. Operation of the 3910 watch is identical as described above.

FIGS. 196-198 disclose another embodiment of the watch generally designated with the reference numeral 4010. The watch 4010 has an electronic module 4012 connected to a wristband 4014. The electronic module 4012 is similar to the electronic module 12 as described above in FIGS. 1-21. The electronic module 4012 has a USB connector 4024 extending laterally from a sidewall of the electronic module 4012. The wristband 4014 has a recessed portion 4015 at generally a central portion of the wristband 4014. An opening 4080 is further included in the wristband 4014 at the recessed portion 4015. Additionally, the electronic module 4012 has a rail 4026 located on the top side and bottom side of the electronic module 4012 as shown in FIG. 197. As the electronic module 4012 is inserted into the recessed portion 4015, the rails 4026 slide into grooves 4017 to help guide the electronic module 4012 into place and maintain the electronic module 4012 inside the recessed portion 4015. The USB connector 4024 of the electronic module 4012 is received by the opening 4080 in the wristband 4014. Operation of the watch 4010 is identical as described above.

FIGS. 199-207 disclose another embodiment of the watch generally designated with the reference numeral 4110. The watch 4110 has an electronic module 4112 connected to a wristband 4114. The electronic module 4112 is similar to the electronic module 12 as described above in FIGS. 1-21. The electronic module 4112 has a base 4115 and a housing 4116. The base 4115 may be located under the housing 4116. Additionally, the housing 4116 may contain the display and controls as described above and shown in FIG. 200, as well as a USB connector 4024. The base 4115 may contain a slot 4184 on one of the lateral edges of the base 4115. Within the slot 4184, the base 4115 may also contain a slidable lever 4186 wherein the slidable lever 4186 is connected to the USB connector 4124 within the housing 4116. To transfer data, the user slides the lever 4186 to the extended position on the base 4115 wherein the USB connector 4124 extends outward from the housing 4116. The USB connector 4124 can then be connected to a USB port of a computer as described above. Once data transfer is complete, the USB connector 4124 is removed from the computer and the user slides the lever 4186 back to the retracted position wherein the USB connector 4124 retracts inward back into the housing 4116. In the embodiments shown in FIGS. 180-183, the lever 4186 slides the same way as the USB connector 4124 slides. For instance, when the lever 4186 slides from the back to the front of the base 4115, the USB connector 4124 also slides from the back to the front, extending outside the base 4115. Operation of the watch 4110 is identical as described above.

Additionally, in another embodiment as shown in FIGS. 203-204, the lever 4186 and the USB connector 4124 slide in opposite directions. For instance, when the lever 4186 slides from the front to the back, the USB connector 4124 slides from the back to the front of the base 4115. Specifically, when the lever 4186 is in the retracted position, the USB connection 4124 is also in the retracted position. However, as is different from above in FIGS. 199-202, the lever 4186 is not directly connected to the USB connection 4124. As shown in FIGS. 203-204, the lever 4186 acts a locking device for the USB connection 4124, such that when the lever 4186 is moved to the extended position, the lever 4186 releases the USB connector 4124 and the USB connector 4124 extends in the opposite direction that the lever 4186 was moved. To transfer data, the user slides the lever 4186 to the extended position on the base 4115 wherein the USB connector 4124 extends in the opposite direction, outward from the housing 4116. The USB connector 4124 can then be connected to a USB port of a computer as described above. Once data transfer is complete, the USB connector 4124 is removed from the computer and the user pushes the USB connector 4124 back into the housing 4116 while sliding the lever 4186 back to the retracted position to lock the USB connector 4124 back in the housing 4116.

FIGS. 205-207 show an embodiment that is similar to the embodiment described in FIGS. 199-202. In FIGS. 205-207, the electronic module 4112 has a base 4115 and a housing 4116. The base 4115 may be located under the housing 4116. Additionally, the housing 4116 may contain the display and controls as described above and shown in FIG. 200, as well as a slot 4184 on one of the lateral edges of the base 4115 and a slidable lever 4186. The base 4115 may contain a USB connector 4124 which is connected to the slidable lever 4186 in the housing 4116. To transfer data, the user slides the lever 4186 to the extended position on the housing 4116 wherein the USB connector 4124 extends outward from the base 4115. The USB connector 4124 can then be connected to a USB port of a computer as described above. Once data transfer is complete, the USB connector 4124 is removed from the computer and the user slides the lever 4186 back to the retracted position wherein the USB connector 4124 retracts inward back into the base 4115. Operation of the watch 4110 is identical as described above.

FIGS. 208-210 disclose another embodiment of the watch generally designated with the reference numeral 4210. The watch 4120 has an electronic module 4212 removably connected to a wristband 4214. In this embodiment, the electronic module 4212 is generally circular in shape and rotatably connected to the wristband 4214. This embodiment has a USB connector 4224 integrated with bottom of the housing 4216 of the electronic module 4212. To transfer data, the user removes the electronic module 4212 by rotating the electronic module 4212 and unlocking the electronic module 4212 from the wristband 4214. The user then slides the USB connector 4224 to the extended position on the housing 4216 wherein the USB connector 4224 extends outward from the electronic module 4212 as shown in FIG. 210. The USB connector 4224 can then be connected to a USB port of a computer as described above. Once data transfer is complete, the USB connector 4224 is removed from the computer and the user slides the USB connector 4224 back to the retracted position wherein the USB connector 4224 retracts inward back into the housing 4216 of the electronic module 4212 as shown in FIG. 210. Operation of the watch 4210 is identical as described above.

FIGS. 211-213 disclose another embodiment of the watch generally designated with the reference numeral 4310. The watch 4310 has an electronic module 4312 connected to a wristband 4314. It is understood that the electronic module 4312 can be permanently connected to the wristband 4314 or removably connected to the wristband 4314 as with the previous embodiments. This embodiment has a USB connector 4324 integrated with the housing 4316 of the electronic module 4312. The electronic module 4312 may have a slot 4313 positioned in the bottom portion of the housing 4316. The USB connector 4324 has a base 4326 that is pivotally or hingedly connected to the housing 4316 of the electronic module 4312. The USB connector 4324 has a distal end 4328 extending from the base 4326 that supports to the leads that make up the USB connection 4324. To transfer data, the user pivots the USB connector 4324 about the pivotal connection wherein the distal end 4328 of the USB connector 4324 extends generally transversely from the electronic module 4312 as shown in FIG. 213. The USB connector 4324 can then be connected to a USB port of a computer as described above. Once data transfer is complete, the USB connector 4324 is removed from the computer and the connector is pivoted back into the slot 4313 of the housing 4316 wherein the USB connector 4324 is completely contained within the housing 4316 as is shown in FIG. 212. It is understood that the distal end 4328 of the USB connector 4324 may have a gripping member thereon wherein a user could grasp the USB connector 4324 with a finger to pivot. The gripping member could take various forms such as a small protrusion or textured surface. It is further contemplated that a magnetic connection could be used between the housing 4316 and USB connector 4324 wherein the USB connector 4324 could be pushed further into the housing 4316 such that the USB connector 4324 would be then be forced back partially out of the housing 4316 where the USB connector 4324 could then be further pivoted out of the housing 4316. Operation of the watch 4310 is identical as described above.

FIGS. 214-218 disclose another embodiment of the watch generally designated with the reference numeral 4410. The watch 4410 has an electronic module 4412 removably connected to a wristband 4414. This embodiment has a USB connector 4412 integrated with the housing 4416 of the electronic module 4412. The electronic module 4412 may have a slot 4480 positioned in a bottom portion of the housing 4416. The slot 4480 may have an opening at a side portion of the housing 4416 and extends into the housing 4416. The electronic module 4412 has the USB connector 4424 operably coupled to the electrical components of the module 4412. The USB connector 4424 has a base 4426 that is pivotally or hingedly connected to the housing 4416 of the electronic module 4412. The USB connector 4424 has a distal end 4428 extending from the base 4426 that supports to the leads that make up the USB connection. As discussed, the electronic module 4412 has the same user interface as described above and operates in similar fashion as described above. To transfer data, the user must first remove the electronic module 4412 from the wristband 4414. The electronic module 4412 may be connected to the wristband 4414 as previously described through the use of an interference fit or a cooperative structure connection. Once the electronic module 4412 is removed, the user pivots the USB connector 4412 about the pivotal connection wherein the distal end 4428 of the USB connector 4428 extends generally transversely from the electronic module 4412 as shown in FIG. 218. The USB connector 4424 can then be connected to a USB port of a computer as described above. Once data transfer is complete, the USB connector 4424 is removed from the computer and the USB connector 4424 is pivoted back into the slot 4480 of the housing 4416 wherein the USB connector 4424 is completely contained within the housing 4416. The user may then re-attach the electronic module 4412 to the wristband 4414. It is understood that the distal end 4428 of the USB connector 4424 may have a gripping member thereon wherein a user could grasp the USB connector 4424 with a finger to pivot. The gripping member could take various forms such as a small protrusion or textured surface. It is further contemplated that a magnetic connection could be used between the housing 4416 and USB connector 4424 wherein the USB connector 4424 could be pushed further into the housing 4416 such that the USB connector 4424 would be then be forced back partially out of the housing 4416 where the USB connector 4424 could then be further pivoted out of the housing 4416. Operation of the watch 4410 is identical as described above.

FIG. 219 discloses another embodiment of the watch generally designated with the reference numeral 4510. The watch 4510 has an electronic module 4512 that is removably connected to a carrier 4580 by an interference fit or a cooperative structure connection between the electronic module 4512 and the carrier 4580. As shown in FIG. 219, the electronic module 4512 may have tabs that interconnect with tabs on the carrier 4580. Additionally, the carrier 4580 may be connected to a wristband through the slots 4515 on each of the ends of the carrier 4580. This embodiment has a USB connector 4524 integrated with the housing 4516 of the electronic module 4512. The electronic module 4512 may have a slot positioned in a bottom portion of the housing 4516. The USB connector 4524 may have a base that is pivotally or hingedly connected to the housing 4516 of the electronic module 4512. The USB connector 4524 may have a distal end extending from the base that supports to the leads that make up the USB connection. As discussed, the electronic module 4512 has the same user interface as described above and operates in similar fashion as described above.

To transfer data, the user must first remove the electronic module 4512 from the carrier 4580. To remove the electronic module 4512 from the carrier 4580, the user may twist or rotate the electronic module 4512 counter-clockwise to release the electronic module 4512. Once the electronic module 4512 is removed, the user pivots the USB connector 4524 about the pivotal connection wherein the distal end of the USB connector 4524 extends generally perpendicular from the electronic module 4512. The USB connector 4524 can then be connected to a USB port of a computer as described above. Once data transfer is complete, the USB connector 4524 is removed from the computer and the USB connector 4524 is pivoted back into the slot of the housing 4516 wherein the USB connector 4524 is completely contained within the housing 4516. The user may then re-attach the electronic module 4512 to the carrier by twisting or rotating the electronic module 4512 clockwise onto the carrier 4580 until the tabs on both the electronic module 4512 and the carrier 4580 interconnect and lock the electronic module 4512 onto the carrier 4580. It is understood that the distal end of the USB connector 4524 may have a gripping member thereon wherein a user could grasp the USB connector 4524 with a finger to pivot. The gripping member could take various forms such as a small protrusion or textured surface. It is further contemplated that a magnetic connection could be used between the housing 4516 and USB connector 4524 wherein the USB connector 4524 could be pushed further into the housing 4516 such that the USB connector 4524 would be then be forced back partially out of the housing 4516 where the USB connector 4524 could then be further pivoted out of the housing 4516. It is also noted that the USB operation may be completed with the electronic module 4512 still attached to the carrier 4580, as the USB connector 4524 may be extended without removing the electronic module 4512 from the carrier 4580. Operation of the watch is identical as described above.

In a similar embodiment to FIG. 219, FIG. 220 discloses another embodiment of the watch generally designated with the reference numeral 4610. The watch 4610 has an electronic module 4612 that is removably connected to a carrier 4680 by an interference fit or a cooperative structure connection between the electronic module 4612 and the carrier 4680. As shown in FIG. 201, the carrier 4680 may have arms 4682 that extend perpendicular to the bottom of the carrier 4680. Additionally, the housing 4616 of the electronic module 4612 may have slots 4617 in which the ends of the arms 4682 of the carrier 4680 interconnect with to help keep the electronic module 4612 connected within the carrier 4680. Additionally, the carrier 4680 may be connected to a wristband through the slots 4615 on each of the ends of the carrier 4680. This embodiment has a USB connector 4624 integrated with the housing 4616 of the electronic module 4612. The electronic module 4612 may have a slot positioned in a bottom portion of the housing 4616. The USB connector 4624 has a base that is pivotally or hingedly connected to the housing 4612 of the electronic module 4624. The USB connector 4624 has a distal end extending from the base that supports the leads that make up the USB connection 4624. As discussed, the electronic module 4612 has the same user interface as described above and operates in similar fashion as described above.

To transfer data, the user must first remove the electronic module 4612 from the carrier 4680. To remove the electronic module 4612 from the carrier 4680, the user may press one of the sides of the electronic module 4612 to peel the electronic module 4612 away from the carrier 4680, essentially disengaging the arms 4682 from the electronic module 4612. Once the electronic module 4612 is removed, the user pivots the USB connector 4624 about the pivotal connection wherein the distal end of the USB connector 4624 extends generally perpendicular from the electronic module 4612. The USB connector 4624 can then be connected to a USB port of a computer as described above. Once data transfer is complete, the USB connector 4624 is removed from the computer and the USB connector 4624 is pivoted back into the slot of the housing 4616 wherein the USB connector 4624 is completely contained within the housing 4616. The user may then re-attach the electronic module 4612 to the carrier 4680 by placing the electronic module 4612 on the carrier 4680 and pressing the electronic module 4612 into place by snapping it into the arms 4682 of the carrier 4680. It is understood that the distal end of the USB connector 4624 may have a gripping member thereon wherein a user could grasp the USB connector 4624 with a finger to pivot. The gripping member could take various forms such as a small protrusion or textured surface. It is further contemplated that a magnetic connection could be used between the housing 4616 and USB connector 4624 wherein the USB connector 4624 could be pushed further into the housing 4616 such that the USB connector 4624 would be then be forced back partially out of the housing 4616 where the USB connector 4624 could then be further pivoted out of the housing 4616. It is also noted that the USB operation may be completed with the electronic module 4612 still attached to the carrier, as the USB connector 4624 may be extended without removing the electronic module 4612 from the carrier 4680. Operation of the watch is identical as described above.

FIGS. 221-222 disclose an embodiment of the watch generally designated with the reference numeral 4710. The structure of the watch is very similar to the watch 10 of FIG. 2. For the embodiment in FIG. 221, the electronic module 4712 has a data transfer member 4724 in the form of a USB connector 4725 that is rigid with respect to the housing 4716 of the electronic module 4724. For the embodiment in FIG. 222, the electronic module 4712 has a data transfer member 4724 in the form of a USB connector 4725 that is flexible with respect to the housing 4716 of the electronic module 4712. As is shown in FIGS. 221-222, the electronic module 4712 is removably connected to a wristband by a cooperative structure connection. To transfer data, the user removes the electronic module 4712 from the wristband by pulling the electronic module 4712 off the wristband and disengaging the cooperative structure connection. Once the electronic module 4712 is removed, the USB connector 4725 can then be connected to a USB port of a computer as described above. Once data transfer is complete, the USB connector 4725 is removed from the computer. The user may then re-attach the electronic module 4712 to the wristband by placing the electronic module 4712 on the carrier 4780 and pressing the electronic module 4712 into place by snapping it into wristband. Operation of the watch is identical as described above.

FIGS. 223-224 disclose another embodiment of the watch generally designated with the reference numeral 4810. In FIG. 223, the watch has an electronic module 4812 that is removably connected to a carrier 4880 by an interference fit or a cooperative structure connection between the electronic module 4812 and the carrier 4880. Additionally, the carrier 4880 may be connected to a wristband through a slot 4815 on each end of the carrier 4880. In FIG. 224, the watch has an electronic module 4812 that is removably connected to the wristband 4814. For both FIGS. 223 and 224, the housing 4816 of the electronic module 4812 may have two arms that extend from the bottom of the housing 4816. The arms are flexible enough to slightly bend inward. The arms have wings that will cooperatively engage with the edges of an opening in either the carrier 4880 (for FIG. 223) or the wristband 4814 (for FIG. 224). This embodiment has a USB connector 4824 integrated with the housing 4816 of the electronic module 4812. The electronic module 4812 may have a slot 4826 positioned in a bottom portion of the housing. The USB connector 4824 has a base that is pivotally or hingedly connected to the housing 4816 of the electronic module 4824. The USB connector 4824 has a distal end extending from the base that supports the leads that make up the USB connection. As discussed, the electronic module 4812 has the same user interface as described above and operates in similar fashion as described above.

To transfer data, the user must first remove the electronic module 4812 from the carrier 4880 or the wristband 4814. To remove the electronic module 4812 from the carrier 4880 or the wristband 4814, the user may inwardly press on each of the arms to disengage the wings from edges of the opening, and then pull the electronic module 4812 away from the carrier 4880 or wristband 4814. Once the electronic module 4812 is removed, the user pivots the USB connector 4824 about the pivotal connection wherein the distal end of the USB connector 4824 extends generally perpendicular from the electronic module 4812. The USB connector 4824 can then be connected to a USB port of a computer as described above. Once data transfer is complete, the USB connector 4824 is removed from the computer and the USB connector 4824 is pivoted back into the slot of the housing 4816 wherein the USB connector 4824 is completely contained within the housing 4816. The user may then re-attach the electronic module 4812 to the carrier 4880 by placing the electronic module 4812 on the carrier 4880 or the wristband 4814 and pressing the electronic module 4812 into place by snapping it into the opening of the carrier 4880 or the wristband 4814. It is understood that the distal end of the USB connector 4824 may have a gripping member thereon wherein a user could grasp the USB connector 4824 with a finger to pivot. The gripping member could take various forms such as a small protrusion or textured surface. It is further contemplated that a magnetic connection could be used between the housing 4816 and USB connector 4824 wherein the USB connector 4824 could be pushed further into the housing 4816 such that the USB connector 4824 would be then be forced back partially out of the housing 4816 where the USB connector 4824 could then be further pivoted out of the housing 4816. It is also noted that the USB operation may be completed with the electronic module 4812 still attached to the carrier 4880 or wristband 4814, as the USB connector 4824 may be extended without removing the electronic module 4812 from the carrier 4880. Operation of the watch is identical as described above.

FIG. 225 discloses another embodiment of the watch generally designated with the reference numeral 4910. The watch has an electronic module 4912 that is removably connected to a carrier 4980 by a sliding cooperative structure connection between the electronic module 4912 and the carrier 4980. Additionally, the carrier 4980 may be connected to a wristband through a slot 4915 on each end of the carrier 4980. This embodiment has a USB connector 4924 connected with the housing 4916 of the electronic module 4912. The carrier 4980 may have a slot positioned in the top portion of the carrier 4980. As discussed, the electronic module 4912 has the same user interface as described above and operates in similar fashion as described above.

To transfer data, the user must first remove the electronic module 4912 from the carrier 4980. To remove the electronic module 4912 from the carrier 4980, the user may slide the electronic module 4912 laterally back disengaging it from the sliding cooperative structure on the carrier 4980. This sliding action reveals the USB connector 4924. The user may then remove the electronic module 4912 from the carrier 4980 by pulling it away from the carrier 4980. Once the electronic module 4912 is removed, the USB connector 4924 can then be connected to a USB port of a computer as described above. Once data transfer is complete, the USB connector 4924 is removed from the computer and the USB connector 4924 is placed back into the slot of the carrier 4980 wherein the USB connector 4924 is completely contained within the carrier 4980. The user may then re-attach the electronic module 4912 to the carrier 4980 by sliding the electronic module 4912 forward and back into place. Operation of the watch is identical as described above.

FIG. 226 discloses another embodiment of the watch generally designated with the reference numeral 5010. The watch has an electronic module 5012 that is removably connected to a carrier 5080 by a cooperative structure spring-release connection between the electronic module 5012 and the carrier 5080. The electronic module 5012 has a push-button located on either the top or bottom which engages or disengages the spring-release connection. Additionally, the carrier 5080 may be connected to a wristband through a slot 5015 on each end of the carrier 5080. This embodiment has a USB connector (not shown) integral within the housing 5016 of the electronic module 5012. The housing 5016 may have a slot positioned in the bottom portion of the housing 5016. As discussed, the electronic module 5012 has the same user interface as described above and operates in similar fashion as described above.

To transfer data, the user must remove the electronic module 5012 from the carrier 5080. To remove the electronic module 5012 from the carrier 5080, the user may press the push-button, which will release the electronic module 5012 while also automatically flipping out the USB connection (not shown). Once the electronic module 5012 is removed, the USB connector can then be connected to a USB port of a computer as described above. Once data transfer is complete, the USB connector is removed from the computer and the USB connector is placed back into the slot of the housing 5016 wherein the USB connector is completely contained within the carrier 5080. The user may then place the top of the electronic module 5012 in the carrier 5080 and press the heel down into the carrier 5080, snapping the electronic module 5012 into place with the cooperative spring-release connection. Operation of the watch is identical as described above.

FIG. 227 discloses another embodiment of the watch generally designated with the reference numeral 5110. The watch has an electronic module 5112 that is removably connected to a carrier 5180 by a cooperative structure between the electronic module 5112 and the carrier 5180. The cooperative structure may include a first set of tabs 5130 on both the sides of the electronic module 5112 and a second set of tabs 5132 on the sides of a cavity on the carrier 5180. The electronic module 5112 has a push-button 5134 located on one of the sides of the electronic module 5112 which engages or disengages the spring-release for an USB connector 5124. Additionally, the carrier 5180 may be connected to a wristband through a slot 5115 on each end of the carrier 5180. This embodiment has the USB connector 5124 integral within the housing 5116 of the electronic module 5112. The housing 5116 may have an area positioned in the bottom portion of the housing 5116. The USB connector 5124 has a base 5126 that is pivotally or hingedly connected to the housing of the electronic module. The USB connector has a distal end 5128 extending from the base 5126 that supports to the leads that make up the USB connection. As discussed, the electronic module 5112 has the same user interface as described above and operates in similar fashion as described above.

To transfer data, the user must remove the electronic module 5112 from the carrier 5180. To remove the electronic module 5112 from the carrier 5180, the user must slide the electronic module 5112 from the carrier 5180, thereby disengaging the tabs from the electronic module 5112 from the carrier 5180. Once the electronic module 5112 is removed, the user then may press the push-button 5134, which releases the USB connector 5124 and pivots the USB connector 5124 about the pivotal connection wherein the distal end 5128 of the USB connector 5124 extends generally transversely from the electronic module 5112. The USB connector 5124 can then be connected to a USB port of a computer as described above. Once data transfer is complete, the USB connector 5124 is removed from the computer and the USB connector 5124 is pivoted back into the slot of the housing 5116 wherein the USB connector 5124 is completely contained within the housing 5116. Operation of the watch is identical as described above.

FIG. 228 discloses another embodiment of the watch generally designated with the reference numeral 5210. The watch has an electronic module 5210 that is removably connected to a carrier 5280 by a rotatable cooperative structure between the electronic module 5210 and the carrier 5280. The rotatable cooperative structure may include a first set of tabs 5230 on a circular plane on the carrier 5280 and a second set of tabs 5232 on a circular plane on the electronic module 5212. Additionally, the carrier 5280 may be connected to a wristband through a slot 5215 on each end of the carrier 5280. This embodiment has the USB connector 5224 attached to the housing 5216 of the electronic module 5212. The carrier 5280 may have a slot positioned in the upper portion of the carrier 5280 for the USB connector 5224. The USB connector 5224 has a base 5226 that is pivotally or hingedly connected to the carrier 5228. The housing 5216 is also pivotally or hingedly connected at the same point to the carrier 5280. The USB connector 5224 has a distal end 5228 extending from the base 5226 that supports the leads that make up the USB connection. As discussed, the electronic module 5212 has the same user interface as described above and operates in similar fashion as described above.

To transfer data, the user must remove the electronic module 5212 from the carrier 5280. To remove the electronic module 5212 from the carrier 5280, the user rotates the side away from the hinged connection point approximately 90 degrees or more. This rotation will disengage the tabs 5230 5232 from the circular plane on the electronic module 5212 and the carrier 5280, while keeping the USB connector 5224 in the same location. The user can then remove the electronic module 5212 from the carrier 5280, wherein the distal end 5228 of the USB connector 5224 is already extended generally transversely from the electronic module 5212. The USB connector 5224 can then be connected to a USB port of a computer as described above. Once data transfer is complete, the USB connector 5224 is removed from the computer and the USB connector 5224 is placed in the slot in the carrier 5280 and the electronic module 5212 is rotated back. Operation of the watch is identical as described above.

The various embodiments of the device of the present invention provides enhanced functionality in recording and monitoring athletic performance data. Data can regularly be uploaded to the computer as well as the Remote Site as described herein. In addition, data from the Remote Site can be downloaded to the device wherein the user can take the Remote Site with the user. The housing provides for a robust wearable watch. The housing structure can absorb the shocks and impacts of running such that the controller can operate smoothly. Additionally, the housing structure prevents debris, water, perspiration or other moisture from ingress into the interior of the housing where it could contaminate the controller and adversely affect operability. In one exemplary embodiment, the housing is water-resistant to approximately five atmospheres of pressure. The user interface configuration provides simple and easy operation of the watch, particularly the tri-axis configuration. The user can easily perform functions such as using the shock sensor and, in particular, mark laps by tapping the front face or crystal of the device. With such an easy operation, the user can focus on the athletic performance rather than to locate a proper user input on the watch. The user interface provides many features as described herein to provide enhanced operability of the device.

While the specific embodiments have been illustrated and described, numerous modifications come to mind without significantly departing from the spirit of the invention and the scope of protection is only limited by the scope of the accompanying Claims.

Claims

1. A device for monitoring athletic performance of a user, the device comprising:

a wristband having a slot and configured to be worn by the user;
an electronic module removably attached to the wristband; and
a USB connector connected to the wristband, wherein the USB connector fits in the slot of the wristband.

2. The device of claim 1, wherein the USB connector includes an elongated member that has a base, a distal end, and an elongated intermediate portion extending between the base and the distal end.

3. The device of claim 2, wherein the elongated intermediate portion is flexible.

4. The device of claim 2, wherein the distal end supports a set of electronic leads from the USB connector.

5. The device of claim 2, wherein the base of the USB connector is connected to an underside central portion of the wristband.

6. The device of claim 5, wherein the base of the USB connector is located at the underside central portion of the wristband directly under the electronic module.

7. The device of claim 1, wherein the slot is located on an inner surface of the wristband and dimensioned to generally correspond to the shape of the USB connector.

8. The device of claim 1, further including an interference fit between the USB connector and the slot of the wristband.

9. The device of claim 1, wherein the electronic module has a controller and a screen and a plurality of user inputs operably associated with the controller.

10. The device of claim 9, wherein the user inputs include a user input configured to be applied by the user against the screen and in a direction generally normal to the screen.

11. A device for monitoring athletic performance of a user, the device comprising:

a wristband configured to be worn by the user;
an electronic module removably attached to the wristband; and
a USB connector fully integrated into the wristband, wherein a set of electronic leads of the USB connector is supported at a distal end of the wristband.

12. The device of claim 11, wherein the USB connector includes a cap covering the electronic leads of the USB connector.

13. The device of claim 12, wherein the cap fits over the distal end of the wristband.

14. The device of claim 11, wherein the wristband is flexible.

15. The device of claim 14, wherein the when the band is wrapped around the wrist of a user, the distal end of the wristband is connected to an underside of the wristband.

16. The device of claim 15, wherein the distal end of the wristband is connected to the underside of the wristband by the use of a post connection system.

17. The device of claim 17, wherein the post connection system includes a post located at the underside of the wristband near the electronic module, wherein the post is configured to connect to one of a plurality of holes located at the distal end of the wristband.

18. The device of claim 14, wherein the distal end of the wristband is connected to the underside of the wristband by the use of hook and loop fasteners.

19. The device of claim 18, wherein the distal end of the wristband includes a first hook and loop fastener that connects to a second hook and loop fastener located at the underside of the wristband near the electronic module.

20. The device of claim 11, wherein the electronic module has a controller and a screen and a plurality of user inputs operably associated with the controller.

21. The device of claim 20, wherein the user inputs include a user input configured to be applied by the user against the screen and in a direction generally normal to the screen.

22. A device for monitoring athletic performance of a user, the device comprising:

a wristband configured to be worn by the user;
an electronic module removably attached to the wristband; and
a key member that includes a USB connector and a housing, the key member removably located at a distal end of the wristband.

23. The device of claim 22, wherein the distal end of the wristband has a slot.

24. The device of claim 23, wherein the USB connector of the key member is configured to be inserted into the slot of the wristband.

25. The device of claim 24, wherein the wristband has flexible connectors extending within the wristband, wherein the key member is inserted into the slot of the wristband, the key member is operably connected to the electronic module.

26. The device of claim 22, wherein the wristband has flexible connectors extending within the wristband.

27. The device of claim 22, wherein the USB connector and the wristband have a cooperative structure.

28. The device of claim 27, wherein the cooperative structure is an interference fit.

29. The device of claim 27, wherein the cooperative structure includes cooperative detents located on the USB connector and the wristband.

30. The device of claim 27, wherein the housing includes a panel for displaying indicia.

31. The device of claim 22, wherein the electronic module has a controller and a screen and a plurality of user inputs operably associated with the controller.

32. The device of claim 31, wherein the user inputs include a user input configured to be applied by the user against the screen and in a direction generally normal to the screen.

Patent History

Publication number: 20110007468
Type: Application
Filed: Apr 26, 2010
Publication Date: Jan 13, 2011
Applicant: NIKE, Inc. (Beaverton, OR)
Inventors: Maximillian P. Burton (San Francisco, CA), Matt Capozzi (Portland, OR), Jamian R. Cobbett (Portland, OR), James Molyneux (Porland, OR), Aaron B. Weast (Portland, OR)
Application Number: 12/767,425

Classifications

Current U.S. Class: Wearable Computer Structure (361/679.03)
International Classification: H05K 7/00 (20060101);