Combined With Disparate Device Patents (Class 368/10)
  • Patent number: 9766655
    Abstract: There is provided a wristband for attaching to a computer device. The wristband includes a first end of the wristband configured to attach to a first side of the computer device, a second end of the wristband configured to attach to a second side of the computer device, and an earpiece compartment for placing an earpiece in the wristband. The wristband can be configured to provide power to the earpiece while the earpiece is placed inside the wristband. The wristband may further include a battery, and wherein the battery of the wristband provides power to a battery of the earpiece. The wristband may also include, wherein the clasp has a switch that is activated in response to a closure of the clasp causing a signal to be transmitted by the wristband to the computer device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Inventor: Farshad Farjami
  • Patent number: 9767709
    Abstract: We have disclosed systems and methods for portable performance monitoring of an individual during a physical activity. The systems and methods may include a portable sensor component configured to be carried by the individual during the physical activity and configured to obtain movement data for the athlete individual during the physical activity. The systems and methods may also include a portable output component configured to be carried by the individual during the physical activity and configured to provide an output to the individual during the physical activity. The systems and methods may further include a portable processing component in communication with the portable sensor component and the portable output component, where the portable processing component is configured to be carried by the individual during the physical activity. The portable processing component may be configured to identify movement of the individual during the physical activity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: adidas AG
    Inventor: Michael Ellis
  • Patent number: 9756908
    Abstract: A wearable electronic ornament has a manually-changeable skin and an electronic screen exhibiting a visual. When a user replaces the skin, the visual automatically changes to match the skin. Visuals are received from a store on the skin, a mobile device of the user, or a remote server, or can be generated by a camera of the mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: Hermes Innovation Ltd.
    Inventor: Eitan Lev
  • Patent number: 9760766
    Abstract: A method for interpreting interpersonal communication includes monitoring a first interaction between two or more individuals using a set of monitoring devices including a camera, a microphone, and the like. A culture and personality type of at least one individual is identified based on the monitored first interaction. First cultural/personality profile information specific to the identified culture and personality type is retrieved from a database of cultural/personality profile information. A second interaction between the two or more individuals is monitored using the set of monitoring devices. A first facial expression, gesture, vocal intonation, or indication of emotional state derived from biometric data of the at least one individual is identified based on the monitored second interaction. The identified first expression is interpreted using the first cultural/personality profile information. The interpretation of the identified first expression is communicated to a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Dario Gil, Joseph N. Kozhaya, David O. Melville, Valentina Salapura
  • Patent number: 9737212
    Abstract: Particular embodiments described herein provide for an electronic device, such as a wrist worn electronic device. One particular example implementation of the electronic device may include a main housing, a main display in the main housing, a wrist strap that allows the main housing to be secured to a user such that the main display is located on top of a wrist of the user, and a secondary display located on the wrist strap, where the secondary display communicates information to the user without the user having to turn the wrist.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Nicholas Cowley, Ruchir Saraswat, Richard Goldman
  • Patent number: 9742085
    Abstract: In various embodiments, an affixing structure of a connector is configured to attach to an affixing structure interface of a portable electronic device that is configured to also couple to an attachment member. A connector plug including conductors coupled to an electrical conduit is coupled to the affixing structure. The conductors are configured to electrically connect to one or more electric components of the portable electronic device and the electrical conduit is configured to electrically connect to one or more diagnostic devices. In some embodiments, an attachment member may include one or more electronic components and spring pins or other conductors connectible to a wearable device. The attachment member additionally includes a connector operable to connect the wearable device to another electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Brandon B. Tulloch, Gordon C. Cameron, John Danby, Amaury J. Heresztyn, Nagarajan Kalyanasundaram
  • Patent number: 9742977
    Abstract: Certain embodiments of the present invention provide the ability to control a camera from a wearable mechanism device, such as a watch, pendant or other device with its own limited display. Certain embodiments of the present invention provide a wearable mechanism device for remotely controlling a camera with an intuitive user interface and sequencing of interface options. In one embodiment, the display on the wearable mechanism changes before a picture or video is taken with the electronic camera. Certain embodiments of the present invention provide the ability to partially control a camera from the wearable mechanism device, providing split control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: James A. Howard, Eric S. Lee, Hugh W. Johnson, James C. Dovey, Gregory R. Chapman, James D. Batson, George E. Williams, Walker J. Eagleston, Gregory B. Novick, Chanaka G. Karunamuni
  • Patent number: 9731086
    Abstract: A device for detecting moisture for an arrangement for monitoring an access to a patient for a system by which, via a flexible line, a liquid is fed to a patient and/or a liquid is fed out from the patient, and in particular for monitoring the vascular access in extra-corporeal blood treatment and particularly for monitoring a central venous catheter for acute dialysis includes at least a portion which can be deformed into a sleeve and placed around the circumference of the flexible line or of a connecting system. The portion in sleeve form has fastening means for fixing it in place in the position in which it surrounds the flexible line or the connecting system. The portion in sleeve form allows the device to be fastened quickly and securely to a flexible line or a connecting system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: Fresenius Medical Care Deutschland GmbH
    Inventors: John Heppe, Andrea Kraemer, Alexander Schroers, Andreas Wuepper
  • Patent number: 9730316
    Abstract: A mobile device and a method of manufacturing a mobile device are disclosed. An aspect of the present invention provides a mobile device, which includes: a multi-layer circuit board including a plurality of circuit pattern layers and a plurality of dielectric layers and having a cavity formed on a lateral surface thereof toward an inside thereof; an electrode pad laminated in the cavity and configured to be electrically connected with the circuit pattern layers; and a conductive switch formed on an external peripheral portion of the cavity of the multi-layer circuit board in such a way that the conductive switch is separated from the electrode pad and is contactable with the electrode pad by an external force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: Samsung Electro-Mechanics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Chang-Kee Kim
  • Patent number: 9728171
    Abstract: Music data memory includes pieces of music within a group and other pieces of music outside the group. The next piece to be played is automatically determined by random table among pieces within the group. Favorite or newest piece is weighted to be more frequently played in the group. Piece in music data memory is automatically included into the group by random table. Newly downloaded piece into music data memory is included into the group by priority. Most frequently played piece is excluded from the group in place of newly included piece. Favorite or newest piece may be an exception of exclusion. Next piece is capable of being played in tempo similar to that of preceding piece by means of tempo-adjusted or piece replacement or repetition of the same piece for the purpose of continued baby cradling in synchronism with the same tempo of succeeding pieces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: NL GIKEN INCORPORATED
    Inventor: Masahide Tanaka
  • Patent number: 9720376
    Abstract: A band-type electronic device and a method for configuration of a flexible circuit board in a band-type electronic device are disclosed. The band-type electronic device includes a plurality of segments connected with each other in a band-like shape, a plurality of electronic components arranged in the plurality of segments, and a flexible circuit board connected to the plurality of electronic components arranged in the plurality of segments, wherein the flexible circuit board is partly deformed into a meandering shape in at least one of the plurality of segments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Mobile Communications Inc.
    Inventor: Teppei Tsushima
  • Patent number: 9715819
    Abstract: A emergency alert assembly includes a band that may be worn around a hand of a user. A communication unit is coupled to the band and the communication unit may be selectively manipulated. The communication unit may be in electrical communication with an extrinsic communications network. Thus, the communication unit may selectively contact an emergency response. The communication unit may be in electrical communication with a global positioning satellite. Thus, the communication unit may communicate a physical location of the band to the emergency response.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Inventor: Cindy Stockdale
  • Patent number: 9709957
    Abstract: A smart wristwatch structure includes a glass, a dial, a watch case, a bottom case, a movement, an antenna, a functional module, and a dedicated battery. The dial, the watch case, and the bottom case construct an accommodating space from top to bottom. The antenna is adhered to a lower surface of the glass. The functional module is disposed in the accommodating space for wirelessly communicating with a mobile terminal. The dedicated battery provides power for the functional module or the movement. In the smart wristwatch structure, signals are not shielded, and the thickness of the watch case is not increased significantly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: PRINCO CORP.
    Inventors: Chi-Pin Kuo, Ying-Che Shih, Cheng-Yi Chang
  • Patent number: 9703272
    Abstract: A wearable apparatus can include a transceiver. The apparatus can include an electrically conductive housing, the transceiver carried in the housing, the housing including at least a first wearable apparatus carrier device connection area. The apparatus can include a radiating element, the radiating element connected to the housing, the radiating element coupled to a feed point that is coupled to the transceiver, and the radiating element configured to radiate radio frequency signals. The apparatus can include a current isolation element. The apparatus can include an electrically conductive wearable apparatus carrier device coupled to the electrically conductive housing via the current isolation element, where the current isolation element provides electrical isolation between the electrically conductive wearable apparatus carrier device and the electrically conductive housing and/or the radiating element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: Google Technology Holdings LLC
    Inventors: Nicholas A. Fraser, Thomas E. Gitzinger, Dickon Isaacs, Michael F. Paradise, Michael E. Russell
  • Patent number: 9680204
    Abstract: An antenna device of the present invention includes an antenna element which transmits or receives an electromagnetic wave having a specific frequency by being supplied with electric power, a conductive element which is formed of a conductive material, arranged so as to be spaced apart from and face the antenna element, and serves as a parasitic element, and a housing having a sealed space therein. The antenna element is provided inside the housing, and the conductive element is provided on outer surface of the housing, or in inner part of the housing, or in a mount member by which the housing is worn on a human body, or in a holding member for holding the housing; the conductive element is electromagnetically coupled to the antenna element, resonates with the specific frequency; and transmits or receives the electromagnetic wave.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yutaka Aoki, Shigeru Yagi, Kaoru Yoshida
  • Patent number: 9659478
    Abstract: A stress and/or strain indicator comprises a wearable body, one or more flexible sections, one or more rigid sections and one or more strain gauges. The one or more strain gauges detect a level of stress and/or strain applied to the wearable body in order to indicate when the product is in danger of failing. A warning is activated based upon the level of stress and/or strain applied to the wearable body. For example, the stress and/or strain indicator is able to display a visual and/or an audible warning that a high level of stress and/or strain has been applied to the wearable body and the product is in danger of failing. In some embodiments, the stress and/or strain incident is recorded and downloadable. Consequently, a user is better informed as to when the electronic product is in danger of failing because of damage or misuse.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: Multek Technologies, Ltd.
    Inventors: Mark Bergman, Michael James Glickman
  • Patent number: 9655053
    Abstract: A notification signal, intended to be received by a wireless communication device, is repetitively broadcast by a portable activity-monitoring device that generates user-activity data corresponding to activity of an individual bearing the portable activity-monitoring device. The notification signal conveys information that identifies the portable activity-monitoring device and indicates whether or not the portable activity-monitoring device seeks establishment of a wireless communication link to enable transmission of the user-activity data to the wireless communication device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: FITBIT, INC.
    Inventors: James Park, Heiko Gernot Albert Panther, Barry Christopher Burton, Eric Nathan Friedman
  • Patent number: 9647711
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, an electronic device includes a cover, a flexible board, a coupler, a communication module, and an output device. The cover covers at least a part of the flexible board. The coupler is on the flexible board and has flexibility. The communication module performs close proximity wireless communication by using the coupler. The output device outputs at least a part of data received by the coupler.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOSHIBA
    Inventor: Motochika Okano
  • Patent number: 9641693
    Abstract: Billing method for billing a call to a user identified with an identification card (2) in a telecommunication network. The duration of the calls is determined by a GPS receiver. The identification card further preferably comprises downloaded scales of charges, the billed amount depending on the determined duration of the call and on the stored scales of charges. Advantage: the determined time can not be falsified by the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: SWISSCOM AG
    Inventor: R. Ritter
  • Patent number: 9627031
    Abstract: A control method for a memory system is provided. A memory controller of the memory system is configured to control the memory device. After a condition is met, the memory controller performs a retry operation to compensate for shifting of a data strobe signal sent from the memory device until the memory system enters a normal operation mode. When the shifting of the data strobe signal is compensated for, the number of pulses of the data strobe signal in the gating window is equal to the first predetermined number.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: MEDIATEK INC.
    Inventors: Kai-Hsin Chen, Shih-Hsiu Lin
  • Patent number: 9625441
    Abstract: A biological sample measurement device includes a biological sample measuring instrument and measurement-related information supply instrument which supplies measurement-related information. Measurement-related information supply instrument has reading unit which reads the measurement-related information, first storage unit which stores identification information of measurement-related information supply instrument, and transmission unit which transmits the measurement-related information and the identification information of measurement-related information supply instrument to the biological sample measuring instrument.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC HEALTHCARE HOLDINGS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takahiro Watanabe, Masumi Aono
  • Patent number: 9621178
    Abstract: Embodiments of clock authentication circuitry (CAC) are generally described herein. The CAC may comprise a compression component, such as a logic gate, to compress a candidate clock signal that is to be authenticated against a reference clock signal. The CAC may further comprise a digital-to-analog converter (DAC) that may be connected to an analog-to-digital converter (ADC) of the CAC. An ADC output sequence may be generated when a predetermined input sequence is input to the DAC while the DAC and the ADC are driven by the compressed candidate clock signal. The candidate clock signal may be authenticated based on an error measurement between the ADC output sequence and a reference ADC output sequence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: Raytheon Company
    Inventors: Gary M. Graceffo, Andrew Kowalevicz
  • Patent number: 9612578
    Abstract: A wearable electronic device including a body having a first locking recess, a wearable element having a second locking recess and a locking structure disposed in one of the first and the second locking recesses and including a pressing element and a locking element connected with each other is provided. The locking element is adapted to lock another one of the first locking recess and the second locking recess to assemble the body and the wearable element together, and the pressing element is adapted to receive an external force and move along a vertical axial direction into the first locking recess or the second locking recess which the locking structure is located, and drive the locking element to move along a horizontal axial direction into the first locking recess or the second locking recess which the locking structure is located, so as to unlock the body and the wearable element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: Acer Incorporated
    Inventors: Yu-Cheng Huang, Shao-Chi Chuang, Sheng-Wen Wu, Tsung-Hsun Wu
  • Patent number: 9606510
    Abstract: The motor driver of an horological motor consumes an important part of the electrical energy of the electronic circuit due to the fact that configuration data has to be transferred to configuration registers before each turn/step. In order to reduce the power consumption a circuitry is proposed, which detects a change in at least one of the configuration registers. This detection is used to trigger a refresh of the configuration registers only when actually a change in at least one of these configuration registers occurs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: EM Microelectronic-Marin SA
    Inventor: Ovidiu Sima
  • Patent number: 9606514
    Abstract: An electronic timepiece has a base plate and a base plate bridge ring. The base plate bridge ring secures a ring-shaped antenna, contacts an outside case member, and supports the base plate. The base plate is configured to not contact the outside case member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Takaya Masaki
  • Patent number: 9597479
    Abstract: A system for therapy may include a mask (200) for a patient having a frame, cushion, forehead support and a light (100). The mask is connectable to a respiratory treatment apparatus, such as a flow generator, to receive breathable gas for a respiratory therapy. The light may also be connected to the power system and/or control system of the apparatus. A light may also be included in a module, such as a docking station, for a respiratory treatment apparatus. The lights may be controlled by one or more processors, and may be responsive to detected conditions, to assist with therapy. For example, the light may be turned on at a predetermined time or may be synchronized with the patient's sleep state, to assist in waking up the patient or re-setting the patient's circadian rhythm. Other components, such as sound and aroma generators of the system, may also be controlled for such therapies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: RedMed Limited
    Inventors: Liam Holley, Jeffrey Peter Armitstead, Steven Paul Farrugia, Dinesh Ramanan, Pallavi Gosain
  • Patent number: 9602999
    Abstract: A method for performing communication by a first communication device in a mobile communication system is provided. The method includes determining whether the first communication device is proximate to a nearby second communication device through a short-range communication link, enabling one of a first long-range communication link with a network or the short-range communication link with the second communication device based on the determination as to whether the first communication device is proximate to the second communication device, and receiving data from the network through the enabled one of the first long-range communication link with the network or the short-range communication link.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Soeng-Hun Kim, Kyeong-In Jeong, Sang-Bum Kim, You-Min Lee
  • Patent number: 9602641
    Abstract: A watch type mobile terminal which is worn on a wrist includes: a main body having a display unit; a band unit connected to the main body such that the mobile terminal is worn on the wrist, and surround the wrist; a sensor unit installed in a region of the main body, having a light emitting unit and a light receiving unit, and configured to collect biometric information; a deformation unit formed in a region of the band unit facing the wrist, and provided to be deformed in shape; and a control unit configured to control the deformation unit to be deformed based on activation of the sensor unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Taeseong Kim, Gukchan Lim, Yujune Jang, Jeongyoon Rhee
  • Patent number: 9555285
    Abstract: Articles of clothing or pieces of athletic equipment include modules, e.g., for sensing physical and/or physiological characteristics associated with use of the clothing or athletic equipment or for performing other functions. Such systems and methods may use physical or other interaction(s) between the module and the article of clothing or piece of athletic equipment for activating and/or deactivating the module and/or sensing devices included with the module, for confirming whether the module and clothing or piece of athletic equipment are authorized for use with one another, and/or for automatic data algorithm selection methods. Additionally, such systems and methods also may use the activation and/or authentication systems for data input to the module. Some examples of such systems and methods may utilize magnets and magnetic sensing systems and/or light (or other radiation) sources and sensing systems for activation, authentication, data input, and/or algorithm selection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventor: Charles W. Case, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9558596
    Abstract: Dosing times for medication may be tracked by taking into account preset dosing sequences and when users indicate that they have taken the medication. The medication may also be kept in its original container. An encoder disk may be attached to a medicine container. The encoder disk may be encoded with a dosing frequency that indicates how frequently the medication should be taken, as well as any other desired information. A base station may be configured to accept and hold one or more medicine containers. The base station may be configured to read the encoded dosage from the encoder disk, an RFID tag, a barcode, or another component capable of conveying dosing information, and detect when the medicine container is removed from and placed on the base station. The base station may also include various indicators of its current state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Inventors: Lloyd Cleveland Nurse, Darien Okinza Nurse
  • Patent number: 9547283
    Abstract: An electronic device includes a communication unit that performs communication with an external apparatus; a timekeeping unit that performs timekeeping of time; and a control unit, after completion of a connection with the external apparatus using the communication unit, updates time of the timekeeping unit using time information when being in a state where time can be set by obtaining the time information from the external apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ryogo Ito, Kazuma Akamatsu, Megumi Takagi, Shunsuke Katsumata
  • Patent number: 9542670
    Abstract: Information management systems with time zone information, including event scheduling processes are disclosed. One aspect of the invention is directed toward a computer-implemented scheduling method that can include identifying a difference between a participant time zone and a user time zone, reviewing availability information for the participant and/or one or more selected time preference periods for the participant, and selecting a time range for an event. The method can further include reviewing one or more selected time preference periods for the user. Another aspect of the invention is directed toward a computer-implemented method for associating time zone information with a contact in an information management program application that includes selecting a contact, analyzing contact information associated with the contact, and determining a time zone for the contact based on the analysis of the contact information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Colin Fitzpatrick, Jeff Eldridge, Mohamed Anas Abbar
  • Patent number: 9536230
    Abstract: An indication of a meeting being scheduled between a plurality of attendees is received. A first one of the attendees is designated an owner of the meeting. Ownership privileges for the meeting are associated with at least a second one of the meeting attendees. The ownership privileges associated with at least a second one of the meeting attendees are associated based upon, at least in part, a social network defined for the owner of the meeting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Patrick Joseph O'Sullivan, Liam Harpur, Fred Raguillat, Carol Sue Zimmet
  • Patent number: 9532177
    Abstract: A method and mobile device configured to display time zone information of a destination mobile device to which the mobile device connects based on time zone information of the mobile device and the destination mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yun-jung Kim
  • Patent number: 9524376
    Abstract: A computer-based apparatus for labeling medications, including: a processor for a computer configured to: calculate a configuration of a first medication package using a first digital image of the first medication package; create, using the configuration, a package template; receive first prescription information including a name of a patient, a name of a medication, a dosage of the medication, an amount of the medication, and a schedule for taking the medication; create a first custom label, using the package template and the first prescription information, the first custom label including a first plurality of data fields including the first prescription information and a configuration for the first custom label; and transmit first data, including the first custom label with the first prescription information entered in the first plurality of data fields, to a printer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2016
    Assignee: Xerox Corporation
    Inventors: Linn C. Hoover, William J. Hannaway, William J. Nowak, Zhigang Fan
  • Patent number: 9477293
    Abstract: An embedded controller for power-saving and a method thereof are provided. The embedded controller is used for executing a plurality of tasks and includes a timer module and a control unit. The timer module includes a plurality of timers, and each of timers is corresponding to one of the tasks respectively. The control unit is coupled to the timer module and respectively sets a wake-up period according to each task. When the wake-up period of each timer is expired, each timer respectively generates a wake-up signal to the control unit. The control unit controls the embedded controller to transfer to an active model from an idle model according to the wake-up signals respectively. After executing the tasks corresponding to the wake-up signals respectively, the control unit controls the embedded controller to transfer to the idle model from the active model.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: Wistron Corporation
    Inventor: Wen-Chun Tsao
  • Patent number: 9479633
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention generally include an alarm system and method of using an alarm system to reliably provide an alarm to a user at a desired time or at the occurrence of some desired action. In some embodiments, the apparatus and methods include a media output device that can receive information about an alarm event and then automatically provide an alarm prompt at the time when the alarm event is to occur. In one configuration, a media output device is configured to communicate and synchronize with a portable electronic device, so that a reliable and coordinated delivery of an alarm prompt can be obtained by these devices. Some aspects of the invention may include an apparatus, method and/or computing device software application configured to more easily setup and reliably deliver the alarm signal information to the user using one or more media output devices that are used in combination with an input device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: LOGITECH EUROPE S.A.
    Inventors: Xavier Caine, Felix Müller, Raymond C. Salas, Eric Andre Tissot-Dupont, Rory Dooley, Stephen Dusse, Patrick Nicolet, Yezhou Wang, Kevin McLintock
  • Patent number: 9466202
    Abstract: This disclosure pertains to a method and apparatus for monitoring exposure to high temperature and to sunlight. It can be worn by children or adults. The device comprises a temperature measuring component and a timer. The timer can be incorporated into a chronometer. The invention includes setting a time limit for exposure to the sun. It also includes activating an alarm. The alarm can be audible or visual. The alarm will alert the wearer that the selected time period of exposure to the sun has been reached. The alarm may also alert the wearer that the temperature has exceeded a pre-selected level. The device may be solar powered. The housing of the device may be water proof and shock resistant. The functions of the device may also be incorporated into a smart phone. The back of the device or inside the hinged cover can contain safety information or operating instructions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Inventor: Ysabella Domingo
  • Patent number: 9465365
    Abstract: An electronic device that includes: a housing; an attachment portion capable of coupling the housing to a bottom of a wristwatch to be worn by a wearer; one or more physiological sensors included in the housing that measure one or more physical phenomena corresponding to the wearer of the wristwatch and electronic device coupled to the wristwatch; a memory configured to store data corresponding to the one or more physical phenomena; and a wireless communication device included in the housing for communicating the data to a computing device in wireless communication with the electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Inventor: Mark Nichol
  • Patent number: 9466200
    Abstract: A wake-up device (1) comprises clock means (2), wake-up timer means (3), controllable wake-up stimulus means (4), and a control device (5) for controlling the wake-up stimulus means (4). The wake-up stimulus means is capable of varying an intensity of the wake-up stimulus. The wake-up stimulus is started at a relatively low intensity at a predetermined advance time (tA) before the intended time of waking up (tWU), in such a manner that the intensity of the wake-up stimulus is gradually increased in accordance with a predefined wake-up program. The wake-up device further comprises sleep quality monitor means (10) for monitoring the quality of the sleep of a user, and for generating a sleep quality monitor signal (S) indicative of the quality of the sleep of the user. The control device is responsive to the sleep quality monitor signal (S) received from the sleep quality monitor means to amend the wake-up program.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: Igor Berezhnyy, Pauldy Cornelia Johanna Otermans, Jonche Dimov, Ibrahim Mahmoud-Naser
  • Patent number: 9465916
    Abstract: An information technology system for a healthcare facility is provided. The system includes a first computer device to keep track of rounding intervals for caregivers and to determine whether the caregivers successfully complete their rounds in a timely manner for their assigned patients. The system also has a real time locating system (RTLS) that tracks locations of the plurality of caregivers and that is in communication with the first computer device. The system further has a number of graphical displays in communication with the first computer device. Each graphical display is operable to display a list of patients for whom rounds are due and to display reminder messages to the plurality of caregivers relating to rounding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Assignee: Hill-Rom Services, Inc.
    Inventors: David M. Girardeau, Kelly F. Walton, Frederick Collin Davidson, Kiana M. Dezelon
  • Patent number: 9460348
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus are disclosed for identifying a photo that lacks location metadata indicating where the photo was captured and determining a photo location to associate with the photo. In some implementations, a photo associated with a user is identified that includes metadata indicating a date and/or time it was captured, but lacks location data indicating where the photo was captured. In some versions of those implementations, a relationship of the metadata of the photo to at least one of a location date and a location time associated with a visit location of the user is determined. A photo location may be determined based on the visit location and associated with the photo. In some implementations, the visit location of the user may be determined independent of any location sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Hartwig Adam, Jignashu Parikh
  • Patent number: 9461386
    Abstract: An electrical connector is disclosed that, in one exemplary configuration, includes a connection pin, a spring, an insulator, an outer casing, and a quick-release lever. The electrical connector is used to electrically connect a display device, like a watch, and a securing device, like a watch strap. The electrical connector may be used to create electrical and ground connections between the securing device and the display device from a single point of contact. The quick-release lever may be used for the improved attachment and release of the electrical connector from the display device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: Pebble Technology, Corp.
    Inventor: Steven W. Johns
  • Patent number: 9436212
    Abstract: A data bus part with a data bus interface which has a downstream data bus input for receiving data from a higher-order data bus (1), and a clock generator for generating an internal clock signal for the data bus part, is described. The data bus part has a synchronization unit to synchronize the clock generator with the clock signal of the higher-order data bus part, wherein the synchronization unit is configured to detect transitions in the downstream data stream received at the downstream data input, to regulate the frequency of the internal clock signal depending on the detected transitions, and to set a defined phasing of the internal clock signal in relation to the detected transitions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: WAGO VERWALTUNGSGESELLSCHAFT MBH
    Inventor: Daniel Jerolm
  • Patent number: 9436933
    Abstract: A system and method for tracking and communicating time and attendance data for workers at a remote worksite is disclosed. A portable time and attendance device is configured to receive and store worker time attendance data and transmit the data to a remote computer via a wireless network, such as a wireless cellular communications network. In order to conserve battery power, a main unit of the device periodically queries an electronic time and attendance clock of the device according to a pre-established schedule to determine if new worker time and attendance data has been received. If so, according to the pre-established schedule, the new worker time and attendance data is transmitted to the remote computer via the wireless network. Otherwise, certain functions and components of the device remain in a low battery usage sleep mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: Exaktime Innovations, Inc.
    Inventors: Anthony H. Pappas, John K. O'Hara, Casey P. Powers, Eric R. Renken, Scott K. Prewett, Myles Christensen, Matthew K. Dunham, Christopher M. Anderson, Dustin L. Morris
  • Patent number: 9430926
    Abstract: This document relates to systems and techniques for providing response to emergency situations, such as traffic accidents, cardiac arrest, or other medical emergencies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: ZOLL Medical Corporation
    Inventors: Gary A. Freeman, Mark Totman, Jon P. Cloutier, Ulrich Herken, Colin Thomas, Jeffrey Resnick
  • Patent number: 9429917
    Abstract: A clock comprises an alarm clock housing having a front face, a clock display occupying at least a portion of the front face, a control on the housing for activating a shade positioning function, and a processor within the housing. The processor is responsive to the control for generating at least one shade positioning command to be transmitted to at least one motorized window shade, so as to cause the motorized window shade to move to one or more position at one or more corresponding predetermined interval relative to an alarm time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Assignee: LUTRON ELECTRONICS, CO., INC.
    Inventors: Erica Patton, Daniel Raneri
  • Patent number: 9421448
    Abstract: Data is received from an activity tracking device. The received data indicates an amount of movement of the activity tracking device. The received data is associated with an account of a user of the activity tracking device. Feedback is generated for the user based on the amount of movement of the activity tracking device as indicated by the received data. The feedback is presented on a website with an indication of points accumulated by the user for the amount of movement of the activity tracking device over time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: Fitbit, Inc.
    Inventors: Seth A. Tropper, Amado Batour
  • Patent number: 9412207
    Abstract: An electronic device includes a communication unit that performs communication with an external apparatus; a timekeeping unit that performs timekeeping of time; and a control unit, after completion of a connection with the external apparatus using the communication unit, updates time of the timekeeping unit using time information when being in a state where time can be set by obtaining the time information from the external apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ryogo Ito, Kazuma Akamatsu, Megumi Takagi, Shunsuke Katsumata
  • Patent number: 9411319
    Abstract: A display section that displays, based on an hour display table, an hour image data and a minute image data representing numerals corresponding to an hour and a minute measured by a time measurement section is provided, and the hour display table contains information that identifies a position different from a predetermined standard position as a display position of a numeral specified by at least one of the hour image data and the minute image data in accordance with the hour and minute even for the same hour or minute.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Tsuyoshi Matsui