Electrical Or Electromechanical Patents (Class 368/107)
  • Patent number: 9727027
    Abstract: A watch including an electronic movement driving display for an analog display on a dial of at least one additional function in addition to a normal current time display, the at least one function being controlled by a controller and including at least one phase using an operating mode in which a duration of the phase is measured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: ETA SA Manufacture Horlogere Suisse
    Inventors: Steve Feron Longmoor, Dominique Dubugnon, Pierre Deleglise
  • Patent number: 9651919
    Abstract: A minute hand of a timepiece has a central arbor, on which, for driving around the same: a gearwheel is fixed in a first accommodating region, a flyback device is fixed in a second accommodating region, and a snail cam is arranged with an interference fit in a third accommodating region. The snail cam has an opening for accommodating the head of an eccentric and the flyback device has an opening for accommodating the finger of the eccentric, and therefore rotation of the eccentric head, via the flyback device fixed on the central arbor, makes it possible to rotate the snail cam by an angle about the central arbor relative to the gearwheel for setting the triggering point of the advancement operation by the minute control level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: Eterna AG Uhrenfabrik
    Inventors: Samir Merdanovic, Patrick Kury
  • Patent number: 9501066
    Abstract: A display for displaying the condition of an air mattress. The display comprises a plurality of arrays of elements organized in a hierarchy. Each element represents a pressure increment. Each array comprises a plurality of rows and a plurality columns. The elements in each row of an array being distinctive in appearance from the elements in the other rows of the array. A control that operates the elements to indicate the pressure beginning with the first column, of the first row, of the lowest array in the hierarchy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Inventor: Dennis M. Boyd
  • Patent number: 9310778
    Abstract: A double sided alarm clock with a first panel and a second panel spaced apart from the first panel by a hinge. Each of the first panel and the second panel has a substantially rectilinear shape with a first end and a rectangular second end spaced apart from the first end. The hinge is disposed adjacent the first ends. A speaker is disposed within each panel. Each panel has a digital display screen, a plurality of controls, and a central processing unit, such that each panel is fully separately controlled. The central processing unit is in operational communication with the speaker, the display screen, and the plurality of controls. Each panel is fully and separately functional with settings and display screen, with the exception of a selectively shared power source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Inventor: Asher Gancz
  • Publication number: 20150138929
    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: Application
    Filed: December 29, 2014
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventors: Gary A. Freeman, Mark Totman, Jon P. Cloutier, Ulrich Herken, Colin Thomas, Jeffrey Resnick
  • Patent number: 9001626
    Abstract: A timer for measuring a time lapsed during an acceleration is disclosed. The timer may include a piezoelectric sensor, an energy storage device and a measurement module. The piezoelectric sensor includes a piezoelectric material for generating an electric potential in response to the acceleration. The energy storage device is electrically coupled to the piezoelectric sensor and is configured for receiving the electric potential generated by the piezoelectric sensor. The measurement module is electrically coupled to the energy storage device. The measurement module measures the electric potential received at the energy storage device and determines the time lapsed during the acceleration based on the electric potential received at the energy storage device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventors: Vadim Olen, Anders P. Walker, Adrian A. Hill, Michael C. Meholensky
  • Publication number: 20150078142
    Abstract: Apparatus and associated methods relate to a timer having multiple time resolutions corresponding to multiple environmental climates. Climates may include, for example, temperature, humidity, pressure, or any of these taken alone or in combination. Climates may include, for example, carbon monoxide content, oxygen content, toxic gases, or any of these taken alone or in combination. The resolutions and climates may be particular to selected applications, including but not limited to, perishable foods, chemicals (e.g. alcohol, cement, pharmaceuticals), or perishable evidence (e.g. crime scene materials). In one embodiment, a breast-milk timer may have three times scales, an hourly scale corresponding to room-temperature environment, a daily scale corresponding to refrigeration, and a monthly scale corresponding to a freezer environment. As time elapses, the timer may automatically transition from the hourly scale to the daily scale and then to the monthly scale.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 19, 2013
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Applicant: Loominocity, Inc.
    Inventor: Jason Loomis
  • Patent number: 8830795
    Abstract: An apparatus for tracking time for contact lenses is provided. The timer is configured to track a time that one or more contact lenses have been stored in a contact lens case. A securing mechanism is configured to secure the timer to a cap of the contact lens case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Inventor: Harris Rubin
  • Publication number: 20140064042
    Abstract: An instrument for counting duration for differentiated phases, including: plural mechanisms for recording a time duration, each actuatable, for activation and deactivation thereof, by a first controller; a general controller for controlling, from an inactive position in which all the recording mechanisms are deactivated, activation of only one of them, selected by a selector, and for again controlling, at a final moment, deactivation of all the recording mechanisms; a switch configured, during a command for activation of one of the recording mechanisms, to trigger the deactivation of all other recording mechanisms and to save totality of the recorded times, counted on each of the recording mechanisms. The selector is configured to be controlled by a user or/and by a measuring mechanism or/and by a signal to trigger the activation of one of the recording mechanisms.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 22, 2012
    Publication date: March 6, 2014
    Applicant: Hamilton International AG
    Inventors: Ines Rüstenberg, Gérald Matthey, Fabien Balli
  • Patent number: 8659978
    Abstract: A timing device, that may be used in connection with food preparation, holding or service equipment, is programmable via a portable, replaceable media. In particularly, the timing device may be adapted to receive or associate with a media containing a set of instructions to affect operation of the timing device. Upon association with the timing device, transfer of the programming instructions from the media to the timing device occurs affecting programming of the timing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignee: Prince Castle, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeff Schroeder, Richard Lowell Thorne, Keith Dice
  • Patent number: 8565044
    Abstract: A timer for reserving occupancy of a communal item has a communal item available indicator which is positionable to (1) a retracted position when the communal item is in use, and (2) to an extended position when the communal item is available for use. The timer also includes a service request indicator which indicates when as service is required. The timer can also include a reset control which can only be activated by a person other than the user of the communal item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Inventors: Erin C. Spiker, Molly K. Ritchey
  • Patent number: 8536987
    Abstract: A patient-portable medication event monitor is disclosed which is capable of detecting the dispensing of doses of a particular medication from the monitor, comparing the dispensing detected with information concerning the desired dosing regimen for the certain medication and displaying graphically to the patient at least one feedback indication of the patient's degree of compliance or deviation with the desired regimen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Assignee: MeadWestvaco Corporation
    Inventors: Jean-Michel Metry, Pierre-Alain Gaillard, John Urquhart, Bernard Vrijens
  • Publication number: 20130163392
    Abstract: A timing device comprises an electrochemical timing structure and a mechanism that enables the timing device to be manually programmed to expire at a plurality of different time periods. In some embodiments, the mechanism is used to adjust the timing device to add a duration of time to an expiration time of the timing device. Alternatively the mechanism is used in order to subtract a duration of time from an expiration time of the timing device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 17, 2012
    Publication date: June 27, 2013
    Applicant: Vision Works IP Corporation
    Inventor: Vision Works IP Corporation
  • Patent number: 8472285
    Abstract: A submersible device for keeping track of a swimmer's session transpired times. It includes a case which is pivotally adjustable in relation to a base, and which contains both a watertight and a ballast compartment to decrease the buoyancy of the device when in use in water. The device may include a lap counter and a proximity sensor activated by the proximity of a swimmer wearing a proximity transmitter. A high contrast liquid crystal display is used to improve visibility.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2013
    Inventor: Lawrence James Day
  • Patent number: 8441893
    Abstract: An electronic timing device is disclosed for simply and easily indicating elapsed time since a food container was opened. The electronic timing device can be directly attached to the food container and can be activated when first opening the food container. Activation occurs via a simple one-button-press operation. Thereafter, the electronic timing device displays elapsed time in days. Additionally, via a further one-button-press operation, the electronic timing device can display elapsed time in hours within the current day. Thereafter, viewing the display readily indicates the elapsed time since the food container was first opened. The electronic timing device can be reused by directly attaching it to another food container and re-activating the electronic timing device. The electronic timing device can be used with any container or to indicate elapsed time of any event having occurred.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2013
    Assignee: Double U Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Deborah Joy Stephens Stauffer, Kathleen McCann Whitehurst
  • Publication number: 20130107676
    Abstract: A timing device that includes an anode layer, a cathode layer and an electrolyte attached to a base layer. The anode layer and the cathode layer are placed adjacent to one another along an axis of the timing device. Upon activation of the timing device the anode layer is depleted away from the cathode layer until the timing device is fully expired. Once the timing device is expired, a change is seen indicating that the timing device has expired. In some embodiments, a color change indicates that the timing device has expired. In some embodiments, as the timing device expires electronically readable information is uncovered.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2012
    Publication date: May 2, 2013
    Applicant: VISION WORKS IP CORPORATION
    Inventor: Vision Works IP Corporation
  • Publication number: 20130049956
    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: Application
    Filed: July 23, 2012
    Publication date: February 28, 2013
    Applicant: ZOLL MEDICAL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Gary A. Freeman, Mark Totman, Jon P. Cloutier, Ulrich Herken, Colin Thomas, Jeffrey Resnick
  • Patent number: 8369187
    Abstract: The invention relates to a warning device, provided with an electronic warning unit, capable of generating warning signals at pre-programmed constant time intervals, embedded inside a body formed by a single piece of mouldable synthetic material, such as a plastic or silicone, which is provided with starting means for staring the warning device, which means can be actuated by means of the application of a pressure on a part of the outer surface of the mentioned body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Assignee: Cadama Technology, S.L.
    Inventor: Manuel Artola Godoy
  • Patent number: 8358459
    Abstract: An ornamental display device having an interferometric modulator for displaying an ornamental image. The ornamental device may also have a signal receiver configured to receive an external signal. The ornamental device may further have a processor configured to control an image on the display based on the external signal. The external signal is emitted from a controller configured to control a plurality of ornamental devices to display coordinated images. The ornamental device may have a patterned diffuser formed on a transparent substrate to provide an ornamental image or information. The ornamental device may be a piece of jewelry or an article that may be worn. The image displayed may have an iridescent appearance. A controller may also be used to control images displayed on multiple ornamental device to provide coordinated images based on externals received or pre-programmed images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2013
    Assignee: QUALCOMM MEMS Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian J Gally, William J. Cummings
  • Publication number: 20120307599
    Abstract: The present invention provides a clock having a body with a first clock face and a second clock face. The clock includes a start time assembly at least partially positioned within the body and corresponding with the first clock face, an end time assembly at least partially positioned within the body and corresponding with the second clock face, and an elapsed time assembly in mechanical communication with both the start time assembly and the end time assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 1, 2012
    Publication date: December 6, 2012
    Inventors: Nancy Balter, Yuen Po Man
  • Publication number: 20120275276
    Abstract: A power generation unit generates electric power depending on light to be irradiated to a light receiving surface. An electricity storage unit stores the electric power generated by the power generation unit and outputs the stored electric power. A voltage detection unit detects a voltage of the electric power that is output from the electricity storage unit. A processing unit performs time measurement. A chronograph indicator points a time counted by the processing unit and is fixed by a mechanism while the time measurement is stopped. A second driving circuit drives the chronograph indicator by the use of the electric power that is output from the electricity storage unit. The processing unit drives the second driving circuit when the voltage of the electric power which is output from the electricity storage unit is equal to or greater than a predetermined threshold value.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 5, 2012
    Publication date: November 1, 2012
    Inventors: Hiroshi SHIMIZU, Kenji Ogasawara, Kazumi Sakumoto, Akira Takakura, Keishi Honmura, Saburo Manaka, Kosuke Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 8274863
    Abstract: Disclosed is a chronograph timepiece in which it is possible to prevent the battery reliability service life time from being exceeded even when the period of time that the chronograph function is used is short, making it possible to prevent failure generation in the chronograph timepiece due to liquid leakage. A 24-hour counter down-counts a period of time that has elapsed starting from 24 hours, and a chronograph counter down-counts the period of time that chronograph measurement operation is performed from a predetermined time; when the count values of the 24-hour counter and the chronograph counter become equal to each other, a processing unit consumes a battery for the residual period of time of the two counters by a battery power consuming unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2012
    Assignee: Seiko Instruments Inc.
    Inventors: Tomohiro Ihashi, Kenji Ogasawara, Kazuo Kato, Kazumi Sakumoto, Hiroshi Shimizu, Akira Takakura, Eriko Noguchi, Takanori Hasegawa, Keishi Honmura, Saburo Manaka, Kosuke Yamamoto
  • Publication number: 20120188856
    Abstract: Provided is a timepiece device that includes a first time measurement portion which measures an elapsed time from a first timekeeping start operation; and a second time measurement portion which measures an elapsed time from a second timekeeping start operation, wherein a time measured by the first time measurement portion, and a time, which is a time measured by the second time measurement portion subtracted from an object time, are displayed on the display portion in a combined manner.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 19, 2012
    Publication date: July 26, 2012
    Inventor: Keisuke Tsubata
  • Patent number: 8149096
    Abstract: A patient-portable medication event monitor is disclosed which is capable of detecting the dispensing of doses of a particular medication from the monitor, comparing the dispensing detected with information concerning the desired dosing regimen for the certain medication and displaying graphically to the patient at least one feedback indication of the patient's degree of compliance or deviation with the desired regimen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2012
    Assignee: Aardex Group, Ltd.
    Inventors: Jean-Michel Metry, Pierre-Alain Gaillard, John Urquhart, Bernard Vrijens
  • Publication number: 20110280107
    Abstract: The present invention is a submersible device for keeping track of a swimmer's session transpired times. It includes a case which is pivotally adjustable in relation to a base, and which contains both a watertight and a ballast compartment to decrease the buoyancy of the device when in use in water. The device may include a lap counter and a proximity sensor activated by the proximity of a swimmer wearing a proximity transmitter. A high contrast liquid crystal display is used to improve visibility.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 12, 2010
    Publication date: November 17, 2011
    Inventor: LAWRENCE JAMES DAY
  • Patent number: 8050145
    Abstract: A timing device is disclosed which is for controlling electronic devices and which is mounted in a wall switch box. This timing device comprises at least one controller, at least one transceiver in communication with the controller, at least one interface; and at least one cover plate. This device can also include at least one key coupled to the cover plate for interacting with the interface when said cover plate is inserted onto said at least one interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2011
    Assignee: Leviton Manufacturing Co., Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Ostrovsky, Alfred Lombardi, Selin Tansi Glickman, Cheryl Samartano
  • Publication number: 20110218765
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention provide methods, apparatuses, and program products to manage time. In some embodiments, the method comprises receiving a countdown time that is associated with hours, minutes, and seconds, displaying a circular colored disc representing the hours, minutes, and seconds, and removing some of the disc in response to a portion of the countdown time elapsing. Alternative embodiments provide methods that comprise selecting a custom mode of an application that displays a circular colored disc, and inputting a predetermined time associated with hours, minutes, and seconds utilizing a time set area at the bottom of a window displayed in the custom mode, the disc being associated with the hours, minutes, and seconds. That method further comprises starting the custom mode to count down the predetermined time, wherein the disc represents the total of the predetermined time and, as time elapses, disappears.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 2, 2010
    Publication date: September 8, 2011
    Inventor: Janice L. Rogers
  • Patent number: 7932829
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a data tag device (100) which initially operates in a passive mode where the tag responds to queries (412). While operating passively, an expiration event occurs (512, 514) which causes the tag to disable a battery (110), preventing subsequent operation in the passive mode, resulting in the tag disabling access to the tag data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2011
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Kenneth L. Greenlee, Christian L. Hunt, Steven M. Miller, Anne I. Ryan
  • Publication number: 20110090765
    Abstract: A new disposable, elapsed time tracking device, having led display which generally comprises a main container cap or cover, an electronic elapsed time counter with memory and user interface functions, a LCD display, a battery, and any associated electronic wiring, which when combined will provide the user with a new & novel way for a user to know when a prescription, vitamin, or other article was last removed from the container, which will assist users in timely self medication.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 21, 2009
    Publication date: April 21, 2011
    Inventor: Kevin Brote
  • Patent number: 7928846
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a data tag device (100) which initially operates in an active mode where the tag occasionally transmits an unsolicited beacon (412). While operating, an expiration event occurs (512, 514) which causes the tag to disable a battery (110), preventing subsequent operation in an active mode, but may continue operating in a passive mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2011
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Kenneth L. Greenlee, Christian L. Hunt, Steven M. Miller, Anne I. Ryan
  • Publication number: 20110069587
    Abstract: A medicine cap with a timing mechanism that automatically resets upon the removal of the cap from a medicine bottle. A timing device is housed within a medicine camp, with a diaphragm housed below the timing device. The diaphragm has a rod extending upward from a central location, and fastening the cap onto a bottle or container causes the rod to be pushed up into contact with, and activate, the timing device. Upon removal of the cap from the bottle or container, the rod loses contact with the timing device, and the timer is reset. The cap may comprise multiple pieces, so the cap may be used in child-proof mode by the engagement and disengagement of splines on the cap housing and a cap insert. Means are supplied for enabling the constant engaging of the splines.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 13, 2010
    Publication date: March 24, 2011
    Inventor: DENNIS BRANDON
  • Publication number: 20110062896
    Abstract: A digital wiring device including a user interface panel, a digital display, and a paddle including a transparent portion to reveal the digital display and an opaque portion to cover the user interface panel. The paddle rotates from a first closed position to a second open position. A digital “schedule-at-a-glance” may be provided so that a user can quickly assess a schedule of events. The digital wiring device may include a back light to illuminate the digital display. The paddle may be operatively associated with the back light. A battery may provide an electrical current to power the digital wiring device in a battery backup mode, and the back light may be disabled based on the mode. The user interface panel may be used to schedule events or otherwise configure the digital wiring device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 11, 2009
    Publication date: March 17, 2011
    Applicant: LEVITON MANUFACTURING CO., INC.
    Inventors: Cheng-Lung Chou, Paul Soccoli, David Klamer, Paul Duckworth, Gordon Stannis, Joel Van Faasen
  • Publication number: 20110026371
    Abstract: Disclosed is a chronograph timepiece in which it is possible to prevent the chronograph drive timing and the magnetic field detection timing from overlapping each other to unnecessarily effect driving with correction drive pulses. A processing unit controls drive circuits so as to drive a time indication motor and a chronograph indication motor with a predetermined timing based respectively on timekeeping information obtained and chronograph measurement information obtained, and effects control such that a magnetic field detecting unit detects a magnetic field with a predetermined timing; when the drive timing for the chronograph indication motor and the magnetic field detection timing for the magnetic field detecting unit overlap each other, the processing unit changes the magnetic field detection timing for the magnetic field detecting unit so that the drive timing for the chronograph indication motor and the magnetic field detection timing for the magnetic field detecting unit may not overlap each other.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 22, 2010
    Publication date: February 3, 2011
    Inventors: Tomohiro Ihashi, Kenji Ogasawara, Kazuo Kato, Kazumi Sakumoto, Hiroshi Shimizu, Akira Takakura, Eriko Noguchi, Takanori Hasegawa, Keishi Honmura, Saburo Manaka, Kosuke Yamamoto
  • Publication number: 20110026370
    Abstract: Disclosed is a chronograph timepiece in which it is possible to prevent the battery reliability service life time from being exceeded even when the period of time that the chronograph function is used is short, making it possible to prevent failure generation in the chronograph timepiece due to liquid leakage. A 24-hour counter down-counts a period of time that has elapsed starting from 24 hours, and a chronograph counter down-counts the period of time that chronograph measurement operation is performed from a predetermined time; when the count values of the 24-hour counter and the chronograph counter become equal to each other, a processing unit consumes a battery for the residual period of time of the two counters by a battery power consuming unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 22, 2010
    Publication date: February 3, 2011
    Inventors: Tomohiro Ihashi, Kenji Ogasawara, Kazuo Kato, Kazumi Sakumoto, Hiroshi Shimizu, Akira Takakura, Eriko Noguchi, Takanori Hasegawa, Keishi Honmura, Saburo Manaka, Kosuke Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 7878367
    Abstract: A blister pack system has an upper part and a bottom part, between which a blister pack is disposed. Pouches of the blister pack are aligned with corresponding ejection openings of the upper part and corresponding ejection openings of the bottom part. Every ejection opening of the upper part is associated with an individual contact surface that can be connected to a control/computing unit via an individual strip conductor. The system includes an ejection device, which at a top section has an electrical contact, and at a peg section an additional electrical contact which is electrically connected to the electrical contact of the top section. The individual contact surfaces and the individual strip conductors associated therewith, as well as a common contact surface and a common strip conductor associated therewith or a subsection thereof extend in surfaces of the upper part that are electrically isolated from each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2011
    Inventors: Udo Simon, Ernst-Rudolf Radtke
  • Patent number: 7856374
    Abstract: Methods and apparatuses for manufacturer to present Web-based edu-games so as to train retail staff member about the manufacturer and its products and to access edu-game data and retail sales data from a database. A Website can be created to provide a point of interaction between the manufacturer, retailer, and retail staff member. By accessing this Website, the retail staff member is presented with the web-based edu-games and learns about the manufacturer and its products. The retail staff member can be presented with incentives by the manufacturer for completing the web-based training off time, which may prevent the retailer from paying for the costs of training the retail staff member. Alternately, retailers can also do training in-house (e.g., if required by statute). Manufacturers and retailers compare education levels to sales data to determine the effects of the training.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2010
    Assignee: 3Point5
    Inventor: Paul Kirwin
  • Patent number: 7851715
    Abstract: A fireman switch assembly for activating by a mechanical timer having captive trippers. The assembly includes a mounting plate, a micro-switch, and a lever arm. The mounting plate attaches to the mechanical timer. The micro-switch is attached to the mounting plate. The lever arm is operatively connected to the micro-switch and cooperates with the captive trippers of the mechanical timer to selectively turn the micro-switch ON and OFF.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2010
    Inventors: Robert M. Tuniewicz, Gilbert D. Talamo
  • Publication number: 20100246337
    Abstract: An attractor timepiece apparatus. The apparatus may comprise a housing, a surface coupled to the housing, a plurality of numerals on the surface spanning more than 60 seconds, at least one actuator, and a rotatable arm structured to begin rotating from a starting position responsive to the actuator. The rotatable arm may be structured to automatically stop rotating at the starting position. Also disclosed is a method for self improvement using an attractor timepiece apparatus. The timepiece apparatus may begin counting from a starting position responsive to a first input from a user. The timepiece apparatus may notify the user to start meditating using a first sensory effect. Thereafter, a plurality of seconds may be traversed to an ending position more than 60 seconds from the starting position, and the timepiece apparatus may automatically stop counting at the ending position. The timepiece apparatus may notify the user to stop meditating using a second sensory effect.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 25, 2009
    Publication date: September 30, 2010
    Inventor: JOHN COWGILL
  • Publication number: 20100134149
    Abstract: An ultra-low-power transconductance device is provided, (FIG. 1b, FIG. 1c), comprising a series connection of a transistor of a first channel type (A) and a transistor of a second channel type (B), the first channel type having a different polarity than the second channel type. The transistors each have a source, a drain and a gate. The source of the transistor of the first channel type (A) is coupled with the source of the transistor of the second channel type (B) and the drain of the transistor of the first channel type (A) is coupled with the gate of the transistor of the second channel type (B).
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 29, 2008
    Publication date: June 3, 2010
    Inventors: David Bol, Denis Flandre, Jean-Didier Legat
  • Patent number: 7710830
    Abstract: Provided, among other things, is an outing record device comprising, in a compact, wall-mountable device: controller with associated memory; display(s) for displaying a outing time and an outing duration time; a receiver suitable for hanging an Object; and a trigger responsive to the removal from and placement on the receiver of an object, wherein the controller records the times of removal and placement, calculates a last outing time and duration, and makes available for display on the display(s) the outing time and duration. Methods of use, for example, are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2010
    Assignee: Accuwalk LLC
    Inventors: John Mansmann, Roland Knowlden
  • Patent number: 7688682
    Abstract: The invention relates to an electronic watch, notably for a space mission. It enables the setting, at any point in time, of a first date, start of the mission (t0) with relation to a local time scale (T1) or the Universal Time (GMT), and the determination of a first corresponding time scale (MET). It enables the setting, at any point in time, of a second date, start (t?0) of one of the mission's phases with relation to the first time scale (MET) or to the Universal Time (GMT), and the determination of a second corresponding time scale (PET). It comprises means of setting, recording, calculating and analogue and digital viewing. The digital viewing means displays a negative time value (?) when the start date is located in the future and a positive time value (+) when this date has elapsed. It comprises five audio alarms, a chronometer and a “Timer”.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2010
    Assignee: Organisation Intergouvernementale Dite Agence Spatiale Europeenne
    Inventor: Jean-Francois Clervoy
  • Publication number: 20100054086
    Abstract: Provided, among other things, is an outing record device comprising, in a compact, wall-mountable device: controller with associated memory; display(s) for displaying a outing time and an outing duration time; a receiver suitable for hanging an Object; and a trigger responsive to the removal from and placement on the receiver of an object, wherein the controller records the times of removal and placement, calculates a last outing time and duration, and makes available for display on the display(s) the outing time and duration. Methods of use, for example, are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 2, 2008
    Publication date: March 4, 2010
    Applicant: ACCUWALK LLC
    Inventors: John Mansmann, Roland Knowlden
  • Publication number: 20100039252
    Abstract: A timing device, for indicating to a user a characteristic of a consumable product related to consumption of the product, comprises a printed circuit integrally supporting a processor, a timer, an indicator and a movement sensor thereon. The movement sensor is arranged to sense motion or vibration of the product relative to its surroundings for determining a user interaction with the product. The processor is operable in one mode so that the indicator indicates expiry of the product responsive to detection of user interaction by the sensor once the time interval of the timer has expired. In another mode, the processor is operable so that the indicator is activated responsive to a dosage interval of the timer being expired. In this later mode, the indicator is deactivated responsive to detection of user interaction by the sensor indicative of a dosage being taken.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 22, 2008
    Publication date: February 18, 2010
    Inventor: Tony George Barkus
  • Publication number: 20100034056
    Abstract: Implementations are presented herein that include a time delay path.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 7, 2008
    Publication date: February 11, 2010
    Applicant: INFINEON TECHNOLOGIES AG
    Inventors: Stephan HENZLER, Siegmar KOEPPE
  • Publication number: 20100020648
    Abstract: An electronic charge retention circuit for time measurement, including: at least a first capacitive element, a first electrode of which is connected to a floating node (F); at least a second capacitive element, a first electrode of which is connected to the floating node, the first capacitive element having a leakage through its dielectric space and the second capacitive element having a capacitance greater than the first; and at least a first transistor having an isolated control terminal connected to the floating node.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 20, 2007
    Publication date: January 28, 2010
    Applicant: STMicroelectronics S.A.
    Inventor: Francesco La Rosa
  • Publication number: 20100010775
    Abstract: The present invention is characterized in that a time elapsed since activation can be retained even after a time timer is updated to time information externally acquired, by updating a value in the time timer that starts count-up after activation with the time information externally acquired, and by subtracting a value of the time timer from the acquired time information and reflecting this subtracted value into a reference time storage part.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 20, 2007
    Publication date: January 14, 2010
    Applicant: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Takuya Ohkubo, Natsuki Yuasa, Daisuke Kamata
  • Patent number: 7632198
    Abstract: A controller for controlling a timer for measuring offense limit time in a basketball game is provided, in which offense limit time is continuously displayed on an offense limit time display when game remaining time is left less than twenty-four seconds, to thereby allow players to play the basketball game and spectators to see the basketball game more dynamically as well.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2009
    Inventor: Man Bok Lee
  • Publication number: 20090190443
    Abstract: The present invention generally relates to an electrical timer which automatically controls the activation and deactivation of electrical devices, such as light fixtures, appliances and the like based on the time of sunrise and/or sunset for a particular geographic location. In this regard, the sunrise and/or sunset times for a multitude of different geographic locations is collected and stored in the timer's memory in association with the relevant geographic location. Each geographic location is specified in memory by geographic indicia, such as postal zip code or telephone area code, of its location (e.g., latitude and longitude). The timer of the present invention is programmed to automatically activate and/or deactivate the device to which it is coupled (e.g., lights, appliances, etc.) at the sunset and/or sunrise times stored in memory for each date that is specified in memory.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 1, 2009
    Publication date: July 30, 2009
    Applicant: JG DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Andrew H. Huizi, Myron Hitchcock, John J. Driska
  • Publication number: 20090185455
    Abstract: The inventive technology, in embodiments, includes an aquatic event timer apparatus that comprises at least two independent, touch actuated electrical switches; and a structural connector that adjacently connects them, where the apparatus is configured for establishment within lane markers defining a regulation size swim lane, at the end of the swim lane, and at least partially underwater. Other aspects of the inventive technology address an aquatic event timer apparatus that comprises a first, independent, swim competition type, touch actuated electrical switch that is configured for establishment within swim lane markers, and aside at least a second, independent, swim competition type, touch actuated electrical switch.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 23, 2008
    Publication date: July 23, 2009
    Applicant: Colorado Time Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Michael Medina-Brodsky, Brett Anderson, Robert Clauson, Craig Jacobs
  • Patent number: 7561494
    Abstract: One or more remote control devices used at a sports event, by one or more officials, at that game, on activation can control, compatible game time pieces, without interference, that are located, on or off the playing field, with the option of initiating the sound of a whistle at activation location, or from compatible equipment, that are on or off the field, without any game time piece being altered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2009
    Inventor: Max Meier Stern