External Alarm Patents (Class 368/12)
  • Patent number: 9692874
    Abstract: In some implementations, a mobile device can adjust an alarm setting based on the sleep onset latency duration detected for a user of the mobile device. For example, sleep onset latency can be the amount of time it takes for the user to fall asleep after the user attempts to go to sleep (e.g., goes to bed). The mobile device can determine when the user intends or attempts to go to sleep based on detected sleep ritual activities. Sleep ritual activities can include those activities a user performs in preparation for sleep. The mobile device can determine when the user is asleep based on detected sleep signals (e.g., biometric data, sounds, etc.). In some implementations, the mobile device can determine recurring patterns of long or short sleep onset latency and present suggestions that might help the user sleep better or feel more rested.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Roy J. Raymann, Wren N. Dougherty, Divya Nag, Deborah M. Lambert, Stephanie Greer, Thomas R. Gruber
  • Patent number: 9141944
    Abstract: A method for synchronizing a first device with a second device may include receiving an alarm activation time from the first device. An alarm may be set on the second device to be the same as the alarm activation time. An indication that the alarm is set on the second device may be sent to the first device. Immediately prior to the alarm activation time, it may be determined that the first device is proximate to the second device, and upon determining that the first device is proximate to the second device, the alarm may be activated on the second device at the alarm activation time. The devices may be considered proximate based on a connection protocol, such as when the first device is able to communicate with the second device over a wired or wireless communication protocol.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan Adam Heinberg, David Philip Feltenberger
  • Patent number: 9064524
    Abstract: A playback apparatus adapted to play back a content includes a first input unit via which to input a first content to be played back from a first apparatus, a second input unit via which to input a second content to be played back, and a storage unit adapted to store a specified playback start time. If time measured by a clock unit indicates that a predetermined time before the specified playback start time has been reached, a control unit controls a requesting unit to request the first apparatus to input the first content to be played back. If it is determined that the inputting of the first content from the first apparatus is not successfully completed by the specified playback start time, the control unit controls the playback operation so as to play back the second content input via the second content input unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2015
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Shuichi Noguchi
  • Patent number: 9046877
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method and a system (SYS) for managing an alarm signal in a system comprising a first internal clock. The system is intended to cooperate with a portable player (PP) comprising a second internal clock and a screen (S). The method comprises the steps of: —setting the time of said first internal clock at the time of said second internal clock, —selecting a given time value being displayed on said screen, —memorizing said given time value in said system, —setting the time of said second internal clock at the time of said first internal clock, —triggering an alarm signal on said system when the time of said first internal clock reaches said given time value. According to this method, when the portable player is docked to the system, the system according to the invention does not require its own screen because the screen of the portable player is used to display the current time and the alarm time during setting it, resulting in a reduction of the costs of the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2015
    Assignee: WOOX Innovations Belgium NV
    Inventors: Kin-Wa Tang, Hin Leung Norman Chan, Peter Kong, Ka Man Lui
  • Patent number: 8868137
    Abstract: A system includes an active noise-reducing headset and an alert processor. The active noise reducing headset includes a communication module that establishes a wireless communication link, a microphone that generates a microphone signal in response to ambient noise, a speaker, a noise reduction circuit that generates a noise reduction signal in response to the microphone signal, and a control circuit that receives an incoming alert signal from the communication module and plays the alert signal over the speaker. The alert processor includes a second communication module that establishes the wireless link with the active noise-reducing headset, and a controller that receive an incoming alert signal, generates an alert notification in response to the alert signal, and transmits the alert notification to the active noise-reducing headset.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventor: John Alson Hicks, III
  • Publication number: 20140293755
    Abstract: A device wherein the output dial consists of one or more mechanical display areas and one or more digital display areas, the digital and mechanical display area(s) having connected functions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 28, 2013
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Applicant: Meta Watch Oy
    Inventors: Bill Geiser, David Rosales
  • Publication number: 20130216065
    Abstract: A wearable accoutrement such as a wristwatch records noises within a wearer's vicinity, and white noises may be filtered out to output pure human voices. The voice recording feature can be activated manually or automatically during a “panic mode” as indicated by a loud noise or sudden biological changes such as an increase in heart rate or body temperature. The accoutrement can also monitor other environmental elements such as light, motion and audio and may be paired with a wireless phone such that noise from a stressful event can be sent to a remote server which processes the data. A motion sensor in the accoutrement may also activate an audible alarm in the event of physical trauma to the wearer to induce an attacker to flee.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 21, 2012
    Publication date: August 22, 2013
    Inventor: Djung N. Nguyen
  • Patent number: 8499593
    Abstract: An apparatus for waking up a user, the apparatus (1) comprising a light source (3) that is adapted to produce a light effect (L), such as a light beam, that is directed to a user, or at least to a user's head, wherein the apparatus (1) comprises means for displacing the light effect (L) in an upward (Ru) or downward (Rd) direction during a period of time, in order to change a position of the light effect with respect to the user, or at least to the user's head, wherein the means to displace the light effect (L) is adapted to displace the light effect (L) gradually along an amount of displacement during the time period, for instance during a wake-up period until reaching a final wake-up time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2013
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips N.V.
    Inventors: Bartel Marinus Van De Sluis, Anthonie Hendrik Bergman
  • Patent number: 8162178
    Abstract: A fluid dispensing device, in at least one embodiment containing medication typically have a shelf life and separately an expiration date after first being opened, as this exposure created by opening or sing the container for the first time raises the chance of contamination dramatically. A time indicator is situated so that as the container is opened for the first time, a timer displays the expiration date and time of the container. The time indicator can not be reset once it is triggered. In one embodiment, the indicator is triggered as the container is actuated by a rotational movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2012
    Assignee: Valois SAS
    Inventor: Jean-Jacques Ligny
  • Patent number: 8165307
    Abstract: An audio electronic device includes a player, an output device, a detector, and an automatic turn-off module. The player is for reproducing audio data. The output device is for transforming the audio data to audible sound. The detector is for detecting positional shift of the output device. The automatic turn-off module is for turning off the player based on the positional shift. An automatic turn-off method is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2012
    Assignees: Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (ShenZhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shih-Fang Wong, Tai-Chun Li
  • Publication number: 20110242945
    Abstract: A device for integrating an alarm clock with an independent light source is provided, including a light fixture for giving off light and alarm for emitting sound. The light fixture and alarm are in communication with an alarm clock having programmable light and alarm controls. The alarm clock is either hard-wired into existing room circuitry, thereby combining and replacing conventional alarm clocks and light switches, or in other embodiments, the alarm clock is installed on a mobile device and is in wireless communication with the light fixture. Several example embodiments are provided, including a specialized light bulb that is in wireless communication with an alarm clock application on a cellular telephone and a coupling device designed to open and close the electrical circuit providing power to a conventional light bulb when activated by a cell phone alarm clock.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 1, 2011
    Publication date: October 6, 2011
    Inventor: Brandon Iglesias
  • Publication number: 20110235469
    Abstract: A portable and personal alarm clock system which incorporates the use of wireless technology to wake a person up through a personal earpiece alarm. This device comprises two main components including an earpiece alarm and a receiving base. The earpiece alarm is integrated with a small rechargeable battery and charging portal and is designed to automatically turn on after removing from receiving base. The receiving base resembles an electric alarm clock having an LED face, two speakers, a snooze button, buttons for setting the clock and alarm, and an alarm sound selector function. There is a charging means for the earpiece(s) and a volume control for the ear piece and base speakers. The base could also include a backup power source.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 29, 2011
    Publication date: September 29, 2011
    Inventor: Maureen Irwin
  • Patent number: 7916579
    Abstract: An alarm clock radio is provided that handles downloaded audio files and streaming digital audio files. The alarm clock radio may have buttons and displays that allow the user to adjust various alarm clock radio settings. The user may also adjust settings remotely over the Internet or over an in-home network. The user may customize the audio content that is provided with the alarm clock radio. Advertisements may be provided to the user. The user may be provided with an opportunity to subscribe to a content service. Content such as Internet radio station content, e-mail, news and other audio content may be provided to the user from the service. The user may set reminders for particular times and dates using the alarm clock radio. The alarm clock radio may also have a telephone handset. The alarm clock radio may have buttons and knobs and may provide on-screen options that allow the user to tune to AM and FM and Internet radio stations and to control the operation of the alarm clock radio.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2011
    Inventors: G. Victor Treyz, Susan M. Treyz
  • Patent number: 7817499
    Abstract: A system for indicating an end of a life cycle time period for a device which may include a sensor device or detector for measuring an environmental condition. A control device communicates with the device and includes a programmable timing mechanism for measuring a life cycle time period. The control device initiates an end of life cycle indicator such as a fault message after the life cycle time period has elapsed. The life cycle time period may be measured from a date of manufacture of the device. The life cycle time period may also be measured from a date of installation of the device when the date of manufacture of the sensor device is unknown. In the case of sensor devices or detectors an environmental condition for measuring by the detector may include carbon monoxide levels in an enclosed area where the device is a respective carbon monoxide detector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2010
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Azadeh Solhjoo, Theodore A. White
  • Patent number: 7660207
    Abstract: An alarm clock radio is provided that handles downloaded audio files and streaming digital audio files. The alarm clock radio may have buttons and displays that allow the user to adjust various alarm clock radio settings. The user may also adjust settings remotely over the Internet or over an in-home network. The user may customize the audio content that is provided with the alarm clock radio. Advertisements may be provided to the user. The user may be provided with an opportunity to subscribe to a content service. Content such as Internet radio station content, e-mail, news and other audio content may be provided to the user from the service. The user may set reminders for particular times and dates using the alarm clock radio. The alarm clock radio may also have a telephone handset. The alarm clock radio may have buttons and knobs and may provide on-screen options that allow the user to tune to AM and FM and Internet radio stations and to control the operation of the alarm clock radio.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2010
    Inventors: G. Victor Treyz, Susan M. Treyz
  • Publication number: 20090281835
    Abstract: A medical prescription scheduler for reminding and compliance is basically envisioned and devised to simplify the programming of a reminder device, and comprises of a single device or a pair of complimentary devices. A scheduler device is meant for achieving a speedy and facilitated scheduling of a medical prescription, formatting the scheduled prescription based on format specifications compliant with the prescription reminder application program of a recipient reminder device, and transmitting the formatted scheduled medical prescription to the reminder device. When unpacked in the receiving reminder device, said format is intended for realizing the programming of the reminder device. And the programmed reminder device is capable of audio-visually reminding each dose of each medication of said prescription till compliance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2009
    Publication date: November 12, 2009
    Inventors: Ravindra Patwardhan, Rajeev Pandit
  • Publication number: 20090180355
    Abstract: A timepiece incorporating monitoring, messaging, tracking, and/or emergency services into a watch. Specifically, (1) a biometric module can be installed into the watch for communicating any detected removal of the watch from a person wearing the watch to one or more remote terminals (e.g., a landline telephone, a cellular phone, a personal computer, a laptop and/or a personal data assistant), (2) a telecommunication module can be installed into the watch for communicating a telecommunication message (e.g., a voice message or a text message) between the watch and the remote terminal(s), (3) a global positioning system module can be installed into the watch for communicating information indicative of a location of the watch to the remote terminal(s), and/or (4) an emergency module can be installed into the watch for communicating an emergency alert signal from the watch to the remote terminal(s).
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 16, 2008
    Publication date: July 16, 2009
    Inventor: Tyrone Cartwright
  • 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
  • Patent number: 7532105
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method for implementing an alarm or morning call function in a DMB terminal, including operating a timer to check time information, setting information necessary to implement the alarm or morning call function, including a time preset to output a reserved DMB program and information on the DMB program which will be outputted at the preset time, implementing a DMB function at a time earlier than the preset time by a predetermined time for receiving the reserved DMB program with implementation of the DMB function and outputting the DMB program at the preset time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2009
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jeong-Sik Cho, Young-Jip Kim, Tae-Soo Lee, Sun-Mi Kim
  • Patent number: 7461422
    Abstract: An alarm pillow and associated method includes a pillow with an opening at a proximal end thereof, a core member, and an outer layer positioned thereabout. A cavity is formed between the core member and the outer layer respectively. The cavity has an open end defined along the proximal opening of the pillow, and a closed distal end seated medially of the proximal end and a distal end of the pillow respectively. A portable electronic alarm device is removably positioned within the cavity. The device has a planar top surface with a user interface, and a planar bottom surface extending parallel to the top surface. The device is slidably positional through the proximal opening of the cavity and abuts against the distal end of the cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2008
    Inventor: Carl Baker
  • Patent number: 7460440
    Abstract: An alarm clock radio is provided that handles downloaded audio files and streaming digital audio files. The alarm clock radio may have buttons and displays that allow the user to adjust various alarm clock radio settings. The user may also adjust settings remotely over the Internet or over an in-home network. The user may customize the audio content that is provided with the alarm clock radio. Advertisements may be provided to the user. The user may be provided with an opportunity to subscribe to a content service. Content such as Internet radio station content, e-mail, news and other audio content may be provided to the user from the service. The user may set remainders for particular times and dates using the alarm clock radio. The alarm clock radio may also have a telephone handset. The alarm clock radio may have buttons and knobs and may provide on-screen options that allow the user to tune to AM and FM and Internet radio stations and to control the operation of the alarm clock radio.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2008
    Inventors: G. Victor Treyz, Susan M. Treyz
  • Patent number: 7376050
    Abstract: An electronic musical apparatus is of a data processing type which boots up when a power is supplied and shuts down when the power is removed. The apparatus comprises an internal clock which is not backed up by an uninterruptible power supply and stops counting time when the power supply to the apparatus is shut down. Upon boot of the apparatus or as preparation for execution of processing which needs a reference time-of-day clock counting, the apparatus acquires time-of-day clock counting information, and corrects the internal clock to run with the time-of-day counting based on the time-of-day information acquired externally, so that the apparatus can execute processing which needs a reference time-of-day clock counting, even though it is not equipped with a backup power supply for the internal clock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2008
    Assignee: Yamaha Corporation
    Inventor: Tsutomu Yanase
  • Publication number: 20080101160
    Abstract: The concept of “MED-ALERT-CARRIERS” are analog/digital electronic solar powered battery operated devices like waist watch, necklace, bracelet, cell phone case med carriers, cane, blind walking cane that would offer multiple 911/EMS services within these carriers design. When the absence, secret pass word, pass code or abnormal vital sign is detected the device would dial a medical alert service or 911. A global positioning feature would allow the emergency medical response team to locate the wearer, even when no voice instruction have been given. Internal pill storage and alarms including a voice or vibration alarm to remind direct and assist individual to take their medication on time. These device could provide certain individuals a safer administration and compliance of prescription medication. These carriers would be convenient and practical for hearing impaired individuals and those who must take prescription medication on a regular basis throughout the day.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 1, 2006
    Publication date: May 1, 2008
    Inventor: Rodney Besson
  • Publication number: 20080068932
    Abstract: A diabetes monitoring watch is shown with a computing system located in the watch, including a glucose monitoring system, a pulse rate monitor, a body temperature monitor, and an alert system. The system looks at the glucose level, the body temperature, and the heart rate and determines if the diabetic is in need of assistance. The diabetes monitoring watch also has an alert system for notification of the individual or other individuals if the person is in need.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 1, 2007
    Publication date: March 20, 2008
    Inventor: Bennie Mosley
  • Patent number: 7333396
    Abstract: An alarm clock radio is provided that handles downloaded audio files and streaming digital audio files. The alarm clock radio may have buttons and displays that allow the user to adjust various alarm clock radio settings. The user may also adjust settings remotely over the Internet or over an in-home network. The user may customize the audio content that is provided with the alarm clock radio. Advertisements may be provided to the user. The user may be provided with an opportunity to subscribe to a content service. Content such as Internet radio station content, e-mail, news and other audio content may be provided to the user from the service. The user may set reminders for particular times and dates using the alarm clock radio. The alarm clock radio may also have a telephone handset. The alarm clock radio may have buttons and knobs and may provide on-screen options that allow the user to tune to AM and FM and Internet radio stations and to control the operation of the alarm clock radio.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2008
    Inventors: G. Victor Treyz, Susan M. Treyz
  • Patent number: 7304563
    Abstract: A mobile communication terminal comprising: a clock for maintaining an indication of the current time; a memory for storing a definition of an alert time; and an alerting unit configurable to issue an alert when the current time matches the alert time, the alerting unit being capable of issuing the alert by initiating a connection to another communication terminal over a network so as to cause that other terminal to locally signal the incidence of the connection incoming thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2007
    Assignee: Nokia Corporation
    Inventor: Jan Chipchase
  • Patent number: 7289016
    Abstract: A home system includes a server having a first wireless communication port, and a plurality of devices, such as sensors. Each one of the devices includes a corresponding second wireless communication port. One or more of the devices is a timer/reminder sensor device associated with an object of interest. The timer/reminder sensor device includes a timer mechanism having a time input and an output. The timer mechanism is associated with the object and is adapted to input a time interval from the time input, time for the time interval and then responsively output to the output. The timer mechanism communicates the time input and the output of the timer mechanism between the second wireless communication port of the timer/reminder sensor device and the first wireless communication port of the server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2007
    Assignee: Eaton Corporation
    Inventors: Charles J. Luebke, Michael L. McManus, John A. Kolojejchick
  • Patent number: 7283427
    Abstract: Machine for waking a sleeper with water reservoir, water movement means, water lines, water outlet port, and timer/activation device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2007
    Inventor: James Thomas Stevens
  • Publication number: 20070217290
    Abstract: An alarm clock assembly of an embodiment of the present invention is provided that also turns off a non-integrated, connected lamp or other electrical device based on pushing a button on the clock. The alarm clock assembly also has input means for setting a timer to turn off the connected device and can also be programmed to turn on the connected, non-integrated device at a specified time or after a specific time period has elapsed. The alarm clock assembly can also regulate the electrical current in such a manner to dim or flash a connected device, such as a lamp.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 20, 2006
    Publication date: September 20, 2007
    Applicant: Evergreen Innovation Partners, LLC
    Inventor: David Rock
  • Patent number: 7266049
    Abstract: An alarm clock is provide capable of alternately actuating a plurality of visual stimulative and auditor stimulative appliances in a programmable manner such that a variation and randomization of the type of stimulation will be used to prompt the waking of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2007
    Inventors: Edward Howard Suber, III, Carey L. Layton
  • Patent number: 7266047
    Abstract: A vibrational alarm device for use in combination with an alarm clock, includes a receiver for receiving a RF alarm signal transmitted by the alarm clock, an operating circuit for providing an operating signal in response to the receiver receiving the alarm signal, and an electro-mechanical vibrator for vibration in response to the operating signal provided by the operating circuit. A casing houses the receiver, the operating circuit, and the vibrator for vibration by the vibrator to provide a vibrational alarm signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2007
    Assignee: IDT Technology Limited
    Inventor: Raymond Chan
  • Patent number: 7224260
    Abstract: A clock includes a publicly accessible distributed network, a user interface, and a timing device or a personal computer. The timing device is configured to track universal time and harvest user selected media including text, graphics, sound, video and/or multimedia. The timing device plays the selected media in a programmed order with commercial media at a launch time. After harvesting the publicly accessible network, the media is played in a progressive sequence before the personal computer or the timing device interfaces a Site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2007
    Inventor: Franz-Marcus Nowak
  • Patent number: 7190266
    Abstract: A limited-use appliance, such as a garage door operator or a home network bridge device, is disclosed which has at least one input device for generating an input signal and a controller associated with the input device and receiving the input signal. The controller initiates at least one limited-use function of the appliance upon receipt of the input signal. A test device is maintained by the controller, and has a predetermined criteria which determines whether the input signal should be sent on to the controller or not. A warning system may be incorporated so that imminent expiration of the limited-use functions initiate warnings for the benefit of the end-user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2007
    Assignee: Wayne-Dalton Corp.
    Inventors: Willis J. Mullet, Thomas B. Bennett, III, Yan Rodriguez
  • Patent number: 7184259
    Abstract: A portable entertainment device including a right bay, a center bay and a left bay. The right and left bays are used to house the electrical speakers used in the portable entertainment device and the center bay is used to house both permanently mounted electronics and electronic modules which can be shared between the portable entertainment device and an automotive vehicle. Modules such as satellite receivers, DVD players, MP3 players and the like can comprise the portable modules. The right bay, center bay and left bay are integrated by way of a tubular structure wherein tubular structure forms inner chambers which are used to accommodate batteries, electrical power cords, and can also function as the pressure equalization port for a woofer style speaker housed in one of the bays.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2007
    Assignee: Delphi Technolgies, Inc.
    Inventors: Terry Marler, Jin Hyejung Palmer, Vincent L. Brooks, Sherry N. Phillips
  • Patent number: 7173881
    Abstract: A alarm system for providing silent notification to a user including an alarm device. The alarm device includes means for generating an alarm signal, and a transmitter connected to the generating means for transmitting the alarm signal. The system further includes a notification device. The notification device includes a receiver for receiving the alarm signal and means for alerting a user that the notification device has received the alarm signal from the alarm device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2007
    Inventors: Frank J Freudenberg, Jr., Rich Fehringer
  • Patent number: 7109848
    Abstract: A notification system that reminds and/or alerts a digital media capture device that a media event that warrants capture is imminent. The notification system is implemented in conjunction with a digital planner such that event reminders are placed in the digital planner of a digital device and alerts are then sent to an associated digital media capture device proximate to the occurrence of the media event. The alerts may be sent to internal digital media capture devices or the alerts may be sent to external digital media capture devices that are remote from the device on which the digital planner is implemented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2006
    Assignee: Nokia Corporation
    Inventor: Olof Schybergson
  • Patent number: 6998961
    Abstract: The subject device is an alarm mechanism having a voice message or other sound input wherein the mechanism incorporates a taping mechanism to receive and store voice or other audio sounds to be subsequently or simultaneously projected audibly as a signal to awaken the user of the alarm at a designated time comprising generally a caller mode coupled to a recording controller to activate an audio recorder which is in turn activated by a pre-set timer to project the recorded sound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2006
    Inventor: Shirley Ann Stihler
  • Patent number: 6990047
    Abstract: This is a watch which allows a person to be tracked by the global positioning system and also incorporates safety features to protect an individual in the event of danger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2006
    Inventors: Joseph Barbagiovanni, Carmela Barbagiovanni
  • Patent number: 6928031
    Abstract: A programmable alarm clock system, method of operation and program product therefor with sleep analysis to identify and wake a person during non-REM sleep patterns, resulting in less subsequent drowsiness and better day-to-day functioning. The programmable alarm clock system includes at least one brain activity sensor attachable to a head of a sleeper. Brain activity signals from the sensor(s) are sent to a receiver at a local computer. The user, before retiring inputs a wake up time and attaches the sensor(s). The local computer sends brain activity signals to a remotely connected sleep analyzing server which analyzes the brain activity and identifies REM sleep periods and non-REM sleep periods. The labeled brain activity periods are returned to the local computer which waits for the wake up time. Then, the local computer sets an alarm time by adjusting the wake up time to coincide with a non-REM sleep period, if necessary and if possible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2005
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corp.
    Inventors: Dimitri Kanevsky, Wlodek Zadrozny
  • Patent number: 6906983
    Abstract: An ear-plug alarm comprises a base station which sets the time, and ear-piece which provides autonomous timing and alarm functions after it is disconnected from the base station. The base station is implemented in personal computer software with an appropriate interface. Each ear-piece stores its own alarm setting, and operates autonomously after it is disconnected, so that a single base station can support any number of ear-pieces. With this method the alarm becomes a count down from the time that it is set, relieving the ear-piece timer of any long-term accuracy requirement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2005
    Inventors: Joanna Margaret Williams, Darin Scot Williams
  • Patent number: 6795377
    Abstract: A personalized alarm clock allows a user to receive a predetermined audio and/or image signal, or to place a predetermined telephone call to a selected telephone number at a predetermined time. The personalized alarm clock is generally configured in the form of a portable entertainment device, such as a portable AM/FM radio and/or CD/DVD device. The personalized alarm clock includes at least one input device, at least one output device, at least one input port, at least one output port, at least one telephone jack, an automatic telephone dialer, a central processing unit, at least one memory device, and a power supply. The personalized alarm clock is configured with upper and lower housings connected together by a hinge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2004
    Inventor: Christopher J. Gorden
  • Patent number: 6792116
    Abstract: An earphone with control device of timing call setting, mainly comprises a earphone device with a plug body end and speaker end, a control circuit device that is disposed between the plug body end and speaker end of the earphone phone, as well as an external setting device. Control circuit comprises a timing setting circuit, time pulse circuit, sound generation circuit, sounds switch circuit and sound recording and broadcasting system. And, a timing setting can be done to the timing setting circuit through external setting device, when a set time is reached, the time pulse circuit outputs a time pulse to timing setting circuit, the sound generation circuit then emit an alarm sound to the sounds switch circuit, and the sounds switch circuit shuts off temporally the sound comes from the earphone device, and switches the alarm sound generated from the sound generation circuit to a speaker end of the earphone so as to reach the purpose of timing call.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2004
    Inventor: Min-Yi Liu
  • Publication number: 20040160337
    Abstract: The present invention provides an alarm clock remote control system and a remote control system with an alarm clock system with alarm clock circuitry that includes: a microprocessor, coupled to the alarm clock activation circuitry, remote IR diode driving circuitry, an internal buzzer, an alarm, a display, and a plurality of input ports and output ports, for providing central control; the display, coupled to the microprocessor, for displaying at least one of: a current time and an alarm time; a speaker, coupled to the microprocessor, the AM/FM radio unit, the internal buzzer, and the alarm, for outputting selected audio; an AM/FM radio tuner, and clock setup circuitry, alarm setup and activation circuitry coupled to the microprocessor for setting the clock, setting the alarm, and activating at least one remote device; and a programmable universal infrared remote device control, coupled to the alarm clock circuitry, for remote programming at least one remote device, and having activation circuitry for activati
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 17, 2004
    Publication date: August 19, 2004
    Applicant: Computime, Ltd.
    Inventors: Bernard Auyang, Wai-leung Ha
  • Patent number: 6717888
    Abstract: A timer is provided which is actuated by an incense stick burning to a given point at which point a pivotally movable hammer is released. When the hammer is released, it moves from its first retracted position to a second position in response to gravitational forces wherein it strikes a bowl to make a pleasant alarm sound. The timer is particularly useful and appropriate when used in conjunction with meditation or a similar exercise.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2004
    Inventor: David C. Wilmore
  • Patent number: 6707763
    Abstract: A closure cap including a housing including a lower housing portion, an enlarged upper housing portion and defining a shoulder therebetween. The closure cap also includes a switch member being biased outwardly from the shoulder and movable between an outwardly extending position and a retracted position. A timer is carried by the housing and cooperates with the switch member for generating an indication relating to a length of time that the switch member has been in the retracted positioned and corresponding to a time since the closure cap was most recently secured onto the pill container. A child-proof adaptor ring may be removably carried by the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2004
    Assignee: Diduminder Corporation
    Inventors: James Alan Osberg, Chin Chang Franchi, Daryl Osberg
  • Patent number: 6678215
    Abstract: An alarm clock radio is provided that handles downloaded audio files and streaming digital audio files. The alarm clock radio may have buttons and displays that allow the user to adjust various alarm clock radio settings. The user may also adjust settings remotely over the Internet or over an in-home network. The user may customize the audio content that is provided with the alarm clock radio. Advertisements may be provided to the user. The user may be provided with an opportunity to subscribe to a content service. Content such as Internet radio station content, e-mail, news and other audio content may be provided to the user from the service. The user may set reminders for particular times and dates using the alarm clock radio. The alarm clock radio may also have a telephone handset. The alarm clock radio may have buttons and knobs and may provide on-screen options that allow the user to tune to AM and FM and Internet radio stations and to control the operation of the alarm clock radio.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2000
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2004
    Inventors: G. Victor Treyz, Susan M. Treyz
  • Patent number: 6669650
    Abstract: A breast self-examination prompter device having the purpose of prompting a user to perform a routine breast self-examination is described. The device includes a “Start” for activating the device and selecting a time cycle. A motion sensor is used to detect if a person is located near the device and cause the device to alert the person that the selected time cycle has been completed. The device also includes a micro-controller that provides control logic, timer and power control circuitry. An audio/visual component comprising one or both of an indicator light and an audible alarm is provided to alert the person. When the timing interval has expired and the motion sensor detects a person's presence, the micro-controller activates the audio/visual component. Also, the device includes a “Exam Complete” button for stopping the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2003
    Inventors: Denise M. Anker, Marvin L. Odefey
  • Publication number: 20030198137
    Abstract: A personalized alarm clock allows a user to receive a predetermined audio and/or image signal, or to place a predetermined telephone call to a selected telephone number at a predetermined time. The personalized alarm clock is generally configured in the form of a portable entertainment device, such as a portable AM/FM radio and/or CD/DVD device. The personalized alarm clock includes at least one input device, at least one output device, at least one input port, at least one output port, at least one telephone jack, an automatic telephone dialer, a central processing unit, at least one memory device, and a power supply. The personalized alarm clock is configured with upper and lower housings connected together by a hinge.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 23, 2002
    Publication date: October 23, 2003
    Inventor: Christopher J. Gorden
  • Publication number: 20030117272
    Abstract: A system and method of providing a silent alarm is provided for tactilely alerting a user. The system includes a timekeeping device having a timekeeping mechanism for tracking real time, an input mechanism operatively connected to the timekeeping mechanism for setting an alarm time, a processor operatively connected to the timekeeping mechanism that monitors the real time and the alarm time, and a wireless data transmitter operatively connected to the processor, such that the wireless data transmitter transmits a signal at a predetermined radio frequency when the real time corresponds to the alarm time. The system also includes a silent alarm signaling device secured to a user, wherein said silent alarm signaling device includes a wireless data receiver, a processor operatively connected to the wireless data receiver, and a signaling mechanism operatively controlled by the processor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2001
    Publication date: June 26, 2003
    Inventors: Robert E. Fegley, Rajesh S. Chawla, Robert Gilling, Thomas A. Kenny, Thomas Marquqrdt, Carl Szasz
  • Patent number: 6560802
    Abstract: A pillow capable of being highly useful and convenient to a user. An alarm is arranged at a predetermined portion of a stuffed doll which is made in imitation of a real or fanciful animal or the like. The alarm may be actuated through a timer. The timer may be driven through a cell or a spring. The alarm is constructed so as to generate sound, voice, vibration, light or the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2003
    Assignee: Tokyo Mimore Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Masaharu Fujii