Navigational Instrument Patents (Class 368/14)
  • Patent number: 9635513
    Abstract: A radio wave receiver includes a radio wave reception processor and a processor. The radio wave reception processor receives radio waves and obtains signals transmitted from positioning satellites. The processor sets reception start timing of the radio wave and controls the radio wave reception processor to start reception. The radio wave reception processor performs acquiring operation to acquire transmission signals from a number of positioning satellites necessary for computing a present position. After the acquiring operation, the radio wave reception processor obtains signals necessary for computing the present position from the acquired transmission signals in an obtaining time from an obtaining start timing to an obtaining end timing determined depending on a format according to the positioning satellite. The processor sets the reception start timing so that certain reception conditions are satisfied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yuki Oshita
  • Patent number: 9185672
    Abstract: Power consumption when reception is carried out in response to a reception instruction by a user is reduced in a satellite radio-controlled wristwatch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Assignees: CITIZEN HOLDINGS CO., LTD., CITIZEN WATCH CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Akira Kato
  • Patent number: 9069334
    Abstract: A radio clock including: an antenna configured to receive a satellite signal transmitted from GPS satellite; a receiving unit configured to perform a receiving process to acquire information contained in the satellite signal received by the antenna within a predetermine upper limit period; and a control unit configured to change the number of receiving processes to be performed in a predetermined period and change the upper limit period in accordance with a total sum of durations of the receiving processes performed in the predetermined period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2015
    Assignee: SEIKO CLOCK INC.
    Inventors: Miyuki Imamura, Motohiro Tako, Takayuki Kanaizumi
  • Patent number: 8879364
    Abstract: An electronic device that can display the current time reduces the number of times that the time must be manually set. The electronic device 100 has a CPU 20 that keeps time internally, a display unit 50 that displays the time based on the internal time, a GPS device 10 that receives satellite signals and outputs satellite time information according to the positioning information and UTC, and EEPROM 32 that stores time zone information denoting the time difference to UTC for individual regions. The CPU 20 adjusts the displayed time based on the satellite time information and correction information. The CPU 20 also adjusts the displayed time based on an operation signal, and stores time difference information denoting the time difference between the displayed time after being adjusted and UTC linked to the region associated with the positioning information in flash ROM 33.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Katsuyuki Honda
  • Patent number: 8868104
    Abstract: Methods, program products, and systems for multi-tier geofence detection are disclosed. In general, in one aspect, a mobile device can be configured to perform a task when the mobile device enters a geographic region. The mobile device can monitor a current location using a multi-tier approach. A baseband subsystem can monitor a coarse location of the mobile device using various course location parameters, such as a mobile country code (MCC), a location area code (LAC), or a cell identifier (cell ID), as the mobile device moves closer to the geographic region. Upon determining that the mobile device is in a cell that intersects the geographic region, the baseband subsystem can transfer the monitoring to the application subsystem. The task can be performed when the application subsystem determines that the mobile device is currently located in the geographic region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Morgan Grainger, Ronald K. Huang, Robert Mayor
  • Patent number: 8848487
    Abstract: A Nonlinear Timer apparatus characterized by having a display indicator (e.g. hands) with a large plurality of respectively contiguous perceived velocities, said indicator being configured to include predetermined non-zero acceleration for substantially any contiguous intermediate plurality of said respective indicator velocities. The apparatus is for portraying substantially nonlinear temporal frames of reference that are more honestly scaled to the individuals' respective circumstance than to the metronome mechanical tempos of industrial world time-clocks. However, the Nonlinear Timer apparatus is preferably represented according to classical concentrically rotating clock hands; digital or analog.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Inventor: Tidhar Eylon-Azoulay
  • Publication number: 20140226445
    Abstract: A device which is suitable for integration into a timepiece, in particular in the form of a timepiece module, another type of watch module or a basic watch movement. The device includes at least one opening, in each of which an associated image guide is mounted, and for each of these image guides the device including means for fastening the image guide in the associated opening, such that the image guide allows display information displayed on a representation plane to be reproduced on a display plane.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 28, 2012
    Publication date: August 14, 2014
    Inventors: Sébastien Dordor, Schelling Debora
  • Patent number: 8804465
    Abstract: A small electronic timepiece with an internal antenna can maintain high GPS reception performance and affords greater freedom developing different models. The timepiece has a cylindrical outside case 80 of which at least part is made from a non-conductive material, a dial 11 that displays the time inside the case 80, a drive mechanism 30 that drives displaying the time on the dial 11 inside the case 80, and a C-shaped antenna 40 disposed around the drive mechanism 30 inside the case 80. A crystal 84 covers one of the two openings to the case 80, and a circuit board 25 with a GPS reception unit 26 for radio communication is disposed inside the case 80. The antenna 40 is disposed closer to the crystal 84 than the circuit board 25, and the GPS reception unit 26 is disposed on the back cover 85 side of the circuit board 25.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Teruhiko Fujisawa
  • Publication number: 20140064039
    Abstract: Devices, systems, and methods for presenting date and time information are described. In some embodiments, a date and/or a time value is presented as a base-36 number. In some embodiments, an integral portion of the base-36 number represents a date value, and a fractional portion of the base-36 number represents a time value. Each base-36 digit may be represented by one of the numerals 0-9 and the letters A-Z. Both digital and analog clocks and a clock application displaying date and/or time information in which a day is broken into thirty-six increments are disclosed. A clock application displaying coordinates of a location based on a base-36 geo-positioning system is disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2013
    Publication date: March 6, 2014
    Applicant: DS ZODIAC, INC.
    Inventor: John David Jones
  • Patent number: 8665085
    Abstract: A tracking device is incorporated into a band, such as a watch band or bracelet. The tracking device appears as an ordinary band, but cannot be removed by the individual wearing it. If necessary, the location of the tracking device can be determined by a central server and reported to the authorities or to the individual's family.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Inventor: Dequincy A. Hyatt
  • Patent number: 8620345
    Abstract: Methods, program products, and systems of determining a time zone based on location is disclosed. In general, in one aspect, a mobile device can store one or more geometric shapes using latitude and longitude coordinates. The geometric shapes can be associated with time zones. The mobile device can determine a current location. The mobile device can identify a geometric shape in which the mobile device is currently is located. The mobile device can determine the time zone associated with the identified geometric shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald K. Huang, Morgan Grainger
  • Patent number: 8620344
    Abstract: Methods, program products, and systems for location-based application program management are described. A mobile device can receive a first application program to be executed in an application subsystem. The first application program can be configured to be invoked or notified when the mobile device is located at a defined location. The mobile device can register the first application program to a second application program that executes in a baseband subsystem. The mobile device can set the application subsystem to a power-saving operating mode. The second application program can monitor a current location of the mobile device. When the mobile device is currently located at the defined location, the second application program can set the application subsystem to an active operating mode, and invoke the first application program.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald K. Huang, Morgan Grainger
  • Publication number: 20130322217
    Abstract: A small electronic device enables improving transmission and reception performance with stable operation. An example of the electronic device is an electronic wristwatch having a display; a circuit board disposed on one side of the display; an antenna is disposed on the opposite side of the circuit board as the display, and includes a dielectric layer, a ground conductor disposed on one side of the dielectric layer, and a radiating conductor disposed on the other side of the dielectric layer. The ground conductor is disposed on the surface of the dielectric layer on the side near the circuit board, and is connected to the ground potential of the circuit board. The radiating conductor is disposed on the surface of the dielectric layer on the side far from the circuit board, and is connected to the signal potential of the circuit board.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 23, 2013
    Publication date: December 5, 2013
    Applicant: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Tadashi Aizawa, Masayuki Ikeda
  • Publication number: 20130308429
    Abstract: An electronic device has a reception unit that captures positioning information satellite(s) and receives satellite signal(s) transmitted from the captured positioning information satellite(s), a solar panel, and a reception control unit that controls the reception unit. The reception control unit operates the reception unit and starts the reception operation when power generation by the solar panel that is greater than or equal to a preset power generation threshold value has continued for at least a specified outdoor determination time.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 23, 2013
    Publication date: November 21, 2013
    Applicant: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Katsuyuki Honda
  • Patent number: 8576670
    Abstract: An electronic timepiece has a function for receiving satellite signals transmitted from positioning information satellites for capturable positioning information based on the received satellite signal and a positioning calculation unit that generates positioning information. A time information adjustment unit corrects the internal time information based on the time difference in the assumed positioning region when the time difference evaluation unit determines that the assumed positioning does not contain a time difference boundary. The positioning calculation unit reselects the specific number of positioning information satellites and continues the positioning calculation when the time difference evaluation unit determines that the assumed positioning region contains a time difference boundary. The reception unit terminates satellite signal reception when the time difference evaluation unit determines that the assumed positioning region does not contain a time difference boundary.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Toshikazu Akiyama
  • Patent number: 8531920
    Abstract: An improved electronic device and method provide an improved clock feature that includes a time zone management function which enables multiple times from multiple time zones to be managed by the user. Responsive to a detection that the electronic device has been moved from one time zone to another, a dialog is initiated wherein the user is queried whether a current time on the electronic device should be changed and whether multiple times should be output on the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Assignee: Black Berry Limited
    Inventors: Sherryl Lee Lorraine Scott, David Yach
  • Patent number: 8520473
    Abstract: An electronic device has a reception unit that captures positioning information satellites and receives satellite signals transmitted from the captured positioning information satellites, a solar panel, and a reception control unit that controls the reception unit. The reception control unit includes an evaluation unit that evaluates the reception environment based on power generation by the solar panel, and a mode selection unit that, based on the result from the evaluation unit, selects a time information reception mode for receiving the satellite signals and acquiring time information, or a position and time information reception mode for receiving the satellite signals and acquiring positioning information and time information, and controls operation of the reception unit in the reception mode selected by the mode selection unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Katsuyuki Honda
  • Patent number: 8504061
    Abstract: Methods, program products, and systems for multi-tier geofence detection are disclosed. In general, in one aspect, a mobile device can be configured to perform a task when the mobile device enters a geographic region. The mobile device can monitor a current location using a multi-tier approach. A baseband subsystem can monitor a coarse location of the mobile device using various course location parameters, such as a mobile country code (MCC), a location area code (LAC), or a cell identifier (cell ID), as the mobile device moves closer to the geographic region. Upon determining that the mobile device is in a cell that intersects the geographic region, the baseband subsystem can transfer the monitoring to the application subsystem. The task can be performed when the application subsystem determines that the mobile device is currently located in the geographic region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2013
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Morgan Grainger, Ronald K. Huang, Robert Mayor
  • Publication number: 20130163389
    Abstract: A system and method is proposed that provides a scheduling device and system for notifying a user of Islamic prayer times, aiding the user in preparing to pray, and presents the user with data related to fitness. The system and method may comprise a portable electronic device and a notification system. The system may include a database storing information comprising a list of prayer times and Rakha numbers, the prayer times and the Rakha numbers being associated with a location and date. The portable electronic device may include a display, an electronic compass, a memory, an alarm, a pedometer, a location module, and a processor. The processor may be programmed to execute a program comprising the notification system, wherein the notification system comprises a scheduling function and an exercise function.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2011
    Publication date: June 27, 2013
    Inventor: Sanaa Marhaben
  • Publication number: 20130163390
    Abstract: A smart-watch can include a wristband, a base, and a flip up portion. The base can be coupled to the wristband and include a housing, a processor, a wireless transceiver, and a tactile user interface. The wireless transceiver can be configured to connect to a wireless network. The tactile user interface can be configured to provide interaction between a user and the smart-watch. The flip up portion can be displaceable between an open position exposing the base and a closed position concealing the base. Further, the flip up portion can include: a top display exposed when the flip up portion is in the closed position, and an inside display opposite the top display. The inside display can be concealed when the flip up portion is in the closed position and be exposed when the flip up portion is in the open position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 19, 2013
    Publication date: June 27, 2013
    Inventors: Richard Carl Gossweiler, III, James Brooks Miller
  • Patent number: 8423000
    Abstract: A guardian system for cognitively-impaired individuals. The system includes a wrist phone system that has a display, a global positioning system, and a SIM card. The wrist phone system is tethered to a PDA phone so that the PDA phone is able to input information into the wrist phone system. In addition, the PDA phone and wrist phone system can communicate with one another and with monitoring devices such that if a warning or emergency condition is provided by the individual or by a monitor a warning message can be sent to a caregiver to address the emergency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Inventor: Anil Dhuna
  • Publication number: 20130051181
    Abstract: A small electronic timepiece with an internal antenna can maintain high GPS reception performance and affords greater freedom developing different models. The timepiece has a cylindrical outside case 80 of which at least part is made from a non-conductive material, a dial 11 that displays the time inside the case 80, a drive mechanism 30 that drives displaying the time on the dial 11 inside the case 80, and a C-shaped antenna 40 disposed around the drive mechanism 30 inside the case 80. A crystal 84 covers one of the two openings to the case 80, and a circuit board 25 with a GPS reception unit 26 for radio communication is disposed inside the case 80. The antenna 40 is disposed closer to the crystal 84 than the circuit board 25, and the GPS reception unit 26 is disposed on the back cover 85 side of the circuit board 25.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 28, 2012
    Publication date: February 28, 2013
    Applicant: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Teruhiko FUJISAWA
  • Patent number: 8369837
    Abstract: Methods, program products, and systems for task management based on travel distance are disclosed. In general, in one aspect, a method executed on a mobile device can include receiving a request to perform a task in a first subsystem (e.g., an application subsystem) of the mobile device. The request can indicate that the task is to be performed when the mobile device travels at least a threshold distance. The mobile device can determine a duration of silence. The mobile device can configure a second subsystem (e.g., a baseband operating system) of the mobile device to send a notification to the first subsystem notifying that the mobile device has traveled after at least the duration of silence. The first subsystem can receive the notification and determine that the threshold distance has been satisfied based on the received notification. The first subsystem can perform the task upon the determining.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald K. Huang, Morgan Grainger
  • Patent number: 8194505
    Abstract: A self-position detecting unit detects a self-position. A time calculating unit calculates a time of a time zone where the self-position detected using the self-position detection unit exists. A time display unit displays the time calculated using the time calculating unit. A display control unit causes the time display unit to display time of the first time zone where the self-position exists continually in an area in a second time zone, which is adjacent to the first time zone, when determining that the self-position moves into the second time zone. The area has a predetermined width from a boundary between the first time zone and the second time zone. The display control unit further causes the time display unit to display time of the second time zone when determining that the self-position moves beyond the area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2012
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hiroyuki Hirano
  • Publication number: 20120127834
    Abstract: A portable electronic device capable of adjusting prompting time includes a processing unit including a time unit and a time setting unit, a positioning unit, an input unit, and a network unit. The positioning unit is provided for positioning position of the portable electronic device. The input unit is provided for inputting a schedule information including a predetermined prompting time and a position of destination. The network unit is connected with a network server through Internet for downloading transportation and/or weather information and transmitting the same to the processing unit so as to adjust, in response thereto, the predetermined prompting time. A method for operating the portable electronic device capable of adjusting prompting time is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 1, 2011
    Publication date: May 24, 2012
    Applicant: Hannspree, Inc.
    Inventor: Mei-Ching Tsai
  • Publication number: 20110286310
    Abstract: A position information acquisition section acquires position information about a mobile terminal, and a storage section stores hour information and position condition information inputted to an interface section in association with each other. When the hour shown by a clock becomes the hour indicated by the hour information stored in the storage section, a comparison section compares the position condition information stored in association with the hour information, with the position information acquired by the position information acquisition section. If the position information corresponds to the position condition information as a result of the comparison, a notification section gives a notification.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 22, 2011
    Publication date: November 24, 2011
    Applicant: NEC BIGLOBE, LTD.
    Inventor: Yoshihiro Onda
  • Patent number: 8059491
    Abstract: A rescue-facilitating, preferably water resistant communicating wrist watch. A housing is attachable to a user's wrist by a wristband with a microprocessor is disposed therein. A display is provided in communication with the microprocessor and has at least one visible data field. A communication module for transmitting at least one message is provided and connected to the microprocessor and has at least one antenna and a transceiver. A user-activated interface allows the user to select at least one message for transmission, preferably an emergency call for help on at least one preselected frequency. The interface preferably allows the user to control the display and the data displayed thereon. The watch may include a memory module in communication with the microprocessor, adapted to store a plurality of pre-recorded messages for selection of one or more and transmission by the communication module upon selection via the user-activated interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2011
    Inventor: Laura Hennings-Kampa
  • Publication number: 20110205851
    Abstract: An architecture is presented that provides a smart watch device. The smart watch device comprises a fastening band for securing the smart watch to a user, a display face for displaying time, day, and date information, and a plurality of watch control means by which the user can adjust the time, day and date information. Further, the smart watch device comprises control circuitry; an electronic memory component; microphone and speaker units for audio input and output, including a coder/decoder for conversions between analog and digital data forms; and a user input interface including a keypad for dialing and function selection, that allow a user to send and receive messages, such as email messages, text messages, audio messages and/or digital images and/or perform other functions. Additionally, various icons are located on the display face to enable users to send and receive messages and/or perform other functions with ease.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 9, 2011
    Publication date: August 25, 2011
    Inventor: Jared Harris
  • Publication number: 20110205850
    Abstract: To enhance calendar functionality, location tracking may be used to draw an inference that a calendar event has been satisfied. Upon the inferred satisfaction of the calendar event, a status of the calendar event may be updated from “outstanding” to “completed.” If the calendar event is shared with another person, a message may be transmitted to an electronic device of the other individual to alert that person to the completion of the calendar event. Location tracking may include identifying that an electronic device moves toward a location associated with the calendar event, identifying that the electronic device comes to a relative stop within a predetermined distance of the location associated with the calendar event, and departs the location associated with the calendar event.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 23, 2010
    Publication date: August 25, 2011
    Inventors: Srinivas Annambhotla, Muralimohan Gopalakrishna
  • Publication number: 20110128824
    Abstract: A watch device for use by a swimmer while swimming in a body of water. The watch device may generally comprise a housing, a location determining component disposed within the housing and operable to receive one or more satellite signals to determine a current geographic location of the housing, and a processing system. The processing system may synchronize the location determining component with the swimmer's arm movement so that the location determining component can determine the current geographic location of the housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 8, 2011
    Publication date: June 2, 2011
    Applicant: GARMIN SWITZERLAND GMBH
    Inventors: David J. Downey, Kristin M. Massoth
  • Patent number: 7949488
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed that monitor movement of a person, or of a vehicle ridden by the person, to determine speed, distance traveled and/or airtime of the person or vehicle. Accelerometer-based sensors, pressure sensors or Doppler sensors may be employed in these systems and methods. A liquid crystal display may attach to the person to display speed, distance traveled and/or airtime.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2011
    Assignee: Nike, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter Flentov, Dennis M. Darcy, Curtis A. Vock
  • Patent number: 7920441
    Abstract: A GPS enabled timepiece. A Global Positioning System (GPS) enabled timepiece in accordance with the present invention comprises a timepiece, the timepiece comprising a local oscillator, and a GPS receiver, coupled to the timepiece, the GPS receiver using the local oscillator to predict a time arrival of a GPS message from a GPS satellite, wherein the GPS receiver is powered on based on the predicted time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2011
    Assignee: Atheros Communications, Inc.
    Inventor: Juha Tapani Rostrom
  • Publication number: 20110044137
    Abstract: An electronic timepiece has a reception unit that executes a search process to search for satellite signals that can be captured from among satellite signals transmitted from a plurality of positioning information satellites, and from among the satellite signals captured by the search process receives a satellite signal with signal strength greater than or equal to a specific signal reception threshold value; an information acquisition unit that acquires specific information including at least time information based on a satellite signal received by the reception unit; and a display that displays acquired information. A threshold value changing unit lowers the signal reception threshold value according to a search count, which is the number of times the search process has been applied to the satellite signals of all positioning information satellites.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 9, 2010
    Publication date: February 24, 2011
    Applicant: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventor: Jun Matsuzaki
  • Publication number: 20110038231
    Abstract: A timepiece, including a compass for indicating north, a directional display, and a controller, where the controller allows a user to select a bearing direction relative to north, and where the directional display provides a first visual indication to the user when the timepiece is aligned with the bearing direction, and a second visual indication when the timepiece deviates from the bearing direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 16, 2010
    Publication date: February 17, 2011
    Applicant: VICTORINOX SWISS ARMY, INC
    Inventor: JEAN-BERNARD MAEDER
  • Publication number: 20100228948
    Abstract: An electronic device has a reception unit that can receive satellite signals transmitted from positioning information satellites and acquire positioning information and time information, a time difference data storage means in which a data table and a memory address table are stored, and a time difference data acquisition means that acquires time difference data corresponding to positioning information acquired by the reception unit from the time difference data storage means. The data table is compiled by dividing geographical information to which time difference data is assigned into segments of a constant size, setting only one time difference in each segment, grouping the segments into blocks each containing a specific number of segments, and storing the time difference data of each segment as block data by block unit while storing the block data only once for blocks containing the same time difference data array and storing the block data for mutually different time difference data arrays once each.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 3, 2010
    Publication date: September 9, 2010
    Applicant: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventor: Oh Jaekwan
  • Publication number: 20100226213
    Abstract: A timepiece or wristwatch displays celestial “complications” and meteorological events based upon calculations and conditions relevant to the geographic location of the timepiece. A memory storage device, microprocessor, mechanical and software controlled graphical display systems and network connectivity facilitate the input of user selected complications, display options, geographic arguments and other variables. The timepiece is not limited to a preprogramed geographic area or to predefined complications.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 4, 2010
    Publication date: September 9, 2010
    Inventor: Brian Robert Drugge
  • Publication number: 20100220555
    Abstract: An electronic device has a reception unit that captures positioning information satellites and receives satellite signals transmitted from the captured positioning information satellites, a solar panel, and a reception control unit that controls the reception unit. The reception control unit includes an evaluation unit that evaluates the reception environment based on power generation by the solar panel, and a mode selection unit that, based on the result from the evaluation unit, selects a time information reception mode for receiving the satellite signals and acquiring time information, or a position and time information reception mode for receiving the satellite signals and acquiring positioning information and time information, and controls operation of the reception unit in the reception mode selected by the mode selection unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 26, 2010
    Publication date: September 2, 2010
    Applicant: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventor: Katsuyuki HONDA
  • Patent number: 7782714
    Abstract: Timepiece, particularly of the wristwatch (1) type, forming a navigational aid for aviators or navigators, including at least a bezel (46) and a ring (38) that are concentric, at least one of which rotates, the bezel (46) bearing first indications (48) corresponding to the speed of an aircraft, or respectively a boat, and the ring (38) bearing indications (50) relating to the heading correction to be applied in the event of a crosswind, a nomogram (58) for the heading correction calculation being added to the back of the watch (1) or to a separate card.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2010
    Assignee: Hamilton International Ltd.
    Inventor: Hakim El Kadiri
  • Patent number: 7778116
    Abstract: A timepiece, including a compass for indicating north, a directional display, and a controller, where the controller allows a user to select a bearing direction relative to north, and where the directional display provides a first visual indication to the user when the timepiece is aligned with the bearing direction, and a second visual indication when the timepiece deviates from the bearing direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2010
    Assignee: Swiss Army Brands, Inc.
    Inventor: Jean-Bernard Maeder
  • Publication number: 20100177601
    Abstract: A method for providing a digital compass function and a portable terminal adapted to the method are disclosed. The cardinal points, north, south, east and west, are calculated based on the celestial body, such as the sun, the moon, a constellation, a particular star, etc. using the current time information and information of a location where the portable terminal is currently located. The direction of Mecca is calculated based on the calculated cardinal points and the current location information and displayed on the display unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 12, 2010
    Publication date: July 15, 2010
    Applicant: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Woo Tae KIM, Tae Gyun LIM, Jae Ik JUNG, Young Hae KIM, Suk Woo CHAE, Hae Shik YEA
  • Publication number: 20100166409
    Abstract: An electronic apparatus includes: a timer part that measures a time, a location information acquiring part that acquires location information, and a peripheral location calculating part where a location specified by the acquired location information is provided as a reference location and a location at a predetermined distance from the reference location is calculated as a peripheral location. The electronic apparatus also includes a time-difference acquiring part that acquires time differences depending on the reference location and the peripheral location. Furthermore, the electronic apparatus includes a determining part that determines whether the time correction should be performed based on the time differences depending on the reference location and the peripheral location, and a time-correcting part that corrects the time to a time based on the time difference between the reference location and the peripheral location depending on a result from the determination by the determining part.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 15, 2009
    Publication date: July 1, 2010
    Applicant: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Takuma Nishikawa, Masanao Tsutsui
  • Publication number: 20100135124
    Abstract: A self-position detecting unit detects a self-position. A time calculating unit calculates a time of a time zone where the self-position detected using the self-position detection unit exists. A time display unit displays the time calculated using the time calculating unit. A display control unit causes the time display unit to display time of the first time zone where the self-position exists continually in an area in a second time zone, which is adjacent to the first time zone, when determining that the self-position moves into the second time zone. The area has a predetermined width from a boundary between the first time zone and the second time zone. The display control unit further causes the time display unit to display time of the second time zone when determining that the self-position moves beyond the area.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 5, 2009
    Publication date: June 3, 2010
    Applicant: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hiroyuki Hirano
  • Publication number: 20100117822
    Abstract: A tracking device is incorporated into a band, such as a watch band or bracelet. The tracking device appears as an ordinary band, but cannot be removed by the individual wearing it. If necessary, the location of the tracking device can be determined by a central server and reported to the authorities or to the individual's family.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 25, 2008
    Publication date: May 13, 2010
    Inventor: Dequincy A. Hyatt
  • Publication number: 20100091614
    Abstract: A satellite signal reception device according to an aspect of the invention comprises a reception operation unit that executes a reception operation process to receive a satellite signal transmitted from a positioning information satellite and generates positioning information from the satellite signal. The satellite signal has precise and coarse information orbit periods containing precise and coarse orbit information respectively for the positioning information satellite. The reception operation unit executes the reception operation process in the precise orbit information period, uses the coarse orbit information period as a suspended reception period, and pauses at least a part of the reception operation process in the suspended reception period.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2009
    Publication date: April 15, 2010
    Applicant: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventor: Teruhiko Fujisawa
  • Publication number: 20100080087
    Abstract: A multifunction sports and recreation device includes a sports whistle, a detachable measuring lanyard, a laser pointer, and a multimode digital electronic stopwatch that displays date, time, and advanced stopwatch information, with daily and segmented alarms. The device is also capable of displaying temperature, relative humidity, and heat index information (along with a heat index alarm). In other embodiments, particularly those with an outdoor recreation influence, the device includes a digital compass; radio frequency transmitters and receivers for locating a base camp; and means for monitoring or indicating wind speed, barometric pressure, and lunar tide cycles. The device may also incorporate an outdoor light and fire-starting flint.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 7, 2009
    Publication date: April 1, 2010
    Inventor: William A. Shupp
  • Publication number: 20100054087
    Abstract: An electronic timepiece having a function for receiving satellite signals transmitted from positioning information satellites, including a satellite signal reception unit that receives the satellite signals, a satellite capturing unit that executes a process of capturing the positioning information satellites within a capture time based on the satellite signals received by the satellite signal reception unit, a time adjustment information generating unit that acquires satellite information from the satellite signal sent from the positioning information satellite captured by the satellite capturing unit, and generates time adjustment information based on the satellite information, a time information adjustment unit that adjusts internal time information based on the time adjustment information, a time information display unit that displays the internal time information, and a time limit setting unit that variably sets a time limit for the time adjustment information generating unit to generate the time adjustm
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 2, 2009
    Publication date: March 4, 2010
    Applicant: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventor: Jun Matsuzaki
  • Publication number: 20090271110
    Abstract: In a local time amendment system, a navigation apparatus has a clock section to count a clock time (UTC, Universal Time Coordinated) in units of hours, minutes, and seconds based on an atomic clock of a GPS Satellite. In contrast, a cellular phone acquires information on local time wirelessly via a base station, which is connected to a mobile radio communication network. The information on local time signifies a local time of each administrative area, for instance, a country, state, city, etc. The navigation apparatus acquires data in units of hours indicated by an internal clock section of the cellular phone to thereby amend the clock time counted by the clock section with respect to the units of hours to thereby amend the clock time, which is indicated by the clock section, to the local time accurate with respect to units of hours in addition to units of minutes and seconds.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 16, 2009
    Publication date: October 29, 2009
    Applicant: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Wataru Sugiura
  • Publication number: 20090231961
    Abstract: Timepiece, particularly of the wristwatch (1) type, forming a navigational aid for aviators or navigators, characterized in that it includes at least two concentric bezels (38, 46), at least one (46) of which rotates, one of said bezels (46) bearing first indications (48) corresponding to the speed of an aircraft, or respectively a boat, and the other (38) bearing indications (50) relating to the heading correction to be applied in the event of a crosswind, a nomogram (58) for the heading correction calculation being added to the back of the watch (1) or to a separate card.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 8, 2005
    Publication date: September 17, 2009
    Applicant: HAMILTON INTERNATIONAL LTD.
    Inventor: Hakim El Kadiri
  • Publication number: 20090213699
    Abstract: The present invention is a new and innovative device for regulating parking permits in parking zones in which parking is permitted for short time spans. Embodiments of the present invention enable users to purchase reusable electronic parking devices which display the amount of time remaining for free parking. For instance, in parking zones which allow fifteen minutes of free parking, the device displays 15 min when turned on and counts back the minutes until the time is over. A delaying mechanism inhibits the reactivation of the device for a predetermined time period. Thus, the device ensures that the parking permit is only used for the predetermined time period once since users cannot activate the device sequentially. According to embodiments of the present invention the proposed system and method may be embedded into other time parking devices.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 5, 2009
    Publication date: August 27, 2009
    Inventor: Avraham Bakal
  • Publication number: 20090189809
    Abstract: A satellite signal reception device has a reception unit that receives a satellite signal transmitted from a positioning information satellite, a reception state display device for displaying the satellite signal reception state, a reception state evaluation unit that determines the reception condition of the satellite signal received by the reception unit, and a display controller that controls the reception state display device to display the reception condition determined by the reception state evaluation unit. The reception state evaluation unit determining the level of the reception condition based on the number of positioning information satellites from which satellite signals are received and the signal level of each received signal, and the display controller displaying the reception level output by the reception state evaluation unit on the reception state display device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 21, 2009
    Publication date: July 30, 2009
    Applicant: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventor: Norimitsu Baba