By Electrical Device Actuation Patents (Class 368/187)
  • Patent number: 10937284
    Abstract: A somatosensory feedback system may include at least one somatosensory feedback device to, when actuated, invoke a sensation in a user. The somatosensory feedback system may instruct the at least one somatosensory feedback device to actuate to indicate a passage of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Kevin Smathers, Mithra Vankipuram, Hiroshi Horii, Alexander Thayer, Sarthak Ghosh
  • Patent number: 10884381
    Abstract: A method for adjusting a timepiece including: providing a portable object including a screen and a camera; testing accuracy of a piece of time information of the timepiece by using the camera of the portable object to compare with a piece of time information obtained from an external source; sending the time information from the portable object to the timepiece if a difference is detected, the timepiece including at least one phototransistor arranged at a case for receiving the time information, the timepiece to display the correct time information, the sending including: defining on the screen of the portable object an area of shape and dimensions similar to the case of the timepiece; holding the case of the timepiece against the area; sequentially displaying black or white in the area, in a sequence of black and white corresponding to a luminous coding of the time information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: ETA SA Manufacture Horlogere Suisse
    Inventors: Pascal Lagorgette, Fabien Balli, Raphaël Balmer, Laurent Christe, Jean-Bernard Peters
  • Patent number: 10838368
    Abstract: There is provided a timepiece which includes a movable pointer, an acquisition unit which acquires information on a movable range corresponding to at least a portion of a movable range of the movable pointer and acquires information indicating a target position to which the pointer is to be moved, a control unit which compares the target position with the movable range and determines a movement direction of the pointer based on the comparison result, and a drive unit which drives the pointer in the determined movement direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: SEIKO INSTRUMENTS INC.
    Inventor: Takayuki Nomura
  • Patent number: 10795318
    Abstract: An analog display device, including: a display; a processor; and an operation member, wherein the display changes a display content by the movable display performing the movement operation, the processor causes the movable display to perform a fast-forward movement operation and display a plurality of display contents in order in accordance with a first input operation, the processor stops the fast-forward movement operation in accordance with a second input operation, and when the processor causes the movable display to perform the fast-forward movement operation, the processor determines a fast-forward movement speed of the movable display in at least a part of switching between display contents which are adjacent to each other in an order of display to a high movement speed which is larger than an average movement speed of the movable display during a round of display of the plurality of display contents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Kosuke Hasegawa
  • Patent number: 10437788
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are system, method, and computer program product embodiments for the automatic detection, retry, and resolution of errors in data synchronization. An embodiment operates by receiving one or more changes to a local copy of a master document. An error is detected during a synchronization of the one or more changes with the master document. A count is incremented and the synchronization is retried until either the synchronization completes or a threshold has been reached.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: SAP SE
    Inventor: Gerd Martin Ritter
  • Patent number: 10408878
    Abstract: A controller of a rotary switch receives, via a contact receiver, signals from a plurality of fixed contacts of a rotary switch that rotates a movable contact to connect the movable contact to any of the fixed contacts, and outputs a command based on the received signals. The controller of the rotary switch monitors a transition of an output code received from the contact receiver, and determines that a failure has occurred in the rotary switch when the transition of the output code does not match a transition pattern of the output code of the case where the rotary switch operates normally.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: FANUC CORPORATION
    Inventor: Kohei Arimoto
  • Patent number: 10088808
    Abstract: An electronic timepiece includes a date indicator that is an analog display member, a date indicator motor that drives the date indicator, a display position storage that is a nonvolatile memory that stores position information on the date indicator, a receiver that is a time information acquirer that externally acquires time information, and a control section that outputs a drive signal to the date indicator motor and stores the position information on the date indicator in the display position storage whenever the date indicator motor activated with the drive signal drives the date indicator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Fumiaki Miyahara
  • Patent number: 10054910
    Abstract: An electronic timepiece includes a timer unit, a timepiece-side communication unit, a timepiece-side daylight saving time information storage unit and a processor. The timer unit counts local time at a current position. The timepiece-side communication unit communicates with an external device. The timepiece-side daylight saving time information storage unit stores daylight saving time implementation information therein at least at the current position. The processor corrects the local time in correspondence to an implementation situation of daylight saving time at the current position, based on the daylight saving time implementation information, acquires update information of the daylight saving time implementation information from the external device through the timepiece-side communication unit and reflects the acquired update information in the daylight saving time implementation information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Hirofumi Nagareda
  • Patent number: 9971304
    Abstract: A timepiece movement includes a second light emitting element, a second light receiving element, and a second wheel & pinion that drives a second hand and that has a first second wheel transmittable portion and a second second wheel transmittable portion through which light is transmittable, A control unit detects a position of the second wheel & pinion by causing the second light receiving element to receive the transmitted light emitted from the second light emitting element and transmitted through the first second wheel transmittable portion or the second second wheel transmittable portion, and a second detection wheel has a second detection wheel transmittable portion through which the transmitted light is transmittable. The control unit detects a transmitting time point at which the transmitted light is transmitted through the first second wheel transmittable portion or concurrently through the second second wheel transmittable portion and the second detection wheel transmittable portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: SEIKO INSTRUMENTS INC.
    Inventors: Satoshi Sakai, Katsuya Mugishima, Tomohiro Ihashi, Kenji Ogasawara
  • Patent number: 9971310
    Abstract: A timepiece movement includes a center wheel & pinion that drives a minute hand, a second wheel & pinion arranged coaxially with a center axle of the center wheel & pinion, a first light emitting element arranged on one side in an axial direction of the center axle with respect to the center wheel & pinion and the second wheel & pinion, and a first light receiving element arranged on the other side in the axial direction of the center axle across the second wheel & pinion, and that detects light emitted from the first light emitting element. The center wheel & pinion has a first center wheel transmittable portion through which the light emitted from the first light emitting element is transmittable, and a second center wheel transmittable portion which is disposed on a rotation trajectory of the first center wheel transmittable portion and through which the light emitted from the first light emitting element is transmittable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: SEIKO INSTRUMENTS INC.
    Inventors: Satoshi Sakai, Katsuya Mugishima, Tomohiro Ihashi, Kenji Ogasawara
  • Patent number: 9552707
    Abstract: A wearable time-telling device that indicates the passage of time as a tactile sensation moving across the surface of the wearer's skin is disclosed. The wearable device does not require a person's vision in order to perceive the current clock time, and the device can even be discreetly used by a person who is blind or visually impaired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Inventor: Shantanu Bala
  • Patent number: 9551977
    Abstract: A shock and water resistant housing for a wearable device includes a first housing and a second housing assembled with the first housing, the first housing includes a first sleeve and a second sleeve contained in the first sleeve and the second housing includes a cover and a sealing ring embedded and fixed in the cover. The sealing ring is disposed on a junction of the first housing and the second housing for sealing the first housing and the second housing. A wearable electronic device using the housing is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignees: SHENZHEN FUTAIHONG PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD., FIH (HONG KONG) LIMITED
    Inventors: Yi Yang, Ya-Jiao Wang, Xu Liu
  • Patent number: 9541903
    Abstract: Method of determining a motion of continuous variable velocity for display means, comprising a step of establishing a model of at least one simulated mechanical force and/or torque value from values measured by a sensor, and a second step of solving a newton equation of motion from these simulated mechanical force and/or torque values, wherein the second step allows a simulated velocity to be calculated for the display means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: The Swatch Group Research and Development Ltd
    Inventor: David Hoover
  • Patent number: 9076371
    Abstract: A display device includes independently driven common and segment terminals. The common and segment terminals are connected to display components divided into display blocks that are turned ON to perform a display function and are turned OFF so as to not perform the display function. A first driver drives the common terminals using a scanning signal of a predetermined period and a second driver drives the segment terminals using a segment signal synchronized with the scanning signal to correspond to a display signal, so that the display components perform a display corresponding to the display signal. The first driver separates the common terminals into common terminal blocks and drives the common terminals. The first and second drivers perform the driving so that the common and segment terminals which are connected to display blocks that are turned OFF are not supplied with a turn-off signal and are maintained at ground potential.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Assignee: SEIKO INSTRUMENTS INC.
    Inventors: Kazuo Kato, Akira Takakura, Keisuke Tsubata, Hisao Nakamura, Tomohiro Ihashi, Yoshinori Sugai, Eriko Noguchi, Satoshi Sakai, Takanori Hasegawa, Shotaro Kamiyama
  • Patent number: 9022643
    Abstract: Disclosed is an analog electronic timepiece including a first pointer which rotates freely with respect to a dial, a driving control unit which controls rotation of the first pointer, and an operation unit which receives an input operation performed by a user. In the analog electronic timepiece, the driving control unit includes an intermittent fast forwarding unit which performs a fast forwarding operation with temporary stops, where the rotation of the first pointer is stopped for a predetermined time period every time the first pointer is rotated by being fast forward for a predetermined number of steps according to a predetermined starting operation performed on the operation unit, the predetermined number of steps being 2 or more steps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Casio Computer Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hirofumi Nagareda, Mitsuaki Matsuo, Noriyuki Kitta
  • Patent number: 9016935
    Abstract: A wristwatch with capacitive touch zones including a case made of a non electrically conductive material, the case including a housing in which a battery is housed and which is closed by an electrically conductive battery cover. The electrically conductive battery cover is mounted on the watch case with interposition of an electrically conductive sealing gasket between the battery cover and the battery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: ETA SA Manufacture Horlogére Suisse
    Inventors: Andre Kaltenrieder, Jean-Luc Bovet, Christian Racine, Sergio Rota
  • Publication number: 20150109890
    Abstract: A device for detecting and synchronising a position of at least one first wheel of a timepiece mechanism for an electronic analogue wristwatch, includes this first wheel extending in a plane. The detection and synchronisation device includes at least one light source emitting a light beam and at least one light detection system. A first light-reflecting element projects from one of an upper or lower surfaces of the first wheel of the timepiece mechanism. The light source and the light detection system are arranged so that in a determined position of the first wheel of the timepiece mechanism, the light beam emitted by the light source is reflected by the first light-reflecting element in the direction of the light detection system. The detection and synchronisation device is housed within a case of the wristwatch.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 24, 2014
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Applicant: The Swatch Group Research and Devlopment Ltd.
    Inventors: Jean-Jacques BORN, Pierpasquale TORTORA, Cedric NICOLAS, Pascal LAGORGETTE
  • Patent number: 8929179
    Abstract: An analog electronic timepiece comprising: a plurality of rotating display bodies; a gear train mechanism; a drive control unit; a detection unit; and a delay cycle counting unit, wherein the delay cycle counting unit adds 1 to the number of delay cycles in a case where it is determined, for each detection cycle of a predetermined reference display mode, that the first rotating display body is stopped during a rotation cycle of the first rotating display body based on detection results by the detection unit at a first timing and at a second timing, and the drive control unit rotationally moves the first rotating display body for a number of times, the number corresponding to the number of delay cycles, in a case where the first rotating display body is capable of operating at the first timing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Casio Computer Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Mitsuaki Matsuo
  • Patent number: 8737174
    Abstract: Coupling device 3 between activation means 1 and mechanical display means 2 of a display mechanism, wherein the coupling device 3 is adapted to apply a motion to said mechanical display means 2, in response to activation of the activation means, wherein the motion applied to the mechanical display means 2 is inertial.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: The Swatch Group Research and Development Ltd
    Inventor: David Hoover
  • Patent number: 8714812
    Abstract: Disclosed is an electronic timepiece, comprising: a second hand and a minute hand; a stepping motor which performs a stepping drive of the hands; a rotating body which includes a target section, and rotates with the second hand; a detection section which detects an existence of the target section; a detection control section which makes the detection section operate by every rotation period, to make the detection section detect the existence of the target section at a first timing and at a second timing; a hand position counter which counts estimated positions of the hands based on the number of drive times of the stepping motor; a counted value holding section capable of temporarily holding a value of the hand position counter; a counted value saving section which makes the counted value holding section hold the value; and a counted value correcting section which corrects the value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Casio Computer Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Nobuhiro Aoki
  • Publication number: 20140092714
    Abstract: Disclosed is an analog electronic timepiece including a first pointer which rotates freely with respect to a dial, a driving control unit which controls rotation of the first pointer, and an operation unit which receives an input operation performed by a user. In the analog electronic timepiece, the driving control unit includes an intermittent fast forwarding unit which performs a fast forwarding operation with temporary stops, where the rotation of the first pointer is stopped for a predetermined time period every time the first pointer is rotated by being fast forward for a predetermined number of steps according to a predetermined starting operation performed on the operation unit, the predetermined number of steps being 2 or more steps.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 27, 2013
    Publication date: April 3, 2014
    Applicant: CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hirofumi NAGAREDA, Mitsuaki MATSUO, Noriyuki KITTA
  • Publication number: 20140086023
    Abstract: Provided is an electronic watch capable of surely acquiring a movement start position and a stop position of a hand when the hand moves at high speed such as a case of manual correction by a winding stem or the like, while reducing a load on a CPU. The electronic watch includes: a decode circuit for outputting data corresponding to regions acquired by segmenting a movement range of the hand; and a position information circuit for automatically acquiring region data corresponding to the movement start position of the hand and region data corresponding to the stop position thereof and sending a notification to the CPU when acquiring both the data. In this manner, the CPU can stop until the acquisition of both the data, thereby reducing the load on the CPU.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 17, 2012
    Publication date: March 27, 2014
    Applicants: CITIZEN WATCH CO., LTD., CITIZEN HOLDINGS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tsuneharu Kasai, Masahiro Mamiya, Michihiro Enokida, Tetsuro Maruyama, Fumio Nakamura
  • Patent number: 8511890
    Abstract: A control for operating a portable electronic device includes a bezel surrounding a display for the portable electronic device. The bezel is resiliently supported so that it can rock toward the electronic device. One or more portions of the bezel are then positioned relative to inputs for the electronic device, such that rocking of the bezel activates at least one input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Bo Stefan Andren, Brad N. Clarkson, Stephen Dylan Berry
  • Patent number: 8467274
    Abstract: A hand position detecting device including: a first gear rotating with a minute hand; a second gear rotating with a second hand; a first detection target portion that is provided on the first gear and identifiable by light irradiation; a second detection target portion that is provided on the second gear and identifiable by light irradiation; and a detector, wherein the second detection target portion is formed to be divided into a plurality of parts over a predetermined angular range out of a center angle of 360° of the second gear, and a presence-or-absence pattern of the second detection target portion in an angular range of successive N (N represents one of 5 to 10) angular segments with any angular segment being set as a start point is made different when the angular segment of the start point is different.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2013
    Assignee: Casio Computer Co., Ltd
    Inventor: Nobuhiro Aoki
  • Publication number: 20130010576
    Abstract: The invention provides an analog quartz timepiece, comprising a housing; one or more hands continuously rotating around a dial placed within the housing; a drive movement comprising gears and drive motors associated with the hands for timekeeping; a position sensor comprising a light transmitter and a light receiver which are positioned to define a reflective area on the dial, where the light transmitter transmits a beam of light to any one of the hands passing through the reflective area and the light receiver receives the light reflected from the passing hand; and a processor connected to said drive movement and said position sensor, said processor being programmed to determine a position of the passing hand in the reflective area in correspondence to the reflection of the light from the hand, and to drive the movement to move the hand to a correct time position responsive to the determined position. The invention also relates to a method for providing time-correction of an analog quartz timepiece.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 1, 2011
    Publication date: January 10, 2013
    Inventor: Wai Tong Fung
  • Patent number: 8203437
    Abstract: A programmable graphical display switch is described herein that provides users with a way of controlling other devices and for customizing how that control is initiated and communicated to a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2012
    Inventors: Steven R. Galipeau, Rory G. Briski
  • Patent number: 8149651
    Abstract: The invention concerns an electronic watch comprising an electric motor (5) for driving analogue display means (6), and a time base (1, 2) comprising an oscillator circuit (2) and a resonator (1), both mounted in the same case (9), characterized in that said case further comprises a control circuit (4) for said electric motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2012
    Assignee: ETA SA Manufacture Horlogère Suisse
    Inventors: Thomas Meier, Fabien Blondeau, André Zanetta, Emmanuel Fleury, Silvio Dalla Piazza, Pierre-André Meister
  • Publication number: 20110249538
    Abstract: Disclosed is an electronic timepiece, comprising: a second hand and a minute hand; a stepping motor which performs a stepping drive of the hands; a rotating body which includes a target section, and rotates with the second hand; a detection section which detects an existence of the target section; a detection control section which makes the detection section operate by every rotation period, to make the detection section detect the existence of the target section at a first timing and at a second timing; a hand position counter which counts estimated positions of the hands based on the number of drive times of the stepping motor; a counted value holding section capable of temporarily holding a value of the hand position counter; a counted value saving section which makes the counted value holding section hold the value; and a counted value correcting section which corrects the value.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 11, 2011
    Publication date: October 13, 2011
    Applicant: CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Nobuhiro Aoki
  • Patent number: 8023362
    Abstract: A detection unit detects light passing through apertures provided in a seconds wheel, a center wheel and an hour wheel, respectively, which rotate on the same axis. The apertures in the seconds wheel include a circular aperture provided at a reference position therein, and two apertures provided separated by corresponding arcuate apertures of different lengths from the aperture on its opposite sides, respectively. By counting the number of light non-detection events the detection unit encounters due to the light blocking area covering the detection unit, the rotational position of the seconds wheel is detected accurately and securely.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2011
    Assignee: Casio Computer Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takashi Suizu, Nobuhiro Aoki
  • Patent number: 7907476
    Abstract: An electronic device, such as a mobile terminal, includes a touchscreen display and a control unit for operating responsive to user contact with the display. The control unit is configured to display an analog clock, detect user contact with the display, and adjust displayed position of a selected clock hand of the analog clock responsive to relative locations on the display that the detected user contact occurs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2011
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventor: Jong Hee Lee
  • Publication number: 20110002197
    Abstract: In response to a system reset signal inputted into a system reset port, a control circuit sets a general-purpose port to a high level first. Then, when a mode A is set in an integrated circuit for electronic timepiece, the control circuit sets the general-purpose output port to a low level after an elapse of a first time and when a mode B is set, it sets the general-purpose output port to a low level after an elapse of a second time. In this manner, a mode information signal having a pulse width corresponding to the mode is outputted from the general-purpose output port. It thus becomes possible to reduce the size without adding a special configuration for mode confirmation and to perform a confirmation in a short time.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 29, 2010
    Publication date: January 6, 2011
    Inventors: Kenji Ogasawara, Akira Takakura, Saburo Manaka, Kazumi Sakumoto, Hiroshi Shimizu, Keishi Honmura, Eriko Noguchi, Kazuo Kato, Takanori Hasegawa, Tomohiro Ihashi, Kosuke Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 7859952
    Abstract: It is determined whether light has passed through apertures in a seconds, a center and an intermediate wheels and a relevant one of apertures in an hour wheel, thereby determining their respective rotational positions. When the center wheel rotates one step at a time in a predetermined direction to such a position that the apertures in the center and intermediate wheels align and a detection unit detects light which has passed thorough the apertures, the center wheel is returned twelve steps or more in the reverse direction. The center wheel is again rotated one step at a time in the predetermined direction to the position where the detection unit detected light first. When the detection unit again detects light at that position, this position is determined as the reference position in the center wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2010
    Assignee: Casio Computer Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Nobuhiro Aoki
  • Publication number: 20100142331
    Abstract: A rotary switch of the present invention includes an operating member, a magnet member, and a magnetic sensor. The operating member is operable to move from outside of the case to first and second positions in the axial direction and operable in a rotation direction, and an engaging section is formed in a predetermined area thereof. The magnet member is provided in such a manner not to move in the axial direction of the operating member, and has formed therein an engaging hole. The magnetic sensor detects rotation of the magnet member. In this rotary switch, when the operating member is moved in the axial direction, the engaging section moves inside the engaging hole with the engaging section being engaged with the engaging hole, and when the operating member is rotated, the magnet member rotates therewith.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 16, 2009
    Publication date: June 10, 2010
    Applicant: Casio Computer Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Soh KIMURA, Syuuichi MACHIDA
  • Patent number: 7575366
    Abstract: The watch comprises a case (9) with a fixed part (10) in the shape of a bracket (20) and a mobile part (11) with a middle (21) and a movement (23) mounted onto the fixed part (10) so as to be able to swivel about a swivel axis (32) thanks to pivots (31) in order to realize a tilting motion of the mobile part (11) in two opposite directions. Two actuating mechanisms (44, 45) are mounted into the middle (21) and intended to transform the tilting motions into an action upon two control organs of functions of the movement that may be of the chronograph type. One thus obtains a watch without push-pieces, functioning precisely, having great stability and easy manipulation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2009
    Assignee: Richemont International S.A.
    Inventor: Francis Cretin
  • Patent number: 7539890
    Abstract: A clock object is provides, which includes a clock time and a monotonic time that are readable by the electronic device. The monotonic time is incremented every read of the monotonic time from the clock object. The clock object can also include an indication of a level of trust of the clock time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2009
    Assignee: Seagate Technology LLC
    Inventor: Robert H. Thibadeau
  • Patent number: 7463556
    Abstract: A programmable, microprocessor-based alarm clock apparatus provides seven independent alarms each one of which is specifically tied to one of the seven days of the week. Each alarm may be independently set in terms of appointed alarm-sounding time and active state (either on or off).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2008
    Assignee: American Innovative, LLC
    Inventor: Adam B. Hocherman
  • Publication number: 20080259740
    Abstract: The invention concerns a corrector device for a timepiece for correcting a piece of information provided by an indicator mechanism (46), the timepiece comprising a case (1) delimiting a volume (8), the device being characterised in that it includes a control lever (14) located outside the volume (8) of the case (1) and able to be actuated by a user, and an actuating lever (16) located inside the volume (8) of the case (1) and cooperating with the indicator mechanism (46) providing the information to be corrected, the control lever (14) and the actuating lever (16) being connected to each other by a stem (20).
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 9, 2005
    Publication date: October 23, 2008
    Applicant: BLANCPAIN S.A.
    Inventor: Georg Schafer
  • Patent number: 7440359
    Abstract: The timepiece includes a motor which drives at least one hand via a gear reduction train (8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13), and means (22) for detecting at least one angular reference position of an intermediate wheel (9) forming part of the gear reduction train. The detection means are provided for supplying a signal having a first value when the intermediate wheel is occupying the angular reference position (?) and for supplying a signal having a second value when the intermediate wheel (9) is occupying a second angular position (?). The timepiece further includes identification (32) and comparison (33) means for determining, on the basis of the signals supplied by the detection means (22), at least once per revolution of the intermediate wheel (9), whether the real position of the intermediate wheel actually corresponds to the theoretical position thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2008
    Assignee: The Swatch Group Research and Development Ltd
    Inventor: Rudolf Dinger
  • Patent number: 7419297
    Abstract: There is disclosed a control device including (i) a support (4, 4.1), (ii) an electronic module (6, 60) arranged in or on the support, (iii) a push-button (2.1 to 2.5) mounted to be mobile on the support so as to have a travel in translation along an axis of actuation, (iv) a first contact element (210) including a mobile part (211) placed on the axis of actuation so as to be actuated by the push-button, and (v) a second contact element (220) with which the mobile part of the first contact element can be brought into contact in order to establish an electric connection between the two contact elements, the electronic module including at least one contact pad (610, 620) in electric contact with the first or second contact element, the other contact element having a determined electric potential. The first and second contact elements are respectively formed of a first metal contact strip (210) and a second metal contact strip (220) both carried directly by said support (4, 4.1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2008
    Assignee: ETA SA Manufacture Horlogere Suisse
    Inventor: Pierre-André Noirjean
  • Patent number: 7359288
    Abstract: Method and apparatus for automatically displaying a correct time and date when initially activating a clock. After manufacture of the clock and before it is purchased by the user, a basic data set, including the time and geographical region data, are input to the clock via an interface. The data are stored in a memory of a microcontroller. After purchase by a user, the clock is plugged into a power grid and the correct time and date are displayed without the need to set the clock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2008
    Assignee: Emerson Radio Corp.
    Inventor: Gottfried Auer
  • Patent number: 7302758
    Abstract: There is disclosed a method for manufacturing and mounting electric contacts for control members of small dimensions, particularly for control members used in the horological field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2007
    Assignee: ETA SA Manufacture Horlogere Suisse
    Inventors: Laurent Kaelin, Yannick Hunziker, Baptist Wyssbrod
  • Patent number: 7272077
    Abstract: Watch with digital display capable of being adjusted by a control device sensitive to rotation and to axial pressure. The watch comprises two lines of alphanumeric characters, of which one is used exclusively for displaying the current time and the other is used exclusively for displaying indications relative to auxiliary functions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2007
    Inventor: Pierre Nobs
  • Patent number: 7154818
    Abstract: Disclosed is a radio controlled clock movement control system, including two stepper motors, two gearings, and a photo electronic control unit. The two stepper motors are operated independently each one driving a gearing, where the first gearing contains a second wheel, and the second gearing contains an hour wheel and a minute wheel. The photo electronic control unit contains a first photo detector, a second photo detector, and a light source. Multiple through holes are formed in succession over one sector near the rim of the second and minute wheels, which are moved in the direction of rotation over the photo detectors that undertakes to check the minute and second wheels for the zero alignment. Therefore, a radio controlled clock having the present clock movement control system can be self reset in a fast manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2006
    Assignee: Ele Gancy Tleleancy Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Tsai-Te Liu
  • Patent number: 7027363
    Abstract: A time measurement system includes a master timepiece and a slave timepiece 3. The master timepiece includes a time signal generating circuit that receives a standard frequency and time signal and generates a time signal being receivable by a motor driving coil 35 of the slave timepiece 3; and a transmitter circuit and a coil that transmit this signal. The slave timepiece 3 includes a time counter 33 that keeps time on the basis of a reference signal; a driving motor with the driving coil 35; a receiver circuit 37 that receives the time signal using the driving coil 35; a control circuit 38 that corrects the time counter 33 on the basis of the received time signal; and a time display unit 36 that displays time. Since the driving coil 35 is used, increases in the number of components and cost are suppressed. The time can be adjusted within a short period of time. Waterproof abilities are improved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2006
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Takashi Kawaguchi
  • Patent number: 6999380
    Abstract: A timepiece comprises a standard time clock for counting standard time and means for calculating daylight saving time by adding a predetermined time correction value to the standard time when judging that the standard time is within the period of daylight saving time. When a time input for setting the timepiece is after a daylight saving time starting time as expressed in the standard time and before a daylight saving time starting time as expressed in daylight saving time, the timepiece corrects the input time by adding the time correction value thereto and sets the corrected time as daylight saving time for the standard time clock. A monitoring camera device comprises the timepiece. Time data output from the timepiece when an image is captured is added as image capturing time data to image data obtained by capturing the image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2006
    Assignee: Sanyo Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Shigeaki Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 6922375
    Abstract: A super-thin hanging clock includes a housing, a transparent cover, and a core that has a first shell, a second shell fitted with the first shell and having a swingable lid to hide the battery and a through hole for the button to pass through, a stator, a PC board with a control circuit, an electrically time-adjusting button, an electronic battery and a transmitting gear system consisting of a rotor, a transmitting gear, a minute gear, a front hour gear and an hour gear, whereby a coil of the stator is powered to rotate the rotor to rotate the transmitting gear provided with a toothed shaft engaging the minute gear provided with a toothed shaft engaging the front hour gear provided with a toothed shaft engaging the hour gear provided with a shaft connected to a shaft of a needle unit, thus making up the super-thin hanging clock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2005
    Inventor: Li-Mei Shen
  • Patent number: 6868046
    Abstract: The watch is provided with a circular row of capacitive keys defined by transparent electrodes (21 to 32) arranged on the inner face of the crystal (5) of the watch and connected to a detection device via a multiplexer. These keys are activated by the person wearing the watch placing a finger (38) on the crystal facing one of the electrodes. The watch further includes means for detecting the position of at least one of the hands (8, 9) by means of the same detection device, using the electrodes (21 to 32) of the capacitive keys and/or other fixed electrodes (51).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2005
    Assignee: Asulab S.A.
    Inventors: Pierre-André Farine, Jean-Charles Guanter, Sergio Rota
  • Patent number: 6830371
    Abstract: An accuracy adjustment apparatus for a timepiece has an accuracy adjustment data input control section including a case-mounted switch such as a crown of the timepiece. A crown state detection signal is used to determine the state of the crown. When an accuracy adjustment data input mode is indicated based on the position of the crown, an indicator of the timepiece is driven to provide a visual indication of accuracy adjustment data selectable by operation of the crown. When the proper accuracy adjustment data has been selected, the data is stored to a memory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2004
    Assignee: Seiko Instruments Inc.
    Inventor: Hiroyuki Masaki
  • Patent number: 6826127
    Abstract: A setting structure module for a timer including a hollow top housing and a bottom housing, and a time setting apparatus positioned in upper portion of the top housing. A middle cover is located above a middle of the top housing and inserted through an inner hole of time setting apparatus. The left inner side of the bottom housing provides a synchronize electric motor, a power supply connecting apparatus and the gear transmission system connected to the output axle of synchronize electric motor. A right inner side of the bottom housing has a switch dial and micro switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2004
    Inventor: Albert Stekelenburg
  • Patent number: 6811304
    Abstract: To enable to easily stop a second hand at a 0 second position even in an analog electronic timepiece operating a hand at a high period. A dividing circuit outputs a low frequency pulse signal and a high frequency pulse signal at predetermined frequencies to a control circuit. The control circuit outputs the low frequency pulse signal of 4 pulses per second aligned at equal intervals when it is detected by a detecting circuit that an operating portion is not operated and outputs repeatedly the high frequency pulse signal of consecutive 4 pulses at every second when it is detected by the detecting circuit that the operating portion is operated. A motor driving circuit and a motor normally operate a second hand in response to the low frequency pulse signal and repeats, at a period of 1 second, operation of fast feeding the second hand and thereafter stopping the second hand during a predetermined period of time in response to the high frequency pulse signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2004
    Assignee: Seiko Instruments Inc.
    Inventor: Saburo Manaka