With Tide Display Patents (Class 368/19)
  • Patent number: 9465581
    Abstract: System and method for automatically and regularly predicting water level and currents in coastal areas, without operator intervention. The system and method can enable automated operational forecasts at regular time intervals without operator intervention by using a grid and a computer forecast model that allows accurate prediction of tidal heights and currents in complex shoreline and bathymetry regions, single or parallel processing capability, optimal available processor assignment based on the size of computing domain, standard and other tidal database forcing in the open boundary, missing data gap-filling, and wind, bathymetry, and model-derived boundary condition model integration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Assignee: The United States of America, as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventors: Yifei Philip Chu, Cheryl Ann Blain, Robert S Linzell
  • Patent number: 7852710
    Abstract: A global positioning system (GPS) receiver may be integrated with a tide display device. The GPS receiver receives satellite signals and determines the precise time and geodetic position by trilateration. The precise time and geodetic position is used by the tide display device to determine the appropriate tide information to display. The tide display device displays the tide information to a surfer on a graph display with the ordinate axis representing tide height and the abscissa axis representing time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2010
    Assignee: Quiksilver, Inc.
    Inventors: Sean Kelly, Alain Marhic, Xaiver Faucher, Jeff Rowley
  • Patent number: 7800982
    Abstract: A tide display device comprises a storage mechanism that stores tide information by surf spot. The device has a microprocessor that is programmed to display the tide height both graphically and numerically.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2010
    Assignee: Quiksilver, Inc.
    Inventors: Alain Marhic, Nicholas Foulet, Carine Vidoudez, Todd Finney, Juan Gonzalez Vega, Matt Anderson
  • Patent number: 7532544
    Abstract: A multifunction timer device for providing a time/date stamp on objects includes a housing, a controller with a timer circuit contained in the housing, a display for displaying information from the timer circuit, and a multifunction input button. The input button is operable in predetermined sequences to select operating and display modes of the timer device. The input button can be operated to display an actual date or time, to display a current timer value, to select between count-up and count-down modes, and to increment a counter. An adhesive backing is provided for attaching the timer device to an object. A communications link is provided for interfacing the controller with an external programmer. A reset trigger is used to automatically reset the timer device when the object is moved in a particular way, such as when a lid is removed from a pill container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2009
    Inventor: Kevin C. Morse
  • Publication number: 20080062819
    Abstract: A global positioning system (GPS) receiver may be integrated with a tide display device. The GPS receiver receives satellite signals and determines the precise time and geodetic position by trilateration. The precise time and geodetic position is used by the tide display device to determine the appropriate tide information to display. The tide display device displays the tide information to a surfer on a graph display with the ordinate axis representing tide height and the abscissa axis representing time.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 11, 2007
    Publication date: March 13, 2008
    Inventors: Sean Kelly, Alain Marhic, Xavier Faucher, Jeff Rowley
  • Patent number: 7333890
    Abstract: The present invention provides a Chinese lunar calendar-based tidal prediction system and method that generate tidal predictions using empirical prediction models, wherein the empirical prediction models are generated using Genetic Algorithms-based regression analysis for a given set of observed tidal data collected at a water level station during a period of one year which is referred as reference year. In one aspect of the present invention, there is provided a tidal prediction system comprising an electronic device having a memory capacity as a storage medium for storing input, intermediate, and output information, and a processing capacity for executing embedded programs; a regression model creator program; and a tidal height predictor program; wherein both of programs are implemented in the electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2008
    Assignee: Nanyang Polytechnic
    Inventor: Chunbao Zhu
  • Patent number: 7230883
    Abstract: A tide display device comprises a storage mechanism that stores tide information by surf spot. The device has a microprocessor that is programmed to display the tide height both graphically and numerically.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2007
    Assignee: Quiksilver, Inc.
    Inventors: Alain Marhic, Nicolas Foulet, Carine Vidoudez, Todd Finney, Juan Gonzalez Vega, Matt Anderson
  • Publication number: 20040252588
    Abstract: A liquid ornament with time-related device, is basically formed by combining a time-related main body and a main casing. The shape of the main casing can be like the traditional shape of a tumbler (an easily tipped toy that quickly rights itself). The main casing at least comprises a secondary casing and a liquid ornamental casing. The liquid ornamental casing can be mounted on the top of the secondary casing, mounted below the bottom of the secondary casing, or at an appropriate position on the secondary casing. The main purpose of the present invention is to let the time-related device with liquid ornament shake like a tumbler, so that the liquid and the decorative structure inside the liquid ornamental casing can perform a rocking effect.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 31, 2003
    Publication date: December 16, 2004
    Inventor: Vincent K. Lee
  • Publication number: 20030033087
    Abstract: To dynamically display a tide graph. A tide level calculation unit obtains a tide level at an interval of a time set by a display time setting unit on the basis of a date/time inputted from a date setting unit, a point inputted by a point setting unit and tidal component data at this point. Then, a tide level difference calculation unit obtains a tide level difference from a difference between a maximum value and a minimum value of tide levels, a tide level range displayed by one segment is obtained by dividing this tide level difference by a segment count along a tide-level-axis, and the tide level range is changed. Accordingly, dynamic display utilizing a display area of a display unit to the full can be attained.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 26, 2002
    Publication date: February 13, 2003
    Inventor: Toshiyuki Yuzuki
  • Patent number: 6295248
    Abstract: The timing of a tide is calculated depending on a user-selected geographic region and calendar date. Tide data is stored in memory for each geographic region available for selection by the user. The timing of a tide is calculated by determining first and second tide level data using a tide level estimating equation. The first tide level data is dependent on the selected calendar date and the stored tide data that corresponds to the selected geographic region. The second tide level data having a time interval that is shorter in duration than a time interval of the first tide level is determined data again using the tide level estimating equation. The timing that a tide corresponding to the selected geographic region and calendar date occurs is then calculated dependent on the second tide level data. Thus, an accurate calculation of the timing of a desired tide is obtained for the user-selected geographic region and calendar date.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 1999
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2001
    Assignee: Seiko Instruments Inc.
    Inventor: Chiaki Nakamura
  • Patent number: 5579289
    Abstract: An improved nautical clock apparatus of this invention is comprised of a clock base, a tide state indicator attached to the base, and an electronic controller attached to the tide state indicator and to the base for operating the tide state indicator to continuously indicate a time between successive like tide states based on a set time interval therebetween of about 12 hours and 25.235 minutes adjusted such that the time is longer than about 12 hours and 25.235 minutes during at least one portion of each lunar month and shorter than about 12 hours and 25.235 minutes during at least one other portion of each lunar month.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 1994
    Date of Patent: November 26, 1996
    Inventor: Breene M. Kerr
  • Patent number: 5475655
    Abstract: Improved nautical clock apparatus and methods are provided. The nautical clock apparatus is basically comprised of a clock base and a tide state indicator attached to the base. Means are attached to the tide state indicator and to the base for causing the indicator to indicate the tide state based on a time of about 12 hours and 25.235 minutes between high tides and a continuous correction to such time which lengthens and shortens such time on a cycle whereby it is longer during one or more portions of each lunar month and shorter during one or more other portions of each lunar month.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 1993
    Date of Patent: December 12, 1995
    Inventor: Breene M. Kerr
  • Patent number: 5353264
    Abstract: A tide disk in combination with a calibration device for calculating state and time of tide comprising a disk with spiral columns of numerals corresponding to calendar days for the duration of a year for use with reference to a clock face, each numeral being separated by an angular separation of 24.4.degree.; the tide disk including a ring segment of distinctly marked calendar months for positioning the calendar dates in spaced angular arrangement in relationship with the numerals on the clock face for determining condition and time of tide, wherein the calibration is established once a year by setting the calibrator device in a "12 o'clock high position" relative to a time of condition of tide on a specified date.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 1993
    Date of Patent: October 4, 1994
    Inventor: James M. Corbin, III
  • Patent number: 5347497
    Abstract: A graphic tide indicator system in which time intervals between a plurality of corrective tides are stored, the temporal position in the current time interval is determined, and a visual display is employed to display the relative water depth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 1992
    Date of Patent: September 13, 1994
    Inventor: Stephen J. Allen
  • Patent number: 5327400
    Abstract: The present invention has for its object a watch movement more particularly a wrist watch, a chronograph watch or a pocket watch which comprises a time display formed by a dial and hands and which comprises a tide indicator constituted by a tides disk 16 which is to be seen through a window of the dial 5 and which makes one turn in twenty-four hours. This disk is driven in rotation through the hand display. A moon phases hand 15 is also driven by the hand display, at the speed of one turn in 29.5 days and cooperates simultaneously with the tides disk 16 and with the signs 20 to 23 representing the phases of the moon disposed on the dial 5 around the tides disk 16.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 1992
    Date of Patent: July 5, 1994
    Assignees: Nouvelle Lemania SA, Eberhard & Cie SA
    Inventor: Jean-Daniel Dubois
  • Patent number: 5293355
    Abstract: A time keeping device, including an integrated circuit memory containing tide table data, having the ability to provide custom port information using user supplied offsets. The device provides a tide prediction system to predict and display the times of high and low tides for numerous ports and adjacent areas spanning, for example, the East, West, and Gulf Coast regions of the continental U.S. The device allows the setting and display of the different Port/Substations supported by the tide prediction system, displays the current time, date, and day of the week in standard or military format (24 hour clock), and adjusts for Daylight Saving time. Displays are provided for the phases of the moon from New to Full and back to New Moon, indicating whether it is waxing or waning, and for the current water level height An audible alarm may be generated for the arrival of a new hour, arrival of the next tidal event, or the arrival of a time preset by the user, and the device may also function as a stop watch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 1990
    Date of Patent: March 8, 1994
    Assignee: Randy M. Widen
    Inventors: Randy M. Widen, Lance Stiles
  • Patent number: 5270986
    Abstract: Improved nautical clock apparatus and methods are provided. The nautical clock apparatus is basically comprised of a clock base and a tide state indicator attached to the base. Means are attached to the tide state indicator and to the base for causing the indicator to indicate the tide state based on a time of about 12 hours and 25.235 minutes between high tides and a continuous correction to such time which lengthens and shortens such time on a cycle whereby it is longer during one or more portions of each lunar month and shorter during one or more other portions of each lunar month.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 1992
    Date of Patent: December 14, 1993
    Inventor: Breene M. Kerr
  • Patent number: 5222051
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an analogic display module for a watch movement. This module comprises a dial (1) provided with a time graduation (2) and hands (3,4,5) to display the time. It comprises a display for the rhythm of the tides (50) presenting six juxtaposed zones 49 of different thicknesses cooperating with a hand (52) the axis of which is located on the line separating the two middle zones (49) and making one revolution in a time corresponding approximately to the time interval separating two sucessive high tides.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 1991
    Date of Patent: June 22, 1993
    Assignee: Dubois & Depraz S.A.
    Inventors: Gerald Dubois, Francois Berthoud
  • Patent number: 5161129
    Abstract: A tide watch having a direct reading high tide indicator and a settable bezel for alignment with the high tide time on the watch dial so that the hour hand always indicates the approximate condition of the tide. The watch dial is formed with a semi-circular opening having indicia therearound to represent the tide times. A disc is mounted beneath the watch dial having indicia thereon which are settably aligned with the index marks around the semi-circular opening for setting of the local higher high tide condition. The high tide indicator on the bezel can be aligned with the expected high tide time on the watch dial so that the hour hand will always provide an approximation of the current condition of the tide at any time it is viewed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 1991
    Date of Patent: November 3, 1992
    Assignee: Xonix Electronic Watch Enterprise Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Li Chen, Pyn Maa
  • Patent number: 5114345
    Abstract: An ellipse is rotated in such a way that the time interval which elapses between the successive passages of the major axis of the ellipse and the minor axis of the ellipse through the same position corresponds to the time interval which elapses between a successive high tide and low tide. The ellipse is rotated substantially in phase with the lunar cycle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 1990
    Date of Patent: May 19, 1992
    Inventor: Bernard Vuarnesson
  • Patent number: 5115417
    Abstract: A watch or other instrument for graphically displaying tide and time conditions and for determining tide conditions for a date and time in the future. Conventional watch functions (21) are combined with computing circuitry (FIG. 2) to continuously update and show tide conditions by means of tide height bar (29), and tide direction indicators (22, 22). Future tides are indicated on the same display when the Future Tide mode (33B) is selected thru buttons (5, 6, 7) and the selected date and time is entered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 1989
    Date of Patent: May 19, 1992
    Inventor: Alan J. Saunders
  • Patent number: 5111439
    Abstract: A chronometer having a tide grid comprising a contour line indicating at least one complete tide cycle and a superposed reading grid comprising at least one read-off reference mark. One of the grids is driven in rotation at a constant angular speed about an axis. The grids are concentric about that axis and the read-off reference mark is radially disposed relative to that axis The contour line indicates tides on polar coordinates such that the distance of a point on the contour line from that axis indicates the height of the tide. The radial read-off reference mark intersects the contour line at a point which indicates the height of the tide for the time shown by the chronometer for a specific geographical location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 1990
    Date of Patent: May 5, 1992
    Inventor: Raoul-Henri Erard
  • Patent number: 5086416
    Abstract: A dial 1 provided with an hour graduation 2 cooperating with hands 3, 4, 5, intended to be driven by the hand setting of a movement on which the module can be fixed. This dial 1 comprises further a circular twenty-four hours graduation 11 cooperating simultaneously on the one hand with a hand 13 driven in rotation by a mechanism of the module at a speed of one complete revolution per twenty-four hours and on the other hand a tides disc 12 driven in rotation by the mechanism of the module at a speed of one complete turn for each moon cycle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 1990
    Date of Patent: February 4, 1992
    Assignee: Dubois & Depraz S.A.
    Inventors: Gerald Dubois, Francois Berthoud
  • Patent number: 5086417
    Abstract: A moon clock for indicating a phase of the moon. The moon clock comprises a moon disk rotatable about a central axis having moon representation means and a continuous scale disposed on the front surface thereof, drive means for rotating the moon disk at a rate corresponding to the rate of the lunar orbit, marker means for marking a position of the moon representation means that indicates a phase of the moon at a given time and for marking a division of the continuous scale, and a stationary vernier scale positioned adjacent to the continuous scale for measuring a fractional part of the division of the continuous scale marked by the marker means. Also provided is a tide clock for indicating a state of the tide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 1990
    Date of Patent: February 4, 1992
    Inventor: Breene M. Kerr
  • Patent number: 5077705
    Abstract: A device for displaying the present tide level in relation to high and low tide. The display using a clear rod and colored elements in a manner to give the impression of fluid in a rod and the height of the fluid representing the present tide level. The colored elements being moved passed the clear rod by a cut assembly. One of the colored elements being used represents the tide level when rising and the other represents the tide level when falling. The tide level can be displayed in hours to high or low tide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 1990
    Date of Patent: December 31, 1991
    Inventor: John Anderson
  • Patent number: 5050139
    Abstract: A tide clock employs a tide dial and a solar time dial which are rotatably driven at different uniform rates by a timepiece. The time of the next high or low tide is indicated by alignment of selected indicia on the dials. A graphical indication of the current status of the tidal stage is also continuously represented on the clock. The clock may also be employed to readily determine the approximate time of the high tide for up to fourteen succeeding days.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 1991
    Date of Patent: September 17, 1991
    Inventor: E. Ernest Oberst
  • Patent number: 4993002
    Abstract: A moon clock for indicating a phase of the moon. The moon clock comprises a moon disk rotatable about a central axis having moon representation means and a continuous scale disposed on the front surface thereof, drive means for rotating the moon disk at a rate corresponding to the rate of the lunar orbit, marker means for marking a position of the moon representation means that indicates a phase of the moon at a given time and for marking a division of the continuous scale, and a stationary vernier scale positioned adjacent to the continuous scale for measuring a fractional part of the division of the continuous scale marked by the marker means. Also provided is a tide clock for indicating a state of the tide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 1989
    Date of Patent: February 12, 1991
    Inventor: Breene M. Kerr
  • Patent number: 4853908
    Abstract: A timing mechanism having a tide indicator including a window in its dial. Under the dial is placed a flat annular wheel fitted with two signs or indicator markings which appear in turn in the window. Around the edge of the window are additional indicator markings which enable one to estimate the time until the next tide. High tide is shown when one of the appropriate signs is situated at the top of the window, and low tide when it is at the left or right thereof. The annular wheel is guided by a semicircular plate around which it slides. It is driven by a toothed wheel fixed on a motion work of the watch movement. The toothed wheel activates a gearing fitted around the internal circumferentce of the annular wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 1988
    Date of Patent: August 1, 1989
    Inventors: Francis Bourquin, Ira Krieger
  • Patent number: 4849949
    Abstract: A tide clock device is operative to display tide conditions cycling between low and high tides based on an average cycle time. The device includes a clock drive and a pair of relative rotatable elements, one of which is a display element and the other of which is a masking element. The display element has a shaded area and the masking element sequentially covers and uncovers the shaded area, and the size of the visible portion of the shaded area reflects tide status. Indices and indicators are provided to register the time interval before low tide and before high tide. In one form, the masking element is stationary and has a window opening, and the display element is driven so that an eccentric shaded area is driven past the window opening. In another form, the display element is stationary, and the masking element is an eccentric driven in front of the display element to mask and unmask the shaded area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 1988
    Date of Patent: July 18, 1989
    Inventor: Allen D. Voth
  • Patent number: 4623259
    Abstract: Tide timer providing a live imitation of the rising and falling water level during each tide, and affording an indication of the time to, and of the time of day or night of, the next high or low tide from observation of the water level on the timer alone, or by reading the time as indicated by a moving hand on a coordinated dial on the timer, or both.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 1985
    Date of Patent: November 18, 1986
    Inventor: E. Ernest Oberst
  • Patent number: 4412749
    Abstract: According to the present invention, a programmable electronic timing device includes two sets of counter circuits that count minutes, hours, and twelve hour intervals. Both sets of counter circuits feed time data into a time or tide data selector circuit under control of an oscillator circuit to alternately operate a display driver circuit that drives a display means to display real time and then when the next high or low tide is to occur. One of the sets of counter circuits advances the time to the next time that high or low tide is to occur, and, when the high or low tide has been reached, the next high or low tide will be displayed alternately along with the real time.According to another aspect of the present invention, colored lights indicate whether the tide that is being indicated to occur will be high or low tide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 1982
    Date of Patent: November 1, 1983
    Assignee: Spectrum Design Co.
    Inventor: Thomas A. Showalter