Speed Checker Patents (Class 368/2)
  • Publication number: 20140169140
    Abstract: The invention concerns a method of measuring at least one time or an elapsed period of a competitor in a sports competition via a transponder module which is personal to the competitor and accompanies the competitor throughout the competition in a measuring system. The personalised transponder module is activated at the start of the competition or in intermediate positions or at the finish line of the competition (6). Detection of at least one variation in motion or vibration level is effected by a motion sensor (11) integrated in the transponder module. The transponder module transmits data related to the detection effected by the motion sensor on the competition route or in intermediate positions or at the finish line of the competition, to a decoder unit (4) of the measuring system to check a time or elapsed period related to the detection of the competitor's motion sensor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 9, 2013
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Applicant: SWISS TIMING LTD,
    Inventors: Martin BISIG, Andre ZANETTA
  • Patent number: 8618919
    Abstract: Timing apparatus which may be in the form of a stop watch and which includes a laser beam transmitter for transmitting a laser beam and a detector for detecting a reflected laser beam reflected from objects for example runners intercepting the transmitted beam. The apparatus includes a processor for calculating elapsed time of movement of the runners and their finishing order from the reflected signals received by the detector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: Dux Technologies Pty Ltd
    Inventor: Bradley James Duxbury
  • Patent number: 8350696
    Abstract: System and method for tracking assets comprises determining if an asset is inside a geofence area, using a first set of asset monitoring parameters to monitor operation of the asset, if the asset is inside the geofence area, and using a second set of asset monitoring parameters to monitor operation of the asset, if the asset is outside the geofence area. The invention further comprises a system and method for providing one or more competitors with an asset tracking device, wherein the asset tracking device allows each competitor's location to be monitored, defining one or more geofence areas on a racetrack, and detecting when the competitors enter a designated geofence area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Independent Witness, Incorporated
    Inventors: Scott McClellan, Eric Capps, Todd Follmer
  • Patent number: 7999670
    Abstract: System and method for tracking assets comprises determining if an asset is inside a geofence area, using a first set of asset monitoring parameters to monitor operation of the asset, if the asset is inside the geofence area, and using a second set of asset monitoring parameters to monitor operation of the asset, if the asset is outside the geofence area. The invention further comprises a system and method for providing one or more competitors with an asset tracking device, wherein the asset tracking device allows each competitor's location to be monitored, defining one or more geofence areas on a racetrack, and detecting when the competitors enter a designated geofence area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2011
    Assignee: Inthinc Technology Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott McClellan, Eric Capps, Todd Follmer
  • Patent number: 7508739
    Abstract: This invention relates to a measurement system for determining the running time that a person need to run over one of a plurality of selectable different out-and-back courses, departing from a common starting point that is the finish point at the same time, wherein different turning points are provided by which the particular out-and-back course to be run is established. The times consumed are detected and evaluated individually.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2009
    Assignee: Probe Factory GmbH
    Inventor: Wolfgang Paes
  • Patent number: 7038973
    Abstract: A handheld data device with cellular connectivitys for facilitating tracking of training and handicapping for horses. The handheld data device with cellular connectivitys includes a housing, designed for being grasped by a human hand, which includes a front wall and defines an interior space, a processing and storage means preferably positioned within the housing, and timing means used for determining an elapsed time, and also positioned within the housing. The timing means facilitates timing of a horse. A plurality of actuators are operationally coupled to the timing means and facilitates indication of a start time, a stop time, and a split/lap for the timing means. A stop watch display may be positioned on the front wall. The stop watch display is operationally coupled to the timing means and provides a visual indication of an elapsed time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2006
    Inventor: Angelo Merlino
  • Patent number: 6917565
    Abstract: The present invention provides a clocking system such that the magnetic sensor can detect the external magnetic field from the magnetic member that is rather far apart therefrom without increasing the sensitivity of the magnetic sensor excessively and without making the magnet constructing the magnetic member strong excessively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2005
    Inventor: Kunihiro Kishida
  • Publication number: 20040233786
    Abstract: The invention relates to a USB disk watch consisting a computer storage device-watch combination, providing users a portable, safe, and convenient device that also has the function of a watch. It is a portable storage device, on which there is a time display, fastened to a base by a latch-and-hatch unit on one end of the base. A wrist band goes through the two ends of the bottom of the base rendering the storage device watch-like and releasable without taking off the wrist band. After use, putting back the device is just as easy, resulting in this invention on which the function of a watch also exists.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 23, 2003
    Publication date: November 25, 2004
    Inventor: Shao-Chieh Ting
  • Publication number: 20040017732
    Abstract: The present invention provides a clocking system such that the magnetic sensor can detect the external magnetic field from the magnetic member that is rather far apart therefrom without increasing the sensitivity of the magnetic sensor excessively and without making the magnet constructing the magnetic member strong excessively.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 11, 2003
    Publication date: January 29, 2004
    Inventor: Kunihiro Kishida
  • Patent number: 6411567
    Abstract: A system for managing delivery of pharmaceutical drugs is formed of a blister package that includes a plurality of cells arranged in a grid. Each of the cells is sealed by a breakable wall and holds a unit-dose of medication. A user gains access to the medication in a given cell by puncturing the breakable wall associated with the given cell. A severable conductor is positioned proximate to each breakable wall. The severable conductor associated with a given cell ruptures upon puncturing of the breakable wall associated with the given cell. A computer chip is electrically connected to the severable conductors. The computer chip senses the puncturing of each cell in the grid by monitoring the rupturing of each of the severable conductors. An RF transmitter is coupled to the computer chip. The RF transmitter sends information corresponding to usage of each of medications stored in the blister package to a remote information transceiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2002
    Inventors: Mark A. Niemiec, Louis M. Heidelberger, Daniel H. Golub
  • Patent number: 6330520
    Abstract: A wrist watch which instantaneously displays the velocity of the service ball in kilometers or miles for its manual or electronic display during competitions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2001
    Inventors: Adolphe Richard Dziulko, Alice Wanda Dziulko
  • Patent number: 6072751
    Abstract: An athletic training device includes a main control unit coupled to one or more finish line units via a communication link. The main control unit arranged to provide a pre-race start signal and a race start signal simulating an actual race event starting condition. The main control unit further arranged to time the race events, to determine reaction times and to measure weather and/or atmospheric conditions and to store all these as training statistics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 1998
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2000
    Inventors: Allan M. Kirson, Gerald M. Crimmins
  • Patent number: 5812049
    Abstract: A system for monitoring the time and location of a participant in a competitive activity, which includes memory apparatus for storing event performance parameters and the identity of the participant; clock apparatus, for determining event times of the participant; control apparatus, associated with the clock apparatus and the memory apparatus, for receiving as input data the event times of the participant, and for determining event performance parameters in accordance therewith, and for storing the parameters in the memory apparatus; and event duration measuring apparatus associated with the control apparatus; the event duration apparatus including first tactile apparatus associated with the clock apparatus, for automatically starting the clock apparatus in response to a first predetermined tactile input, and second tactile apparatus for providing an output signal to the clock apparatus in response to each of one or more second predetermined tactile inputs, wherein the clock apparatus is operative to provide
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 22, 1998
    Assignee: Micro Utility Ltd.
    Inventor: Moshe Uzi
  • Patent number: 5761096
    Abstract: A speed-sensing projectile such as for example a baseball includes a generally spherical body. An inertial switch is positioned within the body and is actuable between open and closed conditions in response to accelerations of the body greater than a threshold value. A processor also within the body is responsive to the inertial switch and calculates the average speed at which the baseball is thrown over a fixed distance. A visible display on the body is in communication with the processor and displays the calculated speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 1996
    Date of Patent: June 2, 1998
    Inventor: David Zakutin
  • Patent number: 5737280
    Abstract: A clocking system for measuring running speeds such as split time or lap time for a plural number of track runners like racehorses at each one of a plural number of clocking positions provided at predetermined intervals along a running course or track toward a goal position. The clocking system fundamentally includes: a trigger signal transmission means provided at each one of the clocking positions and adapted to release a trigger signal toward a narrow signal receiving zone; a passing signal generating means carried by each runner and adapted to produce a passing signal specific to a particular runner at each clocking position upon reception of the trigger signal; and a measuring means provided either at each clocking position or on each runner and adapted to register a time reading for each runner upon reception of the trigger signal or passing signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 1995
    Date of Patent: April 7, 1998
    Assignee: Univert Inc.
    Inventor: Hiroshi Kokubo
  • Patent number: 5696706
    Abstract: A hand-held and operated, instantaneous readout, portable electronic instrument is disclosed, which may be used by an observer from the grandstands to determine the speed of racers such as racing cars, horses, athletes, etc. over a lap of a race-track and to comparatively display the speeds of one racer over different laps and the speeds of different racers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 1996
    Date of Patent: December 9, 1997
    Inventors: Curtis Eugene Morton, Vincent Paul Lipton, Donald L. Owens
  • Patent number: 5511045
    Abstract: An apparatus designed to automatically measure the total moving time, split times, time lag, and the like of each of a plurality of moving objects, and determine the arriving order of each moving object. Every time a plurality of moving objects, e.g., runners or vehicles, pass through each predetermined point, pieces of information such as total running/moving times, split times, time lags, and arriving orders are transmitted, in units of moving objects, to the respective moving objects or a transmission/reception unit arranged at each predetermined point. When moving objects pass through a predetermined point, and their moving times exceed passage times set in units of moving objects, an excess time is informed to each moving object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 1992
    Date of Patent: April 23, 1996
    Assignee: Casio Computer Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ken Sasaki, Hideyuki Shoji, Yoshiyuki Murata
  • Patent number: 5436611
    Abstract: A race recording and display system includes a detection station for detecting each participant in a race. The detection station has an array of detection signal transmitting devices and identifying signal receiving devices arranged over a race course in sufficient numbers to irradiate a portion of the course ensuring detection and identification of each participant traversing the station. Detection results from the reflection of a portion of a detection signal transmitted by each transmitting device sufficient to provide an identifying signal unique to each participant to each receiving device. Identifying means carried by each participant provides the identifying signal upon irradiation by a detection signal. Determining means responsive to each identifying signal relates the identifying signal to each participant, fixes a time of receipt of the identifying signal and generates an information signal for transmission to a display means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 1993
    Date of Patent: July 25, 1995
    Inventor: Frank H. Arlinghaus, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5245162
    Abstract: A method for determining the sequence of arrival or the racing time of a large number of participants in the track and field events, the method comprising steps of bar-coding a racing number of each participant; causing a bar-code label to be carried by each participant; sequentially reading, by a bar-code reader, the racing number on the bar code label carried by each participant who has passed the finish line; and introducing, as inputs, into a computer with timers being incorporated therein, those data as read by the bar code reader.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 1990
    Date of Patent: September 14, 1993
    Inventor: Kazuo Takahashi
  • Patent number: 5163014
    Abstract: An apparatus which can determine the velocity of a projectile based on distance traveled and time of travel. The apparatus includes a manually operated stopwatch function which can measure elapsed time to at least hundredths of a second, a calculator function which can convert elapsed time and distance traveled by the projectile into velocity of the projectile, and a display to show the velocity. The apparatus can have either a digital or an analog stopwatch function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 1990
    Date of Patent: November 10, 1992
    Inventor: Joseph J. Calimeri
  • Patent number: 4647216
    Abstract: A device for measuring and displaying the time elapsed in increasing or in decreasing the speed of a vehicle from one predetermined velocity to another includes means for starting a clock at a predetermined, selectable speed, means for stopping the counter when a predetermined, higher or lower speed has been attained, means for displaying the time elapsed in increasing the predetermined starting speed to the predetermined, higher or lower ending speed, and means for resetting the clock counter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 1985
    Date of Patent: March 3, 1987
    Inventors: Jan R. Coyle, Robert W. Stevens
  • Patent number: 4604621
    Abstract: The electromagnetic transmission in an interference-laden environment of events defined by the time of their occurrence is accomplished by repeatedly generating, at equal intervals after occurrence of the event, signals representing the occurrence of the event. An event which must be defined by the time t.sub.e at which it occurs triggers a switch which in turn triggers a time base whose signal is sent to a counter. The counter produces at its output a sequence of pulses which are coded in a coder. The code indicates for each pulse the deviation in time .DELTA.T.sub.i which separates it from the time at which the event occurred. The sequence of pulses is sent electromagnetically to a receiver via a transmitter. The first interference-free pulse received is processed by a decoder which provides the value .DELTA.T.sub.i to an arithmetic unit. The arithmetic unit subtracts the value .DELTA.T.sub.i from the time of day t.sub.h to obtain the time of day t.sub.e of the event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 1984
    Date of Patent: August 5, 1986
    Assignee: Omega Electronics S.A.
    Inventor: Max Suter
  • Patent number: 4571698
    Abstract: A system and method for timing a plurality of entities, typically marathon runners over a premeasured course including a first transmitter at the starting line for transmitting a predetermined type signal. Each runner carries a timing unit actuable upon passing within a predetermined distance of the first transmitter. At another location is a second transmitter and as each runner passes within a predetermined distance the respective timing units are stopped. A read-out means is provided for having each timing unit connected thereto at the end of the event for obtaining the time elapsed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 1982
    Date of Patent: February 18, 1986
    Inventor: Orin R. Armstrong
  • Patent number: 4367051
    Abstract: Upon depression of a number key, the timer memory corresponding thereto is started to be in its counting operation state, and when the number is depressed again, the timer memory stops its counting operation. When a relative difference key is depressed, a maximum (or minimum) value is selected from the count contents of respective timer memories and then, when the relative difference key is depressed repeatedly, a difference between the selected value and each of the other count contents in a decreasing (or increasing) order, the number of the number key corresponding to the count contents and its ranking are displayed on a display unit upon each depression of the relative difference key. With one instrument, it is possible to obtain a plurality of timer operations, the ranking of the measured results and their relative differences.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 1980
    Date of Patent: January 4, 1983
    Inventor: Akigoro Inoue
  • Patent number: 4245334
    Abstract: A system for measuring and indicating the time required for a movement from a first location to a second location that is spaced from the first location, including a first transmitter located at the first location and adapted to transmit either an RF or an acoustical signal, a second transmitter located at the second location and then adapted to transmit a second acoustical or RF energy signal, a moving vehicle, such as a sports implement, designed to travel between the first and second locations and having a receiver with a sensing antenna, for receiving the first and second acoustical or RF energy signals. The receiver is connected by a start-switch and a stop-switch to an electronic stopwatch which is capable of delivering timed clock signals to a memory circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 1979
    Date of Patent: January 13, 1981
    Inventor: Erich Bieramperl