Displays Or Display Device Details Patents (Class 368/223)
  • Patent number: 9794397
    Abstract: A watch type mobile terminal configured to be wearable on a wrist and a control method thereof are provided. The watch type mobile terminal includes a display unit configured to display screen information, a terminal body configured to allow the display unit to be installed therein and disposed on the wrist, a sensing unit configured to sense a position in which the mobile terminal is worn, and a controller configured to allocate a particular region of the display unit, as a control region for receiving a control command based on the sensing result, and process a user's touch input applied to the control region, as a control command for controlling an operation of the mobile terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Jihye Min, Yongdeok Lee, Kwonhan Bae, Myoungeun Kim, Sunjung Lee, Eunsoo Jung, Eunkyung Choi, Miran Han
  • Patent number: 9693731
    Abstract: An electronic device including a body case which has an accommodating section at least partially in a curved shape, a frame which has a first frame section and a second frame section having a width shorter than a width of the first frame section, and is accommodated in the accommodating section, and a circuit board which is accommodated in the accommodating section so as to be laminated on the frame, and provided so as not to overlap with the second frame section when viewed from a laminated direction of the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Kenzo Ichikawa
  • Patent number: 9652798
    Abstract: The disclosed embodiments include, for example, systems and methods for providing recommendations of one or more alternative products to a user based on investment portfolio data. In one aspect, the disclosed embodiments may include a system that is configured to obtain information associated with one or more products of interest to the user. In certain aspects, the obtained information may identify a product previously purchased by the user, one or more products that form a shopping list of the user, and/or a product identified by the user as a potential purchase. The system may be configured to identify one or more alternative products that are similar to the products of interest and that are related to one or more securities associated with an investment portfolio of the user. In one aspect, the system may be configured to generate one or more instructions to transmit information identifying the one or more alternatives product to a device of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: The Toronto-Dominion Bank
    Inventors: Michael E. Globe, Mazin Al-Samadi, Lauren Van Heerden, Gunalan Nadarajah, Orin Del Vecchio, Michael D. Cummins, Prabaharan Sivashanmugam
  • Patent number: 9563174
    Abstract: An electronic device has a first hand that displays a first time; a second hand that displays a second time; an indicator hand; a detection device that outputs a first time selection signal when it detects a first time selection operation of an input device, and outputs a second time selection signal when it detects a second time selection operation of the input device; a mode setter that sets a first time correction mode to correct the first time when the first time selection signal is received, and sets a second time correction mode to correct the second time when the second time selection signal is received; and a display controller that points the indicator hand to a position other than that of the second hand when the first time correction mode is set, and points the indicator hand to the second hand when the second time correction mode is set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Toshikazu Akiyama
  • Patent number: 9529329
    Abstract: A display mechanism displaying plural mutually different horometric items of information, including: plural information supports on each of which appears one of the horometric items of information; a magazine, in which the information supports are stored; a platform arranged to receive, in a movable manner according to the horometric items of information to be displayed, the selected information support; a first displacement mechanism moving the selected information support between an inactive storage position in the magazine and an active operating position on the platform, the first displacement mechanism being mounted between the magazine and the platform; and a controller controlling the first displacement mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: HARRY WINSTON SA
    Inventors: Franck-Charles-Cyril Orny, Johnny Frederic Girardin
  • Patent number: 9523965
    Abstract: A portable modularized stack device includes a flexible wristband and an electronic module. The flexible wristband has a belt which is embedded with wires therein. The belt has a receiving portion formed thereon, a first connector connected at one end of the belt and a second connector connected at the other end of the belt. The first connector and the second connector are matched correspondingly. The flexible wristband further has a third connector. The electronic module has a fourth connector and is disposed on the receiving portion of the flexible wristband. The fourth connector is connected to the third connector. Thus, the present invention can be varied and expanded by stacking another electronic device thereon, and the flexible wristband can be used as a transmission line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2016
    Inventor: Sheng-Hsin Liao
  • Patent number: 9523964
    Abstract: Disclosed is a dial plate of an intelligent wristwatch, which includes a body, a first screen, a second screen, and a third screen. The first screen is rotatably connected to the body by a first rotary axle. The second screen is rotatably connected to the body by a second rotary axle. The third screen is rotatably connected to the body by a third rotary axle. The second rotary axle and the third rotary axle are opposite to and parallel to each other. The first rotary axle is perpendicular to the second rotary axle. Vertical distances of the first rotary axle, the second rotary axle, and the third rotary axle from the body are reduced in sequence so that the first screen, the second screen, and the third screen are allowed to overlap each other on the body. Also disclosed is an intelligent wristwatch having an expandable display screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2016
    Assignee: Shenzhen China Star Optoelectronics Technology Co., Ltd
    Inventor: Yanxue Zhang
  • Patent number: 9514621
    Abstract: A tactile sensory underwater communication device includes a waterproof housing defining an interior area. A circuit and a battery electrically coupled thereto are situated in the interior area of the housing. An electrically conductive probe is electrically connected to the circuit and extends away from a bottom wall of the housing, the probe being configured to deliver an electric shock when electrically energized. The communication device includes a receiver configured to receive a signal indicative of an intention to energize the probe, the circuit being configured to enable current from the battery to energize the probe when the signal is received. A timekeeping device is positioned in the interior area of the housing, the timekeeping device having a timekeeping circuit and a digital display electrically connected to the battery and the timekeeping circuit. A receiver is situated in said interior area and electrically connected to said circuit, said receiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Inventors: Raven-Rose A. Herron, Joe D. Herron
  • Patent number: 9507325
    Abstract: A mobile device that runs its own operating system that attaches to a wristwatch that syncs to a mobile phone via BLUETOOTH® having the capability to notify the user of phone calls, text messages, health information, providing the capability to perform mobile payments for purchases, etc. without having to purchase a separate smart watch. The device may be secured and activated by the user's fingerprint. The watch stick may be attached anywhere along the band of the wearer's wristwatch. The optimal location is the band area of the underside of the wrist (front of the wrist).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Inventor: Ifthikhar Ismail Barrie
  • Patent number: 9477320
    Abstract: The present invention is a data entry device featuring a novel way of touch-typing on a small smart-device using two or more opposing touchpad surfaces positioned around a display, said surfaces comprising a housing. Bumps or other touch sensitive features are arrayed around the periphery of a digital display on the device. The bumps or other touch sensitive features provide both a locating means for finger placement and a zone for sensing the shift of a pressure point or sensing motion of the finger along the surface, the shift or motion in a preferred direction indicating a selection from a displayed menu to be made by lifting the finger from contact. A novel way of holding the device by its wrist band or handle or strap while fingering the bumps leads to a fluid method of keying functionalities for use as a phone and as an internet-enabled texting device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: ARGOtext, Inc.
    Inventor: Mark Schaffer
  • Patent number: 9465364
    Abstract: A device for illuminating at least one display indicator incorporated in a case underneath an aperture of a horological or scientific apparatus, the device including a phosphorescent light source inside the case, a mechanism collecting external light energy from an ambient medium of the case towards the phosphorescent light source, and at least one light component formed, either by the source, or by a light relay connected to the source by a transmission mechanism, and the light component is configured, to illuminate the indicator, either on the opposite side to the aperture relative to the indicator, or at a periphery of the aperture, and a controller is configured to move a cover insertable between the light component and the indicator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Assignee: The Swatch Group Research and Development Ltd.
    Inventors: Michel Willemin, Jean-Claude Martin, Pierpasquale Tortora
  • Patent number: 9411372
    Abstract: A wearable device includes a battery casing, an upper machine body, a first elastic member and a button. The battery casing has a battery accommodating space and an engaged member. The upper machine body is pivotally connected to the battery casing to cover or expose the battery accommodating space. Two ends of the first elastic member are fixed to the upper machine body and the button, respectively. The button includes a hook movably fixed to or released from the engaged member. When the battery casing is at a first position, the upper machine body covers the battery casing to shield the battery accommodating space, and the hook is fixed to the engaged member. Pushing the button to press the first elastic member, the button is released from the engaged member, and the battery casing is rotated to a second position to expose the battery accommodating space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Assignee: Acer Incorporated
    Inventors: Te-Jen Sung, Shao-Chi Chuang, Sheng-Wen Wu, Tsung-Hsun Wu, Kuo-Hui Chang
  • Patent number: 9377762
    Abstract: Disclosed are techniques for displaying notifications on a watchface. In one or more implementations, a watchface is displayed on a display of a smartwatch. The watchface occupies an entire display area of the display and indicates a current time in a first region of the watchface. In some cases, the watchface uses one or more rotating pointers or rotating dials to indicate the current time. Responsive to receiving a notification, the notification is displayed at a second region of the watchface such that the current time is visible in the first region of the watchface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignee: Google Technology Holdings LLC
    Inventors: Ricky J. Hoobler, Daniel T. Jacobs, Megan Knight
  • Patent number: 9354613
    Abstract: The invention is a method and system for graphical representation of time. In this invention the hours are represented by an hour symbol drawn in a display area. The minutes of the hour are represented by a translation attribute of the hour symbol, which changes the hour symbol proportionally as the minutes of the hour lapse. The translation attribute may be position, size, rotation, a combination or other attributes. In a preferred embodiment, the visual identification of the minute is enhanced by the addition of a proportional change in the state of the background to indicate the minutes past the hour.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Inventor: Rajendra Serber
  • Patent number: 9349322
    Abstract: An organic light emitting diode (OLED) display device includes a substrate including a circular arc portion and a driving circuit connecting portion connected to the top of the circular arc portion. A circular display area is formed in the circular arc portion. The display area includes a number of OLED pixels, where each OLED pixel connected to one of a number of power lines. A driving power supply line provides a driving voltage for the OLED pixels. The driving power supply line includes a circular shape and is formed around the display area. A number of power sharing lines extend from a lower area of the driving power supply line, where each of the power sharing lines is connected to a different subset of the power lines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Assignee: LG DISPLAY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Nak Woo Kim, Hee Kwang Kang, Dae Sung Jung
  • Patent number: 9244435
    Abstract: A timepiece, which includes an ornamental body; a drive mechanism that moves the ornamental body; an output portion that outputs a sound; and a control portion that performs movement control for outputting a piece of theme music and moving the ornamental body from an initial position. The control portion further performs return control for outputting a piece of ending music and moving the ornamental body to the initial position after the movement control is finished. Under the return control, the outputted and selected pieces of ending music have different lengths depending on whether or not a position of the ornamental body is in front of a reference position. It is thus possible to design the movement pattern of the ornamental body under the movement control, without consideration of the stop positions of the ornamental body at the end of the movement control period; thereby, allowing for a wide variety of appearances for the timepiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Assignee: SEIKO CLOCK INC.
    Inventors: Motohiro Tako, Toyonori Muraji, Hiroshi Takematsu
  • Patent number: 9217993
    Abstract: A timepiece that provides a wide variety of appearance. The timepiece includes: an ornamental body; a drive mechanism that moves the ornamental body; a restriction portion that restricts a movable range of the ornamental body; and an output portion capable of outputting a sound. The timepiece further includes a monitor operation portion; and a control portion that performs movement control for outputting a piece of theme music and moves the ornamental body from an initial position, depending on the operation of the monitor operation portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2015
    Assignee: Seiko Clock Inc.
    Inventors: Motohiro Tako, Toyonori Muraji
  • Patent number: 9213315
    Abstract: A timepiece, which includes a base board made of any of ABS resin, AS resin, and PS resin, and further includes a projection portion; a rotary board made of any of ABS resin, AS resin, and PS resin, and rotatable about and relative to the projection portion; and a rotational shaft projecting toward a front side of the base board through an opening formed in the projection portion. An end of the rotational shaft is connected with a hand provided for indicating time. The timepiece further includes an ornamental body movable relative to the base board; and a securing member made of any of POM resin, PBT resin, and PA resin. The ornamental body is prevented from moving forward to the front side and coming into contact with the hand provided for indicating time when, for example, shock is applied to the timepiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2015
    Assignee: SEIKO CLOCK INC.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Takematsu, Toyonori Muraji
  • Patent number: 9001627
    Abstract: The invention concerns a timepiece display module intended to display a series of alphanumerical characters and/or pictures at different moments. The display module includes a platform (3) arranged to be actuated in rotation about an axis and several wheel sets (5) arranged on the platform (3) so that each wheel set (5) turns on itself while orbiting about the axis of rotation of said platform (3) when the latter is actuated in rotation. The display module further includes several wings (1) which are arranged on each wheel set so (5) as to be positioned in turn at the center of the display module. Each wing (1) of each wheel set (5) is actuated such that the wings are oriented in a identical plane at the center of the display module and are adjacent to each other so as to form a central display unit (2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Harry Winston S.A.
    Inventor: Denis Giguet
  • Patent number: 8995237
    Abstract: A visual indicator display device includes a bracelet, a transparent capillary chamber, and a displacement member. The transparent capillary chamber is matched to an indicia and has a primary length and a width less than the primary length. The displacement member is functionally disposed at one end of the capillary chamber and is responsive to a measureable input for moving a fluid contained therein a defined amount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Preciflex SA
    Inventor: Lucien Vouillamoz
  • Patent number: 8988973
    Abstract: Discussed are a smart watch and a control method for the same, which provide a notification indicating events, which are scheduled to occur later on the basis of a take-off time, if the smart watch is taken off. The smart watch includes a display unit to display content, a communication unit to perform transmission/reception of data, and a sensor unit to detect an input signal with regard to the smart watch and transmit the signal to a processor that serves to control the aforementioned units. The processor detects a take-off signal, indicating separation of the smart watch from a user, in a worn mode, to switch the smart watch to an unworn mode in response to the detected take-off signal, and provides a notification indicating at least one event that is scheduled to occur after detecting the take-off signal in the unworn mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Doyoung Lee, Yongsin Kim, Hyorim Park
  • Publication number: 20150078143
    Abstract: A watch for providing a digital time display comprises a movement mechanism disposed in a case that includes a number of continuous belts. The belts each have a numerical indicia consistent with hours, minutes and optionally second. The belts mounted over opposed drums, and the drums are rotated through gear engagement motors to move the belts. The arrangement of belts and drums are mounted on a frame separate from the case. The motors are operated to move the belts to cause the numerical indicia of the combined belts to register with one or more windows visible through a transparent cover to provide a time display. The belts may be oriented to overlap one another. The watch includes a microcontroller for controlling the operation of the motors, an optical sensor to determining the position of the belts, and a wirelessly rechargeable battery pack for powering the motors.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 8, 2014
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Applicant: DEVON WORKS, LLC
    Inventors: Jason M. Wilbur, Jeffrey J. Stephenson
  • Patent number: 8982677
    Abstract: A change of state indicator (2) device for a timepiece display mechanism (30) by jumps of a given magnitude for the display of a transition between two stable display states of this given magnitude movable close to the display zone of this magnitude facing a supplementary display (3) driven discontinuously by a drive element (7) against elastic return means (19). A driving pinion (9) controls a star wheel (10) in a discontinuous manner to control each jump against a beak (14) of a first arm (15) of a lever (13) controlling a pivoting movement and a return to position of this indicator (2) each time this beak (14) passes between two successive tooth spaces (12) of this star wheel (10) by means of a tooth (11) between these spaces (12). The lever (13) includes a second support arm (16) for supporting the indicator (2) or controlling its displacement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Blancpain SA
    Inventors: Sebastien Graf, Vincent Beccia
  • Patent number: 8982676
    Abstract: A golfing time-keeping apparatus is arranged to indicate time of day using a clock face and a movement which has at least a minute hand arranged to complete a revolution of the clock face every hour. The time piece includes a structure for indicating a plurality of subdivisions of a time period longer than 1 hour and shorter than 5 hours, the structure comprising an indicator having a plurality of markings arranged for general visual alignment with the minute hand. The markings include a sequence of indicia circumferentially spaced apart and continuing for more than one but no more than five revolutions wherein some of the later indicia in the sequence are interleaved with some of the earlier indicia.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Inventor: Gary Butler
  • Patent number: 8976630
    Abstract: A dial assembly held within a timepiece case together with a movement for which the hour hand and minute hand are supported to be able to rotate is provided. The movement supports at least one miniature hand to be able to rotate at a position different from the hour hand and minute hand. The dial assembly comprising includes a first dial that is light transmissive, a second dial arranged on the back surface side of the first dial, and at last one spacer forming a ring shape arranged between the first dial and the second dial. The miniature hand rotates within a space enclosed by the first dial, the second dial, and the spacer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Takumi Oshio
  • Patent number: 8976629
    Abstract: Clockwork movement for a wristwatch, comprising a kinematic chain including at least one belt (20, 21) for transmitting the movements and/or couples between at least two pulleys. The pulleys are held on the bottom plate or the bridges by ball bearings (151, 161, 171, 181). The movement is rewound by means of linear oscillating mass (14) charging four barrels (15, 16, 17, 18) through a couple distributor (40). The barrels are non-parallel to one another. The back cover is covered by inclined glasses (110, 120, 130) allowing the barrels, the linear oscillating mass and at least certain pulleys to be seen. The regulating organ (51) is removable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: LVMH Swiss Manufactures SA
    Inventor: Jean-Francois Ruchonnet
  • Patent number: 8953418
    Abstract: A timepiece includes two hands (14, 16) advancing in superposition to display a first item of information regarding the current time. On demand, by operating a control (17), one of the two hands moves relative to the first to display a second item of information regarding the current time, the two hands returning to a superposed position when the control is released.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: La Montre Hermes SA
    Inventor: Frederic Crettex
  • Patent number: 8942070
    Abstract: A mathematical watch displays time using mathematical problems. The answers to the mathematical problems indicate the current time. The mathematical problems are periodically updated on a screen of the mathematical watch. The mathematical watch also displays an angle shape that indicates the current temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Inventor: Bhavesh Shah
  • Patent number: 8934321
    Abstract: The invention provides an analog quartz timepiece, comprising a housing; one or more hands; 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 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 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: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Inventor: Wai Tong Fung
  • Patent number: 8913467
    Abstract: A timepiece is equipped with a novel type of entertainment, that is a mechanical card game. The timepiece includes: a dial (10) provided with a plurality of windows (12); systems (14) for opening and closing at least some of the windows (12), actuated by control bodies; a plurality of display disks (16) carrying representations of cards to be played, to be visible via the windows (12), the disks being pivoted on axes that are perpendicular to the plane of the dial (10); and a system (18) for rotating the disks and stopping them at random.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Christophe Claret S.A.
    Inventors: Christophe Claret, Jan Dubois, Alain Schiesser
  • Patent number: 8902715
    Abstract: An information integration method applied to a touch display device includes the steps of displaying a time indicating unit on the touch display device, obtaining at least one event information, and displaying the event information as at least one information display unit on the touch display device in accordance with time data associated with the event information and in correspondence with the time indicating unit. A touch display device performing the information integration method is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Asustek Computer Inc.
    Inventors: Chang-Jhu Tu, Chun-Yi Wang, Jian-Wei Gong
  • Publication number: 20140328151
    Abstract: The invention is a method and system for graphical representation of time. In this invention the hours are represented by an hour symbol drawn in a display area. The minutes of the hour are represented by a translation attribute of the hour symbol, which changes the hour symbol proportionally as the minutes of the hour lapse. The translation attribute may be position, size, rotation, a combination or other attributes. In a preferred embodiment, the visual identification of the minute is enhanced by the addition of a proportional change in the state of the background to indicate the minutes past the hour.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2014
    Publication date: November 6, 2014
    Inventor: Rajendra Serber
  • Patent number: 8879366
    Abstract: Apparatuses (250) for the display of time with distinctive aesthetic character that include rigid rotating members (220) which are driven by movements (251) and held in place by the force of gravity. The movement (251) rotates drive wheels (256, 257) so that the rigid rotating members (220) indicate the current time and the time is interpreted using traditional clock interpretation methods. The movement (251) may include a support bushing (260) to provide support for output shafts (252, 253) of the movement (251). A cover (262) may also provide support for output shafts (252, 253).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Inventor: Karl Allen Dierenbach
  • Publication number: 20140313867
    Abstract: Discussed are a smart watch and a control method for the same, which provide a notification indicating events, which are scheduled to occur later on the basis of a take-off time, if the smart watch is taken off. The smart watch includes a display unit to display content, a communication unit to perform transmission/reception of data, and a sensor unit to detect an input signal with regard to the smart watch and transmit the signal to a processor that serves to control the aforementioned units. The processor detects a take-off signal, indicating separation of the smart watch from a user, in a worn mode, to switch the smart watch to an unworn mode in response to the detected take-off signal, and provides a notification indicating at least one event that is scheduled to occur after detecting the take-off signal in the unworn mode.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 5, 2013
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Applicant: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Doyoung LEE, Yongsin KIM, Hyorim PARK
  • Patent number: 8867321
    Abstract: Method of ultrasonic welding a watch crystal, the watch including a middle part which, with the crystal, delimits a watch case, the crystal including a top face oriented towards the user and an opposite bottom face oriented towards the watch cases, a digital display device being fixed to the bottom face of the crystal, a printed circuit board being disposed inside the watch case, underneath and remote from the digital display device, the digital display device being electrically connected to the printed circuit board by means of a zebra electrical connector, wherein, as the crystal is abutting on a shoulder arranged in the middle part, the ultrasounds are directed onto the shoulder to melt the shoulder and to lower the level of the crystal in the direction of the printed circuit board, so that the zebra connector is compressed between the digital display device and the printed circuit board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Eta Sa Manufacture Horlogère Suisse
    Inventors: Andre Kaltenrieder, Martin Jufer, Christian Racine, Jean-Luc Bovet, Jerome Grosjean
  • Patent number: 8861314
    Abstract: A system, apparatus, and method for displaying the time of day. Reference points, including fixed reference points and movable reference points, can be used to display time information in a way that makes it easier for a vision impaired individual to read the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Inventors: Christopher Arabian, Logan Arabian
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8842499
    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: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Inventor: John David Jones
  • Patent number: 8811122
    Abstract: An LED light with a time piece uses a simple light-medium body with a very rough finish to allow light from LED(s) to pass though input-end(s) of the light-medium body and travel within the body and obtain a very even brightness on all surfaces of the light medium that are seen by a viewer. The movement for the time display can include analog indicators with a built-in light-medium on the top cover to achieve a super slim LED illumination for the time piece. For night light application, the sealed-unit may consist of prong-means and an LED related circuit sealed within a safety standard plastic material and assembled with the night light body to save a lot of cost enable use of all kinds of materials. The invention may also be adapted to an LCD display timepiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Inventor: Tseng-Lu Chien
  • Patent number: 8780675
    Abstract: A display assembly includes a display selectively displaying human-readable indicia on a face thereof and a cover disposed over the display. The cover has a homogeneous surface over the entire face of the display. The display assembly is controllable between an inactive state and an active state. In the inactive state, the face of the display is not viewable through the cover, and in the active state, the indicia are viewable through the cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Nike, Inc.
    Inventors: Bo Stefan Andren, Brad N. Clarkson
  • Patent number: 8770832
    Abstract: A watch with an adjustable bezel is disclosed and claimed. The adjustable bezel is an assembly including a lower bezel plate that attaches to the watch face and an upper bezel plate that is adjustable attached to the lower bezel plate. The upper bezel plate is connected to the lower bezel plate such that it is moveable to be positioned atop either half of the lower bezel plate. The exposed surfaces of the upper and lower bezel plates contain indicia that cooperate to form a complete set that extends around the perimeter of the watch. By moving the upper bezel plate to the opposite side of the lower bezel plate, different surfaces of the bezel plates are exposed. These different surfaces contain a second set of cooperating indicia that is different from the first set. Thus, the present invention allows the user to easily adjust the multiple viewable indicia on the watch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Inventor: Howard Kuo
  • Patent number: 8758884
    Abstract: [Problem] An instrument display board is provided which does not need troublesome work for preparing plural plate members, can adopt a great variety of designs, can present a stereoscopic feeling and a high-class feeling, brings about unprecedented color tone variation, metallic texture, brilliancy in the light, etc., is very excellent in high-class feeling and design variation, has excellent appearance quality and therefore can enhance merchantability. A process for producing the instrument display board is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignees: Citizen Holdings Co., Ltd., Yamamoto Mfg. Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Seiichi Hiroe, Katsuyuki Yamaguchi, Hiroshi Ikebuchi, Taijiro Ito
  • Patent number: 8750079
    Abstract: Timepiece display device (100) comprising a first display member (1) cooperating with first drive means (10) via a first transmission means (11), and a second display member (2), cooperating with a second drive means (20) via a second transmission means (21). First contactless coupling means (12) are carried by said first display member (1) or by said first transmission means (11), second contactless coupling means (22) are carried by said second display member (2), or by said second transmission means (21), said first coupling means (12) cooperate with said second coupling means (22) in a complementary, contactless, attraction coupling in order, when said coupling means are located in immediate proximity to each other, to unite the motion of said first display member (1) and said second display member (2). Said first coupling means (12) and said second coupling means (22) are magnetic or electrostatic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: ETA SA Manufacture Horlogere Suisse
    Inventor: Pascal Lagorgette
  • Patent number: 8724432
    Abstract: The invention relates to a timepiece with an analogue display, including a timepiece movement (1) provided with a mechanical output, located on an arbour (2) of said movement, and a display assembly (30) provided with at least one time display device (31, 32, 111, 112) driven by said mechanical output, wherein the display assembly is separate from the timepiece movement (1) and linked to a fixed part (10) of said movement (1) by support means which enables said display device to take several different positions around the output arbour (2) of the movement. According to the invention, the support means of the display assembly includes an intermediate support (34, 70, 72, 70?) secured to the fixed part (10) of the timepiece movement (1) and provided with support members (36, 87, 89, 87?, 89?) allowing said at least one display device (31, 32, 111, 112) to be assembled in several positions on the intermediate support (34, 70, 72, 70?). The invention concerns the field of timepiece display members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: ETA SA Manufacture Horlogère Suisse
    Inventors: Raphael Courvoisier, Roman Egli, Thierry Conus
  • Patent number: 8717853
    Abstract: Multi-sector mechanism (1) for displaying a physical quantity on a timepiece (100), on several partial displays (2), each representing the change in said physical quantity over a given partial range (3), the total range of variation in said quantity being covered by the set of said partial ranges (3), each partial display (2) including an indicator (4) that moves relative to a scale (5) representing the partial range (3) specific thereto. Each partial display (2) includes a continuous mechanism (11) for moving the moving indicator (4) thereof opposite a scale representing said total range, and includes eclipsing means arranged for only allowing said moving indicator (4) to be seen opposite said scale (5) representing the partial range (3) specific thereto, and for reducing or obscuring visibility of said moving indicator (4) opposite the scales representing any other partial ranges, and said continuous mechanisms (11) of said partial displays (2) are all synchronous with each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: ETA SA Manufacture Horlogère Suisse
    Inventors: Raphael Courvoisier, Roman Egli, Paulo Bravo
  • Patent number: 8717855
    Abstract: A dial plate structure includes first and second dial plates and a rotary indicator. The first dial plate has a first opening or a first cutout. The second dial plate is arranged under the first dial plate and has a plurality of function display portions exposed through the opening or the cutout. The rotary indicator is arranged between the first and second dial plates and has a function indicator to selectively indicate one of the function display portions by rotation. The rotary indicator is partially exposed through the opening or the cutout. The rotary indicator has, on the surface thereof, a plurality of index markers respectively corresponding to the function display portions. The first dial plate has a second opening or a second cutout to expose one of the index markers when the function indicator indicates one of the function display portions corresponding to the indicated function display portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Casio Computer Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Junichi Sato, Shunya Shiraishi
  • Patent number: 8693293
    Abstract: A watch for providing a digital time display comprises a movement mechanism disposed in a case that includes a number of continuous belts. The belts each have a numerical indicia consistent with hours, minutes and optionally second. The belts mounted over opposed drums, and the drums are rotated through gear engagement motors to move the belts. The arrangement of belts and drums are mounted on a frame separate from the case. The motors are operated to move the belts to cause the numerical indicia of the combined belts to register with one or more windows visible through a transparent cover to provide a time display. The belts may be oriented to overlap one another. The watch includes a microcontroller for controlling the operation of the motors, an optical sensor to determining the position of the belts, and a wirelessly rechargeable battery pack for powering the motors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: Devon Works, LLC
    Inventors: Jason M. Wilbur, Jeffrey J. Stephenson
  • Patent number: 8693290
    Abstract: A wristwatch is provided with hand(s) and a disk-shaped indicating member disposed between a first dial and a second dial. The disk-shaped indicating member is structured such that a part of the disk-shaped indicating member is exposed from an opening portion of the first dial and that the disk-shaped indicating member indicates, at a region corresponding to the opening portion, one of a plurality of function display portions SPL, STP and RUN provided on the second dial. The hand(s) and the disk-shaped indicating member rotate about a common driving shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: Casio Computer Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Junichi Sato
  • Patent number: 8687467
    Abstract: A visual display and device and method for producing the display may indicate the time or other data in a bold, elegant, intuitive, and stylistic manner that is easily legible despite obscured vision, viewing distances, or the user's inattentiveness. A minimalistic display may include a shape such as a geometric shape that presents the time by connecting the distal ends of the hour and minute indicators with a possibly time-varying curve. This curve aids in the interpretation of the time. Another embodiment of the invention displays, using a polar coordinate system, two physical parameters on single similar display in an aesthetically-pleasing, elegant, and intuitive method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Inventor: John R. Comeau
  • Publication number: 20130329528
    Abstract: Provided is an apparatus for projecting an electronic image. The apparatus includes at least one of a static image and a mechanically-animated object disposed within a framed region. An electronic display device displays a computer-generated image adjacent to the at least one of the static image and the mechanically-animated object within the framed region to establish an artistic composition. The computer-generated image includes content that is related to, and supplements content included in the at least one of the static image and the mechanically-animated object to provide an adaptable context to the at least one of the static image and the mechanically-animated object. A controller controls the images displayed by the electronic display.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 11, 2013
    Publication date: December 12, 2013
    Inventor: Peter Botten