With Manual Activation Patents (Class 368/224)
  • Patent number: 9753436
    Abstract: One embodiment of the present disclosure is directed to a wearable electronic device. The wearable electronic device includes an enclosure having a sidewall with a button aperture defined therethrough, a display connected to the enclosure, a processing element in communication with the display. The device also includes a sensing element in communication with the processing element and an input button at least partially received within the button aperture and in communication with the sensing element, the input button configured to receive two types of user inputs. During operation, the sensing element tracks movement of the input button to determine the two types of user inputs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Colin M. Ely, Fletcher Rothkopf, Christopher Matthew Werner, John B. Morrell, Camille Moussette, Duncan Kerr, Anna-Katrina Shedletsky
  • Patent number: 9652135
    Abstract: A mobile device is provided. The mobile device includes a body of a bangle type configured to be worn on a user body, a display mounted in the body, a motion sensor configured to detect a motion, a storage configured to store control information which is differently set according to a motion state, and, when a motion is detected by the motion sensor, a controller configured to change a screen of the display according to control information corresponding to the detected motion. Accordingly, the mobile device is easily carried and used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Joon-kyu Seo, Young-joon Choi, Ji-yeon Kwak, Hyun-jin Kim, Yeo-jun Yoon
  • Patent number: 9552572
    Abstract: Disclosed is a mobile terminal. The mobile terminal includes a display unit and a controller configured to display a watch object on the display unit, the watch object including at least one of a plurality of schedule information or a plurality of applications. The controller is configured to, when a first region of the watch object is touched or when a current time reaches a time corresponding to the first region, display schedule information or a corresponding application screen related to the first region of the watch object or the time corresponding to the first region, and, when a second region of the watch object is touched or when a current time reaches a time corresponding to the second region, display schedule information or a corresponding application screen related to the second region of the watch object or the time corresponding to the second region. In this way, user convenience may be enhanced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Inventor: Sang Hyun Shin
  • Patent number: 9544708
    Abstract: A mobile terminal and controlling method thereof are disclosed, by which a linked application can be activated if an output of an alarm is ended. The present invention includes a display unit, a memory configured to store a set alarm time, and a controller configured to control an alarm to be outputted if a current hour becomes the set alarm time and automatically activate a first linked application by ending an output of the alarm when a first user input is applied during outputting the alarm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Jihye Ham, Jeongyun Heo, Daejin Kong, Jiyeon Kim, Sohoon Yi
  • Patent number: 9503560
    Abstract: The remote control for mobile applications is a remote control system adapted for use with PDAs. Specifically, the remote control for mobile applications establishes a Bluetooth connection between a remote control device and a controller application that is adapted to run on a PDA. The remote control for mobile applications is used to remotely control the operation of a target application that resides as a separate application on the PDA. The controller application receives commands from the remote control devices and causes the received command to be executed by the targeted application. The remote control for mobile applications comprises a remote control device, a controller application, and a Bluetooth connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Inventor: Michael Frakes
  • Patent number: 9292008
    Abstract: A watchband with integrated electronics designed to be attachable to any standard mechanical or digital timepiece. The watchband has a flexible circuit board sandwiched between layers of watchband material, allowing for the flexibility of a normal watchband with the electronics capability of a mobile computer and fitness tracker. The watchband has an embedded heart rate sensor, body temperature sensor, ambient temperature sensor, vibration generator, inertial sensors, and wireless communication device. The watchband is powered by a rechargeable battery, which is recharged using a charging port that can be connected to a battery charger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Assignee: MainTool
    Inventors: Hussain Ahamed, Boris Kesler, Arjaldo Karaj, Ángel Sánchez, Gabriela de la Serna
  • Patent number: 8942069
    Abstract: Portable object such as a timepiece including a dial (4) covered by a watch glass (2), the portable object (1) enclosing an electronic control circuit (16) for at least one time function or non-time related function, the portable object further comprising at least one light source (12) and an associated light sensor (10), which are arranged on the dial (4), the light source (12) emitting, through the glass (2), a light beam, which is at least partially reflected towards the light sensor (10), when it is intercepted by the user's finger (D) placed on the glass (2) of the portable object, the light sensor (10) supplying the electronic control circuit (16) with an electric signal for activating the corresponding function when it detects the light produced by the light source (12) and reflected by the user's finger (D), the portable object being characterized in that the light source (12) emits collimated light while forming, on the glass (2), a spot of defined dimensions which defines the place on the glass (2)
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: The Swatch Group Research and Development Ltd
    Inventor: Pierpasquale Tortora
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20150009784
    Abstract: A method of controlling a smart watch including a case and a band connected to the case is disclosed. The method includes displaying digital content on a display unit provided on a front surface of the case, detecting a length of a non-displayed portion of the digital content on the display unit, and generating first tactile feedback corresponding to the length of the non-displayed portion of the digital content on the display unit on a back surface of the band.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 31, 2013
    Publication date: January 8, 2015
    Applicant: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Eunhyung CHO, Sinae CHUN, Jihwan KIM
  • Patent number: 8537641
    Abstract: Timepiece having a timepiece movement and comprising a time indicator hand which can indicate a first piece of time information when in a first position, and a second piece of time information when in a second position; a first time indication moving part; and a second time indication moving part, in which the timepiece movement includes a first cam (7) which is fixed to the first time indication moving part (9) and which is shaped to shift the time indicator hand to its first position, and a second cam (8) which is fixed to the time indicator hand and which is shaped to shift the time indicator hand to the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Assignee: Bulgari Horlogerie SA.
    Inventor: Alfredo De Biase
  • Patent number: 8488418
    Abstract: A timepiece which, in addition to a crystal, includes the following external elements: a back cover, a middle part, a dial, a bezel, and two wristband strands. At least one of these external elements is at least partially transparent or translucent. The back cover, the middle part, and the bezel define an internal volume of the watch case that houses a timepiece movement. At least one light source is housed within the internal volume and produces a light that passes through the transparent or translucent part of the external element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Assignee: ETA SA Manufacture Horlogere Suisse
    Inventors: Nicolas Blanckaert, Francois Klopfenstein, Andre Kaltenrieder
  • Patent number: 8456288
    Abstract: A communication device locks input of the communication device and executes an alarm if a current time reaches a set alarm time. When the alarm is executed, an unlock input set is generated for unlocking the input and an alarm disable button set is generated for disabling the alarm. If an unlock input set is the same as the generated unlock keypad set, the locked input is unlocking. If the alarm disable button set input by the user is the same as the generated alarm disable button set, the communication device disables the alarm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Assignees: Shenzhen Futaihong Precision Industry Co., Ltd., Chi Mei Communication Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Yao-Yu Yang
  • Patent number: 8406086
    Abstract: An electronic timepiece can reduce a burden imposed on a user who performs a manipulation for correcting the positional displacement of a pointer when a position of the pointer is displaced due to the demonstration of the pointer movement. The electronic timepiece includes: a pointer which is rotated in a first direction based on a manipulation signal corresponding to a manipulation from the outside; and a control part which performs the demonstration of the pointer movement in which the pointer is rotated in a second direction opposite to the first direction and the first direction, wherein the pointer is positioned at a position where a rotational angle in the first direction from a preset reference position is smaller than a rotational angle in a second direction from the reference position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2013
    Assignee: Seiko Instruments Inc.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Shimizu, Tomohiro Ihashi, Kenji Ogasawara, Kazuo Kato, Kazumi Sakumoto, Akira Takakura, Eriko Noguchi, Takanori Hasegawa, Keishi Honmura, Saburo Manaka, Kosuke Yamamoto
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20120082012
    Abstract: A timepiece which, in addition to a crystal, includes the following external elements: a back cover, a middle part, a dial, a bezel, and two wristband strands. At least one of these external elements is at least partially transparent or translucent. The back cover, the middle part, and the bezel define an internal volume of the watch case that houses a timepiece movement. At least one light source is housed within the internal volume and produces a light that passes through the transparent or translucent part of the external element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 18, 2010
    Publication date: April 5, 2012
    Applicant: ETA SA Manufacture Horlogere Suisse
    Inventors: Nicolas Blanckaert, Francois Klopfenstein, Andre Kaltenrieder
  • Patent number: 8134892
    Abstract: A timepiece includes: a housing (10), a movement (12) provided in the housing, a piece of glass (14) closing the housing, a dial (60) provided between the movement and the glass, wherein the dial can assume a first state in which the elements located behind the dial opposite the glass are visible from the glass side and a second state in which the elements are hidden, a mobile part capable of movement between at least one first position and at least one second position respectively corresponding to the first and second states of the dial, and display members (16) provided between the dial and the glass. The timepiece further includes a lid movably mounted relative to the housing and kinematically connected to the mobile part for urging the same from the first to the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2012
    Assignee: Creations Horlogeres de Lully SA
    Inventors: Anouk Danthe, Olivier Leu, Willy Meier, Sébastien Brancucci
  • Patent number: 7932893
    Abstract: Watch (1) including time display means (8; 10) covered by a crystal (4). This watch includes an interface device for controlling a computer cursor. It forms a contactless watch-mouse. For this purpose, a plurality of touch sensitive sensors are arranged so that their sensitive pads (16) are supported at least partially by the crystal (4). The sensitive pads are arranged in particular in the shape of a matrix extending over most of the crystal (4). The click function is performed using a push-button (14) associated with electric contactor or by a pressure sensor or by a touch sensitive sensor provided for this purpose.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2011
    Assignee: Swatch AG
    Inventor: Christophe Berthaud
  • Publication number: 20110080809
    Abstract: A new child-friendly multimedia clock design consists in a preferred embodiment of child-friendly, durable material with no hard corners, sized to comfortably sit on a child's nightstand but large enough for the clock and photo to be easily seen. The frame includes a photo space to provide an easily decodable electronic photo image that instructs the child to get up or to stay in bed. The photos used are changed digitally without the use of a mechanical rotating faceplate or cylinder, and may be user-provided images such as family photographs etc. In an embodiment of the invention, the lighting of the image occurs gradually so that no light appears suddenly to wake the child unnecessarily. In one embodiment, music is also provided via an internal memory, external card slot, or a docked audio device such as an MP3 player.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 11, 2010
    Publication date: April 7, 2011
    Inventor: Michele Berman
  • Publication number: 20110069590
    Abstract: Timepiece including indicator members actuated or not actuated by the movement. These indicator members are composed of movable hour marks represented by the faces of the studs (30, 40) mounted on staffs having planet wheels (34) driven by a rack (50). The faces of the studs carry stones of various colours. When the movement operates the rack, it determines the change of the hour marks. When operation by the movement is disengaged, manual control elements allow the hour marks appearing on the dial to be changed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 24, 2008
    Publication date: March 24, 2011
    Inventor: Hugues Jolidon
  • Patent number: 7817500
    Abstract: A shock-activated switch device comprises a piezoelectric buzzer having a body for receiving a mechanical shock and a terminal for outputting an electrical output signal when the body receives a mechanical shock, and an output circuit connected to the terminal for converting the output signal into a logic signal for controlling an electronic circuit to execute a specific programmable function, such as alarm snooze.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2010
    Assignee: IDT Technology Limited
    Inventor: Raymond Chan
  • Patent number: 7782717
    Abstract: The display device, which is arranged to display the minutes and hours, includes two cams (14 and 34) driven separately and respectively from the cannon pinion (11) and the hour wheel (31) of a horological movement. A lever (15, 35) held in the idle position by a spring (18, 38), is arranged so as to be actuated on demand by means of a push button (4) placed outside the corresponding timepiece, so as to make a rack (24, 44) pivot until the moment when a sensing finger (25, 45) of each rack abuts against the periphery of the corresponding cam. Each rack during its rotation drives a pinion (26, 46) carrying hands indicating the minutes and the hour.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2010
    Assignee: Franck Müller Watchland S.A.
    Inventors: Ramon Gil, Jean-Claude Quenet
  • Publication number: 20100074058
    Abstract: A breastfeeding assist timepiece includes a housing containing a first live time display and a second resettable static time display. A left/right side indicator is defined at a further location of said housing. In use, the static time display is continuously reset to a time of a most recently completed feeding, with the left/right side indicator further designating a left or right breast employed first in the most recent feeding and in order to more accurately predict the timing of a present or future feeding, as well as which breast to be initially employed in that feeding.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 13, 2009
    Publication date: March 25, 2010
    Applicant: The Athena Company, LLC
    Inventor: Aindrea McKelvey Campbell
  • Publication number: 20090067295
    Abstract: The display device, which is arranged to display the minutes and hours, includes two cams (14 and 34) driven separately and respectively from the cannon pinion (11) and the hour wheel (31) of a horological movement. A lever (15, 35) held in the idle position by a spring (18, 38), is arranged so as to be actuated on demand by means of a push button (4) placed outside the corresponding timepiece, so as to make a rack (24, 44) pivot until the moment when a sensing finger (25, 45) of each rack abuts against the periphery of the corresponding cam. Each rack during its rotation drives a pinion (26, 46) carrying hands indicating the minutes and the hour.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 6, 2008
    Publication date: March 12, 2009
    Inventors: Ramon Gil, Jean-Claude Quenet
  • Patent number: 7350968
    Abstract: A watch case for an analog watch movement has a housing and a setting ring in a rotatably moveable and axially slideable relationship. The setting ring is coupled with a setting stem of the analog watch for rotation of the setting stem by rotation of the setting ring and for axial movement of the setting stem by orthogonal axial movement of the setting ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2008
    Inventor: Alexander Meerovitsch
  • Patent number: 7313929
    Abstract: A user wearable device for tracking or reminding the user of time and/or numerical records. In the preferred embodiment, the device takes the form of an attractive bracelet. The bracelet is made of two sets of beads strung together to form the bracelet and at least one charm for removable placement between the beads. The first set of beads has numbers marked thereon while the second set of beads does not have any markings. The two sets of beads are placed in a predetermined alternate fashion along the bracelet such that the at least one charm can be placed between certain beads to note the time and/or numerical record. In the preferred embodiment, each of the twelve sequentially numerically marked beads is separated by a predetermined number of unmarked beads, such as 4, such that each unmarked beads represents a fifteen (15) minute interval between the hours.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2008
    Assignee: Unique Mums, LLC
    Inventor: Susan Lazor
  • Patent number: 7187624
    Abstract: Enhanced control buttons are provided for a digital timepiece, each button marked with an icon which identifies its function, one icon indicative of the so marked button being operable to turn a night light on/off, another icon indicative of the so marked button being operable to access and exit from a real time setting mode, another icon indicative of the so marked button being operable to access and exit from an alarm time setting mode, said alarm button being programmable to operate in response to momentary and relatively longer pressures to perform a variety of alarm time functions, including turning on and off a similar alarm icon in the timepiece's display, turning off the alarm sound after it becomes audible following a set alarm time, and thereafter turning on the alarm icon in the watch display for repetition of the sounding of the alarm 24 hours later at the same previously set alarm time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2007
    Assignee: Equitime, Inc.
    Inventors: Berj A. Terzian, Robert Alfred Brodmann
  • Patent number: 6967903
    Abstract: The control method allows execution of various functions in an electronic diary watch, which includes, in a case closed by a crystal, a time-keeping circuit and/or a watch movement powered by an energy source, and a dial on which the time is displayed in a digital and/or analogue manner. A determined number of sensors (C1 to C7) are provided with touch sensitive pads arranged on an inner or outer face of the crystal. These sensors are provided for carrying out the various controls of the method when they are individually activated by a user's finger. In order to consult data or parameters, the method includes a first series of steps consisting in displaying different menus (102 to 106) of the diary function on at least one liquid crystal display by activating at least one sensor (C4, C5) of a group of sensors (C4 to C7), and in selecting the menu or record to be consulted (107 to 111) by activating a validation sensor (C1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2005
    Assignee: Asulab S.A.
    Inventor: Jean-Charles Guanter
  • Patent number: 6771566
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a wristwatch equipped with a device for the elimination of static electricity, the static electricity resulting from contact with metallic wardrobes, textiles, automobiles, electronic devices, and so on. Ground protrusions are disposed on a metallic upper cover in the upper portion of the watch. An external casing through which electricity is not transmitted is disposed in the middle portion of the watch. Connection protrusions and a watch chain are disposed in the lower portion of the watch. The device along with components of a general wristwatch is disposed in the watch, includes a coil for preventing a rapid current surge, a resistor for performing discharge, and a discharge bulb connected in series with each other, and is connected from the upper cover to one of the connection protrusions. Accordingly, static electricity is eliminated by touching objects generating the static electricity to ground protrusions disposed on the upper cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2004
    Inventor: Bok-Kwon Lee
  • Patent number: 6477117
    Abstract: A wearable mobile computing device/appliance (a wrist watch) with a high resolution display that is capable of wirelessly accessing information from a network and a variety of other devices. The mobile computing device/appliance includes a user interface that is used to efficiently interact with alarms and notifications on the watch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2002
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Chandrasekhar Narayanaswami, Mandayam T. Raghunath
  • Patent number: 6107911
    Abstract: A self-contained programmable time interval alarm device that has a plurality of switches or buttons to set the alarm interval. Depending on the mode of the device, each button corresponds either to a day of the week or a numeral representing a particular time digit or number of dosages for a given time interval. In this manner, the alarm is simply programmable by actuating a sequence of buttons corresponding to the desired interval. The alarm device has a housing to which is attached a clamp supplied with jaws, into which containers of different dimensions can be clamped and held. The jaws move from a relaxed position to an expanded position and finally to a biased position as the medication container is pushed between free ends of the jaws and then pushed to enter a grasping space between the jaws.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2000
    Inventor: Stephen C. Perrone
  • Patent number: 5742564
    Abstract: A timepiece, such as a wristwatch, includes a casing, a carrier disc disposed in the casing, a glass mounted elastically to the casing in front of the carrier disc, and control switches in the form of piezoelectric sensors each sandwiched between an outer edge of the glass and a forwardly facing edge of the carrier disc. The sensors are electrically connected to an electrical control circuit of the timepiece and are actuable in response to being compressed by a rearward pressure applied to the outer edge of the glass.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 1996
    Date of Patent: April 21, 1998
    Assignee: Junghans Uhren GmbH
    Inventors: Pieter Kuschel, Andreas Muller
  • Patent number: 5519824
    Abstract: A system and method for storing and retrieving fixed-width and compressed characters of at least one font, which includes memory having a plurality of memory addresses for storing instructions and encoded character font data representing fixed-width and compressed characters, wherein the encoded character font data for a fixed-width character of any given font is identical to the encoded character font data for a compressed character for the same font. The system addresses the plurality of memory addresses so as to read out the encoded character font data and then, depending upon the value of a control signal generated by the system's control unit, decodes the encoded character font data through a decoder as either a fixed-width or compressed character. The fixed-width or compressed character is then displayed on a dot-matrix display. Each memory address commonly contains a plurality of bits which represents a column of said character.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 1994
    Date of Patent: May 21, 1996
    Assignee: Timex Corporation
    Inventor: Ronald S. Lizzi
  • Patent number: 5453960
    Abstract: This watch (1) includes a case (2), a glass (3) and at least one manual control device (22), which comprises a capacitive sensor (20) with a first electrode (5) arranged on the internal face (6) of the glass (3). The selective positioning of a finger (10) of a wearer of the watch (1) on the external face of the glass (3) enables a first capacity (C.sub.d) to be formed between the first electrode (5) and earth (11) constituted by the case (2). A parasitic capacity (C.sub.p) is present between the first electrode and the case.The manual control device (22) also includes a voltage-frequency converter (22) whose oscillation frequency is determined by the first capacity (C.sub.d), when the latter is formed by the presence of the finger, in combination with the parasitic capacity (C.sub.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 1995
    Date of Patent: September 26, 1995
    Assignee: Asulab S.A.
    Inventors: Yvan Teres, Joachim Grupp
  • Patent number: 4671671
    Abstract: A small electronic apparatus with an optical input device has an apparatus case for housing a main body therein, the apparatus case being provided with a light-transmitting member, at least part of which is exposed to outside light, an electrooptical display device in the apparatus case, a photosensor arranged in the apparatus case at a position between the electrooptical display device and the light-transmitting member, and a logic circuit arranged in LSI for receiving and processing, as an input signal associated with the main body, an output from the photosensor, the output from the logic circuit being used to provide a display signal to the electrooptical display device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 1985
    Date of Patent: June 9, 1987
    Assignee: Casio Computer Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hiroyuki Suetaka
  • Patent number: 4511260
    Abstract: Watch constituted by a quartz mechanism, in which the mechanism does not rest on the bottom of the case and comprises a watch time-setting system by electrical contact between the positive pole of a battery and the negative pole of an electronic module containing the time-setting program.The rear face of the mechanism comprises means directed so as to face the bottom of the watch case, and make an electrical contact between the two said poles.The bottom of the watch case is produced from a semi-rigid material having a thickness that decreases progressively for its entire length from the case periphery towards its center and increases close to the center to form a projection. The bottom is capable of becoming elastically deformed under a force, so that, the effect of said force exerted on the bottom, actuates the means designed to make a contact between said two poles, for setting the mechanism to the right time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 1983
    Date of Patent: April 16, 1985
    Inventor: Rene Pasquier
  • Patent number: 4477194
    Abstract: The case 1 of the watch comprises elements consisting of ribbed zones 3, 4 and 5 of different structures which can supply mechanical vibrations when they are rubbed by the user of the watch.A transducer transforms these acoustic vibrations into an electric signal. An electronic circuit comprising generator means, a pulse shaper, counters, a register and a comparator allows the vibration message generated by the activation of one or the other of the ribbed zones 3, 4 and 5 to be decoded and one or the other of the functions appearing on the display 2 of the watch to be controlled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 1980
    Date of Patent: October 16, 1984
    Assignee: Ebauches, S.A.
    Inventors: Jean-Georges Michel, Hubert Portmann, Ali Schneiter
  • Patent number: 4468131
    Abstract: An electronic watch having a case and a case back, a digital display, an integrated circuit, a battery and a fixed photo-electric pick-off placed on the module facing a window. The pick-off is for preference a photo-diode and its functioning is controlled by obstructing with a finger the window so as to prevent the ambient light from lighting the pick-off. According to the invention, the control system of the watch has the advantage of being insensitive to electrical parasites, of consuming little current, of being only slightly dependent upon the intensity of ambient light and of being simple to fabricate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 1982
    Date of Patent: August 28, 1984
    Assignee: Asulab S.A.
    Inventors: Ngoc C. Bui, Daniel Simonet
  • Patent number: 4431314
    Abstract: A multistage counter 3, 5, 7, 10 normally counts seconds pulses from a frequency divider 2. Counters 5 and 7 are units and tens minutes counters and are set by shifting a counter 21 by button B to provide a "1" on output 21d. When a button A is then held down the seconds pulses pass through gates 17 and 22 and count the units counter 5 up to the numeral 0. A flip-flop 19, 26 is then set to disable gate 22 and enable gate 23 so that the units counter stays at the numeral 0 and the tens counter advances to the desired value, when button A is released, which resets the flip-flop. Button A is pressed again to count the units counter from the numeral 0 to the desired value. The invention in one embodiment simplifies the setting of a digital watch and reduces the time (number of pulses) needed to preset the units and tens of minutes counters. The invention can be extended to more than two counters and used for counters other than in clocks and watches.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 1982
    Date of Patent: February 14, 1984
    Assignee: Ebauches S.A.
    Inventor: Hubert Portmann
  • Patent number: 4272841
    Abstract: An electronic module for a timepiece and comprises a display cell and an electric control circuit including contact means for operation by at least one push-button. The contact means includes at least one contact and release spring in order to close a control circuit by acting on a circuit board forming part of said circuit. The contact spring is constituted by a single piece of a metallic frame of the display cell, the spring a cut-out of such frame which is electrically connected to one pole of a source of electrical energy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 1979
    Date of Patent: June 9, 1981
    Assignee: Ebauches Electroniques SA
    Inventor: Francois Nickles
  • Patent number: 4270199
    Abstract: A thin-film transparent electrode is provided on the front glass of an electronic wristwatch to form a part of a switching mechanism cooperation with a metal frame provided at the back of the wristwatch. The metal frame is maintained in contact with the operator's wrist in an operative condition. When the operator touches the thin-film transparent electrode, the switching mechanism in its ON condition provides a signal for controlling an operation mode of the electronic wristwatch, for example, a display condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 1977
    Date of Patent: May 26, 1981
    Assignee: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Takehiko Sasaki, Hidetoshi Maeda
  • Patent number: 4244044
    Abstract: A waterproof sport watch utilizing a solid state digital watch module which is completely enclosed in a sealed casing, with no protruding buttons or other actuating devices. The module is fixed in a casing having a removable back, sealed by an O-ring, for battery and servicing access. The front of the watch is enclosed by a transparent cover, also sealed by an O-ring, the cover being rotatable to indexed positions and having integral cams which actuate the watch module controls, a stopwatch action being obtained by squeezing the cover at one indexed position. The watch is particularly suitable for use by divers and is very easy to operate under water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 1979
    Date of Patent: January 6, 1981
    Inventor: Mark S. Olsson
  • Patent number: 4237548
    Abstract: Electronic timepiece having an electro-optic passive display cell comprising an oscillator used as a time base and an electronic control circuit of its several functions. The electronic circuit is operable by means of a stationary key or switch, having a capacitive action, carried by the glass or crystal of the timepiece. The stationary key is fed by the oscillator through a fixed or non-variable condenser. A conductive element is interposed between the stationary key and the display cell, the conductive element constituting one of the electrodes of the fixed condenser. The purpose of this arrangement is to eliminate the influence of a parasitic condenser constituted by the electrodes of the display cell and the electrode of the stationary key.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 1979
    Date of Patent: December 2, 1980
    Assignee: Ebauches S.A.
    Inventors: Jean Fellrath, Jean-Felix Perotto, Ali Schneiter, Maurice Grimm
  • Patent number: 4228534
    Abstract: An electronic watch control device for manual actuation is disclosed. It comprises a capacitive sensor including a conductive layer on the inner surface of the watch-glass, which is actuated by placing a finger-tip on the outer side of the watch-glass. The sensor is part of a capacitive voltage divider to which a high frequency voltage is applied. Synchroneous detection means are arranged for detecting the high-frequency voltage drop across the sensor in synchronism with the high-frequency. Comparison means are provided for comparing the value of the said voltage drop to a reference voltage and producing a control signal depending on the condition of the sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 1977
    Date of Patent: October 14, 1980
    Assignee: Centre Electronique Horloger S.A.
    Inventors: Jean Fellrath, Jean-Felix Perotto
  • Patent number: 4207479
    Abstract: A touch sensitive switch arrangement with an I.sup.2 L (Integrated Injection Logic) structure includes a battery power source, a current limiter, an injector, a first-stage and second-stage switching transistors being both supplied with current from the injector, a first touch electrode connected to the positive polarity of the battery power source and a second touch electrode connected to the base of the first-stage switching transistor with electrical isolation from the first touch electrode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 1977
    Date of Patent: June 10, 1980
    Assignees: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha, Hycom Incorporated
    Inventors: Keizo Yamamoto, Charles C. Austin