Dial Or Hand Patents (Class 368/228)
  • Patent number: 9710343
    Abstract: Some embodiments include a multi-storage-device array (e.g., a SSD tray, a SSD sled or a SSD rack) having multiple drives (e.g., solid-state drives). The multi-storage-device array can have an enclosure around the drives, a processor and a network interface, and implement a power failure management circuit. The power failure management circuit can include an electric probe that detects a power failure. Upon detecting the power failure, the power failure management circuit sends an interrupt signal to a drive controller to flush data in volatile-memory (e.g., write cache, firmware cache, look-up table cache, or other random access memory) into non-volatile memory (e.g., flash memory). The power failure management circuit can include a system-level holdup energy storage that retains power after power failure to support flushing of the data from the volatile memory during the power failure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: Facebook, Inc.
    Inventor: Christian Markus Petersen
  • Patent number: 9483025
    Abstract: Method for forming an assembly of elementary timepiece components, each available in different colored variants, wherein at least some of said different elementary components are the same color as each other, characterized in that a random selection of each said elementary component is made until said complete assembly is obtained, so that at least two elementary components are of different colors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: ETA SA MANUFACTURING HORLOGÉRE SUISSE
    Inventor: Stefan Stark
  • Patent number: 9459781
    Abstract: Context-specific user interfaces for use with a portable multifunction device are disclosed. The methods described herein for context-specific user interfaces provide indications of time and, optionally, a variety of additional information. Further disclosed are non-transitory computer-readable storage media, systems, and devices configured to perform the methods described herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Christopher Wilson, Gary Ian Butcher, Kevin Will Chen, Imran Chaudhri, Alan C. Dye, Aurelio Guzman, Jonathan P. Ive, Chanaka G. Karunamuni, Kenneth Kocienda, Kevin Lynch, Pedro Mari, Alessandro Sabatelli, Brian Schmitt, Eric Lance Wilson, Lawrence Y. Yang
  • Patent number: 9318907
    Abstract: An assembled wearable electronic device including a first body and a second body is provided. The first body has a primary system and a first assembling portion. The primary system is for providing the independent operation of the first body and producing a related first data. The second body has a secondary system and a second assembling portion. The secondary system is for providing the independent operation of the second body and producing a related second data. The first body and the second body are adapted to be assembled to each other by the first assembling portion and the second assembling portion, and the first assembling portion and the second assembling portion are adapted to rotate relatively such that the first assembling portion is positioned or released by the second assembling portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Assignee: COMPAL ELECTRONICS, INC.
    Inventors: Pei-Pin Huang, Chang-Hua Wei, Ting-Wei Wu, Pei-Jen Lin
  • Patent number: 9173275
    Abstract: Provided is an alarm clock integrated with a lamp and a method for controlling an operation of a lamp by the same, and the alarm clock integrated with the lamp further includes a luminance sensor (181) and a sensor connection unit (182), the microcomputer (120) outputs a sensor operation control signal to a sensor connection unit (182) at a lamp operation time set by a lamp operation time setting unit (111), compares a current luminance value input from a luminance sensor (110) and an initial operation luminance value of a lamp (140) stored therein after a luminance sensor (181) is operated, and outputs a pulse control signal to the lamp current adjustment unit (150) so as to change an output of the lamp (140) so that a luminance value of the lamp (140) is changed to a set luminance value when the initial operation luminance value is smaller than the current luminance value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2015
    Inventors: Jae-Chun Go, In Seok Ko, Hyun Seok Ko
  • Publication number: 20150138936
    Abstract: Timepiece displaying the current time and including at least first and second display devices for a time-related quantity, the first and second display devices each being driven by a drive mechanism including a drive wheel (2; 2a), which is itself driven by the movement of the timepiece (3), at least the drive wheel (2; 2a) of one of the drive mechanisms carrying a finger (4; 4a) via which the wheel drives the corresponding display device, the timepiece (3) being characterized in that the finger (4; 4a) is friction fitted onto the drive wheel (2; 2a).
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 4, 2014
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventors: Olivier Mahler, Alphonse Bron
  • Publication number: 20150117165
    Abstract: Methodologies and constructions of displaying elapsed time on a wristworn device, which include among other things, having at least two display hands one of which that will rotate faster or stop so that they become coincident with each other, then rotate together and then reassume their normal and accurate positions. Such is particularly important with respect to one of the hands that is preferably a seconds hand that might otherwise be displaying seconds of the time of day (“TOD”).
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 29, 2014
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventors: Gerhard Stotz, Louis M. Galie
  • Patent number: 8995238
    Abstract: A device (100) for displaying time information with the aid of an indicator member (1), including a cam (2) the profile of which includes a flank (23); a lever (4) driving the indicator member (1); a follower (3) controlling the lever (4), pressed against the cam (2) by first spring means (6), adapted, during movement of the flank (23) in a first direction of movement of the cam (2), to control movement of the lever (4) intended to drive movement of the indicator member (1), characterized in that the follower (3) controlling the lever (4) is adapted to be moved relative to the lever (4) against the return action of second spring means (5) by an action force (F) exerted by the flank (23) of the cam (2) on the follower (3) during movement of the flank (23) in a second direction of movement of the cam (2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Rolex S.A.
    Inventor: Blaise Fracheboud
  • Patent number: 8988974
    Abstract: A display apparatus characterized by having a scale mark display section which is provided in a predetermined display area; a pointer which moves on the scale mark display section and indicates a scale mark in the scale mark display section; a stepping motor which drives the pointer; a stopper section which is positioned in an end section of the scale mark display section and which restricts movement range of the pointer; and a movable supporting section which movably supports the stopper section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Casio Computer Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hideo Takenawa
  • Publication number: 20150078144
    Abstract: An integrated smart watch is provided, which includes a case, a dial plate, a hand, a watch glass and a movement, herein the case is provided with a smart watch circuit board; the watch glass is a transparent display screen, which is electrically connected with a screen connecting end of the smart watch circuit board and has a first state and a second state; in the first state, the watch glass is transparent; and in the second state, the watch glass displays screen content output by the smart watch circuit board. The integrated smart watch and the traditional watch are similar to each other in shape and structure, but the integrated smart watch has the functions of the traditional watch and the smart watch by operatively integrating the traditional watch with the smart watch, which increases the variety of watches.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 8, 2014
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Applicant: Suzhou Lonshine Technologies Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Renxiao Gong
  • 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: 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
  • Publication number: 20150029829
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a watch, comprising: a frame (1); a movement (2) mounted in said frame; a top crystal (3); an analog display system including a dial (4) combined with hands (5); and at least one digital display for displaying complementary information. The digital display includes a top functional element (6) extending under a peripheral strip (3a) of the crystal (3) so as to simulate at least part of a bezel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 23, 2013
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Inventor: Daniel Spadini
  • Patent number: 8908477
    Abstract: A method is provided to authenticate a watch. The watch includes at least one processing and control circuit provided with a time base, hands to indicate a time, the hands being driven by a motorized device controlled by the processing and control circuit, and a device to store identification data. The method includes enabling at least one activation member of the watch, which is connected to the processing and control circuit, to change into watch authentication mode. The method includes operating an indicator device of the watch, which includes the hands, after enabling the activation member so that at least one of the hands is driven by the motorized device to be moved in succession into time indicating positions on a time-indicating dial to indicate successive digits or numbers of an identification code of at least one of a brand and a serial number of the watch to be authenticated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: ETA SA Manufacture Horlogere Suisse
    Inventors: Jean-Bernard Peters, Francois Klopfenstein, Emmanuel Fleury
  • Patent number: 8879367
    Abstract: The current disclosure describes and teaches a timepiece combination that may preferably be used by a pair of persons to show unity, affection, and togetherness. In one embodiment, the timepiece combination may include two watches having similar or complimentary background pattern and overall design, while one watch displays only the hourly time of the present time, the other watch displays only the minute time of the present time. Only by combining the display of the watches may the users be shown the precise present time. The timepiece combination may take the conventional clock hand format or a digital display. Overall, the design of the timepiece combination emphasizes and reflects the bond and unity between the users, allowing a showing of friendship, love, and/or affection through the watches.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Inventor: Andrew Breckman
  • Patent number: 8879368
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a horologe, such as a watch or clock, in which a removable and interchangeable face can be inserted and removed from the horologe and replaced with another face without disconnecting components of the horologe or interfering with the horologe measuring time. In one embodiment, the horologe comprises a horological movement; a housing having a rim and a mount plate, a removable face for insertion into a faceplate compartment, and an inner transparent cover. A portion of the rim may be extendable away from the housing to reveal an opening to receive a removable face. In one embodiment, the horologe may comprise an extendable drawer, which is adapted for insertion into and selectably extendable from the faceplate compartment. In one embodiment, the horologe may comprise an outer bezel, which has open and closed positions for revealing and covering the opening of the faceplate compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Inventor: James J. Jacobi, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8848491
    Abstract: An analog electronic timepiece includes a plurality of hands; a dial plate having scales for time display; a driving unit that drives the hands so that the hands are driven independently of each other; and a control unit that transmits a drive signal to the driving unit and moves the hands to allow the hands to point to positions set for the respective hands. The control unit (i) allows each hand to point to one of positions of one o'clock to nine o'clock and twelve o'clock among the scales to indicate that a digit in a predetermined place represented by each hand is one of “1” to “9” and “0”; and (ii) expresses a numerical value by a combination of digits corresponding to the respective positions pointed by the respective hands.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Casio Computer Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Takeshi Miyake
  • Patent number: 8830797
    Abstract: This timepiece comprises an indicator dial (40), a days-of-the-month mechanism (1) comprising a days-of-the-month mobile (10) and a stepper drive member (13) for driving the days-of-the-month mobile (10), a months mobile (30) coaxial with the days-of-the-month mobile placed beneath said dial (40) and connected to the days-of-the-month mobile (10) by stepper drive means (12, 20) formed so that the months mobile (30) turns through an angle of 30° each month. The dial (40) has twelve windows (41) that are angularly equidistant and the months mobile (30) supports a distinctive zone (32) of which the trajectory passes through said windows (41) and of which the maximum angular extent is 30° and the minimum angular extent corresponds to that of said windows (41).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Rolex S.A.
    Inventors: Dominique Dubugnon, Adrien Farron, Christian Fleury
  • 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: 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: 8711660
    Abstract: A timepiece, particularly wristwatch, having a dial on which are arranged at least two circular scales having centers which are offset relative to one another. A first hand can sweep over the first scale and a second hand can sweep over the second scale, each hand being rotatable around a hand axis centric to the associated scale, and wherein the scales partially overlap. There is formed in the dial in the area surrounded by the first circular scale an aperture through which an area of the timepiece located behind the plane of the dial is visible. The circle segment of the second scale extending across the aperture is arranged on a separate scale carrier which is pivotable around a pivot axis coaxial to the hand axis of the second hand between a display position covering the aperture into a non-display position not covering the aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: Lange Uhren GmbH
    Inventors: Nils Bode, Anthonie de Haas, Tino Bobe
  • Publication number: 20140098648
    Abstract: The current disclosure describes and teaches a timepiece combination that may preferably be used by a pair of persons to show unity, affection, and togetherness. In one embodiment, the timepiece combination may include two watches having similar or complimentary background pattern and overall design, while one watch displays only the hourly time of the present time, the other watch displays only the minute time of the present time. Only by combining the display of the watches may the users be shown the precise present time. The timepiece combination may take the conventional clock hand format or a digital display. Overall, the design of the timepiece combination emphasizes and reflects the bond and unity between the users, allowing a showing of friendship, love, and/or affection through the watches.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 7, 2013
    Publication date: April 10, 2014
    Inventor: Andrew Breckman
  • Patent number: 8611192
    Abstract: The present invention provides a clock having a body with a first clock face and a second clock face. The clock includes a start time assembly at least partially positioned within the body and corresponding with the first clock face, an end time assembly at least partially positioned within the body and corresponding with the second clock face, and an elapsed time assembly in mechanical communication with both the start time assembly and the end time assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: Learning Resources, Inc.
    Inventors: Nancy Balter, Yuen Po Man
  • Publication number: 20130315043
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a horologe, such as a watch or clock, in which a removable and interchangeable face can be inserted and removed from the horologe and replaced with another face without disconnecting components of the horologe or interfering with the horologe measuring time. In one embodiment, the horologe comprises a horological movement; a housing having a rim and a mount plate, a removable face for insertion into a faceplate compartment, and an inner transparent cover. A portion of the rim may be extendable away from the housing to reveal an opening to receive a removable face. In one embodiment, the horologe may comprise an extendable drawer, which is adapted for insertion into and selectably extendable from the faceplate compartment. In one embodiment, the horologe may comprise an outer bezel, which has open and closed positions for revealing and covering the opening of the faceplate compartment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 28, 2013
    Publication date: November 28, 2013
    Inventor: James J. Jacobi, JR.
  • Patent number: 8520474
    Abstract: The protective case includes a back cover (2) and a cover (3), which are provided to fit together. The case further includes a flange (6), inserted in the back cover and held laterally by the edge (4), and an elastically deformable stake (7), which is for immobilizing a plate-shaped part pierced with an aperture (11). The stake is mounted on the top surface of the flange and it is inserted into the aperture of the plate-shaped part. The bottom surface of the cover (3) further carries a projecting portion (8) that presses against the stake when the case is closed, so as to increase the external diameter of the stake and jam it in the aperture of the plate-shaped part. Elastic means (9) are also provided for returning the flange (6) in the direction of the cover (3) so as to hold the stake (7) jammed in the aperture in the plate-shaped part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Assignee: Montres Breguet S.A.
    Inventors: Stéphane Cadau, Pascal Bourret
  • Publication number: 20130182541
    Abstract: A system is provided for communicating to health care workers the turning, positioning and schedule requirements of dependent patients with pressure ulcers, or at risk for the development of pressure ulcers. The system includes a display indicating a clock face divided into sections each with a respective window location for displaying graphics of a display element illustrating a required lying position for the patient. Each of the display elements comprises a disk mounted on the substrate for rotation about a center axis thereof at right angles to the substrate with the graphics arranged thereon at angularly spaced positions around the axis so as to rotate a selected one of the graphics to the window to be displayed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 7, 2013
    Publication date: July 18, 2013
    Applicant: SAFE MOVES INJURY PREVENTION SOLUTIONS INC.
    Inventor: Safe Moves Injury Prevention Solutions Inc.
  • Publication number: 20130148483
    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: Application
    Filed: December 5, 2012
    Publication date: June 13, 2013
    Applicant: ETA SA Manufacture Horlogere Suisse
    Inventor: ETA SA Manufacture Horlogere Suisse
  • Patent number: 8400883
    Abstract: A timepiece includes twelve first light sources spaced in a ring around a 360 degree range on a clock body. The first light sources are controlled to illuminate successively one at a time in a clockwise direction to indicate the hour. The timepiece may include either a minute hand connected with a clock mechanism, or 60 minute strips disposed in radiating directions and evenly spaced around a 360 degree range on the clock body. A plurality of second light sources are distributed along the minute hand or the minute strips. The minute hand is controlled to rotate 360 degrees clockwise. The minute strips are controlled to illuminate alternately in a clockwise direction to indicate the minute. The amount or the position of the illuminated second light sources indicates the second.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2013
    Inventor: Chia-Yen Lin
  • Publication number: 20130051193
    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: Application
    Filed: August 29, 2012
    Publication date: February 28, 2013
    Applicant: CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Junichi SATO
  • Publication number: 20130051192
    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: Application
    Filed: July 2, 2012
    Publication date: February 28, 2013
    Applicant: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventor: Takumi OSHIO
  • Publication number: 20130039156
    Abstract: A timepiece includes twelve first light sources spaced in a ring around a 360 degree range on a clock body. The first light sources are controlled to illuminate successively one at a time in a clockwise direction to indicate the hour. The timepiece may include either a minute hand connected with a clock mechanism, or 60 minute strips disposed in radiating directions and evenly spaced around a 360 degree range on the clock body. A plurality of second light sources are distributed along the minute hand or the minute strips. The minute hand is controlled to rotate 360 degrees clockwise. The minute strips are controlled to illuminate alternately in a clockwise direction to indicate the minute. The amount or the position of the illuminated second light sources indicates the second.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 11, 2011
    Publication date: February 14, 2013
    Inventor: Chia-Yen Lin
  • Publication number: 20130028057
    Abstract: In a trick-action type clock, a part of an hour plate rotates along a plane parallel to a clock support plate. The trick-action type clock includes a first hour plate portion which is fixed to the clock support plate and has a circular shape, and a second hour plate portion which is rotated by a driving motor. The first hour plate portion includes an indicator needle shaft insertion portion which is provided at a position remote from a center of the first hour plate portion so as to insert an indicator needle shaft 101 therethrough. The second hour plate portion includes a circular notched hole which has a rotation center coincides with the center of the first hour plate portion with a circular shape and has the same shape as that of the first hour plate portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 11, 2012
    Publication date: January 31, 2013
    Inventors: Kenju NAGATAKE, Koji Murasugi
  • Patent number: 8355296
    Abstract: An apparatus for relating time to activity is disclosed. The apparatus discloses an analog clock and a display board having one or more activities where a chosen activity begins at a time indicated by an hour indicator and a minute indicator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2013
    Inventor: Poly A. Endrasik
  • Patent number: 8339902
    Abstract: A clockwork mechanism includes: a supporting member; a movable member including an engagement hole and movably supported by the supporting member; a drive pin engaging the engagement hole, including a flange portion for preventing the drive pin from disengaging from the engagement hole, and revolving to move the movable member; a biasing member provided in the movable member to partially overlap the engagement hole; and an abutment member abutting the movable member to restrict the movement of the movable member. The flange portion overlaps or does not overlap the biasing member depending on a revolving position of the drive pin. When the movable member abuts the abutment member, the drive pin pushes the biasing member and the movable member is biased toward the abutment member by the biasing member. When the flange portion does not overlap the biasing member, the drive pin moves the movable member to push the biasing member, allowing the drive pin to disengage from the engagement hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Seiko Clock Inc.
    Inventor: Toyonori Muraji
  • Patent number: 8339903
    Abstract: Systems and methods for a dual illumination watch face having a tritium gas tube coupled with a dial, minute hand or hour hand of the watch face, and phosphorescent material disposed with at least one of the dial, minute hand and hour hand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Inventor: James Brewster Olmes
  • Publication number: 20120314545
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for displaying image data on a display device is disclosed. In some embodiments, the method includes updating at least a portion of the display device based on image update data identifying pixels that changed from the preceding image to the following image.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 21, 2012
    Publication date: December 13, 2012
    Applicant: QUALCOMM MEMS TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventor: Jeffrey B. Sampsell
  • Patent number: 8264910
    Abstract: A watch able to be used as a cryptographic system to encrypt plaintext to ciphertext or decrypt ciphertext to plaintext includes a watch face and a plurality of concentric rings. Each of the plurality of concentric rings is rotatable with respect to the watch face and includes a number of symbols, the number of symbols corresponding to the number of hours represented on the watch face, at least some of the symbols corresponding to letters of an alphabet, characters in a writing system and/or numbers. At least one of the plurality of concentric rings is rotatable in a direction opposite to a direction of at least one other of the plurality of concentric rings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Inventors: Richard C. Fuisz, Joseph M. Fuisz, Justin Richard Fuisz, Jessica Saint James Fuisz
  • Patent number: 8238200
    Abstract: A timepiece with a multiplication table display is provided. Preferably, the timepiece has a programmable display, such as a liquid crystal display or the like, allowing the display to display the present time to the user, as is conventionally known, as well as providing methods of performing and teaching multiplication. A first multiplier is selected by the user, and the first multiplier is displayed in a central region of the display. A second multiplier is then selected by the user, and the user may use the display of the timepiece to calculate a particular product, or may be graphically shown how the product is calculated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2012
    Assignee: Kuwait University
    Inventor: Ali Ashour Al-Jafar
  • Publication number: 20120127837
    Abstract: A timepiece, particularly wristwatch, having a dial on which are arranged at least two circular scales having centers which are offset relative to one another. A first hand can sweep over the first scale and a second hand can sweep over the second scale, each hand being rotatable around a hand axis centric to the associated scale, and wherein the scales partially overlap. There is formed in the dial in the area surrounded by the first circular scale an aperture through which an area of the timepiece located behind the plane of the dial is visible. The circle segment of the second scale extending across the aperture is arranged on a separate scale carrier which is pivotable around a pivot axis coaxial to the hand axis of the second hand between a display position covering the aperture into a non-display position not covering the aperture.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 15, 2011
    Publication date: May 24, 2012
    Applicant: Lange Uhren GmbH
    Inventors: Nils BODE, Anthonie de Haas, Tino Bobe
  • Publication number: 20120067271
    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: Application
    Filed: September 18, 2011
    Publication date: March 22, 2012
    Applicant: ETA SA MANUFACTURE HORLOGERE SUISSE
    Inventors: Raphaël COURVOISIER, Roman Egli, Paulo Bravo
  • Patent number: 8111033
    Abstract: The present invention aims to prevent a nonrotation state from being brought about even when a drive allowance is changed by variations in a stepping motor or the like. A pulse down counter circuit outputs pulse down control signal for subjecting main drive pulse to control pulse down when time is counted for a predetermined time period. When a detecting signal exceeding a reference threshold voltage detected by a rotation detecting circuit is detected at a first detection section at start of a rotation detecting time period, a control circuit resets the pulse down counter circuit. Thereby, a main drive pulse generating circuit is not subjected to control pulse down by the pulse down counter circuit, and therefore, it is prevented that the main drive pulse is subjected to pulse down unnecessarily.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2012
    Assignee: Seiko Instruments Inc.
    Inventors: Kenji Ogasawara, Hiroyuki Masaki, Akira Takakura, Saburo Manaka, Keishi Honmura, Kazumi Sakumoto, Kazuo Kato, Takanori Hasegawa, Kosuke Yamamoto
  • Publication number: 20110308445
    Abstract: The present invention provides a measuring instrument for measuring and displaying a measurable parameter having at least one surface (10), said surface comprising: (a) a pointer pined (30) to said surface, comprising a set of N (numbers for example) symbols disposed along the main longitudinal axis of the same; said N (numbers for example) is an integer greater than or equals to 0; (b) a pre-shaped member (20); (c) means adapted to constantly rotate said elongated pointer (30) around said pre-shaped member (20) on said surface (10) or said pre-shaped member (20) around said elongated pointer (30); wherein said measurable parameter is defined as said N th (numbers/tenth for example) symbol in which an intersection between said pointer (30) with said pre-shaped member (20) is provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 15, 2010
    Publication date: December 22, 2011
    Inventor: Shiri Avda
  • Publication number: 20110267929
    Abstract: A clock comprising: a housing; a first face located on the housing; a front end, adjacent to the first face; a second face located on the housing and adjacent to the front end; a first time display located on the first face; a second time display located on the second face; a single control unit located in the housing, and in signal communication with the first time display and second time display; an angle ?, defining the angle between the first face and the second face, and where the angle ? is greater than 0° and less than 180°.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 3, 2010
    Publication date: November 3, 2011
    Inventor: Chaim Isaac Ishakis
  • Patent number: 8023364
    Abstract: A solar panel determines whether or not a wristwatch is in darkness. When the darkness has continued for a predetermined time period, e.g., for 61-70 minutes, it is determined that the wristwatch is not in use and set in a sleep state. Out of seconds, center and hour hands, at least the seconds hand is rotated to a reference position (00-second position) and stopped, and positions of the center and hour hands are detected. Therefore, power consumption during can be reduced when the wristwatch is not in use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2011
    Assignee: Casio Computer Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Tadashi Kojima
  • Patent number: 8009521
    Abstract: A wristwatch that includes a concave lens and concave dial contained within a bezel and housing. The concave shape of the lens causes the upper most surface of the wristwatch to be the bezel, so the upper surface of the lens cannot be scratch if the user places the watch face down on a surface. The concave shape of the dial causes an increase in surface area for time marking indicia on the dial face. This effect combines with the concave angle of the lens to increase the appearance of the indicia and reduce glare.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2011
    Inventor: Kun-Chi Wu
  • Patent number: 7997789
    Abstract: A clock for displaying collectibles and method of displaying collectibles within the clock is disclosed. The clock is a customizable device comprising a core having a first surface, a second surface opposite to the first surface and a thickness portion connecting the first and the second surfaces. The clock further includes a first structure removably attached to the first surface of the core and a clock movement received in an opening in the core. Also provided is a plurality of recesses, each of the recesses having a depth and configured and dimensioned to receive a collectible. In at least some embodiments, the recesses are provided in the core while in at least some other embodiments, the recesses are provided in the first structure of the clock. The collectibles are additionally secured in position within the clock by way of one or more adaptors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2011
    Inventors: Judd C. Smith, Brett Rammel
  • Patent number: 7974156
    Abstract: A movement for a timepiece having a retrograde display member displaying at least one time division, includes a going train, elements for driving the display member including a wheel unit driven by the going train and carrying a first cam sharing the same axis of rotation. The movement also includes a rocker supporting a probe held against the edge of the first cam by deformable elastic elements undergoing a deformation of variable amplitude. This results in the application of a corresponding force on the rocker in proportion to the distance between the probe and the axis of rotation of the first cam. The movement also includes drive members to connect the rocker to a retrograde display member. A force-regulating device is interposed between the elastic elements and the rocker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2011
    Assignee: Sowind S.A.
    Inventors: Alberto Papi, Nicolas Dehon
  • Patent number: 7903503
    Abstract: Systems and methods for a dual illumination watch face having a tritium gas tube coupled with a dial, minute hand or hour hand of the watch face, and phosphorescent material disposed with at least one of the dial, minute hand and hour hand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2011
    Inventor: James Brewster Olmes
  • Publication number: 20110026375
    Abstract: When a stepping motor is driven to rotate by a main driving pulse, if an induced signal exceeding a reference threshold voltage is detected only in a third segment, a pulse down operation is performed, and the main driving pulse is not changed when the same is detected in at least a first and the third segments. When it is detected only in a second and the third segments, a rank-up is performed without performing the driving by a correction drive pulse and, when it is not detected in at least the third segment, the rank up operation is performed after the driving by the correction driving pulse.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 15, 2009
    Publication date: February 3, 2011
    Inventors: Saburo Manaka, Akira Takakura, Kenji Ogasawara, Kazumi Sakumoto, Kazuo Kato, Keishi Honmura, Takanori Hasegawa, Kosuke Yamamoto, Hiroshi Shimizu