With A World Globe Patents (Class 368/23)
  • Patent number: 8638643
    Abstract: The globe-shaped clock for a city square includes a base for placement on a select public location in a town or city. The base includes a plurality of pointer rods radiating in both major and minor geographic directions. A spherical cage is mounted to the base, and the cage surrounds a rotating globe therein. The cage is topped by a clock spire having a frustoconical base and a plurality of major and minor pointer rods radiating towards both major and minor geographic directions. A plurality of illuminated, curved, longitude lines defines the spherical cage. The longitude lines illuminate sequentially in varying intensity depending on the time of day. An electronic control unit is provided to define the pattern of illumination. A plurality of display units surrounds the base in line with each longitude line and displays different time zones.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2014
    Inventor: Ahmad A. A. Kh. Al Hashash
  • Patent number: 8620345
    Abstract: Methods, program products, and systems of determining a time zone based on location is disclosed. In general, in one aspect, a mobile device can store one or more geometric shapes using latitude and longitude coordinates. The geometric shapes can be associated with time zones. The mobile device can determine a current location. The mobile device can identify a geometric shape in which the mobile device is currently is located. The mobile device can determine the time zone associated with the identified geometric shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald K. Huang, Morgan Grainger
  • Publication number: 20120182839
    Abstract: The invention concerns a timepiece comprising, in addition to the usual hour and minute hands, a disc on which there is represented a circular map of the world divided into time zones and a pointer designating one particular time zone corresponding to a time chosen by the user. This timepiece is distinctive in that in that: the disc (1) is able to turn on itself; the pointer (2) is fixed; and a pushbutton (4) may be provided that is connected to said disc (1) so that each depression thereof causes the disc (1) to turn through an angle corresponding to one time zone (f).
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 17, 2012
    Publication date: July 19, 2012
    Inventor: Francois-Paul Journe
  • Patent number: 7392041
    Abstract: The subject application relates to a system(s), methodology, and user interface that facilitate improving mobile awareness of information, activities, events, and occasions by way of images. The application involves providing images of a desired application such as a calendar for example on a mobile device display. As a result, the visual integrity of the application (e.g., calendar) can be preserved and the appropriate information can be more accurately conveyed to the user. The images can be navigated about and data can be entered into the application as desired to modify the content of the image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2008
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Alice Jane Bernheim Brush, Carman G. Neustaedter
  • Patent number: 7369463
    Abstract: A timer for assisting in the control of various medical regimen is described. The timer is particularly adapted for use in avoiding or assuring conception by providing a graphic representation on the timer to alert a user as to when a medically correct step needs to be taken. The timer is provided with an alarm that alerts one as to when a transition from one particular part of, for example, a contraceptive regimen to another part of the regimen is about to occur and illustrates the transition on the graphic representation. A status of the regimen is also presented to a user. One graphic representation involves an hour-glass filled with granules corresponding in number to the amount of time left before a transition in the medical regimen is to occur.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2008
    Assignee: N.V. Organon
    Inventors: Marlies Van Dullemen, Jan Willem Bouwknegt
  • Patent number: 7218575
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for displaying time, the day sequence for the beginning and ending of twilight, sunrise and sunset in pie-shaped section on a circular clock face. A corresponding day sequence is retrieved from a memory and presented on a circular clock face in pie-shaped sections that represent twilight, day and night for a particular coordinate position and calendar date.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2007
    Inventor: John M. Rosevear
  • Patent number: 7012855
    Abstract: A time keeping device that provides a user with the time of day at any point on earth and the current day or night condition of any point on earth. The time keeping device includes a translucent external globe indicia for indicating time and an internal globe rotatably mounted within the external globe, and a support mechanimsm adapted for rotating the internal globe about a pair of axis, so that the time at a particular point on the internal globe can be read by a user by peering through the external globe to see the location of the indicia as projected on the internal globe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2006
    Inventor: Miguel Guillermo Ochoa Loaiza
  • Patent number: 6834025
    Abstract: A time keeping device that provides a user with the time of day at any point on earth and the current day or night condition of any point on earth. The time keeping device includes a translucent external globe indicia for indicating time and an internal globe rotatably mounted within the external globe, and a support mechanism adapted for rotating the internal globe about a pair of axis, so that the time at a particular point on the internal globe can be read by a user by peering through the external globe to see the location of the indicia as projected on the internal globe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2004
    Inventor: Miguel Guillermo Ochoa Loaiza
  • Patent number: 6693627
    Abstract: The present invention provides an apparatus and method which contains a particular date preset by a user and several groups of particular information, each group relating to a pre-specified date difference between the preset date and current date, and automatically displays a group of information corresponding to current date difference. The apparatus according to the present invention comprises a nonvolatile memory for storing information corresponding to date differences, a timing unit for tracking current time and date, a control unit for calculating the date difference between the preset date and current date and reading out information depending upon the date difference from the memory, a ROM storing an execution program, a font ROM storing display fonts, a LCD control unit, a LCD panel, an audio signal generation unit, and a beeper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2004
    Inventors: Myun Woo Lee, Chang Kyu Cho, Jae Young Kim, Tae Sin Ha
  • Patent number: 6625086
    Abstract: A terrestrial globe with a world-wide watch function according to a rotation of the globe. In the globe, a sensor is installed at one end of a rotation axis to detect a rotation amount of the globe. A world-wide time display processes an input information from the sensor using the sensor to display major city (or country) names and a current time and date (i.e., year, month, day, day of the week) in a time zone of the earth corresponding to the rotation amount of the globe. The globe according to the present invention is capable of easily selecting a time zone only with an operation rotating the globe as well as conveniently displaying city (or country) names and a current time and date (i.e., year, month, day, week, etc.) in the selected time zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 1999
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2003
    Assignee: Hanbit System Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jung Soo Kim
  • Patent number: 6603709
    Abstract: A time keeping device that provides a user with the time of day at any point on earth and the current day or night condition of any point on earth. The time keeping device includes a translucent external globe indicia for indicating time and an internal globe rotatably mounted within the external globe, and a support mechanimsm adapted for rotating the internal globe about a pair of axis, so that the time at a particular point on the internal globe can be read by a user by peering through the external globe to see the location of the indicia as projected on the internal globe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2003
    Inventor: Miguel Guillermo Ochoa Loaiza
  • Patent number: 6600696
    Abstract: The present invention is an electronic device or chronometer for use by women of various ages to monitor their menstrual, ovulation and menopausal cycles, as well as their pregnancy. The device displays information relating to a woman's menstrual cycle or pregnancy readily useful to the woman, including the dates of her last and next menstrual cycles, the number of days that have elapsed since the last menstrual cycle, and the next peak ovulation day. If desired, the day(s) a woman expects PMS can also be displayed, such as for those who severely experience the associated symptoms. With respect to pregnancy, the date of conception, the baby's probable due date, and weeks into the pregnancy, among other things, can be displayed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2003
    Inventor: Lynn Lynn
  • Publication number: 20030128629
    Abstract: World Clock comprising: a hollow, translucent sphere with graphics on its surface representing the world's land masses, an opaque half sphere nested within the translucent sphere, an enclosure positioned directly below the sphere, the enclosure housing an electronic clock mechanism and associated LED display, a microprocessor and associated electronics, a gear reduced motor and a vertically oriented tube extending from the base of the enclosure through the top of said enclosure and terminating in a light bulb socket and associated light bulb located at the center of the sphere. The external surface of the sphere has a plurality of push button type switches located at major cities. When the user presses a switch, the clock display shows the current time in that city. The opaque hemisphere turns once every twenty four hours so that part of the world is in dark and part in light as defined by the time in a particular part of the world.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 4, 2002
    Publication date: July 10, 2003
    Inventor: Charles A. Stevens
  • Publication number: 20020131329
    Abstract: A time keeping device that provides a user with the time of day at any point on earth and the current day or night condition of any point on earth. The time keeping device includes a translucent external globe indicia for indicating time and an internal globe rotatably mounted within the external globe, and a support mechanimsm adapted for rotating the internal globe about a pair of axis, so that the time at a particular point on the internal globe can be read by a user by peering through the external globe to see the location of the indicia as projected on the internal globe.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2000
    Publication date: September 19, 2002
    Inventor: Miguel Guillermo Ochoa Loaiza
  • Patent number: 6233204
    Abstract: A time board for dynamically displaying the universal time is provided, the board is adaptable to hang on the wall of lounge of an airport, a main railroad station hall, a passenger terminal of a harbor, the office of tele-communication and the classroom of a school, and comprises a flat rectangular board having front panel on which a world map of Mercator Equator Projection is attached containing every country and region of the world which are covered by 24 time zones, each of the time zone occupies 15 degrees longitudes repersenting an hour. An universal date display column and an universal hour display column parallel extend adjacent an upper border of the board from left to right margin thereof each contains 25 display windows spaced apart and in cooperation with the 24 time zones for inserting binary numbered LEDs to dynamically display the date and time differences around the world.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 1996
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2001
    Inventors: Sheng-Pen Chu, Wen-Chi Chu, Wen-Ching Chu
  • Patent number: 6018503
    Abstract: A horometric device includes a globe supported by an arbor (2) which is driven by means of a pinion (4) by a motor (5) and turns by one rotation in 24 hours. On the interior of the globe (1), a circular flat screen (23) is supported by a horizontal shaft perpendicular to the design, on a cradle (22). An eccentric (21), situated at the end of an inner arbor (19), guided in a fixed pin (20), makes this screen, bearing a lamp (26), oscillate on either side of a central position situated in the rotational axis of the globe (1), in such a way as to represent, on the one hand, day and night, and, on the other hand, the variations in the height of the sun above the equator during the seasons. The arbor (2) is driven by the pinion (17) of the same motor. A time guide-mark (10) bears radial plates (14), inner edges (15) of which are located opposite the meridians of the globe (1). This guide-mark is stationary, and allows the local time to be read at any time at any point of the globe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2000
    Assignee: Edouard Pfister
    Inventors: Edouard F. Pfister, Daniel J. Rochat
  • Patent number: 5862102
    Abstract: A clock having conventional clock timing mechanism operably connected to a supporting hour hand, a minute hand, a modified second hand, and a freely pivotable object support hand. The object support hand swings freely in pendulum fashion, taking a downwardly at-rest position when not being otherwise articulated by the second hand. The second hand and/or the object support hand are modified to cooperatively engage with one another each time the second hand passes the object support hand so as to carry or pivotally lift the object support hand to the top of the arch of the second hand, at which point the object support hand freely pivots downwardly and swings in pendulum fashion until again coming to its at-rest position. The object support hand may include an enlarged distal end having the appearance of a miniature flyable object such as a strikeable sports related object which appears to be struck and to fly each time the second hand sweeps by and carryingly engages the object support hand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 1997
    Date of Patent: January 19, 1999
    Inventor: Jerry S. Trainello
  • Patent number: 5457663
    Abstract: An astronomical time clock has a clock face divided into twelve segments representing the months of the year and a centrally positioned light which represents the sun. A globe representing the Earth rotates by a drive means around the light and is positioned in the segment representing the current month. The time of the day may be displayed by conventional clock hands or a digital display which is made clearly visible only in the segment corresponding to the current month. In a preferred embodiment, the globe rotates on its axis representing night and day and may be provided with tilt representing the seasons of the year.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 1993
    Date of Patent: October 10, 1995
    Inventor: Stephen G. Mejaski
  • Patent number: 5197043
    Abstract: A clock, a calendar, and a two dimensional model of the earth viewed looking at the polar axis as the earth is rotated during a twenty-four hour period thus showing day and night, dawn and dusk. The shadow cast on the earth by the absence of the sun's rays are also shown. The changing of said shadow to show the seasons of the year is also shown as the shadow is rotated once every 365 days. The disc containing the rotating shadow has a pointer that tells the observer the month of the year and the day of the month along with the sign of the zodiac. The rotating earth map has symbols to represent the major cities of the earth and a symbol to represent the pole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 1991
    Date of Patent: March 23, 1993
    Inventor: Verne A. Strader
  • Patent number: 5132943
    Abstract: An electrically driven, world globe displaying Greenwich time, clock time, week of the year, season of the year and daylight-nighttime of a particular geographic location and a particular time of day relative to the rest of the world comprising a globe displaying a geographic arrangement of the world, a Greenwich time zone dial fixedly attached to said globe displaying Greenwich time relative to longitudinal locations of the geographic arrangement of the world, said globe and said Greenwich time zone dial together rotating in a first direction one revolution every twenty-four hours, a clock time zone dial rotating in a second direction opposite to said first direction, rotating one revolution once every twenty-four hours, a stationary geographic zone dial indicating cities and countries of the world.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 1991
    Date of Patent: July 21, 1992
    Inventor: Edward R. Davies
  • Patent number: 5008867
    Abstract: An ornamental clock with decorative time indicator, wherein the hour, minute and second indicator rotating shafts are elongated and can steadily rotate without swinging, characterized in that the elongated rotating shafts can accurately and co-axially and point-to-point rotatably contact with one another so that friction therebetween can be reduced to a minimum and they can be steadily driven by their corresponding indicator connectors without swinging movement, the second indicator being of global shape and the minute and hour indicator being two transparent or perforated spheres whereby when they relatively rotate at different speeds, the time is accurately indicated and excellent decorative effect is created.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 1990
    Date of Patent: April 16, 1991
    Inventor: Wei C. Ko
  • Patent number: 4985876
    Abstract: An apparatus wherein a spherical globe member includes a first and second equatorial band member, wherein the upper band member is rotated at a rate of one revolution per twenty-four hours, and wherein the lower band member is rotated at one revolution per sixty minutes, wherein upper and lower pivotally mounted indicator members are mounted to align themselves relative to one another at a predetermined orientation relative to the globe to provide a timing at any predetermined position about the globe surface relative to a predetermined geographical location or time band. The apparatus further includes an optionally positioned translucent darkened shade to indicate a darkened portion of the globe in association with evening hours versus daylight hours.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 1990
    Date of Patent: January 15, 1991
    Inventor: Rafael Vazquez
  • Patent number: 4938695
    Abstract: A device for controlling the direction of rotation of a world globe. The device has a ratchet ring which is affixed to the globe near the North or South Pole thereof. A deflectable pawl member is held by the support frame of the globe and permits the globe to rotate only so that its surface moves eastwardly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 1988
    Date of Patent: July 3, 1990
    Inventor: Janet L. Kinner
  • Patent number: 4671672
    Abstract: A universal time clock that can be constructed in a very simple and inexpensive way and the globe of which is driven by the hour tube of a left-hand-rotating clockwork, a network of lines being marked on a bell-shaped top put over the globe. The lines extend from the center point of the bell-shaped top, along the shortest route, to the lower end of said bell-shaped top. For the adjusting of the network of lines, the bell-shaped top can be turned manually on the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 1986
    Date of Patent: June 9, 1987
    Inventor: Manfred Hubner
  • Patent number: 4579460
    Abstract: A synchronous world clock which allows a user to determine the exact time at any location on earth is disclosed. The clock is comprised of a planisphere of the earth, a time scale surrounding the planisphere and a drive for rotating the planisphere counterclockwise relative to the time scale once every twenty-four hours in synchrony with the rotation of the earth with respect to the sun. The planisphere is a two-dimensional map of the earth which includes an accurate north polar projection of all the earth's inhabited continents. It is divided into a plurality of time zones corresponding to the earth's twenty-four standard time zones. The time zones are marked by a plurality of corresponding time zone indicators equally spaced along the circumference of the planisphere and numbered counterclockwise from 1 to 24.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 1984
    Date of Patent: April 1, 1986
    Inventor: Thomas D. Shannon
  • Patent number: 4477193
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a terrestrial globe comprising a world map carrying spherical body rotatably supported around the Antarctic and Arctic points on a stand, and luminous bodies such as light emitting diodes mounted on selected points corresponding to major cities or like in the world map so that a group of the luminous bodies mounted on the points of same standard time are lit when these luminous bodies come into a plane defined by the front side of the stand, and particularly to a terrestrial globe in which the standard time of the zone defined by a group of the luminous bodies is displayed by a digital clock mounted on the stand. The present invention further relates to a terrestrial globe in which the luminous bodies mounted on the spherical body are electrically connected via a circular arc-shaped support arm for said spherical body to a source circuit arranged within the stand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 1982
    Date of Patent: October 16, 1984
    Assignee: Unionelecs Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Shouji Yasufuku
  • Patent number: 4464058
    Abstract: A novel twenty-four hour clock providing a continuous display representative of the rotation of the Earth relative to the heavens, and the changing position of illustrated geographic areas of the Earth relative to the fixed position of the Sun, thereby providing the viewer with a visual display of the local time of day and also the time of day in each of said geographic areas. The present clock also includes a fixed midnight mark representative of a location in the heavens, 180.degree. around the Earth from the fixed location of the Sun, coinciding with the occurrence of midnight at each geographic area of the Earth as said geographic area passes thereby, the geographic area in which the Fiji Islands and New Zealand are located being designated the International Date Line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 1982
    Date of Patent: August 7, 1984
    Inventor: Barton L. Weller
  • Patent number: 4447159
    Abstract: A novel twenty-four hour clock (10) providing a continuous display representative of the rotation of the Earth relative to the heavens, and the changing position of illustrated geographic continents (33a, etc.) of the Earth relative to the fixed position of the Sun, thereby providing the viewer with a visual display of the local time of day and also the time of day in each of said geographic continents. The present clock (10) includes a continuous display of fixed indicia (35a and 36a) representative of a location in the heavens, 180.degree. around the Earth from the fixed location of the Sun, coinciding with the occurrence of midnight at each geographic area of the Earth as said geographic area passes thereby, the geographic area in which the Fiji Islands and New Zealand are located being designated the International Date Line (30).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 1982
    Date of Patent: May 8, 1984
    Inventor: Barton L. Weller
  • Patent number: 4308604
    Abstract: A clock for indicating the different times at different places in the world, comprises a globe and a dial ring rotatable in an annular groove formed around the inside of the globe at its equatorial region. The dial ring is rotated around the globe by a clock movement. A time scale on the dial ring is visible through a transparent zone of the equatorial region of the globe, and the simultaneous times at the different places in the world are indicated by reading the time scale in conjunction with index marks provided on the globe and identifying different places in the world.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 1980
    Date of Patent: December 29, 1981
    Inventor: James L. G. Graham