For Tactile Time Perception (e.g., Braille Clock) Patents (Class 368/230)
  • Patent number: 9824833
    Abstract: An appliance has an operating unit with an actuating element for triggering a pre-determined action. The actuating element is mechanically actuatable by force of a user. The actuating element is preferably a mechanically actuatable switch and/or key element. A touch-sensitive sensor is built into the actuating element, for detecting skin contact occurring as a result of the exertion of force for the mechanical actuation of the actuating element. The appliance is also embodied in such a way that, as a requirement for triggering the pre-determined actions, it is checked whether the actuating element is actuated and skin contact is detected by the touch-sensitive sensor. The appliance prevents defective actuations by associating touch-sensitive sensor technology with the mechanically actuatable actuating element. This ensures that mechanical actuation without skin contact does trigger the pre-determined action.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
    Inventors: Daniela Fertl, Fritjof Kaiser, Ines Steinke
  • Patent number: 9658600
    Abstract: A timepiece includes: a plurality of pins mounted along a circumferential direction on a face of the timepiece, each of the pins having a first end and a second end opposite the first end; and a pin mover configured to rotate along the circumferential direction of the timepiece, the pin mover being configured to engage the second ends of the pins to move the first ends of the pins away from the face of the timepiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Inventor: William H. Jeon
  • Patent number: 8787122
    Abstract: A tool for reporting a particular time using vibration is disclosed. The tool assigns a distinct vibration to separate hour regions and minute regions. The tool uses a short series of vibration pulses, one of which is the distinct vibration assigned to the hour region associated with the hour of the particular time, to indicate the hour. The tool produces the distinct vibration assigned to the minute region associated with the minute of the particular time, to indicate the minute to the nearest quarter hour. The total sequence of pulses consists of no more than five separate vibrations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Jeremy Paul Bongio, Christopher J. Buccella, Michael Steven Chase-Salerno, Sean Michael Swehla
  • Patent number: 8724433
    Abstract: A timed vibrating system for habit programming featuring a microprocessor, a vibrator, and a battery. A switch allows a user to control whether or not the vibration of the vibrator is audible. A cap on the housing allows a user to control the frequency with which the vibrator vibrates. Each vibration, or alert, reminds the user to clear his thoughts and rid his mind of worry so that he can maintain a positive outlook on his disease. The system can be worn on the user's body, for example around his neck on in his pocket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Inventor: Jim Buc
  • Patent number: 8483018
    Abstract: A Braille watch is provided that includes a first disk including a first raised surface, a first pin, a second pin, a third pin, and a fourth pin, a top plate, and an actuator to rotate the first disk. The top plate includes a first hole, a second hole, a third hole, and a fourth hole, wherein the first pin is mounted to slide within the first hole, the second pin is mounted to slide within the second hole, the third pin is mounted to slide within the third hole, and the fourth pin is mounted to slide within the fourth hole. The first pin, the second pin, the third pin, and the fourth pin are mounted above the first disk to extend above a top surface of the top plate when the first raised surface is positioned below the respective pin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2013
    Inventors: Nicholas Leon Anderson, John P Puccinelli, Chandresh Singh, Kyle St. John Jamar, Taylor Ann Milne
  • Patent number: 8031559
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a pulse alarm clock consisting of a main body of the alarm clock and two quick-fastening straps, wherein it has a high-voltage pulse generator installed inside the main body of the alarm clock, which is controlled by a timing device therefrom, and in addition, both its positive and negative pulse electrodes, which are controlled by a transfer switch, are extending outward along with an output-end and then combining all together at two quick-fastening straps, and thereat, it is able to fasten the alarm clock at a high sensitive portion of a human body with the utilization of these two quick-fastening straps, thereby, when it is reaching the preset alarm time on the alarm clock, it will activate the high-voltage pulse generator to creating the vibration effect that will be transferred to a high sensitive portion of the human body through these two quick-fastening straps and thus achieving the objective of wakening the user from sleep consequently.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2011
    Inventor: Tsung Chieh Lee
  • 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
  • Patent number: 7896542
    Abstract: The invention concerns a timepiece movement that includes first and second energy sources, wherein the first energy source is coupled to an oscillating weight by a first kinematic chain for automatically winding the movement, and the second energy source is coupled both to an activating device, and to a vibrating element by a second kinematic chain, to form a vibrating alarm mechanism that can be activated at a predetermined time. In addition, for the timepiece movement, the vibrating element of the vibrating alarm mechanism is the oscillating weight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2011
    Assignee: The Swatch Group Research and Development Ltd
    Inventors: Jean-Jacques Born, Cédric Nicolas
  • Patent number: 7339857
    Abstract: The vibrating device (1) is mounted in a portable object, such as a wristwatch, to act in particular as a silent alarm. The device includes a moving mass (3a, 3b, 6, 15) formed in part by a magnetic structure connected to a fixed structure (5) via a spring element (4), and a coil (2) connected to the fixed structure without any mechanical contact with the moving mass. The coil is electro-magnetically coupled to the moving mass to enable it to oscillate in at least one direction of oscillation (X) when it is being powered by alternating electrical signals at a determined frequency. A fixed part of the vibrating device includes a part (4d) forming part of the spring element, which is mounted on the fixed structure. This part includes a longitudinal aperture (14) in the direction of oscillation combined with a surface of the fixed structure to define guide means in which a projecting element (16) of the moving mass is placed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2008
    Assignee: Eta Sa Manufacture Horlogere Suisse
    Inventor: Gérald Maurice Matthey
  • Patent number: 7085197
    Abstract: The present invention essentially comprises a housing, a watch display contained within the housing and visible from the front of the housing, a vibrating mechanism contained within the housing and a vibration interval selection dial rotatably connected to the back of the housing. The vibration interval selection dial is electrically connected to the vibrating mechanism for selecting the time interval of the tactile reminder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2006
    Inventor: Jacqueline Victoria Pehrson
  • Patent number: 7079454
    Abstract: A tactilely readable timepiece with a clock device that keeps time. The display comprises a display area and at least one moveable portion within the display. The moveable portion is moveable with respect to the display to form at least one displayed character that is recognizable by touch by a user and has a tactilely sensible shape that is independent of a system of dots. An actuator operably associates the clock device of the moveable portion for displacing and positioning the moveable portion to form the displayed character depending on the current time kept by the clock device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2006
    Inventor: Alexander Wellen
  • Patent number: 7050360
    Abstract: To provide a wrist watch with a vibration function which can more enhance the vibration effect so that even when the user is, for example, sleeping deeply, the vibration function can effectively act on the user. The wrist watch with a vibration function comprises a watch case, a box part formed at an under surface of the watch case, at least one vibration motor received in the box such that a part of the vibration motor projects from the box part, a cover formed of a flexible material and adapted to cover for positioning the vibration motor, a bottom case serving as a lower surface and having a window formed in a part of the bottom case, and a vibration source received in the case and projecting from the window in a loosely fitted state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2006
    Assignee: Kabushiki-Kaisya Tokyo Shinya
    Inventor: Masaru Saito
  • Patent number: 7031228
    Abstract: The timepiece, which is preferably a wristwatch, includes for each time position a capacitive sensor (C1 to C12), on a fixed bezel, including only four markings (R3, R6, R9, R12) at 3 o'clock, 6 o'clock, 9 o'clock and 12 o'clock, and a single crown-push-button (9). The case contains, in particular, a non-acoustic vibration generator (20) and an electronic interpretation and coding circuit (15), associated with a time-keeper circuit (10), with the sensors and with the crown to control the vibration device, said circuit (15) being designed to identify the manipulations on the crown (brief, long application of pressure or pull) and on the sensors (positioning or movement).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2006
    Assignee: Asulab S.A.
    Inventors: Jean-Jacques Born, Erik Jan Frenkel
  • Patent number: 6882596
    Abstract: The manual control device for executing functions of an electronic watch (1) particularly a diary watch, includes a certain number of sensors (C1 to C7) wherein one touch sensitive pad of each sensor is placed for example on an internal face of the crystal (4). When a user's finger (20) is placed on the watch crystal in a determined zone of the sensitive pad of a sensor to be activated, it causes an electronic circuit (14) of the device to execute an instruction or a function. In a first mode selected by the electronic circuit, at least two sensors are grouped such that the electronic circuit executes the same operation when a finger is placed on the crystal in a determined zone of the sensitive pad of one sensor or the other. However, in a second mode selected by the electronic circuit, each sensor (C1 to C7) activated by the finger (20) provides measuring signals to the electronic circuit (14) for the execution of a different specific operation for each sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2005
    Assignee: Asulab S.A.
    Inventors: Jean-Charles Guanter, Gian-Carlo Poli
  • Publication number: 20040170089
    Abstract: A multi mode alert timer having a timer display, switches for start stop and reset functions and audible, visible, and tactile alert signal selection and a housing where a user may select a timer alert signal including the individual alert signals or any combination thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2003
    Publication date: September 2, 2004
    Inventor: Richard Rund
  • Patent number: 6724298
    Abstract: A remotely activated sensory stimulation device comprised of a case, a tactile stimulatory means, a receiving unit, a transmitting unit and a controller. The amplitude and frequency of the tactile stimulation is adjustable to provide different prompts or to alter the prompt. The device is further camouflaged with a second functionality to eliminate any social stigma. The device is useful for teaching individuals with a variety of learning disorders including Autistic Spectrum Disorder, Attention Deficit Disorder and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2004
    Inventor: J. Michelle Smith
  • Publication number: 20030179656
    Abstract: To provide a wrist watch with a vibration function which can more enhance the vibration effect so that even when the user is, for example, sleeping deeply, the vibration function can effectively act on the user. The wrist watch with a vibration function comprises a watch case, a box part formed at an under surface of the watch case, at least one vibration motor received in the box such that a part of the vibration motor projects from the box part, a cover formed of a flexible material and adapted to cover for positioning the vibration motor, a bottom case serving as a lower surface and having a window formed in a part of the bottom case, and a vibration source received in the case and projecting from the window in a loosely fitted state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2003
    Publication date: September 25, 2003
    Applicant: Kabushiki-Kaisya Tokyo Shinyu
    Inventor: Masaru Saito
  • Patent number: 6625088
    Abstract: A pin display first embodiment utilizes a cammed two differently dimensioned cam to press a pin support forward to make it even or clear it, followed by a flattened portion to enable a pin support to move back into gentle contact with a belt having raised numerals which generally advance based upon a continuously driven motor. A third position on the cam brings the pin support forward to a third, rest position away from the belt and at which the mechanism rests, typically for one minute. The subject matter can be time, temperature, barometric pressure, or for symbols and pictures for a story telling application. The device can be configured to display any dimensional image and can present a sequence of images. A pin display of a second embodiment of the invention utilizes push-pull solenoids to control pre-specified segmented areas of pins to an outward or inward position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2003
    Assignee: Daka Development Ltd. (Hong Kong Corporation)
    Inventors: Pat Y. Mah, Robert Bruce Tiller
  • Patent number: 6594202
    Abstract: A timepiece with time-display and skin-stimulation control circuit means is disclosed. The timepiece comprises a casing, a glass face disposed on the casing, a set of buttons provided on one end of the casing, two first contact elements bilaterally disposed at a top of the casting and detachably mounted on top of the casing, a circuit board comprising a 7-segment display and a LCD diposed inside the casing. The circuit board is electrical connected to the first contact element. A back cover comprising two openings covers a bottom side of the casing. An insulation plate comprising two bilateral protruded contact elements is detachably a bottom of the back cover. The circuit board is electrically connected with the first contact elements and the bilateral contact elements to sent out a pulse signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2003
    Inventor: Wu-Hsiung Ting
  • Patent number: 6349075
    Abstract: A small electronic equipment with a vibration alarm has, as a drive source, a flat stator type bipolar stepping motor, which has a rotor having high durability, can be assembled easily, requires low power consumption, is started constantly stably, and can be rotated at a high speed. In this electronic equipment with the vibration alarm, a rotor (1) is rotated by a rotary drive system including a drive pulse generating means (112, 113, 114), a drive circuit (110), a flat stator (6), a counter electromotive voltage detection coil (306), and a magnetic pole position detection means (107, 115, 116), so that an eccentric weight (2) fixed to the rotor is rotated, thereby generating vibration. The drive pulse generating means outputs a pulse signal for driving the stepping motor on the basis of an alarm signal output at alarm time. The drive circuit supplies a drive current to a drive coil (305) on the basis of the pulse signal from the drive pulse generating means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 1998
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2002
    Assignee: Cititzen Watch Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Norio Miyauchi, Tatsuo Nitta, Tomomi Murakami
  • Publication number: 20020012291
    Abstract: A small personal timing device having a vibration alarm or a beeping alarm and multiple ways to program the alarms, including a meeting/interval timer, a timer with repeating option, twelve daily alarms and a stopwatch. The meeting/interval timer sends 3 unique alarms for any programmed interval between 10 minutes and 120 minutes, and it automatically resets itself for the next ½ hour or hour. The 12 alarms can be used together with the meeting/interval timer and the timer and the stopwatch. An electronic circuit is located within the housing member and includes one AAA battery for power and a micro controller unit that has been masked with a software program.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 25, 2001
    Publication date: January 31, 2002
    Inventor: Mark I. Robinett
  • Patent number: 6151278
    Abstract: An improved programmable and remote-controlled device for awakening a user through the user's sense of touch is disclosed. The device utilizes a time keeping alarm circuit to accurately track and display time and also to output an alarm signal at a user-defined preset alarm time. The alarm signal is modulated, amplified, encrypted, and transmitted to a receiving unit. The receiving unit is strapped to or otherwise held against the user's body. The receiving unit decodes the received encrypted alarm signal and activates a vibrating mechanism utilized to awaken the user via the vibrating mechanism without relying upon an audible alarm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2000
    Assignee: D. Najarian
    Inventor: David Najarian
  • Patent number: 6052339
    Abstract: Watch with visual and touch horometric functions, including:a case (1) sealed by a crystal (4) arranged above an analogue dial (5) surrounded by a fixed bezel (8)a time-keeping circuit (10), a stepping motor (11);a non-acoustic vibration generating device (20);a power source (24) supplying the circuit (10), the motor (11) and the vibration generating device (20);twelve sensors (C.sub.1 to C.sub.12) facing the twelve time positions and a control element (9);an electronic coding circuit (25) associated with the circuit (10), the sensors (C.sub.1 to C.sub.12) and the control device (9) to control the vibration generating device (20);wherein the bezel (8) has twelve projections (R.sub.1 to R.sub.12) being arranged between the twelve sensors (C.sub.1 to C.sub.12) which extend radially beyond the bezel (8) and the case (1), said projections (R.sub.1 to R.sub.12) to guide a user's finger towards a determined sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2000
    Assignee: Asulab S.A.
    Inventors: Erik Jan Frenkel, Pascal Derivaz
  • Patent number: 5878004
    Abstract: A small electronic equipment with a vibration alarm has, as a drive source, a flat stator type bipolar stepping motor, which has a rotor having high durability, can be assembled easily, requires low power consumption, is started constantly stably, and can be rotated at a high speed. In this electronic equipment with the vibration alarm, a rotor (1) is rotated by a rotary drive system including a drive pulse generating means (112, 113, 114), a drive circuit (110), a flat stator (6), a counter electromotive voltage detection coil (306), and a magnetic pole position detection means (107, 115, 116), so that an eccentric weight (2) fixed to the rotor is rotated, thereby generating vibration. The drive pulse generating means outputs a pulse signal for driving the stepping motor on the basis of an alarm signal output at alarm time. The drive circuit supplies a drive current to a drive coil (305) on the basis of the pulse signal from the drive pulse generating means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 1997
    Date of Patent: March 2, 1999
    Assignee: Citizen Watch Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Norio Miyauchi, Tatsuo Nitta, Tomomi Murakami
  • Patent number: 5861797
    Abstract: A reminder device includes a case sized so that said case is adapted to be worn on the wrist of a user. The case holds a microprocessor, a tactile alarm, an electric clock, and a battery which provides electric power to the microprocessor, the tactile alarm, and the electric clock. A display on the case displays from time to time (a) a pay attention notice alerting the user to be attentive, and (b) one of a plurality a pre-programmed reminder messages. A control panel enables the user to select a periodic interval at which the pay attention notice is displayed, the desired pre-programmed reminder message displayed, and the day and time at which the pre-programmed reminder message is displayed. The alarm is activated when the pay attention notice is displayed and when the pre-programmed reminder message is displayed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 1997
    Date of Patent: January 19, 1999
    Inventor: Laurence D. Becker
  • Patent number: 5764594
    Abstract: A silent alarm clock including a portable receiver unit with a wrist watch-type configuration. The receiver unit includes a vibrator adapted to create a vibrating sensation upon the receipt of a radio signal. To provide power to the receiver unit a rechargeable battery is included with a pair of associated contacts and a charger adapted to allow the recharging thereof. Also included is a base transmitter unit with a recharging base having a pair of contacts for contacting those of the receiver unit in a recharge orientation. A clock unit is situated within the base transmitter unit having associated control circuitry and a speaker. The clock circuitry is adapted to define at least two predetermined times. The base transmitter unit is adapted to transmit an audio signal via the speaker at a predetermined time if the receiver unit is the recharge orientation thereof and further generate a radio signal via free space if the receiver unit is not in the recharge orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 1996
    Date of Patent: June 9, 1998
    Inventors: Paul Berman, Neal Marks, Brad Zieg
  • Patent number: 5686882
    Abstract: The silent alarm comprises a wrist band housing which can be attached to the wrist of a person. A signal receiving device is mounted in the wrist band housing for receiving a signal from a clock controlled transmitter. Vibratory means are also mounted in the housing and are connected to the signal receiving device. A battery is mounted in the wrist band to energize the vibratory means when the signal receiving device receives a signal in order to quietly awaken a sleeping person wearing the wrist band.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 1996
    Date of Patent: November 11, 1997
    Inventor: Sandra M. Giani
  • Patent number: 5559761
    Abstract: An electronic timepiece having an analog or digital display delivering time information in silent, tactile manner in which the control elements (L, C, B.sub.1, B.sub.2) provided on the exterior of a closed housing cooperate via the intermediary of an interpretation circuit with the electronic coding means (22) to drive the vibration generating device (23) by means of pulse strings to emit vibration strings representative of an item of time information or of the accuracy of a time instruction or non-time instruction introduced by means of said control elements.The timepiece presents a conventional appearance, but enables a visually impaired person to know the time, to correct the internal time and to set an alarm time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 1995
    Date of Patent: September 24, 1996
    Assignee: Asulab S.A.
    Inventors: Erik J. Frenkel, Jean-Jacques Born
  • Patent number: 5367505
    Abstract: A watch with a dumb alarm has a time drive region which is electrically drivable and an alarm drive region which is drivable by a mechanical drive source. The alarm drive region has an alarm wheel engaging the hour wheel, an eccentric weight rotatably supported in an eccentric position, an alarm lever for urging the hour wheel toward the alarm wheel, the alarm lever having a distal end engageable with an engaging portion on the eccentric weight, an externally operable member for controlling the eccentric weight to start and stop operating, a spiral spring for rotating the eccentric weight, and a wheel train for transmitting drive forces from the spiral spring. When a preset time to be announced comes, the hour wheel engages the alarm wheel to allow the eccentric weight to start operating, and power of the spiral spring is transmitted through the wheel train to the eccentric weight to rotate the eccentric weight to produce vibrations thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 1994
    Date of Patent: November 22, 1994
    Assignee: Citizen Watch Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hidetaka Tsuchiya, Nobuyuki Uehara, Masami Fukuda, Masao Mafune
  • Patent number: 5365497
    Abstract: A non-acoustic alarm intended to equip a device supplying information such as time information. Such alarm includes motor means (24) which can be electrically driven and which are associated with a mass (26) adapted to be set in motion under the action of the motor means (24) in order to furnish a vibratory effect. Such alarm is furthermore characterized in that the motor means (24) are constituted by an electromagnetic motor (24a, 24b) fixedly mounted on a support (28) including elastic coupling elements (30) which are associated with said mass (26) which is designed to assume a quasi-linear oscillating motion relative to the electromagnetic motor (24a, 24b) when the motor is operated. The invention is particularly adapted for integration within a timepiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 1994
    Date of Patent: November 15, 1994
    Assignee: Asulab S.A.
    Inventor: Jean-Jacques Born
  • Patent number: 5361241
    Abstract: A Vib-A-Wake wristwatch is provided that alerts the wearer by vibrating the entire watchband. Unlike watches that vibrate just the watch body, this provides a quieter and more effective alarm. Two vibrating watchband embodiments are provided. In the first, the watchband is vibrated using electromechanical means, and, in the second, the watchband is vibrated using a flexible piezoelectric crystal embedded in the watchband. A snooze alarm and accessory battery charger are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 1993
    Date of Patent: November 1, 1994
    Inventors: Salvator Ferrara, Michael Sferrazza, Pietro Oppedisano
  • Patent number: 5311487
    Abstract: An electromechanical wristwatch is described with the particular characteristic of being readable both by sight or by touch in that the hours and minutes are indicated in two square areas. In each of these areas are four cursors which, by means of electrical impulses, which come out of or go back into the case. Said reading by touch can thus be interpreted by means of a series of combinations of the said cursors, which permit the time to be determined with an interval of five minutes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 1992
    Date of Patent: May 10, 1994
    Inventors: Gianni Mininni, Eugenio Michelotti
  • Patent number: 5282181
    Abstract: A timepiece to be worn on the person which provides a silent mechanism alarm in the form of a tactile stimulus to the wearer when the chosen alarm time is reached. The tactile stimulus is provided by a motor attached to or integral with the timepiece and which may be driven by the same battery. The motor may actuate an element which creates the tactile stimulus in the form of vibrations, oscillations, a thumping sensation or a tightening of the wristband, among others.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 1991
    Date of Patent: January 25, 1994
    Assignee: Shelly Karen Entner
    Inventors: Shelly K. Entner, Philip R. Lichtman, David B. Gernes, Ernesto E. Blanco
  • Patent number: 5233572
    Abstract: A device whereby the wearer receives a succession of prompts on a random interval schedule of reinforcement when activated by a corresponding succession of user inputs comprising: push of input push button, switch to determine if input is valid or invalid, means to activate random number generator, means to activate decrement, switch to determine completion or non-completion of decrement, output of one pulse, push of input push button, switch to determine if input is valid or invalid, step timer, switch to determine if invalid input push button occurred within ten seconds of output of one pulse, a push of input push button, switch to determine if input is valid or invalid, step timer, switch to determine if invalid input push button occurred within ten seconds of push of input push button, means to activate random number generator, means to activate decrement, switch to determine completion or non-completion of decrement, and output of two pulses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 1990
    Date of Patent: August 3, 1993
    Assignee: Kenneth D. McCarty, Jr.
    Inventor: Kenneth D. McCarty, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5089998
    Abstract: An alarm clock comprising a housing, electronic clock means including time and alarm setting means, tine indicator signal means, alarm signal generating means, and alarm off signal input means, wherein the reception of an alarm of signal disables the generation of the alarm signal, battery means connected to said electronic clock means for supplying power to said electronic clock means, a time display mounted in the face of said housing and connected to said time indicator signal means, first solid state switch means connected and responsive to said alarm signal generating means, sound generating means disposed in said housing, vibration generating means mounted to the interior of said housing, alarm mode switch means for selectively switching between alarm off and audible and vibratory alarm modes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 1991
    Date of Patent: February 18, 1992
    Inventor: Richard Rund
  • Patent number: 5023853
    Abstract: A timepiece in which a vibration member starts vibration at an alarm time to let a person know the alarm time. The timepiece comprises a case having a shape of thin, small-sized wrist watch form, timekeeping circuit for counting a present time, alarm circuit for setting alarm time, detection circuit for detecting a coincidence a present time with the alarm time and the vibration member actuated at a set time to indicate time. The vibration member comprises a ultrasonic wave motor and an eccentric weight wheel driven by the ultrasonic motor and having its center of gravity deviated from its axis. The whole timepiece is vibrated by the unbalanced centrifugal forces produced by the turn of the weight wheel at the set time to indicate the time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 1989
    Date of Patent: June 11, 1991
    Inventors: Masayuki Kawata, Nobuo Tsukada
  • Patent number: 4472065
    Abstract: A device for converting pulses generated by a 7-segment, 12-hour clock unit of a standard electronic timepiece into a sequence of nonoptical time-indicating signals. The device comprises binary counter means for counting minutes and groups of 5-minute multiples each, a parallel binary-to-serial pulse converter for converting the parallel hour, 5-minute-multiple and minute signals from the 7-segment display unit and from the counter means respectively, into serial pulses distinctly representing hours, 5-minute multiples and minutes respectively. The device also comprises amplifier means for amplifying the serial pulses and aural or tactile sensation-producing device to render the pulses audible or palpable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 1982
    Date of Patent: September 18, 1984
    Inventor: Joseph Goodman
  • Patent number: 4456387
    Abstract: A silent alarm wrist watch is disclosed wherein the human wrist is vibrated directly by a vibration means at a preset alarm time. The vibration means are energized by an electric signal at a composite frequency made up of two or more frequencies (repetition rates), each selected from a range, one higher, one lower, and both in the range of 0 to 300 Hz. The invention permits low energy consumption of the electric power source in the watch, and effective recognition of the alarm vibration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 1980
    Date of Patent: June 26, 1984
    Inventor: Kazunobu Igarashi