Optical Patents (Class 368/239)
  • Patent number: 9588493
    Abstract: A set of luminous display hands is for a portable object including a frame housing an electrical energy supply source that includes a first and a second terminal. The set includes at least first and second luminous display hands made of an electrically non-conductive material. A drive arbor of the second display hand is arranged concentrically inside a drive arbor of the first display hand. Each of the first and second display hands carries a first, respectively a second light source which emits light. The first and second light sources each include a first and a second pole. Depending on whether the light sources are mounted in parallel or in series, the first pole or the second pole of the second light source is connected to the first pole of the first light source by contact between the first and second hands.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: The Swatch Group Research and Development Ltd.
    Inventor: Pierpasquale Tortora
  • Publication number: 20150049591
    Abstract: A method for interacting with a user through a smart watch can include displaying an interactive image. The method can further include detecting a contact moving continuously from a first edge of the touch-sensitive display toward a second, opposite edge of the touch-sensitive display. In response to the detection, the touch-sensitive display can display select function indicators in accordance with movement of the contact. The select function indicators can comprise four or fewer distinct, selectable icons.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 14, 2014
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Inventors: William Adams, Chandrasekar Rathakrishnan, Jaren Chee Wei Goh
  • Patent number: 8942070
    Abstract: A mathematical watch displays time using mathematical problems. The answers to the mathematical problems indicate the current time. The mathematical problems are periodically updated on a screen of the mathematical watch. The mathematical watch also displays an angle shape that indicates the current temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Inventor: Bhavesh Shah
  • Patent number: 8861314
    Abstract: A system, apparatus, and method for displaying the time of day. Reference points, including fixed reference points and movable reference points, can be used to display time information in a way that makes it easier for a vision impaired individual to read the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Inventors: Christopher Arabian, Logan Arabian
  • Publication number: 20140293759
    Abstract: A multiview 3D wrist watch is disclosed. The wrist watch has clock circuitry to determine a time and a plurality of light sources to generate a plurality of input planar lightbeams. A directional backplane having a plurality of directional pixels scatters the plurality of input planar lightbeams into a plurality of directional lightbeams, each directional lightbeam having a direction and angular spread controlled by characteristics of a directional pixel in the plurality of directional pixels. A shutter layer receives the time from the clock circuitry and modulates the plurality of directional lightbeams to generate a 3D time view.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 19, 2014
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Inventors: Brian Taff, David A. Fattal, Raymond G. Beausoleil
  • Patent number: 8811121
    Abstract: A portable timepiece includes at least one hand for displaying the minutes and hours and an electronic unit for the chromatic tuning of an instrument. The electronic unit includes an acoustic signal sensor and a means of processing the received electro-acoustic signal. At least one of the hands of the timepiece displays data relative to the received electro-acoustic signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: ETA SA Manufacture Horlogere Suisse
    Inventor: Fabien Balli
  • Publication number: 20140226443
    Abstract: A display assembly includes a display selectively displaying human-readable indicia on a face thereof and a cover disposed over the display. The cover has a homogeneous surface over the entire face of the display. The display assembly is controllable between an inactive state and an active state. In the inactive state, the face of the display is not viewable through the cover, and in the active state, the indicia are viewable through the cover.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 22, 2014
    Publication date: August 14, 2014
    Applicant: NIKE, INC.
    Inventors: Brad N. Carlson, Bo Stefan Andren
  • Publication number: 20140226445
    Abstract: A device which is suitable for integration into a timepiece, in particular in the form of a timepiece module, another type of watch module or a basic watch movement. The device includes at least one opening, in each of which an associated image guide is mounted, and for each of these image guides the device including means for fastening the image guide in the associated opening, such that the image guide allows display information displayed on a representation plane to be reproduced on a display plane.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 28, 2012
    Publication date: August 14, 2014
    Inventors: Sébastien Dordor, Schelling Debora
  • Publication number: 20140226442
    Abstract: A display assembly includes a display selectively displaying human-readable indicia on a face thereof and a cover disposed over the display. The cover has a homogeneous surface over the entire face of the display. The display assembly is controllable between an inactive state and an active state. In the inactive state, the face of the display is not viewable through the cover, and in the active state, the indicia are viewable through the cover.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 22, 2014
    Publication date: August 14, 2014
    Applicant: NIKE, INC.
    Inventors: Brad N. Carlson, Bo Stefan Andren
  • Patent number: 8758884
    Abstract: [Problem] An instrument display board is provided which does not need troublesome work for preparing plural plate members, can adopt a great variety of designs, can present a stereoscopic feeling and a high-class feeling, brings about unprecedented color tone variation, metallic texture, brilliancy in the light, etc., is very excellent in high-class feeling and design variation, has excellent appearance quality and therefore can enhance merchantability. A process for producing the instrument display board is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignees: Citizen Holdings Co., Ltd., Yamamoto Mfg. Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Seiichi Hiroe, Katsuyuki Yamaguchi, Hiroshi Ikebuchi, Taijiro Ito
  • Patent number: 8693291
    Abstract: In the conventional clock, it is difficult to instantly grasp the additional information upon looking at the time and the information is not efficiently utilized. The clock is not popular among people of all ages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: Nihon Techno Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Eiichi Umamoto
  • Patent number: 8687467
    Abstract: A visual display and device and method for producing the display may indicate the time or other data in a bold, elegant, intuitive, and stylistic manner that is easily legible despite obscured vision, viewing distances, or the user's inattentiveness. A minimalistic display may include a shape such as a geometric shape that presents the time by connecting the distal ends of the hour and minute indicators with a possibly time-varying curve. This curve aids in the interpretation of the time. Another embodiment of the invention displays, using a polar coordinate system, two physical parameters on single similar display in an aesthetically-pleasing, elegant, and intuitive method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Inventor: John R. Comeau
  • Publication number: 20140036638
    Abstract: A waterproof adhesive decal containing an embedded digital clock and thermometer is disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 4, 2012
    Publication date: February 6, 2014
    Inventors: Travis Gough, Greg Siefkin
  • Patent number: 8593912
    Abstract: A multimedia alarm clock projector having a housing assembly, a speaker system, and a projector assembly. The projector assembly has a projector having a focusing ring and lens. The projector further has electrical wiring, a mount assembly, and first base. The first base is mounted onto the housing assembly. The projector projects a visual projection at any angle between a horizontal plane to an vertical plane. The projector assembly further has a stationary ring fixed to the housing assembly. The stationary ring has a first lip. The projector assembly further has a rotational base plate with a second lip, a second base, and a channel. The rotational base plate is rotatably mounted onto the stationary ring, whereby the channel receives the first lip. The projector is mounted onto the rotational base plate. The rotational base plate comprises a cavity. The multimedia alarm clock further has a remote control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Inventor: William Amores
  • Patent number: 8588033
    Abstract: Method for displaying the time in a wristwatch furnished with an electronic display (4) allowing the display of a simulated mechanical watch movement and of time indicators (20) so as to simulate a mechanical watch. The time displayed is advantageously calculated on the basis of the simulation of the movement and depends on the acceleration measured by an accelerometer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Assignee: Comme le Temps SA
    Inventors: Pascal Pozzo Di Borgo, Jorg Hysek
  • Publication number: 20130142016
    Abstract: Method for displaying the time in a wristwatch furnished with an electronic display (4) allowing the display of a simulated mechanical watch movement and of time indicators (20) so as to simulate a mechanical watch. The time displayed is advantageously calculated on the basis of the simulation of the movement and depends on the acceleration measured by an accelerometer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 28, 2012
    Publication date: June 6, 2013
    Applicant: COMME LE TEMPS SA
    Inventor: Comme Le Temps SA
  • Publication number: 20130094333
    Abstract: A timepiece display plate, while obtaining reflection light having metal texture, allows partial light as a transmissive light to transmit to a solar cell and easily adapt to various types of dial plates. A timepiece display plate (150) for a timepiece (200) having a plate-like solar cell (130), includes a light transmissive dial plate (151) and a brightness improving film (brightness improving plate) separately disposed between the light transmissive dial plate (151) and the solar cell (130).
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 23, 2011
    Publication date: April 18, 2013
    Applicants: CITIZEN HOLDINGS CO., LTD., YAMAMOTO MANUFACTURING CO., LTD., CITIZEN WATCH CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Nobuo Ito, Takayuki Waseda, Shinichi Sakamaki, Hiroshi Ikebuchi, Yutaka Sugihara, Shigeo Kaneko
  • Publication number: 20130070574
    Abstract: To provide a timepiece rotating display member that presents an appearance with a rich stereoscopic effect, and to provide a timepiece including the timepiece rotating display member, a timepiece rotating display member of the invention includes a microlens layer formed with a plurality of microlenses which are arranged in an orderly fashion as viewed in a planar view; and a decorative layer formed with a repeating design and/or a design having a plurality of lines; wherein the microlens layer and the decorative layer are superimposed as viewed in a planar view. It is preferable that the timepiece rotating display member is a date disc, a day disc, an age-of-the-moon disc or a disc hand.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 8, 2012
    Publication date: March 21, 2013
    Applicant: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventor: Koki TAKASAWA
  • 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: 20120257481
    Abstract: A timepiece includes a movement, a ring member, and an hour plate. Upward engagement convex portions of the ring member have contact parts placed near an outer peripheral surface of the ring member. The hour plate has a plurality of interposition portions and a plurality of convex portion accommodation grooves opened to the peripheral surface thereof. The interposition portions divide the convex portion accommodation grooves, come into close contact with the contact parts in the state of being elastically deformed, and interpose the engagement convex portions therebetween along a direction perpendicular to a radial direction of the ring member. The convex portion accommodation grooves are housed in the respective engagement convex portions, and the hour plate is attached to the ring member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 8, 2012
    Publication date: October 11, 2012
    Inventor: Haruki HIRANUMA
  • Publication number: 20120201104
    Abstract: A wrist belt or bracelet having a timepiece function, comprises an annular plastic material body within which a flexible material strip which carries display means, an electronic control unit and an electrical power supply battery, is embedded. The display means and the electronic control unit are provided for displaying the time through numbers or symbols which are lighted along the abovementioned strip.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 27, 2012
    Publication date: August 9, 2012
    Inventor: Massimo AMENDUNI GRESELE
  • Publication number: 20120147714
    Abstract: A clock configured to display time as a cumulative sum of time display areas of various shapes arranged in various arrangements. The clock is also configured to display complete and fractional hours in any single display area capable of being activated in a random order.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 8, 2010
    Publication date: June 14, 2012
    Inventor: Yaron Chaut
  • Publication number: 20120113766
    Abstract: A visual display and device and method for producing the display may indicate the time or other data in a bold, elegant, intuitive, and stylistic manner that is easily legible despite obscured vision, viewing distances, or the user's inattentiveness. A minimalistic display may include a shape such as a geometric shape that presents the time by connecting the distal ends of the hour and minute indicators with a possibly time-varying curve. This curve aids in the interpretation of the time. Another embodiment of the invention displays, using a polar coordinate system, two physical parameters on single similar display in an aesthetically-pleasing, elegant, and intuitive method.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 4, 2010
    Publication date: May 10, 2012
    Inventor: John R. COMEAU
  • Publication number: 20110158057
    Abstract: A smaller sized flip dot display utilizes a magnetically actuated segment that rotates between two orientations. The orientations display two different optical states. There are disclosed various designs implementing magnetic actuators in conjunction with one or more of microcontrollers, capacitors, balanced flippers, sequentially driven flippers and other features to reduce power consumption of small mobile devices such as watches.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 27, 2010
    Publication date: June 30, 2011
    Inventors: Donald R. Brewer, Andrew M. Wright, David B. Cope
  • Patent number: 7859947
    Abstract: A system for distributing and information processing watch information contents D1 concerning a variety of clocks, the system comprising: an information distribution device 19 that distributes watch information contents D1 concerning a variety of clocks, the contents being created in advance, as data to an information user's hand held terminal device #i (i=1 to n); and a plurality of hand held terminal devices #i that acquires and processes watch information contents D1 distributed as data by this information distribution device 19, wherein a software watch based on the watch information contents D1 is displayed as a video image, and a time is clocked at the hand held terminal device #i. In this manner, a plurality of software watches with different designs can be configured, and time display of these software watches can be automatically corrected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2010
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Eiji Kawai
  • Patent number: 7843769
    Abstract: An information processing device includes: timing means for performing a timing action thereby to output time information indicating the result of the timing action; unit time outputting means for converting the time, as indicated by the time information outputted from the timing means, into individual unit times, as expressed by using a plurality of time units individually, thereby to output the plural unit times individually; unit-by-unit contents decision means for individually deciding the unit presentation contents of an object to be presented to a user, individually for the plural time units, on the basis of such one of the plural unit times outputted from the unit time outputting means as is expressed by a target time unit; general contents decision means for deciding the general presentation contents of the object at the time which is indicated by the time information outputted from the timing means, on the basis of the unit presentation contents for every the time units decided by the unit-by-unit co
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2010
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Naoto Ishida, Masafumi Hatanaka, Eiji Kawai, Eriko Takeo, Toshitake Mashiko
  • Publication number: 20100277081
    Abstract: A clock brightness control circuit includes at least a photosensitive element connected with a current limiting element and a current regulating element. The current limiting element and the current regulating element are connected with a light-emitting element of a clock, and adjust a current flowing through the light-emitting element under control of the photosensitive element in response to ambient light illumination. The clock brightness control circuit can adjust the brightness of the clock upon a change of the ambient light illumination when the circuit is applied in the clock.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2009
    Publication date: November 4, 2010
    Applicant: SHENZHEN GREAT POWER ENTERPRISE CO., LIMITED
    Inventor: QIXIANG FENG
  • Publication number: 20100226212
    Abstract: Alarm clocks, such as alarm clock radios, comprising a video screen wherein at a preset time, the display screen displays a video and broadcasts audio. If a user does not input a required input within a certain time after the alarm mode has started, the video and audio change to a video and audio which are less tranquil. One alarm mode is initiated with waves lapping on a tranquil seashore during a sunny morning. After a while, the video and audio transition to a violent storm with dark clouds, rain, lightening, thunder and large waves crashing onto the shore. Other themes include a couple walking in a park, a couple dancing, and a busy city scene. A “silence alarm” feature requires a user to input correct information based on the display in response to a visual query, in order to stop or change the alarm mode.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 9, 2009
    Publication date: September 9, 2010
    Inventor: Kash Gobindram
  • Publication number: 20100214883
    Abstract: My invention is a new way to use a cathode ray tube, as used in oscilloscopes. My electronic circuit design controls the crt so that a clock face is displayed on the crt's screen, showing the time like a clock. It is meant to be a novelty item, and it is built inside a clear acrylic case, to enhance the novelty by displaying the construction inside and the electronic circuitry, as well as the cathode ray tube.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 20, 2009
    Publication date: August 26, 2010
    Inventor: Howard Uhler Constantine, IV
  • Patent number: 7738320
    Abstract: A method for displaying temporal data on a portable device is presented. The method includes converting the temporal data to clock coordinates to generate a clock data set. In addition, the method includes presenting a clock plot representative of the clock data set on a dial of a clock. Systems and computer-readable medium that afford functionality of the type defined by this method are also contemplated in conjunction with the present technique.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2010
    Assignee: General Electric Co.
    Inventor: Basel Hasan Taha
  • Publication number: 20100061195
    Abstract: An electrophoretic display device has at least a laminate including a transparent substrate, a transparent electrode layer, an electrophoretic display layer, a drive electrode layer having drive electrodes for driving the electrophoretic display layer, and a back substrate laminated sequentially from the display surface side, and a protective sheet that covers and seals the laminate from both sides. The transparent electrode layer is formed as a common electrode to the electrophoretic display layer. A through-hole unit is formed passing through the thickness of the laminate. An inside ring member that has substantially the same thickness as the laminate is disposed substantially flush to both sides of the laminate with a specific seal width sealing the inside circumference edge of a first through-hole formed at a specific position through the thickness of the laminate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 8, 2009
    Publication date: March 11, 2010
    Applicant: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventor: Hatsuki Kanbayashi
  • Publication number: 20090268566
    Abstract: [Problem] An instrument display board is provided which does not need troublesome work for preparing plural plate members, can adopt a great variety of designs, can present a stereoscopic feeling and a high-class feeling, brings about unprecedented color tone variation, metallic texture, brilliancy in the light, etc., is very excellent in high-class feeling and design variation, has excellent appearance quality and therefore can enhance merchantability. A process for producing the instrument display board is provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 28, 2006
    Publication date: October 29, 2009
    Applicants: CITIZEN HOLDINGS CO., LTD., YAMAMOTO MFG. CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Seiichi Hiroe, Katsuyuki Yamaguchi, Hiroshi Ikebuchi, Taijiro Ito
  • Publication number: 20090154297
    Abstract: A time display system, method and device, particularly well-suited to mobile phones and other portable or wearable electronics, allows a user to change the way information is displayed by simply changing the physical orientation of the TDD. Various sensor-, position- or orientation-related devices suitable to be applied include compass, digital level/plumb, gyroscope-based orientation sensor, GPS receiver and others. TDD appearance is user-customizable via Internet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 19, 2009
    Publication date: June 18, 2009
    Inventor: Shelton E. Harrison, JR.
  • Publication number: 20090135680
    Abstract: In various implementations, a personal article or a portion thereof may be able to change colors. The personal article may transmit a first range of wavelengths of light and upon activation transmit a second range of wavelengths of light different from the first range of wavelengths of light.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 5, 2008
    Publication date: May 28, 2009
    Applicant: Fossil, Inc.
    Inventor: David A. Rosales
  • Patent number: 7525877
    Abstract: A time display device (“TDD”) —equally adaptable to watches, clocks, computers, phones, and vehicles —indicates the current hour of the day by displaying a color that refers an observer to the disclosed color-to-hour matrix, thereby eliminating the traditional hour hand or digit altogether. Alternately adaptable to months, the system may be used with both mechanical and electronic displays. Various disclosed minute indicators provide minute indication by shape, complexity, company logo, air bubbles, or other novel methods. Environmental sensors allow switching between functions. TDD appearance is user-customizable via Internet. Birthstones, gemstones, and precious metals are alternately used as stand-alone time indicators. Licensing information may be obtained via www.inventerprise.com.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2009
    Inventor: Shelton E. Harrison, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7518959
    Abstract: A display device has a timekeeping unit that keeps time; and a display unit that displays numerals denoting the hour value of time information, numerals denoting the tens digit of the minute value of the time information, and numerals denoting the ones digit of the minute value of the time information at dispersed over the display area of the display device, and varies the position where time information is displayed by the numeral denoting the hour value, the numeral denoting the tens digit of the minute value, and the numeral denoting the ones digit of the minute value, based on time information kept by the timekeeping unit. The numeral denoting the hour value, the numeral denoting the tens digit, and the numeral denoting the ones digit are displayed on the display unit according to at least one of a specified display state and a specified display position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2009
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Masao Akaiwa, Yuko Furukawa, Norimitsu Baba
  • Patent number: 7505374
    Abstract: An electronic clock that produces both an analog and digital display and includes tracks that sequentially light to indicate passing seconds, minutes, and hours.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2009
    Inventors: Donald J. Booty, Jr., Linda Hodgdon
  • Patent number: 7385881
    Abstract: A display mode control method includes the steps of: enabling an electronic device to determine the time of day; and enabling the electronic device to operate a display panel thereof in a first display mode when the time of day corresponds to nighttime, and in a second display mode when otherwise. The display panel shows information in a light shade against a dark background when operated in the nighttime display mode, and in a dark shade against a light background when operated in the daytime display mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2008
    Assignee: Mitac International Corp.
    Inventor: Yu-Chien Huang
  • Publication number: 20080002527
    Abstract: A timepiece has a display panel having electrophoretic particles between two opposing substrates, and a drive circuit unit having a display drive unit for applying an electric field between the substrates and a timekeeping unit for keeping time information. A plurality of first electrodes are rendered in the shapes of a plurality of symbols used to display time information content on one of the substrates, and a second electrode is disposed on the other substrate for applying a voltage between the first electrodes and the second electrode.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 8, 2007
    Publication date: January 3, 2008
    Applicant: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Junichiro Ishii, Manabu Akahane
  • Patent number: 7307920
    Abstract: This utility discloses a timer display device for displaying time. The timer display device comprises a counting unit and at least twelve light generating modules with circular arrangement to hour positions. The counting unit is a clock for counting actual time. The light generating module is used to modify light generating status according to the counting unit to display actual time correspondingly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2007
    Assignee: Intematix Technology Center Corp.
    Inventor: Hwa Su
  • Patent number: 7286445
    Abstract: A unified digital time display is presented in an expanded display field and configured for compatibility with prior balanced, quadribalanced, enhanced quadribalanced or unidirectional segmented displays by positioning hour display elements generally in the center of the field, minute display elements in a space beside the right flank of the hour elements, seconds display elements below the hour elements, with markers in a space beside the left flank of the hour elements which are visually different and distinguishable from markers included in the prior displays.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2007
    Assignee: Equitime, Inc.
    Inventors: Berj A. Terzian, Michael Terzian
  • Patent number: 7149152
    Abstract: A projection clock includes a base unit that includes a power supply, a clock circuit powered by the power supply, and a wireless transmitter for wirelessly transmitting time information provided by the clock circuit. Also, a projection unit, separate from the base unit, includes a projection circuit and a wireless receiver for wirelessly receiving the transmitted time information, based on which the projection circuit operatively projects the time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2006
    Assignee: IDT Technology Limited
    Inventor: Raymond Chan
  • Patent number: 7082080
    Abstract: Balanced, quadribalanced, enhanced quadribalanced or unidirectional segmented digital time display systems are modified by inclusion of enhanced prompts which readily distinguish such real time displays and which comprise the letters AL, dA, and each of M, D and Y in pairs, to symbolize that the displays are in modes for setting or resetting an alarm time or calendar values such as the current day name and the current month, day or year dates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2006
    Assignee: Equitime, Inc.
    Inventor: Berj A. Terzian
  • Patent number: 7079452
    Abstract: A time display device (“TDD”)—equally adaptable to watches, clocks, computers, phones, and vehicles—indicates the current hour of the day by displaying a color that refers an observer to the disclosed color-to-hour matrix, thereby eliminating the traditional hour hand or digit altogether. Alternately adaptable to months, the system may be used with both mechanical and electronic displays. Various disclosed minute indicators provide minute indication by shape, complexity, company logo, air bubbles, or other novel methods. Environmental sensors allow switching between functions. TDD appearance is user-customizable via Internet. Birthstones, gemstones, and precious metals are alternately used as stand-alone time indicators.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2006
    Inventor: Shelton E. Harrison
  • Patent number: 7035170
    Abstract: A device and method for displaying variable data comprises: logic for displaying a gauge that comprises a closed two-dimensional shape. The two-dimensional shape comprises a linear pointer inside the shape, the location of the pointer being determined as a function of a change in an item of data during a predetermined time interval. A device and method for displaying variable data comprises: logic for displaying an annular graph representing changes in a quantifiable item of data during a predetermined time interval, wherein the annular graph is positioned around a clock face. A computer program product comprises instructions for: displaying a graphical representation of variable data comprising displaying a gauge; and also for: displaying an annular graph representing changes in a quantifiable item of data during a predetermined time interval, wherein the annular graph is positioned around a clock face.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2006
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Chandrasekhar Narayanaswami, Mandayam Thondanur Raghunath
  • Patent number: 6882597
    Abstract: The device for displaying time in selectable display patterns includes a storage device, an interface, a housing, display elements, and a controller. The storage device stores selectable display patterns. The interface receives an input to select a display pattern. The housing contains a display area that displays the selected display pattern. The display elements may include hour display elements, minute display elements, second display elements, day display elements, date display elements, and/or month display elements. Time is displayed by the amount of display elements in the exhibiting state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2005
    Inventor: Dennis C. Kent
  • Patent number: 6816441
    Abstract: Bicomponent graphics are provided for digital time displays that display the last remaining minute before commencement of a next hour, comprising a flashing zero digit and simultaneously displayed horizontal lines indicative of successive positions that will be traversed by the flashing zero digit in ten-second increments during the last 59 seconds. Such graphics portray an analog of the pathway that the flashing zero digit will follow from farthest to closest positions on the left side of the next hour until the commencement thereof. Digital countdown of the corresponding 59 seconds in coordinated decile segments may be included for greater precision.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2004
    Assignee: Equitime, Inc.
    Inventor: Berj A. Terzian
  • Publication number: 20040213089
    Abstract: Balanced, quadribalanced, enhanced quadribalanced or unidirectional segmented digital time display systems are modified by inclusion of enhanced prompts which readily distinguish such real time displays and which comprise the letters AL, dA, and each of M, D and Y in pairs, to symbolize that the displays are in modes for setting or resetting an alarm time or calendar values such as the current day name and the current month, day or year dates.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 28, 2003
    Publication date: October 28, 2004
    Inventor: Berj A. Terzian
  • Patent number: 6809993
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an electronic timepiece allowing the display of at least one first time related data item (H1) conventionally based on the Hour-Minute-Second system, and at least one second time related data item (H2) based on a decimal system in which the time is divided at least into thousandths of a day. For this purpose the timepiece according to the present invention includes generating means (14) which, from auxiliary control pulses (IL) originating from the time base (2), allow second control pulses (I2) to be supplied allowing said second time related data item (H2) to be formed and displayed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2004
    Assignee: Swatch AG
    Inventors: Jacques Müller, Pascal Derivaz, Roger Marquis
  • Patent number: 6807130
    Abstract: Real time balanced, quadribalanced, enhanced quadribalanced or unidirectional segmented digital time display systems are modified by inclusion of selectively prompted displays which are readily visually distinguishable from the real time displays and which prompt the viewer with the letters T, A and d to comprehend that the displays are in modes that enable and thus facilitate the setting or resetting of current real time, an alarm time or calendar values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2004
    Assignee: Equitime, Inc.
    Inventor: Berj A. Terzian