With Electronic Memory Storage Patents (Class 368/251)
  • Patent number: 10180661
    Abstract: A frequency division circuit includes a first frequency division circuit which divides a frequency of a reference signal that is generated by an oscillation circuit. An input/output terminal outputs an output signal of the first frequency division circuit for testing. A selection circuit outputs as an intermediate signal one of a first intermediate signal which is input from the input/output output terminal, and a second intermediate signal which is an output signal of the first frequency division circuit. A second frequency division circuit divides a frequency of the intermediate signal output from the selection circuit. A switching time count circuit begins counting a predetermined amount of time after the second frequency division circuit starts frequency-dividing the intermediate signal and, after elapse of the predetermined amount of time, switches the intermediate signal output from the selection circuit from the first intermediate signal to the second intermediate signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: SEIKO INSTRUMENTS INC.
    Inventor: Kazumi Sakumoto
  • Patent number: 9989925
    Abstract: An interaction method between a graphic tactile device such as a smartphone and a timepiece having at least two analog-type physical pointers is disclosed. Each of the pointers is controlled independently by a stepper motor and referenced relative to a ref-position. The timepiece comprises a control unit configured to handle time count and to control stepper motors. The smartphone has a value setting interface, and the timepiece and the smartphone communicate through a wireless remote short-range communication link. The method comprises the steps of initiating a calibration procedure, causing the minute pointer to be moved to the ref-position via the value setting interface, causing the hour pointer to be moved to the ref-position via the value setting interface, and ending the calibration procedure, and return to a normal time display, Thereby, starting from an initial unknown pointer positions, the control unit of the timepiece can accurately know the positions of pointers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: WITHINGS
    Inventors: Edouard Wautier, Rachid Saadi, Cédric Hutchings
  • Patent number: 9869547
    Abstract: A position-measuring device includes a position-sensing unit, a processing unit, an interface unit, a clock generator and a time measurement unit position-sensing unit configured to generate digital position values. The processing unit processes instructions from subsequent electronics. The interface unit communicates with the subsequent electronics, according to rules of an interface protocol, via at least one interface line that transmits interface signals having a temporal behavior that is determined by the interface protocol so as to transmit the instructions from the subsequent electronics to the processing unit. The clock generator generates a clock signal that serves as a time base for functions of the position-sensing unit and the processing unit. The time measurement unit uses the clock signal as a time base, receives at least one interface signal and measures a time interval between a start event and a stop event of the at least one interface signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: DR. JOHANNES HEIDENHAIN GMBH
    Inventors: Bernhard Beaury, Alexander Kobler, Stephan Kreuzer, Markus Mooshammer, Peter Spindler, Michael Walter
  • Patent number: 9703269
    Abstract: A method and an apparatus for easily setting a snooze interval in a mobile device are provided. In the method, the mobile device receives an event for setting a snooze function, outputs, when receiving the event, a plurality of display regions respectively corresponding to a plurality of snooze intervals, and selects one display region of the plurality display regions. Then the mobile device sets the snooze function with a specific snooze interval corresponding to the selected one display region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chulhyung Yang, Sungjun Kim, Gyucheol Choi, Eunyeung Lee
  • Patent number: 9483027
    Abstract: A plug-in wall timer has a prominent single “one touch” activator which causes a countdown period or varying length according to the number of times it is pressed, so that the timer's outlet may be energized only for that selected period. The device is simple to use, requires no programming, and operates independently of the current time of the day or day of the week.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Inventor: Jo-Anne Marino
  • Patent number: 9195219
    Abstract: Discussed are a smart watch and a control method thereof. The smart watch includes a rotation sensor unit configured to sense a rotation direction and a rotation speed of the smart watch; a display unit configured to display visual information; and a processor configured to control the rotation sensor unit and the display unit and detect a first snap motion and a second snap motion of the smart watch. The first snap motion is detected when the smart watch rotates on an axis of rotation of the smart watch in a first direction at a first threshold speed or more, and the second snap motion is detected when the smart watch rotates on the axis of rotation in the first direction at less than the first threshold speed and then rotates in a second direction at a second threshold speed or more within a predetermined time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Sayoon Hong, Jongho Kim, Doyoung Lee
  • Publication number: 20150085626
    Abstract: The present invention describes a system, method and computer product program for computation of alarm time. The system includes an alarm device for generating an alarm. The system also includes an alarm application hosted on the alarm device for providing at least one user defined alarm condition. The system further includes an alarm engine for receiving the user defined alarm condition, initiating a probe to receive data from data sources, processing the received alarm conditions and the received data to compute the alarm time and next probe time repeating iteratively until the next probe time is less than the computed alarm time. The system generates alarm at the computed alarm time when the next probe time becomes greater than the alarm time.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2014
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Inventors: Ashutosh Saxena, Nitin Singh Chauhan
  • Publication number: 20150016233
    Abstract: A mobile terminal may comprise an executing unit being configured to activate an alarm clock when the mobile terminal is off. The mobile terminal may be configured to receive a target alarm clock activation time; determine a time difference between a current time and the target alarm clock activation time; and compare the time difference with a first reference time period. Upon determining that time difference is less than the first reference time period, the mobile terminal may start up. Upon determining that the time that the mobile terminal completes the startup is less than a second reference time period, the mobile terminal may activate the alarm clock.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 1, 2014
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Inventors: Linghua Gu, Anyu Liu, Dongjie Qi, Xinyu Liu
  • Publication number: 20140211597
    Abstract: An electronic device which includes an alarm clock function includes a gravity sensor. The gravity sensor detects X acceleration values of an X-axis, Y acceleration values of a Y-axis, and Z acceleration values of a Z-axis in relation to the electronic device. The electronic device determines a first average acceleration value of X acceleration values, a second average acceleration value of Y acceleration values, and a third average acceleration value of Y acceleration values. When a current time of the electronic device matches an alarm time of an alarm clock, the electronic device detects whether a user of the electronic device is awakened by determining whether the first average acceleration value, or the second average acceleration value, or the third average acceleration value is greater than a predetermined value . If the user is not awakened, the electronic device activates the alarm clock again to awaken the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 23, 2013
    Publication date: July 31, 2014
    Applicant: CHI MEI COMMUNICATION SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: JIUN-RU HOU, LIU-WEI WU, HSIN-CHANG LAI, HAN-ZEN CHANG
  • Publication number: 20140185419
    Abstract: A method includes monitoring a time of day, activating an alarm function when the time of day is equal to a predetermined time of day, and making an alarm sound audible, wherein the alarm sound is selected from a set of alarm sounds based at least in part on at least one of the predetermined time of day, a difference in time between a current time of day and the predetermined time of day, or a calendar date.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 5, 2013
    Publication date: July 3, 2014
    Applicant: Core Wireless Licensing S.a.r.l
    Inventors: Christian Kraft, Peter D. Nielsen, Kalle Ojala
  • Publication number: 20140036643
    Abstract: A device configured for capture of activity data for a user includes a housing, a sensor, a motor, a memory, and a processor. The sensor is disposed in the housing to capture physical contact upon the housing. The motor causes vibration of the housing. The memory stores an alarm setting that defines a time of day for triggering an alarm on the device. The processor activates the alarm upon reaching the time of day defined by the alarm setting, with the alarm causing the motor to produce the vibration of the housing. The sensor, which is interfaced with the processor, is configured to detect a physical contact upon the housing. The processor is configured to deactivate the alarm if the physical contact qualifies as an input to deactivate the alarm. The deactivating of the alarm causes the vibration of the device to be suspended.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 9, 2013
    Publication date: February 6, 2014
    Applicant: Fitbit, Inc.
    Inventors: Jayson Messenger, Shelten Yuen
  • Patent number: 8625394
    Abstract: Exemplary embodiments of the invention provide in an exemplary aspect thereof a method that includes storing data descriptive of a plurality of alarm sounds received from at least one source of alarm sounds, the stored data forming a set of alarm sounds; selecting an alarm sound from the set of alarm sounds; and playing the selected alarm sound at a predetermined time, where the selected alarm sound is one corresponding to data that was most recently stored. In another exemplary aspect of the invention a method includes, in response to a user input, enabling an alarm function and recording a current time of day; monitoring the time of day and activating the alarm function when the time of day is equal to a predetermined time of day; and making an alarm sound audible, where the alarm sound is selected from a set of alarm sounds based at least in part on a difference in time between the recorded time of day and the predetermined time of day.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignee: Core Wireless Licensing S.a.r.l.
    Inventors: Christian Kraft, Peter D. Nielsen, Kalle Ojala
  • Patent number: 8576073
    Abstract: A gesture-based user interface comprises a wearable portable device storing a gesture profile for each of a plurality of different applications on the wearable portable device to define different gestures for the different applications, wherein each of the gesture profiles includes at least one gesture and a predetermined function associated with the at least one gesture; and a profile web service, wherein the portable device is in communication with the profile web service and is configured to download from the profile web service to the wearable portable device a customizable gesture profile for a particular one of the applications, wherein the customized gesture profile modifies at least one of the different gestures, the customized gesture profile comprising personal preferences of the user regarding the modified gesture, including physical attributes of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: Wimm Labs, Inc.
    Inventors: David J. Mooring, Alissa M. Fitzgerald
  • Patent number: 8456288
    Abstract: A communication device locks input of the communication device and executes an alarm if a current time reaches a set alarm time. When the alarm is executed, an unlock input set is generated for unlocking the input and an alarm disable button set is generated for disabling the alarm. If an unlock input set is the same as the generated unlock keypad set, the locked input is unlocking. If the alarm disable button set input by the user is the same as the generated alarm disable button set, the communication device disables the alarm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Assignees: Shenzhen Futaihong Precision Industry Co., Ltd., Chi Mei Communication Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Yao-Yu Yang
  • Patent number: 8437225
    Abstract: The present invention can permit an electronic device to output contextual information about an event when an alarm stored within the electronic device goes off. In one embodiment, an electronic device can permit a user to select an alarm template from a plurality of alarm templates and associate the selected alarm template with an alarm. When the alarm goes off at a later date, the electronic device can output the contextual information of the user-selected alarm template, thereby providing the user with contextual information relevant to the event for which the alarm was created. In another embodiment of the present invention, a receiving electronic device can automatically match alarm templates with alarms transferred from a transmitting electronic device. The present invention also can permit a user to create an alarm template, and customize alarm templates pre-populated by the manufacturer of an electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2013
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: William Bull, Eric James Hope, Alan Cannistraro
  • Publication number: 20120300598
    Abstract: An alarm clock that will adjust a wake-up time set by a user based on the detection of a predetermined external event that is not based on user input. Examples of such external events are school closings broadcast over a radio station and flight cancellations listed on an airline's website. The adjustment can be deactivating the alarm or changing the wake time based on the event, e.g., a one hour flight delay can be set to adjust the alarm by one hour.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 26, 2011
    Publication date: November 29, 2012
    Inventors: Rebecca Michelle Murray, Michael Martin Murray
  • Publication number: 20120269046
    Abstract: A device and method for waking a user includes providing a vibrating alarm assembly that features a water-tight shell, a tether physically coupled to the water-tight shell, a vibration-producing element disposed within the water-tight shell, and a timer disposed within the water-tight shell. The timer being communicatively coupled to the vibration-producing element and operable to activate the vibration-producing element at a preselected time of day. The novel vibrating alarm assembly is then inserted within a body cavity of the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 22, 2011
    Publication date: October 25, 2012
    Inventor: Mandy Romeu
  • Publication number: 20120195175
    Abstract: An electronic device includes a touch-screen display, a processor, a memory, and one or more modules stored in the memory. The one or more modules are adapted to be executed by the processor to enter into a user-interface alarm state from a user-interface non-alarm state in responds to an alarm trigger condition. The one or more modules are adapted to display one or more contact areas on the touch-screen display in the user-interface alarm state. The one or more modules are adapted to change locations of the one or more contact areas on the touch-screen display. The one or more modules are adapted to detect one or more contact actions on each of the one or more contact areas on the touch-screen display. The one or more modules are adapted to change the electronic device to the user-interface non-alarm state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 4, 2011
    Publication date: August 2, 2012
    Applicant: HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: TAY-YANG LIN, CHIN-FENG CHEN, SHU-MING LIU, CHI-TSE SHIH, NI-CHUN HOU, HSIN-CHIH HSU, CHENG-HSIU DU
  • Patent number: 8149096
    Abstract: A patient-portable medication event monitor is disclosed which is capable of detecting the dispensing of doses of a particular medication from the monitor, comparing the dispensing detected with information concerning the desired dosing regimen for the certain medication and displaying graphically to the patient at least one feedback indication of the patient's degree of compliance or deviation with the desired regimen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2012
    Assignee: Aardex Group, Ltd.
    Inventors: Jean-Michel Metry, Pierre-Alain Gaillard, John Urquhart, Bernard Vrijens
  • Publication number: 20120033533
    Abstract: An electronic device includes an input unit to generate input signals according to a users input. A storage unit to store audio files, an alarm speaker unit to sound the alarm audio files and execute the alarm commands. In addition, a processing unit to sound the alarm after a system time reaches a preset time period. Moreover, analyses operation type according to the input signals to control the speaker unit to resound the alarm or not sound the alarm after a time period according to the operation type. An alarm method is also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 6, 2011
    Publication date: February 9, 2012
    Applicants: HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD., HONG FU JIN PRECISION INDUSTRY (ShenZhen) CO., LTD .
    Inventors: XIAO-GUANG LI, CHIANG-KUO TANG, KUAN-HONG HSIEH
  • Patent number: 8036068
    Abstract: A user can select an alarm sound source from a list including, e.g., radio and Internet, and at the user-defined alarm time, audio received from the source is automatically displayed on a speaker to awaken the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2011
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Rui Yamagami
  • Patent number: 7715278
    Abstract: An alarm clock device includes a monitor for monitoring a transmission of a selected station, a detector for detecting, in the transmission of the selected station, at least one milestone. A controller operating in response to detection of the milestone is provided to store, in a memory, data of the transmission after the milestone was detected, and to initiate playing of the data at a selected wakeup time. According to the present invention, the data is recorded in response to detecting a transmission of a selected station selected from a plurality of stations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2010
    Assignee: SanDisk IL Ltd.
    Inventors: Menahem Lasser, Itzhak Pomerantz
  • Publication number: 20090175132
    Abstract: An alarm clock device includes a monitor for monitoring a transmission of a selected station, a detector for detecting, in the transmission of the selected station, at least one milestone. A controller operating in response to detection of the milestone is provided to store, in a memory, data of the transmission after the milestone was detected, and to initiate playing of the data at a selected wakeup time. According to the present invention, the data is recorded in response to detecting a transmission of a selected station selected from a plurality of stations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2009
    Publication date: July 9, 2009
    Applicant: SanDisk IL Ltd.
    Inventors: Menahem Lasser, Itzhak Pomerantz
  • Publication number: 20090097363
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for displaying appointment information on a face of a clock is disclosed. When the clock receives appointment information, the appointment information is stored in a memory. The appointment information for the next 12 hours is then displayed around the face of the clock.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 15, 2007
    Publication date: April 16, 2009
    Applicant: SONY ERICSSON MOBILE COMMUNICATIONS AB
    Inventor: Anders NYBERG
  • Patent number: 7466230
    Abstract: A device for the storage of at least one of solid, liquid or gaseous objects. The device including at least one compartment that is configured to contain at least one object. The filling or emptying of the compartment triggers an electrically-readable signal. In one embodiment, the compartment may be mechanically modified and an electrically-readable signal is generated based on a corresponding mechanical change to the compartment. An electrical data memory with at least one memory cell is integrated into the device. The memory cell is assigned to the compartment. The memory cell is configured to adopt a value corresponding to the mechanical change to the compartment. The device also includes an analytical circuit for reading the data memory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2008
    Assignee: Hueck Folien Gesellschaft m.b.H.
    Inventors: Martin Bergsmann, Adolf Bernds, Wolfgang Clemens, Axel Gerlt, Marcus Halik, Matthias Müller, Henning Rost, Günter Schmid, Roland Treutlein
  • Patent number: 7263035
    Abstract: Apparatuses and methods for starting a mobile communications device are disclosed. The mobile communications device is operated by a device user. The device includes an output device for emitting a sensible signal. An input device receives user input from the device user. An alarm application receives an input time and date through the input device and determines an adjusted time and date. The adjusted time and date comprises the input time and date minus a predicted boot time for the device. The alarm application also causes the output device to emit the sensible signal at the input time and date. A system timer component monitors a current time and date when the device is in a low-power or off state and initiates a boot process when the current time and date match the adjusted time and date. The boot process is completed prior to the input time and date to enable the alarm application to cause emission of the sensible signal at the input time and date.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2007
    Assignee: Research in Motion Limited
    Inventor: Jeff Emery
  • Patent number: 7234010
    Abstract: A wrist-worn phone is disclosed which includes a main housing with a front surface and a rear surface, the rear surface including speaker holes, the front surface having a display. The wrist-worn phone further includes a first strap attached to a first end of the main housing, the first strap having an outer end. A second strap may be attached to the second end of the main housing, the second strap having an outer end, the outer end of the first strap for connecting with the outer end of the second strap. The second strap may be made from a shape retaining material for forming a generally elongated C shape such that the rear surface of the main housing is on an interior of the C shape. The wrist-worn phone may include an ear latch for hanging the main housing upon a human ear. A body-worn data storage device may include a plug mounted onto a strap of the device for insertion into a port of a computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2007
    Inventor: Daniel A. Gilmour
  • Patent number: 7187625
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is an apparatus and method for audibly playing through a speaker (12) of a timekeeping apparatus (1) comprising a visual replica of a shofar (11), at least one shofar call sound (14) in response to a timing device (17) of said timekeeping apparatus (1) reaching a predetermined time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2007
    Inventor: Scott S. Riggi
  • Patent number: 7054232
    Abstract: Apparatuses and methods for starting a mobile communications device are disclosed. The mobile communications device is operated by a device user. The device includes an output device for emitting a sensible signal. An input device receives user input from the device user. An alarm application receives an input time and date through the input device and determines an adjusted time and date. The adjusted time and date comprises the input time and date minus a predicted boot time for the device. The alarm application also causes the output device to emit the sensible signal at the input time and date. A system timer component monitors a current time and date when the device is in a low-power or off state and initiates a boot process when the current time and date match the adjusted time and date. The boot process is completed prior to the input time and date to enable the alarm application to cause emission of the sensible signal at the input time and date.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2006
    Assignee: Research in Motion Limited
    Inventor: Jeff Emery
  • Patent number: 7035169
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an electronic timepiece, of the wristwatch type, for providing information relating to an event comprising a plurality of scheduled events, like for example the Olympic Games, the football World Cup, or the public holidays across the world. The timepiece includes in particular a control circuit comprising storage means in which there is stored data relating to the scheduling of the plurality of scheduled events and comparison means for comparing the data stored with a time-related piece of information, the control circuit activating indicator means for designating one or more events in response to a control signal from comparison means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2006
    Assignee: ETA SA Manufacture Horlogère Suisse
    Inventor: Julien Gonzalez
  • Patent number: 6985071
    Abstract: An electronic unit that is permitted to undergo operation control on the basis of a timer reservation set by a user includes a setting section for setting a time designated by the user, an operation control section for controlling the operation of the electronic unit in accordance with time set by the setting section, a display section for displaying an operation portion for operating the electronic unit, a display control section such that when the electronic unit is operative in accordance with the operation control section, it controls the display section so that a specific display is carried out on the display section, and a designation detecting section for detecting a designation of the user with respect to the specific display, whereby when a designation of the user is detected by the designation detecting section, the operation control section conducts a control to neglect the time set by the setting section and to continue the operation of the electronic unit when the designation of the user is detec
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2006
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Izuru Tanaka
  • Patent number: 6967900
    Abstract: A combination clock radio, weather station and message organizer includes a base unit having a visual display, a controller located in the base unit including a central processor for controlling operation of the combination, and a temperature sensor for obtaining outdoor temperature readings, the temperature sensor being in communication with the controller. The controller is adapted to present a hue on the visual display that is a function of the outdoor temperature reading. The combination may also include a pressure sensor in communication with the controller for monitoring a rate of change in atmospheric pressure and providing a weather forecast animation that is a function of the changes in the atmospheric pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2005
    Assignee: Maverick Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Peter A. Chapman
  • Patent number: 6934220
    Abstract: A portable programmable medical alert device can be used to program multiple events, each of which will be signaled by an audible and a visual alarm. The user can program and reprogram medication schedules using only the portable alert device. The device, including a battery powered microcontroller, can be programmed by manipulation of two input switches, a push button switch and a two position to prevent inadvertent programming. Each programmed event will be signaled at the same time of day at which the alarm was originally set. When the alarms are transmitted to a user, the alert or reminder can be acknowledged by pressing the push button switch. The user can also activate the device prior to the next scheduled alarm without affecting subsequent alarms or alerts. Outputs can be audible and/or visible outputs, including an LCD. Inputs can be alternatively programmed by computer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2005
    Assignee: ALR Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Stanley L. Cruitt, Sidney Chan, Jaroslav V. Tichy
  • Patent number: 6909672
    Abstract: A time interval to voltage converter with very low nonlinearity for time stamping events. The converter automatically selects one of two clocks related to a reference clock and ensures that the time between an event edge to a clock edge is sufficiently large to properly operate a switch and yield very linear time-to-voltage conversion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2005
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Naresh Kesavan Rao
  • Publication number: 20040151076
    Abstract: An alarm clock with multiple weekly and independent daily schedule capability. Three types of alarms are available and selectable for each schedule: a built in AM/FM radio, a noise maker, such as a buzzer, and an under pillow vibrating pad. Each day of the week can be programmed independently so that the alarm need not be reset each day to accommodate a varying daily schedule. Two independent daily schedules are available, so that one device may be used for a couple. Different weekly schedules are available to accommodate rotating shift workers, or others that need to have different schedules from time to time. The alarm time can be changed just for the next day, without changing the normal alarm schedule. A built in or external telephone may be programmed with telephone off times so that sleep in not disturbed. A built in un-interruptible power supply allows the clock to continue to function during power outages.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 3, 2003
    Publication date: August 5, 2004
    Inventor: Howard F. Fidel
  • Patent number: 6717520
    Abstract: An electronic device (103, 200) employs a method and apparatus for selectively audibly alerting a user as to the status of the device's DC power source (119). The device receives input from the user indicating a time period during which the audible low power alert is not to be emanated from the device. After receiving such input, the device determines whether a low power condition exists during the time period and deactivates the audible low power alert if such a condition is met. Alternatively or additionally, after receiving the time period input from the user, the device may determine the likelihood of a low power condition occurring during the time period and activate the audible alert prior to commencement of the time period if such a condition is likely to occur, thereby providing the user advance notice of the potential for such a condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2004
    Assignee: Motorola Inc.
    Inventor: Jheroen P. Dorenbosch
  • Patent number: 6477117
    Abstract: A wearable mobile computing device/appliance (a wrist watch) with a high resolution display that is capable of wirelessly accessing information from a network and a variety of other devices. The mobile computing device/appliance includes a user interface that is used to efficiently interact with alarms and notifications on the watch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2002
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Chandrasekhar Narayanaswami, Mandayam T. Raghunath
  • Patent number: 6233534
    Abstract: A measuring unit capable of measuring change in physical quantity, such as a temperature, and incorporating a measuring portion for sequentially recording plural measurement data measured at a predetermined interval in a memory, and a communication portion capable of transferring the recorded plural measurement data in the memory and the period elapsed from the last data measurement to communication. In the measuring unit, only measurement data can be recorded, requiring no recording of the time information. After transferring the measurement data and the elapsed period to a measuring data management apparatus, the measuring data management apparatus is able to obtain measurement time of each measurement data. Therefore, the structure of the measuring unit can be simplified and the capacity of the memory can effectively be used to record the measurement data. Moreover, time required to transfer measurement data can be shortened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2001
    Assignee: T&D Corporation
    Inventors: Akio Morozumi, Takeshi Tsukanaka
  • Patent number: 6034591
    Abstract: The present invention is an alarm clock device which programmably and automatically coordinates the movement of one or more electric toy trains, or the like. The present invention alarm clock preferably triggers the movement of an electric toy train when a pre-set alarm time is reached. The alarm clock device comprises at least one base that defines an elongated substantially non-linear track for regulating the movement of a toy train. The traveling speed of the train is preferably regulated by a voltage varying device, such as a transformer, that is attached to the track and also coupled to a manually adjustable speed controlling member within the alarm clock. The movement of the train is preferably accompanied by applicable audible sounds that correspond therewith. The duration of movement may be programmed manually and may be adjusted in any variety of ways.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 1998
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2000
    Assignee: Ideal Ideas, Inc.
    Inventors: Alex P. Glynn, Kenneth P. Glynn
  • Patent number: 5999494
    Abstract: A data recorder constructed in the form of a hand set (10) with an actuating mechanism function switch (14) and a time switch clock coupled to an audible signal transmitter with a time setting means, the reset key or the reset function is inhibited until after the data recall, in which each data recording is storable with a presettable time at which the audible signal transmitter is activated by means of a timing circuit, and/or wherein the data recording is individually inhibited until its recall againt an inadvertent reset so that the recorder can be employed as an appointment scheduler.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 1995
    Date of Patent: December 7, 1999
    Inventor: Dieter Holzrichter
  • Patent number: 5910931
    Abstract: An automobile annual inspection reminder device sets off flashingly a bright light emitting diode (LED) approximately a month before the due date of the next automobile inspection. The device employs conventional battery operated digital watch circuitry to facilitate the setting of a counter/memory to the current time and date and the storage in memory of representations of the inspection due month and day thereof as well as of an earlier alarm date differing by a predetermined interval from the inspection-due date indicated by the facility and storing the same in the memory. A micro switch is provided for each of the twelve months of the year to set the inspection due date in memory. A "Snooze" button provides for temporary inactivation of the LED or beeper. After an inspection, the device can be set to the new inspection-due date.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 1997
    Date of Patent: June 8, 1999
    Inventor: Brad M. Pettyjohn
  • Patent number: 5708627
    Abstract: An electronic device that stores audio messages entered by the user onto digital chips. Each recorded message is addressed with a chronological code that enables a microprocessor to access the memos according to specific times. When the code used to record the memo matches the current time and day or date, the memo is downloaded into an immediate access file. A proximity detector provides a signal to the microprocessor when a presence is detected, activating playback of the memos in the immediate access file, unless modified by suppression programming. The apparatus may further include a light sensor to activate a given message when ambient lights are turned off.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 1994
    Date of Patent: January 13, 1998
    Inventor: Stuart G. Gormley
  • Patent number: 5559762
    Abstract: An electronic alarm clock including a clock timing circuit for counting the basic time, an alarm time setting circuit for setting an alarm time and an alarm time storing circuit storing said alarm time. The electronic alarm clock also includes an alarm coincidence detecting circuit for detecting the coincidence between the basic time and the alarm time stored in said alarm timing storing circuit, an alarm setting/resetting circuit and an alarm sounding control circuit for causing an alarm sounding circuit to sound when said alarm setting/resetting circuit is set and said alarm coincidence detecting circuit detects the coincidence between said basic time and said alarm time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 1995
    Date of Patent: September 24, 1996
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Yumi Sakamoto
  • Patent number: 5544078
    Abstract: A low-power integrated circuit clock/calendar, wherein separate data busses are used for the time data and the alarm data. Conditional logic is used to only compare seconds bits (unless a match occurs, in which case higher-order bits are then compared). Thus, charging and discharging of the data busses (which carry the time data) occurs only when a data transition is occurring. A special clocked latch circuit is used to hold the potential of each line of the time data bus constant, except when the data on the bus is actually changing. These innovations help to provide extremely long battery lifetime, since charge is not consumed by unnecessarily charging and discharging busses. Preferably this bus architecture is combined with a low-power logic architecture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 1994
    Date of Patent: August 6, 1996
    Assignee: Dallas Semiconductor Corporation
    Inventor: Bill Podkowa
  • Patent number: 5452270
    Abstract: Melodies are changed over sequentially in accordance with hours at each of which an alarm melody is to be played as a time signal so that predetermined melodies are always played at predetermined hours, respectively. In addition, even if the hours and the melodies become discordant with each other as a result, for example, of the correction of the time made during the timekeeping operation of the timepiece, the melodies are automatically reset at a predetermined time so as to be coincident with the corresponding hours.A switch S2 for detecting a correct hour is on-off controlled by a cam 6a provided as an integral part of a minute pipe 6 that makes one revolution per hour. A reset switch S3 is on-off controlled through a reset lever 5 pivoted by an hour wheel 4 that makes one revolution per twelve hours. An alarm control circuit in an IC 3 incorporates a plurality of melodies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 1992
    Date of Patent: September 19, 1995
    Assignee: Seikosha Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hidetsugu Ikeda, Makoto Yanaka
  • Patent number: 5343446
    Abstract: A combination electronic digital wristwatch and electronic shift scheduler using a digital liquid crystal display, enclosed within a watch-type case, for use primarily by firefighters. The invention provides both a device and a method that allows an individual who needs to keep track of platoon and shift schedule information to enter, display, review, search, and modify that information on a full-function wristwatch. The combination includes time and date display, a chronograph function, and an alarm clock with chime. Four switches are connected to a signal conditioner for encoding each switch closure to be input into a CPU which generates the required signals for the display after reference to the calendar information stored in the ROM and the user input information stored in the RAM. The CPU makes the calculations required for the operation of this invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 1992
    Date of Patent: August 30, 1994
    Assignee: Firetime, Inc.
    Inventors: John F. Simmons, Terrence Chen
  • Patent number: 5283655
    Abstract: A video camera apparatus having a solid state imager for generating video signals and a black level balance adjusting circuit for automatically adjusting black levels of the video signals. The video camera apparatus comprises an incident light control device, an electronic shutter control circuit, a comparator and a processor. The incident light control device controls the amount of light incident to the solid state imager. The electronic shutter control circuit varies the mode of the solid state imager between at least a first mode and a second mode. The effective accumulating period of the solid state imager in the first mode is different from the corresponding period in the second mode. The comparator compares the voltage level of the video signal obtained in the first mode with that obtained in the second mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 1992
    Date of Patent: February 1, 1994
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Makoto Usami
  • Patent number: 5222209
    Abstract: A schedule displaying device is provided with a comparator and a controller in addition to a memory, an input device, a display, and a timer. Thus, the scheduled plans are stored and displayed together with the respective scheduled time in a corresponding manner and in time sequence. Moreover, the number of the scheduled plans is arranged to be counted and displayed for each day of the week in the schedule displaying device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 1989
    Date of Patent: June 22, 1993
    Assignee: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Kaoru Murata, Eichika Matsuda
  • Patent number: 5065084
    Abstract: An electronic equipment using a battery as an energizing power source includes a display unit, a signal generator for generating operation clocks while the electronic equipment is being actuated, a counter for measuring the number of the clocks, a calculator for calculating an operating time of the battery based upon the result of the counting operation by the counter, an estimating unit for estimating a consumption state of the battery based upon the result of the calculation by the calculator, and an informing unit for making the display unit display beforehand the expiration of the lifetime of the battery based upon the result of the estimation by the estimating unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 1990
    Date of Patent: November 12, 1991
    Assignee: Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yoshinori Oogita
  • Patent number: RE38528
    Abstract: The present invention is an alarm clock device which programmably and automatically coordinates the movement of one or more electric toy trains, or the like. The present invention alarm clock preferably triggers the movement of an electric toy train when a pre-set alarm time is reached. The alarm clock device comprises at least one base that defines an elongated substantially non-linear track for regulating the movement of a toy train. The traveling speed of the train is preferably regulated by a voltage varying device, such as a transformer, that is attached to the track and also coupled to a manually adjustable speed controlling member within the alarm clock. The movement of the train is preferably accompanied by applicable audible sounds that correspond therewith. The duration of movement may be programmed manually and may be adjusted in any variety of ways.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2004
    Assignee: E. Mishan & Sons, Inc.
    Inventors: Alex P. Glynn, Kenneth P. Glynn