Cases Patents (Class 368/276)
  • Patent number: 10599101
    Abstract: A consumer product that is a portable and, in some cases, a wearable electronic device. The wearable electronic device may have functionalities including: keeping time; monitoring a user's physiological signals and providing health-related information based on those signals; communicating with other electronic devices or services; visually depicting data on a display; gather data from one or more sensors that may be used to initiate, control, or modify operations of the device; determine a location of a touch on a surface of the device and/or an amount of force exerted on the device, and use either or both as input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Fletcher R. Rothkopf, Jonathan Ive, Julian Hoenig, Rico Zorkendorfer
  • Patent number: 10534437
    Abstract: A modular sensing device can generate output via one or more output devices. The modular sensing device can include an inertial measurement unit that generates sensor data corresponding to user gestures performed by a user, a wireless communication module, a mode selector enabling the user to select a mode of the modular sensing device out of a plurality of modes, and one or more output devices configured to generate output based on the user gestures and the selected mode. The selected mode configures the manner in which the modular sensing device generates output via the one or more output devices based on the user gestures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: Sphero, Inc.
    Inventors: Colin Godby, Paul Berberian
  • Patent number: 10520894
    Abstract: A watchmaking gasket, in particular a watch glass gasket for a timepiece, includes a polymer matrix charged with phosphorescent and/or fluorescent pigments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: The Swatch Group Research and Development Ltd
    Inventors: Nicolas Francois, Maria Fernandez Ciurleo, Claire Rannoux
  • Patent number: 10488687
    Abstract: A display device having a flexured element. More particularly, the display device may incorporate a cover glass with one or more flexure bearing sections. The flexure bearing may permit the cover glass to flex and/or bend in response to stresses or strains while still maintaining contact with an attachment point. If the attachment points have different heights, for example, the cover glass may flex at the flexure bearing, thereby permitting the portion of the cover glass between the attachment points to maintain a relatively planar alignment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Laura M. DeForest, James M. Cuseo
  • Patent number: 10362684
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for improving adhesion between ceramic and a thick film circuit. The method is particularly directed to accelerate the formation of a ceramic-metal eutectic phase between the ceramic carrier and the metal circuit by solid-phase diffusion bonding under a positive atmosphere. A metallic conductive slurry or its oxide slurry is printed on the surface of the ceramic carrier to form a circuit pattern by a thick film screen printing. The ceramic carrier is placed in an oven with temperature controlled by a program under a positive-pressure atmosphere of an inert gas including nitrogen, hydrogen or their mixtures. An eutectic phase is formed between the ceramic carrier and the metal circuit under a high temperature eutectic condition to increase the adhesion between the ceramic carrier and the thick film circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: National Chung-Shan Institute of Science and Technology
    Inventors: Chia-Ting Lin, Jlin-Fuh Yau, Chung-Yen Lu, Yang-Kuo Kuo
  • Patent number: 10353132
    Abstract: A liquid crystal display device includes a liquid crystal panel, a liquid crystal panel flexible circuit board, and a backlight unit. The backlight unit includes LEDs, a light guide plate, a chassis, and an LED board. The light guide plate has an outer shape conforming to an outer shape of the liquid crystal panel. The chassis including a sidewall portion which surrounds the light guide plate and the LEDs. The LED board has an outer shape conforming to the outer shape of the light guide plate. The LEDs are mounted on the LED board at intervals in the circumferential direction. The LED board includes LED mount portions, and LED interval portions. The LED interval portions include a cut-out LED interval portion. Between the cut-out LED interval portion and the sidewall portion, a liquid crystal panel flexible circuit board passing space is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Shinya Kadowaki, Takeshi Ishida, Mitsuhiro Murata, Ryuzo Yuki, Hisashi Watanabe, Takeshi Masuda
  • Patent number: 10295562
    Abstract: An electronic watch is described. The watch has one or more sensors, including a sensor that may be used to detect a force applied to a cover of the watch. The sensor may variously include a capacitive sensor assembly configured to detect a deflected position of the cover; a sensor having electrical components that move toward one another in response to an input applied to the cover; or a deformable component that is configured to compress in response to a press input, thereby allowing first and second electrical traces to move toward one another. Portions or all of the various sensors may be obscured by an ink layer on an underside of the cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Tyler S. Bushnell, Vikram Garg
  • Patent number: 10152029
    Abstract: An electronic device including a case includes a glass and a back cover, the electronic device including at least one electronic module configured to calculate a current time, to execute plural functions and to provide information relating to the current time and to the functions to a display disposed underneath the glass. The electronic device further including a controller including at least one contact area allowing a user to act on the at least one electronic module, the at least one contact area being monitored by the electronic module at a scanning frequency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: ETA SA Manufacture Horlogère Suisse
    Inventors: Jean-Luc Bovet, Martin Jufer, Andre Nussbaum, Laurent Christe
  • Patent number: 9961970
    Abstract: A watch constituted by a case carried by a band, the case fastened on the band by a removable connection constituted by the interaction of two elements, a first element fastened on the band and a second element integral with the case. One of the elements is a hooking element while the other element is a locking element comprising a movable bolt biased by a resilient system, coupling it to the hooking element. The hooking element is constituted by a slider that interacts with a slide rail in the locking element, while the movable bolt comprises a locking projection engaged into a recessed profile on the slider. The movable bolt mounted in the locking element pivotingly around an axis is a class 1 lever including a first arm comprising the locking projection and a second arm biased by unlocking means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: AFFORDANCES
    Inventors: Nicolas Boutherin, Richard Piras
  • Patent number: 9904254
    Abstract: A customizable watch and watch housing integrates the aspects of a traditional watch with the qualities of a smart device. The customizable watch and watch housing is a universally adaptable smart watch for housing different watch faces. The user can interchange different watch faces, and the watch housing can serve the function of a smart device, a watch, and a computer. The watch housing and/or a watch band can contain an interface for controlling one or more computer executable programs stored within a memory module of the watch and a phone component so that it can be used to make and receive telephone calls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Inventor: Andrew Jeon Hariri
  • Patent number: 9871898
    Abstract: An electronic device having an enclosure formed from at least one ceramic cover and a peripheral structure adjacent the periphery of the ceramic cover is disclosed. The peripheral structure can be secured adjacent to the ceramic cover with an attachment member. The ceramic cover can include a recess to receive the attachment member. The peripheral structure can be molded adjacent the ceramic cover so that a gapless interface can be formed between the peripheral structure and the periphery of the ceramic cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventor: Kelvin Kwong
  • Patent number: 9700271
    Abstract: A portable radiographic image capturing apparatus includes a casing having a front face including a top plate and a rear face. The rear face is fitted in the front face such that second sides of the rear face are disposed inside of first sides of the front face. Water-resistant members are disposed in corner portions that are formed in the front face. The second sides have ridges for pressing and elastically deforming the water-resistant members toward the top plate. The ridges have slanted outer side surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventors: Hisatsugu Horiuchi, Takeyasu Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 9665068
    Abstract: There is disclosed a smart bracelet including a band having a curved surface in a longitudinal direction; a slit extended from each of both longitudinal ends of the band along the longitudinal direction, divided ends divided by the slit, a coupling hole formed in a lateral surface of the divided end, a hinge pin inserted in the coupling hole, the hinge pin comprising a conductive material, a band printed circuit board disposed in a predetermined portion of the band, the band printed circuit board where an integrated circuit (IC) is loaded, and a link unit connecting the band printed circuit board and the hinge pin with each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Yongho Lee, Hyunsun Yoo, Hyungwoo Park, Sangwoo Seo
  • Patent number: 9405323
    Abstract: A wearable electronic device includes a housing, an electronic module received in the housing, and a cover assembly. The cover assembly includes a cover and a rotating member. A first end of the rotating member is rotatably connected to the cover. A second end of the rotating member is detachably latched to the cover. When the rotating member is latched to the cover, the rotating member resists against the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2016
    Assignees: SHENZHEN FUTAIHONG PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD., FIH (HONG KONG) LIMITED
    Inventors: Nai-Lin Yang, Bing Zhang, Qiang Wang, Shao-Lin Yang, Wen-Bin Sun
  • Patent number: 9370109
    Abstract: A sensor device has a ceramic carrier substrate. At least two conductor tracks are arranged on the carrier substrate. The sensor device has at least one ceramic component that is in the form of a chip and is connected to the conductor tracks in an electrically conductive manner. The at least one ceramic component is mechanically connected to the conductor tracks by means of a screen printing paste which has been burnt in.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Assignee: EPCOS AG
    Inventors: Gerald Kloiber, Heinz Strallhofer, Norbert Freiberger
  • Patent number: 9329577
    Abstract: A timepiece including a case that accommodates a movement including a lower peripheral bearing surface, the case including a case middle to which a back cover and a crystal are respectively assembled. The timepiece further includes a clamping element including a lower retaining surface and the movement includes an upper peripheral bearing surface, the lower retaining surface of the clamping element and the upper peripheral bearing surface being in mutual contact. The back cover includes an annular peripheral shoulder, against which is affixed the lower peripheral bearing surface of the movement, which is compressed between its lower peripheral bearing surface and its upper peripheral bearing surface respectively by the annular peripheral shoulder of the back cover and the lower retaining surface of the clamping element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: ETA SA Manufacture Horlogere Suisse
    Inventors: David Benjamin Kraehenbuehl, Roger Mueller, Marco Bettelini, Ines Ruestenberg
  • Publication number: 20150055440
    Abstract: A watch comprising a watch case with opposite arranged connecting parts in form of two parallel branches for the mounting of a watch strap or cord between said branches, where said watch further comprises at least one generally T-shaped strap or cord connector comprising a spring loaded sliding bar suited for engaging in holes provided in a surface of each branch facing each other, said T-shaped strap or cord connector further comprises a cord receiving opening being arranged opposite to the spring loaded sliding bar and being an opening adapted to receive a cord having generally round or polygonal cross section, said cord at a first end and a second end being provided with interacting locking parts.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 21, 2013
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Inventors: Claus Skødt Hembo, Christina Arvin Hembo
  • Publication number: 20150049593
    Abstract: Method for engraving a component (1; 3) involving application to the component of a laser beam (5) the pulses of which each last less than one picosecond, so as to machine or remove material from the component and achieve coloration of the surface (6) in the bottom of the machining
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Applicant: ROLEX SA
    Inventor: Alexandre Oliveira
  • Patent number: 8936393
    Abstract: A clock case comprising a first plurality of upstanding, spaced-apart fins formed from flat sheets of material, each of the first plurality of fins having a plurality of slots extending vertically upward from a bottom edge; and, a second plurality of upstanding, spaced-apart fins formed from flat sheets of material, each of the second plurality of fins having a plurality of slots extending vertically downwards from a top edge. Each upwardly extending slot is configured to mate with a respective downwardly extending slot, whereby each of the first plurality of fins is interlocked with each of the second plurality of fins to form an orthogonal array of laterally extending fins and longitudinally extending fins.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Assignee: Wolf Designs, Inc.
    Inventor: Edward O. Howard
  • Patent number: 8899826
    Abstract: According to an embodiment of the invention a timepiece is provided, having a body, a case at least partially imitating a tin can. The body is configured to be inserted into the case and assuming an assembled position and a mounting mechanism adapted to releasably secure the body to the case in the assembled position. According to another embodiment of the invention a timepiece is provided, having a body, a replaceable timepiece face, and a case at least partially imitating a tin can. The body is configured to be inserted into the case and assuming an assembled position and the timepiece face is configured to be releasably coupled to the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Inventor: Olaf Pilz
  • Publication number: 20140313869
    Abstract: A horology component (14) comprising an opening (140) intended to house a member (13) by the latter being driven into the opening, the component comprising at least one housing structure (15) for housing the member, each housing structure comprising: a housing element (16) intended to come into contact with the member, a connecting element (17), an elastically deformable element (18), the housing element being mounted on the elastically deformable element via the connecting element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 18, 2014
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Applicant: ROLEX SA
    Inventor: Pierre Cattiau
  • Patent number: 8854924
    Abstract: A method of executing an action at a predetermined time by a device is disclosed. The device has a latency time between initiation of the execution of the action and the actual execution of the action. The method includes advancing the initiation of the execution of the action by the latency time. A device in which the method is implemented and a system including the device are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Agilent Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: John C Eidson
  • Publication number: 20140293758
    Abstract: Watch comprising a middle part (2) which, with a crystal (4), delimits a watch case (6), the crystal (4) comprising a top face (8) facing the user and an opposite bottom face (10) facing the watch case (6), an electronic device being arranged on the bottom face (10) of the crystal (4), a printed circuit board (18) being disposed inside the watch case (6), underneath and remote from the electronic device, the watch being characterized in that the watch includes a flange (26) which is disposed between the crystal (4) and the printed circuit board (18) and carries a means of ensuring the electrical connection between the electronic device and the printed circuit board (18).
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 4, 2014
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Applicant: ETA SA MANUFACTURE HORLOGERE SUISSE
    Inventors: EMMANUEL FLEURY, PASCAL LAGORGETTE, JEAN LACONTE
  • Patent number: 8770829
    Abstract: A clock case comprising a first plurality of upstanding, spaced-apart fins formed from flat sheets of material, each of the first plurality of fins having a plurality of slots extending vertically upward from a bottom edge; and, a second plurality of upstanding, spaced-apart fins formed from flat sheets of material, each of the second plurality of fins having a plurality of slots extending vertically downwards from a top edge. Each upwardly extending slot is configured to mate with a respective downwardly extending slot, whereby each of the first plurality of fins is interlocked with each of the second plurality of fins to form an orthogonal array of laterally extending fins and longitudinally extending fins.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Wolf Designs, Inc.
    Inventor: Edward O. Howard
  • Publication number: 20140169143
    Abstract: A structure includes a wristwatch case; an inner frame arranged inside the wristwatch case and having an upper surface provided with a positioning fitting recess; a timepiece module arranged as being positioned inside the inner frame; and a parting plate which is provided with a positioning pin that is provided on a lower surface of the parting plate facing the upper surface of the inner frame, and that is fitted into the positioning fitting recess of the inner frame, thereby positioning the parting plate with respect to respect to the inner frame. As a result, in a state where the timepiece module is arranged and positioned inside the inner frame arranged in the wristwatch case, the positioning pin of the parting plate can be fitted into the positioning fitting recess of the inner frame. Accordingly, the parting plate can be accurately positioned with respect to the inner frame.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2013
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Applicant: CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kazuma KOBAYASHI, Kazumasa YOKOO, Junichi SATO
  • Patent number: 8708552
    Abstract: A damping member includes a body provided between a device case and a module encased within the case and damping an external shock applied on the case. The body includes a holding member having upper and side surfaces and disposed between an inner peripheral surface of the case and an outer peripheral surface of the module, a first shock absorbing member covering a predetermined part of the upper and side surfaces of the holding member, deformed elastically when the shock is applied on the case, and elastically absorbing the shock, and a second shock absorbing member covering the other part of the holding member, getting the shock earlier than the first shock absorbing member when the shock is applied on the case, each changing its volume in accordance with the shock, and absorbing and escaping the shock. A damping structure used for an electronic device uses the damping member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: Casio Computer Co., Ltd
    Inventor: Masato Ueno
  • Publication number: 20140112112
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method of manufacturing an element comprising the following steps: a) forming a body made of oxide based ceramic; b) exposing at least one portion of the external surface of the body to a reduction reaction, to remove oxygen atoms to a predetermined depth in order to make the at least one portion electrically conductive; c) depositing a metallic material starting from the at least one electrically conductive portion; d) machining the body and/or the metallic material in order to provide the element with an aesthetic finish. The invention concerns the field of timepieces.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 18, 2013
    Publication date: April 24, 2014
    Applicant: The Swatch Group Research and Development Ltd.
    Inventors: Guido PLANKERT, Pierry Vuille
  • Patent number: 8659979
    Abstract: An inner frame includes a side wall being set its outer diameter to be smaller than a diameter of an inner periphery of a case and arranged along an inner peripheral surface of the case when the frame is housed within the case. The wall is divided into spread portions by cut outs, each cut out in a thickness direction of the case, and the spread portions are spread to make an outside surface thereof fit on the inner peripheral surface of the case when the module is press-fitted from an opening of the case. An inside surface of each spread portion is provided with a projection to be brought into contact with an outside surface of the module and to push and spread outward the spread portion when the module is press-fitted into the frame. A case unit includes the module, the case, and the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignee: Casio Computer Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Ayako Tsuji, Masato Ueno
  • Publication number: 20130250736
    Abstract: A timepiece, comprising first and second arms connected at one end at an acute angle, and a bar locking system located in a wedge area of the timepiece where the arms are connected at the acute angle, wherein the first and second arms are hollow such that they can house electrical components, and wherein the bar locking system is employed to attach the timepiece to a leash plug of a surfboard.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 7, 2013
    Publication date: September 26, 2013
    Inventors: ERIC YANG, MEGHAN YANG
  • Patent number: 8454226
    Abstract: A watch includes an outer frame and an inner frame having a clockwork. The frames are connected by at least two substantially radially extending, spaced-apart elastic elements. The elastic elements absorb forces that act on the outer frame. The outer frame is provided with at least two openings, in each of which openings an elastic element can be positioned from outside. The opening and the elastic element are configured to effect a detachable connection therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Inventor: Rolandus Jacobus Josef Maria Oostwegel
  • Patent number: 8398300
    Abstract: A watch (100, 200, 300) is disclosed as including a case and a rotation module (106, 206, 306) with a longitudinal axis (L-L, N-N, P-P), in which the rotation module (106, 206, 306) is contained within the case and freely rotatable relative to the case about the longitudinal axis (L-L, N-N, P-P), the rotation module (106, 206, 306) including a number of movement parts (134, 234, 334), and, upon rotation of the rotation module (106, 206, 306) relative to the case, the movement parts (134, 234, 334) are each movable relative to the rotation module (106, 206, 306) and to-and-fro along a respective path (Lm1-Lm1, Lm2-Lm2, Lm3-Lm3, Lm4-Lm4, Nm1-Nm1, Nm2-Nm2, Nm3-Nm3, Nm4-Nm4, Pm1-Pm1, Pm2-Pm2, Pm3-Pm3, Pm4-Pm4).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2013
    Assignee: Chung Nam Watch Company Limited
    Inventor: Siu Ming Raymond Chan
  • Publication number: 20130051199
    Abstract: An attachment structure for a vibrating motor, in which a cut-out section for forming a mounting space for a vibrating motor is provided in a housing that is housed within a device case with a portion thereof that corresponds to the vibrating motor being in close contact with the inner surface of the device case, and a circuit board is arranged in a non-contact state relative to the housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 13, 2012
    Publication date: February 28, 2013
    Applicant: CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Tadashi SAKURASAWA
  • Publication number: 20120311862
    Abstract: Device for securing a first element of a watch 1 having a first threaded portion 11 to a second watch element 2 including a second threaded portion 22, including an intermediate element 3 for the angular orientation of the first element 1 relative to the second element 2. The intermediate element 3 includes a third threaded portion 31, arranged for cooperating with the first threaded portion 11 of the first element 1, and a fourth threaded portion 32, arranged to cooperate with the second threaded portion 22 of the second element 2. The thread pitches of the third threaded portion 31 and fourth threaded portion 32 are different.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 5, 2012
    Publication date: December 13, 2012
    Applicant: Omega SA
    Inventor: Daniel KNUCHEL
  • Patent number: 8292493
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing an interchangeable movement includes assembling parts into a movement subassembly, such that the subassembly is a complete working mechanism; enclosing the subassembly in a body; integrating a glass with the body, wherein the body comprises a single shell with only an opening that receives the glass, sealing the glass and the single shell to enclose the body, thereby creating a water resistant modular movement; and wherein the modular movement is insertable into a case of a portable device having a receptacle for removably receiving the modular movement without tools and in a manner where the glass of the modular movement is visible through the case when the modular movement is inserted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Assignee: Wimm Labs, Inc.
    Inventor: David J. Mooring
  • Publication number: 20120140604
    Abstract: To offer a timepiece faceplate having exceptional transmission of light as well as exceptional aesthetic appearance, and to offer a timepiece provided with the timepiece faceplate. A timepiece faceplate 1 of the invention is provided with a first plate member 11 comprising a material having an optical transmission property, and a second plate member 12 comprising a material having an optical transmission property.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 7, 2011
    Publication date: June 7, 2012
    Applicant: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Atsushi KAWAKAMI, Yoshiyuki OBI
  • Publication number: 20120106304
    Abstract: A consumer electronic system for concurrently holding and providing power to several consumer electronic devices has several cradles in a staggered configuration. At least one of the cradles is positioned behind at least one other of the cradles. Thereby the cradle positioned behind the at least one other cradles is capable of supporting a larger consumer electronic device without blocking the at least one other cradle. The support walls of the at least one other cradles provides a surface that supports the larger consumer electronic device, keeping the larger consumer electronic device from sliding forward.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 9, 2012
    Publication date: May 3, 2012
    Applicant: J. S. KARAOKE, LLC
    Inventor: Jack Strauser
  • Publication number: 20120069718
    Abstract: According to an embodiment of the invention a timepiece is provided, having a body, a case at least partially imitating a tin can. The body is configured to be inserted into the case and assuming an assembled position and a mounting mechanism adapted to releasably secure the body to the case in the assembled position. According to another embodiment of the invention a timepiece is provided, having a body, a replaceable timepiece face, and a case at least partially imitating a tin can. The body is configured to be inserted into the case and assuming an assembled position and the timepiece face is configured to be releasably coupled to the body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 8, 2011
    Publication date: March 22, 2012
    Inventor: Olaf PILZ
  • Publication number: 20120020193
    Abstract: A watch (100, 200, 300) is disclosed as including a case and a rotation module (106, 206, 306) with a longitudinal axis (L-L, N-N, P-P), in which the rotation module (106, 206, 306) is contained within the case and freely rotatable relative to the case about the longitudinal axis (L-L, N-N, P-P), the rotation module (106, 206, 306) including a number of movement parts (134, 234, 334), and, upon rotation of the rotation module (106, 206, 306) relative to the case, the movement parts (134, 234, 334) are each movable relative to the rotation module (106, 206, 306) and to-and-fro along a respective path (Lm1-Lm1, Lm2-Lm2, Lm3-Lm3, Lm4-Lm4, Nm1-Nm1, Nm2-Nm2, Nm3-Nm3, Nm4-Nm4, Pm1-Pm1, Pm2-Pm2, Pm3-Pm3, Pm4-Pm4).
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 26, 2010
    Publication date: January 26, 2012
    Inventor: Siu Ming Raymond CHAN
  • Publication number: 20110257053
    Abstract: [Object] To provide a lubrication kit which is capable of improving wear resistance and durability of a sliding portion mounted in a small electronic device and which is capable of reducing a sound generated during driving. [Solution] A lubrication kit used for a small electronic device having a sliding portion, according to the present invention comprises at least one lubricant selected from a lubricant (1) comprising an anti-wear agent and a base oil which contains a polyol ester oil and/or a paraffinic hydrocarbon oil and a lubricant (2) comprising an anti-wear agent, polytetrafluoroethylene particles, and a base oil which contains a polyol ester oil and/or a paraffinic hydrocarbon oil, and a surface-treating agent obtained from a fluorine type surfactant and a phosphoric ester having a hydrocarbon group in which a part or all of hydrogen atoms have been substituted with a fluorine atom.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 25, 2009
    Publication date: October 20, 2011
    Applicant: CITIZEN ELECTRONICS CO., LTD
    Inventors: Yuji Akao, Masahiro Furuya
  • Publication number: 20110182153
    Abstract: The invention relates to a watch comprising an outer frame and an inner frame comprising a clockwork. The frames are connected by at least two substantially radially extending, spaced-apart elastic elements. The elastic elements absorb forces that act on the outer frame. The outer frame is provided with at least two openings, in each of which openings an elastic element can be positioned from outside, said opening and said elastic element being provided with means for effecting a detachable connection there between.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 24, 2009
    Publication date: July 28, 2011
    Inventor: Rolandus Jacobus Josef Maria Oostwegel
  • Publication number: 20110176395
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing an interchangeable movement includes assembling parts into a movement subassembly, such that the subassembly is a complete working mechanism; enclosing the subassembly in a body; integrating a glass with the body, wherein the body comprises a single shell with only an opening that receives the glass, sealing the glass and the single shell to enclose the body, thereby creating a water resistant modular movement; and wherein the modular movement is insertable into a case of a portable device having a receptacle for removably receiving the modular movement without tools and in a manner where the glass of the modular movement is visible through the case when the modular movement is inserted.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 29, 2011
    Publication date: July 21, 2011
    Applicant: WIMM Labs Inc.
    Inventor: David J. Mooring
  • Patent number: 7976214
    Abstract: A portable watch has a watch case body having front and back sides. A time display portion is disposed at the front side of the case body for displaying time. The back side of the case body has a lid-receiving surface and a concavity that opens at the lid-receiving surface. A back lid is disposed on the lid-receiving surface to close the interior of the watch case body from the back side thereof, and the back lid has marking indicia and a projection that engages with the concavity in the back side of the watch case body to position the back lid in a predetermined position in which the marking indicia align with the 12 o'clock to 6 o'clock direction of the time display portion. A holding ring is threaded onto the watch case body with the back lid clamped therebetween to removably attach the back lid to the watch case body while maintaining the back lid in the predetermined position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2011
    Assignee: Seiko Instruments Inc.
    Inventors: Haruki Hiranuma, Kazutaka Imai
  • Patent number: 7961561
    Abstract: A clock assembly FIGS. 1.a. (1) and 1.b. (6), comprising a normal clock mechanism FIG. 2. (10), having numbers one to twelve equidistantly placed around the perimeter of a wheel FIG. 2. (11) in ascending order, that is affixed to the hour spindle of the clock mechanism FIG. 2. (13), and this wheel is visible through a window FIG. 1.a. (3) and FIG. 1.b. (7) in a case FIGS. 1.a. and 1.b. holding the clockworks that tells time in a horizontal or vertical manner that architecturally fits in with its rectilinear surroundings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2011
    Inventor: Daniel Charles Moeder
  • Patent number: 7946758
    Abstract: A portable device comprising a modular movement is disclosed. The modular movement has a body housing a plurality of layers that include a top layer of glass, and a movement subassembly for displaying information, including time, wherein the modular movement includes all parts necessary for power and operation, including the displaying of the information, such that the modular movement is fully functional standalone. The portable device further includes a case, which includes a receptacle for removably receiving the modular movement without need for a tool, such that the modular movement is user-interchangeable with another case of another portable device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2011
    Assignee: WIMM Labs
    Inventor: David J. Mooring
  • Patent number: 7901129
    Abstract: This watch case comprises a protective casing surrounded by a middle (5) and a bezel (9). The protective casing includes a glass (3), a side wall (2) and a bottom (1). A planar peripheral surface extending along the entire edge of the inner face of the glass is in contact with a similar bearing surface on the side wall (2), at least part of which forms the width of the cross section of a pressure resistant structure having parallel lateral faces (SR) perpendicular to the bearing surface, and which extends without a gap as far as the bottom (1) of the casing. The components of the casing are secured and sealed with at least one annular seal (4) surrounding the lateral face of the glass (3) and the outer lateral face of the side wall (2) of the casing, and this seal is clamped.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2011
    Assignee: Rolex S.A.
    Inventors: Jean-Louis Bertrand, William Passaquin
  • Patent number: 7857503
    Abstract: A timepiece for the top of a surfboard comprising; a polymer pliable member which can be temporary attached to the top of a surfboard by surface adhesion; and an LCD timepiece affixed to the pliable member, said pliable member having a plurality of folds and snaps such that said pliable member can be formed into a wristwatch band.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2010
    Inventor: Joseph Pasquale Realdine
  • Publication number: 20100260014
    Abstract: The present invention provides a watch casing (36) having a rear wall (20), the watch casing having a tubular passage (35) extending therethough through which an elongated material, such as a necklace or bracelet, can be inserted, wherein the passage (35) extends substantially across the rear wall (20). In one embodiment, the watch casing includes a rear casing (11) and a front casing (15) which together house the is components of a watch and the tubular passage is formed in the rear casing. The rear casing in the preferred embodiment comprises the rear wall (20) and a sidewall (21) extending from or adjacent to the periphery of the rear wall (20), the sidewall (21) including two openings (26) at substantially opposite portions thereof between which the tubular passage (35) extends.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 8, 2010
    Publication date: October 14, 2010
    Applicant: SAMS WATCHMAKER JEWELLER PTY LTD
    Inventors: Steven Avedis Der Bedrossian, Sarkis Der Bedrossian
  • Publication number: 20100135128
    Abstract: The band attachment device (1) and the closed case (17) together form the housing of the wristwatch. The device (1) is a perforated construction, the central part (2) of which contains the closed case (17) and the side parts (3 and 4) of which provide the connection to each half of the band. The device (1) is made entirely of elongate elements of metal or plastic sections joined by welding or adhesive bonding and arranged in such a way as to form a rigid, lightweight lattice.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 12, 2007
    Publication date: June 3, 2010
    Inventor: Joseph Penula
  • Patent number: 7665888
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method and apparatus for providing a tabletop device which provides multiple functions to a user of the device, and in particular, to a tabletop device which includes a first functional element which establishes a preferred orientation on the tabletop for a first user of the device, and which includes a second functional element which is independent of the first functional element, and provides for simultaneous display of correlated information to both the first user of the device and a second user of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2010
    Inventors: Marc Chase Weinstein, Alfredo Cinco
  • Publication number: 20100027383
    Abstract: A transparent member has a transparent substrate, and an antireflection coating that has a high index of refraction layer made of silicon nitride and a low index of refraction layer made of silicon oxide alternately laminated on at least a part of a surface of the substrate. The content of silicon nitride in the region to a depth of 150 nm from the outside surface of the antireflection coating is 30-50 vol %.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 1, 2009
    Publication date: February 4, 2010
    Applicant: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Katsumi SUZUKI, Keiichi SUZUKI, Hiroyuki SEKI