Combined With Disparate Device Patents (Class 368/278)
  • Patent number: 9766592
    Abstract: The invention concerns a pressure sensor including means of sensing pressure and converting pressure into an electrical signal able to be transmitted by an electrical circuit to an control interface circuit of an indicator device, wherein said sensing and conversion means include: a closed volume and a liquid contained in the closed volume, said liquid being electrically conductive and capable of moving inside said closed volume, at least one sensing member arranged inside the closed volume in a given position in said volume, said sensing member including at least one pair of electrodes and cooperating with the liquid when said liquid moves in the closed volume, so that said electrical circuit is closed when the liquid passes said sensing member. The pressure sensor is intended to be integrated in a pressure measuring device, particularly a timepiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: The Swatch Group Research and Development Ltd
    Inventor: Gian-Carlo Poli
  • Patent number: 9766597
    Abstract: An electronic timepiece has a time display unit including a dial made from a non-conductive material, and hands; and a movement that drives the hands. The movement includes a circuit board, a planar antenna attached to the circuit board, a stepper motor that drives the hands, and a battery. The planar antenna, the stepper motor, and the battery are disposed to positions overlapping the time display unit in plan view, and not overlapping each other in plan view.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Teruhiko Fujisawa, Shuichi Tamura
  • Patent number: 9651921
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides systems and methods for providing a metronome embedded in a search results page. One example computer-implemented method includes displaying, by a mobile computing device, a search results webpage that includes a metronome user interface. The method includes receiving, by the mobile computing device, a user input that requests implementation of the metronome at a tempo. In response to receiving the user input, the method includes generating, by the mobile computing device, an audio clip that exhibits the tempo. The method includes using, by the mobile computing device, an audio player application to play the audio clip. The audio player application does not experience interruption or latency when the mobile computing device transitions to a lock screen state during playback of the audio clip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventor: Richard McKeever
  • Patent number: 9389133
    Abstract: Portable object provided with a mechanism for measuring atmospheric pressure, the atmospheric pressure measuring mechanism including an atmospheric pressure sensor whose geometric dimensions vary with atmospheric pressure fluctuations, the variations in the geometric dimensions of the atmospheric pressure sensor being applied to a device displaying a barometric tendency connected to the atmospheric pressure sensor via a coupling mechanism actuated by a user, the coupling mechanism being capable of being switched between a first position, in which the kinematic connection between the atmospheric pressure sensor and the barometric tendency display device is interrupted, and a second position in which the barometric tendency display device is kinematically coupled to the atmospheric pressure sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Assignee: Montres Breguet SA
    Inventors: Benoit Junod, Davide Sarchi, Alain Zaugg, Jan Pittet
  • Patent number: 9256253
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention describe a clasp assembly for detachably coupling a first housing to a second housing. The clasp assembly to further includes a data connector to provide an input/output (I/O) interface to a computing component of the first housing, and a data connector housing corresponding to the data connector, wherein the data connector is exposed when the clasp assembly is in an open position, and wherein the data connector is disposed in the data connector housing when the clasp assembly is in a closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2016
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Gregory A. Peek, Mark R. Francis, Andy S. Idsinga
  • Patent number: 8939379
    Abstract: A mattress age indicating device includes an enclosure and an indicating assembly contained within the enclosure. The age indicating device may be configured to present an indication related to the mattress's age and may be coupled to the mattress or other bedding or seating product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: L&P Property Management Company
    Inventors: Terrance L. Myers, John A. Garrett
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8870083
    Abstract: A mattress age indicating device includes an enclosure, and an indicating assembly contained within the enclosure. The age indicating device may be configured to present an indication related to the mattress's age and may be coupled to the mattress or other bedding or seating product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: L&P Property Management Company
    Inventors: Terrance L. Myers, John A. Garrett
  • Patent number: 8811122
    Abstract: An LED light with a time piece uses a simple light-medium body with a very rough finish to allow light from LED(s) to pass though input-end(s) of the light-medium body and travel within the body and obtain a very even brightness on all surfaces of the light medium that are seen by a viewer. The movement for the time display can include analog indicators with a built-in light-medium on the top cover to achieve a super slim LED illumination for the time piece. For night light application, the sealed-unit may consist of prong-means and an LED related circuit sealed within a safety standard plastic material and assembled with the night light body to save a lot of cost enable use of all kinds of materials. The invention may also be adapted to an LCD display timepiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Inventor: Tseng-Lu Chien
  • Patent number: 8804466
    Abstract: An electronic timepiece that receives signals and displays information can be driven using solar power while suppressing antenna sensitivity loss to a sufficiently low level. An electronic timepiece has a dial, on the face of which time is displayed, a flat antenna, and a solar cell. The flat antenna is disposed in an area on the back side of the dial, extends in the plane direction of the dial, and receives signals passing through the dial. The solar cell is also disposed in the area on the back side of the dial, positioned vertically between the dial and the flat antenna. The solar cell also extends in the plane direction of the dial.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Jun Matsuzaki
  • Patent number: 8693294
    Abstract: A vibratory alarm assembly includes a cover that may be positioned on a mattress. A vibrator pocket is coupled to the cover. A controller pocket coupled to the cover. A vibrating member is positionable within the vibrator pocket. A controller is positionable within the controller pocket. The controller has a housing. The controller is operationally coupled to the vibrating member. A processor is coupled to the housing. An alarm is coupled to the housing. The alarm is operationally coupled to the processor. A microphone is coupled to the housing. The microphone is operationally coupled to the processor. A power supply is coupled to the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Inventor: Robert J. Tucker
  • Publication number: 20140086027
    Abstract: An electronic timepiece has a main plate 120 for a movement 110 that drives a time display unit inside an outside case 80; an annular antenna 40 housed inside the case 80 and positioned relative to the main plate 120; and aback cover 85 that engages the case 80. A circuit bridge 130 disposed below the main plate 120 has an upward pressure part 131 that pushes the main plate 120 to the time display unit side when the case 80 and back cover 85 are engaged. The main plate 120 has a movement top positioning part 122 that contacts the vertical positioning surface and positions the main plate 120 vertically to the case 80 when the main plate 120 is lifted toward the time display side by the upward pressure part 131.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 19, 2013
    Publication date: March 27, 2014
    Applicant: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Toshiaki Yanagisawa
  • Publication number: 20140086026
    Abstract: An electronic timepiece has a case; an annular antenna housed in the case; a time display unit that is disposed on the inside of the antenna, and includes a dial and hands that rotate on a center pivot; and a battery compartment housing a storage battery that feeds the antenna. The antenna is not superimposed with the storage battery held in the battery compartment when seen from the direction perpendicular to the dial.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 18, 2013
    Publication date: March 27, 2014
    Applicant: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Toshihiro MITANI, Teruhiko FUJISAWA
  • Patent number: 8573833
    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: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Inventors: Eric Yang, Meghan Yang
  • Patent number: 8503268
    Abstract: A fork for engaging and holding a food item while the food item is cooking includes an elongate fork body; a fork distal end including at least one tine; a fork proximal end with a fork handle; a stopwatch timer with a timer display mechanism and a timer actuating mechanism for timing the emersion of a food item within a fondue liquid to determine that the food item is cooked sufficiently but not excessively; and a timer power source connected to the timer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2013
    Inventor: Dana Eller
  • Patent number: 8475035
    Abstract: A wrist watch-style timepiece includes a means for secure mounting onto a variety of common hunting weapons, such as a rifle, a crossbow, a shotgun or a bow. The mounting members are envisioned to include a variety of straps and closures configured to accommodate the selected type of weapon and to be connected to the timepiece by mounting collars. The timepiece is intended to show the time in a glow-in-the-dark display in a user's line of sight, thereby avoiding any rustling sounds associated with consulting a wrist watch or pocket timepiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2013
    Inventor: Cindy Harrington
  • Publication number: 20130088942
    Abstract: The present invention is related to a watch case adapted to be integrated into a wrist watch device, the watch case comprising an inner volume for housing internal components of the wrist watch device and attachment elements for attaching at least one watch strap of the wrist watch device, wherein at least one portion of the inner volume of the watch case extends laterally (or longitudinally) beyond the points of attachment of the at least one watch strap. The present invention is also directed to a corresponding watch strap as well as to a wrist watch device comprising such a watch case.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 4, 2012
    Publication date: April 11, 2013
    Inventors: Panu PERKO, Jukka MANNI
  • Patent number: 8305846
    Abstract: A timepiece with LED lights uses a simple light-medium body with a very rough finish to allow light from LED(s) to pass though input-end(s) of the light-medium body and travel within the body and obtain a very even brightness on all surfaces of the light medium that are seen by a viewer. Combined with a milky/frosted front sheet overlay, the light-medium surface can get perfect area illumination effects. The movement for the time display can include analog indicators with a guilt-in light-medium on the top cover to achieve a super slim LED illumination for the time piece. For night light application, the sealed-unit may consist of prong-means and an LED related circuit sealed within a safety standard plastic material and assembled with the night light body to save a lot of cost enable use of all kinds of materials. The invention may also be adapted to an LCD display timepiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Inventor: Tseng-Lu Chien
  • Patent number: 8045420
    Abstract: A medicine holder encloses one or more medicines which are in their original labeled containers, and emits an alarm signal when each dose is due. The alarm is automatically silenced when the holder is opened to retrieve the medicine. The timer is then automatically restarted when the holder is closed. The dose regimen is determined by an easily-operated selector switch, and is visibly displayed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2011
    Inventor: David Edward Newman
  • Patent number: 8018797
    Abstract: The present invention is a device for displaying real time and advertising media to a person. In one embodiment, the device comprises a front cover, a clock engaged with said front cover for displaying real time, and a first sheet having an advertising portion. The first sheet is moveably engaged with the front cover to an open position where the real time and advertising portion are visible to the person. The clock comprises a clock movement mechanism engaged with the front cover, a clock face imprinted on the front cover, and an hour and minute hand engaged with the clock movement mechanism. The device further comprises a mounting fastener engaged with front cover and clock movement mechanism. The mounting fastener is adapted to allow the device to be hung on a wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2011
    Inventor: Wen Chen Wu
  • Patent number: 7997789
    Abstract: A clock for displaying collectibles and method of displaying collectibles within the clock is disclosed. The clock is a customizable device comprising a core having a first surface, a second surface opposite to the first surface and a thickness portion connecting the first and the second surfaces. The clock further includes a first structure removably attached to the first surface of the core and a clock movement received in an opening in the core. Also provided is a plurality of recesses, each of the recesses having a depth and configured and dimensioned to receive a collectible. In at least some embodiments, the recesses are provided in the core while in at least some other embodiments, the recesses are provided in the first structure of the clock. The collectibles are additionally secured in position within the clock by way of one or more adaptors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2011
    Inventors: Judd C. Smith, Brett Rammel
  • Patent number: 7988349
    Abstract: A device for displaying an item, wherein the item being displayed can be selectively changed. The device includes an annular body with an inside circumferential surface having an associated mounting arrangement including a shoulder, a groove and a snap ring. A changeable item for display is generally received in the annular body and held in place between the shoulder and the groove by positioning the snap ring into the groove. In some embodiments, the annular body may be adapted to be carried and used on a strap or band, generally in the manner a wristwatch is carried and used. In other embodiments, the annular body may be free-standing or adapted to be supported by a suitable support. The present invention may further include a cover hingedly attached to the annular body. In some embodiments, the cover may have generally similar characteristics as the annular body, it may interchangeably display other selected items, and/or it may include or display a watch face.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2011
    Inventor: James K. Anderson
  • Patent number: 7986590
    Abstract: A calendar apparatus includes a housing having opposed side rails for holding a calendar therebetween. The calendar apparatus includes a processor and a memory device in data communication with the processor. The apparatus includes a user input device, a microphone, and an audio output positioned in the housing and in data communication with the processor. The processor includes programming for inputting event data using the input device, inputting message data using the microphone, actuating the audio output device to provide alarm or to display message data after occurrence of an event. The calendar apparatus may include a picture holder, a clock, and a calculator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2011
    Inventor: Angela Hansen
  • Patent number: 7967503
    Abstract: An accessory storage compartment that also functions as a clock comprising a front face, a back face, a first side, and a second side. The storage compartment can be opened to form a first half and a second have via a hinge. A button clasp secures the two halves together. Inside the storage compartment is an earring grid for holding earrings, a ring holding apparatus, and a plurality of hooks for holding necklaces, bracelets, and the like. Disposed on the front face of the compartment is a clock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2011
    Inventors: Amy McGowen, Debra Yadon
  • Publication number: 20100322040
    Abstract: Apparatus, methods and computer program products for time and time management instruction are provided. In one embodiment, an apparatus includes: a time instruction module; an indicia of time controlled by the time instruction module; and an input/output mechanism configured to provide a display related to time or time management.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 23, 2010
    Publication date: December 23, 2010
    Applicant: Go Learn LLC
    Inventor: Jesus Cedeno
  • Publication number: 20090316536
    Abstract: A clock with a wireless function, in which the receiving sensitivity of an antenna is improved and the antenna can reliably receive a prescribed radio wave even in the case in which a watch case or the like made of a conductive metal is used. The clock is provided with an antenna that is stored in a housing to receive an external radio wave, a watch case that configures at least a part of the housing, that has at least one portion electrically conductive, and that is separated into a plurality of parts, and an insulating region disposed between at least two parts among the plurality of parts of the watch case to insulate the two parts one from the other.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 13, 2007
    Publication date: December 24, 2009
    Applicant: CITIZEN HOLDINGS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Setsuo Kachi, Masahiro Mamiya
  • Patent number: 7604396
    Abstract: A watch design that has a movable of fixed case that keeps the face of the watch visible regardless of the position of the wrist. In this way, a user can quickly see the watch face in the proper orientation so that the time can be quickly and correctly determined. The watch face is offset from the watchcase to provide space for the user's wrist when the face is turned in a viewing position. In this way, a viewer can see the watch face without discomfort caused by the watch face rubbing against the user's wrist. The watch has a display that can be angled for viewing by either forming an angled housing or by using a prism to project the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2009
    Inventor: Don Karterman
  • Patent number: 7551523
    Abstract: An animated toy alarm clock resembles a stuffed puppy, kitten, or other lovable creature. When the alarm is armed, the creature rotates or bows its limbs so that its body assumes a sleeping position. It may emit audible purring or other soothing noises for the relaxation of its owner. When the alarm goes off at the preset alarm time, the creature rotates or stretches its limbs so that its body rises into an awake position. It may emit barking, meowing, or other excited noises to awaken its owner to the world. The alarm clock may be conveniently disguised as a pet tag hung around an animal collar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2009
    Inventor: Isaac Larian
  • Patent number: 7520665
    Abstract: A marine instrument, such as a clock, barometer, or thermometer, has a face having indicia associated with the face, an instrument movement, and at least one hand having a direct or indirect connection to the movement and positioned to move with respect to the face, or a display connected to an electronic movement. The components are encased within a casing that is water tight to at least 12 inches (e.g. about 30 feet) of water. A vent, such as a porous plastic plug, allows the passage of air in and out of a substantially water-tight volume containing the movement, but precludes water passage up to the rated pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2009
    Assignee: Trintec Industries Inc.
    Inventors: Brendon G. Nunes, Gregory J. T. Lowe-Wylde
  • Publication number: 20090086579
    Abstract: A wearable medication container includes a time piece incorporated into a first portion of the wearable apparatus; a second portion of the wearable apparatus, the second portion connected to the first portion via a hinge, the first portion and the second portion configured to include at least one insulating membrane; and a medication container incorporated into at least the second portion, the medication container configured to provide waterproof containment for medication.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 13, 2008
    Publication date: April 2, 2009
    Inventor: Thomas Clark
  • Patent number: 7447118
    Abstract: An apparatus that combines a wristwatch with a survival kit includes a wafer component moveably connected to a watch, wherein the wafer further comprises a mirrored surface, a compass and a perimetric cutting edge. The wafer is rotatably attached to the wristwatch to allow movement of the wafer between a closed position and an open position wherein a user may view the compass, provide signaling using the mirror or utilize the cutting tool provided thereon. The wafer is also detachable from the wristwatch to allow the wafer to be utilized in a standalone mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2008
    Inventor: Ismael Matos
  • Patent number: 7424316
    Abstract: In a body-worn personal communications apparatus, for example a wrist-carried wireless telephone, an antenna (102) is a helical or other physically-shortened electric antenna that makes use of the enhanced normal component of electric field close to the body. A microphone (114) can act as a top load to the antenna, thereby enabling the use of a shorter antenna. The antenna (102) may be formed from coaxial cable, enabling it to provide electrical connections between the microphone (114) and transceiver circuitry in the body of the apparatus. By arranging for the microphone (114) to have low impedance at radio frequencies, the coaxial cable acts as an inductive stub and enables the antenna (102) to be further shortened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2008
    Assignee: NXP B.V.
    Inventor: Kevin R. Boyle
  • Patent number: 7382692
    Abstract: An add-on timer for a medicine container is provided having a base plate affixed to the top of an existing lid, a housing overlaying and coupled to the base plate, and a timing unit within the housing. The housing is displaceable relative to the base plate by a person depressing or twisting the housing, which actuates a switch and resets the timing unit. A display indicates the elapsed time since the container was last accessed, to assist a patient in following dosage instructions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2008
    Assignee: Add-On Timer, LLC
    Inventor: William K. Hildebrandt
  • Patent number: 7359287
    Abstract: The invention relates to a watch housing comprising a body made in two parts (2, 3), connected one to the other. The one of the two parts (2) guarantees the function of a watch whilst the second part (3), connected to the bracelet, comprises means for attachment of an interchangeable module (M). Said module (M) is extended by an elastic tongue (20) and security means are provided to ensure that the tongue (20) is supported on the first part (2) whilst subjecting the above to a permanent force maintaining the same in the open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2008
    Inventor: Jean-Michel Baroche
  • Patent number: 7333399
    Abstract: A timekeeping apparatus having a hidden compartment. The compartment can contain permanent or removable psychological messages and/or printed messages, pictures or photographs. The apparatus has a timepiece which is pivotable relative to a backing. The backing has a removable door on its underside which is removed for placement of the message into the backing. The user can then lift open the timepiece to reveal the message in the hidden compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2008
    Assignee: HourPower Watches, LLC
    Inventors: Brenda Ellner, Paulette Nance
  • Patent number: 7215600
    Abstract: A wristworn device comprising a radio communication device for receiving from and/or transmitting signals to a radio communication device external to the wristworn device. In at least one embodiment, the casing comprises a metallic watchcase having a slot, and wherein the watchcase is electrically coupled to the radio communication device to function as the antenna. In another embodiment, a metallic loop is provided in the casing proximate the watchcase, wherein the metallic loop is electrically coupled to the radio communication device to function as the antenna and the watchcase comprises a slot and functions as an element for the reception and/or transmission of electromagnetic radiation. In a third embodiment, the metallic watchcase does not have a slot and the watchcase is electrically coupled to the radio communication device to function as the antenna.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2007
    Assignee: Timex Group B.V.
    Inventor: Ronald J. DeRosa
  • Patent number: 7196972
    Abstract: Mediwatch is an alarm watch that opens into a pillbox. The face of the watch is on a hinge with a secure safety closure. There are three or four pill compartments inside the base of the watch, thus allowing the wearer to carry a full day's supply of medication. The watch will be available in four styles: wrist watch, neck watch, pocket watch, bracelet watch with two extra pill compartments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2007
    Inventors: Theresa Ann Pitocco, Michelle Christina Pitocco
  • Patent number: 7054231
    Abstract: A medication reminder device provides a C-shaped support for receiving gently tapered pill bottles of a variety of sizes. The support is made in sections to provide an internal cavity receiving a timer. The timer includes, in circuit, a receptacle for a battery, an alarm, a timer assembly for periodically energizing the alarm and an on/off switch. The on/off switch includes an operator exposed through the interior of the support so that inserting a bottle into the support causes the operator to be depressed thereby initiating operation of the timer assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2006
    Inventor: Juan Ruben Valerio
  • Patent number: 7025496
    Abstract: The present invention is directed toward a timepiece, such as a watch, having a protective cover with a gem set therein. The protective cover may be crystal, plastic or any other transparent and durable material. The protective cover has an aperture having concentric cuts. The setting is seated in the aperture and secured to the protective cover. The setting is configured to be of a similar size and shape as the aperture so that it may be securely affixed to the protective cover. A gasket may be inserted between the setting and the aperture to create a watertight seal in the watch cover. The timepiece may also have a hinged, hidden compartment on the backside of the watch frame. Engravings may be made in the hidden compartment, and small, thin objects may be stored therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2006
    Inventor: Pierre Tardy
  • Patent number: 7023763
    Abstract: An assembly is provided that allows construction of a watch that includes multifunctional illumination options. The assembly of the present invention provides a means for illuminating the watch face, a high intensity flashlight and a watch locator beacon. The assembly overcomes the drawbacks associated with filament lamps by using LED lamps that provide greater brightness with less power consumption. Further, the present invention relies on a unique feature of LED's, whereby they are only illuminated by DC power at the right polarity to provide a compact assembly that utilized a minimum amount of space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2006
    Inventor: Robert Galli
  • Patent number: 6992952
    Abstract: The wrist watch with internal tag according to the present invention includes a watch case 12 which includes a ring shaped case 12a and a rear lid 12c, a drive section 13 which is housed in the watch case, a display section 14 which is housed in the watch case 12, is driven by the drive section 13, and displays a time instant, and an RFID tag (18) which is housed in the watch case 12 and includes an antenna 16 and an IC chip 17. The antenna includes a rod shaped magnetic core member 16a which is provided to follow around the inner surface of the rear lid 12c between the ring shaped case 12a and the drive section 13, and a coil 16b which is wound in a helical shape around the magnetic core member 16a. And the magnetic core member 16a is shaped so as to bend around following the inner surface of the ring shaped case (12a), and is made from a layered amorphous foil material or a composite material so as to have a certain flexibility.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2006
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Materials Corporation
    Inventors: Takanori Endo, Seirou Yahata, Takashi Tsuchida
  • Patent number: 6987708
    Abstract: A wristwatch is converted into an emergency call device by unscrewing a rear cover from the back of the wristwatch housing and screwing in a transmitter housing that carries a signal-emitting mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2006
    Assignee: Junghans Uhren GmbH
    Inventors: G√ľnter Megner, Arno Hohmann
  • Patent number: 6961286
    Abstract: A combination noise blocking headset and alarm clock, having a pair of padded earpieces for blocking out ambient noise so that a commuter can sleep or read on a subway or train without distractions, and having an alarm clock unit within one of the earpieces for waking up or alerting the user at a predetermined time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2005
    Inventor: Mary Alagia
  • Patent number: 6950374
    Abstract: A timekeeping and magnifying device is disclosed. The device includes a watch and a magnifying lens pivotally connected to the watch. The lens may be pivoted away from the face of the watch to magnify objects other than the face of the watch. In one embodiment of the invention, the device includes spring structure which is adapted to bias the lens away from the face, and a fastener which selectively retains the lens adjacent the face of the watch until disengaged, at which point the spring structure automatically pivots the lens away from the face of the watch. In a variation of this embodiment, the fastener is actuated by a push-button mechanism. The device may further include a light that is actuated when the lens is pivoted away from the face of the watch, such as by the spring structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2005
    Inventor: Christopher B. McKay
  • Patent number: 6940785
    Abstract: A timekeeping apparatus having a hidden compartment. The compartment can contain permanent or removable psychological message and/or printed messages. The messages can be printed messages, digital messages, recordable audio messages and aromatic messages. The compartment can also contain such items has a mood sensing stone which changes color according to the wearer's mood, magnets or crystals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2005
    Assignee: HourPower Watches, LLC
    Inventors: Brenda Ellner, Paulette Nance
  • Patent number: 6920975
    Abstract: A digital clock mounted within a flap overlying the spine of a notepad on a notepad cover is provided. A raised bezel or surround constructed from a soft, pliable material, such as soft polyvinylchloride (PVC), covers a portion of the clock chip, exposing its digital readout. Detents or holes may be provided for inserting pens or other blunt instruments for setting the clock. A port is provided in the flap to access the underside of the clock chip, and can be covered, along the underside of the flap, with a piece of elastic material. By moving the elastic material aside, access to the battery of the clock chip is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2005
    Assignee: The Gem Group
    Inventors: Mark T. Salander, Agnes Csilla Domotor, Joshua B. Lederer
  • Patent number: 6914564
    Abstract: The invention concerns a patch antenna (20) for a small-sized portable electronic instrument comprising a radiating element (21) separated from a ground plane (23) by a dielectric (22) and comprising feed (25) and ground (26) conductors for electrically connecting said radiating element and said ground plane (23) respectively, to an electric module (6). The ground plane (23) consists of a stamped metal plate including at least a folded foot (26a, 26b) outside said ground plane and directly connecting said ground plane (23) to said electronic module (6), said foot (26a, 26b) forming said ground conductor (26) of the antenna.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 4, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2005
    Assignee: ETA SA Manufacture Horlogere Suisse
    Inventors: David Barras, Brice Robin
  • Patent number: 6839305
    Abstract: A habit cessation aide includes a timer to determine the interval between starting a habitual act, a display for displaying messages in operative connection to the timer, and a strap for securing to a user's body. A widely held habit is smoking, for which the illustrated embodiment is directed towards. The habit cessation device also includes an alarm, which may be auditory, vibratory, or a combination. As shown, the device is in the form of a wristwatch and also functions as a standard wristwatch and includes features such as calculating and displaying items including at least time, date, and elapsed time. Depending upon the frequency of cigarette smoking, signaled by the push of a specialized button, different messages are displayed, such as encouraging, statistical or informational, to help the user quit the habit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2005
    Inventors: Neil Perlman, Daniel Mapes-Riordan
  • Patent number: 6816438
    Abstract: A clock has a face for telling time, a light for illuminating the face, and a switch for controlling the light. The switch cannot be used for turning the light on when the clock is stored. This conserves the clock battery by preventing accidental discharge of the battery when the clock is stored, for example in a suitcase. A magnifying lens is automatically moved to an optimal position relative to the clock face to magnify the face when the clock is deployed to display the time. The magnifying lens can also be used independently to magnify, and optionally illuminate, another object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2004
    Inventor: Noel E. Zeller
  • Publication number: 20040190383
    Abstract: A housing including a sleeve portion having an interior bend configured to receive a knuckle on a wearer's finger such that the housing can be securely mounted on the wearer's finger. The housing also includes a cavity configured to receive an electronics module therein, and a control access configured to align with controls of the electronics module such that the wearer can operate the electronics module when contained in the recess. The housing may include an electronics module such a watch or medical monitoring device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 28, 2003
    Publication date: September 30, 2004
    Applicant: Fila Luxembourg S.A.R.L.
    Inventors: Kai Marcucelli, Craig Wojcieszak, Edward C. Frederick