Wrist Worn Patents (Class 368/281)
  • Patent number: 9737123
    Abstract: A waterproof case for an electronic device that includes an upper housing member and a lower housing member including lugs formed thereon attaching to a strap member. A sealing wrap is positioned about an electronic device. The sealing wrap is positioned between the upper and lower housing members when the upper and lower housing members are coupled. The sealing wrap includes an alignment feature formed thereon. The alignment feature engages the upper or lower housing member and positions the wrap within the upper and lower housing members wherein axial seal members formed on the wrap are compressed and engage the device when the upper and lower housing members are coupled defining a continuous seal about the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: CATALYST LIFESTYLE LIMITED
    Inventors: Joshua Wright, June Lai
  • Patent number: 9693610
    Abstract: Provided is a device for fastening and unfastening a watch, in which a plurality of bezels is provided and a fastening means is provided between the bezels, so that the watch is easily and conveniently fastened and unfastened in a one-touch manner, thus completely preventing the bezels from being damaged, and providing a novel structure for fastening and unfastening a wrist watch, unlike a general watch that has a fastening and unfastening structure on a watch band. Therefore, it is possible to solve problems of inconvenience when fastening and unfastening a watch band on a user's wrist because the fastening structure applied to the band in the conventional wrist watch is eliminated, in addition to offering good appearance and allowing the watch to be easily detachably attached.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: KONO CORPORATION LTD
    Inventor: Geun Ho Kim
  • Patent number: 9668367
    Abstract: One embodiment provides a computing device comprising a computing device body, a display coupled with the computing device body, a first set of computing components incorporated into the computing device body, and a securing system configured to secure the body to a wrist, the securing system comprising a plurality of detachable modular segments joined together to form a second set of computing components that is modifiable by changing segments. Each modular segment comprises a first mechanical connector and a second mechanical connector, a first set of electrical connectors and a second set of electrical connectors, and one or more electrical components incorporated into the modular segment, such that a functionality of the computing device is modifiable by changing modular segments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Rod G. Fleck, David D. Bohn, Ben Garcia, Sarah L. Joers, Aaron P. Toney
  • Patent number: 9658755
    Abstract: An electronic device that increases both visual perceptibility and selectability of executable programs. A display is a display with an elongated shape whose display surface includes a first region and a second region aligned in a longitudinal direction. In the first region, only an image that corresponds to a program that is specified as the main program is displayed. In the second region, images that correspond to sub-programs are displayed to be lined up in the longitudinal direction. The image includes an execution image of the program that is specified as the main program.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY CORPORATION OF AMERICA
    Inventors: Yu Otsuka, Hiroshi Fujita, Kazuhiro Aihara, Goro Hisatake, Takashi Isobe
  • Patent number: 9582035
    Abstract: This invention comprises wearable computing devices and methods for the wrist and/or forearm including a bifurcating attachment member and/or proximal and distal display members. These wearable devices can provide relatively-large display areas without looking too clunky or being uncomfortable to wear. This invention also comprises methods for conserving energy and for modifying the communication interface between a human and a computer based on data from environmental sensors and/or body sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: Medibotics LLC
    Inventor: Robert A. Connor
  • Patent number: 9577324
    Abstract: A wearable electronic device includes a main body, a watchband spring pin engaged with one side of the main body, and a wrist-worn watchband connected to the watchband spring pin. The main body includes a wireless communication module and a conductive member electrically connected to the wireless communication module. The watchband spring pin is physically connected to the conductive member on the main body to be an antenna unit of the wireless communication module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Quanta Computer Inc.
    Inventors: Chun-Lung Chen, Ji-Dein Wu, Shih-Ling Huang, Yu-Feng Lin, Yen-Liang Liu, Ko-Chun Wang, Yu-Liang Chen, Chiung-Chang Tsai
  • Patent number: 9534749
    Abstract: A slap wrist device includes a bottom strip having top and bottom surfaces with at least the top surface of thermoplastic material, a middle strip having top and bottom surfaces and of or coated with a thermoplastic material, and a top strip having top and bottom surfaces, at least the bottom surface being of thermoplastic material. A bistable spring is disposed between the bottom and middle strips, and a light emitting and elongated flexible light transmitting element is disposed between the top and middle strips. The bottom and middle strips are sealed together by high frequency (HF) welding along substantially their entire peripheries, and the top and middle strips are sealed together by HF welding along at least the majority of their peripheries. A battery casing, with or without an external safety light, or a fabric bag, may be mounted to an end of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: Ming D & Y Inc.
    Inventors: Jianming Dai, Banghui An
  • Patent number: 9483024
    Abstract: A wristwatch includes a bracelet or strap, a plastic case, a watch crystal, a back cover and pairs of horns to which the ends of the bracelet or strap are attached. It also includes a top half shell made of metal which covers the top of the case and a portion of the case middle and which has an opening revealing the crystal. It further includes a crown or a control push-button protruding from the case middle. The wristwatch further includes a bottom half shell covering the back cover and a portion of the case middle. The top half shell and the bottom half shell respectively have two, substantially symmetrical, peripheral rims which extend facing each other, the crown or the control push-button being located in an elongated space extending between the rims of the two half shells. The elongated space also reveals a portion of the case middle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: The Swatch Group Management Services AG
    Inventors: Damien Goyet, Silvano Bonadei
  • Patent number: 9471102
    Abstract: A wearable device is disclosed that includes circuitry in both the display device and the securing device, for example a watch and watch band. The circuitry in the securing device is electrically connected to the display device electrical circuitry and may be used to extend the functionality of the display device or create additional display space for use by the display device. These are but two examples of possible uses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: Pebble Technology, Corp.
    Inventors: Marcus M. Townsend, Mark C. Solomon, Steven W. Johns, Andrew J. Witte, Eric B. Migicovsky, Aaron A. Oro, Alexis R. A. De Stasio
  • Patent number: 9453287
    Abstract: The invention relates to an inlaid ceramic decoration (10) including a ceramic body (11) that has at least one recess (12) forming the pattern for a decoration (13). According to the invention, said at least one recess is entirely filled by first and second electrically conductive layers (14, 15) of approximately 50 nm and a metallic galvanic plating (16) so as to form a ceramic element (10) inlaid with at least one metallic decoration (13) with improved visual rendering. The invention also relates to the method of manufacturing the inlaid ceramic element. The invention concerns the field of decorated ceramic parts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2016
    Assignee: OMEGA SA
    Inventors: Pascal Grossenbacher, Michel Caillaud, Alexandre Netuschill
  • Patent number: 9423418
    Abstract: One example disclosed wearable device includes a first housing portion having a conductive section and a non-conductive section. The conductive section is connected to ground. A second housing portion includes a printed circuit board (PCB) with a conductor on the PCB surface positioned beneath the non-conductive section. The conductor on the PCB surface and the conductive section form a capacitor of a capacitive sensor. The wearable device may also include a first adhesive layer between a surface of the non-conductive section of the first housing portion and the PCB surface. A second adhesive layer, coplanar with the first adhesive layer, may be applied between a surface of the conductive section of the first housing portion and the PCB surface. The first adhesive layer and the second adhesive layer form a water tight seal that prevents liquids from penetrating into at least the second housing portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: Google Technology Holdings LLC
    Inventors: Rachid M Alameh, Patrick J Cauwels, Steve C Emmert, Kenneth A Paitl
  • Patent number: 9380949
    Abstract: Exemplary embodiments for reconfiguring a storage system comprise a modular sensor platform, comprising: a base module comprising, a display, a processor, a memory and a communication interface; a band removably coupled to the base module such that the band is replaceable with different types of bands; and a sensor module that collects data from a user, the sensor module in communication with the base module and removably coupled to the band such that the sensor module is replaceable with different types of sensor modules, the sensor module further comprising a plurality of sensor units that are removably coupled to the sensor module such that individual sensor units are replaceable with different types of sensor units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: James Schuessler
  • Patent number: 9367041
    Abstract: Portable timepiece including an hour hand and a minute hand for the current time display, rotating about a central wheel facing a bezel, and also a chronograph module, wherein the timepiece further includes a first analogue trend indicator relating to a measured time interval.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Assignee: ETA SA Manufacture Horlogere Suisse
    Inventors: Jean-Bernard Peters, Stephane Rychen
  • Patent number: 9362776
    Abstract: An embodiment of a system for wirelessly charging a wrist-worn device may include a radio frequency (RF) charging energy generating element, and an antenna configured to radiate the RF charging energy, the antenna comprising a first coil and a second coil, the first coil and the second coil each comprising a plurality of windings, the windings of the first coil being wound in a direction opposite the direction of the windings of the second coil. An embodiment of a wrist-worn charge-receiving device may include an antenna coil adapted to receive radio frequency (RF) charging energy, the antenna coil comprising non-uniform windings; and a rechargeable power source coupled to the antenna coil, the antenna coil adapted to provide the RF charging energy to the rechargeable power source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Zhen Ning Low, Jatupum Jenwatanavet, Ngo Van Nguyen
  • Patent number: 9342052
    Abstract: Wristwatch including a case in or on which there is arranged a first open housing, a wristlet provided with one end arranged in the first open housing, and a fastening means for holding the end of the wristlet in the first housing. The fastening means includes a second housing opening onto the first housing and a fastening element arranged in the second housing and occupying one part of the first housing. The wristwatch further contains a means of retaining the fastening element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2016
    Assignee: ETA SA Manufacture Horlogere Suisse
    Inventors: Marco Bettelini, Daniel Gruenig
  • Patent number: 9185955
    Abstract: A flexible, durable, comfortable, cost-effective, easy-on, easy-off flexible jewelry cover completely envelopes jewelry articles and elements extending from said articles, preventing the user from scratching, abrading, or otherwise harming other people or articles he may touch. Further, the cover protects the jewelry articles from unwanted, damaging, and messy substances. The cover may be adapted for use on any appendage, including, but not limited to, fingers, toes, wrists, ankles, hands, and feet. Due to the durable, yet flexible material, the cover fits comfortably on any appendage and does not restrict bodily movements. The cover will not pierce or puncture exterior layers of clothing such as gloves and socks. The cover is also disposable, therefore promoting sanitary conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Inventors: Angela Marley, Francesca Haller, Victor Lazzaro
  • Patent number: 9086717
    Abstract: An interface for actuating a device is described. According to one aspect, an interface for actuating a device includes a boss member arranged to be extended from a shaft to receive a user's manipulation, wherein when the boss member receives the user's manipulation, the boss member is arranged to project the shaft to an actuating position arranged to actuate the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2015
    Assignee: Invicta Watch Company of America, Inc.
    Inventor: Alexander Meerovitsch
  • Patent number: 9046876
    Abstract: Protective device (1) for the protection of a structural component, notably a main plate (2), of a timepiece movement (3) on a receiving surface comprised in this structural component (2) for receiving in abutment a complementary bearing surface (51) of a wheel set (5). This protective device (1) includes at least one insert (6) including a slide surface (7) having a higher surface hardness than that of this structural component (2), this insert (6) being assembled on or in this structural component (2) so that this slide surface (7) thereof coincides with this receiving surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2015
    Assignee: ETA SA Manufacture Horlogere Suisse
    Inventors: Ivan Villar, Laurent Kaelin
  • Patent number: 9045073
    Abstract: An electronic device employed in vehicles, such as automobiles, to ascertain whether the vehicle has stopped at a stop point, such as a stop sign. The operation of the alert device is that it monitors the status of the vehicle's speed or wheel sensor (that it is outputting or not) and if a minimum pulse rate is present, then the vehicle is in motion. A further conclusion can be reasoned is that if there has been no pulse activity over a finite period of time that the vehicle is stopped. The alert device monitors a pulse derived voltage to determine that the vehicle has fully stopped. When the device has detected that the vehicle has come to a full stop an approximately one second tone or chime, and or a visual annunciation is generated and if enabled declare that the vehicle has come to a stop. The alert device also signals when vehicle motion initially occurs by a different tone and flash. The alert device automatically resets for the next stop or initial vehicle movement notification.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2015
    Inventor: William Harrison Thompson, III
  • Publication number: 20150124566
    Abstract: Wearable electronic devices that employ one or more contact sensors (e.g., capacitive sensors and/or biometric sensors) are described. Contact sensors include electromyography sensors and/or capacitive touch sensors. Capacitive touch sensors include single-frequency capacitive touch sensors, recently-proposed swept frequency capacitive touch sensors, and a generalized version of swept frequency capacitive touch sensors referred to as multi-frequency capacitive touch sensors. The contact sensors are integrated into various devices, including generic watchstraps that may be substituted for the existing watchstrap in any wristwatch design, generic watch back-plates that may be substituted for the existing back-plate in any wristwatch design, and wearable electromyography devices that provide gesture-based control in a human-electronics interface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 3, 2014
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Inventors: Stephen Lake, Matthew Bailey
  • Patent number: 9021835
    Abstract: The present invention provides an improvement in an article of jewelry of the type in which the ornamental portion of the article is secured or released selectively from the support portion of the article. The removable jewelry setting provides a simplified construction which is used readily by the wearer of jewelry to assemble a particular combination of ornament and support selected from a wide variety of such combinations made available by the improvement. The construction also enhances the ability to tailor a jewelry article to a particular style of dress without unduly multiplying the number of expensive ornaments required to provide a wide range of ornamented articles. The construction enables ease of interchange of the ornamental portion of an article of jewelry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Babyak Holdings, LLC
    Inventor: Josh Babyak
  • Patent number: 9010593
    Abstract: System for connecting a bracelet to a watch case by means of a link, the watch case comprising a caseband and a back cover, the link comprising a first hollow element and a second element partly nesting in the first hollow element, the first hollow element carrying a first means of fastening to the watch case and the second element carrying a second means of fastening to an adjacent bracelet link, characterized in that the watch case includes a mechanical device arranged to pivot the second element about a transverse axis to the longitudinal direction of the bracelet, the second element transmitting the pivoting motion thereof to the first element which pivots in turn and which is pressed against the caseband of the watch case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: The Swatch Group Management Services AG
    Inventor: Philipp Tschumi
  • Patent number: 8971158
    Abstract: Method for securing a decoration (1) to an external timepiece element (2) coated with a galvanically deposited metallic layer (3). Instead of the decoration (1), a dummy part (5) is temporarily placed in the hole (4) pierced in the external element (2), and the galvanic deposition (3) is then carried out. After the deposition has been levelled, the dummy part (5) is removed and the decoration is placed in the hole (4).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: The Swatch Group Research and Development Ltd.
    Inventors: Pascal Grossenbacher, Thomas Froelicher
  • Patent number: 8926169
    Abstract: A timepiece case has a case body having a face and a central axis normal to the face, a bezel on the case body, and a releasable attachment device operatively releasably attaching the bezel to the case body. The releasable attachment device has a retainer and an operator for moving the retainer from an engaged position, in engagement with the bezel for retaining the bezel on the case body, to a disengaged position, disengaged from the bezel, for releasing the bezel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Aqua Master Ltd.
    Inventor: Frankie Leung
  • 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: 8893938
    Abstract: The present invention concerns a portable object (1). This portable object includes a case (2) to which a bracelet or strap (3) is fixed taking the form of two bracelet or strap strands. The portable object is characterized in that at least one of the bracelet or strap strands is moveably mounted to slide relative to the case so that the length of the bracelet or strap can be adjusted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: The Swatch Group Research and Development Ltd
    Inventors: Pascal Grossenbacher, Jean-François Dionne, Yves Winkler, Jean-Jacques Born, Erik Jan Frenkel
  • Patent number: 8876371
    Abstract: A watch case includes a middle (2, 24, 34), one opening of which is closed by a bezel (8, 18, 28) and/or a crystal (1, 11, 21), or by a back (40). An element for closing the opening is connected to the middle by a resilient metal member (3, 23, 33) having a recessed cross-section defined by the profile of a non-rectilinear wall having a constant thickness, whose ends (3a, 3b) are connected to the periphery of the closing element (1, 11, 21, 18), respectively. The profile of the non-rectilinear wall defines at least one annular fold having an orientation parallel to the plane of the opening, the fold being formed by a curvature whose arc defines an angle of between >90° and 180°, so as to impart to the closing member (1, 11, 21, 18) a freedom of movement relative to the plane of the opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Rolex S.A.
    Inventors: Raoul Behrend, Julien Cattaneo, Olivier Kuffer, Antonio Meleddu
  • Patent number: 8870449
    Abstract: A watch includes a watch movement, a dial supported on the watch movement, hands moveable by the watch movement with a watch case receiving the watch movement. The watch case includes a cylindrical main body configured to receive the watch movement therein, a bezel supported on the main body and a crystal supported by the main body. The watch case further includes a frame receiving the main body, wherein the frame comprises a back frame plate configured to be adjacent the user, a top frame plate spaced from the back frame plate and including a central opening therein for receipt of the main body, a pair of lugs on opposed ends of the frame, wherein each lug extends between the spaced top frame plate and the back frame plate, a bar extending between each pair of lugs, wherein each bar is configured to receive a strap of a wrist watch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Inventor: Daniel Scioscia
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20140307531
    Abstract: External extension piece for a case of a watch or jewel. The extension piece is removable and includes, for housing an auxiliary function or a particular component, at least one housing which is delimited by a body of substantially annular shape, this body being held confined and clamped between, on the one hand, a base, and on the other hand, a cap including an aperture at the level of each this housing, by a securing and clamping means or by screws. This cap includes a continuous elastic holding means around and inside this aperture. This housing confines a spherical moving element with minimum play projecting through this aperture.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 7, 2014
    Publication date: October 16, 2014
    Applicant: Montres Jaquet Droz SA
    Inventors: Maamar BOULARAS, Yann Leiggener
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8854925
    Abstract: Discussed are a smart watch and a control method for the same, which provide a notification indicating events, which are scheduled to occur later on the basis of a take-off time, if the smart watch is taken off. The smart watch includes a display unit to display content, a communication unit to perform transmission/reception of data, and a sensor unit to detect an input signal with regard to the smart watch and transmit the signal to a processor that serves to control the aforementioned units. The processor detects a take-off signal, indicating separation of the smart watch from a user, in a worn mode, to switch the smart watch to an unworn mode in response to the detected take-off signal, and provides a notification indicating at least one event that is scheduled to occur after detecting the take-off signal in the unworn mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Doyoung Lee, Yongsin Kim, Hyorim Park
  • Patent number: 8807829
    Abstract: A watch comprises a body and a strap with a first through hole. A decorating substrate with a second through hole is provided on an upper surface of the strap and a snap ring is provided below a lower surface of the strap, in which the decorating substrate and the snap ring are attached correspondingly with the first through hole. The body is installed into the first and second through holes. An upper surface of the body comprises an extending edge which is attached on an upper edge of the second through hole in the decorating substrate. The body further comprises a bottom end extending through the first through hole. The bottom end of the body is provided with an external thread. The snap ring forms a thread connection with the bottom end and is attached below a lower edge of the first through hole in the strap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Art's King Company Limited
    Inventor: Anthony Wai Hung Mong
  • Patent number: 8773847
    Abstract: A watch type mobile terminal may be provided that includes a display, a band coupled to a main body, and a support member having a first portion provided at an outer perimeter of the window hole and a second portion that extends from the first portion toward the central area of the window hole to cover the edge of the window hole. The mobile terminal may also include a window having a first surface facing an exterior of the main body and a second surface formed on an opposite side of the window, and at least a portion of the first surface of the window is covered by the second portion of the support member. A ring member may also be provided between the first portion of the support member and the window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Huiseob Byun, Changbai Won, Inseok Yoo
  • Publication number: 20140169142
    Abstract: Portable electronic device capable of processing information, said portable electronic device including a body arranged to be capable of being secured to the user, and at least one electronic assembly for processing information, the body of the portable electronic device being formed by a layer of plastic material which gives the portable electronic device a shape and thickness, characterized in that the portable electronic device includes a first impermeable plastic film which serves as a coating for the layer of plastic material, and a second impermeable plastic film secured to the periphery of the first impermeable plastic film, and in that the electronic assembly for processing information is arranged between the first and second impermeable plastic films. The invention also concerns a method of manufacturing a portable electronic device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 25, 2013
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Applicant: The Swatch Group Research and Development Ltd.
    Inventors: Pascal Heck, Cedric Nicolas
  • Patent number: 8641306
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a data entry device to be worn on a person's wrist, similar to a wrist watch. Dimples are arrayed around the periphery of a digital display on the device. The dimples provide both a locating means for finger placement and a boundary for sensing the shift of a pressure point within, the shift in a preferred direction indicating a selection from a displayed menu to be made by lifting the finger from contact. A novel way of holding the device by its wrist band while fingering the dimples leads to a fluid method of keying functionalities for use as a phone and as an internet-enabled device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: Argotext
    Inventor: Mark Schaffer
  • Publication number: 20140022875
    Abstract: A watch includes a watch movement, a dial supported on the watch movement, hands moveable by the watch movement with a watch case receiving the watch movement. The watch case includes a cylindrical main body configured to receive the watch movement therein, a bezel supported on the main body and a crystal supported by the main body. The watch case further includes a frame receiving the main body, wherein the frame comprises a back frame plate configured to be adjacent the user, a top frame plate spaced from the back frame plate and including a central opening therein for receipt of the main body, a pair of lugs on opposed ends of the frame, wherein each lug extends between the spaced top frame plate and the back frame plate, a bar extending between each pair of lugs, wherein each bar is configured to receive a strap of a wrist watch.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 9, 2013
    Publication date: January 23, 2014
    Applicant: Fathom Watch Company, LLC
    Inventor: Daniel Scioscia
  • Patent number: 8585282
    Abstract: A shock absorbing member for a wristwatch including a wristwatch case whose side portions are provided with a pair of bands and an operation member positioned avoiding the pair of bands, and back surface has a case back attached thereto. This shock absorbing member is made of a flexible resin, and includes a peripheral side portion that surrounds the wristwatch case and projects further outward than a top surface of the wristwatch case, and a bottom portion to which the case back is attached. In addition, the peripheral side portion is provided with band holes into which the pair of bands are inserted and an operation hole corresponding to the operation member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Assignee: Casio Computer Co., Ltd
    Inventor: Takayuki Shindo
  • Patent number: 8579500
    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: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Inventor: Joseph Penula
  • Patent number: 8562207
    Abstract: An electronic timepiece that receives RF signals and displays information suppresses loss of antenna sensitivity to a sufficiently low level while using a metal case without sacrificing display functions. An electronic timepiece 100 has a dial 2 on the face 2a of which time is displayed, a flat antenna 11, and a metal case 3. The flat antenna 11 is disposed on the back 2b side of the dial 2 superimposed on the dial 2 in a direction perpendicular to the dial 2, extends in the plane direction of the dial 2, and receives signals passing through the dial 2. The case 3 has a wall 31 that surrounds the dial 2 and the flat antenna 11 in the plane direction of the dial 2. The flat antenna 11 and case 3 are disposed relative to each other in the plane direction of the dial 2 so that side distance b is greater than or equal to 1 time and less than or equal to 2 times antenna depth a.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Jun Matsuzaki
  • Patent number: 8534911
    Abstract: An instrument case assembly may include an instrument case having a face, a back, and at least one side extending between the face and the back about a perimeter of the case. The face may include a crystal held by a perimetrical bezel. In some aspects, a pair of strap brackets may be removably coupled to the at least one side at substantially opposite perimetrical regions of the case. In some aspects, a crystal guard may be coupled to the case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Inventors: Jason Perry Martin, Michael D. Prstojevich
  • Patent number: 8515505
    Abstract: An apparatus worn by a user providing an interface with a mobile device. The apparatus includes a main body having a display, at least one strap for attaching the apparatus to the user, and a microcontroller for wirelessly communicating with a mobile device of the user. The microcontroller provides an interface for using the mobile device from the apparatus. The apparatus may be a wrist watch worn by the user. In one embodiment, the apparatus may include a wand for providing phone operations. In another embodiment, the wand may include a sound projection speaker allowing sound to be redirected and amplified by a users palm. In another embodiment, the apparatus may include a wireless dongle for providing phone functions to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Inventor: Ram Pattikonda
  • Publication number: 20130201804
    Abstract: A watch case (9; 19; 29) comprising: a middle (2; 12; 22), a bezel (3; 13; 23) mounted to turn on the middle, a ring (5; 15; 25) interfacing between the middle and the bezel, and a first indexing element (1; 11) and a second indexing element (3a; 13a; 23a) which collaborate in such a way as to index the bezel in position relative to the middle, the watch case comprising a first elastic element (4b, 4c, 4d; 15; 25) pressing the bezel against the middle and a second elastic element (4a) pressing the first indexing element against the second indexing element (3a; 13a; 23a), the ring comprising an opening (5a; 15a) through which the first or the second indexing element is arranged.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 5, 2013
    Publication date: August 8, 2013
    Applicant: MONTRES TUDOR S.A.
    Inventor: Montres Tudor S.A.
  • Patent number: 8493817
    Abstract: An electronic timepiece that uses electrical power produced by photovoltaic generation as a power source and has a function for receiving microwave signals, including a dial for displaying time information on a front surface thereof, a solar cell that receives light passing through the dial and produces electrical power by photovoltaic generation, and an antenna that is disposed so that at least part of the signal receiving surface opposes at least a part of the back surface of the dial, and receives microwave signals through the dial. The solar cell is not disposed in space between the back side of the dial and the signal receiving surface of the antenna.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Norimitsu Baba
  • Publication number: 20130155821
    Abstract: A switch device of the present invention includes a case having a through hole; a cylindrical member attached to the through hole of the case; and an operating member having a shaft section inserted into the cylindrical member and an operating section provided in an outer end portion of the shaft section, wherein the operating member is provided with an engaging projected section, and has a spring member, wherein the cylindrical member is provided with, in an end portion in an outer direction of the case, a release groove where the engaging projected section is movable in an axial direction, and a restricting projected section which restricts movement to the outer direction of the engaging projected section, wherein the cylindrical member is provided with a lock groove which locks the spring member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 7, 2012
    Publication date: June 20, 2013
    Applicant: CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD.
    Inventor: CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD.
  • Patent number: 8467270
    Abstract: A smart-watch can include a wristband, a base, a battery and a first auxiliary component. The wristband can include a voltage line. The base can be coupled to the wristband and include a housing, a processor, and a wireless transceiver in communication with the processor. The wireless transceiver can be configured to connect to a wireless network. The battery can be coupled to the housing and be in communication with the processor and the voltage line. The first auxiliary component can be coupled to the wristband in communication with the voltage line and be powered by the battery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2013
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Richard Carl Gossweiler, III, James Brooks Miller
  • Patent number: 8434327
    Abstract: The present invention provides an improvement in an article of jewelry of the type in which the ornamental portion of the article is secured or released selectively from the support portion of the article. The removable jewelry setting provides a simplified construction which is used readily by the wearer of jewelry to assemble a particular combination of ornament and support selected from a wide variety of such combinations made available by the improvement. The construction also enhances the ability to tailor a jewelry article to a particular style of dress without unduly multiplying the number of expensive ornaments required to provide a wide range of ornamented articles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2013
    Assignee: Babyak Holdings, LLC
    Inventor: Josh Babyak
  • Patent number: 8423000
    Abstract: A guardian system for cognitively-impaired individuals. The system includes a wrist phone system that has a display, a global positioning system, and a SIM card. The wrist phone system is tethered to a PDA phone so that the PDA phone is able to input information into the wrist phone system. In addition, the PDA phone and wrist phone system can communicate with one another and with monitoring devices such that if a warning or emergency condition is provided by the individual or by a monitor a warning message can be sent to a caregiver to address the emergency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Inventor: Anil Dhuna
  • Patent number: 8419268
    Abstract: A wearable electronic device includes a main body and a battery module to provide power to the main body. The main body includes a first power contact arranged on a bottom thereof and a first magnet arranged therein. The battery module includes a sealed case, a battery received in the case, a second magnet received in the case, and a second power contact arranged on an upper surface of the case and configured to electrically connect to the battery. When the main body and the battery module are attached to each other through magnetic attractive force between the first magnet and the second magnet, the second power contact is electrically connected to the first power contact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Assignees: Hong Fu Jin Precision (ShenZhen), Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Qi Yu
  • 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