Actuated By Electrical Means Patents (Class 368/73)
  • Patent number: 10786174
    Abstract: The present disclosure pertains to a system configured to adjust an intensity of sensory stimulation delivered to a subject during a sleep session based on sleep spindles in the subject during the sleep session. The system is configured to adjust the intensity of the stimulation based on a sleep spindle frequency and/or a sleep spindle density. The system is configured to determine a recent spindle density and/or a recent spindle frequency for a recent period of time during the sleep session based on detected sleep spindles, and to determine a previous spindle density and/or a previous spindle frequency for a previous period of time during the sleep session based on the detected sleep spindles. The system controls the intensity of sensory stimulation provided to the subject based on a comparison of the previous spindle density to the recent spindle density and/or the previous spindle frequency to the recent spindle frequency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2020
    Assignees: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V., WISCONSIN ALUMNI RESEARCH FOUNDATION
    Inventors: Gary Nelson Garcia Molina, Michele Bellesi, Stefan Pfundtner, Brady Alexander Riedner, Giulio Tononi
  • Patent number: 9940096
    Abstract: To perform information output suitable for the state of a user. A mobile terminal 1 includes an input unit 17, an output unit 18, a response generation unit 53, a position monitoring unit 52, and an output control unit 54. The input unit 17 receives voice input. The output unit 18 displays information, or outputs information by a method other than screen display. The position monitoring unit 52 detects the position of the mobile terminal 1 at the time of the voice input to the input unit 17.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Huminobu Nakamura
  • Patent number: 9880725
    Abstract: System and methods for accurate measurement and real-time feedback of solar ultraviolet exposure for management of ultraviolet dose. The systems can include a wearable device and a mobile device, the system performing accurate measurement of UV exposure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: The Joan and Irwin Jacobs Technion-Cornell Innovation Institute
    Inventors: Emmanuel Dumont, Shayak Banerjee, Mauricio Contreras
  • Patent number: 9836030
    Abstract: A portable electronic device (biological information measurement device) is attachable to or detachable from a cradle and includes a USB terminal portion connected to a terminal provided in the cradle, an initial start-up unit that initially starts up the biological information measurement device, a connection determination unit that determines whether the connection has been released after the USB terminal portion has been connected to a terminal portion of the cradle, and a resetting unit that causes the initial start-up unit to initially start up the biological information measurement device when it is determined by the connection determination unit that the connection has been released after the cradle has been connected to the USB terminal portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Yuichi Takano, Naoshi Furuta
  • Patent number: 9746833
    Abstract: An electronic device and a smart method for controlling an alarm are provided. The smart method includes, controlling a collection device to collect physiological parameters of a user when an alarm device of the electronic device sounds an alarm at a schedules time, obtaining the physiological parameters collected by the collection device, and determining whether the user is asleep or awake according to the obtained physiological parameters. The alarm device is disabled if the user is awake.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignees: Fu Tai Hua Industry (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd., HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Jun Wen
  • Patent number: 9743460
    Abstract: A system supports communications of video and data to hand held devices located within a public venue (e.g., sports stadium). A pod includes at least one of a synchronized server and wireless communications electronics. The pod includes an antennae integrated therein. The pod can be deployed as a communications node within the public venue and provides data including video through a data network from at least one server to hand held wireless devices located in the public venue. The pod can include a rechargeable power source sustaining self-contained operation of the wireless communication electronics. An optional solar cell can provide electrical power to charge the rechargeable power source. A pod can be embedded in the wall or floor surface of said public venue and can be provided in the form of a core hole plug.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Inventor: Luis M. Ortiz
  • Patent number: 9354810
    Abstract: A letter input system and method using a touch pad are provided to improve the function of inputting letters with an operation system within a vehicle. The system includes a touch pad that receives a writing from a user and a controller that recognizes a letter from the writing based on a transmission signal from the touch pad and outputs the recognized letter in a setting image on a display unit. The display unit displays the recognized letters in a predetermined section on the setting image based on a transmission signal from the controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Assignee: Hyundai Motor Company
    Inventor: Jin Young Choi
  • Patent number: 9280141
    Abstract: A table music system includes an enclosure having a top surface and a front surface free of manually mechanically actuable controls for controlling functions of the table music system. A radio receiver and powered speakers system are located within the enclosure. A display is located on the front surface of the enclosure for displaying at least time. An alarm in the enclosure is configured to be set by a user to produce an alarm signal at a user-selectable time. A touch-sensitive area on the enclosure allows the user to control a function of the take music system. A wireless remote control permits the user to control functions of the table music system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
    Assignee: Bose Corporation
    Inventors: Robert Preston Parker, Todd Charter Brown, Edgardo Alicea, Alex Bradshaw, Edmundo Garcia
  • Patent number: 8947982
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for setting an alarm in a portable terminal are provided. The method includes receiving a message for requesting the setting of the alarm from a peer terminal, confirming a right of the peer terminal to set an alarm, determining, if the peer terminal has the right to set the alarm, an alarm generation time according to a transmission time of the alarm setting request message, and setting the alarm for the alarm generation time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jun-Hyuk Lee, Ho-Cheol Seo, San Cho, Ji-Man Cho
  • Publication number: 20140286137
    Abstract: A method of controlling an alarm with a more improved alarm function and an electronic device supporting the same are provided. The method of controlling an alarm includes determining sleep start time information and alarm start time information, calculating a sleep time based on the sleep start time information and the alarm start time information, and outputting an alarm having a different characteristic according to a length of the calculated sleep time.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 6, 2014
    Publication date: September 25, 2014
    Applicant: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Seoghee JEONG
  • Publication number: 20140269223
    Abstract: A wearable device in one embodiment includes a motion detection sensor, an alarm clock and a sleep monitor operatively coupled to the motion detection sensor and the alarm clock. The sleep monitor monitors a person during sleep by collecting motion detection sensor data at a first data collection rate and determines a sleep state of the person based on the collected motion detection sensor data at the first data collection rate. If the sleep monitor detects that the alarm clock has entered a snooze mode, then the first data collection rate is increased to a second data collection rate and motion detection sensor data is collected at the second data collection rate while the alarm clock system in the snooze mode.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 15, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventors: Maria N. Mokhnatkina, Dmitri R. Latypov, Ravi Jain, Mikhail Petrov
  • Publication number: 20140269222
    Abstract: A clock comprises an alarm clock housing having a front face, a clock display occupying at least a portion of the front face, a control on the housing for activating a shade positioning function, and a processor within the housing. The processor is responsive to the control for generating at least one shade positioning command to be transmitted to at least one motorized window shade, so as to cause the motorized window shade to move to one or more position at one or more corresponding predetermined interval relative to an alarm time.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventors: Erica Patton, Daniel Raneri
  • Publication number: 20140269224
    Abstract: A terminal and a method of controlling the same are disclosed, by which a snooze function for an alarm can be activated depending on whether a user sleeps after outputting the alarm. The terminal may include a measuring unit configured to measure a bio-information of a user, a memory having an alarm set therein, an alarm unit configured to output the alarm, and a controller configured to measure the bio-information of the user through the measuring unit after the outputted alarm. The controller, when determining that the user is currently asleep based on the measured bio-information, may control a snooze function for the alarm to be automatically activated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 2, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventors: Jiyoung HUH, Myungeun Park, Seungbum Hong
  • Patent number: 8830796
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus includes: a snooze button; an alarm stop button; an alarm processing unit that outputs the alarm at alarm time to be scheduled get-up time, resumes the alarm when manipulating the snooze button during the alarm after suspending the alarm for a predetermined period, stops the alarm when manipulating the alarm stop button during the alarm, and stops, when manipulating the alarm stop button during the suspension of the alarm, resuming the alarm after suspending the alarm; a computing unit that calculates, when stopping the alarm or stopping resumption of the alarm at the alarm processing unit, a get-up index based on the number of times to manipulate the snooze button from the start of the alarm to the manipulation of the alarm stop button; and a registration unit that registers the get-up index as the information to be browsed in the server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: NEC Biglobe, Ltd.
    Inventors: Takuya Suzusho, Teppei Tsuchida, Fumitake Yoshikawa, Hiromi Nose
  • Publication number: 20140112109
    Abstract: A mobile terminal and a method of setting an alarm therein are provided. The mobile terminal includes a controller, a display unit, and a memory unit. The controller controls the display unit to display an alarm setting screen on which alarm dates are arranged in a first direction and alarm time points are arranged in a second direction, the alarm screen being displayed in an alarm setting mode and sets an alarm at a selected time point of each alarm date in response to selection of the alarm time point. The controller also controls the memory unit to store a set alarm on an alarm date and alarm time point. The display unit displays an alarm image at an intersection of an alarm date and an alarm time point of each set alarm.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 30, 2013
    Publication date: April 24, 2014
    Applicant: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Jung Yeob OH, Ji Sun YANG
  • Publication number: 20130265858
    Abstract: An alarm clock system includes an alarm clock setting module, an alarm clock recording module, an alarm clock studying module, a controlling module and an alarm clock. The alarm clock setting module allows a user to set alarm times at which the alarm clock is activated. The alarm clock recording module records the alarm times set by the user during a time period. The alarm clock studying module analyzes the alarm times to determine a regular repeated pattern of the alarm times and a period of the repeated pattern. The controlling module controls the alarm clock setting module to automatically set alarm times for following days in a subsequent period according to the determined pattern of the alarm times and the period of the repeated pattern. A cellphone employing the alarm clock system is also described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 1, 2013
    Publication date: October 10, 2013
    Applicants: HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD., FU TAI HUA INDUSTRY (SHENZHEN) CO., LTD.
    Inventor: REN-WEN HUANG
  • Patent number: 8553502
    Abstract: An improved electronic device and method provide an improved clock feature that includes a BEDTIME mode that is initiated by execution of a BEDTIME mode routine. The BEDTIME mode comprises a number of features that are conducive to sleep by performing operations that minimize distractions to a user, and all such operations are initiated by execution of the BEDTIME mode routine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignee: BlackBerry Limited
    Inventors: Mihal Lazaridis, Gerhard Dietrich Klassen, Neil Patrick Adams
  • Publication number: 20130250739
    Abstract: A method of providing an alarm service in a mobile terminal is provided. The method includes setting a first alarm and one or more alarm functions for the first alarm, determining whether the first alarm should be operated based on the set alarm function when it is time to operate the first alarm, and operating the first alarm or restricting the operation of the first alarm based on the result of the determination.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 19, 2013
    Publication date: September 26, 2013
    Applicant: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO. LTD.
    Inventor: Sangcheol LEE
  • Patent number: 8508358
    Abstract: A portable terminal includes an alarm control. A method for controlling an alarm includes determining whether an input fact to analyze an exceptional situation of an alarm operation is generated; analyzing the exceptional situation by rule using at least one fact; and when there is an alarm which is placed in the exceptional situation, cancelling the alarm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Seok-Weon Seo, Nam-Hoon Kim
  • Patent number: 8499593
    Abstract: An apparatus for waking up a user, the apparatus (1) comprising a light source (3) that is adapted to produce a light effect (L), such as a light beam, that is directed to a user, or at least to a user's head, wherein the apparatus (1) comprises means for displacing the light effect (L) in an upward (Ru) or downward (Rd) direction during a period of time, in order to change a position of the light effect with respect to the user, or at least to the user's head, wherein the means to displace the light effect (L) is adapted to displace the light effect (L) gradually along an amount of displacement during the time period, for instance during a wake-up period until reaching a final wake-up time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2013
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips N.V.
    Inventors: Bartel Marinus Van De Sluis, Anthonie Hendrik Bergman
  • Patent number: 8477566
    Abstract: An improved electronic device and method provide an improved clock feature that includes a BEDTIME mode that is initiated by execution of a BEDTIME mode routine. The BEDTIME mode comprises a number of features that are conducive to sleep by performing operations that minimize distractions to a user, and all such operations are initiated by execution of the BEDTIME mode routine. The BEDTIME mode can be triggered in a variety of fashions, such as by setting an alarm or by docking the device with a predetermined other device such as a docking station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2013
    Assignee: Research In Motion Limited
    Inventors: Mihal Lazaridis, Gerhard Dietrich Klassen, Neil Patrick Adams, Haejung Lisa Koh, David Paul Yach, Rohit Rocky Jain, Michael Thomas Hardy
  • Publication number: 20130148474
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for setting an alarm in a portable terminal are provided. The method includes receiving a message for requesting the setting of the alarm from a peer terminal, confirming a right of the peer terminal to set an alarm, determining, if the peer terminal has the right to set the alarm, an alarm generation time according to a transmission time of the alarm setting request message, and setting the alarm for the alarm generation time.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 13, 2012
    Publication date: June 13, 2013
    Applicant: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO. LTD.
    Inventor: Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd.
  • Patent number: 8437225
    Abstract: The present invention can permit an electronic device to output contextual information about an event when an alarm stored within the electronic device goes off. In one embodiment, an electronic device can permit a user to select an alarm template from a plurality of alarm templates and associate the selected alarm template with an alarm. When the alarm goes off at a later date, the electronic device can output the contextual information of the user-selected alarm template, thereby providing the user with contextual information relevant to the event for which the alarm was created. In another embodiment of the present invention, a receiving electronic device can automatically match alarm templates with alarms transferred from a transmitting electronic device. The present invention also can permit a user to create an alarm template, and customize alarm templates pre-populated by the manufacturer of an electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2013
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: William Bull, Eric James Hope, Alan Cannistraro
  • Publication number: 20130107673
    Abstract: A mobile terminal and a method of setting an alarm therein are provided. The mobile terminal includes a controller, a display unit, and a memory unit. The controller controls the display unit to display an alarm setting screen on which alarm dates are arranged in a first direction and alarm time points are arranged in a second direction, the alarm screen being displayed in an alarm setting mode and sets an alarm at a selected time point of each alarm date in response to selection of the alarm time point. The controller also controls the memory unit to store a set alarm on an alarm date and alarm time point. The display unit displays an alarm image at an intersection of an alarm date and an alarm time point of each set alarm.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2012
    Publication date: May 2, 2013
    Applicant: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
  • Patent number: 8400882
    Abstract: A memento timepiece system adapted to assist an individual in the daily observance of at least one daily event memorable to the individual. Many individuals have within their experience, a person, life event, or other occasion that they wish to remember daily, weekly or monthly. The present invention comprises a timepiece, such as a wristwatch, having a factory preset alarm time to mark a daily act of remembrance. Business methods relating to the manufacture and distribution of the memento timepiece systems are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2013
    Inventor: Matthew B. Cunningham
  • Patent number: 8295130
    Abstract: The invention concerns a child's clock indicator (1) comprising a housing (6) and a dial (7). Time-switch or timepiece elements are mounted in the housing (6) and are connected to a time adjusting indicator (4) which is adjustable with adjusting knobs (5, 8). Waking (2) or sleep (3) designs are activated in waking position or sleep position by the time-switch or timepiece elements and based on the adjustment of the time adjusting indicator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Inventor: Vincent Claessens
  • Patent number: 8289813
    Abstract: The present invention can permit an electronic device to output contextual information about an event when an alarm stored within the electronic device goes off. In one embodiment, an electronic device can permit a user to select an alarm template from a plurality of alarm templates and associate the selected alarm template with an alarm. When the alarm goes off at a later date, the electronic device can output the contextual information of the user-selected alarm template, thereby providing the user with contextual information relevant to the event for which the alarm was created. In another embodiment of the present invention, a receiving electronic device can automatically match alarm templates with alarms transferred from a transmitting electronic device. The present invention also can permit a user to create an alarm template, and customize alarm templates pre-populated by the manufacturer of an electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: William Bull, Eric James Hope, Alan Cannistraro
  • Patent number: 8284631
    Abstract: A multimedia projection alarm clock with integrated illumination is disclosed. It includes a projector module which projects an animated image, an illuminating light source which emits illuminating light of adjustable color and/or brightness, a speaker which outputs music or sound effects, and a control unit which animates a projected image and/or varies an illuminating light with music or sound effects so that an alarm signal featuring a theme of vivid figures with matching backgrounds may be provided. The control unit is also equipped with a simple user interface allowing the user to access handy bedside functions such as the night light easily.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2012
    Assignee: Tirid Tech Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kuo-Hsiung Cho, Ping-Hung Tsai, Chin-I Liu
  • Patent number: 8284633
    Abstract: An improved electronic device and method provide an improved clock feature that includes a BEDTIME mode that is initiated by execution of a BEDTIME mode routine. The BEDTIME mode comprises a number of features that are conducive to sleep by performing operations that minimize distractions to a user, and all such operations are initiated by execution of the BEDTIME mode routine. The BEDTIME mode can be triggered in a variety of fashions, such as by setting an alarm or by docking the device with a predetermined other device such as a docking station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2012
    Assignee: Research In Motion Limited
    Inventors: Mihal Lazaridis, Gerhard Dietrich Klassen, Neil Patrick Adams, Haejung Lisa Koh, David Paul Yach, Rohit Rocky Jain, Michael Thomas Hardy
  • Patent number: 8259535
    Abstract: The invention relates to a wake up stimulus control system, comprising a control unit (1) arranged to receive a user-determinable wake up time input and to control at least one stimulus source (11), a coupling for operably coupling at least one stimulus source (11) to said control unit, wherein the stimulus source (11) is controllable by the control unit (1) in such a way that the stimulus source (11) provides a gradually increasing stimulus output in dependence on said input wake up time, at least during a time period before the input wake up time, and at least one stimulus sensor (7) that is operably coupled to the control unit (1). The sensor allows a much better control of the supplied stimulus level to account for various ambient influences. The stimulus is preferably light. The invention also provides a socket, a stimulus source and a control unit for use in the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2012
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V.
    Inventors: Daniel Eduardt Sandu, Harko Jan Taekema
  • Patent number: 8218403
    Abstract: An improved electronic device and method provide an improved clock feature having an alarm clock function that advantageously provides an indication to a user that the alarm is set, i.e., is in an ON condition, by outputting the alarm time itself.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2012
    Assignee: Research In Motion Limited
    Inventors: Sherryl Lee Lorraine Scott, Gerhard Dietrich Klassen, Michael Stephen Brown, Raymond Paul Vander Veen
  • Publication number: 20120120773
    Abstract: A system, device and method provides a variable snooze alarm allowing a user to set multiple snooze alarm cycles to begin after an initial time alarm has sounded. In one form, before sleeping, the user can pre set or pre program the number of snooze alarm cycles that the device will go through after an initial alarm has sounded. In another form, during sounding of the initial alarm, the user can set multiple snooze alarm cycles that the device will go through. The variable snooze alarm may include a progressive volume feature that increases the alarm volume for each successive snooze alarm cycle. The variable snooze alarm feature may be provided as part of various devices such as alarm clocks, alarm clock radios, and portable electronic devices. As such, the present variable snooze alarm can run on any operating system and/or platform. It can also be a stand-alone electronic device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 15, 2011
    Publication date: May 17, 2012
    Inventor: Daniel Steven O'Toole
  • Patent number: 8094521
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a portable caregiver personal alert device to facilitate the improvement in the delivery of bedside patient care. The device assists caregivers in ensuring time-sensitive tasks are performed within a specific time frame and in a specific sequence to ensure efficiency, compliance with standard of care or regulation and patient comfort. The device of the present invention comprises a display, a microprocessor that monitors various tasks for multiple patients, and at least one user input feature and at least one alarm, capable of alerting a caregiver when it is time to perform the task. The device preferably includes various functions such as a bed assignment mode, a task mode for choosing applicable tasks associated with the needs of one or more bed numbers, and at least one clock for coordinating a plurality of alarms to one or more corresponding bed number and associated task.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2012
    Assignee: Nightingale Products LLC
    Inventor: Glenn Levy
  • Patent number: 8036067
    Abstract: An alarm clock includes a processor and a plurality of stored audio message files in data communication with the processor. The processor is in data communication with an audio source, a speaker, a display, a user input, and a clock. The alarm clock includes a case containing these components. The processor includes programming to actuate the display to visually present time data from the clock, actuate the speaker to audibly present a first audio message file at a first alarm time, actuate the speaker to audibly present audio from the audio source after the speaker audibly presents the first audio message file, and actuate the speaker to audibly present a second audio message file at a second alarm time, actuate the speaker to audibly present audio from the audio source after the speaker audibly presents the second audio message file.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2011
    Inventor: James Prescott Stuart
  • Patent number: 8031559
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a pulse alarm clock consisting of a main body of the alarm clock and two quick-fastening straps, wherein it has a high-voltage pulse generator installed inside the main body of the alarm clock, which is controlled by a timing device therefrom, and in addition, both its positive and negative pulse electrodes, which are controlled by a transfer switch, are extending outward along with an output-end and then combining all together at two quick-fastening straps, and thereat, it is able to fasten the alarm clock at a high sensitive portion of a human body with the utilization of these two quick-fastening straps, thereby, when it is reaching the preset alarm time on the alarm clock, it will activate the high-voltage pulse generator to creating the vibration effect that will be transferred to a high sensitive portion of the human body through these two quick-fastening straps and thus achieving the objective of wakening the user from sleep consequently.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2011
    Inventor: Tsung Chieh Lee
  • Patent number: 8023361
    Abstract: In order to make it possible to set up an alarm method which is rich in variation, a mobile phone is configured so that a plurality of alarm times are related to the same group, the group to which a plurality of alarm times are related is set to activation or cancellation, and when there comes any one of a plurality of alarm times which are related to the group being set to activation, an alarm is raised. Since setting to raise an alarm at a plurality of alarm times, or cancellation of the setting can be made, an alarm method rich in variation can be configured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2011
    Assignee: Kyocera Corporation
    Inventor: Mineto Kokuryu
  • Patent number: 7990807
    Abstract: An electronic device with an alarm clock function includes a storage unit storing at least one icon; a display unit including a plurality of display areas; an input unit including a plurality of input parts each of which corresponds to one of the display areas; a managing unit for enabling or disabling an alarm clock function; an area selection module for randomly selecting one of the display areas and outputting the icon on the selected display area; and a comparison module for determining whether the input part pressed by a user matches the selected display area. A method for controlling the alarm clock function is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2011
    Assignees: Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (ShenZhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Xiao-Guang Li, Hung-Tai Hsu, Chung-Jen Lan, Kuan-Hong Hsieh
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20110141856
    Abstract: A multimedia projection alarm clock with integrated illumination is disclosed. It includes a projector module which projects an animated image, an illuminating light source which emits illuminating light of adjustable color and/or brightness, a speaker which outputs music or sound effects, and a control unit which animates a projected image and/or varies an illuminating light with music or sound effects so that an alarm signal featuring a theme of vivid figures with matching backgrounds may be provided. The control unit is also equipped with a simple user interface allowing the user to access handy bedside functions such as the night light easily.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 14, 2009
    Publication date: June 16, 2011
    Inventors: Kuo-Hsiung CHO, Ping-Hung Tsai, Chin-I Liu
  • Publication number: 20110103193
    Abstract: The present disclosure generally provides systems and methods of alerting a user at a predetermined time. This may be accomplished with a personal alarm device according to an embodiment of the present disclosure. Such personal alarm device includes an alarm clock that is coupled to an adhesive material. The adhesive material is adapted to allow the alarm clock to be affixed to the skin of the user. The adhesive material also allows the user to remove the personal alarm device from the skin of the user. The alarm clock is a self-contained unit that is operable to display a time, allow the user to set a predetermined time, and alert the user at the predetermined time. The self-contained unit may perform all of these functions without communicating with an external device, but may also function in connection with an external device or system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 2, 2009
    Publication date: May 5, 2011
    Inventors: Denis Jimenez, Christine Jimenez
  • Patent number: 7916579
    Abstract: An alarm clock radio is provided that handles downloaded audio files and streaming digital audio files. The alarm clock radio may have buttons and displays that allow the user to adjust various alarm clock radio settings. The user may also adjust settings remotely over the Internet or over an in-home network. The user may customize the audio content that is provided with the alarm clock radio. Advertisements may be provided to the user. The user may be provided with an opportunity to subscribe to a content service. Content such as Internet radio station content, e-mail, news and other audio content may be provided to the user from the service. The user may set reminders for particular times and dates using the alarm clock radio. The alarm clock radio may also have a telephone handset. The alarm clock radio may have buttons and knobs and may provide on-screen options that allow the user to tune to AM and FM and Internet radio stations and to control the operation of the alarm clock radio.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2011
    Inventors: G. Victor Treyz, Susan M. Treyz
  • Publication number: 20110044136
    Abstract: An alarm system and method for an electronic device that includes an alarm unit and a setting unit. The alarm system provides alarm management for the electronic device to prevent users from oversleeping. The setting unit is operable to set an alarm mode and an alarm time of the electronic device. The alarm mode includes a normal mode and a non-normal mode. If the electronic device is in the non-normal mode, the alarm unit is activated to ring for a default period at the alarm time and a stop option is disabled, where the stop option is operable to stop the alarm unit from ringing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 3, 2010
    Publication date: February 24, 2011
    Applicants: SHENZHEN FUTAIHONG PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD., CHI MEI COMMUNICATION SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventor: JUN LI
  • Publication number: 20100296370
    Abstract: A time keeping device comprising (i) time keeping means, (ii) a display means, capable of displaying at least first and second images to differentiate between two different time periods, wherein the first image can alter to indicate the passage of time throughout a user-selected time period, and (iii) control means for causing the display means to display either its first or its second image dependent on the time of day and/or on timing information input by a user, and for causing alteration of the first image with the passage of time during the user-selected time period.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 29, 2008
    Publication date: November 25, 2010
    Applicant: GRO-GROUP INTERNATIONAL LIMITED
    Inventors: Robert Douglas Holmes, Christopher John Althorpe
  • Publication number: 20100284251
    Abstract: An infant feeding management system automatically advances a next feeding alert time to a time that is equal to a feeding time interval plus a time elapsed between the previous feeding alert time and the time at which feeding actually begun. In this way, the interval between successive feeding alert times is varied to reflect actual feeding of the infant and thereby maintain a constant interval between actual infant feeding start times and feeding alert times.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 5, 2009
    Publication date: November 11, 2010
    Inventor: Stephanie Chang
  • Patent number: 7821874
    Abstract: Systems, methods and computer program products for multiple reminder and sub-events for calendar items. Exemplary embodiments include a method including creating an event having an event time in the electronic calendar, creating a first reminder associated with the event and configured to activate at a first time prior to the event and creating another reminder associated with the event and configured to activate at a second time prior to the event and after the first time. Additional exemplary embodiments include a method including identifying deadlines associated with the sub-events, setting a reminder for each of the deadlines associated with the sub-events, setting a sound attribute for each of the reminders, and activating the reminder for each of the deadlines associated with the sub-events. An activation two reminders having a common deadline can have a unique sound attribute.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2010
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Jerry Liu, Darryl Moore, Steven Tischer
  • Patent number: 7817499
    Abstract: A system for indicating an end of a life cycle time period for a device which may include a sensor device or detector for measuring an environmental condition. A control device communicates with the device and includes a programmable timing mechanism for measuring a life cycle time period. The control device initiates an end of life cycle indicator such as a fault message after the life cycle time period has elapsed. The life cycle time period may be measured from a date of manufacture of the device. The life cycle time period may also be measured from a date of installation of the device when the date of manufacture of the sensor device is unknown. In the case of sensor devices or detectors an environmental condition for measuring by the detector may include carbon monoxide levels in an enclosed area where the device is a respective carbon monoxide detector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2010
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Azadeh Solhjoo, Theodore A. White
  • Publication number: 20100195447
    Abstract: An alarm clock, a system and a method wake a user. The alarm clock may have a transmitter which sends a signal to an ear piece which may be worn in and/or on an ear of a user. The earpiece may emit an alert in response to the wireless signal to alert the user to a specified time without disturbing other individuals. The earpiece may have a vibrating module which may emit vibrations into the ear after receiving the signal. The earpiece may have a speaker which may emit an audible alert.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 27, 2010
    Publication date: August 5, 2010
    Inventor: Nicolas J. George
  • Patent number: 7751284
    Abstract: A self-moving alarm clock shakes the user awake in addition to providing an audible alarm. The device includes a housing with a cavity therein to house an alarm clock. A housing moving mechanism, which moves the housing from a first position to a second position, is electrically connected to the alarm clock. When an alarm signal is activated by the alarm clock upon an alarm event, the housing moving mechanism is activated to move the housing repeatedly from position to position. A switch on the housing is used to turn off the audible alarm and the housing moving mechanism. Since the switch is located on the housing which is moving, the user must locate, chase, pick up, then hold onto the housing during which time the user is shaken awake while they are turning off the alarm switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2010
    Assignee: Edison Nation, LLC
    Inventor: Aaron S. Tang
  • Patent number: 7715278
    Abstract: An alarm clock device includes a monitor for monitoring a transmission of a selected station, a detector for detecting, in the transmission of the selected station, at least one milestone. A controller operating in response to detection of the milestone is provided to store, in a memory, data of the transmission after the milestone was detected, and to initiate playing of the data at a selected wakeup time. According to the present invention, the data is recorded in response to detecting a transmission of a selected station selected from a plurality of stations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2010
    Assignee: SanDisk IL Ltd.
    Inventors: Menahem Lasser, Itzhak Pomerantz
  • Publication number: 20100085841
    Abstract: An improved electronic device and method provide an improved clock feature that includes a BEDTIME mode that is initiated by execution of a BEDTIME mode routine. The BEDTIME mode comprises a number of features that are conducive to sleep by performing operations that minimize distractions to a user, and all such operations are initiated by execution of the BEDTIME mode routine. The BEDTIME mode can be triggered in a variety of fashions, such as by setting an alarm or by docking the device with a predetermined other device such as a docking station.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 11, 2009
    Publication date: April 8, 2010
    Applicant: Research In Motion Limited
    Inventors: Mihal Lazaridis, Gerhard Dietrich Klassen, Neil Patrick Adams, Haejung Lisa Koh, David Paul Yach, Rohit Rocky Jain, Michael Thomas Hardy