With Electro-optical Display Patents (Class 368/82)
  • Patent number: 9671760
    Abstract: A portable terminal according to the present disclosure may include an information display part including a display screen displaying information and a battery; and a band part fastened to the information display part, wherein the band part includes a charging coil wirelessly receiving power to transfer the power to the battery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: Samsung Electro-Mechanics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Ju Rae Kim
  • Patent number: 9513800
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus includes a processor and a memory storing instructions. The instructions instruct the processor to execute acquiring start time data identified based on first stroke data input by handwriting, acquiring end time data identified based on second stroke data input by handwriting, first correcting the start time data by entering a first numerical value corresponding to a first unit that is the unit of time for which the numerical value is not identified, based on the end time data, when a numerical value corresponding to a unit of time cannot be identified, and second correcting the end time data by entering a second numerical value corresponding to a second unit that is the unit of time for which the numerical value is not identified, based on the start time data, when a numerical value corresponding to a unit of time cannot be identified.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yoshihiko Sugimura
  • Patent number: 9304576
    Abstract: Apparatus, systems, and/or methods may provide power management. An attachment portion may secure an apparatus to a user. In one example, an apparatus includes a wearable wristwatch having a wristband attachment portion. A context corresponding to a user state may be determined from context data such as, for example, sensor context data, database context data, companion context data, and/or user context data. The context may be used to specify a power mode applicable to a part of the apparatus to manage power.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Bradley A. Jackson, Francisco J. Fernandez, Cory J. Booth, Glen J. Anderson, Deepak S. Vembar, Giuseppe Raffa
  • Patent number: 9244439
    Abstract: A wrist watch having an area of user selectable color preferably includes a watch body, watch face, heated surface, power source, and control. The watch body may be circular, square or rectangular in shape. The watch face is preferably covered by a watch crystal and the face color may be changed via thermochromatics or a color plate. A heated surface activates a color change in the thermochromatic watch face and a power source supplies a voltage to power the heating surface. A control allows manual control of the color change and may be located anywhere on the watch body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Inventors: Charles Allison, Willie Noble, III
  • Patent number: 9205598
    Abstract: Method of mass producing a flexible portable electronic device capable of at least processing information, the method including the steps consisting in passing a first impermeable plastic strip through an overmolding station in which the first impermeable plastic strip is overmolded using a plastic material, the method further including the steps consisting in passing a second impermeable plastic strip with a bottom surface facing upwards, in succession: through a printing station in which the second impermeable plastic strip receives, on the bottom surface thereof, at least one decorative ink; through an assembly station in which the second impermeable plastic strip receives, in various places on the bottom surface thereof, the electronic assemblies for processing information, joining and welding the first overmolded impermeable plastic strip to the second decorated impermeable plastic strip, and then in cutting out and releasing the portable electronic devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2015
    Assignee: The Swatch Group Research and Development Ltd
    Inventors: Pascal Heck, Cedric Nicolas
  • Patent number: 9202447
    Abstract: Disclosed is a musical instrument including a persistent memory, persistent clock, a device connection interface and one or more processors configured to send a practice session alert message to remind a user that a practice session is scheduled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Assignee: Miselu, Inc.
    Inventor: Yoshinari Yoshikawa
  • Patent number: 9201405
    Abstract: A display assembly includes a display selectively displaying human-readable indicia on a face thereof and a cover disposed over the display. The cover has a homogeneous surface over the entire face of the display. The display assembly is controllable between an inactive state and an active state. In the inactive state, the face of the display is not viewable through the cover, and in the active state, the indicia are viewable through the cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Assignee: Nike, Inc.
    Inventors: Brad N. Clarkson, Bo Stefan Andren
  • Patent number: 9149983
    Abstract: A crystal and an ultrasonic welding method for a crystal. The crystal is used to close a top of a case of a portable object, the crystal being made of a transparent plastic material and being secured to the case of the portable object by ultrasonic welding. The crystal includes a top surface and a bottom surface that carry one or more conductive paths made of a transparent conductive material, and a peripheral rim that extends along at least one portion of the perimeter of the crystal. The peripheral rim provides at least one surface for the ultrasonic welding of the crystal to the case of the portable object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2015
    Assignee: The Swatch Group Research and Development Ltd.
    Inventor: Gian-Carlo Poli
  • Patent number: 9082314
    Abstract: A watch display and a method of displaying time and date on a watch face. The watch face has an outer portion with twelve on/off lights spaced around the outer portion of the watch face showing numbers 1 to 12 to represent either the twelve hours of time or the twelve months of a year. An inner portion of the watch face includes on/off lights for showing two digits which would represent the minutes in the time mode or the day of the month in the date mode. The watch display may also include an animation mode wherein the lights run through a cycle of turning on and then off, sequentially, one at a time at desired times such as when the power is turned on or just before it is turned off.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Assignee: Titanium Marketing, Inc.
    Inventor: Tak Mou T. Tsai
  • Patent number: 9041632
    Abstract: A device for displaying a text message, comprising a display (10) having a plurality of characters, each of said characters being arranged at a fixed position, not overlapping with any other of said characters, and being adapted to be switched on and off, and a controller being connected to said plurality of characters and being adapted to switch on and off selected characters so that at a given time, a selected sub-group of said characters is switched on, the selected sub-group displaying a text message.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: Biegert & Funk Product Gmbh & Co. KG
    Inventors: Andreas Funk, Marco Biegert
  • Publication number: 20150117162
    Abstract: A watch display and a method of displaying time and date on a watch face. The watch face has an outer portion with twelve on/off lights spaced around the outer portion of the watch face showing numbers 1 to 12 to represent either the twelve hours of time or the twelve months of a year. An inner portion of the watch face includes on/off lights for showing two digits which would represent the minutes in the time mode or the day of the month in the date mode. The watch display may also include an animation mode wherein the lights run through a cycle of turning on and then off, sequentially, one at a time at desired times such as when the power is turned on or just before it is turned off.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2013
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Applicant: Titanium Marketing, Inc.
    Inventor: Tak Mou T. TSAI
  • Patent number: 8988973
    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: September 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventors: Doyoung Lee, Yongsin Kim, Hyorim Park
  • Publication number: 20150071043
    Abstract: A relative clock time display device includes a control unit that accepts setting of time that is referred to as a relative time, which is different from an actual time and in a relative relationship with the actual time, performs timing on a basis of the relative time accepted by the control unit, specifies a current clock time, which is referred to as a relative clock time, in the relative time on a basis of the timing performed by the control unit, and displays, on a display unit, an image or video according to the relative clock time specified by the control unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 11, 2013
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Applicant: convex corporation, ltd.
    Inventor: Haruo Kubota
  • Patent number: 8942070
    Abstract: A mathematical watch displays time using mathematical problems. The answers to the mathematical problems indicate the current time. The mathematical problems are periodically updated on a screen of the mathematical watch. The mathematical watch also displays an angle shape that indicates the current temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Inventor: Bhavesh Shah
  • Publication number: 20140328147
    Abstract: The present invention provides a wristwatch structure, an electronic crown for wristwatch, and a wristwatch having a display. The wristwatch structure comprises an electric driving component; an electronic core having a plurality of two-dimensional joints; and an electronic crown comprising a rotating portion and a fixed detecting portion, the detecting portion detecting electronic signals according to a rotation of the rotating portion; wherein the detecting portion of the electronic crown exports the electronic signals to the electronic core via one of the joints, and the electric driving component is electrically connected to one set of joints among the two-dimensional joints. The present invention can improve compatibility for various designs, thereby shortening product development cycle. Also, the present invention is suitable for developing a product with appearance similar to a mechanical watch.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 24, 2014
    Publication date: November 6, 2014
    Applicant: Princo Middle East FZE
    Inventors: Chih-kuang YANG, Yeong-yan GUU, Cheng-yi CHANG, Gan-how SHAUE
  • Publication number: 20140307529
    Abstract: A timepiece having a circular dial is disclosed. At the periphery of the dial, electronic pixels sequentially appear and represent minutes. In a smaller central circle, pixels are positioned in a circular pattern and appear sequentially to represent hours. During every sixty seconds, a viewer can count the number of visible minute pixels to know the time in minutes. Similarly, the viewer can count the number of visible hour pixels to know the time in hours. These motions give a sensation of the flow of time without active numerical values.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 12, 2013
    Publication date: October 16, 2014
    Applicant: EQUITIME, INC.
    Inventors: Berj A. TERZIAN, Jack A. EKCHIAN, Robert Alfred BRODMANN
  • Patent number: 8861314
    Abstract: A system, apparatus, and method for displaying the time of day. Reference points, including fixed reference points and movable reference points, can be used to display time information in a way that makes it easier for a vision impaired individual to read the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Inventors: Christopher Arabian, Logan Arabian
  • Patent number: 8842499
    Abstract: Devices, systems, and methods for presenting date and time information are described. In some embodiments, a date and/or a time value is presented as a base-36 number. In some embodiments, an integral portion of the base-36 number represents a date value, and a fractional portion of the base-36 number represents a time value. Each base-36 digit may be represented by one of the numerals 0-9 and the letters A-Z. Both digital and analog clocks and a clock application displaying date and/or time information in which a day is broken into thirty-six increments are disclosed. A clock application displaying coordinates of a location based on a base-36 geo-positioning system is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Inventor: John David Jones
  • Publication number: 20140269225
    Abstract: A method for managing an operation for a watch to exit standby mode, the watch being provided with a dial having a digital display, and placed into a standby mode, in which the dial is off, includes storing, in a memory of the watch, an algorithm for detecting a transition sequence, the algorithm parameterized from a set of predetermined, fixed data indicative of a transition sequence; acquiring a set of variable data using a sensor including an accelerometer for measuring variable data on the acceleration of the watch in three directions, and/or a gyroscope for measuring variable data on the position of the watch in three directions; processing the variable data using the algorithm to obtain a concordance value of the set of processed variable data; and, if the resulting concordance value is higher than a threshold, triggering the exit of the dial having the digital display from standby mode.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 11, 2012
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: TIME2EGO
    Inventor: Thomas Ponsada
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20140219066
    Abstract: A computing device is described that outputs for display, a graphical user interface comprising a clock having regions associated with a first set of time increments. Responsive to receiving an indication of an input at a portion of a presence-sensitive input device corresponding to a location of a display device at which one of the regions of the clock is displayed, the computing device determines one of the first set of time increments. The computing device outputs for display, and proximate to the location, a second set of time increments. The computing device determines a time based on the determined one of the first set of time increments and a selected one of the second time increments.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 11, 2013
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Applicant: Google Inc.
    Inventor: Daniel Sadilek
  • Patent number: 8780675
    Abstract: A display assembly includes a display selectively displaying human-readable indicia on a face thereof and a cover disposed over the display. The cover has a homogeneous surface over the entire face of the display. The display assembly is controllable between an inactive state and an active state. In the inactive state, the face of the display is not viewable through the cover, and in the active state, the indicia are viewable through the cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Nike, Inc.
    Inventors: Bo Stefan Andren, Brad N. Clarkson
  • Patent number: 8693291
    Abstract: In the conventional clock, it is difficult to instantly grasp the additional information upon looking at the time and the information is not efficiently utilized. The clock is not popular among people of all ages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: Nihon Techno Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Eiichi Umamoto
  • Patent number: 8687467
    Abstract: A visual display and device and method for producing the display may indicate the time or other data in a bold, elegant, intuitive, and stylistic manner that is easily legible despite obscured vision, viewing distances, or the user's inattentiveness. A minimalistic display may include a shape such as a geometric shape that presents the time by connecting the distal ends of the hour and minute indicators with a possibly time-varying curve. This curve aids in the interpretation of the time. Another embodiment of the invention displays, using a polar coordinate system, two physical parameters on single similar display in an aesthetically-pleasing, elegant, and intuitive method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Inventor: John R. Comeau
  • Patent number: 8588032
    Abstract: Watch which is controlled electronically and whose housing (1) and display field are in the form of a ring, wherein the watch displays are formed by lighting means (3) and (4) which can be switched such that they circulate on the ring, and wherein at least one annular row of at least 60 light-emitting diodes (LEDs) (16) indicates at least the time parameters of ‘hour’ and ‘minute’, preferably additionally the time parameter of ‘second’, by means of the luminous state of individual LEDs, and an electronic printed circuit board (2) which is used as the annular display field is arranged on one of the ring end faces, and the displays of hours, minutes and seconds differ from one another by virtue of the luminous pattern and/or the luminous color and/or the brightness and/or the luminous distribution among a plurality of adjacent LEDs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Inventors: Michael Geyer, Silvia Krieger
  • Patent number: 8588033
    Abstract: Method for displaying the time in a wristwatch furnished with an electronic display (4) allowing the display of a simulated mechanical watch movement and of time indicators (20) so as to simulate a mechanical watch. The time displayed is advantageously calculated on the basis of the simulation of the movement and depends on the acceleration measured by an accelerometer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Assignee: Comme le Temps SA
    Inventors: Pascal Pozzo Di Borgo, Jorg Hysek
  • Publication number: 20130142016
    Abstract: Method for displaying the time in a wristwatch furnished with an electronic display (4) allowing the display of a simulated mechanical watch movement and of time indicators (20) so as to simulate a mechanical watch. The time displayed is advantageously calculated on the basis of the simulation of the movement and depends on the acceleration measured by an accelerometer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 28, 2012
    Publication date: June 6, 2013
    Applicant: COMME LE TEMPS SA
    Inventor: Comme Le Temps SA
  • Publication number: 20130142014
    Abstract: Elapsed timekeeping is enabled with hybrid digital-analog displays which portray hours and incremental elapsed minute values, as well as simultaneous analog tracks that are coordinated in lengths with the minute values. These displays are shown in four successive quadrants and enable users to view current time exactly from the digital values and approximately from the analog tracks.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 6, 2011
    Publication date: June 6, 2013
    Applicant: EQUITIME, INC.
    Inventors: Berj A. TERZIAN, Robert Alfred BRODMANN
  • Patent number: 8456960
    Abstract: Hybrid digital-analog time displays are provided to tell time with digital hour and minute values, as well as simultaneous analog tracks that are coordinated in lengths with the minute values. These displays are shown in four successive quadrants and enable users to view current time exactly from the digital values and approximately from the analog tracks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Assignee: Equitime, Inc.
    Inventors: Berj A. Terzian, Robert Alfred Brodmann
  • Patent number: 8379489
    Abstract: Devices, systems, and methods for presenting date and time information are described. In some embodiments, a date and/or a time value is presented as a base-36 number. In some embodiments, an integral portion of the base-36 number represents a date value, and a fractional portion of the base-36 number represents a time value. Each base-36 digit may be represented by one of the numerals 0-9 and the letters A-Z. Both digital and analog clocks displaying date and/or time information in which a day is broken into thirty-six increments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Assignee: DS Zodiac, Inc.
    Inventor: John David Jones
  • 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: 8164985
    Abstract: A time display device comprises a dial plate; a plurality of time indication portions set in the dial plate; and a plurality of groups of luminophors. Each of the groups of luminophors corresponds to a time indication portion, and comprises a first luminophor, a second luminophor, and a third luminophor. A clock unit provides current time information. A first switch unit electrifies/powers off the first luminophor. A second switch unit electrifies/powers off the second luminophor. A third switch unit electrifies/powers off the third luminophor. A hour hand controlling module obtains a hour value, and controls the first switch unit to electrify the first luminophor of the time indication portion corresponding to the obtained hour value. A minute hand controlling module obtains the current minute value, and controls the second switch and/or the third switch unit to electrify the corresponding luminophor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2012
    Assignees: Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry (ShenZhen) Co., Ltd., Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Xiao-Guang Su
  • Patent number: 7948830
    Abstract: In an electronic device that includes a first display unit (28) and a second display unit (29) that differs from the first display unit (28) in at least a type, a driving method to perform a display control, and a mode of driving to perform the display control, and that displays a plurality of functions using the first display unit (28) and the second display unit (29), a change request to change from a display in a normal mode (11) to a function mode (13) is acquired, and only a display mode of the second display unit (29) is changed, when the change request is made, to a preparation mode (12) without changing a display mode of the first display unit (28) that is in the normal mode (11) when the display modes of the first display unit (28) and the second display unit (29) are to be changed based on the acquired change request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2011
    Assignee: Citizen Holdings Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Noritoshi Suzuki, Takashi Ihara
  • Patent number: 7940604
    Abstract: A dial indicator display device according has a needle indicator; a needle moving means for moving the needle indicator; a display panel disposed behind the needle indicator and capable of displaying an image; and a drive control means for controlling the needle moving means and driving the display panel. The drive control means includes a scale display control means for displaying a scale in a scale display area on the display panel overlapping the range of needle movement in plan view, a needle position detection means for detecting the position of the needle indicator, and an information display means. The scale display control means segments the scale display area into a scale area and a no-scale area not including the scale area based on the needle position detected by the needle position detection means, and displays a scale for reading values indicated by the needle indicator only in the scale area, and the information display means displays information in the no-scale area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2011
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Katsutoyo Inoue, Akiko Obara, Keiko Okayasu
  • Publication number: 20110103194
    Abstract: The Linear Clock is a clock comprising: a timer circuit for maintaining hours and minutes for the time of day, a segment member having an adjustable length, an hour display showing the hour of the day, and a control circuit. The control circuit is responsive to the timer circuit and coupled to the segment member and the hour display. The control circuit positions the starting point and stopping point of the segment member to adjust the length and position of the segment member thereby indicating the elapsed portion of an hour of the day maintained by the timer circuit. The control circuit also causes the hour display to show the hour of the day.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2010
    Publication date: May 5, 2011
    Inventor: Scott Trantina
  • Patent number: 7907476
    Abstract: An electronic device, such as a mobile terminal, includes a touchscreen display and a control unit for operating responsive to user contact with the display. The control unit is configured to display an analog clock, detect user contact with the display, and adjust displayed position of a selected clock hand of the analog clock responsive to relative locations on the display that the detected user contact occurs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2011
    Assignee: LG Electronics Inc.
    Inventor: Jong Hee Lee
  • Publication number: 20110038232
    Abstract: A light emitting diode (LED) base clock includes a clock face and twelve groups of LEDs. The twelve groups of LEDs are arranged as an hourly indicator. Each group of LEDs are arranged as a minutely indicator. The clock further comprising a time signal generator configured for generating time signals and selectively drive corresponding LEDs to light using the time signals to display the time and keep time.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 25, 2009
    Publication date: February 17, 2011
    Applicants: HONG FU JIN PRECISION INDUSTRY (ShenZhen) CO., LTD., HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: XIAO-GUANG SU, KIM-YEUNG SIP
  • Patent number: 7843769
    Abstract: An information processing device includes: timing means for performing a timing action thereby to output time information indicating the result of the timing action; unit time outputting means for converting the time, as indicated by the time information outputted from the timing means, into individual unit times, as expressed by using a plurality of time units individually, thereby to output the plural unit times individually; unit-by-unit contents decision means for individually deciding the unit presentation contents of an object to be presented to a user, individually for the plural time units, on the basis of such one of the plural unit times outputted from the unit time outputting means as is expressed by a target time unit; general contents decision means for deciding the general presentation contents of the object at the time which is indicated by the time information outputted from the timing means, on the basis of the unit presentation contents for every the time units decided by the unit-by-unit co
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2010
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Naoto Ishida, Masafumi Hatanaka, Eiji Kawai, Eriko Takeo, Toshitake Mashiko
  • Patent number: 7835231
    Abstract: A linear clock that contains a main body, twelve one hour indicators located on the main body, eleven five minute indicators interposed between the twelve one hour indicators, and four one minute indicators evenly spaced on the main body such that each indicator may be activated at an appropriate time to accurately represent the time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2010
    Inventor: Christopher George Garcia
  • Patent number: 7821878
    Abstract: A wearable electronic device for conveying information in an analog manner at least in part by the use of at least one display hand positioned on the dial side of a dial, wherein the wearable electronic device uses the display hand(s) to convey information that is stored in the controller of the device and/or provided by sensors and/or an external transmitter. An actuation mechanism, preferably a stepper motor, is used to rotate the display hands in the clockwise and/or counterclockwise directions in predefined increments to convey the information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2010
    Assignee: Timex Group B.V.
    Inventors: Michel G. Plancon, Louis M. Galie, Herbert Schwartz, Gerhard Stotz, Ronald S. Lizzi
  • Patent number: 7782713
    Abstract: The invention provides an apparatus for diarizing the performance of janitorial services that includes an electronic display unit for indicating when a service was last completed and an input device for signalling when the display is to be updated. The apparatus can include a chassis mountable on a wall of a facility being maintained by a janitorial service, and at least one electronic display framed by a window on said chassis, said chassis for displaying a time when said facility was last maintained. The apparatus can also include a central processing unit connected to said display and for updating the display based on a user-input received from an input device that is mounted to said chassis and connected to the central processing unit. The input device is actuated at a time that is substantially coterminous when said facility was last maintained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2010
    Assignee: Hurley Corporation
    Inventor: Anthony M. Talarico
  • Patent number: 7751285
    Abstract: The presently disclosed and claimed invention relates to a user personalized, wearable device that displays time along with other content in a highly customizable manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2010
    Assignee: Nano Time, LLC
    Inventor: John M. Cain
  • Patent number: 7722245
    Abstract: A display device has a frame having a substantially cylindrically shaped cylindrical part, a display panel that is band shaped and flexible, and a spacer that is substantially cylindrically shaped and is fit to the cylindrical part. The display panel is disposed to the outside surface of the spacer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2010
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Norimitsu Baba, Yutaka Kawafune
  • Patent number: 7693009
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for displaying time on a display panel having a plurality of segment type character display units are provided. Time is displayed in a first position on the display panel by activating a first group of segments in the character display units. The display of time is shifted on the display panel to a second position that is displaced from the first position by activating a second group of segments that is displaced from the first group of segments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2010
    Inventor: Scott A. Buss
  • Publication number: 20100039902
    Abstract: Provided is a system for distributing and information processing watch information contents D1 concerning a variety of clocks, the system comprising: an information distribution device 19 that distributes watch information contents D1 concerning a variety of clocks, the contents being created in advance, as data to an information user's hand held terminal device #i (i=1 to n); and a plurality of hand held terminal devices #i that acquires and processes watch information contents D1 distributed as data by this information distribution device 19, wherein a software watch based on the watch information contents D1 is displayed as a video image, and a time is clocked at the hand held terminal device #i. In this manner, a plurality of software watches with different designs can be configured, and time display of these software watches can be automatically corrected.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 20, 2009
    Publication date: February 18, 2010
    Applicant: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Eiji Kawai
  • Patent number: 7639571
    Abstract: A timepiece has a display panel having electrophoretic particles between two opposing substrates, and a drive circuit unit having a display drive unit for applying an electric field between the substrates and a timekeeping unit for keeping time information. A plurality of first electrodes are rendered in the shapes of a plurality of symbols used to display time information content on one of the substrates, and a second electrode is disposed on the other substrate for applying a voltage between the first electrodes and the second electrode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2009
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Junichiro Ishii, Manabu Akahane
  • Patent number: 7636276
    Abstract: Apparatus is disclosed for measuring geo-solar time parameters. Wrist-watches, clocks, and computer functionality provide, in addition to a traditional chronological parameter for a control frame of reference, several geo-solar time parameters including but not limited to distance Earth travels or has travelled between any two universal orbital points, dynamic Earth-Sun distance, and dynamic rotational velocity of Earth at any longitudinal-latitudinal point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2009
    Inventor: Alan Navarre
  • Patent number: 7599255
    Abstract: The device for displaying time in selectable display patterns includes a storage device, an interface, a housing, display elements, and a controller. The storage device stores selectable display patterns. The interface receives an input to select a display pattern. The housing contains a display area that displays the selected display pattern. The display elements may include hour display elements, minute display elements, second display elements, day display elements, date display elements, and/or month display elements. Time is displayed by the amount of display elements in the exhibiting state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2009
    Inventor: Dennis C. Kent
  • Publication number: 20090201772
    Abstract: This invention relates generally to software and mechanics, and more specifically, to systems and methods for providing time using color. In one embodiment, the invention includes a clock for providing time using colors, the clock including a time component, the time component configurable to produce a measurable mark of time; a color decoding component, the color decoding component configurable to associate the measurable mark of time with a given color group, the colors of the given color group being representative of numbers; and a display component, the display component configurable to visually display the given color group in an arrangement, wherein the displayed color group is usable to determine a time.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 17, 2008
    Publication date: August 13, 2009
    Inventor: Michael A. Billeaudeaux
  • Publication number: 20090122653
    Abstract: A display device that has a display panel having a front substrate, an image forming unit, and a back substrate rendered together in layers, and a wiring board layered on the back surface of the back substrate. A plurality of input/output pins are formed on the front surface of the back substrate, and a plurality of connection pins that are electrically connected to the input/output pins by respective conductor members are formed on the back surface of the wiring board.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 24, 2008
    Publication date: May 14, 2009
    Applicant: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shigeaki Seki, Kenichi Okuhara