Time Interval Patents (Class 368/89)
  • Patent number: 9310258
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a dosimeter for measuring exposure to heat over time in combination with peak temperature indicators and reversible temperature indicators. The preferred temperature indicator tag is credit card sized and comprises four time-temperature dosimeters. Each dosimeter has a wick in contact with a separate reservoir containing a mix of a colored dye, a wax and an amorphous polymer to indicate a distinct temperature range when the mix melts. The wicks are preferably made of porous paper with a pore size around 8 microns to allow for proper capillary action along its length. An adhesive, except where each wick contacts its respective reservoir and at a vent, preferably seals each wick. The tag preferably has a plurality of peak temperature indicators where each indicator has a blend of a dye, a wax and a polymer for a temperature indication range. The tag also preferably has a plurality of reversible temperature sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Inventors: Corey M. Selman, Uma Sampathkumaran
  • Patent number: 9056028
    Abstract: A dryness indicator includes a wicking strip continuous between a reservoir end and an opposed open end; a liquid-impermeable top layer disposed on one side of the wicking strip; and a liquid-impermeable bottom layer disposed on the opposite side of the wicking strip, wherein the top layer is affixed to the bottom layer to at least partially enclose the wicking strip, and wherein the indicator is configured such that the open end of the wicking strip can be placed in liquid communication with an object or surface. The dryness indicator also includes a reservoir including an oil-based colorant with the potential to be in liquid communication with the reservoir end of the wicking strip, wherein the wicking strip is configured such that colorant wicking from the reservoir end and an unreacted water-based fluid wicking from the open end meet to define a timing line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2015
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Ning Wei, Shiming Zhuang, Xuedong Song, Kimberly Nicole Struk
  • Patent number: 8982672
    Abstract: An animal medicine reminder tag that is non-toxic, water resistant, and shock resistant, wherein the tag is automatically activated when attached to the companion animal and cannot be reset or turned off by the companion animal's caregiver. The tag is designed to be minimally harmful if accidentally swallowed by the companion animal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Merial, Inc.
    Inventor: Linda Kathryn Rader
  • Publication number: 20150063076
    Abstract: A running watch includes: a time measurement portion which measures a lapse of time; an operation button which indicates a measurement with respect to the time measurement portion; a display portion which displays a measurement result in the time measurement portion on a display screen; and a display color switching portion which switches a display color of the display screen corresponding to a measurement state of the time measurement portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 29, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventor: Eiichiro Yamaguchi
  • Publication number: 20150003213
    Abstract: According to an embodiment, a time reference device (100) is provided, which comprises a corrodible element (140), wherein a corrosion of the corrodible element (140) advances with advancing time, and a sensor (102) configured for providing a sensor signal, the sensor signal depending on a physical property of the corrodible element (140). The physical property of the corrodible element (140) changes with a corrosion of the corrodible element (140) and the physical property of the corrodible element (140) is at least one of an electrical property, a magnetic property, and an optical property. A barrier (150) may be provided for defining a permeability for a corrosive substance (160) to the corrodible element (140).
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 16, 2014
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Inventor: Thomas Suwald
  • Patent number: 8867319
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention generally relate to an interval timing device and methods of utilizing the same. More specifically, embodiments of the present invention relate to a device for timing customized interval exercises, having set workout periods and rest periods, over a predetermined number of intervals and methods of utilizing the same. In accordance with one embodiment of the present invention, an interval timing device comprises a housing, a means for starting the interval timing device, at least one graphical user interface for displaying multimedia content, wherein the at least one graphical user interface comprises an exercise hold timer, a rest timer, and a repetition counter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Inventor: Cody Keith
  • Publication number: 20140247702
    Abstract: A method for allowing a human subject having a mouth to time a predetermined duration, the method comprising: initiating a first oral sensation in the mouth of the human subject to indicate a beginning of the predetermined duration; and initiating a second oral sensation in the mouth of the human subject to indicate an end of the predetermined duration, the second oral sensation differing from the first oral sensation. Initiations of the first and second oral sensations are separated in time by substantially the predetermined duration. Also, an oral timer for performing the method and a kit including a plurality of the oral timers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 26, 2014
    Publication date: September 4, 2014
    Inventor: Pierre-Pascal Gauthier
  • Publication number: 20140064041
    Abstract: A device and system for indicating the passage of a duration of time and a method of making the same. The timing device is able to be to be more, less or not sensitive to temperature. Additionally, the timing device is able to indicate a level or time of exposure to environmental attributes. The timing device is housed by a sheet body having a scale indicator, a unit indicator, a unit multiplier and a presentation window. As a result, the sheet body enables a user to quickly not only determine if an item has spoiled or a period of time has elapsed, but also how much time is left before spoilage or the time will elapse. The easy to read scale on the sheet body enables accurate judgments to be made on what to do with perishable and other types of items associated with the timing device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 21, 2013
    Publication date: March 6, 2014
    Applicant: Vision Works IP Corporation
    Inventor: Fritz Braunberger
  • Publication number: 20140003202
    Abstract: An alarm clock system that includes: a clock transmitter; and at least one earpiece for use within an ear of an user, wherein said at least one earpiece receives signals from the clock transmitter and said at least one earpiece includes an outer mold that secures a speaker within a canal of the earpiece and a flush outer surface, where the flush outer surface remains flush in an ear opening of the user. In one particular embodiment, the at least one earpiece emits a sound into the ear of the user upon receipt of a signal from the clock transmitter. In another exemplary embodiment, the at least one earpiece emits vibration upon receipt of a signal from the clock transmitter. The clock transmitter transmits at least one of a RF signal and a Bluetooth signal to the at least one earpiece.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 2, 2012
    Publication date: January 2, 2014
    Inventor: Salvatore Randazzo
  • Patent number: 8565044
    Abstract: A timer for reserving occupancy of a communal item has a communal item available indicator which is positionable to (1) a retracted position when the communal item is in use, and (2) to an extended position when the communal item is available for use. The timer also includes a service request indicator which indicates when as service is required. The timer can also include a reset control which can only be activated by a person other than the user of the communal item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Inventors: Erin C. Spiker, Molly K. Ritchey
  • Patent number: 8536987
    Abstract: A patient-portable medication event monitor is disclosed which is capable of detecting the dispensing of doses of a particular medication from the monitor, comparing the dispensing detected with information concerning the desired dosing regimen for the certain medication and displaying graphically to the patient at least one feedback indication of the patient's degree of compliance or deviation with the desired regimen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Assignee: MeadWestvaco Corporation
    Inventors: Jean-Michel Metry, Pierre-Alain Gaillard, John Urquhart, Bernard Vrijens
  • Patent number: 8395581
    Abstract: The invention provides a device for displaying information, comprising display means adapted to graphically display information as a function of time for a given period of time, and input means for changing the time from a first time setting to a second time setting, thereby generating an end of time value for the first setting and a start of time value for the second time setting. The display means is controlled to display a first and a second view, the first view displaying, for the given period of time, information corresponding to the first time setting until the end of time value, the second view displaying, for the given period of time, information corresponding to the second time setting from the start of time value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2013
    Assignee: Novo Nordisk A/S
    Inventors: Henning Gråskov, Jørgen Smedegaard, Johnny Kristensen, Marianne Lindgard Witt, Anders Geert-Jensen
  • Patent number: 8369187
    Abstract: The invention relates to a warning device, provided with an electronic warning unit, capable of generating warning signals at pre-programmed constant time intervals, embedded inside a body formed by a single piece of mouldable synthetic material, such as a plastic or silicone, which is provided with starting means for staring the warning device, which means can be actuated by means of the application of a pressure on a part of the outer surface of the mentioned body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Assignee: Cadama Technology, S.L.
    Inventor: Manuel Artola Godoy
  • Patent number: 8326574
    Abstract: A method for issuing alert signals as a reminder to perform a recurring act. The method comprises providing a device with a programmable electronic circuit, an electrical power source, a control switch, and an alert body controlled by the electronic circuit, programming the device with a signaling pattern, determining a first alert time based at least in part on the signaling pattern, issuing a first signal from the alert body, issuing a second signal from the alert body at the first alert time, the second signal being different from the first signal, and determining a next alert time upon activation of the control switch, wherein the next alert time is based at least in part on the signaling pattern and the time elapsed between the first alert time and activation of the control switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: IniVention B.V.
    Inventor: Bart Theodoor Hogebrink
  • Patent number: 8262282
    Abstract: A timing apparatus on a container cap which is associated with a standard push pump. The timer is activated by pushing down on the standard pump that then moves a fluid that is held within a chamber having a first compartment and a second compartment. The compartments are in fluid communication with each other. The fluid is moved from one compartment to the other compartment when the pump is pushed and the timer works because the fluid returns to the first compartment over some known range of time when the pump is no longer being pushed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Inventors: John M. Lynn, Thomas John Blake
  • Patent number: 8218401
    Abstract: A single use reminder device (100) has a tamperproof housing which contains a counter circuit and a power supply. The device includes a status indicator (106) for indicating when a date or time period has elapsed. The device also includes a button (104) can be depressed so as to activate the status indicator (106). A traffic light LED system is operated, whereby a red signal is shown by the status indicator (106) if the date or time has elapsed, and whereby an amber signal is shown if the elapse date or time is imminent. A similar device comprises a laminated card structure having a portion, which can be pressed to provide status information via an LCD.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2012
    Assignee: User Limited
    Inventors: David A. Wilson, Gurjit S. Dhillon, Craig J. Tonge
  • Patent number: 8217664
    Abstract: A time period of an event is determined by charging a known value capacitor from a constant current source during the event. The resultant voltage on the capacitor is proportional to the event time period and may be calculated from the resultant voltage and known capacitance value. Capacitance is measured by charging a capacitor from a constant current source during a known time period. The resultant voltage on the capacitor is proportional to the capacitance thereof and may be calculated from the resultant voltage and known time period. A long time period event may be measured by charging a first capacitor at the start of the event and a second capacitor at the end of the event, while counting clock times there between. Delay of an event is done by charging voltages on first and second capacitors at beginning and end of event, while comparing voltages thereon with a reference voltage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2012
    Assignee: Microchip Technology Incorporated
    Inventor: James E. Bartling
  • Publication number: 20120147712
    Abstract: A timing apparatus on a container cap which is associated with a standard push pump. The timer is activated by pushing down on the standard pump that then moves a fluid that is held within a chamber having a first compartment and a second compartment The compartments are in fluid communication with each other. The fluid is moved from one compartment to the other compartment when the pump is pushed and the timer works because the fluid returns to the first compartment over some known range of time when the pump is no longer being pushed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 9, 2011
    Publication date: June 14, 2012
    Inventors: John M. Lynn, Thomas John Blake
  • Patent number: 8157437
    Abstract: A thermo insulated beverage container having a sensor and a counting device. The sensor senses the number of beverages that have been placed into the container and the counting device records the sensor signal as a count repetition and displays the count on a displayer which is a count of the total number of beverages that have been placed into the container from the beginning and a count of the total number of beverages that have been placed into the container from the time that the counter was reset.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2012
    Inventor: Justin Richmond
  • Patent number: 8149096
    Abstract: A patient-portable medication event monitor is disclosed which is capable of detecting the dispensing of doses of a particular medication from the monitor, comparing the dispensing detected with information concerning the desired dosing regimen for the certain medication and displaying graphically to the patient at least one feedback indication of the patient's degree of compliance or deviation with the desired regimen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2012
    Assignee: Aardex Group, Ltd.
    Inventors: Jean-Michel Metry, Pierre-Alain Gaillard, John Urquhart, Bernard Vrijens
  • Patent number: 8104949
    Abstract: A time indicator device comprised of first and second interconnected reservoirs containing first and second liquids respectively. A first barrier is provided between said first and second liquids to prevent said liquids mixing. Said first barrier is connected via a conduit to a third reservoir containing a third liquid which is adapted to pass along said conduit over a first predetermined time period and to effect removal of said first barrier upon contact to facilitate mixing of said first and second liquid and generation of a liquid mixture within the second reservoir of different color to the second liquid prior to mixing and thereby provide an indication of when said first predetermined time period has elapsed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2012
    Assignee: Intray Limited
    Inventors: John Robinson, Alexander Roy McLennan, Nicholas Edward Richardson
  • Publication number: 20110255380
    Abstract: Various techniques are described for high resolution time measurement using a programmable device, such as an FPGA. The timing may be triggered by any event, depending on the applications of use. Once triggering has occurred, a START pulse begins propagating through the FPGA. The pulse is able to propagate through the FPGA in a staggered manner traversing multiple FPGA columns to maximize the amount of time delay that may be achieved while minimizing the overall array size, and thus minimizing the resource utilization, of the FPGA. The FPGA timing delay is calibrated by measuring for the linear and non-linear differences in delay time of each unit circuit forming the staggered delay line path for the timing circuit. The FPGA is able to achieve nanosecond and sub-nanosecond time resolutions and thus may be used in applications such as various time of flight systems.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 16, 2011
    Publication date: October 20, 2011
    Applicant: The Regents of the University of Michigan
    Inventors: Thomas Zurbuchen, Steven Rogacki
  • Patent number: 7978565
    Abstract: An alarm clock includes a nap timer. At least one button may be used to add a predetermined time interval to a total nap time, while the clock is in its normal timekeeping mode. No further actions are necessary in order to set a nap time. An alarm will sound upon the elapsing of the set nap time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2011
    Assignee: New Time Products, LLC
    Inventors: David Coffaro, Zhangneng Tu
  • Patent number: 7963692
    Abstract: A monitoring apparatus is disclosed for monitoring time by a color change indicator, comprising an observable fluid, a first reservoir holding at least a portion of the observable fluid, and a second reservoir abutting the first reservoir. The first reservoir is responsive to pressure on it such that a portion of the observable fluid flows into the second reservoir. The second reservoir is responsive to a lack of pressure in the first reservoir such that a portion of the observable fluid in the second reservoir reverses flow back into the first reservoir once the first reservoir is not under pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2011
    Assignee: Flotime, LLC
    Inventor: John Morris Lynn
  • Publication number: 20100322037
    Abstract: A time indicator device comprised of first and second interconnected reservoirs containing first and second liquids respectively. A first barrier is provided between said first and second liquids to prevent said liquids mixing. Said first barrier is connected via a conduit to a third reservoir containing a third liquid which is adapted to pass along said conduit over a first predetermined time period and to effect removal of said first barrier upon contact to facilitate mixing of said first and second liquid and generation of a liquid mixture within the second reservoir of different colour to the second liquid prior to mixing and thereby provide an indication of when said first predetermined time period has elapsed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2008
    Publication date: December 23, 2010
    Applicant: Intray Limited
    Inventors: John Robinson, Alexander Roy McLennan, Nicholas Edward Richardson
  • Patent number: 7853533
    Abstract: A method and system for detecting and preventing Internet fraud in online transactions by utilizing and analyzing a number of parameters to uniquely identify a computer user and potential fraudulent transaction through predictive modeling. The method and system uses a delta of time between the clock of the computer used by the actual fraudulent use and the potentially fraudulent user and the clock of the server computer in conjunction with personal information and/or non-personal information, preferably the Browser ID.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2010
    Assignee: The 41st Parameter, Inc.
    Inventor: Ori Eisen
  • Patent number: 7843770
    Abstract: The present invention is directed towards a device and method of use for ensuring that persons who need to stay on a schedule can do so without constantly looking at a clock. The device is a programmable electronic device wherein the user can set a schedule time, an interval time and a sub-interval time and wherein the device alerts the user when one or more of these times are reached.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2010
    Inventor: Robert L. Orme
  • Patent number: 7746728
    Abstract: A display device for displaying an event and method for monitoring and displaying a time interval related to a non-displayed past event and/or a non-displayed future event. A displayed event of a person or event is displayed on a support member, such as a frame or plaque. A timer is provided to calculate an accumulating time interval and/or a reducing time interval. The accumulating time interval measures the current elapsed time from a non-displayed past event. The reducing time interval measures the time remaining from a current time to a non-displayed future event. The time intervals are displayed on a timer display that is disposed adjacent the displayed event to remind an observer of the time to a non-displayed future event and/or of the time from a non-displayed past event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2010
    Inventor: Steve Brock
  • Patent number: 7643378
    Abstract: An at least partially flexible sealed package having an opening assembly, said opening assembly further comprising a sliding component and a lifetime indicator; the movement of said sliding component serving to open a seal of said package; the arrangement being such that the movement of said sliding component activates said lifetime indicator due to the relative motion between said sliding component and at least part of said lifetime indicator; such that said lifetime indicator can thereby providing a visual indication of the expiry status of the product within said package from the time of opening onwards.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2010
    Inventor: Amir Genosar
  • Patent number: 7612659
    Abstract: A method and system for warning an operator of a vehicle of a vehicular task that is being performed beyond a pre-determined time for execution of the task involving incrementally increasing audio and visual warnings as the task continues to be performed past the pre-determined time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2009
    Assignee: Nattel Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Sanjeev Nath, Rajesh Patel
  • Publication number: 20090266291
    Abstract: A timing device for indicating a passage of a duration of time is disclosed. The timing device in accordance with the embodiments of the invention has a grid array architecture. The grid array architecture includes an electrode structure with an anode layer, a cathode layer and a thermistor layer. The anode layer and the thermistor layer are electrically coupled through a plurality of cathode line structures. In operation the timing device is actuated through a suitable mechanism to initiate depletion of the anode layer and, thereby, indicate a passage of a duration time. As the anode layer depletes, sequential cathode line structures are exposed and the thermistor layer acts as a variable resistor through a plurality of exposed cathode line structures.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 8, 2009
    Publication date: October 29, 2009
    Applicant: VISION WORKS IP CORPORATION
    Inventor: Alfred S. Braunberger
  • Patent number: 7610175
    Abstract: A signal monitor device that detects a signal propagating on a signal line and that generates a timestamp when the signal is detected. The timestamp may be used in a variety of applications including measuring the propagation delays on signal lines and determining the timing in a system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2009
    Assignee: Agilent Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: John C. Eidson
  • Patent number: 7590553
    Abstract: Systems and methods integrate various types of scheduling information to create a single spatial view of a schedule. The spatial view enables observation of one's schedule at a glance and reduces the need for accessing additional information from other sources in order to comprehend scheduling information. Thus, users can access information regarding the time, location, and subject matter of appointments and/or events in a single location without the hassle of looking back and forth between various information sources. This helps users meet their scheduled appointments and events in an on-time and prepared manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2009
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Justine Coates, Timothy Sharpe, Jeffrey D. Morris
  • Patent number: 7561494
    Abstract: One or more remote control devices used at a sports event, by one or more officials, at that game, on activation can control, compatible game time pieces, without interference, that are located, on or off the playing field, with the option of initiating the sound of a whistle at activation location, or from compatible equipment, that are on or off the field, without any game time piece being altered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2009
    Inventor: Max Meier Stern
  • Publication number: 20090122654
    Abstract: It is disclosed a stop watch (1) including a time indicator comprising a hand (2), a first scale (31) and a second scale (41). A part of a time indication is shown by the hand (2) on the first scale (31) and a second part of said time indication is shown by said second scale (41) in combination with said first scale (31). The first scale (31) is fixed and said second scale (41) is movably mounted around said first scale (31). The first part of said time indication corresponds to seconds of a duration counted by said stop watch (1), and the second part of said time indication corresponds to tenths of seconds of said duration.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 24, 2008
    Publication date: May 14, 2009
    Applicant: TAG HEUER SA
    Inventor: Christoph Behling
  • Patent number: 7516032
    Abstract: A system and method for providing improved resolution in the measuring the pulse width of digital signals comprising counting the integral number of measuring clock pulses covered by said digital pulse and triggering a chain of cascaded high resolution delay elements from the trailing edge of said measuring clock pulses. Further, the invention measures the delay count obtained from said chain of cascaded delay elements from the trailing edge of the last measuring clock pulse up to the end of said digital pulse, and adds said measured delay count to said integral measuring clock pulse count to obtain the total width of said digital pulse.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2009
    Assignee: STMicroelectronics Pvt. Ltd.
    Inventor: Balwant Singh
  • Publication number: 20080225645
    Abstract: A watch provides a chronographic function while the watch is in a “sport” mode. If a user activates a button relating to the chronographic function, such as a “start/lap” button, then the light for the watch will automatically activate. The light may remain active for a significantly long time, such as a period of six seconds or more. Alternately or additionally, if a user activates a button while the watch is in a “performance” or “sport” mode, then the light will automatically activate regardless of the button being activated. Still further, the chronographic function of the watch may be configured to not measure a lap time that is lower than a preset threshold value, such as, for example, three seconds.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2007
    Publication date: September 18, 2008
    Applicant: Nike, Inc.
    Inventors: James Alec Ishihara, Maximillian P. Burton, Michael Prstojevich
  • Publication number: 20080219102
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a time passage indicating apparatus which comprises a substrate, a background layer on the substrate, and a time passage indicating layer on the background layer. The background layer and the time passage indicating layer bond to each other through a first and second polymer binder. The background layer diplays a background color. The time passage indicating layer displays an initial color in an initial state that is different from the background color, and a final color in a final state that is substantially the same as the background color, so as to indicate the end of a time period where the time passage indicating layer transforms from the initial state to the final state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 3, 2007
    Publication date: September 11, 2008
    Inventors: Wei-Fang Su, Yulia Galagan
  • Patent number: 7423937
    Abstract: A digital time converter with an embodiment including a coarse measuring circuit and a fine measuring circuit. The fine measuring circuit allows an accurate determination of the temporal position of an event inside a period of the time base, by interpolation or averaging of sinusoids in quadrature, sampled coincidentally with a burst of impulses generated by the converter's triggering circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2008
    Assignee: Agilent Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Jean-Luc Bolli, Jean-Francois Goumaz
  • Patent number: 7398180
    Abstract: A vehicle technician time clock tool comprises a computer-implemented interface to a database, wherein the database contains vehicle service task-related information and time-related information, the vehicle service task-related information and time-related information pertaining to at least one vehicle technician, and a computer-implemented graphical user display (GUI), wherein the GUI displays in real time at least some of the vehicle service task-related information, at least some of the time-related information, and at least one calculation based on at least some of the time-related information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2008
    Assignee: Daimler Trucks North America LLC
    Inventors: Tom D. DeBoard, Paul Adams, Frank Fox
  • Patent number: 7364610
    Abstract: The present invention is directed towards a sensor including, inter alia, a body having first and second spaced-apart apertures, the first aperture having a shape producing an audible noise upon a fluid passing therethrough; a piston positioned within the body; and a chamber having an additional fluid disposed therein, with a volume of the additional fluid placing the piston between first and second positions, the first position impeding the first volume of fluid and the second position allowing the first volume of fluid to pass through the first aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2008
    Inventor: Michael D. Falcon
  • Patent number: 7345958
    Abstract: A wrist worn lap counter and method of use for a swimmer including an electronic lap counter/timer module and a wrist strap connected to the module for attachment around the wrist of the swimmer. The module includes a water resistant housing having a viewable front face and a transparent lens covering a digital display, the digital display being operable to simultaneously display a lap set number, lap indicating number, and a current set elapsed time number. First and second input buttons are positioned on the housing, the first input button being operable to incrementally increase the lap set number and to zero and restart the elapsed time number, the second input button being operable to increment or reset to zero the lap indicating number. Pressing either button will activate the module while deactivation preferably requires pressing and holding both buttons.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2008
    Inventor: Marilyn B. Kneafsey
  • Patent number: 7330803
    Abstract: A time interval measurement apparatus and method counts the total number of full clock time periods between two measurement signals. Clock fractional time periods are generated between each of the two measurement signals and the next leading edge of a full clock time period. The total number of full clock time periods and the clock fractional time periods are converted to a time equivalent measurement and combined to generate the total time interval between the two measurement signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2008
    Assignee: Ametek, Inc.
    Inventors: Jack Pattee, Mikhail S. Zhukov
  • Patent number: 7289016
    Abstract: A home system includes a server having a first wireless communication port, and a plurality of devices, such as sensors. Each one of the devices includes a corresponding second wireless communication port. One or more of the devices is a timer/reminder sensor device associated with an object of interest. The timer/reminder sensor device includes a timer mechanism having a time input and an output. The timer mechanism is associated with the object and is adapted to input a time interval from the time input, time for the time interval and then responsively output to the output. The timer mechanism communicates the time input and the output of the timer mechanism between the second wireless communication port of the timer/reminder sensor device and the first wireless communication port of the server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2007
    Assignee: Eaton Corporation
    Inventors: Charles J. Luebke, Michael L. McManus, John A. Kolojejchick
  • Patent number: 7232253
    Abstract: A time indicator comprising a first reservoir (13), a migration medium (11) and activating means for bringing liquid from the first reservoir (13) in contact with the migration medium (11) so that after activation the liquid migrates through the migration medium (11) producing a colour change therein. The activating means comprises a second reservoir (16) connected between the first reservoir (13) and the migration medium (11) whereby after activation the liquid travels relatively rapidly from the first reservoir (13) to the second reservoir (16) and then migrates relatively slowly along the length of the migration medium (11) over time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2007
    Assignee: Timestrip (UK) Limited
    Inventors: Reuben Isbitsky, Paul Joseph Freedman, Ian Michael Solomon, Michael Leon Kagan
  • Patent number: 7190266
    Abstract: A limited-use appliance, such as a garage door operator or a home network bridge device, is disclosed which has at least one input device for generating an input signal and a controller associated with the input device and receiving the input signal. The controller initiates at least one limited-use function of the appliance upon receipt of the input signal. A test device is maintained by the controller, and has a predetermined criteria which determines whether the input signal should be sent on to the controller or not. A warning system may be incorporated so that imminent expiration of the limited-use functions initiate warnings for the benefit of the end-user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2007
    Assignee: Wayne-Dalton Corp.
    Inventors: Willis J. Mullet, Thomas B. Bennett, III, Yan Rodriguez
  • Patent number: 7126455
    Abstract: Protection against abusive ringing of doorbells is provided by a ring limiting circuit including ring counter and ring timer circuits. Protection can also be implemented in software executed by a digital processor such as a smart home central controller in a wireless doorbell installation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2006
    Inventors: Ari Epstein, Natan Epstein
  • Patent number: 7089144
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for establishing an average test time (TA) include determining a first time interval (TG) nominally associated with non-failing testing of a unit under test (UUT), and determining a second time interval (TPR) nominally associated with troubleshooting and repairing a failed unit under test. Additionally, a percent yield (Y) nominally associated with a proportion of non-failing units under test is determined. The average test time is a sum of the first time interval associated with the non-failing testing of the UUT, and a ratio of the second time interval associated with troubleshooting and repair of a failed UUT with respect to the yield.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2006
    Assignee: Lucent Technologies Inc.
    Inventor: James H. Mosher
  • Patent number: 7039471
    Abstract: A device for calculating the steady state behavior of a controller includes an amount generating unit for generating the amount of deviation of the regulator, a first threshold value calculation unit that detects whether the amount of deviation of the regulator has fallen below a first threshold value and then starts a lag time delay unit, and a second threshold value calculation unit that detects whether the amount of deviation of the regulator has fallen below a second threshold value. A signal transmission unit transmits a ready message signal when the lag time delay unit has reached a predetermined lag time and the second threshold value calculation unit has detected that the amount of deviation of the regulator has fallen below the second threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2006
    Assignee: Rohde & Schwarz, GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Thomas Kuhwald
  • Patent number: 7029170
    Abstract: The swim lap counter comprises a top section and a bottom section. In one aspect of the invention, the bottom section is suspended from the top section and comprises a pressure sensitive panel and a submersible digital display. The submersible digital display is disposed proximate the bottom edge of the bottom section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2006
    Inventor: Brad Bailey