Electrical Device Patents (Class 368/9)
  • Patent number: 9489531
    Abstract: A computer implemented method for controlling access to an electronic media source is disclosed. An access control system receives achievement goals and degree of access information. Assessment information is also received by the access control system from one or more input data sources. The access control system determines whether the achievement goals are met based on the received assessment information and forwards an access signal to the electronic media source based on the access determination. The access signal, including a grant signal, is forwarded when the achievement goals are met.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: Location Labs, Inc.
    Inventor: Andrew Weiss
  • Patent number: 9213318
    Abstract: An electronic timepiece enables a simple construction, and an electronic device has the electronic timepiece. A wristwatch 1 has a button A 6; a mode setting unit 32 that sets the operating mode of the wristwatch 1 based on an input operation of the button A 6. Based on the continuous input time that the button A 6 is operated continuously, the mode setting unit 32 changes the operating mode between a timekeeping mode that receives satellite signals from one or more GPS satellites and adjusts the internal time information based on time information contained in a received satellite signal; and a positioning mode that receives satellite signals from three or more GPS satellites and adjusts the internal time information based on time information and positioning information contained in the received satellite signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2015
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Katsuyuki Honda, Norimitsu Baba, Jun Matsuzaki, Toshikazu Akiyama
  • Publication number: 20150148023
    Abstract: A system and a method for managing an alarm clock are disclosed. The method includes the follow steps: activating a periodic alarm clock setting; receiving an activation command of the periodic alarm clock setting; deactivating the periodic alarm clock setting according to the activation command and displaying a reactivation setting interface; receiving a reactivation time of the periodic alarm clock setting inputted by a user from the reactivation setting interface; and reactivating the periodic alarm clock setting automatically at the reactivation time of the periodic alarm clock setting.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 17, 2014
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventor: Chia-Yun Chuang
  • Publication number: 20150092520
    Abstract: While in a first mode, a smartwatch can power down a majority of the smartwatch components to save power. In order to change modes, the watch may use a two-step method. The method for changing modes of the smartwatch includes detecting a movement of the smartwatch with a first sensor, such as an accelerometer, located in the smartwatch based on the movement indicating a command request. After the movement is detected, the smartwatch may power on a second sensor located in the smartwatch to detect a second event, such as an audio signal, with the second sensor. Finally, if the second sensor indicates a command request, then the method includes changing the mode the smartwatch. Based on either input provided to the smartwatch or a lack of input, the smartwatch can adapt a threshold at which the movement would trigger a command request.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 6, 2013
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Applicant: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Austin Robison, Nicholas John Vaccaro
  • Publication number: 20150078138
    Abstract: An electronic device includes a communication unit that performs communication with an external apparatus; a timekeeping unit that performs timekeeping of time; and a control unit, after completion of a connection with the external apparatus using the communication unit, updates time of the timekeeping unit using time information when being in a state where time can be set by obtaining the time information from the external apparatus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 10, 2014
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Applicant: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Ryogo Ito, Kazuma Akamatsu, Megumi Takagi, Shunsuke Katsumata
  • Patent number: 8912895
    Abstract: There is provided a medical device having a reminder function, the medical device comprising a reminder generator for issuing a reminder to a user to perform a predetermined action with the medical device; and a controller for selecting the reminder from a plurality of available reminders and for controlling the reminder generator to issue the selected reminder in accordance with a reminding schedule; wherein the controller is configured to maintain a measure of the effectiveness of each of said available reminders and to select the reminder from the plurality of available reminders based on said measures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips N.V.
    Inventor: Harm Jacob Buisman
  • Publication number: 20140334270
    Abstract: A device for a motor-driven appliance includes a communication unit, a date/time information acquisition unit, and a control unit. The communication unit performs communication with an external appliance having a date/time information indicating a current date and time. The date/time information acquisition unit acquires the date/time information from the external appliance via the communication unit. The control unit performs control based on the date/time information acquired by the date/time information acquisition unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 28, 2014
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Inventor: Takuya KUSAKAWA
  • Publication number: 20140301168
    Abstract: A wristwatch includes a bezel, a series connected photovoltaic cell, a rechargeable battery, and an electronic device. The bezel defines an internal volume, which houses the photovoltaic cell, the rechargeable battery, and the electronic device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 20, 2014
    Publication date: October 9, 2014
    Applicant: ETA SA Manufacture Horlogere Suisse
    Inventors: Emmanuel FLEURY, Martin BISIG
  • Publication number: 20140278842
    Abstract: An apparatus for encoding a stove usage time includes a circuit, a temperature switch, an input device, and an output device. The circuit includes a processor and an internal timer. The temperature switch is communicatively linked to the circuit. The input device is electrically connected to the circuit and transmits a status request to the processor in response to receiving a user input. The internal timer increments an accumulated time of the internal timer by a usage time. The usage time is based on a duration the temperature switch detects temperatures higher than the minimum threshold. The processor accesses the incremented accumulated time of the internal timer and stores the accumulated time in a memory. The processor reads the incremented accumulated time from the memory, encodes the incremented accumulated time into an encoded value, and causes the output device to produce the encoded value in response to the status request.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventors: Martin L. LUKAC, Eric GRAHAM
  • Publication number: 20140269215
    Abstract: A chair timer is disclosed adapted to aid a user seated in a chair equipped with such a chair timer in the reduction of serious health issues associated with prolonged sitting, and crowd management and/or seating management. In various embodiments associated systems and methods of the chair timer are included. In one embodiment, the chair timer includes a sensor to detect movement, a microcontroller to communicate with one or more sensors and other components of the chair timer, a power supply, a switch to control the time and other settings, an alert device by which the user is altered to the passage of a certain amount of time, and additional user-operable control settings and switches by which the device is controlled, and by which control may be accessed and controlled via a website, smart phone, PDA, or the like, through wired or wireless technologies such as Bluetooth, Zigbee, WiFi, or the like.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 16, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventors: Jorge Carlos Almirall, W. Drayton Avera, Robert Preston Wilson
  • Patent number: 8749360
    Abstract: A sleep management application on a computing device having a processor and a storage medium executes code that establishes to a server that maintains data pertaining to the computing device or to a user, retrieves data from the remote server, and generates a custom interface to configure a feature of the computing device. The custom interface is used to program a sleep management setting. In one implementation, a method uses the sleep management application to provide an alarm function using external data from a remote server. The sleep management application can receive the external data from the remote server and analyze the external data to identify elements that pertain to the sleep management application. Then, the sleep management application can generate a control signal based on the elements, and modify a setting governing an operation of the alarm function in accordance with the control signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: SDI Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Sean Chraime, Micah Collins, Andrew Skurdal, Ezra Ashkenazi
  • Publication number: 20140078868
    Abstract: The operating time of various equipment is measured with a sensor and a timer. The sensor detects something associated with operation of the equipment, such as air pressure at the exhaust of a pneumatic tool or a changing magnetic field near the rotor of an electric motor connected to a piece of rotating equipment. The sensor is activated when it detects the activity associated with the equipment, and the battery powered timer advances when the sensor is activated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Publication date: March 20, 2014
    Inventor: Harry McCaskill, III
  • Patent number: 8675452
    Abstract: Improved systems and methods for timing athletic events. A radio-based starter unit and a radio based timer unit communicate wirelessly via radio. Push buttons/switches and lights and a speaker in the units provide an intuitive, easy to use interface. Handshaking occurs between the starter unit and the timer unit, and lights indicate that the event is ready to start. Real time clocks in the units are synchronized. Upon detection of race or other event start, such as from a starter's pistol, information indicative of the race start time is transmitted from the start unit to the timer unit. A camera in communication with the timer unit provides video frames, and the timer unit encodes and inserts elapsed time information in the video frames, which are then output from the timer unit for review and analysis on a computer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: Flashtiming LLC
    Inventors: J. Lynn Saunders, Sarah J. Marlino, Philip S. Crosby, Eric Christopher Carlson
  • Publication number: 20130250734
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are methods for temporarily disabling alarms by suspending alarms on computing devices for given days or for a specific period of time. The alarms will automatically be re-enabled after the specific period or after the specified days.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 24, 2012
    Publication date: September 26, 2013
    Inventor: Arun Kishore Narasani
  • Patent number: 8310368
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a device that can be used in individual weight control protocols that is capable of detecting in real time information with regard to number of bites taken, time between bites, and so forth. The weight control device can detect bites through motion detection via a sensor worn on the wrist or hand of a user. The device can include notification capabilities that can alert a user as to excessive eating speed, excessive amounts of food intake, and the like so as to provide immediate feedback for purposes of weight control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Assignee: Clemson University Research Foundation
    Inventors: Adam Hoover, Eric Muth, Yujie Dong
  • Publication number: 20120140599
    Abstract: An alarm clock includes a main body having a clock dial, an alarm module, a camera module, a storage member and a processor. The alarm module is attached to the main body and for sending out an alarm signal at a preset time. The camera module is rotatably mounted on the main body and for capturing a first image of a predetermined area within a viewing range thereof prior to sending out the alarm signal, and a second image after the alarm signal is sent out. The storage member is configured for storing the first image and the second image. The processor is configured for comparing the second image with the first image to determine if a person is located in the viewing range, and controlling the alarm module and the camera module to operate based on the determined result. An operating method of the alarm clock is also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2011
    Publication date: June 7, 2012
    Inventor: MING-YANG LIAO
  • Publication number: 20120063272
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention provide, among other things, a control system for a game clock and a method of controlling a game clock or timer. The control system includes a stationary transmitter adapted to transmit an energizing signal and a portable signaling device having a transmitter for transmitting a clock signal when energized by the energizing signal. In some cases the transmitter is coupled to an actuator adapted to enable and disable transmission by the transmitter. The transmitter is adapted to transmit the clock signal when enabled by the actuator and energized by the first signal from the stationary transmitter. The control system can further include a stationary receiver that receives the clock signal and forwards it to a control circuit adapted to couple to and operate a game clock according to the clock signal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2011
    Publication date: March 15, 2012
    Inventors: Alain Dorais, Mario Martin
  • Publication number: 20120012019
    Abstract: A timing module for use in a detonating system which includes discriminating and validating arrangements which sense and validate at least one characteristic of at least one parameter produced by at least one shock tube event and an electronic timer which executes a timing interval in response thereto.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 11, 2011
    Publication date: January 19, 2012
    Inventors: David Bruce Harding, Albertus Abraham Labuschagne, Andre Louis Koekemoer, Christopher Malcolm Birkin, Craig Charles Schlenter
  • Patent number: 7821873
    Abstract: The present invention includes a method, a kit and an apparatus for prompting a user of an urination event. The present invention includes a portable incontinence prompting apparatus having a timer mechanism for timing an interval disposed within a housing and a time interval selection mechanism in communication with the timer mechanism for selecting a preset time interval. The apparatus includes a prompting mechanism in communication with the timer mechanism for issuing a prompting signal in response to a signal from the timer timing mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2010
    Assignee: Baylor Research Institute
    Inventor: Michael Edward Carley
  • Publication number: 20100265801
    Abstract: A timing system which illuminates an elongate timing region so that RFID transponders illuminated in the region transmit identification signals that are used to generate timing information associated with competitors. A panel antenna is preferably provided on the ground to create the elongate timing region and the system preferably operates at UHF. The RFID tag preferably uses a notch antenna and may be incorporated into a credit card.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 17, 2008
    Publication date: October 21, 2010
    Inventors: Mathias Marten Ernest Ehelen, Arthur Roberts, Warren Young, Neil Thackery
  • Patent number: 7710830
    Abstract: Provided, among other things, is an outing record device comprising, in a compact, wall-mountable device: controller with associated memory; display(s) for displaying a outing time and an outing duration time; a receiver suitable for hanging an Object; and a trigger responsive to the removal from and placement on the receiver of an object, wherein the controller records the times of removal and placement, calculates a last outing time and duration, and makes available for display on the display(s) the outing time and duration. Methods of use, for example, are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2010
    Assignee: Accuwalk LLC
    Inventors: John Mansmann, Roland Knowlden
  • Patent number: 7539890
    Abstract: A clock object is provides, which includes a clock time and a monotonic time that are readable by the electronic device. The monotonic time is incremented every read of the monotonic time from the clock object. The clock object can also include an indication of a level of trust of the clock time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2009
    Assignee: Seagate Technology LLC
    Inventor: Robert H. Thibadeau
  • Publication number: 20090129205
    Abstract: An athletic performance measurement system determines the reaction time, performance time and response time for an athlete to perform an event. A timing processor is in communication with two spaced-apart switches and when the athlete activates the first switch, it sets in motion a system for randomly activating a transducer that alerts the athlete to start the test. The athlete manipulates the first switch in response to detecting the activated transducer while the device measures the time it takes for this activity, thereby defining the athlete's reaction time. Then, the athlete manipulates the spaced apart second switch while the system monitors the time it takes to perform this task, thereby defining the athlete's performance time. The total response time is then calculated by adding the reaction time to the performance time. A testing protocol for performing a plurality of timed tests and averaging the scores is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 2, 2007
    Publication date: May 21, 2009
    Inventors: Alan W. Reichow, Joshua K. Hoyt, Ryan Coulter
  • Publication number: 20090083569
    Abstract: A method for generating a local clock domain within an operation includes steps of: receiving a clock frequency measurement for a slow portion of logic within the operation; generating a local signal to indicate commencement of the operation and to function as a clock gating signal; latching the clock gating signal to a selected cycle; generating clock domain controls based on the clock gating signal such that the operation times its commencement on the selected cycle; and propagating the clock gating signal in ungated latches for a number of cycles, such that a second operation is restricted from being launched until the operation completes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2007
    Publication date: March 26, 2009
    Inventors: Sean Michael Carey, William Vincent Huott, Christian Jacobi, Guenter Mayer, Timothy Gerard McNamara, Chung-Lung Kevin Shum, Hans-Werner Tast, Michael Hemsley Wood
  • Publication number: 20090016166
    Abstract: A method for adjusting an alarm activation time of an alarm clock includes: selecting a revised alarm activation time; broadcasting the revised alarm activation time to the alarm clock as a text message; and confirming the revised alarm activation time. A computer program product and alarm clock are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 9, 2007
    Publication date: January 15, 2009
    Inventor: Tamer E. Abuelsaad
  • Publication number: 20080316867
    Abstract: A clock device is provided for generating a real-time clock. The clock device includes a frequency generator, a measuring module, a setting module and a timing module. The frequency generator generates a frequency signal. The measuring module is coupled to the frequency generator for measuring the frequency signal and generating a measuring frequency value. The setting module is coupled to the measuring module for generating an error setting value corresponding to the measuring frequency value. The timing module is coupled to the frequency generator and the setting module for compensating the frequency signal according to the error setting value and generating the real-time clock.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 10, 2007
    Publication date: December 25, 2008
    Inventors: Chun-Ming Cheng, Chia-Bo Lin
  • Patent number: 7414517
    Abstract: A radio frequency identification transponder includes a power supply and a dynamic memory array that stores data. When power from the power supply ceases, the data in the dynamic memory array is validly maintained for a predetermined period of time. The dynamic memory array is responsive to an interrogating signal for selectively updating the data. A radio frequency identification transponder includes a signal processor that extracts an identifier from the interrogation signal and is responsive to the identifier and the stored data to determine whether some or all of the identifier is stored in the dynamic memory array.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2008
    Assignee: Magellan Technology Pty Limited
    Inventors: Stuart Colin Littlechild, Michael John Stanton
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20080137486
    Abstract: A diet watch includes a housing with an adjustable wristband attached thereto, at least one accelerometer disposed within the housing, a microcontroller disposed within the housing and operatively coupled to the accelerometer and a feedback device operatively coupled to the microcontroller. The accelerometer provides a signal indicative of an orientation of a user's hand in space. The microcontroller uses the signal from the at least one accelerometer to determine that a bite was taken by the user and starting a timer to countdown a preset time interval. The feedback device provides an indication to the user that another bite of food may be taken after the preset time interval has elapsed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 11, 2007
    Publication date: June 12, 2008
    Applicant: Czarnek & Orkin laboratories, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Czarenk, Sylvia D. Aruffo
  • Publication number: 20080062817
    Abstract: An electromechanical timer includes a case (1), an electric motor (3) and a unidirectional transmission device (4) disposed in the case. The electric motor is engaged with the unidirectional transmission device, the unidirectional transmission device is connected with a ratchet (5) setting voltages, and the ratchet is fixed with a handle (2). Voltages corresponding to the handle at different rotating positions are collected by a voltage acquisition unit. The voltage acquisition unit outputs the voltages to a control unit. The control unit is connected with the electric motor. The unidirectional transmission device and the ratchet setting voltages realize the random timing at any position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 7, 2007
    Publication date: March 13, 2008
    Inventors: Xihui JIANG, Shihui XIONG, Xianfang WANG, Xiaoyong DONG, Jianwei LIU
  • Patent number: 7231262
    Abstract: Apparatus is provided for controlling and limiting the amount of time that a television, computer game, or other electrical appliance can be utilized. The apparatus is inserted in the electrical cord leading to the electrical appliance and is programmable to limit the amount of time that electricity flows through the electrical cord tot he electrical appliance. The plug end of the electrical cord of the appliance is locked into the apparatus to prevent the electrical appliance from being unplugged from the apparatus and plugged into an electrical wall outlet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2007
    Assignee: Enterprise Management Services, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Dean Hollis, Kevin C. Lestourgeon
  • Publication number: 20040233044
    Abstract: A racing device for a racing dog that utilizes a muzzle with a front end, that is worn on the face of the racing dog while racing, and a transceiver, that is placed on the front end of the muzzle and emits a signal. There is a receiving station, located at the finish line of a race, that receives the emitted signal from the transceiver, indicating when the transceiver crosses the finish line. There is also a timer, used in combination with the receiving station, that indicates what time the transceiver crosses the finish line. The invention includes GPS, RF and laser technologies and also includes an embodiment for a racing horse.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 22, 2003
    Publication date: November 25, 2004
    Inventors: Yolanda K. Carter, Tiffany Bedgood
  • Patent number: 6822930
    Abstract: A timer is enclosed in a pressure tight enclosure which is attached to or is part of the motor rotor. Rotation of the rotor is sensed and the timer is turned on when the rotor is turning and is turned off when the rotor is idle. The version usable in motors of the progressing cavity type can power the timer, and provide timer control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2004
    Inventor: Thomas E. Falgout, Sr
  • Patent number: 6816442
    Abstract: A sports annunciation system is remotely controlled by players in unofficiated games. Players start and stop game timers by wireless communication to a base unit using a switching device on their person. The system audibly announces time-in, time-out, remaining time and key game events. The device simulates time control and announcements found in officiated games.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2004
    Inventors: Stephen M. Heiman, Martin J. Dowling
  • Publication number: 20040151070
    Abstract: A method, system and program product for automatically determining a time for a device connected to a network, the method comprising: obtaining time samples from a plurality of different electronic devices on the network; normalizing the time samples; selecting a time for the device in accordance with an algorithm that utilizes the time samples; and resetting a clock in accordance with the selected time.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 3, 2003
    Publication date: August 5, 2004
    Inventor: Quintin T. Phillips
  • Publication number: 20040136273
    Abstract: A data word is used to represent the total amount of time duration or predefined events a device has experienced during its lifetime. The data word is incremented count by count while the device is powered on and each updated data word is backed up to a non-volatile memory. A two-version redundancy scheme is employed to ensure failsafe backup and restoration of the data word. At any time at least one valid version of the data word exists in the non-volatile memory. In another aspect, a partitioned memory configuration is implemented to backup the data word and its associated error correction code to the non-volatile memory. In this way the non-volatile memory is able to store a range of counts whose maximum number far exceeds the memory's endurance limit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 9, 2003
    Publication date: July 15, 2004
    Inventor: Peter Chambers
  • Patent number: 6735150
    Abstract: A novel technique for distinguishing fuel-operated engine idling and working periods by monitoring the different values of the engine alternating-current alternator frequencies for distinguishing engine idling and working, and, where desired, total engine operating run time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2004
    Assignee: Micrologic, Inc.
    Inventor: Steven Rothman
  • Patent number: 6686848
    Abstract: A remote control apparatus includes various operation keys and is connected to a plurality of electronic appliances through buses. If a timepiece reset mode is set on a side of the remote control apparatus and then a desired electronic appliance is selected, a protocol is established between the remote control apparatus and the desired electronic appliance. A command key for reset command input is activated after establishing a protocol. If a command key is operated, a reset command for the timepiece is transmitted to the desired electronic appliance to thereby reset a timepiece circuit provided in the desired electronic appliance. Because the protocol has been established at a time that the command key is operated, the timepiece circuit is reset immediately after operating the command key.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2004
    Assignee: Sanyo Electric Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Shigekazu Morikawa
  • Patent number: 6678214
    Abstract: A timing device utilized for determining overall response of a vehicle to initial starting activities. The vehicle is comprised of an engine, a transbrake, a transbrake button and delay box for engaging and disengaging the transbrake, a drive shaft, a throttle stop mechanism, and an acceleration pedal. The timing device is in an operative relationship with the vehicle and produces electrical signals in response to various events that occur prior to and during a drag race. The timing device calculates an elapsed time between various pairs of the electrical signals produced. The device displays the elapsed times to the driver or user in an alphanumeric format.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2000
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2004
    Assignee: Auto Meter Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Randy P. McMahon
  • Publication number: 20030076744
    Abstract: A monitoring apparatus for use with an electrical appliance to record and display the electrical appliance's actual accumulated operating time and record and display the number of times the electrical appliance has been energized since the time the monitoring apparatus was installed or last reset. The monitoring apparatus may include a current detector, a time recorder, and a counter for detecting and recording operation time and number of start-ups.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 18, 2001
    Publication date: April 24, 2003
    Inventor: Kenneth E. Zick
  • Patent number: 6442106
    Abstract: A curfew timer apparatus for selectively disconnecting a signal line from an appliance. The apparatus includes a base and a timer coupled to the base. The timer is preferably a seven day timer configured to disconnect the signal line from the appliance during said preselected time periods and prevent usage of the appliance. The apparatus also lockable cover coupled to the base to protect and reduce the likelihood of tampering with the switch, the timer, the coupling means, and the connecting means. The base includes a flange surrounding an outer periphery of the base. The flange is configured to extend below a bottom surface of the base to abut a wall surrounding the wall outlet to reduce further the tampering risk. The apparatus further includes a three way switch for selectively continuously disconnecting the signal line from the appliance, continuously connecting the signal line to the appliance, or connecting the signal line to the appliance through the timer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 1994
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2002
    Inventors: Jimmy F. Newby, David W. Douglas
  • Patent number: 6252823
    Abstract: A run time recorder device (1,10) monitors the operating time of an electrical appliance driven by AC. The device is coupled to the supply voltage and monitors the supply by determining the operating time of the appliance from the number of repetitions of the periodic wave form of the supply voltage. A reading device for use with the recorder device may be coupled to the recorder device either by the supply leads or via a contactless coupling for the transmission and reception of signals to and from the recorder device. A regulating device (200) for regulating a load apparatus (144) comprises a controller (110), a memory (116) for storing an instruction data set means (118) for monitoring a condition such as temperature which is used by the controller to determine when to change the operating state and an interface (120) for communicating with the load apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 1997
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2001
    Assignee: Vu-Data Limited
    Inventors: Andrew McDonald, Victor Leo Duffy, Alan Polkinghorne
  • Patent number: 6212133
    Abstract: A new and improved low power GPS signal receiver system includes a GPS signal receiver device and control processor for powering up the signal receiver device for a first sufficient period of time to locate and acquire a time signal from a single GPS satellite and then powering down the GPS signal receiver device after establishing a local time and for waiting another sufficient period of time after receiving a user request to update time before powering up the signal receiver device to facilitate about an immediate sync on another GPS navigation message subframe indicative of the time maintained by said single GPS satellite vehicle. Once the second sufficient period of time has elapsed, the control processor powers up the GPS signal receiver device for a third sufficient period of time to acquire and process 29 bits of subframe message information indicative of time maintained by the GPS satellite vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2001
    Inventors: Kim McCoy, David Jacobs
  • Patent number: 6160765
    Abstract: A device for the determination of the elapsed time since the initial activation of a unit of equipment. The device consists of a first and second circuit and a switch-on element. The first circuit establishes a connection between the item of equipment and the switch-on element. The second circuit consists of at least a time-counter and a source of energy to power the time-counter. Both circuits can be activated simultaneously by the switch-on element. The first circuit can be used both as the current flow for the item of equipment and also for detecting voltage or physical energy in a component of an item of equipment. The switch-on element can be activated both mechanically and electronically. The counter-information can be presented in a display unit in both a deletable or non-deletable manner. The time-counter and the display unit are powered by their own energy source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 1997
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2000
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: Klaus Schober
  • Patent number: 6074552
    Abstract: Electrical apparatus such as a timer for use in a water filter is formed integrally with a sealed housing. The housing has a resilient, depressible surface from which a projection extends. At least an end surface of the projection is electrically conductive. A pair of spaced-apart electrical contacts are located close to the end surface of the projection. Resilient deflection of the depressible surface causes the projection to come into contact with the electrical contacts, thereby making an electrical connection between them.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 1998
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2000
    Assignee: Trumeter Company Ltd.
    Inventor: Jeffrey Kenneth Allen
  • Patent number: 5959940
    Abstract: A timer controls equipment with electrical drivers, in which timer is combined an electromechanical device and an electronic circuit. The timer includes an electromechanical device (1) in conjunction with an electronic circuit (2). The electromechanical device (1) includes a surface (9) on which is printed, in encoded form, the states in which the equipment may be and a sensor (8), or a set of sensors (8), which move in relation to the printed surface (9) by means of an electromechanical transducer (3), detecting the printed codes. The electronic circuit (2) receives signals from reading sensors (8) of the state codes, and transducer signals (3), which exist in the equipment, and command the electrical drivers (4), as well as the movement of the reading sensors (8) of the electromechanical device (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 28, 1999
    Assignee: Elsys Equipamentos de Segurancada Amazonia Ltda.
    Inventor: Carlos Harada Assanuma
  • Patent number: 5831940
    Abstract: A solo electronic starter and timer system for runners that includes a starter position unit, a finish position unit, and an athlete body unit; the body unit radio transmitter circuit transmitting a stop pulse to the finish position unit in response to the triggering of the body unit radio transmitter control circuit triggered by an optical body unit photo detector circuit; the finish position unit having a micro-controller programmed to time and display the elapsed time between receipt of start pulse by a radio receiver circuit of the finish position unit and receipt of the stop pulse that is generated by the body unit radio transmitter circuit of the athlete body unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 3, 1998
    Inventor: Warren Gillette
  • Patent number: 5805210
    Abstract: An arrival order judgment device is easy in operation to judge the arrival order for positively recording slit images before and after the finish line for the arrival order judgment only in a necessary minimum range. Slit signals picked up by a line image sensor camera are inputted into a video signal delay circuit. The video signal delay circuit outputs the slit video signals at a predetermined delay time period A. When competitors approaches the finish line and the moment the competitors interrupt a photoelectric device, ON signals are inputted into a memory device to start the record of the images delayed for a predetermined time period. When the competitors are not on the finish line, the photoelectric device outputs OFF signals to a record instruction delay circuit. The record on the memory device is interrupted after the delay period set at the record instruction delay circuit has lapsed. Thus, it is possible to record the images after the competitors have passed through the finish line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 8, 1998
    Assignee: Seiko Instruments Inc.
    Inventors: Satoshi Sekiya, Nobuo Obara
  • Patent number: 5781869
    Abstract: A system for accurately measuring and displaying the elapsed time from the instant a vehicle driver mechanically or electronically acts on a vehicle to start forward motion of the vehicle until the time actual vehicle movement begins. The system includes a timer, a start timer switch for activating the timer when the vehicle is instructed by the driver to begin forward motion and a stop timer switch which stops the timer when the vehicle attains a predetermined forward acceleration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 14, 1998
    Assignee: John K. Parlett, Jr.
    Inventors: John K. Parlett, Jr., Helmut R. Forren
  • Patent number: 5671010
    Abstract: Apparatus for judging the order of arrival of racers at a goal in a race and the time taken for the race, capable of storing, in a memory unit, video signals of a plurality of line sensor cameras disposed so as to be able to pick up images of moving objects from both directions with a judging criterion line between or from such angles that moving objects do not overlap, effecting scan conversion on the stored video signals of the plurality of line sensor cameras, reading resultant video signals, and displaying video signals thus read out respectively singly or simultaneously plurally on a single video monitor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 1995
    Date of Patent: September 23, 1997
    Assignee: Hitachi Denshi Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Naoyuki Shimbo, Toshimichi Okada, Haruki Watanabe