With Predetermined Mechanical Timing Means Patents (Class 368/97)
  • Patent number: 8456288
    Abstract: A communication device locks input of the communication device and executes an alarm if a current time reaches a set alarm time. When the alarm is executed, an unlock input set is generated for unlocking the input and an alarm disable button set is generated for disabling the alarm. If an unlock input set is the same as the generated unlock keypad set, the locked input is unlocking. If the alarm disable button set input by the user is the same as the generated alarm disable button set, the communication device disables the alarm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Assignees: Shenzhen Futaihong Precision Industry Co., Ltd., Chi Mei Communication Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Yao-Yu Yang
  • Patent number: 8382366
    Abstract: The invention concerns a programmable and reprogrammable mechanical memory wheel (30) for a timepiece, including a wheel (31) that is mobile about an axis of rotation (33). It is wherein it includes a mobile heart-piece (40) which pivots relative to said wheel (31), between indexing positions (34) of said wheel (31) with which said heart-piece (40) is arranged to cooperate via an indexing finger (41) included therein and towards which said heart-piece is returned radially by resilient return means (43), and which includes at least one support surface (45) arranged for cooperating with a timepiece mechanism. The invention also concerns a timepiece mechanism incorporating at least one memory wheel of this type (30), wherein, in proximity to each wheel (30), it includes support means arranged for cooperating with said support surface (45) of said memory wheel (30) in a disconnectable manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2013
    Assignee: Montres Breguet SA
    Inventors: Alain Zaugg, Olivier Karlen, Christophe Bifrare
  • Patent number: 8125319
    Abstract: The apparatus and method of the present invention provide an automatic notification 105 produced by a standalone equipment 100 to indicate that the equipment 100 is due to be returned to an issuing organization or individual. Only the issuing organization or individual has the capability to reset 104 or disable the automatic notification 105. Return notification comprises visual 107 108 and/or audible 106 components that are triggered by the expiration of a timer 102 204. Optionally, for non-essential equipment, the equipment is disabled 109 until reset 104 by the issuing organization or individual.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2012
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips Electronics NV
    Inventor: Curtis Freeman
  • 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: 7293911
    Abstract: This timekeeper comprises a first timer (4), means (12) for connecting it selectively to the train of the timekeeper (T), a second timer (5), a synchronous coupling between the first (4) and second (5) timers, and fly-back means (13, 13?, 9, 11) for said timers (4, 5). An auxiliary motive source (10?) is in a driving relationship with the second timer (5) and a one-way coupling (6a, 7a) is situated between the first (4) and second (5) timers to regulate the speed of movement of the latter at a predetermined ratio with the speed of movement of the first timer (4) while allowing one-way relative movement of the first timer (4) relative to the second (5) when the latter is in the stop position and one-way relative movement in the opposite sense of the second timer (5) when the first timer (4) is in the stop position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2007
    Assignee: Rolex S.A.
    Inventors: Nicolas Bonvin, Adrien Frederic Farron, Denis Rudaz
  • Patent number: 7004618
    Abstract: A setting mechanism for a triggering device employs a knob fixed to a rotating part of the triggering device. The knob carries a selector lever that is pivotable to radially project from the knob in angularly spaced directions. Arcuate walls surround the knob to define gaps corresponding to alternative rotational periods for the knob. The selector is pivoted to travel in one or the other gap. The selected rotational period may correspond to a predetermined time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2006
    Assignee: Capewell Components Company, LLC
    Inventor: Yakov Gartsbeyn
  • Publication number: 20040145972
    Abstract: A setting mechanism for a triggering device employs a knob fixed to a rotating part of the triggering device. The knob carries a selector lever that is pivotable to radially project from the knob in angularly spaced directions. Arcuate walls surround the knob to define gaps corresponding to alternative rotational periods for the knob. The selector is pivoted to travel in one or the other gap. The selected rotational period may correspond to a predetermined time.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 28, 2003
    Publication date: July 29, 2004
    Applicant: Capewell Components Company, LLC
    Inventor: Yakov Gartsbeyn
  • Publication number: 20040090871
    Abstract: A cam-operated timer for a household appliance features lanced switch arm contacts. A contacting surface of at least one switch arm includes a tear in the surface of the switch arm. Adjacent the tear, a first portion of the contact surface is deflected away from the surface of the switch arm in a first direction, whereby a sharp contact edge is created. The sharp contact edge permits the switch arms to make good contact with adjacent switch arms.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 17, 2003
    Publication date: May 13, 2004
    Applicant: France/Scott Fetzer Company
    Inventors: Daniel Keith Amonett, Robert G. Sokalski, Donald Eugene Smith
  • Patent number: 6717888
    Abstract: A timer is provided which is actuated by an incense stick burning to a given point at which point a pivotally movable hammer is released. When the hammer is released, it moves from its first retracted position to a second position in response to gravitational forces wherein it strikes a bowl to make a pleasant alarm sound. The timer is particularly useful and appropriate when used in conjunction with meditation or a similar exercise.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2004
    Inventor: David C. Wilmore
  • Publication number: 20030202428
    Abstract: A calendar timer mechanism has an OFF mode for turning off all objects to be controlled, which include a heater, a display panel, and motors, an ON mode for turning on all the objects to be controlled, and at least two energy-saving modes for selectively turning off the objects to be controlled or turning on the objects to be controlled at a lower power consumption rate. Transitional times between at least three of the OFF mode, the ON mode, and the energy-saving modes can be set as desired.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 26, 2003
    Publication date: October 30, 2003
    Applicant: FUJI PHOTO FILM CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Tomohiko Ito
  • Patent number: 6556894
    Abstract: A host computer is used to enter into a measuring apparatus to be leased, a contracted term of lease and the date when the lease starts, and/or a contracted number of times the measuring apparatus can be used, and the warning time when a warning message should be given. After the warning time, the warning message is displayed. When the contracted term of lease expires or when the measuring apparatus has been used the contracted number of times, a message notifying the user of the expiration of the lease is displayed and/or the functions of the measuring apparatus are disabled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2003
    Assignee: TLV Company, Ltd.
    Inventor: John H. Nguyen
  • Patent number: 6533450
    Abstract: A flexible state-of-the-art plastic bottle fitted with a sealed tube becomes a dynamic system for dispensing water or other fluid in nearly-uniform quantum amounts, in such a way that the apparatus may be used as (1) a timer, such as for cooking a three-minute egg; (2) a toy for enjoyment or learning how to count, etc.; or (3) a model for teaching differential equations or physics. The device is very simple, on the order of a paper clip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2003
    Inventors: Dennis G. Collins, Glenn H. Collins
  • Publication number: 20030039175
    Abstract: A portable, hands-free mechanical timer to be worn and preset by a user for a predetermined period of time and for counting down to zero in order to alert the user of the time remaining for performing a specific task is disclosed. Also disclosed are methods for using the portable, hands-free mechanical timer, especially by hairdressers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 24, 2001
    Publication date: February 27, 2003
    Inventor: Stacey Beth Gold
  • Patent number: 6325534
    Abstract: An audible alarm device is mounted in a body, and a pair of contact leads are connected to the alarm device, and a contact plate is connected to one of the leads. A dial, mounted on the body of the device, is rotated by a timing device. A plurality of time selector pins are mounted on the dial, and can be selectively positioned inward or outward. When a particular selector pin is in the inward position, the pin will push the contact plate into contact with the second contact lead and activate the alarm device. The alarm can be manually reset by pressing a deactivating piston. As the piston is pressed down, it will push a rod downward with it. The rod will pull downward on a rocker arm, causing the rocker arm to pivot. A second rod is connected to the rocker arm, and will move upward when the rocker arm pivots. The second rod is connected to the contact plate, and will pull the contact plate upward over the selector pin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 1999
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2001
    Inventors: Tarwa L. Hawley, Jon H. Kirk, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5872746
    Abstract: A clock timer having a face comprising a mouth, eyes, a nose, and an arm secured to the nose. Rotation of the nose turns a shaft which, via a camming mechanism, forces a plate housed within the clock upward. As the plate moves upward, a rack formed in the plate drives a gear mechanism which rotates the mouth and eyes from a smiling orientation to a frowning orientation. Rotation of the shaft also rotates a timer housed within the clock. Upon expiration of the timer the shaft is rotated in the opposite direction, thereby lowering the plate, driving the gear mechanism, and rotating the mouth and eyes from their frowning orientation to their smiling orientation, and activating a bell housed in the timer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 1996
    Date of Patent: February 16, 1999
    Assignee: Sanitoy, Inc.
    Inventors: Norbert L. Reiner, Frank Mercurio, Sidney Tepper
  • Patent number: 5684758
    Abstract: A child's disciplinary device including a plush toy and a countdown timer secured to the toy. The timer includes indications corresponding to children's ages, and the timer is set to a proper time-out period by setting the timer to the child's age. The correspondence between ages and time-out periods is nonlinear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 1995
    Date of Patent: November 4, 1997
    Assignee: T.O.T. Ventures, Inc.
    Inventors: Jacqueline D. Gray, Margaret B. Sterr
  • Patent number: 5386990
    Abstract: Embodiments of a golf course timing method and system are shown and described. A countdown timer is carried by a golfer or flight of golfers to indicate the golfer's progress relative to an allotted maximum time for the total course and/or for each hole. Elapsed time or time left to play may be indicated. The timer may be programmed to account for different playing times for the various holes of the course. This programming may be done by programming an electronic timer, by printing a graphic design or arranging moveable blades on the timer face so that the clock hand points to the individual holes at the appropriate time, or by other methods. Alternatively, a printed schedule may be assigned to each flight of golfers. The golfers may then be made responsible for keeping up a smooth, consistent, and reasonable pace on the course, which relieves tension and allows more flights of golfers per day.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 1993
    Date of Patent: February 7, 1995
    Inventor: Matt H. Smith
  • Patent number: 5343444
    Abstract: A pneumatic timer applicable to electric contactors and has bellows whose air intake is controlled by a limited duct with a variable section and length. The limited duct is established by a radial hole made in flange immobilized with regard to the adjustment knob, that communicates hole of the base or core of the bellows, with the air intake hole made in the core of the adjustment knob, the flange preferably having a transversal or peripheral groove as of the radial hole. When the adjustment knob is placed in a certain position, the timing is governed in terms of the limited duct implied by the length of the transversal groove, which may have a section gradually increasing towards the radial hole. The air duct can also be gauged with the thread of a screw whose head forms a variable annular duct with the wall of an axial truncated-cone hole provided in the core.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 1993
    Date of Patent: August 30, 1994
    Assignee: Agut, S.A.
    Inventor: Juan Agut Sanz
  • Patent number: 4908807
    Abstract: A mechanical interval timer and method of manufacturing same including an adjustable bearing permitting adjustment of the space between the escape wheel and the escape lever disc to obtain an accurate timing rate through precalibration of one sample made from a selected group of parts for the timer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 1989
    Date of Patent: March 13, 1990
    Assignee: Sunbeam Corporation
    Inventor: Christian M. Jauch
  • Patent number: 4849951
    Abstract: A mechanical interval timer and method of manufacturing same including an adjustable bearing permitting adjustment of the space between the escape wheel and the escape lever disc to obtain an accurate timing rate through precalibration of one sample made from a selected group of parts for the timer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 1983
    Date of Patent: July 18, 1989
    Assignee: Sunbeam Corporation
    Inventor: Christian M. Jauch
  • Patent number: 4773050
    Abstract: A viscous fluid timer is constructed with a cylindrical cavity formed by a housing that supports an axially aligned rotor unit having a rotor on a shaft within a first chamber filled with a viscous fluid. The first chamber communicates with a second chamber having a shaft seal through which the rotor shaft projects, the rotor shaft having a torsional connection to a spring means for rotating the rotor unit within the chamber, the first chamber being filled with a highly viscous fluid which impedes the rotation of the rotor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 1987
    Date of Patent: September 20, 1988
    Inventor: Robert Munson
  • Patent number: 4701056
    Abstract: A timing mechanism for use with a board game to indicate by sound and movement the time period allotted for answering a question or performing a turn or function. It includes a sphere such as a marble which rolls on a circular saucer having an upwardly facing conical plastic surface with a central depression. The central depression is sized to receive and hold the marble. An inclined ramp is formed at the periphery of the circular saucer and it has a width and incline sufficient to permit the marble to roll from the ramp onto the upwardly facing concave surface. A starting pad is located at the top of the inclined ramp on which to place the sphere to begin its downwardly roll. The starting pad is inclined so that the sphere and marble will not rest on the starting pad, but will immediately start its downwardly inclination when released.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 1987
    Date of Patent: October 20, 1987
    Assignee: Gordon Barlow Design
    Inventor: Gordon A. Barlow
  • Patent number: 4455093
    Abstract: A controlling device adapted particularly for use with rental equipment wherein it is desired to control or limit the time of operation of the rented equipment. The unit comprises a spring-wound motor which will wind down upon expiration of the rental time and cause a switch to open to thus cause a cessation of operation of the rented equipment. A key is employed for effecting the rotation of one of a plurality of arms which will in turn actuate an arm extending from a counting mechanism which will indicate the amount of time the rented equipment has been previously paid for by the rentor of the equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 1982
    Date of Patent: June 19, 1984
    Inventors: Brenda R. Bowen, Gaylon D. Griffin
  • Patent number: 4287964
    Abstract: A timer adapted to toy applications, and in particular for use in conjunction with toy ride-on vehicles is provided. The timer includes a spring-driven mechanical motor manually windable to at least a predetermined time duration state and a manually displaceable mechanical switch for the selective stopping and starting of the mechanical motor for the measurement of elapsed time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 1979
    Date of Patent: September 8, 1981
    Assignee: Empire of Carolina, Inc.
    Inventor: Edward Sollenberger
  • Patent number: 4279392
    Abstract: In a time-delayed device for opening a parachute, a spring-loaded cable is coupled to a cylindrical translational gear for conjoint movement. When the cable is released from a cocked position and spring-driven to a release position at which it opens the parachute, the translational gear is driven past the input gear of a gear train. As it moves, the translational gear engages and rotates the input gear along and through an effective gear engagement length which may be selectively varied by rotating the translational gear with respect to the input gear. An adjustable escapement contacts the gear train output gear and retards rotation of the input gear, and thus retards the rate of movement of both the translational gear and the cable, during engagement between the input gear and the translational gear through the selected effective engagement length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 1979
    Date of Patent: July 21, 1981
    Assignee: FXC Corporation
    Inventor: Dennis M. Saxton