Telling Time Or Calendar Reading Patents (Class 434/304)
  • Publication number: 20150072329
    Abstract: An educational timepiece provided with the hour hand and the minute hand, which comprises a base plate having an upper surface on which the hour hand and the minute hand rotate, and an angle hand rotating on the upper surface of the base plate for measuring the angle between the hour hand and the minute hand, wherein the angle hand serves to measure the angle between the hour hand and one of the hour indication parts adjacent to the hour hand, the interval between every two adjacent hour indication parts being divided by a given angle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 26, 2013
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Inventor: Tae-Hyun KIM
  • Patent number: 8634278
    Abstract: A talking watch device for helping a user learn time comprising a base having a clock face; a quartz oscillator assembly; a digital counter operatively connected to the quartz oscillator assembly and to a microprocessor, the digital counter keeps track of a time, day, month, and year component; a memory medium for storing a plurality of audio messages; a speaker component operatively connected to a digital to analog converter; and a dial operatively connected to the microprocessor, the dial can move between a first position, a second position, a third position, and a fourth position, wherein the microprocessor is configured to receive input signals from the dial whereupon the microprocessor generates output commands to the speaker to play a time component message and/or a day component message and/or a month component message and/or a year component message.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2014
    Inventor: Trinh A. H. Nguyen
  • Patent number: 8611192
    Abstract: The present invention provides a clock having a body with a first clock face and a second clock face. The clock includes a start time assembly at least partially positioned within the body and corresponding with the first clock face, an end time assembly at least partially positioned within the body and corresponding with the second clock face, and an elapsed time assembly in mechanical communication with both the start time assembly and the end time assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: Learning Resources, Inc.
    Inventors: Nancy Balter, Yuen Po Man
  • Patent number: 8567100
    Abstract: A hub is formed with a lower extent having a first diameter, an intermediate extent having a second diameter, and a circular upper extent having a third diameter. A circular disk has an upper surface with indicia, a lower surface with an attachment component, and a hole with a diameter essentially equal to the second diameter for being received by the hub. A pointer has a first free end and a first securement ring having an interior diameter essentially equal to the third diameter and an exterior diameter essentially equal to the second diameter. The first securement ring is in sliding contact with the intermediate extent of the hub.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Inventor: Diana Kopecky
  • Publication number: 20130052627
    Abstract: A time zone tutorial device includes: a panel on which a time circle is disposed, the time circle being divided into 24 equal parts, the 24 equal parts being sequentially counterclockwise marked with numerals to represent time; a time zone turntable disposed on a front face of the panel, the time zone turntable having the form of a disc, the time zone turntable having an Equator circle marked with 24 time zones; an indicator positioned on a rear face of the time zone turntable and synchronously rotatable with the time zone turntable, the indicator having an indication section; and a connection member for sequentially connecting the time zone turntable, the indicator and the panel, whereby the time zone turntable is rotatable relative to the panel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 31, 2011
    Publication date: February 28, 2013
    Inventor: Shui-Tan TZENG
  • Patent number: 8355296
    Abstract: An apparatus for relating time to activity is disclosed. The apparatus discloses an analog clock and a display board having one or more activities where a chosen activity begins at a time indicated by an hour indicator and a minute indicator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2013
    Inventor: Poly A. Endrasik
  • Publication number: 20120308978
    Abstract: The invention comprises an apparatus for learning as illustrated in FIG. 1. The apparatus for learning comprises a means having a primary display function with a periodic change and a secondary means for displaying a range of learning elements, wherein one or more of the range of learning elements are displayed at any one time and are periodically changed in accordance with the periodic change of the primary means.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 23, 2010
    Publication date: December 6, 2012
    Inventor: George Pert
  • Publication number: 20120115120
    Abstract: A kit that may be assembled to produce a device for telling the time or learning to tell the time, more particularly to a device to assist children to learn how to tell the time by reading conventional analog clock. The kit comprises annular members selected from the group consisting of blank annular members, annular members with markings around the periphery dividing the periphery into a plurality of arcs, and mixtures thereof; and a member having a circular transparent face, a peripheral side wall and an optionally removable central boss on which elongated members extending towards the periphery may be mounted.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 9, 2010
    Publication date: May 10, 2012
    Inventor: Page GOOLRICK
  • Publication number: 20120094262
    Abstract: A hand-held personal assistance device for a child, and in particular a young child may take the form of a cell phone, a smart phone, a digital tablet or some other hand-held device preferably sized to be comfortably held and manipulated by a small child. The device may be programmed or otherwise configured to provide a visual and/or audible announcement that utilizes alarms, sounds, music or other triggers to get a child's attention at a desired time for a particular task, and thus helps the child develop a learned association with the announcement and the time for the desired task.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 14, 2011
    Publication date: April 19, 2012
    Inventor: Rachel Brodle
  • Patent number: 7913434
    Abstract: A calendar system comprising multiple (i.e., twelve) magnetic “month” sheets for each calendar month of the year, a magnetic “To Do List” sheet and a magnetic “Six Weeks at a Glance” sheet. Each sheet includes a header section that can variably depict the current month, year and/or day. The system further includes a plurality of magnetic “week” strips for securing to one of the sheets. Each “week” strip includes seven columns each having a day of the week imprinted adjacent thereto. Adjacent each day of the week indicia is a date space to which one of the numbered tabs is secured to appropriately label each day with the corresponding date for the particular week. A plurality of color-coded event tabs are also included for magnetically securing to one of the “week” strips positioned on a “Month” sheet or the “Six Weeks at a Glance” sheet, or directly to the “To Do List” sheet. Each time a week elapses, a “week” strip is moved from the current “Month” sheet to the “Six Weeks at a Glance Sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2011
    Inventor: Nancy A. Olaver
  • Publication number: 20100273137
    Abstract: An aid for teaching the concept of time to children and others may include a working analog clock and a manipulative analog clock having features substantially identical to the working analog clock. The working analog clock may be used alone or in conjunction with the manipulative analog clock. Both clocks each include distinctive non-numerical elements such as distinctive wedge sections representing five minute intervals and distinctive hour and minute hands. The manipulative clock may be used by the child or other user by manually moving one or both of the hands to certain ones of the wedge sections such as a section representing the time of the completion of a desired time interval. At the end of the desired time interval or duration, the corresponding hand on the working clock will be disposed at the corresponding certain one of the wedge sections on the manipulative clock.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 28, 2009
    Publication date: October 28, 2010
    Inventors: Halloween Carter, Kimberly A. Gerber
  • Publication number: 20100203490
    Abstract: Among other things, a programmable timing device allows a user to control a state-changing lamp through a program sequence that permits assignment of an on time, an off time and, optionally, a state-change time, repeatable on a daily cycle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 29, 2010
    Publication date: August 12, 2010
    Inventor: Adam B. Hocherman
  • Publication number: 20100196860
    Abstract: An educational tool for teaching a user, the tool including at least one first member having a plurality of different visual cues, at least one second member associated with the at least one first member, the at least one second member having a plurality of indicia, each indicia corresponding to at least one visual cue on the at least one first member, wherein indicia of the at least one second member are used in increasing levels of difficulty, to trigger the user to associate and identify indicia on the at least one second member with a corresponding visual cue on the at least one first member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 2, 2008
    Publication date: August 5, 2010
    Inventor: Jan Louise Donzow
  • Publication number: 20100047747
    Abstract: An apparatus for educating children includes a first symbol for application to a first article of clothing and a second symbol for application to a second article of clothing. The first article of clothing is worn by a user at a same time as the second article of clothing and the first article of clothing and the second article of clothing are both part of a clothing set. The second symbol is non-identical to the first symbol and the first symbol corresponds to and matches the second symbol based on a relationship of an educational topic.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2009
    Publication date: February 25, 2010
    Inventor: Danielle C. Errigo
  • Publication number: 20100035224
    Abstract: This is a brief description of my idea for children ages 1-5. I have come up with a learning tool to help children connect pictures with words for a daily routine calendar. It is not a typical calendar. It is more of a day to day with times and bonus days. The tool is made out of magnetic receptive paper, magnetic paper, and soft color foam. I have designed a package that goes with it to keep all the magnets. I have enclosed some photos of my idea that I have had copyrighted. I am not sure if my idea needs to be licensed, but if it does I will. I am not wanting to my idea needs a license and maybe a patent. I am not sure. I am not wanting my idea taken from me, cause I know it is the only one that exist and it will be very successful I am praying.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 6, 2008
    Publication date: February 11, 2010
    Inventor: Maria Theresa Minard
  • Publication number: 20090269729
    Abstract: Systems and methods for tracking the passage of time are described. One system includes a predetermined event and a set of counting units, with each counting unit having a first side displaying a number. Each number corresponds to a number of time increments until the predetermined event. Each counting unit has a second side displaying a portion of an image corresponding with the predetermined event, and when the counting units are arranged in a predetermined arrangement the image is produced.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 28, 2008
    Publication date: October 29, 2009
    Inventor: Carol M. McCoy
  • Publication number: 20090246748
    Abstract: The device for teaching the concept of elapsed time is an educational tool for teaching children the concept elapsed time, and how to understand the passage of time, with emphasis on particular time intervals, such as hourly intervals or portions of the day, and activities associated therewith. The device includes an elongated strip having longitudinally opposed first and second ends. The elongated strip further has opposed front and rear surfaces, and a first set of graduated demarcations is formed on the front surface. A first set of indicia are formed on the front surface adjacent the first set of graduated demarcations, with the first set of demarcations and the first set of indicia representing hours of the day. The first set of indicia represents the hours in the form of “1:00 P.M.” or “12:00 A.M”, for example. The first and second ends are preferably joined together to form a loop.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 1, 2008
    Publication date: October 1, 2009
    Inventor: Anthony C. Williams
  • Patent number: 7510399
    Abstract: A clock for teaching time-telling to children has a base with a circular recess containing twelve 30-degree removable wedges forming an annular disk. Each radial edge of each wedge has a semicircular opening that aligns with a complimentary semicircular opening on an adjacent wedge to form a hole that accepts a removable disk numbered from one to twelve. A long pointer and a short pointer pivot about a fastener in a center block, simulating clock hands. Scales denoting minutes, hours, roman numerals, and different color names are arrayed around the perimeter of the circular recess. Each wedge is colored to correspond to a different color name. A child may repeatedly assemble and disassemble the wedges and numbered disks to create a clock face and operate pointers to reinforce time-telling lessons.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2009
    Inventor: William Arthur McNay
  • Publication number: 20080206729
    Abstract: A timer and a watch for managing the behavior of children are disclosed. The timer and watch both utilize linear movement to depict the passage of time, which relates a child's instinctive understanding of speed and distance of linear movement to the passage of time.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 22, 2007
    Publication date: August 28, 2008
    Inventors: Karolyn Woolverton, Frederick Woolverton, Joanna Ferrone
  • Patent number: 7414923
    Abstract: A novel graphical organizational timing device is disclosed. The device indicates tasks or events to be completed within a pre-determined routine using customizable and/or changeable discs attached to a mechanical countdown timer. The device is primarily designed for use with children and adolescents but can be used within any setting in which tasks have to be performed in sequence in a pre-set time period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2008
    Inventor: Moschel Kadokura
  • Publication number: 20080138782
    Abstract: A children's clock comprising a housing, at least one clock display on the housing for displaying time and illustration means for visually illustrating the continuous passage of time to a child who cannot read time. The illustration means is on the housing and is synchronized with the at least one clock display. The clock helps a child to learn concepts of time by providing them with an identifiable visual image to illustrate the continuous passage of time.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 8, 2006
    Publication date: June 12, 2008
    Inventor: Jennifer Klein
  • Publication number: 20070160968
    Abstract: A time-management teaching device includes a clock-like arrangement which moves an indicator at a rate of one revolution per hour, a number of interchangeable annular elements adapted to be deployed around the clock-like arrangement, and a set of activity markers releasably attachable to any of the annular elements Each of the activity markers indicates a corresponding activity to be performed by a user. The activity markers attached to each of the interchangeable annular elements indicate, by association with the time progression indicator arrangement, a corresponding progression of activities to be performed during a plurality of periods of up to one hour.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 8, 2007
    Publication date: July 12, 2007
    Applicant: ACTIVE-LINE LTD.
    Inventors: Ofer Shachrur, Hagit Shachrur
  • Patent number: 7236430
    Abstract: A teaching clock for teaching the concept of elapsed time includes a clock face having a minute hand and an hour hand pivotally mounted to the clock face and an elapsed time indicator having an hour hand and a minute hand that move synchronously with the movement of the clock hands. The hour hand is connected to the minute hand such that pivotal movement of the minute hand about the clock face causes the hour hand to pivot synchronously therewith to designate a progression of hours of the day. The minute hand and hour hand are selectively positionable to display a time of day. The elapsed time display may include a releasable connection connected to the minute hand such that the elapsed time display resets to an initial or zero position upon release of the releasable connection whereby an elapsed time is shown by the elapsed time display between any two selected times of day shown by the minute hand and hour hand on the clock face.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2007
    Assignee: World Class Learning Materials, Inc.
    Inventors: Bruce B. Brown, Pui Yan Chan
  • Patent number: 7211305
    Abstract: A holiday countdown interactive display may include a set of magnetically attachable ornaments that have discrete appearances and functionalities, each ornament being marked with a distinct number associated with the number of days remaining before a holiday. In certain preferred embodiments, the interactive display comprises a plush fabric base generally in the shape of a Christmas tree and containing a plurality of rare earth magnets disposed beneath countdown numbers borne on the exterior of the plush fabric base. The interactive display system may further include a plurality of numbered plush Christmas ornaments each including rare earth magnets, the ornaments adapted to be successively installed on the plush fabric base on the days preceding a holiday event. In various embodiments, the ornaments include power supplies, controllers, vibratory elements, LEDs, speakers, pockets for containing gift items, messages, or the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2007
    Assignee: Hallmark Cards, Incorporated
    Inventors: Therese F. Steiger, Nancy Short, Ruth Donikowski, Kristine Larsen, Keri Lauderdale Olson, Tim Staley
  • Patent number: 7136327
    Abstract: Novel hour and minute hands for teaching reading and passage of time on an analog timepiece. The invention comprises hour and minute hands located centrally and pivotally on the timepiece. The hour hand having at its outer tip a shape through which the hour numerals can be read. The shaft of the hour hand being of a length such that the shape at the tip highlights the correct hour numeral. The shape is sized and positioned on the tip of the hour hand such that when the shaft is set to normal hour hand positions, the correct hour numeral is visible through the shape. The minute hand having at its outer tip a shape through which the minute numerals can be read. The minute hand being of a length such that the hollow shape highlights the correct minute numeral.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2006
    Assignee: Silver Lining Multimedia, Inc
    Inventor: Janet Elise Hopkins
  • Patent number: 7121833
    Abstract: A teaching clock for teaching the concept of elapsed time includes a clock face having a minute hand and an hour hand pivotally mounted to the clock face and an elapsed time indicator having an hour hand and a minute hand that move synchronously with the movement of the clock hands. The hour hand is connected to the minute hand such that pivotal movement of the minute hand about the clock face causes the hour hand to pivot synchronously therewith to designate a progression of hours of the day. The minute hand and hour hand are selectively positionable to display a time of day. The elapsed time display may include a releasable connection connected to the minute hand such that the elapsed time display resets to an initial or zero position upon release of the releasable connection whereby an elapsed time is shown by the elapsed time display between any two selected times of day shown by the minute hand and hour hand on the clock face.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2006
    Assignee: World Class Learning Materials Inc.
    Inventors: Bruce B. Brown, Pui Yan Chan
  • Patent number: 7029034
    Abstract: A calendar is provided for behavior modification as well as a method for using the same. The calendar has calendar sheets and informational sheets. The calendar has objectives sections, data collection sections, analysis sections, non-date pages and/or detachable pages for use by an individual. The calendar may be customized and/or pre-designed for an individual or by the individual. In use, the behavior information may be recorded on the calendar sheet. Information associated with daily, weekly, and/or monthly behavior may be recorded. The information may include weekly and/or monthly averages and/or summations, delta calculations, and/or minimum/maximum data. The calendar may be adapted to measure or track indicators, such as, for example, developmental progress, caloric intake, amount and type of exercise, amount of fat, sodium or sugar, amount of cigarettes smoked, blood pressure measurements, weight gain or the like. A bottom space may also be provided to record monthly goals and/or objectives.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2006
    Inventor: Patricia M. Newell
  • Patent number: 6966779
    Abstract: An educational audio visual clock having an image window adjacent each numeral on the clock face to show the images of twelve Presidents of the United States at any given time. Images are on an image plate behind the clock face and display the images of the first twelve presidents from midnight until noon wherein the image plate is rotated to reveal the images of the second twelve Presidents of the United States for the next twelve hours, at which point the image wheel returns to its original position. At the top of each hour an LED illuminates the corresponding presidential image and an audio device plays an audio clip related to that president.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2005
    Inventor: Davidson Bachelor
  • Patent number: 6962494
    Abstract: A teaching aid for teaching a user how to tell time. The teaching aid includes a clock assembly comprising a face member and a plurality of arm members. The arm members is rotatably coupled to the face member of the clock assembly whereby the arm members are designed for indicating a time to the user when the arm members are rotated with respect to the face member. A clockwork assembly is operationally coupled to the arm members. The clockwork assembly is for rotating the arm members with respect to the face member for indicating the time of day. A stimulus assembly is operationally coupled to the clockwork assembly whereby the stimulus assembly is designed for providing audio and visual stimulus to the user to indicate the time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2005
    Inventor: Robyn Olson
  • Patent number: 6712616
    Abstract: The invention relates to a system (20) and a method and signal used for broadcasting of a media package (28). In the media package, a name list is established for a predetermined period of days or on a day by day basis and includes one name for every day of the period. The list could be established by a software program providing names from a name database. A media channel is used for broadcasting a name of the day media package (28) comprising at least a presentation of the at least name corresponding to the day of a broadcast (40). The media channel presents the media package (28) on a display (24), whereby an audience is educated about each presented name and its history.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2004
    Assignee: Vision & Waves AB
    Inventor: Björn Albrektson
  • Publication number: 20040029091
    Abstract: Clock-learning aid combination is a truly unique solution for children of all ages and anybody else who wishes to enhance their skill of learning vocabulary and other subjects.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 7, 2003
    Publication date: February 12, 2004
    Inventor: Marat Gitman
  • Patent number: 6614727
    Abstract: The present invention is a children's sleeptime timer and clock device. It includes (a) a housing adapted to contain and display at least one clock and to contain (b) at least one clock; and (c) a sleeptime display timer contained within the housing, which contains: (i) a moveable, three dimensional display having at least two three dimensional illustrations, wherein, when a first three dimensional illustration is openly displayed, at least a second three dimensional illustration is hidden from view, and when the second three dimensional illustration is openly displayed, at least the first three dimensional illustration is hidden from view, and wherein the first three dimensional illustration relates to a child's sleeptime; (ii) a step-up mechanism connected to the three dimensional display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2003
    Inventor: Patricia E. McGuire
  • Publication number: 20030099923
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for predicting characteristics of a person including a first wheel, a second wheel and connecting means. The first wheel is divided into outer divisions and includes corresponding indicia indicating the months of the year and the days of each month. The first wheel is further divided into twelve inner divisions with indicia indicating the symbols of the Zodiac. The second wheel is divided into twenty-four additional divisions and includes indicia indicating the hours of the day. The second wheel also includes an indicator window within which an operator may view a symbol of the Zodiac. The first and second wheel are arranged so that at least some indicia on the first and second wheel are simultaneously viewable by an operator. A companion guide may be consulted to predict characteristics of a person based on the viewable indicia and other criteria.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2001
    Publication date: May 29, 2003
    Inventor: Carlos Vintes Pender
  • Patent number: 6478583
    Abstract: A child educational entertainment device is provided including a housing with a display mounted thereon. Further included is a control mechanism positioned within the housing and adapted to be prompt a user to enter an amount of time. Once the time has been entered, a decrementing timer is displayed to count down from the entered amount of time. The control mechanism has at least one mode wherein it is adapted to graphically display the decrementing timer. Further, additional modes are included for entertainment purposes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2002
    Inventors: Jocelyn D. Standiford, Candius L. Edgerle
  • Publication number: 20020155418
    Abstract: The invention relates to a system (20) and a method and signal used for broadcasting of a media package (28). In the media package, a name list is established for a predetermined period of days or on a day by day basis and includes one name for every day of the period. The list could be established by a software program providing names from a name database. A media channel is used for broadcasting a name of the day media package (28) comprising at least a presentation of the at least name corresponding to the day of a broadcast (40). The media channel presents the media package (28) on a display (24), whereby an audience is educated about each presented name and its history.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 23, 2001
    Publication date: October 24, 2002
    Applicant: Vision & Waves AB
    Inventor: Bjorn Albrektson
  • Patent number: 6406301
    Abstract: A teaching device adapted to teach the reading of an analogue clock face comprising first and second components one of which is transparent, one of said components being marked to represent a clock face displaying minutes and on which a minute clock had can be manually rotated and the other of said components being marked to represent a clock face displaying hours and on which an hour clock hand can be manually rotated, and means for removably connecting said first and second components together with said minute and hour clock face superimposed one above the other to display a complete analogue clock face showing hours and minutes and having hour and minute hands.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2002
    Inventor: John Michael Richards
  • Patent number: 6361325
    Abstract: The present invention is children's sleeptime timer and clock device. It includes a housing which contains and displays a clock, such as a digital clock, and/or an analog clock, and contains a sleeptime display timer. The sleeptime display timer contained within the housing includes a display wheel having at least two illustrations wherein when a first illustration is openly displayed at least a second illustration is hidden from view and vice versa and wherein at least the first illustration relates to a child's sleeptime. There is also a step-up drive mechanism connected to the display wheel and adapted to maintain the display wheel in a first position and then shift it to a second position and vice versa, at predetermined times. There is also a timing mechanism to operate the set-up drive mechanism at the first and second predetermined times to rotate the display wheel, as well as a setting mechanism to permit setting of the first and the second predetermined times.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2002
    Inventor: Patricia E. McGuire
  • Patent number: 6354841
    Abstract: An educational toy clock which has a base with a plurality of spaced apart recesses about the outer periphery thereof reflecting the number positions of a clock face. The base further includes a central recess. A rotatable mounting unit is provided for receipt in the central recess of the base. A pair of clock hands are adapted to be removably mounted in the mounting unit for rotation therewith. A plurality of disc members which cooperate with the bottoms of the recesses are provided, the disc members each having a color and number from 1 to 12. A plurality of dowel members are provided for receipt in the recesses, the dowel members having first and second ends.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2002
    Inventor: W. Lorne Bradt
  • Publication number: 20010051328
    Abstract: A teaching device adapted to teach the reading of an analogue clock face comprising first and second components one of which is transparent, one of said components being marked to represent a clock face displaying minutes and on which a minute clock had can be manually rotated and the other of said components being marked to represent a clock face displaying hours and on which an hour clock hand can be manually rotated, and means for removably connecting said first and second components together with said minute and hour clock face superimposed one above the other to display a complete analogue clock face showing hours and minutes and having hour and minute hands.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 18, 2000
    Publication date: December 13, 2001
    Inventor: John Michael Richards
  • Patent number: 6280200
    Abstract: Disclosed are embodiments of a non-Julian calendar for informing a child in determining daily intervals preceding a date of significance. A preferred multilayer embodiment comprises a lower layer having a first top surface; an upper layer disposed above said lower layer and having a second top surface; a plurality of polygonal tabs formed in said upper layer, said tabs having a front surface and a back surface, said tabs being movable from a closed to an open position; a printed artistic design or image disposed on said second top surface; a plurality of printed unique designators disposed on said second top surface, one unique designator being located on the front surface of each tab, the printed unique designators functioning to define the order in which the tabs are to be opened; and a plurality of printed message/activity areas, one printed message/activity area being revealed by the movement of a tab from a closed position to an open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2001
    Inventor: Laura Jo E. Cunningham
  • Patent number: 6243959
    Abstract: A measuring and instructional device containing a base panel having a top surface and perimeter bounded by at least one edge, with the top surface having evenly spaced apart linear rulings perpendicularly disposed to the edge and defining a non-linear standard unit of measure; and a top transparent sheet having a top surface and a perimeter bounded by at least one edge, wherein the top transparent sheet top surface has evenly spaced apart linear rulings perpendicularly disposed to the long edge of the top transparent sheet and defining fractional increments of the non-linear standard unit of measure; wherein the transparent sheet is positionable over the base panel so that the fractional increments of the unit of measure may be aligned with the units of measure to demonstrate the relationship between the unit of measure and the fractional increments thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 1999
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2001
    Inventor: Donna L. Monck
  • Patent number: 6071124
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a device that teaches how to tell time from an analog clock. More particularly, the invention relates to the integration of an analog clock and a digital clock into one single time teaching unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 1998
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2000
    Assignee: Hope Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph Ang, Godfred E. Tong
  • Patent number: 6039574
    Abstract: A child educational entertainment device is provided including a housing with a display mounted thereon. Further included is a control mechanism positioned within the housing and adapted to prompt a user to enter an amount of time. Once the time has been entered, a decrementing timer is displayed to count down from the entered amount of time. The control mechanism has at least one mode wherein it is adapted to graphically display the decrementing timer. Further, additional modes are included for entertainment purposes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2000
    Inventors: Jocelyn D. Standiford, Candius L. Edgerle
  • Patent number: 6030228
    Abstract: An educational system is provided including a recipient surface such as a cloth or base having a plurality of entities positioned thereon which are selected from the group of entities including colors, shapes, alphabetic characters, and numbers. Also included are marbles and figurines for being removably positioned adjacent to the entities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 1999
    Date of Patent: February 29, 2000
    Inventor: Thalia I. Armstrong
  • Patent number: 5934707
    Abstract: A message calendar for suggesting engaging in specified activities on a selected day in the future. The calendar has a main panel bearing indicia corresponding to all days and months of a calendar year. Masks are removably placed on the calendar to indicate a selected activity and a selected day. Each mask is configured to bear a pictorial device symbolic of the intended activity. Each mask has an opening for revealing indicia corresponding to the selected day and for concealing indicia corresponding to adjacent days. Additionally, removably adhered members bearing messages rendered in written languages may be adhered to further comment on proposed activities. The calendar includes a clock face having movable hands and an area devoid of indicia for storing masks and members bearing written messages by adherence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 10, 1999
    Inventor: Joyce W. Johnson
  • Patent number: 5903990
    Abstract: A Chinese sexagenary cycle calendar including a calendar stand, a celestial stem ball marked with the 10 celestial stem signs and revolvably supported within a ball socket at a front side of the calendar stand, and 12 individual animal pictures and one 12-animal table arranged in a loose-leaf manner and fastened to the calendar stand by a coil, the 12 individual animal pictures showing respectively the 12 animals of the 12 Terrestrial Branches and respectively marked with the 12 terrestrial branch signs, the 12-animal table comprising 12 animal blocks showing the 12 animals of the 12 terrestrial branches and marked with the 12 terrestrial branch signs respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 1997
    Date of Patent: May 18, 1999
    Inventor: Yeh-Sheng Huang
  • Patent number: 5863205
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a learning clock for assisting teachers to teach students how to tell time and learn the correspondence between the time of day according to a traditional clock face or "analog" and the time of day according to strictly numerals or "digital." The clock includes a traditional clock face having an hour hand and a minute hand which are manually rotatable about the clock face and numerals about the clock face for both the hours of the day and the minutes of the hour. The clock also includes a pair of disks for establishing a time of day using strictly numbers. The methods of establishing a time of day operate independent of each other, allowing for a student to match one method to the other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 1997
    Date of Patent: January 26, 1999
    Inventor: Katherine Martens
  • Patent number: 5851118
    Abstract: A teaching clock comprising an analog clock face having numeric indicia of hour and minute disposed about its periphery, an hour hand and a minute hand pivotally mounted and substantially centrally disposed proximate to the analog clock face, a digital time display disposed adjacent to the analog clock face, and a gear assembly responsive to movement of the minute hand for conforming a time displayed by the digital time display to a time indicated by the hour hand and the minute hand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 1996
    Date of Patent: December 22, 1998
    Assignee: Learning Resources, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard M. Woldenberg, Yuen Po Man
  • Patent number: 5738526
    Abstract: A toy doll for teaching time of day and time relationships for daily activities, including a hollow body housing a speaker and an associated memory, the memory including controls for storage of selected words for announcement by the speaker, a display unit attached to the exterior of the toy doll including individually selectable display figures, and operator control buttons attached to the exterior of the doll for activating the speaker and the display unit. Means are also included for activation of a time of day display and announcement on demand, and for activation of preset alarms and announcements on demand for review purposes and for education of the intended user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 1996
    Date of Patent: April 14, 1998
    Inventors: Juan J. Cerda, Jose Berenguer
  • Patent number: 5662479
    Abstract: A time teaching aid for teaching the concept of remaining time and elapsed time comprises a stationary face with a plurality of numerical indicia marks arranged around the face in a generally clockwise pattern, and successive indicia marks decreasing in value in a clockwise direction from a twelve-o'clock position. A rotating face rotates in the clockwise direction on the stationary face and exposes a portion thereof in front of the stationary face during rotation. A time hand rotates in synchronization with the rotating face and points to the numerical indicia marks on the stationary face.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 2, 1997
    Inventor: Janice L. Rogers