Timekeeping (e.g., Clock, Calendar, Stopwatch) Patents (Class 702/178)
  • Patent number: 8570839
    Abstract: A time-information obtaining apparatus is provided with an input waveform data pattern generating unit for sampling a received standard-time radio wave signal to generate an input waveform data pattern, an internal time counting unit for generate a base time, a calculation-waveform data pattern generating unit for generating plural calculation-waveform data patterns based on the base time, an invalid-bit detecting unit for detecting in the plural calculation-waveform data patterns, invalid bits not to be compared with the input waveform data pattern, an error counting unit for comparing the sample values of valid bits of the plural calculation-waveform data patterns with the invalid bits removed and the corresponding sample values of the input waveform data pattern to detect discrepancies between them, and a present-time correcting unit for correcting the base time based on the calculation-waveform data pattern having the smallest number of errors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Assignee: Casio Computer Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Keiichi Nomura, Hideo Abe
  • Patent number: 8562489
    Abstract: A device for monitoring athletic performance of a user has a wristband configured to be worn by the user. An electronic module is removably attached to the wristband. The electronic module has a controller and a screen and a plurality of user inputs operably associated with the controller. The user inputs include a user input configured to be applied by the user against the screen and in a direction generally normal to the screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Maximillian P. Burton, Matt Capozzi, Jamian R. Cobbett, James Molyneux, Aaron B. Weast
  • Patent number: 8463578
    Abstract: A hardware based utilization metering device, and a corresponding method are used in a computer system having one or more central processor units (CPUs) to provide a measure of CPU utilization. The device includes a state indicator coupled to a CPU. The state indicator receives an indication when the CPU is in a first state, which may be a busy state. A counter coupled to the state indicator and coupled to a system clock, receives a measure of system time from the system clock and receives data related to the indication when the CPU is in the first state, and generates a counter value indicative of time the CPU is in the first state. A data usage provider coupled to the counter maintains a non-volatile value of the counter value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventor: Edgar Circenis
  • Patent number: 8458364
    Abstract: A device having frame receiving and processing capabilities and a method for receiving and processing frames. The method includes: receiving a frame; associating a frame timestamp with the frame; storing the frame and the associated timestamp at a certain buffer out of a group of buffers; generating a valid timing information frame indicator if the received frame is a valid timing information frame; and storing the valid timing information frame indicator at a certain buffer descriptor associated with the certain buffer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Assignee: Freescale Semiconductor, Inc.
    Inventors: Yaron Alankry, Eran Glickman, Erez Parnes, Daniel Rozovsky
  • Patent number: 8433539
    Abstract: Status monitoring of a wind turbine is automatically performed, and evaluation of that status is quantitatively performed according to an appropriate criterion. Provided is a wind turbine monitoring device including a first storage unit in which a diagnostic data file is stored; a second storage unit in which a normal data file is stored; a diagnostics setting unit that that extracts and sets a plurality of datasets to be used in diagnosis from the first storage unit and that extracts and sets a plurality of datasets to be used in diagnosis from the second storage unit; an index-value calculating unit that calculates status index values representing the status of the wind turbine using a statistical calculation method, on the basis of the set datasets in the diagnostic data file and the datasets in the reference data file; a fault determining unit that evaluates the status of the wind turbine on the basis of the status index values; and a notification unit that notifies the result of this evaluation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2013
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd.
    Inventors: Masahito Ishioka, Yasuyuki Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 8405663
    Abstract: There is described a mobile device comprising a display screen for displaying an image of a clock having a resolution of at least a first digit representing a tenth of a second and a second digit representing a hundredth of a second; and a processor having an internal clock, the processor adapted to update at least the first digit of the image of the clock on the display screen with true elapsed time, and to update the second digit with a non-true number.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2013
    Assignee: Research In Motion Limited
    Inventors: Earl Wikkerink, Steve Chung
  • Publication number: 20130073256
    Abstract: In a timer module having at least two output channels, the at least two output channels are configurable in such a way that they generate redundant output signals, and the generation of the redundant output signals begins synchronously. In addition, the timer module has provides a comparison of the redundant output signals by an EXOR logic operation and stores a result of the EXOR logic operation in a way that allows the result to be retained for an erroneous comparison until it is reset by an access.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 17, 2011
    Publication date: March 21, 2013
    Inventors: Eberhard Boehl, Stephen Schmitt, Juergen Hanisch
  • Patent number: 8396687
    Abstract: An airtime sensor for board sports includes a detector for generating signals representative of vibration associated with motion of a board sports vehicle along a surface. State machine logic filters the signals through a first low pass filter, filters the signals through a second low pass filter, and combines filtered signals from the first and second low pass filters to determine airtime.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2013
    Assignee: PhatRat Technology, LLC
    Inventors: Curtis A. Vock, Adrian F. Larkin, Burl W. Amsbury, Perry Youngs
  • Patent number: 8392046
    Abstract: An internal combustion engine is controlled by a plurality of partially reliability-relevant functional units. Every reliability-relevant functional unit comprises at least one functional module and at least one monitoring module. The monitoring module is separate from the functional module associated therewith and monitors the functioning of the functional module. The control device also comprises a higher order monitoring functional group. The monitoring module has an entry point for communication with the higher order monitoring functional group. When an error is detected, the monitoring module signals the error to the higher order monitoring functional group using the entry point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Assignee: Continental Automotive GmbH
    Inventors: Dirk Geyer, Marco Kick, Markus Kraus
  • Patent number: 8373548
    Abstract: A highly portable, vertically-standing RFID tag reader, referred to as a “bollard,” is presented. The bollard includes a vertical element supporting an internal RFID tuner component above the surface on which the bollard rests. Additionally, each bollard includes a base element that provides vertical stability to the vertical element and a plurality of internal components. The internal components include the following: a power system, a processor, a tuner component, and a wireless interface. The power system provides power to the powered components of the bollard. The processor directs and/or executes the functions of the bollard with regard to an event in which the bollard is configured to participate. The tuner component is configured to read RFID tags that come within RFID communication range of the bollard. The wireless interface component is configured to provide wireless communications between the bollard and an operator console.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2013
    Assignee: Orbiter, LLC
    Inventors: Gregory M. Stewart, Darwin T. Scott
  • Patent number: 8365005
    Abstract: Methods of registering events in a wind power system comprising at least two data processors. The data processors of said wind power system are mutually time synchronized. Events are registered in said at least two data processors. The timing of said events registered in different of said at least two data processors is established according to said time synchronization. Events may be registered and preferably analyzed according to a common timing. The event analysis makes it possible to establish an analysis where events of different wind turbines are basically interrelated and where information regarding such interrelation may be important or crucial for establishment of control or fault detection based on correctly timed events from different wind turbines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Assignee: Vestas Wind Systems A/S
    Inventors: John Bengtson, Bo Lovmand, Tage Kristensen, Niels Erik Danielsen
  • Publication number: 20130018631
    Abstract: A method for measuring time includes setting a clock mask by a starting signal and an ending signal generated upon commencement of measurement and termination of measurement, respectively; obtaining a cycle number of a reference signal under the clock mask to calculate a preliminary time; correcting the preliminary time according to a plurality of phase shift signals generated based on the reference signal; and minimizing an error of the preliminary time by increasing the quantity of the phase shift signals. The method enhances the accuracy of the measured time, times up time measurement, and reduces the required circuit areas. A system for measuring time is further introduced for use with the method.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 29, 2011
    Publication date: January 17, 2013
    Inventors: MING-HUNG CHOU, CHING-FENG HSIEH
  • Publication number: 20130013254
    Abstract: The present invention makes it possible to measure a precision event time in such a way to make a reference data in accordance with a standard time reference frequency signal and to make a measurement data by using an apparatus with the same structure as a reference data with respect to a signal to be measured and to compare the measurement data with a reference data, whereby temperature effects can be minimized by making the time changes due to temperature changes occurring between two apparatuses happen equally, by providing the same structure and parts to a reference signal circuit apparatus for an event time measurement and a signal circuit apparatus to be measured, and the zero point adjustment is performed during the real time operation, so the system is not needed to stop.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 21, 2011
    Publication date: January 10, 2013
    Inventors: Seung Cheol BANG, Hyung Chul LIM, Jong Uk PARK
  • Publication number: 20120316832
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a maintenance method for a piece of equipment (2) of a vehicle (1) including an anti-vibration system (3). In the method, a device (10) determines a first number (D1) of hours of operation of said equipment (2) while said anti-vibration system (3) was operating in a normal mode of operation and a second number (D2) of hours of operation while said anti-vibration system (3) was operating in a degraded mode of operation. Said second number (D2) is then converted into a third number (D3) by applying a predetermined conversion relationship. Under such circumstances, action is taken on said equipment (2) when the sum of the first number (D1) plus the third number (D3) reaches a predetermined threshold (D0).
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 31, 2012
    Publication date: December 13, 2012
    Applicant: EUROCOPTER
    Inventor: Richard Piré
  • Patent number: 8306636
    Abstract: An operator interface terminal receives individual data points from a machine at individual time points. The operator interface terminal correlates the individual data points to the individual time points as the data points are received. The operator interface terminal transfers the data points correlated to the time points to a central information system. The operator interface terminal receives a control instruction from an operator. The operator interface terminal processes the control instruction to transfer a control signal to the machine, wherein the control signal drives the machine to operate based on the control instruction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2012
    Assignee: Rockwell Automation Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric Glenn Dorgelo, Brian Alexander Wall
  • Patent number: 8301412
    Abstract: A method includes defining a hierarchy associated with a test system including a plurality of test units for testing integrated circuit devices. At least some of the test units have a plurality of sockets. The hierarchy includes a first level including a first plurality of entities each associated with one of the sockets and at least a second level including a second plurality of entities each associated with a grouping of the sockets. State data associated with operational states of the sockets is received. A set of state metrics is generated for each entity at each level of the hierarchy based on the state data. Each set of state metrics identifies time spent in the operational states.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Assignee: GLOBALFOUNDRIES Inc.
    Inventors: Eric O. Green, Morgan R. Bickle, Yeo-Ming Sk Koh
  • Patent number: 8296791
    Abstract: Media monitoring and measurement systems and methods are disclosed. Some embodiments of the present invention provide a media measurement system and method that utilizes audience data to enhance content identifications. Some embodiments analyze media player log data to enhance content identification. Other embodiments of the present invention analyze sample sequence data to enhance content identifications. Other embodiments analyze sequence data to enhance content identification and/or to establish channel identification. Yet other embodiments provide a system and method in which sample construction and selection parameters are adjusted based upon identification results. Yet other embodiments provide a method in which play-altering activity of an audience member is deduced from content offset values of identifications corresponding to captured samples.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Assignee: Anonymous Media Research LLC
    Inventors: Jonathan S. Steuer, Christopher Otto
  • Patent number: 8280682
    Abstract: A device for monitoring movement of shipped goods and a related improvement include a detector for generating a signal in response to movement of the device during shipping when associated with the goods. A processor processes the signal to generate one or more movement events, and time-tags the movement events with time of occurrence information from a clock. A GPS chip locates the device, data from the GPS chip providing location information of where each of the movement events occurred. A first communications port communicates each movement event, tagged with the time of occurrence information and location information, to a receiver remote from the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2012
    Assignee: TVIPR, LLC
    Inventors: Curtis A. Vock, Adrian F. Larkin, Burl W. Amsbury, Perry Youngs
  • Publication number: 20120239342
    Abstract: A method, non-transitory computer readable medium, and apparatus that includes obtaining, by a dosimetry computing device, sensor readings from at least one sensor. An event is identified, by the dosimetry computing device, based on at least one of one or more of the obtained sensor readings or one or more determinations based on the obtained sensor readings meeting one or more selection. At least one of the one or more determinations or the sensor readings which meet one or more of the selection criteria when the event is identified is stored by the dosimetry computing device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 10, 2012
    Publication date: September 20, 2012
    Applicant: ROCHESTER INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
    Inventors: David A. BORKHOLDER, Brian Derek DeBUSSCHERE
  • Patent number: 8265902
    Abstract: A circuit measures a time interval between a first event and a second event. One or more activity inputs receive a respective signal indicating the first and second events. For each activity input, a respective high-speed serial receiver includes a sampling circuit and a deserializer. The sampling circuit generates sample bits from sampling the respective signal at active edges of a clock signal. The deserializer converts the sample bits into a sequence of parallel data words. The sample bits undergo a first change in response to the first event and a second change in response to the second event. An arithmetic circuit receives the sequence of parallel data words from the respective high-speed serial receiver. The arithmetic circuit determines a number of the sample bits between the first and second changes in the sequence of parallel data words. The number measures the time interval between the first and second events.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Assignee: Xilinx, Inc.
    Inventors: Noel J. Brady, Lionel Barker, Peter H. Alfke
  • Publication number: 20120173198
    Abstract: A method for determining changes between states of a land vehicle is disclosed. The method involves the initial steps of sampling a signal having a signal parameter representing the driving motions of said land vehicle, defining a lower threshold and an upper threshold for said signal parameter. The method further involves the subsequent steps of determining a change from parked to driving if the present state is parked and if said signal parameter is greater than said upper threshold, or alternatively determining a change from driving to parked if the present state is driving and if said signal parameter is smaller than said lower threshold. An automatic parking disc performing the method is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 12, 2009
    Publication date: July 5, 2012
    Inventor: Klaus Larsen
  • Publication number: 20120166138
    Abstract: A real time clock for outputting data indicating a time of day includes: an event detection circuit for detecting that an event detection signal has been inputted from outside; a timing circuit for generating the time-of-day data according to a signal outputted from an oscillator circuit; a memory; and a control circuit for, if the event detection circuit detects input of the event detection signal, recording event data in the memory, the event data including additional data indicating an operating state of the real time clock and the time-of-day data generated by the timing circuit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 2, 2012
    Publication date: June 28, 2012
    Applicant: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Toru SHIROTORI, Toshiya Usuda
  • Patent number: 8195426
    Abstract: Data analysis systems and related methods. An implementation of a method of determining a relationship between a variable of interest and one or more process variables represented by a corresponding plurality of tags may include accessing a data historian including historical data including a variable of interest and a plurality of tags. The method may include defining a plurality of bins, retrieving historical data corresponding with the plurality of bins using the data historian, filtering the historical data for each of the plurality of bins using one or more filters to produce filtered historical data, generating an output display using the filtered historical data for the variable of interest and each of the plurality of tags, and determining which of the plurality of tags correlate with the variable of interest using the output display. The output display may include an overlay CUSUM chart and a correlation plot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2012
    Inventor: John Antanies
  • Publication number: 20120109578
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for time tracking. A method for time tracking can include parsing contents of an application page accessed by a user and displaying a time tracker user interface to the user responsive to detecting time tracking context information within the contents of the application page. The time tracker user interface can indicate a current item associated with the application page and against which time can be logged. The method can include logging time against the current item, adding the current item and associated logged time information to a maintained list of items against which time has been logged, and providing the items of the maintained list and associated logged time information to a time sheet application page accessed by the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 28, 2010
    Publication date: May 3, 2012
    Inventors: Subir Parulekar, Sandeep Subhash Khabiya, Rajmohan Rajamariappan
  • Publication number: 20120072172
    Abstract: An electronic timing system is provided for timing of athletic events including a radio-frequency identification antenna, a portable timing controller, a remote server, and a radio-frequency identification timing tag. The portable timing controller includes one or more radio-frequency identification readers, and a touch-panel computer electrically coupled to the one or more readers to manage data coming into said one or more readers. The controller further includes first input/output means for exchanging data with said radio-frequency identification antenna, and second input/output means for exchanging data with a remote server. The controller also may be powered by portable, user replaceable lithium-ion batteries. The radio-frequency identification timing tag is configured for attachment to an athlete. The timing tag and antenna include means for wirelessly communicating data between one another.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 28, 2010
    Publication date: March 22, 2012
    Applicant: CHRONOTRACK SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventor: Daniel R. Howell
  • Publication number: 20120065932
    Abstract: Time tracking technology, in which a time tracking tool tracks time spent in completing one or more tasks. The time tracking tool may perform operations related to tracking time based on activity of a computer operating the time tracking tool relative to status of the time tracking tool. In addition, the time tracking tool may track a continuous time an issue has been in need of resolution, track a working time that indicates an amount of time spent working on resolving the issue, and provide alerts based on application of one or more alert trigger rules to the tracked continuous time and the tracked working time. Further, the time tracking tool may provide reports that include category and sub-category information for tracked timing data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 27, 2011
    Publication date: March 15, 2012
    Applicant: ACCENTURE GLOBAL SERVICES LIMITED
    Inventors: Jose B. Catipon, JR., Eli June T. Infante
  • Patent number: 8090972
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method of registering events in a wind power system comprising at least two data processors, wherein the data processors of said wind power system are mutually time synchronized, wherein events are registered in said at least two data processors, wherein the timing of said events registered in different of said at least two data processors is established according to said time synchronization. According to an advantageous embodiment of the invention, events may be registered and preferably analyzed according to a common timing. This analyzing makes it possible to establish an analysis where events of different wind turbines are basically interrelated and where information regarding such interrelation is important or crucial for establishment of control or fault detection based on correctly timed events from different wind turbines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2012
    Assignee: Vestas Wind Systems A/S
    Inventors: John Bengtson, Bo Lovmand, Tage Kristensen, Niels Erik Danielsen
  • Patent number: 8085136
    Abstract: A highly portable, vertically-standing RFID tag reader, referred to as a “bollard,” is presented. The bollard includes a vertical element supporting an internal RFID tuner component above the surface on which the bollard rests. Additionally, each bollard includes a base element that provides vertical stability to the vertical element and a plurality of internal components. The internal components include the following: a power system, a processor, a tuner component, and a wireless interface. The power system provides power to the powered components of the bollard. The processor directs and/or executes the functions of the bollard with regard to an event in which the bollard is configured to participate. The tuner component is configured to read RFID tags that come within RFID communication range of the bollard. The wireless interface component is configured to provide wireless communications between the bollard and an operator console.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2011
    Assignee: Orbiter, LLC
    Inventors: Gregory M. Stewart, Darwin T. Scott
  • Patent number: 8073651
    Abstract: A received waveform memory 22 stores one (1) frame of received waveform data acquired by sampling a signal including a time code with a predetermined sampling period, where each sample is represented by a plurality of bits. Correlation value calculating sections 24-26 compare the received waveform data with one (1) frame of first prediction code data corresponding to a code of a position marker or a marker, where each sample is represented by a plurality of bits, one (1) frame of second prediction code data corresponding to a code “0”, and one (1) frame of third prediction code data corresponding to a code “1” respectively. Correlation value comparing section 27 compares the first, second and third correlation values with one another to specify the prediction code data whose correlation is largest to output the code data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2011
    Assignee: Casio Computer Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hideo Abe
  • Patent number: 8065173
    Abstract: A computer-readable electronic services management system for a mobile communications network, comprising a distributed network of agents in the form of collaborative autonomous software agents wherein the agents are configured to represent and act on behalf of a user and to communicate with each other to manage, for the user, one or more electronic services (e.g. electronic messages, a purchase etc.) via the user's communications devices. Multiple types of agents include a primary personal agent, a primary creation agent for creating other agents and subordinate agents, and a primary destruction agent for destroying agents meeting pre-determined criteria based on a threshold value in relation to an agent value coefficient. Collaboration between agents is by a private user whiteboard facility whereby collaborating agents post to the whiteboard addressed electronic services, including service tasks to be performed for the user, and extract from the whiteboard electronic services addressed to them.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2011
    Inventors: Suhayya Abu-Hakima, Kenneth E. Grigg
  • Publication number: 20110282625
    Abstract: A time interval measuring system is disclosed. In one embodiment, the time interval measuring system includes a plurality of time interval analyzers, each having a resolution that differs from a resolution of at least one other time interval analyzer in the plurality of time interval analyzers. The plurality of time interval analyzers are configured to receive a first event signal representing a first event, receive a second event signal representing a second event, and generate digital first estimates representing a time difference between the first event and the second event. The time interval measuring system further includes a post-processing unit configured to receive the digital first estimates and combine the digital first estimates according to at least one algorithm to generate a digital second estimate representing the time difference between the first event and the second event having higher precision than each of the digital first estimates.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 11, 2011
    Publication date: November 17, 2011
    Applicants: KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN, K.U. LEUVEN R&D, IMEC
    Inventors: Jan Craninckx, Kameswaran Vengattaramane, Jonathan Borremans
  • Patent number: 8035492
    Abstract: A device for detecting an installation error of satellite sensors on opposite sides of a vehicle is provided, which device detects the installation error based on a signal comparison between a door contact signal and a signal of one of the satellite (door acceleration) sensors during closing of a side door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2011
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Markus Fislage, Christophe Kolb
  • Patent number: 8032234
    Abstract: A condition of an industrial process is diagnosed based upon process variable information related to a value of a measured process variable. Histogram information is calculated based upon the determined process variable information and time information related to a duration of time the measured process variable has the value. Condition of the industrial process is diagnosed based upon the calculated histogram information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2011
    Assignee: Rosemount Inc.
    Inventors: Scot R. Foss, Terry A. Cureton
  • Publication number: 20110196651
    Abstract: A Sensor Web formed of a number of different sensor pods. Each of the sensor pods include a clock which is synchronized with a master clock so that all of the sensor pods in the Web have a synchronized clock. The synchronization is carried out by first using a coarse synchronization which takes less power, and subsequently carrying out a fine synchronization to make a fine sync of all the pods on the Web. After the synchronization, the pods ping their neighbors to determine which pods are listening and responded, and then only listen during time slots corresponding to those pods which respond.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 11, 2011
    Publication date: August 11, 2011
    Applicant: CALIFORNIA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
    Inventors: Kevin A. Delin, Shannon P. Jackson
  • Publication number: 20110183299
    Abstract: A shooting range management system that includes at least one shot detection transducer configured to detect the exit of a shot fired from a ballistic weapon and at least one impact detector configured to detect the impact of the shot on a target. The system further comprises a receiver connected to the at least one shot detection transducer and the at least one impact detector, the receiver including a timer configured to time the firing of at least one shot and to time the impact of the at least one shot and produce a data record thereof, and a display connected to the receiver, the display configured to display the data record of the receiver.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 25, 2011
    Publication date: July 28, 2011
    Inventor: Ehud DRIBBEN
  • Publication number: 20110131010
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a lap time measurement system. The lap time measurement system includes a management server and sensor nodes deployed at respective measurement points. Each of the sensor nodes includes a Global Positioning System (GPS) reception unit, a sensor unit for detecting whether a moving object has passed through a corresponding measurement point, a communication unit for transmitting and receiving data to and from the management server, and a control unit for updating an internal timer based on the time information, determining time data of the internal timer to be passage time data, and transmitting the determined passage time data. The management server receives the passage time data from the respective sensor nodes, calculates times at which the moving object has passed through the measurement points and lap times for respective measurement intervals based on the received passage time data, and provides the calculated times and calculated lap times.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 17, 2008
    Publication date: June 2, 2011
    Applicant: GANGNEUNG-WONJU NATIONAL UNIVERSITY INDUSTRY ACADEMY COOPERATION GROUP
    Inventors: Tae-Yun Chung, Yong-Soon Park, Hyung-Bong Lee
  • Patent number: 7949413
    Abstract: An operator interface terminal receives individual data points from a machine at individual time points. The operator interface terminal correlates the individual data points to the individual time points as the data points are received. The operator interface terminal transfers the data points correlated to the time points to a central information system. The operator interface terminal receives a control instruction from an operator. The operator interface terminal processes the control instruction to transfer a control signal to the machine, wherein the control signal drives the machine to operate based on the control instruction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2011
    Assignee: Rockwell Automation Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric Glenn Dorgelo, Brian Alexander Wall
  • Publication number: 20110106494
    Abstract: A method for counting elapsed real time using a counter wherein, in one embodiment, the length of the counter is a sixteen bit number which, in one embodiment, has been divided into six ranges of logarithmic numbers which each have been assigned a different real time value. A recorded logarithmic number is converted into the elapsed real time to be counted by converting the logarithmic numbers in each of the ranges preceding the recorded logarithmic number into a real time value and then adding up all of the real time values to arrive at the elapsed real time.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 22, 2010
    Publication date: May 5, 2011
    Inventor: Mark B. Hanson
  • Publication number: 20110098946
    Abstract: A hydraulic control system for operating a subsea blowout preventer includes a surface manifold configured to convey hydraulic power to the blowout preventer, a surface actuation valve hydraulically connected to subsea valves and configured to operate the blowout preventer, and a control system monitoring apparatus. The control system monitoring apparatus includes a surface manifold pressure transducer hydraulically connected to the surface manifold, an electronic readback system, and a surface control line pressure transducer hydraulically connected to the surface end of at least one control hose and the surface actuation valve. The control system monitoring apparatus is configured to read, record, and process pressure data supplied by the surface manifold and surface control line pressure transducers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 27, 2010
    Publication date: April 28, 2011
    Applicant: DIAMOND OFFSHORE DRILLING, INC.
    Inventor: Jason Post Curtiss, III
  • Patent number: 7925469
    Abstract: A Sensor Web formed of a number of different sensor pods. Each of the sensor pods include a clock which is synchronized with a master clock so that all of the sensor pods in the Web have a synchronized clock. The synchronization is carried out by first using a coarse synchronization which takes less power, and subsequently carrying out a fine synchronization to make a fine sync of all the pods on the Web. After the synchronization, the pods ping their neighbors to determine which pods are listening and responded, and then only listen during time slots corresponding to those pods which respond.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2011
    Assignee: California Institute of Technology
    Inventors: Kevin A. Delin, Shannon P. Jackson
  • Patent number: 7917318
    Abstract: A design structure for a circuit for measuring the absolute duty cycle of a signal anywhere on an integrated circuit device is provided. The circuit has a plurality of substantially identical pulse shaper elements, each of which expand the pulse of an input signal whose duty cycle is to be measured by a same amount. The outputs of the pulse shaper elements may be coupled to substantially identical divider circuits whose outputs are coupled to a multiplexer that selects two inputs for output to a set of master/slave configured flip-flops, one input serving as a clock and the other as data to the flip-flops. The flip-flops sample the divider outputs selected by the multiplexer to detect if the dividers have failed or not. The outputs of the flip-flops are provided to an XOR gate which outputs a duty cycle signal indicative of the duty cycle of the input signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2011
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: David W. Boerstler, Eskinder Hailu, Masaaki Kaneko, Jieming Qi, Bin Wan
  • Patent number: 7912674
    Abstract: A method for processing a chronological sequence of measurements of a time dependent parameter measured in or on a human body, in particular of a physiological glucose concentration, and a system thereof are disclosed. A database stores a plurality of chronological sequences of measurements of the time dependent parameter and computing and display equipment graphically displays on a user interface display at least three of the measurements of a stored sequence simultaneously. The method as well as the system enable a patient to improve self-management skills concerning a therapy that affects the behavior of the parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2011
    Assignee: Roche Diagnostics International AG
    Inventors: Amy Killoren Clark, Kelly Heaton
  • Patent number: 7908174
    Abstract: An animal tracking system integrated with a computerized animal management system operated by a microprocessor that maintains an animal information database of a plurality of animals within the custody of an animal handing facility, veterinary, pet kennel, or other pet care facility, includes an animal label driver that selectively generates an animal identification band having information associated with a selected one of the animals printed by a printer on a first surface with an attacher such as an opposing adhesive surface for attaching to the band in association with the animal. A method for generating an animal identification band by an animal management system is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2011
    Assignee: Idexx Laboratories, Inc.
    Inventor: Dan G. Starko
  • Patent number: 7895005
    Abstract: A mechanism is provided for measuring the absolute duty cycle of a signal anywhere on an integrated circuit device. The mechanism employs a circuit having a plurality of substantially identical pulse shaper elements, each of which expand the pulse of an input signal whose duty cycle is to be measured by a same amount. The outputs of the pulse shaper elements may be coupled to substantially identical divider circuits whose outputs are coupled to a multiplexer that selects two inputs for output to a set of master/slave configured flip-flops, one input serving as a clock and the other as data to the flip-flops. The flip-flops sample the divider outputs selected by the multiplexer to detect if the dividers have failed or not. The outputs of the flip-flops are provided to an XOR gate which outputs a duty cycle signal indicative of the duty cycle of the input signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2011
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: David W. Boerstler, Eskinder Hailu, Masaaki Kaneko, Jieming Qi, Bin Wan
  • Patent number: 7826910
    Abstract: A method and system may operate to receive a first data from a sensor of a controlled device via a wireless network at a first time, transmit the first data to a controller system, receive a second data from the sensor of the controlled device via the wireless network at a second time, transmit the second data to the controller system, determine that a third data has not been received prior to a predetermined time period, or that the third data has been received prior to the predetermined time period and the third data is outside of a determined range of values, calculate a fourth data based on the first data and the second data, and transmit the fourth data to the controller system at a third time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2010
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Kun Ji, Ayman Fawaz
  • Publication number: 20100274527
    Abstract: A cooking timer having a microprocessor, a transistor, a display driver, a power source, plural user input buttons and alerts electrically interconnected with a visual display for selecting and displaying data for simultaneously cooking plural steaks with varying physical characteristics to differing doneness levels and ensuring all of the steaks finish cooking to the desired doneness levels at the same time.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 24, 2009
    Publication date: October 28, 2010
    Inventors: Greg Ruff, Jeff Bendio, Leon Schmidt
  • Publication number: 20100241398
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for measuring a duration of an event using two time-varying waveforms, each waveform having characteristics such that the waveforms intersect at an intersecting point. The duration of the event can be determined based on the characteristics and a value of the intersecting point of the waveforms. The characteristics of the waveforms can be the gradient or the initial value of the waveforms.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 19, 2009
    Publication date: September 23, 2010
    Applicant: AGILENT TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventor: Chin-Hong Cheah
  • Patent number: 7778787
    Abstract: A time-of-flight PET nuclear imaging device (A) includes radiation detectors (20, 22, 24), electronic circuits (26, 28, 30, 32) for processing output signals from each of detectors (20), a coincidence detector (34), a time-of-flight calculator (38) and image processing circuitry (40). A calibration system (48) includes an energy source (50, 150) which generates an electrical or optical calibration pulse. The electrical calibration pulse is applied at an input to the electronics at an output of the detector and the optical calibration pulse is applied to a preselected point adjacent a face of each optical sensor (20) of the detectors. A calibration processor (52) measures the time differences between the generation of the calibration pulse and the receipt of a trigger signal from the electronic circuitry by the coincidence detector (34) and adjusts adjustable delay circuits (44, 46) to minimize these time differences.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2010
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V.
    Inventors: Klaus Fiedler, Michael Geagan, Gerd Muehllehner, Walter Ruetten, Andreas Thon
  • Patent number: 7774161
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and computer program products for performing differential media time calculation and display are provided. A method includes determining a time of media origination, determining a current time, and calculating a differential media time as a difference between the current time and the time of media origination. The method also includes using the differential media time to determine information update data and outputting the information update data for display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2010
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property, I, L.P.
    Inventor: Steven Tischer
  • Patent number: RE41618
    Abstract: A method for measuring a bandwidth of a signal path between a data source and a data recipient involves sending a block of test data from the data source along the signal path to the data recipient, using that test data to obtain a measured bandwidth of the signal path, and transferring information from the data source along the signal path to the data recipient in accordance with the measured bandwidth. The measured bandwidth value can be calculated each time the data recipient accesses a website or the measured bandwidth value can be retained for future use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2010
    Assignee: Yahoo! Inc.
    Inventor: Alan S. Florschuetz