Timekeeping (e.g., Clock, Calendar, Stopwatch) Patents (Class 702/178)
  • Patent number: 6708136
    Abstract: An electronic data system for use with sporting impliments for providing a user with an electronic device integrated into sport gloves to perform various functions unique to that particular sport. The electronic data system for use with sporting impliments includes a glove member designed for substantially enveloping a hand of a user. The glove member has a notch portion in a back side of the glove member. The notch portion is for facilitating insertion and removal of the user's hand from the glove member. The glove member has a tab portion positioned adjacent to a first side of the notch portion. A data assembly has a housing. The housing is operationally coupled to the glove member. The data assembly has a display for presenting a visual representation of information to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2004
    Inventor: Barbara A. Lahiff
  • Patent number: 6704685
    Abstract: A device for determining a signal running time between a position measuring system and a processing unit. The device includes first and second position signal generators that generate position signals regarding relative chronological position of a first running time measuring signal with respect to first and second data words. A first transmitter that transmits the first running time measuring signal and the first position signal to the position measuring system at the end of transmission of the first data word to the position measuring system. A second transmitter that transmits a second running time measuring signal and the second position signal to the processing unit after the end of transmission of the second data word. A timer that ascertains a length of time between transmission of the first running time measuring signal and reception of the second running time measuring signal by the processing unit and a signal running time generator that determines a signal running time from the length of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2004
    Assignee: Dr. Johannes Heindenheim GmbH
    Inventors: Erwin Bratzdrum, Robert Wastlhuber
  • Publication number: 20040034502
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for measuring the connecting time of a terminal to a site in a communication environment comprising the terminal, site, and a server. The method comprises the steps of generating authentication code and sending it to the user server; authenticating the user when the user server requests for the main server to authenticate the user ; recording the time when the user connects with the site; recording the time when the site is changed to another site.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2002
    Publication date: February 19, 2004
    Inventor: Changmo Jung
  • Patent number: 6690985
    Abstract: The method is for generating production information, such as capacity, reliability, or capacity utilization information, while hybrid-automated monitoring a production machine. An evaluation status model having a number of main statuses and an interpretation status model having a number of operating statuses are set up, with precisely one time account corresponding to each main status and transitions between operating statuses being established in accordance with events that can be picked up on the production machine. After that, operating statuses are assigned to main statuses and the time account of the main status applicable at a particular time is increased during the operation of the production machine by an amount that corresponds to the time period in which the production machine is in the main status concerned. Moreover, the number and sequence of changes in status are stored as a history.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2004
    Assignee: Infineon Technologies AG
    Inventors: Martin Haller, Norbert Haueis
  • Patent number: 6687552
    Abstract: A data indicator is disclosed which comprises a non-volatile memory (26), control circuitry (24) by which data can be read from and written to the memory, a timer (28) and/or an event detector (30), means such as a terminal (20) for connection to an electrical supply of a host apparatus and an interface (32) through which data can be exchanged with the memory (26). In use, the event detector (30) detects when the host apparatus is switched on and in dependence on the detector output the control circuitry (24) maintains a cumulative history of host apparatus activation which is stored on the memory (26). The data indicator can store other data relating to the host apparatus, e.g. a service interval, and can supply this in conjunction with the actuation history, making it conveniently possible e.g. to establish whether the host apparatus requires servicing. (FIG. 4).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2004
    Assignee: Oxley Developments Company Limited
    Inventors: Geoffrey S. Edwards, Michael C. Foster
  • Patent number: 6687657
    Abstract: The inventive method and apparatus include sensory devices that invariantly represent stimuli in the presence of processes that cause systematic sensor state transformations. Such processes include: 1) alterations of the device's detector, 2) changes in the observational environment external to the sensory device and the stimuli, and 3) certain modifications of the presentation of the stimuli themselves. A specific embodiment of the present invention is an intelligent sensory device having a “front end” comprised of such a representation “engine”. The detectors of such a sensory device need not be recalibrated, and its pattern analysis module need not be retrained, in order to account for the presence of the above-mentioned transformative processes. Another embodiment of the present invention is a communications system that encodes messages as representations of signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2004
    Inventor: David N. Levin
  • Publication number: 20040019456
    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: Application
    Filed: July 23, 2002
    Publication date: January 29, 2004
    Inventor: Edgar Circenis
  • Publication number: 20040010392
    Abstract: There is provided a system and method for tracking utilization data for an electronic device, the electronic device having a non-volatile data storage component associated therewith for retaining the utilization data. In an embodiment, the method comprises the steps of: a) after passage of a utilization interval, reading a first utilization data value for the electronic device stored in the non-volatile data storage component; b) incrementing said read value; and c) storing said incremented value into the non-volatile data storage component. In an embodiment, the electronic device is a circuit card operating in a communication switch, and the utilization data value is a time value indicating cumulative time of operation of the circuit card in the communication switch.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 11, 2002
    Publication date: January 15, 2004
    Inventors: Jerome Menard, Kenneth Glenn MacQueen
  • Publication number: 20040006445
    Abstract: A number label embedded with an antenna tag for measuring a runner's time record using wireless identification (ID) at a recording race such as a marathon or walking race, and a runner's recording measurement method and system using the same are provided. There was a number label having a bar code in the past. However, if a bar code is screened by the body of a person who is attached with a bar code number label or the other user's body when a bar code reader or bar code scanner recognizes the bar code number label, the bar code may not be decoded. To solve this defect of the bar code wireless identification, there has been a technology of measuring and managing runners' IDs and time records, in which an antenna tag having a predetermined ID is attached to runners' bodies, respectively, for example, a radio frequency (RF) chip is attached to each runner's body, and then the antenna tag communicates with an antenna array to thus perform a wireless identification.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2002
    Publication date: January 8, 2004
    Inventor: Min-ho Paek
  • Patent number: 6651031
    Abstract: An N-clock system, for use for example in a ranging receiver using a Kalman filter. The clock system uses N clocks (to save power by using some clocks that consume less power) with a schedule for switching from one clock to another (so that only one clock is on at any instant of time). It uses an N-clock model that, in case of an application using clock 1 for time interval &Dgr;t1, clock 2 for time interval &Dgr;t2, . . . , and clock N for time interval &Dgr;tN, provides a state update equation for updating the N-clock system state (the state components being typically time and fractional frequency). The state update equation results from propagating the state of the assembly of N clocks (providing a single output, i.e. acting as a single clock) forward from interval to interval until the entire interval of &Dgr;t1+&Dgr;t2+ . . . +&Dgr;tN is covered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2003
    Assignee: Nokia Corporation
    Inventor: David Akopian
  • Patent number: 6643609
    Abstract: An embedded system includes a microprocessor and performance measuring logic coupled to the microprocessor and configured to record selected performance metrics. In the given routine. In general, a counter is configured to record statistics for each of the performance metrics, and the counters may be controlled using a programmable mask, which is included in a memory coupled to the microprocessor. Based on these metrics, designers may fine-tune software for the embedded system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2003
    Assignee: Sharewave, Inc
    Inventor: Michael Huy Phan
  • Publication number: 20030204367
    Abstract: A time tracking system and method automatically tracks time spent by end users in different applications on the end users' computers while performing tasks. The time keeping application is integrated with at least some of the applications on the end user computers. This integration allows the time keeping application to detect and track events, such as the opening and closing of files, that signify a change in the task being performed by the end users by receiving messages directly from the other applications being used by the end user. The time keeping software may automatically suggest a categorization for the task based on at least one criteria.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 26, 2002
    Publication date: October 30, 2003
    Inventors: Karen Wynne Hartigan, Samuel Wolfram Hunter, Dennis Evgenievich Loukonine, Brien Francis Morgan, Omid E. Kia
  • Publication number: 20030195717
    Abstract: A time and work tracker that automatically collects and analyzes information about time and work performed on a wireless device is described herein. According to the present invention, a time and work tracking function is initiated on a wireless device. Thereafter, a user begins to perform work on the wireless device. As the user works, the tracking function on the wireless device collects data relating to the activities performed by the user. The collected data is then analyzed to determine what types of work the user has actually performed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 11, 2003
    Publication date: October 16, 2003
    Applicant: RESEARCH INVESTMENT NETWORK, INC.
    Inventor: Michael G. Lehman
  • Publication number: 20030182080
    Abstract: A system and method for performing counting operations for a plurality of components is disclosed. A memory stores a plurality of counts from different components. The memory is coupled to a counter and the plurality of counts are accessible to the adder for adding addends to the plurality of counts. A count engine controls the adding of the addends to the plurality of counts.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 25, 2002
    Publication date: September 25, 2003
    Inventors: Jonathan E. Greenlaw, Paul O'Connor
  • Publication number: 20030182081
    Abstract: A time and work tracker that automatically collects and analyzes information about time and work performed on a wireless device is described herein. According to the present invention, a time and work tracking function is initiated on a wireless device. Thereafter, a user begins to perform work on the wireless device. As the user works, the tracking function on the wireless device collects data relating to the activities performed by the user. The collected data is then analyzed to determine what types of work the user has actually performed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 12, 2003
    Publication date: September 25, 2003
    Applicant: RESEARCH INVESTMENT NETWORK, INC.
    Inventor: Michael G. Lehman
  • Publication number: 20030158700
    Abstract: A watchdog arrangement advantageously provides systems, such as television signal processing apparatus, with a reliable, cost effective means by which to maintain consistent, stable operation. According to at least one embodiment, a hardware watchdog circuit receives regular pulses from a software timer in an integrated circuit (IC) to refresh itself. In the event that the watchdog circuit is not refreshed, it provides a predetermined logic signal to a non-maskable interrupt (NMI) terminal of the IC to generate a reset similar to what is generated by an internal IC watchdog.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 27, 2002
    Publication date: August 21, 2003
    Inventors: Joseph Wayne Forler, Mark Alan Nierzwick, William John Testin
  • Patent number: 6604059
    Abstract: A method and system for recommending future events or appointments are disclosed. The inventive system stores a repeat rate provided by users in the system, then recommends future events or appointments based on what the user has rated and the past frequency of those events or appointments which the user has attended. This invention is based on the fact that people have a tendency to attend or observe similar events as in the past and will show such tendency in the future.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2003
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V.
    Inventors: Hugo J. Strubbe, Srinivas Gutta
  • Patent number: 6601009
    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: July 12, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2003
    Inventor: Alan S. Florschuetz
  • Publication number: 20030139899
    Abstract: A circuit and related method for distributing events in an event stream (i.e., an electronic signal having a plurality of rising edge transitions and falling edge transitions). The circuit distributes the events in a primary event stream across multiple secondary event streams in such a way that the event rate in each of the secondary event streams is lower than the event rate in the primary event stream, but the relative timing of the events in the primary event stream is maintained in each of the secondary event streams. The secondary event streams can then be provided to respective timestamp circuits, which record the times at which events occur in the secondary event streams. Since the relative timing of the events in the primary event stream is maintained in each of the secondary event streams, the multiple timestamp circuits collectively record the times at which events occur in the primary event stream. The circuit and related method can be used when debugging/testing semiconductor devices.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 23, 2002
    Publication date: July 24, 2003
    Inventor: Burnell G. West
  • Publication number: 20030139898
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a method of synchronizing the actions of one or more devices using an RF time signal. In one embodiment, a clock in a device is synchronized to an RF time signal, and the clock is applied in a timed event performed by the device. The timed event may include determining a time of occurrence of an event associated with the device or starting a process performed by the device at a predetermined time. In an alternative embodiment, the method includes: coordinating a first timed event to be performed by a first device and a second timed event to be performed by a second device; receiving an RF time signal at the first and second devices; synchronizing a first clock in the first device and a second clock in the second device to a time indicated in the RF time signal; applying the first clock in the first timed event performed by the first device; and applying the second clock in the second timed event performed by the second device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 23, 2002
    Publication date: July 24, 2003
    Inventors: Daniel Halvard Miller, Robert Baxter Chambers, David John Hietanen
  • Publication number: 20030125902
    Abstract: A method is disclosed to identify peak switching errors in an ultrasonic meter and how to correct for them. The method compares transit time measurements from two chords having different lengths to establish an error value. Depending on the magnitude and sign of the error value, any peak switching error can be identified and consequently corrected.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 3, 2002
    Publication date: July 3, 2003
    Inventors: William R. Freund, Klaus Joachim Zanker, Gail Paulin Murray
  • Patent number: 6587804
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for calibrating a data path of a digital circuit uses an even bit pseudo-random calibration pattern. A portion of the pattern is captured in a capture period and used to predict a next arriving portion of the calibration pattern. The next arriving portion of the calibration pattern is captured and then compared to the predicted pattern in a compare period, and the result of the comparison is used to relatively time data arriving in the data path to a clocking signal which clocks in the data. The time duration of the compare period may be varied to ensure that all possible bits of the calibration pattern are used in the calibration procedure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2003
    Assignee: Micron Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian Johnson, Brent Keeth
  • Patent number: 6581025
    Abstract: A time and work tracker that automatically collects and analyzes information about time and work performed on a wireless device is described herein. According to the present invention, a time and work tracking function is initiated on a wireless device. Thereafter, a user begins to perform work on the wireless device. As the user works, the tracking function on the wireless device collects data relating to the activities performed by the user. The collected data is then analyzed to determine what types of work the user has actually performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2003
    Assignee: Discovision Associates
    Inventor: Michael G. Lehman
  • Patent number: 6564175
    Abstract: A method for determining an estimated runtime of a software application, the method including the providing of a reference runtime of the software application for a reference system configuration, wherein the reference system configuration includes a processor, a processor bus and at least one processor service component, the providing of a processor bus utilization parameter associated with the reference system configuration, the providing of a first processor bus queue statistic associated with the reference runtime, the providing of a second processor bus queue statistic associated with the reference runtime, and determining the estimated runtime based on the reference runtime, the processor bus utilization parameter, the first processor bus queue statistic and the second processor bus queue statistic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2003
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Frank T. Hady, Mason Cabot
  • Patent number: 6539336
    Abstract: The invention detects the loft time, speed, power and/or drop distance of a vehicle, such as a sporting vehicle, during activities of moving and jumping. A loft sensor detects when the vehicle leaves the ground and when the vehicle returns to the ground. A controller subsystem converts the sensed information to determine a loft time. A display shows the recorded loft time to a user of the system. In addition, a speed sensor can detect the vehicle's speed for selective display to the user. A power sensing section informs the user of expended energy, which can be compared to other users. A drop distance sensing unit informs the user of the peak height of a jump, during an airtime. Gaming on the internet is facilitated to connect worldwide sport enthusiasts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 1998
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2003
    Assignee: PhatRat Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Curtis A. Vock, Dennis Darcy, Andrew Bodkin, Perry Youngs, Adrian F. Larkin, Steven Finberg, Charles Marshall, Shawn Burke, Peter Flentov, Kevin J. Grealish
  • Patent number: 6532432
    Abstract: To provide a portable GPS velocity/distance meter which may seek a suitable movement velocity by removing an affect of arm swing, save power consumption of a device, and to grip a movement condition of a carrier at a remote position, it is composed of a GPS signal receiving portion for measuring the movement velocity from a Doppler frequency, a microcomputer, an input section for setting a control condition or the like and calculation of various data including positional interval data of the GPS signal receiving section, a display section for displaying the movement velocity or the like and a transmit-receive section. Then, the microcomputer is provided with a control unit for controlling the GPS signal receiving section to intermittently perform the positional operation on the basis of the positional measurement interval and a velocity averaging unit for averaging the movement velocity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2003
    Assignee: Seiko Instruments Inc.
    Inventors: Hideaki Nagatsuma, Kazumi Sakumoto, Hiroshi Odagiri
  • Patent number: 6526371
    Abstract: A method, apparatus, and article of manufacture for measuring a round trip response time for a transaction performed by a computer in a network environment. The method comprises the steps of starting a software timer when a transaction is initiated at a browser of the computer, and sending the transaction to a server in the network environment. The server services the transaction, and generates a response to the transaction. When the response is received at the browser the software timer is stopped. The start time is subtracted from the stop time to calculate a round trip response time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 1999
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2003
    Assignee: Candle Distributed Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul F. Klein, Linh Ba Chung
  • Patent number: 6502060
    Abstract: A clock for the attachment of a dog's collar or the like that indicates the passage of time according to the dog's or pet's frame of reference. For example, the rate of passage of time may be such that for each human day of time passage, seven dog or pet days are reflected by the clock's display. Additional data, displays, and information may be carried, manipulated, entered and chosen by the use of user control buttons or the like. A battery may supply power to internal circuitry that drives a display of liquid crystals (LCD). The data carried by the pet chronometer and identification tag may be held in EEPROM such that a power failure does not erase the data. This is particularly useful for any health data or contact information that is incorporated or recorded into the pet chronometer and identification tag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2000
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2002
    Assignee: Petronics, Inc.
    Inventor: Lutrell M. Christian
  • Patent number: 6499000
    Abstract: The invention detects loft time and/or speed during activities of moving and jumping. A loft sensor utilizes a spectrum of information to detect leaving the ground and returning to the ground. A microprocessor subsystem converts the sensed information to determine a loft time. A display shows the recorded loft time to a user of the system. In addition, a speed sensor can detect the vehicle's speed for selective display to the user, and height may also be determined during airtime.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2002
    Assignee: PhatRat Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter Flentov, Dennis M. Darcy, Curtis A. Vock
  • Patent number: 6496787
    Abstract: The invention detects loft time and/or speed of a vehicle and/or person during activities of moving and jumping. A loft sensor detects leaving the ground and returning to the ground. A microprocessor subsystem converts the sensed information to determine a loft time. A display shows the recorded loft time to a user of the system. A speed sensor can detect speed for selective display to the user, and height may also be determined during airtime.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 1999
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2002
    Assignee: PhatRat Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter Flentov, Dennis M. Darcy, Curtis A. Vock
  • Publication number: 20020188420
    Abstract: To report the time distribution of a succession of specified events such as occurrences of particular data elements in telecommunications equipment, the method comprises an initialization of a sampling quantity consisting of a positive integer and several successive iterations of a scheme comprising the following steps: detection of a number of events equal to the sampling quantity and metering of a sampling time taken to detect said number of events; quantization of the sampling time metered in the previous step so as to output coding data representing a quantized value of the metered sampling time; and updating of the sampling quantity as a function of parameters including the quantized value of this sampling time.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 3, 2002
    Publication date: December 12, 2002
    Inventors: Olivier Isnard, Jean-Marie Calmel, Laurent Pison
  • Patent number: 6484129
    Abstract: A method, apparatus, and article of manufacture for measuring end-to-end response time for a transaction performed by a computer is disclosed. The method comprises the steps of monitoring messages inbound from and outbound to a given application in a computer. A start time is assigned when a first message is inbound towards the given application. A stop time is assigned when a second message, sent in response to the first message, is outbound from the given application. The end-to-end response time is calculated by subtracting the start time from the stop time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2002
    Assignee: Candle Distributed Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul F. Klein, Raymond P. Ammerman, III
  • Patent number: 6470295
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for rapidly and accurately displaying the frequency of statistically occurring events, which method provides a display value after only a short period even in the case of low frequencies. The smoothing required for a high-resolution display when events occur at a low frequency is carried out with relatively little delay. It does not prevent a rapid change to higher display values when the frequency of events rises rapidly. Said method is therefore especially suitable for displaying statistically occurring immission and for traffic monitoring and control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2002
    Inventors: Georg Dieter Mirow, Tilmann Krueger
  • Patent number: 6460009
    Abstract: A system that is adapted for determining the delay time between an initiating event and a response to that event. The system includes an optical sensor which is preferably a photo resistor having a resistance inversely proportional to the intensity of a warning light in its proximity. The output of the photo resistor is an analog signal that can be fed to an analog input device such as a strip chart recorder for display versus time. The initiating event signal can also be displayed so that, by comparing the signals, the delay between the initiating event and the changing of the warning light from off to on can be measured and compared to a specified value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2002
    Inventor: John C Rowland
  • Patent number: 6456904
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for winning a race without exceeding a maximum performance of a car, whereby maximum performance is based upon consecutive prior races. The method is comprised of determining an optimal distance by which a first car having a first performance should trail a second car having a second performance at a predetermined distance of 66 feet from a finish line on a race track having a fixed distance of 1320 feet whereby a racer uses optimal distance during a race to influence his or her rate of speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2002
    Inventor: Robert Gay
  • Patent number: 6442509
    Abstract: The invention concerns a procedure and system for verification of the duration of a process started in a telecommunication system. The duration of the process is based on processor operation at a given instant defined according to the internal calendar time of the system. The duration of the process is measured as the time interval between the start and end instants according to the calendar time of the operating system. The duration of the process is also measured by a timer independent of calendar time, and the measurement of the duration of the process is verified by comparing the duration determined by calendar time with the duration determined by the timer independent of calendar time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2002
    Assignee: Nokia Networks Oy
    Inventor: Teemu Kokko
  • Publication number: 20020111768
    Abstract: An electronic timing meter device that can receive an infrared (“IR”) communication signal from a remote control device operated, for example, by a vehicle owner. This IR remote device transmits information about the user and contains an identification code that is specific to that user. The identification code and possibly other user information is received by the timing meter device and stored in the computer memory of the timing meter device. Upon receipt of the code and other information from the user, the electronic timing meter device starts the counter to record the length of time the user is parked.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 30, 2000
    Publication date: August 15, 2002
    Inventors: Sleiman R. Ghorayeb, Joseph L. DiBiasi
  • Publication number: 20020107662
    Abstract: The invention is based on a method for determining the remaining running time of an electric drive mechanism until a mechanical limit stop has been reached, wherein surfaces to be closed are moved into mechanically limited end positions by means of the drive mechanism. After the position of the surface to be closed is detected relative to a mechanical limit stop, the time difference between two incremental pulse generators 25 near the limit stop is determined, and the remaining running time 26 of the electric drive mechanism until the mechanical limit stop is reached is calculated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2002
    Publication date: August 8, 2002
    Inventor: Patric Kahles
  • Publication number: 20020077774
    Abstract: A thermostat receives requests to enter into setback modes of operation whereby at least one setpoint normally used by the thermostat is changed. The thermostat is operative to compute the integral of change in setpoint temperature over time during each setback mode of operation. The thermostat is also operative to maintain a running total of such computed integrals of change in setpoint temperature over time in order to respond to any request for such computed integrals. The thermostat is furthermore operative to set the total of such computed integrals of change in setpoint temperature over time equal to zero in response to a request to clear the total of such computed integrals of change in setpoint temperature over time.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2000
    Publication date: June 20, 2002
    Inventors: Jerry L. Proffitt, Raymond J. Archacki
  • Publication number: 20020072875
    Abstract: The present invention includes a method and apparatus of managing time for a processing system located on a machine. The processing system includes a plurality of controllers and a communication network connecting each of the controllers. Each of the controllers has a local clock. The method includes the steps of establishing an operating characteristic of the machine, determining whether to update a local time in response to said operating characteristic, and updating said local time based upon the local clock in response to said update determination.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 8, 2000
    Publication date: June 13, 2002
    Inventors: Dennis A. Barney, Steven V. Christensen, Timothy A. Cross, Michael R. Lyons, Ron J. Penick, Curtis V. Rocke, Christian A. Schreiner, April D. Scott, David G. Young
  • Publication number: 20020069031
    Abstract: A time and work tracker that automatically collects and analyzes information about time and work performed on a wireless device is described herein. According to the present invention, a time and work tracking function is initiated on a wireless device. Thereafter, a user begins to perform work on the wireless device. As the user works, the tracking function on the wireless device collects data relating to the activities performed by the user. The collected data is then analyzed to determine what types of work the user has actually performed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 13, 2002
    Publication date: June 6, 2002
    Applicant: Research Investment Network, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael G. Lehman
  • Patent number: 6343262
    Abstract: A method for providing twenty-four hour maintenance of a measuring instrument by outputting the data from the measuring instrument to a measuring computer, and if maintenance is needed, transmitting the data to a maintenance computer at one of a plurality of servicing centers, judging whether or not that servicing center is capable of performing the maintenance, and if it is not capable of performing the maintenance, selecting another servicing center that is capable of performing the maintenance and transmitting the measuring instrument's data to one of the maintenance computers at that servicing center, which will then perform the maintenance to the measuring instrument.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 1998
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2002
    Assignee: Horiba, Ltd.
    Inventors: Toshihiko Uno, Masatomo Ishikura
  • Patent number: 6341260
    Abstract: A method, apparatus, and article of manufacture for measuring end-to-end response time for a transaction performed by a computer is disclosed. The method comprises the steps of monitoring a start queue and an end queue in a computer, assigning a start time when a first message is received at the start queue, assigning a stop time when a second message, sent in response to the first message, is received at the end queue, and subtracting the start time from the stop time to calculate an end-to-end response time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2002
    Assignee: Candle Distributed Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul F. Klein, Raymond P. Ammerman, III
  • Patent number: 6321177
    Abstract: An interactive dive apparatus for use by a scuba diver to determine a maximum dive duration, including an input interface for inputting dive specific parameters including a J-factor for adjusting a no-stop time calculation to compensate for various environmental and physiological parameters, a clock for determining an elapsed dive time, and a depth sensor for detecting a present depth and a maximum depth. The depth sensor tracks diver dwell time in each of plural predetermined depth ranges, and a CPU determines a no-stop time in accordance with the user inputted dive specific parameters and the detected dwell time. The interactive dive apparatus further includes a display screen for displaying at least the no-stop time, elapsed dive time duration and the current depth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2001
    Assignee: Dacor Corporation
    Inventors: Jaime Ferrero, William A. Bowden, Joseph B. Stella, Joran Ahlback, Kai M. Martesuo, Esa T. Raivio
  • Publication number: 20010029537
    Abstract: A method for measuring a network connection's response time, of a given connection, and methods for adapting the delivery of information, based on that measurement, are provided for the purpose of delivering that information faster and more efficiently over the network. The speed of a network connection is determined. Thereafter, information is obtained across the network connection based on the speed of the network connection. The size of the information to be obtained decreases as the speed of the network connection decreases.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 4, 2001
    Publication date: October 11, 2001
    Applicant: Candle Distributed Solutions, Inc.
    Inventor: Paul F. Klein
  • Patent number: 6298314
    Abstract: Various methods for monitoring movement of a person involve using a sensor to generate a signal in response to movement of a person. In one embodiment, a characteristic in the signal is identified that indicates the person is walking or running and, in response to identifying the characteristic, a timer is started. In another embodiment, after the person has begun walking or running, a characteristic in the signal is identified that indicates the person has ceased walking or running and, in response to identifying the characteristic, an action is taken. In another embodiment, a characteristic in the signal is identified that is indicative of a foot of the person being in motion and, in response to identifying the characteristic, a timer is started. In another embodiment, after a foot of the person has been in motion, a characteristic in the signal is identified that is indicative of the foot ceasing to be in motion and, in response to identifying the characteristic, an action is taken.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2001
    Assignee: Personal Electronic Devices, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas P. Blackadar, Paul J. Gaudet, Samuel W. Joffe
  • Patent number: 6249488
    Abstract: A low power timekeeping system utilizes a state machine to first read seconds stored in a RAM and update seconds and then determine if the minutes requires updating. If the minutes do not require updating then the sequencer stops operation until the next update cycle. Similarly, the minutes, hours, days of the week, date of the month, month, and year are updated only as needed in each update cycle thereby lowering the power requirement needed by the timekeeping system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 1997
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2001
    Assignee: Dallas Semiconductor Corporation
    Inventors: Clark R. Williams, William J. Podkowa
  • Patent number: 6236953
    Abstract: A system is provided for monitoring use of an apparatus to determine compliance with predetermined operating parameters by users. The system includes a first data collection device for determining the identity of the user of the apparatus during each use for comparison to the predetermined operating parameters, a second data collection device for determining the time of use of the apparatus by the user for comparison to the operating parameters, a third device for providing supplies or service to the user in a predetermined sequence, a data collection device for determining whether the person using the apparatus has completed the predetermined sequence, and a device for evaluating compliance with the operating parameters by the person based on the determined identity of the person and the sequence completion information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2001
    Assignee: Compliance Control, Inc.
    Inventor: Noel B. Segal
  • Patent number: 6216096
    Abstract: The invention relates to an analysis system having a time counter and a data processing unit (DPU) having a time standard. The test results produced by the analysis system along with the associated time values of the time counter are transferred to the DPU and processed therein. The associated time values of the time counter are then compared with the time values of the time standard to determine the absolute time values of the associated time values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2001
    Assignee: Roche Diagnostics GmbH
    Inventor: Wolfgang Obermeier
  • Patent number: 6202035
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a device for determining a time and/or direction for prayer, comprising: receiving means for receiving signals indicative of a position on or above the earth; computing means for computing a time for prayer on the basis of the received signals; and display means for displaying a computed time for prayer, characterized in that the receiving means are adapted to receive GPS signals coming from satellites, that the computing means are adapted and connected to the receiving means such that the desired prayer direction on the basis of the position as well as the desired time for prayer are computed directly from the GPS signals, and both are displayed on a screen of the display means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2001
    Assignee: Ballad Investment N.V.
    Inventor: Joep Lameer