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TIME INTERVAL

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368 - Horology: time measuring systems or devices

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Class / Patent application numberDescriptionNumber of patent applications / Date published
368089000TIME INTERVAL89
20090122654STOP WATCH INCLUDING A TIME INDICATOR - It is disclosed a stop watch (05-14-2009
20110255380High Resolution Time Measurement in a FPGA - Various techniques are described for high resolution time measurement using a programmable device, such as an FPGA. The timing may be triggered by any event, depending on the applications of use. Once triggering has occurred, a START pulse begins propagating through the FPGA. The pulse is able to propagate through the FPGA in a staggered manner traversing multiple FPGA columns to maximize the amount of time delay that may be achieved while minimizing the overall array size, and thus minimizing the resource utilization, of the FPGA. The FPGA timing delay is calibrated by measuring for the linear and non-linear differences in delay time of each unit circuit forming the staggered delay line path for the timing circuit. The FPGA is able to achieve nanosecond and sub-nanosecond time resolutions and thus may be used in applications such as various time of flight systems.10-20-2011
20100322037TIME INDICATOR DEVICE - A time indicator device comprised of first and second interconnected reservoirs containing first and second liquids respectively. A first barrier is provided between said first and second liquids to prevent said liquids mixing. Said first barrier is connected via a conduit to a third reservoir containing a third liquid which is adapted to pass along said conduit over a first predetermined time period and to effect removal of said first barrier upon contact to facilitate mixing of said first and second liquid and generation of a liquid mixture within the second reservoir of different colour to the second liquid prior to mixing and thereby provide an indication of when said first predetermined time period has elapsed.12-23-2010
20120147712Monitoring apparatus - A timing apparatus on a container cap which is associated with a standard push pump. The timer is activated by pushing down on the standard pump that then moves a fluid that is held within a chamber having a first compartment and a second compartment The compartments are in fluid communication with each other. The fluid is moved from one compartment to the other compartment when the pump is pushed and the timer works because the fluid returns to the first compartment over some known range of time when the pump is no longer being pushed.06-14-2012
20080219102Apparatus for forming an apparatus for indicating the passage of time and the formed apparatus - The present invention discloses a time passage indicating apparatus which comprises a substrate, a background layer on the substrate, and a time passage indicating layer on the background layer. The background layer and the time passage indicating layer bond to each other through a first and second polymer binder. The background layer diplays a background color. The time passage indicating layer displays an initial color in an initial state that is different from the background color, and a final color in a final state that is substantially the same as the background color, so as to indicate the end of a time period where the time passage indicating layer transforms from the initial state to the final state.09-11-2008
368090000 Parking meter type 1
20080212414Systems and methods for use with traffic ticket printing parking meters - Certain example embodiments of this invention relate to systems and methods for use with traffic ticket printing parking meters. According to certain example embodiments, a parking meter is provided. A payment acceptor may be operable to accept payment. A display may be operable to display a validated period during which the meter is valid, with the validated period being based on an amount of payment inserted into the payment acceptor. Vehicle identifying programmed logic circuitry may be operable to identify a vehicle parking in, parked in, and/or leaving a parking spot associated with the parking meter. A printer may be operable to print a parking ticket when a parking violation occurs, with the parking ticket including vehicle identification information from the vehicle identifying programmed logic circuitry and/or parking violation information.09-04-2008
368093000 Gravity actuated type (e.g., hourglass) 1
20090185454Fillable hourglass and method of using fillable hourglass - A fillable hourglass having a glass component with opening permitting access to the inside of the glass component, a base with a least one opening in communication with the opening of the glass component, and a stopper for selectively opening and closing access to the glass component. The base is preferably formed from two planar members supported in spaced relation by decorative pillars. The stoppers may include decorative enhancements, such as being shaped in the design of a nautical steering wheel. The hourglass may be used as part of wedding sand ceremonies or to hold particular matter related to the wedding ceremony, or as an urn for storing crematory remains of a human or animal.07-23-2009
368096000 With alternately operating indicators (e.g., chess clock) 1
20110110198Game Timer - The invention relates to a device for keeping time for at least two players of a game. The device includes: a housing with at least two surfaces; an orientation sensor arranged in the housing for sensing the orientation of the housing; a display arranged at each of the at least two surfaces of the housing; a timer corresponding to each surface; and a controller for registering the orientation from the orientation sensor and controlling the display and the timer corresponding to an active surface, which depends on the orientation of the housing.05-12-2011
368101000 Mechanical stop time type 24
20130163391TIMEPIECE HAND - A special hand for abrupt acceleration. The hand is mounted to pivot around a staff so as to be able to indicate an item of information. The hand is made from an at least partially amorphous metal alloy.06-27-2013
20090122655TOOTHED WHEEL, CORRESPONDING GEAR SYSTEM AND CLOCK MOVEMENT, FOR A TIMEPIECE - The present disclosure describes a toothed wheel for a gear system of a clock movement, comprising a plate provided with a toothing on its periphery, said toothing comprising a plurality of teeth, each of which has a dedendum extending from said plate and in the continuation of which an addendum is formed. Each of the teeth of the wheel is designed in such a way that its dedendum has a width smaller than that of its addendum and, preferably, a length equal to or greater than that of the addendum. It is moreover provided that the addendum has a tip located on a radius (R) of the plate and from which there extend, on both sides of the radius, a first portion, which is substantially rectilinear, to a distance from said radius which is greater than half the width of the dedendum, then a second portion, which is concave, joining the first portion to the dedendum. It is thus possible to use a gear system comprising two wheels of this type arranged in engagement with one another, and also a mechanism which makes it possible to displace at least one of these wheels with respect to the other so as to modify the distance between the axes, without thereby compromising the engagement.05-14-2009
20090147629CHRONOGRAPH CONTROL DEVICE - The present invention concerns a chronograph control device including a first, pivotably mounted lever, which is activated by a first push-button and whose movement in the direction of the first push-button is limited by a first stop member, and a second, pivotably mounted lever, which is activated by a second push-button and whose movement is limited in the direction of the second push-button by a second stop member. A spring is mounted on the second lever.06-11-2009
20080304368CHRONOGRAPH WATCH - The invention concerns a chronograph watch including a chronograph mechanism including: 12-11-2008
20100254227TIMEPIECE - A timepiece includes a striking member and a struck member that is driven when struck by the striking member, at least one of the striking member and the struck member being made from a metallic glass alloy.10-07-2010
20100214879TIMEPIECE COMPRISING A CHRONOGRAPH AND A WATCH - The timepiece includes a chronograph whose hands are driven by a first gear train (08-26-2010
20080298178Clockwork Movement - A clockwork movement includes a control member actuatable by a control lever in response to a user's action and having the form of a column wheel. The control member is rotatably mounted on the clockwork movement frame around an axis X, perpendicular thereto, for controlling first and second mechanisms exhibiting at least one movement function such as chronograph or alarm function. The control member includes rotationally fixable first, second and third parts which are mounted on a shaft at first, second and third levels, respectively, in a direction of the axis X for interacting with the control lever and for controlling the mechanisms. The shaft which is pivotally mounted with respect to the frame is arranged in at least two bearings, which are positioned remotely to each other for ensuring the shaft good stability, whereas the second and third parts are located on the both parts of the frame.12-04-2008
368103000 With pivoted coupler 4
20120069717COLUMN-WHEEL FOR A CHRONOGRAPH, CHRONOGRAPH AND CHRONOGRAPH WATCH INCLUDING SUCH A WHEEL - The column-wheel (03-22-2012
20110149695SINGLE PUSH-PIECE CHRONOGRAPH - The invention concerns a chronograph including a chronograph train, means for coupling said train and a device for controlling the coupling means, which includes: 06-23-2011
20130148475COLUMN WHEEL AND CHRONOGRAPH MECHANISM INCLUDING THE SAME - The column wheel (06-13-2013
20130148476CHRONOGRAPH MECHANISM WITH A COLUMN WHEEL AND TIMEPIECE MOVEMENT INCLUDING THE SAME - The pusher device of the chronograph mechanism includes a pivoting control part (06-13-2013
368106000 With reset means 13
20100097898CHRONOGRAPH - The control mechanism of a simple three-cycle chronograph includes a single pusher (A) that acts on a shuttle (04-22-2010
20090086583ZERO RESET DEVICE FOR TWO TIME COUNTERS - Timepiece device for simultaneously resetting to zero two time counters, particularly for a chronograph mechanism, each of the two time counters pivoting about an arbour secured to a cam (04-02-2009
20080310258Clockwork Movement - A clockwork movement includes at least two control elements which are movable with respect to the frame thereof, are used for interacting with the same external control member in response to the activation thereof and are positioned remotely to each other in the direction of the clockwork movement thickness. The clockwork movement has an intermediate connecting unit which is rotatable about an axis substantially extending in the direction of the clockwork movement thickness, pivotally mounted on the clockwork movement frame element and provided with a reception area which is distant from the axis and exposable to a force produced in response to the control member activation. The intermediate unit also includes at least two contact areas each of which is used for producing a force on the corresponding control element and which are located on both sides of the reception area in the direction of the axis.12-18-2008
20080310257Time Piece Chronograph Clockwork Movement - A chronograph clockwork movement for measuring time includes a control lever actuatable by a first control member for alternatively activating or deactivating a time measurement, clutch elements for driving or not a second timer in response to an action produced on the control lever and selective locking members for locking the second timer in response to an action produced on the control lever. A lever and a hammer for resetting the second timer to zero are also provided. The clockwork movement is arranged in such a way that a user does not feel any difference, while measuring a time, whether the second timer is pre-set or not. The clockwork movement has a structure enabling to activate time measuring by delaying the effective departure of the second timer until an external resetting device controlling the lever is released in the rest position thereof.12-18-2008
20090161492CHRONOGRAPH MECHANISM, TIMEPIECE MOVEMENT AND TIMEPIECE COMPRISING SUCH A MECHANISM - The invention relates to a chronograph mechanism comprising at least one minutes counter and one hours counter which are designed to be located both on the same side of the plate, first and second resetting members, each having a bearing surface and being able to pivot between a low position, in which each bearing surface cooperates with the periphery of a resetting cam of one of the counters, and a high position, in which each bearing surface is located at a distance from the corresponding cam. The mechanism comprises retaining means for keeping each of the resetting members in its high position, comprising a first retaining member acting directly on a first resetting member and able to be released in response to an action by a user, and a second retaining member acting directly on the second resetting member and able to be released in response to a pivoting of the first resetting member in the direction of its low position.06-25-2009
20090161493BISTABLE HAMMER FOR A CHRONOGRAPH MECHANISM - The invention relates to a chronograph mechanism (06-25-2009
20080291785Timepiece Hammer - The invention relates to a clockwork movement hammer (11-27-2008
20100322038TIMEPIECE COMPRISING A CHRONOGRAPH MECHANISM - A timepiece with a movement that includes: a power source; an element for displaying the current time; a chronograph mechanism including a control mobile (12-23-2010
20090034373PUSHBUTTON DEVICE FOR CONTROLLING THE START/STOP AND RESETTING FUNCTIONS OF A CHRONOGRAPH MECHANISM - This pushbutton device for controlling the start/stop and resetting functions of a chronograph mechanism comprises two control pushbuttons able to slide between two limit positions, elastic return means which constantly tend to keep these pushbuttons in their outward limit positions, and a control rocker which pivots about a pivot. The control rocker is situated between the pushbuttons, the latter being, in their outward limit positions, simultaneously in contact with the control rocker, keeping it in a middle position between the limit positions of its pivoting, which correspond to the movement of the pushbuttons to their respective inward limit positions.02-05-2009
20110164476DEVICE COMPRISING A CLOCK MOVEMENT AND A CHRONOGRAPH MODULE - A device comprises a basic clock movement MB whose time indicators are driven by a first barrel connected to a first wheelwork and a first regulator organ, and an autonomous chronograph module MCA whose indicators are driven by a second barrel independent from the first, connected to a second wheelwork and a second regulator organ. The chronograph module is exclusively composed of mechanical elements. The frequency of oscillation supplied by its regulator is equal N times the frequency of oscillation supplied by the regulator of the base movement, with the coefficient N being definable according to a specific application of the chronograph, so that any chronograph module thus previously defined can work with the same base movement. The chronograph regulator remains constantly engaged with the corresponding wheelwork. The chronograph module allows a time interval to be read with a minimum precision of a hundredth of second. The organs of the base movement and of the chronograph module are arranged in such a way that in assembled state, the height and overall diameter do not exceed 7.75 mm and 30 mm respectively, the dimensions of the chronograph itself being not greater than 4 mm (height) and 30 mm (diameter) when its elements are mounted on a bottom plate, so that the device can advantageously be integrated in the case of a wrist-watch and affords an aesthetic exterior.07-07-2011
20110164477DEVICE COMPRISING A CLOCK MOVEMENT AND A CHRONOGRAPH MODULE - A device comprises a basic clock movement MB whose time indicators are driven by a first barrel connected to a first wheelwork and a first regulator organ, and an autonomous chronograph module MCA whose indicators are driven by a second barrel independent from the first, connected to a second wheelwork and a second regulator organ. The chronograph module is exclusively composed of mechanical elements. The frequency of oscillation supplied by its regulator is equal N times the frequency of oscillation supplied by the regulator of the base movement, with the coefficient N being definable according to a specific application of the chronograph, so that any chronograph module thus previously defined can work with the same base movement. The chronograph regulator remains constantly engaged with the corresponding wheelwork. The chronograph module allows a time interval to be read with a minimum precision of a hundredth of second. The organs of the base movement and of the chronograph module are arranged in such a way that in assembled state, the height and overall diameter do not exceed 7.75 mm and 30 mm respectively, the dimensions of the chronograph itself being not greater than 4 mm (height) and 30 mm (diameter) when its elements are mounted on a bottom plate, so that the device can advantageously be integrated in the case of a wrist-watch and affords an aesthetic exterior.07-07-2011
20130100781CHRONOGRAPH MECHANISM, CLOCKWORK MOVEMENT AND TIMEPIECE COMPRISING SUCH A MECHANISM - A chronograph mechanism for a clockwork movement is disclosed, which is intended to drive at least one first display member for displaying a time unit of a chronometered time. In accordance with one implementation, the chronograph mechanism includes a first counter associated with the display member and able to be driven from a first mobile of the clockwork movement, as well as a second mobile intended to carry the display member and arranged in such a way as to be able to be driven in synchronism with the first counter. The mechanism also includes a second counter of the same time unit associated with the display member and able to be driven in synchronism with the first counter, the second counter being arranged in such a way that the second mobile is driven thereby, while being able to exhibit a relative movement in relation thereto.04-25-2013
20120020192DUAL DISPLAY TIMEPIECE - Mechanism (01-26-2012
368107000 Electrical or electromechanical 57
20080259736USER INTERFACE FOR TIMER - A timer has a dial, a captured tripper, and/or a retainer. The captured tripper has active and inactive positions on the dial. In the inactive position, the captured tripper is captured to the dial but is free to move independently of the dial. Alternatively or additionally, in the inactive position, the captured tripper is not positioned to operate a switch. In the active position, the captured tripper is captured to the dial and is prevented from moving independently of the dial. Alternatively or additionally, in the active position, the captured tripper is positioned to operate the switch. The retainer maintains a predetermined orientation between the captured tripper and the dial when the captured tripper is in both the active and inactive positions.10-23-2008
20130163392TIMING SYSTEM AND DEVICE AND METHOD FOR MAKING THE SAME - A timing device comprises an electrochemical timing structure and a mechanism that enables the timing device to be manually programmed to expire at a plurality of different time periods. In some embodiments, the mechanism is used to adjust the timing device to add a duration of time to an expiration time of the timing device. Alternatively the mechanism is used in order to subtract a duration of time from an expiration time of the timing device.06-27-2013
20100034056Apparatus And System With A Time DelayApparatus And System With A Time Delay Path And Method For Propagating A Timing Event Path And Method For Propagating A Timing Event - Implementations are presented herein that include a time delay path.02-11-2010
20090185455Aquatic Event Timer Apparatus and Methods - The inventive technology, in embodiments, includes an aquatic event timer apparatus that comprises at least two independent, touch actuated electrical switches; and a structural connector that adjacently connects them, where the apparatus is configured for establishment within lane markers defining a regulation size swim lane, at the end of the swim lane, and at least partially underwater. Other aspects of the inventive technology address an aquatic event timer apparatus that comprises a first, independent, swim competition type, touch actuated electrical switch that is configured for establishment within swim lane markers, and aside at least a second, independent, swim competition type, touch actuated electrical switch.07-23-2009
20110026371Chronograph timepiece - Disclosed is a chronograph timepiece in which it is possible to prevent the chronograph drive timing and the magnetic field detection timing from overlapping each other to unnecessarily effect driving with correction drive pulses. A processing unit controls drive circuits so as to drive a time indication motor and a chronograph indication motor with a predetermined timing based respectively on timekeeping information obtained and chronograph measurement information obtained, and effects control such that a magnetic field detecting unit detects a magnetic field with a predetermined timing; when the drive timing for the chronograph indication motor and the magnetic field detection timing for the magnetic field detecting unit overlap each other, the processing unit changes the magnetic field detection timing for the magnetic field detecting unit so that the drive timing for the chronograph indication motor and the magnetic field detection timing for the magnetic field detecting unit may not overlap each other.02-03-2011
20110026370Chronograph timepiece - Disclosed is a chronograph timepiece in which it is possible to prevent the battery reliability service life time from being exceeded even when the period of time that the chronograph function is used is short, making it possible to prevent failure generation in the chronograph timepiece due to liquid leakage. A 24-hour counter down-counts a period of time that has elapsed starting from 24 hours, and a chronograph counter down-counts the period of time that chronograph measurement operation is performed from a predetermined time; when the count values of the 24-hour counter and the chronograph counter become equal to each other, a processing unit consumes a battery for the residual period of time of the two counters by a battery power consuming unit.02-03-2011
20100020648CHARGE RETENTION CIRCUIT FOR A TIME MEASUREMENT - An electronic charge retention circuit for time measurement, including: at least a first capacitive element, a first electrode of which is connected to a floating node (F); at least a second capacitive element, a first electrode of which is connected to the floating node, the first capacitive element having a leakage through its dielectric space and the second capacitive element having a capacitance greater than the first; and at least a first transistor having an isolated control terminal connected to the floating node.01-28-2010
20120307599ELAPSED TIME CLOCK - 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.12-06-2012
20090040878Invitation card with built-in countdown feature - A tangible invitation card extends an invitation by displaying information with regard to the invitation. A settable real-time clock sets a predetermined time which is displayed on a screen on the invitation card of time remaining to a selected target date for an event or earlier RSVP date related thereto. The card is programmed such that as the target date is approached, one or more visual displays and/or sounds count down and announce the time left to the target date for the RSVP or event. The invitation card is programmed with the necessary information to enable it to perform its reminder mission.02-12-2009
20120188856Electronic apparatus, timepiece device and program - Provided is a timepiece device that includes a first time measurement portion which measures an elapsed time from a first timekeeping start operation; and a second time measurement portion which measures an elapsed time from a second timekeeping start operation, wherein a time measured by the first time measurement portion, and a time, which is a time measured by the second time measurement portion subtracted from an object time, are displayed on the display portion in a combined manner.07-26-2012
20080253234Elapsed Time Device - An elapsed time and remaining time liquid crystal measuring device having a display face around the periphery of which there are a plurality of numerical indicia marks arranged in a generally clockwise pattern with successive numerical indicia marks decreasing in numerical value in a clockwise direction from a twelve o'clock position. An annular ring of electronically generated graphic indicia are visible on the display face and spaced inwardly from the peripheral numerical indicia and a digital numerical read-out display of elapsed times is visible internally of the annular ring of graphic indicia. There is at least one electronic control element for setting a desired elapsed set time into the device, which desired elapsed set time is indicated both on the digital read-out display and as a complete ring or an arcuate section of the annular ring on the display face. There is also an actuator for initiating progressive clockwise disappearing movement of the electronically generated graphic indicia so as to expose decreasing areas of the annular ring in a clockwise direction as time elapses and while the digital numerical display remains synchronized with the graphic indicia until all of the set time has elapsed. Preferably, the device is in the form of a wrist watch.10-16-2008
20120275276ELECTRONIC TIMEPIECE - A power generation unit generates electric power depending on light to be irradiated to a light receiving surface. An electricity storage unit stores the electric power generated by the power generation unit and outputs the stored electric power. A voltage detection unit detects a voltage of the electric power that is output from the electricity storage unit. A processing unit performs time measurement. A chronograph indicator points a time counted by the processing unit and is fixed by a mechanism while the time measurement is stopped. A second driving circuit drives the chronograph indicator by the use of the electric power that is output from the electricity storage unit. The processing unit drives the second driving circuit when the voltage of the electric power which is output from the electricity storage unit is equal to or greater than a predetermined threshold value.11-01-2012
368108000 For predetermined interval 21
20100271909Perfect Egg Timer - A timing device for the cooking of eggs, comprising timing means, apt to compute a temperature, signaling means, actuatable by the timing means to signal that the time interval has elapsed, and temperature sensitive means, apt to be arranged in proximity of the eggs and to determine the starting of computing of the time interval by the timing means at a pre-determined temperature.10-28-2010
20090154299CO END OF LIFE TIMING CIRCUIT - A system for indicating an end of a life cycle time period for a device which may include a sensor device or detector for measuring an environmental condition. A control device communicates with the device and includes a programmable timing mechanism for measuring a life cycle time period. The control device initiates an end of life cycle indicator such as a fault message after the life cycle time period has elapsed. The life cycle time period may be measured from a date of manufacture of the device. The life cycle time period may also be measured from a date of installation of the device when the date of manufacture of the sensor device is unknown. In the case of sensor devices or detectors an environmental condition for measuring by the detector may include carbon monoxide levels in an enclosed area where the device is a respective carbon monoxide detector.06-18-2009
20090201773REMINDER DEVICE - A single use reminder device (08-13-2009
20100254228System and method for providing timing - To overcome potential problems associated with overflowing counters/timers, embodiments of the present invention include a ping timer and a pong timer offset from each other, and a time checker that accesses at any one timer either the ping timer or the pong timer to determine whether a time interval has passed. Upon passage of the time interval, the time checker switches access from the ping timer to the pong timer before the ping timer reaches an overflow state, thereby avoiding problems associated with counter/timer overflow.10-07-2010
20130148477User Interface Features for a Watch - A watch provides a chronographic function while the watch is in a “sport” mode. If a user activates a button relating to the chronographic function, such as a “start/lap” button, then the light for the watch will automatically activate. The light may remain active for a significantly long time, such as a period of six seconds or more. Alternately or additionally, if a user activates a button while the watch is in a “performance” or “sport” mode, then the light will automatically activate regardless of the button being activated. Still further, the chronographic function of the watch may be configured to not measure a lap time that is lower than a preset threshold value, such as, for example, three seconds.06-13-2013
368109000 Including alarm means 16
20100149925Holiday decoration with an electronic countdown feature - A holiday decoration with an electronic countdown feature, comprising: a decoration body (06-17-2010
20120033532TIME INTERVAL INDICATING DEVICE - A device for indicating the passage of two or more time intervals is provided. In one embodiment, the device includes a base portion with a user interface and a light portion. The light portion includes three lights of different colors that are disposed in a vertical arrangement above the base portion. The user interface includes a display and a keypad for programming the device with one or more time durations, and for associating one or more of the lights with each time interval. A controller is in communication with the user interface and operatively coupled with the lights to illuminate and turn off each light during its associated interval. The device may include an audio section linked to the controller for further indicating the intervals or transitions therebetween by outputting one or more sounds.02-09-2012
20080279050Timepiece with alert timer - A timepiece includes a time provider providing a current time and an alert timer. The alert timer includes a time setter setting a time interval at the current time as a starting time, a time processor counting the time interval starting from the starting time, and a signal generator automatically and timely generating an alert signal in a punctual time manner when said time processor is finished counting the time interval in responsive to the starting time.11-13-2008
20080279051Portable article with alert timer - A portable article includes a portable item having a primary function and adapted for being conveniently carried by a user, and an alert timer, which is built-in with the portable item, including a time setter setting a time interval at a starting time, a time processor counting the time interval starting from the starting time, and a signal generator automatically and timely generating an alert signal in a punctual time manner when said time processor is finished counting the time interval in responsive to the starting time.11-13-2008
20080239882SIGNALING TIMEPIECE - A novel timepiece that uses color and/or shape and/or symbols to provide a toddler, child or other individual who hasn't learned to tell time or the concept of time to determine if a specified time or time period has been reached. The timepiece can illuminate and/or display a color and/or symbol and/or shape upon reaching a specified time or after an elapsed period of time.10-02-2008
20100302912TIME INTERVAL INDICATING DEVICE - A device for indicating the passage of two or more time intervals is provided. In one embodiment, the device includes a base portion with a user interface and a light portion. The light portion includes three lights of different colors that are disposed in a vertical arrangement above the base portion. The user interface includes a display and a keypad for programming the device with one or more time durations, and for associating one or more of the lights with each time interval. A controller is in communication with the user interface and operatively coupled with the lights to illuminate and turn off each light during its associated interval. The device may include an audio section linked to the controller for further indicating the intervals or transitions therebetween by outputting one or more sounds.12-02-2010
20100309754Alarm Clock With Nap Timer - An alarm clock includes a nap timer. At least one button may be used to add a predetermined time interval to a total nap time, while the clock is in its normal timekeeping mode. No further actions are necessary in order to set a nap time. An alarm will sound upon the elapsing of the set nap time.12-09-2010
20100061191Silent time reminding device - A silent time reminding device including a soft elastic fastening band and a main body. The fastening band can be fitted on a suitable part of human body. A clipped section is disposed on an outer face of the fastening band to define a pocket with the fastening band. At least one setting key and a resilient clip are disposed on the main body. The resilient clip can be easily extended into the pocket to clip the clipped section so as to detachably associate the main body with the fastening band. A user can wear the fastening band with the main body contacting a surface of the user's body. The main body is at least inbuilt with a timer and a vibration module. At a specific time, the timer drives the vibration module to vibrate for shocking the surface of the user's body to achieve a reminding effect.03-11-2010
20120307600ELECTRONIC TIMER/SENSOR TO PROTECT SKIN FROM OVEREXPOSURE TO UV RADIATION - A portable device that alerts a user when she should reapply her sunscreen product. The device is activated by a start/stop button and a count down timer counts down from a fixed amount of time to zero. Once the timer has counted down to zero, an indicator such as an alarm is activated to notify the user it is time for her to reapply her sunscreen product. Preferably the fixed amount of time can range from about one to about four hours and, most preferably, the fixed amount of time is about two hours.12-06-2012
20100246337ATTRACTOR TIMEPIECE APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR SELF IMPROVEMENT - An attractor timepiece apparatus. The apparatus may comprise a housing, a surface coupled to the housing, a plurality of numerals on the surface spanning more than 60 seconds, at least one actuator, and a rotatable arm structured to begin rotating from a starting position responsive to the actuator. The rotatable arm may be structured to automatically stop rotating at the starting position. Also disclosed is a method for self improvement using an attractor timepiece apparatus. The timepiece apparatus may begin counting from a starting position responsive to a first input from a user. The timepiece apparatus may notify the user to start meditating using a first sensory effect. Thereafter, a plurality of seconds may be traversed to an ending position more than 60 seconds from the starting position, and the timepiece apparatus may automatically stop counting at the ending position. The timepiece apparatus may notify the user to stop meditating using a second sensory effect.09-30-2010
20080232199Time Management Device - A time management device includes a body portion including a front side and a back side, the front side including at least one elapsed time indicator, and at least one of the front side and back side including a programmable elapsed time controller, wherein the programmable elapsed time controller receives at least one time indicator and actuates at least one of the elapsed time indicators responsive to the time indicator, and a support portion connected to the body, the support portion configured to mate with a door knob and support the body on the door knob.09-25-2008
20120026844Stop light go light timer - A timer device to induce and encourage a young child to manage time when engaged in daily activities, the timer device comprising visually comprehensible changes in time through the use of red and green lights for the start and end of activity period, respectively. The timer device can further include an audible alarm to signal the end of the activity. Further operational switches and buttons include a power button or switch, start/pause button to start time or pause time, engage buttons, hours buttons (+, −) and minutes buttons (+, −) to adjust time on a liquid crystal display (LCD). The timer device can be powered by AC power or battery power.02-02-2012
20120287761SIGNALING DEVICE AND METHOD OF USE IN CARING FOR PETS - Devices having symbols or messages that are illuminated and darkened in accordance with a care-taking schedule for a pet, and methods for using the devices.11-15-2012
20130142017Reminding Method and Device for Playing Sound According to Control or According to Spending Amount in Real Time - A reminding method and device for playing a tone according to control or according to spending amount in real time. The method comprises: receiving, from a charging system, an interval duration of playing a tone which is related to having spent the fixed amount; setting an interval duration of playing a tone for reminding of the spending of the fixed amount according to the interval duration of playing a tone which is related to having spent the fixed amount; and when a call duration of a user reaches the interval duration of playing a tone for reminding of the spending of the fixed amount, playing the tone which is for reminding of having spent the fixed amount to the user. The present invention solves the problem in the prior art that real-time sound play reminding cannot be performed on the user based on spending amount.06-06-2013
20130148478Electronic Device and Method for Setting Time of Timer - In an electronic device provided with a resume function, a timer outputs a predetermined signal if a measured time value becomes a set time. Upon receiving the predetermined signal from the timer, a state control unit executes a resume process. A time information receiving unit receives time information that specifies a time interval, at which an application executes a predetermined process. A time interval retaining unit retains a time interval T for restoring the application to an executable state. A defining unit registers a set time with the timer on the basis of the received time information and the time interval T.06-13-2013
20130155818ELECTRONIC DEVICE, STORAGE MEDIUM AND METHOD FOR CONTROLLING AN ALARM FUNCTION OF THE ELECTRONIC DEVICE - In a method for controlling an alarm function of an electronic device, an alarm time, an alarm mode, a plurality of control modes of the alarm function and a shaking frequency and an audio file corresponding to each of the control modes are set. If a current time matches the alarm time, the alarm function is started by activating the alarm mode and a monitor unit is enabled to monitor acceleration values of the electronic device. A first shaking frequency in a first predetermined time limit is recorded according to the acceleration values. The control mode corresponding to the first shaking frequency is confirmed, and the audio file corresponding to the confirmed control mode is output. The method further controls the alarm function according to the confirmed control mode.06-20-2013
368110000 Mechanically actuated stop time type 7
368112000 With reset means 7
20110194382Chronograph timepiece - To provide a chronograph timepiece which takes up a minimal region and which enables a related lever to return to an original position when a chronograph action instruction button is not pressed. A chronograph timepiece includes a plurality of heart cams, a start-stop button, a reset-to-zero button, a start-stop lever that rotates around a common rotation center when the start-stop button is forced to be inserted, a reset-to-zero instruction lever that rotates around the common rotation center when the reset-to-zero button is forced to be inserted, a hammer operating lever that rotates in a first direction when the start-stop lever rotates and rotates in a second direction when the reset-to-zero instruction lever rotates, and a hammer lever that causes the plurality of heart cams to be reset to zero by corresponding hammer portions when the hammer operating lever rotates in the second direction and causes the hammer portions to be estranged from the heart cams or the estranged states to be maintained when the hammer operating lever rotates in the first direction.08-11-2011
20110267928Chronograph timepiece - Chronograph hands are made not to start driving at an inappropriate position in a case where a sleep mode is cancelled in a chronograph timepiece in which driving of each of the hands is electrically performed by motors and reset-to-zero of the chronograph hands is performed by mechanical mechanisms. An operation mode setting portion forbids a chronograph measurement operation if only a start and stop button is operated after a sleep mode is cancelled by an amount of power generated by a solar cell exceeding a predetermined amount, and, if a reset button is operated after the sleep mode is cancelled, performs a control such that the chronograph measurement operation is started by a start operation using the start and stop button.11-03-2011
20110128826Chronograph timepiece - In a chronograph timepiece of a construction in which chronograph hands are electrically drive-controlled and mechanically zero-restoring-controlled, even when backlash is generated due to zero-restoring, the chronograph hands are normally moved at the time of the next time measurement start. A chronograph timepiece includes a drive control unit starting a time measurement operation in response to a start operation of a start/stop button, electrically hand-movement-driving chronograph hands by driving a chronograph hand movement motor according to the time measured, and resetting the time measurement operation in response to a reset operation of a reset button, and a mechanical structure mechanically zero-restoring and setting the chronograph hands in response to the reset operation, wherein the drive control unit drives the chronograph hand movement motor by a predetermined amount even after the reset operation has been performed.06-02-2011
20110026372Chronograph timepiece - Disclosed is a chronograph timepiece in which it is possible to prevent a non-rotation state at the time of first driving when chronograph measuring operation is reset during motor drive and restarting is effected. When a resetting operation is performed on a reset button during the driving of a motor and a rotation detection circuit detects non-rotation, a drive control unit controls a drive pulse generation circuit such that the control is completed without reversing the polarity of a motor drive pulse output from the drive pulse generation circuit, and that the motor is driven by a drive pulse of the same polarity as that at the time of the previous resetting in response to a starting operation performed on a start/stop button, driving the motor by the drive pulse of the same polarity at the time of restarting after the resetting.02-03-2011
20110249536Chronograph timepiece - For a chronograph timepiece that chronograph hands are mechanically reset to zero and electrically driven, the chronograph hands are prevented from being electrically driven while being mechanically locked. A chronograph timepiece that is mechanically reset to zero includes a chronograph motor for driving a chronograph hand, a drive unit configured to drive the chronograph motor according a time measurement operation in response to a starting operation by an operating section, and a control unit configured to control the drive unit. The control unit has a rotation detecting circuit for detecting a rotation status of the chronograph motor. When the rotation detecting circuit detects that the chronograph motor is not rotated after the chronograph motor has been rotated a predetermined time period, driving the chronograph motor by the drive unit is stopped for resetting the time measurement operation.10-13-2011
20110122734Chronograph timepiece - Disclosed is a chronograph timepiece whose chronograph hands are electrically drive-controlled and mechanically zero-restoring-controlled, wherein it possible to perform a normal operation at the time of start operation and reset operation. After a mechanical control unit releases the setting of chronograph hands in response to the start operation of a start/stop button, a contact portion is placed in a start state, and an electrical control unit starts a time measurement operation to electrically hand-movement-drive the chronograph hands, and, after a contact portion is placed in a reset state in response to a reset operation of a reset button and the electrical control unit electrically resets the time measurement operation, the mechanical control unit mechanically zero-restores and sets the chronograph hands.05-26-2011
20110235473Switch structure, and chronograph mechanism and electronic timepiece using the same - A switch structure of a chronograph mechanism of an electronic timepiece includes: a terminal plate equipped with a plate-like main body portion and elastic switch lever portions, each switch lever portion being equipped with an arm portion which is and bent with respect to the outer peripheral edge portion of the plate-like main body portion at one side of the proximal end portion thereof, and which extends in a direction along the outer peripheral edge portion of the plate-like main body portion, and which is equipped with an elastic contact portion further extending from the pressing force receiving portion; and an elastic switch lever supporting rigid support lever which is movably provided behind the pressing force receiving portion in order to receive a pressing force behind the pressing force receiving portion and to guide displacement of the pressing force receiving portion when a pressing force is applied to the pressing force receiving portion.09-29-2011
368113000 Stop time type 17
20110013493Chronograph timepiece - When it is judged that a chronograph second counter and a chronograph minute counter have measured a maximum measurement time, a maximum measurement control unit controls a drive pulse generation circuit so as to drive and stop a motor such that chronograph hand stops at predetermined positions. When, in this state, a restarting operation is performed on a start/stop button, a normal chronograph measurement operation is restarted. At this time, a mechanical structure has been restored to a reset state, so that even at the time of restarting after the measurement of the maximum measurement time, the load at the starting operation is the same as that of the normal operation, thus generating no sense of incongruity.01-20-2011
20090213700Automated Interval Timing Method Devices and System - Automated Interval Timing Method Devices and System for automatically timing a plurality of moving entities over a course with predetermined finish line are delineated. Each moving entity wears, carries or has mounted on it a timing unit which is actuated by an acoustic starting signal. A device is located at the finish line so as to create an acoustic field that is narrow in the direction of travel of the moving entities. As each moving entity crosses the finish line, the timing unit detects the finish line acoustic field and records and displays the elapsed time from the acoustic starting signal to the crossing of the finish line. More particularly the timing system comprises wearable or mountable stopwatches, and an array of narrow-beam acoustic transmitters located at the finish line. Each participant or vehicle in a race wears or carries a stopwatch. Each stopwatch is started by the sound of a starting pistol or an electronically generated starting tone or other distinctive acoustic starting signal. Split times and finish times are recorded by the stopwatch when it recognizes the finish line acoustic signal.08-27-2009
20120170427Systems and methods for timing athletic events - Improved systems and methods for timing athletic events. A radio-based starter unit and a radio based timer unit communicate wirelessly via radio. Push buttons/switches and lights and a speaker in the units provide an intuitive, easy to use interface. Handshaking occurs between the starter unit and the timer unit, and lights indicate that the event is ready to start. Real time clocks in the units are synchronized. Upon detection of race or other event start, such as from a starter's pistol, information indicative of the race start time is transmitted from the start unit to the timer unit. A camera in communication with the timer unit provides video frames, and the timer unit encodes and inserts elapsed time information in the video frames, which are then output from the timer unit for review and analysis on a computer.07-05-2012
20110007611Chronograph timepiece - In response to an instruction to start time measurement given by a start/stop button, an in-phase drive control unit outputs an in-phase control signal of a predetermined time width to a drive pulse generation circuit such that a stepping motor is driven, instead of by a first drive pulse, by an initial drive pulse of a longer drive time than the drive pulse. The drive pulse generation circuit rotates the stepping motor by a motor drive signal including a plurality of in-phase main drive pulses. The stepping motor is rotated by one of the main drive pulses included by the motor drive signal to rotate the chronograph hands.01-13-2011
20090310445DISPLAY DEVICE FOR DISPLAYING ONE OR OTHER OF TWO DIFFERENT INDICATIONS WITH THE SAME TIMEPIECE INDICATOR MEMBER - The timepiece display device includes a rotating analogue indicator member (12-17-2009
20090257319Method and Device for Measuring Time Intervals - A device is dislosed for measuring a plurality of time intervals.10-15-2009
20090161494Modeling Method for Evaluating Unit Delay Time of Inverter and Apparatus Thereof - A modeling method for evaluating a unit delay time of an inverter and an apparatus thereof are disclosed. The present modeling method includes deriving a model for a plurality of inverters, including a channel length, a channel width and a gate electrode resistance as variables in the model; measuring a delay time by inputting variations in the variables; and determining a unit delay time for one inverter by dividing the delay time by the number of inverters.06-25-2009
20120230158Timing Skew Characterization Apparatus and Method - A timing skew characterization apparatus comprises a coarse timing skew characterization circuit, a fine timing skew characterization circuit and a coarse delay cell calibration circuit. The coarse timing skew characterization circuit comprises a plurality of coarse delay cells whose delays can be calibrated through the coarse delay cell calibration circuit. The calibration of fine delay cells can be implemented through a trail and error process. Both coarse delay step and fine delay step can be characterized through a single measurement setup. As a result, the timing skew characterization apparatus provides a high resolution setup and hold time measurement.09-13-2012
20120092968USER INTERFACE FEATURES FOR A WATCH - A watch provides a chronographic function while the watch is in a “sport” mode. If a user activates a button relating to the chronographic function, such as a “start/lap” button, then the light for the watch will automatically activate. The light may remain active for a significantly long time, such as a period of six seconds or more. Alternately or additionally, if a user activates a button while the watch is in a “performance” or “sport” mode, then the light will automatically activate regardless of the button being activated. Still further, the chronographic function of the watch may be configured to not measure a lap time that is lower than a preset threshold value, such as, for example, three seconds.04-19-2012
368114000 With physically changeable element 1
20130286794TIME DEPENDENT-TEMPERATURE INDEPENDENT COLOR CHANGING LABEL - A timing device for indicating a passage of a duration of time is disclosed. The timing device in accordance with the embodiments of the invention has a grid array architecture. The grid array architecture includes an electrode structure with an anode layer, a cathode layer and a thermistor layer. The anode layer and the thermistor layer are electrically coupled through a plurality of cathode trace structures. In operation the timing device is actuated through a suitable mechanism to initiate depletion of the anode layer and, thereby, indicate a passage of a duration time. As the anode layer depletes, sequential cathode trace structures are exposed and the thermistor layer acts as a temperature dependent resistor through a plurality of exposed cathode trace structures.10-31-2013
368118000 Including time base oscillator 3
20080267016Electric Counter Circuit - An electric counter circuit (10-30-2008
20090141595TIME-TO-DIGITAL CONVERTER APPARATUS - A time-to-digital converter apparatus including a delay phase-locked loop, a subtracter, a multi-phase detector and a Vernier detector is disclosed. The delay phase-locked loop herein includes digital delay components for producing counting signals. The multi-phase detector includes digital delay components for producing delay outputs according to the counting signals and thereby detecting a pulse input signal. The Vernier detector includes digital delay components for detecting the remainder of the pulse input signal according to the difference between the delay outputs produced by the subtracter.06-04-2009
20110273967ULTRA HIGH RESOLUTION TIMING MEASUREMENT - A method for high-resolution timing measurement includes a first oscillator generating a first clock with a first frequency. A second oscillator generates a second clock with a second frequency. A delay pulse generator generates a delayed pulse from the second clock. An oscillator tuner controls the second frequency to be as close as possible to the first frequency without being the same as the first frequency. A sampling module samples the delayed pulse at the first frequency. A counter generates a digital counter value by counting a number of samples made by the sampling module.11-10-2011
368120000 Including delay means 4
20090154300High Resolution Time Interpolator - The present subject matter is directed to a high-speed high resolution and accuracy time interpolator circuit. The interpolator uses basic dual ramp time-to-digital converter architecture, but provides circuits and methodologies to improve the accuracy, reduce the effective intrinsic jitter, and reduce the measurement time. Improved aspects of the present subject matter correspond to the introduction of a current mirror for improved settling time, a high frequency clock for improved resolution and ADC sample processing to improve resolution and accuracy.06-18-2009
20080198700DUTY CYCLE MEASURMENT CIRCUIT FOR MEASURING AND MAINTAINING BALANCED CLOCK DUTY CYCLE - A circuit for measuring timing uncertainty in a clocked digital path and in particular, the number of logic stages completed in any clock cycle. A local clock buffer receives a global clock and provides a complementary pair of local clocks. A first local (launch) clock is an input to a delay line, e.g., 3 clock cycles worth of series connected inverters. Delay line taps (inverter outputs) are inputs to a register that is clocked by the complementary clock pair to capture progression of the launch clock through the delay line and identify any variation (e.g., from jitter, VDD noise) in that progression. Global clock skew and across chip gate length variation can be measured by cross coupling launch clocks from a pair of such clock buffers and selectively passing the local and remote launch clocks to the respective delay lines.08-21-2008
20080198699METHOD FOR BUILT IN SELF TEST FOR MEASURING TOTAL TIMING UNCERTAINTY IN A DIGITAL DATA PATH - A circuit for measuring timing uncertainty in a clocked digital path and in particular, the number of logic stages completed in any clock cycle. A local clock buffer receives a global clock and provides a complementary pair of local clocks. A first local (launch) clock is an input to a delay line, e.g., 3 clock cycles worth of series connected inverters. Delay line taps (inverter outputs) are inputs to a register that is clocked by the complementary clock pair to capture progression of the launch clock through the delay line and identify any variation (e.g., from jitter, VDD noise) in that progression. Global clock skew and across chip gate length variation can be measured by cross coupling launch clocks from a pair of such clock buffers and selectively passing the local and remote launch clocks to the respective delay lines.08-21-2008
20090296532High-Resolution Circular Interpolation Time-To-Digital Converter - A time-to-digital converter includes a circular delay chain, a phase interpolator, and a time-to-digital (TDC) core. The circular delay chain receives a first input clock and generates a first set of multi-phase clocks by propagating the first input clock through delay cells in the delay chain. The phase interpolator performs phase interpolation with a second input clock and another clock to generate a second set of multi-phase clocks. The other clock may be a delayed version of the second input clock. The TDC core uses the first and second set of multi-phase clocks to determine the time difference between the first and second input clocks.12-03-2009

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