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Multiple Timing Submersible Device

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000004524D
Publication Date: 2001-Jan-11
Document File: 5 page(s) / 56K

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Abstract

The present invention is an underwater swimmer's timer. The clock is mounted to the pool wall at the end of the swimmer's lane. A clear plastic dome protects the LCD face of the clock. The swimmer pushes on the plastic dome thus triggering the timer to begin and end. Several lap timers are integrated together to display multiple swimmer times to the swimmer.

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Multiple Timing Submersible Device

Advances in sports technology have resulted in increased athlete performance. A large focus of the integration of technology into sports is the use of training aids. Due to this integration of technology into sports, a newly formed market has emerged, from which large revenues could be gained.

How to display and trigger a lap timer underwater?

Swimmers that wish to view their lap times and those in other lanes, for training purposes or during competition, are usually required to use a clock outside of the pool or some form of a wristwatch. Both of these techniques require that normal swimming be interrupted. If a timer system were in clear view of the swimmer then normal swimming would be allowed to continue. What is needed is a way to display and trigger a lap timer underwater.

The present invention is an underwater swimmer's timer. The clock is mounted to the pool wall at the end of the swimmer's lane. A clear plastic dome protects the LCD face of the clock. The swimmer pushes on the plastic dome thus triggering the timer to begin and end. Several lap timers are integrated together to display multiple swimmer times to the swimmer.

Figure 1a Side-view of submersible timing device

Figure 1b Front-view of submersible timing device

Figure 1c Cross-section of submersible timing device

Figures 1a, 1b and 1c illustrate a submersible timing device that is located in a pool lane 110 on a pool wall 120. A clock casing 130 is securely mounted to pool wall 120. An LCD clock face 140 is contained in clock casing 130 and a plastic dome 150. Plastic dome 150 is sealed to clock casing 130 by a flexible rubber seal 160. Metal contacts 170 are located on the bottom edge of plastic dome 150. Rubber seal 160 allows plastic dome 150 along with metal contacts 170 to contact mating contacts 175 and clock casing 130 when pushed on by the swimmer, thus triggering the timer. A line to other clocks 180 electrically networks the desired clocks for multiple time display.