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Dual Function Analog Clock and Compass for A Vehicle

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000030717D
Publication Date: 2004-Aug-24
Document File: 5 page(s) / 55K

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Abstract

An instrument console may include an analog display which may be used to display time information and vehicle direction information. The display may be configured to display both types of information at the same time or may be configured to selectively display one type of information or the other. The type of information displayed may be controlled based on a user input.

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Dual Function Analog Clock and Compass for A Vehicle

Abstract

    An instrument console may include an analog display which may be used to display time information and vehicle direction information. The display may be configured to display both types of information at the same time or may be configured to selectively display one type of information or the other. The type of information displayed may be controlled based on a user input.

Description of the Innovation

Background

    A vehicle may include numerous features such as a cloak and a compass. The compass display may be positioned at various locations within a vehicle such as on the dashboard, the instrument panel, the rearview mirror, etc. Many modern vehicular compasses use electromagnetic sensors to determine a vehicle's direction. Electronic compasses generally use digital displays, such as LCD and VF displays, to display the vehicle's direction. Such electronic compass displays are often controlled by microprocessors running complicated algorithms.

    While current vehicles typically include a digital clock display, an analog clock may also be used, such as analog clocks produced by Borg Instruments. An analog clock generally includes first and second hands with a traditional clock face display (e.g. the numbers 1-12 in a circular arrangement). The hands may be coaxial and may be driven by a stepper motor. The stepper motor may be controlled by a microprocessor or other control circuit. Alternatively, other known control and movement arrangements may be utilized.

Description

    Referring to Figs. 1A and 1B, a combined analog clock and compass 10 may provide both the clock and the compass information for the vehicle. An appliqué (not shown) is created on the clock face 12 of the analog clock 10 to provide directional markings 14. Alternatively,

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the appliqué can carry the markings of both the directional markings 14 and time markings 20, or the appliqué can carry the time markings 20 and be placed on a directional face 10, or a reconfigurable digital display can be used to provide the time 20 and directional 14 markings (either simultaneously or in the alternative), or some other conventional means may be used to provide the markings 14, 20. The directions N E S W may be provided on the clock face 12 that correspond to 12, 3, 6, 9, respectively, of the analog clock 10.

    A button 22 is provided to select a clock mode (Fig. 1A) or compass mode (Fig. 1B). The button 22, 122 can be located on the display face 12 (Fig. 1A) or can be located remote from the display face 112 (Fig. 1B) of the dual analog clock-compass 10. In the clock mode the first 16 and second 18 hands indicate the time. In the compass mode the first 116 and second 118 hands both point to the direction in which the vehicle is traveling. In the compass mode, the hands 116, 118 may be configured to move fluidly between the displayed directions. Alternatively, the hands 116, 118 may be controlled to be located in a...