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Analog Clock Face With Highlighted Reserved Time Areas

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000101484D
Original Publication Date: 1990-Aug-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-16
Document File: 2 page(s) / 91K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Brewer, S: AUTHOR [+4]

Abstract

This invention describes an interrelated analog clock face display and a daily calendar function.

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Analog Clock Face With Highlighted Reserved Time Areas

       This invention describes an interrelated analog clock
face display and a daily calendar function.

      The analog clock face display remains visible on the screen at
all times, although it may be reduced significantly to conserve
screen real estate.  The clock displays the standard two-hand
configuration which is updated every 60 seconds.  When displayed in a
large enough area, the second hand may also be displayed.

      The analog clock face was selected because of the "intuitive"
feeling for time provided, and for the ability to indicate blocked
areas of time graphically and in an immediately comprehensible manner
(see Figure 1).

      The calendar function provides a means of scheduling various
types of time: meetings, appointments, private time, etc.  In
general, any type of calendar function could be associated with the
analog clock display.  The number and type of time blocks can be
defined by the use within the limits set by the program (say, 5 or
6).  Each type of time block is associated with a color.

      For example, say the user has associated blue with the time
block "meeting".  When a meeting is scheduled for 9:00 to 10:00 in
the morning of the current day (see Figure 2), an area of blue
appears on the clock face (shown in Figure 3 as stripes).  The user
can glance at the clock, check the current time as well as the time
remaining before the meeting, and know how m...