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They Invented What? (No. 27)

Posted in They Invented What? by Jake Ward on December 13, 2006

JW Note:  One would likely find the “resetting” feature to be most useful.

U.S. Pat. No. 5,031,161:  Life expectancy timepiece.

  watch

Background: 

Life expectancy has been a major concern of people throughout the ages . . . .   Heretofore, there has been no way of automatically monitoring one’s own life expectancy, based on factors such as actuarial tables, contemporaneous events and heredity. . . .   It would also be advantageous to provide a timepiece that would allow one to be apprised of the probable time remaining in one’s life.  It would also be advantageous to monitor the probable remaining time left in one’s life on a yearly, hourly, and even seconds basis.  It would also be advantageous to provide a lifetime monitoring timepiece that could be resettable by the user.

Claims:

1. A time monitoring apparatus for monitoring and displaying an approximate time remaining in a lifespan of an individual, said monitoring apparatus programmed to decrement time units from an actuarially determined lifespan and to shift a projected lifespan value as the individual grows older, said time monitoring apparatus comprising:

(a) processing means for monitoring the passage of time, and programmed with an actuarial table algorithm for projecting a lifespan value for an individual, said program further shifting said lifespan value as the individual grows older and said time is monitored;

(b) a resettable memory operatively connected to said processing means for storing data representative of years, days, hours, minutes, and seconds;

(c) display means operatively connected to said processing means for displaying data stored in said resettable memory; and

(d) means operatively connected to said processing means for entering and changing said stored data based upon characteristics specific to said individual, whereby an approximate time remaining in the lifespan of said individual can be reset by said individual.


2. The time monitoring apparatus of claim 1, contained within a watch to be worn by said individual.

3. The time monitoring apparatus of claim 1, further comprising increment shifting means for manually changing shifting increments whereby said lifespan value can be shifted in increments of days, hours, weeks, months or years.

4. The time monitoring apparatus of claim 3, wherein said program automatically increments shifting said lifespan value every day, hour, week, month or year in accordance with setting of said increment shifting means.

5. The time monitoring apparatus of claim 1, further comprising interrogating means for interrogating the individual concerning lifespan value changing data and information, whereby said individual can enter data and information based upon said interrogation into said resettable memory to change said lifespan value.

6. The time monitoring apparatus of claim 1, wherein said display means comprises an LCD.

7. The time monitoring apparatus of claim 1, wherein said resettable memory comprises incrementing and decrementing registers.

8. The time monitoring apparatus of claim 1, wherein said display is digital.

9. A time monitoring apparatus for monitoring and displaying an approximate time remaining in a lifespan of an individual, said monitoring apparatus programmed to decrement time units from an actuarially determined lifespan, said time monitoring apparatus comprising:

(a) processing means for monitoring the passage of time, and programmed with an actuarial table algorithm for projecting a lifespan value for an individual;

(b) a resettable memory comprising incrementing and decrementing registers operatively connected to said processing means for storing data representative of years, days, hours, minutes, and seconds;

(c) display means operatively connected to said processing mean for displaying data stored in said resettable memory; and

(d) means operatively connected to said processing means for entering and changing said stored data based upon characteristics specific to said individual, whereby an approximate time remaining in the lifespan of said individual can be reset by said individual.

10. The time monitoring apparatus of claim 9, contained within a watch to be worn by said individual.

11. The time monitoring apparatus of claim 9, further comprising increment shifting means for manually changing shifting increments whereby said lifespan value can be shifted in increments of days, hours, weeks, months or years.

12. The time monitoring apparatus of claim 11, wherein said program automatically increments shifting said lifespan value every day, hour, week, month or year in accordance with setting of said increment shifting means.

13. The time monitoring apparatus of claim 9, further comprising interrogating means for interrogating the individual concerning lifespan value changing data and information, whereby said individual can enter data and information based upon said interrogation into said resettable memory to change said lifespan value.

14. The time monitoring apparatus of claim 9, wherein said display means comprises an LCD.

15. The time monitoring apparatus of claim 9, wherein said display is digital.

16. A digital time monitoring apparatus for monitoring and displaying an approximate time remaining in a lifespan of an individual, said monitoring apparatus programmed to decrement time units from an actuarially determined lifespan and to shift a projected lifespan value as the individual grows older, said time monitoring apparatus comprising:

(a) processing means for monitoring the passage of time, and programmed with an actuarial table algorithm for projecting a lifespan value for an individual, said program further shifting said lifespan value as the individual grows older and said time is monitored;

(b) a resettable memory comprising incrementing and decrementing registers operatively connected to said processing means for storing data representative of years, days, hours, minutes, and seconds;

(c) digital display means operatively connected to said processing means for displaying data stored in said resettable memory; and

(d) means operatively connected to said processing means for entering and changing said stored data based upon characteristics specific to said individual, whereby an approximate time remaining in the lifespan of said individual can be reset by said individual.

17. The time monitoring apparatus of claim 16, contained within a watch to be worn by said individual.

18. The time monitoring apparatus of claim 16, further comprising increment shifting means for manually changing shifting increments whereby said lifespan value can be shifted in increments of days, hours, weeks, months or years.

19. The time monitoring apparatus of claim 18, wherein said program automatically increments shifting said lifespan value every day, hour, week, month or year in accordance with setting of said increment shifting means.

20. The time monitoring apparatus of claim 16, further comprising interrogating means for interrogating the individual concerning lifespan value changing data and information, whereby said individual can enter data and information based upon said interrogation into said resettable memory to change said lifespan value.

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