US Patent No: 7,123,189

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Apparatus and method for allowing user to track path of travel over extended period of time

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An apparatus (10) and method for allowing a moving user to automatically determine and store locations (11) over an extended period of time, to display the series of such locations (11), and to actively assist in returning to an earlier location. The apparatus (10) includes an antenna (16) for facilitating satellite lock, a fastening mechanism (18) for positioning the antenna (10) for best reception, and a satellite lock indicator (20) for communicating loss of satellite lock. The apparatus (10) also includes a timer (26) for measuring an interval during which the apparatus (10) is in a power-conserving sleep mode, and after which the user's current location is automatically determined. Active assistance in returning to an earlier location, either by traveling back along the path earlier traveled or by traveling along a more direct route, is accomplished by warning the user whenever the user's course deviates from the path or route.

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Patent Owner(s)

Patent OwnerAddressTotal Patents
BUSHNELL INC.OVERLAND PARK, KS44

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Inventor(s)

Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Ball, Richard Overland Park, KS 15 124
Cross, Bill Overland Park, KS 16 107
Lalik, Christopher Overland Park, KS 12 98

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APPLE INC. (25)
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8,127,246 Varying user interface element based on movement 1 2007
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8,355,862 Graphical user interface for presenting location information 3 2008
8,204,684 Adaptive mobile device navigation 15 2008
8,452,529 Adaptive navigation system for estimating travel times 0 2008
8,385,946 Disfavored route progressions or locations 3 2008
8,332,402 Location based media items 8 2008
8,175,802 Adaptive route guidance based on preferences 16 2008
8,762,056 Route reference 0 2008
8,180,379 Synchronizing mobile and vehicle devices 16 2008
8,290,513 Location-based services 2 2008
8,644,843 Location determination 0 2008
8,311,526 Location-based categorical information services 3 2008
8,774,825 Integration of map services with user applications in a mobile device 0 2008
8,369,867 Location sharing 2 2008
8,108,144 Location based tracking 18 2008
8,359,643 Group formation using anonymous broadcast information 6 2008
8,666,367 Remotely locating and commanding a mobile device 0 2009
8,660,530 Remotely receiving and communicating commands to a mobile device for execution by the mobile device 0 2009
8,670,748 Remotely locating and commanding a mobile device 0 2010
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8,694,026 Location based services 0 2012
8,738,039 Location-based categorical information services 0 2012
 
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WALDECK TECHNOLOGY, LLC (1)
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