Fishfinder device with integrated controller

Fishfinder device with integrated controller
US006628569B1
(12) United States Patent
(10) Patent N0.:
(45) Date of Patent:
Steiner et al.
“Florida Sportsman” May 2000. p. 29, 59,144.
(54) FISHFINDER DEVICE WITH INTEGRATED
CONTROLLER
“LPG 2000 Operations Manual” Zercom Marine; p. 1—32.
“Humminbird ?sh Wide open!” ©1997 Humminbird, a sub
(75) Inventors: Mark Steiner, Alpharetta, GA (US);
sidiary of Tele?eX Inc. #1 Hummingird Lane, Eufaula, AL
Nicole Dermikaelian Convault,
36027.
Cumming, GA (US); Darrell Watt,
Marietta, GA (US)
* cited by examiner
Primary Examiner—Daniel Pihulic
(74) Attorney, Agent, or Firm—Baker, Donelson, Bearman
(73) Assignee: Techsonic Industries, Inc., Eufala, AL
(Us)
(*)
Notice:
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CaldWell & PerkoWitZ
(57)
Subject to any disclaimer, the term of this
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ABSTRACT
A?sh?nder device (10) With an integrated controller (11) for
simpli?ed operation, in Which a control sWitch (20) causes
U.S.C. 154(b) by 0 days.
a display (14) to present in a looping sequence an identi?er
(21) Appl. No.: 10/042,501
(64) associated With each of a plurality of operational
(22) Filed:
features (74) for selecting operational features to enable,
disable or modify by operating a selection button (22, 24)
Jan. 9, 2002
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during presentation of the identi?er associated With the
operational feature, the ?sh?nder device (10) including a
transducer (62) for periodically transmitting an acoustic
Wave beam (63) and for receiving return signals of the
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References Cited
acoustic Wave beam re?ected from detected underwater
U.S. PATENT DOCUMENTS
articles (65) and a display (14) for displaying images rep
resentative of the detected underwater articles (65, 67, 69)
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based on the return signals from the transmissions of acous
5/1989 Bailey ...................... .. 367/111
Eagle®, Fisheasy Operation Instructions, @ 2000, pp.
tic Wave beams, While the controller (18) provides the
plurality of operational features (74) for the ?sh?nder device
(10). A method of operating the ?sh?nder device (10) is
1—38.*
disclosed.
OTHER PUBLICATIONS
Humminbird, 100SX Operations Manual, 2003, pp. 1—30.*
Humminbird, PiranhaTM 1 Webpage, @ 2003, pp. 1—2.*
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FISHFINDER DEVICE WITH INTEGRATED
CONTROLLER
features for the ?sh?nder device. The operational features
are selected by a control sWitch operatively engaged to the
controller. The control sWitch, upon activation, activates the
operation of the ?sh?nder device, presents on the display in
TECHNICAL FIELD
a looping sequence an identi?er associated With each one of
the operational features, and deactivates the operation of the
The present application relates to ?sh?nder devices. More
particularly, the present invention is directed to controls for
selecting and implementing operational features for ?sh
?nder devices for simpli?ed operation.
?sh?nder device. The ?sh?nder device includes at least one
selection button operable to selectively enable, disable, and
set an option for the operational feature associated With the
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accordingly activates the ?sh?nder device, causes a display
of identi?ers for the operational features of the ?sh?nder
device in the looping sequence of said identi?ers and
deactivates the operation of the ?sh?nder device. The con
BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION
Fish?nder devices are marine electronic equipment used
for locating underWater articles. In particular, ?sh?nding
devices are used by commercial and sports ?sherman for
locating ?sh as Well as identifying bottom features Which
displayed identi?er. The control sWitch, being operated,
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trol sWitch, With use of the selection button sets a selected
use sonar technology to send acoustic Waves or beams from
option for the displayed one of the operational features also.
In another aspect, the present invention provides a method
of operating a ?sh?nder device, comprising the steps of:
a transducer into the Water. The acoustic beams re?ect from
(a) operating a control sWitch to activate a ?sh?nder
may suggest the possible presence of ?sh. Fish?nder devices
underWater articles, such as ?sh, obstructions, and the bot
device;
tom surface. The re?ected beams return to the transducer as
“echos”. The return echos are communicated as a signal to
(b) providing periodic transmission of an acoustic Wave
beam from a transducer and receipt of return signals of
an analyZer in the ?sh?nder device. The analyZer creates an
image on a display representative of the articles from Which
the acoustic Wave beam re?ected from detected under
the return echos re?ect.
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Fish?nder devices often include features to enhance the
operation and use of the device. These features include
selectively setting the depth range for Which the ?sh?nder
containing information representative of the detected under
re?ected signals, among other features conventionally pro
vided in ?sh?nder devices commercially available, such as
the identi?er associated With one of said operational
HUMMINBIRD brand ?sh?nders available from Techsonic
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(e) alloWing for modi?cation of the operational feature by
rotatable sWitches used for selecting and/or adjusting the
operating a selection button to set a selected option for
operational features of the ?sh?nder. For eXample, a rotat
the operational feature associated With the displayed
identi?er, and
(f) operating the control sWitch to deactivate the operation
of the ?sh?nder device;
Whereby the control sWitch, being operated periodically,
causes the activation oft he ?sh?nder device, the dis
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adjust the particular desired feature.
Objects, features, and advantages of the present invention
Accordingly, there is a need in the art for improved
Will become apparent from a reading of the folloWing
detailed description of the invention and claims in vieW of
?sh?nder devices having integrated controllers for simpli
the appended draWings.
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BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE PRESENT
INVENTION
BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS
FIG. 1 illustrates in perspective vieW a ?sh?nder device
With an integrated controller for simpli?ed operation in
accordance With the present invention.
FIG. 2 illustrates in perspective vieW of the ?sh?nder
device shoWn in FIG. 1 having the integrated controller
activated for simpli?ed selection and adjustment of the
operating features of the ?sh?nder device in accordance
With the present invention.
The present invention meets the need in the art for
improved ?sh?nder devices having an integrated controller
for simpli?ed operation With a transducer for periodically
transmitting an acoustic Wave beam and for receiving return
signals of the acoustic Wave beam re?ected from detected
underWater articles and a display for displaying images
beams. The controller provides a plurality of operational
play of identi?ers for the operational features of the
?sh?nder device in a looping sequence of said identi
?ers and With use of the selection button the setting of
a selected option for the displayed one of the opera
tional features, and the deactivation of said ?sh?nder
device.
dif?cult to grasp the knobs for accurate setting of the
particular feature and to push the correct sWitch to select or
representative of the detected underWater articles based on
the return signals from the transmissions of acoustic Wave
features, Whereby the operational feature associated
With the displayed identi?er can be selected;
The ?sh?nder device typically has sWitch buttons and
?ed operation of such devices. It to such that the present
invention is directed.
tative of the detected underWater articles based on the
return signals from the transmissions of acoustic Wave
(d) enabling the control sWitch to provide a plurality of
operational features for the ?sh?nder device, each
operational feature having an associated identi?er, the
control sWitch being activated to present on the display
Water articles, the sensitivity of the transducer to the
able sWitch typically adjusts the display betWeen loW and
high contrast levels.
While these ?sh?nder devices have provided satisfactory
displays of underWater information, there are draWbacks to
their use. In particular, the close proximity of the push
buttons and knobs of the rotatable sWitches lead to dif?culty
in the operation. A button may inadvertently be actuated
When reaching toWards another of the sWitches. In other
instances, the ?sherman Wear gloves, and this makes it
(c) providing presentation on a display images represen
beams;
device reports information, the contrast of the display screen
Industries, Inc., of Eufaula, Ala.
Water articles;
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FIG. 3 is a perspective vieW of a boat that includes the
?sh?nder device With the integrated controller illustrated in
FIG. 1.
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FIG. 4 is a schematic illustration of the operation of the
?sh?nder device With the integrated controller illustrated in
FIG. 1.
includes an identi?er ?eld 61 and an options ?eld 62. The
identi?er ?eld 61 includes a graphic or text identi?er 63
associated With one of the operating features 74. Each
DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE
PREFERRED EMBODIMENTS
operating feature 74 has a unique identi?er. This enables the
operating feature to be selected during use of the ?sh?nder
device 10, as discussed beloW. The options ?eld 62 presents
Referring noW in more detail to the drawings, in Which
the selectable options (enable, disable, and/or settable
option) associated With the particular operation feature sub
like numerals indicate like parts throughout the several
vieWs, FIG. 1 is a perspective vieW of an embodiment of a
?sh?nder device 10 having an integrated controller 11 for
simpli?ed operation in accordance With the present inven
ject of the identi?er 63 displayed in the identi?er ?eld 61.
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The options ?eld 62 includes one or more icons 64 corre
sponding to the selection sWitches 22, 24 and icons 65
tion.
The ?sh?nder device 10 includes a housing 12 having a
display screen 14 and is supported by a stand 16 that
corresponding to the selectable option for the operating
feature associated With the displayed identi?er. Each oper
ating feature has an associated identi?er that alloWs the user
conventionally mounts to a surface, such as a boat operating 15 of the ?sh?nder device 10 to select the operating feature to
console, as illustrated in FIG. 3. The housing 12 encloses the
be enabled, disabled, or modi?ed as discussed beloW.
controller 11 Which in a preferred embodiment is a micro
With reference to FIG. 4, the present invention provides
the integrated control sWitch 20 for turning the ?sh?nder
processor. The controller 11 includes operating softWare for
directing the operational features or functional actions of the
?sh?nder device 10. A control sWitch 20 is operatively
associated With the controller 18. The control sWitch 20
communicates With the controller 18 for selectively operat
device 10 on 72 and off 70, as Well as selecting the
operational features generally 74 of the ?sh?nder device 10
for enabling, disabling, or modifying by selecting a particu
lar option associated With each operating function, as dis
ing (that is, enabling, disabling, or setting an option) for the
various operational features of the ?sh?nder device 10, as
discussed With particularity beloW With respect to the opera
cussed beloW. The control sWitch 20 is preferably a momen
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tional features. At least one selection sWitch 22 communi
cates With the controller 18. The sWitch 22 is actuated to
enable, disable, or select options for the operational features
selected With the control sWitch 20, as discussed beloW. In
the illustrated embodiment, the ?sh?nder device 10 includes
a second selection sWitch 24 also for use With selecting
options for some of the operational features of the ?sh?nder
device 10.
The display screen 14 presents information useful for
?nding ?sh or submerged articles using the ?sh?nder device
TABLE I
Actuation Table Based On Existing Operating State
Press Control Switch 20 To Accomplish The Next Function)
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10. The display screen 14 includes a upper line 30 repre
sentative of the surface of the Water. The bottom of the
display 32 corresponds to the depth range selected for the
current Water depth. The value 34 of the depth of the body
of Water is displayed together With the Water temperature 36
Operating State Of
Fish?nder Device 10
Function To Be Accomplished
By The Fish?nder Device 10
Off (70)
Turn the ?sh?nder device
On (72)
Activate display of the
10 on (72)
identi?er of one of the
(in embodiments of the ?sh?nder device 10 having a tem
perature sensor.) Fish icons generally 38 are displayed on the
screen 14. In the illustrated embodiment, a depth value 40 is
selectively associated With each ?sh icon 38. Bait ?sh
generally 42 are denoted by smaller trace images. A ther
mocline or temperature gradient 44 is displayed. Ther
moclines indicate underWater temperature changes. A bot
tary sWitch biased by a spring to a disabled position, but is
readily actuated to an enabled position. The control sWitch
20 is momentarily pressed and moved to the actuated
position to perform a selected function based on the pre
existing operating state of the ?sh?nder device 10 as shoWn
by Table I beloW.
operating features (74) of
the ?sh?nder device 10
Displaying an identi?er
of one of the operating
features
Display next operating
feature in the sequential
loop of operating feature (see 74)
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tom contour 46 provides an indication of the bottom of the
If the state of the ?sh?nder device 10 is “on” 72, Whether
displaying an identi?er of one of the operating features 74 or
body of Water. A thicker portion 48 of the bottom contour 46
indicates a soft bottom While a thinner portion 50 generally
indicates a ?rmer bottom surface. A submerged structure 52
is indicated by a block-image. The depth range 53 is
more than a momentary period (for example, for 2 or more
seconds) causes the ?sh?nder device 10 to poWer doWn and
shut off 70.
not, holding the control sWitch 20 for a predetermined period
displayed in a loWer corner of the display screen 14.
The operating features generally 74 are accessed through
a looping menu sequence by activation of the integrated
FIG. 3 is a perspective vieW of a boat 54 in Which the
?sh?nder device 10 mounts to an operating console of the 55 control sWitch 20. With the ?sh?nder device turned on,
momentarily pressing the control sWitch 20 activates the
boat. A conventional transducer 55 mounts to the hull of the
menu selection loop (see 74).
boat 54 and connects by a communications cable to the
?sh?nder device 10. It is to be appreciated that the opera
tional features 74 of the ?sh?nder device 10 are of types
The single control sWitch 20 is pressed repeatedly to
enable the user of the ?sh?nder device 10 to access in
provided by HUMMINBIRD brand ?sh?nder devices avail
sequence the operating features associated With the ?sh
able from Techsonic Industries, Inc. The transducer 55
?nder device as Well as access and set parameters associated
communicates a sound or acoustic beam 56 for detecting
underWater articles such as structures 57, ?sh 58, and the
bottom 59. These re?ect return signal of the acoustic beam
56 to the transducer 55.
FIG. 2 illustrates in perspective vieW the ?sh?nder device
10 With the display screen 14 presenting a WindoW 60 that
With each operating feature. The selection sWitches 22, 24
are used to select, change, or modify the parameter associ
ated With the particular operating feature. The operating
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feature menu is automatically disabled from presentation on
the display 14 after a predetermined period of time passes
Without the control sWitch 20 or the selection sWitches 22,
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24 being activated. In a preferred embodiment, the prede
identi?ers generally 74 associated With each operating fea
termined period is about tWo seconds.
The operating features menu includes a light option 80.
This option enables or disables a back light. If enabled, the
operating feature in the sequence, light 80, is displayed on
ture of the ?sh?nder device 10. The identi?er for the ?rst
back light illuminates momentarily for vieWing the display
the screen 14. The particular light 80 option can be selected
by pressing the selection button 22 in a looping submenu of
14 at night When the control sWitch 20 is initially activated
off 82, loW 84, and high 86. Upon selection, the operator
for a particular sequence of presenting the identi?ers on the
either presses the control sWitch 20 momentarily to advance
through the operating features 74 or leaves the control
sWitch 20 and the selection sWitches 22, 24 un-activated.
After a predetermined period Without activation of the
control sWitch 20 or the selection sWitches 22, 24, the ?sh
?nder device 10 automatically removes the display of the
identi?er for the operating feature, and thus returns to
display 14. The light option 80 includes three settings off 82,
loW 84, and high 86, Which are selected in a looping
sequence by the selection sWitch 22. A sensitivity option 88
is selected in a range 90 using the selection sWitches 22, 24
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to affect hoW the sonar return beams are identi?ed as ?sh
icons 38. Generally, more ?sh Will be detected at a higher
sensitivity setting While feWer ?sh Will be detected at a loWer
sensitivity setting. Adepth option 92 selects the depth range.
normal display operation.
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The depth range is set by pushing the control sWitch 22 for
selecting automatic depth determining 94 or one of a series
of manually set depths 96.
sitivity 88, depth 92, bottom vieW 98, Zoom 104, depth alarm
The bottom vieW 98 is enabled for enhanced de?nition
100 to illustrate bottom hardness and structures While the
high option contrast 102 provides a blacked-out bottom on
the display for a high contrast bottom de?nition. This
facilitates vieWing the display 14 from a distance. A Zoom
feature 104 is enabled on and disabled off 106 by the
selection sWitch 22. The Zoom feature 104 magni?es the
area around the bottom, thus revealing ?sh and structures
close to the bottom that may not be visible in a vieW that has
108, ?sh alarm 114, and ?sh discrimination 124 before
returning 128 to the beginning of the sequence of these
operating features.
For each operating feature generally 74, there is an
associated option Which can be set using the selection
sWitches 22, 24. For eXample, for the Zoom 104, feature the
option is either enabled or disabled 106 using the selection
sWitch 22. The depth alarm feature 108 is selectively deac
tivated 110 or using the selection sWitches 22, 24, a number
N for the depth that Which the alarm is to be sounded is
selected. In the illustrated embodiment the depth is select
able from a range of 3 ft. to 99 ft. The selection sWitches 22,
24 are represented by directional arroWs Which indicate
decrease or increase the value N shoWn on the display. The
Wide depth range. The Zoom feature 104 changes the upper
and loWer depth range to keep the area displayed to slightly
above and beloW the bottom. The Zoom option 104 When
activated thus provides a magni?ed image of the bottom
With more details.
A depth alarm 108 is disabled off 110 or enabled on 112
using the selection sWitches 22, 24 representative of a depth
at Which an audible alarm sounds. The depth is selectable
from shalloW to deep, and in the illustrated embodiment
ranges from 3 feet to 99 feet. The alarm sounds When the
schematic ?oWchart in FIG. 4 as discussed above illustrates
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the various operating features 74 and the associated options
for each.
To turn the ?sh?nder device 10 off, the control sWitch 20
is held in a enabled position for a predetermined period
depth is equal to or less than the particular setting. A ?sh
greater than the momentary enabling period. In the illus
trated embodiment, holding the control sWitch 20 enabled
alarm 114 is disabled or enabled using the selection sWitches
22, 24. When enabled, the ?sh alarm sounds When big ?sh
118, big and medium ?sh 120, or all siZe ?sh 122 are
detected by the ?sh?nder device 10. A ?sh discrimination
feature 124 is enabled or disabled 126 using the selection
sWitch 22. With the ?sh discrimination disabled, the display
14 includes images of all acoustic beam returns. With the
?sh discrimination enabled, the display 14 shoWs sonar
HoWever, momentarily pressing the control sWitch 20
repeatedly causes the controller 11 to step through the
operating features 74 in sequence. In the illustrated
embodiment, these operating features are the light 80, sen
for 2 to 3 seconds causes the ?sh?nder device 10 to poWer
doWn and turn off.
In accordance With conventional ?sh?nder devices and
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beam returns that are determined to be a ?sh, Which reduces
the number of return signals for display.
With reference to FIGS. 2 and 4, the operation of the
?sh?nder device 10 in accordance With the present invention
is described beloW. With the ?sh?nder device off 70, the
control sWitch 20 is depressed momentarily, thus turning the
With reference to FIG. 3, the ?sh?nder 10 periodically
transmits acoustic Waves 56 from the transducer 55 through
the Water. As illustrated in FIG. 1, images representative of
the return “echos” from structures 57, ?sh 58, and the
bottom 59 are pictured on the display 14 as structure images
52, ?sh 38, or bottom contour 46, to create a vieW of the
detected underWater articles, With information about the
distance to these underWater, based on enabled operational
features and options selected using the control sWitch 20 in
a looping sequence together With the selection sWitches 22,
?sh?nder device on 72. In a preferred embodiment, the
initial screen provides for user selection of “simulation” or 55 24.
“startup” for normal operation of the ?sh?nder device 10.
The simulation mode provides a display on the display
The present invention accordingly provides the integrated
controller 18 for the ?sh?nder device 10 actuated by the
single control sWitch 20 for presenting on the display 14 the
identi?ers associated With the operational features for selec
screen 14 of underWater items such as structures, ?sh, and
bottom surfaces. The control sWitch 20 can be activated to
change the operating features 74 of the ?sh?nder device 10
tive enabling, disabling, or setting of an option using the
selection sWitches 22, 24 in order to effect simpli?ed opera
tion of the ?sh?nder device. The principles, preferred
embodiments, and modes of operation of the present inven
tion have been described in the foregoing speci?cation. The
in the simulation mode, so that a user can become familiar
With the operating features. To gain further experience With
interpreting the information on the display 14, the user
should vary the operating features 74 in a body of Water With
bottom surface familiar to the user.
After startup (or during on-going operation), the control
invention is not to be construed as limited to the particular
forms disclosed because these are regarded as illustrative
sWitch 20 is momentarily depressed to activate the display of
rather than restrictive. Moreover, variations and changes
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may be made by those skilled in the art Without departure
from the spirit of the invention as described by the following
claims.
What is claimed is:
1. A ?sh?nder device With an integrated controller for
(a) operating a control sWitch of a controller to activate a
?sh?nder device,
(b) providing periodic transmission of an acoustic Wave
beam from a transducer and receipt of return signals of
the acoustic Wave beam re?ected from detected under
simpli?ed operation, comprising:
Water articles;
a transducer for periodically transmitting an acoustic
Wave beam and for receiving return signals of the
acoustic Wave beam re?ected from detected underWater
articles;
(c) providing presentation on a display images represen
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tative of the detected underWater articles based on the
return signals from the transmissions of acoustic Wave
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(d) enabling the control sWitch to provide a plurality of
operational features for the ?sh?nder device, each
operational feature having an associated identi?er, the
control sWitch being activated to present on the display
beams;
a display for displaying images representative of the
detected underWater articles based on the return signals
from the transmissions of acoustic Wave beams;
a controller providing a plurality of operational features
for the ?sh?nder device;
a control sWitch operatively associated With the controller
the identi?er associated With one of said operational
features Whereby the operational feature associated
for activating the operation of the ?sh?nder device, for
selecting one of the plurality of operational features of
With the displayed identi?er can be selected;
(e) alloWing for modi?cation of the operational feature by
the ?sh?nder device to activate or modify settings
thereof by a looping sequential presentation on the
operating a selection button to set an option for the
display of an identi?er associated With each one of said
operational features in response to operating said con
operational feature associated With the displayed
identi?er, and
(f) operating the control sWitch to deactivate the operation
of the ?sh?nder device;
trol sWitch, and for deactivating the operation of the
?sh?nder device; and
at least one selection button operable to selectively set an
option for one or more of the operational features,
Whereby the control sWitch, being operated
periodically, causes the activation oft he ?sh?nder
Whereby the control sWitch, being operated, activates the
device, the display of identi?ers for the operational
?sh?nder device, causes a display of identi?ers for the
features of the ?sh?nder device in a looping
sequence of said identi?ers and With use oft he
selection button the setting of a selected option for
operational features of the ?sh?nder device in the
looping sequence of said identi?ers and With use of the
selection button sets a selected option for the displayed
one of the operational features, and deactivates the
operation of the ?sh?nder device.
2. The ?sh?nder device With the integrated controller as
recited in claim 1, Wherein the control sWitch deactivates the
operation of the ?sh?nder device upon holding the control
sWitch for a predetermined period.
3. The ?sh?nder device With the integrated controller as
recited in claim 1, Wherein the display of the identi?ers
automatically terminates after a predetermined period With
out operating either the control sWitch or the selection
button.
4. The ?sh?nder device With the integrated controller as
recited in claim 1, further comprising a light source activated
for a predetermined period upon activation of the control
sWitch to initiate a looping sequence of identi?ers for the
operational features.
5. A method of operating a ?sh?nder device, comprising
the steps of:
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the displayed one of the operational features, and the
deactivation of said ?sh?nder device.
6. The method of operating a ?sh?nder device as recited
in claim 5, further comprising the step of enabling the
deactivating the operation of the ?sh?nder device upon
holding the control sWitch for a predetermined not momen
tary period.
7. The method of operating a ?sh?nder device as recited
in claim 5, Wherein step (b) provides for automatic termi
nation of the display of the identi?er after a predetermined
period Without operating either the control sWitch or the
selection button.
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8. The method of operating a ?sh?nder device as recited
in claim 5, further comprising the step of providing for
illumination of a light source upon activation of the control
sWitch in the display of the identi?ers.
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CERTIFICATE OF CORRECTION
PATENT NO. : 6,628,569 B1
DATED
: September 30, 2003
INVENTOR(S) : Mark Steiner, Nicole Covault and Darrell Watt
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It is certified that error appears in the above-identified patent and that said Letters Patent is
hereby corrected as shown below:
Column 8
Lines 25 and 28, change “oft he” to -- of the
Signed and Sealed this
Twenty-third Day of December, 2003
JAMES E. ROGAN
Director ofthe United States Patent and Trademark O?‘i'ce
UNITED STATES PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE
CERTIFICATE OF CORRECTION
PATENT NO. : 6,628,569 B2
DATED
: September 30, 2003
INVENTOR(S) : Hirosi Fukuda
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It is certified that error appears in the above-identi?ed patent and that said Letters Patent is
hereby corrected as shown below:
Title page,
Item [30], Foreign Application Priority Data, please delete:
“Mar. 12, 1997 (JP) ............ ..9-63696” and add:
-- Feb. 12, 1997 (JP) ........... ..9-63696 -
Signed and Sealed this
Thirteenth Day of January, 2004
“WADE
JON W. DUDAS
Acting Director ofthe United States Patent and Trademark O?‘ice
UNITED STATES PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE
CERTIFICATE OF CORRECTION
PATENT NO. : 6,628,569 B1
DATED
: September 30, 2003
INVENTOR(S) : Mark Steiner et at.
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It is certified that error appears in the above-identi?ed patent and that said Letters Patent is
hereby corrected as shown below:
This certificate supersedes Certificate of Correction issued January 13, 2004, the
number Was erroneously mentioned and should be vacated since no Certificate of
Correction Was granted.
Signed and Sealed this
Fifteenth Day of June, 2004
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JON W. DUDAS
Acting Director ofthe United States Patent and Trademark O?‘ice
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