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    Re: Learn the stars, by phone
    From: Lu Abel
    Date: 2009 May 22, 17:03 -0700

    Or one can go to the US Patent Office's search page, 
    Typing in Yamcon as a search term shows eight patents assigned to Yamcon 
    (not including 6,366,212), you can click on any one of the patent 
    numbers returned to read the patent.   You can also type in specific 
    patent numbers to read 6,366,212.
    The most recent patent seems a bit weird, it looks like they've patented 
    the idea of identifying bodies by triangulating the positions of three 
    of them.
    But the 6,xxx,xxx series patents look pretty solid -- one of them 
    patents the idea of body identification by determining orientation and 
    elevation by the earth's magnetic field, another patents the idea of 
    starting with the user's geographic location (can you spell GPS?)
    waldendand@YAHOO.COM wrote:
    > Try Google Patent for 7477367, and those listed below.
    > Article Summary
    > August 5, 2005 Stand by for a significant leap forward in telescope 
    functionality. Telescope manufacturer Celestron has signed a global licensing 
    agreement to incorporate ?revolutionary new technology? from a company named 
    Yamcon into a variety of its products. Yamcon has been granted three U.S. 
    patents on technology that allows a device to instantly and accurately 
    identify and/or locate any celestial object visible to the naked eye. The 
    technology combines data from sensors measuring both the magnetic and 
    gravitational fields of the Earth, along with GPS and a substantial celestial 
    database. The first product to be released, the SkyScout, is a handheld 
    device that can instantly identify and/or locate any celestial object visible 
    to the naked eye, providing descriptions in a multimedia, planetarium-like 
    experience. Celestron will launch the SkyScout at the International CES show 
    in January of 2006. The groundbreaking technology patented by Yamcon is 
    covered by US Patents 6,366,212, 6,570,506 and 6,844,822 (images and patent 
    links in story) and will further the cause of astronomy more than any 
    invention since the telescope, opening the way for future generations to 
    explore the wonders of space.
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