[12] Patent
[11] Patent No.:GC0009249  
[45] Date of Publishing the Grant of the Patent: 31/Dec /2018                56/2018  
Number of the Decision to Grant the Patent:2018/140704
Date of the Decision to Grant the Patent:02/Dec/2018

[21] Application No.:GC 2014-26367

[22] Filing Date:3/2/2014

[30] Priority:

[33] State [32] Priority date [31] Priority No.

[72] Inventor: Tarek Haissam MAHMOUD

[73] Owner: King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, P.O.Box 5041, Dhahran 31261, Saudi Arabia

[74] Agent: Abu-Gazaleh Intellectual Property L.L.C




Int. Cl.: G01C 21/00 (2006.01)

[56] Cited Documents:

-US-2010/0201720 (Zampini et al.) August 2010
-US-2005/0237859 (Jibrin, Sammy M.) October 2005
Examiner: Eng. Ghassan F. AlBuhairan

[57] Abstract: The Qibla orientation device is a small, hands-free device enabling a user of the device to determine Qibla, or the proper orientation to face the Kaaba in Mecca. The device contains a GPS receiver, magnetic direction sensor, directional indicator lights, audio directional output, and a longitudinally aligned laser projector. The device determines its position on the surface of the earth by the GPS receiver, and its orientation toward the Kaaba according to the location determined and the magnetic direction sensor. Directional lights are provided to orient the user to the left or right for alignment. Audio output is also provided for the visually handicapped. The laser may be activated to project a laser line aligned with the longitudinal axis of the device for determining orientation during initial construction of a mosque or other structure.
No. of claims: 9     No. of figures: 6


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