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Chocolate Fish Software is based in Seattle, Washington. Lap Timers are used to time all runners in a track race. Multi-Split, Lap timers will allow you to record individual lap and split times for all runners using only one mobile handheld pocket pc. Handheld portable pocket pC computers will allow a track coach or trainer to record all lap and split times in a race for all runners. Buy a handheld PDa or hand held pocket PC will need handheld pda software , pocket team timer, timers, to record individual lap times, split times and final times for all runners in a high school or college track meet. You will need a Pocekt PC handhaeld PDA not a Palm handheld computer for pda palm software. Hand held pocket pC and handheld computer. Pocket PC software acts as a sports timer, ring timer,lap counter timer, lap timer, lap timers, split timer, track timer, track timers, stopwatch to time and record multi runners events. You can use this as a race timer, race clock, use race bib numbers or names. hot lap timer to time all runners by name, no need to use confusing bib numbers. ultra lap timer and ultra lap timers software for the handheld pocket pc. Pocket pC software for windows mobil 5, windows mobile 6, WINDOWS MOBILE smartphone, WINDOWS MOBILE SMARTPHONES. Pocket pC SOFTWARE FOR RACE TIMERS AND SPEED CALCULATORS. Pocket Team Timer also runs on windows mobile 2003, and windows mobile phone. Use this timers as a smartphone pocket pc. pocket Team Timer will work as a lap counter, good for lap counters, swimming lap counter good for swimming lap counters, track and cross country lap counter and lap counters. Time all my laps in the race. Coaches and trainers use this lap counter and split counter to time all laps, splits and final times for all runners in the 1600m, 3200m, 800m, 5k, and 10000m track race. This stop watch, this stopwatch is a racing timer, racing timers. Compare the uses of Pocket Team Timer as a timing device to time all runners in all races on the ipaq hp, htc tyn and smartphone,smartphones,treo phone and handhelds. tIMING software for ipaq h3600, ipaq 210, ipaq 110, hp ipaq rx 1950,treo 750, asus pda, handheld pdas,hp pda,htc pda, the best of all handheld software for coaching, training and running, coaches and trainers of high school track teams.Pocket Team Timer is a customizable high precision multi-function stopwatch for Windows Mobile Pocket PC and Smartphone. Packaged with unique activity skins, Timekeeper allows you to time a relay, clock a chess match, or bake an apple pie. When time is up, Timekeeper wakes the device and alerts you! Track your performance over time with Timer Session history and export your data to other programs or email! Timekeeper will keep you on the go and up to speed! Features a snartphone application to for the pocket pc, full track timers, record lap and split times for each runner in a high school track meet race. Pocket Stopwatch is the perfect timer for Racing and Running events. Hardware buttons are used for accuracy and it can time over 100 laps in running-time or split modes. Laps can then be downloaded to a text file or to Pocket Excel (R). Now with average speed and comments. Version 1.2 adds hardware button capability to start/stop the watch. Version 1.3 correct averaging and adds elapsed and average times to the export functions. Version 1.4 adds running time and split options Version 1.5 adds average speed and comments with a new look. now use the latest version of pocekt team timer as an interval trainer, a relay timer or a standard race timer. A serious timer and stopwatch sports timer that provides lap timing, lap time comparison, full reporting and end of season stats for all runners separatly. Interval timers act as countdown timers, digital countdown timer, sports countdown timer, electronic countdown timer, sports interval trainer,digital interval trainer, works as a Seiko stop watch and a ultrak stopwatch and robic multi runners stopwatch. Serious coaching requires timers, digital timers,sports timers,timer, with the features of the ultrak timer and ultrak timers. This stopwatch timer has all the stopwatch timers features needed to be the absolute best device to time and coach the track athlete. A true electronic counter without the need for thermal printing paper or printer paper roll needed by other stopwatch printer, stopwatch printers. All the features of a racing stopwatch, laps, splits, final times for all runners with one precision timing device.Features similar to the robic stopwatch, ultrak stopwatch and seiko stopwatch but can time and record hundreds of runners in the same race with a single highest quality, the absolute best program on the market. I am a high school track coach and need a stopwatch or timer which will allow me to capture and record lap times, split times and final times for each and all of my runners in the 1600m, 3200m, 800m, 400m, 10000m races. I have as many as 100 runners in cross country races and need to time them all with one precision pocket pc handheld program. I need Pocket team Timer by Chocolate Fish Software, chocolatefishsoftware, Pocket Team Timer is the absolute best timing sports watch, stopwatch program on the market today. Pocket Stopwatch is a User-friendly Stopwatch for timing all events. Pocket Stopwatch is an awesome tool or timing any event. It is the ultimate multi-purpose stopwatch for your PocketPC! It will help you time how long you've been away from your desk, time your drive to work or you can use it to time just about anything! Individually, our products have been designed to maximize the coaching experience. Used collectively, Chocolate Fish Software will unleash the true potential of your program. Single Timer,multiple timer with lap can allow the user to keep track any number of laps. Fastest, Slowest, Average and total laps are calculated and exported to Pocket MS Word. Lap report will be stored in my documents.A Pocket Stopwatch with sophisticated but intuitive interface and high level commands for power and convenience.A Perfect Pocket Stopwatch is right in your hand and only a stylus point away. Remember it's for you! Features: Stopwatch with lap times statistics PocketOne Stopwatch is more than a stopwatch. Besides, it provides you with laps statistics. After a run or an auto race, with just one tap on the button, you know the following immediately: (1)Total laps; (2)Average lap time; (3)Longest lap; (4)Shortest lap; (5) and more... Designed for fingertip tap. Optimized for VGA mode, Landscape mode and Square Screen mode. AND Windows Mobile TrakWatch,Seiko,Timex, Ipaq,Split, Race pro is optimized for recording laptimes and total times for up to one hundred, 100 runners in a track race. The interface allows you to quickly and easily record laptimes and total times, and provides instant display of all runners' laptimes and total times. Data may be exported as a text report to the Memo Pad or as a .csv file for import to a spreadsheet such as Excel.Access,Sql Pocket Team Timer race timing software turns a computer into a powerful and accurate race timing device. Instead of purchasing expensive specialized race timing equipment like a Sprint8, a Chronomix, a Time Machine, SEIKO printing stopwatch, or a ChampionChip system, purchase Chocolate Fish Software race timing software for a fraction of the cost. For just $99.00 you can purchase Pocket Team Timer and turn any pc type computer or a pocket pc into a race timing machine that is more powerful and just as accurate as specialized timing equipment that can cost thousands of dollars. The handheld solution for keeping track of running, cycling, swimming, and other fitness activities. Includes full functionality for logging workouts in multiple sports, browsing through your log, examining and graphing totals, and lots more. Track not only distance, time, and pace, but other numeric quantities as well - weight, heart rate, anything. A good runners watch will store your lap times so that you can look at them afterwards. Watch capacities vary from 10 laps to 120 laps, and most watches for runners allow you to store as many running sessions as you want within that limit (eg a 120-lap memory could store 10 x 12-lap sessions or 60 x 2-lap sessions). Some sporting watches also highlight the session's best lap and calculate your average lap time. Once you've finished viewing, you can choose whether to delete the session from the watch’s memory or expor the entire results from the meet to your desktop and have a full detailed report of each runners lap and split times for every race, in 10 minutes. Race Timing Software,PocketTimer,The handheld, inexpensive race timing solution, ideal for race directors, running clubs, or anyone else putting on an event that needs timing. Use it as primary finish line timing or as backup for existing timing gear. Record transition times in triathlons, split times at aid stations in an ultra, or anything else. Records bib#, place, time, and pace for thousands of racers. Download the results to your desktop computer in an easy-to-read format. Details...,RaceBase,Instant scoring for all kinds of races - road and cross-country running races, bike time trials, sailing races, and all kinds of similar timed events. (requires PocketTimer for recording of times) Details...,Race Announcer,A revolutionary tool for the race announcer - replace 20 pages of printed names with a piece of software you can hold in category, and even special notes about each racer instantaneously. Details...,SplitTimer,Stopwatch plus! Displays elapsed time, pace, and projected finish time in large, easily read numbers. Designed for use at mile markers of longer races, or for track coaches at trackside universal multi-sport software allowing for the management, processing and printing of sport results of virtually any type of competition. User configurable for mass, wave or single starts, the Msports PRO solution will make your event a success, regardless of what sport activity you are timing. Need to buy a Pocket PC? Here's a Buyers Guide to help you compare several devices compatible with our track, cross country, soccer,football software. Please note Pocket Team Timer is not compatible with Palm operating system. Your device must be running Windows Mobile and use a stylus. Race Timer allows the person doing race timing to record times by simply hitting the enter key or space bar. They can also easily enter bib numbers for select times. Even an inexperienced operator with minimal training will find Race Timer easy to use and be able to achieve accurate results when timing a race event. A good runners watch will store your lap times so that you can look at them afterwards. Watch capacities vary from 10 laps to 120 laps, and most watches for runners allow you to store as many running sessions as you want within that limit (eg a 120-lap memory could store 10 x 12-lap sessions or 60 x 2-lap sessions). Some sporting watches also highlight the session's best lap and calculate your average lap time. Once you've finished viewing, you can choose whether to delete the session from the watch’s memory or expor the entire results from the meet to your desktop and have a full detailed report of each runners lap and split times for every race, in 10 minutes. The Pocket team Timer Multi-Lap Multi-Runner stopwatch stopwatch is a versatile hand-held digital stopwatch that tracks up to four different racers simultaneously. Its generous memory lets you quickly see best laps and scroll through all of the laps to review the race, up to 99 laps per driver. But we didn't stop there - you can also have up to 9 splits per competitor, per lap. The MultiChron stopwatch is suited for any situation including motorsports, swimming, running, track and field and other athletic events. It makes a great gift for anyone involved in competitive sports. The MultiChron features 2 different starting modes to match a variety of racing situations. "One Start Mode" allows you to activate the start for all drivers by pressing only one button for races where all drivers start at the same time. "Multi Start Mode" allows you to activate the timer for each driver independently, for races where drivers start at different times. Innovative programming allows you to select "Multi-Key" or "One Key" timing modes, depending on the racing situation, making it easy to get accurate times even when your racers are close together at the lap marker. What's Included? With a rugged, attractive case the MultiChron stopwatch will be your new best friend at the track. The MultiChron includes a neck lanyard and batteries. Need a Stopwatch or Countdown with a Split Lap Feature? Well... here it is! Exactly the same as the original, with an extra button :-) A Simple, Fast Flash Online Stopwatch and Countdown timer with a Split Feature. Great. The Pocket Team Timer Lap Track allows a coach or trainer or parent to keep track of laps, split times and calories burnt all while continuously running This innovative device is simple and easy to use: It is a better timer solution than Split timer and plit pocket Team Timer LAP TIMER FINALLY AN AFFORDABLE I LAP TIMER WITH ALL THE RIGHT FEATURES. Multi-lap, Multi-split, multi-Runner timer. The Pocket Team Timer Suite is our top of the line model. It’s the best choice for coaches, serious athletes, and racers who need to record multiple lap times. Great for marathon runners, triathletes, and for those who want to monitor races or workouts lap by lap. It also has a PAUSE feature, so you can interrupt your workout without throwing off your timing statistics. The Sportcount Combo combines lap counting and timing functionality. It is a great all-purpose training and exercise device, perfect for swimmers and joggers. It provides lap count and split times during your workout, and reports summary statistics at the end of the session. The LapCounter can be used by athletes or by anyone needing to count anything: pool laps, track laps, attendance, inventory, customers coming into a store or a theater, microbes under a microscope, etc. One hand operation makes counting easy and leaves your hands free to do other things. The StopWatch model is especially useful to athletes who time their own sprint workouts. The Stop Watch is great for spectator timing sports (e.g. car races, swim meets) and many other non-athletic timing uses. The world's best multi-lap,multi-split,multi-runners sports timer. designed for serious coaches, trainers and parents of track athletes. The perfect device to time, record and report the the lap,split and final times of all your runners in a single race. Pocke Team Timer is a complete revolution in event timing. Gone are the days of coaches and spectators standing by the side of the track or the pool with multiple stopwatches, a pencil, and a clipboard full of scrap paper. Pocket team timer changes everything. Now, record and store every lap and split by name instantly with the press of a button. No more messy clipboards or tiny printouts. LAPZERO does it all for you so you can spend your time cheering, coaching, or just relaxing. # Classic Mode - Digitally record laps and splits, easier than any stopwatch on the market. # Advanced timing - Digitally record laps and splits by name and event. # Relay timing - Keep track of relay splits, by name. # Store as many events and results as you like. # Quick recall of results organized by date and event. Track StopWatch records your lap and split times and keeps a history of previous runs grouped by track. Unlike RunKeeper, Runner, Trailguru and iTrail you don't need the GPS and you can turn the device off while running. Features * Both lap and split times (unlike builtin stop watch). * Unlimited history or previous runs. See your progress over time. * Add, rename and delete tracks. * Delete runs for a track. Timing a track meet can get pretty complicated when you have to record the lap times of all your athletes,With a traditional stopwatch, if I have four students running the 1600m event on a track, and a mile consists of 4 laps, I have to hit the lap button 16 times total to get all of the split times. More often than not, I am using four or five stopwatches frantically trying to gather all the data.” But recording the times is just the beginning. You see, at the end of each meet, you spend hours entering, compiling and reporting the time data into the track team website. I always lose count of what lap I am on and I have trouble keeping track of my splits. This device works well and is easy to use. Here is the summary from the website: Underwater Lap Counting and Timing. A personal underwater clock that counts the number of laps you swim, records the time it took to complete each lap, your total time and an estimate of the amount of calories burned. Simply press the Lap Track to start and again each time you complete a lap and the Lap Track will do the rest. Each time the Lap Track is pressed, your split time will be displayed for 5 seconds so you can check your times as you swim. The entire Lap Track is a button, so you wont need to worry about slowing down to press any small buttons. The Lap Track allows a swimmer to keep track of laps, split times and calories burnt all while continuously swimming. The Lap Track also has a lap count down feature, which allows you to set the amount of lap you wish to swim, then the Lap Track will count down your laps until you reach zero. This feature is especially useful for swimmers using the SwiMP3. Now you can finish your workout without ever giving a though to how much longer you have to swim, or have far you have gone. The Lap Track can attach to the side of your pool using the suction pads, or if your pool does not have a smooth surface you can use the extending arm to hang the Lap Track in your pool. This timer includes all coaching and training features demaned and required to make the pocket Team Timer, simply the best tool for the best coaches in track, cross country, swimming, rowing and skiing - which are: # 100 Lap dual-split memory # Measures up to 100 hours with 1/100 of a second resolution # Split/lap time measurement # Store and recall of up to 100 split/lap times # Memory recall during operation # Two separate displays for split and lap time measurements # Three selectable running modes: - Lap (top line) running cume time (bottom line) - Lap (top line) running lap time (bottom line) - Split (top line) running cume time (bottom line) # Time and full automatic calendar # Battery life indicator # Automatic shut-off function extends battery life # Water resistant to 5 bar # Audible beeps can be turned on/off for silent operation # Includes lanyard and nylon storage case PLUS: # Fantastic countdown function. # Great for interval and pace work. # Has 2 timers & 2 tone beeps to create different intervals. # Counts from 10 seconds to 99 hours. # 3 year warranty. Popular Uses for Pocket team Timer, simply the best tool available for all coaches and trainers: # Timing for Track &Field and Cross Country races # Timing for Swimming Events # Timing for Horse Races # Timing Lap Times for Car Races Race Management FeaturesUnlimited number of racers. We've timed events with 850 racers with no difficulty.Bib numbers can be of any size. Unlimited number of laps. You can review the results in place order, by racer class, or by bib number at any time. When you have a multiple lap race, all results are available for all laps and final time. You can edit any of the results to correct errors in bib numbers and result times. You can even add a new result if you missed a racer at the finish line. You can beam results directly to another Palm at any time during or after a race. This is ideal for recording intermediate results so those anxious early finishers can get their times and places. You can also use this to collect results from multiple timers in one consolidated result list. Race results accommodate multiple classes of racers and will produce results by class. You canhave an unlimited number of classes. Each class of racers will have their own finish order as wellas the overall finish order. Racers can also be assigned to "groups" such as individual teams. You can then print results for each team. You can offset times for selected racers if you have a wave start. You can also offset individual racers starts for "interval start" races where you have racers starting individually (or in pairs, etc.). You can set up multiple races ahead of time and load in sets of racers from the MemoPad. You can also use desktop system spreadsheet software to register racers and download them to Split. All result formats can be saved to the MemoPad for transfer to the desktop computer. You can also set the format to make it easy to import the results into spreadsheets (Excel spreadsheet templates provided). New automatic scoring for Cross-country running teams! Split Sport Timer Features:Simple data entry with just one finger! Just press the number pad and enter buttons. Four "Enter" buttons that you can pre-load with racers as they approach the finish line. You can enter times even if you don't know the bib number. Easy edit of results if you need to change bib numbers, add a bib number to a time, or delete anextra time that was entered accidentally. Elapsed time and next finisher place display. Running log of the last ten bib numbers you entered (also shows their time, lap number, and name) List and review results any time during the race. You can also check all of a racer's lap times. The Palm's four hardware buttons are set to perform time entry (two buttons) and quick screen changes between the timer input screen and the split screen. This makes it easier to performthese functions and keeps you from accidentally switching out of the timer during a race. Pocket team timer maintains correct time to the nearest 0.001 second (millisecond) even if the PDA isswitched off or another program is run during the race. You can switch on sounds to give you audible feedback when you press the buttons. Split Time Features:The split time feature is ideal for coaching on the course. It shows the current racer incomparison to the racer just ahead and just behind as well as the first three racers. You can usethis to give your racers exact information about their position, time and how much time theyneed to make up to improve their place. Pace is displayed for all racers when you set up a race distance. Race distance can be entered in kilometers, miles, yards, or meters. Pace can be displayed in time/mile, time/km, time/100 yards, time/100meters, miles/hour, or km/hour. You can view the current lap as well as go back to see performance on prior laps. The split timer takes into account interval starts so you get the true time and place for all racers. You can view "back splits" on interval start races which let you radio ahead to coaches aftermore racers have passed.Instant cross country running team scoring!3.3 (6/11/01) - Added Buttons to main time entry screen to go directly to Place order results, Bib order results (with splits), and Split Competition screen.Added option to keep bib numbers in four enter buttons for entering multiple laps for up to four racers. Great for following your NASCAR racers.Added more result display modes to view results.Added direct usb connection to the desktop for fast, easy transfer of results. pocket team timer works on XP,Vista,win 7, windows Mobile 2002, wm 2003, wM 2003se, wm 5, wm 6, wM 6.5 and wm 7 Description As a coach or an athlete, are you continually frustrated with the tediousness of recording splits/laps at sporting events? Is it always a pain to manually enter all the results into Excel? simplifies everything by allowing you to record split/lap times for multiple athletes simultaneously and then easily export the results to Excel. Description As a coach or an athlete, are you continually frustrated with the tediousness of recording splits/laps at sporting events? Is it always a pain to manually enter all the results into Excel? simplifies everything by allowing you to record split/lap times for multiple athletes simultaneously and then easily export the results to Excel. Description As a coach or an athlete, are you continually frustrated with the tediousness of recording splits/laps at sporting events? Is it always a pain to manually enter all the results into Excel? simplifies everything by allowing you to record split/lap times for multiple athletes simultaneously and then easily export the results to Excel. \ includes a unique and sophisticated timer (accurate to 0.01 sec) that enables you to effortlessly record and store split/lap times for MULTIPLE ATHLETES AT ONCE in any racing event. Other timer apps only allow recording split/lap times for just one athlete at a time, which is useless for sporting events. uCoach also lets you enter distances for field events (such as throwing and jumping) so that all your track and field information is stored together. Furthermore, Pocket Team Timerautomatically organizes and stores all your data by meet and event. You can look up performances in past meets anytime. Perhaps best of all, you no longer need to enter anything into Excel, because PTT allows you to instantly email meet results in spreadsheet format to yourself and whoever else you want. Originally designed for coaches of track and field, uCoach is the ideal application for recording splits/laps for multiple athletes in other sports as well, including cross country, swimming, horse racing, auto racing, boat racing, and even dog racing. uCoach is a must-have for coaches as well as for athletes who enjoy coaching one another. ------------- Helpful Tips: If you'd like to record data for a unique or uncommon event type that we don't have listed, you can either (1) specify the meet type as "other" in order to manually enter event types or (2) choose an event type that we do have listed and just remember to rename it when you send people the results. In v2.0, you can definitely delete an individual athlete's performance after an event is complete. This was not true for v1.0. We added the feature after one of our customers brought it to our attention. We are currently working on implementing relay functionality. For now, you can simply enter a team name for the athlete name and record each athlete's time as if it were a split for a single athlete. For example, to record 4x400m relay splits for teams A and B, just enter the athlete names as "Team A" and "Team B" and set the number of splits equal to 4. We are also currently working on implementing repeat/workout functionality. For now, you can simply record workout repeats by creating a new event for each repeat. For example, to record several 800m repeats for your third workout, just create a meet called "Workout 3" with several 800m events. The throwing and jumping track events only allow marks to be entered in decimal format. For example, enter 21.11 instead of 21'11". allow the operator to capture multiple ‘finishes’ within a single race. The real benefits of Pocket team Timer technology begin when you use the data handling aspects of the software. With a PTT system, information only needs to be entered accurately ONCE. There is no more retyping, no more struggling to read handwritten notes from the finish line judges. When used with a database, FinishLynx® will automatically display start lists. When connected to a printer, it will print results showing competitors’ names, numbers, affiliations, times etc. The same printer can produce high quality digital images. When connected to a suitable scoreboard display you can automatically show many different kinds of information: start lists, running times, results, etc.. You can even incorporate high-tech elements like read outs from wind gauges into your results. And these capabilities are built in to even our most basic systems. You don’t need to buy any additional software. A track event is a race taking place on a circuit specifically built for athletic competition. 1.2 - A road event is any footrace conducted on course not specifically designed for athletic competition which can be accurately measured using a calibrated bicycle. 1.3 - An indoor track event is a track event that is on a circuit not exceeding 220 yards and is completely under cover. 1.4 - A handler is an individual who provides personal support of any kind to individual competitors or particular teams. The term includes team manager, coach, and masseur, as well as friends and families looking after food, drinks, clothing, and providing other permitted assistance at official aid stations. 1.5 - A record is a statement that a specific runner has run at least the stated distance in not more than the stated time. A record should also surpass any prior mark that has been ratified or is pending ratification. A record must also meet the criteria set forth in these rules. 1.6 - Automatic timing is the use of a timing device that starts automatically without human intervention as the race starts, and which employs a photographic record of the runner crossing the finish line. Manual timing is defined as any timing that is not automatic. 1.7 - A timing device is mechanism specifically designed for timing sporting events. This includes wrist watches equipped with a stop timing function, printing timers, chip timing systems, and similar devices. This does not include internal clocks in computer which are deemed not to be sufficiently accurate. 1.8 - Lap sheets on which cumulative times for each completed lap are recorded are the only definitive proof that the record claimant completed the stated distance on a multi-loop course or track. Lap sheets may be recorded manually or electronically. 1.9 - A certified course is one that has been measured using a calibrated bicycle or steel-tape and the measurement details have been approved upon review by an officially designated expert. 1.10 - A validation consists of an examination of length of the course and the conduct of the race to insure that all pertinent requirements are met. For road races, this includes a check of the calibration course and a single measurement of the entire course. The validation measurement must demonstrate that the course was at least the stated distance and that the race followed the course as certified. 1.11 - Improper aid or assistance is addressed in sections 3.1.1 and 3.1.6. Alternate Watch: a watch which is designated as a back-up for an official watch in the event the official watch fails (see USATF Rule 37.5). Arrival Rate: the rate at which runners arrive at the finish line (in runners per minute). Auxiliary Watch: any timing device which is not an "official" or "alternate" watch (see Official Watch). Awards Search: any system designed to identify those runners qualifying for awards. Bar Code: standard set of vertical lines used to convey bib- number information directly to a computer. Batch (of runners): a group of runners that finishes and enters the same processing chute between successive switches in the multiplex system. Bib-Number: aka "competitor" number, that number worn as identification by a runner which should be worn on the runner's FRONT. Card: any hand-carried item, not intended to be peeled or spindled, that carries finish order information, e.g., a place card. Chip: transponder device worn on the runner's shoe. Chute Build-Up: the build-up of runners waiting to be processed in the finish area (in numbers of runners). Chute Captain: worker assigned to direct the opening and closing of processing chutes in the multi-plex system. Chute Cards or Tags: used for opening (Chute Open Card or Tag) or closing (Chute Closing Card or Tag) processing chutes between switches in the mulit-plex system. Chute Card Director: worker assigned to hand Chute Open Card to Chute Plug. Chute Monitor: workers assigned specifically to insure that runners do not change positions in the processing chutes before the proper finish order has been recorded. Chute Plug: worker assigned to "plug" the entrance to closed processir"ig chutes and, when that chute is opened, to carry the "chute open" tag or card down the chute, leading the runners through the chute. Color Coding: a system of assigning different color identifications to each age/sex division to assist in the "awards search". Deceleration Zone: aka "funnel" area, the zone between the finish line and the head of the processing chutes in which runners slow from their running speed to a walking speed as they enter the processing chutes. Digital Display Clock: an electronic timing device which displays times in the form of 6 to 9 inch high numerals suitable for viewing from a distance, usually battery operated. Digital Watch: an electronic timing device in the form of a hand- held watch or a wrist watch which provides a digital time display, usually as a liquid crystal display (LCD). Electronic Timing Device: any timing device which relies on an electronic circuit (quartz crystal) to provide times. Entry Blank: that part of the entry form to be filled out by the entrant. Entry Roster: list of race entrants in either alphabetical or bib- number order. Finish Line Back-Up: when the queue of runners awaiting processing extends back to and across the finish line (to be avoided). Finish Line Sub-System: that part of a finish line system that is designed to provide a specific set of information, e.g., a list of places and finish times. Finishing Speed: the speed at which a runner finishes the race (in meters per minute). Fully Automatic Timing (FAT): any method of timing that does not rely on human reflexes to produce finishing times, i.e., both the start and finish must be automatic. Normally used only in track races. Hand-Out System: any system for recording finish order that relies on "handing" something to the runner. Hand Timing: any method of timing that relies on human reflexes to produce finish times. Ideal Chute Length: that chute length required to keep the f inishers walking past the recording station at the same rate they are being recorded. Interloper: aka "unregistered runner," aka "turkey," aka "bandit," a term used to refer to a runner who "participates" in a race without officially entering the race. Interpolated Time: a time assigned to a finisher that does not represent a time actually recorded at the finish line. Lap Time: the time elapsed since the last "lap," i.e., each time a lap time is displayed, the running watch automatically resets to zero. Note that digital display watches that offer only "split" times may erroneously refer to split times as lap times. (see Split Time). Late Registration: refers to registration just prior to the race which is not early enough to prepare race packets for as in "preregistration". Letter Coding: a system of assigning letter/number codes to each age/sex division to assist in the "awards search". Mechanical Watch: any timing device which relies on mechanical movements such as a pendulum driven by a wound spring. Mega-Race: a term used to describe any very large race, usually with more than 10,000 entrants. Mixed Race: a race in which both men and women compete. Modulating Rope: a moveable rope used in the pre-finish area to modulate the number of runners choosing different finish lines in the "toll-booth" method. Multi-Plex Method: any finish system that uses more than a single processing chute for a given finish line. Normal Distribution: aka "bell-shaped" distribution, a convenient description of the number of runners finishing as a function of finish time. Number Blocking: a system of assigning bib-numbers according to the age/sex division to assist in the "awards search". Official Timer: any of the two or three persons designated to operate an official watch. Official Watch: any one of the two or three watches designated as official PRIOR to the start of the race and started at the race start OR the designated alternate in the event of failure of a designated official watch. Official Winning Time: the time reported by the slower of two official watches or the middle watch of three for the winner, in accordance with USATF Rule 37.7. Pace Sign: a sign used at the start of large races to help runners line up by estimated finish time, keeping the fastest runners at the starting line and progressively slower runners toward the rear. Packet Pickup: refers to that place and time where pre-registered runners may pick up their "race packet". Parallel Processing: any method of processing two or more streams of runners simultaneously. Peak Arrival Rate: the highest arrival rate or rate that runners cross the finish line that occurs in a race (in runners per minute). Place Card: a 3x5 card with the finish place written or printed on it, usually handed to each runner as they finish. Place Board: a large, rigid board with pre-marked boxes on which place cards are affixed for the awards search and/or results display. Place Stick: a tongue depressor on which the finish place has been written, usually handed to each runner as they finish. Position Shifting: when one runner passes another runner AFTER finishing the race but BEFORE the proper finish sequence has been recorded. Pre-Race Registration: refers to those runners who register in advance, usually by mail, for whom race packets are prepared. Primary Timing System: that system used to time the majority of your runners. Printing Timer: an electronic timing device with printed output which documents places and times in response to manually depressing a remote timing button. Some models are capable of timing multiple finish lines and print the place and time for each finish line as well as the overall place. Processing Chute: a chute in the finish area used to control runners before and while their finish order is being recorded. Processing Rate: the rate at which runners are "processed" in the finish area (in runners per minute) which may include timing or recording. Pseudo-Starting Line: a "fake" starting line, prominantly marked 5 to 30 meters BEHIND the true starting line, used to help manage the start in large races. Pull-Tag: any "tag" designed to be "pulled" or taken from the runner which is usually attached to or a part of the bib-number. Race Flyer: that part of the entry form which contains the information you wish to convey to prospective entrants. Race Packet: the envelope containing a runner's bib-number and other items to be distributed to the runner prior to the race. Real Times: as opposed to "interpolated" times, those times actually recorded at the finish line. Reliability: a term used to describe the accuracy of the information that is being recorded. Robustness: a term used to describe how well the information gathered at the race finish will survive normal errors and accidents. Running Time: any time that is read from a "running" watch whose display is not "frozen" to permit reading of fractions of seconds. Secondary Rope: a moveable rope located in the deceleration zone used to open and close processing chutes (but not used for switching) in the multi-plex system. Seeded Runner: a "top" runner for whom you may wish to provide place on or just behind the starting line. Seeding: a process of segregating runners on the basis of projected or estimated finish times PRIOR to the race. Select Timing: aka "synch" timing, aka "tic-sheet" timing, aka "random" timing, aka "check" timing, any system of timing that directly matches finish times with specific runners (by name or by bib-number). Select Timing Only: a method of timing only selected finishers and then "interpolating" times for the rest of the finishers. Sequential Processing: any method of processing runners that is limited to processing them one-at-a-time in their order of finish (not the same as sequential timing). Sex Separator: a worker assigned in the pre-finish area to direct male and female runners to different finish lines. Single-Sex Race: a race in which EITHER men or women compete but not both. Spindle: a device used to hold the tags gathered at the end of the processing chutes, in their proper sequence. Split Time: aka cumulative split time, refers to a time for which the display is frozen but the option to return to the "running" time is available. Note that digital watches may offer both a "lap" time and a "split" time. In this case, the split time may be referred to as a "cum" time. Stanchion: a sturdy support post, roughly one meter in height, used to define the deceleration zone and processing chutes. Starting Pistol or Horn: that pistol or noise-making device used to start the runners. Stopped Time: any time taken where the watch is actually stopped, i.e., the display is frozen AND the running time is stopped. Substitute Runner: a worker who takes the place of a runner requiring medical attention or a wheel-chair finisher. Substitute Tag: tag used to identify registered runners who for whatever reason do not have a pull-tag. Switching Rope: a moveable rope located in the deceleration zone used to switch runners from one processing chute to another in the mulit-plex system. Tag: any item designed to be "spindled" or peeled and affixed to something else, e.g., to a place card. Take-From System: any system for recording finish order that does not hand something to the runner but rather takes something attached to the runner. Tic Sheet: a sheet used for timing that is arranged in columns with a space for "tic" marks or "bib-numbers" next to each numbered second. Time Tag: a tag on which a finish time has been written, to be spindled in sequence with the finish order. Toll-Booth Method: any finish line system that employs two or more finish lines with a SINGLE processing chute for each finish line. Walk-Thru Rate: the rate at which runners can WALK THRU or walk past a given point (in runners per minute). WaIk-Thru Speed: the speed at which runners can WALK THRU or walk past a given point (in meters per minute). Wave Start: a starting system which employs several sequential starts, each start comprising a fraction of the total field of runners in the race. Worker Lane: a lane, one to two meters in width, located between processing chutes for the chute workers to stand or sit. The present invention provides a method and apparatus for counting the number of occurrences that a mobile unit comes within range of a stationary unit. The invention is useful in counting the number of laps which a runner or swimmer completes through a course. In one aspect, the present invention includes a timer which, in cooperation with the information generated by the lap counter, produces information corresponding to the lap time, average minutes per mile and other such data. In a preferred embodiment, a stationary transmitter emits an infrared signal to create a zone of detection which triggers a receiving unit attached to the runner or swimmer each time the runner or swimmer passes through the zone of detection. It is important for competitive swimmers or other persons travelling laps on predetermined courses to know the time it takes to complete each lap, as well as other statistics such as the total elapsed time, lap number and temperature. Several devices are known in the art for providing some of these statistics. Two of the most common devices used by swimmers are (1) water-resistant wrist-watches that are self-activated and (2) large electrical clocks that are above the water and are visible to swimmers. The clocks are more generally used in recreational lap swimming and are usually located at the end of a swimming lane. They require a swimmer to raise the swimmer's head above the water level to view the last split time swam by the swimmer, and the time depicted is an approximate time because the clock does not reset at the end of each lap swam. The wrist-watches are not workable for swimmers except for monitoring total elasped time, because a swimmer must activate the watch after each lap to monitor split times, thereby interrupting swimming activity. As a result, it is very difficult to conveniently view progress during the swim. One prior lap timer, disclosed in Dawley, U.S. Pat. No. 4,518,266 shows a lap timer having a kick pad which is submerged in water, and readouts that are positioned above the water level. Each time a swimmer completes a lap, the swimmer makes active contact with the kick pad and a lap time is computed. This device has the deficiencies of (a) requiring the swimmer to specifically attempt to touch the kick pad during each lap, and (b) requiring the swimmer to lift the swimmer's head out of the water to view the readouts. As a result, it is very difficult for the swimmer to view progress during the swim.The present invention relates to sporting event lap counters/timers and, in particular, to sporting event lap counters/timers used by swimmers. A personal athletic device is worn by a runner during a race. A race course is provided with a plurality of mats along the race course. The mats have antennas and generate a magnetic field. The personal athletic device has a chip system having an RFID tag and a display. As the runner progress along the course, the RFID tag is triggered at each mat and race data is displayed on the device. 1. A personal device worn by an athlete during a timed event, the device comprising:an attachment member to be worn by the athlete;a transceiver coupled to the attachment member, the transceiver to receive signals during the timed event; anda display coupled to the attachment member to display data associated with the timed event. 2. The personal device of claim 1, the transceiver further comprising an RFID transceiver. 3. The personal device of claim 1, the display to display a split time for the athlete during the timed event. 4. The personal device of claim 3, the display to further display a predetermined split time for the athlete during the time event. 5. The personal device of claim 4, the display to further display a comparison between the split time for the athlete during the timed event and the predetermined split time for the athlete during the timed event. 6. The personal device of claim 1, the display to display an elapsed time for the athlete during the timed event. 7. The personal device of claim 1, the display further comprising a bistable display, the bistable display to perpetually display the elapsed time for the athlete at the conclusion of the timed event. 8. A personal device worn by a runner during a race, the device comprising:a wristband adapted to fit around a wrist of a runner; anda display operably mounted on the wristband to display an indicia in response to the runner crossing a finish line of the race. 9. The personal device of claim 8, the display further comprising a bistable display, the bistable display to perpetually display an elapsed race time for the runner in response to the runner crossing the finish line of the race. 10. The personal device of claim 8, the display to display a split time for the runner during the race. 11. The personal device of claim 10, the display to further display a target split time for the runner during the race. 12. The personal device of claim 11, the display to further display a comparison between the split time and the target split time for the runner during the race. 13. A method comprising:receiving, by a transceiver worn by an athlete during a timed event, a signal corresponding to the timed event;displaying, by a display coupled to the transceiver, an indication of the athlete's performance during the timed event; anddisplaying, by the display coupled to the transceiver, a comparison of the athlete's performance during the timed event to a target performance. 14. The method of claim 13, further comprising:displaying, by the display coupled to the transceiver, a pace for the athlete. 15. The method of claim 13, further comprising:perpetually displaying, by the display coupled to the transceiver, an indication of the athlete's performance at the conclusion of the timed event. 16. The method of claim 13, further comprising:perpetually displaying, by the display coupled to the transceiver, an elapsed time for the timed event at the conclusion of the timed event. 17. The method of claim 13, further comprising:transmitting the indication of the athlete's performance during the timed event. 18. The method of claim 13, further comprising:providing a motivational message to the athlete. Read more: http://www.faqs.org/patents/app/20080258917#ixzz0imyBhrb8 [0001]The present application claims the benefit of U.S. Provisional Patent Application No. 60/909,212, filed on Mar. 30, 2007, and is incorporated by reference and made a part hereof. TECHNICAL FIELD [0002]The present invention generally relates to a personal device used in athletic activity and, more particularly, to a device worn by an athlete such as a runner wherein the device has functionality triggered by RFID sources. BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION [0003]Running is a popular form of physical fitness. In conjunction with general running activity, runners often participate in race events such as marathons, 5 ks, 10 ks or other races of varying distances. To judge fitness levels and progress, runners often will record the time it takes to finish a race. Runners may often utilize a stop watch incorporated into a traditional wrist watch that records elapsed time. The watch may have the capability to store split times as a runner progresses along a race course by manually pressing a lap/split button on the watch. Technological advances have provided more sophisticated time keeping, particularly for race events wherein hundreds and even thousands of runners participate in the event. For example, one system provides an automatic timing system utilizing radio frequency identification (RFID) technology. In the system, mats having antennas incorporated therein are placed at the start, finish and other timing locations along a race course. A runner wears a miniature transponder that interacts with the mats as the runner progresses along the race course. As the runner runs the event, time is automatically kept via interaction between the transponder and the mats. Time data is transmitted to a central location wherein race officials can monitor the progress of the race and the times of every participant. [0004]These types of race event systems are typically administered by the race organizer. Accordingly, the time data is also controlled by the race organizer. Using the official race event transponders associated with the system, a runner has limited control over the timing data and does not have easy access to make further use of the timing data. In addition, the device usually must be returned to the race organizer. In certain instances where a transponder can be purchased separately, the transponder generally does not have further utility accept for other races utilizing the same type of timing system. Accordingly, while certain race event devices provide a number of advantageous features, they nevertheless have certain limitations. The present invention seeks to overcome certain of these limitations and other drawbacks of the prior art, and to provide new features not heretofore available. SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION [0005]The present invention discloses a personal athletic device having functionality triggered by RFID sources. In one exemplary embodiment, the personal athletic device is used with an automatic timing system that utilizes RFID technology. [0006]According to one aspect of the invention, the personal athletic device is worn by a runner during a race. A race course is provided with a plurality of mats along the race course. The mats have antennas and generate a magnetic field. The personal athletic device has a chip system having an RFID tag and a display. As the runner progresses along the course, the RFID tag is triggered at each mat and split times are displayed on the device 10 as well as total elapsed time. [0007]According to another aspect of the invention, target split times can be uploaded into the personal athletic device. As the runner progresses along the race course, actual split times are displayed adjacent the target split times for comparison by the runner. Additional functionality can be provided in the device to provide additional pace information to the runner. [0008]According to another aspect of the invention, the device is equipped with a display that is a bi-stable display. The bi-stable display is designed to perpetually display the finish time of a runner in the race. The device is used as a souvenir or keepsake from the race. [0009]These and other objects and advantages will be made apparent from the following description of the drawings and detailed description of the invention. BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS [0010]FIG. 1 is illustrates an athlete wearing a personal athletic device of the present invention in an example environment; [0011]FIG. 2 is a schematic block diagram of a chip system used with the personal athletic device of the present invention; [0012]FIG. 3 is a schematic view of a race course and timing system used with the present invention; [0013]FIG. 4 is front perspective view of the personal athletic device shown in FIG. 1; and [0014]FIG. 5 is a front perspective view of an alternative embodiment of a personal athletic device of the present invention. DETAILED DESCRIPTION [0015]While this invention is susceptible of embodiment in many different forms, there is shown in the drawings, and will herein be described in detail, preferred embodiments of the invention with the understanding that the present disclosure is to be considered as an exemplification of the principles of the invention and is not intended to limit the broad aspect of the invention to the embodiments illustrated. [0016]A personal athletic device is shown in FIG. 1 and generally designated with the reference numeral 10. In one exemplary embodiment described in greater detail below, the personal athletic device 10 is in the form of a bracelet 10 worn by an athlete during a running event such as a marathon or other timed event. The personal athletic device 10 is utilized with a timing system 12 often incorporated into a timed event. The timing system 12 will generally be described followed by a more detailed description of the personal athletic device 10 and its enhanced functional capabilities. [0017]The timing system generally includes a plurality of mats 14 and a controller 16. FIG. 1 shows a side view of a mat 14 and FIG. 3 shows a schematic plan view of a plurality of mats 14. The mat 14 generally is a flat member having an antenna 18 embedded in the mat 14 (shown schematically). In certain exemplary embodiments, a plurality of antennas 18 may be embedded into the mat 14. The mat 14 is dimensioned so as to readily accommodate the number of runners expected to participate in an event. The controller 16 is operably connected to the mat(s) 14 and has a reader 20 as well as associated operability components as are known such as a power supply, displays and other signals. It is understood that the controller 16 may comprise a plurality of controllers 16 wherein a controller 16 is associated with each mat 14 and wherein the controller 16 includes a central location for gathering and administering timing data. [0018]As further schematically shown in FIG. 3, a plurality of mats 14 are placed along a race course 22. For example, a mat 14 is placed at the race start 24 as well as the finish line 26. In addition, a plurality of mats 14 are placed at intermediate locations along the race course 22. For a marathon event, for example, mats 14 may be positioned at each mile marker of the race. As will be described in greater detail below, the personal athletic device 10 will interact with the timing system 12 during the event. It is understood that an athlete may utilize other devices such as a chip in the form of a transponder typically worn on the shoe of the athlete. These types of chips, however, have only limited interaction capabilities. [0019]As shown in FIGS. 1, 2, 4 and 5, the personal athletic device 10 generally includes an attachment member 32, and a chip system 34 attached thereto. The chip system 34 is generally in the form of a mini data and signal receiver/transmission device 34. [0020]In one exemplary form of the invention, the attachment member 32 takes the form of a band 36 that is adapted to be worn around the wrist of the runner. The band 36 can be made from a resilient, elastic type material in the form of a solid ring wherein the band 38 can easily stretch over a hand and fit upon the wrist in a generally snug fashion. In alternative forms, the attachment member 32 can include different types of attachment structures such as buckles, snaps, hook and loop fasteners or other types of fasteners if desired. The attachment member 32 could include a break in the structure allowing the member 32 to fit over the wrist via the break. The attachment member 32 can also include other desirable indicia thereon as well as a variety of different colors. The attachment member 32 is further structured and dimensioned to house and support the chip system 34. [0021]As further shown in FIG. 2, the chip system 34 is capable of receiving and transmitting signals and data and generally includes a transponder 38, a microprocessor 40, and a display 42. It is understood that the chip system components are operably connected to provide the functions and interactions described herein. [0022]In one exemplary form of the invention, the transponder 38 is an active or passive RFID chip or tag 38. The RFID tag 38 is capable of receiving an initial signal such as magnetic signal from the mat 14 and transmitting a reply in response to the initial signal. The microprocessor 40 can take many different forms and is generally a unit that processes or controls steps, actions and commands associated with the interaction between the device 10 and the timing system 12. The microprocessor 40 specifically includes a simple chronograph 44 for accurate recording of time. Specific functionality associated with the microprocessor 40 will be described in greater detail below when discussing the operation of the device 10 in use with the timing system 12. [0023]The microprocessor 40 also includes memory 46. The memory 46 can be a small amount of flash memory such as EEPROM, and around 1 k in size, although the size of the memory can vary. The microprocessor 40 further includes a power supply 48 such as a battery 48. The battery 48 can take various forms and in an exemplary embodiment, the battery 48 could be a paper battery or similar to a battery used in hearing aid applications. Finally, the display 42 may be a simple display such as a flexible, plastic LED or LCD. The display 42 can be flexible to adhere to the contour of a wrist. The display 42 is mounted in a location wherein a runner can easily view the display 42. In addition, the chip system 34 may include a user input module 45 wherein the athlete can input information as desired. As described in greater detail below, the chip system 34 may also have a communication element 49 for wireless communication. It is understood that the various components of the chip system 34 may be contained within a small housing that is supported by the attachment member 32. It is further understood that the chip system 34 can be capable of wireless transmission and overall wireless communication with other types of devices, as well as be equipped with data transmission ports if desired. [0024]Operation of the personal athletic device 10 will now be described using a marathon event as an example. As described above, the mats 14 are positioned along the designated race course 22 (FIG. 3). A mat 14 is placed at the start 24 of the course 22 as well as at the end of the course defining the finish line 26. In addition, a plurality of other mats 14 are positioned at intermediate locations along the race course 22 such as at each mile marker, e.g. from mile marker no. 1 through mile marker no. 26. It is understood that the mats 14, equipped with the appropriate antennas etc., will generate a magnetic field F (FIG. 1) from the mat 14. [0025]A runner participating in the marathon event wears the device 10 on the wrist wherein the device 10 may simply be considered a bracelet. As the runner starts the race, the mat 14 at the starting line 24, via the generated magnetic field F, triggers the RFID tag 38 which in turn starts the chronograph 44 of the microprocessor 40. The elapsed race time is also displayed on the display 42. Each subsequent mat 14 along the race course similarly triggers the RFID tag 38 and displays a mile split time on the display 42. The chip system 34 is designed to display the split time for several seconds on the display 42 and then change the display 42 to continue displaying the elapsed race time. The device 10 may also have a vibration signal, audible signal or other type of signal to indicate to the runner to view the display 42 to see the split time. It is further understood that when the RFID tag 38 is triggered at the mile markers, the split times are also saved in the memory 46. At the finish 26, the mat 14 at the finish line triggers the RFID tag 38 to record and display the final race time and stop the chronograph 44. In typical configurations, a runner uses a watch and presses a lap/split button on the watch upon reaching each mile marker along the race course. The personal athletic device 10 may be considered a simple runners chronograph wherein the lap/split button is replaced by the RFID prompt at the mile markers and the interaction between the device 10 and the timing system 12. Split times and finish time can then be automatically recorded personally by each runner eliminating the need for manual steps taken by the runner. In addition, this information is immediately displayed to the runner rather than only being saved by the controller 16 of the timing system 12 administered by the race organizer. Until now, such data was not immediately available to the runner by being shown on the display 42. [0026]The personal athletic device 10 may also have enhanced timing capabilities. For example, a runner may design a race plan having desired target split times. Prior to the race, the runner uploads the target split times and stores the times in the memory 46 of the device 10. The uploading can take place from various locations such as a personal computer, a kiosk that may be affiliated with the race organizer or other interested entity, and further be done either through a data port connection or wireless transmission. With respect to a particular marathon course, the kiosk could calculate corrected mile split times if necessary and place the times on the device 10 in the memory 46. During the race, at each mile marker, the display 42 shows the actual split time as described above as well as the target split time pre-entered into the device 10 for comparison by the runner. The microprocessor 40 may have additional communication capabilities to indicate to the runner whether the runner is on pace, ahead of pace, or behind pace as preset by the runner. [0027]In another exemplary embodiment, the personal athletic device 10 can take more a more simplified form in functionality and merely display a finish time of a race event. Accordingly, the personal athletic device 10 is activated when the runner passes the starting line and the chronograph 44 keeps time as the runner progresses along the course 22. Upon crossing the finish line 26, the final time is displayed on the display 34 such as shown in FIG. 5. In this embodiment, the display 42 is preferably a bi-stable display 42A wherein the finish time is perpetually displayed on the display 42. As the display 42 is a bi-stable display, no power is required for the display 42 to continually display the finish time. As such, the personal athletic device 10 can be used as a souvenir or keepsake from the race event to be placed on a shelf or mantle. [0028]As discussed, the personal athletic device 10 can have wireless transmission capabilities. The device 10 could transmit the timing information for the runner to another computer which could transmit the information to another location such as a website having additional functional capabilities. For example, the website could display additional race times for comparison or race times for runners in a particular group. The website could be a website affiliated with the race organizer or a separate website associated with the runner. It is also understood that in another exemplary embodiment of the invention, the device 10 could not include the display 42. In this configuration, the race data including split times can be downloaded to another computer such as at a kiosk for additional transmission such as to a website. [0029]It is understood that the personal athletic device 10 is programmed with a unique RFID serial number. This unique number can be associated with the name and personal information of an individual. Accordingly, with appropriate cooperation with race organizers, the personal athletic device 10 could be used to enter race events such as at a kiosk or other central location. As all of the pertinent information is contained in the device 10, registration can be streamlined and more efficient. Payment capabilities such as using credit card or other information could also be incorporated into the device 10 to further enhance registration capabilities. [0030]It is understood that wearing the personal athletic device 10 on the wrist is one exemplary form of the invention. The device 10 can also be worn on other locations such as the arm, on apparel, on glasses having a display, as well as on shoes if desired. The device 10 could also be equipped with an audio component wherein an athlete can hear time information via earphones. [0031]It is also understood that the personal athletic device 10 and its functionality could be incorporated into a full featured watch having traditional watch functions, a phone, a digital music player, a heart rate monitor, electronic devices worn on or in soles of shoes, or other electronic devices. The device 10 could also be equipped with enhanced communication capabilities to communicate with such other electronic devices as schematically indicated in FIG. 1. With respect to a digital music player configuration, the functionality of the present invention can specifically be incorporated into an IPOD® brand digital music player available from Apple, Inc. of Cupertino, Calif. In such a configuration, there can be ongoing audio communication to the runner including specific timing related communications based on the various checkpoints or mile markers reached during a race event. Communications to the device 10 could also take various forms including custom coaching or motivational messages. The RFID triggers could also incorporate global positioning functions including pre-entering location information about a race course. A GPS signal could then trigger the device 10 to provide useful information to the runner. [0032]While a specific example has been described herein relating to a marathon event, it is understood that the personal athletic device 10 could be used in other timed events. For example, bikers and swimmers could also use the device as well as athletes participating in triathlons. [0033]The personal athletic device 10 of the present invention possesses enhanced functionality over prior art systems. The device 10 can be designed to be reused at multiple race events. The memory can be cleared and the chronograph can be reset for another race. The memory could also be sized to maintain race data for multiple events. Alternatively, the device 10 can be designed for a one-time use, such as the embodiment described above having the bi-stable display. Furthermore, the components of the device 10 can be selected having the functionality described above but wherein the device 10 is considered to be for a one-time use and disposable. Using the device 10 of the present invention is more desirable than the traditional shoe-mounted transponder as the device 10 provides a display as well as instant access to the timing data generated with the timing system 12 for further use and review by the runner. [0034]Finally, the personal athletic device 10 can be utilized in displaying messages at locations unrelated to timing events. For example, a retail establishment could include mats 14 or other appropriate signal generating device at its location. An individual wearing the device 10 and entering the location could be randomly selected to win a reward such as merchandise or other reward. A message could be displayed on the display 42 indicating "winner." The device 10 could also be used for gaming such as scavenger hunts to log that a person was near a designated marker. [0035]While the specific embodiments have been illustrated and described, numerous modifications come to mind without significantly departing from the spirit of the invention and the scope of protection is only limited by the scope of the accompanying Claims. Read more: http://www.faqs.org/patents/app/20080258917#ixzz0imyb6JDJ 2. Description of Related Art Racing, whether car racing or foot racing, is a popular pastime in sport throughout the world. Typically, runners in organized foot races set specific time goals for finishing the race. These goals require that a certain pace be maintained as a target pace, and a runner will adjust his or her speed in an attempt to reach the specified time goal. Race officials typically help in this regard by calling out the elapsed time as runners reach certain intermediate distances, often referred to as splits, for instance, each three kilometers or each mile. Runners may then attempt to determine if they are maintaining their target pace and adjust their speed accordingly. The process of adjusting pace and attempting to reach a goal in a race requires that certain mathematical operations be carried out in the racer's head. This proves especially difficult in the countries, such as the United States of America, where the convention is to use miles as the intermediate distances or split distances, even for those races which are an even number of kilometers, for example, a 5K, 10K, etc. Runners engaged in races set in kilometers would, for example, have to maintain a pace of seven minutes, fifty seconds per mile in order to finish the 10K race in forty-eight minutes and forty seconds. In this example, after finishing mile three, the runner is told that he has been running for twenty-five minutes and forty-one seconds. The runner must then determine in his head whether he is on target. In certain prior art methods, some runners may calculate in advance what their target times should be for two miles, three miles, etc., and commit these target times to memory. Further, some runners may even write these target times on their hand. However, even if the runner in the example is able to remember that he should have run the first three miles in twenty-three minutes and thirty seconds, he is therefore two minutes and eleven seconds behind his target. What does this imply about his finishing time? If he is able to run his target pace for the remainder of the race, he would obviously finish two minutes and eleven seconds behind his goal. However, if he is able only to maintain the pace he has averaged for the first three miles, he will finish in fifty-three minutes and twelve seconds, namely four minutes and thirty-two seconds behind his target. This type of calculation, which proves important to the runner, is virtually impossible to do in one's head. In order to pace oneself, a runner may use a stopwatch, including electronic models which have the ability to measure and record split times upon the operation of a push button as the split distance is reached. These stopwatches or time measurement devices may calculate typical desired time readings, such as lap times, cumulative times, split times, average times, required times, distance histories and multiple participant times. For example, see U.S. Pat. No. 4,640,624 to Pitt; U.S. Pat. No. 4,831,605 to Suga; U.S. Pat. No. 5,151,885 to Kasuo; U.S. Pat. No. 5,404,341 to Horiguchi; and U.S. Pat. No. 5,812,049 to Uzi. There are also devices in the prior art that measure the number of strides a runner takes, therefore displaying the runner's progress through a race course. Certain devices have been developed which calculate desired time measurements based upon passive or active interaction with the runner's body. For example, see U.S. Pat. No. 4,387,437 to Lowrey et al.; U.S. Pat. No. 4,993,004 to Loizeaux; and U.S. Pat. No. 5,301,154 to Suga. Other devices have been developed, which include time calculations with certain predictive functionality. Also known are devices which indicate to a runner the rate at which he should be striding in order to maintain a target pace. For example, U.S. Pat. No. 4,285,041 to Smith describes a pacemaker in which the target stride rate may be adjusted based upon performance during the race and earlier splits. Other examples of these devices are seen in U.S. Pat. No. 5,297,110 to Ohira et al.; U.S. Pat. No. 5,408,446 to Ohira; and U.S. Pat. No. 5,526,290 to Kanzaki. Further, time measurement devices have been developed which employ the Global Positioning System (GPS) technology, and are used to indicate distance covered and rate of speed since the start of a race or a split distance covered. However, presently there are no devices or methods for these devices which would enable a runner to input a certain race total distance, for example a 5K or a 10K, and use his or her progress through the race and through the splits to predict the most valuable piece of information to the runner, namely, his or her finishing time. SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION Accordingly, it is an object of the present invention to provide a time computing device and predictive method that overcome the deficiencies of the prior art devices and methods. It is another object of the present invention to provide a time computing device and predictive method for predicting a race finishing time. It is another object of the present invention to provide a time computing device and predictive method that are easy to program and operate while a runner is engaged in a race. It is yet another object of the present invention to provide a time computing device and predictive method which are able to predict a race finish time based upon a runner's average split times. The present invention is directed to a computer-implemented predictive method for a race finishing time, RFT, and includes the steps of: (a) setting a race total distance quantity, TD; (b) setting a split distance increment, SDI; (c) actuating a running timer mechanism outputting an elapsed time quantity, T; (d) inputting a split number quantity, SN, upon reaching a split distance increment, SDI; (e) computing a split time, ST, for each split number quantity, SN, and each split distance increment, SDI; (f) calculating an average split time, AST, based upon the elapsed time quantity, T, and the split number quantity, SN; (g) setting a most recent split time, MRST, equal to the split time, ST; (h) calculating a predicted split time, PST, based upon at least one of the average split time, AST, and the most recent split time MRST; and (i) predicting the race finishing time, RFT, based upon the total distance quantity, TD, the split distance increment, SDI, the elapsed time quantity, T, the split number quantity, SN, at least one of the predicted split times, PST, and the average split time, AST. In a preferred embodiment, the race finishing time, RFT, is calculated using the formula: The present invention is also a time computing device, which includes an actuator mechanism for actuating a timer mechanism, which outputs an elapsed time quantity, T, and provides at least one selection input corresponding to a race total distance quantity, TD, and/or a split number quantity, SN. A central control mechanism is in communication with the actuator mechanism and sets a split distance increment, SDI, and computes; (i) a split time, ST, for each split number quantity, SN, at each split distance increment, SDI; (ii) an average split time, AST, based upon the elapsed time quantity, T, and the split number quantity, SN; (iii) a most recent split time, MRST, based upon the current split time, ST; (iv) a predicted split time, PST, based upon at last one of the average split time, AST, and the most recent split time, MRST; and (v) a predicted race finishing time, RFT, based upon the total distance quantity, TD, the split distance increment, SDI, the elapsed time quantity, T, the split number quantity, SN, at least one of the predicted split time, AST, and the average split time, AST. In addition, the time computing device includes a display mechanism in communication with the central control mechanism for visually displaying the actuator mechanism inputs and/or computational results. The time computing device may be in the form of a wristwatch, a stopwatch, a clock, a hand-held computing device, and/or a portable computing Before you can train with a speed and distance device, you have to own one. The purchase of such a device is one you’ll want to make carefully. These tools are not cheap, so it’s important that you know as much as possible about the model you favour before you take it home, lest you suffer from Ł100 or more worth of buyer’s remorse. There are significant differences between models, and none of them is every triathlete’s favourite. You will greatly increase the odds of purchasing a device you’re happy with if you first educate yourself about all of the major brands. An auto lap feature can be used to collect split times at any distance automatically as you run. Y What’s more, only the accelerometer option allows the user to monitor stride cadence and length, which can be useful. Throw in the greater versatility of the accelerometer (more accurate on running tracks, usable indoors), and we think that with speed and distance devices, the foot pod is the way to go. . Use the application to track your training by the day, week, or month through any variable from mileag R Interval Timer Mode is a flexible six-interval countdown timer that is perfect for timed repetition training and can record five different sessions of up to four intervals that can be repeated up to 99 times. Optional heart rate zone goals can also be set for interval groups, the groups also include warm-up and cool-down intervals – a nice touch that caters to the natural structure of an athlete’s sessions. An auto-split option records a lap split when you cover a specified distance – did we mention this watch is extremely convenient to use? So you’re looking for the best sports watch you can find. But you find that choosing the right running watch is no easy task. The best sports watches these days are complex, feature packed wrist-watch-computers and it’s not always easy separating the performers from the pretenders. While choosing the "best watch" is a subjective thing. We have decided to have a go. The rest of this article will be dedicated to comparing and then deciding which is the “best of the best” sports running watch out there. Our method? Frst, all we only consider watches support the features in a running watch that athletes need. This is they must support: * A Stopwatch Chronograph with large, clear digits that is readable at arm’s length * Lap Memory Storage – to record training data to enter in training diary * Countdown Timer or Interval Timer feature, preferably with varying length time intervals for timed intervals Then we considered other areas that we feel provides additional benefits to performance athletes and those who treat training more than a casual past-time. These areas are namely: Heart Rate Monitor Features, Speed and Distance Tracking Capability, Computer Interfacing and Software, Session History Recording Capacity and Value For Money. Speed and Distance Tracking Capability Modern sports watches are capable of tracking speed, pace and distance via a GPS system, pedometer or foot pod unit. This is a great feature for performance runners. When competing in a race or within a high intensity training session, it is extremely useful to know at any given point, what pace you are currently at and the distance you have covered over the course of a run, or even a weekly distance summary of all runs, so as to record these statistics in your training diary. A foot pod unit, which tend to be slightly cheaper than GPS technology, is secured onto your running shoe and must be calibrated to your stride. Unlike a GPS watch, a foot pod device will work indoors as well as outdoors and on a treadmill, however the accuracy of a food pod suffers when you change intensity level, making it unsuitable for measuring fartlek sessions and it must be calibrated to your stride. A GPS unit links to a network of 24 satellite systems orbiting the earth. By linking up to three or more satellite signals simultaneously a GPS sports watch can accurately determine your precise location on earth, enabling it to calculate speed, distance, direction and altitude. When rating the watches we consider “the best”, speed and distance measuring capabilities of all the watches were taken into account. Computer Software Interfacing A serious athlete keeps track of their workouts and performances over a long period of time and analyses their personal data in the search of new ways to optimize their training. The best watches have the ability to transfer workout data onto a personal computer and analyse the data with software provided to the watch manufacturer. Some, also allow you to upload and share your data among online communities. We have rated the watches on their ability to transfer data to PC (or Mac) and the quality of the software they provide. Session History Recording Capacity Athletes who record all their training in a personal training diary, require a large amount of storage capacity on a sports wrist watch. The watches we have selected are able to record and organize session data by a workout date/time stamp and give the wearer the ability to drill down a lot deeper into a given workout and view the details of the session data such as lap distances and recovery time/distances and even session goals. Value For Money Value for money is actually not the primary focus of this article. We are looking for the best sports watch, NOT the best value sports watch. We consider cost only when choosing between two good sports watches that are fairly equal in features and benefits, in this case the cost might tip the balance one way or the other. We also consider cost, where you get a bunch of not very useful features for the extra expense and not a lot of added practical value to athletes. * Measuring of all reaction times, split times, finish times for road races and track races. * Measuring of wind velocity for sprint races and horizontal jumps. * Measuring of distances for all horizontal jumps and throws. * Measuring the height of the bar for pole vault. * Automatic detection of false start for all races up to 400m included. * Display of timing information on sport scoreboards on the track and on TV. * Display of scoring information on sport specific scoreboard on the field. * Display of information for the athletes such as: laps to go, concentration time, next competitor to jump or throw. For sprint races up to 400m included, the start is a key factor to a successful race. This is one of the reasons why the response time of each athlete is measured. To achieve this, each starting block is connected to an automatic false start control system. A detected false start is signalled to the starter, the athletes and the public immediately.The Multi tto Timer product is a freeware product that allows the PC to act a timer One or more lanes can be set up simply by pressing a number for the desired lane. To capture times, operators simply press the space bar and a time is recorded.The person doing race timing simply taps on the large on-screen number buttons with a stylus to record the bib# (optional) of each racer, then taps the "Record" button to automatically record the current elapsed time. The screen features "Ten independent Timers in one program, to count down to zero or up to max." BS Editor: If you are looking for a powerful, easy-to-use and accurate timer program for your Windows desktop, you have found it! Multi-Timer Ultimate is designed to meet the requirements of even the most demanding users, in a private, professional and even scientific environment. # Unlimited timer controls in a clear and neat flow layout interface # Each timer can be set up to count up, Count Down or work in Alarm Clock mode # Printable and exportable (loggable) timer list, which can also be used to control the timers, single or in groups Feature Summary * Virtually unlimited timers in a clear and neat flow layout interface (add 1, 5 or 10 timers at once) * Drag and Drop support - timers can be moved within the array by drag & drop * Each timer can be set up to count up, count down or work in alarm clock mode * Timers can be paused and resumed later, even after program shutdown * Optional Auto-Resume on program start - launches every timer which has been interrupted * Scientific-use accuracy! Multi-Timer Ultimate features a display accuracy of 1 second or (optional) 1/10 second, but a calculation accuracy of better than 1/100,000 (10-6) seconds internally (even on interrupted use). Time spans are calculated from the start time and the current time, which guarantees the highest accuracy * Counts up to (or down from) 1000 hours (over 41 days) * Alarms can go off at a specified date, daily, on working days (Monday - Friday) or on a specified day of the week * Background color (for each timer separately) and display (LED style) colors can be changed (several presets are included); changeable wallpaper / background image / color for the window background * Hidden (system tray) mode * Each timer has a short, changeable title and a text field for unlimited notes is a small MS Windows program that will count and time laps on any scale slot car track. Laps are timed with 1/1000 of a second accuracy. Lap Timer 2000 includes hardware interfaces for the Joystick Game Pad, Parallel Printer Port, Keyboard and the RS-232 Serial Communications Port. Slot car tracks with up to four lanes can be used with Lap Timer 2000. A single race or practice session can record up to 4096 laps per lane. The current lap time for each lane is displayed using a large 90 point font to facilitate easy viewing from across a room. Track all your sessions - practice, qualifying, or a race - and save data on tire temps, tire pressures, oil, water, gearing and shock/spring settings. Ideal for multi-car teams. For each session, it tracks your competitors and what they are turning in lap times and also shows how you practiced, qualified and raced at each venue. Ships with a Report Wizard.. PTT is a very simple stopwatch software.Using Pocket team Timer by Chocolate Fish Software should be fairly intuitive. Click on the Start button to begin the timer, and then click on the Stop button to stop it. The Reset button will reset the timer to zero. The Lap button can be used to freeze intermediate readings while the timer continues on. The current time as of when the Lap button is pushed will be displayed under the main time display. After the initial press of the Lap button, any subsequent presses will also indicate (in parenthesis) the elapsed time since the previous lap press. Digital chronometer with up to 9 capture time key Digital chronometer with up to 9 capture time key, allowing final result to be stored in text file or exported in some other program for custom calculation. The program is used to measure time between different events. Each event will be associated to a key (from 1 to 9). For example, in a car race a key can be associated to a car number. At the beginning of the race you click on Start and then for each car lap you press on his corresponding key. The chronograph records lap and split time for up to 99 laps and to an accuracy of 1/100 second. It continues to log the total time while you can capture the split times. DATA: This mode records any saved chronograph data. Up to 99 runs can be saved. The most sophisticated and easiest to use race timer for the WMOS Race Management Features: Unlimited number of racers. Unlimited number of laps. You can review the results in place order, by racer class, or by bib number at any time. You can edit any of the results to correct errors in bib numbers and result times. You can even add a new result if you missed a racer at the finish line. You can beam results directly to another Palm at any time during or after a race. Race results accommodate multiple classes of racers and will produce results by class. Racers can also be assigned to "groups" such as individual teams. You can then print results for each team. You can offset times for selected racers if you have a wave start. You can also offset individual racers starts for "interval start" races where you have racers starting individually (or in pairs, etc.). You can set up multiple races ahead of time and load in sets of racers from the MemoPad. You can also use desktop system spreadsheet software to register racers and download them to the desktop via Team Timer Office, simply the best coaching and training software available today, by CHocolate Fish Software.. All result formats can be saved to the MemoPad for transfer to the desktop computer. You can also set the format to make it easy to import the results into spreadsheets (Excel spreadsheet templates provided). Four "Enter" buttons that you can pre-load with racers as they approach the finish line. You can enter times even if you don't know the bib number. Easy edit of results if you need to change bib numbers, add a bib number to a time, or delete an extra time that was entered accidentally. Elapsed time and next finisher place display. List and review results any time during the race. You can also check all of a racer's lap times. You can switch on sounds to give you audible feedback when you press the buttons. Split Time Features: The split time feature is ideal for coaching on the course. It shows the current racer in comparison to the racer just ahead and just behind as well as the first three racers. Pace is displayed for all racers when you set up a race distance. The split timer takes into account interval starts so you get the true time and place. I am looking for the best and most useful timing tool availble fo rthe serious coach, trainer, athlete and runner. Pocket Team Timer by CHocolate Fish SOftware is simply the best available multi-lpa and split timer capable of recording, capturing and reporting all of the lap/split/and final times for all of your runners in a race, no matter how many you have. 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