05691742 is referenced by 43 patents and cites 15 patents.

Method and apparatus for transparently executing in a graphical operating system environment a battery gauge utility that provides accurate battery status information adaptable to different users' needs. In a preferred embodiment, a software battery gauge of the present invention utilizes the primary display of a PC on which it is executing to present information on the exact current charge status of each of one or more batteries of the PC without relying on the presence of a Microsoft/Intel Advanced Power Management driver and compatible BIOS and without continually impinging on the APM or XBIOS interfaces to derive such status information. The battery gauge interfaces with a user through a user interface comprising an animated graphical status indicator and a textual status indicator, which display battery status information continuously such that changes therein can be immediately and conveniently perceived by a user. In addition, the battery gauge comprises a conventional windows system menu, which can be accessed by using the mouse or pointing device, for controlling the appearance of the user interface.

Title
Software battery gauge for portable computers
Application Number
8/449160
Publication Number
5691742
Application Date
May 24, 1995
Publication Date
November 25, 1997
Inventor
John J Pearce
Del Valle
TX, US
Clint H O Connor
Austin
TX, US
Agent
Haynes and Boone L
Assignee
Dell U
TX, US
IPC
G01R 31/36
H02J 7/04
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