Patents Represented by Attorney Michael B. McMurry
  • Patent number: 8272997
    Abstract: In an elliptical step exercise apparatus a dynamic link mechanism can be used to vary the stride length of the machine. A control system can also be used to vary stride length as a function of various exercise and operating parameters such as speed and direction as well as varying stride length as a part of a preprogrammed exercise routine such as a hill or interval training program. In addition the control system can use measurements of stride length to optimize operation of the apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2012
    Assignee: Brunswick Corporation
    Inventors: Timothy T. Anderson, Rachel Lara Abigal Buckley, Juliette C. Daly, John J. Hsing, Gregory A. Joseph, Gary E. Oglesby, John M. Rogus, Robert C. Seaman, Mark C. Termion
  • Patent number: 8272999
    Abstract: Described are several mechanisms for permitting a user to adjust the seat on a stationary exercise bicycle. The described mechanisms can be used to adjust the height of the seat or the fore and aft positioning of the seat on an upright type bicycle. Each of the described mechanisms can be configured to provide users with an optimum seat position and with a convenient latch mechanism to adjust the position of the seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2012
    Assignee: Brunswick Corporation
    Inventors: Benjamin N. Huyck, Kenneth C. Lundgreen
  • Patent number: 8118888
    Abstract: To support a deck of an exercise treadmill one or more arcuate leaf springs are used in a deck support structure. The leaf springs can be made of a single member of elastomeric material. An adjustment mechanism can be used to change the radius of the leaf springs in order to vary spring rates of the leaf springs. Where a number of different leaf springs are used, the adjustment mechanism can be used to adjust the spring rates of different springs independently.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2012
    Assignee: Brunswick Corporation
    Inventors: Daniel E. Molter, Yury Galperin, Rachel L. A. Buckley, Juliette C. Daly
  • Patent number: 8092348
    Abstract: An exercise apparatus to simulate climbing is described that includes such features as arm handles that move in synchronism with the motion of foot pedals to provide a total body workout; side handrails; a mounting step; linear foot movement at a simulated climbing angle; a three point support structure using a vertical support column; pedal track covers; a mechanism to provide constant resistance to pedal motion; and pedal impact absorption.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2012
    Assignee: Brunswick Corporation
    Inventors: Timothy T. Anderson, Juliette C. Daly, Byron T. DeKnock, Joe Immordino, Marcos Roimicher, Eric White
  • Patent number: 8021274
    Abstract: In an elliptical step exercise apparatus a dynamic link mechanism can be used to vary the stride length of the machine. A control system can also be used to vary stride length as a function of various exercise and operating parameters such as speed and direction as well as varying stride length as a part of a preprogrammed exercise routine such as a hill or interval training program. In addition the control system can use measurements of stride length to optimize operation of the apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2011
    Assignee: Brunswick Corporation
    Inventors: Timothy T. Anderson, Rachel Lara Abigal Buckley, Juliette C. Daly, John J. Hsing, Gregory A. Joseph, Gary E. Oglesby, John M. Rogus, Robert C. Seaman, Mark C. Termion
  • Patent number: 8021278
    Abstract: Described are several mechanisms for permitting a user to adjust the seat on a stationary exercise bicycle. The described mechanisms can be used to adjust the height of the seat or the fore and aft positioning of the seat on an upright type bicycle. Each of the described mechanisms can be configured to provide users with an optimum seat position and with a convenient latch mechanism to adjust the position of the seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2011
    Assignee: Brunswick Corporation
    Inventors: Benjamin N. Huyck, Kenneth C. Lundgreen
  • Patent number: 7874615
    Abstract: Described are several mechanisms for permitting a user to adjust the seat on a stationary exercise bicycle. The described mechanisms can be used to adjust the height of the seat or the fore and aft positioning of the seat on an upright type bicycle. Each of the described mechanisms can be configured to provide users with an optimum seat position and with a convenient latch mechanism to adjust the position of the seat. Also described is a seat mechanism for use with a recumbent type stationary exercise bicycle where the seat can be adjusted along the longitudinal length of the bicycle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2011
    Assignee: Brunswick Corporation
    Inventors: Benjamin N. Huyck, Kenneth C. Lundgreen
  • Patent number: 7846070
    Abstract: A microprocessor based exercise treadmill control system is disclosed which includes various features to enhance user operation. These features include programs operative to: permit a set of user controls to cause the treadmill to initially operate at predetermined speeds; permit the user to design custom workouts; permit the user to switch between workout programs while the treadmill is in operation; and perform an automatic cooldown program where the duration of the cooldown is a function of the duration of the workout or the user's heart rate. The features also include a stop program responsive to a detector for automatically stopping the treadmill when a user is no longer on the treadmill and a frame tag module attached to the treadmill frame having a non-volatile memory for storing treadmill configuration, and operational and maintenance data. Another included feature is the ability to display the amount of time a user spends in a heart rate zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2010
    Assignee: Brunswick Corporation
    Inventors: Gary E. Oglesby, Emil S. Golen, Jr., James B. Fox, John Danile, Robert D. Kohan, Christopher E. Clawson, Kenneth F. Lantz, Daniel R. Wille, Timothy J. Porth
  • Patent number: 7803089
    Abstract: Described is an exercise apparatus that includes reciprocating foot pedal structures where the pedal structures include various mechanisms for absorbing foot impact or forces on the foot. The pedal structures can also include a mechanism for generating a biasing force generally normal to the upper surface of the foot pedal effective to restore the pedal to its normal position after foot impact. The impact absorbing mechanisms can include resilient members, fluid filled bladders and hinge arrangements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 28, 2010
    Assignee: Brunswick Corporation
    Inventors: Marcos D. Roimicher, Joseph Immordino, Eric White, Thomas J. Danowski, Rachel L. Holik, Juliette Daly, Cory H. Lazar, John C. Olson
  • Patent number: 7771324
    Abstract: An exercise apparatus to simulate climbing is described that includes such features as arm handles that move in synchronism with the motion of foot pedals to provide a total body workout; side handrails; a mounting step; linear foot movement at a simulated climbing angle; a three point support structure using a vertical support column; pedal track covers; a mechanism to provide constant resistance to pedal motion; and pedal impact absorption.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2010
    Assignee: Brunswick Corporation
    Inventors: Timothy T. Anderson, Juliette C. Daly, Byron T. DeKnock, Joe Immordino, Marcos Roimicher, Eric White
  • Patent number: 7628733
    Abstract: To provide variable resilient support for the deck of an exercise treadmill one or more resilient members are secured to the deck and a moveable support member is used to selectively engage the resilient members to provide support for the deck. A user operated adjustment mechanism can be used to move the support member or support members longitudinally along the treadmill thus effectively changing the number of resilient support members supporting the deck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2009
    Assignee: Brunswick Corporation
    Inventors: Matthew A. Donner, Peter H. Haugen, Bradley H. Grossmann
  • Patent number: 7594877
    Abstract: An exercise apparatus to simulate climbing is described that includes such features as arm handles that move in synchronism with the motion of foot pedals to provide a total body workout; side handrails; a mounting step; linear foot movement at a simulated climbing angle; a three point support structure using a vertical support column; pedal track covers; a mechanism to provide constant resistance to pedal motion; and pedal impact absorption.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2009
    Assignee: Brunswick Corporation
    Inventors: Timothy T. Anderson, Juliette C. Daly, Byron T. DeKnock, Joe Immordino, Marcos Roimicher, Eric White
  • Patent number: 7435203
    Abstract: In an elliptical step exercise apparatus where stride length can be varied the various user programs can take advantage of this feature to provide for an enhanced workout. A control system can be used to implement a preprogrammed exercise routine such as a hill program where stride is shortened as the user goes up a simulated hill and lengthened as the user goes down the hill. In an interval training program, stride length can be increased and decreased at periodic intervals. In a cross training program, stride length can be decreased when the user is pedaling backwards and increased when the user is pedaling forwards.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2008
    Assignee: Brunswick Corporation
    Inventors: Timothy T. Anderson, Gregory A. Bahnfleth, Rachel Lara Abigail Buckley, Juliette C. Daly, Thomas J. Fuller, Ming Jiang, Gregory A. Joseph, Karen Jean Knauf, Elena A. Martynenko, Craig R. Norman, Lisa Marie Nowak
  • Patent number: 7435202
    Abstract: In an elliptical step exercise apparatus distance traveled can be approximated by determining the portion of the ellipse traversed by a foot pedal where the user applies force to the pedal. This portion can be considered equivalent to the amount of foot travel on a treadmill and modified as a function of speed to simulate the gait of a user at various speeds so as to provide an approximation of the distance traveled by a user as if he were running on a treadmill. This process can be further modified for use with an elliptical exercise apparatus where the stride length can be changed such that the simulated distance will be increased with increased stride length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2008
    Assignee: Brunswick Corporation
    Inventors: Juliette C. Daly, John M. Rogus, John J. Hsing, Gregory Joseph
  • Patent number: 7322529
    Abstract: Security can be provided for lottery tickets having data printed thereon in a bar code or other machine readable media by covering only a portion of the bar code with a scratch-off material. Removing the scratch-off material, or in some cases only a portion of the scratch-off material, can permit machine validation of the lottery tickets. For bar codes having a specified level of redundancy, it is desirable to cover at least enough of the bar code to prevent the machine reading of ticket validation data encoded in the bar code. Also, a lottery ticket can include a bar code printed on the ticket having both inventory and validation data along with a bar code printed on the front of the ticket including the validation data. All or part of the bar code printed on the front of the ticket can be covered by a scratch-off material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2008
    Assignee: Scientific Games International, Inc.
    Inventors: William F. Behm, Fred Finnerty
  • Patent number: 7179204
    Abstract: An exercise treadmill is disclosed which includes various features to enhance user operation and to reduce maintenance costs. These features include handlebars with an upwardly curved center section and outwardly flared side portions along with pivoting rear legs for the treadmill frame. The control panel features include snap-in user trays and an overlay covering the numerical key pad along with an auxiliary control panel having a subset of user controls that are larger and more easy to use than the same controls on the main control panel. Maintenance enhancing features include the provision for access panels in the treadmill housing and a belt lubrication system that uses a priming pulse to clear the wax spraying nozzle along with using treadmill operating criteria for scheduling and operating the lubrication system. For injection molded parts such as the control panel, structural strength is enhanced by utilizing gas-assist injection molding to form structural ribs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2007
    Assignee: Brunswick Corporation
    Inventors: Timothy T. Anderson, Michael A. Brennan, Christopher E. Clawson, Thomas B. Cray, Juliette Cherly Daly, Peter Haugen, Edward Honda, John Jung Hsing, Edward Minnich, Steven M. Lenz, Paul D. Osenkarski, Jeffrey J. Partynski, Timothy J. Porth, Thomas F. Smith, Jr., Daniel R. Wille, Chungkin Yee, Gary E. Oglesby, John Danile, Kenneth R. Davis
  • Patent number: 7153206
    Abstract: In an instant lottery ticket game structure having a lottery administration host computer that includes a ticket validation file containing prize codes for at least some of the lottery tickets, provision for instant lottery tickets having variable redemption values can be made by allowing the prize codes in the validation file to be changed under certain predetermined circumstances. At least some of the lottery tickets in the game, whether printed or electronically simulated, can be provided with play indicia under a removable coating that indicates that the redemption value of that lottery ticket is variable. Using the host computer, a lottery administration can change the prize codes and therefore the redemption value of these instant lottery tickets according to the predetermined criteria such as the termination of a game.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2006
    Assignee: Scientific Gaines Royalty Corp.
    Inventor: Joseph W. Bennett, III
  • Patent number: 7153238
    Abstract: A simulated stair climbing-type exercise apparatus is provided having a frame, a resistance member, a transmission, a drive belt, a right pedal assembly, a left pedal assembly and a track mounted to the frame to provide a user with a vertically reciprocating exercise movement. The right pedal assembly, operating independently of the left pedal assembly, oscillates between an upper position at rest and a lower position under the weight of the user. The left pedal assembly, operating independently of the right pedal assembly, oscillates between an upper position at rest and a lower position under the weight of the user. The pedal assemblies remain parallel to a support surface throughout their entire range of motion, as the pedal assemblies travel from their upper position to their lower position on the tracks which can be either linear or curved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2006
    Assignee: Brunswick Corporation
    Inventors: Timothy T. Anderson, Byron T. DeKnock, Mark C. Termion, Robert Goetsch
  • Patent number: 7154410
    Abstract: A garage door power module is provided with the capability of operating over a number of different operating frequencies by configuring a power module chassis with a receptacle for receiving radio receivers where each of the receivers is adapted to receive one of the frequencies. The receptacle located near one edge of the chassis and is configured with a planar surface and support members that permit the receivers to be slidably inserted and removed from the receptacle. In addition the radio receiver is equipped with a plug connector and the receptacle is equipped with a socket for receiving the plug connector in order to transmit radio control signals from the receiver to logic control circuits in the power module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2006
    Assignee: Marantec America Corporation
    Inventor: Michael Hoermann
  • Patent number: D665533
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2012
    Inventor: Terri D. Hazard