Patents Examined by Glenn E. Richman
  • Patent number: 7169084
    Abstract: To carry out step number measurement more precisely even when a walk signal enough to be detected is not obtained. After a fixed noise of a signal detected by an acceleration detecting portion having an acceleration sensor is removed by a filter portion of a counting portion, a walk cycle comparing portion compares a cycle of the resultant signal with a moving average value calculated by a walk cycle calculating portion, and each signal within a predetermined cycle range is counted as the number of steps for one step by a step number counting portion. A signal within a range similar to a cycle n times as large as a predetermined cycle of the signals each beyond the predetermined cycle range is judged as the number of steps for n steps by an extra-regulation step number processing portion and is counted as the number of steps for n steps by the step number counting portion. Data on the number of steps obtained through the counting in the step number counting portion is displayed on a display portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2007
    Assignee: Seiko Instruments Inc.
    Inventor: Tomoharu Tsuji
  • Patent number: 7166063
    Abstract: A brace compliance monitor is disclosed that includes a compliance sensor, a signal processor, and a display. Compliance data is displayed on the display to provide the patient or subject with immediate compliance information on whether they have been wearing the brace for the specified period and in the specified manner. The brace compliance monitor may also include a secondary sensor such as a tilt sensor, a pressure sensor, a force sensor, an acceleration sensor, or a velocity sensor. The secondary sensors may provide additional compliance data to the patient and health car provider.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2007
    Assignee: The Nemours Foundation
    Inventors: Tariq Rahman, J. Richard Bowen
  • Patent number: 7166062
    Abstract: An exercise device is configured to enable a user to interact with a trainer in real-time communication. The exercise device includes an exercise mechanism having a movable element for movement in performance of exercise by a user. Communicating with the exercise mechanism is an interface adapted for gathering a first real-time signal from the user. The interface communicates with a communication system for receiving a packetized second real-time signal including a synchronized control signal from the trainer. The exercise device includes an output device configured to reproduce the second real-time signal. The control signals carried by the second signal are used to control the operating parameters of the exercise mechanism in real-time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2000
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2007
    Assignee: Icon IP, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott R. Watterson, William T. Dalebout, Darren C. Ashby
  • Patent number: 7166064
    Abstract: Systems and methods for providing two-way communication between an exercise device and a computer device. A computer device and an exercise device employ different protocol formats and communicate through a translator device, which includes a microcontroller specifically designed to translate data or signals deliverable by different communication protocols. The exercise device, the computer device, or a user at either the exercise or computer device may initiate the communication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2007
    Assignee: Icon IP, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott R. Watterson, William T. Dalebout, Darren C. Ashby, Robert D. Ashby
  • Patent number: 7163490
    Abstract: An exercise monitoring and recording device includes a motion signal sensing circuit for detecting a series of motion signals of a user and a microprocessor for receiving the motion signals. The microprocessor is connected with at least one exercise expenditure distribution pattern storage for storing the motion signals and generating an exercise expenditure distribution pattern with reference to a real time signal from a real time clock generating circuit. The device includes a daily exercise expenditure distribution pattern storage for storing of daily exercise expenditure distribution pattern, a weekly exercise expenditure distribution pattern storage for storing weekly exercise expenditure distribution pattern, and a monthly exercise expenditure distribution pattern for storing monthly exercise expenditure distribution pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2007
    Inventor: Yu-Yu Chen
  • Patent number: 7163493
    Abstract: A treadmill includes a tread deck supported on a tread base, and one or more cushioning members disposed below and engaged with the tread deck for cushioning the tread deck and for absorbing impact loads imparted on the tread deck by the users, the cushioning member includes different resilience for applying different cushioning force onto the tread deck when the cushioning member is rotated relative to the tread base. A rod is disposed in the tread base for supporting the cushioning members. One or more gears may be attached to the rod and engaged with a rack of the tread base for rotating the rod and the cushioning members relative to the tread base when the rod and the gear are moved relative to the rack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2007
    Inventor: Hai Pin Kuo
  • Patent number: 7156773
    Abstract: A walking sensor is attached to a shoe of the user and cooperates with an input device including a detection section detecting a movement of a user's leg, a signal conversion section converting a detection result of the detection section into a control signal, and an output section outputting the control signal to an external device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2007
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Motoyuki Takai, Yoichiro Sako, Toshiro Terauchi, Makoto Inoue, Masamichi Asukai, Katsuya Shirai, Yasushi Miyajima, Kenichi Makino
  • Patent number: 7153241
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an electric treadmill in which the tread base neighboring upon the running belt and based upon the central reference point is provided with sensing lines for acceleration, sensing lines for deceleration both of which are arranged one after the other. When the runner touches the fixed sensing position by light wave or acoustic wave, a CPU located within the electric console gives a command according to the sensing position to accelerate or decelerate the motor such that an immediate control of the rotational speed of the running belt is achieved. In addition, a sensing line for stop can be disposed behind the decelerating sensing line. When the operator continues to be shifted forwards, thereby contacting with the sensing line for stop, CPU gives a command to stop the motor immediately. Thus, the safety of the operator can be more ensured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2006
    Inventor: Leao Wang
  • Patent number: 7153236
    Abstract: The muscle exerciser and toner device with microprocessor controlled multiple workouts, produces specially timed vibrations to exercise muscles and burn body fat without a need to perform an actual physical exercise. The device can be attached to different parts of the human body and thru vibrations make the muscles contract and extend. This is equivalent to a process of a genuine exercise session. A motor generates vibration with an eccentric weight mounted on a shaft. The motor is controlled by a microprocessor, which runs a specifically timed workout program consisting of exercise and rest cycles. After the workout is over the device shuts off automatically. The device operation is simple and requires pressing one button. The timing of the workout program is similar to that of a real exercise session, thus enabling the device to emulate a genuine physical workout. Several devices can be placed on various muscles simultaneously.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2006
    Inventor: Vladimir Gershman
  • Patent number: 7147591
    Abstract: A universal fitness apparatus for force resistance, postural, and balance exercises. A flange assembly is coupled to a longitudinal shaft. The flange assembly can comprise receptacles for receiving handles or it can itself comprise handles. A user can support herself with the handles while performing a variety of exercises that target multiple muscle groups. The height of the handles can be adjusted by sliding the flange assembly along the shaft. Alternatively, the flange assembly and shaft can be mounted to a height adjustable runner coupled to a longitudinal track. A pin and/or lock to hold the flange assembly and/or runner at a particular height can be provided. The flange assembly can be rotationally coupled to the shaft so that the user can move the handles while performing oblique muscle movements. The receptacles and/or the handles can be pivotally movable such that the handles can be stored in an upright position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2006
    Assignee: Pentagon South Inc.
    Inventor: Kevin J. McAvoy
  • Patent number: 7128692
    Abstract: The present invention features various systems and methods for assessing, measuring, quantifying, and/or relaying athlete performance information, and particularly performance information relating to fighters or boxers. More particularly, the present invention relates to utilizing such technology as modified ergometer based technology, optical sensor and motion analysis technology, accelerometers, and hydraulic meters for the measuring and/or improvement of the performance of fighters, for the facilitating of recruiting efforts, and/or for the enhancement of boxing matches.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2006
    Inventor: John W. Black
  • Patent number: 7128691
    Abstract: An aerobic exercise system for encouraging a person to exercise more which includes a doll having movable extremities which at least include arms and legs which are capable of moving in a predetermined aerobic manner. An aerobic video displays predetermined movements to be performed by the doll. There is a chip disposed within such doll which is connected to the arms and legs for causing predetermined aerobic movements of the doll which correspond to movements of the aerobic video. Additionally, there is at least one aerobic type bench for the doll to perform such predetermined aerobic exercises on.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2006
    Inventor: Robin E. Cottrell
  • Patent number: 7128693
    Abstract: In accordance with the method, system and program of the present invention, at least one type of exercise indicator signal associated with exercise performed by a particular user is received from a particular exercise machine in a common transmittable data format at a portable computer system provided the particular user. Cumulative fitness activity is computed and stored for the particular user at the portable computer system utilizing the at least one type of exercise indicator signal and previously accumulated fitness activity data at the portable computer system, such that an independent portable computer system associated with the particular user monitors the real-time cumulative fitness activity of the particular user from at least one type of exercise indicator signal received from at least one exercise machine over a period of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2006
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Michael Wayne Brown, Kelvin Roderick Lawrence, Michael A. Paolini
  • Patent number: 7121981
    Abstract: A device and method for bilateral upper extremity training for patients with a paretic upper extremity, the device facilitating cortical remodeling, sustained relearning and improvement in functional outcomes in paretic and possibly non-paretic upper extremities. In one variation, the device includes a base (2), an adjustable chest plate (31) for placing the user at a set distance from the device and isolating arm movement, an incline plate (3) attached and inclinable relative to the base, two width plates (30, 31) adjustably attached to the incline plate, and two swivel (50, 51) plates adjustably attached to the width plates. In one variation, the swivel plates are swivalable relative to a fixed point in a plane parallel to the plane of the width plates. In another variation, the swivel plates are pivotably attached to the width plates. Other features of the device include a counter for counting user activity, and audible and visual cueing devices for facilitating sustained learning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2006
    Assignee: University of Maryland, Baltimore
    Inventors: Jill Whitall, Sandy McCombe-Waller, David Grant
  • Patent number: 7121982
    Abstract: A computer interactive isometric exercise system includes an effector, a sensor coupled at a selected location on the effector to measure a force applied by a user to the effector, where the applied force effects a strain on the effector, and control circuitry. The control circuitry includes a processor that receives and processes data corresponding to applied force information measured by the sensor for transference to a host computer. The processed data is transferred in a format compatible with the host computer and facilitates user interaction with the host computer in response to effector manipulation by the user. A plurality of effectors may further be combined together to form a system frame that provides a variety of isometric exercises for the user in combination with user interaction with the host computer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2006
    Assignee: PowerGrid Fitness, Inc.
    Inventor: Philip Feldman
  • Patent number: 7118514
    Abstract: A playground device, in the nature of a teeter-totter, includes first and second spaced base members. An arcuate rail is coupled to the base members in an upright arc. An arcuate member surrounds at least a portion of the rail and is mounted for to-and-fro movement relative to the rail. User platforms or other user-friendly features are mounted on the tube. A biasing mechanism coacts between the member and the rail to bias the member toward a predetermined preferably central position on the rail, while allowing the tube to move to-and-fro on the rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2006
    Assignee: BigToys, Inc.
    Inventors: John Underbrink, Joshua Rothacker, Brian Lovgren
  • Patent number: 7115076
    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: August 27, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2006
    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. Willie, Timothy J. Porth
  • Patent number: 7101317
    Abstract: An exercise device. A body, display, plurality of treads and risers, transmission device, elevating device, handrail, controller, panel, and display provide operation wherein the treads and risers pivot on the transmission device. In a stairclimber orientation, the risers bracket the treads on the transmission device, moving by means thereof. In a treadmill configuration, the treads and the risers rotate to lie on the transmission device, forming a consecutive surface thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2006
    Assignee: Via Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Parkson Kuo
  • Patent number: 7101318
    Abstract: The present invention is an exercise device incorporating a treadmill platform and treadmill podium, whereby the user may walk/run on the treadmill, not only in the forward direction, but also in the side-to-side and backwards directions described above, while still facing the podium. This present invention provides a treadmill having a podium that can be adjusted with respect to the platform, so that regardless of the direction of travel in which the user is traveling on the platform (forward, side-to-side, or backwards), the user will always be facing the podium. This is accomplished by providing a pivoting podium element that pivots with respect to the platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2006
    Inventor: Kendall Holmes
  • Patent number: 7101327
    Abstract: An exercise device includes a frame, a press arm pivotally attached to the frame at a main pivot, a pair of press handles extending from the press arm, an adjustment link having a first portion pivotally mounted to the press arm at an adjustment pivot between the main pivot and the press handles, and having a second portion adjustably extensible and retractable from the first portion, a bracket mounted to the second portion of the adjustment link and guided by the frame for movement therealong, and a pulley mounted to the bracket and receiving a cable trained therearound from a source of resistance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2006
    Assignee: Brunswick Corporation
    Inventors: Thomas K. Baumler, Nathan R. Luger