Patents Examined by Glenn Richman
  • Patent number: 10575759
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and computer program products which facilitate the ability of a user to monitor and assess the location of and forces transferred to various joints, muscles, and limbs and their relative positions at each and every moment during normal daily activities, training loads of an exercise, or a competitive or high intensity athletic endeavors, in order to mitigate and reduce the risk of injury as well as to track fitness performance elements are disclosed. In an aspect, systems, methods, and computer program products are disclosed which utilize at least one sensor in order to capture a user's movement information during various tasks and exercises. This movement information may then be analyzed in order to determine quantifiable values for the user's likelihood of experiencing an injury and/or the user's overall fitness, generally.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: BaziFIT, Inc.
    Inventors: Tallis Anthony Salamatian, Chris Lehman, Douglas Ross, Gregory Bland, Emil Valchinov
  • Patent number: 10265600
    Abstract: A pull cord safety system, primarily for use with an exercise device such as, but not limited to, a treadmill, that provides for a captive cord which is fixed to the exercise device via a trip mechanism housing. This provides for the benefits of a pull cord safety shutoff where the treadmill shuts off if sufficient force is applied to pull the cord, but keeps the system from being a separable key system. Thus, it eliminates misplacing the key and provides for a system which can more easily be triggered regardless of the angle of fall or instability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: True Fitness Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Nicholas J. Jansen, Dennis L. Meyerotto, Jared M. Kueker, Bob J. Hawthorne, David L. Green, Tom A. Russo
  • Patent number: 10159871
    Abstract: A training, rehabilitation, and recovery system comprises an exercise apparatus including a user interface member coupled to a plurality of links and joints, brakes capable of resisting movement of at least a subset of the links or joints, and sensors capable of sensing movement at the joints or the user interface member. The system also includes a processor configured to receive from the sensors positional data of the links or joints over an initial movement of the apparatus by a user, from which positional coordinates of the user interface member are calculated and a reference trajectory is established. An end space is defined based on the reference trajectory. Over a subsequent movement of the apparatus by the user, the processor receives additional positional data and determines a completion of a repetition based on the positional coordinates of the subsequent movement and the defined end space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Boston Biomotion Inc.
    Inventors: Samuel Adam Miller, Anthony Alexander Kolodzinski, George J. Davies
  • Patent number: 10154937
    Abstract: A gait orthotic device, such as a powered exoskeleton, includes at least one joint; at least one actuator configured to cause movement of the device at the joint; a cushioning mechanism coupled to the device for absorbing energy or spreading a force during an impact with a surface or object; and a controller. The controller is configured to determine when a fall is occurring and direct the actuator to: orient the device so the cushioning mechanism makes contact with the surface or object during the fall; or reduce a kinetic energy of the device during the fall by performing positive joint work. The cushioning mechanism can take various forms, including an airbag, a spring, a bumper, a roll bar or a kickstand. Preferably, the cushioning mechanism is an airbag in the form of an airbag module that is detachably coupled to the device for removal and replacement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: Ekso Bionics, Inc.
    Inventors: Russdon Angold, Reuben Sandler, Robert Moore
  • Patent number: 10155133
    Abstract: A system and method for a mixed or virtual reality-enhanced stationary exercise bicycle, comprising a stationary bicycle device, a belt-like attachment, and a mechanical arm attachment attached to the base of a stationary bike, used for measuring and determining user position for virtual or mixed reality-enhanced software.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: Blue Goji LLC
    Inventor: Coleman Fung
  • Patent number: 10155134
    Abstract: In a first aspect, a method is provided that includes the steps of (1) providing a monitor for determining a level of exercise performance performed by an exerciser and for outputting a signal representative of the performance level; (2) using the monitor to measure a level of exercise performance performed by an exerciser; (3) outputting from the monitor a signal representative of the performance level; (4) providing a video game having a character, the video game inputting and being responsive to the performance level signal output by the monitor, the video game using the performance level signal to control a performance level of the video game character; and (5) while the exerciser is not exercising, controlling a performance level of the video game character based on a performance level signal output by the monitor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Inventor: Brian M. Dugan
  • Patent number: 10137328
    Abstract: The invention pertains to a stationary exercise bike along with a display that provides instruction to lead a rider through an exercise program. The invention allows a rider to obtain benefits of a group, instructor-led class though the rider's schedule does not permit the rider to participate in the class. The invention also describes a method of exercising with the foregoing bike and display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Mad Dogg Athletics, Inc.
    Inventor: John Baudhuin
  • Patent number: 10130451
    Abstract: A tip assembly for use with a dental tool, the tip assembly comprising a housing for attaching to the dental tool, at least one aspiration needle having a passageway extending at least partially through the aspiration needle, a substantial length of the aspiration needle, or at least from one end to the other end of the aspiration needle, the passageway providing a single continuous path to aspirate the irrigant and/or debris from the root canal cavity of the tooth, and at least one irrigation needle having a passageway extending at least partially through the irrigation needle, a substantial length of the irrigation needle, or at least from one end to the other end of the irrigation needle, the passageway provides a continuous flow path for delivering fluid/irrigant from a reservoir in communication with a proximal end of the irrigation needle to the distal end of the irrigation needle and into a root canal/coronal opening of a tooth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: DENTSPLY SIRONA Inc.
    Inventors: Randall Maxwell, Kevin Wilkinson
  • Patent number: 10130845
    Abstract: Gymnastic machine usable by a user for a training, said user being provided with an electronic device wearable by the user and configured to receive commands by the user. The gymnastic machine comprises a main control unit configured to: receive from said electronic device, via a wireless-type data communication channel, an input command provided by the user to the electronic device; generate, based on the received input command, an operative command of the gymnastic machine; control the gymnastic machine based on said generated operative command. A system, a method, and a corresponding program product for the simplified control of the training of a user on a gymnastic machine are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: TECHNOGYM S.P.A.
    Inventor: Nerio Alessandri
  • Patent number: 10124211
    Abstract: A device is used for carrying out movements by shifting the center of gravity and/or actuating muscles of a human body. A user lies on the device and shifts the center of gravity by moving his or her hip region in order to incline a movable part of the device including the user's own body in different directions. Furthermore, the user wears video goggles or the like during the process and can move in a virtual environment using the overall system, which includes the video goggles and the movement device and can interact with these. The movements caused by the user can be generated solely using gravity by shifting the center of gravity. Additionally, the movements of the device are influenced by motors or dampers arranged in or on the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: Icaros GmbH
    Inventors: Johannes Scholl, Michael Schmidt-Gabriel
  • Patent number: 10124206
    Abstract: A system and method for over speed and resistive training is provided. The method may comprise applying an assistive training force to a trainee which assists the self locomotion of the trainee to reach an over speed condition. The method may further comprise applying a resistive training force to the trainee which resists the self-locomotion to the training along the training path, the resistive training force being applied to the trainee while the trainer is in an over speed condition. The forces, either resistive or assistive, may vary linearly. The system may comprise a pair of modules, each module comprising a frame carrying a plurality of pulleys and a resistance cord. Each of the modules is adapted to provide a training vector to a trainee and is positioned on opposite side of training path to provide both resistive and assistive training vectors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: VERTIMAX, LLC
    Inventor: Michael A. Wehrell
  • Patent number: 10118073
    Abstract: An interactive exercise system with apparatus and methods to optimize muscle strength for rehabilitation, to improve or maintain fitness, and to enhance the performance of athletes. The system uses an electronically controlled linear actuator to generate resistance against the muscular force exerted by the user. The system includes sensors configured to detect acceleration, speed, velocity, position, direction of movement, duration, and the force applied by the user. A control system preferably continuously monitors the sensors, and instantaneously adjusts the adaptive actuator. This provides a proportional counterforce to the user force throughout the entire range-of-motion. A display panel allows the user to interact with the system in real-time. The objective of the user is to synchronize the exercise performance with a selected target goal, by correlating the user's movement relative to a position on a display panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: WORLDPRO GROUP, LLC
    Inventors: Russel L. Wicks, Derk Hartland, Todd A. Putnam
  • Patent number: 10117516
    Abstract: A system and method are disclosed that allows a practitioner to rotate a human subject in three different axes of rotation, independently from one another and without limitation on the degree of rotation, which allows for the treatment of various systems of the human subject.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: OVARD, LLC
    Inventor: Michael Budagher
  • Patent number: 10112077
    Abstract: An electric training apparatus is configured to apply, by a load motor, a load on a rotating body configured to apply a load on an exercising person, detect an exercise physiological response value of the exercising person and a number of revolutions of the rotating body, perform control for gradually increasing the load of the load motor toward a set load upper limit value so that a detection result of the exercise physiological response value of the exercising person approaches a target exercise physiological response value set in advance, and change, before an exercise or during the exercise by the exercising person, the load upper limit value in response to a control command input based on a state of the exercising person, a state of the control, and a perceived exertion scale for the exercising person.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC ENGINEERING COMPANY, LIMITED
    Inventors: Haruki Itoh, Masataku Ichikawa, Isao Mizukura
  • Patent number: 10105574
    Abstract: Technologies for generating user-specific workout plans and tracking a user's progress are disclosed. The user-specific workout plan may be based on a user's goal and the particular workout facility to be used by the user. During performance of the user-specific workout by the user, the user is provided with workout data regarding the user's performance. Such workout data may be based on sensor data generated by sensors of the exercise machine used by the user and/or other sensors carried or worn by the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: Tomer Rider, Igor Tatourian, Shahar Taite
  • Patent number: 10105569
    Abstract: An exercise apparatus comprising: a foot support, a user interface that includes a visual display, the foot support being movable by the user on the frame back and forth through any one of a plurality of complete, reproducible and different arc segments of a master arcuate path, the foot support being interconnected to a selection device that enables the user to select any one of the plurality of arc segments, one or more detectors adapted to detect one or more of force, energy or power exerted by the user over time on the foot support or distance or velocity of travel of the foot support or resistance assembly during the course of the user's performance of all or a portion of an exercise cycle, the visual display displaying a visually recognizable format of one or more of the force, energy, power, distance, time or velocity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: Cybex International, Inc.
    Inventors: Raymond Giannelli, Mark Buontempo
  • Patent number: 10099082
    Abstract: The invention is a dumbbell adapted for lifting by the legs. In particular, it is designed to fit in the crook of the knee for exercises such as the kneeling dumbbell leg lift and the fire hydrant leg lift. The handle is offset from center, flush with the top of the weights to prevent the dumbbell from rolling down the calf. The weights are fixedly attached to the handle so they do not rotate. The weights have a horseshoe shape, elongated vertically so they do not slip off the leg, and flattened at the bottom for stability on the floor. The weights also taper inward at the base to hold the leg firmly. Options include an adjustable length handle, magnetic additional weights, a handle cushion, and an electronic user interface to adjust the number of reps and the rest period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Inventor: Alina Kravchenko
  • Patent number: 10086233
    Abstract: An exercise equipment and method for use is disclosed having a program that calls for user specific anthropometric data and then utilizes the data to create a user specific workout program based on the user's physical characteristics. The user inputs of personal anthropometric data includes, but is not limited to, sex, height, weight, goals, maximum heart rate, maximum run speed, maximum walk speed, and VO2 max. These inputs are used to optimize a workout program either in single use or multiple use applications. Moreover, data can be stored locally, on a network, or transferred to a cloud based repository for recall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: ATHLIOS, INC.
    Inventors: Michael Scott Sechrest, Mark R. Thompson
  • Patent number: 10086254
    Abstract: An exercise device includes a frame and an exercise deck. The exercise deck includes a platform, a first pulley connected to a front portion of the platform, a second pulley connected to a rear portion of the platform, and a tread belt surrounding the first pulley and the second pulley. The exercise device also includes a motor in mechanical communication with at least one of the first pulley and the second pulley to drive the tread belt and an energy efficiency indicator that actives in response to determining that a power load needed to operate the exercise device is below a predetermined energy efficient threshold during a performance of an exercise.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: ICON Health & Fitness, Inc.
    Inventor: Scott R. Watterson
  • Patent number: 10085913
    Abstract: The massaging device includes electromechanical means, for generating mechanical vibrations, in a housing, electronic means for controlling the electromechanical means, and a power source connected to the electromechanical and electronic means. The electromechanical means includes a cylinder element, in which a core is guided in parallel to a cylinder element axis (Z2), in particular, coaxial with respect to the cylinder element axis (Z2), at least one coil element, the coil axis (Z3) of which is arranged coaxially with respect to the cylinder element, and which encloses the cylinder element, and one impact element arranged at each end of the cylinder element and in the interior thereof, characterized in that the impact elements are formed as end magnets, wherein the ends of the end magnets respectively facing the ends of the core have a magnetic polarity which is identical to the polarity of the respectively facing ends of the core.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Inventors: Udo Blenk, Stefan Stoehr