Patents Examined by Stephen Crow
  • Patent number: 9901774
    Abstract: An elliptical exercise device has a frame supporting guide links and foot support links. A cam system has a vertical control cam portion. Vertical control followers are pivotally connected to a vertical follower support. Mechanical vertical control couplings couple the foot support links to the vertical control followers. A foot receiving area of each foot support link moves in a generally elliptical path when the cam portion rotates about the cam axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: Larry D. Miller Trust
    Inventors: Larry D. Miller, Bradley Jordan Miller
  • Patent number: 9849328
    Abstract: Apparatus for bi-directional ankle exercise movements has a main-frame with a seat and upwardly extending columns at either side to support a ā€œUā€ shaped sub-frame, mounted so that it pivots about a horizontal axis passing very nearly through the ankles of a seated user and interconnecting linkages simultaneously enforcing ankle inversion, with plantarflexion and then ankle eversion, with dorsiflexion, about perpendicularly intersecting axes, while resisting such movements, so as to provide bidirectional ankle exercises according to a progressive resistance program, thus strengthening the ankle muscle groups for enhanced balance and dynamic stability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Inventor: Kent Fulks
  • Patent number: 9849329
    Abstract: An exercise device includes one or more image-capturing units, two identity backgrounds, and a processing unit. Each image-capturing unit captures images of one corresponded identity background shaded by a user, and the processing unit analyzes the captured images in real time, so as to automatically control the exercise device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: Dyaco International Inc.
    Inventor: Hsuan-Fu Huang
  • Patent number: 9757613
    Abstract: An elliptical exercise device has a frame and guide link pivotally attached thereto. A foot support link is pivotally connected to a lower attachment point of each guide link so that when the guide links pivot relative to the frame, foot receiving areas of the foot support links move in a path of travel having a horizontal component of motion. A cam drive has cams supported for rotation about an axis of rotation and pivoting arms each engaging one of the cams such that rotation of the cams causes movement of the pivoting arms. Flexible elements couple the foot support links to the pivoting arms such that rotation of the cams moves the foot receiving areas of the respective foot support links in a path of travel having a vertical component of motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: Larry D. Miller Trust
    Inventor: Larry D. Miller
  • Patent number: 9731160
    Abstract: Embodiments of the current invention are directed towards solving the need for weightlifting wraps which prevent slippage, increase rebound potential, allow simpler application, and provide greater stability. An embodiment of the invention comprises: gripper wraps made of stretchable material; the gripper wraps having exposed rubber strands on one outer surface of the gripper wraps; the exposed rubber strands arranged in an offset lattice configuration, wherein the exposed rubber strands have a coefficient of friction sufficient to grip the previous layer of wrap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Inventor: John Inzer
  • Patent number: 9717947
    Abstract: A climbing exercise machine with adjustable inclination includes a frame, an exercising unit including pair of arm members respectively pivotally mounted to the frame, a pedal unit including a pair of pedal shafts respectively pivotally connected to the arm members, a damper including a rotatable wheel with an axle and adapted for providing damping to the pedal unit, a guide unit including a pair of cranks respectively fixedly connected to opposite ends of the axle of the rotatable wheel and respectively pivotally connected to the pedal shafts, a pair of rockers respectively pivotally connected to the cranks and a pair of links respectively pivotally connected to the rockers, and an adjusting unit mounted to the frame and adapted for driving the links to adjust the distance between a rear pivoting portion of each rocker and the frame and to achieve adjustment of the inclination of the climbing exercise machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Inventor: Hung Chi Lin
  • Patent number: 9713740
    Abstract: An abdominal exercising device includes a base supporting member having a seat element for supporting a user, two handles each having a lower portion rotatably attached to the base supporting member with a pivot shaft, two spring biasing members engaged between the handles and the base supporting member for biasing the handles relative to the base supporting member, and two adjusting members are engaged with the beams of the base supporting member respectively and engageable with the spring biasing members for adjusting the spring biasing members relative to the base supporting member and the handles and for adjusting the spring biasing force to the handles and for users of different strengths.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Inventor: Paul Chen
  • Patent number: 9713739
    Abstract: An exercise apparatus having a pulley, a pair of stabilizing assemblies each configured to couple a front portion of a respective pedal element to each side of the pulley, a looped belt configured to couple the pulley to a resistance assembly, a tension stabilizer configured to maintain a tension of the looped belt on the pulley, and the resistance assembly configured to assert an adjustable resistance to the pedal elements through the looped belt, where the resistance is adjusted by changing a distance between a flywheel element and a corresponding magnetic plate element of the resistance assembly, the magnetic plate asserting a magnetic force over the distance on the flywheel element and the looped belt looping around a co-rotating extension from the flywheel element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: FITNESS CUBED INC.
    Inventor: Arnav Dalmia
  • Patent number: 9707434
    Abstract: An exercise device and methods for performing physical exercise that improve strength, conditioning, and flexibility of an operator in a functional way using multiple body positions and exercising multiple muscle groups while keeping the spine in a safe and natural position, being simple to manufacture and use, and being compact and portable. The exercise device includes an elongated member, a hollow member, handles, a foot board system, and at least one resistance band. A resistance band is secured to the elongated member and the hollow member, and slidable movement of the hollow member and the elongated member relative to each other by the operator stretches a resistance band, which creates resistance to the movement, thereby exercising, strengthening, and conditioning the operator. The operator may use the exercise device in a number of configurations to perform a number of exercises in a number of body positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Inventor: Robert J. Kaehler
  • Patent number: 9707442
    Abstract: Embodiments for systems and methods of a variable stiffness treadmill for gait rehabilitation using mechanical perturbations on the unimpaired leg to provide therapy to the impaired leg are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: Arizona Board of Regents on behalf of Arizona State University
    Inventors: Panagiotis Artemiadis, Jeffrey Skidmore
  • Patent number: 9707146
    Abstract: A wearable robot includes a mechanism unit for assisting an wearer of the wearable robot in walking motion; a detection unit equipped on the wearer's body for detecting a moving direction of an arm of the wearer; and a controller for determining a walking intent of the wearer based on the moving direction of the arm of the wearer detected by the detection unit, and controlling the mechanism unit to produce auxiliary torque corresponding to the determined walking intent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Sunggu Kwon
  • Patent number: 9700756
    Abstract: A balance board which allows a user to move through a full range of motion without dismounting the board. Movement along a frontal plane as well as along a sagittal plane can be achieved using the disclosed board. Further, stops help stabilize the board and allow easier mounting and dismounting of the board. Finally, with hand openings the board can also be used in a prone position with the stops preventing impact by a user's hands/fingers with the ground surface during use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Inventor: Chad Franche
  • Patent number: 9700751
    Abstract: Apparatuses and methods for motion and muscle training are disclosed. An apparatus includes a first retractor device, a second retractor device and a body gear unit for engaging a human. The body gear unit is attached to the first retractor device and the second retractor device. The first retractor device and the second retractor device each provide a constant non-variable load and constant resistance in opposite directions. A method includes attaching a body gear unit to a body, attaching first and second retractor devices to the body gear unit, and performing at least one movement using the body gear unit. The at least one movement is performed in a direction that is opposite to a direction of resistance of the first retractor device. A direction of resistance of the second retractor device is opposite to the direction of resistance of the first retractor device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: Core Restore LLC
    Inventor: Christopher Verdi
  • Patent number: 9700758
    Abstract: A hand and finger exercise apparatus to exercise fingers or compress the entire apparatus for complete hand and forearm strengthening, and to replace interchangeable finger button pieces with different resistance. The apparatus permits the user to easily and quickly change resistance to any finger by changing the finger button piece. The finger buttons snap into the base with ease, and are removed with ease.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Inventor: Elliott Goldberg
  • Patent number: 9694236
    Abstract: A transformable exercise device used both for stability and strength training is disclosed. Embodiments include a main portion comprising a sphere that may be used wholly in the manner of a medicine ball, kettlebell, rolling device, or separated into two hemisphere elements and used for various exercises including push-ups, standing balance, agility training, and weight training. The two hemisphere elements may be easily and securely locked together with a U-shaped locking mechanism that, when actuated, is congruent with the surface of the sphere to create a medicine ball configuration. The locking mechanism may be modified with various handle attachments, or removed and replaced with separate components added externally to the device providing various hand or foot placements, or alter the nature of the exercise equipment. The device may be used in conjunction with current technology to provide visual and auditory feedback on user's balance or repetitions while performing exercises.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: Innovative Rehab Products, LLC
    Inventor: Brian Mitchell Rost
  • Patent number: 9694237
    Abstract: A finger weight device is provided with two arcuate jaws. Each jaw having a lower portion with tines extending therefrom and are connected together at an upper portion by a hinge. The jaws have an inwardly facing surface configured to enclose around a finger of a person. A spring is configured to urge the tines towards each other such that the inwardly facing surface of the jaws secure the device about the finger. Each jaw has an handle extending from the upper portion, which when moved towards each other causes the tines to separate from each other. At least one weight receiving portion, and at least one weight corresponding to the receiving portion is provided for adding a desired weight to the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Inventors: Gemma Palmenco-Geller, Jason M. Geller, Pamela J. Caplan
  • Patent number: 9682279
    Abstract: An exercise device for performing a variety of movement patterns is provided, having an upper link pivotally mounted to a lower leg link and a foot support on a distal end of the lower leg link. A first transfer system is movably coupled to a frame and including a first transfer member coupled to the first upper leg link and a second transfer member coupled to the second upper leg link, thereby enabling substantially reciprocating motion of the first leg link relative to the second leg link. A second transfer system is also provided and may be movably coupled to the frame and including a pair of third transfer members coupled to each of a pair of fourth transfer members by way of each of a pair of transfer couplings, each movably mounted to the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Exerciting, LLC
    Inventors: Joel D. Gordon, Kevin G. Abelbeck, Glenn D. Ross
  • Patent number: 9675833
    Abstract: An improved exercise table or reformer having increased adjustability and storage features. The starting point of the carriage or platform is adjustable to accommodate different sized users. An anchor bar mechanism is adjusted to correspond to carriage starting point, and limits rotation of the anchor bar with respect to the reformer and may be non-removable from the reformer frame. A foot bar assembly may be adjusted and placed in a storage position, allowing the foot bar to serve as a lift handle. The reformer's adjustability provides greater ease of storage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: Mad Dogg Athletics, Inc.
    Inventors: Howard J. Solow, Christopher J. Hahn
  • Patent number: 9675513
    Abstract: A system for extending a finger of a hand comprises structural elements configured to be inserted into a flexed finger and capable of providing a controllable force to extend the finger. In some embodiments, structural elements comprise a cam connected to a spacer, the spacer connected to a first strut, and a second strut holding a loading assembly, an end piece and a spring. The loading assembly compresses or relaxes the spring, which exerts a variable force on the end piece, which rotates the cam and the first strut about an extension angle. When the extension angle is minimal, the first and second struts are substantially parallel. A method of extending a finger of a hand substantially fixed in a flexed position comprises inserting a system comprising structural elements into the finger and thereafter providing a force to extend the finger and maintaining the force for a period of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Inventors: Russell L. Vedeloff, George R. Hepburn, Stacey Gausling
  • Patent number: 9669256
    Abstract: Gait tread simulation fitness equipment is provided, which utilizes a multi-linkage mechanism disposed on a main body and a suspending side frame to make an action track of a pedal to match the natural gait tread well. In addition, the relative position of the movable pivot can be adjusted to obtain different exercise modes for training different muscle groups, so as to achieve the objective of exercise training.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: Strength Master Fitness Tech. Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Shu-yao Wu