Patents by Inventor Allan Schrock

Allan Schrock has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Publication number: 20080096726
    Abstract: Athletic performance sensing and/or tracking systems include components for measuring or sensing athletic performance data and/or for storing and/or displaying desired information associated with the athletic performance to the user (or others). Such systems can allow users a wide variety of options in creating workouts, selecting and presenting media content during the athletic performance, etc., e.g., to help keep users entertained and motivated. In some instances, user feedback may be used, optionally in combination with objective data relating to a workout, to control features of the workout routine, to control the music or other media content selected and/or presented, and/or to control features of future workout routines and/or the presented media content.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 31, 2007
    Publication date: April 24, 2008
    Applicant: NIKE, INC.
    Inventors: Raymond Riley, Kevin Hoffer, William Berner, Allan Schrock, James Niegowski, William Rauchholz
  • Publication number: 20070260421
    Abstract: Articles of footwear and other devices include modules, e.g., for sensing physical and/or physiological characteristics associated with use of the footwear or other devices. Such devices include: (a) a housing, optionally an asymmetrical housing, for receiving an electronic module; (b) release mechanisms for removably mounting the module in the housing; and/or (c) activation/authentication systems for selectively activating the module. Additionally, methods of making articles of footwear or other structures that include such housings, electronic modules, release systems, activation systems, authentication systems, etc. are described. Performance sensing systems and methods of using the above devices for sensing performance characteristics also are described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 3, 2006
    Publication date: November 8, 2007
    Applicant: Nike, Inc.
    Inventors: William Berner, Albert Shum, Charles Case, Allan Schrock, James Niegowski, William Rauchholz
  • Publication number: 20070006489
    Abstract: Foot-receiving devices, such as articles of footwear, include: (a) a sensing device that senses a characteristic of an interaction between a user's foot and a foot-receiving device; (b) a control system that receives output from the sensing device and controls a characteristic of the foot-receiving device based on this output; and (c) a monitoring system for detecting and/or storing data indicating speed or distance information associated with use of the foot-receiving device. The monitoring system may receive input from the same sensing device used for providing data to the control system. The control system may alter the impact attenuation characteristics, the traction characteristics, the flexibility characteristics, the fit characteristics, or the like of the article of footwear. Methods of making and using such foot-receiving devices also are described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 11, 2005
    Publication date: January 11, 2007
    Applicant: Nike, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles Case, Albert Shum, Allan Schrock
  • Publication number: 20050227811
    Abstract: A system for promoting physical activity for video game players. A video game player wears an article of footwear with a physical activity monitor or “game pod” mounted thereon while exercising or performing some other type of physical activity. The game pod measures the amount of the player's physical activity, and records that amount in a memory. When the player desires to play a video game according to the invention, the player disengages at least the memory from the article of footwear, and then engages the memory with the computer hosting the video game through a computer interface. The computer then obtains the recorded amount of physical activity, and provides a computer function associated with the recorded amount of physical activity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 10, 2005
    Publication date: October 13, 2005
    Applicant: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Albert Shum, Charles Case, Allan Schrock
  • Publication number: 20050132617
    Abstract: An article of footwear with a dynamically-controlled cushioning system is disclosed. The cushioning system includes a sealed, fluid-filled bladder formed with a plurality of separate cushioning chambers, and a control system. The control system, which includes a CPU, pressure sensors and valves, controls fluid communication between the chambers to dynamically adjust the pressure in the cushioning chambers for various conditions such as the activity that the footwear is used in, the weight of the individual and the individual's running style. Certain adjustments can be made while the footwear is in use.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 26, 2005
    Publication date: June 23, 2005
    Applicant: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel Potter, Allan Schrock
  • Patent number: 6721960
    Abstract: A batting glove is disclosed, wherein the glove includes a base portion and a protective portion attached to the interior of the base portion and located between the base portion and a wearer's hand. The protective portion includes a material that attenuates impact forces and dampens vibrations associated with hitting a baseball or softball with a bat. Protection is achieved through placement of padding on the palmar surface of the joints connecting the phalanges with the metacarpals and on the palmar surface of the first, second and fifth digits. The shock-absorbing padding may be absent in areas of the palmar surface of the third and fourth digits.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2004
    Assignee: Nike, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Levesque, Allan Schrock, Charley Stobbs, Aaron Torres, John Woodman