Patents by Inventor Keith M. Weier

Keith M. Weier 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: 20140171269
    Abstract: A method and/or a device may limit a distance traveled by a treadle assembly in an exercise device. For example, the distance traveled by the treadle assembly may be limited by limiting a distance that a resistance element operably coupled to the treadle assembly may travel. An exercise apparatus may include a travel-limiting device or capability.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 25, 2014
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Applicant: Nautilus, Inc.
    Inventor: Keith M. Weier
  • Patent number: 8663071
    Abstract: A method and/or a device may limit a distance traveled by a treadle assembly in an exercise device. For example, the distance traveled by the treadle assembly may be limited by limiting a distance that a resistance element operably coupled to the treadle assembly may travel. An exercise apparatus may include a travel-limiting device or capability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: Nautilus, Inc.
    Inventor: Keith M. Weier
  • Patent number: 8272996
    Abstract: A method and/or a device may limit a distance traveled by a treadle assembly in an exercise device. For example, the distance traveled by the treadle assembly may be limited by limiting a distance that a resistance element operably coupled to the treadle assembly may travel. An exercise apparatus may include a travel-limiting device or capability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2012
    Assignee: Nautilus, Inc.
    Inventor: Keith M. Weier
  • Patent number: 8062187
    Abstract: The present invention provides for a variable stride exercise device having a variable size close curved striding path during use. The exercise device described and depicted herein utilizes various configurations of linkage assemblies, cam members, and other components, connected with a frame to allow a user to dynamically vary his stride path during exercise. An exercise device conforming to aspects of the present invention provides a foot path that adapts to the change in stride length rather than forcing the user into a fixed size path. Some embodiments of the exercise device include a lockout device that selectively eliminates the variable stride features of the exercise device and allows the user to exercise in a stepping motion. Other aspects of the present invention relate to a releasable connection mechanism that can be used to selectively and/or automatically limit or eliminate the variable stride feature of an exercise device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2011
    Assignee: Nautilus, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew P. Lull, Keith M. Weier, Zachary D. Krapfl, Chester F. Kowalewski, Jonathan B. Watt
  • Publication number: 20110256988
    Abstract: A method and/or a device may limit a distance traveled by a treadle assembly in an exercise device. For example, the distance traveled by the treadle assembly may be limited by limiting a distance that a resistance element operably coupled to the treadle assembly may travel. An exercise apparatus may include a travel-limiting device or capability.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 17, 2011
    Publication date: October 20, 2011
    Applicant: Nautilus, Inc.
    Inventor: Keith M. Weier
  • Patent number: 7914421
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a locking mechanism for use with exercise treadmills capable of being selectively configured in an operating configuration or a storage configuration. The locking mechanism may utilize various configurations of engagement devices and/or locking members to allow a user to selectively lock a treadmill frame in a fixed position relative to a base frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2011
    Assignee: Nautilus, Inc.
    Inventors: Keith M. Weier, Douglas A. Crawford, Kuo-Ti Huang
  • Publication number: 20100255958
    Abstract: The present invention provides for a variable stride exercise device having a variable size close curved striding path during use. The exercise device described and depicted herein utilizes various configurations of linkage assemblies, cam members, and other components, connected with a frame to allow a user to dynamically vary his stride path during exercise. An exercise device conforming to aspects of the present invention provides a foot path that adapts to the change in stride length rather than forcing the user into a fixed size path. Some embodiments of the exercise device include a lockout device that selectively eliminates the variable stride features of the exercise device and allows the user to exercise in a stepping motion. Other aspects of the present invention relate to a releasable connection mechanism that can be used to selectively and/or automatically limit or eliminate the variable stride feature of an exercise device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 15, 2010
    Publication date: October 7, 2010
    Applicant: Nautilus, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew P. Lull, Keith M. Weier, Zachary D. Krapfl, Chester F. Kowalewski, Jonathan B. Watt
  • Publication number: 20100248904
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a locking mechanism for use with exercise treadmills capable of being selectively configured in an operating configuration or a storage configuration. The locking mechanism may utilize various configurations of engagement devices and/or locking members to allow a user to selectively lock a treadmill frame in a fixed position relative to a base frame.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 15, 2010
    Publication date: September 30, 2010
    Applicant: Nautilus, Inc.
    Inventors: Keith M. Weier, Douglas A. Crawford, Kuo-Ti Huang
  • Patent number: 7736278
    Abstract: The present invention provides for a variable stride exercise device having a variable size close curved striding path during use. The exercise device described and depicted herein utilizes various configurations of linkage assemblies, cam members, and other components, connected with a frame to allow a user to dynamically vary his stride path during exercise. An exercise device conforming to aspects of the present invention provides a foot path that adapts to the change in stride length rather than forcing the user into a fixed size path. Some embodiments of the exercise device include a lockout device that selectively eliminates the variable stride features of the exercise device and allows the user to exercise in a stepping motion. Other aspects of the present invention relate to a releasable connection mechanism that can be used to selectively and/or automatically limit or eliminate the variable stride feature of an exercise device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2010
    Assignee: Nautilus, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew P. Lull, Keith M. Weier, Zachary D. Krapfl, Chester F. Kowalewski, Jonathan B. Watt
  • Patent number: 7736280
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a locking mechanism for use with exercise treadmills capable of being selectively configured in an operating configuration or a storage configuration. The locking mechanism may utilize various configurations of engagement devices and/or locking members to allow a user to selectively lock a treadmill frame in a fixed position relative to a base frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2010
    Assignee: Nautilus, Inc.
    Inventors: Keith M. Weier, Douglas A. Crawford, Kuo-Ti Huang
  • Patent number: 7731636
    Abstract: A resistance system for an exercise device may include: a drive shaft configured to be operably connected to a movable part of an exercise device such that movement of the movable part causes the drive shaft to rotate; and a resistance source operably connected with the drive shaft and configured to resist rotation of the drive shaft. An exercise device may include: a drive shaft rotatably supported by a frame; a resistance source operably connected with the drive shaft and configured to resist rotation of the drive shaft; and first and second treadle assemblies pivotally connected with the frame and including respective moving surfaces. In such an exercise device, the first treadle assembly and the second treadle assembly may be operably connected with the drive shaft such that pivotal movement of the first treadle assembly and pivotal movement of the second treadle assembly cause the drive shaft to rotate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2010
    Assignee: Nautilus, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew P. Lull, Timothy Tetreault, Keith M. Weier, Callan Paul McMahon, Timothy Todd Skarzynski, Zachary David Tyler, Christopher Williams
  • Publication number: 20090029831
    Abstract: A method and/or a device may limit a distance traveled by a treadle assembly in an exercise device. For example, the distance traveled by the treadle assembly may be limited by limiting a distance that a resistance element operably coupled to the treadle assembly may travel. An exercise apparatus may include a travel-limiting device or capability.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 28, 2008
    Publication date: January 29, 2009
    Applicant: Nautilus, Inc.
    Inventor: Keith M. Weier