Patents by Inventor Thomas Blackadar

Thomas Blackadar 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: 20180360350
    Abstract: One aspect of the present disclosure relates to a physical training system for injury prevention and rehabilitation. The training system can include a wearable device in communication with an external device, which can be used to train at least the athlete wearing the wearable device. The wearable device can reduce the number of sensors needed to capture motion data required for the training. For example, the wearable device can include an inertial measurement unit (IMU) device located at a position relative to a joint of an athlete to measure an inertial displacement of the joint and an optical sensor to measure an angle of the joint. The wearable device can include a wireless transceiver to communicate a characteristic of motion of the joint (determined based on data from the IMU and the optical sensor) to an external device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 15, 2018
    Publication date: December 20, 2018
    Inventors: Thomas Blackadar, Carter Mitchell
  • Publication number: 20180361239
    Abstract: Provided herein is an on-line multiplayer gaming system to score real-world angling events of multiple players. The system includes a first angling event sensing device, processor, and a gaming application on a first mobile device in communication with a recreation monitoring platform. The system further includes a second angling event sensing device, processor, and a second gaming application on a second mobile device in communication with the recreation monitoring platform. The recreation monitoring platform calculates scores for the first and second player based on data from their respective angling event sensing device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 20, 2018
    Publication date: December 20, 2018
    Inventors: Thomas Blackadar, Nic Wilson, JR., Landon Bloomer, Terrence Corbett
  • Publication number: 20180338486
    Abstract: Provided herein is a method to communicate angling related information among users. The method includes determining a first angling event and transmitting the angling event to a recreation monitoring platform. The method further includes allowing a second user to receive the angling events of the first user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 20, 2018
    Publication date: November 29, 2018
    Inventors: Thomas Blackadar, Nic Wilson, JR., Landon Bloomer, Terrence Corbett
  • Publication number: 20180338485
    Abstract: Provided herein is an angling apparatus to identify angling events. The apparatus includes an angling event sensing device with at least one sensor, a processor to identify an angling event based on data from the sensor, and an input device to allow a user to enter data related to the angling event.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 20, 2018
    Publication date: November 29, 2018
    Inventors: Thomas Blackadar, Nic Wilson, JR., Landon Bloomer, Terrence Corbett
  • Publication number: 20180295827
    Abstract: Provided herein is a system to generate angling recommendations associated with detected angling events associated with a user's use of a fishing rod and reel. The system includes an angling event sensing device, a processor, a mobile device in communication with the processor or the angling event sensing device, and a recreation monitoring platform to receive the angling event and data from the user's angling event sensing device and a plurality of other angling event sensing devices and make a recommendation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 20, 2018
    Publication date: October 18, 2018
    Inventors: Thomas Blackadar, Nic Wilson, JR., Landon Bloomer, Terrence Corbett
  • Publication number: 20180295826
    Abstract: Provided herein is a system to sense angling events and make angling recommendations associated with a user's use of a fishing rod, reel and line. The system includes an angling event sensing device, a processor, a mobile device in communication with the processor or the angling event sensing device, and a recreation monitoring platform to receive the angling event and data and make a recommendation based on an angling event of input from the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 20, 2018
    Publication date: October 18, 2018
    Inventors: Thomas Blackadar, Nic Wilson, JR., Landon Bloomer, Terrence Corbett
  • Publication number: 20180295829
    Abstract: Provided herein is an angling event detecting and reporting apparatus to identify and report angling events, the apparatus comprising an angling event sensor adapted to be located in the reel of a fishing rod and generating data indicative of a parameter of the rod or reel when the rod or reel is in use. Additionally, there may be at least one processor in communication with the angling event sensor programmed to identify an angling event based on the data indicative of a parameter of the rod or reel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 20, 2018
    Publication date: October 18, 2018
    Inventors: Thomas Blackadar, Nic Wilson, JR., Landon Bloomer, Terrence Corbett
  • Publication number: 20180295828
    Abstract: Provided herein is an apparatus to identify angling events such as when a fish is on the line. The system includes an angling event sensing device with a sensor to generate data indicative of a fishing rod, reel or line and a processor to identify when a fish is on the line based on the data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 20, 2018
    Publication date: October 18, 2018
    Inventors: Thomas Blackadar, Nic Wilson, Jr., Landon Bloomer, Terrence Corbett
  • Publication number: 20070288265
    Abstract: A network for electronic communications in which disparate anonymous devices may transmit and receive information, such as in a secure manner. A method for collecting health-related data may, for example, comprise detecting, at a first time, that a sensor has moved within a detection range of a link component, the sensor having not been identified to the link component prior to the first time; receiving data collected by the sensor relating to activity by and/or health of a human subject associated with the sensor; and processing the data to determine at least one indicator of the human subject's health.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2007
    Publication date: December 13, 2007
    Inventors: Thomas Quinian, Paul Gaudet, Thomas Blackadar, Norbart Ohlenbusch
  • Publication number: 20070208531
    Abstract: One disclosed method involves using at least one device supported by a user while the user is in locomotion on foot during an outing to automatically measure amounts of time taken by the user to complete respective distance intervals. During the outing, data representing the automatically measured amounts of time may be automatically stored in memory of the least one device. Another disclosed method involves using at least one device supported by a user while the user is in locomotion on foot during an outing to automatically identify occasions on which a user completes respective distance intervals. During the outing, the at least one device may display at least one of an average pace of the user since a most recently completed distance interval, an average speed of the user since the most recently completed distance interval, and a projected time to complete a current distance interval based on monitored performance since the most recently completed distance interval.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 13, 2007
    Publication date: September 6, 2007
    Applicant: Nike, Inc.
    Inventors: Jesse Darley, Thomas Blackadar
  • Publication number: 20070203665
    Abstract: One disclosed method involves using at least one device supported by a user while the user is in locomotion on foot during an outing to monitor a performance parameter of the user comprising one a pace of the user and a speed of the user. Prior to the outing, the at least one device may be configured to specify first and second intervals of the outing and corresponding first and second performance zones for the first and second intervals, wherein each of the first and second performance zones comprises one of a zone of paces and a zone of speeds and is different that the other of the first and second performance zones. During the first interval, an action may be taken with the at least one device in response to determining that the monitored performance parameter of the user has fallen outside the first performance zone.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 13, 2007
    Publication date: August 30, 2007
    Applicant: Nike, Inc.
    Inventors: Jesse Darley, Thomas Blackadar
  • Patent number: 7200517
    Abstract: In one embodiment, an apparatus comprises a mount, a housing, and a sensor. The mount is adapted to be disposed at least partially underneath a shoelace of a shoe. The housing is configured and arranged to be placed in at least first and second states in relation to the mount, wherein in the first state the housing is movable with respect to the mount and in the second state the housing is immovable with respect to the mount. There is a tongue on one of the mount and the housing and a groove on the other of the mount and the housing, the tongue being adapted to engage the groove when the housing is in the second state in relation to the mount and to disengage the groove then the housing is in the first state with respect to the mount. The sensor, which senses motion of the shoe, is disposed within the housing such that the sensor remains disposed within the housing when the housing is placed in the first state in relation to the mount and the housing is moved with respect to the mount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2007
    Assignee: Nike, Inc.
    Inventors: Jesse Darley, Paul J. Gaudet, Norbert Ohlenbusch, Thomas Blackadar
  • Publication number: 20070061105
    Abstract: One disclosed method involves identifying a grade of the surface with at least one device supported by the user while the user is in locomotion on foot on a surface, and determining a performance parameter of the user with the at least one device based upon the identified grade of the surface. Another disclosed method involves identifying a grade of a surface based upon a measured physiological parameter of a user in locomotion on foot on the surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 27, 2006
    Publication date: March 15, 2007
    Applicant: Nike, Inc.
    Inventors: Jesse Darley, Thomas Blackadar
  • Publication number: 20060246869
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method for implementing two-way communication between at least first and second devices comprises steps of: (a1) during finite time periods following transmission of respective first messages from the first device to the second device, using the first device to listen for second messages transmitted from the second device to first device; and (a2) after each of the finite time periods following the transmission of the respective first messages from the first device to the second device, ceasing to use the first device to listen for second messages transmitted from the second device to the first device until after the first device transmits another first message to the second device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 11, 2006
    Publication date: November 2, 2006
    Applicant: FitSense Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Norbert Ohlenbusch, Joseph Wronski, Paul Gaudet, Thomas Blackadar, Steven Oliver
  • Publication number: 20060020421
    Abstract: In one embodiment, an apparatus comprises a mount, a housing, and a sensor. The mount is adapted to be disposed at least partially underneath a shoelace of a shoe. The housing is configured and arranged to be placed in at least first and second states in relation to the mount, wherein in the first state the housing is movable with respect to the mount and in the second state the housing is immovable with respect to the mount. There is a tongue on one of the mount and the housing and a groove on the other of the mount and the housing, the tongue being adapted to engage the groove when the housing is in the second state in relation to the mount and to disengage the groove then the housing is in the first state with respect to the mount. The sensor, which senses motion of the shoe, is disposed within the housing such that the sensor remains disposed within the housing when the housing is placed in the first state in relation to the mount and the housing is moved with respect to the mount.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 4, 2005
    Publication date: January 26, 2006
    Applicant: FitSense Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Jesse Darley, Paul Gaudet, Norbert Ohlenbusch, Thomas Blackadar
  • Publication number: 20050010096
    Abstract: A garment such as a shirt or sports bra has first electrodes attached thereto so as to sense at least one electronic signal from a person wearing the garment. An electronic enclosure, which may include second electrodes that are configured and arranged to electronically interface with the first electrodes, may be releasably attached to the garment. The electronic enclosure may, for example, comprise an EKG sensor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 13, 2004
    Publication date: January 13, 2005
    Inventor: Thomas Blackadar
  • Patent number: 6536139
    Abstract: In one embodiment, an apparatus includes a mount, a housing, and a sensor. The mount is adapted to be disposed at least partially underneath a shoelace of a shoe, and the housing is adapted to be releasably attached to the mount. There is a tongue on one of the mount and the housing and a groove on the other of the mount and the housing, wherein the tongue is adapted to releasably engage the groove when the housing is attached to the mount. The apparatus further comprises a sensor, that senses motion of the shoe, disposed within the housing such that the sensor remains disposed within the housing when the housing is separated from the mount. In another embodiment, a method involves providing a housing that houses a sensor that senses motion of a shoe, and attaching a mount to an instep portion of the shoe such that at least a portion of the mount is disposed underneath at least a portion of a shoelace of the shoe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2003
    Assignee: Personal Electronic Devices, Inc.
    Inventors: Jesse Darley, Paul J. Gaudet, Sam Joffe, Norbert Ohlenbusch, John Costello, Mark Bates, Thomas Blackadar
  • Publication number: 20020152645
    Abstract: In one embodiment, an apparatus includes a mount, a housing, and a sensor. The mount is adapted to be disposed at least partially underneath a shoelace of a shoe, and the housing is adapted to be releasably attached to the mount. There is a tongue on one of the mount and the housing and a groove on the other of the mount and the housing, wherein the tongue is adapted to releasably engage the groove when the housing is attached to the mount. The apparatus further comprises a sensor, that senses motion of the shoe, disposed within the housing such that the sensor remains disposed within the housing when the housing is separated from the mount. In another embodiment, a method involves providing a housing that houses a sensor that senses motion of a shoe, and attaching a mount to an instep portion of the shoe such that at least a portion of the mount is disposed underneath at least a portion of a shoelace of the shoe.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 19, 2002
    Publication date: October 24, 2002
    Inventors: Jesse Darley, Paul J. Gaudet, Sam Joffe, Norbert Ohlenbusch, John Costello, Mark Bates, Thomas Blackadar
  • Patent number: 6357147
    Abstract: In one embodiment, an apparatus comprises a mount, a housing, and a sensor, wherein the mount is adapted to be secured to a shoe, the housing is adapted to be releasably attached to the mount, and the sensor is supported by the housing such that the sensor remains supported by the housing when the housing is separated from the mount. In another embodiment, an apparatus comprises a mount and a motion-sensing device, wherein the mount is adapted to be secured to a shoe, and the motion-sensing device is adapted to be releasably attached to the mount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2002
    Assignee: Personal Electronics, Inc.
    Inventors: Jesse Darley, Paul J. Gaudet, Sam Joffe, Norbert Ohlenbusch, John Costello, Mark Bates, Thomas Blackadar
  • Patent number: 6122340
    Abstract: In one embodiment, an apparatus for monitoring locomotion of a person that can be secured to the person's shoe includes a mounting unit, a housing unit, and a motion-sensing device. The mounting unit is adapted to be secured to an outer surface of the shoe. The housing unit is adapted to releasably attach to the mounting unit. The motion-sensing device is attached to the housing unit such that, when the housing unit is detached from the mounting unit, the motion-sensing device remains attached to the housing unit. In another embodiment, a motion-sensing apparatus includes a circuit board and an accelerometer. The accelerometer has an acceleration-sensing axis, and is mounted on the circuit board such that the acceleration-sensing axis is oriented at an acute angle with respect to a surface of the circuit board. In yet another embodiment, a motion-sensing apparatus includes a housing unit and an accelerometer. The housing unit is adapted to be secured to an instep portion of a shoe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2000
    Assignee: Personal Electronic Devices, Inc.
    Inventors: Jesse Darley, Paul J. Gaudet, Sam Joffe, Norbert Ohlenbusch, John Costello, Mark Bates, Thomas Blackadar