Attachment (e.g., Weight For Shoe, Etc.) Patents (Class 36/132)
  • Patent number: 11388948
    Abstract: A footwear construction capable of incorporating one to three or more platform layers, or no platform layers at all. The invention comprises a kit including a sneaker member, optionally includable in the final construction first second and third platform members, guide members, optionally in sets of three, suitable for inclusion in a constructed footwear item with one, two or three platform members, and a tread its sole member, optionally replaceable by other types of soles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Inventors: Boris Zuborev, Mark Kratter
  • Patent number: 11253027
    Abstract: An adjustable heel support member includes a base portion and an extended portion. The extended portion comprises a lateral portion, a medial portion and a rearward portion. The heel support member further includes a fastening member that can be used to adjust the lateral portion, the medial portion and the rearward portion to resize the heel support member. In some cases, the fastening member may be an elastic ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2022
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventor: Sergio Cavaliere
  • Patent number: 11064768
    Abstract: A foot presence sensor system for an active article of footwear can include a sensor housing configured to be disposed at or in an insole of the article, and a controller circuit, disposed within the sensor housing, configured to trigger one or more automated functions of the footwear based on a foot presence indication. In an example, the sensor system includes a capacitive sensor, and the sensor is configured to sense changes in a foot proximity to the sensor in footwear. Information about the sensed proximity can be used to determine a foot velocity characteristic, which in turn can be used to update an automated footwear function, such as an automatic lacing function, or can be used to determine a step count, foot strike force, a rate of travel, or other information about a foot, about an activity, or about the footwear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven H. Walker, Phillip Meneau
  • Patent number: 10966485
    Abstract: An article of footwear includes an upper, a sole attached to the upper, and an impact absorber attached to the upper at least along a midfoot region of the upper and capable of absorbing a portion of a lateral impact when the impact absorber is moved into contact with a top surface of the sole. The impact absorber is be integrally formed with the sole and has a width that varies along a length of the impact absorber. The width of the impact absorber decreases in a forefoot region and a heel region. The upper rolls to contact the top surface of the sole upon lateral impact. The sole and the upper may be attached asymmetrically.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: James C. Meschter, Matthew A. Nurse, Benjamin A. Shaffer
  • Patent number: 10842223
    Abstract: A chassis for an article of footwear may include a base and a frame attached to a top side of the base. The frame may include a network of interconnected walls defining a plurality of cells, each of at least a portion of the cells having a bottom at least partially closed by an underlying portion of the base. A bottom of the base may be fixed with respect to a plantar section of an upper. A sock liner may be indexed to the chassis or to another footwear support structure. The sock liner may have downwardly-extending tabs configured to rest in cells of the chassis or in other cavities of a support structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Sam Amis, Michael S. Amos, John Hurd, James Molyneux, Thomas J. Rushbrook, Timothy J. Smith
  • Patent number: 10668353
    Abstract: A codification and cueing system for adversarial or cooperative interactions between actors engaged in sports and other activities uses measurements from motion sensors to identify events in the activity and participant's behavior to provide real-time cues to help the actors perform as well as train. The codification describes the interactions based on behavioral events and movements. The cueing method can be implemented using different subsets of such events. Following detection of these events, a signal is transmitted to generate auditory, visual and/or haptic stimuli. These stimuli encode information and hence the cues help the participants select, prepare for and execute relevant aspects of the performance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: ICUEMOTION LLC
    Inventor: Berenice Mettler May
  • Patent number: 10602800
    Abstract: An electrically conductive shoe includes a shoe body having an upper, a midsole, and an outsole, and the outsole has a receiving chamber. The receiving chamber is communicated with a bore of the midsole. A conductive device is mounted on a bottom of the outsole. A flexible conductive member has an end electrically connected to the conductive device and an opposite end extending to an inner space of the upper through the receiving chamber of the outsole and the bore of the midsole and attached to an inner side of the upper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: Haka Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Wen Tsung Chang
  • Patent number: 10596451
    Abstract: A replay data acquisition section acquires replay data for reproducing a play status of a game. A replay image generation section generates a replay image of a game scene on the basis of the acquired replay data. A user determination section determines a user to be included in a combined image. A user image acquisition section acquires a user image obtained by imaging the determined user. A combination processing section generates the combined image by combining the acquired user image with the replay image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventors: Nodoka Tokunaga, Keigo Tamura, Toshimasa Aoki, Shoichi Ikenoue
  • Patent number: 10595582
    Abstract: An article of footwear can include provisions for improving the operation and use of various systems associated with the article. A control device included in the article can be configured to allow manual control of a system by a user. A lockout feature that can disable manual control may be included. During periods of competitive activity, the manual controls may be disabled to allow a user wearing the article to engage in different activities without inadvertent activation of a system. In some cases, the control device and lockout feature can be used in conjunction with a motorized tensioning system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Tiffany A. Beers, Andrew A. Owings
  • Patent number: 10583323
    Abstract: An exercise device comprises adjustable apparatus for engaging the feet of a user, including sole-support members positioned for receiving the soles of a user's feet, an adjustable heel engaging member that is positioned to be adjusted relative to the sole-support members, and a pivotally adjustable member positioned to engage the top of a user's feet, and further including one or more members for adding weights to the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Inventor: Casey Little
  • Patent number: 10575591
    Abstract: According to one aspect, a mechanism for wirelessly adjusting tension of an article includes a tension input component that is coupleable with a vehicle in an area that is easily accessible to a user. The tension input component is configured to receive input from the user corresponding to an adjustment of a motorized tensioning device that is attached to the article and that is configured to adjust a tension of a tension member. The tension input component is configured to wirelessly transmit the received input to the motorized tensioning device. Adjustment of the tension member tightens or loosens the article in accordance with the input received from the tension input component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: BOA Technology Inc.
    Inventors: Noah S. Schum, John Crow, Aaron Venturini
  • Patent number: 10568386
    Abstract: An adjustable heel support member includes a base portion and an extended portion. The extended portion comprises a lateral portion, a medial portion and a rearward portion. The heel support member further includes a fastening member that can be used to adjust the lateral portion, the medial portion and the rearward portion to resize the heel support member. In some cases, the fastening member may be an elastic ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventor: Sergio Cavaliere
  • Patent number: 10568369
    Abstract: A smartphone or other mobile computer device, general purpose or specialized, wherein the smartphone device is configured to actively control the configuration of one or more bladders, compartments, chambers or internal sipes and one or more sensors located in either one or both of a sole or a removable inner sole insert of the footwear of the user and/or located in an apparatus worn or carried by the user, glued unto the user, or implanted in the user. The one or more bladders, compartments, chambers, or sipes, and one or more sensors are configured for computer control. A sole and/or a removable inner sole insert for footwear, including one or more bladders, compartments, chambers, internal sipes and sensors in the sole and/or in a removable insert; or on an insole; all being configured for control by a smartphone or other mobile computer device, general purpose or specialized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Inventor: Frampton E. Ellis
  • Patent number: 10537765
    Abstract: A fitness set for the practice of fitness, sport, rehabilitation or physiotherapy exercises may include at least one weight, at least one shoe support for fastening the weight to a shoe of a user, and at least one body support for fastening the weight to the body of a user, the weight having a first releasable binding element and the shoe support and the body support having at least one second releasable binding element matching the first releasable binding element of the weight, configured so that that the weight may be releasably attached to the shoe support or to the body support. Methods for fitness training are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: POWERINSTEP, S.L.
    Inventor: Vicente Borés Cifo
  • Patent number: 10499711
    Abstract: A foot presence sensor system for an active article of footwear can include a sensor housing configured to be disposed at or in an insole of the article, and a controller circuit, disposed within the sensor housing, configured to trigger one or more automated functions of the footwear based on a foot presence indication. A capacitive sensor, such as disposed within or upon the sensor housing, can be configured to provide the foot presence indication. In an example, foot presence can be detected using time-varying characteristics of a signal from the capacitive sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven H. Walker, Phillip Meneau
  • Patent number: 10477923
    Abstract: A foot presence sensor system for an active article of footwear can include a sensor housing configured to be disposed at or in an insole of the article, and a controller circuit, disposed within the sensor housing, configured to trigger one or more automated functions of the footwear based on a foot presence indication. In an example, the sensor system includes a capacitive sensor configured to sense changes in a capacitance signal in response to proximity of a body. A dielectric member can be provided between the capacitive sensor and the body to enhance an output signal from the sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven H. Walker, Phillip Meneau
  • Patent number: 10413774
    Abstract: Disclosed are weighted shoe assemblies that allows easy selection of different weights and the ability to accommodate a variety of foot or shoe sizes. This greatly reduces the cost of providing all sizes and shapes of individually fitted shoes. More specifically disclosed are weighted shoe assemblies having an upper attachment component to attach to a user's foot or shoe and a removable weight components to allow selection of desired weights and means to removably attach the components together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Inventor: Alex Weber
  • Patent number: 10398195
    Abstract: The shoe sole covering is configured for use with a shoe. The shoe sole covering is configured to attach to the sole of the shoe. The sole of the shoe is further defined with an insole and an outsole. The shoe sole covering attaches to the outsole of the shoe to form a barrier between the shoe and a supporting surface. The barrier prevents cross-contamination between the supporting surface and the shoe. The shoe sole covering is a disposable product that is biodegradable. The shoe sole covering is also degradable primarily through hydrolysis reactions. The shoe sole covering comprises a vamp guard, a heel guard, an arch union, and a tab. The arch union attaches the vamp guard to the heel guard. The tab attaches to the heel guard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Inventor: Vincent Donaghue
  • Patent number: 10376014
    Abstract: Disclosed is an improved shoe cover with a bistable latch that allows for easy securing and removal of the shoe cover while providing a strong connection between the shoe and the shoe cover when in use. The shoe cover includes at least one bistable spring band at or around the toe, midsection, or heel of the cover for securing the cover to the shoe. In addition, a secondary attachment mechanism may be employed as well, which may include: a string-like material to encircle the shoe about its center, a semi-rigid structure on the inner-side of the cover; and/or an impressionable material located on or within the inner-side of the cover, so that it is directly exposed to the specialized shoe. The impressionable material will create a mold that is at least partially impermanent, permanent or semi-permanent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2019
    Assignee: CleatGuard LLC
    Inventors: Xristos K. Apostolopoulos, Katharine C. Mena, Laura Mena, Andréa Potgieter
  • Patent number: 10327515
    Abstract: Articles of footwear have an upper and a sole structure. The upper includes an adjustment system having a base element, a fluid-filled chamber, an adjusting element, an anchoring element, and a tensile strand. The adjusting element is positioned outward from the fluid-filled chamber. The anchoring element is secured to the base element and is spaced from the adjusting element. The tensile strand extends between the adjusting element and the anchoring element. The adjusting element is operable to change a tension placed upon the tensile strand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Lee D. Peyton, Dervin A. James, Zachary M. Elder
  • Patent number: 10289098
    Abstract: Disclosed are embodiments for a dynamic footwear cushioning system. One example embodiment includes: setting a cushioning level for cushioning material in accordance with a first setting; and altering, in dependence upon an environmental condition change, the cushioning level for the cushioning material in accordance with a second setting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Lenovo Enterprise Solutions (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: Steven J. Livaccari, William M. Megarity, Eric A. Stegner, Robert W. Stegner
  • Patent number: 10206452
    Abstract: Embodiments are related to systems and methods that utilize shoes with an attachment member to couple with weights, wherein the attachment member may allow the weights to have a free range of motion when coupled with the shoes. Responsive to coupling the weights with the attachment member, a user may utilize the shoes to target specific muscle groups of the user's lower body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Inventor: Ricardo Mateo Ramirez, II
  • Patent number: 10198751
    Abstract: A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a device having a memory and a processor coupled to the memory. The processor can be operable to transmit a radio frequency signal directed to a radio frequency identifier tag carried by a first item, receive usage information from the radio frequency identifier tag, determine a measure of wear and tear of the first item from the usage information, compare the measure of wear and tear to a threshold, detect from the comparison a state of usage of the first item, and submit a notice representative of the state of usage of the first item. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, L.P.
    Inventors: Jeffrey Mikan, Andrea Basso, Tara Hines, Aleksey Ivanov, Nadia Morris
  • Patent number: 10172396
    Abstract: A smartphone or other mobile computer device, general purpose or specialized, wherein the smartphone device is configured to actively control the configuration of one or more bladders, compartments, chambers or internal sipes and one or more sensors located in either one or both of a sole or a removable inner sole insert of the footwear of the user and/or located in an apparatus worn or carried by the user, glued unto the user, or implanted in the user. The one or more bladders, compartments, chambers, or sipes, and one or more sensors are configured for computer control. A sole and/or a removable inner sole insert for footwear, including one or more bladders, compartments, chambers, internal sipes and sensors in the sole and/or in a removable insert; or on an insole; all being configured for control by a smartphone or other mobile computer device, general purpose or specialized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Inventor: Frampton E. Ellis
  • Patent number: 10058143
    Abstract: An outsole for an orthopedic device includes a heel part, a forefoot part, and a mid-foot part separating the heel part from the forefoot part. A longitudinal axis extends in a longitudinal direction between an anterior end of the forefoot part and a posterior end of the heel part. A transverse axis intersects the longitudinal axis and extends in a transverse direction between a lateral edge of the outsole and a medial edge of the outsole. A bottom surface extends along the longitudinal axis and between the medial and lateral edges. The bottom surface defines an apex at the intersection of the longitudinal and transverse axes and at least one apical line passing through the apex and subtending an oblique angle to the longitudinal axis. The bottom surface curves through the apex and along the at least one apical line in both the longitudinal and transverse directions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: OSSUR HF
    Inventors: Jonathan Walborn, Harry Duane Romo, Adam Dunn
  • Patent number: 10012969
    Abstract: A computer system including a Web site and/or a cloud array of computers configured to have a connection to a smartphone or other mobile computer device and use the device and connection to control a configuration of one or more bladders, compartments, chambers and internal sipes located in a sole or removable inner sole insert of footwear. The computer system can also use the device and connection to transmit data to the computer system for storage and/or shared or independent processing and/or analysis, process data from sensors located in either one or both of the sole or the removable inner sole insert of the device user, and in, on, or near a center of gravity of the device user, and use the processed data to alter a configuration of the bladders, compartments, chambers and internal sipes and to control the relative foot position of the right and left feet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Inventor: Frampton E. Ellis
  • Patent number: 9936759
    Abstract: A shoe can include support members for a plantar surface of a foot that include: (a) a heel support plate; (b) a forefoot support plate; (c) a heel securing strap component for securely engaging a heel supporting component with a wearer's heel; and (d) a unidirectional hinge, wherein the hinge allows the heel support plate to rotate internally with respect to the forefoot support plate and limit the heel support plate from rotating externally with respect to the forefoot support plate. The support member allows the shoe to twist and move with the foot, allowing the ankle to remain neutral, rather than the shoe fighting the foot's natural motion. The unidirectional nature of the hinge plate also prevents the shoe from rotating externally beyond a predetermined limit point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew A. Nurse, John Hurd, Jennifer L. Bishop
  • Patent number: 9877523
    Abstract: A computer system using big data techniques including a Web site and/or a cloud array of computers configured to have a connection to a smartphone or other mobile computer device and use the device and connection to control a configuration of bladders, compartments, chambers and internal sipes located in both left and right footwear soles or removable inner sole inserts. The computer system can also use the device and connection to transmit data to the computer system for storage and/or shared or independent processing and/or analysis using big data techniques, process data from sensors located in both the right and left soles or removable sole inserts of the device user, in the device, and in, on, or near a center of gravity of the device user and a head of the device user, and use the processed data to alter a configuration of the bladders, compartments, chambers and internal sipes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Inventor: Frampton E. Ellis
  • Patent number: 9867428
    Abstract: An article of footwear is disclosed having at least one elongated heel support member. The elongated heel support member may be angled and extend from a heel region to a midfoot region, in order to disperse forces applied by a wearer's heel during movement. The heel system may include two heel support members, each associated with a side of the article of footwear. The article of footwear may also include a series of ribs in the midfoot region, which may abut a front edge of the heel support members. Finally, the article of footwear may include asymmetric side flaps extending downward from an upper plate so as to overlap a midsole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Kimberly M. Blevens, Graeme McMillan, Enrique V. Santos
  • Patent number: 9776041
    Abstract: A system may use a sensor device affixed to the user or an article of clothing of the user to provide information on performance of an activity. For example, a sensor device may be affixed to a portion of the laces on footwear of the user. Acquired data from the sensor device may be processed to provide analysis information to the user about the performance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Inventors: Anya Manish Lachwani, Manish Lachwani
  • Patent number: 9713360
    Abstract: A removable exercise device attached to a users shoe for use during exercise. The device includes a variety of removable and interchangeable accessories to be used for various physical activities and exercises. These accessories are designed to place user's foot in a declined position. The accessories include wheels and bottoms with various shapes, heights, and materials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Inventor: Jose Francisco Lara Santos
  • Patent number: 9709971
    Abstract: A computer system including a Web site and/or a cloud array of computers configured to have a connection to a smartphone or other mobile computer device and use the device and connection to control a configuration of one or more bladders, compartments, chambers and internal sipes located in a sole or removable inner sole insert of footwear. The computer system can also use the device and connection to transmit data to the computer system for storage and/or shared or independent processing and/or analysis, process data from sensors located in either one or both of the sole or the removable inner sole insert of the device user, and in, on, or near a center of gravity of the device user, and use the processed data to alter a configuration of the bladders, compartments, chambers and internal sipes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Inventor: Frampton E. Ellis
  • Patent number: 9655405
    Abstract: A multilayer insole for removable placement in an article of footwear, the multilayer insole including a bottom insole layer having a top side, a top insole layer having an underside, an intermediate layer that is (a) an insole material layer, (b) a flexible circuit layer or (c) a bonding region for joining the bottom insole layer with the top insole layer, a location data receiving means for receiving an input signal relating to a location of the insole, and a location data transmitting means for transmitting an output signal relating to the location of the insole, wherein the location data receiving means and the location data transmitting means are both integrally associated with the multilayer insole. Also provided are a unitary insole, data transfer systems and methods of using them involving the different insoles and methods of manufacturing the different insoles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Inventor: Kristan Lisa Hamill
  • Patent number: 9635901
    Abstract: A shoe may comprise an upper and a sole structure that includes a plurality of support elements located in a plantar region. Each of the support elements may be non-destructively removable from and replaceable into the sole structure. The shoe may comprise a plurality of sensors configured to measure force exerted in a footbed region of the article of footwear, as well as a processor communicatively coupled to the sensors. The processor may be configured to receive input indicative of forces measured by the sensors and to transmit data based on that input. Methods utilizing the article may include removing a support element and replacing the removed support element with a replacement support element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Catherine F. Morrison, Scott C. Holt, Dervin A. James, Ty A. Ransom
  • Patent number: 9610185
    Abstract: According to an embodiment, a brace may include a motorized tensioning device, a tensioning member operationally coupled with the motorized tensioning device to tighten the brace about the limb, and a control unit communicatively coupled with the motorized tensioning device to control adjustment of a tension of the tensioning member. A method for providing therapy with the brace fitted about a limb may include communicating a first instruction from the control unit to the motorized tensioning device to adjust the tension of the tensioning member according to a therapeutic regimen that is designed to aid in recovery of the limb via repetitive movement of the limb.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: Boa Technology Inc.
    Inventors: James Capra, Ilya Minkin, Rebecca Peterson, Mark Soderberg, Aaron Venturini, Brett Vladika, Daniel Hipwood
  • Patent number: 9560895
    Abstract: A weighted insole assembly, comprising a top thermoformable material layer, a bottom thermoformable material layer, and a weighted unit encapsulated between the top and bottom thermoformable material layers, the weighted unit including a heavy filler material and having a specific gravity between about 2.0 and about 4.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: Stratten Performance Group, LLC
    Inventors: Ronald James Stratten, Peter Daley, Chang Woo Nam, Hemant Thakkar
  • Patent number: 9545131
    Abstract: A shoe may comprise an upper and a sole structure that includes a plurality of support elements located in a plantar region. Each of the support elements may be non-destructively removable from and replaceable into the sole structure. The shoe may comprise a plurality of sensors configured to measure force exerted in a footbed region of the article of footwear, as well as a processor communicatively coupled to the sensors. The processor may be configured to receive input indicative of forces measured by the sensors and to transmit data based on that input. Methods utilizing the article may include removing a support element and replacing the removed support element with a replacement support element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Catherine F. Morrison, Scott C. Holt, Dervin A. James, Ty A. Ransom
  • Patent number: 9546882
    Abstract: An electronic apparatus includes a sensor, a body that is provided separately from and is not incorporated to a shoe worn by a user, and a processing circuit provided on the body. The processing circuit obtains, based on a detection result of the sensor, a number of steps taken by the user during traveling while wearing the shoe, and calculates a wear degree, indicating a degree to which the shoe of the user is worn out, based on the number of steps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Assignees: SEIKO INSTRUMENTS INC., ASICS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Akira Takakura, Hiroshi Shimizu, Tomohiro Ihashi, Keisuke Tsubata, Takehiro Tagawa, Ryota Shinayama, Youzou Kajita
  • Patent number: 9522295
    Abstract: A cross-training flutter-kick boot system includes the use of a weighted elongate base having the general geometry of the bottom of the human foot. The base including an elevated central platform located opposite to an arch of the foot. The base also includes two pairs of hollow cylindrical elements, one element of each pair secured at a toe end of the weighted base and the other pair secured at a heel end of the base. A position control assembly (PCA) is securable upon the weighted base and includes respective front and rear hollow cylindrical elements which are securable within respective front and rear pairs of hollow elements by a platform connecting the front and rear I elements. The PCA, when secured to the weighted base, permits a bar having a channel to receive a second bar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2016
    Inventors: Zachary Annino, Matthew Earley, Joseph Ardagna
  • Patent number: 9504291
    Abstract: A computer system including a Web site and/or a cloud array of computers configured to have a connection to a smartphone or other mobile computer device and use the device and connection to control a configuration of one or more bladders, compartments, chambers and internal sipes located in a sole or removable inner sole insert of footwear. The computer system can also use the device and connection to transmit data to the computer system for storage and/or shared or independent processing and/or analysis, process data from sensors located in either one or both of the sole or the removable inner sole insert of the device user, in, on, or near a center of gravity of the device user, in the device and/or in, on, or near the head of the device user, and use the processed data to alter a configuration of the bladders, compartments, chambers and internal sipes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Inventor: Frampton E. Ellis
  • Patent number: 9456785
    Abstract: A performance measuring system integrated with an article of clothing, the system has a computing unit for coordinating, processing and transmission of sensor data connected to a bus and an antenna. A sensor for measuring performance characteristics is connected to the bus; the bus facilitates transmission and reception of control and data values between the computing unit and the sensor. Also, an antenna is connected to the computing unit for communicating with other computing devices and transmission of sensor data. The other computing devices display the sensor data to a user or forward the sensor data onto another communication media such as the internet or interactive television. A social networking system sharing athletic statistics using a webservice, a personal processing unit connectible to the webservice, and a computing unit having an activity program for at least one sensor. This system has an activity update service integrally associated with the webservice.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: Mayfonk Athletic, LLC
    Inventors: Martin Matak, Jef Spaleta
  • Patent number: 9449323
    Abstract: A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a device having a memory and a processor coupled to the memory. The processor can be operable to transmit a radio frequency signal directed to a radio frequency identifier tag carried by a first item, receive usage information from the radio frequency identifier tag, determine a measure of wear and tear of the first item from the usage information, compare the measure of wear and tear to a threshold, detect from the comparison a state of usage of the first item, and submit a notice representative of the state of usage of the first item. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Assignee: AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, LP
    Inventors: Jeffrey Mikan, Andrea Basso, Tara Hines, Aleksey Ivanov, Nadia Morris
  • Patent number: 9375047
    Abstract: A computer system including a Web site and/or a cloud array of computers. The system is configured to have a connection to a smartphone or other mobile computer device and to use the device to control a configuration of computer-controlled bladders, compartments, chambers and/or internal sipes in footwear soles of a device user. The system is further configured to control the configuration of the bladders, compartments, chambers and/or internal sipes by using the device and the connection to: transmit data to the system for storage and/or shared or independent processing and/or analysis: process data received from the sensors in the footwear soles, a sensor including a gyroscope and/or an accelerometer in the device and a sensor including a gyroscope and/or an accelerometer located in, on, or near a head of the device user; and use the processed data to alter a configuration of the bladders, compartments, chambers and/or internal sipes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Inventor: Frampton E. Ellis
  • Patent number: 9125454
    Abstract: Cushioning element (4) for footwear, having a deformable filling (12) and an envelope (10) that encloses the deformable filling. The envelope is arranged for forming at least one flow channel (837). In use, at least part of the deformable filling flows into the at least one flow channel as a result of increased pressure of the deformable filling caused by a mechanical load The deformable filling contains solid bodies and further contains a lubricating fluid for mutually lubricating the solid bodies. A dimension of the at least one flow channel is arranged for hindering entrance of the solid bodies into the at least one flow channel during cushioning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Assignee: S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc.
    Inventors: Bartholomeus Mattheus De Roode, Marcel Geerdink
  • Patent number: 9101177
    Abstract: A remote control wireless heated insole system in which address data identifying specific insoles to be heated is provided. Once the heating process is initiated, periodic repeated control signals are generated to cause heating of the insoles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2015
    Assignee: Schawbel Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Ian Nicholson Whitehead, James K. Lynch
  • Patent number: 9100495
    Abstract: A computer system comprising a Web site and/or a cloud array of computers wherein the system is configured to have a connection to a smartphone or other mobile computer device and the system is configured to use the device to control a configuration of computer-controlled footwear structural elements located in footwear soles of a device user, and sensors located in footwear soles of the device user and a sensor including a gyroscope and/or an accelerometer in the device. The system is further configured to control the configuration of footwear structural elements and sensors by using the device and the connection to: transmit data to the system for storage and/or shared or independent processing and/or analysis: process data received from the sensors located in footwear soles of the device user and the sensor in the device; and use the processed data to alter a configuration of the footwear structural elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2015
    Inventor: Frampton E. Ellis
  • Patent number: 9055778
    Abstract: The present invention is related to an article of footwear, namely an interactive activity integrated into the article of footwear. The interactive activity may be operated when the article of footwear is either in motion or stationary. The interactive activity instructs the user to respond. Upon a correct or incorrect response, the interactive activity will provide either further instruction or provide a signal that informs the user of the propriety of their response. The interactive activity may be a music tutorial, a game, or an educational tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2015
    Assignee: SKECHERS U.S.A., INC. II
    Inventors: Scott Kelley, Sam Chou
  • Patent number: 9032647
    Abstract: The invention relates to a shoe with a sole unit, where the sole unit includes a recess for removably receiving a housing of an electronic assembly, for example, an electronic pedometer, an accelerometer, or a speed sensor. Further, the invention relates to a housing for receiving an electronic assembly, for example, a pedometer, an accelerometer, or a speed sensor, where the housing has an outer shape corresponding to the shape of a recess formed in a shoe sole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: adidas AG
    Inventors: James Carnes, Scott Tomlinson, Stephen Michael Vincent
  • Patent number: 8984777
    Abstract: A weighted footwear assembly includes a foot covering including a sole and a perimeter wall attached to and extending upwardly from the sole. The perimeter wall includes an upper, a heel counter and a heel collar extending upwardly from the heel counter. The foot covering includes a back side, a front side, a first lateral side and a second lateral side wherein the front side is configured to cover toes of a foot. A plurality of sleeves is attached to the perimeter wall. Each of a plurality of weights has a size and shape for being received by one of the sleeves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Inventor: Alejandro Garcia-Osuna Polanco
  • Patent number: 8938892
    Abstract: Articles of footwear and footwear systems include modules, e.g., for sensing physical and/or physiological characteristics associated with use of the footwear or for performing other functions. Such systems and methods may use physical or other interaction(s) between the module and the article of footwear for activating and/or deactivating the module and/or sensing devices included with the module, for confirming whether the module and footwear are authorized for use with one another, and/or for automatic data algorithm selection methods. Additionally, such systems and methods also may use the activation and/or authentication systems for the module for data input to the module. Some examples of such systems and methods may utilize magnets and magnetic sensing systems and/or light (or other radiation) sources and sensing systems for activation, authentication, data input, and/or algorithm selection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventor: Charles Whipple Case, Jr.