Light-reflecting Or Illuminating Means Patents (Class 36/137)
  • Patent number: 10595581
    Abstract: A lace adjuster assembly (12) is adapted to selectively adjust a shoelace (11) of a shoe (10) of a user. The lace adjuster assembly (12) comprises a lace adjuster (14) and a feedback assembly (19). The lace adjuster (14) is adapted to selectively adjust the shoelace (11) of the shoe (10) of the user. The feedback assembly (19) is coupled to the lace adjuster (14). Additionally, the feedback assembly (19) is configured to perform one of (i) selectively measuring statistical data of the user during an athletic performance, and (ii) selectively capturing an image of the user during the athletic performance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: FLYCLIP, LLC
    Inventor: Jonathan Nussbaum
  • Patent number: 10395492
    Abstract: A system for presenting a demonstration of the speed of sound, includes a sound source that produces a sound wave; a viewing area positioned at a predetermined distance from the sound source; and a plurality of lights positioned between the sound source and the viewing area, wherein each of the plurality of lights undergoes a visible change, sequentially, from the sound source to the viewing area when a sound wave is produced by the sound source. The rate at which the plurality of lights are visibly changed is substantially equal to the speed of sound such that the sound wave reaches the viewing area at substantially the same time that a light of the plurality of lights that is closest to the viewing area is visibly changed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Inventor: Kelvin Thompson
  • Patent number: 10383389
    Abstract: An article of footwear can include provisions for facilitating the installation of various components such as a lighting apparatus. During manufacture of the article of footwear, the upper and/or sole structure can include a chamber designed to receive the lighting apparatus. The lighting apparatus can be installed in the chamber after manufacture of the article of footwear. In some cases, the lighting apparatus can include provisions for facilitating the installation of the lighting apparatus in the chamber, including a removable handle portion that can help guide the lighting apparatus within the chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Tiffany A. Beers, Andrew A. Owings
  • Patent number: 10356356
    Abstract: A garment having audio-video display capabilities, has a garment body bearing a a video display device. The display device is preferably mounted to a surface of the garment body whereby it cannot be seen unless activated. An audio reproduction device is also mounted to the garment body. Both the video and audio display/reproduction devices are controlled by a microprocessor system likewise mounted to the garment body. The processor system is capable of receiving video and audio data and control signals from a remote source, such as a smartphone, over a wireless communications system, such a Bluetooth system. In addition, the garment may itself have a camera and microphone to allow the wearer to record audio-visual material and display it on the garment system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: CUTE CIRCUIT LLC
    Inventors: Francesca Rosella, Ryan T. Genz
  • Patent number: 10299536
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a sole structure includes providing a plate within a cavity of a mold. The plate includes a base and a rib, and the base includes a first surface and a second surface. The first surface faces the upper, the second surface faces away from the first surface, and the rib projects from the second surface of the base. Moreover, the method includes providing a preform bladder member within the cavity of the mold, wherein the preform bladder member including a first member and a second member. The method additionally includes forming a bladder from the first and second members using the mold. Also, the method includes attaching the first member to the plate using the mold. Attaching the first member to the plate includes shaping the first member according to surfaces of the rib.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Travis K. Ernst, Eric S. Schindler
  • Patent number: 10306726
    Abstract: An article of footwear may have an upper and a sole system secured to the upper. The sole system includes a bladder member with an illumination device. The bladder member is formed from at least a partially transparent or colored outer polymer layer that encloses a fluid. The illumination device is located within the sole system. Light from the illumination device may pass out the sole system by passing through the bladder member, thereby imparting the configuration of an illuminable fluid-filled bladder member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Doug D. Wilken, Parluhutan Siagian
  • Patent number: 10299320
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a light-emitting module using a special circuit design to solve the abnormal breakage of the battery lifetime and comprising a power supply module storing an electrical power; a first sub-circuit and a second sub-circuit, the first sub-circuit comprising a first light-emitting diode module, the second sub-circuit comprising a second light-emitting diode module and a passive component, wherein the passive component is connected with the second light-emitting diode module in series, the lighting color of the first light-emitting module is different from the lighting color of the second light-emitting diode module; and a control module coupled to the power supply module, the first sub-circuit, and the second sub-circuit, for supplying the electrical power with the first sub-circuit and the second sub-circuit and driving the first light-emitting diode module and the second light-emitting diode module to emit light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Inventor: Shen-Ko Tseng
  • Patent number: 10188170
    Abstract: The present invention regards a sole for shoes including an upper surface, in use facing the user, a lower surface, in use facing the ground or the resting surface, and a thickness, wherein the thickness corresponds to a distance between the upper surface and the lower surface, wherein the sole includes at least one signaling means. Such at least one signaling means includes at least one vibrating motor, capable of vibrating inside such sole and/or at least one light device and the sole includes means for receiving-processing a control signal (sc) intended, in use, to receive and process such control signal (sc) and to emit in reply an activation-deactivation signal (S) towards such at least one signaling means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: VIBRAM S.P.A.
    Inventors: Marco Bramani, Claudio Conchieri, Francesco Perrotti
  • Patent number: 10182608
    Abstract: An article of footwear includes an upper assembly with an upper and an upper covering member. The upper covering member includes a lighting panel layer capable of illuminating the upper covering member. A majority of the upper covering member may be configured to illuminate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark J. Smith, Andrew A. Owings
  • Patent number: 10028550
    Abstract: An article of footwear is provided and may include an upper and an outsole. The outsole may be formed from a rigid material and may include a heat-reflective coating opposing the ground during use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Jorge E. Carbo, Jr., Bryan N. Farris
  • Patent number: 10004291
    Abstract: An article of footwear can include provisions for facilitating the installation of various components such as a lighting apparatus. During manufacture of the article of footwear, the upper and/or sole structure can include a chamber designed to receive the lighting apparatus. The lighting apparatus can be installed in the chamber after manufacture of the article of footwear. In some cases, the lighting apparatus can include provisions for facilitating the installation of the lighting apparatus in the chamber, including a removable handle portion that can help guide the lighting apparatus within the chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Tiffany A. Beers, Andrew A. Owings
  • Patent number: 9959854
    Abstract: A performance enhancing device includes a first glove configured to be worn on a first hand of a user. The first glove includes a plurality of finger pockets, at least one pressure sensor secured proximate a distal end of a respective finger pocket and configured to produce an output signal, a processor coupled to the at least one pressure sensor and configured to receive the output signal and translate the output signal to a wireless output signal, and an antenna coupled to the processor and configured to transmit the wireless signal. The performance enhancing device also includes a jacket configured to be worn by the user, where the jacket includes a receiver to receive the wireless output signal, an amplifier coupled to the receiver, and a speaker integrated within the jacket and coupled to the amplifier and configured to produce an audible sound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Inventors: Almasi A. Sims, Tony Hines
  • Patent number: 9863615
    Abstract: A lighting unit is removably inserted into a pocket to create a light effect through use of a light effect material. The lighting unit has a PCB with a first side to which one or more LEDs and a battery are mounted. A clear potting material encloses the PCB, LEDs, and the battery and creates a transparent space proximate an inner surface of the light effect material which maintains the light effect material at a preselected distance from the LEDs so that light emitted from each light emitting die is dispersed by a plurality of dispersive elements in the light effect materials to create the light material viewing effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Inventor: Carmen Rapisarda
  • Patent number: 9861155
    Abstract: An article of footwear can include provisions for facilitating the installation of various components such as a lighting apparatus. During manufacture of the article of footwear, the upper and/or sole structure can include a chamber designed to receive the lighting apparatus. The lighting apparatus can be installed in the chamber after manufacture of the article of footwear. In some cases, the lighting apparatus can include provisions for facilitating the installation of the lighting apparatus in the chamber, including a removable handle portion that can help guide the lighting apparatus within the chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Tiffany A. Beers, Andrew A. Owings
  • Patent number: 9848668
    Abstract: Lighted footwear having a sole member; an illumination system positioned in the sole; and, an upper member providing an illumination path for receiving the light from the illumination system to illuminate at least a first portion of the upper.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Inventor: Roy R. Smith, III
  • Patent number: 9706803
    Abstract: A light effect material is used to create a viewing effect visible to a viewer on the opposite side of the light effect material than one or more LEDs which emit light which is dispersed by dispersive elements on the outer surface of the light effect material. A transparent space is used to space the LEDs apart from the dispersive elements of the light effect material and light emitting dies of the LEDs are substantially parallel to the light effect material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Inventor: Carmen Rapisarda
  • Patent number: 9661894
    Abstract: Systems and methods are described for providing coaching, training, or equipment specification information to individual golfers based on data generated during their individual golf swings. Additionally, data hubs are described that provide information and services to individuals based on data collected for a community of multiple golfers. Such community data hub systems and methods may provide one or more of the following: (a) storage of scoring data, swing data, ball flight data, and/or equipment data for multiple golfers; (b) at least some level of individual access to the stored data for the community; and/or (c) electronic interaction between golfers within the community.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: James A. Niegowski, Mario A. Lafortune
  • Patent number: 9618193
    Abstract: A docking system for the interchangeable attachment of personal devices such as lights, electronic devices, popular survival and safety equipment and the like, to the outer face of an article of clothing. It has a pair of discs held in a parallel, spaced arrangement by a pair of opposing stanchions so that a slot is created between the disks and the stanchions. Into this slot may be inserted an engageable tab connected normally to an arm that is affixed to, or extends from a personal device, such as an emergency light. The emergency light has a plethora of lighting modes that regulate which of the numerous disposed LEDs will be illuminated and in what pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Inventor: Jeremy William Lord
  • Patent number: 9535285
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a direct-type backlight module and a display apparatus. The direct-type backlight module may comprise: a backplane; a plurality of LED lamps distributed in an array which are positioned on the backplane; a diffusion plate above the plurality of LED lamps; and multiple optical fibers connecting two adjacent LED lamps of the plurality of LED lamps, each optical fiber being provided with a plurality of light transmission openings distributed at intervals towards the diffusion plate along its extension direction. Wherein part of light emitted from each LED lamp can be propagated along the optical fiber and transmitted to the diffusion plate via the light transmission openings. The direct-type backlight module directs part of the light emitted from the LED lamps through the plurality of light transmission openings to the diffusion plate using the optical fibers, which changes the LED lamps in the form of point light sources into area light sources.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignees: BOE TECHNOLOGY GROUP CO., LTD., BEIJING BOE VISION-ELECTRONIC TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Xiao Zhang, Jianmin He
  • Patent number: 9498016
    Abstract: A lighting shoe includes a power generating device. When a user steps on or presses the lighting shoe, the power generating device bears an external force and generates an inducted current or charge by electromagnetic induction or piezoelectric characteristic to supply the LED to light. To be suitable for the thickness, the electrical requirement, or the cost of the lighting shoe, various similar power generating devices are disclosed to match the shoes in the present invention. The lighting shoe of the invention can increase the identification rate in the night, and improve the traffic safety of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Inventor: Shen-Ko Tseng
  • Patent number: 9365387
    Abstract: A tensioning system for articles of footwear and articles of apparel is disclosed. The tensioning system includes a tensioning member that is tightened or loosened using a motorized tensioning device for winding and unwinding the tensioning member on a spool. The tensioning system may be used with various sensors to determine how the motorized tensioning device should be controlled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Tiffany A. Beers, Andrew A. Owings, Cody Collier Henderson, James Alan Capra, Mark Stanley Soderberg, Daniel Hipwood
  • Patent number: 9301574
    Abstract: An illumination system is housed in a footwear, the footwear including a sole and an upper. An interfacing layer and a liner form inner interior layers connected to the upper. A plurality of illumination sources are electrically connected to a power source and positioned adjacent to the liner. The illumination sources are positioned between the liner and upper. The upper has a light diffusing section. The light emitted from the plurality of illumination sources is diffused as it passes through the light diffusing section of the upper. Aesthetic designs can be creating, either through the arrangement of the plurality of illumination sources or the provision of a light impermeable section on the upper. The light impermeable section, in combination with the light diffusion section, can be used to form or outline an aesthetic design. The result is an internally illuminated footwear with diffused light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Inventor: Roy Robert Smith, III
  • Patent number: 9214077
    Abstract: A locator assembly is provided. The locator assembly includes an article of wear and a location sending device embedded in the article of wear. A bio-related electric generator is connected to the location sending device for providing power for the location sending device. A system for locating a person and a locating method are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2015
    Assignee: Location Labs, Inc.
    Inventor: Andrew Weiss
  • Patent number: 9192816
    Abstract: An article of footwear includes an upper member and a sole structure, with a sensor system connected to the sole structure. The sensor system includes a plurality of sensors that are configured for detecting forces exerted by a user's foot on the sensor. The sensor system also includes a port that is configured to receive a module to place the module in communication with the sensors. The port includes a housing with a chamber configured to receive the module and an interface engaged with the housing and having at least one electrical contact exposed to the chamber. Additional retaining structure and interface structure may be included.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Assignee: Nike, Inc.
    Inventors: James Molyneux, Jordan M. Rice, Aaron B. Weast, Jeffrey J. Hebert, Joseph B. Horrell, Jonathan B. Knight, Martine W. Stillman, Dane R. Weitmann
  • Patent number: 9015965
    Abstract: The sole section of a shoe includes a midsole and an outsole, with the midsole being made from a translucent material. An illumination system is located inside the translucent midsole, causing the translucent midsole to be internally illuminated when the illumination system is active. Due to the translucent nature of the midsole light from the illumination system reflects internally throughout the midsole, increasing illumination. The light will also illuminate adjacent translucent components, such as the outsole if it is also made from a translucent material. Light from the illumination system can be blocked, such as by an opaque outsole or colored mold injection, and used to form an illuminated design or logo. By blacking out or covering sections of the translucent midsole, shapes and letters of visible light can be created in the negative space of the obstruction sections. This allows illuminated designs to easily be incorporated into footwear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Inventor: Roy Robert Smith, III
  • Patent number: 9011971
    Abstract: A shoe ornament structure, comprises: a base layer, a sub-base layer, a ground color layer, a ornamental layer, a blocking wall and a transparent layer. The ground color layer has a predetermined thickness and is formed on the sub-base layer. The ornamental layer is formed with different grains or color or materials and located on the ground color layer. The blocking wall of a height 0.5-0.7 mm is formed on ornamental layer, and the transparent layer is formed in the area defined by the blocking wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Dah Lih Puh Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jui-Fen Shiao
  • Patent number: 8992038
    Abstract: An illumination system is housed in a footwear, the footwear including a sole and an upper. A structure and a liner form inner layers connected to the upper. A plurality of illumination sources are electrically connected to a power source and positioned adjacent to the liner. The illumination sources are positioned between the liner and upper. A batting is designed to be light diffusing, while the upper has a light diffusing section. The light emitted from the plurality of illumination sources is diffused as it passes through the batting and light diffusing section. Aesthetic designs can be creating, either through the arrangement of the plurality of illumination sources or the provision of a light impermeable section on the upper. The light impermeable section, in combination with the light diffusion section, can be used to form or outline an aesthetic design. The result is an internally illuminated footwear with diffused light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Inventor: Roy Robert Smith, III
  • Patent number: 8982150
    Abstract: A system for advertising on footwear by displaying promotional content on an electronic display of the footwear and wherein the promotional content being displayed occupies 25% to 100% of the outer surface of the footwear. Additionally, the content can be displayed according to a plurality of conditions including time of day, rate of motion of the footwear and environmental lighting conditional around the footwear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Inventors: David Odland, Kathryn Odland
  • Patent number: 8950089
    Abstract: The present application relates to an insulation pack in a wearable article, such as a footwear article. In one example embodiment, the insulation pack includes a perforated air retention and communication layer, an insulating compressible layer, and a reflective layer. In a compressed state, when the wearable article is worn by a wearer, the perforated air retention and communication layer and the insulating compressible layer maintain a lofted air space which is in air communication with an inner body space of the wearable article and acts as an insulating layer. Further, the reflective layer reflects radiated body heat. Thus, the insulation pack may provide a heat retention and insulation system for the wearable article by reducing body heat lost via radiation and conduction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Keen, Inc.
    Inventors: Bryan Youngs, Blaine Conrad
  • 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.
  • Publication number: 20140373395
    Abstract: Footwear 9, e.g. a Trainer, comprises an Upper 1 and a Sole 2a, serves as a mounting means for a Control Panel with Touchscreen capability 3, and Qwerty Keyboard 4, with a Controller 3b under control panel 3, located in Upper 1, and an L.C.D., L.E.D., or O.L.E.D. Display Screen 2b, located in Cavity 2c, cut out of 2a to allow screen depth that is flexible and goes completely round the Sole 2a, 2b is supported by 2c and Sole 2a, displaying moving text and graphics in optional settings. The Display screen 2b is controlled by Screen 3 or 4, and has solar power capability 6, as does screen 12. A USB Port 7, in upper 1, recharges built in Battery 11, and also a battery light indicator 8. A battery 11, a controller 13, and an extra display screen 12, which can be controlled by 2d, 13, 3, 4.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 13, 2011
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Inventor: Bonnie Patricia White
  • Patent number: 8857078
    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 may include an authentication or activation system for providing power or otherwise determining the connection of a sensor in the article of footwear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: William E. Berner, Jr., Albert Shum, Charles W. Case, Jr., Allan M. Schrock, James A. Niegowski, William F. Rauchholz
  • Patent number: 8813395
    Abstract: An article of footwear may include an upper and a sole structure secured to the upper. The upper includes at least one illuminable strand located to be visible from an exterior of the article of footwear. In some configurations, the upper includes a power source at least partially embedded within the upper and electrically-coupled to the illuminable strand. In another configuration, the upper includes a foundation layer and a cover layer that are secured to each other, and the illuminable strand is located between the foundation layer and the cover layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Tiffany A. Beers, Jeffrey C. Spanks
  • Publication number: 20140196318
    Abstract: A footwear covering system includes a piece of footwear having a sole with a perimeter boundary material and a footwear cover attached to the piece of footwear. The footwear cover includes an attachment device, a sheath attached to the resilient clamp and forming an elongate arcuate cover and indicia on the sheath portraying the face of a character. The attachment device may include a snap-fit connector and/or a resilient clamp with an inner surface with grippers, the resilient clamp being shaped to conform with the perimeter boundary material of the sole of the piece of footwear. The footwear cover may include a battery compartment housing a battery, and in some embodiments the snap-fit connector comprises conductors that establish an electrical connection when the snap-fit connector is mated with a complementary connector on the piece of footwear.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 6, 2012
    Publication date: July 17, 2014
    Inventor: Johann B. Verheem
  • Patent number: 8752310
    Abstract: The sole section of a shoe includes a midsole and an outsole, with the midsole being made from a translucent material. An illumination system is located inside the translucent midsole, causing the translucent midsole to be internally illuminated when the illumination system is active. Due to the translucent nature of the midsole light from the illumination system reflects internally throughout the midsole, increasing illumination. The light will also illuminate adjacent translucent components, such as the outsole if it is also made from a translucent material. Light from the illumination system can be blocked, such as by an opaque outsole or colored mold injection, and used to form an illuminated design or logo. By blacking out or covering sections of the translucent midsole, shapes and letters of visible light can be created in the negative space of the obstruction sections. This allows illuminated designs to easily be incorporated into footwear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Inventor: Roy Robert Smith, III
  • Publication number: 20140157632
    Abstract: In one embodiment, the Illuminated Shoe incorporates an Illumination Apparatus System. The base comprises a peripheral housing member and a sole. The PCB film upon which a plurality of individual LED lights are affixed and through which a battery is in communication. The PCB can also be used to assemble the LED lights for positioning on the sides of the shoes in a similar fashion as the soles. The peripheral housing member encases the sole. It should be noted that the illuminated shoe can be fabricated in a panoply of different styles such as high-top basketball shoes, or low-rise tennis shoes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 7, 2012
    Publication date: June 12, 2014
    Inventor: Jill Kim
  • Publication number: 20140144050
    Abstract: The sole section of a shoe includes a midsole and an outsole, with the midsole being made from a translucent material. An illumination system is located inside the translucent midsole, causing the translucent midsole to be internally illuminated when the illumination system is active. Due to the translucent nature of the midsole light from the illumination system reflects internally throughout the midsole, increasing illumination. The light will also illuminate adjacent translucent components, such as the outsole if it is also made from a translucent material. Light from the illumination system can be blocked, such as by an opaque outsole or colored mold injection, and used to form an illuminated design or logo. By blacking out or covering sections of the translucent midsole, shapes and letters of visible light can be created in the negative space of the obstruction sections. This allows illuminated designs to easily be incorporated into footwear.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 29, 2012
    Publication date: May 29, 2014
    Inventor: Roy Robert Smith, III
  • Patent number: 8713822
    Abstract: The present invention features a path lighting system integrated with a slipper for wearing a foot of a user. The system features a slipper. A slipper sole is located on a slipper sole plane. The system features a rechargeable power supply located in the slipper sole close to a slipper anterior end. A charging port is located on a slipper sole side edge. The system features a power switch. The system features a light located on a slipper top close to the slipper anterior end. The light is located on a light plane and projects a light beam on the light plane. The light plane is parallel to the slipper sole plane. The light is located in a light housing that is integrated into and contiguous with the slipper top.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Inventor: Evelyn R. Shipp
  • Patent number: 8683719
    Abstract: A sandal includes a footwear body, one affixing strap and an illumination arrangement. The footwear body has top surface, a bottom surface, and a plurality of light cavities formed on the top surface of the footwear body. The affixing strap has a plurality of light admissible end portions and a body portion extended between the light admissible end portions, wherein the light admissible end portions are mounted in the light cavities respectively. The illumination arrangement is provided in the footwear body, and includes a plurality of illumination units mounted in the light cavities of the footwear body to generate illumination toward the light admissible end portions of the affixing strap respectively for illuminating the sandal in a predetermined illumination pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: Modit Footwear Corp.
    Inventor: Johnson Chen
  • Publication number: 20140075785
    Abstract: An article of footwear may have an upper and a sole structure secured to the upper. The upper includes an illuminable panel and a plurality of strands positioned to extend adjacent and parallel to the illuminable panel. The illuminable panel has a surface with a covered area and an exposed area. The covered area includes a substantially opaque covering, and the exposed area is at least partially visible from the exterior of the footwear. The strands are located to correspond with the exposed area of the illuminable panel. Light from the exposed area of the illuminable panel may enhance, highlight, or otherwise increase the visibility of the strands or areas of the upper that include the strands.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 16, 2013
    Publication date: March 20, 2014
    Applicant: Nike, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey C. Spanks, Tiffany A. Beers
  • Publication number: 20140068974
    Abstract: An article of footwear may have an upper and a sole structure secured to the upper. The upper includes an illuminable panel and a plurality of strands positioned to extend adjacent and parallel to the illuminable panel. The illuminable panel has a surface with a covered area and an exposed area. The covered area includes a substantially opaque covering, and the exposed area is at least partially visible from the exterior of the footwear. The strands are located to correspond with the exposed area of the illuminable panel. Light from the exposed area of the illuminable panel may enhance, highlight, or otherwise increase the visibility of the strands or areas of the upper that include the strands.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 16, 2013
    Publication date: March 13, 2014
    Applicant: Nike, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey C. Spanks, Tiffany A. Beers
  • Publication number: 20140059894
    Abstract: An indicator for a heated article of footwear that includes an outer shell and a removable inner liner is described. The inner liner includes a heating system with an indicator disposed on a forefoot region of the inner liner. The heating system is integrated within the inner liner and is removable with the inner liner from the outer shell. A viewing window is disposed on the outer shell at a location corresponding to the indicator located on the inner liner. With this arrangement, the status condition of the heating system on the inner liner may be communicated to a wearer of the article through the viewing window from within the interior of the article.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 29, 2012
    Publication date: March 6, 2014
    Applicant: Nike, Inc.
    Inventors: Jaroslav J. Lupinek, Patricia L. Smaldone
  • Patent number: 8641220
    Abstract: A display apparatus for lighted footwear, having a spring switch, a battery-powered integrated circuit sealingly encapsulated, a plurality of illuminators, and a wiring harness connecting the illuminators to points of the integrated circuit, the integrated circuit being configured for activating the illuminators in a sequential pattern that can include repeated activation cycles when the spring switch is subjected to an effective acceleration. The display apparatus preferably includes the battery being sealingly encapsulated together with the spring switch and the integrated circuit; an ON/OFF switch can be included for selectively producing a deep sleep state of the integrated circuit that is unresponsive to the spring switch. Also disclosed is footwear incorporating the display apparatus, wherein the encapsulated enclosure is located within a sole heel portion of the shoe, and the illuminators are distributed on the footwear for external view.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: Fujian Yibao Optoelectronics Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jiayang Lin
  • Publication number: 20130333250
    Abstract: An article of footwear may include an upper and a sole structure secured to the upper. The upper includes at least one illuminable strand located to be visible from an exterior of the article of footwear. In some configurations, the upper includes a power source at least partially embedded within the upper and electrically-coupled to the illuminable strand. In another configuration, the upper includes a foundation layer and a cover layer that are secured to each other, and the illuminable strand is located between the foundation layer and the cover layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 30, 2013
    Publication date: December 19, 2013
    Inventors: Tiffany A. Beers, Jeffrey C. Spanks
  • Patent number: 8595959
    Abstract: A piece of footwear includes ornamental protrusions made to resemble toes. The toe-shaped protrusions stick out beyond the user's toes and may include toenails or other designs. Decorations on the surface of the toes, such as lights or removable ornaments, augment the toes' design. The decorations may take the form of lights within the protrusions that activate selectively in response to the wearer's movement. The lights may be visible within recesses in the protrusions or through transparent or translucent coverings over the protrusions. The decorations may also take the form of self-adhesive ornaments such as stickers or gems that are provided to the user, allowing the user to customize the look of the toe protrusions through selection and positioning of the ornaments thereon. Ornaments may also include symbols which can be arranged to convey a message selected by the user. Ornaments may be removed and replaced or interchanged as desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Inventor: Doug Shepherd
  • Patent number: 8584382
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an insole, in particular for a sports shoe, and shoe comprising an electronic chip. In order to provide a shoe, in particular a sports shoe, with an electronic chip in a more cost efficient way compared to the prior art, wherein the chip can easily be replaced or removed in case of failure or for recycling, the invention provides an insole, in particular for a sports shoe, wherein the insole comprises an electronic chip. The insole may be fitted into any kinds of shoes and may be readily replaced or removed, as is not an inherent part of the shoe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Assignee: Cairos Technologies AG
    Inventor: Christian Holzer
  • Patent number: 8544197
    Abstract: An article of footwear may have an upper and a sole structure secured to the upper. The upper includes an illuminable panel and a plurality of strands positioned to extend adjacent and parallel to the illuminable panel. The illuminable panel has a surface with a covered area and an exposed area. The covered area includes a substantially opaque covering, and the exposed area is at least partially visible from the exterior of the footwear. The strands are located to correspond with the exposed area of the illuminable panel. Light from the exposed area of the illuminable panel may enhance, highlight, or otherwise increase the visibility of the strands or areas of the upper that include the strands.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey C. Spanks, Tiffany A. Beers
  • Publication number: 20130239441
    Abstract: A sandal includes a footwear body, one affixing strap and an illumination arrangement. The footwear body has top surface, a bottom surface, and a plurality of light cavities formed on the top surface of the footwear body. The affixing strap has a plurality of light admissible end portions and a body portion extended between the light admissible end portions, wherein the light admissible end portions are mounted in the light cavities respectively. The illumination arrangement is provided in the footwear body, and includes a plurality of illumination units mounted in the light cavities of the footwear body to generate illumination toward the light admissible end portions of the affixing strap respectively for illuminating the sandal in a predetermined illumination pattern.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 19, 2012
    Publication date: September 19, 2013
    Inventor: Johnson Chen
  • Patent number: 8528235
    Abstract: An article of footwear with a lighting system is disclosed. The lighting system includes three lighting devices disposed on the article of footwear. The lighting system is also associated with an automatic fastening system. The lighting system is configured to control a lighting device based on information received from the automatic fastening system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Tiffany A. Beers, Michael R. Friton, Tinker L. Hatfield
  • Publication number: 20130219754
    Abstract: Shoe comprises an upper part and a sole. One or more of the upper part and the sole comprise one or more lights that display an indication of a lifespan of the shoe.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 29, 2012
    Publication date: August 29, 2013
    Applicant: Indicators, LLC
    Inventors: Russell J. Nowak, Donald L. Nudi