Distance And Human Activity (e.g., Pedometer, Nonpowered Golf Carts) Patents (Class 377/24.2)
  • Publication number: 20080310579
    Abstract: The present invention includes a system and method for monitoring a user's pace and providing an indication of the user's average pace in conjunction with performing an activity. The method according to one embodiment of the present invention includes monitoring a user's pace relating to the performance of the activity and calculating pace data relating the user. In response to a first signal, the method stores the pace data and in response to a second signal retrieves the pace data. The method then calculates an assistance pace for the user over a defined time interval and transmits an output signal reflecting the assistance pace based the pace data, such as in the example of a golf club assisting in the swinging pace of the golf club.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2008
    Publication date: December 18, 2008
    Inventor: Andre P. Boezaart
  • Patent number: 7460633
    Abstract: A pedometer or other portable electronic device may include substantially triangular first and second sections hinged together along a diagonal. A storage compartment is provided in one or both of the sections. The storage compartment may be accessed when the first section is pivoted open relative to the second section. A belt or pocket clip may be provided on the back of the first or second section. If used, the clip may extend in a direction substantially parallel to the hinge. A display, and control switches are provided for interaction with the electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2008
    Assignee: Dard Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Bonni Shevin Sandy
  • Patent number: 7428471
    Abstract: A user in locomotion on foot during an outing may identify a grade of a surface with at least one device supported by the user. A performance parameter of the user may be determined with the device based upon the grade of the surface, which may be based upon a measured physiological parameter of the user. An average foot contact time and an average pace of a user during a first outing may be identified and a relationship between them may be determined. No other average foot contact times or average paces identified during a different outing may be used to define the relationship. A single user-specific calibration contestant may define a relationship between foot contact times of a user and corresponding paces of the user, wherein no other user-specific calibration constants are used to define the relationship.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2008
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Jesse Darley, Thomas P. Blackadar
  • Patent number: 7428472
    Abstract: A device supported by a user while the user is in locomotion on foot during an outing may monitor a performance parameter of the user. The performance parameter may comprise a pace and/or a speed of the user. Prior to the outing, the device may be configured to specify a first interval and second interval, corresponding to a first and second performance zone, respectively, for the outing. Each performance zone may be different from one another and each zone may comprise one of a zone of paces and a zone of speeds. During the first interval, an action may be taken with the device in response to determining that the monitored performance parameter has fallen outside of the first performance zone. During the second interval, an action may be taken with the device in response to determining that the monitored performance parameter has fallen outside the second performance zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2008
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Jesse Darley, Thomas P. Blackadar
  • Publication number: 20080203144
    Abstract: The present invention relates, in general, to shoes for measuring the quantity of motion and a method of measuring the quantity of motion using the shoes and, more particularly, to artificial intelligence shoes, in which various numerical values (calorie consumption, body fat, and a pulse), measured by a walking sensor (23), a body fat measurement unit, and a pulse sensor (21) mounted in a shoe body, are displayed in real time on a display unit (32), so that a user can periodically check his or her quantity of motion, and in which calorie consumption and body fat are calculated on the basis of the user's body conditions, so that the precision thereof is high, and such quantity of motion numerical values can be transmitted to various types of external devices, thus enabling the user to periodically manage the quantity of motion thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2006
    Publication date: August 28, 2008
    Applicant: AISON CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Hee-Suk Kim
  • Publication number: 20080099523
    Abstract: A structure for a housing case with a stepometer is provided, including a housing case and a stepometer integrated on the housing case. The housing case includes a housing space for housing an item, such as mobile phone, MP3 player, glasses, that the user will constantly retrieve. The housing case includes a foldable upper cover. When folded, the upper cover closed the housing space. The stepometer is located on the upper cover. The housing case also includes a connection element on the back so that the user can fasten the housing case on the waist. The present invention provides the user with a housing case for housing a portable item as well as a stepometer to keep track of own walking activity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2006
    Publication date: May 1, 2008
    Inventor: Eagle Fan
  • Publication number: 20080056429
    Abstract: An acceleration sensor outputs a walk signal having a charge corresponding to a walk. The walk signal is converted by charge-voltage conversion means into a voltage walk signal, removed of noise by filter means, amplified by amplification means and converted by binarization means into a digital signal, followed by being inputted to a CPU. The CPU performs open-close control of switches, such that the walking pitch, calculated based on the walk signal, comes within a predetermined walking pitch range stored in the storage means thereby controlling the gain of the amplification means and controlling the walk detection sensitivity properly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 23, 2007
    Publication date: March 6, 2008
    Inventor: Keisuke Tsubata
  • Patent number: 7305323
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for counting the steps taken by a walker is provide. The method includes detecting an acceleration value generated by a step taken by a walker at every first stated interval, calculating a standard deviation of detected acceleration values at every second stated interval, determining a walking mode corresponding to the calculated standard deviation among first through Nth walking modes as a walking pattern of the walker, in which N is a positive integer that is larger than 1, checking if there is at least one absolute value that is larger than a threshold acceleration value corresponding to the determined walking mode among the absolute values of the detected acceleration values, and incrementing a count value as a step taken by the walker if there is at least one absolute value that is larger than the threshold acceleration value among the absolute values of the detected acceleration values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2007
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Vladimir Skvortsov, Ji-hyun Choi, Kun-soo Shin, Hyun-tai Hwang
  • Patent number: 7297088
    Abstract: To enhance precision in measurement of the number of steps even when a walk cycle changes. An acceleration detecting portion outputs a walk signal corresponding to a walk of a user detected by a walk sensor. A step number counting portion of a counting portion counts each signal which is judged to be beyond a first reference cycle range by a walk cycle comparing portion among signals from the acceleration detecting portion as the number of steps for one step, and when an extra-regulation step number processing portion judges that a predetermined number of signals each within a second reference cycle range among the signals each beyond the first reference cycle range is continuously outputted, counts the predetermined number of signals as the predetermined number of steps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2007
    Assignee: Seiko Instruments Inc.
    Inventor: Tomoharu Tsuji
  • 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
  • Patent number: 7023422
    Abstract: A simple structure is provided for a cell accommodating portion of a device, in which a cover of the device is closed whether the device is being used or unused, and a cell lid of the device is prevented from being disengaged from the device. In a structure for a cell accommodating portion of a device, a protrusion piece provided on a cell lid is positioned inside the cover thereof under a condition, where the cell lid for covering the cell accommodating portion of the device, which consists of a body and an openable and closeable cover, is engaged with the device when the cover is closed. As a result, the cell lid is prohibited from sliding on the device and is prevented from being disengaged from the device for as long as the cover is closed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2006
    Assignee: Tanita Corporation
    Inventor: Yoshinori Haraguchi
  • Patent number: 6961401
    Abstract: A portable device, such as a pedometer or other device having a display portion that may be separated from an attachment portion for easier viewing. When separated, the display portion remains connected to the attachment portion to facilitate ease of re-attachment and for maintaining both parts of the device in an interconnected relationship. The attachment portion is removably connectable to a wearer. The display portion is extendably and retractably connected to the attachment module. A spring biased spool is provided in the attachment module to take up and release line connecting the display module to the attachment module. The display module has a receptacle formed on the back thereof. The attachment module has a protrusion extending from a back thereof for mating engagement with the receptacle when the display module and attachment module are in a retracted position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2005
    Assignee: Sportcraft, Ltd.
    Inventors: Michael Nally, Mark Schulz
  • Patent number: 6940784
    Abstract: A hand held lap indicator for indicating a lap number to a swimmer in a pool includes a casing having a front surface, a rear surface and a handle portion. The front surface provides a lap indicating display operable to display a lap indicating number to the swimmer. The handle portion includes at least one button which is actuatable to at least advance the lap indicating number in response to a manual input by the user or holder of the lap indicator. The lap indicator may include a timing device and may be operable to display a timing output to the swimmer. The rear surface of the casing preferably includes a last lap indicating panel, such that when the user flips the lap indicator around, the last lap indicating panel indicates to the swimmer that the swimmer is on the final lap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2005
    Inventor: Lynn S. Benson
  • Patent number: 6836524
    Abstract: A pedometer for detecting vibrations in a direction of motion is disclosed. The architecture of the device includes a main body, a vibration detector, and a counting circuit. The counting circuit is connected to the vibration detector and the counting circuit and vibration detector are installed inside the main body. Since the vibration detector is disposed orthogonal to the direction of motion, the vibration detector is able to detect the smallest vibration in the direction of motion and outputs a pulse signal to the counting circuit. The counting circuit includes a signal amplifier circuit, a signal detection circuit, and a processor. This pedometer is capable of picking up weak vibration signals to take an accurate count of the jogger's pace.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2004
    Assignee: Lico Electronic Corp.
    Inventor: Yo-Hong Lee
  • Patent number: 6823036
    Abstract: A wristwatch-typed pedometer with wireless heartbeat signal receiving device includes a watch casing with a watch band for fitting to a user's wrist, a wireless heartbeat detector for detecting a heartbeat of the user and generating and transmitting a heartbeat signal wirelessly, and a pace signal sensor which is disposed in the watch casing for detecting a pace of the user and generating a pace signal. When a user puts on the wristwatch-typed pedometer and performs exercise, the heartbeat signal from the heartbeat detector is received by a wireless heartbeat receiving circuit of a control circuit and transmitted to a data processing unit. Moreover, the pace signal from the pace signal sensor is transmitted to the data processing unit via a pace signal receiving circuit of the control circuit. The data processing unit calculates and processes, and transmits the heartbeat signal and pace signal to a display unit for displaying.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2004
    Inventor: Yu-Yu Chen
  • Patent number: 6744375
    Abstract: A device for determining and displaying travel data of a user of a sports equipment which has contact with the ground, comprises a first microcontroller associated with the sports equipment for at least recording or partially processing travel data of the sports equipment based on an interaction between the sports equipment and the ground; and a transmitter for transmitting the travel data to a receiver having a display. The receiver has a second microcontroller for at least further processing or displaying the partially processed travel data. The transmitter only transmits within defined transmitting intervals such that between the intervals when the transmitter is not transmitting, the transmitter is switched off. The receiver is synchronized with the such that the receiver is switched on only when the transmitter is expected to transmit and switched off when transmission is not expected from the transmitter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2004
    Inventor: Daniel Groos
  • Patent number: 6674832
    Abstract: A pedometer including a pedometer body having a measuring mechanism that makes a measurement of a number of steps walked and a display that shows the measurement result; an illumination lamp and a battery installed in the pedometer body; a window provided in the pedometer body so as to allow the light of the illumination lamp to illuminate the outside of the pedometer body; and a power switch provided on the pedometer body and operable from the outside so as to turn on and off the illumination lamp.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2004
    Assignee: Tokyo Compass Mfg. Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Toshikazu Yusa
  • Patent number: 6658079
    Abstract: An electronic pedometer to accurately measure stride length of a walker includes a processing unit with an ultrasonic sound wave receiver attached to one foot and an ultrasonic sound wave generator attached to the other foot. Pressure sensitive switches close when each foot makes a step, providing signals to the processing unit to record the number of strides. The processing unit computes stride length by calculating distances using the ultrasonic sound waves.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2003
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Lee Macklin, Jessica Kraemer
  • Patent number: 6560903
    Abstract: An apparatus to be secured to a person or an article of clothing includes a housing, at least one retaining member, and an elastic member. The housing is adapted to house at least one item. The at least one retaining member is supported by the housing. The elastic member is releasably engageable with the at least one retaining member and is adapted to stretchably encompass at least a portion of the person or article of clothing and to secure the housing to the person or article of clothing when engaged with the at least one retaining member. A method for securing a housing to a person or an article of clothing involves providing a housing and an elastic member, the housing having at least one retaining member supported thereby. The elastic member is wrapped about at least a portion of the person or article of clothing and is stretched.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2003
    Assignee: Personal Electronic Devices, Inc.
    Inventor: Jesse Darley
  • 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: 20030021372
    Abstract: A pedometer including a pedometer body having a measuring mechanism that makes a measurement of a number of steps walked and a display that shows the measurement result; an illumination lamp and a battery installed in the pedometer body; a window provided in the pedometer body so as to allow the light of the illumination lamp to illuminate the outside of the pedometer body; and a power switch provided on the pedometer body and operable from the outside so as to turn on and off the illumination lamp.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 26, 2002
    Publication date: January 30, 2003
    Applicant: Tokyo Compass Mfg. Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Toshikazu Yusa
  • 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: 6434212
    Abstract: The pedometer having improved accuracy by calculating actual stride lengths of a user based on relative stride rates. The pedometer includes a waist or leg mounted stride counter, a transmitter for transmitting data to a wrist-mounted display unit, and a data processor for calculating necessary base units and actual stride rates and lengths. The pedometer can also interact with a heart monitoring device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2002
    Inventor: Nathan Pyles
  • Patent number: 6418181
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method and a measuring arrangement for determining the speed of a runner, walker or another moving and living object by a measuring arrangement. In the actual determination of speed during use the method comprises measuring at least one measurement variable which is directly or indirectly related to the object's stepping and dependent on the speed of movement of the moving and living object. An essential feature of the method is that, before the actual determination of speed during use, the dependence between the measurement variable and the speed is at least once taught to the measuring arrangement as a formula by means of user-specific teaching information, the formula being used for the actual determination of speed during use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2002
    Assignee: Polar Electro Oy
    Inventor: Seppo Nissilä
  • Patent number: 6357655
    Abstract: A stand-alone, mechanical, measuring wheel apparatus with a wheel and odometer. The apparatus is quickly, easily and removably attached to a golf cart by a simple attachment. The attachment, itself, is comprised of a simple clamp arrangement which is also easily attached and removed from a golf cart. The invention apparatus is stand-alone and does not require any modifications to the golf cart.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2002
    Inventor: John R. Ralli
  • 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: 6349126
    Abstract: A pedometer determines that the user does not wear the pedometer when the current number of steps is not more than a prescribed set value, not to employ the data of the current number of steps on the day the user does not wear the pedometer for calculating an average number of steps. If the current number of steps is in excess of the set value, the pedometer determines that the user wears the pedometer for adding the current number of steps to the total number of steps, adding 1 to the number of days and dividing the total number of steps by the number of days for calculating an average number of steps per day. Consequently, a pedometer having a function of displaying the average number of steps per day, which can not only maintain correctness of the average number of steps but also keep the user interested in exercise even if the user forgets wearing the pedometer, can be provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2002
    Assignee: Omron Corporation
    Inventors: Hiroshi Ogawa, Munehiro Kitamura, Masazumi Kihira, Koji Maehashi
  • Publication number: 20010043664
    Abstract: A bracelet for counting calories is formed by a plurality of counting beads each having an aperture there through. A monofilament line is threaded in a looping manner through the aperture of each counting bead such that the line overlaps itself within the aperture. Using this configuration and a freespace along the line, the counting beads may be selectively slid along the length of the line and retained in position, permitting the wearer to keep track of daily calorie intake by the movement and placement of the beads. A plurality of summing beads are also included and these are strung one per every five counting beads. This way, the counting beads are assigned an associative value of 100 calories per bead and are subdivided into groups of 500 calories by inter-positioned summing beads.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 27, 2001
    Publication date: November 22, 2001
    Inventor: Katherine Grant
  • Publication number: 20010031031
    Abstract: A pedometer determines that the user does not wear the pedometer when the current number of steps is not more than a prescribed set value, not to employ the data of the current number of steps on the day the user does not wear the pedometer for calculating an average number of steps. If the current number of steps is in excess of the set value, the pedometer determines that the user wears the pedometer for adding the current number of steps to the total number of steps, adding 1 to the number of days and dividing the total number of steps by the number of days for calculating an average number of steps per day. Consequently, a pedometer having a function of displaying the average number of steps per day, which can not only maintain correctness of the average number of steps but also keep the user interested in exercise even if the user forgets wearing the pedometer, can be provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 12, 2001
    Publication date: October 18, 2001
    Inventors: Hiroshi Ogawa, Munehiro Kitamura, Masazumi Kihira, Koji Maehashi
  • Publication number: 20010022828
    Abstract: The pedometer having improved accuracy by being calibrated to actual user stride lengths and stride rates, and being recalibrated as necessary based on subsequent actual stride rates and lengths. The pedometer can also interact with a heart monitoring device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 19, 2001
    Publication date: September 20, 2001
    Inventor: Nathan Pyles
  • Patent number: 6175608
    Abstract: The pedometer having improved accuracy by calculating actual stride lengths of a user based on relative stride rates. The pedometer includes a waist or leg mounted stride counter, a transmitter for transmitting data to a wrist-mounted display unit, and a data processor for calculating necessary base units and actual stride rates and lengths. The pedometer can also interact with a heart monitoring device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 1998
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2001
    Assignee: KnowMo LLC
    Inventors: Nathan Pyles, Joel M. Macht, Chen Shui-Jung