Physical Education Patents (Class 434/247)
  • Patent number: 9764213
    Abstract: Described herein are methods and apparatuses for simulating golf. For example, described herein is a system for simulating a golf game. The system includes a simulator with a golf ball launch area and a display and an exercise device. The exercise device and simulator are connected to a computer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: Full Swing Golf, Inc.
    Inventor: Daniel Antonio Nicora
  • Patent number: 9750978
    Abstract: A gait training apparatus includes: a walking assistance device that is attached to a leg portion of a user and assists walking of the user; a peripheral device used for gait training of the user; a control unit that controls the walking assistance device and the peripheral device; and a switching unit that switches the control unit between a cooperative control mode for performing a cooperative control of the walking assistance device and the peripheral device based on information output from the walking assistance device, and an operation mode for controlling the peripheral device based on set operation information. When the control unit is switched to the operation mode by the switching unit, the control unit executes the control of the peripheral device even when the control unit is in a non-connected state with the walking assistance device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Inventors: Issei Nakashima, Hiroshi Shimada, Masayuki Takashima, Masayuki Imaida, Hitoshi Konosu
  • Patent number: 9747572
    Abstract: An exercise support device of the present invention includes a detecting section which detects motion data related to a motion status of a user performing an exercise and an swing-angle obtaining section which obtains an swing angle of the user and an information notifying section which notifies the user of exercise support information for guiding the swing angle to a suitable angle. When the user is in a specific motion state with an swing motion of a part which is an arm or a leg of the user, the swing-angle obtaining section successively tracks a swing status in one cycle of the swing motion in the specific motion state based on the motion data detected by the detecting section, and obtains a maximum value of differences between angles of the part of the user at two different timings in the one cycle as the swing angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Kohei Watanabe
  • Patent number: 9744421
    Abstract: A method, apparatus, system and computer program product for analyzing video images of a sports motion is provided for identification of key motion positions within a video and automatic extraction of segments of a video containing a sports motion. Video data displaying a sports motion has data representative of a number of image frames. For a number of image frames, one or more frame difference measures are calculated between the image frame and another image frame. The frame difference measures are analyzed to identify a plurality of image frames that each show a key position of the sports motion. The segment of the video containing the sports motion showing the sports motion is between two of the image frames showing the key positions. Frame difference measures may be calculated based on pixel difference measures or optical flow techniques.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Inventor: Shun Heng Chan
  • Patent number: 9744428
    Abstract: Example embodiments may relate to a system, method, apparatus, and computer readable media configured for monitoring a user performing an athletic movement and/or exercise and generating a combinatory fitness athleticism score. The score may comprise a fitness sub-score and a fitness sub-score. The athletic movement may comprise a plurality of drills configured to test a plurality of fitness attributes and/or a plurality of athleticism attributes of the user. At least one of the plurality of fitness attributes may be selected from the group consisting of: endurance, flexibility, strength and combinations thereof; and at least one of the plurality of athleticism attributes may be selected from the group consisting of: speed, agility, reaction, power, balance, and combinations thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul T. Winsper, Kristopher L. Homsi
  • Patent number: 9746984
    Abstract: Systems and methods for providing feedback to a user are described. One of the methods includes sending interactive data for rendering on a head mounted display (HMD). The HMD is configured for attachment to a head of a user for playing a game. The method further includes receiving image data associated with a body part of the user while the HMD is worn by the user and the HMD renders interactive content. The method includes tracking a spatial position associated with the body part of the user from the image data of the user. In the method, physical placement of a remote-controlled device at the spatial position associated with the body part of the user is rendered in the HMD as virtual contact with an object in the interactive content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventor: Jeffrey Roger Stafford
  • Patent number: 9717972
    Abstract: A golf training apparatus which provides technical information not inclusive of proper stance in relationship to the ball placement correcting poor foot alignment, speed and angle of proper golf club swing, proper foot placement, proper stance, club control, and targeted site alignment information to the golfer. The apparatus provides a straight line of site to the intended target to be hit by the golf ball projectile and simultaneously indicates proper position of the ball in relationship to the target to be hit, the golfer's feet and stance. Proper ball placement is determined by intersecting laser beams. Embodiments of the invention will determine the proper swing, distance between the foot and the rail and the ball and the rail by ultrasonic transducers, ultrasonic sensors, and accelerometers. The information of proper foot placement, stance, and swing will be communicated to the golfer by gradient colored light indicators, and digital information display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Inventor: Arthur David Stanton
  • Patent number: 9710920
    Abstract: A motion information processing device for supporting a rehabilitation according to an embodiment includes obtaining circuitry and specification circuitry. The obtaining circuitry obtains image information of a subject carrying out a predetermined motion in the rehabilitation and surroundings of the subject. The specification circuitry specifies motion information of the subject carrying out the predetermined motion on the basis of a predetermined feature in the image information obtained by the obtaining circuitry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: Toshiba Medical Systems Corporation
    Inventors: Kazuki Utsunomiya, Masashi Yoshida, Hayato Konishi, Shigeyuki Ishii, Kousuke Sakaue, Satoshi Ikeda
  • Patent number: 9687695
    Abstract: A method and system for training proper running of a user, the system including at least one inertial sensor, a memory, a controller, and an output interface. The memory is for storing information for an ideal running gait, the information including information for an ideal bounce or acceleration over time. The method can be implemented by the controller and includes displaying an animation of an ideal running gait and an actual running gait of the user, both simultaneously with cadence synchronized, and also providing to the output interface a comparison of an actual bounce of the user with the ideal bounce.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Inventor: Dalsu Lee
  • Patent number: 9682326
    Abstract: The lever, wheel and axle, pulley, wedge, screw, and inclined plane are the six Simple Machines of the Classical era. Over 2000 years ago a man from Syracuse used them to create a way to move water against the pull of gravity. The Archimedes' screw is still a standard for simple efficiency. In homage to those early machines and the dreamers who built them, the Human Flying Apparatus provides a carriage, wheels and an axle, a harness, and a braking and steering system and, in specific embodiments, thrusters, all suspended from a single rail, which allows a human being to soar in simulated flight that is safe, sustained, and suitable for all skill levels. “For once you have tasted flight, you will walk the Earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you long to return.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Inventor: Elizabeth Wales Burroughs
  • Patent number: 9656119
    Abstract: An exercise information display system of the present invention includes a sensor device which obtains data associated with a motion status of a human body during an exercise, a data processing device which generates plural types of exercise information based on the data obtained by the sensor device, and a viewing device which displays, from among the plural types of exercise information, at least first information indicating a posture of the human body during the exercise and second information associated with the first information in a display format where the first information and the second information are displayed in conjunction with each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kazuo Ura, Masao Sambongi
  • Patent number: 9633573
    Abstract: An archery training system provides an archer the ability to safely condition psychologically and physically without the need of a bow and arrow while maintaining the sensation of using a bow and arrow. The archery training system is easily portable or stowed, and offers a combination of variables replicating the activity of compound bow shooting, such as a counter balanced replication of a grasped bow while drawing a bowstring, the utilization of accessory bow sights for target acquisition and aiming, the adjustability to accommodate the various hand grip styles unique to each archer, and immediate visual feedback to performance or shooting technique.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Inventor: Justin D. Tafoya
  • Patent number: 9630060
    Abstract: Methods and systems are presented for accepting inputs into a treadmill or other exercise equipment to control functions of the treadmill or exercise equipment. An exercise control system can receive gestures and other inputs. The exercise control system can also obtain information about the user of the exercise control system and information about the environment in which the exercise equipment is operating. Based on the input and the other information, the exercise control system can modify or improve the performance or execution of user interface and functions of the exercise equipment. The changes make the user interfaces and/or functions user-friendly and intuitive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: Flextronics AP, LLC
    Inventors: Hendrik J. Volkerink, David Gonsiorowski, Yossef Schvetz, Serdar Ozsumer
  • Patent number: 9604115
    Abstract: A device suitable for providing a workout for surfers and as a general exercise device includes a platform on which a user may kneel, sit, lie, or stand. The platform is mounted on a support frame including legs for supporting the top of the frame above ground level. A rod is mounted on the support frame and extends away from the platform. At least one resistance and a handle are provided on the rod, which can be grasped by a user and pulled against the resistance. The platform is mounted on the support frame by a mounting which allows the platform to tilt, particularly laterally from side to side about an axis which is parallel or co-axial to the axis of the rod. The mounting is adjustable to allow the degree of instability of the platform to be adjusted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: Tonus Sport Pty Ltd
    Inventors: Scott Wood, Craig Andrews, Sam Deal, Sascha Patschenko, Jorge Prats
  • Patent number: 9585487
    Abstract: A relaxation device includes a base, a support structure connected to the base, a seating portion and a drive mechanism. The drive mechanism is coupled to the seating portion and moves the seating portion in a manner replicating the gate of a walking horse. Persons with autism spectrum disorders and other conditions may utilize the device as a method of relaxation to lessen certain behaviors and characteristics associated with such conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: Gait, LLC
    Inventors: Marilyn I. Brown, Harriet Y. Phillips, Scott A. Albright, Justin D. Erickson, Robert K. Blake
  • Patent number: 9579542
    Abstract: An exercise network system is disclosed that comprises an electronic data communication link and a plurality of electronic video game workout systems. One or more of the plurality of electronic video game workout systems is configured for communication with at least one other video game workout system another over the electronic data communication link to transmit and receive data used for game play at each of the plurality of electronic video game workout systems. One or more of the electronic video game workout systems is further configured for execution of a full-body workout using a plurality of independently operable appendicular members configured for engagement with respective limbs of a user. Each of the plurality of appendicular members is movable in a degree of freedom independent of other ones of the plurality of appendicular members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Inventors: Robert Quinn, Ivan Kiselev
  • Patent number: 9564061
    Abstract: A method and software supporting the method that improves the perceived quality of a vocalist's and/or singer's spoken or sung tone by teaching how to self-lower the larynx and maintain the lower laryngeal position while vocalizing and singing. An exemplary vocal instruction method comprising instructing a vocalist to self-monitor electromyographic data during singing, the data provided from an electromyograph device, the device comprising electrodes attached to a skin surface covering the vocalist's larynx, translating the data to a graphic display indicating to the vocalist the relative tension or flaccidity of the vocalist's laryngeal depressor muscles, instructing the vocalist to perform at least one physiological and/or anatomical function sufficient to result in lowered real-time tension of the laryngeal depressor muscle assessed by the electromyo-graphic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: Kennesaw State University Research and Service Foundation, Inc.
    Inventor: Adam Kirkpatrick
  • Patent number: 9560467
    Abstract: Provided are methods and systems for delivering three-dimensional, immersive spatial audio to a user over a headphone, where the headphone includes one or more virtual speaker conditions. The methods and systems recreate a naturally sounding sound field at the user's ears, including cues for elevation and depth perception. Among numerous other potential uses and applications, the methods and systems of the present disclosure may be implemented for virtual reality applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Marcin Gorzel, Frank Boland, Brian O'Toole, Ian Kelly
  • Patent number: 9558399
    Abstract: A device configured to provide biofeedback on arm swing during walking, running, or other movement activities is disclosed herein. The device includes motion sensing means configured to sense the motion of an arm of a user during a movement activity and output one or more signals based upon the sensed arm motion; computational means configured to compute an arm swing angle of the arm of the user using the one or more signals outputted by the motion sensing means; and one or more signaling devices operatively coupled to the motion sensing means and computational means, the one or more signaling devices configured to emit one or more signals to the user that are based upon the computed arm swing angle of the user so as to provide biofeedback to the user regarding arm swing. The use of two devices, one on each arm of a user is also disclosed herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: Bertec Corporation
    Inventors: John Joseph Jeka, Peter Igoche Agada
  • Patent number: 9535420
    Abstract: A method for accurately tracking and controlling robots includes capturing a first image of a first matrix code labeled on a first mobile robot at a first time by one or more stationery cameras, wherein the first matrix code is encoded with an identification that uniquely identifies the first mobile robot, correcting a tilt of the first image to produce a first corrected image that shows the first matrix code in a substantially rectangular or square shape, extracting the identification to uniquely identify the first mobile robot, calculating a first position of the first mobile robot based on the first corrected image by a computer system, and controlling a movement of the first mobile robot based at least in part on the identification and the first position of the first mobile robot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: King Abdulaziz City for Science & Technology
    Inventors: Mohammad S. Khorsheed, Hussein K. Al-Omari
  • Patent number: 9521976
    Abstract: A biofeedback system and method enables biofeedback training to be accomplished during normal interaction by an individual with the individual's environment, for example while reading, playing video games, watching TV, participating in sports activities, or at work. Physiologic data is processed and used to generate one or more control signals based on the physiologic data. The control signals may be proportional to a result of the data processing, or based on comparison of the processing results with at least one fixed or adaptive threshold. The control signal is supplied to a wearable device through which the individual receives sensory information from the individual's environment, and serves to interrupt or modify the sensory information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2016
    Inventor: Devon Greco
  • Patent number: 9517156
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for fixing a test person on a standing surface, wherein at least one rope is tensioned between a hip belt placed on the test person and a retaining plate arranged below the standing surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Assignee: Airbus DS GmbH
    Inventors: Robert Marzilger, Rolf Kolb, Ulrich Kübler, Peter Kern, Steffen Jung, Albert Gollhofer
  • Patent number: 9501919
    Abstract: Methods and systems for monitoring a subject within a defined spatial environment in order to signal the activity status of subject within the environment to a remote user comprise providing a virtual representation and a virtual model of the subject and the environment respectively. The foregoing can be performed by a camera which is linked to a controller for translating the captured images into virtual versions. The activities of the subject are assigned activity statuses. Hence, assessing the activities of the virtual subject within the virtual environment and comparing this activity to previously assigned statuses provides for determining the activity status of the subject within the environment and communicating this information to a remote user via an interface linked to the controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Inventors: Elisabeth Laett, Laurent Ruhlmann
  • Patent number: 9501945
    Abstract: An approach is provided for receiving an input for specifying a developmental training activity associated with a user. The approach involves identifying a classification of the developmental training activity as a team activity, an individual activity, or a combination thereof. The approach also involves determining a weighting for the development training activity based on classification. The approach further involves calculating a training score for the user based on the weighting and the developmental training activity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventor: Rebecca A. Wolf
  • Patent number: 9495529
    Abstract: A wearable device includes a communication unit that wirelessly communicates with a first external device; a motion sensor that senses the user's motion; and a control unit. The wearable device collects a first motion data generated by the user's motion and transmits the first motion data to the first external device, receives a first security level data and a second security level data from the first external device, and receives only the first security level data from the first external device when the wearable device is converted into a non-wearing state from a wearing state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Assignee: ZIKTO
    Inventors: Kyung Tae Kim, Sung Hyun Kim, David Han Suk Suh
  • Patent number: 9486694
    Abstract: Golf game management integrates pre-game, in-game, and post-game activities for a golf game into a unified experience. A golf cart-mounted entertainment console includes video cameras, sensory devices worn by the players during the game, and locally-mounted data processing components for modeling collected data. A cart-mounted interface, website, and mobile device application present game-related content that allows players to view and manipulate data before, during and after the game. Multiple data processing modules provide several functions built on data collected from playing a game of golf for players to enjoy an enhanced golf experience.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Inventor: Peter S. Bastawros
  • Patent number: 9463369
    Abstract: The present invention concerns a gymnastic accessory including a twisting ring with an external ring and an internal ring, wherein the two rings are concentrically connected and rotatable in relation to each other about a common axis, wherein the external ring typically includes two connecting devices that are arranged symmetrically at the outer periphery and adapted for joining with an unyielding or elastic rope. The second ring include connecting means at the periphery, the connecting means adapted for mounting of connecting elements for a twisting belt. The invention further concerns a method for reconfiguring such a gymnastic accessory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Assignee: PF Redskaber A/S
    Inventor: Preben Ebsen
  • Patent number: 9460632
    Abstract: A system incentivizes people to engage in physical activity. A person's physical activity may be monitored over a period of time. Such monitoring may occur by using a sensing device carried or worn by the user. In the system, one or more thresholds for physical activity are established. Information tracked using the sensing device can be compared to the thresholds. A percentage of physical activity relative to the threshold can be translated to a reward established for the physical activity, and the percentage may be used to determine a reward value for an electronic device relative to a full available value. Rewards may include times or amounts. Time values may indicate durations during which particular activities or devices may be used. Amount values may indicate an amount of a battery charge, a number of communications, a currency value, or other values relative to use of an electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: ICON Health & Fitness, Inc.
    Inventor: Scott R. Watterson
  • Patent number: 9443063
    Abstract: A method, computer-readable storage device and apparatus for calculating a health quality measure are disclosed. For example, a method receives characteristics of motion information, wherein the characteristics of motion information is based upon gait information, monitors the characteristics of motion information over a time period to determine a plurality of different modes of motion within the time period, and calculates the health quality measure based upon the plurality of different modes of motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignees: President and Fellows of Harvard College, AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Saeed S. Ghassemzadeh, Lusheng Ji, Robert Raymond Miller, II, Manish Gupta, Vahid Tarokh
  • Patent number: 9427101
    Abstract: Interactive prayer systems are provided, which include a pad that is adapted to be repeatedly stepped upon by a user; a first detection means for detecting when the user steps on the pad; a second detection means for detecting, and for creating proximity event data based upon, when the user is standing in proximity of specific areas within the pad; a communications means for communicating touch event data and proximity event data to a computer and a computer program executing on the computer; a display means connected to the computer, which displays the scripture to the user during prayer; and a notification means embedded in the pad for notifying the user when, and if, an error in the user's performance of the one or more prayer rituals is detected by the computer program. Methods of using such interactive prayer systems are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Inventor: Wael Abouelsaadat
  • Patent number: 9421420
    Abstract: A device, method and system provide a wellness management process and/or an exercise management process for use with a smartphone or other mobile computing device. Various data about the user is obtained and used for determining and recommending an action or exercise to the user to improve the user's wellness/physique/health. The action determined can be based on: (1) current biometric and/or motion data about the user (from the sensors), and (2) current physical condition(s), such as health/medical information or condition about the user (from the user's personal information, e.g., health library or programmed into the smartphone). Specific information about the user is taken into consideration when recommending user action or exercise, such as the user's specific physical, health or medical conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: Futurewei Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Jianyu Zhang, Chia Chin Chong
  • Patent number: 9411410
    Abstract: There is provided an information processing device including an acquisition section configured to acquire a curved movement of a body of a user as an operation, a display control section configured to display an object in a virtual three-dimensional space, and a process execution section configured to execute a process on the object based on the acquired operation. The object may be arranged on a first curved plane based on a virtual position of the user set in the virtual three-dimensional space, the first curved plane corresponding to the curved movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Takuro Noda, Akihiro Komori, Nariaki Satoh, Osamu Shigeta, Kazuyuki Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 9381420
    Abstract: Systems and methods for receiving input data at a touch sensitive display are provided. Athletic training data is displayed to a user. The user performs activities, such as attempting basketball shots. The user then uses a number of fingers to tap or swipe the touch sensitive display to input parameters. A tap with one finger may indicate a made one point shot and a swipe with two fingers may indicate a missed two point shot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Assignee: NIKE, INC.
    Inventor: Brandon S Burroughs
  • Patent number: 9377857
    Abstract: A capture device may capture a user's motion and a display device may display a model that maps to the user's motion, including gestures that are applicable for control. A user may be unfamiliar with a system that maps the user's motions or not know what gestures are applicable for an executing application. A user may not understand or know how to perform gestures that are applicable for the executing application. Providing visual feedback representing instructional gesture data to the user can teach the user how to properly gesture. The visual feedback may be provided in any number of suitable ways. For example, visual feedback may be provided via ghosted images, player avatars, or skeletal representations. The system can process prerecorded or live content for displaying visual feedback representing instructional gesture data. The feedback can portray the deltas between the user's actual position and the ideal gesture position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Kevin Geisner, Relja Markovic, Stephen Gilchrist Latta, Gregory Nelson Snook, Darren Bennett
  • Patent number: 9323249
    Abstract: A method for accurately tracking and controlling robots includes capturing a first image of a first matrix code labeled on a first mobile robot at a first time by one or more stationery cameras, wherein the first matrix code is encoded with an identification that uniquely identifies the first mobile robot, correcting a tilt of the first image to produce a first corrected image that shows the first matrix code in a substantially rectangular or square shape, extracting the identification to uniquely identify the first mobile robot, calculating a first position of the first mobile robot based on the first corrected image by a computer system, and controlling a movement of the first mobile robot based at least in part on the identification and the first position of the first mobile robot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Assignee: King Abdulaziz City for Science & Technology
    Inventors: Mohammad S. Khorsheed, Hussein K. Al-Omari, Meteb M. Altaf, Abdulrahman Alnajdi, Saad Bajad Alotaibi, Mazin Altokhais, Zeyad Abdulaziz Alhusainan, Fawaz Almakmesh, Amjad Alsadoon
  • Patent number: 9283468
    Abstract: The invention is an apparatus and method of biofeedback training for attaining a physiological state optimally consistent with the successful performance of a task, wherein the probability of successfully completing the task is made is inversely proportional to a physiological difference value, computed as the absolute value of the difference between at least one physiological signal optimally consistent with the successful performance of the task and at least one corresponding measured physiological signal of a trainee performing the task. The probability of successfully completing the task is made inversely proportional to the physiological difference value by making one or more measurable physical attributes of the environment in which the task is performed, and upon which completion of the task depends, vary in inverse proportion to the physiological difference value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration
    Inventors: Lawrence J. Prinzel, III, Alan T. Pope, Olafur S. Palsson, Marsha J. Turner
  • Patent number: 9275470
    Abstract: A computer processor of the mobile device may overlay a shape graphic on a fixed area of a screen of the mobile device. A camera of the mobile device may search the fixed area for a ball with a marking. The computer processor may recognize the marking on the ball. The computer processor may calibrate the movement of the ball in the overlayed shape graphic in view of the recognized marking of the ball. The camera may track and may record data pertaining to the movement of the ball. The computer processor may calculate one or more metrics relating to ball controlling abilities from the data. The computer processor may display the one or more metrics on the screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Assignee: NAROBO, INC.
    Inventors: Eric Forkosh, Marc Forkosh
  • Patent number: 9269278
    Abstract: The present subject matter relates to methods and systems for assessing an athlete's risk of injury and for determining athletic performance training and treatment programs. The methods and systems comprise a series of observational and objective medical tests, recorded electronically through a customized software and mobile application package, which allows for pre-diagnosis of or propensity for potential injury. Test results are collected, analyzed and then used to recommend both treatment and performance training recommendations for the purposes of safety and athletic performance enhancement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2016
    Inventor: Mark Allan Turner
  • Patent number: 9259660
    Abstract: Enhanced building blocks may be shaped as platonic solids. The building blocks include a flange on one or more edges, where each flange and each compressed tetrahedral vertex may include magnetic materials (e.g., magnets, ferromagnetic metals). The building block flanges may be used to capture kinetic energy from a fluid. Multiple building blocks may be combined to form larger structures, and the included magnetic materials may be used to retain the formed geometric structure shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2016
    Inventor: T. Dashon Howard
  • Patent number: 9230447
    Abstract: A method of recording the motion of a physical object moved under human control is described that allows repeated replay of the exact motion using a robot to cause the motion of the object to occur in such a way as to allow a human student to interact with the object and experience the fundamental movements required to reproduce the motion consistently, thereby enhancing motor learning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Inventor: Yaron Gabbai
  • Patent number: 9230423
    Abstract: A drinking reminder method is implemented by an electronic apparatus. The apparatus includes a scale pan, a weight sensor, an analog/digital (A/D) converter, a display screen and a keypad. The keypad includes a power key, a reset key and a switching key. The weight sensor senses an analog pressure signal when a cup filled with water is placed on the scale pan, and the A/D converter converts the analog pressure signal to a digital weight signal. A total weight of the cup filled with water is measured according to the digital weight signal, and a cumulative water intake volume and a water shortage volume of a user. The display screen displays the cumulative water intake volume and the water shortage volume to remind the user to drink water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Inventors: Shu-Kai Wu, Hsiao-Ping Chiu
  • Patent number: 9223855
    Abstract: A method for training athletes is disclosed. The method comprises: maintaining a classification for signatures generated based on movement data associated with athletes; wherein the movement data is stored in a database; associating guidance with each signature in the classification; and assigning a signature from the database to at least some athletes in the database.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Inventor: Phillip Patrick Wagner
  • Patent number: 9182756
    Abstract: To provide a display device capable of displaying a trajectory of a specific portion of a program controlled control target device regardless of whether the control program is a simple sequential execution type or a situation adaptive type.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Assignee: OMRON Corporation
    Inventors: Satoshi Oyama, Kenichiro Mori
  • Patent number: 9123985
    Abstract: A training module, training system, and methods of monitoring physical activity and making a training module are disclosed. The training module includes a compressible article having a polyhedral outer surface, a motion detector that detects compressive and rotational movement of the compressible article, a controller that determines a number of compressions and a number of rotations of the compressible article, and a signal transmitter that transmits data to a mobile electronic device. The controller is in electrical communication with the motion detector and the signal transmitter. The training system and methods generally include those that embody one or more of the inventive concepts disclosed herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2015
    Assignees: California State University, Fresno
    Inventors: Brian Zwaschka, Barry Velasquez
  • Patent number: 9114321
    Abstract: A ride simulator having a body adapted for a rider, a base to mount the body, a motor to move the body, a pivot shaft to provide a connection between the body and the motor, a drive gear connected to the motor, a pivot gear that engages the drive gear and is rotated due to rotation of the drive gear. A movement assembly having a pivot shaft guide, a gear mount to mount the pivot shaft guide to the pivot gear, a mount bevel gear mounted inside the mount bearing and mounted to the pivot gear and a shaft bevel gear attached to a bottom end of the pivot shaft and engages the mount bevel gear so that the shaft bevel gear is rotated due movement of the mount bevel gear that moves with rotation of the pivot gear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2015
    Inventor: Gracienne Myers
  • Patent number: 9087499
    Abstract: Devices, systems, and methods that make music in response to be contacted by a stream of liquid are disclosed. A music making device may include a sensor to detect when a stream of liquid is substantially in contact with the sensor. The sensor may produce an indicator signal at or around the time the liquid substantially contacts the sensor. A circuit may generate an electrical pulse in response to detecting the indicator signal. The electrical pulse may be coupled to a speaker which converts the electrical pulse into sound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2015
    Inventor: Daniel Charles Swendsen
  • Patent number: 9079059
    Abstract: A method for generating and using a workout file, comprising recording workout data and notes while performing an athletic workout, attaching trigger conditions to the notes, and exporting the workout data, the notes, and the attached trigger conditions as the workout file, where the exported workout file is configured to be used by a subsequent user to repeat the athletic workout in a manner that plays the notes when the subsequent user performs the trigger conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Assignee: Pioneer Advanced Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Augusto C. Cardoso, Jr., Robert Curtis Cole, Victor Chernetsky, Jerry Dunmire, Charles Paul Morel, Dan Phan
  • Publication number: 20150147734
    Abstract: A movement activity is assessed in a movement assessment environment. A processor receives user movement data, captured by a sensor, of a user in the movement assessment environment. The processor receives a match request from the user, wherein the match request includes a request for an instructor that matches the user. The processor compares the user movement data of the user to a plurality of other movement data, wherein the plurality of other movement data includes at least one instructor movement data and at least one professional movement data. The processor determines, responsive to the comparing, a match between the user and an instructor, wherein the match is determined based at least in part on a similarity between the user movement data and at least one of the plurality of other movement data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 25, 2013
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Applicant: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Christina I. Flores, Romelia H. Flores
  • Publication number: 20150147733
    Abstract: This invention is directed to an apparatus and method for training a user, such as an athlete, a performer and/or any other suitable person, how to avoid injuries to the body, particularly so that there is no need for rehabilitation of an injured body part. At least two parameters of performance are compared to each other and/or to given data or other information, for example information taken from a database. For example, the at least two parameters can include two different distances that are measured and compared with respect to each other. A computer or other processor can run algorithms and/or any other suitable functions to calculate how the user should make a next movement in an accident avoidance training session. One or more next movements can be communicated in a wired manner, a wireless manner and/or any other suitable communication manner. The next movement can be displayed on a graphical user interface device and/or on any other suitable display.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 22, 2013
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventor: Terry I. Younger
  • Publication number: 20150140529
    Abstract: A cognitive/multisensory stimulation system simulates sports scenarios during real sports actions for assessing, profiling, training, or improving performance of athletes or other populations. Cognitive/multisensory training can be provided by: establishing with an athlete a sensory semantic language for relating a number of sensory signals to corresponding possible actions, the sensory semantic language being essentially new to the athlete; instructing the athlete to perform an athletic exercise involving skills and full body movement; providing during exercise sensory signals to the athlete to require rapid discernment by the athlete of the semantic meaning of the sensory signal to correctly chose one possible action; and determining whether the athlete correctly responds to the selected sensory signal during said exercise.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 9, 2013
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventor: David Tinjust