Physical Education Patents (Class 434/247)
  • Patent number: 10315085
    Abstract: A virtual reality baseball system uses a virtual reality device to present a simulated pitch to a batter. The system may include a bat mount configured to be removably secured to a bat. The bat and/or bat mount may include a sensor. The bat mount is configured to be attached to a knob of the bat such that it is not intrusive to a swing of the bat. A sensing device is configured to track movement of the sensor in the bat mount when the bat mount is secured to the bat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: TrinityVR, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey Danis, Zachary Lynn, Julian Volyn
  • Patent number: 10307653
    Abstract: Gymnastics gear for performance of gymnastic exercises, where the gymnastics gear comprises at least a twisting belt, where the twisting belt comprises a first ring, typically an outer ring, and a second ring, typically an inner ring, where the two said rings are concentrically joined and can rotate in regard to each other about a common axis, where the first ring furthermore comprises at least two connection devices, where said connection devices are preferably arranged symmetrically at the outer periphery of the first ring and adapted for joining to a high-tensile or elastic rope, where the second ring also comprises connection devices at the periphery, where these connection devices are adapted for direct or indirect mounting of connection elements to a somersault belt, where the somersault belt is an inflatable somersault belt comprising at least one chamber and at least one valve, which achieves both a good centering of the somersault belt and a good tightening to the body of the gymnast, and where one a
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: PE Redskaber A/S
    Inventor: Preben Ebsen
  • Patent number: 10297030
    Abstract: A system and method of confirming administration of medication is provided. The method comprises the steps of receiving information identifying a particular medication prescription regimen, determining one or more procedures for administering such prescription regimen and identifying one or more activity sequences associated with such procedures. Activity sequences of actual administration of such prescription regimen are captured and then compared to the identified activity sequences to determine differences therebetween. A notice is provided if differences are determined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Ai Cure Technologies LLC
    Inventors: Adam Hanina, Gordon Kessler
  • Patent number: 10289207
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided to allow a user to use their feet as an alternative to their hands as a source of input for motion control. Such a method may be provided comprising receiving orientation data representing orientation information for a controller manipulated by a user, receiving movement data representing dynamic information for the controller, evaluating at least one of the orientation data and the movement data, and moving an avatar in a direction based on the direction in which the controller is moved. The method can be implemented in a software application or across multiple software applications on different platforms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Inventor: Charles Henry Alastair Sainty
  • Patent number: 10286244
    Abstract: Disclosed are systems and methods for plyometric fitness systems that facilitate constrained multi-directional movements. By utilizing a variety of constrained elastic resistance cords in conjunction with plyometric platform stations and performance patterns, this system enhances dimension, capability and variety to conventional agility and jumping drills. The disclosed plyometric platforms are designed for contrast training, or resistance loaded and unloaded exercises. This allows the muscles to adapt to the loaded exercises and then apply the “learned” movement to the unloaded exercise. This directly reinforces the movement and muscle exertion needed to perform powerful movements thereby enhancing athletic performance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: PERFORM-X TRAINING SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventor: Nicholas Reese
  • Patent number: 10264971
    Abstract: A system including two or more wearable devices includes at least one sensor in each device to detect signals related to the body of a wearer. User inputs, sensor outputs, or other information are used to determine an activity being performed or otherwise engaged in by the wearer and footsteps, heartbeats, discrete turns of the torso, or other events can be detected, from one or more of the sensor outputs, during a period of time that the user is engaged in the activity. A duration, amplitude, timing, mean value, or other characteristic of each such detected event can be determined, based on the sensor outputs, and used to generate a sample of clinically relevant information about the wearer. This information can then be used to determine the presence, stage, degree, progression, or other information about a disease state of the wearer or some other information about the wearer's body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Verily Life Sciences LLC
    Inventors: Scott Brian Kennedy, Mark Murphy, Ali Shoeb, Nikhil Bikhchandani, Hongsheng Wang, Emre Demiralp, Anupam Pathak, Tushar Parlikar
  • Patent number: 10260836
    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 and traditional bow shooting, such as a counter balanced replication of a grasped bow while drawing a bowstring, an archery release aid configured to mimic the finger positioning of a traditional bow, 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: April 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Inventor: Justin D. Tafoya
  • Patent number: 10262462
    Abstract: An augmented reality display system comprises a passable world model data comprises a set of map points corresponding to one or more objects of the real world. The augmented reality system also comprises a processor to communicate with one or more individual augmented reality display systems to pass a portion of the passable world model data to the one or more individual augmented reality display systems, wherein the piece of the passable world model data is passed based at least in part on respective locations corresponding to the one or more individual augmented reality display systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Magic Leap, Inc.
    Inventors: Samuel A. Miller, Randall E. Hand, Philip O'Connor, Richmond B. Chan, Paul M. Greco
  • Patent number: 10252134
    Abstract: A method and system are disclosed using a position sensor for tracking a trajectory of a paddling instrument. Optionally the trajectory may be used for determining a paddling improvement strategy, for recognizing a stroke type, for coordinating a rowing team and/or for calculating a paddling force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Inventors: Eyal Postelnik, Guy Aharon, Sivan Postelnik
  • Patent number: 10251433
    Abstract: A wearable garment includes at least one impact absorbing pad with an inner face facing the body of a wearer and an opposite outer face, and a pressure sensor on the side of the pad faced by the inner face of the pad positioned so as to measure the effect at the inner face of an impact on the outer face after a portion of the impact has been absorbed by the pad.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: NURVV LIMITED
    Inventors: Jason Lloyd Roberts, Wilhelm Marschall, Haim Geva, Kemal Dervish
  • Patent number: 10255700
    Abstract: Embodiments described herein relate generally to apparatuses and methods for structuring and processing data. In some embodiments, a method includes receiving stimulus-response data, via a processor, the stimulus-response data including a digital representation of a stimulus and a digital representation of a response. The processor calculates a weight associated with the stimulus-response data, based on a rule, and identifies: (1) a distribution type, based on the digital representation of the stimulus; and (2) a range of inclination values of the distribution type, based on the digital representation of the response. The processor compiles a compressed multidimensional data profile associated with an object of the stimulus-response data and based on the weight, the digital representation of the distribution type, and the digital representation of the range of inclination values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: Indiggo Associates LLC
    Inventors: Vijay Perincherry, Janine Gelbart, Marc Inzelstein
  • Patent number: 10252106
    Abstract: A golf swing analysis apparatus for analyzing a swing action of a golf club is provided. The golf swing analysis apparatus comprises an acquisition unit configured to acquire a measurement value obtained by measuring the swing action using a measurement device; a grip behavior derivation unit configured to derive a behavior of a grip of the golf club that occurs during the swing action, based on the measurement value; and a shoulder behavior derivation unit configured to derive a behavior of a pseudo shoulder of a golfer that occurs during the swing action, based on the behavior of the grip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: SUMITOMO RUBBER INDUSTRIES, LTD.
    Inventors: Kousuke Okazaki, Masahiko Ueda, Masatoshi Kato, Yuki Nagano
  • Patent number: 10243743
    Abstract: A method of exchanging value across a blockchain network comprising receiving first and second transaction smart contracts, recording the first transaction smart contract to the second transaction smart contract, and registering global variable names and defining values thereof. The method further comprises receiving a transaction notification and recording the transaction to the second transaction smart contract.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Inventors: Vijay K. Madisetti, Arshdeep Bahga
  • Patent number: 10241205
    Abstract: A system simultaneously tracks multiple objects. All or a subset of the objects includes a wireless receiver and a transmitter for providing an output. The system includes one or more wireless transmitters that send commands to the wireless receivers of the multiple objects instructing different subsets of the multiple objects to output (via their respective transmitter) at different times. The system also includes object sensors that receive output from the transmitters of the multiple objects and a computer system in communication with the object sensors. The computer system calculates locations of the multiple objects based on the sensed output from the multiple objects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: SPORTSMEDIA TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Richard H. Cavallaro, James Orville McGuffin, John Roy Borton
  • Patent number: 10232225
    Abstract: Systems and methods for obtaining golf-related data involving the electronics in a golf ball, a golf club, a wearable device, and a smart device for obtaining golf-related data are disclosed. The golf ball includes one or more of a gyroscope, an accelerometer, and a magnetometer to measure data related to the golf ball. The golf club includes one or more of a gyroscope, an accelerometer, and a magnetometer to measure data related to the golf club. The wearable device includes one or more of a gyroscope, an accelerometer, and a magnetometer to measure data related to the wearable device. The smart device includes a processor that is configured to calculate additional data using at least one of the data related to the golf ball, the data related to the golf club, and the data related to the wearable device. Counterpart methods and computer-readable medium embodiments are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Mitchell O Enterprises LLC
    Inventors: Steve Oberc, Hare Patnaik, Subra Ganesan
  • Patent number: 10228811
    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: July 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.
    Inventor: Jeffrey Roger Stafford
  • Patent number: 10223926
    Abstract: Example embodiments may relate to a system, method, apparatus, and computer readable media configured for monitoring a user performing various athletic movements and generating performance characteristics based on the data corresponding to such athletic movements. Users may also be encouraged to participate in athletic challenges or competitions against other users or groups of users. In addition, athletic movement data for multiple persons can be collected at a central location, and subsequently displayed to a user at a desired remote location, so that the user can compare his or her athletic activities to others.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventor: John Agnew
  • Patent number: 10219037
    Abstract: Techniques described herein relate to providing and controlling the output of physical conditioning video resources based on user and location monitoring data. In various embodiments, a receiver may receive physical conditioning videos from one or more video content providers. After receiving the physical conditioning videos, the receiver may analyze and determine various characteristics of the videos, and corresponding user-specific criteria or video interruption conditions that may be applied when a user plays and interacts with the videos. Then, in response to a user request to commence a physical conditioning video, the receiver may analyze personal user monitoring data and/or location monitoring data, and may use the monitoring data to determine the user's current readiness level to complete the physical conditioning video. The receiver then may control the output of the physical conditioning videos based on the user's current readiness level, along with various other user data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: DISH Technologies L.L.C.
    Inventor: Bernard A. McCarthy, III
  • Patent number: 10210471
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method is disclosed that includes capturing data about motion of a sports object caused by one or more athletes manipulating the sports object, transmitting the captured data out of the sports object wirelessly in real time while the one or more athletes are still manipulating the sports object, and presenting information that incorporates the captured data about motion of the sports objects with one or more wearable devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Russell Brands, LLC
    Inventors: Kevin King, Matthew Anthony Tyson, Mark Joseph Davisson
  • Patent number: 10207147
    Abstract: A vertical stepping machine includes a frame, a crank wheel connected to the frame, a crank arm extending away from a rotational axis of the crank wheel, and a pedal beam connected to the crank arm. A linkage assembly is connected to the frame at a fixed frame location and to the pedal beam at a fixed pedal beam location. A first linkage member of the linkage assembly has a length that forces the pedal beam to travel along an elliptical path as the crank wheel rotates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: ICON Health & Fitness, Inc.
    Inventors: Gaylen Ercanbrack, Michael L. Olson
  • Patent number: 10202211
    Abstract: A free-falling body verification device for a drag-free spacecraft comprises a spacecraft simulation device (1), used for carrying out free-falling body motion on the ground; an inertial sensor or accelerometer (2), used for measuring the residual disturbance acceleration of the spacecraft simulation device (1); an attitude sensor (3), used for measuring attitude parameters of the spacecraft simulation device (1); a drag-free controller (4), used for processing the residual disturbance acceleration and the attitude parameters so as to obtain a feedback control signal; and a propeller (5), used for generating thrust action applied on the spacecraft simulation device (1) under the control of the feedback control signal, so as to enable the spacecraft simulation device (1) to overcome the residual disturbance of the external environment and maintain the attitude.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: HUAZHONG UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
    Inventors: Zebing Zhou, Yanzheng Bai, Shuchao Wu, Hongyin Li, Jun Luo
  • Patent number: 10183194
    Abstract: A rebound and balance training device includes a frame, a footboard, a carrier for the footboard and a plurality of resilient spring elements extending between and attached to the frame and the carrier to support the footboard above a supporting surface. A user standing on the footboard manually effects repeated vertical bouncing movement between upper and lower positions. The distance traveled by the footboard, the effort required to effect movement, and the stability thereof may be modified by selectively modifying the number, the length, the position, or the elasticity of the resilient elements. In one embodiment, a pair of footboards is employed to simulate skiing movements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Inventor: John G Louis
  • Patent number: 10161953
    Abstract: Swimming goggles are developed to allow a swimmer to see the end of the pool without moving their head while swimming in backstroke. Using a light reflector, a swimmer can see through a backstroke viewing window, allowing them to see along the direction that they are moving when swimming backstroke. Using a motion sensor and electric control circuits, a swimming goggle can provide optimum views for the swimmer wearing the swimming goggle. Using a sound speaker, a swimming goggle can play music and provide voice reports to the swimmer. Flow meters and inclinometers can be used provide measurements with better accuracy. The electronic controller for a swimming goggle can either be embedded as part of a swimming goggle, or can be detachable to support more than one swimming goggle. Besides swimming goggles, the electronic devices also can be attached onto athletic headgears such as eye goggles, sweat bands, hats, or helmets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Inventor: David Shau
  • Patent number: 10149958
    Abstract: A reality system includes a display aimed at a retina, the display providing 3D images with different depth view points; a variable reflectance mirror to selectably turn on or off view of an outside environment in front of the person's eye; a processor coupled to the camera and to the variable reflectance mirror to selectably switch between augmented reality and virtual reality; and a wireless transceiver coupled to the transceiver to communicate with a remote processor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Inventors: Bao Tran, Ha Tran
  • Patent number: 10143908
    Abstract: A process that utilizes single squad matchup predictions pools, non scoring forces possession changes, binary stats, players participants predictions, real-time or known statistical outcome that's compared to other squads, teams, individuals, positions, athletes, ranking and wagering based on a single contest or pool cumulative averages. Stat knowledge IQ differences allow players to control the outcome of their participation. It captures both offensive and defensive scores based on fans prediction IQ and not the actual game results, real-time, retro or fantasy. It is a self sustaining validating process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Inventor: Sylvester Butler
  • Patent number: 10112093
    Abstract: The present invention provides a batting stance training mat for teaching a proper batting stance. The batting stance training mat comprises a center panel, a first lateral panel, a second lateral panel, and an end panel. The center panel includes a home plate indicia that designates home plate. The first lateral panel and the second lateral panel each contain a plurality of indicia that designate foot placement of a user relative to the home plate indicia on the center panel. The end panel includes an indicia that designates foot placement of a second user relative to the home plate indicia. A plurality of fasteners are located on an outer perimeter of the device. In an alternative embodiment, each lateral panel contains three indicia, wherein each indicia on the lateral panels and the indicia on the end panel are pairs of shoe prints.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Inventor: Ralph Bodie Peebles
  • Patent number: 10108322
    Abstract: Disclosed are systems and methods for displaying an interactive video. Displaying an interactive video may include at least rendering and playing a base video having at least one selector for an outcome video, receiving input selecting at least one selector, and transitioning to the outcome video while playing both the base video and the outcome video on particular portions of a display area. Displaying an interactive video may also include displaying a selector object associated with an interactive video, receiving user input indicating a user interaction with at least one surface of the selector object and rendering and playing a video segment responsive to the user interaction with the at least one surface of the selector object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: KALTURA, INC.
    Inventors: Brannan Patrick McGill, Nathan Hepper, Caleb Hanson, Jonathan R. A. Woodard, Cameron Joel McCaddon
  • Patent number: 10105572
    Abstract: Athletic data may be recorded and displayed using a computing device such as a mobile communication device during performance of physical activity. In some examples, the device may provide options for defining and recording athletic activity performed by the user. Such options may include various content item selection and rendering controls. Additionally or alternatively, route selection and controls may be provided through the device. Recorded activity data may further be transmitted to a remote site through a network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Hector Moll-Carrillo, Michael Tchao, Jason Nims
  • Patent number: 10092807
    Abstract: A basketball shooting training device includes a height adjustable stand and a reel member. The height adjustable stand includes a base member and an elongated adjustable post member. The base member is adapted to be placed on a basketball court and remain in a stable position. The post member is attached at a proximal end to the base member and extends vertically therefrom. The reel member includes a housing adapted to be removable connected to a distal end of the post member; a retractable winding mechanism attached within said housing; and an elongated cord member attached to said winding mechanism and adapted to be extended from said housing and releasably attached to a rim of a basketball goal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Inventors: Willie Edward Chaplin, Regina Lynne Chaplin
  • Patent number: 10065073
    Abstract: A training device or apparatus for improving performance speed. In one embodiment, the training device includes first and second surfaces disposed in an opposing manner and defining a space therebetween. The space can allow at least one body part of an athlete to cyclically travel between the first and second surfaces in a plane that intersects both of the first and second surfaces. The athlete can be supported such that the body part is substantially free from external resistance along a direction of travel within the plane. In this way, repeated movement of a body part can occur between the first and second surfaces without fatiguing muscles due to external resistance, thereby lengthening the duration of the training session. The at least one body part can include the feet of the athlete.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Inventor: David B. Wheeler
  • Patent number: 10070123
    Abstract: A display calibration apparatus may include a display mounting assembly with a mounting platform and a multi-axis positioning device coupled to the mounting platform for adjusting an orientation of the mounting platform. The display calibration apparatus may also include a camera device positioned to receive light emitted by a plurality of sub-pixels of a display mounted on the mounting platform. The camera device may include an image sensor array that captures light emitted by the plurality of sub-pixels of the display. In addition, the display calibration apparatus may include a camera lens and a focuser. The camera lens may be positioned to direct light emitted by the plurality of sub-pixels of the display onto the image sensor array of the camera device, and the focuser may be disposed between the camera device and the camera lens to move the camera lens axially along an optical axis of the camera lens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Oculus VR, LLC
    Inventors: Ye Yin, Simon Hallam
  • Patent number: 10058272
    Abstract: The sleep monitoring system uses a motion vector estimator to determine motion vectors as a function of location in camera images. A signal processing system with an input coupled to the motion vector estimator computes a measure of turning motion, by summing motion vectors from respective locations within an image. Pose changes are detected based on the measure of turning motion. The measure of turning motion may be computed from a sum of components of the motion vectors that are normal to the major axis of a body area in the image, which is determined based on image content changes in a set of images from the camera. To avoid false turning detection due to leg kicking or similar motion the detected turning motion may be reduced to zero if it is not detected in a sufficiently large part of the body area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: Adrienne Heinrich, Henriette Christine Van Vugt, Vincent Jeanne
  • Patent number: 10058736
    Abstract: A system for use in rehabilitation of a target patient is provided. The system includes at least two bicycle devices for use by the target patient and a second operator other than the target patient. The at least two bicycle devices each include pedals. At least one of the pedals may have at least one sensor mounted thereon for monitoring operation of the first bicycle device and the target's condition. A servomotor is coupled to the pedals for providing gear-like resistance or pedal assistance for the at least two bicycle devices. A controller is programmed to electrically couple the at least two bicycle devices to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignees: Kent State University, Case Western Reserve University
    Inventors: Angela L. Ridgel, Hassan Mohammadi-Abdar, Fred M. Discenzo, Kenneth A. Loparo
  • Patent number: 10056006
    Abstract: Methods, computer-readable media, software, and apparatuses provide a tool for use by drivers and/or coaches throughout the pre-license stage of obtaining a driver's license. A pre-license program may control a computing device to collect drive data while a driver is driving a vehicle. This drive data may be used to detect a drive event. Then, the computing device may present coaching information associated with the detected drive event. The coaching information may provide a passenger, such as a coach or parent, with real-time advice for instructing the driver how to improve his/her driving skills. Moreover, the drive data collected may be used to prepare reports providing feedback to the drivers and coaches. Further, the pre-license program may determine an expected track for a driver to follow to prepare for a driver's license test and may indicate whether the driver is on or off the track.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: Allstate Insurance Company
    Inventors: Chienlan Hsu-Hoffman, Evan Gibbs, Alicia Dornadic, Regina Madigan, Maryam Zahedi, Taylor Parsell
  • Patent number: 10052518
    Abstract: An exercise machine monitoring and instruction system for the movement of an element of an exercise machine by an exerciser and providing automated feedback to the exerciser to help improve the exercise in real-time. The exercise machine monitoring and instruction system generally includes an exercise machine having a movable element that moves between a first position and a second position in a reciprocating manner, a sensor that detects a real-time position of the movable element, a processor in communication with the sensor to receive the real-time position data from the sensor related to a position of the movable element and a feedback device in communication with the processor that provides real-time instructions to the exerciser on how to adjust their workout to achieve a desired result.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: Lagree Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Sebastien Anthony Louis Lagree
  • Patent number: 10046196
    Abstract: A vertical stepping machine includes a frame, a crank wheel connected to the frame, a crank wheel connected to the frame, a pedal beam having a first end and a second end, wherein the first end is in mechanical communication with the crank wheel, a pedal connected to the second end of the pedal beam, a linkage assembly connected to the frame and to the pedal beam, an arm support rotatably connected to the frame, an arm linkage connecting the arm support to the linkage assembly, and a rotary resistance mechanism positioned above the crank wheel when the vertical stepping machine is in an upright orientation. The pedal beam moves in an elliptical path when the crank wheel rotates and the elliptical path has a vertical major axis and a horizontal minor axis when the vertical stepping machine is in an upright position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: ICON Health & Fitness, Inc.
    Inventors: Gaylen Ercanbrack, Michael L. Olson
  • Patent number: 10049596
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an apparatus for recognizing intention of a horse-riding simulator user, and a method thereof, and the apparatus for recognizing intention of a horse-riding simulator user can provide a safe and realistic horse-riding simulation environment to a user by recognizing an aid signal and an intention signal of the user to sense a dangerous situation and accordingly coping with the situation. According to the present invention, it is possible to increase the sense of the real for the user by enabling the horse-riding simulator user to perform similar interaction to actual horse-riding, and to increase effects of horse-riding training using the horse-riding simulator. Particularly, there is an advantage that the dangerous situation is sensed for safe riding, and it is possible to contribute to formation of a related technology market by providing an effective method for recognition of the intention of the horse-riding simulator user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute
    Inventors: Sang Seung Kang, Kye Kyung Kim, Su Young Chi, Jae Hong Kim, Jong Hyun Park
  • Patent number: 10017234
    Abstract: A system for determining a bending moment on an oar during a rowing stroke in the water has an oar handle, an oar shaft that extends from the oar handle, an oar blade that is disposed on the oar shaft on the side opposite the oar handle, at least one strain gauge, from the signal of which the bending moment can be determined, wherein the oar shaft is of a multi-part form and wherein a measuring sleeve, which joins the two adjacent parts of the oar shaft to each other and which comprises the at least one strain gauge, is disposed between two adjacent parts of the oar shaft. With a rotation measurement of the oar by an additional MEMS, the power against time of the rower can be determined by multiplication of the determined angular rate and the bending moment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: MANDANIS ANGEWANDTE MECHANIK GMBH
    Inventors: Georges Marie Mandanis, Cyrill Alexandre Mandanis
  • Patent number: 10002545
    Abstract: A system and method for controlling gaming technology, musical instruments and environmental settings via detection of neuromuscular activity are disclosed herein. The disclosed system generally comprises a sensor grid coupled to a user; a base station configured to receive neuromuscular activity inputs from one or more sensors in said sensor grid, determine whether said neuromuscular activity inputs received from said one or more sensors is within a calibrated boundary value for an activity associated with each of said one or more sensors, and instruct a physical device or software to perform said activity when said neuromuscular activity input received from said one or more sensors is within said calibrated boundary value for the activity associated with each of said one or more sensors; and at least one said physical device or said software being configured to receive instructions from said base station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Inventor: Jennifer Robin Hanners
  • Patent number: 9990857
    Abstract: A system and method for calculating step count and associated physical movement intensity. In some embodiments, the system includes at least a camera to capture video of user motions, which are analyzed, and the corresponding step count and physical exercise intensity are deduced by the disclosed method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: GRAFTY, INC.
    Inventor: Allen Yang Yang
  • Patent number: 9984463
    Abstract: Various embodiments are directed to systems and methods for determining whether an individual uses proper posture to perform a job duty/task. For example, systems may determine whether an individual utilizes proper posture when lifting a heavy item from a floor. Accordingly, various embodiments comprise an image capture device and a central computing entity configured to receive item information/data for an item to be moved by an individual and to determine whether the item information/data satisfies one or more image collection criteria.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: United Parcel Service of America, Inc.
    Inventor: Juan Perez
  • Patent number: 9981193
    Abstract: This disclosure relates generally to analysis of movement that is electronically captured and recognition of which movement was performed for purposes of evaluation. This type of motion capture, analysis and evaluation can have applicability across a number of fields, such as healthcare, entertainment, communication, and manufacturing. The recognition can occur once movement information collected from sensors is inputted into the system. The system can then analyze the movement information to determine what the movement is. In some games, such as sports games, movement recognition can provide feedback to a user about what they are doing. In other games, such as dance games, movement recognition can allow for users to dance a move from a set of moves providing for a more entertaining game.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: HARMONIX MUSIC SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Isaac Adams, Matthew C. Boch, Marc A. Flury
  • Patent number: 9975031
    Abstract: Public safety and commercial delivery management integrates data collection from video cameras, sensory devices worn by people and/or mounted on aircraft, and locally-mounted data processing components for modeling activity and event data. A vehicle-mounted interface, website, and mobile device application present related content that allows data to be viewed and manipulated data before, during and after the activity or event occurs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Inventor: Peter S. Bastawros
  • Patent number: 9973792
    Abstract: A first and second video segment may be obtained. A second video segment may be obtained. A first and second set of contextual information associated with the first and second video segments may be obtained. The first set of contextual information defining a first set of performance information characterizing performance of a first activity associated with the first video segment and the second set of contextual information defining a second set of performance information characterizing performance of a second activity associated with the second video segment. The first set of performance information and the second set of performance information may be compared. Relative performance of the first activity relative to the second activity may be determined based upon the comparison. Visual information associated with the first video segment may be generated. The visual information may be presented during presentation of the first video segment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: GoPro, Inc.
    Inventor: Christophe Delachanal
  • Patent number: 9968822
    Abstract: A rowing device having a seat and track arrangement, a handle, and a resistance mechanism, with the seat track being disposed on a carriage. The carriage itself is movable relative to a base of the device and is drivable in a posterior and anterior direction. The device includes a controller operatively connected to a drive mechanism and to a seat position sensor. As the rower exercises, the controller sometimes generates an instruction to move the carriage in an anterior direction when the seat is at or near its posterior extreme position, to thereby simulate a “rush” circumstance as may be encountered on a crewed shell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Inventor: Kari A Hoover
  • Patent number: 9962590
    Abstract: A bicycle roller training device consisting of three rollers for supporting an unsupported or freestanding bicycle using rollers of a novel design. The rollers comprise a barrel, crowned or convex shape with a larger diameter in the center followed by a tapering to a smaller diameter near the sides or ends, optionally having a transitional taper to a larger diameter at the edges. Length of the roller is longer than the diameter of the bicycle tire to be used on the device. The convex center of the roller can either consist of center flat with straight or flat side tapers, constant radius, or convex parabolic shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: High Point Equipment LLC
    Inventor: Charles W. McNall
  • Patent number: 9956452
    Abstract: A device for training coordinative faculties has at least one movable standing plate; at least one static base plate; at least two connecting elements, the height of which can be modified and which act between the at least one movable standing plate and the at least one static base plate, a user interface; and a control element. The device is designed to specify a sequence of various setpoint positions of the center of gravity of a user standing on the at least one movable standing plate, each of the setpoint positions being specified for a determined duration, and to continuously measure the actual position of the center of gravity of the person standing on the moving plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: Ferrobotics Compliant Robot Technology GmbH
    Inventors: Ronald Naderer, Paolo Ferrara
  • Patent number: 9952688
    Abstract: An arrangement for generating an input command having two essentially ring-shaped input elements which are spatially separate from each other, for securing to respectively a hand is provided. A processing unit for generating an input command in accordance with predefined interacting input patterns is provided. A method for generating an input command is also disclosed, wherein when an instance of touching occurs a respective input pattern is determined in at least two spatially separated input elements. An associated input command is generated from the respective input patterns as a function of input patterns which interact in a predetermined way.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Thorsten Krüger
  • Patent number: 9939456
    Abstract: In an exercise support device of the present invention, acceleration signals in three axis directions including vertical, longitudinal, and lateral directions corresponding to the motion of a user performing exercise of cyclically moving feet are obtained, and a first maximum value in one cycle of a foot movement in the vertical acceleration signal is obtained. Subsequently, a search is made for first and second change points related to foot landing and takeoff motions in a composite acceleration signal obtained by combining acceleration signals in at least two axis directions, in forward and backward directions of the time point of a second maximum value of the composite acceleration signal, within the cycle. Then, a time period between the first and second change points is obtained as a change point interval, and a foot landing period while exercising is calculated based on the first maximum value and the change point interval.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Tomoaki Nagasaka
  • Patent number: 9936891
    Abstract: A biometric feedback system for providing biometric feedback to a subject while the subject performs a controlled physical movement includes an applied-force-recording interface and at least one controller electrically coupled to the applied-force-recording interface. The at least one controller receives applied force from the subject during the controlled physical movement and the applied-force-recording interface records data related to the applied force. The biometric feedback system also includes a dynamic surface electromyograph (“sEMG”) device that detects muscle tension along at least one muscle group of the subject while the subject performs the controlled physical movement and records data related to the muscle tension. A hub receives and processes data from the applied-force-recording interface and the dynamic sEMG device. A visual display displays the processed data from the hub.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: Precision Biometrics, Inc.
    Inventors: David Marcarian, Michael Lawrence Peters