Dancing Patents (Class 434/250)
  • Patent number: 9761151
    Abstract: The systems and methods taught herein are generally directed to a dynamic point referencing of an audiovisual performance for an accurate and precise selection and controlled cycling of portions of the performance. The dynamic point referencing can be used by a learning artist, for example, in analyzing or performing a portion of the work through an accurate and precise digital audio/video instructional method having the controlled cycling feature. Such systems and methods will be appreciated, for example, by musicians, dancers, and other enthusiasts of the performing arts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: JAMMIT, INC.
    Inventors: Scott Humphrey, Frank Gryner
  • Patent number: 9584975
    Abstract: Example techniques are provided that may be implemented, at least in part, at a mobile device to determine certain parameters corresponding to movement of an object that is co-located with the mobile device and at least one other mobile device. In an example implementation, a mobile device may obtain measurements corresponding to sensors of a plurality of mobile devices co-located on an object, and determine at least one of an estimated speed of the object, an estimated heading of the object, or an estimated heading rate of the object based, at least in part, on all or a selected subset of the sensor measurements which are accepted for use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Sai Pradeep Venkatraman, Weihua Gao, Benjamin A. Werner
  • Patent number: 9460700
    Abstract: A system, equipment and process to guide a user in the experience of rhythmic exercise. Playback of an audio signal, such as a musical phrase, that has known rhythmic structure (e.g., beat pattern) is accompanied, by non-audio sensory cues such as a light signal or tactical signal (vibration) to mark rhythmic events in the audio playback (such as the beginning and end of playback and/or audio pulses (beats). In addition, equipment is provided to guide the user in performing a GDM (goal directed movement) sequence that is selected to be performed in synch with the rhythm of the audio signal. The user's motion is detected and compared to desired GDM in the selected sequence and also compared to the rhythm of the audio signal. Sensory cues are provided to guide the user in performing the GDM sequence rhythmically. The system may be implemented in cardio fitness equipment including treadmill, AMT and elliptical type exercise equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Inventor: Kelly Ann Smith
  • Patent number: 9378656
    Abstract: An interactive electronic exercise software program and mobile electronic device application with audible feedback resides in a human facsimile apparatus used as a dance partner during aerobic exercises. The interactive software program creates the illusion of working out with a friend, companion or personal trainer, providing interactive visual and auditory stimulus designed to make the workout enjoyable so that the user will continue to work out on a regular basis. The interactive software program is also designed to motivate the user to exercise and to continue exercising for an optimal duration. The interactive software program monitors the user's workout and provides audible feedback to the user regarding workout practices and results, and may respond to user input, such as speech or keypad entry, or may be equipped with sensors to provide feedback on the workout itself.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Inventor: Meredith Cooper
  • Patent number: 9358456
    Abstract: Techniques for use with a game console and a camera system, the techniques include providing a first prompt to a first player to create and perform a dance move, receiving at the game console information from the camera system reflecting a position of the first player in response to the first prompt, generating, using the game console, a target frame using the received information relating to the first player, providing, using the audiovisual system connected to the game console, a second prompt to a second player to perform the dance move created by the first player, receiving at the game console information from the camera system reflecting a position of the second player in response to the second prompt, generating, using the game console, an input frame using the information relating to the second player, and comparing the input frame to the target frame to determine a comparison value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignee: Harmonix Music Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Ryan Challinor, Matthew C. Boch
  • Patent number: 9275617
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for choreographing movement of individuals for a performance event are disclosed. In an embodiment, a method includes providing a performance event configuration having a plurality of location indicators to assist in the placing or movement of individuals conducting a performance event. The method also includes providing each individual with a wireless audio unit and transmitting body movement instruction signals to the audio units of each individual. In this embodiment, the wireless audio unit may be a wireless, cellular, or mobile telephone. The audio units are configured to receive the signals and to play audio directions for each individual that correspond to choreographed and coordinated body movements directly the individuals at, towards or away from the location indicators to carry out the performance event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Inventor: Patrice Mary Regnier
  • Patent number: 9201508
    Abstract: A glove-based key entry apparatus and method for are provided. The apparatus includes at least one pair of gloves, a plurality of sensors disposed on a first side of the at least a pair of gloves, and at least two screens disposed on each side of the gloves, the second side of the at least one glove being opposite to the first side of the at least one glove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hyoung Wook Ham
  • Patent number: 9162108
    Abstract: A data processor maintains an electronic exercise program, which defines exercise sessions defining exercise sets for a subject on one or more exercise apparatuses. The data processor makes a selection (306) between an exercise set (320) and a performance test (308). If a set is selected, instructions relating to the set are given. Each repetition is detected, a risk of injury is assessed, and if a threshold is exceeded, instructions for reducing likelihood for injury are given. Repetitions are counted until detection of a last repetition in the set (410). Feedback is given after the last repetition. If a performance test (308) is selected, instructions relating to the test are given. Subject's performance is monitored until termination of the test. After the test, the exercise program (310) is adapted based on the monitored performance data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2015
    Assignee: UNIVERSITY OF JYVASKYLA
    Inventors: Esa Launis, Heikki Peltonen
  • Patent number: 9144908
    Abstract: A manipulator device has an arm portion and a hand portion The hand portion includes one or more finger portions that manipulate a target object. Each finger portion includes a slip sensor and multiple contact sensors, with at least one contact sensor at a position proximate to the slip sensor and at least another contact sensor at a position remote from the slip sensor. When the contact sensors at the positions remote from the slip sensor detect contact of the target object and the contact sensors arranged at the positions proximate to the slip sensors do not detect contact, a position of the finger portion is moved by a distance corresponding to the distance between the contact sensors detecting contact of the target object and the contact sensors arranged at the positions proximate to the slip such that a detecting position of the slip sensor is coincident with a position of the target object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2015
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Makoto Saen, Kiyoto Ito, Yoshimitsu Yanagawa, Tomomi Takahashi
  • Publication number: 20150044652
    Abstract: The systems and methods taught herein are generally directed to a dynamic point referencing of an audiovisual performance for an accurate and precise selection and controlled cycling of portions of the performance. The dynamic point referencing can be used by a learning artist, for example, in analyzing or performing a portion of the work through an accurate and precise digital audio/video instructional method having the controlled cycling feature. Such systems and methods will be appreciated, for example, by musicians, dancers, and other enthusiasts of the performing arts.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 21, 2014
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Inventors: SCOTT HUMPHREY, Frank Gryner
  • Publication number: 20130263479
    Abstract: A dance shoe dons an accessory that provides a visual indication of the foot position of a dancer. The accessory includes an ornamental device that is releasably attachable to the side wall of the dance shoe using magnetic attraction. A method for instructing dance students comprises the step of providing the accessory on a dance shoe worn by the dance student. Instructions are called out for the dance student to show the ornamental device in accordance with a dance position. The position of the ornamental device, and thus the position of the dance student's feet, is observed. The dance student is instructed to adjust the dance student's feet if improperly positioned, as indicated by the ornamental device. A kit comprises packaging, an accessory including magnetically responsive elements and magnets within the packaging, and instructions for attaching the accessory to dance shoes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 6, 2012
    Publication date: October 10, 2013
    Inventor: Nicole MICKEY
  • Patent number: 8506455
    Abstract: In an embodiment, the invention provides an exercise mat, which may be of flexible polymer foam material and which includes one or more speakers integrated thereinto. An audio interface is further integrated into the material of the mat and is configured to receive an audio signal from at least one audio source, and to output an amplified audio signal to the speakers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Inventor: Alexei J. Cowett
  • Patent number: 8419538
    Abstract: A game apparatus includes an LCD, and a game screen is displayed on the LCD. A touch panel is provided on the LCD. The game screen presents a marker image so as to be variable in position in time with performance of music, and also presents a timer circle image for indicating touch timing for the marker image. A player needs to touch a marker image to be touched with precise timing, listening to the music or watching the timer circle image. The player's touch is evaluated on the basis of the touch timing and the touch position. If the touch is evaluated as a failure, the game screen is shaken.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Assignee: Nintendo Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masahiko Mashimo, Shinya Saito, Keiichi Yano, Norihide Okada
  • Patent number: 8348672
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention may be used to both train and test instructor proficiency with a group exercise training routine. In a training mode, the graphical user interface may display visual cues indicating upcoming transitions from one activity to another. In response, the user may perform an action (e.g., clicking a button with a mouse cursor) to select the transition at the appropriate time. In a testing mode, the graphical user interface may display an indication of whether the correct selections are made, as well as made at the right time. This approach allows the user to rapidly develop substantial proficiency with the exercise routine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: MPS Systems Corps
    Inventor: Mike Saunders
  • Patent number: 8341855
    Abstract: A spinning shoe having an upper and sole member in which the sole member has a spinning assembly in the forefoot. The spinning assembly is placed within a recess in the forefoot region of the sole member. Thus, the user may walk about in the spinning shoe in a normal mode or spin about a vertical axis by placing the user's weight on the forefoot region and then spin about on the vertical axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Skechers U.S.A., Inc. II
    Inventor: Savva Teteriatnikov
  • Patent number: 8287282
    Abstract: A clothing attachment that serves as a practice gown by connecting over the clothing of a wearer such that the clothing attachment is configured with weight, volume, and length markers to simulate the conditions of wearing a complete dress under actual conditions of that dress. In this manner, a wearer can simulate and otherwise practice engaging in activities for a wedding or ballroom dancing without risking damage to the actual dress or gown.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Assignee: HLD SJE IP, LLC
    Inventor: Sarah Jane Eastman
  • Patent number: 8282397
    Abstract: A method and system are disclosed for computerized training, monitoring, certification or re-certification of human raters in clinical trials. The invention provides an interactive computerized interview that can be compared scores obtained by human raters to monitor and train clinical raters on a continuing basis in order to reduce rater drift and variance during clinical trials. Remediation can be automatically flagged or provided to improve a deviating rater's performance. Computerized assessment of symptom severity is provided without the need for human clinical raters. The system and method enable screening of prospective patients for inclusion or exclusion from a clinical trial by automatically obtaining computerized ratings of symptom severity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2012
    Assignee: UBC Specialty Clinical Services, LLC
    Inventors: Gary Steven Sachs, Roy Howard Perlis, Daniel Vincent DeBonis, II
  • Publication number: 20120231430
    Abstract: The process or method for teaching ballet through a series of novel floor exercise steps designed to properly condition the body of a dancer. The method warms up the muscles by performing a series of stretching protocols on a floor in a predetermined series and number of repetitions that keeps the spine, hips and shoulders in proper alignment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 11, 2011
    Publication date: September 13, 2012
    Inventor: Antonio Carlos Castillo
  • Patent number: 8104193
    Abstract: A spinning shoe having an upper and sole member in which the sole member has a spinning assembly in the forefoot. The spinning assembly is placed within a recess in the forefoot region of the sole member. Thus, the user may walk about like wearing a normal shoe and then by simply placing their weight on the forefoot region, they may spin about on a vertical axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2012
    Assignee: Skechers U.S.A., Inc. II
    Inventor: Savva Teteriatnikov
  • Patent number: 8074376
    Abstract: A spinning shoe having an upper and sole member in which the sole member has a spinning assembly in the forefoot. The spinning assembly is placed within a recess in the forefoot region of the sole member. Thus, the user may walk about in the spinning shoe in a normal mode or spin about a vertical axis by placing the user's weight on the forefoot region and then spin about on the vertical axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2011
    Assignee: Skechers U.S.A. Inc. II
    Inventor: Savva Teteriatnikov
  • Patent number: 7927252
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a conditioning apparatus for conditioning the hips and core structure of a user includes a target having printed thereon a movement pattern, and an illumination source spaced apart from the target. The illumination source is configured to be positioned about the user and to project a light upon the movement pattern for use as a visual reference point in response to movement of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2011
    Inventor: Richard M. Jeffrey
  • Publication number: 20110053131
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for choreographing movement of individuals for an event are disclosed. In an embodiment, a method includes providing each individual of a group with a wireless audio unit and transmitting body movement instruction signals to the audio units of each individual of the group. In this embodiment, the wireless audio unit may consist of a wireless, cellular, or mobile telephone. The audio units are configured to receive the signals and to play audio directions for each individual that correspond to choreographed and coordinated body movements to carry out the event.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 26, 2010
    Publication date: March 3, 2011
    Inventors: Patrice M. Regnier, W. Daniel Hillis
  • Patent number: 7854686
    Abstract: A platform or mat for exercising and dancing that is lightweight, has non-slip features and can be folded up for storage. The platform allows a user to determine foot position without having to look down at the platform thus allowing the user to watch a display screen while exercising or dancing. The platform includes tactile indicia molded that foot placement is determined by feel by the user's foot touching the tactile indicia. The material used to make the platform surface includes ethylene vinyl acetate. The platform includes electrically conductive switches that are activated by a force from the user's foot on a segment while exercising or dancing. Placing a user's foot on a segment communicates signals about the user's foot placement to a control device. The control device includes popular video game player devices and computers and includes the use of a display screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2010
    Assignee: Hyperkin Inc.
    Inventors: Kenny Mar, Steven Mar
  • Patent number: 7850514
    Abstract: An interactive sports training device has a plurality of light sources, multiple sensor means and a processor to facilitate the manoeuvring, passing and shooting of an object. Each sensor means is associated with one of the plurality of light sources, the sensor means being adapted to be triggered when an object is brought into close proximity with an activated light source. A processor means is coupled to the light sources and sensor means and is provided with at least one training program, and the processor means controls activation of the light sources according to at least one training program. When an object is placed in close proximity to an activated light source, the sensor communicates with the processor to deactivate the activated light source and to activate another light source in accordance with a training program. In use, it provides a system for simulating the unpredictable and competitive nature of multi-player sports by allowing a user to practice on his own in a ‘real life’ environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2010
    Inventor: Mark Weber
  • Publication number: 20100233665
    Abstract: A dance training aid ‘Daryll-eyes’, for general use is disclosed to be fabricated such that it rests on the head of the user. The frame is supported by the nose and ears. The device blocks the vision of the wearer in the downward direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 3, 2009
    Publication date: September 16, 2010
    Inventor: Thomas Wilkinson
  • Publication number: 20100146822
    Abstract: A dance shoe, a method of detecting and signaling a predefined configuration of a dance shoe for example during dancing and the use of a detector and/or a signal means in a dance shoe is described. The dance shoe comprises a detector for detecting a configuration of the dance shoe, and a signal means operably associated with the detector so as to generate a signal upon detection of a predefined configuration by the detector. The predefined configuration is provided by a curvature of an area of the dance shoe.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 13, 2007
    Publication date: June 17, 2010
    Inventor: Elizabeth Y. MacGregor
  • Publication number: 20100112533
    Abstract: A method is generally described which includes providing training by altering a user's motional response includes directing a user to perform specified motions in accordance with a training sequence and detecting the user's motions, by a feedback sensor device, the motions associated with the user. The method also includes generating, by the control program, control data based on the data representative of the detected motions and the training sequence. The control program is configured to receive data representative of the detected motions and to receive the training sequence. The control program has a control algorithm configured to generate control data based on the data representative of the detected motions and the information. Further, the method includes running the control program by a controller configured to output control signals based on the control data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2008
    Publication date: May 6, 2010
    Inventors: Alistair K. Chan, Roderick A. Hyde, Jordin T. Kare, Lowell L. Wood, JR.
  • Patent number: 7601099
    Abstract: A method for providing a feedback-controlled exercise routine for a user by providing a predetermined sequence of movements for the user; sensing movements of the user during the sequence; measuring data related to the sensed movements; and evaluating the data to determine whether to repeat or modify the routine. The method can also include storing the user's exercise routine on a user key, displaying exercise instructions to the user from the user key to illustrate the sequence of movements, with the evaluation of the data including modifying the displayed exercise instructions, and storing an updated user exercise routine after successful completion of the routine, wherein the updated routine includes the modified exercise instructions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2009
    Inventor: Brian J Kang
  • Publication number: 20090111077
    Abstract: Disclosed is a system, method, and computer readable medium for choreographing and teaching dance using symbols to represent dance steps. Input via computer peripheral devices is received and mapped to one of a plurality of stored dance steps stored in memory. The dance steps can be expressed in a plurality of modes. The plurality of mapped dance steps is then ordered into a choreographed dance routine. A dance routine file containing the dance routine comprised of the plurality of ordered and mapped dance steps is then created. The dance routine file can be printed, stored, and/or displayed using computer peripheral devices.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2007
    Publication date: April 30, 2009
    Inventors: Karen A. Buchheim, Caroline A. Petrulis
  • Patent number: 7517219
    Abstract: A musical video is made at a first time of a dancer whose head is stationary but whose feet and body are moving in synchronism with a dance song. The dancer's head is then removed from the video. At a festive occasion (e.g., a birthday party) at a subsequent time, the dance song is replayed and a video is made of the response of the head, in a stationary position, of one or more of the celebrants at the festive occasion to the dance song. The celebrant's head is combined with the dancer's body to produce two (2) videos are then combined into a single video in which the celebrant's head appears on the dancer's body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2009
    Inventors: Michael McDonald, Janet Roston-Weiss
  • Publication number: 20080293023
    Abstract: Systems and methods of providing sports instruction are disclosed. In accordance with one aspect of the invention, the method includes the steps of each of a plurality of instructors entering a name and one or more credentials into a server based data storage unit and each of the plurality of students selecting one of the plurality of instructors based on the one or more credentials. At a server, one or more uploaded files are received from each of the plurality of students and they are stored in the data storage unit. A selected one of the plurality of instructors reviews the uploaded files and provides instruction based on the uploaded files. The students can rate the instructors based on their experience. Other aspects of online sports instruction are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 26, 2007
    Publication date: November 27, 2008
    Inventors: Glen M. Diehl, John F. Lynch, Daniel Bastone
  • Publication number: 20080233548
    Abstract: A method of using lights and a light system for teaching dance, particularly to students with hearing impairments. The method or dance instruction includes a light bar having a plurality of first lights and second lights. The first and second lights are visually distinguishable. The first lights are turned on and off to display a pre-selected time signature pattern, and the second lights of the light bar are turned on and off to display a pre-selected and count time signature pattern. A light system for dance instruction includes a light bar having a first lights and second lights, which are visually distinguishable, and a control unit for: a) turning the first lights of the light bar on and off to display a pre-selected time signature pattern; and b) turning the second lights of the light bar on and off to display a pre-selected and count time signature pattern.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 2, 2007
    Publication date: September 25, 2008
    Inventor: Jeffrey Baker
  • Publication number: 20080131853
    Abstract: A video interface may include a video region configured to display a primary video demonstrating an activity. The primary video may be defined by portions of primary video demonstrating respective sub-activities of the activity. Video segments may be associated with respective portions of the primary video, where the video segments include additional information of respective sub-activities displayed in the respective portions of the primary video. A selectable indicia may be displayed in association with the video region. The selectable indicia may use a link address to cause a video segment associated with a respective portion of the primary video being displayed at a time the selectable indicia is selected by a user to be displayed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 26, 2007
    Publication date: June 5, 2008
    Inventor: James Kunitz
  • Publication number: 20070231778
    Abstract: Provided are a method and a system for providing dance training by using a portable wireless terminal in communication with sensor-equipped shoes capable of sensing a user's foot motion. While the terminal executes a dance training program having step information, sensing modules embedded in the shoes sense a user's foot motion and transmits related data to the terminal through a short-distance wireless communication unit. Then the terminal compares the foot motion data with the step information and outputs comparison results by using a display unit and/or an audio unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 9, 2007
    Publication date: October 4, 2007
    Applicant: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jong Hyun Kim, Hyun Su Hong
  • Publication number: 20070141542
    Abstract: A device for teaching a proper elbow position is disclosed. The device comprises a lever and a base member connected by a spring loaded hinge. The lever is attached to an elbow of a student and the base member abuts against a rib cage of the student. Also provided is an alarm means engaging when the student lowers his elbow, prompting the student to correct the elbow position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 16, 2005
    Publication date: June 21, 2007
    Inventor: Jack Gershfeld
  • Patent number: 7128649
    Abstract: A music-oriented game machine with a feature to increase a feeling of competitiveness between players. Based on an evaluation of a performance of the first and second players based on their steps, the number of times step timing is presented as guidance is varied. Specifically, while reference arrows (46, 48) are displayed, a plurality of timing guidance arrows (50, 62) approaching the reference arrows (46, 48) are also displayed on a game screen image (40). As a result, guidance as to where step timing is arriving is shown to the player. Then, a speed at which the reference arrows (46, 48) approach the timing guidance arrows (50, 62), respectively, is changed from a default speed to speeds of half, twice, and three-times the default speed based on the result of evaluation on the respective player's stepping performances, to thereby change the guidance level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2006
    Assignees: Konami Corporation, KCE Tokyo, Inc.
    Inventors: Kazuhiko Nobe, Shinichiro Niide
  • Patent number: 7070416
    Abstract: An arm positioning training tool includes an elongated rod that has a first end and a second end. The rod has a length generally between 36 inches and 44 inches. Each of a pair of rings has an inner edge perimeter edge and an outer perimeter edge. Each of the rings is attached to one of the first and second ends. The rod is attached to the outer perimeter edges of the rings so that the rings extend away from the rod. Each forearm of a pair of forearms of a person is removably positioned in one of the rings so that a proper distance between the forearms is maintained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2006
    Inventor: Allan Y. Lau
  • Patent number: 7060000
    Abstract: A game board device for directing body movements in games, exercise, or physical therapy. It employs a support frame of side-by-side modular units of relatively the same size and shape supporting a continuous matrix of contact surfaces supported in a common plane. The contact surfaces in the adjacent frames are arranged in a coordinated matrix of adjacent surfaces that are illuminatable in various colors. The contact surfaces are illuminated normally one at a time so as to cue sequential steps in a random pattern and at varying speeds in a game or predetermined patterns and adjustable speeds in exercise or therapy. Control of the sequential illumination may be manually or by a program by manually operated device or by computer. It is preferred that the individual frames be hindged to permit folding for storage and transportation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2006
    Inventor: Carl A. Carlson
  • Patent number: 7018211
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a system for enabling a moving person to control body movements to be performed by the person. The system comprises a video camera and a monitor for the output of the recorded video image as well as a means for inserting at least a mark indicating the position to reach during execution of a movement of a predetermined body position in the video image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 1999
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2006
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventors: Thomas Birkhölzer, Kai-Uwe Schmidt, Patrick Winter
  • Patent number: 6905413
    Abstract: Each of communication controllers sends a count value of a timer corresponding to the lapse of time from a starting point of reproduction during the reproduction of a music to a communication cable. Each of game controllers calculates, while a multi-play mode is executed in an other game apparatus, a reproducing position of the music in the other game apparatus based on the count value sent from the communication controller and transfers a music data from the calculated reproducing position on to a sound source memory upon the receipt of an instruction signal outputted from a confirmation button of an instructing section and representing confirmation of selection of the multi-play mode. While one game player is playing a music game, another game player can participate in this game in the middle of a music number.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2005
    Assignee: Konami Corporation
    Inventors: Shin Terao, Tadashi Kitagawa, Hiroki Ishida, Nobuo Tomita
  • Patent number: 6717042
    Abstract: An apparatus is equipped to provide dance visualization of a stream of music. The apparatus is equipped with a sampler to generate characteristic data for a plurality of samples of a received stream of music, and an analyzer to determine a music type for the stream of music using the generated characteristic data. The apparatus is further provided with a player to manifest a plurality of dance movements for the stream of music in accordance with the determined music type of the stream of music.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2004
    Assignee: WildTangent, Inc.
    Inventors: Siang L. Loo, Jeremy A. Kenyon
  • Publication number: 20040058303
    Abstract: A method of dance instruction utilizing aerobics is provided. The method incorporates dance steps into an aerobics routine, so that by repeating the aerobics routine, the participant can quickly learn the dance steps. A variety of dances may be taught by this method, such as the waltz, salsa, mamba, swing, cha cha, tango, zumba, zambra, and merengue, as examples. The method comprises presenting an aerobics routine having at least one dance set, typically at a pace that allows the participant to perform the aerobics routine either with or after the presentation. The method also includes the participant performing the aerobics routine while obtaining a cardiovascular workout. The aerobics routine has at least one dance and preferably, a number of different dances run sequentially or repeating in any combination. The routine includes at least one aerobics movement between dance sets; e.g., bending at the waist, touching the floor, jumping, lunging, or stretching.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 25, 2002
    Publication date: March 25, 2004
    Inventor: Brian Peskin
  • Publication number: 20040043367
    Abstract: A dancing machine includes a base which has stepped stages and each of the two stepped stages has a plurality of step-on pads connected thereon. A signal nit is located in front of the base so as to provide lights, music, and how many calories have been burned. The players move their feet up and down to step on the pads on the stepped stages.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 30, 2002
    Publication date: March 4, 2004
    Inventor: Aileen Chou
  • Patent number: 6695694
    Abstract: To evaluate a game playing performance from a new point of view, a control method for controlling a game machine allowing a player to enjoy stepping while listening to game music, comprises the steps of detecting whether or not the player puts their foot or feet on each of a plurality of step positions; judging, based on a detection result on the step position, according to which, of a plurality of pattern changes, a state of the player's feet relative to the plurality of step positions has changed to; calculating, based on the determined pattern change, an energy consumption amount due to a change of the state of the player's feet; calculating an accumulative energy consumption amount by accumulating an energy consumption amount calculated after a predetermined timing; and reporting the accumulative energy consumption amount calculated to the player.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2004
    Assignees: Konami Corporation, KCE Tokyo, Inc., People Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hirotaka Ishikawa, Akinori Tamura, Yasumi Takase, Takashi Nishibori, Kei Nagaoka, Yoshiko Wada, Yumi Yoshida
  • Publication number: 20040029089
    Abstract: The present invention describes set of weighted practice cups for training for cup stacking competitions as well as the production of the cups and methods of training using the cups.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 9, 2002
    Publication date: February 12, 2004
    Applicant: Speed Stacks, Inc.
    Inventors: John L. Goers, Roger Washburn
  • Patent number: 6685480
    Abstract: A physical motion state evaluation apparatus is configured by a foot switch unit for detecting user's step motions, physical motion state detectors for detecting motions of prescribed parts (e.g., hands, foot) of a user's body, a display and a musical tone generator. Herein, the physical motion state detector is configured by a projector unit for projecting optical beams along optical axes and a receiver unit for receiving the optical beams respectively, so that the receiver unit detects a shutoff event in which the prescribed part of the user's body shuts off at least one of the optical beams. Physical motion state instructions request a user to move the prescribed parts of the user's body to instructed positions at instruction timings respectively, so that the physical motion state detectors provide detection timings at which the prescribed parts of the user's body are precisely moved to the instructed positions in conformity with the instruction timings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2004
    Assignee: Yamaha Corporation
    Inventors: Tetsuo Nishimoto, Toshiyuki Iwamoto
  • Patent number: 6628265
    Abstract: A program drive device for computers and game machines, designed to run a variety of game programs, aerobic programs or dance programs on personal computers, commercial computers, personal game machines, or commercial game machines, under the control of users' physical action, is disclosed. The program drive device of this invention consists of a pad having a predetermined area and provided with a plurality of rails thereon. A support column movably engages with each of said rails while standing upright on the rail, and is movable along the rail as desired, and is fixed to the rail at an adjustable position. Upper and lower sensor units are movably installed in each of the support columns of the rails at upper and lower portions such that the sensor units are movable along each support column and are fixed to the support column at adjustable positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2003
    Assignee: BestSoft Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Bok Ha Hwang
  • Patent number: 6592377
    Abstract: A snowboard teaching and recreational device by which an instructor may direct the movement, weight shift and control the center of gravity of the pupil. The device preferably uses two parallel tubes as a support frame, with two crossbars secured to the support frame and spaced handle grips on each crossbar. The instructor grasps one end of the support frame while the pupil grasps the opposite end, thereby allowing the instructor to direct the weight shift and movements of the pupil through use of the said device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2003
    Inventor: Karl J. Bendele, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20020197592
    Abstract: An apparatus for educational and/or recreational learning provides a means for stimulus or query to test skill and knowledge, generate a response to the stimulus or query, and rewards correct responses to reinforce learning. The educational and/or recreational apparatus has at least one housing containing at least one compartment. The housing has a modular exterior surface appropriate for joining with other housings. Each compartment in each housing is associated with a first opening on a surface of the housing. At the first opening of each compartment is a removable cover. Each removable cover at each compartment is placed at each first opening to selectively expose and conceal an interior of each compartment. The educational and/or recreational apparatus further has at least one display device such as a shelf or a transparent pocket to display member or information card.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 20, 2001
    Publication date: December 26, 2002
    Inventor: Benjamin Samuel Wolfson
  • Patent number: 6450888
    Abstract: Disclosed is a game system which matches a player's tastes. In a game system operating in time with music, it is possible to select an edit mode for editing timing data which define timings of operations. In the edit mode, an edit window having a predetermined display range is displayed on a screen of a display device in correspondence with information representing a position in a tune. Images in the edit window are scrolled so that the position of a target to be edited set inside the edit window moves forward and backward through the tune. When an operation is performed to provide marks, timing data for showing an operation timing of a control member provided in correspondence with the operation is provided at the position of the edit object in the edit window, and in addition, the timing data during editing is updated so that the position in the tune corresponding to the position of the edit object is defined as a operation timing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2002
    Assignees: Konami Co., Ltd., Konami Computer Entertainment Tokyo Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yasumi Takase, Kei Nagaoka, Yumi Yoshida