Golf Patents (Class 434/252)
  • Patent number: 10971029
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, an information processing device includes a memory and a hardware processor in communication with the memory. The hardware processor is configured to acquire a first motion data indicating a motion of a first operator, acquire a second motion data indicating a motion of a second operator, compare the first motion data and the second motion data, determine a similarity of the first motion data and the second motion data, and present to the first operator instruction data indicating an improvement point relating to a motion at a time of performing a predetermined operation in accordance with a determination result.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventors: Yasuyuki Tsunoi, Kazunori Imoto, Kanako Nakayama, Sawa Fuke
  • Patent number: 10943501
    Abstract: A team sport training system is configured to provide an immersive simulation of at least a portion of an opponent team play responsive to real actions of a player.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: SPORTS VIRTUAL TRAINING SYSTEMS INC
    Inventors: Ted Sundquist, Christopher A. Wiklof
  • Patent number: 10930171
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, an information processing device includes a memory and a hardware processor in communication with the memory. The hardware processor is configured to acquire a first motion data indicating a motion of a first operator, acquire a second motion data indicating a motion of a second operator, compare the first motion data and the second motion data, determine a similarity of the first motion data and the second motion data, and present to the first operator instruction data indicating an improvement point relating to a motion at a time of performing a predetermined operation in accordance with a determination result.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2021
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventors: Yasuyuki Tsunoi, Kazunori Imoto, Kanako Nakayama, Sawa Fuke
  • Patent number: 10909878
    Abstract: A method and system for monitoring physiological movements and providing feedback to increase a user's kinesthetic awareness utilizes a kinesthetic awareness tool that includes a plurality of sensors, a processing unit, and a plurality of feedback devices. The plurality of sensors is used to gather data as a set of reference data and in real-time as a user engages in a training session. The plurality of sensors may include an accelerometer, gyroscope, magnetometer, and ultrasonic range finder. Data obtained during the training session is processed in real-time by the processing unit and compared to the set of reference data. The processing device may then instruct one or more of the plurality of feedback devices to produce a response signal to guide the user to the correct position. The plurality of feedback devices may be configured to provide acoustic, visual, haptic, or kinetic feedback.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: PNTC Holdings LLC
    Inventor: Jo Shattuck
  • Patent number: 10888735
    Abstract: A player calibrates the initial position and orientation of trajectory using their natural sports motion from a well-defined starting point. For example, a batter with mature swing mechanics maintains approximately the same bat orientation and position (“load configuration”) at the beginning of their swing. This load configuration is unique to that player and unlike that of other players and may represent the start of a swing (or other motion of interest) or may occur at any characteristic point in time during the motion. Subsequent motion data within the spatial frame can be accurately analyzed so that three-dimensional trajectory of the equipment or body segment can be precisely determined and presented in an animated playing environment on devices such as smartphones, tablets and laptops.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Inventors: William W. Clark, Minmin Zhang, Michael Ressler
  • Patent number: 10881938
    Abstract: Disclosed is an athletic posture analysis device for analyzing an athletic posture taken by a user who stands on a foot plate, the athletic posture analysis device comprising: a pressure sensor plate provided at the foot plate for measuring a distribution of pressure applied to each of feet of the user, who performs an athletic action, by a weight of the user; a display device for displaying athletic posture analysis information of the user; and a controller for performing control so as to display a predetermined foot image and information regarding the distribution of pressure applied to each of the feet of the user in an overlapping fashion through the display device and to track a position of each of the feet of the user changed according to the user's athletic action and display the foot image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2021
    Assignee: GOLFZON CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kang Yoon Lim, Mi Sun Lee, Heung Ryul Zo
  • Patent number: 10864422
    Abstract: A machine implemented method for simulated sports training includes the steps displaying a simulated environment having one or more virtual objects of a sporting event; displaying to a user a moving object in the simulated environment in accordance with object path data representing an object path and conditions of motion of the moving object as a function of time; correlating soundscape data to the object path data, the soundscape data being dependent on both object path of the moving object in the object path and the conditions of motion; and outputting sound to the user based on the correlated soundscape data either before or during displaying to the user the moving object, thereby providing spatial auditory clues for assisting tracking eye movements of the user to train the user to anticipate or recognize a trajectory of the moving object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: Villanova University
    Inventor: Mark A. Jupina
  • Patent number: 10839706
    Abstract: A motion training device includes: a display on which a user can visually recognize a training target site as a part of a body part of the user in the state where motion images is displayed; and a controller which causes the display to display motion images that appears as if the training target site is moving, at a different position from a position of the training target site of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Hideki Tanaka, Yuya Maruyama
  • Patent number: 10806982
    Abstract: The present invention relates to delivery of content that is driven by input from one or more performance sensor units, such as performance sensor units configured to monitor motion-based performances and/or audio-based performances. Embodiments of the invention include software and hardware, and associated methodologies, associated with the generation, distribution, and execution of such content. Attention is paid to implementations whereby performance sensor units provide input to an adaptive training program.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: RLT IP LTD
    Inventor: Darren Wrigg
  • Patent number: 10806967
    Abstract: Systems and methods are described for providing coaching, training, or equipment specification information to individual golfers based on data generated during their individual golf swings. Additionally, data hubs are described that provide information and services to individuals based on data collected for a community of multiple golfers. Such community data hub systems and methods may provide one or more of the following: (a) storage of scoring data, swing data, ball flight data, and/or equipment data for multiple golfers; (b) at least some level of individual access to the stored data for the community; and/or (c) electronic interaction between golfers within the community.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: Karsten Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventors: James A. Niegowski, Mario A. Lafortune
  • Patent number: 10750946
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a movement disorder monitor, and a method of measuring the severity of a subject's movement disorder. The present invention additionally relates to a drug delivery system for dosing a subject in response to the increased severity of a subject's symptoms. The present invention provides for a system and method, which can accurately quantify symptoms of movements disorders, accurately quantifies symptoms utilizing both kinetic information and electromyography (EMG) data, that can be worn continuously to provide continuous information to be analyzed as needed by the clinician, that can provide analysis in real-time, that allows for home monitoring of symptoms in subject's with these movement disorders to capture the complex fluctuation patterns of the disease over the course of days, weeks or months, that maximizes subject safety, and that provides remote access to the clinician or physician.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: Great Lakes NeuroTechnologies Inc
    Inventor: Joseph Giuffrida
  • Patent number: 10715759
    Abstract: A method of using an athletic activity heads up display system during an athletic activity includes the steps of a heads up display unit receiving information about a sport ball and the heads up display unit displaying an image to an individual based on the information, where the image is overlaid on the individual's present field of view of an environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: adidas AG
    Inventors: Christian Dibenedetto, Jon H. Werner, Scott Tomlinson, Aurel Coza, Ben Valenti, Katrina Lee, Alan Lee, Amy Jones Vaterlaus
  • Patent number: 10688361
    Abstract: A training aid for aiding a swing of a person at striking a ball such as in golf. The training includes a first arm cuff and at least one leg cuff with an intermediate connector having at least one resilient member. In this way the at least one resilient member extends in use between a trailing upper arm or above elbow of the player and the player's front lower torso or leading leg which in use aids the user by ensuring the large muscle of the trailing upper arm UA in a cocked elbow formation starts the down swing and aids the correct sequence of movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: JINTAP PTY LTD
    Inventor: Peter Cottam
  • Patent number: 10692392
    Abstract: A display apparatus includes a display, a display controller, a sensor, and a work identifying unit. The display controller causes the display to continuously display a guidance video. The guidance video indicates a specified work procedure of respective processes. The display controller analyzes a work procedure that has been actually performed by the operator from a time series of the respective works identified by the work identifying unit, compares the analyzed work procedure with the process sequence and the specified work procedure, and returns to the process including an unprocessed work that has not been performed in accordance with the process sequence and the specified work procedure to cause the display to redisplay the guidance video indicating the work procedure of the returned process when having determined that the work performed by the operator is not performed in accordance with the process sequence and the specified work procedure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Kyocera Document Solutions Inc.
    Inventors: Michiko Tashiro, Shinichi Nakanishi, Emi Tennichi
  • Patent number: 10682569
    Abstract: A golf game system comprising: a golf simulator, the golf simulator comprising a plurality of virtual tee boxes adjacent to or on a virtual fairway; an outdoor shortened golf hole programmed into the golf simulator located on or near the outdoor shortened golf hole, the outdoor golf hole comprising: fairway landing area; rough landing areas; an approach area adjacent to the fairway landing area; a green adjacent to the approach area; a cup in the green; a plurality of mats located on the landing areas; where the golf simulator is configured to allow a player simulate a drive of a golf ball out of a simulated tee box onto the landing area, and the golf simulator calculates where on the landing area the ball should be placed after the drive, and the golf simulator informs the player where to place the ball on the landing area. A golf game system that assigns a precisely matched tee locations based on golfer swing data and is not limited to a select number of predetermined tee boxes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Inventor: Tim Vale
  • Patent number: 10576382
    Abstract: A non-limiting example game apparatus includes a first LCD and a second LCD, a touch panel is provided on the second LCD. A pre-hitting operation screen is displayed on the second LCD, and a mark for designating a target landing point is displayed in this screen. A player designates a desired target landing point by moving the mark by a touch operation. A target shot power value for causing a ball to arrive the designated target landing point is calculated with using parameters set for a club that is currently selected. However, when the designated target landing point exceeds a position that the ball is hit using the club under selection with a maximum power value, the mark is moved to the position concerned and the maximum power value is set as a target shot power value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: NINTENDO CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yoshiaki Onishi, Nobuo Matsumiya, Shunsuke Matsushita, Hiroshi Miyamoto, Nobuya Ohashi, Kazuhisa Watanabe, Yuichi Mizobe
  • Patent number: 10558845
    Abstract: A method, apparatus and computer program stored on a non-volatile computer readable storage medium for confirming a pill in the mouth of a user. The computer program causing a general purpose computer to perform the steps of capturing one or more images of a user by an image capture device, confirming the position of the face of the user within the captured image by measuring a size of the face, and setting a predetermined portion of the face of the user to be a region of interest. An open mouth of the user is confirmed within the region of interest, and the open mouth of the user is classified as one of a mouth with a pill therein and a mouth without a pill therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: AIC Innovations Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Lei Guan, Adam Hanina
  • Patent number: 10552669
    Abstract: The invention relates to a system for supporting an exercise movement, comprising an object, a detection device (101) for detecting an actual position of the object, a determination device (103) for determining a desired position of the object, and a display device (105) for displaying information on the desired position if the actual position and the desired position are different from each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: FRAUNHOFER-GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FÒRDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
    Inventor: Matthias Lochmann
  • Patent number: 10497278
    Abstract: Disclosed are systems, devices, and methods for providing feedback regarding an impact between a sporting implement and a ball, an example system comprising a ring attachable to the sporting implement, the ring including a sensor for detecting vibrations caused by an impact between the sporting implement and the ball and determining whether a level of the vibrations is within a predetermined range, and a speaker within audible range of the player, the speaker configured to emit an audible tone in response to receiving a signal from the sensor indicating that the level of the vibrations is within the predetermined range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: Robosport Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Salvatore Loduca
  • Patent number: 10486022
    Abstract: Systems and methods are described for providing coaching, training, or equipment specification information to individual golfers based on data generated during their individual golf swings. Additionally, data hubs are described that provide information and services to individuals based on data collected for a community of multiple golfers. Such community data hub systems and methods may provide one or more of the following: (a) storage of scoring data, swing data, ball flight data, and/or equipment data for multiple golfers; (b) at least some level of individual access to the stored data for the community; and/or (c) electronic interaction between golfers within the community.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: Karsten Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventors: James A. Niegowski, Mario A. Lafortune
  • Patent number: 10460157
    Abstract: There is provided an information processing device including a control unit to generate play event information based on a determination whether detected behavior of a user is a predetermined play event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Hideyuki Matsunaga, Kosei Yamashita
  • Patent number: 10424116
    Abstract: A display apparatus includes a display, an image capturer configured to produce a captured image by capturing an image of a user, a controller configured to analyze a user's movement in the captured image and to extract at least one area of interest in the captured image based on the analyzed movement, and a memory configured to store at least one area of interest from the captured image, wherein the controller, in response to the predetermined event occurring, controls the display to display at least one area of interest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2019
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Byoung-hyun Kim
  • Patent number: 10391372
    Abstract: A golf grip composed of multiple rubber compounds producing desirable properties within the golf grip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: EATON INTELLIGENT POWER LIMITED
    Inventors: Edward Wang, Alex Walls, Wen-Chen Su
  • Patent number: 10373520
    Abstract: A method for automatically analyzing and teaching optimal sport swings to users having the steps of: a user records a swing video of the user's sports swing with a video recorder or mobile device; the user uploads the swing video to an internet portal; the user answers a questionnaire on the internet portal; video recognition software on the internet portal uses an algorithm to compare the swing video to pre-established swing parameter values and to analyze and determine errors in the swing; the internet portal prepares a swing analysis explanation, a swing error explanation, a swing correction explanation, and pre-recorded video guides; and the internet portal sends the swing analysis explanation, the swing error explanation, the swing correction explanation, and pre-recorded video guides to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Inventor: Paul Jaure
  • Patent number: 10363471
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a method for measuring a speed of a sports device. The method includes: acquiring movement data of the sports device during a process of tracking the sports device, the movement data being collected by a sensor disposed at a bottom of the sports device; calculating a linear speed and a rotational speed of the sports device based on accelerations of three axes in the movement data; and combining the linear speed and the rotational speed to obtain a movement speed of the sports device. In addition, the present disclosure also provides an apparatus for measuring a speed of a sports device, which corresponds to the above method. The method and the apparatus for measuring a speed of a sports device can improve the credibility of the speed measurement of the sports device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: ShenZhen Coollang Cloud Computing Co., LTD
    Inventors: Zhicong Song, Hui Chen
  • Patent number: 10360814
    Abstract: A motion learning support apparatus displays a teaching-aid video segment and a segment of practice video of a learner alternately on a monitor, the practice video being of the learner who is imitating a motion of the teaching-aid video segment and being taken with an imaging unit. The motion learning support apparatus includes: motion detection unit to detect a motion of the learner and a motion information acquisition unit; an evaluation unit to evaluate similarity of a motion of the learner to a motion in the teaching-aid video segment; and first learning support processing unit to, when the evaluation unit evaluates that the motions are similar, switch the monitor from video taken with the imaging unit to a following teaching-aid video segment. Thereby, vividness of an image due to the illusion effect induced to the learner can be improved, and so the learning effect can be improved for supporting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Assignee: Japan Science and Technology Agency
    Inventors: Hideyuki Ando, Taro Maeda, Daisuke Kondo, Kazutaka Obama, Hiroyuki Izuka
  • Patent number: 10339821
    Abstract: Methods and apparatuses for generating feedback to a human practitioner practicing a skill using a combination of local platform, the internet, and cloud-based analysis engine are disclosed. The local platform is employed to provide physical parameter data pertaining to the human practitioner (or part/parts thereof) and to the object involved in practicing the skill. Cloud-based technology is leveraged to provide analysis to physical parameter data acquired by the local platform and to generate feedback to the human practitioner. Cloud-based technology is also leveraged to provide analysis resources to the cloud-based analysis engine and feedback resources to provide/enhance the feedback to the human practitioner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Inventors: James Pao, Yi-Ching Pao
  • Patent number: 10315089
    Abstract: A basketball shooting training device includes a main frame, a first vertical rail structure having vertical and oblique rail portions, a first sliding base, and a first basketball imitation member. The first vertical rail structure is disposed on the main frame. The first sliding base is slidably disposed on the first vertical rail structure for sliding along the first vertical rail structure. The first basketball imitation member is connected to the first sliding base. When the first basketball imitation member is propped and then propelled upwardly by a user's hand, the first sliding base slides from a first initial position on the vertical rail portion to a shooting position on the oblique rail portion for guiding the user's hand to complete a set shot along the first vertical rail structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Inventor: Chien-Yi Liao
  • Patent number: 10307640
    Abstract: The system analyzes a golf swing, determining individual joint powers generated in a player's body with high levels of accuracy, using inverse dynamics and detailed modelling of the player's body. A depth camera is used to measure body segment shapes and a magnetic motion capture system and 3D force plate system used to measure swing parameters. The system produces an expeditious analysis without the need for highly skilled technical personnel and is suitable for individual coaching and compilation of large golf swing databases.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Inventor: Brian Francis Mooney
  • Patent number: 10293257
    Abstract: Systems and methods for programmatically generating anamorphic images for presentation in a physical gaming suite (e.g., anamorphic images that are viewable without requiring any external wearable device) are disclosed herein. An example method includes: monitoring, using data received from one or more sensors, viewing characteristics associated with one or more game participants in the physical gaming suite. The method also includes: determining a viewpoint that is based on at least some of the monitored viewing characteristics. The method further includes: based on the viewpoint, generating a anamorphic image for presentation within the physical gaming suite. The method additional includes: providing, to the one or more display devices, data to present the anamorphic image within the physical gaming suite (e.g., near at least one physical object that is included within the physical gaming suite).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: GOLFSTREAM INC.
    Inventors: Sameer M. Gupta, Adnan I. Ansar, Scott A. Basinger, Andres Castano
  • Patent number: 10258858
    Abstract: A golf swing training device is provided with a hoop positioned above and inclined relative to an operating surface; a support frame connected to and adapted to support the hoop; and a carriage. The carriage has a body portion, a club holder being pivotally connected to the body portion, and a roller dolly being connected to the body portion, the roller dolly being secured to the hoop and adapted to rotate around a circumference of the hoop, wherein a longitudinal club shaft axis of the club holder is angularly offset relative to a plane which is perpendicular to an axis of symmetry of the hoop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Bellasilky Investments Pty Ltd
    Inventors: Timothy Kierath, Gary Bortz
  • Patent number: 10162408
    Abstract: A head mounted display for supporting improvement in an act of moving a body is provided. The head mounted display includes image display unit that transmits external scenery therethrough and forms an image, a body motion detection unit that detects motions of a body of a user and at least a part of a tool bundled with the body, a model moving image acquisition unit that accesses a model moving image storage unit which stores, as a model moving image, a moving image showing a motion of the body, used as a reference of the act and stores the model moving image for each type of act, and acquires one or a plurality of model moving images corresponding to a detection result from the body motion detection unit, and a display control unit that causes the image display unit to form the acquired model moving image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hitoshi Saito, Masahide Takano, Hiroyuki Baba
  • Patent number: 10159431
    Abstract: The DPT INSTRUCTOR provides unprecedented exercise instruction guidance by applying unparalleled precision and pinpoint accuracy that comes from combining professional exercise instructor expertise, physics and computer electronics. Considering the marketability of renowned professional/celebrity instructors who have their own unique style, technique, format and dedicated customers. The DPT INSTRUCTOR provides exclusive programming and formulation to guide and exact the expert training regiment of any fitness instructors individual form, execution, posture, expertise and technique.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Inventors: Kermit Patrick Parker, Gladys Parker, Samuel Parker
  • Patent number: 10129464
    Abstract: Systems and methods for image compositing. Image capture devices may be used for documenting various activities. An image capture device may be configured to operate in image acquisition mode configured for image compositing. The image acquisition mode may be characterized by one or more of a given image acquisition interval, number of acquired images, camera shutter setting, and/or other settings. The image capture device may provide a user interface configured to facilitate acquiring an image sequence suitable for compositing. A live compositing preview may enable users to select one or more composite images for viewing and/or sharing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: GoPro, Inc.
    Inventors: Joven Matias, Daryl Stimm, Ryan Lustig, Kyler Schwartz, Joseph VanDalsem
  • Patent number: 10118290
    Abstract: A support structure for an upper half body of a robot includes: a columnar backbone pan extending in an upward direction from a haunch bone part of a robot; an upper half body support part connected to the backbone part; and a driving unit on which an arm unit of the robot is rotatably mounted and which has an accommodation space receiving at least a predetermined actuator for driving said arm unit to rotate from the outside of the arm unit, wherein the driving unit is connected to the upper half body support part and the haunch bone part at a first connection point on the upper half body support part which is away a predetermined distance from a connection point of the upper half body support part and the backbone part to a side thereof, and at a second connection point on the haunch bone part, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: THK CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Masaki Nagatsuka
  • Patent number: 10115319
    Abstract: Methods and systems for detecting overstride in runners include measuring, using an inertial measurement unit affixed to a shank of a person, an acceleration and an angle of the shank during a stride, monitoring, using a microprocessor, the shank acceleration measurements to detect an acceleration profile indicative of the corresponding foot making initial contact with the ground during the stride, determining, using the microprocessor, the corresponding shank angle at initial contact from the shank angle measurements, comparing, using the microprocessor, the shank angle at initial contact to a threshold shank angle, and identifying, using the microprocessor, an overstride of the corresponding leg if the shank angle at initial contact exceeds the threshold shank angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: President and Fellows of Harvard College
    Inventors: Conor J. Walsh, Stephanie Hsiang-Ting Liu, Panagiotis Polygerinos, Daniel E. Lieberman
  • Patent number: 10065087
    Abstract: A set of ball striking devices, such as a set golf clubs, having similar characteristics between clubs within the set of clubs such as length, weight, and lie angle. Characteristics can include lengths and lie angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Karsten Manufacturing Corporation
    Inventors: Raymond J. Sander, Robert M. Boyd, John T. Stites
  • Patent number: 10052538
    Abstract: An improved golf club grip 10a, 10b, 10c with a well-defined and pronounced reminder rib 20a, 20b, 20c includes in one embodiment of the present disclosure a groove 32 positioned in the exterior surface 34 on each side of or surrounding a ridge 24a that extends lengthwise inside the body 14a of the grip 10a. When the golf grip 10a is installed on a golf club shaft 12, the groove 32 facilitates the flexing of the grip material for forming the reminder rib 20a. In another embodiment of the present disclosure, the grip 10b, 10c is provided with a raised portion 36 of a selected material in a select region on the grip 10b, 10c. When the golf grip 10b, 10c is installed on a golf club shaft 12, the raised portion 36 becomes the reminder rib 20b, 20c.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: EATON INTELLIGENT POWER, LTD.
    Inventors: Stephen James Davis, Alex Walls, Andy Arrington, Bruce Miller
  • Patent number: 10046227
    Abstract: A device for training a golf swing addressed to a golfer having a supporting element on which a vertical rigid rod is placed. The rod is connected to a horizontal rigid rod which is connected to a terminal supporting element on which the golfer keeps his forehead continuously in touch. The device has a protruding element connected to the vertical rod on which a chainlet is connected at the end, and a golf ball is hanged and kept jointed to the chainlet. A laser emitting and receiving device is able to emit and receive a laser beam to detect the rotation angle of the player's bust in respect to the front direction. A system of video cameras and image processing software detect the orientation of the golf club at the moment of impact on the ball, and the golfer is then informed by the device if the swing was correct.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Inventor: Antonio Bocchetti
  • Patent number: 9999804
    Abstract: Analysis of sporting equipment characteristics may be analyzed using dynamic sampling rates. For example, analyzing a golf swing may include the use of one or more sensors providing data at various sampling rates. According to some aspects, the sampling rate may be dynamically modified upon determination of one or more golf equipment characteristics, environmental conditions, player characteristics and the like. In one example, a sampling rate processor may dynamically select a sampling rate at which data is sampled from one or more sensors. In some examples, by dynamically selecting the sampling rate, an analysis may be tailored to various types, and portions of a golf swing, in addition to producing power consumption by the analysis instruments in the golf club system. According to other aspects, triggering conditions for modifying a sampling rate may be determined from a population of one or more previous golf swings performed by a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Manan Goel, Mario A. Lafortune
  • Patent number: 9987521
    Abstract: Activities, actions and events during user performance of physical activity may be detected using various algorithms and templates. Templates may include an arrangement of one or more states that may identify particular event types and timing between events. Templates may be specific to a particular type of activity (e.g., types of sports, drills, events, etc.), user, terrain, time of day and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Santoshkumar Balakrishnan, Jordan M. Rice, Steven H. Walker, Adam S. Carroll, Corey C. Dow-Hygelund, Aaron K. Goodwin, James M. Mullin, Tye L. Rattenbury, Joshua M. Rooke-Ley, John M. Schmitt
  • Patent number: 9901770
    Abstract: Muscle contraction device including: a frame intended to be wedged between a floor surface (30) and an upper structure (29) of a room, the frame including a structure bar forming a circular arc, an upper element attached to a first end of the structure bar and a lower element attached to a second end of the structure bar both intended to cooperate with the upper structure of the room and the floor surface, respectively, a feedback element attached to the frame, a loading element coupled to the feedback element adapted to be pulled by a user (27) toward the inside of the circular arc of the structure bar and to exert on the loading element a feedback force opposing the pulling force of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: ERACLES-TECHNOLOGY
    Inventors: Arnaud Vannicatte, Philippe Chazalon, Aurelien Vauquelin
  • Patent number: 9868043
    Abstract: Systems and methods providing statistical analytics of golf performance for coaching including text, tabular, graphic, and image-based outputs that include trends information for the golfer, all based upon actual golf play on course situations, wherein the golfer inputs shot data during play, without interrupting the flow of the game, and uploads the shot data for analytics and review online, and wherein all information related to a given user are reviewable by an authorized coach user through a web-based coach access account. The system is further operable to provide the coach user rights for providing corrective or instructive feedback to the user, including visual recommendations such as modified target areas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: SKYHAWKE TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Matthew P. Doherty, James F. Doherty, III, William G. Moore
  • Patent number: 9821220
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are sport and game simulation systems, and methods of use thereof. One exemplary method is performed at an electronic device and includes: identifying a current topography of a putting green and a current position of a first user's ball on the putting green. The method also includes: determining, based on the current topography, a best path from the current position of the first user's ball to a target on the putting green. The method additionally includes: sending, to a projecting device that is distinct from the electronic device, instructions to render a representation of the best path on the putting green. In some embodiments, the method further includes: determining a backswing distance and/or speed and a corresponding follow-through distance and/or speed that allows the first user to hit the ball along the best path and providing instructions to render the backswing and follow-through distances on the putting green.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: GOLFSTREAM INC.
    Inventors: Sameer M. Gupta, Darren W. Dummit, Michael P. Brenner
  • Patent number: 9761013
    Abstract: An information notification apparatus (1) includes: an image acquisition unit (42) that acquires a plurality of moving images in which motions of subjects are captured, respectively; a first detection unit (44) that detects a specific state in the motions of the subject from respective moving images among the plurality of moving images acquired by the acquisition unit; a face detection unit (45) that detects an image corresponding to the specific state detected by the first detection unit from the respective moving images; a comparison unit (47) that compares images detected by the image detection unit; and a notification control unit (50) that notifies information based on a comparison result by the comparison unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Osamu Nojima
  • Patent number: 9710711
    Abstract: A method of using an athletic activity heads up display system during an athletic activity includes the steps of a heads up display unit receiving information about a sport ball and the heads up display unit displaying an image to an individual based on the information, where the image is overlaid on the individual's present field of view of an environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: adidas AG
    Inventors: Christian Dibenedetto, Jon H. Werner, Scott Tomlinson, Aurel Coza, Ben Valenti, Katrina Lee, Alan Lee, Amy Jones Vaterlaus
  • Patent number: 9679383
    Abstract: An image capture apparatus 1 is equipped with: a CPU 11 that acquires a plurality of images; a normalization unit 54 that performs normalization such that an area of at least one of a plurality of acquired images satisfies a predetermined criterion; and a display control unit 56 that performs control such that a plurality of images including the images normalized by the normalization unit 54 are displayed in an output unit 19.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kouichi Nakagome, Yoshihiro Kawamura, Tomohiko Murakami, Yuichi Onumata
  • Patent number: 9616346
    Abstract: A sports simulator calculates the rotational and translational velocity of a sports object. The rotational velocity is calculated using image analysis. The translational velocity is calculated using image analysis and a set of emitters and sensors. The simulator then computes the future trajectory of the sports object based on the rotational and translational velocity. In one embodiment, the sports object is a golf ball and the sports simulator simulates golf.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: FULL-SWING GOLF, INC.
    Inventors: Daniel Antonio Nicora, Brian Arnold
  • Patent number: 9579044
    Abstract: A method for decomposing a GRF into individual force profiles, comprising: receiving a global GRF measured while a subject performs at least one movement on the force platform, the movement comprising at least two motion configurations; identifying individual time regions contained in the time measurement of the global GRF and assigning a respective one of the at least two motion configurations to each time region using a logical order of motion configurations and an identification of a reference motion configuration; for each time region, determining an individual GRF for each one of the at least two support contacts using the identification of the motion configuration for the time region and the global GRF, thereby determining a contribution of each one of the at least two support contacts to the global GRF; and outputting the individual GRFs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: POLYVALOR, LIMITED PARTNERSHIP
    Inventor: Maxime Raison
  • Patent number: 9526964
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus are disclosed for comparing signals from pressure sensors under the grip of a tennis racket to digital templates to gain insight into the player's grip, e.g., during ball striking moments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Sriram Sampathkumaran