Golf Patents (Class 434/252)
  • 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
    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
    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
    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: 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: 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
    Inventors: Hitoshi Saito, Masahide Takano, Hiroyuki Baba
  • 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
    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
    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
    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
    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
  • Patent number: 9403072
    Abstract: Included are systems and methods for providing data. At least one embodiment of a method includes constructing, by a computing device, a segment line on a computer display of an image of a golf course, the segment line being constructed from a tee box on a golf hole to a green on the golf hole, the segment line bisecting a fairway of the hole; determining at least one lay up position on the segment line, the at least one lay up position indicating a predetermined distance from the green; and providing the at least one lay up position to a user device, the user device configured to determine a distance between the user device and the lay up position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2016
    Inventors: Josh Baker, Frank Craig Prichard
  • Patent number: 9399163
    Abstract: A athletic training assembly includes a base that may be positioned on a support surface. A pair of guide rods is each movably coupled to the base. Each of the pair of guide rods is curved between a first end and a second end of the pair of guide rods. The first end and the second end of each of the pair of guide rods is coupled together. The pair of guide rods forms a crescent shape. A user slidably engages an athletic implement to each of the pair of guide rods. The athletic implement travels upwardly and downwardly between the first and second ends of the pair of guide rods when the user swings the athletic implement. The pair of guide rods retains the athletic implement on a correct trajectory. The user is trained in swinging the athletic implement in the correct trajectory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2016
    Inventor: Ron Laster
  • Patent number: 9348953
    Abstract: Provided is a swing simulation system capable of simulating a swing without amplifying errors contained in measured values on three-dimensional coordinates of a grip during the swing. The simulation system according to the present invention includes: at least two imaging devices for imaging identification features capable of identifying a closed virtual plane that follows a grip of a golf club during a swing; and a simulation apparatus for simulating a behavior of the golf club during the swing, based on position information on the virtual plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Assignees: BRIDGESTONE CORPORATION, Bridgestone Sports Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoshikazu Senno, Koji Takao, Takashi Saito, Hideo Matsunaga, Hirotada Iwade
  • Patent number: 9333412
    Abstract: Disclosed are a virtual golf simulation apparatus and method in which a golf ball hit by a user who swings at the golf ball is sensed by a sensing device, and the trajectory of the golf ball is simulated on a virtual golf course based on the sensed result so that the user can enjoy virtual golf on the virtual golf course, thereby providing the same sense of reality that the user would feel playing a round of golf on a real golf course.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Assignee: GOLFZON CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hyung Wook Jang, Hyun Dam Jeong, Hyun Jin Park, Hyung Sik Yoon
  • Patent number: 9241862
    Abstract: A machine has a platform for a standing patient to perform foot exercises specified by a set of selectors on the machine and pre-selected according to a therapy program. Different types of monitor devices viewable by the patient and an attendant, direct the patient to proceed with selected exercises. Light sources associated with the platform to illuminate portions of it, and other slight sources directed to sensors above the platform, are activated in concert, according to the directions addressed to the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Assignee: WILKINS IP, LLC
    Inventor: Larry C. Wilkins
  • Patent number: 9233285
    Abstract: A golf club holder includes an elongate body having a first end and a second end. A ground engaging member is positioned at the first end, whereby the elongate body is supported in a ground surface in a substantially vertical orientation. A socket is provided for detachably securing a first end of at least one golf club spaced from the first end of the elongate body. A clamp is provided for detachably securing a second end of the at least one golf club spaced from the second end of the elongate body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2016
    Inventor: Darien Masse
  • Patent number: 9220942
    Abstract: A magnetometer and magnet are incorporated into a glove in order to measure the magnetic field between the two carrying an athletic movement such as a golf swing. The resulting magnetic field can be related to the distance between the magnet and the magnetometer in the wrist-joint angle, allowing a real time receptacle signal to be transmitted to the user when a proper wrist angel in achieved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Assignee: W.A.T. SPORTS, LLC
    Inventors: Steven M. Serkiz, Matthew D. Folsom, John P. Perkins, Nicholas F. DeRoller
  • Patent number: 9142140
    Abstract: A muscle memory training device for attaching to a joint of a user, such as, for example, a wrist joint. The training device includes a pair of opposing circuit boards for overlying first and second elements of the joint. The pair of circuit boards are pivotally connected with a pivot point configured to be placed over the joint. The circuit boards include individual contact traces which are configured and arranged such that when said traces are rotated past each other, the traces sequentially complete one of a sequence of circuits, providing a signal at each one of a plurality of contact positions depending on opposing circuit board rotation positions. In this manner, sensory input is provided to a user while practicing a movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Inventor: Shawn Patrick Pope
  • Patent number: 9138638
    Abstract: Golf game management integrates pre-game, in-game, and post-game activities for a golf game into a unified experience. A golf cart-mounted entertainment console includes video cameras, sensory devices worn by the players during the game, and locally-mounted data processing components for modeling collected data. A cart-mounted interface, website, and mobile device application present game-related content that allows players to view and manipulate data before, during and after the game. Multiple data processing modules provide several functions built on data collected from playing a game of golf for players to enjoy an enhanced golf experience.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Inventor: Peter S. Bastawros
  • Patent number: 9089775
    Abstract: A system comprising at least one processor; and computer executable instructions readable by the at least one processor and operative to: use at least one sensor to sense at least one first physical movement of at least one first object; and compare the at least one first physical movement of at least one first object with at least one second physical movement of at least one second object in at least one piece of content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2015
    Inventor: Isaac S. Daniel
  • Patent number: 9017079
    Abstract: A data comparison apparatus 1 includes: an image acquisition unit 42 that acquires data of a plurality of motions; an interval identification unit 45 that identifies a predetermined interval that is common in data of the plurality of motions; a time period comparison unit 47 that compares the plurality of motions in the identified predetermined interval; and a notification unit 50 that notifies information corresponding to a comparison result of the time period comparison unit 47.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Casio Computer Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Osamu Nojima
  • Publication number: 20150079565
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and non-transitory computer program products are disclosed. Embodiments of the present, invention can include providing a performance model of a procedure, the performance model based at least in part on one or more previous performances of the procedure. Embodiments can further include obtaining performance data while the procedure is performed, the performance data based at least in pari on sensor data received from one or more motion-sensing devices. Embodiments can further include determining a performance metric of the procedure, the performance metric determined by comparing the performance data with the performance model. Embodiments can further include outputting results, the results based on the performance metric.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Applicant: Eastern Virginia Medical School
    Inventors: Geoffrey Tobias Miller, Thomas W. Hubbard, Johnny Joe Garcia, IV, Justin Joseph Maestri
  • Patent number: 8982216
    Abstract: A portable movement capture device is described. The portable movement capture device includes one or more cameras that capture high-speed video or still images of a player performing a sports activity. In one embodiment, the sports activity is a golf swing of a golfer. The portable movement capture device is arranged in a housing with one or more cameras and may optionally include a number of additional components to assist with capturing information associated with a player performing a sports activity. The captured information is analyzed using a method of finite element analysis to isolate a portion of the captured information. With this arrangement, specific regions of a player are analyzed, individually, or relatively with other regions, for a particular movement associated with the sports activity. A handheld motion capture device is also described that combines components of a portable movement capture device with an integrated display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Nike, Inc.
    Inventors: Hideyuki Ishii, Nicholas A. Leech, Yutaka Kabeshita, Arthur Molinari
  • Patent number: 8953909
    Abstract: A system for visually superimposing a first image that may be in motion over and/or under a second image that may be in motion, the system including at least one generating device to provide a first image and a second image, a display device to display the first image and second image superimposed with each other, and an adjustment device for reconfiguring the first image and/or the second image to a size in agreement with a non-adjusted first image and/or second image, to a size in agreement with the display device, and/or to a size acceptable by a user. The first image or the second image is displayed in a different media than the other image to allow for a distinction to be made between movements occurring in both images. A method for visually superimposing a first image that may be in motion over and/or under a second image that may be in motion is further disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Inventors: Elizabeth T. Guckenberger, Ronald J. Guckenberger
  • Publication number: 20150017620
    Abstract: I have invented a tool to enable a golfer to determine his/her TrueAim to the hole when putting. The premise of the invention is that no two sets of eyes see or aim in exactly the same fashion and the device allows the individual golfer to establish and practice his/her TrueAim. The device is designed for a person to practice with and to train the individual to determine the aim of a putt, and then enable the individual to properly align based on that aim determination. Unique features of the device allow the golfer to align to a point within the cup just a few inches in front of the ball, and allows the golfer to align the putter to that spot and thereby align to what the golfer believes is the TrueAim of the putt. After putting the ball from the spot on the tongue of the device, and over the alignment arrow and dot in the round (see D and E in FIG.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 9, 2013
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Inventor: Ed Marasco