Traversing Ground (e.g., Crawling, Running, Etc.) Patents (Class 434/255)
  • Patent number: 10688332
    Abstract: An exercise apparatus for use in for example a leg exercise comprises at least one track each extending in a respective longitudinal direction, and each carrying in sliding movement therealong a limb receiving member for supporting a limb of the user. The apparatus includes a resistance generating member in the form of a plunger cooperating with a stop surface to provide gradual resistance to movement of the limb receiving member in a user-driven direction. The resistance generating member is mounted on the limb receiving member so as to be movable therewith and is arranged for releasable contact with the stop surface defined on the respective track.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Inventors: Hal Medi Carnago, Vincent Anthony Colistro
  • Patent number: 10639228
    Abstract: A system is provided to minimize, or potentially eliminate, veering of a visually impaired user that is walking along a linear path. The system includes a wearable apparatus to be worn by a user. Further, the system includes a sensor, which measures ambulatory motion of the user along a linear path, that adheres to the wearable apparatus. The system also includes a processor that adheres to the wearable apparatus. The processor determines ambulatory motion deviation from the linear path according to the ambulatory motion being in excess of a predetermined angular threshold, and also determines according to one or more veering detection criteria if the ambulatory motion deviation is a veering motion or a purposeful turn. Finally, the system includes a left non-visual output device and a right non-visual output device that adheres to a right side of the wearable apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: Stria Labs, Inc.
    Inventors: Noah Park Tavares, Pranav Skanda Ram, Maximillian Chuan-Qi Shen
  • Patent number: 10569127
    Abstract: An exercise machine for working core muscles includes a base, a handle bar connected to the base, and a leg support assembly connected to the base and extending substantially horizontally in a direction away from the handle bar. When one of the handle bar and leg support assembly is swung in a clockwise direction, the other of the handle bar and leg support assembly is swung in a counterclockwise direction, and when the one of handle bar and leg support assembly is swung in a counterclockwise direction, the other of the handle bar and leg support assembly is swung in a clockwise direction. The opposite direction rotations of the handle bar and leg support assembly create a double twist motion in the core muscles of a user of the machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: NABILE INNOVATIONS, LLC
    Inventor: Nabile Lalaoua
  • Patent number: 10456618
    Abstract: An exercise apparatus for use in for example a leg exercise comprises a pair of tracks extending in a respective longitudinal direction, each carrying in sliding movement therealong a limb receiving member for supporting a limb of the user. The tracks are interconnected by a bridging portion comprising a hinge which defines a central folding axis parallel to the respective longitudinal direction of each track, so that the tracks can be moved between an operating position in which the folding axis is located transversely between the tracks and a storage position in which the tracks are disposed so that upper load bearing surfaces are oriented so as to face one another. The apparatus also includes a resiliently deformable elastic band defining a limit in the range of sliding movement of each limb receiving member along the track so as to apply gradual resistance to the limb receiving member upon contact with same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Inventors: Hal Medi Carnago, Vincent Anthony Colistro
  • Patent number: 10384108
    Abstract: A vehicle operation analysis system according to an embodiment of the present invention comprises: a first acceleration sensor configured attachable to an animal which is an object-to-be-operated operated by an operator, the first acceleration sensor measuring acceleration of the object-to-be-operated and outputting first acceleration data; a first communication device configured attachable to the object-to-be-operated, the first communication device being inputted with the first acceleration data from the first acceleration sensor and transmitting the first acceleration data; a second communication device configured attachable to the operator, the second communication device receiving the first acceleration data from the first communication device and outputting the first acceleration data; a second acceleration sensor measuring acceleration of the operator and outputting second acceleration data; and a calculation processing device that compares postures of the operator and the object-to-be-operated based o
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Assignee: KODEN TECHNO INFO K.K.
    Inventor: Hiroshi Mano
  • Patent number: 10242591
    Abstract: A system and method for assessing cardiovascular fitness of a subject. A local monitoring device is coupled to the subject for acquiring input data related to the subject. A remote monitoring system is communicatively coupled to the local monitoring device over a network for receiving the input data. The remote monitoring system includes a non-transitory memory having stored thereon an algorithm to be applied to the input data. A processor having access to the memory and algorithm is configured to calculate heart rate complexity (HRC) data based on the input data, compare the HRC data to at least one predetermined threshold value, and process the HRC data in relation to the at least one predetermined threshold value to generate a cardiovascular fitness level of the subject. A display is coupled to the remote monitoring system and configured to display a report related to the cardiovascular fitness level of the subject.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: The General Hospital Corporation
    Inventor: David King
  • Patent number: 10220246
    Abstract: A portable sit-stand elliptical exercise machine includes a seat, a transmission wheel installed at the seat, two linkage mechanisms installed at the transmission wheel, and two mobile pedals respectively installed at the linkage mechanisms. Each linkage mechanism includes a driving portion connected to the transmission wheel, an axle portion disposed at one side away from the transmission wheel, and an adjustment portion disposed between the axle portion and the driving portion. Each mobile pedal is pivotally connected to the axle portion and includes a plurality of assembly portions. Thus, an angle is formed between each mobile pedal assembled to one of the assembly portions and the linkage mechanism to facilitate a user to utilize the portable sit-stand elliptical exercise machine in either a sitting or standing posture, thereby solving issue of a conventional solution that cannot be applied for a dual use of both sitting and standing postures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Inventor: Jody Newgard Lernihan
  • Patent number: 10219726
    Abstract: A gait analysis system includes a foot sensing unit, a knee sensing unit and a portable device. The foot sensing unit senses pressure information. The knee sensing unit senses first and second three-dimensional rotational attributes of knee. The portable device generates direction of ground reaction force according to the pressure information, the first and the second three-dimensional rotational attributes of knee and a model of direction of ground reaction force, generates knee moment according to the pressure information, the first and the second three-dimensional rotational attribute of knee, the direction of ground reaction force, length of tibia and model of knee moment, determines gait information according to a gait model and one of the pressure information, the first and the second three-dimensional rotational attributes of knee, and generates gait analysis result according to the gait information, the knee moment and the gait model.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: INSTITUTE FOR INFORMATION INDUSTRY
    Inventors: Shih-Yao Wei, Chih-Chun Ma
  • Patent number: 10114460
    Abstract: A tactile device for virtual reality simulations includes an outer hollow sphere, a pliable inner hollow sphere, a plurality of actuators, and a framework. The plurality of actuators physically couple the outer hollow sphere to the pliable inner hollow sphere, and are configured to dynamically and physically reshape the pliable inner hollow sphere as the outer hollow sphere and the pliable inner hollow sphere rotate. The framework includes a plurality of powered rollers that support the outer hollow sphere and control a rotational speed and direction of the outer hollow sphere and the pliable inner hollow sphere.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: John V. Delaney, Sean T. Fornash, Anthony M. Hunt, Claus Schroeder-Hansen, Clea A. Zolotow
  • Patent number: 9950213
    Abstract: A stretch stride system comprising a mat having a first stride pattern and a second stride pattern positioned thereon. The first stride pattern may include two or more step patterns spaced at a first interval. The second stride pattern may include two or more step pattern spaced at a second interval. The first interval and the second interval may be determined using different extended step lengths.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Inventor: Robert Albert Skulman
  • Patent number: 9649530
    Abstract: A full-body exercise system is described. The full-body exercise system includes a frame, and plurality of appendicular members extending from the frame. Each of the plurality of appendicular members is configured for engagement with a respective limb of a user. Further, each of the plurality of appendicular members is movable in a degree of freedom independent of other ones of the plurality of appendicular members. The full-body exercise system also includes a resistive system configured to provide a resistive force on each of the plurality of appendicular members with respect to movement in its respective degree of freedom. The resistive force provided by the resistive system on each of the plurality of appendicular members is adjustable in a generally continuous manner independent of resistive forces on other ones of the plurality of appendicular members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Inventors: Robert Quinn, Ivan Kiselev
  • Patent number: 9630056
    Abstract: The current invention relates to an exerciser, especially a crawling exerciser, comprising two hand slides each containing a wheel and two leg slides each containing a wheel, characterized in that, characterized in that it also contains components of a linear parallel track, wherein both the hand slides and the leg slides slide in the track and a damping structure is installed on the wheels or between the wheels and the track. The exerciser of the current invention is convenient, flexible, easy to control, and is easy to perform alternate movements of the hands and legs. It does not damage the floor, carpet or ground, and is very appropriate for indoor application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: FITCRAWL (SHANGHAI) INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Minghu Rao
  • Patent number: 9283424
    Abstract: An exercise device comprising a base frame comprising one or more belt members, a front axle configured to interface with one of the belt members, a rear axle configured to interface with one of the belt members and an adjustable support disposed on one side of the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Inventors: Lani Arst, Peter Hollingworth, Jacob W. Ensign
  • Patent number: 9242140
    Abstract: A stepping exerciser having a connecting device for training balance includes two stepping units and a connecting unit disposed between the two stepping units. Through the connecting unit, the two stepping units can be used in a stable state to enhance safety of use. Furthermore, because the connecting unit provides an angle adjustment function, the relative position of the two stepping units can be changed. The use of the stepping exerciser can be adjusted according to the user's own physical status and age. The present invention provides a variety of changes for use so as to train balance and muscles throughout the body. The exercise effect and amusement of use can be enhanced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Inventor: Chung-Chin Yang
  • Patent number: 9186534
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a grid apparatus that is useful for the training of athletes in speed, agility, strength, plyometrics, balance, cardiovascular and other training exercise activities. The grid apparatus allows athletes to move forward, backward, side to side, and diagonal at multiple height settings. Specifically, the present invention relates to a grid apparatus that has the ability to be held tight and maintain its shape while on any athletic surface. More specifically, the present invention relates to a grid apparatus that may be suspended above the ground at specific heights. The grid apparatus includes, generally, one or more straps intersecting in a grid configuration and one or more stabilizers to functionally suspend the grid apparatus above the ground.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Inventors: Trevor Bollers, Jennifer Bollers
  • Patent number: 9186551
    Abstract: A crawling exercise device having a base with a quartet of spaced apart notches disposed within the top side, a block slidably disposed above each notch, respectively, a pad disposed atop each block, a wheel connected to each block through each notch, each wheel supported on the bottom side interior, a first connecting rod in operational communication with the wheels of the first small block and the first large block, a second connecting rod in operational communication with the wheels of the second small block and the second large block, a dual inertia wheel disposed at the first end, each of the first connecting rod and the second connecting rod pivotally affixed to the dual inertia wheel, the first connecting rod affixed to the dual inertia wheel 180 degrees out of phase with the second connecting rod, wherein sliding movement of the blocks turns the dual inertia wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Inventor: Allen D. Smith
  • Publication number: 20150140534
    Abstract: Arrangement for training the gait, comprising a predetermined walking surface, kick-on location sensing means for determining actual kick-on locations where a patient kicks his feet on the walking surface, which kick-on sensing means are associated to the walking surface, a training program memory for storing a gait training program which comprises data for predetermining a sequence of instructed kick-on locations for the feet of the patient on the walking surface, a display apparatus for displaying images which show the instructed kick-on locations, and a display synchronizing apparatus, which at its input side is connected to the training program memory and to the kick-on location sensing means and at its output side with the display apparatus to output data of the kick-on location sensing means in such manner that the display of the instructed kick-on locations is continuously adapted to sensed actual kick-on locations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 31, 2013
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventor: Wolfgang Brunner
  • Patent number: 8961186
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for a rehabilitative and ambulation accessory for a walker. The system provides visual and auditory cues to improve the movement pattern or walking ability of an individual with gait problems caused by physiological or neurological issues, injury, or surgical wounds. The invention may also be used as an exercise training device. The invention includes two balls which illuminate in an alternating fashion to provide a visual target for each leg. The user then reaches for the illuminated ball with his foot. When sensors inside the balls are triggered, the system returns visual and auditory feedback, such as a bright light and a pleasing tone indicating a successful step.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Inventor: Patrick LoSasso
  • Publication number: 20140370473
    Abstract: A skating practice assembly is disclosed that includes a rope, a center marker coupled to the rope proximate the center of the rope, and two handles coupled to the rope, one on each side of the center marker. Each of the handles has an opening extending through it, with the rope extending through each opening so as to couple the handles to the rope. The handles are fastened to the rope such that the distance between the handles, when the rope is extended, corresponds to the arm-length of the skater. Instruction is provided to the skater while the skater is holding the rope such that the rope extends between two fingers on each hand of the skater, the first handle contacting two fingers of one hand of the skater and the second handle contacting the two fingers on the other hand of the skater such that, when the skater's arms are outstretched, the rope becomes taut. As the skater skates, holding the skating practice assembly in the proper position assures that the skater is maintaining the proper posture.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 18, 2013
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Inventor: Karen S. Williams
  • Patent number: 8747199
    Abstract: A computerized system and method for measuring physical activity to advance play in a game. In example embodiments, a cell phone generates a screen display and the game is played through the mobile device. The measurement of physical activity progresses the player through the game by progressing the player through “game days,” by permitting the player to travel from a current location to another location on a map of the game, by earning rewards points for the player that may be utilized in game play, etc. A specified number of steps equates with a game day and a complete game is measured in game days. The device tracks physical activity, related game days, and completion of games. During a game day, a player advances in the game as well as encounters challenges and obstacles and may be prompted to make other decisions related to the game play.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Humana Inc.
    Inventors: Chris Palmisano, Benjamin Gibson Sawyer
  • Publication number: 20140076943
    Abstract: A childcare device including a base in the shape of a closed loop; a cavity bounded and defined by the closed loop; and wherein the device is adapted to receive a part of a child's body through the cavity; and the base is independently usable as a baby sling, a walking aid or a seat safety strap.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 20, 2012
    Publication date: March 20, 2014
    Applicant: CREATIVE NUANCES LTD.
    Inventor: Charis Hui Yee NG
  • Patent number: 8662901
    Abstract: A sport guiding device and a sport guiding method using the same are provided. The sport guiding method includes the following steps. Two of a predetermined sport frequency intensity, a predetermined calorific capacity and a predetermined sport time are provided. A predetermined sport frequency curve is obtained according to two of the predetermined sport frequency intensity, the predetermined calorific capacity and the predetermined sport time. An actual sport frequency curve of a user is detected. If the actual sport frequency curve is deviated from the predetermined sport frequency curve for the predetermined level, then a tempo guiding signal is outputted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: Industrial Technology Research Institute
    Inventors: Szu-Han Tzao, Chih-Chao Cheng, Ju-Chia Kuo, Jong-Jeng Hong
  • Patent number: 8628334
    Abstract: A portable walking trainer device for a child, having a U-shaped structure of support bars that are removably securable to a padded base mat. The padded base mat has apertures disposed along its perimeter to facilitate removable securement of the support bars to the mat. Securing posts attached to the support bars are inserted into the apertures, resulting in a stable set of handrails for a child to pull on, lean upon, or use for balance. All support bars are padded to reduce the risk of injury to a child user. When the device is not in use the support bars may be disassembled and fold up within the base mat. Handles disposed at the ends of the base mat allow the self-contained stowed device to be easily transported by a parent or caregiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2014
    Inventors: Edwin Kibby, Agymah Dyer, Justine Gomez
  • Patent number: 8616893
    Abstract: An apparatus is described that allows a table to be turned upside down so that a toddler can use the upright legs as grips and the horizontal cross support beams as obstacles to master the art of stepping over this obstacle height of the cross support beams. Once the art of stepping is mastered, the table is flipped upright to function as a table again. Several adjustments are added to a table so that the height of the cross support beams and length of the legs can be adjusted to provide a range of mastering possibilities when in the upside down position. When flipped upright, the surface of the table can have adjustable to have uniform height or a top that slants.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: TrackThings LLC
    Inventors: Serena Marlene Gabara, Helen Mary Gabara, Thaddeus Gabara
  • Patent number: 8608479
    Abstract: In one embodiment a gait training system includes a patient interface adapted to attach to a patient's thigh, the patient interface defining a channel, a cord that passes through the channel of the patient interface, and connecting means attached to a first end of the cord for connecting the cord to the patient's forefoot, wherein pulling of the cord pulls the patient interface forward and upward to emulate hip flexion and simultaneously pulls the connecting means upward to emulate ankle dorsiflexion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: The University of Kansas
    Inventor: Wen Liu
  • Patent number: 8594982
    Abstract: Distributed computing methods and systems are disclosed, wherein intensive fatigue-risk calculations are partitioned according to available computing resources, parameters of the fatigue-risk calculation, time-sensitive user demands, and the like. Methods are disclosed wherein execution-cost functions are used to allocate accessible computing resources. Additional methods include partitioning calculation tasks by user-prioritized needs and by general mathematical features of the calculations themselves. Included herein are methods to calculate only prediction-maximum likelihoods instead of full probability distributions, to calculate prediction likelihoods using Bayesian prediction techniques (instead of full re-tabulation of all data), to collate interim results of fatigue-risk calculations where serial results can be appropriately collated (e.g., serial time-slice independence of the cumulative task involved), to use simplified (e.g.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Assignee: Pulsar Informatics, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Grey Mott, Daniel Joseph Mollicone, Damian Marcus Biondo, Sean Michael Thomas
  • Patent number: 8573982
    Abstract: Methods and apparatuses for athletic performance and technique monitoring are disclosed. In one example, a sensor output is received associated with a movement of a user torso during a running motion. The sensor output is analyzed to identify an undesirable torso motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Inventor: Thomas C. Chuang
  • Patent number: 8475342
    Abstract: This invention relates generally to a portable child development station. More specifically, an infant crawling and walking aid. The invention is collapsible and can be stored in smaller confines. When the invention is set up, it is structurally sound and safe with detachable variations allowing assistance in crawling as well as walking by suspending the infant with variable height adjustments to accommodate infant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2013
    Inventors: Daniel William Flowers, James William Flowers
  • Patent number: 8460001
    Abstract: Methods and apparatuses for athletic performance monitoring are disclosed. In one example, a system includes an inertial sensor configured to measure an acceleration in a moving direction of a user foot of a user during locomotion and output an acceleration signal, a memory storing a stride acceleration motion profile, and a processing system configured to process the acceleration signal and the stride acceleration motion profile to identify a reduced user overstride.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Inventor: Thomas C. Chuang
  • Publication number: 20130065210
    Abstract: An infant walking harness is described. Embodiments may consist of a padded fabric harness that wraps around the upper chest and under an infant's crotch to provide all around support, while leaving the sides of the infant's lower torso uncovered. The top part of the harness or upper body section is designed like a vest with fastening means on the back. In one embodiment, the fastening means are hook and loop material patches allowing for adjustments based on the infant's chest circumference so as to provide a snug fit, important for the infant's balancing. Two vest loops ensure that there is no excessive movement in the upper chest and shoulder area of an infant. The bottom part of the harness or lower body section is designed to be adjusted up or down via hook and loop material patches to accommodate an infant's height.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2012
    Publication date: March 14, 2013
    Inventor: Milena Perrine
  • Patent number: 8382646
    Abstract: The invention relates to a walking aid for a mechanically driven treadmill, comprising at least one tractive element that is guided over two respective deflection rollers and that is driven directly or indirectly by means of the treadmill. The tract of said element that directly faces the treadmill belt is displaced in the same direction as said belt and the tract of the element that faces away from the belt is displaced in the opposite direction to the latter. The aid also comprises at least one fixing element, which is located on the tractive element, for supports for part of the feet and/or legs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2013
    Inventor: Willi Schöenenberger
  • Publication number: 20130040272
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for improving the physical capability of an athlete in a multi-discipline athletic endurance competition including a specially programmed computer implementing the method are provided. The computer generates a normalized performance value of an individual athlete for each of at least two different disciplines of a multi-discipline athletic endurance competition and correlates said normalized performance values to expected competitive performance results for at least one distance of each of said disciplines. An output device operatively connected to the specially programmed computer can further generate an electronically or physically printed exercise program correlated to achieving an incremental improvement in normalized performance values for each of said disciplines within a particular period of time to guide the athlete to improve his/her physical capability.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 18, 2012
    Publication date: February 14, 2013
    Inventor: Jeffrey Booher
  • 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: 8336503
    Abstract: A harness for wearing by a first person. The harness having a handle for grasping by a second person.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Genius Happens, LLC
    Inventor: Christopher R. Spinelli
  • Patent number: 8337212
    Abstract: A multi-mode athleticism movement measurement system includes an athlete-borne acceleration sensor and an athleticism processing device to determine athleticism information based upon one or more timing measurements from the athlete-borne acceleration sensor, the athleticism information corresponding to any of multiple athleticism measurement modes available on athleticism processing device and selectable by a user. A data link between the athlete-borne acceleration sensor and the athleticism rating processing device transmits the one or more timing measurements from the athlete-borne acceleration sensor to the athleticism rating processing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Nike, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael Prstojevich
  • Publication number: 20120196257
    Abstract: Disclosed are methods of improving motor functions of a subject by administering cognitive function training to the subject. The cognitive functions trained can include executive and/or attention functions. The improved motor functions can be, for example, one or more of improved gait, increased speed of walking, increased speed of walking while talking, and decreased incidence of falling.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 7, 2010
    Publication date: August 2, 2012
    Inventors: Joe Verghese, Roee Holtzer
  • Patent number: 8182348
    Abstract: A method and system are disclosed for comparing the performance of a participant in an event that includes movement along a course to another performance. The performance by the participant is monitored. Using a geographic database that represents the area in which the course is located, the participant's performance is compared to another performance. Then, the participant is provided with information comparing the performances.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2012
    Assignee: Navteq B.V.
    Inventors: Kurt Brooks Uhlir, Michael V. Shuman, Christopher Dougherty
  • Patent number: 8147252
    Abstract: An apparatus and a method of use to assist toddlers who are learning how to walk to be used with their parents/caregivers is herein disclosed. Although resembling a safety climbing harness, the apparatus is specifically designed to safely hold a child who is learning how to walk, climb, ascend steps, and perform other similar physical activities. A plurality of straps surrounds the child comfortably about the shoulder and waist area. These straps join together in a handle assembly located on the rear of the apparatus. This handle assembly is then held by the caregiver as the child walks, climbs stairs, or just generally explore their surroundings. The parent can completely support the child, prevent them from falling, and keep them from wandering off.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2012
    Inventors: Dolph B. Stanford, Bonnie M. Stanford
  • Patent number: 8142197
    Abstract: A system and method of rating a cross-country course. The method includes for accurately and consistently measuring a length of a cross-country course and rating a difficultly of the cross-country course.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2012
    Inventor: John N. Tucker
  • Patent number: 8128410
    Abstract: A multi-mode athleticism movement measurement system includes an athlete-borne acceleration sensor and an athleticism processing device to determine athleticism information based upon one or more timing measurements from the athlete-borne acceleration sensor, the athleticism information corresponding to any of multiple athleticism measurement modes available on athleticism processing device and selectable by a user. A data link between the athlete-borne acceleration sensor and the athleticism rating processing device transmits the one or more timing measurements from the athlete-borne acceleration sensor to the athleticism rating processing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2012
    Assignee: Nike, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael Prstojevich
  • Patent number: 8118599
    Abstract: An off-ice edge trainer includes a platform having at least one substantially planar surface that is arranged at a first angle relative to horizontal and at a second angle relative to the horizontal. The first angle and the second angle are greater than 0°. The first angle is configured to cause a user standing on the at least one substantially planar surface of the ice-skating training system to shift their weight to a predetermined portion of a skate blade.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2012
    Inventor: David I. Lipetz
  • Patent number: 8092225
    Abstract: A device for helping a toddler learn to walk that employs a waist belt for a toddler, a waist belt for an adult and a strap assembly that connects the toddler belt and the adult belt. The strap assembly has an adjustable strap, a connecting strap and a strap loop. The adjustable strap has a plurality of buttonholes, a button fastener and hook and loop fastener material on the inner surfaces. The adjustable strap is attached to the toddler belt, doubles through a strap loop, and fixes a length by securing a button in a buttonhole and linking the hook and loop fastener material on the inside surfaces of the adjustable strap. The device allows the adult to support the toddler without engaging the adult's hands or the toddler's hands and allows the adult to remain in a full upright position to avoid strain on the lower back.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2012
    Inventor: GingToe Ho
  • Publication number: 20110151421
    Abstract: A sport guiding device and a sport guiding method using the same are provided. The sport guiding method includes the following steps. Two of a predetermined sport frequency intensity, a predetermined calorific capacity and a predetermined sport time are provided. A predetermined sport frequency curve is obtained according to two of the predetermined sport frequency intensity, the predetermined calorific capacity and the predetermined sport time. An actual sport frequency curve of a user is detected. If the actual sport frequency curve is deviated from the predetermined sport frequency curve for the predetermined level, then a tempo guiding signal is outputted.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 17, 2010
    Publication date: June 23, 2011
    Applicant: INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGY RESEARCH INSTITUTE
    Inventors: Szu-Han TZAO, Chih-Chao Cheng, Ju-Chia Kuo, Jong-Jeng Hong
  • Patent number: 7931571
    Abstract: An apparatus suitable for imitating one or more muscle members of a human user during physical therapy, wherein the apparatus is configured to be used in conjunction with the human user having a waist and a leg having a knee. The apparatus includes an adjustable waist belt configured to be secured around the human user's waist and a lower leg support configured to encircle the human user's leg in a vicinity of the knee. The apparatus further includes an elastic member configured to provide an adjustable tensile resistance between the waist belt and the lower leg support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2011
    Inventor: Gene Paul Bernardoni
  • Patent number: 7892150
    Abstract: A combined treadmill and seat assembly includes a portable treadmill, and a portable seat assembly detachably connected to the treadmill such that the seat assembly is selectively disposed between first and second positions while connected to the treadmill. The seat assembly includes first and second seats oriented at oppositely facing axial directions so that the first seat extends towards the treadmill while the second seat extends away from the treadmill. Advantageously, the treadmill platform is registered along a first plane when the seat assembly is positioned at the first position and, the treadmill platform is registered along a second plane when the seat assembly is positioned at the second position. Notably, the first and second planes are horizontally oriented and coplanar such that the treadmill platform remains equidistantly spaced from a ground surface when the seat assembly is situated at the first and second positions respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2011
    Inventor: George L. Colley
  • Patent number: 7798920
    Abstract: A sporting activity system comprising a plurality of stakes and a plurality of pods. The plurality of stakes each have a length and a cross-sectional configuration. Each pod includes a body and a member for interfacing with a stake. The body includes a lower edge, a side and a top surface. The interfacing member includes an opening disposed on one of the top and the sides configured to receive a stake, and, two channels disposed on the body spaced apart from the opening. Each of the at least two channels and the opening can accept a stake of the plurality of stakes simultaneously. Connectors may be provided releasably coupling two stakes of the plurality of stakes to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2010
    Inventor: Dagoberto S. Cortes
  • Patent number: 7665994
    Abstract: In one embodiment a device is provided for visually demonstrating stagger. In this embodiment, the device includes first and second tires coaxially mounted on an axle, wherein the first tire has a smaller diameter than the second tire. The device also includes a member configured to be pushed or pulled by a person. The device may be pushed or pulled on a flat surface, such as a paved road. When the device is pushed or pulled in a forward direction, the first and second tires will rotate at the same rotational speed, but because the second tire has a larger diameter than the first tire, the second tire will travel a greater distance than the first tire during each tire rotation. Thus, the device will move in a curved path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2010
    Inventor: Al Speyer
  • Publication number: 20090246746
    Abstract: A walking-trainer device for persons with a walking disorder to relearn walking has a movable tread surface and a display unit for displaying target indications of the corresponding and consecutive foot positions for movements made by a person walking on the tread surface. The target indications have the form of a number of consecutive patterns located above a target surface at the height of and in the longitudinal direction of the tread surface moving in the direction of the person, which visibly move from a distance of between 0.5 m and 0.5 m, preferably between 15 m and 5 m and more preferably between 0.7 m and 2.5 m, from the target surface in the direction of and over the tread surface up to the feet of the person. The speed of movement of the patterns is substantially equal to the speed of movement of the tread surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 31, 2009
    Publication date: October 1, 2009
    Applicant: FORCELINK B.V.
    Inventors: Melvyn ROERDINK, Peter Jan BEEK
  • Patent number: 7582045
    Abstract: A variable resistance aquatic exercise apparatus which provides a platform for removable fit to each of a user's hands and arms is disclosed. Each platform provides a plurality of one-way valves of two sizes. Each platform further provides a dialable disc which varies with orifice size, from a larger orifice to smaller orifices, or a user may choose to close orifices, thereby providing varied resistance to movement through water. Multiple embodiments of the platform are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2009
    Inventors: Joseph L. Lombardi, Justin Thompson
  • Patent number: RE44985
    Abstract: An off-ice edge trainer includes a platform having at least one substantially planar surface that is arranged at a first angle relative to horizontal and at a second angle relative to the horizontal. The first angle and the second angle are greater than 0°. The first angle is configured to cause a user standing on the at least one substantially planar surface of the ice-skating training system to shift their weight to a predetermined portion of a skate blade.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Inventor: David I. Lipetz