Electrical Patents (Class 473/199)
  • Patent number: 10661142
    Abstract: A movement analysis device includes a sensor information acquisition unit and a swing identification processing unit. The sensor information acquisition unit acquires sensor information that is movement information from a sensor unit which is attached to a target person and which senses the movement of the target person. The swing identification processing unit individually identifies the time of the start of the movement and the time of the completion thereof with reference to a predetermined threshold value in a predetermined timing of the sensor information that is the movement information acquired from the sensor information acquisition unit. The swing identification processing unit identifies a movement within the range of the operation based on the time of the start of the movement and the time of the completion that are identified.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignees: CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD., NARA INSTITUTE OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
    Inventors: Shogo Hashimoto, Ryo Okumura, Yutaka Arakawa, Hirohiko Suwa, Yuta Takahashi, Chishu Amenomori
  • Patent number: 10509953
    Abstract: A carry measuring device includes a first acquiring section configured to acquire a sensor signal from a motion sensor attached to at least one of an exercise instrument and a user, a second acquiring section configured to acquire position information, a shot detecting section configured to detect a shot on the basis of the sensor signal, a position measuring section configured to measure a shot position on the basis of the position information at the time when the shot is detected, and a carry measuring section configured to measure a carry of a hit ball on the basis of the distance between the shot position of the last time and the shot position of this time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yoichi Natori, Shoichi Nakajo, Hisao Tanaka
  • Patent number: 10493329
    Abstract: A golf ball tracking system and method is described. The golf ball tracking system includes a golf ball and a stationary time of flight receiver. The golf ball includes a memory, a logic component, an antenna and a battery. The memory stores a unique identifier associated with the golf ball. The logic component is electrically coupled to the memory. The antenna is electrically coupled to the logic component. The battery is electrically coupled to the logic component, antenna and memory. The battery powers the transmission of the unique identifier using the antenna at one or more frequencies. The stationary time of flight (ToF) receiver configured to receive the unique identifier transmitted by the golf ball. The unique identifier communicated to the ToF receiver at a frequency that tracks the location of the golf ball along a ball path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: EDGE TECHNOLOGY
    Inventors: Robert A. Luciano, Jr., William K. Bertram, Warren R. White
  • Patent number: 10441863
    Abstract: A system for illustrating the flight of a sports ball includes a radar, an imager, and a controller. The imager is configured to image a moving sports ball. The controller is configured to (i) receive, from the imager, an image including the moving sports ball, (ii) receive, from the radar, radar data associated with the moving sports ball, (iii) determine, from the radar data, a portion of a trajectory of the moving sports ball, (iv) alter the image to illustrate the portion of the trajectory relative to the moving sports ball, and (v) output the altered image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: TRACKMAN A/S
    Inventors: Fredrik Tuxen, Frederik Ettrup Brink
  • Patent number: 10393870
    Abstract: A method of determining spin parameters of a sports ball, such as spin axis and rotation velocity of a golf ball. The spin axis is determined solely from the trajectory of the flying ball, and the rotational velocity is determined from a frequency analysis of a signal provided by a radar, which signal comprises spectrum traces positioned equidistantly in frequency, which frequency distance relates to the spin velocity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Trackman A/S
    Inventor: Fredrik Tuxen
  • Patent number: 10315093
    Abstract: A system for illustrating the flight of a sports ball includes a radar, an imager, and a controller. The imager is configured to image a moving sports ball. The controller is configured to (i) receive, from the imager, an image including the moving sports ball, (ii) receive, from the radar, radar data associated with the moving sports ball, (iii) determine, from the radar data, a portion of a trajectory of the moving sports ball, (iv) alter the image to illustrate the portion of the trajectory relative to the moving sports ball, and (v) output the altered image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: TRACKMAN A/S
    Inventors: Fredrik Tuxen, Frederik Ettrup Brink
  • Patent number: 10304230
    Abstract: Techniques for capturing and analyzing motion made by a person performing activities are described. According to one aspect of the present invention, sensing devices are attached to different parts of a body. As a person makes moves, the sensor modules, each including at least one inertial sensor, produce sensing data that are locally received in one designated sensing device that is in communication with an external device either remotely or locally. The combined sensing data received from the these sensing devices are processed and analyzed to derive the motions made the person. Depending on applications, various attributes of the motion can be derived from the combined sensing data, where the attributes can be incorporated into an application running on a mobile device for 3D graphics rendering into a human avatar animation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Turingsense Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph I. Chamdani, Pietro Garofalo, Cecylia Wati, Jasmin Nakic, Taufik Arifin, Limin He
  • Patent number: 10157488
    Abstract: Techniques for capturing and analyzing motion made by a person performing activities are described. According to one aspect of the present invention, sensing devices are attached to different parts of a body. As a person makes moves, the sensor modules, each including at least one inertial sensor, produce sensing data that are locally received in one designated sensing device that is in communication with an external device either remotely or locally. Relying on the resources on the external device, the combined sensing data received from the these sensing devices are processed and analyzed to derive the motions made the person. Depending on applications, various attributes of the motion can be derived from the combined sensing data, where the attributes can be incorporated into an application running on a mobile device for 3D graphics rendering into a human avatar animation and motion chart analysis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: Turingsense Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph I. Chamdani, Pietro Garofalo, Cecylia Wati, Jasmin Nakic, Taufik Arifin, Limin He
  • Patent number: 9842418
    Abstract: Implementations generally relate to generating multiple user media compositions (e.g., photo compositions) in connection with a social network system. In one implementation, a method includes detecting a plurality of devices based on one or more location criteria. The method also includes synchronizing an actuation of the plurality of devices. The method also includes receiving photos from the plurality of devices. The method also includes generating one or more compositions from the photos.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Wayne Crosby, Matthew Steiner
  • Patent number: 9744403
    Abstract: An activity tracking racquet attachment device tracks activity such as calories burned over a period of using a racquet to which the device is attached. The device includes a housing having a first face and a perimeter sidewall extending from and around the first face. A processor is coupled to the housing. A motion detector is coupled to the housing such that the motion detector detects movement of the housing. The motion detector is communicatively coupled to the processor wherein the processor receives motion data from the motion detector. A coupler is coupled to and extends from a second face of the housing coupling the housing to an end of a handle of a racquet such that the first face of the housing faces outwardly from the end of the handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Inventors: Jorge H. Rangel, Gerardo Marvez
  • Patent number: 9678204
    Abstract: A speed measuring device has an antenna with directionality that transmits a transmission wave toward the moving body based on a transmission signal supplied from a Doppler sensor, and receives a reflected wave reflected by the moving body to generate and supply to the Doppler sensor a reception signal. An imaginary line extending along a direction in which a gain of the antenna is maximized is defined as an imaginary axis that indicates an orientation direction of the antenna. An antenna supporting unit is provided on a housing and supports the antenna so an inclination of the imaginary axis can be altered. A display is provided on an upper surface of the housing with a flat display surface of a rectangular shape facing upward and displays various display contents including the movement speed of the moving body on the display surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: The Yokohama Rubber Co., LTD.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Saegusa, Tsuyoshi Kitazaki
  • Patent number: 9613241
    Abstract: A system and method for identifying persons near a mobile device includes a wireless signaling system including an incoming wireless signal receiver, a device motion sensing system including at least a first sensor and a controller configured to determine whether the device is being moved in accordance with a predetermined gesture and to responsively enter a personnel data collection mode. In the personnel data collection mode, the device may transmit a query and receives an identification signal from at least one other device and identifies a user of the device based on the received identification signal. The predetermined gesture is a spinning gesture in an embodiment. In an embodiment, a thermal sensor is used to identify or enumerate personnel. The identification signal may be one of a Bluetooth ID and a WiFi ID.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: Motorola Mobility LLC
    Inventors: Craig J Detter, Roger W Ady, Rachid M Alameh, Balaji Thiagarajan
  • Patent number: 9597591
    Abstract: This invention provides a game apparatus for a virtual or simulation game that allows a game player to readily recognize that a game tool is improperly operated. Image display means 55 displays on a screen of a television set 5 no character, which plays on the screen in place of the game player. Motion determination means 53 determines, based on the motion signal, whether or not a predetermined proper motion has been made by the player with the game tool 9 in a three dimensional space. The image display means 55 indicates on the screen that the proper motion has been made when the motion determination means 53 determines that the proper motion has been made with the game tool 9.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: KONAMI DIGITAL ENTERTAINMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Koji Okamoto, Hachitaro Sato
  • Patent number: 9514379
    Abstract: Disclosed are a sensing device and method used for a virtual golf simulation apparatus in which an image acquired by an inexpensive camera having a relatively low resolution and velocity is analyzed to relatively accurately extract information on physical properties, such as velocity, direction and altitude angle, of a moving ball, and, particularly, in which the moving trajectory of a golf club is relatively accurately calculated from the acquired image to relatively accurately estimate spin of the ball and to reflect the estimated spin of the ball in golf simulation, thereby constituting a virtual golf simulation apparatus having high accuracy and reliability at low costs and further improving reality of virtual golf.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: GOLFZON CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hyun Jin Park, Hyung Sik Yoon, Hyun Dam Jeong, Hyung Wook Jang
  • Patent number: 9440134
    Abstract: Described herein are methods and apparatuses for simulating golf. For example, described herein is a system for simulating a golf game. The system includes a simulator with a golf ball launch area and a display and an exercise device. The exercise device and simulator are connected to a computer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: FULL-SWING GOLF, INC.
    Inventor: Daniel Antonio Nicora
  • Patent number: 9409074
    Abstract: A solution is provided for recommending sports video content samples to users of a recommendation service with enhanced user experience. The recommendation service generates voting scores for sports video content samples according to a voting method, and selects from among the sports content samples according to the voting scores for the sports video content samples. The voting method is based on in part on motion data for a user's sports motion and the motion data is captured by a motion data device. The sports video content samples, e.g., golf videos, can be classified into multiple classes, e.g., golf swing power related videos, and each class is related to a different aspect of the sports motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Assignee: Zepp Labs, Inc.
    Inventors: Zheng Han, Jie Xu
  • Patent number: 9367654
    Abstract: A method for back-end-of-line variation modeling is provided. A bounding box is defined within a design layout. A back-end-of-line variation parameter is determined for the bounding box. The back-end-of-line variation parameter is applied as a constraint for simulation of the design layout.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company Limited
    Inventors: Chi-Wen Chang, Hui Yu Lee, Jui-Feng Kuan, Yi-Kan Cheng, Chin-Hua Wen, Wen-Shen Chou
  • Patent number: 9280717
    Abstract: A method is disclosed for operating a computing device. One or more images of a scene captured by an image capturing device of the computing device is processed. The scene includes an object of interest that is in motion and that has a rounded shape. The one or more images are processed by detecting a rounded object that corresponds to the object of interest. Position information is determined based on a relative position of the rounded object in the one or more images. One or more processes are implemented that utilize the position information determined from the relative position of the rounded object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2016
    Assignee: Sphero, Inc.
    Inventor: Fabrizio Polo
  • Patent number: 9242158
    Abstract: A virtual golf simulation apparatus and method are provided. A sensing device senses hitting a ball by a user with a golf club and a ball trajectory is simulated in a virtual golf course according to sensing results, allowing the user to enjoy a virtual golf on a virtual golf course to provide the same sense of realism as when playing golf on a real golf course.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Assignee: GOLFZON CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Chang Heon Woo, Hyung Wook Jang, Heung Ryul Zo
  • Patent number: 9192836
    Abstract: A system and method for fitting golf clubs is disclosed. The system and method implement a unique swing weight scale for promoting improved fitting, and thus, improved performance of the golf clubs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Assignee: Pro-Fit Performance Club Fitting, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Greg Johannesen, James B. White
  • Patent number: 9180350
    Abstract: The monitoring system employs a sensor to detect the replacement or removal and replacement of the flagstick in a golf hole liner. The sensor may be incorporated into the flagstick, the hole liner or any combination of the two. A central receiver remote from the sensors receives the two signals from respective sensor and has a timing device for recording the time of arrival of each signal from each sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Assignee: UNITED STATES GOLF ASSOCIATION
    Inventors: Matthew M. Pringle, Ross T. Galarneault
  • Patent number: 9162130
    Abstract: A swing analyzing device includes at least an angular velocity sensor, a data acquiring unit, and a motion detecting unit. The angular velocity sensor detects angular velocities generated about a plurality of axes by a swing. The data acquiring unit acquires detection data of the angular velocity sensor. The motion detecting unit detects at least one of motions of the swing. Particularly, the motion detecting unit includes an angular velocity calculating unit which calculates the sum of the magnitudes of the angular velocities generated about the plurality of respective axes using the acquired detection data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2015
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Kazuhiro Shibuya
  • Patent number: 9113510
    Abstract: A light adjusting system for use with sport simulation equipment and a method of adjusting a state of operation of at least one light source used with golf simulation equipment is provided. The light adjusting system comprises a data interface, a light controller, an operations processor, and a storage device. The data interface is in communication with the sport simulation equipment. The light controller is in communication with at least one light source. The operations processor is in communication with the data interface and the light controller. The storage device is in data communication with the operations processor. The storage device includes at least one lighting profile. In response to communication between the sport simulation equipment and the data interface, the operations processor accesses the at least one lighting profile on the storage device and adjusts a state of operation of the at least one light source using the light controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2015
    Assignee: I/P Solutions, Inc.
    Inventor: Theodore J. Stechschulte
  • Publication number: 20150105172
    Abstract: A golf ball sensing apparatus for use with a portable electronic device including a data acquisition device and a processing unit, and in association with a golf club and a cup. The apparatus includes a golf ball, at least one sensor carried by the ball and a non-transitory computer-readable medium. The sensor senses at least one attribute of the ball. The medium directs a processing unit to identify the initiation of a first stroke of the ball towards the cup, obtain a first final location after the first stroke, obtain the at least one attribute of the first stroke, store a set of associated data regarding the first stroke, obtain a second initial location of the ball prior to a subsequent second stroke, and output portions of the stored set of data in response to the second initial location being within a predetermined zone of the first initial location.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 8, 2014
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Inventors: Robert T. Thurman, Michael Vrska, Frank M. Simonutti
  • Publication number: 20150105173
    Abstract: An apparatus including a golf ball comprising an internal sensor, and an internal wireless communicator. The internal wireless communicator adapted to communicate parameters sensed by the sensor to external electronics, wherein the external electronics are configured to determine if the golf ball went into a cup based upon the parameters.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 8, 2014
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Inventors: Robert T. Thurman, Michael Vrska, Frank M. Simonutti
  • Patent number: 8992347
    Abstract: A system for golf data collection comprises an apparatus arranged to be worn about the body of a golfer during a game of golf. The apparatus includes a positioning system for determining various locations of a golfer during the game, a tag reader for reading a club held in close proximity to the apparatus around the time of striking a golf ball, and a processor for correlating the location of the golfer with the time at which a tag is read to enable the path of a golf ball throughout the game of golf to be determined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Active Mind Technology R&D Limited
    Inventors: Padraic Moran, John McGuire, William Hunt
  • Publication number: 20150057095
    Abstract: A golf aid for displaying one or more golf-related statistics to a user includes a golf ball tracking system for tracking a flight of a golf ball, a heads up display, and a processor in communication with the golf ball tracking system and the heads up display. The heads up display is configured to be worn on the user's head and display an image within the user's field of view. The processor is configured to compute one or more shot statistics from the tracked flight of the golf ball and display the one or more computed shot statistics within the field of view of the user via the heads up display. The one or more shot statistics include at least one of an initial ball speed, a spin rate, a carry, and a remaining distance to the pin.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 30, 2014
    Publication date: February 26, 2015
    Applicant: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventor: Nicholas A. Leech
  • Patent number: 8959981
    Abstract: A measurement apparatus includes a first Doppler sensor which outputs a first transmission signal and receives a first Doppler signal, that is the first transmission signal returned after being reflected by an impacting object, a timing detection unit that detects an impact timing which is a moment when an impacted object is impacted by the impacting object, an impacting object speed computing unit that computes a speed of the impacting object based on the first Doppler signals obtained from the detected impact timing to a timing before a predetermined period, and an imaging unit that images the impacted object immediately after the impact so as to be used for computing a motion state of the impacted object, based on the computed speed of the impacting object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignees: Bridgestone Sports Co., Ltd., Flovel Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masayoshi Arakawa, Tetsuya Nakamura, Takanori Shibui, Tatsuya Ishikawa, Masataka Kai, Naoyuki Miyagawa
  • Patent number: 8944928
    Abstract: Virtual reality system for viewing current and previously stored or calculated motion data. System obtains data from motion capture elements, analyzes data and stores data in database for use in virtual reality applications and/or data mining, which may be charged for. Enables unique displays associated with the user, such as 3D overlays onto images of the user to visually depict the captured motion data. Ratings, compliance, ball flight path data can be calculated and displayed, for example on a map or timeline or both. Enables performance related equipment fitting and purchase. Includes active and passive identifier capabilities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Blast Motion Inc.
    Inventors: Ryan Kaps, Michael Bentley, Bhaskar Bose
  • Publication number: 20140378239
    Abstract: In a motion analysis method, an impact point analysis section identifies a posture of a hitting area of sporting equipment at impact using an output of an inertial sensor. A determination section determines a type of a course of a hit ball using information of the posture of the hitting area thus identified. The course of the hit ball is estimated with the posture of the hitting area at impact. The type of the course of the hit ball is determined in accordance with the posture of the hitting area.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 17, 2014
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Inventors: Masafumi SATO, Kazuhiro SHIBUYA, Kazuo NOMURA, Kenya KODAIRA
  • Patent number: 8912945
    Abstract: In a method of determining a deviation of a path of a projectile from a predetermined path, the method uses an image of a target area in which the desired path or direction is pointed out. Subsequently, the real direction or real path is determined and the deviation is determined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Trackman A/S
    Inventor: Fredrik Tuxen
  • Patent number: 8905855
    Abstract: System and method for utilizing motion capture data for healthcare compliance, sporting, gaming, military, virtual reality, industrial, retail loss tracking, security, baby and elderly monitoring and other applications for example obtained from a motion capture element and relayed to a database via a mobile phone. System obtains data from motion capture elements, analyzes data and stores data in database for use in these applications and/or data mining, which may be charged for. Enables unique displays associated with the user, such as 3D overlays onto images of the user to visually depict the captured motion data. Ratings, compliance, ball flight path data can be calculated and displayed, for example on a map or timeline or both. Enables performance related equipment fitting and purchase. Includes active and passive identifier capabilities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Blast Motion Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Fitzpatrick, Michael Bentley, Bhaskar Bose, Ryan Kaps
  • Patent number: 8864597
    Abstract: A weight shift feedback apparatus senses a weight shift in a golf swing motion of the user, collects, synchronizes and stores the sensed weight shift information, analyzes a weight value applied to each foot of the user with respect to time based on the stored data, and extracts important points of a swing. The weight shift of the user may be evaluated based on an address point, a backswing top point, an impact point, and a point where the weight value applied to each foot has a maximum value, and the feedback information for the evaluation may be provided to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Korea Institute of Science and Technology
    Inventors: Jin Wook Kim, An Jin Park, Hyeong Rae Choi, Sung Kuk Chun, Dong Hoon Kang
  • Patent number: 8834284
    Abstract: A golf simulator allows a player to launch a golf ball towards a display surface that shows the future trajectory of the golf ball. In one embodiment, the display surface allows the golf ball to pass through it. In one embodiment, the simulator collects the golf ball after it passes through the display surface and returns it to the player.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Full Swing Golf
    Inventor: Daniel Antonio Nicora
  • Patent number: 8827824
    Abstract: A broadcasting system for broadcasting images with augmented motion data, which includes at least one camera, a computer and a wireless communication interface. The system obtains data from motion capture elements, analyzes data and optionally stores data in database for use in broadcasting applications, virtual reality applications and/or data mining. The system also recognizes at least one motion capture data element associated with a user or piece of equipment, and receives data associated with the motion capture element via the wireless communication interface. The system also enables unique displays associated with the user, such as 3D overlays onto images of the user to visually depict the captured motion data. Ratings, compliance, ball flight path data can be calculated and displayed, for example on a map or timeline or both. Furthermore, the system enables performance related equipment fitting and purchase.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Blast Motion, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Bentley, Bhaskar Bose, Ryan Kaps
  • Publication number: 20140228139
    Abstract: A method, system and apparatus is disclosed for utilizing the ability to capture the essential parameters of a golf ball in flight and to generate immediate feedback to the golfer regarding the drive. The apparatus can also pair the golf ball flight information with advertising in order to increase revenue to the golf course that employs the system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 10, 2013
    Publication date: August 14, 2014
    Inventors: Christopher Wilson, Greg Harris, Kevin Schneerer
  • Patent number: 8801529
    Abstract: Monitoring of a golf ball and apparatus for doing so is described using differential time locating. Launch parameters of a golf ball can be characterized independent of any specific positional measurement on the basis of a ball signal that is transmitted from the ball. These parameters include initial spin, initial velocity, and initial trajectory. Ground proximity detection is described as well as a landing position and rollout position detection technique and associated apparatus. Calibration techniques are described for various kinds of range receivers that subsequently receive the ball signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: GeoGolf, LLC
    Inventors: Larry J. Koudele, Guy R. Wagner
  • Patent number: 8761441
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method for automatically extracting centroids and features of a spherical object required to measure a flight speed, a flight direction, a rotation speed, and a rotation axis of the spherical object in a system for measuring flight information of the spherical object with a high-speed stereo camera. In order to automatically extract the centroids and the features of the spherical object, the present invention may automatically extract the centroid and the feature by detecting only the pixel of the foreground image including the spherical object generated by excluding the motionless background image from each camera image, sorting the interconnected pixels among the pixels of the detected foreground image into the independent pixel cluster, and then, using, in the extraction of the centroid and the feature, only one pixel cluster having a size similar to the actual spherical object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute
    Inventors: Jong Sung Kim, Seong Min Baek, Myung Gyu Kim, Il Kwon Jeong, Byoung Tae Choi
  • Patent number: 8747242
    Abstract: A handheld display device is provided with a screen, a user interface, and electronics for enabling wireless communications. The handheld device is adapted for wirelessly receiving GPS tracking data from a satellite tracking system, wirelessly receiving transmitted RF data from electronically equipped sports objects, and/or wirelessly transmitting RF data to a computer controlled network. The system is also capable of on-board analysis of obtained data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Accurate Technologies
    Inventors: Richard Erario, John Erario
  • Publication number: 20140128171
    Abstract: The present invention is a golf ball tracking system that includes a golf ball, a GPS chip that is embedded within the golf ball and a hand-held tracker that includes a front, a casing, a transmitter, a LCD display and a beeper, the transmitter is encased within the casing and the LCD display is disposed on the front of the hand-held tracker and the transmitter is in communication with the GPS chip embedded within the golf ball through a GPS system. The golf ball tracking system includes one or more batteries encased within the casing, the one or more batteries provide electrical power to the golf ball tracking system and a packaging that contains one or more of the golf balls.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 8, 2012
    Publication date: May 8, 2014
    Inventor: Derek C. Anderson
  • Patent number: 8708833
    Abstract: A method for measuring behavior of a head of a golf club and of a ball includes obtaining two-dimensional data of three or more marks on a face surface at two points in time before impact; identifying three-dimensional positions of the marks on the two points in time from the two-dimensional data; identifying behavior of the face surface of the three-dimensional position of each mark at the two points in time; identifying time of a contact of the face surface with the ball; estimating behavior of the head at the time of contact of the face surface with the ball; obtaining two-dimensional data of the ball at the two points in time; identifying three-dimensional position and posture of the ball at the two points in time; and estimating a behavior value of the ball from the three-dimensional position and posture of the ball.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignees: SRI Sports Limited, Sumitomo Rubber Industries, Ltd.
    Inventor: Masahiko Ueda
  • Patent number: 8647214
    Abstract: A method and electronic device for analyzing golf swings associates actual ball flight data with sensed swing characteristics. The electronic device includes a location-determining component; a sensor; a display; and a computing device all housed within a portable, handheld or wearable enclosure. The computing device may associate the ball flight data with the swing characteristic data by storing the data together in memory, linking the data in memory, displaying representations of the data together, or by any other method. The computing device may also create a reference profile for a golfer based on ball flight data and sensed swing characteristics for a plurality of golf swings and may associate swing characteristics with particular golf clubs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Assignee: Garmin Switzerland GmbH
    Inventor: Michael R. Wiegers
  • Patent number: 8622845
    Abstract: A launch monitor that includes substantially all of its functional components on or within a housing is disclosed. The launch monitor may be transported and used in any desired location. One or more cameras, flashes, and triggers may be used to acquire images of a golf club and golf ball. The launch monitor is preferably capable of receiving and transmitting data over a wireless network. Acquired images and other data may be analyzed by a processor, and then displayed using an LED, LCD or other type of display or printer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignee: Acushnet Company
    Inventors: Laurent Bissonnette, Diane I. Pelletier, Michael J. Toupin, William Gobush, Douglas Alan Gribben, Paul Lentz
  • Patent number: 8617005
    Abstract: A system for golf data collection comprises an apparatus arranged to be worn about the body of a golfer during a game of golf. The apparatus includes a positioning system for determining various locations of a golfer during the game, a tag reader for reading a club held in close proximity to the apparatus around the time of striking a golf ball, and a processor for correlating the location of the golfer with the time at which a tag is read to enable the path of a golf ball throughout the game of golf to be determined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: Active Mind Technologies R&D Limited
    Inventors: Padraic Moran, John McGuire, William Hunt
  • Patent number: 8608583
    Abstract: An ultrasonic trigger for a golf equipment performance monitor is described. In a preferred embodiment, the ultrasonic trigger comprises at least one emitter and receiver. The emitters periodically generate sound waves at an ultrasonic frequency. The sound waves are targeted towards an object or objects within a target area. The sound waves are reflected by the objects within the target area, and are detected by at least one receiver. The receiver may be connected to a computational device to determine the position and/or velocity of the objects within the field of view.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: Acushnet Company
    Inventor: Laurent C Bissonnette
  • Publication number: 20130316840
    Abstract: In accordance with the preferred embodiment and alternative embodiments described are embodiments of a system and method that automatically grading a golf swing, by grading components of a golf swing, relative to a perfect swing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 24, 2012
    Publication date: November 28, 2013
    Inventor: Gary James Neil Marks
  • Publication number: 20130274026
    Abstract: A golf training device may include a base having a top surface and an opposing bottom surface for placing on a surface; a ball positioning sensor positioned adjacent to the top surface; and a light source for transmitting visible light from the base, the light source being in operable communication with the ball positioning sensor to respond to a signal from the ball positioning sensor that a ball has been moved from a resting position to transmit light for a finite predetermined period of time after the ball is moved from the resting position. A method of training may include receiving a ball on a training device in a resting position; detecting the presence of the ball on the top surface; detecting that the ball has been moved; transmitting light from a light source for a predetermined period of time in response to detecting that the ball has been moved.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 7, 2013
    Publication date: October 17, 2013
    Inventor: Joseph A. Kamnikar
  • Patent number: 8535169
    Abstract: A golf ball includes an inner layer, an outer layer, and a cavity therebetween. A fluid, such as a viscous damping fluid, is placed in the cavity. When the ball is struck, the inner and outer layers rotate independently of one another. Indicia are provided on the inner and outer layers. An examination of the relative position of the indicia before the ball is struck and after the ball is struck can yield data that indicate the shear force of the stroke.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventor: Arthur Molinari
  • Publication number: 20130157772
    Abstract: Alternate characterizations of golf ball striking ability is provided, as well as methods for determining the alternate characterizations and systems for carrying out such determinations. Such methods may include performing one or more golf strikes to impart trajectories to one or more golf balls. Such methods may also include measuring each of the golf strikes to determine golf club head, golf ball speed, side spin angle, and offline angle, calculating a trajectory magnitude factor and a trajectory offline factor on the basis of the measurements, and reducing the trajectory magnitude factor by the trajectory offline factor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 16, 2011
    Publication date: June 20, 2013
    Applicant: NIKE, INC.
    Inventors: Hideyuki Ishii, Nicholas A. Leech, Roland Rotheneder
  • Patent number: 8465378
    Abstract: A shaft selection assist apparatus according to this invention includes a storage means for storing recommended shaft information indicating a correspondence between measurement parameters obtained upon a test strike with a golf club to which a predetermined reference shaft is attached, and recommended shafts among shafts of a plurality of types, an acquisition means for acquiring the measurement results of the measurement parameters associated with a test strike actually made by a user with the golf club, a selection means for selecting a recommended shaft by referring to the recommended shaft information based on the measurement results acquired by the acquisition means, and an output means for outputting information indicating the recommended shaft selected by the selection means. The recommended shaft information stored in the storage means is information which specifies recommended shafts based on the relationship between the shaft rigidity distribution and the measurement parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2013
    Assignee: Bridgestone Sports Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hirotada Iwade, Fumiaki Sato