Sensor Positioned Apart From Implement To Interact With A Separate Cooperating Sensor Means Attachable To Or Integral With Implement Patents (Class 473/222)
  • Patent number: 10639528
    Abstract: A method and system for matching an athlete with a selected striking tool. The method includes, and the system facilitates, receiving test data resulting from the athlete hitting a test target with a test striking tool to launch the test target. The test data is mathematically transformed to calculate a test functional group score. The test functional group score is compared with a database to match the test functional group score with matched previous data having a similar functional group score to the test functional group score. A selection parameter of the selected striking tool is defined to correspond with a value of the selection parameter associated with a strong performance metric in the matched previous data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: SPORT INSIGHT INC.
    Inventors: Darren J. Stefanyshyn, John W. Wannop, Ryan M. J. Madden, Jay Tofin Worobets
  • Patent number: 10589162
    Abstract: A sports ball for communicating to an external electronic device various parameters related to an impact with a sporting implement, such as a golf club. The sports ball comprises an outer resilient shell within that is contained a resilient core. An electronic circuit comprises at least one sensor, a transmitter, optionally a light-emitting diode, and a power source. The electronic circuit is cushioned from the impact of the sporting implement by the resilient core. The electronic circuit is adapted for communicating sensor data to the external electronic device via the transmitter. The at least one sensor is taken from the group of sensors comprising: a GPS receiver, a multi-axis accelerometer, an orientation sensor, an altitude sensor, and a microphone. The transmitter may be an RFID chip that passively transfers data from the at least one sensor and a unique ID number of the sports ball.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Inventor: Jason Koo
  • Patent number: 10527402
    Abstract: Apparatus for magnetically sensing, computing, and displaying cable distance, as well as computing and displaying other user-selectable information in a pipe inspection system or other system is disclosed. Two or more permanent magnets may be mounted in spaced apart fashion, on either a frame or a rotatable member supported on the frame for rotation about an axis. A magnetic sensor may be mounted on the other one of the rotatable member or frame on which the magnets are not mounted, so that either the magnets rotate around the magnetic sensor or the magnetic sensor rotates between the permanent magnets. The magnetic sensor may generate output signals representing changes in at least two axes in a composite magnetic field generated by the permanent magnets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: SEESCAN, INC.
    Inventors: Mark S. Olsson, Jan Soukup, Jeffrey A. Prsha, Ray Merewether
  • Patent number: 10259324
    Abstract: A display unit incorporated in the housing surface of an instrument panel on the passenger seat side changes its display variously together with other display devices such as a liquid crystal display and a line illumination, and displays information such as driving information, danger notification information and entertainment information in coordination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: YAZAKI CORPORATION
    Inventors: Masahiro Takamatsu, Tai Inoue, Masahide Nagata, Takayuki Ogawa, Gosei Sato, Takao Kanai
  • Patent number: 10195511
    Abstract: A system (1) for collecting data for golf, includes: a first detection system (11) which includes a portable sensor (15, 37) and is suitable for generating a first determination signal (19, 41) representing a time likely to correspond to the hitting of a golf ball; a second detection system (12) for determining whether a sound is likely to correspond to the hitting of a golf ball (4) by a golf club (3) used by a golfer (2), and for generating a second determination signal (25) representing a time that is likely to correspond to the hitting of a golf ball; a processing means (20) for receiving the first and second determination signals (19, 41, 25), comparing same, determining an event (27) of the golf club (3) hitting a golf ball (4) in the event of a positive result from the comparison, and storing the event (27) in a memory unit (28).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: UL INVESTMENTS S.ÀR.L.
    Inventors: Jean-Pierre Dolige, Pascal Useldinger
  • Patent number: 10186041
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for analyzing a golf motion. The apparatus includes acquiring, by an image sensor of a camera unit, a 2D image of motion of a user, acquiring, by a depth sensor of the camera unit, a depth image to temporally alternate with acquisition of the 2D image, the depth image including depth values of pixels in the 2D image, increasing an image-capturing speed by generating a corresponding depth image or a corresponding 2D image, which corresponds to a reference 2D image or a reference depth image acquired at a predetermined time, outputting the reference 2D image and the corresponding depth image or the reference depth image and the corresponding 2D image as output data for motion analysis, extracting skeletal information of the user through analysis of output data, and displaying motion of the user on a display unit based on skeletal information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: ELECTRONICS AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS RESEARCH INSTITUTE
    Inventors: Ju-Yong Chang, Soon-Chan Park, Ji-Young Park, Jin-Seo Kim, Hee-Kwon Kim, Kwang-Hyun Shim, Moon-Wook Ryu, Ho-Wook Jang, Hyuk Jeong
  • Patent number: 10097959
    Abstract: This disclosure is generally directed to capturing aspects of a smart playable device. The playable device can include any device that is suitable for sports, games, or play, such as balls, discs, staffs, clubs, and the like. The playable device can include rapid charging circuits to receive power from a remote charger. The playable device may transmit sensor data including motion data to a computing device. Sensor data may be interpreted by the computing device as gestures of the playable device for interacting with the computing device. Sensor data can also be interpreted as motion data during gameplay and notifications can be provided to a user based on the gameplay. In some instances, the computing device can capture image data of the playable device and identify the playable device and annotate image data based on the sensor data from the playable device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: Play Impossible Corporation
    Inventors: Brian Monnin, Gadi Amit, Kevin Langdon
  • Patent number: 9999823
    Abstract: A system for analyzing a golf swing process includes a sensor system for simultaneously measuring human body movements, club head trajectories and the ball trajectories; a processor for reading data of the sensor system; synchronizing and processing the data; generating the human body 3D model, the club trajectories and the initial flying trajectory of the ball; and calculating a complete flying trajectory of the ball according to the initial flying trajectory; and a visual device, wherein the visual device provides the integrated display of the human body 3D model, the feet pressures, the club trajectories and the ball trajectories, for tracing the club trajectories according to the ball trajectories, and tracing the human 3D model and the feet pressures according to the club trajectories. A method for analyzing the golf swing process is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: Inxpar Inc.
    Inventors: Yan Chen, Jin Chen
  • Patent number: 9604117
    Abstract: A golf stroke training device and system allowing a user to obtain feedback regarding a golf stroke without moving from a stance and capable of detecting the orientation and velocity of a leading edge of a golf club. A data processing unit filters out non-relevant inputs from the sensors and only evaluates valid simulated forward strokes so that the data processing unit may evaluate a plurality of non-stop practice strokes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Inventor: Schalk J. Leonard
  • Patent number: 9161708
    Abstract: The use of motion capture data for analyzing an individual's performance on certain exercises, and more particularly relates to comparison of movement data for an individual with a database of recorded motions for a population in order to generate a training regimen for the individual, and to monitor the individual's progress when carrying out the training regimen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2015
    Assignee: P3 Analytics, Inc.
    Inventors: Marcus Elliott, James Ballantyne, Timothy Rouse, Eric Leidersdorf
  • Patent number: 9154739
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method, a system and a computer-readable medium provide useful feedback for a user involved in exercise. A camera is used to track user motion by using image processing techniques to identify key points on a user's body and track their motion. The tracked points are compared to proper form for an exercise, and an embodiment gives feedback based on the relationship between the actual movement of the user and the proper form. Alternatively, silhouette information may be used in a similar manner in another embodiment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2015
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Alex Nicolaou, Ryan James Harrison
  • Patent number: 9022878
    Abstract: There is provided a method and system for matching golf clubs to a specific user. The method includes providing both a height and a weight of the specific user; determining physical parameters of the specific user from both the height and the weight; providing data for each golf club; obtaining optimal club mass for a Driver; obtaining optimal values of both a moment of inertia about a grip center and a mass for each golf club; and modifying each golf club to enable each golf club to attain the optimal values. The system involves utilizing the aforementioned information gathered for the method. It is advantageous that each of the golf clubs matched to the specific user are effectively employed with an application of identical swings from the specific user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Inventor: Gisle Solhaug
  • Patent number: 9005047
    Abstract: Apparatuses, methods and systems relating to golf data collecting and recording are described. In one embodiment an apparatus on a golf club includes an integrated reminder and a stroke cancellation system and is semi-automatic in that the recording of the stroke is directly in response to changing the state (e.g. activating) of a switch which indicates that the golfer has pressed a button on the golf club. The pressing of the button indicates that the golfer will or has taken a stroke with the golf club and that the stroke is to be recorded, optionally with the location of the stroke and an identifier of the club (e.g. 9 iron).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Tag Golf, LLC
    Inventors: Chris Savarese, Noel H. C. Marshall, Susan McGill
  • Patent number: 8994826
    Abstract: Portable wireless mobile device motion capture and analysis system and method configured to display motion capture/analysis data on a mobile device. System obtains data from motion capture elements and analyzes the data. Enables unique displays associated with the user, such as 3D overlays onto images of the user to visually depict the captured motion data. Ratings associated with the captured motion can also be displayed. Predicted ball flight path data can be calculated and displayed. Data shown on a time line can also be displayed to show the relative peaks of velocity for various parts of the user's body. Based on the display of data, the user can determine the equipment that fits the best and immediately purchase the equipment, via the mobile device. Custom equipment may be ordered through an interface on the mobile device from a vendor that can assemble-to-order customer built equipment and ship the equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Blast Motion Inc.
    Inventor: Michael Bentley
  • Patent number: 8992346
    Abstract: A method for analyzing a golfer's swing speed, wherein the method comprises determining that the golfer is addressing a golf ball to swing a golf club, monitoring a backswing, determining a transition time, monitoring a downswing, determining an impact time, transmitting data for the golfer's swing to a receiver for analysis and generating a golfer's swing speed using a length of a shaft of the golf club. A device is positioned or built within a grip of the golf club.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Callaway Golf Company
    Inventor: Mario Raposo
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8986129
    Abstract: The invention relates to a portable device and a method for monitoring the performance a sportsman performing a plurality of motor acts, such as golf swings. The device comprises at least one sensor providing an output signal, the sensor being responsive to body movements of the sportsman. A signal processing unit is used for extracting data on the course of each of the plurality of motor acts from the sensor output signal, and a computing unit is used for determining, based on the data on the course of the plurality of motor acts, at least one characteristic number describing the repeatability of the motor act. By the means of the invention, the handicap number of the golfer can be predicted with good accuracy by monitoring several his or her subsequent swings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Suunto Oy
    Inventors: Michael Miettinen, Eljas Saastamoinen, Jussi Rouhento, Sami Ruotsalainen
  • Patent number: 8951138
    Abstract: This disclosure describes a method for measuring the path and orientation of a golf club during a swing. Of particular interest is the orientation of the club face and its path prior to, at and just after impact with the ball. Golfers and club manufactures are interested in this information for swing improvement and club design. The key measurements are the face orientation and path relative to the ball, these are: horizontal path, vertical path, face open/close, face loft, face lie and ball impact position on the face. The disclosure additionally defines a means for accurately measuring the orientation of the club head and shaft throughout the entire swing. The technique may use an inertial navigation system attached to the head or shaft in conjunction with the camera system. An important feature of the method is the ease of use in that it provides accurate results without complex calibration procedures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: WAWGD, Inc.
    Inventors: Chris Kiraly, Paulo Merloti
  • Publication number: 20140349776
    Abstract: A method relating to an improved swing characteristic capturing system that can be used for a golf club shaft fitting system is disclosed herein. More specifically, the present invention utilizes specific data gathered from the golfer's golf swing itself to determine the best performing golf club shaft for this particular golf swing. Even more specifically, the present invention relates to the utilization of cameras to record the location data of a plurality of markers located on a golf club shaft throughout a swing. The current inventive fitting methodology is preferred to the archaic fitting method of using data gathered from the result orientated ball flight data together with a tedious process of having to try numerous different shafts.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 6, 2014
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Applicant: Acushnet Company
    Inventors: Ryan Margoles, Gregory D. Johnson
  • Patent number: 8888604
    Abstract: An integrated golf club and analysis system that measures and analyze the performance characteristics of both: 1) a free golf swing without impact with a golf ball and 2) a golf swing with ball impact analysis. Free swing analysis provides critical information needed to analyze swing style so that dynamics swing characteristics optimization can be evaluated throughout the entire swing without ball impact, while impact analysis provides critical information on ball impact location on the club face, however, they cannot be measured simultaneously since ball impact eliminates the ability to identify the swing metric peaks such as velocity if it were to occur after ball impact. To achieve both, an integrated electronics golf club head comprises multiple types of sensors for measuring club head motion, impact and spatial location information with a weight and balance of a regulation golf club head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Golf Impact, LLC
    Inventor: Roger Davenport
  • Publication number: 20140335965
    Abstract: In a first aspect, a system for monitoring a swing is provided that includes (1) a swing measurement device adapted to couple to a swinging object and to output a signal indicative of a characteristic of the swinging object; (2) a wireless transmitter coupled to the swing measurement device and adapted to wirelessly transmit the signal output by the swing measurement device; and (3) a wireless device adapted to receive the wirelessly transmitted signal and to provide information regarding the swinging object based on the received signal. The wireless device is a cellular telephone or personal digital assistant (PDA). Numerous other aspects are provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 21, 2014
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Inventor: Brian M. Dugan
  • Publication number: 20140329613
    Abstract: A golf data collection system can use a near field communication system in a data processing application to record golf club identifiers and golf strokes, taken (with the identified club) at GPS identified positions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2014
    Publication date: November 6, 2014
    Applicant: Radar Corporation
    Inventors: Chris Savarese, Susan McGill
  • Patent number: 8870671
    Abstract: A golf game system is provided, including at least one ball, at least one club and at least one hole area. The club has a striking sensor for sensing a striking action of the club on the ball, and a score display for displaying a score related to the striking action. The hole area has a tee for placing the ball and a hole for receiving the ball, wherein the hole has a ball-in-the-hole sensor for communicating with the club. Scores are automatically printed for players at game conclusion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Inventor: Thomas P. Foley
  • Patent number: 8845459
    Abstract: A method for tracking a golfer's round of golf, wherein the method comprises determining a first location of a GPS device, receiving a signal from a first golf club, recording the first location, determining a second location of the GPS, receiving a signal from a second golf club, determining the distance from the first location and the second location and recording the distance as a distance for a first shot of the golfer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Callaway Golf Company
    Inventors: Joseph Balardeta, Scott Denton
  • Patent number: 8840483
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to an evaluation device and methods for evaluating the swing of a piece of athletic equipment. The evaluation device may include a microphone, an accelerometer, and a microcontroller configured to detect a stroke and ball strike and track the position of the athletic equipment in three-dimensional space. The evaluation device may also include a radio for wireless transmissions, a battery, and a sound tube connected to the microphone. The evaluation device can be used in conjunction with a host computer to store, and display data gathered by the evaluation device. In some methods, a stroke that is detected from a swing and a ball strike can be determined by comparing signals received from the accelerometer and the microphone to predetermined criteria.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: Kinetek Sports
    Inventors: Patrick M. Steusloff, Thomas H. Lupfer
  • Patent number: 8827842
    Abstract: A golf equipment fitting system that uses advanced technology to not only objectively identify the optimum equipment for the golfer, but to also identify and help correct swing flaws so that the golfer can achieve optimum performance on the golf course. Thus, in one embodiment, golf fitting includes collecting data related to the golfer's swing and determining if the golfer's swing technique should be modified based at least in part on the collected swing data. When it is determined that the golfer's swing technique should be modified, then providing swing instruction to the golfer. When, however, it is determined that the golfer's swing technique is fine, then collecting data related to how the golfer's swing launches a golf ball. Finally, golf equipment, e.g., golf clubs, can be specified based on the collected swing data and launch data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Max Out Golf LLC
    Inventors: Mitchell Clark Voges, Daniel Patrick Hollister
  • Patent number: 8827846
    Abstract: A modular bat selecting simulator system according to various embodiments can include a handle weighted modular baseball bat configured to receive interchangeable weights in a handle portion of the handle weighted modular baseball bat. At least one tracking system configured to track movement of the handle weighted modular baseball bat and movement of a user while swinging the baseball bat. A computer configured for receiving data from the tracking system to determine an optimum bat weight based upon swing dynamics monitored while the user swings the baseball bat and outputting the data to a display. The display displays a virtual background including a virtual image of the baseball bat and a pitched ball, virtual movement of the baseball bat and the user swinging to hit the virtual image of the pitched ball.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Inventor: Christopher Shocklee
  • Patent number: 8808101
    Abstract: A system for measuring golf club parameter data on impact of a club face of a user's golf club with a target surface includes a static impact bag having a front facing surface for receiving an impact thereon with the club face, and a plurality of sensors for detecting force data upon impact of the club face with the front facing surface. The system includes a processor connected to sensors for receiving the force data and determining golf club parameter data related to the club face's impact with the front surface of the bag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Inventors: Garry Peters, Peter Klein
  • Patent number: 8801532
    Abstract: A golf swing measurement device is placed in front of a golfer when the golfer swings a golf club to hit a golf ball. The golf swing measurement device includes a sidewall portion extending substantially in parallel to a swing path of the club head; a first sensor coil and a second sensor coil disposed along the sidewall portion for detecting a club head with a permanent magnet on a distal thereof passing therethrough; a calculation unit for calculating a swing time from a start moment of a backswing to a moment of an impact, a head speed upon the impact, and a total flying distance; a display unit for displaying the swing time, the head speed, and the total flying distance; a memory unit for storing measurement data including the swing time, head speed, and the total flying distance; and a transmission unit for sending the measurement data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Bridgestone Sports Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Shu Katayama
  • Patent number: 8758151
    Abstract: A head measuring method of the present invention includes: (a) preparing a golf club having a head having a plurality of markers provided thereon; (b) photographing the head by a camera disposed at a position, wherein a backward distance between the position and a center point of a ball is equal to or greater than 0, to obtain a head image near an impact; and (c) analyzing the head image to calculate a position and attitude of the head near the impact. Preferably, three or more combinations of the markers set such that the marker interval is equal to or greater than a head vertical width exist.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: Dunlop Sports Co. Ltd.
    Inventors: Wataru Kimizuka, Masahide Onuki
  • Patent number: 8734264
    Abstract: An object of the present invention is to provide a system and method for measurement and analysis of a behavior of a golf club head. Specifically, the system comprises a measurement and analysis device having a marker recognition and positional information acquisition unit for recognizing the at least one marker and acquiring positional information of the recognized at least one marker, a vector calculation unit for calculating a first vector representing a direction of the head and a second vector representing a tangent vector of a trajectory of the head during the golf swing, and a vector angle change acquisition unit for calculating a vector angle between the first vector and the second vector and acquiring a time series change of the calculated vector angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignees: Bridgestone Corporation, Bridgstone Sports Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takashi Saito, Koji Takao, Hideo Matsunaga, Hirotada Iwade
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20140106892
    Abstract: An exemplary embodiment provides a method for swing result deduction and posture correction. The method includes performing a coordinate transformation between a sensor frame and an earth frame, deducting the swing result according to at least one piece of sensor information and a swing result deduction analysis, and providing a posture correction advice according to at least one piece of sensor information and a posture correction analysis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2012
    Publication date: April 17, 2014
    Applicants: NATIONAL CHIAO TUNG UNIVERSITY, INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGY RESEARCH INSTITUTE
    Inventors: CHUNG WEI LIN, LUN CHIA KUO, CHIH WEI YI, YU JUNG YEH, TSUNG LONG CHEN, YI CHEN HUANG
  • Patent number: 8696497
    Abstract: A golf equipment fitting system that uses advanced technology to not only objectively identify the optimum equipment for the golfer, but to also identify and help correct swing flaws so that the golfer can achieve optimum performance on the golf course. Thus, in one embodiment, golf fitting includes collecting data related to the golfer's swing and determining if the golfer's swing technique should be modified based at least in part on the collected swing data. When it is determined that the golfer's swing technique should be modified, then providing swing instruction to the golfer. When, however, it is determined that the golfer's swing technique is fine, then collecting data related to how the golfer's swing launches a golf ball. Finally, golf equipment, e.g., golf clubs, can be specified based on the collected swing data and launch data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: Max Out Golf, LLC
    Inventors: Mitchell Clark Voges, Daniel Patrick Hollister
  • Patent number: 8696482
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for golf swing analysis is described using a first microprocessor, a three-axis accelerometer capable of transmitting linear acceleration data to the first microprocessor, a three-axis gyroscope capable of transmitting angular velocity data to the first microprocessor, data processing, a radio transmitter for transmitting processed data, and a housing for holding the components, which attaches to a golf club. A three-axis magnetometer capable of transmitting directional orientation data to the first microprocessor is used to allow a user to choose a target line. Communication occurs between the apparatus and a portable device with a radio receiver, memory and a computer program that processes the data into graphical data and statistical data and displays the swing graphically after a user swings the golf club. The user will be able to analyze and try to improve his or her golf swing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: Swingbyte, Inc.
    Inventors: Alex Pedenko, Alexander Panferov, Valery Ponomarev, Anatoly Badylin
  • Publication number: 20140100048
    Abstract: An aspect of the invention relates to a golf swing analyzing apparatus, comprising: a first arithmetic section operating to use an output from a first inertial sensor and an output from a second inertial sensor to calculate a first energy amount, the first inertial sensor being attached to a portion of an upper body of a golfer, the second inertial sensor being attached to a golf club, the first energy amount being generated in the upper body of the golfer; a second arithmetic section operating to use the output from the first inertial sensor and the output from the second inertial sensor to calculate a second energy amount transferred to the golf club from the upper body of the golfer; and a processing section calculating an energy transferring ratio of an energy transferred from the upper body of the golfer to the golf club based on a ratio of the second energy amount to the first energy amount.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 1, 2013
    Publication date: April 10, 2014
    Applicants: Keio University, Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Ken OTA, Kazuhiro SHIBUYA
  • Publication number: 20140100049
    Abstract: An aspect of the invention relates to a golf swing analyzing apparatus, comprising: an arithmetic section operating to process the output of a first inertial sensor and the output of a second inertial sensor to calculate a relative angle between a forearm of a golfer and a golf club, the first inertial sensor being attached to a portion of the upper body of the golfer, the second inertial sensor being attached to the golf club.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 1, 2013
    Publication date: April 10, 2014
    Applicants: Keio University, Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Ken OTA, Kazuhiro SHIBUYA
  • Patent number: 8690698
    Abstract: An object of the present invention is to provide a golf club classification method capable of classifying a golf swing precisely. Specifically, the present invention provides a classification method comprising steps of: partitioning the golf swing of the golfer into golf swing trajectories of a back swing, a down swing, and a follow through so as to determine a stable point in the golf swing trajectories as an origin for any two of the trajectories and to assign a two dimensional coordinate to the two golf swing trajectories; determining straight lines connecting each of one point selected within each of the two golf swing trajectories and the origin; calculating angles between each of the determined straight lines and the horizontal line respectively for the two golf swing trajectories; and classifying the golf swing based on a difference between the calculated angles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignees: Bridgestone Corporation, Bridgestone Sports Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Takashi Saito, Koji Takao, Hideo Matsunaga, Hirotada Iwade
  • Patent number: 8678943
    Abstract: This invention is an apparatus and method for measuring or analyzing a golf swing. Measurement or analysis is made relative to energy generation and transfer through a player's body and club. The measurement or analysis data is principally obtained from the player's ground-reaction forces. Processed signals are analyzed with an artificial intelligence system. Ground-reaction forces relate to reaction forces which occur between a standing surface and the player's feet. The apparatus and method measures or analyses a golf swing in an automatic manner or in an automatic and interactive manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Inventor: Brian Francis Mooney
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20140024471
    Abstract: A method relating to an improved fitting system for a golf club shaft is disclosed herein. More specifically, the present invention utilizes specific data gathered from the golfer's golf swing itself to determine the best performing golf club shaft for this particular golf swing or even predict the launch conditions of a golf club.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 25, 2013
    Publication date: January 23, 2014
    Applicant: Acushnet Company
    Inventors: Gregory D. Johnson, Ryan Margoles
  • Patent number: 8634592
    Abstract: A system for predicting object location includes a video capture system for capturing a plurality of video frames, each of the video frames having a first area, an object isolation element for locating an object in each of the plurality of video frames, the object being located at a first actual position in a first video frame and being located at a second actual position in a second video frame, and a trajectory calculation element configured to analyze the first actual position and the second actual position to determine an object trajectory, the object trajectory comprising past trajectory and predicted future trajectory, wherein the predicted future trajectory is used to determine a second area in a subsequent video frame in which to search for the object, wherein the second area is different in size than the first area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2014
    Assignee: Disney Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: David L. Casamona, Christopher C. Pond, Anthony J. Bailey
  • 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: 8613676
    Abstract: Handle integrated motion capture element mount that enables coupling or retrofitting a golf club with active motion capture electronics that are battery powered, passive or active shot count components, for example a passive RFID, and/or a visual marker on the cap for use with visual motion capture cameras. Does not require modifying the golf club. Electronics package and battery can be easily removed and replaced, for example without any tools. May utilize a weight that is removed when inserting the electronic package in the mount, wherein the weight element may have the same weight as an electronics package, for no net change or minimal change in club weight. May be implemented with a handle without electronics for future upgrading. May utilize non-permanently and/or friction coupling between the mount and equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2013
    Assignee: Blast Motion, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael Bentley
  • Publication number: 20130267352
    Abstract: A system and method for measuring golf ball striking information includes a floor sensor array for detecting the space velocity and position of a golf ball or detecting the speed of a club head and the trajectory of a circle drawn by the club head; a floor light source emission array for emitting a light source to the floor sensor array from a position corresponding to the floor sensor array; a horizontal sensor array for detecting the entry angle and speed of the club head by left-handed hitting or right-handed hitting; and a horizontal light source emission array for emitting a light source to the horizontal floor sensor array from a position corresponding to the horizontal sensor array.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 7, 2011
    Publication date: October 10, 2013
    Applicant: RD-TEK CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Song Hwan Choi
  • Publication number: 20130267335
    Abstract: Golf clubs according to at least some example aspects of this disclosure may include a golf club head and a shaft configured to engage with the golf club head which includes a grip engaged with the shaft. Further, the golf club may include a monitoring device, which includes a sensor and a transmitter. Additionally, the monitoring device may be configured to determine data related to the characteristics of a golf swing. Further, the monitoring device may be configured to transmit the data related to the characteristics of a golf swing to a remote computer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 31, 2013
    Publication date: October 10, 2013
    Inventors: Robert Boyd, John T. Stites, Mario A. Lafortune, Philip Hatton, Michael Wallans
  • Patent number: 8550819
    Abstract: A method of golf instruction utilizing a schematic represented by a plurality of vertical, diagonal and circular lines which demonstrate a preferred golf swing. A video recorder, processor and monitor can be used to record the golf swing of a student aligned within the schematic. Corrections to the students swing can be made based on the deviation from the schematic. Additionally, the flight path of the ball can be determined based upon the deviation from the schematic and the adjusted flight path can be displayed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Inventor: Gary Anderson
  • Patent number: 8535170
    Abstract: Golf club telemetry equipment sends signals to a receiver in a golf round data system. The signals uniquely identify the particular club a player has selected for a stroke and the fact that a stroke has been taken. The club identification can occur either before or during a stroke. Automatic detection of clubs and strokes simplifies round data collection for the player. Club identification before a stroke permits a forecast of the result of the stroke to be presented to then player prior to the stroke. The signals can be either acoustic or electromagnetic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Assignee: Appalachian Technology, LLC
    Inventor: Goodwyn George Reeves
  • Patent number: 8529380
    Abstract: A method for gold club recommendation. The method can include providing user data related to a user, the user data including a user's gender, and handicap, and a plurality of golf clubs associated with the user, providing golf club data related to each golf club of the plurality of golf clubs, the golf club data including average yardages and deviation limits, determining a starting location of a user on a golf course, determining a final location where the user intends to land a golf ball, accessing the golf club data for each golf club of the plurality of golf clubs, determining at least one recommended golf club for the user based on the golf club data, and displaying the recommended golf club to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Inventors: Dale Edward Hubenthal, Robert James Lee
  • Patent number: RE44862
    Abstract: A method is disclosed for matching a test golfer with a particular golf club selected from a group of golf clubs having a plurality of styles. The method utilizes data set derived in an initial procedure in which the club style preferences for each of a large number of pre-test golfers is recorded and correlated with a set of performance parameters for the golf swings of such pre-test golfers. This data enables the pre-test golfers to be classified into subgroups, in which golfers within the same subgroup generally prefer the same club style and golfers in different subgroups generally prefer different club styles. After this data set has been established, the test golfer takes a golf swing with a golf club, while performance parameters for the swing are measured. Based on the measured performance parameters and the previously established data set, the test golfer is classified according to swing type, and the optimum golf-club is then selected from the plurality of styles of golf clubs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: Taylor Made Golf Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Ian C. Wright, David Anderson, Peter J. Roberts, Benoit Vincent