Miscellaneous Patents (Class 482/148)
  • Patent number: 10368620
    Abstract: An assembly for holding and displaying a mobile device includes a mobile device case having engagement structure associated therewith, the engagement structure operable to retain the mobile device within the case. An arm restraint section is coupled to or formed in the case. At least two open sections are formed in the case adjacent the arm restraint section. At least one pliable arm has a first end, a second end and an intermediate section, the intermediate section being restrained by the arm restraint section of the case such that the first and second ends of the pliable arm extend through the open sections of the case and are free to move relative to the arm restraint section to enable a user to position the first and second ends of the pliable arm relative to the mobile device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Inventor: Stephen Rindlisbacher
  • Patent number: 10262073
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on a computer storage medium, for generating and distributing interactive documents. An interactive document generation platform receives information that defines a series of interactive pages of an interactive document to be provided for facilitating performance of a procedure, receives multimedia content to be presented with interactive pages of the interactive document, and generates a data package that includes metadata, structural data, and multimedia content for the interactive document. The data package is provided to an interactive document distribution platform configured for adapting the interactive document for presentation by a plurality of different types of computing devices, receiving a request for the interactive document for a computing device of a particular type, and providing to the computing device a version of the interactive document that is adapted for presentation by the particular type of the computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: Accenture Global Services Limited
    Inventors: Pravesh Kumar, Bhawesh Agrawal, Alex Astovasadourian, Olivier Naro, Vincent Cabanel, Ganesan Ramachandran
  • Patent number: 10162486
    Abstract: Systems and methods to generate a playlist based on content meta data. In one embodiment, a method includes: receiving user-defined parameters; generating a playlist comprising a plurality of content portions, the generating comprising selecting the plurality of content portions from a data repository based on the user-defined parameters and further based on meta data for content stored in the data repository; and providing the playlist for display on a user device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: LEAF GROUP LTD.
    Inventors: Byron William Reese, Monica Winn Landers, Brian Andrew Dillon
  • Patent number: 10130540
    Abstract: A body lifting device for a bed is provided with a support unit, having a predetermined height, connected to a fixing part of a bed. A movable bed part adjusts an angle between the fixing and movable parts. A driving force transfer member of the device is connected to the movable part at one end, the other end extending toward the fixing part, and has a support point therebetween supported by the support unit. A length between the support point and the other end varies depending on an angle adjustment of the movable part. A lifting unit of the device supports a portion of a user's body, and is connected to the other end of the driving force transfer member. The lifting unit selectively lifts up the user's body depending on movement of the driving force transfer member, which is caused by adjusting an angle of the movable part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Inventors: Byeong Hee Won, Jong Hyun Kim, Chang Ki Lee, Woo Sang Sim
  • Patent number: 10022578
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure are directed to a portable muscle therapy device that can be used for physical therapy, fitness and exercise by creating compression to a joint/muscle while performing movement exercise (flossing) to restore mobility and pain relief. The muscle therapy device may include an elongated shaft comprised of a plurality of detachable segments that allow a user to change a length of the elongated shaft and convert the elongated shaft into separate bars. For example two bars may be formed, one for each hand of the user, and a resistance band may be attached to each bar. Additionally, the muscle therapy device of the present disclosure provides for an ability to attach a handle on one end of the elongated shaft to mimic a canoeing and stand up paddle for back, core and shoulder exercise.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: Modern Hygiene, LLC
    Inventor: Ray Kelly
  • Patent number: 9901773
    Abstract: A scaffold for a fitness stepper comprises a scaffolding plate configured to be installed on the fitness stepper and a mat attached on upper side of the scaffolding plate. The scaffolding plate comprises a separating prevention frame extended from edge of the scaffolding plate and surrounding the mat attached on the upper side of the scaffolding plate and a plurality of protrusions form on the upper side of the scaffolding plate. The mat comprises a plurality of bumps formed on an upper side of the mat, and a plurality of grooves between adjacent bumps of the plurality of bumps. The plurality of protrusion is arranged to form a grid pattern on the upper side of the scaffolding plate. Each protrusion of the plurality of protrusions has a right triangle shape having a right angle and a tilt angle with the upper side of the scaffolding plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Inventor: Cha-Young Lee
  • Patent number: 9782620
    Abstract: An improved barbell having horizontal spring-loaded resistance for increased muscular activity in an individual is provided. Spring action created by the horizontal spring-loaded resistance in the improved barbell provides the individual with additional muscle activation as compared to a traditional barbell. The improved barbell may include a spring that can be compressed and uncompressed using a tubular steel shaft, which is maintained in place by a self-lubricating linear bearing to reduce binding. The design provides a smooth action consistent with muscle-building execution exercises. The spring and bearing may be encased in a barrel with precision. The barrel may be welded to a 1-inch diameter steel tubular shaft. A separate 1-inch diameter steel tubular shaft may be installed in the barrel. The pair of tubular shafts may hold a desired weight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Inventors: Victor A. Morales, Esteban R. Morales
  • Patent number: 9694230
    Abstract: A medicine ball includes a central member with a pair of opposing concave sides. Further, convex attachments are each adapted to mate with the concave sides of the central member to form a sphere. These convex attachments are fastened together to the concave sides by a pair of fasteners, such as zippers. Additionally, attachment ports which can receive an exercise attachment are each positioned within the central member. Examples of exercise attachments include a barbell bar, a handgrip, and a pair of roller pairs, among others. In an alternative embodiment the attachment ports are positioned within the convex attachments. Further, an article of clothing has a receptacle to receive the convex attachments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Inventor: Corey Anderson Cooper
  • Patent number: 9675837
    Abstract: An apparatus for improving flexibility and its method of use are provided. The apparatus features a flexible member, which can have varying degrees of stiffness and flexibility, based on user preference. Further, the apparatus features a first and second auxiliary grip, as well as a first and second primary grip. In conjunction, these grips provide a vast multitude of ways to grip the apparatus, enabling it to be used in a wide variety of stretches and exercises, promoting strength as well as joint mobility and flexibility.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Inventor: Daniel Smith
  • Patent number: 9445733
    Abstract: An electronic device is an electronic device that measures biological information. The electronic device includes a biological-information sensor section configured to measure the biological information and an armor case configured to house the biological-information sensor section. The armor case includes a case main body section and a rear lid section. One surface of the case main body section is integrally molded with a windshield and the other surface of the case main body section is formed of a transparent member in which an opening section is formed. The rear lid section is attached to the case main body section to close the opening section and at least a part of the rear lid section is formed of a transparent member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventors: Shigemitsu Tanaka, Yoshihiro Hidai, Junya Shibuya
  • Patent number: 9387353
    Abstract: A fitness and exercise device utilizes magnetic force to facilitate energy expenditure, muscle build up and weight loss upon the swinging of bending of the arms and/or legs and/or body. The device comprises an upper and a lower pad, sized to be disposed over the front side of the joint, with the upper pad overlying an upper part of the limb and with the lower pad overlying a lower part of the limb. Magnetic force is generated by magnetic energy sources of opposite polar orientation incorporated into an upper pad and a lower pad disposed above and below over the front side of a joint, with an upper pad overlying an upper part of the limb and with a lower pad overlying a lower part of the limb. When the joint is straight the magnetic energy sources are positioned sufficiently close so that they attract. When the arm is being bent the magnetic energy sources exert resistance due to their opposite polar orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Inventor: Gilbert Lloyd
  • Patent number: 9259615
    Abstract: A wearable device assembly has a housing supporting a controller, display and indicator system thereon. The controller has at least one sensor wherein activity of a user wearing the device is detected. The controller selectively illuminates the indicator system to indicate a level of activity of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2016
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Aaron B. Weast, Jamian R. Cobbett
  • Patent number: 9211463
    Abstract: A body positioning feedback apparatus is securable to a foot or other body part for which it is beneficial to ensure proper alignment between body parts. The body positioning feedback apparatus may be implemented as a mechanical device or as an electronic device that provides visual, audio, and/or tactile feedback when the user is employing improper form. As a particular non-limiting example, the body positioning feedback apparatus can be used to assist users in performing stationary or walking lunges and single-legged and two-legged squats.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2015
    Inventor: M. Russell Giveans
  • Patent number: 9078726
    Abstract: An intravaginal pessary device. The device has a top, a mid-section, and a bottom. The device has a sidewall that extends between the top and the bottom, and the top, the bottom, and the sidewall form an outer periphery defining a total area of the device. The top has a first width and the mid-section has a second width, and the first width is greater than the second width. In addition, the top has a first flexibility and the mid-section has a second flexibility, and the first flexibility is greater than the second flexibility.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2015
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventor: Nancy Karapasha
  • Patent number: 9055788
    Abstract: Footwear includes a support member having an upper surface attachable to a foot, and two bulbous protuberances, a forward bulbous protuberance and rearward bulbous protuberance. Each of the protuberances has a curved outer contour, and protrudes from a lower surface of the support member on opposite sides of a latitudinal midline thereof, the latitudinal midline being halfway between a calcaneus support portion and a phalanges support portion of the support member. The forward bulbous protuberance is positioned medially offset with respect to a longitudinal centerline.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2015
    Inventors: Avi Elbaz, Amit Mor
  • Patent number: 9039576
    Abstract: Disclosed is a curved track simulation device. The curved track simulation device is configured such that a base board can rotate and tilt to the left or right and embody left or right cornering motion on an upper surface of a track belt that is rotating and circulating forward and rearward, thus making it possible for a user to feel a sensation as if he/she is enjoying a driving-based or sliding-based leisure activity or sport, and which can appropriately use a combination of frictional force and slippage which are created when the track wheel rotates to the left or right on the track belt, thereby satisfying the dual function of providing both amusement and exercise.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Inventor: Too Hwan Kang
  • Patent number: 9028380
    Abstract: A resistance band tensioner is disclosed. The tensioner includes a main body and a pivot pin disposed on the main body proximate a first end, where the main body is configured to rotate about the pivot pin between an up position and a down position. The tensioner also includes a handle extending from a second end of the main body configured for a user to grasp with a hand. A cantilever shaft extends outward perpendicular from the main body and is interposed between the handle and the pivot pin, where the shaft is adapted to secure a first portion of a resistance band around its periphery. In addition, the tensioner includes a locking pin to lock the tensioner in the down position when the resistance band is placed under tension by rotating the main body from the up position to the down position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Inventor: Richard J. Hoole
  • Patent number: 9011305
    Abstract: Embodiments of the current invention are directed towards solving the need for weightlifting wraps which prevent slippage, increase rebound potential, allow simpler application, and provide greater stability. An embodiment of the invention comprises: gripper wraps made of stretchable material; the gripper wraps having exposed rubber strands on one outer surface of the gripper wraps; the exposed rubber strands arranged in an offset lattice configuration, wherein the exposed rubber strands have a coefficient of friction sufficient to grip the previous layer of wrap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Inventor: John Inzer
  • Patent number: 8992383
    Abstract: The invention relates to an exercise apparatus (1), which has a running surface or a sitting surface (9), provided with a holding arrangement for the exercising person. The holding arrangement has a crossbar (6). In order for the exercising person to be able to carry out writing work on a computer (20) during exercise, a keyboard (7, 8) is arranged in such a way that the keyboard lies on the side of the bar (6) facing away from the running surface or sitting surface (9). In particular, the keyboard is also tilted downward. Said arrangement of the keyboard enables physical exercise and writing work to be carried out at the same time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Inventor: Eric Bilang
  • Patent number: 8944972
    Abstract: A descent apparatus (1) including a housing (3) with a liquid conduit (4) therethrough and a float (8) constrained within the liquid conduit (4) and capable of slideable movement along a first path between an upper and a lower position. A moveable element (6) is located outside the liquid conduit (4) and is slideably coupled to the housing (3). A mechanical connector (9) physically connects the movable element (6) to the float (8) such that in use, the liquid conduit (4) contains liquid and the position of the float (8) is variable by applying a force to the movable element (6) and wherein the slideable movement of the float (8) along a first path produces a corresponding movement of the moveable element (6) outside the housing (3) along a second path co-axial, or parallel with the first path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Archimedes Applied Limited
    Inventor: Geofrrey Neil McConnell
  • Patent number: 8932186
    Abstract: Described is an exercise tool. More particularly, it is a therapy and exercise tool specifically devised as a foot-therapy and toe-aligning device to align, separate, and stretch toes. The foot-therapy and toe-aligning device comprises a frame with a plurality of posts connected with the frame. The device is formed of an elastic material such that a user may place at least one of the plurality of posts between a user's toes and pull the post to stretch and elongate the post between the toes. Upon release, the elastic material of the post causes the post to attempt to return to its original shape, thereby causing it to expand out and conform its shape to fit snugly against the user's toes. Additionally, the elastic material allows the toe posts to be positioned and maintained at numerous locations between the user's toes for customizable positioning between the toes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: FenF, LLC
    Inventor: Frederic Ferri
  • Patent number: 8920286
    Abstract: A unique concept of exercise and weight loss that takes place in a new invention utility, namely the exercise cells or the Ketone Inducing Apparatus is disclosed. The apparatus consists of four exercise cells to simulate four different exercise categories in extreme environments, namely walk/run/hike in a cold mountain environment, swim/water jogging in a cold water marine environment, cycling in a hot, humid, rainy, tropical forest environment, and gravitational rotation in a hot dry air windy space or desert environment. The purpose of this activity is to maximally stimulate the process of Ketosis (breakage of the human fat) to form smaller molecules of Ketones. The Ketones will then be eliminated both passively from the human body via urination and exhalation and actively through intracellular burn oxidation, hence reducing the extra fat load and reducing obesity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Inventor: Mostafa Sheta
  • Patent number: 8915826
    Abstract: A hopping play ball comprises a pair of elongated grips or handles adjacent to each other and extending radially outward from the surface of the ball. The ball may also comprise an array of mammillated protrusions on the lower surface, opposite the handles, to improve the stability during bouncing on a soft or elastic surface, such as a trampoline rebounding mat. In other embodiments, the ball has one or more water reservoirs in fluid communication with squirt nozzles disposed on either the surface of the ball or an outward facing portion of the handles. The squirt nozzles are activated by the player via the handle grips, and may pump or squirt water in response to each bounce or may be triggered independent of the players bouncing movement. The mammillated surface aids in preventing slippage of the balls during such types of wet play with multiple players.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Inventor: Mark W. Publicover
  • Patent number: 8888666
    Abstract: An strength training apparatus includes an elastic headpiece and a handle by which to perform, among other exercises, intensive hammer training. Multiple headpieces may be constructed each having distinct characteristics, such as weight and recoil, and may be selectively coupled to the handle. The headpiece is retained on the handle so as to withstand both angular moment and impact force exerted on the apparatus during operation thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Inventor: David Louis Quader
  • Publication number: 20140336005
    Abstract: In a trampoline in which a plurality of support rods connect between the frame and the mat of the trampoline to hold the mat in tension, the support rods comprise an integral skirt which surrounds and encases at least an upper end length of the support rod and optionally the whole support rod.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2012
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Inventor: David Jethro Miller
  • Patent number: 8870724
    Abstract: A device (101) for supporting or exercising the pelvic floor muscles in a female human. The device has a unitary elongate body having a first enlarged end (103), a second enlarged end (105), and a relatively narrow interconnecting region (107) that interconnects the first enlarged end and the second enlarged end. The first enlarged end (103) generally extends in a first direction from the interconnecting region (107) and from one end of the interconnecting region. The second enlarged end (105) generally extends in a second generally opposite direction from the interconnecting region (107) and from the other end of the interconnecting region. The first enlarged end (103), the second enlarged end (105), and the narrow interconnecting region (107) are substantially fully insertable into the vagina to provide resistance to contraction of the pelvic floor muscles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Orelle Holdings Limited
    Inventors: Carol Armitage, Ralph Elliott Schneideman, Patricia Ann Coombes
  • Patent number: 8864630
    Abstract: A system and method are provide for an obstacle course including first and second lanes associated with first and second difficulty ratings, respectively. The first lane includes a first plurality of obstacles associated with the first difficulty rating and the second lane includes a second plurality of obstacles associated with the second difficulty rating. The first difficulty rating indicates greater difficulty than the second difficulty rating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Life Cirque, LLC
    Inventor: Scott C. Sperry
  • Patent number: 8858401
    Abstract: A training apparatus for a Nordic walker has an elongated pole whose lower end carries at least one wheel having a freewheel permitting rolling of the wheel on the surface only in a forward travel direction. A forearm rest is freely pivotal on an upper end of the pole and defines with the pole an angle increasing on forward rolling of the wheel from a position behind the athlete to a position in front of the athlete as the arm in the rest swings forward in the travel direction. A handgrip fixed on a front end of the forearm rest is gripped by a hand of the forearm in the rest and pivots with the forearm rest. A spring braced between the rest and the pole and pivotally biases the rest so as to increase the inclination angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Inventor: Georg H. Kaupe
  • Patent number: 8858402
    Abstract: An exercise slide board is disclosed having a main board, a pair of backstops and a floor grip device. The main board has a top surface and a bottom surface. The top surface is smooth and low friction to allow a user wearing low-friction footwear to easily slide across the board. The first and second backstops are positioned at or near a first end of the main board and a second end of the main board, respectively. The first and second backstops may have a base surface configured to abut against the top surface of the main board. The first and second backstops may also have a strike surface facing toward a center of the main board and extending away from the top surface of the main board at an angle away from the center of the board. The floor grip device is affixed on the bottom surface of the main board. The floor grip device is configured to grip both a hard flooring surface and a carpeted flooring surface. A non-slip mesh may be used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Obsidian Products, LLC
    Inventors: Lacey Bruschke, Erin Wathen, Richard Green
  • Patent number: 8821352
    Abstract: The present invention provides in some embodiments, a cover for an exercise roller. The cover can include an elongate tubular structure defining a generally cylindrical elongate lumen extending through the length of the elongate tubular structure. A wall of the cover can have an inner face surrounding the generally cylindrical elongate lumen, which is configured to surround an outer surface of the exercise roller. The outer face of the elongate tubular structure can have a textured surface, and the elongate tubular structure has a density configured for myofascial release. Additionally, the inner face of the wall and the outer face of the wall define a thickness of the cover for an exercise device. The invention can also include a method of using a progression of covers having different densities, thicknesses, and textures to provide myofascial release.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: The Hygenic Corporation
    Inventors: Jason Crowell, April Bertram
  • Patent number: 8818898
    Abstract: A system for delivery of content-based products. The system includes a content library which provides advanced interfaces for adding, manipulating, arranging and storing multimedia presentations, and for interacting with rich multimedia presentations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: PumpOne, LLC
    Inventors: Craig Schlossberg, Declan Condron
  • Patent number: 8814768
    Abstract: An exercise device that includes a base member that includes an upper surface and a cushion seat portion extending downwardly therefrom and a handle cavity defined in and extending downwardly from the upper surface. The device also includes a cushion member attached to the cushion seat portion. The cushion seat portion has a generally convex shape. A handle portion secured to the base member and spanning the handle cavity, and at least a first binding member that is secured to the base member and is configured to secure a user's foot to the upper surface of the base member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Inventors: Seong Sam Yang, Timothy Nugent
  • Patent number: 8790225
    Abstract: A hand therapy system including a post having an upper end and a lower end, a support base secured to the lower end of the post for supporting the post atop a surface, and a hand exercise housing mounted on the post for moving between the upper and lower ends of the post. The hand exercise housing includes a plurality of first hand tool openings provided on a first side of the hand exercise housing, a plurality of second hand tool openings provided on a second side of the hand exercise housing, a progressive resistance system in communication with each of the first and second hand tool openings, and a plurality of resistance level adjustment elements coupled with the progressive resistance system. Each of the resistance level adjustment elements is associated with one of the first and second hand tool openings for selectively adjusting the resistance level of each of the first and second hand tool openings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Inventors: Zaida R. Mayes, Alan A. Valentine, Thomas G. Valentine
  • Patent number: 8784279
    Abstract: A pelvic clamp for back stretching is disclosed which provides temporary relief for low back pain by employing means for stretching the lumbar region. Embodiments which provide this means for stretching include a cam stop assembly, a block stop assembly, a slide panel assembly and a bend rod assembly. Each of these assemblies works by squeezing the sides of the pelvic region in order to hold it stationary while the user exerts pressure on assembly elements to force the upper torso away from the pelvic region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Inventor: Wayne Cantrell
  • Patent number: 8777816
    Abstract: A bar grip used for grasping a bar or similarly shaped object for physical fitness such as a weightlifting bar, barbell, pull-up bar, or rowing paddle that requires significant grip force. The palm portion of the bar grip includes a palm surface for contacting a region of the palm, and a grip surface for contacting the fitness device. It may include at least one middle layer to provide additional padding, comfort, or weight distribution. The bar grip also has a strap portion for securing the palm portion to the hand. The palm portion has a cross-sectional C-shape that substantially matches an outer shape of a fitness bar. Different embodiments have different radii to accommodate differently sized or shaped fitness bars, or have built-in multi-radius options. The arc of the grip surface may vary to provide coverage ranging from minimal coverage to nearly complete coverage around the circumference of the bar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Inventors: Lonny Grafman, Gabriel Krause
  • Patent number: 8771156
    Abstract: An improved structure to fix an inflatable and elastic motion body includes an elastic air bag, a frame, a base and a plurality of restricting pieces. The base has a receiving slot recessedly formed close to a top surface of the base, and a recessed engaging trough recessedly formed close to a bottom surface thereof. The recessed engaging trough engages with a hook end of the restricting piece, so the restricting piece can tightly clamp a fixed edge of the elastic air bag. Since the restricting pieces with better strength are disposed in restricting slots of the frame to tightly confine the elastic air bag and the base to locate between the hook end and the pressing end of the restricting piece, so when the elastic air bag is heavily pressed, it would not escape from the restricting slot of the frame to increase the structural strength and durability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Ever Gym Enterprises Co. Ltd.
    Inventor: Ming-Chin Chen
  • Patent number: 8758207
    Abstract: Footwear includes a support member having an upper surface attachable to a foot, and two bulbous protuberances, a forward bulbous protuberance and rearward bulbous protuberance. Each of the protuberances has a curved outer contour, and protrudes from a lower surface of the support member on opposite sides of a latitudinal midline thereof, the latitudinal midline being halfway between a calcaneus support portion and a phalanges support portion of the support member. The forward bulbous protuberance is positioned medially offset with respect to a longitudinal centerline.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: APOS—Medical and Sports Technologies Ltd.
    Inventors: Avi Elbaz, Amit Mor
  • Patent number: 8740749
    Abstract: The invention concerns an apparatus (1, 10, 20, 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80, 90, 100, 110, 120, 130, 140) for physical exercises, comprising at least one element (2, 4, 4?, 23, 23?, 34, 34?, 55, 55?, 57, 57?, 65, 65?, 67, 75, 76, 80, 96, 96?, 105, 105?, 112, 114, 114?, 124, 124?, 125, 126, 133, 134, 137, 141, 141?) capable to interact with a user during the execution of a physical exercise, characterising in that it comprises vibrating means (5, 6, 11, 12, 78, 85, 97, 106, 116, 116?, 117) capable to produce at least one mechanical vibration of said at least one element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Inventor: Olga Tsarpela
  • Patent number: 8734307
    Abstract: The present invention is core exercise device that allows lateral movement during a core exercise such as a sit-up, leg lift, or crunch in order to activate, exercise, and strengthen core muscles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Inventor: Chad Bathey
  • Patent number: 8702574
    Abstract: A method and system for performing linear and circular movement patterns is provided. The method and the system include a limb-activated linearly and circularly moveable apparatus comprising a rotatable platform coupled to a slideable base. A limb gripping the apparatus can slide the apparatus across a surface while rotating the platform. The apparatus is designed to constantly realign the joints involved in the movements and without straining the joints of the body to maximize productivity and promote joint comfort.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Inventor: Dama Claudy Abranchess
  • Patent number: 8690741
    Abstract: Devices, apparatuses, systems and/or methods related to weight plates. Specifically, the disclosed devices, apparatuses, systems and/or methods relate to nested weight plates including a first weight plate increment and a second weight plate increment configured to receive the first weight plate increment. The nested weight plates may include a turning mechanism including a turning circle and/or a screw. The screw may be received by the first weight plate increment such that rotation of the turning circle engages and/or disengages the second weight plate increment. In this manner, a user may select to total weight desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: Exemplar Design, LLC
    Inventors: Adam L. Ross, Benjamin P. Boyer
  • Patent number: 8690734
    Abstract: An embodiment of the disclosure consists of a rectangular lightweight rigid handled frame, four adjustable telescoping foldout locking legs with protective feet, a rear-facing mirror, a pair of forward-facing mirrors, an eleven-light light source, and a control panel. The rear-facing mirror is connected to the frame and is adjustable about a horizontal axis to form a vertical angle in order to facilitate the reflections from the light source back and forth between the rear-facing mirror and the pair of forward-facing mirrors. The pair of forward-facing mirrors are connected to the frame, are spaced apart to form the porthole, and are adjustable on both a vertical and horizontal axis in order to form the vertical angle and the rotational angle needed to facilitate the reflections from the light source back and forth between the rear-facing mirror and at least one of the pair of forward-facing mirrors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Inventor: Brian Mallory Bell
  • Patent number: 8678985
    Abstract: A balance training and exercise device comprises a rigid, shallow disc adapted to accommodate a user's feet or knees. A user moves in such a manner as to move the disc forwards or backwards, or to rotate the disc. A thickened firm, resilient pad can be placed within the disc, and the user can perform the same movements while standing atop the pad. Arm strengthening means can also be used in combination with the disc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Inventor: E. Michael Mattox
  • Patent number: 8672814
    Abstract: A mounting member is adapted for joining a seat back to a frame. The mounting member includes a base and an extension projecting from the base along an axis in absence of external forces to the extension. The extension has an end distant from the base that is connectable to the seat back and that is resiliently linearly movable in directions substantially perpendicular to the axis 360° about the axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: Precor Incorporated
    Inventor: Thomas P. Hopkins
  • Publication number: 20140038790
    Abstract: A method of providing back-pain relief by performing in any sequence a group consisting of eight discrete movements further defined as Knee Pull, Knee Side Push Out, Single Frog leg, Double Frog Legs, Chrysalis, Seated Jack Knife, Bio Crunch, and Seated Hold & Release where the first four listed movements have starting positions of laying supine with knees bent and feet flat on the floor approximately one foot form buttocks. The fifth movement starts by keeping the bottom of feet together with knees bent and slightly down while holding the toes. The sixth movement starts by putting feet and ankles together with knees straight and locked while in a sitting position. The seventh movement starts by laying flat on the floor with arms bent and fingers touching ears. The eighth movement starts in a seated position and holding on to a chair underneath the seat while keeping the back straight.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 6, 2012
    Publication date: February 6, 2014
    Inventor: Ian Richard Hart
  • Patent number: 8636624
    Abstract: A cylindrical gear ring assembly is provided for use as a decorative wearable ornamental device useable as a ring or other piece of jewelry, a toy, and a therapy tool, and more specifically to a ring with a rotatable mechanism comprising movable cylinders which rotate against gear mechanisms and method of using the same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2014
    Assignee: Kinekt Design, LLC
    Inventors: Glen Liberman, Ben Hopson
  • Patent number: 8632446
    Abstract: An exercise chair of the type wherein a user can sit on a seating platform and extend and retract his legs while his feet are resting on a spring-resisted foot rod includes a structure which permits the chairs to be stacked in nested relationship or a structure using foldable support legs for a seating platform allowing the seating platform to be folded into close relationship with a base frame for storage purposes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2014
    Assignee: Mad Dogg Athletics, Inc.
    Inventors: Howard J. Solow, James V. Osburn, Julie Lobdell, Jeffery T. Samson
  • Patent number: 8616932
    Abstract: A collapsible umbrella gym for an infant or toddler which is highly portable, and combines the desirable attributes of an activity arch and support mat such as an activity mat. The gym comprises a frame assembly which is selectively movable between collapsed and uncollapsed states. When in its fully deployed, uncollapsed state, the frame assembly assumes a configuration which provides the functional attributes of an activity gym or activity arch, with multiple toys or mobiles being suspended from the frame assembly at locations which are easily accessible to an infant or toddler lying underneath the frame assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: Infantino, LLC
    Inventors: Lisa Ellen Gelfond, Maureen Anne O'Connor, Eric Christopher Sugalski
  • Patent number: 8597166
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for producing a fitness apparatus having the following components: a flexible bar which can be set in oscillation upon operation of the fitness apparatus by a user, a grip area arranged centrally on the flexible bar for the user to hold the fitness apparatus and end caps arranged at both ends of the flexible bar, wherein the method includes the following method steps: arranging at least one respective end weight at the ends of the flexible bar, inserting the flexible bar with the end weights arranged thereon into a first molding tool to form the end caps, foaming out of the first molding tool with a first foam material to produce at least the end caps and subsequent hardening of the first foam material. The invention also relates to a fitness apparatus produced in particular with the inventive method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Inventor: Frank Klein
  • Patent number: 8595863
    Abstract: A protective covering for a stilt is presented. The protective covering includes a cylinder of flexible material. The protective covering also includes a first securing element disposed along a lower portion of the covering for retaining a lower opening of the cylinder of flexible material proximate a foot of the stilt. The protective covering further includes a second securing element disposed along an upper portion of the cylinder for securing an upper opening of the cylinder of flexible material proximate a calf of a wearer of the stilt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: J.L. Plastering LLC
    Inventor: Jason A. Lamprey