Electrical Energy Generator Patents (Class 482/2)
  • Patent number: 10307631
    Abstract: This invention offers a rowing machine's mechanical resistance device which comprises an electric motor or a solenoid, a programmable control means and a custom algorithm, controlling the programmable controls means. It eliminates the compromising effect of backlash between the rower's handle and the resistance imparting device. This backlash is present between the power and the idle phases of rowing strokes on all state of the art rowing machines comprising flywheels. Ultimately, this invention allows all rowers to improve their rowing form and avoid injury.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Inventors: Bojan R Jeremic, Hrayr Nazarian
  • Patent number: 10179265
    Abstract: Exercise equipment provides maximum effort repetitions, every rep, safely, through constant velocity. With constant velocity resistance, every person using the equipment can achieve maximum resistance for each repetition, whether their strength maxes out at 5 lbs. or 500 lbs. of resistance. The constant velocity resistance allows for reduced resistance with each repetition as fatigue sets in, without changing the equipment settings. The exercise equipment includes a line coupled to a handle, and retracted by a retraction assembly. An impeder provides resistance for pushing/pulling (depending on the exercise) based on constant rotational velocity of the impeder, rather than resisting with a force of gravity, spring force, or friction. The impeder prevents extraction of the line faster than the constant rotational velocity. Thus, a user can push/pull as hard as desired, and the line can only be extracted as limited by the velocity of the impeder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Inventor: Jordan Carr
  • Patent number: 10046202
    Abstract: A motorized exercise apparatus for use with a power source comprising an exercise apparatus having a power supply configured to be connected to the power source. An electronically commutated motor is configured to drive the exercise apparatus. A controller is configured to connect a power supply to the motor to selectively energize the motor to drive the exercise apparatus and including an emergency stop feature. The controller selectively actuates the motor and disables activation of the motor when the emergency stop feature is actuated. An additional motor driven by the apparatus is configured to cause a dynamic braking action to slow the apparatus when the power source is disabled or when the emergency feature is actuated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Digital Concepts of Missouri, Inc.
    Inventors: James R. Butler, Jr., Jack Greenwood, Paul Decker
  • Patent number: 10032227
    Abstract: An exercise apparatus includes a base, an operating unit movable relative to the base, a motor coupled to the operating unit, a sensor operable to detect engagement of a user with the operating unit, and a controller in communication with the operating unit and the sensor. A communication interface is in communication with the controller, wherein the controller is configured to generate a non-validated exercise use data in response to movement of the operating unit relative to the base and the sensor does not detect engagement of the user with the operating unit, wherein the controller is further configured to generate a validated exercise use data in response to movement of the operating unit relative to the base and the sensor does detect engagement of the user with the operating unit, and wherein the controller transmits the validated exercise use data to the communication interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: Johnson Health Tech Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Nathan Pyles
  • Patent number: 10010776
    Abstract: An improved auxiliary weighted roller assembly attachable to a sports goal ground crossbar to stabilize the goal and to facilitate temporary or long term relocation for field maintenance, alternative field use, or storage consisting of a framework attachable to the crossbar and a pair of weighted rollers attached to the framework one each disposed on the front and rear of the crossbar of sufficient diameter to raise the crossbar above the ground, the improvement comprising devices to increase the strength of the clamping mechanism employed to attach the roller assembly and the goal ground crossbar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Inventors: James H. Gravel, James Ritchie, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9889365
    Abstract: An auxiliary weighted roller assembly attachable to a sports goal ground crossbar to stabilize the goal and to facilitate temporary or long term relocation for field maintenance, alternative field use, or storage consisting of a framework attachable to the crossbar and a pair of weighted rollers attached to the framework one each disposed on the front and rear of the crossbar and of sufficient diameter to raise the crossbar above the ground.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Inventors: James H. Gravel, James Ritchie, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9878454
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a flexible clamping device, which is composed of a housing, a shaft I, a sleeve I, a cylinder, a connector, a shaft II, a clamping spring, a protective pad, a pressure block, a shaft III, a sleeve II and a bottom plate. The bottom plate is provided with two steps on which wheels having different sizes are fixed respectively. When the large-sized wheel is put on the bottom step, the cylinder drives the connector to move right in a plane, the protective pad on the pressure block presses the hub of the wheel, and the function of compacting the large-sized wheel is thus realized; when the small-sized wheel is put on the bottom step, the cylinder drives the connector to continuously move right in the plane, the protective pad on the pressure block presses the hub of the wheel, and the function of compacting the small-sized wheel is thus realized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: CITIC DICASTAL CO., LTD
    Inventors: Yao Zheng, Jiandong Guo, Lei Yang, Zhiyuan Yu, Weimin Cai, Bowen Xue, Xiaoguang Huang, Xuesong Wang, Yuexin Lu, Yukun Yang, Yongwang Zhao
  • Patent number: 9861501
    Abstract: Provided are a walk-assistive robot and a method of controlling the same. The method of controlling the walk-assistive robot includes: obtaining ground information that is information regarding ground a walking direction; determining control patterns of the walk-assistive robot by analyzing the obtained ground information; and controlling the walk-assistive robot based on the determined control patterns.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Suk June Yoon, Kyung Shik Roh, Young Bo Shim, Young Do Kwon, Sung Hwan Ahn, Hyo Seok Hwang
  • Patent number: 9827463
    Abstract: A wrist exerciser includes a housing and a gyroscopic member. The housing includes a first cover, a second cover, a supporting portion and a protective assembly. The supporting portion and the protective assembly are disposed between the first cover and the second cover. Two ends of the supporting portion that are opposite to each other are in contact with the first cover and the second cover, respectively. A stiffness of the supporting portion is greater than a stiffness of the protective assembly. The protective assembly includes a rail and a buffer portion that are corresponding to each other. The gyroscopic member includes a ring and a rotor. The ring is slidably disposed on the rail. The rotor includes a ball disposed in the housing and a shaft which penetrates the ball. Two ends of the shaft that are opposite to each other are pivotally connected to the ring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: NANO-SECOND TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Pei-Sung Chuang
  • Patent number: 9770615
    Abstract: A mountain climbing machine, which does not require connecting with an external electrical power source, includes a running belt, front and rear rollers, and a generator operatively linked to one of the front and rear rollers for generating electrical power when the running belt is running, wherein a rotational speed of said generator is controlled by a consumption of the electrical power generated from the running belt so as to provide a resistance force at one of the front and rear rollers to maintain the running belt at a constant speed without connecting to the external electrical power source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Assignee: Shan Dong Huikang Sport Equipment Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jun Li
  • Patent number: 9504874
    Abstract: A mountain climbing machine, which does not require connecting with an external electrical power source, includes a running belt, front and rear rollers, and a generator operatively linked to one of the front and rear rollers for generating electrical power when the running belt is running, wherein a rotational speed of said generator is controlled by a consumption of the electrical power generated from the running belt so as to provide a resistance force at one of the front and rear rollers to maintain the running belt at a constant speed without connecting to the external electrical power source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: SHAN DONG HUIKANG SPORT EQUIPMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Jun Li
  • Patent number: 9346515
    Abstract: A pedal assisted bicycle a first and a second wheel; a pedaling assembly mechanically decoupled from the first and second wheels by which an user can supply a pedaling power; an electric motor mechanically coupled to at least one of the wheels capable of taking a motor power; a generator device adapted to generate a generator device electric power from the pedaling power, arranged in an energy exchange relationship with the pedaling assembly and the electric motor; an energy storage device arranged in an energy exchange relationship with the electric motor and with the generator device; a control system including a module for controlling the power required to the generator device to be supplied to the electric motor and/or to the storage device; a heartbeat sensor adapted to generate a signal representing heartbeat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Assignees: Politecnico di Milano, Università degli Studi di Bergamo
    Inventors: Fabio Previdi, Sergio Matteo Savaresi, Matteo Corno, Mara Tanelli, Giovanni Alli, Paolo Lisanti, Pierfrancesco Spagnol, Ivo Boniolo, Cristiano Spelta
  • Publication number: 20150065301
    Abstract: Electricity is generated in response to use of exercise equipment in a reciprocating motion. An energy harvester system is provided in and responsive to movement of a motion control arrangement of an exercise machine for converting kinetic and ambient light energy supplied from an environment of the exercise equipment into electrical power which is delivered to a feedback system associated with the exercise equipment in order to provide information corresponding to the user of the exercise equipment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Applicant: STRENGTH COMPANION, LLC
    Inventor: DAVID G. OTEMAN
  • Patent number: 8961371
    Abstract: This disclosure provides systems, methods, and apparatus for enabling exercise by a user. In one aspect, an apparatus includes a communication unit, a user interface unit, and a processor. The processor may receive user identification data from the user via the user interface unit and retrieve data based on the user identification data from an electronic data store. The processor may use the data to generate an exercise routine and command signals may be sent to an exercise machine based on the generated exercise routine. The processor may receive exercise data from the exercise machine via the communication unit and store the exercise data in the electronic data store.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Sultan Ventures LLC
    Inventors: Tarik Sultan, Omar Sultan
  • Publication number: 20150038297
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a manually operated treadmill adapted to generate electrical power comprising a treadmill frame, a running belt supported upon the treadmill frame and adapted for manual rotation, and an electrical power generator mechanically interconnected to the running belt and adapted to convert the manual rotational motion of the running belt into electrical power.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 17, 2014
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Applicant: Woodway USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Douglas G. Bayerlein, Vance E. Emons, Nicholas Oblamski
  • Publication number: 20150005137
    Abstract: A jump rope includes a first handle and a second handle. A rope connects the first handle and the second handle. The first handle defines a cavity. A generation module is disposed in the cavity and is fixed relative to the handle. The generation module includes a bearing, an electric generator, and a battery. A rotor of the electric generator is mechanically coupled to the bearing and an end of the rope is also coupled to the bearing. The electric generator is electrically coupled to the battery. Rotation of the rope relative to the handle causes at least a portion of the bearing to rotate relative to the handle. The rotation of the bearing rotates the generator which generates electric energy, at least a portion of which is stored in the battery.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 18, 2014
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Inventors: Jessica Osemudiamen Idoni Matthews, Julia Claire Silverman, Victor Angel Mosti, Joel Manalo
  • 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: 8923994
    Abstract: A method for controlling the configuration, such as access and/or one or more other features, of an application in an electronic device from the standpoint of a particular user, comprising obtaining an indication of the identity of the user determined based on sensor data associated with physical activity by the user, obtaining an indication of the physical activity identified based on the sensor data, and modifying or at least providing information enabling to modify the identified user's configuration of an application logic based on the identified activity and optionally other activity information derived utilizing the sensor data. Related mobile device, electronic arrangement and system are presented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: Teknologian Tutkimuskeskus VTT
    Inventors: Arto Laikari, Miikka Ermes, Lauri Repokari, Teemu Haapala, Juhani Harvela
  • Patent number: 8894547
    Abstract: The present invention generally relates to power generation via fitness machines. Specifically, this invention relates to a system and method for generating power via the use and operation of fitness machines. Further, embodiments of the present invention are configured to utilize characteristics and/or data points associated with the use and operation of such fitness machines to calculate and reward users with one or more virtual currencies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Inventor: Daniel B. Bruno
  • Patent number: 8888660
    Abstract: An energy harvester system is provided in and responsive to movement of a motion control arrangement of an exercise machine for converting kinetic and ambient light energy supplied from an environment of the exercise equipment into electrical power which is delivered to a feedback system associated with the exercise equipment in order to provide information corresponding to the user of the exercise equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Strength Companion, LLC
    Inventor: David George Oteman
  • Patent number: 8864627
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a manually operated treadmill adapted to generate electrical power comprising a treadmill frame, a running belt supported upon the treadmill frame and adapted for manual rotation, and an electrical power generator mechanically interconnected to the running belt and adapted to convert the manual rotational motion of the running belt into electrical power.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Woodway USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Douglas G. Bayerlein, Vance E. Emons, Nicholas Oblamski
  • Patent number: 8855756
    Abstract: Methods and program products for providing heart rate information are disclosed. In an embodiment, a method for providing heart rate information about a user includes the steps of defining a plurality of heart rate zones as ranges of percentages of a maximum heart rate of the user, determining upper and lower limits for said heart rate zones based on the maximum heart rate of the user, associating a color with each of said heart rate zones, receiving heart rate information from the user, and initiating a graphical display in response to receiving heart rate information from the user, wherein a color of a portion of the graphical display corresponds with the color associated with one of said heart rate zones.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Adidas AG
    Inventors: Christian DiBenedetto, Maya Ann Powch, Stephen John Black
  • Publication number: 20140296033
    Abstract: A system and method for securely measuring and tracking exercise performed by individuals and energy generated by human powered devices is provided. An amount of exercise and/or energy generated is quantified and converted to reward points usable in a rewards incentive program. Exercise performed and/or energy generated on exercise equipment is measured by measurement apparatus on the equipment. Reward points are issued locally to a user's portable stored value device or card, or may be accumulated on a remotely administered user account. A user interface disposed locally with the exercise equipment receives a user identification and provides credits to the user's stored value device or card, or provides notification to the user of credits being provided to the remote user account. A redemption point in communication with remote user accounts communicates over a network to verify sufficient credits and authorizes rewards to a user commensurate with available credits.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 17, 2014
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Inventor: John D. Frumer
  • Publication number: 20140287875
    Abstract: An exercise apparatus is mechanically engaged with an electrical current producer so that exercise by a person using the apparatus produces output power which is used at the time of exercising or saved for later use. A motor provides additional drive force by rotating a rotor engaged with the apparatus, the rotor operating by magnetic attraction and repulsion depending on relative positions of permanent magnets on the rotor and electromagnets on a stator. The apparatus is light in weight, low cost to produce and highly durable.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 21, 2013
    Publication date: September 25, 2014
    Applicant: E Gen, LLC
    Inventor: Landon Duval
  • Publication number: 20140274563
    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: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventor: Mostafa Sheta
  • Patent number: 8814753
    Abstract: A toy with light emitting function comprises a rope and handles; the rope is transparent and has light emitting diodes (LEDs) inside; a first handle of the handles has a micro generator device connected with the LEDs; the micro generator device comprises a gear assembly and a micro generator motor; an end of the rope is fixedly connected with a first end of a connection member; a second end of the connection member is connected with a dynamic power input end of the gear assembly; the connection member drives the gear assembly to rotate with respect to the first handle along with rotary motion of the rope; a dynamic power output end of the gear assembly is connected with a driving axis of the micro generator motor; an electricity power output end of the micro generator motor is connected with the LEDs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Inventor: Ying Lam
  • Publication number: 20140235408
    Abstract: Provided is a vibratory exercise apparatus having a frame and a handle, including: upper and lower plates formed to be spaced apart from each other at a predetermined interval; a vibrator disposed on a center of the lower plate, having upper and lower vibration plates and installed to be vibrated up and down, and configured to vibrate an operating unit up and down by receiving a drive signal so that the upper plate in contact with the operating unit is vibrated up and down; and a plurality of vibration absorbing units disposed between the upper plate and the lower plate so as to maintain predetermined intervals in an edge region of the lower plate and configured to absorb an impact generated when the upper plate is lowered while the upper plate is vibrated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 30, 2013
    Publication date: August 21, 2014
    Inventor: Hee Sub SHIN
  • Patent number: 8801576
    Abstract: Provided is a vibratory exercise apparatus having a frame and a handle, including: upper and lower plates formed to be spaced apart from each other at a predetermined interval; a vibrator disposed on a center of the lower plate, having upper and lower vibration plates and installed to be vibrated up and down, and configured to vibrate an operating unit up and down by receiving a drive signal so that the upper plate in contact with the operating unit is vibrated up and down; and a plurality of vibration absorbing units disposed between the upper plate and the lower plate so as to maintain predetermined intervals in an edge region of the lower plate and configured to absorb an impact generated when the upper plate is lowered while the upper plate is vibrated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignees: ENS Tech Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hee Sub Shin
  • Patent number: 8772984
    Abstract: A fitness equipment energy regenerating and saving system is provided. The system includes a bidirectional power converter, a bidirectional power drive, a generator, and an energy managing circuit. The energy managing circuit activates the bidirectional power converter so as to enable the bidirectional power drive to feedback the power generated by the generator to an electrical grid when the generator is operated in a generator mode. The energy managing circuit sets the bidirectional power converter to a current-regulating mode so as to enable the bidirectional power drive to obtain the power required for driving from the electrical grid when the generator is operated in a motor mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Rhymebus Corporation
    Inventor: Cheng-Ching Chang
  • Patent number: 8747312
    Abstract: A system comprising a biometric monitoring device including a housing including a platform to receive at least one foot of the user, a body weight sensor to generate body weight data, processing circuitry to calculate user weight data which corresponds to the user's weight, using the body weight data, and communication circuitry to: (a) receive user identification data which identifies the user or a portable activity monitoring device, and (b) transmit the user weight data to data storage associated with the user identification data. The system further includes the portable activity monitoring device including a housing having a physical size and shape that is adapted to couple to the user's body, a sensor to generate sensor data, and communication circuitry to receive physiologic data which is based on the user weight data, and processing circuitry to calculate activity data using the sensor data and physiologic data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Fitbit, Inc.
    Inventors: Shelten Gee Jao Yuen, Eric Nathan Friedman, James Park
  • Patent number: 8696569
    Abstract: A system comprising a biometric monitoring device including a housing including a platform to receive at least one foot of the user, a body weight sensor to generate body weight data, processing circuitry to calculate user weight data which corresponds to the user's weight, using the body weight data, and communication circuitry to: (a) receive user identification data which identifies the user or a portable activity monitoring device, and (b) transmit the user weight data to data storage associated with the user identification data. The system further includes the portable activity monitoring device including a housing having a physical size and shape that is adapted to couple to the user's body, a sensor to generate sensor data, and communication circuitry to receive physiologic data which is based on the user weight data, and processing circuitry to calculate activity data using the sensor data and physiologic data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: Fitbit, Inc.
    Inventors: Shelten Gee Jao Yuen, Eric Nathan Friedman, James Park
  • Patent number: 8672811
    Abstract: A power generating device includes a power generating unit and a frame, wherein the power generating unit is connected to the frame by two outer casings with two respective arms. The power generating unit has an input shaft and a roller is mounted to the input shaft. The frame is connected to the exerciser and a shock-absorbing member is located beneath the frame. Two resilient members are connected to two ends of the frame and two ends of each resilient member are respectively connected to the frame and the power generating unit so as to urge the roller to contact against the energy transferring end. The shock-absorbing member absorbs vibration from the power generating unit. The users operate the exerciser and generate electric power.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Inventor: Huan-Yu Cheng
  • Publication number: 20130345024
    Abstract: A portable driven generator for a bicycle includes a power generator assembly and a power generating circuitry. The power generator assembly includes a power s generator supported on a bicycle frame, a driven shaft rotatably extended from the power generator, and a frictional member attached on the driven shaft and is in physical contact with a tire of the bicycle, wherein when the wheel rotates, the frictional member and the driven shaft are driven to rotate accordingly for generating electricity by the power generator. The power generating circuitry electrically connected to the power generator and the electrical appliance, wherein when power generator is activated to generate electricity, the electricity is regulated by the power generating circuitry, which is arranged to control an output current of the electricity supplied to the electrical appliance so as to uniformly and constantly transmit electrical power to the electrical appliance for operation thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 18, 2013
    Publication date: December 26, 2013
    Inventor: Xiangjun Cai
  • Publication number: 20130324367
    Abstract: A toy with light emitting function comprises a rope and handles; the rope is transparent and has light emitting diodes (LEDs) inside; a first handle of the handles has a micro generator device connected with the LEDs; the micro generator device comprises a gear assembly and a micro generator motor; an end of the rope is fixedly connected with a first end of a connection member; a second end of the connection member is connected with a dynamic power input end of the gear assembly; the connection member drives the gear assembly to rotate with respect to the first handle along with rotary motion of the rope; a dynamic power output end of the gear assembly is connected with a driving axis of the micro generator motor; an electricity power output end of the micro generator motor is connected with the LEDs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 15, 2013
    Publication date: December 5, 2013
    Inventor: Ying LAM
  • Publication number: 20130296137
    Abstract: An exercise rowing machine with power generation includes: a main machine frame; a seat cushion slidably mounted on the main machine frame; a supporting rod mounted on the main machine frame; a holding rod mounted on the supporting rod; a damping device; and a power generation device. The damping device includes: a belt wheel, which is rotatably mounted on the supporting rod and connected with the belt wheel through a traction band; and a pulley block, which is mounted on the main machine frame and connected with the belt wheel through an elastic band. The power generation device includes: an electric generator, which includes an input shaft and is mounted between the main machine frame and the supporting rod; a driving belt, which connects the belt wheel with the input shaft of the electric generator; and a storage battery, which is electrically connected with the electric generator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 21, 2011
    Publication date: November 7, 2013
    Applicant: Shenzhen Antuoshan Special Machine & Electrical Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Xiwu Liang, Donglisng Guo, Heping Wang, Haiyan Liang, Haiyan Liang, Xiaofan Li
  • Publication number: 20130274064
    Abstract: A fitness power generation bicycle includes: a bicycle gymnastic device, comprising a main frame and a drive sprocket pin-jointed with the main frame; a generator located on the main frame, comprising a shaft and a driven sprocket fixed on the shaft; a chain connecting the drive sprocket with the driven sprocket; a battery electrically connected with the generator for storing an electric energy from the generator; and an inverter electrically connected with the battery for adjusting an output current of the battery. The above-mentioned fitness power generation bicycle combines the fitness with power generation, which not only makes the user take exercise, but also stores the energy from the exercise, thereby achieving the environmental protection.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 2, 2010
    Publication date: October 17, 2013
    Inventor: Xiwu Liang
  • Patent number: 8485944
    Abstract: Contribution of energy to an intelligent electrical network through an exercise apparatus is disclosed. In one aspect, an exercise apparatus includes a frame and a movable object coupled to the frame to generate an electrical energy when a mammal applies a force upon the movable object. In addition, the exercise apparatus includes an energy capture mechanism coupled with the movable object and the frame to harness the electrical energy from the movable object. The exercise apparatus also includes an energy transfer mechanism coupled with the movable object and the frame to transfer the electrical energy to an intelligent electrical network. The mammal described herein may be a human, a domesticated animal, a pack animal, and a beast of burden.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Inventor: Jeffrey M Drazan
  • Publication number: 20130172150
    Abstract: The present invention generally relates to power generation via fitness machines. Specifically, this invention relates to a system and method for generating power via the use and operation of fitness machines. Further, embodiments of the present invention are configured to utilize characteristics and/or data points associated with the use and operation of such fitness machines to calculate and reward users with one or more virtual currencies.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 31, 2011
    Publication date: July 4, 2013
    Inventor: Daniel B. Bruno
  • Publication number: 20130123068
    Abstract: This disclosure provides systems, methods, and apparatus for enabling exercise by a user. In one aspect, an apparatus includes a communication unit, a user interface unit, and a processor. The processor may receive user identification data from the user via the user interface unit and retrieve data based on the user identification data from an electronic data store. The processor may use the data to generate an exercise routine and command signals may be sent to an exercise machine based on the generated exercise routine. The processor may receive exercise data from the exercise machine via the communication unit and store the exercise data in the electronic data store.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 5, 2012
    Publication date: May 16, 2013
    Applicant: Sultan Ventures LLC
    Inventor: Sultan Ventures LLC
  • Patent number: 8376911
    Abstract: There is provided an audio interval training device, including a sensing unit to obtain a parameter of a user in physical exercise, a memory to store a plurality of audio signals having predetermined tempos; and a processing unit configured to (1) receive a first and second target parameter value, (2) select from the plurality of audio signals a first and second audio signal having respective tempos, (3) alternatively rendering the first and second audio signals, wherein a respective audio signal is rendered to the user corresponding to the first and second target parameter value, as determined by the processing unit using the parameter from the sensing unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V.
    Inventors: Felix H. G. Ogg, David P. L. Simons
  • Patent number: 8376909
    Abstract: A therapy evaluation machine used for measuring range of motion during the rehabilitation of an injury to a patient's wrist, hand or fingers. The machine includes a horizontal machine base with first and second frame members. A torque bar is mounted on the frame members and adapted for gripping by the patient's healthy and injured hand. A range of motion scale is mounted on the torque bar for visually measuring range of motion in degrees by the healthy and injured hand or fingers and to measure progress as the injured hand or fingers begin to heal. Also, the machine includes a strain gauge mounted on the torque bar and connected to a computer with digital display. The strain gauge is used for originating resistance on the torque bar and measuring torque applied thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Inventor: Romeo J. Martin
  • Publication number: 20130005533
    Abstract: A sporting apparatus comprises a structure body, an endless belt, an electricity generating unit and a position sensing unit. The endless belt is disposed on the structure body. The electricity generating unit is disposed in the structure body and transforms kinetic energy, which is transmitted from the endless belt, into electric power. The position sensing unit is disposed in the structure body and senses a position of a user on the endless belt so as to generate a sensing signal. An armature current of the electricity generating unit is adjusted according to the sensing signal for controlling a rotation speed of the endless belt. A control method of the sporting apparatus is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 29, 2012
    Publication date: January 3, 2013
    Applicant: DELTA ELECTRONICS, INC.
    Inventors: Tsu-Hua AI, Chih-Yang CHEN, Yen-Hung WU
  • Patent number: 8328692
    Abstract: A self-generating resistance apparatus for fitness and rehabilitation equipments comprises a bracket, a flywheel, a power generator, a belt and a resistance mechanism. The flywheel is rotating mechanism that provides inertia, and has a transmission shaft coupled to the power source of the fitness or rehabilitation equipment, and an external ring coupled to a pulley of the power generator by a belt. When a user steps on an exercise mechanism of the equipment, the flywheel drives the power generator to rotate and generate electric current. Since the power generator is installed outside the flywheel, the difference between the diameters of the pulley and the external ring causes a very large rotating speed ratio, and a large power approaching to the power generated by a large power generator can be produced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Inventor: Lily Lin
  • Publication number: 20120283068
    Abstract: A self-generating resistance apparatus for fitness and rehabilitation equipments comprises a bracket, a flywheel, a power generator, a belt and a resistance mechanism. The flywheel is rotating mechanism that provides inertia, and has a transmission shaft coupled to the power source of the fitness or rehabilitation equipment, and an external ring coupled to a pulley of the power generator by a belt. When a user steps on an exercise mechanism of the equipment, the flywheel drives the power generator to rotate and generate electric current. Since the power generator is installed outside the flywheel, the difference between the diameters of the pulley and the external ring causes a very large rotating speed ratio, and a large power approaching to the power generated by a large power generator can be produced.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 3, 2011
    Publication date: November 8, 2012
    Inventor: LILY LIN
  • Patent number: 8292832
    Abstract: A health activity plan may be prescribed for an individual comprising a set of health activity instances (e.g., physical therapy exercises, an exercise regimen, or a wound management program.) The performed health activity instances of the individual may be tracked by a device, and may be presented to a user of the device in correlation with the health activity plan (e.g., to demonstrate compliance of the individual with the health activity plan.) The health activity information may be presented using a set of icons that depict the health activity information, which may improve an easier understanding and a more consistent communication of health activity information among the individual and healthcare providers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Inventor: Anthony Vallone
  • Publication number: 20120238406
    Abstract: An exercise apparatus with a generator. The exercise apparatus includes a frame, a rotating component, a generator, and a battery. The rotating component is rotatably connected to the frame and the rotating component rotates in response to operation of the exercise apparatus. The generator is connected to the rotating component and the frame. The generator includes a rotor connected to the rotating component and a stator. The rotor rotates in response to rotation of the rotating component. The stator is connected to the frame. The stator interacts with the rotor to produce electric current at an output. In one embodiment, the battery is connected to the output wherein the battery is charged by electric current from the generator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2012
    Publication date: September 20, 2012
    Inventors: David Beard, Si-Hyung Lee, Kevin Corbalis, Victor Cornejo, Deo Magakat, Shatish Mistry
  • Publication number: 20120208675
    Abstract: The invention relates to a system for energy on-site collection and measurement feedback, which comprises fitness apparatuses capable of producing mechanical energy, generators, power meters and energy storage accumulators, wherein the fitness apparatuses are provided with moving parts for exercise which are connected with the generators and drive the generators to generate power; the generators are connected with the accumulators through the power meters for measuring the generating capacity; and each power meter comprises a bank card reader which has function of reading and updating data. The power meters can count and display energy produced by the excise of each person each time and a data processing host can summarize energy values produced by different apparatuses on the same site, so that exercisers are promoted to increase interest in exercise and take exercise regularly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 22, 2010
    Publication date: August 16, 2012
    Inventors: Xiao Hu, Jin Hu
  • Publication number: 20120202649
    Abstract: A chainless electric cycle design that allows a rider/user to pedal a pedal generator to create an electric transmission energy source that either charges the battery or partially powers a hub motor, discharges the battery to the hub motor contained within one of the wheels, allows the user to set a desired level of resistance from the pedal generator using controls oriented about the handlebars, allows the user to activate the hub motor using a speed controlling device oriented about the handlebars, and allows the user to charge the battery by connecting to a standard 110V/220V AC power supply. A chainless cycle is a cycle where the input power from a rider is not converted into output power by the rear wheel through a gear and chain system connecting the pedals to the rear wheel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 24, 2012
    Publication date: August 9, 2012
    Applicant: CLARKSON UNIVERSITY
    Inventor: MARK R. HUBER
  • Patent number: 8235869
    Abstract: A device for generating power from a locomotion energy associated with leg muscles acting across an ankle joint. The device including: a cuff worn on the leg; a shoe; an energy absorbing element operatively connected to the cuff and shoe for absorbing energy during one or more periods of a periodic motion of the joint in which energy is absorbed by the muscles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2012
    Assignee: Omnitek Partners LLC
    Inventors: Jahangir S. Rastegar, Thomas Spinelli, David Haarhoff
  • Publication number: 20120184408
    Abstract: A power generating device includes a power generating unit and a frame, wherein the power generating unit is connected to the frame by two outer casings with two respective arms. The power generating unit has an input shaft and a roller is mounted to the input shaft. The frame is connected to the exerciser and a shock-absorbing member is located beneath the frame. Two resilient members are connected to two ends of the frame and two ends of each resilient member are respectively connected to the frame and the power generating unit so as to urge the roller to contact against the energy transferring end. The shock-absorbing member absorbs vibration from the power generating unit. The users operate the exerciser and generate electric power.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 15, 2011
    Publication date: July 19, 2012
    Applicant: DELIGHTECH CORPORATION
    Inventor: HUAN-YU CHENG