Pace Setting Indicator Patents (Class 482/3)
  • Patent number: 10265580
    Abstract: A bicycle trainer for mounting a bicycle includes a roller for engaging the rear wheel of the bicycle, and a motor controlled by an electrouros unit and providing driving and braking forces to the roller. The bicycle trainer is used in a method for comparative home training.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: SBI Media Holding SA
    Inventors: James Kalogiros, Fadi Yassmin, Peter Berlowitz
  • Patent number: 10207047
    Abstract: Some embodiments of an infusion pump system may be configured to wirelessly communicate with other devices using near field communication (NFC). In particular embodiments, by incorporating near field communication capabilities into the infusion pump system, user communications with the infusion pump system can be enhanced and simplified.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Bigfoot Biomedical, Inc.
    Inventor: Mark C. Estes
  • Patent number: 10045195
    Abstract: Systems and methods relating to wirelessly transmitting athletic data, including personal fitness devices, to a display are provided. Embodiments relate to non-connectable advertising, such as using wireless advertising beacons, to transmit athletic data. Certain embodiments include using BTLE in non-connectable advertising modes to transmit data. Athletic data may be displayed by a display device observable by several users. Further embodiments utilize the data is coaching users of a group.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Keith Folske, Christopher Andon
  • Patent number: 9868041
    Abstract: A method is provided to operate a computer to interoperate with a portable media player. The method includes processing signals provided from the portable media player to the computer that are indicative of whether an accessory has been connected to the portable media player, to determine whether the accessory has been connected to the portable media player. Based on a determination that the accessory has been connected to the portable media player, physiologic data of a user that was provided to the portable media player from a wireless physiologic data gathering device, is received from the portable media player, into the computer, via the accessory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Apple, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher R. Wysocki, David Heller, Amandeep Jawa, Sandeep Gupta, Greg Marriott, Max Sprauer, David A. Shayer, John Wesley Archibald, Shannon E. Wells
  • Patent number: 9829327
    Abstract: Method of route planning for physical training, wherein the heart rate of the subject should be kept within a permitted range. Prior to route planning, map data including starting and target points and altitude data are stored. A load profile is created by measuring the heart rate of the subject along routes of different steepness and storing the data in an electronic table, taking into account the required effort and whether the subject could have partially regenerated. The route planning includes searching and selecting a possible route, dividing the route into segments of steepness, and determining the costs based on the steepness data. The cost represents the load when the subject takes that section. Next, expected heart rate is calculated and it is determined whether it will remain in the permitted range along the whole first route.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: GPS TUNER KFT.
    Inventors: Tamas Nagy, Gabor Tarnok
  • Patent number: 9829331
    Abstract: In some aspects, a processor may receive a starting point and an ending point from a runner. The processor may receive calorie information from the runner. The processor may receive pace information from the runner. The processor may receive a mile marker input from the runner. The processor may display a he route based on the starting point and the ending point. The processor may display the number of calories burned based on the route and the calorie information. The processor may display a pace of running the route based on the route and the calorie information. The processor may display a mile marker on the route in response to the first mile marker input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: Strategic Design Federation W, Inc.
    Inventors: Sandra Lynn McBride, Thomas Charles McBride
  • Patent number: 9807308
    Abstract: A device may display content being captured by a personal camera associated with a user. The device may receive an indication to stream the content based on a user interaction with the device. The device may determine configuration information associated with streaming the content. The configuration information including information that identifies a streaming application associated with streaming the content, and information that identifies a social media application associated with the user. The device may provide, via the social media application, a notification that the content is to be streamed via the streaming application. The notification may be provided for viewing by a viewer associated with the social media application. The device may stream the content using the streaming application. The content may be streamed to allow the viewer to access the content via the streaming application and in real-time or near real-time relative to the capturing of the content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey Dietel, Brian Scott Rowley, Matthew Scott Deatrick, Denise Nicole Lyn-Shue
  • Patent number: 9789362
    Abstract: An exercise system and an adjustment method thereof. The exercise system includes an exercise machine and a data transmission device. The exercise machine includes a control unit, a storage unit, a stepless force device, a sensor, a user operation part and an operation interface. During exercise, the control unit executes the exercise program to dynamically change resistance according to a sensed location, speed or acceleration of the user operation part and an adjustable parameter. Through the data transmission device, the user can download the personal training parameter from a remote device into the exercise machine, or upload the training result and the personal training parameter to the remote device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: Strencth Master Fitness Tech Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ming-Chu Su, Shu-Yao Wu
  • Patent number: 9720443
    Abstract: A wearable device assembly has a housing supporting a controller and a display. The display may comprise one or more light guides, where each guide is operatively coupled to an LED. Each LED may light the edge of a guide such that a refraction surface is illuminated. The controller may selectively illuminate the one or more light guides using the LEDs to indicate a level of activity of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventor: Vikram Malhotra
  • Patent number: 9597540
    Abstract: An exercise device includes first and second crank arms configured to rotate 180 degrees out of phase with respect to one another about a first axis; a track; first and second foot links, first and second footpads carried by the first and second foot links between the first link portion and the second link portion and first and second front arms. Each of the first and second foot links has a first link portion that moves along the track while pivoting. Each of the first and second front arms has a first arm portion pivotally coupled to one of the foot links and a second arm portion pivotally coupled one of the crank arms. In one embodiment, a disc rotates in response to movement of the first foot link along the track, wherein a magnet facing the disc forms an eddy brake.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Precor Incorporated
    Inventor: Peter J. Arnold
  • Patent number: 9561324
    Abstract: Some embodiments of an infusion pump system may be configured to wirelessly communicate with other devices using near field communication (NFC). In particular embodiments, by incorporating near field communication capabilities into the infusion pump system, user communications with the infusion pump system can be enhanced and simplified.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: Bigfoot Biomedical, Inc.
    Inventor: Mark C. Estes
  • Patent number: 9460050
    Abstract: A portable unit usable by a person when carrying out an exercise. The unit is programmable with details of a virtual athlete and their performance in a specific race, to enable the user to race against the virtual athlete. The unit informs the user through headphones of the progress of the virtual athlete during a race being carried out by a user. The unit may also be programmable with periodic encouragement messages for a user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Inventor: Duncan Christopher Walsh
  • Patent number: 9403058
    Abstract: An apparatus compares athletic information relating to a user performing an athletic activity. The apparatus has a module (503, 505, 509) that generates a first set of athletic data corresponding to athletic information corresponding to the athletic activity performed by the user. The module has a memory (511) storing a second set of athletic data. The module compares the first set of athletic data to the second set of athletic data and communicates content to the user based on the comparison of the first set of athletic data to the second set of athletic data. The apparatus also has a module (803, 805) that determines the expected time of athletic activity and selects a set of feedback data having a duration proximate the expected time of athletic activity, wherein the module communicates the selected set of feedback data to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2016
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventor: Roberto Tagliabue
  • Patent number: 9089760
    Abstract: In a redeemable coupon there is a housing, a motion detector coupled to the housing, wherein the motion detector detects an amount of motion of the coupon, and an indicator coupled to the motion detector, wherein the indicator is activated by the motion detector upon detecting the amount of motion. Additionally, in a method of providing an incentive for a user to exercise, providing the user with a coupon to be coupled to the user, monitoring the motion of the user with a motion sensor included in the coupon, and activating the coupon when the motion sensor has detected a predetermined amount of motion such that the coupon becomes redeemable by the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2015
    Assignee: Fitbit, Inc.
    Inventors: Seth A. Tropper, Amado Batour
  • Patent number: 9062976
    Abstract: Provided is a portable electronic device that has a pedometer function wherein generation of counting errors has been suppressed. The portable electronic device is provided with a housing, an acceleration-detecting unit that is mounted in the housing, a counting unit that counts the number of steps based on temporal changes in acceleration detected by the acceleration-detecting unit, and a correcting unit that corrects the number of steps counted by the counting unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2015
    Assignee: KYOCERA CORPORATION
    Inventor: Shigeki Tanabe
  • Publication number: 20150087477
    Abstract: An athletic pace signaling system includes a plurality of light generating modules and a control assembly in communication with the plurality of light generating modules. The control assembly includes a control circuit configured to store a predetermined pace and to cooperatively control the plurality of light generating modules such that each module projects a light associated with a training pace.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 17, 2014
    Publication date: March 26, 2015
    Inventor: Jeffrey A. Herold
  • Publication number: 20150080181
    Abstract: A stretch stride system comprising a mat having a first stride pattern and a second stride pattern positioned thereon. The first stride pattern may include two or more step patterns spaced at a first interval. The second stride pattern may include two or more step pattern spaced at a second interval. The first interval and the second interval may be determined using different extended step lengths.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 17, 2014
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventor: Robert Albert Skulman
  • Patent number: 8956290
    Abstract: Methods and systems for providing a lifestyle companion system are provided. The lifestyle companion system can provide a platform to conduct a user interview. Based on the user interview responses, the system can suggest activities, references, and/or plug-in modules. During performance of activities, the system can provide audio and/or visual cues related to the activities and collect data indicative of the user's performance. Based on the collected data, the system can dynamically adapt the user's goals and/or activities the user is performing or will perform. In some embodiments of the present invention, the lifestyle companion system of the present invention can be applied to fitness, nutrition, and/or medical modules. The system also can be used to facilitate synchronous group activities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Glenn Gregory Gilley, Sarah A. Brody, Randall Hayes Ubillos, Mihnea Calin Pacurariu, Jesse Lee Dorogusker, Robert Edward Borchers, Donald Ginsburg
  • Patent number: 8933313
    Abstract: Disclosed is a system and method that allows users to customize audible and visible signals, such as music or video, to maintain a pre-determined or specified pace or to achieve a new pace in repetitive motion activities such as, but not limited to, running, walking, swimming, cycling, aerobics, and the like. Other applications of the system and method include, but are not limited to, enhancing the results of medical rehabilitation programs, physical therapy, weight loss programs, disc jockey services, and industries or manufacturing settings where repetitive motion is common and where audible cues designed to help users maintain a consistent pace are useful. Other features of the invention include providing target- or pace-specific advertisements, and broadcasting target- or pace-specific information about athletes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Pacing Technologies LLC
    Inventor: William D. Turner
  • Patent number: 8876664
    Abstract: A weight-lifting exercise machine enables an athlete to lift a mass from an initial resting position. After the athlete releases the mass, the machine cushions the fall of the mass, such that the mass returns to its resting position without assistance from the athlete. The movements of the athlete and the mass can be tracked, preferably by wireless accelerometers attached respectively to the athlete and the mass, and data on such movements can be stored and analyzed. The machine provides a monitor to enable the athlete to track the progress of the exercise, and to determine whether the exercise is being performed correctly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Inventor: Edward J. Bell
  • Patent number: 8808144
    Abstract: There is provided a audio pacing device including a sensing unit, such as heart rate monitoring unit, to obtain a parameter, such as heart-beat rate (pulse), of a user in physical exercise, a memory to store a plurality of audio signals having predetermined tempo indications (e.g. beats per minute values); and a processing unit configured to (1) determine whether the intensity of the parameter of the user should be increased, decreased or maintained by using the parameter of the user from the heart rate monitor and a predetermined reference value, and (2) dynamically select and render an audio signal having (or adjusted to have) an audio-tempo that enables the user to accordingly increase, decrease or maintain exercise intensity, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips N.V.
    Inventors: Felix Henric Govert Ogg, David Peter Louis Simons
  • Patent number: 8784274
    Abstract: Methods and apparatuses for athletic performance monitoring with body synchronization analysis are disclosed. In one example, a first sensor output associated with a movement of an user foot and a second sensor output associated with a movement of an user arm are received, the user arm on a body side opposite the user foot. The first sensor output and the second sensor output are analyzed to identify a degree of synchronization between the movement of a user foot and the movement of a user arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Inventor: Thomas C. Chuang
  • Patent number: 8731694
    Abstract: In a class of embodiments, a method and apparatus for detecting freefall of a disk device (thereby predicting that the disk device will likely suffer imminent physical impact) and typically also preventing damage that a disk drive of the device would otherwise suffer if and when a predicted impact occurs. In some embodiments, a disk device includes a freefall detection processor and a CPU. The freefall detection processor is configured to monitor acceleration data to determine whether the disk device is in freefall and to perform at least one other operation (e.g., decoding of MP3-encoded audio data to generate decoded audio data) while the CPU performs at least one other task. Other embodiments pertain to a portable device including a digital audio processing subsystem and an accelerometer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Nvidia Corporation
    Inventor: Ahmet Karakas
  • Patent number: 8608621
    Abstract: There is provided an audio pacing device including a sensing unit, such as heart rate monitoring unit, to obtain a parameter, such as heart-beat rate (pulse), of a user in physical exercise, a memory to store a plurality of audio signals having predetermined tempo indications (e.g. beats per minute values); and a processing unit configured to (1) determine whether the intensity of the parameter of the user should be increased, decreased or maintained by using the parameter of the user from the heart rate monitor and a predetermined reference value, and (2) dynamically select and render an audio signal having (or adjusted to have) an audio-tempo that enables the user to accordingly increase, decrease or maintain exercise intensity, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips N.V.
    Inventors: Felix H. G. Ogg, David P. L. Simons
  • Patent number: 8523740
    Abstract: A method and apparatus of generating haptic cues for pacing and monitoring are disclosed. After sensing an event via a component, a process for generating haptic cues generates an input in response to the event. The component, in one example, may be a sensor or a combination of a sensor and a haptic actuator. Upon receipt of the input, the process retrieves a haptic signal from a tactile library in response to the input. A haptic feedback in response to the haptic signal is subsequently generated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: Immersion Corporation
    Inventors: Barbara Kruse, George V. Anastas, Neil Olien, Ryan Steger
  • Patent number: 8500604
    Abstract: An exercise monitoring method and system in one embodiment includes a communications network, a wearable transducer configured to generate physiologic data associated with movement of a wearer, and to form a communication link with the communications network, a system memory in which command instructions are stored, a user interface operably connected to the computer, and a system processor configured to execute the command instructions to receive the generated physiologic data, analyze the received physiologic data with a multilayer perceptron/support vector machine/hidden Markov (MSH) model, model the analyzed physiologic data, and generate feedback based on a comparison of the model and a stored exercise object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2013
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Soundararajan Srinivasan, Juergen Heit, Aca Gacic, Rahul Kapoor, Burton W Andrews
  • Patent number: 8502693
    Abstract: An audible playback device that allows an athlete, such as a runner, to conveniently listen to audible content and receive athletic performance information. A device may be employed to both playback audible content and provide monitored performance information to a user. The performance information may be provided to a user audibly, so that the user does not need to move the monitoring device's user interface to a viewable position, or visually. For example, if the user does not wish to interrupt the audible content, the user may elect to view athletic information visually on a display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2013
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Albert Shum, Gregory Vissia
  • Patent number: 8337212
    Abstract: A multi-mode athleticism movement measurement system includes an athlete-borne acceleration sensor and an athleticism processing device to determine athleticism information based upon one or more timing measurements from the athlete-borne acceleration sensor, the athleticism information corresponding to any of multiple athleticism measurement modes available on athleticism processing device and selectable by a user. A data link between the athlete-borne acceleration sensor and the athleticism rating processing device transmits the one or more timing measurements from the athlete-borne acceleration sensor to the athleticism rating processing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Nike, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael Prstojevich
  • Patent number: 8311654
    Abstract: A content reproducing apparatus is disclosed which includes: a sensor; a discrimination circuit configured to discriminate whether a movement of a user is a first movement or a second movement based on a detection output from the sensor; a storage configured to store contents; a reproduction circuit configured to reproduce the contents; and a control circuit configured to supply the reproduction circuit with contents retrieved from the storage in accordance with a discrimination output from the discrimination circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Yoichiro Sako, Kenichi Makino, Akane Sano, Katsuya Shirai, Motoyuki Takai, Makoto Inoue
  • Publication number: 20120214644
    Abstract: A first notification signal generation apparatus (first music playback apparatus) is attached to an upper arm of a first exercising person. The first notification signal generation apparatus includes a display, an operation button 4a, and a sensor that detects an exercise condition of the first exercising person 1a, such as repetition tempo. The sensor is either built in, or connected external to, the first notification signal generation apparatus. A second notification signal generation apparatus (second music playback apparatus) also includes the same elements as the first notification signal generation apparatus. A second exercising person performs repetitive exercise in synchronization with a repetition notification tempo (music tempo) of a notification signal (music), and therefore shares a value of certain exercise information, obtained during his or her repetitive exercise, with the first exercising person. Thus, the first and second exercising person can share a value of certain exercise information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 22, 2012
    Publication date: August 23, 2012
    Applicant: YAMAHA CORPORATION
    Inventor: Michihiko SASAKI
  • Patent number: 8188877
    Abstract: An audible playback device that allows an athlete, such as a runner, to conveniently listen to audible content and receive athletic performance information. A device may be employed to both playback audible content and provide monitored performance information to a user. The performance information may be provided to a user audibly, so that the user does not need to move the monitoring device's user interface to a viewable position, or visually. For example, if the user does not wish to interrupt the audible content, the user may elect to view athletic information visually on a display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2012
    Assignee: Nike, Inc.
    Inventors: Albert Shum, Gregory Vissia
  • Patent number: 8157707
    Abstract: Method enabling an athlete (3) performing a muscular training exercise to determine a setpoint for the rate of displacement of the displaced mass (2), comprising the following steps: 1) determining at least one initial setpoint rate at which said mass has to be displaced; 2) during the athlete's training exercise, measuring a series of acceleration values (a(n)) using a portable accelerometer (30) according to the displacements of said mass; and 3) depending on said series of acceleration values, having said portable accelerometer calculate at least one modified setpoint rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2012
    Assignee: Myotest SA
    Inventor: Patrick Flaction
  • Patent number: 8128410
    Abstract: A multi-mode athleticism movement measurement system includes an athlete-borne acceleration sensor and an athleticism processing device to determine athleticism information based upon one or more timing measurements from the athlete-borne acceleration sensor, the athleticism information corresponding to any of multiple athleticism measurement modes available on athleticism processing device and selectable by a user. A data link between the athlete-borne acceleration sensor and the athleticism rating processing device transmits the one or more timing measurements from the athlete-borne acceleration sensor to the athleticism rating processing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2012
    Assignee: Nike, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael Prstojevich
  • Patent number: 8123660
    Abstract: A method and apparatus of generating haptic cues for pacing and monitoring are disclosed. After sensing an event via a component, a process for generating haptic cues generates an input in response to the event. The component, in one example, may be a sensor or a combination of a sensor and a haptic actuator. Upon receipt of the input, the process retrieves a haptic signal from a tactile library in response to the input. A haptic feedback in response to the haptic signal is subsequently generated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2012
    Assignee: Immersion Corporation
    Inventors: Barbara Kruse, George V. Anastas, Neil Olien, Ryan Steger
  • Patent number: 8101843
    Abstract: Disclosed is a system and method that allows users to customize audible and visible signals, such as music or video, to maintain a pre-determined or specified pace or to achieve a new pace in repetitive motion activities such as, but not limited to, running, walking, swimming, cycling, aerobics, and the like. Other applications of the system and method include, but are not limited to, enhancing the results of medical rehabilitation programs, physical therapy, weight loss programs, disc jockey services, and industries or manufacturing settings where repetitive motion is common and where audible cues designed to help users maintain a consistent pace are useful.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2012
    Assignee: Pacing Technologies LLC
    Inventor: William D. Turner
  • Patent number: 8038576
    Abstract: An intra-repetition exercise system which allows comparison of actual performance of intra-repetition exercise characteristics (2) to pre-established target performance of intra-repetition exercise characteristics (3) by an exerciser (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2011
    Assignee: Medaview Products LLC
    Inventors: Edward John Farinelli, Kenneth Joseph Sharkey
  • Patent number: 8013754
    Abstract: An audible playback device that allows an athlete, such as a runner, to conveniently listen to audible content and receive athletic performance information. A single device may be employed to both playback audible content and provide monitored performance information to a user. The performance information may be provided to a user audibly, so that the user does not need to move the monitoring device's user interface to a viewable position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2011
    Assignee: Nike Inc.
    Inventors: Albert Shum, Gregory Vissia
  • Patent number: 7980996
    Abstract: An exercise system includes a local system having an exercise apparatus and an associated local computer, where the local computer controls and monitors the operation and use, respectively, of the exercise apparatus. The system further includes a remote system having a remote computer, and a transmission medium including a telephone line that couples the local system to the remote system for data communication between the local system and the remote system. The remote system may receive local system data from the local system concerning the use of the exercise apparatus, and the local system may receive remote system data from the remote system concerning the operation of the exercise apparatus. The local computer preferably controls the operation of the exercise apparatus based upon a modifiable script stored in a read/write memory of the local computer, which can be updated by the remote system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2011
    Assignee: ICON IP, Inc.
    Inventor: Paul L. Hickman
  • Publication number: 20110130247
    Abstract: The improved jump ropes devices described herein generally include a source of rhythmic sound, a sensor for determining the motion of the jump rope, and a visual output (e.g., feedback) for indicating how well a user is moving or jumping in time to the rhythmic component of the sound. The device may also include a controller for receiving input from the source of rhythmic sound and the sensor, and controlling the visual output. Methods of using the devices are also described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 9, 2011
    Publication date: June 2, 2011
    Inventors: Bryson Lovett, Patricia L. Christen, Frederick P. Dillon, IV, Nicole Lee Guthrie, Ellen Louise LaPointe, Lalita Kikuyo Suzuki, Richard L. Tate, II, Mark A. Wallace, Elizabeth Ji-Eun Song, Daniel E. Cawley
  • Patent number: 7951045
    Abstract: A multi-functional athletic training system for automating many currently manually implemented tasks and performing reaction time, football receiver pattern, and shuttle/split training exercises, including one or more identical training domes, a touchpad unit, and a handheld control unit. In each mode of operation, different cue methods such as MANUAL VISUAL, MANUAL VISUAL & AUDIBLE, CADENCE and PAD may be selected to vary and train the athlete to respond to different starting cues.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2011
    Inventor: Jason Brader
  • Patent number: 7892145
    Abstract: The improved jump ropes devices described herein generally include a source of rhythmic sound, a sensor for determining the motion of the jump rope, and a visual output (e.g., feedback) for indicating how well a user is moving or jumping in time to the rhythmic component of the sound. The device may also include a controller for receiving input from the source of rhythmic sound and the sensor, and controlling the visual output. Methods of using the devices are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2011
    Assignee: HopeLab Foundation, Inc.
    Inventors: Bryson Lovett, Patricia L. Christen, Frederick P. Dillon, IV, Nicole Lee Guthrie, Ellen Louise LaPointe, Lalita Kikuyo Suzuki, Richard L. Tate, II, Mark A. Wallace, Elizabeth Ji-Eun Song, Daniel E. Cawley
  • Patent number: 7867141
    Abstract: A physical activity measuring system analyzes analyzing body motions of a user to accurately determine the exercise intensity. The system includes a portable device which is adapted to be carried by the user and is equipped with a body sensor and an indicator for indication of the exercise intensity. The body sensor senses the user's body motions to give corresponding motion strength. The portable device has a processor which constitutes an exercise calculator which has a predetermined relationship between a default standard deviation of the motion strength and an exercise intensity scale. The exercise intensity calculator collects a time series data of the motion strengths within a predetermined first time frame, obtains a standard deviation of thus collected motion strengths, and converting the standard deviation into an instant exercise intensity within the intensity scale in accordance with the predetermined relationship.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2011
    Assignee: Panasonic Electric Works Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yoshihiro Matsumura, Matsuki Yamamoto, Hideki Nakamura, Yasuko Yamamoto, Junji Ikeda, Masayuki Mitsui, Tadaharu Kitadou, Kazunori Kidera
  • Patent number: 7825319
    Abstract: Disclosed is a system and method that allows users to customize audible and visible signals, such as music or video, to maintain a pre-determined or specified pace or to achieve a new pace in repetitive motion activities such as, but not limited to, running, walking, swimming, cycling, aerobics, and the like. Other applications of the system and method include, but are not limited to, enhancing the results of medical rehabilitation programs, physical therapy, weight loss programs, disc jockey services, and industries or manufacturing settings where repetitive motion is common and where audible cues designed to help users maintain a consistent pace are useful.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2010
    Assignee: Pacing Technologies LLC
    Inventor: William D. Turner
  • Patent number: 7824309
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for pacing human exercises includes a sequence of pre-recorded, repetitive humanly perceptible signals in which a first, accented signal pulse, such as the first beat in a four-four measure of musical time, establishes a repetitive rhythmic tempo to thus provide timing track signal for synchronizing various phases of an exercise. The rhythmic pulses, which are preferably provided by a percussion instrument such as a drum and accompanied by musical tones, are accompanied by instructions verbalized by an exercise trainer in synchronization with the timing track signal. The perceptible signals are preferably audible and are optionally accompanied by or replaced by visibly perceptible signals such as flashing lights.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2010
    Inventor: Thomas L. Tadlock
  • Patent number: 7741975
    Abstract: An audible playback device that allows an athlete, such as a runner, to conveniently listen to audible content and receive athletic performance information. A single device may be employed to both playback audible content and provide monitored performance information to a user. The performance information may be provided to a user audibly, so that the user does not need to move the monitoring device's user interface to a viewable position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2010
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Albert Shum, Gregory Vissia
  • Patent number: 7728723
    Abstract: The invention relates to a portable electronic device and computer software product. The portable electronic device comprises a motion detector for generating motion data characterizing the local movement of the portable electronic device, a motion intensity determiner for determining a instantaneous motion intensity value of the user of the portable electronic device from the motion data, and an active time counter for determining an active time accumulation that sums up the time periods, during which the instantaneous motion intensity value meets predefined activity criteria.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2010
    Assignee: Polar Electro Oy
    Inventors: Arto Niva, Hannu Kinnunen, Tero Posio, Ilkka Heikkilä
  • Patent number: 7725289
    Abstract: An uniaxial acceleration sensor senses an acceleration. An analog to digital (AD) converter converts the acceleration into a digital sensor value. A square-value calculating unit calculates a square value of the sensor value. A zero-point determining unit determines whether the square value is zero and every time the square value becomes zero, instructs an energy calculating unit to output energy. The energy calculating unit calculates the energy by integrating the square value. Upon receiving instructions to output the energy, the energy calculating unit outputs the stored energy to a threshold comparing unit. The threshold comparing unit compares the energy with a predetermined threshold. A tentative walking processing unit counts the number of times the energy is equal to or larger than the predetermined threshold. A step calculating unit calculates steps by dividing a counter value of the tentative walking processing unit by two.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2010
    Assignee: Fujitsu Limited
    Inventors: Fumio Nagashima, Yoshiro Hada
  • Patent number: 7662064
    Abstract: A personal training device (10) adapted to assist a user in reaching performance goals, navigating, and accumulating performance statistics. In a preferred embodiment, the device broadly comprises a housing (10); an attachment mechanism (30); a GPS component (40); a user interface (50), including an input portion (52) and an output portion (54); a processor (60), including a timer (62) and a memory element (64); a data interface (70), including an input portion (72) and an output portion (74); an audio component (80); and a power supply (90). The device (10) is adapted to store goal information, monitor performance using GPS-derived data, and communicate performance information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2010
    Assignee: Garmin Ltd
    Inventors: Wai C. Lee, Tracy L. Oliver, Ryan T. Moore, Claudette D. Fisher, David J. Downey, John H. Lovitt, Scott J. Brunk
  • Patent number: 7648443
    Abstract: An exercise console is disclosed as including a housing and a display incorporated into the housing. The display is adapted to align substantially parallel to the top surface of the housing. A tilt mechanism connects the display to the housing and is operable by a user to tilt the display to a nonparallel angle with respect to the housing. In another aspect in accordance with the invention, the exercise console includes a substantially fixed array of buttons incorporated into the housing. The buttons provide to a user various input options which are selectable in a pre-determined sequence by operation of the buttons to program the exercise console. Various indicators are associated with the buttons and inform the user which input options are next available for selection after the user has selected one or more input options.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2010
    Inventor: Peter Schenk
  • Patent number: 7641590
    Abstract: A lap counter for use by a swimmer, has a case for attaching to the swimmer, and a compass sensor housed in the case for providing an output signal which changes between opposite directions along which the swimmer swims back and forth. An operating circuit includes a processor programmed to distinguish the change in the output signal of the compass sensor between the opposite directions to identify a reversal in direction of swimming by the swimmer and to count laps, each lap being based on two successive reversals in direction. The processor may also be programmed to distinguish the change in the compass sensor output signal to detect a rise above an upper threshold and a subsequent fall below a lower threshold, or vice versa, to identify, a wave in the output signal that represents a swimming stroke of the swimmer and to count the strokes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2010
    Assignee: IDT Technology Limited
    Inventor: Raymond Chan