Treadmill For Foot Travel Patents (Class 482/54)
  • Patent number: 11135472
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a treadmill. The treadmill includes a treadmill frame, an endless belt, a strap member and a retracting device. The strap member is located above the endless belt. The strap member has a first end, a second end, and a middle section. The first end of the strap member is operably connected to a right side of the treadmill frame, and the second end of the strap member is removably connected to a left side of the treadmill frame. The retracting device is configured to retract the strap member into the retracting device when the second end of the strap member is disconnected from the treadmill frame. When the second end of the strap member is connected to the left side of the treadmill, the middle section of the strap member constrains a position of a user on a top surface of the endless belt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignee: Johnson Health Tech Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ryan Francis Crist, Joe Chen
  • Patent number: 11107567
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to devices and processes for monitoring attributes of a user's physical activity (e.g., workout) or inactivity, and to user interfaces (e.g., an activity indicator) for displaying the same. In some examples, a device determines whether physical activity corresponds to a first type based on a first set of criteria, and whether physical activity corresponds to a second type based on a second set of criteria. In some examples, the device controls an inactivity timer that measures user's inactivity. In some examples, the device displays a first visual representation of an attribute or amount of a first type of physical activity, and a second visual representation of an attribute or amount of a second type. In some examples, the device displays a third visual representation of an attribute or amount of a third type of activity. In some examples, the third visual representation corresponds to user's inactivity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2021
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Jay Blahnik, Gary Ian Butcher, Kevin Will Chen, David Chance Graham, Daniel S. Keen, Justin Shane Rushing, T. Allan Shortlidge, Anton M. Davydov, Alan C. Dye, Jonathan P. Ive, Zachery Kennedy, Zachury Minjack, Dennis S. Park, Brian Schmitt
  • Patent number: 11065500
    Abstract: An all-in-one exercise machine that is designed to increase a user's speed, agility, and strength uses a treadmill, either motorized or manual, that can be inclined. A resistance hub attaches via a cable to a body harness worn by the user and acts as a resistive take up reel against the user's running. Smaller resistance hubs attach via cables to elbow and hand sleeves worn by the user and resist against the back and forth arm movements of the user while the user is running on the treadmill. These latter resistance hubs also act as weight resistance hubs for weight training on the device, the cables having appropriate weight lifting implements attached thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Inventor: Keith Tuck
  • Patent number: 11058223
    Abstract: A network of devices that include Workspace Fitness Devices, such as Smart Under-the-desk Bikes and Smart Desk Controllers embedded in Smart Sit-and-Stand Desks that connect or “talk” to one another, electronically identify individual users, track their activities, connect to a remote server database, and modify its records. Secondary devices such as smartphones, can connect to this network to remotely monitor and control the settings on the devices such as the desk's height or the required tension in the Smart Under-the-Desk Bike. The performance data captured by this network of devices can be shared to fitness tracking software or devices. By using our invention, we plan to motivate employees that sit behind the desk for numerous hours throughout the day to improve their health, productivity, and overall wellbeing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: INVENTU RESEARCH INC.
    Inventors: Alfonso Fabian de la Fuente Sanchez, Fabian de la Fuente Olivas, Alfonso de la Fuente Deveze
  • Patent number: 10987544
    Abstract: Systems and methods for controlling application of horizontal resistive force to a user walking on a treadmill to provide substantially constant force even if the user changes his or her relative position on the treadmill. The systems and methods can improve the user experience when force is applied while also improving user safety. The system has a cable, a motor, and a system controller. The cable can be coupled to a harness to apply a horizontal resistive force to a treadmill user, and the motor can be coupled to the cable and configured to apply a motor force to the cable. The cable can have an adjustable operative length. The system controller can have a processor communicatively coupled to the motor and configured to adjust the force applied by the motor in response to changes in cable length and a measurement of the actual force applied by the cable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignees: SOUTHERN RESEARCH INSTITUTE, THE UAB RESEARCH FOUNDATION
    Inventor: Daniel W. Root, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10960289
    Abstract: A treadmill belt guard includes a weighted cylindrical body, a first arm, a second arm, a first adaptor, a second adaptor, a first interlocking fastener, and a second interlocking fastener. The first arm is externally connected onto a lateral surface of the weighted cylindrical body. The second arm is externally connected onto the lateral surface of the weighted cylindrical body. The first arm and the second arm are positioned parallel to each other. The first adaptor is terminally mounted to the first arm through the first interlocking fastener. The first arm is positioned in between the first adaptor and the weighted cylindrical body. The second adaptor is terminally mounted to the second arm through the second interlocking fastener. The second arm is positioned in between the second adaptor and the weighted cylindrical body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Inventor: Brian Colcord
  • Patent number: 10953273
    Abstract: An apparatus used for cardiovascular workouts and strength training workouts contains a treadmill, a first weight-engaging pulley mechanism, a second weight-engaging pulley mechanism, a first guide channel, and a second guide channel. The treadmill is used to complete the cardiovascular workouts. The first weight-engaging pulley mechanism and the second weight-engaging pulley mechanism are used for strength training. Since the weight arrangement of the apparatus is movable along the first guide channel and the second guide channel, the user can complete a wide variety of strength training workouts. The apparatus also contains an incline-adjustment mechanism, which orients the treadmill belt track to simulate an incline or a decline. A belt direction-reversing mechanism of the apparatus helps change the direction a belt that is layered along the treadmill belt track.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Inventor: Veronica Porteros De Luz
  • Patent number: 10946236
    Abstract: Disclosed is an omnidirectional treadmill which has several connected belt units with supporting frames and endless belts which are moved revolving in the first spatial direction. In the second spatial direction, the endless belts of the belt units are moved. The endless belts are driven in the second spatial direction preferably by gear wheels mounted on rolls and by a toothed shaft. The movement of all endless belts is synchronized by coupling with special tooth form crown gears arranged between the belt units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Inventor: Elmar Rudelstorfer
  • Patent number: 10940360
    Abstract: A treadmill includes a frame, an exercise deck attached to the frame, and a first handle movably attached to the frame. The first handle has a first orientation where the first handle is positioned within a region above the exercise deck and stabilized to support a user's weight during a body weight exercise, and a second orientation where the first handle is positioned away from the region above the exercise deck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: ICON Health & Fitness, Inc.
    Inventors: William T. Dalebout, Gordon Cutler
  • Patent number: 10918904
    Abstract: A treadmill has a base with a vertically displaceable platform. A mechanism is provided that resists the downward movement of the platform in response to a load applied to the platform. The mechanism also rebounds the platform upwardly with a force applied to the platform in response to a decrease of a load on the platform. A support structure enables stable vertical positioning of the platform with respect to the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey A. Beyer, Stacy E. Stamm, Jay T. Worobets, Brian R. Brothers, Andrew James Lewis, Thomas J. Sawarynski, Jr., Edward F. Wettlaufer, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10905913
    Abstract: A novel treadmill has a practical hand-powered system to replace the electric motor for driving the tread belt. The hand-powered system includes fixed range movement of both handles, cranks coupling system for two handles, and a cyclic spring or magnetic energy storage and release system to help pass each handle's dead spot. The handles' pivotal and reciprocal movement can be smoothly and efficiently converted to tread belt movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Inventor: Hui Yan
  • Patent number: 10908590
    Abstract: A motor controller coupled to a motor is provided. The motor controller includes a processor, a memory coupled to the processor, a first input coupled to the processor, wherein the first input is associated with a first mode of operation, and a second input coupled to the processor, wherein the second input is associated with a calibration mode. The motor controller is configured to receive, through the first input, a first activation signal, operate the motor in the first mode of operation in response to receiving the first activation signal, while operating the motor in the first mode of operation, receive, through the second input, a second activation signal, in response to receiving the first activation signal and the second activation signal, adjust a value of a parameter associated with the first mode of operation, and store the value of the parameter in the memory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: REGAL BELOIT AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Roger Carlos Becerra, Brian Lee Beifus, Ludovic Andre Chretien, Yao Da, Glen Chester Young
  • Patent number: 10857407
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an exercise apparatus. The exercise apparatus includes a platform which has an endless belt revolved around it. The endless belt defines an exercising space. A left strap extends from a left front portion to a left rear portion of the exercising space, and a right strap extends from a right front portion to a right rear portion of the exercising space. The left strap and the right strap respectively have a first connecting part and a second connecting part which could be connected or detached with each other. When the two connecting parts are connected with each other, the left strap and the right strap form a retaining portion for resisting forward movement of a user. When the two connecting parts are detached, the left strap and the right strap could be positioned on a left side and a right side of the exercising space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: Johnson Health Tech Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ryan Francis Crist, Joe Chen
  • Patent number: 10857421
    Abstract: A dynamic belt-tensioning apparatus for a treadmill includes a base having a first end and a second end spaced from the first end. A foot-striking platform is movably supported by the base so as to allow vertical movement of the platform during operation of the treadmill. A drive belt has a fixed circumference and is positioned above a top portion of the platform. A drive roller is pivotally mounted adjacent to the first end of the base and engages the drive belt. A tensioning roller is pivotally mounted to the base and is capable of a range of movement to provide substantially constant tension to the drive belt in response vertical movement of the platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey A. Beyer, Stacy E. Stamm, Jay T. Worobets, Brian R. Brothers, Andrew James Lewis, Edward F. Wettlaufer, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10780320
    Abstract: An intelligent treadmill includes a treadmill body and an intelligent speed control system. The treadmill body includes a treadmill deck and a motor. The treadmill deck includes an acceleration section, a holding section, and a deceleration section. The intelligent speed control system includes a gravity-center sensing device, a processor module, a motor driver, and a host computer. The gravity-center sensing device includes a plurality of infrared array sensors. The gravity-center sensing device is sequentially connected with the processor module, the motor driver and the host computer. The motor driver is connected with the motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: Xiamen Xin Aoli Electrical Appliance Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Yang-Jie Ren
  • Patent number: 10773121
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a gymnastic machine having a closed circuit sliding belt comprising a base structure, a sliding belt, sliding according to a sliding direction installed on the base structure upon which a user performs a gymnastic exercise, a supporting structure coupled to the base structure, a first and a second handle for supporting the user, coupled to the supporting structure, a resisting device wearable by the user, the gymnastic machine being characterized in that each of the first and second handles comprises a respective coupling member for coupling with the resisting device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: TECHNOGYM S.P.A.
    Inventors: Alessandro Del Monaco, Ivan Lisi, Luca Bandini
  • Patent number: 10768749
    Abstract: A haptic touch interface having simultaneous sensing and actuation including an insulating substrate having a front surface and a rear surface and one or more front surface electrodes connected to the front surface of the substrate, wherein the front surface electrodes are arranged in a first pattern. The touch interface further includes one or more rear surface electrodes connected to the rear surface of the substrate, wherein the rear surface electrodes are arranged in a second pattern and the front surface electrodes have a substantial mutual capacitance with the rear surface electrodes. Flying logic is used to control voltages applied to at least one of the front and rear surface electrodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignees: NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY, TANVAS, INC.
    Inventors: Michael F. D. Olley, Michael A. Peshkin, James E. Colgate
  • Patent number: 10729965
    Abstract: A treadmill may include a platform, at least one pulley attached to the platform, a sliding surface of the platform, a tread belt riding portion of the sliding surface, a tread belt surrounding the pulley and the sliding surface, the tread belt having at least one side edge, and a belt guide incorporated into the platform. The belt guide includes a textured portion of the sliding surface aligned with the side edge of the tread belt and spaced apart therefrom when the tread belt is positioned entirely within the tread belt riding portion. When the textured portion comes into contact the tread belt from the tread belt being misaligned out of the tread belt riding portion, the tread belt and the textured portion collectively produce a misalignment sound audible to a user when the tread belt moves against the sliding surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: ICON Health & Fitness, Inc.
    Inventor: Wade A. Powell
  • Patent number: 10695606
    Abstract: A treadmill has a front or rear set of pulleys and a looped running belt. The pulleys rotate with the movement of the belt, e.g., when a user walks, jogs, or runs on the treadmill. The pulleys are mounted on a rotating roller tube so that the roller tube rotates with the pulleys. The roller tube is mounted on a stationary shaft using bearings on each side and a one-way device that allows the pulleys to rotate in one direction. The rotation direction corresponds to the movement of the top of the belt from the front to the rear of the treadmill. The one-way device prevents the pulleys from rotating in the opposite direction, preventing the top of the belt from moving from the rear of the treadmill to the front. The one-way device may be a sprag clutch. The treadmill may be a motor-less, curved treadmill.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: Lifecore Fitness, Inc.
    Inventors: Roger Bates, Marko Vujicic, Gregory Allen Wallace, Mark William Chiles
  • Patent number: 10695605
    Abstract: A non-mechanical manual combination treadmill/step deck exercise device comprises a treadmill having a strut beam frame with multiple spaced rods with equally dimensioned pipe rollers threaded thereon creating manually operated foot rotatably surface. A step deck conversion simulating a stair climbing workout comprises positioning a deck platform between opposite strut beams over said rollers. The step deck conversion unit is selectively in an operative location with treadmill in a storage location. Swing handles operative in handle assembly mounted to front exterior sides of strut beams of the treadmill foot contact surface pivoting the handles back and forth and thereby provide an arm movement simultaneously with the use of the leg exercise.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Inventor: Kelli Grant
  • Patent number: 10675503
    Abstract: A walking training apparatus including a treadmill having an infinite orbital rotation type walking surface, the walking training apparatus including: a holding part that a walking trainee holds, in which the holding part is capable of supporting a load applied to the walking surface by the walking trainee and is movable in a direction including a component parallel to the walking surface, is provided. By providing a pseudo stick with the aforementioned structure, the trainee is able to perform training of the upper part of the body that uses the stick in parallel to training of the leg part that uses the treadmill.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: TOYOTA JIDOSHA KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Issei Nakashima, Tomio Ikeda, Eiichi Saitoh, Satoshi Hirano, Shigeo Tanabe, Hiroki Tanikawa, Akihito Uno
  • Patent number: 10668320
    Abstract: A treadmill may include a deck, a first pulley disposed in a first portion of the deck, a second pulley disposed in a second portion of the deck, a tread belt surrounding the first pulley and the second pulley, and a locking mechanism that selectively prevents the tread belt from moving.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: ICON Health & Fitness, Inc.
    Inventor: Scott R. Watterson
  • Patent number: 10661115
    Abstract: A manual non-motorized exercise treadmill with the ability to provide adjustable resistance to perform strength training resistance movements and simulate the movements of an exercise drive sled in a stationary location is described. A treadmill deck of the treadmill is supported by friction-reduction rollers, a front treadmill roller and a rear treadmill roller. The treadmill is operated by the user pushing and/or pulling with the feet of the user via a belt or harness attached to adjustable stationary hand bars. Variable resistance allows for increased or decreased difficulty in achieving the exercise according to the preference and ability of the user. The resistance is configured to be applied to the rollers and/or belt, making it more difficult for the user to manually move the treadmill belt. The treadmill belt is configured to oscillate for both concentric and eccentric exercises not provided by conventional treadmills.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Inventor: Christopher Wagner
  • Patent number: 10661114
    Abstract: An exercise machine may include a frame, a base portion of the frame, a deck pivotally connected at a rear end, an upright structure of the frame, a handle movably attached to the frame, and a linkage connecting the handle to the first end of the deck. An elevation of the first end of the deck changes when the handle is moved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: ICON Health & Fitness, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott R. Watterson, William T. Dalebout, Kent M. Smith
  • Patent number: 10646750
    Abstract: Athletic performance monitoring and tracking may provide multiple ways in which to track athletic movement and activity. Workouts may also be tagged with various parameters including mood, weather, terrain, athletic equipment, friends used and the like. Workout information may be shared to social messaging and networking outlets. Workout information shared may include map information including images of maps, interactive maps, links to maps, route information and the like and/or combinations thereof. Additionally or alternatively, an application may be configured to execute within a context of a social networking system to facilitate athletic activity data transfer and generation of workout entries in the social networking site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Kwamina Crankson, Kristen Laina White, Michael Levi Orenstein, Michael T. Hoffman, Jason Nims
  • Patent number: 10632340
    Abstract: A treadmill includes a frame, a driving member and a running belt. The frame includes a base, a front rotating shaft and a rear rotating shaft. The driving member has a motor and a transmission member drivable by the motor. The motor is installed between the front rotating shaft and the rear rotating shaft and is located adjacent to the front rotating shaft. The transmission member is adapted for driving the front rotating shaft to rotate. The running belt winds around the front rotating shaft and the rear rotating shaft, and is drivable by the motor to rotate relative to the base. By installing the motor between the front rotating shaft and the rear rotating shaft, an overall length and size of the treadmill is reduced for minimizing storage space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: REXON INDUSTRIAL CORP., LTD.
    Inventor: Wen Tu Li
  • Patent number: 10617331
    Abstract: A method for detecting whether a user is walking or running. The method includes detecting foot interactions of the user and outputting data from the foot interactions detected. The method includes calculating a cadence frequency based on the data from the foot interactions, and measuring a first signal amplitude detected at a first multiplier of the cadence frequency calculated and a second signal amplitude for the data from the foot interactions detected at a second multiplier of the cadence frequency using the data from the foot interactions. The method includes comparing the first signal amplitude and the second signal amplitude to determine a cadence factor, then comparing the cadence factor to a predetermined threshold. The method detects whether the user is walking or running is based upon the comparison of the cadence factor to the predetermined threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: Life Fitness, LLC
    Inventor: James R. Solberg
  • Patent number: 10610736
    Abstract: An electric walking assistance device is provided. The electric walking assistance device comprises: a support member comprising at least one movable component; a user area where a user can stand, wherein the user area is a ground area adjacent to the support member. The electric walking assistance device further comprises at least one gait monitoring module and at least one gait assisting module, wherein the at least one gait monitoring module and the at least one gait assisting module are on the support member, the user's body, an arbitrary point within the detection range covering a range of user activities or any combinations thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: NATIONAL YANG-MING UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Chung-Huang Yu, Ying-Chun Jheng
  • Patent number: 10603538
    Abstract: A seated treadmill has a structure with a front portion and a rear portion. A front roller is rotatably mounted on the front portion of the structure, a rear roller is rotatably mounted on the rear portion of the structure, and a belt circumscribes the front and rear rollers. The front and rear rollers are much closer together than prior art treadmills, typically about 10-30 inches. The treadmill may further include a remote control for controlling operation of the treadmill, and a shutoff switch in the event that too much force is placed upon the treadmill, such as, e.g., if the user attempts to stand on the treadmill.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: ONTHEMUV, INC.
    Inventors: Jean Patrick Netter, David L Medin
  • Patent number: 10569123
    Abstract: A treadmill includes an exercise deck. The exercise deck includes a platform, a first pulley incorporated into the platform at a front end, a second pulley incorporated into the platform at a rear end, a tread belt surrounding the first pulley and the second pulley, and a plurality of tilt actuators incorporated into the platform. The treadmill also includes an upright structure. The upright structure includes a console, a tilt controller incorporated into the console in communication with the plurality of tilt actuators, and the tilt controller having a multi-dimensional input mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: ICON Health & Fitness, Inc.
    Inventors: Ryan Hochstrasser, William T. Dalebout
  • Patent number: 10569152
    Abstract: A braking system for a treadmill having a tread that rotates around a front axle and a rear axle and a side rail on each side of the tread that does not move includes a brake configured to apply a braking force to one of the front axle and the rear axle, a controller in communication with the brake, and a weight sensor under each side rail configured to detect a load indicating that a user is standing on the side rails, each weight sensor in communication with the controller. The controller is configured to, when the tread is moving, engage the brake when a first signal is received from each weight sensor contemporaneously that a load is detected and disengage the brake when a second signal is received from each weight sensor contemporaneously that the load is removed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: The Giovanni Project LLC
    Inventor: Giovanni Raoul Fima
  • Patent number: 10569117
    Abstract: An exercise machine includes a training unit, a transmission unit and an impedance system. The training unit includes a roller. The transmission unit is connected to the roller. The impedance system includes several impedance units adapted for selective connection to the transmission unit so that the selected impedance unit exerts impedance on the training unit. The impedance units exert different values of impedance on the training unit via the transmission unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: DK CITY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Chiu-Hsiang Lo
  • Patent number: 10561884
    Abstract: A manually operated treadmill is provided that includes a frame having a front end and a rear end positioned opposite the front end; a front shaft rotatably coupled to the frame proximate the front end; a rear shaft rotatably coupled to the frame proximate the rear end; a plurality of bearings coupled to the frame; a running belt supported by the plurality of bearings, wherein the running belt includes a curved running surface; and a safety device coupled to at least one of the front shaft and the rear shaft, wherein the safety device is structured to substantially prevent rotation of at least one of the front shaft and the rear shaft in a first rotational direction while permitting rotation of the at least one of the front shaft and the rear shaft in a second rotational direction opposite the first rotational direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: Woodway USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Douglas G. Bayerlein, Vance E. Emons, Nicholas A. Oblamski, Scott D. Hoerig, Matthew J. Zank, Robert L. Zimpel, Joel W. Richards
  • Patent number: 10561883
    Abstract: A manually powered treadmill includes a frame; a plurality of bearings coupled to the frame; a running belt at least partially supported by the plurality of bearings and adapted for rotational movement relative to the frame, the running belt having a running surface, at least a portion of which is curved; a braking system configured to selectively resist the rotational movement of the running belt; and a safety device coupled to the frame, wherein the safety device is structured to substantially prevent rotation of the running belt in a first direction and substantially permit rotation of the running belt in a second direction, opposite the first direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: Woodway USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Douglas G. Bayerlein, Vance E. Emons, Nicholas A. Oblamski, Scott D. Hoerig, Matthew J. Zank, Robert L. Zimpel, Joel W. Richards
  • Patent number: 10561894
    Abstract: A treadmill includes a platform where the platform includes a first side panel and a second side panel spaced apart at a distance from the first side panel, and a gap defined between the first side panel and the second side panel. The treadmill also includes a running deck contained within the platform and exposed within the gap, a first pulley connected to the running deck, a second pulley connected to the running deck opposite the first pulley, a tread belt surrounding the first pulley and the second pulley, a first post removably connected to the platform, a second post removably connected to the platform, and a first rail transversely connected to the first post and the second post.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: ICON Health & Fitness, Inc.
    Inventors: William T. Dalebout, Gordon Cutler
  • Patent number: 10556169
    Abstract: A locking system for a treadmill includes a locking mechanism having a locked configuration that prevents the tread from rotating in a front-to-rear direction and an unlocked configuration which allows the tread to rotate in the front-to-rear direction. A presence sensor and a weight sensor are each configured to detect the user on the treadmill, and a display is configured to receive an inputted code indicating the user is on the treadmill. The controller is configured to move the locking mechanism to the unlocked configuration in response to the controller receiving signals from at least two of the presence sensor, the weight sensor and the display indicating that the user is on the treadmill, and move the locking mechanism to the locked configuration in response to the controller receiving signals from both of the presence sensor and the weight sensor indicating the user is not on the treadmill.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: The Giovanni Project LLC
    Inventor: Giovanni Raoul Fima
  • Patent number: 10543395
    Abstract: A treadmill includes a deck, an incline mechanism attached to the deck, and a lift assist mechanism that offloads a portion of the lifting force from the incline mechanism when the incline mechanism changes an elevation of a portion of the deck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: ICON Health & Fitness, Inc.
    Inventors: Wade A. Powell, Dale Alan Buchanan, Christopher J. Salvesen
  • Patent number: 10537766
    Abstract: A curved manual treadmill for the physical exercises of a user, comprising: a frame extending along a longitudinal direction; a first rotation shaft adapted to rotate around a respective first rotation axis transversal to the longitudinal direction of the frame; a second rotation shaft adapted to rotate around a respective second rotation axis transversal to the longitudinal direction of the frame; a physical exercise surface operatively connected to the first rotation shaft and to the second rotation shaft, so as to generate an endless closed physical exercise path, and a device for resisting the movement of the upper portion of the physical exercise surface operatively associated with at least either the first rotation shaft or the second rotation shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: TECHNOGYM S.P.A.
    Inventors: Daniele Cei, Guido Caperna
  • Patent number: 10509480
    Abstract: A rotary operation device includes a rotary operation part on which a rotation operation is performed, a rotation detector configured to detect an amount of rotation of the rotary operation part, a display part integrally formed with the rotary operation part and configured to display an image while rotating with the rotary operation part, and a controller configured to control the display part such that the image is displayed moved in a direction opposite to a rotation direction of the rotary operation part based on the detected amount of rotation so as to look still to an operator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: KABUSHIKI KAISHA TOKAI RIKA DENKI SEISAKUSHO
    Inventor: Susumu Mega
  • Patent number: 10499849
    Abstract: Methods and apparatuses for athletic training optimization are disclosed. In one example, a fitness level change is identified. In one example, a current training intensity is updated to reflect an updated user fitness level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Inventor: Thomas Chu-Shan Chuang
  • Patent number: 10471293
    Abstract: A stationary exercise apparatus allows one or two users to execute a wide variety of bodyweight exercises including pull-ups, dips, crunches, leg raises, and inclined push-ups. The apparatus can quickly and easily be folded into a compact configuration for storage, e.g., in a closet or under a bed, without the use of tools.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Inventor: Victor George
  • Patent number: 10456624
    Abstract: Disclosed are various approaches for determining the maximum oxygen consumption of a person, also known as maximum aerobic capacity or VO2 Max. A person is positioned on a treadmill. Attached to the person is a harness configured to apply a horizontal force to the person. A work rate for the person can be calculated based at least in part on the magnitude of the horizontal force applied by the harness and the velocity of the belt. The maximum oxygen consumption for the person can then be calculated based at least in part on the previously calculated work rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: THE UAB RESEARCH FOUNDATION
    Inventors: David A. Brown, Christopher Hurt, Marcas Bamman
  • Patent number: 10449412
    Abstract: The invention relates to the treadmill technology, and more particularly to the low noise type direct drive type treadmill. It has solved the technical problems such as large output power loss and large noise. The low noise type direct-drive type treadmill includes a running platform, an endless running belt arranged on the running platform, a rotating roller arranged at one end of the running platform and a tubular motor arranged at the other end. The rotary roller and tubular motor is arranged parallel to each other and provided with a running belt fixed to the running platform between the rotating roller and the tubular motor, the annular running belt is arranged between the rotating roller and the tubular motor and the annular running belt is located on the periphery of the running belt when the tubular motor is operable to drive the endless running belt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: ZHE JIANG FENG SHANG TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Zhengyuan Zhu
  • Patent number: 10441844
    Abstract: An exercise machine may include a deck, a motor housing incorporated into the deck, a lift motor located in the motor housing, and a cooling mechanism that cools the lift motor when the cooling mechanism is activated. An airflow pathway may be defined to direct air from the cooling mechanism to a location above the motor housing and on to a user of the exercise machine. The exercise machine may be configured such that upon beginning operation of the machine, substantially all of the airflow exhausts to the location above the motor housing. A mechanism may be provided to selectively alter a characteristic of the airflow after the exercise machine has begun operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: ICON Health & Fitness, Inc.
    Inventor: Wade A. Powell
  • Patent number: 10438496
    Abstract: The present invention consists of a Multimedia Fall Prevention system serving the fall prevention needs of older adults. Every year approximately 1 in 3 older adults who are over 65 will fall according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The first step in preventing falls is for each person to understand those elements of their personal characteristics that make them likely to fall. Next, they must be able to recognize situations that may cause them to fall. A system is disclosed that addresses each of these issues. The system is comprised of three separate components: a personal interview, one or more training sessions, and one or more evaluations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Inventor: Victoria Panzer
  • Patent number: 10432547
    Abstract: The present subject matter relates to verifying functionality restrictions of a computing device. In an example implementation, the verification includes generating a notification message based on a verification code received in the computing device and status of a configuration mode in the computing device. When the status of the configuration mode is active, at least one functionality of the computing device is restricted. The configuration mode can be activated in the computing device by execution of a configuration file. The generated notification message is provided, which enables verifying that the at least one functionality of the computing device is restricted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: William D. McDonough, Cyrille de Brebisson, Tim Wessman
  • Patent number: 10398932
    Abstract: A treadmill may include a lift assistance mechanism operative to assist movement of a deck assembly between one or more positions relative to a base frame. A portion of the lift assistance mechanism may translate along a length dimension of the treadmill when inclining the deck assembly. The lift assistance mechanism may assist a user in moving the deck assembly into a storage position and may also assist a deck assembly lift motor in inclining the deck assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: Nautilus, Inc.
    Inventors: Bryan W. Hamilton, Bryce C. Baker
  • Patent number: 10398619
    Abstract: A garment attachable to an exercise or therapeutic apparatus that is capable of elevating the user slightly above the ground, reducing potential for injury and strain by shifting the user's weight to the frame of the apparatus. The garment is incorporated into the apparatus by comprising panels under the buttocks and around the thighs, providing balance and lifting the user comfortably in conjunction with the frame. A low-friction plate is positioned under the user's feet so that the user can ambulate freely while held in place by the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Inventors: John Crombie, Jessica Liberatore
  • Patent number: 10393217
    Abstract: A person-conveying device that connects a first story of a building to a second story of the building may include a supporting framework with a carrier element and an adaptive vibration-damping system. The carrier element allows the person-conveying device to be connected to the building via the adaptive vibration-damping system. A method for reducing the transmission of vibrations from the building to the person-conveying device that is connected to the building may involve the adaptive vibration damping system. Vibration data may be detected outside the person-conveying device, and the detected vibration data may be evaluated. Vibration damping of the vibration-damping system may then be adapted based on the evaluated vibration data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignees: THYSSENKRUPP ELEVATOR AG, THYSSENKRUPP AG
    Inventors: Patrick Landsbeck, Hanna Keitzel, Detlev Lindemeier
  • Patent number: 10369449
    Abstract: A method for using an active braking mechanism to halt the motion of a treadmill belt, or other exercise machine system, when the engine ceases driving it and to hold the belt, or system, after the brake is engaged. The types of braking systems will generally utilize at least one but often two or more forms of electrical braking. Frictional braking systems may also be present, but the electrical braking systems will generally be primarily responsible for braking the belt at high inclines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: True Fitness Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Tom Russo