Bicycling Patents (Class 482/57)
  • Patent number: 10345896
    Abstract: A system and a method detect alignment of a movement machine in a cost-effective manner. An alignment sensor system includes a movement instrument (1) for carrying out movements by displacing the center of gravity or actuating the muscles of a human body, with an alignment element, and a mass produced sensor, which is fixed relative to the alignment element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: ICAROS GMBH
    Inventors: Michael Schmidt, Johannes Scholl
  • Patent number: 10226657
    Abstract: A stationary exercise machine in accordance with some examples herein may include a frame, a crankshaft rotatably supported by the frame, an upper moment-producing mechanism and a lower moment-producing mechanism both operatively engaged to the crankshaft to cause the crankshaft to rotate. The lower moment-producing mechanism and the upper moment-producing mechanism may be resiliently coupled to one another, such as via a resilient coupling between a crank arm of the lower moment-producing mechanism and a link or virtual crank arm or the upper moment-producing mechanism. The exercise machine may further include a measurement apparatus which may be configured to measure differential forces between the upper and lower mechanisms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Nautilus, Inc.
    Inventors: Joshua S. Smith, Benjamin A. Browning
  • Patent number: 10220240
    Abstract: An exercise machine for performing triceps press exercises, including a moving user support that supports a user in a seated position. The exercise machine includes a linkage assembly that allows the moving user support to tilt as the user performs the triceps press exercise. As the user extends his or her arms from an exercise starting position to an exercise ending position, a user support frame—and thus the user's torso—reclines progressively backwards. The user's natural reaction to this reclining sensation is to bring his or her head forward, which encourages the user to plant his or her lower back firmly into a stable position against a back pad and in turn reduces the risk of injury associated with excessively arching of the lower back.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: HOIST FITNESS SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Jeffrey O. Meredith, Bruce Hockridge, Billy Y. Kim
  • Patent number: 10188905
    Abstract: Some embodiments implement a method for an electronic feedback loop based on data generated by at least one bike power sensor. The method can include generating, by an exertion sensor data processor based on the one or more electronic files, data indicating training phases for a race season, wherein each of the training phases define swim workouts, bike workouts, and run workouts. The method can also include receiving, by the exertion sensor data processor via the electronic network, an electronic exertion data file indicating power output detected by the bike power sensor. The method can also include modifying, by the exertion sensor data processor, at least one of the swim workouts, bike workouts, or run workouts based on the power output detected by the bike power sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: Tri2Focus, Inc.
    Inventor: Eric Michael von Dohlen
  • Patent number: 10166436
    Abstract: Methods and program products for building a workout are disclosed. In an embodiment, a method for generating a workout includes the steps of receiving user input indicating features of a desired workout, generating a workout, wherein the workout comprises a plurality of intervals, and wherein a first interval comprises an interval intensity and an interval duration, and initiating a graphical display that conveys the number of intervals making up the workout and the interval intensity and the interval duration of the first interval.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: adidas AG
    Inventors: Christian DiBenedetto, Maya Ann Powch, Stephen John Black
  • Patent number: 10166434
    Abstract: An exercise bike comprising: a base; a frame having a head tube; and a steering stem mounted in the head tube, and operable to be rotatable about the longitudinal axis of the stem by a user, wherein a lower part of the frame is pivotally mounted to the base to allow rotation of the frame, relative to the base, about a substantially horizontal axis, wherein a first resilient mounting is provided between the frame and the base, and a second resilient mounting is provided between the steering stem and the base, the first and second resilient mountings, together, configured to bias the frame towards a substantially upright position relative to the base, the second resilient mounting further configured to urge the stem substantially into rotational alignment with a predetermined point on the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Inventor: Alexander Caccia
  • Patent number: 10071286
    Abstract: Systems and methods are for determining and indicating a desired corrective change in exercise technique to an operator and optionally for determining and indicating a correct or incorrect fit between an operator and an exercise equipment. The systems comprise an exercise apparatus that is engaged by an operator at least a first contact location; a first load sensor device that senses an operator-applied load amount at the first contact location; a controller that determines a desired corrective change in exercise technique and/or the correct or incorrect fit between the operator and the exercise equipment based at least upon the operator-applied load amount at the first contact location and a current body weight of the operator; and an indicator device that indicates the desired corrective change in exercise technique and/or correct or incorrect fit, for example to an operator or an instructor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: Brunswick Corporation
    Inventor: Joseph J. Gajewski
  • Patent number: 10052516
    Abstract: A foldable exercise bike includes a cross configuration formed by a main frame with a treading-driven rotation mechanism at bottom and a seat at top and a second frame with a pivoting portion pivoted to a handle. The main frame has a first-positioning device, and one end of the first-positioning device is selectively fixed on the second frame, so that the main frame can be fixed with the second frame. The second frame has a second-positioning device, and one end of the second-positioning device is selectively fixed on the handle, so that the second frame can be fixed with the handle. A resistance device is between the second frame and handle. The length of the resistance device can be changed when the handle is swung relative to the second frame, thereby generating a resistance force opposing to the swing motion of the handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: BH Asia Ltd.
    Inventor: Fu Hai Lin
  • Patent number: 10039951
    Abstract: A horse riding exercise machine is not only compact in structure but also easy to be assembled and disassembled. When in use, a second N-shaped connecting rod and/or a return member are provided to achieve a labor-saving effect for exercise. Through a compact structure and the detachable connection of a bolt, when the horse riding exercise machine is not used, the bolt can be loosened so that a rear support base can be pushed toward a front support base to close up, thereby reducing the storage space to facilitate the storage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Inventor: Chung-Fu Chang
  • Patent number: 10010755
    Abstract: An exercise machine includes a frame, a movable element movably attached to the frame that is movable in the performance of an exercise, and a magnetic assembly attached to the frame. The magnetic assembly has a magnetic unit movably positioned adjacent to a non-ferromagnetic material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: ICON Health & Fitness, Inc.
    Inventor: Eric Watterson
  • Patent number: 10010756
    Abstract: An exercise machine includes a frame and a movable element movably attached to the frame that is movable in a performance of an exercise. The exercise machine also includes a friction reducing assembly with a first part attached to the movable element and a second part attached elsewhere on the exercise machine. The friction reducing assembly includes a non-ferromagnetic material and a magnet that moves relative to the non-ferromagnetic material as the movable element moves. The relative movement of the non-ferromagnetic material and the magnet generate a force that reduces friction between the non-ferromagnetic material and the magnet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: ICON Health & Fitness, Inc.
    Inventor: Eric S. Watterson
  • Patent number: 10004412
    Abstract: A magnetocardiography arrangement for producing stress magnetocardiograms that comprises a magnetocardiograph (1) and a stress unit (2) consisting of non-magnetic components. The magnetocardiograph (1) and the stress unit (2) are arranged in a shielded chamber (4) for shielding against external magnetic fields, and the stress unit (2) is or includes a bicycle ergometer braked by means of pressurized gas or a pressurized gas mixture from a source (6) for the pressurized gas or the pressurized gas mixture arranged outside the shielded chamber (4).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: Biomagnetik Park GmbH
    Inventors: Friedrich Jung, Hongjoe Jang, Jens Schmidt, Dieter Krause
  • Patent number: 9898620
    Abstract: An information management method includes: receiving, from a manufacturer server via a network, device history information indicating a history of an operation of a device used by a first user and first anonymized user information generated by anonymizing, according to a predetermined rule, first user information including attribute information which allows identification of the first user; receiving, from a service provider server different from the manufacturer server via the network, service history information indicating a history of service used by a second user and second anonymized user information generated by anonymizing, according to the predetermined rule, second user information including attribute information which allows identification of the second user; and associating the device history information and the service history information and managing them as composite information, when the first anonymized user information and the second anonymized user information are determined to be identical
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yuji Unagami, Motoji Ohmori, Hideo Umetani, Michiko Sasagawa, Kazunori Isogai
  • Patent number: 9883983
    Abstract: A motorized stretching machine for enabling a user to perform stretches targeting areas throughout their body includes a metal base frame with an integral slide track on which a motor driven foot rest apparatus is mounted, a plurality of hand grip frames that enables many different hand grips, and a plurality of foot stands. A plurality of push buttons are disposed in various locations on the right side and left side to allow the user to control the operation of the motor driven foot rest apparatus. The varied positioning of the push buttons facilitates full control during stretches and full stability because the user can hold onto other parts of the machine to assist with balance while actuating the motor control buttons. Advantageously, the overall design helps users engage selected muscle groups without losing balance or flexing any other muscles so the user can enjoy a full stretch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Inventor: Aziz Khalfi
  • Patent number: 9861872
    Abstract: A physical fitness device that simulates the motion of horseback riding. Innovative features of the present invention include a horseback riding simulation post which extends both vertically, at a vertical angle toward a rider seated on the device, and an upwardly extending longitudinal section which extends toward a rider on the exercise device seat and terminates in a transverse handle which enables the user to grasp the handle with both hands or one hand. There are a pair of parallel crank arms with a respective one of the crank arms adjacent opposite sides of the exercise device with each crank arm having an upwardly extending section extending forwardly or rearwardly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: Hupa International Inc.
    Inventor: Bob Hsiung
  • Patent number: 9861855
    Abstract: A method for displaying live and archived cycling classes comprising displaying information about cycling classes that can be accessed by a first user using a first stationary bike via a digital communication network on a display screen at a first location, whereby the first user can select either a live cycling class or select among a plurality of archived cycling classes, outputting digital video and audio content comprising the selected cycling class, detecting performance parameters from the first stationary bike at a particular point in the selected class, displaying at least one of the performance parameters on the display screen, and displaying performance parameters from a second stationary bike at a second location on the display screen such that at least one of the performance parameters from the first stationary bike and at least one of the performance parameters from the second stationary bike at the same point in the class are presented for comparison.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: PELOTON INTERACTIVE, INC.
    Inventors: John Paul Foley, Thomas Cortese, Yu Feng, Christopher Brett Sira, Hans Schlichting Woolley
  • Patent number: 9833661
    Abstract: Stationary exercise equipment for physical training, more particularly an exercise bike, comprising a frame with a movement unit which either is to be moved by the exerciser or is itself driven and interacts with the exerciser, one or more sensors, assigned to the movement unit and/or the exerciser, for capturing measured values, and a computer apparatus for establishing one or more items of measurement-value-related information, which are output on a frame-side display apparatus, letterized in that provision is made for a first display apparatus, which is directed at the exerciser for displaying one or more items of information, and in that provision is made for a second display apparatus, which is directed at the opposite side for outputting at least one item of information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: PROTOKON GYARTO, FEJLESZTO ES KERESKEDO KFT.
    Inventor: Andreas Fischer
  • Patent number: 9802098
    Abstract: A physical fitness device that simulates the motion of horseback riding. Innovative features of the present invention include a horseback riding simulation post which extends both vertically, at a vertical angle toward a rider seated on the device, and an upwardly extending longitudinal section which extends toward a rider on the exercise device seat and terminates in a transverse handle which enables the user to grasp the handle with both hands or one hand. There are a pair of parallel crank arms with a respective one of the crank arms adjacent opposite sides of the exercise device with each crank arm having an upwardly extending section extending forwardly or rearwardly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: Hupa International Inc.
    Inventor: Bob Hsiung
  • Patent number: 9802099
    Abstract: A bicycle trainer provides variable resistance to pedaling and allows for a rider to simulate a real-world bicycle course. The trainer engages both the front tire and the back tire of the bicycle and adjusts each according to the rider's preferences during a training session. The front tire lifts up and down as the bicycle moves forward and backward on the trainer. The back tire is adjusted by incorporating magnets thereon in the form of magnetic elements on a sleeve or a clip that engages the back tire and/or the back tire rim. The magnets on the back tire may also be attached to the spokes. The trainer includes magnets as well, usually of opposite polarity, and adds resistance to pedaling when the magnetic fields of the magnets interact to resist back tire revolution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Inventor: Brian H. Hamilton
  • Patent number: 9770621
    Abstract: Disclosed is an exercise device comprising a body portion for supporting a user, a user support rod pivotally connected to the body portion, and a leg support system operably connected to the body portion for engaging the legs of the user. In one embodiment, the user support rod is pivotally connected to the body portion at a position below that which supports the user, thereby enabling the user to achieve a greater range of motion as compared to existing devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Inventor: Anthony A. Zannini
  • Patent number: 9713742
    Abstract: An exercise machine suitable to assume various operating modes. The exercise machine includes a control interface which comprises a control device configured to receive at least one command by a user to be provided to the exercise machine for performing a physical exercise. The control device is further configured to provide the user with a piece of information representative of the operating mode of the exercise machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: Technogym S.p.A.
    Inventors: Alessandro Pasini, Ivan Faedi
  • Patent number: 9694240
    Abstract: The invention pertains to a stationary exercise bike along with a display that provides instruction to lead a rider through an exercise program. The invention allows a rider to obtain benefits of a group, instructor-led class though the rider's schedule does not permit the rider to participate in the class. The invention also describes a method of exercising with the foregoing bike and display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: Mad Dogg Athletics, Inc.
    Inventor: John Baudhuin
  • Patent number: 9643041
    Abstract: A crank-driven exercise device (100). The crank-driven exercise device (100) includes a frame (102), a spindle (202) rotatably connected to the frame (102), a crank arm (104) connected to the spindle (202), and a user input (208) connected to the crank arm (104) configured to receive a force from a user. In some embodiments, the crank arm (104) includes a proximal section (204) and a distal section (206). The proximal section (204) may be connected to the spindle (202) at a spindle interface (302), the distal section (206) may be rotatably connected to the user input (208) at a user input interface (306), and the distal section (206) may be selectively fastenable and selectively rotatable relative to the proximal section (204) at a crank interface (304).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Inventors: Steve Neill, David Beard, Victor Cornejo
  • Patent number: 9630051
    Abstract: An adjustable and swingable exercise bike includes a base, a bike body and multiple cushion units. The base has two connecting portions, and each connecting portion has a supporting rod protruding upward and a shaft seat mounted on a top of the supporting rod. The bike body is mounted on the base and has a bike frame and two swinging seats. The bike frame has a front end and a rear end. The swinging seats are respectively and securely mounted on the front end and the rear end of the bike frame, and each swinging seat is pivotally connected with the corresponding supporting rod. The cushion units are elastic, elongated and respectively mounted between the connecting portions and the swinging seats. The cushion units can help the bike body of the exercise bike simulate a situation of riding a real bike.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: BH ASIA LTD.
    Inventor: Fu-Hai Lin
  • Patent number: 9610473
    Abstract: An exercise device comprises a flywheel, a seat, a driving assembly, and a calculation module. The driving assembly drives the flywheel to rotate and comprises a driving wheel, a coupling member, and two cranks respectively connecting with a pedal. The coupling member connects the wheel and the flywheel. The user drives the wheel via the pedals. The calculation module performs a method to estimate a proper seat position and/or a crank length for the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: DYACO INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventor: Hao Chiang
  • Patent number: 9604099
    Abstract: An elliptical exercise machine includes a first foot pedal and a second foot pedal attached to a frame to travel along reciprocating paths. A resistance mechanism is also integrated into the elliptical exercise machine to resist movement of the first and second foot pedals along the reciprocating paths. A locking mechanism is arranged to secure the first and second foot pedals in place and prevent them from moving when the locking mechanism is in a secured mode. The locking mechanism is in communication with a locking input mechanism and is arranged to switch between the secured mode and an operational mode that allows the first and second foot pedals to travel in response to user input received through the locking input mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: ICON Health & Fitness, Inc.
    Inventor: Keith A. Taylor
  • Patent number: 9586090
    Abstract: In an exercise system having a remote communication system adapted to communicate with an exercise device, a method for generating an exercise program includes receiving route information identifying a route traveled by an individual during a real world exercise session, receiving audio information identifying a musical selection listened to by the individual during the real world exercise session, using the route information and the audio information to generate an exercise program. The exercise program includes control signals that cause an exercise device to substantially simulate the topographical characteristics of the route traveled by the individual during the real world exercise session, and audio signals representative of the musical selection listened to by the individual during the real world exercise session so that the musical selection is presented during a performance of the exercise program.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: ICON Health & Fitness, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott R. Watterson, Mark D. Watterson, David Watterson
  • Patent number: 9579049
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for non-invasively measuring blood glucose levels in a biological sample based on spectral data. This includes utilizing at least one light source configured to strike a target area of a sample, utilizing at least one light filter positioned to receive light transmitted through the target area from the at least one light source, utilizing at least one light detector positioned to receive light from the at least one light source and filtered by the at least one light filter, and to generate an output signal, having a time dependent current, which is indicative of the power of light detected, receiving the output signal from the at least one light detector with a processor and based on the received output signal, calculating the attenuance attributable to blood in a sample with a signal-to-noise ratio of at least 20-to-1; and determining a blood glucose level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: St. Louis Medical Devices, Inc.
    Inventor: Zhi Xu
  • Patent number: 9561418
    Abstract: A physical fitness device that simulates the motion of horseback riding. Innovative features of the present invention include a horseback riding simulation post which extends both vertically, at a vertical angle toward a rider seated on the device, and an upwardly extending longitudinal section which extends toward a rider on the exercise device seat and terminates in a transverse handle which enables the user to grasp the handle with both hands or one hand. There are a pair of parallel crank arms with a respective one of the crank arms adjacent opposite sides of the exercise device with each crank arm having an upwardly extending section extending forwardly or rearwardly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: Hupa International Inc.
    Inventor: Bob Hsiung
  • Patent number: 9561147
    Abstract: Methods and systems for lift monitoring are described. In one embodiment, a first operation signal may be received from a first relay coupled to an electro-mechanical patient lift when the electro-mechanical patient lift is being operated in a first position. A second operation signal may be received from a second relay coupled to the electro-mechanical patient lift when the electro-mechanical patient lift is being operated in a second position. A determination of whether a lift qualification threshold is met may be based on the receiving of the first operation signal and the second operation signal. An occurrence of a lift may be recorded when a determination is made that the lift qualification threshold is met. Additional methods and systems are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: Westrock Solutions, LLC
    Inventors: James D. Todd, Thomas Hollinger, Christopher F. Fangrow
  • Patent number: 9533186
    Abstract: An optimal bicycle frame size and configuration is determined based on operational characteristics provided by a rider when riding an adjustable stationary bicycle. An optimal motorcycle and motorcycle configuration is determined based on characteristics of the rider when riding an adjustable stationary motorcycle. A camera system can be used to collect anthropomorphic data about the rider to establish an initial positioning of the components of the adjustable vehicle. The camera system can also be used to collect real-time information about the rider's body positioning so as to cause adjustment of the positioning of the components of the adjustable vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: Cycling Sports Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Morten Kristiansen, Daniel L. Connors, Christopher Kautz, Scott Alan Rice
  • Patent number: 9517383
    Abstract: A display method and a multimedia apparatus applying the same are provided. The display method includes acquiring exercise information of a user, transmitting the exercise information to a server, receiving from the server a transport stream including video data in which a screen is changed at a rate corresponding to the exercise information, and displaying the video data by processing the transport stream. Therefore, the multimedia apparatus provides active multimedia exercise content to the user using exercise information and physical information of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Dong-yun Shin, Giu-yeol Kim, Du-seok Kim, Jun-mo Yang, Seung-youl Lee
  • Patent number: 9474925
    Abstract: A single exercise bicycle which combines a standard upright bicycle with an elliptical trainer combined with a recumbent bicycle. The three-in-one bicycle includes added pedals which allow full support of a user's feet when the rider's body is in a reclining position. The exercise bicycle enables a rider to stand while performing an elliptical training exercise.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: Hupa International Inc.
    Inventor: Bob Hsiung
  • Patent number: 9454913
    Abstract: A method, apparatus, and computer program for simulating a sensor device are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2016
    Assignee: POLAR ELECTRO OY
    Inventors: Sami Karvonen, Erkki Silvola
  • Patent number: 9433820
    Abstract: A bike roller mounting system that renders a normal bicycle stationary for riding, to provide biking enthusiasts and those who exercise with bikes a simple and effective means of riding indoors when weather conditions prohibit enjoyment of the activity outside.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Inventor: Francisco Martinez
  • Patent number: 9339686
    Abstract: A high knees exercise apparatus includes a base, two actuator members, and two pedals. The base includes a supporting member and a pivot portion. The pivot portion has a pivot axis. The actuator members are pivotally connected to two sides of the pivot portion respectively and moving in response to each other reversely. Each of the actuator members includes a lower portion swinging along an arc path centered on the pivot axis. The arc path includes a first arc extended from a virtual vertical line passing through the pivot axis and an angle of the first arc is 45 degrees to 100 degrees. Each of the pedals is pivotally connected to a free end of each of the lower portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2016
    Assignee: PREVENTIVE MEDICAL HEALTH CARE CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Ching-Yu Yeh
  • Patent number: 9333389
    Abstract: A bicycle training stand includes a frame, a first clamping unit, and a second clamping unit. An axle of a bicycle wheel is clamped between the first and the second clamping units. The first clamping unit includes an abutting member and an operation member, wherein the abutting member is fitted in an axle bore of the frame, and can be moved in an axial direction of the axle bore. The abutting member has an abutting end contacting the axle of the bicycle wheel. The operation member is pivotally connected to the frame, and can be moved between a first position and a second position. When the operation member is at the first position, the contacting portion presses the abutting member; when the operation member is at the second position, the contacting portion has no contact with the abutting member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Assignee: BH Asia Ltd.
    Inventor: Fu-Hai Lin
  • Patent number: 9334013
    Abstract: The invention relates to a power management method for an electrically assisted vehicle, comprising the following steps: a) determining the total amount of power required for a journey; and b) assigning an amount of electric power to the journey and deducing therefrom the amount of human power required for the journey, or assigning an amount of human power to the journey and deducing therefrom the amount of electric power required for the journey.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2016
    Assignee: Commissariat a l'energie atomique et aux energies alternatives
    Inventors: Jean-Philippe Gros, Charlie Barla, Sylvain Joalland, Timothee Jobert, Stephanie Riche
  • Patent number: 9289647
    Abstract: A seated exercise apparatus comprises a frame having a seat attached to the frame. A pair of opposed cranks are rotatably coupled to the frame such that they rotate about a first axis. A medial portion of each of a pair of elongated members is rotatably connected to the frame at a respective pivot joint. A first end of each elongated member has a handle and a second end of each elongated member is rotatably connected to a one end of a respective pedal arm. The pivot joints are located outside of a plane of motion of their respective right and left pedals, such that the apparatus can fit within a more compact form factor, especially in a longitudinal dimension. The pedals move in a reciprocating path having an elliptical shape, in which the major axis is more vertical than horizontal, giving a more up and down, natural, pedal motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Assignee: FLATIRON DESIGN, LLC
    Inventor: Christopher R Merli
  • Patent number: 9233276
    Abstract: A method for providing live and archived cycling classes to remote users comprising providing information about available live and archived cycling classes that can be accessed via a digital communication network by a first user using a first stationary bike at a first remote location for display at the first remote location via an interface that includes a display screen, whereby the first user can select either a live cycling class or select among a plurality of archived cycling classes to be displayed on the display screen, receiving from the first user a selection of one of the available live or archived cycling classes for display on the display screen at the first remote location, and providing digital video and audio content comprising the selected cycling class to a computer at the first remote location for display to the first user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2016
    Inventors: John Paul Foley, Thomas Philip Cortese, Yu Feng, Christopher Brett Sira, Hans Schlichting Woolley
  • Patent number: 9227103
    Abstract: A fitness device includes a body, a pedaling unit, a rotating unit, a seat unit, and at least one coupling unit. The coupling unit is pivotally mounted to the base and is coaxially aligned with the axle. The coupling unit is engaged with the rotating unit such that the rotating unit coaxially rotates with the coupling unit for driving the seat unit to convert between a first position in which the seat unit is located away from the base, and a second position in which the seat unit is located proximate to the base. A vertical distance and a horizontal distance between the seat unit and the pedaling unit are altered when converting between the first and second positions. By rotating the rotating unit, the horizontal and vertical distances between the seat and pedaling units are altered for allowing users to exercise in an upright posture or a recumbent posture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Assignee: REXON INDUSTRIAL CORP., LTD.
    Inventor: Shun-Chi Yang
  • Patent number: 9198611
    Abstract: There is provided an information processing device including: a storage unit that stores a plurality of exercise models each including one or more kinds of measured values measured in time series for a person doing exercise and exercise description data specifying exercise recognized based on the measured values; a selection unit that selects one or more exercise models from the plurality of exercise models stored in the storage unit according to a designated condition; and an output unit that outputs a series of output images representing the measured values and exercise specified by the exercise description data in time series for the exercise model selected by the selection unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2015
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Takahito Migita, Naoki Kamimaeda, Takuya Nishimura
  • Patent number: 9126078
    Abstract: In an elliptical step exercise apparatus a dynamic link mechanism can be used to vary the stride length of the machine. A control system can also be used to vary stride length as a function of various exercise and operating parameters such as speed and direction as well as varying stride length as a part of a preprogrammed exercise routine such as a hill or interval training program. In addition the control system can use measurements of stride length to optimize operation of the apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Assignee: BRUNSWICK CORPORATION
    Inventors: Timothy T. Anderson, Rachel Lara Abigal Buckley, Juliette C. Daly, John J. Hsing, Gregory A. Joseph, Gary E. Oglesby, John M. Rogus, Robert C. Seaman, Mark C. Termion
  • Patent number: 9122821
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and computer readable mediums. A method includes receiving a three dimensional model for a simulation that includes a first material portion that extends between first and second material handling elements. The method includes simulating motion of the first and second material handling elements and simulating an interaction between the first material portion and the first and second material handling elements. The method includes maintaining a constraint between the first and second material handling elements according to the first material portion, dynamically updating the model and displaying the simulation, and storing the model. A method for fluid simulation is also discussed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2015
    Assignee: Siemens Products Lifecycle Management Software Inc.
    Inventor: Richard Gary McDaniel
  • Patent number: 9114278
    Abstract: A recumbent exercise assembly allows a person to exercise while lying in bed. The assembly includes a base panel and a pedal assembly coupled to and extending upwardly from the base panel. At least one support panel is coupled to and extends from the base panel. Each support panel is configured to support a person thereon while the person pedals the pedal assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2015
    Inventor: George S. Sigel
  • Patent number: 9050485
    Abstract: An elliptical trainer with a variable track is disclosed. The elliptical trainer has a base, a left and a right linkage, a transmission and a left and a right adjusting assembly. The linkages are connected to an upright posts extending upward from the base, respectively. Each of the linkages includes a pedal set configured to slide with respect to the linkage. The transmission deposited on the upright post drives the pedal sets to perform reciprocal elliptical motions. The adjusting assemblies are pivotally connected to the upright post, respectively, and serve to change an elliptical track along which the pedals move. Thereby, the elliptical track varies by expanding or retracting along only a major axis thereof. When using the elliptical trainer, a user will not need to step higher as the elliptical track expands. This design is more ergonomic and adaptive to users with various body heights and habitus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2015
    Assignee: DYACO INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: Hsuan-Fu Huang, Han-Lin Liu
  • Patent number: 9039577
    Abstract: An elliptical treadmill has a main framework, guiding wheel set, rocker bar, upper connecting rod, pedal assembly and a crank set. Of which, the crank sets are fitted with first and second swinging arms arranged in pair at interval. The top of the first and second swinging arms is fixed by two pin joint members separately onto preset spaced locations of the upper connecting rod. The bottom of said first swinging arm is pivoted on the front side of the pedal linked to the lower connecting rod, while the bottom of said second swinging arm is pivoted on the rear side of the pedal. When the upper connecting rod shifts circumferentially along the rotary guiding wheel, the first and second swinging arms could swing by taking the pin joint member as a rotary pivot, increasing the swinging range and the step pitch during rotary shift of the pedal assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: MARIO CONTENTI DESIGNS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Jing-Yuan Peng
  • Patent number: 9039581
    Abstract: An exercise apparatus includes a base providing a relatively higher first terminal end, a relatively lower second terminal end, and a track between the first and second terminal ends. The exercise apparatus also includes a seat unit movable along the track between a first position adjacent to the first terminal end and a second position located far apart from the first terminal end. A distance difference relative to the seat unit is produced by a wheel pedal unit movable along the track between a first pedaling position adjacent to the second terminal end and located horizontally far apart from the seat unit, and a second pedaling position located far from the second terminal end and horizontally adjacent to the seat unit. Thus, changing the position of the wheel pedal unit and the position of the seat unit can change the distance difference between the seat unit and the wheel pedal unit in both the vertical and horizontal directions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: REXON INDUSTRIAL CORP., LTD.
    Inventors: Benjamin Chia, Yi-Chun Liao
  • Patent number: 9028373
    Abstract: An apparatus permitting a user to perform a simulated bicycling exercise is provided. The design includes a base, a frame comprising a head tube, and a lower front pivoting point connected to the base and an upper rear pivoting axial member positioned a fixed distance above the base. The lower front pivoting point and the upper rear pivoting axial member include a multiple component resistive element arrangement and collectively defining an axis of rotation, the axis of rotation forming a fixed angle relative to the base of 30 to 45 degrees, sloping upward in a rearward direction from the front pivoting point to the upper rear pivoting axial member. The design further includes a stem connected to a handlebar arrangement, the stem passing through the head tube and connected to the base by a connection arrangement comprising an arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: RealRyder, Inc.
    Inventors: Colin Irving, John J. Harrington
  • Patent number: 9028372
    Abstract: An exercise device (20) includes a frame (22) and a drive mechanism (100) attached to the frame. The drive mechanism includes a first shaft (122) having a first fixed gear (128) and a second shaft (124) having a second fixed gear (130). The first fixed gear and the second fixed gear are mechanically linked to cause the first shaft to rotate in an opposite direction than the second shaft. A first linear input is mechanically linked to the first shaft and a second linear input is mechanically linked to the second shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Inventor: Brian Beard