Rate Of Movement Patents (Class 482/7)
  • Patent number: 10369474
    Abstract: Aspects of this disclosure relate to rewarding users of an electronic game for real-world physical activity. Further aspects relate to altering virtual items based upon physical activity. An electronic game may comprise or otherwise relate to an online world (such as a “Virtual World”). Users may be represented through customized graphical representations, such as avatars. An account of a user (or entity) may be associated a “virtual region.” A threshold level of real-world physical activity may result in obtaining a reward that may be associated with a virtual item. A reward may be configured to result in: (1) altering visual appearance of a virtual item within a virtual region; (2) altering a virtual characteristic of a virtual item, such that the first user may engage in at least one additional virtual activity using that virtual item; and/or (3) acquiring a new virtual item for a virtual region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventor: Willoughby H. Walling
  • Patent number: 10300388
    Abstract: The present invention provides systems for and methods of playing a video game that includes providing a game character having a virtual appearance characteristic, receiving an input signal indicative of a user exercise performance level, and altering the virtual appearance characteristic in response to receiving the input signal. Numerous other aspects are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Inventor: Brian M. Dugan
  • Patent number: 9833655
    Abstract: A modular resistance force system includes an axle configured to be rotatable around a rotational axis and one or more resistance mechanisms. Each of the one or more resistance mechanisms includes a resistance element disposed about a portion of the axle, a resistance element housing configured to house the resistance element and a resistance substance disposed between the resistance element and the resistance element housing. Either the resistance element or the resistance element housing is selectively engaged to rotate with the axle. A resistance between the resistance element and the resistance substance causes a force to be applied to the axle when the resistance element and the resistance element housing move relative to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Inventor: Christopher G. Gallagher
  • Patent number: 9757618
    Abstract: A training device for monitoring a physical exercise is formed having a volume element, a sensor apparatus which is designed to detect a mechanical force and/or a pressure which a user exerts on the volume element while performing the physical exercise, and to generate a measurement signal on the basis of the detected force and/or the detected pressure, and an evaluation apparatus which is designed to compare the measurement signal generated by the sensor apparatus with a value range and/or a target value and to automatically generate an output signal on the basis of the result of the comparison.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: H4X e.U.
    Inventor: Andreas Hierzer
  • Patent number: 9616292
    Abstract: An exercise tracker includes a force sensor programmed to output a force signal representing a force applied to a cable associated with a piece of exercise equipment. The exercise tracker further includes a processing device programmed to receive the force signal and determine, from the force signal, exercise data including an amount of weight lifted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Inventor: Nolan Orfield
  • Patent number: 9567100
    Abstract: An electric taxi predictive performance system may provide a predicted performance for an electric based taxi system (eTaxi) based on environmental information related to a vehicle. In some embodiments, the vehicle may be an aircraft using eTaxi systems to move around an airport runway system. The electric predictive taxi performance system may provide real-time displayed data to help pilots evaluate eTaxi capabilities of the aircraft as conditions change.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: Patrick Jackson, Joseph Nutaro
  • Patent number: 9381401
    Abstract: A range of motion machine having two or four cranks driven directly by motors without exposed gears or chains. The speed and direction of crank rotation and the length of the crank arms may be varied with electronic controls. Crank arm length may be varied whether the crank is stationary or rotating. The cranks and motors are mounted at the top of pedestals which are adjustable in height.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Inventors: David L. Lampert, Stephen Briggs, Edward William Cler, Daniel David Horein, Brian P. Lilly, Benjamin Berton Rund
  • Patent number: 9186552
    Abstract: A multiuse treadmill apparatus including a treadmill, a support structure comprising a right pole and a left pole, a pair of handles, a control panel, a display screen, a plurality of controls, a pair of support frames, a pair of top support bars, and a pair of bottom support bars. A plurality of hooks are continuously disposed. Each of the plurality of hooks has an apex perpendicularly disposed towards the back side of the treadmill. The plurality of hooks are configured to engage a plurality of resistance bands. A pair of weight sensors comprising a right weight sensor and a left weight sensor are centrally disposed within the right deck and the left deck, respectively. The right weight sensor and the left weight sensor are configured to turn the motor off when a minimum weight is downwardly applied to the right deck and the left deck, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Inventor: Therese Deal
  • Patent number: 9186549
    Abstract: A data collecting device is selectively attachable to a tread base of a treadmill. The device includes a foot fall sensing mechanism that collects foot fall data from the tread base, an inclination sensing mechanism that collects inclination data regarding the inclination of the tread base, and a communication mechanism that selectively transmits the foot fall data and the inclination data to an external computing device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Assignee: ICON Health & Fitness, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott R. Watterson, Mark D. Watterson, David Watterson
  • Patent number: 8858397
    Abstract: A training machine for enabling the exerciser to exercise under a load appropriate for the individual exercise capability and physical function of the exerciser. The exerciser (E) enters a desired velocity-load characteristic into a load characteristic input device (7), and the velocity-load characteristic is stored in the load characteristic memory device (8). A load instruction value is determined according to the velocity-load characteristic and to the velocity inputted from a velocity calculation means (6) into the load characteristic memory device (8) and transmitted to a control means (1). The control means (1) rotates a servomotor (2) with a torque instruction value corresponding to the load instruction value. A movement mechanism (3) converts the rotation into linear movement to move a movable unit (4). With this, the exerciser can carry out training of reciprocal movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignees: Hitachi, Ltd., Hitachi Keiyo Engineering & Systems, Ltd.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Ishii, Kouichi Ohno, Hiroshi Yaegashi, Kazuo Yuge, Masahiro Katou, Yukihide Iwamoto, Makoto Hashizume, Hajime Kenmotsu, Shinichiro Takasugi
  • Publication number: 20140296034
    Abstract: A detection apparatus of a training machine has a shifting device, four sensors and a controller. The shifting device is mounted on an exercise device along a circular motion trace divided into four segments. The four sensors are respectively mounted on the body and correspond to the four segments. The controller determines multiple exercise states, including the rotation speed, the rotational direction, the first rotation speed, the second rotation speed and the force exerted on the exercise device, according to detecting signals from the sensors at a same time. The structure of the detection apparatus is simplified for ease of use.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 28, 2013
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Inventor: Mu-Chuan WU
  • Patent number: 8721501
    Abstract: A detection device and a monitoring system are adapted to detect an exercising state of a user. The detection device is adapted to be equipped on a circulation exercise device of a physical training equipment. The detection device has a state detector and a rotation speed detector. The state detector generates multiple signal combinations based on a periodic motion of the circulation exercise device. The rotation speed detector estimates a relative variation between a rotation speed and degrees of the circulation exercise device based on the signal combinations. The relative variation represents the user's exercising state. According to the relative variation, a user can realize whether the exercising state is in balance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Inventor: Mu-Chuan Wu
  • Publication number: 20140106937
    Abstract: An athletic training device to develop speed and agility. A robot can be programmed or remote controlled to move in an erratic manner so that it can be chased by an athlete. An on-board shut-off unit stops the device when it is removed by the athlete chasing the device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 5, 2013
    Publication date: April 17, 2014
    Inventors: PAUL MAZZANOBILE, EVAN BAUMGARTEN
  • Publication number: 20140094345
    Abstract: The present invention relates to active robotic gait training system and method which enables more active gait training based on remaining gait ability of patients with gait disorders by estimating the gait cycle through measurement of slope of the lower leg, operating the hip joint and the knee joint by an actuator depending on the gait cycle and operating the ankle joint by functional electric stimulation (FES). The robotic gait training system contains the femoral support unit, the hip joint support unit and the lower leg support unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 9, 2012
    Publication date: April 3, 2014
    Applicant: Yonsei University Wonju Industry-Academic Cooperation Foundation
    Inventors: Young Ho Kim, Sung Jae Hwang, Jong Sang Son, Jung Yoon Kim, Sun Woo Park, Je Seong Ryu, Min Hyeon Lee
  • Publication number: 20140005002
    Abstract: A detection device and a monitoring system are adapted to detect an exercising state of a user. The detection device is adapted to be equipped on a circulation exercise device of a physical training equipment. The detection device has a state detector and a rotation speed detector. The state detector generates multiple signal combinations based on a periodic motion of the circulation exercise device. The rotation speed detector estimates a relative variation between a rotation speed and degrees of the circulation exercise device based on the signal combinations. The relative variation represents the user's exercising state. According to the relative variation, a user can realize whether the exercising state is in balance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 29, 2012
    Publication date: January 2, 2014
    Inventor: Mu-Chuan WU
  • Publication number: 20130345025
    Abstract: Exercise apparatus (10) is provided, which includes pedals (32) on which a user can exert loads in a first direction, and a motor (44) that is configured to drive the pedals (32) in the opposite direction and that is controlled to run at a predetermined speed, so that the loads from the user are exerted by using muscles eccentrically. The apparatus (10) is configured such that the user's body is in a generally upright orientation when using the apparatus—preferably in a standing orientation, without using a seat.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 8, 2012
    Publication date: December 26, 2013
    Inventor: Willem Mare van der Merwe
  • Patent number: 8602943
    Abstract: There is provided a continuous motion exercise apparatus for exercising a limb of a patient comprising a housing (1) with an interior compartment communicating with the surroundings through one or more apertures (2), preferably slits in said housing, mechanical activation means (4) for being activated by a limb portion of a person, for instance a foot, a hand, a knee or an elbow of said person, said activation means extending from the interior of said compartment to the surroundings through said one or more apertures, first braking or resistance means (8) for exerting a first resistance against a first force applied to said activation means by said limb portion and arranged in said compartment and connected to said activation means, and at least one second braking or resistance means (9) for exerting at least one second resistance against at least one second force applied to said activation means by said limb portion and arranged in said compartment and connected to said activation means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: Atlin Aps
    Inventor: Knud Andreasen
  • Patent number: 8605117
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for providing content to user that is moving. The method includes obtaining movement information or bio-information about a user, processing content based on the movement information or the bio-information, and outputting the processed content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Cory Kim, Jae-young Lee, Hyung-jin Seo, Sung-hyun Cho, Jong-eun Yang
  • Patent number: 8551027
    Abstract: In the assist device, the output of an actuator is adjusted so that it becomes lower as a state of charge of a battery exceeds a first threshold value, and also so that it becomes lower as the state of charge of the battery becomes lower. The output of the actuator is controlled on the basis of the state of charge of the battery, so that it is possible to make the agent recognize the change in the state of charge of the battery by changing the output of the actuator, and as a result, to avoid the situation where the agent feels strange with respect to stopping the operation of the assist device following thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yosuke Endo, Keishiro Kikuchi, Ritsuo Hara
  • Patent number: 8480541
    Abstract: An improved treadmill control system which adjusts the speed of a moving tread belt to follow user motions. Equipment includes a tread base supporting a moving tread belt upon which a user can run or walk, a motor assembly and motor driver to move the tread belt, a plurality of foot sensors, a tread belt motion sensor, a measurement system to estimate user motion based on foot and tread belt sensor signals, and a motor controller to adjust motor assembly speed based on estimates of user motion. The system is capable of making improved user motion estimates and of using them to provide improved belt speed control. In one embodiment, user position, speed, and acceleration are estimated at each user footfall while estimates are continually revised between footfalls. In one embodiment, foot sensors are capacitive proximity sensors which are effective, fully concealable, and economical.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2013
    Inventor: Randall Thomas Brunts
  • Patent number: 8394002
    Abstract: The present invention provides a treadmill with an automatic speed control function, including: a body having a belt for supporting an exerciser; an exerciser detecting portion installed in a predetermined area of the body to detect movement of the exerciser; a driving motor coupled to the body to drive the belt; a control portion for generating a control signal for adjusting a rotation speed of the driving motor based on a signal received from the exerciser detecting portion; and a motor driving portion for adjusting the rotation speed of the driving motor according to the control signal received from the control portion, wherein a provision braking torque provided corresponding to the control signal is varied as the rotation speed of the driving motor is reduced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2013
    Assignee: Dasan Rnd Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Jae-Sang Park
  • Patent number: 8360785
    Abstract: A system for managing physical training includes: a goal achievement planning module establishing a training goal and a time schedule for a physical training participant on the basis of a profile reflecting physical characteristics of the physical training participant; a section creation module separately creating training items on a section basis according to the training goal and the time schedule of the physical training participant with reference to a predetermined standard; and a management contents creation module creating contents required to manage the physical training of the physical training participant on the basis of physical measurements previously established by the goal achievement planning module and the section creation module and various physical measurements measured from sensors attached to the physical training participant in real-time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Assignee: Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute
    Inventors: Duck-Gun Park, Youn-Tae Kim
  • Patent number: 8343019
    Abstract: An exercise device in the form of a yoga bag having two ends that hang down over the sides of the chest of a user and provide resistance to the lung cavities during while breathing exercises are performed is set forth. Each end of the bag is provided with compartments for selectively receiving flowable weighted substances. The center of the bag is contoured to fit around the neck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Inventor: Issac Friend
  • Publication number: 20120316035
    Abstract: There is provided a continuous motion exercise apparatus for exercising a limb of a patient comprising a housing (1) with an interior compartment communicating with the surroundings through one or more apertures (2), preferably slits in said housing, mechanical activation means (4) for being activated by a limb portion of a person, for instance a foot, a hand, a knee or an elbow of said person, said activation means extending from the interior of said compartment to the surroundings through said one or more apertures, first braking or resistance means (8) for exerting a first resistance against a first force applied to said activation means by said limb portion and arranged in said compartment and connected to said activation means, and at least one second braking or resistance means (9) for exerting at least one second resistance against at least one second force applied to said activation means by said limb portion and arranged in said compartment and connected to said activation means
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 28, 2010
    Publication date: December 13, 2012
    Applicant: ATLIN APS
    Inventor: Knud Andreasen
  • Publication number: 20120277062
    Abstract: A robotic module which can be attached to an exercise apparatus provides enhanced physical therapy for victims of stoke or other maladies or accidents by simulating normal or arbitrarily modified profiles of angular position of an extremity such as a foot in accordance with a position of that extremity along a locus of repetitive motion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 26, 2012
    Publication date: November 1, 2012
    Inventors: Peter E. Pidcoe, Jessica Cortney Bradford
  • Patent number: 8262541
    Abstract: There is provided a machine for rehabilitation or exercise, comprising: a frame; a first arm movably secured to the frame via a first actuator; a first force sensor for measuring a force exerted by a user on the first arm; and a control unit adapted for controlling a displacement speed for the first arm via the first actuator as a function of the force and for increasing the displacement speed of the first arm via the first actuator when the force is superior to a target force. In one embodiment, there is further provided an electromyograph for location on the exercised muscle for measuring an electrical potential generated by the muscle and for lowering the target force when the electrical potential is superior to a predetermined maximum electrical potential. There is further provided a system for exercising a muscle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Assignee: Consultant en Ergonomie et en Mieux-Etre du Saguenay Inc.
    Inventors: Martin Gravel, Laval Desbiens
  • Publication number: 20120165158
    Abstract: In respects of limitations and problems of motor function training devices, the present invention provides a wearable and convertible device and a method for controlling combined motor function training. This device integrates the functions of both passive stretching function in the existing CPM devices and additional active assistive training function. Without a force/torque sensor element in the device, the present passive stretching control can still be adapted to hypertonia (high muscle tone or stiffness of joints) of the limb, and the present active assistive control can still be implemented for enhancing voluntary active movement from patients. With such present method, much more applications of active assistive training are supported at substantially no additional cost. On the other hand, the safety of such stretching devices without using force/torque sensor is improved, which assists in increasing the efficiency of the device of the present invention.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 14, 2011
    Publication date: June 28, 2012
    Applicant: REHABTEK LLC.
    Inventors: Yupeng Ren, Li-Qun Zhang
  • Patent number: 8187152
    Abstract: There is provided a machine for rehabilitation or exercise, comprising: a frame; a first arm movably secured to the frame via a first actuator; a first force sensor for measuring a force exerted by a user on the first arm; and a control unit adapted for controlling a displacement speed for the first arm via the first actuator as a function of the force and for increasing the displacement speed of the first arm via the first actuator when the force is superior to a target force. In one embodiment, there is further provided an electromyograph for location on the exercised muscle for measuring an electrical potential generated by the muscle and for lowering the target force when the electrical potential is superior to a predetermined maximum electrical potential. There is further provided a method for operating an exercise machine and a system for exercising a muscle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2012
    Assignee: Consultant en Ergonomie et en Mieux-Etre du Saguenay Inc.
    Inventors: Martin Gravel, Laval Desbiens
  • Patent number: 8177688
    Abstract: An improved rehabilitation and exercise machine is provided which allows a person with physical limitations, disabilities or chronic conditions to use the machine in order to rehabilitate their muscles, improve joint flexibility, and enhance cardiovascular fitness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2012
    Assignees: Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital, NuTech Ventures
    Inventors: Judith M. Burnfield, Yu Shu, Adam P. Taylor, Thad W. Buster, Carl A. Nelson
  • Patent number: 8113990
    Abstract: A method for controlling an exercise apparatus via a control interface of an exercise apparatus, including steps of controlling a touch screen to display an information field, and then monitoring the touch screen to detect whether a touch has occurred on the surface of the touch screen and whether the touch is located in an input zone which has a plurality of sensing areas in the information field. A user can use one of specific actions, such as drag, to move a first tag in the input zone from a first sensing area to a second sensing area. And one of the steps of the method relocates the first tag proximate to the second sensing area to have a portion of the first tag to point at the second sensing area. Then, the final step of the method operates the exercise apparatus from a first condition using a first value corresponding to the first sensing area to a second condition using a second value corresponding to the second sensing area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2012
    Assignee: Johnson Health Tech Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Andrew J Kolman, Matthew D Wittenberg, Timothy E Bank, Mark J Van Handel, Shanan Galligan
  • Patent number: 8096922
    Abstract: A device for use with an exercise apparatus consisting of at least one hanging, length-adjustable and lockable rope (10, 11) which at its lower end has a gripping means (13, 14), e.g., a gripping loop. A vibration means (12; 16) is designed, when attached via a rope engaging member (8, 9) to a portion of such rope, to impart to the rope and thus its gripping means (13, 14) a vibratory motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2012
    Assignee: Redcord AS
    Inventor: Tore Planke
  • Publication number: 20110294624
    Abstract: An improved rehabilitation and exercise machine is provided which allows a person with physical limitations, disabilities or chronic conditions to use the machine in order to rehabilitate their muscles, improve joint flexibility, and enhance cardiovascular fitness.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 20, 2011
    Publication date: December 1, 2011
    Applicants: NUTECH VENTURES, MADONNA REHABILITATION HOSPITAL
    Inventors: Judith M. Burnfield, Yu Shu, Adam P. Taylor, Thad W. Buster, Carl A. Nelson
  • 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: 8007405
    Abstract: An improved rehabilitation and exercise machine is provided which allows a person with physical limitations, disabilities or chronic conditions to use the machine in order to rehabilitate their muscles, improve joint flexibility, and enhance cardiovascular fitness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2011
    Assignees: Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital, Nutech Ventures
    Inventors: Judith M. Burnfield, Yu Shu, Adam P. Taylor, Thad W. Buster, Carl A. Nelson
  • Patent number: 7942833
    Abstract: A device for inducing a user's motion in a rhythm responsive to a motion rhythm after the user's motion rhythm changes suddenly. The walking assist device generates a first oscillator which attains mutual entrainment with a user's hip joint angular velocity to reflect a natural angular velocity. On the other hand, a new natural angular velocity is set based on the phase difference between the hip joint angular velocity and the first oscillator. A second oscillator which oscillates in rhythm reflecting the natural angular velocity is generated. An inducing oscillator is generated based on the second oscillator, and a torque responsive to the inducing oscillator acts on the user's body. If the magnitude of a periodic variation in the hip joint angular velocity exceeds a threshold value, a second oscillator which oscillates in rhythm reflecting the angular velocity of the first oscillator instead of the natural angular velocity is generated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2011
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Ken Yasuhara
  • Publication number: 20110086742
    Abstract: An improved rehabilitation and exercise machine is provided which allows a person with physical limitations, disabilities or chronic conditions to use the machine in order to rehabilitate their muscles, improve joint flexibility, and enhance cardiovascular fitness.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 5, 2010
    Publication date: April 14, 2011
    Applicants: Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital, Board of Regents of the University of Nebraska
    Inventors: Judith M. Burnfield, Yu Shu, Adam P. Taylor, Thad W. Buster, Carl A. Nelson
  • Publication number: 20110071002
    Abstract: There is provided a machine for rehabilitation or exercise, comprising: a frame; a first arm movably secured to the frame via a first actuator; a first force sensor for measuring a force exerted by a user on the first arm; and a control unit adapted for controlling a displacement speed for the first arm via the first actuator as a function of the force and for increasing the displacement speed of the first arm via the first actuator when the force is superior to a target force. In one embodiment, there is further provided an electromyograph for location on the exercised muscle for measuring an electrical potential generated by the muscle and for lowering the target force when the electrical potential is superior to a predetermined maximum electrical potential. There is further provided a method for operating an exercise machine and a system for exercising a muscle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 17, 2010
    Publication date: March 24, 2011
    Inventors: Martin GRAVEL, Laval DESBIENS
  • Publication number: 20100304932
    Abstract: A method for controlling an exercise apparatus via a control interface of an exercise apparatus, including steps of controlling a touch screen to display an information field, and then monitoring the touch screen to detect whether a touch has occurred on the surface of the touch screen and whether the touch is located in an input zone which has a plurality of sensing areas in the information field. A user can use one of specific actions, such as drag, to move a first tag in the input zone from a first sensing area to a second sensing area. And one of the steps of the method relocates the first tag proximate to the second sensing area to have a portion of the first tag to point at the second sensing area. Then, the final step of the method operates the exercise apparatus from a first condition using a first value corresponding to the first sensing area to a second condition using a second value corresponding to the second sensing area.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 26, 2009
    Publication date: December 2, 2010
    Inventors: Andrew J. Kolman, Matthew D. Wittenberg, Timothy E. Bank, Mark J. Van Handel, Shanan Galligan
  • Patent number: 7811202
    Abstract: A device for use with an exercise apparatus consisting of at least one hanging, length-adjustable and lockable rope (10, 11) which at its lower end has a gripping means (13, 14), e.g., a gripping loop. A vibration means (12; 16) is designed, when attached via a rope engaging member (8, 9) to a portion of such rope, to impart to the rope and thus its gripping means (13, 14) a vibratory motion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2010
    Assignee: Redcord AS
    Inventor: Tore Planke
  • Publication number: 20100210419
    Abstract: The present invention provides a treadmill with an automatic speed control function, including: a body having a belt for supporting an exerciser; an exerciser detecting portion installed in a predetermined area of the body to detect movement of the exerciser; a driving motor coupled to the body to drive the belt; a control portion for generating a control signal for adjusting a rotation speed of the driving motor based on a signal received from the exerciser detecting portion; and a motor driving portion for adjusting the rotation speed of the driving motor according to the control signal received from the control portion, wherein a provision braking torque provided corresponding to the control signal is varied as the rotation speed of the driving motor is reduced.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2008
    Publication date: August 19, 2010
    Applicant: DASAN RND CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Jae-Sang Park
  • Patent number: 7758470
    Abstract: A system for managing exercise of an animal such as a human being so that the animal can be trained to move with an appropriate scale and rhythm while harmonizing the motion of the animal with the operations of two devices which induce the motion of the animal in different manners, is provided. According to the exercise management system (1) of the present invention, the speed of the walking motion of the user is adjusted by an operation of a treadmill (first motion induction device) (10). The user's walking motion is induced with the motion scale being adjusted with a rhythm harmonized with the motion rhythm of the animal by an operation of a walking motion induction device (second motion induction device) (20). At this time, the operation of the walking motion induction device (20) is controlled based on the walking speed v (walking rate p, as required).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2010
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Takashi Hirata, Ken Yasuhara, Kei Shimada
  • Patent number: 7717824
    Abstract: Isokinetic rehabilitation apparatus including a motor-driven pedal assembly having associated therewith a pair of foot pedals and at least one hand engagement element and a computerized motor controller operative to drive the motor-driven pedal assembly at a generally constant, selectable speed, generally irrespective of the extent to which forces are applied to the pedal assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2010
    Inventor: Itzhak Pinto
  • Publication number: 20090239708
    Abstract: The present invention offers a heart pulse detector. Two pairs of contact electrodes mounted on each handrail of treadmill separately. A electrocardiography heart pulse detector built in the control panel of the treadmill has input terminal which electrically connected to the contact electrodes. A front end circuit within the heart pulse detector receives the electrical cardio signals of a user from the input terminal and preprocesses the electrical cardio signals for later processing by the reminder functional blocks of the heart pulse detector. A hand touching detection circuit assembly in the heart pulse detector is also connected to the input terminal. The hand touching detection circuit sense the signals from the input terminal and send out hand on/off data for using to control the speed of the treadmill and to control the operation of the heart pulse detection.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 20, 2008
    Publication date: September 24, 2009
    Applicant: Holylite Microelectronics Corp.
    Inventors: Shyuh Der Lin, Yu Tung Lin
  • Publication number: 20090227424
    Abstract: A system for managing exercise of an animal such as a human being so that the animal can be trained to move with an appropriate scale and rhythm while harmonizing the motion of the animal with the operations of two devices which induce the motion of the animal in different manners, is provided. According to the exercise management system (1) of the present invention, the speed of the walking motion of the user is adjusted by an operation of a treadmill (first motion induction device) (10). The user's walking motion is induced with the motion scale being adjusted with a rhythm harmonized with the motion rhythm of the animal by an operation of a walking motion induction device (second motion induction device) (20). At this time, the operation of the walking motion induction device (20) is controlled based on the walking speed v (walking rate p, as required).
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 26, 2007
    Publication date: September 10, 2009
    Applicant: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Takashi Hirata, Ken Yasuhara, Kei Shimada
  • Publication number: 20090215588
    Abstract: A method to control the velocity of a treadmill according to the walking velocity of the person that is using the treadmill. A reaction force is measured, which occurs when a longitudinal repulsion force is created between the treadmill (2) and the person (1). A signal representation for said reaction force is transmitted to a control unit. The control unit is used to control the velocity of the treadmill.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2006
    Publication date: August 27, 2009
    Applicant: EIDGENÖSSISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE ZÜRICH
    Inventors: Robert Riener, Michael Bernhardt, Joachim Von Zitzewitz
  • Patent number: 7572208
    Abstract: A climbing wall includes a frame with a guiding channel. A plurality of panels slide in the guiding channel and present a climbing surface with protrusions for climbing. The frame includes a section where the plurality of panels pivot out of the guiding channel when loaded with a climber's weight. An actuator is engaged by torque generated when one of the plurality of panels pivots out of the guiding channel. A braking mechanism is coupled to the actuator. The braking mechanism applies an arresting force to the plurality of panels when the actuator is engaged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2009
    Assignee: Brewer's Ledge, Inc.
    Inventor: George W. Brewer
  • Publication number: 20090186746
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for performing an exercise features a platform configured to support a person performing the exercise and to move with a wave-like motion. The platform may be configured to move with two simultaneous wave-like motions in two degrees of freedom selected from pitch, roll and yaw to render the motion more difficult for the person to predict. The wave-like motion causes the person to utilize his or her sense of balance and to exercise related muscles and groups of muscles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 21, 2008
    Publication date: July 23, 2009
    Inventor: John Pandolfo
  • Publication number: 20090124461
    Abstract: Isokinetic rehabilitation apparatus including a motor-driven pedal assembly having associated therewith a pair of foot pedals and at least one hand engagement element and a computerized motor controller operative to drive the motor-driven pedal assembly at a generally constant, selectable speed, generally irrespective of the extent to which forces are applied to the pedal assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 8, 2007
    Publication date: May 14, 2009
    Inventor: Itzhak Pinto
  • Patent number: 7503878
    Abstract: In accordance with one embodiment of the present invention, a device for monitoring a movement of a user includes a sensor module, a processor, and a feedback module. The sensor module is capable of generating positional information describing a movement of a user. The processor is capable of determining based on the positional information that the user has performed a predetermined movement. The feedback module is capable of generating sensory feedback in response to determining that the user has performed the predetermined movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2009
    Assignee: Performance Health Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Burl W. Amsbury, Marc R. Silverman, Robert M. Holme, Susan L. Gerber, David W. Herr, Joshua K. Granof, William C. Repenning, Michael P. Mellman
  • Patent number: RE41332
    Abstract: A gas analysis apparatus, and a method for calibrating it and for compensating measurement errors, are disclosed. This method and apparatus are particularly suited for use during a cardiopulmonary exercise test by a test subject. The oxygen and carbon dioxide concentrations of the subject's breath are measured, and errors are compensated based on the results of previous calibration. These compensated measurements, as well as other physiological data monitored during the cardiopulmonary exercise test quantities calculated from these measurements, are presented as a series of graphs in a logical order to enhance their diagnostic and prognostic value. A facemask and headstraps are adapted for use with the gas analysis apparatus. The facemask possesses a plurality of pins fitting into corresponding holes in the headstraps, and the headstraps possess quick-release attachment means to provide for quickly securing the face mask to or removing it from a subject.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2010
    Assignee: Mergenet Medical, Inc.
    Inventor: Andrew S. Binder