Having Indicator Patents (Class 482/84)
  • Patent number: 10384109
    Abstract: The martial arts training apparatus of the present invention is an easy to use, safe, re-usable and cost effective martial arts target. It includes a first mat having an opening, a second mat having an opening, the second mat being hinged to the first mat for movement between an open position and a closed position, in the closed position, the openings in the first and second mats being aligned, and a target mounted between the first and second mats when in the closed position, blocking the openings in the first and second mats.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2019
    Inventor: Robert J. Moran
  • Patent number: 10188903
    Abstract: Embodiments relate to determining a speed of a multidimensional motion of an athlete in a global coordinate system based on multidimensional acceleration data from a multidimensional accelerometer placed at a movable limb of the athlete, the movable limb being at least one of translatory and rotatable, and the movable limb defining a local coordinate system. Based on the multidimensional acceleration data, at least one correction quantity may be determined taking into account a rotation of the local coordinate system relative to the global coordinate system during the multidimensional motion. The speed of the multidimensional motion may be determined based on an integration of the multidimensional acceleration data and in consideration of the at least one correction quantity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: FRAUNHOFER-GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FĂ–RDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
    Inventors: Niels Hadaschik, Ferdinand Kemeth, Matthias Schaefer, Thomas Von Der Gruen
  • Patent number: 9939290
    Abstract: A sense channel signal processing block is time-domain multiplexed among multiple MEMS devices and utilizes an anti-aliasing filter disposed after track-and-hold switches, to prevent the bandwidth of the sense channel from being limited by the anti-aliasing filter. A multiplexed signal processor architecture performs dynamic calibration of all sensor error signals in response to environmental changes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: PANASONIC CORPORATION
    Inventors: Saroj J. Rout, Akhil K. Garlapati, Qicheng Yu
  • Patent number: 9625362
    Abstract: A method of impact testing an article of protective equipment includes mounting the article of protective equipment on a deformable member. The method also includes impacting the article of protective equipment with an impact object. Moreover, the method includes detecting an effect of impact on the deformable member due to impacting the article of protective equipment with the impact object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: NIKE, Inc.
    Inventors: Jorge E. Carbo, Martine I. V. Mientjes, Jeffrey D. Allison
  • Patent number: 9561420
    Abstract: A force sensing kickboxing apparatus is disclosed. An example apparatus includes a body including an externally facing first side and an internally facing second side and a base connected to the body configured to enable the body to be rotated with respect to the base. The example apparatus also includes an electronic device connected to the base and configured to provide information associated with the body. The example apparatus further includes a sensor housing attached to a portion of the second side of the body forming a pocket between the sensor housing and the portion of the internally facing second side and a sensor positioned within the pocket and communicatively coupled to the electronic device. The sensor is configured to detect an object contacting a portion of the first side of the body in proximity to the sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: Medal Sports (Taiwan) Corporation
    Inventor: Kevin Chunhao Tsai
  • Patent number: 9517384
    Abstract: In one preferred form of the present invention, there is provided a strike measurement system (44) for a punching bag (14). The measurement system (44) includes an accessory (10) for being installed on the punching bag (14). The accessory (10) has a number of sensors (16) for receiving strike data, and a communications facility (42) for use in transmitting strike information to a computing device (50); wherein the system (44) is adapted for utilising an intermediate computing device (46) between the computing device (50) and the communications facility (42). In the system (44) the intermediate computing device (46) configured for assisting with the transmission of the strike information to the computing device (50).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Assignee: AVALE ENTERPRISES PTY LTD
    Inventors: Vu Le, Abtin Mahdavi
  • Patent number: 9084924
    Abstract: A boxing or martial arts training and exercise device may include punching pads locationally displaced on a frame. Respective pads may be positioned in support on the frame for punching and kicking. Each pad can communicatively connect to one or more impact sensor. Each impact sensor can communicatively connect to a control unit. The control unit may be communicatively connected to a display. The impact sensor detects strikes to the pad. The impact sensor includes an accelerometer and a signal processor. The control unit includes an aggregator for receiving and logging strike metrics. The control unit directs sequences in the display according to a routine, and delivers indicators of strike metrics. The control unit includes a user interface for selection among sequences, as well as for selection of various menu items. A video of a human instructor or an animated avatar is viewable in a display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2015
    Inventors: Terry G. Jones, Redza Shah, Jeffrey Eversmann, Nathan Sewell, Brian Bates, Joshua Eversmann
  • Publication number: 20150119207
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a martial art training tool that emits when hit. The martial art training tool includes a light emitting sensor module which is detachably mounted therein and emits light in response to a punch or kick applied to a training body manufactured for martial art training. Thus, when the martial art training tool is used, trainees or players can immediately check a punch or kick during training or game, which makes it possible to increase concentration. Furthermore, since the martial art training tool can be used for a long time by replacing the light emitting sensor module, the maintenance cost may be reduced.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2014
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventor: Jung Kyun YI
  • Publication number: 20150065312
    Abstract: A martial arts sensitivity and speed training device and method is provided. The training device may be a midi tongue drum wing chun dummy adapted to play sounds when the dummy is impacted by a practitioner. The dummy enables practitioners to practice dangerous techniques without the aid of human person and also increase their familiarity, sensitivity, speed and accuracy with striking acupuncture and related pressure points on the body of a human person.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 7, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventor: Daniel Connolly Harrigan
  • Publication number: 20150011365
    Abstract: The present invention concerns a machine for martial arts training that simulates sparring with a live partner and provides a safe tool for body hardening. The machine is a vertical alignment of three independently rotatable alpha bodies having arms and a weighted base, where each alpha body rotates when met by force from a user or may rotate to initiate strikes via servomotors. The machine facilitates martial arts offensive strikes and defensive moves, which safely promotes the formation of calcium deposits and scar tissue about key nerve areas to give the body a hardened feel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 19, 2014
    Publication date: January 8, 2015
    Inventor: Johnathan Nelson
  • Publication number: 20140309081
    Abstract: A sledge hammer with an elongate handle having a longitudinal axis and a flexible generally geometrically uniform removable mass affixed to the handle at a distal end thereof. The mass is secured to the handle with a bolt adapted to extend through the mass and into the distal end of the handle. The bolt is threaded and engages mating threads in the handle. A cone is disposed on the distal end of the handle between the handle and the mass to secure the mass to the handle In the best mode, the mass is a ball which may be perfectly round or have one or more flat surfaces. The ball should have some dampening properties.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 10, 2013
    Publication date: October 16, 2014
    Inventor: Andrew Gavigan
  • Patent number: 8852128
    Abstract: A computer system for assessing dynamic bone quality is provided, including a memory that stores executable instructions, a central processing unit (CPU) capable of accessing the memory and executing the instructions to provide an output, and a receiver for receiving data input and transmitting it to the CPU, wherein the receiver is operably connected to: (1) a plurality of accelerometers, each accelerometer adapted to contact an exterior surface of a human subject at a load-bearing anatomical site and to receive input from each point of contact including acceleration response data; and (2) a force plate adapted to receive input including vertical ground reaction force data provided by a heel strike on the force plate, wherein the CPU executes the instructions to process the input data transmitted from the receiver to provide the output as a bone damping value. A method for assessing dynamic bone quality is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: University of Cincinnati
    Inventors: Amit Bhattacharya, Nelson B. Watts
  • Publication number: 20140155228
    Abstract: A training apparatus 2 including a mannequin 4, for being struck by a person training for fighting, the apparatus comprising a support structure 6 for supporting the mannequin, the mannequin including a head 16, a torso, two arms 76 (having upper and lower arms) and two legs 10, and having joints at the shoulders 50, hips 56, knees 54 and elbows 52, wherein the joints at the shoulders are configured to variably adjust and fix the position of the upper arms relative to the torso in at least two orthogonal planes, and the joints at the elbows are configured to variably adjust and fix the position of the lower arms relative to the upper arms in at least one plane, the apparatus including ankle attachment means for removably attaching the ankles to the support structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 5, 2012
    Publication date: June 5, 2014
    Inventor: John Salerno
  • Publication number: 20140128227
    Abstract: An apparatus for physical conditioning and strike training is provided and includes an upright cylindrical member extending upwardly from and mounted in a base. A spinning assembly has at least one radially outwardly extending arm that has a first end and a second end. The first end of the arm is rotatably mounted on the upright cylindrical member. A strike target is positioned at the second end of the arm and the strike target is rotatable about the upright cylindrical member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2013
    Publication date: May 8, 2014
    Inventor: William Ladas
  • Patent number: 8708868
    Abstract: A fighting arts shield like device designed to be carried or mounted. Through hitting the apparatus the contestant can condition and develop muscles and technique. The device may be either solid or hollow. The shield front is specifically developed to represent striking areas found on a human target and developed such that a properly delivered strike will land solidly; improper or techniques delivered from the wrong distance will not land appropriately. The backside is uniquely developed with features that enhance the holder's ability to hold and direct the shield thereby enhancing its utility. The shield is carried in a boxing on-guard position. The shield like device may have an optional electrical component that allows measurements to be made of the speed, power and force vectors of strikes where data may be instantaneously presented by audio and visual indicators or disaggregated or used at a later date.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Inventor: Loren George Partlo
  • Patent number: 8647242
    Abstract: A striking apparatus is provided. The striking apparatus may be mounted to a wall and at least partially supported by a movement device in contact with a floor. The striking apparatus has a plurality of pads which may receive strikes from a user. Spring assemblies are utilized to absorb force applied by the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Inventor: John C. Schlicher
  • Patent number: 8641584
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an apparatus for kicking exercise, and more specifically, to an apparatus for kicking exercise which includes a plurality of hitting parts coupled to a body which is fastened to a gravity center frame or a running machine to enable martial arts exercise such as taekwondo, karate, kickboxing and the like, thereby enabling a user to do martial arts exercise by hitting and kicking the hitting parts with the hand and foot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: Eorg. Co., Ltd
    Inventor: Hun Il Jang
  • Patent number: 8602949
    Abstract: A system and method are provided for translating gross human movement into electronic signals and therapeutic, training, or educational uses for the system. An exercising or video gaming system, comprising: a floor pad controller, and a striking controller. The floor pad controller having force sensor(s) and/or placement sensor(s) arranged in a pattern in the plane of a ground or floor. The striking controller having force sensor(s) and contact sensor(s) arranged in an curved grid between the outer layer of the striking controller and an inner core. Applying force to any sensor(s) in the floor pad controller or striking controller executes an action in response to an instruction from the exercising or video gaming system; and an inner core returnably coupled to a ground or floor of a room, so that the striking controller returns to an upright position after being struck by the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Inventor: Michael J. Pelletter
  • Publication number: 20130324370
    Abstract: A midi tongue drum wing chun dummy adapted to play sounds and emit lights when the dummy is impacted by a practitioner. The dummy enables practitioners to practice dangerous techniques without the aid of human person and also increase their familiarity and accuracy with striking pressure points in the body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 17, 2012
    Publication date: December 5, 2013
    Inventor: Daniel Connolly Harrigan
  • Publication number: 20130296141
    Abstract: A fighting arts shield like device designed to be carried or mounted. Through hitting the apparatus the contestant can condition and develop muscles and technique. The device may be either solid or hollow. The shield front is specifically developed to represent striking areas found on a human target and developed such that a properly delivered strike will land solidly; improper or techniques delivered from the wrong distance will not land appropriately. The backside is uniquely developed with features that enhance the holder's ability to hold and direct the shield thereby enhancing its utility. The shield is carried in a boxing on-guard position. The shield like device may have an optional electrical component that allows measurements to be made of the speed, power and force vectors of strikes where data may be instantaneously presented by audio and visual indicators or disaggregated or used at a later date.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 2, 2012
    Publication date: November 7, 2013
    Inventor: Loren George Partlo
  • Patent number: 8430798
    Abstract: A MEMS pressure sensing module is respectively applied in a boxing target and compressible toy both having an output circuit for coupling with a terminal electronic device. The MEMS pressure sensing module is configured for sensing a pressure applied thereon, converting the pressure values into electronic signals, and calculating a value of the pressure according to the electronic signals. The MEMS pressure sensing module is connected with the output circuit such that a user is able to obtain the pressure value from the terminal electronic apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2013
    Assignee: Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hai Lan, Ga-Lane Chen
  • Patent number: 8348815
    Abstract: An interactive boxing training device is made up of an inner tube, an outer tube and a fluid propulsion system for propelling the outer tube outwardly along a generally horizontal axis in a stroke defined between a retracted position and an extended position, upon demand. A retraction system returns the outer tube to the retracted position after each stroke. The inner tube is mounted in a housing at a pivot point which allows 360 degrees of freedom of movement. The housing is itself mounted on an upright rail which allows the housing to have a vertically adjustable height. The retraction system is made up of one or more elastomeric elements which are stretched as the outer tube moves to the extended position and which are relaxed as the outer tube moves back to the retracted position. The housing is also removable from the upright rail so that the device can be pointed at a boxing trainee in order to simulate punches thrown at the boxing trainee.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Inventor: John Signorino
  • Patent number: 8337366
    Abstract: A boxing or martial arts training and exercise device may include punching pads locationally displaced on a frame. Respective pads may be positioned in support on the frame for punching and kicking. Each pad can communicatively connect to one or more impact sensor. Each impact sensor can communicatively connect to a control unit. The control unit may be communicatively connected to a display. The impact sensor detects strikes to the pad. The impact sensor includes an accelerometer and a signal processor. The control unit includes an aggregator for receiving and logging strike metrics. The control unit directs sequences in the display according to a routine, and delivers indicators of strike metrics. The control unit includes a user interface for selection among sequences, as well as for selection of various menu items. A video of a human instructor or an animated avatar is viewable in a display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Inventors: Terry G. Jones, Redza Shah, Jeffrey Eversmann, Nathan Sewell, Brian Bates, Joshua Eversmann
  • Publication number: 20120220430
    Abstract: A boxing training device having a first housing and at least a second housing spaced from the first housing. A first sensor is disposed in the first housing for sensing movement of the first housing and outputting a first signal as a function of the sensed movement. At least a second sensor is disposed in the at least second housing for sensing movement of the second housing and outputting a second signal as a function of the movement sensed by the at least second sensor. A system, including the first and at least second sensor, determines as a function of the first signal and second signal, the force of an impact to a bag which impact causes movement of at least one of first or second housing; and displays the force of the impact.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 12, 2011
    Publication date: August 30, 2012
    Inventors: MICHAEL H. BUCAR, JUAN MENA, VICTOR URIARTE
  • Patent number: 8210994
    Abstract: A pressure sensor is provided, wherein a ballast resistive layer is integrated in the pressure sensor so that the resistive output curve for the pressure sensor has saturation characteristics. The pressure sensor shall be prevented from breaking down by a large current that may be caused, when an overload pressure is applied on the pressure sensor, if no ballast resistive layer is added.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2012
    Assignee: Universal Cement Corporation
    Inventors: Chia-Chieh Chang, Chih Sheng Hou, Chia-Hung Chou
  • Publication number: 20120108394
    Abstract: A boxing or martial arts training and exercise device may include punching pads locationally displaced on a frame. Respective pads may be positioned in support on the frame for punching and kicking Each pad can communicatively connect to one or more impact sensor. Each impact sensor can communicatively connect to a control unit. The control unit may be communicatively connected to a display. The impact sensor detects strikes to the pad. The impact sensor includes an accelerometer and a signal processor. The control unit includes an aggregator for receiving and logging strike metrics. The control unit directs sequences in the display according to a routine, and delivers indicators of strike metrics. The control unit includes a user interface for selection among sequences, as well as for selection of various menu items. A video of a human instructor or an animated avatar is viewable in a display.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 15, 2011
    Publication date: May 3, 2012
    Inventors: Terry G. Jones, Redza Shah, Jeffrey Eversmann, Nathan Sewell, Brian Bates, Joshua Eversmann
  • Publication number: 20120053016
    Abstract: A heavy bag workout monitor system for receiving and analyzing quantity, location, and magnitude of physical contact and transmitting the information to a user interface, comprising a plurality of impact detection sensors, an impact detector sensor support, and a workout processor for transmitting workout information during a timed period. The heavy bag of the present invention may comprise a first embodiment where the heavy bag measures approximately 5 feet and is ideal for boxers. The boxing bag of this embodiment may comprise a first and second target zone representing an adversary's head and body respectively. A second embodiment may comprise a heavy bag measuring approximately 7 feet comprising a first, second, and third target zone representing an opponent's head, mid-section, and legs respectively. The heavy bag workout monitor system may be used to record, track, and monitor workout activity over a period of time and is compatible with a multitude of mobile devices comprising LCD technology.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 25, 2011
    Publication date: March 1, 2012
    Inventor: Michael Williamson
  • Patent number: 8079938
    Abstract: A boxing or martial arts training and/or exercise device includes one or more punching pads locationally displaced and supported on a frame. Respective pads are positioned in support on the frame for punching and kicking. Each pad communicatively connects to one or more impact sensor. Each impact sensor communicatively connects to a control unit. The control unit is communicatively connected to a display. The impact sensor detects touches and taps to the pad and signals the control unit of the detection. Responsive to the detection, the control unit directs sequences shown in the display according to a fighting sequence, a training sequence, or other sequence. The control unit includes a user interface for selection among sequences, as well as for selection of various menu items for the respective types of sequences.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2011
    Assignee: Nexersys Corporation
    Inventors: Terry G. Jones, Redza Shah
  • Publication number: 20110245045
    Abstract: A human form sparring dummy that includes a torso along with a head and preferably movable arms attached to the torso. The sparring dummy also preferably is mounted on springy base. This springy base allows the dummy to be moved by strikes. The springy base also causes the dummy to rebound from this movement, providing a moving target for practicing strikes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 5, 2010
    Publication date: October 6, 2011
    Inventor: Daniel Joseph BLAIES
  • Publication number: 20110245046
    Abstract: A MEMS pressure sensing module is respectively applied in a boxing target and compressible toy both having an output circuit for coupling with a terminal electronic device. The MEMS pressure sensing module is configured for sensing a pressure applied thereon, converting the pressure values into electronic signals, and calculating a value of the pressure according to the electronic signals. The MEMS pressure sensing module is connected with the output circuit such that a user is able to obtain the pressure value from the terminal electronic apparatus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 21, 2010
    Publication date: October 6, 2011
    Applicant: HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: HAI LAN, GA-LANE CHEN
  • Patent number: 8021281
    Abstract: An electronic scoring system for use in a variety of martial arts (including traditional styles of martial arts, mixed martial arts, weapons based martial arts or the fighting arts generally). The scoring system allows an objective determination of the force, location and effectiveness of forces applied during competition, without the need for electric weaponry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2011
    Assignees: Nedsyp Nominees Pty Ltd, Zatara Nominees Pty Ltd
    Inventors: Justin Forsell, David Pysden
  • Patent number: 8011222
    Abstract: An impact detection device, as well as a system that includes such a device for simulation of a combat sport, or more generally for use in a sport in which the user creates an impact by striking an adversary or an object. This device includes a sensor that detects an impact and its intensity, which is mounted on a printed circuit, together with an indicator that activates when the detector detects an impact and/or in order to indicate to a user that the user must generate an impact. The indicator is imbedded in a protective covering so that it is located near the surface of its embedding material. The indicating means are mounted directly on the printed circuit, so that the embedding material also covers the printed circuit and the sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2011
    Assignee: Decathlon
    Inventor: Laurent Wiber
  • Patent number: 7959528
    Abstract: A baseball batting strength-training aid includes a vertically oriented resilient cylindrical body defining a central core. A mount is affixed to a rear of the resilient body for attaching the training aid to an external support. A sensor pod is received within the central core of the resilient body, which includes at least one sensor thereto for sensing the striking of a bat against the resilient cylindrical body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2011
    Assignee: Hondo Sports Training, LLC
    Inventors: Floyd Wilkes, David Carson
  • Patent number: 7927260
    Abstract: A double-end punching and exercise bag assembly and cable where the bag is vertically adjustable by extending the cable through the bag assembly and providing clamp assemblies at both ends of the bag assembly each having collet-like radial spring fingers activated by an axially movable threaded nut.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2011
    Inventor: Timothy M. Stalka
  • Patent number: 7909749
    Abstract: A boxing device may include a substrate, at least one impact sensor carried by the substrate for detecting impacts from the at least one user, a user input device for receiving personal characteristic data for the at least one user, and a controller coupled to the impact sensor and the user input device. The controller may be for determining performance data based upon detected impacts, and weighting the performance data based upon the personal characteristic of the at least one user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2011
    Inventor: Richard Sheedy
  • Patent number: 7892145
    Abstract: The improved jump ropes devices described herein generally include a source of rhythmic sound, a sensor for determining the motion of the jump rope, and a visual output (e.g., feedback) for indicating how well a user is moving or jumping in time to the rhythmic component of the sound. The device may also include a controller for receiving input from the source of rhythmic sound and the sensor, and controlling the visual output. Methods of using the devices are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2011
    Assignee: HopeLab Foundation, Inc.
    Inventors: Bryson Lovett, Patricia L. Christen, Frederick P. Dillon, IV, Nicole Lee Guthrie, Ellen Louise LaPointe, Lalita Kikuyo Suzuki, Richard L. Tate, II, Mark A. Wallace, Elizabeth Ji-Eun Song, Daniel E. Cawley
  • Publication number: 20110021326
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention described herein pertain to a martial arts training device including a first paddle and a second paddle. Each of the first and second paddles have a proximal end and a distal end, the first and second paddles being coupled together at the proximal ends for forming a handle and being separated at the distal ends so that a recess is provided between the distal ends of the first and second paddles. The training device produces a clapping noise when a user strikes the distal end of at least one of the first and second paddles, and a noise enhancement mechanism is disposed in the recess to enhance the clapping noise. A reinforcing member is disposed between the top edges or the bottom edges of the first and second paddles for supporting the recess.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 22, 2010
    Publication date: January 27, 2011
    Inventor: Jonathan Oh
  • Patent number: 7874964
    Abstract: A punching bag system is provided for determining the position of a punching bag. A punching bag is suspended by a coupling from a stand which permits the punching bag to travel between an up position where it is in contact with a contact area on the stand, and a down position where it is free from contact with the stand. Light-emitting devices and light-receiving devices are radially positioned on the stand between the coupling and the contact area. Light is emitted from the light-emitting devices and reflected into the light-receiving devices when the punching bag is in the up position. The light-receiving devices generate an output proportional to the amount of light received therein which is analyzed to determine if the punching bag is in the up position. A metric is determined based in part on the determined position and is presented by an output device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2011
    Inventor: John Matthew Reynolds
  • Publication number: 20110015040
    Abstract: A Wing Chun dummy including a plurality of transducers associated with the dummy, wherein a physical impact to the dummy activates at least one of the transducers to generate an output signal. In another example a device includes a body; a plurality of appendages; and a plurality of transducers associated with the appendages wherein the plurality of transducers are located such that a physical impact to any of the appendages activates at least one transducer to generate an output signal further wherein, different output signals are generated based on the direction of the impact to each appendage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 13, 2010
    Publication date: January 20, 2011
    Inventor: Zachary Fleitz
  • Patent number: 7857729
    Abstract: An automated striking and blocking trainer is disclosed. In some embodiments, the trainer includes the following: a frame; a striking body joined with the frame, the punching bag including one or more strike zone assemblies, the strike zone assemblies each having a light indicator and a striking force sensor; an arm assembly joined with the frame, the arm assembly including one or more arms, each of the one or more arms including a voltage differential sensor and a motion indicator in the form of an electrical motor, wherein the voltage differential between the power being used by the electrical motor when the one or more arms are not struck and when the one or more arms are struck is used to determine a torque of the one or more arms and an input force of a blocking strike; and a head assembly including a processor unit and a display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2010
    Assignee: Fairfield University
    Inventors: Christopher P. Sullivan, Gregory Robert Sanderson, Mike Swern, Glen T. Sergeant
  • Patent number: 7833130
    Abstract: A simulated sharp edged weapon or toy comprising a housing, an element mounted in and extending from said housing arranged such that said element has movement in relation to said housing in response to force upon said element, an electrical circuit mounted in said housing for providing an indication upon activation having a movement sensor actuator mounted in cooperation with said element to turn on at least one indicating device providing indication of movement of said element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2010
    Inventor: Dwayne A Horvath
  • Publication number: 20100240502
    Abstract: A punching bag is provided. The punching bag is positioned on a fixed pillar, and comprises a supporting frame, a foam layer, a force-bearing plate, and a punch pad. The supporting frame is attached and fastened to the fixed pillar. The foam layer is disposed on the supporting frame, and at least a sensing element is positioned on a surface of the foam layer for measuring an external punch force. The force-bearing plate is disposed on the foam layer and utilized for covering the foam layer, wherein at least an elastic element correspondingly attached to the at least a sensing element is positioned on an inner side of the force-bearing plate. The punch pad is utilized for covering and attaching to the force-bearing plate to bear the external punch force.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 8, 2009
    Publication date: September 23, 2010
    Inventors: Yu-Hsiang Wang, Wen-Chuan Wang
  • Publication number: 20100184010
    Abstract: My boxing punching combination system is the idea of identifying specific numbers to represent specific punches and having them placed at the proper location for those punches. By placing these numbers appropriately on any given apparatus, any user can easily execute boxing punching combinations regardless of the user's level of experience in boxing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 4, 2010
    Publication date: July 22, 2010
    Inventor: Reynaldo Ronnie Perez
  • Patent number: 7625319
    Abstract: A virtual trainer system and method of using such a system is provided. The system can include an impact receiving body capable of being struck by a user and a plurality of illuminable impact sensors can be arranged thereon. A display unit can be operable to receive signals and broadcast images and audio signals. A control unit can be operatively coupled to the plurality of illuminable impact sensors and to the display unit. The system can be configured such that the control unit is operable to run an interactive workout program that directs the control unit to A.) send a signal to the display unit and the one or more illuminable impact sensors requesting an impact-dependent response routine from the user, B.) wait a preset period of time for one or more impact responses from the user, and C.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2009
    Inventors: Brian J Kang, Jonathan Lee
  • Publication number: 20090176632
    Abstract: This present invention concerns an impact detection device, as well as a system that includes such a device, and is employed particularly in electronic training systems for a combat sport, or for simulation of such a combat sport, such as boxing, karate, kendo, or fencing in particular, or more generally in a sport in which the user creates an impact by striking an adversary or a support, directly or by means of an object that is liable to transmit the impact. This device includes a sensor that is designed to detect an impact and its intensity, which is mounted on a printed circuit, together with indicating means that are designed to be activated when the detector detects an impact and/or in order to indicate to a user that he must generate an impact, and which is imbedded in a protective covering so that it is located near the surface of this embedding material. The indicating means are mounted directly on the printed circuit, so that the embedding material also covers the printed circuit and the sensor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 30, 2008
    Publication date: July 9, 2009
    Inventor: Laurent WIBER
  • Patent number: 7532977
    Abstract: A portable personal positioner for determining the geographical position of the user without employing the Global Positioning System (GPS) comprising a signal/position display and a traveling speed/distance measuring sensor, wherein the signal/position display is equipped with microprocessor, magneto-resistive sensor and altimeter to measure traveling direction signal along X and Y axis and position signal along Z axis of the use respectively, and to transmit the measured signals to the microprocessor for recording and access, meanwhile the traveling speed/distance measuring sensor is also to measure traveling speed and distance of a user and transmit the measured signals by means of wired or wireless transmission to the microprocessor for recording and access, after data processing from the microprocessor, to obtain the data of traveling speed, traveling distance, geographical position and track of traveling of the user within a time period and display on LCD screen of the signal/position display to determin
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2009
    Inventor: Yu-Yu Chen
  • Patent number: 7485075
    Abstract: An apparatus is provided for an inflatable sound generating interactive training device for a trainee in martial arts. The apparatus includes an inflatable body, wherein an impact sensor switch is configured to generate audible sound via a speaker in response to a predetermined level of impacts to the body. A connecting member has a helical spring coil that is resiliently coupled to a connecting rod. The apparatus also includes a base for ground support with the body, wherein the sound generating module is coupled in the base, wherein the base is connected with the body by utilizing the connecting member, wherein the connecting rod projects vertically for securely supporting the base, wherein a speaker, the impact sensor switch and the sound generating module are electrically connected through the connecting rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2009
    Inventor: Malthuke S. Ghim
  • Patent number: 7479094
    Abstract: A strike pod for use with an interactive recreational system includes a vibration conducting base, coupleable to a support frame of the interactive recreational system and being suitable to conduct vibration from one area of the pod to another. A strike receiving shell is disposed adjacent the vibration conducting base to receive a blow delivered by a participant. The strike receiving shell is formed of a material more pliable than the vibration conducting base. A vibrational transducer is in operable communication with the vibration conducting base to detect vibration in the vibration conducting base caused by the blow delivered by the participant to the strike receiving shell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2009
    Inventor: Mark Alexander
  • Publication number: 20080125293
    Abstract: An inflatable punching bag includes an inflatable bag, at least one sensor device, a control box and a base. At least one impact area is formed on the inflatable bag. A single sensor device is attached behind each impact area. Each sensor device preferably includes a sensor case, at least one light source and an impact sensor. A control box preferably includes a power source, a sound transducer and an electrical circuit. The electrical circuit receives input from at least one impact sensor. The electrical circuit provides a light output through the at least one light source, an audible output through the sound transducer and a video output through a video display. The base preferably includes a weighted portion and intermediate portion. The weighted portion is filled with a dense solid or liquid to provide radial support for the inflatable punching bag. The intermediate portion is disposed between the base and the inflatable bag.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 24, 2006
    Publication date: May 29, 2008
    Inventor: Wai-Jim Ng
  • Publication number: 20080119335
    Abstract: A boxing device that fights back in response to an attackers blows to simulate a boxing match comprises a boxing bag, a pair of padded arms each having a boxing glove at its end, and a pair of reel type pieces wherein each of said reel type piece works as an axis holding each a padded arm that rotates around the piece in response to an impact applied to the boxing bag.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 22, 2006
    Publication date: May 22, 2008
    Inventor: Giancarlo Luigi